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12th Day of 40

Today, Thursday, October 22, 2020, is 12 days from the November 3, 2020, Election Day in the United States. We are setting our prayer alarms for the 4 “Watches” of the day time–9 AM; Noon; 3 PM; and 6 PM. God challenged me to do this during the 40 days leading up to the November 3, 2020 Election Day. I am calling it the “40 Day Window of the Watchmen” (of prayer). At the 4 watches, I invite you to join us (Marceil and me) in a prayer for our nation of repentance and thankfulness. Pray from your heart, but if you need a prayer use this one: “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….”Yesterday, Marceil and I were talking about God answering prayer. We began to recount the number of prayers God has answered in, through, and during the pandemic of COVID 19. As we were talking I remembered a conversation from my childhood between my father and his best friend. Dad’s best friend had lived a pretty much pagan lifestyle until moving his family out of state. We visited them about a year after they moved to Colorado. The friend was telling Dad about coming to the Lord and learning about the power of prayer. (This was years before my dad came back to the Lord, so Dad wasn’t exactly buying it, but I was always interested in the things of God so it really stuck with me). Dad’s friend, Don Tooley said to him, “John, I have learned that prayer is so powerful, we ought to be careful as to what we pray! Think of this John: What if Jonah was on the side of the ship with a fishing pole praying that he would catch a fish?!?” My dad chuckled in sarcasm, but it really stuck with me.Combining the conversation with Marceil yesterday AND the comment from Dad’s friend back in 1968, I have a couple of reflections about this season we are experiencing. “WHAT IF’S” 1. “WHAT IF” we were praying for people to look to God? Wouldn’t a way for that to happen be a world-wide event that caused people to realize there is something that is happening they don’t have any control?2. “WHAT IF” we were praying to be closer to God OR: “Help me become more and more like Jesus” OR EVEN: “Help me to draw closer to you?” Wouldn’t a way for us to “draw closer to God” be a time when he forced us to isolate and feel a form of “solitude”? SOLITUDE is a spiritual experience where everything is blocked out except the presence of God. Jesus constantly ran toward solitude. I know….I know…we always think in terms of the time Jesus spent with people, but the truth is every time he was with people, he jumped in a boat, to get across the Sea of Galilee so He could get time alone with God. Solitude with God–in prayer–in communion with the Creator of the Universe is a precious gift. BUT WHAT HAVE WE DONE WITH THE PRECIOUS GIFT WE GAVE US OR IS GIVING US DURING “STAY AT HOME ORDERS” OR REQUIRED QUARANTEED TIMES? Have we seen it as an answer to our prayers, and really leaned in and drawn closer? OR–have we whined, complained about our exhaustion of being isolated, and binged on Netflix? 3. “WHAT IF” we were praying the world would come to Christ? Wouldn’t a world-wide pandemic do it? No? How about if JUST THE CHRIST FOLLOWERS SPOKE UP; STOOD UP; SPOKE OUT; RAISED THEIR VOICES TO BE HEARD; QUIT BEING SCARED AND FEARUL; and simply said it–COVID 19 is bringing me closer to God! COVID 19 is an answer to my prayers. COVID 19 is a terrible disease that wrecks health, takes lives, destroys economies, changes our way of life–BUT FORCES ME TO DEPEND UPON A POWER AND PRECENSE GREATER THAN MYSELF. 4. “WHAT IF” we pray for “God’s will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven”–MEANING: I am praying The Lord’s Prayer over my life every day? COVID 19 is; can be; should be; applicable at some level to every concept in The Lord’s Prayer. However, for the application to make sense in the face of a world-wide pandemic means you have to–“DENY YOURSELF, TAKE UP YOUR CROSS, AND FOLLOW JESUS.” The surge in so many areas of the US, Europe, Israel, and in the rest of the world we don’t know about or get reported (of the COVID 19 virus) MAY JUST BE an answer to our prayers for our world! I’m not sure we understood how important those days were when we were shut down. I believe God cares so much about us/for us that He is divinely interceding for us to draw closer; to lean in; to learn of Him! God Bless & Much Love, Marc & Marceil

