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29
Mar 2017

Relating Justice to the Healing of the Inner City – Praying for the Department of Justice

“In the inner cities of America, justice is unity. The American dream for the inner city is equality with the whole. The issue of the inner city is fatherlessness that produces a community of orphans​. It catalyzes a widow​ spirit. Ultimately it carries a cry for justice from orphans​ and widows​, justice for the widow and the orphan because of the systematic injustices of a fatherless generation of citizens. In Luke 18, Jesus tells a story about a widow who was losing heart because of justice being denied. Her resolve to persistently pursue a judge who did not fear God or man, led her to justice received. “Justice denied” became “justice being heard”. Jesus shared this story to remind us of the power of persistent prayer. He will hear it! May the Son of Man find such faith on the earth when He comes. Praise to Him who is the Judge of judges and King of kings.” (Rickie Bradshaw)1

“And shall not God avenge His own elect, which cry day and night unto Him, though He bear long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of Man cometh, shall He find [this kind of faith] faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:7-8; KJV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Pray for Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice as they oversee The Office of the Attorney General.
  • Pray for Attorney General Sessions in his efforts to combat violent crime and restore public safety in the inner city.
  • Pray for criminal justice reform in assisting offenders in becoming law-abiding returning citizens.
  • Pray for the Office on Violence Against Women, the Office of Project Safe Childhood, the Office of Elder Justice Initiative, the Office of Victims of Crime, and other offices in the DOJ that directly relate to the inner cities of America.
  • Pray for a mighty movement of persistent prayer among those who live in the inner city and that the church will become more strategically involved with the criminal justice system. (Taken from The Reconciled Church thereconciledchurch.org/seven-spheres)

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, You are a God of Justice. Send a move of righteous justice to the inner cities, such that the cries of the widows and the orphans are heard. We pray for the government agencies that deal with justice: the Department of Justice under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Office of Violence Against Women, the Office of Project Safe Childhood, the Office of Elder Justice Initiative, etc. Please make them as efficient as possible and filled with righteous ones who will know how to carry out efficient justice on behalf of the most needy. End violence in our cities, Lord. Grant us grace and peace, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Today’s decree:

Our God is a righteous Judge who cares for the widows and orphans and executes justice on their behalf!

1 Learn more about Rickie Bradshaw here.


28
Mar 2017

Pray for Better and Affordable Housing in the Inner City

“The housing situation in the inner city suffers from a lack of community members experiencing home ownership, and it suffers from conditions that work against the possibility of self-reliant life. Home ownership is critical in providing a pathway from government-supported housing and generational poverty. As we pray for the walls of generational poverty to be torn down and rebuilt with hope-giving alternatives in the inner city and the magnitude of its plight upon its citizens who live there, we realize the need to approach this with an awareness for spiritual reformation in the inner city. Let us pray for such.” (Rickie Bradshaw)1

“Except the Lord build a house, they labour in vain that build it. Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.” (Psalm 127:1; KJV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Pray for the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Dr. Ben Carson, as he advises President Trump on matters of housing for low income families and programs that affect the revitalization of distressed communities.
  • Pray for the spiritual revitalization of the inner city.
  • As the Housing budget decreases – pray that low income families will be equipped in personal financial training, credit repair, and benevolence, and that many other dimensions of economic equipping can be launched from churches. (Taken from The Reconciled Church thereconciledchurch.org/seven-spheres.)
  • Give thanks to God that every American has the unalienable right to pursue the American dream of home ownership.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, we pray that You would move in a deep and rich way in our inner cities. Where there are these multitudes of people in need of You, raise up an army of Believers to share the message of the Kingdom in word and deed. Let Your Church rise up to ask You for creative ways to replace the loss of government funds. May Believers graced with financial wisdom use their gifts now to assist with financial training, credit repair and other things needed, so that homes can be owned by the poor and communities revitalized. We know You will do this, Jesus! Amen.

