A prayer of repentance

A Prayer of Repentance

Dear God, I humbly come before You in total appreciation for all that You have done for me. Jesus, thank You for dying on that cross so that I can be reconciled back to the Father and be set free from bondage and sin.

Luke 17:3  Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you,rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.

Thank You for enduring so much suffering on my behalf. I pray that I may have the same kind of strength to endure life for Your sake. You died and rose again so I can live for You.

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Romans 7:15  “For I do not do what I want, but do the very thing that I hate.”

I repent, Oh Lord my God, of all iniquities. I have been led astray, but now I renounce iniquity.

Wash me in your cleansing blood, purify my soul. Strip me of anything displeasing to You, that’s against Your Holiness. I declare my heart and my mind are clean and pure! In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen and Amen!

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2 Corinthians 7:8-9   For even if I made you sorry with my letter, I do not regret it; though I did regret it. For I perceive that the same epistle made you sorry, though only for a while. Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing.

 Revelation 2:5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place — unless you repent.

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Six Prayers of Repentance

In chapter twenty-six of Soul Physicians, I outline a biblical theology of putting off the old manner of life (compare Ephesians 4:17-19). I embed within that theology a “Prayer of Repentance” related to each of six areas of our spiritual life:

• Our Relationship to God

• Our Relationship to Others

• Our Relationship to Ourselves

• Our Rational Beliefs/Mindsets

• Our Volitional Behaviors/Motivations

• Our Emotions

Today’s post shares these six prayers.

A Prayer of Relational Repentance: My Spiritual Relationship to God

“Father, I come home to You. I confess as sin my false lovers. I confess as sin living like the old person that I used to be. I confess as sin my spiritual adultery. I acknowledge to You and to myself that my false lovers are horrible lovers and that my pursuit of them is ugly and putrid. How foolish of me to ever believe that anyone but You could ever satisfy the longings of my soul. How shameful. How disrespectful. Forgive me my relational sin. I acknowledge that You alone are my Supreme Good. I acknowledge that You alone are gracious and compassionate. I return to You as my Forgiving Father. I return to Your Son as my Worthy Groom. I return to Your Holy Spirit as my Inspiring Mentor. I love You, Lord. Renew my vision of You as a totally competent and totally good God—boundless in holy love.”

A Prayer of Relational Repentance: My Social Relationships to Others

“Father, I confess as sin my living for self, loving self. I will put off shepherding myself and focus on shepherding others. I reject all the self sins: self-sufficiency, self-promotion, self-protection, selfishness, self-centeredness. I confess as sin my cruel, harsh, manipulative, demanding, shaming, blaming, maiming way of treating others. Most of all, I confess as sin how far I’ve moved from reflecting You and Your radically other-centered Trinitarian existence. I am putting off the flesh, the characteristic ways I used to relate and I’m putting on the Spirit, the new me created to relate like You.”

A Prayer of Relational Repentance: My Identity in Christ

“Father, I’ve been so like Adam and Eve. Running. Hiding. Defensive. Playing dress up. All because I don’t believe You are who You say You are—the Forgiving Father. What sin! I put off my shame identity. I reject my sense of abandonment, ruin, rejection, and condemnation. I put off my futile attempts to quiet my inner restlessness. Instead, I rest in You. I rest in who I am in Christ and to Christ. It’s ugly of me to try to beautify myself. It’s a slap in the face to Your Son, my Savior. Forgive me. Cleanse me. Enlighten me by Your Holy Spirit to grasp how much You love me and how loving You are.”

A Prayer of Rational Repentance: Putting Off My Old Beliefs and Mindsets

“Father, I’ve finally come to my senses. I confess as sin my foolish belief that I can make life work apart from You. I’ve arrogantly suppressed the truth of how perfectly well You care for me. I’ve denied Your fatherly love for me. I’ve sinned against You by believing Satan’s (the False Seducer) smaller story, fleshly mindset that You are not my Supreme Good. I’ve allowed my view of reality to become filled with contemptuous images of You. I’ve allowed my mind to be squeezed into the mold of this temporal world, living according to the dominant plot theme of the earthly story. I’ve been like a deaf man straining to hear the Gospel story. I’ve denied the Cross. I return to You now repenting of these idols of my heart. Though I am not worthy in myself to be called Your child, by faith I claim my adoption in Christ. Thank You for forgiving me.”

