Feb 2020

Trusting the Lord When You Can’t See Where You’re Going

In Genesis 18:10, God came to Abraham for the last time to announce to him that He was going to give him a child through Sarah. At this point, Abraham and Sarah had been waiting 24 years for this promise to be fulfilled and had completely given up. They were both old. She was barren, and she had been so her whole life. Now God came and actually announced the timing. Before, He had just frustrated them, because He said He was going to do it and they expected it soon. Nothing happened. At this particular visitation, the Lord said, “At this time next year, Sarah will have a son.” 

In Genesis 20, something bad happens. It is one of the low points in Abraham’s life. He and Sarah with all their earthly goods travel through Abimelek’s territory and he becomes afraid. Abraham gave Sarah to Abimelek to save himself and his property. God came to Abimelek in a dream and said, “You’re a dead man, because she is a married woman.” Abimelek feared the Lord and asked Him to please save his nation, because he did so innocently. He had also not yet had a physical relationship with her. Abraham had become afraid and lied to him. God acknowledged that what Abimelek was saying was true and that He was going to keep him from sinning against Him. So, God told him to restore her to Abraham and he would live. 

Then, Abimelek asked Abraham why he would do such a thing. In verse 11, Abraham said, “Surely there is no fear of God in this place and I thought you would kill me because of my wife.” All your life you have heard sermons on Abraham leaving all that he knew and going to a place he had never been, just trusting in the Lord. Even though he had enough faith to do this, there was a piece in his heart that was really struggling. He was afraid, and he had asked Sarah to always say she was his sister wherever they would go. Going into unfamiliar places and circumstances was causing fear to manifest. This was a turning point moment for Abraham. But, God set things up to deal with the fear, then He intervened.

“Abraham replied, ‘I said to myself, “There is surely no fear of God in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.” Besides, she really is my sister, the daughter of my father though not of my mother; and she became my wife. And when God had me wander from my father’s household, I said to her, “This is how you can show your love to me: Everywhere we go, say of me, ‘He is my brother.’”’ Then Abimelek brought sheep and cattle and male and female slaves and gave them to Abraham, and he returned Sarah his wife to him. And Abimelek said, ‘My land is before you; live wherever you like.’” (Genesis 20:11-15; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Has the Lord ever asked you to do something that was out of your comfort zone? Maybe He has asked you to go to a strange city or start something new. Think about how you felt. Did you happily go or did you need to wrestle a little with fear?
  • If you know you tried to work things out for your life on your own and it made a mess, just repent.
  • Has the Lord given you a promise that is not yet fulfilled? Could there be any fear holding back the fulfillment?
  • Think about a fear you struggle with now. Could it be holding back your destiny?
  • Ask the Lord to turn your fear into a blessing, like He did for Abraham through Abimelek.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, I’m so glad You put this story of Abraham’s humanity in the Bible. It exposed his sin, but we can see how You moved to correct his iniquitous heart. You even blessed him! Go deeper into my heart today, Lord. Show me what You need me to see. When have I resisted You because I was afraid? When have I refused to go where You told me to go, because I couldn’t see past the fear? You can deliver me from all my fears and get me on Your track for my life. You are the One I love. You even heal my heart, so I can love You more and receive Your love more. Forgive me when I have given into fear and made a mess. Keep me on Your perfect path. Fulfill Your promises to me. Don’t let anything stand in the way! Redeem the time and the circumstances I am in as a result of giving into my fear. Turn things so far around that I am even blessed by them in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Today’s decree:

God wants His people to fulfill their destinies. Be not afraid!

Feb 2020

Dealing With Fear

I want to talk to you about how we prosper personally. I do not necessarily mean financially, but in our personal well-being. I’m talking about God’s desire to bring us into wholeness. This is linked to our ability to move forward into God’s purpose for us. To advance. We could talk about a lot of things that hold us back. We can talk about different kinds of sins or problems, weaknesses, doubt, unbelief, fear, hope deferred. All those things are legitimate. But fear is what I think is the most prevalent thing holding us back. Fear keeps so many people from experiencing all that God has for them. Even if you don’t think you are affected by this, open your heart to it. I think there are very few people who are not touched by this in one area of their lives or another. I think this is much more prevalent than we realize. 

