Pray in Unity


13
Oct 2018

Give Him 15 is joining a 40-day national call to prayer before the 2018 Midterm Elections. Here is today’s Focus:

PRAY IN UNITY

Day 16 – Midterm Elections for the Senate

“He loves righteousness and justice.” (Psalm 33:5; ESV)

After three days of seeking God’s wisdom in prayer, our Founding Fathers determined that each state should have two senators as well as a number of representatives based on that state’s population. Thus, we have the House of Representatives and the Senate. Every two years, each of the Representatives must run for reelection, while only one-third of the Senate must run for reelection. This creates two-year terms for Representatives and six-year terms for Senators.

The 2018 midterm election is a bit unique in that there were originally 34 Senators up for reelection but now, because of the resignation of Senator Franken, we have 35 Senatorial races. Today’s politics have played out so that the Democrats are defending 26 of these 35 seats. In order for the Republican party to lose its majority in the Senate, the Democrats would have to win all 26 races and the Republicans would have to lose three of the nine.

The Senate plays many important roles in our government, none more important than filling the federal judicial openings. In other words, the Senate approves the lifetime appointment of judges that rule within the appellate system and, of course, on our Supreme Court.

Points for Prayer:

  • Pray that candidates’ positions on issues would be evident and that voters would seek to know what those positions are.
  • Pray that candidates with conservative values would have at least 51 seats in the Senate.
  • Pray that the outcome of this election would be a majority that chooses just judges.

By, Dave Kubal
President, Intercessors for America


12
Oct 2018

Give Him 15 is joining a 40-day national call to prayer before the 2018 Midterm Elections. Here is today’s Focus:

PRAY IN UNITY

Day 15 – Congress and the Midterm Elections

“You prevail over all your enemies; your power is too great for those who hate you.” (Psalm 21:8; NET)

Watch out! The “Blue Wave” is coming!  Or, is it going to be a “Red Wave?” What we really need is a wave of winning candidates that hold to conservative biblical values, such as: the protection of life beginning at conception through natural death, the protection of religious freedoms, the enforcement of the rule of constitutional law as our Founders intended, an effective, just, and compassionate immigration systems, etc.

If you look strictly at the party platforms, you would find a sharp distinction between the two major party platforms, with most people feeling the Republican platform representing biblical values most closely.  However, we know every candidate does not always take the party line on all issues.

It is important for all voters to research their candidates’ positions.

Breaking down the numbers, there are 435 seats in the House of Representatives. Every two years, each seat comes up for reelection. Republicans have 42 Representatives retiring, a record number of retirements since 1930. The political analysts describe 66 of the 435 races as competitive. If all the races that are currently listed as lean Republican would go Republican and if the toss up races were split evenly, the Republicans would have 218 seats and remain in power by one vote.

Bottom line, this is a very tight race.

Points for Prayer:

  • Pray that the candidates’ positions on issues would be evident and that voters would be knowledgeable about those positions.
  • Pray that candidates with conservative values would have 218 seats.
  • Pray for God’s ways to prevail in these elections.

By, Dave Kubal

President, Intercessors for America


11
Oct 2018

Give Him 15 is joining a 40-day national call to prayer before the 2018 Midterm Elections. Here is today’s Focus:

PRAY IN UNITY

Day 14 – Challenges Facing the Current Administration

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” (Romans 13:1; NIV)

The United States of America is in a unique situation. The economy is booming. We have one of the lowest unemployment rates the nation has ever seen and a steady growth rate. The economy is a highlight among other challenges the Trump administration faces. Let’s look together at a few areas that need our intercession.

Immigration reform is toward the top of the list. Immigration is far more spiritual than it will ever be political. We are and will always be a nation of immigrants. Our forefathers themselves understood that for a nation to grow, it must have at its core a compassionate immigration policy. Scripture is clear that we must treat the foreigner amongst us with compassion, and as the verse says, “…love them as yourself….” This mandate of immigrant compassion must be the driving force of our national policy.

Intelligence was critical in the days of Moses and remains so today for all military operations. Just as Moses sent out spies to perform reconnaissance of the land of Canaan, today’s military must have robust intelligence capabilities that alert them to danger and give them an understanding of the enemy’s intent, power, ability, and tactics. Currently, the Intelligence Community appears to be compromised, as many damaging leaks are coming out from the various intelligence entities, thereby compromising national security and endangering the lives of those in the US Military.

