The Return / A Certain Trumpet / Day 9 / Vespers

Dear Lord, we know the wickedness of America and that every imagining of the thoughts of our heart is evil continually.


Lord we desire the promise that though our sins are like scarlet, You will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, You will make them as white as wool.


Lord we know that only through Your grace and the blood of your son Jesus, can we be changed individually and as a nation.


Lord let us no longer walk in the futility of our mind, being darkened in our understanding, excluded from life with you. But let us walk by your grace as children of light.


Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Therefore, help us to take up Your full Armor, Lord; that we may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.
Praying in the Spirit at all times, being on alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.

Specifically, Lord, we pray for all the leaders and speakers and workers for The Return. They are in a spiritual battle against satan’s forces. Please hedge them in on all sides with great protection. Protect them body, soul, spirit, emotions and thoughts. Please also protect their families. Allow them to have clear minds to plan and organize exactly the way you want it Lord.


We ask your protection and favor on America. So we can truly be known as one nation under the only true God and Creator, and we can again glorify your Holy Name.


In Jesus name. Amen


Genesis 6:5
Isaiah 1:8
Ephesians 5:8
Ephesians 4:17–18
Ephesians 6:12-18

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The Return / A Certain Trumpet / Day 9

Turning From Evil Deeds

Heavenly Father, we know our sins and the sins of our Nation are a reproach to you and Your Holy Name. We ask for your grace to enable us to turn from our wicked ways and Return to You. We ask that the forgiveness of David and the restoration of Israel be applied to us and to our nation.

We magnify and honor Your Word:

Be gracious to us, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the greatness of Your compassion blot out our transgressions. Wash us thoroughly from our iniquity and cleanse us from our sin. For we know our transgressions, and our sin is ever before us. Against You, You only, we have sinned and done what is evil in Your sight,
So that You are justified when You speak and blameless when You judge. Behold, we were brought forth in iniquity, and in sin our mother conceived us. Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, and in the hidden part You will make us know wisdom. Purify us with hyssop, and we shall be clean; wash us, and we shall be whiter than snow. Make us to hear joy and gladness, let the bones which You have broken rejoice. Hide Your face from our sins and blot out all our iniquities. Create in us a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within us. Do not cast us away from Your presence and do not take Your Holy Spirit from us. Restore to us the joy of Your salvation and sustain us with a willing spirit. Then we will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners will be converted to You. Deliver us from bloodguiltiness, O God, the God of our salvation; then our tongue will joyfully sing of Your righteousness. O Lord, open our lips, that our mouth may declare Your praise.

Holy Father, as David for his country, we pray that you will have mercy on America, blot out our transgressions and restore us to a nation united in peace and freedom under your Mighty Hand. (Psalm 51:1-17 NASB) [Paraphrased]

In the Precious Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus, Amen

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The Return / A Certain Trumpet / Day 8

Let us humble ourselves before our God.  Let us pray.  

Heavenly Father, we come to you this morning to pray that a spirit of humility indwells us.  Humility is not a natural human tendency.

We know humility is forgoing one’s status, and using our resources and influence for the good of others before ourselves.  Simply put, it is the willingness to hold power in the service of others.  It is the noble choice. Humility enhances the ordinary and makes the great even greater.

But Lord, we also know from Your Word that humility is not head-knowledge.  Humility is an attitude – an outward manifestation of what is in our hearts.   We understand that You desire that we humbly obey Your commandments.  You tell us plainly that “You oppose the proud, but give grace to the humble.” (James 4:6)King Solomon reminds us “showing respect to the Lord will make you wise, and being humble will bring honor to you.” (Proverbs 15:33)

Father God, it wasn’t until You sent Your only son to live on this earth that we really began to grasp that humility is a central characteristic of the ethical life.  Jesus taught that “God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.” (Matthew 5:5).  “Those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted”.  (Luke 14:11) Put another way, “if you walk around with your nose in the air, you’re going to end up flat on your face.  But if you’re content to simply be yourself, you will become more than yourself.”

