Indeed Prayer Works!

(Pastor Andre Butler)

In a recent interview, Pricilla Shirer said, “Prayer is the most powerful weapon the church has to unlock the activity of heaven on earth.” Yes. prayer works!

Faith-filled prayers get results in due season. The Word of God states that  the “prayers of righteous persons are powerful and effective”. James 5:16.

Prayer moves the hands that move the universe. Prayer invites God to glorify Himself in our needs and weakness.  God can do great things in the nation, community and in your life. God can restore that which was broken or torn down. He redeems those who were lost and can turn situations and circumstances around.

The National Day Prayer that Pastor Andre Butler is discussing emphasizes prayer for America and its leadership in the seven centers of power: Government, Military, Media, Business, Education, Church and Family (I Timothy 2:1-6).

Let us continue to pray for our nation in prayer gatherings and in our homes. God throughout His Word tells us to pray that He may heal our land. 2 Chronicles 7:14.

The sovereign Lord listens to our cries, waits to intervene on our behalf and to deliver and transform the ills of our nation. (See e.g. Zephaniah 3:17).  Prayer is required and imperative for believers individually, and corporately, to pray continually throughout the year, not just on the National Day of Prayer.

The disciples asked Jesus “Lord teach us to pray”. Those few words are powerful. Each of us should want to learn to pray more effectively and not amiss to gain greater intimacy with the Lord and to pray His will for the Kingdom. We should seek to spiritually rise in our personal and corporate prayer life. Let’s learn from the Word how to pray. Let’s look at Jesus’ prayer life

Believe in prayer. It is the best way we have to draw strength from heaven.

If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. Matthew 21:22 NIV ( from God’s Little Instruction Book)

What do you believe God for today?

Meditate on the Word. Pray. Listen. Believe. Pray. Believe. Hear. Do.

Article by Linda Fegins, The Prayer Leader, May 11, 2016, ldfaygo@gmail.com .Linda is a Intercessory Prayer Leader at Messiah Baptist Church and a  intercessor, prayer teacher and trainer of a global prayer ministry.

Video is by -Pastor Andre Butler  who is the executive pastor of Word of Faith International Christian Center, founded by Bishop Keith A. Butler, in Southfield, Michigan and the former pastor of Faith Christian Center in Smyrna, Georgia. His mission in life is to equip others to experience the future that God has for them. His ministry emphasizes God’s desire to prosper His people in every arena of life and God’s command for His people to do their part in winning the world to Jesus.

 

 

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Wake Up America! Pray !

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Wake Up America! Pray ! So much is going on in our nation –racism, attack on God’s Word and Way, personal and corporate financial distress, hatred, violence, leadership failures, ISIS, war , human trafficking and more.

The lyrics of the song “Wake Up Everybody” ,sung by now deceased Teddy Pendergrass which described the issues facing people in this world, is relevant.I really like the song. Part of the lyrics state:

Wake up everybody no more sleepin’ in bed
No more backward thinkin’ time for thinkin’ ahead
The world has changed so very much
From what it used to be
There is so much hatred war an’ poverty

The world won’t get no better if we just let it be
The world won’t get no better we gotta change it yeah, just you and me.

True, the world will not get any better unless we, you and me, pray and cry out to the Lord in fervent prayer, with a repentant heart, to heal the land. Once we soak in prayer, get our instructions from the Lord, then we must also “Do”— take action to make a difference.

Let’s join in corporate prayer on May 5th, 2016, which is National Day of Prayer throughout the day and pray from where ever you are—home, work, school etc.

This year’s 2016 theme: Wake Up America. Scripture: Isaiah 58:1a “Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet” The national theme, Wake Up America, emphasizes the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to return to the God of Fathers in reverence for His Holy Name.

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Join with the nation of Believers to emphasize prayer for America and its leadership in the seven centers of power: Government, Military, Media, Business, Education, Church and Family.

