A Prayer For The Remnant In America

Inspired By Psalm 35 & Psalm 143

Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with us; fight against those who fight against us! Stand up for our help! Close up and block off the way of those who pursue and persecute us. Say to us, "I AM your deliverance!"

Let them be put to shame and dishonor who seek and require our lives; let them be turned back and confounded who plan our hurt! Let them be as chaff before the wind, as you Lord drive them on. Let their way be through dark and slippery places, as you Lord pursue and afflict them.

For without cause, they have hidden for us their net; without cause, they have dug a pit of destruction for our very lives.

Let that same destruction befall our enemies unaware; let the net they have hidden for us catch them.

Then we shall be joyful in the Lord, we shall rejoice in Your deliverance and all of our bones shall say, "Lord, who is like You, You Who deliver the poor and the afflicted from those who are too powerful?"

Malicious and unrighteous witnesses rise up; they ask us of things that we do not know.

They reward us evil for good to our personal bereavement.

But as for us, when they were sick, when they were troubled, we hurt for them and prayed for them. We behaved as if grieving for friends and family members. We bowed down in sorrow, as one who bewails his mother.

But in our stumbling and limping, they rejoice and gather together against us; they slander and revile us, and we don't even know them; they cease not to slander and revile us. Day in and day out, they rage! Like profane mockers at feasts, they gnash at us with their teeth.

How long, O Lord, will You look on without action? Silence them! Rescue our lives from their destructions, and our dearest precious lives from these blood-thirsty lions! We will give You thanks in great assembly; we will praise You among a mighty throng.

Let not those who are wrongfully our foes rejoice over us; neither let them wink with their eye who hate us without cause.

For they do not speak peace, but they devise deceitful matters against those who are quiet in the land.

Yes, they open their mouths wide against us; and they say, "AHA!! AHA!! Our eyes have seen what you did!!"

You have seen this, O Lord our God; don't be silent! Don't be far from us! Arouse Yourself and awaken to the justice that is long overdue, even to our righteous cause. Judge them and vindicate us according to Your righteousness and let not our foes rejoice over us!

Let them not say in their hearts, "Aha, that is what we wanted! We have swallowed them up and utterly destroyed them." Instead, let THEM be put to shame and confusion together who rejoice at our calamity! Let THEM be clothed with shame and dishonor who magnify and exalt themselves over YOU and over us!

Let those who favor our righteous cause and who have pleasure in our uprightness shout for joy and be glad and say continually, "Let the Lord be magnified, Who takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servants and His children." And our lips shall speak of Your righteousness and justice, and of our reasons for Your praise all the day long.

Hear our prayer, O Lord, give ear to our supplications! In Your faithfulness answer us, and in Your righteousness.

Do not enter into judgment with Your servants, for in Your sight no one living is in themselves righteous or justified. All of us have contributed in some way to our nation's sins. All of us have gone astray in one way or another. But we remembered your promise in 2nd Chronicles 7:14.

For many years now, a remnant of us who are called by Your Name, we have humbled ourselves, we have prayed, we have sought Your face, and we have turned from our wicked ways; so that You would hear from heaven, You would forgive our sin, and You would heal our land. So please hear our prayer, O Lord, give ear to our supplications! In Your faithfulness answer us, and in Your righteousness.

For the enemy has pursued and persecuted our souls and the very soul of this nation, he has crushed our lives down to the ground; he has made us to dwell in dark places as those who have been long dead. Therefore is our spirit overwhelmed and faint within us. Wrapped in gloom, our heart deep within our chest grows numb.

We remember the days of old when we used to follow You as a nation; we meditate on all You have done for us throughout the centuries, despite our sins and shortcomings, we see where You have remained faithful even when we were unfaithful, we ponder the work of Your hands.

We spread forth our hands to You; our soul and the soul of this nation thirsts after You like a desperate thirsty land for water.

Answer us quickly, O Lord, for our spirit fails; hide not Your face from us, lest we become like those who sink down into the grave.

Cause us to hear Your loving-kindness in the morning, for on You do we lean and in You do we trust. Cause us to know the path we should take and the way we should walk, for we lift up our inner selves to You.

Deliver us, O Lord, from our enemies, both physical and spiritual; we flee to You to hide us.

Teach us to do Your will, for You are our God; let Your good Spirit lead us into a level country and into the land of uprightness.

