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WELCOME TO A BRAND NEW THING

Father – thank you for helping us settle down, plant good spiritual seeds and be fruitful in Your Spirit even in the face of adversity. Forgive us for how we have talked to You, about You and to and about each other.

For the last 22 months, the Lord has repeatedly spoken Isaiah 43:19 to my heart: He is doing a new thing, will make a way in the wilderness and constantly asking if I do not perceive it? As soon as I get a glimpse of His hand at work, the world clouds my vision again. I get discouraged. I get frustrated. Then up pops that verse again when and where I least expect it.

 

Lather, rinse, repeat.

Everyone loves their routine and peace. Disruption is annoying, uncomfortable, and stressful. But in order to rescue us from false peace, fake safety, and the counterfeit security we have built up around ourselves, He is tearing everything back down to the foundation. He is building a new wall of fire around us and will show the world who He is before this is all over.

People all over the world are reading Exodus 10-13 this week, even as we go through the Exodus for the Rest of Us. Locusts, palpable darkness, a foreboding warning that economic tumult for the Egyptians is coming soon topped off with a really serious final blow all serve as mile markers on His path to deliverance.

Can you feel the darkness? If so, you might still be tangled up in Egypt – caught up in the thorns, cares, and love of this world and her systems passing away before our very eyes day by day instead of focusing on the world to come where the one true King of this World reigns.

The last 3 plagues were designed to demonstrate God’s supremacy and sovereignty. He gave Pharaoh strength to battle Him as He played to his ego. Pharaoh responded as expected.

This is a huge warning to all of us: if you continue to walk in pride with an unrepentant heart and refuse to turn to Him, He will eventually give you what you ask for – death. Egypt was a culture of death – a people who celebrated it. There was no life there. Even the people who were delivered into the wilderness who mourned for their previous life died and were buried in the sand because even though Pharaoh let them go, they couldn’t let go of Egypt.

Egypt represents the world systems, which are still a culture of death trying to cheat death. All of its systems are rooted in death. But the Kingdom is already here with more to come.

Jeremiah 16:14 (“Yet behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when they will no longer say, ‘As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites up out of the land of Egypt.’”) and 23:7 prophesy that one day God will bring deliverance for all of His people from every place He has scattered them.

When God speaks twice, listen carefully. 

This end time event includes deliverance from both Egypt and Babylon. Jeremiah 46 outlines a prophecy specifically against the god of Thebes named Amon (which means multitude). He remedies the situation by sending judgment against the multitude in the form of King Nebuchadnezzar.

What happened before will happen again. Biblical prophecy allows us to see the world with spiritual eyesight and stay calm when the world is doing it’s world thing and governments are transitioning.

Almighty God sends a sweeping governmental change in Jeremiah 46, which is repeated in Revelation. Paul reminds us in Romans 13 that it is God who appoints leaders over us. You either believe God’s Word or you do not. Throughout His Word it is clear that He allows different people at different times for different purposes. So either you believe that in Him all things work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose, or you don’t.

You may believe this election was stolen. You may be angry that things changed. You may be fearful of the future. You may be frustrated that things could get worse before they get better. You may be angry that God didn’t answer your blood, sweat, and prayers. You may be angry that God is bringing about your deliverance in a way you didn’t expect.

So what will you do? You can throw a temper tantrum. You can fight against Him if you want to. You can try to do it your own way and in your own strength until you are worn out. Or you can trust in Him that His interest and plans are for your benefit.

Habakkuk cried out to God to fix injustices and unrighteousness. God responds basically with “Sure – I will send the Chaldeans in. Brace yourselves. Glad you asked Me to come in and help clean up the mess y’all made down here. I’ve been waiting for you to ask and glad you did!” Habakkuk is a little freaked out at this alarming change of events, but settles down, then praises and trusts God. He remains watchful at his post to see the work of the Lord.

If Habakkuk had been texting with God that day, it probably would have looked like this picture to the right.

So instead of sitting and wailing, as God’s children be the salt and light of this earth He asked you to be! Be different. Instead of sitting in darkness, use your spiritual eyes and perceive that God is doing a new thing. Bring light to your home, neighborhood, city, and state. Be an instrument for Him. Bear His image well. We have cried out for Esthers and Deborahs, for Daniels and Davids. Remember that it is when we are in captivity and oppression that God raises up the Josephs, Daniels, Esthers, Deborahs, Samsons, Gideons, Jaels, and Davids.

How do we do this? Jeremiah 29 provides a good explanation of what we are to do now:

  1. Build your home and settle down. Literally – settle down, people.
  2. Plant gardens and eat their produce. Eat smart. Improve your health.
  3. Grow your family – increase and do NOT decrease. Strengthen spiritually. Guard peace.
  4. Pray for the prosperity of your leaders and the city/state in which you live.
  5. Do not listen to false prophets and diviners who predict a false future.
  6. Be patient in affliction because after 70 times have past, He will come back for us because His goal is to prosper us and not harm us. That could be 70 days, weeks, months or years and the sooner we adjust our attitudes, our words, and behavior the faster that day comes.

So with regard to number 4 let us pray like never before for God’s hand to move in this next administration.

Is His arm to short to do that? Nope.

Would you be able to better discern a move of God at that time and give credit where credit is due? Probably.

Was Nebuchadnezzar difficult – yes, at first he certainly was. Nobody likes threats and furnaces. And he clearly goes a little crazy while in office, but at the end of it, just like Pharaoh, he admits Yahweh, the God that we serve, is the one true God. Just like everyone will have to acknowledge one day.

Nebuchadnezzar’s prayer is recorded in both secular writings and in Daniel 4. God is able to humble those who insist on walking in pride – regardless of their position here on earth.

God doesn’t work in a binary system. He is one. He works in a system of unity. In Him there is no division – no Jew or Greek, male or female, black or white, Democrat or Republican, East coast or Deep South. We are called to work where we see the Father working, because we are called to imitate Christ. He and the Father are one – and we are one with them only when we act, move, think, operate, talk, and, most importantly. love like they do.

Take care that you are not walking in pride deciding what is best when we are not to call good, evil or evil, good. God does not do evil things. He only does things for our benefit. To believe anything else is walking in the pride of your own heart and in your own limited knowledge.

So pray for this incoming president and his staff as much, if not more, than you prayed for President Trump and his staff. Fight for him and for all those in leadership. Intercede and ask God to move our leader’s hearts like a river – to change the current and steer it back into His direction. Pray for your cities. Pray for this nation. Pray for His true restoration which always comes after any tribulation that is poured out.

Quit falling into the trap to fight flesh and blood. That’s NOT what we are fighting against. Stop shadow boxing with that lie, get in your closets, wear your armor, sing, pray, petition, intercede, bless and do not curse.

Merciful people receive mercy, even when it looks like judgment to everyone else. The pure in heart are blessed enough to see the move of God. The peacemakers are called the sons of God and all of creation is groaning for them to be revealed.

Make peace with God and your neighbor. Settle down and tend to your spiritual garden. Grow the excellent fruit of righteousness and share the abundance of your spiritual produce with them. Don’t let the enemy use this moment to let your love grow cold.

Father – thank you for helping us settle down, plant good spiritual seeds, and be fruitful in Your Spirit even in the face of adversity. Forgive us for how we have talked to You, about You, and to and about each other. Forgive us if we have not represented You and Your kingdom well. It is confusing down here right now and we don’t know what we are doing. Thank you in spite of that for looking on us with your steadfast love, mercy, and compassion.

On this Inauguration Day, we perceive that You are clearly doing a new thing and we believe that no man is able to ascertain their future. We fervently pray for Your protection, Your health, and Your blessing on Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and their incoming administrations. We ask that policy developed in alignment with Your will would be fruitful and that policy not of Your will would die on the vine. We ask that You move their hearts like a river, order their steps, continue to flush out corruption in all areas, and bring Your truth and Your healing to our divided and wounded nation. Thank you for the lessons that you taught us in 2020 to clarify Your Kingdom vision. Thank You for helping us get our priorities straight. Thank You for reminding us how to live within Your Kingdom even in our days of exile. Thank You for helping us during this time to serve You as a great host of witnesses to Your true nature so that those living in darkness can see a great light.

Shelley McLaughlin is a passionate IFA intercessor and devoted student of the Word. (Photo Credit: Unsplash.)

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  1. Thanks, once again, Shelley McLaughlin & IFA! First, forgive me, but I wish you commas! I’m probably ocd, but it would really help (me, especially), to pause between thoughts, and to comprehend and savor each and every wholesome message you have for us.

    Second, (thanks) ESPECIALLY PROFOUND in SO MANY ways (to ME) (beginning with): “Even the people who were delivered into the wilderness, who mourned for their previous life, died and were buried in the sand, because, even though Pharaoh let them go, THEY COULDN’T LET GO OF EGYPT. …!”

    Your closing prayer’s opening mimmicks a fly-on-the-wall of MY life, even now (March 23, vs. January 20th). The remainder of it challenges me, as an undeserving, but trusted soldier and ambassador of Christ. Thanks, so much, again! Sincerely, respectfully and prayerfully in Christ!

  2. Great call for US(A) to go over this faithfully as we plant seeds of faith, hope and love for God’s Word as outlined here. Thanks Shelley for leading us in the word of God to point us back to something that we need to see that has been here since the beginning. I’m for certain planting and knowing that good fruit of the spirit is coming up for the people of God to rise up and triumph with greater good multiplied that overpowers the evil, hate and wickedness from the seeds of darkness. We go forth not in our own might or power but by God’s spirit. Hallelujah.

    Amen! 7
  3. Thank you for the words you shared. I AM REALLY STRUGGLING WITH THIS CHANGE IN OUR GOVERNMENT. How
    I will ever be able to pray for them will be the hardest part ! I want to obey God’s word so I have
    my work cut out for me.

