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28
Apr 2017

Awakening the Prayer Movement

Many are not aware that America was birthed in prayer. From the Pilgrims’ prayers as they landed at Plymouth, to Benjamin Franklin’s call to prayer for Divine Assistance in the writing of the U. S. Constitution, prayer was a cornerstone of the nation’s founding. Men and women relied on God and sought Him as a part of the course of their daily events.

Prayer has surged in popularity off and on throughout our history, most notably in difficult seasons of time and just before the Great Awakenings and other major moves of God, such as the Jesus Movement of the late 1960s/early 1970s. The prayer movement most recently enjoyed a surge in the 1990’s, when prayer activities, such as the formation of numerous prayer groups in churches, prayer walking, prayer driving, prayer journeys, houses of prayer and prayer-saturated churches became the norm. However, the tide was moving out again in this decade. Long-time prayer warriors were growing weary and the next generation did not seem to have the fire of their parents and grandparents.

However, as we approached 2016, Will Ford began to talk about it being a Joel 2:16 year. Also, God had given me a vision for an Appeal to Heaven Movement that would sweep a nation into prayer once again. We began to do Appeal to Heaven conferences across the nation, with an intent to go to all 50 states, if need be, to ignite passion for prayer for national revival. Many prayer groups and prayer ministries were renewed. Prayer gained momentum everywhere in 2016, and a new unity across prayer ministries came into being. God loves unity and we began to see the effects of our unified prayer! The Appeal to Heaven flag began to show up everywhere, including in government offices. It was even positioned behind President Trump when he gave one of his first speeches in office!

We must keep the fire of prayer going. We have made a shift, but America is not out of the woods yet! Government leaders are counting on us to keep praying! They have told me they can feel the difference when the church is praying and when it is not! Pray, Church, pray!

“Gather the people, consecrate the assembly; bring together the elders, gather the children, those nursing at the breast. Let the bridegroom leave his room and the bride her chamber.” (Joel 2:16; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Thank the Lord that America was founded in prayer and that Christ-honoring prayer is in the fabric of who we are as a nation.
  • Ask the Lord to stir passion for prayer up in you at a greater level.
  • Pray for the nation and its leaders today. You can go to whitehouse.gov, senate.gov, house.gov, supremecourt.gov, or many other government websites at the federal, state and local level to get information for prayer.
  • Worship the Lord over America. Worship and intercession go hand in hand.
  • Ask the Lord how to better connect with prayer groups at the local and national level. Start a group, if there are none in your church and/or community.
  • Use Joel 2:16 and call for the intercessors in the United States to rise up!

A prayer you can pray:

Father, raise up a Joel 2:16 army of intercessors in and for America. Blow Holy Spirit on the coals of prayer and rekindle passion for the House of Prayer once again. Let us pray without ceasing for our nations’ leaders and for the things that are on Your heart. We add worship to our intercession. (Take a minute and worship Him, then mix the two together.) Show me how to raise up prayer in my realm of influence. I want to bring honor to the Name of Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

We decree that God is stirring up a new passion for intercession in believing men, women, and children of every walk of life and in every vocation and realm of influence.


27
Apr 2017

Awakening the Power of Repentance

God wants to give us mercy instead of judgement. Just before the elections, a group of intercessors joined me on a prayer journey to the areas where our nation was birthed, including where Christians first came to the shores of America. These first Christians were bringing their hopes and dreams from the Lord to expand the Gospel into this new world. At one point on the journey, we were repenting for the sins of our nation and those of our forefathers. One of the intercessors had a vision of coins falling from the sky and into our hands while this repentance was occurring. The Lord told her we had tapped into the currency of mercy.

Since that time, we have seen the mercy of God displayed in our nation time and again. I believe the election of Donald Trump as President was an act of mercy. Our faith is not in Donald Trump or in any political party, but it is clear the election turned us onto another path and it can be a reformation path.

Repentance is the key to receiving that falling mercy, for forgiveness and mercy follow repentance. In the book of Daniel, chapter 9, we see that Daniel repented identificationally on behalf of Israel. Using his example, we can take a similar position of intercession for our nation, repenting for our national sin. As we do this, let us fully expect the mercy of God to pour out like refreshing water across America. May we receive as a nation what we do not deserve, so that God can be glorified in the land and we may be refreshed.

