Pray Until Heaven Invades Your Situation!

In my personal opinion, we have yet to discover the depths to which God has sovereignly chosen to wait for — and rely upon — the deep-hearted, earnest, persevering prayers of His people before His answers are dispatched from Heaven to Earth.

Elijah was an outstanding prophet of God in Israel’s history. He was a man through whom God poured great measures of His divine power to accomplish great signs and wonders to confirm and affirm God’s messages spoken through him to Israel.

“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.

Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.”

📖 James‬ ‭5:16-18

Let’s be people who devote ourselves to developing our prayer life, and to discovering the depths to which God intends that we earnestly pray.

See you at the altar of prayer, the place where God pours out His power and effectiveness from Heaven and into our situations.

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Bedridden Warriors

A Daily Thought Provoker Quote
from Heart & Path Journal at HeartPathJournal.net
Online Publications of David J. Hall

“If you feel about as effective as a bedridden sick person with a heavy fry pan facing an army with death in their eyes, don’t forget what a faith-filled shepherd boy did with just a sling and a stone.

From our beds, let’s pray like Elijah. Let’s pray like Paul. Let’s pray like Jesus. Through Christ we can be very victorious as conquering Devil smackers!”

( David J. Hall / from article: “Devil Smacker” )

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Prayers That Impress God

A Daily Thought Provoker Quote
from Heart & Path Journal at HeartPathJournal.net
Online Publications of David J. Hall

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New to prayer? Don’t worry, God isn’t impressed by prayers said with poetic verse, nor prayers offered in King James English, nor prayers that are filled with reciting long theological words and terms.

However, He is impressed when we pour out our soul in our own language: the language of our own heart!

( David J. Hall / from article: “A Quiet Call to Deep Intercession” )

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The Persistent Prayer of Faith

It has been said by some that if you pray for something more than once, it shows your lack of faith. This has been promoted and embraced by many in the hyper-faith movement. This concept is completely unscriptural, and robs sincere believers of a tremendous effectiveness in life and ministry that God has otherwise provided to ultimately bring glory to Himself.

If you have believed the above mentioned error, this article will help you to launch the rebuilding of your faith and your practice of persistent prayer.

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A Quiet Call to Deep Intercession

Today when I was thinking about prayer and its many forms and depths, I chuckled when I recalled my Dad gently teaching me about the difference between “deep intercession” and “saying grace” over the family meal.

As I recall I think I was praying a lengthy prayer on behalf of missionaries while the food grew cold and everyone else patiently waited for my amen.

Dad was very gracious in how he later approached that teaching moment in my life, and I thank him and Mom for every lesson they imparted to my sister and I over the years.

The lesson reminded me today of the difference between “saying grace” at meal time and offering “deep intercession” on behalf of God’s glory and His Kingdom.

It made me wonder: Perhaps He wants to remind us of the difference between what we do regularly and that which is most needful in these days. Perhaps if we will endeavor to hear His still, small, and gracious voice we might hear Him calling us to times of prayer beyond saying grace over our meals.

Keeping our meal-time prayers brief is appropriate, just as appropriate as it is to take other times out of our days and nights to enter deep intercessory prayer.

If prayer beyond meal-time is a new venture into unfamiliar territory, please know that the GREATEST School of Prayer is located very near to you… it is found wherever your knees will touch the ground. Prayer is mostly learned while actually praying.

Don’t worry, God isn’t impressed by prayers said with poetic verse, nor prayers offered in King James English, nor prayers that are filled with reciting long theological words and terms. However, He IS impressed when we pour out our hearts in our own language: the language of our own hearts!

Thanks for reading! See you later today (or even now?) at the altar of prayer.

Praying Like Elijah

“Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.”

~ James 5:17-18

Elijah was a human being… just like us.
Elijah prayed earnestly for a drought… like we can.
Elijah prayed earnestly for abundance… like we can.

Elijah’s prayers were answered… like ours can be.

Imagine if We All were praying earnestly like Elijah, for a drought of sin in our land, and for an abundance of righteousness in our land.

Okay, imagine if 50% of us were praying like Elijah.

Hmmm… What about 25% of us?

No? Then what about 10% of us?

