Give Him 15 Daily Prayer

Oct 2019

Bold As Lions – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“My life has been deeply impacted through the courageous faith of this man (Dietrich Bonhoeffer). I like to think that he and I would have been great friends in life. When I think of Bonhoeffer, I can’t help but think of unstoppable courage—he was truly bold as a lion. 

“Dietrich was one of the first Germans to oppose Adolph Hitler during his rise to power, and to openly support the Jewish people. Instead of cowering down and bowing to the Nazis, he stood virtually alone in calling for the church’s resistance to the persecution of Jews. 

“Bonhoeffer, along with Martin Niemoller and Karl Barth, did all they could to rally support in the Confessing Church movement against the Nazis. As you can imagine, it made them a sure target for the Gestapo. The intensity of Nazi suppression grew stronger against the Confessing Church and also led to Dietrich’s authroization to teach being revoked in 1936. Ultimately, it led to his death. Even as the intimidation and threats of the Gestapo grew worse, it did not stop him from taking necessary risks to voice his convictions. He would often quote Proverbs 31:8, ‘Who will speak up for those who are voiceless?’ It was his burning passion that had to voice defending the Jews in Nazi Germany.” (Brian Gibbs)

“Who will rise up against the wicked? Who will take a stand for me against evildoers?” (Psalm 94:16; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Literally, stand up you are willing to take a stand against evil in America as Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his friends did.
  • Ask God to give you a heart like He gave Dietrich Bonhoeffer—a heart as bold as a lion’s.
  • Anti-semitism, other racism, abortion, homosexuality and gender confusion, and the promotion of other sinful practices, are enemies of the cross of Christ in this nation today. Don’t confuse the sin (promotion of sinful activities and thought processes) with the sinner. We must love the lost to Christ, but we must lovingly separate the sin from the penitent one. Stand in the gap and intercede between what is and ought to be in America.
  • Let God give you His heart and passion for at least one of these issues tearing apart our nation and holding the lost in bondage.
  • Open your mouth and decree His decrees against wickedness in America.
  • Declare that the promoters of wickedness will become silent before the righteous.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, as I stand before You today, give me a heart filled with the boldness and courage you gave Dietrich Boenhoffer and his friends. They stood against a terrifying enemy in their day in the form of the Nazi Gestapo. They had the power to remove him from his job, his livelihood, as well as to ultimately take his life. He didn’t care. He knew what he had to do as a Christian. He was compelled by his love for You to stand up for the Jewish people, even though it meant earthly losses. He knew he had to speak up for the voiceless. Forgive me my fear of loss. Forgive me for desiring comfort above all else. Make me unafraid. If God is for me, who can be against me? If I don’t stand up for those oppressed and attacked for their faith today, what will become of this country? If I don’t take a verbal and active stand for the voiceless, the unborn, will our nation ever turn toward righteousness? I take a stand against the wickedness seeping quickly through the cracks in our nation’s foundations. Sinful things that once were hidden in darkness are now shouted as acceptable, but their way leads to spiritual death. I can’t keep silent and watch my nation embrace the road to hell. I decree that America will find its way back to You in massive outpourings of awakening. The lost will turn from their wickedness and publicly repent of the error of their ways. Turn us, Lord, turn us. Shut the mouths of the accuser of the brethren and let righteousness reign in America. We honor and exalt You, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

We, the Confessing Church in America, will speak up for the voiceless before God and before man!

1 Excerpted with permission from “Bold As Lions”, by Brian Gibbs.

Oct 2019

Discovering Your Roar – The Prophetic Voice

“Have you ever heard the statement, ‘People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care?’ I made this a core value many years ago, and I’ve tried to live by this throughout all my years pastoring and leading people. It’s good to show people you care. It’s good to express love through acts of kindness.

“Yes, we need to show love. We desperately need the power of the Holy Spirit flowing through our hands in signs and wonders and miracles. But let’s not forget that the Holy Spirit is also the voice of prophecy, words of wisdom, words of knowledge, and gifts of faith that cry out to be expressed with words. 

