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.

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!

Aug 11, 2015 - 151-200, Corporate Prayer    No Comments

Pictionary Prayer

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Looking for a fun way to pray with your small group?  Here’s an idea a friend gave me – Pictionary Prayer!  Form two teams.  Have one person from the team think of a prayer need and draw while their team tries to guess.  When they do guess it, pause and pray.  Move on to the next team.  You can give a special prize to the team who guesses the most prayer drawings correctly, but ultimately everybody wins!

Prayer doesn’t need to be dry and boring!  Be creative and enjoy spending time with each other and with God.

Aug 3, 2015 - 151-200    No Comments

Why Pray?

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Why Pray?

While most of the time this blog focuses on creative ways to pray, my heart was stirred today to focus on why.

Why?

Because I’m supposed to?

Because “someone” says I have to?

Because…?

You fill in the blank.  Why do you pray?

While it seems basic, sometimes we get so caught up in life, we forget the reason behind it all.

Relationship.  Love.  Communion.  Friendship. With the God of the universe!

If your prayers are routine, boring, or complaining or begging sessions, think again.

It doesn’t matter how many hours you pray, if it’s not motivated and saturated in love, it’s like “sounding brass or clanging cymbal.” 1 Corinthians 13

Is it time for a fresh start to your prayer life?  If you are in the area (Sacramento, Ca), please join us this weekend for the Tree of Life retreat where we will explore abiding.  Register at: www.EquippingTheKingdom.com.  Email me for discount and special rates (adena@EquippingTheKingdom.com).

Jul 27, 2015 - 151-200, Corporate Prayer    2 Comments

Alphabet Prayers

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Bored with the routine of family prayers?  Want to “spice up” small group prayer? Here’s a great prayer activity for groups!

Using the alphabet as a prayer prompt, the first person would take the letter “a” and think of something to pray for with that letter.  It could be a person (Annie) or a group (actors) or a problem (addictions) or a country (America) anything that prompts them to pray.  Then they would share their “a” word and pray a short sentence or two prayer based off that letter.  The next person takes the next letter.  Be creative and have fun!

B – Aunt Betty or the Beatles or Basketball players or Bosnia…

C – Carla or California or a friend with cancer or a coffee shop

You can stick with one category or mix it up and let it be a free for all.  You get the idea, now have some fun!

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