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  4. God’s Grace Makes Things New Dear Friend, God in His grace and mercy is the Creator of the new (Psalm 96:1-2; Acts 3:21; Revelation 21:5) which is seen in the creation of:

    –the beginning of our world in all its newness (Genesis 1:1)
    –a new heart and faith for His people (Psalm 51:10; Ezekiel 36:26; Titus 3:5-7), that gives a new outlook on life from a Holy God’s point of view through: His Word, salvation through His Son, and the illumination of the Holy Spirit (Ezekiel 36:23-29; Romans 12:2).
    –the new man with new testimonies of faith and wonders
    (II Corinthians 5:17; Colossians 3:9).

    So let us seek to have God’s new heart and life (Jeremiah 29:12-14; Matthew 6:33) to make all things new for us as we worship Him, seeing things from His point of view (Psalm 96:1-4; ). Let us enjoy His mercies that are new each morning (Lamentations 3:21-26)

    Brother Joe “seeing all things new” Sturz ‎Sat., ‎January ‎23, ‎2021 http://www.sturzchristiancounseling.com

    Amen! 7
  5. Loved this:

    “We ask that policy developed in alignment with Your will would be fruitful and that policy not of Your will would die on the vine.”

    What a great model for all actions – actions of politicians — or my own…

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  6. I too have heard Isaiah 43:19 as well as Isaiah 35 and Isaiah 55 and Isaiah 40. I agree God is truly doing a new thing but in my heart as I have prayed and sought His heart in Scripture I haven’t heard his answer to send in the Chaldeans. When I was in Washington DC in September I felt Gods love for this nation and His call to the church to mature and repent for the grave sins we have in many ways allowed to persist. Yes, wickedness and unrighteousness MUST and will be addressed by Almighty God and we, His church have a big part to play in the battle. I do not however believe God wants us to accept the corruption of this current time or even believe it has prevailed. If God wanted to use this new administration to bring us to a renewed commitment to intercession and devotion to God, I don’t believe He would have chosen to do it through a corrupt process. He simply would have allowed the outcome to happen on face value. I actually believe He did that in previous elections. As the times grow closer to the end times, evil will increase in the earth to the point where our enemy will incarnate and dwell on the earth. I believe the church has to learn how to battle spiritually within real situations and continue to confront it head on with persistent intercession while loving the lost as never before. This is no time to retreat to focus on and build our own lives, spiritually or naturally. It is the day of church… corporate life. I believe it is time to unite as the Body of Christ like never before and continue to pray against the strongholds that are only getting stronger. It’s time to give more and sacrifice more and not accept a defeat against any form of corruption believing it is God’s will. I believe God is renewing and transforming us through warfare and not chiding us or punishing us for our failures. God has allowed judgment in many situations to bring correction to His people, but in those situations His people were unrepentant. I don’t see the church unrepentant… on the contrary! His mercy always triumphs over judgement and I believe His is renewing us in His mercy so that we can pour out His love and mercy to the souls He is looking to harvest.

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    1. Hello Lynda, I am with you. Except for, I saw on several occasions the rug being ripped out from under them!!!!!! Those who steal, kill and destroy. There is a new sitcom for the people to groan over. Faith comes by hearing. just, don’t listen to the lies. Fear and panic are their only weapons. The plandemic is a proven fake. Masks are a compliance test. The vaccines kill their victim’s within 5 years, if not right away, one study I read. Be of good courage folks! we have not been given a spirit of cowardice!!! We have been given courage, the spirit of might and the HOLY SPIRIT!!!!!!. United we stand. The denominations with all their opinions and doctrines and divisions just bring strife. The gospel is simple. The 10 commandments simple. No one can miss it. So why make it so hard? To bring division among our ranks. Stifle and confuse us. This should not be so. Have a blessed beautiful day Lynda. Keep up the great work. I am praying for your family as well. Praise is a strong tower.

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      1. This is for ” some one” . What u said about the Vaccine. I’d like to know where u found out about the results of the Vaccine.. I’m not speaking negative, just would like to know. I can’t take the Flu shot bc i’m allergic to some of ingredients it has in it. So, I’ll not being taking any Vaccine.. I believe what u said in reply to Lynda “Words of encouragement”

  7. This was very very REAL and truly needed for these days. Well put, Ms. Shelley. It spoke truth to our heart’s–yes, God is doing A NEW THING and not just in govt. but in His people. May He teach us, gird us up in truth, fill us, empower us in these days, and use us to HIS GLORY. Look for His leading and His timing!! I feel blessed and a confidence after reading this. Thankyou. God bless you always.

    Amen! 13
  8. Jesus said “pray that the tribulation is shortened, or else no one will survive with faith” St Padre Pio wrote about a 3 days of Darkness…recently a have learned a few new scientific facts…the Carrington Event was a powerful geomagnetic storm on September 1–2, 1859…if a solar flare hits the earth again like this is could knock out electrical devices AROUND THE WORLD….also some people have claimed to have a vision of Astroid Apophis hitting in 2029. NASA says there is a 1:150K of it hitting….lotteries have worse odds then that yet people Hope to hit the lottery….I am praying that this asteroid will help sort out the sheep and the goats.

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  9. Thank you Father for such an encouranging word and giving us a true direction. Yes we believe your TRUETH will march thru our land but we must allow You to come and cleanse us and healing come to all Your people. We need to love one another and se aside all diferences and allow You to show Your love to all people. I pray all people would come to the knowledge of understanding that they need YOU. We can do this with You, Lord as our guide and safe keeper. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Just think about that. All things!!!! So let us rise up in the faith we have in our Lord God, who is everything we need and not falter. When one falls, let us pick him up and encourage him to rise up . If God be for us, who can be against us?????
    We have everything to live for and nothing to loose . The baggage we have been carrying must be loosed off us , in Jesus Name , so we can walk in the ways of the Lord and we will not fall,. In Jesus Name So very thankful for all the wonderful writers of IFA.

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    1. Thank you so much Virginia for reading and for your words of encouragement. Writing things like this is a little EEEK at times but I appreciate you all so much for reading and commenting..and the wisdom that you all share. Thank you!

      Amen! 4
  10. I received a prophesy concerning this time. I do not claim to understand it. The Lord said, I am doing a new thing, a thing I have never done before on the earth. My people need to be ready. They need to watch look and listen for the new thing.

    Amen! 10
    1. Absolutely a season to be ready…walking in obedience, listening intently for instructions, absolutely. Do not hop off the watchpost…there is more to come. Holler if you see something Miss Shirley!

      Amen! 4
  11. A word in season. Just when I needed it. Come in and shut the door. Settle down. Build up your own spiritual fields and strengthen the hands that hang down – yours and others. Sit at the Lord’s feet and be like the maid who closely watches her mistress’ every signal for what to do next. Peace.

    Amen! 13
    1. I am going to print this out and put it on my fridge I think Miss Judith. Thanks so much for reading and thanks for these comments. Yes. Sit at His feet and be at peace in the storm.

      Amen! 4
  12. I agree we are to pray for them, I don’t agree that we ask for God to bless them. I also am not sure who you mean when you say not to listen to false prophets. Are you the one making that determination?
    I’m not meaning to be divisive I just can’t agree with everything you are saying.

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    1. Hi Cindy – those are not my words that I wrote into the blog. They come from Jeremiah 29:8-9:

      “For this is what the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: “Do not be deceived by the prophets and diviners among you, and do not listen to the dreams you elicit from them. For they are falsely prophesying to you in My name; I have not sent them, declares the LORD”

      This comes from instructions that are provided by the Lord all through Jeremiah. Paul reiterates this advice in Ephesians 5:6, as does John in 1 John 4:1. The instructions are initially provided in Deuteronomy 13.

      That doesn’t mean that people today don’t hear a word from the Lord, or have a dream where they know in their heart that God has sent them a message. Paul lets us know that we will prophesy in part and know in part. Which means we can see a fuzzy picture of what is to come, but Yahweh also tells us all through scripture that no one can tell the future.

      I get dreams – and they are weird…and I seek His interpretation on them and ask people to help me figure them out. The more I do, the more I can practice how He is speaking to me to help me figure out what He must only be able to say to me when I am truly still and quiet. I have found that sometimes there is a close meaning for it but more often like Joseph’s dreams it can take years for the meaning of it to really mature. It’s not always immediate. The same with words that we perceive we have received from the Lord that are spoken to our heart. As we bring them back and sit before the Lord with them, He can help us tease out the imagery of them. The way we know that it is a word that the Lord has spoken is when two dreams with the same themes, imagery or words come back to back. That is a word that the Lord has spoken and it will quickly come to pass.

      There are a lot of dreams and words people put out. They may or may not have come to pass with a deadline humans put on them but that doesn’t mean that they weren’t a word for another time…or that we had the full picture. That doesn’t mean they weren’t of God, maybe the timing was off. Some of Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel’s words are still hanging in the breeze. It doesn’t mean God didn’t speak them then.

      All of that remains to be seen. You can be sure that if power were to by some strange circumstance change back in a couple of days then I would write another blog to say pray for the person in power. Because it is good and right for us to do that and we are called to do it.

      Why wouldn’t you want to bless them? What does blessing someone mean to you? Would it be a blessing to receive a gift of repentance? Would it be a blessing to have their spiritual eyes and ears opened? Would it be a blessing for our leaders to walk in obedience to God’s ways?

      We reap what we sow – in the ground, with our words and in our prayers.

      Amen! 13
      1. Thanks Shelly. I don’t want to participate in blessing evil motives and actions. But , yes, I do pray for God to reveal Himself to them and bless anything of Himself in them. I must confess I’m having difficulty doing that, but I know this is a time when the enemy wants to sow hatred and divisions.
        I do know that God says not to listen to false prophets. It seemed to me like you might have been referring to those who are saying God can still turn this around. I believe He can. I shouldn’t put words or intents upon you though. It’s just my hope and desire that for those who believe this is a done deal there would be grace for those of us who believe otherwise. I don’t put my trust in prophets, I put my hope and trust in God. I know He doesn’t do things the way we expect though!
        Thanks for your insight and heart to pray for our nation. We are united in that passion!

