Experiencing the Holy Spirit in Prayer

Many are awakening to the love of prayer, and are seeking to connect with God in a deeper way.  Seeking to experience the Holy Spirit is a biblical, tangible reality.

In John 5 Jesus is speaking to the Pharisees; He says, “You do not have His word abiding in you, because [Him] whom He sent, Him you do not believe”   The Father sent Jesus, but they don’t believe Him. Why? Because they don’t have His word abiding in them.

  • Verse 39 is when it began to really become clear. He says, “You study the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life, but these are those which testify of Me. You are unwilling to come to Me that you might have life (Jn. 5:38).
  • Often we as believers confuse the value of bible understanding we get. We confuse its value, thinking, “It’s complete; it’s enough to have this.”  Yes, it’s valuable to understand the passage, but it’s incomplete, but often you end up with leaders who have head knowledge, but they don’t interact in a fresh way with the Living Son of God, by the Spirit.
  • I read that verse once and I was shocked, I said, “That’s what I do.  I’m searching”—you can also use the word ‘studying’—“the Scriptures. I’m engaging my mind. I thought that through Bible study I would experience life. That was the same problem the Pharisees were having; but here’s the key phrase, in verse 40: “But you are not willing to come to Me that you might have life” (Jn. 5:40).

    What came to my thinking the first time I saw this, changed me forever, it is that you can do Bible study all day long, but if you don’t take the Word to Jesus with a hungry heart, you don’t experience life. It hit me like a arrow, that I wasn’t coming to Him in this way. “You’re not dialoguing with Me. You’re not interacting with Me in your searching of the Scriptures.”  The written word must take us to the Living Word, this is the way to the life and food of the Word..

    So from that point on, I began to try and have a running dialogue with Jesus as I read the Scriptures.  Each passage is a door to knock on and ask Jesus for the Eph 1:17 spirit of Revelation.  The bible never says to read it in a year, but it says over and over to meditate on it.  A verse can be made a prayer quite easy.

  • The implanted Word delivers our soul from bondage to filthiness. 21 Lay aside all filthiness…and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save (supernaturally deliver) your souls. (Jas 1:21)   7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you…ask…and it shall done. (Jn. 15:7)

  • There are three components necessary for the power of the Word to live in us. First, we use our choice to pursue God with a spirit of obedience, faith (confidence He answers) and loving devotion. Second, we feed our heart continually on the Word (implant it in our heart) through mediation. Third, we need the activity of the Spirit to turn meditation into living revelation (turn water into wine, Jn. 2) to save or deliver us from sinful desires.  We must fellowship with the Holy Spirit by talking to Him.   Summary of the three components: we must obey God, feed on the Word and talk to the Spirit.

  • The bible highlights two ways to focus our mind in seeking God: God on His Throne (Rev. 4) and God in our innerman.  The Spirit flows from our “innermost man,” its where the Holy Spirit lives in us if we are born again.  We know from Scripture that He dwells in our innermost man (John 7:38), but we only experience Him in the innerman.  The innerman contains our mind will and emotions (Eph 3:16) We turn the attention of our soul to the Spirit in our spirit to grow in the deep things of God.

1 Cor 2:14  But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

  • Meditation must be made prayer to enter the heart.  Christianity is relationship with the Man Jesus, we are sanctified and transformed by beholding Him, via the Word and Spirit.  Paul reveals here, that Scripture verses aren’t too just be figured out by the mind, but require the Holy Spirit to impact the heart, we want living understanding.  It takes God to get God.

38 If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.  He that believes on me, the way the Scriptures say,  From his innermost being (belly, KJV) will flow rivers of living water.  (Jn. 7:38 NAS)

  • By believing the Scriptures with authentic faith, we will connect with God and experience the Holy Spirit.  This experience Jesus likens to drinking from rivers of living water.  I’m going to talk about some very powerful activities that have been highlighted as a focus in the prayer movement.   Its easy to slip from the discipline of pursuing God, we must resolve to go after loving Him with all of our heart.  Getting the Word alive in your heart takes time and focus, it must become your main priority, and you must resist activity and speech that hinders it.  If we will commit to agressively feed our heart on the Love of God, we will take spiritual ground and be anointed by the Spirit to love God in yet greater ways.  If we are not agressively taking new ground, we will lose the ground we have, in stagnation.
The Mind Mouth Heart Method
Reading Scriptures gets them in our mind, and we need to love God with all of our mind, but speaking them over ourselves and speaking them to God, gets them in our heart.  John 15:7 reveals that if His words abide in you, you will have greater authority in prayer and see more answers.
4 ways to go Deeper-

1) Pray-Read Scripture to God (thanking Him, asking for revelation or power to obey).

