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Lord God, show us how we can set "brushfires of freedom" through our prayers.
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Sometimes we have an erroneous concept of what it takes to create massive change in our nation. It’s easy to think that the more people we have supporting a revival or reformation, the better chance there is of success, but history does not bear out that theory. The idea of a small number of people making a big difference was brought home to me at a meeting I attended in 2001.

Have you taken your place on the wall?


I received an invitation to meet with a select group of “movers and shakers” on the issue of Western Sahara. The group’s mission is to force Morocco to forfeit one-third of its country to carve out the separate state of Western Sahara. I knew the group’s reputation for political success but was unaware of their communist bent. I expected at least 200 people at the meeting. I assumed everyone present to be wealthy, because as everyone knows, it takes massive amounts of money to finance a successful political movement. They would be politically connected, because they successfully implemented worldwide boycotts, demonstrations, and international policy decisions. They would be members of the political elite of their European countries, mainly Sweden and Norway.

We met at a Greek restaurant in New York City. Once my eyes adjusted to the dark room, I was shocked to see a group of 10 older gentlemen gathered around a table. It was a ragtag group, and most of them were well into their 60s, or older. Several were retired professors. How in the world were they able to upend Morocco and influence the U.S. to go against one of its closest allies in North Africa?

The secret, I found out, was their in-your-face, no-compromise commitment to the cause. This group ate, slept, and drank Western Sahara. As a result, they had made some political friends in Europe and the U.S. Their strategic political connections were carefully targeted individuals of influence whom they purposely befriended and converted to their side. Their long, powerful reach was effective.

It doesn’t take a large number to make a big difference. Samuel Adams, one of America’s Founding Fathers and a leader in the American Revolution, said: “It does not take a majority to prevail … but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”

One of the most significant examples we have is Jesus, Who, with 12 disciples, completely revolutionized the world, not just in His own lifetime, but also for some 2,000-plus years afterward. We experience daily His transformational power in every aspect of our lives, politically and religiously.

It is possible for a small group of people to completely transform a nation, or, in many cases, to transform some cultural aspect of a country, such as reversing our stand on abortion, or changing the entire educational system. All it takes is that “irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”

May we all set “brushfires of freedom” and change history!

Here is how we can pray:

… If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31).

 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus. After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly (Acts 4:29–31 NIV).

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16 NIV).

Share your prayers for freedom in our nation below.

Nancy Huff is an educator with a mission to equip believers to pray strategically for the cultural mountain of education. She is author of Taking the Mountain of Education: A Strategic Prayer Guide to Transform American Schools. She leads groups for prayer at key educational locations across the U.S. Currently, Nancy serves as lead prayer coordinator for the mountain of education at the Heartland Apostolic Prayer Network (HAPN). Find out more by visiting https://takingthemountainofeducation.com/author/nancyahuff/. Photo credit: Canva.

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joam Bartruff
January 19, 2023

Dear Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for Nancy Huff. Thank You for inspiration of Samuel Adams.
Thank You for reminding us it does not take a majority to make a difference. Thank You for encouraging us through this article. I pray the “brushfires” for Your glory will increase across America and across the world. I pray Your almighty blessing on Nancy’s work through her book and”Heartland Apostolic Network. I thank you for. Amen

Lori Meed
January 18, 2023

Jumping up and down and shouting, Yes!

January 17, 2023

Father we thank you for Nancy Huff and her prayer groups for our schools. May we take note of her example and how to go about starting or joining a group like this. There are many areas of deep sin in our country right now. May each of us pray to seek your will in this matter for ourselves and how you would use our lives to help our country right now. We are deeply grieved and concerned, Father, as You are, and please let us not stand idly by and forget about this call to action. If we pray we will see great things happen. 1 Corinthians 16:13,14 :Watch, stand fast in the Faith, be brave, be strong Let all that you do be done with love ❤️. Pray and go as Holy Spirit leads.

Darlene Estlow
January 17, 2023

Thank you, Nancy Huff, for this word. Prayer groups are springing up all over. I pray once a week with a group from IFA to pray for our state. I pray once a week with My Faith Votes as we intercede for our nation. It is an honor and privilege to join with these people to talk to God and change our world.

Bill Johnson
January 17, 2023

Tis true! The American Revolution started with just a few people and America’s biggest Revivals started with small prayer groups! Let us learn from the past and move forward to a better future!!

