A Challenge from Washington, DC

Hello, and thank you so much for joining me for a different Give Him 15. If you’re watching, you can tell we are not in the studio - I am in Washington, DC, with a couple of friends, Dr. Greg Hood and Pastor Randy Lopshire. You have heard of both them from previous posts, and we are here on a prayer assignment. We didn’t know if we would do this today - try to share a post from here - but decided it would be beneficial to do so. We didn’t bring a video/sound crew with us, but we will casually pass the microphone around and talk about what the Lord was saying to us, encouraging you. We can’t do the posts live because we have to transcribe them. We have thousands who just read them instead of watching - that’s why we don’t do live programs. But today, we want to talk with you about what we experienced here yesterday (July 21) as we prayed outside the White House and on the Mall.

I had received a prophetic word/assignment from my friend Chuck Pierce, who said he felt that the month of July was extremely important. And then the Lord gave my brother, Tim Sheets, a dream where he was standing outside the White House on July 4, decreeing. I asked Chuck if he had anything prophetically he wanted to pass on to me for the month of July, and he said - “You need to go, you need to go to DC - I see you standing on the Washington Mall - I see a wind coming and I hear you decreeing the portal that has been opened to evil is now being closed.”

I never do this type of thing by myself; I always bring people with me to help with the assignments, so we came here yesterday to do that. I will just say that when we come, Holy Spirit is very faithful to speak to us, to lead us in our decrees. And just as Chuck said, as we arrived at the mall, the winds kicked up - it blew so hard that it blew a sign over next to where we were standing - we just looked at each other and said “here we are!” It was a confirmation to me that we were hearing and doing the right thing. We felt so led by the Lord regarding this assignment and our prayers, especially at the White House.

I’m going to hand the mic off to these guys so they can encourage you - we don’t want to just talk about what we felt/sensed from the Lord. We do this privately - no one really knows what we’re doing on these prayer journeys - we are discreet about what we pray and aren’t going to go into a lot of detail, but want to encourage you to do this in your capital city, your state, your city hall, schools - on-site praying. Greg - share what is on your heart.

“Dutch, I feel prayer assignments are important, to have boots on the ground. I’ve had people ask me - why do you have to go to this place or that - why don’t you just pray from home? There are a couple of things that I feel are important. In the realm of the supernatural, when you pray at a location, you are encountering angels at that particular place that are territorial - you're able to see and hear things that you cannot see or hear from home. We saw angels yesterday and were reminded of dreams and visions that were very important. Also, God shows up where He tells you to go. The point of you meeting God in that place is very important. There is a divine appointment there, and I think we are seeing that a lot as we go pray at different places. I personally know it’s easier to hear prophetically when we are on these assignments. I hear the Lord say - ‘Keep watching, and He will show you activity of the spirit that is going on there and address it easier on site.’ God is there all the time, but the enemy is not. I feel that today, people are challenged to go to and pray at a location, and not just from home. As people are watching this, God is going to stir their hearts to go and pray in different locations - go pray and agree where He is telling you to go.”

[Dutch asks] Randy - what do you think?

“I agree with Greg, you have to get in the environment, on the ground, and feel the atmosphere in order to connect for that moment. It was amazing yesterday and an honor to pray there with you guys. I had an overwhelming sense of victory - we have a taste of victory in our mouth right now at least on some levels, the enemy is set back on his heels and off balance. I heard Holy Spirit speak this morning that the scales have been tipped against him - it’s time to keep the pressure on [through prayer] so that he will completely topple. He’s tipped, and it’s time for Him to topple. I felt one of the reasons God sent us here was to apply the pressure that the Lord wanted to apply.

“I felt excitement regarding the ground we have gained after a long season of grinding that out [referring to the reversal of Roe vs Wade]. But this is not time to let up, it’s not time to stop or rest on our laurels, but continue on - there is work to do through prayer. I also felt that yesterday, we released an energy from God into this place and as we did so, we represented the rest of the Ekklesia - and accomplished this through our prayers and decrees.”

Pastor Randy continues: “Dutch, as I prayed this morning, I heard the word “reserves.” I think that God, the great commander and Lord of hosts, is calling in the reserves - the fresh reserves. Some on the front lines are winded, not weary, but winded. Army reserves are ordinary citizens who have military training and are ready at any given point to be called forward to serve, even into the battle. Some years ago Chuck referred to the Triumphant Reserve. I feel in my spirit that everybody needs to be ready because these assignments are going to spread to others. He is raising up these prayer assignments - the reserves across this whole country. I am believing that people will be sensitive to Holy Spirit and not let it be a passing thought, but realize that perhaps, the Spirit is asking them to get in their car and go to where God leads them, praying the words He gives - taking them on prayer assignments.”

