Gow Fields, Mayor (2010 - 2013)
Justin Troller, Commissioner (2012 - 2015)
Phillip Walker (2012- 2015)
Keith Merritt, Commissioner (2012 - 2015)
Edie Yates, Commissioner (2010 - 2013)
Don Selvage, Commissioner (2010 - 2013)
R. Howard Wiggs, Commissioner (2010 - 2013)
Hearts of the Fathers
Mayor Gow Fields , Commissioners and citizens of Lakeland. I greet you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, who is our savior and soon coming King.
We are citizens of Lakeland gathered here to exercise our first amendments rights to declare the Lordship of Jesus Christ in our lives and this city. It is our belief that God has chosen our city from before it’s founding as a place where he will make himself known by his Holy Spirit, that he might demonstrate His great love to us. We believe this begins when the Hearts of the Fathers turn toward their children, and the hearts of the children return to their fathers.
Therefor, we offer this prayer:
Father, your word says in Luke 1:17 That when John the baptist came,
He would prepare the people for the coming of the Lord. Then Jesus would turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and he will cause those who are rebellious to accept the wisdom of the godly.”
Lord in the City of Lakeland we ask that you would prepare the people for your coming. In times past you have done this by showing up with great signs and wonders. After you delivered the children of Israel out of Egypt the entire world knew who you were. We know that such an event is coming to the City of Lakeland. Many will come to know your great love. Your power will be revealed, and hearts will turn to you.
Lord we pray for the Hearts of the Fathers of this city to turn to you. God, your desire is that a father and mother will have Godly descendants. The turning of the hearts of the fathers to their children begins by the father loving and showing affection to his children's mother. As we have heard it said “The greatest gift a father can give his children is to love their mother.” So we stand against divorce and the destruction of families in this city.
Let fathers rise up and take their rightful place as spiritual leaders. Let us as fathers ask forgiveness for our short comings and sins. Let us be transparent to our children and families, Putting those things that are not pleasing to you behind us, and pressing in by faith to the wonder of your grace.
I lift up spiritual fathers, pastors, elders, leaders in the church, community leaders, teachers, law enforcement officers, male and female alike. I ask that you begin to move us into a spirit of unity. A unity to lift up your name, with one voice and in one accord, for as we do this we know that you will begin to draw all mankind to the knowledge of your great Love.
I lift up the leaders in government that sit before us today. I ask that you would show yourself to them in a powerful way. That they might realize they are placed in that position for such a time as this. Let them govern in righteousness and true justice or be removed, and only be replaced by those who fear your name.
As you turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, I pray they will respond to your love and their hearts will return to their fathers. Families will be saved, restored, and prosper. Let our schools be filled with grace and mercy. Bring the knowledge of your salvation as your love is poured out without measure.
Lord we contend for this sovereign visitation of your Holy Spirit in this city. We set aside political agendas and selfish ambitions, for we know that we can not serve two masters. We speak that this city will serve you, not this world system.
Lastly we pray for those who choose to oppose you. This is not our battle. We ask for your great love and forgiveness to be made known to them. Bless them with your presence. Keep them and guard them, until they also come to understand what a loving, caring father you are.
And they too turn their hearts toward you.
We ask this in the authority of your great name. Jesus