There were several years of my own life where I was controlled by fear, and I didn’t know it. I just thought it was my quirky personality. God began to show me in how many ways my personality was formed by fear of rejection. I am going to talk about fear in a broad sense, because many of us are touched by it, but we fear different things. I’ll be using Genesis 20 with references to Genesis 18 as our springboard into this discussion. We’ll look at the example of Abraham. Now, you know that mostly the testimony of Abraham is good. God has a lot of wonderful things to say about Abraham. However, there was a point in his life that fear almost cost him the destiny God had for him. 

This is the guy called “the Father of Faith”. He made it into the Hebrews 11 “Hall of Faith” passage. That doesn’t change the fact that there was a point in his life where fear almost destroyed what God wanted to do through him. (To be continued.)

“When I needed the Lord, I looked for Him; I called out to Him, and He heard me and responded. He came and rescued me from everything that made me so afraid.” (Psalms 34:4; VOICE)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Read Genesis 18 and 20. Ask the Lord for revelation as you do. Don’t just think “Oh, I know this story.”
  • Ask the Lord what fear may be holding you back if you don’t already know.
  • Do a brief Bible study on that fear and ask the Lord to apply those scriptures as a sword to it. Whom the Son sets free is free indeed!
  • Declare, “When I needed the Lord, I looked for Him; I called out to Him, and He heard me and responded. He came and rescued me from everything that made me so afraid.”

A prayer you can pray:

Father, I desire to fulfill all that You have planned for me. I want to experience Your full blessings. I do not want the enemy to divert me from what You have created me for. As I read and study Genesis 18 and 20, speak to me Holy Spirit. Open my eyes and show me what I haven’t seen before. I think of Abraham as one of the most faith-filled men in the Bible. His life is such an example of faith for us. He trusted You to fulfill Your promises, even though it seemed like You tarried. We know, of course, that he was very human and he struggled to wait. Where was fear involved? Show me. Show me my own stronghold of fear, if there is one. Help me be willing to hear You. Use your Word to carve it away from my heart until I fully trust You. Love is the antidote to fear. When I know how much You love me, I won’t be able to fall into the enemy’s fear-traps. Deliver me, Jesus. When I need you, I will look for You; I will call out to You, and You will hear me and respond. You will come and rescue me from everything that has made me so afraid. Amen.

Today’s decree:

God is faithful to deliver us from all our fears!

Feb 2020

Not Fearing His Life Unto Death

“Just thought I’d share this Black History story about a new Christian hero of mine. While ministering in Cartersville, GA, I heard a remarkable story of a slave preacher and church planter named Jeffrey Milner. Jeffrey Milner was a slave, who preached so powerfully that other slaves were allowed to hear him preach. One day he preached a message entitled, ‘The Truth Shall Make You Free’. Some of the slaves told their masters they were now free, which caused an uproar throughout the county. The slave masters banded together against Jeffrey, and decided to hang him. A gallows was built in the town square for that purpose.

“With the noose around his neck, the mayor asked Jeffrey if he had any last request. He replied, ‘Well, I guess my last words will be my last sermon.’ As Jeffrey began to preach, the power of God fell. People began to weep uncontrollably, and some fell to the ground. The mayor of the town said, ‘Where are your accusers? I find no fault in you!’ And, Jeffrey was released!

He became a church planter in Georgia, and two of the churches he planted are still here today. One is Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, where on their website they give their account of Jeffrey Milner.” (William Ford, III)