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    2. Hi Cindy,
      Because GOD does not bless evil, when we ask Him to bless a particular person, we are agreeing with His desire to see that none perish. We are choosing to manifest His goodness by not condemning that person and instead seeing the potential that GOD has seen in the person from the moment [s]he was “conceived” in the heart of GOD from before the foundation of the earth. We are extending to the one who is lost and held captive in his/her sin the same grace that caused us to recognize and receive GOD’s forgiveness and sanctification in our lives. As those who have been in bondage are set free, we expect the same dramatic transformation to occur in their lives as is happening in ours as they and we mature, growing in virtue and holiness.

      In other words, we are choosing to overcome darkness manifesting that nature of GOD which recognizes the power of redemption. We certainly are not condoning nor succumbing to embracing seeming “gain” obtained through deception. We continue to stand for and demonstrate the power of LIGHT/LOVE. In that way, we are looking to do our part in bringing increase to GOD’s Kingdom, which is a major objective in desiring to please the Father. We recognize that we do not wrestle with flesh and blood and use the marvelous, unstoppable weapon of forgiveness to see those whose flesh has been hijacked actually set free so they become LIGHT-bearers also.

      To “flesh out” what this love looks like, it is instructive to read the Passion Translation of I Corinthians 13:
      4 Love is large and incredibly patient.[f] Love is gentle and consistently kind to all. It refuses to be jealous[g] when blessing comes to someone else. Love does not brag about one’s achievements nor inflate its own importance. 5 Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor selfishly seek its own honor. Love is not easily irritated[h] or quick to take offense.[i] 6 Love joyfully celebrates honesty[j] and FINDS NO DELIGHT IN WHAT IS WRONG [emphasis added][k] 7 Love is a safe place of shelter,[l] for it never stops believing the best for others.[m] Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up.
      Footnotes:
      f. 1 Corinthians 13:4 Or “Love patiently endures mistreatment” could mean that love is incredibly patient even in difficult relationships. The Aramaic can be translated “Love transforms the spirit.”
      g. 1 Corinthians 13:4 Or “boil with jealousy.”
      h. 1 Corinthians 13:5 Or “overly sensitive” (having sharp edges).
      i. 1 Corinthians 13:5 Or “resentful” or “does not keep score.” The Aramaic can be translated “Love does not stare at evil.” Love will overlook offenses and remain focused on what is good, refusing to hold resentment in our hearts.
      j. 1 Corinthians 13:6 Or “reality” (or “truth”).
      k. 1 Corinthians 13:6 Or “injustice” or “unrighteousness.”
      l. 1 Corinthians 13:7 Or “Love bears all things.” Although commonly understood to mean that love can bear hardships of any kind, the nominalized form of the verb (stego) is actually the word for “roof” found in Mark 2:4. Paul is saying that love covers all things, like a roof covers the house. See 1 Peter 4:8. Love does not focus on what is wrong but will bear with the shortcomings of others. And like a roof protects and shields, you could say that love springs no leak. It is a safe place that offers shelter, not exposure.
      m. 1 Corinthians 13:7 Or “it never loses faith.”

      I trust that all who read this will be abundantly blessed.

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  13. Thank you soo much for the awesome encouragement and reminders of what God allows us to go through. We, the people truely need an awakening; and this may be it. But he will never leave nor forsake us. Keep up the awesome work! I soo appreciate you all.

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  14. I hate it when my toes get stepped on!!! My husband and I use to have conversations about how much easier it is to be negative than positive. It’s also easier to hate then to love. IFA is helping me realize my weakness of wanting revenge because of all the evil we see. And I know, “Revenge is mine, saith the Lord”, but in my humanness I think I should be able to help the Lord out!!!

    Father, please continue to show me my faults, my weaknesses. I truly want to please you so I ask the Holy Spirit to direct my mind so I may follow the path you have for me and the wonderful plans you have for me.

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    1. Sue..I’m sorry your toes feel smashed. I think your prayer is one we should say every day – Search me Oh Yahweh and know my heart! It’s a brave prayer to pray because He will absolutely answer it…but how happy we are when He roots out some of the pain and stuff that keep us from feeling joy in the trial. Don’t let the enemy steal your joy…store it up in heaven where God can keep good watch over it and parse out what you need for each day according to His wisdom. 🙂 Have a happy weekend!

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    1. Yes. Agreed. This is a great chapter.

      My favorite verse is how the Lord strikes the enemy to the beat of our praise. So sing an upbeat tune to praise Him. That’s how we ask Him to defeat Babylon, and especially how to defeat Amalek!

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  15. I appreciate what you are trying to say here, but this was a fraudulent illegal election, let’s call it for what it is! This was criminal! This was an illegal move from the enemy! Our President was treated horribly the entire time he was President, he was betrayed by many. And we need to be praying for his vindication and for the salvation of this nation. I agree that we are to show Christ’s love and peace and pray. But what I do not agree with is to go along to get along! Do you not even understand what is at stake here for this nation? We are talking about evil here! Now is not the time to throw in the towel and be wimpy about our prayers. Did David go along to get along with the Philistines? No! The Israelites were to go to battle with them but they were afraid, it took a young man of faith named David, he confronted Goliath in the name of the Lord and took the giant down! What do you suppose would have happened if he hadn’t done that? Evil would have it’s reign. Did David pray wimpy prayers in the Psalms against his enemies? No! If we want to keep our nation a Christian nation you better learn how to pray the scriptures and take the land back that God has given us from the enemy! When God gives you something are you going to allow the enemy to steal it from you?! No, you stand on His promises and fight for it! Stand for truth, justice, liberty, freedom, one nation under God, stand for the aborted babies, stand for those who fought for our freedoms, stand for the founding father’s who gave us the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution inspired by the Word of God! We have got to understand, they do not want this for our nation! They do not want to walk in unity with us. Yes of course pray for them to turn from their evil ways and repent! We do not war against flesh and blood but we do war against principalities and rulers of darkness! If we put on the armor we better know how to use it, a soldier is trained for battle! Jesus gave us the authority when He was resurrected and took the keys from hell, He gave us a duplicate copy! There is a time for everything under the sun, a time for war and a time for peace and this is a time to war over our nation in prayer and trust God to heal and restore it to it’s original purpose! And pray for revival and the salvation for our nation and for the nations! Rejoice and shout for joy for our redemption draws nigh!

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    1. Mimi,

      I wrote out a big list of questions to ask you about your response here and then just as I was about to hit send Yahweh reminded me of Job 38 and 39. So I encourage you to read those chapters instead.

      When I ask Him questions about why He just answered my prayers in a way that feels exactly opposite of my request and I’m freaked out – much like Habakkuk in my blog, He usually reminds me of this scripture with the following prompt: “Do you know how to make a mountain goat yet?”

      I can’t make a mountain goat. Neither can you. And we don’t know why He does what He does because try as we might, we are only made in His image.

      We aren’t actually Him and try as we might, we can not SHAZAM our will into place. We were given authority to carry out His will here on earth – which sometimes isn’t alignment with ours.

      The secret things belong to the Lord but the things He has revealed and disclosed to us belong to us and our children forever. We are privileged that He has provided us with a way out and with information about Him at all.

      The enemy doesn’t steal anything that Yahweh doesn’t permit the enemy to take. Which is the other lesson in Job. And if He permits the enemy to steal something, when the thief is caught he has to pay back anywhere from double to seven times what was stolen.

      It is Yahweh that changes the times and the seasons, sets up kings and removes them. Not the enemy. The enemy just likes to make you think he can do that.

      I work in politics and I understand it. I also understand that the prayers of the righteous avail much. I’m grateful the Holy Spirit continues to work with me to help me learn how to pray effective prayers and that I have prayer partners and accountability partners who model humble prayers for me.

      Leaders the electorate don’t prefer are not kryptonite to God. He can work through them as much as, and sometimes more than leaders we prefer. Vengeance is His, and recompense. Feet slip in due time.

      Pray that He won’t let your feet slip – lace up your shoes of peace with a double knot and stand firm.

      Nothing in this blog says get along with evil or start partying in sin like there is no tomorrow. Nothing in here encourages people to allow evil. Nothing in here says be lazy and don’t take up your cross and follow Christ. Not one thing.

      Rather it says to pray that His will flourishes and what is not His will dies on the vine…dead useless fruit that it is. Ask Him in His wisdom if He wants something to be there or if it is not His will to remove it. And then be in peace and trust that He is for you, and that He died for all of us regardless of how we are currently choosing to behave.

      Imagine all that we have stolen from Yahweh. It’s unfathomable to me that we think we can stand before Him at all and yet He encourages us to believe His Word that He loves us enough to allow us to boldly go before His throne of grace. He is a good Father and does not do anything evil – regardless of our opinion of His choices, decrees and decisions.

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    2. Mimi, you have fire in your belly like David. You are what the Lord wants…balance, discernment…the comments you got are in the likes of being like the Lamb of God…which is necessary at times when confronting evil…but the Lion of Judah is the other critical spirit that the Lord admires, wants, needs…balance, discernment when, where and how must be directed by the Holy Spirit which He demonstrated clearly in scripture by example. So, Mimi you got the big picture…sometimes we have to roar, like the king of the jungle.

      Amen! 9
    3. You are so right on Mimi… and Lynda. This is War against darkness and the Lord wants us to show him we are serious, and not just throwing our hands up in the air proclaiming God’s got it all under control and we can just relax and plant our gardens. Not how it works Shelly you sound like a globalist sorry you are trying to throw so many with mild conviction off track of whats really happening here. Onward Christian Soldiers ‼️ Marching as to War.
      Don your Armor this is the time.

