Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Then I found words by Saint Francis, who acually wrote them before the music. Not sure how the two go together or if they even do? What I have gathered is both St. Francis and Patestrina had hearts to worship God.
Shortly before his death in October of 1226, St. Francis wrote his Testament which contained his last thoughts concerning the order he founded. In it he urged his followers to remain faithful to the rules of the order and the prayer below is taken from this work. This prayer by St. Francis was inspired by the Antiphon: Adoramus te, Christe, et benedicimus tibi; quia per sanctam Crucem tuam redemisti mundi, which was part of the Liturgy for Good Friday. This Antiphon has a long and venerable history as a prayer in and of itself. Pope St. Gregory the Great recommended it (Liber Responsalis, PL 78, 805) as did the monk Arnulphe (Documenta Vitae Religiosae, PL 184, 1177).
We Adore Thee (Adoramus Te)
We adore Thee, most holy Lord Jesus Christ, here and in all Thy churches that are in the whole world, and we bless Thee; because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the World. Amen.
Adoramus te, sanctissime Domine Iesu Christe, hic et ad omnes Ecclesias tuas, quae sunt in toto mundo, et benedicimus tibi; quia per sanctam Crucem tuam redemisti mundum. Amen.
Sorry for not posting in such along time, but taking on a full time job for December cut down time spent on the pc.
Still walking and praying however! Walking to work on the 24 was glorious. It was 9 in the morning, it was minus 6 outside, the sun was shining, the birds were singing, and people were just starting to wake up. God has been very good to my family this year.
I adore thee Lord Jesus.
Monday, December 12, 2005
Acronym for Prayer
P - Praise/Petition
R - Repentance/Rejoice
A - Adoration
Y - Yahweh(Genesis)/Yoke(Matt. 11:28)
E - Evaluate/embrace
R - Reverence
Every book in God's word is a prayer manual.
Be led by the Holy Spirit, drawing on God's creativeness and uniqueness.
There are many tools for prayer, but let's use Ephesians to weave through the thoughts on prayer walking.
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Thoughts from when I survey the Wondrous Cross.
Where such love and sorrow meet.
Pour content on all my pride.
Love so amazing so divine.
Love demands my soul…
Love demands my soul…
Love demands my soul…
My life, my all.
Jesus, life is hard, but you show the way daily. You gave the greatest gift to mankind your life. Forgive me when pride exalts it’s self. Forgive me when love does not reign in my life. Forgive me when I do not seek you first. Forgive me dear Lord. Take me I pray to the place where love and sorrow meet. Jesus thank you for hope today. Amen.
Thursday, December 01, 2005
1. Conversational Prayer—praying with others. This type of prayer involves learning to make prayer together with a partner a natural flow of intercession. Build upon what was just said. Be brief. Avoid praying long prayers.
2. Responsive Prayer—praying for what you see. As you walk just allow what you see with your eyes and hear with your ears to give you ideas for praying for that home or on that street.
3. Biblical Prayer—praying with God’s Word. Take a scripture guide or a small bible with you when you go, and glance at it from time to time praying various scriptures for the area.
4. Dynamic Prayer—praying with God’s Spirit. As you walk and pray with an open heart toward God, the Spirit of God may occasionally impress a certain burden upon your heart, or place a certain person or scripture into your mind.
5. Prophetic Prayer—praying blessings. This skill is offering up faith declarations on behalf of the future which are in line with God’s Word. “May this be a place of …”
6. Identificational Prayer—”entering a place of intercession”, as the famous prayer warrior named, Reece Howells used to say. This form of prayer involves mourning and grieving with those for whom we are praying. It is not praying down at them in pride, but praying with them in their pain.
7. Offered (or Contact) Prayer—praying with others. This may be a rare event, but from time to time, prayerwalkers are given the opportunity to stop prayerwalking and to say a brief prayer with a neighbor whom they meet along the way If this happens, avoid using difficult theological terms and just pray using simple words that everyone understands.
Thanks Victor for Sharing...
Saturday, November 26, 2005
One of the main topics that was upon our hearts was in the area of breaking strongholds in the life's of our loved ones. It seems life is not easy for either of us, but through it all, we both have joy that only comes from God's heart.
Sounds like James words..."Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when ever you face trials of many kinds..." James 1:2
We used a prayer from "Shattering your Srongholds,"found on page 171, by Liberty Savard.
I am thankful to have prayer partners like Mari, who are faithful to come along side and intercede. Praying for teens, holiday shoppers, our pastors, and church family, were some of the other prayer concerns. We asked God to continue to call forth others who are burdened to pray for their local community.
From the Message a verse from 1Peter 2:12 that is worth pondering concerning loved ones not following the Lord: "Live an exemplary life among the natives so that your actions will refute their prejudices. Then they'll be won over to God's side and be there to join in the celebration when he arrives."
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt, from You Belong to God, Blazing the Trail.
Weekly I write down items I need, my to do list, and prayer request, and daily I lift them to God for His provision, and guidance. I was thinking of Haley and how nice it would be to buy a kitchen center for her, I added this to my weekly need list. Money, however is limit right now, so I prayed. I told no one about Haley having very little for toys, or my desire that she would have a kitchen play center. Last night when I arrived home from work, a neighbor had dropped off a few toy items for Haley that her girls had grown out of.
Sitting in my living room was a new to me and now Haley, Fisher Price Kitchen center. This may seem like a coincidence, but the thing is, I told no one except God. I believe it was a gift from Him. Today, when I went and thanked my neighbor for her gracious gift to Haley, we both started to cry because of the love that was shared. I also had a chance to share about my heart prayer and God's goodness to us when we thank Him and pray.
Father God, thank you for placing Haley into the life of my family. Thank you for caring for the fatherless and those who do not have much. I thank you for opening a window to share of how you care and move in the life's of those who seek you through prayer.
Love to hear your thoughts.
The weekly prayer points have been very insightful, informative, and inspiring.
Wow, I have a lot of encouraging words that start with in...
Victor, Jodi, Elisa and Abby Morrison are missionaries in Japan. I wrote Victor and asked if I could use his prayer insights on this blog, He said, yes! Following is an unedited version of Victor's request. One more thought, hopefully Victor will share more insights in the future and thank you Victor for the encouraging words.
Prayer Starts from John 6-7 by Victor Morrison
This week, I want to give you three categories of people to pray for each day of the week. I know people who fit in each of these categories, but I don’t feel comfortable writing their names over the Internet, so please just pray for these each day, and God will fill in the blanks. The categories all come from some specific impressions I had the other day when I was reading John chapters 6 & 7, so you can open your bible, hit your knees and pray the following. It will only take three minutes per day, but it will change eternity for at least 21 people! Actually, it is my conviction that as you pray through this list, the Spirit of God will probably bring to mind the names and faces of others around you who also fit these profiles, so let’s pray for all of those we know who fit these descriptions.
