Widows Prayer Over Businesses

Testimony from John Ackerman, President of Branded Research

Here is my testimony:

I had the very good fortune of attending a Sunday Church Service in Big Bear California while visiting my wife’s family in August of 2012.   The Church was/is called Big Bear Valley Christian Faith Center – and Pastor John Dunn is a family member.  In between Worshiping and the Sermon – the Pastor asked CarolMarie Smith to say a few words – as she was visiting her mother who resides in Big Bear Valley.

CarolMarie  passionately spoke about her mission to help the widows and also to press into the Word that God had special golden key strategies for each one of us.  I was one of a couple of hundred attendees that day but I felt that she was speaking directly to me.

As the service concluded – I happened to migrate towards the center aisle and introduced myself to CarolMarie and thanked her for her kind words.   She held my hand and said = “honey, I saw several golden keys hovering over your head!”

I thanked her and spilled into the crowd.

A little side story   – that particular day the church community was organizing a baptism in the nearby lake for all who were interested.  I was especially interested to be baptized.  I was baptized as a young infant into the Catholic church – but felt it was the right time to become baptized again for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  There was a pot luck to be held and then baptism afterwards.

As we all drove over to the lake = it became overcast with summer lightning and thunder.

We were able to secure a cafeteria to take our meal and see if the storms were to passover and allow us to take part in the baptisms.

While eating at one of several cafeteria tables, I leaned over to whisper to my wife – that I felt I needed to seek out CarolMarie and talk with her.   At that very instant – there was a tap on my shoulder.  I turned to see CarolMarie asking if she could talk with me !

Oh my, the power of the Lord….

We walked over to a quiet corner – where she laid her hand on my chest and began to prophesize and agree with my assignments.  I was holding back crocodile tears = extremely powerful and Spirit filled experience.

And as we were concluding = the announcement came that the storms had passed and that the baptisms would begin.

Needless to say, I was the first one in the water!

What a joyful, miraculous moment –  a good worship service,  the Lord guiding CarolMarie into my life and to seal the moment to be baptized in the name of Jesus, with thunder and lightning.   I will never ever forget that special day.

Now here comes the fun part –  I was in between careers and was just in the initial stages of putting a new company together – Branded Research – an international market research company.  CarolMarie was very kind to ask me for the name of my business and that she would have the widows in her mission pray for myself, my family and my new business venture – and agreed with my assignments.

Two years later, I have a truly thriving international business, with offices in San Diego, Seattle, London, Dubai and New Dehli.  The power of prayer from the widows is unbelievably powerful – that covers us in our assignments.

Blessings, blessings and blessed, I gratefully and humbly share my story with you.


John Ackerman


By CarolMarie Smith


“Father, In the name of Jesus, I thank you that life and death is in the power of my tongue and that I will eat of the fruit of what I speak. (Pro 18:20,21)  I praise you for the position you have placed me, as a widow, to set borders and boundaries of righteousness that You will establish.  (Pro 15:25)  I recognize that You certainly hear my cry and are ready to act on my behalf!  (Ex 22:23)  Your word says that I shall decree a thing, and it will be established, and light will shine upon thy path.  (Job 22:28)  As I decree these things, I expect light to shine on their paths to enlighten their walk and keep them from stumbling!”

“I decree over these business men and women, righteousness!  That they will stay in right standing with you, Lord, by letting Jesus take their sin and by receiving Your righteousness!  (2 Cor 5:21)  I pray they will stay far from sin and offense. That they will quickly repent of their actions and forgive others of theirs, so that nothing hinders their prayers or acts of righteousness!  (Mark 11:25, 26; Eph 5:11, 1 Jn 1:9)  I declare Job 29 over their actions, and that they wear righteousness as a robe, letting it cover and protect them.  That it causes them to function as a king over the mountain of influence You have given them.  That justice will be their crown covering their minds and positioning them in authority.

I decree Psalm 92:12 that the righteous shall flourish like a palm tree (be long lived, stately, upright, useful and fruitful), and that they will grow like the cedars (majestic, stable, durable and incorruptible)!  I speak over them stability and the ability to endure any and every storm.  That ‘what they set their hands  to’ will be blessed, because they bless the fatherless and the widow.  (Deut 14:29) I call forth opportunities to give, so that it will be given unto them, pressed down and running over.  I declare they are faithful in their tithes, offerings and alms so that there is no place the enemy can steal from them”.  (Mal 3)

I say to these righteous ones, “Because you are willing to seek first the kingdom of God, all these things that you need WILL be added to you.  I put a border of protection around your minds that you will not worry or be anxious for tomorrow, knowing that you can trust God with ALL your tomorrows.  (Matt 6:33, 34)  I cancel every assignment against you, sent to cause you to fear or be overwhelmed.  I cancel every assignment of the enemy to steal, kill and destroy the works of your hands, and decree these assignments will fall to the ground unfruitful, in Jesus name! “ (Jn 10:10)

“I agree with you and the assignment God gave you before the foundation of the world!    I agree with your calling, your gifting, your talents and everything He has put within you to do the job He has given you. (Eph 1)  I decree that you will fulfill your assignment in its entirety, nothing lacking or missing.  And that you will do it with excellence!  I speak “alignment” to your life.

Where ever you may be out of order, I speak adjustment.  I call on the Spirit of Counsel, Knowledge, Understanding and Might to assist you.  I ask for the Spirit of the Lord to rest upon you, for His Strength to empower you and that the Fear of the Lord to govern you”.  (Isa 11:2)

“I call forth the strategies of Heaven that you need.  I open the borders of your mind to hear what He has for you.  I cancel all unbelief and religious restrictions that would hinder the counsel of God”.

“I call you “kings” and into a place of faithfulness!  That as Moses was faithful in all God’s house; you will be faithful as well.   As God spoke to him face to face, so shall He speak to you.  I decree that you will hear clearly and directly, not in dark sayings or riddles. (Num 12:7,8; Pro 1:6) I declare you know the voice of the Good Shepherd, and the voice of a stranger, you will not heed!” (Jn 10:5)

“I release blessing over your ‘household’: you, your home, your marriage, your family, your business and employees and the ministry He has given you.  I pray that God will raise up intercessors to under-gird you and to catch the vision God has given you.  I put a widow’s border of protection around you, your family, your business and all those given to you under your care.  I decree Psalm 91 over you and those that are yours and declare no evil will befall you as you stay in the secret place of the Most High”.

“I call in good employees that serve you well; And that you will be a righteous employer that represents the Father well.  I speak blessing over your employees lives and their walk with God!  I place a border around their lives and their family’s lives in Jesus name.  I call all who do not know the Lord, into salvation and righteousness.  I called them ‘saved’ in Jesus name and that they will partake of all God has provided because they are under your care!” (Acts 16:31)

‘I declare a heart of gratitude over you.  I declare that you will choose to praise Him and His hand on your life, no matter what it looks like, thus warding off evil.  I awaken praise in you, in Jesus name, and that you will refuse to grumble and complain; knowing that God is greater and that you expect Him to turn things around!”  (Deut 28:47,48)

“I bless you in the mighty name of Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord, and call you into a higher place and position in Him!” (Eph 2:6)

“I declare borders set and established because of the Word, in Jesus Name, Amen and Amen!”