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  16. I say, yes to Shelley’s prayer. Thank you, Lord, for those who can write so fluently what we as a country are feeling right now. Words don’t come easy for me when I am hurting and in so much turmoil feeling all kinds of emotions. There is one emotion I have not heard expressed yet, one which I am trying to turn over to God. And that is feeling betrayed. Betrayed by all the hope and words we were given that this evil was going to be dealt with and the guilty arrested. And it didn’t happen before our leader left. I’m sure others feel this also, yet I don’t want to stay here or get bitter. I keep turning it over to God and make the choice to trust Him in this. It may have been out of man’s control and desires the way it turned out. God, You are mighty. I choose this day to trust you and do the things Shelley has written. They are Bible truth. I surrender and submit everything to You, Lord. I choose to worship You at all times and trust You. You are bigger than man’s plans. Your plans and ways are perfect. Hallelujah! May You be glorified, Lord, and people drawn to You. Pour out Your Holy Spirit to hover over our nation as it did before You created the world. All glory and honor and power belongs to You, O Lord. Alleluia..

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    1. CARRIE…thank you for your encouragement back. I’m not saying we are to be PollyAnnas but we are called to be patient and joyful even when it is really difficult. I literally went out yesterday and bought gardening supplies and a couple of trees. It is the Hebrew month of Shevat which is all about trees. I can’t wait to dig in the dirt there..and back in my prayer closet for whatever crop Yah wants us to plant for 2021. Sow good seed in good soil…and watch it do amazing things whether you are hoping for peppers in the summer or pomegranates in the fall or a harvest of new believers over the course of 2021. Have a great day.

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  17. Thank you so much for your obedience in sharing this word, Shelley. After the elections and the death of any hope for our beloved president to continue the good he had started, and after the death of a dear friend whom I fervently prayed for, it is exactly what I needed to reconcile my dashed hopes and faith in this awesome God. It has been so difficult to pray lately, but last night, with barely a change of heart, and now this strong word, I am confident of God’s unseen and inscrutable plan for this nation and for my life.

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    1. It was a little scary to share being honest. I was nervous even submitting it. I am so grateful that it has struck a chord with so many to pick up, dust off, keep doing His will and press on! Thank you for reading!

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    1. YAY! Thanks for this. He is definitely doing a new thing. Some of the things we have hoped and prayed personally in our family would come into the light have a spotlight on them now, center stage. And it is terrifying to see it all come into the light even though we have BEGGED for Him to bring it out…but I know that if He is bringing it out into the light, He has a plan to address it…and that the time is now.

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  18. I also loved this message so to it I say, AMEN and AMEN!!

    When I found the IFA site a few months ago and read many prayers that were offered, it felt to me like God was calling his people together. This calling is it’s own reward. How does he join us together but by a common cause, this time, it’s the election. Our prayers have been heard, our concerns and desires have not been dismissed. Just because President Trump has left Washington and Joe Biden has been sworn in as President, does not mean that God is done. It seems like an impossible situation to us, but how many times have impossible situations thwarted a move of God??

    Sarah and Elizabeth conceived in their old age, possibly long after they had forgotten about their prayers for children.The only thing the modern day prophets may be wrong about is God’s timing of fulfillment. In the mean time may we rejoice that we have been asked to intercede and wait in expectation to see what God is going to do next…and
    let us strengthen our spiritual muscles by waiting patiently for God to move.

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    1. Thank you for reading Noemi and thanks for praying for them. Our country is pretty cranky right now all the way around if we really listen to all the speech pouring out and we can help by bringing our appeal for true justice and true security and true peace to our Father in Heaven who can move their hearts to bring that about for us. They report to Him.

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  19. Father God,
    This is my prayer to You today and every day:
    I ask You to reveal Your glory from coast to coast and from north to south in the USA.
    May the fear of the LORD (the reverence and honor due to You) come powerfully on both believers and unbelievers in this nation.
    You are God and You alone know how to humble people.
    I pray for TRUTH and
    JUSTICE to be re-established in America.
    May all this be done according to Your will and in the mighty name of Jesus through the power of His blood. Amen.

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  20. Shelley you write with inspiration, motivation and direction to fulfill the will of God. Thanks for helping us direct our prayers.. and with humor! we need to “LIGHTen Up! (“Arise shine for your light HAS COME! “ I feel like you have been in hibernation awhile and now I see the reason why! Your article is a God sent blessing,
    a spiritual gift!
    Rev William Hart, Memphis

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    1. Love you Bill! Thanks for reading and for your comments back. I have been a little sleeping hibernating bear but sometimes it is good to chew on things for a long time. I am so happy that you read this and thanks for your comments back!

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    1. Miss Lois I am SO glad that this spoke to your heart. It was heavy on mine and I am grateful that IFA let’s me stretch my wings a little, and speak my mind and try to speak the truth even when my voice shakes.

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  21. I can’t thank you enough for sharing this divine wisdom! I have been at a loss of what and how to pray. I’ve tried thinking Kingdom thoughts, hopes and dreams of what is possible with the God we serve; and of course that is limitless. However, in my fleshly nature…those hopes and dreams aren’t very broad.

    Again, thank you for seeing God’s heart and accessing His perfect promises for us and sharing it to settle our hearts and fears.

    God bless you!

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    1. KIM! We need to stay alert – as wise as snakes and innocent as doves. God knew what our days would be like long before we did and that wisdom He spoke ages ago is still relevant today. So dig deep and hold on to what is good. Keep fighting the good fight!

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  22. As I seek the LORD’s direction in this time of confusion I hear Stand, Wait and Watch. This is what I have done Stand in faith, wait upon the Lord, for those who wait upon the Lord shall be renewed in strength and to watch for the Glory of the Lord will be seen. After the eventful day of Jan6th, the direction I hear is our response is to be Love, as Love is the identifying characteristic of Jesus that will show the world who He is as we love one another. This will be accomplished as we pick up our cross and follow Him. Christ is revealed in us as we allow the death of Jesus to take place and the resurrection life be revealed in us. It is the transformation of God’s people that others will see the face of Jesus and want to come and follow Him. May the church arise and shine for thy light has come.

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    1. Amen Toni. Just like Habakkuk. I love when he closes out his conversation with God Almighty in Chapter 3. No matter what He will maintain his post as a watchman. He will exult in the Lord and He will rejoice in the God of his Salvation no matter what route God chooses to bring that salvation about.

      So yes, we stand and wait and watch. We keep in step with the Spirit – not too far ahead and not lagging behind. Have a great day!

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    1. Hi Marty! I don’t know where your comments went.. that’s happened to me before too tho…do you want to try again? Be sure to read/accept the comments policy – that’s where I have missed it before!

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      1. Thanks so much, Shelley. I have been so grateful for IFA and have commented a few times and certainly have been in constant prayer agreement throughout the period of time I was privileged to access this wonderful source. It has meant a lot to me. My computer had some trouble and my son (the computer whiz) helped me with it, but it had to be shut down in order to fix some things. It’s obvious to me now that caused the indication that I previously had selected in regard to IFA policy to be unchecked or they are requiring you to select it each time. I didn’t notice it and that was my fault! I will pray about the comment that was evaporated and see if the Lord wants me to redo it. Your kindness is very much appreciated.

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        1. Ok I’m so curious as to what it is. Holy Spirit could you please bring that to Marty’s remembrance. 🙂 Inquiring minds would like to know what was written. Have a happy day and sorry that you got frustrated!

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          1. Well, it has not been replicated verbatim in my mind. I turned it all over to the Lord and looked deeper into the comments you had made in the original post. I remember thinking when I first read your comments, this is pretty much what I feel and giving myself credit for thinking similarly to someone so accomplished as you are. One thing you said that stood out to me was, “It is confusing down here right now and we don’t know what we are doing.” Also, you went on to say, “Thank You for Your steadfast love, mercy and compassion.” This is pretty much what I have been saying. You know, that is about the best thing we could say!!! At one point in all the intensive prayer time about the election and the unsettling things that were going on, the Lord said to me: “Remember the Land of Goshen!” It took me more in the direction of Him knowing what He is doing and further cemented my understanding that my job is to trust Him. All of these wonderful people who are trying to trust Him and trying to encourage others in the Body of Christ with their comments and prayers are pleasing to Him, I am sure of it. I always think of the fact that we are not all at the same level of knowledge in the things of the Lord and some comments reflect that. I always think of those who are in the forefront, like you Shelley. I don’t have a desire for fame, just to do the will of the Lord. But you are gifted by the Lord to do the job that you are doing for Him and for us in the Body of Christ.
            My comment was basically in praise of the Holy Spirit as our Comforter, Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener and Standby and that He is available for us. I also said in regard to praying for Biden et al, that prayer for him should be carefully crafted by the will of God. My basic calling is to be an intercessor and I don’t take it lightly. Thank you for your “curiosity”. I hope some of this is of value. You can be sure that I am praying for you.

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  23. This is so right on! This election did not work out the way we thought and hoped it would, but we KNOW that Christ is King and He IS working behind the scenes to spread His Kingdom throughout our land and around the world. (And clean up the rubbish in it!) I also liked your analysis of the delegated authorities–and how we as the Ecclesia have fallen down on our job! Lord, help us to turn that around–both in the spiritual, praying army and in the natural!

    I am often reminded that when Paul wrote to pray for those in government, Nero was “President” and the persecution was horrendous! We are in a different situation (thankfully!) and our prayers need to be not only that we can lead peaceful lives and spread His gospel, but also that the seeds of the gospel that have been planted will take root and grow in the hearts of our current President and his team and co-workers in government as they face the challenges ahead!

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    1. That is an excellent point Miss Florence. All of it – every single part of it. Thanks for chiming in.

      We have not yet (thank God) resisted, or had to resist, to the point of shedding blood. We should be grateful for that and continue to fight the way He has asked us to. It’s His battle and His commands that are issued for us to follow and there must be a way He asks us to fight the way He does. 🙂

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  24. “Come let us return to the Lord. He has torn us that He may heal us; He has struck us down and He will bind us up. (He has injured us; now He will bandage our wounds.) In just a short time He will restore us, so that we may live in His presence. Oh, that we might know the Lord! Let us press on (in) to know Him. He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring.”
    Hosea 6:1-3

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    1. Miss Kathy – Hosea used to sort of freak me out but it is one of my favorite books now. It’s beautiful. I did a big study on it about 3 years ago and it left me undone. He loves us so much and just does not give up trying to woo our hearts back to Him. Beautiful passage. Have a wonderful rest of your week!

