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14
Jul 2016

Written Into God’s Storyline

“Our battle isn’t against flesh and blood, and satan is trying to create a narrative of racial division to destroy us. Nevertheless, there is a meta-narrative going on and it’s God’s storyline of healing and redemption that can turn this nation around. With that I say, stay hopeful. As I mentioned before, most of this week, I’ve been waking up to write my thoughts in regard to tragedies, but one day, I believe we’ll awake to write stories of triumph. And we’re going to realize that we were the pen, the Holy Spirit was the ink, and that God took us by His hand and wrote His storyline through us. Together, let us let Him use our lives to turn a nation.” (Will Ford)1

“The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding” (Proverbs 4:7; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Read Ephesians 6:10-17 through the filter of current events. This passage is about spiritual warfare. Make notes on any revelation you may be given by the Holy Spirit as you read this passage, then pray accordingly.
  • Tell the Lord that you want to see how you are being written into His storyline for America. Rejoice and worship Him that you are a part of His plan!
  • Pray identificationally for the healing of the nation’s racial divide and ask the Lord for stories of triumph. Watch the news and mark the turning points.
  • There are rumors of possible violent protests tomorrow (Friday) across the nation in many large cities. Do not be afraid. Ask the Lord to rewrite the story and command the enemy to cease and desist!

A prayer you can pray:

Father, heal this nation! Use the lives of those of us who truly love and serve You, and write the story You have planned. Erase the enemy’s plans from the history books. As I read Ephesians 6:10-17, grant me your spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of You and Your ways. Let me see the way You see and know how to pray and what to do. I ask You to heal the racial divide and use me to do it! I ask You to judge the enemy who wants with violence to our nation’s key cities and cause chaos and pain. I serve a cease and desist order against you, satan! No more! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Today’s decree:

The Lord is writing His true Believers into His plan to heal America’s racial wounds!

1 Excerpted from William Ford, III’s article with Dutch Sheets, “Our Race Dilemma – What Color is Your Baggage?” Elijahlist.com, July 12, 2016. 7/12/16.

Read more about William Ford, III here.


14
Jul 2016

Written Into God’s Storyline

“Our battle isn’t against flesh and blood, and satan is trying to create a narrative of racial division to destroy us. Nevertheless, there is a meta-narrative going on and it’s God’s storyline of healing and redemption that can turn this nation around. With that I say, stay hopeful. As I mentioned before, most of this week, I’ve been waking up to write my thoughts in regard to tragedies, but one day, I believe we’ll awake to write stories of triumph. And we’re going to realize that we were the pen, the Holy Spirit was the ink, and that God took us by His hand and wrote His storyline through us. Together, let us let Him use our lives to turn a nation.” (Will Ford)1

“The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding” (Proverbs 4:7; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Read Ephesians 6:10-17 through the filter of current events. This passage is about spiritual warfare. Make notes on any revelation you may be given by the Holy Spirit as you read this passage, then pray accordingly.
  • Tell the Lord that you want to see how you are being written into His storyline for America. Rejoice and worship Him that you are a part of His plan!
  • Pray identificationally for the healing of the nation’s racial divide and ask the Lord for stories of triumph. Watch the news and mark the turning points.
  • There are rumors of possible violent protests tomorrow (Friday) across the nation in many large cities. Do not be afraid. Ask the Lord to rewrite the story and command the enemy to cease and desist!

A prayer you can pray:

Father, heal this nation! Use the lives of those of us who truly love and serve You, and write the story You have planned. Erase the enemy’s plans from the history books. As I read Ephesians 6:10-17, grant me your spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of You and Your ways. Let me see the way You see and know how to pray and what to do. I ask You to heal the racial divide and use me to do it! I ask You to judge the enemy who wants with violence to our nation’s key cities and cause chaos and pain. I serve a cease and desist order against you, satan! No more! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Today’s decree:

The Lord is writing His true Believers into His plan to heal America’s racial wounds!

