" ... the Spirit of truth,
whom the world cannot receive,
because it neither sees Him nor knows Him;
but you know Him,
for He dwells with you and will be in you."
We are a part of a significant and powerful call to pray in God’s plan and purpose for the End of Days Revival. Last week we prayed for our States/Countries.
God said, “Much was accomplished.”
In this lesson we will focus on vitally important foundations to effective intercession.
SECRETS OF INTERCESSION
Intercession: “And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none.”
Fulfillment: Jesus Christ!
“…that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:19
The Call to His Church …
Praying to God on behalf of kings, all those in authority, and that all men be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth: for there is only one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all. See 1Timothy 2:1-6.
And praying always for all the saints…the Holy Spirit Himself making intercession for the saints according to the will of God. See Ephesians 6:18 & Romans 26-28.
Pray much in the Holy Spirit.
1. Seeing the Invisible
Throughout our lives, there will always be much that can be learned about prayer. Stay humble to learn more. The ingredients to an effective on-going vibrant prayer life begin with knowing God’s will through the Word of God. Train yourself not to be moved by what you see in the natural but to continually look within to be led by our Lord and Savior, the Author and Finisher of our faith.
We focus on the promise, not the problem.
As we pray for revival in our cities, be assured you are on a divine mission and God is working with each of us to produce fruit that will be seen. God is not an absentee Father. He is right here, right now, abiding with us, desiring that we yield and be led by His Spirit.
The more we yield, the more we grow!
If you’ve become discouraged and overwhelmed with what things look like in the world, you’re armor has been punctured with lies from the deceiver. Get back on track by studying God’s Word. Praying people walk by faith with God in the unseen realm, confident that what we see is subject to change.
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen.
“For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Revival? It Just Seems Impossible …
Jesus said to His disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.
“And those who heard it said, ‘Who then can be saved?’
“But He said, ‘The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” Luke 18:24-27
Definition of Impossible: out of the question; not possible; unable to bring about, unachievable; unattainable; beyond belief; beyond reason; unimaginable; inconceivable
Definition of Possible: conceivable, credible, capable of being done; attainable; performable; capable of happening
To do the impossible requires seeing the invisible.
The foundation to everything for a Christian is the Word of God.
After all, you were born of that seed, a seed which is perfect and incorruptible.
1 Peter 1:23
“The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”
Seeing this scripture, believing this scripture (SEED) will then be planted in your heart and germinate just like an apple seed when it is planted in fertile ground and is watered and fertilized. It will grow into a tree that bears much fruit to bless others.
What pray-ers hold in their heart will affect their prayer life.
2. Faith-Filled Words Dominate the Law of Sin and Death
Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, fell at Jesus’ feet and begged him for his daughter’s life.
“Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.”
So Jesus went with him but a woman who had an infirmity for 12 years, grabbed hold of Jesus’ garment, for she had said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.”
“Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.”
Can you imagine what Jairus must have been feeling during this delay when Jesus was talking to the woman? Then came the awful report, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?”
It’s all over. There’s no hope! Have you ever had that thought come to you right after you prayed and believed?
“As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, ‘Do not be afraid; only believe.’
I can just see Jesus turn to Jairus with total firmness and strength:
“Do not be afraid. Only believe!”
Faith is the “live wire” connection to the supernatural, the invisible realm that does not function on the five-senses: touch, sight, smell, taste, and hearing. Faith overrides all earthly circumstances and is the link to the supernatural. Fear is a powerful spiritual force that will disconnect faith from receiving. It turns off the light.
Fear screams: “My daughter is dead. It’s over. There’s no hope. Lord, why did you let this happen? If that lady had not interrupted us my daughter could have lived.” Fear will block the connection that the supernatural flows through.
Jesus said, “Do not be afraid…only believe!”
We know those words of life penetrated and removed the whirlwind of darkness and fear. Jesus’ words, and also what Jairus said to Jesus at the start, were still in operation and far more powerful than the finality of death. This is the victory that overcomes the world, our faith! 1 John 5:4
“Little girl, I say to you, arise.” Read this passage in Mark 5:22-43.
Death could not hold her down, and death could not keep Jesus in the grave either! Praise God!
But what did keep Jesus from fulfilling His Father’s will in His home town?
What does scripture say? Read Mark 6:1-6 and see what Jesus marveled at.
Jesus, the Author and Finisher of Jairus’ faith, did not leave him and He will never leave us! “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ …” 2 Corinthians 2:14
The Roman Soldier
It is wonderfully amazing to me to study the gospels and see the variations of faith from different people. Do you remember the Centurion who came to Jesus and asked for the deliverance of his servant who was dreadfully tormented?
“I will come and heal him.
“Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed.
“For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.
“When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! …Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.'
"And his servant was healed that same hour. See Matthew 8:5-13.
It makes me wonder if Jairus could have had the same immediate results that the Centurion had …
“According to your faith let it be to you.” Matthew 9:29
Jairus, The Woman, and The Soldier
“Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.”
“If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.”
“But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed.”
Did you know we’re in a faith war? Your enemy’s main target is your faith. Your faith is part of God’s armor that quenches every fiery dart. They are like incoming missiles, sent to blow up your faith. Most often they are silent and deceptively quiet. “Did God really say…?”
Let us not be ignorant of his devices. Listen and monitor your thoughts! And for goodness sake, submit to your Pastor and his covering. Stay in church and fellowship with the saints. Take your nourishment from behind enemy lines!
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…” 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
Submit to God, Resist the Devil
“Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for ‘God resists the proud,
but gives grace to the humble.’
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.” 1 Peter 5:5-10
Make a list of what steals your faith and what builds your faith.
PRAYER WITH PURPOSE:
Seers of the invisible, doers of the impossible!
God’s plan for revival: Every city, every county, every nation, every tongue: Saved!
The Glorious Church The Lost Elected Leaders
“… It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.” Romans 8:34
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