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    1. I love the gentle rebuke of this article, the scripture references and the practical advice, as I have been looking for guidance on how to move forward from here. I know God is in control, but that doesnt mean I am to do nothing!

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      1. Jacqueline – thank you. He’s discipline is good for us and gets us back in line and I have found in my walk with Him that sometimes He has to really get it through my head, but usually His rebukes are gentle. He is a good shepherd – His rod and staff are there to comfort us, not beat us. I’m glad this resonated with you…go get some garden stuff!

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  25. Thank you for these words of encouragement, Shelley. I was not inclined to pray for Joe Biden or Kamala Harris AT ALL! My hope was entirely focused on the Lord removing them and restoring the Trumps. You made me see my error. I have used Isa. 43:19 for many situations but did not relate it to our government, gor some reason. Thank you for shining some light on my dark thoughts! I will be praying for the present administration.

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    1. Karen – just so you know some of the back story here…in order to help me really understand that He was really doing a new thing my Daily Bible App literally broke on that verse. Would not move to anything else – for months and was pretty aggravating actually. Finally, I asked Him – “What’s up with this verse? Why is my bible app broken on it?”

      He said to my heart, “Because you have not perceived it yet.” And then I laughed really hard. Thank you for praying for them and for walking in obedience. We don’t always understand and that doesn’t always matter. Our job is to be faithful as He is faithful. 🙂

      Amen! 3
  26. Great article. It’s time for revival. Politics will fall away but God’s govt is unending and he uses it all to redirect, humble us, grow us, break down idols, unifying of His church and drawing all men to Him is His desire, black, white, multicolored church to His throne to not focus on division in petty politics but united in sharing Jesus and the love of God w the world and praying for Republicans and Democrats whether we agree or not.

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    1. AMEN ROCHELLE.

      ““Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are as red as crimson, they will become like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best of the land. But if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.” For the mouth of the LORD has spoken. – Isaiah 1

      Life and death is in the power of our tongues and we eat the fruit of it. Meaning – we wind up eating whatever we speak so speak life!

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    1. Which prophets do you mean? Jeremiah or Habakkuk mentioned here or modern day prophets who know in part and prophesy in part? I think Yahweh still speaks to people. I believe He speaks to my heart. Even so, we are called to test all of the spirits by running prophecy through His existing Word and we are called to walk in obedience to the Word. Obedience to His commandments and instructions is a light to our path.

      I pray for those sitting in positions of leadership because it is good and right to do so and in accordance with His will. If Yahweh decides 4 hours, 4 days, 4 weeks, 4 months or 4 years from now to change the that sit in those seats, I will still pray for whoever He places in positions of leadership. Why? Because it will still be good and right to do so and in accordance with His will…and because He has done it, or allowed it, for a reason that may or may not be known to me.

      Will what modern prophets state in His name come to pass? Maybe. Maybe not. Maybe it is a word He has spoken and maybe it’s not. There are things that were prophesied thousands of years ago that remain to be seen – that doesn’t mean that they will not happen. It means they have not happened yet.

      Sometimes it is hard to remember that in a Twitter world but while we are watching and waiting at our posts on our various positions on the wall, we have things to do that He has called us to do!

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  27. Exactly what the Lord bas been showing me. Thank you for putting it together. A tough word in this season, but Jesus said to turn the other cheek no matter what. Mandisa said it best in her song ‘Get Used to Different’.

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    1. I agree with what you have shared. The Lord has brought this same verse to mind several times over the past couple of years.. His thoughts and His ways are so much higher than ours, so we need his help so we don’t lean on our own understanding.

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    2. CAROL! I bought that TShirt from The Chosen merch shop and it is my favorite line in the show The Chosen…and now my fave tshirt. Yes. Get used to different. Most of the Lord’s ways are literally in opposite world. 🙂

  28. In an open vision I saw a white scroll opening up from California to the east coast. I also saw other visions that I cannot share on line. Just know that God is God. We place our trust in Him and not Presidents or man. God has a plan for His people and we must not interfere or disagree with His plan. His thoughts are not our thoughts. David was one boy who God used to give the victory to Israel. God gave me Gideon last year and said He was choosing His warriors at the river. Yes, even in 2020 God was making plans. God chose Moses out of a river to deliver His people. We, as Christians, must be ready for God’s call and obey His voice.
    Pastor Regina

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    1. This is really interesting Regina. And spoke specifically into something I believe He has also shared with me about the rivers. Thank you so much for sharing this! All of it!

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  29. Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
    Yahweh is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the whole earth.
    He never grows faint or weary;
    there is no limit to His understanding.
    He gives strength to the weary
    and strengthens the powerless.
    He said, “Do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be afraid, for I am your God.
    I will strengthen you; I will help you;
    I will hold on to you with My righteous right hand.”
    “I will refresh your weary soul and replenish you when you are weak.”
    Because I love you, I gave you My Son to unburden your soul… if you will just rest in Him. My Son says to you, “come to Me, you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourself.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
    “May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal encouragement and good hope by grace, encourage our hearts and strengthen us in every good work and word!” Amen

    Isaiah 40:28-29
    Isaiah 41:10
    Jeremiah 31:25
    Matthew 11:28-30
    2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

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  30. Excellent. We as a family, in the UK are praying for God to renew and revive the UK too.
    We were saddened at the election fraud and Biden/Harris ousting President Donald Trump.
    It’s tough to accept, and yet, I feel that God’s plan for His Great Awakening is only just beginning. And President Trump is still very much at the ❤️ Heart of all that is being done covertly.
    The Troops are in place in each city of each state. When the Power goes out in a city/state, which is happening every night, the arrests of the corrupt traitors, are carried out. Low level officials first, to maintain calm, then the Deep State actors, politicians, celebrities, the Vatican, UK Monarchy, etc.
    God’s plan is continuing silently, for now, so we must continue to Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry.
    All will be revealed in God’s Perfect Timing.
    And thank you for all your great work and wonderful intercessory prayers. Amen. 🙏🏼❤️🙏🏼💙

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    1. Pauline thanks for holding the fort down over there in the UK. My husband lives in Scotland and is trying to immigrate here so just know I’m over here praying for you guys as well. So happy to emeet you this way. Thanks for praying for our country – we are having a difficult time over here and we can use the prayers and encouragement for sure!

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  31. God continues to work on my heart. It’s been a major overhaul ongoing for months inside of me. Long overdue thanks to my “lack of maintenance”.
    As a Christian of many years, I let myself ignore God while professing to know him. It’s not like I didn’t try to serve him but half hearted following isn’t what God wants. In a way, I lived in Egypt with comforts but I know now that I was settling for much less than God wanted. God forgive me for allowing myself and my family to settle for less than average devotion and obedience.
    Modern day proverbial Egypt has lulled us to sleep. We wrongly placed way too much importance on things that didn’t matter. Personally I can attest to that. One day I woke up and looked around our home and said “none of this is really important”. Not that the home itself
    (shelter) isn’t necessary – it was that deep seated conviction that God had turned on the light that He needed to be first in everything and that I had wasted many years in caring about things that aren’t eternal.
    Thank you for this article. Please pray for me as I continue to break free of “Egypt”. God is doing a good work but it’s a painful process.

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    1. I am moved by your comment Mcn and know the words we speak come from the heart and it is in our heart that we are convicted and confess Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. This is HIs word to me for you in this time. May you be encouraged by HIs Powerful Peace!

      “I hold you by your right hand— I, the LORD your God. And I say to you, ‘Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you. “I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.”

      Psalm 81:10
      Isaiah 41:13

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    2. May the Lord continue to do His work in and through you. He knows your heart. Redeeming the time, Ephesians 5. Glad that He opened up your Spiritual Eyes to see what is important to Him and that you are following Him. Thankful and love to you my sweet sister 💕

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    3. MCN – Absolutely. Absolutely and same here. Walking around calling myself a Christian but not doing it for years blinded…grateful He sort of yanked me by the ponytail a few years ago and said, “Ok…that’s it. Stop it.” And everything changed. Just keep moving forward and keep asking Him to grow you. He is faithful. He tends to the garden even if we let it get overrun with weeds and brings the healing that we need. He will help us readjust our Kingdom vision and restore our sight and hearing to be in tune with what He wants us to see and hear.

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  32. I confess I’m having a difficult time praying for this new administration, other than that they be ‘removed from office and another will take their place’! I know the Lord will help me soon enough to pray against their policies on abortion, marriage, gender and Ms. Harris’ stance on prostitution! God has truly done something new. If ever prayer is needed, now is the time!

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    1. I agree it’s hard. I have had to pray for them out of nothing more than obedience to the scripture. Feeling didn’t play into it at all but I figured if I prayed out of obedience, God will not only work on the administration but work on my heart too.

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    2. I also am experiencing a Jonah moment. I am not upset with God about the outcome of this election, I just can’t see God’s perfect plan at this time as He is seeing it. I continue to put my faith and trust in God and His Son. Knowing and praying to Him reminders of His promises to protect us and to deliver us from the evil one. Our battle is not with flesh and blood. This battle belongs to Him and we are to continue in prayer and shouts of grateful praise
      remembering the Lord who is still sitting on His throne in His Holy temple. Victory in Jesus. Back to Jonah chapter 4 where Jonah reveals that he was more concerned about the plant that God provided to protect him from the sun than he was for the “…more than 120,000 people who cannot tell their right hand from their left – and also many animals?”
      Praying for God to continue opening our eyes through His Holy Word and Holy Spirit. That we may see His will and His work being done. Love to you my sister Mary Ann!

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      1. Debra, Cole and Mary Ann – I know that this can be disappointing when you thought something would go one way and then it doesn’t and you are like WHAT? WHY DID YOU JUST DO THAT? Totally get it.

        He reminded me of something that happened two years ago. I work in politics advocating on a number of issues but especially within the disability community. Two years ago, we had a plan all hatched then the leadership of the House changed and I sat on the couch eating mashed potatoes and gravy from Popeyes for two weeks in my pajamas because this piece of policy had been in the works for 20 years.

