Transition Series – Being Flexible
In Acts 16, there is a story about the Apostle Paul. He was determined to go a certain way, but Jesus kept encouraging him to go His way. Ultimately, God was able to get Paul on the right course. To do so, God gave Paul a night vision. In it, Paul saw a man saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” The Word says that after Paul saw this vision, he and his team got ready at once to go there, believing that God was calling them to preach the gospel there.
We know that the Apostle Paul was a very, very determined man. He knew what he was called to do. He was on a mission. He wasn’t wandering around trying to figure out what God wanted him to do. He would have been headed right where God wanted him to go, until God started trying to redirect him. So, it appears he stopped at a place on the way, called Troas. Waiting there for the Lord’s direction, he had that vision above. What this story in Acts 16 says about Paul is that he was flexible.
There are times in your life where you are going to find yourself in a decision-making process or approaching a season of change. At that moment, you are going to need to determine that you will be flexible, whatever the Lord is saying to you to do.
“Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’ After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.” (Acts 16:6-10; NIV)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
- Examine yourself. Do you go with the flow or are you more set in your ways and routines?
- Have you ever resisted the Lord’s leading or redirection? Ask for grace to move with Him, instead.
- Is there something He has been trying to get you to do to move forward, but you have been hesitant? Repent and get at it.
- Pray for this concern in Church pastors and leaders, especially for those who oversee you. Ask the Lord to make our leaders more sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit, as they lead the congregations of the Lord.
- Intercede for Christian lawmakers. Ask God to give them a holy boldness. It is not a season to stay in familiar habits. It’s time to try new strategies and be very bold. We can’t whittle away at abortion anymore, for example. Liberals have laid down a gauntlet of very late term abortion, even infanticide. Conservatives need to throw all their talent into laws to combat these types of legislation.
A prayer you can pray:
Father, I come before you and ask you to examine my heart for stubbornness and inflexibility. Whenever I think I must do something a certain way, and You are trying to change my ways, shout at me, somehow! Give me dreams and prophetic words by others that clarify what direction You want me to go. It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut. Grace me to embrace change. I repent for sticking my heels in the ground. What exactly do I think I am doing? Aren’t You my Lord, not just my Savior? Get me unstuck! Get my leaders unstuck. You are changing the Church, moving us outside the four walls, into communities, into the harvest, being more effective in the sharing of our faith. Show them how to equip the saints for the work of service, not just wear themselves out trying to do everything themselves. I pray for grace and strength for my leaders. I intercede for my governing leaders, as well. Lord, what a world we are in today! Sometimes it makes no sense, but they must be bold and courageous. Where the enemy is coming in like a flood, they must, together with You, raise up a standard against the evil. Where there is legislation put forth that violates Your Law and Your Word, give them words and strategies to get the opposite, life-giving, laws, instead. I know we can be flexible, as we open our hearts to You, Jesus. Amen.
Saints, stay flexible and open to learn from the Lord in this season of great change!
Beginning a Series on Transition
Some of us like change. Others don’t. If I told you I’m still driving my 2008 Tundra—and happy about it—you might guess which side of the spectrum I’m on. I’ve often thought—as I drive a different rental car almost weekly—a law should be passed stating that all vehicle control panels must be the same! I’m not crazy about change. I have learned, however, that a willingness to change is paramount if we are to succeed in life. Not so much with vehicles, of course—I may drive my Tundra for 10 more years—but certainly with life’s seasons and course changes. I must be willing, and I must also possess a certain level of transitional skills. The same is true of spiritual times and seasons. The Church is not always willing to shift into new seasons as Holy Spirit moves us from glory to glory, nor adept at doing so. However, growing in revelation and fruitfulness must include transitioning into different mindsets, methods, strategies, and even expectations. Unlike the Jews in Christ’s day who couldn’t change their preconceived ideas and expectations, we must discern the times and shift certain facets of our thinking in order to stay in step with Holy Spirit. Change is inevitable.
“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:18-19; ESV)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
- Intercede for the Body of Christ to recognize the times and the season we are in.
- Invite the Lord to deal with you in any area of your life where you resist change, thereby, perhaps, resisting Him.
- Pray that the Church will look forward to change in the world around us, seeing opportunities that bring harvest, fresh revelation, boldness, and blessing.
- Rejoice in advance for the coming glory and fruitfulness of the new season.
