I Prayed have prayed
Father, we pray for justice for the events surrounding January 6 and that lies would be exposed.

There is a lot that could be said about the politics of Jan. 6, and much had already been said, but I want to focus on the spiritual warfare elements, my experiences that day, and what it can teach us about how to pray more strategically.

[Editor’s note: IFA’s President/CEO Dave Kubal interviewed an intercessor whose husband was charged by the FBI after his time in D.C. on January 6 during the January First Friday Prayer Conference Call. His story is compelling.]

With all the deception in the media about this issue, my first-hand account might help clear up the lies surrounding that day.

 

Insider Intercessory Information

Here is my story.

I went to the Capitol on January 6, 2021 with a small group. Our plan was to pray for people and see if there would be any evangelistic opportunities. I did the same thing during the riots in Washington, DC in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder. Many in our small DC church have made this a regular practice. Our heart has been to bring the Kingdom of God into the chaos of men.

Once we arrived that day, we stayed back, watching as masses moved about, shouting, waving flags, chanting.  When an armored car full of heavily armored police with smoke grenades arrived, we decided to leave. We prayed for peace.

There were many different factions and types of people gathered. Some held the “Appeal to Heaven” flag or Christian signs. Others held the American flag or political signs. Some preached the gospel from a microphone and portable speaker. Others cursed.

While the media has tried to portray the event as one monolithic group, an organized rebellion, it simply was not the case.  My small group of intercessors sensed a spirit of anarchy and a spirit of chaos.

But the idea that an organized army assailed the Capitol is not true.

From my perspective, watching from the sidelines, it was chaos, and a few people went too far. However, many who were there wanted merely to demonstrate. I personally saw a young man with a wild look in his eyes throw a police barricade into the Congressional reflecting pool. As soon as he did this, people all around yelled at him to stop. They didn’t like it. He ran off into the crowd.

This is what I saw: An angry, but principled, crowd and a minority of bad actors thriving on a spirit of anarchy. That was my experience. I have seen a similar thing when covering riots as a journalist. They often begin as protests, but when it gets dark, anarchy sets in.

 

How to Pray

I cannot tell you what exactly happened inside the Capitol or what exactly happened that day.

However, I believe intercessors can learn a lesson, namely that we must exercise discernment about with whom we align ourselves with in the days to come. If we are not careful, those like that wild-eyed young man I saw can become a major problem for our mission in this country.

When the enemy cannot destroy something, like a church or a movement, he tries to corrupt it or destroy its reputation instead. Freedom-loving Christian Americans need to be aware of this principle of spiritual warfare. We must be careful in this hour. We must be on the lookout for infiltrators at our school board meetings, at our protests, in our churches—infiltrators who do not have pure motives.

A spiritual leader I trust says it this way: “We must be quick to bless, but slow to partner.” 

As the spiritual warfare heats up, we must be more strategic and wiser than ever before to survive, and even thrive. Again, my purpose in this article was not to give you a comprehensive treatise on January 6, but to tell you my experience that day to clear up the lies in the media and share a nugget of truth we can take away to make our work more resilient to attacks of the enemy.

 

With this in mind, let us pray:

-Father, we pray for justice for the events surrounding January 6 and that lies would be exposed.

-Father, we ask You to bring unity to our nation, that we would see Your truth and live according to your ways without the division of the Enemy.

-Jesus, we ask for freedom for our nation. Set us free from government overreach and from the toxic ideologies that are threatening to choke out our freedom.

 

Some verses to consider as we press into this issue:

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (Gal 5:1)

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self . . . unholy,  heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless . . . having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. (2 Tm 3:1-5)

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (Rom 8:37)

 

Casey Harper is a writer in the Washington, D.C. area covering national politics. He has worked for The Daily Caller, The Hill, and Sinclair Broadcast Group. A graduate of Hillsdale College, Casey’s work has also appeared in Fox News, Fox Business, Washington Examiner, and USA Today. Follow him on Twitter: @CaseyHarper33.