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.” (Revelation 12:11; NKJV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Church, are you as bold as Jeffrey Milner was?
  • Read Revelation 12:11. Notice the part often left out when it is quoted, “and they did not love their lives to the death.”
  • Ask the Lord to deal with any fear you have to share His Good News with others. It is harvest time!
  • Intercede for the Church to overcome the enemy in every regard, whatever it takes!
  • Find another hero of the faith you didn’t know about and learn from them, as well.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, there are heroes of the faith, right in American history, that we are not aware of. Thank You for Your Word and all its stories. There are so many more heroes of the faith throughout history. Thank you for people like Will Ford who You lead to unearth these historical treasures for us. Those like Jeffrey Milner are true examples of the faith in many ways. Most of us today can’t imagine the daily threat of life that slavery held. And, we certainly are not threatened with hanging when we share the Gospel in America today. The anointing on Jeffrey broke yokes of bondage and set free those who didn’t know Satan had enslaved them! Mostly, we can share freely. Lord, why don’t we take advantage of the freedom we have? How quickly could the name of Jesus be glorified if we would get beyond our fear—of name-calling, of reputation-diminishing, of lawsuits. We are even afraid that the Holy Spirit will manifest as He did at Mr. Milner’s hanging sermon. Forgive our embarrassment at Your sovereign movement on the hearts of men. Look! It did not result in Jeffrey’s death, but his willingness to let You be You resulted in his freedom! Father, help us to glorify Your Son, Jesus, and see the lost saved and the Church grown! Amen.

Today’s decree:

May we be so bold that no threat stops our sharing His Gospel!

Feb 2020

Overcoming  in Extraordinary Battles

“Personally, there have been attacks in the last year from the inside and outside that I didn’t see coming. Can you relate? There have been major attacks on my body, church and ministry. I’ve had close friends totally misunderstand me, loved ones pass away, family members stricken with illness, etc. I could go on and on. I believe that some of you can as well!

“What I’ve noticed throughout this particular battle is that those who really love you will support you through it all. I am grateful for them and you should be too. During this time, you may experience a spirit of loneliness, even while you’re among a group of people. This is a major part of Satan’s strategy. He wants you to believe that you’re all alone in this unusual war, but I’m here to tell you that you’re not! 

“Though this attack is not ordinary, you will make it through. The secret is found within your decree. Though the attacks are coming fast and hard, you must consistently decree the Word of God, by faith, to counteract the assault of the enemy! When words are decreed, they are established.

“Along with that establishment comes power. When combined with the matchless and mighty name of Jesus, you become a force to be reckoned with; a threat to the kingdom of darkness. It’s your season to put the devil on the run! This is the time that he will run (flee) from you instead of the opposite way around. Glory to God!

“I want to encourage those who are going through the same unusual war that I am, ‘This too shall pass!’ The Lord is always with you even through this warfare that is not ordinary. You will make it through! Please understand that losing a battle here and there does not mean you’ve lost  the war. Jesus won every war, just for you.” (John Veal)

“Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.” (Job 22:28; KJV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Thank the Lord for new prophetic voices rising up to encourage the Body of Christ in this season of strong spiritual warfare.
  • Thank the Lord for this encouraging word by John Veal. Intercede for him to overcome in his needed victory, even as you decree your way through yours.
  • Rally yourself! Don’t grow weary! Don’t let the enemy steal your joy! Don’t let the enemy isolate you! Encourage someone else who is in a tough battle, too.
  • Declare, “This battle may be tough, but through it I am learning much about overcoming Satan’s tactics. This too shall pass!”

A prayer you can pray:

God, it is amazing how many new prophetic people are coming onto the scene. It is as if You are Holy-Ghost highlighting them. You are making room for their voices, because their gift of encouragement is so needed right now. This season of spiritual warfare has been so hard. John Veal is one of those new voices. We thank You for him. We can relate to what he is saying. As he is encouraging us, we ask You to answer his prayers for breakthrough. Holy Spirit, carry his decrees to the mark they are intended to hit, Let him see the answers to every one of his prayers. God, let our faith arise and our enemies be scattered! We will encourage ourselves in the Lord! We will run and not be weary. We will walk and not faint! We will see the salvation of our God! We will encourage one another, writing and calling and texting each other to remind each other of God’s promises to us. We will help each other, and through that love and unity, we are going to see victory after victory. Our battles may be tough, but through them we are learning much about overcoming satan’s tactics. This too shall pass! Thank You in advance for the victories, Jesus! Amen.

Today’s decree (by, John Veal):

“It’s our season to put the devil on the run!”

