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24
Nov 2016

A Day for Thanksgiving

“Much time has passed since the first colonists came to rocky shores and dark forests of an unknown continent, much time since President Washington led a young people into the experience of nationhood, much time since President Lincoln saw the American nation through the ordeal of fraternal war–and in these years our population, our plenty and our power have all grown apace. Today we are a nation of nearly two hundred million souls, stretching from coast to coast, on into the Pacific and north toward the Arctic, a nation enjoying the fruits of an ever-expanding agriculture and industry and achieving standards of living unknown in previous history. We give our humble thanks for this. Yet, as our power has grown, so has our peril. Today we give our thanks, most of all, for the ideals of honor and faith we inherit from our forefathers–for the decency of purpose, steadfastness of resolve and strength of will, for the courage and the humility, which they possessed and which we must seek every day to emulate. As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them. Let us therefore proclaim our gratitude to Providence for manifold blessings–let us be humbly thankful for inherited ideals–and let us resolve to share those blessings and those ideals with our fellow human beings throughout the world.” (President Robert F. Kennedy, Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, 1963

“You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” (2 Corinthians 9:11; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Thank the Lord for our history as recounted by President Kennedy. Let Holy Spirit help you feel the significance of those moments in history.
  • Thank Him for blessing America with abundance—of people, of resources, with all we need to have an abundant life. Ask the Lord to give the Church creative ideas on how to make these blessings accessible to all.
  • Thank the Lord for the ideals of honor, faith, steadfastness, resolve, strength of will, courage, humility and decency of purpose that are hallmarks of this nation. Pray we can fully return to these ideals. We will need a move of God. Reach out to Him for it!
  • Pray for the lost, the downhearted, the lonely, the poor and the oppressed today.
  • If you can do something practical to help another, go do it today.

A prayer you can pray:

Thank you, Lord, thank you! May we give thanks today for this wonderful nation we have inherited. Whether born here or immigrated, we are thankful that You established this nation and You preserve this nation and we are thankful to be a part of it. Thank You for the resources we have, the standard of living and the freedom. Thank You that we are known as a faith-filled people of honor, steadfastness and resolve to do the right thing. Lord, we need a move of God to change the hearts of men if we are to continue as the great nation You have made us. We pray for those who are troubled, lonely and hurting today. Help us to meet some of their needs, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Today’s decree:

We will be a thankful people, as we have been blessed with more than any other nation on the earth because of Him!


23
Nov 2016

Thankful for a Firm Foundation

“I am calling you to a retracing…for seven days you will retrace where My covenant has been established in this land. From that I am determined to bring My voice back to be heard in this land again…Take a team and retrace…Decree that My voice will be heard again in this land.” In fulfillment of this prophetic word to me through Chuck Pierce, I recently convened a team of 13 (including myself) and embarked on this “retracing” prayer tour – 7 cities in 7 days. We began at Cape Henry, where Robert Hunt and company landed in 1607 and planted a cross on the beach. “From these shores the gospel shall go forth, to not only this new world, but the entire world,” Hunt declared, prophesying the destiny of America. We re-staked claim to this destiny and partook of communion, the covenant meal, as we did at every stop.

“The LORD said to his people: ‘You are standing at the crossroads. So consider your path. Ask where the old, reliable paths are. Ask where the path is that leads to blessing and follow it. If you do, you will find rest for your souls.’ But they said, ‘We will not follow it!’” (Jeremiah 6:16; NET)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • God sent His men and women to America’s shores long before it was a nation. They came to escape religious persecution, to spread the Gospel and to expand His Kingdom. Thank the Lord for the brave souls that came before us.
  • Thank the Lord that He established this nation to honor Him! Stop and think about that for a minute.
  • Repent for how far from God’s ideals this nation has fallen.
  • Ask Him to help us find those ancient paths and walk in them once again.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, I thank You for the men and women who braved so much to come to our shores with a vision from You to expand Your Kingdom in this new world! Wow! Give me a minute to think about that. Let the revelation of that reality lead me to worship You! Our nation has fallen far from that vision.  Please forgive us, Lord. Thank You for granting us mercy—another chance to get things right! Get us back on Your path for America and let us fulfill Your heart’s desire in our generation! In Jesus’ name, we say amen.

Today’s decree:

We will find the ancient paths—the sure foundation of our nation—and follow them!


