The Only Ones Who Dream Are God and His Kids
We need to keep our focus on the big picture. We can’t get tunnel vision in this hour. So, I am going to talk to you about God’s “big picture”. We’re going to talk about God’s dream. Our nation came from some people who got together at the foundation of our nation and dreamed about what could be. We have defiled that dream. We’ve gotten together and turned God’s dream for us into a materialistic American Dream. God has been working to try to restore to us His dream for this nation, not just the restoration of a material dream.
So, let’s go back to Genesis for a minute. The Hebrew word for “create” and the word for “dream” have the same Hebrew root. Yatsar, yetser. The word “yetser” means to dream or imagine. It is a hidden desire tucked in the heart of someone. It’s an unfulfilled desire for the future. “Yatsar” is “create”. If you are like me, then you will find it incredibly interesting that God put inside the concept of dreaming, the power of creating. Everything you see around you, everything you see on the planet, started with a dream. Even something as small as a toothpick started as a dream someone had to solve a problem.
God has put something of His nature in human beings. He might have said something to Adam like, “Adam, I’m going to reveal to you the secrets of the universe. All you see around you now is dirt, animals, plants. But, there are skyscrapers in the materials there. The ability to fly is hidden in My invisible laws. Many other things are hidden, but you will search them out. I have created you in My image and likeness. You’re going to be more than angels. You’re going to be My family. I want people I can dream with, because angels don’t dream. Angels just obey. Animals don’t dream. They make their way through life by instinct. The only ones who dream are Me and My kids.”
“Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he placed the man he had made. The Lord God made all sorts of trees grow up from the ground—trees that were beautiful and that produced delicious fruit… A river flowed from the land of Eden, watering the garden and then dividing into four branches. The first branch, called the Pishon, flowed around the entire land of Havilah, where gold is found. The gold of that land is exceptionally pure; aromatic resin and onyx stone are also found there… The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it.” (Genesis 2:8-9a, 10-12 and 15; NLT)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
- Let’s ponder some things today. Think about the God-connection between the Hebrew words yetser, to dream, and yatsar, to create.
- Look closely at the excerpt from Genesis 2 above. Have you noticed before that God mentions the trees growing from the ground and their fruit? Have you noticed His comments on the raw materials in the land where the rivers flow? Think about why God mentions that.
- Have you ever thought about the fact that only God and His kids dream and create?
- What are some of the things you know God dreams about?
- What does “family” look like to God?
- What does the nation which honors the Lord look like?
- Intercede for this nation in light of the revelation He has given you.
A prayer you can pray:
God, surely Your thoughts are higher than ours and Your ways are very different than ours. Our thoughts must become like Yours and Your ways must be embraced by us, if we are to advance Your Kingdom in this nation. This devotional today is very thought-provoking. That You have a dream and You are fulfilling it, we see in part. The fact that Your dream is so full, so complete, with everything needed to expand Your Kingdom in the earth realm is something far beyond what we were thinking. It’s so much more than salvation. It’s so much more than morality. It’s not something new, but something ancient. It began before the beginning. We don’t know where all of this will take us, as a people or as a nation, but we want to be a part of Your unfolding plan. We want to create within our sphere of influence. We want to design and build the buildings, prepare the food, create the course, write the books and the laws. We want to explore the heavens and the depths of the sea looking for the truths You have hidden and desire us to search out. We want to unfold the mysteries of Your Word and make You known by the lost. We want to exemplify “family” to a world that really has trouble with the concept more and more all the time. We want America to fulfill Your dream for establishing it. Give us Your dreams and the creative power to bring Your Kingdom into this nation and into this world, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
The people of God will dream with Him and create His family!
God’s Dream to Transform America
One of Chuck Pierce and my stops on the Time to Plow tour was Faneuil Hall in Boston, Massachusetts. It would be hard to find a place with a stronger connection to the birth of America and the American Dream than this historic location. It has, in fact, been called “the cradle of liberty” and “the womb of the revolution.” Faneuil Hall was where Samuel Adams and other Founding Fathers gave many of their impassioned speeches urging the colonists to fight for independence.
For me, speaking in this historic room was both inspiring and a bit intimidating. As I worshiped, I inquired of Holy Spirit what He wanted to say to me about the evening and what he might want me to share. He began highlighting the fact that this was a place of dreams, a building where an oppressed people dreamed of freedom and liberty. In many ways, the American Dream found its next expression in this very room.
