Grace for America

The Chase, Paul Walsh via Flickr.comAs we look around our nation and the world, things are getting darker. Behavior which was once universally thought of as evil is now labeled healthy and good. Those who stand for what the Bible defines as goodness are now called narrow-minded bigots. As a result, many Christians are giving up hope for America. Instead of continuing to steadily pray, they are focusing exclusively on building up their survivalist supplies. Others have adopted an “eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die” mentality.

While resting in what I fondly call my prayer chair, I dozed off and had a dream. I saw on the wall in front of me five framed pictures, all colored photos of racehorses running. In the dream, I immediately knew it was a message of grace to America. I felt as if I had dreamed this dream before, at another time when I had been sleeping in my chair, but had not recorded it.

I awoke and went back to sleep, and I dreamed that I saw the pictures again, but this time, they were not on the wall. They were either in my hands or laid out in front of me. They seemed to be black and white photos this time, which I did not get a good look at, but I knew they were close-ups with details of the earlier racehorse pictures on the wall.

I then heard, “Thus saith the Lord,  ‘With grace will I restore America.'”

Here is my interpretation:

Both in this dream and in the recollection of having the same dream before, I had been in my prayer chair — my place of prayer authority. God gives intercessors authority to receive answers to prayer according to things which He reveals to us.

The sense that I had dreamed this scene twice means it is confirmed. (Joseph said Pharaoh’s dream was “doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.” — Genesis 41:32)

As I prayed about the dream, I felt that I knew the racehorses running in a race meant that this grace was coming quickly.

Five pictures — Many prophets agree that “five” usually symbolizes grace. (See Ephesians 4:7-12, where God is giving grace to the Church in connection with the five-fold ministry of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers, who equip and bring the saints to maturity for the work of ministry).

Holding the black and white pictures in my hands or laid out in front of me — In the dream, as an intercessor, I symbolized intercessors in general. It is the job laid out before intercessors, and it is in our hands, to pray in the grace of the Lord upon America.

The detailed pictures were black and white, because it is a black and white promise that if we will do our part in praying it in, God will do His part in restoring America through His grace.

The black and white pictures were close-ups, with details which I had not seen in the pictures hanging on the wall.  This indicates praying out the details, specific things God shows intercessors to pray, as we listen to the Spirit and flow with Him in prayer.

Some additional thoughts:

Some of you may think it is strange that the words I heard at the end of the dream were in King James English. I thought that was odd, too. I don’t normally hear God speak in King James — but if He wants to do it that way, He can.  :-)

You might ask, “What does that mean, that with grace He will restore America?” I don’t know exactly. We’ll have to let Him work out how He does it, and listen along the way for details He gives each of us as to how we should pray into it. I’m not going to assume that He has to do it a certain way.

I believe this dream is an invitation, not just for me, but for anyone who is willing, to participate in God’s desire to restore America. Its fulfillment may be conditioned upon our responding to it with fervent intercession. He is willing. Are we?

In closing, I’d like to remind you of one of our time-honored national songs, America the Beautiful.  It has a line in it which is sung as a prayer, “America, America, God shed His grace on thee.”

Let’s not give up hope. Let’s pray in faith for God to restore America by a work of His grace upon our land.

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Praying Concerning National Judgment (Part 4)

NOAA Lightning Strike 2In recent weeks, some fairly well-known Christian leaders have urged the Church to pray for judgment to come to America. A few seem to feel that they are partnering with God’s righteous indignation by taking this position. Some have reasoned that only severe judgment will cause the people of our nation to repent and return to the Lord. I think such a viewpoint might end up as a “You know not what you ask for” kind of prayer philosophy.

One problem with the “pray for judgment” approach is the assumption that what worked to get people’s attention in Old Testament times will still work exactly the same today. It is argued that when catastrophes struck ancient Israel, or when their enemies invaded, it caused the Israelites to repent. Among the people of that time, not just the Israelites, the common understanding was that bad things happening meant God (or a god) was not pleased, and that to regain His favor, they had to change their ways. In our day, with humanism and intellectualism having made such inroads, people are more likely to attribute weather or geologic catastrophes to scientific explanations.

The people of ancient Israel had a biblical framework ingrained in them. They understood that there was a direct correlation between being obedient to God and being blessed, while disobedience brought a curse. The Scriptures laid this out for them quite clearly. In our secular society, a biblical framework has not been a part of many, many people’s background for several decades.

Between the  prevailing intellectual, scientific mindset and the lack of scriptural understanding, I doubt if most people in our nation, outside of devout Christians, would connect hurricanes, earthquakes, economic collapse, terrorists, or even an out-and-out enemy invasion with a need to repent and turn to God. Hence, catastrophic events are not likely to bring them to a desire to repent and embrace the Lord.

