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The prayers of God’s people are essential as we walk through 2020. Public health officials, politicians and economists cannot resolve the problems plaguing us. The root of the problem is spiritual. The Church must respond if we are to find peace, prosperity and safety.

We have many problems; viral pandemic, economic uncertainty, sky-rocketing debt, civic unrest, violence, hatred, discord, fear and anxiety abound.

Wherever we turn there is a universal cry, we want a solution! Voices are demanding a vaccine, economic prosperity broadly experienced, peace on our streets & in our cities, equal treatment before the law, the opportunity to raise our families with confidence in the future and justice for all.

These solutions may be delivered through science, economic policy and political activity BUT the real resolutions are spiritual and begin with the transformation of the human heart.

Our greatest problem is not the depravity of the wicked, it is the indifference of the faithful.

God has given us an opportunity to learn to pray. I am grateful that He has entrusted us with this season.

Reading for the week: Gospel of John

Daily Prayers

Morning

Heavenly Father,
Let the clouds pour down righteousness; Let the earth open up and salvation bear fruit, and righteousness spring up with it. May the purposes of God break forth in this generation. We humble ourselves before the Creator of All Things, in You and You alone is there peace and justice. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who have sinned against us. amen.

Mid-Day

Almighty God,

You have called us to a new life in Christ Jesus. Holy Spirit direct us; our thoughts, emotions and actions in a pathway that is pleasing to You. We offer ourselves to God, for He has brought us from death to life, may we become expressions of Your righteousness. Cleanse us and we will be clean. Do not allow us to comfortable with compromise but give us the gift of holy discontent. Teach us to pray, to rejoice and give us the strength to overcome, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Evening

Heavenly Father,
We call out to you for mercy. We are a nation in need of healing. We offer ourselves as instruments of righteousness, turning to you with our whole heart. Deliver us from evil. Let truth prevail once again in our land. May deception be exposed. Raise up leaders who will courageously honor You. May our homes, schools, universities, courtrooms, and halls of government once again be places of righteousness and integrity. Expose the plans of the wicked, may the schemes they have devised fail. Let righteousness rain upon our land again, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Prayers from Previous Weeks

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July 5-12, 2020

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The prayers of God’s people are essential as we walk through 2020. Public health officials, politicians and economists cannot resolve the problems plaguing us. The root of the problem is spiritual. The Church must respond if we are to find peace, prosperity and safety.

We continue to see God’s involvement.

  • the pronouncement that Churches are essential to or well-being
  • Israel growing stronger in the midst of chaos
  • Tennessee legislature passed a fetal heart beat bill
We also see the continuation of fear and confusion. Our nation teeters perilously close to anarchy.

This is not the time to be distracted.

Let’s Pray! Morning, Noon & Evening.

Reading for the week, Romans

Let’s Fast, Mon-Wed (whatever is best for your schedule & health, let’s take a 3 day fast to ask God for His continued deliverance)

God’s Protection

I rejoice in the protection of Almighty God over my life. I am the Lord’s servant, I rest in the completeness of His strength and care. No weapon formed against me will prevail. I will refute every tongue which rises against me, this is my heritage as a servant of the Lord. A thousand may fall at my side but destruction will not overwhelm me. I have made the Most High my dwelling place. God is my refuge and my security. No harm will befall me, no disaster will overtake me. God has commanded his angels to watch over my life. My life and my future are secure through the strength of my Lord and my redeemer.

Isaiah 54:17 (NIV)
17  no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me," declares the LORD.

Psalm 91:7-11 (NIV)
7  A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. 8  You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. 9  If you make the Most High your dwelling-- even the LORD, who is my refuge-- 10  then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. 11  For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;

Accepted by God

I choose Jesus of Nazareth as Lord of my life. Through Jesus I am redeemed out of an empty way of life. I have been delivered from the kingdom of darkness and welcomed into the Kingdom of the Living God. God chose me before the creation of the world to holy and blameless before him. He has chosen me as a part of his family. God has accepted me as his child. I have been delivered from all rejection. The pain of rejection has no place in me through the power of Jesus’ name. I have been redeemed, forgiven and accepted into the family of Almighty God. I have an inheritance in heaven that can never spoil or be diminished. I rest in God’s mercy, love and provision for me.