        Then – I finally prayed and said I need help…what are you doing? And the basic answer was…making everyone work together in unity like you keep praying for Me to do.

        So it was a learning opportunity for me to pray in a new way – if the door is open then let this go through. If it is your will for this policy to pass this year in spite of what I see then let this policy pass. If it is your will for this to be signed into law in spite of the challenges I see then let this be signed into law. In the end both parties and the whole community worked together on it (finally) without everyone fighting and it was signed by President Trump in September of 2019 after 20 years of hard work.

        When we work in His timing and in His will I have personally witnessed how quickly things can change. Sometimes He serves as an adversary to us just so that we will have to work together and perhaps that is part of what He is doing here with us in this point in time as well.

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        1. Shelley, Thank you for your word! You stated “I work in politics advocating on a number of issues but especially within the disability community.”
          As grandparent, guardian and advocate for my profoundly affected grandson, I am intrigued by your statment, and would be most grateful to gain some clarification on what the disability policy was, which was signed signed by the president. I make this respectful request since I work tirelessly at both state and national levels for those unable to speak, advocate or care for themselves – individuals like my 30 year old grandson, who functions cognitively at the infant/toddler level.
          Thank you, Shelley and IFA staff for any consideration you might give, in helping me with this unusual request, in this forum.
          Respectfully,
          Joan Kelley

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          1. Hi Joan – the bill I am referring to was the Autism Cares Reauthorization Act of 2019 that was signed in September 2019 by President Trump. It included a special amendment thanks to the work of Congressman Garret Graves and Congressman Mike Doyle that will seek to do a number of things including begin to address the underlying physical and mental health comorbidities and general overall health and wellbeing of individuals with ASD and their caregivers. Often people with autism have the underlying physical health condition glossed over and that needs to stop so we were grateful that Congress and the President heard our concerns and addressed them…and now we move forward to right the injustices in these areas over the years where our children, and adults, with ASD have had their medical issued dismissed.

            If you want to know more about it, if you reach out to IFA they would probably connect us. 🙂 Happy to discuss it more with you…and hoping that the groundwork laid here in the ASD community will spread throughout the ID/DD community, as well as the mental health community. That’s part of the brand new thing we have been ardently praying about in our Unlocking Autism Prayer Warrior group for the last five years…and He appears to be addressing it – just not in the way we ever imagined (or honestly would have asked of Him because it is kind of freaking us out..but we soldier on anyway because we know He has a plan that is good for us, and not bad!)

            Amen! 2
  33. Wonderful words of encouragement that you have given us as God sees it! — Genesis 50:20 NIV –You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. This is one of the hardest scriptures to get into my heart and keep it there. Lord I believe, help my unbelief! Amen

    Amen! 9
    1. Thank you Carol! All the prophecy we ever need is there in the story of Genesis. Thank you for bringing up this scripture. Joseph was a shadow of Messiah and if we are in Him, this also belongs to us.

      God is the ultimate in flipping the script in our lives!

      Amen! 1
  34. Truly encouraged! Trusting God in all things has taken away my anger and given me peace. I will continue to pray for our president, vice president and our nation. Jeremiah 29:7

    Amen! 8
  35. Thank you for this message. I needed to hear these words. I truly believe God is moving and we need to trust Him and go through the valley and He will help us climb the mountain. Praise the Lord for His everlasting love and mercy on His children.

    Amen! 9
  36. Whew!!! That was sure a strong wind from the Spirit! Thank you, LORD! Thank you for doing a new thing! Thank you for the refreshing wind of your Spirit in Jesus name, Amen!

    Amen! 13
    1. Thank you for this message. I needed to hear these words. I truly believe God is moving and we need to trust Him and go through the valley and He will help us climb the mountain. Praise the Lord for His everlasting love and mercy on His children.

      Amen! 4
      1. Miss Shelley, felt like the wind was knocked out of me with recent events. Loved your comment “if you can feel the darkness, you might still be tangled up in Egypt. (I was thinking I was one of those with faith to see the Red Sea part and when the wind didn’t blow the way I thought it should, I became discouraged and disappointed.) So many other good words that made me smile too. I love you are a ‘straight shooter!”Thanks for taking the time to put this together. To God be the glory!

        Amen! 1
  37. I’m not only encouraged by this super good article chock full of scripture, I’m challenged, inspired, and girded up to be a true warrior in His Kingdom.

    NO MORE FEEBLE, PATHETIC EXCUSES.
    You are spot on, sister!
    Every church in the world needs to preach this article every Sunday for a year!

    Amen! 18
    1. WOW! Thanks so much – that’s encouraging for me. I was a little like EEEEK to send this in but I am so glad it is resonating with people for the most part. Thanks for reading AND for commenting!

  38. Shelly McLaughlin is ‘spot on’ with this very encouraging call to true Biblical living! May we all get back to the basics given us in God’s Word. He is God Almighty. He is in control. And we cannot make any significant or lasting impact in this world on our own!

    Amen! 17
  39. Here is something I would like people to do: do not be so quick to believe prophecies. I have been hearing prophecies over and over about how Trump would win and it would all work out. Use discernment. Pray. Don’t buy every pie in the sky word from someone that comes your way.

    Please pray for education. I have homeschooled for 20 years. I have 7 more to go with my youngest. Please pray this right won’t be taken away. I’m prayerful first my children and my grandchildren.

    I trust in God’s sovereignty and I have for a while. Study His attributes. It is so worth the time. Our focus should be solely on Him, who He is, His character, and praying according to Biblical truth.

    Amen! 19
    1. Thank you for reading. We have to believe in His sovereignty if we are in His kingdom. And if we don’t, then we might want to look around and see where we are standing. This is a learning opportunity for all of us to trust in Him and not lean on our own understanding. As soon as we start doing that we are usually in for a script flip to help keep us on our toes. 🙂

  40. Excellent piece! I woke up this morning meditating on the life of Jesus. The government and religious system at the time of His earthly life were corrupt. The Jews were under the tyranny of the Romans. They had very little freedom. The Pharisees hated Him because they were afraid of Him. They mocked him, tried to kill him and in the end, they accomplished that together with the government. They even chose Barabbas instead of Him. His followers thought he would change the government but that wasn’t the plan at all. Jesus is our Forerunner and we must follow after Him.

    It seemingly looks like the other side “won”. Not at all.

    As for me, I am going back to the basics….Jesus came to set men free. Lord, help me to witness Christ before You come for your people. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

    Amen! 21
    1. HE is King of Everything – including what you least expect. And He is never caught off guard for a second. So now it is time to settle down and listen and wait for instructions. Thanks for what you have commented here…right on!

      Amen! 1
  41. Yes.
    We have all been anxiously watching the storm brew and the meteorologists have greatly multiplied its destructive force. It has reached land and we don’t yet see what category it will attain.
    We have a few options:
    A. Run – get out until it subsides, come back and see the destruction.
    B. Allow it to destroy us and others, while we fearfully cower in hopelessness, self pity and wishing it were
    not so.
    C. Occupy. Live your life as a child of the King, who as His ambassador is victoriously empowered and
    emboldened to do and accomplish all His will while living calmly in a dangerous environment.

    Hosea 14:1-9
    O Israel, return to the Lord your God,
    For you have stumbled because of your iniquity;
    2 Take words with you,
    And return to the Lord.
    Say to Him,
    “Take away all iniquity;
    Receive us graciously,
    For we will offer the sacrifices of our lips.
    3 Assyria shall not save us,
    We will not ride on horses,
    Nor will we say anymore to the work of our hands, ‘You are our gods.’
    For in You the fatherless finds mercy.”

    4 “I will heal their backsliding,
    I will love them freely,
    For My anger has turned away from him.
    5 I will be like the dew to Israel;
    He shall grow like the lily,
    And lengthen his roots like Lebanon.
    6 His branches shall spread;
    His beauty shall be like an olive tree,
    And his fragrance like Lebanon.
    7 Those who dwell under his shadow shall return;
    They shall be revived like grain,
    And grow like a vine.
    Their scent shall be like the wine of Lebanon.

    8 “Ephraim shall say, ‘What have I to do anymore with idols?’
    I have heard and observed him.
    I am like a green cypress tree;
    Your fruit is found in Me.”

    9 Who is wise?
    Let him understand these things.
    Who is prudent?
    Let him know them.
    For the ways of the Lord are right;
    The righteous walk in them,
    But transgressors stumble in them.

    Amen! 10
  42. So, so good. This article and this prayer bear witness with my spirit. God has, in the last year especially reminded me over and over that one enemies schemes is to divert God’s people, to wear them out by tempting the to engage in a “ground war” or wars with flesh and blood. We are clearly commanded to “wrestle not with flesh and blood. We have only one Commander in Chief and His name is Jesus. We must keep our eyes firmly fixed on Him, asking Holy Spirir to lead us into all Truth so that we will know how to pray and how to respond to those that oppose Him and His agenda. We must bless and not curse them. We must pray for darkness to be brought into the Light so that it can be healed. Most certainly. We must lift up our eyes and not engage in a war with flesh and blood because in doing so, we will abandon the wall of intercession and our love, His love in and through us will grow cold. Ready us and steady us, Lord. All eyes are on You.

    Amen! 19
    1. Exactly Cheryl. When I was teaching this to my kids, for how we don’t struggle with flesh and blood, I used the example of Kermit the Frog. You ALWAYS love Kermit the Frog but sometimes the hand that moves his mouth isn’t very nice. So you pray and hope that a new hand that helps Kermit speak life will come and help him say new words and do new things. But the whole time you just keep loving that loveable muppet.

      We love our neighbors. We do good to them. We do not curse them even when they curse us. We can set healthy boundaries and that’s ok and wait for God to bring reunion or reconciliation when there is a disagreement and that’s fine…but we never stop loving them because He never stops loving us.

