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October 31: A Declaration for the Weather on Election Day

Heavenly Father, thank You for the rain we have received this year. We remember the terrible drought we experienced and we are thankful for the abundance of rain.  As kings of the King and lords of the Lord, we thank You for granting us the authority to speak peace to both spiritual and natural events. Thank You for healing our ecosystem and restoring our agricultural system.  Gracious Lord, we come singing a new song to You.  We will sing praises to You, our Maker. We will praise Your Name with dancing accompanied by the tambourine and harp.  Lord, You delight in Your people and crown the humble with victory.  We, the faithful rejoice that You honor us.  We will sing for joy as we lie on our beds.  You are an awesome King!

 

Today, using the power and authority Jesus Christ has given you, go outside and speak to the weather as you continue praying this prayer:

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Worthy Father, as Your dear children, it is Your will that we imitate You in all matters.  When the storm was raging in the Sea of Galilee, Jesus spoke to it and said, “peace, be still!”  Your Word says, “And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.”  We know that faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it is the assurance about things we cannot see.  Therefore, by faith, we command the weather to be peaceful with a perfect balance of sunshine and moderate temperatures in the City of Houston on election day.  We destroy the attempts of satan to impact the atmospheric conditions in any way.

 

Holy Spirit, help each believer in our city to speak boldly with authority to the weather system, so that there are no disruptions for voters to get to the polls on election day.

 

Faithful Father, forgive the citizens of Houston, including me, for all acts of sinfulness that would cause the weather to respond in a harmful way.  Forgive those for not believing that all things are possible through Jesus Christ who strengthens us.  Forgive us for walking in doubt, unbelief, arrogance, and pride.  Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed).  Holy Spirit, remind us all of those we need to forgive and help us to be quick to forgive.  As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to show you names or faces of people that you may need to forgive.  As He shows you, say aloud, “I forgive name of person(s).” Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)

 

Holy Spirit, help us all to not yield to temptation; but deliver us from the evil one.

 

Majestic Lord, You are the blessed and only Sovereign One.  You are the King of kings and Lord of lords, who rides across the ancient heavens.  O God, You are awesome in Your sanctuary.  You are the God of Israel who gives strength and power to Your people.  Blessed are You, forever.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


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October 30: A Declaration of Truth and Honesty in the Media

Holy Father, we thank You for freedom of speech in the United States of America.  Thank You for allowing us to live in a society where we are free to exchange and express ideas. Thank You for revealing the technological knowledge that allows global communications. Father, You are the great and awesome God who keeps Your covenant of unfailing love with those who love You and obey Your commands.  Lord, You are our Master.  Every good thing we have comes from You.  You alone are our inheritance, the cup of our blessing. We bless You because You are the One who guides us, even at night our hearts instruct us. Father, we know that You are always with us, so we will not be shaken.

Awesome Father, in these final days of the mayoral election, we take authority over the spirit of the airwaves.  We command Your Word, which we speak with boldness and faith, to interrupt the airwaves and destroy every word that is spoken by the media that does not align with Your will for this election and our city.  We decree that every attempt to misconstrue the Truth will be confused.  We cancel the assignments of division, confusion, anger, wrath, lying and deceit that are being unleashed through the various forms of mass media.  By faith, we declare that the heart of every station manager, editor, publisher, producer, reporter and writer will be pliable in Your hands.  We silence the demonic voices that give direction and influence to the hearts of leaders in the area of communications. We command those who have intentionally used their positions to stir up strife and confusion to turn from evil and do good. In Jesus’ Name, they will search for peace and work to maintain it.  As kings of the King and lords of the Lord, we understand that death and life are in the power of our tongues, so we declare that only the truth will prevail and all distortions and misrepresentations will be exposed and rendered powerless.

 

Holy Spirit, as I watch the news, show me how to pray for the candidates and our city:

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Holy Spirit, please open the eyes and ears of our citizens to hear, see, and understand the messages that are being communicated concerning the issues being raised in the mayoral elections. Please convict the hearts of the members of the media who intentionally cause strife and confusion in this nation, especially those who are believers. Expose hidden agendas, deceitful motives, wicked schemes, and subversive plots. Speak to the members of the media about being impartial in their reporting. Direct the public to not base their voting decisions on a thirty-second sound bite, but to research every candidate and seek Your will so they can make informed decisions.

