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04
Oct 2019

Going Through God’s Doors – A Door Of Hope

Hosea 2:14-16 says, “Behold, I will allure her (Israel, bring her into the wilderness, and I will speak tenderly to her heart. There I will give her her vineyards, and make the Valley of Achor (Troubling) to be for her a door of hope and expectation. She shall sing there and respond as in the days of her youth.” The Lord is saying, after all the sin and compromise and all it has cost Israel, that He is not going to leave her there. He is  even going to reverse the shame, and she will find herself singing again. He is saying, “I am going to go back and restore things just as they were at the beginning when I brought you out of Egypt.” “And, it shall be in that day,” says the Lord, “That you shall call me ‘Ishi’ (my husband), and you shall call me no more ‘Baal’ (my Baal or ‘slave-master’).”

The Lord wants to open a door of hope for you. He wants to release us from discouragement and despair. The passage above follows Israel having created their own despair due to sin. That is not always the case. So many times we find ourselves in a difficult place and it really has nothing to do with what we did. It could just be the circumstances of life or what happened through someone else. But, the good news is that the Lord says, “This is a time where I am going to allow you to go through open doors.” I believe one of them is this door of hope.

Hebrews 6:18-20 says, “By two unchangeable things [His promise and His oath] in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled [to Him] for refuge would have strong encouragement and indwelling strength to hold tightly to the hope set before us. This hope [this confident assurance] we have as an anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whatever pressure bears upon it]—a safe and steadfast hope that enters within the veil [of the heavenly temple, that most Holy Place in which the very presence of God dwells], where Jesus has entered [in advance] as a forerunner for us, having become a High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” What He is saying here is, “If you take the plunge and walk through this door of hope, I promise you that on the other side you will find My Presence. You will find Me there waiting. I have already gone ahead of you. I’m your forerunner. I’m your high priest. You are going to find refuge there.”

I wrote a book on hope-deferred; the loss of hope. The Bible says it makes the heart sick. It gives us heart disease. But, today is a day of hope. Go through that door!

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” (Romans 15:13; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Have you been dealing with hope-deferred? Talk to the Lord about that. He deeply cares and does not want you to remain there.
  • Read the devotional above once again and let the Word of God sink in deep. His love for you can lift you out of every place of despair.
  • See the Lord as a door of hope before you and literally step into Him. A door of hope is a door out of the desert, out of the darkness, out of the dry season, and into life and that abundantly. Let your step forward be a step of faith.
  • Say, “God of hope, fill me with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit I may abound in hope.”
  • Worship Him!

A prayer you can pray:

Father, I have been in a long season of dryness. I have lost heart in many ways. Some of that has been because of delays of the manifestation of the vision You promised. Some has been due to the actions of others against me. Whatever the reason, I want my hoe restored. I am heartsick. I am down-trodden. Even Your Word has had little life to me, and that is not how I have been in relationship with You! I want a restoration of the vibrancy and intimacy of times past. I want others to see You through me! Lord, let Your sweet hope-filled love drop deeply within my spirit. Restore, Lord, restore. I can have Your hope and confident assurance as an anchor of my soul. It cannot slip and it cannot break down under whatever pressure bears upon it. It is a safe and steadfast hope that enters within the veil of the heavenly temple, that most Holy Place in whichYour Presence dwells, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for me. God of hope, fill me with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit I may abound in hope in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Today’s decree:

Today, I am going through the Door of Hope!


03
Oct 2019

Bring Your Bible to School Day!

“More than half a million students from across the United States will join the Bring Your Bible to School movement today. The annual student-led event, now in its sixth year, provides a unique opportunity for young people to share about their faith by highlighting its source – the Bible.

“Throughout the day, children and teens will share their experiences via social media using the hashtag #BringYourBible.

“For the first time this year, Focus on the Family will challenge Bring Your Bible to School Day participants to put into practice the ‘Live It’ portion of the event’s ‘Bring It. Share It. Live It.’ motto. Students and their families will be equipped with monthly challenges – specific, tangible actions they can take to live out their faith at school and in the community throughout the year.” 

