Give Him 15 Daily Prayer


16
Jul 2019

Offenses Will Come – Part 1

In Luke 17:1, Jesus is teaching His disciples and he uses a word translated “stumbling blocks”, which could also be translated “offenses”. What is a stumbling block or offense? The Greek word here is “scandalon”. We get the word, “scandal” from it, because sometimes when you do “offensive” things, it can create a scandal. There was an object that was a “scandalon”. It was the trigger on a trap, used to trap animals. They would take a raw piece of meat and put it on the trigger of the trap. Then, when the animal would take the meat, take the bait, the trap would be sprung and the animal would be captured. It was also used to describe a pit where they would throw meat or something enticing, then an animal would jump in but couldn’t get out because the pit was too deep.  They would be caught. The point here is that you are going to be baited time and time again in life to pick up an offense.

Sometimes someone will say something to you that hurts, or does something to you that you don’t like. Sometimes it isn’t even wrong, but you have a place in you that’s susceptible. So, time and time again, you are going to go through moments in life where you are tempted to take the bait. When you do take up that offense, then you are snared, and you will be in trouble. Jesus said that it was inevitable that offenses would come. Don’t you love that promise?

“He said to His disciples, ‘It is inevitable that stumbling blocks should come, but woe to him through whom they come. It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he was thrown into the midst of the sea, than that he should cause one of these little ones to stumble. Be on your guard. If your brother sins, rebuke him. If he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times a day, saying, “I repent,” forgive him.’” (Luke 17:1-4; NASB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Acknowledge to the Lord that His Word is true and offenses will come into your life.
  • Ask the Lord to teach you how to deal with your responses to offense.
  • Pray for those who you believe have  offended you and repent for where you know you have offended others. This prepares your heart for the Lord’s instruction.
  • Become alert to how national issues affect your emotions. Are you offended at the political side you disagree with? Are you interceding or just reacting? Have you become offended. Be honest with the Lord about this. He already knows.
  • Intercede for those you know are attempting to “bait” an entire society for their political purposes.
  • Ask the Lord to work with you until you are able to keep from taking the bait the enemy throws out for you.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, it is sobering to realize that You have said that offenses will come in our lives. Indeed, they do. There are many opportunities to become offended. There are situations that offend us personally. There are national situations that offend us, culturally, morally, and spiritually. You must train us how to deal with offenses that come our way. We need to look at why they came and who they came through. If You have any part in allowing the offenses, what are You after in allowing them? These are lessons we must learn; new things we want to learn about Your nature. Our country is dealing with many matters that can offend us. We can read or listen to the news daily and get offended all over again at certain circumstances. However, You would have us intercede, not react. You would have us carefully watch and seek You and pray, not post all over social media, as fast as we can do so. Jesus, keep us from taking the bait and getting snared, which could cause us to lose our voice. Help us to look for opportunities to extend grace and to forgive. Lord, heal our nation, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Today’s decree:

May God’s people turn away from the bait the enemy is throwing down in the nation!


15
Jul 2019

Women, Walk in Your Calling! You Are Anointed and Dangerous!

“Does everyone have Judges 4 and 5 in their Bibles? Has anyone torn them out? I ask that question, because I rarely hear anyone, at least in evangelical circles, preaching from Judges 4 and 5. Why is that? Because, the primary character in this narrative, Deborah, does not fit modern American evangelical religious tradition. We don’t know what to do with her, so we just ignore her. I think that’s a big mistake.

“You know the story. God is the one that raised up the judges. It was not man’s opinion or vote. God Himself appointed the leaders of Israel at that time. Deborah was appointed by God to be the Judge of Israel and the Prophet of the Lord in that season. I have heard leaders in the American Church say, ‘Deborah was a judgement on Israel. Israel was backslidden at the time and one of the ways God deals with that is to give female leadership.’ There is a problem with that interpretation. First, the Bible never says that. It says that God appointed these leaders, including Deborah. It also says that because of Deboarh’s leadership, Israel enjoyed 40 years of peace! 

