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http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2017/august/trump-u-s-is-locked-and-loaded-to-take-on-north-korea

 

http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2017/august/general-mattis-warns-north-korea-stop-or-face-destruction-of-its-people

 

http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2017/august/president-trump-north-korea-will-be-met-with-fire-and-fury-the-world-has-never-seen

 

Let's Pray...

 

Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your Name!

Your Kingdom come!

Your Will be done on earth as it is in heaven!

Give us this day our daily bread!

(May we remember that Healing and deliverance are "The Children's Bread" [Jesus, Matt 15:25-28]).

And forgive our sins, As we forgive those who sin against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil! (Matt 6:9-13).

In The Name of Jesus...

THE LEADERSHIP OF THE BODY OF CHRIST... Protect our leaders here in the US and abroad. Keep the freedoms of the church and empower and embolden us to use them... Evangelism, healing, intercession, fellowship, good doctrine, church preaching and teaching, small groups in Jesus' Name.

THE UNITED STATES... "Occupy until I come" (Luke 19:13). Matthew Henry says of Matt 19:11-27, "This parable is like that of the talents, Mt 25... From those to whom he gives power, he expects service...." He has given power to The United States. May God use us to serve and extend the peace and freedom of the nations both physically with our military, economically with our businesses and inventions and spiritually with missionaries...

GOVERNMENT & INTELLIGENCE -- We pray for President Trump and his cabinet to have wisdom, favor, direction, good counsel & protection. May we have the same heavenly influence for our Government: Congress, Supreme Court, Nominees, State Governors & Legislators, Intelligence of the FBI, CIA, & Secret Service, U.S.P.S. & Public Transportation Intelligence & Surveillance. May there be more stringent boarding requirements for public transportation and protection of not only Airways, but Rails & Busses. Thank you for a new FBI Leader and wisdom for our Government.

http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/politics/2017/august/senate-confirms-christopher-wray-trumps-choice-for-fbi

May Congress get together on Healthcare Reform quickly in Jesus' Name...

http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2017/august/trump-threatens-to-hit-congress-where-it-hurts-their-health-care

MILITARY & LAW ENFORCEMENT -- Please guide and protect our Military & Military Intelligence (Wisdom, Safety & Protection at home and overseas -- Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard & National Guard), Law Enforcement, Firemen & Security Guards. "Prayers for all people, for Kings and ALL in Authority" (1 Tim 2:1-4). Grant us all faith in God, obedience to the Word and righteousness by faith in the work of Jesus. Help Europe to slow the increase of Islam by locking the doors and minimize the reaping of those doors being open the last 40 years. Grant them discernment and leadership, We offer prayers for "Kings and ALL in Authority" -- even other governments, You called us as believers to be a "Light to the Nations" (Isaiah 49:6-8. Acts 13:47).

http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2017/august/general-mattis-warns-north-korea-stop-or-face-destruction-of-its-people

NO TRANSGENDER SQUANDERING OF MILITARY MONEY...

http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/politics/2017/july/sex-change-surgeries-could-cost-military-billion-as-much-as-a-new-navy-destroyer

http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2017/july/conservatives-applaud-as-us-military-delays-transgender-transition

BINDING OF TERRORISM & INTERNATIONAL, MILITANT EVIL -- Calm the terrorism, rumors of wars and nuclear threats. "Turn from evil and do good. Seek peace and pursue it" (Ps 34:14). Overrule ISIS and defeat terrorism, convert the lost, end immorality, abortion, witchcraft, genocide, hospice & euthanasia. Protect persecuted believers in Muslim regions especially Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan and every other area like The Philippines, Indonesia, Northern Africa (Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco), and Eastern Africa (Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia Yemen & The Sudan). Help believers fast, pray & give to counter the evil the devil seeks to release through it. May we remember "There are more on our side than theirs" as Elisha told his servant (2 Kings 6:15-17). and remember OUR VICTORY IS TIED TO INTERCESSION...

https://www.prayerrequest.com/blogs/blog/3181-intercessors-blog/

http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2017/july/prayers-and-faith-needed-is-war-with-north-korea-on-the-horizon

ENDING OF POLLUTION... I ask for the immediate halt of unnecessary and constructed sky pollution: "The nations raged, but your wrath came, and the time for the dead to be judged, and for rewarding your servants, the prophets and saints, and those who fear your name, both small and great, and to destroy those who are destroying the earth.” " Rev 11:18).

BETTER TREATMENT OF FARM ANIMALS and GROWTH of CROPS righteous is kind to his beast" (Prov 12:10). "Then the LORD said, "You had compassion on the plant for which you did not work and which you did not cause to grow, which came up overnight and perished overnight. "Should I not have compassion on Nineveh, the great city in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know the difference between their right and left hand, as well as much livestock?" (Jonah 4:10-11).

PROTECTION OF U.S. PRIVACY AND CYBER THREAT PROTECTION OF GOVERNMENT AGENCIES LIKE THE PENTAGON AND CIA -- IMPROVEMENT IN OUR MISSILE ENCRYPTION TECHNOLOGY and INTERCEPTION OF ICBM ABILITIES... Lord you know this is a serious matter and You know how it got started back in 1998-1999

http://www.nytimes.com/1999/05/11/world/clinton-approves-technology-transfer-to-china.html

That other countries won't use the technology and sell the excess plutonium from the technology that Mr Obama sold China...

http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-just-made-a-quiet-nuclear-deal-with-china-2015-5

Or Russia won't use the plutonium or sell it that the Clinton's dealt Russia under Mr Obama's administration...

https://www.infowars.com/more-clinton-foundation-cronyism-the-deal-to-sell-uranium-interests-to-russia-while-hillary-was-secretary-of-state/

Please improve our technology and military to be above the world so other countries (like N Korea, China, Russia, Iran or even individual terrorist groups) won't be able to be foolish and provoke or start a war....

 

http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2017/august/n-koreas-icbm-can-reach-u-s-mainland-time-running-out

 

Thank you in the Name of Jesus.

Intercessor

Please pray The Holy Spirit would work through the various Vacation Bible School (VBS) meetings going on throughout the United States, Canada & Europe and other parts of the World while it is summer and kids are out of school... Many believing kids ask neighbors to attend and this is a rare time when hearts can be soft and open. Pray for the leaders and workers to be anointed and prepared to share the Gospel. May the youth be saved and people be empowered to pray -- we are at a crucial time in history where this may be their opportunity to hear. May darkness be bound and The Word of God spread rapidly and be glorified (2 Thes 3:1-5), in Jesus' Name.

"I tell you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are ripe for harvest. Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together: (John 4:35-36).

"Christ compares his work to harvest-work. The harvest is appointed and looked for before it comes; so was the gospel. Harvest-time is busy time; all must be then at work. Harvest-time is a short time, and harvest-work must be done then, or not at all; so the time of the gospel is a season, which if once past, cannot be recalled" -- Matthew Henry on John 4:35 (The Samaritan Woman at The Well).

"We must do the works of Him who sent Me while it is day. Night is coming when no one can work" (John 9:4).

"Our life is our day, in which it concerns us to do the work of the day. We must be busy, and not waste day-time; it will be time to rest when our day is done, for it is but a day. The approach of death should quicken us to improve all our opportunities of doing and getting good. What good we have an opportunity to do, we should do quickly. And he that will never do a good work till there is nothing to be objected against, will leave many a good work for ever undone, 'He who watches the wind will not sow and he who looks at the clouds will not reap." (Ecc 11:4). -- Matthew Henry on John 9:4

Intercessor

Watch Christian Based News and Pray for God's will in decisions of interest that will affect millions and millions in the World... In the Authority of Jesus Christ, Amen.

http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews

 

'Nuclear Weapon Detonating in Los Angeles Would Be Terrible': Is N Korea War Coming?

 

northkoreaparade2

 

The VP and Second Lady Touch Down in Eastern Europe to Discuss Foreign Relations and Cybersecurity

mikekarenpenceap

Vice-president Pence is set to meet with eastern European leaders amid growing tensions between the US and Russia.

 
Intercessor
Q1. Should Christians read The News and other current events?
A. Yes. Christian News and current events are so important that without it you are being unknowingly influenced by the god of this world and the prince of the power of the air... The devil loves a vacuum and silence on matters worth knowing about and more importantly praying about.
 
Q2. Why pray? Isn't all happening according to the plan of God?
A, The sovereignty of God is never used in the Bible to exempt believers from the duty of prayer, in fact the Bible records current events urging believers to Action in Prayer, not Negligence...
 
  1. The war with the Amalekites in Exodus 17 caused Moses, Aaron and Hur to intercede for Joshua in the field (Exodus 17).
  2. The decree of the mass genocide of the Hebrews in exile caused Esther, her maids and the whole of the Hebrews to fast and God changed the devils' plans for murder (The Book of Esther).
  3. After James was put to death with the sword and Peter imprisoned, The Church got together and prayed. The result was the release of Peter by an Angel (Acts 12).
  4. There are too many other Biblical Events that spurred believers to prayer and even prayer and fasting to note at present, but the testimony of three places in Scripture is enough.
 
In the same manner, please bookmark the News from a Christian Source at CBN, below, and feel free to provide other solid links to Christian news sites.
 