- Intercede for our nation in advance of the dangerous moments that can occur in seasons of transition. When the old clashes against the new, there is much turmoil until everyone sees that it is going to be okay.
A prayer you can pray:
God, we, the Body of Christ, ask You to open up the eyes of our spirits to see what it is that You are doing in this time and in this season. We feel the tension and have not known how to work with it. We long to feel the excitement of a new and wonderful thing coming, but, often, we feel fear and trepidation. We, largely, don’t like change, and we know we will likely have to embrace change. There is something so new coming. The nation looks new. There are new ideas being espoused all around, and we don’t like much of what we see and hear. We feel like we’re in a war zone, sometimes. We actually are, if we consider that there is a war between heaven and hell going on for the future of U.S. and for souls. Lord, fix our eyes on Jesus! You will take every challenge and turn it around to be a blessing. The harvest fields are white! We get to see a new wave of Your Glory and the supernatural reaping of a harvest, where angels are obviously involved! So much fruit of all the prayers we have prayed for so long! That should be worth facing the unknown! Lord, minister to the fear in us, because we don’t want to be found resisting You, as the Pharisees did when Jesus showed up. We want to move with You, Holy Spirit. We pray that You would smooth out the rough places that are coming, as old mindsets and demonic plans collide with Your Truth and true justice. In Jesus’ name, amen.
God is doing a new thing in America and we, the Church, will embrace it and hang on for the ride!
National Day of Prayer 2019
Watch the National Day of Prayer event in Washington, D.C., here.
The theme for the 2019 National Day of Prayer is “Love One Another”.
“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.” (John 13:34; NLT)
A prayer you can pray:
ALMIGHTY GOD, our Heavenly Father, we look to You alone for the future of America. By Your providence, You have placed each of us here at this time in history to be in this nation. Thank You for this blessing. Thank You for America.
BUT ABOVE ALL, we thank You for the gift of Your Son, Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God. It is in His name, we come to You as we intercede in prayer for America.
FORGIVE US, OH LORD, for the sins we have committed against You in America. We are failing You by dishonoring one another through our harsh and bitter words about each other. We are failing You through broken relationships. We are failing You by devaluing human life from conception until death. We are failing You with the division in our nation.
LORD, WE TURN FROM these sinful actions and refuse to live this way. Please forgive us now and help us to choose love over hate, unity over division, and life over death.
WE CHOOSE to live by Jesus’ words: Love One Another. Therefore, upon the authority of Your Word in John 13:34, “Love one another. Just as I have loved you,” we pray for a future America that will choose to love willfully, sacrificially, and unconditionally just like Jesus loves us.
WE PRAY FOR THE CHURCH in America to love one another. Empower each church to be full of love for one another. Ignite a revival of love for one another. Since we are to be known by our love, help us to love one another.
WE PRAY FOR EVERY FAMILY, EVERY WORKPLACE, EVERY COMMUNITY, AND EVERY CITY IN AMERICA to choose love. We believe there is power in love. We believe love is the better way. We believe love is God’s way. Oh Lord, change families, workplaces, communities, and cities through the power of love. Raise up a Love One Another movement across America.
WE PRAY FOR ALL ETHNICITIES AND PEOPLE IN AMERICA to love one another. Lord, tear down every wall of division and change any attitude that divides us today. Bind up our nation’s wounds and may the transforming love of God lead us to the day when justice will roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.
WE PRAY FOR YOUR LOVE to surround America. We pray for Your love to surround and protect us in every public setting and private place. Protect us from harm.
WE BELIEVE ALL OF THESE THINGS, OH LORD, represent our deep need for the next great move of God across America. We ask You alone for the next Great Spiritual Awakening in America. Please, oh God, wake up Your church and revive Your people today. We ask You to begin a mighty spiritual awakening in every town, every city, and every county in America.
WE NEED AND DESIRE THIS SO MUCH, THAT BEGINNING RIGHT NOW, we are choosing love and forgiveness, love and restitution, love and healing, love and unity, and a future that will be transformed by the power of unconditional love. When we belong to You, we belong to love. We choose to Love One Another!
IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, the only Savior and Hope in this world we pray. Amen.
Dr. Ronnie Floyd
President, National Day of Prayer Task Force
Senior Pastor, Cross Church
The world will know that we are Christ’s disciples, if we love one another.
We here at GiveHim15 encourage everyone to find and participate in a local, corporate, National Day of Prayer event, if at all possible. Maybe your local church is hosting prayer today or you can find an event here.
