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Prayer for Revelation

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Prayer for Revelation

The Lord gave us an invitation to revelation. He desires to show His glory and wonders to those who will seek for it. He looks for those who will hear His plans and pray them into existence. He wants each of us to personally know Him… not just what He’s done in the past, or for others. Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, fenced in and hidden, which you do not know.” The invitation has been given. Pray with me for a release of God’s revelation in our lives and our churches.

Lord, show me a revelation of Your Word and Your will. Cause the obscure and confusing things to become clear to me. Expound my current understanding of Your Word to deeper levels of insight and application. Give me a definite understanding of what Your Word means, and how I am to apply it to my life, in my time and my culture. Cause me to see the world through its truths instead of the image the world wishes me to see. Reveal Your will to me so I will know how to pray effectively both for Your cause and for my own life, causing me to come into alignment with You, where I am fruitful and blessed.

Lord, show me a revelation of Your ways. Teach me the things You like and desire. Teach me how You like to be worshipped and served. Cause me to understand reasons why You do the things you do, and what You desire to still yet do. Let this understanding breed delight in the deepest places of my soul, causing me to hunger even more after Your Spirit and Your Word, day and night. Make me to become satisfied each time I spend time in Your Word and Your presence, where all other things that used to satisfy fail to fill me any longer. Cause my mind to think on Your ways throughout my day, and see life through Your eyes.

Lord, show me a revelation of Your glory. Reveal to me things You have done – the miracles, signs, and wonders – no matter how big or small they might seem. Cause me to search for Your glory, not just happen upon it. Reveal how You work in nature, through our senses, life experiences, and through others, where I am aware of it and become a verbal witness of it. Let me not steal Your glory by claiming ownership of Your work, or by withholding honor that is due You. Affect me with Your glory! As I meditate on it, let it leave me in awe and wonder, and with a hunger to see more of it, where it saturates my thinking, my words, and my prayers. Let Your glory create a deepset joy in my heart, knowing that You are my Father – You are absolutely pure, good, and beyond sufficient explanation – and I am Your child!

Lord, show me a revelation of the work of the enemy. Cause me to become aware of how, when, and where the enemy is at work. Cause me to know when others are causing chaos as opposed to when the enemy is attacking. Let my discernment be accurate and my intuition be acute. Reveal the tactics and strategy of the enemy, and the hidden plans and traps that lay in wait so I can evade destruction by Your wisdom. Cause me to see the smokescreen of deception the enemy displays to get me off focus and in despair. Cause me to discern the voice of the enemy and know which of Your Words to fight back with. Your Word is my weapon, and I therefore I will declare it! Give me understanding of how and when to respond when the enemy comes against those I am close to. Let me not react with haste or emotion, but rather with Your perfect timing and strategy. Cause me to remember that in the end You win. No matter how strong the battle, no matter how long the fight, no matter how often the enemy claims victory, no matter how much carnage I see, I will remember that You are God of the Living and not the dead. You are the Almighty and You will NOT give Your glory to another!

Colleen Clabaugh

Prayer for Revelation 2018-11-25T16:02:55+00:00

Prayer Made the Difference

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Prayer Made the Difference

It was 2004 and began as a faint uneasiness in my spirit on a Friday.  A tiny voice urging me to pray. I had a home Bible study that night and thought the spirit might be calling me to extra spiritual preparation for it. I dutifully prayed for the study and reassumed my tasks. The study came and went, and the feeling was still there on Saturday. No longer a mere faint uneasiness it had grown into a decided disquiet of spirit. The tiny voice was now an insistent urging. Again, I went to prayer, unsure of what to pray for.  I prayed diligently but was unable to ease the burden on my heart. By Saturday night the feeling had grown to a deep almost despairing feeling. I began to feel a great concern for my six-year-old daughter Reagan.

Sanguine by nature, I rarely experience feelings of doom and gloom but this was almost debilitating. “It feels like a black cloud of despair looming over me “I told our music director, Sarah Roemer. I’m filled with a great fear of Reagan being in danger”.  She told me she would help me pray. I also confided in my mother in law Sunday morning at church and confessed I was unsure if it was the Lord drawing me or if it was the enemy’s attempt to torment me. That afternoon I tearfully recounted my feelings with my mother and she told me ‘Either way, warning or torment, there is only one answer…we must  pray.”   Monday night was Daughters of Zion (now Ladies Prayer International) prayer meeting and I asked the ladies to join us in prayer over the situation. After that night’s prayer the feeling lifted at last.