Holy Spirit then focused me on information shared with me before the meeting began. The name Faneuil comes from the same root word as “Penuel” in the Old Testament, which means “the face of God.” It was at Penuel that Yahweh finally conquered and captured the heart of Jacob, transforming him and changing his name to Israel (Genesis 32). Only then could God use the man Israel to fulfill his role in birthing the nation of Israel, through which He would bring the Messiah and restore His dream of a family.
Then, the connections began taking place in my mind:
- God’s dream of freedom for His human family was in part, birthed at Penuel.
- The American Dream for freedom was also birthed, in part, at Penuel (Faneuil).
- Both dreams were essential to the salvation of humankind—Israel would birth the Savior, America would trumpet this good news: the gospel.
- Then Holy Spirit said, “Just as I rescued My dream at ‘the face of God’ (Penuel) by transforming Jacob, I will rescue My dream by transforming America through a face to face encounter with Me. I will have My dream!”
“A man came and wrestled with [Jacob] until the sun came up. The man saw that he could not defeat Jacob. So he struck Jacob’s hip and put it out of joint. Then the man said to Jacob, ‘Let me go. The sun is coming up.’ But Jacob said, ‘I will let you go if you will bless me.’ The man said to him, ‘What is your name?’ And he answered, ‘Jacob.’ Then the man said, ‘Your name will no longer be Jacob. Your name will now be Israel, because you have wrestled with God and with men. And you have won.’ So Jacob named that place Peniel. He said, ‘I have seen God face to face. But my life was saved.’” (Genesis 32: 24-28 and 30; ICB)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
- Intercede for face-to-face encounters between the Lord and His people, especially those He has called to lead in this season.
- Thank God for America’s Christian heritage and our forefathers who stood in the gap in prayer and in action to see it manifested.
- Pray for the future of America and its connection to God’s overall dream for the restoration of His family.
- Do you need to wrestle with God for your own future and to see His dreams fulfilled in you? Let Him fully conquer your heart.
- Ask the Lord to restore “family” to the Church. Ask Him to heal families within the Body of Christ, as well.
A prayer you can pray:
Father, restore, restore, restore restore, restore. Restore us, restore the Church, and restore Your vision for this nation. Restore relationship with You. Restore Your dream of family and help us participate in that. Come and look at us. Look at us in worship. Look at us in prayer. Look at us in a depth of relationship with You and look at us in our lost and sinful condition. Restore us to Yourself through the revealing of the work of Jesus on the cross. Change us. Transform us. Your Presence will do that. Your face-to-face Presence makes us hunger for You and thirst for the righteousness that only You give. Give us the passion for You and Your purposes that You placed burning in the hearts of America’s leaders so long ago at Faneuil Hall. They were transformed and set on fire by Your Presence and confrontations. They saw You in Your Word, and they knew what to say and do to shift a nation. Do the same with us, Lord. Let us wrestle with You until we are dream-restorers, too. Let us know what name You would give us and let us live that name. Let us see our families restored. Show us what we can do to help restore Your family to You. Heal us and we will be healed. Restore us and we will be restored. Let Your dream be fulfilled in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
God will transform America by face to face encounters between His people and Himself!
Worshipping the Lord in the Midst of the Storm
We are going to do something a little different today. There comes a point in our intercession when we must stand and worship the One true God. Today is that day. We are going to worship the Lord together today, using a prayer written by James Nesbitt. We are going to put all of our trust in Him.
“Praise the Lord from the earth, You great sea creatures and all the depths; Fire and hail, snow and clouds; Stormy wind, fulfilling His word; Mountains and all hills; Fruitful trees and all cedars; Beasts and all cattle; Creeping things and flying fowl; Kings of the earth and all peoples; Princes and all judges of the earth; Both young men and maidens; Old men and children. Let them praise the name of the Lord, For His name alone is exalted; His glory is above the earth and heaven.” (Psalm 148:7-13; NKJV)
“Good Father, we saw Your kindness manifest in the midst of Hurricane Barry in the Gulf.
“It was reported that it was as if an invisible hand held the majority of the rain of the massive storm offshore, so the devastation was much less than predicted, again we say thank You!
