Oct 2019

Supreme Court Cases – R.G. and G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. Equal Opportunity Commission

The U. S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on this case today. It is bound to be a landmark case. Harris Funeral Homes is being represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, a firm protecting the constitutionally protected religious freedom and rights of the Christian community. You can read the details of this case on the ADF’s website here

The question before the Court will be whether the funeral home engaged in sexual discrimination when one of its funeral directors requested to operate within the business as transgendered. The owner of the family business, Tom, refused and the two parted ways. A lawsuit ensued, which has now made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Federal employment law does not currently include sexual orientation as a protected class in private business. 

If the Harris Funeral Homes wins the case, it will enforce the fact that only Congress can make laws. Judges can only interpret, not create, law. If the Supreme Court sides with the EEOC, there may be many repercussions. “Sex”, currently meaning “male or female”, will be redefined to include “gender orientation”. Equal opportunities for women could be undermined. More importantly, private employers, such as Tom, may be forced to position employees in situations that violate the privacy of other employees or even the clients or customers their businesses serve. The website has examples of these situations.

We believe that the civil rights of all individuals are currently protected under the law. Therefore, making sexual orientation a special protected class, beyond male or female, is unnecessary. 

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27; ESV)

“The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:31; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Check your heart attitude before you intercede today. Intercede from a position of love and justice, not one of anger and hatred.
  • Stand in the gap between what is and ought to be in the R.G. and G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. Equal Opportunity Commission case.
  • Pray for wisdom, truth, and influence for the attorneys for Alliance Defending Freedom, who are representing the funeral home. They are also representing the constitutionally protected right of religious freedom for all private business owners. 
  • Pray for Tom and bless his family business. 
  • Pray for the unnamed funeral director that filed suit against Tom. Ask God to minister to the deepest needs of his heart and life, and pray that he would know the very real love that God has for him through Jesus’ great sacrifice for him. 
  • Intercede for each of the Supreme Court Justices. The reason this case is before the Court today is because lower court judges have legislated from the bench. Judges are appointed, not elected, and their role is not to create federal legislation that the U. S. Congress has not made. Straighten this out in the spirit realm.
  • Begin to familiarize yourself with the Supreme Court’s processes, calendar and cases. Here is the 2019-2020 docket.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, I come before You today and ask You to judge the condition of my heart, so I might intercede for this case and my nation correctly. I need to see this situation as You see it. You love everyone involved and I pray each and every one involved would come to know that love. I pray for Tom and I bless his business. I pray for the funeral director and ask that he might come to know You as the lover and the savior of his soul. Our U. S. Constitution has laid out laws for us that we must all live by. Wherever they have been unjust and inequitable in the past, they have needed changed and have been changed. I am thankful for that and do not desire that anyone should be denied their equal rights under the law. I believe our current laws provide those protections to men and women of all races and religious persuasions. I do not believe one group should receive special protections over another. This is where Your wisdom and intervention are needed. I intercede for the attorneys from Alliance Defending Freedom as they present this case before the U. S. Supreme Court today. I pray for each Supreme Court Justice. Let them judge with righteous judgement, as led by the Constitution, and not by their political persuasions. Stop them from making laws from the bench! That is the role of the Congress, our legislative branch of government. Lord, let Your Kingdom come and Your will be done in this nation today in Jesus’ name. amen.

Today’s decree:

The U. S. Supreme Court justices will not make law, but only verify that the laws of the land line up with the U. S. Constitution.

Note: The Supreme Court Justices will deliberate on this later in the week and their decision will be made known at a much later date, perhaps as late as June 2020. Pray for the rest of the week regarding this case, as the justices decide how to act on what they hear today.

Oct 2019

Going Through God’s Doors – Pioneer or Settler?

The early pioneers to America left their homes, their businesses, their families. They traveled uncharted waters and faced many hazards. The risks were numerous. They came to a land that was new. It was largely unknown and unexplored. They had no idea what they were going to face. Indeed, many of them would not survive. They built a settlement and put a wall around it. A couple of years later, there was a great argument among them, because some of them wanted to build a road westward for about a mile. Those that wanted the road wanted to explore a little bit and see what the land was like. Those that didn’t want to build the road were fearful. They said, “We don’t know what’s out there. We’ve got this nice fort and wall to protect us, and we are satisfied right here. 