1 Excerpted from William Ford, III’s article with Dutch Sheets, “Our Race Dilemma – What Color is Your Baggage?” Elijahlist.com, July 12, 2016. 7/12/16.

Read more about William Ford, III here.


13
Jul 2016

A New Justice Movement

“Related to further healing the race issue, and a new justice movement, God gave me (Will Ford) a dream about the dreamer, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In the dream, my friend Lou Engle and I were driving in a SUV to the church, but we couldn’t get there without picking up Dr. King. As we pulled up to his house, Dr. King came out with a white duffle bag with black handles. He went to the curb and dumped out everything in the duffle bag. Once it was empty, surprisingly, he threw away the bag as well. Dr. King then walked over to our vehicle, and opened the door to ride with us. This was consistent with anyone who desired involvement with Dr. King’s organization in the sixties. No one could be a part of the movement if they had racial hatred or bitterness in their heart. The Lord was saying to me, ‘Empty yourself of any souvenir of unforgiveness, bitterness, and resentment. Get rid of your ‘white baggage’, and ride in the new movement that will bring revival and justice to everyone in America.’” (William Ford, III)1

“Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.” (Ephesians 4:3; NLT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Whatever color you are, be bold and ask the Lord if you have any racial baggage. Don’t be afraid to let Him show you. Be quick to repent and ask Him to change your heart.
  • “While I’m all about us having a dialogue regarding race, etc., I want us to be very careful about not being divisive.”1 Pray that the Lord will “correct the narrative” and show us how to have racial dialogues that bring healing instead of dividing us further. Ask the Lord for His Spirit of Wisdom to be poured out. “The truth is we need each other’s perspectives to heal our today, so together we can shape a better future for our tomorrow.1
  • Ask the Lord to put you in His unfolding storyline of racial reconciliation in America. “What storyline will you be a part of? The healing or the hurt? This is our shared moment in history.”1

A prayer you can pray:

Dear Lord, the United States is currently experiencing another wave of racial unrest. I want to be a part of the healing of this issue in America. To do that, I will need Your help, Lord, to see exactly what is in my heart and mind regarding race. Expose my heart, so that I can clearly see how to repent. I want to be one that could participate in Dr. Martin Luther King’s movement. I want to be a reconciler of men and a participant in this new justice movement. Give me the right words and the right actions that bring healing instead of further divisiveness.

Today’s decree:

I will ride in the new movement of revival and justice, and be a part of God’s storyline of racial reconciliation in America!

1 Excerpted from William Ford, III’s article with Dutch Sheets, “Our Race Dilemma – What Color is Your Baggage?” Elijahlist.com, July 12, 2016. 7/12/16.

Read more about William Ford, III here.


12
Jul 2016

I Urge You to Pray

“While the current tumultuous cultural climate is very similar to the 1960’s, it is perhaps even more precariously heightened. Today we have Supreme Court sanctioned gay marriage, open doors to an escalating gender confusion, Presidential Executive Orders that go outside of Constitutional rights, the legalization of drugs in specific states, violent radical Islamic jihadist attacks, trillions of dollars of national debt, and more. Much of the current mood in the U.S. is one of anger, frustration and extreme polarization. The Scriptures State, ‘I Urge You to Pray!’” (James Goll)1