Your Missionaries to Japan,
Victor, Jodi, Elisa and Abby Morrison
Pray for those who are silent and try to hide their opinion of Him, John 7:13, 50
Pray for those who have been surprised by Him, John 7:14-15
Pray for those who are misunderstanding Him, John 7:19-20, 34-36
Pray for those who are not responding to Him, John 7:26
Pray for those who are opposing Him, John 7:30, 32, 44
Pray for those who are divided over Him, John 7:43
Pray for those who do not believe, John 6:33, 64: 7:5
Pray for those who are afraid of Him, John 6:19
Pray for those who have received Him, John 6:20
Pray for those who complain about Him, John 6:41-43, 61; 7:12
Pray for those who argue over Him, John 6:52
Pray for those who offended by Him, John 6:60-63
Pray for those who have betrayed Him, John 6:64, 70-71
Pray for those who are walking away from Him, John 6:66
Pray for those who are ready to believe in Him, John 6:67-69; 7:31
Pray for those who are interested in Him, John 6:2
Pray for those who serve Him, John 6:8-13
Pray for those who are fascinated by Him, John 6:14-15
Pray for those who are challenged by Him, John 6:60
Pray for those who try to manipulate or control Him, John 6:15; 7:3-10
Pray for those who are searching for Him, John 7:11
Prayer Tip from Robin: You could use these prayer incentives on your prayer walk. Ask Jesus to lead you in prayer for people he has laid on your heart.
"And foreigners who bind themselves to the Lord to serve him, to love the name of the Lord, and to worship Him, all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold fast to my covenant-these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer." Isaiah 56:6 Victor this is my prayer for you today! "JOY!"
Thursday, November 17, 2005
On a more serious side, since snow is starting to cover Canada, I thought tips on walking in winter would be a good idea. Adapted tips from Peterborough moves.
Winter Walking Tips
1. Plan ahead and give yourself lots of time to get where you are going, don’t rush. ( I need to learn this one!) Walking with God does not have to be done in a hurry.
2. Proceed with caution when walking across a street when cars are hidden from view by snow banks. Watch out for cars that can’t stop at intersections because of ice.
3. Be careful not to slip, if you do and are falling backward, bend your head and back forward as not to hit your head on the pavement.
4. Slippery areas can be tricky, take small steps, and be prepared to fall and roll.
5. Whatever you do don’t take short cuts unless you want to get bogged down by snow! Stay on designated paths or walk on grassy patches if the walkway is icy.
6. Have proper footwear for walking in winter.
7. Do not forget to do warm up exercises after ten minutes of walking.
8. Always watch out for cars when walking on the road, they have more power....
If you have more ideas please add them...
My friend Sarah has a great tip: When walking on ice shuffle and slide. Thank you Sarah for the tip!
Walking tip from Robin: Have shoes with good tracks on the bottom. Mari, told me about some straps for your runners that help with walking on ice. I need to find a set.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
I heard everyone praying, but my mind was resting in thoughts of heaven, and my mouth would not and could not utter a word. This reminds me of quote I read once, that it is better to fall asleep on the breast of Christ then not to have gone there at all. I actually felt warm, loved, and content... Too Funny!
One more thought: Snow has finally come to Saskatchewan, and I am going to be committed to prayer walking all winter, especially with Mari. It was lovely outside tonight, the snow was lightly falling, and the light from the street lights reflected off the snow bringing a glow to the darkness. Even in the black of night the presence of God was all around. I think prayer walking is becoming a habit I like!
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Suddenly, I awoke from a sound sleep with the profound urgent sense to get on my knees and pray concerning a loved one. What came to me was, "Robin, you need to love, and extravagantly as I love you. Pour it out from your very soul." Oh, sure sounds easy, but in this situation it will take more then just doing, or trying, it will only happen as I walk close with Jesus, leaning on him every step of the way. And only by the power of the Holy Spirit will I be able to pour it out from my soul upon another. Romans 5:5 "Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us."
Mari and I were obedient in our commitment to prayer walking this week. Our date with God was a divine appointment, we both had other things we could have done, but through our obedience we were blessed by God. God revealed to us many things to bring before him, the one thing that stood out was how he desired to pour out his love upon people as they turn to Him. God is extravagant with His love even when we do not walk with Him.
And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. (NKJV) Ephesians 5:2
And live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (NIV)Ephesians 5:2
Who has God placed in your life that needs to experience extravagant love?
How have you personally experienced the love of God in your life?
Father thank you that you have demonstrated your great love towards us while we are still sinners, Christ died for us. Thank you that your love is not stale, or stingy, but extravagant. Thank you Jesus for loving us extravagantly. Amen.
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
Come before him with joyful songs,
Know that the Lod is God
It is he who made us, and we are his,
we are his people, the sheep of his
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures
his faithfulness continues through all
My prayer walk partner did mention you can buy straps for your runners that have little spikes in the bottom to be able to walk on ice. I have been looking for them but to no avail. I am sure one day I will find them.
Father thank you for grace and Your provisions even when it concerns going out in bitter weather. Grant to Mari and I the motivation and discipline to stay on course with the vision you have given us over the winter month's. Keep us from stumbling or harm. Fill us with Your power and lead us in prayer. Help us to prepare for the spring and to know what Your heart is concerning teaching others about walking with you. Thank you Jesus for leading us in this journey of prayer.
"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
© Robin Sloboda, November 10, 2005
P.S To my special mentor and encourager(you know who you are.) Thank you for encouraging me, I am writing more....
Monday, November 07, 2005
Walking with Yeshua was started to log my journey as a prayer walker. My desire is to continue using this log to journal this journey and to use it to motivate others.
A few weeks ago, Mari and I did a Jericho walk around Walter Murray, a local high school. It was the most amazing prayer adventure to date. Praise and worship filled most of the time, but spiritual warfare for the souls of these teens was heavy upon our spirits.
I love to hear your journey in prayer please leave comments.
May this log continue to bring Glory to Jesus as I continue to walk with HIM.
© Robin Sloboda, November 08, 2005
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Here I am fall, and this topic has not gone to the wayside. It has been just simmering all summer and now is the time to turn the passion back on.
Prayer walking last Friday bought hope, a sense that God was going to do amazing things, and that the Holy Spirit was leading.
"An what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" (Micah 6:8)
A scripture that has inspired me today from the Message, "A life devoted to things is a dead life, a stump, a God-shaped life is a florishing tree." Proverbs 11:28
Saturday, September 10, 2005
One of the gifts of adventure was meeting Darlene Polachic the religiouis writer for the Star Phonix. She asked me if I would be interested in talking with her concerning the topic of prayer walking.
First, the only reason I agreed to being interviewed by Darlene Polachic concerning prayer walking was it would be used by God and all glory would go to Him, secondly many people would decided to prayer walk themselves, thirdly that people who do not think of God at all would ponder our Father in heaven.
After this article was published a friend of my daughters told me with tears flowing down her face, she could not believe people would acually take time to pray for others. Wow...this comment was what I hoped would come from this adventure.
Apolozies for not posting this article sooner. Oh, before I forget this article is fruit from this weblog and the decipline of following and walking with Jesus daily.
Darlene thank you for taking the time to talk with me and for this wonderful God inspired article.
Saturday » July 23 » 2005
Walking with God: Prayer walkers take their faith onto streets, into their community
Special to The StarPhoenix
July 23, 2005
Every morning, Robin Sloboda takes a half-hour walk. She walks for more than just her physical health -- Sloboda is also praying.
