Give Him 15 Daily Prayer


04
Dec 2019

Being Filled With the Holy Spirit

In Ephesians 5:18, the Lord tells us to be filled with the Holy Spirit. First, it’s not a suggestion. It’s a commandment. Secondly, it’s not a one-time thing. We preach an experience of being filled with the Holy Spirit, but it’s not a one-time thing. The literal translation would be, “Be filled and keep on being filled.” In fact, it wouldn’t be an accurate translation to translate the verse, “Stay filled with the Spirit.” Even though that’s the goal, that’s not how it works. You can’t get filled and just stay filled. You have to keep on being filled. 

I believe it was Dwight Moody, one of the great evangelists in history, who said, “I have to keep being filled over and over again, because I leak.” I think a good way to think of this is to realize that God never expected you to experience this once. He expected us to experience on a daily basis the Wind of God filling us again. The river, the breath, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, day by day by day, was the expectation. You stay filled by being filled over and over and over again. It is a continuous process. 

So, He is coming to fill us again and again and again. As He does, the wineskin stays fresh and the wine stays new and you always have plenty to give as you are filled and refilled and refilled and refilled.

“Do not get drunk with wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.” (Ephesians 5:18; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Repent of any known sin in your life. Repent if you have held the Holy Spirit at arms length at all due to disappointment or doubt and unbelief.
  • Has your love grown cold, your prayer life become brief, or your faith limited? You need a refreshing of the infilling of the Holy Spirit.
  • Ask the Lord to fill you afresh with His Holy Spirit today.
  • Many in the Church do not believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Pray that their eyes are open to the truth and necessity of this verse.
  • Pray that the Church plans to share the baptism with the Holy Spirit with every new convert and that we are comfortable doing so.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, I come before You today knowing that I am a sinful person. I know that my sins were all washed away by the shed blood of Your Son, Jesus, on the day I received Him as my Savior and Lord. Yet, I know that when I continue to open my life to sin without repentance, I deny the work of the Holy Spirit to sanctify me. I must be filled again with Your Spirit. I must have the guilt and condemnation, the ensuing doubt and unbelief removed from my mind and my heart. I must come close to You again and walk without hinderance in Your power. I must hear the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit clearly. I want to display Your Glory to those without You. So fill me again that I may make You known in the earth. Lord, let my brothers and sisters in Christ know of the fullness of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. We can be saved with that measure of the Holy Spirit given at salvation, but to walk in increasing relationship with You, we must have increasing measures of Your Spirit. Let us not limit You! Let us welcome all of You! Holy Spirit, fill us full to overflowing in the power and Glory of the Lord. Let the world be able to see Christ in us. Let us work the works that Jesus did, and greater, as He promised. Let us be fully convinced and comfortable ministering the baptism of the Holy Spirit and power to brand new born-again believers. What a powerful Church the world will see! Such is Your Kingdom, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

It is time for the Church to be filled anew with the Holy Spirit!


03
Dec 2019

Update on the Impeachment Hearings

“We are now three weeks into wall-to-wall coverage of House Democrats’ impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

“On the one hand, this is a historic moment – even if historically outrageous – and you may feel compelled to pay close attention. On the other hand, you may be sickened by the political posturing and the seemingly predetermined outcome. You would have sizable company either way. I am one of those closely tracking the impeachment proceedings. I think it is shameful and damaging to our country, but I want to know what is happening and I want to pray through it. In case you are not so glued to the play-by-play, allow me to summarize.

“Over the last three weeks, the House Intelligence Committee has held public hearings featuring the testimony of foreign policy officials. At issue is whether or not President Trump directly conditioned about $400 million in American military aid to Ukraine as an exchange for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky investigating the business dealings of former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s son. In other words, Democrats are attempting to establish a narrative that Trump is guilty of bribery.