“…People need words. They crave to hear something genuinely prophetic, from someone removed from the absolute closeness of their situation to speak life to them. Unfortunately, many have lost the prophetic voice – their roar. Believers are reading their Bibles, listening to podcasts, attending church, mailing finances to missionaries, but the busyness of this life and the proverbial phrase, ‘People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care,’ has silenced many.” (Brian Gibbs)

“Now I wish that you all spoke in tongues, but even more that you would prophesy; and greater is one who prophesies than one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may receive edifying.” (1 Corinthians 14:5; NASB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Are you more comfortable working the works of Jesus than saying the words of Jesus over people? If so, ask the Lord to give you the faith and grace to operate in the verbal gifts, as well.
  • If you have silenced your prophetic voice over the years, you get to repent.
  • Begin by interceding out loud. Find a place you can speak out your prayers for others. It can be a closet, another room in your home, your office, or your car. It will make it easier to later speak those words to others in person.
  • Commit 1 Corinthians 14:5 to memory and ask God to work this in your life. Exercise this grace gift as often as you can until the prophetic gifts are flowing from your lips.
  • Prophesying over a city or nation is just the same as prophesying over a person. Ask God for words to speak life to America. Declare and decree those things.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, it is much easier to show people how much Jesus loves them by engaging in acts of service. It takes much more faith to speak Your words of life and love and exhortation. The verbal prophetic gifts are not natural for me. Holy Spirit, You are going to need to give me the faith and training to open my mouth and speak prophetically over people. I will find a place to pray out loud and practice. Fill my mouth with Your words. Show me what scriptures to use as Your sword in various situations. Then, make me bold to share those words with the people I have been praying for. In 1 Corinthians 14:5, Apostle Paul said, “Now I wish that you all spoke in tongues, but even more that you would prophesy; and greater is one who prophesies than one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may receive edifying.” This is Your Holy Word. Paul expressed Your heart’s desire for the Church. God, You spoke all things into being. Your words spoken through Your Church into the earth realm even today will bear fruit. This is what You said in the Bible. So, give me Your perfect words to pray over others, to pray into situations, and to pray over our cities and this nation. I desire to be a prophetic mouthpiece in fulfillment of Your Word, Jesus. Fill my mouth. Amen.

Today’s decree:

We will open up our mouths and be the prophetic voice of God to this nation!

1 Excerpted with permission from “Bold As Lions”, by Brian Gibbs.

Oct 2019

A President Under Fire and in Need of Prayer

I don’t know many people who could weather the attacks that President Trump does. Many times it seems like he can hardly breathe without the press or his political rivals attacking. Many changes have occurred in the President’s staff and Cabinet again recently. Many changes may still need to happen. Everywhere we are hearing, “Impeach him!” Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, even made a decision to start impeachment inquiry before there were any charges! Has the government gone mad?

The prophets said this was coming! President Trump is a very bold man. No one could ever accuse him of not speaking his mind! One Christian prophet has likened him to General Patton – a man respected by those he led, but who was rough around the edges. I’ve always liked Patton. I do, however, see a need for the President to seek God, not just his advisors, for increased wisdom. I am convinced he will be known as President Donald John Trump, his full legal name, before his term is out. He has given us more than a strong economy and jobs. He is restoring religious freedom and putting judges in the courts, even 2 Supreme Court justices. He stands for life and the Lord will honor that. We must pray for that encounter of intimacy with the Lord in this next year.

“Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.” (James 4:8; NLT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Ask God to give our president increased, and increasing, wisdom. 
  •  Intercede for him in this season of upheaval, asking God to use the challenges to draw him close and teach him His ways.
  • Many on President Trump’s staff, as well as cabinet members and advisors are men and women of consistent prayer. Pray that their advice will be more and more God’s advice.
  •  Declare that our president will never lose his boldness – in fact, it will keep increasing!
  • Intercede for him, asking the Lord for that encounter He has promised through the prophets, in which he is transformed into Donald John Trump.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, I am asking You to give President Trump wisdom. I respect him, but in areas where he may not be using Your wisdom, show him Your ways. I say he is going to grow in wisdom. May he never lose his boldness! Let his boldness be more and more tempered by the Holy Spirit and by wisdom. I pray that as long as he is in the White House, he will have a backbone of steel. When he knows that something is right, don’t let him bend. I’m asking You to show him what to do as he appoints judges and other key governmental positions. Don’t let him deviate to the right or the left, but let him always appoint the ones that You want. We are so thankful for Your people that You have positioned near Him. Let him hear Your voice through them, but also seek You directly. Let that day arrive, as foretold by Your prophets, in which He encounters the living God. Let his character and name be changed to fit that new man. May he be known as Donald John Trump.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today’s decree:

President Trump will know the Lord and be forever changed. He will continue to change the nation, as God changes him!

Oct 2019

Going Through God’s Doors – The Door is Him

In John 10 there is a great passage where it talks about the Lord being the Great Shepherd of the sheep. He says in that passage, “I am the door.” Let me tell you what that says to me. As you go through the door that the Lord opens for you, at some point you will find out that you are actually passing through Him. He has made a place for you. He has made room for you. He is the entrance. He is the Door.

The doorway, as we have said previously, may be narrow confining or difficult to get through. It may require faith to get through. You may have to take a leap of faith or take a risk to get through. Fears may need to be overcome to get through a door of hope. You may have to say out loud, “I am coming out of this prison.” But, you know what? When you come through on the other side of a door He opens, you come into this awesome pasture. You find the Great Shepherd is the door and He is waiting for you. He leads you through the door.

I understand that sheep gates in biblical times were so narrow that only one sheep at a time could go through. This way, the shepherd could count them and watch for them, because he knew them by name. He could inspect them for any injuries or problems. Then, they would come through into this broad place. He brings them into green pastures with everything they need. On the other side of that door you will find plenty of revelation, plenty to “eat”.  The Great Shepherd is the Door.

“Then Jesus said to them again, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.’”  (John 10:7-9; NKJV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Meditate on the truth that He is the Door you are going through. Think about that. See yourself standing in the doorway. Let Him show you what He is seeing about you as He is watching you go through. Let Him minister to your wounds and speak lovingly to you.
  • Worship Jesus, your Savior, for a while today.
  • As you see yourself standing in the doorway, which is Him, thank Him for all that He has provided. Thank Him for His goodness and forget none of His benefits. Thank Him for the narrow places that have challenged your faith and caused it to grow. Thank Him, because you are learning to follow the leading of Holy Spirit more closely.  Thank Him for renewing your hope and increasing your faith. Thank Him for healing you physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Thank Him.
  • If you have the ability to take communion with Him, do so some time today.

A prayer you can pray:

[Today, I want you to have a very personal time with the Lord. No matter what you are facing, how narrow your path, how filled with obstacles, how great your challenges, He is bringing you through it. He is the door! He is bringing you through. Follow the steps above and come into a new place of refreshing and revelation in Him.]

Today’s decree:

Jesus, we will go through the narrow door today, the door that is YOU!

Oct 2019

Going Through God’s Doors – The Narrow Door

Luke 13:24 talks about a narrow door. It is narrow, but it leads to life. The greek word for narrow is “stanos”. It also means “confined”. I found another interesting thing about this word. One source said it is “narrow or confined as a result of different obstacles or things that might be standing nearby.” In other words, you have a path from here to there, but you have to navigate through a narrow place, because there is a lot of clutter or debris or obstacles in your way. 

Think of going through the woods and going down a narrow path. If you are a hiker or walker, you likely know exactly what I mean. You may need to avoid the edge of a cliff or just be able to squeeze through a rocky outcropping. Some of you have been moving in or out and know what it’s like to navigate through boxes and debris filling a room or hallway, where you have to navigate  a pathway through it all. That’s the description of this word “narrow”. 

