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Tuesday’s Prayers for America (7/29/2014)

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In the early 1990’s, I attended a three-day regional Full Gospel Businessmen’s meeting. One of the speakers was a well-known evangelist from the West Coast.

“Would you like to hear some good news?” asked the evangelist during his message.

The audience said a collective, “Yes.”

“I have recently met the tailor who designs most of Michael Jackson’s clothing. The tailor has just given his life to the Lord and is now hoping to witness to Michael about Jesus.”

The evangelist paused for a moment so we could grasp the depth of his words.

“Can you imagine the impact that Michael Jackson could have on the kids of America if he gave his life to Jesus?” asked the evangelist.

Everyone oohed and aahed at his words.

We American believers love stars. The bigger, the better.

Okay, how many big-name stars have given their lives to Jesus and then became Christian leaders that had a big impact on their generations?

There have been some, such as Billy Sunday, Dr. Albert Schweitzer, and a few others, but to be honest, not many have ever made the transition. Why?

Big-name movie, sports, and other stars have the same problems we all do with the stripping process the Lord puts us through. All of us want to hang onto the cares of the world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things. This chokes His word and His anointing for our lives.

Today, I prayed:

Lord, I pray that You raise up new Christian leaders in America, who like Moses choose to be mistreated with the least of Your believers rather than enjoy the fleeting pleasures of the world and who consider the reproach of Christ greater than the treasures of the world because these leaders are looking to Your rewards. (Based on Hebrews 11:24-26)

What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you today?

Join with me on Tuesdays to fast and pray for America.

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Learning How to Pray Effectively in 59 Seconds or Less (Part 8)

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In the fall of 1989, I was painting a hallway in a motel when a revelation dawned on me: “Maybe some of my problems are due to demons.”

Now, before that moment, I had no doubts about Satan, demons, and the kingdom of darkness being real and alive. I just figured that since I prayed at least three hours per day, studied the word for another hour or two daily, and fasted two days each week that I would have no problems with demons or even Satan. Somehow, I overlooked an important verse.

Therefore we wanted to come to you—even I, Paul, time and again—but Satan hindered us. (1 Thessalonians 2:18)

The Apostle Paul had been saved for fourteen years and had already written his letter to the Galatians when he wrote his first letter to Thessalonians. If Paul, who had the revelation of Christ living in him and received the revelation of the mystery of the Church, was hindered by Satan and demons, what made me think I was immune to such problems?

so that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes. (2 Corinthians 2:11)

Yes, I was ignorant and my ignorance has cost me time, effort, and money. Lots of each.

I will write more about spiritual warfare sometime in the future, but for now, you might pray something like this for your own spiritual discernment:

Lord, I ask for the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that the eyes of my heart are enlightened. I want to know the immeasurable greatness of Your power which worked in Christ when He was raised from the dead and seated in the heavenly places far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named. (Based on Ephesians 1:17-21)

What are some other hindrances to praying effectively?

(Continued in Part 9)

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Inside Israel

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Once again, it’s time to hear from our sister in Jerusalem about what she is witnessing there as a believer in Yeshua. Put your prayer shawls on and pray for Israel and Sister J. Now here she is …

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I greet you in The Name of The Great I AM. The beginning and the end, the first and the last, may He be MAGNIFIED and GLORIFIED.  And may we, His body, be found faithful and obedient.  I send this to you with deep love!

I sat down for a cup of coffee and a moment of rest out on the merapeset (balcony). There I saw two soldiers and an older man wearing plain clothes, solemnly crossing the street toward our building. I felt a chill and began praying as they entered the building next door to us.  I waited and waited.  There were no screams or wails of grief, so I felt my body relax a bit and kept praying.  Soon one soldier and the older man came back outside and then walked in the same manner back to where they had come from, leaving one soldier behind.

It could signal all manner of things, none easy or happy.  I am learning more and more about our army day by day and I am humbled as I do.

I cannot share the names of the believing soldiers (and children of believers) fighting right now. I have been asked not to do that.  God knows their names, but I am touched by the fact that our sisters and brothers in the army are in very sensitive and strategic positions because they can be trusted.

Please pray for them and please pray that they are strengthened in their spirits…that they SEE Him Whom they serve and are given fruitful opportunities to share His Name.

