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21
Apr 2016

The Book

I heard the Lord say, “2016 is the Year of the Bible.” Then, He took me to 2 Kings 22 which was written about the time King Josiah was restoring and reforming Israel. In chapter 22, the Book of the Law is found when things are getting cleaned out. The secretary takes it to King Josiah and starts reading it to him. The king begins to weep when he hears what he recognizes as God’s Word. God is saying that we are going to rediscover the Book. We will honor it above man’s opinion, above what the media or the President says. We will fall in love with His Word again!

“Then Shaphan the secretary informed the king, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read from it in the presence of the king. When the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, he tore his robes.” (2 Kings 22:10-11; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • If you aren’t as passionate about the Bible as you used to be, repent and tell the Lord you are sorry. Ask Him to give you a hunger and a thirst for His Word once again.
  • Intercede for the Church that His desire for us to fall in love with His Word this year would come to pass.
  • Open up a Bible (even if it’s on your phone) and start reading it. You might even read it out loud. Pray it. Declare it! Read for 10 to 15 minutes or more and enjoy every minute of it!

A prayer you can pray:

Dear Lord, forgive me that I am not as passionate about your Word as I have been in the past. Give me a passion for the Bible, your Holy Book, the words of life! I pray for myself, but also for the church in general that we would honor Your Word, read it, study it, love it, decree it and let it draw us closer to You. As I open it up and read it now, please work a miracle in my heart so that I cannot stand to be away from it. Let it form my opinions, challenge me and teach me. Thank you, Father, for Your precious Word. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Today’s decree:

I will fall in love with God’s Word all over again!


20
Apr 2016

Covering Our Children

We should be able to expect that our children will be safe in their schools. Tucked away in our neighborhoods, schools educate our young and act as central meeting places for many community events. On April 20, 1999, that sense of safety was shaken in America when two students opened fire on their high school, Columbine, in Littleton, CO. Many of us remember that day well. Too many school shootings have followed.

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; whom shall I dread?” (Psalm 27:1; NASB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Today, let’s prayer walk our neighborhood schools. If you have a child in school, go to the school and ask if you can walk the halls and quietly pray. If this is not allowed by your local school (for safety reasons, some schools do not permit this), walk the perimeter or sit in your car in the parking lot and read scriptures such as Psalm 91 over the children and the property. Include your children, if possible.
  • If you do not have a child in the schools, you can still go and sit in the parking lot and pray. Pray at more than one school, if you have the time.
  • Send a note to a teacher or administrator tomorrow letting them know you have prayed for the students, the teachers, the administrators, other staff and for safety over the school property.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, the children in my neighborhood are such a treasure! All children should be able to go to a safe and friendly school. The enemy opened a door at Columbine High School on this day in 1999. Father, we shut this door of fear and death over our schools in Jesus’ Name! We proclaim safety, security and the protection of the Lord over (name the school.) (Pray for the students you know by name, the teachers, the administrators and other staff.) I bless this school and proclaim it safe from all of the plans of the evil one. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Today’s decree:

I proclaim safety over the schools of America today!


20
Apr 2016

Covering Our Children

We should be able to expect that our children will be safe in their schools. Tucked away in our neighborhoods, schools educate our young and act as central meeting places for many community events. On April 20, 1999, that sense of safety was shaken in America when two students opened fire on their high school, Columbine, in Littleton, CO. Many of us remember that day well. Too many school shootings have followed.

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; whom shall I dread?” (Psalm 27:1; NASB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Today, let’s prayer walk our neighborhood schools. If you have a child in school, go to the school and ask if you can walk the halls and quietly pray. If this is not allowed by your local school (for safety reasons, some schools do not permit this), walk the perimeter or sit in your car in the parking lot and read scriptures such as Psalm 91 over the children and the property. Include your children, if possible.
  • If you do not have a child in the schools, you can still go and sit in the parking lot and pray. Pray at more than one school, if you have the time.
  • Send a note to a teacher or administrator tomorrow letting them know you have prayed for the students, the teachers, the administrators, other staff and for safety over the school property.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, the children in my neighborhood are such a treasure! All children should be able to go to a safe and friendly school. The enemy opened a door at Columbine High School on this day in 1999. Father, we shut this door of fear and death over our schools in Jesus’ Name! We proclaim safety, security and the protection of the Lord over (name the school.) (Pray for the students you know by name, the teachers, the administrators and other staff.) I bless this school and proclaim it safe from all of the plans of the evil one. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Today’s decree:

I proclaim safety over the schools of America today!


19
Apr 2016

Transforming Our Neighborhoods

(Continued from 4/18/16.) This mom got miracle after miracle in her neighborhood. She was able to secure a neglected community center which became a place to feed hot meals to the hungry, provide job placement services, and become an after-school tutoring and recreation center. The lost were getting saved and the study of the Word of God and prayer was central to everything going on. Word spread and a major university started an eye clinic and a dental clinic nearby where residents could work and gain job training in various positions in the clinics. Habitat for Humanity showed up and began to help some families rebuild their homes. There was so much more! Over the next 10 years many lives and this whole area was turned around as God answered the prayers of this one woman. She is still very involved today.