“Even if this is all just political posturing, I do not believe the outcome is actually predetermined. There is a battle going on here, but it is not simply Republican versus Democrat. It is not just about the 2020 election. There is an ongoing spiritual battle between light and darkness in America, and the heart and soul of our nation hangs in the balance. God is using the Trump administration to do much good at home and abroad. This president is arguably the most pro-life, pro-religious freedom, and pro-Israel president we have ever had. Now look at how he is being attacked—through lies and distortions. Specifically, look at this impeachment proceeding. May God have mercy on us and help us. May He elevate those who truly seek truth and justice.”

“Justice is a joy to the godly, but it terrifies evildoers.” (Proverbs 21:15; NLT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer (by Dave Kubal):

  • Pray for truth to prevail in this contentious time, not distortions and leaks. 
  • Pray for peace and harmony in our nation. This impeachment crusade is doing harm, not good. It is only feeding impulses of anger and discord. 
  • Intercede for the spiritual powers of peace, hope, joy, and love to overcome powers of rancor and destructive division plaguing our homeland.
  • Pray that Christians would wake up and see that there is a spiritual battle for the heart and soul of the nation. 
  • Ask the Lord to intervene, to determine what justice is in this situation, and to set things in order in America.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, we appeal to heaven for Your justice in the matter of the impeachment hearings of President Donald J. Trump. We intervene and intercede between what is and ought to be. Lord, our justice system is set up such that a person is considered innocent until proven guilty, but in this case, the president is being tried as if he is guilty and has to prove his innocence. Indeed, one legislator even made that comment! We ask for truth and justice to replace innuendo and rumor. We also ask You to heal the things that divide us. Only a move of God can. When a famous media personality like Bill Maher stresses his concern that America is so divided he fears another civil war, then we must have Your help! Give us Your supernatural peace, hope, joy, and love to overcome powers of rancor and destructive division plaguing our homeland. Wake the Church up fully! We have come a long way, but not all are paying attention yet. We must have our eyes open to the spiritual battle that is taking place for the soul of America. Intervene, Jesus. Determine this case. Show us what justice looks like in this matter. Set things in order in America! Amen.

Today’s decree:

God Himself will bring justice to the impeachment proceedings. He alone will determine the outcome!


Learn more about Dave Kubal and Intercessors for America here.


02
Dec 2019

JOIN PAULA WHITE AND OTHERS TO PRAY FOR NATIONAL BREAKTHROUGH 

It has been a month since the launch of the One Voice Prayer Movement. Together with the other conveners, I want to encourage you all to make time for this very important national call. All of the details are in the invitation that follows.

One Voice Prayer Movement Invitation for December

Please join us tomorrow at noon on Tuesday, December 3rd, for our second monthly conference call with the One Voice Prayer Movement. The call is hosted by Paula White. You will receive briefings from key leaders in government and ministry. Most importantly, we will pray.

“As we approach our December call, let’s remember that this is a key month for our lamps to shine in Washington, D.C. Jesus is the Light of the world. Hanukkah and Christmas both celebrate God’s brightness, which no darkness can overcome. It’s time for you to shine! 

“Please plan to get on the call early as the call lines are limited to only five thousand. Instructions are below:

Call Instructions—One Voice Prayer Movement

Tuesday, December 3, 12:00 pm ET 

1. Dial 712-775-7430, with no code necessary. 

2. If the first line is full, dial 712-775-7431, enter code 2452#

3. To join the call via webcast: Click here or visit the One Voice Prayer Movement website and follow the instructions. https://onevoiceprayermovement.com/

4. To receive regular prayer alerts for the White House via email, sign up at https://onevoiceprayermovement.com/

About One Voice Prayer Movement (OVPM)

Perhaps because of the urgency we all sense, for the first time ever, prayer networks across the nation are collaborating together for One Voice. We are believing God for a massive prayer army to emerge, strengthened by our diversity, resounding together His victory, and securing our nation’s future!

Please join us Tuesday. Invite your friends. Together let’s make history!