A Prayer of Volitional Repentance: Putting Off My Old Behaviors and Motivations 

“Father, I’ve sinned against You by walking in the way of the sinner, by following the self-centered pathway of _______. I must put off choosing compulsively and put on choosing courageously. I must put off the old enslaved pathways and put on my new free, empowering pathways. Help me to quit coddling, cuddling, pampering, and spoiling my flesh. Empower me to be ruthlessly fierce in rejecting it and nailing it to the Cross. Reveal my secret sins, show me the patterns that I’m blind to, help me to detect my fleshly pathways. I reject my fleshly inclinations, patterns, and character. I put on the new characteristic of _________. I reject my characteristic approach to life of _________ and by Christ’s resurrection power I replace it with my new manner of life.”

A Prayer of Emotional Repentance: Putting Off My Old Mood States

“Father, I’ve sinned against You by worshipping feelings instead of worshipping You. My current mood state of _______ exposes how desperately I’m trying to live without You. My failure to face my feelings expose my distrust in Your ability to care for me. My refusal to soothe my soul in You exposes my doubts about Your goodness. I put off my emotional duplicity replacing it, in the power of Your Spirit, with emotional integrity. I will face whatever I feel and bring it to You. I put off my emotional lasciviousness. I put off indulging my fleshly passions. I confess as sin my addiction to ___________. I recognize it for what it is: a symptom of the deeper disorder within me, a spiritual, relational, mental, willful disorder. Forgive me. Empower me to manage my moods for Your glory and the good of others.”

The Rest of the Story

The Bible never tells us to put off without also telling us how God empowers us to put on the new person we are in and through Christ. Tomorrow we share six prayers of renewal.

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Which of the six prayers hits home the most for you today? How would you word your prayer in that area?

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Chapter Twenty-five

A Prayer of Repentance

Isaiah 63:15–64:12

1, 2. (a) What is the purpose of divine discipline? (b) What choice will the Jews face after receiving Jehovah’s discipline?

THE destruction of Jerusalem and her temple in 607 B.C.E. was discipline from Jehovah, an expression of his extreme disapproval. The disobedient nation of Judah deserved the severe punishment. Yet, Jehovah did not intend that the Jews be exterminated. The apostle Paul alluded to the purpose of Jehovah’s discipline when he said: “True, no discipline seems for the present to be joyous, but grievous; yet afterward to those who have been trained by it it yields peaceable fruit, namely, righteousness.”​—Hebrews 12:11.

2 How will the Jews react to the hard experience? Will they hate Jehovah’s discipline? (Psalm 50:16, 17) Or will they accept it as training? Will they repent and be healed? (Isaiah 57:18; Ezekiel 18:23) The prophecy of Isaiah suggests that at least some of the former inhabitants of Judah will respond well to the discipline. Beginning in the last verses 15-19 of Isa chapter 63 and continuing through Isa chapter 64, the nation of Judah is represented as a contrite people who approach Jehovah in heartfelt supplication. The prophet Isaiah, on behalf of his countrymen in their future exile, utters a prayer of repentance. While doing so, he speaks of coming events as if they were taking place before his eyes.

A Compassionate Father

3. (a) How does Isaiah’s prophetic prayer exalt Jehovah? (b) How does Daniel’s prayer show that the prophetic prayer of Isaiah represents the thoughts of repentant Jews in Babylon? (See box on page 362.)

3 Isaiah prays to Jehovah: “Look from heaven and see out of your lofty abode of holiness and beauty.” The prophet is speaking of the spiritual heavens, where Jehovah and his invisible spirit creatures dwell. Expressing the thoughts of the Jews in exile, Isaiah continues: “Where are your zeal and your full might, the commotion of your inward parts, and your mercies? Toward me they have restrained themselves.” (Isaiah 63:15) Jehovah has held back his power and controlled his deep feelings​—“the commotion of inward parts, and mercies”—​toward his people. Yet, Jehovah is the “Father” of the Jewish nation. Abraham and Israel (Jacob) were their natural forefathers, but if these were restored to life, they might be inclined to reject their apostate offspring. Jehovah has greater compassion. (Psalm 27:10) Isaiah gratefully says: “You, O Jehovah, are our Father. Our Repurchaser of long ago is your name.”​—Isaiah 63:16.

