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31
Oct 2018

Give Him 15 is joining a 40-day national call to prayer before the 2018 Midterm Elections. Here is today’s Focus:

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Day 34 – What is our Responsibility?

“And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.” (Revelation 12:11; NASB)

As opposition to all things of God increases around us, what are we to do?  As the church, you and I have several acute active responsibilities.

John 17:23 gives a clear call to become perfectly one so that the world may know the Father sent Jesus and loved them even as Jesus is loved.

Furthermore, we must speak up, stand up and show up – not in a militant or self-righteous way. His abundant love and grace towards one another must be our constant manner and our consistent language. Speak the truth but always in love—the greatest motive (see 1 Corinthians 13:13).

“Silence in the face of evil is Evil itself; God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak and not to act is to act.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Points for prayer:

To become perfectly one: be a witness to the world. (John 17: 23)

To show up: do not become weary or give up. (Galatians 6: 9)

To stand up: perfect love drives out fear. (I John 4: 18)

To speak up in culture: they overcame by blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony. (Revelation 12: 11)

By Lisa Crump

National Day of Prayer Task Force


30
Oct 2018

Give Him 15 is joining a 40-day national call to prayer before the 2018 Midterm Elections. Here is today’s Focus:

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Day 33 – Will We Trust?

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.” (Psalm 56:3-4a; ESV)

Do you ever feel anxiety at the swirling issues in our nation, threats of wars and political conflict in the world, and personal lives around us in peril? It may seem that evil has the last word of the day. This year, I have been reminded of the final outcome from the end of the book of Job. After all the utter loss he endured, followed by restoration that was above and beyond, Job responded to the Lord. In chapter 42:2, Job says, “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.”

As the Father lays our nation, leaders, and individuals on our hearts and minds for intercession, we must pray, then simply be still—trust and know. The firmness of Psalm 46:10 always instructs, “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Selah!

Points for Prayer:

Remember, the Lord cannot be thwarted by anything or anyone.

Remember, the Lord will be exalted regardless of anything or anyone in our nation.

Remember, the Lord will be victorious despite anything or anyone in all of the earth.

By Lisa Crump

National Day of Prayer Task Force


29
Oct 2018

Give Him 15 is joining a 40-day national call to prayer before the 2018 Midterm Elections. Here is today’s Focus:

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Day 32 – Refreshing Our Focus

Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end. He did not give up because of the cross! On the contrary, because of the joy that was waiting for him, he thought nothing of the disgrace of dying on the cross, and he is now seated at the right side of God’s throne.”  (Hebrews 12:2; GNT)

In any given day, there can be moments when all the constant noise in the battle for good and evil can seem overwhelming. In the desire to be informed even for prayer and intercession, I sometimes find my focus doesn’t engage properly. I allow my attention to begin on the problem rather than the Lord Himself, the Problem Solver. I picture myself backing up and starting anew where there is great peace and power as I remember to “enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise” (Psalm 100:4). This refocused entry of praise and thankfulness before the great I Am, prevents despair, as I later pray the petitions and deep needs. The Lord is never surprised by the happenings in our days. For focus, I like to spend time with passages of Isaiah in the chapters of the 40s – there are so many references to the supremacy of the Lord. One example is Isaiah 45:6b, “I am the Lord, and there is no other.”  

Points for prayer:

Enter the Lord’s presence with thanksgiving!

Linger in praise to the Lord.

Meditate on who the Lord really is.

By Lisa Crump

National Day of Prayer Task Force


28
Oct 2018

Give Him 15 is joining a 40-day national call to prayer before the 2018 Midterm Elections. Here is today’s Focus:

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Day 31 – Where is the LOVE?

“A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35; NIV)

When I was 18 and in college, I became part of the LOA Club. LOA stood for “Love One Another.” We were a diverse group, and the beauty was we were all believers and committed to one another. The newbie freshman relished the support from the seniors on campus. John 13:34-35, our Biblical mandate, was put to practice and memory.

Friends, in the battles we face in our appointed times, the Lord knew we would continually need love from others. He knew we need to frequently be the givers of love too.

