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Revelation of Intercession

The Revelation of Intercession is one of the great needs of the hour, even in the context of the
prayer  movement,  to  receive  Holy  Spirit  revelation  as  to  how  intercession  works  and  how
valuable it is in God’s kingdom. Not just how valuable it is right now, but how valuable it is in
His kingdom in eternity. Intercession is the central activity in the governing of God’s kingdom,
for ever and ever and ever.

When we gain revelation of how intercession works from God’s point of view, particularly the
value of weak intercession, or intercession that appears to be weak; when we see it from God’s
point of view with revelation, it really changes the way that we engage with it.

THE PRIMARY WAY THAT GOD GOVERNS THE UNIVERSE
I. The primary way that God governs the universe.

A.  God  has  chosen  intercession  as  the  primary  means  through  which  He  releases  His
government.  When  I  say  “His  government,”  I  mean  “His  power.”  It’s  the  primary  way  He
releases it, through Jesus, and it’s the primary way He releases it through His people now and
forever.

That is a stunning concept, that we will be interceding forever, and so will Jesus, as a means of
releasing God the Father’s power into the natural realm.

The natural realm will continue forever. At the second coming, heaven is coming to the earth.
Jesus is bringing the New Jerusalem to the earth. The two realms are coming together, the natural
and the spiritual realm. The natural realm isn’t going to disappear, but in the spirit realm, God is
bringing heaven down to the earth, and both realms will exist together forever, and forever, and
forever.

THE MAJESTY AND MYSTERY OF INTERCESSION
Look at Hebrews 7:25. I like to talk about the majesty and the mystery of intercession. There is a
majesty to intercession; there is a mystery to it. This majesty and mystery is seen best or first in
the fact that Jesus lives forever to make intercession. Can you imagine that Jesus, a million years
from now, will still be making intercession.

THE MYSTERY OF INTERCESSION
B. The mystery of intercession. The primary principle of intercession is this, and this is why it’s
so mysterious: It’s simply to tell God what He tells us to tell Him. It’s so simple that we miss it.
We need a revelation of the simplicity of it. It is profoundly simple. The mystery of intercession
is in its so-called weakness, its simplicity, its humility, and its accessibility to everyone.

THE SIMPLICITY OF INTERCESSION
It’s mysterious that the highest release of God’s power is so simple, and so humble, and yet so
accessible forever, to everyone who names the name of Jesus. It is accessible to them forever.
Yet this simple reality has such profound impact in the life of a believer.

I’m just going to summarize a little of the impact. The impact is that intercession brings
us into intimacy with God’s heart. It brings us into unity with God’s people. It transforms our
inner man. It trains us to function in His government, now and in the age to come.

The simplicity of intercession has that kind of impact upon the people of God. We will look a
little at what I mean by a few of these sentences and how they relate to intercession.

THE MAJESTY OF INTERCESSION

The majesty of intercession is in that it is the highest means of releasing God’s power. There is no
other means in God’s kingdom through which He releases His power that is more effective, or that He uses more often than intercession. The angels pray and declare God’s prophetic decrees.
Jesus as God, before He became Man, would speak in this intercessory principle to release the
power to create the heavens and the earth.

Even Jesus functioned that way as God in eternity, and then as Man He functioned that way, and
even now as a man at the right hand of the Father. Of course He is fully God as well, but He still
relates to the Father in terms of releasing power through intercession. It is majestic that God
Himself, the second person of the Trinity, humbles Himself to the wisdom of this mode of
releasing the Father’s power.

THE PRINCIPLE OF INTERCESSION
II. Jesus, at the time of creation, used intercession. I call it the principle of intercession. What I
mean by the principle of intercession is that He spoke the words and thoughts that were on the
Father’s heart. That’s what I mean by the principle of intercession: The Father had ideas in His
mind, and Jesus articulated those ideas. He spoke them out, and then the Spirit was hovering
over the earth moved in power, but only after the Word was spoken.

The Spirit was hovering, brooding over the earth in Genesis 1, waiting for God to speak. God the
Father had the ideas clearly in His mind. The Holy Spirit wasn’t waiting for the Father to make
up His mind; the Holy Spirit was waiting for the idea, and the thoughts that were in the Father’s
heart to be declared openly, and then He moved in power.

The One who declared them openly was the second Person of the Trinity, Jesus Himself. He was
the agent of the Father for creation, and the Spirit moved only when Jesus spoke the words of the
Father.

B. Jesus is identified as the Creator. I have a number of verses there. The Father is the Creator in
the general sense, but Jesus was under the Father’s authority, speaking what was in the Father’s
heart, and then the Spirit moved.

JESUS UPHOLDS ALL THINGS
III. Not only did Jesus create that way, but even now Jesus is sustaining creation. He is keeping it
together. He is holding it in place in the same way that He created it, by speaking the Father’s
word back to Him.

It says in Hebrews 1 that Jesus upholds all things (Heb. 1:3).

How is He upholding all things? I’m talking about the created order.

The  scientists  still  can’t  figure  out  how  the  atom  stays  together,  with  all  the  energy  of  the
electrons and the protons and the neutrons. How does this thing stay together? It’s mysterious. If
Jesus quit speaking the Word, all the created order would dissipate. But He upholds it; how? He
speaks the word of God. It is His Father’s word that He speaks.

It says in Colossians 1 that Jesus is before all things (Col. 1:17), meaning He existed before
anything else did. He is uncreated, like God the Father. “In Him all things consist,” the New
King James says; the NASB and the NIV say, “All things hold together because of Him.” I
mean, literally, the planets, the beating of your heart, the sun shining, and the processes of life
itself only hold together because of the present-tense government of Jesus, speaking the word of
His power.

ARTICULATING THE IDEAS WITHIN THE FATHER’S HEART
You’re probably familiar with this principle; I’m just going to mention it and then move on. When
Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness, in Matthew 4, during each of the three temptations
He said, “It is written,” and He spoke the word of the Father, and then the power was released,
and then Satan was driven away.

It is the most simple, yet most absolutely remarkable reality, that the Father has ideas in His
heart. He has ordained that those ideas must be spoken; that they must be articulated or sung, and
that, when they are spoken or sung, when they’re articulated, then the Spirit releases power
wherever the word is spoken. If we lay hands on people and speak them, healing happens. If we
don’t do it, many healings don’t happen.

If we speak the Word of God over our own heart, power touches our heart. If we don’t speak the
Word of God, there is power that would have touched us that the Lord holds back.

THE SPIRIT MOVES WHEN THE WORD IS SPOKEN
The Spirit moves when the Word is spoken, in whatever sphere the Word is spoken. Whether it
is Jesus speaking about the heavens and the earth, and the Spirit moving, or whether we are
speaking at a prayer meeting or worshipping and contributing to the release of God’s power in
that region or area, the area we’re focused on.

Whether we’re speaking the word to the devil who’s coming, and the power of God drives back
the work of darkness, or whether we’re speaking the Word of God in our heart, or whether we’re
speaking it to a friend, we call that fellowship and then that friend changes their mind from
depression and discouragement, and there is a strengthening of divine life in their heart. We call
it encouragement because the word went forth and then the Spirit touched their heart a little.

The point I want you to get is that God’s government is through the speaking of the Word, and
that’s really what intercession is. It’s simply saying what God says to say. Jesus is not taken back
by this reality. Jesus speaks what He already knows the Father is thinking. It wasn’t a new idea:
“Let there be light.” Jesus knew that that was what was on the Father’s heart, but there’s actually
a process in the government of God that is necessary.

The Word needs to be spoken.

JESUS, THE WORD OF GOD
IV—Jesus is the Word of God. We all know this passage well, and we’ve red it, and we love it,
but what does it mean? “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the
Word was with God” (Jn. 1:1). The Word is Jesus. All things were made through this Person,
who is the Word.

A. When Jesus articulates the Father’s thoughts, He is functioning as the living Word of God.
One  reason  Jesus  is  called  the  Word  is  because  He  brings  the  Father’s  private  ideas  into
existence in the natural realm through Jesus speaking them, or through the Body of Christ related
to Jesus speaking, so that God’s purposes are released into the natural realm.

Things that God wants to do that are not being done yet happen when Jesus or His people speak
under the Father’s authority, and the Spirit is more than willing to move.

Now we don’t speak one time, and it’s done. There’s a whole Body of Christ worldwide prayer
movement that is being raised up, that is in unity with the Head. That’s where it’s going. It’s not
that unified with the Head right now, but it’s going to be.

MOSES, THE PHARAOH, AND THE ANTICHRIST
It will release the greatest revival at the end of the age, and it’s going to be the power of God
stopping and bringing deliverance, where great judgments and great shakings are taking place as
well as the rage of Satan. It will be the rod of Jesus’ mouth, even through the lips of Jesus’
Church.

In the way that Moses extended His rod before Pharaoh, the end-time Church will extend its rod
before the Antichrist, of whom Pharaoh was a type, and the power of God will go forth as
described in the book of Revelation, through the rod that is extended which is called “the Body
of Christ in intercession.”

The Bible calls it the rod of Jesus’ mouth. The rod of His mouth goes forth from Him directly,
but the rod of His mouth also goes forth through His people. The end-time Church will be in the
same role altogether, collectively, that Moses had before Pharaoh.

