Thursday, May 2nd, 2019
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America Awakened from Prayer Coma


Forget the pastoral settings for prayer cast with rolling meadows and fragrant flowers. National Day of Prayer Task Force Vice Chairman John Bornschein unveils prayer for what it really is—a powerful weapon to be wielded in spiritual warfare. His new book A Prayer Warrior’s Guide to Spiritual Battle is riddled with wartime imagery and anecdotes in a crusade to shake Americans out of the trenches and onto the front line of battle—against the destructive forces dismantling our nation.   Just in time for this year’s National Day of Prayer and only months out from the presidential election, A Prayer Warrior’s... Read more >>

Praying for Revival in America

What is it we are asking for as we pray for revival? Ultimately, it is for the people of God to begin to experience the presence of Christ in a fresh new way. All other results flow from that. Changed lives in the Church as well as transformation in a culture come not from human effort, but the power of God made manifest in the lives of His people. This isn’t about praying for a better life or that things would go smoothly for us. It is about God and His purposes being accomplished. The acknowledged leader of the First... Read more >>

Seeking God

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” –Jeremiah 29:13 Can you even imagine living in a nation where we talk about seeking the Lord together as a people? It certainly has happened before in the United States. From presidents to preachers, we have employed this sort of language through the years to describe the spiritual longing we should have for our Creator. But somewhere along the line we quit seeking. Even those who should have known better did not pursue God with their whole heart. God is not hiding. He desires to... Read more >>

A Tribute to Shirley Dobson


Dear Friends, Almost every month since I left academia in 1977, I have written a letter to our listeners and supporters. Each of those letters dealt with a different topic of relevance to the family. They number more than 420 to date, and all of them are filed here at Family Talk. They chronicle the 33 years I spent at Focus on the Family, and now 6 years at Family Talk. Never in those four decades have I devoted a letter specifically to my marvelous wife, Shirley. I think it is time to put her in the spotlight, because she... Read more >>

Pray for Revival

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” –Romans 12:2The nation cannot afford a sidelined church, taken out by worldliness and confusion. The Apostle Paul commands believers to allow ourselves no longer to be conformed by worldly patterns, but rather to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Only then we will understand the will of God, not just for our own lives, but so that we can be... Read more >>

Spiritual Warfare

“When you go into battle in your own land against an enemy who is oppressing you, sound a blast on the trumpets. Then you will be remembered by the LORD your God and rescued from your enemies.” –Numbers 10:9 Today’s Scripture speaks of fighting battles within our own land. Though written to Israel, there is certainly a spiritual principle for us today. And we need to hear it because we are indeed in a war in our own land. It is not melodramatic at all to declare that there is a war in the spirit realm for the soul of... Read more >>

Where is Our Heart?

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” –Matthew 6:21 Years ago I heard a famous preacher tell about a conversation he had with the president of a South American nation. The president of that nation told the preacher that he had discovered the roots of the difference between the United States and his own nation: “Our ancestors came to these shores looking for gold, but your ancestors came looking for God.” That’s a profound difference. And probably a little distorted, in that certainly there were some early settlers in America who came looking for gold, too.... Read more >>

The Foundation of Our Nation

For many Americans, the ability to gather, worship and pray are critical among the blessings offered by our free society.  We recognize that this country was founded upon a bedrock of faith, and we understand the critical role that Divine Providence has played in our nation’s history – from the time our forebears first set foot on these shores to the present day.   All of the achievements that define the American dream, from gleaming cities and busy byways to our equitable legal system and stable government, are a reflection of the faith-based ideals and spiritual convictions of the people.  In... Read more >>

God's Reign

“You, O LORD, reign forever; your throne endures from generation to generation.” –Lamentations 5:19 In December of 2000, I spent some time on top of the World Trade Center in New York City with some prayer warrior friends, praying over the city. I wouldn’t have believed it then if you had told me that nine months later those towers would collapse. Something so big, solid, and sturdy should have lasted for many, many years. Yet we live in a world that, sometimes quickly and sometimes through the centuries, is disintegrating and passing away. That’s hard to hear when you speak... Read more >>

Prayer Against Terrorism

“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song;he has become my salvation.” –Isaiah 12:2There are many things that can strike fear into the heart of a nation. In the years following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, we have feared off-course planes, envelopes with white powder, and threats from extremists around the world. We take as many precautions as we can, all the while fearing that something, sometime will slip through and cause harm. Fear is tough to live with and causes a nation to... Read more >>