A Praying Life

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Posted 7/14/10 at 12:32 AM | Will Davis

LESSONS FROM THE DEATH OF A BASEBALL LEGEND

George Steinbrenner died today at age 80. The long-time owner of the New York Yankees, Steinbrenner was a legend in the sports world and a household name for any who follow baseball. His death is yet another sobering reminder of the brevity and fragility of life.

In Psalm 49, David wrote, "Do not be overawed when a man grows rich, when the splendor of his house increases; for he will take nothing with him when he dies, his splendor will not descend with him," Psalm 49:16-17. As much as we'd like to think that money can fend off the grim reaper, it can't. We all have a pending date with eternity, no matter our status or wealth in life. That being true, it just makes good sense to invest in what's eternal and not in what's temporary and fleeting. FULL POST

Posted 6/30/10 at 6:25 PM | Will Davis

Waiting

Isaiah 40:31, Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength . . . .

Waiting. I hate waiting. And yet it seems that I do quite a bit of it. I’ve been waiting all day.

As I write, I’m sitting alone in an empty hospital cafeteria, the low murmur of CNN Headline News in the background, eating overpriced hospital food. It’s been that exciting all day. FULL POST

Posted 5/16/10 at 3:20 PM | Mrs. Yvonne Perkins

THE LANGUAGE OF THE INTERCESSOR

Intercession is a lost art among the body of Christ. Yet, it is a high priestly calling that requires dedication and sacrifice. It is a privilege, honor and humbling experience to be chosen to be an intercessor. Some people have dedicated their lives to perfecting this art and give themselves to prayer often spending hours upon hours in travail for others As intercessors it is important to know your weapons and when to use them to be effective in this spiritual warfare.

We have spoken in past blogs about the Intercessor's Tool Kit where you will find a listing of resources to assist you in mastering the art of intercession. Today, I am introducing you to The Rules of Engagement by Cindy Trimm and Apostle John Eckhardt Prayers that Rout Demons. Ms. Trimm talks at length about the language of the intercessor. You will notice that most major careers fields have a "language" specific to that field. Medical field speaks of diseases, prognosis, diagnosis, course of treatment etc, electrician speaks of Btu, wattage etc, law enforcement speaks of crime scenes, evidence, convictions etc.

Cindy Trimm gives clear concrete examples of how to use the language of the intercessors back by scriptures. These are excerpts from those book pages 24-37:

As God's official legislator and law enforcement agent:
I come in the name of resurrected Jesus, I affect and enforce God's original plans, I decree and declare, I place upon myself the armor of God, I pull down strongholds, I speak, I establish, I overrule and overthrow, I nullify, I take control over, I dispossess master spirits, I announce that it is you who have blessed me, I forbid an disallow opposing satanic activities, I disapprove and prohibit, I bind satanic harassment, I lift false burdens, I release, I obliterate and annihilate satanic forces, I forcefully resist, I put a halt, I prevail, I execute, I establish, I employ the host of heaven, I superimpose the prophetic word over, I reverse, I come against, I rebuke, I confirm, I send, I arrest.

Apostle John Eckhardt book Prayers that Rout Demons also gives clear concrete examples of how to use the language of the intercessor to destroy the works of the enemy and release the power of God giving scriptures to back up your authority to do this. A few excerpts from his book pages 32-33, 48-51: FULL POST

Posted 3/14/10 at 1:02 AM | Mrs. Yvonne Perkins

TYPES OF PRAYER - PART TWO

The discussion of the last post was about the different types of prayer. I referenced authors Kenneth Hagin (The Art of Prayer) and Elizabeth Alves (Becoming a Prayer Warrior). Hagin identified the following types of prayers: The prayer of faith, consecration, commitment, worship, agreement, in the spirit, united, supplication and Intercessory prayer. Alves identified the following types: Praise and thanksgiving, confession and forgiveness, intercession and petition. Again, I emphasized that the opinions I offer are that of my own. However you will find that their are many overlapping views/opinions on this subject. My intent is just to broaden your thinking and increase your awareness of the weapons at your disposal.

