Presidential Message – Easter 2008

“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies.” -John 11:25

(Washington, DC)-The following text is released by the White House:
Laura and I send greetings to all those celebrating the joyful holiday of Easter.

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ reminds people around the world of the presence of a faithful God who offers a love more powerful than death. Easter commemorates our Savior’s triumph over sin, and we take joy in spending this special time with family and friends and reflecting on the many blessings that fill our lives. During this season of renewal, let us come together and give thanks to the Almighty who made us in His image and redeemed us in His love.

On this glorious day, we remember our brave men and women in uniform who are separated from their families by great distances. We pray for their safety and strength, and we honor those who gave their lives to advance peace and secure liberty across the globe.

Happy Easter. May God bless you, and may God bless our great Nation.

President George W. Bush (March 23, 2008)

Receive My Voice

“Many have cried out: ‘Lord, I long for the new, I long to go through. However, I don’t have the strength to advance because the season has pulled the plug on my strength, and I feel I cannot stand and advance.’ But hear Me! I will energize your blood and cause My Spirit to touch you and go into places in your heart that have not been touched. I will cause the joints in your body to begin to have new energy and cause them to move in ways they have not moved. Do not despair because by My Spirit and new energy will come upon you.

The warfare that you’ve been contending in, the conflict that you’ve been standing in, will not overtake you. Stand still! In the midst of your stillness, I am beginning to release new mantles; you will stand face to face with Me, and then your enemy will see My reflection in your face. I AM rising up within you a sound that will come through you and cause the enemy to shake. Where the enemy has held your gate closed–the gate will come open. You will say, ‘A new day has broken.’

Some of you are saying, ‘I hate this storm that I am in the midst of riding out.’ But hear Me again! Because you won’t spread your wings and catch the wind of this storm, you are having trouble coming above its fury. Catch the wind! Catch the wind! My Spirit is blowing. Do not fear this economic strategy and structure that the enemy is voicing in the nations. Catch My wind in this economic storm! The dips and the lows will cause you to soar high. Throw your chest into the adverse winds and allow the wind to catapult you to a high place.

There are things that have been chasing you. Turn now and face that adverse wind. I will come with grace in the adversity and catapult you to a new level. You will see every movement in the field–the snakes, the rodents, and the treasures. Soar, see, and be catapulted into an enlarged place.

The Potter’s wheel that you have been on has been a necessary season for you. I AM doing a chiseling work to give you a new identity. Receive what I am creating. I AM placing My mark, My design, on your next season. One smooth blow will release the diamond that has been hidden in the rough. Look at the design that I have laid for your future. Look at the Craftsman’s hand because as I come down upon the chisel, you will see the breaking away, and what’s been hidden will be seen. Do not be afraid of that blow to come! I AM sending forth a sound into your inner being that will break up the dams that have held back your waters of Life. These waters will aid Me in your forming.

I am causing new languages to arise in My people. This will thwart the enemy’s plan to defile My purposes in you. If you will trust Me to do this one thing in you that has stopped you from being transformed into a mind of prosperity, you will succeed and failure will leave you. One small hit will change the course of your life and your direction. Your compassions have grown hardened. I must release this blow. I must cause the very depths of you to roar and to roar again. I AM creating a movement within you so you can digest what I will be doing in the four months ahead. Let the depths of your being roar with My sound. This sound will create the ability for you to absorb what occurs in the next four months.

Your inward being must embrace My THUNDER! This is a season that you shall hear thunder in the Heavens. As I thunder from the Heavens, know it is the voice of the Lord that is coming to you. For the thunder would create fear in the hearts of many. But for those of who fear the Lord, you will hear this thunder as a new sound from Heaven. This sound will cause you to come into the new place! My voice is coming to break you from all that would hold you in an old place. The thunder of the Lord is My manifest sound in the Heavens!

Do not fear what the enemy would do. For I Am thundering a new place for you and a new protection for you! Many would even run and hide in the day of storm. But you shall run into the storm and have victory over the storm! Let My thunder roll and break every place of fear from you. This will cause you to come into the new season where My light and My sun shall break forth out of the storm, out of the thunder. A new day is arising and the sun shall come and rest upon you. Do not fear this season of storm. This is your season to break through. Overcome the storm and rise up in a whole new place.”


