October 20, 2020 | Karen Hardin, IFA Contributing Writer
While in Washington, D.C. a couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to talk with residents of the city about what’s going on and about their mayor. What I learned turned into an important reminder.
On the last day of our prayer tour, we took our team to a tourist-type store so they could purchase mementos. Ironically, we could only find one tourist shop open because of the many bans still in place in the city. In addition, we didn’t encounter any other tour buses on the road during the week we were there–at a time in which the city would normally be packed. Washington, D.C. was being held hostage by a tyrannical mayor consumed with her own power. Does this sound like a stretch? Read on.
As our team entered the store and began to browse, I went over to the shop owner to talk with her. She had a lot to say.
“I’m so glad you guys are here,” she stated. “The mayor has kept the city under lock and key. We can’t continue to operate this way.”
As I continued to talk with her, she shared a startling revelation. “When Obama was president, the mayor once said to him, ‘This is my city and these are my rules. If you don’t like it get out!'” Her attitude toward President Trump has been no different. She has worked to keep the city shut down from prayer groups and tourists, but open to BLM activist rioters and protests.
As I continued to talk with the shop owner, although she remained focused on our conversation, at the same time she was very aware of her surroundings and her store. She understood it was hers and her place of authority. While we were talking, a man walked into the store from a side door, grabbed a pair of sunglasses on a spinning rack, and walked back out without paying. It happened in less than thirty seconds. I was stunned. The shop owner never missed a beat.
“I’ll be right back,” she said as she walked over to the door the thief had used, and went out to where he still stood. She grabbed the sunglasses out of his hand, told him they were hers, and pointed for him to move on down the road.
She walked back in, put the sunglasses back on the spinner rack, and returned to our conversation right where we left off, as if nothing had happened. She was a powerhouse. She was probably four inches shorter than the thief, and a woman standing up against a man. But she knew what was hers and took it back with authority. The shocked thief obeyed her command and walked right on down the road.
This is what we all need to learn from this gutsy shop owner. She was constantly on watch. She knew her authority. She knew her rights. She knew what was hers and she wasn’t going to let anyone step in and steal it from her.
Would that Americans understood we also have that same authority.
As the Left continues to launch their revolution to try to undermine the Constitution and the president, we need to be as that shop owner. We need to stand up, every one of us, and say, “This is our country. These are our freedoms. These are our rights and you can’t have them. We take them back from you now and you need to move on down the road.”
Father, we thank You that You have given us authority to trample on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the Enemy. We take that authority over the demonic realm operating in our nation that has tried to deceive, steal, kill, and destroy. Lord, forgive us for not standing up sooner. We are grateful for Your hand and mercy that You have shown us. Lord, help us not to lose this country or our freedom to worship You. We pray for Mayor Muriel Bowser and bind the spirit of pride and control that has taken over–we declare it cannot continue to hold D.C. and its residents hostage. We also bind the spirit of pride and control operating in any other mayor or governor in our country who has overstepped their bounds of authority to keep residents under lock and key. We stand up in prayer, taking our authority, and declare America will reopen, our economy will revitalize, Americans will get back to work, and we will no longer be held hostage by fake news, fear, or unrighteous control. We pray for our leaders to operate in godly wisdom. For those who operate out of pride and control, we pray for a change of heart so they will lead as they should or be removed and replaced with leaders who will.
Karen Hardin is a literary agent, author, and intercessor. Her work has appeared in USA Today, World Net Daily, Intercessors For America, Charisma, CBN.com, The Elijah List, etc. To order her new book: “INFECTED: How to Stop the Global Spread of Rage, Deception and Insanity” click here. To join the city-by-city prayer movement to save our nation go to: www.city-by-city.org. For additional information on her ministry, business or to sign up for her prophetic blog go to: www.karenhardin.com or you can contact her at www.prioritypr.org. Photo by Heidi Kaden on Unsplash.