Today’s decree:

We decree that God will provide the means for inner city families to pursue the American dream of home ownership and to revitalize their environments with support of the Church!

1 Learn more about Rickie Bradshaw here.


27
Mar 2017

Payer for the Health Services in the Inner City

According to a report by the American Health Foundation, while Americans have made substantial health gains in key areas, the report highlights serious challenges for the country that are eroding these hard-won gains. Rising rates of obesity and cardiovascular disease and drug deaths signal serious health challenges. Among those who live in the inner city, the rate for obesity is nearly 50%, and among children, above 20%, according to The State of Obesity.2 Census results in 2010 reveal that Planned Parenthood is targeting minority neighborhoods. Seventy-nine percent of its surgical abortion facilities are located within walking distance of African American or Hispanic/Latino neighborhoods in the inner city, per the Executive Summary of Protecting Black Life.3 Let us pray for better policies in Health and Human Services for our communities.” (Rickie Bradshaw)1

“And great multitudes came unto Him, having with them those who were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet; and He healed them.” (Matthew 15:30: KJV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Pray for the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Mr. Tom Price, as he advises President Trump on matters of health, welfare, and income security programs.
  • Pray for programs and services that will help to introduce, rebuild, restore and/or enhance the divine sanctity of life, the discovery of personal and relational identity, purpose and destiny. (Taken from The Reconciled Church) thereconciledchurch.org/seven-spheres
  • Pray for a decrease in funding health clinics for abortions in the inner cities and for an increase in alternative health care programs for pregnant women.
  • Pray for more private healthy food services that are made available for children and their families in the inner city.
  • Pray for the residents in the inner city to experience the healing presence and power of Jesus Christ.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, we pray first for the ending of abortion in America. African Americans and Latinos in our inner cities are targeted for this horrific procedure. We cry out for these sons and daughters of our nation. Save them, Lord! We pray for HHS Secretary Tom Price and ask that you grant him wisdom. May he press for the elimination of funding for abortion and an increase in funding for family medical clinics—truly caring for the health of the women and children in the inner cities. And foremost, we ask that Jesus, our Healer, would be manifest your love and healing to this segment of our population, especially. Thank You, Lord. Amen.

Today’s decree:

We decree that You will give strategies for the care of the health of those living in the inner cities and that abortion will end in America, especially in the inner cities!

1 Learn more about Rickie Bradshaw here.

2 “Rates and Trends”, The State of Obesity, September 2016. 3/20/17.

3 “Facts About Abortion”, ProtectingBlackLife.org, 2017. 03/20/17.

 

 


26
Mar 2017

Pray for the Educational System in the Inner City

“It is obvious that our educational system is failing in the inner cities of America. In the scriptures, the Lord assures His disciples that we can do nothing without Him. Let me share a short story of a pastor whose life was changed while attending a school in the inner city as a child. He said and I quote, ‘I remember in 1963 we were allowed to pray every morning in my third-grade class. In fact, the entire class of third grade students in the public school district was taken on a field trip to see a movie called, King of Kings. This field trip gave me the first opportunity to experience the knowledge of God in living color. It has made a profound impact on my life for nearly 55 years.’ He went on to say, ‘But something happened the next year when I entered the fourth grade that changed the trajectory of our educational system. Our educational system concluded that we did not need to allow our students and their families the option of being educated with the knowledge of the God in whom we trust.’ He concludes, that by making this profound, but deadly, choice in the education system of America, ‘We deliberately chose to educate our children without Him.’ Just a thought for prayer.” (Rickie Bradshaw)1

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children; ….. you can do nothing without Me.” (Hosea 4:6; John 15:5; NKJV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Pray for Secretary of Education, Madam Secretary Betsy Devos, as she advises the President on federal policies, programs and activities related to education in inner cities of America.
  • Pray that our students and their families in the inner city will have the opportunity to choose educational programs that will allow Christ-centered Biblical education as a subject matter.
  • Pray for making education in America great again through school choice but not at the expense of neglecting the inner-city poor, who often have very few choices available.
  • Pray for increased access to early educational programs prior to kindergarten for children.
  • Pray that churches will play a major role in offering academic and character building enrichment programs to students in middle and high schools in the inner city. (Taken from “The Reconciled Church – Seven Bridges to Peace”)