To the students participating today, “Isn’t it nice to know you’re not alone in sharing and reading God’s Word today on ‘Bring Your Bible to School Day? You will be joined by hundreds of thousands of students – and their families – who are celebrating freedom and faith on this day. Even if you are just one person in your school – it’s so encouraging to know that God’s love is strengthening you, nationwide prayers are going with you and more than half a million others are doing the same thing in their schools.”

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the Believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” (1 Timothy 4:12; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Pray for every student participating in Bring Your Bible to School Day today. Ask the Lord to give them boldness and faith. 
  • Ask that they experience God’s peace and grace if they should experience persecution, mocking or bullying.
  • Go to #BringYourBible on social media to follow their stories through the day.
  • If you are a parent, other family member, teacher, administrator, pastor, or other supportive person, ask God how you can help these students continue to take their Bibles to school and impact their communities after today. You can find info at #LiveYourFaith on social media sites.
  • Decree a great societal impact and a Great Awakening on our campuses as a result of this honoring of God’s Word.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, we lift up every student who is bringing their Bible to school today. Let them feel Your love and pleasure at their honoring of Your Word. Let them not be afraid, but be strong and courageous. Place Your holy fear as a guard over them, so that those that would mock them or bully them will be silent. Let the curious ask their questions and let the Bible-carrying students answer respectfully. Surprise them with the positive responses they receive. Lord, let the teachers and administrators encourage them and keep the mouth of the unbelieving ones shut. Let this be just the very first day of a year-long season of Your Word being honored in schools everywhere. If You are with them, who can be against them? The law must change. We pray for Alliance Defending Freedom’s support of this movement. Bless them for committing to uphold the students rights all the way to the Supreme Court, if necessary. In the name of Jesus, amen.

Today’s decree:

Today, the students of America will begin to lead a great revival of the hearing of the Word of the Lord.

Learn more about Bring Your Bible to School Day 2019 here.


02
Oct 2019

Bring Your Bible to School Day – Tomorrow, October 3rd

“It’s vital to empower the next generation with the understanding that they don’t have to hide their faith or compartmentalize it to the ‘private’ sphere. The nation’s Judeo-Christian heritage protects their right to boldly, authentically and freely live out their faith—without fear of reprisal. That’s the heart and vision behind Bring Your Bible to School Day. On this day each year, hundreds of thousands of kids courageously engage with classmates about God’s truth and love as revealed in His Word. They are looking beyond temporary cultural debates and sharing something eternal—the light of God’s hope and love. By encouraging students to bring their Bibles to school, we hope to help our country turn back to embracing religious freedom and expression.

“In the past, Bring Your Bible to School Day has emboldened students to share their faith, and prompted students to discuss their faith openly. One example comes from a student named Savvy:

“‘I took my Bible and sat it in my desk all day. I had a few kids… ask me about my faith and it was a great conversation. But I think the best experience I had was when my favorite teacher and I had a very awesome in-depth conversation about faith that didn’t turn into an argument but it ended up something we both agreed on. I plan on carrying my bible with me every day at school now, even if one person asks I feel like that’s an opening for me to explain and share the great truth of Christ with them.’ – Savvy, 17

“The Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom is once again partnering with Focus on the Family to offer students free legal representation if their rights are violated at school.

