Give Him 15 Daily Prayer

Sep 2018

Praying for Elections Without Being Political*

This upcoming midterm election is being called the most consequential midterm in many years.1 Some of the issues of current concern the praying Church should focus on are:

  • Laws regulating abortion
  • Euthanasia legislation
  • Parental rights
  • Definition of marriage
  • Gender identification
  • Increasing attacks against religious freedom

All of the above could change based on the voter turnout of God’s people in the upcoming general election.

First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4; NASB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Intercede for all Americans to follow the Lord’s guidance as they vote, not just the philosophies of political parties.
  • Ask that voters would not put economics or politics above the godly and biblical foundations upon which America was founded.
  • Pray that the Lord gives us godly leaders with integrity who will govern in wisdom and righteousness.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, we ask that all Americans would follow Your guidance as we make decisions of who to vote for. Don’t let us simply vote for a political party. We ask that voters would not put economics or politics above the godly and biblical foundations upon which America was founded. Above all, Lord, give us godly leaders of integrity who will govern in wisdom and righteousness. Let our leaders be those who seek You for direction. Our nation needs You more than anything else! Thank you, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

We will vote biblically, not politically.

*By, Generals International in collaboration with BridgeBuilders International.

1 Why the coming midterms are so important,” Neil Wollman and Leonard Williams, opinion contributors, The Hill, January 31, 2018.

Sep 2018

What is at Stake in the Midterm Elections*

The upcoming hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh highlight the importance of our national midterm elections. A number of states will elect new U.S. Senators who will vote on the confirmation of numerous federal judges, including the likelihood of one or more Supreme Court justices.1

In the Midterm General Elections, November 6, 2018, Americans will vote on:

  • 35 U.S. Senators
  • ALL 435 U.S. House of Representatives seats
  • 39 Governors
  • 7 Mayors of major U.S. cities
  • Numerous state and local offices (Check your Secretary of State’s website for local election details.)

“First of all, I encourage you to make petitions, prayers, intercessions, and prayers of thanks for all people, for rulers, and for everyone who has authority over us. Pray for these people so that we can have a quiet and peaceful life always lived in a godly and reverent way. This is good and pleases God our Savior. He wants all people to be saved and to learn the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4; GWT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Pray that people will become well informed on where candidates stand on the issues and will seriously seek You in how they vote.
  • Lord, please watch over the integrity of the voting system; protect the casting and counting of every ballot.
  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to fill the voting booths and guide people as they vote.
  • Remind your family and friends to make sure they are registered to vote. Post a Register to Vote site on the social media sites you use.

A prayer you can pray:

Heavenly Father, today we lift before You the upcoming midterm elections. We pray that Believers will become well informed on where candidates stand on the issues and will seriously seek You in how to vote. By Your Holy Spirit, awaken huge numbers of godly people who will turn out to vote. Lord, we pray that Your Spirit will fill the voting booths and guide people as they vote. Let them make sure they are registered to vote and remind all their family members and friends to get registered, as well. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today’s decree:

God’s people will pray and VOTE!

*By, Generals International in collaboration with BridgeBuilders International.

1 5 Minutes for Families, The latest from CAP President Cati Herrod, July 27, 2018.

Sep 2018

Praying in Unity is Coming!

Make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.” (Philippians 2:2; NASB)

When we look around America today, we know that we are in a crisis; we’ve reached a tipping point. In the last election, many Christians got out and voted; however, many spiritual leaders across this nation have been saying one thing: “We’re concerned the church has gone back to sleep.” I know some of you have a similar concern in your heart.

The midterm elections are coming up. The Christian turnout for these elections will reveal whether we are truly going to be able to turn the nation and fully establish cords of righteousness, or if we’re going to slide backwards.

I want to encourage you. If you believe that abortion is wrong, if you believe that the blood of 60,000,000 aborted babies is crying out from the ground of the United States, and if you knew that turning the tide of a nation was within our grasp, even by one vote – would you vote? Would you pray?

I’m asking you to do both—pray and vote. Pray and act. I’m asking you to join us, as we prayer walk America, as we cry out for the nation. We know that God wants to do extraordinary things through our prayers. If we will pray, God will act.

