Prayer for USA ~ August 6, 2011

LORD, to You alone we pledge our allegiance. We need You; we seek You; we humble ourselves before You; we adore. Hear us; see us; come and restore!

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2011                 www.holyspiritpress.org      www.eaglesnestfoundation.org

Today as only God could orchestrate it, in various places across this nation many, many people are gathering to pray.  On massive conference calls as well people are uniting with one voice, bowing before God as Lord, acknowledging our need for Him, acknowledging that our power and wisdom are nothing compared to Him, repenting of our self-sufficiency and blatant rebellion to His way, and asking Him to come and please restore our land.  The Scripture and prayer which follows stands in agreement with the prayers of these gatherings and unifies with it.  (God is glorified by our unity!)  You are encouraged to use this Scripture to be reminded of God’s way and promises as well as this prayer (or your own) as led by God to pray in one accord.  May God hear and answer according to His promises. ~ Elizabeth

ISAIAH 26 9-12 (Amplified)

9 My soul years for You [O Lord] in the night, yes, my spirit within me seeks You earnestly; for [only] when Your judgments are in the earth will the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God).

10 Though favor is shown the wicked, yet they do not learn righteousness; in the land of uprightness they deal perversely and refuse to see the majesty of the Lord.

11 Though Your hand is lifted high to strike, Lord, they do not see it.  Let them see Your zeal for Your people and be ashames; yes, let the fire reserved for Your enemies consume them.

12 Lord, You will ordain peace (God’s favor and blessings, both temporal and spiritual) for us, for You have also wrought in us and for us all our works.   

II CHRONICLES 7:13-14 (Amplified)

13  If I shut up heaven so no rain falls, or if I command locusts to devour the land, or if I send such pestilence among My people,

14 If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.

PRAYER

Lord, You are Creator of the universe and all creation declares Your glory.  Lord, You are Most High. There is none like You.  All things are in Your hands and yet You alow us free will.  You watch us; You love us unconditionally and infinitely.  You remove Yourself when we reject You as Lord and choose to go our own Way, but always You are there wooing us back.  You use all things for good in light of eternity and nothing and no one can thwart Your restoration purposes (most exquisitely demonstrated by JESUS).

We are in a fallen world, which is earth not heaven, yet You take all those things which are not good and even evil and out of them You bring eternal good, that all would know You are God, receive You and enter eternity with You (our true home).

Lord God, our country was founded on Your principles, with many eyes turned to You, bowed to Your Way.  We know You as Sovereign and Most High.

Lord God, our country and our world have been operating for sometime as if we don’t need You.  Many do not acknowledge who You are, exalting human wisdom above You.

Yet there is a remant who remains.  We know You are God; we bow to You as Lord.  We know Your promises – both to bless and to curse.  We understand that You alone are good and so when we choose to be under Your covering blessings will come to us and when we choose to go our own way we are without You, therefore we cannot expect Your good.  We also know that You love us with an everlasting, infinite, incomprehensible, unconditional love and that Your heart is ever and ongoing to call us back to You.  Your heart yearns for us even as You created our hearts to yearn and be unfulfilled without You.  You are our Bridegroom; we are Your Bride.  Our only fulfillment will be with You, in You and for You for it is this intimacy with You for which we were created.

Lord God, see our hearts, see us gathered before You in stadiums, on the internet, on conference calls, in our homes with prayers reaching up to join all the others which are filling the atmosphere from so many different locations.  Lord God, may our fasting, worship, repentance and prayers rise to You as sweet incense.  Lord God, may You hear from heaven and answer.  May Your Holy Spirit be released as Living Water rushing in the River of Life from the throne of God and come fill our midst.  May Your Holy Spirit touch hearts in deep ways only You can, that more and more would desire You, know they must seek You and find to drink so they thirst no more in all that You are.

Lord God, we can each make the decisions for ourselves, but we cannot turn the hearts of others.  Only You can.  We are asking for that ripple effect throughout our entire society – from the humblest homes to the highest places of leadership.  We are asking Your Spirit to invade our country so that every knee would bow and tongue confess that You are Lord.

We know You hear; we know You promise to answer and so now we simply adore You for all that You are.  We rejoice in what You will do before we can see Your response.  We dance before Your throne with abandon simply because You are.  We will delight in You, trust in You, follow You – speak, Lord, Your servants are listening.  Teach us Your way with increase, help us discern Your voice more and more, set us free from the world’s way for we only want Yours.  You are our King.  We love being Your ambassadors.  We love being Your children.  We love You for there is none like You.  Father, Son, Holy Spirit – WE ADORE!  In Jesus’ name, Amen

humbly written as “heard” August 5, 2011 by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro

JOEL 2:12-18, 23-29 (Amplified)

12 Therefore also now, says the Lord, turn and keep on coming to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning [until every hindrance is removed and the broken fellowship is restored].

13 Rend your hearts and not your garments and return to the Lord, your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in loving-kindness; and He revokes His sentence of evil [when His conditions are met].

14 Who knows but what He will turn, revoke your sentence [of evil], and leave a blessing behind Him [giving you the means with which to serve Him], even a cereal or meal offering and a drink offering for the Lord, your God?