Presidential Proclamation National Day of Prayer 2019
This is President Trump’s 2018 Proclamation:
On this National Day of Prayer, we join together to offer gratitude for our many blessings and to acknowledge our need for divine wisdom, guidance, and protection. Prayer, by which we affirm our dependence on God, has long been fundamental to our pursuit of freedom, peace, unity, and prosperity. Prayer sustains us and brings us comfort, hope, peace, and strength. Therefore, we must cherish our spiritual foundation and uphold our legacy of faith.
Prayer has been a source of guidance, strength, and wisdom since the founding of our Republic. When the Continental Congress gathered in Philadelphia to contemplate freedom from Great Britain, the delegates prayed daily for guidance. Their efforts produced the Declaration of Independence and its enumeration of the self-evident truths that we all cherish today. We believe that all men and women are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Prayer sustained us and gave us the strength to endure the sacrifices and suffering of the American Revolution and to temper the triumph of victory with humility and gratitude. Notably, as one of its first acts, our newly formed Congress appointed chaplains of the House of Representatives and Senate so that all proceedings would begin with prayer.
As a Nation, we have continued to seek God in prayer, including in times of conflict and darkness. At the height of World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt called for prayer “for the vision to see our way clearly ‑‑ to see the way that leads to a better life for ourselves and for all our fellow men ‑‑ and to the achievement of His will to peace on earth.” Decades later, following one of the darkest days in our Nation’s history, President George W. Bush offered this prayer for our heartbroken country, mourning the precious souls who perished in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001: “We ask Almighty God to watch over our Nation, and grant us patience and resolve in all that is to come. We pray that He will comfort and console those who now walk in sorrow. We thank Him for each life we now must mourn, and the promise of a life to come.”
America has known peace, prosperity, war, and depression ‑‑ and prayer has sustained us through it all. May our Nation and our people never forget the love, grace, and goodness of our Maker, and may our praise and gratitude never cease. On this National Day of Prayer, let us come together…to thank God for His many blessings and ask for His continued guidance and strength.
In 1988, the Congress, by Public Law 100-307, as amended, called on the President to issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer, “on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups, and as individuals.”
NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim (the first Thursday in May) as a National Day of Prayer. I encourage all Americans to observe this day, reflecting on the blessings our Nation has received and the importance of prayer, with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities in their houses of worship, communities, and places of work, schools, and homes.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this (first Thursday) of May…
PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP
Give Him 15:
- Worship the Lord and thank Him for a nation that honors God, and where we can prayer freely.
- Offer gratitude for our many blessings and acknowledge our need for divine wisdom, guidance, and protection.
- Ask the Lord to continue to watch over America, continuing to grant us peace, prosperity, and freedom for all.
- Intercede over the things that divide us and ask the Lord to grant a grace to bring this nation into unity, which may only be attained in awakening and revival. Pray that the love of God compels the Church into our country’s harvest fields.
- Pray for President Donald J. Trump.
- Pray for National Day of Prayer gatherings and services throughout the day tomorrow, May 2nd.
A prayer you can pray:
God, You are great and greatly to be praised. The United States of America is a nation that honors You and looks to You. We are so thankful that we are still able to freely pray to You in the public square and anywhere we so choose. Lord, never let this right be taken from us. We are so grateful for the many blessings You have given us. You have blessed this nation to be a blessing to many other nations. We need Your watchful care, Divine wisdom, and direction. Lord, we are imperfect. We have allowed things into this country that are sinful. Please forgive us and turn these things around. Your Church is divided, make us one. Make us one, so we can bring healing to other divided areas of our culture. Make us one, so You can be seen in us! Give us revival, Lord. Awaken Your Church and thrust us into the harvest. Only then can thinking be aligned enough with Your Word that we can see rifts close and see godly legislation written. Protect and bless President Trump. He supports the cause of Christ and affirms our freedoms. We are thankful for him. Tomorrow, let this nation pray as only a Christian nation can. Fill the parks and churches and steps of government buildings with prayer for our cities, states, and nation. Let the world see that the United States of America honors the name of Jesus! Amen.
The Lord will bless our nation as He is honored from the highest office in our land!