Of extreme importance is Sweden deciding to deport Iranian Christian actress Aideen Strandsson back to Iran, where she faces torture, rape and even death in an Iranian prison. It is a clear violation of international law. But, as Swedish officials have told Aideen, becoming a Christian was her decision, and now it's her problem and not theirs. http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2017/july/disregarding-danger-sweden-to-deport-christian-to-iran
 
http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews
 
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One U.S. company's plan to microchip its workers is raising a lot of eyebrows from Christians and secular privacy experts alike. This pastor says it's a sign of the End Times that opens a big door to future government abuse. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Intercessor

Don't get weary praying for the president -- just look at the CBN news!

http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2017/july/trump-to-bar-transgender-individuals-from-armed-forces

There shouldn't be like one prayer or three for this -- if you live in America, care about freedom, have the Holy Spirit and believe the Bible pray for Trump. In the Authority of Jesus and The Word of God, Amen.

Intercessor

Jesus did not say pray for the sick when He released the disciples, but, "Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give" (Matt 10:8).

 

He also said, "lay hands on the sick and they shall recover" (Mark 16:17-18). 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not harm them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they shall recover" (Mark 16:17-18). Take time out of the equation, that is God's part -- He said "lay hands on the sick and they shall recover."

 

Q. Are we believing this and laying hands on the sick or asking for something God already said for us to do without doing what he said to do?

 

May we remember, "Healing is The children's Bread" (Matt 15:26-28); one of the benefits of the The LORD in Psalm 103:2-5

2 "Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;
Who pardons all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases;
Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
Who satisfies your years with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle."

 

The Faith of the Canaanite Woman

26 But Jesus replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” 27 “Yes, Lord, she said, but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” 28 “O woman,” Jesus answered, “your faith is great! Let it be done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.…

 

Jesus knew Psalm 103 was part of the covenant blessings of the children of Israel, and the faith of a Gentile could tap into it, even before His death, resurrection and sending back His Victorious Holy Spirit. The blessings of Abraham now have come upon the Gentiles through faith -- and healing (forgiveness, length of days) now belong to all who believe for them.

 

But the way He commanded us to bestow healing from what He did is "the laying on of hands" -- let's lay hands on the sick in Jesus' Name and watch an increase in healings occur out of obedience...

 

May we return to faith and obedience to the Written Word of God, and "The Foundational Doctrine of The Laying on of Hands" as the brilliant writer of Hebrews says, (Heb 6:1-2) in Jesus' Name...

 

A Call to Maturity
Heb 6:1 "Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith in God, 2 instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment."

Intercessor

Good Reminder, Jesus' Authenticated David's Psalm (Mark 12:36)...

"David himself, speaking by the Holy Spirit, declared: 'The Lord said to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet."'"

 

Peter authenticated Paul (2 Peter 3:15-17)...

15Consider also that our Lord’s patience brings salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom God gave him. 16 Paul writes this way in all his letters, speaking in them about such matters. Some parts of his letters are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction. 17 Therefore, beloved, since you already know these things, be on your guard not to be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure standing."

 

Paul authenticated the Whole Bible (2 Tim 3:16)!!!

New International Version
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,

New Living Translation
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.

English Standard Version
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

Berean Study Bible
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for instruction, for conviction, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

New American Standard Bible
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;

King James Bible
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

 

The lack of this foundation of Sola-Scriptura is the number 1 problem in the Church today, as Psalm 11:3 mentions...

 

English Standard Version
if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?”

New American Standard Bible
If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do?"

King James Bible
If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?

 

 

Intercessor

Union w/ Christ Our Life John 15

Union with Christ is both a position we are in, "We are chosen in him before the foundation of the world" (Eph 1:3), and a position we are called to as God beckons us to draw near: "Come with confidence before the Throne of Grace to Receive Mercy and find Grace for Help in Time of Need" (Heb 4:16). The conduit of branches being "in the vine" in John 15 is an appropriate picture country, rustic, agrarian, farming people of Jesus day and vintners in modern times, understood and understand -- branches get sap from the vine and the vine gets moisture from he roots --  but we an even more human, picture of dependence and freely receiving could also be "Come before the Throne of Grace to freely receive mercy and grace like a baby in the womb receives life from it's mother through the umbilical cord without working for it or doing anything to deserve that sustenance" -- I think the baby in the mother's womb picture is an example of receiving the free, life giving grace (power of God to live righteously in the midst of a fallen world -- and mercy: the relief from the sin of a fallen world that it made worse by our participation in anything God forbids or our abstaining from any good thing God commands) -- The definition of grace and mercy from Keil & Delitzsch ).

 

"I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples" (John 15:1-8).

 

It's a powerful truth, 1) that in His presence is fullness of joy, and that he is mostly love, and, 2) that in him we can bear fruit, but that apart from him we can do nothing, and nothing in the Greek means nothing of any fruitfulness -- "ὅτι χωρὶς ἐμοῦ οὐ δύνασθε ποιεῖν οὐδέν" -- without me you can do or produce nothing creative or lasting -- no lasting change, we can't bring any fruit to maturity in the context... This is especially important when we see we are to be examined by our fruit (Matt 7), and that The Fruit of the Holy Spirit in Galatians is contrasted to "The works of the flesh" in Galatians 5:19-26, and that the kingdom is not open to those participating in the deeds of the flesh, so Abiding in Christ really is the make it or break it point! Paul says examine ourselves 2 Cor 13:5 to see if we are in the faith and that Christ is really in us... This is all to be done in the Presence of God, in whose presence is fullness of joy, "You make known to me (show me, cause me to know) the path of LIFE, in Your presence is fullness of Joy" (Ps 16:11).

 

"Come before the Throne of Grace to Receive Mercy and find Grace for Help in Time of Need" (Heb 4:16) -- Receive like a baby in the womb through the umbilical cord -- the conduit of being "in the vine" in John 15 is an appropriate, and even more human, picture of dependence on Jesus...

 

And even all our hard work, as Paul reminds us, is not ours -- consider this " But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me" (1 Cor 15:10). We get rewarded for what God works through us, as one of my favorite pastors used to say, "because God pays so well!" But though we get rewarded for what God works through us, "we are God's workmanship," (poiema), God's poem or artistic tapestry, as Corrie Ten Boom was wont to show us the underneath of her weaving was disorderly, but the tapestry she was knitting from her, or God's perspective, was clear as to what was being knitted...

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Another version says it more accurately, "For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do" (NIV); and "Gods masterpiece" (NLT).
 

 

16So then, it does not depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy" (Rom 9:15-16).

 

From Him and through Him and back to Him be all things (Rom 11:36).

 

SO we are both SAVED by GRACE... "For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not from yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not by works, so that no one can boast" (Eph 2:8-9).

 

And we are sustained and sanctified or "kept" by communion (i.e. -- union -- relationship with, not the ordinance of The Lord's Supper and certainly not "mass" -- but our faith in Christ. Why? "For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance as our way of life" (Eph 2:9-10)...

 

Does anyone remember that we were originally created in the image of God before the fall? Christ, the visible image of the invisible God, is restoring all things -- we are actually supposed to image (look and act like) God in an increasing measure now -- and one day, fully bear His image when He returns, " 20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables Him to subject all things to Himself, will transform our lowly bodies to be like His glorious body. "

 

This is God's final say so -- God gets His way -- I planned it, I called you, created the Gospel message by My Son's obedient life, worked in you, and then glorified you! All because I created you to image me, and the image will look like the original, and I took the biggest parts of it out of your hands because you would have messed it up and the would have devil overpowered you a long time ago.

 

Here is a witness to what The Holy Spirit said by Paul above in Philippians, this one by The Holy Spirit in John, "Beloved, we are now children of God, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that when Christ appears, we will be like Him, for we will see Him as He is. 3And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure" (1 John 3:2-3).

 

By the way, This is the Emphasis of The New Testament, Jesus, and The Summary of the Law -- That we love our neighbor as our self. 1 John says if we say we love God but don't love our neighbor we are liars (1 John 4:20). Paul says "For the whole Law is summarized in a single statement: "You must love your neighbor as yourself" (Gal 5:14).

 

But this is all The Holy Spirit Bearing witness to what Jesus said Himself in The Farewell Discourse in John 15.
 

"Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11 These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.

Disciples’ Relation to Each Other

12 This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you. 17 This I command you, that you love one another.

 

In Jesus' Name.

 

Romans 13:8
Be indebted to no one, except to one another in love, for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the Law.

Romans 13:10
Love does no wrong to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the Law.

Intercessor

If anyone is willing to do a little summer reading, this is the most comprehensive study on prayer I have yet to come across.

 

I encourage anyone to put aside any doctrinal or Theological pre-conceptions and get fasten your seat-belt -- May The Holy Spirit bless you with wisdom and revelation in Jesus' Name.

 

Here is a sample:

 

1. FROM the previous part of the work we clearly see how completely destitute man is of all good, how devoid of every means of procuring his own salvation. Hence, if he would obtain succour (sweetness, relief, sucrose, sugar) in his necessity, he must go beyond himself, and procure it from some other quarter. It has farther been shown that the Lord kindly and spontaneously manifests himself in Christ, in whom he offers all happiness for our misery, all abundance for our want, opening up the treasures of heaven to us, so that we may turn with full faith to his beloved Son, depend upon him with full expectation, rest in him, and cleave to him with full hope. This, indeed, is that secret and hidden philosophy which cannot be learned by syllogisms: a philosophy thoroughly understood by those whose eyes God has so opened as to see light in his light (Ps. 36:9). But after we have learned by faith to know that whatever is necessary for us or defective in us is supplied in God and in our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom it hath pleased the Father that all fullness should dwell, that we may from thence draw, as from an inexhaustible fountain, it remains for us to seek and in prayer implore of him what we have learned to be in him. To know God as the sovereign disposer of all good, inviting us to present our requests, and yet not to approach or ask of him, were so far from availing us, that it were just as if one told of a treasure were to allow it to remain buried in the ground. Hence the Apostle, to show that a faith unaccompanied with prayer to God cannot be genuine, states this to be the order: As faith springs from the Gospel, so by faith our hearts are framed to call upon the name of God (Rom. 10:14). And this is the very thing which he had expressed some time before--viz. that the Spirit of adoption, which seals the testimony of the Gospel on our hearts, gives us courage to make our requests known unto God, calls forth groanings which cannot be uttered, and enables us to cry, Abba, Father (Rom. 8:26). This last point, as we have hitherto only touched upon it slightly in passing, must now be treated more fully.