We have developed this very important website called Pray in Unity.” Here, you can sign up to adopt your block in prayer. You will also find a daily devotion covering all kinds of topics related to the midterm election. In addition, you can sign up to receive a weekly email containing the prayer devotions for each week.

Also, beginning 9/28 through 11/6, Give Him 15 will post the daily devotionals, together with many other national prayer ministries.

It’s a 40-day season, beginning September 28 and continuing through Election Day, November 6. You can also visit many of the supporting organizations’ websites that are listed for additional national prayer resources. You will be praying in unity with thousands of different intercessors from across America, connecting with a coalition of prayer leaders that are standing together, and saying, “We are concerned about America.”

Would you join us? Pray in Unity. Go to the blue button that says, Sign Up.” We’d love for you to participate. Let’s turn the tide!

Sep 2018

Finding peace in the Midst of the Storm 

“When all around is sinking sand, on Christ the solid Rock, I stand…”1 There are times in all of our lives when chaos seems to be overwhelming us. Our life circumstances have moved beyond our control. We find nothing to grab onto. We can’t sleep, can’t eat, and often don’t have a clue what course of action to take. It may seem like there is nothing we can do except wait it out. Those are the times we are so thankful we know Jesus Christ! Where would we be without Him? The enemy’s shouts may grow deafening, our losses may be staggering, and it may feel like wolves are circling our feet, waiting to finish us off.  However, we have a Savior! Jesus is the everlasting love to which we can cling. When we are innocent, we can rest in Him. When we are unable, He is more than able. He will defend us, deliver us, heal us, and restore us. He loves us.

“And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever. My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.” (Isaiah 32:17-18; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Florence has destroyed homes, businesses, livestock, and other agriculture. At least 37 lives have been lost. Weep with those who are weeping. Pray they would turn to the Lord and feel his sweet and loving presence. Pray that the old hymns, like the one above, would flood their memories and turn their hearts toward the Lord.
  • Pray for everyone involved in the Brett Kavanaugh situation to be touched by God’s hand. Continue to intercede for truth to be known.
  • Intercede for the media. They can be used to report truth, but they are attempting to be mind-molders in this season. They seem more intent on trying to influence opinions rather than report facts. Headlines and first paragraphs (often, all that is read in an article) are largely inflammatory. Call them into order!
  • Run to God with your own personal life situation, if you are experiencing circumstances beyond your control. Find rest and peace, and grace to help in time of need.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, the tragedies occurring in North and South Carolina are horrible. My heart is turned toward all those who are suffering the loss of loved ones, property, and businesses. No amount of monetary compensation can restore lives and memories. People need You, Jesus. Holy Spirit, reveal Christ to many. Let compassion lead to revival in those devastated areas. Remind them of the words of songs they may have heard some time in their lives. Let those old hymns bring them comfort. Still the political firestorm over the Kavanaugh confirmation process. Give everyone involved wisdom to know how to proceed. Let truth be known. Correct the media! We call them into order and say, “Report the truth! I don’t want to hear your opinions or see that you have twisted things to suit your own biased narrative!” Lord, I need You in (tell Him about your own challenging situation). I don’t know how to proceed. I need to feel Your love, concern and comfort. Heal my heart and keep me close to You while You sort it all out for me. I trust You and Your Word. In Jesus’ loving name, amen.

Today’s decree:

Storm, be at peace! Be still!

1 From the Hymn, “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less.”

Sep 2018

Binding the Spirit of Delay

Brett Kavanaugh’s Judiciary Committee vote has been moved from this Thursday, 9/20, to possibly next Thursday, 9/27. This allows for a hearing on Monday, 9/24, where he and Christine Blasey Ford will be able to testify under oath regarding Mrs. Ford’s allegations of sexual assault by Judge Kavanaugh when they were in high school. Both sides of the aisle agreed that this is appropriate. Mrs. Ford has not replied to Chairman Grassley’s office as to whether she will attend. Democrats want to extend the invitation to include other witnesses, but Sen. Grassley said the two alone are enough to resolve the matter. Regardless, this is a delay. Judge Kavanaugh continues to maintain his innocence through it all. While being sensitive to Mrs. Ford, one of Satan’s favorite tactics is delay. Politically, Democrats feel this situation could give them the opportunity to push the confirmation past the midterm elections, when they hope to gain a majority of the Senate. If that is the case, they will be in control of who fills the next Supreme Court Justice seat.

