“O Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles? O Israel, How can you say God ignores your rights?”
Personal note: Remember how Isaiah 40 began (v1)? “Comfort, comfort my people.” And midway through (v9), he says, “Your God is coming!” And just prior (v21) “Are you deaf to the words of God?” I shake my head and I bet Father does too. I can hear Him say, “When will My kids ever get it! I love them so much.”
Forgive us, Lord, when we doubt Your words. You are not man that You should lie. You do what You say and You keep Your promises. (Num 23:19)
We are so grateful that You watch over us. You see our tears, our challenges, and our disappointments. You test the righteous as well as the wicked. (Ps 11:4) Grant us favor, courage and stamina. We look to the reward of breakthrough You bring as we patiently endure with faith. (James 1:12)
Today, we ask Your help for those communities under duress right now in our nation: the fires in California, the destructive winds in Iowa, the wake of Hurricane Laura in Louisiana and the areas surrounding them, our cities inflamed with rioting and destruction. Protect those who rush to protect and save. Provide for those who are willing to help. Give divine wisdom to those who govern and administrate. We ask for miracles, signs and wonders where YOU get the glory.
Inspire us who have confidence and faith in You and Your word to share that confidence with others. Help us to lift their spirits and point them to You. Stir compassion in our hearts and Your prophetic voice in our spirits.
By faith, we cancel the voice of the liar and accuser and the voice of doubt and unbelief. Even as the world speaks of “cancel culture”, we can fight that battle too. We say, Spirit of God, speak! Let Wisdom and the Voice of Truth and Reason be heard all across our land, across the oceans, and across the nations. May the whole earth be filled with Your glory! Amen!!
“He judges the great people of the world and brings them all to nothing.”
Personal note: “The great people” in other versions is translated as princes with the Hebrew word, razan, meaning weighty, judicious, or commanding. My thoughts immediately went Daniel 2:21 where it says he removes kings and sets up kings and gives wisdom and understanding as He chooses. How many times in the Word have we seen this very thing? Saul/David, Adonijah/Solomon, Ahab/Jorem, Babylon’s King/Cyrus, to name but a few. I am reminded as we are in the midst of this Covid-19 pandemic that those who “rule” over us set the rules and regulations that govern our lives and families. I would bet that many in charge–whether local, state, regional or national–have no clue that they will be judged on how they have cared for us during this time. I am also reminded of Paul’s letter to Timothy with its exhortation to pray for kings and all those in authority. (1 Tim 2:2)
Lord, it is our greatest wish to live tranquil and peaceful lives with all godliness as Paul advised Timothy. Help our hearts to look past their failures and pray for our leaders’ successes. For our sakes, give them wisdom and heavenly strategy.
We ask for Your wisdom and authority over our educational system particularly. Spur these educators into excellence, especially in communication. Mothers and fathers have been whipped-sawed over how to help their children in this confusing, scary, overwhelming time. Pour out an even greater anointing upon these parents to raise their children in this environment. Provide the necessary tools whether back to class, home-schooling, video-training, pod classes, or tutors. Guide their teachers and administrators. Defeat their own fears with faith. Let those who know You shine with brightness. Give them Your perfect solutions to help parents and children.
We stand against the father of lies and the author of confusion, “the forever loser” as Pastor Tim Sheets calls him. He was defeated at Calvary. Jesus now has the keys and He’s given the key ring to us, His church on earth. Ignite our hearts with Your prayers, Holy Spirit, as we operate with the authority You’ve given us. Help us to pray alongside You for righteousness, freedom, courage, strength, vision, and prosperity of our souls as well as our spirits and bodies.
Help us especially to watch our mouths in the days ahead. It is so easy to have opinions on how things should be done. Give us a nudge when we’re about to go too far. Let no word curses be heard from our mouths. (Psalm 59:12) This is especially true in the election season we are in, with the unrest in our cities, with false narratives being published, and with two sides to every decision of our lives: work, school, church, finances, leisure. Every area of our society has been affected and infected. Help us to remain humble and pure of heart that our prayers would be heard AND answered. You show Your favor to the humble. (James 4:6)
I woke up from a dream snippet. I think it was a conversation with someone who was listing attributes and I said, “I know what that is! It’s a FEMELINO.” And then I felt like ducking and apologizing like it was too radical. I felt embarrassed.
I kept repeating that word, femelino, in my head so I wouldn’t forget it when I really woke up. While I put on the coffee, I looked up the word. It appears to be Spanish, but I couldn’t find a definition. I checked images and found this image for femelino. It’s a poster for International Women’s Day, March 8. The background is pink and there’s a large sign of the female with myriads of butterflies flying out of it, especially at the top. Later I did a Spanish to English translation: femelino means feminine.
After I wrote all of this in my journal, I heard this from the Lord:
“I am calling My women prayer warriors to rise up in that meek and gentle spirit to prophesy to the bones. They are equal in My Kingdom. They are light and beautiful, not dark and sinister. Men do not need to be afraid of them. Their cries kiss heaven and I hear each one. Butterflies represent metamorphosis and resurrection power. Mary and Martha, arise! It’s time to evangelize and prophesy.”
