Archive for May, 2011

Praying (this is how)

Posted: May 28, 2011 in Michael K Sanders

"Pray this way"

Matthew 6:9-13 This, then, is how you should pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”

In Jesus’ Name, Amen

"You gave your life for others, welcome Home"

Father, as we celebrate this weekend in freedom we remember and we pray together in complete and total faith, with all of our strength, passion, love and Hope that You bring each of us directly home to You when we leave this world. We do not always understand Your way, but have faith Your plan is always for good and we know You have welcomed all of our fallen Heroes Home with open arms. We pray You will bless their family and friends with the comfort and understanding only Your Holy Spirit can provide. We know You have blessed and will always bless our country, the United States of America “one country under God”.

We pray in faith in Your Word:

John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

Ephesians 1:9-11 “God has now revealed to us His mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill His own good pleasure. And this is the plan: At the right time He will bring everything together under the authority of Christ — everything in Heaven and on earth. Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything workout according to his plan.”

1 Corinthians 15:51-57 “Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye….we shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed…and this mortal shall have put on immortality… thanks be to God, which giveth us this victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

We pray together in faith, that Your blessing of redemption and victory for our Heroes is a blessing You graciously give for all of us!

In Your Name God our Father, Christ and Lord Jesus and Holy Spirit we pray, Amen

John 15:7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

I have learned to remind myself, when things are tough, to not allow problems to distract me from my relationship with Christ and to keep His Words on my mind and in my heart. When I come through the problems (and I always do when I call to Him and trust in His Word) I immediately recognize that He carried me through. He blessed me with the desires of my heart, to come through the problems, to be comforted and at peace. Each time I grow closer to Him and know more and more how to use the strength and power of His Word. Doing this pleases God and He will bless you with all your desires. He enjoys seeing you happy and enjoying His blessings.

"My Word is your strength"

When I remember to make Him my priority all the time (good and bad) I stay connected to Him. I find myself praying and worshiping Him, knowing He will bless me. His Word begins to change me, to align me with His desires, and He blesses me with my desires. I begin to think like Him, to speak His Word (not mine) and He shapes my character to be like His!! My desires become His desires and as His Word declares “you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.”

Father, thank you for blessing us, for molding us, for aligning our thoughts, character and desires with Yours. For blessing us with all the desires of our heart as we are illuminated with Your Word and Your desires! We trust You will always lead us to Your Word to carry us through all the times in our lives.

In Your Name, Christ and Lord Jesus we pray in faith, Amen

Prayer request from His Message for You ministry for Alliy Bayliss, a sophomore at San Ramon Valley High School..

It seems the world may have overwhelmed Alliy, but we know, when our children fall victim to the challenges of this world, You do rescue them.

Father, we pray together in complete and total faith, with all of our strength, passion, love and Hope that You bring Your young children directly home to You when they leave this world. We do not always understand Your way, but have faith Your plan is always for good and we know You have welcomed Alliy Home with open arms. We pray You will bless her family and friends with the comfort and understanding only Your Holy Spirit can provide.

We pray in faith in Your Word:

Ephesians 1:9-11 “God has now revealed to us His mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill His own good pleasure. And this is the plan: At the right time He will bring everything together under the authority of Christ — everything in Heaven and on earth. Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything workout according to his plan.”

"Welcome home Alliy"



1 Corinthians 15:51-57: “Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye….we shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed…and this mortal shall have put on immortality… thanks be to God, which giveth us this victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”


We pray together in faith, that Your blessing of redemption and victory for Alliy is a blessing You graciously give for all of us!

In Your Name God our Father, Christ and Lord Jesus and Holy Spirit we pray, Amen

Prayer request from His Message for You ministry for all those who lost their lives, were injured, lost their homes, those who are afraid, those involved in the rescue effort and all those supporting and praying for their families, friends, Christians and all those impacted by the tornado that hit Joplin, MO (video – caution when watching) the monster storm created incredible destruction.

You can help by joining Kayla Christiansen to collect and send supplies to those in need in Joplin.