Chuck D. Pierce
Glory of Zion Ministries

The Processes that Lead to High Places

When God develops your character He takes you through several processes. He loves you too much to let you stagnate at any one stage of development. As my friend Mark Chironna says, “don’t settle for less when your heart is crying for more.” Every new level with God requires you to meet Him in a new way, and every new way exposes you to a manifestation that is different than what you have seen previously. On a personal level, this expands and enlarges our view of who He is and what He does in our lives.

The story of David exemplifies what God is advancing now in many of our lives. There are three areas of development that the Lord took David through. His ultimate goal is to make you a leader who fits this description:

David “fed them according to the integrity of his heart, and guided them by the skillfulness of hands” (Ps. 78:72)
The first area is located in the heart, and deals with the issues of integrity and motivation. Motivation reveals the reason why you do something. When it comes to divine assignments a divided heart tries, but a unified heart does.

The second area is knowledge; this measures your understanding of your assignment, yourself, life and most importantly, Gods ways. It represents your insight into what a person is going to do.

The third area involves an individual’s skill, which determines how well one can execute a task. Your gifts, talents and acquired skill reveal how you will accomplish your assignment.

Initially, David warred with the house of Saul. This is the drama of two competing systems. One exemplified commitment to a future that God wanted to manifest through David, and the other, a commitment to a past that Saul did not want to let go of. David was promoted to authority supernaturally through divine appointments and the favor of God.

The processes through which God took David, enabled him to receive three anointings. David’s first anointing came when Samuel anointed him. Saul fell out of favor with God because he was unfaithful; thus, the favor went to David to carry out the Lord’s assignment.

Consider some of Gods unique ways:
1. When the King couldn’t sleep at night he called for David to play music, and the anointing that was upon David caused the demons to flee the king’s chamber.
2. God used the natural talent that David had with both a harp and sling shot, anointed him and then used him to carry out his Mission.
3. God used the arrogance of Goliath in a national crisis to promote David to national influence. There are national problems that God has set up that can only be solved by a person He anoints with a solution. This is the way He takes His chosen people into a place of power to influence nations. When that giant came down and David beheaded him with his own Philistine sword, the strongman and all of the demon forces that were over the Philistines were cut off as well.

The first anointing from Samuel provided divine enablement, but it was God’s processing of David in circumstances that developed his integrity.

God allowed David to be driven from the King’s circle into a cave. This time of immense discomfort and stretching became necessary for the formation of the great man that God needed David to be. In order to do this and stay sane, young David needed a comforter – the Holy Spirit. He built this extraordinary relationship by worshiping God during his ordeals. In essence, God enlarged David when he was in distress:

“Thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress”

His second anointing came from the tribe of Judah when he graduated from the school of divine stretching!

The third anointing was released when all of Israel came to Hebron. Curiously, the people declared that they knew he was king all along. This anointing of recognition becomes active when the body of Christ sees what gift God has given you and activates what has been dormant in your life by simply recognizing the gift. This third anointing moved David to the next level, the high places of Jerusalem and Mt Zion. Their agreement released him to lead all of Israel to possess the high places as well.

Dr. Bobby Clinton, a celebrated Professor from Fuller Theological Seminary has spent thirty years documenting the journey of Christians. He says, “Eighty percent of believers do not consider themselves to have succeeded in fulfilling their ultimate calling.”

God provides revelation and anointing for people, but not all choose to step into their greatness. In order to get there one must have to go through deep processing, just like David did. Most, however, give up one third of the way through the journey!

In spite of difficult processing, it is critically important for God’s people to never lose heart! There is not one vessel who was significantly used by God who was not acquainted with chapters of great conflict and contradiction. You must continue to climb to the high places, because the ones who are going to advance the kingdom can only do so when they overturn Hell’s counsel in high places. These noble warriors see a clear vision of the future God is seeking to make manifest. They carry the future with them and they bring the future into the present. As David saw our day of unhindered access to Gods throne, he was able to bring David’s Tabernacle it into his own. Current day David’s see Christ’s future glory revealed in the nations and actually begin to bring that glory into the realm they stand in today. God allows them to taste the powers of the age to come so the nations might see and know the gospel of the kingdom demonstrated before their eyes as a witness.

David time-traveled out of the limitations of the old covenant by entering the presence of God through his worship. He prophetically saw the future of our coming into the presence of God with unveiled access to his glory, by traveling out of the limitations of the old covenant and entering into the presence of God himself.