“I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4; NASB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • “In the 1960’s we experienced the Generation Gap, Economic Division, Racial Strife, Hate Crimes, Free Sex Movement, Assassinations of Leaders, Drug Epidemic and much more.”1 Tell the Lord that you do not want to see our nation go around that mountain of rebellion against God again in our generation.
  • “Prayer was removed from public schools (in 1962).”1 Decree that the Lord is welcome in our school system and that the lie of separation of Church and State will end. Encourage your children or those in your circle of influence to gather their friends and pray daily at school. It is not illegal for students to gather and pray together.
  • “Abortion was made legally available (in 1973).”1 Repent for the sin of abortion. Ask God to reverse the legality of the killing of our unborn for the sake of convenience.
  • Over that same period of time, “an assault was released against traditional family values and roles (and) a no-fault divorce clause was introduced. This started unraveling American society as we had known it.”1 Ask God to deliver us from the covenant-breaking spirit in America. Pray for strong families and faithful spouses.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, we have no desire to repeat the sins of our fathers and thereby reinforce rebellion against you in another generation. Forgive our nation for removing prayer in schools. Our children have suffered the consequences in numerous ways for leaving You out of the educational process. Help me to boldly encourage our children to pray together in school each day. I repent for the sin of abortion in our nation. Reverse Roe v Wade and reverse the curses it has brought against us. Deliver us from the sin of covenant-breaking and make the Church a covenant-keeping people! Strengthen our marriages and grace us to be faithful for all of our lives. Renew our covenant with You and save our nation! Jesus help us! Amen.

Today’s decree:

We stir up and urge to pray, so that we can see a generation of rebellious decisions reversed and our nation healed and in revival!

1 This is excerpted from a Word by James Goll given June 29, 2016. You can learn more about James Goll here.


11
Jul 2016

Flashpoint in History

I strongly feel that we are at a flashpoint in history. God is releasing vision, faith, and a greater measure of grace for turning the tide of complacency and decadence concerning America’s Godly heritage and great destiny. If we, the Church, partner with God’s heart in this critical hour, I believe we will experience a Third Great Awakening and become a light to the nations once again.

“And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ.” (Philippians 1:9-11; NASB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • A flashpoint is the moment something smoldering bursts into flame. Ask God to cause Your heart to burst into flame for Him!
  • Ask Him to break complacency and decadence off of His Church in a moment!
  • Thank Jesus for the fresh outpouring of vision, faith and grace that is occurring more and more now.
  • Pray that this nation will once again be a light unto the nations, as a city set upon a hill lighting the way to Him!

A prayer you can pray:

Jesus, we thank you that prayers are increasing and revival moves of God are starting in various places in the nation. You are moving once again! We ask for increased momentum, as You line our hearts up with Yours, until we reach that flashpoint of outpouring where everything changes! There’s no going back from there! Increase our love for You and others. Increase our vision, our faith and grant us great, great grace to live in a Third Great Awakening! Amen!

Today’s decree:

God is increasing the momentum of revival in the land and we are fast approaching the flashpoint of the beginning of a Third Great Awakening!


10
Jul 2016

Fresh Wave of Intercession

Over the last few years the Lord has been showing me how weariness and hope deferred has come upon the intercessors. The prayer movement in America was dying. Yet God desired to release a fresh wind to revive hearts, rebirth dormant dreams and destinies, and raise up a tenacious praying army along with a powerful signs and wonders movement once again.

“Will You not Yourself revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?” (Psalm 85:6; NASB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • If you have been one whose intercessory fires have died back even a little bit in the last few years, breathe deeply. As you exhale, ask the Lord to miraculously revive your passion for Him and for intercession.
  • Pray for other intercessors you know for a fresh wind of the Holy Spirit to blow in the coals of their hearts and fan their passion to flames again.
  • Pray for the Church in general that we would love to pray!
  • Ask the Lord to give pastors strategies to incorporate significant amounts of time in the worship services to intercession for the nation and their communities; to cry out in intercession for revival and signs and wonders!

A prayer you can pray:

Father, if I am honest, so much of the fire for intercession in me and many other intercessors in the nation has died back. Holy Spirit, fan the embers into brightly burning flames of passion for prayer once again! Do this in my heart first. Do this in the hearts of my intercession-driven friends. Do this in the hearts of Believers all across America! Revive our hearts. Rebirth our dreams. Bring us into the destinies You planned for us! Move through us in sign and wonders and national revival!

Today’s decree:

Holy Spirit will fan the flames of revival and prayer in the Church and we will be on fire for Him!


