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ELUL, A DAVID KIND OF PRAYER…

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.

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… 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

Elul, May GOD Find You Praying Like David Prayed

Posts Included in LAST YEARS Series on Prayer for Elul: 2019

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Elul… May GOD Find You Praying, like David Prayed…

NOW IS THE SEASON….

ROSH CHODESH ELUL— THE MONTH OF THE SEARCH

THE 1ST OF ELUL, 5781. ~ AUGUST 20, 2020

29 DAYS TO EXAMINE YOUR HEART….

SET YOURSELF UP FOR BLESSINGS!

GOD asks in His Word, that we proclaim His Feast in their Seasons. When we are obedient to this request we set ourselves under the Biblical Calendar and the cyclical nature of Supernatiural Seasons of GOD.

The Feasts are given to us as our personal and prophetic moedim (moe-eh-deem) ; Our personal & prophetic appointments with GOD. The modem translates into English as “The Feasts.” GOD takes personal possession of these days, which are separated and consecrated by GOD, just for You!

It was ALWAYS All About You!

GOD has dedicated and consecrated time, set aside just for you!

When we are faithful to proclaim His Seasons, we declare all honor, glory, power, might and reverance for GOD, faith and trust… believing that, “What GOD did then, He will do once again.”

Observing the Feast of God, which were designed with you in mind, sends a message to GOD that you are all about Him! And that the appointment time that He has set aside for you, you are decreeing and declaring….”I will be there!”

Leviticus 23: 

GOD asks us to proclaim His Seasons, FOREVER, Throughout our Generations… (not just in the “Old Testament times”. Throughout your generations… means an eternal consecration. Every generation is invited and we should want to be there.

1 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.

Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings.

These are the feasts of the Lord, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.

GOD’S NEW YEAR IS FAST APPROACHING!

The prayers we offer during the month of Elul (when we search our own hearts) prepares us for GOD’s New Year -Rosh Hashanah, (September 19, 2020) Yom Kippur – Day of Atonement (September 28, 2020) and the Feast of Tabernacles (October 3 & 4, 2020).

As you just saw, GOD asks that we “proclaim” His Seasons. They were set aside by GOD for us, to draw closer to us as we draw closer to Him.

After GOD intiiated the Biblical Calendar with Nisan, “Let this be the beginning of months to you”, He continued…

Leviticus 23:

23 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

24 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month [Rosh Hashanah], shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.

27 Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement [Yom Kippur]: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord.

31 Ye shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.

34 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the Lord.

37 These are the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord, a burnt offering, and a meat offering, a sacrifice, and drink offerings, every thing upon his day:

41 And ye shall keep it a feast unto the Lord seven days in the year. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month.

42 Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths:

43 That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

44 And Moses declared unto the children of Israel the feasts of the Lord.

Again, GOD asks us to proclaim His Seasons, FOREVER, Throughout our Generations…

  • On the 1st, 10th and 15th of the 7th Month – The Hebrew Month called Tishri
    • Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Feast of Tabernacles

Praying the Psalms can help you jumpstart the search into you own soul…You will be Praying like David Prayed!

Psalm 51

1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.

5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.

9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.

15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.

19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

Psalm 7

1  O Lord my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute [chase, pursue] me, and deliver me:

Lest they [will] tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver.

O Lord my God, If I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands;

If I have rewarded evil unto him that was at peace with me; (yea, I have delivered him that without cause is mine enemy:)

Let the enemy persecute my soul, and take it; yea, let him tread down my life upon the earth, and lay mine honour in the dust. Selah.

Arise, O Lord, in thine anger, lift up thyself because of the rage of mine enemies: and awake for me to the judgment that thou hast commanded.

So shall the congregation of the people compass thee about: for their sakes therefore return thou on high.

The Lord shall judge the people: judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me.

Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins.

10 My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart.

11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.

12 If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.

13 He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.

14 Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.

15 He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.

16 His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.

17 I will praise the Lord according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the Lord most high.

Psalm 39

I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.

  • One of the hardest things we have to do is keep silent before the wicked. However, when we restrain ourselves when provoked, we elevate and strengthen spiritually.

I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred.

  • dumb with silence [do-me-yaw] = I controlled my tongue, kept my composure
    • I did not lash out or lash back with my tongue.
  • held my peace [khaw-shaw] = I was still

My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue,

Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is: that I may know how frail I am.

  • David spoke to GOD about the situation instead trying to defend himself to others, or trying to explain, complain, or win.
  • David transformed the way he handled the pressures imposed upon him by Saul.
  • By today’s Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube standards of behavior, many who say they follow Christ, are not following Him in this. Many “believers” are lashing out, lashing back, etc.

Psalm 86 

1 Bow down thine ear, O Lord, hear me: for I am poor and needy.

Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee.

Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily.

Rejoice the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.

For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.

Give ear, O Lord, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications.

In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.

Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works.

All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name.

10 For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.

11 Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.

12 I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.

13 For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.

14 O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul; and have not set thee before them.

15 But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, long suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.

16 O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid.

17 Shew me a token for good; that they which hate me may see it, and be ashamed: because thou, Lord, hast holpen me, and comforted me.

You can pray the above selections of Psalms everyday if you lie, or you can join in praying the Psalms daily- at least 7 a day, from Psalms 1-150 all the way to the end and back again during the month of Elul!

Praying the Psalms truly help you to obtain place of self reflection, ponder the Word of GOD and review your deeds for the year – an much more than that.

GET YOUR FRESH START FOR WHAT GOD DESIRES FOR YOU IN 2021

Posts Included in This Series on Prayer for Elul: Post from 2019 that remain on time for this season!

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