The future of this nation sits in the classroom today. It is up to us to pray for those who have the authority to speak and spend, instruct and invest in education. You need to know who the decision makers are nationally, in your state, and especially in your school district. Get to know them, learn about their lives and background. Know what their vision is for education and the future of our students. Pray for them and attend meetings where you can respectfully voice wisdom and encouragement.

Points for Prayer:

  • Pray that our President and those involved understand the heart of God when it comes to immigration and the biblical mandate in regard to the sojourner.
  • Pray that President Trump and his administration will be the Administration to overhaul our broken immigration system, repair it, and pass fair and compassionate immigration legislation that will set our nation on course as a successful, thriving, God-honoring nation.
  • Pray for leadership in the intelligence agencies that focus first on supporting the needs of our troops. Leaders who will throw political correctness aside are needed to provide our troops what they need to fight and win wars.
  • Pray that our enemies will be revealed and that every planned attack will be exposed; that no enemy secrets will be hidden from our intelligence activities.
  • Pray for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, and the Department of Education, that they would make wise decisions with the students’ best interest at the center of every decision. Pray that politics and ungodly agendas would be kept out of the classroom and boardrooms, that every student would have an opportunity to learn, be prepared and be equipped for a lifetime of success.
  • Intercede for any other national issues facing this Administration, which Holy Spirit lays on your heart.

By,
Mark Gonzales                                     

Founder, Hispanic Action Network        

Herman Martir

Founder, Asian Action Network

General Jerry Boykin

Family Research Council

Kathy Branzell

LOVE2020 National Coordinator


10
Oct 2018

Give Him 15 is joining a 40-day national call to prayer before the 2018 Midterm Elections. Here is today’s Focus:

PRAY IN UNITY

Day 13 – Godly Advisors

“A wise man listens to advice.” (Proverbs 12:15b; ESV)

Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life.(Proverbs 19:20; NLT)

A good leader looks for good advice from good people. Scripture is clear how important this is. Proverbs 20:18a says, “Make plans by seeking advice.” The young King Rehoboam got into trouble because he “rejected the advice of the elders” (I Kings 12:8). 

Many people actively seek to advise leaders because they understand that in doing so, they can shape important policies and decisions. It is so critical that we pray for good and godly advisors for leaders in all areas of government. The right advisor can make a huge difference in turning a nation in godly directions.

The mayor of a major city recently said that they know how to deal with many issues in their city, but they don’t know how to deal with evil. Evil doesn’t come from one political party or the other, so neither one will have answers for it.

As Christians, we have the ability to open the heavens over our cities and other governmental realms of authority. We can establish environments in them where heaven can be involved. We have authority through the shed blood of Jesus Christ as we intercede and put a halt to the evil. Therefore, not only should we be asking God for righteous leadership through the midterm elections, but we also need to ask God to raise up spiritual advisors and partners to come alongside political leaders who recognize there are things they do not have the ability to deal with.

We need to ask God to allow us to create an open heaven over these areas through our worship and intercession in order to shut down the evil, so the political leaders will know what to do. We are not to decide if that leader’s politics will affect the change we feel is necessary. We are very simply called to pray for them.

Points for Prayer:

  • Call forth the godly advisors who would be willing to serve the nation by advising leaders at even the highest levels of government.
  • Pray that our governmental leaders would accept advice and be discerning in where they look for advisors.
  • Declare, “A wise man listens to advice. A wise man accepts instruction and makes plans by seeking advice. God has raised up those who are able to be godly advisors to those in political office from the local governmental offices to the statehouse and the White House. They will find one another!”
  • Intercede for the advisors to seek the good of the nation and not personal gain.

By Dave Butts and Mike Jacobs
Dave Butts is the Chairman of the National Prayer Committee
Mike Jacobs is the Co-Founder of Generals International


09
Oct 2018

Give Him 15 is joining a 40-day national call to prayer before the 2018 Midterm Elections. Here is today’s Focus:

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Day 12 – Prayer for Our President

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10; NLT)

Unhinged.  Unfit to Serve.  Impeachment.