 

Loving Father, forgive the members of the media for allowing their personal feelings to color their professional duties.  Forgive station executives who have sold out their integrity for corporate greed and positioning.  Forgive the citizens of this nation whose ears are itching to believe untruths from both political parties.  Forgive those in our city who incite racism, hatred, anger, and violence and forgive the members of the media who pander to these individuals. Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that You have committed). Holy Spirit, remind the members of the media of those they need to forgive and help them to be quick to forgive.  As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to show You names or faces of people that You may need to forgive. As He shows You, say aloud, “I forgive name of person(s).” Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in Your soul caused by unforgiveness.)

 

Holy Spirit, help the members of the media to not yield to temptation; but deliver them from the evil one.

Almighty King, You are the great Redeemer, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.  You are the First and the Last; there is no other God.  You are the Creator who made all things.  You alone stretched out the heavens.  You alone are worthy of glory, honor, and power.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


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October 29: A Prayer of Wisdom and Direction for the City of Houston Elections

One True Living God, we thank You for the City of Houston.  Thank You for Your grace, favor and mercy that You have shown this great state over the years.  Thank You for allowing the Texas residents the opportunity to vote for the men and women who will represent them.  The earth is Yours Lord, and everything in it.  The world and all its people belong to You.  Father, You laid the earth’s foundation on the seas and built it on the ocean depths.  Your eternal Word stands firm in heaven.  Your faithfulness extends to every generation, as enduring as the earth You created.

Magnificent Father, as the people of God, we come before You now, crying out for wisdom and discernment for the City of Houston voters.  We declare that the people of God will not be moved or motivated by race, nationality, gender, political alliance, or the media when choosing their candidate for each of these positions.  But, they will seek Your will and trust that You will show them which path to take.  We decree that wisdom will save the Texas voters from evil people and from those whose words are twisted.  We command Your Word, which we speak with boldness and faith, to interrupt the airwaves and destroy every word that is spoken by the media that does not align with Your will for these campaigns.  We decree that every attempt to misconstrue the Truth will be confused, in Jesus’ Name.  We declare that the democratic process will be implemented fairly and justly throughout our state during next month’s election.  We cancel every assignment of the enemy to cause division or separation among the citizens of Texas through these elections.

 

Holy Spirit, please begin to reveal who You would have me to vote for in each of these key races:

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Gracious Father, only You know the true heart of man.  Please reveal the motives and intents of each candidate.  Just as You clearly identified Saul and later David as kings of Israel, please clearly identify those whom You have chosen to fill each of the available positions.  Encourage the voters to fully educate themselves on each position and candidate.  Please begin to reveal, even now, any potential poling hindrances that would prevent voters from being able to cast their vote.  For those who need to secure a state ID, remind them to not wait until it is too late, but to begin to take the necessary steps to secure the proper identification so that they will be able to vote.

 

Merciful Father, forgive the City of Houston voters for not always seeking Your will before casting their votes.  Forgive each candidate for any acts of unrighteousness including favoritism, racism, sexism, lying, deceit and manipulation. Forgive the media for partiality and bias.  Forgive those in positions of power who may attempt to skew voting results through voter intimidation, unnecessary redistricting, lies or confusion.  Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed).  Holy Spirit, remind the City of Houston voters of those they need to forgive and help them to be quick to forgive.  As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to show you names or faces of people that you may need to forgive.  As He shows you, say aloud, “I forgive name of person(s).”  Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)

 

Holy Spirit, help the City of Houston voters to not yield to temptation; but deliver them all from the evil one.

Triumphant Lord, You are King!  You are robed in majesty and armed with strength.  The world stands firm and cannot be shaken.  Your throne has stood from time immemorial.  You are from the everlasting past.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 


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October 28: A Prayer for the Houston Mayoral Candidates

Heavenly Father, we thank You for the City of Houston.  Thank You for the democratic process and for the right to vote.  Thank You for the authority to expect change through prayer. Father, through all the generations, You have been our home.  Before the mountains were born, before You gave birth to the earth and the world, from beginning to end, You are God!  We give thanks to You and proclaim Your greatness.  To You will we sing songs of praise and tell everyone about Your wonderful deeds.  We exalt Your holy Name.  The earth is Yours Lord, and everything in it.  The world and all its people belong to You.  You laid the earth’s foundation on the seas and built it on the ocean depths.  Royal power belongs to You, Lord, You rule all nations.