What if Moses had gotten raptured before he went to Egypt? He looked at the Jews in slavery
and said, “Sorry guys, I prepared forty years in the wilderness so that I could get taken out before
the drama.” We don’t want to be taken out before the drama. We want to extend the rod of God
in the midst of it, and we want to make the difference in the will of God.

Not that we get to vote on it anyway. One guy says, “I don’t want to be in the drama.” I tell him,
“It’s all good to say so, and we call it fellowship, but you don’t get to vote. They like you up
there in heaven, but you don’t get to vote on this. It’s called the Word of God, and it’s already
settled.”

SHALL NOT GOD AVENGE HIS ELECT?
V—Jesus releases God’s justice in response to intercession. We know this passage well, all of us
who are in this room. “Shall not God avenge His elect?” the NKJV says (Luke 18:8). The NASB
says this, and I like this: “Shall not God bring about justice for the people who cry out night and
day?” You can call it vengeance or justice; it’s the same things.

JUSTICE ESTABLISHED THROUGH NIGHT-AND-DAY PRAYER
A. Jesus taught that justice would be established through night-and-day prayer. Think about what
night-and-day prayer is: It’s speaking the Word of God. We are not coming up with new ideas;
we are speaking the ideas that God the Father has in His heart.

We are simply telling God what He tells us to tell Him, because there are a number of dynamic
realities that happen when we simply tell God what He tells us to tell Him. As simple as that is, it
is profound in its impact on the human spirit.

THE TWO SIDES OF JUSTICE
B.  There  are  two  sides  to  justice.  There  is  a  judgment  side  to  justice,  when  the  rebels  are
punished and there is salvation; there is a deliverance side to justice when the redeemed are
vindicated and delivered.

Justice has two sides: Night-and-day prayer releases justice in this age, and even in the age to
come, in the Millennial kingdom.

A very simple definition of justice is God making wrong things right. The way that God makes
wrong things right is when people cry out night and day. It’s justice in small measures, but still
it’s justice released. Every time we have a prayer meeting, every time we speak the Word over
someone in sin in prayer, or someone who has sickness, we lay hands on them, or maybe they’re
not even in the room, but every time we do it, there’s a small, incremental measure of justice
released.

Prayer releases justice. It stops the negative and releases the positive in terms of God’s salvation
and God’s judgment.

EXAMPLES OF GOD’S JUSTICE
C. Examples of God’s justice. We’re not going to go through all of them, just a couple of them.
Healing  is  God’s  judgment  on  sickness.  Revival  is  God’s  judgment  on  compromise  in  the
Church. Evangelism is God’s judgment upon blindness and darkness in the hearts of unbelievers.
God is judging darkness when evangelism takes place. Every one of these positive things are
expressions of the justice of God.

THE RELEASING OF JUSTICE
D.  Jesus  requires  night-and-day  prayer  for  the  release  of  justice.  I  want  to  encourage  you
intercessors, and the majority in this room are called to be intercessors, whether as your primary
calling, or your secondary calling, or you wouldn’t be in the room right now. It may not be your
primary calling, but it is part of your diverse calling in God.

NIGHT-AND-DAY PRAYER IN THE CITIES OF THE EARTH
I want to say this to you, so that you’re strengthened in your heart. God requires that prayer goes
night and day. Much of the Church doesn’t have a revelation of intercession, so it looks like how
I saw it when the Lord first called me to intercession. I thought an intercessor was a would-be
evangelist, wasted in a prayer room.

I  was  a  zealous,  not  a  very  anointed,  but  a  zealous  evangelist.  People  who  went  to  prayer
meetings were would-be soldiers in the army who were copping out. I didn’t like guys going to
prayer meetings. I saw them as sitting out of the war instead of getting in the war. I had no
revelation of intercession. It was a waste of time; it was a copout.

I want to say that God requires night-and-day prayer in the cities of the earth. I’m not saying that
everyone has to build an IHOP–KC and do it in one building, because there is night-and-day
prayer going on in many cities of the earth, though not from one building, but from God’s point
of view it’s happening in such a way that He can see it all the time, around the clock, in ways
that you or I can’t see, but He sees it.

I think that it’s exciting to do it in one building, but it isn’t necessary. There’s a lot more prayer
going on in the cities of the earth than we can put on our organizational ministry chart.

It’s still happening. God does require it, and the reason I’m telling you is because people will say
to you, “Man, you are using all this time and energy.” It’s biblical; Jesus requires it. The Church
doesn’t have a revelation of that, but He still requires it.

So stay steady; there is wisdom in this thing called intercession.

LOVING YOUR NEIGHBOR PRACTICALLY THROUGH INTERCESSION
The point I want to make is that not only does Jesus require it, but developing night-and-day
prayer ministries is one of the most practical expressions of loving your neighbor that I know of
in the Bible.

Again, not that your circle and the people you meet with have to do it night and day, but in the
city, the answer to the mom who brings her demonized son to you isn’t just doing a work of good
deeds. They need the demon to get cast out. When someone has cancer, they need the power of
healing.

The night-and-day prayer ministries are releasing greater dimensions of power. That is what the
Lord has promised He would do. He would release justice where there is oppression. We need
power, and the fact that you are contending for power and presence in your city is a dynamic
commitment to loving the people who are in bondage.
There is no freedom if someone doesn’t break through. We can have a fellowship dinner with
them; we can buy them a card; we can write them a card, but they want the demon cast out of
them. They appreciate the other things, but they say, “Is anyone going to pay the price, whatever
it is, in terms of contending together to get a breakthrough in our geographic area?”

Don’t let anyone tell you that your efforts in prayer are somehow the opposite of loving people.
Fasting and prayer are radical statements of expressing love to people. That’s not apparent until
the people get delivered. Then they say, “Thank you, thank you, thank you, that you stayed
faithful.”

The point isn’t to get them to say, “Thank you;” that’s not the point. My point is that the love is
apparent  when  the  deliverance  begins  to  happen.  The  Lord  has  required  that  night-and-day
prayer go forth for justice to be released.

What God means by night-and-day prayer, I’m sure, is a number of different things. Again, don’t
lock it into your minds that you have to be in one building, and everyone has one organization,
and then do it there, and then night-and-day prayer exists. It means much, much more, so don’t
limit it to that.

RULING THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH THROUGH INTERCESSION
VI. When Jesus returns at the second coming, as fully God, but in His full humanity, He will rule
on the earth for a thousand years, and then after that comes the new heavens and the new earth,
which is the same earth that is right here now.

For a thousand years, Jesus will have a throne in Jerusalem that is dynamically connected to the
throne in the New Jerusalem.

The New Jerusalem is coming down. I don’t want to get into all that detail right now, but it says
three times in the book of Revelation that the New Jerusalem is coming down to the earth. The
heavenly  realm  is  coming  down  to  the  planet.  That  is  where  our  residence  is,  in  the  New
Jerusalem, but we will have assignments on the earth where the natural realm will be physical
and material. We will have anointed ministry on the earth forever and forever and forever.

It was always God’s plan to bring the two realms together on the earth, and to dwell with humans
with  humans  on  the  earth.  That’s  what  happens  at  the  end  of  the  book  of  Revelation  in
Revelation 21:3. We all know the passage, and it says, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with
men, and He will dwell with them.” He means that in the natural realm, on the earth, God will
dwell with humans and the two realms will come perfectly together.

The heavenly and the natural realms will be brought together, as Ephesians 1:10 says it will be,
and many other verses as well. At that time, Jesus will establish His throne on the earth.

THE GLOBAL PRAYER MINISTRY OF JESUS
What I found remarkable when I first saw this some time ago was that Jesus is going to be
leading a global prayer ministry as the means of releasing the renewal of the Father’s power
across the nations.

For some years I just assumed that when Jesus comes, everything is automatically fixed. It will
be fixed line by line, city by city, and intercession will be the primary vehicle that we will be
engaged in. We will be engaged in other forms of ruling, but nothing will have greater priority to
Jesus, or the Father, than the intercessory ministry of saints with resurrected bodies, as well as
the people who are living on the Millennial earth. They will be engaged in prayer meetings all
over the earth.

I have good news for you. The prayer ministry that you are contending for in your city is going
to continue for a long time after you’re gone. After the Lord returns, that ministry will continue
in your city. The prayers we’re praying in Kansas City will have value five hundred years from
now, not just in the next ten years.

Those prayers that we pray through history are a bowl before the Father’s throne. They are not
forgotten, and they are not lost. Their impact and their reality is alive before God as the bowls of
intercession from history are being filled up. The prayers of the saints from ages ago are still
alive before God, as are your prayers.

A. Psalm 2 is one of the great Psalms about Jesus’ return at the second coming. Psalm 2 has its
greatest fulfillment at the second coming. It is a fantastic Psalm about Jesus’ leadership over the
earth.

Here’s what I find so interesting: When I first began to see this, I was so taken aback by it
because I had no paradigm for it. I only saw intercession as something we did now. I didn’t have
revelation of it, of its grandness and its majesty in God’s eternal plan.

When I began to see it, and I don’t see it that clearly even now, but as I began to see it more and
more, it began to be very relevant to do weak and boring prayer meetings. They seemed totally
valuable. It completely changed the way I viewed a three-member payer meeting that had no
sense of power on it.

DECLARING THE DECREES OF THE FATHER
The Lord wants us to change our view of what’s really happening. He wants us to see reality, not
just with the natural eyes, when we come together in prayer.