“Deborah was very sensitive to the Holy Spirit. She listened to God and understood by the Spirit that the nation was in danger. She understood that the enemy out-numbered them 10-1 and had [advanced weapons of war.] It was a very serious moment in the history of Israel. This woman of God that was attuned to His voice and partnering with Him, went out across Israel and spoke to all the tribes, and rallied an army. Then, she went to her General, Barak, and told him that they had to go to war. She said, ‘The enemy is going to be invading. We have to be ready, and if we will trust in the Lord, He will overthrow the enemy, even though we are out-numbered.’ 

“Barak told Deborah, ‘If you will go with me, I will go. But, if you will not go with me, I will not go.’ Some say that this is evidence that Barak is some kind of a ‘momma’s boy’, because he would not go to war without a woman. However, giftings of God have nothing to do with gender. Barak was not concerned about gender here. He was honoring the office and the anointing that was on this woman. Barak didn’t want to be in battle without the Prophet of God by his side! If you are not sure about this, go to Hebrews 11, where Barak is mentioned as a hero of faith. She prophesies that the battle will be won by a woman, then she goes with him, a beautiful picture of gender partnership. God did a miracle and wiped out the entire enemy army, except for their leader, Sisera. Sisera was killed by a very wise woman, named Jael. She dealt him a lethal blow. She is one of 5 women in the Bible that dealt their enemies lethal blows.” (J. Lee Grady)

“Villagers in Israel would not fight; they held back until I, Deborah, arose, until I arose, a mother in Israel. ‘Wake up, wake up, Deborah! Wake up, wake up, break out in song!’ ‘Arise, Barak! Take captive your captives, son of Abinoam.’ Most blessed of women be Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, most blessed of tent-dwelling women. He asked for water, and she gave him milk; in a bowl fit for nobles she brought him curdled milk. Her hand reached for the tent peg, her right hand for the workman’s hammer. She struck Sisera, she crushed his head, she shattered and pierced his temple. At her feet he sank, he fell; there he lay. At her feet he sank, he fell; where he sank, there he fell—dead.” (Judges 5:7, 12, 24-27; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Ask God to forgive the American Church for largely discounting the gift of the Holy Spirit in women who know Him. What great power the Church could have!
  • Ask the Lord to release revelation of the passages of scripture where women are called and anointed of God. We need to be done with this argument in the Church.
  • Declare, “The early Church very clearly understood that gifting came from the Holy Ghost and that none of that gifting was about our ability.”
  • Intercede for women to shake off fear, and societal and denominational traditions of men.
  • Say, “Women of God, rise up and be everything God has created you to be! Come alongside your brothers in Christ and war in the Spirit together until every enemy is routed form this land!”

A prayer you can pray:

God, forgive the Church of America! Half the army of God in this nation has their arms tied behind their backs—by the Church. “We are missing the boat in not empowering Christian women. We, the Church, have a challenge before us. The Holy Spirit in this hour in which we live is trying to get a message across that we must unlock the potential of our women. We must recognize that spiritual gifts do not come in pink and blue packages. When the Holy Spirit was poured out on the early Church, there were not pink flames on the women and blue flames on the men. The early Church very clearly understood that gifting came from the Holy Ghost and that none of that gifting was about our ability. It is something supernatural working on the inside of we jars of clay, male or female. Lord, You love to take even the weakest of those vessels and display Your power. We must train our women to become fearless, even as Deborah and Jael were.” We must train our men to understand how much they need the advantage of the gifts of the Holy Spirit in women. In man and woman together is the fullness of the Holy Spirit revealed! In that united strength is where the enemy is routed! The American Church needs this revelation! Do it, Jesus! Amen.

Today’s decree:

“Women, walk in your calling! There are some Kingdom assignments reserved for women!”

1 Learn more about J. Lee Grady here.


14
Jul 2019

The Brave, the Strong, the Proud, the Free

“In June of 1775, the Continental Congress created a unified army out of the revolutionary forces encamped around Boston and New York, and named after the great George Washington, Commander-in-Chief.