Gracious Father, we decree that all authority comes from You, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by You. Therefore, we declare that Your divine will be done during the Houston Mayoral election. Your Word states that You hold the heart of the king in Your hand and You will turn it in the direction that You choose.  We confess and expect that the hearts of Chris Bell, Stephen Costello, Adrian Garcia, Ben Hall, Bill King, Marty McVey and Sylvester Turner to be guided by the power of the Holy Spirit. We decree that righteousness and justice will abound and truth will be heard and seen during this election. We silence the voices who speak against God’s plans for our city.  We destroy the assignments, devices, and schemes of the devil and we render every demonic effort powerless. Let God arise and His enemies be scattered. We command peace, be still on the day of the election.  We decree that the weather will be a perfect balance of sunshine and moderate temperatures.  By faith, we declare that every citizen has educated themselves on the issues and the candidates and they will vote intelligently.

 

Ask the Holy Spirit who is God’s person for the City Houston Mayor and then vote on November 3, 2015:

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Holy Spirit, continue to increase Your spirit of wisdom, understanding, counsel, courage, might, and knowledge within the candidates. We do not know what their level of commitment is to You, but we ask You to communicate with them on behalf of Your people in Houston. Equip them with everything they need for doing Your will and produce in them, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to You.  Father, dispatch Your angels to guard and protect their families and destroy every assignment that the devil devises against them. Father, we know that nothing is too difficult for You. Miraculously unite the Body of Christ in our city, and show us who is Your person for the next two years.

 

Forgiving Father, please have mercy upon us and forgive our city for its many sins. Forgive each candidate for their sins. Forgive them for trusting in their own abilities instead of trusting in You. Forgive all of them for the exaggerations and untruths they have spoken. Forgive them for being people pleasers and not God pleasers. Forgive their campaign advisors and staff for devising plans that are deceitful and manipulative. Forgive us, the Body of Christ, for not praying for our leaders consistently. Forgive those citizens who have not exercised the privilege to vote, yet complain about our city’s leadership. Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed). Holy Spirit, if any of the candidates need to forgive anyone, please bring it to their remembrance and help them to forgive. As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to show you names or faces of people that you may need to forgive.  As He shows you, say aloud, “I forgive name of person(s).”  Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)

 

Holy Spirit, help the candidates, and all of their campaign staff to not yield to temptation; but deliver them from the evil one.

 

Triumphant Lord, You are the eternal King, Your rule is everlasting.  All the people of the earth are nothing compared to You.  All of Your acts are just and true.  You alone have held the oceans in Your hand.  You measured the heavens with Your fingers and know the weight of the earth.  The Lord God Almighty is Your Name.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


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October 27: A Declaration for Justice

Eternal Father, we thank You for being the just Judge.  Thank You for hearing us when we call to You for help for our nation.  Thank You for moving on the hearts of Your people to establish peace, justice and righteousness in the earth.  Lord, we will praise You with all of our hearts.  Your love for us is so very great, we will give glory to Your Name forever!  Lord, You have rescued us from the depths of death.  We will sing of Your unfailing love forever. Young and old will hear of Your faithfulness.  Your unfailing love will last forever.  Your faithfulness is as enduring as the heavens.

Immortal Father, we command justice to run down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream within our judicial system in America. Your Word says that justice and righteousness are more acceptable to You than sacrifice. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne. We confess that justice and righteousness will prevail in our nation, homes, workplaces, churches, schools and communities.  You are the Lord who loves all of humankind; You are no respecter of persons.  Lord, You created us in Your image and it is Your desire that we, Your creation, love each other as we love ourselves.  Lord, we believe that You will raise us above the injustices of racism that our nation has witnessed lately.  And because Your Spirit dwells within us, the Body of Christ, we confess that we will walk in righteousness and integrity.  We will not discriminate against anyone because of their race, their sex, or their age.  We will not pay back evil with more evil, but we will always do things in such a way that everyone can see that we are honorable.