Save us, O Lord, for Your name’s sake; in Your righteousness, bring us out of trouble and free us from distress.

And in Your mercy and loving-kindness, cut off our enemies and destroy all those who afflict us, for we are not only Your servants, but we are Your adopted sons and daughters, purchased and redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.

Hear our cries, O Lord our God, for we pray all these things...



True Greatness Defined

Jesus overheard a debate between his disciples about who among them would be greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. So Jesus sat down a little child next to him to use as a visual aid to represent the child of God and then proceeded to give a lecture on (1) how to get into the Kingdom, (2) how to be great in the Kingdom and (3) how to receive the King's favor. Regarding greatness, he explained that it's the humility of our heart before God as our Father that makes us truly great. We examine what this means and unravel how Jesus defined true greatness in the Kingdom of Heaven.

18 Minutes
July 30, 2011

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It's Even Worse Than We Thought

I love this nurse and I can't BELIEVE this is ACTUALLY going on right under our noses. I knew it was bad, but I had no idea it was THIS bad. Here's a link to the article that she references in the video. Things have escalated in the past 10 years or more to a degree that I never thought I would see in my lifetime. There has been so much deception and evil that I can't possibly keep up with it all fast enough to digest it and place it in its proper context for a blog post. It's also become a conundrum having to decide what my listeners and readers can handle and what they can't handle. Too many Christians today live in a Walt Disney G-rated version of Christianity and bringing them up to speed has always been a burden of my heart, but I don't know how much longer I can take them into consideration with where I believe the Lord is taking this blog and Founding Word.


Faith That Moves Mountains

All of us have to deal with various types of immovable mountains in our path that are huge and intimidating. They're too high for us to climb over, they're too big to go around and too thick to tunnel through. These mountains can be circumstantial, emotional, financial, physical or even demonic. Jesus said that just the faith of a mustard seed could enable us to remove mountains and nothing would be impossible for us. He also said that the ingredients to building that kind of faith required prayer and fasting but what does that mean? It's not what you think. In this session, we set aside some special time to address specifically the kind of faith that moves mountains, how to get that faith, what prayer and fasting is REALLY all about and then we examine various types of mountains and how God removes them.

49 Minutes
September 10, 2010

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It's Time To Get Serious About How We Pray

As I'm sure that most of you already know, the state of New York has passed an act that legalized the abortion of a child all the way up to the moment of labor and even after birth. What's worse, is that when this act was passed and announced, it got a standing ovation in the New York state Senate. Other states in the nation are planning to follow their lead.

Propaganda is an amazing tool. It has the power to alter perceptions at every level. It can take an obvious fact of reality and change it to look like something completely different than what it actually is. This is exactly what's been done with the subject of abortion.

Without the aid of politics or propaganda, abortion is simply a procedure in which a living and growing child within a mother's womb is cut up and ripped out limb by limb while it kicks and squirms and bleeds. That's all it is. No politics interjected, no Christian dogma, those are simply the facts. That's what an abortion is.

Despite the obvious simplicity of reality, the subject of abortion has been politically propagandized into an issue of privacy and vital necessity to protect women from rapists and evil men. Those who oppose abortion might as well be the rapists themselves. Those who haven't been brainwashed by this propaganda are the subjects of mainstream political hatred and persecution. Good is called evil and evil is called good. If memory serves, I believe God pronounced woes against those who do that in Isaiah 5:20.

Abortion is an issue that has been used to manufacture an emotional disdain for those who love and follow God. The procedure itself has also been used to supply the needed innocent blood for pagan and satanic rituals. If you don't believe me, find out where professed satanists work. Find out more about who really works at Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics.

It's amazing how schizophrenic the definition of morality has become in the last decade or so. We live in a culture today in which minorly offensive words spoken out loud or typed online have become justifiable reasons for the wiping out of one's entire online identity, for the termination of one's job and even for public harassment and physical violence. Meanwhile, the same group of people who are such rigid followers of all that is appropriate, will stand up and defend the murders of more than 60 million children since 1973. What we have allowed and endured in this nation in the name of a woman's right to choose makes the Nazi holocaust look like a picnic. I'm sick and tired of this satanic demonic crowd of killers telling the rest of us how to talk as if like Sunday school teachers, they feel we need educating as to what words are and are not appropriate to use... all while they defend and promote infanticide. I'm sick of it. People who defend the ritualistic blood sacrifice of human babies haven't the right to lecture anyone else about what is and isn't offensive.