4, 5. (a) In what sense does Jehovah make his people wander from his ways? (b) What kind of worship does Jehovah want?

4 Isaiah continues with a heartfelt expression: “Why do you, O Jehovah, keep making us wander from your ways? Why do you make our heart hard against the fear of you? Come back for the sake of your servants, the tribes of your hereditary possession.” (Isaiah 63:17) Yes, Isaiah prays that Jehovah will again turn his attention to his servants. In what sense, though, does Jehovah make the Jews wander from his ways? Is Jehovah responsible for the hardness of their hearts that leads them to have no fear of him? No, but he does allow it, and in their despair the Jews lament that Jehovah gave them such freedom. (Exodus 4:21; Nehemiah 9:16) They wish that Jehovah had stepped in to prevent them from doing wrong.

5 Of course, God does not deal with humans in that way. We are free moral agents, and Jehovah allows us to decide for ourselves whether to obey him or not. (Deuteronomy 30:15-19) Jehovah wants worship that stems from hearts and minds that are motivated by genuine love. Hence, he has allowed the Jews to exercise their free will, even though this has permitted them to rebel against him. It is in this way that he has made their hearts hard.​—2 Chronicles 36:14-21.

6, 7. (a) What results from the Jews’ leaving Jehovah’s ways? (b) What vain wish is expressed, but what have the Jews no right to expect?

6 What is the result? Isaiah prophetically says: “For a little while your holy people had possession. Our own adversaries have stamped down your sanctuary. We have for a long time become as those over whom you did not rule, as those upon whom your name had not been called.” (Isaiah 63:18, ) Jehovah’s people had possession of his sanctuary for a while. Then Jehovah allowed it to be destroyed and his nation to be taken into exile. When that happened, it was as if there had been no covenant between him and the offspring of Abraham and as if his name had not been called upon them. Now captive in Babylon, the Jews cry out in their hopelessness: “O if only you had ripped the heavens apart, that you had come down, that on account of you the very mountains had quaked, as when a fire ignites the brushwood, and the fire makes the very water boil up, in order to make your name known to your adversaries, that on account of you the nations might be agitated!” (Isaiah 64:1, ) Jehovah does indeed have the power to save. He certainly could have come down and fought for his people, ripping apart heavenlike governmental systems and breaking up mountainlike empires. Jehovah could have made his name known by showing his fiery zeal in behalf of his people.

7 Jehovah had done such things in the past. Isaiah recounts: “When you did fear-inspiring things for which we could not hope, you came down. On account of you the mountains themselves quaked.” (Isaiah 64:3) Such great acts demonstrated Jehovah’s power and Godship. However, the unfaithful Jews of Isaiah’s time have no right to expect Jehovah to act in such a way for their benefit.

Only Jehovah Can Save

8. (a) What is one way that Jehovah is different from the false gods of the nations? (b) Why does Jehovah not act to save his people despite being able to do so? (c) How does Paul quote and apply Isaiah 64:4? (See box on page 366.)

8 False gods perform no powerful acts of salvation for their worshipers. Isaiah writes: “From time long ago none have heard, nor have any given ear, nor has an eye itself seen a God, except you, that acts for the one that keeps in expectation of him. You have met up with the one exulting and doing righteousness, those who keep remembering you in your own ways.” (Isaiah 64:4, 5a) Jehovah alone is “the rewarder of those earnestly seeking him.” (Hebrews 11:6) He acts to protect those doing righteousness and those remembering him. (Isaiah 30:18) Have the Jews acted in this way? No. Isaiah says to Jehovah: “Look! You yourself became indignant, while we kept sinning​—in them a long time, and should we be saved?” (Isaiah 64:5b) Because God’s people have a long record of persistent sinfulness, there is no basis for Jehovah to hold back his indignation and act for their salvation.

