I love what God is doing as we continue to march on carrying this banner of prayer for the US and speaking love over our jars of dirt. He is truly opening our eyes and ears to what is really going on and what we are up against. We lost family last week in SC, but what a beautiful picture of the Body of Christ has been painted since the tragic murders. The church has risen up in forgiveness and love towards the shooter, and isn’t that what we are called to do? Forgiveness is as much a powerful force in the Kingdom as love is, and we really cannot have one without the other. There is so much to learn as a Body from the outpouring of forgiveness in the hearts of the Emanuel AME church congregation, I pray we learn it.
The events that took place last week were pivotal in the Spirit, further encouraging me that what we are doing with our jars of dirt and for this country is not in vain. Racial tensions are high in this country and have been further underscored by the unnecessary and tragic killings of unarmed young black men. Many prominent people have also contributed to them by continuing to highlight the victim status. Before you begin to react, hear me out. We have a common enemy who knows precisely what buttons to push and how to push them. We have to look beyond the person or persons and see the driving spirit behind the behavior, and this is what we must target. Our nation has a history of bloodshed and prejudice, we must continue to pray for healing of our land.
A House Divided
The Lord gave me such profound insight into the plan of Satan yesterday, that I was floored and had to pray into it before releasing it. Matthew 12: 25-30 NKJV says, “But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house. He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.” If a nation is at civil war, it is not strong enough, nor attentive enough to withstand an outside attack. With all of the racial tension and race baiting, it would seem that we are ripe for another civil war, however, the Lord has now exposed the plan of the enemy.
Satan wants the US divided, this is nothing new. He’s tried it before and failed, and he will fail again. He wants a civil war, he wants people groups and certain economic classes to remain in “victim” status in order to continue to feed them the lies necessary to facilitate a civil war. He uses prominent political people, he uses people on the street, people we know, people we don’t know and he does not give up. Once we, as a nation, are at war with ourselves, he plans to attack from without. He also creates diversions – look at the top national news stories, look and see what is considered news and then pray to see what it is actually covering up. 1 Peter 5:8 calls him a roaring lion, seeking to devour; Jesus called him a thief and said he comes to steal, kill and destroy, we must not underestimate him (John 10:10), we are told to be sober and vigilant. We need to pay attention to what is going on, but we must become completely Kingdom focused. Now that we know what Satan is up to, we can now pray against it and step into our prophetically given national name – UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A House United
Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them (Matthew 18:19-20 NKJV).
There is great power in agreement when praying. We have been praying for our nation with specific targets for the last 14 weeks and this has helped facilitate agreement in prayer. We will continue to pray until the Lord tells me we are finished. As we move into week 15, let us begin to prophetically emphasize the name of our country, we are the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Not only are we speaking love and life over our nation, but we are declaring unity! The Lord is taking us to deeper levels of intimacy in prayer for this nation and it will be our prayer that changes the atmosphere. When praying over our jars, let us pray in tongues. This is a perfect prayer that goes directly from our lips to the Father’s ear and Satan does not understand it. Let us speak directly to the Father on behalf of our nation and declare a national healing and a united front.
- Pray for a national baptism in the love of God and for an outpouring of that Love upon each and every person
- Pray for forgiving hearts towards one another, for the example set by the Emanuel AME church to become the norm
- Pray for our nation’s borders – seal them against every creeping and crawling thing that Satan would use to come into our country unawares.
- Pray for courage for our leaders to rise up and walk in a manner worthy of the Kingdom
- Pray for corruption on every level to be exposed and removed.
- Pray for our nation to be knit together in love, in service to each other, in unity.
- Pray for the wounds of our nation to be healed.
God has great plans for our nation and our people! Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world!