“This year, Bring Your Bible to School Day will also be promoted by Christian artist Francesca Battistellia and Newsboys.” (Focus on the Family)

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘But the righteous man shall live by faith.’” (Romans 1:16-17; NASB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Declare, “This generation will have an understanding that they don’t have to hide their faith or compartmentalize it to the ‘private’ sphere.”
  • Say, “The nation’s Judeo-Christian heritage protects our right to boldly, authentically, and freely live out our faith—without fear of reprisal.”
  • Pray that students of every age will receive the revelation of that statement before tomorrow morning. It is the truth!
  • Ask God to make our students strong and courageous, willing to bring their Bibles to school tomorrow!
  • Ask God for lots and lots of wonderful testimonies, such as Savvy’s above.
  • Pray that through the simple act of bringing their Bibles to school, students can hope to help our country turn back to embracing religious freedom and expression.
  • Intercede for Alliance Defending Freedom as they carefully watch over the activities tomorrow. They are ready to take any blatant attack against the students’ First Amendment rights to court, even all the way to the Supreme Court, if necessary.
  • Thank the Lord for influential persons, such as Drew Brees, Francesca Battistelli, and the Newsboys, among others, making strong public statements that they stand with students bringing their bibles to school today!

A prayer you can pray:

Father, we declare that this generation will have an understanding that they don’t have to hide their faith or compartmentalize it to the ‘private’ sphere. This nation’s Judeo-Christian heritage protects our right to boldly, authentically, and freely live out our faith—without fear of reprisal. Help our students be confident in this before tomorrow! Help them to be strong and courageous and willing to bring their Bibles to school tomorrow. Strengthen the timid and the fearful. This is their moment to shine and share the Gospel alongside many of their fellow classmates. Show them Your faithfulness by giving them testimonies like Savvy’s, where curious students ask honest questions. Let teachers respectfully engage them in conversations about their faith. Let salvations occur. Let there be long-term fruit, helping our country turn back to You. Let our nation once again embrace true religious freedom! Bless Alliance Defending Freedom as they carefully watch over the activities tomorrow, ready to take any blatant attack against the students’ First Amendment rights to court. They are committed to take cases all the way to the Supreme Court, if necessary. Also, bless Drew Brees, Francesca Battistelli, and the Newsboys, among others, who are influential persons. Their strong public statements that they stand with students bringing their bibles to school today can help dispel any fear. Be honored, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

I will not be ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!


Learn more about Bring Your Bible to School Day 2019 here.


01
Oct 2019

Bring Your Bible to School Day – Wednesday, October 3rd

June 3, 1962 marked a dark day in American history when prayer was removed from our schools. It was determined by the Supreme Court in Engel v. Vitale that a simple 23-word prayer was a violation of the First Amendment to the Constitution. The prayer was, “Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our country. Amen.” It was somehow deemed to be a state establishment of religion. Looking at it today, we wonder how on earth the Court came to that conclusion. However, they did. Our schools and our society have suffered since.

In 1963, a similar case followed. In Abington School District v. Schempp, the Court decided that Bible reading in schools was also unconstitutional. Bible reading was not mandatory at that time. This was a great travesty of justice and a denial of our children’s rights that has gone on way too long! In fact, this seemed so unjust to me that I encouraged my Bible-loving children to take their Bibles to school and read them anyway. Not once did a teacher tell them they couldn’t read them. Not once. 

In just a couple of days, on Wednesday, October 3, 2019, all of our children will be encouraged to bring their Bibles to school and to read them there. Parents, grandparents, teachers and administrators will support this student-led movement, as they honor the Word of God.

“But he answered, ‘It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”’” (Matthew 4:4; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Identificationally repent for the actions of our Supreme Court removing prayer from our schools in 1962.
  • Identificationally repent for the Supreme Court removing Bible reading from schools in 1963, an even more unjust situation.
  • Decree that students will rise up in a holy rebellion and pray again in school. This time it will be Holy Spirit inspired prayers, not rote and form prayers. These prayers, declarations, and decrees will save the lost, heal the sick, cast out demons, and shift the culture.
  • Pray for boldness for the students to bring their Bibles to school and read them. In fact, pray they decree the Word of the Lord from those Bibles all over the campuses.
  • Tell all your friends about this special day, Bring Your Bible to School Day. Post it on social media. Pastors, let your congregations know. Spread the word far and wide.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, we repent again for those nine Supreme Court Justices that decided that a simple prayer seeking Your loving protection over our classrooms was a threat. So many things have been determined since that time which are a true threat to the fabric of our society. It seems incredulous that a 23-word prayer was ever even an issue before the highest court in our land! Likewise, we repent of the blatant injustice of the removal of Bibles from schools. That is tantamount to book burnings in other times. It is a clear violation of our First Amendment rights. It should be possible not only for a child to bring their Bible to school and read it, but to use it as a resource when writing term papers and other reports. So, now, our children will fight for their rights, but by taking their Bibles to school, reading it, declaring it, decreeing it, and praying it. They are choosing to do this, and we, their parents and other supportive adults, are backing them all the way! We ask that this day begins a movement to reverse the Supreme Court ruling, as it was a clear violation of the First Amendment, and it has brought harm to our society. Grant the students boldness and grace in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Today’s decree:

Our children will honor the Lord and bring their Bibles to school without fear!

Learn more about Bring Your Bible to School Day 2019 here.


30
Sep 2019

Praying for Our Senators and Representatives

I was recently in Washington, D.C., and spent time with a friend in the Congress. He expressed to me that he is tired of the constant tension and said that he is considering retiring from office. This man is a strong Christian and has represented Christ well in his position in the House of Representatives. For him to say that things have grown hard enough to weary him said a lot to me. He mentioned that he coveted the prayers of the Church and asked me to say something to remind us to pray for our elected officials. It reminded me of the time a Christian Senator once lamented to me, “The Church prays us into office, then we’re on our own!” He actually went on to say, “I can tell when the Church is praying and when it isn’t.” The tendency of the Church is to pray (sometimes fervently) during an election, then return to our “prayer-less” ways afterwards. So, I adjure you today, Church, to pray for your Senators, Congressmen and women, President, and other elected and appointed officials. They need our intercession more than you can ever know.

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Repent if you know you have been one that stops praying with fervency when the election season is over.
  • Repent if you have only prayed for governing leaders that you agree with.
  • Every state has 2 Senators. Find them here and pray for them today. There is a small box on the upper right where you choose your state and you will see your two Senators. Click on their names to learn more about each of them and find lots of things to pray about.
  • Each state has many Representatives. Find yours here and pray for them. There is a small box on the upper right under “Find Your Representative” where you can enter your zip code to find your Representative. You will see the cities they represent. Click on their name on the left and you will go to their House.gov page. Here you can find the committees they serve on and any issues they are working to resolve. Pray for them.
  • Sign up for your Senators’ and Representatives’ newsletters, so you stay informed and know exactly how to pray on a regular basis.
  • Send them a letter email of support. Contact information is on their website.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, forgive me for praying with passion for my nation and the elections when we get to that season, but forgetting about praying for the ones elected! Forgive me when I have not been able to find Your heart and direction to pray for those that represent me in Washington and locally. Remind me to pray for them, Lord, even when I do not agree with them. They need the prayers of the Church, and who knows if they might just change their minds about some things. Help me learn about them, learn what they are working on, and care about them, so that I can pray regularly for them. (Intercede for your Senators and Member of the House of Representatives. Use the links above to find them and to find out about them.) Thank you, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

God-fearing elected officials are worthy of our intercession and support!


30
Sep 2019

Religious Freedom in the Marketplace

“The United States is forming a coalition of U.S. businesses for the protection of religious freedom. This is the first time this has been done. This initiative will encourage the private sector to protect people of all faiths in the workplace. And the private sector has brilliant leadership. And that’s why some of the people in this room are among the most successful men and women on Earth. They know how things get done and they know how to take care of things.  

“Too often, people in positions of power preach diversity while silencing, shunning, or censoring the faithful. True tolerance means respecting the right of all people to express their deeply held religious beliefs.

“Before I conclude, I want to once again thank all of the survivors in the room for their courage and resilience. You’re an inspiration to the world.  You remind us that no force on Earth is stronger than the faith of religious believers. The United States of America will forever remain at your side and the side of all who seek religious freedom.

