Prayers Stored for Generations

I have shared with you before regarding our prayers being stored in Heaven. My friend, Quin Sherrer, shares about this applying to America.

“Have you ever wondered why your prayers weren’t answered in your perceived time frame? Sure, you have. The Scriptures indicate that prayers accumulate. So, yours could still be stored in bowls in heaven.

“We read in Revelation 5:8, ‘And when He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, having each one a harp, and golden bowls full of incense which are the prayers of the saints.’

“In his book, Intercessory Prayer, Dutch Sheets explains: ‘Not one bowl for all of them but “bowls.” We don’t know how many but I think it very likely that each of us has our own bowl in heaven. I don’t know if it’s literal or symbolic. It doesn’t matter. The principle is still the same. God has something in which He stores our prayers.’

“Reading further in Revelation 8:3-5, ‘And another angel came and stood at the altar holding a golden censer, and much incense was given to him, that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God out of the angel’s hand. And the angel took the censer; and he filled it with the fire of the altar and threw it to the earth; and there followed peals of thunder and sounds and flashes of lightning and an earthquake.

“Dutch continues writing, ‘According to these verses, either when He knows it is the right time to do something or when enough prayer has accumulated to get the job done, He releases power.

“‘In answer to our requests, He sends angels to get our bowls of prayer to mix with the fire of the altar. But there isn’t enough in our prayer bowls to meet the need? We might blame God or think it is not His will or that His Word must not really mean what it says. The reality of it is that sometimes He cannot do what we’ve asked because we have not released enough power in our prayers to get it done.’ 1

“What do we do? We add more prayer!

“My friend Sarah thinks her life now is the result of ‘stored up’ prayer. She was not a Christian, when in her senior year of college, she became pregnant. She loved the father of her unborn child but when her mother urged her to have an abortion, she just could not.

“‘My grandmother, mother, sister, and cousin had all had abortions, and I wanted to break that cycle. I wasn’t religious, but something in me longed to do the right thing, and I knew abortion was wrong,’ she said.

“Sarah and the baby’s father married, and two days after her graduation their son was born. Eventually, they became Christians, and three decades later, their family—three children and grandchildren included—all serve the Lord. Sarah now has an international ministry and touches many through her mentoring outreach. What’s more, some of her younger relatives have also become Christians.

“She thinks her willingness to save her unborn child came from prayers offered generations earlier. She explained it this way:

“‘I’ve been to Germany and traced my family’s line back to those who had close ties with Martin Luther and the Reformation. Clearly, my ancestors back then were devoted, praying Christians. However, one of my great-great-grandfathers embraced liberalism and had no time for God. The next generations of my forebears did not acknowledge their Creator, so my mom thought nothing of urging me to have an abortion, as she had done. I believe the prayers of my ancestors from earlier times were stored up in heaven and released when I needed them,’ she said. 2

“As Americans weren’t we benefactors of accumulated prayers offered by some of our Founding Fathers? Early leaders clearly were praying men and women. Reading some of their letters, journals, and documents proves that.

“For example, on June 1, 1774, when the colonies were seeking God’s will as to whether they should break ties with England, George Washington wrote in his diary, ‘Went to church and fasted.’3

“As the first U.S. president, George Washington wrote a proclamation calling for November 26, 1789 to be a national day of Thanksgiving, noting that both individuals and nations have obligations before God. It read in part:

‘Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the Providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly implore his protection and favor—and whereas both Houses of Congress have… requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness…’”4

Quin says, “Friends, we must not cease praying for our nation—for its current situations as well as for its future destiny. Nor can we allow God to be erased from our American history.

“In recent months thousands of Christians have been beseeching God on behalf of our nation—for it to be restored to God’s original purpose. We have asked forgiveness for many sins. We have prayed for family members to receive Christ. For peace to reign in our streets. For diseases to be contained. For businesses to be restored. For our children’s safety. For a spiritual renewal. We have earnestly cried out for God’s mercy!

“When the timing is just right God will have His angels upturn those bowls of prayers and a Third Great Awakening will spread like fire all over the globe. Many think it has already started. We pray that America will be a leader in this!