With your new covenant, take action and call upon the Lord for the increase of His anointing! Expect great process events, but equally great rewards! Now, more than ever, the earth needs Christians who are willing to tread through the valleys before conquering the great mountains. Accept your mission, embrace your anointing, and take your mountain!

By Dr. Lance Wallnau

Global Leader

“I have found My servant David…” (Psalm 89:20a)
From generation to generation, God continuously searches for people whom He can use to carry out His plans. As it was in David’s generation, God was also searching for someone He can use. Before David emerged, Saul, for a certain period of time, appeared to be the perfect candidate to execute God’s plans and will. Nevertheless, for one and other reasons, Saul had a tendency to ‘edit’ each command God gave him; he never did exactly as what God has required. As a result, God rejected Saul and sent Samuel in search of Saul’s substitute. He specifically said to Samuel, “I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided Myself a king among his sons” (1 Sam. 16:1). In a secret way and a time unknown by anyone, the hands of the Lord had formed the life of David, so that when the perfect time to promote David came, He did not have to tarry to find the perfect man for the perfect job.

In eternity, in every generation, in every situation/circumstance, in every community, city and nation, God is looking for people whom He can use. As you continue to give yourself in God’s hands for the process and preparation to take place in your lives, when the perfect time comes and the need for the right man emerges, He will find you as the right person because He has said: “I have found David.”  

The Bible says that David built his intimate fellowship with God while taking care of his father’s sheep – that was why he was never a stranger in God’s presence.

The reason why David had such confident when fighting his enemies (first was Goliath) was because the Spirit of the Lord was upon him. 

As long as we get used to being in God’s presence and we are open for His impartation to come into our lives and change us, though people may not be able to see our potentials but God will because of the work He has done in our live. 

The next verses of Psalm 89 are promises and blessings that God has made available for David:
“…with whom My hand shall be established; also My arm shall strengthen him” (v. 21)  The Lord’s hand speaks of the authority/power that goes with a person, while arm always speaks of God’s protection and defense. 
“The enemy shall not outwit him, nor the son of wickedness afflict him. I will beat down his foes before his face, and plague those who hate him” (v. 22-23)  when we penetrate into the market place as God’s ambassadors, His protection and defense will be so real that the wicked will be wiped out. 
It has been God’s very desire to raise every believer to become a Global Leader. The characteristic that a global leader has is the true and intimate relationship with the God and at the same time is the respect, influence and power to impact the market place. 

For so long, many Christians are only great in spiritual things and church activities, yet they are nobody in the market place. Or, on the contrary, they might already have a bit of influence in the market place, yet they are ‘strangers’ in God’s presence. This is the time where God will bring forth the global leaders – people of influence in the market place and at the same time are closely connected to heaven.

“But My faithfulness and My mercy shall be with him, and in My name his horn shall be exalted. Also I will set his hand over the sea, and his right hand over the rivers” (v. 24-25)  God will enlarge our territories. At this present we may only have charge over one territory but He wants to enlarge it so that we can produce a greater impact. 
“He shall cry to Me, ‘You are my Father, My God, and the rock of my salvation.’ Also I will make him My firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth” (v. 26-27)  we will be set as a pattern where many people will learn from us.  
My mercy I will keep for him forever, and My covenant shall stand firm with him. His seed also will make to endure forever, and his throne as the days of heaven” (v 28-29)  the work that God has begun in our lives will not cease just because of our death but the next generation will continue to live in the same pattern of life.
Therefore, it is time for us to allow God to mold and reshape our lives because it is His desire indeed to raise us as global leaders. Before we can see the fulfillment of His promises in Psalm 89:21-29, we need to make sure that we first fulfill verse 21, because that is where it all begins. 
How God deals with us and reshapes our lives will determine the work that He will do through our lives. Before God can raise us as global leaders, He must first take us through a process of preparation that is different from what other people – those who are influential but only in the Christian or secular arena – have gone through. It is God’s desire to position us are His ambassador on this earth, therefore He will continually mold us, such that we will be transformed into His image more and more. 

God will never send a man to represent Him before He finds godly materials in that person’s life. Without any mark of God’s hands in our hands, the recognition from heaven will never come upon our lives. That is why we should never runaway when God’s hand is taking us through the process, because without staying through to the end, promotion will never come to our lives. 

