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07
May 2019

Transition Series – Don’t trust Your Emotions

I personally don’t trust my emotions, period. You can be in love with someone one day and not the next. You can hate your job one day and not the next. Did you know you really can feel differently depending on the barometric pressure? You might feel down today because of the weather! Or, maybe it’s the moon! There are so many things that can affect emotions. I learned a long time ago they are not given to me to guide me. Ever. They are given to me so I can enjoy life, be human, have feelings. They are given, so I can relate to others where they are. Because of emotions, I can be compassionate and understand others’ pain. Feelings are never, ever. given to lead me.

I will never make important life-decisions when I am emotional. I wait until I get my emotions under control, whether that takes hours or days or weeks. If my wife or a family member or a staff member is pressing me to make a decision on an emotional issue or at an emotional time, I won’t do it. I let them know I don’t trust myself to make a decision yet, because I know my emotions are too engaged. This makes it hard for me to discern what the Spirit is saying or if the decision is emotion-driven. So, I have learned to wait and just process with the Lord.

“They who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Read the news today. Do you feel angry, fearful, or otherwise emotional? Ask the Lord to teach you to find Him in the craziness of the national climate.
  • Intercede into that issue that made you emotional. Was it that Israel is being relentlessly bombed? Are you overwhelmed with LGBTQ issues in the schools? How about the never-ending suspicions related to the Mueller Report? Are you passionate about ending abortion, or at least defunding Planned Parenthood?
  • What is the thing that raises your emotional temperature? Say, “God cares more about this issue than I do. He has answers I don’t have. He can teach me how to pray regarding it and I will wait on Him to show me how. I will listen for scripture, the sword of the Lord, the Word of God.”
  • Is there something the Lord is leading you to do, as well? If there is peace in your heart, write that letter or email. Go and speak to that person that can make a difference. But, not until your emotions are totally at rest in Him.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, there are times I don’t want to hear the national news. I can easily be addicted to the emotional turmoil it causes me when I watch or read the news. So many things are out of alignment with Your Word. I honestly cannot believe our society has embraced such anti-Christian sentiment. We have walked so far from You. It all just stirs me up so much! I find myself reacting in prayer, instead of settling down and asking You to show me how to pray. You care so much about the people involved. You want to divide between action and person. You want to divide between thought and intent of the heart. You want to bring things into order more than I do. What good are my hot-headed comments on Facebook and Twitter going to matter? It’s my Spirit-led, passionate, intercession that will make a difference. It’s my carefully formed, Spirit-directed words written in a timely letter to the right person that will make a difference. It’s a well-prayed over vote. It’s a loving action that can turn things around in my community. Lord, help the Body of Christ get our emotions in check and show the world what true authority looks like. Make us Christ-confident and so peaceful that it shakes the enemies of the Gospel to their core. They are going to have to give up, turn back, and stop, because we are becoming calmly bold and relentless. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today’s decree:

Let the people of God show their trust in God over national issues, by getting their emotions under control!


06
May 2019

Transition Series – Adapting to Winds of Change

I’ve been studying some tropical trees that weather storms well. They can sway and bend almost to the ground in severe tropical winds. Their root structure is the key. Their root system must be very strong, very firm; immovable. However, up where the wind is blowing, they have to be flexible. When winds of change begin to blow around us, we need to be flexible. We don’t know when the Lord is going to come to us and say, “Let’s go this way.”

This is harder for some and easier for others. Prophets love change. They change everything all the time. They want it yesterday. Teachers like everything a little in advance and well-planned out. We are all different. Regardless of our personality or gifting, we all have to be flexible during seasons of change. As long as we are rooted deeply in Christ’s love for us and in His Word, and as long as we are seeking Him every step of the way, we will get there. He can work with us.