“Today, I ask all nations to join us in this urgent moral duty. We ask the governments of the world to honor the eternal right of every person to follow their conscience, live by their faith, and give glory to God. The United States has a vital role in this critical mission.” (President Donald Trump)

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16; NKJV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Intercede for businesses, educational institutions, and other marketplace venues  to stop persecuting people of faith in any regard.
  • Pray for Christian business owners to see hard and faithful workers who are non-believers of any faith as those God sends to them for love and care.
  • Say, “We will not fear the unbeliever. We will treat every person that God sends to us as someone created by God and loved by God who needs to know Jesus.”
  • Ask the Lord to let our President’s words stay with those leaders that heard them at the United Nations. Let them seriously consider these things and institute them and live by them. 
  • Religious freedom does not mean we cannot share our faith with the unsaved. Quite the opposite. We should have the freedom to do so without fear. Pray for the lost today in your workplace and other secular arenas you go to daily, such as schools, clubs, shops, etc.

A prayer you can pray:

God, we stand in the gap for those who are persecuted in the marketplace today. There have been individuals who have been treated poorly, denied raises and promotions, mocked and physically harmed, because of their faith. This must stop. Let we, Your Church, lead the way in loving and respecting others, regardless of their faith. If we do so, we might show them the love of Christ and win them to Jesus. Let us do this as business owners and co-workers, students, teachers, and administrators, shopkeepers and supervisors. We have no excuse to hurt people who don’t yet know you. Also, we don’t want to be persecuted by those who aren’t Yours. Mutual respect will provide an environment for the Holy Spirit to move through us to love others. Open their hearts to the Gospel, sweet Spirit of God. We will not fear the unbeliever. We will treat every person that You send to us as someone created by You loved by You; one who needs to know Jesus.

May President Trump’s anointed plea at the United Nations hound the leaders of nations who heard it, especially those from countries that are seriously intolerant of other than a primary religious group. Set the captives in those nations free, Jesus. Open up the nations to Your Gospel. Make us more aware daily of the need to love and minister to others wherever we find them for as long as we are able. (Pray for the lost today in your workplace and other secular arenas you go to daily, such as schools, clubs, shops, etc.) Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

We will proclaim God’s love for the world and plan of salvation in our jobs, our schools, and every other marketplace role we may be called to!

Excerpted from “Remarks by President Trump at the United Nations Event on Religious Freedom | New York, NY”, 09/23/2019.


28
Sep 2019

Standing With the Persecuted

“In July, I met with survivors of religious persecution at the White House. Some of those individuals suffered as a result of state-sponsored persecution; others, at the hands of terrorists and criminals. No matter the case, America will always be a voice for victims of religious persecution everywhere. 

“In recent times, the world has also witnessed devastating acts of violence in sacred places of worship. In 2016, an 85-year-old Catholic priest was viciously killed while celebrating mass in Normandy, France. In the past year, the United States endured horrifying anti-Semitic attacks against Jewish Americans at synagogues in Pennsylvania and California. In March, Muslims praying with their families were sadistically murdered in New Zealand. On Easter Sunday this year, terrorists bombed Christian churches in Sri Lanka, killing hundreds of faithful worshippers. Who would believe this is even possible?

“These evil attacks are a wound on all humanity. We must all work together to protect communities of every faith. We’re also urging every nation to increase the prosecution and punishment of crimes against religious communities. There can be no greater crime than that.” (President Trump)