 

2. To prayer, then, are we indebted for penetrating to those riches which are treasured up for us with our heavenly Father. For there is a kind of intercourse (exchange, conversation) between God and men, by which, having entered the upper sanctuary, they appear before Him and appeal to his promises, that when necessity requires, they may learn by experiences (answers) that what they believed merely on the authority of his word (at first), was not in vain. Accordingly, we see that nothing is set before us as an object of expectation from the Lord which we are not enjoined (encouraged, urged) to ask of Him in prayer, so true it is that prayer digs up those treasures which the Gospel of our Lord discovers to the eye of faith. The necessity and utility of this exercise of prayer no words can sufficiently express. Assuredly it is not without cause our heavenly Father declares that our only safety is in calling upon his name, since by it we invoke the presence of his providence to watch over our interests, of his power to sustain us when weak and almost fainting, of his goodness to receive us into favour, though miserably loaded with sin; in fine, call upon him to manifest himself to us in all his perfections. Hence, admirable peace and tranquillity are given to our consciences; for the straits (narrow channel of water difficult to navigate between dangerous shoals) by which we were pressed being laid before the Lord, we rest fully satisfied with the assurance that none of our evils are unknown to him, and that he is both able and willing to make the best provision for us.

 

3. But some one will say, Does he not know without a monitor both what our difficulties are, and what is meet for our interest, so that it seems in some measure superfluous (over-flow, unnecessary) to solicit him by our prayers, as if he were winking, or even sleeping, until aroused by the sound of our voice? Those who argue thus attend not to the end for which the Lord taught us to pray. It was not so much for his sake as for ours. He wills indeed, as is just, that due honour be paid him by acknowledging that all which men desire or feel to be useful, and pray to obtain, is derived from him. But even the benefit of the homage which we thus pay him redounds to ourselves. Hence the holy patriarchs, the more confidently they proclaimed the mercies of God to themselves and others felt the stronger incitement to prayer. It will be sufficient to refer to the example of Elijah, who being assured of the purpose of God had good ground for the promise of rain which he gives to Ahab, and yet prays anxiously upon his knees, and sends his servant seven times to inquire (1 Kings 18:42); not that he discredits the oracle, but because he knows it to be his duty to lay his desires before God, lest his faith should become drowsy or torpid (numb). Wherefore, although it is true that while we are listless or insensible to our wretchedness, he wakes and watches for us and sometimes even assists us unasked; it is very much for our interest to be constantly supplicating him; first, that our heart may always be inflamed with a serious and ardent (enflamed) desire of seeking, loving and serving him, while we accustom ourselves to have recourse to him as a sacred anchor in every necessity; secondly, that no desires, no longing whatever, of which we are ashamed to make him the witness, may enter our minds, while we learn to place all our wishes in his sight, and thus pour out our heart before him; and, lastly, that we may be prepared to receive all his benefits with true gratitude and thanksgiving, while our prayers remind us that they proceed from his hand. Moreover, having obtained what we asked, being persuaded that he has answered our prayers, we are led to long more earnestly for his favour, and at the same time have greater pleasure in welcoming the blessings which we perceive to have been obtained by our prayers. Lastly, use and experience confirm the thought of his providence in our minds in a manner adapted to our weakness, when we understand that he not only promises that he will never fail us, and spontaneously gives us access to approach him in every time of need, but has his hand always stretched out to assist his people, not amusing them with words, but proving himself to be a present aid. For these reasons, though our most merciful Father never slumbers nor sleeps, he very often seems to do so, that thus he may exercise us, when we might otherwise be listless and slothful, in asking, entreating, and earnestly beseeching him to our great good. It is very absurd, therefore, to dissuade men from prayer, by pretending that Divine Providence, which is always watching over the government of the universes is in vain importuned by our supplications, when, on the contrary, the Lord himself declares, that he is "nigh unto all that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth" (Ps. 145:18). No better is the frivolous allegation of others, that it is superfluous to pray for things which the Lord is ready of his own accord to bestow; since it is his pleasure that those very things which flow from his spontaneous liberality should be acknowledged as conceded to our prayers. This is testified by that memorable sentence in the psalms to which many others corresponds: "The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry," (Ps. 34:15). This passage, while extolling the care which Divine Providence spontaneously exercises over the safety of believers, omits not the exercise of faith by which the mind is aroused from sloth. The eyes of God are awake to assist the blind in their necessity, but he is likewise pleased to listen to our groans, that he may give us the better proof of his love. And thus both things are true, "He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep," (Ps. 121:4); and yet whenever he sees us dumb and torpid, he withdraws as if he had forgotten us.

 

4. Let the first rule of right prayer then be, to have our heart and mind framed as becomes those who are entering into converse with God. This we shall accomplish in regard to the mind, if, laying aside carnal thoughts and cares which might interfere with the direct and pure contemplation of God, it not only be wholly intent on prayer, but also, as far as possible, be borne and raised above itself. I do not here insist on a mind so disengaged as to feel none of the gnawings of anxiety; on the contrary, it is by much anxiety that the fervor of prayer is inflamed. Thus we see that the holy servants of God betray great anguish, not to say solicitude, when they cause the voice of complaint to ascend to the Lord from the deep abyss and the jaws of death. What I say is, that all foreign and extraneous cares must be dispelled by which the mind might be driven to and fro in vague suspense, be drawn down from heaven, and kept groveling on the earth. When I say it must be raised above itself, I mean that it must not bring into the presence of God any of those things which our blind and stupid reason is wont to devise, nor keep itself confined within the little measure of its own vanity, but rise to a purity worthy of God.

 

5. Both things are specially worthy of notice. First, let every one in professing to pray turn thither all his thoughts and feelings, and be not (as is usual) distracted by wandering thoughts; because nothing is more contrary to the reverence due to God than that levity which bespeaks a mind too much given to license and devoid of fear. In this matter we ought to labour the more earnestly the more difficult we experience it to be; for no man is so intent on prayer as not to feel many thoughts creeping in, and either breaking off the tenor of his prayer, or retarding it by some turning or digression. Here let us consider how unbecoming it is when God admits us to familiar intercourse to abuse his great condescension by mingling things sacred and profane, reverence for him not keeping our minds under restraint; but just as if in prayer we were conversing with one like ourselves forgetting him, and allowing our thoughts to run to and fro. Let us know, then, that none duly prepare themselves for prayer but those who are so impressed with the majesty of God that they engage in it free from all earthly cares and affections. The ceremony of lifting up our hands in prayer is designed to remind us that we are far removed from God, unless our thoughts rise upward: as it is said in the psalm, "Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul," (Psalm 25:1). And Scripture repeatedly uses the expression to raise our prayer, meaning that those who would be heard by God must not grovel in the mire. The sum is, that the more liberally God deals with us, condescendingly inviting us to disburden our cares into his bosom, the less excusable we are if this admirable and incomparable blessing does not in our estimation outweigh all other things, and win our affection, that prayer may seriously engage our every thought and feeling. This cannot be unless our mind, strenuously exerting itself against all impediments, rise upward.

 

This was a sampling... If you are pulled into reading further, the entirety of the Subject of Prayer, including holiness, righteousness by faith, perseverance & et cetera, can be found at the following link at Bible Study Tools...

 

http://www.biblestudytools.com/history/calvin-institutes-christianity/book3/chapter-20.html

Intercessor

This time of peace and freedom for The USA is not going to last forever. We need to both appreciate it now (Celebrations), be appreciative of those who sacrificed to birth it, study their words, AND call prayer meetings to ask God to help it revive -- or this little revival time, like even the much larger revivals in the US like the 1st & 2nd Great Awakening, will be short lived... And next time we may not have freedom of speech to preach it back on the right path...

 

https://www.prayerrequest.com/blogs/entry/19457-unity-of-us-government-jer-297-1-tim-21-3/

 

Intercessor

There are many goals people may have for vacations: time to forget about work, time to dial down and relax, time to reunite with family and friends, time to get back in shape, sun & fun, et cetera... It may even be to complete a holy work like go plant a church or provide medical assistance to a third world country... All these are fine and good, but as it's often been said, "The Good is the enemy of The Best."

 

We remember when Martha tried to tattle-tale on Mary to Jesus for not doing her part -- Jesus in turn rebuked Martha! But why? Because "Mary has chosen THE BEST PART" and He promised "it shall not be taken away from her" (Luke 10:42) DRB, other versions "the choice part, the better part, the better portion, the better lot and made the right choice."

 

If our goal is to use our absolute "free time" (which we actually really only have while on vacation) to grow closer to God, then we have to remember the Words of The Writer of Hebrews, that "without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him" (Hen 11:6). Other translations say "diligently seek Him." In other words, "God is not found by the casual inquirer..."

 

We may have heard (John Piper) quote the Reformer who said, "the the human heart is a manufacturer of idols." That statement is true, for Jesus warns, "That the desire for other things choked out the Word of God" (Mark 4:19).

