Back to School Around the World

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Back to School Around the World

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I watched a touching video which shared a picture of two children waking to prepare for school. The parents of each child woke them up. One ten year old lived in a modern home with amenities. The other child lived in a clean house with barely the basics. The parent of each child prepared them some breakfast. One child was driven to school 7 minutes away from her home. The other child, age 10, walked to school over a rocky road and hills. He traveled across man made planks to get across to the other side. It took him 2.5 hours to walk to school.  One child lived in the United States; the other in Guatemala. His desire to learn is evident. We need to pray for all children attending school or going back to school around the world. Let us teach our children not to  take school  for granted.

Children are a blessing and a gift from the Lord.  Psalm 127:3 CEV.

Mothers and fathers around the world should come together to passionately pray before God for the lives of their children in more than 140 countries. Imagine the impact of God answering prayers for a generation of children throughout the world. Imagine if we all cried out for their safety and academics as I urged in the posts last week.

 

Arise, cry out in the night, at the beginning of the night watches! Pour out your heart like water before the presence of the Lord! Lift your hands to him for the lives of your children, who faint for hunger at the head of every street. Lamentations 2:19 ESV

 

It is our privilege as parents pray for and bless our children. We can do this in many ways. Blessing them also implies showing affection and speaking blessing words over them. One of the best ways is to gather with other parents to pray for our kids. Further, answer the call to pray daily for a school in your neighborhood and to adopt a school as I challenged you in the posts in prior weeks http://www.ladyofprayer.com/unite-cry-schools-linda-fegins/

Parents and the community needs to unite in prayer in our neighborhoods and on the school grounds to serve as prayer warriors who battle in the spiritual realm for the lives of children and teenagers as they go off to school and colleges for at least a half hour to one hour every week. Let’s challenge ourselves to daily pray for the safety of our children and that God will deliver them from evil and thwart every scheme of the enemy.
Prayer: Lord in the name of Jesus we pray that you cover the children and youth through the blood and “stay the hand of violence against the children and staff of the school. Dismantle any plan to bring harm to them. Expose any weapon brought on the school premises and render it harmless”.( from Power-Packed Prayers for Public Schools by Ida Rose Heckard).

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Here’s a prayer to help them with  their academics.

 

Prayer for Students’ Academics

Father, I pray for ____________________________________ who is facing the new school or college year and the challenges and difficulties of school responsibilities. Impart your wisdom to him/her so that he/she will understand that wisdom is the principal thing. Motivate him/her to seek wisdom and to gain understanding.

Grace and mercy come from you, Lord. As you did for Daniel and three Hebrew children, I ask that you give my children knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom that he/she they may be excellent in all his/her their school work and activities.

You are a very present help to____________________ __________________in all areas of his/her life. Help him/her to call upon you when the demands of scholastic life threaten to overwhelm him/her.
May________________ realize that you have a plan and purpose for his/her life. Gave him/her the motivation to pursue your goals for him/her. Protect him/her from all harmful influences.
Keep him//her mind stayed on you. When philosophies and theories of this world oppose his/her faith, help him/her to maintain a constant focus on you, to run his her course with patience, looking unto you. Lord Jesus, the author and finisher of his/her faith.

Bless __________ with clarity of mind as he/she studies. Help him/her to be diligent and to avoid the error of procrastination concerning assignments. Remind him/her to remain faithful even in the things he or she may consider unimportant.

Give him/her faith in your promise, as he/she faces tests and exams, that by your great Comforter, the Holy Spirit, you will bring all things to his/her remembrance.

Thank you for providing us with all we need to meet the challenges of life. You have equipped _____________with the necessary abilities to do well in school. Help _____to remember to be thankful to you for the abilities and aptitude you have given to him/her.

Bless him/her and use him/her to bring glory to your name. Thank you Lord. Amen
(References omitted.)Prayer That Prevail for Your Children by Richards and Hildebrand

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Linda Fegins, The Prayer Leader ( 2016)

 

Linda D. 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 a dozen prayer boot camps, and has lead prayer services and workshops in the Bahamas and in South Africa and was on the prayer team of a medical missions trips to Jamaica under the leadership of Rev. Jackie McCullough.