The practice is known as prayer walking, "essentially taking prayer outside the church and into the city or neighbourhood," she explains. "It is walking with God and praying to God about the neighbourhood, the city, the world."
Sloboda became aware of prayer walking about four years ago when she attended a conference with Randy Sprinkle, the author of Follow Me -- Lessons for Becoming a Pray Walker.
"I soon realized that prayer walking was something I was already doing," Sloboda says. "While I walked, I was praying for my family, the people in the neighbourhood, the people in the houses I passed. When I was out driving, I prayed for the people I met on the streets and in the stores.
As Sloboda points out, the idea of walking with God is nothing new. "Our Saviour Jesus walked with God and prayed unceasingly. Adam and Eve walked with God. So did Enoch.
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
for those whose lives and property have been devastated by Hurricane
Please pray as follows:
* Pray that any individuals who are in life-threatening
situations will be discovered and helped.
* Pray that the available rescue squads and medical teams
will be sent out strategically by dispatchers who will wisely discern
the urgency of requests received.
* Pray for emotional and physical stamina and strength for
first responders; pray that the various relief organizations will
coordinate their efforts to maximize their resources.
* Pray for adequate workers, food and supplies to meet the
needs of those who evacuated.
* Pray that God will encourage and comfort the devastated who
have no hope.
* Pray that Christians in the affected areas will express the
love of Christ by caring and sharing with those they come in contact
with on a physical, emotional and spiritual level.
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Tonight, I am having a trial run at prayer walking before I leave for Cochrane on Sunday. Last week, one of the pastors at the church my husband and I have been attending, asked if I would consider leading as he would be out of town. Well, here I am Wednesday evening, it is raining outside, not sure if the walking will still go ahead, and the possiblity of leading the group in prayer is on the horizon. God thank goodness you are leading and are with me. LOL Hopefully the Holy Spirit will release all that I have learned...LOL
I know I am still laughing. God has such a humorous way of teaching me, just jump! Oh, I am jumping... and might end up a fool for God.
Robin is rambling on...
I was reading a quote from Randy Sprinkle that the people who walked with God in the old testment were rare, but when the chosen ones did walk with God, it was a closest intimate relationship that the divine and a human could have. I desire to have that kind of relationship... wouldn't it be cool to be like Enoch... and just go from earth to heaven... just walking...oh time to be quiet.
How to Prayer Walk
1. Form a Team
YouÂ’ll be most effective in groups of two (or three if necessary).
2. Find a Territory
You will be given a map of a specific neighborhood. You may need to drive to the area you will be walking, as you drive you can pray for the community/city. As you approach this area with sensitivity and wisdom, youÂ’ll discover the best way to cover it with prayer.
3. Follow a Topic
Get your prayers rolling by praying along with scripture. Begin with the truths of Psalm 23 in this pamphlet or any other biblical promise that will help you pray with hope and blessing. DonÂ’t carry heavy Bibles. Carry a sheet or small portions of scriptures, and a pencil to record anything that stood out to share with the group later.
4. Finish with a Talk
After youÂ’re finished, talk about it. What prayers should be prayed again? When and where will you prayer walk next? How should you watch for GodÂ’s answers and bring the good news? What acts of kindness or service is God giving you to do? How can you bring this kind of praying into your ongoing work in your home city?
Websters Definition of comfort: to soothe in distress and sorrow, one that comforts, a state of, or anything that provides, ease and quiet enjoyment.
O Great God of Comfort…
· Genesis 5:29
He named him Noah [ Noah sounds like the Hebrew for comfort . ] and said, "He will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the LORD has cursed."
· Ruth 2:13
"May I continue to find favor in your eyes, my lord," she said. "You have given me comfort and have spoken kindly to your servant—though I do not have the standing of one of your servant girls."
· Psalm 23:4
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
· Psalm 71:21
You will increase my honor and comfort me once again.
· Psalm 77:2
When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands and my soul refused to be comforted.
· Psalm 86:17
Give me a sign of your goodness, that my enemies may see it and be put to shame, for you, O LORD, have helped me and comforted me.
· Psalm 119:50
My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.
· Psalm 119:52
I remember your ancient laws, O LORD, and I find comfort in them.
· Psalm 119:76
May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant.
· Psalm 119:82
My eyes fail, looking for your promise; I say, "When will you comfort me?"
· Ecclesiastes 4:1
[ Oppression, Toil, Friendlessness ] Again I looked and saw all the oppression that was taking place under the sun: I saw the tears of the oppressed— and they have no comforter; power was on the side of their oppressors— and they have no comforter.
· Isaiah 12:1
[ Songs of Praise ] In that day you will say: "I will praise you, O LORD. Although you were angry with me, your anger has turned away and you have comforted me.
· Isaiah 40:1
[ Comfort for God's People ] Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.
· Isaiah 49:13
Shout for joy, O heavens; rejoice, O earth; burst into song, O mountains! For the LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.
· Isaiah 51:3
The LORD will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing.
· Isaiah 51:12
"I, even I, am he who comforts you. Who are you that you fear mortal men, the sons of men, who are but grass,
· Isaiah 51:19
These double calamities have come upon you— who can comfort you?— ruin and destruction, famine and sword— who can [ Dead Sea Scrolls, Septuagint, Vulgate and Syriac; Masoretic Text / how can ] console you?
· Isaiah 52:9
Burst into songs of joy together, you ruins of Jerusalem, for the LORD has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem.
· Isaiah 54:11
"O afflicted city, lashed by storms and not comforted, I will build you with stones of turquoise, [ The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain. ] your foundations with sapphires. [ Or lapis lazuli ]
· Isaiah 57:14
[ Comfort for the Contrite ] And it will be said: "Build up, build up, prepare the road! Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people."
· Isaiah 57:18
I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will guide him and restore comfort to him,
· Isaiah 61:2
to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,
· Jeremiah 8:18
O my Comforter [ The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain. ] in sorrow, my heart is faint within me.
· Jeremiah 31:13
Then maidens will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.
· Lamentations 2:13
What can I say for you? With what can I compare you, O Daughter of Jerusalem? To what can I liken you, that I may comfort you, O Virgin Daughter of Zion? Your wound is as deep as the sea. Who can heal you?
· Zechariah 1:13
So the LORD spoke kind and comforting words to the angel who talked with me.
· Zechariah 1:17
"Proclaim further: This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'My towns will again overflow with prosperity, and the LORD will again comfort Zion and choose Jerusalem.' "
· Zechariah 10:2
The idols speak deceit, diviners see visions that lie; they tell dreams that are false, they give comfort in vain. Therefore the people wander like sheep oppressed for lack of a shepherd.
· Matthew 2:18
"A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more."
· Matthew 5:4
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
· Luke 6:24
"But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort.
· John 14:1
[ Jesus Comforts His Disciples ] "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God [ Or You trust in God] ; trust also in me.
· 1 Corinthians 14:3
But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort.
· 2 Corinthians 1:3
[ The God of All Comfort ] Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,
· 2 Corinthians 1:4
who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
· 2 Corinthians 1:5
For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.
· 2 Corinthians 1:6
If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.
· 2 Corinthians 1:7
And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.
