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Prayers for California (2/20/2018)

The angel touched me with his hand after a few minutes.

“Look up again,” he said.

I stood up, obeying his command.

This time the spiritual darkness over the university cleared up enough so I could see through it. There, directly above Sather Tower, was a tarnished brass throne and sitting on the throne was a creature, which resembled a monstrous, grotesque gargoyle. It had an elongated, dragon-like face with horns next to its pointed ears, man-like arms with talons for hands, a scaly reptile-like main torso, and wolf-like hindquarters. A long tail wrapped itself around the being’s front paws.

I realized the spiritual murkiness over the campus originated from this creature. It controlled what looked like a tinted screen layer over the whole campus, which filtered out rays of light from the heavens above the screen.  The atmosphere below the screen was murkier and darker than the one above it. Not only was the creature filtering out light rays: it was also spewing out, in rapid AK-47 salvos, what looked like commands from its mouth to the ground below.

“What you’re seeing is the governing demonic principality over the University of California, Berkeley. It’s a religious one, and one of the gatekeepers mentioned by Jesus in Matthew 16:18. Now, look down,” he said, pointing to students walking along the sidewalks below us.

I watched various students crisscrossing the Campanile Esplanade on their way to classes. They looked normal, wearing typical college apparel. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary. My spiritual eyes then kicked in, and what appeared normal in the natural realm was not so normal in the spiritual one.

Have you ever seen pictures of a flying dinosaur known as a pterodactyl? It has a long, slender head with a mouth of sharp teeth, scaly-like body, web-like wings, and talons for feet. This sort of resembles the creatures I saw, sitting on the shoulders of almost every student walking below me. Each creature was the size of a large crow and had wolf hair on its body and a slender rat’s tail. They constantly whispered into the ears of students while holding a wing over the students’ other ears. The creatures also defecated and vomited on the students so that each person dripped with slop and sewage. It was ghastly and I yearned to warn the students.

“Follow those two over there,” said the angel, pointing toward two guys.

I focused on the two students. They continued talking to each other as they walked into a free speech area where a street evangelist preached the gospel of the kingdom of God. Both stopped and listened. I watched the pterodactyl-like creatures use their beaks to snatch the seeds of the gospel out of the twosome’s hearts with swift surgeon-like precision. The two students walked away after a few minutes, none the better for their experiences.

I wanted to shout and warn everyone. Someone needed to do it. Why not me?

(Excerpt from Deceived Dead and Delivered by Larry Nevenhoven, © 2013, Amazon eBook)

The above is a fictional rendering of the spiritual realm over the University of California at Berkeley. Is it totally accurate? It is based on scriptures, but of course, I’ve used literary license to bring it to life.

The real reason I wrote Deceived Dead and Delivered was to open people’s eyes to spiritual warfare. Most believers have no clue about fighting the kingdom of darkness and because of this, we are losing battles we should win.

My prayer today:

Lord, remove the blinders from the eyes of California believers so that we can see how to fight spiritual battles against the kingdom of darkness. (Based on 2 Corinthians 4:4)

What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you today?

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Prayers for America (2/15/2018)

Today, Americans are saddened by yesterday’s murderous events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. It truly breaks my heart to know seventeen people died because of one tormented young man.

But I noticed something trending on Facebook and other sites which caused me to take a second look. The somethings people were posting were takeoffs from this article at Huffington Post: “People Sick of ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ Demand Action.”

For thus says the LORD of hosts: Yet once more, in a little while, I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land. And I will shake all nations, so that the treasures of all nations shall come in, and I will fill this house with glory, says the LORD of hosts. (Haggai 2:6-7)

There is no doubt in my mind that God is shaking America.

This does not mean that God encouraged the young man to murder people yesterday because He did not. But because God is not the god of America or of this world, our prayerless lethargy and apathy bore its evil fruit of destruction at that school.

What should we do?

Should we seek God with fasting, prayers, weeping, and deep repentance on our parts or should we seek more government control over us in hopes politicians will somehow protect us.

We will either go one way or the other on this.

My prayer today:

Lord, help American believers to humble ourselves with fasting, and to pray and seek Your face and to turn from our wicked ways so that You will hear our voices in heaven, forgive our sin, and heal our land. (Based on 2 Chronicles 7:14)

What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you today?

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Prayers for California (2/13/2018)

It looks to me like God has placed believers between a rock and a hard place on illegal immigration. On the one hand, we are called to love the stranger and feel compassion toward the needy.

What heart is not touched by a poor Mexican who has risked his life to cross the desert to America in order to provide a better life for his family. Most of us would do the same thing if we were in the same situation.

But with the decent illegal immigrants, America is also getting a mixture of terrorists, MS-13 gang members, and other criminals. Is this a good trade-off?

Then, on the other hand, California is in open rebellion against the Federal Government with its “sanctuary state” status. God hates rebellion!

How can this ever be handled in a godly manner?

My prayer today:

Lord, we do not know how to pray for California on the illegal immigration issue, but we trust that You know the answer. So, we put it in Your hands and trust in Your mercy.

What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you today?

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Prayers for California (2/6/2018)

In 2 Samuel 11 & 12, we read:

King David committed adultery with Bathsheba. She became pregnant. Bathsheba’s husband was murdered by David. A baby boy was born to David and Bathsheba. The prophet Nathan arrived at David’s home, pointed out David’s sin, and stated that the baby would die.

David therefore pleaded with God for the child, and David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground. (1 Samuel 12:16)

King David continued fasting and praying for seven days, but the baby still died.

Did King David waste his time by fasting and praying for his baby?

No, David’s fasting and praying prepared his heart for the tough days ahead of him when his son Absalom rebelled and took over Israel. The House of David ended up surviving Absalom’s rebellion.

What about fasting and praying for California? Will we be able to turn around all of the problems facing our state?

So King David said, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, ‘Who can tell whether the Lord will be gracious to me, that the child may live?'” (2 Samuel 12: 22)

Like King David, I can’t say for sure California will be turned around and end up surviving, but I can say with certainty that we will be changed and prepared for whatever happens in the future.

My prayer today:

Lord, raise up believers who are willing to fast and pray for California, trusting You to use our efforts for Your purposes and not for our comforts and desires.

What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you today?

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Prayers for America (2/1/2018)

Countless numbers of Christians are praying for a new revival from God to awaken America. They feel this is our nation’s answer for all of our problems.

But how many believers realize that almost every revival or awakening in America has been followed by major wars?

The First Great Awakening (1734-1743) was followed by the Revolutionary War. The Businessmen’s Revival (1857-1858) preceded the Civil War. The Azusa Street Revival (1906-1910) preceded World War I and World War II. The Latter Rain or Healing Revival (1948-1954) preceded the Korean War. The Charismatic Revival (1960- 1970) preceded the Vietnam War.

A revival is an inrush of the Holy Spirit to stir believers’ hearts and create new believers for the Kingdom of God. But in America, it has almost always prepared believers for the gloomy days which followed the revival.

My prayer today:

Lord, revive America once again so that we can walk through the troubles of today and those awaiting us in the future. (Based on Psalm 138:7)

What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you today?

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Prayers for America’s Eyes to be Opened (1/23/2018)

Yesterday marked the 45th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe versus Wade decision. This decision opened the floodgates to the murdering of 60 million babies so far and still counting.

How many of us still hate abortion like we did twenty years ago? Or ten years ago? Or even last year? Or have we grown lethargic and apathetic about this issue?

My prayer today:

Lord, open the eyes of American Christians to our lethargy and apathy about abortion. Stir us up to love Your righteousness and to hate the evil of abortion with a perfect hatred straight from Your heart. (Based on Psalm 45:7, 97:10, and 139:22)

What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you today?

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Prayers for America (1/18/2018)

 America has more Christians, more churches, more Christian bookstores, more Christian radio and TV stations, more preachers, teachers, prophets, apostles, evangelists, pastors, more, more, more than any nation in the history of the world.

But all of this bounty brings a higher degree of accountability for our nation before the throne of God:

And a servant who knows what the master wants, but isn’t prepared and doesn’t carry out those instructions, will be severely punished.

But someone who does not know, and then does something wrong, will be punished only lightly. When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required. (Luke 12:47-48 NLT)

Looking at what America has and then looking at these two verses, I fall to my knees and weep.

My prayer today:

Lord, be merciful to America, for we are a nation of sinners before You. (Based on Luke 18:13)

What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you today?

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