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18
Sep 2016

Superintending Providence

Affirming the Lord’s governing intervention, Benjamin Franklin said, “All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of superintending providence in our favor.” That same “superintending providence” is available today. In spite of our many flaws and numerous failures, God’s hand has been, and remains, on America. From the first man Adam, to the apostle Paul, history has proven that God uses imperfect people. The same is certainly true of nations. Though America is scarred and flawed, we still possess a divine purpose. Rest assured, the Sovereign, who bestowed purpose on America, knows how to resurrect it.

“Then you and your children will return to the Lord your God, and you will obey him with your whole being in everything I am commanding you today. Then the Lord your God will give you back your freedom.” (Deuteronomy 30:2-3a; NCV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Get on your knees today and thank God for His “superintending providence.” He is watching over us and over America to will and to do His good pleasure according to Philippians 2:13.
  • Thank the Lord that He uses imperfect people and imperfect nations in His ultimate plan.
  • Our place as Believers is to seek Him for how to intercede and how to “see” His sovereign plan unfolding. So, ask Him for instructions and pray whatever He says and do whatever He says, then watch and see what happens.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, we know that Your plan will unfold at the exact right time in the exact right way. We thank You that You involve us in those plans. We thank you that You watch over us and over the nation for Your perfect purpose. We may have been weighed in the balance and found wanting, but that doesn’t stop You from whispering Your directions to us for intercession and action. Move upon us in Your superintending providence, Jesus! Amen.

Today’s decree:

God will surprise us in this nation with His superintending providence! He is not finished with us yet!


12
Apr 2016

Kingdom of God, Come!

When you say, “Kingdom of God, come. Will of God, be,” it will manifest in your home and in your business and in your community, in your state and in this nation. You are an ambassador of the King and you will release His Kingdom authority. In the Greek, these words are in a current command tone. His will will be done! Don’t be afraid. Get out your Bible and start proclaiming!

“Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10; NKJV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Read these verses out loud as a current command. Emphasize “come” and “be done”. Feel the difference? This was not Jesus petitioning the Father to do these things. He was teaching us to command the will of God to be done in the earth.
  • To know the will of God and the ways of His Kingdom, look first to His Word: choose life and command abortion to end in this nation; command righteousness to flow like a river through our nation; command justice for the oppressed; command His glory to be seen across America!
  • Command other things that He places on your heart that line up with His will and His Word.

A prayer you can pray:

Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for teaching us how to pray! You did not leave us blind as to what You want us to pray for or how You want us to petition the Father. We ask for forgiveness of our sins and for our daily bread, but we command the Kingdom of God to manifest in the earth! We are enforcing the victory of the cross and resurrection when we pray with this level of confidence and trust in You! Thank you, Lord. Amen.

Today’s decree:

Kingdom of God, come! Will of God, be done in the earth, even as it is in heaven!


29
Mar 2016

A Patriot’s Wisdom – Patrick Henry

“It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.” (Patrick Henry, March 23, 1776)1

“You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32; NASB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Hope is critical to our faith in God, but hope has a downside – psychological blindness. Ask the Lord to help you look at the condition of our nation with honesty first (truth), to see how dark things truly are. Let yourself weep over it, if need be.
  • Now, ask the Lord to help You see what He plans to do about these dark things. Let hope now arise in your heart that God is able to set things right.
  • Intercede on behalf of the United States from this fresh perspective.

A prayer you can pray:

Dear Lord, help me if I have put the cart before the horse and been hopeful for this nation’s future without comprehending the truth of the mess we are in. I haven’t wanted to really know. I don’t like believing that things are really so bad. Open my eyes and show me how bad things are. Now, renew my hope and show me what You plan to do about it. Show me how to pray that all of Your plans come to pass. (Intercede as He shows you.) In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today’s decree:

The moral condition of the United States is terrible and ugly, but God, You are able to put us back on Your course!

1 Patrick Henry. “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!” speech at St. John’s Church, which historians believe ignited the Revolutionary War. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 2016. Source: Wirt, William. Sketches of the Life and Character of Patrick Henry . (Philadelphia) 1836, as reproduced in The World’s Great Speeches, Lewis Copeland and Lawrence W. Lamm, eds., (New York) 1973.


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.


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.


28
Feb 2016

Pastors—God’s Front Line

Pastors are in the forefront in America’s communities—leading and teaching their people how to exhibit God’s heart of compassion, mercy and grace. They call us to acknowledge our responsibility to share the gospel, feed the hungry, clothe the poor. They marry us and bury us. They preach, counsel, visit the sick and oversee countless details. Let’s remember to pray daily for them. (Quin Sherrer)1

Scripture: “With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, my words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel.” (Ephesians 6:18-19; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Pray for the pastors you know that they may be bold in sharing Biblical truths in the pulpit and community.
  • Ask the Lord to let peace reign in their homes.
  • Pray protection over them and bless their families.
  • Ask the Lord to send the Holy Spirit to encourage and guide them in all their decisions.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, thank you for the pastors who intercede in prayer for our needs and concerns and also for our nation. Give them wisdom beyond their experience for the tasks they daily face. Meet their spiritual, physical, and emotional needs. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Today’s decree:

May our nation’s pastors feel loved, and be strengthened and renewed by our intercession for them today!

1 Excerpted from “God Be With Us”, by Quin Sherrer and Ruthanne Garlock. Warner Books, New York:N.Y, 2001, p.86.

2 Quin Sherrer has written or co-authored 29 books, primarily with Ruthanne Garlock, and has spoken on more than 350 radio and TV stations on prayer and personal renewal. Her bio and contact information can be found at www.quinsherrer.com


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