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16
Nov 2016

Isaiah 45

President-Elect Donald J. Trump will be the nation’s 45th President. I feel Isaiah 45 is fitting to pray through as we begin the process of seating this 45th President. God has been merciful to us. Darkness is being revealed and I think we should pray that light will shine into that darkness, illuminating the path forward for this new administration. The Ekklesia will see its way forward in this year, as well, and I believe many surprise blessings await those in the Body of Christ.

“I am the Lord, and there is no other. I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things.” (Isaiah 45:6b-7; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Get out your Bible, go to Isaiah 45 and walk through it in prayer.
  • Pray for President-elect Trump using verses in this chapter. Pray that God will take his hand and lead Him. Pray Mr. Trump will humble himself, seek the Lord and allow the Lord to lead him. Pray that he will understand his great need of God, acknowledge Him alone as God and lean heavily on Him.
  • Using vs. 8, ask the Lord for that Third Great Awakening He has promised. Thank Him for a new day of freedom of religion in the nation. Thank Him for a new level of boldness to share the Gospel in America. Pray that righteousness would begin to flow like a river through the land as many hearts are changed by the gospel message.
  • Pray that God teaches him about the importance of our nation’s friendship with Israel. Pray vs. 15-17 for Israel.
  • Verses 20-21 speak of the nations coming to our shores. Thank the Lord that they will come to receive Christ. Pray that they will come to lay down their idols. Pray that they will come to know the One true and Only God! Ask the Lord for a wise immigration plan that is an economic blessing to America and to the immigrant, while being safe for the nation, as well.
  • Worship Him!

A prayer you can pray:

Holy Spirit, show me Your treasures in Isaiah 45 for this season of America’s history. I pray for President-elect Donald Trump. I ask you to take him by the hand and lead him as he leads this great nation. Help him to be humble and to know he needs You. Then, give him everything he needs to lead with righteousness and wisdom. Father, I believe we are entering a new era of freedom to share the Gospel in America. Embolden the Church with a spirit of evangelism and manifest the Third Great Awakening, Lord! Holy Spirit pour out rivers of salvation! Bring the nations to our shores, so they might lay down their false idols and turn from their other gods and serve You alone, Jesus! We pray verses 15-17 and ask that Donald Trump would have a revelation of the need of a deep friendship with Israel. May we be blessed, as we bless Israel nation to nation. In Jesus’ mighty name, amen.

Today’s decree:

God has caused a miracle to occur in the election of Donald J. Trump in order to position this nation for a Great Awakening, to get us back on track with our nation’s destiny, and to turn hearts back to Him!


15
Nov 2016

Transition

From now until January 20, 2017, Inauguration Day, our government is in transition. Just like transition in a birthing process, governmental transition is a potentially dangerous time. Cabinet positions must be filled, quickly and carefully. Everyone, including President-Elect Trump must be brought up to speed. President Obama has nothing to lose should he decide to act with Executive privilege. He could take action to leave a legacy that would be challenging for the next administration to undo. Congress may be distracted as they leave office defeated or come into office fresh and new.

“No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, he pours new wine into new wineskins.” (Mark 2:18-22; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Commit to pray daily through this season of governmental transition for the United States.
  • Pray that President-Elect Trump will choose individuals for his Cabinet that are right for this moment in history. (New wine in new wine skins.) Pray that they will be humble, wise and well-skilled. Pray that there will be no Judas’ among them, self-seeking or proud.
  • Intercede for Israel. Pray that President Obama does not make any decision that jeopardizes that nation before he leaves office.
  • Pray that the transition of Senators and Congressmen is smooth and that everyone currently in office keeps working. Making good decisions for the future of America.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, we lift up the transition of our government from President Obama’s administration to President-Elect Trump’s administration. We pray for that smooth transition of power. We ask that Donald Trump would choose humble, wise and knowledgeable individuals for his cabinet. They should be those that understand government, but are ready to make positive changes and are able to carefully undo some things. We intercede on behalf of Israel and pray that President Obama makes no last minute decisions that would harm her future or the U.S. relationship with her. Please also grant much grace to our Senators and Congressmen, as they transition in and out. Help them to stay fully engaged. In Jesus mighty Name, amen.

