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

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!


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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How to Pray-Read Scripture

You search the Scriptures [Bible study], for in them you think you have…life; these are they which testify of Me. 40You are not willing to come to Me [talk to Me] that you may have life.” (Jn. 5:39-40)

  • Jesus called us to abide in Him. The foundation of this reality means talking with Him. We do this best as we pray-read the Word, which is simply speaking its truths back to Him as we read it.

5He who abides in [talks to Me] Me, and I in him [I abide or talk to you], bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing…7If you abide in [talk to Me] Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. (Jn. 15:5-7)

  • I offer the following suggestions as a method of “prayer-reading.” As you read through the Bible or teachings notes on the Bible, I suggest that you pray the Bible passages back to God. This will help you to practically give your heart to God and to receive from Him.

There are Two broad categories of Scripture for to pray-reading the Word:

  • Scriptures that focus on promises “to believe” in God’s Word. For example, use Scriptures that declare that God loves, forgives, leads, protects, or provides for us, etc.
  • Scriptures that focus on exhorting us “to obey” God’s Word. For example, use Scriptures that command us to bridle our tongue, serve others and give time and money to God, etc.


We actively dialogue with God by praying promises from His Word that we are to believe.

  • First, we thank God for a particular truth. We turn these truths into simple declarations of thanksgiving or trust. For example, say: “Thank you that You love me, that you forgave me.” Or declare: “I trust that You will lead, provide, and protect me.” When the Lord says in Song 4:9, “You have ravished My heart,” we respond by thanking Him for this truth.


  • Second, we ask God to reveal (release) particular truths to us. Ask God to release a spirit of revelation (Eph. 1:17).
  • For example, pray: “Father, reveal to me the certainty of Your provision; how much You love me, forgive me; how I have ravished Your heart.” Or, “Father, release Your promised guidance, provision, and protection,” etc. When Lord says in Song 4:9, “You have ravished My heart”, we respond by asking for more insight.

We actively dialogue with God by praying truths back to Him that exhort us to obey His Word.

  • First, we commit ourselves to obey God in the specific way set forth in a biblical passage. Make declarations of resolve to obey the Word as you read passages about obedience. For example, declare: “I set my heart to love You and obey You with my speech, time, money, etc.” Or “I set my heart to love you like David, to endure hardship like Paul.”

37You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart… (Mt. 22:37)

2If anyone does not stumble in word, he is…also to bridle the whole body. (Jas 3:2)

  • When the Lord exhorts the bride in Song 2:8-10 to arise in order to follow Him to the mountains, leaving the comfort zone behind. Take time to speak the intent of your heart to obey this passage. These sweet resolutions to obey will strengthen our heart.

“I set my heart to pray like Daniel or do miracles like Paul in the Book of Acts.”

  • Second, we ask God to empower us to obey a particular truth seen in Scripture. Ask God for help to give you wisdom, motivation, and power to obey in specific areas. For example, pray: “Father help me to love You, to bridle my speech, to use my time and money in full obedience.” “Father, strengthen me by your grace to love you like David.
  • When the Lord exhorts the bride in Song 2:8-10 to arise in order to follow Him to the mountains, leaving the comfort zone behind. Take time to specifically ask the Lord to empower your heart to obey this passage.

“Father, lead me away from temptation” (Mt. 6:13), or “deliver me from the works of the evil one” (Jn. 17:15).


Two ways to focus our mind in seeking God: God on His Throne (Rev. 4) and God in our spirit

14The love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all (2 Cor. 13:14, NAS)

38Out of his heart [belly, KJV] will flow rivers of living water… (Jn. 7:38)

Methods of going deeper:

  1. Linger in God’s presence: in dialoging with God in the Word. Take time to linger as you speak slowly to God (include declaring your love and praise, praying with your spirit and being quiet).  This is ‘devotional prayer.’
  2. Journaling: take time to record thoughts and prayers as you “pray-read” through Scripture. This helps us capture the truths that the Spirit gives us and to grow in our prayer dialogue with God. The anointing of the Spirit in you is your best teacher. When you pray the Word in spirit and truth, you and the Spirit work together to provide you with a tailor made teaching in the Word.

27 The anointing which you have received from Him 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)

Examples of Pray-Reading the Word

  • Jesus promises to reveal the Father’s personality to us as the way to impart love in us for God:

26 I (Jesus) have declared to them Your name (Father’s), and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them. (Jn. 17:26)

  1. Pray: “I thank You for Your commitment to declare (reveal) the Father’s heart to me, release more.
  2. Pray: “I thank You for imparting Your love to my heart, please release more.
  • God promises to show His power to those who are loyal to Him.
  • Pray: “I thank You committing to show Yourself strong in me, release it. I set my heart to be loyal to the Spirit’s leadership in all that I do with my speech, eyes, actions, time and money. Help me to walk this out.”

