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PRAYER JOURNAL PAGES FOR ELUL —THE NEXT LEVEL IN PRAYER

It’s Time to Get Strategic…

For the next month (a.k.a 33 days) you are going to log each prayer request you receive…

You will set your prayer(s) in a watch of the day or night. (See handouts) We will each be making a consecration to stand that specific watch in prayer. In the beginning… you might not stand the entire 3 hour watch, or you might. You choose.

Praying the Psalms will cause your Watch to pass quickly!

All teachings on this page have their roots in The Language of Prayer

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Read the Psalm… Pray the Psalm

Decree and Declare the Psalm out loud.

The enclosed handout contains a breakdown of the Prayer Watches. I believe you will gain more out of this exercise if you don’t focus on all the details of the prayer watch right now. We can fill in that information for you later.

For those of you who have taken this class with me before, you have a head start! For those of you who have not, just pick a watch… that you can honor and maintain through the next 33 days. Your prayer times can certainly shift based on the day of the week, that’s OK.

The important thing is to keep the commitment for prayer that you make…this is your consecration to Heaven. The flexibility is all in your hands and your words.

Write down your commitment in time to whichever prayer watch or watches you will keep. As your prayer request come in, set them / log them for the watch you have set. Jot down the key details so that you remember what you are carrying to prayer.

Can You Keep the Secrets of GOD?

When someone ask you to pray for them, you do not need to tell 10 people. Keep the confidence of the LORD. When GOD sends us someone to pray for, we want to keep their info private and hold on to them as if they are the treasures of GOD Himself. Prayer is a sacred trust and we want to handle them all in a very careful way.

Be as cryptic as you like. Only you need to know what the request is! Keep the request in a safe place (in your bible if you like) just keep them in a place of honor, respect and a secure place where you can reach them.

Prayer takes time. The objective is to watch over your prayers…not to forget the commitments we make in prayer…and hold on till the breakthrough (which could be longer than 33 days).

Because we each will be in agreement over the next 33 days, praying the psalms and the Lord’s Prayer together (in Hebrew), we are believing in the unity of the faith to carry us into this next level.

Get Ready… The power of agreement is incredible…and we shall see the manifestation of our prayers!

Enjoy! Amen.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE:

All teachings on this page are rooted in The Language of Prayer

NOW MORE THAN EVER… Don’t let the giants into your land. Repent from all unforgiveness. Keep working on it, even it it’s a hard thing to do. No gossip, no lying, no strife to name a few! No banned battles… no battles. Let the captives go free!

KEEP YOUR HANDS CLEAN AND YOUR HEART PURE.

ELUL, A DAVID KIND OF PRAYER…

Review the messages contained in the Elul series and refuse to pull your self down to a lower spiritual level. I have provided plenty of scriptural evidence to support you during this month of Elul.

Read them, meditate on them, listen to the wisdom of GOD. Obey them, especially those you find particularly difficult. Your breakthrough or the breakthrough you are seeking for others could very well be locked inside.

You will experience spiritual attack during this time, especially if you are endeavoring to cast out some giants in your land. Attacks are just a message that you are on the right track!

Press In!

There’s enough Giants in the Land Already!!! Don’t Create Your Own Giants to Fight. Be Mindful of the Words You Are Speaking.

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ELUL, What if Your Spiritual Identity is Prayer?

Prayers of the Prophets and the Patriarchs…

The very first time we ever encounter the word for ‘prayer’ in the scriptures, is in Genesis 20.

Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine.” Genesis 20:7

So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare children.” Genesis 20:17

  • GOD did not have ask Abraham to pray. For that matter, GOD did not have to ask Abraham to pray for Abimelech. “…restore the man his wife, and [being my prophet] he will pray for you.”
  • When a prophet of GOD is made whole, they don’t have to be told by GOD to pray for the one that wronged them.
  • When a prophet of GOD is made whole, they have the ability in prayer to bring restoration to those around them. Eventheir enemies can be made whole again.
  • Abraham prayed unto GOD. Abraham understood that the secret of his strength in prayer (healing and deliverance, etc.) came from being in the Presence of GOD.
  • Abraham’s prayers opened the womb of Abimelech’s household, restoring even his unborn seed.