(Dutch shares) That’s very good. I feel that I should prepare something that will give people insights, guidelines, etc., for prayer journeys - everything from the practical details, to the spiritual side of it - that would probably be helpful. There are things you do and don’t do when God asks you to pray at a location - we will work on getting that done very soon to help everyone out.

Greg shares again, “As Randy was speaking, I was seeing an activation of Give Him 15 people all around the world - that reserve being activated for an “invasion” (spiritual speaking) of taking back what belongs to the kingdom of God - to occupy the territory that the enemy took, but doesn’t belong to him. As you talked about those guidelines, Dutch, I felt this could be helpful to people all over the world. The time and season are so right for us to shift things back into the kingdom of light. I saw this - a major onslaught of those reserves - a spiritual D-day at hand without the casualties. I want to encourage people today to prepare themselves for these prayer assignments. They will build your faith, stir up your gifts, and will enable you to work with others in the body of Christ. Get ready - that is the word of the Lord today.”

(Dutch finishes up) That’s outstanding. We are going to pray now - thank you for your patience with this going a little longer than a usual GH15, but let’s pray and sum this up.

Pray with us:

Lord, I felt Your wind as we shared. It’s amazing how You do these things, Lord, but I believe there is a commissioning taking place right now to this Triumphant Reserve - that people will grab the baton and do some prayer journeys, going to their capital, doing these prayer walks/assignments. Lord, their prayers, and the prayers of those agreeing with us today, are as important and vital as anyone else’s. So we commission this praying army to be boots on the ground now - go to the place where God tells you to go and put your feet there knowing that every place where the sole of your foot treads, He is giving it to you. We are sending you now with the apostolic authority of the Lord Jesus Christ - we send you forth on these prayer assignments and say you will accomplish everything that God wants to do through you, in Jesus' name.

(Greg prays) “And Father, we thank You today that there is a great stirring and releasing of their spiritual gifts, and they will see signs and wonders. I believe they will have dreams before they go - You will release to them things in the supernatural they have not seen before. You’re bringing your Ekklesia to another depth of walking in synch and partnership with heaven. I think there is an alignment between the spiritual and natural there hasn’t been before - we pray for dreams and visions to be activated in order to reap a harvest of souls and take back the land. Lord, You have so passionately said, ‘I will have this nation.’ You have said You need this nation. As this Triumphant Reserve is activated, we say, America shall be saved!”

(Randy prays) “Lord, we call forth those individuals who hear and are getting ready to respond, reminding them that every prophetic word was for this moment of activation - make it real to them again, Lord - connect them with people and intercessors who can help them - speak into their lives. Anoint them to see and hear clearly and bring courage to step out and do what You are asking them to do for Your glory.” Amen.

(Dutch shares) This has been awesome. I believe people will be encouraged. Thank you guys - I believe God has done what we asked Him to do.

Thanks for joining us today.

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The Partnership

This week I have been sharing some of the benefits Holy Spirit wants to provide us. Jesus told His disciples it was to their advantage that He leave them (John 16:7). What a shocking statement! Why would He make such a seemingly preposterous statement? Because when He arrived back in Heaven, the Father would send Holy Spirit to them. As a spirit without a physical body, Holy Spirit could be everywhere at once. AND He could be in them, not just with them.

Not since Genesis had mankind been the dwelling place of God’s Breath/Spirit. We had lost that privilege. Jesus came to restore it. Though the disciples certainly did not understand Christ’s words when He spoke them in John 16:7, they did when Holy Spirit eventually arrived and breathed Himself into them (Acts 2). They were transformed, filled with power from heaven, filled with God!

Jesus called Holy Spirit our Helper. As such, He wants to play an active role in our lives, helping us represent Christ on earth. We will certainly never fulfill the role of intercessory watchmen without His assistance. In 2 Corinthians 13:14, another verse we’ve been looking at, Paul said, “May the koinonia of the Holy Spirit be with you.” As we have seen, koinonia has various meanings. Let’s analyze a few more today.

Koinonia Means Distribution and Impartation

Holy Spirit desires to distribute/impart to us everything we need to function successfully in life, and this certainly includes prayer. Placing these two definitions into the verse, 2 Corinthians 13:14, is saying, “May Holy Spirit impart to you;” “May He distribute to you,” of His vast resources and gifts.