9. What can repentant Jews hope for, and what can we learn from this?

9 The Jews cannot undo the past, but if they repent and return to pure worship, they can hope for forgiveness and future blessings. Jehovah will reward repentant ones in his due time by releasing them from Babylonian captivity. Still, they need to be patient. Despite their repentance, Jehovah will not change his timetable. If they keep alert and are responsive to Jehovah’s will, however, they are assured of eventual liberation. Similarly, Christians today patiently keep in expectation of Jehovah. (2 Peter 3:11, 12) We take to heart the words of the apostle Paul, who said: “Let us not give up in doing what is fine, for in due season we shall reap if we do not tire out.”​—Galatians 6:9.

10. What inability is frankly confessed in Isaiah’s prayer?

10 Isaiah’s prophetic prayer is more than a formal confession of sin. It expresses sincere recognition of the nation’s inability to save itself. The prophet says: “We become like someone unclean, all of us, and all our acts of righteousness are like a garment for periods of menstruation; and we shall fade away like leafage, all of us, and our errors themselves will carry us away just like a wind.” (Isaiah 64:6) By the end of the exile, repentant Jews may have ceased practicing apostasy. They may have turned to Jehovah with acts of righteousness. But they are still imperfect. Their good deeds, while praiseworthy, are no better than soiled garments when it comes to atonement for sins. Jehovah’s forgiveness is an undeserved gift motivated by his mercy. It is not something that can be earned.​—Romans 3:23, 24.

11. (a) What unhealthy spiritual condition exists among most of the Jews in exile, and why may this be? (b) Who were excellent examples of faith during the exile?

11 As Isaiah looks ahead, what does he see? The prophet prays: “There is no one calling upon your name, no one rousing himself to lay hold on you; for you have concealed your face from us, and you cause us to melt by the power of our error.” (Isaiah 64:7) The spiritual condition of the nation is abysmal. The people have not been calling upon God’s name in prayer. While no longer guilty of the gross sin of idolatry, they are evidently negligent in their worship, and there is “no one rousing himself to lay hold” on Jehovah. They clearly do not enjoy a healthy relationship with the Creator. Perhaps some feel unworthy to address Jehovah in prayer. Others may go about their daily routine without taking him into account. Of course, there are such individuals as Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, Azariah, and Ezekiel among the exiles, and these are fine examples of faith. (Hebrews 11:33, 34) As the 70-year period of captivity draws to a close, such men as Haggai, Zechariah, Zerubbabel, and High Priest Joshua stand ready to take an excellent lead in calling upon the name of Jehovah. Still, Isaiah’s prophetic prayer seems to describe the condition of the majority of the exiles.

“To Obey Is Better Than a Sacrifice”

12. How does Isaiah express the willingness of repentant Jews to change their conduct?

12 Repentant Jews are willing to change. Representing them, Isaiah prays to Jehovah: “Now, O Jehovah, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are our Potter; and all of us are the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8) These words once again acknowledge Jehovah’s authority as Father, or Life-Giver. (Job 10:9) Jews who repent are compared to malleable clay. Those who respond to Jehovah’s discipline can in a figurative way be shaped, or formed, in harmony with God’s standards. But this can be accomplished only if Jehovah, the Potter, extends forgiveness. Hence, Isaiah twice appeals to him to remember that the Jews are his people: “Do not be indignant, O Jehovah, to the extreme, and do not forever remember our error. Look, now, please: we are all your people.”​—Isaiah 64:9.

13. What is the condition of the land of Israel while God’s people are in exile?

13 During the exile, the Jews endure much more than mere captivity in a pagan land. The desolate condition of Jerusalem and her temple brings reproach upon them and their God. Isaiah’s prayer of repentance recounts some of the things that cause this reproach: “Your own holy cities have become a wilderness. Zion itself has become a sheer wilderness, Jerusalem a desolate waste. Our house of holiness and beauty, in which our forefathers praised you, has itself become something for burning in the fire; and every one of our desirable things has become a devastation.”​—Isaiah 64:10, 11.

14. (a) How did Jehovah warn of the situation that now exists? (b) While Jehovah found delight in his temple and the sacrifices made there, what is more important?

