Power Praying for Our Children

We often will say we need to change our cities and our nation. I say that the cities, states, and nations will change when families are restored back to God.

This is about our sons and daughters. It is about breaking chains, holds and demonic strongholds off of our children.

Most of which, at one time, have had an encounter; an experience with Christ. However, they have walked away.

Some have walked further away than others, at least in our mind. I remind us today that the distance is the same between them all and Christ. Regardless of how steeped in sin we feel they are, their distance to return is the same as the one that we believe to be closer.

It will matter little how far away one is from Christ when He returns, the result will be the same.

However, the distance back to Christ is the same for everyone.

For that reason, I believe there is a stirring, a reviving and a renewing of the cry of parents for their children.

It is a clarion call for our children to return home, to come back to the Father.

You must have persistent, passionate and bold prayers for the vision that you have received; of the return of that which has been taken or that which has been promised to you.

The bible is filled with precious promises about the return of children.

I think it’s high time that we band together, in a unified force and start reclaiming what is rightfully ours and promised by God. We have been given authority, we should use it.

I perused the bible, and I noted that each time that God commanded his people to take something it never happened through a slick track, a television program, or sleek marketing.

Those items are needed but it is not what impresses nor is what brings victory.

Instead this battle is won in the trenches of our prayer rooms, prayer closets, and our obedience to the Holy Spirit.

This battle is against an enemy who seems to have entrenched himself, deep in the hearts of our children. It may seem that the child is fortified and the battle is hard. Our eyes see that there are defenses to every way of attack.

There is no defense against prayer.

Joshua faced a similar battle – it wasn’t over a child necessarily, yet it was over the future generations and the promises of God. He arrived at Jericho a well-fortified city that seemed to have a defense for every area of attack.

In reading the text again of the battle plan for Jericho, I noticed something in Joshua 6:12,15.

12 And Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the Lord.

15 But it came to pass on the seventh day that they rose early, about the dawning of the day, and marched around the city seven times in the same manner. On that day only they marched around the city seven times.

They had the promise and the instruction and they arose early in the morning.

I believe one of the foundational points to taking back what is ours is to get an early start. Bombard the enemy and the heavens with prayers early.

There is no defense against prayer.

Heartfelt, impassioned prayer and consistent intercessory prayer, begins to tear down the strong holds and dissolve the power of sin’s hold on their lives.  Prayer makes the people of God more sensitive to the Holy Spirit. This allows for us to see the pathway that God is leading us down and to walk through doors that God is opening for us, to shine the light of Jesus into the darkness.

People of prayer are people of love and people in darkness need the light to lead them, in love, to Jesus.  We shouldn’t shine the light to blind them or spotlight how in darkness they are. Instead use the light to guide them, not hurt them.

That is how the Holy Spirit brought us; not through harshness but through gentleness.

I hear a clarion call for parents, believers and prayer warriors to bind together.  For our children that are wandering, those that are lost, wounded, hurt, deprived, and needing a fresh encounter with Jesus.

We need not join together and be in misery and mope or pray disheartening prayers. We need to join together and pray as they did in Acts 4:23-31. When they prayed the place was shaking, they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the Word of God with boldness.

Without an encounter with Jesus Christ, our children are doomed to destruction.

Here is what God told Joshua…

Joshua 6:17

17 Now the city shall be doomed by the Lord to destruction, it and all who are in it. Only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all who are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent.

Now we live in a time that people are waiting for the sudden destruction, before we will pray.

Destruction is happening not from the outside suddenly, but from the inside gradually.

Disease runs rampant; sickness, infection, and pain are all around us.

Death comes through countless doors; suicide, murder, and abortion.

Despair abounds, there is a growing sense of hopelessness as people’s aspirations and dreams melt before them.

Disillusionment is deepening as children see their homes break apart and relationships crumble around them.

Disappointment devastates people. Businesses going under, contracts and agreements violated, and friendships dissolving.

Dishonesty, deceit, divorce, dismay, destruction; it’s all around them. Yet, in the pews, prayer closets and prayer rooms HOPE is rising.

The Lord is calling His people to march around their cities, their inheritance, with their prayers, in so doing we will see the walls come crumbling down.

Hell has been building walls of destruction all around them, but the church is going to see, through the power of prayer, those walls come crumbling down.

God is able to shatter the walls and make them fall down flat. God is able to disperse the demonic powers and send an invasion of the Holy Spirit into the areas of despair and destruction.

God is prepared to rescue the Rahab’s… Rahab wandered in her sin, because no one told her of the Love of God.

Rahab is a prophetic study. This harlot from Jericho is an example of the hungry soul, that’s searching for a different reality.

Rahab = Hebrew root word meaning “wide space, roomy.”