So, the Lord is saying that there are times where there is a door opened to us, but there are things in the way. We have to manipulate, maneuver, twist, and squeeze to get through it. We can even miss an open door like this. We are often looking for a big, wide door. We think God’s going to do something so obvious and easy that we just stroll right through once the door opens. Sometimes, He does. Sometimes, that door is very narrow and you will find yourself having to carefully navigate your way forward. Maybe you will be hearing Holy Spirit so clearly that you will just shoot right around the obstacles and get through quickly. So, look carefully and watch. Be on the alert for that narrow door.  

Combine this door with the door of opportunity or “effectual service” in 1 Corinthians 16:9. There were adversaries at that door. This is that. 

“Exert every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.” (Luke 13:24; NET)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • This door can be a door of salvation. Intercede for your lost loved ones to find and be able to navigate through the narrow door to find eternal life.
  • This door can be a door where warfare to advance is necessary. Ask the Lord for the faith and strategy to get past your enemies and through the door into life.
  • Wisdom may be needed at this door. James 1:5 says to ask God for the wisdom you lack and He will provide it without hesitation.
  • The obstacles may be physical. Command the physical obstacles to move out of the way, for God says we can even command a mountain to move if we have the faith for it.
  • Our battles are often in our minds. We may even perceive obstacles in the way that are not there, or are not as big of a deal as our mind makes them out to be. Remind yourself that you have the mind of Christ and ask Jesus what He thinks of the situation. 

A prayer you can pray:

Father, give us revelation of how to navigate through narrow doors you open in our lives. The first door we know is a narrow door is the door of salvation. Few are able to navigate through that door, as they may need to lay some things down or change some things in their life to get through it. Lord, what they don’t know yet is that everything they could ever put aside to follow You will be more than worth it! Grant our lost loved ones the grace to go through the narrow door of salvation!

You also tell us that our spiritual adversaries may wait at the door making it a challenge to get through. Satan and his cohorts will try everything to stop us from going through and into the blessings You have prepared for us on the other side. Give us faith and determination to press through every obstacle for the high prize You have prepared for us if we persevere. We also ask for wisdom to make it through. We don’t know what we don’t know. We know You think differently than we do, so we humbly ask for a grace gift of wisdom to help us know the wise way to navigate through. We don’t want to fall into the enemy’s traps. Where the obstacles are physical ones, we command them to get out of the way! Where the obstacles are in our minds, we ask You, Jesus, to let us think the way You think. In alignment with Your heart and mind, we can overcome everything in our path. We can make it through the narrow door and into our future! 

Our nation is also facing a narrow path forward right now. Our national future is at stake. The enemy knows it and is trying everything to keep us from getting through our national door of destiny to fulfill Your dreams and plans for America. We apply all of the above strategies to the atmosphere that is dark and clouding the way forward. To every plan of darkness, we say, “Flee!” To every person standing in the way, we say, “Go!” Help us to see things from Your perspective, Lord, so we can intercede, war in the heavenlies, decree and declare, and command every block gone until Your righteousness shines like the noonday sun. By Your grace we will make it onto solid ground again. Grace to the mountain, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

Narrow doors full of obstacles are where the Church’s and the nation’s greatest victories  lie! We will not fear, but forge ahead!

Oct 2019

Going Through God’s Doors – A Door of Opportunity

In 1 Corinthians 16, the Apostle Paul says he’ll remain in Ephesus for a while, because “a wide door for effective service has opened to me.” I believe God is about to open some real critical doors of opportunity for some of us. Doors of opportunity are opening.

