I was recently given a word by my good friend, Bill Yount, which highly encouraged me as an intercessor. Working for a national prayer ministry, I soon realized it was not just a word for me, but for all who have been praying for this nation, wondering if their prayers are truly making any difference.
Bill told me, “I kept seeing you as a small rudder on a huge ship. Hidden, but giving guidance. Although it seemed slow it was turning the whole ship. Patience was needed to see the impact of your…ministry. I sense the Lord saying, ‘Don’t jump ship! I’ve made you the rudder!'”
I was immediately touched in my spirit by this encouragement, knowing that my seemingly small place in prayer was having a great impact. I also knew the Lord was repeating a critical word, not just to me, but many other believers in prayer. I was reminded of a dream I had three years ago which I knew had to do with intercession for this nation. The similarities between Bill’s word and my dream struck me and I knew the Lord wanted to highlight something important. Just like Bill’s word, I saw a huge ship. But, instead of a rudder guiding this ship, it was a small dolphin in the water that was unseen and yet ended up steering the entire ship to safety.
The context in this dream was that just prior to seeing the ship, I had witnessed a horrific scene close to the shoreline. A huge estate was on fire and the debris was spreading across the water. The problem was – it was the owner of this estate that was fueling the fire. He told his servants to bring things for him to burn, hoping everyone would see it as an accident. It was causing great destruction. Then I saw a world map and, from the east, saw a huge rain storm coming that many believed might put out this fire. It was from this place I saw the dolphin, underneath the fire, struggling to get free.
I now believe this is a picture of the last White House administration and the destruction that the Spiritual Adversary was causing (I had this dream in 2014). In an attempt to destroy the very structures of our godly heritage, demonic forces have fueled the fires of rebellion, division, and anarchy. The effects of this have been widespread. Even so, believers have been praying for another outpouring of God’s Spirit that might put out these fires of destruction.
It is from this place that I saw this dolphin emerge into the sea of humanity. Now above the surface, it went to the front of this entire mess where this large ship had been heading the wrong way. (Dolphins are intelligent with keen sensitivities to the water, just as intercessors are specially sensitive to the workings of the Holy Spirit.) This dolphin knew where to go!
In the dream I heard an announcer say, “The dolphin is turning the whole ship!” As I see this small dolphin turning this ship, I also see a small child on the shoreline running alongside it, cheering it on. He is leading his entire family in this celebration of turn-around. I believe this represents a child-like FAITH that will be key to turning things around. It is the praises of God’s people, rejoicing in the wonder-working power of God, that will bring Ship America around. As believers – of all generations – encourage one another and JOIN IN FAITH for God’s victory, our prayers and intercession will carry the weight of heaven.
Where the dolphin indicates the spiritual discernment of the intercessors, the rudder indicates the power.
James 3:4 talks about the power of a small rudder to steer a large ship. In this scripture about the power of our tongue, consider the power of prophetic intercession! In the Forerunner Commentary on this verse it is said “…rudders manipulate the course of immense ocean vessels with a slight movement of a pilot’s hand. Since it is underwater and aft, the rudder of a ship does its work UNSEEN. A passenger is ignorant of its movements most of the time. Yet, when it is in proper working order, the rudder holds more power over the ship than the wind. The wind will blow, toss, even destroy the ship’s rigging, but the rudder guides the ship exactly where it directs.”
This is God’s promise to the intercessors in this hour of national turbulence. Don’t stop praying! You prayers have great power to turn the ship! Continue praying, interceding, and discerning the workings and movements of the Holy Spirit, being faithful to God’s commands. As both young and old alike come together to declare God’s faithfulness, this nation will, once again, head in the direction that God intends.
Though this is a great encouragement and a word we could let stand alone, it was not the end of my dream three years ago. The last scene is where, I believe, we are right now. The Lord is giving us insight into the specific issues we are currently facing that need wise and discerning intercession and proper spiritual authority.
The child and his family that had been running alongside the shoreline get to a “familiar spot” where they have come for generations for rituals of cooking and fun. It is at this place I see a Witch Doctor emerge, starting an incantation. At the same time, I see another kind of Indian doctor emerge behind the intruder, one which has greater authority on the land. A fight is initiated and the family takes up swords along with the small child to defeat the enemy. It is a clashing of swords to defeat the witchcraft!
With witchcraft spells against the White House now making national headlines, this picture is critical as intercessors take their place in prayer. There is a generational blessing on this land that demonic forces are trying to take and we must take a stand in defending and keeping it. The sword of Truth is a powerful weapon against the Familiar Spirits that have taken root in this nation. The wells of revival and purity of Spirit which have been dug in generations past are waiting for our agreement in prayer to overturn the counterfeits of today. As we stand together on God’s Word, our spiritual inheritance and the purposes of God will overcome and defeat the plans of the enemy.
Don’t give up and don’t give in. Regardless of the winds of adversity and the fires of the enemy, God’s people have a power that cannot be matched. Let us join in faith and continue to pray and speak of God’s faithfulness in order to bring God’s people and this nation into the fullness of God’s plans.
Colossians 2:15 – “He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in Him.”
Psalm 33:8-11 – “Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world revere him. For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm. The Lord foils the plans of the nations; He thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations.”