Government Must Be Engaged
[Mike and Cindy Jacobs recently had a discussion with Chuck Pierce on their Prophetic Dateline program. They were talking about God and government in the current environment.]
Mike and I are in relationship with a number of Christian constitutional attorneys in the nation. Some of them are filing cases on behalf of churches that want to meet. These churches are willing to follow all the government COVID-19 guidelines so they can worship together. However, their state and local leaderships are preventing them. They seem to be treated differently from secular businesses and organizations. Since that’s violating their First Amendment rights, this is a situation these churches feel they need to push back on. I told them prophetically that I believe we are going to need to engage in civil disobedience over this. I am wondering if we are ready for it.
I think all this is rooted in the Church failing to steward government. The Bible says clearly, “The government shall be upon His shoulders.” The government is to be on the shoulders of the Lord and that happens when Believers engage in government. In our nation’s more recent history, we have been remiss in that. Some Christians have felt like we should stay out of the political arena. We haven’t voted in every election. We haven’t run for office. So, we have given the governmental realm over to the enemy by our inaction. We gave the enemy an advantage. So now, we see Satan using government to thwart our ability to release the revelation that God has given. He is trying to work through state and local government to shut us down and shut us up.
Yeshua said, “Seek ye the Kingdom first and everything else will be added to you.” I think we have put government before God. We haven’t understood that God is government. We have been putting a civil structure up in our hearts ahead of God’s government and that will have spiritual repercussions. I see God dealing with the Church, especially leaders in the Church over this.
However, He does want our voice to be heard. He wants us to take a stand. It is not a time to be silent and cowered down, fearful to gather together and worship God. And truly, we haven’t been completely silent. Many Believers have been co-laboring together online. We have been moving forward in unity and getting our message out. We cannot be silent. We have to do our best.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.” (Isaiah 9:6-7; NIV)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
- Read Isaiah 9:6-7 above out loud and worship Jesus for Who He is. He is worthy of our worship!
- Acknowledge in prayer that You know He is government and the source of all government on the earth.
- Pray for your city’s and state’s governing authorities, especially where you see them limiting or attempting to limit the activities of the Church.
- Repent, especially if you are a church leader, for not engaging in the public square. Plan to change your ways. Some of the ways you can do this are by providing nonpartisan voter guides and voter registration information to your congregants. You should be voting yourself. Do not be afraid to run for office at any level. God equips whom He calls.
- Repent if you are too engaged in civil government—to the point you allow it to rule your heart and emotions. A desire to seek God about government matters and to engage the enemy spiritually first is a good barometer of what is ruling you.
- Determine to never be silent, but to always share His love with others and expand His kingdom. Intercede for the whole Body of Christ in this.
A prayer you can pray:
Lord, as I read Isaiah 9:6-7 today, bring fresh revelation into my heart of all that Jesus is. I love You, Jesus! I acknowledge that You are government and You are on the throne of my heart. Earthly government was established by You and its authority comes from You. Help me not to relinquish the authority I have in choosing righteous governing authorities. I must pray and I must vote, because I will have to live under the decisions the voters make. If you want me to run for office, I will do that, as well, knowing You are with Me.
I pray today for those that govern me. [Pray for your city and state government leaders. Look them up on the web, if you are not sure who they are.] Forgive me when I have failed to do so in the past. Show me how to join other Believers in engaging in government in such a way that we begin to steward it well. We can vote, but we can also form relationships with our leaders. We can offer to pray for them and support them. We can even challenge them if need be. But keep my heart from becoming so involved that my heart looks to man for freedom. Don’t let my emotions get the better of me. At that point, I am good for nothing. I will not remain silent as long as the message of life in Christ Jesus, the message of Your Kingdom, resides in me. As long as I have breath, I will exalt You, Jesus. Amen.
Government will not silence Christ’s Church!
America’s Place in History
America has such an important place in history. Over time, God has drawn people of every color, creed, and tongue to this nation. He has a Divine purpose for each one He draws here and each makes a contribution to our country. Those that were brought over in slavery or duress were brought under demonic systems that He has been helping us to correct over time. His plan is for all of us to come together. We must walk in forgiveness and embrace our calling together. Let those of us in Christ who know this calling say together, “We as a people and a nation are called by God to take the Gospel around the world.”
That statement is more than a message of simply, “Jesus loves you and will forgive your sins.” It is a message of wholeness. It’s the message of the Gospel and of the Kingdom. The more we embrace His message of wholeness in scripture, the more we will correct societal ills. We can correct poverty, human trafficking, get our medical care right, and help other nations around the world more effectively, among other things. It is not that we are trying to “Americanize” everyone. It is the Gospel message of wholeness that brings freedom, healing, equality, and eternal life to all the world.