“And the people cried unto Moses; and when Moses prayed unto the Lord, the fire was quenched.” Numbers 11:2

“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.” Numbers 21:7

  • The personal, prophetic prayers of Moses connected with GOD.
  • Moses was practiced at getting into the presence of the LORD on behalf of the people.
  • The people came to Moses knowing that his prayers could restore them to GOD.
    • They were humble enough to say to the prophet, “pray for me.”
  • The people knew the prophetic power of Moses’ prayer life and because of that they urged him to pray on their behalf.
  • People are paying attention in the Church. No matter how apostate, idolatrous, disobedient, rebellious and contentious we can be within ourselves, we are spiritually aware enough to know, who has the power in prayer!

“And the Lord was very angry with Aaron to have destroyed him: and I prayed for Aaron also the same time.” Deut 9:20

“I prayed therefore unto the Lord, and said, O Lord God, destroy not thy people and thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed through thy greatness, which thou hast brought forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand.” Deut 9:26

  • Prayer time before GOD is absolutely needed for the benefit of the Body of Christ.
  • Life and Death resides in the power of our tongues (in speech and in prayer).

“And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli marked her mouth.” 1 Samuel 1:12

“And she said, Oh my lord (adonai), as thy soul liveth, my lord (adonai), I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the Lord (YHVH).1 Sam1:26

  • The Prophetess Hannah understood the value of spending time before the LORD in prayer.
  • If you have to explain to the “prophet, apostle, minister, pastor, evangelist or teacher” that you are praying… that’s a problem.
  • Eli had obviously forgotten about the power of prayer or was so out of practice praying before GOD, or so distracted by the apostasy of his sons and daughters, that he did not recognize that Hanna was in prayer.
    • I say that because Eli’s sons died in disobedience to GOD. This could have been exacerbated, because Eli had abandoned his own prayer life.
      • There is nothing in scripture that teaches us that Eli abandoned his prayer life. That is strictly my opinion.
  • Sometimes, in order for Christians to get into the presence of GOD, we need to be in the sanctuary. (This too is based on personal experience and observations).
    • Consecrated ground can help us focus. To pull them out of prayer for nonsensical reasons, or personal agendas is a great shame.
  • Continual prayer can help each of us gain a greater level of sensitivity and discernment in the spirit.
    • We need to be able to operate with a higher level of sensitivity and discernment so that we don’t miss what the spirit of GOD is doing. Without it we can miss the move of GOD.
    • Without it, we can grieve the spirit of GOD and be completely off track the entire time, thinking that we are flowing with the spirit of GOD.

“And Samuel said, Gather all Israel to Mizpeh, and I will pray for you unto the Lord.” 1 Samuel 7:5

“But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the Lord.” 1 Samuel 8:6

“And all the people said unto Samuel, Pray for thy servants unto the Lord thy God, that we die not: for we have added unto all our sins this evil, to ask us a king.” 1 Samuel 12:19

  • The Prophet Samuel understood how to get into the presence of GOD and pray.
  • As they had done in Moses’ day, the people recognized the anointing on Samuels life – (because of his prayer life)- and they sought him out to pray for them, so that once again, they could be restored back into the House of GOD.

“For thou, O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, hast revealed to thy servant, saying, I will build thee an house: therefore hath thy servant found in his heart to pray this prayer unto thee.” 2 Samuel 7:27

The prayers of King David are evidence of his consecrated, dedicated, separated life of prayer.

David stayed connected to GOD through prayer, repentance, obedience and love. Prayer defined his life, his ministry, his Kingship, his leadership.

GOD knew his prophet Abraham would pray, and GOD answered the prayers of His prophets. In script are we have learned that not only does GOD’s Word not return void, but GOD is so supportive of His Prophets, that He will not let their Word return void either!

GOD came for the prayers of Hannah, just like He did for Moses, Abraham and David. Just like He did for Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Deborah, Joseph, Samuel, Rebecca, etc. etc. etc.

GOD comes for the prayers of His Prophets.

The Secret of David’s Strength

David Was Prayer.

PSALM 109. 1599 Geneva Bible

  • Hold not thy tongue, O God of my praise.
  • For the mouth of the wicked, and the mouth full of deceit are opened upon me: they have spoken to me with a lying tongue.
  • They compassed me about also with words of hatred, and fought against me without a cause.
  • For my friendship they were my adversaries, but I gave myself to prayer.