No doubt you have heard these same words connected with our President, Donald J. Trump. The constant stirring of animosity has spilled into, or so it seems, every form of public life. Polarizing politicization is whipped up to drive ratings in what appears to be an effort to neuter the impact of this President.

Yet, we know the scriptures: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” God created Donald Trump, just like he created any previous and future President, and God created that person to do “goods works.”

What is interesting in this passage, is that God created these good works “in advance.” This phrase indicates that the list of President Trump’s heavenly accomplishments existed before he took office. He has accomplished much, he will tell you that, but is there more? Could some of the items on the list only be unlocked through the prayers of the Church?

Now, it is left to the mysterious combination of President Trump’s effort, our prayers, and the sovereign will of God to play out. Your assignment is simple: pray.

Points for Prayer:

  • Pray every “good work” our President was created to accomplish would be accomplished.
  • Pray God would strengthen him to focus on the task and not the criticisms.
  • Pray God would quiet the civil acrimony.

By, Dave Kubal

President, Intercessors for America


08
Oct 2018

Give Him 15 is joining a 40-day national call to prayer before the 2018 Midterm Elections. Here is today’s Focus:

PRAY IN UNITY

Day 11 – A Presidential Transformation

“We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.” (Romans 6:6-8; NIV)

In a dream a friend of mine had, a group of intercessors was in the oval office with President Trump. In great humility, he thanked us for our leadership and for the Appeal to Heaven movement. He asked me if there could be a high level, strategic task force set up for him and said he was asking this at the suggestion of Melania. I then gave him a white stone with the scripture Revelation 2:17 on it. It said, “God gives us a new name that no one knows.” He smiled and quoted back the verse, “There was a man sent from God whose name was John” (John 1:6; NIV). John is the President’s middle name.

I have been praying for quite some time that Donald Trump would become “John” Trump, representing intimacy with the Lord. I have asked that he have a great encounter with God that would bring him into this role. Returning to the dream, he prayed over those of us there, and in the prayer he said, “Let these leaders lead a holy convocation, that I might finish my eight years well. Let the ancient markers of our founding fathers be restored.”

I feel we need to pray for this president, not just up to the midterms, but beyond. We all know his imperfections and flaws, but this is not just about Donald Trump. We also know God is restoring the nation back to the ancient markers. I believe President Trump is a part of that.

Points for Prayer:

  • Intercede for President Donald J. Trump. Ask God to meet with him and transform him into “John.” May he be truly saved.
  • Thank the Lord for a president who has reached out to leaders in the Church for prayer, counsel, and advice.  
  • Ask the Lord for a restoration of historical markers – those things that our founding fathers put in place to ground the nation through future national adversity.

By Dutch Sheets
Founder, Dutch Sheets Ministries


07
Oct 2018

Give Him 15 is joining a 40-day national call to prayer before the 2018 Midterm Elections. Here is today’s Focus:

PRAY IN UNITY

Day 10 – Separation of Church and State?

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance.” (Psalm 33:12; NKJV)

Since the removal of prayer in schools in 1962, there have been many other situations where “freedom of religion” has been misconstrued by the court system as “freedom from religion.”

The statement in the First Amendment that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion” has become known as “the establishment clause.” In misconstruing it, the courts have often placed their decisions in direct opposition to the second half of that statement: “or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” None of the cases where the “establishment clause” has been used by the courts to strike down free exercise of religion in the public square has ever been based on a law passed by Congress. The laws have changed on actions by judges in our courts, especially at the Supreme Court level.

At times, the conflict has been between the free exercise of the Christian faith in the marketplace and an individual who is offended by the practice who then sues the former. In additional to the removal of prayer from the public square, there have been cases calling for the removal of the Ten Commandments from government offices and land, removal of nativity scenes from public land, removal of Bible reading in the public places, and inequitable access to public facilities and funds by Christian groups.