· 2 Corinthians 2:7
Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.
· 2 Corinthians 7:6
But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus,
· 2 Corinthians 7:7
and not only by his coming but also by the comfort you had given him. He told us about your longing for me, your deep sorrow, your ardent concern for me, so that my joy was greater than ever.
· Philippians 2:1
[ Imitating Christ's Humility ] If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion,
· 1 Thessalonians 2:12
encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Dealing with emotions and placing the circumstance into perspective have been hard for me. Living over 1000 km away, not able to walk along side, not able to help in anyway, has left me feeling like an outsider in my own family. Over the years this has always been hard when someone has become ill in Vancouver and I am not able to be there.
Over the last week I have been hanging on to many verses from scripture, that have bought much comfort to my heart and emotions.
The LORD God goes before you and will be with you; God will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:8
I can trust God is with my sister and family, comforting and guiding, and He also hears my emotional pain of feeling like an outsider. Today, I will focus on not being discouraged. It has felt good to write about this journey.
As for prayer walking, yesterday a good friend and I went for a prayer walk along the river. What a glorious morning it was and the friendship of another was great.
God does answer our prayers. I asked Him to bring others into my life who love to pray and walk and who I can join me in prayer walking. He has bought a few good friends. Thank You Lord for answering prayer. God's desire for us is not to be alone and I knew He would answer this prayer.
"If two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven." Matthew 18:19 At the last BSF meeting I ask that we pray I find a prayer partner...many agreed...and God heard.
A few new books I have just finished are "The Power of Praying Together" By Stormie Omartian and Jack Hayford, "The Power of a Praying Nation" by Stomie Omaritian, and I am half way through "Fresh Faith" and what a powerful book/series by Jim Cymbala.
Well, my teen is up and on his way to finish writing his exams and I am off to walk where my personal trainer Jesus might lead this day.
Oh, one more thought, as I have been praying for my sister and her new journey of healing, I have been reading a small prayer book I had purchased a few years ago, "Psalm for Healing - Praying with those in need" by Gretchen Person. A good prayer start for when you do not know what to pray.
A comforting thought from the first chapter "Diagnosis". "Hearing a Diagnosis can be life-changing event in an individual's and a family's life. It can be a frightening, lonely time, yet it may also be a time when vulnerablity opens one to new relationships with God, family, and friends."
Ps. 6:2-7, 8-9
Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing; O Lord heal me, for my bones are shaking with terror. My soul also is struck with terror, while you, O Lord -- how long? Turn, O Lord, save my life; deliver me for the sake of your steadfast love. For in death there is no remembrance of you; in Sheol who can give praise? I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping. The Lord has heard my supplication; the Lord accepts my prayer."
Prayer: Lord, be gracious to my sister for she is in pain and is scared by this diagnois--physically and spiritually. Restore her health for the sake of your streadfast love--for who can praise you in death? You know my sister's grief, tears, and fears. Thank you for hearing us.
Thank You Jesus for drawing us near. Amen.
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Lani my flowerlady friend has inspired me to take a fast this week. I need to seek God if I am to take a full fast for a few days or just stay away from certain foods. I think I am leaning towards a full fast. Check out watchmen for the nations for devotional thoughts during this call to fast.
I have been disciplined over the last month concerning walking everyday and journaling. God thank you for teaching me to hang on, and let you lead.
I left my home crying tonight with the many different burdens there are to carry at this time. As I go out and talk with God concerning all that is going on, he really does comfort my soul. I was angry tonight at someone and the word forgive flooded my heart. God knows how it feels to be rejected and hurt by anothers words. My prayer went from Oh God I do not like that person, to God help me to forgive. He always gives me the love covering I need to let go and let Him lead.
Monday, June 13, 2005
Reading the newspaper before heading out on my morning prayer walk gave me much to pray about and meditate on. A few are very scary and very, very, real. I can do one of three things, forget I read them and ignore it, think it won't effect me, or pray, the choice is mine. I mentioned a few of these to one of my teenagers and she thanked me for bringing to mind things that are overwhelming. Oh, a world that has gone mad.
Here are the front page prayer concerns:
1. The next flu pandemic, (I learned a new word! Pandemic - epidemic or a large region). This headline sparked a prayer for the world. My prayer was that God would have mercy on a world that has gone mad, and turn many hearts back to Him. That he would pour out a spirit of Grace and supplication upon all nations. This headline made me think of God sending a one of His plagues to wake people up! God have mercy on this world.
2. How to spot a drug user, (The Meth Threat). Oh, how our world is messed up. Prayers for our young people flooded my heart. What a crazy place to try in grow up in when dangers are all around. Having two young adults and two teens myself, my mama's heart aches and calls out to God for protection over my children. The women who they showed a picture of was only a few years younger then I am. I must pray for all people to wake up and seek God, not drugs or other flesh stimulating things. The scary thing is not one of us is safe from craving things other then God.
3. River level to peak Wednesday - My prayer is that as the river has gone from a flow of 125 cubic metres per second to about 600 over the last week, that God's spirit would also pour forth with great power over a world that is dying. Cleanse the hearts of Your people Lord and help us to pray.
There where many more concerns on my heart today as I headed out with my personal trainer (Jesus), He heard them all.
A Hymn from today: There's just something about that name!
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus; There's just something about that name!
Master, Savior, Jesus, Like the fragrance after the rain;
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Let all heaven and earth proclaim:
Kings and kingdoms will all pass away, But there's something about that name!
William J. Gaither, 1936 -
God...gave Him the name that is above every name -- Philippians 2:9
A thought I used repeatedly today was, "A world gone mad", since I was using google a lot, I thought I would see what google would say to my word thought. Check out my web find.
Friday, June 10, 2005
God is training us for deeper levels of intercession. He wants to teach us to travail in prayer. Jesus understood travailing prayer while He was on earth. In Luke 22:44 we read, “And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground”. Imagine travail of that nature. Prayer can be a very joyful experience, but there are times when we wrestle and travail for God’s purposes to come to pass in people’s lives. There are times when the Holy Spirit burdens us over a situation, and we begin to travail in order to bring it to birth. These are prayers of a very deep and intensive nature. God is looking for people with whom He can share His heart. In the final hours of Jesus’ life, He wanted his disciples to understand the anguish of His heart. In the Garden of Gethsemane, His disciples could not fully grasp the urgency of the hour.
“Ultimately, Jesus prayed alone. He went farther than His disciples and prayed longer. At the greatest moment of intercession in human history, there was no one willing to go with Jesus and watch with Him. Throughout history God has looked for those willing to yield everything to Him and His desire to redeem the world. At times God has marveled that no one was willing to go with Him (Isaiah 63:5, 59:16). The prophets seemed to grasp more than the common people, for while society carried on as though nothing were wrong, the prophets agonized and wept over what they knew God was preparing to do.” Henry Blackaby
Today there are so many that are living at ease, not grasping the importance of the hour. God is raising up intercessors who will stand with Him in intercession and travail over mankind, because they know the significance of the days we are living in. You may be one God chooses to travail for nations or cities. You may be one God chooses to pray and travail for this generation of youth. You may travail over unsaved relatives or co-workers. God is bringing you deeper for a purpose. Intercessors are called to travail His purposes in order to bring them to birth.