 

Job is told a only a few true words from his three misguided friends over the course of the 26 chapters of rebuke and counter rebuke (not counting the true words of The Prophet, Elihu), but one of the most beautiful and apt saying in Scripture is uttered by Eliphaz:

 

21"Yield now and be at peace with Him;
Thereby good will come to you.
22"Please receive instruction from His mouth
And establish His words in your heart.
23"If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored;
If you remove unrighteousness far from your tent,
24And place your gold in the dust,
And the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks,
25Then the Almighty will be your gold
And choice silver to you.
26"For then you will delight in the Almighty
And lift up your face to God.
27"You will pray to Him, and He will hear you;
And you will pay your vows.
28"You will also decree a thing, and it will be established for you;
And light will shine on your ways.
29"When you are cast down, you will speak with confidence,
And the humble person He will save.
30"He will deliver one who is not innocent,
And he will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands."
 
This is in accord with the rest of the Scriptures, it is the idea of drawing away, as Jesus did in the mornings recorded clearly in Luke, to be alone with God, and during other times after high levels of spiritual activity, to in the proper sense that it was Good to Remember that while Jesus was still God, it was proper for Him to remember that "The Father is Greater than I" in terms of Honor as it is fitting a Son give preference to His Father... This would happen in Jesus' times alone and happens in our times alone, too. It is enough for a disciple to become like his teacher (Matt 10:25). One day we shall be like Him (Phil 3:21; 1 John 3:1-3). Until then, He just "rubs off" on us : )

 

"Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the LORD, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you (Hos 10:12).

 

My prayer during vacation is Scriptural, and therefore I ask the Holy Spirit to endorse it...

 

I ask for a blessed trip, grace to intercede, study the Word with wisdom and revelation (Eph 1:17) and for "the knowledge of salvation through forgiveness of sins" (Luke 1:77), for "repentance and rest, and "strength from quietness and trust" (Isaiah 30:15) "repenting and returning so times of refreshing may come from the Presence of the Lord" (Acts 3:19).

 

I ask I may "secure undistracted devotion to The Lord" (1 Cor 7:35), I specifically request minimal to zero conversations for the first few hours of the day and at other times "when the Lord says unto me, 'seek my face'" while on vacation, "so my heart may respond with the Words, "'Thy face, O Lord, shall I seek'" (Ps 27:8). I ask for intermittent times to "refresh myself in the Lord" (1 Sam 30:6). I pray "The Lord would station cherubim and the flaming sword which turn in every direction to guard" (my time with) "the Tree of Life" (Gen 3:24), which is Jesus, for "in him is Life, and that Life is the Light of Men" (John 1:4; John 14:6). I also ask for protection over my jobs and my vehicles while I "seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness" (Matt 6:33), in Jesus' Name.

 

"Therefore, thus says the LORD, "If you return, then I will restore you-- Before Me you will stand; And if you extract the precious from the vile, You will become My spokesman. They for their part may turn to you, But as for you, you must not turn to them. Then I will make you to this people a fortified wall of bronze; And though they fight against you, They will not prevail over you; For I am with you to save you and deliver you," declares The LORD" (Jer 15:19-20).

Intercessor

The Call to Prayer is issued by GOD in 1 Timothy 2:1-3 -- "First of all, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, 2for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 3This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth."

 

We should note The Holy Spirit admonishes, FIRST of ALL -- this is very different from "not at all" or "hardly ever..."

 

We should start from the tops of our nations, here in the States, for The President, down through the House, Senate, Legislation, Supreme Court and on to all Federal Officials, Military Commanders, CIA, FBI, Postal Workers, State and Local Governments, Local Authorities, Mayors, Councilmen, Law Enforcement, Governors and though to our own Pastors, Cell Group Leaders, Our Employers, and town hall clerks and permitting personnel. ALL who are in authority.

 

This is for good reason -- it benefits us either directly or indirectly, and prepares a place safe and acceptable to share the gospel, the ordained way of ordinary salvation - from faith in one person to faith in another -- see Romans 1, Romans 10 and the Whole Book of Acts.

 

Yes, we even pray for those who are "bad leaders" or those for whom we didn't vote -- The emperor at the time Paul wrote this was a notorious villain... Perhaps that is what incited him to be used by the Holy Spirit to pen these words. Certainly now we are no better off, nor have we reached a place leaders are somehow exempt from being prayed for -- do so all the more as we see the day approaching -- and keep one eye on the Return of the King -- in Christ's name, till His will is done on earth as it is being done in heaven, Amen.

 

https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2017/june/intercessors-arise-pray-for-alexandria-shooting-victims-and-nations-healing

Intercessor

In the age of modern technology and prayer sites, is easy to hit "Quick Reply" and forget to actually request anything from God... We must never swap our computer screen, tablet or smart phone from a relationship with God. Our Heavenly Father likes us to approach Him, and in confidence, ask from Him on behalf of ourselves and others, and firmly believe we receive from Him.

 

Prayer is primarily made of of three (3), possibly four (4) simple steps.

1) You must gain the audience of God by entering His presence, it doesn't take as long as entering a court on earth or getting an appointment with a King or President, but that step cannot be missed. We must approach the Holy of Holies through The Sprinkling of The Blood of Jesus, Our High Priest, Who has given us 24/7 access to the Father (John 14:6, Rom 5:2, Eph 2:18, Eph 3:12, Heb 4:16, Heb 10:19).

2) We must actually ask Our petition from Him (Matt 7:7 and verses, below); and,

3) We must have confidence in God's faithfulness that the answer is coming.

 

The fourth (4th) step would be persistence in prayer or thanksgiving, some say "reminding the Lord" (Isaiah 62), but it is actually more reminding ourselves and keeping ourselves in faith and in an expectant posture (Again verses on asking below also say to have confidence in His faithfulness, read them : )

 

I am not saying that every "I prayed for this" is merely an unconscious click of a button, but I do know the human condition adequately enough to know that I and others are able to hit "Quick Reply" or even "Thanks for this" and not relate this to actually gaining His presence, requesting anything from Our Father, and certainly not expecting it done or continuously asking for the petition (Luke 18) or mixing the petition with thanksgiving (Phil 4:6-7).

 

The importance of mixing prayer with believing you will receive from God Our Heavenly Father was highlighted and emphasized by Jesus: Matt 7:7 "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. 9 Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?"

 

Matthew 18:19 "Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven."

 

If we pause, seriously ask God our Father, then believe we receive, then we can click. There is no magical power in our "clicking" I Prayed -- and it will profit nothing unless we focus, ask and believe we receive. That is actually agreeing with the person who posted the request.

 

1) So when we pray, let us remember God is our all powerful Father, not a robot or computer screen we "click"!!!

 

2) Let us sincerely take 5 seconds or as long as it requires to actually get the topic in our minds and ask God our Father to grant it.

 

3) Believe we receive it because God promises to answer in Jesus' name.

 

Matthew 21:22 And all things, whatever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.

Luke 11:9-13 And I say to you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall …

Luke 18:1-8 And he spoke a parable to them to this end, that men ought always …

John 14:13 And whatever you shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father …

John 15:7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what …

John 16:23-27 And in that day you shall ask me nothing. Truly, truly, I say to …

James 1:5,6 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all …

James 5:15-18 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise …

1 John 3:22 And whatever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, …

1 John 5:14,15 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any …

 

Without faith, "the assurance of things not seen," (Heb 11:6), we are told to expect nothing, and like the Gospel, if it is not believed, prayer too will give us no benefit...

 

"For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it" (Heb 4:2).

 

James 1:5 "If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6But he must ask in faith, without doubting, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7That man should not expect to receive anything from the Lord..."

 

So when we pray, let us remember God is our all powerful Father, not a robot or computer screen we "click"!!! Sincerely take 5 seconds or as long as it requires to actually get the topic in our mind and connect with Our Father and ask Him to grant it. Believe we receive it in Jesus' Name. Prayer is a relationship with God not a computer screen or smartphone! Lastly, God counts the quality and quantity of the prayers we actually pray -- not, as humans are apt to do, how many "Clicks" or "Posts" I have to my "Reputation" -- May this lead to more constructive and productive, happier, praying that yields a deeper relationship to God in prayer as well as heavier eternal rewards! In Jesus' Name, Amen.

 

 

Intercessor

Father we pray for the persecuted Church. We have to love those born of God (1 Jn 5:1). Protect Syrian believers, we now add Egyptian believers and Philippine believers to the list to pray for during Ramadan. Release the captives and let the Government, Military and Law Enforcement be God's Agent to Restrain Evil (Rom 13:1-7). We ask God restrain the devil during ramadan. We ask all terror be uncovered before it breaks out and Government, Law Enforcement, Military and Intelligence thwart the plans of the evil one. We ask believers take the place of intercession and know the weapons of our warfare are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds" (2 Cor 10:4). Lead believers not into temptation and deliver them from evil (Matt 6:13). We pray not that believers be taken out of the world, but that they be kept from the evil one (John 17:15), in Jesus' Name.

 

https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2017/may/islamic-war-raging-in-philippines-as-jihadists-overrun-city-murder-christians

 

https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/cwn/2017/may/terrorists-attack-christians-in-egypt-massacring-at-least-26

 

https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2017/may/britain-facing-imminent-threat-despite-new-arrests-in-manchester-bombing

 

https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2017/may/islamists-warn-we-have-more-killing-22-at-ariana-grande-concert-in-uk

 

http://www.mintpressnews.com/christian-genocide-syria/225943/

Intercessor

What it Is... Mark 3:22 -- "And the scribes who had come down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and, “By the prince of the demons He drives out demons.”

