by Pastor Terri Copeland Pearsons
In the Book of Daniel, we see that there are watchers in heaven and that there are judgments made by the Judge and by those watchers who are in heaven. We also see that God would judge who is to be raised up and who is to be put down. The judgments are then decreed by those who watch, both in heaven and in earth. When we consider all that’s at stake and we know that we’re coming in to the courts of God, Creator of the universe, there’s an awesomeness that comes in a mixed sense of reverence and intimidation – an awareness of what’s at stake and what we don’t know. It makes one realize, how carefully, how perfectly you must put your case together because so much is at stake.
God, in His wisdom, in His foresight, in His ability, in His slyness – sent the Holy Spirit. Jesus said “Here is your Counselor. He knows all of the thoughts and the mind of God.”
God has made a way where we can formally enter in to His courts.
“Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.” ~ Philippians 4:6 (The Amplified Bible Classic Edition)
The prayer of petition is one type of prayer. A petition is a formal written request. It is written in formal terms that deal with the legal side of an issue. Furthermore, it requires that some judicial action be taken. The basis on which the Lord has given us to come to Him is on the basis of the righteousness of government and its part in His plan. In order to establish that truth, let’s look at the Mayflower Compact. As you pray, the spirit in which the first government of this land was established can rise up in you and you can connect with it.
The Mayflower Compact
Government has always been God’s idea.
The Mayflower Compact is a written agreement composed by a consensus of the new Settlers arriving at New Plymouth in November of 1620. They had traveled across the ocean on the ship Mayflower which was anchored in what is now Provincetown Harbor near Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The Mayflower Compact was drawn up with fair and equal laws, for the general good of the settlement and with the will of the majority. The Mayflower’s passengers knew that the New World’s earlier settlers failed due to a lack of government . . .
All 41 of the adult male members on the Mayflower signed the Compact. Being the first written laws for the new land, the Compact determined authority within the settlement and was the observed as such until 1691. This established that the colony (mostly persecuted Separatists or Puritans), was to be free of English law. It was devised to set up a government from within themselves and was written by those to be governed.1
The colonists wanted to be free from one law but established under another. Isn’t that the picture of our Redemption? We are free from one law but established under another.
“In the name of God, Amen. We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord, King James . . . having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia; do by these present, solemnly and mutually in the Presence of God and one of another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid.”
Furtherance of what? The glory of God.
“And by Virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the General good of the Colony; unto which we promise all due submission and obedience. In Witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape Cod the eleventh of November, in the Reign of our Sovereign Lord, King James of England, France and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth. Anno Domini, 1620.”
So, what were they saying?
For the purpose of God, we assemble ourselves together and agree to obey the laws that we deem to be necessary for order, for compliance and for the common good and for the purpose and for the advancement of the Christian faith. That was their purpose.
We pray now, declaring that we are:
One Nation under God
Lord, Your Word says that “blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Ps. 33:12). And by rights of creation, this nation belongs to You for surely You have created this United States of America. This nation did not come from men. It came from You. You put the seed of this nation in men’s hearts even before they knew.
With Christopher Columbus and Queen Isabella of Spain, even while they persecuted Your people the Jews at home, You used them to seek others with which to share the Gospel.
You put the seed of freedom in the hearts of the Puritans – freedom to serve You according to Your Word and by Your Spirit. Not a freedom without structure or order or government, but a new idea of government. Government was created for the purpose of serving God, His plan and one another.
You had brought them through persecution and oppression from other men, and in spite of all of the enemy’s obstacles, You set them at the door of this great land. And still much trouble awaited them. They faced hardships of great enormity. And Lord, death came to every one of their doors. Yet, You brought them through.
In 1770, the oppressor arose again to stop the very lifeblood of Your great plan. He thought he could control what was beginning to shine for Your glory. He wanted for himself this land of plenty. He wanted the fruits of righteousness to be his own. He wanted the honor You planned for this nation to be his own. And the more he squeezed Your righteous people the more the seed began to flourish.
To his shock, to his dismay and finally to his defeat, You raised up an army ready to defend all You had put in their hearts to do and to be. Pulpits across this land drew the sword of Your Word and called upon men in the name of the Lord to take up the righteous cause of America. Together they prayed, and they sought Your direction, Lord.
Under the pen of Thomas Jefferson, they declared their independence from all sovereignty except You. And then they took up their arms and went to battle and Lord, many, oh so many, laid down their all—their homes, their lands, their sons, their fortunes, their futures. They laid down their all so that they might have Your all. And that their sons and their daughters could freely fulfill Your destiny for their lives. And Lord, in Your goodness, You so faithfully, miraculously, and victoriously brought them through. And though they were weary from great battles, great losses and great cause, and they faced the daunting task of a massive recovery, Your hope, Your vision, and Your plan burned stronger in them than it ever had before.
You called them. You called them from all quarters. On bended knee they gathered together to seek You, and they laid out Your Word before You. And by Your Spirit You began to speak. Through debate and through discussion and through prayer it all came together as the Constitution of this great land, the United States of America. A constitution was born from the Spirit and born from Your Word and given through the hearts and minds of men who were seeking to know Your will and Your way. They would not serve under any man but to serve under You, Lord, and in service to Your purpose and Your plan for all men to know the freedom of the Gospel. Fervently they sought to establish a land, a home, a base, a foundation from which men and women could seek You freely and grow in prosperity to pursue prosperity—all for the increase of Your kingdom.