14 Of course, Jehovah is well aware of the state of affairs in the ancestral land of the Jews. About 420 years before the destruction of Jerusalem, he warned his people that if they turned away from his commandments and served other gods, he would “cut off from upon the surface of the ground,” and the beautiful temple would “become heaps of ruins.” (1 Kings 9:6-9) True, Jehovah found delight in the land he had given to his people, the magnificent temple built in his honor, and the sacrifices made to him. But loyalty and obedience are more important than material things, even sacrifices. The prophet Samuel aptly said to King Saul: “Does Jehovah have as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of Jehovah? Look! To obey is better than a sacrifice, to pay attention than the fat of rams.”​—1 Samuel 15:22.

15. (a) What plea does Isaiah prophetically make to Jehovah, and how is it answered? (b) What events led up to Jehovah’s final rejection of Israel as a nation?

15 Nevertheless, can the God of Israel look upon the calamity of his repentant people and fail to be moved to pity? Such is the question with which Isaiah ends his prophetic prayer. On behalf of the exiled Jews, he pleads: “In the face of these things will you continue keeping yourself in check, O Jehovah? Will you stay still and let us be afflicted to the extreme?” (Isaiah 64:12) As the situation turns out, Jehovah does indeed forgive his people, and in 537 B.C.E., he brings them back to their land so that they can resume pure worship there. (Joel 2:13) Centuries later, however, Jerusalem and her temple were once again destroyed, and God’s covenant nation was finally rejected by him. Why? Because Jehovah’s people had drifted away from his commandments and had rejected the Messiah. (John 1:11; 3:19, 20) When that happened, Jehovah replaced Israel with a new nation, a spiritual nation, namely, “the Israel of God.”​—Galatians 6:16; 1 Peter 2:9.

Jehovah, the “Hearer of Prayer”

16. What does the Bible teach regarding Jehovah’s forgiveness?

16 Important lessons can be learned from what happened to Israel. We see that Jehovah is “good and ready to forgive.” (Psalm 86:5) As imperfect creatures, we depend on his mercy and forgiveness to receive salvation. No works of ours can help us to earn these blessings. However, Jehovah does not extend forgiveness indiscriminately. Only those who repent of their sins and turn around are in line for divine pardon.​—Acts 3:19.

17, 18. (a) How do we know that Jehovah is genuinely interested in our thoughts and feelings? (b) Why does Jehovah exercise patience toward sinful humans?

17 We also learn that Jehovah is keenly interested in our thoughts and feelings when we express them in prayer to him. He is the “Hearer of prayer.” (Psalm 65:2, 3) The apostle Peter assures us: “The eyes of Jehovah are upon the righteous ones, and his ears are toward their supplication.” (1 Peter 3:12) Further, we learn that a prayer of repentance must include a humble confession of sins. (Proverbs 28:13) This does not mean, though, that we can presume on God’s mercy. The Bible warns Christians “not to accept the undeserved kindness of God and miss its purpose.”​—2 Corinthians 6:1.

18 Finally, we learn the purpose of God’s patience toward his sinful people. The apostle Peter explained that Jehovah is patient “because he does not desire any to be destroyed but desires all to attain to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9) Nevertheless, those who persistently abuse God’s patience will eventually be punished. Concerning this we read: “ will render to each one according to his works: everlasting life to those who are seeking glory and honor and incorruptibleness by endurance in work that is good; however, for those who are contentious and who disobey the truth but obey unrighteousness there will be wrath and anger.”​—Romans 2:6-8.

19. What unchangeable qualities will Jehovah always display?

19 This is the way God dealt with ancient Israel. Our relationship with Jehovah today is governed by the same principles because he does not change. While not holding back deserved punishment, he will always be “Jehovah, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abundant in loving-kindness and truth, preserving loving-kindness for thousands, pardoning error and transgression and sin.”​—Exodus 34:6, 7.

Daniel’s Prayer of Repentance

The prophet Daniel lived in Babylon throughout the 70-year period of Jewish captivity. Sometime during the 68th year of the exile, Daniel discerned from Jeremiah’s prophecy that Israel’s sojourn was nearing its end. (Jeremiah 25:11; 29:10; Daniel 9:1, 2) Daniel turned to Jehovah in prayer​—a prayer of repentance on behalf of the entire Jewish nation. Daniel relates: “I proceeded to set my face to Jehovah the true God, in order to seek him with prayer and with entreaties, with fasting and sackcloth and ashes. And I began to pray to Jehovah my God and to make confession.”​—Daniel 9:3, 4.

