11/5/2017 Church Shooting in Sutherland Springs, TX
We celebrated two mission groups at our church today. We also honored our worship leader who was leaving and starting a new life as an associate pastor in a new church.
With all the unrest in the country, it is evident prayer is needed. Today while honoring our worship leader we dressed in camouflage, decorated the café in camouflage, hunted mounts, arrows and things that honored the love of hunting he has.
While standing on stage I had a strange thought of “What If”. What if someone dressed in camouflage that we did not know, came in with the intent to harm us while we were worshiping the Lord. I passed it off as just another distraction from the enemy.
Later that afternoon I saw a breaking news bulletin. That a man came into a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas and shot Men, women and children, killing half of the congregation.
It made me look back at that split second when I thought of the strange “What If”. Then I recalled a verse in the Bible in 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but might 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, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.”
Instead of thinking this was a distraction from the enemy, as I thought it was because of the evil nature, it made me wonder if it could have been a Holy Spirit alert that fervent prayer was needed against this act immediately.
We live in such turbulent times. Spiritual warfare is needed against all these things. It has made me re-think my prayer pattern and “Hold every thought captive”. I need to examine weather this is of God or not. I need to pray against these thoughts and pray that God protect the congregation or church. Pray for protection. If indeed the Holy Spirit gave me the image, we need to pray against it.
Lord be with all the families, congregation and the townsman during these uncertain times. Please Lord help us be fervent in our prayer patterns and lift all thought we hold captive to You in obedience of Christ. In Jesus name I pray, Amen
I lift up this nation to You Lord. We are seeing so much violence and unrest. We lay down all our burdens that keep us up at night to You. There is nothing we can do short of voting and most of all praying. Let us have an urgency to witness and not just listen to messages each Sunday but to also participate in our churches in all that is required. Please Lord do not remove Your protective hand from this country. I know that there have been many visions of this country being consumed by earthquake, hurricanes, tornadoes and forces of evil from other countries. I also know that we are Your children and You are the Most High God. You know our heart and You are leading us to where You need us. Let us not grow weary with hope deferred and continue on to search for Your will in spite of the distractions. Remember the lost and do not sigh and give up on them. Embolden us daily as we trek onward. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen
I pray that God will Open your eyes and your heart and show you the horses and chariots of fire all around the children of God as it was in the days of Elisha. I pray that the Holy Spirit will rain down on all of this country to the darkest area of spirit and break through the spirit of fear with the spirit of hope. I call all who read this that your heart will be quickened with encouragement to embolden you to reach out to anyone around you who needs guidance back to our Loving Father in heaven. You must stop waiting for someone else to fix it. You must stop wishing someone else will take care of what is wrong with the world and step up. God Created You to do something about it! We are the children of the most High God and it is time for us to rise up and take charge of this situation.
I praise you God for guarding our hearts and protecting our country. Thank you Lord for penetrating the darkest of hearts and opening up the spirit that is in each and every one of us at birth. Thank you for awakening Your children to take action and a revival in the name of Jesus, Amen
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7/18/16 United in Prayer with Franklin Graham.
Holy Father, as we gather in unison in prayer, we thank You for all the blessings of freedom in America. We know that You see the uprising in America and through out the world. We know You are still on the throne and are waiting for our call to You.
Please Lord take notice to our prayers and give Your angels charge over us in protection and buffet the enemy that we do not see but live and feel the results of. Protect our leaders and give them wisdom. You know their hearts and You know there intentions before they do. Please guide each and every one of them in all offices and in the hearts of their spouses, as they do have an influence.
We pray that there is a supernatural change in our country that will bring a revival of hope, faith and love. May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of Jesus.
May You grant all our request that brings benefit to us in spirit and growth toward You and give victory to Your children and Your annointed. Your victory is our victory.
Thank You Lord for all those who come to You, as they are reaching out because of a fallen world. We need you to hug us. We need the answered prayers of healing and peace. The financial restoration and the wisdom to go forward glorifying You. In Jesus Holy Name Amen.