15 Blow the trumpet in Zion; set apart a fast [a day of restraint and humility]; call a solemn assembly.

16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation; assemble the elderly people, gather the children and the nursing infants; let the bridegroom [who is legally exempt from attending] go forth from his chamber and the bride out of her closet. [None is exempt from the humiliation.]

17 Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the alter; and let them say, Have pity and spare Your people, O Lord, and give not Your heritage to reproach, that the [heathen] nations should rule over them or use a byword against them.  Why should they say among the peoples, Where is their god?

18 Then was the Lord jealous for His land and had pity on His people.

23 Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord, your God; for He gives you the former or early rain in just measure and in righteousness, and He causes to come down for you the rain, the former rain and the latter rain, as before.

24 And the [threshing] floors shall be full of grain and the vats shall overflow with juice [of the grape] and oil

25 And I will restore or replace for you the years that the locust has eaten — the hopping locust, the stripping locust, and the crawling locust, My great amy which I sent among you.

26 And you shall eat in plenty and be satisfied and praise the name of the Lord, your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you.  And My people shall never be put to shame.

27 And you shall know, understand, and realize that I am in the midst of Israel and that I the Lord am your God and there is none else.  My people shall never be put to shame.

28 And afterward I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophecy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.

29 Even upon the menservants and upon the maidservants in those days will I pour out My Spirit.

PLEASE remember to view the new song, “ONE NATION UNDER GOD” on youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d593RguxQI8&feature=share  SHARE the link!  Let’s let everyone know that the USA is and remains one nation under God and be encouraged in how God values every individual.

In addition, in 2009 I released a worship CD called RESTORE, which includes songs the LORD had me compose and record SPECIFICALLY to accompany our work for restoration in our lives, homes, churches and nation.  If we endeavor to fight these battles in our own strength for HIM we will fail.  Through the sacrifice of ongoing worship, He promises to inhabit our praise, we enter His Dwelling Place, and He releases His power into our circumstances.  Victory is by His power.  Worship! Discern His strategy! Step out in faith!  Watch what He will do for you!   RESTORE is available on itunes, at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/fulgaro3 and www.holyspiritpress.org  May He hear our worship and respond according to His promises! ~ Elizabeth

Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist.  She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way. 

For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org  Worship music audio clips can be found at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro For information on her work for the military and their families please visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org   Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible.

Author: Elizabeth Fulgaro

I am a God-seeker--a Jesus-worshipper--a Holy Spirit follower. I create songs, devotions, prayers, books and Bible studies to give words with which to get to know God more. For you. Its for one-on-One encounter unto transformed, transcendent living. This is not my vocation. I am not professional. I am a real, ordinary person just looking to do what God put me here to do. (You have a unique purpose too.) So I am called to the work. It is not my income source, but my gift to those who find it blessing. Eagles Nest Foundation sponsors all projects for you. The result: pure, clean spiritual nutrition to feed that deep insatiable spiritual hunger which eventually overtakes each of us and galvanizes you to the life God has for you. This life is purposeful. Exceptional. You--yes, you--are called to something greater and more satisfying in His service. So it is hoped you'll try this spiritually dense nutrition and find it to be a personal blessing. However, the goodness of God-following doesn't stop there. He uses those who seek Him to be His love and care (justice, mercy, advocate, kindness) very tangibly in the lives of those around you. Not by your power but by His. His ideas. God ideas. Not just good ideas. To be part of changing the world, if you will let Him. You learn to just follow where He leads. That if you listen, He will teach you to hear His voice and then when you obey His inner promptings you will become His incredible hands and feet in this hard world. These materials will help! They will help you aim your life towards God in a way you never look back. You will not be the same. He will become the River in your desert spaces and you will become a conduit of this same River of refreshing, replenishing Water of Life to others. Find a prayer. Pick a blog post. Read a book. Be led deeper into the Bible. Select a song which resonates and use it and use it again to go close and ever closer to the God who longs to draw you near. Oh, and don't be tempted to think I'm a crazy over-spiritualized loony...My background is financial planning and counseling. Almost 40 years of it. To choose to believe in God is not to leave practicality and reason behind, but to learn that there is that which goes beyond it and includes it, unto true life fulfillment beyond all your dreams for the one who keeps seeking Him. I am a third generation Californian. I am a person to whom family means everything. The only priority higher is God. The foothills of the Sierra Nevada are my home. It is here the 1849-1856 Gold Rush is still glorified. Easy money? Actually only for the few. Even though I was raised in the Church, it took me ten years of doubting God even existed to realize that without Him, no matter how much of this life's "stuff" is accumulated, I actually have nothing. To come to know that all those who chased after gold are dead and all those who still chase stuff will be dead. That's when I became a God-seeker. Looking for that more. And Eureka! (This is California's state slogan and means I found it.) I found God...or rather, I discovered He was there and had been there waiting for me to look for Him the whole time. May you discover more of Him for you, greater flourishing life and greater flourishing for all in the world as well. God bless you! ~Elizabeth

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