 

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kathy
January 18, 2022

Thank you for any clarification and eye witness accounts of Jan 6 , as most people know nothing about what ‘really’ happened that day. Many believe it was staged , set up for failure and Christians, trump supporters, freedom lovers are the target.

Judy Hile
January 17, 2022

Please pray extra hard this week that Brandon Straka’s
sentencing Thursday goes well, and that this will be the beginning of the end of the criminal case nightmare. I know him personally ..& he is innocent ..been through harassnnent & unjust treatment .judy Hile

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gary power
January 17, 2022

Great encouragement to live on earth as it is in heaven. Kingdom minded.

Clayshia A Willis
January 17, 2022

Amen!

David Henne
January 17, 2022

Yes, we have some friends who attended the rally on January 6. They went with peaceful purposes in mind.

However, they did not think far enough about the significance of that date. There was only one outcome that would motivate people to appear in Washington at that time–to prevent the official declaration of the result of the presidential election in November 2020. A prayer meeting or a peaceful rally would not accomplish that.

Fisher
January 17, 2022

Thank you for sharing…

Patricia Seybert
January 16, 2022

WONDERFUL And the prayers are exactly right on! It is definitely spiritual
warfare! Also, put our armor on daily!

Diane Ikonen
January 16, 2022

Thank you for sharing your experience of January 6th. In Canada it is impossible to get any objective media coverage; we only hear one point of view in our National Media. To hear both sides of an issue, one has to consult “alternative Media”. I pray that the journalistic principle of “objectivity” would again become a standard so that we do hear all points of view as we discern the truth. God bless the USA and Canada.

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Augie
January 16, 2022

Thank you for your perspective e and wise counsel. It is easy to forget that bad actors can taint good works and disrupt good intentions. May God shine His light on the truth of January 6 for all to see.

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Scotty Davis
January 16, 2022

Thanks for all your endeavors and your Prayers for our Country.

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G. Veal
January 16, 2022

Thank you for sharing your experience of jan. 6 and your prayer for all of this. May the Lord answer your prayer in Jesus Name!!

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Rochelle
January 16, 2022

Robby Dawkins was interviewed on FlashPoint news program on January 6 this year. He was present at the Capitol on January 5, 2021, and spoke to a member of Antifa who said they were having a planning meeting.
Then on January 6 Dawkins saw young men throwing barricades down. They were dressed in suits and when he was talking to one, he put his hand on his chest and could feel the body armor underneath.
Also, read Julie Kelly’s book, January 6, for more complete details. Excellent interview with her on Eric Metaxas program v
The truth is being revealed.

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David
January 15, 2022

I really like most of your articles. However, when penning an article differentiating between reality and politically perceived falsehoods, one shouldn’t begin with said falsehoods. George Floyd was not murdered. Sadly, he died from ingesting a massive amount of Fentanyl while resisting arrest.

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    Rochelle
    January 16, 2022

    Thank you for making that correction‼️ It bothered me also when I read it.

Joel W Koontz
January 15, 2022

Like so much of what the MSM says today, the fast majority of what they say about J6 are deliberate lies and distortions. If is horrific how the people that have been arrested are being treated. IT IS POLITICAL PERSECUTION. Violent Rioters who did far worse things suffered no consequences for there actions. Our country cannot survive it our “Justice System” is totally corrupt, as it currently appears to be.

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Ellen Hoffman
January 15, 2022

I was watching C-span when “January 6” happened. The reporters were not sure what was happening. They said the Capital was breached, but all they were filming was people walking through the Capital behind the theater ropes. The reporter started gaslighting with words. I was confused it looked like a tour group. I sensed something was very wrong and called my daughter to pray. We prayed over the phone. They then announced the process (of electing the President) was stopped. It seemed so peaceful that it was hard to reconcile that there was a threat against life and limb. C-span stopped filming a few minutes later. Since then I have had such a hard reconciling Jan. 6th as a “violent” action. I have tried to find this video, to no avail.