“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” (Colossians 2:6-7; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • It’s difficult to know how to move forward if you are not grounded in Christ. You’ll end up tossed to and fro with every wind; shifting with the sand beneath your feet. Get your Bible out and start reading in the Book of John. Get to know Jesus all over again! Read it in an unfamiliar version, if need be. On Christ, the solid Rock, you will stand.
  • Ask God to show you how to move with any winds of adversity you are facing, so your flexibility will get you through.
  • Look at the Book of John again. Begin to pray through that wonderful Book. Pray the words into your life and relationship with Him. Pray the scriptures over the nation, as well. (See below for an example.)
  • Ask God to grace the Body of Christ with flexibility, while holding on firmly to the truth of His Word.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, what a wonderful example we have in that palm tree. It has roots so strong that monsoons have trouble uprooting them. They stand for 100 years, solidly in the place You set them, immovable, yet bending with the winds and storms in order to survive. Show me how to get through the situations I face, beginning with a firm foundation in Jesus. Where do I need to be ready to be flexible, following the leading of the Holy Spirit? My dogmatic rigidity can cause me to miss You. I want to move with You. My country needs this as well. Politically, on the right and on the left, we are convinced we are on the right side. Well, let’s look at the Word and see what it says, putting our roots down deep into that Rock. Jesus, You are the Word of God. You have always been and will always be. Everything that was made was made with You in the middle of it. If that’s the case, then I can trust what You are making in my life and in the land now. You are life and it is not possible to truly live without You. You are light. Your light shines in the darkness, unveiling everything the enemy is doing. Darkness cannot overcome You, which means the Church will overcome in You! You illuminate the dark places as I walk forward. You are faithful to lead, guide, and direct my life. You are able to lead this nation out of darkness, as well. Nothing is too dark, too far gone, or too big, for You to shift and maneuver into Your righteousness. Keep revealing Yourself to me and reminding me of the Rock that You are, as I pray through John. I want to stand firm in You, while I am make flexible as I am directed by You, for Your name’s sake. Amen.

Today’s decree:

Christians who have their roots deep in Christ will make him known in this nation and all over the world.


05
May 2019

Transition Series – God Goes Ahead of You

In the mid-1970s, I was going on many missionary journeys. I was about to transition out of full-time ministry in the secular world to full-time ministry in my local church. I received a call from one of the missions team leaders, who told me there had been a cancellation of one of the leaders of the Guatemala team. Since I had been on the teams to Guatemala before, he asked if I would go and help lead the trip. It was the next day! I said, “Tomorrow?” I began to quickly think. I still had a secular job and I had used all of my vacation time. I had no money, because I had used all my savings going on missions trips. I had a boss that might have been the best sinner I have ever met. He was tough. He loved to mock me for my faith in Christ, so I could just imagine what he would say if I asked to leave tomorrow on this missions trip. I did the spiritual thing and said I would pray about it.

As I prayed, I felt sure the Lord was saying, “I want you to do this.” I told the Lord, “I have no money. I know I will lose my job.” However, I felt this urging that I was to go. A few hours later, I got a call from a man who had heard through the grapevine that I was praying about this trip and that I had no money to go. He said, “I want to pay for this trip.” So, I knew I had the confirmation to go.

The next morning at 7 A.M. I showed up at my worksite, ready to quit my job. I told my boss that I wanted to go on another missions trip. He reminded me that I had no vacation time left and asked when I wanted to go. I said, “In a couple of hours.” I told him I was not asking for the time off, but I needed to go. I said I understood that he probably needed to let me go, but I wanted to come and tell him in person, so he would know what I was doing and why I didn’t give him any advance notice. His response shocked me! He said, “Well now, wait a minute. Do you think you might want to do a lot of these?” I said, “I will probably do more. I really enjoy this.” He replied, “Well, I’ll tell you what. You can go on all of them you want to go on. I will let you have the time off. All I’m asking for is a little more advanced warning in the future.” Then, he gave me a raise!

“The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.” (Isaiah 58:11; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Are you a God-follower? Rejoice! He will make a clear path for you!
  • You may not be able to see how He is going to work things out for you, but don’t be afraid, keep going, because He will probably surprise you.
  • Once you find the faith to know that God will work things out for you, believe that He will do the same for America.
  • Proclaim, “Jesus is working it out for His Kingdom to come and His will to be done in this land!”
  • Intercede for that stubborn door to open. Thank the Lord in advance for guiding your steps and making a way where there may seem to be no way.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, what an encouraging testimony Dutch shared with us today. It shows so clearly how You are always working behind the scenes to be sure that we can do the things You have created us to do. You lead Your people and You lead nations who honor You as their God. You go before us, Jesus. You make a way where there seems to be none. Let faith arise in Your people, so Your enemies can be scattered. Our enemies are Yours! Our nation’s enemies are Yours! “Jesus, You are working things out, so that Your Kingdom can expand and be seen in the earth. America will never be the same once Your Church sees how You prepare the way for our advancement. Clear direction will come. Time will be found. Provision will be released. All of this, because You have a plan, and it will come to pass, if we seek You and trust You, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

We can trust our good, good, Father! He is already at work to see His plan come to pass in the land through His Body of Believers.