09
Jul 2016

Healing the Divisions

“There have been police-involved shootings here in the U.S., and it hurts to hear the cries and pain of the black community. And then Thursday night, there was a brutal attack on police officers—the deadliest incident for U.S. law enforcement since September 11, 2001—here in Dallas, Texas, and it hurts to experience the grief and fear of our city. Creation groans. Our spirits groan. We don’t know how to solve the problems or heal the aches, but the Holy Spirit does. We need His wisdom, revelation, and compassion to overwhelm all of our hearts.”1

“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:21-23; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Pray that the flood of violence would stop! The enemy wants to bring chaos and destruction, so cry out for a standard to be raised against him.
  • Ask the Lord to grant peace in our communities, that trust would be restored between the public and law enforcement.
  • Pray for comfort for the families of those who have been killed.
  • Bind a spirit of division, and loose a spirit of unity. Across all lines—racial, denominational, regional, etc.—pray for people to come together in grace and compassion, setting aside selfishness and seeking to understand each other.
  • Pray for the voices of those speaking wisdom, truth, and sound solutions to be amplified; pray for the voices speaking foolishness, hatred, and division to be silenced.

A prayer you can pray:

We command the violence to stop, in Jesus’ Name! Lord, You can see what is behind the scenes and You know the plans the enemy has to stir up chaos and violence, turning various groups of people against one another. We humbly ask for a spirit of unity, instead. We ask You to raise up voices of wisdom and cause their voices to be loud and clear. May the truth they speak be louder than the voices of those calling for violence. Heal our divided nation, Lord. Heal us now. In the Name of Jesus, amen.

Today’s decree:

We look to God to provide answers to divisive issues and cry out for a spirit of unity to rise up!

1 Adela Just, “Pray With Us: Violence in Dallas and Around the World”. Generals.org, 7/8/16. You can learn more about Adela Just here.


08
Jul 2016

Holding the Courts Accountable

Not only the Supreme Court, but others in the Judiciary system have run amuck. One of today’s liberal federal judges, Richard Posner, no longer even sees the need to twist the Constitution’s meaning in order to make his warped rulings. He simply admits that to him, and many other judges and attorneys today, the Constitution is irrelevant. “I see absolutely no value to a judge of spending decades, years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, or seconds studying the Constitution, the history of its enactment, its amendments, and its implementation…the original Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the post-Civil War amendments (including the 14th), do not speak to today.1 (Emphasis mine.) So, if you’re wondering where in the Constitution judges find the removing of prayer from schools, abortion rights, the redefining of marriage and other liberal positions, the answer is simple: they don’t. They simply legislate from the bench, according to their own desires and ideals, leading to an overly powerful judiciary branch with no remaining standard for which they must be held accountable.

“You shall appoint for yourself judges and officers in all your towns which the LORD your God is giving you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment.” (Deuteronomy 16:18; NASB) “For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us.” (Isaiah 33:22; KJV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Bring your anger to the Lord and let Him turn it into intercession with weeping for the twisting in our judicial system!
  • It is critical that the nation has a firm foundation to stand on and that foundation is the Constitution of the United States of America. Call to the Judge of the Whole Earth to consider these that ignore it and ask the Lord to replace them with judges that will honor our Constitution.
  • Boldly ask the Lord for a reversal of decisions that have been made by opinion and current cultural influences or international standards. Ask God for justice and expect it, because these decisions were made under false pretenses!

A prayer you can pray:

God, it is frustrating for your people when we have appointed judges that do not honor our founding documents, especially the United State Constitution. This document was founded on godly principles, but modern judges are telling us they are purposefully ignoring it! We appeal to a higher Court and we ask You, Judge of the Earth, to move on behalf of our intercession and replace these renegade judges who judge according to their whims and fancies with those that will honor our Constitution. We also boldly ask You to raise up situations to bring cases back before re-seated courts that will result in righteous judgements and set the nation back on a proper course founded on proper interpretation of the Constitution. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

Today’s decree:

The Lord will give this nation judges that honor the Constitution upon which it was founded!

