“Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
(Proverbs 18:21; HCSB)
Has secular media become such a part of our mental and spiritual landscape that we do not recognize the impact they are having on our nation? Are we afraid they’re powerful influence is too big to overcome? In 1 Samuel 17, we read how David was not afraid to confront giants when they were opposed to God and His people. Goliath’s greatest weapon was not so much his size or strength. In fact, King Saul and the Israelite army hadn’t gone near enough to test the giant’s military prowess. They were sitting on the hillside frightened, discouraged, and on the verge of defeat, simply because of Goliath’s BIG mouth! David had little, if any, experience on the battlefield, but he had developed some faith-filled strategies in the school of prayer and worship. He didn’t know much about Goliath, but he had become well acquainted with the LORD of hosts.
God’s servant confronted the taunting Philistine in the name of the LORD Almighty and with a declaration of truth. Then the shepherd boy slung a stone, striking Goliath in the forehead, causing him to fall face down on the ground. It’s pretty difficult to shout lies with a mouth full of sandy dirt! By the way, the frontal lobe of the brain just happens to be the “control panel” of our personality and our ability to communicate. Although we are told the stone killed the Philistine, David didn’t stop halfway. He used the opposition’s sword to cut off his head, showing God’s authority over the mind. This was a giant faith builder that Goliath would never taunt God’s people or defy the Holy One of Israel ever again! What are some effective prayer strategies that we can use against the giants of media?
Points for Prayer:
Ask God to position His servants in media and empower them to faithfully walk in integrity and humility. Pray they will be filled with knowledge, wisdom and understanding that comes from God. Pray they will not use their words carelessly but their tongues will bring forth life (Proverbs 11; 18:21; Romans 10:14, 15).
Pray that deception, ungodly philosophies, and Muslim influence in our media will be exposed and not allowed to infiltrate and infect the church. Decree and declare that the light of Truth will dispel the darkness (Luke 8:17).
Thank God for placing His Spirit upon the leaders He has placed in the media and His Word on their tongue (2 Samuel 23:2–4).
Ask, believing that God-called media leaders will be bold, fearless, and unafraid to expose the truth about the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Muslim terrorism, and jihadist threats to our government. Pray they will be willing to refute every evil word spoken against Jesus followers and will be unashamed of the gospel (Jeremiah 1:10; Isaiah 54:17; Romans 1:16).
Pray that God will strategically position heralds of peace, who will bring good news and proclaim salvation to the nations (Isaiah 52:7).
Wait before the Lord for further direction from the Holy Spirit and remember to thank God for hearing and answering our prayers.
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him” (1 John 5:14, 15).
By, Kay Horner
Awakening America Alliance
February 4 through 10 – Pray for Truth in Media
“Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Pro 18:21; HCSB)
Define “the Media” for your children: for example, media is a way to communicate information to individuals or groups. Different kinds of information can be communicated and widely spread, such as news, entertainment, education or facts and statistics. Some examples of media are television, newspapers, mail, radio and internet. Media has a massive influence on the people of our culture. Our country has freedom of speech which means that a person or group can say anything they wish. Any individual or group is free to exaggerate, embellish or change the facts to cause their judgment of the story to be spread. To exaggerate the facts, means to make them better, worse, more or less than they are, in truth. To embellish means to make something seem more attractive than it really is. It is not always just the media that grossly exaggerates facts; for individuals who feel strongly about something can also choose to stretch the truth in one way or another.
This is an area for individual soul searching. If the body of Christ is able to walk in righteousness in the area of truth, without ourselves using exaggeration or embellishment, we WILL have an impact upon our culture in general. It is very difficult to find a news report at either side of every issue or story that is completely without bias. May God help us to be seekers of truth who desire to see every circumstance through His eyes. May we learn to look through the Lord’s lens our whole lives, so that we do not fall prey to just repeating somebody else’s story replete with their bias. Let us be parents who are love the truth and who honor the Lord by seeking His perspective every time, regarding every issue and in every circumstance.
Points for Prayer:
Help your children to understand:
– What the media is
– What the media does
– The massive influence the media has.
