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28
Jun 2016

SCOTUS Abortion Decision

In March of 2013 it was discovered that an abortion practitioner named Kermit Gosnell had subjected women to horrific and unsanitary conditions in providing them with abortions on demand. He was not an obstetrician; he was an abortionist. The way he practiced took the lives of women and he literally murdered babies that survived his barbaric procedures. So, the State of Texas passed legislation to protect women and babies from such conditions. Today, the Supreme Court struck down that legislation.

“Now, you women, hear the word of the Lord; open your ears to the words of his mouth. Teach your daughters how to wail; teach one another a lament. Death has climbed in through our windows and has entered our fortresses; it has removed the children from the streets and the young men from the public squares.” (Jeremiah 9:20-21; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • There is a time to grieve and today is one of those times. Sit before the Lord and ask Him to help you mourn. We are mourning the millions who have died and the possible multitudes who will continue to as a result of the US Supreme Court’s actions today.
  • Some say that the TX SB5 did not go far enough; it did not stop abortion. It did, however, protect the life of women and potentially thousands of babies. The pro-choice crowd is always talking about protecting the health of the woman. Well… Cry out against the enemy’s lies leading our citizens to immorality, promiscuity, fornication and abortion. Cry out for a harvest of souls as the one and only way right now to curb abortion in America!
  • Get up, wash your face and worship God, for He is worthy to be worshipped. Commit to not give up. We will keep on praying and keep on acting until we see this travesty removed from our land.

A prayer you can pray:

Dear Lord, we weep at the actions of our Supreme Court Justices that will not help our women and children. We weep with those who are mourning the loss of their children even 40 years later. We weep for the women who have lost their lives in Gosnell-type facilities. We want the ending of abortion in America, Lord! Deliver us from the lies of the enemy who says it is okay to live any way we want and not have to bear the consequences of unplanned children. We will forever bear that burden, as their blood cries out from the land. Never-the-less, I worship You, Father, for You are good and just and righteous altogether! Send revival to America! Save us and save our nation. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Today’s decree:

We will weep over the sin of abortion and for the safety of the unborn and their mothers for as long as it takes to end abortion in America.


27
Jun 2016

Are You Afraid?

There are some unsettling things happening in the nation and around the world right now that are causing some people to feel afraid. Terrorism and the possibility of it on domestic soil probably tops the list. With the UK deciding to opt out of the European Union, markets are shaking making many wonder, especially retirees, if another economic downturn may soon be upon us. Natural disasters seem to be increasing, ranging from flooding in many areas to fires in the parched west. Are you feeling afraid?

“There is no fear where love exists. Rather, perfect love banishes fear, for fear involves punishment, and the person who lives in fear has not been perfected in love.” (1 John 4:18; ISV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Tell the Lord how you feel if you are feeling afraid. He understands.
  • Ask the Lord to show you again just how deeply loved you are and how He is the Savior with a way out of and through all of these scary things we face. Let Him comfort you, then worship Him.
  • Share His love and comfort with others you know that are fearful.
  • Ask Him for wisdom to know how to pray into some of these challenging situations.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, I am feeling _______ right now in light of all of the upheaval in the nation and the world. Remind me of the depth of Your love for me. Show me how You are my Savior and the place of safety when everything else is a mess. I know You have a way through these things and I want to see You more in the middle of them. Lead me to others who need to know Your love, that I may comfort and encourage them, also. And, continuously teach me to partner with You in prayer, so that Your Kingdom is advanced in the middle of the storm. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Today’s decree:

The Lord’s love will guide us through any confusion in the days and nights ahead and we shall be victorious!


26
Jun 2016

West Virginia

Our hearts are weeping with West Virginia today. Saturday, a state of emergency was declared for the state. Flooding has devastated areas across nearly the entire state, but particularly in 3 counties. 26 people have been found dead, so far. Over 100 homes have been lost and a great number of businesses have been interrupted, as well. The media is calling this a 1000-year flood, meaning it would only happen once in 1ooo years. Not far away, the Lord has been pouring out in revival in Mingo County, WV.

“Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” (Romans 12:15; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Pray for those who live in the state of West Virginia. Ask the Lord for mercy and, if you weep while you pray, know that your tears of intercession are welcome before the throne of grace.
  • Ask the Lord to direct government and private aid into the state, so that it is exactly what is needed. Sometimes too many well-meaning organizations come in and actually make the recovery harder.
  • Pray for Believers to shine in this hour, sharing the love and compassion of Jesus with those who have lost much.
  • Ask that the revival moves to the northeast and that many find Christ in this hour of need.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, we weep with West Virginia tonight. It is hard to imagine so great a loss across an entire state. We are asking You to direct the efforts to bring comfort and assistance, cleanup and recovery to the devastated areas. Keep people and groups away that are in it for themselves. Let Your Church there be examples of the Believers in every way and show forth Your love so that many will come to know You. Expand the revival in West Virginia, Lord. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Today’s decree:

The people of West Virginia are deeply loved by God and we will see revival expand turning this tragedy into glory!


25
Jun 2016

The Mephibosheth Generation

“Once I just went to this place where young people were gathered and my message was this: ‘God’s going to show mercy to the youth of America, because He remembers His covenant with Jonathan Edwards, the father of the first Great Awakening. And just like David showed mercy to Mephibosheth just because he was the offspring of a covenant he had with Jonathan, so God will show mercy to a broken Mephibosheth generation.  He will show them mercy, because they are the spiritual great grandsons of Jonathan Edwards.’ When I finished, a young man came up to me and told me he was the great-great-great-great grandson of Jonathan Edwards.” (Lou Engle)1

“Now David said, “Is there still anyone who is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” “Mephibosheth your master’s son shall eat bread at my table always.” (2 Samuel 9:3b & 10b; NKJV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Decree and declare that God will show mercy to the youth of America because of His covenant promises to Jonathan Edwards.
  • Pray for every young person 30 and under that you know. Pray for them by name and call them out of the things that keep them from knowing Christ or fully walking in His grace!
  • Pray for the babies and toddlers and young children that they will come to know Christ at their young age. Ask the Lord to give their parents wisdom to raise them in such a way that they never walk away from God, but will be expanders of the Kingdom in their generation.

A prayer you can pray:

God, we declare that You are a covenant keeping God! We declare that You will remember Your covenant with Jonathan Edwards and others in the first and second Great Awakenings and grant mercy to another generation of young people. They need grace to turn from their own ways and embrace You, the One Who deeply loves them! Mercy Lord! We pray for those 30 and under, but we also pray for the babies and toddlers and small children, that they would come to know You at a young age and be discipled by their parents in such a way that they never leave You! Mercy, Lord! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Today’s decree:

We decree that God will show mercy to a Mephibosheth generation, these broken ones, and they will arise as His Kingdom-expanders!

Learn more about Lou Engle here.


24
Jun 2016

We Remember

Remember when it was legal to pray in school? Remember when the teacher led in a short 22-word prayer or in reciting the Lord’s Prayer together with the Pledge of Allegiance? Remember when babies were primarily safe in the womb? That was when our nation had a conscience and did its best to honor God. Even though it wasn’t always at a very deep level, there was a fear of the Lord over America.

“Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom. Praise him forever!” (Psalms 111:10; NLT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Many of us do remember those days. Ask God for a third Great Awakening to turn us back as a nation.
  • Ask for the reversal of unrighteous laws and ask God to give us righteous leaders.
  • Decree that God will choose who sits in the White House and who appoints the next few Supreme Court Justices.
  • Declare that God will influence the elections from the mayors and city council members to the governors and those in Congress.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, our nation’s past was not perfect or idyllic, but we were known around the world as a nation that honored You. We need another Great Awakening, even more powerful than the first two, in order to set this nation back on Your course. We ask you to reverse unrighteous laws that have been passed these last 50 to 60 years. We ask you to give us righteous leaders – those after Your own heart. We decree that You are able to move on the hearts of men and women as they vote and move them to choose those You have chosen to represent us and restore us, Lord. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Today’s decree:

Your Kingdom come, Your Will be done, as we, Your Church, use the Isaiah 22:22 Key of David to open doors no man can shut and shut doors that no man can open!


23
Jun 2016

Decree That Awakening Has Come

This well of signs, wonders and healing evangelism will open now. The streams of evangelical moves of healing evangelism and charismatic moves of healing evangelism will come together now and we will see harvest released like never before. We’ll see the ingathering of souls, for the Lord has said to many, including me, “Stop saying the Awakening is coming. The Awakening has come! It is here!”

“Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.” (Romans 13:11; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Learn more about the streams of healing evangelists here and here. Let God stir up a desire in you to walk in this type of move now. He is not pouring out on 1 or 2. He is pouring out on all flesh!
  • Pray for the great ingathering of souls. Pray for everyone you know who does not yet know Jesus as their Savior and Lord and for those who have wandered away. Be specific.
  • Agree with the Holy Spirit and declare that the Awakening has come!

A prayer you can pray:

Father, as I read the articles above and others that You lead me to, help me to soak in Your history of these moves and grab hold of a vision of my own participation in them! I want to be a healing evangelist as I go about my everyday life. I pray for everyone I know that does not know you yet! Draw them to Yourself, Lord. Give me the humble honor of praying with and for them, and then discipling them. I agree with You that the Awakening has come! In the Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Today’s decree:

The Great Awakening is not coming…it has come!


22
Jun 2016

The Tabernacle of David For This Generation

“Here we are at the most important time of the entire decade. It’s unusual, what is about to happen. Look at somebody and say, ‘You’ve been waiting for this.’ God is connecting heaven and earth in a unique way. He is connecting identity with destinies. The Tabernacle of David is coming into place for this generation.” (Chuck Pierce)1

“’After this I will return and rebuild David’s fallen tent. Its ruins I will rebuild, and I will restore it, that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, even all the Gentiles who bear my name,’ says the Lord, who does these things—things known from long ago.” (Acts 15:16-18; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • David was a man who warred hard and worshipped even harder! We warred hard yesterday. Worship harder today!
  • The Tabernacle of David was one that was open to all to worship in spirit and truth, unlike the tabernacle of Moses that was only open to the priests. Ask the Lord to hasten the pouring out of His Presence among us!
  • Pray that as this generation is filled with His Power and Presence, identities will become clear and destinies will begin to unfold.

A prayer you can pray:

Dear Lord, we thank you for choosing David who was so human and transparent, flawed, yet loved by You and deeply in love with You. He was a worshipper who wanted nothing else except to be in Your Presence. He longed to build a house for You to dwell in. We are Your tabernacle in this generation! Fill us with Your Presence! We pray that You would clarify our identities as we worship You and watch You unfold our destinies before us. May we expand the tent pegs of Your tabernacle in this nation, Lord! In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Today’s decree:

The Lord is now building the Tabernacle of David in this Generation!

1 You can learn more about Chuck Pierce here.


21
Jun 2016

Strategy to Overcome

The U.S. strategy for conquering Japan (during World War II) was to capture a succession of weaker Japanese outposts, ‘island-hopping’ toward the Japanese mainland. Slowly, in many bloody battles in the Pacific jungle, at Guadalcanal, the Solomon Islands, the Philippines, and Iwo Jima, the U.S. forces wrested Pacific territory from the Japanese, island by island.”1

“Then Joshua said to his men, ‘Be strong and brave! Don’t be afraid. I will show you what the Lord will do to the enemies you will fight in the future.’ Joshua captured all the cities from Kadesh Barnea to Gaza. And he captured all the cities from Goshen to Gibeon. He captured all these cities and their kings on one trip. He did it because the Lord, the God of Israel, was fighting for Israel.” (Joshua 10:25 & 41-42; ICB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Spiritual warfare often mimics warfare in the natural realm. Ask the Lord for prayer strategies that chip away at demonic strongholds in the nation and in your state and region bit by bit. Write them down and watch for victories reported in the media.
  • Grab a friend or two and take your prayer strikes out into the community. Pray over places you know of that represent current or historical strongholds. Where was innocent blood shed? Where is there false worship? Where are there strongholds of poverty? Ask the Lord to show you where to go and what to do – He will! Start somewhere and keep this up over time. Don’t worry if others have already done this. If you still see a problem, then go do it again!
  • Reinforce spiritual victories: go to places where God moved in past revivals. Where are the wells? Go “redig” them in intercession.
  • Finally, prayer without action is often not enough to keep the enemy permanently at bay. Ask the Lord if there is a strategy in the natural to effect lasting change. Get filled with faith and do whatever He tells you to do – big or small.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, teach us to war in the spirit! Show me where there are spiritual strongholds that have been built up by the enemy that you want me to deal with in my generation. Give me a prayer partner or two or three to go to historical sites to pray until the enemy is routed! Send us to the places where You have moved in that past, so we can redig those wells of revival! Fill us with faith and show us how to hold the ground both in prayer and in action. Thank you, Jesus, Amen.