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Pamela
January 15, 2022

Thank you for sharing. The Lord prevails over all and yes, the enemy is alive and well and all around us everyday. I do believe most protestors mean well, want to be heard, and not with intention to destroy. Prayer is powerful and does work with a genuine heart and mind. Lord Jesus, please guard our country and thank you for giving bravery to men and women who continue the fight for freedom under your terms of peaceful protests and not to destroy the world we live in that you so honorably have blessed us with to live in, enjoy, survive, and thrive for our families. Amen

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Janet
January 15, 2022

I drove 5 hrs to DC on Jan-6, I’m hispanic and very conservative, and while we drove around the capitol to get parking I could see some weird ppl. Walking to the capitol, I remember some 4 or 5 skinny white guys wearing clothes and boots, like farmers, but one of them had something inside his boots that was bothering him, he sat to try to fix his problem and the others wait around him, one of them saw me looking at them and told the others, then they tried to cover the one was sitting, I’m not sure if they’re some of the actors, but I thought something was not right, there’re more weird ppl. Walking toward the capitol, I had a bad feeling that something was going to happneed, it was the time when all this chaos started, and thank God we just didn’t find a parking and went back to the hotel. I was sad bcz I really wanted to get closer, get out of the car and pray for this country. God protect US from all the corrupt politicians

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Scott Charles
January 15, 2022

https://youtu.be/IHbu6YQ7BOU
All you need to know. Watch the YouTube video, then looked up Ray Epps on google and see how the media lies.
If you can’t see what’s going on?… look up “cognitive dissonance”.

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Carol
January 15, 2022

Thank you for sharing what is most important about Jan. 6. Unfortunately it is being used as a political tool!

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Ellie
January 15, 2022

I commend Casey Harper for his brave comments and prayer requests. My heart has labored in grief for Jan 6th misjudged, mistreated prisoners.
‘There go us, but for the Grace of God!!’

Paul, I support your preference for KJV version of Galatians 5:1. Our ability to walk free is solely a gift of God, not of government. “Stand fast, therefore, in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” We were set free from legalities of religion and the world (AND ITS CAUSES.)
Ritenbaugh sums up Ps 90:1-4. “God’s eternity is the answer to our problem with time.” HE is LORD of all this.

Standing fast in liberty requires hearing His Leading. I will pray as Casey said, and pray that God takes captive my thinking and my alignments. More than ever before, “The just shall live by faith.” Rom 1:17
Therefore I had to speak out regarding SEN. RICK SCOTT’S recent “resolution supporting José Daniel Ferrer and other Cuban democracy activists, and condemning the BRUTAL TORTURE, UNJUST IMPRISONMENT, AND SEVERE OPPRESSION that the illegitimate communist Cuban regime.” I commended the congressman for his concern for the Cubans’ democratic rights, but where is his concern for his fellow Jan 6th Americans in solitary confinement?

We must continue to Pray, Listen and Speak, as God calls.

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Marsha Bashor
January 15, 2022

I am glad to know more of what really happened on January 6. I did believe that the information being presented by the media was very distorted and not true. I pray for the real truth to come out to the public. And for the wrongdoing to be corrected for those who are falsely accused. Justice to be done .
Thank you Lord Jesus.

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Janet Lee Sellers
January 15, 2022

Thank you for sharing the truth and light of your experience. Speaking up makes an enormous difference for many of us. I pray and ask God if it be thy will to please save this land from those who seek to destroy it. Amen

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T
January 15, 2022

Thank you for sharing this! I have sensed a spirit to destroy the truth. May all lies be exposed and those who are against the Lord be held accountable.