      Amen! 1
  43. Thank you Shelley for your article. I believe everything you wrote is correct. But, I believe we should do both. We as Intercessory Prayers should most definitely pray for those in authority whether we like them or not and whether we trust them or not. As a Christian who is an African American, I was APPALLED most of the time at President Obama’s administration supporting and passing so many evil and wicked policies as well as evil and wicked laws that supported abortion, GAY marriage, Critical Race Theory, LGBTQ+ agenda, snubbing Israel … and the list goes on and on. But, I did what God tells us to do, pray for those in authority. I didn’t like it, but I did it. However, I also believe that it is time for we as Christians in America to RISE UP and ‘RUN TO THE ROAR’. There are thousands upon thousands of people in this country, our states, our cities, our counties, our municipalities WHO HAVE BEEN DECEIVED and actually believe the lies of the LEFT. It’s time for us to get involved and engaged in politics, the educational system, media, businesses, etc. and share God’s truth as the Lord leads. I believe we should ALL be praying and asking for the Holy Spirit’s guidance and leading as to what YOU AND I should do in these arenas. God needs us to BE PRAYING (most definitely), but He also NEEDS US to DO what we can DO too.

    Amen! 45
    1. Edwina Thank you so much for your comments. I agree. I can honestly tell you that I have had challenges with every President in my life since I was 8 year old and have written to all of them to explain why…as well as other leaders…for a variety of reasons that impact my family personally or the Body at large.

      And that is part of the reason I put in the prayer that what is His will will prosper and what is not His will will not prosper in this next season. He sometimes allows the garden to get out of control because that helps us realize (as a whole – not you necessarily) how much we have let the garden tending go.

      Our generation as a whole has let the garden tending go. Our country professes to be 75% Christian but if we were operating full steam in full obedience and in His ways, everything would look different. Before we push for law and order elsewhere, the Church needs to seriously reflect on our level of obedience first I think. Individually…and corporately. We have much work to do there. 🙂

      Amen! 4
      1. Hi, Shelley! Yes we do have MUCH work to do … You are so on point about this. I do agree with you completely. We as Christians have completely let the garden tending GO and allowed people who are unchurched/non-Christian make unBIBLICAL decisions so that they could implement evil/wicked policies about everything. We have UNFORTUNATELY left so much of our society to them. So, I too believe God is waking UP the church (us Christians) and nudging US to get involved in every arena that’s available/open to us and share the TRUTH with everyone IN LOVE and with COMPASSION, of course.

        I also believe that the Church has another problem as well … I don’t know about you but I have been IN SHOCK as well as DISBELIEF over some of the statistics I learned about the Church (those 75% Christians you write about) throughout this election cycle. I kept asking my husband why are so many people (mostly Christians — faithful church going people) not being appalled at where many of the candidate’s stand on issues such as abortion, the push for a transgender reeducation of our children, gay marriage, Israel etc. etc. etc. He would answer they don’t really know what the Bible says about these issues. Well, I found out that his statement was TRUE. I begin to hear statistics like only 6% of those attending church read their bibles … therefore the other 84% DON’T … so why should I expect them to have a biblical worldview or values when they don’t know what the Bible literally says about these issues. I knew he was right. Most of these people are faithful church members, but they really DON’T know if their pastor is preaching the GOOD NEWS or a sermon full of LIES — preaching things that have NOTHING to do with biblical truth. Unfortunately, many of them have NO idea what their biblical values should be or WHY they should vote accordingly.

        AND, THAT’S just ONE of the statistics I heard. I began to WONDER to myself WHAT IS or WHAT IS NOT being taught in churches today. So, I told my husband … I AM “WOKE” NOW AND I’ll be praying for all of the pastors of the local churches that are in my area as well as the church members because those pastors should be preaching the TRUTH about the issues that God wants us to be focused on and the members need to KNOW the TRUTH about these issues so that when they get involved in the decision/policy making they know what to agree with and/or push for implementation.

        Anyway, I am NOT sure where God is going to lead me in this or what else He will put on my heart to do in the months to come about my heart’s desire for Christians everywhere — those faithful church going people — to know the TRUTH and then, GET INVOLVED in the process. So, I do ask for your prayers for me. As you said “the Church NEEDS to SERIOUSLY REFLECT on our level of OBEDIENCE first before we push for LAW and ORDER elsewhere.”

        Well, Thanks for your comments back to me … please know that I will be praying for you as well and Blessings Upon YOU and YOURS:-)

        Amen! 2
        1. Edwina – I love your ENTHUSIASM…I will be praying for you and your family as well. LORD Please help Edwina put your Love on everyone she comes across and help her keep on shining bright.

  44. Nicely done. I have one thing that I must add to your article. What about all the battles that were won by God’s great people in the Bible? Aren’t we supposed to go back and take what is ours? Aren’t we supposed to be the leaders?
    I have seen the church stand in silence over the past 50 years. The godless ones are running the country now, and nobody can convince me otherwise after the past 34 years of politics I have witnessed. We didn’t fight back.
    We have race riots, corruption, fraud, immorality, socialism and communism coming on strong. When are we supposed to do more than just raise our family and be good little Christians? I have done only fasting and praying for many months now. I am not going to stop. But, I see praying without action like being ashamed of God. I feel we must have no fear. That means no fear when ever we see any sin and evil being done. We must be loud. We must take our country back. I know God will give us the victory without lifting a finger, if that is what he wants us to do. I just know that I won’t see a victory if I hide in my home and wait for the earthquakes, fires and floods.
    I want to be or help support the next George Washington. I want to be, or at least help support the next king David. The next Abraham Lincoln. I am not going to find this coming to pass by just praying and keeping quiet while the evil surrounds us.
    I just believe that the time for action was 50 years ago. Wandering in the desert for this long spiritually. That is what brought us to today. It is all our faults. Not God’s. We need to pray and ask God to guide us. Once we do that, we need to gather up our God given strength and go forth. Not sit and hope that we don’t have to embarrass ourselves. We need to defeat these evils that are destroying our country. Defeat the Devil. That is what we all want. Why are we always falling short as Christians. I am so sorry for all that I didn’t do. This letter is because I am not ashamed anymore. I am without fear. Please all of us who love our neighbor and our land that God has given us, please protect them.
    Sorry if this comment seems a little harsh. I love your story. I am blessed that I got to read it.
    I would love to have your opinion about coming out and fighting back with God on our side.
    Thank you for the article.

    Amen! 33
    1. Spot on. We glean our example from the Book of Acts. Once the apostles and disciples received the Holy Spirit, their charge was not to go home and get comfortable and just sit and pray. With boldness and tenacity, they were to carry out the Great Commission.

      Instead of licking my wounds, I am going deeper in prayer, asking God for direction regarding the ministry He has assigned me too, calling my Church today to further volunteer, donating to additional ministries that are international, and will be obedient as I am out and about to witness to someone about the goodness and mercy of the Lord.

      Amen! 12
      1. Yes. I feel like there is a great sense of guilt that I have let our country down. I am still alive. That means that God is not finished with me. I want to work harder than ever. I want to show that our nation isn’t full of socialists who only care about ungodly things. I want to lead. I want to search and find the next General Grant, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Payne and General/ President Washington.
        I want my children to live free. I want the security that comes with knowing my neighbors care about me as much as I do about them. I don’t want to live in the world that socialists and leftist are dreaming of. I want God. Only God and no mix of God and Socialism.
        I believe it is time to fight. I don’t want this nation to fall.
        Everyone, please never stop praying and believing. God is listening.
        Can I get an Amen?

        Amen! 4
    2. Your points are well taken. And to be clear I’m not telling anyone to go sit around and be lazy in Babylon and I don’t think that’s what Yahweh was telling them to do either in this passage in Jeremiah. On the contrary, He was telling them to go into the land that He was sending them for a time, to settle down and consider what all had just happened. Remember the temple had just been burned to the ground…it was a huge time of grieving because they literally thought they were in a good place and that nothing difficult would ever happen to them. His words brought encouragement because as out of control as they all felt He reminded them that He was in control, that this would last for a period of time and there were things they could do that would help them regain a sense of peace and control even in difficult circumstances.

      They settled down too much – just like we always do in Babylon (or Egypt) and by the time the period of time was over did they all run back home? Nope. They were happy and too settled down. Same with Egypt. The sages tell us that about 20% of them actually were in the Exodus. Not everyone wants to exit Babylon or Egypt in spite of His warnings. Not everyone wants to follow His suggestions for how to exit safely either.

      Your comments aren’t harsh and I’ve read over them several times. So here is my opinion: everyone – on all sides – needs a few minutes to catch their breath. This last year was extraordinarily difficult for so many people and even if you somehow were not impacted by all of these events the stress got thru too. God let’s His people rest. He is big enough to keep fighting while we catch our breath and tend to our families to be strong for the next round.

      All those stories in the Old Testament provide blueprints and battleplans on how to fight, as well as how not to fight, in the Spirit now. When we are able to discern where we are through His word, and what we are fighting through His word, the guidelines for how to deal with that moment in time are in there.

      Sometimes the Israelites were like LET US AT EM and they fought Amalek on their own – not in God’s timing or with His protection or provision. He even told them they would fail and it would be bad. They did it anyway. And God was right.

      The time to nip it in the bud was probably 50 years ago. God’s very own character only allows it to go 3 or 4 generations before He nips it, if we don’t. That’s why it feels nippy right now – we didn’t do it, He is doing it for us. That’s His mercy at work and it doesn’t feel like that because no one likes to be pruned. But pruning is what gives weigh to a bountiful harvest. He will tell us when it is time to fight and how.

      His word says He trains our hands for war. But it’s His war. He uses different weapons and His goal is to get all of us to His true justice, peace and safety…if we will only submit and let Him do that.

      Amen! 3
      1. The best response I have ever received. I read it carefully. I believe you are really on to something great here. What would be great is for a sharing from all who have prayed and fasted during these past 6 months to express what they believe they are hearing from God at this moment. Maybe we need to form our own kind of smaller group, where we are all praying in one direction and after prayer, expressing what they feel God is telling us. Something more focused.
        Is there anything out there I may be able to join?
        Thank you for your response.