Today’s decree:

We will take ground one step at a time until our God has reversed every curse and we have shifted our nation to glorify Him!

1 The Library of Congress, American Memory, “Today in History.” LibraryOfCongress.com. 12/10/2010.


20
Jun 2016

Enjoying the Presence of God

“I enjoy reading about David and his walk with God. One thing I especially like is that David kept it real, sharing with God his most intimate thoughts.  Whether he was joyful, discouraged, lonely, or on top of the world, David talked to the Lord about it. He knew God wanted to be involved in his world, and he wanted to be in God’s.” David loved to be in the Presence of God. 1

“O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; my soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” (Psalm 63:1; NASB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Read Psalm 62-64 and notice how real David was with God. Look at all of his emotions! He wasn’t religious in his communication with the Lord; he was real. Ask the Lord to help you be that real with Him if you struggle with this. He loves you!
  • Pour your heart out to the Lord in some area: are you joy-filled, fearful, worried, angry, disillusioned? Tell Him about it. He knows, but He wants you to know He wants to be the safest place in the world to you.
  • Ask the Lord to grant a grace for all Believers to be this real with God, so they can help the lost know they can be this real with Him! Such is the seed of revival. God already knows it, so go ahead and talk to Him about it.

A prayer you can pray:

Dear Lord, I am so glad you had men like David record their relationship with You, so that we could see how real we can be with you. Thank you that David held nothing back, even expressing anger and frustration at you. However, he always ends up worshipping You in the end. I want to be like that—not just a worshipper, but one who can be real with You and hear Your heart and get back on track. Let this become the hallmark of the Church, so we can show the lost how to know You this intimately, also. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Today’s decree:

There is a grace to be as real with God as David was and to show the lost how much He wants to know them this deeply, as well!

1 Dutch Sheets, The Pleasure of His Company (Bethany House Publishers, Bloomington, MN, 2014) 169.


19
Jun 2016

Father’s Day

“Our Father is not easily offended. He is patient and longsuffering, and His loving kindness is everlasting. But still, I can’t help but wonder if he doesn’t get offended at the way we treat Him. We give Him such little time, expecting Him to listen fast and perform quickly.”1 Our earthly fathers may be imperfect, but this would be a good day to listen carefully and lovingly, if your father is still living.

“Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.” (Proverbs 22:23; NIV) “He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to the fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse.” (Malachi 4:6; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Tell the Lord you are sorry if Your time with Him has been rushed or minimal. Repent and ask Him to help you spend more quality time with Him. Be very honest with Him about your relationship with Him. Let Him minister to you and draw you close.
  • Often, our relationship with our heavenly Father mirrors our relationship with our earthly dads. Today, let God heal any wounds you carry from a distorted image of God that may have come from your relationship with your dad. Forgive your dad, even if he is no longer living. Just write a little note and deal with it.
  • Now, if your dad is living, visit your dad or call him, even if your relationship has been strained. If the two of you talk often, really listen and enjoy the time. Be thankful for what you have—don’t take it for granted! If you rarely talk or aren’t even sure what to talk about, ask a couple of questions and listen carefully. Tell him you love him and that you would like to have a better relationship this coming year. Trust the Lord to touch His heart and change things.
  • If your dad has passed, tell your wife or kids or a friend about some happy memories you had with him.
  • If you are a dad, open up with your children and let them into your heart and thoughts and relationship with your heavenly Father a little more today!

A prayer you can pray:

Father, I am so thankful for You! You are a wonderful Father – good and kind and loving me no matter what! Forgive me when I am hurried in my conversations with You. Forgive me if I worry and overthink things in my life instead of bringing everything to you! I want to know You better. Deepen my relationship with my dad (if your dad is living). Help me to open up with my own kids and show them how much they mean to me and You mean to me (if you are a dad.) In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Today’s decree:

Deepen our love for one another, Father, especially with You and with earthly dads and the next generation today!

1 Dutch Sheets, The Pleasure of His Company (Bethany House Publishers, Bloomington, MN, 2014) 168.


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