Give Him 15 Daily Prayer

Jul 2019

Offense Breeds Offense – Offense, Part 5

Offense comes in many ways. Years ago, Ceci and I went to minister for some friends. These were very dear friends of ours. We stayed in their home and could tell that things there were kind of tense. They were doing their best to put on a good show. When the ministry time was over on the last day, the husband took me out for coffee and told me, “Our marriage is on the rocks and I don’t know if we’re going to make it. Things are horrible. Can you help us?” 

Well, we didn’t have a lot of time. We were supposed to leave for the airport in about two hours. I felt almost in a panic wondering what I could do to help these dear friends. I could tell them I would pray for them, but that didn’t seem to be enough. They were in a location where it was going to be hard for them to find help there. So, I knew Ceci and I were going to have to take those two hours and sit down and talk with them very directly before we left. We weren’t going to have three or four weeks to soft coat this, being nice and finally getting to the point. Our preference would be to ease into it, but we knew then that if we were going to help these friends save their marriage with these circumstances, we were just going to need to tell them the truth and hope for the best.

So, we sat them both down and said, “Here is what we see in each of you. This is what you’re doing. This is how you respond. Back and forth. Then, we laid out what each would need to do differently. We “bottom-lined” them for about an hour and a half, and left for the airport.

Well, about a month later, we started hearing back from other friends that they were very offended at us for the way we talked to them. The guy never told his wife that he had asked for us to intervene. She thought we had just butted in and said, “Let us tell you what’s wrong with your marriage.” They came to visit us and that’s where she found out her husband had asked for help. By then, there was this festering wound. They said some really ugly things to us. Now, I got offended, because they were offended! We had tried so hard to say things as gently as we could in the short timeframe we had. We wanted so badly to help them. And, he had asked me for this! So, I picked up an offense, too, and our relationship was not good for a while after that.

“Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:14-16; NKJV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • There is a saying, “Hurt people, hurt people.” Are you a hurt person walking around hurting others? Be honest about this.
  • Some of the emotions that hurt others are: anger, blaming, shouting and verbal abuse, pouting or giving the silent-treatment, controlling what others do, withholding money, sex or other things, slamming, throwing or hitting objects, and ultimately, hitting or threatening to hurt another physically. Take your poison to the cross and repent. Get professional counseling, if need be.
  • If you have ever tried to help someone else, then found yourself the object of their offense, forgive. If possible, go to them and ask for their forgiveness. If they will not see you or forgive you, leave it with God. You are free. (Be careful not to go to someone who is not aware they have offended you. You can cause an offense in that case. Just bring it to the Lord.)

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, I do not want to be a hurt person. I have no desire to walk around hurting others, because of undealt with offense. However, that is exactly what I will do, if I do not learn to respond well when offenses come. Thank you for yesterday’s clean-up time. Your examination of my heart needs to be an ongoing thing. I don’t know why I ignore You or even run from You when I am hurting. I guess I think the pain is justified. I want to go further today. I want You to show me how I physically react to offense and in what ways I turn around and hurt others when I am hurt. That cycle of offense needs to end with me, right now. Your grace is sufficient for me, Jesus. I come to the throne of grace to find grace to help in this time of need. I sure don’t like it when others hurt me and I don’t want my actions to hurt others. Accidentally, I am sure I will cause pain, but let’s work on my not being purposeful in that. (Look at the list in point 2 above and let Him begin to teach you how to overcome your toxic patterns of behavior toward others. Do point 3, if possible.) You are truly my Savior and Deliverer, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

Grace to the mountain of offense in Christ’s Church! Every mountain will come down and the ministry of freedom will arise in the land!

Jul 2019

Offense’s Downward Spiral into Sin – Offense, Part 4

Cain was punished by God for killing his brother, Abel. God made him a wanderer, but granted Cain’s request to not be killed by those he would wander across. Wouldn’t you think he would be undone by God’s mercy and fall on his face and repent? He did not. He took on a persecution complex instead. 

If you are a person that picks up an offense, you will usually go through this progression:

  • You will usually be a wanderer. You go from job to job. You can’t stay in a church very long. You may fall in and out of personal relationships, as well. All of these can be a mark or sign that you are easily offended. If this is you and you can’t seem to find lasting relationships, and stay in one place and build, maybe the reason is because you are easily offended.
  • You may take on a persecution complex. You will think everyone is out to get you. Your life circumstances are always someone else’s fault in your mind. You won’t see that the issue is yours to deal with!
  • You may have anger issues. My own tendency when I feel offended is to get angry. 
  • You may not get angry, but feel deeply disappointed instead. Disappointment leads down the same path of rejection and into an ongoing persecution complex.