“The Continental Army suffered the bitter winter of Valley Forge, found glory across the waters of the Delaware, and seized victory from Cornwallis of Yorktown.

“At Fort McHenry, under the rockets’ red glare, it had nothing but victory. And when dawn came, their Star Spangled Banner waved defiant. 

“At Shiloh, Antietam, and Gettysburg, our soldiers gave the last full measure of devotion for the true unity of our nation and the freedom of all Americans.  

“In the trenches of World War One, an Army Sergeant named Alvin York faced an inferno of enemy fire and refused to retreat. He said, ‘I won’t leave. I won’t stop.’ He shot his rifle 18 times, killing 18 of the enemy. When they fixed bayonets and charged, he killed seven more. The entire German machine gun battalion surrendered because of one man, Alvin York.

“A generation later, the Army returned to Europe, and embarked upon a great crusade. With knives and rifles in hand, the Rangers scaled the cliffs of Normandy. The 101st Airborne leapt into the danger from above, illuminated only by enemy flares, explosions, and burning aircraft. They threw back the Nazi empire with lightning of their own, from the turrets of Sherman tanks and the barrels of the M1 rifle.

“Outnumbered, American warriors fought through the bunkers of Pork Chop Hill and held the line of civilization in Korea.

“In the elephant grass of Vietnam, the First Cavalry made its stand amid a forest consumed in flame, with enemies at every single turn.

“The Army brought America’s righteous fury down to Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and cleared the bloodthirsty killers from their caves.

“They liberated Fallujah and Mosul, and helped liberate and obliterate the ISIS caliphate, just recently, in Syria.  One hundred percent gone. 

“Through the centuries, our soldiers have always pointed towards home, proclaiming, ‘This We’ll Defend.’

“The future belongs to the brave, the strong, the proud, and the free. We are one people, chasing one dream, and one magnificent destiny.  We all share the same heroes, the same home, the same heart, and we are all made by the same Almighty God.” (President Donald J Trump; Salute to America)

“When you go out to battle against your enemies and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt, is with you. When you are approaching the battle, the priest shall come near and speak to the people. He shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel, you are approaching the battle against your enemies today. Do not be fainthearted. Do not be afraid, or panic, or tremble before them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.’” (Deuteronomy 20:1-4; NASB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Before you go on, declare this over yourself, then over the Body of Christ, “Hear, oh Church, you are approaching the battle against your enemies today. Do not be fainthearted. Do not be afraid, or panic, or tremble before them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.”
  • The United States is fighting or facing a number of potential battles. Some are with other nations, some are moral, and some are internal governmental power struggles. Ask the Lord to target your prayers to at least one of them. (We have given you some to consider below.) 
  • Start by saying, “This, we will defend! Show us how to intercede, Lord. This battle belongs to You!”
  • Physical battles: Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and others (click here for a current map.)
  • Where the enemy is threatening: Iran and North Korea.
  • Moral battles: abortion and the fight for Life, gender identity, racial division, other human sexuality/purity, drugs and the opiod epidemic, and pornography and sex-trafficking.
  • Political and governmental division and in-fighting, including hatred of President Trump, the crisis at the U.S. southern border, economics and the rise of socialism.

A prayer you can pray:

God, I declare, “Hear, oh Church, you are approaching the battle against your enemies today. Do not be fainthearted. Do not be afraid, or panic, or tremble before them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.” (Choose a topic from the list above. Let Holy Spirit touch your heart for at least one of these matters. Do research, if need be, so you are praying with insight and current information. Before you intercede, say, “This, I will defend! Show me how to intercede, Lord. This battle belongs to You!”)

Today’s decree:

“The Lord is fighting our nation’s battles. He will save America!”


13
Jul 2019

The Natural and Supernatural Air Force

“On a cold December morning in 1903, a miracle occurred over the dunes of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, when two bicycle makers from Ohio defied gravity with a 12-horsepower engine, wings made of cotton, and just a few dollars in their pockets. Just six years later, America was training its first pilots to take these magnificent machines up and over the field of battle.