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For the May 5th observances, Dr. Tony Evans, is the 2016 Honorary Chairman. Millions of people will gather to pray at thousands of events around the nation. Gather your friends and family members together in prayer. We have an opportunity to see the Lord’s healing and renewing power made manifest as we call on YOU and all citizens to humbly come before His throne.

The apostle Paul urged that “requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone…that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. (I Timothy 2:1-3). It is time for us to pray as a nation corporately and individually. In this turbulent time of open racism, rumors of wars and aggression, and troubled communities and cites we need to go before the Lord to seek through prayer, “peaceful and quiet lives” – for ourselves, our families, our neighbors and friends and our nation.

Continue to pray for our nation as the “prayers of righteous persons are powerful and effective”. James 5:16. The sovereign Lord listens to our cries, waits to intervene on our behalf and to deliver and transform the ills of our nation. (See e.g. Zephaniah 3:17). I believe that prayer is required and imperative for believers individually, and corporately as a nation, to pray continually throughout the year, not just on the National Day of Prayer. There is a need for faithful, preserving intercession for our leaders, government, families, education system, the legal system, churches, the armed forces and the media. Our prayers will impact generations to come if we continue to seek the Lord’s guidance and protection and be obedient to His Word.

For the May 5th observances, Dr. Tony Evans, the 2016 Honorary Chairman, wrote a special prayer to be simultaneously read throughout the nation at noon (ET). This recitation will create a huge wave of prayer, flowing from one coast to the other, illustrating the unity of God’s people and acknowledging His dominion over the circumstances facing us.

“At this crucial time for our nation, we can do nothing more important than pray”, states Dr. Evans. Make this spiritual discipline a personal priority and take a stand with myself and others as we encourage others to incorporate prayer in their lives.

National Prayer

Dear heavenly Father, we come to You today as a humble people desperate for Your supernatural intervention on behalf of our beloved nation. First, we thank You for all the blessings You have bestowed on our land, blessings that have allowed us to bring so much good and benefit to not only our own citizens but also to the rest of the world. The very ideals upon which this country was founded were based on biblical truths, no matter how some try to rewrite history to deny that very fact today.

This is why our hearts are so broken over how You continue to be marginalized and dismissed by both our people and our institutions. We are also saddened by the fact that Your people have contributed greatly to the spiritual apathy that now engulfs us. Our satisfaction in remaining religious without being fully committed to living out the truths of Your Word has caused us to become co-conspirators with the forces of evil that are destroying us as a society.

It is for this reason that we personally and collectively repent of our carnality and recommit ourselves to becoming visible and verbal disciples of Jesus Christ. Enable us, by Your Spirit, to no longer be secret agent Christians but rather to publicly declare and live out Your truth in a spirit of love so that You feel welcome in our country once again.

Thank You for Your promise to hear our prayers when we call to You with hearts of repentance and obedience, which is how we are appealing to You today, Father. On behalf of Your church, we affirm afresh the priority You are to us that You would fill every dimension of our lives as we seek to bring You glory through the advancement of Your kingdom in our personal lives, our family lives, and in the lives of our churches and our government leaders. We confidently invite heaven’s intervention into all the affairs of our nation and we praise You in advance for Your answer.

In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen. National Prayer by Dr. Tony Evans, the 2016 Honorary Chairman

Linda Fegins, The Prayer Leader , May 2016

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Lord, You Are My Symphony by Gail Dudley

Lord, You Are My Symphony

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Breathe in. Breathe out. Prepare to be lead into the most beautiful melody of your prayer life as you pray under the direction of the conductor.

 

You have been invited to ‘Father, Hear My Prayers’ symphony orchestra where the most important person in an orchestra is the conductor. The one who ‘s purpose is to lead the melodies of the instrument, and does not play any instrument at all. Their job, at its most basic level, is to indicate the beat of the music. With each movement of the baton, the conductor is instructing with imaginary points that indicate the beat in the bar the orchestra is playing.

 

Relate this to prayer. Jesus is the most important person during your conversation. When your heartbeat begins to line up with His heartbeat, you will find yourself praying what He is praying. “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done….” You find that when you pray under His direction you are focused on His thoughts, His will, and find that your thoughts are no longer as important as before. Your mind is now focused on Jesus.

