Empower yourself to change situation in your life and the lives of others with prayer.Learn how to be your own Intercessor. When you learn how to be your own Intercessor, you will soon learn that it is really not about you but about God.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Intercessor Church Behavior

I often say that "Intercessors" don't work in the spot light. But I want you to know that there is a place where you have to make your position known.....IN CHURCH....

I mention this because God had to remind me of my behavior in church.

On Sunday, we had a powerful deliverance service. People were being delivered from the snares of the enemy.

What I found myself doing was getting caught up in watching the situations. Watching people receive the healing that they needed.

As soon as I got out of Church, God had to deal with me.

Church is not an entertainment venue.

When people are being delivered from the lies of the enemy, an Intercessor is not suppose to watch. The Intercessor is suppose to be praying also.

Now that God has had to deal with me, let me speak about the behavior of the Intercessor in Church.

As an Intercessor, you should be praying:

For the Pastor
Pray that they have heard from God and that they pass the word on to the church members.
Pray that the plans that the enemy had for your Pastor is cancelled.
Pray that your Pastor has a fresh annointing.
Pray that your Pastor is blessed.
etc...
Pray for New Visitors
Pray that those who are first time visitors, find the truth in Jesus Christ and continue to attend church.
Pray for those who have been hurt from other churches and who are looking for a place to call "church home".
etc...
Pray for Those at Alter call
Pray that those who go up to alter accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior
Pray for their protection over their lives.
Pray that they always seek to follow the light of Jesus Christ

Friday, April 08, 2005

The luggage that you are suppose to carry around

Back in the days, I use to carry a purse that was equal to a suitcase. Every emergency that could come up, I had the answer in my purse. If there was room for the kitchen sink I would have put it in my purse.

Several years ago, we were visiting my parents in Maryland. We decided to take the children to see all of the sights in Washington DC. Every time we went into a building my purse had to go through the metal detector.

I had to wait along the side while everything in my purse was taken out and displayed to everyone. During one of the purse searches, I actually took a look at the things I was carrying around.

I had a syringe, a spoon, some toy cars, makeup, bandages, dolls, riverbanks, you name it, it was there.

Now I had the syringe and spoon because my children have asthma and they were on medication but if you just look at the things differently, you would think that I was a using drugs. :-)

Well those days are over. I usually carry just my keys and wallet. But there is something that I carry that is more important than my keys. More important than my wallet.

I carry a prayer journal.

This is the luggage that you are suppose to carry around.

I carry a prayer journal because every person that I come across that needs prayer I have to enter it into my prayer journal.

The reason you need to carry your prayer journal with you is because you can run into someone early in the day that needs prayer. You can pray for that person right then and there but later on you may want to pray again for that person.

With everything that goes on in a day, it might be hard to remember the person that you prayed for. It may even be a day where instead of God putting just one person in your life, God places 20 people.

Enter these people into your prayer journal.

You can use your prayer journal to review those who need prayer. Remember that we pray until God tell us to stop praying. Sometimes it is one time sometimes it is months of prayer. God lets you know.

Do you have to go out and buy something special something expensive??

Not in the Kingdom of God!!!

Use a notebook, pad, whatever you have around.

Keep it with you always.

So now you are thinking...do I really have to do this??

Well the answer is yes and no.

You do not have to anything that you do not feel like doing.

Remember that one of the gifts we have is "Free Will"

You do not have to carry a prayer journal and sometimes God may tell you that you do not have to carry one...

But here is something I learned.

God loves to test His people.

If He did not test us then He wouldn't know where we are. And where He needs to work in our lives.

So when someone comes my way for prayer, I am going to carry my prayer journal and enter their name. I do not know sometimes if God put that person in my life just to see if I would pray for them.....

