Daily Devotions


Healing Prayer

We have the Lord’s authority to resist illness and all accompanying symptoms for our own lives, and also we are authorized to declare His healing to others. We resist sickness of any kind and prophetically pray against new sicknesses and disease before they occur. Prayer creates a blanket of God’s protection, shutting out known causes of disease—new virus strains, plagues, hidden germs and bacteria. As believers we do are presently delivered from every curse including sickness and instead believe for and declare blessing—the blessing of healthy, strong bodies!

Prayer is the correct Bible response when physical symptoms occur. We pray, grateful to Jesus for Calvary’s healing covenant and refuse to fear the fear of sickness; and, since fear of disease and the fear of terror derive from the same source, both rooted in Satan’s plan to kill, steal and destroy, we take authority in prayer to nullify the residual effect of terror-related catastrophes.

Today, we repent of anything done carelessly to reinstate sickness’ authority over us. We cast out every spirit of infirmity and related spirits of fear. We pray specifically against breathing-related sicknesses, knowing the Lord cleanses the air we breathe and puts His breath of life into our bodies. We declare perfect health – we are fearfully and wonderfully made. We speak to the mountain of curse that stands in the way and command it – move, leave, go! We receive the benefits of God’s love physically, mentally and spiritually. We receive healing!

As the redeemed of the Lord we say so.

Amen!

Hebrews 11:7 | Jeremiah 6:10 | Exodus 23:24-25 | Luke 13: 11-13 | John 10:10 | Verse@Once

More Than One

Statistically, babies in institutional care are at greater risk to suffer emotional rejection initially and also long term when the critical need for sustained, affectionate touch and appreciation are delayed. The opposite is true when we connect with people who complete us. They encourage and build us up in ways that contribute to our overall well-being. As we grow nothing compares to those vital connections God puts in our lives—family and friends of course but also mentors and advisers.

Visionaries especially realize the value of a connected, shared vision, knowing the Lord ordains connections to bring like-minded strengths together. In contrast, going it alone is possible but from a Bible perspective the importance of two or more is obvious: Disciples are sent by two’s, the Lord places the solitary person in family, and, Bible covenants, like Jonathan and David’s, join the individual to others for divine purpose.

As we submit our strength to the Lord He adds it to others for multiplied strength that joins prayers and intercessions together to produce divine appointments, plans, strategies and timings, and guards relationships by giving us discernment against partnerships or arrangements that are not part of His plan (and placement) for us.

Ask the Lord for righteous covenants – those that are right for this season to set us apart to fulfill every purpose of His.

Amen.

Mark 6:7 | Psalm 68:6 | 2 Samuel 20:16-17 | Verse@Once

We Remember

Today we celebrate Memorial Day in the United States—an annual remembrance of those who have died in service to our nation and also those who now serve.

Freedom is God’s gift; defending that freedom often requires a high price, especially for those who sacrifice to serve and the many that lay down their lives to protect and defend the freedoms we cherish as a nation.

Today’s devotion remembers friends in other nations who pray for America and are passionate concerning God’s plan for this nation. Thank you for your prayers and intercessions; without the strength your prayers provide, we could not continue to stand!

Remember our prayers are with you and your nation – for your call from God and the welfare of your people. We fervently intercede for you, believing God will deliver as He has many times in the past.

For your nation and for the United States, we compare the present to an earlier time when the Lord decreed nations and tongues would join under His lordship, an evidence of His presence with His ability to change the atmosphere for good.

In the U.S. and beyond, today s a time of solemn opportunity; our mutual ambassadorship with God’s global family increases as we remember. We gather spiritual portions here, to sow there; and likewise, receive a harvest of distant prayers . . . wisdom for what to do and strength to do it!

Amen.

Isaiah 12

Memorial & Honor

In the United States we are celebrating Memorial Day weekend, an annual time for the nation to commemorate American sacrifice; a time to honor our military members and say thank you for their service; a time to pay tribute to those with battle injuries, especially those who have given their lives in our nation’s defense.

