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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!

Travail

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This is a type of prayer most of us probably aren’t excited about, yet is very important.  Travail is a word used to describe the labor of giving birth.  The Hebrew meaning is to bring forth or to bear.  It can also mean distress.  This often included weeping, wailing, crying, and other loud expressions of trouble.

Paul uses this term in Galatians 4:19 where he says, “My little children, for whom I travail in birth again until Christ is formed in you.”  Here he expresses not only the affection he holds for these ones, but also the anguish he went through in prayer to see them come into the fullness of what God had for them.

Childbirth isn’t a quiet and clean affair.  It’s messy, noisy, and painful, but ultimately the result is well worth every effort.  In the same way, travailing in prayer is not for the faint of heart.

Travailing isn’t usually something we choose, but comes upon us, sometimes at inconvenient times (just like childbirth!)  There’s a sudden urge to cry out to God, weeping or groaning.  Hannah’s crying out to the Lord looked to Eli like she was in a drunken state, yet it brought forth the promise of a son.

Most people don’t understand travail and it frankly freaks them out.  Just like childbirth is mostly a private affair, if you feel the urge to enter into travail while in a public setting, it might be best to find a more secluded place to express your cries and groans to God.

One mistake some intercessors make is to carry the burden of travail beyond what God is asking them to.  They can get burned out, overwhelmed or depressed.  Travail is meant to end with joy – “A woman when she is in travail has sorrow; because her hour has come; but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembers no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.”  John 16:21  We may travail in a season, but God intends for you to walk in the joy of the Lord and trust Him to fully birth what is on His heart.

Don’t squelch that deep cry in your heart for God.  Get alone with Him and pour out your heart.  He is birthing something!

International Day of Prayer for the Poor and Suffering – December 12, 2014

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Did you eat today?  Drink clean water?  Sleep in warmth last night?  Be thankful!  Over 1 billion people don’t have access to clean water or struggle with basic necessities we often take for granted.  We can give money, but it alone won’t solve the problems faced by so many.  Often corrupt government officials prevent resources from reaching the people who need it most.

December 12th is a day to remember, reflect and pray for the poor and suffering.  Here’s a list of prayer points from Convoy of Hope to prayer through or you can join The International House of Prayer in Kansas City from 10am-4pm, worshipping, praying and interceding.  Maybe consider a fast as you experience what some feel on a daily basis.

Let’s pray that…

  • Christians to be more aware of the needs in our world – especially in the 10/40 Window – and of the Lord’s heart for those in poverty. (The Bible, Psalm 140:12)
  • Christian humanitarian agencies to reach those who are suffering with aid and the Gospel. Pray for corrupt officials to be exposed and removed. (The Bible, Psalm 9:16)
  • the Lord to provide hope, encouragement, and physical provisions to those who are impoverished.(The Bible, Job 5:16)
  • the impoverished to receive salvation, justice, clean water, shelter, food, medicine, education, and job opportunities. (The Bible, Psalm 72:4)
  • the poor to be used by God to usher His Kingdom into their nations. (The Bible, Matthew 6:10)
  • the Gospel to be preached to the poor and for their suffering to be relieved. (The Bible, Isaiah 61:1)

Join thousands of Christians on December 12 (and every day!) in interceding for those in need!

Listening Prayer

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For many of us, prayer tends to be a one-sided monologue, pouring out our thoughts, needs and praises.  But God is eager to speak to us!  I love this verse from Isaiah 50:4 “…He awakens me morning by morning; He awakens my ear to hear as the learned.”  I want to wake up each morning to the sound of His voice teaching and instructing me.  I’m not smart enough to solve the challenges I face.  I’ve got to hear His voice.

It’s not always easy and takes some discipline to quiet the noise and focus on Him, but it is worth it!  Here’s some helpful steps from the Navigators.

Listening Prayer Guidelines

  1. Still and quiet your soul.  Quiet and still your soul before God from the cares of the day
  2. Resist the enemy. Take your place of authority by saying something like, “In the name of Jesus Christ I prohibit the enemy from speaking or interfering with this time.”
  3. Invoke His presence. Praise and acknowledge God as the One who is truly there.  Ask that He would especially reveal Himself to you during your time of listening.
  4. Ask God to search your heart. Talk to Him about what He reveals, confess any known sin.
  5. Ask God to speak to you. Use the model of Samuel, “Speak Lord for I, Your servant am listening.”
  6. Wait in silence. Be still and quietly wait before Him.
  7. Use a pen & paper to write down the impressions He brings your way. Usually this will be words, phrases, visual images or thoughts that come into your mind through His still small voice of the indwelling Holy Spirit.

For more on listening prayer, click here

Ebola Prayer Points

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Watching the news can stress you out!  From sickness, to weather disaster to wars, it can be pretty discouraging, if not fear producing.  God hasn’t called us to walk in that as Christians, but to be proactive in prayer.  How does He want us to respond to the Ebola virus?

