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Courts of Heaven Prayers

A year or so ago, I was introduced to Robert Henderson’s teachings on the courts of Heaven and it had a profound impact in my prayer life.  For many years, there’s been a lot of emphasis in the church on spiritual warfare techniques that have been very powerful.  Yet, many feel not so victorious and often weary in the battle.  Coming to understand the court system of Heaven has led to praying differently.

Throughout Scripture are references to the legal system in heaven (Isaiah 33:22, Daniel 7:9, 10, 22; Luke 18:1-8, Hebrews 7:25) but we often miss them and the context for our lives today.  The protocol for a courtroom is different than that of the battlefield.  Learning to come to the courts of heaven first to receive the legal ground for the battle, means we have more victory – fighting smarter, not harder.

Praying in the courts of Heaven is simply coming to our Father as the Judge and honoring Him through praise and worship.  Then we present our appeal for help and ask Him to show us any area where the enemy  has legal rights that are blocking our prayer (see Daniel’s example in Daniel 9).  This may include generational issues, or our own person sin or the “witness” or our own mouths.  When we speak negatively, we give the enemy legal ground to block God’s will in our lives.  Whatever God shows us, we can then repent and receive the cleansing from Jesus’ blood.  Then we listen to hear God’s decrees for our victory and agree and declare with Him.  Next week I will share how to the Lord’s Prayer follows this model.

If you live in the Sacramento region, we will be having a conference this week on this very topic with Robert Henderson.  Go to http://www.windnfireministries.com/events.html  for more information!  Look forward to seeing you then!

Trauma Prayer

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All of us have experienced some sort of trauma throughout our lives.  Times of difficulty are precisely when the enemy wants to get a foothold in our lives through the pain.  The good news is that Jesus is in the business of restoration!

Recently, I was sent an email with a link to the Trauma Prayer by Jim Banks and found it a powerful tool as well as very soothing.  In fact, one time I listened to it, I fell asleep!  I knew then it wasn’t so much about my mind hearing it, but my spirit being able to absorb it, while my body rested.  It’s something that you can listen to more than once as each time God is bringing a deeper level of healing to the areas of your life impacted by pain. I believe it can bring breakthrough for those suffering the effects of any kind of trauma.

You can find more information about this powerful prayer by clicking here:  http://www.houseofhealingministries.org/trauma.html  They also have a prayer for soldiers with PTSD.

Do you know someone struggling with trauma?  Share this post with them!

Feb 2, 2016 - 151-200    1 Comment

Prayer Following a Trip

 

 

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Been on a trip lately?  Often we don’t pay attention to the spiritual atmosphere around us or the potential impact it could have on us.  From the book of Daniel, we see that there are principalities and spiritual forces over particular regions.  When we travel, if we are sensitive to it, we might feel a “lightening” of the battle we are used to, but may also encounter new forces that we hadn’t experienced before.  When returning from a trip, whether out of state or around the world, it’s a good idea to do some spiritual “cleaning”.

Here’s a simple prayer to pray:

“In the name of Jesus Christ, I brush off any negative effects of my trip.  I break communication between any spirits where I was and any correspondence of spirits here.  Thank you, Jesus for cleansing me with Your blood from anything I might have encountered in the atmosphere I traveled in.  Thank you, Father, for releasing me from any negative residue or effect, in Jesus’ name, amen.”

 

Prayer Following Ministry

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Cleansing prayer after ministry is often overlooked.  We forget that we’ve been in a spiritual battle and that there can be backlash and other ways the enemy would like to get to us after a powerful time of prayer.  This prayer by Dr. Francis MacNutt is a helpful tool if you are involved in healing prayer ministry.  You might want to adapt it for other forms of ministry you are involved in.

But remember these aren’t magic formulas, but guides to help us in connecting with God and engage in good spiritual hygiene.  Next time after you’ve finished praying for someone, take some time to pray this prayer!

Lord Jesus, thank you for sharing with us your wonderful ministry of healing and deliverance.  Thank you for the healings we have seen  and experienced today.

We realize that the sickness and evil we encounter is more than our humanity can bear, so cleanse us of any sadness, negativity or despair that we may have picked up. If our ministry has tempted us to anger, impatience or lust, cleanse us of those temptations and replace them with love, joy and peace.

If any evil spirits have attached themselves to us or oppressed us in any way, we command you to depart now and go straight to Jesus Christ for Him to deal with you as He will.

Come Holy Spirit: renew us – fill us anew with your power, your life and your joy.  Strengthen us where we have felt weak and clothe us with your light.  Fill us with life, Lord Jesus, please send your holy  angels to minister to us and our families-guard us and protect us from all sickness, harm and accidents.

We praise you now and forever, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and we ask these things in Jesus’ holy name that He may be glorified.  Amen.

