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Praying For Our Leaders

 

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I ran into this story on Facebook and thought it appropriate to share.  More than any other time, we must prayer for leaders, not criticize or complain! Note the simple prayer Derek Prince was impressed to pray and the answer!  God wants to answer our prayers, too!

During WW II the British army in North Africa was being beaten, badly. The result was a 700 mile retreat from a place in Tripoli to El Alamein, about fifty miles west of Cairo. Here the British forces dug in for one final stand.

In the desert, Derek said: “I had no church or minister to offer me fellowship or counsel. I was obliged to depend upon the Bible and the Holy Spirit. I early came to see that, by New Testament standards, fasting was a normal part of Christian discipline. I set aside every Wednesday for FASTING AND PRAYER.

“During the long and demoralizing retreat God laid on my heart a burden of prayer, both for the British forces in the desert and for the whole situation in the Middle East.

“After a while, it seemed that the Holy Spirit gave me this prayer: ‘Lord, give us leaders such that it will be for Your glory to give us victory through them.’

“I continued praying this prayer EVERY DAY.

“In due course, the British government decided to relieve the commander of their forces in the desert and to replace him with another man. The man whom they chose was a general named W.H.E. Strafer Gott.

“He was flown to Cairo to take over command, but he was killed when his plane was shot down.

“At this critical juncture the British forces in this major theater of the war were left without a commander.

“Winston Churchill, appointed a more-or-less unknown officer, named B. L. Montgomery, who was hastily flown out from Britain.

“Montgomery was the son of an evangelical Anglican bishop. He was a man who very definitely fulfilled God’s two requirements in a leader of men. He was just and God-fearing. He was also a man of tremendous discipline.

“Within two months, he had instilled a totally new sense of discipline into his officers and had thus restored the confidence of the men in their leaders.

“Then the main battle of El Alamein was fought. It was the first major allied victory in the entire war up to that time. The threat was finally thrown back, and the course of the war changed in favor of the Allies.

“Without a doubt, the battle of El Alamein was the turning point of the war in North Africa.

“Two or three days after the battle, I found myself in the desert a few miles behind the advancing Allied forces. A small portable radio beside me was relaying a news description of the scene at Montgomery’s headquarters as he had witnessed it on the eve of the battle.

“He revealed how Montgomery publicly called his officers and men to PRAYER, saying, ‘Let us ask the Lord, mighty in battle, to give us the victory.’ As these words came through that portable radio, God spoke very clearly to my spirit, ‘THAT IS THE ANSWER TO YOUR PRAYER.’

“I believe that the prayer which God gave me could well be applied to other situations, both military and political:
‘Lord, give us leaders such that it will be for Your glory to give us victory through them.'”

Would you join me in this prayer today!

Jun 22, 2015 - 151-200, Everyday Prayers    No Comments

P.R.A.Y.

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Here’s another simple acronym to focus your prayers!

PPraise God!  Lift up his name – Exalt Him with song or words!  Read a Psalm of praise such as Psalm 69:30 or Psalm 100

RRepent!  This simply means to change your mind and agree with God.  Ask Him to show you any place in your life that you are not agreeing with Him or where you’ve missed the mark.

AAsk God to help you and others – Matthew 7:7 – “Ask and it will be given…”

YYield – Take a quiet moment and submit to God – your plans, agenda, thoughts, ideas and dreams.  Let Him speak His love, peace, and joy into your life.

Take a moment right now and P.R.A.Y.!

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 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!

 

Jan 5, 2015 - 101-150, Everyday Prayers    No Comments

“Miss-dialed” Prayers

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Have those times you get a call, but no one is there?  You can hear noise in the background and realize the person’s phone accidentally dialed you.

Nothing is an “accident” in the kingdom!  Instead of being frustrated for the interruption, offer up a prayer for that person.  It just might be God’s way of looking for someone to pray.  Someone who will partner with Him in that moment to bless someone else.

Next time you get that call, pray!

Dec 29, 2014 - 101-150, Everyday Prayers    No Comments

Praying for Pets

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I’m an animal lover and grateful to God for giving us pets to love and enjoy.  For many of us, they become like “family.”  A stress reliever, a friendly greeting, purring or barking and unconditional affection.

When I was a teenager and going through a particularly rough time of my life, God sent a cat to remind me of His love.  I was out for a walk when a very friendly cat came right up to me.  I picked him up and he immediately put his arms around my neck like he was hugging me, purring all the while.  In that moment, I felt God’s presence in a tangible way and a comfort to my heart that is hard to explain.

I’m glad that the animals are meaningful to God as well.  He made them for us to care for and for our enjoyment.  When they are sick or lost and our hearts are distressed, He understands and wants to hear and answer our prayers for them (although it might not always be in the way we expect or hope for).

If you have pets, thank God for them.  When they are distressed or even acting out, ask Him for help and guidance.  It might seem like a little thing, but if it matters to you, it matters to Him.