 

So often people will ask, ‘How shall I pray’? The conductor will prepare you. The conductor’s role in the orchestra is being responsible for the preparation, the rehearsal, and for making interpretative decisions, such as whether a certain passage should be slow, fast, soft, loud, smooth, aggressive, and so forth. He will speak to you boldly, compassionately, through a whisper, and will instruct you to be obedient. Through the reading of His Word, you will know to wait patiently, move swiftly, to be still, and so on.

 

A conductor of an orchestra communicates their decisions both verbally during the rehearsal and during the performance, using different movements, gestures, and expressions. During prayer, you will know what Jesus is communicating with you because you have spent time with Him.

 

Think only about the symphony. There are usually four movements to a symphony. With a typical symphony, the first movement is a fairly fast movement, weighty in content and feeling.

 

The second movement of a symphony will be slow and solemn in character. As we pray, we may find the second time around to be quieter, slower. The pounding of the heart slows down. There’s room for silence—you may no longer be in a hurry. You have decided to take your time and watch and pray.

 

The third movement of a symphony can be interchanged with the second movement. When we pray, we may find ourselves in a hurry in the beginning but, later, get with God and slow down because we are finally resting in His arms.

 

The fourth movement in a symphony creates the finale. The finale is made up of a variation. A variation movement consists of a theme, usually made up of four or eight-bar phrases in which the theme is elaborated, developed, and transformed. Although a symphony may seem difficult in our natural hearing, it’s easy to those who are a part of the orchestra.

 

You are in the orchestra. The orchestra of ‘Father, Hear Our Prayers.’ With Christ, we may think this journey of prayer and worship is difficult, but it’s a beautiful journey once we line up with Christ as the focus of our time in intercession and prayer with Him. Lord, you are my symphony. We surrender as we flow in the presence of the Holy Spirit.

 

Gail Dudley, authorGail Dindex

Ready To Pray: A Spiritual Journey of Prayer and Worship

Gail Dudley, an ordained minister, is married to Dr. Kevin Dudley and the lovingmother of Alexander and

Dominiq. A committed Christian focused on preparing believers for ministry, she is a true servant of God

and one who finds tremendous joy in helping others to become “Ministry-Minded, Ministry-Equipped

, Ministry-Motivated,and Ministry-Engaged.”  Gail has completed 95 hours of Prayer

Formation studies and has hosted prayer summits and prayer workshops throughout the

US and abroad. She is Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of READY magazine, a quarterly

national publication with readership in 17 countries. She is the author of seven books, a

member of Redbud Writers Guild, and has served as a conference and workshop speaker

in Canada, England, South Africa, and Zimbabwe, equipping and motivating women

around the world to walk boldly into their promised future. Gail has been honored to

present for organizations such as MOPS, Christian Leadership Alliance, Iron Sharpens

Iron for Women, and SOAR International.  This Columbus , Ohio born and raised servant”s, calling that

God has placed upon Gail’s life will touch you as you experience her heart and her spirit filled life-changing messages.

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Is That Really You God?

DAY 39 – March 19th – Is That Really You God?

 God Wants To Talk To YouScriptures:   John 10:2-5;   John 10:27: Psalm 23

 

The biggest problem in hearing God’s voice is knowing for sure that it is His voice that we hear. Maybe we are only hearing self-talk. Could it be just our imagination? Jesus says, “listen to (the shepherd’s) voice…his sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will never follow a stranger…because they do not recognize his voice”. (John 10:2-5) Jesus is the Shepherd. Believers are the sheep. Believers will listen to and recognize the voice of the Shepherd. They will also know that certain voices are not his and will flee from them.