Colossians 1:11-14 (NIV)
12  giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. 13  For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14  in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Ephesians 1:3-7 (NIV)
3  Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4  For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5  he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will-- 6  to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7  In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace

Hope and Encouragement

I put on the garment of praise and hope. I choose the joy of the Lord as my strength. I lay aside the spirit of heaviness and raise my voice in praise of the Living God. May my eyes be opened to the provision of God and my ears attentive to the sound of His deliverance. Holy Spirit help me, in You I find power and revelation. God has restored my broken heart and set my feet on a path of victory. I have hope for today and the strength to complete the course you have chosen for me. Let the people of God arise triumphant and may the name of Jesus be lifted up throughout the earth. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Isaiah 61:1-3 (NIV)
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, 2  to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, 3  and provide for those who grieve in Zion-- to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.

Psalm 34:18-19 (NIV)
18  The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. 19  A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all;


Week 14 June 20, 2020 Download/Print Week 14 PDF The Churches of Revelation The book of Revelation is given to 7 churches. In chapters 2 & 3, specific messages to each church are delivered. Before the Revelation is unfolded, each church is directed on how to prepare.
  • 5 of the 7 are instructed to repent
  • for 6 of the 7 specific shortcomings are identified
  • all 7 are directed to “Hear what the Spirit says” --- are we good listeners?
  • 2 are instructed to “hold on to what you have”
  • 6 of the 7 are told to “overcome”
  • 3 of the 7 are reminded God is aware of their “deeds” ---our actions (or lack thereof) matter
  • 2 are reminded that God opens doors which no one can shut
It seems prudent for us to use those messages to begin to prepare ourselves for what God is doing in the earth now. We do not want to be presumptuous or casual. We want to become great listeners and overcomers. These prayers are formed from the instructions God provided. Morning Prayer Heavenly Father, Hear our prayers today, nothing is hidden from You. Everything is open before Your sight. You know our struggles, the challenges before us, those who oppose what You have called us to. We ask You to silence the voices of those who resist Your purposes. Deliver us from evil. Open wide and effectual doors for the proclamation of the Gospel of Your Kingdom. Give us strength to endure, the wisdom to choose Your pathway and boldness to choose the truth openly. May the name of Jesus be exalted in this generation, amen. Mid-day Prayer Heavenly Father, You know the thoughts and intents of our hearts. If there is anything which keeps us from Your best, help us to see. We choose to be earnest and repent. We offer no excuses, no justification--- we do not want to be tolerant of wickedness. In your mercy give us ears to hear, hearts to receive what Your Spirit is saying. Grant us discernment that we might understand. Awaken us as never before to what You have called us to. Let the purposes of God be made manifest throughout the earth, in Jesus’ name, amen. Evening Prayer Heavenly Father, We choose Your counsel, only in You are we able to overcome. Give us strength and courage that we might be pleasing in Your sight. Forgive us of our selfish ambition, our failure to be aware of Your people. We choose truth, truth in our in-most being. By the power of Your Spirit may we remain true to Your name. We welcome You into our lives. Write a new name for us, a name which reflects Your grace, mercy and power. Kindle within us afresh a love for Your Word and purposes. Grant us all that is needed to live lives of love and faith, service and perseverance ---bring increasing fruitfulness to our efforts. We choose to listen and to overcome, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Battle Plan, Week 13 June 16, 2020 Download/Print Week 13 PDF We continue to see God’s hand as we move forward. On our campus we had a tremendous week with Character Quest. General Boykin reminded us all of the power of God to save! The needs for the Church to be present and alive are greater than ever. The challenges in our nation continue to emerge. Jesus is the Prince of Peace and the only source of true justice and healing. I have attached three prayers, they should be familiar. The morning, noon and evening pattern seems attainable. This Week’s Reading Assignment: Colossians, 1+2 Thessalonians

Prayer #1   ---The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed by your name, Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever, amen.

