8.28 – 10.6 // 40 Day Fast // Brotherly Love

8.28 – 10.6 // 40 Day Fast // Brotherly Love

2015 _40day fast

A 40 Day State-Wide Fast Asking God to Release Love to Heal Our Nation

Day 40 – 10/6/15 Honor And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.” John 17:22-23

In this passage, Jesus is praying for his disciples and speaks of giving them the same glory that the Father gave Him.  In Greek, the word for ‘glory’ is very similar to ‘honor’.  To honor someone means to fix their value in your mind.  To give glory to someone means to hold them in the highest honor (highest value). What Jesus says in this passage is key for us to understand how to walk in brotherly love.  One of the root issues of hatred is dishonor, and the root issue of all dishonor is when man dishonored God in the garden; choosing to honor the words of the serpent over the words of the Lord. It is no accident that immediately after man falls in Genesis 3, the next story is about brother rising up against brother (Cain and Abel).  Before man fell, he was crowned with glory and honor (Psalm 8:5).  After he fell, he realized he was naked and the covering of glory and honor had departed. However, Jesus came to seek and save all that was lost and to restore honor.  As honor is restored, we can come to a place where we can honor one another.  Then we can live out what Peter said; “Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.” (1 Peter 2:17).  Prayer: Today, thank God that Jesus has come to restore all that was broken in our lives.  Declare that in Him, you are one who honors God.  Declare that by His finished work on the cross, the same glory that Jesus was given, we can share in. Thank the Lord that this glory allows us to be one with Him and with one another in a powerful union.  Pray that our honor for one another would be a testimony to the world of the Lordship of Jesus. Daily Prayer Target: Declare the release of brotherly love over this target and all who are involved in it: Day 40: Human Trafficking

Day 39 – 10/5/15 Be Hope Ambassadors who Appeal to Heaven: Receive and Release Faith, Hope, and Love We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.” 2 Corinthians 5: 20

 We are all called to be Hope Ambassadors. But we can only release to others what we have received from God. As we appeal to heaven, we receive the FAITH, HOPE, and LOVE from heaven.  We need to supply those on the earth who have no faith, who are losing hope, and who have not known the love of the Father. Before the Great Depression of 1929, the church was known for taking care of the poor. The church was the answer to poverty in society. The church helped the widows, the orphans, and the fatherless. The church fed the poor. The church provided shelter for the homeless. The church helped people find work. The church has become more and more irrelevant over the years. It is now time for the church to begin to be relevant again. It is time for the church to move outside the four walls of the building and to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. As the church, we will need to release the faith, hope, and love of God through our service to the community. Our communities need to see our FAITH in Jesus Christ. The people need to know there is HOPE, beyond their hopelessness. Our communities need to see the BROTHERLY LOVE of Jesus being released in the community. People in our regions need to no longer see churches irrelevant and isolated but working together to meet the needs of each community. As the world around us continues to slide into hopelessness, the Church is being given an amazing opportunity to be the hope ambassadors, the solution prophets and the love of Christ to those who don’t know that love. As darkness increases, so the light of the gospel will increase. Prayer: Pray that the Church will seek opportunities to be the answer to poverty and hopelessness that happens all around us. Pray that individuals throughout the Body will rise up as hope ambassadors and stand in the gap, releasing the light of FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE into the darkness.  And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13 Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” –Mother Teresa Daily Prayer Target: Declare the release of brotherly love over this target and all who are involved in it: Day 39: Sports Athlete

Day 38 – 10/4/15 Faith Working through Love You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.” Galatians 5:4- 6

One of the clear foundations of the New Testament is faith.  Without faith it is impossible to please God and it is impossible to see the Kingdom.  However, the Bible is clear that faith without works is dead.  So, what does the work of faith look like?  The answer is found here in Galatians.  The work of faith is love.  The Amplified Bible translates the second half of verse 6 like this: “but only faith activated and energized and expressed and working through love.” Powerful!  The faith that God is seeking – that pleases Him – is a faith that is energized by love.  Prayer: Today, ask the Lord to help you to cease from religious striving and outward expressions only.  Rather, ask Him to energize your faith through sincere love.  Thank God that His love is what drives us to action and works of righteousness.  Declare that you are created for works of love that have been laid out from before the foundations of the world.  Declare that the Body of Christ was created to be a movement of love, and that movement is coming alive in the earth in this hour! Daily Prayer Target: Declare the release of brotherly love over this target and all who are involved in it: Day 38: Native People

Day 37 – 10/3/15 Churches as Bridge Building Communities Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments. It is like the dew of Hermon, descending upon the mountains of Zion; for there the Lord commanded the blessing— Life forevermore.” Psalm 133

We quote this verse so often that it can become cliché, but it is truly a revolutionary truth.  The words ‘good’ and ‘pleasant’ tell us that brothers coming together is not only a morally positive thing (good), but also for the enjoyment and pleasure of those that come together (pleasant).  The word ‘dwell’ speaks of coming and sitting down and abiding together.  The Psalm goes on to tell of the precious blessings of life that are released by the Father when this happens.  Sometimes we need to be intentional about extending ourselves to others who are not like us to be used by God to express His love to them. As believers, we are called to the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18-19).  We are called to be bridge builders who connect estranged ones at the prompting of the Holy Spirit.  Prayer: Today, ask the Lord to give you a passion for reconciliation, to become a bridge builder and to know the blessings of God when brothers abide together.  Pray that the Church would begin to walk in the ministry of reconciliation and be known as a bridge building community.  Thank God for the release of His blessing of life forevermore as this new move of love is birthed! Daily Prayer Target: Declare the release of brotherly love over this target and all who are involved in it: Day 37: Ministries

Day 36 – 10/2/15 Love Your Neighbor as Yourself And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 22: 39 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. John 5: 12

These two verses give us some insight into the ‘how’ of brotherly love.  What does brotherly love look like?  We don’t need to look any further than to see the standards that Jesus Himself laid out.  We are to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.  Of course, this requires a healthy self-love rooted in God’s perfect and unending love for us.  Jesus also told us that we are to love one another as He loved us.  This love, demonstrated most notably on the cross, is a love that forgives and honors no matter the mistreatment.  Prayer: Today, pray that the Lord would root and ground you in His love so that you can love yourself and understand His love for you.  Declare that your inheritance is to know the height, length, depth, and breadth of the love of God.  Pray for others in your family and sphere of influence to know the love of God and just how valuable they are to the Lord. Love is indeed Heaven upon Earth; since Heaven above would not be Heaven without it: For where there is not Love; there is Fear: But perfect Love casts out Fear. And yet we naturally fear most to offend what we most Love. What we Love, we’ll hear; what we Love, we’ll Trust; and what we Love, we’ll serve, ay, and suffer for too. ‘If you love me,’ says our Blessed Redeemer, ‘keep my Commandments.’ . . . then whatsoever we ask, we shall receive; and then where he is we shall be also, and that for ever. Behold the Fruits of Love; the Power, Virtue, Benefit and Beauty of Love! Love is above all; and when it prevails in us all, we shall all be Lovely, and in Love with God and one with another.”William Penn Daily Prayer Target: Declare the release of brotherly love over this target and all who are involved in it: Day 36: Refugees