“In World War I, our flyboys rushed the skies of Europe, and aces like Eddie Rickenbacker filled hearts and headlines with tales of daring duels in the clouds.

General Billy Mitchell saw the promise of this technology, and risked court martial in his quest for an independent air force. He was proven right when empires across the oceans tried to carve up the world for themselves, and America stood in the way. We wouldn’t let it happen. 

“After Pearl Harbor, Lieutenant Colonel James Doolittle and his raiders flew B-25 bombers off a carrier deck in the deep Pacific in a daring feat of American resolve.

“And, as President Roosevelt said, the Nazis built a fortress around Europe, ‘but [they] forgot to put a roof on it.’ So we crushed them all from the air. One hundred and seventy-seven Liberator Bombers flew dangerously low, through broad daylight without fighter protection, to cripple the Nazi war machine at Ploiești. More than 300 airmen gave their lives to destroy the enemy oil refineries. And five pilots were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for their actions in that single raid. 

“It was airman Chuck Yeager who first broke the sound barrier. It was airmen like Gus Grissom and Buzz Aldrin, who traded their Sabre jets for rockets to the stars. And it is our incredible airmen today who wield the most powerful weapons systems on the planet Earth.

“For over 65 years, no enemy air force has managed to kill a single American soldier because the skies belong to the United States of America. 

“No enemy has attacked our people without being met by a roar of thunder, and the awesome might of those who bid farewell to Earth, and soar into the wild blue yonder. They are the United States Air Force.” (President Donald J. Trump; Salute to America)

“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12; NET)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Take a minute and click on the links provided, which show the history President Trump is talking about. The people and stories are very interesting and worth knowing about! Consider spiritual principles, as you read about natural battles and tactics.
  • Pray that God raises up a new generation of men and women who are as brave and innovative as those mentioned by the president.
  • Intercede for our veterans again today—those who have fought bravely for the freedom of this land we all love.
  • Ask God to increase the numbers in His spiritual “Air Force”, the intercessors, whom He calls to war in the heavenlies for peace on the earth.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, it is exciting to read the stories of our history and those who fought in battles that kept us free. Bless these men the President mentions, if they are still living. Give them comfort and mercy in their old age. Let them know how thankful we are for them. Let our children learn about them in school. Don’t let the history including these men be lost. Let a new generation of men and women be inspired to serve our country, as they learn of these who have done great exploits on behalf of our freedom. Let all veterans be well cared for, prayed for, and thought of daily. Don’t let any be forgotten, even if their names are not in Wikipedia. Every veteran is important. We are here today because of them. We feel the same about members of Your “Air Force”, the intercessors You raise up and train up to war in the heavenlies for the freedom of men and women in the earth. God, raise up more of us. Raise up those who can teach and train a new generation in intercession. Let us war in the heavenlies for peace in the U.S.A., in Jesus’ name, amen.

Today’s decree:

God’s Air Force will rule the atmosphere over America!


12
Jul 2019

Honoring America’s Warriors

“America’s fearless resolve has inspired heroes who defined our national character.

“It has willed our warriors up mountains and across minefields. It has liberated continents, split the atom, and brought tyrants and empires to their knees.

“Here with us this evening is Earl Morse. After retiring from the Air Force, Earl worked at a VA hospital in Ohio. Earl found that many World War II veterans could not afford to visit their memorial on the National Mall. So Earl began the very first ‘Honor Flights,’ that have now brought over 200,000 World War II heroes to visit America’s monument. Earl, thank you. We salute you.

“Our warriors form a hallowed roll call of American patriots, running all the way back to the first souls who fought and won American independence. Today, just as it did 243 years ago, the future of American freedom rests on the shoulders of men and women willing to defend it. We are proudly joined tonight by heroes from each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, including three recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Thank you.