Excerpted from a Word on the Elijahlist. Learn more about John Veal here

Feb 2020

A Blessed Nation

From President Trump’s 2020 State of the Union Address:

“Think of this Capitol. Think of this very Chamber, where lawmakers before you voted to end slavery, to build the railroads and the highways, and defeat fascism, to secure civil rights, and to face down evil empires.

“Here tonight, we have legislators from across this magnificent republic. You have come from the rocky shores of Maine and the volcanic peaks of Hawaii; from the snowy woods of Wisconsin and the red deserts of Arizona; from the green farms of Kentucky and the golden beaches of California. Together, we represent the most extraordinary nation in all of history.

“What will we do with this moment? How will we be remembered?

“I ask the men and women of this Congress: Look at the opportunities before us. Our most thrilling achievements are still ahead. Our most exciting journeys still await. Our biggest victories are still to come. We have not yet begun to dream. We must choose whether we are defined by our differences or whether we dare to transcend them. We must choose whether we squander our great inheritance or whether we proudly declare that we are Americans.

“We do the incredible. We defy the impossible. We conquer the unknown.

“This is the time to reignite the American imagination. This is the time to search for the tallest summit and set our sights on the brightest star. This is the time to rekindle the bonds of love and loyalty and memory that link us together as citizens, as neighbors, as patriots. This is our future, our fate, and our choice to make.  I am asking you to choose greatness. No matter the trials we face, no matter the challenges to come, we must go forward together.

“We must keep America first in our hearts.  We must keep freedom alive in our souls. And we must always keep faith in America’s destiny that one nation, under God, must be the hope and the promise, and the light and the glory, among all the nations of the world.

“God bless you.  And God bless America.”

“And My people (who are known by My name, who will) humbly pray, follow My commandments, and abandon any actions or thoughts that might lead to further sinning, then I shall hear their prayers from My house in heaven, I shall forgive their sins, and I shall save their land from disasters.” (2 Chronicles 7:14; The VOICE)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Thank the Lord for the amazing diversity of people, and of beauty, of resources, and of innovation, that is the United States of America.
  • Call forth the very best this nation has to flourish and thrive and be blessed.
  • Ask the Lord, “How will we be remembered? How will this generation of Americans be remembered? How will this President and this Congress be remembered? Will this be a season remembered for its blessing the nation, or for bringing a curse on it?”
  • Ask the Lord to bless the United States of America to be a blessing – to those who are citizens, and to those in other places who interact with us.
  • Say, “This is the time for us to rekindle the bonds of love and loyalty and memory that link us together as citizens, as neighbors, as patriots. This is our future, our fate, and our choice to make. God, bless America!”

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, America is a unique and wonderful nation. We are a nation diverse in our ethnicity, our beauty, and our resources. We are innovative and creative. We are a nation of leaders. We are thankful to be able to live here at such a time as this. How will we be remembered? How will this generation of Americans be remembered? How will this President and this Congress be remembered? Will this be a season remembered for its blessing the nation, or for bringing a curse on it? We want to be a blessing, Lord. We want to give more than we take. We want our blessings to advance Your Kingdom on the earth. We must have a grace to walk in a greater measure of love and unity. We are too divided. This is the time for us to rekindle the bonds of love and loyalty and memory that link us together as citizens, as neighbors, as patriots. This is our future, our fate, and our choice to make. God, bless America! Amen.

Today’s decree:

We will pray and we will repent. He will hear, and He will bless this great nation.

Feb 2020

Loving the Jewish People

From President Trump’s 2020 State of the Union Address:

“We must never ignore the vile poison of anti-Semitism, or those who spread its venomous creed. With one voice, we must confront this hatred anywhere and everywhere it occurs.

“Just months ago, 11 Jewish-Americans were viciously murdered in an anti-Semitic attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. SWAT Officer Timothy Matson raced into the gunfire and was shot seven times chasing down the killer. And he was very successful. Timothy has just had his 12th surgery, and he is going in for many more. But he made the trip to be here with us tonight. Tonight, we are also joined by Pittsburgh survivor, Judah Samet. He arrived at the synagogue as the massacre began.  But not only did Judah narrowly escape death last fall, more than seven decades ago, he narrowly survived the Nazi concentration camps. Today is Judah’s 81st birthday. 

