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05
Aug 2016

We are the Salt for the Nation

“According to Scripture and what Paul is instructing Timothy in his letter, it’s ‘we’ not ‘they’ that have sinned. It’s we that are responsible for the state of our nation, not sinners. What Scripture teaches is that the church is the salt of the earth, and it’s when the salt loses its savor that ungodly men are able to trample over it. Again we need to understand that the state of the union is contingent on the state of the church, and the state of the church plays directly upon the state of the union. It’s the will of God that a nation has godly, good government, that the gospel might be preached and salvation may freely come to all. We play an important part.”1 (Sid Roth)

“You are like salt for the whole human race. But if salt loses its saltiness, there is no way to make it salty again. It has become worthless, so it is thrown out and people trample on it.” (Matthew 5:13; GNT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • This is pretty profound if you think about it—we are the salt of our nation. Stop and ponder this.
  • Identificationally repent on behalf of the Church that we have clearly lost our saltiness. Ask the Lord to restore it!
  • Our government depends on a Church being active out there in government and in humbly standing for righteousness and holding our elected officials accountable. Pray for your elected officials from the President to your Congressmen, state elected officials and city Councilmen and women.
  • Visit a city council meeting or other city board and learn how government works. Take an official out for coffee and learn about how your city is governed.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, You designed Your Church to be salt in the earth. You designed us to make people thirsty for You and Your ways. We should be impactful, but we are often scorned and mocked and religiously thought that was a good thing. Often the reason we are mocked is not because the world is convicted of sin, but because we don’t know what we are doing or what we are talking about when it comes to government matters. Forgive us, Lord. Restore our saltiness! Teach us how to impact government by understanding it – what makes good government and what is truly wrong that needs corrected! Open doors for relational learning, Lord. Amen.

Today’s decree:

The Church will regain its saltiness and impact government in new and powerful ways!

1 Sid Roth, “Effective Prayer For A Nation,” Sid Roth’s It’s Supernatural!, 2016. SidRoth.org, 2/28/2008. 8/1/16.


04
Aug 2016

Determining Your Preappointed Boundaries

“The Apostle Paul stood up in front of a group of philosophers in a pagan city and preached this amazing message found in Acts 17:26, “God has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings so that they should seek the Lord…” You were chosen and appointed to live in a particular time and place; the boundaries of your nation were set from before the beginning of time in order that man might seek and find the Lord! Your attitude and in fact your involvement as an intercessor and Spirit-filled Christian in and toward the purposes of God in your nation is a major part of your own spiritual destiny and inheritance.”1 (Sid Roth)

God be merciful to us and bless us, and cause Your face to shine upon us, that Your way may be known on earth, and Your salvation among all nations. Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You. Oh, let the nations be glad and sing for joy! For You shall judge the people righteously, and govern the nations on earth.(Psalm 67:1-4)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Pray Psalm 67:1-4.
  • Thank the Lord that He has “preappointed your boundaries.” This means it is no accident that you live where you live. Thank Him for the city you live in, the state, the region (the part of America you identify with—Northeast, South, Eastern Seaboard, Midwest, West, Mountain States, Southwest, West Coast, Northwest, etc.) Thank Him that you have an assignment in that region. Ask Him what it is!
  • Ask the Lord to connect you with others that pray in your city, state and region. Think beyond your local church. Do a little research and find a group you can join that is praying in the area of your assignment as you understand it from the Lord. You might get on their email list or find they have a conference call you can jump in on. Or, make you own and start building your prayer tribe.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, as I pray Psalm 67:1-4, I praise You and thank You that You are the Judge over all and You govern the nations with righteousness! As Your child, I get to govern together with You by interceding together with others and setting the spiritual atmosphere over my city, state, region and nation. You have set the boundaries of that governance by positioning me in the place that I live. Help me to find those who are praying for my areas of influence, so that I can join them and we can together make a difference in our part of the nation. In Jesus’ name, amen!

Today’s decree:

My spiritual boundaries were preappointed by the Lord and I will accept the assignment given by Him to intercede for the area He has placed me in!