We had a soldier wearing her uniform at the service last night and I learned something that I didn’t know.  She had been in a battle and a member of her battalion was killed.  The battalion was then removed right away from the fight. The army takes them out for a “cooling off” period because the soldiers become as close as brothers through their training and serving together. The army does not want someone blinded with grief to then act crazy in the midst of war.

IN SPITE OF WHAT YOU ARE HEARING AND SEEING, the IDF does a PHENOMONINAL job of keeping an eye out for blood-thirst, rage, and hatred.  That cannot characterize us.  Most Israelis agree that we need compassion with sharp discernment even in our warfare.

As we went out this morning to run errands downtown, I pointed out to my husband the flags up and down the rail line.  Interspersed with the alternating Israeli and Jerusalem flags are the Golani flags. This group usually leads the IDF into battles. It is this group that lost so many on the first day of the battle.  There are many signs, which read, “Hug a Golani.”

My husband and I are planning to join the throngs going to the Mount Hertzl Military cemetery here in Jerusalem to attend the funeral for a Jerusalem soldier killed in battle yesterday.  His name is Amitai Yairi.  I think the paper said that he was 20.  We did not know him, nor his family, but it is the little we can do to stand with those nearby.  As of now, 43 soldiers and officers have given their lives.

We are definitely in a battle fighting for the existence of Israel.  This is not a small, light, or political battle − this is life and death.  We KNOW that and we KNOW Who wins, however we also know the scriptures, and in spite of many prophets and eschatologists, we know that He calls us to STAND PRAYING and TO STAND.

It is very difficult for Israelis to see needless deaths taking place in Gaza and all the suffering there. This too is a battle and one well calculated by those who are set to destroy.

My pastor has a very important prayer letter which you can read here.

Thank you for your prayers for Israel, for us, for the plans and purposes of God to be fulfilled and to bring glory to His great Name. May there be fruit for His kingdom, and MAY WE BRING GLORY TO HIS NAME.  May you be encouraged, and kept in His straight and narrow path.

Lovingly,

your sis J

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am sending this letter so soon to forward to you my Pastor’s prayer letter as I feel that it is very important.  It is easier reading from the web page, so you can open it here

http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=b8e32e47671a0921e0fb3f53c&id=065abe8499&e=696712bf91

 

 

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Friday’s Prayers for Prisoners (7/25/2014)

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There are eleven million children abandoned by their parents and living on the streets of India. Ten million of these children are little girls between the ages of four and eleven years old. What will become of these children?

Some end up as beggars. Some are kidnapped by the sex trade and end up as prostitutes. Some are forced into slave-like positions as laborers. Most are abused.

Life is unfair, right?

Today, I prayed:

Lord, break our American hearts with the things that break Your heart. Give us no rest until You reveal what we can do to relieve Your heartache.

What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you?

Join with me on Fridays to fast and pray for prisoners, according to Hebrews 13:3.

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Are There Limits on Intercessions and Prayers?

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America’s greatest prayer outpouring began on September 23, 1857, in the Old Dutch North Church in New York City. A former businessman, Jeremiah Lanphier, was hired by the church to visit neighborhood homes. His outreach was not that successful, but a new idea dawned on him while he made his rounds.

Lanphier felt businessmen might like to get away once a week for a short period of prayer. Most businesses closed down from 12 Noon to 1 p.m. So, he came up with the noontime prayer meetings and handed out pamphlets entitled, “How Often Shall I Pray?”

Six businessmen eventually arrived at the first prayer meeting. The following week, twenty men showed up. The numbers increased each week until October 14, 1857, when one hundred showed up, but on that particular day, something else happened: a financial panic hit America. Banks closed. Railroads went bankrupt. Thousands of New Yorkers lost their jobs. Businessmen rushed to the meetings.

The prayer meetings were soon held on a daily basis and other places opened their doors for noontime prayer meetings.

Within six months, ten thousand businessmen attended over one hundred and fifty different prayer meetings in New York City on a daily basis. And across the nation, the Spirit of Prayer started meetings for businessmen in Boston, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Richmond, Louisville, Charleston, Savannah, New Orleans, Memphis, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago, and countless other cities.

This prayer outpouring is known as the Businessman’s Prayer Revival or the Layman’s Prayer Revival. The revival continued full strength for over a year and even continued in the Confederate Army’s camps during the Civil War. It is estimated that as many as six percent of Americans were converted during this revival.