“Judah says he can still remember the exact moment, nearly 75 years ago, after 10 months in a concentration camp, when he and his family were put on a train and told they were going to another camp. Suddenly, the train screeched to a very strong halt. A soldier appeared. Judah’s family braced for the absolute worst.  Then, his father cried out with joy, ‘It’s the Americans! It’s the Americans!’

“A second Holocaust survivor who is here tonight, Joshua Kaufman, was a prisoner at Dachau. He remembers watching through a hole in the wall of a cattle car as American soldiers rolled in with tanks. ‘To me,’ Joshua recalls, ‘the American soldiers were proof that God exists, and they came down from the sky. They came down from Heaven.’

“I began this evening by honoring three soldiers who fought on D-Day in the Second World War. One of them was Herman Zeitchik. But there is more to Herman’s story. A year after he stormed the beaches of Normandy, Herman was one of the American soldiers who helped liberate Dachau. He was one of the Americans who helped rescue Joshua from that hell on Earth. When American soldiers set out beneath the dark skies over the English Channel in the early hours of D-Day, 1944, they were just young men of 18 and 19, hurtling on fragile landing crafts toward the most momentous battle in the history of war. They did not know if they would survive the hour.  They did not know if they would grow old. But they knew that America had to prevail. Their cause was this nation and generations yet unborn.

“Why did they do it?  They did it for America.  They did it for us.”

“I wish I could help my Jewish brothers and sisters, my people. They are the people of Israel, God’s chosen children. They have seen the glory of God, and they have the agreements that God made between himself and his people. God gave them the law of Moses and the right way of worship and his promises.” (Romans 9:3a-4; NCV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Bless the Jewish people.
  • Bless Israel.
  • Thank the Lord that America helped to liberate Jews held in Nazi concentration camps long ago, and we would do it again.
  • Thank God that President Trump moved our Embassy to Jerusalem!
  • Declare that the U.S A. will work to end anti-Semitism worldwide, not just here on our shores.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, Your Word says that You bless the nation that blesses Israel. Well, we want to be that nation. We bless the Jewish people. We acknowledge the special place they hold in Your heart. You watch over them, because You love them. They are not perfect, but they are Your living examples of covenant and blessing that comes from relationship with You. May we forever come to their rescue, even as we did in World War II. President Trump “gets it”. He gets it so much that he decided we had to move our Embassy to Jerusalem. We needed to show the world that the U.S.A. is a friend of Israel. We will work to end anti-Semitism in this nation, as well as anywhere in the world where it raises its ugly head. We commit to this, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

America loves Israel and will stand against anti-Semitism worldwide.

Feb 2020

A Nation That Cares For Its Children

From President Trump’s 2020 State of the Union Address:

“Tonight, I am also asking you to join me in another fight that all Americans can get behind: the fight against childhood cancer. Joining Melania in the gallery this evening is a very brave 10-year-old girl, Grace Eline. Every birthday since she was four, Grace asked her friends to donate to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. She did not know that one day she might be a patient herself. That’s what happened.

“Last year, Grace was diagnosed with brain cancer. Immediately, she began radiation treatment. At the same time, she rallied her community and raised more than $40,000 for the fight against cancer. When Grace completed treatment last fall, her doctors and nurses cheered — they loved her; they still love her — with tears in their eyes as she hung up a poster that read: ‘Last day of chemo.’ 

“Many childhood cancers have not seen new therapies in decades. My budget will ask Congress for $500 million over the next 10 years to fund this critical lifesaving research.”

More for American children and families: “To help support working parents, the time has come to pass School Choice for Americans’ children. I am also proud to be the first President to include in my budget a plan for nationwide paid family leave, so that every new parent has the chance to bond with their newborn child.

“There could be no greater contrast to the beautiful image of a mother holding her infant child than the chilling displays our nation saw in recent days. Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments from birth. These are living, feeling, beautiful babies who will never get the chance to share their love and their dreams with the world.  And then, we had the case of the Governor of Virginia where he stated he would execute a baby after birth.