1 Sid Roth, “Effective Prayer For A Nation,” Sid Roth’s It’s Supernatural!, 2016. SidRoth.org, 2/28/2008. 8/1/16.


03
Aug 2016

Humble Intercession for the Nation

“Now saints, this is astounding. If we have confidence in the word of God and in Him, He guarantees good government in a nation. He guarantees a place where we can live peaceable and quiet lives in all godliness and honesty. It’s simply dependent on what we do. The Hebrew (in the verse below) literally says, ‘My people upon whom My name rests.’ If you call yourself a Christian, you are applicable as an ambassador of the Lord to be one who is directly influencing and responsible for healing in your land. Christians pray in the name and authority of Jesus.”1 (Sid Roth)

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14; KJV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • The first step in praying for the nation is to humble oneself. Pride gets angry or feels entitled and “right”. That’s anything but righteous! Go to God and humble yourself before Him.
  • Thank the Lord that this nation is a relatively safe place to live where we can still worship God freely. Tell the Lord you want this freedom to continue.
  • Realize that when you come to Him in prayer for the nation, you are carrying along with you millions of people who may not know how to pray and who may not know God. Acknowledge that this intercession is a serious assignment.
  • Ask the Lord to forgive our sin and heal our land.

A prayer you can pray:

Dear Lord, Father God, I humble myself before You as I come to pray on behalf of my nation. Forgive my prideful attitude at times. I acknowledge that it is You alone who can truly shift this nation. Hear my prayers, Lord. I ask you to grant us a grace for continued freedom to worship You in America. I ask You for more time to share the gospel. I pray that You would forgive our sin and heal our land. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

God will grant good government to America, if we will humbly pray, seek His face and turn away from our sin.

1 Sid Roth, “Effective Prayer For A Nation,” Sid Roth’s It’s Supernatural!, 2016. SidRoth.org, 2/28/2008. 8/1/16.


02
Aug 2016

Battleground “Supreme Court”

The Supreme Court is a spiritual battle ground. Justice Antonin Scalia died earlier this year. Justice Ginsburg is 83, and she has had colon cancer and pancreatic cancer, as well as a weak heart. Justice Kennedy is 80. Justice Breyer is 78. The next President will possibly be able to nominate four justices to the Court over their term in office. Liberal Supreme Court Justices have done more than determine if cases brought before them are Constitutionally correct, but have legislated according to their political leaning in many cases. Your vote will determine how our Court’s future unfolds.

“You shall appoint for yourself judges and officers in all your towns which the LORD your God is giving you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment.” (Deuteronomy 16:18; NASB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Pray for the current Supreme Court Justices: Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice Anthony Kennedy, Justice Stephen Breyer, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Justice Clarence Thomas, Justice Samuel Alito and Justice Elena Kagan. Do a little research on each of them and get to know them a bit. Your intercession will be more compassionate when you see them as real people, not just government officials.
  • Ask God to grant them wisdom and a passion true justice that lines up with the United States Constitution, our rule of law.
  • Pray for the election of a President that will nominate righteous judges to the SCOTUS.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, I lift up the eight justices currently seated on the Supreme Court of the United States of America: Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice Anthony Kennedy, Justice Stephen Breyer, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Justice Clarence Thomas, Justice Samuel Alito and Justice Elena Kagan. I ask you to minister to the deepest needs of their lives, Lord. I pray that any that do not yet know You as their savior and Lord would be given that opportunity before they leave office, Jesus. Grant them wisdom and an understanding of true justice founded on the bedrock of the U. S. Constitution. Please guide us as we elect our next President, that one is chosen who will nominate righteous judges to the bench. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Today’s decree:

God, show the Church how to vote, so that righteous judges who honor You and the Constitution of the United States are appointed in the land.