“I give you a new command. Love one another. You must love one another, just as I have loved you. If you love one another, everyone will know you are my disciples.” (John 13:34-35; NIRV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Intercede for persecuted Believers around the world.
  • Declare that this nation will not tolerate the destruction by terrorists of any house of worship. Neither will we tolerate the harming of individuals within their places of worship. 
  • Pray against attacks against any place of worship in the United States. Consider prayer walking the locations of worship in your community. Watch you heart and attitude and remember that there are lost souls in many of those locations. Let the Lord break your heart for what breaks His—the Deceiver is keeping them captive. Cry out for their salvation. Cry out for their protection, so they can have time to come to know Jesus.
  • Thank the Lord for President Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Ambassador Sam Brownback, for their work to ensure religious freedom in this nation and in the nations of the earth.
  • Pray for the lost and those who serve other gods to come to know Jesus, the One True God.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, we intercede for persecuted Believers around the world. We pray first for our brothers and sisters in Christ. Even in this nation, many Christians are being targeted for physical, emotional, and economic attack because of their commitment to You and Your Word. We include in our prayers those who are of other faiths, because if we tolerate that, the persecution will come to our door. The only way to protect true freedom for Christians is to protect the free worship of all faiths. It doesn’t mean we agree. We know that those worshiping other gods need Jesus. We intercede for their salvation with all our heart. God, give us compassion for the lost, whether they are sitting in our churches or sitting in another place of worship, or just wandering around without any faith. May the lost find Jesus! There is something really wrong when we hate others just because they worship differently than we do. Why should they die without Jesus? Those who run to any house of worship should be able to find safe refuge there. That has nothing to do with our commitment to pray for them to be saved, as well as to tell them about Jesus when we have the opportunity. Change our hearts and intercession, Jesus. Thank You for President Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Ambassador Sam Brownback, for their work to ensure religious freedom in this nation and in the nations of the earth. We are so proud of them for leading the way to protect this fundamental right around the world. Let the nations respond favorably and institute their own protective laws. And Holy Spirit, draw the lost to Jesus! Let multitudes be saved! Amen.

Today’s decree:

The United States will be the primary protector of freedom of worship! 

Excerpted from “Remarks by President Trump at the United Nations Event on Religious Freedom | New York, NY”, 09/23/2019.


27
Sep 2019

Protecting Religious Freedom 

“As President, protecting religious freedom is one of my highest priorities and always has been. Last year, our Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, hosted the first-ever Ministerial to Advance International Religious Freedom.

“In this year’s ministerial, Secretary Pompeo announced plans to create the International Religious Freedom Alliance — an alliance of like-minded nations devoted to confronting religious persecution all around the world.

“I’ve appointed a special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism. We’re standing up for almost 250 million Christians around the world who are persecuted for their faith. It is estimated that 11 Christians are killed every day for the following — I mean, just think of this: Eleven Christians a day, for following the teachings of Christ. Who would even think that’s possible in this day and age? 

“With us today is Pastor Andrew Brunson, who was imprisoned in Turkey for a long period of time. Last year, my administration was thrilled to bring him back home after a very short and respectful negotiation with a very strong man — and a man who has become a friend of mine, fortunately — President Erdoğan of Turkey.

“I called the President, and I said, ‘He’s an innocent man.’ We’ve been trying to get Andrew out for a long time. ‘But I want to thank President Erdoğan, and I want to thank you, Pastor, for being here with us today. We did a good job with that negotiation, Andrew. You got back. It wasn’t easy. It wasn’t pretty. But you got back. And we’re proud of you. You have a great family. And the love — when Andrew came back, the love from so many people, it was — actually, I hadn’t seen anything quite like it.” (President Trump)

