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Pray! Awake America 2020

We are joining the Awake America prayer campaign! #AwakeAmerica2020

Visit AwakeAmerica2020.com

I will be capturing our prayers and devotional thoughts here through the rest of 2020, so bookmark this page to return and get updates.


Cry Out to God
“God’s people cry out to him for help… Like the Father of the Prodigal Son, God waits eagerly for His children to return to Him.” (1)
Read/Pray: Psalm 104 and 80

Repent and Return to God
“God calls His people to repent and return to Him or perish.” (1)We are the church. Each individual member of the Body of Christ, the royal priesthood. (Matt. 16:18, 1 Peter 2:9) “The full dimension of God’s love is experienced within the context of God’s people. God has fashioned His people into a living body of Christ–the church… The primary reason we need revival is that we have forsaken our love relationship with God–our first love. God’s invitation is for us to repent and return to our first love. His word to the church at Ephesus indicates that failure to repent is fatal. [Revelation 2:4-7]” (1)
Read/Pray: Psalm 81, 82

Pray for Revival
“God revives His repentant people by restoring them to a right relationship with Himself. God stands ready to receive His people when they return. He cleanses and forgives. He gives a new heart to serve Him and fullness of the Holy Spirit to empower them for His work. He restores the joy of being in the family of God.” (1)
“Revival means to restore or renew life. Revival is for God’s people who need a fresh encounter, a fresh love relationship with Him. Revival is God putting the plumb line of His Word right down the middle of His people. He calls us to repent and return to a holy love relationship with Himself. When we repent and return to Him, He turns our hearts back to Himself. He forgives. He cleanses. He restores life. This is revival. He gives renewed life. He is our life.” (1)
Read/Pray: Psalm 84-86

Pray for Awakening
“God exalts His Son Jesus in His people and draws the lost to saving faith in Him. When God has a people rightly related to Him, He is able to display His glory to a watching world. When a people experience the mighty power of God bringing wholeness to their lives, others will notice and want a similar experience of life. Spiritual awakening becomes a natural by-product of a revived people.” (1)
Read/Pray: Psalm 96-100

References:

  1. Awakening America Alliance Resource: The following excerpt is adapted from Fresh Encounter: God’s Pattern for Revival and Spiritual Awakening by Henry T. Blackaby and Claude V. King
    (Nashville: LifeWay Press, 1993), 8-10, 22-23. Used by Permission, Cry Out America 2009.

We are also following the ICEJ Isaiah 62 Prayer Initiative. Visit for more information https://us5.campaign-archive.com/?u=55a717a2b2&id=2b410af4eb

“This call to prayer is based on the following two passages that encourage us to cry out to the Lord and allow our prayers to ascend as incense before Him in the face of this modern-day plague:

“Then Moses said to Aaron, “Take your censer and put incense in it, along with burning coals from the altar, and hurry to the assembly to make atonement for them. Wrath has come out from the Lord; the plague has started.” So Aaron did as Moses said, and ran into the midst of the assembly. The plague had already started among the people, but Aaron offered the incense and made atonement for them. He stood between the living and the dead, and the plague stopped. But 14,700 people died from the plague, in addition to those who had died because of Korah. Then Aaron returned to Moses at the entrance to the tent of meeting, for the plague had stopped.” (Numbers 16:46-50)

and “and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel.” (Revelation 8:4)

“There is a sense that through the coronavirus pandemic, God is summoning all mankind to call out to Him. His desire is for us as believers to draw near to Him, to examine our hearts, and to intercede for the people of Israel and the world.”

PRAYER POINTS
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25TH

A. Pray for Repentance

Let’s ask God to search our hearts – to test us and see if there be any sin in us. This is an important first step for any prayer effort. It causes us to test our hearts because we often choose comfort in this life over drawing closer to God on a daily basis.

Scripture to use:

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24) 

B. Pray for Revival

Pray that Christians worldwide would turn to the living God with their whole hearts.
 

Pray that the unsaved would find Jesus – that this crisis would lead to great number of salvations.

Scriptures to use:

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one!  You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-5)

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

C. Pray for an End to this Crisis

Pray for world leaders and local governments to make the right choices during this season. Pray that their every decision would create an effective outcome – helping to eradicate the spread of the coronavirus.
 

Pray that citizens around the world, would heed the sound advice being offered to them.
 

Let’s pray for those in the medical profession who are truly on the front-lines.

Scriptures to use:

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”  (Timothy 2:1-4)

“But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36)

D. Pray for God to Protect and Heal His People

Pray for the protection and healing for the Body of Christ worldwide.
 

Pray for healing among the people of Israel. So far, Israel has a remarkable record in that only one person has perished from COVID-19. We are asking God that the scepter of death from this virus will virtually pass over the nation of Israel in a mighty sign that He is with them!
 

Pray for the protection of all those who turn to Him throughout the nations.