In Psalm 2, Jesus is speaking, and He says, “I will declare the decree” (Psalm 2:7), the decree of
the Lord, the Father’s decree. That’s what He’s been doing for a long time. Back in Genesis 1,
Jesus was declaring the Father’s decrees: “Let there be light,” and then the Spirit said, “I heard
it,” and boom! Light was created.

“Let there be the dry ground.” Jesus declared the Father’s decree. The Spirit said, “I love it,” and
the dry ground was created, and He said, “Keep going, Jesus, this is great.”

Jesus declared the Father’s decrees back in Genesis 1, and He’s still doing it. David is talking
about Jesus coming as King of the earth in Jerusalem to rule the nations for a thousand years.

David is describing the dialogue within the Trinity that he sees by revelation. He says, “There I
was; Jesus was before the Father.”

“What did He say, David?”

“It was amazing. Jesus said, ‘I will declare the decree of the Father. Father, You said to Me, I am
Your Son, and You told Me, Father, to ask You for the nations. Father, give me the nations.’”

This is Jesus praying before the Father at the time of the second coming. Jesus will only possess
the nations fully through intercession; even through His own intercession. Even when He comes
to possess all the nations, the nations won’t be instantly Christianized in twenty-four hours. It
doesn’t work that way.

HOW DOES JESUS ACCOMPLISH HIS WILL AT HIS COMING?
I’ve asked people to think about this. Of course, a lot of folks don’t really think about this.
“Well, Jesus comes, we get Raptured, and we get taken away and we harp on a cloud for billions
of years, and I don’t know what we do, but we do something. It’s supposed to be cool. I don’t
know what we do, but I hope we do more than worship. ‘We love You, God, but a million years
later, is there anything else we can do besides worship?’” They have this idea that heaven is a
fleecy white cloud far away with a harp, and a guy next to you playing another instrument, and
you get to fellowship occasionally.

That is not what heaven is. When the Lord returns and there’s evil in the nations, He doesn’t
return on the day of His coming and raise His hand, and all several billion people on the earth
just pass out and die at that second.

I’ve asked people, “Well, what happens when Jesus comes?” There are three, four, or five billion
people. A lot get killed in the judgments, but say there are three, four, or five billion people left.
What happens to them, to those who aren’t reprobate?

“Jesus kills them!”

“OK. How does that work? Does He wave His hand and they all die? Do some of them die?” The
Bible gives really clear answers to this.

“OK, so let’s say a lot of them die; what do they do? Do they disintegrate? Do they evaporate?
Does someone bury them? What about all the broken-down cities? Who fixes them up? Does
Jesus wave His hand, and then they just shoot right back up?
“Who moves the rocks, like in war-torn Europe in 1945 after the war, when all the cities were
bombed out? Are they instantly cleared the day Jesus comes and waves His hands?”

“I thought we were just playing a harp out in heaven! I don’t know what we do.”

The Bible has much information about this kind of stuff. The process of restoring and renewing
the nations is lengthy, and it is thorough, though not only is it thorough, but Jesus makes His
own intercession primary in the possessing of the nations at the second coming.

We will intercede with more anointing and clarity at that time than we do now, but what we’re
doing now has continuity with then. They’re not disconnected; it’s one continuum. It’s one
reality, what we’re doing even now. It relates to then. When that touches us, what we’re doing in
weakness is dynamic because we know He sees it and He likes it.

EMBRACING WHAT MEN CALL FOOLISH
VII. Intercession means embracing what men call foolish and what men call weak. Paul says in 1
Corinthians 1, “God has chosen the foolish things” —now you need to add the phrase, “The so-
called foolish things.” They’re not foolish in reality, and they’re not foolish to God. They are
foolish in the esteem of men. He has called the foolish things to put to shame the wise.

He has called the weak things. They aren’t really weak; from God’s point of view, they are wise,
and that is where His power releases. The weak and the foolish things are humility, fasting,
prayer, serving, obeying, giving, telling God what He tells us to tell Him, and agreeing with who
God is. “You are good; You are love; I like You; You like me; I will serve You. You like me; I
am Yours. You like me.” I always throw that one in about every other one. Declaring those
simple things and agreeing with God is what releases power into the created order.

“God has chosen” —and you know this passage, most of you. There’s more to the passage than I
have on the text here. It’s fantastic. He has chosen the so-called foolish things, like prayer,
fasting, obedience, and meekness, and these kinds of things He has chosen utterly to put to
shame the world system. That happens in a dynamic way at the second coming.

That’s when it goes to a whole new level. It’s happening between now and then, but I mean
literally the prayerful, obeying people will take over the governments of the earth in historical
reality. I mean, it’s real. It’s going to be in real time and space on the earth, at the time of the
second coming.

It’s not that the wise things of the world are put to shame; they’re completely removed by the
praying, obeying people who are called weak right now. This is an actual prophecy, not just a
neat little proverb for life. No, this is a declarative statement about how God is going to change
the governments of the entire earth through the things that men call weak and foolish, through
fasting, praying, and obeying people.

Paul was telling them, “Guys, don’t be tripped up by the apparent weakness of fasting and
prayer. It’s not weak before God.”

We offer our prayers in weakness, but because of who Jesus is, and who the Father is, our
prayers ascend before the Father in strength and in power. They live forever. I don’t know if it’s
forever, but it’s for a really, really long time, enough to where the prayers from history are still in
the bowl around the throne.

I don’t know how long they live, but they live for a really long time.

“MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU”
C. Jesus is speaking to Paul the apostle, and He tells Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you,”
because  “My  strength”  —or  “My  power,”  one  translation  says—“is  made  perfect  in  [your]
weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9).

What an interesting verse. Jesus is speaking directly to Paul, face to face. Paul is complaining
about the thorn in the flesh. Three times he says, “Lord, take it and move it, this messenger of
Satan.”

The Lord stands in front of him. “Paul…”

“Yes, finally! The thorn!”

“No, no, I’m not taking it away.”

“What, what are You doing here?”

“I am here to give you revelation. I want you to know, Paul, that in weakness” —this isn’t moral
weakness He’s talking about; how if we sin more, the power of God is in us to free us from sin.
That’s not the context that He’s talking about. I’ve actually heard people read this, and they read
it as moral weakness.

THE VOLUNTARY WEAKNESS OF INTERCESSION
No, it’s voluntary weakness, fasting and prayer and enduring persecution instead of fleeing and
quitting; voluntarily standing in the place of weakness because of the cause of Christ, and the
power of God is perfected in that place.

It is the weakness of 1 Corinthians 1, the passage that we were first talking about. That’s the kind
of weakness he’s talking about. Fasting is weak; prayer is weak; prayer is taking our time and
talking to an invisible God, telling Him what He already knows.

“Come on! I mean, I have better things to do.”

The Lord says, “Do you? Do you really?”

Only weak people pray. Only people who see their weakness bother with prayer.

Strong people don’t need to pray because they think it’s going to be OK without prayer. “I want
to pray, I went to the prayer conference, I don’t actually do it, I know I’m weak but I’m not weak
enough to be desperate enough to change my schedule. I’m not that weak!”

Only really weak people pray enter in. Prayer is weakness because we’re taking our time and our
energy and we’re investing it in telling an invisible God what He tells us to tell Him. I mean,
how weak is that? We have to believe that God is listening, and that it matters, or we lose heart.

What Jesus told Paul is, “My strength will be perfected and made perfect in you if you stay in
this place of voluntary weakness.”

THE GOVERNMENTAL RULING SYSTEM OF HUMILITY
F. I am just amazed and awed by the humility of God. God is so humble! He has chosen to
govern forever through a means that promotes humility. The humble God is the only One who
would have thought of a governmental system based on humility. No one else would have ever
thought of it. There’s no king in history that ever thought of ruling through everyone being
empowered through humility, but God did. God is so humble that His system of rule forever
through history is based on humility.

The ultimate humility is His Son becoming a man. It’s humility beyond our description that He
became human. Jesus didn’t become human and then, after the resurrection, say, “Phew! I’m
glad that thing is over. Let’s take this robe of humanity and cast it aside. I’m back to just being
only God—wow!”

No! When He became Man, He became man forever. A billion years from now, He will be
human. That was a huge statement of His passion for us, for Him to become human forever.

As a human, He was on the earth living in limitations, in perfect obedience, being assaulted by
men  and  by  demons.  He  humbled  Himself  for  thirty  years  in  His  life  of  obedience  and
servanthood.

Then there was the ultimate humility on the cross, but then, in His humility, He told God what
God told Him to tell Him forever, and that’s how He gets His power. He says, “That works for
Me, Father, I so like what You think. I so want to be near You, I just want to say what You say.”

Somebody might say, “Yeah, but You’re God, too,” and He says, “No, it’s enough for Me to say
what He says.”

“Yeah, but You’re God!”

No.  Lucifer  tried  that  route,  and  he  wasn’t  God.  He  said,  “I  don’t  want  to  do  this  whole
‘submitted to another guy’ deal.” He said, “I want to do my own deal.”

Jesus said, “No, it’s My glory to do this.”

God the Father in His humility came up with a governmental system based on humility, and at
the core of it is this: We say simple words back to God. Yet most of the Church is tripped up and
offended and bored by it. The humility of it doesn’t touch our spirits, how awesome this is
forever and ever, and the implications that an entire eternal kingdom is based on this reality, that
the empowered are empowered through means of humility.