Today’s decree:

God will grant a supernatural grace to all involved for the United States to have a smooth transition of power.


14
Nov 2016

The Next Phase of Battle

“We are living in an age in which the Lord is mobilizing His army for the next move of God in order to take the kingdoms of this world for His own. These kingdoms, or mountains of cultural influence, will not be taken without a fight. Much like when Israel was directed to possess the land, there are “giants” on these mountains of influence that are greater and mightier than we are (see Rev. 11:15; Deut. 7, 8). We must not forget that the Lord Jesus is a mighty warrior who fights for His people, and that He is the same God who brought Joshua great victory in fulfilling His mandate to possess nations that were mightier than Joshua was (Exod. 15:3; Josh. 5:14, 10:8-42). (Diane Lake)

“Like dawn spreading across the mountains a large and mighty army comes, such as never was in ancient times nor ever will be in ages to come…The Lord thunders at the head of His army; His forces are beyond number, and mighty is the army that obeys His command.” (Joel 2:2, 11; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Now that the election is won, we have even more to do in intercession. Are you still saying “yes” to God?
  • Read all the passages of scripture in the devotional today. Pray for the Holy Spirit to give you revelation as you do.
  • Ask the Lord to help you know what part you will play in the taking of these mountains of cultural influence. Pray for the “mountain” that you feel called to: Family, Religion, Government, Business, Education, Arts and Entertainment, and/or Media.
  • Intercede for the Church that we would accept our Kingdom mandate, understand it, and start preparing for spiritual warfare. Pray the Church does not go back to sleep!

A prayer you can pray:

Father, I say yes to You! I want to be one that expands the Kingdom of God in the mountains of influence in America. Grant me revelation as I soak myself in Your Word. Show me my role in the spiritual warfare for my mountain. Show me how to pray and what actions to take to expand Your Kingdom in that realm of influence. We must turn the rudder of this great nation, and it will take much warfare to do so! I pray that the Church, who woke up to vote, would stay awake and work together to see Your Kingdom Come and Your Will Done in the nation, as it is in heaven! Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

We have entered the season to expand His Kingdom in the nation. He is fighting with us and for us and we will see a turn-around in America!

Learn more about Diane Lake here.


13
Nov 2016

Violent Protests

A peaceful transition of power is America’s tradition and strength. But, immediately following the announcement that Trump had won the election, protests broke out nationwide, primarily on college campuses. This has continued each night since. The protests are now turning into violent riots in some parts of the country. Protests are occurring in Seattle, Miami, Philadelphia, New York City, Los Angeles, Portland, OR, and Columbus, OH, among other places.  Police have remained in control of the violence, so far. But God! God is able to reverse the violence. He is able to bring the shalom of God, peace and wholeness, to our nation if we will pray!

“”How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!'” (Isaiah 52:7; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Jesus is the Prince of Peace. Proclaim that Jesus would extend His peace, the shalom of God, into our streets and into our cities all across the nation. Pray specifically over the cities mentioned above.
  • Pray for the safety of the students who are out in the streets. These are our nation’s sons and daughters; our nation’s future. Speak over them: “Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” (Psalm 34:14; NIV)
  • Ask the Lord to protect our law enforcement. Ask God to grant them wisdom in the way they address the violence, so that it is diminished and not increased.
  • Command the spirit of violence and anarchy behind this movement to cease and desist! Boldly command the conflict and chaos to dissipate!

A prayer you can pray:

Jesus, we thank You that You are the Prince of Peace, the Shalom of God! Lord, many of our major cities across the nation need this Peace right now. (Pray for the cities mentioned above.) We pray specifically for the safety of the students caught up in these protests. We pray you would keep our nation’s sons and daughters safe from all harm. Protect our law enforcement officers, as well, Father. Help them to have wisdom from above as they decide how to stop and dispel the violence. Let it be just enough and not an iota more than is necessary. We command the spirit of violence and anarchy that is attempting to stir up conflict and chaos to BE STILL, In Jesus’ name! Amen.

Today’s decree:

The Prince of Peace, Jesus, will give us peace and dispel the violence over America!