Day 35 – 10/1/15 Serve One Another through Love

For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!” Galatians 5: 13- 15

Liberty and freedom are words often thrown around in our American culture – sometimes with little understanding of what they really mean.  However, God’s desire is that we use our liberty as an opportunity to promote and extend brotherly love and an attitude of servanthood.  True freedom is to live by the ‘law of love’.  Prayer: Today, declare over yourself that you are set free to love without limitation and that your liberty has been given to you so that you can serve others who are bound.  Pray that those who know true liberty, would bless one another and bless their neighbors.  Pray for your region that the dual callings of freedom and love would be realized according to these verses, so that the call to release brotherly love to the state and nation can be fulfilled. Daily Prayer Target: Declare the release of brotherly love over this target and all who are involved in it: Day 35: Prisoners

Day 34 – 9/30/15 Conflict Resolution through Love A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.” Proverbs 17: 17

I believe that conflict can be the greatest gauge for the strength of a relationship. Many see conflict as something to be avoided, but I’ve seen how conflict can be the very thing that cements us together. There was a conflict Jesus had with the Father at Gethsemane. And yet He made a resolution and took the cup of suffering we deserved. Jesus was and is a brother born for our time of adversity! In this life, conflict can be an internal or an external thing. Regardless of where adversity comes from, what we believe and who we are will come to the surface. Let us make a resolution during our times of conflict and adversity to love each other at ALL times and to emerge as a brother or sister ready to strengthen that bond. Prayer: Father, we dedicate ourselves to one another in a bond of brotherly love and peace. We declare that we will no longer allow conflict to separate us, but will allow Your Spirit to cement us together. Let a resurgence of Godly affection pour from our hearts and mouths as we come together as the family of the living God. Daily Prayer Target: Declare the release of brotherly love over this target and all who are involved in it: Day 34: Ethnic Communities

Day 33 – 9/29/15

Brotherly Love is the Answer

You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. . . . Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.” Matthew 5: 21-25

It is important to note that Jesus relates murder with anger against our brothers. We commonly see misunderstandings, offenses, strife, and discord among brothers. We try to address these problems without considering the Lord’s warnings about brotherly love. We run out of the congregation at the glimpse of a problem, we quit our jobs when we face circumstances, or we stop being friends when we feel offended by that person. We fail to realize that God uses problems to refine brotherly love in our lives. How should we react in the way that God expects from us? This is achieved only when we look on each offense as an opportunity to display the fruit of the Holy Spirit in our lives – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance- found in Galatians 5:22. Prayer: Father God, please refine the fruit of the Holy Spirit in our lives through the test, knowing that testing produces patience, according to James 1:12,”Blessed is the man who endures temptation; because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.” We ask for Your wisdom and not the wisdom of this world as in James 3: 17-18 “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” I am convinced that love is the most durable power in the world. It is not an expression of impractical idealism, but of practical realism. Far from being the pious injunction of a Utopian dreamer, love is an absolute necessity for the survival of our civilization. To return hate for hate does nothing but intensify the existence of evil in the universe. Someone must have sense enough and religion enough to cut off the chain of hate and evil, and this can only be done through love.”Martin Luther King, Jr. Daily Prayer Target: Declare the release of brotherly love over this target and all who are involved in it: Day 33: Children

Day 32 – 9/28/15

Getting Right With God and One Another

Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension.” I Timothy 2:8

To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” II Thessalonians 1:11-12

In 2006, the story of an Amish school shooting rocked the nation as news unfolded about a shooter who barricaded himself in a one room Amish school and shot innocent children before shooting himself at the start of their school day. Before it was lunchtime, the fathers of the children visited the grieving family of the shooter to extend forgiveness and personal condolences. In the days that followed, these same Amish families supported the shooter’s young widow and her children in various practical ways that included purchasing gifts at Christmas, extending continued friendship, and assisting with provision. This is a striking story of how, amidst unimaginable grief, one could put another’s heartbreak before their own. In so doing they dismantled shame and condemnation. That story is similar to the story of Philemon and Onesimus. Paul was willing to risk being unpopular for the sake of truth. In Philemon, Paul presented Onesimus as a Christian brother instead of a slave. Paul attempted to unite both Philemon and Onesimus with Christian love. The story of Philemon is transformational as it depicts the link between Paul and Onesimus and love, and our own ability to exercise love and forgiveness toward others. The distinction between law and grace is beautifully portrayed in these stories. The law gave Philemon the right to punish a runaway slave who was considered property. But the covenant of grace through Jesus allowed both master and slave to fellowship in love on an equal basis, bringing restoration and reconciliation. We need to daily examine our hearts and know that God holds us accountable for how we treat others and the offenses we take.  Invite the Holy Spirit to reveal any secret places in your heart where you may be holding on to unforgiveness or offense.  When offense occurs it creates a spiritual debt. Clear your offense account. Freedom comes when we forgive. Forgiveness doesn’t let the other person “off the hook,” it takes you “off Satan’s hook.”  When we fail to forgive, we judge ourselves and inhibit the Holy Spirit from freely moving in the life of the other person. Prayer: Father, examine my heart and show me any of the places that unforgiveness is standing in the way of my relationship with You and preventing me from truly loving my brothers and sisters. Forgive me for holding any offense, and replace it with a heart that loves unconditionally. Daily Prayer Target: Declare the release of brotherly love over this target and all who are involved in it: Day 32: Mental Health

Day 31 – 9/27/15

Have You Learned to Love?”

Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9For the commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ ‘You shall not covet,’ and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 10Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” Romans 13: 8-10

Bob Jones was a prophet and father to many other prophetic voices in this nation and around the world and was used by the Lord in some very unusual ways.  One unusual thing that happened to Bob was that he felt he actually died and went to heaven (prior to his final going home in 2014).  In this encounter with the Lord, Bob was sent back to earth to live another 20 plus years, but before that happened, the Lord asked him: “Have you learned to love?”   This one question was the fundamental question that the Lord was asking all those coming into eternity and it changed Bob’s life and ministry forever. Love is the fulfillment of the law!   Prayer: Today, declare that the Lord is stirring His people to take up love and walk in it.  Declare that God has blessed and gifted Pennsylvania with a prophetic voice of love and that voice is growing louder and stronger every day!  Tell the Lord that you are available to be His voice in the earth, to use love as the fulfillment of the law and ask Him to tune your ear to the frequency of love in the use of grace and mercy for others when they don’t deserve it. We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” -Martin Luther King, Jr. Daily Prayer Target: Declare the release of brotherly love over this target and all who are involved in it: Day 31: The Physically Disabled

Day 30 – 9/26/15

Releasing Brotherly Love to Heal Our NationA Story of Change

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5: 8

The love of Christ compels me.” II Corinthians 5: 14

I was difficult and hard to manage for many years.  I was unstable, depressed and selfish.  All those around me kept telling me to change.  Everyone kept telling me how big a problem I was. I resented them, but I agreed with them; and I wanted to change, but just couldn’t.  No matter how hard I tried. What really hurt the most was that my best friend also kept telling me how difficult I was.   He, too, insisted that I change. And I agreed with him, too, and just couldn’t bring myself to resent him.  Yet, I felt so powerless and so trapped. Then one day he said to me, ‘You don’t have to change.  It really doesn’t matter to me whether you change or not.  I love you just as you are.  I cannot help loving you.’ These words were music to my ears.  ‘You don’t have to change . . . I love you.’ Finally I relaxed and I came alive.   And, wondrous miracle, I changed!” -Reworded from The Song of the Bird, by Anthony de Mello How do we love? In what real ways do we express our love to people, to our city, state, and the nation?  Do we love in anticipation of change to come or do we love them as they are now? Prayer: Lord, help us to love as we ought, now, with no strings attached, no conditions or expectations except in You and Your promises.  Show us how to love with the love of Christ, so He may dwell in our hearts by faith; so that we are rooted and grounded in love. Daily Prayer Target: Declare the release of brotherly love over this target and all who are involved in it: Day 30: The Unborn

