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18
Mar 2016

Choose Life!

The Lord didn’t ask us to choose between prosperity and poverty. He asked us to choose life or death. Ever since Adam and Eve were walking with the Lord in the Garden of Eden, God asked man to choose life. He knows this is hard for us. He knew Adam and Eve’s choice would open the door for sin in the world, which would make that choice even harder for us. However, He remedied the situation and made it easy. Now, if we simply choose Jesus, we choose LIFE and He gives it wholeheartedly and eternally, filled with blessing and abundance!

“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!” (Deuteronomy 30:19; NLT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Political parties are asking us to make a choice between economic philosophies, but God says the issue of life is the most important. Stop and think about that for a minute.
  • Pray for our nation that we will be able to trust God enough to choose life when we go to the polls, then believe He will bless our nation.
  • Thank Him for sending Jesus to save us and to give us the opportunity to choose Him, the source of Life and that abundantly!

A prayer you can pray:

Father, all I hear about on the news is what candidates say they can do for the economy, and there are so many possible solutions! You said, however, that life is the issue that is the most important. You show us that if we choose life, You will pour out prosperity and blessings on us as a nation, even as You did for Israel. Well, I choose life, Lord! And, I pray that You would touch the hearts of Believers that they will vote for life, as well! Thank you, Jesus! Amen.

Today’s decree:

I choose life for my household and my nation!

 

 


17
Mar 2016

He is Not Done!

I heard the Lord say, “I am not finished healing blind eyes! I am not finished opening deaf ears! I am not finished restoring crippled limbs! I am not done reaping the harvest of the end of the age! I am not finished saving the lost, setting the oppressed free or delivering captives! I am not done!” (Dr. Tim Sheets)1

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.” (Luke 4:18-19; NASB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Read the prophetic Word above back to the Lord as a statement of faith, for example, “You are not finished…”
  • Read Luke 4:18-19 and proclaim it over yourself, because His anointing is now your anointing, if you are now born again and filled with His Holy Spirit!
  • Raise your hands in the air and thank Him that you get to participate with Him in getting these things done—we’re not done yet!

A prayer you can pray:

Dear Lord, thank you that I get to do these amazing things together with You! I am so glad that we are not done healing the sick, saving the lost and setting free the oppressed! I feel such a joy in knowing that there are still so many wonderful things to be done—things that draw people to You! In Jesus’ mighty Name, Amen!

Today’s decree:

Jesus is still saving the lost, healing the sick and setting captives free today—through His Church!

1 Dr. Tim Sheets is an Apostle, Pastor, and Author based in southwestern Ohio. TimSheets.org.

 

 


13
Mar 2016

He is Not Finished!

God said, “It is finished,” not “I am finished.” He said He finished redemption on the cross, but He didn’t say He is done. He is not done with His Church. He will finish building His Church. It will be glorious. It will be without spot and wrinkle. It will reign in His Name! It will not be intimidated, scared, bewildered, confused, tepid or spineless! He is not done! He is not near done! He is going to finish what He said He would finish! (Dr. Tim Sheets)1

“That He might present to Himself the Church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.” (Ephesians 5:27; NASB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Worship the Lord for He is still at work on His Church and you are a part of it!
  • Thank Him that He is not done with us, His Church, yet!
  • Pray Ephesians 5:27 over the body of Christ. Now, pray it over yourself. Put your name in place of “the Church”. Let His Word transform you from limited to limitless, unable to able, intimidated to fearless!

A prayer you can pray:

God, I believe that You are not done! You are not done with Your Church. You are not done with me. I believe that You have a work to accomplish and You are transforming us into the image of Your Son! Lord, make us glorious! I pray Ephesians 5:27 over the Church and over my life. Do Your work in us, Lord! As we are transformed, this nation will be, too. Amen.

Today’s decree:

He is not even near done!