A friend of mine, Lena Tawlks, shared the following insights and prayer points for this season:

Intercessors will play a critical role in spiritual warfare using our God given authority over works of the enemy.   I have no doubt that it will be contained in the USA with ongoing vigilance but the slow response has made it much more difficult and costly.  Pray that our government agencies will use wisdom and sound science, especially that they will be truthful about the danger.

Pray that everyone whose passport shows they have been in a country where Ebola is present, will be denied entry to the US.  Our borders here must be protected from illegal entry in order for America to continue to lead in research and provide financial and medical assistance to those already suffering.

Pray for safety and protection for these selfless workers who put their lives on the line just as our Military does.

Fear of illness and death will cause people to seek a higher power for their healing.  Let’s pray that they will turn to Jesus for salvation and healing.  Miracles and healing are catalysts for revival so we must be prepared. I suggest praying that Christians will earnestly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gifts of healing and evangelism.

SUGGESTED PRAYER POINTS

  • Healing for those already infected and for proper care for them.
  • For medical personnel to receive proper training and equipment so the virus can be contained. It appears that care for just one patient can run into the millions plus the need for tracking and isolating those exposed.
  • Scientific research to discover vaccine and antibiotics to treat.
  • Assurances to prevent fear and panic resulting in disruption of world economy and security.
  • Praise and thankfulness to God for the elimination of many deadly epidemics by the discovery of vaccines, antibiotics and sanitation.

We are blessed in receiving so much from Jesus so let’s pour out prayer and fill those golden bowls at the heavenly altar.

 

Persevering Prayer

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“One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up.” Luke 18:1 NLT

When we don’t see the immediate answers to our prayers, it’s easy to get discouraged and quit.  But Jesus taught us to persevere, to not lose heart and to always pray.  Pray whether we see the results or not.  This takes supernatural faith to believe that God is at work, even when we can’t see it.  In those situations I remind myself that there’s a blessing given to those who even though they don’t see, still believe (John 20:29)

What are you believing for?  If you aren’t seeing it happening, I encourage you to hold on.  Don’t lose heart.  Keep going.  Confidence in prayer comes as we trust in Him who is always good, loving, faithful and just.  We can’t see the whole picture.  We see things “darkly” through a veil.  But we can trust He is working all things for our good.

What is the one thing you are going to persevere in prayer for?  Leave a comment and let me know.  Let’s pray for each other to persevere!

Jesus, I need You to give me supernatural vision and faith to believe for ___________________.  I trust that You are at work, even when I can’t see the results I’d like to see.  My hope is in You, not in circumstances changing.  I thank You that You are always loving, gentle, faithful and trustworthy.  I surrender ___________________________ to You. 

Praying for Your Spouse

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A few years ago, I picked up the book “The Power of a Praying Wife” by Stormie Omartian and found it to be a great blessing in my life and in my marriage.  Practical wisdom and 30 prayers to pray give a way to daily offer your spouse to the Lord.  (There is also “The Power of a Praying Husband” available)

The last sentence of the first prayer caught me off guard.  “Give my husband a new wife, and let it be me.”  These prayers are not about manipulating, controlling, or trying to change your spouse, but about you surrendering to God and receiving grace to be the spouse God wants you to be.   Your heart is softened and prepared to love as God loves.   The prayers are not about “Lord, change him (or her)” but Lord, change me!

Praying for your spouse is the ultimate love language and you will reap great rewards from the sacrifice of your prayers.  This doesn’t mean that you will have the perfect marriage and everything will be wonderful, but that your heart will come alive in a new way as you submit to God and be the spouse God has called you to be.  I highly recommend this book and praying these prayers for everyone who is married!

(Last paragraph of the first prayer)  “Make me a new person, Lord.  Give me a fresh perspective, a positive outlook, and a renewed relationship with the man you’ve given me.  Help me see him with new eyes, new appreciation, new love, new compassion and new acceptance.  Give my husband a new wife, and let it be me.”

Praying for Our Children

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Worrying about our children comes as naturally to a parent as breathing.  We are concerned about this issue or that character trait in them.  We fear what might happen to them – accidents, trauma, abuse.  We worry about their grades, their peer relationships, their physical development.  And most of all, we desire our children to grow in their relationship with the Lord and to follow Him.  When we focus on the potential problems (or the real life ones!) we pray from a place of fear instead of trust.

One of the best resources I’ve found is the book by Stormie Omartian – “The Power of a Praying Parent”, a practical guide to praying for our children.

God loves our children more than we do.  He already has a beautiful plan for their lives and He sees the end from the beginning.  My first place in pray is to remind myself of this and to again place them in His hands.  He’s happy to discuss the problems and battles they face with us if we will stop our worry long enough to listen to what He has to say.  My worry accomplishes nothing and actually becomes a stumbling block to loving dialogue with Jesus.