Different areas that God will reshape in our lives:
a. God will reshape us in the way we should respond. 
All this while we may be used to respond according to our emotions; God wants to teach us to begin to respond in a different way – with a godly response. At times, He would purposely allow negative events to happen in our lives because it is through those moments He would train us to respond differently. Remember, no matter how bad our experience is, we are the ones who determine whether it will be a stumbling stone or a stepping stone for us. 
b. God will teach us to have strong conviction on the truth He has taught us.
Besides re-training us in the way we should respond, God will also teach us to have a strong conviction when facing confrontation for the truth we believe in. When everything is good and challenge is absent, everyone can claim themselves Christians and that they live for the cause, but when challenge comes, those who live without a strong conviction will easily choose to compromise their faith and the truth they have been holding onto. We need to understand this principle: there will always be pressure and challenge for every truth that we believe in, but that pressure and challenge is only a test for us to develop our strong conviction and integrity. To live in the truth there will always be a price to pay and a risk to take, but if you endure, truth will always prevail. 
c. God will teach us to do the things that are totally different from what we are used to or things that we have never done before.
All this time we may be used to do spiritual activities only, but now He wants to train us to make decisions that will impact the lives of many people.  In business world, a businessman’s decision is very crucial in determining whether his business will go up or down. As God teaches us in decision- making, He will also let us walk through the impact of our decision making. If we make the right decision, victory will be ours. On the contrary, if we make the wrong decision, He will let us go through the negative consequences as the result of that mistake we make. Nevertheless, no matter what the consequences that we have to bear, just remember that He is always on our side and will always be with us.  Therefore, never put yourself in a box but learn to step out of your comfort zone you have been dwelling in all this time. 
d. God will teach us to only do the right things.
Oftentimes, it takes different decisions in different situations, which is why God will train us to have the ability to make the right decision in all kinds of situations. 
If God has given you the Word that He will raise you to be a global leader, then do not ever attempt on your own strength to promote yourself. Rather, let God’s hand elevate you and position you where He wants you to be, in due time. Our fleshly attempt to promote ourselves will only bring us many unnecessary troubles. As you let His Holy Spirit guide you one step at a time and you faithfully do whatever He has told you to do, then greater capacity He will give you and greater things He will assign to you.

By Ps Steven Agustinus

Patience and Faith

“Releasing and Transferring Extraordinary amounts of Wealth for the Kingdom requires Patience and Faith.”

“The covenant of prosperity is not a magic wand; it’s an adventure of faith.”Over the past few years, I have been in the loop on several negotiations which have the potential for releasing extraordinary amounts of wealth for the Kingdom of God. None of them has happened immediately or even as quickly as I thought reasonable. In this area, we can face a serious temptation to lose patience. However, it is important to keep in mind that there is a close relationship between patience and faith. Without faith, we cannot please God. If the enemy causes us to lose patience, he has also dented our faith.

By and large, the apostles I am working with exhibit Godly patience. Patience (perseverance in some versions) is foundational to the character of a true apostle. Nevertheless, I am sorry to report that some who have been with me in preparing for the great transfer of wealth have failed the test of patience and jumped ship.

The most notable case of expecting immediate transfer of significant wealth began for me in August 2001. Starting with 9/11, that and many subsequent factors have entered the picture. Now, over five years later, somehow or other I still have the same high level of expectation that the money will be coming real soon. One thing that helps is that I have never yielded to the temptation to “spend” the money in my mind. Why not be patient? There is everything to gain and nothing to lose.

Let me share with you two very insightful short essays on patience relating to receiving the prosperity that God desires to provide for us. One is by David Oyedepo and the other by Nate Wolf. I believe you will enjoy them.

1. David Oyedepo

I recently read a book by one of my good friends in Africa, Bishop David Oyedepo, Understanding Financial Prosperity. Unfortunately, it is not yet available in the USA. He has notable credentials for writing the book. He pastors Faith Tabernacle which boasts the largest sanctuary in the world with 50,400 seats (deck chairs). It is located on over 600 acres. The building cost $250 million (US dollars), and it was all paid, debt free, by Nigerian money. The campus also houses Covenant University which cost another $250 million (US dollars), all paid, debt free, with Nigerian money.

I attended a Wednesday night prayer meeting with 6,000 in attendance, most of the men dressed in suits and ties. These men were at one time on the streets looking for the next meal, but one of Oyedepo’s discipling goals is to help his people become prosperous, and he is doing it. Not only does he teach them to save, but he has founded a bank right on the church campus, called “Canaan Land.”