“Kind Father, who commands and raises the stormy winds which lifts up the waves. They mount up to the heavens. They go down again to the depths:
“Great Elohiym, who makes the storm a calm so that the waves thereof are still, thank You for filling every molecule in Dorian with Your mercy.
“Yes Father, through the blood of Your Son, we sing to every molecule dancing in the thunder and the Lightning in the midst of Dorian. We say, ‘Praise Jehovah.’
“Praise Jehovah, as Your clouds tower into the heavens. Praise him in the heights. Praise ye him, with all his angels. Praise Him with all his heavenly host.
“Praise him along with the sun and moon. Praise him all with all the stars of light. Praise him with the heavens of heavens and the waters that are above the heavens. Let them praise Your Name Great Jehovah, for You commanded and they were created.
“We magnify this prayer from the Qualified-to-Conquer company of Believers.
“Heavenly Father, we, in the Mighty Body of the Son, magnify the Great and Majestic Name of Yeshua, our Lord; thanking You Father that He is the Lord of Heaven and Earth!
“We declare that, as the Lord of the Earth, He is the Lord of the Earth of our earthly Nation! Now concerning Hurricane Dorian, ‘Father! We petition You for Mercies upon Mercies, through the Blood of the Lamb, for our earthly nation and all of its people!
“In the threatening influence of this storm, Father, we give You thanks for this is Your Will in Christ Jesus concerning us! By the Invitation of the Living Word, Holy Spirit, through the Blood of the Lamb, fill this storm and all of its associated weather systems with Your Mighty Presence and the Power!
“Thank You Father for the Mighty sons that You have raised up for such a time as this!”
Through the blood of Jesus, we sing to every molecule dancing in the thunder and the Lightning in the midst of Dorian. We say, “Every molecule, praise the Lord!”
Learn more about James Nesbit here.
Intercession Against Dorian – Finish the Work
“The Lord created weather. He created all things. He made each individual and He loves us. He created the nations and the boundaries of them. He is not blind or deaf. He is watching. He is listening. He is stirring His people to pray. He is calling for His Church to get up and get in the gap and intercede. He is showing us what to pray; what to say. He is sharpening His Word in our mouth and causing us to release it at the exact right time.
“This is the apostolic level of warfare that He has called His Church to. This is how Jesus acted. This is how He taught His disciples to act. This is the authority He placed on His apostles and prophets. Somewhere in history, this authority was lost. It was corrupted and diluted. The Body of Christ was told they couldn’t have this authority. Now it is the era of restoration. Now, the Church will find its voice. Now, we will read the Word and see what He is saying to us. We will decree a thing and it will be done!
“Hurricane Dorian is no match for Jesus Christ and His legislating Ekklesia, who legislate in the heavens on behalf of the earth. Dorian is not greater than the Blood of Jesus or the power and presence and protection of God Almighty! God, our strength, our strong tower, the One mighty with banners, He will save us! He will dispel the storm as we humble ourselves and pray. Church, do not stop interceding until the storm is still.” (Cindy Jacobs)
“The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord thunders over the mighty waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic. The voice of the Lord strikes with flashes of lightning. And in his temple all cry, ‘Glory!’” (Psalm 29:3-6, 7 and 9b; NIV)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
- The Church is God’s Voice in the earth. Call forth His intercessors.
- The Word of God is the sword of the Lord against every enemy. His enemies are our enemies. Our enemies are His enemies. He has given us authority over our enemies. Get out Your Bible and ask Him for at least one verse to use as a sword against Hurricane Dorian.
- Humble yourself and ask the Lord for mercy for the Bahamas, Florida, and the eastern seaboard of the United States of America.
- Speak directly to Dorian, “Peace, be still! We command you to quickly turn to the north and back into the Atlantic. We command you to dissipate. Florida is hidden from you. It is off limits! The Lord’s arms are protecting Florida, the east coast, and the Bahamas from you.”
- Ask the Lord to release His angel armies as a line of protection for our east coast.
- Command Dorian to turn back into the sea where it was formed.
- Say, “Let everyone in the nation see the salvation of the Lord through this situation.”
- Worship the Lord for His protection and salvation, peace and restoration.