“They, and thousands before us, served with immense distinction, and they loved every minute of that service.” (President Donald J. Trump; Salute to America)

“Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle.” (Psalm 144:1; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Warfare is a common theme in the Bible. Do a quick study in Joshua 6 (Jericho), Joshua 7 and 8 (Ai – a battle lost), Judges 7 through 8:21 (Gideon’s battle), 1 Samuel 17 (David and Goliath), and Revelation 19:11-21 (Armageddon).
  • Note in the passages above why God put them in the eternal record of the Word.
  • Today, our battle is not against flesh and blood, but powers and principalities in heavenly places. We do spiritual battle in prayer and intercession. Read Ephesians 6 to remind yourself of this.
  • Earthly armies have a necessary purpose in any government. They keep the people safe by routing threatening foreign armies. Thank the Lord for them!
  • Call for the armies of the U.S.A. and the intercession of the Church to press through together for a full routing of the enemies of God and America’s future.
  • Bless men and women, like former Air Force medic, Earl Morse, for their care and concern for the veterans who have fought for our freedom, from World War II to modern battlefields.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, war is a terrible necessity. No one loves it, but many understand that it is sometimes the only way for evil to be stopped. In order for our general populace to be safe and for our society to continue, we need brave soldiers on the battlefields. Your Word shows us examples of wars fought with purpose. They were fought to gain God-given territory, to back off threatening enemies, to show forth Your Glory and power to the enemies of freedom, and to stop demonic activity threatening total global annihilation in its tracks. You have raised up an army of intercessors in Your Church. We are those who partner with You and intercede, even as our earthly soldiers fight hard against real enemies. We in the Spirit, and they in the natural, keep the enemies of our nation and the earth at bay. Lord, let us press in together to keep the world free from tyranny. May we stop the demonic realm from adjusting the timeline You have laid out in Your Word. We bless those, like Earl Morse, who notice and honor those soldiers who have given the best of their lives to serve in the United States’ armed forces. We are so thankful for all who have served. God, bless them and God, bless America! In the Name of Jesus, amen.

Today’s decree:

“We honor the men and women willing to defend the honor of America.”


11
Jul 2019

Risking It All for Equality and Justice

“Throughout our history, our country has been made ever greater by citizens who risked it all for equality and justice. 100 years ago this summer, the women’s suffrage movement led Congress to pass the constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote. 

“In 1960, a thirst for justice led African American students to sit down at the Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina. It was one of the very first civil rights sit-ins and it started a movement all across our nation.

Clarence Henderson was 18-years-old when he took his place in history. Almost six decades later, he is here tonight in a seat of honor. Clarence, thank you for making this country a much better place for all Americans.  

“In 1963, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., stood here on these very steps [at the Lincoln Memorial and called on our nation to live out the ‘true meaning of its creed,’ and ‘let freedom ring’ for every citizen all across our land.” (President Donald J, Trump; Salute to America)

“Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth.” (Psalms 67:4; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Thank the Lord that He makes us One through the cross of Jesus. 
  • Declare, “No person or government can take away the equality that God has said is ours through the cross. We are equal as male and female. We are equal, though different races. We are equal despite our economic circumstances. Jesus died for us all just the same!”
  • Say, “The United States of America is a nation where struggles for justice and equality have had good results; not perfect, but in positive strides forward.”
  • Identificationally repent for times Christians limited or even persecuted others, following societal mores, instead of following scripture.
  • Ask the Lord to use His people to refine the atmosphere of  justice and equality in America. We should be the ones raising the standard high!