Prayer #2    ---prayer for those in authority

Heavenly Father, we pray for our leaders---for all those in authority---our president, our governors, the leaders of our cities and towns---give them wisdom and understanding from You. Direct their decisions that we might live peaceful lives in godliness and holiness. Grant us a spirit of unity and cooperation. Silence the voices of division and hate. We are a land in need of healing. We have accepted your great blessings and enjoyed your protection but in our pride we have declared ourselves the source of these divine gifts. Forgive us of our pride, our arrogance and our idolatry. As your people we know you are a God of justice but also a God of great mercy and forgiveness. We come today in humility to acknowledge our sin and to repent before You. May your name be exalted and your Word honored across our nation --- in the churches, in our homes, in our classrooms, in our courtrooms and throughout our government. In Jesus’ name, amen. 1 Timothy 2:1-4 (NIV) 1  I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone-- 2  for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3  This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4  who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. Psalm 33:12 (NIV) 12  Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance.

Prayer #3   ---Daniel’s Prayer

O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with all who love him and obey his commands, we have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from your commands and laws. We have not listened to your direction. Now, O Lord our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servants. For your sake, O Lord, look with favor on your people. Give ear and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of our day. We do not make requests because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For your sake, do not delay, because your people bear your name, amen.
Battle Plan, Week 11 Download/Print Week 11 PDF We are engaged in a struggle for the heart and soul of our nation. Our awareness was focused upon an invisible adversary, a virus originating in Wuhan, China. It is becoming increasingly apparent that our struggle is with a much more powerful invisible adversary. The Church and our prayers are essential to overcoming in this season. Politicians and health care workers have important roles to play. However, the Church is at the center of conflict. Our awareness and determination to follow through will determine the outcomes of the next weeks and months. Psalm 121:1-3 (NIV) 1  I lift up my eyes to the hills-- where does my help come from? 2  My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. 3  He will not let your foot slip-- he who watches over you will not slumber; Morning Prayer (adopted from Ephesians 3:14-21 (NIV) ) For this reason we kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.  We pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen us with power through his Spirit in our inner being, so that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith. And we pray that, being rooted and established in love, we may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that we may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Mid-Day Prayer (adopted from Philippians 1:9-11 (NIV) ) Heavenly Father, This is our prayer, that our love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that we may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ--to the glory and praise of God. amen. Evening Prayer (adopted from Ephesians 1:15-21 (NIV) ) Heavenly Father, We keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that we may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of our hearts may be enlightened in order that we may know the hope to which he has called us, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19  and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, 20  which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21  far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. Amen. This Week’s Reading Assignment: Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians
Battle Plan, Week 10 Download/Print Week 10 PDF

We are experiencing the deliverance of God.

