The Advancing Prayer Movement
[Beginning 9/25, and continuing through Election Day, November 3rd, Give Him 15 is joining forces with many other national prayer ministries in 40 Days of Prayer for America. I wrote today’s prayer focus.]
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Many are not aware that America was birthed in prayer. From the Pilgrims’ prayers as they landed at Plymouth to Benjamin Franklin’s call to prayer for Divine Assistance in the writing of the U. S. Constitution, prayer was a cornerstone of the nation’s founding. Men and women relied on God and sought Him as a part of the course of their daily lives and events.
Prayer has surged in popularity off and on throughout our history, most notably in difficult seasons of time and just before the Great Awakenings and other major moves of God, such as the Jesus Movement of the late 1960s/early 1970s. The prayer movement most recently enjoyed a surge in the 1990s when prayer activities, such as the formation of numerous prayer groups in churches, prayer walking, prayer driving, prayer journeys, houses of prayer, and prayer-saturated churches, became the norm. However, the tide was moving out again in this decade. Long-time prayer warriors were growing weary, and the next generation did not seem to have the fire of their parents and grandparents.
Prior to the 2016 elections, God gave me a vision for an Appeal to Heaven Movement that would sweep a nation into prayer once again. We began to do Appeal to Heaven conferences across the nation, with an intent to go to all 50 states if need be, to ignite passion for prayer for national revival. Many prayer groups and prayer ministries were renewed. Prayer has continued to gain momentum, and a new unity across prayer ministries has come into being. God loves unity, and we have begun to see the effects of our unified prayer! Also, the Appeal to Heaven flag started to show up everywhere, including in government offices. It was even positioned behind President Trump when he gave one of his first speeches in office!
We must keep the fire of prayer going. We have made a shift, but America is not out of the woods yet! Government leaders are counting on us to keep praying! They have told me they can feel the difference when the church is praying and when it is not! Pray, Church, pray!
“Gather the people, consecrate the assembly; bring together the elders, gather the children, those nursing at the breast. Let the bridegroom leave his room and the bride her chamber.” (Joel 2:16; NIV)
Points for Prayer:
- Thank the Lord that America was founded in prayer and that Christ-honoring prayer is in the fabric of who we are as a nation.
- Ask the Lord to stir up in you passion for prayer at a greater level.
- Pray for the nation and its leaders today. You can go to whitehouse.gov, senate.gov, house.gov, supremecourt.gov, or many other government websites at the federal, state and local level to get information for prayer.
- Worship the Lord over America. Worship and intercession go hand in hand.
- Ask the Lord how to better connect with prayer groups at the local and national level.
- We are one week from the National elections. Press in and pray, Church!
- Use Joel 2:16 and call for the intercessors in the United States to rise up!
A Prayer You Can Pray:
Father, thank You for establishing the United States of America through prayer and supplication. Our forefathers sought You and meant it. They knew You and desired to see You known throughout the whole earth from our shores. Our forefathers interceded before they wrote our founding documents. They sought You prior to battles that resulted in America becoming a nation. They acknowledged You every step of the way. While America has drifted away from You in some regards, please stir Your people up to pray like never before. We are not discouraged, but we know without prayer and action, our nation will be lost.
Let us pray about everything the nation needs right now. We need to choose life. We need leaders that will honor life, making and upholding laws that end abortion in America. We need a President, cabinet members, Senators and Congressmen, and Justices that will seek You and act on behalf of our nation in ways that honor You. We will pray and worship You, and vote for those that come closest to this.
Increase our prayer in the governmental arena. More and more Believers are praying for our elected leaders. Connect us more and more with those that represent us. Forgive us for not praying for those we don’t agree with. We should be praying for them all the more. We want to be a nation that honors You! We want our laws and processes to be based on the biblical standard. We want You to be known through us. We want America to be known around the world as a Christian nation. Let Your praying army arise, Lord, and America shall be saved in Jesus’ name! Amen.
We will worship and pray and vote, and America will be saved!