01
Aug 2016

Influencing Elections

“Should Christians even try to influence elections at all? Yes, definitely. The apostle Peter says Christians are ‘exiles’ on this earth (1 Peter 1:1). Therefore, I take seriously the prophet Jeremiah’s exhortation to the Jewish people living in exile in Babylon: ‘Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare’ (Jeremiah 29:7). By way of modern application, I think Christians today have a similar obligation to vote in such a way that will ‘seek the welfare’ of the United States. Therefore, the one overriding question to ask is this: Which vote is most likely to bring the best results for the nation?”1 (Wayne Grudem)

“It is God who alters the times and seasons, and he removes kings and promotes kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.” (Daniel 2:21; ISV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Of all the people who will be voting in November, the most important votes will come from those who truly know God and who seek His Word and His face for direction. Pray and ask God to grant you His wisdom, knowledge and discernment to place the right individuals in office, especially in the offices of the President and Vice President.
  • Are you registered to vote yet? Your time is running short. You can learn how to register here.
  • Educate yourself on the issues and candidates. You can pledge to vote and find a Christian Voter’s Guide here.
  • Seek the Lord for the welfare of your city and for the nation.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, I come to You and humbly ask for Your wisdom, Your knowledge and Your discernment as I prepare to vote this November. I do not take this duty lightly. I know You have made Your choice already. You have prepared a candidate that You know You can use for the welfare of this nation. You care about life. You care about the poor. You care about justice and injustice. You care about the economy and the poor and strong businesses. You care about the immigrants and about the safety of the citizens of the U. S. You want people to be free to hear about You and to worship You without any hindrance. You have a plan for the future of America. May I not be neglectful in educating myself on these matters and in voting in November as directed by You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Today’s decree:

I will seek the Lord and I will learn about the candidates and issues. I will register to vote, pledge to vote and I will vote on behalf of the welfare of my nation.

1 Wayne Grudem, “Why Voting for Donald Trump is a Good Morally Good Choice”, Townhall Media. TownHall.com, 7/28/16.

GiveHim15 is a movement of Dutch Sheets Ministries, a 501(c)(3) religious organization that is nonpartisan and we are not promoting any candidate in this post. We agree with the principles of voting that Wayne Grudem write about.


31
Jul 2016

Educate Yourself and Choose Life!

The Democratic Party platform says, “The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay.” The Republican Party platform says, “Faithful to the ‘self-evident’ truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children.”

“Truly children are a gift from the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a reward.” (Psalm 127:3; NKJV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Too many pastors will not teach on issues that people are voting on when they go to the polls. Some are afraid to offend some of their congregants. Sometimes we have to offend the flesh to line ourselves up with the Word of God. Educate yourself by reading your Bible to see what it says on party platform issues, which you can learn about by clicking here and here.
  • Pray for the Church to understand how important “life” is to God.
  • Ask the Lord to end abortion in this nation.
  • Pray for God to raise up those who will adopt babies, if Roe v Wade is reversed.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, help me to educate myself on political issues, so that I will know how to vote. Don’t let me depend on waiting for pastors to teach me. Holy Spirit, teach me as I read Your Word and go to the party platforms and actually read them for myself. I ask You, Father, to help me and the Church understand just how important life is to You. I also ask You to end abortion in America, Lord. I pray there would be a statement made in the Church that we want the unborn! Let us say that we will take another little life around our tables. Raise up an adoption movement to replace abortion. We choose LIFE, Jesus! Amen.

Today’s decree:

The Lord will teach us how to educate ourselves on governmental issues and vote accordingly, so that our nation will begin to line up with His Word and Will.


29
Jul 2016

What Should Christians Consider When Deciding Whom To Vote For?
by Dutch Sheets

America is in a fight for her destiny. Our upcoming presidential election is about more than which personality or political party we prefer. A well-known Christian author has written a well-circulated blog suggesting Christians shouldn’t vote for Donald Trump. His reasons center around the poor witness and example of Christianity he believes Trump has demonstrated, and his fears that this might continue, should he be elected. (As you may know, Trump professes to be a Christian.)

Others, even major Republican leaders, have also refused to support Trump on the basis of “principle.” Many good and sincere people are struggling to decide where they stand on this important decision. Though we cannot, as a non-profit ministry, endorse a candidate, I do have some thoughts that may help as you think and pray about your choice for President.