Part of that humility is that we simply say simple words. It’s not really profound: “Be healed.”
Jesus said, “Let there be light. Father, that was an easy one. OK, let there be land. Let there be
land, this is easy. I can do this, Father!”

I mean, have you ever considered the humility of Jesus in those utterances? He’s really smart!
I’m not enough overcome, but occasionally I get overwhelmed by the humility of God and the
way that He’s running everything, and it makes sense. I say, “It’s so brilliant! What if He were to
run His kingdom opposite of this forever? What if only the one percent, the majorly cool people
from history, were the only ones who could get in, and everyone had a different definition of
what cool is?”

No, no. It’s based on humility forever. It’s accessible for everyone.

THE WISDOM OF INTERCESSION
VIII. The wisdom of intercession.

A. The very fact that God chose intercession in its weakness and its wisdom, the very fact that
He chose it, is a statement that He wants relationship with us. It’s like God says, “OK, here’s the
bar. It’s only one inch off the ground. Whoever can get over the one-inch bar makes it.” The bar
is so low, it’s so low that everyone can do it, but it’s so low that very few want to do it. It’s
called intercession.

God says to all of the human race, “If you want to rule in power with Me, you have to get ready
to jump over the bar. It’s one inch.”

“That’s it?” The Lord made the bar so low that everyone can get over it, but it’s so low that
almost no one wants it.

He has such a desire to relate to you and me and to share His government with us that He created
a way for it to work for everyone.  It’s not just for the rich and the famous and the highly-skilled;
it’s for everyone if they can groan and say, “Jesus.” If the prisoner can groan and say Jesus, the
thing works.
I think, “What’s the deal?” The answer is, “I so want You with Me that I made it to where we
could talk together.”

“What a guy like me and a Person like God going to talk about? Math, science, history; I mean,
what are we going to talk about? What am I going to tell Him that’s going to be interesting to
Him when He has a hundred billion galaxies on His résumé?” He made a hundred billion of
them. I have a hard time managing my schedule, and He made one hundred billion. What will we
talk about? Math, science, truth?

“Hey, Lord, I had this one idea that the Holy Spirit gave me.”

“Oh, Brandon that’s so neat.” I mean, what am I going to tell Him?

We’re going to be friends forever. He knows everything. He is super-smart, and super-powerful,
and loves so well. He says, “I have made it in such a way that you and I can do something that
moves My heart, and will move your heart. It’s called intercession.”

I say, “This is awesome, Lord!”

He says, “I thought you would like that once you figured it out.”

I thought I was being put on probation when He called me to prayer. I didn’t realize He was
inviting me into His presence. In those early days I thought, “I’m on probation, and I’m fully in
prison.” I was young enough that I told everyone I was called to it forever. I was twenty-three
years old, and I had all these daily prayer meetings, so I had to stick to them.

I was proud enough to stay with it after I made the big announcement. A couple of years later I
said, “I am fully in prison. I am trapped.”

INTERNALIZING THE WORD OF GOD
D. Intercession causes us to internalize the Word of God. We say it back to Him millions of
times in this age and the age to come. Each time we say what God says, it actually marks our
spirit and marks our mind. It marks us.

I compare the process to a computer programmer who’s rewriting lines of code—thousands or
millions of lines of code, a team of them. You rewrite a line of code one line at a team. One line
of code of your inner man is rewritten every time you say, “You are good; I love You. I am
Yours. Move in our city; stop murder; change the laws.”

Every single thing that you say in agreement with Him, thousands and millions of them, is like
one line of code being rewritten in your spirit, and it’s marking your inner man, even though you
can’t measure it. It’s like I was saying last night about peeling the onion. You can’t see any
change when you take one layer off the onion, but it’s truly changing. It marks our spirits. It renews our inner man. We can’t measure it with days or weeks, but over the years the change is
profound.

Over millenniums, over thousands of years, because it’s not just in this life that we’re doing it,
and it’s not just in the Millennial kingdom—forever we will be telling God what He tells us to
tell Him. It will be touching us with life and the Spirit and power.

C. Jesus gave us the key to how this works. He said in John 6, “The words that I speak to you are
spirit, and they are life” (Jn. 6:63). In other words, when we speak God’s words, there is an
impartation of the Spirit that touches our inner man. That’s not just now, but forever.

THE TENDERIZING OF THE SPIRIT
Every time we say what God says, it marks our spirit and renews us and strengthens us and gives
us more from God. It’s incremental, but it goes on and on. Our heart is tenderized by it. The very
call to the prayer room—that’s the language we use here—the calling to prayer is enough. It
tenderizes and eternalizes the word and marks your spirit and tenderizes you.

THE WORD ABIDING IN US
D. Jesus talked about the Word abiding in us. It’s so critical. I know so many believers who
don’t have time or interest in the Word. I say, “Oh, I beg you, have time and interest in it. The
Word is spirit and life. You don’t have to be a profound theologian. Fill your mind with the
Word. Study it, say it back to God, and say it back to people, and say it back to God, and say it to
yourself, and it marks your spirit every time you say it.”

PROTECTION FROM PRIDE THROUGH PRAYER
F. The process of intercession humbles us so that when God does answer our prayers with
prayer, we are protected from pride. Lucifer had great answers. He had great blessing and he was
overcome by pride. He fell.

The very process of intercession, the way that He runs His kingdom, protects the people of God
forever from pride. I think it’s a brilliant form of government. Nobody would have ever thought
of it, the simplicity and the power of it.

LOVE THROUGH INTERCESSION
G. Intercession deeply joins our hearts to people and to places, to cities and nations. There is a
law of the kingdom and it is this: Whatever you pray for, you fall in love with, even if you don’t
mean to do it. Whoever you pray for, you fall in love with.

So here we are praying for our city, praying for our nation, and we are, by nature and just
because of our over-familiarity with the Church, since all of us have been in it for a while, our
natural idea is to be annoyed with the Church.

When you read all the prayers of the New Testament (there are about twenty-five of them), about
90 percent of them are praying for the Church to be anointed, and therefore, when they are anointed, a lot of other things get fixed. We want to skip praying for the Church and just say,
“Lord, win the lost.” The Lord says, “If you pray for the Church, the Church will get anointed
and the lost will come in.”

“Yeah, but the Church annoys me.”

“Well, the only reason the lost don’t annoy you is because you don’t know them. Once you
become friends with them, they will annoy you, too.”

The lost is this romantic crowd that’s awesome and innocent and tender. They’re really mean and
evil and they will bug you and you will bug them once you know them.

PRAYING FOR THE CHURCH
It’s easy to pray for the lost, but to pray for the Church is like, “Eww, all those old pastors… I’m
just tired of pastors.”

The Lord says, “No, pastors are human leaders and human leaders are weak and all of us are
imperfect.” He says, “No, pray for the Church and guess what, you will fall in love with the
Church.”

You will fall in love with whatever you pray for, so God calls us to pray for the Church to be
anointed as the number one means of evangelism. I’ve seen this over the years, and it’s amazing
how many of the New Testament prayers are for the Church. I say, “Lord, what about the lost?”

He says, “Just trust Me, you do it My way and you will see what happens.”

If you get mercy for the Church, you get revelation for the Church, you get patience for the
Church and the value of the Church in her weakness. You will fall in love with whatever city or
nation or people you pray for. It’s a law of the kingdom. Intercession joins our hearts to one
another.

What a brilliant idea! I would never have thought of running my kingdom this way.

THE MULTIPLICATON OF BLESSINGS
H—Intercession for others multiplies blessings back to you. Did you know that you can never
outgive God? If you pray for the spirit of revelation upon the guy on the other end of town, did
you know that you and your family will become the recipient of that prayer, and that it will come
back on you?

Someone says, “I don’t have any heart to pray for this, that, and the other.”

I say, “I will pray for anyone, for anything, anywhere. I don’t care. You pick the most remote
place, and I will agree in prayer with you, because every prayer that you pray, by the law of the
kingdom, is returned back on you.”
You can pray for your enemies, and not only will you have a tenderized heart for your enemies,
and your enemies might really be touched, but the prayer comes back on your family as well. All
of the prayers are multiplied back. When you’re in the prayer room, it doesn’t matter whom
you’re praying for—you will never outgive God. The measure that you give in prayer, it will be
measured back to you (Lk. 6:38).

INVESTING IN OTHERS’ INHERITANCE THROUGH INTERCESSION
I. Intercession gives us an inheritance in the people and the places we pray for. There are a
number of individuals whom I pray for, and I have an inheritance in God’s blessing in them.
There are cities and nations I pray, and I’m talking about 500 years from now in the Millennium,
and 5,000 years from now in the age to come, I will have an inheritance, and I will have part of a
blessing that is personalized in my life that will be dynamically-related to whomever or whatever
I labored for in prayer.

It’s an amazing reality. I could prove it in a number of verses where Paul labored for churches,
and they will stand together at the second coming in the age to come. There are many passages
that make that clear.

THE ONGOING IMPACT OF INTERCESSION
J. Intercession makes a long-term impact. Again, I mentioned this earlier, but my prayers for
Kansas City or Jerusalem or whichever city I’m praying for, the prayers that I’m praying and
you’re praying for your city and other cities, and I pray for many other cities, those prayers will
be powerful hundreds of years from now.