 

The best way to get to know Him and His voice is to spend time with God. As Pastor Littlejohn has stressed we must have a personal relationship with Jesus. The more time that we spend with him the better we will know Him. As we come to know His ways, words and will through the Word of God and by the Spirit, and spending time with Jesus we will also come to know what his voice sounds like. “We want to have confident communication with the Lord by being in fellowship with Christ such that we know who we are talking to, know what we are talking about through Jesus’ Word, as a result of a relationship with Him”, Pastor Littlejohn explained on Sunday March 6, 2016.

 

Pray:

  • Thank God for revealing Himself through his Word and by His Spirit-the Spirit of Revelation.(Ephesians 1:7)
  • Thank Him for guiding you, protecting you and keeping you from harm.
  • Confess to the Shepherd if you have listened to other voices and followed their leadings and ask for forgiveness.
  • Ask the Shepherd to help you hear His voice, to follow His lead, and to spurn those who would lead you in the wrong way.
  • Ask God for an ear to hear (Revelation 2:7) and to teach you to hear better.

 

Linda Fegins , The Prayer Leader

 

 

DAY 40 – March 20th – Are You Listening To The Lord?

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Scriptures: Luke 10:39-42; Revelation 2:7; Romans 8:26

 

We started this 40 Day Prayer Journey on February 10 (Ash Wednesday), to prepare our hearts and minds for Resurrection Sunday better known as Easter through the season of Lent.

 

Hopefully through this forty (40) day prayer journey you have sought the Lord consistently, repenting from your old ways, letting them go and praying toward the desires and promises of God to enable us to grow in our spiritual walk.

 

The Intercessory Prayer Ministry prays that each of you as individuals and as a corporate body have repented, been refreshed, and have renewed your minds to communing with Christ, talking to him, but also listening to hear what He has to say to each of us individually and corporately.

 

God wants a personal love relationship with you-with us. A relationship involves a two way conversation. Prayer is a dialogue not a monologue. God is not silent. He speaks to us through His Word and through His Holy Spirit and in other ways that line up with His Word.  Jesus was a listener. He said “Whatever I say is what the Father has told me to say” (John 12:50). Like Jesus we must listen.

God is longing for us to pay attention. Let’s all stop and listen.

Pray:

 

  • Praise the Holy Spirit who speaks to you and to the church through the Pastor.
  • Thank God that you have the ability to ”hear” the voice of the God.
  • Ask the Lord to give you a responsive heart and the willingness to do His as He reveals it to you no matter what.
  • Ask the Lord that prayer and intercession will increase in purity, passion and power in you, the church and throughout the city
  • Sing a song of Praise. Our Lord Jesus Christ has risen and we celebrate Him as we look forward to Resurrection Sunday. Write a prayer of praise.

Linda Fegins , The Prayer Leader

 

 

 

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The Benefits of Hearing God

DAY 38 – March 18thhearing-from-god-series-randy-willis-photosScriptures: Proverbs 3:5-6; John 6:45

 

God has promised to guide us if we listen. He tells us not to listen to our own understanding but to acknowledge Him in all our ways. If you do what he says, He “will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:6). God wants to guide you because he knows what is best for us in every situation.

 

Things go right when we listen. When David inquired of the Lord, listened to His response and executed the detailed battle plans God gave him he won great victories over his enemies. (2 Samuel 5:17-25) That things go right when we listen, does not mean they are always easy .When Jesus submitted to the will of the Father in Gethsemane it surely wasn’t easy. It took Him to the cross. But it was right; and it lead to the defeat of Satan and the salvation of the world.

 

Listening leads us to Christ himself. Jesus said,” Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from Him come to me”. John 6:45. When the Father speaks He directs us to His Son because all the answers to life’s questions are found in Him.

The greatest benefit of listening to God is that we are directed by the Father to the Son and to the life He gives. Without His leading life is impossible. With His leading life is full of purpose, provision, and His presence.