04
May 2019

Transition Series – Being Flexible

In Acts 16, there is a story about the Apostle Paul. He was determined to go a certain way, but Jesus kept encouraging him to go His way. Ultimately, God was able to get Paul on the right course. To do so, God gave Paul a night vision. In it, Paul saw a man saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” The Word says that after Paul saw this vision, he and his team got ready at once to go there, believing that God was calling them to preach the gospel there.

We know that the Apostle Paul was a very, very determined man. He knew what he was called to do. He was on a mission. He wasn’t wandering around trying to figure out what God wanted him to do. He would have been headed right where God wanted him to go, until God started trying to redirect him. So, it appears he stopped at a place on the way, called Troas. Waiting there for the Lord’s direction, he had that vision above. What this story in Acts 16 says about Paul is that he was flexible.

There are times in your life where you are going to find yourself in a decision-making process or approaching a season of change. At that moment, you are going to need to determine that you will be flexible, whatever the Lord is saying to you to do.

“Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’ After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.” (Acts 16:6-10; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Examine yourself. Do you go with the flow or are you more set in your ways and routines?
  • Have you ever resisted the Lord’s leading or redirection? Ask for grace to move with Him, instead.
  • Is there something He has been trying to get you to do to move forward, but you have been hesitant? Repent and get at it.
  • Pray for this concern in Church pastors and leaders, especially for those who oversee you. Ask the Lord to make our leaders more sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit, as they lead the congregations of the Lord.
  • Intercede for Christian lawmakers. Ask God to give them a holy boldness. It is not a season to stay in familiar habits. It’s time to try new strategies and be very bold. We can’t whittle away at abortion anymore, for example. Liberals have laid down a gauntlet of very late term abortion, even infanticide. Conservatives need to throw all their talent into laws to combat these types of legislation.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, I come before you and ask you to examine my heart for stubbornness and inflexibility. Whenever I think I must do something a certain way, and You are trying to change my ways, shout at me, somehow! Give me dreams and prophetic words by others that clarify what direction You want me to go. It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut. Grace me to embrace change. I repent for sticking my heels in the ground. What exactly do I think I am doing? Aren’t You my Lord, not just my Savior? Get me unstuck! Get my leaders unstuck. You are changing the Church, moving us outside the four walls, into communities, into the harvest, being more effective in the sharing of our faith. Show them how to equip the saints for the work of service, not just wear themselves out trying to do everything themselves. I pray for grace and strength for my leaders. I intercede for my governing leaders, as well. Lord, what a world we are in today! Sometimes it makes no sense, but they must be bold and courageous. Where the enemy is coming in like a flood, they must, together with You, raise up a standard against the evil. Where there is legislation put forth that violates Your Law and Your Word, give them words and strategies to get the opposite, life-giving, laws, instead. I know we can be flexible, as we open our hearts to You, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

Saints, stay flexible and open to learn from the Lord  in this season of great change!


03
May 2019

Beginning a Series on Transition

Some of us like change. Others don’t. If I told you I’m still driving my 2008 Tundra—and happy about it—you might guess which side of the spectrum I’m on. I’ve often thought—as I drive a different rental car almost weekly—a law should be passed stating that all vehicle control panels must be the same! I’m not crazy about change. I have learned, however, that a willingness to change is paramount if we are to succeed in life. Not so much with vehicles, of course—I may drive my Tundra for 10 more years—but certainly with life’s seasons and course changes. I must be willing, and I must also possess a certain level of transitional skills. The same is true of spiritual times and seasons. The Church is not always willing to shift into new seasons as Holy Spirit moves us from glory to glory, nor adept at doing so. However, growing in revelation and fruitfulness must include transitioning into different mindsets, methods, strategies, and even expectations. Unlike the Jews in Christ’s day who couldn’t change their preconceived ideas and expectations, we must discern the times and shift certain facets of our thinking in order to stay in step with Holy Spirit. Change is inevitable.