PSALM 109. JPS Tanakh (1917)

  • 1  For the Leader. A Psalm of David.
  • O God of my praise, keep not silence;
  • 2  For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of deceit have they opened against me; They have spoken unto me with a lying tongue.
  • 3  They compassed me about also with words of hatred, And fought against me without a cause.
  • 4  In return for my love they are my adversaries; But I am [all] prayer.

Psalm 109. Orthodox Jewish Bible

  • Hold not Thy peace, O Elohei tehillati;
  • For the mouth of the rasha and the mouth of the mirmah are opened against me; they have spoken against me with a leshon sheker (a lying tongue).
  • They surrounded me also with divrei sinah (words of hatred); and attacked me without cause.
  • In return for my ahavah they are my adversaries; but I give myself unto tefillah (prayer).

Above, I provided three English translations of the Hebrew in Psalm 109. I want you to pay particular attention to verse 4.

REMEMBER: Hebrew is read for the Right side of the page to the Left.

https://biblehub.com/interlinear/psalms/109-4.htm

I Am Prayer!

Palal

The Hebrew word for prayer is tefillah (formed from the Hebrew root word palel).

Reference the interlinear of Ps 109:4 provided above. Tefillah is the last word in the black Hebrew font. The Strong’s Concordance number written above it is 8605, (tefillah).

Tefillah means prayer in Hebrew. The second to the last word you see in the verse is v’ani. The vav means, but or and. It is normally translated ‘and’, however on occasion ‘but’ is used in context to the overall message.

Ani (Strong’s 589) is the formal way to say, “I Am”. Nothing in the word, ‘ani’ means “give myself”, other than an English poetic license of the translator to add in that specific verbiage.

Removing all traces of “poetic license”, we have two simple words in Hebrew that mean, “I am Prayer”, “Ani tephillah”. (ah-knee tuh-fee-lah)

Reading the entirety of Psalm 109, David is telling us of his distress. His enemies have come against him hard.

Psalm 109 contains 31 verses. Yet, as early as verse 4, before finishing the remaining 27 verses outlining the situation, David triumphantly announces that above all else, I am Prayer!

He is declaring the very method, strategy and foundation of his victory!

GOD teaches us that He inhabits the praises of His saints (Ps 22:3)…

David is determined to transform his life and to become what the LORD inhabits… Prayer!

If GOD inhabits prayer, then I will become prayer, praise and worship!

May we each declare the decree! Let all our enemies be forewarned…

In Hebrews 7:25, Paul taught us that Jesus, “…ever liveth to make intercession for [us].”

The Son of the Living GOD remains before GOD in prayer, as He did here on earth. Nothing has changed.

The disciples lived a life before GOD in prayer. Before and after ministering to others, prayer before GOD was their strength.

The Ministry of the Disciples and The Church itself, were Birth Out Through Prayer!

The disciples stayed constant in prayer for 50 days and that consecration and dedication placed such a demand on Heaven, that the Holy Spirit descended, as promised. Probably, as far as we know.. ahead of schedule.

The disciples believed GOD, waited on Him and went out and changed the world.

Do we have the prayer lives to make this happen today?

How many people attend the Friday Night Prayer Vigil? The Saturday Evening Prayer Retreat?

How many people grumble because “prayer” after service “last too long?”

Could we take the church today into a 50 days of non-stop prayer?

What about a 50 day summer session, retirees and youth only groups?

Can we individually schedule time before GOD daily, to make ourselves available to the source of our spiritual strength?

Do you think this level of consecrated prayer could change our world and the world around us?

This teaching is dedicated to my students. May you all arise to become the priest and prophet of your houses, the one sought out in times of trouble. They will know you by your prayer life and seek out your prayers. You will never need to reveal yourself. The Spirit of GOD shall reveal who you are to the people. You will not be known by your titles, or positions, or charming personalities, the people will know you are the one that GOD has elected and selected to intercede on their behalf, because of the Spirit of GOD that rest upon your lives.

WHEN THE ENEMY ASK, “And Who Do You Think You Are?”