Daniel uttered his prayer some two hundred years after Isaiah penned the prophetic prayer found in chapters 63 and 64 of his book. Undoubtedly, many sincere Jews prayed to Jehovah during the difficult years of exile. The Bible, however, highlights Daniel’s prayer, which evidently represented the feelings of many faithful Jews. Thus, his prayer shows that the sentiments of Isaiah’s prophetic prayer were indeed the sentiments of faithful Jews in Babylon.

Note some similarities between Daniel’s prayer and Isaiah’s.

Isaiah 63:16 Daniel 9:15

Isaiah 63:18 Daniel 9:17

Isaiah 64:1-3 Daniel 9:15

Isaiah 64:4-7 Daniel 9:4-7

Isaiah 64:6 Daniel 9:9, 10

Isaiah 64:10, 11 Daniel 9:16-18

“Eye Has Not Seen”

In his letter to the Corinthians, the apostle Paul quoted the book of Isaiah when he wrote: “Just as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen and ear has not heard, neither have there been conceived in the heart of man the things that God has prepared for those who love him.’” (1 Corinthians 2:9)* Neither Paul’s statement nor the expressions of Isaiah refer to the things Jehovah has prepared for his people in a heavenly inheritance or in a future earthly paradise. Paul is applying Isaiah’s words to the blessings that were already being enjoyed by Christians in the first century, such as understanding the deeper things of God and receiving spiritual enlightenment from Jehovah.

We can understand deep spiritual things only when it is Jehovah’s due time to reveal them​—and even then, only if we are spiritual people with a close relationship with Jehovah. Paul’s words apply to those with little or no spirituality. Their eye cannot see, or discern, spiritual truths, and their ear cannot hear, or understand, such things. Knowledge of the things that God has prepared for those who love him does not even enter into the hearts of such men. But to those who are dedicated to God, as Paul was, God has revealed these things through his spirit.​—1 Corinthians 2:1-16.

Paul’s words are not found in the Hebrew Scriptures exactly as he quoted them. He seems to be combining the thoughts of Isaiah 52:15; 64:4; and Isa 65:17.

God’s people had possession of Jerusalem and her temple “for a little while”

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Introduction:

If you would please join me and take your positions in a place of humility and a contrite heart, laying face down, or in a kneeling position before the Lord.

If you are not physically able to do this God will honor you right where you are with whatever you are able to do even if you are laying in a bed right now.

Prayer of Repentance:

Father, in the name of Jesus, we come before your throne as your Army, with humble and contrite hearts on this day of repentance.

Father, as we step onto the battlefield of righteousness, we walk in a spirit of unity, with one heart, one mind, and one accord, to disarm and take away any legal right the enemy may have over your people, and your country called the United States of America.

Father, we decree and declare we will take back what belongs to you, through this act of target focused repentance that we are engaged in.

Father, in the name of Jesus, we repent for not having a humble heart, walking in pride, having haughty spirits, and attitudes, thinking because we are in leadership we don’t have to repent.

Father, we repent for not walking in a Spirit of Repentance daily and for not discipling others to do the same, knowing that an effective warfare starts with target focused repentance.

Father, in the name of Jesus, we repent for engaging in friendly fire, attacking others in the Body of Christ, shooting our own wounded, because we may not agree with that person.  We repent for our arrogance, murdering others with our words when your word says “thou shall not murder”.

Father, in the name of Jesus, we repent for having a religious, legalistic, and critical spirits, creating chaos, aiding the kingdom of darkness, and committing spiritual treason by dividing the brethren.

Father, in the name of Jesus, we repent for not operating in a spirit of unity; love, mercy, and grace, allowing our love to grow cold, and not showing the same love, mercy, and grace, that you have shown us.

Father, we ask that you would heal the divide in your people, give us the strength, the maturity, and the discernment to push away everything that is separating us from you, from one another, and from operating as the one true army you have chosen us to be.

Father, in the name of Jesus, we repent for having an intellectual knowledge of you, but truly not knowing your ways.

Father, forgive us for the spiritual arrogance this has created, operating out of our intellect, versus out of your spirit, honoring you with our lips but our hearts are far from you.

