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Thursday, May 2, 2019
Note: Today is the National Day of Prayer here in America. It may seem our focus is only on the USA today but the message and the petition in the prayer applies to all nations.

Message summary: In expressing the "righteousness that exalts a nation" it's vital that the teachings and standards of the Scriptures impact every area of our life, including our work! Truly we need righteousness at work as we cry out to God to wake up America.

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"Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people" (Proverbs 14:34).

Here in the United States today it's the National Day of Prayer. All over the country there are special prayer events. Here in Lancaster County there are many local events and then this evening a large county-wide rally.

This year the theme is "Love One Another" based on John 13:34, "Love one another. Just as I have loved you".

The national organizers are aware of the desperate conditions here in America and, unless God sends a sweeping revival soon, the hastening of our nation's decline is imminent. We certainly can't expect political leadership or man's ways to get us out of this, although that seems to be where so many are placing their hope.

This morning we have a special community prayer event here in Mount Joy and I have the privilege of leading in a segment of prayer dealing with the business and work communities. This is so often an area where believers fail to appropriately express and live out their faith. This is true regardless of whether one is a business owner/leader or an employee.

Here is a succinct prayer outline I will use to assist participants in focusing their prayer in this regard.

Pray for:

Business Leaders
* Wisdom in making right decisions.
* Strength & courage to act in integrity, often against the tide.
* Reflecting Christ in the manner in which the business is operated.
* Justness and compassion in their attitude toward employees.
* Freedom to express and operate their company according to religious convictions.

All Employees
* Commitment to a Biblically-based work ethic.
* Expressing their Christian faith in maintaining a good testimony both in word and deed.
* Opportunities for specific presentations of the Gospel.
* A commitment to proper priorities in regard to God, family and work.

In expressing the "righteousness that exalts a nation" it's vital that the teachings and standards of the Scriptures impact every area of our life, including our work! Truly we need righteousness at work as we cry out, "God wake up America".

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Today we will post the powerful prayer written especially for this year's National Day of Prayer:

ALMIGHTY GOD, our Heavenly Father, we look to You alone for the future of America. By Your providence, You have placed each of us here at this time in history to be in this nation. Thank You for this blessing. Thank You for America.

BUT ABOVE ALL, we thank You for the gift of Your Son, Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God. It is in His name, we come to You as we intercede in prayer for America.

FORGIVE US, OH LORD, for the sins we have committed against You in America. We are failing You by dishonoring one another through our harsh and bitter words about each other. We are failing You through broken relationships. We are failing You by devaluing human life from conception until death. We are failing You with the division in our nation.

LORD, WE TURN FROM these sinful actions and refuse to live this way. Please forgive us now and help us to choose love over hate, unity over division, and life over death.

WE CHOOSE to live by Jesus’ words: Love One Another. Therefore, upon the authority of Your Word in John 13:34, “Love one another. Just as I have loved you,” we pray for a future America that will choose to love willfully, sacrificially, and unconditionally just like Jesus loves us.

WE PRAY FOR THE CHURCH in America to love one another. Empower each church to be full of love for one another. Ignite a revival of love for one another. Since we are to be known by our love, help us to love one another.

WE PRAY FOR EVERY FAMILY, EVERY WORKPLACE, EVERY COMMUNITY, AND EVERY CITY IN AMERICA to choose love. We believe there is power in love. We believe love is the better way. We believe love is God’s Way. Oh Lord, change families, workplaces, communities, and cities through the power of love. Raise up a Love One Another movement across America.

WE PRAY FOR ALL ETHNICITIES AND PEOPLE IN AMERICA to love one another. Lord, tear down every wall of division and change any attitude that divides us today. Bind up our nation’s wounds and may the transforming love of God lead us to the day when justice will roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

WE PRAY FOR YOUR LOVE to surround America. We pray for Your love to surround and protect us in every public setting and private place. Protect us from harm.

WE BELIEVE ALL OF THESE THINGS, OH LORD, represent our deep need for the next great move of God across America. We ask You alone for the next Great Spiritual Awakening in America. Please, oh God, wake up Your church and revive Your people today. We ask You to begin a mighty spiritual awakening in every town, every city, and every county in America.

WE NEED AND DESIRE THIS SO MUCH, THAT BEGINNING RIGHT NOW, we are choosing love and forgiveness, love and restitution, love and healing, love and unity, and a future that will be transformed by the power of unconditional love. When we belong to You, we belong to love. We choose to Love One Another!

IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, the only Savior and Hope in this world we pray. Amen.

Today we will share several more photos from our visit to the Gettysburg area this last weekend.

Trees in Gettysburg, PA 4/28/19
These bronze leaf majestic trees were along a walkway through the Gettysburg National Cemetery near where Abraham Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address.

Scene in Gettysburg, PA 4/28/19
Along the auto tour there is a lot of split rail fencing and stone walls.

Monument in Gettysburg, PA 4/28/19
Along the auto tour we passed many statues that pierced our heart such as this one. Gettysburg really puts into perspective what war is all about, and tragically, this was a civil war where brother may have fought against brother, cousin against cousin, etc.

Train station in Gettysburg, PA 4/29/19
Old train station in Gettysburg, PA.

Round barn near Gettysburg, PA 4/29/19
The Round Barn near Gettysburg, PA

Round barn near Gettysburg, PA 4/29/19
The lower level of the round barn is a fruit and gift market.

Round barn loft near Gettysburg, PA 4/29/19
The loft of the Round Barn is a wedding venue of course!

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

Finally today:

Responding to yesterday's message on the Dogwood tree, Jeff, a Georgian reader observed, "I can always identify a dogwood tree, even when it's not in bloom. How? By its bark, of course."

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