1 Richard A. Posner, “Entry 9: The academy is out of its depth,” The Slate Group. www.slate.com, 6/24/16. 7/7/16.


07
Jul 2016

Leadership Humility

Those who lead a nation should remember that they were elected by “we the people.” The United States of America was formed as a Republic, which means we elect those who are supposed to represent the people they were elected by. Sadly, politicians often get elected, then do whatever they want, ignoring the desires of their constituents. We need to elect humble leaders who will listen to the people they serve and make decisions that benefit the majority of their lives. This is how the Republic is preserved.

“Jesus called the apostles and said, ‘You know that the acknowledged rulers of nations have absolute power over people and their officials have absolute authority over people. But that’s not the way it’s going to be among you. Whoever wants to become great among you will be your servant.’” (Mark 10:42-43; GW)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Intercede on behalf of the elected leaders in your area: President, Vice President, Senator, S. Representative, State Representatives, County officials, City Mayor and Council Members. If you don’t know who they are, search online and find out. Carry the list with you and commit to the Lord to pray for them on a regular basis.
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to convict your elected leaders if you are sure they are not representing the will of the people that elected them. Write them an email and tell them why you believe this. Be respectful, but honest. Let them know you are praying regularly for them.
  • Ask the Lord for humble men and women to be raised up by the Lord in your area who will listen to the people and can govern with wisdom and compassion for those they serve. Run for office, if that describes you. Don’t be afraid! God equips those He calls.

A prayer you can pray:

Dear Lord, I lift up my elected leaders. (Name them by name and pray for each one.) Lord, convict those who have their own agendas and who ignore the people’s will in the sin of pride. Tell them quickly, Lord, and give them an opportunity to repent before they trip and fall over the consequences of their actions. Bring them to Your throne of grace and teach them a better way of ruling—from a position of service to others. Please raise up men and women to governmental office in my area and in the nation who are humble. Raise up those who listen to the people and weigh out decisions carefully, seeking You for guidance or at least making decisions that benefit the majority of those they serve. If You want me to run for political office, Lord I am here to serve You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Today’s decree:

God, I ask for humble political leaders for my city, state and nation!


06
Jul 2016

The Importance of Selecting Righteous Leaders

The same standard by which we choose leaders in the Church, should be the standard by which we choose our government leaders. In the church it is called righteousness.  In the secular environment, it is called ethics. If we do not have leaders that adhere to a high standard and to the Constitution’s boundaries, they will find themselves governing a restless, untrusting people.

“But select from among you, brethren, seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task.” (Acts 6:3; NASB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Commit to the Lord that you will seek Him for His choice of candidate in the national elections – individuals who will uphold the Constitution and will govern in a just and ethical manner. (“Righteous” in Proverbs 29:2 means “conforming to an ethical standard.”)
  • Pray that the Lord prepares their heart to govern and grants them grace, as they will be pulled on by many people, special interest groups and spiritual forces. Even those with strength of character can sway under political pressure.
  • Pray for Christians to get out and vote, even though choices may be hard! There are an estimated 90 million Christians in America. At least 13 million are not registered to vote and in 2012, 26 million Christians who were registered to vote, did not!1 Don’t be a statistic! You can learn how to register to vote here.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, I commit to seek You for the person You can see can lead our nation in a righteous, ethical manner and uphold the Constitution upon which this nation is founded. I pray in advance that You would prepare their heart and grant them wisdom and great grace! I pray they will stand strong against the powers and influence that will try to manipulate the decisions they make. I pray for strong character that grows in strength daily and that they will seek You or learn to seek You for answers to hard decisions. God call Your sleeping Church to the polls. Help me to invite all of my friends to vote and make sure they know where to get information to do so. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Today’s decree:

The Church will rise up and pray for and elect leaders with strong moral fortitude who will support the Constitution and govern with grace and wisdom.

1 United In Purpose. 701 Project slide presentation.


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