Another problem with the “pray for judgment” reasoning is that the people encouraging it are trying to apply Old Testament principles, based upon the Law, not recognizing that God’s methods of interacting with mankind have shifted since Jesus died, rose, and sent the Holy Spirit to be actively at work in the earth.

Let’s be clear that God’s nature never changes. But His methods do. He has always been completely just, but He has also always been merciful, bearing long with the wicked and holding back judgment to give people time to repent. He says in James 2:13 that “mercy rejoices against judgment” and in 2 Peter 3:9 that He is “long-suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

In the Psalms and other Old Testament books,  the writers sometimes prayed what are called “prayers of imprecation” — prayers which curse or call down judgment on others. However, when Jesus came, He began to shift people’s thinking to align with a new and better covenant. When James and John wished to call down fire from heaven on a Samaritan village which had slighted Jesus, He rebuked them, saying, “You do not realize what manner of spirit you are of, for the Son of man has not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them” (Luke 9:51-56).

Old Testament believers depended on the rigid code of the Law to guide them. The Holy Spirit had not yet been poured out upon the general population. They heard God speak to them through the Scriptures and through the prophets, but most were not able to hear Him speak clearly into their own hearts. But when Jesus ascended into heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit to be at work among men. In John 16:8, Jesus said of the Spirit, “When He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.” We can now depend on the Holy Spirit not only to guide believers, but also to be poured out wholesale, according to Joel’s prophecy of the end times: “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh” (Joel 2:28).

Rather than praying for judgment to fall, I believe we should diligently intercede for the Holy Spirit to be shed abroad across our land. We can pray for Him to prick consciences, soften hearts, remove deception from people’s thinking, and bring awakening to them. All of these changes can only come about by people embracing Jesus — but they can only receive Him as the Holy Spirit enables them to do so. Let’s pray for the Holy Spirit to come down in a fresh Pentecost upon America.

Do I think that some of the bad things already happening are due to rejection of the Lord? Yes. When a nation turns from honoring God, His protection and blessings begin to be pulled back. Do I think greater judgment will come? Yes, the Scriptures assure us that in the last days it will inevitably happen. But our position should not be to pray in that judgment before its time, but to pray in a huge harvest of souls before that final day.

Next time, I will share with you a dream I had, which gives me a great deal of hope for America’s future.

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In our previous two posts, we talked about interceding for God’s mercy upon our nation. We can plead for delay, minimizing, and even averting of judgment. I listed some Bible principles  for why and how we can go about this. Now let’s talk about some specific, scriptural ways we can pray for our America.

1.) We can start by heeding what the apostle Paul said in 1 Timothy 2:1-4:  “I exhort, therefore that … supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and for all who are in authority, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, Who wills for all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

Paul’s statement may not be to our liking when things aren’t going the way we think they should. However, it is still a command of the Lord to pray positively for those who are in authority. Paul wrote these words while Nero, the most evil of all the Roman emperors, was in power.

2.) Pray for America to return to a place of supporting and blessing Israel. This is important because of God’s everlasting covenant with Abraham — a covenant which biblically follows through the family line of Isaac and Jacob (Israel). “I will bless those who bless you, and curse him who curses you: and in you shall all families of the earth be blessed” (Genesis 12:3). Pray for a shift back to favoring Israel at a governmental level and also for increased grassroots support of them.

3.) Pray for righteous government to be restored. Righteous government would be defined as people in public office who adhere to and promote behavior which aligns with the Bible. Proverbs 29:2 states, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked bear rule, the people mourn.”

Ask the Lord to either change the hearts of those who currently hold government office or to replace them with people who are more worthy of the responsibility. Pray for the Lord to expose hidden corruption as one means of removing wicked men and women from their positions. When God exposes wrongdoing, it is for the purpose of mercy — to alleviate the general population, but also to give the person who has done wrong another opportunity for repentance.

I believe we should lean more toward interceding for change of hearts than for removal from office.  We should also avoid praying for the removal and exposure of specific leaders.  Instead, pray in a general way for leaders to repent or be removed. Never pray for evil to come upon anyone. Leave the details of how to deal with them up to the Lord.

4.) Repent on behalf of the Church for not having better influenced our nation. Overall, we have abdicated our place of authority in prayer, our responsibility to be a voice for truth, and our ability to effect righteous government via the voting booth. Our complacency has had a lot to do with why wickedness now abounds.