They aren’t over when you die, and they aren’t over when the second coming happens. Those
prayers are still alive. I sit in my little chair at IHOP—KC, whether it’s anointed or unanointed,
and think, “Oh my goodness, I could do so many things; prayer is returning back to me, I’m
falling  in  love  with  people,  I’m  building  things  for  the  age  to  come,  my  heart  is  getting
tenderized!” So much is happening, and it’s so simple.

LEARNING TO RECEIVE FREELY
K. Intercession positions us to receive freely. We’re not earning anything by intercession. Some
people think we’re going to pray, and then we earn. No, there’s no form of earning; we’re simply
positioning ourselves to receive.

LEARNING TO HEAR FROM GOD
L. Intercession positions us to hear from God. Beloved, when we hear from God with power on
it, then we are far more prone to obey. There is such a blessing in hearing clearly and then
obeying promptly. In the place of prayer we hear clearly and we have energy to obey promptly.
That brings us into indescribable blessing in our lives. It comes through prayer as it does in no
other way.
There is no other activity that brings us into the dynamic of hearing clearly, and then having the
motivation to obey promptly.

THE HONOR AND GLORY OF INTERCESSION
N—I’m just going to say it, one-two-three, and then I’m going to spend a minute or two for the
folks here at the summit, saying one or two more thoughts I have to say to encourage them.

Intercession is God’s brilliant strategy for including the saints in His rule, to rule with Him in
power.

It draws us into intimacy; it protects us with humility; it transforms our hearts in holiness; it
unifies us in community; it trains us to operate in His wisdom; it gives us an inheritance; it
multiplies blessing back to us. It just goes on and on and on.

Weakness will triumph over all that men call wise. When it is all said and done, the people of
prayer at the judgment seat will have far more power and honor than all the wise and powerful
people on the earth. Their weakness will triumph even in the individualistic sense, and not even
in the fact that the governments of nations will be replaced with the saints.

Even the weak people of the earth will seem to have triumphed and have chosen wisdom when it
all comes out, because the people of prayer end up in the place of honor and closeness to the
throne of God, and weakness triumphs over the wisdom of men.

There is so much of the wisdom of men in the Church. Much of the Church pursues its future
without an aggressive commitment to prayer. That’s called the wisdom of man. It’s all over the
Church. That wisdom will be seen to be deficient. It will be seen as defunct in a short amount of
time.  Much  of  the  Church  is  living  and  drinking  from  that  well  of  wisdom,  and  it  will  be
triumphed over so soon.

Beloved, I don’t want to live without developing a prayer life, no matter how hard it is, or
whatever the struggle; it’s the wisest thing to do on this side, and it’s what you will do forever on
the other side. It’s not only what you will do, but it will be a key part of what you will do.

NOT BY MIGHT, NOR BY POWER
IX—Most of you know that Zerubbabel was the governor of Judah, or the leader of Jerusalem,
when Israel was released from captivity in Babylon in 536 BC, so it was 2,500 years ago and he
was coming back with 50,000 Jewish slaves from Babylon. All 50,000 of them walked 700 to
800 miles, and it took them five or six months to get back.

They got back to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple, and they saw the city, and the city was an
absolute mess. They had been in prison seventy years as a whole nation; Zerubbabel was their
first leader. Zerubbabel was then commissioned to build the temple, which was clearly the prayer
ministry of his day. It’s not just figurative of the prayer ministry; it actually was the prayer
ministry.
They offered the animal sacrifices, but they had the singers and the musicians and the prayer
going forth there. It was a worship and prayer ministry, actually and not just figuratively.

So Zerubbabel was leading and building the IHOP–KC in Jerusalem. This is actually true. He
was building and building and building, and there was a big heap of rubble because the cities
were decimated.

When Babylon came, they destroyed all of it, and it was just a big heap of rock. They were all so
discouraged after months of walking back. The slaves and exiles came back and they thought,
“Oh, this is horrible.”

Here is what the Lord said, and He was talking specifically about the temple and the prayer
ministry: “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My
Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts” (Zech. 4:6). He’s talking about building houses of prayer; that’s
actually what it’s talking about. We use this verse for everything, which is cool, and I’m sure the
Lord doesn’t mind, but it’s actually about building the house of prayer in Jerusalem.

ZERUBBABEL BUILDS A TEMPLE AND NO ONE SHOWS UP
Those of you who are building prayer ministries back home, maybe there are three people who
meet, and you meet once a week and two of them don’t show up every other week. Hey, I led
that kind of meeting for years. Every now and then there were four of us, and we took a picture
to put it in the bulletin—four showed up!

The three who swore an oath of commitment weren’t there every other week. “The Lord released
me…” “Oh, great!”

I know all about those days; I did those days for years. My point isn’t that I paid my dues; that’s
not what I’m saying.

What I’m saying is that I really understand where some of you are sitting. I really lived there, not
for a month or two, but for years, in little unanointed and boring prayer meetings, saying, “Lord,
are You sure?”

“I tell you, I promise you, I can do more for you than this. You just stay there and tell Me what I
tell you to tell Me.”

Here is what the Spirit says through the prophet Zechariah to the governor Zerubbabel: “Who are
you,  O  great  mountain?”  (Zech.  4:7).  The  mountain  was  the  mountain  of  rock,  because
remember, Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the temple, and it was just a big heap of rock.

That is the mountain. In your situation back home, it’s a mountain. There are no people; there’s
no money; everyone’s against you; your family doesn’t like it; the devil doesn’t like it; the
Church doesn’t like it. There’s a mountain in front of you.

How many of you can relate to one of those things I just said? There you go; I’m talking to the
right crowd. Of course you can.

“BEFORE ZERUBBABEL, YOU SHALL BECOME A PLAIN”
It says to tell him this: “Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain!” (Zech. 4:9) —which
means that these obstacles will be removed in due time. The mountain, the big heap of rubble of
the temple rocks, will all become a plain, meaning everything will be put in order and the
mountain will be out of the way.

Zerubbabel says, “I don’t get it. I don’t get this.” It tells us from Haggai and Zechariah that all
the people gave up and quit working. They were all excited to work for a little while, but then
they just quit and gave up.

Zerubbabel is just sitting there on a big old heap of rock, and a big old stone by himself, and the
prophet Zechariah comes along and says, “Hey Zerubbabel, how are you doing?”

“Oh, man, no one’s coming to work. They all gave up!”

It says in Haggai that they all gave up and went back and said, “Forget this temple thing; we’ll
do it some other decade.”

Zerubbabel thinks, “I can’t build the temple; no one will help me.”

GRACE TO A STONE
So Zechariah tells him, “Here’s what the Holy Spirit tells you to say: ‘Shout to the capstone’”
(Zech. 4:7, paraphrased)—the capstone is the dedication stone; the capstone is the stone that you
put in when the building is done and the dedication is a week later. The capstone is the symbolic
stone that you put up and you put on it, “Dedicated to the glory of God.” That’s the capstone.

In other words, “You’re going to finish it. Here’s how you’re going to finish it: You’re going to
finish it by shouting ‘Grace’ to the stone.”

Zerubbabel says, “What?!”

“I want you to shout ‘grace’ to the stone.” In other words, don’t look at how many people show
up, or how much money shows up. Don’t trust in the motivation of the people, because they will
always be deficient. Just start speaking grace.

I can imagine Zerubbabel saying, “Well, good…”

Zechariah’s saying, “Well, let’s do it.”

Zerubbabel says, “What do you mean? Like, here and now?”

“Yeah!”

“Grace…”

“No, shout ‘Grace!’”

“OK, grace.”

“No, ‘GRACE, GRACE!’”

“Zechariah, there are people around here. I don’t want to shout to a stone.”

“Shout to the stone, ‘Grace! Grace!’”

My point isn’t to get you to shout “Grace, grace!” although we’ll probably do a little of that in a
minute  here.  The  point  of  it  is  that  there  was  going  to  be  supernatural  intervention  that
Zerubbabel couldn’t see on the horizon. It was going to come if he would stay steady and keep
the grace confession.

THE DAY OF SMALL BEGINNINGS
Now he tells him the great answer here in Zechariah 4:10. He says, “For who has despised the
day of small beginnings?” (paraphrased). Do you know what this verse is about? It’s about a
small temple and a small prayer meeting. That’s exactly what it’s about. You can use this verse
for other things, but it’s talking about a deficient prayer ministry. This is exactly the context.

He asks the question, “Who has despised the day of small beginnings?” There’s only one answer:
“Zerubbabel, the governor, you are despising how small this is.”

Zerubbabel says, “I do. No one shows up, there’s not enough money, there’s no motivation. It’s
not happening right now.”

They actually delay for sixteen years. The whole nation quit for sixteen years and said, “We
aren’t even going to work on it.” The weeds grew up again. Now this is the time to get back to it,
and it doesn’t seem like there’s a chance that this is going to work.

THE EYES OF THE LORD ARE UPON YOU
Some of you have been waiting sixteen years. Now He gives this incredible revelation. He says,
“For these seven” —talking about the eyes of the Lord from an earlier reference; the seven are
the eyes of the Lord. You have to read the whole chapter and Zechariah 3 as well—“For these
seven rejoice to see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. They are the eyes of the Lord,
which scan to and fro throughout the whole earth” (Zech. 4:10).