Regardless of how it manifests in you, you must do something to make sure you do not pick up that bait! If you do, you are trapped. Now, you have an offense. Now, you have sin.

“A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city, and quarreling is like the bars of a castle.’ (Proverbs 18:19; ESV)

“Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.” (Proverbs 19:11; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Invite the Holy Spirit to come and show you where there is deep, even old, undealt-with offense in your life. Be honest before the Lord and with yourself as you read through each of the scenarios below.
  • Do you see any patterns of wandering? Do you have trouble finding a church that fits you? Could it be offense at the root? Have you become offended at a pastor, elder, other member, former friend, or even a family member that didn’t express Christ to you the way you expected?
  • Do you have trouble keeping a job? Do you often get fired or just get tired and move on, always looking for a better fit? Did you ever become offended with a boss or supervisor who you feel treated you poorly? Have you ever felt that another employee was treated better than you? What about regulations or company policies that you may have disagreed with? Did you ever have a Christian employer who was less than godly in your eyes?
  • Now, the really tough one. Did you get offended at a parent or grandparent? You likely have issues with authority. Even if justified, we must forgive to move forward in life. Get professional counseling, if this seems impossible. You can trust God with your circumstances.
  • Is your offense at a sibling? Read Genesis 4 and remind yourself of where this landed Cain. Jealousy and envy are not befitting a child of God. Forgive. Bless and curse not. Drop your “rights” and judgements and live free in Christ! Pray for their salvation, if they need to be born again. Your forgiveness and expressed love toward them may be used to save them from the fires of hell. That’s worth it, right?
  • Knowing how you personally deal with offense will help you participate with the Lord’s healing of your soul. It will also help you stay free of offense in the future. What are your triggers? Do you get angry or disappointed?
  • Worship the One Who sets you free!

A prayer you can pray:

Holy Spirit, I invite you to come and examine my life. Root out any place where the fruit of offense has taken place. [Walk through point 2-5 above, slowly and carefully, letting Him heal and deliver you. Let Him set you free, so you can be a minister of freedom to other captives!] Lord, show me where I am susceptible to taking the bait of offense. Teach me to be alert to my emotional reactions to things, so I can stop and process with You immediately. Make me an instrument of Your peace to help others get free and stay free. The Church is in need of the peacemakers to rise up. The nation is in need of the peacemakers! Let it be Your Church that fills this role. What glory belongs to You! You are so merciful, not to leave us in our offended state! All my life I will tell of Your wonderful ways. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Today’s decree:

Church, live free of offense in Christ! Let God’s peacemakers rise up across this land!

Jul 2019

Be Angry and Sin Not – Offense, Part 3

In the story of Cain and Abel, one did it God’s way and the other didn’t. And, the one who didn’t became angry. He didn’t deal with his anger properly. There is nothing wrong with growing angry. Sometimes we get angry at the wrong things, but it is not a sin in and of itself to get angry. The Bible talks about being angry and not sinning. God made us with emotions. We can even have righteous anger. It is not anger in and of itself that is the problem. If someone hurts you and offends you, the key is what you do with that anger. How do you process it? How do you carry it? How do you get rid of it? 

Cain’s anger turned into depression. His countenance fell. He began to mope and sulk. The next thing you know, that turned into a deep hatred for his brother and he murdered him. God laid a sentence on him. He said, “You are going to be a vagrant. You will be a wanderer in the earth.” It is fascinating to me that Cain says, “Hey, this is too strong a sentence on me. Now, everyone who sees me is going to want to kill me.” God says, “I’ll take care of that. I’ll put a mark on you to make sure no one kills you.” Notice the fact that even though Cain was at fault, he was not punished with death. He was just cast out. 

“‘Why are you so angry?’ the Lord asked Cain. ‘Why do you look so dejected? You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.’’” (Genesis 4:6-7; NLT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Fairness and justice are two key words in the nation today. Fairness is defined as “impartial and just treatment or behavior without favoritism or discrimination.” Justice is “the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited awards or punishments. The establishment or determination of rights according to the rule of law or equity.” Think about these definitions for a minute in light of the truth that God is always just.
  • People cannot decide how we should be treated by God. Only God gets to decide that and He is trying to save us! Say, “God is always just. God is always true. God has made a way of escape from the snare of the fowler and “Jesus” is that way of escape.”
  • Intercede for those you know are in the battle for justice. Here are a few: David Daleiden, Jack Phillips, Abby Johnson, Will and Dehavilland Ford, and Dr. Alveda King.
  • Ask God to examine your heart. Are you offended at Him? Humble yourself and work it out with Him, if so. Ask Him to keep you from sin.
  • Are you offended at His Church? If you are, Repent and work it out with God. Pray for His beautiful Bride to become unoffendable.
  • Acknowledge His Divine protection over your life, deserved or not, and worship Him.