We Helped Create What We Loathe
Based on the facts, any honest deduction must conclude that the American church’s silence and withdrawal from the public square has allowed those who do not espouse biblical values nor honor our Christian heritage to take over much of America’s leadership. Obviously, the opposite could have occurred: had the Body of Christ been engaged, we could have prevented abortion, infanticide, the rejecting of America’s Christian roots, the taking over of our education system by humanists and secularists, God’s expulsion from the public square and more. By default, we helped create that which we loathe.
Can the fruit of America’s sin and the church’s silence be reversed? Yes and no. Just as those who were killed by the Nazi’s could obviously not be brought back, we obviously can do nothing to undo the deaths of 60 million aborted babies. But we, like the allied forces of WWII, can stop the senseless killing and heal the land (2 Chronicles 7:14). This pro-death scourge on our nation’s history need not continue. I believe God is offering the American church – and consequently our nation – an opportunity for a historical course correction. For this to occur, however, a fundamental change must occur in the minds of believers: we must choose to re-engage and become the salt and light Christ intends us to be. We must cease being conformists and reclaim our voice. Our times have dictated that there is no longer a middle ground. We are even now being weighed in the balances – and our decision will tip the scales – toward either continued apathy and irrelevance or the healing and discipling of a nation.
We MUST make our choice, and we must do so NOW.
If ending the lives of surviving, struggling babies on bloody abortion tables is not enough to motivate the church of America and its leaders to regain their voices, I’m not sure what can. If literal infanticide, celebrated by governors and legislatures around this nation with cheering and lit-up buildings, is not enough to awaken the conscience of the American church, then I fear it is too late.
Leaders, please do not try and circumvent this decision by pinning America’s future on “the sovereignty of God.” God’s sovereignty does not negate our choices nor absolve us of the consequences. We, the church, are God’s voice in the earth and we must speak.
“When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require from your hand” (Ezekiel 33:8; NASB).
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
- We must repent, either because we are being directly convicted for our silence, or identificationally for the silence of the Body of Christ. Let God awaken your conscience.
- Repent for the part the Church’s silence has played in allowing abortion, infanticide, the rejecting of America’s Christian roots, the taking over of our education system by humanists and secularists, and God’s expulsion from the public square, among other things.
- Intercede for those things one at a time and feel God’s heart over those matters.
- Make a decision to never be silent again. Talk to God about what that looks like for you.
A prayer you can pray:
Father, I have been silent too long. Sometimes, it is simply because I did not know what to say or where to say it, but, at the minimum, I could have opened my mouth in intercession far more often than I did. I have never really considered that my silence may have contributed to the atmosphere of my state and this country. Help me to be brave as you show me what things look like versus what they might have looked like, if your people were not so passive. Forgive us for allowing abortion and the death of more than 60 million babies since 1974. Forgive us for not calling and writing state governors and legislators who decreed that infanticide is permissible in their state. They opened a door for other states, our states, to consider the same. Forgive us for allowing humanists to determine the education of our children. Forgive us for tolerating Your removal from the public square by those who hate You. We did not stand up for You strong enough or fast enough. What have we been thinking?! Open our eyes and open our mouths! We must warn America that You won’t withhold Your hand forever. Lord, hear our prayers and give us mercy in place of the judgement we deserve. Thank you, Jesus. Amen.
Church of America, find your voice and make a stand!
Why Are the Pastors Silent?
For various reasons, most spiritual leaders in America have chosen not to speak out on abortion, elections, and many other important moral issues of our day. These reasons include:
- a belief that spiritual leaders should remain separate from the political realm because it is “evil” and “divisive”
- a belief that spiritual influence in peoples’ lives does not give them a right to speak into their followers’ social, moral, or political views
- a theological belief that this is not their responsibility
- a fear of losing congregants
- a fear of losing financial support
- a fear of the IRS
I’m sure there are other reasons which could be listed. However, regardless of the reasons, no honest person can refute the fact that most leaders in the church have disengaged from public involvement in politics and national moral issues. While I respect my peers in the Body of Christ and understand the challenges facing them in today’s polarized and volatile culture, I fear that our choice of silence on many issues has come at a devastating cost. Inevitably, this absolution has filtered also into the pew. Few Christians are willing to make a stand on social issues, preferring to remain aloof and silent. Only about half of Americans who claim to be evangelical Christians are even registered to vote, and many who are registered don’t bother to do so. Most statistics make it clear that evangelicals could turn any national election in America if we all voted, and did so based on biblical values, not party lines. Yet most spiritual leaders fail to confront this.