Holy Father, I lift up this country to you. Please heal this country with Your loving spirit. We need You Lord how we need You. This country has run a muck and very much like a family without a father. Please bring us back to You and help keep Your children strong so that we may be able to be the salt and light. Rain down on us with Your Holy Spirit and have it pour out of us bringing comfort, joy and hope. Thank You Lord for all my christian family and how much a part of my life they have become. In times like these it is so easy to give up feeling You are not there anymore but I am a witness to Your presence and reminded of Your love through the healing and I have felt the waive of Your power so strong it made me weak. Thank You Lord for not giving up on us. Thank You for being our Father. Thank You for softening the soil to which the seed is sown so there may be a huge harvest this year of Jubilee. May we stand firm on our conviction for our country and on Your word in Jesus Name I pray Amen.
May God bless America. May Your hand of protection stay upon our soldiers, police officers, fireman and medical staff at all times and Your spirit of wisdom penetrate our Government Officials in the Senate, House all the way down into the State and City. Thank you for all the servants of faith working every day to sew, water and bring in the harvest for You. Thank You Lord for the freedom of celebrating in this great country with our family and friends. Thank you for keeping us safe. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen
Let's talk a moment about warfare and the most powerful weapon on the face of the earth. No, I'm not talking about nukes…or am I? Our battle is not against flesh and blood, therefore; our weapons
of war are not physical in nature. But…let's talk about a nuclear weapon and WORSHIP. Yes, you read that correctly. Look; for a nuclear weapon to work it only takes one ATOM of the proper material to
split, thereby causing a chain reaction that can take out a city.
Likewise, in worship it only takes one ADAM to create a chain reaction in a group of worshippers. One ADAM who is not afraid to totally worship the Living God with all he/she is; just one ADAM to initiate a blast wave of praise to beat down upon the gates of hell.
Have you ever noticed those Christians who make a lot of noise at sports events but barely mumble the words to the songs we sing in worship? They're also the ones who never want to pray out loud. To me, this is very sad. There are truly some who are not wired to be loud as well, that's okay…that's how God made them… BUT…there are those of us who make LOTS OF NOISE when we worship…and by doing so we encourage those around us to engage as well. DON'T BE SHY WHEN YOU PRAISE THE LIVING GOD! He inhabits the praise of His people whether it is in song OR prayer. This Thursday, let's release some mushroom clouds of praise around our nation as we pray for our country's redemption.
WE NEED TO PRAY LIKE WE HAVE NEVER PRAYED BEFORE!!!!
HALLELUJAH TO THE GOD OF OUR FOREFATHERS WHO IS CHRIST THE LORD!!!
When the world begins to swallow you up you just have to dig your heels in and read the word and pray. I often find if I don't do my daily reading in the morning of the Holy Bible, my day gets disrupted to the point I wish I didn't get out of bed. Let not our silence on social media mean we are not connected and not praying. I pray every day. The benefits are for others to be encouraged with our petitions and praises. Forgive me Father for not being a light during my silence. I praise You for creating so many people who are trying to make a difference in this country. Thank you for their talent and letting their creation or speech inspire, revive and ignite the spirit that You placed in America from the beginning with our forefathers. Raise up a moral spirit that runs after You. Embolden us to not turn our heads to immorality that is bleeding into our judicial system. Keep us strong and keep us pure in Jesus Name I pray Amen.
Father. Have mercy upon us and hear your children as we pray, first for our own lack of spirituality and wisdom, for our sins and our cowardice to confront evil. And O Lord, hear us pray for our beloved nation that our generation can affect those around us with the Gospel and how we live our lives and infect this godless generation with Your holiness. This I ask in Your Son's precious name, Amen.