Every day, we must choose His commandment. We must choose a genuine posture of love—to one another, to those not at all like us, and even to those in complete opposition to us.

Points for Prayer:

LOVE – the LORD your GOD with all your heart with all your soul and with all your mind.

LOVE – your neighbor as yourself.

LOVE – your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.

By Lisa Crump

National Day of Prayer Task Force


27
Oct 2018

Give Him 15 is joining a 40-day national call to prayer before the 2018 Midterm Elections. Here is today’s Focus:

 

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Day 30 – The Fear of the Lord

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” (Proverbs 1:7; NIV)

Where is America headed? How my soul mourns at the absence of honor and respect for our Lord Jesus Christ and His values in our culture. The public arena has rapidly descended as the disappearance of the fear of the Lord has vaporized from the heart and mind of many, especially the highly visible and vocal. The lack of civility, loss of decorum, ill-regard for authority are signs of a society in peril, one which desires to serve self.

The need for God’s wisdom is infinite. Our nation can improve with a holy fear and reverence of God. Then – and only then –  His wisdom can begin.

According to Romans 14:12, one day every soul will give an account of our lives to God, their Creator.

Points for Prayer:

Repent and ask Holy Spirit’s conviction on the populous that we may all know the existence of the Lord.

 

Repent and ask Holy Spirit’s conviction on the populous to revere/honor/fear the Lord.

 

Repent and ask Holy Spirit’s conviction on the populous to seek the Lord.

By Lisa Crump

National Day of Prayer Task Force


25
Oct 2018

Give Him 15 is joining a 40-day national call to prayer before the 2018 Midterm Elections. Here is today’s Focus:

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Day 28 – An Ongoing Call to Pray for America’s National Security: Maintaining Border Security

“Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.”  (Isaiah 60:18; NIV)

The atrocities of human trafficking, drug trafficking, and terrorism – especially connected to ISIS – entering via the U.S southern border are the most prevalent issues affecting our national and border security. These issues present a distinct set of circumstances for our government beyond the crisis of undocumented people entering the U.S. illegally to escape difficulties in their own country—a challenge that underscores the need for immigration reform.

Legislation that would allow for an effective response in counteracting these evils has been “on the table” for too many years. It is time for the U.S. to remedy its broken immigration system and address legislative policies that will allow immigrants and refugees who have the intention to thrive in America and give America their Pledge of Allegiance to enter legally and safely. Likewise, we need laws addressing those who would enter to harm our country; they should be detained and sent back to their country of origin. It’s time for our government to move forward on this issue with the resolve of a fair and compassionate immigration reform that will allow America to flourish in the way which it was founded and God intended.

The U.S. State Department estimates that around 14,500-17,500 foreign nationals are trafficked into the United States each year, with other estimates reaching as high as 19,000.1

Points for Prayer:

Pray that God will keep our borders safe from those who would desire to harm America while our government works on immigration reform.

Pray that God will expose the enemy’s agenda to infiltrate our borders. Pray that terrorists who enter through the southern border would be caught.

Pray against the human tragedy behind immigration and that God will give President Trump His plan and vision for immigration reform.

Pray for the children lured to cross the border looking for a better life because of the lack of education and opportunities in their own countries.

Pray for those affected by human trafficking and drug trafficking – that God would protect and heal them – and that God would expose the perpetrators and the drug cartels and eliminate them.

Pray for the hearts of those who would desire to bring harm to God’s people and harm to America—that they would have an encounter with the living Savior.

By,

Mark Gonzales                                       Herman Martir
Founder, Hispanic Action Network      Founder, Asian Action Network

1 U.S. Department of State, “2018 Trafficking in Persons Report”, State.gov. Accessed 9/12/18.


24
Oct 2018

Give Him 15 is joining a 40-day national call to prayer before the 2018 Midterm Elections. Here is today’s Focus:

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Day 27 – An Ongoing Call to Pray for America’s National Security: Danger of Cyber Attacks and Electromagnetic Pulse

“But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.” (Ps. 59:16; NIV)

Increasing attacks on the U.S. power grid are one serious threat that often goes unnoticed by the American public. Hackers are trying to penetrate our critical systems in order to insert malicious software that could compromise our electrical power, resulting in a nationwide crisis. Another potentially grave danger is that an electromagnetic pulse, a sudden burst of energy from a high altitude nuclear explosion, could fry the electrical power grid, causing mass blackouts across the country. As an enemy’s first strike weapon, it could also take out our command and control capability that would be necessary to our national defense.