“Therefore repent and turn back so that your sins may be wiped out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and so that he may send the
Messiah appointed for you—that is, Jesus.” (Acts 3:19-20; NET)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Thank the Lord for the grace to repent. Thank Him for the forgiveness and mercy that follows.
  • Get out your Bible and use Daniel 9:4-19 as a guide to pray for the United States. Realize that you are repenting on behalf of the sins of this nation before a holy God. Let Holy Spirit lead you and do not be in a hurry.
  • Cry out to God for mercy for America!

A prayer you can pray:

Father, we thank You for the grace to repent! We get to repent, so You can reveal Your forgiveness and mercy to our nation. (Use Daniel 9:4-19 to pray for the United States. Listen carefully to the Lord, take your time, and be deeply aware that you are identificationally repenting on behalf of this nation.) Mercy, Jesus, send mercy to America!

Today’s decree:

We decree that God has sent mercy in place of judgement for America!


26
Apr 2017

Awaken the Lost

“At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light,
And the burden of my heart rolled away,
It was there by faith I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the day!

I do believe, I do believe
That Jesus died for me;
And through His blood, His precious blood
I am from sin set free.”1

The message of the cross is the message of hope and life to the spiritually dead, though they may not know they are. Those in this nation who do not yet know Christ are blind, but think they see. They do not realize what is filtering their view—the God-less, humanist societal atmosphere all around them. Most of what they have learned in school and from media outlets and online is void of God and His ways. Professing themselves wise, they are becoming fools. Professing themselves kind leaves many thinking they have no need of God. In fact, they become sure that God would agree with them to kill their babies for various self-logical reasons, and to marry whomever they love, while justifying divorcing the one they no longer love. What a mess!

Helped along by judicial decisions and legislation at state and national levels, the darkness has been growing darker in America. The harvest fields of America are white! There is a separation of light and dark, wheat and tares. As the light in America grows lighter, the darkness is growing profoundly dark. It is time for the Church to be the Light into this darkness and to open those blind eyes with the Truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Societal transformation will follow, when those who can now see into the darkness will penetrate it with His plans and purposes.

“One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!” (John 9:25)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Cry out for the salvation of every lost person you know.
  • Call for spiritually blind eyes to be opened and for the power of the blood of Jesus to wash every secular-humanist mindset away!
  • Pray for revelation from Holy Spirit that shows where individuals consider themselves to be “kinder than God”. Pray for a deep repentance and embracing of His Word and His Truth, even if it is costly.
  • Intercede for the gifts and callings locked inside the newly born-again to be rapidly released into this nation so desperate for their revealing and Kingdom impact!

 

A prayer you can pray:

Jesus, I ask for (name those you know that need Jesus as Savior) to be saved! Open their blind eyes and help them to see You. Transform their minds and remove their secular-humanistic thinking by the blood of Jesus. May their repentance be deep and the embracing of Your Word and Your Truth be passionate. Let them realize that Your ways and Your justice are always compassionate, but that You define compassion differently than the world does. Let their gifts and callings be matured quickly, so that we have more workers for Kingdom advancement and harvest. Amen!

Today’s decree:

America is shifting as the lost come into a revelation of Christ as their Savior and take their places through a revelation of who God has created them to be.

1 “Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed”, by Isaac Watts. Timeless Truths Free Online Library. http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Alas_and_Did_My_Savior_Bleed/ 4/19/17


25
Apr 2017

Awaken the Leaders in the Body of Christ

Men and women called by God into service in the Church are called to a unique spiritual and societal role. They are often looked to for guidance and assistance, even by those outside of the Christian faith. They are also often held to a higher moral standard and are watched carefully to see if they live what they profess. This can be emotionally wearing on these mere men and women graced by God for their calling. Many don’t make it. Some leave the ministry, feeling burned out and worn down. Some succumb to temptations of lust or addictions, looking to quell some of the loneliness and burden of the ministry.

Some, however, go to the throne of grace daily to find grace to help for each day’s needs. Loving God more than the pleasures of this world, they rightfully divide the Word of God and train the saints in their realms of influence. We need many more bold servant leaders such as these! It is time for the leaders in the Body of Christ to awaken, equip, and lead!

“Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:11-12; NLT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Thank the Lord for all of the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers you know in the Body of Christ.
  • Pray for them by name, as Holy Spirit leads, asking for grace and spiritual renewal for them.
  • Intercede that they would come to the cross of Christ daily and find grace to help in time of need, breaking the power of any oppression, addiction, or limitation off of them.
  • Ask the Lord to give them revelation on equipping and train them to be equippers, not just those that teach or meet practical needs.
  • Call for the Lord to raise up more equipping servant leaders in the Body of Christ.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, I thank You for (name all of the leaders in the Body of Christ that the Lord brings to mind.) Grant them grace for personal spiritual renewal. Grace them to break free of any limitations in their thinking or by any sin they have allowed into their lives. Show them that there is more to ministry than meeting practical and spiritual needs. Give them revelation on how to be the best equippers and trainers. Let them raise up others as equippers, as well. May they multiply themselves, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

This is the time of awakening for the leaders in the Body of Christ!


