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Women's Daily Encouragement Blog

Strengthening Families Across the World through the encouragement of women in their high calling from God as wives, mothers and homemakers.

GodToMoveWhen we gather together as a family to pray, we pray for one another of course. But we must look beyond our immediate needs to see the needs of the nation and the world.

1 Timothy 2:1-3 says: “I exhort therefore, that, FRIST OF ALL, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.”

We have a responsibility to pray for those in authority over us. Are you praying as a family for our president, Donald Trump, each day? He desperately needs our prayers. It’s not President Trump, but the prayers of God’s intercessors who can make America great again.

We seek to pray for him and others in authority each day in our home. When he became president the passage in Exodus 17:8-13 came strongly to my heart. Do you remember how the children of Israel went out to fight against the Amalekites? Moses was up on the hill, holding up his hands with the rod of God. When his hands were up, the Israelites prevailed. When he got tired and let down his hands, the Amalekites prevailed.

Therefore, his brothers, Moses and Hur, came and stood beside him and held up his hands. As they continued to hold up his hands they won the victory over the Amalekites.

We have “Amalekites,” haters of God and all that is righteous in our land. They want to impeach Trump or get rid of him any way they can. I believe the only way that righteousness can prevail in our nation is as we hold up our hands in prayer to God.

I think there is something very powerful about doing something tangible. Therefore, every time I pray for President Trump, I raise my hands to God, as a picture before God that I am holding up his hands on his behalf. For it is only God who can do the work. It is not my might, nor by power, but by the Spirit of God (Zechariah 4:6).

Can you just imagine what could happen in our nation if every God-fearing family would pray for President Trump and our nation every day? We would see mighty victories. We would see the down fall of the “Amalekites.” These great miracles can only happen by prayer.

So, why don’t we pray? Don’t we want God to move? Don’t we want righteousness exalted in this nation? Don’t we want a great revival of people turning back to God?

Let’s encourage one another in this greatest of all ministries.

Be encouraged.

Nancy Campbell

P.S. In our home, we have PRAYER BOXES which we use each time we gather for prayer as a family. We use our Family Prayer Box each time and choose one other box. You can read about our Prayer Boxes and how you can use them in your home. Go to these links:

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GodWillComeWe talked about the power of TWO OF YOU, husband and wife praying together. But God also talks about more than two. In Matthew 18:20 Jesus said: “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

This speaks of the corporate gathering, even if there are only two or three. There is power in personal prayer, but there is greater power in corporate prayer. When we gather TOGETHER God shows up! That’s why it is so important to gather together as a family every morning and evening to pray together. It truly is the most powerful thing we can do together.

In Exodus 20:24-26 it speaks about establishing an altar. Back in the Old Testament the patriarchs established altars to call out to God and to hear Him speak to them. What is God’s response when we make an altar to Him? “I WILL COME UNTO THEE, AND I WILL BLESS THEE.”

We don’t make physical altars of earth or stone today, but we do need to make a time and a place. We’ve got to establish a meeting place with God as a family each day. When we are faithful to establish this altar, God says He will come to us. Who doesn’t want God to come to them?

I certainly want to make a way for God to come to our home. To come into our family. To come into our midst and move in our lives. To come into our midst and hear our cries for this nation and for the needs of the nations of the world.

God not only promises that He will come into our midst, but that He will bless us! Who doesn’t want God’s blessings? But we must make the place for them to come.

Will you establish a gathering place in your home where God can come to you?

Be blessed.

Nancy Campbell

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HowSweetTheThe power of the name of Jesus! Lift up His name in your home. #thenameofjesus #inhisname #ilovethenameofjesus #aboverubies

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NotMyWillSometimes a pregnancy maybe a surprise to you, but it’s never a surprise to God. He is the One who gives conception and He is creating this precious baby in your womb. It is His divine destiny and perfect plan. Embrace it with joy! #everybabyisablessing #notmywillbutyours #perfectplan #ilovemotherhood #pregnancy #thepowerofthewomb #aboverubies

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OnShouldersGod gives us many pictures of how we should pray for our children. Yesterday we talked about the power of prayer when TWO OF YOU agree together.

God gives us further understanding when He designed the High Priest's garments. He told them to take two onyx stones and engrave on them the names of the twelve sons of Israel. They had to engrave six names on one stone and six on the other and then fasten the stones on the shoulder-pieces of the ephod of his garment. Exodus 28:12 (NLT) says: "Aaron will carry these names ON HIS SHOULDERS as a constant reminder whenever he goes before the Lord."

God wanted Aaron to take the names of the tribes of Israel into His presence on his shoulders. In the Bible shoulders speak of bearing a burden. It is the responsibility of each of us as parents and grandparents to take the burden of our children upon us as we go to the Lord in prayer.

But that’s not all. He also told Aaron to place the names of the tribes of Israel on the breastplate over his heart. Exodus 28:29, 30 states: “And Aaron shall bear the names of the children of Israel in the breastplate of judgment UPON HIS HEART, when he goeth in unto the holy place, for a memorial before the LORD continually . . . and they shall be upon Aaron’s HEART, when he goeth in before the LORD; and Aaron shall bear the judgment of the children of Israel UPON HIS HEART before the LORD continually.”

God also wants us to take our children into His presence upon our hearts. It is such a wonderful thing to do together as husband and wife. Lots of people ask us how we can remember all the names of our 45 grandchildren (and now great-grandchildren). Our answer is that it’s easy to remember their names when you pray for them by name each day.

I know you may find it difficult to fit this praying time into your busy schedule. But it is more important than anything else you do. Talk with your husband about the best time to do it. Ask him when he would like to do it. “Darling, when would it be best for you to pray for our children each day? Before we get up each morning, or in the evening. Let me know what’s best for you and I’ll fit in with you.”

But do make it happen. It is the most powerful thing you can do for your children, your grandchildren, and future generations.

Blessings from Nancy Campbell

Photo: Evangelist Bill Graham and his late wife, Ruth, praying for their children. Did you know that Billy Graham is currently 99 years of age? Wouldn’t it be wonderful for him to get to his 100th birthday on November 7 this year?

For further understanding on our priestly responsibility, go to this link: https://tinyurl.com/OurPriestlyResponsibility

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