The One Voice Prayer Movement Team


01
Dec 2019

A Long History of a Strong U. S. Presidency

“In this partisan age, we should take special care not to allow the passions of the moment to cause us to permanently disfigure the genius of our Constitutional structure. As we look back over the sweep of American history, it has been the American Presidency that has best fulfilled the vision of the Founders.  It has brought to our Republic a dynamism and effectiveness that other democracies have lacked.

“At every critical juncture where the country has faced a great challenge –

          – whether it be in our earliest years as the weak, nascent country combating regional rebellions, and maneuvering for survival in a world of far stronger nations;

          – whether it be during our period of continental expansion, with the Louisiana Purchase, and the acquisition of Mexican territory;

          – whether it be the Civil War, the epic test of the Nation;

          – World War II and the struggle against Fascism;

          – the Cold War and the challenge of Communism;

          – the struggle against racial discrimination;

          – and most recently, the fight against Islamist Fascism and international terrorism.

“One would have to say that it has been the Presidency that has stepped to the fore and provided the leadership, consistency, energy and perseverance that allowed us to surmount the challenge and brought us success.

“In so many areas, it is critical to our Nation’s future that we restore and preserve in their full vigor our Founding principles.  Not the least of these is the Framers’ vision of a strong, independent Executive, chosen by the country as a whole.”

“When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan.” (Proverbs 29:2; NLT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Worship God over this nation.
  • Thank Him yet again for the miracle that is the United States of America, this land that we love.
  • Thank Him for providing its beauty, its strength, its prosperity, and the absolute miracle of its existence for almost 245 years!
  • Thank Him for giving us a form of government that allows the citizens to have a voice in government affairs.
  • Thank Him for a strong and bold President that has preserved and advanced our freedoms of life, liberty, religion, security, and pursuit of prosperity.
  • Thank Him for all of the freedoms we enjoy.
  • Thank Him that our children have the opportunity today to continue to enjoy those freedoms, if we humble ourselves, turn from our sinful ways, and pray.
  • Worship Him!

A prayer you can pray:

Gracious heavenly Father, we worship and adore You. There is none other like You in all the universe. You alone are worthy of our worship and our adoration. To You belongs all of the Glory. We are so thankful for this country You established in covenant with Your people, the United States of America. Regardless of our family’s background and how we came to be here, we have made America home. It is a profound miracle. For 245 years this nation has expanded and prospered despite many hardships and challenges, because the people of this land have primarily sought Your face and acknowledged You along the way. Most of our presidents and other governmental leaders honored You with their words, if not with their hearts, and led our nation in honoring You, as well. You gave us the ability to elect our leaders. The entire voting populace of the nation gets to choose our President. You then guided them on our behalf, giving them wisdom to lead us to becoming a strong nation. Thank You for President Trump who is fighting hard to preserve and advance  our freedoms of life, liberty, religion, security, and pursuit of prosperity. We thank You for these and every other freedom we enjoy. We thank You that You will solidify these freedoms for the generation to come, Jesus. You are so good to us and we want our children and grandchildren to be able to honor You freely in every aspect of their life in America, too. Amen.

Today’s decree:

The Lord has brought America this far; He will preserve the Republic as we humble ourselves and pray!

Learn more here about Attorney General Bill Barr and his speech at the Federalist Society’s 2019 National Lawyers Convention.


30
Nov 2019

The Supreme Court As a Referee

“The Framers did not envision that the Courts would play the role of arbiter of turf disputes between the political branches. By giving the Congress and the Presidency the tools to fend off the encroachments of the others, the Framers believed this would force compromise and political accommodation. As Justice Scalia observed, the Constitution gives Congress and the President many ‘clubs with which to beat’ each other. Conspicuously absent from the list is running to the courts to resolve their disputes.