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” (Proverbs 13:12; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Take authority over the spirit of delay in this situation. Tell it to cease and desist. Say, “The decision of the Senate Judiciary Committee to vote on whether or not to send Judge Kavanaugh to the full Senate for a vote will not be delayed beyond Thursday, 9/27.”
  • Intercede for Christine Ford. Continue to pray that she would know Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and that He would heal the effects of any trauma in her life. Pray that she will speak nothing but the truth while under oath.
  • Intercede for Brett Kavanaugh. Pray that truth would be revealed. Pray that he would press into Jesus and find comfort there. Pray protection over the emotions of his wife, Ashley, and daughters, Liza and Margaret.  

A prayer you can pray:

In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, we take authority over every spirit attempting to delay the placement of a new Supreme Court Justice. The decision of the Senate Judiciary Committee to vote on whether or not to send Judge Kavanaugh to the full Senate for a vote will not be delayed beyond Thursday, 9/27. Both Christine Ford and Brett Kavanaugh should be able to defend their positions under oath on Monday. We pray for Christine, that she would know Jesus as her Lord and Savior, so all of the trauma she has been burdened with by the enemy can be healed. We ask that Brett Kavanaugh would know Christ, seek Him, and find the grace to be 100% truthful about this matter, so the Committee members know what to do. Cover Ashley, Liza, and Margaret with your protective hand, Lord. In Jesus’ loving name, amen.

Today’s decree:

No more delay!

Sep 2018

Let the Truth be Revealed

Christine Blasey Ford is the name of the anonymous source of a letter Sen. Dianne Feinstein presented to the FBI last week. Now, there is a name and face to go along with the charges against Judge Brett Kavanaugh. He can now find a frame of reference for the charges. Also now revealed is the name of the other young man involved in her allegations – Mark Judge. Both Judge Kavanaugh and Mr. Judge have denied the allegations against Kavanaugh. The charges are specific and very serious. Judge Kavanaugh said, “This is a completely false allegation. I have never done anything like what the accuser describes to her or anyone. Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday.” He went on to say he would like to be able to defend his integrity. A representative of the White House stated that Mrs. Ford should be heard. No woman should ever be subjected to attacks such as she describes in her letter and she should be able to make her complaint under oath. Judge Kavanaugh should be heard, as well, and given an opportunity to face his accuser. Ultimately, the Senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee have to decide how to proceed. Ekklesia, we will appeal to the Judge of the universe who has seen the end from the beginning and who alone knows the entirety of the truth. May it be known in the earth, as well.

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Go to God as Judge of the Earth, our Judge, Lawgiver and King. Ask Him to expose the truth of this matter.
  • If Judge Brett Kavanaugh is innocent, let him be exonerated. If not, let him step down. Pray he does not step down due to intimidation if he is innocent!
  • Intercede for Christine Blasey Ford. Ask God to draw her to Himself and save her if she does not already know Him. She is now known by all of us. What a wonderful opportunity to pray for her salvation. Ask Jesus to heal her from all of the traumas of her life.
  • Pray the same for Mark Judge.
  • Ask God to grant wisdom to the Senators on the Judiciary Committee to know how to proceed, especially Chairman Chuck Grassley.
  • Cover the Kavanaugh daughters in prayer. Ask God to keep them from trauma of these allegations against their dad.

A prayer you can pray:

God, we come to you as Judge of the heavens and the earth. You are our Judge, Lawgiver and King. You alone know all of the circumstances that happen and the motives of the hearts behind them. We need truth in this situation. We want to know for sure if Brett Kavanaugh is who he says he is. Minister to Christine Ford. If she doesn’t know You. We join the multitudes praying for her today. We also ask You to make Yourself known to Mark Judge. Let Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, Grassley, seek You for wisdom and strategy. If Brett Kavanaugh is innocent, let things move forward on schedule. Keep charge over his children and keep them from the trauma of this situation. In Jesus’ wonderful Name, amen.