“For with God nothing shall be impossible.” (Luke 1:37; KJV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Let God cause faith to rise in you that He is able to do amazing things if you will only ask.
  • He wants to work miracles in our neighborhoods, cities and nation. If you can’t think of anything to ask for in your neighborhood, then ask God for something big for your city or our nation.
  • Ask the Lord if there is something you can do to partner with Him to see the fulfillment of your prayers. Don’t be afraid to do whatever He tells you to do.

A prayer you can pray:

God, You are a miracle-working God! You want to transform lives and neighborhoods and cities and nations. You only need those who know You and will believe You and who will ask for miracle answers to big problems. I want to be one of those Believers. I want to know what I can do, too. Help me to hear Your Holy Spirit’s leading and do whatever He says. Together, faith-filled Christians can expand God’s Kingdom in our nation! Amen.

Today’s decree:

Nothing is impossible to God and nothing is impossible for me when I partner together with Him!


18
Apr 2016

Strengthening Our Neighborhoods

About ten years ago a young professional was visiting his mom at his family home in a major U. S. city. This only child was killed in their living room in front of his mom in a random drive-by shooting. Out of her grief, this mom began to prayer walk her neighborhood. She cried out to God to change things—to save the lost, break the crushing poverty, provide direction to the youth and deliver them from a spirit of violence. These were big requests, but she knew she had a big God! (Continued 4/19/16)

“And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” (Matthew 21:22; NKJV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • If possible, prayer walk your neighborhood today. Or, pray as you drive through it.
  • What is the atmosphere in your neighborhood? Do you know any of the needs of the families? Look at the good and the bad and lift up the needs that you know of and observe.
  • Now, ask the Lord to give you a really big audacious faith-filled prayer to pray for your neighborhood! Write it down and get ready for surprising answers.

A prayer you can pray:

Dear Lord, I bring my neighborhood before You today. Help me to see it as You see it. Help me to see both the good things and the challenges that may exist. Grant me a grace to ask You for miracles here—miracle salvations, miracle healings, miracle shifts in the atmosphere (add your own requests and be specific.) I am asking You to establish Your Kingdom in my neighborhood, Father. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Today’s decree:

Kingdom of God, come in my neighborhood!


17
Apr 2016

Japan

A 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck Japan’s southern Kyushu Island in the Kumamoto Prefecture on Thursday.  It was a foreshock. Yesterday, another earthquake hit the same area, this time measuring a magnitude 7.0. Over 40 people are confirmed dead and more than 1500 are injured. It is still unknown how many are missing. Many homes and buildings collapsed, a university dorm among them, where two students lost their lives. Rain, mudslides and a volcanic eruption have followed and added to the devastation. Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan, needs our prayers.

“Then I will bring them to my holy mountain and make them happy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be acceptable on my altar, because my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.” (Isaiah 56:7; GWT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Pray for the people of Japan, that they will have all of the resources they need to care for the many people affected by these events. Pray for the families who lost loved ones and for those who have nowhere to go. Pray especially for the elderly, the sick and the infirm.
  • Ask the Lord to reveal to the rescue workers where there are people trapped, so their lives can be saved.
  • Japan is a nation where it is believed that less than 1% of the population identifies themselves Christian. This is a nation which desperately needs to know the One true God that loves them and gave His Son, Jesus, for them. Pray that God would miraculously reveal Himself to many at this time of great loss.
  • Pray that the Lord would send workers to the harvest fields of Japan.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, You deeply care about the people of Japan. This is a nation where You are largely unknown. People won’t think to cry out for You in their time of need. We call for You to meet their needs, comfort them and reveal Your love to them, even though they may not be looking for You. Lead the rescue workers to those who are buried or trapped under collapsed buildings and mudslides. Father, You are able to give the people of Kumamoto Prefecture dreams and visions that lead them to You. Save them, Jesus! Amen.

Today’s decree:

Jesus loves the people of Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan, and He is able to save them, body, soul and spirit.


16
Apr 2016

Strong Families 

”In raising and instructing our children, in providing personal and compassionate care for the elderly, in maintaining the spiritual strength of religious commitment among our people—in these and other ways, America’s families make immeasurable contributions to America’s well-being. Today, more than ever, it is essential that these contributions not be taken for granted and that each of us remember that the strength of our families is vital to the strength of our nation.” Ronald Reagan

“Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him. For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.” (Genesis 18:18-19; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • God has a plan for families. Thank the Lord for a minute for all of your family members and say a heartfelt prayer for each family member that comes to mind.
  • If you have a family that has been more of a challenge than a blessing in your life, ask God to move to reveal Himself to those in your family that need to know His love for them.
  • God designed families to be the fabric and strength undergirding a nation. He wants each current mature generation to pave the way for the coming generations. Pray that decisions adults make now both morally and governmentally will lay a God-fearing foundation for future generations and families in the United States of America.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, I thank you that You say in Your Word that you designed families to teach and train the next generation in Your ways. A nation can only be strong when our families are strong. Moral decay and divorce are tearing our families apart. I pray for each of my family members that they would know You and know the love You have for each of them. (Pray a personal prayer for each of them by name.) I pray they will make God-fearing decisions for their lives and in the voting booth that strengthen this nation. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Today’s decree:

God, strengthen America’s families, so that our nation will have a strong foundation for the future!