 

Pray:

  • Ask God to give you a keen sense of your need for His guidance and the ability to hear his voice.
  • Pray that fathers will look to God as the ultimate spiritual head of their household, and serve their families by carrying responsibility for the physical, emotional and spiritual well being of their wives. Pray that God will instill a vision of wholesome, supportive, fatherhood to all fathers.
  • Pray for single people. Pray that Christ will protect them; that friendships and church fellowships bring ample fullness of healthy relationship; for wisdom to choose sexual purity and holy lifestyles; for marriage.
  • Pray for broken families. Pray for the healing of broken or embittered hearts. Pray for the children of such homes.
  • Pray for the Sunday School Ministry.

 

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DAY 39 – March 19th – Is That Really You God?

Scriptures:   John 10:2-5;   John 10:27: Psalm 23

 

The biggest problem in hearing God’s voice is knowing for sure that it is His voice that we hear. Maybe we are only hearing self-talk. Could it be just our imagination? Jesus says, “listen to (the shepherd’s) voice…his sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will never follow a stranger…because they do not recognize his voice”. (John 10:2-5) Jesus is the Shepherd. Believers are the sheep. Believers will listen to and recognize the voice of the Shepherd. They will also know that certain voices are not his and will flee from them.

 

The best way to get to know Him and His voice is to spend time with God. As Pastor Littlejohn has stressed we must have a personal relationship with Jesus. The more time that we spend with him the better we will know Him. As we come to know His ways, words and will through the Word of God and by the Spirit, and spending time with Jesus we will also come to know what his voice sounds like. “We want to have confident communication with the Lord by being in fellowship with Christ such that we know who we are talking to, know what we are talking about through Jesus’ Word, as a result of a relationship with Him”, Pastor Littlejohn explained on Sunday March 6, 2016.

 

Pray:

  • Thank God for revealing Himself through his Word and by His Spirit-the Spirit of Revelation.(Ephesians 1:7)
  • Thank Him for guiding you, protecting you and keeping you from harm.
  • Confess to the Shepherd if you have listened to other voices and followed their leadings and ask for forgiveness.
  • Ask the Shepherd to help you hear His voice, to follow His lead, and to spurn those who would lead you in the wrong way.
  • Ask God for an ear to hear (Revelation 2:7) and to teach you to hear better.

.Linda Fegins, The Prayer Leader Linda Fegins, “The Prayer Leader” serves as prayer leader and teacher/trainer on the “Prayer Boot Camp” with the Global Missions Prayer Force and as a guest intercessor and volunteer for Girlfriends Pray a global prayer ministry. She served as Prayer Coordinator for over 13 years( later Director over the Prayer Ministry) for the Lydia Circle Christian Business and Professional Women. As part of the Lydia Circle she has lead over twenty prayer boot camps, and has lead prayer services and workshops in the Bahamas and in South Africa. She served on the prayer team of a medical mission trip to Jamaica under the leadership of Rev. Jackie McCullough. She also serves as the Prayer Leader for her church’s Intercessory Prayer Ministry.

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Persevere In Prayer 36th Day War Room Prayer

 

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Scriptures:   2 Corinthians 4:7–18; 2 Chronicles 20: 6, 12  

As we end the 30 days, there may be sections you skipped, days you skimmed, or strategies that need more structure and Scripture. We must persevere in prayer! The battles are waged all around us for marriages, our children and grandchildren, our church, and the souls of the sinners as well as the attention and testimony of the saints.* (Kathy Branzell)

As God answers your prayers, begin to write down new strategies for other areas of your life. Surely you had more than 1-3 prayer requests or areas that need God’s touch! Begin the process again. Continue to cover the walls and doorframes of your War Room. “Bake prayer in” to that space in your home and in your heart (2 Corinthians 4:7–18).*(Kathy Branzell)

Pray:

  • Pray for the church to have a Christ-centered worship experience in spirit and truth that will please the Father.
  • Pray for sincere and honest exaltation of the name of the Lord, born of the Holy Spirit and the Word.
  • Pray for humility and unity among believers that will give rise to worshiping the Lord in the beauty of His holiness throughout the church.
  • Pray that individual and corporate intercession and prayer will increase in you and among the members of your church..
  • Thank God that He has established that His church will be called a house of prayer for all nations. Pray that your church (Messiah )will be the kind of house of prayer that pleases Christ.