Scriptures to use:

“Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; ” (Psalm 91:9-10)

Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. (Exodus 12:13 13)

From ICEJ: https://us5.campaign-archive.com/?u=55a717a2b2&id=665612c81c


Family Safety and Security

Our Family’s Safety and Security
excerpted from “The Dobra Family Mission” 2010 Revision

Our King, Jesus, warns us that until His return we live in a cursed world and that we will have to face disaster.

You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.
Matthew 24:6-7

Jesus tells us not to be alarmed, that wars and natural disasters will happen. We think our family needs to be prepared. For God’s glory, we need to be prepared to weather the storm, to rebuild, to care for others, and to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those in need.

Disasters in General: Natural and Man Made

Be Prepared for the Storm!

As Jesus warned, the world is wicked and cursed. We can learn from the story of Noah the great need for God’s families to be spiritually and physically prepared for disaster.

Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God. . . Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. So make yourself an ark of cypress wood. . . I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark— you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you. . . Noah did everything just as God commanded him.
From Genesis 6 (see also: Acts 11:27-30)

Be Prepared to Rebuild the Church!

We can learn from Ezra that God’s families need to be ready to rebuild God’s Church, to care for, build up, and encourage God’s people for God’s glory!

Then the family heads of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and Levites—everyone whose heart God had moved—prepared to go up and build the house of the LORD in Jerusalem. . . When they arrived at the house of the LORD in Jerusalem, some of the heads of the families gave freewill offerings toward the rebuilding of the house of God on its site.
Ezra 1:5, 2:68

Be Prepared to Rebuild the Community!

We can learn from Nehemiah that God’s families need to be ready to rebuild and defend their communities for God’s glory!

So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart. . . Also our enemies said, “Before they know it or see us, we will be right there among them and will kill them and put an end to the work. . .” Therefore I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wall at the exposed places, posting them by families, with their swords, spears and bows. After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.” When our enemies heard that we were aware of their plot and that God had frustrated it, we all returned to the wall, each to his own work.
Nehemiah 4:6, 11, 13-15

If a thief is caught breaking in and is struck so that he dies, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed.
Exodus 22:2

Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked.
Proverbs 25:26

Be Prepared to Care for and Share with Others

We should always be prepared to care for those in need and we should always be prepared to share our eternal hope with any one, but especially with those in great need and distress.

“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’”
From Matthew 25:34-40

And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
Hebrews 13:16

Do Not Fear!

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10

A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. . . The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
From Mark 4:35-41

Persecution

Jesus also warns His disciples that we will face persecution of one form or another because of His name. We should learn from our brothers and sisters in the underground church in restricted nations where they are violently persecuted today.

“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.”
Matthew 24:9-11

“Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.”
Luke 6:22

Proclaim the Gospel

Even in the face of persecution, the Gospel must be proclaimed!

“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end willcome.”
Matthew 24:14

Endure to the end

Stand firm in the faith!

“Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.”
Matthew 24:12-13

“I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more.”
Luke 12:4

We hope to live out our vision and mission to honor and glorify God and to leave a Godly legacy by being prepared, by rebuilding, by caring, and by sharing during good times and bad!

* See Safety topics in Appendix for more information.

** Read “Tortured for Christ” by Richard Wurmbrand for first hand account of persecution at the hands of the Nazis and Communists and the work of the underground church! www.torturedforchrist.com

Disciple Making and Kingdom Building in Africa

Reports of the spectacular growth of Christianity in Africa are well known. What is less known is how it is happening. Glenn has visited Africa and has reported on the growth of the church in the book he co-wrote with Jerry Trousdale, The Kingdom Unleashed. In today’s show the Pugcasters interview one of the leaders of this phenomenal movement. There were many remarkable things that they learned in the course of the interview–an important one being how Islam is growing in Africa through a combination of biological growth, conversion through marriage, business dealings with strings attached, and the building of mosques.

https://crosspolitic.com/podcast/the-theology-pugcast-disciple-making-movements-the-contest-w-islam-in-west-africa/

My show notes

Making disciples in West Africa

  1. Identify a community
  2. Research the community, get to know the culture
  3. Identify a “person of peace” … someone from the community to be a bridge into the community

Establish Access Ministries (5 pillars)

  1. Prayer and Fasting
  2. Service with a purpose, fill a need
    Education/vo-tech, clean water, health facilities, seed banks, government corruption/justice, business/jobs
  3. Every believer is a disciple, and every disciple is a disciple maker. “Who is your disciple?”
  4. Multiplication
    Church planting, small groups
  5. Partnerships
    When government programs fail. Involving people in their own development.

Islam vs Christianity

Kingdom building

  1. Family multiplication
  2. Businesses
  3. Building (physical representation of the Church, claiming ground for Jesus)

Spiritual Warfare

  1. Battle in the spiritual realm first by prayer and fasting
  2. Believe! Has the church in America become blind to spiritual things?
  3. Need a supernatural worldview revival in the churches in America!

Fear of What is Coming Out of America

Like the church of Pergamum. (Revelation 2:12-17)

But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality.