A plumb line is only in the hand of a builder; a plumb line is what you measure the wall by when
building the wall. You don’t use the plumb line when the building is over. You use the plumb
line in the early stages of the building.

Zechariah  says,  “God  is  rejoicing.  His  eyes  are  on  you  because  you’re  wanting  to  build  it
according to God’s order. There’s a plumb line in your hand and God is excited. He’s rejoicing
because God’s eyes are on you, Zerubbabel, right now.”

Zerubbabel says, “God is watching?”

Zechariah says, “Not only is He watching, but He’s excited that there’s a plumb line. You care
when nothing is apparent, but this will succeed. You care to do it right God’s way.”

The plumb line is used to measure. Zechariah was measuring.

OUR VISION IS TOO SMALL
Here’s where we go wrong: We measure wrongly on two accounts. Number one: God has a far
bigger vision of power, and most of the Church has sold out for a very small vision of just a little
bit of church growth. “If our church grows from a hundred to a thousand, or from 1,000 to
10,000, it’s enough.” God wants to bring the miracles of the book of Acts and the book of
Exodus together and combine them on a global scale.

The vision of what He wants is massive. The plumb line and the building that God is building is
so dynamic in power that the plumb line in our hand must be equal to the vastness of what God
wants to do. The plumb line has an exact opposite dimension, too. We’ve got to be able to
measure the smallness today with God’s way of measuring how valuable it is.

What the Church does is exactly the opposite. We don’t have a big vision, so we’re not desperate
for a historic breakthrough, but then we despise the little things that are happening, which is
exactly the opposite of how God sees it.

God says, “No, I want you to believe for something huge in your nation, and I want you to value
the little thing that’s happening right now, because My eyes are upon you right now.”

BELIEVE FOR THE BIG VISION, AND VALUE THE SMALLNESS
C. His eyes are rejoicing with us long before the word is complete. Many of you have prayer
meetings of two or three people, one prayer meeting a week. The prayer meeting in your city
isn’t even close to complete. You have a plumb line, and you’re in the early days. Believe for the
big vision and value the smallness; that’s what the plumb line is for.

God sees the details of your need. He sees the details of your labor. He sees the details of your
tears and sacrifice. The eyes of the Lord are on you with that little plumb line in the early stage.

All of the houses of prayer in the earth today are incomplete. All of us are in the plumb-line
stage. None of us are in the ordering-the-carpet stage. The building isn’t nearly done. We’re all
digging the hole and still in the basement stage.

God wants us to feel the pleasure that His eyes are rejoicing over us even now. We’re supposed
to maintain the confession of “Grace, grace!”

KEEPING YOUR EYES ON THE EYES OF GOD
It’s going to come to pass. Your labors matter to the completed job in your city and your region
and your nation. God wants eye contact with us. The eyes of the Lord are looking at us, and He
wants us to look back at Him during the process.

He wants our eyes on Him, so that we don’t see how small the work is, and we don’t see how
slow the work is, and we don’t see what everyone is saying against the work.

Our eyes are on His eyes because His eyes are on us. He wants us locking into Him. What
happens is, we look at how small it is, how slow it is, and how many people think what we’re
doing is stupid. The Lord says, “You speak ‘Grace, grace! You understand that My eyes are on
you, and I’m happy about what you’re doing right now, and it matters in My bigger purposes.”

I want you just to speak; you can shout or whisper, “Grace, grace.” All over the room, any of you
can do this any way you want. It’s that vision that God has given you. Maybe it’s not a house of
prayer; maybe it’s another one. You know it’s from God and you’re about to give up on it and
quit. The Lord wants you to shout “Grace, grace” to it.

He says, “Not by might.” It’s the confession of grace that is far bigger than one meeting. I’m
talking about something that you’re going to do for years. This is a continual confession. They’ve
been shouting “Grace!” over IHOP—KC for seven years, and they shouted “Grace!” over IHOP—
KC for years before that, and they say it never seemed that it was ever, ever going to happen.

I understand what some of you are feeling. It was impossible for this to happen.

When they finally began it, there was so much confusion and no money and division and it was
terrible. Bickle said, “I don’t even want IHOP—KC if this is what it is.” There was so much confusion
around it because they had 100 ideas and twenty different visions all merging in the same month. I
understand that for half of you listening to me, that’s exactly where you’re living right now.

The Lord wants you to maintain this confession for years, and not just for this season. You’re going to look at it and say, “Not by might.” It’s not by your website; it’s not by your network; it’s not
by might that the prayer movement in your city is going to be built. It’s not going to be by the
cool guys voting on it. The Spirit of God is going to stir the people in His timing.

You might be the leader; you might be one of the ones who are stirred to join another.

The greatest hour of crisis ever in history is ahead of us. The Lord says, “Don’t despise it
anymore. Don’t despise it.”

I want you to speak quietly and say, “Lord, I have been despising my little prayer meetings. I am
about to quit. I am repenting. I’m going to get my eyes back on Your eyes. I’m going to see what
You see. I’m going to get the plumb line out again and I’m going to get back to the business of
building again, spiritually.”

You’re just speaking grace to it. You’re confessing: “Here I am, Lord; here I am.”

We speak grace; we speak grace over you. For the eyes of the Lord are rejoicing over even you.
The eyes of the Lord are looking at you even in your weakness and brokenness. The eyes of the
Lord see the longings of your heart.

My House will be a House of Prayer

I think to whatever degree the church may be powerless or ineffective it is to the degree we lack prayer, actual connectedness with Jesus.

Satan’s kingdom decreases when we pray. When we pray weak words and Jesus responds His kingdom increases and the enemy loses ground. So the devils attack on the church in America is to get us so consumed with the world that we do not pray.

Jesus said that His house is to be a house of prayer (Luke 19:46) and not a house of evangelism or missions or fellowship because He wants prayer to be the center focus of the church, that all activity of works would flow from the place of our connectivity with the power and authority of heaven. Power and authority which comes from friendship with Jesus and is released through our intercession.

The closer we get to Jesus the more authority we have to tear down the enemies kingdom so the enemy has us lured in a culture where all our free time is spent on media and tv and on the computer, and it all keeps us from prayer.

The more obedience we have especially in the area of speech the more we can get closer in prayer so He attacks us in our relationships, causing us to stumble in anger. He attacks us also with what we give our eyes to, media which puts lust or fantasy in our heart.

Now, i know prayer is boring for so many… But there is enjoyable prayer, and there are posts to that end on this site but just get a hold of this, God is not boring, you just can’t see Him right now. You have to labor in prayer, dialouge with the firey Holy Spirit within, and day by day prayer by prayer the veil lifts and He reveals a little more of Himself. The Word opens up to you and there begins to be life and enjoyment on the weak words on our heart. It’s a laborous journey as we rewrite the code of our heart from agreement for the reality of the earth to the reality of heaven.

But this is our duty to lose our life on the earth, that we would save it. We save it by becoming more connected to heaven and to the seeing of it established on the earth, His Kingdom coming, His will being done.

Let’s not sell our inheritance for a bowl of soup. Let’s not be so caught up in the culture and values of the world, or the computer stuff, the tv programs, the fellowship… that we don’t enter into what we were called and created to do.

The Revelation of Intercession Pt. II

THE POWER OF PRAYER

The Spirit moves whenever we speak the Word, in whatever sphere the Word (Scriptures) it is spoken. Whether it is Jesus speaking about the heavens and the earth, and the Spirit is moving, or whether we are speaking at a prayer meeting or worshipping.  It’s power, whether we’re speaking the word to the devil who’s attacking, and the power of God drives back the work of darkness, or whether we’re speaking the Word of God in our heart.  When we’re speaking it to a friend, we call that fellowship and then that friend changes their mind from depression and discouragement, but really there is a strengthening of divine life in their heart.  We might just call it encouragement but the word went forth and then the Spirit touched their heart a little.

The point I want you to get is that God’s government is through the speaking of the Word, and that’s really what intercession is. It’s simply saying what God says to say.  1 Timothy 2 talks about the church being established in the priority of praying for legislation and elected officials.  What would happen if we did that?  Jesus said of the church before He returns, ‘it will be called a house of prayer.’  The church will value prayer as part of its identity and calling.

Jesus speaks what He already knows the Father is thinking. It wasn’t a new idea: “Let there be light.” Jesus knew that that was what was on the Father’s heart, but here there is actually a process in the government of God that is necessary; the Word needs to be spoken.

We have such power but we tend not to use it.

We all know this passage well, and we’ve red it, and we love it, but what does it mean? “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was with God” (Jn. 1:1). The Word is Jesus. All things were made through this Person, who is the Word. When Jesus articulates the Father’s thoughts, He is functioning as the living Word of God. One reason Jesus is called the Word is because He brings the Father’s private ideas into existence in the natural realm through Jesus speaking them, or through the Body of Christ related to Jesus speaking, so that God’s purposes are released into the natural realm. Things that God wants to do that are not being done yet happen when Jesus or His people speak under the Father’s authority, and the Spirit is more than willing to move. Now we don’t speak one time, and it’s done, somethings require multiple requests. There’s a whole Body of Christ worldwide prayer movement that is being raised up, that is in unity with the Head. That’s where it’s going. It’s not that unified with the Head right now, but it’s going to be.


