You may be praying as I am, "How do You want me to pray, now, Lord?"
This morning I received this very clear answer as I was writing in my journal. The Lord often answers me this way....thank You, Lord.
"Judy, don't think I have not heard the prayers of My people. I have!
My primary concern is not the financial conditions which drive most of the politics. My concern is for the soul of America! You must not stop fasting and praying with passion, urgency and humility.
I, the Lord, could zap the evil doers in this country, but My will is most often to use the power of My Love and Life and the Truth that flows forth from My church to change things. I can once again place the hedge of protection around America against natural disasters and terrorism, etc, but this Grace (the hedge) has always been conditional. Much of America has chosen to live apart from Me and My Grace, My Law...the result is the lifting of the hedge.
The greater disaster for this country is the loss of her soul...the intended, god-given heritage and foundation on which she was born. This is what you , the Church must pray for.
Pray for those liberals who are deceived about compassion and helping the poor by making them dependent on an institutional entity (government).
Pray that the Church and the good people of this country will make more of an effort in helping those truly in need, and that they will encourage, without judgement, those who can, to work hard to overcome their obstacles.
Pray against the straddling of the line.....Christian morals vs. openmindedness.
Pray against the deceptions believed about homosexuality, same sex marriage, abortion, cohabitation without marriage.
Pray against addiction to:
pornography, and sick music and entertainment
electronic devises which are destroying personal relationships
drugs and alcohol
thrills and adrenaline stimulation
ocult and satanism
Pray for real revelation of the values of:
hard work and reliability
faith and law abiding
non-material blessings of family, church, friends, provision, health
You have asked how to pray...this is My answer. It is not enough just to pray generic prayers. Difficult times help you to discover the source of the difficulties if you are honest enough and have the courage to face the answers. I, as Lord, do not deny your prayers because they are not sincere or heartfelt. I want you to go deeper into the problems...guided by the Holy Spirit...asking for wisdom:
what is the real source of the problems...what is the real problem?
what is the answer from God's perspective...what does He need to do ...what does the Church or I need to do?
how does God's Word tell us to pray about this? [2 Cor 10:4-5, Ephes 6:10-18, Mat 18:18-19 among many others]
Name of Jesus, Blood of Jesus, binding and losing, a specific Word for a specific situation (rhema), praying with real faith
My answer to My Church is: LEARN TO PRAY! I'm asking you to grow up and take up your sword (the Word) and use it.
I, THE LORD, W ILL HEAR!"
This is how the Lord often talks to me. But don't take my word for it, try asking Him yourself.
And you might want to read Intercessory Prayer by Dutch Sheets. It's the best of dozens of books I've read on the subject. Very informative and easy to to read.
Blessings in this new prayer endeavor! You might let me know if you're in.