“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:18-19; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Intercede for the Body of Christ to recognize the times and the season we are in.
  • Invite the Lord to deal with you in any area of your life where you resist change, thereby, perhaps, resisting Him.
  • Pray that the Church will look forward to change in the world around us, seeing opportunities that bring harvest, fresh revelation, boldness, and blessing.
  • Rejoice in advance for the coming glory and fruitfulness of the new season.
  • Intercede for our nation in advance of  the dangerous moments that can occur in seasons of transition. When the old clashes against the new, there is much turmoil until everyone sees that it is going to be okay.

A prayer you can pray:

God, we, the Body of Christ, ask You to open up the eyes of our spirits to see what it is that You are doing in this time and in this season. We feel the tension and have not known how to work with it. We long to feel the excitement of a new and wonderful thing coming, but, often, we feel fear and trepidation. We, largely, don’t like change, and we know we will likely have to embrace change. There is something so new coming. The nation looks new. There are new ideas being espoused all around, and we don’t like much of what we see and hear. We feel like we’re in a war zone, sometimes. We actually are, if we consider that there is a war between heaven and hell going on for the future of U.S. and for souls. Lord, fix our eyes on Jesus! You will take every challenge and turn it around to be a blessing. The harvest fields are white! We get to see a new wave of Your Glory and the supernatural reaping of a harvest, where angels are obviously involved! So much fruit of all the prayers we have prayed for so long! That should be worth facing the unknown! Lord, minister to the fear in us, because we don’t want to be found resisting You, as the Pharisees did when Jesus showed up. We want to move with You, Holy Spirit. We pray that You would smooth out the rough places that are coming, as old mindsets and demonic plans collide with Your Truth and true justice. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today’s decree:

God is doing a new thing in America and we, the Church, will embrace it and hang on for the ride!


02
May 2019

National Day of Prayer 2019

Watch the National Day of Prayer event in Washington, D.C., here.

The theme for the 2019 National Day of Prayer is “Love One Another”.

“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.” (John 13:34; NLT)

A prayer you can pray:

ALMIGHTY GOD, our Heavenly Father, we look to You alone for the future of America. By Your providence, You have placed each of us here at this time in history to be in this nation. Thank You for this blessing. Thank You for America.

BUT ABOVE ALL, we thank You for the gift of Your Son, Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God. It is in His name, we come to You as we intercede in prayer for America.

FORGIVE US, OH LORD, for the sins we have committed against You in America. We are failing You by dishonoring one another through our harsh and bitter words about each other. We are failing You through broken relationships. We are failing You by devaluing human life from conception until death. We are failing You with the division in our nation.

LORD, WE TURN FROM these sinful actions and refuse to live this way. Please forgive us now and help us to choose love over hate, unity over division, and life over death.

WE CHOOSE to live by Jesus’ words: Love One Another. Therefore, upon the authority of Your Word in John 13:34, “Love one another. Just as I have loved you,” we pray for a future America that will choose to love willfully, sacrificially, and unconditionally just like Jesus loves us.

WE PRAY FOR THE CHURCH in America to love one another. Empower each church to be full of love for one another. Ignite a revival of love for one another. Since we are to be known by our love, help us to love one another.

WE PRAY FOR EVERY FAMILY, EVERY WORKPLACE, EVERY COMMUNITY, AND EVERY CITY IN AMERICA to choose love. We believe there is power in love. We believe love is the better way. We believe love is God’s way. Oh Lord, change families, workplaces, communities, and cities through the power of love. Raise up a Love One Another movement across America.

WE PRAY FOR ALL ETHNICITIES AND PEOPLE IN AMERICA to love one another. Lord, tear down every wall of division and change any attitude that divides us today. Bind up our nation’s wounds and may the transforming love of God lead us to the day when justice will roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

WE PRAY FOR YOUR LOVE to surround America. We pray for Your love to surround and protect us in every public setting and private place. Protect us from harm.

WE BELIEVE ALL OF THESE THINGS, OH LORD, represent our deep need for the next great move of God across America. We ask You alone for the next Great Spiritual Awakening in America. Please, oh God, wake up Your church and revive Your people today. We ask You to begin a mighty spiritual awakening in every town, every city, and every county in America.

WE NEED AND DESIRE THIS SO MUCH, THAT BEGINNING RIGHT NOW, we are choosing love and forgiveness, love and restitution, love and healing, love and unity, and a future that will be transformed by the power of unconditional love. When we belong to You, we belong to love. We choose to Love One Another!

IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, the only Savior and Hope in this world we pray. Amen.