“So, let us be faithful to keep filling those bowls with more fervent petitions, supplications, and cries for salvations! We expect to see a harvest of a billion souls for God’s kingdom worldwide.”

Pray with me:

Father, we have repented for my sins and for the iniquity of my forefathers and we do so again. Forgive us, free us from the bondage of our past and cleanse us by the blood of Christ. Pour out Your supernatural power in our families so that our children and their children will take their place in the Body of Christ and fulfill Your calling on their lives. Thank You for our positive heritage—for the godly ancestors who served You and sowed prayers for us. And for our American Founding Fathers who asked You for guidance and direction. Lord, we trust You to fulfill our prayers in Your perfect timing and in Your perfect way. May we be more diligent and faithful to pray for our beloved country and the nations of the earth. Thank You for our Savior, Jesus, and for His atoning sacrifice. Amen.

Our Decree:

We decree that at just the right time, the bowls of heaven will tip upon America and the nations of the earth causing a Third Great Awakening.

You can find out more about Quin Sherrer here and fellow author Ruthanne Garlock


1. Dutch Sheets, Intercessory Prayer, (Bethany House, 1996, 2016, pp.208-209).

2. Quin Sherrer and Ruthanne Garlock, A Woman’s Guide to Spiritual Warfare, (Chosen, 2017, pp.111-112).

3. William J. Federer, America’s God and Country:Encyclopedia of Quotations (FAME Publishing, Inc., 1996, p 637).


Get Ready to Change

Holy Spirit is taking us from glory to glory, strength to strength, and faith to faith. In Scripture, believers are compared to wineskins - soft and pliable or hardened and unmalleable, making them unusable. Wine had to be placed in soft, flexible wineskins so the expansion caused by the fermentation process would not split the skin. Between uses, however, the wineskin would harden, necessitating a renewing process before being used again. The process involved soaking them in water and rubbing oil into them. As spiritual wineskins, holding the wine of Holy Spirit, God needs to refresh us, as well, so we can be used in each new move of His Spirit. When the new wine of revival comes, it will stretch us; we will need fresh faith, giftings, and insights. The Lord will even ask us to do things in new ways.

Many prophets are saying there is a fresh move of Holy Spirit coming. As I have mentioned before, it is going to begin with the young. We all will be needed, even we older ones, so don’t think about sitting back and getting out of the way. The young ones will need our wisdom. Therefore, start pouring in the oil and make sure you are indeed a “new” wineskin.

When Jesus taught on the new wineskin in Mark 2:22, he used the word “new” twice. He said, “But new wine must be put into new wineskins.” Some translations, however, say that new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. The reason for the difference is that the two Greek words for “new” in this passage are different - new (neos) wine must be put into a new (kainos) skins.

Neos means “new, but not different in kind and quality.” Think of cars rolling off an assembly line that are all the same make, model, and color. They are all new, but not different. Holy Spirit is the new wine. He is the same, yesterday, today, and forever. He may be manifesting in new and fresh ways, but He is unchanging, always the same God being poured out. Holy Spirit’s wine must be poured into a new (kainos) wineskin, however, which means “new in kind and quality; different.” He is saying to us, “I am not going to change. You are!”

During the Jesus People Movement, the Lord brought new forms of worship and worship leaders. It was not uncommon to see someone on a stage barefoot, wearing a t-shirt and torn jeans while playing a guitar or set of drums. This is common today but not so 50 years ago. When this change began, many chose to judge the “new” because they were looking through the eyes of hardened wineskins. Young believers were expressing their new faith by jumping up and down, looking almost like they were at a rock concert! They worshipped loudly and passionately, danced, clapped and raised their hands in the air! But kids were getting saved! Holy Spirit wasn’t asking them to conform to the old wineskins; He was asking the older wineskins to re-form, in order to hold the new wine being poured out.

Some congregations changed and embraced the new converts, some would not.

There is a sad truth that it is often the groups formed in the last revival or outpouring that most persecute and criticize the new move of God. We must guard against this, determining we are going to embrace the next move of God - no matter what it looks like.

