AMERICA’S RETURN TO COVENANT
In a recent service, I made the statement that prophets were going to a higher level of maturity and accuracy in their prophetic gifting. The anointing and revelation that restored this gift to the body of Christ, will now mature the gift to higher levels of hearing, discerning, and applying the information.
I did not say this as an indictment toward those moving in the prophetic - the prophets I know and listen to already operate at a very mature level. Nor am I singling them out - all of the anointings of Christ listed in Ephesians 4:11 must mature to higher levels. I said it in my message simply because I saw it. We desperately need the prophetic gift operating at a very high level to accomplish all Holy Spirit intends in the coming season, and great grace is coming to facilitate this.
My long-time friend and colleague, Bob Long, heard me say this and it jogged his memory regarding a prophecy he gave a while back. He immediately sent me the word, along with some thoughts. This prophecy is both enlightening and encouraging:
A Call Back to Covenant
“‘We do hereby dedicate this Land, and ourselves, to reach the People within these shores with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to raise up Godly generations after us, and with these generations take the Kingdom of God to all the earth. May this Covenant of Dedication remain to all generations, as long as this earth remains, and may this Land, along with England, be Evangelists to the World. May all who see this Cross, remember what we have done here, and may those who come here to inhabit, join us in this Covenant and in this most noble work that the Holy Scriptures may be fulfilled.’1 (Robert Hunt, Cape Henry, 1607)
Bob says, “Most scholars agree this was the first Protestant prayer - and the first time an intentional corporate prayer of COVENANT - was offered to God on the soil of America. It was heartfelt, deliberate and offered with appropriate spiritual protocol. The embryonic nation was now in true covenant with God. The wooden cross, planted in the sand beside their kneeling prayer, witnessed their dedication of a land to God and the covenant oath with which they did it.
“This foundational prophetic prayer is actually not well-known but its significance cannot be overstated. God has not forgotten this original covenant entered into with Him! Is He heartbroken with America? Yes. Angry? Perhaps. Is it too late for America to be saved? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Will there be an awakening in the hearts of the American people and a return to our original Covenant with God? YES!
“I was attending an annual leadership conference where Dutch Sheets was speaking,” he says. “On one particular night, there was a strong prophetic flow and release of intercession for our nation and the church in America. The word of the Lord came to me clearly; here is a portion of what I prophesied:
“‘I have not turned away from the covenant this nation made with Me, but this nation has turned away from it. The cry of a remnant in this generation has been heard, and I am raising up a new wave of prophets to call this nation back to America’s original covenant. You will see an increase in the number of trustworthy prophets arising in the land. You will see the level of the prophetic word released go to a higher level, and a nation will hear the word of the Lord calling it back to covenant!
“‘I am also going to bring forth a new wave of evangelists in America. They will flow in apostolic understanding and an anointing for signs and wonders. There will be an increase in the number of true evangelists in this nation. There will be a company, even a wave of them, going after the hearts of a people. The call to redemption through My Son will be heard by many for the first time.
“‘I am shaking all things. I am raising up more who will join the remnant. I am raising up more who will increase the volume of My call to this nation to return to Covenant. I am raising up more of those who will reveal My Son to the multitudes, that hearts may turn to Me. A remnant shall be strengthened and a nation shall be shaken, that it may be awakened!’
“In the days after releasing that word,” Bob continues, “I prayed over it, asking God for more clarity and strategy. He led me to the above prayer, Robert Hunt’s prayer of Covenant in 1607, at the Cape Henry. I have studied all the events and history of America’s early pilgrims and settlers many times. Somehow, however, I had missed the reality that they had solemnly entered into a covenant with God regarding this nation!”
Bob challenges us, “Let each of us bring this covenant before the Lord individually! Let us also collectively use the covenant, along with this prophetic word of the Lord, and pray! God wants to send reinforcements so that together, WE HIS PEOPLE, might awaken a nation!
We say yes, Lord!”
Pray with me:
Father, we are grateful for men like Bob Long who belong to You and hear Your voice clearly. We pray for a supernatural wave of apostles, prophets, and evangelists to be released in America. Sharpen their ability to hear You and operate in a higher level of these gifts than we’ve ever seen.
We also pray for the prayer movement in America. Help us to shake off weariness and embrace Your call to pray. We join our faith together in asking boldly for an awakening to come to our great land. We pray that all hope deferred and hopelessness will be broken off of Your people. Sweep over us with a refreshing from Your presence. Help us receive encouragement that comes from spending time with You.
We ask that You soften and prepare the hearts of the American people. Help us to have a great awareness of what You are doing and how You are moving in our land. We don’t want to miss what You’re doing but recognize and respond to the new move of Your Spirit that is sweeping our land.
Lord, cause us to hear You clearly so we can cooperate and work with Holy Spirit as He moves across America, awakening a nation.
America is returning to covenant with God; we agree with His plans for America to be a blessing to all the nations of the earth!
You can find out more about Bob Long here.