Father, we do not always understand Your way, but have faith Your plan is always for good and we know You will bless all those injured and afraid after this disaster with the Healing Power of Your Holy Spirit. We pray You will bless all those impacted with the understanding and comfort only Your Holy Spirit can provide.

We pray in faith in Your Word:

Ephesians 1:9-11 “God has now revealed to us His mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill His own good pleasure. And this is the plan: At the right time He will bring everything together under the authority of Christ — everything in Heaven and on earth. Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything workout according to his plan.”

Psalms 23:4 “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

Psalm 34:4: “I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”

2 Timothy 1:7: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

Luke 1:37: “For with God nothing shall be impossible.”

Jeremiah 33:3: “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”

Isaiah 41:13-14: “For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.

We have complete faith You bring us home immediately to You when we leave this world and know You will welcome home all those who died with open arms!

"Welcome home My chosen ones"



1 Corinthians 15:51-57: “Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye….we shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed…and this mortal shall have put on immortality… thanks be to God, which giveth us this victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Romans 8:31-32: “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?


In Your Name God our Father, Christ and Lord Jesus and Holy Spirit we pray, Amen

"I am with you"



Father, bless all those participating today to support a cure for cancer. Their special effort and passion to help others is a blessing from You. Lord we know You have rescued many by bringing them home to You, and we thank You. We all pray together in faith for a cure and for Your Healing blessings to be upon all those surviving and fighting the battle against cancer today.



We pray with all of our strength, passion, love and Hope, and we stand firm and confident in Your Healing Word and that Your Will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven. We believe, in the name of Jesus, all those surviving or in the midst of the battle with cancer are surrounded and covered by Your Holy Spirit. We pray You bless them with Your Saving and Healing power, according to 1 Peter 2:24. Your Word explains that Jesus Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses. Therefore, with great boldness and confidence we say on the authority of Your written Word that they are all redeemed and Your Love and Grace is upon them.

We have the assurance of Your Word that Your Holy Spirit encamps around us and by Your Plan delivers us from sickness and injury. No evil shall befall us, no plague or calamity shall win over us. We confess Your Word abides in us and delivers to us perfect soundness of mind and wholeness in body and spirit from the deepest parts of our nature in our immortal spirit even to the joints and marrow of our bones. Your Word is medication and “Life” to our flesh for the law of the Spirit of Life operates in us and makes us free from the law of illness and injury.

Lord, we wear the armor of Your Word to protect us from all the fiery darts sent towards us. We praise You Jesus as the high Priest of our confession and we hold fast to our confession of faith in You and Your Word. We stand immovable and fixed in full assurance that You will cover all those suffering from cancer and bless them, their families and all their friends with the understanding, comfort and power of faith and prayer only Your Holy Spirit can provide.

In Your name Lord and Christ Jesus we pray, Amen

When you woke up this morning, what was your first thought? What was the first thing you did? What do you expect to happen today?

"He Reigns!"

Start today better then any day you have ever had. Start each day this new way! Yes, everyday is the start of a New Life, new blessings, wonderful things you never knew could happen: peace; joy; happiness; health; financial freedom; LOVE! You are reading this now, because God wants you to know His Message for You. He can provide for you far beyond your imagination. More then you can ever dream of!

Jeremiah 33:3 “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”

Start today, and every day expecting something new and better! Know you can start fresh, start over each and every day! Nothing can hold you back! Try this for just a few weeks and watch what happens. Wake up and think, “I am awake, thank You Father. This is a new day and I know You promised me blessings and I expect them, indeed!”

You can do this simply by believing, do this as soon as you wake up. That’s right, know that God loves you, know that He came to us in Christ Jesus to show us His love. Open up your mind and your heart to understand that Jesus is God. Accept Him and have faith and He will do all these things for you!

You can expect it! You can declare it! It will be given to you! You can and will receive it! Not only as you thought, but far beyond your imagination!

That’s right, with faith, you are equipped, empowered, blessed and prepared to receive and have supernatural blessings, abilities and gifts. Your thoughts are now refreshed and clear, and guess what, BIG! Even better, these things you expect, that you think are “BIG”, are only a small portion of what God will do for you! He will do this now, today and for the rest of your life, AMEN for eternity. You can have this now, immediately. Your Life will change and you will know it. Something special will happen!