  • Jesus said “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.  But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.” (John 5:39-40)   Scriptures will impact us when we pray them directly, not just thinking about them or studying them.  We when meet with Jesus, the Scriptures are our anointed conversation material.  “We let the written word take us to the Living Word, Jesus.”
  • So depending on the verse, we can thank God for the truth in it, and then ask for revelation on the verse, or ask for power to obey them.  The Scriptures are living and active (Heb 4:2) and are so powerful to transform us and renew our mind as we pray them.  They rewrite the code of our inner man enabling us to abide in God/Christ to dwells within us (Eph 3;16-19).  We renew our mind (Col 3:10) and walk as a new creation.
  • So with a verse like 26 The Holy Spirit…will teach you all things… (Jn. 14:26) We would pray, Thank you Holy Spirit that you teach me, I ask for revelation on what it truly means for you to teach me, and help me to understand you leadings.  Or John 15:9 As the Father has loved Me, I love you.  We would pray, Jesus thank you for this love, strengthen me with might (Eph 3:16) to experience this love.  I ask for greater revelation of this love.  And we would worship and journal revelation.
  • Continually asking for revelation is so powerful, we grow in revelation.  Each Scripture is like a door we knock on, as God is inviting us into encounter, in the Knowledge of God.
  • The Holy Spirit is with us to teach us, like Jesus taught His disciples.  We must lean not on our own understanding, but seek God.  It helps to ask for the Eph 1:17 Spirit of wisdom and revelation and enlightening of the spiritual eyes.
  • 26 The Holy Spirit…will teach you all things… (Jn. 14:26)
  • 13 The Spirit of truth…will guide you into all truth; He will tell you things to come. (Jn. 16:13)
  • 27 The anointing…abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things… (1 Jn. 2:27)

2) Sing the Scriptures to Him

  • Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord. (Eph 5:18-19 Niv)
  • I believe Eph 5:18-19 is being emphasized by many Spirit-led ministries, as the way to be filled with the Spirit.  The verse says we should not answer the longing of our hearts with drunkenness, but rather be filled with the Spirit, by Singing to Jesus the Scriptures. I believe this is one of the most important verses in the bible about prayer.   This message of singing the Word is being spread all over the world through the prayer movement, and it needs to be a part of our prayer life.  God created the human heart so that singing opens the heart in a way that nothing else does.  Singing the Word is the main biblical prescription, the premier way, to be filled with the Spirit and set on fire for God.  Jesus was the Living Word before He became a man, and now we encounter Him by singing and praying/dialoguing the written word.  So we let the written word take us to the Living Word.  But we must grow our hearts in praying the Word.
  • “Biblical ideas that you sing are ideas that you own.” They become yours.
    Premiere means to get the scripture deep in us: sing it, pray it, and not to the air, but to Him. Often.
    Is there anything as satisfying and powerful as singing about the details of Jesus, and declaring to Him that He is beautiful?
  • To pray consistently, pray the scriptures. The word of God is the “chariot” the Holy Spirit rides on best in our lives and heart.
    To pray consistently, sing the scriptures. Singing unlocks the heart, causes truth to go deeper, and makes prayer enjoyable.
    Sing the word of God until you feel something on the inside move. Then sing more.
    To study the word and comprehend it is transforming; to then pray it and sing it – consuming.
    Prayer & the corresponding power of the Holy Spirit makes the heart fertile soil for the seed of the word to flourish.
  • Click on the picture on the top right to see an archived worship with the Word set, with us at Ihop-kc, a 24-7 worship and intercession ministry.
  • When we stand before God on Judgment Day, He is not going to ask us how big of house did we get, or how big did we make our bank account, but how big did our heart get by experiencing His love and revelation (1st commandment.)

3) Fast

  • Fasting does not ‘earn’ us more of God.  It does increase our capacity to experience the Holy Spirit, and accelerate the process of communing prayer.  I have found fasting on water, 1 day a week, to be unparallelled in terms of its impact on my experiencing of God.  I am calling fiery believers to fast at least one day a week.  The benefits are tremendous in fasting two days a week, but let desire for God drive your fasting, not commands or religious spirit.
  • This depth of fasting is well within the reach of most people.  But we desperately need more revelation of Jesus as our Bridegroom who has burning desire for us and fiery affections toward us.  As we live in the truth of the bridal paradigm, we fast because we long for Jesus.  Jesus told the Pharisees the day would come when the Bridegroom would be taken away from the disciples, and then they would fast out of longing for Him (Matt. 9:15).  When Jesus ascended to Heaven after His death and resurrection, He was taken away in the sense indicated in this Scripture.  The Bride of Christ is meant to long for His return, His Second Coming, and fasting is one way we express this longing.
  • By knowing Jesus as our Bridegroom and seeing ourselves as His Bride, we will become energized with a spirit of prayer and filled with courage to live lives abandoned to God in holiness. Only then will fasting seem appropriate, reasonable or Continue reading

Intercessory Prayer Meetings

When I intercede, I almost always use the prayers of the Bible. The prayers that Jesus, Paul, and Peter prayed are recorded for our benefit. Ihopkc refers to them as the “apostolic prayers” because they are the prayers that Jesus prayed as our chief apostle (Heb. 3:1) and that the Spirit gave to the apostles. Including doxologies, there are about thirty apostolic prayers (see a list of these on mikebickle.org).  It doesn’t mean only Apostles can pray them etc.

