1f-trimm-prayforcefully_istockphoto-juanmoninoSeveral weeks ago, upon seeing pictures of an Appeal to Heaven flag being waved over the plains of Nineveh—the location of the first known transforming revival—I was extremely excited. I quickly sent the picture to one of my friends whose immediate response was, “Our prayers have tapped into the root of awakening in the earth.” For the past year, connecting my personal testimony with the profound history pertaining to our nation’s founding, I have been rallying the church to make “an appeal to heaven.” In the midst of dismal circumstances, countless believers have responded to this call. Based on what the Holy Spirit spoke to my friend, I believe the appeals to heaven have been heard and we are now moving into the next phase of this new era—a Third Great Awakening that will impact the world! We must be mindful, however, that successfully stepping into a new season calls for inquiring of the Lord concerning what we must do differently. Change will be necessary in order to come into proper alignment with the season, preparing us for what He wants to release to us and through us in this kairos time. One of the things I hear the Lord saying is that in this new season, we must pray differently.  Isaiah 22:22 and Matthew 16:18-19 are essential passages of Scripture for shifting into this new aspect of prayer. Both mention “keys” as a way to illustrate the believer’s authority in the spirit realm. These keys are indispensable tools God is highlighting for igniting a prayer movement that will bring about a righteous turnaround in this nation. “The key of the house of David I will lay on his shoulder. Then he shall open, and no one shall shut. And he shall shut, and no one shall open” (Is. 22:22). “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matt. 16:18-19). More