“That omission makes sense.  When the Judiciary purports to pronounce a conclusive resolution to constitutional disputes between the other two branches, it does not act as a co-equal. And, if the political branches believe the courts will resolve their constitutional disputes, they have no incentive to debate their differences through the democratic process — with input from and accountability to the people. The long experience of our country is that the political branches can work out their constitutional differences without resort to the courts. 

“In any event, the prospect that courts can meaningfully resolve inter-branch disputes about the meaning of the Constitution is mostly a false promise.  How is a court supposed to decide, for example, whether Congress’s power to collect information in pursuit of its legislative function overrides the President’s power to receive confidential advice in pursuit of his executive function?  

“It was once well recognized that such matters were largely unreviewable and that the courts should not be substituting their judgments for the prudential judgments reached by the accountable Executive officials. This outlook now seems to have gone by the boards. Courts are now willing, under the banner of judicial review, to substitute their judgment for the President’s on matters that only a few decades ago would have been unimaginable – such as matters involving national security or foreign affairs.” (Attorney General Bill Barr)

“Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17; NASB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Intercede for the proper role of the U. S. Supreme Court as it relates to involvement in disputes between the Executive and Legislative branches. 
  • Pray that the Executive and Legislative branches can work out their differences without resorting to the courts.
  • The Word of God outlines how people should work together. The branches of government are comprised of individuals. Beginning with the Believers in those branches, pray that the guidelines of conflict resolution in the Bible would be followed by our governing leaders.
  • Pray that the courts would not substitute their judgements in place of those of the President and others in the Executive division, especially regarding national security and foreign affairs, if the leaders in the Executive branch are following their constitutionally-bestowed authority.
  • Call for the fear of the Lord to manifest His power and presence among our Christian government leaders. The Bible says in Exodus 14:31 (ISV), “When Israel saw the great force by which the Lord had acted against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord, and they believed the Lord and Moses his servant.”

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, Attorney General Bill Barr has given us much to consider in his excellent speech. He is clearly a student of the U. S. Constitution and has a good grasp of the intent of the originators of it. It’s amazing that people today have come to expect that the Executive and Legislative branches will utilize the courts to work out their disputes. So much so, that it is the most common course. The political parties are so divided that the President and others in the Executive branch get stuck trying to act. They are consistently challenged on everything they do. They cannot act on behalf of the nation without conflict from the Legislative branch. So, something always ends up headed to the Court for a decision. This is power given to the Supreme Court that the founders never intended! It’s frightening to put all of these decisions in the hands of 9 Justices. It removes power from the people. So, we call the branches back to the original intent stated in the U.S. Constitution. Let the Executive and Legislative work out their differences in humility and the fear of the Lord, humbly compromising and giving room for political and ideological differences. Let Believers, especially, take heed to the Word of God and walk in the fear of the Lord. Your Word says, “When Israel saw the great force by which the Lord had acted against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord, and they believed the Lord and Moses his servant.” We are not to be weak and complacent in fearing You, but strong and confident, knowing You, our God, is with us. You fight for righteousness, justice, and truth together with us! You can put them all on their knees, Jesus. You can require them to work out their disputes. Let the courts get out of the way and let our leaders be forced to the table of brotherhood on behalf of the American people. Amen.

Today’s decree:

Let the Executive and Legislative branches work things out between themselves. Let the Courts limit themselves to their constitutional duties.

Learn more here about Attorney General Bill Barr and his speech at the Federalist Society’s 2019 National Lawyers Convention.


29
Nov 2019

Checks and Balances on the Presidency

“We all understand that the Framers expected that the three branches would be jostling and jousting with each other, as each threatened to encroach on the prerogatives of the others. They thought this was not only natural, but salutary, and they provisioned each branch with the wherewithal to fight and to defend itself in these inter-branch struggles for power. When these disputes arise, I think there are two aspects of contemporary thought that tend to operate to the disadvantage of the Executive. 