Linda Fegins , The Prayer Leader

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DAY 37 – March 17th — God Speaks to YOU!

Scriptures:   John 16:13; John 5:30

 

How can you tell when God speaks to you? Do you ever wonder about people who confidently say, “Well, God told me to” do this or that? How do they know?

 

Don’t discount an answer you may be receiving from God because it seems not to make any sense. God answers us in many ways, and we can always search his Word, the Bible, for guidance when we think we hear God speaking to us. Just be aware that God may be speaking to you in surprising ways. Remember Joshua and the battle of Jericho (Joshua 5:13-27). Remember Gideon (Judges 6-7). Remember Peter and Cornelius (Acts 10).

 

Pray:

  • Pray that believers will seek to hear God’s voice.
  • Pray for your enemies.
  • Pray for law enforcement for justice, rightful use of force, police officers of integrity, protection for police officers and for the citizens they serve.
  • Pray for the City of Flint for healing, justice and deliverance.
  • Pray for college students.

Linda Fegins, The Prayer Leader

Linda Fegins, “The Prayer Leader” serves as a prayer leader and teacher/trainer on the “Prayer Boot Camp” with the Global Missions Prayer Force and as an intercessor and volunteer for Girlfriends Pray, a global prayer ministry. She served as Prayer Coordinator for over 13 years( later Director over the Prayer Ministry) for the Lydia Circle Christian Business and Professional Women. As part of the Lydia Circle she has lead over twenty prayer boot camps, and has lead prayer services and workshops in the Bahamas and in South Africa. She served on the prayer team of a medical mission trip to Jamaica under the leadership of Rev. Jackie McCullough. She also serves as the Prayer Leader for her church’s Intercessory Prayer Ministry.

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DAY 34– March 14th – God’s Love and Faithfulness

Scriptures:   Psalm 32; Romans 1:9-10; 10:1

Part of living out a strategy is to remember where you came from and where you are going. We are all sinners in need of a Savior. Once upon a time, we were on our way to eternal despair and punishment in view of God’s holy wrath. But Jesus came, and now those who believe and trust in Him as Lord and Savior have eternal life! You are a child of God, created in love and with amazing purpose!*

Write down your answered prayers. Look at your list of answered prayers when you lose sight of God’s faithfulness and write down promises about your future from Scripture. Rejoice always! (Ps. 32)*( Kathy Branzell)

 

Pray:

  • Praise God for His mercy and faithfulness. Mercy means that God does not treat us as we deserve.
  • Thank God for His unspeakable gift. JESUS. 2 Corinthians 9:15
  • Pray for God’s people to stand still and hear His voice and then to obey His voice.
  • Pray for those who are grieving.
  • Pray for Messiah’s Transportation Ministry.

 

Linda Fegins, The Prayer Leader,

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DAY 35– March 15th – How Vibrant Is Your Prayer Life: Hot or Cold/ Bright or Dull?

Scriptures:   Exodus 33:12–23; Luke 6:18

On Day 5, I asked, “So how ‘vibrant’ is your relationship with God?” I also asked you to examine and write down some adjectives, characteristics, and evidences that described your current relationship with Jesus. You also described your daily interaction and affection toward Him, how many times you think about Him during the day, and how often you talk with Him, thank Him, or give Him credit for something good or beautiful.*

I asked the question, “Is prayer your first response or your last resort?” To quote Miss Clara, “Would you say your prayer life is hot or cold?”*

You have been on a very intense prayer journey! This month has been about writing a strategic battle plan for specific areas of your life. I am sure the enemy has fired back at you more than once; I know it has been difficult to build a habit of planned prayer time as well as writing down all of the tactical parts of your strategy. I know you have been challenged. No battle is easy, and I pray you have seen God’s hand move as you have sought His face each day.*

Now, 23 days later, I want to ask you again, “How ‘vibrant’ is your relationship with God?” Write down how your relationship with Him has changed and thank Him for the growth and guidance. I pray this has been a time of deep discipleship and that you have developed new and profound disciplines in prayer. Think about all that you have posted on your War Room wall/ notebook, and all the prayers you have prayed.