  • the threat of hundreds of thousands of deaths and the collapse of our health care system failed to materialize
  • we are returning to work & worship
  • an openness to Jesus and faith
  • truth is emerging in many ways
  • medical research is determining the virus to be more fragile than previously believed
  • President Trump declared the churches should be open
Let’s pray our services this week will be pleasing to the Lord and those who attend will be safe. Let’s pray for those who cannot attend to be comforted and know they are valued. Prayer for this week --- The narrative surrounding the emerging Church has not been considered very carefully. It differs greatly from our imagination of church life and practice. We imagine ourselves to be students of Scripture but somehow manage to escape the notion that we should emulate the behaviors of those who knew Jesus best. I do not believe we will see greater outcomes or effectiveness until we surrender to the Lordship of Jesus more completely. God will never be placated by our half-hearted interest. Our lukewarm status leaves us in a perilous perch. God in His mercy is calling us to a new response. We have been sent home to reflect, rethink and rearrange. I pray we emerge from this season with a new passion and determination to honor our Lord. Morning Heavenly Father, Thank you for your great provision for me through the cross. I come in humility to repent, to turn away from my sin. Forgive me for using busy-i-ness as a way to avoid you. Forgive me for treating the Sabbath with casual contempt. Forgive me for not leading my family toward you as first priority. Thank you for a season of quiet, for a time to listen and pray. Thank you for a new beginning. I commit my future into your hands, I want to honor you --- in my heart, my home, my recreation, my business and throughout my life. In Jesus’ name, amen. Noon Almighty God, We offer ourselves as living sacrifices today. Pour out your Spirit upon us. Give us a heart for those around us who do not know you. Give us greater boldness to be advocates for you. Open our ears to hear and our hearts to receive. Let your word be confirmed with healings, miracles, times of repentance and deliverance. Open doors beyond any we have ever known for the proclamation of the Gospel. Put your words in our mouths. Deliver us from evil, provide all that we need for each day, may Jesus’ name be exalted throughout the earth, amen. Evening ---The Lord’s Prayer Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed by your name, Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever, amen. Reading for this week: Acts 13-28
Battle Plan, Week 9 Download/Print Week 9 PDF We have experienced the deliverance of God. We continue to see God respond.
  • the threat of hundreds of thousands of deaths and the collapse of our health care system failed to materialize
  • we are returning to work & worship
  • an openness to Jesus and faith
  • truth is emerging in many ways
Let’s pray our services this week will be pleasing to the Lord and those who attend will be safe. Let’s pray for those who cannot attend to be comforted and know they are valued. Prayer for this week --- A Listening Exercise
  • hear “spiritual things” with our heart
  • an understanding heart, a hard heart
Each household, memorize a chapter of Psalms
  • We want to memorize all 150 chapters by end of day Wednesday
  • When complete, make a video and post it according to instructions on website or app
  • when all 150 chapters are taken, double up ---everyone participate
YOU LISTEN DIFFERENTLY WHEN YOU COMMIT IT TO MEMORY Reading for this week: Acts 1-13
Battle Plan, Week 8 Download/Print Week 8 PDF We have experienced the deliverance of God. We continue to see God respond.
  • the threat of hundreds of thousands of deaths and the collapse of our health care system failed to materialize
  • the beginning of our return to work & worship
  • an openness to Jesus and faith
We must see God’s deliverance from the spirit of confusion and fear. We will return to work and worship! I believe God has begun to move in dispersing the confusion and fear. Truth is beginning to break through. I was expecting a medical/health related breakthrough. God revealed the truth about General Flynn. If we will continue to pray, God knows how to set us free. Pray for our services this week. As we move forward we want to follow God’s leading and not just hurry back to familiar places. Prayers for this week --- our week 1 prayers still seem appropriate this week

Reading for this week: Luke

Battle Plan, Week 7 Download/Print Week 7 PDF We have experienced the deliverance of God. We continue to see God respond.
  • the threat of hundreds of thousands of deaths and the collapse of our health care system failed to materialize
  • the beginning of our return to work & worship
  • an openness to Jesus and faith
We must see God’s deliverance from the spirit of confusion and fear. We will return to work and worship! Let’s pray that God will make a path to restore us to work & worship. Let’s pray that there will not be significant recurrences of covid-19. Let’s pray that the confusion and fear will be dispelled by truth and clarity. Let’s pray our services this week will be pleasing to the Lord and those who attend will be safe. Let’s pray for those who cannot attend to be comforted and know they are valued. Prayer for this week --- our week 1 prayers seem appropriate this week

Reading for this week: 1 and 2 Peter

 
Battle Plan, Week 6 Download/Print Week 6 PDF We have experienced the deliverance of God. Just a few weeks ago we agreed to the following: “We are in a battle and we need a plan to respond to the aggression of our adversary. Let us commit ourselves to seek the Lord and ask him to look upon us in mercy and kindness.” Hebrews 11:6 (NIV) 6  And without faith it is impossible to please God . . . he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
  • We continue to see God respond.
  • the threat of hundreds of thousands of deaths and the collapse of our health care system failed to materialize the beginning of our return to work & worship
We must see God’s deliverance from the spirit of confusion and fear. We seem some expressions of strength and courage emerging. We will return to work and worship! Let’s pray that God will make a path to restore us to work & worship. Let’s pray that there will not be significant recurrences of covid-19. Let’s pray that the confusion and fear will be dispelled by truth and clarity.