 

28 "Truly I tell you, the sons of men will be forgiven all sins and blasphemies, as many as they utter. 29But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of eternal sin.” 30 Jesus made this statement because they were claiming, “He has an unclean spirit.”

 

Jesus made this statement in Mark 3:28 because of what THE PHARISEES said in Mark 3:22 -- That JESUS was possessed by the prince of the demons...  They called THE HOLY SPIRIT which Jesus had without measure Beelzebub. He did not say that doubt or questioning God or even using a Scripture out of context or even murder or immorality was unpardonable... He said calling the Work of THe Holy Spirit the Work of the devil is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit...

 

Second -- what it is not... It is not complaining about God or even saying God is unjust or else Job, David, Jeremiah, and others in the Bible would be in Hell right now...

 

Many of God's sincere people have doubted or questioned His faithfulness -- about 40 of the 42 chapters of Job are Job's complaining -- Jeremiah despised life, Jeremiah 15:10-11;

"Woe to me, my mother, that you have borne me As a man of strife and a man of contention to all the land! I have not lent, nor have men lent money to me, Yet everyone curses me. But the LORD said, "Surely I will set you free for purposes of good; Surely I will cause the enemy to make supplication to you In a time of disaster and a time of distress."

 

So did Paul and his companions... 2 Cor 1:8-10; "We do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the hardships we encountered in the province of Asia. We were under a burden far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. 9Indeed, we felt we were under the sentence of death, in order that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God, who raises the dead. 10He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us. In Him we have placed our hope that He will yet again deliver us,

I do think we need the truth, however... Joshua 21:44-45 "And the LORD gave them rest on every side, according to all that He had sworn to their fathers, and no one of all their enemies stood before them; the LORD gave all their enemies into their hand. 45Not one of the good promises which the LORD had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass."

It took Abraham 25 years for the promise of Isaac to come to pass. Do you think he doubted? Yes! Ishmael is the proof! But, like Joseph, The Word of the Lord proved faithful..."They afflicted his feet with fetters, He himself was laid in irons; 19Until the time that his word came to pass, The word of the LORD tested him. 20The king sent and released him, The ruler of peoples, and set him free. He made him lord of his house And ruler over all his possessions, 22To imprison his princes at will, That he might teach his elders wisdom. 23Israel also came into Egypt; Thus Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.… And He caused His people to be very fruitful, And made them stronger than their adversaries."

I think the fundamental problem in the Body of Christ is two-fold -- 1) They don't know the whole Bible well and thus make false statements; and, 2) They don't take the promises of God and mix them with faith... Thus even after Elijah prophesied the rain was coming, he bowed down seven (7) times to pray for the Word to come to pass, and sent his servant out until the servant saw a cloud coming the size of a man's hand. We need to pray for God's promises to come to pass: 1 Kings 18:41- 44; "Now Elijah said to Ahab, "Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of the roar of a heavy shower." 42So Ahab went up to eat and drink. But Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he crouched down on the earth and put his face between his knees. 43He said to his servant, "Go up now, look toward the sea." So he went up and looked and said, "There is nothing." And he said, "Go back " seven times.…It came about at the seventh time, that he said, "Behold, a cloud as small as a man's hand is coming up from the sea." And he said, "Go up, say to Ahab, 'Prepare your chariot and go down, so that the heavy shower does not stop you."

Even Elijah in the next chapter runs for his life from Jezebel until God re-commissions him for his last job and then raises up his replacement! He also gives him the revelation that HE has kept for himself 7000 (not 7001 or 6999 -- but exactly 7000) that have not bowed. This revelation of sovereignty is paramount to Paul in Romans 9-11... Paul's whole point is to not be conceited, but to tread lightly with Israel and or anyone else who we might judge -- kindness to those who continue in his kindness...


Half of David's Psalms are David complaining of how low God had brought him was and the other half of the same Psalm is God turning him around!

 

So let's be careful because we "Judge the servant of another... to His own Master He stands or Falls, and God is able to make Him Stand" (Rom 14:4).

 

James 4:12
"There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?"

 

Intercessor

Requesting Restraint of Terrorism and the antichrist, I.S.I.S. by The Praying Church, Godly Government, Law Enforcement, U.S. and Allied Intelligence & Military...


https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2017/may/islamists-warn-we-have-more-killing-22-at-ariana-grande-concert-in-uk


There is no confusion as to how or why this false religion is growing so rapidly -- 1) they pray and fast it does... 2) we have been taught it is a loving religion and all religions should "co-exist" -- the devil loves it, being the father of lies (John 8:44)!


Over the last several years I have observed a "push" in Radical Islamic operations, terrorism and kick-back before, during and after Ramadan. (See 2nd Kings 3:1-27 esp vs 26-27 where Elisha prophesies victory for Israel and Judah over Moab and when the Moabites are being defeated too severely, the King of Moab offers his son as a burnt offering and wrath breaks forth against Israel -- what an insight into the nature of spiritual warfare if you don't think that the fasting and sacrifices of unbelievers have power.

"When the king of Moab saw that the battle was too fierce for him, he took with him 700 men who drew swords, to break through to the king of Edom; but they could not. Then he took his oldest son who was to reign in his place, and offered him as a burnt offering on the wall. And there came great wrath against Israel, and they departed from him and returned to their own land" (2 kings 3:26-27).


When we pray we are victorious, and fasting and giving gives wings to prayer, and also see that when Moses in Numbers hands grew heavy, Israelites were defeated, but when Aaron and Hur lifted his arms [clearly in prayer and intercession (see Timothy, Psalms and other places where the lifting up of our hands is specifically referenced to prayer)], the Amalakites were defeated).

Ramadan starts this Friday here because we are behind Mecca time, May 26th to the Evening of June 26th. (In certain areas, it goes from May 27th to June 25th).


May the plans of the evil one who wants to "steal, kill and destroy" be uncovered and brought to naught (2 Kings 6:12). I specifically ask for protection of U.S. Troops throughout the world and protection from terrorism during Ramadan. May Christians pray and fast more than Muslims, "But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man" (Luke 21:26), and that "this gospel must first be preached throughout all the world as a testimony to all the Nations so the end will come" especially in Muslim nations, (Matt 24:14), "lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one" (Matt 6:13, John 17:15), in the Name of Jesus.


https://www.prayerrequest.com/blogs/entry/18910-spiritual-warefare-why-christians-should-pray-more-intentensely-during-ramadan/
https://www.prayerrequest.com/blogs/entry/18920-orlando-and-ramadan-no-coincidence-isis-asking-for-more/

Intercessor

Father, remind us of The High Priesthood of Jesus, with Him "We have an Advocate with The Father, Jesus Christ The Righteous" (1 John 2:1). Remind us that if we come to You You will not cast us out of Your presence (John 6:37), and grant us "repentance that leads to life" (Acts 11:18), repenting and returning "that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord" (Acts 3:19); "For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow according to the world brings death." (2 Cor 7:10), in Jesus' name.

If Jesus said “if your brother offends you up to 7 times a day and comes to you and repents, forgive him” (Luke 17:4). Jesus would not give us a standard by which He himself would not abide, and, in the words of Luther, “if the image of God can forgive, how much more the Original?” (Catechism Sermons, Dillenberger).

Zech 6:12 Then say to him, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts, "Behold, a man whose name is Branch, for He will branch out from where He is; and He will build the temple of the LORD. 13"Yes, it is He who will build the temple of the LORD, and He who will bear the honor and sit and rule on His throne. Thus, He will be a priest on His throne, and the counsel of peace will be between the two offices."' PRIEST AND KING

Intercessor

Going back to the practice of CORPORATE INTERCESSION and TEACHING THE NEW TESTAMENT that founded the early church is the only antidote for the diseases affecting the anemic church of The Western World. There, bold witnessing in the face of death and persecution was the norm, not the exception... The disease is UNBELIEF in prayer and the Word of God. The remedy is the exact opposite, see below...

THE HOLY SPIRIT WAS POURED OUT IN THE ATMOSPHERE OF CORPORATE INTERCESSION in the Upper Room on The Day of PENTECOST...
"When they arrived, they went to the upper room where they were staying: Peter and John, James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. WITH ONE ACCORD THEY ALL CONTINUED IN PRAYER, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers." When the day of Pentecost came, the believers were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like a mighty rushing wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting" (Acts 2:1-2).

THE CHURCH WAS FOUNDED ON THE APOSTLES DOCTRINE (The Teaching of The New Testament), Fellowship, Communion, GENEROSITY and PRAYER (Acts 2:41-45). "Those who embraced his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to the believers that day. They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. A sense of awe came over everyone, and the apostles performed many wonders and signs. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they shared with anyone who was in need."

BOLDNESS TO WITNESS IN THE FACE OF THREATENING WAS COUNTERED BY CORPORATE INTERCESSION (Acts 4:25-30), "When THE BELIEVERS heard this, THEY lifted up their voices to God with one accord. “Sovereign Lord, they said, “You made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them... And now, Lord, consider their threats, and enable Your servants to speak Your word with complete boldness, as You stretch out Your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of Your holy servant Jesus."

THE APOSTLES KEPT FROM GETTING DIVERTED BY PASTORAL ISSUES THROUGH PRAYER, STUDY AND PREACHING... They appointed Deacons to oversee matters, not left the issues unaddressed, BUT DEVOTED THEMSELVES TO PRAYER AND THE WORD: "'Therefore, brothers, select from among you seven men confirmed to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will appoint this responsibility to them and devote ourselves to prayer and the ministry of the word.' This proposal pleased the whole group." (Acts 6:4).

