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Gale

Gulfport, Mississippi

gwholyprayer@hotmail.com

   Eric

Cleveland, Ohio ethomas8817@wowway.com
  Dean Forest Lake, Minnesota wisdomtree7@hotmail.com

Gale of Gulfport, Mississippi asks that we "PLEASE PASS THIS PRAYER TO ALL THE OTHERS WHO ARE PRAYING FOR THE MANY REQUESTS."  She adds, "I have found that I have to say this prayer before I start to pray for the many requests."  It is based on the apostle Paul's exhortation to take up the full armor of God for effective spiritual warfare.  (See Ephesians 6:10ff.)

In the Name of Jesus, I put on His salvation for my helmet, His righteousness for my breastplate, His truth as the belt around my waist, and on my feet the readiness to spread the gospel of peace. I take up the shield of faith to put out all the fiery arrows of the evil one and take up the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, to fight temptation like Jesus did and according to God's Word.  The glory of the Lord is my rear guard.  Amen.

You may learn more about Gale by reading her profile on this website.  To do so,  CLICK HERE.

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Eric of Cleveland, Ohio sends us a link to a prayer for our military men and women.  As you listen to the prayer offered in the context of worship, set yourself in agreement for God's blessing and protection upon those who are daily and faithfully risking their lives to defend our freedoms.  Here's the link:

http://hedgesandhighways.com/New%20Artist%20-%20SOLDIER.mp3 

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Watchmen on the Wall:

A Call for Discerning the Times 

Dean Campion of Forest Lake, Minnesota recently contacted me via email after reading the Twin Cities link from the home page of this Web site.  He was excited to hear of the prophetic directions I personally have received regarding a future relocation and church plant in Minneapolis.  He also has had some prophetic words and confirmations himself regarding a move to Lakeland, Florida.  Like me, the timing doesn't seem to be right, and he is waiting on the Lord for next steps.

After corresponding by email, I talked with Dean on the phone and learned of some of the things God is saying to him.  An important part of what he is hearing from the Lord relates to the role of believers as watchmen on the wall.  Unbeknownst to Dean, I published a book a few years ago entitled The Prayer Watchman:  How Spiritual Discernment Empowers Prayer (Xulon Press).  The direction to write that book was truly a divine leading at the time, and my ears perked when I heard that God was speaking to Dean along the same lines, though perhaps different in the particulars.

I asked Dean if he would submit some thoughts about the role of Christians to be watchmen, and the below is my edited version of what he shared in his response.  I pray that what Dean has shared inspires you to seek the Lord to grant you the discernment and anointing to be that "watchman on the wall" that God has called each of us to be. 

Paraphrased/expanded from Dean Campion:

WATCHMEN ON THE WALL.  That's what God has called us to be.  But what exactly does this mean?  

An important part of what it means to be a spiritual watchman is communicated to us in the men of Issachar, one of the tribes of Israel.  The Bible says of them in a much quoted verse, the "men of Issachar . . . understood the times and knew what Israel should do."  (1 Chronicles 12:32a)  As spiritual watchmen, we must be able to discern the signs of the times in which we live.  

Discerning the times involves being alert to the dangers around us as social and spiritual influences seek to move people further and further away from God.  Like Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel and many other Old Testament prophets, we must sound the alarm.  As watchmen, we are responsible to warn others of the danger of giving in to the pressures toward secularization and apostasy.  

What makes our task as watchmen on the wall all the more critical is that many of the pastors who shepherd God's people are not discerning of our current place on God's prophetic timeline.  Because of this lack of discernment, these shepherds are not sounding the alarm, and the people of God are in danger of being blindsided.  This crisis in much of the Church is captured well in these words of the Lord to Jeremiah:  "The shepherds are senseless and do not inquire of the Lord; so they do not prosper and all their flock is scattered."  (10:21) 

Every watchman must know what Jeremiah knew:  God takes the current plight of much of the church world seriously, and He will take the matter in hand.  He will remove many pastors from their positions and replace them with true shepherds who will have the discernment and compassion to care for His flock.  God further said to Jeremiah that he would punish the "shepherds" who scattered His flock and drove them away from Him.  Then, God said, "I will place shepherds over them who will tend them, and they will no longer be afraid or terrified, nor will any be missing." (23:4)

God will not abandon His people.  He has a remnant on the earth who will not bow to the world's idolatrous systems.  Like Daniel and his friends Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, God's remnant will not give in to the fear of man, nor will they be men pleasers.  

Watchmen on the wall MUST sound the alarm.  That means we must make it clear that God is bringing a great shaking.  Everything that can be shaken will be.  We're talking a real spiritual battle, folks.  Just as the enemy targeted Jesus and Moses from birth and tried to kill them at infancy, we who submit to God's will share a like destiny.  We too will be targets of the enemy.  However, just as the enemy's destructive plans were thwarted in relation to Jesus and Moses, we too are about to see that the darkness that targets us for destruction will itself be destroyed.  Snatched from the jaws of the enemy, we will experience the greatest revival this world has ever known.  Just as in Joel 2 and Acts 2, God will pour out His Spirit upon us in marvelous ways that will drive back darkness and bring many to Himself.

I was recently talking along these lines to a neighbor when I noticed that he became apprehensive.  He is a Christian by profession, but he confessed that he is lukewarm in his relationship with the Lord.  I pressed the issue with him to help him understand that we who follow Christ need to stay spiritually alert.  We need to have eyes to see and ears to hear what the Spirit is saying and doing!  I knew the Lord was speaking these words through me to him, and I felt compelled to add that if we don't want the God of this nation, we will not have a nation.  This agrees with what the Lord said through Jeremiah to the people of Israel in foretelling the punishment they would reap for their unfaithfulness to Him and their idolatry.  A foreign nation would attack them, destroying their children and devouring their harvests.  The end result?  "As you have forsaken me and served foreign gods in your own land, so now you will serve foreigners in a land not your own." (5:19b)

When I shared these words with my neighbor, he looked beyond me as if he saw angels behind me.  He probably did.  God is awesome, and He has a way of stirring our hearts from lethargy to a healthy fear of the Lord.

Perhaps some reading these words will say that I'm trying to apply Old Testament Scripture out of context to our own time and circumstances.  To this, I would say that God's Word is perennial -- it has a message for every time and place.  Just as the people of Israel had a covenant with God, so do we as twenty-first century Christians.  Our nation was founded upon Judeo-Christian principles.  If we obey God, we, as a nation, will be blessed.  If we turn from Him, we will be cursed.  I, for one, am sounding the alarm.  Time is short.  Enough said.

Mark's addendum:  I've taken Dean's email response and rewritten/edited it to the shape of the above article.  As I was doing so, I was reminded of a word the Lord gave me back in 1990 when I planted a church in Suffolk.  While praying for direction regarding the church I was to establish, I sensed the Lord saying, "Gather the sheep, bring back the strays, bring the children home."  Not wanting to be the victim of an overactive imagination, I said, "God, if that was You, please confirm this word with chapter and verse from the Bible."  Immediately, I saw in my mind's eye "Ezekiel 34:6."  I looked that verse up immediately and read these words:  "My sheep wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill.  They were scattered over the whole earth, and no one searched or looked for them."  This chapter from Ezekiel is, in many respects, the parallel passage to the texts that Dean shared from Jeremiah.  I add this addendum to say that I clearly see a connection between the word that Dean is sharing and that which God gave to me as formative for my own ministry.  By the way, I called that church The Sheepfold!

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