Father, we repent for aiding the kingdom of darkness and committing spiritual treason by having an escapism mentality, taking ourselves out of the fight and for influencing and leading others astray down this same path.

Father, in the name of Jesus, we repent for having a spirit of cowardice, always taking a defensive posture and not going on the offensive when you gave us allthe power over
all the enemy.

Father, we decree and declare this day, that as your Army, we will go on the offensive from this day forward, no longer in retreat, but taking the fight to the enemy.

Father, we repent for taking ground for your Kingdom, but not leaving anything in place to hold that ground, allowing the enemy to come back in 7-fold worse, only having to fight harder to reclaim the ground that we freely gave away.

Father, we decree and declare, this day as your Army, that we will take ground for the Kingdom of God and we will hold that ground at all costs.

Father, we repent for not discipling people, and the next generation, to hold that ground we have taken, and to continue the fight.

Father, we ask in the name of Jesus, that you would give us a spirit of courage and boldness with the intensity that has never been seen in the history of mankind, to take back this country and this earth for your Klngdom.

Lord Jesus, you said we would not only do the things that you did, but even greater things we shall do.

Father, we decree and declare that the time is now for this to take place, we ask for greater power and authority, to do the things you have called us to do in these end times.

Father, in the name of Jesus, as your people we repent for not being the spiritual and moral compass that you have called us to be, for this country, and the entire world.

Father, we repent for being more concerned about the 4 walls of our churches, versus the congregations, and the lost.

Father, we repent for being more concerned about being politically correct, versus being truth seekers and truth speakers.

Father, we repent for walking in the fear of man, versus the fear of God.

Father, we repent for staying inside the 4 walls of a building, and not taking your gospel to the streets, and bringing in a harvest that is ready to be gathered.

Father, we repent for allowing defilement in our pulpits.

Father, we repent for allowing freemasonry, secrets, and homosexuality into our pulpits, and allowing its influence into your houses of prayer, and calling it Church.

Father, we repent for allowing immorality into our pulpits and its influence into our congregations.

Father, we repent for the divorce and the abortion rate in your Houses of Prayer, to be the same as the world.

Father, we repent for Houses of Prayer being in covenant with that entity called Baal, thru that demonic contract called the 501c3.

We repent for taking a bribe for a tax right-off, and staying silent for 30 pieces of silver, and opening the door for the demonic influence in our houses of prayer.

Father, we repent for being incorporated as your Houses of Prayer, allowing the state and the government to be the head of our ministries, versus you, Lord Jesus.

Father, we repent for separating ourselves from you and your body.

Father, we repent for not ruling and reigning, because we freely gave up that right for those 30 pieces of silver.

Father, we repent for having a slavery mentality.  Forgive us for not governing when instead wanting to be governed over.

Father, we repent for staying silent while prayer was taken out of schools, and allowing the enemy to come into our educational system.

Father, we repent for staying silent while Roe vs Wade was passed.

Father we repent on behalf of the Body of Christ, the American people, the leadership and the land, for the atrocity called abortion.

Father  we repent for allowing these aborted babies to become the food source for Baal, and allowing Baal to become the strong man over America.

Father, we repent on behalf of the people, the leadership, and the land, for the child sacrifices, the pedophilia, and the child sex trafficking that is taking place in our country on our watch.

Father, we repent for taking that blood money from the 501c3 that even the Pharisees knew not to take.

Father, we repent for the murdering of your prophets and the saints, for being drunk on the blood of the prophets and the blood of the saints.

Father, we repent for sacrificing your people on the altar of mammon, because we are more interested in money, big fine homes, and cars, versus the sanctity of life, and speaking out on the issues that matter to you Lord.

Father, I now ask that the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord would come over your people now, and that it would bring your people to an everlasting fear and awe of you.

Father, we repent for cursing your America, saying she should burn, when you wish that none would perish.

Father, we repent for not speaking life into your America to complete her destiny.

Target Focused Prayer:

Father, as we move into target focused prayer; we ask that you would remember the good things that your America has done, from the spreading of your gospel throughout the earth, to the blood being spilled on foreign soil, liberating countries so your gospel could flow.