I think some shifts are coming in the economy where some people who move in that realm and understand it are going to double their net worth. A number of years ago, Chuck Pierce talked about the economy doing some things. He spoke a certain month and said to watch for this and that. Peter Wagner was there and heard the prophecy. He talked to Chuck about it and made sure he understood it clearly. When that month hit, Peter moved his investments. In 2 months, he saved the equivalent of 2 years of his retirement salary. That’s no small thing. At that same time, lots of people lost tens of thousands of dollars. Some lost millions of dollars. But, somebody was listening to the prophet and wasn’t affected. If you look at that as an offsetting of what was lost by others, even those that had no losses came out ahead.

So, what’s going to open for you? I don’t know. It could be something in business. Maybe it’s a new ministry opportunity. It could be regarding a relationship. Is it something you have dreamed about that God is about to move you toward? There is a door opening. Be ready! 

There are also doors of opportunity opening for America. You know how I know this? By the amount of warfare that has picked up nationally. Notice that Paul mentions many adversaries right along with his mention of the newly opened door of opportunity. Watch for the national doors, as well as the personal ones.

“But I will remain in Ephesus until Pentecost; for a wide door for effective service has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.” (1 Corinthians 16:8-9; NASB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Doors of opportunity are doors of service. They may be doors to serve the Lord or doors to serve others. They are often life-changing doors, even doors that determine future direction. Call for the doors of opportunity to clearly form!
  • Intercede for the Body of Christ. Many have grown discouraged and tired. Pray that they lift up their eyes and see with faith the doors of opportunity God is opening to them in this new season. Pray they have the strength to go through their new doors.
  • Can you see the doors of opportunity God may be opening for you? Press into the Lord in that place of intimacy until He can help you see your next door. Just like Peter Wagner did, wait for Him clarify the situation and show you how exactly how to walk through that door. Then, do not hesitate, but go!
  • Declare over the chaos the nation is in, “Doors of opportunity for America, form now! Lord, save our President! God, show the world that Your hand of blessing is on this nation!”
  • Tell the enemy to get out of the doorway, God’s purposes are coming through!

A prayer you can pray:

Father, You are a door-forming God. You form doors of opportunity for us at strategic times in strategic seasons, just like You did for the Apostle Paul in the Bible. He saw his next door of opportunity opening. It was a clear door of service. It was his next assignment. Lead us just like that today. We want to see our doors of opportunity just that clearly, We want to recognize the door even by the adversary sitting on the doorstep. We don’t want to be afraid to war to get through the door. You will make us victorious over that enemy if You have called us to go through that door it’s blocking. Lord, lift Your Ekklesia out of the place of weariness and despair many have come to in the last season. The enemy has surely been trying to wear down the saints. It has even been working, because the onslaught has been overwhelming. If You did not stay his hand, we would not even be able to crawl over the thresholds of the new opportunities. It’s been like this for our President and many of his Cabinet Secretaries, also. Send prophets to help them know what is happening to them. Let the Church commit to pray for these national leaders. Keep good men and women from retiring from Congress, if they are needed there. Refresh them if they are so tired they can’t take it any more. Let us tell them we are with them in the battle for the nation’s future. We say, “Doors of opportunity for America, form now! God, show the world that Your hand of blessing is on this nation!” In the mighty name of Jesus! Amen.

Today’s decree:

The door of opportunity that is forming will bring blessing to many Believers who have ears to hear and eyes to see.

Oct 2019

Going Through God’s Doors – The Door of Revelation

There is a door spoken of in the book of Revelation. In Chapter 4, verse 1, God speaks personally to John. However, the Lord spoke to me and said that this passage is for us, as well. One of the things that happens when we go through God’s doors is that we receive an increase in revelation. That is especially true in this season. He is showing many of us things about our future. He is showing us things to come. 

I pretty much live in transition, but the Lord usually gives me a few months to finish something I am doing, and then to move into something else. In the middle of that season, I really need to press into Him to see what He needs me to see. Do you ever go through times like that? It seems kind of dark, but He still presses you into Him to see. You know something is coming, but He still hasn’t shown you exactly what it is. This is the time to press through the door of revelation.