Donna Rollyson
January 17, 2023

LOVE the Samuel Adams quote. Even though our numbers are growing in prayer groups across this nation, they are still minority yet great fire and a burning deep in our hearts for Freedom. Thanks for this article.

Gary Crowell
March 23, 2019

Dearest Nancy, thank you for your commentary as I believe in the power of prayer. It is time for the churches of America regardless of size or denomination to occupy and stand the ground for which our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ mandated. I too, needed this reminder and exhortation to fight the good fight, and to lead our church here in Hawaii in corporate prayer.

Jacqueline Magnuson
March 23, 2019

I read your article with interest as I truly believe it. However, my frustration is not with the Prayer warriors, which there are few dedicated to praying for the world’s poltical issues; but even fewer who are good people, patriots, veterans,’real christians’ who believe prayer is key to our success
As we carry out our strategies. Also, in our town of 7000, churches have not committed to corporate prayer
In any shape or form. Any progress is slow.

    Judy Vestal
    March 23, 2019

    Elijah felt like he was alone also but God told him that he had 1000 other prophets hidden from his sight. Gideon only had 300 men who were carefully chosen to accomplish what he was commissioned to do. I believe there are many groups like my own who pray each week for this nation. We pray according to the scriptures that He give us each week and pray as we are moved by the Holy Spirit. It’s powerful. So be encouraged…you are not alone and neither are we. As we remain faithful, our Awesome Lord has the last word and His will is being prayed forward. All we do is pray and BELIEVE.

    January 17, 2023

    It might be what the preachers are proclaiming from the pulpits. My church has the full curriculum of Rick Warren’s. Even to this very day the entire Sunday School curriculum is written by Rick’s church. And, EVERY ladies Bible study is one of Beth Moore’s (a woman who has asked to have all her Bible Studies rewritten to be more “inclusive”)- her studies will go directly against what IFA prays.

    So, if my church, which is located on the opposite side of the country from Rick’s, has his full curriculum, then how many more churches are using it????

    I found the following book on Jack VanImpe’s website-

    The Dark Side of the Purpose Driven Church
    Dr. Rick Warren proposes that his Purpose Driven Church movement is a New Reformation, the greatest paradigm shift in church government and message since Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the church in Wittenburg, Germany, on October 31, 1517.

    Without doubt, the Purpose Driven Church has become a tremendous force in the world, buth Noah Hutchings sees a dark side to this force.

    Dr. Warren stated on May 23, 2005, at the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life: “The word ‘Fundamentalist’ actually comes from a document in the 1920s called the Five Fundamentals of Faith. And it is a very legalistic, narrow view of Christianity.”

    The five fundamentals fo the faith to which Dr. Warren objected are:

    1. The inerrancy and full authority of the Bible
    2. The virgin birth and full Deity fo Jesus Christ
    3. The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead
    4. Christ’s atoning, vicarious death for the sins of the world
    5. The literal Second Coming fo Jesus Christ
    The Purpose Driven Church religion at best is a distortion of the gospel; at worst, a movement to unite all religions to produce a one-world church.

      January 18, 2023

      Apostle Paul said in Galatians 1:[8] But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. [9] As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
      Follow those that follow CHRIST! Period! Go talk to your Pastor. Show the proof of what you are saying about the lessons being used. If he hears you and acts to get back to the Bible, good. If not ask GOD to direct you to where he wants you to worship! GOD will direct you! FATHER GOD please help YOUR people to STICK TO THE BIBLE for teaching and preaching not use other men or women’s teachings which may be flawed! Open pastors eyes and give us all YOUR discernment and wisdom in JESUS NAME! Amen!

    Teresa B
    January 18, 2023

    Try to not be discouraged. With God on our side, we are still in the majority. Leviticus 26:8 shows us that much can be accomplished in the spiritual realm with a small number of warriors:
    “Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall by the sword before you.”
    As the number of intercessors increase, the effect of God’s power also increases from multiplied (5×20) to exponential (100²) proportions.

Alan K. Veasey
March 21, 2019

If a dedicated minority can bring change in terms of wordly policy
how much more a dedicated minority laboring with the Almighty. Pray and obey and the Lord will use you for his purposes. Victories and His glory are two of His eternal purposes. If the Lord is for you, who can be against you? We must act like we believe it, after all He said it and he cannot lie.


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