A prayer you can pray:
Lord, we decree your kingdom has come to Florida, the eastern seaboard, and the Bahamas. We call for your holy arm to come and assist us. We hear You calling Your intercessors. May they hear Your call. Build a wall of intercession from the Bahamas, through Florida, and up the eastern seaboard. Lord, You are seated on the Mercy Seat. We ask You for mercy. Hear our cry! Listen to our plea! You are our strong tower and we look to you for safety and relief. We decree mercy and we say that it will be seen. We speak to Dorian, “Peace, be still! We command you to quickly turn to the north and back into the Atlantic. We command you to dissipate. Florida is hidden from you. It is off limits! The Lord’s arms are protecting Florida, the east coast, and the Bahamas from you.” We speak shalom over the atmosphere. God, You rescue us. Rescue us from all harm, Lord. We declare your supernatural manifestation over this situation. We release the sound of your love, protection, and peace over the atmosphere. We come as one, and You command the blessing where there is unity. We glorify You! Send more of your angel armies into the fray. We thank you for your angelic host stationed at the shoreline of this nation. You have called them to stand all along the coast. They are moving in alignment with Your voice and Your commands. The voice of the Lord is powerful. Your voice is majestic. It breaks the cedars. It strikes like lightning. You are in the midst of this storm. You are the greater storm. You cause that counter storm to come and turn back Dorian to the sea where it came from. We speak life, life, life to the nation. Let the people see Your strength and mercy. Let them see Your mighty power. We declare that America is a house built on a Rock—Jesus. You are the Lord above all and we are safe in Your hands. Amen.
The Voice of God is turning back the storm at the gates of our nation!
Learn more about Cindy Jacobs here.
Praying Down a Hurricane
Most everyone is aware that Hurricane Dorian is bearing down on the southern east coast. Its power has been directed toward Florida until yesterday, when it appeared that it was going to make a right turn. That turn would take it north. But a further swing east takes it right back out to sea. We are hearing from many prophets and intercessors that that is exactly what they have been praying.
Apostle Guillermo Maldonado led a prayer service in Miami where the congregation powerfully commanded the hurricane to stay away from Florida. Another group of individuals from across the country spent united time on a prayer call where they saw the hand of God protecting the coastline of Florida and the Carolinas. Yet a third report was of a prayer group filled with faith in Texas. That state has compassion for the area in the hurricane’s purported path, as they have suffered much from hurricanes there. One of the prophets in that group felt they saw the breath of God blow the hurricane off its current course. They commanded the storm to turn back to sea in response to the wind of the Holy Spirit blowing against it. Well, that sounds like God is speaking. Each was seeing the same scenario, though the Lord was speaking to each in the way they could hear/see most clearly from Him.
Dorian is not fully off course yet! Last night, its wind speed was around 145 miles per hour. It needs to avoid the nation entirely. We need to stop this major hurricane in prayer!
“Can you find your way to where lightning is launched, or to the place from which the wind blows? You don’t for a minute imagine these marvels of weather just happen, do you? I’m in charge of all this—I run this universe.” (Job 38:24,30 and 41:11; MSG)
“Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, ‘Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?;’ 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 4:38-40; NIV)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer
- Worship the Lord and thank Him for the Believers who are interceding to stop this storm. Thank the Holy Spirit for helping us to hear His strategy clearly, so we can pray the way He desires us to.
- Do as Jesus did. Stir up your faith and say to the storm, “Quiet! Be still!”
- Make this declaration, “Hurricane Dorian, your winds and rains and fury belong in the ocean, not on the land. America shall be saved from you by the One True God. Jesus will save us! Turn back and dissipate! You are not welcome in this nation. The open waters are the place for you! Holy Spirit, Breath of God, blow against this raging storm. Blow it back to open waters until it is peaceful and calm.”
- Keep praying until you see the storm move from its projected path back into the ocean from where it came.
A prayer you can pray:
Lord, we love hearing how You are directing the prayers of the saints as one across America. We have heard the reports from intercessors, pastors, apostles, and prophets. Whether in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana or Texas. We have heard of the unity in intercession. We have heard that they are worshipping together until You give Your strategy. You are leading Your saints across the land to pray a specific way. We read Your Word and stir up the faith You have given us to pray likewise. We say to the storm, “Quiet! Be still!” We command the storm to turn back from our shores. We say, “Hurricane Dorian, your winds and rains and fury belong in the ocean, not on the land. America shall be saved from you by the One True God. Jesus will save us! Turn back and dissipate! You are not welcome in this nation. The open waters are the place for you! Holy Spirit, Breath of God, blow against this raging storm. Blow it back to open waters until it is peaceful and calm.” Thank You Jesus. Amen.