A prayer you can pray:

Father, forgive this nation for deciding that we did not need You involved in the educational process of our children. Professing to be wise, we are now reaping the reality of our foolishness, especially in our inner-city schools. We need Christ-centered programs. We ask for compassionate choices for our students in the inner cities. May they not be left behind, Lord. With both parents working, or parents not able to provide healthy breakfasts, our inner-city students often need before and after-school programs. Show the school districts and the Church how to provide them. We know these students are loved by You and You are concerned about all that concerns them. Thank You for giving Betsy DeVos and her team godly solutions to our inner-city school needs. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today’s decree:

The compassion of Jesus will move to give our nation’s leaders answers for the education of our children, especially those in the greatest need—our inner city school children.

1 Learn more about Rickie Bradshaw here.


25
Mar 2017

Healing the Inner City

“Nehemiah set out to rebuild the walls and restore the gates of the ruined inner city of Jerusalem, and his task was completed in 52 days. Many thought that he and the returning exiled citizens of the city of Jerusalem would never be able to complete this enormous task. But with the help of King Artaxerxes and the wise and faithful cup bearer of the King, Nehemiah, the healing of the inner city of Jerusalem was completed. For practical purposes of intercession, the broken down walls and the burning gates of the inner cities of America represent spheres of influence that provide healthy and spiritual vitality for the inner cities of America, mainly: Government, Education, Family, Housing, Justice, and Economy. Today we will pray for President Trump and his administration.” (Rickie Bradshaw)1

“So the wall was finished on the 25th day of Elul.” (Nehemiah 1:1-11; 6:15; NKJV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Intercede on behalf of President Donald J. Trump as he considers a strategy for the rebuilding of the inner cities of America (1 Timothy 2:2)
  • Pray for President Trump and his administration to have a desire to see the inner city lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God, who desires all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:2-5)
  • Pray for the President and his administration that they will stand up for the poor and those who cannot stand for themselves, including the innocent ones in the womb. (Jeremiah 22:3)
  • Give thanks to The Lord for giving the inner cities of America favor with the President in rebuilding the walls and the burning gates of the inner cities of America. (Nehemiah 1:11)

A prayer you can pray:

Father, we lift President Trump up to You and ask that You give him and those working with him a strategy for our inner cities. Their problems are challenging and unique, and affect many Americans. We desire to see our inner cities at peace. We want them to be places of safety and quietness. We pray for the many poor that reside in them and ask You to provide services for all and justice for the innocent ones. Let this President arise as a Nehemiah and rebuild the walls of our inner cities! Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

We decree that the Lord will rouse President Trump to have a strong desire and the wisdom needed to rebuild the walls of the inner cities of America!

1 Learn more about Rickie Bradshaw here.


24
Mar 2017

Praying for Strong Families: Generations

“On our family farm, I had the great privilege of being raised across the dirt road from my grandparents’ home. As a God-honoring couple, the things I learned from them and the shared experiences still deeply speak to my adult life today. Older people are often marginalized in our fast paced, technological society. Spiritually mature older people have so much opportunity to encourage and instruct those following behind them. Psalm 71:18 gives them a direct charge: “Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come.” There is a responsibility upon our older Holy Spirit led elders to impact these truths. Let’s make sure we grant them ample opportunities to teach and instruct with accountability.” (Lisa Crump)1

“Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” (Isaiah 46:4; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Ask the Lord to grow seniors’ trust in Him as their lives change and many feel unneeded. May God show them how they can pray and serve in new ways.  Let all the elderly become saved through Jesus the Christ.
  • May younger men and women seek the counsel of the spiritually mature to teach and hold them accountable.
  • Intercede for the education of saving financially and preparing to live longer with great programs and insurance.
  • Pray for families and the church to lead the way in caring for the elderly as God’s intent, with honor and respect for their lives and contributions to generations following them.
  • Intercede for our nation and this new administration to instill laws and practices that protect and esteem this population appropriately with medical care and programs of good support with honor and respect.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, we love our elderly! They are precious to You and should be treated as precious to us, also! They have wisdom and knowledge. They have lived long, fruitful lives where they have had a multitude of life experiences that can help the generations coming after them, if we will just take the time to listen. They have spiritual wisdom, financial wisdom, and relational wisdom. We must make room for them in our families, congregations and in our friendships. May they feel loved and released to impart all that they carry, so that the Body of Christ and the nation are made better. We ask that our government will honor them, as well and provide well for them in their old age. Thank You, Jesus! Amen.

Today’s decree:

We decree that the elderly in America will be honored and well-cared for!

1 Learn more about Lisa Crump and The National Day of Prayer here.


23
Mar 2017

Praying for Strong Families:  Orphans, Widows and Singles

“We have a responsibility from the Lord to the orphaned, widows and those without the support of close family.  James 1: 27 instructs us with, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” Singles also need the support of the church to help them be accountable and have deep, meaningful fellowship and friendship within the body of Christ. Our culture pounds negativity and temptations all day long and these without godly parents and spouses need to find a warm welcome and acceptance among believers, starting with me.” (Lisa Crump)1

“A father to the fatherless, defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.  God sets the lonely in families.” (Psalm 67:5-6a; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Pray for the new administration to create favorable adoption laws and practices, helping the multitudes of the fatherless, the orphans within our United States borders to find homes among Christians.
  • Intercede for the church to arise to educate and enlist in adoptions of the fatherless in our states.
  • Pray for Christian singles, widows and orphans to find their full destiny in the Lord, right where they are in life. Ask for them to find godly accountability relationships to learn, grow and thrive in contributing to their locale and nation.  That they overcome the lies that may be thrown at them.
  • May our nation’s tax laws and other policies support those with less or with no family support, as appropriate.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, we boldly ask You for the creation of favorable adoption laws and practices in America. We, the Church, choose to take responsibility for the lives of the most in need in our nation—the widows, the orphans, the fatherless, and the single mothers. May we learn to educate about adoption, and may more Christians choose to adopt. May those who are often seen as the neediest in our society find and fulfill the God-designed plan for their life. May our tax laws and other policies undergird those in true need of family support. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

The Church will choose to father the fatherless and care for the widows and orphans, and the government will see it and provide appropriate support.

1 Learn more about Lisa Crump and The National Day of Prayer here.


22
Mar 2017

Praying for Strong Families: Children part 2

“There are so many ills waiting to attract your children and grandchildren today. There is little respect for home and parents, yet this is God’s best for nurturing children.  Gangs, drugs, suicide, sex among young people, porn, and lawlessness abound to derail our children from arriving to their destiny with the Lord.  What can be done?  The family, church, government and education each must seek ways to compliment one another, so that children have a safe place to be born, grow up, learn, work and thus serve others through contributing to life.” (Lisa Crump)1

“Honor your father and mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” (Exodus 20:12; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Ask the Lord for this new administration to support and protect healthy programs that encourage appropriate learning, and for social experiments to be removed.
  • Pray for parental rights to be protected.
  • Intercede for religious liberty protection that affects our families, the church, and non-profits that work for the godly upbringing of children and young people.
  • Pray for the educational system to be cleansed of ungodly curricula and liberal agenda bathroom and other policies.
  • Ask the Lord for favor to Christian students, teachers, administrators, and boards, leading to prayer, and that Christian materials be welcomed in schools and universities.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, we ask that this new administration would support and protect programs that strengthen the family over those that are nothing but social experiments. We ask that the rights of parents to raise their children as they see fit would be protected. I pray that extends to the firm establishment of our religious liberties. Let it extend to our schools. Cleanse the curriculum and remove ungodly laws and policies, such as “The Bathroom Bills”. Give us God-fearing teachers and administrators that will work with parents for the sake of our children. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

We decree that God will use this administration to shift things governmentally to support parents’ authority to make the best life-decisions for their children’s upbringing and education!