READING FOR THIS WEEK: EZRA

Prayer for this week — morning, noon & evening  
Battle Plan, Week 5 Download/Print Weeks 1-6 PDF We have experienced the deliverance of God. Just a few weeks ago we agreed to the following “We are in a battle and we need a plan to respond to the aggression of our adversary. Let us commit ourselves to seek the Lord and ask him to look upon us in mercy and kindness. Hebrews 11:6 (NIV) 6  And without faith it is impossible to please God . . .  he rewards those who earnestly seek him. 1) Prayer every hour, on the hour 2) Read the Gospels this week “ As the threat of hundreds of thousands of deaths and the collapse of our health care system recedes, the next step of our deliverance is becoming clear. We must return to work and worship. It seems a spirit of confusion and fear is dominating much of the discussion. Let’s pray that God will make a path to restore us to work & worship. Let’s pray that there will not be significant recurrences of COVID-19. Let’s pray that the confusion and fear will be dispelled by truth and clarity.

Reading for this week:  Exodus

Prayer #1  (morning) Heavenly Father, you are not the author of confusion and fear. We ask for your wisdom to be made evident in this season. Open a pathway before us that will bring your restoration and provision. Give us receptive hearts to learn from your discipline and guidance. Lead us today, speak to us, give us the discernment to see your activity before us and grant us the courage to follow you. In Jesus’ name, amen. Prayer #2  (noon) Almighty God, we pray for our leaders, for all those in authority over us ---direct their steps and protect them from deception. In your great power and wisdom establish us as a people with a heart for God. Open again our churches and businesses. More importantly open our eyes to see and our hearts to receive all that you have for us. You are our strength and our protection. You alone can secure our future. In you we put our trust. May the name of Jesus be lifted up and exalted throughout the earth in this generation, amen. Prayer #3  (evening) Almighty God, you are delivering us and making a new way before us. We rejoice in your faithfulness and the display of your grace and mercy. You reached out and lifted us up when the flood of devastation was approaching. We acknowledge you and rejoice in your faithfulness. Now open the pathways to begin again. Fill us with a determination to honor you in the season ahead. May the spirit of confusion be broken and clarity of purpose settle upon your people. Open doors for the proclamation of your truth unlike any we have ever witnessed. Pour out your Spirit upon us. Reach out your hand to heal, deliver and restore –in Jesus’ name, amen.  
Battle Plan, Week 4 Download/Print Week 4 PDF This weekend is an Easter celebration unlike any I have experienced. I am certain God is not unaware or distracted. I suspect our circumstances this Easter better reflect our brothers and sisters throughout the earth than our previous habits. God is responding to our prayers. The data being reported is vastly better than the projections of 3 or 4 weeks ago. It is not sufficient to say “the models were wrong”. I believe God is moving before our very eyes. I choose to see His handiwork and give Him glory. Hundreds of thousands of people have been spared. We need to continue to seek Him. The path forward is critical. We must emerge from this season with new patterns and habits. If we see the economy restored and we return to our old habits, we will have missed the discipline. I want to be trained by this season, not simply endure. God is preparing His people for what is coming on the earth. Let us choose to cooperate with the Holy Spirit. Weekly Reading Assignment: Judges (see how many names of Judges you can identify) Prayers: Let’s return to our 1) Proclamation of Faith, in the morning 2) Blood of Jesus confession, at noon 3) Declaration of Truth, in the evening Galatians 6:9 (NIV) 9  Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  
Battle Plan, Week 3 Download/Print Week 3 PDF This is our fourth weekend of gathering “on-line”. Each week has seen increasing disruption of our routines, growth of the viral infection and deepening economic instability. We are also witnesses to a dramatic increase in prayer, much greater openness to Jesus in the public square and an entirely new valuation of “gathering in Jesus’ name”. Additionally we see God’s involvement in many ways. The spread of the disease is less than projected, science & medicine are making strides in understanding, and our view of globalization is being tempered with truth. All of these are the result of God’s involvement on our behalf. God is disciplining His people in the midst of this crisis. Let us respond in humility and openness to His direction. Weekly Reading Assignment: Acts of the Apostles Prayers:  (weeks 1 & 2 Battle Plans are included in this page) Let’s return to our hourly prayers. I will add some new prayers along with the “daily video updates”. You may interchange them with the original list of 7 or leave the list intact --- your choice. Build two Lists:  (will help if you listen to Sat pm sermon) 1) of all that God has done for you . . . 2) of all that God has done for our nation . . . Do not list your “favorite things” --- you gave me a corvette or my favorite shoes. Spend some time and think about what a Sovereign God has done on your behalf. A List of 10 – 20 divine interventions Galatians 6:9 (NIV) 9  Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  
Battle Plan, Week 2 Download/Print Week 2 PDF Every good plan must be adjusted in response to opportunities which present. Your faithfulness last week has prepared us to take another step of faith. United in prayer and heart, we will see God’s response.