“The first is the notion that politics in a free republic is all about the Legislative and Judicial branches protecting liberty by imposing restrictions on the Executive. The premise is that the greatest danger of government becoming oppressive arises from the prospect of Executive excess. So, there is a knee-jerk tendency to see the Legislative and Judicial branches as the good guys protecting society from a rapacious would-be autocrat.

“The Founders saw themselves as framing a more perfect version of separation of powers and a balanced constitution. [The Executive branch] did not have the power to tax and spend; it was constrained by due process in enforcing the law against members of the body politic; it was elected for a limited term of office; and it was elected by the nation as a whole. That is a remarkable democratic institution – the only figure elected by the Nation as a whole. 

“The second contemporary way of thinking that operates against the Executive is a notion that the Constitution does not sharply allocate powers among the three branches, but rather that the branches, especially the political branches, ‘share’ powers. One of the ironies of today is that those who oppose this President constantly accuse this Administration of ‘shredding’ constitutional norms and waging a war on the rule of law. The fact is that this Administration’s policy initiatives and proposed rules…have transgressed neither constitutional, nor traditional, norms, and have been amply supported by the law and patiently litigated through the Court system to vindication.” (Attorney General Bill Barr)

“A just balance and scales are the Lord’s; all the weights in the bag are his work.” (Proverbs 16:11; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Declare, “The three branches of the U.S. government will operate within the powers given them by the U.S. Constitution.”
  • Intercede for each branch—Executive, Legislative, and Judicial—in as much depth as you have understanding of it. Here is a transcript of it from the U.S. National Archives to help you.
  • Pray for a revelation of the balance of powers to decision-makers in D.C. 
  • Ask the Lord to raise up government legislators and attorneys, as well as educators in colleges and universities, to highlight the great need of this understanding among the American populace. 
  • Cry out, “Where is the one who will protect the U.S. Constitution? Where is that reformer who can make the ancient path new again?”
  • Thank the Lord for our Attorney General Bill Barr, who brought this issue to light in the midst of the national challenge of presidential impeachment.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, the three branches of the U. S. government, Executive, Legislative and Judicial, were designed to each have their own specific functions. Each of these functions is a component of who You are and we are thankful for our framers’ understanding of that when they decided the powers each of the branches of our government would have. Help us to educate ourselves on that powerful document. We ought to be familiar with the constitutional roles of the three branches and the balance of powers of each detailed in it. Lord, wake up the American people to care about such things. When we stopped teaching civics in schools, we gave ourselves over to the possibility of reinterpretation of our Constitution. May this never be! Raise up a generation who sees this threat! Raise them up as lawmakers in states and in Congress. Raise them up as lawyers and judges and educators in these things. Let our colleges and universities honor this document in their history, civics, and law courses. Lord, where is the one who will protect the U.S. Constitution? Where is that reformer who can make the ancient path new again? Thank you for people like Atty. General Bill Barr, who are pulling back the curtain on our ignorance and helping us see what needs to be understood in this dangerous time in American history. Help the three branches navigate this impeachment process to Your desired end in Jesus Name. Amen.

Today’s decree:

Our government will function as it was designed to function under the U.S. Constitution. Modern thought shall not falsely alter it!

Learn more here about Attorney General Bill Barr and his speech at the Federalist Society’s 2019 National Lawyers Convention.


28
Nov 2019

Sharing Thanksgiving Day 2019

Thanksgiving is a day we usually think of as a day of gathering together as families and friends. We plan large, traditional meals with turkey, stuffing, and sides created from recipes passed down through the generations. We are mindful of the Lord, the Giver of all things. We celebrate this day in America specifically to remember the Pilgrims that thanked Him after their first very hard year here.  We all know the story. As children, we learned of this in school and did lots of Thanksgiving arts and crafts, commemorating the Pilgrims’ celebration in October 1621 with the Native Americans that helped them.