Okay, consider this: this great prayer revival did not stop the Civil War from happening nor did it blunt the extreme judgment meted out on the Southern states. Why not?

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,”says the Lord,“who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:8)

Our prayers and intercessions have one limiting factor: the Lord Jesus Christ. We begin with His name on our lips and end with His revelation in our hearts. We will never go past the limits He sets for us in our prayers and intercessions. Never!

So, when zealous believers say that we can pray all of America’s problems away, I clench my teeth and bite my tongue, hoping they are correct and knowing they are probably not.

You see, often the Lord wants us to build roads with our prayers for us to travel on during bad times rather than bridges to bypass them.

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Tuesday’s Prayers for America (7/22/2014)

Dolly who

 

The first time I heard the term “religious nut” was in the 1950’s when my mom spit those words out of her mouth.

It happened when we shopped at Meiners’ Grocery Store in Forreston, Illinois. Mom picked a few items off the shelves and carried them up to the checkout. Lillian Meiners, the cashier, attempted to talk about the Lord to Mom while totaling the purchases on the cash register. It was a one-sided conversation with Mom saying nothing.

“She’s a religious nut!” Mom proclaimed as we walked to our 1955 Pontiac, parked outside the door.

From that day forward, Lillian Meiners personified a religious nut to me. I would often see her and when I did, Mom’s words popped into my mind. Lillian never knew my true feelings about her. It was one of those inner character assassinations I never spoke aloud to anyone.

Lillian’s name was filed on a forgotten corner shelf of my mind until late 1985. It would still be there covered with layers of dust and cobwebs except for the question I asked the Lord one morning during prayer.

“Jesus, why did you save me?”

A clear voice whispered to my heart.

“Because of Lillian Meiners’ prayers for you.”

His words shocked me, but a few years later, I talked with her pastor, Rev. Orin Graff. He told me Lillian was a diligent prayer warrior for kids who attended the local Bible Camp, which I did for five years.

(Excerpt from my memoir, The Hunt for Larry Who, Amazon eBook, Copyright © 2014 by Larry Nevenhoven)

Today, I prayed:

Lord, I pray that You raise up an army of religious nuts that no longer utter decent, delicate prayers, but rather pray till hell feels its ponderous strokes, till the iron gates of difficulty are opened, till the mountains of obstacles are removed, till the mists are exhaled and the clouds are lifted, and the sunshine of a cloudless day brightens America once again. (Based on a quote by E. M. Bounds)

What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you today?

Join with me on Tuesdays to fast and pray for America.

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Learning How to Pray Effectively in 59 Seconds or Less (Part 7)

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Cars filled the parking lot for the Tuesday night prayer meeting. Vehicles crammed the streets as people jumped out of cars and sprinted inside the church. People ran on sidewalks and across lawns, heading toward the church. It was total chaos when I approached the site.

I stopped a couple that just walked out of the church.

“What’s happening in there?”

“God is answering every prayer without delay,” the husband said. “All you have to do is ask. We just received enough cash to buy a new car, a new house, and take a vacation. God is so good.”

How many times has a scene like this played out at a church prayer meeting? Never. So relax.

But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it. (Romans 8:25)

Generally, we pray our prayers in faith and then we have to persevere (or patiently endure) until our prayers are answered. Yes, there will be a few instant exceptions along the way and praise God, that’s wonderful. Yet, we must understand that instant prayer answers are the exceptions rather than the norm.

Why?

Every step of our Christian journey, including prayer, is designed by God to conform us into the image of Christ and perseverance is a part of the transformation process.

so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:7)

Answered prayer is one of the proofs of our faith.

Okay, here is what I do.

As soon as I pray for something, I make a note of it. Then, starting the following day, I put the Lord in remembrance by thanking Him for the prayer answer. I might say something like, “Thank You Lord for my healing” or “Thank You Lord for the finances” or whatever I prayed for.

How long will I continue to persevere and thank God for the answer? I have been thanking the Lord for a few prayers for almost twenty-nine years now. I still believe and refuse to give up on them.

So, don’t let a lack of perseverance be a hindrance to praying effectively.

What are other hindrances?

(Continued in Part 8)

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