24
Apr 2017

Awaken the Kingdom Business Leaders

Our current President is a man who understands business. A business owner and entrepreneur, he can help business in America to thrive again. America is still somewhat known as having a strong business climate, but government intervention and over-regulation have driven some businesses off-shore or out of business in the last decade. Government actions leading to moral decay and conflict have caused some Christian businesses to close. However, it may be possible to get back on track relatively quickly. American business is about to experience a renaissance (rebirth and reawakening).

Christian business owners have a unique role in this reformation of business in America. They can provide examples to other businesses in some key areas. They are more likely to recognize that they are not just in business to make money, but also to provide for the families of those God sends to them. They use their profits for Kingdom expansion, not just business expansion. They often give back into their communities, caring for the poor and providing financial support for social services, such as after-school programs, job training, and literacy. They give to ministries, supporting many different types of Christian causes. Their Kingdom mindset means that they operate according to a higher moral and ethical standard, being a wonderful example in the communities they operate in and to the nation, if they are a nationally known brand. Chick-Fil-A is a prime example of this.

When Kingdom business thrives, America thrives, many American families thrive, and the Kingdom is advanced.

“It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice.” (Psalm 112:5; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Intercede for all business in America that it would be vibrant and financially strong again, able to support many workers and pay good wages.
  • Pray for Christian businesses to be strengthened and to be primary examples of how healthy businesses operate.
  • Pray that families would be blessed and cared for by American businesses.
  • Ask the Lord to send more creative business ideas to His people.
  • Pray that God sends more customers to Kingdom businesses, strengthening their market share, so they can have an even greater societal impact.
  • Pray that Kingdom business owners are richly blessed, so they can partner with ministries at a greater level, increasing Kingdom expansion and the spreading of the Gospel.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, we intercede for the businesses of America. We ask that You make them vibrant and financially strong again, so that American families are well-cared for and have all that they need. Highlight businesses that are God-fearing in their philosophy and practices. Make them examples to other businesses. Give creative ideas to Kingdom-advancing businesses, that they might be profitable and seen as blessed by God. Grant Divine connections between ministries and businesses for the sake of Kingdom advancement. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

We decree that America’s businesses will be strong blessings to many in America and throughout the world!


23
Apr 2017

Awaken the Campuses

Something so powerful is coming to the colleges, universities, high schools, junior highs, and grade schools in America. There is a student movement of intercession coming that cannot be stopped. We declare signs and wonders, dreams and visions over this generation. God is going to launch a youth, college, and university movement that begins to challenge demonic powers. It will be a student prayer movement that begins to shake the false ideologies of universities. We say there will be a sweeping wind filling the sails of an “appeal to Heaven” movement that will be a mighty and strong movement. It will be an unstoppable prayer movement that will birth a Third Great Awakening around the world. Millions of young people will be swept into the Kingdom of God. There will be a generation that will be on fire and passionate for the things of God.

Psalm 24 says, “Who may go up to His holy dwelling place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart.” There is going to be a new move of purity among the youth, regardless of what is going on in the families of these young ones.

The hearts of the students of this nation will be set on fire for God. Those with hearts already ablaze will set others on fire like wild fire; like a match dropped on the floor of a dry forest, it will spring to life. Mentors from the older generation will show them how to use the fire, the gifts, and the desire that You’ve placed within them. There are those longing to know You, but they don’t know it’s You they are looking for. This fire will touch them and light their hearts on fire to know You, the One True God! A generation will change, campuses will change, and nations will change as a result of this move of God.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Pray, “Wind of heaven, blow across universities and high schools and shake them with Your Power and Your Glory.”
  • Speak to the gates over the minds of our youth and call for righteousness to invade them, that the King of Glory may come in.
  • Call by name as many colleges, universities, high schools and other schools as you can think of. Pray for prayer movements and revivals to start springing up. Pray for the birthing of a move of God in every one of them.
  • Intercede for the mentors to get ready to embrace these young ones. Pray that they will accept them and have the wisdom from God to know what they need to impart to help them to advance this Kingdom movement in their schools and in their nations.
  • Pray for the spiritual wildfire to begin now in the dry tinder on the ground of our campuses.