Even forces of nature must submit to the name of Jesus! Our nation will be saved!
The Changing of an Era – Part 2
Faith works in time and place. God predetermined our time and He predetermined our place. So, when we gather together at the right time and place in the assignment of the Lord, faith explodes in us. In the last decade, God was restoring a new watchman anointing on us and refining our vision. In the new era, beginning in 5780, our mouth will produce. We are going to see a thing and decree a thing, and all of a sudden it will start to happen.
The healing movement is about to change. The move of God is about to change. The voice of God through us is getting ready to make decrees like we have never seen before. New cycles of blessings are about to be revealed. What you saw many years ago, now things are aligning for them to come into being in fullness. They are beginning to happen. We have been moving toward it, but now there’s coming a Divine alignment. When you are in the right place at the right time, He is very near to you.
The reason for this shift is because harvest is beginning to break out. We have to shift out of our conventional ways of thinking. God is going to start saving some unusual individuals. They are going to need physical, psychological and emotional healing in some interesting areas of their lives. We are going to need to know what to do and how to minister to this harvest. It won’t be like before.
“And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.’” (Mark 2:17; ESV)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
- Deal with any regret or grief you may have about the ending of the last era. Overcome your fear of the new. Change can be hard to deal with, but you are going to need to make this shift.
- Assess what God has been doing in your life to prepare you. Can you see it now?
- Look at the harvest around you. Ask God to help you see through His eyes. There is a mess out there all around us.
- Say, “I can’t hide myself from this any longer. I must engage. I will see and I will say what He gives me to say.”
- Ask God for an increase of faith to decree freedom to the captives. Declare restoration of sight to the physically, psychologically and spiritually blind.
- Declare, “Holy Spirit speak through me, reap through me, save, heal, and deliver through me!”
A prayer you can pray:
Father, we have come to the end of an era and we are about to begin a new one. You have been watching us, even auditing us. You have been checking on us and maturing us, forcing us to see things differently than we have in the past. I pray the Church has seen what You are doing and participated with You in it. The religious ones will be left behind, like the virgins without oil in their lamps. You are moving us from gathering to going. You have opened our eyes to see things through Your Word and Your eyes. You have been teaching us to see and say, but that’s about to increase rapidly. We won’t be seeing and pondering now. It’s time to see and open our mouths and decree. We must say what You want said, so the harvest can come in. We can’t compromise the Gospel. We can’t ignore the harvest. It’s so ready, it’s a mess. Just walking out there among the ripe harvest fields is challenging. We are seeing things we have never seen before, We are going to have to heal things we haven’t had faith for. We better get the faith now! The religious will retreat into their judgmental selves. There will be enclaves of old, judgmental churches. We are to leave them be. You will deal with their hardness of heart and inability to see. Their unwillingness to move with You is going to cost them. But, we want the harvest! We welcome the mess and the challenge. We don’t know what to do, but we will look and see and decree! We will see Your salvation, healing, deliverance and baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire, as in the Book of Acts. Here it comes, in Jesus’ name!
We will see and decree and this generation’s unusual harvest will come in!
Learn more about Chuck Pierce here.
The Changing of an Era – Part 1
“God has an order in the way he restores things. He has been restoring things to His original plan since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden. That brings us to now. We are in a key place in time. We are about to end a year and a decade on the Hebrew calendar. That’s God’s timeframe—from Rosh Hashanah to Rosh Hashanah. We need to align with that. We are moving form 5779 to 5780. However, the Lord is also telling me we are moving into a new era for the Church. We are coming out of a Church era and we are coming into an era of Kingdom display. This will be a dimension of ten years that we have never been in before, especially in this nation. We are being prepared for that.
“You can tell more about an era when you look at it through the Hebrew calendar. This last decade has been linked with 70. 70 is ‘ayin’. It’s linked with the Lord watching and His eye being on the movement of what’s going on in the earth realm. 70 is also linked with angelic hosts coming and being released. There’s been a Divine aligning of angelic hosts with the Church to align for His purposes in the earth for the future. Additionally, 70 is linked with the concept of ‘sending’. So, we have been in a decade of preparing to be sent. That’s very important. All 70’s are linked with Holy Spirit.