I love it when Holy Spirit distributes revelation to me as I study His Word. I then take great joy in distributing it to others. I find it very fulfilling when, through the power of Holy Spirit, I am used to impart a spiritual gift, or perhaps power for healing, to another person. Paul spoke of this in Romans 1:11: “For I long to see you in order that I may impart some spiritual gift to you, that you may be established.” He also told us Timothy was given spiritual gifts through Holy Spirit impartation as leaders laid their hands on him (see 1 Timothy 4:14 and 2 Timothy 1:6). Moses imparted to Joshua a spirit of wisdom (see Deuteronomy 34:9).

A human being would have no ability to impart a spiritual gift if not by the power of Holy Spirit. Does this still occur today? Of course. Holy Spirit wants to give gifts, insights, abilities, and more TO us, and He wants also to distribute them THROUGH us. Receive from Him! Listen to Him! Then, give Him to others. Peter said to the lame man in Acts 3:6, “I don’t have any money for you, but I do have something else: the power of Holy Spirit. And in Christ’s name I give it to you now!” (Dutch’s paraphrase).

At times, the information Holy Spirit distributes to us are alerts and warnings enabling us to function as watchmen. Our friend, Quin Sherrer, gives the following example:

“I was rooming with Ruthie at a Christian conference when she told me how God had protected her property. One night during the church service, she heard a voice: ‘Your house is being robbed.’ She tried to dismiss the thought. She’d lived in that house for thirty years, and there had been no burglaries in her neighborhood. But the more she thought about it, the more it seemed to her that the inner voice she had heard was Holy Spirit warning her.

“‘Lord, if our house is being robbed, please send an angel - no, Lord, send a warring angel - to frighten the burglar off.’ Then she began to quote Scriptures, praying for protection: ‘No evil will come near our dwelling place…No weapon formed against us shall prosper…’

“Sure enough, when she and her husband arrived home, their back patio door was smashed in, and everything inside was in disarray - drawers open and stuff scattered everywhere. The next day, when the police officer came to get a list of the things missing, all they had to report was one pillowcase. He told them that’s what a burglar usually takes to stash the valuables. ‘As far as we can tell, nothing is missing - not even my good gold jewelry,’ Ruthie told him.

“He looked around at her china, silver, and gold vases. ‘With all these beautiful things, I don’t understand why you weren’t robbed blind. Something obviously frightened away the intruder. He left in a hurry,’ the policeman said.

“Two other houses in her neighborhood were robbed that night. Ruthie is sure God sent a warring angel of protection, just as she had prayed and asked Him to do.”(1)

What a great example of Holy Spirit sharing information in order that watchman intercession can take place. Partake of Holy Spirit’s love and communion, yes. But also, draw on His supernatural ability to protect that which belongs to you.

Koinonia Means Companionship and Partnership

The last meanings of koinonia I want to share are companionship and partnership. (We referenced partnership yesterday, but we will take another look today.) What an incredible thought. Paul said, “Let Holy Spirit be your companion and partner. Walk with Him. Commune with Him. Partner with Him.”

Partnering with another person in an endeavor is far different than simply working for them. Jesus said we are seated with Him at the Father’s right hand. (Ephesians 2:6) This speaks of union, togetherness, oneness and authority. Christ wants a partnership with us. I realize He is the Senior Partner, the Head, but He has joined us to Himself and we are His “body.” It is the Holy Spirit who makes this relationship a reality.

While ministering in Guatemala many years ago (while in our 20s), Ceci and I went to a hospital to pray for a lady with tuberculosis. She was in a ward on the hospital grounds for the very poor, much like a battlefield hospital ward, with beds side by side, 3-4 feet apart. No walls or partitions for privacy or protection from communicating diseases, very little equipment, and their families had to bring them food.

After praying for this lady, the woman next to her asked if we would pray for her. “Sure,” we replied, “what do you need?”

Through an interpreter she told us, “My spinal cord was damaged during a surgery, and it has left my hands and feet irreparably paralyzed.” She pulled her arms out from under the cover and showed us her immobile hands. She also uncovered her drawn-up feet.

I gulped, thinking, I don’t do paralysis. I do headaches, colds, hangnails - the TB was a huge stretch! But paralysis? That’s a little above my pay grade.

But we were about to be given a lesson on what it means to have Holy Spirit as our Partner!

We prayed, didn’t see or feel anything unusual, told her we would continue to pray for her and turned to leave. Then all heaven broke loose! She began to scream, “Milagro!” (Spanish for “miracle”) We looked back to see her demonstratively moving her hands and kicking her feet under the covers.

We were in a hospital, but church broke out!

Actually, Holy Spirit broke out. There were no workers present, so we preached, prayed and sang. Ladies were saved, healed and transformed. It was amazing - book of Acts stuff. Ceci and I left with tears in our eyes and joy in our hearts.