12
Nov 2016

Mercy Received

As I prayed during this election cycle, I experienced more sovereign intervention (bringing both assignments and confirmations) than I have received during any other election. Angelic visitations, dreams, prophetic words, strategies, and Holy Spirit-inspired prayers gave me much confidence that God was willing to give us mercy, not judgment. In spite of these occurrences, however, Election Day was difficult. As I interceded and stood in faith, trusting that others and I had not “missed it” in our interpretations and assertions, it was emotional. My hope deferred was so great in ’08 that I had to fight off the memories and accompanying fear all day. As the results came in, I wept, knowing that mercy had, indeed, triumphed over judgment.

“No mercy will be shown to those who show no mercy to others. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” (James 2:13 GWT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Worship God! Where this nation was deserving of judgement, due to our corporate sin and iniquity, God has sent us mercy, instead.
  • Ask the Lord to break fear and hope-deferred off the Body of Christ from previous election cycles.
  • Ask the Lord to break fear and hope-deferred off people who feel disappointment from this Pray that those who do not know Christ as Savior would be introduced to Him and can find hope in Him and rest for their souls.
  • Pray John 17:21 over the nation as Jesus prayed, “I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.”

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, I worship You! I praise Your Holy Name! America surely deserved judgement, but You have chosen to hear the intercession of Your people and grant us mercy and one more opportunity to get our governance right! We are so grateful, Father. Please completely break fear and hope-deferred off of the Body of Christ. We should be confident in You, but the enemy has hit us hard in the past and caused us to reel. You are restoring, Father, but there are those in the nation now who are reacting just like we did in 2008. They now feel afraid and disenfranchised. Since we’ve been through this before, we lovingly pray for them that You would quickly heal their hearts, so we can rejoice together at the healing of our nation! Stir us to introduce many to Jesus, so they can find true peace and rest for their souls. Make us one, Father, even as You and Jesus and the Holy Spirit are one. Amen.

Today’s decree:

God has given America mercy instead of the judgement we deserved.


11
Nov 2016

Veterans Day

“The hero is the man dedicated to the creation and/or defense of reality-conforming, life-promoting values.” (Andrew Bernstein)

“Better than honor and glory, and History’s iron pen, was the thought of duty done and the love of his fellow-men.” (Richard Watson Gilder)

Our veterans are dear to Americans’ patriotic hearts. We acknowledge their sacrifices and those of their families in times of war. They have marched bravely to the battlefield and mostly won, sometimes lost those battles. However, have you ever realized that these men and women create and defend life-promoting values? Of course, they do! They are fighting for our lives! Today, we celebrate their lives and express our love and gratitude to them!

“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” (Romans 12:10; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Thank the Lord for every veteran by name that you know.
  • Pray for all veterans that God would bless them with health and wholeness. Pray that every need they have would be met in Christ Jesus.
  • Intercede for the salvation of these veterans. Pray that the horrors they have seen on the battlefield will not cause them to push God away.
  • Now, go out and do something loving and kind for a veteran today.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, I thank you for (name the veterans you know.) I pray that you would bless them with whole bodies and minds. They often suffer so greatly. Let them know they are loved by You, Lord. We ask that you would present Your Son to them in supernatural ways. Let Your love for them override the pain and mental anguish of battle. Show me how to bless veterans today, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Today’s decree:

We honor those who fight for our freedom and our lives—our nation’s veterans!


10
Nov 2016

Healing a Nation’s Wounds

Our recent election revealed a deep divide in America. It’s not that we didn’t know there was one, but I don’t think we knew how deep it was. The ideologies of our citizenry are just about split 50-50 between those that consider themselves liberals and those that think of themselves as conservatives. Some of our beliefs are extreme opposites, such as those who believe in abortion on demand and those who choose life for mothers and the new lives within them. We have our thought-differences, however, there are likely more things we agree on! Most of all, we are a nation that primarily agrees that we should all find ways to get along, help each other, express kindness to each other, and respect one another’s uniqueness. Doesn’t that sound just like Jesus?

