Day 39 “52 Days of Prayers To Rebuild America!”

Day 39 “52 Days of Prayers To Rebuild America!”

Song: Reconcile/ Skye Reedy

Scripture: Genesis 2:20b-24 (NIV)

“But for Adam no suitable helper was found.  So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman, ‘for she was taken out of man.” That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.”

Prayer: Jesus, I am deeply concerned about the recently proposed Respect for Marriage Act. It would not only fly in the face of our nation’s longstanding DOMA (defense of marriage act) policy but also goes against the grain of 5,000 years of humankind.  Lord, we pray our senators will stand behind DOMA and the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman as God intended it to be. Father God, we pray for families to stay intact and follow after your Word and Godly teachings today.  Strengthen marriages everywhere as we seek your face for guidance, grace, and forgiveness. Lord Jesus, please help us to continue to pray against these demonic agendas and bring much glory to you. In Jesus’ love and grace, we pray, Amen.

Decree out loud: We decree the DOMA will stand, and no agenda coming against it will cause it to be taken down. We declare God will shoot down the evil schemes of the enemy that come against children, their identity, and family values. We decree the godly will rejoice in the Lord and find shelter in Him!

Prophetic encouragement: I hear the shouts of praises of those who do right and pray for a wall of protection around their marriages and families. I see families growing stronger and children declaring the Word of the Lord, ushering in a harvest of souls! Amen!

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Day 13 “52 Days of Prayers To Rebuild America!”

Song: As For Me/Pat Barrett/Chris Tomlin

Scripture: Hebrews 11:20-21

“It was by faith that Isaac promised blessings for the future to his sons, Jacob and Esau. It was by faith that Jacob, when he was old and dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons and bowed in worship as he leaned on his staff.”

Prayer: Jesus, thank you for the Word, for you are the Word! Thank you for the rich promises of blessings and protection that I can speak over my family. God, help me to speak life and blessings and never death or curses. As I speak the Word of God over my children and grandbabies (and all children I have the pleasure to interact with), I am agreeing with your Word. I praise you! I thank you! Lord, magnify your Word in our lives. Thank you that you are faithful to perform your Word! As a follower of you, Jesus, this is the blessed legacy I pass on to my family! I am so grateful! In the precious Name of Jesus, Amen.

Decree out loud: I decree the blessings of the Bible over my children and grandchildren. I speak every promise of salvation, blessing, protection, peace, joy, love, faith, and hope over them. This is their rich inheritance, even when the world looks like it is falling apart. Jesus, I am confident in you, and every Word is spoken in the Bible. I declare Isaiah 55:11, which says, “so is my word that goes out from the Lord’s mouth: It will not return to Him empty but will accomplish what He desires and achieve the purpose for which He sent it.” I decree as for me and my house we will serve the Lord! Hallelujah!  

Prophetic encouragement: As I wrote this day, I had a vision of parents praying and speaking over their young children in their homes. These young children grew up, and some became prodigal children. However, even in the parent’s distress, they kept repeating the same blessings and promises over their prodigal child. Suddenly, a door flew open, and to the parent’s great surprise and amazement, there was their lost young adult child! I can hear the prodigal saying in my spirit, “I tried to stay away. I tried to get far away. But your words of blessing, love, and protection kept ringing in my brain. I had to come home!” And, like the prodigal in the Bible, the lost son or daughter is found and alive! Celebrate Jesus! (Luke 15:11-31) Keep praying and repeating the legacy blessings over your child and into your child so they may hear and live the Word of Life!

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“For-gift-ness: The Gift Everyone Needs Year Round!

“For-gift-ness: The Gift Everyone Needs Year Round!

(Published initially on  Nov. 2012)

by Holly LaChappell

The Holidays are almost upon us. What are your family dynamics? Emotions can run high and getting together with extended and immediate family can create stress, dreg up a lot of emotions and hard memories of holidays past.

What if we started our gift giving early? What if you gave the generous gift of “for-gift-ness” (forgiveness) before you got together for the festivities? Could there be a change in your attitude and also possibly in the attitude for who you are praying and forgiving? I believe so! Think about what has bothered you about a certain person’s behavior, their words and their facial expressions. Pray, asking God to help you forgive them. Pray, Lord help me to let go of the past hurts and embrace your love and acceptance for me and the person I am trying to forgive.

Some forgiveness tips: remember no one has lived a perfect childhood or life. Things have happened in our past to shape us into the person we are today. Many of us are responding out of a five year old’s body and mind, because when something traumatic happened to us, our bodies stored the memory. Your five year old self formed a defense mechanism (or survival mechanism) around the hurtful or traumatic experience.  When your Aunt gives you a disapproving look, remember you are not five years old anymore! Your adult self can shrug it off and say, “Really? What’s the matter here?” and they will probably back down and say, “Nothing”.  Or you can just choose to ignore the look that was probably not intended for you anyway! So much of how people respond is about them and how they are internalizing something. It’s not about you!

Tips for a more pleasurable Holiday experience: Pray, asking God for His outcome in the event. Try building rapport (again) with family members ahead of time by giving them a phone call or mailing them a postcard. Let them know the details of the day, mentioning a family walk, a game or they’ll have an opportunity during dinner to say what they are thankful for. I also have activities for the younger children such as coloring, simple crafts, books and games. Let them know you are looking forward to celebrating the Holidays with them.

Do let your family members have a say about what the menu will be and what they can bring to contribute to the meal. Everyone needs to feel a sense of control and a sense of security and belonging. Letting everyone know your expectations helps to minimize unfortunate surprises. Ask if they are bringing anyone else with them to dinner. Let your family members know what time they can come to help set up and what time dinner is served. I suggest keeping the dinner time as close as possible. If alcohol has been a past problem, I suggest opting for non-alcoholic drinks to help reduce quarreling and potential violence.

As the Hostess, you help set the tone of the Holiday. If you are uptight and anxious, you will put everyone else on edge. Remember the reason you are gathering together in the first place: to celebrate God’s provision and His 10,000+ blessings! At Christmas, we celebrate the most important gift we have ever received: Jesus! His love and forgiveness is the gift that keeps on giving! Knowing He is with us gives us peace and contentment. We are anchored in His love no matter how our families act! Ps. 16:11 “You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence.”  Let the “for-gift-ness” begin!  Merry Christmas!