That first Thanksgiving was a community event. No one was left out. Rather than gathering as families, they gathered as a community. So, let’s think beyond our home’s safe walls today. We often think of the homeless. Do you know any singles living on their own? Maybe there are young adults or students in your church who can’t go home this holiday season. How about single moms and dads raising their children alone? Are there any elderly in your neighborhood without family close by? Those new to America from foreign lands may not yet know of this truly American holiday and may enjoy the spiritual heritage lesson. I’ve met many over the years that have never eaten a turkey or cranberry sauce. 

It’s not too late to find someone that may relish your company today, a little history lesson, and maybe someone to share a football game with. You will have the opportunity to share the love of Jesus with them in the most natural way possible. It is American history and culture to set aside this day to thank our Lord for His bountiful blessings!  

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples.” (Psalm 105:1; NASB)

“If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person? Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.” (1 John 3:17-18; NLT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Thank the Lord for all of His provision to you this past year.
  • Thank Him for the relationships you have. People are greater treasures than all the money in the world.
  • Pray for the lonely and isolated in your church and neighborhood.
  • Are you able to include anyone in your Thanksgiving celebration today? If so, call them up or knock on their door and make that spontaneous invitation.
  • If you know someone who can’t come to your home due to their health or other limitation, take them a plate and spend some time with them instead. Share God’s love in a practical way with them.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, we are so thankful for this day set aside by government decree specifically to thank You for all of Your goodness. We commemorate the Pilgrims, who had much to be thankful for, as You helped them settle into what would become the United States of America. They couldn’t have done it without the Native Americans who welcomed them to these shores and helped them. Just like those Pilgrims, we set aside this day to celebrate the abundance You provide and to worship You with our families and friends. Let us not forget the lonely and the isolated. Let us consider those that may be alone today, may not have enough to celebrate lavishly, or may be unable to celebrate with others at all. Let our hearts make room for them. Let us do what we can to include individuals and families who are on their own with family far away or non-existent, even if we have to go to them. Let us not forget the foreigners near us who may not know what this day is about. Let us tell them the story of Jesus, as we tell them about Your dream for this nation. Thank You for everything you have given us. Thank You for everything You do for us. Thank You for everyone You have connected us with. Thank You, thank You, Jesus! Amen.

Today’s decree:

We will make our thankfulness to the Lord known everywhere we go!


27
Nov 2019

Thankful for Family

I have said this a number of times recently, but I need to say it again today. God had a dream on the day of creation. He was speaking forth His dream and creating the environment for it. He wasn’t creating planets. He had lots of planets. God’s dream wasn’t oceans and mountains. It wasn’t waterfalls and gardens. It wasn’t unique animals to fill the land, sea creatures to fill the oceans, and birds of fantastic plumage to fill the skies. All of that was because of His dream. His dream was people. It was family. He didn’t create the earth and then wonder what He could do with this fantastic thing; this masterpiece. He knew what to do with it. He was creating a home for this family He was about to put in it. We are His family. All those that receive Jesus as their Savior and Lord are His family. He would have liked for every single one of humankind to end up in that family, but because of the fall, it wasn’t going to be that way. 

Many of us are going to have our families in our homes over the next few days to celebrate and give thanks to God for all He has given and all He has done and will do for us. Let’s prioritize family for a while. Some may know Him. Some may not. Some members of our family are kind, gracious, warm, friendly, thoughtful, and helpful. Some are not. Some like to stir up trouble. Some don’t want to get along with other family members. Some are argumentative or lazy or rude. However, they are the family God gave you. They are the family He put you into. Some of His kids are the same. Some love Him, relate well to Him, like to hang out with Him, and serve Him. Others ignore Him, act like He doesn’t exist, and even profane Him. He keeps loving them. He continues to woo them. He doesn’t treat them the way He is treated by them. So, let’s take a lesson from Him.

Enjoy your family and the family of God. Act as much like Jesus as you have the grace to do so. Ceci and I wish you and your families the most wonderful Thanksgiving season. We are thankful for the family God has given us, and we are thankful for you, our eternal family, as well. 

