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Call to the Prayer Warriors: Be Strong and Courageous

Friday, April 11, 2014

It is vital in our day that we live-IT to the glory of God and for the good of on-lookers. Please read today’s blog on Darlene’s Ponderings, “Be Strong and COURSGEOUS, part 1” and choose this day Whom you will serve. I pray you and I will surly proclaim, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

http://darlenesponderings.com/2014/04/11/be-strong-and-courageous-part-1/

Sound shofar every day that God leads you to do so: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t38UINaExeQ&list=PLTgpTgKDYWUKLo8IZe-fo1SSUsfaGQmIN

All scripture is in New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise stated.

 

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: Walk in BLESSing

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Read Deuteronomy 28:

“Now it shall be, if you diligently obey the Lord your God, being careful to do all His commandments which I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. …” ~ verse 1.

Father, this chapter outlines the blessings of the nation of those who obey, followed by the curse of those who rebel against You as Lord of lord and King of kings, very God above all. Like with Israel, we as a nation will stand or fall by how we respond to You.

As I read this curse on the obstinate nation today, I am struck by how much of it is already in play over our land. We are a nation in trouble, O God; a nation in dire need of repentance. But as I read this, I am not drawn to condemn the nation, O God, but to look to self. Am I living in blessing as one who obeys You as Lord, or am I guilty of rebellion? If we are to withstand the things that will come against this nation if it does not turn to You soon, we must be found on the side You can bless.

Father, cause your people to truly surrender all to You, taking up our cross of self-denial and death of fleshly impulse to follow hard on the heels of Jesus, who obeyed even unto death. Yes, we are saved by grace through faith for eternity, but our here and now blessing and our eternal reward require faith that trusts You through obedience.sm34 May be find not ourselves numbered among those whose, “Lord, Lord!” is met by, “I never knew you.” In Jesus, amen.

Sound shofar every day that God leads you to do so: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t38UINaExeQ&list=PLTgpTgKDYWUKLo8IZe-fo1SSUsfaGQmIN

All scripture is in New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise stated.

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1-7 @ 7:31 PM Focus ~ Blessed or Denounced

Monday, March 31, 2014 ~ Daily bowing to God’s sovereignty at 7:31 PM for 1 second to 7 minutes, as His people, surrendering all to Him.

Jesus-Bride006“How shall I curse whom God has not cursed? And how can I denounce whom the Lord has not denounced?” ~ Numbers 23:8.

As I read this today, it grabbed me for the USA. When the alarms chime at 7:31 tonight, proclaim God’s sovereignty over our land. It is His opinion that counts. Will He pronounce blessing? Will the curse of the denounced nation come to us? It is His to say. And it is vital for His people to stand firm in surrender to Him while we await the move of His hand one way or the other.

Sound shofar with me today and tomorrow. Let it ring out in agreement with God’s pronouncement over this land and these people: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t38UINaExeQ&list=PLTgpTgKDYWUKLo8IZe-fo1SSUsfaGQmIN

All scripture is in New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise stated.

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: What Will You Be?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

“Now the people became like those who complain of adversity in the hearing of the Lord; and when the Lord heard it, His anger was kindled, and the fire of the Lord burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp. The people therefore cried out to Moses, and Moses prayed to the Lord and the fire died out. So the name of that place was called Taberah, because the fire of the Lord burned among them” ~ Numbers 11:1-3, NASB.

Father, there is much adversity in the world today: mental, physical, social, economic, and spiritual depravities assail us and those we love. If we are not in the eye of the storm, we experience the full force winds as we whirl around with the rest, feeling trapped in the hurricane. As I read today’s passage, Father, I sense strongly that as we see things unfold in this day in which we live, it is vital that we, as Your people, remain in the eye of trust in You. Complaining, fretting, worrying, and angry outburst over the situations in life come when we deny You as sovereign and able God, allowing our minds to whirl in the winds of adversity instead of resting in the shelter of Your wings.

Help us, Father, to rest ourselves in the eye of the storm where You reside, so that we can hear when You speak and follow Your instructions to us. Grumbling and complaining only serve to preoccupy our ears, keeping us longer in the raging winds. Fretting, worry thoughts hinder our prayers and plug our ears to the comfort and peace You speak. May we enter Your rest, O God, and find shelter there that equips us to deal with the storms of life. In Jesus, increase our measure of faith to trust You despite what our eyes see and our ears hear in the winds of adversity. Amen.