Wake up each and every morning knowing you have the All Powerful, Ever Living, Creator of All that is, living in you! Embrace and accept each new day, yes the start of your New Life knowing God lives, He lives in you and will pour out all of His blessings on you for your faith! He reigns over all that is and you have Him living in you!

Indeed, it’s true…..

Psalm 97:1 THE LORD reigns, let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles and coastlands be glad!


Start each and every day believing He Reigns and you will receive and understand His Message for You!

1 Chronicles 16:31 Let the heavens be glad and let the earth rejoice; and let men say among the nations, The Lord reigns!

Psalm 47:8 God reigns over the nations; God sits upon His holy throne.

Psalm 93:1 THE LORD reigns, He is clothed with majesty; the Lord is robed, He has girded Himself with strength and power; the world also is established, that it cannot be moved.

Psalm 96:10 Say among the nations that the Lord reigns; the world also is established, so that it cannot be moved; He shall judge and rule the people righteously and with justice.

Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good tidings, who publishes peace, who brings good tidings of good, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, Your God reigns!

Revelation 19:6 After that I heard what sounded like the shout of a vast throng, like the boom of many pounding waves, and like the roar of terrific and mighty peals of thunder, exclaiming, Hallelujah (praise the Lord)! For now the Lord our God the Omnipotent (the All-Ruler) reigns!

Father, thank you for blessing us! For giving us a new start, yes a New Life. Let us awake each morning knowing You live in us and we can expect Your blessings! In Your Word we stand firm in faith:

Jeremiah 33:3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

In Your Name, Christ and Lord Jesus, God on High, Amen You Reign!

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Prayer request from His Message for You ministry for 3yr old Sofia Acosta of Exeter, CA who appears to have been a victim of child abuse.

Father, we pray together in complete and total faith, with all of our strength, passion, love and Hope that You will protect Your youngest children and when they do fall victim to evil in this world we know Your are just, and Your justice will be done. Amen, we do not always understand Your way, but have faith Your plan is always for good and we know You have welcomed Sofia Home with open arms. We pray You will bless her family and friends with the comfort and understanding only Your Holy Spirit can provide.

We pray in faith in Your Word:

Ephesians 1:9-11 “God has now revealed to us His mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill His own good pleasure. And this is the plan: At the right time He will bring everything together under the authority of Christ — everything in Heaven and on earth. Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything workout according to his plan.”

"Welcome Home Sofia"



1 Corinthians 15:51-57: “Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye….we shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed…and this mortal shall have put on immortality… thanks be to God, which giveth us this victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”



We pray together in faith, that Your blessing of redemption and victory for Sofia is a blessing You graciously give for all of us!

In Your Name God our Father, Christ and Lord Jesus and Holy Spirit we pray, Amen

Prayer request from His Message for You ministry for Garrett Torres and his family. Garrett, 21 years old, was in a car accident Sunday morning and was called home to be with Christ.

Although our hearts are broken, we pray with Hope, faith, passion, and love.

Father, we do not always understand Your way, but have faith Your plan is always for good and we know You will welcome Garrett home with open arms.

Ephesians 1:9-11 “God has now revealed to us His mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill His own good pleasure. And this is the plan: At the right time He will bring everything together under the authority of Christ — everything in Heaven and on earth. Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything workout according to his plan.”

"Welcome Home Garrett"


1 Corinthians 15:51-57: “Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye….we shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed…and this mortal shall have put on immortality… thanks be to God, which giveth us this victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”



We pray together in faith that Your blessing of redemption and victory is a blessing You graciously provide for all of us!

In Your Name God our Father, Christ and Lord Jesus and Holy Spirit we pray, Amen

Prayer request from His Message for You ministry for 11 year old Noah Worthington who went home to our Father today after being critically injured in a car accident yesterday.

We prayed together in complete and total faith, with all of our strength, passion, love and Hope for Noah to be rescued and in His way, by His plan, He has.

"Welcome Home Noah"



Father, we do not always understand Your way, but have faith Your plan is always for good and we know You bring Your little ones home to You immediately when they leave this world and know You will welcome Noah home with open arms. We pray with broken hearts, but pray together in total faith for Noah’s family and friends and know You will bless them with the comfort and understanding only Your Holy Spirit can provide.