Elijah was just ONE person. Imagine if just YOU were praying like Elijah for the nation? After all, YOU are a person just like Elijah.

Let’s pray like we can because our earnest praying can be answered!

 

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Spirit Realm Sniper

The Kingdom of God is recruiting men and women of any age to be Spirit Realm Snipers who serve as specialists in providing cover-fire for God’s people through intercessory prayer.

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand…

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests… be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”

~ Ephesians 6:10-18

Are you interested?

The Boot Camp training takes place wherever your knees can hit the ground in prayer.

The Training Manual is the Bible.

The Instructor is the Holy Spirit.

The Weapons that you will be using as a professional operator are not of this world, but are mighty through God.

The Theatre of Operations is the spirit realm of the heavens and the whole earth.

The Mission is to intercede on behalf of God’s people whom the Holy Spirit will bring into your field of vision, providing cover-fire for them, protecting them from the enemy through praying in the Name and Authority of the Son of God, Jesus Christ.

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God is a Champion Warrior

God likens Himself to a champion, a zealous warrior who always triumphs.

“The Lord will march out like a champion, like a warrior He will stir up His zeal; with a shout He will raise the battle cry and will triumph over His enemies.”‭‭

( Isaiah‬ ‭42:13‬ )

This is a description of the God who fights for His glory and His kingdom. As followers of Christ, as adopted children of the King, He fights for us!

Let’s take a step back, drop to our knees in prayer, making room in our lives for the undefeated Warrior-King to wage His victorious war against all enemies, on earth and in the heavens.

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

( Ephesians‬ ‭6:18‬ )

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Transforming Local Churches into Harvesting Combines.

Every local church should be a contributing member of the global church, fulfilling the call of Christ [not only in being a place of discipleship, relationship, and training in the Word and Spirit, but] especially in the arena of becoming and functioning as a harvesting combine of souls.

Recently, I came across a passage that Pastor Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) penned and preached to his local church. His passion for seeing the lost soul come to Christ, and for the transformation of some Christians within his church that are missing the call of Christ to be a soul-winner, is expressed as follows:

The soul-winner must be a master of the art of prayer. You cannot bring souls to God if you go not to God yourself. You must get your battle-ax, and your weapons of war, from the armoury of sacred communication with Christ. If you are much alone with Jesus, you will catch His Spirit; you will be fired with the flame that burned in His breast, and consumed His life.

Jesus looking over, and weeping over, JerusalemYou will weep with the tears that fell upon Jerusalem when He saw it perishing; and if you cannot speak so eloquently as He did, yet shall there be about what you say somewhat of the same power which in Him thrilled the hearts and awoke the consciences of men.

My dear hearers, especially you members of the church, I am always so anxious lest any of you should begin to lie upon your oars, and take things easy in the matters of God’s kingdom. There are some of you—I bless you, and I bless God at the remembrance of you—who are in season, and out of season, in earnest for winning souls, and you are the truly wise; but I fear there are others whose hands are slack, who are satisfied to let me preach, but do not themselves preach; who take these seats, and occupy these pews, and hope the cause goes well, but that is all they do.”

Pastor Charles Spurgeon / “The Soul Winner”
Published by Grand Rapids: Eerdmans
©1989 reprint, Pg 246–47.

Perhaps, if you are like me, it would be helpful to re-read the above quote several times so that the full impact of the message can be received, followed by an introspective application to our heart.

If we are not earnestly praying for the salvation of the lost, we have not yet begun to be that which Christ has called us to be.  The scriptures say regarding Jesus that He “came to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10) and also in regard to those who are bound in sin, that He “was manifested, that He may destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8).

The difference between the fruitful and the unfruitful local church [in regard to the harvesting of souls] is profoundly simple: the fruitful church contains some branches that have engaged in the simple yet profound art of soul-winning intercessory prayer.  The unfruitful local church just won’t do it.

Let us (you and I) agree to make a world of difference within the local churches that we are branches within (Jesus said that He is the Vine, and we are the branches).  Let us (again, you and I) determine to see the prayers of Pastor Spurgeon for his local church in the 1800’s answered and fulfilled in our local churches in 2013 & Beyond.  Let us (yes, you and I) master the art of soul-winning prayer!

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