Today’s decree:

Let truth be revealed in the Kavanaugh hearings!

Sep 2018

Character Assassination

Sometimes the enemy overplays his hand and we can see exactly what he is up to. He showed his hand this week in the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation process. If we weren’t sure that Judge Kavanaugh might be chosen by God to be the next Supreme Court Justice, we might want to reconsider that position now.  Senator Dianne Feinstein let the Senate Judiciary Committee know Thursday, in their scheduled meeting, that she had forwarded an anonymous letter to the FBI for investigation. The letter alleged sexual misconduct by Judge Kavanaugh when he was 17 years old and in high school. The letter arrived in July through the office of Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA). She forwarded it to Sen. Feinstein who made no mention of it until Thursday. “This has all the indicators of an 11th hour character assassination and a desperate attempt to delay and defeat the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh, who has a sterling reputation in his community, his profession, his church and among hundreds of friends, colleagues, and co-workers.”(Carrie Severino)1 A separate letter has since arrived to Committee Chairman Sen. Grassley’s desk. It is from 65 women who said they have known Brett Kavanaugh since high school. “Through the more than 35 years we have known him, Brett has stood out for his friendship, character, and integrity,” the women wrote. “In particular, he has always treated women with decency and respect. That was true when he was in high school, and it has remained true to this day.”2

A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. In the paths of the wicked are snares and pitfalls, but those who would preserve their life stay far from them.” (Proverbs 22:1 and 5; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Intercede for Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Pray that he will be able to stand strong and not give up amidst this attack against his reputation. Just the mention of  horrible accusations can taint our reputation. He will need to rely on God to exonerate him.
  • Ask God to intervene and turn Senator Feinstein back from this course of destruction.
  • Pray for the Senate Judiciary Committee members to seek truth and justice, not political gain.
  • Contact your Senators and let them know how you feel about Judge Brett Kavanaugh as our next Supreme Court Justice.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, we bring Brett Kavanaugh before you. He is a fallible human, but it appears he has tried to live his life in an integrous manner in everything he has done. In his personal life, as well as in his professional life, he has been consistent. We ask You to intervene and clean up this mess. Do not let the enemy rob this man of his godly reputation. Senator Feinstein and others responsible for this smear campaign need to be brought to task, Lord. We will leave that up to You, but we do ask You to correct the record against Judge Kavanaugh. Exonerate him and remove any stain or blemish. Let many Christians call their Senators and let them know we are standing with him and want him confirmed as our next Supreme Court Justice. Obviously, the enemy is very afraid of him serving in that office! In Jesus’ holy name, amen.

Today’s decree:

The enemy’s plan to ruin Judge Brett Kavanaugh will be exposed and will fail!

1 Learn more about Carrie Severino here.

2 Letter posted in full on 9/14/18. Accessed 9/14/18.

Sep 2018

Day of Worship

There is a lot going on in the nation and in the spirit realm right now. At times like this, I just want to worship Him. I hope you do too. Between spiritual storms, political storms, and physical storms, sometimes we have to stop, rest, and worship. So, today is going to be that day. John Thurlow wrote an amazing song, “Storm All Around You”, about the throne of God existing within a storm of lightnings and thunderings. God is not moved by storms. He loves the power and the glory of the storm so much that He chooses that to be His environment! He is Prince of Peace in the midst of it all. He desires us to come in close to Him and be able to worship in the midst of the storm. It displays a faith that the enemy cannot stand. Satan has to move out of the way when the people of God worship in the midst of the storm. At that point, our faith is unstoppable.

Let these verse guide your worship:

“From the throne came flashes of lightning and the rumble of thunder. And in front of the throne were seven torches with burning flames. This is the sevenfold Spirit of God.” (Revelation 4:5; NLT)

Turn to the LORD! He can still be found. Call out to God! He is near.” (Isaiah 55:6;CEV)

When the tempest passes, the wicked is no more, but the righteous is established forever.” (Proverbs 10:25; ESV)

“When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.” (Psalm 34:17-20; ESV)

Today’s decree:

I will worship You, Lord, in the midst of the storms I face and the storms my nation faces! To You be the glory!