I continued in my journal…
I just realized it’s 8/22. 8 is the # of new beginnings and 22 is the # of governmental authority (Isaiah 22:22) — “I will give him the key to the house of David—the highest position in the royal court. When he opens doors, no one will be able to close them; when he closes doors, no one will be able to open them.” (NLT) In my Jesus Calling devotional for 8/22, this phrase stood out: “Remember that there is no condemnation for those who belong to Me.” And in my Prayers on Fire devotional for today, “You bloom through my dreams with whispers of love that awaken my heart.”
Since this Covid shut-in began March 19th, I have been engaged in a personal revival. I have had dreams, words from the Lord, significant revelation in Scripture, and in general, an over-powering excitement to get engaged, especially in prayer and intercession. I have been introduced to international and national ministry teaching, videos, and newsletters and books that I felt were “heaven-sent.” During these past five months, I have had some incredible insight into past wounds as a child and some later ones that have kept me quiet, reserved, timid when it came to my faith, but no longer. Ezekiel 37 (The Valley of Dry Bones) has been a “landing spot” for me and more so with the April launch of the song “Rattle” by Elevation Worship.
In general, the world sees authoritative women as controlling, bossy, too strong, and well, a little hard to take. But what I’ve been learning is that authority, especially in prayer, doesn’t have to be loud or brassy, but it still can be the Lion of Judah’s roar through us. It can have punch because it’s the Spirit firing us up inside. It’s His breath. They are His words. Whatever heaven reveals, we can pray back to it and know we have that authority.
So I say… Mary, Martha, Susie, Cathy, Karen… whoever you are… you were made for such a time as this! The world needs your voice in prayer. Your families, your kids, your brothers and sisters need your voice. Father’s ears are open. The angels are waiting for heaven’s orders. All that’s needed is some time and some heart-felt prayers. It’s time to live your life outloud. Be all that you were made to be.
*info Nate & Christy Johnston live in Australia. This video on YouTube 3 days ago was actually written on their site on July 6th “Letter to the Muzzled Voice: it’s time to encounter the Lion & shake off the fear of man”. At the end he’s written a list for Symptoms of Being Muzzled in a Roaring Season and How You Can Be A Voice in This Season. Excellent.
“Haven’t you heard? Don’t you understand? Are you deaf to the words of God–the words he gave before the world began? Are you so ignorant?”
Personal note: I felt like Isaiah was really holding the hearers/idolaters to the fire with this verse. Surely, the people must have heard about God, if not directly than through the generations before them. They must have wondered how this world came to be and who was behind its design. We’re in the 21st century AD and we’ve seen amazing discoveries that point to an “Intelligent Designer” and yet many are still deaf and blind.
Thank You, Father, that You display Your wonders to us every day. Interrupt our day to step aside and see from a new perspective. Your creation is a marvel and so are You.
Help us to hear what You are saying. Increase Your gifts of discernment, revelation, and understanding so that we can partner with You. We desire to say what You are saying and pray it back to You.
Speak to us about Your plans for our lives. Keep us in alignment with Your purpose. Increase our ability to respond to every nuance and even a whisper.
Holy Spirit, expand our knowledge of You, Your Word, and Your greatness as we read Your Scriptures. Speak to us between the lines and be our “highlighter”.
Fire up our spirits and cause us to share what we know to be true with others.
Remove the barriers to see and to hear for those who are lost and have never met You. Open their hearts to receive salvation. For once we meet You, we cannot deny You and Your love.
Pour out Your grace in new ways. Don’t let us be satisfied with where we’ve been. Create a burning inside that cannot be denied except it be satisfied with more of You.
Renew Your church. Bring revival to our nation. Break the strongholds of the enemy in every place its put its influence. Reveal its dark roots. Bring Your light to shine in this darkness.
“Or if people are too poor for that, they might at least choose wood that won’t decay and a skilled craftsman to carve an image that won’t fall down!
Personal note: Well, my first thought was why would there be such a tongue-in-cheek reply? And then I looked a little deeper. This scripture was a reference to the Philistines placing the ARK of the Covenant in the temple of their idol god, Dagon. Each morning they discovered that the statue had fallen until it had finally broken into pieces. On top of that, the people were hit by a plague of tumors on the city and surrounding areas. Read 1 Sam 5 and 6 for some great insight on the holiness of God’s presence.
Lord God, there is none beside You and none above You. No one can compare to You and Your greatness. There is nothing I or mankind can create that hasn’t come from Your gifts of knowledge and skill.
Forgive us, Lord, for taking pride in what we create when we don’t give You the glory. We recognize that whatever we accumulate in this life: wealth, property, jewels–essentially things, means nothing when we breathe our last breath. (Ecc 2:21)
We acknowledge that lasting fruit is what we do in Jesus’ name and for Your Kingdom. (John15:16)
Today we humble ourselves and stand in the gap for our nation. We ask Your forgiveness for the idolatry and rebellion that has been increasing over these last decades. Forgive us for tolerating the evils we see with our silence. Open our hearts to intercede for those who are lost and turning away from You, Your love and offered redemption. (2 Chr 4:17)
We magnify Your name and exalt Your power. Help us to choose wisely and seek You first in all things. (Ps 34:3, Mt 6:33)