Saturday, June 2. Day 7 of 67 Days of Prayer
Today we are praying for the following districts:
- Tennessee State House District 19 – Currently represented by Harry Brooks
- Tennessee State House District 20 – Currently represented by Bob Ramsey
- Tennessee State House District 21 – Currently represented by Jimmy Matlock
- Tennessee State Senate District 7 – Currently represented by Richard Briggs
Our call to Prayer
Each day during this call to statewide prayer, we will be sharing a verse about government to guide us in praying. Please read this guide and pray through the scripture that is mentioned. Our commentary is just that – commentary. The word of God stands on its own as a guide to prayer.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17.9 KJV
An Understanding of Depravity
Politicians prove Jeremiah 17.9 constantly. The stench of corruption wafts from some of our county, city, and state government offices like old hamburger meat in a trash can in August. We as a people should see ourselves every bit as wicked, apart from the grace of Christ.
Above bad advisement, above bad theology, above a lack of wisdom, our own hearts will lie to us. This is clear from policy on abortion, gay so-called marriage, laws that focus on prison sentencing instead of restitution (as is required in God’s law. Restitution IS both punitive and restorative) – in more areas than we can list, politicians have listened to their hearts. And it has lead us to great wickedness.
It is important that we pray for our leaders to understand how desperately wicked they are – just as we are. Just as every human is.
This understanding greatly impacts our system of government. It is because of the understanding that man is wicked that we have the understanding that without careful checks and balances, government will degrade.
A Prayer for Day 6 of 67 Days of Prayer
Lord, Your name is known in Knox, Blount, Loudon, and Monroe counties. Thank You for the strong Christian heritage You have given to Your people in these areas.
Father, your word is clear about our hearts. They are deceptive and lead us to wickedness. Without your hand on their lives, our leadership will lead us, deceived, towards wickedness.
Father, please protect our leaders from their own hearts. You said in Ezekiel 36.26 “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.” Father, would you draw the leaders in our state to you? Would you draw the citizens and leaders in Knox County, Blount County, Loudon County, and Monroe Counties to you – and would you give us all hearts of flesh, relieving us of our hearts of stone?
Once more we ask: Father, would You cause a spirit of prayer to well up within the citizenry of Tennessee? Would You cause our state to once more seek Your face? Would you cause us to seek Your will as we vote – but not just in voting Lord, but in our daily lives? Would You move on our hearts and make our homes places of spiritual accountability?
Please click here to download a printable guide of when to pray for each district. Please feel free to email this to other praying Christians, to insert this in your church bulletin, or to post it on your church bulletin board. Make sure you put a copy on your refrigerator or in another prominent place in your home. This guide may be freely reproduced as long as it is not modified.