By Kathi Pelton
I am an American citizen by birth, but for the past 15 years, God has led me to focus a great deal of my time and energy into praying and working for the establishing of godly destiny in nations other than my own. Canada has become my second home, and I have been involved with teams that prayed and worked together to see that nation come forth out of judgment and into blessing.
Much to my surprise, as we approached 2015, the Lord turned my attention and my heart back to my own nation. (I say to my surprise, because much as I would try to battle in the spirit for the U.S., the Lord kept me focused on Canada).
In October 2014, while my husband and I were in British Columbia, God got our attention by giving us a prophetic word regarding our recent move from California to Oregon. This word spoke of God using us like an aqueduct to carry blessing from Canada into the United States. This thrilled our hearts, since we have been privileged to watch the great work the Lord birthed in our northern neighbor through a remnant of His faithful sons and daughters, who have refused to let go of Him until His glory returns to their nation. It has been exciting to walk as part of that faithful remnant.
This past February, we joined with a few Americans who had been invited to a gathering of Canadians who met in the Rockies to worship and pray. Our last day together coincided with the 50th anniversary of the Canadian flag. That morning, we all stood to sing the Canadian national anthem in honor of the day. As we sang, all five Americans present knelt in the center of this group of Canadians to honor all that God has done in His Church in Canada. What happened next was one of the most beautiful things I have ever experienced. The worship team began to prophetically sing the song of the Lord over the United States. Canadians began to dance around us, kneel with us and weep over us. As this happened I could feel God’s heart of love for the United States more clearly than I had ever experienced, and I had a realization of His longing for her in my heart and spirit. I began to weep and travail for the longing of God’s heart that we once again would put our trust in Him.
Since that time, everywhere I look, I see God releasing prophetic words about His longing for the United States to return to Him like never before. I have experienced numerous occasions where I could hear God singing over the nation. It has been the sound of His heart that is once again awakening the heart of His people. It is a deep longing, like that of the father waiting for his prodigal son to return. It is a song of remembrance expressing who we once were and who God still sees us to be. It is a song of His original intent for our nation, a nation that proclaimed trust in God as it’s foundation for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Sea to Shining Sea
Last night as I slept, it was if as my body slept but my spirit was wide awake. I heard, from the song “America the Beautiful”, the line “from sea to shining sea” sung over and over. Every time I heard this line in my spirit, I would see God put mud on the eyes of the nation and hear Him say, “See again!” Then I heard, “The United States of America is a seer nation but she has lost her vision.” Being a seer myself, I cannot imagine losing my vision, my ability to see. This is an important part of how I function and how I navigate in the Spirit realm. If the USA is a seer nation, then we cannot properly function without sight and vision.
As 2015 began the Lord told me to put on my running shoes because the time had come to run. Upon realizing that the nation had lost her vision, I said to the Lord, “How can our nation run if she has lost her vision?” I remembered the words in Habakkuk 2:2-3:
“Then the Lord answered me and said:
‘Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.
3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come,
It will not tarry.’ “
In that moment I realized that all the words we are hearing for the United States in this hour are words releasing God’s vision; vision that has been inscribed in writing so that we may run. Voices like Lana Vawser, Johnny Enlow, Dutch Sheets and Chuck Pierce are all speaking to the United States about God’s heart for the country and His vision for her. With every word our eyes are healing and opening to see so that we might run again.
I recently had a dream in which I was drinking a glass of water with the numbers 84:2 floating in it. I was aware throughout the dream that the numbers represented Psalm 84:2: My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
Since the night of that dream I have experienced my heart and flesh crying out for the living God like never before; my soul has been yearning for His courts. I have also been longing like never before to see the heart of my nation cry out for the living God. On March 3rd, as I listened to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the United States Congress, my heart burned to see the United States stand and align with God once again. I longed for a government that would stand with Israel and that would seek God for His wisdom. I realize there is a remnant within the nation who seeks the Lord and that calls upon the government of God to rule and reign in the affairs of the nations.
After listening to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech, the Spirit instructed me to find out what happened in the United States 84 years ago from the day that he spoke to congress. I did a search and found out that March 3rd was the 84th anniversary of establishing the Star Spangled Banner as our national anthem. The Lord told me, “The 84:2 was showing you that there would be two 84’s that would be joined.”
I believe that Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech released a deep cry in the hearts of believers in America for our nation to return to the Living God. We are crying out and yearning for our nation to return to trust in God and to alignment with His end time purposes.
There is a verse in our national anthem that very few Americans are familiar with. It is the last, and I believe most important, verse:
Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
It will be God who will rescue our land, and it is our praise and His power that will bring us back to our motto, “In God is our trust.”
The day after Netanyahu’s speech was the beginning of the Jewish celebration of Purim (March 4th). This is a celebration that commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in ancient Persia from Haman’s plot to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day. America needs a sudden deliverance from the plot of the enemy. Israel needs another miracle as well. We need to declare that the words in Psalm 84 will be the heart cry of the nations.
How lovely is your dwelling place,
O Lord of hosts!
2 My soul longs, yes, faints
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and flesh sing for joy
to the living God.
3 Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may lay her young,
at your altars, O Lord of hosts,
my King and my God.
4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house,
ever singing your praise! Selah
5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
in whose heart are the highways to Zion.[b]
6 As they go through the Valley of Baca
they make it a place of springs;
the early rain also covers it with pools.
7 They go from strength to strength;
each one appears before God in Zion.
8 O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;
give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah
9 Behold our shield, O God;
look on the face of your anointed!
10 For a day in your courts is better
than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
the Lord bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does he withhold
from those who walk uprightly.
12 O Lord of hosts,
blessed is the one who trusts in you!
Now Is the Time
Now is the time that God is calling the United States of America to align with His plans and purposes. Now is the time to begin to fulfill the dream in God’s heart to have His family in America come together in unity to release the sound of His voice into the nation. Now is the time to see His righteous government render the judgment of mercy within our borders. Now is the time to put our trust in the Strength of the Lord rather than the strength of our nation.
I believe that God will lead many throughout the nation to gather together to worship and pray for our nation, and for all the nations of the earth. These will be family gatherings where we come with one heart to worship and humble ourselves before our faithful Father as His children. We aren’t coming with a cause, or our own agendas, but are responding to His longing and invitation for His family to gather as one.
Listen for the sound of His voice and the beat of His heart inviting you to gather family and friends for times of worship and prayer. God is calling His faithful remnant forth to stand for our nation and for all the nations. Now is the time to respond to His invitation.