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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!

Prayer Apps

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I love how technology can help us connect with one another and with God!  Here’s a new prayer app by Dutch Sheets called “Give Him 15”.  It’s a national call to spend at least 15 minutes a day praying for our country.  When you download the app, it gives you a short thought, some prayer points as well as a daily short prayer that we can be praying in unity.  These were developed by people all over the country from various streams, but coming together daily to pray a united prayer.  Please consider joining in!  I’ve copied in the prayer points for today:

First Thanksgiving

“Our harvest being gotten in, our Governor sent four men (bird hunting) so that we might…rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors.  Many of the Indians came amongst us and …for three days we entertained and feasted…by the goodness of God we are…far from want.”

Pilgrim Edward Winslow describes above the Pilgrim’s day of thanks after a long journey and a year so hard that over half of their numbers perished.  Instead of growing bitter, they held a feast, invited the neighbors who helped them survive, the Native Americans, and thanked God for their bounty.

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  •  Ask the Lord to forgive you when life is hard and you forget to thank Him for the blessings you have in the midst of pain.
  • Thank Him for opening your eyes to all that He does to care for you daily.
  • Ask the Lord to bless every person you can think of.  He cares for them like He cares for you.  Is there something kind you can do for a neighbor?

A prayer you can pray:

Dear Lord, thank You for giving me a thankful heart.  Forgive me when I forget how good You are to me, even though sometimes life is hard.  Help me to remember others who are in a difficult place.  If there is something I can do to help them, please show me how.  In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Today’s Decree:

I decree that You are good to me and taking care of me, even when life’s circumstances make it hard for me to see it.  Thank You, Lord!

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!

Sep 29, 2015 - 151-200, Everyday Prayers    No Comments

Prayers Around the World – Old Irish Blessing

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Although this is a familiar blessing, often put to music, take a moment and ask the Lord to receive it in a fresh way.  Who would you pray this over?  What are the natural and spiritual meanings in the symbolism used?  If you wrote it today, how would you word it?

Enjoy this timeless blessing!

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

 

Praying that today you feel held in the palm of God’s hand, safe, protected, and most of all deeply loved!

Prayers Around the World, Part 1

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Every culture has a unique expression of worship to God.  We might not understand some of the traditions, but if we see through the heart and eyes of Jesus, there’s much to be gleaned from them.  In the next series of blogs, we’ll explore prayers from around the world, starting today with Israel.

Of course, since our Bible was written by Jews, we have many examples of Jewish prayers – Daniel, Nehemiah, Paul, Jesus and many more!  Today we’ll look at ones less familiar and more traditional to the Jews today.

Here’s some excerpts from the “Amidah” a series of weekday prayers:

“Blessed are you, Oh Lord our God, and God of our fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob.  The great, mighty and revered God, the Most High God who bestows lovingkindness, The Creator of all, who recalls the good deeds of the fathers and brings a Redeemer to their children’s children for his name’s sake, in love.  O King, Helper, Savior and Shield.   Blessed are you, O Lord, the shield of Abraham…

You are holy and your name is holy and your holy ones praise you every day, Blessed are you Adonai, the God who is holy….

Return us, our Father, to Your Torah; draw us near our king to serve you. Restore us to your presence in complete repentance.  Blessed are you, O Lord, who desires repentance.

Forgive us our Father, for we have sinned, pardon us our King for we have rebelled.  For you are a Pardoner and a forgiver.  Blessed are you, O Lord, the gracious one who abundantly forgives…

May the Seed of David Thy servant flourish speedily and may you exalt in Your salvation, for in Your salvation do we hope all the day.  Blessed are you, O Lord, who brings forth the horn of our salvation….

We thank You, for it is You alone who is Adonai, our God and the God of our fathers, forever and ever.  You are the Rock and Shield of our salvation, You alone from generation to generation. We thank You and tell of Your praise, for our lives are in your hands,  and our souls are trusting in You.  Every day Your miracles are with us.  Your wonders and favor are at all times, evening and morning and afternoon.  O Good One, your compassions are never exhausted and your kindnesses are continual.   We put our hope in you.”