13th Day of 40

Today, October 21, 2020, is 13 days before the November 3, 2020, Election Day, in the United States. We are in/inside of/under the season I am calling the “40 Day Window of the Watchmen of Prayer” and asking everyone who will to set their alarms on their cell phones for “prayer alarms” at 9 AM; NOON; 3 PM; and 6 PM to pray for repentance for ourselves and our nation of our sins and to thank God for His blessings upon us. Pray from your heart. If you desire to participate in a united prayer here is a suggestion: “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….” They are calling it the “second surge” of the COVID virus. The Midwest is dealing with it very close to home. It took months for it to get here, but HERE IT IS. I know many felt like it was overblown and some felt like it was some kind of political conspiracy. We are literally “all over the place” when it comes to mask wearing or not–hunkering down in place or not–how far reaching the local, state, and national government can go or should go in response. In our local area, the Health Department spokesman mentioned Churches should all go virtual because Church attendance was the “main spreader” of the virus at present. (Or something like that) It is causing a lot of push back from Church Leaders. I’m not sure how far I want to “wade into” all the information. I definitely DON’T want to dive into opinions, because this “Window of the Watchmen” is simply about prayers of repentance and thankfulness—40 days of it. The drama of our time is evidence enough how necessary it is for us to pray at least 4 times a day for our family, our friends, and ourselves. However, there are a few areas I want us to wade into. My heart-felt desire is for these thoughts to be re-direction, not opinion. If you disagree or you feel a “check” in your spirit about any of this–please go with what God is saying to you and chalk it up with the idea that (I wrote this too early in the morning for people to be up writing posts. Ha!) BUT–if you are in agreement with me spiritually on these points, it is your spiritual responsibility to take on the mantle of them and believe, share, and walk in faith and freedom! We are past the time of just giving a “thumbs up.” We are past the time of saying “I am praying about that”–WE ARE IN THE TIME (AND A SHORT WINDOW OF TIME)–where we actually need to be “PRAYING ABOUT IT” and yielding to God’s control. 1. WE ARE AT THE END OF TIME BEFORE CHRIST’S RETURN. The Devil is trying to distract us even while he knows time is short. The streets of Jerusalem are literally silent. Marceil showed me pictures this week of how deserted old city Jerusalem is currently. The gates we know and love are closed. The Sacred Western Wall is silent. There is something happening in Heaven that defies all human logic. The Creator of the Universe is about to announce to the Archangel, Gabriel, to blow his horn! Jesus is about to split open the Mount of Olives and burst through the walled up Eastern Gate. We are moments away! Those deserted streets are about to be filled with the presence of Him they have (we all have) forgotten about. I have studied the Scriptures about this stuff my whole life. Marceil and I have even written a couple of books about the End of Time, yet, it is complex. Interestingly God didn’t lay it out in a way where we can have a comprehensive check list. Over the last 2000 years we have discussed it, argued about it, and studied it by the hours. Whatever belief or outlook you have about it–BELIEVE THIS: IT IS HERE. WE ARE HERE. THE TIME IS NOW. 2. We are living in a time that is like Noah getting the ark prepared for the coming rain. First, (like Noah) we don’t know all the issues we might face. He didn’t know how long he might be inside the ark. We don’t know (for sure) about a rapture (PLEASE, PLEASE, GO WITH ME, NO ARGUEMENTS, I AM JUST TRYING TO URGE YOU ON). Basically, there are more things we don’t know than what we do. (Honestly) Second, it is time to quit putting stuff off. Time is short and we must be urgent. Just like Noah had to get the animals in the ark to preserve them, who is in your life who doesn’t know Christ? You are present here and now to invite them into the (ARK) –the “ARK” in this case is eternal life through repentance and full surrender to Christ. 3. It is time to really analyze where you are investing your treasure. If your resources really belong to God it is time to USE THEM FOR GOD. Jesus taught us–“Don’t store your treasure here on earth where month and rust corrupt and thieves can break in and steal, but store up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where month and rust do not corrupt and where thieves can’t break in and steal.” Jesus went on to say, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also!” The teaching of Jesus is that we spend too much time on things that don’t matter. If your resources REALLY BELONG TO GOD, you need to invest those resources in ministries that are doing God’s work. Time is short! Don’t let God find you hoarding for yourself, that which belongs to Him. I have heard several people say recently, “I can’t give my money to the Church because I don’t trust what they will do with it.” I have a question to the folks who really believe that nonsense–CAN GOD REALLY TRUST YOU WITH IT? You are holding on to it because of some standard you set–(God didn’t set it). Let God deal with ministry leadership. James chapter 3 says those who lead ministries will be held to a higher standard. Let God deal with them. It is time for Christians to quit holding back and give like Jesus return is going to be by NOON today!4. This is the BEST TIME TO LIVE! Enjoy every moment. Live with energy and intention. Look for the “God Moments” in every moment. “Where sin abounds, grace abounds more”–that Scriptural concept extends into times just like this where people are nervous, exhausted, stressed, and desperate. The earth “oozes” and even “cries out” for God. The earth desperately misses those moments when God would walk in the “cool of the evening” with Adam. The Creator of the Universe had a master plan of you and me living in and tending a Garden. We were created for the environment of the Garden of Eden, NOT of stress, worry, and fear. So don’t stress, worry, or be fearful. “Greater is He that is IN ME”God Bless & Much Love, Marc & Marceil