1. Begin our day with a Proclamation of Faith

2. Conclude our day with a Commitment to Truth

3. Read this week: Daniel, Esther, Nehemiah (taking extra time in the Word of God will add strength)

4. Pray as the Lord reminds you, we will revisit our hourly prayers in the weeks ahead. The change of pace will expand our tool kit.

Thank you for your diligence, Pastor Allen

Battle Plan, Week 1

Download/Print Week 1 PDF We are in a battle, and we need a plan to respond to the aggression of our adversary. Let us commit ourselves to seek the Lord and ask Him to look upon us in mercy and kindness. Hebrews 11:6 (NIV®) “6 And without faith it is impossible to please God … he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

1) Prayer Every Hour, On the Hour

• Seven prayers included: If you are awake for 14 hours, they can be repeated twice each day. • New prayers will be added as opportunities emerge.

2) Read the Gospels this Week (each week until Easter)

• An expression of humility • A demonstration of a desire to learn • Ask the Holy Spirit to help you. • Get out a note pad. • Stand in the crowd and listen to Jesus --- how would you have responded????

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed by your name, Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever, amen.

The Apostle's Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried. He descended into hades; the third day He rose again from the dead: He ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

A Proclamation of Faith

Stanza #1  --- A Sovereign God & His People

God has uniquely blessed us --- the best is yet to come. The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it. He is the sovereign creator of all things. Nothing is too difficult for Him, His love sustains us. Jesus, His only son, is our savior, Lord & King. We live in a season of shaking. God is shaking the earth. He is restoring the Jewish people and purifying His Church. If we look at the things which can be shaken we will be filled with terror. If we look at the eternal Kingdom of our Lord, we will be filled with anticipation. Our determination as we gather today is to declare before one another & Almighty God WE WILL NOT STOP. Isaiah 59:1 (NIV) 1  Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. Nehemiah 9:5-6 (NIV) "Stand up and praise the LORD your God, who is from everlasting to everlasting." "Blessed be your glorious name, and may it be exalted above all blessing and praise. 6  You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.

Stanza #2  --- Faith & Perseverance

We are not satisfied. We are not distracted. We are not weary in doing good. We are not discouraged. We have our eyes on the cross and our hearts set on the prize. We believe the One who has promised is Faithful. We believe the Holy Spirit is our Helper. We believe that what we ask in Jesus’ name our Father provides. We believe that the King of Kings is returning to the earth in all of His glory --- and we intend to be about His business until that moment in time. WE WILL NOT STOP. James 1:2-4 (NIV) 2  Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3  because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. Hebrews 6:12 (NIV) 12  We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. 1 Timothy 6:12 (NIV) 12  Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called . . . Philippians 3:12 (NIV) 12  Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Hebrews 12:2-3 (NIV) 2  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3  Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Stanza #3  --- Jesus our Savior, Lord & King