Points for Prayer:

  • Let’s pray for the protection of our power grid and computer systems that keep critical infrastructure, such as electrical and water systems, running to serve the government and citizens of this nation.
  • Pray for those who are watching over the power grid and other crucial infrastructural systems to be vigilant and able to counteract and neutralize any such attacks by hackers or through an EMP assault.
  • Pray for the development of new technologies that help to harden and protect our critical infrastructure and military command and control systems from external assaults.
  • May those hackers or enemy nationals who are launching these attacks be discovered, apprehended, and brought to justice by the U.S. or other governments.

By John Robb
Co-Convener, National Prayer Assembly
Chairman, International Prayer Council


23
Oct 2018

Give Him 15 is joining a 40-day national call to prayer before the 2018 Midterm Elections. Here is today’s Focus:

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Day 26 – An Ongoing Call to Pray for America’s National Security: North Korea under Kim Jong Un and Iran under the Mullahs

“Rise up, Lord, confront them, bring them down; with your sword rescue me from the wicked.” (Ps. 17:13; NIV)

North Korea has an estimated 20 to 30 nukes and has been developing its ballistic missile capabilities in order to threaten America’s allies in Northeast, as well as our homeland. In spite of the recent summit between President Trump and Chairman Kim, the North Koreans have not proceeded to implement denuclearization as they agreed they would. Military action could still be on the table. North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile programs are still dangerous to the U.S. and the security environment in East Asia. North Korea also has exported ballistic missiles and related material to several countries, including Iran and Syria, which increase the danger of nuclear proliferation.

In the Middle East, Iran, led by its fanatical Islamic mullahs, has been called “the most destabilizing element” in the region and “clearly a malign influence” by General Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Iran has supported the Houthi rebels in Yemen and Hezbollah in Lebanon, as well as deepened its involvement and influence in Syria and Iraq. Iran wants to improve its nuclear and missile capabilities and has made progress in some areas, leading to the conclusion that it has the capacity to produce nuclear weapons. To Iran, the USA is the “great Satan,” and they have not disguised their long- term desire to destroy our nation if they can, as they often chant “Death to America”.

Points for Prayer:

Let’s pray for a peaceful solution to the North Korean threat to regional and world peace and that the North Korean regime will now implement the agreement to denuclearize the nation quickly and in a verifiable manner.

Pray that China will continue to play a moderating influence on Kim Jong Un and his government and that they will cooperate with the rest of the world in maintaining economic sanctions until North Korea gives up its nukes and missile programs.

Pray for reform and regime change in both North Korea and Iran, so war can be averted with both of these nations.

Pray for Iran to quit meddling in other nations in the Middle East region and to give up its role as the world’s most significant state sponsor and exporter of terrorism.

Pray that religious and political freedom will be established in both of these extremely repressive nations, so their citizens may be liberated and blessed, even becoming friends of our country.

By John Robb
Co-Convener, National Prayer Assembly
Chairman, International Prayer Council


22
Oct 2018

Give Him 15 is joining a 40-day national call to prayer before the 2018 Midterm Elections. Here is today’s Focus:

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Day 25 – An Ongoing Call to Pray for America’s National Security: Nuclear Expansion in Russia and China

“He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire.” (Psalm 46:9; NIV)

“Russia presents the greatest threat to our national security,” General Joseph Dunford affirmed in his congressional hearing to become Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, our highest military officer. With its large nuclear arsenal, destabilizing role in Ukraine, threat to NATO nations on its borders, and involvement in the Syrian civil war, Russia presents a significant challenge. “If you want to talk about a nation that could pose an existential threat to the United States, I would have to point to Russia,” Dunford said. “And if you look at their behavior, it’s nothing short of alarming.”