14th Day of 40

Today, Tuesday, October 20, 2020, is 14 days before the November 3, 2020, Election Day in the United States. On this 14th day before this election I would like to invite all of you (just as God challenged me) to be part of the “Watchmen of Prayer” during the 40 Day Window (leading up to the Election Day). We are setting our cell phone alarms as “prayer alarms” for 9 AM; NOON; 3 PM; and 6 PM each day using praying this prayer (not word-for-word, but as a template of ideas): “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….”I heard a comedian say about the comedy sketches they are writing that this is an impossible time to try to be funny because it is like our culture is “hopscotching around land mines.” The vitriol (I hope I am using that word in the right context and not just trying to sound intellectual) and hostility in every word that comes out of people’s mouths is outrageous. WE SHOULD BE OUTRAGED. God has to be so disappointed in what we are doing to each other. The system of Government in the United States was formed and forged through layers and years of thought process, study, discussion, writing, and just plain hard work. The three branches of government: The Legislative (Congress) with two distinct bodies–House of Representatives and Senate makes the laws; The Executive branch executes those laws; The Judicial branch verifies the laws through a court process using our Constitution of the United States as the guiding principle. I didn’t start this post by thinking of posting a civics lesson, (but, you know what?)–AMERICANS NEED A CIVICS LESSON! Further, our POLITICIANS ALL NEED A CIVICS LESSON, Pick your favorite candidate (and it doesn’t matter who)–THEY ALL NEED A CIVICS LESSON. You and I just keep listening and picking up their phrases, their tone, and their attitude. Instead of focusing on what the real issues are, every single thing is personal because everything is focused on personal attack with venom, not on what really will help people in their lives. Where are the Christ Followers in this culture? We are the ones who lost our voice and our INFLUENCE because we didn’t read the Bible and understand that: OUR LIVES ARE NOT OUR OWN. Christ followers today are the ones who were given so many chances to make a difference in this cultural cesspool of sin before us, that we have forgotten the “weapons of our warfare are mighty.” HOW DID WE LOSE OUR INFLUENCE (I KNOW WE LIKE TO BE DEFENSIVE SO I WILL NAME A FEW WAYS). 1. Christ followers lose the voice and influence of Christ when we start doing “book studies” rather than Bible studies. When you spend your time studying what men say about what God said, rather than reading, studying, and sharing together what God actually said (and is saying), we lose spiritual traction and vitality. We have “watered down the truth that being a Christian and following Christ is hard work.” It is hard work. Jesus said that following Him requires us to “deny yourself, take up your cross, and following me.” How or why did we ever get to the point where we are afraid to tell people the truth about this? We think we are being “accepting” of people when instead we are afraid of actually laying it out for them to decide. We miss the truth of Jesus–(“If I am lifted up, I will draw all men unto me”). Instead of lifting up Jesus, we are lifting up the “version of Jesus” we think is acceptable to people of our culture. Harsh? Maybe. (BUT TRUE). 2. Christ followers lose the voice and influence of Christ when we hold secret sins in our personal lives that we either will not or feel like we can not repent and turn from. We neutralize the Holy Spirit by living secret lives of sin and/or behaviors that no one else knows about, yet some how feel like “there is too much at stake” to come clean. I am declaring it right here and right now–COME CLEAN BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE! Repent, turn from your sin. LET GOD LOVE YOU! 3. Christ followers lose the voice and influence of Christ when our spiritual leaders spend more time “creating” a worship experience, and then “branding the SERIES” than they do actually listening to the voice of God and spending time with God in prayer. Modern worship is pleasing to the ears and exciting on the eyes–but is missing the spiritual center of bringing people to God. We use words like “exciting worship” and “energy in the room” rather than “I feel God moving deeply in my life.”4. Christ followers lose the voice and influence of Christ when we spend our time complaining about what we don’t have rather than express thanks for the blessing we do.5. Christ followers lose the voice and influence of Christ when we waste our time on personal pursuits and not investing our the most valuable asset God bestows upon us (Time) into and on pursuing God and His majestic presence in our lives, in our homes, in our communities, in our nations. 6. Christ followers lose the voice and influence of Christ when we live more and more in the pattern of the world. The more you live in the pattern of the world, the more you will become a “friend of the world.” The more you become a friend of the world, you become an enemy of God. Christ followers should love God and love others in such a way that forgiveness and kindness are the “light of the world” and the “salt of the earth.” Instead of being critical, we should be forgiving others quickly and easily. Instead of judging the sins of others we should be kind to everyone. Accepting of sin? NO–but we all know there is a HUGE difference between acceptance of sin and being kind toward others (simply done but toning down the rhetoric and bringing down the attitude a few notches). COME ON. It is not that complex to apply the teachings of Christ to this sinful world. IT HAS TO START WITH ME. God has given me (us) a 40 Day Window of opportunity. An opportunity to pray for repentance, to be thankful, to forgive, to be kind, to intercede for others who haven’t received this level of conviction yet. LET’S BE CHRIST FOLLOWERS WHO RECOVER THE VOICE AND INFLUENCE OF THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST FOR THIS TIME! God Bless and Much Love, Marc & Marceil