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Praying 101 (a)

While you are developing your prayer life.
The one important thing that you want to remember is that there is power in your prayer.
I know you are thinking that I am just starting this prayer thing and I don't feel very powerful but you have power.
What you want to do is learn how to increase your power.
Let me give you an example.
If you put a pot of water on the stove and put it on low the water will get hot.
It is going to take a while but the water is going to get hot.
Now if you want the water to heat up quickly you turn up the heat.

So lets turn up the heat in your praying....

One of the biggest mistakes that we make in praying is praying to the problem.
I am still guilty of this from time to time and I always have to catch myself.

Let me give you an example:
My teenagers are typical teenagers. With that said...

they fight with each other...
they rebel against things just to rebel...
they watch and listen to things that they should not...
etc...


Now sometimes I get caught in praying the problem by saying
Oh God why are they fighting
Oh God stop them from fighting
Jesus why are they rebelling
Oh God why won't they follow the correct directions
and on and on.

When I catch myself I pray
In the name of Jesus, I thank you for the love that they have towards each other. I thank you Father God for choosing each of them to be brother and sister to each other.
I thank you God in the name of Jesus that these two children are mighty children of God. I thank You that You have blessed their steps and that they are favored. I thank You God that anything that is not of You will never deposit and rest in their spirit. I thank You Father God that You are keeping harmful things from them.
In the name of Jesus, I thank You for what You have done in their live and what You continue to do in their lives.
Amen

Now can you see the difference in the two prayers.
The one that allows you to see things differently than what they are
these are the prayers that pack the most power.

Again, try to find scripture to back up what you are praying.
God always honors His word and His word catches His attention quickly.

Keep Praying

Sometimes we get to a spot where we feel that we have prayed all that we can pray.....
Nothing can be further from the truth....

When we reach that point where we think that we have prayed all that we can pray guess what happens???
You go back to your problems....
You go backwards and start worrying about yourself...
You interrupt Gods work in your life.....
Remember that God is going to take care of you...
God wants you to take care of those who do not know what you know...


Today here are some more chances to pray...

Pray for those you might see stranded on the roadside......

Open up the newspaper or go to the news online. More than likely you do not even need to go to the second page...Pray for someone who needs prayers

Pray for all of the parents you know who have teenagers.....

Pray for people in the hospital.....

Pray for your pastor..........

Pray for bus drivers.........

Pray for teachers..........

Pray for the elderly who are alone....

Thursday, March 31, 2005

A difficult step

Let see...
Where are you now...
You have learned how to pray for yourself.......
You have learned to put on your spiritual glasses......
You have learned how to talk the talk...........
You have learned how to shift from praying for your own needs to praying for others........
You have prayed for someone for a day.........
Finished......
Nope......
Let's go to another step..............
Probaly one of the most difficult steps you could take..........
Pray for someone who you might not really like.............
What!!!!.............
We all have that person in our lives that we don't like.........
They have hurt us, they were mean to us, they misunderstood us, they laughed at us.......
Whatever it is there is that person who when ever we hear their name, your stomach starts to churn.....
Well start praying for that person......
Now don't pray for something bad to happen to that person........
That is not the way..............
Start blessing that person......
Start praying that they will be blessed financially
Start praying that they have more than they ever wanted...
Start praying for God to do wonderful things in that person's life....
It's hard I know but remember
It's not about you........
It's about you showing God that you are the person that He wants you to be.
Now guess what is going to happen.
God is going to realize that you have what it takes to be one of His own
God is going to bless you because you care for one of His own.

Be Your Own Intercessor: Move Up Another Step

Be Your Own Intercessor: Move Up Another Step

Move Up Another Step

Keep on praying for others.
But get ready to go up to another step.
Today, pray a little longer for someone else.
Pick someone who you know is in need of prayer. Just one person.
It can be a friend, spouse, family member, boss, etc...
If you want to, contact that person and tell them that you are praying for them today and find out if there is anything they want you to pray about.
You don't have to contact the person if you do not want to.
Pray for them all day today.
In your prayer make sure to
.....pray in the name of Jesus
.....bless them.
.....ask God for His Will in their life.