“For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts.” (I Thessalonians 2:4; NLT)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
- If you are a pastor or other leader who has come under the fear of man in any area, keeping you from speaking out for righteousness’ sake, take a moment and repent. Decide to teach on these matters, and lead your congregations in prayer and action on moral issues in your community. Determine to encourage other pastors and leaders to do so also.
- All of the rest of us, consider the same, and repent, as needed. Determine to open your mouth and speak up! Talk to your pastors, encourage them to be more bold, and support them when they are.
- Have an election coming up? Educate yourselves on the candidates and issues. Intercede over these things. Hold prayer meetings in your church or community. Go vote.
- Register to vote, if you aren’t already. Re-register, if you have recently moved.
A prayer you can pray:
Lord, forgive me for being afraid of what others will think of me, when I take a strong stand for truth. Forgive my lack of speaking out, teaching on, and leading prayer for moral issues clearly addressed in the Word of God. You have more than an opinion on these things. You have commandments on these matters, and I have been largely silent. The Body of Christ is weak in our representation in society, largely because our leadership has not led the way. I repent for not leading in prayer or encouraging leaders to do so. I forgive others for their silence, as well. Help the Body of Christ to open our mouths and speak and pray on things that matter, like the killing of the unborn. Help us to act. We need to pray, gather to intercede, educate ourselves, and act. How else will we ever see our nation turned to righteousness, if the Church does not do these basic things? Thank you for Your mercy, God. Turn our nation, as our hearts and ways turn, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Our nation will turn, as the Church speaks out on moral issues, prays, and votes!
Sometimes We Need Hope
I turned my computer on recently to find a picture of a river running through a peaceful pasture. The title on it said, “A river runs through Hope.” While the picture was of a real river in a real city, called Hope, it immediately hit my spirit as a prophetic Word for this hour. Many people in America need hope, for many reasons. There is a hope that only comes through Jesus. This hope leads to faith and faith leads to miraculous answers. We can put our hope in Him. He is the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the Author and Finisher of our faith. He is the One where our help comes from. He is the One that has created and still sustains all things. He has the answers when we don’t. He can, when we can’t. When we are not able, He is more than able! “Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness,” say the words to the classic hymn, On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand. When we find that place of hope in Him in the midst of seemingly hopeless situations, peace flows like a river through us. Faith starts to rise in us. Power to get up, to intercede, and to take action can surge through us. Hope has a river running through it, and the river is the love of Jesus.
“May God, the source of hope, fill you with joy and peace through your faith in him. Then you will overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13; GWT)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
- Acknowledge that Jesus is the Source of all Hope.
- Declare, “Those that hope in Christ will not be dismayed. God will strengthen us and uphold us with His righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
- Say over the challenging situation you are facing, “I will be strong and courageous. I will not fear or be in dread, for it is the Lord my God who goes with me. He will not leave me or forsake me.” (Deuteronomy 13:6)
- With hope, proclaim over America, “Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.” (Proverbs 23:18; NASB)
- Worship Him!
A prayer you can pray:
God, you are so good! You are the source of our hope for every situation we face, in our individual battles and in our national ones. We put our hope in Jesus Christ today! Jesus, build a solid foundation of hope in us, for we have accepted Your sacrifice of love for us. You make us righteous. You forgive us all sin. You grace us to forgive those who harm us, purposely or accidentally. When we see darkness encroaching and fear begins to rise up in us, let hope arise and push back that fear. You have answers we don’t have. You can move on our behalf. You turn our flicker of hope into full-fledged faith. You take a spark of hope and stand us upright, ready to speak your words in intercession and decree, routing the enemy from our land. Your gift of hope settles our soul and carries us into Your Rest—a place where we know our God and know that You work valiantly and tirelessly on our behalf. From hope, let faith arise and our enemies be scattered! Victories are birthed from the humble beginnings of hope—Hope in You, Jesus. Amen.
America, hope in Christ!
The Ninth Hour
“As I began to study the Scriptures regarding this new year (as you know, this is the year 2019 or 5779, both which end with nine), I found something very interesting referred to in the New Testament as the ninth hour of prayer. In the Old Testament, it’s referred to as the time of the evening sacrifice. But in both of these cases, it is a time when Heaven and Earth begin to come together; when Heaven literally responds to the prayers that are being prayed from the earth realm. Wow…and we’re in the ninth hour! God is going to answer by fire and show who really is God, I’m telling you! I hope that this excites you as much as it excites me, because I believe the things that we’ve been praying for, things that we’ve been praying to see overturned, things that we’ve been praying to see God move in and things that we’ve been asking God about, He will answer this year.” (Jane Hamon)
We see this ninth hour principle in His Word:
- In 1 Kings 18 and 19, Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal. God answered Elijah by fire in the ninth hour.