Father, we thank you and praise you that Jesus didn’t just teach about humility.  He lived out a life of humility and service to others.  He didn’t come to be served but to serve.  It was Jesus who washed the feet of the disciples.  It was Jesus who healed the sick and the blind.  Most importantly, it was Jesus who humbled himself to Your will even unto death on the cross so that we might be saved.

We are saddened by the iniquities and absence of humility in our world. Too many of Your people have forgotten the teachings of Jesus, forgotten Your commandments, and forgotten the sanctifying reason of Christ’s death on the cross. Lord we pray that You will stir the hearts of Your people, as we were once told: “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14 NLT)

We pray today for humble hearts.  We pray that as followers of Christ we become humble servants of one another.  Please help us today to recognize opportunities to follow Jesus’ example and live out humility in our own lives.

Father, we ask for Your continued grace as we adopt a spirit of humility in our hearts.  We pray that we live out that humility to serve those around us.  Lastly Father, we pray for restoration and healing for our land.

Amen

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The Return / A Certain Trumpet / Day 7

This is the day the Lord has made, and we are glad and rejoice in it.

Let us come before our God in prayer and supplication.

Father we pray to you this morning for Your creation, and especially for the people that are called by Your name everywhere. There is much turmoil in the lands including in America. But we are not shaken. We know that You remain on Your throne and that Jesus is at Your right hand. We hold steadfast to Your promises – even in the midst of the sin and evil around us. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died on the cross for our sin, so that we may be saved.

During the forty days after Jesus suffered and died, he appeared to the apostles and proved to them in many ways that he was alive. And he talked to them about the Kingdom of God. During this time, he commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised. You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

After Jesus had ascended into heaven, the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. When they arrived, they went to the upper room they had been using as a meeting place. Your Word tells us what happened next:

“They all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.” (ACTS 1:14)

Father, help us to likewise adopt an Upper Room Posture. We pray for wisdom to know and embrace what such a posture looks like. Through Your Word we know that :

  1. An Upper Room Posture is Obedient. The early Church did just as they were commanded, to return to Jerusalem and wait.
  2. An Upper Room Posture is prayerful.
  3. An Upper Room Posture acts in unity, encouraging and supporting one another.
  4. An Upper Room Posture acknowledges and praises You with thanksgiving and wholehearted devotion for past mercies and future promises, having faith in the teaching of Jesus Christ our Lord.
  5. An Upper Room Posture disciples, telling people everywhere about Jesus, even to the ends of the earth.

Father, give our generation the light of the knowledge of You in Christ. Disrupt and refine our routines so that we find the delights of Your Upper Room again. Show us Your glory and make us one! Lord, we pray today that in our current fallen world we adopt an Upper Room Posture like that of Your original apostles and earliest disciples. Help us to be vessels demonstrating lives of obedience. Use each of us, in some small way, to begin the Return and revival that this nation and world need.

Amen

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The Return / A Certain Trumpet / Day 6

Father, we call to You with shofar and heart.

The sound of the shofar has particular significance for us this morning, It reminds us that You have appointed this time as the Feast of Trumpets, the beginning of a time of repentance and consecration. We enter into it with joy for Your mercy and justice, and with adoration for the magnificence of Your creation and for the precious gift of Jesus.

The sound of the trumpet also foretells of the Second Coming of Your Son, and a time of accounting and judgment.

We are reminded of the people of Nineveh, reprobates all. And we are reminded of the disobedience of your servant Jonah who rejected Your call to go to Nineveh. But we are also heartily encouraged by the Nineveh story. Your Word tells us what happened:

Then the LORD spoke to Jonah a second time: “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh, and deliver the message I have given you.” This time Jonah obeyed the LORD’s command and went to Nineveh, a city so large that it took three days to see it all. On the day Jonah entered the city, he shouted to the crowds: “Forty days from now Nineveh will be destroyed!” [And] The people of Nineveh believed God’s message, and from the greatest to the least, they declared a fast and put on burlap to show their sorrow.