 

Holy Spirit, as I watch the news, show me how to pray about the injustices in our nation:

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Holy Spirit, please help our nation to heal from the wounds that the recent instances of injustice have inflicted on the American people.  Remind the members of the Body of Christ to not sin by letting anger control them. Grant each of us the desire and commitment to daily walk in Your justice and righteousness without prejudice or partiality.  Deal with the hearts of those Christians who practice this ungodliness.  Remind them to walk in Your Spirit and not in their flesh.  Guide parents on how to talk with their children about this subject in a way that will not instill fear, anger, or hatred.  Holy Spirit, I ask that You search my heart for areas of hidden discrimination or bias and remove it immediately from me.

 

Abba Father, forgive us for any acts of racism, sexism, and ageism.  Forgive our nation for its injustice, prejudice, and oppression.  Forgive our nation for loving power and things instead of people.  Please forgive those persons who are presently practicing racism, sexism, and ageism.  As the Body of Christ, we renounce the gods of racism, sexism, and ageism.  Forgive me, Father, for not acknowledging that when I make blanket statements about race, sex, or age that I am discriminating.  Father, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed).  Holy Spirit, remind us all of those we need to forgive and help us to be quick to forgive. As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to show you names or faces of people that you may need to forgive.  As He shows you, say aloud, “I forgive name of person(s).”  Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)

Holy Spirit, help us all to not yield to temptation; but deliver us from the evil one.

Triumphant King, You are greater than any other god. You do whatever You please throughout all heaven and earth, and on the seas and in their depths.  You cause clouds to rise over the earth. You send lightning with the rain and release the winds from Your storehouses.  Your Name, Lord, endures forever, Your fame is known to every generation.  Yours, Lord, is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


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October 26: A Prayer for Incarcerated Youth and Adults

 Worthy Father, we thank You for being a God of grace and mercy.  Thank You for protecting our friends, family members and loved ones who are incarcerated.  Thank You for Your faithful love which endures forever. Lord of Heaven’s Armies, You are our strength and our song; You have given us victory!  You are our God and we will praise You.  Lord, You are a warrior; Yahweh is Your Name.  Your right hand is glorious in power and smashes the enemy.  O Lord, who is like You among the gods?  You are glorious in holiness, awesome in splendor and You perform great wonders.

 

Forgiving Father, we commit our incarcerated loved ones to You.  We confess that as they trust in You and give You their lives that You will be with them and not allow them to be disgraced nor will You let their enemies rejoice in their defeat.  We declare that You will show our incarcerated youth and adults the right path and point out the road for them to follow.  We decree that they will be obedient and allow Your truth to lead and teach them.  We confess that it is in You and You alone that they will put their hope.  We declare a hedge of protection around our loved ones and that no weapon formed against them will prosper.  They will not follow the advice of the wicked, nor stand around with sinners, neither will they join in with mockers.  But, they will delight in Your Word, Father, and meditate on it day and night.  We confess that You, Lord, will be their refuge and their place of safety.  They will be rescued from every trap that is laid before them and protected from deadly disease.  They will not fear the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day.  We confess that they will lie down and sleep at night and wake up in safety because You are watching over them.  In all that they say and do, we declare that they will let their light shine so that those around them will see their good works and glorify You, their Father in heaven.  For those youth and adults who do not know Jesus as their Lord and Savior, we confess that they will receive the Good News of the Gospel and confess with their mouths that Jesus is Lord and believe in their hearts that You raised Christ from the dead, so that they will be saved.

 

List the youth or adults that you know who are incarcerated and commit to praying for them this month:

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Holy Spirit, we ask that You will encourage those who have become discouraged. Remind them that the Father is forever with them, for He will never leave nor abandon them.  For those who have been wrongfully imprisoned, we ask that You would bring truth and revelation to their cases and open doors for them to be released.  Please strengthen their faith in the Father and draw them closer to Him.  Please comfort, strengthen and encourage the family members, especially the children whose parent is incarcerated.  Heal their hearts and mend any wound that the absence of this parent has created in their life.  Please protect them from the evil words and comments that society may attempt to put upon them.  Please destroy every generational cycle of incarceration within our families and community.  Please create within our Church Family a heart of compassion to minister to those who are incarcerated and to their families.

