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Feb 18, 2016 - 101-150, Biblical Prayers    No Comments

The Increase of His Government – The Power of Corporate Prayer

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Have you ever wondered what Jesus meant when He warned about the “leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod” in Mark 8:13?  I believe He was referring to not just the religious spirit manifested in the Pharisees, but also the political spirit operating in Herod.  Until recently, I’d not thought much of what a political spirit is, but observing both the unrest in our country and what is happening in the church, I believe it’s something we need to understand and how to repent and pray against it.

I want to personally invite you to our upcoming conference called, “The Increase of His government” where we will be exploring what the political spirit is, how it functions to destroy the destiny of God’s people, how it works in our government and the church and how we can combat it.  Please join us February 25-27, 2016 at The Rock of Roseville, 725 Vernon St, Roseville, Ca.  Click here to register!  We will also be signing a declaration of standing with Israel along with praying and repenting for the political spirit.  Our speakers will include a former Muslim and several key national intercession leaders.  Can’t make it?  We will have CD’s available after the conference.  Sign up today!

National Day of Prayer

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We are just a few days from the National Day of Prayer, Thursday, May 7, 2015.  I hope you are planning to join a local gathering, but if not, you can watch online the national event by going to http://nationaldayofprayer.org/national-observance/

Why a National Day of Prayer?  We desperately need a turning back to God in our nation, and not just for a day!  The problems and challenges we are faced with cannot be solved by a political system, a new election, or some good idea.  Only God can turn this nation back to His original intent and that only comes by our cooperation and partnership with Him through prayer.

You might think you are just one person and that it’s not really that important, but your voice matters!

This year’s theme is “Lord, hear our cry”.  For more information and free prayer guides, go to www.NationalDayofPrayer.org.

The National Day of Prayer is a great time to connect, join as a body and pray together in unity.  If you are in the Sacramento region – consider meeting at the Capitol at 5:00pm with others to worship and pray.  Or join the Rock House of Prayer from 10am-12pm.  There’s also a prayer breakfast at William Jessup University that we always enjoy attending.  Hope to see you there!

Salvation Prayer, Part 1

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When I was asking the Lord about what to blog this week, I heard “salvation prayer”.  Seems funny to be on blog #149 on different ways to pray and finally getting to prayer for salvation!  Maybe it was so obvious, I overlooked it.  This would be the first prayer many people pray.

Important parts include:

  1. Confession of Jesus as Lord and Savior
  2. Repentance of sin and receiving forgiveness and new life in Jesus
  3. Grace to walk out life in the Spirit.

 

Many these days just look for a confession that they believe in Jesus, but even the “demons believe and tremble.” James 2:19 It’s so much more! Repentance is key. It’s also not about just getting “a ticket to heaven” but the start of a new relationship, a new life.

Here’s a sample prayer from www.aboutchristianity.com

Dear Jesus,
I admit that I am a sinner. I have lived my life for myself. I am sorry and I repent.  I ask you to forgive me. I believe that you died on the cross for me, to save me. You did what I could not do for myself. I come to you now and ask you to take control of my life, I give it to you. Help me to live every day in a way that pleases you. I love you, Lord, and I thank you that I will spend all eternity with you.

Amen.

Who do you know that needs to say a prayer like this?  Ask the Lord to show you 2-3 people you can be praying for an opportunity to share Jesus and this prayer!

Reflections at the Wailing Wall

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As many of you know, I am blessed to be on a prayer journey to Jerusalem – a surprise provision from the Lord.  This morning we spent some time at the Wailing Wall (or Western Wall as it is called here).

I must admit to having some conflicting emotions about it.  Is it really part of the wall of the old temple?  There is some newer evidence combined with eyewitness account of Josephus to suggest other possibilities.  It even could go against Jesus’ words regarding the temple, “Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another that shall not be thrown down.”  Matthew 24:2

Yet, I’d heard stories of people experiencing powerful things there or answered prayers, on tiny pieces of paper stuck in the cracks of the wall.

With these thoughts, I neared the wall, jostled by the crowd, from ultra-orthodox to casual tourists.  Grandmas with their prayer shawls and little girls dancing in adorable dresses.