The Prayer of Worship I believe overlap with the prayer of Praise and thanksgiving. In other words, the schools of thought about these two types of prayers are that they are essentially the same. This type of prayer is very POWERFUL BUT OFTEN NEGLECTED. We are often so intent in presenting our petitions to God that we neglect to just come before him in praise and worship. In the natural realm you can understand how you feel about someone who relationship with you seems to be one of always in need, always asking can you do this, will you do this, help me do this etc. While you may now mind granting their requests you do wish sometimes they would come and just say "Thanks".
I believe that our heavenly father sometimes feel the same way. In the last post I challenged you to take one hour, one day to offer up nothing but Praise and Worship to the father. No petitions, no complaints - just a heart filled with gratitude and an attitude of thanksgiving. An awareness of how unworthy we are of the goodness, kindness, mercy and faithfulness that God showers down upon us. When we give God what he wants he will meet our needs in an abundant way, far exceeding all that we could think or imagine to ask him.

 
The Prayer of Agreement and United Prayer. Genesis 11:1-9, Exodus 17:8-13, Psalms 133:1-3, Matt 18:19-20 and Acts 4:23. You can have a large number of people in one place and not accomplish anything if they can not agree upon a direction, decision etc. The key is to come into agreement and be united as in having a single purpose, intent, one mind, one thought, and one action/behavior. When the people marched around the walls of Jericho they moved as one in one direction having a single purpose, intent and mind (Joshua 6). In Genesis 11:6 and the Lord said behold the people is one, they have one language and now NOTHING WILL BE RESTRAINED FROM THEM WHICH THEY HAVE IMAGINED TO DO. However it does not take a lot of people to get the job done. Whatsoever you bind/loose I will bind/loose. If two shall agree ...it shall be done, if two or three gathered together in my name (Matt 18:19-20). One can chase a thousand - that's good but two can put 10 thousands to flight - that's better (Deut 32:30) I encourage you to join with others that are like-minded and pray corporately and you will be blessed corporately and see results. FULL POST

Posted 2/2/10 at 12:40 AM | Mrs. Yvonne Perkins

Types of Prayers

As we continue this series on Intercession I encourage you to review the previous blogs i.e. What is an Intercessor, Profile of an Intercessor, Intercessor Toolkit and the Purpose of Prayer.  Kenneth Hagin in his book titled "The Art of Prayer" pages 7 and 8 list the following types of prayer:  The Prayer of Faith, the Prayer of consecration, The Prayer of Commitment, The Prayer of Worship, The Prayer of Agreement, Prayer in the Spirit, United Prayer, The Prayer of Supplication and Intercessory Prayer. Elizabeth Alves in her book "Becoming a Prayer Warrior" describes the following types of prayer:  Praise and thanksgiving, Confession and forgiveness, Intercession and Petition. I have listed the various types of prayers to enlighten you to what they are.  However, as I discussed them the opinions I offer are those of my own and not necessary how they wrote about them although our thoughts are very similar. 

The Prayer of Faith is always based on the word of God.  You don't have to add "if it be your will" because you know according to his word it is his will.  Nothing can be accomplished without faith.  There is no need to pray if you don't believe that God will hear, he is able and he will perform it.  To pray this type of prayer you must know what the will of God is - that means to search the word of God to see what he says about this situation, what authority are you operating in, do you meet the conditions for this word to be true in your life etc.  This type of prayer is relying on Hebrews 11:1 " Now Faith Is" Apostle Richard D. Henton (Monument of Faith) recently preached a sermon "Now My Faith Is"  you must take the word of God and make it personal.  Now My faith is bringing to me every righteous request, it is manifesting the promises of God in my life and for those that I bring to the throne of God, my faith causes me to receive the things of God, it is making available to me the promises of God.  This type of prayer requires total obedience to Mark 11:22-23 "and Jesus answering saith unto them, Have Faith In God.  James 5:15 and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. This prayer says to the enemy as Paul said "Sirs I believe God, and may I add that is my final answer.

The Prayer of Consecration - this is an old concept and often forgotten in our modern world of Christianity.  You seldom hear anyone say consecrate me Oh Lord to do your will.  This type of prayer is an urgent and fervent request that says I want to do what you want me to do, I want to desire what you want me to desire, to go where you tell me, to hear your voice clearly and always obey you. John 2:7 his mother saith unto the servants, WHATEVER HE SAITH UNTO YOU, DO IT.  This prayer is one of dedication to the service of the Lord - a plea to make me a yielded vessel fit for your use and for your glory.  It is a denial of your flesh, your will, your desires, what you think is right or wrong and seeking the truth of God for your life.  Oh, that the Body of Christ would cry out to God in this prayer - then I'm sure we would witness the raw power of God, miracles and wonders untold. FULL POST

Posted 12/25/09 at 9:05 AM | Mrs. Yvonne Perkins

THE PURPOSE OF PRAYER

In the previous post we have discussed the following topics:
What is an intercessor? A person who has answered the high calling of God accordingly to II Chronicles 7:14 "if my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven, forgive their sins and heal their land. A person who has answered the want ad according to Ezekiel 22:30 "and I sought for a man that should stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.

