I have had a flood of very good discernment coming in, in response to the last Discerning the Times. Thanks so much for taking time to send the guidance. Sending directly to my personal email really works well except it is a little overwhelming. I am reading and praying through your comments and trying to listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying. I try but cannot always to respond to each of you.
Thanks – keep sending to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A lot of people expressed a profound uneasiness about Trump but also about what is going on in the world.
Here is a video that I made in response, giving what may be guidance about how the Holy Spirit is leading us to pray.
Discerning the Times Guidance: How to Pray for Trump, Rubio and Cruz
Here are five comments that provide a good summary of the range of responses I received, to help us discern how God is calling us to pray:
1) An older,wise intercessor –
“I too discern that this is a spiritual battle for the soul of our country. Dictators usually arise when the undiscerning populous seeks someone to bring stability and solutions in times of crisis. Trump’s style is monarchy not democracy. I believe lying deceptive spirits are at work, even among Christians. I support the urgent call to prayer.”
2) From another intercessor –
“Sorry, she [the intercessor who had guidance shared about Trump in the last Discerning the Times]intercessor who had guidance about Trump shared in last Discerning the Times) is 100% wrong about Trump, and what she was really picking up was misinformation and fear-mongering put into her heart by the media about Trump. Trump will not be another Hitler. That individual is already Obama, who, if he actually leaves the presidency, may end up running the UN. Trump is not a Hitler for wanting to secure our borders.
I have read comments and articles by plenty of God-fearing people who sense God at work with Trump. What makes her right over them? My own sense is that Trump is our only hope, and if Hillary wins then Satan will have his way.
One of my problems with these types of articles is that it takes a feeling from one Christian and proclaims it as the word of God. This is then spread around like a virus, stopping people from listening to our own hearts, which is precisely what Satan wants.”
3) From another PRMI Intercessor –
“Your letter about the woman’s Donald Trump message prompted me to quickly send up a short “arrow prayer”. Immediately back to my mind came 2 Cor. 2:11, “we are not ignorant of his devices…”. It is a warning to me. I am FOR no candidate yet. Still watching and waiting for guidance.”
4) From an intercessor I have known for many years –
” Dear friends;
It is not only demonic forces surrounding this man and seeking his precious soul. My read is that there is at this moment a Great War on for the soul of Donald Trump and we should specifically pray into it, that his eyes would be opened to willingly receive the humble Savior.
Trump has said before that he eschews details of his policies in favor of wise experts to whom he delegates such things. I read this as more than just dissembling, rather it is a manifestation of his inner man, that he is more open to being led than to actually leading, and that his bluster hides a vulnerable seeker.
So what you are seeing in Donald Trump is a man at an inflection point, his mortal soul in play, seduced by flattery and the offer of worldly kingdoms. He had enough interest in spiritual things to attend Billy Graham’s 90th birthday, also I heard Mike Huckabee in Asheville telling us of his emerging friendship with Trump. Trump knows the joy of the deal better than any of us, it is God’s vocational and spiritual gift to him. Achieving the presidency is his biggest deal yet but perhaps he does not yet know the real deal is for his mortal soul. For him to turn aside from the Hound of Heaven at this point would be catastrophic for all of us and it is there that we may rise and fall as a nation.”
[Brad Long (BL) Comment: I strongly witness to this as a call to prayer. From the history of Nazism as well as my own experience as a leader I suspect that there is a battle going on for the souls of not just Trump but for all the candidates who have the potential for leadership. Satan is working overtime right now to build a stronghold of deception around whoever comes out on top, and the role of the intercessors is to step into the gap and prevent that from happening. If you look back in history, you will see that the same battle has taken place whenever some one is being raised up in a time of crisis. (We see this clearly in the history of World War II where Hitler was seduced by Satan to receive power from the occult and hatred. And Winston Churchill who in many ways to the people then looked a lot like Trump does to many of us today – who resisted those temptations. Churchill was used to save the Western World; the Devil used Hitler to try to destroy it. Frankly the challenges we face today are just as daunting and dangerous as the one’s in the 1930’s).
5) A PRMI intercessor form the West Coast:
[BL comment: Another intercessor confirms a similar sense that she had before she saw the email. Here is her response, which I think provides very good guidance as how to pray:]
• The top 3 Republican candidates are all being tempted similarly; the enemy is primarily deployed against these 3 – Trump, Rubio and Cruz;
• A “big scheme” has been put in place against all 3; the other candidates don’t seem to be a “concern” by the enemy for some reason;
• All kinds of confusion is taking place and the enemy is trying to cause it in the debates and campaigns; the enemy is also working in “unrighteousness and unholiness” in the debates;
• Not so much the same “spirits” as against Hitler so much as it is the same pressures to compromise and be shaped;
[Brad Long: This is good guidance. Please pray into it as led by the Holy Spirit especially during the next weeks in March when so many primaries are going to be taking place. And please report back what the Holy Spirit does or says to you.]
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