Recently while talking with an intercessor that was struggling, I told her that God is taking intercessors deeper. He is preparing us for something significant. When you go deep with God, you have a lot more to give. Your prayers have a sound of urgency and authority. You pray from your heart because in the difficulty, you have received God’s heart. Often barrenness in some area will bring forth strong travailing tears. God is looking for those who will not fall asleep at this critical hour in human history, but who will travail and bring to birth God’s Kingdom purposes on earth. It is worth it to press in, travail, cry out, seek and passionately hunger after God. Travail brings forth birth. If God is taking you deeper, if you feel barren in some area of your life experience, rise up in thanksgiving and say "thank you" to God for the cross. You are in a position for God to bring something to birth through your travailing prayer. Travail is a cry of desperation.
“God’s first requirement in ministry is barrenness. God looks for people who are incapable of producing life on their own, those who have come to the end of their own striving and honestly admit their true condition. Most of us, not wanting to bear this reproach, go around feigning ‘life.’ Our activities become the substitute for the anointing. Programs replace productivity and prayer. Life seems to abound everywhere, until one looks below the surface and realizes it’s only a veneer - a form of godliness that lacks power. Why does God insist on barrenness as a prerequisite for blessing? Simply because no flesh can glory in it… God has to strip us first so that He alone is glorified.” David Ravenhill
What is travail?
”Travail is a form of intense intercession given by the Holy Spirit whereby an individual or group is gripped by something that grips God's heart. The individual or group labors with Him for an opening to be created so that the new life can come forth.”
Travail is hard work and can be compared to childbirth. If you talk to any mother, you know that there is intense pain and agony involved in childbirth. Travail happens after you have carried something in your heart for a period of time. It can be a burden, a promise, or a longing. God has put the burden in your heart. There comes a time to bring the burden to birth through prayer. God desires to bring forth life. He is the initiator. Through travail God creates an opening that was closed before. When we listen carefully as intercessors, we receive His heart, and we learn how to pray God's purposes in travailing prayer. The opening provides the way for the birthing of God’s purposes and plans.
We wrestle in prayer to see God’s plans birthed here on earth. We agonize to see God move in certain situations and to see the lost saved. This strenuous prayer calls for perseverance. Jacob wrestled all night in Genesis 32:24-26. He would not let go until God blessed him. Ephesians 6:11-12 says that we wrestle in prayer against the world rulers of darkness and the spiritual forces of wickedness in heavenly places. In one sense, we are in a wrestling match with the enemy, but we are the winners if we do not give up. Epaphras wrestled in prayer for the Colossian Church in Colossians 4:12-13. Jesus knew how to travail in prayer during His life on earth.
“During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered” (Hebrews 5:7-8).
Travailing Prayer Brings Forth Birth
We must passionately pray the promises that God has laid on our heart. We must pray until they come forth. We must travail and wrestle and cry out to God on our knees. Our faith then increases, and we endure in prayer until it happens, and it is birthed. Are you desperate enough to travail over the promises that God has given you? Are you willing to pay the price to bring them to birth? Don’t give up. There is too much at stake. Remember this always. Travailing prayer brings forth birth.
God has laid dreams, purposes and destiny on our hearts. He has a global plan, and we are all part of it. We may feel barren at the moment but deep in our heart the dream is there. We must travail in prayer until it is birthed. There is joy in the heart of a mother when her baby is finally born. Likewise, when something is finally birthed in the spiritual realm, there is tremendous joy! I encourage you to press into the purposes of God and travail in prayer until God’s plans are birthed. “May he give you the desires of your heart and make all your plans succeed. We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests” (Psalm 20:4-5). Your joy may be right around the corner.
“Wrestling in prayer enlists all the capacities of your soul, marshals your deepest holy desire, and by the grace of God uses all the perseverance of your holy determination. You push through a host of difficulties. You push back the heavy, threatening clouds of darkness. You reach beyond the visible and natural to the very throne of God. With all your strength and tenacity, you lay hold of God's grace and power as it becomes a passion of your soul.” Unnamed quotes by James Goll
Together in the Harvest,
Posted with permission.
Dan R. Crawford describes a prayer walker as a rock mover, rock moving he states is the job of an intercessor. When we are walking on site we are given a privilege of walking among the rocks.
He also recommends that we have balance in our prayer journeys, time spent in our prayer closets and time walking among the rocks, (I love this analogy).
I am feeling overwhelmed today with the thought of teaching a class on this topic. I pray God will grant to me clarity and boldness as I step out in obedience. I am more of the facilitator researcher type, then actually teaching. I am stepping out of comfort zone on this one.
The sun is trying to shine this morning, oh, how I have missed sunny mornings. Thank you Lord for this day, open my eyes to see what You see, and grant to me a heart to pray.
Now to continue on this journey of prayer...I will post more thoughts later.
Check out this flash movie on comfort. I really like this new website I found.
Thursday, June 09, 2005
"Let them know that You, whose name is the Lord--that You alone are the Most High over all the earth."
Prayer walking along the river tonight was refreshing. Sun shining through white clouds to the west, and black ominous clouds to the east. It was a delight to let some warmth from the sun touch my face. Two weeks of cloud cover is enough! Oh, it could be worse, I need to thank God even for the rain. As I was driving home a beautiful rainbow was spread across the dark sky, reminding me of God's covenant.
I love to walk along the river bank near the correction institution, tonight I was worshipping and thanking God for my city, and asking Him to pour out His Spirit upon everyone. "And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young me will see visions" (Joel 2:28).
The South Saskatchewan was running swiftly from the flood waters in Alberta. I asked God to send His Spirit to flow swifty over all who live here, just as the river is running swiftly through Saskatoon. Then a thought came to pray for the prison...another dead end in my praying. "Holy Spirit show me how to pray", then I felt a heavy oppression around that facility, I asked God to open all hearts to full repentance and turn all to Him.
The smell of fresh rain is flowing though my window as I type. I am thankful for all that God has given to me this day. I bless Him with all of my heart.
I thought of taking my camera tonight, wish I would have the river was magnicifant.
Check out Canada in Prayer for another prayer start for Israel.
Saturday, June 04, 2005
I took 64 pictures...can you believe it!
I was having such a great time being a child of God's today. My new runners are rather dirty, but that is what they are for...walking. My kids think I am different/strange posting my pictures, but I feel if you are open to see it, there is beauty all around even on the prairies. My favorite place to walk is along the river (South Saskatchewan). There are many different trails that are along the banks, some straight and narrow, some steep and dangerous.
Hope you enjoyed pictures from my prayer walk.
P.S My husband asked me not to post pictures of myself or our family (I will honor this request), but he never told me not to post a picture of my feet. LOL
My husband can't believe I took pictures as he put it of nothing...As mentioned I found the walk full of beauty.
Each week, and month through out the spring in summer there are different wild flowers in my garden.
Entrance to My Secret Garden
A few years ago I found an awesome place to prayer walk, it has become my secret garden. Today, I was having fun enjoying the beauty in Saskatoon.