Dr. Ronnie Floyd
President, National Day of Prayer Task Force
Senior Pastor, Cross Church

Today’s decree:

The world will know that we are Christ’s disciples, if we love one another.

We here at GiveHim15 encourage everyone to find and participate in a local, corporate, National Day of Prayer event, if at all possible. Maybe your local church is hosting prayer today or you can find an event here.


01
May 2019

Presidential Proclamation National Day of Prayer 2019

This is President Trump’s 2018 Proclamation:

On this National Day of Prayer, we join together to offer gratitude for our many blessings and to acknowledge our need for divine wisdom, guidance, and protection. Prayer, by which we affirm our dependence on God, has long been fundamental to our pursuit of freedom, peace, unity, and prosperity. Prayer sustains us and brings us comfort, hope, peace, and strength. Therefore, we must cherish our spiritual foundation and uphold our legacy of faith.

Prayer has been a source of guidance, strength, and wisdom since the founding of our Republic. When the Continental Congress gathered in Philadelphia to contemplate freedom from Great Britain, the delegates prayed daily for guidance. Their efforts produced the Declaration of Independence and its enumeration of the self-evident truths that we all cherish today. We believe that all men and women are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Prayer sustained us and gave us the strength to endure the sacrifices and suffering of the American Revolution and to temper the triumph of victory with humility and gratitude. Notably, as one of its first acts, our newly formed Congress appointed chaplains of the House of Representatives and Senate so that all proceedings would begin with prayer.

As a Nation, we have continued to seek God in prayer, including in times of conflict and darkness. At the height of World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt called for prayer “for the vision to see our way clearly ‑‑ to see the way that leads to a better life for ourselves and for all our fellow men ‑‑ and to the achievement of His will to peace on earth.” Decades later, following one of the darkest days in our Nation’s history, President George W. Bush offered this prayer for our heartbroken country, mourning the precious souls who perished in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001:  “We ask Almighty God to watch over our Nation, and grant us patience and resolve in all that is to come. We pray that He will comfort and console those who now walk in sorrow. We thank Him for each life we now must mourn, and the promise of a life to come.”

America has known peace, prosperity, war, and depression ‑‑ and prayer has sustained us through it all. May our Nation and our people never forget the love, grace, and goodness of our Maker, and may our praise and gratitude never cease. On this National Day of Prayer, let us come together…to thank God for His many blessings and ask for His continued guidance and strength.

In 1988, the Congress, by Public Law 100-307, as amended, called on the President to issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer, “on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups, and as individuals.”

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim (the first Thursday in May) as a National Day of Prayer. I encourage all Americans to observe this day, reflecting on the blessings our Nation has received and the importance of prayer, with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities in their houses of worship, communities, and places of work, schools, and homes.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this (first Thursday) of May…

PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP

Give Him 15:

  • Worship the Lord and thank Him for a nation that honors God, and where we can prayer freely.
  • Offer gratitude for our many blessings and acknowledge our need for divine wisdom, guidance, and protection.
  • Ask the Lord to continue to watch over America, continuing to grant us peace, prosperity, and freedom for all.
  • Intercede over the things that divide us and ask the Lord to grant a grace to bring this nation into unity, which may only be attained in awakening and revival. Pray that the love of God compels the Church into our country’s harvest fields.
  • Pray for President Donald J. Trump.
  • Pray for National Day of Prayer gatherings and services throughout the day tomorrow, May 2nd.

A prayer you can pray:

God, You are great and greatly to be praised. The United States of America is a nation that honors You and looks to You. We are so thankful that we are still able to freely pray to You in the public square and anywhere we so choose. Lord, never let this right be taken from us. We are so grateful for the many blessings You have given us. You have blessed this nation to be a blessing to many other nations. We need Your watchful care, Divine wisdom, and direction. Lord, we are imperfect. We have allowed things into this country that are sinful. Please forgive us and turn these things around. Your Church is divided, make us one. Make us one, so we can bring healing to other divided areas of our culture. Make us one, so You can be seen in us! Give us revival, Lord. Awaken Your Church and thrust us into the harvest. Only then can thinking be aligned enough with Your Word that we can see rifts close and see godly legislation written. Protect and bless President Trump. He supports the cause of Christ and affirms our freedoms. We are thankful for him. Tomorrow, let this nation pray as only a Christian nation can. Fill the parks and churches and steps of government buildings with prayer for our cities, states, and nation. Let the world see that the United States of America honors the name of Jesus! Amen.