Expect a miracle in that person's life.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

A simple start

Ok so you will try it..
You don't have to run out and print... "I'll pray for you "cards.
Not now at least :-)
Today try this today:
Everytime you hear sirens pray that Jesus will send help to those persons in need
When the "breaking news" banner goes up on the new cast, pray that Jesus will help the situation.
When you see the homeless along the side of the road..Pray that Jesus will come into their lives.
When you see a mother struggling with a fussy child ..Pray that Jesus will send peace.
When you are at the check out counter and your cashier has a problem..Pray that Jesus will step in and make the situation right.
When someone cuts you off in traffic..Pray that Jesus sees that person to their destination safely.
When someone has done something to you that causes you to hurt...Pray that Jesus will bless them
Try this today.

So it's really not all about ME???

By now I hope that you have developed some tools to pray for yourself and get answers to your prayers.
Now is the time to realize that the entire time you are praying for yourself and your needs, you are actually developing a strong bond with God.
God wants us to talk to Him. In the greatness of our God, our God takes delight anytime you speak with Him. God longs for us to draw Him into our lives.
But did you know that it is not always about you!!!
I want you to learn to take the focus off of your problems and focus on the needs of others.
I know I know
You have so many things going on in your own life.
You have so many unmet needs in your life.
You have so many things that you need to pray for in your life.
I know I know
I go through this EVERY day.
I use to ask the question..How can I pray for someone else when there is so much going on in my life??
Well God will let you know that....It's not about you.
If you have prayed to God regarding your situations, you should know that God's got it.
But what about the people who can't even pray?
Who is the voice for them??
Believe it or not...you are
Yes that's correct
The person who has so much going on in your life.
The person who has so many unmet needs
The person who has so much to pray for in your own life.
Now before you run away let me ask you to wait please.
There is a bonus
When you can pray for others, you are going to be blessed.
I mean what I say.
There is something that happens to you and your unmet needs when you take the focus off of them and start praying for others.
If you think that what I am saying is not true...try it.

Sunday, March 27, 2005

P.U.S.H.-Pray until something happens

Pray until something happens.
A couple of years ago, I heard a pastor say that you should only pray for something once.
I tried in vain to follow that notion but I kept finding myself going back to the same thing and praying over and over again for it.
I would sometimes start my prayer out with. In the name of Jesus, Father God I know that you are the Almighty and you encompass everything. I know that I have prayed for this before and I am sorry to be praying again about it. I know God that you have already heard my prayers but I am still looking for the answer.
Next, my prayers would be something like. In the name of Jesus, Father God I am worried because I have not seen the answer to my prayers yet.
Finally the prayers would be In the name of Jesus, Father God I have come to you with my prayers and I am going to keep coming to you until I see the answer. Your word state.(I would quote the scripture) and I am standing on that. In the name of Jesus, I know that you are preparing great and wonderful things for me and You have the answer to my prayer. In the name of Jesus, I am just asking you for patience while I wait for your answer.
believe it or not, I usually got the answer to my prayer after the last prayer that I just shared with you.
I had to give up on the notion to just pray for something once because I finally realized a couple of things.
First, each time I am praying, I am still developing the relationship between God and myself.
Each time I am praying, I am asking Jesus to step in.
Each time I am praying, I am giving up the battle and turning it over to the Lord
Each time I am praying, I am learning more and more scripture
And
Each time I pray, I develop some strength and power. The first couple of my prayers I was faint and begging.
At the end of those prayers, I developed some power and strength.
Did you see what just happened?
The birth of an Intercessor.
Someone who has the power to say to Satan---MOVE
Someone who is willing to P.U.S.H. Pray until something happens.