The first thing to attract my attention was the barrier that divides the men’s and women’s side.  A Bar Mitzah was taking place on the men’s side, but the mothers, daughters, grandmothers, and aunts could only watch, perched precariously on chairs from the women’s side, looking over the solid fence, cheering and at times throwing candy to the young man on the other side.  I thought of the verse “For He Himself…has broken down the middle wall of division between us.”  Ephesians 2:14

I got on a chair too, to watch what I could barely see over the barrier.  Fathers and sons, uncles and brothers, reciting Holy Scripture, chanting, dancing and celebrating.

Then I moved closer to the wall, pressing my hands against the stones.  What would I feel?  What would I sense?  I wondered.

“Idolatry”.  I heard the word in my spirit with surprise.  Looking around it appeared there were people here, sincere, devoted and believing that somehow God would hear their prayers and answer them because they were at a particular location.  Some kissed the wall.  Some sat and recited Scripture.  When finished, some walked backwards away from the wall as if it embodied Holy God.

I sat and wrestled with God under the wall.  What did it mean?  Where these meaningless stones? Misled people? I’d been given some prayers to place in wall by friends, but now, should I?  Was it a form of superstition that God was more likely to answer our prayers if they were placed on little papers in the wall?

Peace eventually came as I considered the beautiful God who is madly in love with us and loves to meet us where we are.  Just as I can fondly remember the place my husband proposed to me, or special things we’ve done or places we’ve gone together, it isn’t sin to enjoy special places with God.  But there is caution against superstition and idolatry.

God answers prayer wherever we are.  I don’t have to be at the Wailing Wall to get His attention.  I don’t have to say just the right prayer or have an especially anointed person pray for me to get answers.

But He does enjoy spending special times with us in places dear to His or our hearts.  It’s fun to revisit the place my husband and I went on our first date, but it would be silly to think that he will love me more when we are at that location.  You get the point.

Others on the team had powerful experiences with God at the wall.  My assignment today wasn’t to worship cold stones, but the One with the warm heart of love for me.

Wherever you are today, He hears your cry, your prayer.  You don’t have to travel around the world, stand in front of a wall or place your prayer there to be heard.  Let Him hear your voice today!

 

Prayers at Passover

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Many Christians don’t understand the significance and blessing of the Passover, but view it as a relic meant just for Jews.  However, Christians celebrated Passover hundreds of years after Christ death and resurrection.  It wasn’t until Constantine began separating Jews and Christians that “Easter” was created and demands that Christians stop entering into Passover.  What a loss for us as Christians!

We are not obligated to celebrate Passover, but just as you don’t have to celebrate your birthday, it sure is fun to do so!  Each symbol of the Passover so speaks of Jesus!  Its a joy to understand new depths of who He is and what He did for us!!!

In looking at the Passover Seder, much prayers and blessings and Psalms are spoken in a fun, family atmosphere.  And don’t forget the food!  There’s such a richness to this holiday and is the basis for the Lord’s Supper or communion.  (If you’ve never been part of a Seder, we are celebrating Passover on March 27, 6-9pm.  Join us by clicking here to register!)

Throughout the Seder there are prayers of blessings, over the matzah, grape juice, etc, but I especially appreciate the blessing of the children.  (see blog on Blessing our Children  for more).  It is the same blessing spoken over them each week on Shabbat.

Many of the Psalms are read, including Psalm 113-118 – what strikes me most about this is one particular verse in Psalm 118:24 “This is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.”  Jesus said that knowing that day would be the most difficult day of his life, betrayed, tortured, death.  And in the following verses (27) “Bind the sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar.” And knowing He was that sacrifice!

The Passover ends with a declaration “Next year in Jerusalem!”  For us, we remember Jesus’ words that He would not drink of the fruit of the vine until He drinks it with us new in his Father’s kingdom! (Matthew 26:29).  Our cry is “Next year in the New Jerusalem!”  Even so, come Lord Jesus!

 

 

Praying Over Your Home

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We know the value of cleaning our home in the natural on a regular basis, but might not always think about the spiritual atmosphere and the need for regular “spiritual house cleaning”.  Here’s a great prayer by Jane Glenchur from her book, “Seven Secrets to Power Prayer.”

“I release the Kingdom of God into my home – life, peace, health, love, hope and joy.

Lord, love my family through me.  Be patient through me today.

In Jesus’ name I bind all spirits of division, strife and disunity.  I release a spirit of unity into the atmosphere of my home.