22
Nov 2016

Thankful for Freedom

“We live in a time of conflict – external and internal – when we sometimes concentrate too much on what divides us. We in the United States should be…thankful for the freedom and religious tolerance we enjoy. Freedom does not come without a price. We may sometimes take for granted the many liberties we enjoy in America, but they have all been earned through the ultimate sacrifice paid by so many of the members of our armed forces.” (Congressman Charlie Dent, PA)

“Give thanks to the Lord Almighty, for the Lord is good; his love endures forever. ‘For I will restore the fortunes of the land, as they were before,’ says the Lord.” (Jeremiah 33:11b; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Intercede over the division in America. Many want things to be their way or the highway, but this is not the American way. God created this nation to be welcoming to all—a welcoming place of safety where Christ’s love could be found.
  • Pray that the Lord would use this new governmental shift in America to reinforce our religious freedom.
    • Pray that churches and Christian ministries would be free to say what they need to say from pulpits.
    • Pray that children can pray and read their Bibles in school without harassment.
    • Pray that school sports teams can pray before games,
    • Pray that Bible Clubs are welcome in schools and Bible studies in workplaces.
    • Pray that military chaplains can pray in the name of Jesus and openly introduce members of the military to Christ.
  • Ask the Lord to bless this nation again in profound ways, as we thank Him and honor Him in the United States once again.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, we agree with Charlie Dent that this nation has become more divided than we have ever seen in our lifetime. Demonic forces are borrowing some Americans, especially our youth, to use them to shut Christians up, and shut us down. Please restore our religious freedom fully, then help us not to waste the freedom that we have to share the gospel of your love with others. We pray over the list of Christian freedoms above. Restore, Lord, restore! In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today’s decree:

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free!” (Galatians 5:1; NIV)

Learn more about Charlie Dent here.


21
Nov 2016

Thankful for Family

Family is the bedrock of our society. And, family has been under attack in America. Families come in all shapes, sizes and demeanors. And, I love what a friend of mine used to say, “Normal is just a setting on the washing machine. There is no such thing as a ‘normal’ family. There is only the family we know. Each one is as unique as the individuals that comprise it, and one is uniquely yours.” Let’s give thanks for our families today.

“He and his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.” (Acts 10:2; NIV)

“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgives.” (Colossians 3:13; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • The Lord blesses our families when we honor Him. So, bless His holy Name and ask Him to bless your family!
  • Pray for families that you know are facing struggles – sickness, financial stress, rebellious teens, joblessness, etc.
  • If one of your family members has hurt you, forgive them. If another family has offended yours, forgive them. Know that you are forgiven when you forgive. This is a serious thing in the Lord’s eyes.
  • The Word tells us the Lord blesses our families as we give to those in need. Ask Him to give you a creative way to help another family in need for the upcoming holidays.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, we thank You that you bless our family as we bless You. We worship You and bless Your Holy name. Please meet the needs of our family as we honor You and exalt You! We bring the needs of other families before You, as well. There are so many in need. (Pray for other families in need.) Lord, we choose to forgive (name your family members that you perceive have hurt you. Now pray for other families who may have hurt your family.) Lord, our family wants to bless other families. As we seek You, show us what we can do this holiday season to help another family know how much You love and care about them. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today’s decree:

We exalt and bless the Lord and the families of America this Thanksgiving!


20
Nov 2016

Worship Him

Now and then we just need to worship the Lord! We need to take time out of the heaviness of intercession and just worship Him. Let’s build a living sanctuary to God across the nation today! Let’s bring the ark of His Presence, the ark of His covenant, before Him on our praises. May we commit our lives to Him again, because He is worth everything! From sea to shining sea, across America, worship Him!

“Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the Lord your God. Begin to build the sanctuary of the Lord your God, so that you may bring the ark of the covenant of the Lord and the sacred articles belonging to God into the temple that will be built for the Name of the Lord.” (1 Chronicles: 22:19; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Praise the Lord! Start with thanking Him for everything you can think of and praise Him!
  • Glorify Him! Exalt Him over the nation. Proclaim Him as El Elyon, God Most High! He is the One, true God and worthy to be worshiped!
  • Recommit your life to Him today. Take communion and reinforce your covenant relationship with Him.
  • Worship Him in the beauty of His holiness. Worship Him until you have no more words to say, then, sit in the silence of His Presence and know how much you are loved by Him.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, I praise You! I lift up Your holy name and exalt You above this nation. You are El Elyon, God Most High! You made this nation and everything in it! You have set its course and granted us mercy in this hour—mercy over judgement. You alone are worthy of our worship! You and You alone. I join many all across America today and I proclaim my allegiance to You once again. You are my Savior and there is no other. I take communion today acknowledging this. I am in covenant with You and that is an everlasting covenant. I so desire that others in America can know You like I know You. Give us a Great Awakening now, Lord! I will sit here and worship You in the holiness of Your Presence, Jesus.

Today’s decree:

God is worthy to be worshiped as El Elyon, God Most High, across America today!


19
Nov 2016

Seating the New Cabinet

During this transition period from the election to Inauguration Day, men and women are being chosen to serve in the highest positions in our government. Let’s take time to pray over each position, asking the Lord to place those HE has prepared for such a time as this!

