We are living in a season when things are intensifying on a grand scale. Nations across Europe and even America are being challenged in unimaginable proportions because of the current crisis involving hundreds of thousands of people fleeing ISIS in Iraq and Syria, which has become a global refugee crisis. Christians and other minority people groups are being persecuted throughout the world - especially in the Middle East and here in the United States of America. Police have become targets of extremely violent and deadly crimes for reasons some are justifying as retaliation for the wrongful deaths and police brutality against African American males over the course of time. Now, Christians are being imprisoned right here in the United States simply because they disagree with the Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage. A major drought has been occurring in California and on the West Coast of the United States for almost 5 years with no stopping in view. The integrity of our governmental leadership is being questioned more now than ever before in history, and former statesmen and women are under serious criminal investiga-tion for violating the law. Iran now has been handed the ability to develop nuclear weapons and possibly evade full disclosure and detection over a certain period of time, jeopardizing the security of the nation of Israel and its neighboring countries. Needless to say, the world is on Fire!! But, in the midst of all of these events taking place around the world it presents the greatest opportunity for the people of God and the body of Christ to stand strong and stand tall and speak life over the nation for the glory of God!
As people of God, we must let our light shine as we enter into the corridors of prayer waging intense spiritual warfare and intercession on behalf of humanity, the Church and it's Pastors, Israel, America, and Christians who are being persecuted everyday for their faith in God. It's time to stand in the gap and make up the hedge in Jesus mighty name! The body of Christ is an army of people who are empowered and filled with the Holy Spirit to do great exploits in this world. It is time for us to stand together and stand firm upholding the standards of God's holy word. Nowhere else in the world can people go for salvation, healing and deliverance except the Church. It is God's governmental institution in the earth where people are taught, trained, transformed, equipped and empowered to carry out His will from heaven to earth. When the Church rises as a force in fervent prayer and intercession the adversary has no choice but to flee and loose his captives!
It is through a focused effort of engaged prayer and intercession that major changes happen around us. A Great Awakening and Revival is knocking at our door! Let's open our hearts wide and prepare to be a part of a tremendous life changing move of God. Those who have discernment of the times can sense the move of the Holy Spirit and know that God is calling His people to a deeper commitment in prayer as we are entering into what is perhaps the greatest time in history. Dedication and commitment to pray for our nation, Pastors and churches, those who are being persecuted for their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and for Israel is paramount. The adversary is roaming throughout the earth seeking whom he may devour, but it is the faith-filled anointed prayers of the righteous that avail much and put the enemies plans to naught. We have been called and anointed by God to speak life over and against all the works of the enemy, knowing that no weapon formed against us shall prosper and every tongue that rises against us God has given us the right in judgment to condemn in the mighty name of Jesus Christ! We must move with the Holy Spirit and allow God to flow through us, heal, deliver, save and bring hope to a lost and dying world.
Let's make something very clear. Jesus was God manifest in the flesh (John 1:1-14). He did not come to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved (John 3:17). He said of himself, "I am come that you might have life and have it more abundantly." (John 10:10b) Now, if Jesus knew the end from the beginning, and promised to send another Comforter to save, teach, bring light, revelation and healing, how much more should we endeavor to do the same today? (John chapters 16 & 16) We are God's ambassadors, representatives, and a kingdom of priests in this world. It is our responsibility to represent His Kingdom in power and authority over the kingdom of darkness, and bring glad tidings of good news. (Luke 10:19; Romans 10:15)
In this season, the adversary has launched an attack upon God's servants and generals in the body of Christ. He has targeted the lives of those who are afflicting great damage on the kingdom of darkness to silence their voice in the earth. The warfare is real, and the purpose is meant to kill, steal and to destroy. Therefore, we must assault the enemies camp strategically and effectively through intense prayer and intercession on behalf of those who are being targeted. Effective strategic praying is a must! (James 5:16; Ephesians 6:10-18)
Jesus is our Commander in Chief. He is our High Priest and Intercessor. As we are led by the Spirit in prayer and spiritual warfare, nothing shall be impossible for us, and the enemy shall be defeated to the glory of God! The Bible says in Matthew 11:12, "The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence and the violent take it by force." Position yourself in the spirit of the Lord to fight the good fight of faith in prayer decreeing the Word of God over and against all the works of the wicked one. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. God strengthens you with might in the inner man to conquer every giant and slay every demonic bear by the power of the blood of Jesus (Revelation 12:11). It's time to fight in prayer! I encourage you to rise up in the Spirit of God and declare His promises over your life, marriage, family, finances, future, this country, our leaders, pastors, the church and for salvation of souls.