Today’s decree:

The Lord will bless our nation as He is honored from the highest office in our land!


29
Apr 2019

We Helped Create What We Loathe

Based on the facts, any honest deduction must conclude that the American church’s silence and withdrawal from the public square has allowed those who do not espouse biblical values nor honor our Christian heritage to take over much of America’s leadership. Obviously, the opposite could have occurred: had the Body of Christ been engaged, we could have prevented abortion, infanticide, the rejecting of America’s Christian roots, the taking over of our education system by humanists and secularists, God’s expulsion from the public square and more. By default, we helped create that which we loathe.

Can the fruit of America’s sin and the church’s silence be reversed? Yes and no. Just as those who were killed by the Nazi’s could obviously not be brought back, we obviously can do nothing to undo the deaths of 60 million aborted babies. But we, like the allied forces of WWII, can stop the senseless killing and heal the land (2 Chronicles 7:14). This pro-death scourge on our nation’s history need not continue. I believe God is offering the American church – and consequently our nation – an opportunity for a historical course correction. For this to occur, however, a fundamental change must occur in the minds of believers: we must choose to re-engage and become the salt and light Christ intends us to be. We must cease being conformists and reclaim our voice. Our times have dictated that there is no longer a middle ground. We are even now being weighed in the balances – and our decision will tip the scales – toward either continued apathy and irrelevance or the healing and discipling of a nation.

We MUST make our choice, and we must do so NOW.

If ending the lives of surviving, struggling babies on bloody abortion tables is not enough to motivate the church of America and its leaders to regain their voices, I’m not sure what can. If literal infanticide, celebrated by governors and legislatures around this nation with cheering and lit-up buildings, is not enough to awaken the conscience of the American church, then I fear it is too late.

Leaders, please do not try and circumvent this decision by pinning America’s future on “the sovereignty of God.” God’s sovereignty does not negate our choices nor absolve us of the consequences. We, the church, are God’s voice in the earth and we must speak.

“When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require from your hand” (Ezekiel 33:8; NASB).

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • We must repent, either because we are being directly convicted for our silence, or identificationally for the silence of the Body of Christ. Let God awaken your conscience.
  • Repent for the part the Church’s silence has played in allowing abortion, infanticide, the rejecting of America’s Christian roots, the taking over of our education system by humanists and secularists, and God’s expulsion from the public square, among other things.
  • Intercede for those things one at a time and feel God’s heart over those matters.
  • Make a decision to never be silent again. Talk to God about what that looks like for you.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, I have been silent too long. Sometimes, it is simply because I did not know what to say or where to say it, but, at the minimum, I could have opened my mouth in intercession far more often than I did. I have never really considered that my silence may have contributed to the atmosphere of my state and this country. Help me to be brave as you show me what things look like versus what they might have looked like, if your people were not so passive. Forgive us for allowing abortion and the death of more than 60 million babies since 1974. Forgive us for not calling and writing state governors and legislators who decreed that infanticide is permissible in their state. They opened a door for other states, our states, to consider the same. Forgive us for allowing humanists to determine the education of our children. Forgive us for tolerating Your removal from the public square by those who hate You. We did not stand up for You strong enough or fast enough. What have we been thinking?! Open our eyes and open our mouths! We must warn America that You won’t withhold Your hand forever. Lord, hear our prayers and give us mercy in place of the judgement we deserve. Thank you, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

Church of America, find your voice and make a stand!


28
Apr 2019

Why Are the Pastors Silent?

For various reasons, most spiritual leaders in America have chosen not to speak out on abortion, elections, and many other important moral issues of our day. These reasons include:

  • a belief that spiritual leaders should remain separate from the political realm because it is “evil” and “divisive”
  • a belief that spiritual influence in peoples’ lives does not give them a right to speak into their followers’ social, moral, or political views
  • a theological belief that this is not their responsibility
  • a fear of losing congregants
  • a fear of losing financial support
  • a fear of the IRS

I’m sure there are other reasons which could be listed. However, regardless of the reasons, no honest person can refute the fact that most leaders in the church have disengaged from public involvement in politics and national moral issues. While I respect my peers in the Body of Christ and understand the challenges facing them in today’s polarized and volatile culture, I fear that our choice of silence on many issues has come at a devastating cost. Inevitably, this absolution has filtered also into the pew. Few Christians are willing to make a stand on social issues, preferring to remain aloof and silent. Only about half of Americans who claim to be evangelical Christians are even registered to vote, and many who are registered don’t bother to do so. Most statistics make it clear that evangelicals could turn any national election in America if we all voted, and did so based on biblical values, not party lines. Yet most spiritual leaders fail to confront this.