Friday, June 03, 2005
Grocery shopping was a main chore today that should have been done yesterday. I went in protest, procrastinating all of the way. When I leave home with this kind of attitude it is a sure sign prayer is needed. It is as if the mood went with me, casting shadows onto others. "Grumpy rude people," was my first thought, but...as usual, God spoke to my heart. "Pray and ask to have a different heart attitude...one of gratitude and love." I must say, shopping was a lot easier to finish with a smile on my face and peace in my heart, no matter what was going on around me. Prayer and repentance are the answers to a bad heart condition.
God forgive me in blaming others for having bad attitudes, when all along it was my attitude that needed to change. Thank you for pouring down love by Your Spirit upon my dry and grumpy soul. In Christ. Amen.
Finishing this day by praying for the sale of my friend Lani's home, bought joy to my heart as I thought about her and her family. God bless Lani today with lots of joy as she rest and trust in You.
Thursday, June 02, 2005
Uttered or unexpressed;
The motion of hidden fire,
That trembles in the breast.
Prayer is the burden of a sigh,
The falling of a tear,
The upward glancing of an eye,
When none but God is near.
Prayer is the simplest for of speech
That infant lips can try,
Prayer the sublimest strains that reach
The Majesty on High.
Prayer is the Christian's vital breath,
The Christian's native air,
His watchword at the gates of death:
He enters heaven with a prayer.
Prayer is the contrite sinner's voice,
Returning from his ways;
While angels in their songs rejoice,
And cry, 'Behold, he prays.'
O thou by whom we come to God,
The Life, the Truth, the Way,
The path of prayer teyself hast trod:
Lord, teach us how to pray. Amen.
Life, every circumstance can lead us to think how we really do look other places, but not where the heart belongs, in the presence of God.
A prayer thought from S.D. Gordon:
"The greatest people on earth today are the people who pray. I do not mean those who talk about prayer; nor those who say they believe in prayer; nor yet those who can explain about prayer; I mean those people who take time and pray. They have not time. It must be taken from something else. This something else is important. Very important, and pressing, but still less important than prayer."
Walking today will not happen until later. The rain is coming down rather hard and my heart is wanting to be warm and pray in my prayer closet. Discipline in walking is out the window, but the discipline of prayer is still first.
The copy I found at home has a copyright dated 1941, it is one of those little vintage books, hard cover, faded, but the words are still the same. It is amazing the things I find in my own home.
Wednesday, June 01, 2005
No great revelations or fantastic prayers tonight, however I was lead to thank God for all that He has given to me, even the raining days I do not appreciate. When the sun does shine it is refreshing and cleansing, not only to the earth but also my soul.
Over the last few days the topic of our hearts has been coming up in conversation and thought over and over, especially concerning our teenagers. Turning away from relationship with God and others is truly a matter of the heart. Here are a few scripture verses I have been contemplating upon.
"Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him." Proverbs 22:15
"Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." Psalm 139:23, 24
Tuesday, May 31, 2005
I have been walking everyday, just not regularly at 6 a.m. My journal has been done on hard copy over the last few days due to time restraints and other commitments. I hope to be writing more online of my daily adventures with prayer and walking my community in the days ahead.
Today, my prayer heart was awakened while driving. An elderly man was standing by the freeway, holding on to a railing bar with one hand and his oxygen tank with the other. I had no way of getting to him, I was on the other side of the road going a different direction. My only resource for helping was to ask God to send someone to check if he was okay and to give him strength to carry on with his walk. I felt helpless on the physical realm to help this man, but I know God heard my prayer.
May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you. May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant to you support. Psalms 20:1-2
We do not need to just walk or be on our knees to pray, we can pray anywhere, doing anything, at anytime. We have an awesome God who hears our prayers and asks us to pray unceasing. We just need to do our part, which I must admit, I do get my mind focused on trivial things, rather then heavenly ones.
Thank You Father for Your promises and for hearing my prayers, be with that elderly man today, surround him with heavenly hosts to guide and protect. Forgive me when my mind is focused on things of this world. Help me to have a mind that is constantly in a state of uncreasing prayer. God, this is not possible without the help of Your Holy Spirit. Thank you that You are transforming me daily and thank You for drawing me back into prayer. In Jesus name. Amen.
Prayer Walking by Steve Hawthorne and Graham Kendrick was this weeks must read. Most books on prayer can be rather boring. Prayer-walking, Praying on Site with Insight, had my attention all the way through. I recommend this book for anyone interested in prayer walking, a coordinator of prayer, or other church ministries who want to have ideas on how to organize a prayer walk. It has great insights with a few thought provoking chapters. You can find an outline of starting a prayer walk and other thoughts on this topic at waymakers.com.
Sunday, May 29, 2005
Early Morning Prayer
In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait in expectation. Psalm 5:3
Punky-G had a sleepover at our home this weekend. Waking up brings much joy to my heart. She loves to be hugged and sung to as she starts to awake. What a wonderful way to wake up, being loved by another and hugged.
Our Father in heaven also loves to sing over us with love and heavenly hugs first thing in the morning. When our focus is seeking Him first, he will hear our prayers.
Little children's morning hugs do bring joy to an adult heart.
Saturday, May 28, 2005
Please pray for my sister Tammy and her family as she begins the healing process.
Now I am crying, thank goodness God holds our tears.
Birth mom to little man David is not happy about were her son is living and how he is being cared for. Please pray for this young women in her little baby who needs a mothers love. My heart breaks for this baby. During my prayer walks this topic has been coming up daily as I interceed.
Dear Father in heaven, we thank you that we may be your children. We thank you that through your Spirit our hearts may know that we are your children. Even when everything around us becomes difficult and we are hemmed in by darkness, we remain your children. Even when we often do not see how we are to go on and everything seems to be taken from us, we remain your children. Even when sin and death surround us and accuse us of being in the wrong, we still remain your children. As your children we entrust ourselves to your hands. In our whole life, in all our work and activity, we dwell in what has come from you, and we rejoice in Christ our Savior. Amen.
Friday, May 27, 2005
I was asked the other day what the colour of joy would look like or what shade would it be. I love questions, they help me to ponder my thoughts more deeply. Joy to me would be how much of God's light is exposing the dark places in my heart. The more light, the more of God's joy that is able to be seen. Painting my heart with joy has been a long journey and an interesting one. I have come to a new season were the walls of my heart are having a fresh coat applied.
Colouring my heart with joy.
What is joy? A choice.
What colour is it? Contentment and trust.
How to you receive it? Spending time with God.
God is repainting the walls of my heart with a deeper shade of Joy.
Daily we have a choice of what colour we will paint our daily life. Will it be with darkness, following the ways of the world? Or will it be with joy, following the way of Christ light? Daily the choice is ours on what colour we will choose.
What colour do you paint your life?
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
A Picture of the Chief
As I mentioned in a earlier post, my sisters kitchen french doors, open up to the beauty of the chief. Squamish is a very beautiful place. It is about an hours drive from Whistler to the north, and Vancouver to the south, both cities are sponsoring the 2010 Olympic games.
Every morning I drive my teens to school, the road we travel on has two high schools located near each other. The thought came today, since you did not walk and pray for your neighborhood why not pray for the schools, teens, teachers, and parents as you drive. I asked God to open my eyes to the needs and grant to me prayers for what is revealed, (when you ask God, He is always faithful, if we have a willing heart). Today, there were many students and teachers who touched my prayer heart.