The way this works is kind of like the dawn of a new day. I don’t know about you, but I love to be out there in the dark and watch the world wake up. You can kind of make stuff out, but then when the light gets brighter it may not be exactly what you thought it was. You keep waiting. When things finally get into focus you may see you are not where you want to be at all. Other times, you may be unsure of where you’re at, but when the light is bright and the picture becomes fully clear, you find you are exactly where you need to be. 

When you go through the door, light comes. Revelation comes. You see things clearly and you know where you are, for better or worse. You can get your bearings and, if need be, adjust course. Go through the door of revelation.

“After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, ‘Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.’” (Revelation 4:1; NKJV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Are you in a transition in your life regarding your relationships, business, ministry, or calling?
  • Are you having any trouble seeing your way forward? Do things seem more cloudy than clear?
  • Are you willing to see that you are not where you should be? Are you willing to see that you are exactly where you need to be?
  • Say, “Lord, I will step through Your door of revelation, so You can show me what must take place next.”
  • Ask the Lord what His next steps for you are.
  • Thank Him in advance for His provision, freedom, and rest, and look forward to a deeper level of intimacy with Him in the new season ahead.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, we are stepping through the door of revelation today. Show us what we need to see. Whether its a businessman who needs to expand or relationships you are connecting or something to do with ministry, give us the faith to step through the door to see it. Whatever it is You have coming for us—a different emphasis, a book to write, or a relocation—help us to go through the door with faith. Show us how to navigate through any obstacles that might get in the way. Give us the courage to do this. Let us be convinced that beyond the narrow place we are currently in, there is a pasture with plenty of provision and rest and all that is needed for the new season You are leading us into. You are going to take us out of a cramped place and put us where we are supposed to be. You want to open the door of any cages we have been in and teach us to fly, to soar. You want to take any limitations off of us. We must see ourselves as You see us. We must see our way forward. Beyond the door is a “within-the-veil” relationship with You; closeness with You. As You reveal the way forward, we will find our perfect path, our perfect future, and we will find rest for our souls, Jesus. Amen.    

Today’s decree:

We are stepping through the door of revelation and finding the way forward for our lives and this nation’s future.

Oct 2019

Supreme Court Cases – R.G. and G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. Equal Opportunity Commission

The U. S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on this case today. It is bound to be a landmark case. Harris Funeral Homes is being represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, a firm protecting the constitutionally protected religious freedom and rights of the Christian community. You can read the details of this case on the ADF’s website here

The question before the Court will be whether the funeral home engaged in sexual discrimination when one of its funeral directors requested to operate within the business as transgendered. The owner of the family business, Tom, refused and the two parted ways. A lawsuit ensued, which has now made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Federal employment law does not currently include sexual orientation as a protected class in private business. 

If the Harris Funeral Homes wins the case, it will enforce the fact that only Congress can make laws. Judges can only interpret, not create, law. If the Supreme Court sides with the EEOC, there may be many repercussions. “Sex”, currently meaning “male or female”, will be redefined to include “gender orientation”. Equal opportunities for women could be undermined. More importantly, private employers, such as Tom, may be forced to position employees in situations that violate the privacy of other employees or even the clients or customers their businesses serve. The website has examples of these situations.

We believe that the civil rights of all individuals are currently protected under the law. Therefore, making sexual orientation a special protected class, beyond male or female, is unnecessary. 