The power of armies is linked to the warrior’s resolve and God’s mark placed upon them is the warrior’s calling. The callings of the Lord cover every area of human existence, including that of the warrior—called to train, to discipline, and to a noble cause.

The Lord Himself is commander of spiritual armies but also of human conflicts. As commander, His will is to install righteous rule; He alone defines war and peace and He teaches hands to war. He is strength for the warrior’s heart in the midst of battle. He gives the defender wisdom and divine counsel—when to avoid battle, when to boldly engage.

God warns mankind to not trust in weapons and points them to a future day when men will no longer learn war. Until then, we honor the warrior-protectors of life, liberty and the pursuit thereof and do our part, in prayer to Almighty God, seeking His power to protect and preserve those willing to sacrifice in service to our country.

Lord, Captain of Heaven’s Armies, we honor You and those who serve as warriors. We honor the memory of those who gave their lives for freedom and commit to pray for those who now serve: Strong protector, mighty to save, give safe passage we pray.

God bless our defenders. God bless the United States of America!

Amen.

The Navy Hymn

Panic Attack

Those who have experienced being panicked to the point of completely losing control will tell you it is both real and devastating. Symptoms like sweating and a rapid heart rate combined with a sense of terror result when fear of what cannot be controlled reaches the human brain. The resulting fear and terror produce chemical changes in the body and from a medical and scientific perspective, certain chemicals are released and a chemical imbalance in the body is produced. Again, the experience can be devastating.

It helps to remember that panic is not from God. There is no fear in Him and He does not temp His children with fear or panic. However, the fear base of panic does of course begin somewhere, and usually teams up with the accumulation of every fear recorded in a person’s character, occurring all at the same time!  Bottom line, Satan—the true source of extreme and uncontrollable fear, the source of all torment—is the likely culprit.

God’s compassion is heightened for anyone suffering panic, whatever the cause! Allow His compassion to flood your being and cooperate with Him to receive deliverance—spirit, soul and body—because here’s the truth: In righteousness you shall be established; you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; And from terror, for it shall not come near you. Indeed they shall surely assemble, but not because of Me. Whoever assembles against you shall fall for your sake. Isaiah 54:14-15

Amen.

Romans 10:17 | 2 Timothy 1:7 | Psalm 139:13-15 | Psalm 91

Worldview Prayer

Tyranny: when good people do nothing. – Thomas Jefferson

Then King Darius wrote to all peoples, nations, and languages [in his realm] that dwelt in all the earth: May peace be multiplied to you! I make a decree that in all my royal dominion men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel, for He is the living God, enduring and steadfast forever, and His kingdom shall not be destroyed and His dominion shall be even to the end [of the world]. He is a Savior and Deliverer, and He works signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth—He Who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions. So this [man] Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian. Daniel 6:25-28, AMP

Stand up! In prayer, push back spiritual darkness in every place it exists.

  • Pray for one thing you know to be God’s will concerning your home or family, community or nation.
  • Worship the Lord. As He reveals more to you apply it and walk in that revelation all day.
  • Name three Godly world leaders and pray all day for them.
  • Define three global concerns that must change. Fast one meal today for those, expecting the change that is needed will begin to change as you pray and fast. 
  • Declare:
    In Jesus’ Name, I declare the will of God for my home. I declare ALL the will of God for my nation. I stand up to pray the critical prayer: Your Kingdom come, Lord; your will be done, throughout all the earth, as it is in heaven! 

Father, thank you for the United States of America – one nation under God! Thank you for divine government and godly leaders, for righteous borders and supernatural protection. Thank you for the revelation of a godly home – for every home! Your love is our national treasure . . . we invite Your Presence into the center of this special day and declare Your goodness to all.

Amen.

Authentic Christianity

Authentic Christian living means that my reality aligns with the Lord’s view: My life is an epistle—a story, read and known of men; my speech and actions define my lifestyle, telling my story and framing the facts as they really are.

A consistent human trait is we typically are last to believe our own capacity for wrong behavior; we usually do not come to an honest self-assessment without Holy Spirit prompting and the counsel of others. This difficulty to self-judge means we can become isolated and, determined to have it our way, proceed unaware of danger. Consider the life of David.

