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THE MINISTRY OF INTERCESSORY PRAYER
“Stand in the Gap”
January 21, 2009 ~ In looking back over the messages I have written, but not yet released on ASPIRE, Holy Spirit led me to this message written in 2007. God had called me to SEEK HIM FIRST, and spend more time ‘ABIDING IN HIM”, in hiddeness, in the secret place with Him. Being a very gregarious out going people person, loving to teach, mentor, lead and serve the LORD in many different ways in church ministry, I could not understand the changes that were about to take place in my life and personal ministry.
The following message written in 2007,
After much prayer over a year ago, in surrender and obedience, but not fully understanding or knowing what or where God was leading me, because one of my spiritual gifts is teaching which I love, God’s Holy Spirit led me to resign as teacher of a Life Group on Sunday morning and a Life Bridge class on Wednesday night.
Then a friend of mine for over thirty years, told me she was disappointed and ask me what I was going to do. I have great love and respect for her, and normally I would have graciously explained in detail because I had prayed and thought carefully and prayed about this decision and what I was going to tell her and others. And may I add here that up to this point I cared very much what people thought of me...Had been healed from the ‘disease to please’ that I had carried from childhood into older years in adulthood...But I still cared at times ‘too much’. So God was going to teach me MORE, of how to be a “God Pleaser!” Not a people pleaser! Do any of you relate?
When I opened my mouth to explain...out of my mouth suddenly came simply two words, “Intercessory Prayer.” I was questioned further two more times, and all that came out of my mouth was “Intercessory Prayer!” And again, “Intercessory Prayer!” And let me tell you this truly began quite a journey for me! You see the LORD was asking me to lay EVERYTHING DOWN. I learned that my identity came through things that I did. My gifts. Talents. Career. And yes, even through what I did within church ministry. And God began teaching me that my true identity is IN HIM. WHO HE IS AND WHO I AM IN HIM, AND HIM ALONE!
(I have shared with you, how three years ago, the very first time I met Ann Platz a mighty anointed prophet and prayer warrior woman of God, she gave me a word of knowledge and said that God was raising me up with the Deborah anointing, as a mighty prophet and prayer warrior. As a singer, songwriter, poet, teacher and counselor, I had always related to Deborah’s creative gifts. But I did not understand anything about the prophetic gifts. And I certainly did not consider myself a powerful mighty prayer warrior at all.)
But this renewed and stirred up a passion for Christ and began an amazing journey to learn more about the prophetic gifts which established a stronger relationship and intimacy with Jesus than I have ever had in my entire life. I was so hungry and thirty for MORE
And so over a year ago, knowing that I had spent two years of intense study on the prophetic gifts, I realized that I needed to follow God’s leading and wanted to learn more about the true gift of powerful prophetic Intercessory Prayer being led by His Holy Spirit. Because PRAYER IS THE BATTLE!
Being a peacemaker, and not liking confrontations at all, and running from them much of the time, no matter the cost, I realized that I had paid a great cost! And I prayed for God to help me overcome and deliver me from the spirit of fear, so I could face the enemy, know the enemy, and come boldly, courageously and confidently before God’s Throne of Grace as He tells us in His Word.
I then learned about different kinds of prayer. Confrontational. Breakthrough. Rearguard. Travail. Faith. “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit” Zechariah 4:6
I learned how God will empower us with His seven-fold Spirit when we need it. I learned to pray, praise and welcome the awesome Spirit of God! And instead of running from the enemy, in the sometimes paralyzing fear the enemy had used against me - I STOOD UP AGAINST THE ENEMY, with The Fear, the Awe and Reverence of our Holy God. Wisdom. Knowledge. Understanding. Counsel and Might.
“So they shall fear the name of the LORD from the west,
Praise God! He takes a stand on our behalf! He displays Himself to overthrow the power of the enemy! So boldly we can STAND ON HIS PROMISES, STAND ON HIS WORD and speak and pray His prophetic Word back to Him- as we STAND IN THE GAP AS WATCHMEN ON THE WALL AT THE GATE -GUARDIANS OF THE GATE - interceding in faithful prayer for our families, churches, nation, other nations, especially for Israel, and others!