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Paul
January 15, 2022

One last thing, who is God talking to, Israel not the Gentiles. The KJV Bible is all for us but not all to us. Pick up a KJV and compare it to the above verse. They twist the scriptures to their own destruction .1 Peter 3:15-16.
God is not finished with Israel Jer 31:35-37 read it folks we are not spiritual Israel!
You better wake up folks go to Forgotten Truths, Richard Jordan

Gal 5:1 Standfast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free,(from the law (Rom 6:14),and be not entangled with the yoke of bondage. ( being put but under the law).
Don,t let folks make merchandise out of you!

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Paul
January 15, 2022

You need a King James Version, the Bible you are using is polluted by man. KJV is the only Word of God. You are twisting Gods Word!

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Kenneth E Crider
January 15, 2022

In the Spirit or in the flesh! These are the final days. if we who are Christians are to be successful, we must spend are earliest hours in the presence of the Lord and follow His every step led by the Holy Spirit. Taking His Authority over the flesh, the devil and the temptations of this world, as we learn daily to LOVE to LIVE to give by the power of LOVE Himself. Intercessory prayer is the only door that allows the Spirit of God to convict and reach the hearts through the all the minds of the world that are blind to the gospel of Christ Jesus. Deuteronomy 8: 18-20. 30: 19=20 In Jesus name. Amen @SOITIS @SOBEIT

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Dave Friedrichs
January 15, 2022

It is always reassuring to read an article that confirms your suspicions on the lies that the Media is hyping about the January 6th events. I pray for God to move in the hearts and minds of Christians though out, to get the truth in front of all people.

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Carolyn Thoensen
January 15, 2022

I pray for ll those who have been incarcerated for over a year without a speedy trial..

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Patsy Carcuffe
January 15, 2022

Praying for our Country .Praying for people who were there for the right choices for our country , what they believed in , what was best for our Children, best for our freedom .In Jesus name We pray , amen

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Toni Kushner
January 15, 2022

Thank you for a wise assessment of Jan. 6, it is critical for us to stay focused and to listen to how the Holy Spirit leads us. Our goal should be to be a living witness of the LOVE of God. We continue to pray for truth to come our and evil exposed. God Bless

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Frankie Hutchens
January 15, 2022

All they needs to be said about January 6, 2021 is all the wrong folk are in jail. This was a plot made known on Pelosi’s and many other dems’ computers. And because they have been found out they are punishing innocent citizens. The evil that runs in their veins is directed by non other than satan himself. God help them less they repent!

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Gail G
January 15, 2022

I appreciate the advice you provided for people seeking to pray and minister to people at these types of events. My husband and I were also there on Jan 6 and witnessed this same scene you described. My heart breaks for the innocent people that were welcomed inside the capital and didn’t realize what was happening and are now being held in prison being abused and falsely accused of crimes. I pray for them regularly.

Thank you for the great verses! They are so applicable for where we are today in this country and in the world.

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Anthony Gaby
January 15, 2022

The FBI, CIA, DOJ, SCOTUS and DC. CAPITOL POLICE ARE ALL INVOLVED…..we dont know the ENTIRE story..but God does…Fear not for IT IS WRITTEN.. Mark 4:22, Luke 8:17..

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Clint Cheshire
January 15, 2022

I was interested to know when, how and what happened after this witness/journalist was “charged by the FBI”. I recall nothing being said about this aspect of his experience of January 6th.

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Laurel
January 15, 2022

This is a very good analysis of what happened. Thank you for sharing.

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Ron Mcleant
January 15, 2022

Look up the Gleiwitz Incident from WW2. The same playbook is being used here.

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Steve tucker
January 15, 2022

I like your observation , it only takes a few to cause a disturbance. It doesn’t matter what you say, God see it all.
He even knows the intent of your heart. Keep your heart pure before God. That’s where peace comes from.Praise the Lord!

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Ted Bjorem
January 15, 2022

In all things praise, Him for our God inhabits praise 1 Thess 5:16-20
and praises, God works all things to His good for those wo trust Him
and even give us His Spirit to intercede with words we cannot imagine Rom 8:26-28

All things ae neutral we assign value

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Anand Veeraraj
January 15, 2022

What is your opinion on CRT?

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