 

Prayer Before Ministry

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Heading into a prayer session for someone?  Here’s a great prayer to pray beforehand to prepare from Christian Healing Ministries:

In the name of Jesus Christ and by the power of the cross and His blood, we bind up the powers of earth, air water, fire, the netherworld and the satanic forces of nature.

We break any curses, hexes or spells sent against us and declare them null and voice.  We break the assignments of any spirits sent against us and send them to Jesus to deal with them as He will.  Lord, we ask You to bless our enemies by sending Your Holy Spirit to lead them to repentance and conversion.

Furthermore, we bind all interaction and communication in the world of evil spirits as it affects us and our ministry.

We ask for the protection of the shed blood of Jesus Christ over___________________.

Thank, Lord, for Your protection and sending Your angels to help us in the battle.  We ask You to guide us in our prayers: share with us Your Spirit’s power and compassion.  Amen.  

12 Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

While we in the West enjoy freedom and joy in celebrating Christmas, so many in other countries are persecuted, tortured and suffering for their faith.  Let’s remember them in a special way by setting aside 12 days to pray for Christians in these countries.

Please join in praying for the persecuted church – whenever you read this, just join in:

Day 1 – Pray for Christians in Pakistan

Day 2 – Pray for Christians in Gaza

Day 3 – Pray for Christians in Nigeria

Day 4 – Pray for Christians in Iraq

Day 5 – Pray for Christian in Sudan

Day 6 – Pray for Christian in Iran

Day 7 – Pray for Christians in Saudi Arabia

Day 8 – Pray for Christians in Syria

Day 9 – Pray for Christians in Eritrea

Day 10 – Pray for Christians in Maldives

Day 11 – Pray for Christians in Libya

Day 12 – Pray for Christians in Yemen

Creative Ornament Prayers

Candles and pinecones

Got a gift exchange coming up?  Consider slipping a written prayer in as a surprise for the person you’re giving it to.

If you are the organizer, ask each person to bring an ornament with a prayer request inside – commit to pray for one another through the year.

Consider each person in the family writing a prayer request and putting in an ornament.  Next year when you decorate, check the prayer requests and rejoice how God has answered them over the past year.  Make it a powerful family tradition!

Ask God to give you other creative ways to pray during this season!!

52 Day Prayer Focus, Part 3

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Continuing the 52-day prayer focus – 14 Days to triumph!  Focusing on meditating on God’s word and walking in His Spirit!

Day 1: Read, Meditate, and Memorize 1 Thess. 5:23. Be whole!  And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through [separate you from profane things, make you pure and wholly consecrated to God]; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved sound and complete [and found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).”

Day 2
: Read Genesis 1:26 through Genesis 3
. Satan wants you to believe that God is not directing you, but God created you to walk with you. The enemy also wants you to think that God is holding out on you. This is what he did to the Woman in the garden as he manipulated her desires. Ask God to break any manipulation that is aligned with your desires. Ask the Lord to let you hear Him in the cool of the day!

Day 3
: Read Psalm 37
. Be sure your desires are aligned correctly. Temptation is linked to desires that are not within God’s boundaries. Your desires must be sanctified to walk in the Spirit.

Day 4
: Re-read Genesis 2:7. Read John 20:20-22.
Let Him renew your spirit by the breath of His Spirit, and then allow Him to re-commission you. “Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath or spirit of life, and man became a living being.”  “So saying, He showed them His hands and His side.  And when the disciples saw the Lord, they were filled with joy (delight, exultation, ecstasy, rapture).  Then Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace to you!  [Just] as the Father has sent Me forth, so I am sending you.’  And having said this, He breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit!’”

Day 5
: Read Psalm 23
. This is a Psalm of Prosperity. Your path should be prosperous when you walk in the Spirit. Read this Psalm out loud three times! Psalm 23 comforts you in distress and affliction as He leads you in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.  In Hebrew, the word “path” is ‘agol, which means to be round or a cycle. He guides us in the cycles of righteousness.  This is linked with the timing of the Feasts.  Chag, or festival, means to make a cycle.  If we understand the feast, then we understand cycles.  We can be led properly, prosper and not have lack. If we stay in God’s timing, we prosper.  Walk in the Spirit on your PATH! Jehovah Rohi causes you to SEE your path!

Day 6
: Read Galatians 3:4-5 and Galatians 5, especially verse 16 and 25! 
Look at the circumstances that you have been through and are going through. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you how He has worked and is working in you.  Feel His Spirit.  Enter into the fruit of His Spirit. Evaluate His fruit.  Walk and live in the Spirit.

Day 7
: Read and memorize Eph. 1:3-6.Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.” Look up into Heaven and see all your spiritual blessings for your bloodlines. Claim them all, even the ones other generations did not claim. Walk in a way that they will manifest.

