Words Can Keep You In A Desert Place

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Words Can Keep You In A Desert Place

Negative words can keep you in a dry, place, wandering around instead of entering into the promises of God.

In Exodus and Numbers we read where the people complained and it kept them out of the promised land. God has given us promises by His Word. We must be careful not to mess things up by our words. Sometimes we just need to be quiet.

Number 16:26-35 NKJV
“And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, “How long shall I bear with this evil congregation who complain against Me? I have heard the complaints which the children of Israel make against Me. Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the Lord, ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you: The carcasses of you who have complained against Me shall fall in this wilderness, all of you who were numbered, according to your entire number, from twenty years old and above. Except for Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun, you shall by no means enter the land which I swore I would make you dwell in. But your little ones, whom you said would be victims, I will bring in, and they shall know the land which you have despised. But as for you, your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness. And your sons shall be shepherds in the wilderness forty years, and bear the brunt of your infidelity, until your carcasses are consumed in the wilderness. According to the number of the days in which you spied out the land, forty days, for each day you shall bear your guilt one year, namely forty years, and you shall know My rejection. I the Lord have spoken this. I will surely do so to all this evil congregation who are gathered together against Me. In this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.’”

Dear Father,
Make us aware of the words that we speak. May our words never keep us from entering into the promises that You have given us. By the power of the Holy Spirit, help us to be careful not to mess things up by our words. Let us know when and what to speak, as well as when to be quiet.
In Jesus’ name, Amen

Words Can Steal

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Words Can Steal

Speaking negative words can steal things from you. The story of Moses sending the twelve men out to spy out the land is a good example of how you can allow words to steal something from you.

Joshua and Caleb gave a good report, but the other ten men gave a bad report.

Numbers 13:25-33 NKJV
“And they returned from spying out the land after forty days. Now they departed and came back to Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the children of Israel in the Wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh; they brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land. Then they told him, and said: “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there. The Amalekites dwell in the land of the South; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan.” Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.” And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”

Negative words can cause you to miss out on the promises of God. Don’t talk yourself out of God’s promises and victory by your words.

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Dear Father,

By the power of the Holy Spirit, help me to guard the words that come out of my mouth. Don’t allow me to talk myself out of Your promises or victory by the words I say. Remove the negative words from my mouth and help me to speak only those things that bring glory and honor to You.

In Jesus’ name, Amen

 

Standing In The Gap

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Standing In The Gap

God not only wants to talk to Him about our needs, but He also wants us to take part in His meeting the needs of others.

God is always looking for people to stand in the gap for others through prayer. If we stand in the gap for others, God will hear and answer our prayers.

God wants us to…
…be part of His plan.
…be involved in what He is doing..
…stand in the gap, to go before Him on behalf of those who do not know Him.
…be concerned about the welfare of others.
…pray for those around us.

Ezekiel 22:30 NKJV
“So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.”

In Ezekiel 22 God wanted Ezekiel to stand in the gap for the people in Jerusalem. God told Ezekiel that He is getting ready to pour out His judgment on Jerusalem because of all the wickedness in the city however, He was looking for someone to pled their case.

Genesis 18:22- 33 NKJV
“Then the men turned away from there and went toward Sodom, but Abraham still stood before the Lord. And Abraham came near and said, “Would You also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Suppose there were fifty righteous within the city; would You also destroy the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous that were in it? Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” So the Lord said, “If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.” Then Abraham answered and said, “Indeed now, I who am but dust and ashes have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord: Suppose there were five less than the fifty righteous; would You destroy all of the city for lack of five?” So He said, “If I find there forty-five, I will not destroy it.” And he spoke to Him yet again and said, “Suppose there should be forty found there?” So He said, “I will not do it for the sake of forty.” Then he said, “Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Suppose thirty should be found there?” So He said, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.” And he said, “Indeed now, I have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord: Suppose twenty should be found there?” So He said, “I will not destroy it for the sake of twenty.” Then he said, “Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak but once more: Suppose ten should be found there?” And He said, “I will not destroy it for the sake of ten.” So the Lord went His way as soon as He had finished speaking with Abraham; and Abraham returned to his place.”

Before the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed, Abraham was visited by three messengers of God. The Lord told Abraham what would happen to the cities. Abraham interceded for his family and the righteous people that might live there. Abraham went to God on behalf of Sodom and Gomorrah – he didn’t just sit back with a negative attitude about the cities.

Dear Father,
Thank-you for the privilege of coming before You in prayer in behalf of others. Help us to truly grasp the great responsibility that comes with that privilege. Cause us to stand in the gap for others, and may we do it without judgment. Help us to feel the urgency to intercede for those around us and for the things that You put on our hearts. By the power of the Holy Spirit, may we pray the desires of Your heart.
In Jesus’ name, Amen

Prayer For Unsaved Loved Ones

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Prayer For Unsaved Loved Ones

Acts 16:31 NKJV
“So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

 

Holy Spirit,
Hover over my unsaved loved ones. Give each one a revelation of Jesus by Your Spirit. Let the light of liberty shine into each one of them. Place the armor of God upon each one.

Birth repentance in each one – bring forth an unveiling. Let there be God-given revelation. Release Your light into them.

Cause every seed that has been sown into them to bring forth fruit producing revelation.

Give each of them a godly mindset. Shield each one of them from Satan’s thoughts and temptations. Put a hedge of protection around them.
Place godly people in their pathway each day.