Points for Prayer

  • Repent, as Daniel did in Daniel 9, on behalf of our governing leaders and our judges (this is often referred to as identificational repentance), especially our Supreme Court Justices, for laws and judicial decisions that misconstrued the First Amendment.
  • Pray that many of these decisions would be challenged and overturned, so that true freedom of religion is secure in the United States once again.
  • Use the Isaiah 22:22/Matthew 16:19 keys to shut the spiritual door where the First Amendment is used to shut down Christian activities outside the walls of our church buildings.
  • Intercede for those who hate Christians and seek to close Christian businesses or otherwise cause believers harm. Declare that they would not be able to misconstrue the First Amendment to their advantage in the future. Pray that we would show compassion toward them and that they would come to know the love of Christ.

By Dr. Cindy Jacobs

President, Generals International


06
Oct 2018

Give Him 15 is joining a 40-day national call to prayer before the 2018 Midterm Elections. Here is today’s Focus:

PRAY IN UNITY

Day 9 – Religious Freedom: God in the Public Square

“If anyone acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will openly acknowledge that person before my Father in heaven. But if anyone denies me here on earth, I will deny that person before my Father in heaven.”

(Luke 19:32-33; NIV)

Can you imagine an America where you can only worship, pray, learn about God, and talk openly about Him inside a designated, state-sanctioned building? Such is life for some believers in other nations worldwide. Sadly, we are seeing more and more silencing of Christians in this Christian nation.

Some Christians in America will relegate themselves to a position of safety inside of their homes, Christian schools, and church buildings anyway. We have to make a decision: are we going to hide our faith or share it? If we don’t talk about Jesus, the nation will become increasingly lost. If we stay silent on issues, our nation will become more anti-Christian. If we don’t vote, those who govern will continue to take actions that limit our religious freedom, stifle our voices and actions, and put judges in place that legislate from the bench. If we don’t run for office, how can we expect legislation that is in alignment with our values?

Break out of your box, Church! Get your faith out in your neighborhoods, cities, schools, and workplaces before you can’t. Your gifts weren’t meant to be for the Body of Christ alone, but to show those who don’t yet know Him just how very much He loves and cares about them. Your God-given creative ideas are meant to change society and benefit all those you encounter every day. Your faith can be an example to the struggling. Get your faith-filled hands on the sick and hurting. Feed the sick, deliver the oppressed, invent something life-changing, write legislation, govern righteously, and change the world!

Points for Prayer:

  • Commit to the Lord that you will be His vessel in the public square and encourage other Christians to be also.
  • Pray for the Church, that we will not fear being open about our faith in public.
  • Ask God to pour out His creativity on His Body, resulting in witty inventions and solutions to systemic problems in the nation.
  • Decree that the Ekklesia will legislate in the heavens and that many will be called into government positions from local city councils and school boards to state and national legislative levels. Pray they do not miss their opportunity to make a difference.
  • Pray for the persecuted Church in the nations of the earth.

By Dr. Cindy Jacobs

President, Generals International


05
Oct 2018

Give Him 15 is joining a 40-day national call to prayer before the 2018 Midterm Elections. Here is today’s Focus:

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Day 8 – God’s Blueprint for America

“Then Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, ‘If you return to the LORD with all your heart, remove the foreign gods and the Ashtaroth from among you and direct your hearts to the LORD and serve Him alone; and He will deliver you from the hand of the Philistines.’”

(1 Samuel 7:3; NASB)

God did an amazing thing when He birthed this nation. In the hearts of our Founding Fathers, He placed the desire to form a nation based upon the realization that it is God who makes laws—man only legislates them. God is the one who gives rights to individuals, and those rights include life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

At the same time, our Founding Fathers perfectly understood that man is flawed and that power is intoxicating. Their experience with the Throne of England and its abuses was fresh in their minds and caused them to structure the new government based upon Scripture (Isaiah 33:22) to create a bicameral Congress with two branches, as well as the three branches of the federal government: Legislative, Executive, and Judicial. The Legislative branch creates laws, the Executive branch executes the laws, and the Judicial branch enforces the laws. The separation of powers with the proper balance is critical to a government led by fallen man. This mix of theology and practicality has produced the longest standing constitution in the history of mankind!

And yet, over the past few decades, we have seen much “overreach” of power as branches of our government attempt to meddle in areas they shouldn’t. This is where we need to understand what an “originalist” is. From a constitutional standpoint, an originalist is a person who believes that the Constitution should be interpreted with the views of the original authors. Simply put, our Constitution should be interpreted as our Founding Fathers viewed the issues. It is not to be reinterpreted according to the whims of the prevailing culture. In other words, the Constitution is not meant to be a “living document.”