We have cast our lot with the Prince of Peace, We have yielded our will to the Lord of Lords, We are servants of the King, We reflect the beauty of the Lily of the Valley, We stand in the strength of the Lion of Judah, We live in health through the Great Physician, Our needs are met because He is Our Abundance. We know our path because we follow the Great Shepherd, We are participants in the Kingdom of God because we found THE Door, We are righteous because of His Sacrifice, We have taken hold of true life because He is risen. His name is Jesus of Nazareth, He is Christ, our Lord & our King. WE WILL NOT STOP. Psalm 23:1 (NIV) 1  The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. John 10:9 (NKJV) 9  I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. Revelation 5:12-13 (NIV) "Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!" 13  Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: "To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!" Psalm 103:2-3 (NIV) 2  Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits-- 3  who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,

Stanza #4  --- The Church

We believe The Church is His Body. Our presence on planet earth is ordained by Almighty God. We are empowered by Spirit of the Living Christ. The angels are ministering Spirits sent forth on our behalf. Our reward is sure. Our inheritance is unfading. Our treasure is secure ---it will not diminish. Our role is pivotal. Our faithfulness is required. Together we stand, united in heart and purpose to accomplish the purposes of God in our generation. WE WILL NOT STOP. Matthew 16:18 (NIV) I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. Revelation 1:20 (NIV) 20  The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches. Matthew 6:20 (NIV) 20  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. Hebrews 1:14 (NIV) 14  Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? Hebrews 11:26 (NIV) 26  He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. Hebrews 6:12 (NIV) 12  We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

Stanza #5  --- The Faithfulness of God

We know not all will go with us; the journey is long, there is a price to pay. We are aware of an adversary. We wrestle with the inconsistency of our own hearts. We weep for the pain and suffering around us. Our plans are made, our course is charted & our heart is fixed. The one who promised is Faithful. The author of our faith is also the completer of our story. His strength is sufficient. His wisdom is unassailable. His presence is permanent. His joy is our strength. WE WILL NOT STOP. Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV) 6  Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." Hebrews 10:23 (NIV) 23  Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Habakkuk 3:19 (NIV) 19  The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights. Nehemiah 8:10 (NIV) This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength."

The Blood of Jesus Confession

I testify as to what the Word of God says the blood of Jesus does for me; Through the blood of Jesus, I am redeemed out of the hand of the devil; Through the blood of Jesus, all my sins are forgiven; The blood of Jesus Christ, God's Son, continually cleanses me from all sin; Through the blood of Jesus I am sanctified, made holy, set apart to God; Through the blood of Jesus I am justified, made righteous, just as if I’d never sinned. My body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, redeemed, cleansed by the blood of Jesus; Therefore, Satan has no place in me, no power over me, through the blood of Jesus. Revelation 12:11 They (the believers on earth) overcame him (satan) by the Blood of the Lamb (Jesus Christ), and by the word of their testimony. Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace. Psalm 107:2 Let the Redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy. I John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin. Romans 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. Hebrews 13:12 (NASB) Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate.

I Choose the Truth . . .

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My choice is to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, to live for His honor. Father, I pray that I may know the truth. I choose your freedom in my life, for my family and in my home. John 8:31-32     To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. [32] Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." Lord, guide me in your truth. May my entire family be led by your truth. Psalm 25:5     guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. May I continually walk in your truth – in my marriage, in my business, in all of my relationships, throughout my entire life. Psalm 26:3     for your love is ever before me, and I walk continually in your truth. Psalm 43:3     Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me; Father, wherever I may have strayed from your truth, teach me. My desire is to walk before you in truth. Wherever my heart is divided, teach me to fear your name. Psalm 86:11     Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth;     give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. Psalm 119:30     I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws. I thank you that you hear my prayers, that you are attentive to my life, that I am not alone. Psalm 145:18     The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. I choose to invest my life, my resources, my energy – all that I am, in the pursuit of your truth. Father, bring wisdom, discipline and understanding to my life. Proverbs 23:23     Buy the truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline and understanding. Father, I choose to be led by your Spirit of Truth. Help me to recognize His leading, to discern His voice, to understand His direction. My desire is to honor the Spirit of Truth in my life. John 14:17     the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. John 15:26     "When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me. John 16:13     But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. I pray that I would in no way suppress the truth. In my home and life may your truth have free reign – in Jesus’ name may godlessness and wickedness be cast out and truth be triumphant. Romans 1:18     The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness May your truth find full expression in my life, my home and my family. Direct my steps that I may obey your truth and grow up into all you created me for. I choose to stand firmly with the belt of truth in place in my life. Thank you for your truth and the freedom it is bringing into my life. 1 Cor. 13:6     Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Galatians 5:7     You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth? Ephes. 4:15     Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. Ephes. 6:14     Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,

