By now, many of us have read or watched the prophetic word by Hank Kunneman about this being a decade of difference. If you have not, you can see it on his website at www.hankandbrenda.org
What he is referring to is the type of difference we saw in the book of Exodus. When God made a distinction between His people and Pharaoh’s people.
The plagues ravished the land Pharaoh lived in, but it didn’t touch God’s people in Goshen.
He is the same God today. He still desires to make a distinct difference between those who serve and live for Him and those who refuse Him.
Yes, we can experience the proclaimed difference in our lives, but we must contend for it. Scripture confirms this truth.
I Timothy 1:18 teaches us, “This command I entrust to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you fight the good fight.”
Genesis 32:22-29 shares with us how Jacob contended, literally wouldn’t let go until God blessed him.
Then Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. When he saw that he had not prevailed against him, he touched the socket of his thigh; so, the socket of Jacob’s thigh was dislocated while he wrestled with him. Then he said, “Let me go, for the dawn is breaking.” But he said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” So, he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” He said, “Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel; for you have striven with God and with men and have prevailed.” Then Jacob asked him and said, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And he blessed him there.
Again, we see in Daniel Chapter 9 and 10…
“So now, our God, listen to the prayer of Your servant and to his supplications, and for Your sake, O Lord, let Your face shine on Your desolate sanctuary. O my God incline Your ear and hear! Open Your eyes and see our desolations and the city which is called by Your name; for we are not presenting our supplications before You on account of any merits of our own, but on account of Your great compassion. O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and take action! For Your own sake, O my God, do not delay, because Your city and Your people are called by Your name.” Now while I was speaking and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God in behalf of the holy mountain of my God, while I was still speaking in prayer, then the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision previously, came to me in my extreme weariness about the time of the evening offering. He gave me instruction and talked with me and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you insight with understanding. “At the beginning of your supplications the command was issued, and I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed; so, give heed to the message and gain understanding of the vision. Then he said to me, “Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words. “But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia. “Now I have come to give you an understanding of what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision pertains to the days yet future.”
We see this same truth applied with the widow and the unjust judge.
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ “For some time, he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’” And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you; he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
As I read this familiar scripture this morning, I saw this question from Jesus in a different light. I hear Him saying, “When I come, will I find those who will contend for the promise? Those who will refuse to give up until they see the promise fulfilled. Will I find that kind of faith?”
How about you. Will you be one of those? Will you contend for your promises? For your family? For your city? For your nation? Will you refuse to let go until you see the blessing of God in your life? Will you be the initiator of the decade of difference in your life? It begins with you.
Meditate on this:
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
PS – Today, August 19th, people are gathering all over the nation to pray for their city. We have included the prayer guide for you. We encourage you to gather with friends and pray this over your city!
This is a move that began in Dallas…….
A Day of Prayer and Fasting! Wednesday the 19th of August!
Let us pray for our cities, the one you live in and the ones in our nation having so much violence and rage. We will also pray for the eradication of covid-19.
We apply Joshua 8:19 against covid-19 in our Cities: 19 As soon as Joshua gave this signal, all the men in ambush jumped up from their position and poured into the town. They quickly captured it(coronavirus) and set it on fire. (Burnout!)
Let us pray that our Churches seize the opportunity to unite to bring healing and transformation to our city.
August 19 is also an important day on the Sacred Jewish Calendar. With the new moon of August 19 begins the 40 day Jewish season of humble repentance known as Teshuvah. The name Teshuvah literally means the return to the presence of God. It is a time to remember God’s promise to heal the land: “If my people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
The Proclamation follows:
“Whereas, the coronavirus pandemic had brought illness and death to many residents of _____________and
Whereas, the coronavirus pandemic has caused great economic harm, putting people out of work, closing businesses, and bringing hunger and hardship to many residents of ____________; and
Whereas, the coronavirus pandemic interrupted the education of the children in our city and put our educators at risk; and
Whereas, the coronavirus continues to spread throughout our city; and
Whereas, the best human efforts have not yet found a cure; and
Whereas, throughout the history of _________, the State of __________, and our nation people have turned to Almighty God in prayer to bring healing and deliverance where human efforts have failed; and
Whereas, Houses of Faith are encouraged to ask their people to pray wherever they are at noon on August 19, 2020; and
Whereas, all are encouraged to unite in prayer, humbly asking God to eradicate the coronavirus and heal our City; and
Whereas, let us also rededicate ourselves to bringing healing to the sick, comfort to the broken hearted, help to the needy, wisdom to our children, hope to the hopeless, and unity to the city of ___________.”
Now therefore, we proclaim healing of the city of _________ in Jesus Name! Amen”
We invite you to join with Christians of all traditions in prayer for the eradication of the Coronavirus plague, the healing of divisions and awakening on August 19, 2020.
We believe that this Joshua 8:19 word is not just for our city, but is available to other cities, states, and countries willing to humble themselves, repent, and ask God to heal their land.
We ask that you spread the word about the Day of Prayer and Fasting to civic leaders, church leaders, and business leaders.
Together we can see the healing of our land.
Mark your Calendars! This coming Wednesday, the 19th let’s pray and fast together for our cities!