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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.


01
Mar 2016

Prayer for the Elections

Regarding the upcoming elections, prayerfully agree with me that:

  • We vote for a person of decency and honor (integrity matters)
  • We vote for someone that cannot be bought or sold (crony capitalism is evil)
  • We don’t jump from the frying pan of failed government to the fire of another chameleon who changes colors at will (the political spirit)
  • We remember that not everyone in Washington DC has been part of the problem—be wise and discerning (God has been sending some good men and women to DC)
  • We vote for humility (which God exalts), morality and righteousness (which exalts a nation)
  • We choose substance and specific ideas over shallow rhetoric, fame, showbiz events and exciting promises (does anyone remember ’08?)
  • We vote for a strict constitutionalist (it was born through prayer and based on scripture)
  • We remember that we are also voting for the next 2-3 Supreme Court Justices, who will undoubtedly shape our nation and lives for decades! (they could possibly do more good or bad for our nation than the next president)
  • We vote for an uncompromising, consistent, radically pro-life person (we MUST have this)
  • By God’s grace we end up with a born-again, praying, Bible-reading, moral, humble, honest and wise person in the White House

Be very careful. Pray. Listen to your heart where Holy Spirit lives. I promise you—we’re voting for the destiny of our nation.

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34; NASB)

A prayer you can pray:

Father, the destiny of our nation is at stake. I pray that Your people will seek the Lord today and vote for a person of decency and honor, who cannot be bought or sold. I pray that we don’t jump from the frying pan of failed government to the fire of another chameleon who changes colors at will. Help me remember that not everyone in Washington, D. C., has been part of the problem, but that You have been sending some good men and women there. Help us to vote for those who are humble, for God exalts the humble, and for morality and righteousness, for that exalts a nation. Help us to choose substance and specific ideas over shallow rhetoric, fame, showbiz events and exciting promises. I pray that we vote for a strict constitutionalist, as our Constitution was born through prayer and based on scripture. Lord, as we vote for a future presidential candidate, we are also voting for the next 2-3 Supreme Court Justices, who will undoubtedly shape our nation and lives for decades! They could possibly do more good or bad for our nation than the next president.  Please help us to vote for an uncompromising, consistent, radically pro-life person—we MUST have this, Lord! Father, by Your great grace we will end up with a born-again, praying, Bible-reading, moral, humble, honest and wise person in the White House. Thank you, Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Today’s decree:

Your people can hear Your voice and vote to turn our nation toward righteousness.

 


28
Feb 2016

Pray God’s Word

To be sure our prayers are aligned with the will of God, we can pray directly from Scriptures. Jesus, when tempted by the devil, quoted God’s Word to defeat him: “It is written…” It is also the strongest weapon in our spiritual arsenal. Whatever prayer burden we are carrying today—we can be in agreement with Him when we pray from His Word…Scripture.1 (Quin Sherrer)2

“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword…piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit…able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12; NASB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Lord, show me Scriptures to pray over my situation or (name prayer focus).
  • Help me to move in faith, not fear.
  • God, turn our difficulties (name them) into opportunities!

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, thank You for the Bible, which is packed with wonderful promises! Build my faith as I trust You with the circumstances I am facing—as well as for my country. Give me scriptures to pray over each and every circumstance. Thank You for answering my prayers in Your perfect way and timing, which is always best. Amen.

Today’s decree:

God’s Word is the sword I will use to pray into the most challenging situations that I and my nation face!

1 Excerpted from “God Be With Us: A Daily Guide to Praying for Our Nation,” by Quin Sherrer and Ruthanne Garlock. Time Warner Faith, 2001, pp120-121.

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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