Give Him 15 Daily Prayer


11
Mar 2016

Lord and Savior

When we get saved, we invite Jesus to be the Lord and Savior of our life. The “Savior” part is pretty simple—and amazing. The “Lord” part can be a bit more complicated. Making Jesus your Lord means giving Him total control of your life, every day and in every way. Just as Jesus followed the leading of the Father, so the disciples and apostles in the New Testament followed Jesus as Lord. They rocked their world! They show us a life that can truly impact a nation for God. (Hannah Sheets)1

“And how blessed are those in whom you live, whose lives become roads you travel… God-traveled, these roads curve up the mountain, and at the last turn—Zion! God in full view!” (Psalm 84: 5,7; MSG)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • If there are areas in your life where you haven’t allowed God to have full control, repent and give those to Him.
  • Renew your commitment to having Jesus be the Lord of your life.
  • Ask God to use your life to show others who Jesus really is.
  • Believe that all of His children following Him completely can transform this nation.

A prayer you can pray:

Jesus, thank you for being my Savior. Today I once again ask You to be Lord of my life. I surrender my life freshly to You, all of me and holding nothing back, and ask You to lead me. Make my life a vessel You can use to reveal Jesus to others. Help those of us in the body of Christ to follow You as Lord of our lives, so you might transform the nation we live in! Amen.

Today’s decree:

Jesus, I acknowledge You as Lord of my life and Lord over America!

1 Hannah Sheets is a passionate lover of Jesus who has been focused on the pursuit of God and His pursuit of a generation.


11
Mar 2016

Cultivate Faithfulness

The verse, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart,” is known by many (Psalms 37:4). However, the verse before this is often overlooked; and in it is a key phrase for unlocking this promise—“cultivate faithfulness.” Faithfulness isn’t something talked about very much in the American church, but it is a Fruit of the Spirit and should be pursued by every Believer. As we seek out the promises of Psalm 37:4, let’s not forget to cultivate faithfulness. Do the “little things” each day and watch how God makes the desires of your heart and the desires of His heart one and the same. (Hannah Sheets)1

“His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’” (Matthew 24:25; NKJV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Ask the Lord to help you become more faithful in your walk with Him—in the big and small things.
  • Ask the Lord to make the desires of His heart and the desires of your heart the same thing.
  • If you have a big dream, ask the Lord what small steps you can be faithful in today that will lead to the fulfillment of that dream.
  • God has a plan for America. Continue to be faithful to pray daily for this nation, until God’s dream is a reality!

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, I want faithfulness to be a fruit that is evident in my life. Help me to not overlook the little things or the simple things in my walk with You. Cultivate faithfulness in my life and show me things I can do to be more faithful. Share Your heart for our nation with me, Lord, and prompt me to pray daily until Your dream is a reality! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Today’s decree:

I desire to be faithful in my walk with You, Lord!

1 Hannah Sheets is a passionate lover of Jesus who has been focused on the pursuit of God and His pursuit of a generation.


11
Mar 2016

Our Anxiety is Not God’s Anxiety

We get anxious about so many things. Most of us are worried about the direction our nation is going. Our minds imagine all sorts of negative scenarios, but God is not falling off His throne! Do you really think you can change anything by worrying or by scheming and trying to figure out what will bring about the best outcome? He invites us to pray and enter His rest, because there He can calm our hearts and show us how much He cares. Then, He can give us His directions and surprise us with His answers! (Timmerle Kelly)1

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7; NASB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Confess to God the things that make you feel anxious and even fearful. Repent of any doubt and unbelief, so that He can really deal with these matters.
  • Thank Him for caring about these things more than you do! Thank Him for His intervention and the answers that are coming.
  • Now, filled with refreshed faith and peace, ask Him again to intervene in the affairs of man. Be specific in your requests.

A prayer you can pray:

Dear Lord, forgive me for being fearful about (be specific). Forgive me for not really believing that You care as much about these things as I do. This thought pattern makes me think You won’t answer my prayers and makes me feel anxious and even hopeless. Help me to see that You care far more about these things than I do! Thank You so much for exchanging my anxiety with Your peace! I believe You hear my prayers. Amen.

Today’s decree:

The Lord cares about my concerns more than I do, therefore I throw my anxiety on Him!