We pray in faith in Your Word:

Ephesians 1:9-11 “God has now revealed to us His mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill His own good pleasure. And this is the plan: At the right time He will bring everything together under the authority of Christ — everything in Heaven and on earth. Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything workout according to his plan.”

1 Corinthians 15:51-57: “Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye….we shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed…and this mortal shall have put on immortality… thanks be to God, which giveth us this victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”


We pray together in faith, that Your blessing of redemption and victory for Noah is a blessing You graciously give for all of us!


In Your Name God our Father, Christ and Lord Jesus and Holy Spirit we pray, Amen

Prayer request from His Message for You ministry for 11 year old Cale Roberts who joined Christ Jesus yesterday after a car accident.

"Welcome Home Cale"


Father, we do not always understand Your way, but have faith Your plan is always for good and we know You bring Your little ones home to You immediately when they leave this world and know You will welcome Cale home with open arms . We pray with broken hearts, but together in complete and total faith, with all of our strength, passion, love and Hope for his sister Chelsea and all of Cale’s family and friends and know You will bless them with the comfort and understanding only Your Holy Spirit can provide.

We pray in faith in Your Word:

Ephesians 1:9-11 “God has now revealed to us His mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill His own good pleasure. And this is the plan: At the right time He will bring everything together under the authority of Christ — everything in Heaven and on earth. Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything workout according to his plan.”

1 Corinthians 15:51-57: “Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye….we shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed…and this mortal shall have put on immortality… thanks be to God, which giveth us this victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”


We pray together in faith, that Your blessing of redemption and victory for Cale is a blessing You graciously give for all of us!


In Your Name God our Father, Christ and Lord Jesus and Holy Spirit we pray, Amen

"Honor thy Mother"

Ephesians 6:1-3 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and MOTHER”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”


In Jesus’ Name, Amen

"I hear you!


Jeremiah 29:11-12 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”


In Jesus’ Name, Amen

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"Pray for our Leaders"

James 5:16 …..The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Father, bless all of us with an understanding of the power of prayer and the comfort, joy and spiritual alignment with You it can bring to our “Life“.

In Jesus’ Name, we pray incomplete faith in Your Word, Amen

Join His Message for You ministry and all those celebrating and praying on this National Day of Prayer!

The National Day of Prayer is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress, when people are asked “to turn to God in prayer and meditation”. The law formalizing its annual observance was enacted in 1952.

There had been at least two individual (i.e. single-day) national days of prayer in U.S. history before the day was made an official annual day of observance in 1952. Prior to the nation’s founding, the Continental Congress issued a proclamation recommending “a day of public fasting, and prayer be observed on July 20, 1775: “ The Honorable Congress having recommended it to the United States to set apart Thursday the 6th of May next to be observed as a day of fasting and prayer, to acknowledge the gracious interpositions of Providence; to pray that a present evil may be removed, to unitedly implore the Protection of Heaven; Success to our Arms and the Arms of our Ally: The Commander in Chief enjoins a religious observance of said day and directs the Chaplains to prepare discourses proper for the occasion; strictly forbidding all recreations and unnecessary labor.” —George Washington, First President of the United States”

During the Quasi-War with France, President John Adams declared May 9, 1798 as “a day of solemn humility, fasting, and prayer,” during which citizens of all faiths were asked to pray “that our country may be protected from all the dangers which threaten it”. On March 30, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation expressing the idea “that the awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land, may be but a punishment, inflicted upon us, for our presumptuous sins”, and designated the day of April 30, 1863 as a day of “national humiliation, fasting and prayer” in the hope that God would respond by restoring “our now divided and suffering Country, to its former happy condition of unity and peace”. He went on to say, “…it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.”

More recently, the idea of an annual National Day of Prayer was introduced by the Rev. Billy Graham, who suggested it in the midst of a several-weeks crusade in the nation’s capitol. Members of the House and Senate introduced a joint resolution for an annual National Day of Prayer, “on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups, and as individuals.”