15
Apr 2016

Strong Marriages

The very first thing God did after He created the heavens and the earth and all that would fill them was to create a wife for the man He had made. He made Eve for Adam, a perfect complement to him. He made a companion, a lover and a future mother. He called this arrangement good. God later called this relationship a marriage and said that it models the relationship between Christ and the Church.

“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. 32 This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.” (Ephesians 5:31-32; NASB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Thank God that He instituted a deep love relationship between a man and woman called marriage that would show us the depth of relationship He wants to have with His Church.
  • Pray for your own marriage, if you are married, and for every marriage you know. Pray for every marriage on your street. Ask the Lord to strengthen the love between the couple, to renew the love in the relationship, if need be, and to make the marriage strong against outside influences.
  • Ask the Lord to make the Christian marriages you know truly be an example of Christ’s loving relationship with His bride, the Church.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, I thank you for creating an intimate relationship between a man and a woman called marriage. I pray for the marriage of (pray for the marriages you know one at a time, including your own, if you are married.) I pray this marriage would be loving and respectful. I pray that the couple would work together to have the kind of relationship that no outside influence can penetrate. I pray against divorce and ask you to help these couples forgive one another on a daily basis, letting their love and commitment to one another heal any pain. I pray that the Christian marriages I know would be examples of Christ’s love for the Church. Amen.

Today’s decree:

God desires marriages between a man and a woman to be strong and filled with love and respect and to serve as the example of the relationship between Jesus and the Church.


14
Apr 2016

The Declared Word Will Accomplish His Will

We will pluck up. We will tear down. We will uproot and dismantle the structures that have ruled our nation. We will pray the Word of God out loud and watch a shift begin. Then, God is going to give instructions to declare passages from His Word that will build up the ancient paths He established. He will show us what to declare that will firmly plant the seeds of His purpose for our nation.

“See, I have appointed you this day over the nations and over the kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.” (Jeremiah 1:10; NASB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Ask the Lord to forgive you if you have prayed “safe” prayers. You know, those prayers that ask Him if it is His will for someone to be healed or saved or for circumstances to change. We usually pray that way out of fear or doubt and unbelief. Sometimes we have been disappointed by God.
  • Recommit to the Lord that if He said something in His Word, He means for that to be His will. Ask Him to make you bold in your proclamation of His Word.
  • Pray with confidence that ungodly laws in your state and in this nation will be reversed and that laws will be instituted that please Him.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, forgive me when I have prayed for Your will to be done when I know what Your Word says is Your Will. I acknowledge that sometimes I am afraid I will not be praying Your will. Sometimes I am afraid You won’t answer right away and I will be embarrassed. I am so sorry, Father. When you say something in Your Word, I can count on it being Your Will. The timing is not mine and the way You choose to answer is not mine, but the faith-filled declaration is all you ask me for. I desire to be obedient to You and just boldly declare Your Word! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Today’s decree:

I will boldly declare God’s Word and tear down worldly structures and laws, while proclaiming the building up of our nation according to His Word!


13
Apr 2016

The Sword of the Lord

The Word of the Lord is about to become a very fine, accurate sword. Like never before, the Word of the Lord is going to begin to arrange things in the earth. This is because the Church is gaining a revelation of how to speak the Word over our cities, regions and nations. As we do so, we will begin to see activities of heaven instantly begin to undo humanistic and demonic activities in the earth. God will begin to arrange or rearrange just through the power of the spoken Word of God!

“Knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:20-21; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Tell the Lord that you acknowledge that the written Word of God was spoken by Him to men who represented Him well and faithfully wrote down what He wanted recorded.
  • Ask Him to show you how to accurately use the sword of His Word to establish His Will in your city, state and nation.
  • Ask Him for specific scriptures to use as a sword to shift specific circumstances, then write them down, so you can watch for answers!

A prayer you can pray:

Father, thank you for revealing to me the way to engage the spiritual forces of darkness with Your sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, the holy scriptures. I want to learn to be very accurate in proclaiming the exact right scripture at the exact right time, so that I see instant results in my community, state and nation. Open blind eyes and establish your Kingdom all around us, Lord. In Jesus’ mighty Name, Amen.

Today’s decree:

The Church is learning to wield the mighty sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, and things are going to change quickly now!


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