I believe Holy Spirit wants to conduct meetings like that again. Why wouldn’t He? The coming revival will produce supernatural occurrences similar to this. At the present time, He’s training His partners.

Pray with me:

Father, we are excited about what we sense coming. Our Helper, Holy Spirit, is distributing gifts and anointings. We want to partake. We want these impartations. Therefore, we align ourselves accordingly: in humility, in faith, and in alignment with Christ. We know He wants to reveal Himself through us, and we intend to see it happen.

Holy Spirit, release Your wonderful gifts! Gifts of healing, working of miracles, discernment, faith, words of knowledge and wisdom, prophecy and more. Take us to a higher level of partnering with You. We are filled with Your power; help us to demonstrate this!

Father, bring an awakening of Holy Spirit’s role to the church. Forgive those who have refused Him access to their services - may we NEVER be embarrassed or shy about Him manifesting Himself. Holy Spirit, invade our gatherings, empower our efforts, saturate our lives. We expect this and thank You for it in advance. Amen.

Our decree:

We decree that the summer of 2022 is a summer of Holy Spirit activity.

Portions of today’s post were taken from my book Watchman Prayer.

[Dutch Sheets, Watchman Prayer (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Publishing Group, 2008), pp.145-150.]

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  1. Quin Sherrer, Listen, God Is Speaking to You (Ann Arbor, Mich.: Servant, 1999), pp 148-149.

Friendship with Holy Spirit

We have been discussing Holy Spirit’s involvement in our lives. Jesus said it was actually advantageous for Him to leave earth, in order that Holy Spirit could be sent to us. Whereas Jesus, in His human body, could be in only one place at a time, Holy Spirit can be everywhere at once, and is IN us - not just with us. I stated that the single greatest key to biblically-defined success in any Christian endeavor is allowing the full work of Holy Spirit in and through us. And this is most certainly true with prayer.

Another reference and some amplified definitions will give us even more insight into the role of our Helper. Second Corinthians 13:14 says, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of Holy Spirit, be with you all.” The word “fellowship” here is koinonia and is rich with meaning, as can be seen in the following definitions:

Fellowship; Communion

The use of the word koinonia tells us Holy Spirit wants intimacy with us. This same word is used in 1 Corinthians 10:16 to describe the Lord’s Table, the sacrament of “Communion.” The Lord’s Table is referred to as “Communion” (koinonia) because it brings us into fellowship or communion with Him.

This involves dialogue. Holy Spirit wants to commune with us. He has much to say if we learn to listen. As our Teacher, He is the means to all wisdom and revelation from God. Many don’t realize we can enjoy this relationship with Him. We can, however, commune with Holy Spirit.

At times Holy Spirit’s communion with us requires no words. As with any close relationship, some communication is simply a look, heart-to-heart time together.

Rowell provides this illustration:

In his book Good Morning Merry Sunshine, Chicago Tribune columnist Bob Greene chronicles his infant daughter’s first year of life. When little Amanda began crawling, he records: “This is something I’m having trouble getting used to. I will be in bed reading a book or watching TV. And I will look down at the foot of the bed and there will be Amanda’s head staring back at me.

“Apparently, I’ve become one of the objects that fascinate her…It’s so strange. After months of having to go to her, now she is choosing to come to me. I don’t know quite how to react. All I can figure out is that she likes the idea of coming in and looking at me. She doesn’t expect anything in return. I’ll return her gaze, and in a few minutes, she’ll decide she wants to be back in the living room, and off she’ll crawl again.”

The simple pleasure of looking at the one you love is what we enjoy each time we worship God and bask in His presence. (1)

At times I crawl up to God for a look. Just knowing He is looking back is enough. However, at times Holy Spirit speaks and shares His heart while I’m gazing.

There is a poignant picture of this level of intimacy hidden in the following Scriptures:

  • For the devious are an abomination to the Lord; but He is intimate with the upright (Proverbs 3:32, emphasis mine).

  • The secret of the Lord is for those who fear Him, and He will make them know His covenant (Psalms 25:14, emphasis mine).

The words “intimate” and “secret” are translated from the same Hebrew word, cowd, which means “couch, cushion, or pillow.”(2) The picture is of two close friends seated on a couch, sharing intimate thoughts with one another. Or perhaps of a wife and husband sharing a pillow, conversing intimately.

“Do you really think God wants that kind of relationship, Sheets?” you may be asking.