Lord, as in many states we have youth coming together for more answers. They find that the worlds way is not the way to live life to the fullest. With that discovery we praise You God for the re-kindling of our spirit. We praise you that the fire in the youth of Arkansas also dwells into the other generations. Let there be a desire to make a difference through Your teachings and let that difference begin with us. Thank You for christian leaders and prayer warriors as Franklin Graham and his father Billy Graham. Thank You for all of us in this world who stand firm for Your righteousness. May the power of love and the fire of Your spirit be with us always. In Jesus Name Amen
Holy Father, Thank you for another day of freedom in America. Thank you for taking away confusion and letting us see the truth in the spirit of the candidates that are running for the top office in this country. Thank you for showing your people how important it is to vote tomorrow in Illinois and how the primary election is pivotal on the direction of our country. I praise you Lord for the passion that is rising up for the lost. I praise you for instilling an unquenchable fire in the spirit of all America that recognizes that something must be done now. Please give us wisdom and discernment and keep us from the enemy that can not be seen and lies to us with words that can not be heard. Guard us with your guardian angels as the Holy Spirit does his work of healing in this broken nation. In Jesus Name Amen
Holy Father, please give us a new heart. Let our nation heal and regain it's strength. Please don't give up on us. We are so divided right now. I know the Holy Spirit is working in all of us and I know that You still are perfecting our walk toward you. Thank you Lord for listening to our prayers and thank you for sending prayer warriors as well as foot soldiers to spread your word and to pray for the hurting. In Jesus Name, Amen
So, here's a variation of an old song we might all want to be singing...
God, have mercy on America,
Land that I love!
Stand beside her,
and guide her
through this night with Your light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
to the oceans, white with foam!
God, have mercy on America,
my home, sweet home...
God, have mercy on America,
My home, sweet, home!
Neglect of prayer is the locust which devours the strength of the church.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Just wanted to take a moment and feflect on what is going on here with our prayer groups. What really impresses me is what God is doing with/through our internet technology; and with/through us.
Please don't look at these prayer groups as individual cells. Oh, no! By no means! We are doing what has never been done before in America. We have the ability to join together from coast to coast,
up to Alaska, and out to Hawaii in a UNIFIED PRAYER FOR AMERICA!!! We are what Satan fears! We musn't stop and we must continue to be unified. Look, I have noticed once again someone might say
something that someone else disagrees with. Nothing wrong with that. The problem arises when we feel the need to correct/rebuke on the prayer site giving view to everyone something that truly could
be a discouragement. Please hear me on this; If you have a dispute or anything negative to voice (remember...negative is not always bad) please go to the person's own page and use a personal message
to voice concerns/disagreements. By using the prayer group sites Satan is trying to cause disruption and disunity, HE WANTS AMERICA TO FAIL.
Something else to please keep in mind is that God might be leading you to vote for a certain candidate while someone else is feeling led to vote for a different one. Let's try to keep that kind of politcal discussion from these Holy Pages. There truly is only one name that should be named on these pages; JESUS CHRIST.
This is such an awesome time to be an American Christian. We have an opportunity unlike anything that has EVER been before. Each one of us has been born 'FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS!' Let us not forget the cross and the One who gave us our freedom. this is all truly about HIM!!!!
God bless you, my fellow Americans...my fellow SOLDIERS OF THE CROSS OF JESUS CHRIST!
There is a lot of truth to this message when you take up your concerns to God. The battle field is completely different. Keep on praying Prayer Warriors!
We, as a nation of Christians, united by the love of God, need to be of one mind in this election year. What could possibly be the greatest challenge to our freedom is not a matter of Democrat or Repulican or any other political entity. The greatest challenge is whether the Church will arise and be the Church once again. We have become comfortable. Christianity, REAL Christianity, is not about comfort. It's about change. It's about loving those who do not want to love us in return. It's about calling sin...sin! It's not about our judging evil people...that's God's job alone...it's about sharing the gospel message to the lost. And, in case you have not awakened yet...AMERICA HAS LOST HER WAY!!! Listen...it's not our governments' fault...the fault rests solely on the shoulders of the church. Wake up church, the harvest is ripe! THIS COULD BE OUR FINEST HOUR!!!