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27; ESV)

“The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:31; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Check your heart attitude before you intercede today. Intercede from a position of love and justice, not one of anger and hatred.
  • Stand in the gap between what is and ought to be in the R.G. and G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. Equal Opportunity Commission case.
  • Pray for wisdom, truth, and influence for the attorneys for Alliance Defending Freedom, who are representing the funeral home. They are also representing the constitutionally protected right of religious freedom for all private business owners. 
  • Pray for Tom and bless his family business. 
  • Pray for the unnamed funeral director that filed suit against Tom. Ask God to minister to the deepest needs of his heart and life, and pray that he would know the very real love that God has for him through Jesus’ great sacrifice for him. 
  • Intercede for each of the Supreme Court Justices. The reason this case is before the Court today is because lower court judges have legislated from the bench. Judges are appointed, not elected, and their role is not to create federal legislation that the U. S. Congress has not made. Straighten this out in the spirit realm.
  • Begin to familiarize yourself with the Supreme Court’s processes, calendar and cases. Here is the 2019-2020 docket.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, I come before You today and ask You to judge the condition of my heart, so I might intercede for this case and my nation correctly. I need to see this situation as You see it. You love everyone involved and I pray each and every one involved would come to know that love. I pray for Tom and I bless his business. I pray for the funeral director and ask that he might come to know You as the lover and the savior of his soul. Our U. S. Constitution has laid out laws for us that we must all live by. Wherever they have been unjust and inequitable in the past, they have needed changed and have been changed. I am thankful for that and do not desire that anyone should be denied their equal rights under the law. I believe our current laws provide those protections to men and women of all races and religious persuasions. I do not believe one group should receive special protections over another. This is where Your wisdom and intervention are needed. I intercede for the attorneys from Alliance Defending Freedom as they present this case before the U. S. Supreme Court today. I pray for each Supreme Court Justice. Let them judge with righteous judgement, as led by the Constitution, and not by their political persuasions. Stop them from making laws from the bench! That is the role of the Congress, our legislative branch of government. Lord, let Your Kingdom come and Your will be done in this nation today in Jesus’ name. amen.

Today’s decree:

The U. S. Supreme Court justices will not make law, but only verify that the laws of the land line up with the U. S. Constitution.

Note: The Supreme Court Justices will deliberate on this later in the week and their decision will be made known at a much later date, perhaps as late as June 2020. Pray for the rest of the week regarding this case, as the justices decide how to act on what they hear today.

Oct 2019

Going Through God’s Doors – Pioneer or Settler?

The early pioneers to America left their homes, their businesses, their families. They traveled uncharted waters and faced many hazards. The risks were numerous. They came to a land that was new. It was largely unknown and unexplored. They had no idea what they were going to face. Indeed, many of them would not survive. They built a settlement and put a wall around it. A couple of years later, there was a great argument among them, because some of them wanted to build a road westward for about a mile. Those that wanted the road wanted to explore a little bit and see what the land was like. Those that didn’t want to build the road were fearful. They said, “We don’t know what’s out there. We’ve got this nice fort and wall to protect us, and we are satisfied right here. 

What happened to those people that had gone all the way across an ocean to a place they’d never seen? They had had such a pioneer spirit, then a couple of short years later they wouldn’t go one mile! Something very subtle had happened. They had gone from being a pioneer to a settler. Now, they were satisfied. 

Don’t ever stop short. Get all that God wants to give you! Don’t be afraid of the new or the unknown. It will require some faith, but you have faith. Go through that door of faith. 

“Jesus told his disciples: ‘Have faith in God! If you have faith in God and don’t doubt, you can tell this mountain to get up and jump into the sea, and it will. Everything you ask for in prayer will be yours, if you only have faith.’” (Mark 11:22-24; CEV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Examine your walk with God. Are you a settler or a pioneer? 
  • Do you have the faith to pioneer and go where God sends you?
  • Do you have the faith to move when God says move or change when He says change, or will you ignore Him because you are comfortable where you are?
  • Does any fear of change in you affect your walk with the Lord?Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you.
  • Is there something He has asked you to do that you have put off? Good news! You can repent and get back on track!
  • Has there been a mountain in your life that you have been unable to overcome and you know it is because you haven’t had to faith to see it come down? Stir yourself up in your most holy faith right now and tell that mountain to move!