Learn more about Lisa Crump and The National Day of Prayer here.


21
Mar 2017

Praying for Strong Families: Children part 1

“Children are a heritage from the Lord and truly a blessing from Him. To love a child is one of the purest forms of love that I know. Being a parent and grandparents helps one know the fierceness of unconditional love and is a shadow of God’s brilliant love for us. Husband and wife, the creation of children and grandchildren, are perfectly stated by, ‘Children’s children are a crown to the aged.” (Proverbs 17:6 The innocence of children, their very lives, are under direct assault at every level of government.  Abortion is one of the most tactical plans of the enemy, and the lies about its abuses are mainstream among those who put self over our God. Father forgive us…” (Lisa Crump)1

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Repent for the innocence that has been lost, the pure lives of babies themselves.
  • Ask the Lord to grieve and burden providers and liberals that continue to spread lies and cover-ups of the facts of abortion causalities affecting infants, mothers and fathers.
  • Pray for the Supreme Court to reverse all legislation in favor of any level of abortion this year; no more legalized abortions.
  • Intercede for the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court who has taken a personal stand for life.
  • Ask God to stop all abortion funding at federal and local levels; that all government abortion funding fraud will be uncovered, exposed and dismantled; that those funds be directed to family friendly needs.
  • Intercede for no more demand and no supply; that no one will seek an abortion as our holy God burdens them with the joy of the gift of life itself.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, we repent for the loss of over 58,5 million babies, since 1973’s Roe v Wade decision. Cause a deep grief to fall on those who promote and provide abortion. Expose the full horror of this demonic practice. We boldly ask for the ending of abortion in America. Give us Supreme Court justices who will stand for life and reverse abortion on demand—judges like Neil Gorsuch, who understand the value of life. Stop abortion funding through our Congress and let them transfer those funds to life-giving women’s health organizations. Let this next generation value life! In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today’s decree:

Abortion is coming to an end in America!

Learn more about Lisa Crump and the National Day of Prayer here.


20
Mar 2017

March 20 – Praying for Strong Families: Godly leadership

“All of us were children at one time.  Many of us had the grace to be brought up in a God-honoring home and environment. Certainly all families have differing levels of dysfunction and issues. Yet, healthy families need a home that is a safe haven, a place for learning and being together. Before a couple become parents, they need to establish principles of their household.  Many forces will work to undermine that for them, but God must lead. Cultural chaos, confusion and messaging will be one of the ways the enemy works to influence, especially through social and news media.” (Lisa Crump)1

“Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it.” (Proverbs 22:6; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Pray for the protection of Christian principles in society and this administration, so that God-honoring qualities become honored and respected rather than ridiculed.
  • Ask for wisdom for this administration with current issues that are affecting the ability to have healthy family environments, such as: guns, legalized drugs, technology, immigration, etc.
  • Intercede for news outlets and social media for truth in reporting, influencing opinions, and government interaction with all forms of media.
  • Ask God for household leaders and government to seek His viewpoint over man’s, and not be swayed by every whim, alarm or latest news story, but to be rightly informed and responsive.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, more and more it seems that social media and news sources are determining what we “should think” about matters, such as “family”. We pray that You cause Truth to be broadcast in place of opinions touted as fact. Give wise answers to problems in America that threaten strong families: drugs, gangs, legalized drugs and the like. Let media leaders and government leaders rise up who can influence, in positive ways, things that can strengthen the nation’s families. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

God cares more about family than we do, and He will raise up godly leaders that can shift the national dialogue about, and vision of, “family” to a positive and strong one.

Learn more about Lisa Crump and National Day of Prayer here.


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