1 Dr. Tim Sheets is an Apostle, Pastor, and Author based in southwestern Ohio. TimSheets.org.

 

 


11
Mar 2016

Lord and Savior

When we get saved, we invite Jesus to be the Lord and Savior of our life. The “Savior” part is pretty simple—and amazing. The “Lord” part can be a bit more complicated. Making Jesus your Lord means giving Him total control of your life, every day and in every way. Just as Jesus followed the leading of the Father, so the disciples and apostles in the New Testament followed Jesus as Lord. They rocked their world! They show us a life that can truly impact a nation for God. (Hannah Sheets)1

“And how blessed are those in whom you live, whose lives become roads you travel… God-traveled, these roads curve up the mountain, and at the last turn—Zion! God in full view!” (Psalm 84: 5,7; MSG)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • If there are areas in your life where you haven’t allowed God to have full control, repent and give those to Him.
  • Renew your commitment to having Jesus be the Lord of your life.
  • Ask God to use your life to show others who Jesus really is.
  • Believe that all of His children following Him completely can transform this nation.

A prayer you can pray:

Jesus, thank you for being my Savior. Today I once again ask You to be Lord of my life. I surrender my life freshly to You, all of me and holding nothing back, and ask You to lead me. Make my life a vessel You can use to reveal Jesus to others. Help those of us in the body of Christ to follow You as Lord of our lives, so you might transform the nation we live in! Amen.

Today’s decree:

Jesus, I acknowledge You as Lord of my life and Lord over America!

1 Hannah Sheets is a passionate lover of Jesus who has been focused on the pursuit of God and His pursuit of a generation.


10
Mar 2016

God Doesn’t Hurry

The Lord is never in a rush, never in a hurry. We often want instant answers to the things we pray for. Sometimes we get miracles—overnight changes when everything works out exactly the way we desired it to! Most of the time, however, we will find ourselves waiting, believing, contending and persevering in faith for the answers to our intercession. Never stop believing! Your request will be answered—at His perfect time! (Timmerle Kelly)1

“It is beautiful how God has done everything at the right time. He has put a sense of eternity in people’s minds, Yet, mortals still can’t grasp what God is doing from the beginning of time to the end (of time).” (Ecclesiastes 3:11; GWT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Think back to the times God came through for you and worship Him whether it was instantaneous or took some time.
  • Consider the things on your prayer list now and ask the Lord to grant you grace to not stop praying until you see the answer. Ask for Him to refresh your prayer life, if need be.
  • Now, pray with fresh fervency and eternity in your heart for the things you can see may take time for God to answer.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, You alone see things from before the foundations of time and throughout eternity. This is not possible for me to grasp! However, I want to understand that You will answer my prayers in Your timing as a part of Your eternal plan. When I look back at the things I have prayed for before, I can see that the answers are coming! They will come at exactly the right time! Refire me, Lord! By Your grace, let my intercession be fervent! In Jesus’ Name, amen!

Today’s decree:

God is not late in answering my prayers. They will be answered at the exact right time!

1 Timmerle Kelly is the Managing Editor for GiveHim15. She has spent more than 20 years in finance across a number of sectors, teaches Finance and Economics at Christ for the Nations Institute, and sits on the city council of her small town just north of Dallas, TX. She has been actively involved in the prayer movement since 1985. Combining her unique background in finance and government with prayer, she carries an ability to help the praying church intercede for the issues of our day to effect change and advance the Kingdom.


08
Mar 2016

Praying for Prodigals—Praying, Not Judging

On a visit to New York with my husband years ago, our host pastor was driving us around the Brooklyn area. While waiting at a traffic light I looked out the window and saw a drunk man who had stepped into a glass-walled phone booth to escape the cold wind. He had passed out, but the restricted space of the booth caused him to crumple into a heap. How could a person allow himself to get into such a state? I thought self-righteously. But God knew my heart and read my thoughts. Instantly, I sensed His rebuke: My Son died for him, just as He died for you. You should be praying for him instead of condemning him. I repented for my spiritual pride and asked God to forgive me. Since then, I’ve asked Him to help me see people as He does, and to pray for them with compassion that someone will cross their path who can share God’s unconditional love with them and give them hope. (Ruthanne Garlock)1