What baffles me the most are the christians who defend abortion. I know the book of Isaiah was specifically written to the nation of Israel and not the church, but I can't help but be reminded of what God personally said in Isaiah 1:15 when I hear Christians defend abortion:
"When you raise your hands in prayer, I will hide my eyes from you. Yes, even though you say many prayers, I will not listen to you for your hands are covered in blood."
Many Christians are justifiably concerned over how God may respond to our nation in this recent turn of events. It's also a subject of scholastic debate. The Scripture gives us examples of how God deals with kings and kingdoms. The United States, however, isn't a kingdom. We're a nation of the people. We don't have a king or a body of rulers per say, we actually govern ourselves through a democratically elected body of representatives.

If what's taking place in government is an accurate representation of what we the people in the land really want, then WE THE PEOPLE are due for judgment. If, however, what's taking place is the result of propaganda, deception and an over-bloated government that's overstepping its constitutional authority, then what we're REALLY talking about is a demonically driven dictatorship in progress that needs to be defeated.

A facebook friend made an interesting comment on my page yesterday and said...
I don’t think our nation is lost. I think however we are seeing the beginning of the end. I believe the evil that used to stay covered and do it’s dirty business in the darkness is now stepping out in boldness and showing itself. I see good and evil dividing up a firm line between us. When I tell people this I give the example of the Stephen King novel “The Stand”. I believe it isn’t too late.

I also believe that the body of Christ must step out even more boldly. We have an opportunity through facebook & other social platforms to unite in prayer against this war on the innocent, to cover the innocent and those that disagree with what the government of that state is doing.

What I want to know Joshua P. Allem, is it wrong to pray that New York be brought to its knees, to suffer some sort of catastrophic event as an example of God's grief at what is happening there? Can we step out in prayer and ask for judgment on that state? Should we?
I responded and said...
I agree with everything you said, however, rather than praying for judgment against New York (since not everyone in New York agrees with what happened), I would pray (and have been praying) the prayer of Psalm 35 and similar Psalms in which the righteous of the land are praying for God to intervene and fight against the wicked in the land.

What we're praying for is God's healing of our land. The first step for us Christians is to acknowledge and repent of OUR sins first. (2nd Chronicles 7:14) Once that's done, then we can ask God to deal with the wicked in the land.

There's also a factor of mass deception. There are actually a lot of good people out there who are badly, horribly deceived. So what I've been doing is praying two prayers, first that God would reveal the truth to those who've been deceived and convict them HARD so that they would agree with HIS position on things rather than whatever CNN tells them.

Then as for the rest of us, I pray the prayer of Psalm 35 because it perfectly fits what we need to be praying for. I take that prayer every day and replace the words "me" with whatever or whoever needs the prayer, whether it's righteous leaders, or just the Christians throughout the land.

Psalm 35 is a prayer for God to personally fight against those who fight against us, so that covers both physical and spiritual enemies. It also covers those who plan and plot against those "who are quiet in the land" and I believe that covers both unborn babies as well as righteous Christians who just don't know what to do or say about what's going on.

Most Christians keep their mouths shut. Most of us don't like making waves and stirring things up. We just prefer to let the wicked be wicked and just let God deal with them in His own way in His own timing. The prayer of Psalm 35 indicates, however, that those who are quiet in the land are the target of impending destruction by hateful enemies and the one praying the prayer knows this to be the case!! That's why he's praying!!

So whether it's Christians who are awake and know what's going on, or Christians who are asleep, they're both the target of plots and schemes by hate-filled foes "who do not seek peace" according to that Psalm.

So yes, I don't see a problem with praying for God's justice, so long as we first pray and deal with our sin first, because a lot of us have contributed to this nation's sin in one form or another. I'm one of them. I had to deal with that first. That's what 2nd Chronicles 7:14 is all about. But once that's done, Psalm 35 turns the Lord Jesus Himself loose over the wicked in the land. Yes.
I would also like to add that Psalm 143 is another good prayer to pray in addition to this.

Christians need to get engaged in the spiritual war that's being waged against us. We need to quit praying like civilians and start praying like soldiers, every day. This is what the book of Psalms is for. It's a soldier's (and a shepherd's) prayer book.