“To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb. Let us work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life. And let us reaffirm a fundamental truth: All children — born and unborn — are made in the holy image of God.”

“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.” (Psalm 127:3-5; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Bless in prayer every child you can think of, even those growing in their mother’s womb.
  • Intercede for children who are sick. Ask the Lord to heal them and also provide solutions to serious childhood illnesses,
  • Intercede for the education of our nation’s children. Pray for good options for educating them.
  • Intercede for the millions of children that go to bed hungry each day. Ask the Lord to give solutions to government leaders at the city, the state, and the national level.
  • Declare, “All children — born and unborn — are made in the holy image of God.”
  • Pray for the safety of the children in the womb, and against abotion, especially late-term abortion. 
  • Contact your Congressmen and women here and ask them to pass legislation that stops that heinous practice.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, the United States of America is caring more and more for the welfare of our most vulnerable – our children. They are our future. They are such a blessing!Thank you for a government that specifically targets solutions that benefits children. I intercede for the young ones I know that are sick. Some are considered terminally ill. Jesus, You are the Healer. Please heal these little ones. Let them fulfill the call You created them for. Give researchers and doctors solutions to common childhood illnesses, cancers, and other debilitating diseases. May our children be well and whole, spirit, soul, and body.

I also ask You to give us ways to educate all of our children. The wealthy, the poor, and those gifted in so many ways, all need good educational opportunities. Our nation can get better at this. There can be so many options. Grant our educators and legislators wisdom to know the best way to meet the needs of every student. Let meals be a part of the package, so no child is hungry in their school day. It is better that they focus on their hard lessons, than on their growling bellies. We bless school meal programs and community projects where kids are fed, no questions asked. Call the churches to step into the gap on this.

And, Lord, please save our nation’s children yet in their mothers’ wombs. End abortion in America. Provide laws and plans that promote life. Help life centers get funding in place of abortion clinics. Stir Believers to open adoption clinics. Providing legislation and funding for all of this. Thank You that some of that is already happening, Jesus. I will call my Representative and ask them to support bills that end the taking of innocent lives. Amen.

Today’s decree:

All of America’s children shall be safe, cared for, and protected!

Feb 2020

Correcting Injustice

From President Trump’s 2020 State of the Union Address:

“Last year, I heard, through friends, the story of Alice Johnson. I was deeply moved. In 1997, Alice was sentenced to life in prison as a first-time, non-violent, drug offender. Over the next 22 years, she became a prison minister, inspiring others to choose a better path. She had a big impact on that prison population, and far beyond.

Alice’s story underscores the disparities and unfairness that can exist in criminal sentencing, and the need to remedy this total injustice. She served almost that 22 years and had expected to be in prison for the remainder of her life.

In June, I commuted Alice’s sentence. When I saw Alice’s beautiful family greet her at the prison gates, hugging and kissing and crying and laughing, I knew I did something right. Alice, thank you for reminding us that we always have the power to shape our own destiny. 

Inspired by stories like Alice’s, my administration worked closely with members of both parties to sign the FIRST STEP Act into law. This legislation reformed sentencing laws that have wrongly and disproportionately harmed the African American community. The FIRST STEP Act gives non-violent offenders the chance to re-enter society as productive, law-abiding citizens. Now states across the country are following our lead.  America is a nation that believes in redemption.

We are also joined tonight by Matthew Charles from Tennessee. In 1996, at the age of 30, Matthew was sentenced to 35 years for selling drugs and related offenses. Over the next two decades, he completed more than 30 Bible studies, became a law clerk, and mentored many of his fellow inmates. Now, Matthew is the very first person to be released from prison under the FIRST STEP Act.”

