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A Note on the FFC Prayer Team

As our nation prepares for the 2012 elections, we must remember the most important tool at our disposal, prayer. We take prayer for our country and organization very seriously. We believe in the power of prayer, and when we pray to our heavenly Father, He will hear us and answer in His will. Please take the time to read this important article on prayer for our nation by a member of the FFC Pastor’s Advisory Council, Pastor Benny Tate. Since our Nation’s very first days, God’s greatest movements in our midst have been fashioned and sustained by prayer – from the signing of our earliest documents, to our triumphs over days of darkness, to the spiritual awakenings that have sustained our faith and resolve over the centuries. I truly believe our greatest weapon is not protesting but praying because when we work, we work, but when we pray, God works. Allow me to share four areas in America that we need to take to God in prayer: First of all, we must pray for our protection. Yes, it is government’s job to provide the common defense but ultimately only God can protect us. Benjamin Franklin stated, “In the beginning of the contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had prayer in this room for Divine Protection. Our prayers, sir, were heard and they were graciously answered.” In light of the attacks on our freedom we must fervently pray for the Divine Protection of our land. Secondly, we must pray for our purity. Yes, God will bless us when we have honest industry, truthful education and an honorable way of life. We must ask God to search us and know our hearts today, and cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Thirdly, we must pray for our political leaders. Yes, the Bible commands us to pray for kings and all who are in authority (1 Timothy 2:11). We are to pray that they live Godly lives and serve with dignity. Political leaders are referred to as ministers in the Bible (Romans 13), and we should pray that they will seek wisdom from God and make righteous decisions because righteousness will exalt our Nation. We must pray they are guided by principles and not by polls, pundits, parties or political interest groups. We must ask God to give them the courage to stand for what is right even if it means standing alone. William Penn said it best when he said, “Right is right, no matter who is against it, and wrong is wrong, no matter who is for it.” Fourthly, we must pray for our parishes. Yes, the church is waiting on America to get right with God, but America is waiting on the church to get right. II Chronicles 7:14 states, “If My people, which are called by My Name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” I truly believe as the church goes, so goes the Nation. The church needs to be “salt and light” in our Nation and be engaging as well as involved. Edmund Burke said, “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” Too many churches are simply doing very little and sometimes nothing. We need awakenings to begin in our church houses and it will spread to school houses, court houses, state houses and to the White House. But it all begins with your house and my house because every great move of God can be traced back to a kneeling figure. Let’s Pray! ~Benny Tate is pastor of Rock Springs Church in Milner, GA and is a member of the FFC Pastor’s Advisory Council. Please visit our website to sign up for the FFC Prayer Team, receive FFC email updates, and learn of the newest FFC Prayer Team update. Thank you for supporting the Faith & Freedom Coalition in our mission to restore America’s greatness and founding principles and turnout the largest conservative vote in the history of presidential politics in 2012.

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