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21st Day of 40

Today, Tuesday, October 13, 2020 is 21 days before the November 3, 2020, Election Day in the United States. We are three weeks from the day and 19 days into the “40 Day Window of the Watchmen.” There can be no letting up (or letting down now). Hopefully these 40 days help us develop new insight, new habits, and new approaches to lifting up the world around us instead of allowing that dreaded feeling of helplessness and despair crash into our spirits. Here is what the challenge continues to be: Set a prayer alarm for the 4 “Watches” of the day–9 AM; Noon; 3 PM; 6 PM; and pray a prayer of repentance and thanksgiving similar to this: “FATHER, WE DECLARE OUR REPENTENCE OF OUR SINS; WE EXALT YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS; WE EXPRESS OUR THANKFULNESS; WE LIFT OUR NATION BEFORE….PLEASE:FORGIVE US,UNIFY US,HELP US,DIRECT US,HUMBLE US,HEAL US,REVIVE US,RENEW US….”Use this prayer or your own prayer. The most important thing is to pray from your heart. Something I have been thinking about lately (especially the specifics by which I have been centering in upon the confirmation hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee of Judge Amy Barret for the United States Supreme Court), and that is, there may be good people who might DISAGREE with me on this whole matter and might be praying just as hard in the opposite way. So I thought I would take on this matter and ask everyone to prayerfully consider some important matters in the area of agreement and disagreement. HOW TO PRAY AND “AGREE AS TOUCHING” ALTHOUGH WE LIVE IN A FREE SOCIETY WHERE WE CELEBRATE OUR DIFFERENCES1. The most important principle in all of Christian teaching is LOVE. Loving one another means we can speak, write, challenge, and appeal to others, but it most be free from the judgment of, and condemnation of, those with whom we disagree. Center and focus your notions (your own narrative) on what your point is, NOT on what your point “isn’t.”2. Respect and reverence for God DOES NOT LEAVE OUT respect and reverence for ALL OF GOD’S CREATION. You can’t love God and hate anything at the same time. 3. When it comes to relating to others, you MUST, MUST, MUST—Agree upon what you AGREE UPON, and then only discuss your agreement. If you apply the old adage: “We just agree to disagree” all you will ever do is talk about what you disagree. Don’t live that way! Seek always to find agreement. People in any free society live and thrive based upon their agreements, NOT their disagreements. Just assume you aren’t changing each other’s minds. Let God do the changing of each other’s attitudes, outlooks, and opinions. You and I need to be in agreement. 4. How do we “PRAY TOGETHER IN AGREEMENT?” The answer is simple–when you are asked to “pray together with someone” find the thing they are saying and camp out/center in upon that thing in the prayer you can agree spiritually with, and pray about and on that thing. 5. Most importantly–let’s not make a habit of praying those general prayers that “never offend anyone,” but pray specifically for the very details that exist in life. If we pray more specifically, we will see God work, God move, and God make more specific changes in situations and individuals. If we pray more specifically we will be able to clearly see the direction we should be praying and then pray “directionally” as well as “specifically.” This helps in not displaying our prayer lives into some abyss of confusion caused by the spirit of condemnation that slips into our attitudes in a society where the world has become more carnal and corrupt. I hope this helps. My heart is for Christians to be as bold in love and prayer as they are in their attitudes and opinions. (Obviously, this includes a personal challenge to myself. Ha!)God Bless & Much Love, Marc & Marceil

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