“We also have to look at the number 9, because it’s 5779. 9 is linked with the Holy Spirit. It’s linked to the 9 gifts of the Spirit and the 9 fruits of the Spirit. Holy Spirit is moving on us in this year. We need to look and see where He is hovering. We need to watch and see how He is moving.” (Chuck Pierce)
“It is written: ‘What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived’— the things God has prepared for those who love him— these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:9-10; NIV)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
- Can you accept that God has a clear plan of restoration and He wants us, the Church, to line up with Him in that plan?
- Intercede for the Body of Christ to understand the ways of God. We read the Word, but we aren’t interpreting the timing of things properly. We think God is always doing the same thing, so we don’t progress forward.
- Ask the Lord to break us out of old cycles, so we can enter the new.
- Embrace Holy Spirit’s work in you, in the nation and in the earth more fully than you may have done so in the past.
- Ask the Lord if there is anything He wants you to see before this decade ends and the new begins.
- Say, “Lord, here I am, send me, as we turn the decade over.”
A prayer you can pray:
God, we believe that You have a plan that You have been working out since the fall of man. What You planned for us was all in that garden. Your restoration began with sending Your Son, Jesus. You made a way, Yourself, where there seemed to be no way. You continue to confound the enemy. You keep moving forward. So we want to move forward with You. Holy Spirit help us. Deepen our walk with You. Deepen our relationship with You. Let us watch a little more intensely as we close out the end of this “ayin” season and move into the season of Kingdom expansion. Help the Body of Christ to see this. We are stuck in a rut, because we do not know Your ways. We do the same things over and over. We must be ready to expand Your Kingdom further than ever before. Break us out of old cycles, in Jesus’ name! Let us see what ever we need to see in the next few weeks, so we can get ready for the new decade of being sent. Jesus, we say, “Here we are, send us, as we turn the decade over.”
Holy Spirit is moving on us this year to ready us to be sent out to establish His Kingdom in the decade ahead!Learn more about Chuck Pierce here.
The United States of America Officially Chooses Life!
An Open Letter from Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex M. Azar, II, to governments represented in the United Nations:
The United States appreciates our longstanding partnership in many global health areas. As a key priority in global health promotion, we respectfully request that your government join the United States in ensuring that every sovereign state has the ability to determine the best way to protect the unborn and defend the family as the foundational unit of society vital to children thriving and leading healthy lives. We remain gravely concerned that aggressive efforts to reinterpret international instruments to create a new international right to abortion and to promote international policies that weaken the family have advanced through some United Nations fora. Evidence of this is found in references throughout many multilateral global health policy documents to interpret “comprehensive sexuality education” and “sexual and reproductive health” and “sexual and reproductive health and rights” to diminish the role of parents in the most sensitive and personal family-oriented issues. The latter has been asserted to mean promotion of abortion, including pressuring countries to abandon religious principles and cultural norms enshrined in law that protect unborn life. These approaches undermine our shared commitment to sustainable development and to achieving health for all, leaving no one behind. Efforts to advance such harmful policies in multilateral settings where global health policy is debated and set, like the United Nations and affiliated bodies such as the World Health Organization, are disturbing and must be challenged. They take the focus off real health issues and import policy debates that should be handled at the national, sub-national, or community level. Furthermore, we are disappointed that the tone of these debates is increasingly divisive, diminishing the focus on shared global health priorities. Given this, we were gratified that at the 2019 World Health Assembly, a broad and diverse coalition of members states (Brazil, Egypt, Ghana, Haiti, Indonesia, Iraq, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, and the United States) came together to deliver a joint statement calling on nations to advance positive women’s health programs and initiatives in line with the sustainable development goals, but stating unequivocally that ambiguous terms and expressions cause confusion and have become associated with anti-family and pro-abortion policies. Countries on the joint statement represent more than one billion people, and we have every confidence more countries could join this worthy effort. We have three specific requests as your government considers partnering with the United States and other countries in this effort. First, please consider joining a joint statement being developed for the U.N. General Assembly High Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage similar to the one used at the World Health Assembly. If you are interested in doing so, then please instruct your diplomats and Health Attachés in New York and Geneva to collaborate with the United States and our allies on the development and presentation of this joint statement and to work together to achieve an outcome document from the High Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage this fall that reflects our shared values. Finally, please encourage other countries in your region to join this growing coalition to push back against harmful efforts to interpret long-standing international instruments as requiring anti-family and pro-abortion policies and to promote proactively positions that will protect families and strengthen the health of all people. Thank you for considering these specific requests. Working together, we can ensure a lasting and positive global health legacy for our nations and our children.