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” (Colossians 3:12; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Repent if you are harboring any ill will, anger or suspicion toward anyone, because they have a belief system different from yours. Jesus loves them.
  • Ask the Lord to heal this divided nation.
  • Pray for at least one person you know who thinks exactly the opposite of you. If they aren’t born again, pray for their salvation. Now, pray that Jesus will show you how to love them.
  • Go out of your way today to do something Christ-like for someone you don’t agree with philosophically. Get to know them deeper as a person and see if your life isn’t enriched by knowing them better.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, the elections have revealed hate and fear among the people of the United States. Our differences are more glaring than I can ever remember! We seem to be getting further and further apart, but I know that is not Your will for us. Heal our divided nation, Lord! Please forgive me when I get angry with or even reject others when they don’t believe what I believe. How can I show them the love of Christ? Teach me how to love those who are polar opposites to me. Deal with my fear and anger. Show me where these emotions are rooted in me or in my family line. I want to live as Colossians 3:12 commands us. In Jesus’ healing Name I pray. Amen.

Today’s decree:

God will heal the nation’s great divide!


09
Nov 2016

Where Does Your Trust Lie?

So, we have a new President of the United States of America. From Senators on down to local government officials, men and women will begin to take their places. We have prayed and interceded, acted and voted. It is now time to worship. Regardless of who won the race last night, we must refocus our attention on the King of Kings and Lord of Lords; our God in whom we can always trust! His promises to us are sure. His personality is unchanging and we can put our full trust in Him!

“Do not trust in princes, in mortal man, in whom there is no salvation. His spirit departs, he returns to the earth; in that very day his thoughts perish. How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God, who made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free. The Lord opens the eyes of the blind; the Lord raises up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous; the Lord protects the strangers; He supports the fatherless and the widow, but He thwarts the way of the wicked.” (Psalms 146:3-7-9; NASB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Worship the Lord using the passage of scripture from Psalm 146. Put Him right at the center of your view today.
  • On the basis of total trust in the One we love and serve, may we now pray for our new President. Ask the Lord to grant them wisdom from above, humility, and boldness to lead this great nation.
  • Lift up the needs of our nation to the Lord: justice for the oppressed, food for the hungry, jobs for the jobless, homes for the homeless, unrighteous laws removed and righteous ones put in place, Judges that uphold the Constitution, and anything else the Lord lays on your heart.
  • Intercede for their cabinet choices, our Senators, Representatives, and state and local officials as they prepare to begin a new session.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, we worship You today! We list up Your holy Name! You have not left your throne of authority and you are forever watching over us! Thank you! We pray for the new President we have chosen. We ask You to grant them Your grace and wisdom to govern with righteous judgement. Lord, grant them a humble boldness to make the decisions the nation needs right now. We pray for the many needs of our people. Grant creative solutions to our leaders, Lord. We lift up our Senators, Representatives, state and local officials (name them) and ask the same for them. In Jesus’ most precious name, amen.

Today’s decree:

The Lord is our Helper and one and only God! Worthy of our worship, He is forever our righteous ruler, giver of justice and the one who leads our leaders!


08
Nov 2016

Election Day

November 8, 2016, is a pivotal day in American history and clearly represents a national “time of need” for mercy & grace! It was a privilege to be on the recent “Retrace The Covenant” Prayer Team, visiting 7 cities in 7 days. As we entered Faneuil Hall in Boston, it was apparent we had stepped into a place where, at a previous pivotal moment in the American story, those present faced a “time of need” for Divine help, mercy and grace. It was in Faneuil Hall that the first rumblings of the American Revolution were felt. Faneuil Hall is known as the Cradle of Liberty. When the team entered the Hall, we were arrested with the sense that we were connecting with history, while reaching forward into America’s future, and releasing words of hope, grace and mercy. It’s clear those that were there in the 1700’s were people of unprecedented courage and confidence. It is now our turn to stand on the stage of the American story at a pivotal moment, and to do so with unprecedented courage and confidence! As ambassadors of The King, as guardians over the garden we call The United States of America, and as the courageous, confidence-filled, Church of Jesus Christ, we say “America’s best days are ahead of her!” (Hope Taylor)

“Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we might find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16; NASB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Thank the Lord for those who had the boldness to stand up against tyranny in a different age, who asked God for Divine help and mercy and then took action to birth our nation.
  • Ask God to raise up and strengthen a new generation of nation-builders—His people who will pray and act beyond today, election day, to rebuild America from the inside out.
  • Pray that the Ekklesia will legislate with their vote today!
  • Intercede with passion for the America you believe is God’s desire. Let the Word of God lead you.
  • Pray for the people of God, the Ekklesia, the Church, to be everything we should be in this hour—Holy Spirit-filled expanders of the Kingdom of God in America and to the ends of earth.