“For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts.” (I Thessalonians 2:4; NLT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • If you are a pastor or other leader who has come under the fear of man in any area, keeping you from speaking out for righteousness’ sake, take a moment and repent. Decide to teach on these matters, and lead your congregations in prayer and action on moral issues in your community. Determine to encourage other pastors and leaders to do so also.
  • All of the rest of us, consider the same, and repent, as needed. Determine to open your mouth and speak up! Talk to your pastors, encourage them to be more bold, and support them when they are.
  • Have an election coming up? Educate yourselves on the candidates and issues. Intercede over these things. Hold prayer meetings in your church or community. Go vote.
  • Register to vote, if you aren’t already. Re-register, if you have recently moved.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, forgive me for being afraid of what others will think of me, when I take a strong stand for truth. Forgive my lack of speaking out, teaching on, and leading prayer for moral issues clearly addressed in the Word of God. You have more than an opinion on these things. You have commandments on these matters, and I have been largely silent. The Body of Christ is weak in our representation in society, largely because our leadership has not led the way. I repent for not leading in prayer or encouraging leaders to do so. I forgive others for their silence, as well. Help the Body of Christ to open our mouths and speak and pray on things that matter, like the killing of the unborn. Help us to act. We need to pray, gather to intercede, educate ourselves, and act. How else will we ever see our nation turned to righteousness, if the Church does not do these basic things? Thank you for Your mercy, God. Turn our nation, as our hearts and ways turn, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Today’s decree:

Our nation will turn, as the Church speaks out on moral issues, prays, and votes!


27
Apr 2019

Sometimes We Need Hope

I turned my computer on recently to find a picture of a river running through a peaceful pasture. The title on it said, “A river runs through Hope.” While the picture was of a real river in a real city, called Hope, it immediately hit my spirit as a prophetic Word for this hour. Many people in America need hope, for many reasons. There is a hope that only comes through Jesus. This hope leads to faith and faith leads to miraculous answers. We can put our hope in Him. He is the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the Author and Finisher of our faith. He is the One where our help comes from. He is the One that has created and still sustains all things. He has the answers when we don’t. He can, when we can’t. When we are not able, He is more than able! “Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness,” say the words to the classic hymn, On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand. When we find that place of hope in Him in the midst of seemingly hopeless situations, peace flows like a river through us. Faith starts to rise in us. Power to get up, to intercede, and to take action can surge through us. Hope has a river running through it, and the river is the love of Jesus.

“May God, the source of hope, fill you with joy and peace through your faith in him. Then you will overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13; GWT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Acknowledge that Jesus is the Source of all Hope.
  • Declare, “Those that hope in Christ will not be dismayed. God will strengthen us and uphold us with His righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
  • Say over the challenging situation you are facing, “I will be strong and courageous. I will not fear or be in dread, for it is the Lord my God who goes with me. He will not leave me or forsake me.” (Deuteronomy 13:6)
  • With hope, proclaim over America, “Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.” (Proverbs 23:18; NASB)
  • Worship Him!

A prayer you can pray:

God, you are so good! You are the source of our hope for every situation we face, in our individual battles and in our national ones. We put our hope in Jesus Christ today! Jesus, build a solid foundation of hope in us, for we have accepted Your sacrifice of love for us. You make us righteous. You forgive us all sin. You grace us to forgive those who harm us, purposely or accidentally. When we see darkness encroaching and fear begins to rise up in us, let hope arise and push back that fear. You have answers we don’t have. You can move on our behalf. You turn our flicker of hope into full-fledged faith. You take a spark of hope and stand us upright, ready to speak your words in intercession and decree, routing the enemy from our land. Your gift of hope settles our soul and carries us into Your Rest—a place where we know our God and know that You work valiantly and tirelessly on our behalf. From hope, let faith arise and our enemies be scattered! Victories are birthed from the humble beginnings of hope—Hope in You, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

America, hope in Christ!


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