1 Timmerle Kelly is the Managing Editor for GiveHim15. She has spent more than 20 years in finance across a number of sectors, teaches Finance and Economics at Christ for the Nations Institute, and sits on the city council of her small town just north of Dallas, TX. She has been actively involved in the prayer movement since 1985. Combining her unique background in finance and government with prayer, she carries an ability to help the praying church intercede for the issues of our day to effect change and advance the Kingdom.


10
Mar 2016

God Doesn’t Hurry

The Lord is never in a rush, never in a hurry. We often want instant answers to the things we pray for. Sometimes we get miracles—overnight changes when everything works out exactly the way we desired it to! Most of the time, however, we will find ourselves waiting, believing, contending and persevering in faith for the answers to our intercession. Never stop believing! Your request will be answered—at His perfect time! (Timmerle Kelly)1

“It is beautiful how God has done everything at the right time. He has put a sense of eternity in people’s minds, Yet, mortals still can’t grasp what God is doing from the beginning of time to the end (of time).” (Ecclesiastes 3:11; GWT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Think back to the times God came through for you and worship Him whether it was instantaneous or took some time.
  • Consider the things on your prayer list now and ask the Lord to grant you grace to not stop praying until you see the answer. Ask for Him to refresh your prayer life, if need be.
  • Now, pray with fresh fervency and eternity in your heart for the things you can see may take time for God to answer.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, You alone see things from before the foundations of time and throughout eternity. This is not possible for me to grasp! However, I want to understand that You will answer my prayers in Your timing as a part of Your eternal plan. When I look back at the things I have prayed for before, I can see that the answers are coming! They will come at exactly the right time! Refire me, Lord! By Your grace, let my intercession be fervent! In Jesus’ Name, amen!

Today’s decree:

God is not late in answering my prayers. They will be answered at the exact right time!

1 Timmerle Kelly is the Managing Editor for GiveHim15. She has spent more than 20 years in finance across a number of sectors, teaches Finance and Economics at Christ for the Nations Institute, and sits on the city council of her small town just north of Dallas, TX. She has been actively involved in the prayer movement since 1985. Combining her unique background in finance and government with prayer, she carries an ability to help the praying church intercede for the issues of our day to effect change and advance the Kingdom.


08
Mar 2016

Praying for Prodigals—Praying, Not Judging

On a visit to New York with my husband years ago, our host pastor was driving us around the Brooklyn area. While waiting at a traffic light I looked out the window and saw a drunk man who had stepped into a glass-walled phone booth to escape the cold wind. He had passed out, but the restricted space of the booth caused him to crumple into a heap. How could a person allow himself to get into such a state? I thought self-righteously. But God knew my heart and read my thoughts. Instantly, I sensed His rebuke: My Son died for him, just as He died for you. You should be praying for him instead of condemning him. I repented for my spiritual pride and asked God to forgive me. Since then, I’ve asked Him to help me see people as He does, and to pray for them with compassion that someone will cross their path who can share God’s unconditional love with them and give them hope. (Ruthanne Garlock)1

“‘Celebrate with me! I’ve found my lost sheep!’ Count on it—there’s more joy in heaven over one sinner’s rescued life than over ninety-nine good people in no need of rescue.” (Luke 15:6-7: TLB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Ask Holy Spirit to sensitize you to the people you encounter with whom you can share a word of hope to point them to the Savior.
  • As you pray for your own prodigal, remember the many others who may not have a praying loved one, and stand in the gap for them.
  • Ask God to cause prodigals to remember the love they once knew at Father’s house, and give them the desire to return home.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, forgive me for self-righteously judging others while overlooking my own sinful pride. Thank You for accepting me when I was a rebel and embracing me with Your love. Help me to be an instrument of love and reconciliation toward those you bring across my path. Amen.

Today’s decree:

I desire to have a pure heart toward others and to be one who brings hope to the hopeless!

1 Footnote: Excerpted from Praying Prodigals Home by Quin Sherrer and Ruthanne Garlock, Regal Books, 2000, p. 161.

Ruthanne Garlock has co-authored 19 books with Quin Sherrer on prayer and related topics, plus two missions biographies. With her late husband, John, she has traveled to 35 nations teaching leadership training for churches and seminars. You can reach her at www.garlockministries.org.