15th Day of 40

Today, Monday, October 19, 2020, is 15 days from November 3, 2020, the Election Day for the United States. In quick review, we are presently in the “40 Day Window of the Watchmen of Prayer.” During this period of time (and please know it is still not too late to jump in and join us), where we are setting a prayer alarm during the 4 daily “Watches”–9 AM; Noon; 3 PM; 6 PM and praying repentance and thanksgiving for our country. Please pray from your heart, but if you need a prayer example: “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….”If we all join together it helps to push back the clouds of confusion, darkness, disunity, and distraction. The more the better so please share the idea with others if it touches your own heart. I (Marc) really feel like God has given us a “Window” of opportunity to make a real difference in our country. If we were each honest and felt like we could just “say it” I think each of us would admit–we really don’t like everything that is going on right now. Further (and if I were to wade into to it just slightly)–if we were brutally honest, we would admit to ourselves that even the political side we favor doesn’t really make us happy to be associated with it at times. I don’t believe we feel this way because we aren’t suppose to feel “comfortable” with/in political systems. Politics is the striving of the world. James explains to us “you can’t be a friend to the world and a friend of God.” “Anyone who calls himself a friend of the world, chooses to be an enemy of God.” Don’t feel bad when you aren’t comfortable with the man-made systems or organizational systems of this world. We pray and we trust God. Speaking of trust…..if we spend any time at all pondering the question: Do I trust God(?)–we should actually be challenging ourselves at a deeper spiritual level. The real question about trust should be: CAN GOD TRUST ME? Do you realize that everything you have in your life, God has entrusted you with? Your health, your family, your resources, the way you acquire your resources, every breath, every heart beat–is actually God’s trust in you (NOT YOUR TRUST IN GOD). Is God (right) in trusting you? Are you trusting worthy? A little strong for a Monday morning? I know, I know, everyone else is giving you “Monday morning encouragement” and I am giving you a Monday morning kick in the rear! Ha! But the truth is–we have become big babies and have weakened our God given, God inspired, God anointed place and privilege in Christ Jesus. “And they overcame him (the enemy) by the BLOOD OF THE LAMB AND THE WORD OF THEIR TESTIMONY, AND THEY LOVED NOT THEIR LIVES UNTO THE DEATH.” (Revelation 12:11) The powerful Scripture of the OVERCOMER. Can God trust me with that? How can we NOT set four prayer alarms today? Fifteen days before an important Election Day and pray for repentance and thanksgiving. GOD CAN TRUST ME because I understand the power (AND RESPONSIBILITY) of using the greatest resource he provides (TIME) to intercede through prayer. God Bless & Much, Much Love, Marc & Marceil