It speaks to the empty hearts, wide open to whatever life can throw at them, and whatever the enemy will do to them.

However, her heart was also open to whatever LIFE, could be brought to her. Though she was a prostitute, when the spies came, she acknowledged that their God was greater than any other.

She was indoctrinated in a pagan culture, trapped in her own sins. Yet, she was open to the fact that there was someone, who was better than anything that she had ever known, the Living God.

Her openness, spared her life, not only did it spare her life; it also caused her to be related to Jesus.

How many of our children, if prayers are lifted, and walls come down, would respond to the Living God, and not only live, but become related to Jesus.

John 1:12 – But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

Further Study References: Proverbs 22:6, Acts 16:31, Psalm 115:14, Psalm 112:1-2, Proverbs 14:11, Proverbs 20:7, Isaiah 49:25, Proverbs 11:21, Jeremiah 31:16-17, Psalm 25:12-13, Isaiah 61:8-9, Psalm 128:3, Isaiah 54:13-15, Psalm 36:7-9, Isaiah 44:3-5, Psalm 102:28, Deuteronomy 7:13, Deuteronomy 30:19-20, Psalm 127:3-5, Hebrews 1:14, Joel 2:28-29, Acts 2:14-18, 2 Corinthians 1:20, Isaiah 55:11-13, John 1:12, Romans 8:14

Handling Conversations

In my daily bible reading I came across yet again this wonderful truth that, bears repeating yet again in this hour.

James is writing to the early –church and giving them a strict look at the power of our actions. He was more interested in the Christians actions than in the Christians words.

James 1:22-23 KJV

22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:

When we hear and do not apply the Truth in our lives than we deceive ourselves

James is emphatic about it – he lists out that our words and our actions can bring much trouble into every aspect of our lives. Friendships and Marriages alike can be destroyed by our actions or by our words.

The tongue that littlest member has caused more pain than can imagined. James wrote the tongue cannot be tamed by man, it is evil and full of deadly poison. And whether those words are spoken or written doesn’t change the impact upon the recipient. Words can be devastating and they will destroy.

James wrote in James 3:10 that these things ought not to be. We who profess to be Christ Like and have put on Christ – (Romans 13:14, Gal 3:27) should a live life that is different. I want my life to yield good fruit; I want sweet water to flow from my life, not bitter water, nor deadly poison that destroys.

James wrote that (3:13-14) that a wise man with knowledge would present a good conversation with his works with meekness and with wisdom. But a man with a bitterness, envying, and strife in his heart would glory not and is not of the truth. A bitter heart equals a bitter conversation. Whatever is in your heart is what will come out of your mouth. Your heart is what controls your conversation.

James continued by giving a litmus test of what a conversation should be and what it should not be.

He states that this wisdom does not come from above, because every good gift and every perfect gift comes from the Father above (James 1:17), but is earthly, sensual, and devilish. For where envying, strife, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.

You should run every conversation, every teaching, and every word of instruction, through that litmus test. If there is any strife, tension, bitterness, jealousy in what I am hearing that I know that that is not from God. On the other hand if what I hear is peaceable, pure, edifying, filled with righteousness and peace then that is a conversation that I will receive.

Do your conversations pass the James Test?

Keep the Faith

Oftentimes in the middle of a battle discouragement can begin to set in, especially when the victory hasn’t come as easily as you thought that it would.

There is not much in life that has value which will not come to you without effort. Effort in the spiritual sense is not necessarily more energy behind all that you do. Quite simply, it is not giving up, or in the biblical terms it is keeping the faith.

Paul wrote to Timothy in    II Tim 4:7

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: (KJV)

Paul didn’t say I won every time. He said I just kept fighting, Timothy. God hasn’t asked you to do something that you are incapable of doing. He will bring the victory. Your duty and my duty is to keep fighting. When the odds seem stacked against you, just keep fighting. Fight regardless of the thoughts that you have, circumstances that you see, or the words that come to your ears. Just keep fighting and ultimately God will bring about the victory. For Paul further wrote that despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us (Romans 8:37 NLT).

 

Paul stated I have finished my course. I have finished all that God has asked me to do, the course is His. God is the author and the finisher. I have finished my course. We are to finish the course that God has laid out for us. Make sure that you finish the course with a fight.

Lastly, Paul gives us the key to fighting and finishing; faith. Paul kept it. He never let go of it. Your faith is vital to your fight, and if you don’t fight, you‘ll never finish. Faith is that substance of things hoped for, evidence of things not seen (Heb 11:1). You may not see it yet, but keep the faith. Faith will bring you through.

As Jesus prayed for Peter when he was being tested, I am praying for you that you faith fail not.