PETER WAS SPARED FROM DEATH BECAUSE OF CORPORATE PRAYER...
"So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was fervently praying to God for him. On the night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, with sentries standing guard at the entrance to the prison. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He tapped Peter on the side and woke him up, saying, 'Get up quickly.' And the chains fell off his wrists" (Acts 12:5-7).

BARNABAS AND PAUL THE APOSTLE WERE COMMISSIONED IN A CORPORATE WORSHIP SERVICE...
"In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (a childhood companion of Herod the tetrarch), and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, 'Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.' So after they had fasted and prayed, they laid their hands on them and sent them off" (Acts 13:1-3).

THE HOLY SPIRIT WAS POURED OUT ON THE GENTILES IN CORNELIUS' HOUSE WHEN THEY WERE ALL GATHERED TOGETHER IN ONE ACCORD AND CORNELIUS PRAYERS AND GIVING ASCENDED TO HEAVEN TO DISPATCH THE ANGEL THAT SAID TO FETCH PETER TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THEM... NO DOUBT CORNELIUS HAD CALLED A PRAYER MEETING SINCE HE WAS SUCH A MAN OF PRAYER...
Acts 10:1-7 "At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion of what was known as the Italian Cohort, 2 a devout man who feared God with all his household, gave alms generously to the people, and prayed continually to God. 3 About the ninth hour of the day[a] he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God come in and say to him, “Cornelius.” 4 And he stared at him in terror and said, “What is it, Lord?” And he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have ascended as a memorial before God. 5 And now send men to Joppa and bring one Simon who is called Peter. 6 He is lodging with one Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea.” 7 When the angel who spoke to him had departed, he called two of his servants and a devout soldier from among those who attended him, 8 and having related everything to them, he sent them to Joppa."

30 And Cornelius said, “Four days ago, about this hour, I was praying in my house at the ninth hour,[d] and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing 31 and said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your alms have been remembered before God. 32 Send therefore to Joppa and ask for Simon who is called Peter. He is lodging in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the sea.’ 33 So I sent for you at once, and you have been kind enough to come. Now therefore we are all here in the presence of God to hear all that you have been commanded by the Lord.”

GENTILES HEAR ABOUT GOD'S GRACE IN CHRIST
34 So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, 35 but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36 As for the word that he sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace through Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all), 37 you yourselves know what happened throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism that John proclaimed: 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39 And we are witnesses of all that he did both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree, 40 but God raised him on the third day and made him to appear, 41 not to all the people but to us who had been chosen by God as witnesses, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 And he commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead. 43 To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

THE HOLY SPIRIT FALLS ON THE GENTILES AS THEY WERE IN ONE ACCORD JUST LIKE THOSE IN THE UPPER ROOM AT PENTECOST...
44 While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. 45 And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. 46 For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared, 47 “Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days.

PAUL & SILAS RELEASED FROM CHAINS IN PRISON AFTER PRAYING TOGETHER AND SINGING HYMNS TO GOD...
Acts 16:25 But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; 26 and suddenly there came a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened. 27 When the jailer awoke and saw the prison doors opened, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here!” 29 And he called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas, 30 and after he brought them out, he said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

THE RESULT WAS THE JAILER AND HIS WHOLE HOUSEHOLD WERE CONVERTED
31 They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32 And they spoke the word of the Lord to him together with all who were in his house. 33And he took them that very hour of the night and washed their wounds, and immediately he was baptized, he and all his household. 34 And he brought them into his house and set food before them, and rejoiced greatly, having believed in God with his whole household.

PAUL'S INTERCESSION SAVES EVERYONE ON BOARD THE SHIP IN THE STORM
Acts 27:23 Just last night an angel of God, whose I am and whom I serve, stood beside me 24and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar. And look, GOD HAS GRANTED YOU THE LIVES OF ALL WHO SAIL WITH YOU.’ 25 So take courage, men, for I believe God that it will happen just as He told me.… GOD GRANTED SOMETHING FOR WHICH PAUL AND HIS COMPANIONS HAD BEEN ASKING...


The account goes on, but corporate intercession was the norm, not the rarity and accomplished huge results... Wish it were so today... Ask Your Pastor to Call Prayer Meetings and encourage him to pray about more than just "Aunt Sally's Knee" and "Uncle Joe's Job" (There is a place for that in prayer closets) -- PRAY ABOUT THE KINGDOM, PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS, THE CHURCH IN SHAMBLES IN EUROPE AND USA, THE GOVERNMENT, MILITARY & LAW ENFORCEMENT, THE LORD'S PRAYERS, THE APOSTOLIC PRAYERS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT & GREAT AND MIGHTY THINGS WE DO NOT KNOW (Jer 33:3). In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Intercessor

CBN ARTICLE, TODAY... https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2017/may/orthodox-priest-warns-europe-will-turn-muslim-in-30-years-russia-in-50

A Russian Orthodox priest says the West better get ready for Islam's conquest.

"There is very little time left until the death of the entire Christian Civilization," claims Dmitri Smirnov, chairman of the Patriarchal Commission on Family Matters and the Protection of Motherhood and Childhood. "Several decades, perhaps 30 years, well, maybe in Russia it will last 50, no longer," the priest reportedly told Russia's Soyuz TV channel.

Smirnov says Islam will eventually sweep the continent because Muslims are willing to sacrifice themselves in order to advance their own values.

"The modern Muslim is willing to die for his faith," Smirnov said. "He wraps himself with dynamite and blows himself up wherever his mullah orders him. He is prepared to sacrifice himself. He is labeled a terrorist. But his goal is not to terrify the world."

The controversial Russian Orthodox archpriest claims young Muslims view their sacrifice as a noble cause in order to protect their societies.

"And why do these young men die?" asks Smirnov. "Because they don't want to live in a state ruled by homosexuals. They don't want this obscene pop music. They don't want to have their values corroded, family values first of all."

Smirnov claims Islam's domination will force Christians underground and they "will be like peas scattered across Europe."

"Christians will not dare stick their necks out, they will congregate in small groups and will be persecuted," Smirnov asserts. "The rehearsal is already underway: in Europe, Christian women are being raped and murdered, and the men who are forced to protect their women, are unable to do so (while rapists are sentenced to one year probation maximum). This goes on in today's Europe, and we are next in line."

He ends his presentation saying that while Muslims are ready to kill themselves, Christians in the West are just "exhausted sick people, as good as dead."

ARE WE READY TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT CORPORATE PRAYER YET OR SHOULD WE WAIT UNTIL AFTER WE WATCH THE NEWS DURING RAMADAN AND AFTER OUR SUMMER VACATIONS?????????????????????????

Intercessor

This is the account of Ex 17:8 recording how the Intercession of Moses, Aaron & Hur by PRAYER caused Joshua to overcome The Amalekites in Battle:

"The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua, 'Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.' 10 So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. 11 As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. 12 When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. 13 So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword."

"Therefore, I want people everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without being angry at each other or being argumentative" (1 Tim 2:8).

Lifting up the hands is synonymous with prayer in the Old and New Testament.
When God's people prayed in unity, real Israelites defeated real Amalekites.
When God's people got tired, real Amalakites defeated real Israelites.
When we pray for others, the evil is pushed off their lives so they can enter in through the Door and be more triumphant for God's Kingdom.
When we stop that, things can go downhill for the others for whom we had prayed.
Most people try to exempt themselves from this reality.
Most people never pray for the church or the nation, other world affairs or the Kingdom of God (Souls, Pastors, Evangelists, Musicians, Cell group leaders, the persecuted church, -- any more than "pressing needs").
Most Christians pray less for the Kingdom of God to spread and for conversions to Jesus than Muslims pray for The spread of Islam.
Most Christians rarely if ever fast, most muslims do 30 days in a row every year -- ramadan...

What type of Christian do you want to be seen as when eternity shows our use or negligence of "the weapons of our warfare which are not of flesh and blood but are mighty in God to the pulling down of strongholds, false opinions and arguments that are contrary to the knowledge of God" (2 Cor 10:4-5).

Do we pray for The Whole Christian Church Worldwide? Do we pray for the peace of Jerusalem? Do we pray for the Salvation of Family members and friends? Do we pray for Government, for "kings and all in Authority?" Or do we disobey God because we don't like the President? Do we know that our prayers in Jesus' Name for others can mean the difference of physical and spiritual life or death?

May believers pray for the protection of Christians during ramadan (Especially in Israel, Syria, Egypt, China, North Korea, Russia, but even in the "free countries" like Europe and The States coming up starting Friday morning, May 26th to Sunday, June 25th, (Matt 6:13), "lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil," in Jesus' name.

CBNNews.com
"Orthodox Priest Warns Europe will Turn Muslim in 30 years, Russia in 50
05-16-2017"

https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2017/may/orthodox-priest-warns-europe-will-turn-muslim-in-30-years-russia-in-50

A Russian Orthodox priest says the West better get ready for Islam's conquest.

"There is very little time left until the death of the entire Christian Civilization," claims Dmitri Smirnov, chairman of the Patriarchal Commission on Family Matters and the Protection of Motherhood and Childhood. "Several decades, perhaps 30 years, well, maybe in Russia it will last 50, no longer," the priest reportedly told Russia's Soyuz TV channel.

Smirnov says Islam will eventually sweep the continent because Muslims are willing to sacrifice themselves in order to advance their own values.

"The modern Muslim is willing to die for his faith," Smirnov said. "He wraps himself with dynamite and blows himself up wherever his mullah orders him. He is prepared to sacrifice himself. He is labeled a terrorist. But his goal is not to terrify the world."