Day 29 – 9/25/15

Love Is a Key to Opening the Hearts of God’s Chosen People

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May they prosper who love you.  Peace be within your walls, Prosperity within your palaces.’ For the sake of my brethren and companions, I will now say, ‘Peace be within you.’” Psalm 122: 6-8

As we move forward in this hour, it is very important to understand access into eternal realms that will release a mighty deliverance in the earth. As we use what the Lord has given us properly, we can obtain supernatural assistance on behalf of the earth. The Bible uses a key as a symbol of authority. In Isaiah 22:22, we see the priest receiving “the key of the house of David . . . on his shoulder.” Revelation 3:7 uses similar symbolism. A trusted servant to the king wore the key to the king’s house on a hook on his shoulder. Therefore, he had the authority to open or close the king’s house. In Matthew 16: 19 Jesus released keys to the church. Not just one key but “keys.” One of the keys is the “key of love”, that opens the heart door of the Jewish people. When we consider the heart of God for this people and whole heartily cry out on behalf of the Jewish people, God can’t help himself, He will turn and bless our cities, our state and ultimately our nation. We are to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.  That means releasing love and blessing as well. The instruction of this psalm is to seek Jerusalem’s good, and, as a result, that which we have sought and earnestly requested of God will fall upon our cities. Prayer and love are the keys for accessing what is needed for our nation. Pray that God will give the church a clean and pure heart for Israel. Pray that the church begins to recognize our position as engrafted sons connected through blood covenant. We are indeed our brothers’ keeper. Prayer: Father in Jesus’ name, thank You for removing the veil that blinds the minds of the people. Thank You for tearing down the walls of division and religion that has kept us weak as a nation of priests. Thank You for purifying our hearts and causing us to love unconditionally our Jewish brothers and sisters. Father we pray that you would continue to release revelation to us for this nation. Isaiah 62: 6,7 states you have set watchmen on the walls for Jerusalem, they shall not hold their peace day and night. You told us to give you no rest till you establish and make Jerusalem a praise in the earth. Deuteronomy 32:43 says you will provide atonement for your land and your people. Isaiah 8:8 says, Jerusalem belongs to You, Father and the land to Your Messiah. You are jealous for Your land and Your people. Help us to align our prayers with Your will using the keys of prayer and love for Jerusalem. Daily Prayer Target: Declare the release of brotherly love over this target and all who are involved in it: Day 29: Pastors

Day 28 – 9/24/15

Sacrificial Son

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

As the Firstborn among many brothers, Jesus had to become the ideal model of His Fatherʼs heart. He revealed the radiance of Abbaʼs face and imprinted on the world the length, width, breadth, and height of this radical love. As we are born again, we begin to see through maturing eyes the perfect image of the Father through His one and only Son, Jesus. Through this beholding we start becoming like Him. Becoming like Christ, the Firstborn, is the key to “brotherly love.” Jesus was denied and betrayed by His brothers, yet cried out with full resolve, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” Let us exemplify this “brotherly love” with giving back to the world the very image of God they desperately need to see, by living, giving, and forgiving! Prayer: Father, we declare that brothers will again dwell together in unity and that the oil of the Holy Spirit will flow to break down every dividing wall. Let every wall fall and become a bridge to reconciliation and that the love of Jesus will be spread to all the broken places and heal our land. Amen Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”Martin Luther King, Jr. Daily Prayer Target: Declare the release of brotherly love over this target and all who are involved in it: Day 28: Mothers

Day 27 – 9/23/15

Loving Others Comes from Loving God

He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” John 14: 21

Loving others comes from loving God. Jesus said that the first and most important commandment is to love God and love your neighbor as yourself. Obeying this law is a beautiful answer to the perfect love of God. How do we answer a love that is perfect, infinite, inexhaustible, and never-failing? Only by loving Him. We learn how to love Him because He loved us first and He affected ours lives with His love. Most Christians don’t have a problem with loving God, because it is easy to love someone who loves us; but the second commandment tell us to love others as ourselves. I believe that loving others is related to and depends on loving God. It is a result of loving Him. If we say that we love Him, we follow His commandments. If we say that we love Him, we follow joyfully His will. If we say that we love Him, we believe that His will is good, and acceptable, and perfect. If we say that we love Him, His perfect love permeates our lives enabling us to love others, including those who hate, reject, or persecute us. Prayer: We pray that Your love will penetrate our lives. We need Your love to love others and to see them the way You see them. We pray Ephesians 3:17-19 (NKJV) “…that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith; that we, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height-to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that we may be filled with all the fullness of God.” We ask You Holy Spirit for a greater revelation of the Father’s love for us. That every sentence, every decision, and every attitude of our heart will be based on our adoption as children of God, who loves us and forgave us, and now we can love others through the new identity as sons and daughters of God. Galatians 4: 6 (NKJV) “And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, ‘Abba, Father!’.” We ask for holiness in our lives to keep His word and His law that is fair and good for us. Let us be blameless in every good work, and especially in love toward one another. I Thessalonians 3:12-13 “And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you, so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.” Daily Prayer Target: Declare the release of brotherly love over this target and all who are involved in it: Day 27: Fathers

Day 26 – 9/22/15

Brotherly Love Is Not Just a Nice Idea, It’s a Revival Strategy

Little children, I shall be with you a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come,’ so now I say to you. A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this, all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13: 33-35

Brotherly love is not just a nice idea, it is a revival strategy! Jesus shared that our love for one another would be a witness to the world; that we were His disciples and that He was the Messiah. This kind of outward love is a spiritual sign and an evangelistic tool.  The world is well acquainted with relational tension and disunity, but it is truly a sign of the power of God when people come together transcending ethnicity, gender, generations, and denominations all in the name of love for Jesus and one another.   Declare today:  By the power of the Holy Spirit, you are becoming a true disciple of Christ who loves all the saints. Pray for a release of evangelism because of the unity of the body Daily Prayer Target: Declare the release of brotherly love over this target and all who are involved in it: Day 26: Marriage