David’s position as king protected him until Nathan, a prophet in the king’s house, confronted David’s reckless behavior and exposed his deceptive nature and the consequences of his sin.

To mature as a believer it helps to have someone “watch” for us; and of course we need to watch for each other so no one becomes isolated and left to “go it alone.” We need the security of being nurtured in the faith with a healthy understanding of repentance so that authentic Christian living can be possible.

God’s love and the love of others invested in and watching for us helps develop lives that tell a story . . . revealed in words and deeds . . . honest and open . . . inside and out.

Amen.

Jeremiah 17:9 | 2Corinthians 3:2 | Ephesians 4:16-17 | Proverbs 11:4 & 24:6 | 2Samuel 12:1-9 | 1Samuel 2:22 – 3:21

Windows In Heaven

So an officer of the king . . . answered the man of God, “Look, if the Lord would make windows in heaven, could this thing be?” (2Kings 7:2)

Previous generations saw it and many today also see – a window in heaven is opened! A Kingdom system and people are unveiled and Jesus’ prophetic prayer is being fulfilled. Those “kept from the world” by Him are one with the Father and Son.

Jesus Christ completed His earth mission as the Son of Man and became the firstfruit and forerunner of many brethren. Now Christ-followers in every nation rise up with supernatural power and grace endowments from “Our Father” to complete the mission.

A Kingdom system and people are revealed, aspiring to glory with the Father and Son; a magnificent hope, fervent expectation, and present reality:

My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness
         And Your salvation all the day,
         For I do not know their limits.
I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD;
        I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only.
O God, You have taught me from my youth;
         And to this day I declare Your wondrous works.
Now also when I am old and grayheaded,
         O God, do not forsake me,
         Until I declare Your strength to this generation,
         Your power to everyone who is to come.

Amen – so be it!

John 17:21-22 | Romans 11:16 | Romans 8:29 | Psalm 71:18 | Psalm 71:15-18 | Verses@Once

Intercessor Man

The intercessor’s passion is prayer for others. The more we learn about such prayer, the more we realize God’s calling to intercede is not for just a few people but is an important part of every believer’s lifestyle. All believers can intercede.

And when you think about it, who could possibly be exempt; who would say they do not have Jesus’ anointing and therefore cannot pray fervently for others? Thankfully, all believers can pray fervently and all are equipped with born-again DNA. All believers have divine stirring from the Holy Spirit to pray fervently.

The Bible meaning of fervent prayer includes being “stretched out” in prayer. Fervency and confidence toward God, along with determination to see His will accomplished, can mean we are prostrate before God, abandoned to the purpose of praying for God’s hand and help in all manner of situations.

Intercession can also mean we shut in with the LORD when we pray, our focus on the Holy Spirit’s leading, woven with passion and emboldened with steadfast confidence in the One to whom we appeal.

  • And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me. Ezekiel 22:30
  • And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee. Isaiah 64:7
  • And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him. Isaiah 59:16
  • The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:13-18

Amen.

Marching Orders

Discerning the times, we consider our faith; how firm is the foundation—how high can we build?

Discerning the times and how much proven faith we really have, we find our place and get there.

Discerning the times, we avoid vain pursuits and prefer instead God-ordained challenges that enrich life with excellence and strength.

Watching, we give attention to things eternal—the opposite of all that’s temporal. The perspective we have is far above darkened powers beneath us. The view from our seat beside Him stirs vision and prophecy.

The morning is our new day – an opportune time. Old things become passé – new mercy arrives! The focus now is on all that has been born of God, anything rooted in His plan. Familiar patterns are evaluated, some eliminated altogether. Every change I make today moves me from where I am, to the place I can be.

The Lord is leading. In the spirit and heavens there is movement. Yesterday’s fullness makes room for increase of His fullness today.

The pace quickens but its cadence is a servant to me. In the momentum I hear MANY marching with me!

Thank God!

Amen.

Isaiah 6 | Proverbs 8:34 | Verses@Once

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