9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. (2 Chr. 16:9)

  • Jesus promises to manifest His presence to those who obey and keep or ‘treasure’ His commandments:

21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him… (Jn. 14:21)

  1. Pray: “I thank You for committing to manifest Your presence to my heart, release it more. I set my heart to keep (obey) Your Word in my speech, time, money, etc. Holy Spirit, help me to do this.”
  2. Note: the Father loves everyone in the sense of valuing, caring for and pursuing them. However, He only loves the lifestyle, choices, sacrifices and fruit of those who pursue 100-fold obedience.
  3. We are called to obey the Holy Spirit’s leadership in what we look at. Pray: I set my heart to not look on anything that quenches the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, help me to do this with consistency.

1 I have made a covenant with my eyes; why should I look upon a young woman? (Job 31:1)

3 I will set nothing wicked before my eyes… (Ps. 101:3)

  1. We are called to obey the Holy Spirit’s leadership in our speech. God promises that our whole body (our human passions) will be bridled as we obey the Spirit in our speech. Pray: “I set my heart to keep (obey) Your Word in my speech. Holy Spirit, help me to do this with consistency.”

14 Let the words of my mouth…meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight (Ps. 19:14)

14 Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may be blameless. (Phil. 2:14)

18 In everything give thanks…19 Do not quench the Spirit. (1 Thes. 5:18-19)

  • God promises to save or deliver those who lay aside filthiness as they meditate on His Word. Pray: “I thank You for desiring to deliver my soul from filthiness in me, please release it. I set my heart to lay aside all filthiness and to implant your Word in my heart with meditation and meekness. Please help me to do this with consistency.”

21 Lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save (liberate, deliver) your souls. (Jas 1:21)

  • God promised that we are a new creation based on giving us the gift of God’s righteousness. Pray: “I thank You and declaration my trust that you have given me the righteousness of God, please reveal it to me more by the spirit of revelation. I declare, that all things are new and the old things of my guilt has passed away in Your sight.”

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new…21 For He (Father) made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Cor. 5:17-21)

There are atheists who study the bible and bear no fruit, there are Christians who study it and also are fruitless.  Matthew 13 reveals that our heart is a soil and the Word is a seed but there are obstacles to get the conditions right for the seed to take root.  A big one is that we would not just read the Word but to have a relationship with Jesus with the bible as our holy conversation material and means of transformation.  We want to know Him as He actually is, not who we imagine Him to be, this method helps us connect with the reality of Jesus.

It is not enough to study the Bible—we must talk to God as we study.  Bible study is meant to lead us to conversation with God by giving us the “conversational material” for our prayer life. It provides the language we use as we talk to Him. Using the Bible and speaking the Word back to God makes prayer easy and enjoyable. It “turns up the volume” in our conversation with God.

Emotions of God

    It’s vital that we become students of the emotions of God. The revelation of the heart of God is what will equip us to bear Christ. The longer we sit before the fire of God’s emotions to encounter them and to gaze upon them, the more our hearts will be equipped in love righteousness and holiness. We become by beholding, there is no other way.
    All of God’s emotions are deep and transcendent expressions of His divine being and essence i.e. love, wrath, jealousy, joy, delight, pleasure. The emotions of God can be powerfully experience in the soul of the born again believer.
    To make time for this is such a noble pursuit.  I use the aid of Worship with the Word sets at ihopkc.org, but more than any thing the key is focusing on the one who is moved by the sound of your voice.  Also the awareness of the Holy Spirit that wants to reveal Christ to you.  You can go through the gospels, and ask, what were you thinking there, what were you feeling.  It helps to journal revelation.
    In each section consider the emotions of God and the Spirit can give you entrance into experiencing and knowing Him there.  It helps to remember that even His judgment is mercy.  He never stops being merciful when He judges, and the wake up calls he gives are to judge sin, keep it from spreading, in hopes of turning hearts toward Him.
    His wrath is not toward the sincere believer, we must repent and walk in full wholeheartness, but we are His Beloved and His delight.

A man or woman after God’s heart is in reference to a person whose single focus, passion and vision is to pursue and understand the emotions of God. God is not a stale stoic. He is the author of the realm of emotions because He possesses powerful transcendent emotions within Himself.

A people after God’s own heart are a people who pursue and encounter the emotions of God that fuel abandonment in their spirit and soul.