“Remember those in prison as if you were bound with them, and those who are mistreated as if you were suffering with them.” (Hebrews 13:3; GNT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Click the links above and learn more about Alice Johnson and Matthew Charles. Pray for their success in life and that the Lord uses them to continue to reform the U.S. justice system.
  • Click here to see how disproportionate the African American prison population is in the U.S. Thank the Lord that these rates are now falling. 
  • Click here, here, and here to learn about and pray for Christian ministries working in prisons, with and for prisoners, and to change the prison system.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, when we are presented with real people as examples of a system out of alignment with Your principles, then it is harder to ignore, and easier to pray. We are glad President Trump invited Alice Johnson and Matthew Charles to the State of the Union Address. Being able to hear what they lived through has highlighted an area of U.S. justice that needs some work. Though statistics show there have been some changes, more are needed. Thank You for the gift of the FIRST STEP Act. The principles in it are biblical, giving prisoners options to reform, if they desire, instead of just serving their time. Alice and Matthew are both good examples of those who used their time in prison to change their lives and focus on helping others. We bless them, Lord, and ask You to keep providing opportunities for them outside the prison walls to care for themselves and their families, and to help others turn their own lives around.

We intercede specifically for the African American prison population. Both Alice and Matthew are Black. Sentences tend to be longer and more restrictive historically for that people group. This is injustice and we thank You that You will continue to help America to correct this. Thank You for granting us compassion for the prisoners, so we can learn about and pray into this reform in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Today’s decree:

The U.S. justice system is being transformed to be life-transforming.

Feb 2020

Restoring Economic Health for All

From President Trump’s 2020 State of the Union Address:

“In just over two years since the election, we have launched an unprecedented economic boom — a boom that has rarely been seen before. There’s been nothing like it. We have created 5.3 million new jobs and, importantly, added 600,000 new manufacturing jobs — something which almost everyone said was impossible to do. Wages are rising at the fastest pace in decades and growing for blue-collar workers. Nearly 5 million Americans have been lifted off food stamps. The U.S. economy is growing almost twice as fast today as when I took office. And we are considered, far and away, the hottest economy anywhere in the world. 

“Unemployment has reached the lowest rate in over half a century. African American, Hispanic American, and Asian American unemployment have all reached their lowest levels ever recorded. Unemployment for Americans with disabilities has also reached an all-time low. More people are working now than at any time in the history of our country — 157 million people at work.

“Companies are coming back to our country in large numbers thanks to our historic reductions in taxes and regulations. And we have unleashed a revolution in American energy. The United States is now the number-one producer of oil and natural gas anywhere in the world. And now, for the first time in 65 years, we are a net exporter of energy. 

“After 24 months of rapid progress, our economy is the envy of the world, our military is the most powerful on Earth, by far, and America — America is again winning each and every day.”

“Know the state of your flocks, and put your heart into caring for your herds.” (Proverbs 27:23; NLT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Thank the Lord for the unprecedented number of jobs being created in America right now – 5.3 million new jobs since President Trump took office.
  • Thank the Lord for the creation of manufacturing jobs and blue collar skilled labor positions created in the last 3 years. 
  • Thank the Lord for the factories and companies moving back to American soil.
  • Thank the Lord for increases in middle class wages.
  • Thank the Lord for 5 million Americans being lifted off food stamps.
  • Thank the Lord that unemployment is at its lowest levels ever, especially among the African American, Hispanic, Asian, and disabled populations. America is at work!
  • Thank the Lord that our energy sector is revitalized and we are becoming one of the leading producers of oil and natural gas in the world. 
  • Start paying attention to the economic news of the nation. Pray into these things. Peoples’ livelihoods matter. God is blessing the nation!

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, You tell us to know the state of our flocks, and to put our heart into caring for our herds. Sometimes we completely focus on spiritual matters, such as our spiritual gifts, prophetic words and dreams, even repentance and salvation. We forget about stewarding the natural things, such as whether our neighbors are well and whole and able to make a living. That matters to You. So, it is very encouraging to hear President Trump talk about how this has changed in the last few years. He gave the nation a report that we should be rejoicing over! So, we thank You for the 5.3 million new jobs that have been created. There have been manufacturing jobs, blue collar jobs, and other skilled jobs created. We thank You for every job created! Increase them. We thank You that some of this is due to companies coming back from overseas. You are giving this nation ideas, inventions, and strategies to increase the types of businesses we have. Oil and energy are no longer rejected, so we can now become a great producer and exporter of those resources. 