06
Mar 2016

March 8, 2016

Praying for Prodigals—Prayer Weapons

Praying a prodigal home to the Father is sometimes a years-long struggle, but God provides weapons and strategies for prayer. Years ago, while encouraging Quin Sherrer in her prayer battle, the late Paul Billheimer spoke of his mother’s “power prayers” based on 2 Cor. 10:3-5. He wrote, “My mother used these weapons on me. I was as hostile to God as any sinner. I was fighting with all my might. But the time came when it was easier to lay down my arms of rebellion than to continue my resistance. The pressure exerted upon me by the Holy Spirit became so powerful that I voluntarily sought relief by yielding my rebellious will. The wooing of divine love was so strong that of my own free will I fell into the arms of redeeming grace. I became a willing ‘captive.’” This former prodigal went on to author numerous books that continue to strengthen prayer warriors today. (Ruthanne Garlock)1

“…though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5; NKJV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Make sure you’ve not allowed unforgiveness, judgment or anger toward anyone to poison your spirit and nullify your prayers.
  • Use the God’s Word as a spiritual weapon to declare scriptures over your prodigal’s life and confound the enemy’s plans.
  • Ask God to lead you to a prayer partner or prayer group who will pray in agreement with you–or form such a group yourself.

A prayer you can pray:

Thank you, Lord, that Your Word provides comfort and guidance, plus powerful verses I can pray for my prodigal. I choose to forgive him/her for disappointing me–help me to love him/her with Your love and to declare Your promises over his/her future. Amen.

Today’s decree:

The Word of God is able to break down every stronghold my prodigal loved one is captured by. They will be set free!

1 As quoted in Praying Prodigals Home by Quin Sherrer and Ruthanne Garlock, Regal Books, 2000, p. 71.

Ruthanne Garlock has co-authored 19 books with Quin Sherrer on prayer and related topics, plus two missions biographies. With her late husband, John, she has traveled to 35 nations teaching leadership training for churches and seminars. You can reach her at www.garlockministries.org.

 

 

 


06
Mar 2016

Praying for Prodigals—Listen to the Holy Spirit

One mom shared with us that during her son’s freshman year in college, the Lord woke her early one morning saying, Your son’s life is in danger. She called three prayer partners and they all prayed for James. When she called his room at 7:00 a.m. his roommate first lied about his whereabouts, but then told her James had gone overnight camping with friends. Knowing that meant trouble, she cried out to God to save her son, then she released him into God’s hands and felt peace. She drove to the campus and brought him home, and she and her husband laid hands on him and prayed over him that weekend. He told her while he was at the campsite, he actually heard his mom praying for him. The battle continued over the next year, but finally James came to the end of himself and fully repented before the Lord. (Ruthanne Garlock)1

“And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.” (Romans 8:27; NLT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Ask Holy Spirit to speak to you when your prodigal is in danger and needing prayer.
  • Pray the Scriptures over your prodigal that God quickens to you in your quiet time.
  • Be alert to opportunities to speak hope and encouragement to people you encounter each day—God may use you to reach a prodigal someone is praying for.
  • Determine always to pray the Answer, not the problem!

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, help me to relinquish my loved one completely into Your hands. Forgive me for forgetting that I must surrender every aspect of his/her life to You. I trust You to bring back this prodigal in Your way and in Your time, through whatever circumstances You see fit. Amen.

Today’s decree:

I will partner with God and pray the Answer as I pray my prodigal home!

1 Excerpted from Praying Prodigals Home by Quin Sherrer and Ruthanne Garlock, Regal Books, 2000, pp.67-70.

Ruthanne Garlock has co-authored 19 books with Quin Sherrer on prayer and related topics, plus two missions biographies. With her late husband, John, she has traveled to 35 nations teaching leadership training for churches and seminars. You can reach her at www.garlockministries.org.


06
Mar 2016

Praying for Prodigals

God has great compassion for those who agonize in prayer for loved ones who have wandered away from His love. Throughout Scripture we see God’s concern for prodigals and His efforts to woo them back and reveal Himself to them as a loving, compassionate heavenly Father. Whoever the prodigals may be that you’re praying for, eventually you must put him or her in God’s hands and trust Him to do a work of grace in that person’s life. He knows what caused them to turn away from His path, and He knows what it will take to bring them back.1

“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9; KJV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Ask Holy Spirit to give you creative ideas for expressing love to your prodigal.
  • Pray Psalm 91 over the prodigals, asking God to keep them safe.
  • Pray with others who are crying out to God for their prodigals—there is great power in prayers of agreement (see Matt. 18:19).