5.) Pray for conviction of sin to be shed abroad in our country, for truth to prevail, and the veil of deception to be removed from individuals. God will eventually no longer hold back strong delusion, according to 2 Thessalonians 2:8-11. But at this time, we are still in an age when the Holy Spirit is carrying out His work of “reproving the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8). We can cooperate with how the Spirit of Truth already delights to function, by interceding for Him to do exactly what the Scriptures say He has been sent to do!

6.) Pray for a great ingathering of souls into the family of God. 2 Peter 3:8-9 explains that Jesus has not yet returned because God is “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

7.) Pray for people within the Church who will evangelize and disciple that incoming harvest. Jesus said, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few: therefore pray to the Lord of the harvest, that He would send forth laborers into His harvest” (Luke 10:2). This is a command, and we should not ignore it.

8.) Beseech the Lord to quell the rampant violence all around us. Two years ago in our prayer group, we heard by revelation that a spirit of murder had been unleashed upon the land. We have certainly seen that word bear out. It is time to ask the Lord to take away or minimize this evil spirit’s ability to destroy the innocent.

It is not a simple matter to tackle, and we must seek the Lord for further instruction on how to pray it out carefully and wisely. Repentance for the acceptance of violent movies and video games, and for compromise with the occult is part of the solution.

One of the ladies in our group felt the Lord was revealing to her that the tolerance of abortion had opened the door to this evil spirit, which now moves in ever greater demonstrations of murder. Prayer for the reversal of legalized abortion, and repentance for the deaths of the millions of babies, has been part of our intercession strategy.


A few well-known Christian leaders are currently exhorting the Body of Christ to pray for judgment to come upon our nation. In the next post, I will share in greater detail why I do not think we should pray that way.

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Praying Concerning National Judgment (Part 2)

NOAA Lightning Strike 2Last time, we began talking about principles of intercession for times when judgment is imminent.

Our first three points were:
1.)  God gives revelation of coming judgment so that we will intercede for it not to happen.
2.)  We can intercede for judgment to be averted or minimized “for the sake of the righteous.”
3.)  Your individual prayers make a difference.

Here are two more principles:

4.)  It can be late in the game and look entirely hopeless, yet God can change everything overnight. Pray for miraculous intervention. Another story of deliverance which came because of intercession can be found in 2 Kings, 18 and 19, with parallel accounts in 2 Chronicles 32, and  Isaiah 36 and 37. The king of Assyria had conquered all the other nations around Judah. Furthermore, Hezekiah had gotten into the flesh, panicked, and tried to ally himself with Egypt for protection — which Isaiah had clearly warned him by the word of the Lord not to do (Isaiah 30 and 31). Egypt failed to help, and nearly all the cities of Judah had fallen into the Assyrians’ hands. Now Jerusalem itself was under siege.

It couldn’t have gotten much bleaker than this. The Assyrian king’s envoys taunted the people, “Don’t let Hezekiah deceive you into believing God will help you. God won’t deliver you! In fact, the LORD is backing me up. He’s the one who said to me, ‘Go up against this land, and destroy it!'” (2 Kings 18:25, 30, 32).

But Hezekiah still trusted God for deliverance. He humbled his heart, and as he and Isaiah interceded together, the Lord intervened in a way no one would have thought possible. He destroyed the Assyrian army overnight.

Although the intervention came suddenly, Jerusalem had been under siege for some time, possibly as long as two years (Isaiah 37:30). It was during this same time when Hezekiah became deathly ill.

When things go from bad to worse, don’t give up. Persist in prayer. Intercede for God’s miraculous intervention. Keep your eyes on the Lord as you pray. Eventually, God’s “suddenly” moment will arrive.

5.) We can repent on behalf of our nation and receive results. In Daniel 9, we have a model prayer for how to intercede on behalf of our country. Daniel set himself to intercede for Israel’s return to their homeland.

  • He used Scripture as his foundation (Jeremiah’s prophecy that the exile would be over in seventy years).
  • He fasted and humbled himself.
  • He reminded God of His mercy.
  • And he repented for the sins of his people.

Daniel was a righteous man, yet he prayed, “God forgive us. We have sinned.” He identified with the sin of the nation as a whole. When we pray about “their” sin, thinking in terms of the wickedness going on around us as something apart from ourselves, we tend to feel self-righteous, much as the Pharisee did in relation to the publican in Jesus’ parable found in Luke 18:9-14. When we identify with the collective sin of our country, however, we tend to have a great deal more compassion and unselfish fervency in prayer. An attitude of “we’re all in this together” builds a more effective prayer.

Next time, we’ll talk about specific ways we can pray for our nation and also some ways we should not pray.