16th Day of 40

Today, Sunday, October 18, 2020, is 16 days from the November 3, 2020, Election Day. We are well inside the “40 Day Window of the Watchmen of Prayer” that we launched almost 3 weeks ago. Even though we are closing into two weeks left, it is still time to be involved if you can at all. Here is what we have been doing: We set our prayer alarms for the 4 “Watches” of the day–9 AM; NOON; 3 PM; 6 PM; then we pray repentance of our sins and thankfulness for God’s provision. Finally, we will add different prayer requests we receive. Early on, I have been providing an example of a prayer if necessary. Whatever or however you pray, as long as it is from your heart, it is communication with God. Here is the prayer example if you would like: “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….”Yesterday I wrote about something Jesus spoke about strongly: God is not, God will not, God has not EVER sabotaged you! (“If you son asks you for a piece of bread would you give him a stone, or a fish would you give him a snake?”) The context for those questions of Jesus to us is covered with His three important teachings of how we become “friends of God” in our communication. Jesus lets us in on the family secret. (Come on, how many of us don’t want to be “in on” the family secrets? I know I do….) FAMILY SECRETS WHEN IT COMES TO PRAYER: FAMILY SECRET #1–ASK. “Ask and it will be given to you….(further)..For whoever “asks” receives.” Jesus told us that God “already knows what you have need of, even before you ask.” However, even though God knows, there is something about the humility, dependency, and even desperation that touches God at the deepest level. When we “ask” God for something, it shows that we are family to Him.FAMILY SECRET #2–SEEK. “Seek and you will find….(further)….And whoever “seeks” “finds.” Jesus is telling us to “walk the talk.” If you ask God for something, BELIEVE FROM THE TOP OF YOUR HEAD TO THE TIP OF YOUR TOES THAT YOU ARE GOING TO RECEIVE THAT THING OR THINGS YOU ARE ASKING GOD. We are family, and God is listening. ALWAYS. A typical example of walking it out is if you are praying for rain, then carrying an umbrella around with you. An “anti-example” is if you pray for rain and then complain of the drought, you are showing that you really aren’t family, you are a fraud. You can’t pray about something and complain about it too (and really be “family”). If you complain and claim you “are praying about it” you are practicing fraud. FAMILY SECRET #3–KNOCK. “Knock and the door will be open unto you….(further)…”And to him who knocks, the door will be open unto him.” Jesus is letting us in on something very, very special. God wants us to “create a huge scene” in our (prayer closet) with God. He doesn’t want us to create a spectacle to be seen by people, but in our prayer closet He wants us to knock so loud and so long it has to get His attention. Why? I don’t know, but I do know it is part of the “family secret.” God loves to hear us knock on His door–you and Him–loud and long. The second part of this family secret is–HE WILL ALWAYS OPEN THE DOOR! I hope this helps! God Bless & Much Love, Marc & Marceil

17th Day of 40

Today, Saturday, October 17, 2020, is 17 days from the November 3, 2020, Election Day in the United States. I believe these days before the election on November 3, 2020 is a “40 Day Window for the Watchmen of Prayer.” I am challenging everyone to set their prayer alarms for the “check in times of the ancient Watchmen” (the quarters of each day)–at 9 AM; NOON; 3 PM; 6 PM (at whatever time zone you live) and join Marceil and me in a prayer of repentance and thanksgiving. Please add whatever else you are holding on your prayer list as well, but especially a heart felt prayer for our nation during this “Window” of time. I have been posting a suggested prayer model just for your help if necessary: “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….”In helping us to understand God’s view of us coming to Him in prayer, Jesus taught us in the Book of Matthew–“If a son asks his father for a piece of bread, would he give him a stone? Or if he asked for a piece of fish, would the father give the son a snake?” (Further)–“If you who are evil in nature know how to give good gifts to those you love, HOW MUCH MORE SO DOES YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN KNOW HOW TO GIVE GOOD GIFTS TO THOSE HE LOVES.” I want to talk about ASKING–SEEKING–KNOCKING in more detail, because it is tied into this context, but I think I will wait until tomorrow, God willing, BUT TODAY LETS CAMP OUT ON TWO OR THREE IDEAS JESUS EMPHASIZES in the quote above. 1. God’s love is deeper, wider, more expansive, more limitless, more unbelievable than we could ever contemplate. God has no limits–and neither does His love for us. If you are a parent, think of your love for your children. If you aren’t parent, think of your love for your own parents or spouse. None of our human examples of love can compare in even the smallest fraction to God’s love for you and me (and everyone we love). This isn’t some attempt at “sweet verse” It is a fact that when we pray, we need to picture in our minds the unconditional love of a Father.2. God would never/could never/will never SABOTAGE US!!! The Devil tries to trick us into believing there are conditions on the when/where/how we approach God. The Devil tries to make us believe about God what we used to believe about our own earthly fathers when they came home from work. At our house, you had to wait until Dad came home, checked the mail on the counter, eat his dinner, and read his paper, before you hit him up for anything you needed, any form of a request, or how you messed up. If you got things out of order–WATCH OUT!!! The thing is–THE LIVING GOD IS NOT LIKE THAT AT ALL. He desires to hear from you, about anything at any time. 3. God is FOR YOU, NOT AGAINST YOU. If there is something “off” in you or “off” about your approach, God will gently and lovingly help you redirect. QUIT BEING SCARED OF HIM. He loves you more than you could ever imagine and has your back more than any other person or thing on earth. BRING IT TO HIM/LAY IT ON HIM. God Bless & Much Love, Marc & Marceil