Because His thoughts are higher than my thoughts and very different from what I would naturally think, I have to be still enough to hear Him speak and trust His ways, even if an immediate change doesn’t happen.  I can trust Him for the long haul.

It’s hard when our children are not “perfect” like we’d like (but then, neither are we!!!)  We make mistakes and so do they.  Have grace for yourself as a parent and have grace for them.  Trust God as you commit them to His care.

In a challenging season with your child?  Take heart.  Cast your cares on God and rest in His loving care of them.  Get the book “The Power of a Praying Parent” and regularly contend for your children with faith-filled prayers as you partner with God for the best plans He has for them.

Willpower Prayer

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Recently, I read some research studies that indicate we have a limited amount of willpower and that it can be “exhausted”.  I wrestled with this concept, believing God can give us the strength to say “no” or “yes” in every situation.  I could see in the natural how it does work.  Kids seem to know this about parents when they constantly ask for this or that until the parent finally gives in.

Then I felt the Lord reveal that He has given us just enough willpower to choose Him.  If we had unlimited willpower in and of ourselves, we’d be the best Pharisees around, making consistently good decisions in our own power.  But God didn’t create us like that.  He created us for relationship and partnership with Him.  We need Him.

This means that each day I submit my will to God, give Him rulership in my life.  Then when decisions need to be made, I simply ask Him and then obey.

We weary ourselves out when it comes to decision making.  “Should I exercise today?  I really should.  But I don’t feel like it right now and don’t have the time.”  We go on and on, weighing the pros and cons, exhausting our ability to decide.  But when we simply ask Jesus what we should do and listen for His still small voice, we flow in our day with Him.  Our natural tendency is to think, “Jesus will always make me do what I don’t want to.  He will make me exercise.”  And yet, when we understand His true nature and love for us, He only wants what is best for us.  Many times that might be exercise and He can give us the strength and joy in it.  But other times, He might say, “Rest, My Child.  Be refreshed in My love.  Read a book instead.”

Of course, those things we already know are not a part of His will — deliberate sin, we simply say to Him, “I know this not something You have for me.  Give me the strength to resist this temptation.”

When our kids are demanding this or that, instead of getting frustrated with saying “no” over and over, ask Jesus how He wants you to respond to your children.  He might have a totally different approach you’d never thought of.  He might show you the need your child has for your attention which is prompting the behavior and how to reveal His love to them.

Start each morning giving your will to the Lord, then let Him direct the many decisions you need to make each day.

“Dearest Father, today I give you my will.  I choose You!  Speak to me today in every situation I face, how to flow with Your Spirit.  I find joy in partnering with you in every decision I make today, big or small.  Thank you for giving me the strength to resist every temptation in Your power and might, in Jesus’ name.”

Inner Healing Prayer, Part Eight – Deliverance

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Many of us might fear the topic of deliverance, however, when we look at Jesus’ ministry (and the early church), deliverance was a natural part of it.  One aspect of Jesus’ (and our) commission is to “…set the captives free.”  (Isaiah 61:1) In some of Jesus’ last words to His disciples, He said that those who believe in Him would cast out demons (Mark 16:17).

People commonly ask, “Can a Christian be demon possessed?”   I believe the answer is no.  However, part of it is in the language we use.  Older translations use the words “demon possessed” but newer ones the more accurate word “demonized” indicating that Satan has a stronghold or foothold in that person’s life.  I believe the word “demonized” can apply to a Christian.

I personally don’t recommend deliverance outside of an inner healing process.  Often the demons got a foothold or stronghold from issues of unforgiveness, bitterness, from trauma (particularly a spirit of fear) or generational sins.  If these issues are not dealt with, it can open the door for the demons to return. (Matthew 12:43-45)

It’s not recommended to converse with or make demons manifest.  Simply binding them and then commanding them out in Jesus’ name is best.  You don’t need to know the “name” of a demon.  They are liars.  Ask Jesus to reveal anything you need to know.

If you need help, find someone who is walking in Jesus’ authority and has had experience with deliverance.

Here’s four steps from the book “Set Yourself Free” by Robert Heidler:

Crowd them out – Fill your life with Jesus

Starve them out – demons feed on works of the flesh/sin

Command them out – Exercise your authority in Christ

Stand your ground – “Therefore submit to God.  Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”  James 4:7

Sample Prayer for Self-Deliverance:  In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I come against you demonic spirits and I bind your activity in my life.  I declare that I have confessed and repented of every known sin, and that Jesus Christ has forgiven me.  I declare that Jesus is my Lord.  My life belongs to Him!  I confess that I am redeemed by the blood of the Lamb out of the hand of the enemy!

Spirit of _______________, I speak directly to you.  The blood of the Lord Jesus Christ has redeemed me and set me free from your oppression.  You have no legal right to touch me.  I drive you from my life now and I command you to leave in the name of Jesus!

Thank you, Lord Jesus, that Your blood and Your authority have set me free! (Adapted from “Set Yourself Free” by Robert Heidler)

 

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