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NOAA Lightning Strike 2I have run into people who say there is no hope for America. They are convinced that final judgment is upon us, and that there is no point in praying anymore for our country. I have even encountered a few who say that God Himself told them not to pray for America anymore. They are mistaken, since God is stirring up a whole army of prayer warriors on behalf of this nation, even in this late hour.

It seems that some are actually gleefully anticipating seeing judgment fall. This mystifies me. Do I need to state the obvious? We are all still here, folks! Do you want to personally experience what you are prophesying?

We can see that wickedness is snowballing all around us — and it deserves to be judged. Should we pray, then, for judgment to come — and hope it only falls on other people? Proverbs 17:5 says, “He who is glad at calamities shall not go unpunished.” Proverbs 24:17, 18 warns, “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles, lest the LORD should see it, and it should displease him, so that He turns away His wrath from him.” Because God is righteous and just, He will eventually repay wickedness with its due reward. However, He does not permit us to gloat over the discomfiture of those we don’t like or agree with.

While the Church remains on earth, I believe we should continue to pray for delay,  turning back, and minimizing of judgment. Whatever your end-time beliefs are, we can probably agree that when the time of the Tribulation comes, we won’t be able to pray away any of the judgments which the Bible has foretold for that era. But since we are not there yet, let’s pray.

Here are some Bible principles for how we can intercede:

1.) God often gives revelation of coming judgment because He wants us to intercede for it not to happen. Amos 7:1-9 describes three visions given to Amos. Upon seeing the first two, Amos immediately prayed that the Lord would not send these catastrophes. The result in both cases was that the Lord changed His mind. “It shall not be,” said the Lord. In the third vision, the Lord told Amos, “I will not pass by them anymore.” So Amos refrained from interceding, because he understood the firm intent of the Lord.

Most of the time, when God shows us a coming judgment, it is for the purpose of inspiring us to pray against it. His heart’s desire is to release His mercy. He gives us the opportunity to pray in unity with His true intention, and thereby stop judgment from taking place.

There are times when our prayers cannot deter judgment — but before refusing to pray, we had better be sure it is really the Lord we are hearing, and not just our opinion, based on the events going on around us. We should also check to see what the Body of Christ as a whole is hearing on the matter.

2.)  We can intercede for judgment to be averted or minimized “for the sake of the righteous.” Abraham prayed for Sodom to be spared for the sake of the righteous who dwelt there (Genesis 18:16-33). “Abraham … said, ‘Will You destroy the righteous with the wicked? … Far be it from You to do such a thing, to treat the righteous in the same manner as the wicked! … Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is right?” (vs. 23 and 25).

Perhaps all of Sodom would have been spared, if Abraham had continued pressing the point with the Lord. However, we do see that God delivered righteous Lot and his family. The angels urged Lot to hurry to escape, saying that they could not do anything until he had reached safety (Genesis 19:22).

I often pray that God would delay or minimize judgment upon our country for the sake of the righteous remnant who still live here.

3.)  Your individual prayers make a difference. Twice Moses stood alone between God and the total destruction of Israel, and his intercession prevailed to turn away God’s wrath (Exodus 32:9-14; Numbers 14:11-20). At still another time, Moses and Aaron together turned back destruction (Numbers 16:43-48). The Israelites were rebellious, not repentant, and yet God in His mercy listened to Moses’ prayer.

James 5:16 tells us, “The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” And in Ezekiel 22:30 , God says, “I sought for a man among them, that would make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I should not destroy it: but I found none.”

Notice that all God needed was one person to pray fervently, to save a nation. Don’t worry that there are too few of us praying. Each of us has greater power with God than we can imagine, if we will only diligently pray and believe. Truth be told, there are many, many people already praying throughout our nation, and the prayer army is growing by the day. Be encouraged!

Next time, we’ll look at a couple more principles of prayer for when judgment is imminent.

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What About Coming National Judgment?

NOAA lightningWe live in shaky times. Wickedness abounds, hostility toward Christians is rapidly increasing, and many problems are afflicting our nation and world for which there do not seem to be solutions.

In the midst of this, some are calling loudly for judgment — and even seem to be enjoying the prospect of it coming. Who and what should we believe? How should we view what is happening around us? What should we do, and how should we pray in the middle of it? Or is it all going down, and there is no point in praying anymore?

I have not been on the Shemitah bandwagon. Most of you probably know what I am referring to. In case you don’t, a New York Times bestseller, The Mystery of the Shemitah, is at the center of it. The last day of the Shemitah year was Sunday, 9-13-15. Predictions were made of a total economic collapse, with a possible huge stock market crash on Friday, 9-11-15, or Monday, 9-14-15, the two closest business dates.

