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2 Powerful Ways to Pray for the United States by Bill Frisbie

What is God telling your heart about the United States?

Declaring and decreeing are two important tools in spiritual warfare. Some people use these words interchangeably, but there are subtle differences.

The other day, Sue and I were praying for a man struggling with a physical ailment. As we listened to the Holy Spirit, she and I ended up praying in different ways. One of us made a declaration, and the other made a decree. 

The goal with both of these prayer methods is to listen to the Holy Spirit and pray accordingly.

What Declaring Looks Like 

For my part, I considered what God’s Word says about healing. One truth in particular came to mind, and that is how I prayed: “Lord, Your Word says that by Your stripes we are healed. We are declaring Your Word.”

Declarations are often fairly general in nature. We consider what His Word says and then use that truth as the foundation of our prayer. “What Scripture is applicable here? What does the Bible say about situations like this one? What do we declare?” 

As we listen to the Holy Spirit, He will bring a biblical truth or perhaps a story from Scripture to our heart. 

What Decreeing Looks Like 

Decrees, however, tend to be much more specific than declarations. In light of what God’s Word says, what are we asking Him to do now? 

“Lord, what are You saying? How do I effectively decree in agreement with Your Word in this situation?” The decree is part of how we work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Phil. 2:12). 

As we listen to His Spirit, we get a sense of where He is going. “Oh—I think this is what He’s saying. I think this is what He wants me to pray.” 

That’s what happened with Sue. She sensed the Lord’s leading and began to pray this way: “We are decreeing, Lord, that by Your Spirit and by Your angels, You will restore this man’s body to its original design—that his original design would return to him.” 

Making a decree essentially looks like customizing the declaration to fit what is needed in the moment, according to what the Holy Spirit is showing you. 

Filling the Library of Your Heart with God’s Word 

If we have a library of God’s Word in our heart, the Holy Spirit can easily draw near and lift out of that library the rhema word: the specific truth He is highlighting to us. 

“This is how I want you to pray. This is what I want to do for this man. This is what I am already doing for this woman. This is what I intend to do in the United States.” 

As the world fights to seize our attention and fill our heart with the fruit of the wrong tree, we need to saturate ourselves in God’s Word. Not only will the knowledge of His Word keep us on the right path, when there are hundreds of paths to choose from, but it will also help us stay out of vain imaginations—our own ideas and thoughts of what should happen. 

It does us no good to make assumptions about God’s will or to consider the hurting people around us from a human perspective. What we want to grab hold of is the awe and wonder of God and what He wants to happen. 

Powerfully Advancing God’s Kingdom 

These two types of prayer—declarations and decrees—are part of God’s training program. The disciples requested of Jesus, “Teach us to pray. We really need to know how to pray.” And to this day, we are still learning from Him. 

Paul Billheimer used to talk about the three branches of government in the United States: The Legislature writes the laws, the Judicial interprets the laws, and the Executive is charged with enforcement. As the church, we are the “enforcement arm” of God’s kingdom. We step into situations that need His light, and we instruct them to line up with His victory. 

“This is what God’s Word says, and I have heard His voice.” 

What is God telling your heart about the United States? How is He showing you to pray for the nation? 

When you pray according to the Spirit’s leading, as you declare His Word and decree what He shows you—those prayers stir the fire He has already lit, and the flames start to spread.

This article originally appeared on billandsuefrisbie.com

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Back in 2001, Paula (and John) wrote a letter filled with insights they received during their private time with the Lord. Someone shared this letter at a recent intercessor meeting, and it’s a wonderful reminder of who we are and why we’re here:

What Elijah House has, which is valuable for the body of Christ, was not birthed in a university. It was gifted as we sat at the feet of Jesus, as we touched His robe, as He gave insight, as we recognized our blindness, as He gave us strength, as we acknowledged our weakness. 

Our authority is to be humble in obedience to God who is the only everlasting authority; to Him is honor given. All else follows in that line. Authority built on any other base eventually becomes lawlessness. From him to whom much is given, much will be required. 

They felt like the Lord told them, “I do not call you to organize the world. I call you to respond to their expressed hunger, and when they call, you answer because I have prepared them to receive. You have been called to mature the body; others will do primary evangelism. Elijah House will prosper because it is My house.”

You and I get to participate in a rich, treasure-filled heritage as we humbly, simply follow the One who made us.

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