- God sent revival at the ninth hour in response to Ezra’s prayers in Ezra 9 and 10.
- Daniel interceded for his nation in Daniel Chapter 9, and the Lord sent Gabriel to answer him at the ninth hour.
- Acts 10:1-6 tells us that Cornelius was visited by an angel at the ninth hour, who brought instructions to send for Peter. His obedience brought the salvation of he and his household, the first Gentile converts.
- At the ninth hour, Jesus cried out, “It is finished!” The veil was torn in two and forever man now has the opportunity to have a personal relationship with God through receiving Jesus Christ.
“At the time of sacrifice (the ninth hour), the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: ‘Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.’” (1 Kings 18:36-37; NIV)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
- Boldly ask God to intervene in the challenging situations you are facing and those our nation is involved in. He has the answers that we do not have!
- Intercede for angelic assistance and expect them to war with you for your inheritance!
- Call on the Lord for angelic assistance to come and straighten out our nation’s most complicated situations, such as the crisis at our southern border.
- Pray for revival and even the salvation of whole households!
A prayer you can pray:
Lord, what a comfort it is to know how often You have chosen to move on behalf of Your people in the ninth hour of the day. In this ninth year (2019/5779), we embrace this truth and ask for intervention. We agree with the prophets that it is time for You to move, to intervene, to overturn, and to answer the prayers of Your people. Some of the situations Believers are facing are life-threatening, Jesus. The enemy is intimidating us in some situations, and has caused seeming catastrophic losses in others. The same is true nationally. Our President continues to be under unprecedented attack. Our southern border is flooded with the hopeful and the harmful. We are terribly politically divided and disrespectful to one another. You can change these things in a moment and drop wisdom from heaven into the situations we are facing. We choose to look to You, the Author and Finisher of our faith! You are God of the Breakthrough! You are the One on whom we have put our whole trust! Send angels to war for us and break through with us. Let the end result be revival—personal, in our families and for America! Amen.
Lord, let it be known today that You are God in America. Let the spiritual confrontation come. Let angelic assistance come. Let obedience to God’s Word come. Let revival come to the U.S.A.!
1 Learn more about Jane Hamon here.
How to Have Good Government and True Justice
“You can have the best form of government and still have bad government if you do not have good people in it. Our Republic has not failed, but we have failed the Republic. The present growing crisis could have been avoided if we had honored our national fathers by heeding their warnings, especially about the threat of judicial tyranny. Because judges are now so politicized, making decisions based more on political prejudices or expediency rather than the merits of each case or its adherence to the Constitution, increasingly desperate political maneuvering now dominates the judicial branch. For there to be true justice, no politics should be allowed in the judicial, and we have drifted far from that now. A strong, just, independent judiciary is necessary for true justice. This can only be recovered and maintained by strong, just, independent judges who are committed to staying in their lane as established by the Constitution. For any judge to legislate from the bench, or make law, is unconstitutional. Congress alone was given the authority to make laws, not the judiciary or executive branches. Weak, inept leadership in Congress has allowed its authority to be usurped by both the judicial and executive branches. Every time this is allowed and goes uncontested by Congress, the Constitution’s authority as the supreme law of the land, the land is weakened and we continue spiraling down toward a terrible chaos.
“It starts with the Church. Again, whenever we see major destructive strongholds growing in our land we need to look at the Church first, or our salt has lost its ability to preserve and our light has not been shining.” (Rick Joyner)
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.” (Matthew 5:13; ESV)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
- Ask the Lord to make the Church salty; very salty, speaking the Truth of the Word of God without hesitation.
- Call for the Church to be be overseers of righteousness and justice in governmental matters through our intercession.
- Pray for the nine current Supreme Court Justices. Find them here.
- The Court just completed its 2018-2019 hearing schedule. We have 6 months until the 2019-2020 Calendar begins. Let us serve as good stewards of our nation’s justice system and begin now to intercede for the next Court cycle, which begins in October.
- Pursue righteousness in the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court judgements.
- Look up scripture on “justice” and proclaim the Word over the Court. Here is a good source.