A prayer you can pray:

Father we thank you for our founding fathers, many of whom knew You and served You. We thank You for their holy boldness, who in confidence and grace, rejected the tyranny of Britain and chose to establish a nation that would look to You for guidance and direction, and honor You and Your Word. Let this be a generation of Believers like that one. May we be bold and courageous and stand against the enemy’s plans to secularize America. Let us vote in unprecedented numbers, may we pray like never before, and may we walk out our future as a people who are involved in the affairs of men, expanding Your Kingdom in this nation wherever we go! Amen.

Today’s decree:

The Church in America is courageous, confident and brave, and we believe America’s best days are ahead of her!

Learn more about Hope Taylor here.


07
Nov 2016

The Devastation of Our Nation

One of the most devastating occurrences in America in our lifetimes, ranking up with The Supreme Court’s decisions of Roe vs. Wade and Engel vs. Vitale (the removal of prayer from schools), was the election of Barack Obama. I gave a strong warning about what would happen to our nation if he was elected. Sadly, it has all come to pass: a continued liberalization and empowerment of the judicial system in America; a weakened economy (our national debt has doubled in 7 years to $19 TRILLION!); further moral deterioration, along with a rebellion to and mockery of God (does anyone remember the White House lit up in the colors of the LGBT movement after marriage was re-defined by the Supreme Court? If that wasn’t an “in your face” to God and those of us who “cling to their God, guns and religion” by the man who mockingly said it, I don’t know what could ever be!); increased violence; a weakened position in the world, along with a weakened military; the advance of radical Islamist terrorism; a setback in race relations; and more. I rejoice that our nation has been able to elect our first black president. I am deeply saddened, however, that it was Barack Obama. The damage has been so great that America is now one president away from a complete transformation to secularism, a loss of our Judeo-Christian foundation, the loss of our position as the stabilizing force for good in the earth, and the leading voice of the gospel to all the world.

“But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.’” (1 Samuel 16:7; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Repent for the doors of iniquity opened by President Barack Obama, his Cabinet and this Supreme Court. Repent of the blatant mockery of God that has been expressed in this administration. Command the doors of iniquity SHUT!
  • Intercede and ask the Lord to grant America mercy!
  • Cry out to God to save us from a further slide down a secular humanistic path that rejects the only One who can save us from our sins—personal and national.
  • Ask the Lord to give us a President that will restore our position as a stabilizing force for good in the earth. Ask for a restoration of our ability to worship as fully as we want, to proclaim the Word of God in the marketplace, to speak truth in love, and to take the Gospel of the Kingdom to every nation on the earth from these shores!

A prayer you can pray:

Father, we repent on behalf of this governmental administration under Barack Hussein Obama. He has trampled morality and decency, and openly mocked and blasphemed Your Name. Forgive our nation for electing him. We ask for mercy, Lord, for You said that mercy triumphs over judgement, and it is judgement we surely deserve. Please stop this slide into godlessness that we are on! We say, “We desire You, Lord! Visit us again!” Give us a new President tomorrow that will reverse this secular course. Give us a President tomorrow that can be led by You, will reverse legislation that is displeasing to You, and will appoint Supreme Court Judges that will honor the Constitution and judge with righteous judgement. Give us a President that will uphold the first amendment, allowing us true freedom of worship, and may the Gospel go forth across this nation and to the ends of the earth because of our choice! We look to You, Jesus, to save us! Amen.

Today’s decree:

The Lord will stir His people to elect a man of His own choosing, one whose heart He can touch and who will govern the United States of America in a God-honoring way.


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