We thank You that more people are working. African Americans, Hispanics, and Asians are getting hired at a rapid rate. Communities are turning around. The disabled are finding work. Jobs are even being created specifically for them. We are seeing compassion and sensitivity increasing in some business owners. This all means less people are on food stamps. In the end, the economy is all about people and families. The stronger and more secure they are, the stronger and more secure our nation. Thank You, Jesus, for Your Divine provision for our nation. Amen.

Today’s decree:

To God be the Glory for providing America jobs and a strong economy!

Jan 2020

Limping or Leaping

I want to talk about a limp. In 1 Kings 18, Elijah assembled the people on Mount Carmel in what was to be an epic showdown between God and the false gods Israel was following at the time. Elijah says, “‘How long will you halt between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.’ But the people said nothing.” The word for “waver”, or “halt”, there is also the word for “limp”. It’s a word that means “to hop” or “to leap”. It is a good picture word for “hesitate”, because you kind of leap backward and forward mentally, and maybe even physically, while you try to decide something.  I like this definition—it’s the word for “Passover”. The spirit of death leapt over the homes with the blood of the lamb on the lintels of the doors. 

The Lord was saying in 1 Kings 18, “Why are you hesitating about Who you believe in? You should be dancing the dance of rejoicing over the Passover. You should be remembering and dancing and singing, ‘The horse and the rider have been thrown into the sea!’ But, you are limping the limp of Baal.” Listen to me. We are in that same place in America. You need to get up and remember who you are and who He is and start to decree out of a place of rejoicing faith, no longer halting, but sure! You need to decree some things out of existence and decree some things into existence. You need to uproot some things and plant some things. You need to establish the root of His Glory! By Passover of this year, you are going to dance the dance of victory over your enemies!

“Elijah stepped forward before all the people and said, ‘How long are you going to jump back and forth between two positions? If Adonai is God, follow him; but if it’s Ba‘al, follow him!’ The people answered him not a word.” (1 Kings 18:21; CJB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Remember the times in your life when He has saved you.
  • Let praise rise up from you. Let your words of praise, such as, “The horse and the rider were thrown into the sea,” rise up from your lips.
  • What are the things you are contending for now? Decree and declare that God will come through for you!
  • Say over the impeachment drama, “President Trump will be delivered from any false attack of his enemies!”
  • Say over the situation in Iran, “The Iranian government will make right the downing of the Ukranian flight with 176 people on board.”
  • Declare, “This latest conflict will result in the Iranian people being set free to worship the Lord freely!” Christians have been worshipping underground and have been persecuted for their faith.
  • Say, “Iran will not attack the Iranian people demonstrating. Lord, set the Iranian people free!”

A prayer you can pray:

Father, You are able to take a terrible tragedy and make something beautiful out of it. You are the God of the turnaround. You are the one that turns death to life and darkness to light. We have a decision to make. We need to come to a deeper place of faith were we determine afresh that You are God and there is no other. Jesus, You are the Savior and there is no other way to the Father. No false gods of false religions ever deserves our worship. You are able to deliver. You are able to work huge, nation-changing miracles, just like You did for the Israelites when You sent Moses to set them free in Egypt. We won’t doubt it!

We are coming through a major tragedy in Iran. We were seemingly perched on the brink of World War III. However, the underground church cried out in Iran and Believers cried out in the U.S. and other places in the world, and You brought peace and calm into this ongoing tragedy. Lord, one of the awful things that happened was the downing of a Ukrainian jet with 176 men, women, and children on it. They were trying to flee the dangerous situation there and ended up victims, instead. Iran says they shot the jet down, but that it was an accidental and tragic mistake. This is a country led by those in a religious structure that demands retribution for such things. So, Lord, we are praying that Iran honors its ways and makes this right for the families that are suffering today. 

This has also brought Iranians into the streets to protest the actions of their government. Many are not happy with their government’s response. Let their voices be heard and honored. Use this series of events to bring a freedom to the people of Iran. Set the Church there free to share the Gospel openly. We praise You and say, “You are God and worthy to be praised over this situation!”

Today’s decree:

We will not halt between two opinions. God is God and there is no other. He will deliver His people! He is our Deliverer!

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