Unite the USA

June Edition: Praying for America 101

Pray for Orlando and America
ISIS claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in Orlando. 50 people were killed and 53 more were wounded. It was the largest mass shooting in our nation's history. This evil must be stopped once and for all.
Families are grieving. People are hurting. Please pray for those hurting and grieving in Orlando. Pray that all will personally know Christ and His comfort.
"The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit." -Psalm 34:18
Billy Graham's ministry is on the ground in Orlando. Read more here.

Praying for America 101
 
With each tragedy, prayer suddenly pops up in the news. Hashtags flood the newsfeeds of Twitter and Facebook with one of the latest being #PrayforOrlando. (How we pray and hurt for Orlando!)
 
In spite of every attack on the Bible, the fastest and most featured response to crisis remains prayer. Loving God and neighbor in deed and truth cannot be replaced by anything else. Period.
 
When we pray, we work together with those "in person" doing God's work at the crisis scene. The Apostle Paul asked fellow believers to "to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf" (Romans 15:30, ESV). Think about it: We can work with fellow believers who are helping people "in person" by praying. Powerful incentive to pray, isn't it? 
 
Another version of the preceding passage puts it this way: "Dear brothers and sisters, I urge you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to join in my struggle by praying to God for me. Do this because of your love for me, given to you by the Holy Spirit" (Romans 15:30, NLT). Did you notice the inclusion of love given by the Holy Spirit along with the emphasis on prayer?
 
We are to pray with love for others. We are to pray for believers and unbelievers. We are to love believers and unbelievers. Love. Pure and simple.
 
What about those who do not want us to pray in America anymore? Well, it's futile. No one can stop prayer. No one can stop the faith. C.S. Lewis once said, "A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word 'darkness' on the walls of his cell." 
 
Christian Prayer Q & A:
 
What does it mean when you say that you "pray for America"? 
 
Well, it doesn't mean "just saying it" and then failing to be "praying it". It means talking with and listening to God about everything...including America. God's Word is no fairy tale. It's fact. 
 
And we must put our faith in God's facts and not the world's attacks.
 
Why do we pray?
We pray because God wants us to pray and interact with Him all while we place our faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. We pray because God listens. (Now, that's assuming that we're praying earnestly through Christ and with the right motives. We can't pray out of hatred.)
 
"Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results." (James 5:16, NLT)
 
How do we pray?
Led by the Holy Spirit, we pray to our Heavenly Father and do so in the Name of Jesus and through Him alone.
 
Obviously, entire books on prayer exist. So much to say, so much about which to pray... This small editorial cannot cover the subject fully, to say the least. But we do hope that it helped you in some way feel motivated to pray, pray, pray for our beloved USA. Never give up. Obey with love-filled action to overcome evil with good. Fold your hands and you'll see God's will unfold.

Persevering with prayer,
Carrie and Stacie Stoelting
Founders of Unite the USA 
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Q & A with Billy Graham
Q. Does God ever give up on a nation that turns against Him and deliberately does things that are morally wrong? Frankly, I worry about our nation. Have we reached the point of no return?

A. No nation, and no individual, is ever totally beyond hope-no matter how far gone they appear to be. God is sovereign, and He is able to bring revival and new life to even the coldest heart or the most rebellious nation. The Psalmist prayed, "Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?" (Psalm 85:6).

At the same time, when we repeatedly scorn God's ways and continually follow paths that are destructive and immoral, we will eventually pay a terrible price. We will pay it as a nation, leading to conflict and social disruption and widespread evil. And we will pay it as individuals, leading to addictions and broken relationships and unhappiness and death. The Bible warns, "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. ... Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction" (Galatians 6:7-8).

Don't give in to despair, however. Instead, turn to God and pray for our nation and its leaders (particularly as we enter another election year). Pray too for those around you who do not know Christ, and ask God to help you be a witness to them of Christ's joy and peace. Do they see Christ reflected in you?

Most of all, however, ask God to bring revival to your soul-a revival of love for Christ and His Word, and a revival of love for our lost and chaotic world. Jesus' command to His disciples has never been rescinded: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and. ... love your neighbor as yourself" (Mark 12:30-31).
 
 
This Month's Bible Verse
   
"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."  -2 Timothy 1:7

Featured Quote
   
 "Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened." Billy Graham
Operation Honor Heroes
Stacie and Carrie Stoelting were featured on FOX and Friends on the FOX News Channel. The sisters are heading an effort called Operation Honor Heroes that enables all Americans to easily and effectively give tribute to our heroes.   
Click here to see the interview!
Featured Founding Father
 
Joseph Hewes (January 23, 1730 - November 10, 1779) was one of signers of the Declaration of Independence for North Carolina. He was elected to the North Carolina legislature in 1763, only three years after he moved to the colony. After being re-elected numerous times in the legislature, Hewes eventually became a representative of the Continental Congress in 1774. By 1776, Hewes was appointed as Secretary of the Naval Affairs Committee. John Adams credited Hewes as a man who"laid the foundation, the cornerstone of the American Navy." Alongside General George Washington, Hewes is believed to have become one of the greatest military achievers in American history.  

Order Now
                             
Unite the USA: Discover the ABCs of Patriotism is a new book by Stacie Ruth and Carrie Beth Stoelting. It's a book that empowers patriots to make a big difference in the land we love. With 100+ ways to make a positive difference in America, Unite the USA is a must-have tool for patriots. Unite the USA will inspire and educate Americans to defend faith and freedom. (Important Note: All proceeds go to fund the mission of UnitetheUSA.org.) Order it here today!

 

In God We Still Trust 
A CD by Stacie and Carrie Stoelting
                             
                             
Per request from veterans who love patriotic and inspiring music sung by Stacie and Carrie, In God We Still Trust was recorded. From the National Anthem to "God Bless America" you will be inspired and uplifted about our God-given freedoms. All proceeds go to Unite the USA. Help promote faith and freedom in America. Your support is important and appreciated. Buy or download a copy today.God bless you as you celebrate the red, white, and blue!

 

Booking Info
                             
Celebrate the true spirit of America with Carrie Beth and Stacie Ruth. Book Stacie and Carrie for concert or conference! E-mail info@unitetheusa.org for more information.

 

In God We Still Trust Video

Our country needs to turn to Jesus. Listen to "In God We Still Trust" for inspiration to keep "fighting the good fight". For hope and encouragement, listen to Stacie Ruth and Carrie Beth sing "In God We Still Trust".
 

 

 

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