Almighty God, I am a sinner and I need a savior. I believe Jesus of Nazareth is Your Son. I believe that He died on a Roman cross for my sin, and that You raised Him to life again that I might be justified. Forgive me of my sins. I forgive everyone who has sinned against me. Jesus, be Lord of my life — of all that I am, all that I have, and all that I’ll ever be. I want to honor You. I thank You that through the blood of Jesus, I have been made clean, that I am justified, that I have been washed, that You’re not holding my past against me, and that I’m a child of the King. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Adapted from prayers found in The Bondage Breaker by Neil T. Anderson

Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for the riches of Your kindness. I recognize that Your mercy has led me to repentance. And I confess that I have not extended that same patience or kindness toward others who have offended me. I have harbored bitterness and I have held resentment. Today, by a decision of my will, I forgive. I release ______________ of everything. I set them free. They don’t owe me an apology, restitution, or any other thing. Now I receive Your forgiveness in my own life. Bitterness, resentment, hatred — they have no place in me and no power over me, through the blood of Jesus. Amen.

Adapted from prayers found in The Bondage Breaker by Neil T. Anderson

Heavenly Father, You have said that the sin of rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and insubordination is like idolatry. I know that in my actions and in my attitudes, I have sinned against You. I’ve had a rebellious heart. I ask for Your forgiveness for all of my rebellion. I pray that by the shed blood of Jesus Christ, all the ground gained by unclean spirits because of my rebelliousness would be cancelled. I pray that You would shed light on all my ways. I choose a submissive spirit and servant’s heart. In the name of Jesus, my Lord, amen.

Adapted from prayers found in The Bondage Breaker by Neil T. Anderson

Heavenly Father, You have said that pride goes before destruction, and an arrogant spirit before stumbling. I confess that I have not denied myself. I have not picked up my cross daily. I haven’t really cared to follow You. And in so doing, I have given ground to the enemy in my life. I imagined that I could be successful — that I could live victoriously by my own strength and wisdom. I confess that I have sinned against You. I have placed my will before Yours, and I centered my life around myself, ignoring You. I renounce the self-life. In so doing, I cancel all the ground that has been gained by the enemies of the Lord Jesus Christ. I pray that You’ll guide me — that I’ll do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit — that with humility of mind, I will regard others as more important than myself. Help me to serve others through love, and to seek their best. I ask this in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Adapted from prayers found in The Bondage Breaker by Neil T. Anderson

Heavenly Father, You’ve told us to put Jesus Christ as Lord of our lives, and to make no provision for the flesh. I acknowledge that I have given into fleshly lusts which wage war against my soul. I thank You that in Christ my sins are forgiven, but I have transgressed Your holy law, and I have given the enemy an opportunity to wage war within me. I come before Your presence tonight to acknowledge these sins and to seek Your cleansing so that I may be freed from the bondage of sins. I confess these sins to You, and I receive, through the blood of Jesus, my forgiveness — my cleansing. I cancel all the ground that evil spirits have gained in my life through my willful involvement with sin. I ask this in the name of my Lord, Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Amen.

Adapted from prayers found in The Bondage Breaker by Neil T. Anderson

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