SHALL NOT GOD AVENGE HIS ELECT?

—Jesus releases God’s justice in response to intercession.  “Shall not God avenge His elect?” the NKJV says (Luke 18:8). The NASB says this, and I like this: “Shall not God bring about justice for the people who cry out night and day?” You can call it vengeance or justice; Continue reading

The Shield of Faith

43 When an unclean spirit goes out of a man…44 Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ …45 He takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. (Mt. 12:43-45)

  • This is a very intense and misunderstood verse.  Just because you have repented, or been delivered doesn’t mean the war is over. The war is won by many battles and a vigilant spirit.  Demons do attack those who have been set free.  They return over and over seeking to allure people to return to their former lifestyle.  If possible they bring more demons with them (v. 44).  Renewing one’s mind with the Word and Spirit fights against this.  Declaring repentance and commanding them to go helps to.  Praying in tongues daily can war against the enemy’s attacks quite well.
  • Our problems are often the result of several factors working together including psychological issues (our mindset, belief systems, and life choices), physiological issues (diet, alcohol, chemical, etc.), sociological issues (what others do to us), and spiritual (demonic attack).
  • By using our authority, we can remove the added pressure that demons bring to our problems.  This makes it much easier to solve physiological, psychological, and sociological problems.   However exercising authority against Satan’s attack does not automatically cancel all the consequences of our wrong choices or all the effects of what others do to us, as they exercise their free will.
  • We must stand for all the ground we take from the enemy. He will come to take it back by lies.Once a person is delivered, they must learn to stand against the devil for themselves.  By not taking new ground getting more of the Spirit and Word, we can lose the ground we already had.

Each believer must be taught to receive healing and freedom and then to keep in it by personally standing on the Word. Speaking the Word of God is our weapon and protection against demons. The shield of faith in reality is the consistent confident declaration of the Word against the enemy’s attack.

11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  12 We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers…in the heavenly places. 13 Take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand…having girded your waist with truth…16 taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one…17 Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God… (Eph. 6:11-17)

  • The demonstration of the Spirit follows a declaration of a believer.  The Spirit moves as the Word (Scripture) is spoken.  We resist oppression by rebuking it in Jesus’ name.  “I rebuke depression in the name of Jesus now,” etc.
  • The primary way Satan tries to gain access to people is through their mind and body.  The degree to which one yields to Satan in these areas determines how much Satan is able to influence him.
  • Each person has three parts: We are a spirit, we have a soul and live in a body.  Demons can influence or oppress a Christian’s body and soul (mind and emotions) without possessing their spirit.  There are degrees of oppression.  A bad mood or emotional funk can be the direct result of flaming missiles of demonic oppression.

What is Fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit?

1 Thessalonians 5:23—God created man in three parts:

  1. Spirit or innermost man
  2. Soul or innerman
  3. Body

In man’s innermost man dwelt the uncreated God.  In the innermost man is where God lives, but in the innerman is where God is experienced.  The Holy Spirit lives in us, in our innermost man.  Eph 3:16 uses the term innerman, John 7:38 is translated innermost man or belly (rivers flowing out).  -(Depending on your translation)

When God created man, He made him to walk in the consciousness of his Spirit.  Until man walks in that consciousness again, no man or woman will ever live as God intended them to live.

The Design

You were designed to walk by your Spirit.  When you don’t walk by your Spirit, you cannot do what God has called you to do.  We ‘walk by the Spirit by talking with the Spirit, and the Spirit is most engaged when we talk about the anointed Word of God, the Scriptures.  This also strengthens our ability to perceive and experience the Spirit.

1 Corinthians 6:17 : He that joins himself with the Lord, becomes one Spirit with the living God again. 

Hebrews 7:16 : The power of an indestructible life living in you. 

Christian Maturity

How do we get the activity of God’s Spirit to rise up mightily in our souls?  If God will arise and do might things in us, we could do great things.  It’s true that on one hand, you could never receive more God than you have right now in your Spirit, but on the other hand, you have much of God to receive in your soul.  So it is true to say of non-praying Christian, he has all of God, and yet he has none of God.

1. WALKING IN THE SPIRIT

16 I say then: walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust (sinful desires) of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts (wars) against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh… (Gal. 5:16–17) Continue reading

The Revelation of Intercession

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: …(Eph 1:17).

  • The church is in great need of Eph 1:17 Holy Spirit revelation of how much God esteems intecessory prayer!
  • The revelation of intercession is one of the great needs of the hour, even in the context of the prayer movement, to receive Holy Spirit revelation as to how intercession works and how valuable it is in God’s kingdom.  Not just how valuable it is right now, but how valuable it is in His kingdom in eternity.  Intercession is the central activity in the governing of God’s kingdom, for ever and ever and ever. When we gain revelation of how intercession works from God’s point of view, particularly the value of weak intercession, or intercession that appears to be weak; when we see it from God’s point of view with revelation, it really changes the way that we engage with it.

THE PRIMARY WAY THAT GOD GOVERNS THE UNIVERSE

  • God has chosen intercession as the primary means through which He releases His government. When I say “His government,” I mean “His power.” It’s the primary way He releases it, through Jesus, and it’s the primary way He releases it through His people now and forever. That is a stunning concept, that we will be interceding forever, and so will Jesus, as a means of releasing God the Father’s power into the natural realm. The natural realm will continue forever. At the second coming, heaven is coming to the earth. Jesus is bringing the New Jerusalem to the earth. The two realms are coming together, the natural and the spiritual realm. The natural realm isn’t going to disappear, but in the spirit realm, God is bringing heaven down to the earth, and both realms will exist together forever, and forever, and forever.
  • God could just speak and do things with amazing power, but he has chosen the church as a partner!   We release the Kingdom power.  Jesus gave a model of prayer with “Thy Kingdom Come,” “Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven;” this is how the Kingdom is released and transforms and redeems the earth.”
  • We must spend time in prayer, spending time with Jesus, to get a burden for what is on His heart.  We do not need to convince God to intervene because of how bad things are.  He knows.  He will release power when His church prays.  Jesus often offends the mind to reveal the heart.  The fact that God runs His Kingdom based upon weak prayers requires grace and revelation to lay ahold of and embrace. Continue reading

Ten Prayers to Strengthen Our Inner Man: F-E-L-L-O-W-S-H-I-P

I. TEN PRAYERS TO RECEIVE STRENGTH IN THE INNER MAN: F-E-L-L-O-W-S-H-I-P

 

Teaching on this prayer (audio and video)

16 To be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man… (Eph. 3:16)

  • F- Fear of God: Father, release the spirit of the fear of God into my heart. Release the lightning and thunder from Your Throne to strike my heart (Rev. 4:5) with Your majesty, that I might live in awe before You. Release Your presence and holy dread that makes me tremble before You.

Unite my heart to your heart and Word and cause me to delight in the fear of God.

40 I will put My fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from Me. (Jer. 32:40)

13 The Lord…you shall hallow; let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread. (Isa. 8:13)

11 Unite my heart (to Your heart and Word) to fear Your name. (Ps. 86:11)

3 His delight is in the fear of the LORD… (Isa. 11:3)

  • E- Endurance (patience): Father, strengthen my spirit with endurance that I may do Your will with zeal and diligence and that I not quit pursuing the deep things of God. Impart endurance for fasting. Direct my heart into the endurance in which Jesus walked. This is a prayer for strength to follow through in my commitments to God and to fulfill my ministry calling when it is difficult.

11 Being strengthened with all power…may have great endurance and patience… (Col. 1:11 NIV)

5 May the Lord direct your hearts into…the patience (endurance) of Christ. (2 Thes. 3:5)

1. It takes the power of God to not quit. If you do not quit in your fervent pursuit you win.

17 It was written, “Zeal for Thy house will consume me (Jesus).” (Jn. 2:17, NAS)

9 Zeal for Your house has eaten me (David) up…10 I wept and chastened my soul with

fasting that became my reproach. 11 I made sackcloth my garment… (Ps. 69:9-11)

2. Lord, give me Your zeal as You gave it to Phineas.

11 Phinehas…was zealous with My zeal among them… (Num. 25:11)

  • L- Love: Father, pour out Your love into my heart by releasing the influences of the Spirit to give me revelation of Your love for me, that it may overflow in love back to You and to others.

5 The love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit… (Rom. 5:5)

9 I pray, that your love may abound still more…in knowledge and all discernment. (Phil. 1:9)

5 May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God… (2 Thes. 3:5)

6 Set Me (Jesus) as a seal on your heart…for love is as strong as death…its flames are flames of fire…7 Many waters cannot quench love, nor can floods drown it. (Song 8:6-7)

1. Father, impart Your love for Jesus in my heart (Jn. 17:26). I agree with Jesus’ prophecy

(Mt. 22:37) to receive grace to love God with all my heart and soul and mind.

26 …That the love with which You loved Me may be in them… (Jn. 17:26)

37 You shall love the Lord…with all your heart…soul…and mind. (Mt. 22:37)

2. Father, allow me to comprehend Jesus’ love for me and to abide in it (stay connect to it).

18 That you…may be able to comprehend…what is the width and length and depth and height…19 to know (experience) the love (affection) of Christ… (Eph. 3:18-19)

9 As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. (Jn. 15:9)

3. Let me see and love myself through Your eyes. Thank you for who I am to You.

13 You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought… (Ps. 139:13-15)

4. Father, “I agree with Jesus’ command and prophecy in Mt. 22:39 that I will love others.”

Let me abound in love by seeing what You see and feeling what You feel about others.