What happened to those people that had gone all the way across an ocean to a place they’d never seen? They had had such a pioneer spirit, then a couple of short years later they wouldn’t go one mile! Something very subtle had happened. They had gone from being a pioneer to a settler. Now, they were satisfied. 

Don’t ever stop short. Get all that God wants to give you! Don’t be afraid of the new or the unknown. It will require some faith, but you have faith. Go through that door of faith. 

“Jesus told his disciples: ‘Have faith in God! If you have faith in God and don’t doubt, you can tell this mountain to get up and jump into the sea, and it will. Everything you ask for in prayer will be yours, if you only have faith.’” (Mark 11:22-24; CEV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Examine your walk with God. Are you a settler or a pioneer? 
  • Do you have the faith to pioneer and go where God sends you?
  • Do you have the faith to move when God says move or change when He says change, or will you ignore Him because you are comfortable where you are?
  • Does any fear of change in you affect your walk with the Lord?Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you.
  • Is there something He has asked you to do that you have put off? Good news! You can repent and get back on track!
  • Has there been a mountain in your life that you have been unable to overcome and you know it is because you haven’t had to faith to see it come down? Stir yourself up in your most holy faith right now and tell that mountain to move!

A prayer you can pray:

God, there have been times in my life where I am so content in You that I want things to remain in that place forever. I don’t want anything to change. I admit that I like the status quo and the comfort. Just like those early American settlers, the thought of anything affecting that comfort becomes unsettling. However, You are always on the move. You are unchanging in Your nature and character, but You are always moving the Church forward. You know what You need to do to get us to advance Your Kingdom. You are even okay to shake our lives up a bit. Your Kingdom is ever-expanding and we must not settle or we may end up going backward. I repent. If there is something You have destined for me to do to expand Your Kingdom, I agree to do so. If there is intercession that’s mine to decree and declare, then give me the words of faith to do it. If there is someone you want me to share with or a work You want me to start for You, then stir me up and make Your plan clear! If there is a mountain needing moved, I’m Your person! There are some pretty big mountains this nation is facing. Swamps need drained, our President needs prayer, new Supreme Court justices need seated, abortion must end, human trafficking must be solved, the races must respect one another, and on and on. Link me together with like-hearted other pioneers so America can be saved, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

We pioneers of God are going to move the nation’s mountains!

Oct 2019

Going Through God’s Doors – The Door of Faith

In Acts 14:27, it talks about a door of faith. It will require faith to go through the door that God has prepared for you. It always takes faith. You have to be able to risk a little. You have to be able to set your affections and your heart on Him, and move into the unseen realm. You have to be willing to believe that the things you couldn’t do yesterday, you will do today. Where hope-deferred set in before, you will come out into a new hope-filled place. You have to be willing to risk and to believe again.

One of the reasons we don’t come out of a hope-deferred place sometimes is because we get so shattered, we can’t bring ourselves to believe any more. We don’t want to be hurt or disappointed again. 

An African animal called an impala can run fast and jump 20 or 30 feet. Zookeepers know it only takes a wall 3 feet high to keep one captive. If they wanted to, they could leap over that wall in their sleep. Why does a 3 foot high wall keep them in captivity? Because they will not jump when they cannot see where their feet are going to land. This is an awesome picture of what our fear and unbelief does to us. It just paralyzes us. Could this be why we call moving forward in faith a “leap of faith”?

“And when they arrived and gathered the church together, they declared all that God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles.” (Acts 14:27; NIV

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Are any effects of hope-deferred still hanging around? God back and look at yesterday’s post and prayer points.
  • Say, “Hope will move to faith when I begin to see His will manifest.”
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to cause faith to arise in you. Choose to take a leap of faith again.
  • Pray in your heavenly language if you have one. Ask the Holy Spirit for one if you don’t. “And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.” (Acts 19:6; JUB
  • Tell the Lord that you want to begin to take greater and greater leaps of faith in your intercession and decrees. 
  • Ask the Lord for a verse of scripture to act as a sword of the Lord, then prophecy the Word of the Lord over your situation!
  • Rejoice in Him!