The battle is not over as long as we are still breathing, so be as bold as Moses and ask God for more of Him and His blessings (Exodus 33:12–23).*(Kathy Branzell)

Pray:

  • Thank God for his readiness to hear prayer and to deliver those who trust in Him.
  • Confess if there is little praise in your prayer. Confess that you have neglected the praise that is important to Him.
  • Pray that you are growing in your spiritual walk and prayer life to please God, and that you will continue to pursue your walk, and not go backward, but always forward.
  • Pray that you will have favor and good understanding with God first and then with men and women. Proverb 3:4
  • Pray for outbreaks of praise to God from the people in our city as they see new displays of Christ’s power.

Linda Fegins, The Prayer Leader

 

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Take Every Thought Captive: Kick Satan Out

DAY 32– March 12th – Kick Satan Out of Your Thoughts: Jesus Defeated Him

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Scriptures:     2 Corinthians 10:3–5; Matthew 11:15

During Elizabeth’s fierce stand against Satan as she throws him out of her life, marriage, and home, she promptly fills the space where Satan’s schemes and lies had filled her mind with truth from God’s Word. “My joy does not come from my friends . . . my job, or even my husband,” She declares. “My joy is found in Jesus!” Then she reminds the devil—“in case he had forgotten”—that Jesus has defeated him!*

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It is vital to kick Satan and his wrong thinking out of our thoughts, but we must replace that space with Truth. Take every thought captive! Write down scriptural truth in the areas that Satan had you believing lies (2 Corinthians 10:3–5).* (Kathy Branzell)

Pray:

  • Pray for an increase in your desire to consistently pray for others.
  • Pray for an increase in your ability to see the good in others, for a deep sense of care for the well being of others and for confidence that your prayers will make a difference in their lives.
  • Thank the Holy Spirit for His ability and willingness to purify our prayers and to help us when we don’t know how to pray very well (Romans 8:26).
  • Pray for Pastor Littlejohn and Sister Cheryl.
  • Pray for Governor Snyder, Mayor Duggan and the City Council.

Lina Fegins, The Prayer Leader

DAY 33 – March 13th – Devil Got His Butt Kicked: Shout Victory

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Scriptures: Psalm 9:1-2; James 5:17-18 Read the full story of Elijah’s prayer victory in 1 Kings 17-18

Miss Clara has a big celebration in her kitchen, shouting, “Ooooh, devil, you just got your butt kicked!”

Go ahead and smile. I am sure Jesus did! Many times we forget to have a good celebration of joy and thankfulness over our answered prayers. Sadly, we may even give the answer a passing glance as we start a new list of requests.*

Write down some past answered prayers: victories, needs met, problems solved, things you asked protection from that never even got to make an appearance in your life. Now, celebrate these answers, these gifts, blessings, and victories! Shout, dance, fist pump, twirl, jump up and down—make a big deal out of your appreciation in response to God’s answers and affection (Psalm 9:1–2).*(Kathy Branzell)

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Pray:

  • Praise God for the power that makes powerful praying possible.
  • Thank God that he hears and answers the prayers of ordinary persons and makes it possible for us to pray powerfully.
  • Ask God to reveal to you what he wants you to pray about and to help you pray earnestly and persistently.
  • Pray that God will cause his church to grow strong in prayer and be effective in ministry.
  • Tell God that you are available to pray earnestly and persistently about anything that He places on your heart and that you will listen for His direction. Now listen for God’s directions.

Linda Fegins, The Prayer Leader, 3/12/2016

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Kick Satan Out of Your Thoughts

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DAY 31 – March 11th – Do You Deserve Grace?

