Sunday, June 24, 2018 “Gold Shields”

1 Kings 14: 26-27 26 And he took away the treasures of the house of the Lord and the treasures of the king’s house; he took away everything. He also took away all the gold shields which Solomon had made. 27 Then King Rehoboam made bronze shields in their place and committed them to the hands of the captains of the guard, who guarded the doorway of the king’s house.
 
Good evening and welcome to the Sunday Night Edition of “We are the People” prayer for America. Every Sunday we bring together the hearts of intercessors that choose to invest a minimum of 15 minutes in prayers of agreement between the hours of 6 and 9 pm using the three focus points listed below as a guide. May God bless you for your concern for America’s future expressed in prayer tonight. We encourage you to join us in prayer and invite others to join us.
 
Friday and Saturday, we used verses 25-26 as a prayer guide. Our intercession was to stop the raiding and thievery of the treasures in the King’s house and the House of the Lord. Tonight, our three prayer focuses will be on verses 26 and 27.
 
Solomon had made gold shields for use in the king’s house and the House of the Lord. The gold shields were stolen by Shishak, king of Egypt’s men. The later king of Judah made bronze shields to replace them. Bronze can be polished to shine like gold, but it is a less valuable material. The high gloss of a piece of furniture reveals that it is inexpensive, a cheap imitation just as the bronze shields in comparison to the gold.
 
Prayer Focus #1: Pray that the golden “shield of faith” of the Ephesians 6, armor of God, will be maintained and protected from theft by today’s “captains of the guard” in the church (the 5-fold ministry recorded in Ephesians 4).
 
Prayer Focus #2: Faith is belief and action concerning God’s word. Ephesians 6:16 tells us that this “gold standard” faith will protect the people of God from the fiery darts of the evil one. Fiery darts come seemingly out of nowhere. Pray that the church in America will be vigilant in her defense of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There is a culture in and outside of the church that is willing to “dumb down” God’s word and has reduced faith to a simple belief that requires no action in response to Satan’s constant attacks on the righteousness of God being America’s gold standard.
 
Prayer Focus #3: The captains of the guard were given bronze shields to “keep” the door of the king’s house. In focus one, I shared that the guards are a type of the 5-fold ministry of the church. Pray today that our Bible schools and seminaries will teach our future leaders the Word of God rightly interpreted and not simply a politically correct or social Gospel
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