Join us in Darlene’s Ponderings series on this subject beginning with today’s post: http://darlenesponderings.com/2014/03/25/in-the-hearing-of-the-lord-series-introduction/

Praise Him in the Storms, beloved. It is the best way to weather them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUWbmtbzDno

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: Response Required

Friday, March 14, 2014

“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” ~ 2 Peter 1:2-8, NASB.

This is one of my favorite passages in Scripture. I love teaching on its wisdom and truth. Today it came to me as Bible Gateway’s scripture of the day in the NLT version, starting with verse 5, saying that because walking in God’s magnificent promises makes us partakers of His divine nature, “make every effort to respond to God’s promises.” That grabbed my attention and led me to you today.

Father, Your promises are hope and life to us. I pray, Father, that as You highlight Your word for our situations, that we will take time to let those words influence our responses. May we be found faithful walking in Your promises to the bearing of the good fruit You desire their produce in and through us. In Jesus, amen.

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: Calling His Promise to Remembrance

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Jacob said, “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O Lord, who said to me, ‘Return to your country and to your relatives, and I will prosper you,’ I am unworthy of all the lovingkindness and of all the faithfulness which You have shown to Your servant; for with my staff only I crossed this Jordan, and now I have become two companies. Deliver me, I pray, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau; for I fear him, that he will come and attack me and the mothers with the children. For You said, ‘I will surely prosper you and make your descendants as the sand of the sea, which is too great to be numbered.’” ~ Genesis 32:9-12.

Business and sickness and no direction from God for our prayer thoughts have my mailings coming to you sporadically these days, but that is ok, as we trust God to lead us.

I don’t know about you, but every day I see on the news many signs reflective of God’s warning to us that started this ministry of prayer. I am so grateful to God for His warning, and for His promise that as we seek Him with whole heart, we will be as the children of Israel in the land of Goshen during the plagues of deliverance. Today, in our scripture, three things catch my attention in Jacobs prayer:

  1. WordHe humbled himself before the Father, acknowledging, “I am unworthy of all the lovingkindness and of all the faithfulness which You have shown to YOUR SERVANT.” May we, too, be humble servants of the Living, Loving, Faithful God we look to and seek after.
  2. He reminded God of His call on his life, acknowledging God’s leading for him to return to his father’s house. When God calls us to it, He is the one who helps us to do it, supplying our need and empowering us to succeed.
  3. He reminded God of His promises, expressing His trust in God to fulfill it. God’s word tells us that He put the rainbow in the sky not only for our benefit, but as a reminder to Himself regarding His promise to us. Scriptures tells us to call Him to remembrance. Speaking His promises back to Him so as to say, “I heard You; I received Your Word; and I am trusting You,” is a vital part of prayer.

PrayerThat said, be sure to express your faith and hope in God today as you seek His glorious face in and for a fallen, crashing world.

We started yesterday reading God’s word with a goal to read through its entirety by Easter (30 chapters per day) or by Pentecost (12 chapters per day). Feel free to join in!

All scripture is in New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise stated.

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: Is it God?

Friday, February 14, 2014

“So in the present case, I say to you, stay away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or action is of men, it will be overthrown; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found fighting against God” ~ Acts 5:38-39.

There are things going on in the church today that seem to beg the question, “Is this God, or even of Him?” Some of it is awe inspiring. Some of it…well, looking at similar in scripture, it looks more demonic than godly. But try talking to those living it and you hit a wall. As we look at today’s scripture—which is spoken of an act of God—we are reminded that there are some things in this life that we do not understand and cannot fight against on our own. Some things only God can fight. And I am convinced that some things that do not fit in our box of understanding, if we come against them, we will find ourselves fighting against God. So what do we do?

Father, fill us with Your Spirit and with discernment, so we may know when to speak and do so with boldness, when to fight and do so with the power You supply, and when to stand down, trust You, and let You fight for Your right. In Jesus we pray for Your church to be filled with true Presence and Power. Protect us from the infiltration of the demonic. Let Your truth prevail so all and only that which is of You will stand. Amen.

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: Arrested? Stand Firm.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

“So they laid hands on them (arrested them) and put them in prison until the following day, for it was already evening” ~ John 4:3 (Recommended Reading: All of chapter 4).

Father, this verse begs the question, “Are we in the USA committed enough to the cause of Christ and the eternal purpose of God to risk arrest?” We fear losing our jobs and too easily back off our witness. How will we stand in the time of arrest if we fear standing with lesser threats to our provision and comfort?