Having said that, I was greatly encouraged by his chapter on patience, called “Waiting.” This is something I think all of us involved in wealth transfer should read. “Waiting” from the book Understanding Financial Prosperity, by David Oyedepo:

“For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, ‘Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.’ And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.” Hebrews 6:13-15

This is the eagle’s secret. God swore to Abraham, yet he needed patience to obtain that promise. The Bible said, “after he had patiently endured” not after he had subjected himself to rigorous senseless fasting, not after he had struggled and sweated it out; but after he had patiently endured.

Abraham needed to have endured. Indeed, every man, every “eagle Christian,” requires a degree of covenant patience. The covenant of prosperity is not a magic wand; it’s an adventure of faith. “After he had patiently endured….” not after he had wept aloud. We are not called to weep, but to wait.

In Habakkuk 2:3, God said that every vision is for an appointed time, so though it tarries, wait for it. Did He say weep for it? Did He say run around for it? No! Wait! “Wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry.”

The reason we are wasting is because we don’t like to wait. In 1981, God spoke to me, saying, “The hour has come to liberate the world from all the oppressions of the devil, through the preaching of the Word of Faith.”

That was a revelation for a world-wide ministry, but the mandate to go into Africa never came until 1994! Can you see the waiting period? “But at the end it shall speak.” When you run with it, it will speak at the end. Very many people miss that end, so it looks as if the vision or revelation is not true.

Please understand this: quick prosperity will always end in grievous austerity, because it lacks the required foundation for lasting results. Why Wait? Your lifting with God is for appointed times and due seasons, and He’s the only One who knows when your due season has come. If you strive to lay a hold of something before you’re due, you’ll be doomed.

“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9

Don’t be tired in covenant walk because there is a due season. If you’re on your feet when that season comes, you will reap your harvest, but if you faint, you fall.

“If it will work, it ought to have worked by now.” That’s murmuring. When you murmur, you destroy your seed down, and then you will have to begin all over again. God runs a due season calendar on each one of us. When you are due, He will not deny you. But if you faint before you are due, you lose it all. It’s better to wait or you waste. Abraham heard from God directly, yet he needed patience to obtain the promise. If you will not be patient, you may end up a patient in the hospital.

I caught the revelation that I cannot be poor in 1981, but that was not equal to automatic prosperity. But because I know what it takes, I never had occasion to beg, nor was I ever tempted to borrow.

“But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.” Luke 8:15

Though the seed fell on good ground, it could only bring forth fruit with patience. In a society that’s ever in a hurry as we live in today, we need an understanding of God that will keep us above the system. God said, “I know you’re honest, but you need patience. The day you are due, I will not deny you. Wait! Wait! Wait! The day you are due, you will see Me at work. Wait!”

God cannot deny Himself. Haven’t you heard what He said in Psalm 89:34? “My covenant I will not break, Nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips.”
So we can count on Him in the morning, we can count on Him in the afternoon, and we can count on Him in the night. Everyone in this covenant has a future, but that future is continually being contested by the enemy. It takes covenant intelligence to beat him hollow. Waiting without staggering–that’s the secret of all high flying Christians.

Excerpted from Understanding Financial Prosperity by David O. Oyedepo 
Published in Nigeria by Dominion Publishing House, 2005, Pages 279-284.

2. Nate Wolf

“Patience is the power that will carry you through the painful moments of life into the pleasurable moments of life.”

Nate Wolf of Everett, Washington, is the founder of The Gatekeepers Network, an organization dedicated to equipping Christian business leaders. This is excerpted from Chapter 7 in his book, The Gatekeepers.

“GATEKEEPERS KNOW PATIENCE DOUBLES OUTCOME” from the book The Gatekeepers, by Nate Wolf:

Telephone books are filled with business names that use the words “quick,” “speedy,” and “minute.” Domino’s delivers fresh, hot pizza in under an hour. Jiffy Lube offers ten-minute oil changes. The U.S. Postal service is now known as “snail mail.” In today’s marketplace, patience may be a virtue, but it’s certainly not a commodity.

Does patience really have a place in the life of a Gatekeeper? I’ll have to admit, one of my favorite words is “now,” and one of my least favorite things is being stuck in the iron claw of gridlock, and even the name of my church is Today’s Church. However, the story of Job has great insight for us in this fast paced world of instant gratification.

