"Blessed is the man
and cause to approach You,
that he may dwell in Your courts."
Prayer with Purpose: 2010-2014
Prayer with Purpose began with the scriptures in Isaiah 40:3-11 in 2010 and a call went out to people who pray.
The assignment was to pray for revival in the counties of our state. Two years later we were led to go online to expand the assignment further. We also added the benefits of a weekly Bible Lesson to edify and encourage God’s people with His Word. Why? Because there are hindrances and opposition to effective prayer that only the Word of faith can overcome. Read Luke 4:1-13.
We have had to press through trials, light afflictions. Yet we did not lose heart. We have learned that the things we see are subject to change! People of prayer consistently ignore those things seen in the natural as we focus on what we see by revelation of His Spirit. This is the walk of faith!
As time is moving us into position, the glorious Body of Christ is being strengthened with might by the power of the Holy Spirit to fulfill individual and corporate assignments. It’s a magnificent work! Diversities of gifts, differences of ministries, diversities of activities … but it is the same God who works all in all for the profit of all. See 1 Corinthians 12:4-7.
THE HOUSE OF PRAYER
Do you remember when Jesus drove the money changers out of the temple and brought correction to Israel because they had strayed from their assignment?
“Then He taught, saying to them, ‘Is it not written, “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations?” But you have made it a “den of thieves."'" Mark 11:17
What’s happening here?
Over time, the hearts of God’s children turned away from God. And without Him, hearts grow cold and hard, so that they are not able to hear and follow Him. The result is no fruit for the Kingdom.
Hebrews 5:11-14 reveals New Testament Believers can have the same experience.
It is called “dull of hearing.”
That means revelation knowledge is coming forth from anointed Pastors and Teachers, but their teaching, and more specifically God’s Word, has become cold and valueless to them, not penetrating their heart as it once did.
Something else has taken up residency in the heart.
The world and all its flashy carnal ways must not influence and dominate us. We are in the world but not of this world. See John 17:15-17.
Just like a fly getting caught in a sticky spider web, many Christians are being enticed back into sinful ways. The Apostle Peter described this as a “dog returns to his own vomit.”
Read 2 Peter 2:20-22.
Perilous times require us to guard our heart’s affections.
Hear what the Spirit is saying to The Church in 2015
“I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.
- “Do not be conformed to this world (this age),
- [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs],
- but be transformed
- (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind
- [by its new ideals and its new attitude],
- so that you may prove [for yourselves]
- what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God,
- even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].
“For as in one physical body we have many parts (organs, members) and all of these parts do not have the same function or use, so we, numerous as we are, are one body in Christ (the Messiah) and individually we are parts one of another [mutually dependent on one another]. Romans 12:1-4 AMP
Prayer with Purpose Team:
Jesus shed His blood and gave His life for you and me to be saved.
That blood is on the mercy seat in heaven and continues to speak on behalf of mankind. Hebrews 12:24
What does the blood say? “Man is redeemed!”
Yet, each man has been given the right to choose. See Deuteronomy 30:19 & John 3:16.
This is exactly the point of why God has called us to pray.
Mankind needs prayer, someone who will give of his heart to intercede for those who are blatantly disobedient and blinded to truth by the deceptions of a liar and a thief.
Kind of like many of us before we were saved…
Saul of Tarsus was vehemently against Jesus Christ and all of His followers.
Certainly there was prayer going up for him. Jesus met him while he was on his way to do great harm to Believers in Damascus. See Acts 2:42.
“Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’ And he said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’
“Then the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ So he, trembling and astonished, said, ‘Lord, what do You want me to do?’ Then the Lord said to him, ‘Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.’”
Saul is a picture of mankind under the black cloak of deception and religious tradition. He did not know who Jesus was even though he had studied the Old Testament Scriptures under his learned teacher Gamaliel. Acts 22:3
In order for one to receive eternal life, there must be a personal encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Although I was raised in a large denomination and had taken some Catechism Classes as a child, I had never heard that you must be “born again.” But God had a plan. On a cold and rainy Marriage Encounter Weekend I met the Lord early Sunday morning. Praise God! Just the day before I had told my husband, “Let’s go home!” Thank God he encouraged me to stay. And thank God someone unseen was giving us strength. Hell was at work trying to prevent us from giving our lives to the Lord.
Sunday night, as our Encounter Weekend came to a close, we were instructed to leave the chapel through the doors at the back of the church. As we did, we saw a lot of people standing in the dark holding candles. Someone called our names. In an embrace of love I will never forget, we met a joy-filled couple that had been praying for us all weekend.
Love for the Lost
This kind of love is not naturally resident in the heart of man. We only experience this through Jesus. Why? Because it is His love. It is what brought Him to earth, carried Him through the temptation and unimaginable distress in the Garden of Gethsemane to His ultimate goal: to become sin for us, to die on the cross and to be gloriously resurrected.
There is no greater love than this!
It’s His love in our hearts that yearns for the lost to come in.
We who pray for our counties may never see the faces of those we are praying for.
We may never hold a candle for them in the dark of night and embrace them as they come forth into newness of life. Nevertheless, we can be fully assured that Jesus Christ is intimately working with us so that they come to the knowledge of the truth.
We may never know how many people like Saul of Tarsus have met Jesus, “being delivered from the power of darkness and conveyed into the kingdom of the Son” because of our prayers. Colossians 1:13
But we do know the heart of our Savior, and He is pleading for the lost:
“My blood has redeemed you! Be reconciled to God!”
Read 2 Corinthians 5:18-21.
2015: God’s Abundant Favor and Mercy
“Then He said to him, ‘A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, “Come, for all things are now ready.”
“‘But they all with one accord began to make excuses.’” Luke 14:16-18
“‘…Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.’ And the servant said, ‘Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.’ Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.’” Luke 14:21-24
The End Time Revival
If you’re not excited about this year you should be!
God is getting ready to manifest Himself, for “The end is better than beginning.”
We can expect God to exceed what His Spirit accomplished in the early church.
So, if you’re not excited, something has stolen your joy.
Set some time aside with the Lord and seek Him. Fast a meal or two. The Holy Spirit is your Counselor who knows everything about you and is always willing to guide and heal you. Trust Him.
Go to the Medicine Cabinet for further instruction and, as we noted above, check to see if your affections are too much for the world. Read Philippians Chapter 4.
NEW YEAR, NEW COMMITMENT
“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.” Acts 3:19-21
PRAYER WITH PURPOSE
REVIVAL! It may seem like we are waiting and waiting.
God is bringing all things into alignment for the end time. Let us not grow weary or impatient. The stage is being set, Beloved! Let’s stir ourselves up and make a new commitment to pray 15 minutes a week or longer for our counties.
Did you know that by praying for the lost in our counties we are holding back persecution from the church?
Think of Saul on his way to Damascus.
Think of Herod’s plan to kill Peter. Acts 12
There’s so much we are all doing in prayer. We won’t know the full extent of it until we’re in Heaven. The Church is a mighty moving force empowered by God. It is the house of prayer!
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