The profile of an intercessor is a person who has an intimate relationship with God, studies, mediate, hear, receive and believe 100% the word of God. A person who is not self-righteous or judgmental and does not operate independently of God in their own strength, knowledge and abilities but is TOTALLY DEPENDENT ON THE LEADING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. They do not operate outside of the word of God but pray accordingly to the word of God. They have dedicated themselves to live holy and righteous and to intercede regularly on behalf of others, pastors, family, the lost, sick, forsaken and bereaved, neighborhoods, communities, leaders, Presidents and those in authority. They are quick to repent of any sin, shortcoming or downfalls and daily come to wash in the fountain filled with. the precious cleaning BLOOD OF THE LAMB

INTERCESSOR'S TOOL KIT: Every profession has a training manual that outlines the basic guideline and identifies necessary tools to carry out that function. I want to share with you some of the things I have found to be very necessary tools on my journey as an intercessor. First and foremost is the Holy Bible. It is the guide from this life to the next and must be believed 100% and recognized as the true word of God, the blueprint of God. You can not be a true intercessor and doubt the authenticy of God's word.

Today we are exploring the subject "The Purpose of Prayer". Prayer has many purposes but the most important one is that it allows us to be in communion with our heavenly father. When you are in love with a person you want to talk to them often, to be with them in their presence because it builds intimacy. Daily communion with God increase our ability to know the mind of God, his character, his desires and plans for our lives. FULL POST

Posted 11/23/09 at 9:26 AM | Mrs. Yvonne Perkins

THE INTERCESSOR TOOL KIT

What is an intercessor? A person who has answered the high calling of God accordingly to II Chronicles 7:14 "if my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven, forgive their sins and heal their land. A person who has answered the want ad according to Ezekiel 22:30 "and I sought for a man that should stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.

The profile of an intercessor is a person who has an intimate relationship with God, studies, mediate, hear, receive and believe 100% the word of God. A person who is not self-righteous or judgmental and does not operate independently of God in their own strength, knowledge and abilities but is TOTALLY DEPENDENT ON THE LEADING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. They do not operate outside of the word of God but pray accordingly to the word of God. They have dedicated themselves to live holy and righteous and to intercede regularly on behalf of others, pastors, family, the lost, sick, forsaken and bereaved, neighborhoods, communities, leaders, Presidents and those in authority. They are quick to repent of any sin, shortcoming or downfalls and daily come to wash in the fountain filled with. the precious cleaning BLOOD OF THE LAMB

Every profession has a training manual that outlines the basic guideline and identifies necessary tools to carry out that function. I want to share with you some of the things I have found to be very necessary tools on my journey as an intercessor. First and foremost is the Holy Bible. It is the guide from this life to the next and must be believed 100% and recognized as the true word of God, the blueprint of God. You can not be a true intercessor and doubt the authentic of God's word.

I am going to share with you some books that have been instrumental in developing my knowledge of God, revealing the weapons of prayers, increasing the power of my prayer life and sharpening my abilities to properly use the weapons of warfare.  FULL POST

Posted 10/11/09 at 5:01 AM | Mrs. Yvonne Perkins

PROFILE OF AN INTERCESSOR

Intercession is the act of interceding on behalf of someone else or a situation or circumstances that you are asking God to change. An intercessor is one who practices the art of intercession and has dedicated themselves to regularly interceding on behalf of others.