A prayer you can pray:

Father, You are the Creator of all. Jesus, You are the Savior. Holy Spirit, You are the unifier of Your Body, making us one, even as You are One. No person or government can take away the equality that You said is ours through the cross. We are equal as male and female. We are equal, though different races. We are equal despite our economic circumstances. Jesus, You died for us all just the same! We, Your Church, should be honoring of the equality of men and women, races and classes, more than any other group on earth. Yet, we have so often failed. We have followed generational patterns. We have honored society’s and the institutionalized church’s “rules”, instead of Your Word. We have even used Your Word to justify our prejudices and the limitations of others. Yet, the United States of America is a nation where struggles for justice and equality have had good results; not perfect, but we have managed to make positive strides forward. Father, forgive us and let us get the walls all the way down. Let us love one another with a holy and righteous love, that sets captives free. Jesus, we honor and embrace Your Word as Truth, and we will not defer from it. So, lead us, guide us, and direct us, Holy Spirit, to establish true justice and equality in this nation. We honor those who have gone before us and honor those doing their part now, in Jesus’ Name, amen.

Today’s decree:

We honor those who risked it all for equality and justice in America!


10
Jul 2019

The American Spirit

“A righteous American spirit forged our glorious Constitution.

“Rugged American character led the legendary explorers, Lewis and Clark, on their perilous expedition across an untamed continent.  It drove others to journey West and stake out their claim on the wild frontier.

“Devotion to our founding ideals led American patriots to abolish the evil of slavery, secure civil rights, and expand the blessings of liberty to all Americans. 

“This is the noble purpose that inspired Abraham Lincoln to rededicate our nation to a new birth of freedom, and to resolve that we will always have a government of, by, and for the people. 

“Our quest for greatness unleashed a culture of discovery that led Thomas Edison to imagine his lightbulb, Alexander Graham Bell to create the telephone, the Wright Brothers to look to the sky and see the next great frontier. For Americans, nothing is impossible. 

“Exactly 50 years ago this month, the world watched in awe as Apollo 11 astronauts launched into space with a wake of fire and nerves of steel, and planted our great American flag on the face of the moon.

“Our nation’s creativity and genius lit up the lights of Broadway and the soundstages of Hollywood. It filled the concert halls and airwaves around the world with the sound of jazz, opera, country, rock and roll, and rhythm and blues. It gave birth to the musical, the motion picture, the Western, the World Series, the Super Bowl, the skyscraper, the suspension bridge, the assembly line, and the mighty American automobile. 

“It led our citizens to push the bounds of medicine and science to save the lives of millions.

“Americans always take care of each other. That love and unity held together the first pilgrims, it forged communities on the Great Plains, it inspired Clara Barton to found the Red Cross, and it keeps our nation thriving today.

“From our earliest days, Americans of faith have uplifted our nation.” (President Donald J. Trump; Salute to America)

“Then Moses said to the Israelites, ‘See, the Lord has chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills… He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers.’” (Exodus 30:30-31,35; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Thank God for the many societal advancements He has birthed through this nation, which was dedicated to Him.
  • Identificationally repent for the exportation of many demonic influences, such as drugs, pornography, and sex trafficking, that have also come from the U.S.A.
  • Pray for men and women to know the Lord and dedicate to Him the gifts and talents He gave them, for the betterment of humanity.
  • Ask God to open up the eyes of the Church to see that our gifts and talents are not just for inside the walls of our church buildings!
  • Pray for Believers in an arena of influence that you are familiar with – government, the arts, the military, law, medicine, finance, sports, etc. 
  • Now, intercede for the salvation of the lost in that area, so that their gifts can glorify God!

A prayer you can pray:

God, You have made America great! Throughout our history, You have blessed us with creativity, innovation, and advancement, above other nations. I believe this is because our nation was dedicated to You over and over again by our Founding Fathers and other leaders since. Men and women have dedicated their lives, their gifts, their talents, and their fortunes to You and Your purposes. Even those who don’t know You have found great insight and revelation from our shores, which have benefited the whole earth. Thank You! Forgive us where we have innovated and exported heinous, unspeakable things. Remove that blight from us. We arrest those demonic forces of darkness working from our land! Deliver us, Lord. Send revival and clean us up! Glorify Yourself in Your Church. Remove any blinders or limitations Christians place on themselves to believe their gifts and talents are for inside the walls of ministries and churches. How ridiculous! What a great plan the enemy has in that lie! May the fullness of who You have created Your Church to be manifest in this country now! Increase! Increase! Increase! Let the evangelists go to work in their areas of influence and bring the lost into the Kingdom, so Your Kingdom can advance in every area of society, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Today’s decree:

Americans of faith will continue, as they always have, to uplift our nation!