Lord, help us today to know that just as You filled Peter with the controlling power of Your Spirit, equipping Him to face his accusers with strength, courage, and truth, so You will empower us in that day we dread. We must realize it now, because that day is upon us. May we be able to say with conviction, as Peter did, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you and obey you rather than God, you must decide and judge. But we [ourselves] cannot help telling what we have seen and heard” (vs. 19-20).

Arrested03“‘And now, Lord, observe the threat and grant to Your bond servants [full freedom] to declare Your message fearlessly, while You stretch out Your hand to cure and to perform signs and wonders through the authority and by the power of the name of Your holy Child and Servant Jesus.’ And when they had prayed, the place in which they were assembled was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they continued to speak the Word of God with freedom and boldness and courage” ~ (vs. 29-31).

Do it again, O God. With the need of those around us so evident to us, how can we be silent? Glorify Yourself in us, O God, and win the day. In Jesus I pray, amen.

God of this City ~ Chris Tomlin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkNu8MA4qPQ&list=PLfiEjLIYhJ9DeINw1_UsnMNkpV5_-oxlL&index=12

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: The Hour of Prayer

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

“Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the ninth hour, the hour of prayer. …So repent (change your mind and purpose); turn around and return [to God], that your sins may be erased (blotted out, wiped clean), that times of refreshing (of recovering from the effects of heat, of reviving with fresh air) may come from the presence of the Lord; and that He may send [to you] the Christ (the Messiah), Who before was designated and appointed for you—even Jesus” ~ Acts 3:1, 19-20.

PrayingThe hour of prayer. Father, I have become so accustomed to praying to and being with You throughout the day that I no longer set aside a specific time for prayer. Lately You have been calling me back to that hour of deliberate discipline. Father, I pray for You to instruct and call my heart to that hour of daily prayer so that out of it may come opportunity to come to one heart with You on the issues of life that are before us.

Jesus once told the disciples that there is a kind of evil that does not come out without much prayer (and fasting). A deliberate discipline of time with You that will turn our hearts to repentance, change of mind and purpose, is vital in our day, and the hour of prayer is one of Your instruments for working that purpose. That hour also brings times of refreshing, so we may recover from the effects of the heat of life that often comes upon us and be revived with the fresh breath of Your Spirit. And that hour of prayer increases for us the sure understanding and experience of the very presence of Jesus in our lives, strengthening us with power and authority for our day.

So here am I, O God. Help me to keep the constant communication going, but also help me to return to the hour of deliberate discipline in seeking Your face for the need of our day in every area of life. In Jesus, Lord, I come. Amen.

And Jesus said, “”So, you men could not keep watch with Me for one hour? Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” ~ Matthew 26:40-41.

Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Your kingdom come quickly, Your will be done the same on earth as it is in heaven ~ Bethel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FCel-VnX6k&list=PLfiEjLIYhJ9AfidNKH4ify2vg0Z5t-SSj&index=4

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: Acts 2:18-21 ~ Four Blood Moons

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

“Yes, and on My menservants also and on My maidservants in those days I will pour out of My Spirit, and they shall prophesy [telling forth the divine counsels and predicting future events pertaining especially to God’s kingdom]. And I will show wonders in the sky above and signs on the earth beneath, blood and fire and smoking vapor; The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the obvious day of the Lord comes—that great and notable and conspicuous and renowned [day]. And it shall be that whoever shall call upon the name of the Lord [invoking, adoring, and worshiping the Lord—Christ] shall be saved” ~ Acts 2:18-21, AMP.

Father, as we watch the signs of the times, knowing that astrologists expect to see four blood moons during the next two Passovers and The Feast of Tabernacles, grant Your people to be filled with Your Spirit and busy about Your business. We see the signs, Lord, and know that Your Word tells us of them, but we do not know the exact times and epochs You have set. What we do know is that “It shall be that whoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, invoking Your authority, adoring and worshiping You, shall be saved.” Grant us, Lord, to leave the times and epochs in Your capable hands while still recognizing the instruction they give us as You work Your signs and wonders among us; and make us faithful to be found ready at Your coming, trusting You in our days. In Jesus, amen.

“For David says in regard to Him, I saw the Lord constantly before me, for He is at my right hand that I may not be shaken or overthrown or cast down [from my secure and happy state]. Therefore my heart rejoiced and my tongue exulted exceedingly; moreover, my flesh also will dwell in hope [will encamp, pitch its tent, and dwell in hope in anticipation of the resurrection]. For You will not abandon my soul, leaving it helpless in Hades (the state of departed spirits), nor let Your Holy One know decay or see destruction [of the body after death]. You have made known to me the ways of life; You will enrapture me [diffusing my soul with joy] with and in Your presence” ~ Acts 2:25-28, AMP.