Make us strong! Keep us focused. Guide our feet. Hold our hands. Lift our spirits. Make us clean. Make us whole. Make us like you. We were made in your image. We are your image bearers. We want to be worthy. We want to be holy. We want to be like You. Selah.
O LORD! We lift up the people of Afghanistan to you. We pray for their safety. We pray protection and mercy over our brothers and sisters. Send your holy warring angels to guard and defend. Send your abundance of joy in the midst of this fiery trial to give them strength. Send peace like a river.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
You are the Overcomer! You overcame it all. You make us overcomers! You have made us conquerors! You have made us kings and priests! We stand up in the midst of this storm and declare the words of Jesus, “Peace! Be still!” Peace to hearts, minds and spirits. Peace to the people of the earth. Peace to the Nations.
We will not be distracted by the wily ways of the enemy. We FIX OUR EYES on Jesus. We FIX OUR MINDS on things above. We FIX OUR HEARTS on the truth because “we will know the truth and the truth will set us free.”
We declare! We are not bound by the tyranny of this earth. We are not bound by the lies of the enemy. We are not bound by fear! “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
America is not bound by fear.
America is not bound by these usurpers.
America is not bound by defeat.
America is not bound by the enemy.
America is not bound by these man made plagues.
America is bound to God by the covenant of our forefathers. We stand as imperfect humans in an imperfect Nation. But we are moving forward! Thanks be to God who has given us Jesus and the Victory! He has given us hope! Great hope! America shall overcome! America shall be saved!
We take a firm stand for truth, justice and righteousness. We will not be moved. We will not be shaken. We will not be distracted. We will focus on You, O LORD.
Even though we don’t understand it all.
Even though smokescreens are thrown at us.
Even though the enemy rages in the earth.
Even though: “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.”
2 Corinthians 4:8-9
Thank you LORD that you never abandon us. You never leave us. You never forsake us. Even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, You are close beside us. You protect us. You comfort us. You will feed us a feast in the presence of our enemies. You will anoint us with power and understanding. You will give enough of yourself to us so that we can bless others and spread the Good News.
Therefore! We encourage ourselves in the LORD. We encourage our brothers and sisters. Your Word says: “Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened and encouraged himself in the LORD his God.” I Samuel 30:6
We take on the STRENGTH of the LORD!
We stand today STRENGTHENED!
We stand today ENCOURAGED!
In Jesus name. Amen.