Back to School Prayer Protection

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Our children our returning back to school all over the country. Our youth our headed back to college campuses and some are leaving home for the first time. Let’s pray for back to school prayer protection. Last week I mentioned that we need to cry out in united prayer for our children and schools saying “Lord bless our children and the schools they attend”, See Lam 2:19 . http://www.ladyofprayer.com/unite-cry-schools-linda-fegins  Through prayer, families, our children’s lives, and our world can be changed.

Along with daily prayer rallies and prayer meetings around the country, Moms in Prayer , International will hold its seventh annual Bless Our Schools Sunday, September 18,2016.https://momsinprayer.org/events/bless-our-schools-sunday Every year on the third Sunday in September, churches around the world pray for the schools, teachers, staff, and students in their congregation.

There is no doubt that “Moms In Prayer  International” (MIPI) founded by Fern Nichols, a group of mothers around the country   have been going before the throne of  God.  A diversified group of mothers of MIPI serve as prayer warriors who battle in the spiritual realm for the lives of children and teenagers as they go off to school for at least one hour every week. They are women united with one purpose: a passion to pray for their children. http://momsinprayer.org/ The mission of Moms in Prayer International is to impact children and schools worldwide for Christ by gathering mothers to pray.

Through prayer, our lives, our children’s lives, and our world can be changed.

Believe that intercessors can change your school district with the weapon of prayer. Believe that positive results will occur such as peace and safety, better test scores, higher graduation rates,   and more school funds to meet the needs of our children. Pray that student-led prayer groups will spring forth.  Let’s challenge ourselves to daily pray for the safety of our children and that God will deliver them from evil and thwart every scheme of the enemy.

I know that many intercessors already have prayer assignments from the Lord. But I would challenge  the intercessors, parents and teachers to ask Him if He might also want you to “adopt” a public school for your prayer agenda.

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Action Plan :

Pray for the school your child attends as you drive your child to school . Pray for a school in your neighborhood and/or adopt a school to daily pray for throughout the school year. Encourage your children to pray for their school and teachers.

How many of you will join with me to begin praying for your child or grandchild’s school or college today. Join with me now!

How should we pray?  Below is one prayer for school safety and protection. Next week we will pray for their academic study. See a few prayer points from last week’s  post.

 

Here’s a prayer for the safety of your children.

A Prayer for Your Child’s Protection and Safety.

Heavenly Father, you are the sure defense of our children, you are the rock of refuge, their high tower, and their protector. How I praise you and thank you for the certain knowledge I have that you care for my child, you will be with him/her always and you will keep him/her from the evil one.

Lord, you saved Israel from the hands of the enemies time and time again. You delivered your people and helped them to dwell in safety. Be a very present help to my son/ daughter__________________(state their name )as he/she goes out to play, goes to school, attends college and faces the challenges and responsibilities in our society. Lord build a hedge of protection all around the school building, playground, bathrooms, classroom and hide them under the protection of your wings as in Psalm 91in the name of Jesus.

Keep our home safe from all fear and dispatch your angles to protect my children at school,on campus, on the playground, on the bus and walking home from school. Uphold my child, ______according to your Word, Lord, so that he/she might truly live, experiencing the abundant life you have promised to all who come to you. Let him/ her never be ashamed of you. Hold him/her up so that he/she will always be safe and will have respect to your statues continually. I pray that he will honor You and your Word. I thank you, Father for the promises of your Word, and that you are a shield unto them that put their trust in you. Deliver them from all who would harm them.

Psalm 56:9; Psalm 94:22; Psalm 144:2; Deuteronomy 32:38 1Peter 5:7; Matthew 28:20; Galatians 1:4; Psalm 46:1;Matthew 4:6;Psalm 91    (Prayers That Prevail for Your Children by Richards and Hildebrand)back to school prayers 1230046_540085746062478_2122145817_n

Linda Fegins, The Prayer Leader ( 2015)

 

Linda D. 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 a dozen prayer boot camps, and has lead prayer services and workshops in the Bahamas and in South Africa and was on the prayer team of a medical missions trips to Jamaica under the leadership of Rev. Jackie McCullough.