Absolutely! Abraham was his “friend.” (2 Chronicles 20:7; Isaiah 41:8; James 2:23) David was “a man after God’s heart,” (see 1 Samuel 13:14; Acts 13:22). If these relationships weren’t precious to the Lord, why did He reference them five times in Scripture? Enoch walked with God, bringing Him such pleasure that Yahweh just took him on to heaven (see Genesis 5:22, 24). The disciples, like Abraham, were called Christ’s friends (see John 15:15). God is into koinonia!

We can be His friends, too. Several years ago, I was ministering in Toronto. On my last morning there, as I packed my bags, I was thinking about my final session, visiting (koinonia) with Holy Spirit. I wasn’t interceding, and it wasn’t during my normal quiet time. I was simply communing while working, sharing some of my inner thoughts with Him, much the same way I might have done with my wife, had she been there.

Suddenly Holy Spirit spoke back to me. It was as natural and matter-of-fact as two friends sharing their thoughts. “Japan is really on My heart this morning,” He said.

This surprised me, as I had never thought of God at times having one particular place on His heart more than others. I’ve always assumed He had every place on His heart, all the time. And the phrase “on My heart” surprised me, as well. Japan was more than on His mind; this was something deeper - very important to Him. I knew He was sharing His heart with me.

He then said, “I must have Japan. It is a gate to Asia, and I must have it. There is tremendous warfare over the nation right now. Would you pray for Japan this morning in your session?”

How do you like that?! Not a command, “Pray for Japan!” This was a request, “Would you…?” He was asking me!

“Of course we will, Holy Spirit,” I said. “We would be honored to do that.” And we did! Such a strong anointing and burden came upon the assembly - tears, travail, intense intercession. This went on for about 45 minutes, at which time I had to leave for the airport. They continued - how long, I do not know.

God brought insight to us in that session of how to pray for Japan. He gave us various Scripture promises to pray and declare over the nation, as well as other insights. It was amazing. And though I didn’t realize it until we began praying, 20-30 individuals from Japan had come to this conference. They were deeply moved and so encouraged. We brought them to the front and many believers gathered around them, while interceding for Japan. Japan shall be saved!

This “watchman intercession” was born out of fellowship with Holy Spirit.

Koinonia Means Sharing Together; Participating with us

Holy Spirit wants to share His strength, power, wisdom, and information with us. He desires to participate with us in life’s endeavors. He certainly wants to participate with us in our prayer times.

Partner is a word or concept related to participation. Watchmen learn to partner with Holy Spirit, and partnership with Him causes their prayer success rate to climb significantly! In his book, Prayer Is Invading the Impossible, Jack Hayford says, “Prayer is essentially a partnership of the redeemed child of God working hand in hand with God toward the realization of His redemptive purposes on earth.”(3)

Holy Spirit facilitates this partnership. Let Him participate in your intercession. Allow Him to help you!

Pray with me:

Communing with God - what a moving thought, Father. Take us back to the first-love excitement of hanging out with You. We know Holy Spirit is ALWAYS with us, yet we so often take Him for granted. Remind us of His presence! Please! And remind us, also, that He wants to communicate with us. He wants “pillow talk” with His family; He wants to share “secrets” with His friends. Awaken the church to this reality.

As we experience this, it will make us more effective watchmen. Speak to us, reveal to us what is on the Godhead’s heart today. What is Abba thinking? What does Christ, the Head of the church, want accomplished today/this week/this month? What are You saying to the church today, Holy Spirit? We are listening, and ready to partner with You!

You have told us July is significant for Washington, DC. In response, a few of us have journeyed there today to pray. Lead us as we do so. We want to know - if You stood there today, what would You declare? For You will be standing there - in us! Lead us. We’ll declare it!

You’ve already shown us to offer up decrees that will release angels and their battering rams against Lucifer’s/Baal’s hold on the White House. We will do so, with the agreement now of tens of thousands of believers. Their faith and authority will be joined to ours as we pray. This is the Ekklesia! This is laying siege - watchman intercession. Holy Spirit, fill our prayers with YOUR power!!!! We call this done, in Jesus’ name!

Our decree:

We decree that angelic battering rams are breaking satanic strongholds in DC this month! They have, they are, and they will!

Portions of today’s post were taken from my book Watchman Prayer.

[Dutch Sheets, Watchman Prayer (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Publishing Group, 2008), pp. 141-145.]

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  1. Greg Asimakoupoulos, “Worship,” in Rowell, 1001 Quotes, Illustrations, and Humorous Stories for Preachers, Teachers, and Writers, 410.

  2. Strong, The New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, s.v. 5475

  3. Jack W. Hayford, Prayer Is Invading the Impossible (South Plainfield, NJ: Logos International, 1977; revised edition, Bridge Publishing, 1995), p. 92, 1977 edition.