09
Jul 2019

When Courage is in the Foundation

As the delegates debated the Declaration in Philadelphia, Washington’s army watched from Manhattan as a massive British invading fleet loomed dangerously across New York harbor. The British had come to crush the revolution in its infancy. Washington’s message to his troops laid bare the stakes.  He wrote: ‘The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army…We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die.’

“Days later, General Washington ordered the Declaration read aloud to the troops. The assembled soldiers just joined an excited crowd running down Broadway. They toppled a statue of King George and melted it into bullets for battle. The faraway King would soon learn a timeless lesson about the people of this majestic land: Americans love our freedom and no one will ever take it away from us. 

“That same American spirit that emboldened our founders has kept us strong throughout our history. To this day, that spirit runs through the veins of every American patriot. It lives on in each and every one of you here today. It is the spirit of daring and defiance, excellence and adventure, courage and confidence, loyalty and love that built this country into the most exceptional nation in the history of the world, and our nation is stronger today than it ever was before.” (President Donald J. Trump; Salute to America)

“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Major change requires great faith, courage and boldness. Ask God to grace His patriots of today with great courage.
  • Courage carries change through to completion. Ask God to fill the Church with supernatural courage, and grace them to lead and inspire others to finish the race.
  • Courage must partner with unity to effect societal change. “And five of you shall chase one hundred, and one hundred of you shall put ten thousands to flight.” (Leviticus 26:8a; JUB) Intercede for greater unity in the Body of Christ. Pray for an understanding that this is not just about salvation, but about the routing of demonic forces over land and nations.
  • Press in for the courage you need to face the battles in your life without doubt or unbelief.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, we honor those amazing men and women who paid such a cost for the establishment of the United States of America. It was a nation founded to honor God above any earthly King or ruler. Those establishing it had to have great courage; a courage they attributed as coming from You. They knew they couldn’t stop halfway through, or any part of the way through. They had to keep fighting once they started, no matter the cost, until the enemy was entirely routed and surrendered. They had the courage to do this because they were convinced it was Your Will. They counted the cost and knew it would be great, but if You were with them, they knew they would ultimately win. They had to work together. They knew that anything less than total unity could not get the job done. Any division in the ranks would mean the whole thing could fall apart. Where there is unity, You give us supernatural authority, blessing, favor, and results. God, make the Church one, even as You are one. Move us from choosing political platforms to choosing Biblical platforms. And, wherever we are dealing with doubt and unbelief, forgive us! We can’t win battles when we are not sure You will come through for us. We ask these things in Jesus’ mighty Name. Amen.

Today’s decree:

God’s Church will be strong and courageous and not stop interceding until we solidify a future of America that honors God!


08
Jul 2019

The Extraordinary Story of America

“We gather in the joy of freedom and remember that all share a truly extraordinary heritage. Together, we are part of one of the greatest stories ever told – the story of America. It is the epic tale of a great nation, whose people have risked everything for what they know is right, and what they know is true. It is the chronicle of brave citizens who never give up on the dream of a better and brighter future, and, it is the saga of thirteen separate colonies that united to form the most just and virtuous republic ever conceived.  

“243 years ago, our Founding Fathers pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to declare independence and defend our God-given rights. Thomas Jefferson wrote the words that forever changed the course of humanity, ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.’

“With a single sheet of parchment and 56 signatures, America began the greatest political journey in human history.” (President Donald J. Trump, July 4, 2019)

“Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11; NLT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Thank the Lord for this incredible nation, the United States of America!
  • Thank Him for the bravery of the Founding Fathers!
  • Thank Him for the wisdom He gave those founders.
  • Thank Him for His plan that has unfolded for 243 years.
  • Intercede for this great nation to continue to choose God and His ways. 
  • Pray that the Lord continues to lead our leaders into the right course, even if they do not know Him.
  • Declare, “Let these words from the Declaration of Independence forever continue to be true in America, ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.’”