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United Cry Out Over Our Schools by Linda Fegins

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School is about to start up again and some have already started.  We need to begin a united  cry out in prayer in  the cities of Detroit, Chicago and where you live for our children and the schools they attend.

Cry out today “Lord bless our children and the schools they attend”, See Lam 2:19 and then also specifically and scripturally pray the prayers below or as led by the Holy Spirit. Through prayer, families, our children’s lives, and our world can be changed. God will show us how to use the power that believers have within through the Holy Spirit to transform our schools and deliver them from violence, disorganization, and poor administration. Through united consistent prayer, God will give us the power, wisdom, knowledge, and creativity to solve the many school problems that plague our city schools and school board.

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We must put what I call “some feet on our prayers”. That means participate in  school meetings. Vote in the election and become aware of issues regarding the educational system. Adopt a school and pray for it every day. Speak up ! Pray  much! Mothers and Fathers join forces. See http://momsinprayer.org/

Through prayer the right leaders will arise to enable the community to come together to take productive and strategic action.

Can prayer change public schools? Yes, back to school prayers and prayer period can. Believe it!

Parents and the community need to unite in prayer in our neighborhoods and on the school grounds to serve as prayer warriors who battle in the spiritual realm for the lives of children and teenagers as they go off to school and colleges for at least a half hour to one hour every week. Let’s challenge ourselves to daily pray for the safety of our children and that God will deliver them from evil and thwart every scheme of the enemy. ”

“Lord we pray that you cover the children and youth through the blood and “stay the hand of violence against the children and staff of the school. Dismantle any plan to bring harm to them. Expose any weapon brought on the school premises and render it harmless”.( from Power-Packed Prayers for Public Schools by Ida Rose Heckard).

Action Plan :

Pray for the school your child attends as you drive your child to school .Pray for a school in your neighborhood. Encourage your children to pray for their school and teachers.

How many of you will join with me to begin praying for your child or grandchild’s school or college today. Join with me now!

Prayer Points for Our School Children and Youth

Pray: Here are just a few prayers to pray:
• Daily pray for the safety of our children and that God will deliver them from evil and thwart every scheme of the enemy. Lord we pray that you cover the children and youth through the blood and “stay the hand of violence against the children and staff of the school. Dismantle any plan to bring harm to them. Expose any weapon brought on the school premises and render it harmless”.( from Power-Packed Prayers for Public Schools by Ida Rose Heckard)

  • Pray that our children will be open to learning new knowledge and that God would give them the wisdom to know how to understand and use that knowledge. We need to pray that our children have the ability to discriminate between good knowledge and bad knowledge. Teach a child to choose the right path, and when he is older he will remain upon it. (Proverbs 22:6)
  • Pray that the school is structurally and environmentally sound that children will be safe. Pray for the right resources for our children such as books, new technological tools and basics like clean rooms, toiletries

Pray Fervently,

Linda D. Fegins

The Prayer Leader

Prayer Leader/Trainer, Global Missions Prayer Force lead by Minetta Hare

Former(14yrs.) Prayer Director/Coordinator,Lydia Circle of Christian Professional and Business Women
Intercessory Prayer Leader for Messiah Baptist Church
Writer in the Anthology -“Tali Cumi: Daughters Arise”
Writer in the Anthology -“It’s Worth the Struggle- Inspiration for Contemporary Writers”
Christian Dramatist, “Sojourner Truth”, “Eve” etc.

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What A Mighty Good Father!