Job was a man who took his whole life to build an impressive family owned business. Then in two days it was all gone–his business, his wealth, his family, everything. The book of Job is the story of how Job regained his lost wealth and went on to enjoy it with his great grandchildren.

The real story of the book of Job is a message resulting in a victorious final outcome–how one man lost everything and then regained double what was lost.

Job’s patience was the golden secret that helped him overcome the pain he faced. Patience is more than just having the ability to not become angry in a difficult situation. Patience is the power that will carry you through the painful moments of life into the pleasurable moments of life.

The Greek word translated as patience means “to be long in spirit or long in passion.” Patience is doing what God’s word says is right, longer than your problems can stand it. Sufficient exposure to the Word of God and the Holy Spirit before, during, and after crises will increase your patience (Galatians 5:22). The patience of God within you will always outlast the pain that’s trying to come upon you.

Patience is the power that will keep you in the proper place and mindset, during discomfort or pain, until you possess your final promise and reach your ultimate purpose.

Excerpted from The Gatekeepers: Whatever God Can Get Through You, He Will Get to You. Published by Insight Publishing, Tulsa OK, 2002, Pages 77-83.

C. Peter Wagner 

Global Harvest Ministries

Take dominion through worship!

I love the teaching and revelation that is brought forth in each of the Issachar School classes. Robert Heidler and I just completed a course on “New Weapons for New Warfare.” As we approach the end of a seven-year war season and prepare to begin a new war season with new levels of contention and resistance, we taught on the spiritual weapons we are given as well as the issues that we will face in the years ahead. During the class, I asked LeAnn Squier to share the following dream she had early on Monday morning:

“In my dream, a group of us were gathered in the living room of a house. A man dressed in a white t-shirt and jeans came through the front double doors with a black sniper’s rifle which included a high-powered scope. He first pointed the rifle threateningly at the group, and then pointed it at me. In a quiet manner, I asked him if it would be okay if we worshipped. He nodded yes. As we worshipped, we entered into a different realm. We became totally aware of God’s presence in the room and totally unaware of the man’s presence among us. The presence of God in our midst eclipsed everything else in the room.

When we finished worshipping, the presence of God lifted and I could again see the room, the surroundings, and the man with the rifle still pointed at me. I had literally forgotten he was there while the presence of God was manifest; this man had been completely eclipsed by God’s presence. I got up from the couch where I was sitting and walked gently over to talk to the man. I engaged him in a friendly conversation, and one of the other people with us joined in to talk to him. I looked down and noticed that he had laid his rifle down, and as I looked back up at him, a wide, relaxed smile had come across his face. I realized it had been a hostage situation and he was now, in a sense, disarmed.” –End of Dream

Through this dream I hear the Lord saying, “Many enemies are in your midst and are even entering into the boundaries that I have given you. But I am calling you to come into this new place with Me so My presence fills the domain that I have given you. If you will begin to worship Me and allow your domain to be filled with My presence, then even the enemies that are targeting you will let go of their hostilities. They will be repositioned in your place of authority. This is a time when I am repositioning your enemies in your sphere of authority. If you will worship, then My presence will disarm the enemy’s plan and that which the enemy had intent on doing, he will no longer be able to accomplish. Worship is key to My Harvest plan. Many of the enemies that I bring into your path will be converted and become subservient in your domain. This is an hour of DOMINION! Take dominion through worship!”

Chuck D. Pierce
Glory of Zion Ministries

President Bush Attends National Prayer Breakfast

Washington Hilton Hotel
Washington, D.C.

9:16 A.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT: Gracias, mi amigo. Thank you, friend. Laura and I are honored to join you all here for the 56th National Prayer Breakfast. A lot of reasons to pray, and one of course, is to strengthen us against temptation, particularly this morning — from temptation to stay in bed. (Laughter.) Obviously there’s a lot of prayerful people here. And I appreciate your warm welcome.


President George W. Bush smiles as Mrs. Laura Bush is introduced Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008, during the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton Hotel. White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian We have a lot of distinguished guests here today — members of Congress, military leaders, captains of industry. Yet at this annual gathering, we are reminded of an eternal truth: When we lift our hearts to God, we’re all equal in His sight. We’re all equally precious; we’re all equally dependent on His grace. It’s fitting that we gather each year to approach our Creator in fellowship — and to thank Him for the many blessings He has bestowed upon our families and our nation. It is fitting that we gather in prayer, because we recognize a prayerful nation is a stronger nation. (Applause.)