Tell them…

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!

ah-nee tuh-fee-lah

Posts Included in This Series on Prayer:

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Anything that we hope to learn and accomplish through the Word of GOD must be born out of a spirit of prayer. Prayer is the root of all our spiritual training. Study without prayer is futile. Without prayer, we learn nothing and we accomplish nothing.

Prayerlessness makes a pretense of piety.

May GOD always send you a confirming word to every message I write,

GOD Bless You,

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If God Told You A Secret, Could You Keep it?

COURSE: Introduction to Torah This teaching is normally included in the Introduction to Torah Course as dreams are a natural progression as a result of an increase in prayer and torah study. Expect your dreams to increase. Get into the habit of recording your dreams in writing or by voice. Whenever the revelation is not clear, ask for clarity and understanding, When GOD speaks something into your heart, ask if you should be releasing it or revealing it. Maybe the time is not yet? Consider the question. Can He share His Secrets with His Servant?

As we cover the material in this course, please keep the above question in the back of your mind, stay prayerful and stand the watch.

“The ruach hakodesh* rested upon Joeseph from his youth. He was a tzaddik, constantly thinking of Hashem.” Rabbi Moshe Weissman

If God showed you the plans He has for you in a vision or a dream, could he trust you with the vision?

Could you allow the vision to take root in your life?, Can God share His Dreams for you in Secret….until the time He says, “this is the way, walk ye in it?”

Joseph was anointed too with prophetic dreams. We all know the error Joseph made when he received revelation from God about his destiny. He rushed to tell the vision to everyone. It wasn’t until he was trapped in a pit, that he might have had a chance to re-think his approach to handling the revelations God gave him.

On one level, it’s perfectly understandable how he responded, right? To obtain such a revelation from God is mind-blowing! Without the advantage of discipline and restraint, it’s extremely difficult to contain, isn’t it?

Keeping the Secrets of God is a principle ingredient of the anointing, as well as an essential quality of spiritual development and discernment. 

Our flesh wants to tell everything… reveal everything… to everyone, as soon as the vision or the message comes to us. Did we write it down, send it out in a text? Did we call someone and wake them up to share the dream? It is definitely tempting, but our spirit needs to hold it close, to nurture the vision… and water the seeds of destiny with prayer and fasting for the breakthrough!

If GOD has a secret that He wants to share with you, can you keep it?

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Most people respond with a ‘Run and go tell it on the mountain approach.’ Joseph couldn’t hold the counsel of GOD. By moving ahead of the spirit, he set the wheels in motion that delayed his destiny and endangered the vision GOD gave. In order to regain the territory that he lost through impatience, excitement and an undisciplined spirit, Joseph had to pay a price.

Spiritual immaturity is a destiny destroyer. Plain and simple. It won’t be the enemy that blindsided and blocked the believers’ destiny, or ruined their opportunities,–not at all. This is a case of spiritual self-sabotage.

The third time the word, ‘secret’ appears in the scriptures, it is in Deut 29:29, “the secret things belong to God, but those things that are [uncovered] belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this torah” (incorrectly rendered in the text as ‘law’, Strong’s 2063.Ref: The Journey begins, Part 1-3).

The scripture says it more clearly from Hebrew… “that we may do all the words of this torah”, not that, “we may do all the words of this law.” Note: The secret things belong to GOD that we may do all the words of the torah. This is about following ‘the words of instructions and teachings.’ The secrets things are given to us in order to enable us to fulfill our assignments.

In a conversation between Eliphaz and Job (Job 15:8), Eliphaz speaks of the Secrets of God. He asks,“Do you listen in on the secrets (H5475) of God?, Are God’s secrets not enough for you, words spoken gently to you? (i.e, do you limit or restrain wisdom to yourself?” Eliphaz challenges Job about his access to the secrets of God? Is he implying GOD is limiting wisdom to Job? Is he jealous that Job has the confidence of GOD to carry His secrets?

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Psalms 25:14 The Secret of the Lord is with them that fear (yi’ra) him; and he will shew them his covenant. 25:15 Mine eyes are ever toward the Lord; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net. —Fear does not mean ‘fear’ the way we speak/understand it in English. This word ‘fear’ is yi’ra which means to see and reverence, simultaneously. A double-edged sword, if you will. Unlike English, they go hand in hand. Reverence of GOD provides insight, and GOD will open up His covenant to us.