Choked

Ok, by now you should be feeling pretty strong in your faith.
You should now find yourself praying for yourself and believe it or not you are most likely praying for someone else.
Things are going to be just great right?
Yes and No
The good thing about praying for yourself and for others is that you are building a very close relationship with the two Most important people in your life....God and Jesus
But sometimes, just sometimes you are choked.
These are the times when things come at you like a storm instead of simple raindrops.
These days you are going to feel so choked and overwhelmed that you can't pray for yourself let alone others.
There is a simple solution.
The name is Jesus.
That is right.
All you have to say is Jesus
There is power in His name.
So if all day you are just saying Jesus, it's ok.
He will understand what you are feeling.
Jesus will fix it.

Friday, March 25, 2005

It's time to talk the talk

Ok, now that you see things in a different light with your symbolic glasses, it is now time to talk the talk.
Have you ever talked to yourself?
I do it all of the time.
When you start confessing somethings outloud, you not only get the attention of the Heavens but you get your own attention.
It is now time to start talking the talk.

Taken from..."Prayers that avail much"...Germaine Copeland

I am blessed with all spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ (Eph. 1:3)

I am chosen by You, my Father (Eph 1:4)

I am holy and without blame (Eph 1:4)

I am Your child according to the good pleasue of Your will (Eph 1:5)

I am accepted in the Beloved. (Eph 1:6)

I am redeemed through the blood of Jesus (Eph. 1:7)

I am a person of wisdom and prudence (Eph. 1:8)

I am a heir (Eph. 1:11)

I have a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Christ (Eph. 1:17)

I am saved by Your grace. (Eph. 2:5)

I am seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (Eph. 2:6)

I am Your workmanship (Eph. 2:10)

I am near to You by the blood of Christ (Eph. 2:13)

I am a new creation (Eph. 2:15)

I am of Your household (Eph. 2:19)

I am a citizen of heaven (Eph. 2:19)

I am a partaker of Your promises in Christ ( 2 Peter. 1:4)

I am strengthened with might by Your Spirit (Eph. 3:16)

I allow Christ to dwell in my heart by faith. (Eph. 3:17)

I am rooted and grounded in love (Eph. 3:17)

I speak the truth in love (Eph. 4:15)

I am renewed in the spirit of my mind (Eph. 4:23)

I am Your follower (Eph. 5:1)

I walk in love (Eph. 5:2)

I am light in You (Eph. 5:8)

I walk circumspectly (Eph. 5:15)

I am filled with the Spirit. (Eph. 5:18)

I am more than a conqueror. (Rom. 8:37)

I am an overcomer (Rev. 12:11)

I am Your righteousness in Christ Jesus. (1 Cor. 1:30)

I am healed. (1 Pet. 2:24)

I am free. (John 8:36)

I am salt (Matt. 5:13)

I am consecrated. (1 Cor. 6:11 amp>)

I am sanctified. (1 Cor. 6:11)

I am victorious (1 John 5:4)

Everything You say about me is true Lord.

It is time to put on your glasses

People wear glasses to see things clearly. If they do not wear their glasses the things that they look at are blurred or can not be seen at all.
Now that you are getting comfortable with praying for yourself, it is time to put on your glasses.
We are not talking about a physical pair of glasses but a symbolic pair of glasses.
You see, the way that we see things and the way that God sees things are totally different.
With our symbolic pair of glasses, we have to see things the way that God sees things.
It's hard, I know, but try.
Put on your glasses and see this:

When situations in your life cause you to fear, put on your glasses and see this:
"For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, "Fear not. I will help you"...Isaiah 41:13

When situations in your life causes you to doubt if you are worthy of Gods mercy, put on your glasses and see this:
"For you Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You"...Psalms 86:5

When situations in your life cause you to feel powerless, put on your glasses and see this:
"He replied, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, "Move from here to there" and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."...Matthew 17:20

When situations in your life cause you to be angry with someone, put on your glasses and see this:
"But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful"...Luke 6:35-36

With your symbolic glasses on you can now see that you have:
Power
God's Mercy
God's Blessing
God's Protection

With your symbolic glasses on you now see that the World sees things one way but God sees them another way.