39 …You shall love your neighbor as yourself. (Mt. 22:39)

12 May the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another… (1 Thes. 3:12)

  • L- Light of glory: Father, let me see the light of Your glory or to encounter the “glory realm”.

Give me Holy Spirit encounters (dreams, visions, angelic visitations, manifestations of light, fire, wind) as You gave to Moses, Isaiah, Ezekiel and John (Ex. 33; 34:29-30; Isa. 6; Ezek. 1; Rev. 1).

6 A great light from heaven shone around me…8 He said to me, “I am Jesus of Nazareth…”

11 I could not see for the glory of that light…I came to Damascus. (Acts 22:6-11)

18 And he (Moses) said, “Please, show me Your glory.” (Ex. 33:18)

6 Lord, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us. (Ps. 4:6)

16 His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. (Rev. 1:16)

3 Send out Your light and truth! Let them lead me…bring me to Your holy hill… (Ps. 43:3)

3 Restore us, O God; cause Your face to shine, and we shall be saved! (Ps. 80:3)

51 You shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending… (Jn. 1:51)

17 I pray, open his eyes that he may see. Then the LORD opened the eyes of the young man…the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (2 Kgs. 6:17)

  • O- One thing life focus: Father, strengthen me to maintain a life in Your word with desire for it.

When I lose this focus, send Your word to deliver me as You did for the saints at Ephesus, Sardis and Laodicea (Rev. 2:4-5; 3:1-3; 3:15-20). Alert me when I need to recommit my schedule and priorities to live as a person of one thing who regularly sits at Your feet, as Mary of Bethany did.  Busyness, guilt and despair cause fervent believers to drift from their fervency.

42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part… (Lk. 10:42)

4 One thing I have desired…all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord. (Ps. 27:4)

8 I have set the Lord always before me…He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. (Ps. 16:8)

  • W- Count me worthy (faithfulness unto fullness): Father, strengthen me to walk in a way that You would consider me worthy to walk in my highest calling and escape all compromise that I might stand before You victorious in full obedience.

11 We pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power… (2 Thes. 1:11)

36 Watch…and pray always that you may be counted worthy (prepared) to escape all these things (sins of v. 34)…to stand (in victory) before the Son of Man. (Lk. 21:36)

1. No one is “worthy” to receive forgiveness which is a free gift because of Jesus’ worthiness. Rather, we are to have a worthy response to God by living free of compromise, thus prepared or worthy to walk in the fullness of our calling.

2. The opposite of having a worthy response is to waste or receive God’s grace in vain.

1 We…plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain. (2 Cor. 6:1)

3. Help keep me free of compromise that I would walk blameless body, soul and spirit.

23 May the God of peace sanctify you completely; may your spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless (without compromise) at the coming of our Lord… (1 Thes. 5:23)

13 That He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before God… (1 Thes. 3:13)

4. We agree with David’s prayers to walk in purity.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit in me. (Ps. 51:10)

17 Your people…offer willingly to You. 18 O LORD…keep this forever in the intent of the thoughts of the heart of Your people, and fix their heart toward You. 19 And give my son Solomon a loyal heart to keep Your commandments… (1 Chr 29:17-19)

1 Save me, O God! The waters have come up to my neck. 2 I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing; I have come into deep waters…the floods overflow me. (Ps. 69:1-2)

5. We agree with David’s holy resolve to set nothing impure before his eyes.

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

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

6. Lead me from the storm of temptation, rescue me from its deep waters, and cleanse me from secret faults (Ps. 19:12; 69:1-2). Search me and show me my heart (Ps. 139:23).

13 Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. (Mt. 6:13)

15 That You should keep them from the evil one. (Jn. 17:15)

12 Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret (unperceived) faults. (Ps. 19:12)

23 Search me, O God, and know (reveal) my heart; try me, and know my anxieties… (Ps. 139:23)

  • SSpeech: Father, set a guard over my lips. Free me from defensive, angry and foolish speech (Eph. 4:29; 5:4). “Sustained communion with God requires restrained conversation with man.”

2 If one does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body. (Jas. 3:2)

3 Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips. (Ps. 141:3)

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

1. The Spirit is quenched in our life by unwholesome speech (filthy, foolish, coarse jesting).

29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. 30 Do not grieve the Holy Spirit…

5:4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting… (Eph. 4:29-5:4)

2. I set my heart to not sin with my speech (Ps. 17:3; 39:1).

3 I have purposed that my mouth shall not transgress. (Ps. 17:3)

1 I said, “I will guard my ways, lest I sin with my tongue; I will restrain my mouth with a muzzle, while the wicked are before me.” (Ps 39:1)

  • H- Humility: Jesus, I want to learn from You how to walk in lowliness. I commit to take Your yoke of humility (lowliness of heart) on my life in my attitudes, speech, and actions. Give me wisdom on how to carry my heart in humility.

29 Take My yoke…and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart… (Mt. 11:29)

3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself…5 Let this mind be in you which was in Christ… (Phil. 2:3-5)

  • I- Insight unto intimacy (wisdom): Father give me insight into Your Word, will, and ways. Give me wisdom on how to live before You that I may walk in intimacy (union) with You.

17 May give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him… (Eph. 1:17)

9 Ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may have a walk worthy of the Lord… (Col. 1:9-10)

1. Father, “Give me insight that I may walk under the Spirit’s leadership that we may partner together in every issue in my life including my finances, schedule, emotions, circumstances, physical body (diet, health), relationships (in the home, office, ministry), my future, fears, addictions, etc. Give me new ideas in each area of my life”.

26 The Holy Spirit…will teach you all things… (Jn. 14:26)

2. Father, I long to walk in the fullness of Your will in every area of my life.

12 Epaphras…always laboring fervently for you in prayers that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. (Col. 4:12)

3. Let me know the secrets of Your heart (Ps. 25:14). What are You thinking and feeling?

4 Show me Your ways…teach me Your paths. 5 Lead me in Your truth…14 The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him… (Ps. 25:4-5, 14)

4. We ask for the Spirit’s insight into God’s end-time purposes (Dan. 11:35; 12:10), eternity, the New Jerusalem, the judgment seat of Christ, and hell.

13 The Spirit…will guide you into all truth; He will tell you things to come. (Jn. 16:13)

22 O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you skill to understand. (Dan. 9:22)

20 The anger of the LORD (end-time judgments) will not turn back until He has executed and performed the thoughts of His heart. In the latter days you will understand it perfectly. (Jer. 23:20)

  • P- Peace and Joy: Father, strengthen my heart with supernatural peace and joy that overpowers fear and anxiety that I would not sin. Sin grows fastest when fear or anxiety works strongly in us.

7 The peace of God…will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:7)

13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope (confidence) by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Rom. 15:13)

16 Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. (2 Thes. 3:16)

II. ESTABLISHING AN OVERALL PRAYER LIFE: THREE CATEGORIES

  • Prayer for my personal life: breakthrough of God’s glory (strength, favor, etc.) on my innerman, in my circumstances (physical, financial and relational) and through my ministry as God’s power is released through my hands, His authority through my words (singing, preaching, conversations) and prophetic revelation to help others (1 Cor. 14:25)
  • Prayer for people and places: individuals, ministries, marketplace and governmental authorities, and the destiny of cities or nations (Israel, Egypt, YWAM, GOD TV, etc.).
  • Prayer for strategic social issues: justice (abortion, human trafficking), civil unrest (riots), natural disasters (hurricane, drought), disease (AIDS, Avian bird flu), social crisis (famine, terrorism, genocide, etc.) or economic crisis, etc.

Three main prayer themesgifts of the Spirit (God’s power/favor); fruit of the Spirit (character); wisdom of the Spirit (insight, revelation). Most prayer requests fit into one of these 3 themes.

  • A foundational Kingdom principle is that God releases more blessing as we ask Him. He knows all of our needs (Mt. 6:32), but requires that we ask Him for increased blessing, because it causes us to interact with His heart. To ask implies that we verbalize our prayers, not just think on them.

You do not have because you do not ask. (Jas 4:2)

In everything by prayer…let your requests be made known to God… (Phil. 4:6)

  • Our highest call is to fellowship with God, so we use the acronym F-E-L-L-O-W-S-H-I-P, which combines the three main prayer themes of gifts (power), fruit (character) and wisdom (insight) for our inner man (mind, emotions and will), into one prayer list with 10 specific prayer requests.

Truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. (1 Jn. 1:3)

  • What happens in our inner man is what determines the quality of our fellowship with God and is the only that thing we bring from this life to the age-to-come. Our inner man is our most important aspect of life, yet it usually is the most neglected prayer focus.
  • These ten requests are based God’s promises that require the work of the Spirit on our heart.
  • I recommend all to schedule prayer times and to establish prayer lists to provide focus to their prayer time. Most will pray ten times more with a schedule that establishes when they pray and a prayer list that focuses them on what to pray. Many who love Jesus never develop a prayer life because they lack the practical aspects of scheduling prayer time and having a prayer list.
  • I take liberty to leave my prayer list or omit parts of it as the “winds of inspiration” touch me.
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