Day 8
: Read Is. 55, and Mt. 16
. Lean not on your own understanding. His thoughts are not your thoughts. See from His perspective. His word will not return void. Notice how Peter operated. He had great revelation, and then his mind and emotions kicked in and were occupied by Satan. Ask the Lord to bring your mind and emotions under control.

Day 9
: Read Ezekiel 36 – 37.
 As you read these chapters, know that the Lord is speaking and reiterating His promise for your future. He wants to break all scattering in your life. He wants to break all hope deferred. He wants you to recognize His power to perform His word!

Day 10
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Read James 5, and Matthew 4. The Word of God tells us to submit ourselves to God, draw near to Him, and then resist the devil. As we worship and submit ourselves to a Holy God, we can come into intimate contact with Him. Even though we walk here on the earth in our worshipful submission, we ascend into Heaven. As we individually seek God and ascend into the Throne Room, we can hear the sound of Heaven in our spirit man on Earth. Be sure to deal with any area where you are not operating in submission. Resist Satan’s temptation in your wilderness. Remember, the Spirit of God led Jesus into the wilderness. Stop in the midst of your hard situation and see the Spirit’s leading.

Day 11
: Read Psalm 34, and Hebrews 1, especially verse 14. Praise God for the angels that are encamping around you. Declare that these ministering spirits will transcend to the natural realm from the spiritual realm. As we ascend in worship, we also know that a portal opens for angelic visitation. During our times of prayer and crying out to God, during those times when we worship with abandonment as David did, we enter the realm of the spirit. Angels help to bring messages and direct us. Don’t negate the angels around you!

Day 12
: Read Luke 10.
Ask the Lord to remove all distractions that are robbing the best for you and your family. Ask the Lord to cause your will to realign so that you choose the best that He has for you. Quit swatting at gnats. Ask the Lord to teach you about His BEST!

Day 13
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Read Hebrews 4 – 5, and memorize Hebrews 5:14. Let the Word divide asunder your soul and spirit to know His will. Ask the Lord to release discernment in you.

Day 14
: Read Romans 8.
  Ask the Lord to give you a new, triumphant spirit. Read this chapter three times. Ask the Lord for your spirit to be quickened by His Spirit.

52 Day Prayer Focus, Part 2

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Continuing the 52 day prayer focus from Glory of Zion:

10 Days to Roll Away the Reproach of a Generation and Secure our Inheritance for the Future

Day 1: Read Joshua 3. There comes a time for your new beginning. Set yourself aside before the Lord to experience new a place of crossing into your promise.

Day 2: Read Numbers 14, Joshua 5 and 6. Praise God! Ask the Lord for the strategy of worship that will dethrone that which is invincible in your life and is stopping you from moving forward in your promise. Decree that every reproach of unbelief from the past generation that is connected to your life, your inheritance and your future will be “ROLLED AWAY”!

Day 3: Read 1 Sam. 30. This is a transition chapter. Declare that you will make it through your transition. The activities in this chapter released David into his next level of anointing. Especially notice verses 24-25. Receive new strength. Pursue and recover all! David had lost much but he inquired of the Lord and God gave him victory! He then gave to those that had helped him. Prepare a special offering.

Day 4: Read Zechariah 3 and 4. Declare a change of identity. Sin can stop God’s favor from resting on us. In this case, we exchange God’s favor for His disapproval. A reproach does not mean that we have lost our salvation but a reproach can hinder our future. A reproach can block the favor God longs to give us in some area of our lives because of the iniquity that has infiltrated the garment of identity that we wear. Until we make our lives right before God once again, we (and perhaps our descendants) will live under the effects of that reproach.

Day 5: Read John 14:21, John 16:7-9. As you worship, receive a spirit of revelation. Obey. Usually, He will tell you something very simple to do. There are many needs during this season, physically and emotionally. Ask the Lord to speak to you over how to give. As you give, you will receive revelation of who the Father is. Jesus ascended so the Helper (the Holy Spirit) could come to Earth on our behalf. Therefore, if we worship and ascend, we are promised that the Holy Spirit will fill our lives. He will bring conviction when we sin, open the way for us to experience our righteousness through faith, and condemn the devil on our behalf. Ask Him to fill you new and fresh.

Day 6: Read 2 Tim. 4:16-18, 2 Kings 6. Don’t allow the enemy to convince you that he is more powerful that the Lord. Open your eyes and see the angelic host around you. We can experience the Lord standing with us and strengthening us so that we might accomplish His will on Earth. We can experience the power of His ascension and deliverance from every evil work.

