Category Archives: Prayer Focuses

These posts announce topics that need to be specially addressed in prayer. My wife and I pray on these topics, and invite you to pray with us!

Prayer for President Trump

1 Timothy 2:1-3 “Therefore I exhort first of all that you make supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings for everyone, for kings and for all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceful life in all godliness and honesty, for this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior

Heavenly Father, I pray for Your grace upon the United States. May Your name be hallowed in those who love You and keep Your word in the days and years to come! May Your unfailing love burn brightly in those who know You and keep the faith! Grant your long-suffering mercy upon this nation, that peace might be prolonged and the gospel further spread.

Gracious Father I ask that Your gospel would penetrate the heart of Donald Trump, that in humility and repentance he would come to know You according to the truth. I thank You for the men You have surrounded Donald Trump with and I pray that You would give his administration the common grace of ruling wisdom to preside over the U.S. faithfully.

Lord, I ask you to stay the hands that run to shed innocent blood. I ask you to hold back them who delight in war, that widespread violence might not break forth over the face of the earth again.

Most eagerly I pray, “Come Lord Jesus, come!” – let Your will be done on earth, as it is also done in heaven! In Jesus name I pray, amen!

Romans 13:1-4 “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. Rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil works. Do you wish to have no fear of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from him, for he is the servant of God for your good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain, for he is the servant of God, an avenger to execute wrath upon him who practices evil. “

2016 Election: Pray

As the U.S. enters the 2016 presidential election season I wanted to bring our minds back to God’s will and encourage my brethren everywhere, not just in the U.S. to pray for our leaders as those appointed by God.

Praying for our leaders takes wisdom and discernment.  But how can we pray for our leaders if we get swept into the polarizing and vitriolic landscape that typifies politics today?  Likewise, how can we pray for our leaders if we react to this landscape by sinking into an apathetic non-engagement mentality that holds so many Christians who are disillusioned by our corrupt political system?  Let me encourage you to avoid these snares altogether by being rooted and grounded in love according to the knowledge of God and praying earnestly for your leaders.

Remember God’s way according to His word:

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities.  For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.  ~Romans 13:1

I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. ~1 Timothy 2:1-2

Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good.  For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men- as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God.  Honor all people.  Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king. ~1 Peter 2:13-17

I thought it would be beneficial to add videos from interviews and speeches of our President and upcoming presidential candidates so that you may listen with godly discernment and understand how to pray for our leaders and potential leaders.

My intention is not to promote any candidate in this post, rather, to provide a starting point by which you may carefully consider these men and women in prayer.  When we hear these men and women speak, we should endeavor to conform our minds to the mind of Christ, that He may have the preeminence among us and that our actions might reflect His good will even in the most vitriolic and divisive season of American politics.

I believe there are appropriate times to stand up and speak out over the sins and abuses committed by those in political leadership for the purposes of stemming incoming tides that would seek to sway and defile the Church, but I also believe there are times to call for earnest intercessory prayer from the Church for our political leaders.  I believe this is just such a time as this, so please join me in praying for our leaders.

The U.S. President

Barack Obama

Presidential Candidates

Donald Trump

Carly Fiorina

Ben Carson

Ted Cruz

Marco Rubio

Jeb Bush

Bernie Sanders

Hillary Clinton

 

We Need A Revival In The Ministry

Brothers and sisters, I’m asking for you to join with me in serious prayer over those who have been charged as leaders in the Body of Christ; to wage spiritual war with the mighty weapon of prayer on behalf of ministers all over this country who feel oppressed by darkness, discouragement, bondage, lukewarmness, and faithlessness.

We need revival in leadership.

Words fail to communicate the hopelessness many pastors feel and the weight of discouragement they bear on their shoulders as they are trying earnestly to lead their congregations faithfully before God.  Many face congregations filled with obstinate hearts, others grapple with disorder in their own homes.  Many are concealing hidden iniquity that is wrecking havoc in their hearts and destroying their churches.

FOR RENEWING

Pray hard for the leaders God has appointed in the body.

Brethren, we have preachers that have lost their anointing!  We have pastors that have lost their first love!  They have lost their zeal!  They have lost their courage!

Pray for God’s renewing to come upon our leaders to renew their anointing, refresh their love, invigorate their zeal, and embolden their courage!

These are not pastors who have fallen away or suffered shipwreck of their faith; they are those who earnestly love the Lord, who still lift their hearts to God alone, and who have not bowed the knee to the idols of this age; but they are filled with sorrow and surrounded by darkness.

FOR FORGIVENESS

Pray hard for the leaders God has appointed in the body.

Brethren, no one is impervious to the onslaught of Satan- even Jesus faced temptation- and no one is above stumbling; so many pulpits today are filled by pastors who carry the burden of guilt every Sunday.  So many pastors have chains of hidden iniquity upon them.

Satan is winning in our Churches because he has the Shepherds bound in sin!!!