“Love does not give up. Love is kind. Love is not jealous. Love does not put itself up as being important. Love has no pride. Love does not do the wrong thing. Love never thinks of itself. Love does not get angry. Love does not remember the suffering that comes from being hurt by someone. Love is not happy with sin. Love is happy with the truth. Love takes everything that comes without giving up. Love believes all things. Love hopes for all things. Love keeps on in all things. Love never comes to an end.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8a; NLV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Think about everything God went through to provide a place for His family. Imagine the love in His heart.
  • Think about the family you will be gathering with this Thanksgiving Day. It may not be your natural family.
  • Pray for each one who will be there. Bless them. Intercede for their needs. Thank the Lord for them. Pray for their salvation, if they don’t yet know Jesus.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, You are such a good and loving Father. From the day of creation, You have had a dream in Your heart for family. You created a world for us to explore and enjoy. You made a place with everything we would need in it. You imagined that we would always choose You, but that hasn’t been the case. Thank You for extending us mercy through it all. Thank You for saving us and making a way for us to have the relationship with You that You have always dreamed of. We are imperfect, but You are patient and loving with us, always wooing us. 

If You can be so loving toward me, then help me to be patient, kind, and loving toward each one that I will spend Thanksgiving Day with. My family, nuclear, extended, or borrowed for the day, will be those You have decided I would spend the day with. Let me show them the love of Jesus. Grace me to extend love and mercy to each and every one. You never know—someone may need to be saved. I may need to be an example of the Believers to them. [Pray for each one you know will be there.] Thank You, Jesus, for family. Amen.

Today’s decree:

We are thankful to God for “family”!


26
Nov 2019

Thankful for Pastors and Our Churches

Pastors are the life-blood of our churches. Churches are the life-blood of many of our communities. We must surely be thankful for them in this Thanksgiving week! Pastors, take heart, you are not forgotten. We see how you tirelessly serve us. We know that pastoring is not just a 9 to 5 job that you can turn off when you go home to your families at the end of the day. Oh no! It is a 24/7, taking care of the flock the Lord has given you. 

Statistics show that pastors don’t pray as much as we think they should. You know what I think? I think that pure pastorally gifted people have a hard time sustaining a prayer life, not just because they are busy, but because their hearts break over the needs of the people. It is hard for them to keep bringing all the needs before the Lord. Apostles and prophets, teachers and evangelists can intercede without connecting in the soul realm. Pastors can’t. They are designed to care for the sheep. They know each one. They care about each member.  They have a hard time when someone is diagnosed with a debilitating disease, loses a spouse or a child, faces the loss of a home or a job. Put yourself in their shoes for a minute. Even one of those things in your life can bury you emotionally. Imagine what your pastor is going through. 

Pastors love the sheep. They care about the people. Most of them would lay down their lives for even the most ungrateful in their congregations. If all of us would support our pastors and be dedicated to our churches as the Bible tells us to be, what might our communities look like? We could change them. Let’s do more than pray for our pastors and churches today. Let’s ask God to provide strategies for our churches to reach those communities with all hands on deck. Let’s change our communities and change our nation, as we show others the love of Jesus.

“Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” (John 13:35; NLT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Intercede for pastors in general. Thank God for this precious gift to the Body of Christ.
  • Pray for your pastor.
  • Ask God what you can do to support and undergird your pastor.
  • Think about your church congregation. What are its corporate strengths and weaknesses? What has God called your church to do in your community? What can it do well? What can you do to help your church make a difference in its area?
  • Thank the Lord for churches all over America. Bless the churches. When you drive by or walk by one today, bless that church, even if it’s not your own church. It is a critical part of the community. 
  • Pray that the churches work together to reach the lost and that those without Christ see the love that the Church has for one another. 