When I pray, when I intercede in a prayer meeting, I almost always, if not always, use the prayers of the Bible. That is not the same thing as using a Bible verse. Some people use a Bible verse. That is not exactly what I mean. They will say, “The Sermon on the Mount, blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God.” They close their eyes, and they give an exhortation in the prayer room on purity. “Well, Lord, You said the pure in heart. They are not becoming pure. You know they are going to get in a mess.” They preach for a while. They are praying from a Bible verse, but they are actually preaching with their eyes closed.

Over the years, Mike Bickle has said, “The best way to kill a prayer meeting is to have preaching prayers in the prayer meeting, where people are giving exhortations to people with their eyes closed.” he said, “It is better in a prayer room to talk to God about people, and then in ministry we talk to people about God.” Of course we can mix those two together, but what you do not want to do is have an exhortation to righteousness in the form of a prayer. That is one of the clearest ways to make a prayer room really boring. One by one people get up and give an exhortations with their eyes closed. I encourage them to pray the prayers of the Bible using the vocabulary of the Bible, not just base their prayer on a verse. That steers them away from preaching prayers. They are actually talking to God. People in the room are far more likely to talk to God as well if the intercessor is talking to God, as opposed to just listening to the exhortation. It is far more edifying. When I talk about the prayers of the apostolic prayers, I am talking about the prayers that the Holy Spirit gave the apostles. The chief apostle is Jesus. He is called the chief apostle. Even His prayer I consider as an apostolic prayer.

A Gift from God

The apostolic prayers are a valuable gift to the church being the prayers that burned in God’s heart and give us the language of His heart. He never changes, so be assured they still burn in His heart.

These prayers are a valuable gift. There are about thirty of them. Mike Bickle has a two-page document on his website called, “Key Apostolic Prayers and Prophetic Promises.” It is a summary of the apostolic prayers. Then there is an expanded nine-page version called, “Apostolic Prayers (9-page expanded version) linked above.” It has applications of how to pray, language to pray. I give you a lot of beginner’s guides if this is new to you. Like, “how do you pray it this way? How do you pray that verse? What is that verse about?”

The apostolic prayers are a valuable gift. These are the prayers that burned in God’s heart. These were burning in His heart, and He gave them to the Holy Spirit to give to the church. Because God never changes, they are still burning in His heart. I assure you that when He inspired Paul to pray for the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, that request is still burning in His heart right now. We can know 100 percent God will answer that prayer. It is exactly what He wants to be prayed in the church. It is the language of His heart. Over time it becomes the language of our hearts.

Guaranteed Answered

These prayers are guaranteed! They are like checks already signed in heaven and waiting only for a co-signer on the earth to be cashed. They are as relevant today as they were in the early church. Continue reading

Song of Solomon Worship Music

This is a repost, rediscovered this first link today in a big way. Enjoy.
Song of Songs Worship Music:

https://archive.org/details/SongOfSongsMusic

check out Bride without spot pt 2 for worship details

or download GaryWiens Song of Solomon teaching”

https://archive.org/details/SongOfSolomonAll

How Black Lives Matter in the Kingdom of God – From IHOP-KC

I had to share this article here below, its long but worth reading the whole thing. The anger and condescension that I am seeing from Christians and disrespect towards other races cannot be pleasing to the Lord I don’t think.  Liberal-bashing is not a Christian practice.  Neither is Trump-supporter bashing.

I believe the Lord is doing something in America with politics.  He is shaking us and testing our foundation, our stability, our heart connect.  He is using the current climate to see which Kingdom we are of, and testing our compassion.  There are attitudes Americans have about race that he wants to bring into alignment with His attitudes.  We know there are places where liberal politics are not aligned with Christianity.  And yes the Lord is highlighting that are actually places where conservative politics are not aligned with Christianity.  The issues of Race, refugees, Muslims, and black lives matter are being used to test us around compassion.  How susceptible have we been to the Republican gospel in the fault lines where it did align with what the Lord was saying?  How often did we ask?

Some say we would have had Black lives matter a long time ago if we had camera phones back then.  That said many police officers risk their lives and are quite noble and unprejudiced.

We must move from Republican minded to Kingdom minded and turn off the memes and news stories and articles that rile us up and begin to hear the Lord around the heart of compassion.  It’s going to get a lot worse, it’s the hour for the Church to Shine in the Darkness!!