Over the years of searching the net for good teaching on prayer, I found this website by Dr. Kevin Meador. For those who like to use prayer guides as a tool to start them in prayer, I recommend going and checking out the prayer closet, (click on PrayerWalk Journal and it will take you to the webpage.)
Praying For Your School
The following is a prayer guide to help you intercede for your school. Parents, teachers, and students can use it to pray for their school. Churches can use it to intercede for the school systems around them. In order to cover a school in prayer, you must intercede for three groups: the students, the teachers, and the parents. You can use these prayers or develop your own from them. In order to use the prayers, place the name of your school in the blank and then plead the truth before God.
Praying For The Students
Father, I pray that the lost students of ___________________ will surrender to Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior of their lives. Show them their lostness and their need of Jesus. Have mercy on them and saved them through Your Son, Jesus Christ (John 3:1-16; John 6:44; Matthew 11:28).
Father, I ask that the believing students of __________________ will exercise a powerful and righteous influence in the school. Empower them to live holy and obedient lives before their lost friends and teachers. Remove anything from their lives that might hinder their testimony (Matthew 5:13-16; 1 Peter 2:11-12, 3:15-16).
Father, I plead that the believing students of ____________________ would be powerful witnesses for the Lord Jesus Christ. Fill them with the Holy Spirit so that they can speak boldly about who Jesus is and what Jesus can do (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8).
Father, grant the believing students of ____________________ strength and courage when they are persecuted for their faith. Enable them to stand strong in Christ the Lord (2 Timothy 3:10-12).
Father, protect the believing students of _____________________ from evil, worldly influences. Give them the power and courage to say “NO!” to sinful peer pressure. Grant them the discernment to see through the empty and foolish values, ideas, and behavior of the world that is in rebellion against You (Proverbs 1:10-19; 1 Corinthians 15:32; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; 1 John 2:15-17).
Father, I plead that the students of ____________________ will have a hunger for learning. Enable them to use their ability to think and learn (Genesis 1:28; 1 Samuel 2:10; Job 12:13).
Father, deliver the students of __________________ from laziness. I ask that laziness would be destroyed from their lives and that they would study and work with diligence and intensity (Proverbs 6:6-11, 10:4-5, 10:26, 12:24, 13:4, 15:19, 19:15, 19:24, 20:4, 24:30-34).
Father, I pray that the students of ____________________ would diligently prepare themselves during this time. Help them make the most of this time in their lives (Ecclesiastes 2:2, 3:1-8, 22).
Father, I ask that the students of __________________ will develop healthy relationships with others. Teach them how to relate to others with compassion, respect, and understanding. Set them free from developing unhealthy relationships with the opposite sex (Exodus 20:12-17; Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 22:39; Ephesians 4:32).
Father, I plead that the students of _____________________ will have good relationships with the teachers and the administration. Grant that the students will have respect for their teachers and the administration that are in authority over them. Let their strong, working relationships among these groups (Romans 13:1, 7; 1 Peter 2:13-14).
Father, I plead in the name of Jesus that You will grant a spirit of purity among the students of _________________. I pray that You would deliver them from immoral talk and actions. Show them the evil and the rebellion of sexual immorality. Grant them healthy and pure relationships with members of the opposite sex. Convict those that are sexually active and lead them to seek Your forgiveness and help and then abstain from sex until marriage. Strengthen and encourage those who are virgins to continue in this until marriage (1 Thessalonians 4:3-5; Hebrews 13:4).
Father, I pray in the name of Jesus that Satan’s schemes for the students of _______________ will be destroyed. I plead that he will be bound and that he will not work powerfully among the students. Render his malicious and destructive plans totally ineffective (1 Peter 5:8-9; James 5:16).
Father, I ask for a powerful and deep work of the Holy Spirit among the students of _________________. I plead that He will do a powerful and gracious work in their hearts. Holy Spirit, release Your power in this school and meet the particular spiritual needs of the students (John 16:7-11; 2 Chronicles 7:14; Psalm 42:1-2).
Praying For The Teachers
Father, I plead that the unsaved teachers of __________________ would enter into a personal relationship with You through the Lord Jesus Christ. I pray that they would turn from their sin to Jesus in genuine faith (John 3:15-18, 6:44; Acts 4:12, 17:30-31).
Father, I ask that the believing teachers of ______________________ would exercise a powerful and righteous influence among the students and teachers. Empower them to live holy lives and minister to the students and other teachers (Proverbs 28:1; Matthew 5:13-16).
Father, I pray that You would empower the teachers of _________________ to be powerful witnesses of the Lord Jesus Christ. Grant them the wisdom to know how and when to share their faith. Protect and defend them as they share their faith (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8, 4:31).
Father, grant the teachers of ____________________ with a heart for truth. I pray that they would love truth and then teach it to the students. Deliver them from false and foolish ideologies. Let them set the example of seeking after and learning truth (Proverbs 22:17; John 18:38).
Father, bless the teachers of __________________ with the wisdom to know how to teach the students and how to deal with them. Grant them the wisdom that they need to train, encourage, and discipline the students (Proverbs 2:6; James 1:5).
Father, I ask that the teachers of ____________________ will know how to deal with problem students. Grant them the wisdom, insight, and compassion to help these students (Proverbs 22:15).
Father, provide the teachers of ____________________ with the wisdom, insight, and compassion that they need to deal with the parents of the students (Matthew 22:39-40).
Father, I plead that the teachers of _______________________ would be strengthened to cope with the pressure and demands of their lives. Pour out Your grace and kindness on them. Bless them in every aspect of their lives—physically, spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and financially (2 Samuel 22:3; Psalm 18:1, 73:26; Isaiah 40:29; Jeremiah 16:19).
Father, protect the teachers of _____________________ from discouragement. Empower them to excel in the face of discouraging situations. Grant them a spirit of perseverance in spite of the problems (Philippians 4:13).
Father, I ask You to bless the personal lives of the teachers at ______________________. Bless them with good and perfect gifts. Help them with their personal problems and struggles (Psalm 103:1-5; James 1:17).
Father, reveal to the teachers of __________________ the seriousness of their responsibility. Show them that they are influencing a generation of people. Cause them to see that they will give an accounting to God for what they taught and how they taught (Ecclesiastes 12:14).
Father, bless the believing teachers of _____________________ with a spirit of prayer. Enable them to saturate their work and their students with prayer on a daily basis (Colossians 4:2).
Praying For The Parents
Father, I plead in the name of Jesus that the unsaved parents of ____________________ would surrender their lives to Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. I ask that the Holy Spirit would convict them and draw them to Jesus in faith and repentance (John 3:15-18, 6:44).
Father, I ask that the believing parents of _______________________ will be growing in their relationship to God. Do this so that they can train godly children (John 8:31-32; 1 Peter 3:1-2).
Father, I pray that the believing parents of ______________________ will exercise a powerful and righteous influence (Proverbs 28:1; Matthew 5:13-16).
Father, I ask that the parents of ________________________ would be genuinely interested in their children and their education. Cause them to take an active role in their children’s lives (Ephesians 6:4).
