“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the King, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” Matthew 2: 1, 2.
The wise men from the East were astrologers who studied the stars. God showed them in a dream that the brightest star in the heavens was aligning with earth for the most glorious event that the world had ever seen. The Most High God of Israel was announcing to the world His gift of Jesus who would save mankind. The wise men left their homeland and followed the star to Bethlehem to worship and present their gifts to the newborn King. We praise God for His Wonderful Gift, and as we celebrate His birth and resurrection, we look forward to Him returning to earth again at the place where He ascended into heaven (the Mount of Olives). When Asher Intrater commissioned Aglow in Jerusalem, he said that we are a company of Mary’s who will usher in the second coming of the Lord.
“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government there will be no end.” Isaiah 9: 6,7a.
The last week of November was spent at the National House of Prayer with Maureen Smith, Capital Prayer Coordinator and an Aglow team from Ontario. I always pinch myself when I am in Ottawa. It is such a blessing to be able to attend Question Period in parliament, and to thank the Lord that we live in a free and open democracy where we have rights and privileges and are able to worship our God and King Jesus openly and freely. Some of the issues that were being discussed this time were concerning. I was grateful that our Aglow team was there to be the “boots on the ground” in intercessory prayer. One concern is that our government seems to be leaning more towards globalism rather than continuing to have a nationalistic posture. But God! We pray that He will protect our rights and freedoms and that our government will take a stand for justice and righteousness. God keep our land, glorious and free. ‘O Canada, we stand on guard for thee!
- Refer to the Aglow International Global Prayer targets for December as a starting point for prayer. God is drawing us by the Holy Spirit to come into a DEEPER PLACE OF RELATIONSHIP with the Father. It isn’t about knowledge. ” It isn’t about doing things. He is wanting fellowship with us that isn’t based on anything but the sheer joy of being together.”
- Crush Chaos – The God of peace will crush Satan under your feet. Romans 16:20 Take Mountains – Declare the Kingdom of Heaven! Give me this mountain! Joshua 14:12
- Declare that the spiritual gateways over every mountain of influence in our nation are open to the King of Glory! Psalm 24
- Decree the power of the thief who comes to steal, kill and destroy is broken to release the life of Christ abundantly in your life, your home, your business, and our nation. Matthew 10: 10
- Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem – Psalm 122; also for the Peace of Ottawa, Ont. and the Peace of Washington, D.C. May the truth, justice, righteousness and Shalom of the Most High God of Israel rule in our lands!
- Declare God’s Perfect health and protection over Danyele Bloom Holtner, our national president and the national team as they travel and minister in Canada and abroad; also for every leader, partner and their families in our Aglow family; and for the Lord to continue to identify and raise up leaders and intercessors across the nation. May the Holy Spirit ignite fires of revival and prayer across our land! We come into agreement with Jane Hansen’s declaration over the ministry, “And there was none feeble among them.” Psalm 105:37
- Pray for the 2019 world wide conference in Jerusalem next September. For the planning team, that all glitches will be worked out. For provision for those who are called and have the desire to attend.
“O Come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.”
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year is our prayer for you and your family
Charlotte Mandolesi, National Prayer Coordinator
Cathy Sperling, National Prayer Assistant