1) Firstly, like the aforementioned Christian author, I passionately desire to have a God-honoring, Christian President; and obviously, I too would prefer one that exemplifies Christian principles.

2) I, also, have been appalled by some of Trump’s rude, mean-spirited, and even vicious attacks on others; I’ve also been disappointed at times by the pride I’ve seen in him.

3) I am as suspicious as anyone when the timing of a person’s “conversion” to Christ occurs when it is conveniently needed, whether it be prior to an election or when going before a judge; and I, too, am always looking for the fruit such a conversion should begin to manifest.

4) I do not agree with all of Trump’s positions.

But here’s where I differ with some Christians: whether or not a person speaks kindly, would provide an appropriate Christian witness or, frankly, even professes to be a believer—though, again, this would always be my preference—are not my primary litmus tests for presidential candidates or important positions of national leadership. I’m glad General George Patton helped save the world during World War II, foul mouth and all.

Like all of us, I’ve known many individuals I would thoroughly trust in leadership or government who did not profess to be a Christian. And, on the other hand, I’ve known many professing Christians whom I would NEVER trust to govern. (The names Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama come to mind!)

I fear that sometimes we Christians insert the same religious mindset into elections that has divided the church for centuries: if one’s theologies and religious standards don’t agree with ours, we refuse to walk or work together. It seems as though many Christians have the mistaken belief that partnering or working with someone means we agree with and support everything they believe. How absurd…and how costly.

As an example, millions of Christians in the last presidential election refused to vote for Governor Romney because he was a Mormon. Their Christian principles, ideals and theology simply wouldn’t permit it. And what did those well-meaning, “principled” decisions give us? To name just a few:

  • Another liberal, pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage, legislating-from-the-bench Supreme Court Justice (and don’t forget they serve for life)
  • The prolonging of Obamacare
  • The reversing of 6000 years of biblical marriage
  • The further weakening of our military
  • The emboldening and empowering of radical Islamist terrorism, including ISIS
  • Through the leadership of an unhealed and divisive President, racial division that has set us back 40 years
  • The accruing of more national debt than all past president’s COMBINED

We Christians need to take another look at the principles we allow to guide us at the polls! We’ve “principled” ourselves into irrelevance and, ironically, a national loss of biblical principles. We must remember we are not electing a religious leader. And we will always be electing a flawed person to lead a flawed people. Unfortunately, the perfect candidate doesn’t exist.

When voting, consider not just the candidate, but also the issues we face. Which candidate is gong to make the decisions that are best for the whole nation? And whose policies more closely align with the Word of God? Here is my suggested list of the ideals we should allow to steer us when we vote (not including the obvious intangibles of intellect, wisdom, etc.):

1) God-honoring. Does this person at least profess to believe in and honor God?

2) The sanctity of life. Where does this candidate stand on abortion?

3) The Supreme Court. What type of judges will this person appoint? At least 2 (and perhaps up to 5!) Supreme Court Justices will be appointed by the next President, which will tip the balance of power FOR DECADES. Life, morality, family, religious freedom, the Constitution and our very destiny as a nation are at stake. Reining in a renegade Supreme Court is of the utmost urgency.

4) Family. Where does this individual stand on marriage and the family unit?

5) America’s Judeo-Christian heritage. Does this candidate recognize, honor, and want to perpetuate this?

6) Our military. In light of the tenuous state of affairs around the world, would this individual build our military or cut it and make us weaker?

7) Limited government. Does this person believe government, higher taxes, and state-run programs are the solution to most problems; OR do they believe government should always be the last resort…and should be decreased in size?

It is absolutely critical—indeed, in my opinion it is a sacred responsibility—that all Christians vote in this election, and that we vote for the person who most fulfills these qualifications. Remember that no one is perfect and that we are NOT endorsing everything about the person for whom we vote. But never again should we lose by default, giving further control of our nation to those with whom we disagree most and who stand in opposition to God.

Never.

Copyright © 2016 Dutch Sheets Ministries, All rights reserved.