“‘Celebrate with me! I’ve found my lost sheep!’ Count on it—there’s more joy in heaven over one sinner’s rescued life than over ninety-nine good people in no need of rescue.” (Luke 15:6-7: TLB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Ask Holy Spirit to sensitize you to the people you encounter with whom you can share a word of hope to point them to the Savior.
  • As you pray for your own prodigal, remember the many others who may not have a praying loved one, and stand in the gap for them.
  • Ask God to cause prodigals to remember the love they once knew at Father’s house, and give them the desire to return home.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, forgive me for self-righteously judging others while overlooking my own sinful pride. Thank You for accepting me when I was a rebel and embracing me with Your love. Help me to be an instrument of love and reconciliation toward those you bring across my path. Amen.

Today’s decree:

I desire to have a pure heart toward others and to be one who brings hope to the hopeless!

1 Footnote: Excerpted from Praying Prodigals Home by Quin Sherrer and Ruthanne Garlock, Regal Books, 2000, p. 161.

Ruthanne Garlock has co-authored 19 books with Quin Sherrer on prayer and related topics, plus two missions biographies. With her late husband, John, she has traveled to 35 nations teaching leadership training for churches and seminars. You can reach her at www.garlockministries.org.


06
Mar 2016

March 8, 2016

Praying for Prodigals—Prayer Weapons

Praying a prodigal home to the Father is sometimes a years-long struggle, but God provides weapons and strategies for prayer. Years ago, while encouraging Quin Sherrer in her prayer battle, the late Paul Billheimer spoke of his mother’s “power prayers” based on 2 Cor. 10:3-5. He wrote, “My mother used these weapons on me. I was as hostile to God as any sinner. I was fighting with all my might. But the time came when it was easier to lay down my arms of rebellion than to continue my resistance. The pressure exerted upon me by the Holy Spirit became so powerful that I voluntarily sought relief by yielding my rebellious will. The wooing of divine love was so strong that of my own free will I fell into the arms of redeeming grace. I became a willing ‘captive.’” This former prodigal went on to author numerous books that continue to strengthen prayer warriors today. (Ruthanne Garlock)1

“…though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5; NKJV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Make sure you’ve not allowed unforgiveness, judgment or anger toward anyone to poison your spirit and nullify your prayers.
  • Use the God’s Word as a spiritual weapon to declare scriptures over your prodigal’s life and confound the enemy’s plans.
  • Ask God to lead you to a prayer partner or prayer group who will pray in agreement with you–or form such a group yourself.

A prayer you can pray:

Thank you, Lord, that Your Word provides comfort and guidance, plus powerful verses I can pray for my prodigal. I choose to forgive him/her for disappointing me–help me to love him/her with Your love and to declare Your promises over his/her future. Amen.

Today’s decree:

The Word of God is able to break down every stronghold my prodigal loved one is captured by. They will be set free!

1 As quoted in Praying Prodigals Home by Quin Sherrer and Ruthanne Garlock, Regal Books, 2000, p. 71.

Ruthanne Garlock has co-authored 19 books with Quin Sherrer on prayer and related topics, plus two missions biographies. With her late husband, John, she has traveled to 35 nations teaching leadership training for churches and seminars. You can reach her at www.garlockministries.org.

 

 

 


06
Mar 2016

Praying for Prodigals—Listen to the Holy Spirit

One mom shared with us that during her son’s freshman year in college, the Lord woke her early one morning saying, Your son’s life is in danger. She called three prayer partners and they all prayed for James. When she called his room at 7:00 a.m. his roommate first lied about his whereabouts, but then told her James had gone overnight camping with friends. Knowing that meant trouble, she cried out to God to save her son, then she released him into God’s hands and felt peace. She drove to the campus and brought him home, and she and her husband laid hands on him and prayed over him that weekend. He told her while he was at the campsite, he actually heard his mom praying for him. The battle continued over the next year, but finally James came to the end of himself and fully repented before the Lord. (Ruthanne Garlock)1

“And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.” (Romans 8:27; NLT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Ask Holy Spirit to speak to you when your prodigal is in danger and needing prayer.
  • Pray the Scriptures over your prodigal that God quickens to you in your quiet time.
  • Be alert to opportunities to speak hope and encouragement to people you encounter each day—God may use you to reach a prodigal someone is praying for.
  • Determine always to pray the Answer, not the problem!