With the next new move of God, we will need a strong mix of wisdom and revelation (His fresh Word). He never asks us to completely abandon what He did yesterday, and certainly not to forget what He taught us. He does, however, add a freshness to it. Jesus had great depth of wisdom and knowledge, yet, He was always listening in the moment for what Father was saying. Every good leader in the Bible walked in this mixture of wisdom and revelation. Wisdom is understanding gained from past learning and experience. Revelation is what we receive from Holy Spirit now. We might receive it as we read the Word, listen to others, through prophecy, perhaps even through dreams. But God will speak to us, if we listen.

In 1 Kings 3:9, Solomon asked the Lord for the ability to “discern.” The Hebrew word is biyn, meaning wisdom, understanding, discernment, and revelation. He also said, “Give me a hearing heart.” We, also, need both wisdom from past moves of Holy Spirit, as well as to hear God clearly today as we navigate in the new.

The Lord is doing a new thing. We are going to be challenged to get out of our comfort zones, the ways we have learned and been taught to do things. New ways will be required to reach a new generation of believers. I want to be a part of that and I’m sure you do, as well.

“[These are new things I’m teaching, and they can’t be reconciled with old habits.] Nobody would ever use a piece of new cloth to patch an old garment because when the patch shrinks, it pulls away and makes the tear even worse. And nobody puts new, unfermented wine into old wineskins because if he does, the wine will burst the skins; they would lose both the wineskins and the wine. No, the only appropriate thing is to put new wine into new wineskins.” (Mark 2:21-22; VOICE)

Pray with me:

Lord, teach us to walk in wisdom and give us hearts that can hear. Open our ears to hear Your current revelation (Isaiah 50:4-5). We want to hear what You are saying to Your church today.

We desire to always be fresh wineskins. When this movement fully hits, we don’t want to be left out. We determine to not be so hardened into yesterday’s mold, we can’t handle the new outpouring. We refuse to be those that cried out for revival, then missed being able to participate because it was sloppy and messy. Soak us in the water of revelation from Your word, and massage us with the oil of Holy Spirit. Help us put aside our expectations and what we are comfortable with, fully embracing the new.

Give us revelation to hear Your voice and wisdom to know how to disciple and build. Give us revelation to stir things up and wisdom to provide stability. Give us revelation so we can walk in Your gifts, wisdom to know Your ways. We must have the Spirit and the Word. New wine is coming and we WILL receive it! Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

The Lord is forming new wineskins in His Ekklesia, so we can hold the fullness of Holy Spirit’s fresh outpouring.

Today, April 30, is America’s National Day of Repentance. Our National Day of Prayer is May 6. Most Christians have not heard of our National Day of Repentance. In order to participate at an effective level we need to better understand this important subject.

Biblical repentance is really a threefold process, defined by three New Testament Greek words. All are important and must be included in the process; and Holy Spirit must be involved in all of these phases. They are:

  • Metamellomai - sorrow, regret, remorse

  • Metanoia - a change of mind and heart; thinking differently; a new understanding; afterthought

  • Epistrepho - turn; convert; go a different direction

Sorrow, regret or remorse are part of the repentance process, but do not complete it. One can be sorry for his or her sins and not fully repent, in which case, there is no forgiveness and salvation. Judas was “sorry” he betrayed Jesus (Matthew 27:3); he did not, however, find true repentance. Being sorry for/convicted of one’s actions can, however, lead to repentance (2 Corinthians 7: 9-10), in which case it is an important part of the process. The sorrow is a result of Holy Spirit, through our conscience, revealing our sin to us. This is important but, alone, is not enough.

The second word, metanoia, is the word actually translated as repentance. It does not mean “turn and go in another direction,” as most Christians have been taught. It is, however, part of the process that creates the turning. The problem with this erroneous definition is that in oversimplifying it, part of what is necessary to the process is left out. Biblical repentance is not just of the mind; it is not simply changing the way one thinks in the brain. Biblical repentance is also a change of heart. To limit it to the mind or emotions removes the spiritual application, connection, and power.

