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Lord, You are our courage. You are everything to us. Give us bravery, that we may be strong and do exploits.
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What if we could go to the store or pharmacy and purchase a bottle of courage as easily as a bottle of cough syrup? I believe that such a product would be flying off the shelves.

Courage is defined as the “mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.” It is the choice and willingness to confront agony, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation. It is bravery, especially in battle. There is no denying that we are in a battle like no other for our nation. Courage enables us to face pain, discouragement, loss, and hardship. It causes us to continue to speak up when we know there will be a cost.

Have you taken your place on the wall? 


Proverbs 24:10 tells us: If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength! (NIV). Another translation renders that: If you faint when under pressure, you have need of courage (TPT).

America needs courage.

Winston Churchill stepped into history when he stepped into his role as prime minister during a time when it appeared Britain was already lost. Few would have been willing to take on the uphill battle to lead in that time of war against Hitler. His predecessor simply sought peace, but lacked the backbone to stand.

What about us?

The first year of Churchill’s administration, Britain stood alone against Nazi Germany. Churchill had made a promise that the British people would “never surrender.” And they didn’t. His courage and strength gave them courage.

Will we impart courage, or fear?

The way we live, how we respond, and the words that come out of our mouths will instill either fear or courage in our children, our grandchildren, and those all around us. When we live by courage, we impart courage.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., a physician and poet in the late 1800s, said: “Courage is about doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared. Have the courage to act instead of react.” This was not just a motto he lived by, but also something he imparted into his family line. His son, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., served as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice from 1902 to 1932 and has become one of the most widely cited justices. It certainly appears that he learned courage as a child and then acted on it.

I look back to the days when I was in elementary school, when prayer was removed from the schools and abortion was legalized. I remember hearing adults lament over these tragedies, but, at least in the circles in which I lived, I don’t remember many who took action to actually try to stop what was taking place.

Our nation paid the price. We have paid a price. I don’t want my children looking back to say they never saw us stand up to defeat the tyranny now at work trying to take away our freedom. As we consider the path forward, may we recognize that sometimes the determination to stand against evil is just as important as actually defeating it.

What about the heroes of faith, those who chose courage, knowing that it could end in their death? What about young David, as he ran toward Goliath with only five stones and his trusty slingshot? Or Queen Esther, as she chose to go before the king to plead for the lives of her people? Or Jonathan and his armor-bearer, who climbed a hilltop, at a distinct military disadvantage, and nevertheless defeated 20 enemy soldiers — their actions thus imparting courage to the discouraged troops of Jonathan’s father, King Saul? Jonathan took courage because he understood: “Perhaps the LORD will help us, for nothing can hinder the LORD. He can win a battle whether he has many warriors or only a few!” (1 Samuel 14:6 NLT).

What about more modern-day heroes, such as Paul Revere, who rode through the night to alert military leaders and unsuspecting colonists that the British were coming? Or Harriet Tubman, who made 19 trips along the Underground Railroad to free over 300 enslaved people between 1850 and 1860 — even with a $40,000 ($1.2 million in 2020 dollars) bounty on her head? Or how about “Tank Man” (also called the “Unknown Protester,” or the “Unknown Rebel”) — that unidentified young man in China in 1989 who stood alone facing down a column of armored tanks rolling down the street?

The ability to stand in the face of fear is a selfless act that stirs supernatural courage. It releases hope into the atmosphere and in others. As we consider our present-day fight for religious freedom, freedom of speech, the right to own property, and the right to bear arms and protect our families, may we remember that it is a fight that our children are watching and on which our nation hinges.

Courage may not come in a bottle, but it does come in a Book. It is where we must keep our eyes and hearts, firmly on Him as we continue in prayer — as we continue as one.

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV).

Lord, we look to You in these difficult times, knowing that nothing is impossible with You. Your Word is truth, and we plant our feet firmly on that truth: that You hear our prayers and our cry for help. Lord, we believe that America was founded as a nation upon Your Word. We pray that we would stand for religious freedom and to honor You. And so, now we choose to stand by faith, in the face of those who attempt to destroy our Constitution and the biblical values upon which it was created. We pray regarding the midterm elections, and we ask for Your intervention against corruption. We pray for godly leaders to be installed where unrighteous leaders have installed themselves. We pray for mercy and revival in our land.