Outline of the Gospels

The book of Matthew is not as Chronological as one might think.  I hope you can use this outline to study and meditate on Christ’s life so it becomes real to you by the aid of the Holy Spirit.  Its important to note that Jesus wasn’t randomly traveling but there was a purpose of His ministry seeking the lost sheep of Israel and revealing and even sometimes hardening the hearts of Jews, revealing the Father to all that they may turn repent and be saved.
Early Galilean Ministry

  1. Rejection in Nazareth & Transition to Capernaum (Luke 4:16-31; Matthew 4:13)
  2. Feast of the Jews (John 5:1-47)
  3. Calling of the Disciples & Miraculous Catch of Fish (Matthew 4:18-22; Mk 1:16-20, Lk 5:1-11)
  1. First Sabbath in Capernaum (Matthew 8:14-17; Mark 1:21-34; Luke 4:31-41)
  2. Second Circuit Through the Cities of Galilee (Mark 1:39; Luke 4:43-44) & Healing of Leper (Matthew 8:1-4; Mark 1:40-45; Luke 5:12-16)
  3. Return to Capernaum & Healing of Paralytic (Matthew 9:1-8; Mark 2:1-12; Luke 5:17- 26)
  4. Calling of Matthew & Feast (Matthew 9:9-13; Mark 2:13-17; Luke 5:27-31)
  5. Bridegroom Fast (Matthew 9:14-17; Mark 2:18-22; Luke 5:33-39)
  6. Second Sabbath – Grainfields (Matthew 12:1-8; Mark 2:23-28; Luke 6:1-5)
  7. Withered Hand (Matthew 12:9-14; Mark 3:1-6; Luke 6:6-11)
  8. Prayer and Calling of Twelve (Mark 3:13-19; Luke 6:6-12)


A. Healing of Multitudes (Mark 3:7-12; Luke 6:17-19)

B.Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1-7:29; Luke 6:20-49)

C. Faith of Centurion in Capernaum (Matthew 8:5-13; Luke 7:1-10)

D. Calming of the Storm (Matthew 8:23-27; Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:22-25)

E. Gadarene Deliverance (Matthew 8:28-34; Mark 5:1- 20; Luke 8:26-39

F. Jairus’ Daughter and Woman with Issue of Blood (Matthew 9:18-26; Mark 5:21-34; Luke 8:40- 56)

G. Second Rejection at Nazareth (Matthew 13:53-58; Mark 6:1-6) M. Sending of Twelve (Matthew 10:1-15; Mark 6:7-13; Luke 9:1-6)

H. Raising of the Widow’s Son in Nain (Luke 7:11-17)

I. Jesus & John the Baptist (Matthew 11:1-19; Luke 7:18-35)

J. Woman at Jesus’ Feet (Luke 7:36-50)

K. Encounter with Mother & Brothers (Mark 3:31-35; Luke 8:19-21)

L. Parable of the Sower, Explanation, and Parables (Matthew 13:1-52; Mark 4:1- 34; Luke 8:4-18)

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Bride without Spot or Wrinkle

Rev 19:7 speaks of the church as a bride made ready, spotless.  But the question here is how will the bride make herself ready???  We do know this will happen in the end times, for the church is ready and tested in the end-time events, and then Jesus comes back and then it is time for the marriage.  But how will Jesus contend with our sin and compromise, and cultural excesses before then?  How will break through minds and hearts almost fully given over indulgence in television and technology etc.,  the American church today?  Part of the answer is the shaking of everything that can be shaking that wakes up the church.

But critically, part of the answer is also in Isaiah 33:17 “Your eyes will see the King in His beauty.”   God’s beauty is infinite, but we must pursue it.   This is why the prayer movement is so being established with the mandate to call the church to regularly pray Eph 1:18 that the eyes of our heart would be enlightened, and 1:17 for a Spirit of Revelation of Christ.   The prophesy to see the King in His beauty will be ultimately and finally fulfilled in the generation that Jesus returns to.  Part of the answer is causing the church to have a larger appetite for immersing themselves in the things of God and prayer.  In Mark 4:18 Jesus warned of a Christian heart getting snared by the things of the World causing it to become unfruitful (seed falling among thorns).  In the End times Jesus will have a bride alive in love, fascinated by the Spirit and Word and a heart that is free and bearing fruit.  Bold, uncowardly, and victorious.

In this last few decades, prophetically the Holy Spirit was really highlighting and emphasizing the Father Heart of God.   He is still seeking us to “root us and ground us in the reality of His love (Eph 3:17).  However I have no doubt that what the Holy Spirit is highlighting to the bride in this hour to aid in the process of nourishing and washing with the water of the Word.   Eph 5:26 reveals the process of the washing of the water of the Word related to the experience of being nourished and cherished by God.  Take some time to look at that passage if you haven’t yet.