Declaration of God’s Faithfulness
And now, oh Lord, You Who brought this government time and again through trouble; You have brought this great people. You have brought this great land through oppression, through depression, through the darkness and deceptions of humanism and of atheism. You have brought this land and this people through strife, through divisions, through horrors of wars abroad and at home.
You brought us through—when it looked like so many had turned their back on You—on the basis of Your Word that lives in the words of our Constitution.
You’re so gracious, and You are God over those that don’t know You, and even of those that don’t want You. We remind You of that, and that men and women laid down their lives. They laid down their all. We look to You again, on the basis of the blood of Jesus Christ who died that Your plan would not be thwarted, that Your purpose would not come to an end.
But we also come to You on the basis of the blood of our forefathers who died as well. We ask Lord that this nation would be raised up to the glory of God. We ask not only for our own selves, but for the world to know that we are still a beacon and light of the Gospel, and Your Words are still true. They are true in this covenant of faith that You have given us, and they are true within our Constitution because it was born from Your heart.
Prayer of Petition to God
Raise this nation again, oh Lord. Bring up her government again, to its original intent as a body politic to perpetuate the Christian faith. We declare we are one nation under God and we are indivisible; we are indivisible from You. We are indivisible from Your purpose. We are indivisible from Your plan. We are indivisible from all that You have said for this nation and for this body of people to do in the kingdom of God and for the furtherance of the Gospel of Jesus.
Your desire is that all men might know the love of God. Therefore, Lord, we bring our plea before You. We set our case before You. We offer it in the name of Jesus, guaranteed by the blood of Jesus, sealed by the Holy Spirit, and laid out before You as Your own people. You are righteous, and You will not let Your Word fall to the ground, and You are faithful to those who have sowed their lives for You. We fully expect the course of this nation to be aligned with Your plan, with Your ideas, with Your thoughts, with Your ways, and that You would sweep this nation up in Your arms, and again draw her to You. Draw her to You. Oh Lord. Draw her to You. Draw Your people to You in a great sweeping across this nation–a great sweeping, oh Lord. We ask it of You. We require it of You.
And from the highest office of this land to its most humble we ask You to place in each governmental seat – in the executive, legislative and judicial branches YOUR CHOICE. Raise up YOUR CHOICE. We request that You would raise up men and women as You see fit. And we ask for righteousness to prevail. We ask that the seed of righteousness, from which this nation was born, will not die, but that it will continue to bear fruit for all men . . . in the name of Jesus.
Lord, we release our faith for both the Republican and Democratic parties. We ask You for an increase in the anointing upon the ones whom You choose for it to rest. We request that it grow and increase and increase and increase. We know by that anointing there will be great favor, great wisdom, great skill, great knowledge and great ability. By that anointing, even as You separated King David from among all his brethren, we ask that You separate the ones of Your choosing and call them out from among the rest. We ask that the anointing would be evident—that anointing to slay the giant, to bring prosperity and to establish the throne of God among Your people. We ask that it would be evident and increased and would grow exponentially.
It is on behalf of the people that we pray for the leaders of this nation . . . that Your presence and Your hand would be evidenced . . . that by the Spirit of God the people’s hunger in their hearts for You would grow . . . that their eyes would see and their ears would hear . . . that their hearts will understand and they shall desire You. For it is by design, oh Lord, that this nation came to be.
In the name of Jesus, we believe we receive what we have asked of You. We believe that we have the will of God in our nation and the answers to our prayers, in Jesus’ name. Amen. So be it.
©2008 Terri Copeland Pearsons
“There’s a bell that is tolling and it seems distant in the land. But the angels of God hear it ring and the people of God whose ears are open to His sounds can hear that it rings again. And it is again the sound of liberty. And it is again the sound of freedom. And it is again the sound of the righteous arising to take up her cause. But the freedom that it rings and the freedom that it tolls and the freedom that it declares goes beyond the freedom of an earthly government and an earthly politic; it is the sound of heaven. It is the sound of the kingdom of God beginning to rise in all of the earth, and the sounds of heaven, the bells that begin to ring, will begin to ring and ring and ring until the fullness of God’s plan, until the fullness of His idea of the seat of heaven, the throne of God, be placed directly among the living, that Jesus would rule.
So you do well to look to His authority, you do well to look to His leadership. You do well to look to His lordship, for indeed the government is upon His shoulders. As you by faith draw upon Him as the Lord of all, His lordship will continue to manifest in this land, through every office of the land. So listen. Listen. Despite all the sounds around, despite the clamor, despite the sounds even of war, listen; for there is a bell that is ringing, and it is the bell of the Spirit, the bell of liberty, for where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty. Thank you, Jesus. Bless the Lord.”
The above was delivered by Terri Copeland Pearsons, September 17, 2008 during a special prayer service at Eagle Mountain International Church’s Days of Refreshing Conference.
Terri Copeland Pearsons is the eldest daughter of Kenneth Copeland. She and her husband, George, pastor Eagle Mountain International Church located on the grounds of Kenneth Copeland Ministries. For information or ministry materials write to Kenneth Copeland Ministries, Fort Worth, TX 76192-0001 or visit www.kcm.org