Christmas Card Prayers

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It’s that time of year when Christmas cards start arriving in the mail.  I love to read any updates that’s shared in newsletters or hand-written on the card.  This is a great time to lift that person and their family up in prayer!  Thank God for the blessing they are in your life.

I’ve heard of some people who keep all the cards in a basket and then after Christmas instead of throwing them away, they go through them one a day and pray for their friends!  When they get to the end, they start again.  This is a great way of remembering the special gift of friendship in our lives and to pray for them throughout the year!

Instead of tossing those cards after Christmas, consider using them as prompts to pray for your friends and family!

Courtroom Prayers

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No, not talking about how to pray when you appear in traffic court.  In Scripture there are different metaphors for prayer, conversations with our friend, our Abba, our beloved, intercession as warfare, etc.  But we also see it as a courtroom.

God is the judge who decides in favor of the saints (Daniel 7:22-28).  Jesus is our Advocate (1 John 2:1).  We are seated with Him in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6).

Too often when we pray, we pray from the perspective of the earthly realm.  Our prayers are often limited by what we see in the natural.  When we understand the truth that we are seated with Jesus in heavenly places and that the Father loves to legislate against the enemy on our behalf, it makes a difference in how we pray.

The enemy is a legalist and he regularly will bring his case against you in the court of heaven.  He wants to do everything he can stop you from walking in the full destiny God created you to walk in.  The good news is that God is on our side and Jesus pleads His blood on our behalf.  We can pray in confidence from this position in heavenly places.

If you are interested in learning more on courtroom praying, watch this video by clicking here or get a copy of Robert Henderson’s book called “Operating in the Courts of Heaven: Granting God the legal right to fulfill his passion and answer our prayers”

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

Overcoming Darkness: A 90-day Prayer Focus

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Overcoming Darkness: A 90-day Prayer Focus

What is a prayer focus?  A prayer focus is a daily guide to Scripture reading and prayer that a group or region uses to corporately “be on the same page”.  The focus typically follows a theme.  This gives the opportunity for people to enter in to encountering and experiencing God together.

Why should I participate in a prayer focus?   If God is calling you to participate, you will be richly blessed in this corporate expression of shared prayer, fellowship and experience.  It may seem at first like a burden to add something extra to your devotional life, but believe me, it will be worth it!

How does it work?  Each day spend some time reading the Scriptures recommended and use it and the comments or questions provided to begin a dialog with God on the topic.  There will also be a weekly challenge where you can take what God is speaking to you and put it into action.

This 90-day prayer focus is broken down into four 21-day prayer focuses, each with a different theme and a final week of celebration.  There will be an optional gathering for fellowship and prayer at the end of each 21-day focus for those who want to participate.

Why this theme – Overcoming Darkness?  This year’s focus at Leading in These Times of racial reconciliation is highlighting an area that needs to be addressed.  Any kind of division in the Body of Christ is displeasing to God and contrary to His Kingdom, whether it manifests in racial, gender, denominational or any other kind of discrimination or abuse.

How do we deal with this darkness?

Recently I read in an article that to overcome any form of darkness corporately, we first need to be grounded in the following four areas:

  1. Receiving God’s provision of unity through the Cross (Eph. 2:13-22)
  2. Living in the reality of love, through the power of the Spirit (Eph. 3:14-20)
  3. Embracing humility that enables the preservation of unity (Eph. 4:1-6)
  4. Walking in purity in life and relationships (Eph. 4:20-6:9) (Tom White, Overcoming High Level Darkness)

This is the basis for the four 21-day prayer focuses – exploring unity, love, humility and purity together.  For those warriors who might be thinking, “What? Aren’t we going to battle?” Yes.  These four things also constitute the most powerful weapons we have against the enemy.

What if I miss a day?  Don’t stress about it!  That’s the beauty of doing this corporately. There’s grace if you miss a day.  Don’t feel pressured to “catch up”, just join in as God leads you.  Here’s the first few days:

Day 1 – Read Genesis 1.  Meditate on how the Father, Son and Spirit worked together in creation.  Ask God to give you a fresh vision of this familiar passage.  What did it look like for the Father to say, “Let Us make man in our image…”

Day 2 – Read John 1:1-5, 14; 5:19 – How does the “Word” express and reveal the glory of the Father to you?  Why did Jesus only do what the Father was doing?

Day 3 – Read John 14:1-21.  What had Philip missed?  Ask the Lord to reveal anything you might have “missed” in understanding the unity of Father, Son and Spirit.

Day 4 – Read Psalm 2.  If the Father was planning to give Jesus the nations as His inheritance, why did He tell Jesus to ask Him for it?  How does understanding this and applying it to my life affect the way I pray?

Day 5 – Read 2 Corinthians 13:14.  Why did Paul highlight each member of the Godhead in closing this letter?  What insights do we learn about different expressions of the Trinity from this passage?  Take a moment to thank the Son for His grace, the Father for His love and Holy Spirit for fellowship (communion)

Hope you will join us in this prayer focus!  I will post daily on 1000 Ways to Pray Facebook or you can print the first 21-day prayer focus by clicking here.