I want to appreciate — I appreciate Senator Salazar and Enzi. Thank you for putting this deal on. Madam Speaker, Leader Hoyer, Leader Blunt, thank you all for being here. Welcome the members of Congress. I appreciate the heads of state who are here. Welcome to America, again. I thank the members of the Diplomatic Corps who have joined us. Appreciate the distinguished dignitaries, all the members of my Cabinet — don’t linger, get back to work. (Laughter.)

Admiral, thank you for your leadership. Always proud to be with the members of the United States military. I thank the state and local officials. Ward, thanks for your remarks. Those were awesome. I guess that’s a presidential word. (Laughter.) Proud to be here with Michael W. and Debbie. They’re longtime friends of our family. Thank you for lending your beautiful voice. Judge, I’m not going to hold the Texas thing against you. (Laughter.)

Every President since Dwight Eisenhower has attended the National Prayer Breakfast — and I am really proud to carry on that tradition. It’s an important tradition, and I’m confident Presidents who follow me will do the same. The people in this room come from many different walks of faith. Yet we share one clear conviction: We believe that the Almighty hears our prayers — and answers those who seek Him. That’s what we believe; otherwise, why come? Through the miracle of prayer, we believe he listens — if we listen to his voice and seek our presence — his presence in our lives, our hearts will change. And in so doing, in seeking God, we grow in ways that we could never imagine.

In prayer, we grow in gratitude and thanksgiving. When we spend time with the Almighty, we realize how much He has bestowed upon us — and our hearts are filled with joy. We give thanks for our families, we give thanks for the parents who raised us, we give thanks for the patient souls who married us, and the children who make us proud each day. We give thanks for our liberty — and the universal desire for freedom that He has written into every human heart. We give thanks for the God who made us in His image — and redeemed us in His love.

President George W. Bush acknowledges the applause as he attends the 56th National Prayer Breakfast Thursday, Feb. 8, 2008, at the Washington Hilton Hotel. Said the President, “Every President since Dwight Eisenhower has attended the National Prayer Breakfast — and I am really proud to carry on that tradition. It’s an important tradition, and I’m confident Presidents who follow me will do the same. The people in this room come from many different walks of faith. Yet we share one clear conviction: We believe that the Almighty hears our prayers — and answers those who seek Him.” White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian In prayer, we grow in meekness and humility. By approaching our Maker on bended knee, we acknowledge our complete dependence on Him. We recognize that we have nothing to offer God that He does not already have — except our love. So we offer Him that love, and ask for the grace to discern His will. We ask Him to remain near to us at all times. We ask Him to help us lead lives that are pleasing to Him. We discover that by surrendering our lives to the Almighty, we are strengthened, refreshed, and ready for all that may come.

In prayer, we also grow in boldness and courage. The more time we spend with God, the more we see that He is not a distant king, but a loving Father. Inspired by this confidence, we approach Him with bold requests: We ask Him to heal the sick, and comfort the dying, and sustain those who care for them. We ask Him to bring solace to the victims of tragedy, and help to those suffering from addiction and adversity. We ask him to strengthen our families, and to protect the innocent and vulnerable in our country. We ask Him to protect our nation from those who wish us harm — and watch over all who stepped forward to defend us. We ask Him to bring about the day when His peace shall reign across the world — and every tear shall be wiped away.

In prayer, we grow in mercy and compassion. We are reminded in prayer that we are all fallen creatures in need of mercy. And in seeking God’s mercy, we grow in mercy ourselves. Experiencing the presence of God transforms our hearts — and the more we seek His presence, the more we feel the tug at our souls to reach out to the poor, and the hungry, the elderly, and the infirm. When we answer God’s call to love a neighbor as ourselves, we enter into a deeper friendship with our fellow man — and a deeper relationship with our eternal Father.

I believe in the power of prayer, because I have felt it in my own life. Prayer has strengthened me in times of personal challenge. It has helped me meet the challenges of the presidency. I understand now clearly the story of the calm in the rough seas. And so at this final prayer breakfast as your President, I thank you for your prayers, and I thank our people all across America for their prayers. And I ask you not to stop in the year ahead. We have so much work to do for our country, and with the help of the Almighty, we will build a freer world — and a safer, more hopeful, more noble America.

God bless. (Applause.)

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