 

Faithful Father, we ask You to forgive the sins of those who are incarcerated.  Forgive them for making wrong choices and bad decisions.  Forgive them for trusting in their ways instead of Yours.  Forgive those who hold anger, bitterness and resentment.  Forgive our judicial system for wrongfully imprisoning the innocent.  Forgive those of us who have judged them wrongfully.  Forgive those of us who have helped them make poor choices by not teaching them Your ways.  Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed).  Holy Spirit, remind our incarcerated youth and adults of those they need to forgive and help them to be quick to forgive.  As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive.  (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to show you names or faces of people that you may need to forgive.  As He shows you, say aloud, “I forgive name of person(s).”  Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)

 

Holy Spirit, help them to not yield to temptation; but deliver them from the evil one.

 

Almighty Lord, You alone are God.  You are the First and the Last.  It was Your hand that laid the foundations of the earth; Your right hand spread out the heavens above.  When You call the stars, they all appear in order.  You are holy, holy, holy, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies; the whole earth is filled with Your glory.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


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October 25: A Prayer for Houston Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Personnel

Merciful Father, we thank You for the men and women who serve as police officers, firefighters and emergency first responders for the Greater Houston Area. Thank You for empowering them spiritually, mentally, psychologically and physically for the trauma that they face daily.  Thank You for being their strength and their hope. You are awesome in Your sanctuary.  God of Israel, You give power and strength to Your people. Praise be to You, God! May all who are Godly rejoice in You, Lord, and praise Your holy Name! Let all who take refuge in You rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. We give thanks to You who made the heavens so skillfully. Your faithful love endures forever. We give thanks to You who placed the earth among the waters.  Your faithful love endures forever.

Today, we stand in the gap for our police officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel.  We declare God’s protection and provision over their lives.  In Jesus’ Name, we declare that no weapon turned against them will succeed.  Every voice which rises up to accuse them will be silenced. As they go out on emergency calls, we confess that You will order Your angels to protect them wherever they go.  Your angels will hold them up with their hands so they will not hurt their foot on a stone. By faith, we confess that the public servants who are called by Your Name, Father, will love You with all of their hearts, soul, strength, and mind.  They will find their source of strength in You. We declare that they will consistently seek Your will in all that they do and You will show them which path to take.

Holy Spirit, as the first responders seek You for wisdom, please reveal any snares, traps or pitfalls that may lay ahead of them and show them how to circumvent these dangers. Help them to remain focused when they respond to an emergency. Help them to all work together as a well-oiled machine.  Remind them to be their brother or sister’s keeper.  Calm the fears of their loved ones, especially young children. Help the family members to trust You for the safety of their loved ones. Comfort the families of those who have died while serving. Bring healing to the Greater Houston Metropolitan Area.  Remind the citizens of our great city to be mindful of our first responders; to follow their instructions, pray for them and to be appreciative of the commitment that these men and women have made to our city.

 

Holy Spirit, show me ways in which I may assist the police, fire and emergency medical personnel in my community:

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Merciful Father, forgive our police, fire and emergency personnel for their sins.  Forgive them for any injustice within the respective departments. Forgive us as a city for failing to recognize first responders until a tragedy occurs.   Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed).  Holy Spirit, remind our police officers, fire-fighters and emergency medical personnel of those they need to forgive and help them to forgive.  As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to show you names or faces of people that you may need to forgive.  As He shows you, say aloud, “I forgive name of person(s).” Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)

 

Holy Spirit, help our police officers, fire-fighters and emergency medical personnel to not yield to temptation; but deliver them from the evil one.

Lord of Heaven’s Armies, You are great.  How deserving of praise, in the city of our God, which sits on Your mountain! As Your Name deserves, O God, You will be praised to the ends of the earth. Your strong right hand is filled with victory.  God Almighty, You reign forever and ever! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.