Day 7: Read Heb. 2. Meditate on Verse 9. Declare that the power of any voice of death over the personal vision of your life be broken. From His ascension, He demonstrated that glory, not death, is the final word of operation in our lives. Make declarations of faith. Only through worship do we ascend into a new faith dimension.

Day 8: Read I John 3, especially verse 8. Memorize I John 4:4. He came to destroy the works of the enemy. Greater is He in you than he that is in the world!

Day 9: Read 2 Chron. 20. The Lord has a strategy of TRIUMPH when your enemies mount up against you. God gives us strategies that are not of the wisdom of this world. The example He has presented to us is to send Judah first, not necessarily the wisest or the strongest. Let praise lead the way. Praise breaks through. Jehoshaphat was able to win the day by sending his praise team first. See the confederation of demonic enemies that are aligned against you.

Day 10: Read Ephesians 4. Meditate on vs. 17-24. Remove hidden bitterness and judgments against yourself and others.Put Off and now PUT ON!

Oct 7, 2015 - 151-200    No Comments

52 Day Prayer Focus, Part 1

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Chuck Pierce from Glory of Zion has put out a 52-day prayer focus (8 day segments) that I believe is key for this season.  I will be posting it in place of the regular blog over the next few weeks.  I hope you enjoy the day to day corporate focus!  If you’d like more information on why this prayer focus, click here.

8 Days to Rebuild Your Strength! Over the next several days, REGAIN JOY!

Day 1: Read Psalms 4 and 30. Meditate on Zephaniah 3. Hear Him rejoicing over you. Receive His love. Let Him pour His grace and mercy over you. Read Matthew 13. Ask the Lord to uncover the true joy of life to you. Let the joy of the Lord fill you. Praise Him that He is your source and the object of your joy. JOY is a positive attitude or pleasant emotion or delight.  Joy includes gladness, contentment, and cheerfulness. Joy should be holy and pure. This joy rises above circumstances.  Joy embraces the highest emotion of God and His character.

Day 2: Declare that the fruit of the Spirit, JOY, will manifest in your life. The joy required of the righteous person (Ps. 150; Phil. 4:4) is produced by the Spirit of God (Gal. 5:22). This kind of joy looks beyond the present to our future salvation (Rom. 5:2; 8:18; 1 Peter 1:4,6) and to our sovereign God, who works out all things for our ultimate good (Rom. 8:28-30).

Day 3: Read and decree 1 Cor. 12:26 and 2 Cor. 6:10; 7:4. Joy is different from mere happiness.  Joy can be found in the midst of grief.Read Luke 1-2.  Rejoice! Ask the Lord to deliver you from grief or trauma. Thank Him that He has come to deliver you from any prison the enemy has devised.

Day 4: Memorize Proverbs 13:9 which says, “The light of the righteous rejoiceth,” literally, “is bright”.   Joy is possible, even in the midst of sorrow Sameah means “to be bright or to shine.” Joy expresses His Glory.

Day 5: Read Psalm 16. “In thy presence is fullness of joy; in thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Ps. 16:11). Joy comes from the verb gil or gul.  That means to go in a circle or to be excited, dancing around for joy, or rejoicing.  In the New Testament, joy is linked with grace.  Another word for joy is agalliasis.  This word expresses exuberant joy or exultation.  Joy as a spiritual emotion is very frequently referred to in the Old Testament. Our Spiritual interaction is conceived when we touch the deepest springs of emotion, including the feeling of exultant gladness which often finds outward expression in such actions as leaping, shouting, and singing.  Declare that every religious spirit that is robbing your spiritual expression of joy will let go of you! May your communion with God be full and very expressive.

Day 6: Read Acts. 3. Ask the Lord to remove any spirit of infirmity that is holding you back from accomplishing His purpose.  He is coming to the Gate Beautiful. Do something to express joy! Joy has a bodily expression. The Hebrew words mean “to spring,” “leap,” hence, “exult,” “rejoice”; rinnah, “shouting.”  Joy is the response of the mind to any pleasurable event or state (1 Kings 1:40; Est. 8:17.)

Day 6: Read John 2, Luke 10, and Mark 2.  Rejoice! Clap your hands. Be willing to go into the fullness of joy.  Do not stop participating halfway through the wedding feast.  Ask the Holy Spirit to remove all of your religious ritual that has robbed your joy. Break any power of phariseeism.  Thank God for the new wine.

Day 7: Read Luke 1:14,44; Acts 2:46; Jude 24; Heb. 1:9, Mt. 5:12, Hab. 3:18; 2 Cor. 7:13. All of these verses will connect you into joy. Memorize two verses. Stand up and twirl. Express to the Lord that you love Him.

Day 8: Read Revelation 1-5, and 12.  Receive strength to go through the open door that has been set before you. Declare the accuser of the brethren is bound.  Receive power, wealth, and favor.

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