A prayer you can pray:

God, You are a God of Justice. You are always righteous and good. You know the end from the beginning and You get to decide where You bestow mercy, grace, and favor. Keep us from becoming offended at You. When we see You grace another with favor and blessing, keep our hearts from misunderstanding fairness and justice. You are the Author of these things. You are the One we can call on to correct injustices against the innocent, even those who do not know You. Correct things in our society that are out of order due to the sinful nature of man. We can also ask You for justice for those who love You. We pray for those fighting against injustices, such as David Daleiden and Jack Phillips. Help them, Jesus! We join our prayers to those battling for righteousness and justice for the unborn, against racism, to deliver from gender identity issues, the breaking of poverty, and other such things in our society. These are matters where tempers flare on both sides and our nation is divided over them. We need Your intervention, Lord. We need Your Wise Counsel. We must find a way to stay unoffended at those we disagree with, so we can bring Your solutions to the table. Forgive us when we have become offended at You, thinking we know best about these things, or thinking You are delaying. Forgive us for becoming offended at Your Church. Wake her up, Lord! Cause every Believer to engage in some way in the battle over these lost souls, and for our nation’s atmosphere to shift! Only You can save us, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

God is always just. God is always true. God has made a way of escape from the snare of the fowler and “Jesus” is that way of escape.

Jul 2019

The Lesson of Cain and Abel – Offense, Part 2

There’s an interesting progression in Genesis, Chapter 4, between Abel and Cain, where the first murder occured. The progression that took place in Cain’s life, I think, is very common today. He offered the Lord a sacrifice from the first fruits of the ground. He was a farmer and he brought a sacrifice to the Lord of his crops. Abel, on the other hand, was a rancher, and he brought the sacrifice of an animal, which he offered to the Lord. There is actually a lot going on here. You won’t understand fully, unless you understand some of the words that are used. The passage says that God had regard for Abel’s sacrifice, but not for Cain’s. The reason is that, from the time of the fall (of man), the sacrifice required the shedding of blood to atone for sin. Cain brought an offering to God of the first fruits of the ground. So, God had regard for Abel’s offering. The word “regard” here, means “to gaze at with favor” or “to turn the face toward”. In other words, Abel’s sacrifice, the blood sacrifice, meant that God could turn toward Abel, fellowship with him, and accept him. This was a precursor of the shedding of Christ’s blood on the cross, an atoning for sin. He could not accept Cain’s offering, because there was no blood sacrifice. So, Cain became really offended.

The Lord said several strong things to Cain. Let me paraphrase what He said, “Why are you acting this way, Cain? You know the rules. You know the way this works. If you want My gaze, if you want My acceptance, you have to do it this way.” In fact, He says to him in verse 7, “If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up?” That’s what this was all about. One was accepted. The other was rejected. 

“It came about in the course of time that Cain brought an offering to the Lord of the fruit of the ground. Abel, on his part also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and for his offering; but for Cain and for his offering He had no regard. So Cain became very angry and his countenance fell.” (Genesis 4:3-5; NASB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Understand the conflict that will occur when God turns in favor toward those that accept the sacrifice of His Son. Those who don’t yet know Him will feel this tension.
  • Intercede for the salvation of the lost.
  • Ask the Lord to show you where you are trying hard to get God to accept you. He accepts you through the blood of His Son. Enter His Hebrews 4 rest!
  • Thank Him for saving you! Worship Him!

A prayer you can pray:

Father, my heart is overwhelmed with praises to You for You have done a wonderful thing! You have given every human being an opportunity to be regarded with favor by giving us Your Son, Jesus, as the ultimate blood sacrifice. We can choose to accept Him or not, but the sacrifice is made. Your face now turns toward those who receive that precious life laid down. It is more and more obvious that those not yet accepting that sacrifice see the difference. They feel the lack and don’t understand why they are so frustrated and angry. They lay traps for the godly and long to see us fall. Father, save them! Let us refrain from being offended by them, and love them to You, instead. It is not always easy. Sometimes we may feel like we want to hurt them back, find ways to punish or humiliate them, or make them eat their words, but this is not Your way. That’s the way of offense. Lord, keep us from picking up that bait, so they may see You in Your Church! Grace for the harvest, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

There is only one acceptable sacrifice by which we may be saved – that of Jesus. May we make Him known across our land!

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!

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.

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!”

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!

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.”

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!

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