18th Day of 40

Today, Friday, October 16, 2020, is 18 days before the November 3, 2020 Election Day in the United States. Time marches on, and we are now well past the half way point of what we are calling the “40 Day Window of the Watchmen.” Although we are over half way through it, there is still time to participate, as much as you can. We are setting our alarms for the the ancient “Watches” of the day–9 AM; Noon; 3 PM; 6 PM; to pray for our nation. Pray from your own heart and your own convictions. The thing we are joining together in is the idea of repentance and thanksgiving. If needed, here is a suggested prayer: “FATHER, WE DECLARE OUR REPENTANCE 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….” It is Friday, but not “casual Friday” when it comes to the intensity of our prayers. Wear your jeans to work if you want (and you can–Ha!); however, let us never let down or get casual in our spiritual consistency. With 22 days down, and 18 to go in this 40 Day Window of the Watchmen, here are some important principles to learn or re-learn, and then LEAN IN TO:1. Jesus made an eye opening, even shocking statement when He said, “If you break into a strongman’s house (to take stuff), you have to first “bind the strongman.” At first thought, it appears that God is giving us tips on how to become a burglar. (Insert a big smiley face emoji–I didn’t because insert one because I was afraid it would be one of the big ones and be a distraction.) However, the reason Jesus uses this as an example is that He wants us to understand the stakes of the endeavor we face in prayer. First, the Devil is a formidable enemy. Second, what gives the Devil the formidable skills is that he has been around several thousand years and is smart by the design of the Creator. God created him to be an archangel of great beauty and light. After his rebellion he is dark and ugly–but can still appear as an “angel of light.” Second, the illustration of “breaking into his house” is made because Jesus wants to emphasize what you are needing to GET BACK INTO YOUR POSSESSION, is not someone else’s stuff, or the Devil’s stuff–but YOUR OWN STUFF THE ENEMY HAS STOLEN FROM YOU. Jesus is saying the Devil has stolen what is yours–not his. As a matter of fact, the Devil doesn’t have anything. Nothing actually belongs to him. All that the Devil has is what he has stolen. Nothing about the Devil is legitimate. Further, Jesus has given you both the power, authority, and ability to take back what is LEGITIMATELY YOURS. (Read on)2. Jesus said: “BEHOLD: I am giving you the KEYS TO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. (Here are the two “master keys” so don’t miss the idea)–whatever you BIND on earth (first key) will be BOUND in Heaven, and whatever you LOOSE (second key) will be LOOSED in Heaven.” Binding and Loosing are the “Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven and Earth.” The Devil HATES IT that you know this, and HATES IT EVEN MORE IF YOU APPLY IT TO YOUR LIFE. 3. The first key–BINDING–needs to be used on sin. Sin has to be bound before the second key–LOOSING can be utilized. What do we “bind”? WE BIND SIN. Jesus said “First, you bind the strongman.” The “strongman” in our world is the Devil (in application, the spirit of sin). When we pray for repentance of sin during our 40 Day Window of the Watchmen, we are BINDING SIN. Whenever you pray for repentance, you are powerfully invoking one of the two keys to the Kingdom Jesus gave us as a spiritual gift in our lives. Learn to use this key of binding in your daily life, throughout the day. Always remember–SIN AND RIGHTEOUSNESS DON’T CO-EXIST IN THE SAME VESSEL, SITUATION, OR PERSON. The Devil wants you to believe the lie that you can be sinning and God smiling and blessing you at the same time–if this awful thing were true, Jesus wouldn’t have needed to give us the “Keys to the Kingdom.” He gave us binding and loosing, because that is what needs to happen. Sin has to be bound through repentance and turning from the sin. 4. LOOSING. We have to “LOOSE” the power and presence of the Holy Spirit–(Jesus spirit; God’s spirit) into your life, into your home, into your community; into our nation; into our world. The Holy Spirit is a gentleman in that He doesn’t not force Himself onto you or into you. The Holy Spirit comes and enjoins us by our invitation. “Come Holy Spirit I (WE) need you….” is how we invoke this important KEY TO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. Binding sin and loosing the Holy Spirit is life changing and direction changing spiritual work! Join together with us as we unleash these powerful and important spiritual tools during the last 18 days of our 40 Day Window of the Watchmen. Our prayer is that you will learn how powerful they are and how you can continue to use them in your life every day!God Bless & Much Love, Marc & Marceil