Day 25 – 9/21/15

For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace.” Ephesians 2:14-15 “It is a clear and just thing, and my God who has given it to me through many difficulties, will, I believe, bless and make it (Pennsylvania) the seed of a nation.” -William Penn, March 4th, 1681 It is not a little thing that is was spoken over what was then the territory of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania became a state over 100 years later. Many words have been spoken through the years about ancient wells being reopened, and dry ground being turned over when Godly people have put their hands to the plow in ministry. The age old seeds, planted through prophetic words such as Penn’s words above, are raised up and germinated in the presence of the living water flowing from the ancient wells. Penn’s desire was for his “holy experiment” to flow to the entire nation. He wanted for all people groups in our nation to live together in peace. Was it not God who said that “He, through His Son, is our peace who has broken down the dividing wall of hostility between the two (Jew and Gentile and all people groups and races) so that He might create one new man?” (Ephesians 2:14-15) God is bringing us together from all races and creeds and backgrounds to mold us into one with Pennsylvania at the heart of what God is doing. So we fast and pray, not that God will see us and be impressed, but so God will hear our heart cry and that the bonds of wickedness and will be broken and that He will grant us an awakening of His love to flow from us to our fellow man with no regard as to their race or nationality. Prayer: Father we want You to open the ancient wells of our nation, and to cause the living waters of Jesus to flow from them. Awaken us with the presence of Your Holy Spirit and let it flow from Pennsylvania to the rest of the nation. Remember Your covenant with us, Father and let it be manifested in this day. Daily Prayer Target: Declare the release of brotherly love over this target and all who are involved in it: Day 25: The Youth Generation

Day 24 – 9/20/15

There is no Fear In Love

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has torment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”  I John 4:18

The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will show them his covenant.” Psalms 25:14

Love is not only something you feel, it is something you do.” –David Wilkerson Joseph Campbell said, “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek!” We all want to know and fulfill our destiny, however, when that desire is not submitted to the Lord, we fail to be honest with ourselves about our own soul wounds.  This grows a fear of not wanting to be hurt again which becomes ungodly when we try to control our circumstances without asking for God’s help and trusting in Him for our protection. When the outcomes of life’s experience do not match our expectations, we often deny the disappointment or try changing how we “do” life, often driven by a fear of man. We condition ourselves to focus on our strengths, avoid confronting our weaknesses and surround ourselves with people who tell us what we want to hear. By doing so, we inadvertently weaken our strengths and cloud our vision, giving the enemy more power to plunder our success through fear and cripple our relationships with others. We need to be willing to allow the Lord to touch the secret places of our heart, surrender what He reveals to us and confront our weaknesses and fear. Our perceptions often control us no matter how inaccurate they are. Surrendering our perception is an act of obedience and humility.  Perceptions of inferiority, unworthiness, etc. influence our choices and hinder our advancement. When these self-inflicted fears are not dealt with they also spill over into our perceptions of others.  Overcoming our own shortcomings and reconciling our woundedness will free us to have a healthy relationship with God and others without a fear of man.  We need to examine our thoughts and feeling and know their source so they do not mislead us or cause us to misjudge others. Failing to do so results in self-sabotage and hurts our relationships with others, both personally and professionally. 

 

David’s prayer in Psalms 86:11 was for the Lord to “Unite his heart to reverently fear the Lord.” When your heart is divided, who you think you are, what you feel, and how you “do” life are at odds. Opening your own heart to the correction of a loving God enables you to be reconciled with Him and yourself. This wisdom establishes a foundation for satisfaction and joy and sets the stage to walk unhindered in relationship with others. Prayer: Lord, help us recognize the fear that stands between who we want to be and who we wish we never were. Help us to realize what happens when we hide from who we “really are”. Open our eyes to see the unintentional signals we send that invite others to mistrust us, or the suspicions that hinder us from fully trusting one another. Enable us to capture the lost moments of being where we have longed to be. Dismantle that which inhibits us from walking in the fullness of intimacy with You and the freedom of unhindered Godly relationship with appropriate people. Quicken our hearts and position us for the support needed to fulfill Your call in our lives and Your dream for unity and brotherly love in the body of Christ. Daily Prayer Target: Declare the release of brotherly love over this target and all who are involved in it: Day 24: Arts & Entertainment

Day 23 – 9/19/15

Fasting with Purpose

[Rather] is not this the fast that I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every [enslaving] yoke? Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house—when you see the naked, that you cover him, and that you hide not yourself from [the needs of] your own flesh and blood? Then shall your light break forth like the morning, and your healing (your restoration and the power of a new life) shall spring forth speedily; your 

righteousness (your rightness, your justice, and your right relationship with God) shall go before you [conducting you to peace and prosperity], and the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’ If you take away from your midst yokes of oppression [wherever you find them], the finger pointed in scorn [toward the oppressed or the godly], and every form of false, harsh, unjust, and wicked speaking, 10 And if you pour out that with which you sustain your own life for the hungry and satisfy the need of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in darkness, and your obscurity and gloom become like the noonday.”  Isaiah 58: 6-10

As we pray and fast for the release of Brotherly Love, it is important to remember that not all fasting pleases the Lord.  It is only when our fasting has the authenticity of righteousness and justice behind it that God promises to move powerfully. Today take a moment to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to show you any places where you could do better in:
  1. Loosing the bonds of wickedness
  2. Undoing heavy burdens
  3. Bringing freedom to the oppressed
  4. Breaking yokes of bondage
  5. Feeding the hungry
  6. Caring for the poor
  7. Clothing the naked
  8. Caring for your family
Daily Prayer Target: Declare the release of brotherly love over this target and all who are involved in it: Day 23: Gangs

Day 22 – 9/18/15

The Divine Progression of Sowing and ReapingThe Greatest Parable

Give and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you receive/reap.”  Luke 6: 38

Christianity declares that God so greatly loved the world that He gave up His only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but will have everlasting life. This divine example in the Godhead of laying down one’s own life/rights in obedience to the Father that others may live and not die spiritually is the highest standard of what love looks like. “Blessed are the poor in spirit (those who have come to the end of self) for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. A key Biblical outworking of God’s divine love in the Christian family is for husbands to love their wives as Christ loved the Church. We know that a perfect Jesus was willing to receive an unjust judgment, suffer brutality on our behalf and die a physical death, in order to demonstrate His resurrection power and plan to people and principalities … which He continues to reveal to His Church today. His true love offered this resurrection of life to all; to any who could see and receive His sacrificial free gift. He would convict many to become His purchased disciples who would continue in His living Word to grow in maturity, unity and faith, activated by His love. As Jesus Christ is Head of His Church, He has ordained husbands to be the spiritual heads of their families. As husbands and fathers follow His divine example, wives can see and understand their own roles as subject to their husbands who are responsible to nourish, protect and cherish their wives. This obedience to divine order can only serve to deepen the marital relationship, and be an example to the next generation as a secure foundation in their own lives. God’s plan for families continues when children, sowing obedience to their parents, honor, esteem, and value them. It is their parents that will love them as children by instructing them in the precepts of the living Word. They will teach them to apply love to daily life. Children will grow securely leaning of the hope and future each one has in a Heavenly Father who has mandated a particular destiny for each. As children seek to be imitators of God, following His example of sowing love freely, their future is secure in Jesus. The love of the Father will draw every tongue and tribe, male and female of every age to follow the life-giving path of Light and Love. This is a lifetime process of growing into His image and likeness as we rely on the Holy Spirit to believe and receive. This natural multiplication of his loving example… of coming to the end of self and sowing for the good of others will reap a mighty manifestation of His Kingdom in righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. True love does not just sit around and sympathize.  True love gets in where the action is, rolls up its sleeves and does something, at the cost of labor, at the cost maybe of weariness and sleeplessness.  Love labors. It’s not just a passive emotion; it’s an active, driving force that drives people to sacrificial labor on behalf of others.” -Derek Prince Prayer: Father, we thank You and give You praise that You loved all of Your creation before we knew You. You have a plan and a purpose for each one of us. Thank you that your selfless sacrifice on the cross is a continual reminder and example of Your great love. We may overcome in every situation because You are always with us. Father, Your very essence is love and we ask for a saturation of Your love that we might co-labor with you, guided by Holy Spirit to establish and multiply Your Divine order on earth in Jesus’ mighty name. Daily Prayer Target: Declare the release of brotherly love over this target and all who are involved in it: Day 22: Elderly people