- Declare, “The three branches of the U. S. government will now come into proper order and Constitutional relationship with one another!”
A prayer you can pray:
Father, the Church has lost its saltiness. We have become tasteless, unimpactful, even invisible to many. Shake us up and spice us up! Let us be noticed again. Give us words of truth that have meaning and effect governmental change. May our prayers be specific, targeted, passionate, compassionate, and effective. Help us to see ourselves as your overseers of righteousness and justice, as we intercede. Strongholds need to fall. We say into our three branches of government. Get in order! Function with one another in accordance with the roles set out for you in the U. S. Constitution. Stop fighting with one another and start governing rightly together! We call for the Supreme Court to get out of politics! Assume the role assigned to you. Lord, show us how to pray in advance of the next Supreme Court session. We want the Court to be bathed in intercession. We want our Justices ready to judge with righteous judgement and not political persuasion. Let us keep an eye out for upcoming cases, and begin praying now for those the Court takes, and what decisions will be made. Grace us with favor in Your heavenly courtroom, in Jesus’ name, amen.
“Good government starts with the Church standing against major destructive strongholds growing in our land!” (Rick Joyner)
1 Learn more about Rick Joyner here.
The Restoring of the Christ-anointings
In order to bring us into this new redemptive cycle we are in, God had to restore the five Christ-anointings. These, of course, are the apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher that Ephesians 4:12 talks about. Christ broke Himself down into five anointings and gave those to the Church. The Church can only manifest Christ fully when all of those five anointings are being released through the Church. If a congregation only has a pastor gift active, then it is likely only representing to the world about 20% of who Jesus is. This is common and what we’ve come to expect from our churches—the shepherd, nurturer, healer, counselor manifestations. However, the Lord has been restoring all five gifts to the Body of Christ, so we are going to be able in this season to see the lost saved, healed, delivered, and discipled. Families will be strengthened and made whole. Governing leaders will also be raised up to sit in seats of local, state, and national government. We’ll rule in the midst of God’s enemies. The Church will rise up and solve local and national problems. The poor, the downtrodden, widows, orphans, and veterans will be cared for from a new level of compassion and strategy. God has brought us to a place where we are going to invade society with Kingdom strategies, and we are going to be listened to! The anointing on the teachers will help mature congregations and write legislation. Apostles will build, not just congregations, but businesses and cities. They will rule with righteousness, justice, and wisdom. Prophets are going to see, proclaim, and help straighten out, crooked and perverse societal situations, not just personal lives. You had better be asking the Lord where you fit into all this.
“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:11-13; NKJV)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
- Ask the Lord to give you revelation on the five-fold ministry, as you read the word of encouragement above.
- Who said the five-fold grace gifts were only for those in vocational ministry? Who said they were only for inside the walls of a church building? What have we been thinking? Identificationally repent on behalf of the Church for limiting the Holy Spirit.
- Intercede for the Body of Christ to know who they are. Pray for those with five-fold grace gifts to know how to start teaching, training, and equipping those in their spheres of influence.
- Ask God to bring the Church into a unity of the faith and knowledge of Christ that increases our stature in His eyes and in the eyes of the world around us. We need favor and influence to make a difference.
- Call forth five-fold strategies to solve local and national problems.
A prayer you can pray:
God, thank you for restoring the five Christ-anointings to the Church. We embrace and say we need the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers that Ephesians 4:12 talks about. We are so used to operating inside the church with a pastor gift at our helm as the shepherd, nurturer, healer, and counselor. How self-centered that is! Yes, the pastors are needed, but we need so much more, if we are to effect Kingdom change in the society around us! We have seen the lost saved, but new Believers also need to be healed, delivered, and discipled. Families need strengthening, but also made whole. Some of us are being raised up to sit in seats of local, state, and national government to rule in the midst of Your enemies. We can’t think these are secular positions. No, this is Your positioning, so we can disciple these areas of culture. Your people will be strategically positioned to rule with righteousness, justice, and wisdom. Your apostles will rise up and solve local and national problems. The poor, the downtrodden, widows, orphans, and veterans will be cared for from a new level of compassion and strategy. We are going to invade society with Kingdom strategies, and we are going to be listened to! Your prophets are going to see, proclaim, and help straighten out, crooked and perverse societal situations. Show each of us how we fit into all this. Thank you, Jesus! Amen.
God’s restoration of the five-fold grace gifts will manifest as society-changing strategies in America!