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, help me to relinquish my loved one completely into Your hands. Forgive me for forgetting that I must surrender every aspect of his/her life to You. I trust You to bring back this prodigal in Your way and in Your time, through whatever circumstances You see fit. Amen.

Today’s decree:

I will partner with God and pray the Answer as I pray my prodigal home!

1 Excerpted from Praying Prodigals Home by Quin Sherrer and Ruthanne Garlock, Regal Books, 2000, pp.67-70.

Ruthanne Garlock has co-authored 19 books with Quin Sherrer on prayer and related topics, plus two missions biographies. With her late husband, John, she has traveled to 35 nations teaching leadership training for churches and seminars. You can reach her at www.garlockministries.org.


06
Mar 2016

Praying for Prodigals

God has great compassion for those who agonize in prayer for loved ones who have wandered away from His love. Throughout Scripture we see God’s concern for prodigals and His efforts to woo them back and reveal Himself to them as a loving, compassionate heavenly Father. Whoever the prodigals may be that you’re praying for, eventually you must put him or her in God’s hands and trust Him to do a work of grace in that person’s life. He knows what caused them to turn away from His path, and He knows what it will take to bring them back.1

“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9; KJV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Ask Holy Spirit to give you creative ideas for expressing love to your prodigal.
  • Pray Psalm 91 over the prodigals, asking God to keep them safe.
  • Pray with others who are crying out to God for their prodigals—there is great power in prayers of agreement (see Matt. 18:19).

A prayer you can pray:

Thank you, Lord, that I can entrust my prodigals into your hands, knowing that you love them with an undying love. Send someone across their path who can get their attention and speak words of hope and life to them. Give me compassion for the prodigals I encounter from day to day. Help me not to judge them, but to exhibit a Christ-like spirit and bless them in Your Name. Amen.

Today’s decree:

God will bring our prodigal sons and daughters home!

1 Excerpted from Praying Prodigals Home by Quin Sherrer and Ruthanne Garlock, Regal Books, 2000.


05
Mar 2016

Abiding

Abide is a powerful word. John 15: 4 (AMP) says, “Dwell in Me and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in [being vitally united to] the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me.” Abide means to remain, dwell, continue, endure, to not depart, to continue to be present, to be held, kept and vitally united to. What occurs when we abide? 

“If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will and it shall be done for you.” (John 15: 7; AMP) (Becca Greenwood)1

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Identificationally repent where we have turned from the Lord and looked to the world, sinned and compromised.
  • Ask the Lord to cause the Body of Christ to desire to be vitally united to and ever present with Him.
  • Intercede that a cry for a radical and sustained holiness movement would arise in the Body of Christ and in our nation!
  • Pray that this great awakening continues and does not end.
  • Cry out that this awakening and hunger not be quenched and that we endure, be held in and not depart from Him.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, where we have turned from You and looked to the world, sinned and compromised, please forgive us. Cause the Body of Christ to desire to be vitally united to and ever present with You. Cause a cry for a radical and sustained holiness movement to arise in the Body of Christ and in our nation! Lord, we pray for this great awakening to continue and not end. May this awakening and hunger never be quenched and may we endure, be held in and not depart from You! In Jesus’ precious Name. Amen.

Today’s decree:

May the Body of Christ truly abide in Him!

1 Becca Greenwood is the co- founder of Christian Harvest Int’l and Strategic Prayer Action Network. She is a teacher called to minister across generations to see the Body of Christ come into their Kingdom identity and purpose. Becca resides in Colorado Springs with her husband, Greg. They have three daughters, Kendall, Rebecca and Katie. See Becca’s full bio at Christian Harvest International.


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