Revelation 2:14

Forsaking the right way, they have gone astray. They have followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved gain from wrongdoing

2 Peter 2:15

Saint Valentine


Saint Valentine, or Valentinus, has an important story to share with us today!

Saint Valentine was executed for refusing to deny his faith after being arrested for secretly marrying Roman soldiers to their brides, defying an order from Emperor Claudius II that soldiers were not to marry.
(The Story of St. Valentine: More than Cards and Candied Hearts)

This is so relevant today! God designed and defines marriage. Yet, the devil continues to scheme through rulers and despots to redefine marriage. 

In the year 269 AD, Valentine was sentenced to a three part execution of a beating, stoning, and finally decapitation all because of his stand for Christian marriage. The story goes that the last words he wrote were in a note to Asterius’ daughter. He inspired today’s romantic missives by signing it, “from your Valentine.”
St. Valentine, The Real Story
By David Kithcart

Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
(Acts 4:18-20

National marriage week and Saint Valentine’s day! 

He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, 5 and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”
Matthew 19:4-6

Just War / Just Cause Theory

Just Cause Theory

“a three-step theology of resistance…

“The [1] first was prophetic denunciation of the civic evil. When the magistrate is defying God, then courageous men in the pulpit should be authoritatively naming what is happening, and denouncing it ( Matt. 14:4). The [2] second stage is for the believers to flee the persecution. Jesus said to do this — when you are persecuted in one city, flee to the next (Matt. 10:23). The [3] third and final stage is to take up arms defensively (1 Sam. 22:2). David’s men were armed, and were not cooperating with Saul’s tyranny at all, and would certainly have defended themselves if cornered, but David would still not lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed. So it is not permissible to undertake a revolution whereby the rebels seek to overthrow the existing authority. But taking up arms defensively is an option. And stating that you will refuse to comply if required by the tyrants to is also an option. This is why George Washington said that weapons were liberty’s teeth. This is why molon labe is an option. As the saying goes, when the government starts saying that you don’t need a gun, then you need a gun.

“In his magisterial Institutes, John Calvin gave us another layer of protection against lawless anarchy. He taught that when the supreme ruler is resisted, it should be undertaken by the lesser magistrate, and that the people should not try to resist tyranny at the top as an inchoate mob. They should resist tyranny from the central government by means of submission to local authorities who are fulfilling their oath of office. Every lesser magistrate has the obligation (not the right, the obligation) to disobey unlawful orders from above. And, when they do this, the people have an obligation to rally behind them.

https://dougwils.com/books-and-culture/s7-engaging-the-culture/assemblin-carryin-n-sayin-stuff.html

EDC (every day carry)

Just War Theory

“[W]e can evaluate whether… any decision leading to hostile action, is justified according to what is called “Just War Theory.” Over the centuries, Christian thinkers from Augustine to Aquinas to the Reformers—seeking to reconcile Christian teaching on the sanctity of human life with the Christian responsibility to love our neighbors by protecting them from evil—have proposed a set of conditions by which a violent act can be considered justified. These conditions deal with both whether war ought to be waged, as well as how war should be waged.

“[1] First, the cause for going to war and the intention behind it must be just. [2] Second, the war must be waged by a legitimate authority. [3] Third, force must be used as a last resort. [4] Fourth, force used in war must be proportionate to the threat. [5] Fifth, force must not target non-combatants, and finally, [6] there must be a reasonable chance of success.”

https://www.breakpoint.org/soleimani-the-u-s-and-just-war/

Barmen: the Church then and now

Tom introduces listeners to the Barmen Declaration of 1934. He then helps listeners understand what genuine resistance to the Nazis looked like at the time, and how many German churches had been coopted by cultural trends.
In our ideological age, cut off from both nature and nature’s God, totalitarianisms emerge to fill in the empty spaces in our heads and hearts. Classical Christian theism is what we need today, but most evangelicals don’t know what that is.

https://crosspolitic.com/podcast/the-theology-pugcast-the-barmen-declaration-saying-no-to-cultural-accommodation/

Here’s the wiki page for the Barmen Declaration–https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barmen_Declaration

Highlights/Outline of this Episode

The Barmen Declaration

1934 Germany, 139 delegates of the churches meet to declare the true aligence of the church and encourage resistance to false allegiances and the political evil of national socialism. (Yes, socialism, the same godless ideology we are facing today in America.)

False allegiances

  • Turned from the true God
  • Political symptoms are related to the sickness of theological liberalism
  • Theological liberalism is embraced in order to make the church more relevant, attractive
  • Resulted in “domesticated,” “accommodating,” and effeminate church

Resistance to evil

  • Godly relevance (truth) is not always popular
  • The movement started from the Barmen declaration had to go underground
  • Grace and salvation give you the freedom to proclaim unpopular truths no matter the worldly consequences
  • Stop following the godless culture in order to be relevant
  • Build a Godly culture in the church and our households

Socialism, Communism, Marxism https://ministry.family.blog/america/socialism-marxism-communism/