We have many issues as a nation facing us, it is true. But let us not get so caught up in this upcoming election that we forget who is King. Let us not get so concerned with the evil that is running rampant in our land that we forget our Savior and His power to heal. Let us not get so focused on the politics that we forget the Kingdom to come and is already here in us, the people of the Living God. Do not weary of the work, brothers and sisters. Do not fret over the outcome. Let us lay our petitions before the LORD and trust Him for the outcome. And...while we are doing all this each day....don't forget to tell Him you love Him. Blessed be the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world!
As we prepare for our First Wednesday Fast tomorrow, I wanted to take a moment to encourage all to take a couple minutes and read Nehemiah 1. This is the chapter that Franklin is using to call
America back to her Creator.
God bless you all! Don't forget; there is ALWAYS hope in Jesus! Whoever gets elected president cannot change our nation. JESUS CAN! So, pray, beloved of God!!!
Our Father in heaven, we fall before you broken. Our morals are broken. Our relationships are broken. Our trust in our leadership is broken. But, O God, our faith in You is not shaken. We know
that You hear us. We know that You love us. Jesus, look upon Your Church in America. We are rich yet poor. We are wise yet we act foolishly. We are saved yet act as the rest of the world. WAKE US UP,
Help us to realize that we are here for a reason. Use us Adonai...take all that we are and change our nation. You are our Foundation, God. You are our Protector, Lord. Arise and move in our land. Move in our schools. Move in our families. Move in our Churches. Move in our leadership, from the White House, to the schoolhouse, to the Governors' mansions to the police departments, to the fire departments and hospitals. Let Your Holy Spirit fan the flickering flame of the apostate Church in America into a full-blown revival! WE NEED YOU GOD!!! WE PRAISE YOU JEHOVA GOD FOR WHAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO DO!!! In the awesome name of Jesus Christ we lift our hands, our hearts, our voices in unison...AMEN and AMEN!!!
My brothers and sisters...please read this with your heart. Why is America in the shape she is in? Why is evil rampant? Why is sin left unchecked? Is it not the simple fact the church has
neglected her duty for the last several decades? Sure, we go to church on Sundays and praise our Savior...but what do we do the rest of the week? Do we walk with God? Do we obey the command to be His
(Christ's) witnesses to the world in which we live? When was the last time you told anybody (OUTSIDE OF A CHURCH BUILDING) about what Jesus has done for you? By not doing so, we are the ones
responsible for the shape of America. For the last 50-60 years the church has sat on her hands while our nation has plumeted into the ruin of secular sewage.And what have we done? Nothing. Hey...I'm
guilty too. But here we are all hopped-up on hope because of the annointing of Franklin Graham to bring the gospel back into the lime light of America. It's not worth a hill of beans if all we are
looking for is a new president. We need real...LASTING...change. And that cannot be placed on Franklin's shoulders alone. WE NEED TO BE DOING THE WORK TOO! Not just for 2016, but...FOR OUR CHILDREN
AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN'S FUTURES! This is not a one-year fight...if you are thinking that...AMERICA IS DOOMED! The Church needs to wake up, stand up, and SPEAK UP LOUDER THAN THE VOICES THAT SAY THERE
IS NO GOD! Thank you so much for what you are doing in this endeavor, please dont stop!
And now...here is something to think upon; the last verse of an old hymn I stumbled upon yesterday. I love you all in the purity and power of the Lord Jesus Christ and I feel so blessed to be even a small part of this adventure with you!
"Haste thee on from grace to glory, Armed with faith and winged with prayer; Heaven's eternal days before thee, God's own hand shall guide thee there.
Soon shall close thy earthly mission; Swift shall pass thy pilgrim days; Hope shall change to glad fruition,
Faith to sight, and prayer, to praise." Henry Francis Lyte
Ponder that verse and have a blessed day in the Lord!