List of Cabinet positions in order of succession to the Presidency:

The Vice President – Mike Pence
The Secretary of State
The Secretary of the Treasury
The Secretary of Defense
The Attorney General
Secretary of the Interior
Secretary of Agriculture
Secretary of Commerce
Secretary of Labor
Secretary of Health and Human Services
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Secretary of Transportation
Secretary of Energy
Secretary of Education
Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Secretary of Homeland Security

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • There is a time to educate yourself, so you can pray with understanding. You can learn about each cabinet position here.
  • Pray for the exact right person to be found and placed for each position above. Pray that there would be no “Judas” among them. Ask the Lord for those He has had in training and preparation behind the scenes.
  • Take authority against a spirit of confusion. Decree God’s Spirit of Unity over the White House and the Cabinet positions.
  • Declare, “Our God reigns,” over this administration.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, we ask that You would be sought for Your wisdom and honored in this transitional season. Let President-elect, Donald Trump, Mike Pence and the others tasked with choosing our cabinet members, be led by Your Holy Spirit. Lead me, Holy Spirit, in my prayers for each position, as I educate myself on each one. We close the doors to those that are not Your choice. We close the doors to those who would have a rebellious heart and would undermine the President and Vice President. If there are those You have been preparing for this time in history, it’s time to shine Your light on them and make them known. We take authority over any confusion and speak “Shalom”, the Peace of God, and His Unity into the new Cabinet. We say, “Our God reigns over America!”

Today’s decree:

We decree the intervention of heaven in the choosing and placement of President-elect Trump’s new Cabinet!


18
Nov 2016

Did We Dodge a Bullet?

Progressives met earlier this week in Washington, D.C. to discuss what happened that brought Donald Trump to office, and to regroup. Don’t read this as “Democrats”. It’s bigger than the Democratic Party. Hosted by the Democracy Alliance, the sessions included, “The 2016 Election: What Happened and Why?”, “What’s Next: Playing Progressive Offense”, and “Combating the Massive Threats from Trump and Congress in 2017”. Specific groups were targeted: The Next Generation, the Working Class and Black Voters. This is more than a party agenda. Both parties need a shake-up! The political system in this nation needs a shake-up! This just shows clearly another side of the worldly structure Chuck Pierce warned us about that needs “trumped”.

“Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! I came not to bring peace, but a sword.” (Matthew 10:34; NLT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Thank the Lord that He confounded the unseen progressive plans the enemy had for this nation.
  • Clearly the enemy is confused and wants to regroup and come back even harder than ever. We must continue to intercede that God would intervene and cause “their house to be divided” for a divided house cannot stand.
  • Say that the enemy cannot use our nation’s young in its plans. As godly parents, let us pray that God would bring a new Jesus Movement – a Jesus Revolution. Pray that our children’s hearts would be so secure in Jesus that they have no desire to participate in the progressive agenda.
  • Thank the Lord for His sovereign shake-up of America’s parties and political system! Pray that the worldly political structures in the nation would keep being “trumped” until this nation fully glorifies Him!

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, we exalt You above the nation! Thank you that You saw what we couldn’t see, and that is the progressive agenda going further than even the liberal agenda would take this nation. We ask You to confuse and confound the enemy driving these people. Divide them, Lord, even as you divided those who were building the tower of Babel. Unify our nation, Father! We specifically ask for a Jesus Revolution among our children and young adults! Lord, save them and change their hearts, so the progressive agenda has no pull on them. Keep setting us on the right track, rejecting power structures that push You out. Keep shaking our political system until it falls into place the way You desire it to be. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today’s decree:

God is not done shaking the political system of America! He is going to shake it and “trump” it until He has a nation that brings glory to His Name!


17
Nov 2016

Civil Reformation

The United States of America has been given an opportunity with this election. It is not enough to just tear things down in a spiritual sense. We must now build up. We must move forward to create structures. We now need to put city and state laws and structures in place that work together with church groups to change our cities and meet the needs of the people that live there. The Reconciled Church has lots of ideas to help us know how to institute societal transformation. We are going to be able to see our government help fund some programs that the Church develops. We have been locked up, but things have shifted. We have an open door at this point to pray and act. (Harry Jackson)

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.  You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:11-13; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Tell the Lord that you want to be a builder, a planter, a civil reformer!
  • Go to the Reconciled Church. Read through the transformation stories there. Pray for your city and the cities around you, as you read the testimonies.
  • Ask the Lord if there is anything you can do toward transformation of the city you live in. Write down some things you can do or steps you can take toward this end. Now, go do it!
  • Pray for righteous laws to be passed in the new Trump administration that will help American cities solve their problems of systemic poverty, joblessness, homelessness, etc.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, I want to be one that builds and plants in the natural, not just uproots and tears down in prayer. I want to be a civil reformer, one that transforms the city I live in. As I read the stories at Reconciled Church, drop Your Holy Ghost ideas in my heart. Show me what things I can do to make a difference in my city. Huge problems, like generational poverty and joblessness, seem insurmountable, but You know the one thing that can get the ball rolling. Show the Church how to gain access to government funding to help solve these problems. Help us not to be afraid to do this! Help us expand Your Kingdom in practical ways, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

The Church is getting ready to build up where we have spiritually “torn down”. We are about to enter a season of “civil reformation!”

Learn more about Harry Jackson here.


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.


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