Day 21 – 9/17/15

Examine My Heart, Once Again

Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; Try my mind and my heart.”  Psalm 26: 2 NKJV

Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!” Psalm 139: 23 AMP

Numerous times throughout this devotional, authors encourage us to reflect on the state of our own hearts and identify what may be hindering our relationships with Father God, as well as our brothers and sisters in Christ.  As today marks the half-way point in the 40-day fast; it seems a good time to do that once again.   What has been your greatest revelation as you have prayed about releasing a movement of Brotherly Love? What specific issues have you become more aware of in your own life?   What ways are you loving well or not so well?  What are you going to do about it? How are you going to demonstrate love more actively? What can you do to encourage others to examine their own hearts? Prayer: Father, as I ponder the answers to these questions, draw me deeper. May I not be satisfied with superficial responses or fleeting answers. Show me those times when I am pre-occupied with the world or so focused on my own needs that I am too impatient and not caring enough to love well.  Bring me into a deep and abiding relationship with You, where Your heart-beat becomes my heart-beat, where I truly love as You love.  Through the power of the shed blood of Jesus that represents how much You love me, enable me to release Brotherly Love where ever I go and inspire others to do the same. Daily Prayer Target: Declare the release of brotherly love over this target and all who are involved in it: Day 21: Unemployed people

Day 20 – 9/16/15

Brotherly Love Must Abide

Let brotherly love continue.  Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. Remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also.” Hebrews 13:1-3

The last verse of Hebrews 12 declares that God is an all-consuming fire.  We are then immediately reminded that brotherly love must continue, or abide, in our midst.  As the fire of God consumes everything that is not of Him, love alone will remain.  As brotherly love abides among us, two of the expressions of brotherly love emerge; hospitality and compassion.   Declare today: Compassion and hospitality are stirring in you in a new way and that abiding in brotherly love is your portion. Pray for an outbreak of the love of God in our prison systems. Lastly, pray for a release of brotherly love among those persecuted for the sake of Christ. Daily Prayer Target: Declare the release of brotherly love over this target and all who are involved in it: Day 20: Judges/Courts

Day 19 – 9/15/15

Walking in Brotherly Love as a ‘Fool for Christ’

We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored!” I Corinthians 4:10, NKJV

Have you ever felt like a fool for Christ? Perhaps we all have at one time or another. It’s not necessarily an experience most would seek, but should it be? What would happen if being a ‘fool for Christ’ became a frequently found trait in those contending to consistently walk in Brotherly Love? Could such ‘foolishness’ transform culture and even our lives? I believe so. John Wimber, one of the founding leaders of the Vineyard Movement, and according to some, the founder of the band “The Righteous Brothers,” shared how he experienced this. At a home Bible study, Wimber openly sobbed while surrendering his heart and life to Jesus Christ. During his dramatic spiritual rebirth, he had “a recollection” of a man whom he had seen years earlier wearing a sandwich board sign proclaiming: “I’m a fool for Christ. Whose fool are you?” (I Corinthians 4:10). “That’s it!” exclaimed Wimber, displaying his trademark transparency. “I’m going to be His fool!” He went on to testify, “I resolved that I was going to do the foolish thing in the eyes of the world.” After Wimber’s Christian conversion, he became a Quaker and a man mightily used of God to transform culture through his prolific songs and messages. “If Christ was worth coming to at all He was worth coming all the way,” said Wimber. “I got up from there and have been a fool ever since; my heart’s intent is always to be His fool.” Declare today: Lord, I willingly obey You in every aspect of my life, even if it seems ‘foolish’ to the world. I realize forgiveness may seem foolish, but when extended, it powerfully releases brotherly love. I want love to flow in and through me. Highlight any hindrances to forgiveness, or anyone I need to forgive, no matter how far in the past they may be. I forgive all and in so doing I release others and myself to know Your love in a deeper way. Daily Prayer Target: Declare the release of brotherly love over this target and all who are involved in it: Day 19: Broken Families

Day 18 – 9/14/15

Friendly Persuasion

A man who has friends must himself be friendly.” Proverbs 18:24a, NKJV

Being friendly is not just a good idea. It’s a God-idea; one that promotes love. For some, being friendly comes naturally; for others it’s more of a challenge. Either way, we all can grow in this vital area as we continue connecting with the One who calls us “friends” (John 15:15). While on this earth, Jesus was called “a friend of sinners” (Matthew 11:19, Luke 7:34). What an honor! He still is and we can be too. What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.”Saint Augustine Prayer: Father, open our eyes to see those who need a friend. Open our hearts to be friendly. Show us practical ways we can demonstrate brotherly love to both believers and to those who do not yet know You, welcoming all with Your love. Daily Prayer Target: Declare the release of brotherly love over this target and all who are involved in it: Day 18: Mayors/City Council

Day 17 – 9/13/15

Seeing People through the Eyes of God

“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.”  Luke 15:4-7

Was the lost one rebellious, mentally challenged, or physically weak?  It didn’t matter, the Good Shepherd loved him as well as all the others.  Over the years, as I’ve prayed for a greater understanding of this kind of love, God gave me some practical experiences that showed a glimpse of what this kind of love looks like.  At the prompting of the Holy Spirit, I began pausing before responding to what someone said and would think: “I’m listening for the voice of the Lord. I am suspending my thoughts about what they just said and their issue, so that I can sense God’s thoughts and His heart. I ask the Holy Spirit to inspire my words with His opinion, answer and solution. As I continued to pray to hear God’s heart for people, and pause before responding, there were times when the words I spoke could only have come from the Holy Spirit.  They comforted and encouraged the heart of the person in a way that I – because of my limited understanding – could not have.  I found myself having conversations that surprised me. As I listened to people I had previously only spoken to in the briefest of pleasantries, I could hear the Holy Spirit reveal the true depth of where they where coming from. Over and over God led my focus to the heart of the matter or the root of the problem.  As a result, I was able to share wisdom and understanding that helped people gain revelation and clarity.  There were even times when such love flowed over me for that person that it had to be supernatural because it seemed to spring from a well of which I was totally unaware. Prayer: Father, I am making a commitment today to love from the view of the Holy Spirit.  I ask You to show me what I need to love those around me as You love them. I ask for greater sensitivity and discernment.  I ask for revelation, understanding and wisdom as I interact with others throughout the day.  Holy Spirit, I ask you to literally put the words in my mouth that will set captives free, heal hearts and restore relationships. Daily Prayer Target: Declare the release of brotherly love over this target and all who are involved in it: Day 17: Single Parents

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Day 16 – 9/12/15

While we were still sinners . . . “

“ For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.