        Amen! 1
        1. Danny,

          This is a good thought and I’m going to flag this so that the IFA leadership sees it. There are all kinds of little prayer groups out there. I have one – but it is mostly for moms of kids with autism…we have been sowing in prayer ardently and reading the Word over the nation for the last several years.

          But let me see what they think about some kind of round table out there…unified prayers that are prayed with the direction of the Holy Spirit and in His will do amazing things. I have seen the Holy Spirit slam 350 people to the ground on their knees because they were having a conference about prayer but NOT praying. So I know the power of prayer because that was about one of the weirdest things I’ve ever seen in my life. LOL

          Amen! 1
          1. I am so happy that I have friends praying. The feeling that I have when I read the prayers here is comforting. I feel that we have already won. We are just trying to find our way back home. We are trying to adjust our compasses home and these articles and prayers guide us to the wonderful spot we are praying for.
            I hunger for more guidance. I have a hunger to listen to others who are praying for the exact same thing. I am searching for leaders. I wish to do my part here on earth as God directs me to. I don’t want to miss my calling. I am energized and excited for what God has for us to do and experience.
            Thank you for understanding.

            Amen! 1
          2. It seems that the IFA vision for the type of interaction being sought here is exactly what is provided in the “Headline Prayer” forum. There have been several participants in many threads related to this article, as is typical with other subjects as well. That is the beauty of this forum – we all come “together” to stir each other to love and good works.

            In this initial thread written in response to your article, Shelly, Edwina identified a major weakness in the body of Christ: Only 6% of those ATTENDING CHURCH READ the Bible on a regular basis” [emphasis added] — that doesn’t even speak to the number who actually LIVE in the Word, nourishing their spirits on it and interacting with the LORD in “prayer” and thanksgiving throughout EVERY day while seeking His Kingdom as the most important endeavor in any day. As you, Shelly, said, “Before we push for law and order elsewhere, the Church needs to seriously reflect on our level of OBEDIENCE first I think. Individually…and corporately.”

            Obedience (where we do something simply because it pleases our Father) comes from trust that has been developed through DISCIPLINE. Many of us have not yet learned to discipline our flesh in order to allow our spirit-men to gain supremacy over carnality. Romans 6 tells us that sin no longer has dominion over us, and working out our own salvation (Philippians 2:12) comes by yielding to Holy Spirit Who inspires, trains and empowers us to exercise discipline, starting in the small things, as we seek to be transformed into the image of GOD’s BELOVED SON. Obedience starts with consciously inviting Holy Spirit to be the Guide, Instructor, Helper, Advocate and Empowerer that He desires to be through the baptism of FIRE! It also includes praying for revelation and correction in the ways we are living below the overcoming life that GOD has provided through the multiple sacrifices of JESUS, the greatest, of course, being all that He went through just in the time period beginning with Judas’ departure from the “Last Supper.” As Scripture states, it is Holy Spirit who helps us in our weakness…particularly when we are tempted or doing such things as living in FEAR, offense and unforgiveness, not to mention other activities and pre-born-again attitudes that are clearly outside of the will of GOD.

            As Suzy said, her obedience includes “….witness[ing] to someone about the goodness and mercy of the Lord.” Hers and our greatest witness is in our ACTIONS that validate the claims made by our words.

            GOD has commissioned us as ambassadors of reconciliation. We are NOT in exile; we are on ASSIGNMENT. We have weapons that are mighty, the key is READING the manual to learn and put that which we are learning into practice. Yes, there is an important place for collaboration through prayer and fellowship – learning from each other, as we do through “HeadlinePrayer.” However, the most important place to learn is on our knees in our secret places with Holy Spirit, coaching and encouraging us. We must train individually before we are successful as a whole. Our focus and ambition should be on fulfilling our assignment HERE — bringing heaven to earth as GOD’s will which is done in heaven is increasingly done HERE on earth THROUGH US, courtesy of our BELOVED Holy Spirit.

            As Edwina said, “…share the TRUTH with everyone IN LOVE and with COMPASSION, of course.”

  45. This message is confirmation to me. I am in exile but gladly and with continued trust in my God. I have prayed that President Biden will be used as magnificently as Cyrus, who God called His Shepard and added that he would accomplish all HE pleased. And he did. May we all “love the Lord our God with all our hearts, with all our souls, and with all our minds.” May we go willingly in the way He leads.

    Amen! 9
    1. Tonight Jeremiah 29 is the second time I’ve heard it. A wonderful passage to read and believe while in “exile” as a Christian. Hello God, we’re listening ❤️

      Amen! 8
      1. When the Lord puts words on my heart in prayer, “I immediately mine it out.” When I read Shelley’s message last night, my heart jumped. My last word was exile but was unable to” write up” my discovery, sometimes I can… sometimes not. I tucked it away with so many other sweet things of the Lord, content because He put this encouragement on my heart too. I am so thankful Shelley shared it and so clearly…all scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness…and I add encouragement! I KNOW we are encountering HIs Beautiful Plan., IT is actively moving forward.

        Sorry for the blah,blah,blah Linda but I am always amazed by these Heavenly coincidences. They never lack impact.

        2 Timothy 3:16

        Amen! 2
        1. Susan and Linda – thank you both for reading and commenting. This is encouraging. Jeremiah 29 just kept nagging at me and we do have to remember where home is…we are in exile…He doesn’t make us go home…He just helps us want to leave where we are. 🙂 I’m glad this meant something to yall!

          Amen! 1
  46. Thank you for this! I’ve been on the rollercoaster and, at times, felt helpless to get off of it. I will read this daily if necessary until I’m safely out of Egypt!

    Amen! 15
    1. HOOORAY. That’s awesome. I probably need to read it every day too. No good leaving one foot in the world, is there…have to come out and keep moving forward. Thanks for reading!

      Amen! 1

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Please understand that all postings, messages, text, files, images, photos, video, sounds, or other materials ( “Content”) posted on, transmitted through, or linked from this website, are the sole responsibility of the person from whom such Content originated. More specifically, each person is entirely responsible for each individual item (“Item”) of Content that they post, email or otherwise make available via the Service. Please understand that IFA does not control, and is not responsible for Content made available through the Service, and that by using the Service, you may be exposed to Content, as much as we try to prevent it, that is offensive, indecent, inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise objectionable. For the health of the IFA community you must agree that you will evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use of any Content, and that under no circumstances will IFA be liable in any way.  Be wise and understand that IFA does not pre-screen or approve Content generated by our community of website users, but IFA does have the right (but not the obligation) in its sole discretion to refuse, delete or move any Content that is available via the Service, for violating the letter or spirit of the terms of understanding or for any other reason. If you ever find objectionable material please contact us at 800-USA-Pray or use our contact form to notify us.

Questions or Suggestions
Please direct all questions or comments regarding this privacy policy to Intercessors for America at  Intercessors for America P.O. Box 915  Purcellville, VA 20134

This web site may provide links to external web sites maintained by individuals or organizations external to Intercessors for America. Once you access information that links you to another web site, you are subject to the privacy policy of the web site containing the information you have linked to.

Online Personal Safety
We hope and pray that all intercessors involved in Intercessors for America are trustworthy, well-meaning, and have a heart for prayer for our nation.

However, please take the same common sense precautions online as you would offline. People online are not necessarily who they say they are or seem to be. Never give out passwords, credit card information, or other private data. Be very wary of disclosing private information to a stranger you meet via prayer messaging. Even apparently innocent information, like the name of your employer, can be used against you by scammers.

When meeting with someone for the first time to gather to pray or establish a prayer group in your local area, please remember to:

Taking these precautions will help make your online experience safer. Any risk in using Intercessors for America’s online web tools to connect with others is assumed by you. Intercessors for America disclaims any liability or responsibility for acts, omissions, or conduct by you or any other party using its online web tools.

For more information about online personal safety, check out these resources:

Statement of Use
All of the content, images, logos and photos appearing on this website are copyrighted and are the property of Intercessors for America. Other images, brands or logos are copyright of their respective owners. Information and images found on the site cannot be reproduced either in print or electronically without express written permission from Intercessors for America.

The IFA or GAP Web Site may contain links to third party web sites such as those posted by members of the Get America Praying website.  These third party web sites are not controlled by IFA. The links to these web sites are provided for convenience. IFA is not responsible and assumes no liability for the contents of any of these web sites, and unless expressly stated does not endorse these web sites or their contents, products, or services. IFA is not responsible for the content of any sponsor’s Web page linked to the IFA web site, and the opinions and views expressed on the sponsor’s Web pages do not necessarily reflect those of IFA. The contents of the sponsor Web pages are not reviewed in any way before they are linked to the IFA web page. Intercessors for America reserves the exclusive right to remove any links, posts or members that it deems necessary for any reason. The intended usage of the website is for the facilitation of prayer groups.  Requests for donations other than for the owner of the site, posting of blogs and misuse of site is expressly forbidden.  Inactivity of any group or site for more than 90 days will constitute an automatic removal of the member or group from the site.

 

Intercessors for America Comments Policy

IFA is a prayerful community of believers interceding for the nation. We want to foster a community of commenters that reflects our values: Prayerful, Truthful, Generous, Hopeful, and Relational.

Comments are welcomed and encouraged on this site, but there are some instances where comments should be reported.

• Comments deemed to be spam or solely promotional in nature will be deleted. Including a link to relevant content is permitted, but comments should be relevant to the post topic.
• Comments including profanity or vulgarity will be deleted.
• Comments that condone, encourage, or incite violence of any kind, for any reason, will not be tolerated.
• Comments containing language or concepts that could be deemed offensive should be reported and will be removed. Note this may include abusive, threatening, pornographic, offensive, misleading, or libelous language.
• Comments that attack an individual directly should be reported.
• Comments that harass other posters should be reported. Please be respectful toward other contributors.

IFA reserves the right to edit or delete any comments submitted to the blog without notice. This comment policy is subject to change at any time. If you have any questions about the commenting policy, please let us know at ifa@ifapray.org.

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