A prayer you can pray:

God, we thank You for this incredible and unique nation, the United States of America! What a privilege it is to live here! Let us not take our freedom for granted. It was forged with great costs to our Founding Fathers, who sought You on their knees. You granted them Your wisdom and You gave them Your words. Therefore, it has been a lasting form of government for 243 years to this point. May it last many hundreds of years more. It can, with Your hand of mercy upon it! Some of the Founders did not even know You, yet You bonded them together and led them to find Your way forward. Lord, keep doing that today. Speak to those who don’t even know they are hearing Your Holy Spirit. For the sake of America, keep speaking and leading our leaders. We are always in a Divine tension, pulled a little to the left and right, but, ultimately, we go the right way. You are caring for people here and around the world from these shores. You are sending missionaries in droves from this land. We are not perfect, but the freedom we enjoy is a strong catalyst for the expansion of Your Gospel in the earth. It is nothing less than a miracle for this to have gone on so long. We are so grateful, Jesus. Thank You, thank You, thank You! Amen.

Today’s decree:

‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.’


07
Jul 2019

Reaching Our Destination as a Nation

“A small story about a big ship and a refugee and a sailor. It was back in the early ‘80s, at the height of the ‘boat people’, and a sailor was hard at work on the Carrier, Midway which was patrolling the South China Sea. The sailor, like most American servicemen, was young, smart, and fiercely observant. The crew spied on the horizon a leaky little boat. Crammed inside were refugees from Indo-China, hoping to get to America. The Midway sent a small launch to bring them to the ship to safety. As the refugees made their way through the choppy seas, one spied the sailor on deck and stood up and called out to him. He yelled, ‘Hello, American sailor. Hello, freedom man.’ It was a small moment with a big meaning. It was a moment the sailor wrote in a letter, because he couldn’t get it out of his mind. When I saw it, neither could I. Because, that’s what it meant to be an American in the 1980s. We stood for freedom. I know we always have, but in the past few years, it seems the world, and even we, ourselves, have rediscovered it. We have held together through some stormy seas. In the end, together, we’re reaching our destination.” (President Ronald Reagan) 

“Creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay.” (Romans 8:21; NLT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Thank God for the freedom we enjoy as Americans!
  • Worship Him any way you feel like it! Shout, clap, dance, read His Word out loud, or sit and meditate deeply on one specific scripture. Praise His Holy Name, for He is worthy to be praised for what He has done!
  • Consider how free we Americans are. Ponder the immigration issues we have. Stir up compassion for those trying to get to American and experience the freedom they hear we have.
  • Intercede for the immigrants. Say, “Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me.” 
  • As you pray those words from the Statue of Liberty inscription, you are literally asking God to send a harvest of souls into this nation. Cry out for them.

A prayer you can pray:

God, thank You for this country called, The United States of America. We are a land of freedom. We are free, because You established our course, and, largely, Christian men and women have followed Your plans and purposes forward in history. We don’t often think about what You have given us. Then, a story, like the one shared by President Reagan, comes along. As we read the words, it hits us, “We are the most free nation on the earth!” You did that! You gave us this foundation of freedom! Let us not waste it! Certainly, let us share it with those who are able to make it to our shores. If they are persecuted, impoverished, begging to be free, and willing to share their gifts and talents with us, then we embrace them. We will be a better nation for it. Lord, bring the immigrants. Bring those huddled masses, yearning to be free. Bring the harvest of souls from the nations to our shores. Strengthen who we are—America, the melting pot, a beautiful tapestry of freedom, a symbol of freedom in the earth. In the name of Jesus, amen.

Today’s decree:

Because of Christ as our foundation, America stands as an example of freedom for the whole world to see!

1 Excerpted from President Ronald Reagan’s Farewell to the Nation, January 11, 1989.


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