The controversial Russian Orthodox archpriest claims young Muslims view their sacrifice as a noble cause in order to protect their societies.

"And why do these young men die?" asks Smirnov. "Because they don't want to live in a state ruled by homosexuals. They don't want this obscene pop music. They don't want to have their values corroded, family values first of all."

Smirnov claims Islam's domination will force Christians underground and they "will be like peas scattered across Europe."

"Christians will not dare stick their necks out, they will congregate in small groups and will be persecuted," Smirnov asserts. "The rehearsal is already underway: in Europe, Christian women are being raped and murdered, and the men who are forced to protect their women, are unable to do so (while rapists are sentenced to one year probation maximum). This goes on in today's Europe, and we are next in line."

He ends his presentation saying that while Muslims are ready to kill themselves, Christians in the West are just "exhausted sick people, as good as dead."

ARE WE READY TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT CORPORATE PRAYER YET OR SHOULD WE WAIT UNTIL AFTER WE WATCH THE NEWS DURING RAMADAN AND AFTER OUR SUMMER VACATIONS?????????????????????????

Intercessor

The surest way to lay hold of God in prayer is by grasping the fact that our Father in Heaven loves us and went to great lengths to bring us near in the place of prayer. We often say or have heard Christianity is not a religion but a relationship, but if we do not pray to God in intimacy we have exchanged that relationship for the religion that profits little to nothing.


John the Beloved remembered Jesus taught us to pray directly to The Father "because The Father Himself loves us, for we love Jesus, and believe that The Father sent Him into the World" (John 16:27). He later writes "By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins (1 John 4:9-10). We love because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). John called himself "The disciple who Jesus loved" (John 13:23, John 21:7, John 21:8), so convinced was he of God's love.


There are not levels of righteousness, but the righteous and the unrighteous, the just and the unjust. God made Jesus Who knew no sin to be made sin on our behalf, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Christ (1 Cor 5:21). We are the righteousness of God in His eyes. There are, however, layers as to what and why the Father has acted on our behalf as sinners. Not only did the Father love the world so much that he gave His Only Begotten Son be a sacrifice for our sins to secure eternal life for those that believe in Jesus so they will never perish (John 3:16, as foundational and wonderful as this is as a stand-alone fact), but there are layers to the purpose for which He did it, namely that we might be reconciled back to The Father: "God was in Christ reconciling the world back to Himself, not counting their transgressions against them" (2 Cor 5:19). He cleared our sins so we can pray, fellowship, have a relationship with Him, witness and be the Kingdom of Priests He originally wanted for mankind.


So when we draw near to God, we should be able to "enter His gates with thanksgiving and enter His Courts with praise (Psalm 100:4). Father, we thank You for the Blood of Jesus that grants forgiveness. Stop. Reflect on that. Selah. Think about the particular sins you yourself have committed for which Christ had to die. There was no other way, Jesus asked about that in Gethsemane. There was and is no other way of salvation (John 14:6 -- "no one can come to the Father except by Me," and Acts 4:12 -- "And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved").

JUSTIFICATION is a forensic "not guilty" because the debt has been paid by another, Christ.

"Arise My Soul Arise," Written in 1742 by Charles Wesley sung by Twila Paris 1992...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOpf6rn2c2g

ADOPTION is an "act of God for us" where we are invited into familial relationship with God (prayer & living). If a group of people go to lunch and someone pays the bill and the transaction has been processed and approved, there is no more owed -- there is nothing one of the group can pay of the debt since the bill has been satisfied by the leader who paid the bill. But it is an entirely different thing if the leader who paid the bill invited you home to his house, gave you a room and you are invited to the family meals and to come along on family vacations. That is adoption, the way nd reason we were created, Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God (Luke 3:38).


JUSTIFICATION LEADS TO GRASPING ADOPTION -- It is the believer that has revelation of this Truth and grasps the object lesson that "while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." It is not just for heaven in the future. "How much more now that we have received the grace of God and gift of eternal life shall we reign in life" as fully convinced in His love (Romans 5; read how the whole chapter is summary of grasping the demonstration of God's love since we have been cleared and cleansed by God and we have "peace with God" and are given "access to stand" in His presence by grace, and have experienced "the Love of God being shed abroad in our Hearts by The Holy Spirit" -- This is a quick introduction on the legal act of ADOPTION being witnessed by not only The Holy Spirit, but our own Spirit, Our spirit and The Holy Spirit bear witness to Scripture).


The root of this "Act of God for us" is from The Holy Spirit Himself where He testifies twice in Scripture, first in Romans: "For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, "Abba! Father!" The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him" (Rom 8:15-17). Then in Galatians: "Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God" (Gal 4:6-7).


B.B. Warfield, a 19th Century Theologian at Princeton (before Princeton went liberal) says the following about the Holy Spirit in the work of Adoption, that He is given "to cure a disease of the mind that will not profit fully by the evidence." God has, in His Word, clearly written His acts He has done for us forensically in justification and therefore, acts again for us in Adoption and bears witness in our spirit by His Spirit not something different to what the Scripture says, but The Holy Spirit bears witness with exactly what The Holy Spirit has already clearly recorded in Scripture, and our previous "touches" from God at different times in either Worship, or in prayer or by answered prayer -- that He loves us! (http://www.biblestudytools.com/classics/warfield-faith-life/the-spirits-testimony-to-our-sonship.html, 9th full chapter from top). It is what Paul says of adoption in Romans 5 "God demonstrates His Love for us" and that we have hope that does not disappoint because "the Love of God has been shed abroad in our Hearts through The Holy Spirit."


We see for what reason the Reformers through the ages wanted the people to have confidence before the Father in Prayer. The Reformers were rebuilding the fallen ruins of generations that believed you had to pay money to have your sins forgiven. The first thing The Reformers did during revival times was teach on Prayer and the essential doctrines of The Faith: The various catechisms, confessions and Bible translations in the modern languages of the times were to root and ground the believers in love. Luther went to great lengths to establish this, as did Calvin, Zwingli, Knox & others -- here is this common prayer, taken from one of the Oxford Martyrs of the English Reformation:


"ALMIGHTY God, who pourest out on all who desire it, the Spirit of Grace and of Supplication; Deliver us, when we draw nigh to Thee, from coldness of heart and wanderings of mind, that with stedfast thoughts and kindled affections, we may worship Thee in spirit and in truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen" (Book of Common Prayer, 1928, 1st Edition 1549, Archbishop Cranmer). Jesus, the Apostles and the Theological Reformers knew it was absolutely essential to know the Father in prayer, as well as to pray as taught by the Scriptures.


Jesus, Paul, The Reformers and the modern, believing remnant of Theologians and Pastors recognize how vital is is to healthy fellowship with God through prayer to recognize what God has done for us in declaring us not guilty, adopting us and showering The Holy Spirit on us: to know what Christ has given us in His inheritance and to not pray for it to come into existence would be as to know there was treasure hidden in the ground yet never grabbing a shovel to dig it up -- "But after we have learned by faith to know that whatever is necessary for us or defective in us is supplied in God and in our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom it hath pleased the Father that all fulness should dwell, that we may thence draw as from an inexhaustible fountain, it remains for us to seek and in prayer implore of him what we have learned to be in him. To know God as the sovereign disposer of all good, inviting us to present our requests, and yet not to approach or ask of him, were so far from availing us, that it were just as if one told of a treasure were to allow it to remain buried in the ground" (John Calvin, On Prayer, A Perpetual Exercise of Faith, Institutes, Book 3, Chapter 20, section i & ii).


We praise You for Your Sovereign Power in Heaven, in ransoming a people to be Your "chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.(1 Peter 2:9). "Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty who was, and is, and is to come" (Rev 4:8).


Exodus 19:5-6
Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites."

Deuteronomy 4:20
But as for you, the LORD took you and brought you out of the iron-smelting furnace, out of Egypt, to be the people of his inheritance, as you now are.

Deuteronomy 7:6
For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.

Deuteronomy 10:15
Yet the LORD set his affection on your ancestors and loved them, and he chose you, their descendants, above all the nations--as it is today.

Deuteronomy 14:2
for you are a people holy to the LORD your God. Out of all the peoples on the face of the earth, the LORD has chosen you to be his treasured possession.

Deuteronomy 26:18-19
And the LORD has declared this day that you are his people, his treasured possession as he promised, and that you are to keep all his commands. He has declared that he will set you in praise, fame and honor high above all the nations he has made and that you will be a people holy to the LORD your God, as he promised.

1 Samuel 12:22
For the sake of his great name the LORD will not reject his people, because the LORD was pleased to make you his own.

Psalm 118:27
The LORD is God, and he has made his light shine on us. With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession up to the horns of the altar.

Psalm 135:4
For the LORD has chosen Jacob to be his own, Israel to be his treasured possession.

Isaiah 9:2
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.

Isaiah 42:16
I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.

Isaiah 43:20
The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen,

Isaiah 43:21
the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.

Isaiah 61:6
And you will be called priests of the LORD, you will be named ministers of our God. You will feed on the wealth of nations, and in their riches you will boast.

Isaiah 62:12
They will be called the Holy People, the Redeemed of the LORD; and you will be called Sought After, the City No Longer Deserted.

Isaiah 66:21
And I will select some of them also to be priests and Levites," says the LORD."

Malachi 3:17
"On the day when I act," says the LORD Almighty, "they will be my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as a father has compassion and spares his son who serves him."

Acts 11:8
"When they heard these things they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, “Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life.â€

Acts 15:14
"Simeon has related how God first visited the Gentiles, to take from them a people for his name."