Father, America has never received her harvest, so we decree and declare that Americas harvest is here now.

Father, you said that Americas harvest would come back to her 7-fold what the enemy has stolen, so we decree and declare that Americas 7-fold return is here now.

Father, you said that America would be the hub from which the end time harvest would be launched, to free the spiritually oppressed peoples of the earth.  We decree and declare that your will be done, to bring in over 1 billion souls into the Kingdom of God.

Father, we pray for your leadership over this country, your Army and the people of this country, that a fresh habitation of your Holy Spirit would fall, hover and brood over us.

Father, we decree and declare as your Army, that as this Holy Spirit habitation takes place, that you’re America on all levels WILL BE turned back to you.

Father, we pray for and bless President Trump and his administration.  We ask that you would give them the 7-fold spirit to operate in, the Spirit of the LORD, Wisdom, Revelation, Council, Might, Knowledge, and the Gear of the LORD.

Father, we ask for your protection around president Trump and his family.  We cover them with the blood of Jesus.  We decree and declare Zachariah 2:5 around him and his family, a wall of fire with your Glory in the center of it that no witchcraft, no voodoo, no hex, no vex, no word curse, no power, no principality, and no demon in hell can penetrate.

Father, your hand is upon this president and we decree and declare that he will not be impeached, assassinated, or harmed in any way and that no weapon formed against him or his family will prosper.

Father, in the name of Jesus, we decree and declare that America will complete her destiny that you have given her.

Father, in the name of Jesus, we ask that you would release your protecting angels to surround America, and that they would stand shoulder to shoulder so that no evil can penetrate.

Father, we ask that America from her enemies foreign and domestic.

Father, in the name of Jesus, we ask that you would expose any and all conuption in all levels of leadership in government, and in your house, and that those who are corrupt would be removed.

Father, we ask that your divine justice would be carried out against any and all corruption.

Father, you said judgment starts in the House of the Lord, we ask that you would separate the wheat from the chaff, separate your true body from the counterfeit lord.

Father, we decree and declare that America will prosper like never before so that your end time harvest can begin.

Father, in the name of Jesus, we ask that you would cleanse any and all defilement off of your people and this land.

Father, the innocent blood that is on the hands of your people, we ask that you would now cleanse us and your land, in the blood of Jesus; we ask that your blood would wash us, cleanse us, purify us, lord.

Father, we have soiled garments; we ask that you would bring us into that place of being the spotless bride you have called us to be.

Father, we ask that as we enter into this end-time harvest, that you would bring in the harvesters.

Father we ask that you would give your true Army the warrior’s mindset, never giving up, and taking the fight to the enemy.

Father, we ask that you would increase the Army of God’s Wisdom, Discernment, Power and Authority to a level that has never been seen in all of history, so that we can bring glory not to ourselves, but to you and you alone Lord Jesus.

Father, we pray for and bless Israel.  We ask that the relationship between Israel and America would be stronger than ever.

Father, we ask that you would protect Israel from all her enemies foreign and domestic, and that she would prosper like never before.

Father, we pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and we ask that a habitation of your Holy Spirit would come to Israel.

Father, we pray for and bless Prime Minister Netanyahu, we ask that you would protect him and his family Lord.

Father, we ask that you would give him and his administration the 7-fold spirit to govern Israel.

Father, we ask that divine exposure and justice would come to those that would try to stop heavens agenda for America, President Trump, and Israel.

Father, we pray for the news media, that the corruption would be exposed and removed, and that the spirit of truth would begin to flow.

Father, we pray for the Supreme Court, that you would reform your court and your judicial system, and we decree and declare that this case called Roe vs Wade will be overturned.

Father, we thank you for stopping the enemy’s timeline and placing us back onto yours.

Father, we know that the earth is moaning and groaning for the sons and daughters of God to come forth, so in the name of Jesus we command the Army of God to arise and take her place, for there is no more time to waist.

Father, you are our Supreme Commander and we are The Army of God, heavens invading expeditionary forces.

We decree and we declare that we will overtake, and terminate, the demonic tyranny over the spiritually oppressed people of this earth, and now is that time.

We decree and declare that we will march together in unity, to victory and that the victory is ours!  In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen.

~ Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor


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