A prayer you can pray:

Blow, Wind of Heaven, over the campuses of America. Invade the minds of the students and blow away the liberal, humanistic thinking they have been infected with. We pray for prayer movements and revivals in (list every school that comes to mind). Raise up those who are willing to mentor the next generation in the things of You, holding them accountable and teaching them Your ways. Let the spiritually dry ground of the schools become tinder for revival! In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today’s decree:

I decree that the spiritual wildfire of awakening and prayer is beginning to sweep across our nation’s campuses!


22
Apr 2017

Awaken the Churches

George Barna has recently given us some shocking statistics on the Church in America. 73% of those surveyed in 2016 identified as Christians, but only 31% attend church in any given month. Due to a number of factors, Barna considers 48% of American adults to be in a “post-Christian” state and 45% are completely unchurched.1

There is a greater concern: 55% of Americans believe that you can get to heaven by doing good works.2 This ideology leaves Christ completely out of the picture. Where is the need for a Savior, if we can get to heaven without Him? Is living forever the goal or is an eternal relationship with our loving Father the goal? What does it mean to be a Christian? All of these questions are raised by that one response alone.

If the Church is God’s representation on the earth and if that representation is to love and reflect Him, and enforce and expand God’s Kingdom on the earth, then we are in trouble. The American Church is generally anemic, weak, and uneducated in God’s ways.

Yes, there is a remnant! It is small, but it is noteworthy! These largely evangelical and charismatic Believers “get it”. They prayed. They voted. They shifted a nation. They are praying some more! Some are planning to run for government offices from the local to the national level. They are impacting the realms of influence God has placed them in—family, education, business, religion, government, media, and arts and entertainment.

We must pray for the rest to awaken to God’s Truth and their purpose in the earth!

“I know your reputation as a live and active church, but you are dead. Now wake up! Strengthen what little remains—for even what is left is at the point of death. Your deeds are far from right in the sight of God.  Go back to what you heard and believed at first; hold to it firmly and turn to me again.” (Revelation 3:1b-3a; TLB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Thank the Lord for His beautiful Bride!
  • Call for God to shake the Church awake! Cry out over her, “Wake up, Church! Wake up!”
  • Intercede that Believers would fully recognize their ability to greatly impact culture if we all pray and work together in obedience to God and His Word.
  • Pray a blessing over those Christians who are already out there making a difference. Pray that nothing would be able to hinder them.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, thank You for Your beautiful Bride, Your holy Church, Your legislating Ekklesia. God, wake Her up! Wake up, Church! Wake up! Turn away from your complacency and catch on fire again. We need every one of you to get up and operate in the plan and purpose God has for you. It is our finest hour. We can impact the culture around us and make major differences when we all do our part. Jesus, we bless each one that is already mobilized. Grant them grace and strength to continue and to help others to do the same. Amen.

Today’s decree:

The Awakening Church will impact every area of society until it is transformed!

1 Barna, George. The State of the Church 2016. Barna.com, 9/15/16. https://www.barna.com/research/state-church-2016/ 4/19/17.

2 Ibid.


21
Apr 2017

Raising Up the Canopy of the Appeal to Heaven

“And the Lord says to the United States that I will go before you and I will make the crooked places straight. I will break in pieces the gates of bronze and shatter the bars of iron. And I will give you the treasures of darkness. And the Lord says that as the Appeal to Heaven movement goes across this nation that the Ekklesia will assemble themselves. Millions upon millions of prayer warriors will rise up. The Lord does not create chaos and the United States of America will no longer be a nation of chaos, but we will come into alignment. And we prophecy that the United States of America is not a waste place. We call forth the Great Awakening in this nation. On the north side, the south side, the east and the west and in every border state, a canopy of the appeal to heaven will be raised up. From California to Florida, up to DC, and down to TX, the Lord says, ‘Watch! As you appeal to heaven, it will go into the heartland. Watch for the canopy that will be released in KS. As it goes into the 4 corners and into the Heartland, there will be a canopy of Glory that will cover the United States of America.’” (Becca Greenwood)1

“I will go before you, Cyrus, and level the mountains. I will smash down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron. And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness—secret riches. I will do this so you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name.” (Isaiah 45:2-3; NLT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Call for a fresh wind of the Appeal to Heaven movement to begin to blow across the nation—strong wind, a corrective wind, a reversing wind.
  • Declare that the nation will now come into alignment with God’s purposes.
  • Prophecy Isaiah 45: 2-3 over America.
  • Ask the Lord to raise up that canopy of intercession across the nation, especially in the Heartland of the nation and in Kansas. Believe that this will change everything!
  • Lift up your voice and welcome His Glory to the United States of America!

