Will God give us practical and strategic insight during these times? The answer to that question is a resounding "yes"!
"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men liberally and without criticism, and it will be given to him" (James 1:5).
Early one morning, as the latest news of chaos within our nation ran through my mind, I picked up the phone to call my friend Karen Hardin.
"We must do something!" was our united cry. Before hanging up the phone that day, we prayed and asked God to give us a strategy for our nation. He was quick to answer.
Within moments of that phone call, the City-by-City.org strategy was birthed to take back our nation one city at a time.
In biblical days, Abraham interceded with God so that the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah would be saved:
"Then Abraham drew near and said, 'Shall You also destroy the righteous with the wicked? What if there are fifty righteous in the city? Shall You also destroy, and not spare the place, for the fifty righteous who are in it? Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be treated like the wicked; far be it from You. Should not the Judge of all the earth do right?' So the Lord said, 'If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare the entire place for their sakes'" (Gen. 18:23-26).
As you know, Abraham then began to negotiate with God. He knew the two cities were corrupt and full of sin—not much different than America is now. He knew that there were few, if any, righteous living in those cities, except his nephew and his family.
But he also knew God was gracious! So, Abraham interceded for the two cities to be spared as he negotiated down from 50, to 40, to 30, to 20 and finally,
"Then he said, 'Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak only once more. Suppose ten will be found there?' Then He said, 'I will not destroy it for the sake of ten'" (Gen. 18:32).
This is the city-by-city strategy. To raise up a minimum of 10 people in each city across America to stand in the gap as watchmen in our cities. It is a call to link arms together, as in the day of Nehemiah, to pray and rebuild the broken-down places—to repent, pray and seek the Lord for our cities.
Jeremiah 29:7 says, "Seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the Lord for it; for in its peace you will have peace."
The New Living Translation (NLT) says, "for its welfare will determine your welfare."
That is a powerful and thought-provoking truth. If our city has no peace, neither will we have peace. This has played out in our nation. Portland, Seattle, Chicago—If our city does not prosper, prosperity will elude us as well. We are called to pray for our cities.
The word "prosper" is not just connected to money. Third John 1:2 (NKJV) says, "I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers." This referred to prosperity in safety, health, wealth, rest, peace and so on. Our cities, businesses and families need to prosper once again.
We have been given the authority to take back our cities for God.
Luke 17:6 (MEV) says, "The Lord said, 'If you had faith as a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, "Be uprooted and be planted in the sea,"' and it would obey you."
If we have faith, we can speak to our city and our city will obey us. This is the word of God. The word "seek" in this Scripture means "to require, demand and pursue it."
Each time a new battle came King David's way, he sought God for a strategy. He didn't assume the previous strategy would work the same way it did last time. No, he sought God each time for a new strategy. When God gave him a strategy and he followed it, he had victory every single time. God has given a strategy—it is to take back our nation city by city.
Will you link arms with us to be a "watchman on the wall" for your city? Will you be one of the 10? Will you help us reach out to others you know so that each and every city in America can have a team of intercessors praying that God will save their city?
It is time to see our nation return to God and for intercessors to link arms—city by city.
Kim Potter is the founder of A New Thing Ministries, which sends a daily teaching to thousands of people all around the world. She is a contributing writer for Intercessors for America and her articles have appeared on The Elijah List, Charisma, Spirit Fuel and iBelieve.com. For additional information, go to anewthingministries.com. Join the city-by-city prayer movement to save our nation here.
Karen Hardin is a literary agent, author and intercessor. Her work has appeared in USA Today, World Net Daily, Intercessors For America, Charisma, CBN.com and The Elijah List. For additional information on her ministry, business or to sign up for her prophetic blog go to: karenhardin.com or you can contact her at prioritypr.org or destinybuilders.world.
(reprinted with permission from Intercessors for America—ifapray.org)
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