Along with the Shemitah, a lot of attention has been given to the four blood moons falling on Jewish feast days in 2014 and 2015. Three of those have occurred, with the final one coming 9-27/9-28. Although I acknowledge that  blood moons on the feast days might be an end-times sign, I have not been a fan of the blood moons emphasis either.

In addition, there have been many reports of visions and dreams of tsunamis devastating both the east and west coasts of America. When Greece defaulted on loans midsummer, a 1994 economic collapse prophecy by David Wilkerson briefly caused a lot of alarm. Over the last few months these things have been widely (and wildly) talked about among some Christians. Fear is a huge problem throughout the world, and clearly the Body of Christ is struggling with it, too. Unfortunately, some in Christian media are capitalizing on that fear through sensationalism.

How do we know whether these phenomena are worth being concerned about? Here is the process I slowly worked through in trying to discern the Shemitah, blood moons, and various prophecies:

1.)  I looked at whether the claims agreed with Scripture and whether Scripture was being correctly used in supporting them.  I felt that applying the Shemitah to America was not biblically correct. The seventh year of resting the land, canceling debts, and releasing indentured servants was meant exclusively for Israel. America is not a new Israel, bound by Old Testament law, although persuasive arguments were given to prove that it is. The Bible does not connect the Shemitah with economic collapse, either. I felt that Scripture had been taken out of context and misapplied.

The blood moons were said to be a fulfillment of prophecies in Joel 2:31 and Revelation 6:12, 13. It does not look to me as if the current blood moons fit the magnitude of what Joel and Revelation describe.

2.)  I researched whether historical facts supported the claims. If economic crashes (or at the very least, downturns) were part and parcel of Shemitah years, and if God was applying them to America, then going back through our nation’s history should have revealed negative economic events showing up every seven years. They did not. Downturns happened erratically, not consistently every seven years.

The timing of past historical events in relation to previous series of blood moons was initially reported inaccurately. The story started out that the blood moons appeared as omens before certain dramatic events connected with Israel had occurred. However, the blood moons actually came after the events had already happened.

3.)  I looked at whether numerous people from different streams of Christianity were saying the same things. Quite a few prophetic leaders were not on the Shemitah / blood moon / destruction of America bandwagon. For instance, I did not see Mike Bickle, James Goll, or Cindy Jacobs promoting them. Spirit-filled Reformed and Word of Faith friends were not hearing much about them in their circles, either.

Concerning the dreams and visions of tsunamis on the east and west coasts of America, the sheer number of the revelations, along with the credibility of some who had received them, indicated to me that the basic tsunami visions are genuine.

However, the interpretation and application has been generally poor. Too many have assumed that the timing for these calamities is now, which may not be the case. It is possible that people are seeing into things which will not happen until the Great Tribulation has begun. Some have urged believers to flee from the coasts immediately. However, God does not expect us to make drastic moves without a clear, personal word from Him. And, I don’t think it is completely clear whether the tsunamis are literal or symbolic representations. They could be both.

4.)  I listened to what the Lord was speaking (and not speaking) to me. I was hearing that there would be difficult times in 2015, but also that there was nothing to fear and that God would take care of His people. Whenever I asked Him about the predictions and prophecies concerning economic collapse, all I heard was that there was nothing to fear.

5.)  I asked, “What is the fruit of the Shemitah / blood moons / judgment disasters focus?”

  • Fear, which is not of God. “Men’s hearts failing them for fear” (Luke 21:26) and “fearful looking for judgment” (Hebrews 10:27) are not the heritage of the righteous, yet God’s people have been sucked into these very things. This is not good fruit.
  • Emphasis on money and the economic system, rather than dependence on God. I saw that most of us are not trusting in the Lord as our Source of all provision. I was troubled by what I discovered in my own heart and asked the Lord to help me do a better job of depending on Him for my needs to be met.
  • The distraction from Jesus, the gospel message, and intercession. Instead, the fascination has been with mystical, obscure signs, speculations, and distress over how to preserve our material goods. This, to me, is the most disturbing fruit of all.

I am not denying that we may have difficult days ahead. Our nation’s sins are a great concern. The shift away from allying ourselves with Israel is, too. Many aspects of current events are indeed troubling.

But I harbor hope and faith that if we persevere in prayer, God will even yet have mercy and set things right. I am still looking for a great harvest of souls in America before the end. My determination is to not give up, to not cave in to fear, and to not be distracted from the Lord and His purposes.

Next time: Ways we can pray in the midst of shaking