A Senate report incorrectly claims as part of the rationale for the law that prayers were conducted at the Constitutional Convention, which adopted the U.S. Constitution: “When the delegates to the Constitutional Convention encountered difficulties in the writing and formation of a Constitution for this Nation, prayer was suggested and became an established practice at succeeding sessions,” according to the report by the Committee on the Judiciary. However, Benjamin Franklin suggested prayer, but in his own notes recorded that the convention, “except for three or four persons, thought prayers unnecessary.”

On April 17, 1952, President Harry S. Truman signed a bill proclaiming a National Day of Prayer must be declared by each following president at an appropriate date of his choice. In 1982 a conservative evangelical Christian organization called the “National Prayer Committee” was formed to coordinate and implement a fixed annual day of prayer for the purpose of organizing evangelical Christian prayer events with local, state, and federal government entities. In his 1983 declaration, Ronald Reagan said, “From General Washington’s struggle at Valley Forge to the present, this Nation has fervently sought and received divine guidance as it pursued the course of history. This occasion provides our Nation with an opportunity to further recognize the source of our blessings, and to seek His help for the challenges we face today and in the future.” In 1988, the law was amended so that the National Day of Prayer would be held on the first Thursday of May. Two stated intentions of the National Day of Prayer were that it would be a day when adherents of all great religions could unite in prayer and that it may one day bring renewed respect for God to all the peoples of the world.

"Listen and I will explain"

Truly this was an evil man, driving an evil ideology and committing atrocities to man kind, yes a war. Now that justice has been delivered, which was predestine because no evil stands against the righteous, we wonder, is all the celebration over the death of a man? Is it a celebration over the end of the most dangerous threat in the world today?

What does it all mean?

For those of us illuminated by His Holy Spirit, with faith that all we know and everything we experience in this world is by His Plan:

Ephesians 1:9-11 God has now revealed to us His mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill His own good pleasure. And this is the plan: At the right time He will bring everything together under the authority of Christ — everything in Heaven and on earth. Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything workout according to his plan.

we can look at this situation with discerning yet spiritual eyes. We can overcome the anxiety, concern, worry, distrust, and overwhelming emotion to attempt to control our understanding (by our own effort). Standing firm in faith, we can be secure and win over the fiery darts the enemy uses to control our thoughts, to limit our understanding and to cause us to think with narrow minded perspective. Trust, if you know Christ, you can see what the meaning to all of this is. Yes, in the human realm and man was killed, but in the supernatural, a great evil was put in place, by God’s plan. Amen, in this we can praise God and celebrate life, freedom and peace.

Father, this is a time of maturing in Spirit and the illumination You bring. We pray with expectation that You will provide us with a clear understanding of these times, this significant and historical event and that You are in control and this is Your Plan. Thank you for the sermon by Pastor Rick Warren where my illumination for this message occurred. Amen

The Bible provides a precise perspective (as God always does) when He shares:

Romans 12:17-18 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

“If it is possible …” God knows, and shares with us, there will be times when it is not possible to live in peace. There will be evil that plots to destroy us and we will be exposed and even directly subject to this evil. Our Father provides us with options, first to stand firm in faith knowing He will provide a way, and all that happens is for good, by His Plan. Second to fight. Yes, it is true, many times the Bible shows us when it is time to fight for good, to fight for those who cannot and to fight for righteousness. God promises He will give us all we need and will be there with us in the fight.

We ask ourselves, is war right?

The Bible shows us that two human characteristics typically cause wars, selfishness and pride:

James 4:1-2 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God.

Whenever there is conflict between nations, businesses, or even families it is driven by selfishness or pride.

So is it ok to fight? Well, there are times when it is the lesser of two evils and is appropriate:

Ecclesiastes 3:8 says, “There is a time for war and a time for peace.”

His Word shares an honest and quite frank view of the time for battle and there are a number of times where God commanded war. Hebrews 11 shares incredible stories about biblical warriors and their battles: Joshua, David, Gideon, Samson.

In Christ’s time on earth he never told soldiers to not fight. In fact He said:

Matthew 24:6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.

Jesus himself twice cleansed, whip in hand, the temple by force.