When the king of Nineveh heard what Jonah was saying, he stepped down from his throne and took off his royal robes. He dressed himself in burlap and sat on a heap of ashes. Then the king and his nobles sent this decree throughout the city: “No one, not even the animals from your herds and flocks, may eat or drink anything at all. People and animals alike must wear garments of mourning, and everyone must pray earnestly to God. They must turn from their evil ways and stop all their violence. Who can tell? Perhaps even yet God will change his mind and hold back his fierce anger from destroying us.” [And] When God saw what they had done and how they had put a stop to their evil ways, he changed his mind and did not carry out the destruction he had threatened. Jonah 3


Like the people of Nineveh, we are living in times of rebellion and wickedness. We have sinned, turning aside from Your commandments. Open shame belongs to us. Because of our sins your people have become a reproach to those around us.


Lord, we know that You are compassionate and longsuffering, and that You desire none be lost. Forgive us for the great sins in our nation and as believers. Please rise and take action to revive your Church and to bring about a turning. Let Your eyes be open and Your ears attentive to our prayers and our repentance for the people of God and for our nation.


Lord, help us to grasp our Nineveh moment. Let us concentrate ourselves to the task before us. We plead that You hear us in heaven and that even now Lord, as you did for the Ninevites, provide for the Return of your people to righteous living that that honors and glorifies You.


We lift up this prayer to You in the precious name of Your Son and our Lord Jesus Christ.


Amen

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The Return / A Certain Trumpet / Day 5 / Vespers

Father, hear our prayer.


Help us not to fret about evil doers, for you say they will wither quickly like the grass. Help us to trust you and to cultivate faithfulness and to delight in our relationship with You. LORD please establish our steps and hold our hand so we will not be hurled headlong. LORD help us to speak wisdom and justice and have your law in our heart.


LORD our salvation is from you and You are our strength in times of trouble. Please deliver us and our land from the wicked and be our refuge.
Father you are God Almighty. You tell us to return to you and you will return to us. You declare for us to return to You with all our heart and with fasting, weeping and mourning. You tell us to blow a trumpet, declare a fast, call a sacred assembly. To gather and consecrate the assembly.
Priests and religious leaders are to weep and pray to you Almighty God, Jehovah, God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and Jesus our Lord and Savior. Pray saying spare your people. Why should the nations say where is their God?
Lord please hear the prayers of your people and revive us and bless our land.


Amen

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The Return / A Certain Trumpet / Day 5

Holy Spirit be in our midst and intercede for us so that our prayer may reach the highest heaven.


Sovereign LORD please apply your promise for Israel to America today in our time of testing. Oh Sovereign LORD, for the sake of your Holy Name, which the people of the America have profaned, please show the holiness of your Name, so all the nations will know you are the Sovereign and Holy God. Let us remember and acknowledge our evil and wicked deeds. Let us loathe ourselves for our sins and detestable practices and turn from them to you and our Lord Jesus for Salvation. Please cleanse us with pure water so that we will be clean. Cleanse us from all impurities and from all our idols.


Please put a new heart in us. Put or revive your Spirit in us that moves us to follow your decree and to keep your laws, so that we can live in the Christian land you gave us. Set us apart so that we can be your people and you will be our God. Then we will be a light to the world and magnify your Holy Name.


O God, You have rejected us. You have broken us. You have made the land quake. You have split it open. Heal its breaches, for it totters. You have made your people experience hardship; You have given us wine to drink, that makes us stagger.
You have given a banner to those who fear you. That it may be displayed with truth. That your beloved may be delivered. Save with your right hand and answer us. Give us help against the adversary, for deliverance by man is vain. Through (You) God (alone) we shall do valiantly. And it is God who will tread down our adversaries.


Amen

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The Return / A Certain Trumpet / Day 4 / Vespers

Let Us Pray.

Restore us, O God of our salvation, And cause Your indignation toward us to cease. Will You be angry with us forever? Will You prolong Your anger to all generations? Will You not Yourself revive us again, That Your people may rejoice in You? Show us Your lovingkindness, O Lord, And grant us Your salvation.

I will hear what God the Lord will say; For He will speak peace to His people, to His godly ones; But let them not turn back to folly. Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him, that glory may dwell in our land. Lovingkindness and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Truth springs from the earth, And righteousness looks down from heaven.

