Pray with Purpose & Intensity

Question: If you were in a desperate situation and needed help, how would you want people to respond?

I would want people to recognize that without their help and intervention, the desperate situation I’m in will only get worse.

Case in point: When someone shares a request for help on Facebook, like the report of a missing teenager, or someone suffering with a critical disease, how do you respond?

I have caught myself posting the common, “Praying!!!!” response, but am I really PRAYING EXCLAMATION POINT, EXCLAMATION POINT, EXCLAMATION POINT.

I had to admit this morning that I have not been interceding this way lately, and I repented.

I lifted up my prayer to God on behalf of the missing teenager as if she were my child. I cried out, knowing how desperately I would want my daughter kept safe and returned to me unharmed. I asked the Lord to protect and keep her from all evil, and that if she had run away, her heart would be softened to call her family and ask them to come get her.

Next I prayed for a precious 4 year old little boy battling cancer. Of course I would want my child healed! What loving parent wouldn’t? I asked God to heal him and give him back strength, health and wholeness. I prayed that God will strengthen and encourage the child’s parents, knowing how helpless they must feel watching their child suffer.

I identified with each of the people I prayed for, imagining what would want the Lord to do for me in a similar situation.

We serve an awesome, powerful and GENEROUS God, who wants us to pray about everything! (See also Luke 18:1-7)

So be bold in prayer! Ask for God’s best and highest when you are praying on behalf of others, keeping in mind that you may be the link in the prayer chain that helps bring good, or more accurately, GOD, into a bad situation.

I’m leaving you with 2 scriptures that confirm the truth of this principle. Be a warrior with God in prayer! He will honor your passion & faith!

Blessings!

“Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].” James 5:16 Amplified Bible

Yes,truth is lacking; And he who turns aside from evil makes himself a prey.
Now the Lord saw, And it was displeasing in His sight that there was no justice.
 And He saw that there was no man,
And was astonished that there was no one to intercede;
Then His own arm brought salvation to Him, And His righteousness upheld Him.” (Isaiah 59:15-16)

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Lasting Fruit & Prayer

“You did not choose Me, but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will remain–so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you.”

John 15:16

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Sharing this message from Francis Frangipane. Keep seeking the Lord in prayer, even as we seek Him for answers. 

Arise Prayer Warriors!

Jesus told a parable to show that men ought to pray at all times and not lose heart (Luke 18: 1-8). In other words, if you are not praying, you will lose heart. Most of the things I pray for I have to pray through to get the answer. God desires to see something deeper come out of my prayer time than just me getting an answer to prayer. He wants me to become like Jesus. So He arranges character-forming battles that not only will ultimately change the world around me, but will change me first. This is what all true prayer warriors have discovered.

When we picture a prayer warrior, we usually envision a great-aunt or grandmother. I think that every family has one. You never find them looking into a crystal ball to know the future for little Johnny; they are at the throne of God creating Johnny’s future in prayer. They are not wondering if Mary is going to make it; they are praying her through to victory. They do not have time to lament Harry’s drinking problem; they are storming Heaven to see him delivered.

Prayer Warriors are the most frightening, powerful, demon-chasing, world-moving beings on earth. In truth, they are co-creators with God! They look at astrological predictions and rebuke them. They never wonder about the future because they are too busy creating it. Prayer warriors are positioned by God to stand in faith for their families and churches and cities. Prayer is stronger than kings and mightier than armies. Prayer is the most powerful force on earth!

(Adapted from Francis Frangipane’s book, This Day We Fight)

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The Lord of the Harvest

No matter where we are on God’s timeline, one thing never changes, and that is God Himself (Malachi 3:6; Numbers 23:19; Hebrews 13:8)

Even if the Lord is to come back soon, we are still under His directive:

“And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone” Mark 16:15 NLT

The reason is simple:

God loves us and doesn’t want anyone lost from His presence. Peter said it this way:

“…not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance…” 2 Peter 3:9 a 

His direction today is to pray.

To pray to the Lord of the harvest:

“Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest.” Matthew 9:38 

Father God, thank you for revealing your thoughts, intentions and purposes. Thank you for revealing your heart of love! Please send more workers into your harvest fields, for the harvest is indeed great, and the workers are few. Please remove the obstacles, the hindrances and blockages that are keeping your people from doing or obeying your will in this area. Bless us with the grace we need to accomplish your plan in the earth today and everyday. Help us to keep our eyes on you, Lord, and to walk in close fellowship with you, trusting that you will lead and guide us to your lost sheep.

Be glorified in the earth today Father; be glorified through your people, through all who call upon your name.

In the mighty name of Jesus…amen!

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2 Peter 3:8-13 Full Passage:

“Beloved, do not let this one thing escape your notice: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.

“The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some understand slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar, the elements will be dissolved in the fire, and the earth and its works will not be found.

“Since everything will be dissolved in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to conduct yourselves in holiness and godliness as you anticipate and hasten the coming of the day of God, when the heavens will be dissolved by fire and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with God’s promise, we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.”