For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good

person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that

while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  Romans 5:6-8

Love looks like dying for those who don’t deserve it. Love looks like “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” Love looks like choosing to repay evil with good even when we ‘know’ that we are right. Love covers someone’s sins instead of exposing them. Love forgives, over and over again – seventy times seven. Prayer: Father, apart from You we have no good thing. In You we have all of the resources of heaven. Fill us Holy Spirit and renew us that we might love like You love – with Your very love. Teach us to walk humbly with You – to listen and obey as You call us to show love like You do by dying to ourselves and living for You. Daily Prayer Target: Declare the release of brotherly love over this target and all who are involved in it: Day 16: Daycares

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Day 15 – 9/11/15

Covenant Love

Covenant love is conscious love.  It is intentional love.  It is commitment to love no matter what.  It requires thought and action.  It does not wait for the encouragement of warm emotions but chooses to look out for the interest of the other party because you are committed to the other’s well-being.  Covenant love requires two factors: knowledge of the nature of love and the will to love.” – Gary Chapman

But Ruth replied, ‘Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. 17 Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.’”

Ruth 1:16-17

If there was ever a heart of love between two opposites it is found in the book of Ruth. The portrait that the Holy Spirit has shown us through the pages of this book is an incredible love and devotion with unlimited measure. In these pages we find no personal agenda, just pure care and covenant love between two people that caused the action of synergy to move through humanity. As a result of this union of love we are introduced to the plan of God’s recovery for humanity and the face of the kinsman redeemer. We see several aspects of the character of Jesus working behind the scene in the person of the Holy Spirit to provide for His people. Love is the generator of this movement.   Love connected two nations; it was the act of the redeeming work of the Holy Spirit that made provision for a lost and impoverished world. Let’s take a good look at the book of Ruth, reading with the eyes of the Spirit that we would see an amazing work of love through covenant relationship. Prayer: Father in Jesus’ name release a Ruth/Naomi anointing on your Church, that she will have a heart of love and commitment to You that will birth Your righteousness upon our region. Thank you for the kinsmen redeemer anointing that will take back all that has been lost through disobedience. Put us on the threshing floor of your grace and reestablish your will in Pennsylvania and the nation.  Align our region with your heart for our Jewish brothers and sisters, that anti-Semitism be abolished. We take the lead of dismantling that spirit in our region.  Help us to love the Jewish people with a pure heart and accept them as you have accepted us. Daily Prayer Target: Declare the release of brotherly love over this target and all who are involved in it: Day 15: Government workers

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Day 14 – 9/10/15

A Picture of Brotherly Love

But Ruth replied, ‘Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. 17 Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.’”

Ruth 1:16-17

Love – brotherly love – what does it look like? We know from scripture that love is an action word. “God so loved . . . that He GAVE . . . ”[John 3:16] Though the above passage from Ruth does not contain the word ‘love’, it is an action plan for making love real to those around us. As Ruth, the Gentile Moabitess, leaves her home and cleaves to her embittered, Jewish mother-in-law, Naomi, her cry is a covenant declaration of what she will DO. Her fulfillment of this covenant brings Naomi hope, revives her faith in Jehovah, and ultimately brings her a Kinsman–Redeemer and an heir to carry on her name and family line. Ruth risked being an outcast, forsaking all that was familiar and comfortable, and perhaps never marrying again. Instead, her love expressed to Naomi assured her a place in Jesus’ family line. Can we show the same sacrificial love? Can we cleave to those unlike us, laying aside our agendas and comforts to show them Jesus, or to walk with believers who appear different than we are, moving outside of what we know to embrace unity with the body of Christ? Prayer: Father, pour out Your love into our hearts anew and afresh. We come boldly asking for the grace to love others with a love that perseveres across ethnic boundaries, language barriers, differences in skin color and cultural upbringing. Grant us grace to serve our brothers, seeking their best through our actions and desiring their protection and their continuation. Allow us to stand shoulder to shoulder in you, to walk together until Your love is released. Grant us courage, in Jesus’ Name.   Daily Prayer Target: Declare the release of brotherly love over this target and all who are involved in it: Day 14: Emergency responders

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Day 13 – 9/9/15

Brotherly Love and Covenant

I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”  Ephesians 4:1-3

The Amplified Bible translates verse 3, “Be eager and strive earnestly to guard and keep the harmony and oneness of [and produced by] the Spirit in the binding power of peace.”  This really captures the urgency of Paul’s appeal to the Ephesian church.  The word that is used for “bond” is a Greek word that was used to describe people who were chained together in a chain gang.  They would have no way to do anything, except together.  They were quite literally bound to one another.  This kind of commitment is sorely lacking in our culture.  We often see how the covenant of marriage is so lightly thought of and see an alarming trend of people ‘hopping’ from church to church; leaving whenever they are offended in some way.  This is quite the opposite of what Paul is describing.  We must come to a place where we understand that God has joined us with certain people and to leave them behind or to break fellowship with them is disobedience to God.  Instead, we need to see ourselves as only overcoming situations and circumstances when we overcome WITH those that we are bound with in the bond of peace.  As Colossians 3:14 says, “But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.”   Prayer: Pray that the Lord would give you understanding regarding who you are to co-labor with in covenant partnership.  Take a moment to pray blessings over them.  Pray that local church bodies would be forged in love and that division and dissension would be cast down.  Pray that local churches would be vigilant in guarding the bond of peace and love in their midst. Daily Prayer Target: Declare the release of brotherly love over this target and all who are involved in it: Day 13: Social Services

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Day 12 – 9/8/15

Re-digging the Wells of Brotherly Love

That very day Isaac’s servants came and told him about a new well they had dug.

We’ve found water!’ they exclaimed.” Genesis 26:32

Genesis 26 tells how Isaac re-dug the wells of his father, Abraham.  The chapter begins with a famine in the land.  Like his father before him, Isaac prepared to move his flock and his people to a location where they could survive and thrive.  Along the way, God directed him to change course and when he did, he prospered.  With the increase of his herd, he needed to find new sources of water and looked to the wells that had been dug by his father.  When the first two were cleared of the earth and stone with which the Philistines had filled them, strife arose and the wells were abandoned.  Over the third well, however, there was no strife.  Isaac declared: “At last the LORD has created enough space for us to prosper in this land.” And he named the well Rehoboth, meaning “spacious or broad place”. Wells are strategically located so they can be a source of life-sustaining water. If they run dry, they are abandoned.  In the account above, however, it appears that some had dried up, requiring Isaac to move his flock – but some had been filled in by the enemy.  When they were found and re-dug, they once again sustained life. When we re-dig the ancient wells in the spirit, we are honoring the water of life that flowed from them. “But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life” John 4:14By digging wells even deeper than they were originally, we are releasing a flow of the Spirit and a revelation of love that can truly heal the nation. We have flown the air like birds and swum the sea like fishes, but have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers.” Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer: Father, we ask You to show us how to re-dig the wells of love that were established in this region by William Penn and the many others committed to seeing Your Kingdom come to earth.  Show us how we can align our words and actions with those of the righteous saints who have gone before us.  Show us how to co-operate with you in releasing the flow of Brotherly Love that runs deep within the spiritual wells beneath our region and state. Daily Prayer Target: Declare the release of brotherly love over this target and all who are involved in it: Day 12: Government Officials