“If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36; NKJV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Pray for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and establishment of the International Religious Freedom Alliance. Pray that many nations of the earth will desire to commit to setting standards of religious freedom in their nations.
  • Pray against anti-Semitism in America and the nations of the earth. It is the root of racism and many other evil things done to man.
  • Intercede for the persecuted Church. You can find stories and tools to help you here.
  • Thank the Lord for the release of Pastor Andrew Brunson from Turkey last year. Pray for his grace, strength, relationships, and livelihood to be restored. Ask God to move on President Erdoğan’s heart to let every religious captive in Turkey go free.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, I thank You for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the idea he had to begin the Ministerial for the Advancement of Religious Freedom. How moving it was to be in that room and hear the stories of those around the world who have been persecuted for their faith. What a shock to know this is happening all over the world in this day and age! I pray that all of the heads of state who heard the testimonies were moved to go back to their respective nations and work to enact legislation to end religious persecution in their nations. Let them join their nations to the International Religious Freedom Alliance. Lord, end ant-Semitism. Almost every nation has some form of it. Hatred for Your people must stop. Jealousy, envy, and every other emotion against them must stop. Racism and all kinds of other evil practices can be found where the Jews are persecuted. We pray also for the persecuted Church worldwide. People like Pastor Andrew Brunson are held in prisons around the world for no other reason than some country’s laws don’t want them worshiping Jesus. Or, they don’t want them talking about Jesus or sharing His Life and Light with others there. Thank You for bringing Pastor Brunson home. Thank You for convicting President Erdoğan and moving on him to set Pastor Brunson free. Give us more opportunities to share the gospel message. Protect our freedom of religion across the world, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Today’s decree:

Jesus, set the persecuted Christian captives free!
Excerpted from “Remarks by President Trump at the United Nations Event on Religious Freedom | New York, NY”, 09/23/2019.


26
Sep 2019

President Trump Remarks on Religious Freedom

“The United States is founded on the principle that our rights do not come from government; they come from God. This immortal truth is proclaimed in our Declaration of Independence and enshrined in the First Amendment to our Constitution’s Bill of Rights. Our Founders understood that no right is more fundamental to a peaceful, prosperous, and virtuous society than the right to follow one’s religious convictions.

“Regrettably, the religious freedom enjoyed by American citizens is rare in the world. Approximately 80 percent of the world’s population live in countries where religious liberty is threatened, restricted, or even banned. And when I heard that number, I said, “Please go back and check it because it can’t possibly be correct.” And, sadly, it was. Eighty percent.

“As we speak, Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, Yazidis, and many other people of faith are being jailed, sanctioned, tortured, and even murdered, often at the hands of their own government, simply for expressing their deeply held religious beliefs. So hard to believe.

“Today, with one clear voice, the United States of America calls upon the nations of the world to end religious persecution.  

“To stop the crimes against people of faith, release prisoners of conscience, repeal laws restricting freedom of religion and belief, protect the vulnerable, the defenseless, and the oppressed, America stands with believers in every country who ask only for the freedom to live according to the faith that is within their own hearts.” (President Trump)

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12-13; NASB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • The founders of the United States of America understood that the only way for a Christian nation to have freedom to follow Christ, freedom for all religions must be guaranteed. Therefore, the first Amendment to the Constitution states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” Thank the Lord for our founders’ wisdom.
  • Thank the Lord that we are free, as Christians in America, to worship Him, to freely preach the Gospel, to share our faith with others, and to walk out our faith without fear of retribution most of the time.
  • People of other faiths are also free to convert to Christianity here in America. This can only be the case when we allow everyone the freedom to choose to worship in any way they want. Pray that many would choose Christ.
  • Pray that other nations would embrace religious freedom as a culture. This will allow for many more opportunities to share the love of Christ with so many more people.
  • Pray for the release of those imprisoned for their faith around the world. You can read more about the persecuted Church here.

A prayer you can pray:

God, You gave our founding fathers a unique wisdom when they wrote our founding documents. They made clear that the United States was to be founded on the principle that our rights do not come from government; they come from God. This immortal truth is proclaimed in our Declaration of Independence and enshrined in the First Amendment to our Constitution’s Bill of Rights. Our Founders understood that no right is more fundamental to a peaceful, prosperous, and virtuous society than the right to follow one’s religious convictions. In order for Christians to worship freely in America, all people must be granted the freedom to do so. God doesn’t want us to force others to convert to Christianity. He wants us all choose to love and worship His Son, Jesus. We can share the Gospel here in America without being afraid of going to jail or of being tortured or killed. Lord, we want that for every nation on the earth. We bless President Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Ambassador Sam Brownback who are asking the nations of the earth to take steps to advance religious freedom and end religious persecution. This will open the door for further advancement of Your Gospel message. It will free those imprisoned for their faith around the globe. Lord, we pray for the persecuted Church around the world today. Set the captives free, Jesus! Amen.