A prayer you can pray:

Thank you, Lord, that I can entrust my prodigals into your hands, knowing that you love them with an undying love. Send someone across their path who can get their attention and speak words of hope and life to them. Give me compassion for the prodigals I encounter from day to day. Help me not to judge them, but to exhibit a Christ-like spirit and bless them in Your Name. Amen.

Today’s decree:

God will bring our prodigal sons and daughters home!

1 Excerpted from Praying Prodigals Home by Quin Sherrer and Ruthanne Garlock, Regal Books, 2000.


05
Mar 2016

Abiding

Abide is a powerful word. John 15: 4 (AMP) says, “Dwell in Me and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in [being vitally united to] the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me.” Abide means to remain, dwell, continue, endure, to not depart, to continue to be present, to be held, kept and vitally united to. What occurs when we abide? 

“If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will and it shall be done for you.” (John 15: 7; AMP) (Becca Greenwood)1

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Identificationally repent where we have turned from the Lord and looked to the world, sinned and compromised.
  • Ask the Lord to cause the Body of Christ to desire to be vitally united to and ever present with Him.
  • Intercede that a cry for a radical and sustained holiness movement would arise in the Body of Christ and in our nation!
  • Pray that this great awakening continues and does not end.
  • Cry out that this awakening and hunger not be quenched and that we endure, be held in and not depart from Him.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, where we have turned from You and looked to the world, sinned and compromised, please forgive us. Cause the Body of Christ to desire to be vitally united to and ever present with You. Cause a cry for a radical and sustained holiness movement to arise in the Body of Christ and in our nation! Lord, we pray for this great awakening to continue and not end. May this awakening and hunger never be quenched and may we endure, be held in and not depart from You! In Jesus’ precious Name. Amen.

Today’s decree:

May the Body of Christ truly abide in Him!

1 Becca Greenwood is the co- founder of Christian Harvest Int’l and Strategic Prayer Action Network. She is a teacher called to minister across generations to see the Body of Christ come into their Kingdom identity and purpose. Becca resides in Colorado Springs with her husband, Greg. They have three daughters, Kendall, Rebecca and Katie. See Becca’s full bio at Christian Harvest International.


03
Mar 2016

You Are A Watchman

“Watch over your heart with all diligence for from it flows the springs of life.” (Proverbs 4:23; KJV)

“Watch” is translated from the Greek word natsar, a word for “watchman”. We are to be watchmen for others, as well as for our own hearts, guarding what we allow to enter. The soul (the mind, will and emotions) is the essence of who we are. We must guard our souls, carefully determining what is allowed to enter – being mindful of what our eyes see, ears hear, and what we allow to come into our hearts. And although we cannot control everything, we can be gatekeepers who strategically watch over what does and doesn’t have access to us. We should then be watchful over what is given a right to be in our homes, affecting what our family sees and hears, always making sure it’s in line with what will please Jesus. Be strategic with what God has entrusted to you, using the tools in His Word. Be His watchman over what is important to Him—the members of your family. (Ceci Sheets)1

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Ask Jesus to make you mindful of what you are allowing to come into your heart.
  • Pray that you will be cautious as to what you allow in your home through television, books, games, etc.
  • Pray that from your heart would come life – and only what pleases Jesus.
  • Ask God to make you more sensitive to the Holy Spirit as He leads you as a watchman.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord Jesus, thank you for your Holy Spirit who teaches me all things. I am grateful that You have given me this helper who can guide me as I commit to be careful of what I allow to satisfy my mind, my will, and my emotions. Help me to be a watchman who will obey You and please only You. I know You will give me the strength to do what needs to be done. In Jesus’ name.

Today’s decree:

I set recommit myself to be a watchman for my own soul, as well as for my household.

1 Ceci Sheets is the wife of Dutch Sheets. Dutch and Ceci have been married 35 years and reside in the Dallas area. Her greatest delight is the treasured time she spends with their two grown daughters, son-in-law and grandchildren.


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