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Day 11 – 9/7/15

What God Did Before, He Will Do Again

When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.” Acts 2:1-2

Acts 2 records what happened roughly 2000 years ago when a group of believers came into one accord.  The Holy Spirit fell upon a collection of people whom, to that point, had mostly been concerned about who was the greatest among them.  But something happened in the upper room that caused the disciples to come into one accord.  We are beneficiaries, even today, of what happened in the upper room.  The world was literally turned upside down.  The exciting news is that God is still moving in this way!  One great example took place with a group of people with similar challenges to the disciples in the book of Acts.  In the 1700’s a group of persecuted Christians were given refuge on Count Ludwig von Zinzendorf’s land.  Displaced from their homelands, it wasn’t long before these persecuted ones became the persecutors.  Among the 300 or so who had settled together, bitter disputes arose over doctrinal differences.  The young Count decided to step in and mediate.  He mandated that those who lived on his land sign a ‘brotherly agreement’ stating that they would live in harmony with one another.  However, Zinzendorf knew he couldn’t legislate the heart, so he urged the community to come together to worship and pray.  On August 13, 1727, the 300 came together for a communion service.  As on the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was poured out in such a powerful way that all who left the meeting that day, went “hardly knowing whether they belonged to earth or had already gone to heaven”.  According to Zinzendorf, “They had quit judging each other because they had become convinced, each one, of his lack of worth in the sight of God and each felt himself at this communion to be in view of the noble countenance of the Saviour.”  This outpouring became known as the Moravian Pentecost, and although the Holy Spirit manifested in many ways (through miracles, signs and wonders) in their midst, the most exalted of these manifestations was the brotherly love that overtook the Moravian community.  It was in an effort to preserve the atmosphere of love (which stood in such contrast to the contention of the former season) that the Moravians launched what became 100 years of 24 hours a day, 7 days a week prayer!  As they engaged with the Lord in the place of prayer, they received His heart for missions and sparked the modern missions movement (William Carey and others site the Moravians as their inspiration).  Much like the 120 in the upper room, 300 Moravians turned the world upside down when they came into one accord in a spirit of love.  Prayer: Today, declare that God can and WILL do this again!  Declare that He is the same yesterday, today and forever.  Thank Him that through our prayers, hearts are being turned to one another and a movement of Brotherly Love IS being birthed.  Pray for the full release of God’s purposes for His church in this hour as He pours out His Spirit again on all flesh. Daily Prayer Target: Declare the release of brotherly love over this target and all who are involved in it: Day 11: Law Enforcement

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Day 10 – 9/6/15

First Receive The Father’s Love, Then . . .

As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?”

Psalm 42:1-2

Jack Frost, author of “Experiencing the Father’s Embrace” and “From Spiritual Slavery to Spiritual Sonship,” would often exhort attendees at his Father’s Love Encounters: “First receive the Father’s Love and then give it away to the next person you meet.” Sounds simple, but how do you “receive the Father’s Love?” Be needy. Admit that you need God to fill and guide all aspects of your life. Then demonstrate your need for His love and guidance by investing time in soaking in his Presence, and listening for his still, small voice (I Kings 19:12). As you develop this delightful habit, you’ll find yourself thirsting for more of Him, and faithfully, He will fill you more and more.   Many enjoy ‘soaking’ in worship music and reading scripture as a serene start to their day; others prefer this respite in the afternoon or evening. Whenever the time, prioritizing time in His Presence by humbly receiving from His Spirit and Word is key. Prayer: Father, help me realize I am not called to live this Christian life apart from You. I need You every moment of every day just as a deer needs the water brooks. Fill me with Your love so that I am full and overflowing with love for anyone I will encounter today. Daily Prayer Target: Declare the release of brotherly love over this target and all who are involved in it: Day 10: Substance Abuse

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Day 9 – 9/5/15

Forgiveness – A Key to Love

Now whom you forgive anything, I also forgive. For if indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one for your sakes in the presence of Christ, lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices. Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ’s gospel, and a door was opened to me by the Lord, I had no rest in my spirit, because I did not find Titus my brother; but taking my leave of them, I departed for Macedonia.” II Corinthians 2:10-13 NKJV‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

In his second letter to the Corinthians, Paul encourages his brothers and sister to be aware of the enemy’s devices; namely that Satan will seek to take advantage of unforgiveness between the brethren.  One of Satan’s main tactics is to drive a wedge between brothers and sisters through unforgiveness – especially people called to labor together for the Kingdom.  Paul’s words in verse 10 remind us that Christ has called us primarily into a ministry of forgiveness (John 20:22-23).  As the passage continues (verses 12-13), we see the strong bond that Paul had established with Titus (one of Paul’s spiritual sons and a co-laborer with him for the Gospel).  This bond of love is the opposite of the division that the enemy seeks to bring through unforgiveness.  Paul and Titus’s relationship was so strong that although Paul had a door opened to him (by the Lord), he left that opportunity to be with his beloved brother.   Prayer: Today, pray for Kingdom relationships to be strengthened in your life.  Ask the Holy Spirit to bring to mind anyone that you are to co-labor with, and with whom your relationship has been hindered by the enemy.  Pray for the Body of Christ to be aware and not ignorant of the trap of unforgiveness and that we would excel and be known for the ministry of forgiveness.  Daily Prayer Target: Declare the release of brotherly love over this target and all who are involved in it: Day 9: Orphans

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Day 8 – 9/4/15

Removing Barriers to Love

We love Him because He first loved us.

If someone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? 21 And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.” 1 John 4: 19-21