When is it right to fight?

– To preserve Freedom:

God told Joshua to wipe out the Midianites because they were oppressive and had all kinds of evil practices, a terrible and vicious culture.

Numbers shows us:

Numbers 32:20-23 If you will do this—if you will arm yourselves before the LORD for battle and if all of you who are armed cross over the Jordan before the LORD until he has driven his enemies out before him — then when the land is subdued before the LORD, you may return and be free from your obligation to the LORD and to Israel. And this land will be your possession before the LORD. But if you fail to do this, you will be sinning against the LORD.


Amen, God wants us to know we have to decide what’s worth dying for to know what’s worth living for.

– To protect innocent people:

Proverbs 21:15 When justice is done it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evil doers.

Christians should always be interested in peace, but we also must ensure and demand justice. Peace at any price is not peace, it is appeasement. Our Father is a God of peace, but He is also a God of justice.

I love this famous quote: “A man who has nothing which he is willing to fight for, nothing which he cares about more than his personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free.” – John Stuart Mill

– To stop the spread of evil

The Bible is clear, God has authorized the government to enforce law and punish evil.

Romans 13:4 The authorities are sent by God to help you. But if you are doing something wrong, of course you should be afraid, for you will be punished. The authorities are established by God for that very purpose, to punish those who do wrong.

Will there ever be permanent peace?

Yes! When Jesus Christ returns!!!

John 14 Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions. If it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself that where I am there you may be also.

The Bible explains when Jesus returns, He will set up a reign of peace on the earth.

Isaiah 2:4 He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.

Many wonder if this is the final war?

We know that there will be one final great battle and it will be when Christ returns, however, His Word tells us:

Luke 21:8-9 Don’t be fooled. Many will come in My name saying, ‘I am He!’ and ‘The time has come!’ But don’t follow them. Don’t be afraid when you hear of wars and revolutions; such things must happen but they don’t mean the end is near. Countries will fight each other and kingdoms will attack one another.

Please note – “Don’t be fooled ….” There have been many books and people that have set dates for the last days and all were wrong.

also, “… such things must happen ….” In the last 3,400 years there have only been 268 years without war. In over 6,000 years of recorded history, the world has averaged two and a half wars a year. Of 185 generations, only ten have experienced unbroken peace.

“There are going to be wars and rumors of wars,” Jesus knew what He was talking about!

Most importantly Jesus said:

Matthew 24:36 No one knows that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

Acts 1:7-8 It’s not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by His own authority. But you are to be My witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the uttermost parts of the world.

Matthew 24:44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

Acts 1:7 It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.

This is the last discussion Christ had with His disciples. They wanted to discuss prophecy and when He would return and He answered them with a declaraton of evangelism and the Power to win this world.

Acts 1:8-9 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

Knowing all of this, as Christians, our attitude and actions during war should be:

– Pray

1 Timothy 2:1-2 First of all pray for kings and all others who are in authority, that we may live a quiet and peaceful life.

Psalm 91

1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty
2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
9 If you make the Most High your dwelling – even the LORD, who is my refuge-
10 then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.

Heavenly Father, Grant a courageous heart, a quick mind, and a serene spirit to all those now in our armed forces, ready to offer their talents, and if necessary their lives, for the cause of truth, justice, and liberty. Keep them close to You in every way. Make them always, even in these difficult circumstances, true witnesses to Your goodness, love, and compassion. And finally, bring them safely back to their homes and families.

We must pray for are our leaders, President, Generals, and Congress, as well, pray for all those serving in harms way. Understand, He said when we do this we will live a quiet and peaceful life. Also, pray for our enemies, that they will have a change of heart.

– Trust God

Psalms 27:3 Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident.

We accept the truth that when war happens there are casualties. We trust God, realizing that He is in control.

Seek Peace

Psalms 34:14 Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

Not only peace between nations, but peace in every part of our “Life

– Support each other

Galatians 6:2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.


Father, bless us with the understanding of peace, the understanding of war, and the power to overcome evil with the power of Your Holy Spirit in us. Bless us as we go out into the world to serve You. Bless us to care and support those in need, especially in these terrible times, the true sign of a Christian.

In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen