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How Prayer Changes Things

Lord, I ask that you would close that place. Put it out of business, Lord.

I prayed that prayer nearly every day for seven years. My wife reminded me about that the other day because the Lord had answered my prayer. I hadn’t realized it had finally happened.

The Dirty Sock

The Silk Stocking was a strip club down the road from our house in College Station, Texas. In fact, as far as I know, it was the only strip club in town. I had to pass it every time I went pretty much anywhere, so I made a habit of praying for its closure every time I saw it.

I had actually started praying that it would close back when I was a college student and some of my classmates lovingly referred to it as “The Dirty Sock.” I prayed that it would close and that none of the people I knew would ever go there.

After seven years of praying almost every day and another decade of praying anytime I thought of it or saw it, it finally closed.

Why Prayer Works

Prayer works. It just does. It does not work because of some etherial forces. It does not work because it makes us feel better. It does not work because we become more aware of the need for change within us. It does not work because our minds are cleared from wrong thinking.

Prayer works because there is a real God who really hears our prayers. Some of those other things may be good by-products of prayer, but they make prayer a waste of time if that is what you expect. Prayer should only ever be thought of as communication with a loving God who actually hears and desires to respond.

Planned Parenthood

In 1999, when Planned Parenthood decided to expand their clinic in Bryan, Texas to include abortion services, the churches in Bryan and College Station banded together and started an organization called the Coalition for Life. Their main goal was to pray for the closure of the Planned Parenthood in Bryan.

The organization grew to do more than that, but it never lost its focus. It prayed. We prayed. The city prayed. Groups would almost constantly be in front of the building praying for the women inside and for the clinic to close. In August of 2013 the clinic closed, but not until after it made some national headlines a few years before.

Abby Johnson (http://www.abbyjohnson.org) was the clinic director and had been asked to assist in an abortion for the first time in her career. After seeing a little baby die live on the ultrasound monitor, her world changed. She went from being one of Planned Parenthood’s most outspoken and prized clinic directors to one of the nation’s most firebrand pro-life advocates. After the procedure, she walked across the street into the offices of the Coalition for Life and asked what she could do next. They were shocked, to say the least.

Even the clinic building is now owned by some of the pro-life doctors who supported Coalition for Life, Haywood and Noreen Johnson. Check out their website, http://brazosmedical.com.

The answers to our prayers don’t always look that dramatic, but when we do not give up, our prayers will always be answered.

Faith Defined: Keep Praying

The power of fervent, consistent prayers over years are amazing. Praying for the same thing for a long time is hard, but that is actually how God ordained prayer to work.

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’

“For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I donʼt fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she wonʼt eventually come and attack me!’ ”

And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

Luke 18:1-8

I don’t know why God made it to where we have to pray consistently over time, sometimes years, but He did. That’s just how it works, and He’s the one who gets to decide how it works.

But it works.

It really changes things, because we have a loving God who really hears and He really acts on our behalf, and on behalf of our faith. He defines faith not in what we ask, but in whether or not we will continue to ask.

The Better Solution

The most amazing thing about how God works is that He is way better at accomplishing what we ask for than we would be if we just tried to do it ourselves.

When we get belligerent and militant about not getting our way, we do more harm than good. We turn people off or lock their heart in opposition. When abortion doctors are murdered, it only emboldens abortion advocates. When “Christians” remind strippers of how terrible they are, or how women walking into an abortion clinic are going to hell, it only hardens peoples’ hearts.

But when we pray, and ask God to change things that seem too far above our pay grade, He gives us a clinic director who knows how to offer people working in clinics who want out a way out. When we ask for God to close a strip club, He does it and then provides a church in town that goes out of their way to reach out to every stripper and help them find new work to provide for themselves and their families (that happened for the strippers of Silk Stocking, by the way).

The 7:14 Prayer

The Lord spoke to me about the dire situation America was in back in 2003. I wrote a book titled The Year of the Lord’s Favor based on that encounter, and out of that book I started a prayer movement to encourage people to pray with me.

Now I pray twice a day, at 7:14 am and 7:14 pm, a prayer based on 2 Chronicles 7:14:

“Lord, have mercy on America and Your church for our wickedness. Give us humility and raise up a praying church to seek Your face. Forgive us and heal our land, Lord.”

I pray this twice a day because I know the power of consistent, fervent prayer over years. I have seen it work, and I know why it works. The God who hears our prayers is way better at answering them than we are at making what we want happen by ourselves.

I encourage you to join with me in praying for America. Go to 714Prayer.org and join the movement to pray twice a day with us.

Or maybe you have something bigger than yourself you want to see changed? Lost children, hurting family and friends, or injustice in your city? Begin praying, and set your mind to pray until God answers, even if the answer comes beyond your years.

Because prayer works.

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A Sign And A Seal

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Two Steeples

WTC1I’ve been in Manhattan today and I had the chance to walk around the World Trade Center site. If you aren’t familiar with why that is important to me, then I encourage you to read my book about the two dreams the Lord gave me about it – the first dream was two days before the 9/11 attacks where He showed me the collapse of the buildings and the second was in 2003 when He showed me this new building that is there now and what it would mean for America.

As I walk around, I feel like I have a different perspective on the site. Standing there now is a beautiful building, artfully crafted and masterfully engineered to rise above the New York skyline as a symbol of who we are. One World Trade Center stands a symbolic 1,776 feet above the ground below, and atop it sits an “architectural spire” that helps it achieve that memorable height. It doesn’t stand alone, however.

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Two blocks away stands another building with a similar architectural spire, a steeple. St. Paul’s Chapel, the very building where newly inaugurated President Washington led the nation in a dedication prayer, stands directly across from One World Trade Center. As I stood in the back cemetery plot, I gazed up at St. Paul’s steeple and then I noticed One World Trade. Both of them have steeples, in a sense, and they both stand for something.

Steeples in churches are there to remind you to look up to the heavens before you enter and remember your benevolent creator. Steeples (spires) on buildings are there to remind you to look up and marvel at the wonderful creation of man. It harkens back to one of the first tower building projects:

Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves.”

Genesis 11:4

Make a Name For Ourselves

The Tower of Babel was a bit different in its intent than most modern skyscrapers, but what struck me today at the World Trade Center site is that its spire is there to cause us to look up at its soaring height and remember the enemies who attacked us and how we have shaken our fists at them in rage and overcome by building bigger and better.

As I looked at the two steeples, I grew sad. I grew sad because I know that in the days following 9/11, the entire nation rushed into churches for answers. St. Paul’s itself housed and fed the rescue workers as well as many others seeking answers and understanding of what had happened on that fateful day. What saddens me now, as it did then, is that very few churches around the country had any answers for the people that rushed in. We fed them and clothed them, which is to be commended, but beyond that we had no idea of what to say. The revival that could have been in 2001 never happened because the church was unprepared for such a moment. She was unprepared to find out why it had happened and what to do about it.

The platitudes we offered and the phony comfort was transparent for the world to see, so they went looking elsewhere. Within weeks of our churches being full, they were again empty. Instead of the steeples of our churches being what America looked up toward, we erected for ourselves another. One of anger. One of defiance.

Offering Something Better

I am saddened today by where our nation has gone. Again, I encourage you to read my book, The Year of the Lord’s Favor were I speak at length about what the Lord showed me over a decade ago what would be happening today. Join with me in praying for our country that she would turn back to God instead of to her own devices and cunning.

Let’s gather a people who will make our steeples mean something again and turn the eyes of our nation away from the steeples that proclaim defiance.

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If The Lord Were To Judge A Nation, Would He Tell Them In Advance?

This is the audio from a sermon interview that my good friend Michael Rowntree and I did “podcast style” in front of his church, Wellspring Church in North Richland Hills, Texas, this past Sunday.

I believe this is a critical time for our nation, and this word is critical in its timing and importance. As God’s people, we must rise up and let Him hear our cries. America has never faced an hour like this, and I believe everyone needs to hear this message.

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Get The Book

The free book offer has already ended, but you can get a copy of The Year of the Lord’s Favor at Amazon today.

Share This And Be Looking For More

Please consider sharing this timely message with those you know and trust.

In the next few weeks, I will also be releasing a set of videos where I will go into more detail about what I feel the Lord is saying for this hour, so keep your eye out for that.

Check Out Wellspring – Where This Was Recorded

If you live in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and need a church home, I really love Wellspring. My wife and I attended there for several years and I know you would find it a wonderful church home. Tell ’em Darren sent you! Their website is http://www.wellspringdfw.org.

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A Sign And Seal of Judgment

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After 13 years, One World Trade Center has opened again. If you have been a frequent reader of this blog in the past, then you know what that means to me and America. If you are new here, then read on and I’ll explain.

Like the lunar landing or the assassination of John F. Kennedy, most people remember where they were and what they were doing when the World Trade Center twin towers fell on that horrible day in New York in 2001. Some of you who read this were ten years old. Others of you were there watching it from your office window. It was a horribly tragic day that took the wind out of America for many years to come.

But now, a new hope has been offered to New York City, and America is currently rejoicing in the completion of One World Trade Center, the centerpiece of the redeveloped World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan. There actually hasn’t been that much news about it, but for those paying attention, they recently announced that it is open to tenants who have begun moving in.
This would seem like a triumph for America, for New York, and for patriots everywhere. America is rebuilding and remaking itself from the ashes of 9/11. Most people are happy that One WTC is a complete and a shining beacon for New York and America.

But not me.

Because it means something horribly tragic to me.

My Story

10410997_746272168783357_7336255411585893447_nTwo days before September 11, 2001, the Lord sent an angel to me in a dream to show me the collapse of the towers. I saw it happen exactly as it would two days later and the tragedy tore my heart apart. After a great deal of prayer, soul searching and tears I came to understand that the Lord wanted my attention to show me something more—something even more important than the collapse of the twin towers.

A year and a half later He showed me what would be more important than one of America’s greatest tragedies: rebuilding.
In another dream in March of 2003 the Lord showed me the new tower that would take the place of the fallen twins. He showed me many things about them that I have written about on this site and in my book, so I will share the links to those articles here and spare the details for now.

Links

September 11, 2001

About 1WTC: Prophetic Insight

Watch the Book Video Trailer

Standing at Ground Zero

1776: Two Acts of Rebellion

A Sign And Seal

The important part of the dream was that the rebuilding of the tower was a terrifying omen for America. As I awoke from that dream, the Lord spoke to me these words very clearly, “That building will be a sign and seal of my judgment against America.”
I understood that when the building was complete, it would stand as a testimony against America for our rebellion against God, and it would be the beacon of judgment, not triumph, for all Americans.

With their announcement of One World Trade Center opening, I believe that day is upon us. I don’t know what that means for America right now or in the near future, but I wholeheartedly believe that we have had judgment decreed upon us by the Lord. The fulfillment of that judgment could come in a day or in fifty years—I have no way of knowing, but the Lord’s words to me and the path He led me down to get here were too clear not to be clear with you.

A week before the opening of One WTC, the Lord spoke to me and said, “It’s time to start paying attention to the building again.” I knew which one He spoke of. As I began scouring the news articles about it again, it became clear that we were in the time the Lord prophesied to me over eleven years ago.

Who Knows?

With a heavy heart, I feel that I must proclaim what the Lord showed me so long ago. I do not believe this is a moment without hope, but I am sure that it is a moment we must carefully weigh with sobriety and contrition. It is a time for us to seek God for the “who knows?” of His nature as the prophet wrote in Joel 2:13-14:

Rend your heart
and not your garments.
Return to the Lord your God,
for he is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and abounding in love,
and he relents from sending calamity.
Who knows? He may turn and relent
and leave behind a blessing—
grain offerings and drink offerings
for the Lord your God.

This is a time to seek the Lord, but I believe to carefully understand where we are and what it will mean for us as a nation, as the church of God, and for those who are lost among us in our communities.

Please pray, seek the Lord and turn to Him now. I believe judgment has been decreed against us, but I know that the Lord is merciful and full of compassion. Who knows? Maybe if we repent, He will turn and leave a blessing upon us instead of judgment.

The Book

I’ve written a book about this that I think is worth your time to read. I believe this nation’s future depends on it. You can get it here at Amazon.