Today’s decree:

“Today, with one clear voice, the United States of America calls upon the nations of the world to end religious persecution.”

Excerpted from “Remarks by President Trump at the United Nations Event on Religious Freedom | New York, NY”, 09/23/2019.


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Sep 2019

See You at the Pole – A Growing Youth Movement

A few months (after the first See You at the PoleTM gathering), a group of youth ministers from all over the country gathered together for a national conference in Colorado. Many of them reported that their students had heard about the prayer movement in Texas and were equally burdened for their schools. No other events had been planned, but it was clear that students across the country would be creating their own national day of student prayer. There was no stopping them.

On September 11, 1991, at 7:00 a.m., an estimated one million students gathered at school flagpoles all over the country. From Boston, Massachusetts, to Los Angeles, California, from North Dakota to the tip of Texas, students came together to pray. Some sang, some read Scripture, but most importantly, they prayed. Like those first students, they prayed for their schools, for their friends, for their leaders, and for their country.

As in all great movements of prayer, See You at the Pole™ did not begin in the hearts of people. It began in the heart of God. God used the obedience of a small group of teenagers to ignite what has become an international movement of prayer among young people.

Since 1991, See You at the Pole™ has grown to God-sized proportions. Within the first few years, the movement began to spread to other nations through missionaries from the U.S. Now each year, an estimated 1 million students from all over the world participate in See You at the Pole™. Students in more than 64 countries have participated. In places like Canada, Korea, Japan, Turkey, and the Ivory Coast, students are responding to God and taking seriously the challenge to pray.

“According to your faith let it be done to you.” (Matthew 9:29; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Call for a student-led Great Awakening Movement in our nation’s schools.
  • Intercede for all those things that accompany revival, such as fervent prayer, Bible studies rising up, discipleship between teachers and students, etc., to rise up in our schools.
  • Say, “Let the sleeping giant, called the Church, awaken and engage the Lord and His harvest!”
  • Ask God to give His young emerging leaders a supernatural spiritual maturity and so be an example of the Believers.This will expand the move of God quickly in the school system.

A prayer you can pray:

“Thank you, Lord, for your prophetic promise that we are on the verge of the greatest revival ever… and this nation is about to see the glory of God and another Great Awakening! As we stand in faith before you for these promises, we obey Your command to pray fervently that You would send workers into our schools and universities where the harvest indeed is plentiful! Thank You for every Christian student and teacher You have placed in our schools; we pray that You would stir them up and help them resolve that this coming school year they will get to know You in a deeper way, to walk more closely with You, and be an example of character and righteousness and to show love and compassion to those around them. We fervently pray that You would awaken the “sleeping giant” of Your Church to become actively engaged in their local schools and our education system. Help us see this harvest field in our own backyards and find meaningful ways to serve and reach our schools. We pray for the young student evangelists on campus. We ask for you to remove all fear of their peers, compromise and any intimidation from them. We pray that they would walk in an anointing to preach the Gospel with power, and we pray that they would see a flood of undeniable healings and miracles on campuses when they pray for others. Thank you for the Christian students who will step into leadership roles. We bless them and ask for a deep spiritual maturity, unshakeable courage, the zeal of the Lord, and that You would not let them be distracted from their high calling in You. Please give the students of America a great hunger for Your Word! May thousands of Bible studies and prayer groups spring up on campuses across our nation and around the world, led by young teachers and pastors like Timothy; students who are wise beyond their years, faithful to the truth, and effective apologists for the gospel. Release the fivefold ministry (Eph 4:11) in our schools we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.” (BridgeBuilders International)

Today’s decree:

Let the student-led prayer movements expand across the nation and around the globe!

Learn more about See You at the PoleTM here.
Learn more about BridgeBuilders and their prayer resources here.


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