Michael R. Pompeo and Alex M. Azar II
“Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’ So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.” (Genesis 1:26-27, 31; NIV)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
- Worship the Lord and thank Him for putting Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar in office for such a time as this!
- Thank the Lord that our nation, the United States of America, is leading the way to institute a culture of Life, protecting the unborn and defending the family in the nations of the earth.
- Declare, “Other countries will join this growing coalition, led by the United States of America, to push back against harmful efforts to interpret long-standing international instruments as requiring anti-family and pro-abortion policies and to promote proactively positions that will protect life, protect families, and strengthen the health of all people.”
- Thank Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and post a prayer for him here.
- Thank Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and post a prayer for him here.
A prayer you can pray:
(Please read through the posted letter and pray as the Lord leads you to pray for the acceptance and alignment of the nation over the issue of Life. Also, pray through the prayer points above.)
The United States will continue to lead the nations in the protection of life for the unborn!
Jesus’ Response to a Heart Cry of Frustration – Part 3
“The Lord whispered to me again, ‘These places of the greatest pain, the greatest despair, trauma, and hopelessness are becoming some of the greatest pillars of “stones of remembrance” in the lives of My people.’ (Joshua 4)
“These places of the deepest struggle, pain, and heartache are the places of the greatest encounter with Jesus. Jesus is stepping in. The Holy Spirit is doing what only He can do. You coming to the ‘end of yourself’ is actually one of your greatest gifts of this season, because you are going to see Him do what only He can do.
“These places are becoming your ‘pillars of remembrance’, where you will forever look back with thankfulness and gratitude of mighty deliverance and demonstrations of His power. This will be a time of seeing more than you have ever seen. You will testify to His goodness and nature, releasing hope and strength, not only to you but to the generations to come.” (Lana Vawser)
“Then Joshua called the twelve men whom he had appointed from the children of Israel, one man from every tribe; and Joshua said to them: ‘Cross over before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of the Jordan, and each one of you take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel, that this may be a sign among you when your children ask in time to come, saying, “What do these stones mean to you?” Then you shall answer them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. And these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever.’” (Joshua 4:4-7; NKJV)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
- Read Joshua 4 in your favorite version. Over and over the Lord talks about these “pillars of remembrance” or “altars of remembrance”. God is drilling into His people the importance of building these monuments.
- Do a study until you have a revelation of the importance of these monuments. God said this over and over again in Lana’s prophetic Word above just like He did in Joshua 4.
- Let gratitude and worship rise up in you. Tell the Lord how thankful you are for bringing you through a dry and desolate season where despair, trauma, and hopelessness may have been your “norm”. Make those feelings “stones” that you place in an altar of worship to Him.
- Take the same stance for national issues that matter to you, such as abortion, racism, trafficking, gender confusion, addiction, etc. Say, “The waters of the Jordan are being cut off behind (the issue) and we will set up an altar of remembrance that (the issue) is never forgotten in America. Therefore, it can never raise its ugly head in our nation again. God is our Deliverer!”
A prayer you can pray:
God, reveal Your heart and ways to us as we read Joshua 4. You did not just tell the Israelites once to build pillars of remembrance. You said it again and again in Your Word. You only repeat something like this when it is very important to You. You did not want the Israelites to forget the fact that You delivered them from their enemies, miraculously sustained them in the desert, brought them into the promised land, then defeated their enemies for them. They had much to worship You for. They had much to remember. So do we! (Worship Him.) Thank You for speaking this Word of encouragement to Lana. Thank You for reminding us of all You have done to deliver and save us, to turn the dry season into a turnaround time of refreshing and harvest. All the trauma, despair, depression, and hopelessness will be forgotten, but may Your loving salvation never be forgotten by us. We will build altars of worship with the remembrance of Your miracles in our lives. Let us see national issues dissolved and miraculously overturned, resolved, and removed! Abortion, you are overturned! Poverty, You are solved! Racism, there is no more room for you to operate! Addiction, your captives are being set free! Jesus, You are our Savior and Deliverer! Amen.