Father, grant good working relationships between the parents and the teachers of ____________________. I ask the parents would have respect and support for the teachers and the administration (Romans 13:1).
Father, I plead that the parents of _______________________ will create an atmosphere at home that will help the children learn and grow. I pray that the parents will take the initiative to teach and train the children at home (Deuteronomy 6:6-7).
Father, I ask that the parents of ______________________ would exercise discipline at home. I ask that they will determine in their hearts to love and discipline their children. Grant them the wisdom, patience, insight, and love to do this (Proverbs 22:15).
Father, grant the believing parents of _____________________ a spirit of prayer for the administrators, teachers, and students of ______________________. I plead that they will cover and saturate _________________ with prayer (Colossians 4:2).
Father, give the parents of ___________________ a burden concerning the seriousness of their responsibility. I ask that they will recognize their staggering responsibility and will respond with diligence and determination in raising their children (Psalm 127:3-5).
Father, I pray that the parents of _____________________ will be sensitive and wise concerning the needs of their children. Help them to recognize their needs and problems and grant them the wisdom, patience, power, and love to deal with these things (Ephesians 6:4).
Father, I plead that You would bless the parents of ___________________ with the strength and power to cope with the pressure and demands of raising a child. Grant them wisdom to raise their children. Pour out on them the patience and persistence in the face of the needs and problems of their children. Bless them with what they need to carry out this rigorous and demanding responsibility (2 Samuel 22:3; Psalm 18:1).
Dr. Kevin Meador © 2001
Thursday, May 12, 2005
For the little bit of climbing I did participate in, it made me aware of muscles that have not been used in a while. My knees are sore today, and I now have a idea of how Tamara feels with her right leg. I am very thankful to be here on the coast with my family, God really does give us good gifts.
"Cause me to hear Your loving kindness in the morning, for in You do I trust; cause me to know the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul to You." Psalm 143:8
My father in-law was very mellow during our travels yesterday, he was having a hard time with all the new scenery and overwhelming amounts of people at the airport, but I know he will have a wonderful time with His daughter. She was very happy to see him (he started to cry, and will enjoy introducing him to her friends, (he won't remember).
Father God, thank you that you are leading me daily down the path you have chosen, as the psalmist prayed, I too ask cause me to hear your loving kindness each day and to trust You with all of my heart. I too lift my soul to You, and thank you for all of the good gifts You give. Thank you for my family here in Vancouver and my family I left on the Prairies. Draw all of our hearts to You Lord that all of us will know Your great love. It is awesome to me that You have called me to be Your child and have commissioned me to tell of Your great love for all...
p.s. My sister has a new imac with a cool flat screen.
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
P.S I usually take a whole bag of books when I travel. Well, not this time. All books, except my bible, journal, and one devotional, are staying home! Life needs to be simple with no nagging to do's, visiting with family is priority.
The Power of Corporate Intercession
“There are certain challenges in the spirit realm that can only be accomplished through corporate intercession. Corporate intercession, as seen in Scripture and throughout history, should be a normal, powerful functioning part of our church service… If prayer intercession has the power to ruin Satan’s worst strategies - to destroy his principalities and powers regionally, bring national revival, heal the land and release the supernatural - surely it must be an integral and important part of our corporate gatherings.”
There is tremendous power in corporate intercession that most of the Church has not yet grasped. We believe in our minds that corporate intercession is important, but we do not yet fully comprehend the vast amount of spiritual power that is released in a corporate gathering of united intercession. It is beyond our wildest imagination. Prayer, and especially corporate prayer, is the greatest force in the universe. It releases the anointing and power of God in the affairs of man on earth in a tremendous way. The demonic forces tremble at the thought of the Church worldwide arising in corporate intercession. If we study the early church, we can see that they knew the power of corporate intercession. They saw God’s power manifested on earth, they were filled with His spirit, and they spoke God’s word boldly. What was the result? They saw many saved even in a single day.
“After they had prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly” (Acts 4:31).
The reason I believe that we as the Church have not grabbed hold of the potential of a corporate prayer event is because we are not doing it. We are not laying aside our differences or our busy plans and activities in order to participate in such an empowering event. We are often caught by the enemy and entrapped in everyday life, and can be missing the greatness of our destiny, the enormity of our task and the high calling of God at the end of the ages. Prayer, corporate prayer, is on God’s agenda for the church at this hour. I mention this because on Sunday, May 15th, there will be a World Day of Prayer.
“On May 15, millions of people will gather around the world for the Global Day of Prayer - a time to humble themselves, repent and pray for transformation of the world.”
Do you realize the importance of this day for the Church worldwide?
Have you planned it in your schedule to somehow lay aside time next Sunday to be involved in some form of corporate prayer whether it be in a small group prayer meeting in your church or a citywide prayer gathering? If the Church worldwide stands up on this day and together says, “Yes, I am including myself with my brothers and sisters worldwide to stand in prayer together for God’s glory and the furtherance of the Gospel worldwide”, imagine what the results could be. What could God do in answer to corporate worldwide prayer and unity in the body of Christ? If one can chase a thousand and two can put ten thousand to flight, what would a worldwide stand in righteousness, repentance and prayer do? Can you figure out the mathematics in the spiritual realm? Every person counts in a great way. Even the weakest Christian on his knees sends the enemy trembling. I encourage you to get together with those in your church or city to pray on May 15th.
“The first church was a church militant, a church living on her knees! Her witness was dynamic, and her prevailing prayer conquered even the proud legions of Rome.”
The Example of the Korean Church
"One of the most important ministries of the Full Gospel Central Church is the prayer in unison we have during every service. We always open our services with everyone praying together at the same time. We pray for the salvation of our nation… We also pray for our leaders… We pray in unison for the thousands of request that come to us… We especially pray for the worldwide revival. When I hear my people praising, it sounds like a forceful roar of a mighty waterfall. We know God must hear the sincerity of our prayer because we are praying in unison and unity. As we pray together the power of God is manifested in our midst. Many have been healed, delivered and filled with the Holy Spirit as we have united in prayer.”
Paul Yonggi Cho from Korea has one of the largest churches in the world. He describes corporate intercession as the key ministry of the church. I had the wonderful privilege of spending several months in Korea where I was able to visit six cities. I was personally blessed and impressed by the strong emphasis on prayer and intercession in the Korean church nationally. Everywhere I went, I saw the strong prayer lives of the Koreans. They are a national church that truly understands the power of corporate intercession. They are seeing the fruit of their corporate prayer, not only in their own nation but throughout the entire world. Below are some reasons why God is enlarging the Korean church.
· Early morning prayer - Thousands of believers throughout Korea pray 365 days a year from 4:00-5:00 AM and 5:00-6:00 PM.
· Friday all night prayer meetings - In most Korean churches there are Friday all night prayer meetings from 10:00 Friday evening until Saturday morning.
· Prayer mountains - More than 200 churches in Korea have prayer mountains where 1000’s are involved in prayer and fasting.
Together in the Harvest,
I have been receiving these teachings on prayers for several month's, I find them very informative and the topics help me to focus on different aspects of prayer. Thank you Debbie for permission to post the teaching's on my blog.