I love to see the beauty of the expression in these words and the different ways God is praised!  Notice the references of Jesus and Holy Spirit woven in, though they don’t see it!

Pray this prayer today and think of our brothers and sisters of Jewish decent whom we’ve been grafted into.  Some know Messiah, others do not, but we all believe in the same Father.

Psalm 91 Prayer

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I highly recommend the book Psalm 91 by Peggy Joyce Ruth.  It contains powerful, miraculous stories about praying Psalm 91 over your life and over those you love.  From everyday protection to on the battlefield miracles, God IS our refuge!

A friend of mine took Psalm 91 and personalized a prayer and I’ve included it here for you.  Take some time today to declare this over yourself or those you love.  Comment with any testimonies!

I dwell in the shelter of the Most High and I am abiding in the shadow of Almighty God!  You are my refuge and fortress, the One in whom I trust. I declare out loud, “You are my Lord, my refuge, my fortress and my God in whom I trust. From everlasting to everlasting, You are my God, El Shaddai!

Thank Father, it is You who frees and keeps me from the traps of the enemy.  You Papa cover me with Your feathers.  Just like a mother bird covers her chicks, you cover me and under Your wings I seek refuge.  Your faithfulness is a shield and a tower around me.

Father, thank You that I will not fear any turbulent changes, uncertainties or things of this world that I may see.  Evil may be going on around me, but nothing will touch me, either physically or spiritually.  For You say, “One thousand will fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand.” For You, Father, are my refuge and dwelling place.  No evil will come near me or calamity against me or my family.  I pray the blood of Jesus over every member of my family.

Thank You Father for You give angels charge and command over me to guard me in all my ways.  Thank You that Your angels lift me up in their hands.

I love You and know You intimately by name, You keep me safe and set me securely on high.  Thank you that when I call on You, You always answer me; for You Father are with me always!  Amen. 

 

 

Write a Psalm – Part Two

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Reading the Psalms recently I noticed a different kind of Psalm – where they rehearsed God’s history with them as a nation, His faithfulness, correction and lovingkindness.  Sometimes this history was interspersed with phrases like “His love endures forever.” (Psalm 136)

Think about your own history in God.  Take a few moments and make a time line of events in your life.  Pencil in God’s intervention, how you saw Him at work or the ways He’s demonstrated His love to you personally.  Now write it out as a Psalm of remembrance of His goodness to you.  Consider adding a phrase about His faithfulness or love to you after each sentence.  When you finish, read it out loud.  There’s something powerful about proclaiming our history in God and His praise.  You might even share it with a friend.  Pass on the encouragement!

What are you waiting for?  Write a psalm of your history in God today!

Write a Psalm

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I love reading the Psalms because they express real, raw emotion.  Sometimes it’s a high point of praise.  Other times sharing with God frustration.  While we want to avoid grumbling and complaining, we can be real with God in what we think and feel.  The key is to always turn it back to praise, releasing our emotions to him.

Take a few minutes and write your own psalm.  How do you feel in this moment?  What challenges are you facing?  Are you battling fear, discouragement or pain?  What joys are you experiencing?  Are you overflowing with love?  Be real with God.  Share your thoughts and feelings.

If you are struggling with something, release it to Him and end your psalm with praise.  Too often we feel the “right” thing to do as Christians is to suppress negative emotion, maybe even try to hide it from others and God.  But usually that only strengthens it.  Instead, when we are honest with ourselves and God and then simply give it to Him, He often does a “divine exchange” taking away our pain and filling us with His joy.

Share your heart with Him today!

Jul 21, 2015 - 151-200, Everyday Prayers    2 Comments

Refrigerator Prayers

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What’s on your fridge? Some outdated coupons?  Kid’s (or grandkids) latest artwork?  A reminder about an upcoming event?  How about making it a prayer space?

Using plain paper (or something pretty), post a list of prayer requests for you and/or your family.  Leave a space to check off when the prayer is answered.  Every time you go to open or close the refrigerator, say a quick prayer and thank God for the answers!  This is a simple way to keep prayer in the forefront for you and your family.  Celebrate together God’s goodness when a prayer is answered!

It’s also a witness to unsaved family or friends who visit and might be a great conversation starter to share answers to prayer!