Look at television news programs you deem to be appropriate. Look at newspapers, magazines, or computer articles. Talk about the difference between news media, educational media, science news, or data that is simply being reported. As you read Pro 18:21 together explain to your children that before any country ever passed a law for freedom of speech, we were endowed with this gift by our Creator. Just as the words of Jesus, the Living Word, have great power to create (Gen. 1:3), to heal (Luke 7:7, Mark 5:34) and to give life (Luke 4:4), so the words of those who have been made in His image, have power to heal or to tear down (Prov. 18:21, 12:18 & 25, 15:4 & 23, 16:23-24, Eph 4:29, Luke 6:45, Jas 3:6, Mark 11:22-24, Rom 10:9). As we speak the word of God, we build one another up and become channels of healing, mercy, guidance and deliverance (Acts 20:32, Ps 119:105, 2Tim 3:16, Matt 12:36-37). So stretch out Your hands to your children as they put their hand on their own mouth. Pray together and declare a Scripture such as the following:
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart; Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer Ps 19:14 (NKJV)
Then repeat the above exercise but this time, have your children pray over you!
Get a magnifying glass with your children and look through the pages of an appropriate magazine. Explain that there are many different kinds of lenses through which we can look at information. We can look at information through our friend’s perspective, for example. Though we do our best to intuitively discern truth, it is only the Lord who sees any thought, action or decision from every angle; through and through. Pray with your children, for help from heaven to see things as God does. Pray often for divine wisdom and heavenly perspectives.
Talk about truth together; we know four amazing things to be true!
– The word of God is truth (John 17:17)!
– The word of God sanctifies us (John 17:17).
– We are able to know the truth (John 8:32).
– The truth will give us freedom (John 8:32)
So as we pray for divine understanding for us and for those in the media who are followers of Jesus, we can have great confidence that truth does not have to be forever out of our reach. Sit with your children and pray together from John 17:17 and 8:32, thanking God for these amazing promises! Pray the word. Thank you Lord, that your word is truth. Thank you that your word makes me clean and holy! I receive your word! We can embark upon a life-long pursuit of the truth as the Lord sees and knows it. We can reach in prayer for the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Christ Jesus (Eph 1:17) in every area of culture and society. We can quite literally apply the truth of Jas 1:5 regarding every piece of information we are bombarded with via the media.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
Ask God to position His servants in media and empower them to faithfully walk in integrity and humility. Pray they will be filled with knowledge, wisdom and understanding that comes from God. Pray they will not use their words carelessly but their tongues will bring forth life (Pro 11; 18:21; Rom 10:14, 15). Thank God for placing His Spirit upon the leaders He has placed in the media and His Word on their tongue (2 Sam 23:2–4).
The above prayer, written by Kay Horner, is a wonderful all-age prayer, just as it is! Have your children make a media poster, upon which they simply write some of Kay Horner’s prayers:
– Lord put those who are your servants in different parts of the media
– Fill your servants with knowledge and wisdom
– Give them understanding straight from your heart.
– Let every word they speak bring life to the hearers.
– Thank you Lord for placing your spirit on the ones you have placed in the media
– Thank you Lord for your word on their tongue
“For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light.” (Luke 8:17)
– So pray with your children that truth will revealed in every Media story.
– Pray that false religious ideas will not deceive or influence the church.
– Pray for the Light of Jesus and His heart and word will shine even stronger in the church and that that light will spread to the Media! As you pray with your children, light a large candle solely to give your children a visual reference. They can simply look upon light shining in a dark room as you declare the following 2 Scriptures:
Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” John 8:12
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.” Matt 5:14
Get a picture of some Christian media personalities. As you put those pictures up on a wall or into a journal, ask and believe the leaders called by God will be bold, fearless, and willing to shine light on truth. Write words such as, Boldness, Fearless, Speaking Truth, Being Light, on pieces of paper and stick these over the pictures, again as a visual image of what you are praying.
Pray from Is 54:17 and Rom 1:16 that Media leaders will be strengthened to stand against every enemy accusation spoken against Jesus followers and that they will be unashamed of the gospel.
Bow before the Lord with your children and cry out, asking Him to raise up many hundreds more media leaders who will be voices to declare the peace of Christ and coming kingdom of God; both proclaimers of peace and ones who will bring good news and proclaim salvation to the nations (Isa 52:7).
How beautiful upon the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who proclaims peace, Who brings glad tidings of good things, Who proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
Isa 52:7 is a beautiful verse to sing with your children. Sing this song of the Lord over the magazines, the pictures and names of media leaders you have gathered.
Rejoice with your children as you sing a worship song. Rejoice in the truth of God’s word and understand that as you pray the Scripture, you KNOW you are praying according to God’s will. “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him” (1 Jn 5:14-15).
Modifications by Lelonnie Hibberd, an educator from thedanielacademy.com, a Kansas City school with strong ties to the global prayer movement.