Patriots or Prayer Warriors?

As Americans, we celebrate the independence of our great nation this week.  Picnics, BBQ, and plenty of red, white and blue help us remember July 4, 1776 – and especially fireworks!  There is nothing more moving and exciting than a gigantic fiery display with explosions of color and sonic booms high overhead in the warm night sky. We cheer and sing ‘God Bless America,’ or our national anthem. It’s an experience we cherish from our earliest years.

Remember the line in our anthem that says, ‘…and the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night that our flag was still there?’ When Francis Scott Key penned those immortal words, he was an eyewitness to the ferocious battle for our freedom during a revisited war on that freedom in 1812.  From his place on board a British ship – held by the enemy because of information he knew about the impending attack on Baltimore – he watched the battle against his own country. In the heat of the all-night fight, the dark sky would light up like day with the explosions of rockets aimed at his countrymen. By the light provided from exploding bombs and enemy attacks, he could see – on the distant shore – the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ flying over Fort McHenry. He was reassured – all was not lost.

We, as a nation, are at war again.  Radical terrorists around the world are killing innocent people in the name of their religion.  Thousands of brave Americans have given their lives and millions more are severely wounded.  We pray for our military and remember their sacrifice.

However, a natural war is not the only one being waged.  There is an intense spiritual war being fought in the heavens – as extreme as it has ever been. There is much at stake!  Patriotism is important, as citizens of this country, but we have a call and a duty higher than our allegiance to our nation and more significant than patriotic sentiment.  We have the privilege to pray – the opportunity to come humbly and boldly before Almighty God – standing in the gap to push back darkness and bring renewal to our land.  We are not merely patriots – we are prayer warriors! 

Many of you, as members of our National Prayer Team who receive this update, are not Americans; yet fervently unite in prayer for America.  One of the largest groups represented, of our more than 300,000 prayer warriors, is the underground Church in Middle-Eastern and Asian nations where they are imprisoned for their faith – God knows who you are and we love you as brothers and sisters in Christ!

Hear this word:  It took the glare of rockets lighting up the night sky for Francis Scott Key to see the glorious waving flag, which let him know that all was not lost.  In the same way, it is in the dark night of our condition that the enemy’s explosive spiritual attacks serve only to illuminate the glorious banner of a victorious global Church – an expanding Kingdom of God in the earth!

The enemy will not win!!  Please know that your prayers are working. Change is happening – good change. We have asked God to give us all an opportunity to change the world – He is answering our prayer.  Be sensitive to His voice and respond to His call.  He has a place of Kingdom influence for each of us.

Center For National Renewal 613 2nd Street NE, Washington, District of Columbia, DC 20002

Center For National Renewal
613 2nd Street NE, Washington, District of Columbia, DC 20002

Kathy and I came to Washington, DC to open the Center for National Renewal in obedience to His prompting. He is opening great doors of opportunity – prayer meetings, strategic discussions, and plans for spiritual reconciliation are happening weekly.  Last week, I was contacted by The White House and invited to join the Faith Leaders Advisory Board.  I’m asking you to pray for wisdom and understanding, so I may speak unity, truth, and blessing to our president, his cabinet, and the administration.  Commit with me to pray for God’s covering, protection, and voice to be over them all.  God is creating a divine convergence of ministry leaders and prayer warriors in proximity to power.  We will stand faithfully and full of the love of Jesus to be mouthpieces of mercy.  We look forward to seeing what God is going to do to accomplish His will.  I am honored to be involved in a small way to make a huge difference.

I am including a powerful prayer to give us an outline – a starting place – for breakthrough. Please use it to pray during your quiet time.  As we join together with thousands of prayer warriors around the world, we believe for:

  • Peace
  • Protection
  • Prophetic Anointing
  • Great Awakening for America

Freedom Prayer

We, the people of the Kingdom of the Most High God, stand firmly on His Word that declares, “We are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us.” (Rom. 8:37) 
We reign in life thru ONE CHRIST JESUS! (Rom. 5:17)
We have won, because He won the battle through laying His life down for us.
“For I am persuaded beyond doubt that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening, nor things to come, nor powers, Nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 8:38-39)

Father, by this love You have – sacrificing Jesus, Your Only Son, so that the world be saved and come to believe in You – WE PRAY FOR FREEDOM FOR OUR WORLD, IN JESUS’ NAME!  Whom the Son has set free is free indeed! (John 8:36)
We thank you for setting us free from ANGER.  We bind the spirit of UNFORGIVENESS.  We release the spirit of HUMILITY and UNDERSTANDING toward all mankind.  Help us to unite around our commonalities and not divide over our differences. Yes, in the natural we have borders, walls, and separations that define us as nations, but in Spirit, we are all Your children – Your precious creation and we all need You!! (Gal. 3:26)
We release Your love in our world.  Let it flow like oil over us – bathe our souls, so we are clean and whole.  We love you God – You are the one and only God we serve and worship.  Bless every nation who's God is the Lord! (Ps. 33:12)
We pray for a worldwide AWAKENING OF COMPASSION – for a BAPTISM OF LOVE for JESUS AND ONE ANOTHER!  WE, THE "Kingdom of Believers," unite under the BANNER OF YOUR LOVE!!  On this ‘Independence Day,’ I declare Psalm 62:5-6,
I DEPEND on God alone; I put my hope in Him.  He ALONE protects and saves me; He is my defender, and I shall NEVER be defeated.”
In Jesus Name, AMEN!

Remember – when the enemy lights up the sky of your dark night with explosions of doubt, fear, and threats – only let it serve to illuminate the bloodstained banner of our Lord’s total and complete victory over all our enemies.  We are patriots of God’s Kingdom and warriors of prayer!  We win!  We win!  We win!

Be encouraged,
Mike Hayes

Please let us know your battles, your victories, and your words of encouragement.  We always love hearing from you!