It was through the 50 days of continuos prayer of the disciples, that the Church was birth out at Pentecost. It was through prayer that David birth out the Kingdom, and left the Psalms as a legacy to the faith.
Prayer is All About Us.
You’ve heard me say before that prayer is about becoming a “miraculous marksman in the spirit realm.” Prayer is target oriented. We have to find our voice in prayer and become very specific, developing a targeted prayer strategy.
We each deal with our good inclination and our evil inclination
The difficulty with prayer, is that prayer makes you feel vulnerable, even in the privacy of your own self. Prayer is self examination and self examination is very uncomfortable. What will our prayers reveal about our own character and nature?
Initially, we may begin by bringing many outside concerns before the throne, but in the end, we wind up seeing inwardly. It is the inward man or woman…. our inward soul that we come to face.
We face our own souls and we face our own hearts, even in our prayers for others.
Judging oneself is an inescapable process of prayer.
Before arriving at the heart of prayer, we have to navigate pass our flesh, our pride, our idle thoughts and vain imaginations. In the beginning, all of this may feel like a spiritual obstacle course of sorts. If that is the case for you, I encourage you to press in. You are on the right course.
Pressing in means, that we have to find the strength to fight the distractions that bombard our mind. We have to wake up, and deal with our inner most thoughts and emotions that attempt to derail our soul from advancing and elevating toward GOD.
Keep this thought in mind when you struggle to stay in prayer longer than your usual 10 or 15 minutes?… longer than your usual 60 minutes?….. longer than your usual 2-3 hours?
What revelation will I discover if I press further in to prayer? What will I prevent myself from knowing if I tap out too soon?
The Full Measure and Stature of Christ Jesus…
Prayer opens our hearts to see into our own image and likeness. I have heard many people give reasons why this level of examination is sufficient for them. But, to be IN CHRIST, our goal is to attain toward the image and likeness of GOD.
Many times we hear each other say, we want to get into a higher place in GOD… or we want to achieve that next level in GOD. It can be found in pressing pass that place of normalcy in prayer. In many ways, we can come to set our own individualized customs and traditions and limitations in prayer.
The daily rewards of breaking the boundaries, are awareness and sensitivity to the limitations of our own character and nature, and the desire to put on the character and nature of GOD.
… In this series of teachings on prayer, my goal is to communicate and demonstrate through scripture, that the most critical aspect of our prayer life is the time that we spend in solitude before GOD in prayer.
- Not praying on the prayer line.
- Not praying with the friend who called us for prayer.
- Not praying with the prayer team.
- THESE ARE SECONDARY TO OUR NEED FOR PERSONAL DEVOTIONAL TIME
This Next Level is a assessment of your personal, devotional, consecrated, dedicated, uninterrupted, I Will NOT allow anything to interfere with it…Prayer Time.
Consider this: For anyone that has traveled on an airplane, the safety instructions always caution you that in the event of a crisis, when oxygen bags are released, you place the oxygen on yourself first…then you assist the child or the person next to you that requires assistance.
We have to protect our own prayer life first before we can help anyone with theirs. We have to become prayer, before we can pray for others fervently and effectively.
Yes, we can get by without it. Of course we can. And yes, GOD is faithful even when we are not faithful in prayer.
But that’s a lower level that will not get you to the next level you are seeking, if you are really seeking it.
You have to be like David and become prayer!
That character and nature of GOD that we are striving for… comes with prayer. Prayer increases spiritual insight, discernment, revelation, healing anointing, and every gifting of GOD.
Storms are everywhere on the horizon, no matter where you look. Politically, environmentally, socially, economically, biologically…
What do you want to be your area of expertise in the anointing? You choose.
I Am Prayer!
“Ani tephillah” (ah-knee tuh-fee-lah)
David’s enemies were relentless and powerful. He was feeling oppressed and hemmed in. Yet, before he went on recounting his dilemmas, he stopped abruptly and proclaimed….
Yet, David knew something that had not even been spoken of in scripture yet…
That He had access to “POWER ABOVE ALL THE POWER OF THE ENEMY” and he proclaimed!
I am Prayer!
It’s like he stopped for a moment and remembered who he was, really!
He had a, “Don’t make me lay down here on the floor all night and pray!, ’cause I will do it!… kind of moment.
“I WILL REINVENT THIS ENTIRE SITUATION THROUGH PRAYER!”
“TAKE THIS MEMO, WRITE THIS DOWN AND POST IT IN EVERY PRINCIPALITY AND POWER, REGION, THRONE, DIMENSION, AND DOMINION…” KIND OF PRAYER!
“I WILL REACH BACK IN THE PAST AND MAKE EVERY CROOKED PLACE STRAIGHT, BY THE POWER OF GOD… KIND OF PRAYER!”
THE..NEITHER RAIN NOR DEW SHALL FALL, EXCEPT BY MY WORD…KIND OF PRAYER!
THE “IT’S ALREADY BEEN DONE…” KIND OF PRAYER!
THE..”IF I BE A WOMAN OF GOD, THEN ABC… XYZ SHALL OCCUR…” KIND OF PRAYER!
THE “IF I BE A MAN OF GOD, THEN ABC… XYZ SHALL OCCUR…” KIND OF PRAYER!
THE “RELEASE THE RAIN…”, KIND OF PRAYER!
THE “GOD WILL COME FOR MY WORD TO PERFORM IT”…KIND OF PRAYER!
THE “I COULD CARE LESS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE…” KIND OF PRAYER!
THE “I FORBID IT, IN THE NAME OF JESUS…KIND OF PRAYER!
THE “I WILL PRAY THE DEVIL BACK DOWN IN TO THE PIT OF HELL…” KIND OF PRAYER
IN JESUS NAME. AMEN.
There is NOTHING that You Can Not Handle in Prayer!
WHERE WE ARE IN PRAYING THROUGH THE PSALMS THROUGH THE MONTH OF ELUL:
- PSALMS 15-21 SUNDAY AUGUST 16
- PSALMS 22-28 MONDAY AUGUST 17
- PSALMS 29-35 TUESDAY AUGUST 18
- PSALMS 36-42 WEDNESDAY AUGUST 19
- PSALMS 43-49 THURSDAY AUGUST 20
- PSALMS 50-56 FRIDAY AUGUST 21
- PSALMS 57-63 SATURDAY AUGUST 22
- PSALMS 64-70 SUNDAY AUGUST 23
ELUL IS THE TIME TO CLEANSE ALL THE CLUTTER OUT OF OUR CLOSETS AND GET RID OF EVERY DEAD THING WE SHOULD NOT CARRY INTO OUR FUTURE IN 5781/2021.
IT’S TIME TO DEAL WITH ALL THE DEAD BAGGAGE. REPENT FROM EVERY BANNED BATTLE. SEEK GOD TO REPLACE EVERY HURT PLACE WITH LOVE, KINDNESS AND TENDER MERCIES.
FOR THESE REASONS, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE BOOK OF PSALMS.
This teaching is dedicated to my students. May you all arise to BECOME PRAYER!
In every spiritual battle you encounter, I pray that you exemplify the heart of David, stare the enemy head on and decree and declare, “I AM PRAYER!“
Posts Included in This Years Series on Prayer for Elul: 2020
Posts Included in LAST YEARS Series on Prayer for Elul: 2019
- Elul, Because of You
- Elul, What if Your Spiritual Identity is Prayer?
- Elul, Justice Shall You Pursue…
- Elul, The Time to Return to GOD…
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