A prayer you can pray:

God, there have been times in my life where I am so content in You that I want things to remain in that place forever. I don’t want anything to change. I admit that I like the status quo and the comfort. Just like those early American settlers, the thought of anything affecting that comfort becomes unsettling. However, You are always on the move. You are unchanging in Your nature and character, but You are always moving the Church forward. You know what You need to do to get us to advance Your Kingdom. You are even okay to shake our lives up a bit. Your Kingdom is ever-expanding and we must not settle or we may end up going backward. I repent. If there is something You have destined for me to do to expand Your Kingdom, I agree to do so. If there is intercession that’s mine to decree and declare, then give me the words of faith to do it. If there is someone you want me to share with or a work You want me to start for You, then stir me up and make Your plan clear! If there is a mountain needing moved, I’m Your person! There are some pretty big mountains this nation is facing. Swamps need drained, our President needs prayer, new Supreme Court justices need seated, abortion must end, human trafficking must be solved, the races must respect one another, and on and on. Link me together with like-hearted other pioneers so America can be saved, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

We pioneers of God are going to move the nation’s mountains!

Oct 2019

Going Through God’s Doors – The Door of Faith

In Acts 14:27, it talks about a door of faith. It will require faith to go through the door that God has prepared for you. It always takes faith. You have to be able to risk a little. You have to be able to set your affections and your heart on Him, and move into the unseen realm. You have to be willing to believe that the things you couldn’t do yesterday, you will do today. Where hope-deferred set in before, you will come out into a new hope-filled place. You have to be willing to risk and to believe again.

One of the reasons we don’t come out of a hope-deferred place sometimes is because we get so shattered, we can’t bring ourselves to believe any more. We don’t want to be hurt or disappointed again. 

An African animal called an impala can run fast and jump 20 or 30 feet. Zookeepers know it only takes a wall 3 feet high to keep one captive. If they wanted to, they could leap over that wall in their sleep. Why does a 3 foot high wall keep them in captivity? Because they will not jump when they cannot see where their feet are going to land. This is an awesome picture of what our fear and unbelief does to us. It just paralyzes us. Could this be why we call moving forward in faith a “leap of faith”?

“And when they arrived and gathered the church together, they declared all that God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles.” (Acts 14:27; NIV

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Are any effects of hope-deferred still hanging around? God back and look at yesterday’s post and prayer points.
  • Say, “Hope will move to faith when I begin to see His will manifest.”
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to cause faith to arise in you. Choose to take a leap of faith again.
  • Pray in your heavenly language if you have one. Ask the Holy Spirit for one if you don’t. “And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.” (Acts 19:6; JUB
  • Tell the Lord that you want to begin to take greater and greater leaps of faith in your intercession and decrees. 
  • Ask the Lord for a verse of scripture to act as a sword of the Lord, then prophecy the Word of the Lord over your situation!
  • Rejoice in Him!

A prayer you can pray:

Father, hopelessness has got to go in my life! Doubt and unbelief have to go! Form a new door of faith for me. Give me a new opportunity to get up and leap through that door of faith! Hope will move to faith when I begin to see Your will manifest. Activate the gift of tongues in me, Holy Spirit. Let the gift increase as I use it. Let faith cause it to grow and develop into a powerful verbal weapon of war. That negative and frightening thing that happened to me yesterday will not happen again today! Holy Spirit, You can bypass my mind and fill me with faith, preparing me to intercede and decree as I speak in tongues. It is amazing! [Speak in tongues for a bit. Speak in tongues strong and free!] Let God arise and every one of my enemies be scattered. Remove the doubt and unbelief from me, Jesus. Let me believe Your Word and act on it. Lead me to specific scriptures to use as weapons of war against my spiritual enemies. Seeing them flee will increase my faith! Seeing my circumstances begin to turnaround will increase my faith! I decree that a door of faith is forming right in front of me and I am going to get through it! I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Jesus, I will rejoice in You with every small step of faith I take! Amen.

Today’s decree:

We will walk through the door of faith God is opening to His Church!

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