The way Evangelical Christians interpret the Bible is very similar. Seminarians are taught not to take Scriptures out of context, but to discern what the author intended to communicate and what the original audience understood the message to be. This is absolutely critical; otherwise any culture or speaker with charisma could twist the Word of God to their own meaning.

If we believe that the birth of this nation was a miracle, if we believe that our Constitution is the most Christian document of its kind in the history of mankind, if we believe that our Constitution correctly understands God’s blueprint for government while correctly weighing the sinful nature of man, then I would argue that we should pray that our government would be reformed to our Creator’s intent.

To take it a step further, many of our Founding Fathers were raised during the greatest revival in our nation’s history, The First Great Awakening, when they formed their biblical worldviews. Revival preceded the miracle of our nation. Prayer preceded this revival. We must pray for the reformation of our government.

Points for Prayer:

  • That our government leaders would embrace a biblical structure (Isaiah 33:22).
  • That our government leaders would understand the fallen nature of man and how that influences legislation (Romans 3:23).
  • That our government leaders would understand they are held accountable by God (Micah 5:15).
  • That our government would legislate with the Fear of the Lord (Isaiah 33:6).
  • That our government would be filled with capable leaders (Exodus 18:21).
  • That our governmental leaders would put their hope in the Lord (Psalm 33:18).
  • That God would build a biblical worldview into our government leaders of tomorrow and that they would have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16).

By David Kubal

President/CEO, Intercessors for America


04
Oct 2018

Give Him 15 is joining a 40-day national call to prayer before the 2018 Midterm Elections. Here is today’s Focus:

PRAY IN UNITY

Day 7 – Change the Climate, Change the Nation

Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension.”  (1 Timothy 2:8; ESV)

How many times have you gone to a restaurant, theater, or airplane and said to yourself, “I’d better take a jacket. It’s likely to be cold in there.”?  When I was growing up, you put a jacket on when you were going outside. It’s absurd to have to wear a jacket when you’re going inside. But in this world of air conditioning, someone else is controlling the thermostat in public spaces, and you and I have to adjust our behavior accordingly.

The same thing is going on in the spiritual realm. We are suffering from erratic behavior in almost every area of our society, including the way we make our choices, in large part because someone else has usurped control of the thermostat.

If we can change the climate, we can change the nation.

Dr. Ed Silvoso writes in his book, Prayer Evangelism:

We have no problem believing that it is possible to change the spiritual climate inside a home, in a church building or even at a stadium during a crusade. Every Sunday in church we see the climate change gradually as the service proceeds. The concept of changing a spiritual climate is not foreign to us.

However, we do have a problem believing that the same climate we enjoy in church can and should be enjoyed all over the city. Yet this is promised in 1 Timothy 2:1-8, where Paul tells us that if we pray for everybody, everywhere, we will be able to live quiet and tranquil lives in all godliness and honesty. For godliness to increase in a city, ungodliness must decrease, and none of this can happen without radical improvement in the spiritual climate of the city.

For far too long, we have left control of the spiritual climate in our cities in the hands of the devil. This is evident when we look around at the mire of sin, the hostility and anger, the criminal activity and the crushing weight of hopelessness on our fellow citizens. Every week thousands in our cities get married, hoping for a bright future; and every week a similar number watch their marriages disintegrate. Satan is keeping a subzero climate in place, while the Church is rubbing sticks together, trying to spark a few fires to keep its own people from freezing.

But what if the Church in the city was able to take control of the spiritual thermostat away from the devil and set it to a comfortable 70° F? Suddenly, Satan would be on the defensive, assigning demons to frantically distribute melting ice cubes around the city in a futile attempt to bring the temperature down a few degrees.                                   

(Prayer Evangelism, Chosen Books  2017)

Points for Prayer:

  • Read and pray through Luke, Chapter 10.
  • Position yourself behind the Lord Jesus like His followers—eager volunteers to do whatever He commanded.
  • Let faith arise in you for our nation.

By Dave Thompson

Sr. Vice President, Harvest Evangelism


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