How Black Lives Matter in the Kingdom of God – From IHOP-KC

by David Sliker

This is not an easy article for me to write.

It should be easy, shouldn’t it? Really, the facts of the matter are plain. The passion of Christ for black lives is not difficult to discern in the scriptures. The blood of a Jewish Man was spilt for everyone in every tribe, tongue, and nation on the earth, in every generation. He paid so much—a deeply personal cost—for the privilege of fellowshipping with black men and women in unity and joy for all eternity. If this is about the worth Continue reading

Christian Response to the News and Social Media in 2017

15But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!        (Gal. 5:15)

  • Walking in humility impacts the quality of one’s marriage and family culture as well as how their children will approach conflict and carry their hearts in their future.
  • As peacemakers, we are to seek to bring peace and not stoke the flames of fiery arguments. We must put biblical conviction above our political opinions and arguments.

9Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. (Mt. 5:9)

  1. As believers, we must preserve the bond of peace in spirit of unity. We must be able to disagree with a spirit of grace that respects and values the dignity of people who have different views.
  2. If we respond with anger, then our relationships will be injured, causing us unnecessary pain.
    How we respond when we are mistreated or when we disagree is foundational to our spiritual life.

A clip from “Beautified by Humility in an Age of Anger”

 

1I beseech you to walk worthy of the calling…2with all lowliness and gentleness3endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Eph. 4:1-3)

Dining with the Ruler of the Pharisees

Wanted to direct followers of this site to a video that I enjoyed.  This is from Opening Up the Gospels which is a weekly video series on the life of Jesus as told through Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

 

Upon heading into Jerusalem for the Feast of Dedication, Jesus dines with a member of Israel’s ruling council, the Sanhedrin. At the meal, He rebukes them for taking the places of honor at the table and not seeking humility as they should. This episode examines the events from Luke 14.

Misty Edwards-How to Fellowship with the Spirit

Revisited this today, such a great message.  For us to be a corporate House of Prayer, we have to be individual houses of prayer!

MARY OF BETHANY: “WASTING” HER LIFE

3Being in Bethany at the house of Simon…as He sat at the table, a woman [Mary of Bethany; Jn. 12:3] came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard [perfume]. She broke the flask and poured it on His head. 4Some [apostles] were indignant…and said, “Why was this…oil wasted? 5It might have been sold for…300 denarii [a year’s wages] and given to the poor.” They [apostles] criticized her sharply. 6Jesus said, “Let her alone…she has done a good work for Me…9Wherever this gospel is preached…what this woman has done will be told as a memorial to her.” (Mk. 14:3-9)

  1. Very costly: The perfume was worth 300 denarii (a year’s wages). Jesus told His disciples that He was to be crucified in two days (Mt. 26:2). Mary seems to have been the only one who heard Him and thus she poured her perfume on Him (the fragrance was on both of them at the cross).

    3Mary…wiped His feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance… (Jn. 12:3)

  2. Mary broke her most precious earthly treasure over the One who was her greatest treasure. The perfume was probably her inheritance, thus representing her financial security. I imagine her saying to her friends, “I have Jesus, He is good enough for me. My future is in His hands.”
  3. Criticized: The apostles appealed to serving the poor as their reason to criticize her extravagance; they appealed to a scriptural mandate to serve the needs of the poor. All who love Jesus like Mary will receive criticism from others who love salvation, but who do not deeply love Jesus.
  4. Why this waste: Anything above the minimum commitment is seen as an “unnecessary waste.” To “waste on Jesus” money, exceptional musical talent, or a brilliant mind with good career opportunities is regarded by some as an unnecessary waste of one’s life and talents.
  5. Let her alone: Jesus vindicated Mary just as He did John the Baptist (Mt. 11:19). Jesus will vindicate the lifestyle of extravagant devotion to Him in this age and especially in eternity.
  6. A good work: A year earlier (in Luke 10), Jesus had commended Mary for choosing the “good” part in sitting at His feet to hear His word; she developed her personal history in God in this way. Principle: Unusual acts of devotion come from cultivating a spirit of devotion as a lifestyle. Her lifestyle of choosing good by hearing the Word equipped her to choose good in other things.
  7. Memorial: Mary’s extravagant devotion is remembered by others because God remembers it.
  8. What are you wasting your life on? People seeking to live with extravagant devotion to Jesus are not content with the minimum requirement of salvation. Rather, they ask, “What is the most that God will empower me to give Him?” Or, “How far will You let me go in devotion to You?” They give themselves to God without regard for cost. Wealthy people obtain what they want without regard to its cost. They do not have to look at price tags when buying clothes or cars, etc. How do you waste your life? Make it your life vision to pour yourself out on Jesus like Mary did. J. Hudson Taylor said, “Only one life will soon be past, only what is done for Christ will last.”
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