The profile of an intercessor is one who has an established intimate relationship with God. A person who life lines up with the word of God "ye shall be holy for I the Lord your God am holy" Lev. 19:2, "come out from among them and be ye separate saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing, and I will receive you" 11 Cor 6:17. A person, who studies the word of God, knows and meditates on the word of God. A person determined to live righteous and to call upon the name of God. A person who has crazy faith and believes that NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD (Luke 1:37)

Intercessors live close to God to be able to hear his voice through the word of God, the ministers and the leading of the Holy Spirit. Intercessors are not just hearers but doers of the word of God. They do not engage in gossip nor surround themselves around negative people. Intercessors can be trusted and do not reveal what they have been told to others. God hold us accountable for our behavior. They are self conscious about the things they read, look at, listen to and how they conduct themselves in their daily walk with God. Intercessors are not SELF-RIGHTEOUS NOR JUDGEMENTAL. FULL POST

Posted 9/20/09 at 8:42 AM | Mrs. Yvonne Perkins

WHAT IS AN INTERCESSOR?

Webster defines an intercessor as: - interceding: the action of pleading on somebody's behalf
- attempt to resolve conflict: the action of attempting to settle a dispute
- prayer or petition: a prayer to God, a god, or a saint on behalf of somebody or something. Simply put an intercessor is a person who goes before God in prayer on behalf of another person, situation or circumstance.

Every Christian has probably at some point in their life interceded on behalf of a love one, family member, friend, their church and pastor. We do it when there is a crisis or immediate situation that we need a response to. Does that make you an intercessor? On the simplest level, yes.

However, to be a true intercessor you MUST MEET OTHER QUALIFICATIONS. First, you must be a born again Christian who is willing to be separated, consecrated and committed to a holy lifestyle. Sounds pretty basic? You will be surprised how many people live a casual Christian lifestyle that embrace many of the secular things of this world and then believe that they can pray to God and expect an answer. For example you have been out drinking and partying all night but on the next day learn that a friend has been hurt or has some special need and you begin to "intercede" for that person. FULL POST

Posted 6/10/09 at 11:17 AM | Paul Miller

Bending Your Heart to Your Father

Several months ago I was on a flight, sitting next to a drug rep for a major pharmaceutical company. I mentioned to her that from listening to people talk, I suspected that one-third of suburban American women were on antidepressants. The drug rep shook her head. "You're wrong. It's at least two-thirds."

Most of us simply want to get rid of anxiety. Some hunt for a magic pill that will relieve the stress. Others pursue therapy. While antidepressants and counseling have helped many people, including me, the search for a "happy pill" or "happy thoughts" will not stop our restless anxiety. It runs too deep.

Instead of fighting anxiety, we can use it as a springboard to bending our hearts to God. Instead of trying to suppress anxiety, manage it, or smother it with pleasure, we can turn our anxiety toward God. When we do that, we'll discover that we've slipped into continuous praying.

Here's an example of how anxiety creates an opening for prayer. When I was a kid, I didn't like answering the phone, possibly because I am not quick with words. I can get tongue-tied in new situations, and I used to have a stuttering problem. Jill would joke that she wanted to name one of our kids Lillian because the letter L was a particular problem for me. So was H. Saying "hello" could really set me back. Sometimes when the phone rings, I still feel a twinge of anxiety. As I reach to pick up the phone, I almost always pray a quick, wordless prayer. I just lean in the direction of God. My anxiety becomes a prayer.

The connection between anxiety and continuous praying goes back to Eden, where Adam and Eve were in unbroken fellowship with God and continuous prayer was normal. When they sought independence from God, they stopped walking with God in the cool of the day and their prayer link was broken.

What does an unused prayer link look like? Anxiety. Instead of connecting with God, our spirits fly around like severed power lines, destroying everything they touch. Anxiety wants to be God but lacks God's wisdom, power, or knowledge. A godlike stance without godlike character and ability is pure tension. Because anxiety is self-on-its-own, it tries to get control. It is unable to relax in the face of chaos. Once one problem is solved, the next in line steps up. The new one looms so large, we forget the last deliverance.

Oddly enough, it took God to show us how not to be godlike. Jesus was the first person who didn't seek independence. He wanted to be in continuous contact with his heavenly Father. In fact, he humbled himself to death on the cross, becoming anxious so we could be free from anxiety. Now the Spirit brings the humility of Jesus into our hearts. No longer do we have to be little gods, controlling everything. Instead, we cling to our Father in the face of chaos by continuously praying. Because we know we don't have control, we cry out for grace. Instead of flailing around, our praying spirits can bless everything we touch.

--This blog post is adapted from Paul Miller's latest book, A Praying Life. Watch for more posts from Paul on the topic of prayer.

 

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