I cover the doorposts of my home, my family and our possessions with the blood of the Lamb.

Lord, hide my family under the shelter of Your wings.

Lord, I take refuge in You.  Be a wall of heavenly fire around my family.

Lord, command Your angels to protect my family.

No weapon forged against my family will prosper.

I am an overcomer.  Anoint my family with the oil of the overcomer.

Lord, please remove any obstacles or roadblocks the enemy would try to put in my family’s path today. Amen”

Let’s get to “cleaning house” today1

Prayer Declarations for Health

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Here’s another prayer from the book “Seven Secrets to power Praying” by Jane Glenchur!  This one focuses on praying for healing and health.  Great one to include for yourself or others.

“In the name of Jesus, I bind all spirits of infirmity and affliction and command them to leave my body immediately and not to return or to send others in their places.

My body is the temple of Holy Spirit.  It is off limits to any illness or infirmity.

I am one with Christ in body, mind and spirit, and sickness has no dominion over me.  It must leave.

I command all lying signs and symptoms to leave my body and not return, in Jesus’ name.

Lord, send the river of life into our home, wherever the river flows it brings healing and restoration.

My family is prospering and in good health, just as our souls prosper.”

Are you dealing with a health challenge!  This prayer is for you!

 

Prayer for Wisdom

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I recently read a great book called “Seven Secrets to Power Praying” by Jane Glenchur that I highly recommend and will be including over the next week some of the prayers and declarations found in her book. This week’s is praying for wisdom – I’m sure a topic all of us can use!

Too often we run around trying to accomplish things and don’t seek first the wisdom and solutions God wants to give to us.  We might turn to him for the “big” decisions, but He wants to be involved in every aspect of our lives, from the simple and mundane to the seemingly impossible.

“Lord, release Your Spirit of truth, wisdom, revelation, knowledge and wise counsel to me.  Align my thoughts to agree with Your thoughts and my heart to agree with Your heart.  Flood the eyes of my heart to see Your truth.  I commit this problem to You.  I trust that You will act in Your timing.  Let me see this situation (or person) through the eyes of Your Holy Spirit.  Is there anything else I need to know before making this decision?  Send forth Your light and truth to lead and guide me.”

What problems or challenges are you facing today?  Spend some time praying this prayer and listen for His response!

 

Feb 17, 2015 - 101-150, Biblical Prayers    No Comments

Hydrate – Prayer for Overseas Missionaries

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I was intrigued recently to learn of a group who have developed a model for praying and connecting with overseas missionaries through technology – called Hydrate.  Their mission is to bring that “cup of cold water” to those who are working in “dry” spiritual lands, to keep them “hydrated” as they work.

They offer monthly 1 hour Skype calls where they connect, prophetically pray over and encourage overseas workers.  During the other weeks, they commit to praying for prayer needs.  Occasionally, a team from Hydrate is able to go “onsite” and visit for a weekend bringing refreshment to missionaries.

“Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land.”  Proverbs 25:25

Do you know any missionaries who could use this opportunity?  You can get more information at: http://www.pihop.com/hydrate/  Or why not start a local group here?  You can Skype, pray and encourage!  Consider how you can use technology to reach and refresh others in “distant lands!”

Locking/Unlocking Prayer

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Want to know how to “unlock” that impossible situation in your life through prayer?  I’m reading a tremendous book called “Seven Secrets to Power Praying” by Jane Glenchur.  One of the chapters is based off of Isaiah 22:22 “I will place on His shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens, no one can shut and what he shuts no one can open.”  Do you want that kind of power in prayer?

It’s available to each of us as we abide in Christ, hear His direction for the situation and then prayer something like this:

“Jesus, I take the keys to the house of David and I open the doors that need to be opened____________ (name the situation).  Whatever is opened with the keys cannot be shut.  I lock the door to any attempt of the enemy to obstruct God’s will for ______________ (name the situation).  What I lock with these keys must remain locked, in Jesus’ name.” (from “Seven Secrets to Power Praying”).

This prayer is not meant to be used for just anything or flippantly, but as you seek the Lord’s direction and His prompting to pray this prayer.  Its not a formula, but a powerful tool to use in partnership with Jesus to see His Kingdom advanced in the earth.  I am believing for miracles in your life as you follow His lead in this prayer!

Would love to hear any testimonies you have as you pray this prayer!

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