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, we call for the winds of Appeal to blow—a fresh wind across America! May the power of it smash the governmental gates of bronze, make the crooked places straight, and reveal the treasures hidden in darkness. We call the nation into alignment with God’s plan and purpose! We prophecy Isaiah 45 over the United States of America. Lord, raise up that canopy of intercession over the nation. May we see the fruit of our intercession begin to manifest Your Glory for all to see! Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

God will cause the fresh winds of Appeal to Heaven to blow in America, to correct the crooked places and so that His Glory can be seen in this nation!

 

Learn more about Becca Greenwood here.


20
Apr 2017

Let the Army of God Rise Up!

There is a great Army rising up. After a decade or so of quiet desperation in the Church in this nation, smothered under the oppression of political correctness, there is a stirring. An awakening is occurring. Men and women with the nature of Jehoshaphat are rising up. Men and women that have been paying attention to what is going on in this nation. Feeling like they had no voice, except in prayer, this Army is ready to engage the enemy in the public square. They are readying actions, educational materials, legislation, and court cases that will flip this nation over until righteousness reigns in this land!

“The Lord was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the earlier ways of his father David. He did not seek the Baals, but sought the God of his father and walked in his commandments, and not according to the practices of Israel. Therefore the Lord established the kingdom in his hand.” (2 Chronicles 17:3-5a; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Pray for an anointing of boldness to fall upon the Church.
  • Ask God to break hope-deferred off the Body of Christ and show each member of this holy Army how deeply He loves them.
  • Cry out for prayer movements to rise up in every sphere of society across the entire nation—in government offices, in places of business, in schools and community centers—everywhere!
  • Raise up evangelists who will share Christ with many and increase the Army.
  • Stir Your people to move in the gifts, callings and creativity You have placed within us, so that we boldly bring forth what is needed for Kingdom-expansion in the nation now!

A prayer you can pray:

God, give the body of Christ a boldness to stand for You. Let them know whose they are and what Your plan is for their life. We ask for encouragement to come. Break hope-deferred off of this Army. Let life be breathed by the Spirit into each one. Let the Army rise up as the Breath of Life is breathed into them. Let prayer movements rise up everywhere. Let not one area of society be forgotten. Show each one how loved they are. Let the evangelists be found and be released to find the lost. We pray that the Church would walk in great exploits! In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Today’s decree:

God is raising up a bold, loved and loving, creative, praying, Kingdom-expanding Army to flip this nation over and bring Glory to His Name!


19
Apr 2017

Immigration: Travel Ban 

“In recent national social conversation, the term ‘travel ban’ has become synonymous with discrimination, racism, and lack of compassion.  However, in light of recent terror attacks, the wisdom of a temporary travel ban on nations that are known to be lack in their security measures and nations that are suspected of actually being sponsors of terror groups is a necessary step of a comprehensive long-term solution. A temporary travel ban must in place in order to secure our nation from potential infiltration of ISIS and other terror groups.” (Mark Gonzales and Herman Martir)1

“Do not oppress a foreigner; you yourselves know how it feels to be foreigners, because you were foreigners in Egypt.” (Exodus 23:9; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Pray for divine wisdom to lead our President and others that are involved in writing policy in regard to a temporary travel ban.
  • Pray that the Holy Spirit will reveal the intent of the judges and those that are responsible for opposing a temporary travel ban.
  • Pray for the immigrants that the Lord is calling to our nation that He has chosen to be a part of what God is doing in the USA.
  • Pray for the immigrants that are in desperate situations and have no hope in their own homeland.
  • Pray for the children of these nations that are suffering and in need of desperate relief.
  • Pray that our government will come up with a solution that will meet the needs of immigrant labor and national security.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, please give wise words and a workable plan to President Trump and all of those writing our government’s policy on immigration. May Holy Spirit cause to be seen the motives the judges have for opposing any temporary travel bans. May the way be open for those immigrants coming here to be a part of God’s plan for them and for this nation. We ask that those in desperate life circumstances would find a welcome here. However, we shut the door tightly to those who would want to enter to cause harm of any kind. Thank You for Your immigration solutions, Jesus! Amen.

Today’s decree:

We decree that our nation’s immigration policy shall provide welcome for the suffering, while providing security for the citizens of the United States!

Learn more about Mark Gonzales here and Herman Martir here.


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