Scriptures:     Ephesians. 2:1–10; Mark 1:35

Clara continues as Elizabeth squirms, “God gives us grace and He helps us to give it to others even when they do not deserve it.”*

Do you deserve grace? Think about the times that our Holy God has given you grace instead of the judgment you deserve. Do not write them down, because if you have asked for forgiveness they are gone—wiped away—as far as the east is from the west! He has erased them, so do not dare re-write them. Just praise and thank Him for His grace and mercy.*

Write down names and ways you need to give grace to others, even though they have not asked for it or deserve it (Ephesians. 2:1–10).* (Kathy Branzell)

Pray:

  • Praise God for grace and mercy.
  • Pray that the church will grow in love, grace and mercy to impact the community and the world.
  • Pray that individual and corporation intercession and prayer will increase in you and among the members of Messiah.
  • Thank God that He has established that His church will be called a house of prayer for all nations. Pray that Messiah will be the kind of house of prayer that pleases Christ.
  • Pray for the Intercessory Prayer Ministry. Call them by name. Pray that they will effectively and boldly mobilize, lead, train and encourage others in individual and corporate prayer.

 

Linda Fegins, The Prayer Leader 3/9/2016

DAY 32– March 12th – Kick Satan Out of Your Thoughts: Jesus Defeated Him

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Scriptures:     2 Corinthians 10:3–5; Matthew 11:15

 

During Elizabeth’s fierce stand against Satan as she throws him out of her life, marriage, and home, she promptly fills the space where Satan’s schemes and lies had filled her mind with truth from God’s Word. “My joy does not come from my friends . . . my job, or even my husband,” She declares. “My joy is found in Jesus!” Then she reminds the devil—“in case he had forgotten”—that Jesus has defeated him!*

It is vital to kick Satan and his wrong thinking out of our thoughts, but we must replace that space with Truth. Take every thought captive! Write down scriptural truth in the areas that Satan had you believing lies (2 Corinthians 10:3–5).* (Kathy Branzell)

Pray:

  • Pray for an increase in your desire to consistently pray for others.
  • Pray for an increase in your ability to see the good in others, for a deep sense of care for the well being of others and for confidence that your prayers will make a difference in their lives.
  • Thank the Holy Spirit for His ability and willingness to purify our prayers and to help us when we don’t know how to pray very well (Romans 8:26).
  • Pray for Pastor Littlejohn and Sister Cheryl.
  • Pray for Governor Snyder, Mayor Duggan and the City Council.

Lina Fegins, The Prayer Leader

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See the Church In You

DAY 30 – March 10thbe churchindexScriptures:   2 Peter 3:7–10; John 10:22-30

 

Michael tells Tony, “I’d like to see the church in you, Bro!”

 

Write down what you think it means for others to “see the church in you.” Write down a couple of Scriptures that teach or touch that topic. Pray about what the lost see when they look at you, and when they look at the church.*

 

How much time have you spent on your knees for the lost? For the sinner? Ask God to show you if you have had a judgmental attitude instead of a prayerful attitude toward those whose lifestyles reflect the depravity of their souls. Write down a prayer that asks God to bring His presence into their lives, to reveal Himself in a way that they cannot deny Him. Ask God to draw the lost, to fill and heal the hurt in their lives, to give you an opportunity to love them in His grace and truth, and to bring them to a place of repentance and salvation in Him. Pray that they will know His salvation and not His judgment. Let this be your strategy so that you are prepared to pull them from the fire, to free them from the captivity of the enemy (2 Peter 3:7–10).*(Kathy Branzell)

 

Pray:

  • Seek the Lord for you to come to a place of being quiet before the Lord, expecting to hear what He has to speak to you.
  • Pray for the grace to walk in humble obedience to His voice.
  • Pray for ears to hear from the Lord through the pastor, teacher or through whatever way He has chosen to speak to and through His children.
  • Pray for your relationship with a family member. Pray that the Lord will bring healing, reconciliation and restoration where it is needed.
  • Pray for any relationship you may have with people who do not know the Lord. Pray for the unsaved and the unchurched. Pray for words to say that will turn their hearts to Jesus. Specifically, pray for ______ who has turned his/her heart from God.

 

Linda Fegins ,The Prayer Leader

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