We will set up altars of remembrance through worship and intercession for God is delivering America from its enemies!
Learn more about Lana Vawser here.
Jesus’ Response to a Heart Cry of Frustration – Part 2
I heard the Lord say, ‘I have brought you to the end of yourself. I have brought you to the place of the deepest rest of faith that you have ever experienced. In the brokenness before Me, you are transitioning into the greatest upgrade and impartation and manifestation of faith in your life that you have walked in. It’s the place of REST. I am bringing you deeper into the faith-rested life; the place of deeper trust in who I am. There is nothing you can do to ‘EARN’ the breakthrough and ‘EARN’ the miracle. I am breaking off orphan mentalities. In the wrestle, in the pushing, in the struggle, I am purifying your heart from wrong beliefs, and removing the roots that are hindering you from walking in My truth. I am changing your perspective.’
“I had a vision and I saw many of God’s people weeping in such a ‘dry and arid land.’ These lands represented areas where there has just not been ANY breakthrough, but the continued culmination of things that shout ‘Breakthrough will never come.’ The weeping was SO loud and I heard the Lord speak again, ‘I have collected every tear, I have cherished every cry. I continue to bring comfort to My people and release hope to them that I am the God that has prepared for them things that are greater than they have imagined. (1 Corinthians 2:9) These dry and arid lands are SUDDENLY shifting. (Psalm 84:6-8) Watch what I will do. Suddenly, I saw the breath of the Spirit begin to breathe over these dry and arid lands. It was the breath of REVIVAL. I heard Him speak again, ‘I am bringing you, My people, into a season of the greatest miracles you have ever seen.’
“I watched as God moved in power in so many different ways in the lives of His people, restoring hope and turning things around. He was working MAJOR MIRACLES and His heart resounded, ‘THIS IS NOT THE END, THIS IS YOUR GREATEST NEW BEGINNING.’
“I watched as the landscape changed. Miracles and the power of God manifested SO significantly the land was now branded with, ‘THE ALMIGHTY GOD OF WONDERS WAS HERE.’” (Lana Vawser)
“That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9; NLT)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
- Take stock of your spiritual and emotional self. How are you faring?
- Is there an area in your walk with the Lord where you know your thoughts do not line up with the Word and with His nature and character? Ask Him to realign them.
- Have you had such a hard season that you have thought the breakthrough would never come? Have you even lost hope in the dry and arid season? Tell the Lord about that.
- Read 1 Corinthians 2:9 out loud. Say it again and again until rejoicing starts to flow from your innermost being! Praise Him for a while!
- Declare over yourself, “THIS IS NOT THE END, THIS IS YOUR GREATEST NEW BEGINNING.” Declare over the Church, “THIS IS NOT THE END, THIS IS YOUR GREATEST NEW BEGINNING.” Declare over the nation, “THIS IS NOT THE END, THIS IS YOUR GREATEST NEW BEGINNING.” Declare it over any other circumstance where you need to see breakthrough come!
A prayer you can pray:
Lord, I lay bare my life and heart and thoughts before You. You know them better than I do. Holy Spirit, look deep in me and reveal the heartache, the disappointment, the pain, the hope-deferred, and any other thing that’s keeping me from believing You. Where has my faith faltered? This season has been long and dry and hard with many huge faith-challenges. I have wondered where You are in the midst of my agony. How could things go this far and get this bad? If I am one of many in the Church experiencing this, then Your army is in trouble! We need a fresh wind to blow on the hot, hard, dry ground. We need the arid places to be watered with Your Word. We need winds of refreshing to blow. We need tangible breakthrough, even miracles to manifest on our behalf. We might not make it if You hold back now, Lord. I say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” I declare over my life, “THIS IS NOT THE END, THIS IS YOUR GREATEST NEW BEGINNING.” I declare over the Church, “THIS IS NOT THE END, THIS IS YOUR GREATEST NEW BEGINNING.” I declare over the nation, “THIS IS NOT THE END, THIS IS YOUR GREATEST NEW BEGINNING!” Miracles, miracles, miracles in Jesus’ name. Amen.
This hard, dry, season we have been in is not our end, it is our great beginning!
Learn more about Lana Vawser here.