Dunford said China falls right behind Russia because of their growing military might and aggressive behavior throughout the Asia-Pacific. They are investing in a massive military build-up to challenge US dominance in the region, erecting artificial islands for possible military use, and demanding territorial rights disputed by their neighbors, most of whom are our allies.

Threats to US space services will increase as potential adversaries pursue destructive counter-space capabilities. Both Chinese and Russian military leaders are developing the ability to disrupt US use of space in a conflict by damaging and destroying those satellites upon which the US is so dependent for its reconnaissance and communication systems. They also now have a lead in developing hypersonic missiles that go at five times the speed of sound and could threaten our ability to respond to attack.

Some Russian agents interfered with the last election, though not enough to affect the outcome. Also the Chinese have stolen large amounts of American military and other kinds of technology which they can now use against us.

Points for Prayer:

Let’s pray for a better, closer relationship with these two great powers and that our government and diplomats will have wisdom to pursue it towards greater trust and world peace.

Pray for our Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, as well as our Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, in close cooperation with President Trump and his team so that this potential threat can be turned around into a mutually beneficial friendship among our three nations.

Ask the Lord for the development of more advanced military technologies and war-readiness that will keep Russia and China from wanting to try and take advantage of the USA by provoking a military conflict of any kind.

Be mindful of the strong movements of Christians in both Russia and China; let us pray that they will rise to positions of favor and influence in their governments, so our international relations will be increasingly shaped by Christian values, not dictatorial (Russia) or communist ones (China).

By John Robb
Co-Convener, National Prayer Assembly
Chairman, International Prayer Council

 


21
Oct 2018

Give Him 15 is joining a 40-day national call to prayer before the 2018 Midterm Elections. Here is today’s Focus:

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Day 24 – An Ongoing Call to Pray for America’s National Security: Watchfulness Against Deception

“Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.” (Psalm 127:1; NIV)

“I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest…” (Isaiah 62:6; NIV)

When the ancient city of Troy was besieged by the Greek army in 1200 BC, the Trojans thought that their defenses, especially their high walls, could never be breached. They were right. However, the Greeks did not mount a frontal attack on their walls, but instead cunningly deceived their enemy by leaving a large wooden statue of a horse. The idea was to feign defeat and honor the Trojans for their victory. Meanwhile, a band of Greek soldiers was hiding inside the horse’s belly as the Trojans unwittingly admitted the “prize of war” into the heart of their city. Later that night, as the residents of Troy slept, the hidden Greek commandos emerged to open the gates to the rest of the Greek army who savagely massacred the residents and destroyed their once proud city by fire.

In the same way, the greatest threat to America’s national security is our openness to deception and lack of watchfulness. The Trojans thought they were invincible behind their vast, high, seemingly impenetrable walls and defenses. We dare not become complacent, thinking that because we are the world’s “super power,” we are safe from attack. That is not the case at all. Even great empires have fallen when their enemies succeeded in deceiving them and conquering them from the inside.

We must pray for our current and future administrations to be able and willing to boldly identify and confront threats to the nation. We also need to pray our leaders will have the willingness to look within at policies previously created or underway that might undermine and endanger our national security.

Points for Prayer:

 

  • Thank God for His deliverance and protection over the USA until now and for His mercy in the “divine turnaround” we experienced during the 2016 election.
  • Pray for President Trump and his administration and for our Department of Defense to have great wisdom as they seek to upgrade and modernize our military forces, both conventional and nuclear.
  • Pray for our various intelligence agencies and for the Director of National Intelligence, that they will work together in unity and careful coordination, being ever watchful to discover security threats.
  • Pray for any remaining cells of terrorists to be uncovered and plots foiled before any harm can be done. Pray that these dangerous people will be arrested and deported from our country immediately.
  • Pray for the removal of the corrupt and wicked from positions of influence in the government, including the CIA, FBI, and other intelligence agencies, as well as other governmental bureaucracies in D.C. and throughout the nation. The Lord is answering this prayer, but we need to see this process go further to ferret out and prosecute all “deep state” actors.
  • Pray that the moral and spiritual decline of America will be reversed. Identify in repentance for our national sins and ask for God’s mercy upon our wayward nation.

 

By John Robb
Co-Convener, National Prayer Assembly
Chairman, International Prayer Council


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