The Bridegroom Revelation

I believe Matthew 9 speaks of our current time period and generation.  It speaks of generation where there is a new understanding, or ‘paradigm,’ of seeing fasting and prayer as desirable above earthly things, because of seeing the Bridegroom face of Jesus.  It is no coincidence that every time Jesus talked about His return He called Himself the ‘Bridegroom.’  Look at Matthew 25.  The issue at the end of the age actually will be ‘do we have intimacy (oil) with the Bridegroom?’  Bridegroom is just a bible word for Jesus as He relates to the church.

The Holy Spirit is likened to wine that makes the heart glad and imparts to us the love of God.  The Holy Spirit also leads Pastors and Teachers to different Scriptural emphasis, or ‘wineskins.’  It is the wineskins that hold the wine, it is the different Scriptural paradigms that open the heart to experience the Holy Spirit.  When Jesus talked about this, He gave the revelation of the Bridegroom face of Jesus, or Bridal Paradigm, as the premier ‘new wineskin.’

14 Then the disciples of John came to Him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but Your disciples do not fast?” 15 And Jesus said to them, “Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast. 16 No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the patch pulls away from the garment, and the tear is made worse. 17 Nor do they put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins break, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But they put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved’ (Matt 9:14-16.)

The disciples didn’t need to fast, they were already with Him.  But He was taken from us at the cross and now sits at the right hand of the Father, but we can fast to be with Him!  Fasting to encounter Jesus does not increase how much God loves us, which is always infinite, but it does increase our experience of it.  Now fasting with out praying is just dieting.  Im talking about praying Song of Solomon and the many scriptures that highlight His affection like John 15:9 and John 17:26, Eph 3:16-19, etc.  Song of Solomon has always been taught about being about Christ and the church, though also the man and woman interpretation is valid.  But there is no Scripture that doesn’t exalt Jesus and even rabbis before Christ taught this book as being about a love relationship with the coming Messiah.  The Song of Solomon experience in praying it, is being led into the wilderness of prayer and broken down to the place of full dependence on God and being ruined for any other passion.

The church is called a bride in this context as Rev 19:7-9 details the Marriage supper of the Lamb where every Christian who has ever lived receives a new holy heavenly body (Mat 22:30), and the reality/concept of marriage changes but what it stands for and represents (union/communion) stays the same. There is nothing sexual or impure about loving the Bridegroom.  The “kisses of the mouth” are the same as when Jesus said “I live not by bread alone but by every Word that comes from the mouth of God.”  At Ihop-kc we sing ‘Kisses of the Word,’ to stop confusion.  We were never intended to picture an actual kiss, but we ask for the embraces of the Holy Spirit of the love of God on our innerman when we ask for the kiss.

Eph 5:18-19 says that we are not to be drunk on alcoholic wine, but rather be filled with the Spirit by Singing to Jesus the Scriptures.   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.  I just feel such a strong emphasis on this, WE MUST TAKE THE WORD AND MAKE IT PRAYER TO ENCOUNTER GOD, HEAD KNOWLEDGE IS NOT ENOUGH.  But we must grow our hearts in praying the Word.

That last point is driven home here: 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)  We can’t make the same mistake the Pharisees did.  The Word only enters the heart by prayer, not memorization.  The relationship with Jesus comes alive by the Word and the Spirit, and dialogue.  What is a relationship without talking?  Studying and hearing men preach are great but are no substitute.

So very many Scriptures come impact us when we pray them directly, or depending on the verse, ask for revelation on them, or thank God for the truth in them, or ask for power to obey them.  The Scriptures are living and active (Heb 4:2) and are so powerful as we pray them.  They rewrite the code of our inner man until Christ dwells within us.

A lot of people think of prayer as simply asking the Father for things we need like finances and favor.  That is important, but there is also prayer that seeks to spend time with God.  God created man to have fellowship with God.  In heaven will we esteem those who saw spending time with Jesus as what we were created for, as wise.

Prayer is the place where we are transformed into the image of Christ, by the renewing of our minds (Rom 11.)  To be transformed into the image of Christ, we must behold Him, through the Spirit, by prayer with the Scriptures.  The prayer movement is ministering to the church and in abandonment and extravagance, we are fully following and obeying God with our lives and hearts, and the first Commandment is being restored to first place, You shall love the Lord, your God with all of your heart soul and mind.

Additionally, Christian communities must redefine what they are reaching toward.  Community in the church has become about friendship and movies, where relationships are the end game.  Community without prayer the Word will end up in people devouring one another without being touched by the tenderness of God.  “The fellowship we crave with one another flows from the deep love and joy we find in Jesus in secret. Community is fruit of this communion.”-Dana Candler


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