God takes the Great Commandment seriously.  He says “he who loves God MUST love his brother also.” And Brother Lawrence, who wrote “The Practice of the Presence of God,” said this: “I do know that those who want to know God’s presence (and thus His love) have their hearts emptied of all worldly stuff.  That’s because God never shares a heart with anyone or anything.” What does love have to do with God’s presence?  They are both heart issues and both require us to choose.  Are we willing to choose love?  Are we willing to choose the presence of God?  If so, we will have to give up ourselves and anything that is standing in the way. A previous devotional focused the spotlight on our hearts so that we might see the ways in which we have not loved our brothers and sisters, as well as some of the reasons this is so.  The next step, after praying about any of the issues in your life, is to ask the Lord what to do about them so that they no longer influence your relationship with Him and with others, Prayer: Lord, I commit myself to love.  Please show me the specific actions I need to take to remove any of the barriers that stand in the way of a relationship with You and a relationship with family, friends, co-workers or even the people I pass on the street.  Bring the people and resources, time and opportunities that You know I need to make these adjustments in my life.  I truly seek to have a heart of love, for You and for my neighbors. Daily Prayer Target: Declare the release of brotherly love over this target and all who are involved in it: Day 8: Poor ********** Day 7 Getting Ready to Release Love
Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; Try my mind and my heart. Psalm 26: 2 NKJV Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! Psalm 139: 23 AMP Where we have considered ourselves transparent, the Lord is saying, there is more to share. Where we have believed ourselves forgiving, the Lord is asking us to examine our hearts once more. Where we have thought ourselves honest, the Lord says, “Think again.” Where we have, judged, avoided, held back, ignored, failed to forgive and reconcile, misrepresented, have been insensitive to the feelings of others, criticized instead of stepping in to help . . . the Lord is asking us to repent and choose love. Not because He is judging us, but because He wants us free of all that stands in the way of knowing Him and His Love – for us and for others. As you read the list below, let Holy Spirit point out the issues you may need to deal with and seriously pray about them. Lord, please . . . • Show me any of the ways I have not loved You, Father, as well as how I have not loved my neighbor. • Expose unforgiveness that I may repent and make things right with You and others. • Help me recognize the times that a spirit of offence has caused me to react in an ungodly way. I repent of that reaction, come out of agreement with that spirit and replace the lie with the truth. Show me how to stop that from happening. • Shine Your light on my pride, self-promotion and personal agendas. I know they are not pleasing to You. I commit myself to seeking Your plans and purposes, to aligning myself to Your heart and mind. • If there are people I need to repent to, show me and give me the words to speak to them. • Where there are relationships that need to be restored, please provide the opportunity and soften the hearts of all involved. • Show me any insecurities and habits that keep me from hearing Your voice and show me how to eliminate their influence on my life. • Where I have judged and made assumptions about people and their motives, instead of asking to see them through Your eyes, please forgive me. I ask You to remind me every time I fall into judgment and assumption. Please show me how You see others that I may see them that way as well. • When my reactions to what others say and do are out of my flesh, forgive me. Holy Spirit help me to walk sacrificially and respond in the spirit, not the flesh, to all things. Daily Prayer Target: Military **********
Day 6 The Power of Love
Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love . . . Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.11 Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51: 1, 10-11 Love is the hardest lesson in Christianity; but, for that reason, it should be most our care to learn it. William Penn Dr. Karl Menninger, one of the pioneers in psychiatric medicine, believed that love literally healed people and had the potential for being the “medicine for the sickness of the world”. Before we are ready to release the kind of Brotherly Love that can heal the city, state or nation; we need to have our own hearts renewed by love. Use the lyrics of the song Power of You Love, by Geoffrey Bullock, to cry out to the Lord for the healing power of His love: “Lord I come to You. Let my heart be changed, renewed, flowing from the grace that I found in You. And Lord I’ve come to know the weaknesses I see in me will be stripped away by the power of Your love. Hold me close. Let Your love surround me. Bring me near. Draw me to Your side. And as I wait, I’ll rise up like the eagle and I will soar with You. Your Spirit leads me on in the power of Your love. Lord unveil my eyes. Let me see You face to face, the knowledge of Your love as You live in me. Lord renew my mind, as Your will unfolds in my life in living every day in the power of Your love.” Daily Prayer Target: Homeless **********
Day 5 In His Presence
Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18 God tells us to pray without ceasing. This is really only possible if we have a running conversation with Him throughout the day and ask His opinion when we are in doubt or need to make a decision, not abandoning our own thinking, but seeking to appropriate the Mind of Christ and the Heart of God in all things. This is what Brother Lawrence, the 1700th century French monk did. He was known for living in the presence of God. What does this have to do with Brotherly Love? Loving God empowers us to love others. Prayer: Father, I want to pray without ceasing, to have a conversation with You throughout the day. Lord, I especially want to talk to You about loving You and loving others. Please show me how to do that well and how to continue improving. Holy Spirit, remind me to refocus when I get distracted during the day. Watch yourself in the days ahead to see if your conversation with the Lord is increasing. Daily Prayer Target: Churches **********
Day 4 Love Is
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 Scores of books have been written about love and that’s a good thing. But having the kind of love that we can release to touch the hearts of others requires a personal encounter with the God who is Love. It means having a relationship so deep that His ways become our ways. “I pray that you will understand the words of Jesus, “Love one another as I have loved you.” Ask yourself “How has he loved me? Do I really love others in the same way?” Unless this love is among us, we can kill ourselves with work and it will only be work, not love. Work without love is slavery.” Mother Teresa Prayer: Lord, I want to know You more. I want to know how wide, how deep, how long and how high I can experience Your love. I seek to be like You, as the God who is Love. Show me, Lord. Begin making a list of all He shows you. Daily Prayer Target: University/College Students **********
Day 3 The Great Commandment “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”  Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.] 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”  Matthew 22: 36-40 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  John 13:34 NKJV Whatever activity we find ourselves engaged in, whether school, career, job or ministry, we are to do “all to the glory of God.” That means love for others is to come first after our love for God in our daily decisions. We want to invest in blessing other people through the love of Jesus that is in us. Prayer: Lord, I want to understand how to live the Great Commandment more completely.  Please show me what that looks like and give me the understanding, wisdom and strength to live it out. Daily Prayer Target: Businesses ********** Day 2 If We Are Made in the Image of God and God Is Love We Are to Be Love Also He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 1 John 4: 8 NKJV Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. . .  Genesis 1: 26a NKJV Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love. Francis of Assisi Think about it.  If we are made in the likeness and image of God and He is Love, doesn’t that mean we are supposed to “be love” as well? Prayer: Father, the idea of “being love” is almost beyond comprehension.  You are Love.  You loved us so much that You gave your only begotten Son that we might have eternal life.  Out of a grateful heart of humility, I seek to comprehend what it means to “be love.” Please bring revelation and understanding and expand my capacity to hold and express that kind of love, so that others will come to know You as the God of love and Jesus as the Way. Daily Prayer Target: Schools ********** Day 1 The Greatest of these Is Love And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.   1 Corinthians 13: 13 NKJV It’s been said that the church in America today is much like the church at Corinth from two thousand years ago: enthusiastic yet contentious, arguing among themselves and promoting their understanding of the Gospel as the “truth”.  Although the church had been founded on the Word of God; false doctrine and elements of the culture crept in.  People lost sight of morality and indulged in evil. Because he had founded the church of Corinth, Paul sought to address these issues and challenge both their behavior and doctrine.  He pleaded with them to become more unified. He told them that he wanted to show them “a more excellent way.” “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love,” he told them, “I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.” 1 Corinthians 13:1. Paul’s message was simple and direct: Nothing you do makes much of a difference if you do not have love. Throughout the 40 days of this fast, keep a journal of what God shows you about love. Prayer: Father I commit myself over these 40 days to deepening my relationship with You, and to growing in my understanding of who You are as the God who is Love.  Jesus I thank You for teaching me through Your words and actions what loving my neighbor is all about.  Holy Spirit I thank you for being my Counselor and Friend during this process, speaking to me what I need to hear.   Daily Prayer Target: Your region ********** Introduction William Penn once said:

“Love is indeed Heaven on Earth; since Heaven above would not be Heaven without it: For where there is not Love; there is Fear: But perfect Love casts out Fear. Love is above all; and when it prevails in us all, we shall all be Lovely, and in Love with God and one with another.”

We believe that as God reveals more of Himself, He is bringing to His Body a revelation of love that is greater than any we have ever known. So the world may know Him as they never have before. As the state prayer regions become examples of the transforming power of love, and as this love becomes the DNA of Pennsylvania, the Keystone State; it will be released throughout the nation, bringing healing where there has been division and hope where there has been despair. Our desire is to cooperate with God in both prayer and action, so that His covenants with Pennsylvania and the nation that we have broken, are restored. The following scriptures, declarations and prayers are being provided so that you may join us in this process. We will list a prayer target for each day. Declare the release of Brotherly Love over one or more of these targets and all who are involved with them.

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