Friday, September 29, 2017

Praying Over Our City using our Spiritual Weapons.

This Post is a review of the teaching I gave at our Praying Over our City Meeting.

Hannah was Sincere and her Deep Agony caused the Priest to consider that she was drunk ??

Hannah was in deep agony as she prayed asking God for a child.  She was so serious she made a vow that has always caused me concern; because she promised to give away her child after she had weaned him.  In those days the child might have been 4 or 5 years old when she took him to Eli the Priest and declared this is the son I prayed for and he is to be dedicated to the work of the Lord. 

All that time while she was crying out; – God’s plan was in effect and he was waiting for her promise from her own lips. 

Do you always keep your promises to God?  Sorry to say, I have missed a few.   

God has a plan for our City, our State and our Nation.  We are part of that plan and as we pray and intercede he is working behind the curtain setting the stage - - The curtain is ready to be lifted bringing the next scene which is almost ready. 

As we pray over our city, do not hesitate to pray in the spirit and in other tongues.  Tongues are important and should never be down played.  It is the important prayer language that pleads with God with words we cannot know and probably do not fully understand.  We will KNOW somewhat of the thought of what we pray, just not the entire picture.  As we pray in tongues, we pray according to God's Will.

2 Corinthians 10: 3-5  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh: for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty in God for the tearing down of strongholds, arguments and rebellious fortresses.  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ - - 

I shared a hand out with a suggested prayer for us to follow today.  Let us read the prayer out loud with our voice and mean it from our heart.
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(Hand Out)

What is Intercession and Intercessory Prayer?   By Rebecca Barlow Jordan

Have you ever felt an unexplained burden on your heart to pray for the masses, for unnamed others, for your community or the world at large? The Bible is filled with examples of men and women who lifted up others in prayer, and Ephesians 6:18 tells us to: 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

God has chosen intercession as the primary means in which He releases His power now and forever. Jesus operated in the principle of intercession when He created the earth by speaking the Word to the Father (Genesis 1)). He releases His power now and will rule the nations forever in partnership with His people through intercession.
  • Intercession causes us to internalize God’s Word and changes us.
  • Intercession imparts life (John 6:63).
  • Intercession changes the spiritual atmosphere of cities and nations.

Example Intercessory Prayer

Lord Jesus, I come to you today and thank you for the privilege of praying for others. I've been the recipient of others' prayers so often, I understand how powerful intercessory prayer can be. I ask you first to cleanse my heart and show me if there is any unconfessed sin in my own life so that my prayers for others will not be hindered. I thank you that through your name, I can come boldly before you and pray with confidence, according to your will and know that you hear me.

A Prayer for the Sick

I lift up those in my neighborhood, in my city, and in my church. Begin with those who follow you, and help them influence others for good. Let them be salt and light, pointing others to you. Deepen their love for you and for the people around them. Guard them from hypocrisy or from giving in to temptations that could harm the cause of Christ. Raise up leaders who will serve you faithfully at all costs. Turn the hearts of fathers toward their children, and families toward you. Help them to exemplify your values, and make them bold in their faith. Strengthen my own family and those closest to me, Lord.  May our love for you help us to love and forgive others and make a difference in our world.

I pray for teachers, for students, and for all those in authority and leadership, both locally and throughout the world.   Give them your mind, and surround them with godly counselors who will exercise integrity and work for justice, morality, and freedom. Help them to esteem you, not dismiss you. Send revival, Lord.

I pray for the lost, the hurting, the lonely, the sick, the bereaved, and those who are imprisoned—behind both visible and invisible walls. Send your comfort, your peace, , and your calming presence to those who are without hope. Protect the defenseless, and hold them close to your heart. I pray for laborers to tell the good news of Jesus to people around our world. Jesus, my heart cries out for persecuted believers, too. Make them brave, and give them your powerful protection. I pray you will bring swift justice to those who want to destroy the innocent and those who carry your name. Bind the power of Satan, and strengthen believers everywhere.

So many needs, Jesus, but you are adequate for every need. Your name is powerful, and your power is great. So it's in your name that I pray—and believe.  Amen


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