The fact that it involves the heart means Holy Spirit has to be involved. He must bring conviction and recognition of sin, at the heart level (not just emotions), caused by what the Scriptures refer to as “lifting the veil” (2 Corinthians 4: 3-4). The biblical word for this lifting of the veil is “revelation”. (Greek: apokalupsis. Apo: “lift, remove, uncover;” kalupsis: “veil, covering, hidden”).

I don’t want to bore or overwhelm you with technical definitions and Greek words, but this understanding is crucial. Without this unveiling, repentance is only of the mind and emotions. And until this revelation from Holy Spirit is received at a heart level there is no spiritual power released to bring forgiveness and create transformation; only mental power.

The revelation Holy Spirit brings in the process also includes Christ’s solution: the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. This, too, is seen by revelation. Second Corinthians 4:4 says the god of this world blinds the unbelieving to “the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” The lifting of the veil is needed, not only so we can see our own condition, but see God’s provision.

Charles Finney, the great evangelist of the second great awakening, would sometimes preach in a location for 1-2 weeks before he would give his first altar call. In his meetings, he was known to have had grown men run to the altar weeping, and him tell them, “Please sir, go back to your seat, you are not ready yet.”

Astounding! Yet, Finney knew that until the remorse or sorrow for sin was deep enough, until revelation of their need had reached the heart level, and until revelation of God’s provision had produced true faith, there would not be sufficient power to transform. In his meetings, which saw hundreds of thousands of people saved, Finney had a 97% rate of true conversion - in other words, of those who became active, long term, followers of Christ. In our evangelism today, with its weak and watered down message, our rate of true conversion is around 5%. For every 100 people who pray the sinner’s prayer, only 5 of them become true believers!

The third part of the repentance process is the turning (epistrepho). When the first two aspects are fully accomplished, we can “turn” - from our hearts. There is now power, resulting from Holy Spirit’s revelation, to walk out the decision. And this change of mind and heart will now result in different actions. The faith and commitment professed will no longer be “without works” (James 2:26).

I am giving this teaching so we can pray for unbelievers and for our nation with true understanding. We must ask God to convict of sin; to reveal the depth of our depravity, our need, our deception. We must ask for the blindness to be removed from the heart - for the veil to lift - bringing true revelation.

Why can’t many unbelievers, and even some Christians, understand the heinous nature of abortion...of killing babies in the womb and even selling their body parts? Why do fathers abandon their children? Why do people rape, murder, steal? Why is there such violence in our nation? Because a veil covers their hearts, causing them to not see clearly. We must ask for this veil to be lifted, praying for the breaking of their hearts over sin and it’s devastation.

Then, we must ask for the spirit of revelation to be released over America. A rending of the heavens, a lifting of the veil at a national level, the very atmosphere charged with Holy Spirit power and influence. This produces revival! America must see her need . . .and God’s provision. Then the turning will come.

And it WILL come!

Pray with me:

Father, thank You for raising up this nation to be a light, a city on a hill, trumpeting the gospel of the kingdom to the ends of the earth. Though we have strayed from our purpose and destiny, You have not. You intend to resurrect it, and allow us to participate in the great billion soul harvest.

As we pray for America today, we focus on repentance. We ask You to reveal to us our great need for You. We ask that You break our hearts over our sin and rebellion, for the babies, sex trafficking, for those confused about their identities. Break our hearts over our self-sufficiency, even the pride, arrogance, and rebellion toward You. Break our hearts in the church over our lukewarm condition and compromise.

And Father, we ask You to send an explosive revelation into our nation regarding Jesus. Reveal Your love and grace that was demonstrated at the Cross, and the power released in the resurrection of Christ. Bring revelation of Your great redemption, Your healing power, and Your unconditional love for humanity.

And Father, we ask You for the great turning - turning to You; turning from our way to Your way; turning from sin to righteousness; turning from death to life; turning from selfishness to selflessness and love. We know this is coming quickly and we thank You for it. You are good, kind, and faithful. We declare and ask for these things in Christ’s holy name, amen.

Our decree:

We declare that the spirit of revelation, bringing repentance, is coming to America.