19th Day of 40

Today, Thursday, October 15, 2020, is 19 days before the November 3, 2020, Election Day in the United States. As God spoke to me close to 3 weeks ago about calling people to a “40 Day Window of the Watchmen” I was absolutely sure the whole thing had NOTHING to do with politics, although elections are certainly politically based, but had to do with a spiritual necessity and Biblical imperative: the humility that comes through sincere repentance of sin and the blessing of heartfelt thanksgiving. The idea of setting 4 prayer alarms at what are the “watches” of the ancient “Watchmen” who were responsible to fortify the security of the people inside the city would be a 40 Day effort to establish that repenting of sin and thankfulness to God would and could be proclaimed at 9 AM; Noon; 3 PM; and 6 PM. Let the rest of the world fuss, stew, and argue over the politics–let’s renew our spiritual lives during these remaining 19 days of this 40 Day Window to lead in repentance and thanksgiving. Further by doing this every day–four times a day for 40 days, let’s establish the need to be covering our lives in a prayer of repentance and thanksgiving every day! God Bless & Much Love, Marc & Marceil

20th Day of 40

Today, Wednesday, October 14, 2020, is 20 days before the November 3, 2020, Election Day in the United Today also marks the half-way point in the “40 Day Window of the Watchmen” where God spoke to my heart to challenge us to set prayer alarms during the four “Watches” of the day: 9 AM; Noon; 3 PM; 6 PM and join together in a heartfelt prayer for repentance, thanksgiving, and a plea for God to help us, direct us, and unify us as a people. The prayer I have been offering every day as kind of a template to follow is: “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….”I had an interesting discussion yesterday with my sixth grade grandson about the time of the “Watches” each day. The “Watch” idea comes from when a people group in order to protect themselves in the time of conquerors would live with in the protection of cities fortified by huge walls with one large gate that raised and lowered on certain times of the day letting people come and go. The walls were large and wide. Some walls were so wide many of the activities of the city were conducted upon them. It is said the walls of ancient Babylon were so wide they could have chariot races around them six chariots deep. In order to further protect themselves, guards were designated around the entire top of the wall whose primary job was to watch any approach to the city. The “Watchmen” were more than guards, police, snipers, intelligence agents, or a security detail. They were “all of the above” plus more. The city below felt safe knowing these highly trained people could and would keep an eye open 24/7 (in shifts of course), able to access any and all approaching danger. The idea of “Watchmen” in the contest of this 40 Day Window is a spiritual exercise in our responsibility for our nation. We have been so blessed, but we have taken many things for granted and become numb to the sin around us. We need to get back up on the wall and be God’s Watchmen again, accessing, crying out, and praying for the approaching armies that would threaten the peace of the city. We are spiritual guards and protectors. We teach and guide from the posts God gives us on the Walls of the City. After some of this lesson, my sixth grade Grandson said, “Grandpa, why don’t you pray at 9 PM; Midnight; 3 AM; and 6 AM too???” (Note, he was making a statement, NOT asking a question…..sarcasm from a sixth grader. Ha! Of course he gets it from his Grandma’s side of the family). However, his teasing question is NOT LOST on me. Think of the prayer cover if we organized ourselves to have a consistent prayer cover 24/7 over our nation–NO LETTING DOWN–EVER. Think of the clouds of darkness that could/would be pushed back and the power and presence of the Lord we would experience all the time! Just thinking…AND praying. God Bless & Much Love, Marc & Marceil

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