The more Believers know that God raised America up for a Divine purpose, the more we are able to intercede with confidence for our nation to fulfill that purpose. We can also confidently enter into spiritual warfare against the enemy who is trying to stop it from being fulfilled. Believers can rise up in a place of determination and say, “I will not let America’s destiny be stolen! I won’t let the failures of the past mean that we have become completely evil and we need to just start all over.” At that point, we would be giving up our Christian heritage. We would be prioritizing humanism and other demonic doctrines that would take our nation on a path completely away from what God intended. We can’t let that happen.
Today, everyone is welcome in America. We enjoy many freedoms here. People are free to worship any way they want here within the law. Even atheists are welcome here. That does not change the fact that we are a Christian nation. We cannot allow our freedom and our destiny to be stolen from us. Our God-given destiny is incredible and we must know that and fight for it! God raised up this nation! We will see its purpose fulfilled if we will continue to intercede, and do not lose heart and give up.
“Then your light will break out like the dawn, and your recovery will speedily spring forth; and your righteousness will go before you; the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.” (Isaiah 58:8; NASB)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
- Thank the Lord for this great nation and the wonderful heritage He has given us.
- Thank Him for making us a melting pot of people from every nation—a beautiful display of the Bride of Christ.
- Say, “We as a people and a nation are called by God to take the Gospel to the nations, both here and abroad.”
- Thank the Lord for the many freedoms we all have the privilege to experience in America.
- Declare, “I will not let America’s destiny be stolen!”
- Worship Him and declare that His Glory will reign over us!
A prayer you can pray:
Lord, You have made us a wonderful nation. Today, we are looking past the darkness and into the good things this country represents. We are one of the greatest nations on earth. You established us to fulfill the Great Commission. Not only have You always sent us to other places with Your Good News, but You have also brought to us those from many other nations. We are made up of every tongue and tribe and nation by Your Divine design. What a beautiful heritage! We worship You for it!
Your Word and Your principles are the foundation we have been built on. We will never make apologies for that. Neither will we deny it or desire to change it. People from around the world long to come here and live in the wonderful freedom we have. It is so easy for us to take it for granted, but it is unique in the world and must be carefully stewarded and guarded. We will not let America’s history, freedom, or destiny be stolen!
God, to You be the Glory for this great country! Glorify Yourself in and through this nation. Let Your Glory reign over us and let all of the nations see that You are our Savior, our Protector, and our Defender! We worship You, Jesus! Amen.
America will spread the Gospel message that brings freedom, healing, equality, and eternal life to all the world.
When the Lord Shows Up in Our Cities
When the Lord shows up, nobody has to say, “The Lord is here.” Everybody knows it. When He really shows up in His power and Glory, everything changes. I want to talk to you about opening the heavens today. I like the word “portal”. I looked it up in the dictionary and it said, “A portal is a grand and imposing entrance. It is an access point into someplace.” The biblical word is “gate”. We also use the word “window”.
In Genesis 28, Jacob had a unique encounter with the Lord through a dream. You’re all aware that he saw a ladder reaching up to heaven and angels ascending and descending on it. When he woke up, he said, “This is none other than the house of God and the gate of heaven.” He had actually come to a portal. It was where Abraham had built an altar to the Lord. It was a very special place—a sanctified, holy, set apart place. Jacob didn’t know it yet, but he had fallen asleep under a portal—an open heaven.
The Lord has told me there are places all over the nation where God is opening windows right now. He’s saying, “If you will just take Me at My word and start acting like Awakening is here, Awakening will be here. If you start acting like I am healing the sick, I’ll start healing the sick. Start acting like it’s time for people to get saved and delivered and make room in your services for it and I will start doing it.” There are open windows all over this nation. God is waiting there for someone to act in faith so He can come and do what He wants to do.
You can have a portal that opens just over you. You can get alone with the Lord and begin to worship and suddenly find a window of heaven open over you. A worshipping congregation can open a portal in a church service. We are now headed into a season where entire cities that will have portals open to heaven over them. That’s when revival just seems to start breaking out spontaneously. We are in that time.
“Now Jacob went out from Beersheba and went toward Haran. So he came to a certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head, and he lay down in that place to sleep. Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. And behold, the Lord stood above it and said: ‘I am the Lord God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac… Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.’ Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.’ And he was afraid and said, ‘How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!’” (Genesis 28:10-13 and 15-17; NKJV)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
- Worship the Lord until you feel His glorious Presence!
- Ask the Lord to open a portal over your city.
- Take a walk or get in your car and drive around until the Lord shows you where to stop and worship. Call for Him to come there in His manifested Glory. Proclaim that there is an open heaven in that place.
- Make this declaration, “Lord, I will take You at Your word and start acting like Awakening is here. Awakening will be here! I will start acting like You are healing the sick and I will see You heal the sick. I will start acting like it’s time for people to get saved and delivered. I will take a step of faith and share the Gospel with those I meet and I know I will see You perform miracles in my city. Open the windows of heaven and come down!”
A prayer you can pray:
[Today is one of those days you are going to need to do what the prayer points above ask you to do. I don’t want you to pray what I write for you. I want you to worship. I want faith to rise in you. I want you to get bold and take God at His word. Find the open portals in your city. Make a portal if there isn’t one. Share your faith with someone or pray they get healed and see what happens! If we all do this, we will see a nation in full blown Awakening!]
There are open windows all over this nation and God is going to step down!
What Makes America Exceptional?
[Major (Ret.) William J. Ostan, Esq., shares his heart for America with us again today. He is one the Lord has given a deep passion for our nation to. He and his wife, Jen, founded Arc of Justice.]
“There are two things I think we have to hold onto to maintain our nation. I believe God blesses America. I believe He does that so we can be a blessing to others. It’s the same reason He blessed Abraham in the Bible—as a sign of His covenant. We cannot forget to thank God daily for His many blessings. We can’t take them for granted.
“The second thing was articulated well by Abraham Lincoln. At 28 years old, Lincoln gave a speech in which he said, ‘The silent artilleries of time will make us forget.’ He was referring to our Christian roots and heritage. We can’t just go about our business day after day and year after year and not remind ourselves of our history or we will forget our history. We need to teach our children of our Christian roots and our founding. We need to know who our founders were, the things they said, and how they sought God and acknowledged Him when they acted. If we don’t, we will eventually move so far away from the truth that the country just happens to shift to a more secular society. I believe that has happened more and more over time. Today, many of our young adults don’t know anything about the role of God and Christianity in our founding, roots, and history. If we don’t purposefully act, then secularism will just take over. Lincoln was called to save our nation and we need to know how he navigated that challenge in the Lord. It is part of the history of this land.
“I think about my two daughters as I ponder the writings of Abraham Lincoln and others God raised up to lead this country. I love to read and I love to think about ideas. I know this country was founded by God to bless the world and to spread freedom everywhere, but it’s also for my daughters and their future children. It’s so they can continue to live a life of blessing and they can continue to propagate the Gospel.
“That’s why I believe America is exceptional. It’s not because we’re smarter, more powerful, or better than other nations. It is because we were founded by God on an idea that all men are created equal and endowed with certain unalienable rights. We are all sinners saved by grace. We are all fallen. We are in the same spiritual boat whether in a developing nation or here in America. We were created equal in the eyes of God. What makes us exceptional as a nation is that we were founded on biblical truth.
“Have we carried out this mandate of America perfectly? No. We live in a fallen world and we have had wars and injustice, racism, greed, and many other issues. However, I know the Lord will continue to lead us, guide us, correct us, and heal us, because His eye is upon America.”
“Blessed is the people whose God is the Lord; the people whom he has chosen for his own inheritance… From the place of his habitation he looked upon all the inhabitants of the earth. He fashioned all of their hearts; he considers all their works. The king is not saved by the multitude of the army; the mighty man does not escape by much strength. Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon those that fear him, upon those that wait for his mercy to deliver their souls from death and to keep them alive in the famine. Our soul waited for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. Therefore our heart shall rejoice in him because we have trusted in the name of his holiness.” (Psalm 33:12, 14-16, and 18-21; JUB)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
- Worship God for the many blessings He has given you and your family. Be specific.
- Worship Him for the many blessings He has given the United States of America. Thank God that He continues to watch over us. Recount some of our national blessings.
- Ask the Lord to continue to bless this nation for the sake of your children and the generations to come.
- Pray about the education of our nation’s children in the true history of this country. Repent if you haven’t paid attention to what your children are being taught or not taught in school about America’s history. Consider how you can incorporate this into your own family time. You can find resources here, here, and here.
- Intercede passionately for the Lord to continue to intervene in our nation’s affairs as we humble ourselves and pray.
A prayer you can pray:
God, I worship You because You are wholly worthy of my worship, honor, and praise. I glorify Your wonderful and Holy name. Only You are holy. I am so blessed by You. You have met every need I and my family have had. [Say some of those things to Him now.] You have also greatly blessed America. You have granted this nation a grace to continue to be free and extend that freedom worldwide for over 244 years. We have been through much, but You have continued to save us and keep us moving forward because You have a plan for America. [Recount some of those blessings in your own words here.]
Lord, I ask You to forgive the sins we commit as a nation and allow my children and grandchildren to experience the wonder of Your blessings. Let them see the miracle of Your hand working in America. We are not special or deserving, but You have decided to establish this place for Your purposes. You watch over Your work and uphold Your covenant and we are humble recipients. Save us, Lord, and we shall be saved. Keep me on my knees and let me speak freely of Your involvement in America, both historically and currently. Let me speak of these things to my children, so they may pass these truths on to their offspring as well. To You be the Glory in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
The Lord is watching over America to perform His Will through us.
America—Shining City on a Hill
[Today’s post is an excerpt from President Ronald Reagan’s farewell speech to America, which many know as his “Shining City on a Hill” speech. The words may surprise you. They sound like they could be written today!*]
“We’ve got to do a better job of getting across that America is freedom—freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of enterprise. And freedom is special and rare. It’s fragile; it needs protection.
“So, we’ve got to teach history based not on what’s in fashion but what’s important—why the Pilgrims came here, who Jimmy Doolittle was, and what those 30 seconds over Tokyo meant… [We have to remember D-Day.] If we forget what we did, we won’t know who we are. I’m warning of an eradication of the American memory that could result, ultimately, in an erosion of the American spirit. Let’s start with some basics: more attention to American history and a greater emphasis on civic ritual.
“And let me offer lesson number one about America: All great change in America begins at the dinner table. So, tomorrow night in the kitchen I hope the talking begins. And children, if your parents haven’t been teaching you what it means to be an American, let ’em know and nail ’em on it. That would be a very American thing to do.
“And that’s about all I have to say tonight, except for one thing. The past few days when I’ve been at that window upstairs, I’ve thought a bit of the ‘shining city upon a hill.’ The phrase comes from John Winthrop, who wrote it to describe the America he imagined. What he imagined was important because he was an early Pilgrim, an early freedom man. He journeyed here on what today we’d call a little wooden boat; and like the other Pilgrims, he was looking for a home that would be free.
“I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don’t know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That’s how I saw it, and see it still.
“And how stands the city on this winter night? More prosperous, more secure, and happier than it was 8 years ago. But more than that: After 200 years, two centuries, she still stands strong and true on the granite ridge, and her glow has held steady no matter what storm. And she’s still a beacon, still a magnet for all who must have freedom, for all the pilgrims from all the lost places who are hurtling through the darkness, toward home… God bless the United States of America.
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.” (Matthew 5:14; NKJV)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
- Pray for America today. Cover everything you can think of. Pray for our nation’s freedom—freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of enterprise, etc.
- Pray that this great nation will not lose its history. We must remember our history and we must remember it accurately – the good and the bad. Pray it would be taught in schools and in our homes and in our churches.
- Ask the Lord to strengthen our families. We need to get off the technology and get back to the dinner table.
- Intercede with prophetic decrees and declarations for America as you know it can be. Stir up a great faith as you do this.
- Decree, “The Gospel will go forth across this nation and to the nations of the earth from our shores!”
- Shout, “God, bless America!”
A prayer you can pray:
Father, we know You had a dream in Your heart called America. You imagined a place that was free. You gave our founders a design for a nation where freedom was the hallmark – freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom to own our own land, freedom to elect our representatives, and many other things. We strongly desire to maintain our freedom. Today, there are forces out there that would make us subject to demonic ideologies that would eliminate that freedom, eliminate and rewrite our history, and even eliminate You completely from our culture. We are sobered at the thought and we aren’t having it!
Show us how to strengthen our knowledge of our history and teach it properly to our sons and daughters. Let us put aside all the techno gadgets and information coming at us. We need to gather as families around the dinner table again. We need to talk and teach and learn from one another. We need to pull together before we are torn apart.
We decree that America is a Christian nation. America will stay the course and complete all that You created us to accomplish in history. America will remain free and its freedoms will remain guaranteed. America will be a shining light to the nations – shining out hope in Jesus. The Gospel will go forth across this nation and to the nations of the earth from our shores! America will receive the lost, the hurting, and those yearning to be free. Save us, so we can share Your son, Jesus, with the world. God, Bless America! Amen.
America is meant to be a shining city on a hill—a beacon set by the Lord to shine His light across the globe.
*Excerpted from President Reagan’s “Farewell Address to the Nation, January 11, 1989. You can read it in its entirety here.
Knowing the the Historical Record of Our Christian Nation
[Major (Ret.) William J. Ostan, Esq., shares his heart for America with us again today. He is one the Lord has given a deep passion for our nation to. He is medically retired from the Army and is now working to change the lives of wounded warriors like himself. He and his wife, Jen, founded Arc of Justice.]
“Long before I went to law school, Lou Engle told me one day that we needed to go and pray at a chapel on Pepperdine University’s Malibu campus. During that three-hour prayer meeting, God did something in me. He lit a flame of love for America in my heart that day. That also started me on a journey to read everything I could about this nation. Lou gave me a book, titled America’s Providential History, by Stephen McDowell. He was the Founder and President of the Providence Foundation. That book changed the course of my entire life. He also gave me The Light and the Glory, by Peter Marshall and David Emanuel. These books tell of the historical account of the Puritans and Pilgrims coming to America and saying, ‘We believe God has brought us to America to make it a light and a glory for the propagation of the Gospel around the world.’
“Stephen McDowell has spent the last 40 years of his life reading thousands of documents on the founding of the nation. He writes booklets on the history of America every month. He footnotes the content back to the original source documents. He proves, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that America is a Christian nation.
“In many modern publications, you can read opinion articles where the writer says, ‘America was never a Christian nation.’ My reply to that is, ‘Where’s your proof? You cannot just say that and think we are going to believe it. Let’s go together to the library of Congress and the National Archives and see what the record says. Let’s go walk around Washington, D.C. You can’t walk a block without seeing a quote honoring God on the buildings. Just because you write your opinion in an established publication, am I just supposed to believe it? Where’s your proof?’
“Men like Stephen McDowell are going back to see what Patrick Henry or John Adams or George Washington actually wrote. In His providence, the Lord actually connected me with Stephen. I was relocated by the Army to a city very near the church he pastors. He became a mentor to me, then a friend. Today, I serve on the board of the Providence Foundation. One thing I have learned from Stephen is to study those original documents and read all that I can. Therefore, I can refute anyone trying to say that this is not a Christian nation. We should all know everything we can about America’s glorious, God-birthed history. This is our heritage. Without dispute, we are a Christian nation.”
“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32; GNT)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
- Thank God for the truth, based in a lot of historical fact, that we are a Christian nation. Do not let anyone say otherwise, no matter who they are!
- Intercede for the Church to care about these things.
- Keep praying for pastors to address civic and national government from their pulpits, even as they increase teaching about moral biblical foundations. We are to live godly lives and expand Christ’s Kingdom in the earth.
- Have you educated yourself on the roots of our nation? If not, you might want to go to the Providence Foundation’s website or to David Barton’s Wallbuilders site and get started.
- Consider getting tools from these sites for your children and grandchildren.
A prayer you can pray:
God, thank You for reminding us today of the truth about the roots of America. When we take the time to look back at the historical record, we see solid evidence of our Christian heritage at every stage. The nation’s founding can be traced back to the Puritans and Pilgrims seeking refuge from religious persecution. They dedicated this land to You and to Your Glory. They proclaimed that America would send the Gospel across the land and to the nations of the earth from these shores. As the years unfolded and this fledging nation developed, God-fearing men met and prayed and formed a government that they believed You led them to form. Our nation’s archives hold undeniable proof for all who care to look for it.
God, move on the hearts of Believers to search these things out for ourselves. Lead us to the sources we need. Let us teach these things to our children and grandchildren. Embolden our pastors to address this issue, as well as teach us about the tough moral issues the Bible talks about. We need very brave pastors in these days. We support them and encourage them in prayer. Thank You for exposing so much truth in the midst of the chaos around us. Surely, You are turning all things together for good for those of us who love You and are called according to Your purpose. We stop those who want to revise our history in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
America is without dispute a Christian nation! No one can tell me otherwise.
The Importance of Religious Freedom in America
[President Trump gave a speech earlier this year on the topic of religious freedom. He recounted both the reason we protect religious freedom for all in America, as well as what this administration has done to advance it. Those advances have been significant and extend to protecting freedom of religion in other nations.]
“From its opening pages, the story of America has been rooted in the truth that all men and women are endowed with the right to follow their conscience, worship freely, and live in accordance with their convictions. [In America], we honor the foundational link between freedom and faith in our country and reaffirm our commitment to safeguarding the religious liberty of all Americans.
“Religious freedom in America, often referred to as our ‘first freedom,’ was a driving force behind some of the earliest defining moments of our American identity. The desire for religious freedom impelled the Pilgrims to leave their homes in Europe and journey to a distant land, and it is the reason so many others seeking to live out their faith or change their faith have made America their home.
“More than 230 years ago, the Virginia General Assembly passed the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, which was authored and championed by Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson famously expounded that ‘all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of Religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish, enlarge or affect their civil capacities.’ This statute served as the catalyst for the First Amendment, which enshrined in law our conviction to prevent government interference in religion. More than 200 years later, thanks to the power of that Amendment, America is one of the most religiously diverse nations in the world.
“In May 2017, I signed an Executive Order to advance religious freedom for individuals and institutions, and I stopped the Johnson Amendment from interfering with pastors’ right to speak their minds. Over the last 3 years, the Department of Justice has obtained 14 convictions in cases involving attacks or threats against places of worship. To fight the rise of anti-Semitism in our country, I signed an Executive Order [in December 2019] to ensure that Federal agencies are using nondiscrimination authorities to combat this venomous bigotry. I have also made clear that my Administration will not tolerate the violation of any American’s ability to worship freely and openly and to live as his or her faith commands.
“My Administration also remains cognizant of the stark realities for people seeking religious liberty abroad and has made protecting religious minorities a core pillar of my Administration’s foreign policy… Today, we reaffirm our commitment to protecting the precious and fundamental right of religious freedom, both at home and abroad. Our Founders entrusted the American people with a responsibility to protect religious liberty so that our Nation may stand as a bright beacon for the rest of the world.”
“As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” (John 1:12; NKJV)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
- Thank the Father that He directed our forefathers to grant us the right to worship Him here in America without government interference.
- Declare, “Our Founders entrusted the American people with a responsibility to protect religious liberty so that our Nation may stand as a bright beacon for the rest of the world.”
- Decree that the First Amendment to the U. S. Constitution shall remain, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”
- Intercede for all of those who have not yet heard the Gospel. Pray for miracles that introduce them to Jesus.
- Pray for the persecuted Church around the world.
- Ask God to let America continue to be a champion for religious freedom worldwide.
A prayer you can pray:
Father, You are the only Wise God and You have seen fit to extend that wisdom from time to time to the sons of men. We are thankful that You did so when You helped our founding fathers write the Constitution of these United States of America. We decree those words today, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” You directed the signers to give us the ability to worship freely. They made clear that government could neither establish religion, nor stop us from worship. By these statutes we have lived for over 200 years. We desire for that to continue by Your grace.
Our Founders entrusted us with a responsibility to protect religious liberty here so that our Nation may stand as a bright beacon for the rest of the world. We pray today for all those in America and around the world that have not yet heard about Jesus. We ask You to increase the spread of the Gospel. Send many from here to the nations of the earth, fulfilling Your mandate to our forefathers. Let the U.S. continue to be a protector and defender of religious rights worldwide, so people are free to choose Jesus. Thank You, Lord for Your saving grace! Amen.
America will not tolerate the violation of any American’s ability to worship freely and openly!
We Need to Love America
I love America. The Lord has arrested me with a love for America and has given me His heart for this nation. God has convinced me through the historical record that He had a dream for this land that we now call the United States of America. He unfolded that plan over time. He sent His people here, and they came without consideration of their personal futures. They knew they had heard His direction and they came to fulfill it in their generation. They knew that He really cared that we become a nation. They knew the purpose in it. They carried His dream to our shores with extraordinary faith, passion, and commitment. I feel we owe it to those early settlers to know what that dream and vision was, so we can carry it forward in our generation.
It’s not always popular to talk about loving our country today. I feel it’s appropriate to love my country. I believe it’s a good thing to love this land that God had me born into. I don’t believe God loves this nation any more than He loves other nations. I don’t believe He loves my family more than any other family, but I still believe it is important for me to passionately love my family.
I have had a human love for America, however, it became so much more than that when God gripped me for this nation. He revealed His heart for America to me. He revealed the dream in His heart to me. I began to see why there is such a spiritual war for the soul of this country. It’s because it is about so much more than freedom and prosperity. Those are things God gave us so we can fulfill our destiny. They are not our destiny in and of themselves.
When founding father Rev. Robert Hunt landed on the shores of Cape Henry in 1607, he planted a Cross and said, “The Gospel will go forth from these shores, not only to this land, but to all the nations of the earth.” In that statement, he perfectly summed up God’s destiny for America. This is the purpose of God for us. We are to expand His Gospel from our shores. That is what He caused me to carry in my heart that day.
“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’” (Matthew 28:18-20; NIV)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
- With everything going on right now, how do you feel about America? Are you concerned about being swayed by what you hear on the news, or has the Lord touched your heart with love and faith for our nation?
- Declare the Great Commission from Matthew 28:18-20, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Jesus. Therefore, He has sent us to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything He has commanded us.”
- Declare Robert Hunt’s statement over America, “The Gospel will go forth from these shores, not only to this land, but to all the nations of the earth.”
- Ask the Lord to give you the kind of love for America that keeps you interceding and spiritually fighting for the fulfillment of God’s vision for the nation.
A prayer you can pray:
Father, America is in a philosophical war right now. Sometimes it feels like we aren’t going to make it much further. The Church needs to solidify that we really believe this is a Christian nation. We need to find the truth and hold firmly to it. We need to love this country. It matters. Our founding fathers and mothers showed great faith in acting on Your Word of direction to them. They paid a tremendous price to leave everything and fulfill Your will. The historical record clearly shows they loved You and they loved this land You gave them. They believed this was a fresh opportunity to fulfill the great commission and that generations that followed them would do the same from this place.
We believe that we are to fulfill the Great Commission as stated in Matthew 28:18-20. It says, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to You, Jesus. Therefore, You have sent us to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything You have commanded us.” We believe that Rev. Robert Hunt commissioned America into that command with his words, “The Gospel will go forth from these shores, not only to this land, but to all the nations of the earth.” Give us a deeper love for this country and a firm commitment to intercede for the nation and the people of our generation. We want to see the dream fulfilled. Let us love and protect this amazing place called the United States of America in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
God is unfolding His dream for America!
Legislation From the Bench Must End
[Our friends at Intercessors for America have provided great information today on judicial legislation at the Supreme Court.]
“Recent cases such as Bostock, and June Medical highlight the need for prayer for our justices—regularly! In the Supreme Court, we see more and more ‘legislating from the bench’ instead of interpreting laws and the Constitution as written. What does ‘legislating from the bench’ mean and why is it wrong? Let’s go back to the framework of the Constitution to understand what the role of the Court is within the three branches of government.
“The role of the Judicial Branch is to police the structural limits on government and neutrally interpret the law. The Executive Branch is responsible for implementing and enforcing the laws written by Congress. The Legislative Branch (Congress) is supposed to be the center and driver of the legislative process (creating the laws). When the legislative branch is not fulfilling that role for whatever reason—be it due to gridlock, the inability to make meaningful legislative action for fear of re-election ramifications, or the hyper-politicization of the role of the legislative process, legislating eventually gets done elsewhere, filling the vacuum.
“One could say that the Supreme Court has become the battleground for debate of political ideals instead of the legislature. There is a lack of genuine debate and action in the legislature and the Supreme Court evaluates and decides many legislative matters. This is not the good government our founders outlined for our Republic. We need to pray for a restoration of the balance of power and for adherence to the original purposes of each branch of government as set forth in the founders’ framework.
“Judicial activism occurs when judges decide cases based on their personal preferences or political leanings, not based on the text of the Constitution, statutes, and applicable precedent. The Heritage Foundation defines it: When a judge puts policy considerations above the requirements of law, bends the text of the Constitution or laws to comport with his or her own sensibilities, or otherwise angles for particular results in a case, that judge has stepped outside the proper constitutional role of policing the structural limits on government and neutrally interpreting the laws and the Constitution.
“Yet some current justices are resisting judicial activism today. In his dissent on Bostock, Justice Alito opens with the following: ‘There is only one word for what the Court has done today: legislation. The document that the Court releases is in the form of a judicial opinion interpreting a statute, but that is deceptive.’”
“He appointed judges throughout the nation in all the fortified towns, and he said to them, ‘Always think carefully before pronouncing judgment. Remember that you do not judge to please people but to please the Lord. He will be with you when you render the verdict in each case. Fear the Lord and judge with integrity, for the Lord our God does not tolerate perverted justice, partiality, or the taking of bribes.’” (2 Chronicles 19:5-7; NLT)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
- Read the definition above of judicial activism from The Heritage Foundation. Let us pray for an end to judicial activism and legislation in the Supreme Court and a return to the proper balance of powers.
- Declare, “Judicial opinions are not legislation, but are meant to solely be interpretations of legislation!”
- Intercede for the Senate and the House of Representatives find a way through the political divide, so they can do the job of lawmaking. This closes a void that the executive and judicial branch can step into. It puts our government back in order, limiting the other branches from creating legislation that is not theirs to create.
- Ask the Lord to download His heart and thoughts to Believers in the Congress, so they can enact fair and just laws for the people.
- Pray the same for state and local lawmakers, as well.
A prayer you can pray:
God, before You, we call the three branches of the government of the United States of America back into alignment with the Constitution of the United States of America! We believe You brought that document together through those who sought You for it. Our government is facing greater and greater challenges to our moral and ethical structure in particular. The Supreme Court is increasingly engaging in judicial activism, legislating from the bench, as opposed to verifying if laws are constitutionally enacted and carried out. We are humbly asking for Your intervention, Lord. Judicial opinions are not legislation, but are meant to solely be interpretations of legislation!
We believe that there is currently a void in the congressional legislative processes. The Senate and House are not doing what they need to be doing because of greater and greater fighting between the parties. Every void in authority opens a spiritual gap that someone or something will try to fill. Because Congress is not enacting just and fair laws for Americans, other entities are filling that gap. The Supreme Court is one of them. So, Lord, we call the three branches of government into proper alignment and back to their original purposes and duties as outlined in our Constitution. Grant our Christian legislators your heart and mind in the development of those Bills. We pray for state and local lawmakers to enact God-fearing, just and fair laws, as well, so the enemy may be angry, but find the constitutional door shut against him. Let the Court decide in accordance with the U. S. Constitution alone, and not according to their personal interpretation of it. Jesus, we need Your intervention! Amen.
We call for our Supreme Court justices to neutrally interpret laws and the Constitution! No more legislating from the bench!
Learn more about Intercessors for America here.
Raising up a Generation That Loves America
[Major (Ret.) William J. Ostan, Esq., is a spiritual son of mine. The Lord connected us when he was barely out of college. He is one the Lord has given a deep passion for our nation to. He is medically retired from the Army and is now working to change the lives of wounded warriors like himself. I want you to hear some of his moving story. He and his wife, Jen, founded Arc of Justice. Jen has been honored as a Hidden Hero.]
“9/11/2001 had a tremendous impact on me. I wanted to enlist, but was discouraged to do so by someone I sought for counsel. So, I went to Pepperdine University in California to go to law school. While I was there, Pat Tilman was killed in the Iraq War. He was an NFL football star who had given up a $3+ million dollar salary to join the Army Rangers. Something about his death hit me hard. He had given up so much. I had been raised in an upper middle class family and my country had been at war, but I was safe on America’s shores. I sat there and wept, then went home and told my young wife that I needed to serve in the Army. To my relief, she agreed.
“So, I finished my degree, passed the bar exam, and joined the Army. I expected to serve for three years. But I found that I loved serving my country as a soldier! I was passionate about it. So, I ended up staying for 12 years. The only reason I left is because I acquired an illness during my deployment in Afghanistan that is debilitating at times. I was medically discharged on 9/11/2019.
“I love this nation and I have loved serving this nation. God put something in me that my father nurtured. My father served in the military for 3 years, and his father served as a Marine under MacArthur during WWII. My dad also loved history. He loved Abraham Lincoln and had hundreds of books about him. I loved to read those books. He took me as a teen to Gettysburg. At the time, I couldn’t fully comprehend what happened there, but he planted seeds in my heart about the significance of it. My dad saw a passion in me for all of this and he wanted to be sure to direct it toward love of God and love of country. My mom was also involved. She taught me about prayer and the importance of praying for our nation.
“All of this was very intentional on my parents’ part. It wasn’t regimented, but was woven into the way they raised me. It went right along with making sure I was raised as a man of godly character and integrity. My dad purposefully took me to historical sites while I was growing up. At Gettysburg, we visited the statues of those that won the war and also of those that were on the losing side. There were lessons to be learned there from both sides of the war and he made sure I understood those lessons from history. I am thankful for all that my dad and mom put in me and I plan to pass those types of lessons to my daughters.”
“Remember the days of old; consider the years of many generations; ask your father, and he will show you, your elders, and they will tell you.” (Deuteronomy 32:7; ESV)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
- The Bible tells us to raise up a child in the way they should go, so when they are old they will not turn from it. Intercede for parents today to know how to raise children that love God and love their country.
- If you are still raising your family, consider this. Pray together with your spouse as to how you are molding your children, first to love the Lord, of course, but to also include their love of country.
- Intercede for all the Christian families raising the next generation currently. Ask the Lord to give them creative and engaging ideas to teach the children about our history and government, and how to be a good citizen.
- Pastors, be sure you are teaching your congregants about national issues from a biblical perspective. Then, they can pray and vote and effect changes that move this nation in a more righteous direction for the sake of the children and generations to follow.
A prayer you can pray:
Lord, thank You for Bill Ostan’s impactful testimony of how he came to love and serve America. Every parent should be as intentional as his mom and dad were in raising him to understand the world we are going to be living in. He is living in the United States of America, and his mom and dad taught him about our history and how to serve the country as a godly man. Forgive us if we did not think of this when we raised our own children. Please help all parents, even grandparents, to be more intentional in our raising of the next generation. Our educational system often ignores the subject of government or teaches them a form of history that is not what the historical record shows. We must help preserve it, as well as to teach our kids the lessons that must be learned from it.
If the generations that follow us are to keep the Republic we inherited from our forefathers, then we all need to teach them about it, including our pastors and other church leaders. We can’t back down from teaching them about moral issues that are matters of law. We need to show them what the Bible says about godly character, sexual sin, abortion and infanticide and so many other things that You talk about in Your Word. Give us a holy boldness to do so, that we do not lose them to the world’s systems and the god of this age. They need to be raised to carry history forward as You desire, not to remake the nation in man’s image. Grace us, Lord Jesus. Amen.
We will raise our children to love God and love America!