Indeed, the Lord will give what is good, And our land will yield its produce. Righteousness will go before Him And will make His footsteps into a way.

Amen

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The Return / A Certain Trumpet / Day 4

Let us pray.

See, O Lord, for we are in distress; Our spirits are greatly troubled; Our hearts are overturned within us; For we have been very rebellious.

We lift up our heart and hands toward You, our God and Father in Heaven; We have transgressed and rebelled. Do not forsake us, O LORD; O God, do not be far from us! Make haste to help our country The United States of America, O Lord, our salvation!

Out of the depths we are crying to You, O LORD. Lord, hear our voice! Let Your ears be attentive to the voice of our supplications. If You, LORD, should mark iniquities, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You, That You may be feared.

We wait for you O LORD, our souls do wait, And in Your word do we hope. Our souls wait for the Lord more than the watchmen for the morning; Indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning.

Do not remember the iniquities of our forefathers against us; Let Your compassion come quickly to meet us, for we are brought very low. Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of Your name; And deliver us and forgive our sins for Your name’s sake.

Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” O people of America, hope in the LORD; For with the LORD there is lovingkindness, And with Him is abundant redemption. And He will redeem us from all our iniquities. Restore us, O God of our salvation, and cause Your indignation toward us to cease.

Will You be angry with us forever? Will You prolong Your anger to all generations? Will You not Yourself revive us again, That Your people may rejoice in You? Show us Your lovingkindness, O LORD, and grant us Your salvation.

Amen

Reference: Lamentations 1:20, 3:40, Psalm 130, Psalm 38:21-22, Psalm 79:8-9 and Psalm 85:4-13

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The Return / A Certain Trumpet / Day 3

The Faith and Confidence of Hezekiah 

Father, as we come into your presence this morning, help us to still ourselves. To surrender our will to yours. And to silence our soul in the certain knowledge of hearing your voice.

Selah

We honor and thank You for Your creation, and for providing us a role in it.  You are our King, the great I Am, the God of Abraham, the God of Noah, and the God of Moses. All honor, glory and praise are yours forever.

Lord, hear our voices as we lift our prayer to you.  We realize that we are living in a post-Christian world.  That even the people called by your name have fallen short. The natural consequences of this are that we are pressed on all sides. That we are under siege by forces seen and unseen.  That our country is on the brink of collapse.  And we acknowledge that this is a fitting and just response to our sin.

We are reminded of other times when your people were under siege.  You are the same God that your servant King Hezekiah called upon.  His city was under siege by the Assyrians, his people out of food and hope.  He received a written ultimatum from the Assyrian King, including the assertion that the God of Israel could no more save Jerusalem than the gods of other countries conquered by the Assyrians had saved them.

After Hezekiah received the letter and read it, he went up to the LORD’s Temple and spread it out before the LORD. And Hezekiah prayed this prayer before the LORD:

“O LORD, God of Israel, you are enthroned between the mighty cherubim! You alone are God of all the kingdoms of the earth. You alone created the heavens and the earth. Bend down, O LORD, and listen! Open your eyes, O LORD, and see! Listen to Sennacherib’s words of defiance against the living God. “It is true, LORD, that the kings of Assyria have destroyed all these nations. And they have thrown the gods of these nations into the fire and burned them. But of course the Assyrians could destroy them! They were not gods at all – only idols of wood and stone shaped by human hands. Now, O LORD our God, rescue us from his power; then all the kingdoms of the earth will know that you alone, O LORD, are God.”  (2 Kings 19:14-19, NLT)

So we spread out our problem before you.  We acknowledge our individual transgressions and those of your people.  We know what the answer is: We must repent of our sins and return to you. You have told us that if we will humble ourselves, pray and seek Your face, and turn from our wicked ways, You will hear from heaven and will forgive our sins and restore our land.  (2 Chronicles 7:14) We ask for your mercy in turning the hearts of all people who have lost their way.  Help us Lord, for we are powerless without you. 

We ask it for the salvation of Your people.  And we ask it so that all the kingdoms of the earth will know that you alone are God.

Amen

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