2 Cor 6:16-17
God said, "I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE. 17"Therefore, COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE," says the Lord. "AND DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN; And I will welcome you. 18"And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me," Says the Lord Almighty.

Titus 2:14
who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.

Acts 15:5-21 When "Certain believers of the party of the Pharisees stood up and said (concerning Gentile Believers) that it was necessary to circumcise them and charge them to keep the Law of Moses..."

6 The apostles and the elders were gathered together to consider this matter. 7 And after there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, Brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe. 8 And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us, 9 and he made no distinction between us and them, having cleansed their hearts by faith.

10 Now, therefore, why are you putting God to the test by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? 11 But we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will.

12 And all the assembly fell silent, and they listened to Barnabas and Paul as they related what signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles. 13 After they finished speaking, James replied, Brothers, listen to me. 14 Simeon has related how God first visited the Gentiles, to take from them a people for his name. 15 And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written,

16 After this I will return,

and I will rebuild the tent of David that has fallen;

I will rebuild its ruins,

and I will restore it,

17 that the remnant of mankind may seek the Lord,

and all the Gentiles who are called by my name,

says the Lord, who makes these things 18 known from of old.

19 Therefore my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the Gentiles who turn to God, 20 but should write to them to abstain from the things polluted by idols, and from sexual immorality, and from what has been strangled, and from blood. 21 For from ancient generations Moses has had in every city those who proclaim him, for he is read every Sabbath in the synagogues.

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We Pray for The U.S.A. -- UNITY & FAVOR for Pres. Trump & UNITY of CONGRESS to Avoid Government Shutdown, PROTECTION -- Military, Law Enforcement (Jeremiah 29:7) "Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare." In Jesus Name.

 

1First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be offered on behalf of all men 2for kings and all those in authority, so that we may lead tranquil and quiet lives in all godliness and dignity.3This is good and pleasing in the sight of God our Savior,… (1 Timothy 2:1-2).

1First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be offered on behalf of all men 2for kings and all those in authority, so that we may lead tranquil and quiet lives in all godliness and dignity.3This is good and pleasing in the sight of God our Savior,…
Cross References
Ezra 6:10
that they may offer acceptable sacrifices to the God of heaven and pray for the life of the king and his sons.

Jeremiah 29:7
'Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare.'

Romans 13:1
Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which is from God. The authorities that exist have been appointed by God.
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For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

kings.

Ezra 6:10 That they may offer sacrifices of sweet smells to the God of heaven, …

Nehemiah 1:11 O LORD, I beseech you, let now your ear be attentive to the prayer …

Psalm 20:1-4 The LORD hear you in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob …

Psalm 72:1 Give the king your judgments, O God, and your righteousness to the king's son.

Jeremiah 29:7 And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried …

for all.

Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject to the higher powers. For there is no power …

1 Peter 2:13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: …

authority. or, eminent place. that.

Genesis 49:14,15 Issachar is a strong donkey couching down between two burdens…

2 Samuel 20:19 I am one of them that are peaceable and faithful in Israel: you seek …

Proverbs 24:21 My son, fear you the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them …

Ecclesiastes 3:12,13 I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and …

Ecclesiastes 8:2-5 I counsel you to keep the king's commandment, and that in regard …

Romans 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lies in you, live peaceably with all men.

1 Thessalonians 4:11 And that you study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and …

Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall …

all godliness.

Luke 1:6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments …

Luke 2:25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; …

Acts 10:22 And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that …

Acts 24:16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void …

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are …

Titus 2:10-14 Not purloining, but showing all good fidelity; that they may adorn …

1 Peter 2:9-13 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, …

2 Peter 1:3-7 According as his divine power has given to us all things that pertain …

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W.I.J.D? -- What Is Jesus Doing?

INTERCESSION: It's not WWJD (What Would Jesus Do) but WIJD? (What Is Jesus Doing)? He is EVER LIVING to MAKE INTERCESSION (Heb 7:25) and we are to become like our master (Matt 10:25)! -- Jesus would not tell us to always pray and not loose heart (Luke 18:1) if HE were not already practicing it -- He is ever living (we just celebrated Easter), BUT WHAT IS HE DOING? Making INTERCESSION (Rom 8:34; Heb 7:25).

PLEASE God help us get over our little problems as our major focus and learn -- 1) WHO WE ARE AS ADOPTED CHILDREN, and; 2) WHO WE ARE ADDRESSING in PRAYER (OUR Omnipotent FATHER whose arm is not so short it cannot save, and; 3) EXPECT BIG ANSWERS EVEN GREAT AND MIGHTY THINGS WE DON'T KNOW (Jer 33:3) LIKE WARS TO CEASE (Rees Howell Intercessor) and MINISTRIES to be Provided for (George Muller), MASSES TO BE CONVERTED (George Whitefield, Billy Graham, Reinhard Bonnke), And PRAY for OUR PRESIDENT, CONGRESSMEN, SUPREME COURT JUSTICES, MILITARY and LAW ENFORCEMENT (Like Peter Marshall see A Man Named Peter), PRAY FOR PASTORS, CHURCHES (The Apostle Paul), OUR LOST FAMILY MEMBERS & FRIENDS (Like Watchman Nee)...

BELIEVERS -- Let's Confess Our Sins (1 John 1:9), Receive Mercy fro The Throne of Grace (Heb 4:14-16), Boldly Approach The Emerald Rainbow (Ezekiel 1:28) and Esther's Scepter (Esther 8:4) and ASK for THE NATIONS as CHRIST'S INHERITANCE (Ps 2:8)...

Please, politely, I BEG YOU on behalf of Jesus, let us please stop praying for JUST our own puny needs or just the needs of others. PLEASE REALIZE THE POWER AND OMNIPOTENCE AND MAGNANIMITY of GOD and INTERCEDE for THE THINGS ON GOD'S MIND AND HEART ALSO -- for NATIONS and GOVERNMENTS (French ELECTIONS), End of Terrorism, PURITY AND UNITY of BELIEVERS, CONVERSION OF NATIONS, THE SECOND COMING and ALL IN AUTHORITY (1 Tim 2:1-5). Thank you in Jesus' name.

Intercessor

I.D. & Baggage Checks are almost non-existent on U.S. Public Transportation Systems -- this has been amazing to me and on my radar since using public transportation post 911.... Compare this to at least a baggage scan and entry through metal detectors for an airplane flight... You can't get through with a belt buckle for crying out load! You also have to show valid picture I.D....

Enter the world of the high speed train -- anyone can buy tickets for you and forward them to your email... You board the train with no baggage search or body scan... At high volume times there is barely a seat so you go through a car or two equaling the capacity of passengers in a jet! You sit down, the conductor is busy scanning phones, you pull up the ticket on your phone, and you are "scanned" -- you are whoever bought the ticket... No questions asked -- Like voting in many states -- NO ID IS REQUIRED AT ALL!

An average plane holds about 170 to a rare 525 passengers on an AirBusA380; but a train in NYC, London or Hong Kong at rush hour can hold 1,500 to 3,000 or 150 people per car, 10 - 20 cars....

Ok, the math's been done... THERE SHOULD BE THREE to SIX TIMES MORE STRINGENT BOARDING REQUIREMENTS FOR A TRAIN THAN A PLANE... May there be a massive hiring ramp-up for intelligence and surveillance in the Public Transportation sector.... More plain clothes and full service Federal Agents...

Father, I request from the throne room of heaven IMMEDIATE ACTION on public transportation, Trains, Busses, Subways and other Commuter Rail Systems. Please help the investigators in Russia and alert the officials of Amtrak, and other Metro Rails throughout the world to tighten up security 100-fold. This would be an excellent job & career for which to aspire. May God bless and protect the Transportation officials, intelligence and security in The U.S. & Abroad. Bind the evil one from any terrorist attacks in the interim, in Jesus name.

Intercessor

"When the servant of the man of God got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. “Oh, sir, what will we do now?” the young man cried to Elisha. “Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!” Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire" (2 Kings 6:15-17). -------------------------

There are more with us than against us. All of the past ages of believers. 2/3rds of the angels were NOT swept away by the tail of the dragon (see Rev 12:4)... We have the Father Almighty, The Name of Jesus, The promise to answer and the Power of the Holy Spirit to pray fervently (James 5) and without ceasing (1 Thes 5, Eph 6).

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your Name!
Your Kingdom come!
Your Will be done on earth as it is in heaven!
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Give us this day our daily bread!
And forgive our sins,
As we forgive those who sin against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil! (Matt 6:9-13).

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We pray for President Trump to have wisdom, favor & protection. May we remember "There are more on our side than theirs" as Elisha told his servant in 2 Kings 6:15-17. May we have the same heavenly influence for our Government: Congress, Supreme Court, Nominees, State Governors & Legislators), Intelligence (FBI, CIA, Secret Service).
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Please guide and protect our Military & Military Intelligence (Wisdom, Safety & Protection at home and overseas), Law Enforcement, Firemen & Security Guards. "Prayers for all people, for Kings and ALL in Authority" (1 Tim 2:1-4). Grant us all faith in God, obedience to the Word and righteousness by faith in the work of Jesus.
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Lastly calm the wars, rumors of wars and nuclear threats. Overrule ISIS and defeat terrorism, convert the lost and end immorality, abortion and witchcraft. Show us all a better way, in Jesus name.
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"When the servant of the man of God got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. “Oh, sir, what will we do now?” the young man cried to Elisha. “Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!” Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire" (2 Kings 6:15-17).

Thank you in Jesus' Name.