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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

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.”

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.

I.

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.

II.

  • 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).

III.

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.

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