A prayer you can pray:

Father, hopelessness has got to go in my life! Doubt and unbelief have to go! Form a new door of faith for me. Give me a new opportunity to get up and leap through that door of faith! Hope will move to faith when I begin to see Your will manifest. Activate the gift of tongues in me, Holy Spirit. Let the gift increase as I use it. Let faith cause it to grow and develop into a powerful verbal weapon of war. That negative and frightening thing that happened to me yesterday will not happen again today! Holy Spirit, You can bypass my mind and fill me with faith, preparing me to intercede and decree as I speak in tongues. It is amazing! [Speak in tongues for a bit. Speak in tongues strong and free!] Let God arise and every one of my enemies be scattered. Remove the doubt and unbelief from me, Jesus. Let me believe Your Word and act on it. Lead me to specific scriptures to use as weapons of war against my spiritual enemies. Seeing them flee will increase my faith! Seeing my circumstances begin to turnaround will increase my faith! I decree that a door of faith is forming right in front of me and I am going to get through it! I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Jesus, I will rejoice in You with every small step of faith I take! Amen.

Today’s decree:

We will walk through the door of faith God is opening to His Church!

Oct 2019

Going Through God’s Doors – Out of the Prison

In Acts 16, Paul and Silas are in jail for preaching the Gospel. The enemy had come and imprisoned them, but they did the right thing! They began to worship. They began to praise the Lord. At the midnight hour, the Bible tells us that the angels came and an earthquake took place and the door of the prison was opened. This says to me that there is a door of freedom that is about to get opened. This door will release you from a place of confinement where the enemy may have succeeded in building a prison of pain or emotions or a set of circumstances. Maybe it was due to sin. Maybe it is from something you have struggled with all of your life. I believe that if you will believe the Word of the prophets, you will prosper. God’s Word says that. Judge the Word first, but if it’s God, believe it. This is the time you are going to go out.

The root word for “Yeshua” is  yasha, which means “salvation”. For example, in Psalm 118 where it says, “He will save us,” it is the word “yasha”. “Savior” also comes from this word. Originally the root was thought to mean “to be open wide” or “free”. It’s the opposite of “sarar”, which means “to cramp” or “trouble and affliction”.  In other words, “When one has plenty of room in which to move, he feels safe and secure.” So “yasha” means to be saved, to get deliverance or to help to get victory. It comes from the concept “if you’re confined, or if you’re bound, Jesus will come and set you free”. The word for “savior” means “plenty of room!” 

He comes to open the prison doors and set the captives free. This is the season that He wants to do this for you. If you have struggled with something and have never been able to overcome it, know that this is going to be the season that you go free.  

“If the Son sets you free, then you will be really free.” (John 8:36; GNT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • If you feel imprisoned in an area of your life, don’t even hesitate, throw your hands in the air and worship Him! Praise Him with abandon!
  • Keep going until you are sure Jesus is going to open your prison doors! 
  • How tired are you of the prison you are in? Let your heart soar and even get intense! Don’t hold back in showing Him your love and trust and desperation to be free.
  • Declare, “Whom the Son sets free is free indeed!”
  • Continue in intercessory praise for others you know who are bound or confined as if in prison. Believe the Lord can set them free, as well. See Him breaking their addictions, delivering them from the effects of sin in their lives. Freeing them from any other onslaught of the enemy against them.

A prayer you can pray:

Oh, God, I worship You! I praise You and exalt You! Great are You, Lord, and greatly to be praised. Worship, oh my soul. Worship the Lord, your Maker. Worship the One that created all things. I worship You, creator of my soul. I worship You for You have done and are doing marvelous things.  I lift my hands up. I will clap and shout. I will dance and jump and even run around the room! You are God Most High! You are Yeshua! You are freedom and deliverance! You are the One that opens prison doors and lets the captives go free! Satan can’t keep me in prison. I expect the prison doors to open! I expect the chains holding me in bondage to break! I expect to walk free today, for You are good and Your mercies are everlasting! Jesus, You are freedom. You are deliverance. You are salvation. You are the One Who sets me free! Whom the Son sets free is free indeed! Now, Lord, touch others. Touch my family members and friends. [Call them by name and call out the areas where the enemy has kept them bound. See the prison doors open. See them walk into freedom in Christ Jesus.] Jesus, my precious Savior, I love You even more today! Amen.

Today’s decree:

Those who Jesus sets free shall really be free!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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 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!

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.

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