A prayer you can pray:

Father, we bless the pastors of America today. What a national treasure they are. We take our pastors for granted too often. You have uniquely designed them to care for their congregations and communities and we take advantage of that. We forget that they are compassionate and care deeply about us and about what is going on in the lives of their flocks. Meet the deepest needs of their lives. If we’ll pay attention, we will see Your heart in them. The part of Christ that selflessly went to the cross is in many pastors. We shouldn’t take advantage of that, but come alongside them, pray for them and encourage them. Help us to see the reason you put our pastor and our church in the place it is. Is there a need there you would like us to meet? How can we show the love of Christ to those who live and work in that area? What unique thing are we called to do as a body of believers? We bless the churches of America. We thank You for them, Lord. Strengthen them. Give them the resources they need to function well where You have planted them. Let the love we have for one another be seen by those who are around us. Let us make an impact and be the shelter from life’s storms for many, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Today’s decree:

Pastors and Churches are a blessing we can’t do without in America!


25
Nov 2019

Thankful for Religious Freedom in America

“People are being persecuted for their faith [in this country and around the world]. It’s generally a minority faith. Over 80 percent of the world’s population doesn’t have freedom of religion, and it’s time somebody did something about it.

“So the President took this up today. The Secretary of State announced this at the ministerial we did earlier this year, Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. He announced the creation of an International Religious Freedom Alliance, and this is us inviting other nations to join us in a concerted effort to push against religious persecution all around the world.

“So I’ve been out approaching countries. The Secretary put forward a clear call here. The President did, as well. And we will ask other nations to join this alliance. The alliance will be an effort of like-minded nations to push forward the issues of religious freedom, to push against religious persecution, but to do more than that: to push governments to change their policies so that there isn’t persecution, that there is freedom. 

“The Secretary pointed out this will be the most significant new human rights organization in a generation. Human rights have been deteriorating around the world, and we hope to really see the effort on religious freedom push forward and expand human rights. This is one of those foundational rights that, if you get it right, other rights tend to grow from it; if you get it wrong, other rights tend to diminish with it.” (Amb. Sam Brownback)

“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12-13; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Our Constitution guarantees us freedom of religion. Only where there is freedom of religion can we be free to choose Christ and be able to worship as we desire. Thank the Lord for our constitutional right.
  • Pray that that right is never removed from us.
  • Being able to choose to worship Jesus in America, also means we must allow others to choose idolatry. We don’t like that, but God gave us freedom to choose or not choose Him from the beginning. Intercede for the multitudes that have not chosen Jesus.
  • Pray for Ambassador Brownback as he is the U.S. emissary to go and promote religious freedom to governments around the world. Bless him for undertaking this challenging task. He loves the Lord and knows this pleases God and opens the way for others to know Christ worldwide.
  • Thank the Lord that our country, the United States of America, our president, our State Department, is the one He chose to spearhead this humanitarian effort. Praise Him!

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, You are God and we know there is no other. Knowing that, we also know there was a reason You led the framers of the Constitution to secure our right to religious freedom. We can choose to worship You or not worship You. We can share the gospel freely here and others can freely choose Jesus. If we did not have that freedom, our ability to share the Gospel might be severely limited, as it is in other nations. We are so thankful to be free. Let us not ignore this freedom, but understand how important it is. We pray that others would come to know the One that gives them freedom to choose or not choose Him. 

Thank you for Ambassador Brownback, a man who loves Jesus and understands how critical this freedom is. He has such compassion for those who are persecuted for their faith around the world. He and our Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, have helped our president understand this, as well. Thank You that President Trump has understood and agreed that religious freedom is something the United States will fight for internationally. This humanitarian effort will also open the way for many to hear about and receive Jesus in a great end time harvest of souls worldwide. Thank You, Jesus! Amen.

Today’s decree:

The United States will lead the way to freedom of religion in the world today!

Learn more about Ambassador Brownback here and the International Religious Freedom Alliance here.


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