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 Karen Hardin is a literary agent and writer. She is the author of Infected: How to Stop the Global Spread of Rage, Deception and Insanity and God’s Justice after Injustice. Her work has been published in USA Today, Western Journal, WorldNetDaily, Intercessors for America, Charisma, and CBN.com, among other sources. Click here for an Oklahoma Voter Guide. Click here to receive a free copy of the How to Overcome Adverse Situations prayer guide. Photo Credit: Sammie Chaffin on Unsplash.

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The Prayer Sentry
October 31, 2022
October 30, 2022

I wouldn’t be quoting The Passion Translation, since it’s not a true translation of the bible.

Ellen Hoffman
October 29, 2022

I know of 4 Christian families that are left at a company that just sent out a email saying they have to get the Novamax vaccine by the 29th of Dec or their jobs will be gone. They used to be called the 14. My son-in-law may lose his job. We’ve seen others who already have. My daughter said I might cry, I love my house, but I can go to a park to see beautiful nature as well. This has no hold over me. I praise God for this! There are still heroes all over who are standing up for their faith and their freedom in this country.

Darlene Estlow
October 29, 2022

Father, may we be courageous in Jesus, knowing we have to stand and fight; running away is not an option if we want change in our country. Thank you that you are working, exposing the evil so we may pray against it and fight with your angel armies against it, bringing your righteousness into the nation.

Eugenia Rollans
October 29, 2022

A great article and indeed, our courage is in God’s Word!

Barbara Janicki
October 29, 2022

If ever there was a time courage is needed, it is certainly now. It takes courage to speak up for what is right in today’s “cancel culture.” I am campaigning for a candidate for U.S. congress from my district and can’t get even those who support this candidate to put out yard signs for her because of fear of retaliation. (which would indicate we are already living in a less than free country at the moment, if we don’t even feel we have freedom of speech) In Ephesians we are told to put on the full armor of God and then to stand – standing firm rather than acquiescing to evil, will defeat the enemy. We just need to stand on the firm, unchanging foundation of God’s truth, His truth will defeat lies, division, evil – all weapons of the enemy that will not succeed against God’s eternal truth which sets us free from satan’s lies that entrap and enslave. You are so right, “we don’t get courage in a bottle, we get it from a Book.” Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take courage! I have overcome the world.” We can hope, rejoice and rest in that! http://www.mtothe5th.wordpress.com

    Darlene Estlow
    October 29, 2022

    Father, open the hearts of these people to put up signs and act on the behalf of this candidate. And we pray that you would give her a path to Congress despite the work of the enemy.

    Karen Hardin
    November 3, 2022

    Barbara, thank you for what you are doing to stand up and speak out with courage especially in the political arena. Like you, I have encountered many who are too afraid to even put out a sign for a conservative candidate for fear of reprisal against their homes or cars, etc. Yet if we don’t step out in courage to do the right thing, how will others take courage? Thank you for being one who continues to show courage.

October 29, 2022

“the DETERMINATION to stand against evil is just as important as actually DEFEATING it”.
Very,very well said!! And thanks IFA for this platform through which we can unite our determination as one and witness Satans defeat!!

Pamela Kay
October 29, 2022

Thank YOU LORD for filling us overflowing with YOUR HOLY SPIRIT and Courage to LIVE for YOU in this broken world system of things, where the enemy is railing like a storm, to destroy everything of value in our lives and in our society. THANK YOU, LORD, that YOU have given us the VICTORY that Overcomes the world and the enemy. Who is this uncircumcised enemy who taunts the armies of the Living God ?? He shall surely be defeated before our eyes, and we do Rejoice in God our Savior who has the final Word in everything. HalleluYah to the Lamb of God who Overcomes the World and the enemy of our souls, and who infuses us with COURAGE not to give up; but STAND FIRM and FULL of FAITH, as we go forth doing what HE leads us each one to do, as our part in the battle. In JESUS’ MIGHTY NAME. I Plead the BLOOD of JESUS over and through every born-again child of God in this world. THANK YOU, LORD, that YOU have made us MORE than Conquerors in YOU, Christ JESUS our LORD !! HalleluYah !!


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