Here are a few Scriptures that I have outlined for you to meditate upon as you enter into the corridors of prayer and intercession:
Ephesians 6:18-19, "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; 19, And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel..." Key: Pray continually for the people and servants of God in every way possible while being on alert watching as you pray for the fulfillment thereof.
Numbers 21:6-8, "And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.
7 Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord, and against thee; pray unto the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.
8 And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live."
Key: The prayers of the righteous can avert God's divine judgment upon the people and provide an opportunity for them to acknowledge their sins, repent and be saved.
2 Kings 6:16-18, "And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.
17 And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
18 And when they came down to him, Elisha prayed unto the Lord, and said, Smite this people, I pray thee, with blindness. And he smote them with blindness according to the word of Elisha." Key: Pray for God's divine hedge of protection to be placed around His servants and God's people daily knowing that you have nothing to fear with God on your side.
Isaiah 59:19, "So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west,and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him." Key: Decree the sovereign power and authority against the enemies plan and attempt to overtake you. It won't work, because the Spirit of the Lord will manifest His power on your behalf, and on behalf of those you are standing in faith for.
Deuteronomy 32:30, "How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had sold them,and the Lord had shut them up?"
Joshua 23:10, "One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the Lord your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you." Key: God has given Believers the power and authority to drive the enemy out! Not only that, but God himself will also fight for his people, which is a guarantee of victory.
Luke 10:19, "Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you." Key: You have been delegated ranking authority over all of the ability of the enemy. The power and authority that God has given His people encompasses the jurisdictional governmental right to rule and preside over, to decree the judgment of God against all the weapons of the adversary rendering them powerless, null and void in Jesus mighty name!
Matthew 18:18-20, "Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." Key: You have been given the delegated right and jurisdictional authority on earth to bind which is to disallow, declare illegal, prohibited, intolerable, and unacceptable in the earth realm, and it shall be done (bound) having been declared unlawful according to the Word of God in heaven. You also have the delegated right to loose, which means to sanction, permit, decree lawful, release, uphold and allow in prayer those things which have been decreed, authorized and sanctioned as such in heaven by the authority of God's Word. As you activate your right in accordance to the word of God in unity with other faith-filled Believers, God promised that it shall be done for you. Additionally, He promised that His presence would be in the midst of those who gathered together in agreement of faith and prayer. What a powerful tool! Be sure to use the authority God has given to you wisely in prayer on a daily basis.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5, "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.."
Key: The battle that we are engaged in is not against flesh and blood where we can ball our fist up and punch someone in the nose or engage in a physical fight to win. It is spiritual in nature. The enemy we face is subservient to and subdued by the surpassing greatness of the spiritual weapons that God has provided for us as Believers. They are mighty through God to pull down and destroy every kind of demonic stronghold, weapon, bondage, addiction, oppression, and force in the devil's arsenal. Of a truth, the weapons of power that we have been given supersede any and everything the adversary possesses, and we have been given the ability through God in prayer to conquer them all.
There are many other Scriptures that can be given to utilize during prayer and intersession. I want to encourage you to search the Scriptures and invoke the power of God with authority as you engage in effective strategic prayer daily. Use the word of God to speak life as you pray for every type of need, issue and circumstance. It is mighty and produces great results. God's Word is the final authority and holds the keys to unlock each and every door. His Word is the answer and solution to the problems we face, and is completely sufficient in addressing every need. There is simply nothing too hard for God!
I am believing God for you today. As you share your comments and feedback on this blog, you are in my prayers that God will lead you through the corridors of prayer and manifest His mighty hand of power in every area of your life, family, ministry, health, finances, business, and relationships. I hope it has been a blessing to you, and that you will share it with everyone that you know. Thank you so much. May God bless you exceeding abundantly above all that you can ask or think!!