Thank You, Lord, for Your mercy and Your grace. Thank You that the children of the righteous SHALL be saved.
In Jesus’ name, Amen

Family Hedge Of Protection

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Family Hedge Of Protection

Dear Father,
I lift up my family to You and pray for a hedge of protection around each one of us. I thank-you for Your Word and Your promise of protection. You are a wall of fire around my family and You set Your angels all around us. My family dwells in the secret place of the Most High and abides under the shadow of the Almighty. I say of You, Lord, You are our refuge and fortress, in You we will trust. You cover us with Your feathers, and under Your wings we shall abide. My family shall not be afraid of the terror by night or the fiery dart that flies by day. Only with our eyes will we behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because my family have made You, Lord, our refuge and fortress, no evil shall befall us – no accident will overtake us – neither shall any plague or calamity come near us. For You give Your angels charge over my family, to keep us in all Your ways. Father, because You have set Your love upon my family therefore will You deliver us. My family shall call upon You, and You will answer us. You will be with my family in time of trouble, and will satisfy them with long life and show us Your salvation. Not a hair on our head shall perish.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Pray Out Loud

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Pray Out Loud

God hears our silent, whispered, murmured and loud prayers, however there are many good reasons to pray out loud. A few are:

1. When we pray out loud it zeros in on our thoughts. At any given time we have many thoughts going through our mind so when we pray out loud it helps to single out what we are praying for.

2. Praying out loud together is the pattern set for us by the early church.

Acts 1:14 NKJV
“These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.”

Acts 2:42 NKJV
“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.”

Acts 12:12 NKJV
“So, when he had considered this, he came to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose surname was Mark, where many were gathered together praying.”

3. Praying out loud declares your faith.
According to Romans 10:9-10, confession is made with the mouth.

Romans 10:9-10 NKJV
“that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

By praying out loud, you are declaring, or confessing, your faith.

4. Praying out loud is an encouragement.
When we pray out loud those that hear can be encouraged by our words.

When Jesus prayed for other people He prayed out loud so that those who heard Him could be strengthened in their faith and encouraged.

5. Praying out loud can help stir up faith and prayer in others.

Hebrews 10:24-25.NKJV
“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,
not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”

6. Praying out loud helps others to pray.
Jesus taught His disciples how to pray. By listening to Jesus pray they gained greater understanding on prayer and how to pray.

7. Praying out loud can speak things into existence.
Our words contain power and they have the ability to speak things into existence.

8. Praying our loud (in a group setting) is a way of sharing our struggles and weaknesses. It can also be comforting for others to pray out loud for us.

James 5:13-16 NKJV
“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

9. Praying out loud helps build your faith. Your mind thinks it, your mouth says it, your ears hear it and your mind believes it.

Pray For The Bride Of Christ…

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Pray For The Bride Of Christ…

Pray that they will walk in health, strength and vitality.

Pray that believers will be active in reading and studying God’s Word.

Pray that by the power of the Holy Spirit, that they will be doers of the Word.

Pray that the church will have a Biblical world view.

Pray for fresh moves of the Holy Spirit.

Pray that believers have an increased awareness of God’s presence and power in their lives.

Pray that the bride will wake up and make themselves ready for the Bridegroom.

Pray that believers will discern the time that they are living in.

Pray that believers and churches will return to their first love.

Pray that churches and believers will become a house of prayer.

Pray that the everyday lives of believers will draw many to Jesus.

Pray that the body of Christ will be a light to the dark.

Pray that God will raise up discipleship ministries that emphasize teaching believers to live like Jesus.

Pray for revival, refreshing and restoration in the body of Christ.

Pray that the Holy Spirit will convict the body of sin, bad habits and wrong attitudes. Draw them to repentance.

Pray that believers will be holy, as God has called them to be, and set apart for Him.

Pray for the church to have opportunities to share the gospel.

Pray that the Holy Spirit will empower the churches to reach the lost.

Pray for a fresh anointing upon the churches, their leaders and the believers.

Pray that the people in the churches are not content to play church, but fill them with an overwhelming desire to be the church.

Pray for fresh bread to flow from each pulpit.

Pray that believers will keep their eyes focused on God and not the things going on in the world.

Pray that every believer will desire a personal intimate relationship with Jesus.

Pray that God makes every believer and church sick of religion. (Religion kills – relationship with God brings life).

Pray that God will draw believers into the Holy of Holies. Fill believers will a desire to enter into God’s presence.

Pray that the manifest presence of God will fill churches.

Pray that believers will have a burden for souls.

Pray that believers will hate what God hates and love what God loves.

Pray that God will fill each believer with direction and wisdom.

Pray that believers will come to the knowledge that Jesus has already broken the chains off them and set them free. – Pray that they will walk in freedom.

Pray that believers will find favor in every area of their life. Pray that they will also find favor with the unsaved.

Pray that believers will be people of integrity.

Pray that love, forgiveness, unity, restoration, mercy and compassion to be shed abroad in the body of Christ.

Pray that the church will be different than the world. -Remove soulish, worldly and sinful practices from the body of Christ.

Pray that believers will live a sanctified life, pleasing to Jesus.

Pray that every person that enters the churches to have an encounter with God, not with man.

Pray for an open heaven over every church that names the name of Christ.

Pray that believers will return to the cross. Remove the seeker friendly attitude from the body of Christ.

Pray that the Holy Spirit will fill the altars with people – let those who are sick come for healing, let those who are discouraged come for encouragement and peace, let those who are in sin come for salvation.

Pray that the church returns to the love feast (communion).