As we have seen above, the word, ‘secret’ is being used in connection with righteousness, reverence for GOD and His covenant. Let’s take a look at Daniel ch. 2

The prophet Daniel is working with a greater spiritual level of maturity, than Joseph was as a young man. When the dreams of Nebudchadnezzar were revealed to Daniel, he asked for time to pray. He did not advance any theories of his own as to what the dreams meant. If he had, scripture would have told us. Whenever, scripture leaves out or includes information, it is done with purpose.

Contrast the way in which Joseph handled his dreams vs. the way Daniel handled dreams. With Joseph in his early years, there was no ‘fear’, no reverence, or insight applied. In fact, Joseph’s excitement sounds like pride and kindles the resentment of his brothers.

Joseph has earned a reputation with his brothers of being a talebearer. On many occasions in his youth, he gives his father an evil report of his brother’s activities, due to his lack of understanding about what is actually happening. He reports wickedness, where there is a merely a difference of opinion, or interpretation of process. Joseph jumps to conclusions.

Whether unintentionally, or irresponsibly, his false accusations on his brothers activities, are returned with false accusations against him in Potifar’s house.

Falsely accusing someone, from the Hebrew perspective, is equivalent loshon hara*, which is like stealing their name and reputation. For these sins, Joseph will be sold into slavery, in effect being stolen away himself.

These above situations began a domino effect, simply because Joseph ran ahead of the vision of God. Daniel teaches us to pray over the vision for revelation and strategy. This is a lesson that it takes Joseph a while to learn, but he learns it. Going forward, Joseph seeks revelation on every dream. He spends 22 years in Egypt, growing up spiritually, in wisdom and understanding. Speaking the vision when the spirit releases him to, no longer moving ahead of GOD.

We do not have 22 years to get this right! Maybe there are some that have spent 20 years fighting banned battles, or locked up in Pharoah’s spiritual prison or Potifar’s house. But if you are called to be a bread provider (like Joseph), you just don’t have time for that!

Key Points:

  • Stay in sync with the Spirit of God –do not move ahead of the vision.
  • Moving ahead of GOD, is equivalent to Spiritual Self-Sabotage.
  • Pray over your Dreams and Visions. Seek insight and revelation, strategy. Remember, once Joseph matured spiritually, he covered the dreams of Pharoah with prayer and sought God for understanding. God responded with a better blessing. God gave Joseph revelation + strategy, which saved Egypt and the entire known world at that time.
  • Rushing to judgment – sets patterns in motion that can hinder your spiritual progress and delay destiny.
  • Moving ahead of GOD, will cause us to walk one way, while the anointing walks another.
  • You will only know what actions to take if you pray first, and be patient.
  • The secrets things are given that we might fulfill our assignments.
  • Don’t be a partner in frustrating the plans of GOD. Be Still. Be Patient. Some dreams take time for the revelations to come. You may wrestle with the vision, but do not let it go. Stay in Prayer.
  • Reverence, allows GOD to open up His covenant to us.

By releasing the vision into the atmosphere ahead of God, Joseph not only has to fight to recover the vision, he has to battle the words that his brothers have spoken against his destiny.

When we are careless with our words, we give our opposition the opportunity to use our words against us. When we wait and pray, we gain the advantage of releasing our words under the protection of the anointing.

Do you release your words under the anointing, or do you release them to war with the flesh of others? Which would you prefer to do?

If you have ever felt the sting of another person using your words against you, you can easily prove to yourself, which one of the above measures is the better course of action.

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Guard the vision, wait and pray vs. “Run and go tell it on the mountain.” Protect the anointing on the visions and dreams that GOD gives you, and on whatever He places in your heart to do. Guard them like the treasures of Heaven, and when it’s time to spend them on His Kingdom, you will know it.

Let us choose the more excellent way!

God Bless You,

Vocabulary:

  • ruach ha’kodesh ~ Holy Spirit
  • loshon ha’ra ~ wicked speech, evil tongue, gossip, evil report

Quote: Rabbi Moshe Weissman, The Midrash Says -The Book of Beraishis, 1980 New printing 2012, Brooklyn New York 11223

Ref: An Overview of Torah Lishma and the Secrets you can uncover from this realm of Torah Study. Click Here to go to Torah Lisha Post.