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Scripture: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and spite the earth with a curse. Malachi 4:6
 

 

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Let’s celebrate the men in our lives. Celebrate the fathers, brothers, uncles, friends, and sons in your lives.  Recognize  what the mighty good Father and men in your life  mean to you. Take this month, to acknowledge the important role that the fathers, both natural and spiritual, play in the lives of their children; as role models, care givers, providers, protectors, and supporters. Acknowledge how men serve you and the women in their lives as good husbands, providers, protectors, supporters, friends, supporters of equality for women in the work place, and who take out the garbage.  Thank God for the father, uncle, brother, who will be there if your car  stopped or if your heart has been  broken  and the myriad of other roles that men play in the lives of women and children.

This month as we celebrate Father’s Day let’s honor and pray for fathers, who may not be perfect, but who love their children, train their children, protect their children and have good relationships with their children.

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I challenge men and women to share positive comments and reflections about your father, father figures, grandfathers, mentor and committed men. Please share them.

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A couple of years ago on Radio station 1200 AM in the city of Detroit, John Mason, of Mason in the Afternoon, was asking for positive reflections and comments about one’s father, grandfather or a father figure. One reflection, by a man who called into the radio station to comment, touched my heart. He stated that his father taught him many things by his actions. He said he learned how to be a father and the protector of his family from his father. “When I was about 7 years old I went “trick or treating” on Halloween with some friends”, said the caller. “ A bigger boy stole our bags. All I could remember was seeing a flash go by and jump the fence. Next thing I knew I had my Halloween bag back. It was my father who jumped that fence. He had been watching and covering me all the time”.

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That story brought tears to my eyes because the actions of the father symbolized the love the heavenly Father has for us in that he watches over us and protects us. For the now grown caller it taught him how to watch over his family. Another gentleman called in and stated he “learned how to respect women because of how he saw his father respect and treat his mother”.

The admiration Kimberley Bracey has for her father shines through every time she speaks of him. Kim Bracey will tell you she thought her father was “God” for the longest because he provided for her and was there every time she needed him. Rene Wallace shared that her over 70 year old father , who has now passed, still talked as if this middle aged daughter was his responsibility. Jeanette Johnson’s father has been dead for over 12 years but she talks about her father frequently with love and respect. Her honor and respect for his wisdom radiates from her heart for this man who only had a third grade education, but was full of wisdom , strength, and integrity who provided for his children and adored his wife. Her father owned land and property and fed his neighbors who were poor. When she speaks of him you can hear and feel the respect and honor she has for him. It was touching to hear their comments.

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Three things you can also do to show your appreciation.

  1. Brag on the good father and/or man or men in your life all month long not just on Father’s Day. Say “Thank You”. Let him know you appreciate him. Men need encouragement. “We should seize every opportunity to give encouragement. Encouragement is oxygen to the soul.” “A word spoken in due season, how good is it! Proverbs 15:23b.
  2. Encourage him to get a Check up. Men’s health issues significantly impact everyone around them and far too many men do not ever see a doctor unless there is something seriously wrong or a partner or spouse makes the appointment for them.
    A good time to do just that is June, which is Men’s Health Month. Men’s Health Month is intended to increase awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.
  3. Pray for the good father and men in your life. Here are some specific prayer points for men in general and for fathers.

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Prayer focuses for men in general:

-Salvation
-Men would seek God and honor His faithfulness, wisdom and truth.
-For fathers identity to be centered in Christ-like servant leadership.
-For vision in their lives that would serve family and serve and advance God’s purpose.
-To be the honorable priest and leaders of their homes.
-We call fathers back to their children to love, nurture and teach them.
-That fathers will look to God as the ultimate spiritual head of their homes.
-That absentee fathers would change their lifestyle to nurture their children and wives
That children will see the character of the heavenly Father in the lives of their dads.
-Fatherless children- that loving and nurturing father figures and mentors will arise in their live.
-Men’s Health- June is Men’s National Health month pray that fathers and men will obtain. prostate cancer and other physical examinations.
-Boys who need father figures ; may they find mentors and father figures..

Linda Fegins, The Prayer Leader, copy 2016,2014 ldfaygo@gmail.com

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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

 

WarRoomMissClaraDAY 36 – March 16th – Persevere In Prayer

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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