Sep 2018

Hurricane Florence, Flooding and the Aftermath

Hurricane Florence has proved to be catastrophic. I know many of you have been praying. Please don’t stop. My wife, Ceci, has been monitoring the situation closely since the beginning and we sent out an emergency prayer alert on Wednesday, ahead of the storm. The good news is that Florence was downgraded as it came ashore from a 4 to a 1. That’s the good news. The bad news is that once ashore, it slowed down. This means that huge amounts of rain hit the coast of North Carolina and up to 20” of rainfall has caused widespread flooding. Hundreds of people have had to be rescued. Over half a million people remain without power. More than 2100 flights have been cancelled. As of this writing, two precious lives were lost and we pray no more will be. The governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper, has warned that the storm could continue for days. There have been a number of prophetic words released giving reasons why God may have allowed this storm, but today, I want us to focus on praying to hasten the end of this national tragedy.

“He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Quiet! Be still!’ Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, ‘Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?’” (Mark 4:39-40; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Ask God to forgive our nation if there is any sin that we are missing, which may have allowed this storm.
  • Command the storm to stop completely!
  • Intercede for the hundreds of thousands impacted by Florence. Lives, health, homes, jobs, travel, utilities, and communication services are all affected at this time.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, we humble ourselves before You today and bring our national situation to You. Hurricane Florence was allowed to hit our shores and has caused great distress. We repent of any sin, current or past, that is undealt with before the cross of Christ and the throne of grace. Reveal things to us that we cannot otherwise see, so we can avert these tragedies in the future. We have seen You dissolve and divert storms in the past, as Your people humbly prayed. We see in Matthew, Mark and Luke that Jesus calmed storms. We want that level of faith, so the citizens of the United States do not have to suffer such loss. May many turn to You, Lord, in this hour of great need. But, how much better if we were saved from it and could testify of Your saving grace! Be seen in the midst of the storm! Bring it to an end! Let the earth swallow up the water! Heal our land! In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today’s decree:

We say to the storm named Florence, “Peace! Be still! Flooding, subside!”

Sep 2018

Engaging the Culture

“The Church is entering a season where we will produce elite warriors, statesmen, and heroes. They will be mighty men and women. We have forward momentum and we are going to feed it. We are going to give more resources to leadership preparation than just Sunday morning offerings given to cover the bills. We are going to have to plan. Five-fold ministry has largely been replaced by event planning. I really don’t think large crusades are wrong. However, I think we do need American Idol wanna-be’s and Dr. Phil’s. There have to be some Christians out there like that—created for cultural influence—given a voice in the culture. It’s time for Believers in this nation to stop hiding under the balcony in the second service and get where they belong in the Ekklesia. And, some of us have to help them get there.” (Don Lynch)1

I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. They do not belong to this world any more than I do.” (John 17:14-16; NLT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Can you imagine Christians, acting as the Ekklesia—the governmental authority of God— in every corner of the culture? Oh, we mostly work in the world now, but we largely hide our faith. We get to repent for our hiddenness.
  • Call forth the bold who will engage the culture! Call forth the creatives, the talented, and the most brilliant minds in Christianity, whom God has called into positions of cultural influence!
  • Call forth the five-fold equippers who are willing to pay the cost to disciple the culture-impactors.
  • Pray that our church-growth models will be replaced with societal harvest models.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, I want to sit here and dream with You for a bit. I have been feeling this new boldness coming on the Church. Whether we are the five-fold equippers or the influencers, the Ekklesia is about to open its mouth and roar! We will be heard and seen. No more hiding out inside our church buildings. We will work together to prepare this generation for government, media, arts and entertainment, and other places where the molders of society are. We choose not to relegate those realms of influence to the devil and those he uses. We won’t just pray, we will act. We will speak. We will write. We will change everything around us, as God leads us forth into a new type of spiritual warfare. So, come on equippers, get ready. You have to be ahead of those coming up behind you or they will pass you by. My eyes can see the harvest fields, so white. Come, Lord, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

Here come the Believers who are “culture-impactors”!

1 Learn more about Don Lynch here.

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