 

 

 


28
Jul 2016

Prayer of Rededication

Father, our lives are Yours and it is Your right to demand of us whatever You will and it is our privilege to respond to whatever it is You are asking of us. Whatever it costs us, it’s okay. Whatever You require of us, it’s okay. Whatever You ask us to do, we will do. Wherever You tell us to go, we will go. Father, we recommit and we resubmit to the will of God in our lives. We will not box in the dream of God. We will not say what You cannot do with our lives. We will not say where You cannot send us. We will go with faith and we will go with strength. We will not back down. We will not surrender. We will rebuild the walls. We will rebuild the ancient ruins. We will stand until we have finished this fight to the end. Father, it is Your right to demand. It is our privilege to respond. You once again have our “yes.” All the way, You have our “yes.” (Hannah Sheets)1

“So then, my friends, because of God’s great mercy to us I appeal to you: Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer. Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God—what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect.” (Romans 12:1-2; GNT)

Today’s decree:

I once again dedicate my life to You, Lord and once again, You have my “yes!”

1 Hannah Sheets is the daughter of Dutch and Ceci Sheets.


27
Jul 2016

A Victory For Life!

All charges in Texas were dropped against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the Center for Medical Progress (CMP)! Last year, David and Sandra released very damaging undercover videos that showed Planned Parenthood executives callously discussing the selling of aborted babies’ body parts. They thought Daleiden and Merritt were buyers. A grand jury in Texas was convened to consider charges against Planned Parenthood, but filed charges against Daleiden and Merritt instead. David and Sandra say they are not done exposing Planned Parenthood with hopes that action will eventually be taken against the organization.

“The Lord will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” (Psalm 121:7-8; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Celebrate Life and the Life-giver! Tell the Lord that you choose life!
  • Thank the Lord for David and Sandra’s boldness and strategic use of their gifts to battle abortion. Intercede for them for a while.
  • Bring Planned Parenthood before the Judge of the Earth, the Lord of Life, Jesus Christ, and ask Him to righteously judge the organization and end abortion in America.

A prayer you can pray:

Dear Lord, we celebrate Life today! We choose Life today! We thank You that You are the Giver of Life and the One that we look to for daily direction of our lives. We thank You that David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt took the gifts You have given them and used them to expose the darkness. The darkness fought back, but You are true to Your Word and You have delivered them. Eternal Judge, we ask that You would judge Planned Parenthood with righteous judgement and that earthly judges would follow suit. End abortion in America Lord Jesus! Amen.

Today’s decree:

I choose Life for America!


26
Jul 2016

Praying for Peace Over Philadelphia

The Democratic National Convention began yesterday in the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia, PA. Protests appear to be centered on a DNC email scandal more than current national issues dividing our nation, such as racism and police violence. The thousands who protested there yesterday were many more in number than at the RNC in Cleveland last week and were so far largely peaceful and respectful, as in Cleveland. Again, hundreds of police are on hand.

“Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord. On the contrary: ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:17-21; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Ask the Lord for angelic assistance to blanket the city of Philadelphia with peace. Pray that those visiting the city would encounter an atmosphere of true brotherly love vs. antagonism.
  • We are a divided society in so many ways, as exemplified by the political conventions. Ask God to make the above scripture the reality in Philadelphia this week. In Cleveland last week, protests turned into dancing and meals shared together. Do it again, Lord!
  • Pray for the safety of law enforcement officers and that they would operate in wisdom.
  • Pray for national leaders who will humble themselves and seek God and godly counsel for direction for the nation.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, grant a special grace to Philadelphia this week and cause an atmosphere of true brotherly love to form over the city. Send Your holy angels to help, Lord. Let those who have come angry and feeling disillusioned and disenfranchised, find a safe and grace-filled outlet for their emotions. Let them peacefully enjoy their First Amendment rights. Let law enforcement have little to do, but to act with wisdom if they have a situation to deal with. Bring law enforcement and protestors together in mutual respect. We pray for political candidates that will humble themselves and seek You, Lord, for direction for this great nation. Amen.

Today’s decree:

We call for God’s angel armies to protect all of those in Philadelphia this week!


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