Four days later on Friday night I was in my bedroom fighting the decidedly unspiritual devils of dust and clutter in the closet. My husband was out of town and the children were in the living room playing. Right in the middle of my task I felt thirsty and went down the hall towards the kitchen. Just as I passed the archway into the living room a blur of motion caught my eye. I watched in horror as my daughters body catapulted through the air jerking to a stop mid-flight and falling to the ground… a jump rope tied around her neck.

I rushed into the room and gathered her into my arms. The rope was tied in a knot so tightly I could not undo it.  She stared up into my eyes with terror, her body spasmodically jerking. I tried to put my fingers under the rope to ease it but could not. I ran and retrieved scissors and franticly began sawing on the rope surrounding Reagan purple neck.  The strands split beneath the blades and her raspy intake of breath was the sweetest sound I have ever heard. I sat there sobbing with relief while she gasped for air. I had not had time to call for help and didn’t even have the presence of mind to call out the name of Jesus. But then I didn’t need to … for seven days earlier I had started calling out for this very moment.  The call for help was anticipated and so heaven sent out its own call to me. A call to prayer.

After a story about the covered wagons of the Old West, Reagan had turned the couch into a covered wagon and hitched herself to one of its legs with a jump rope.  My guided stroll had drawn me past the living room at the very instant she leapt forward. James Houston was engrossed in his game boy and unaware of what was going on. Lincoln, at only 18 months was unable to understand either. The chances of them being able to help or get help was slim to none. I believe with all my heart that it was the prayers – mother’s, mine and the church mothers, that made the difference in life and death for us.

Rachel Coltharp
Pastor’s Wife, Aurora, IL
Illinois District Superintendent’s Wife

Prayer Made the Difference 2018-11-25T16:16:48+00:00

Eight Steps to a Dynamic Prayer Meeting

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Eight Steps to a Dynamic Prayer Meeting

Step 1: View the Prayer Meeting as an Encounter with God: 
 Without a strong focus on God Himself, we can program the spiritual life out of a prayer meeting! We need to view the prayer meeting primarily as a relational experience with God rather than an event to orchestrate. The primary goal in the prayer meeting is to make significant time for people to experience a genuine, spontaneous encounter with God.

Step 2: Promote the Prayer Meeting as a Top Priority: Churches seldom develop dynamic prayer meetings until prayer becomes a genuine top priority. A series of brief Bible studies that teach the importance of corporate intercession can help congregations gain a priority view of prayer meetings. Until congregations fully grasp the importance of corporate intercession, they will continue to view prayer meetings as optional or unimportant.

Step 3: Prayerfully Plan the Prayer Meeting: Churches always reveal their real priorities by what they seriously plan, organize and promote. Today if prayer meetings exist at all, they are often poorly planned and under-promoted. Though this takes work and preparation, such efforts make a huge difference. However, your planning must leave room for the spontaneous response of God’s people. God will teach you the proper balance between planning and spontaneity.

Step 4: Use the Prayer Meeting to Grow Your People in Intercession: The weekly prayer meeting is the crucial setting in which to teach your congregation how to pray. Nothing teaches people to pray like praying and hearing others pray. The prayer meeting is also the time to give your people detailed prayer lists for key issues. In this way, believers move toward an outward Kingdom focus rather than one that is inward and temporal.

Step 5: Schedule Significant Prayer Time: People usually spend so much time talking about prayer requests that they spend almost no time in prayer. Churches must rethink the amount of time allotted for the weekly prayer meeting. Regardless of the length of the prayer meeting, the guiding principle is to schedule most of your time for actual prayer. In most churches this will require major changes, but the results will be worth it.

Step 6: Focus Prayer More on Eternal than Temporal Issues: When prayer is focused almost entirely on physical needs, the prayer focus is inward and temporal rather than outward and eternal. God’s heart is broken when we endlessly major on temporal concerns and miss His larger purposes. With a little planning, your church can achieve a healthy balance between eternal and temporal prayer concerns.

Step 7: Schedule Additional Prayer Meetings with Serious Intercessors
Develop strong prayer patterns, but do not make them so extensive as to eliminate the vast majority of participants. For your more serious intercessors, it is crucial to offer additional prayer meetings of greater intensity and length.

Step 8: Promote the Meeting as a Time of Joy and Life-Changing Power
When a church conducts powerful corporate prayer meetings, many prayers will be answered, and it will have many reasons to rejoice. Many churches find it appropriate to begin prayer meetings with a time of sharing answered prayers. Nothing fills people with joy and prepares them to pray like hearing recent answers from God. If churches promote prayer meetings as exciting, life-changing events, far more people will attend.

Lisa Marshall

Eight Steps to a Dynamic Prayer Meeting 2018-11-25T16:57:43+00:00

The Names and Attributes of God

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The Names and Attributes of God

Though God is infinitely far above our ability to fully understand, through the Scriptures He tells us truths about Himself so that we can know Him and be drawn to worship Him. During your prayer time, meditate on one of the name and attributes of God below. Allow the truth and the depth of each one to deepen your relationship with God and your dependency on Him.

 

JEHOVAH
The name of the independent, self-complete being—“I AM WHO I AM”—only belongs to Jehovah God. Our proper response to Him is to fall down in fear and awe of the One who possesses all authority. Exodus 3:13-15

JEHOVAH-M’KADDESH
This name means “the God who sanctifies.” A God separate from all that is evil requires that the people who follow Him be cleansed from all evil. Leviticus 20:7,8

INFINITE
God is beyond measurement— we cannot define Him by size or amount. He has no beginning, no end, and no limits. Romans 11:33

OMNIPOTENT
God is all-powerful. He spoke all things into being, and all things— every cell, every breath, every thought—are sustained by Him. Nothing is too difficult for Him. Jeremiah 32:17,18, 26,27

JEHOVAH-NISSI
“God our banner.” Under His banner we go from triumph to triumph and say, “Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (I Corinthians 15:57). Exodus 17:8-15

WISE
All God’s acts are accomplished through His infinite wisdom. He always acts for our good, which is to conform us to Himself. Our good and His glory are inextricably bound together. Proverbs 3:19,20

FAITHFUL
Out of His faithfulness God honors His covenants and fulfills His promises. Our hope for the future rests upon God’s faithfulness. Psalm 89:1-8

WRATHFUL
Unlike human anger, God’s wrath is never capricious, self-indulgent, or irritable. It is the right and necessary reaction to objective moral evil. Nahum 1:2-8

FULL OF GRACE
Grace is God’s good pleasure that moves Him to grant merit where it is undeserved and to forgive debt that cannot be repaid. Ephesians 1:5-8

OUR COMFORTER
Jesus called the Holy Spirit the “Comforter,” and the apostle Paul writes that the Lord is “the God of all comfort.” II Corinthians 1:3,4

EL-SHADDAI
“God Almighty,” the God who is all-sufficient and all-bountiful, the source of all blessings. Genesis 49:22-26

FATHER
Jesus taught us to pray, “Our Father” (Matthew 6:9), and the Spirit of God taught us to cry, “Abba, Father,” an intimate Aramaic term similar to “Daddy.” The Creator of the universe cares for each one of us. Romans 8:15-17

THE CHURCH’S HEAD
Jesus is the head of the Church. As the head, the part of the body that sees, hears, thinks, and decides, He gives the orders that the rest of the body lives by. Ephesians 1:22,23

OUR INTERCESSOR
Knowing our temptations, Jesus intercedes for us. He opens the doors for us to boldly ask for help and mercy. Thus, He is both the initiation and conclusion of true prayer. Hebrews 4:14-16

ADONAI
“Master” or “Lord.” All God’s people ought to acknowledge themselves as His servants, with His right to reign as Lord of our lives.  II Samuel 7:18-20

ELOHIM
“Strength” or “Power”: He is transcendent, mighty and strong. This name displays His supreme power, sovereignty, and faithfulness in His covenant relationship with us. Genesis 17:7,8

 

 

The Names and Attributes of God 2018-11-11T21:53:56+00:00