Before we were Christians we used to worry about this or that. Took upon everything as though it was up to us to do the job. Now we have learned to give it all to God in prayer.
In 1 Samuel 12:20.... Samuel said "Do not fear. You have done all this wickedness; yet do not turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart...... 12:23 Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you; but I will teach you the good and the right way."
In Thessalonians 5:17 Paul says to Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
So I lift up our Great Nation and Praise God that we live in freedom and liberty. That we were founded as a Judeo-Christian Nation. We are the light and cry out to Elohim. We ask for a renewed spirit in the hearts of the leaders. Please remove the blinding idles that prevent reason in leadership. I pray that you send your angels to protect us all from the enemy seen and unseen so that the Holy Spirit can do His work in our redemption. I pray without ceasing that you lift up the able bodied Christians to stand up for our constitution in the sight of all the world. America is not going to stand for this gross disregard of Your word. That those who can not physically be active become your Spirit Prayer Warriors. We are nothing without You Lord. Give us back the heart David had for You. Let America be forever after Your own heart. In all this I pray in Jesus Name, Amen!
It is time for the Church to fess up, pray up, and stand up. This could be our finest hour. Or....our final hour. We have the choice to make. The real America will stand or fall depending on that choice.
Thank you Lord for raising up righteous people to pray, express and getting involved. We have been silent too long. We have been lazy and complacent too long. When society demands tolerance You demand love. When the world forgets your commandments You have deaf ears. No amount of I'm sorry will bring You back until there is a circumcision of the heart. I pray forgiveness for our nation and the nation of Israel. Forgiveness for ignoring Your spirit and taking upon ourselves what never belonged to us. You are pure Love and pure Justice. We need your forgiveness for trying to do Your job. I praise You Lord for protecting Your children during these uncertain times. In Jesus Name, Amen
And He will judge the world in righteousness;
He will execute judgment for the peoples with equity.
(Psalms 9:8 NASB)
We often feel that praying for God's judgement is harsh. But praying for judgment does not mean praying "that God would destroy us without mercy." We can pray for God's judgment without hesitation! Why?
BECAUSE HIS JUDGMENT IS PERFECT AND RIGHTEOUS - THE PERFECT BLEND OF LOVE, MERCY AND JUSTICE!
Jesus told us to pray that the will of the Father "be done on earth as it is in heaven." Praying for God's judgment is simply praying that He will straighten out the messes we have made in our lives and our nation!
[Father, we pray for Your PERFECT JUDGMENT in America. Send whatever is necessary to awaken the church and to get our country back on the right track!
Shake us, soften our hearts, and mold each of us into the image of Your Son Jesus. Open our eyes to allow us to see Your glory and give us the courage to utterly destroy all the idols of the land - anything which rejects or hinders Your glory - in our individual lives, in our nation and in the world!]
In 1 Samuel 12:13.. It is promised "Now therefore, here is the king whom you have chosen and whom you have desired. And take note, the Lord has set a king over you. If you fear the Lord and serve Him and obey His voice, and do not rebel against the commandment of the Lord, then both you and the king who reigns over you will continue following the Lord your God. However, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord, but rebel against the commandment of the Lord, then the hand of the Lord will be against you, as it was against your fathers."
If you replace king with mayor, governor, senator president..... you see how important it is to follow the commandment of the Lord.
Holy Father, I lift up this nation to you. We hold on to your promises and know that when we turn from our ways and repent of our sins we will be forgiven. We ask You to raise up a righteous people that will adhere to your word and keep us strong that our voice will be Your voice and our leaders will hear. Let your children find strength and boldness to continue when barriers are brought against us. Let no weapon come against us weather physical or spiritual for You are with us. Thank you Lord for hearing our voices and awakening our country. Thank you for freeing those imprisoned. May the revival begin.... In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
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Time to Pray: 11/5/2017
Church Shooting - TX