But we serve a might God, and merciful, who appointed “mercy to triumph over judgment” and “good to overcome evil”.  Pray, my brethren, for the pastors who are held in bondage to sin!

FOR WINNOWING

Pray hard for the leaders God has appointed in the body.

Brethren, we have many pastors in our assemblies who are eloquent with words and well educated, but have never been appointed by God.  They are false ambassadors, wolves in sheep’s clothing, and men trained in covetousness.

Let us pray that Jesus would come swiftly and sift these men from the pulpits and heads of our assemblies!  For He knows whom He has appointed, and who is an imposter in the assembly!

PRAY

Brothers and sisters, you do  not bear the blessed privilege of prayer in vain!  God has appointed prayer to bear much fruit to His glory- if only you would pray!

Therefore, let perseverance prove the sincerity of your prayer as fire proves the quality of gold, and pray for your leaders!

Personal Prayer Request

Grace and peace to my brethren, and thanks to our Father in Heaven through His Son Jesus Christ who ever lives to make intercession on our behalf, whom He has redeemed to be a royal priesthood unto Himself.

I need to bring a personal prayer request to all of you: this morning I woke up and a quarter of my vision in my left eye is gone.  And by my estimate, it seems to be maybe getting worse.  I’ll be visiting an optical center tomorrow morning, but there is pressure in my eye, when I am exposed to light, it flushes the rest of my vision, and my eyes are not tracking together anymore.

just got a new job here that would support us and help pay for some of the ministry work we’re doing (literally, today would’ve been my 3rd day on training).  The manager said he thinks what I described is the same thing that happened to him a few years ago and said it was an ordeal for him.

I want to encourage all of you to abound in grace and make intercession before our Father on behalf of all the Saints.  Whether this is a temporary thing or permanent situation for me is according to the will of the Lord– but, beloved brethren, every day I live here on earth I see more of the enemies traps and snares being sprung as he prowls about looking for those he may consume.  Therefore, my beloved brethren, pray earnestly for the souls of the Saints, both those who are mature and well advanced in their faith, and those who are new born babes.

May the grace, mercy, and peace of Christ overflow towards all you who believe in Him and follow Him in faithfulness.

Will You Have Mercy On Them?

My dear brethren, bought with the most precious blood of Jesus Christ and redeemed according to the good and perfect will of our Father in Heaven, grace, and mercy, and peace in the Lord Jesus Christ be ever so abundant towards you to establish you in holiness, loving one another in increasing measure, and fervent in spirit for all righteousness.

I want to ask all of you to join me in prayer this week and next leading up to and culminating on Halloween night.

Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him when he saw that the city was given over to idols. Therefore he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and with the Gentile worshipers, and in the marketplace daily with those who happened to be there. Then certain Epicurean and Stoic philosophers encountered him. And some said, “What does this babbler want to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a proclaimer of foreign gods,” because he preached to them Jesus and the resurrection. And they took him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, “May we know what this new doctrine is of which you speak? For you are bringing some strange things to our ears. Therefore we want to know what these things mean.” For all the Athenians and the foreigners who were there spent their time in nothing else but either to tell or to hear some new thing.

Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you: God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’

Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising. Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked, while others said, “We will hear you again on this matter.” So Paul departed from among them. However, some men joined him and believed, among them Dionysius the Areopagite, a woman named Damaris, and others with them.

~Acts 17:16-34

My spirit is provoked this week as I see a country given over to darkness, to the deceiving spirits and mockery. Oh how my spirit grieves bitterly because the little children are handed over to this by their parents, like the abominations of Israel who “caused their sons and daughters to pass through the fires of Molech” (Jeremiah 32:35).

Tonight I was praying and weeping over the children of our neighbors who were playing outside, and for their families, and asking God to have mercy upon them, and I heard the Lord say, “will you have mercy upon them? Have I not committed the ministry of reconciliation unto my children in the power and demonstration of the Holy Spirit?”

So I’m asking for your prayer this week because I plan to go out on the streets this Halloween to preach Christ to the people whom God has placed and so predetermined so that as if “groping they may find Him” (Acts 17:27).

  • Pray that these people would receive light in dark places!
  • Pray that the gospel would bring life to those celebrating death!
  • Pray that God would be hallowed by those who hallowed demonic deceptions!
  • Pray for the parents!
  • Pray for me, that I may have boldness abounding and a ready heart to preach the gospel of Christ with a sound mind in the anointing of the Holy Spirit!

I am not concerning myself with what will be said, nor the excuses that may be made, nor even with what accusations may be made; my heart is broken for those wandering in the darkness, who, not seeing, are falling into the pit by the snare of the enemy.  Arraying themselves in images of death, darkness, and demonic natures, claiming to be of Christ, they are following all the deceptions of the enemy.  But I know and am convinced that because Jesus loves us He said “be zealous and repent!  Buy from me white raiments!”  His body was broken and rent that we might be clothed with Christ!  No greater love could there be that would cloth the miserable, wretched, poor, blind, and naked in fine linen garments than the love of Christ who clothed these with Himself!