ASPIRE’S PRAYER FOR YOU
“That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory,
“But to each one of us grace was given
(Now this, ‘He ascended’ ~
And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets,
Intercessory Spiritual Warfare Prayer - “The victory of the Cross is extended only as faithful intercessors “wrestle” against dark powers and win through the power of Jesus’ name and blood.” Dick Eastman
“Too many Christians feel downtrodden and defeated by the enemy’s minions before the battle has even begun. The result is that while we stand passively on the sidelines, the enemy runs completely amok. It is time for all Christians to do an abrupt about-face and start learning how to outwit the enemy of our souls. Scripture says that we are more than conquerors through Christ who strengthens us. Covered by the Blood of Christ we are given the supernatural power of God’s Holy Spirit to pray with authority, power and conviction, offering prayers of submission, repentance, confrontation, faith, wisdom, healing, deliverance and breakthrough and more to stop the enemy dead in his tracks!
Put on the full armor of God and arm yourself with Prayers That Outwit the Enemy!” The enemy cannot overcome God. The Life, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ have defeated Satan and the demonic forces. It is time for God’s people to rise up, move forward in these end time battles, and invade Satan’s territory and to advance God’s Kingdom on Earth.
It is time that we passionately pursue God and renew and energize our prayer life. In order to be totally free we must die to our selves. We must experience the death of the Cross. We must not fear this death in our flesh - such a fear will prevent us from entering into the Resurrection and crossing over into our next level of power and authority. Part of this death will entail suffering and trials. The truth is that whenever there is warfare in our lives that we will need to press through, there will also be an amount of suffering that we will encounter in overcoming. However, it is through this process that our godly passion originates and is completed. Via this overcoming in the midst of great difficulties, we are able to move into New Dimensions of God’s best for our lives.”
(From Dr. Chuck Pierce’s and Rebecca Wagner Systema’s book, “Prayers That Outwit The Enemy - Making God’s Word Your First Line of Defense.” Also authors of “The Future War of the Church”.)
Notes from Spirit Filled Life Bible: NKJ
Intercessors (those ‘Standing in the Gap, Watching and Guarding the Gate) link God’s mercy with human need. God is looking for intercessors to stand in the gap and usher in God’s mercy. Fasting and prayer birth signs and wonders, (Acts 13:1-14:28) as God confirms His Word. Prayer is the proving ground of our faith.
Unceasing Prayer is the key to Deliverance. (Acts 12:1-17) Great deliverance comes through prayer, sometimes so surprisingly we may find it difficult to believe it ourselves! A prayerful quest for God leads to our finding spiritual strength.
The Weapon of the Sacred Blood of Christ. The blood of Christ provides every believer with the necessary provision to defeat Satan. Life, salvation, redemption, restoration, regeneration, reformation, is in the Blood. The issue of Blood is right relationship, and our ultimate goal of God’s Covenant. Christ’s Blood is the only God-ordained covering for sin. The Blood of Jesus is forever the only means of right relationship with our holy God.
Seeing into the invisible discerning the spiritual issues and God’s perspective is a key to victorious praying. Prayer brings revelational insight necessary for spiritual warfare. Intimacy with God in prayer births blessings and victories for breakthroughs. Faithfulness in continuous prayer is needed because spiritual warfare is continuous. Consistency and order in daily prayers are needed for spiritual breakthroughs. Prayer births supernatural boldness, unity, fruitfulness and fullness.
A righteous man’s praying is energized by the Holy Spirit and things happen. Earnestness, intensity and diligence are part of God’s emphasis for prayer. Fasting is referred to as a sacrificial form of prayer and produces results. God may use angels to administer the victory for saints engaged in prayer warfare. It is necessary to take authority in the spiritual realm to impact the natural realm. Trumpets (shofars) have a unique place of sounding spiritual authority. (Numbers 10:1-10) Tears of sorrow, joy, compassion, travail and repentance all have a place in warfare.
FOUNDATIONS OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD
GET READY! GET READY! GET READY!
By seeking HIM AND HIS KINGDOM FIRST,
The redeemed in Christ may partner with God and assist in the re-establishment of God’s rule for restoration and reformation of His Church. The Holy Spirit brings the authority and power as we “take God’s Kingdom by force”. The Kingdom of God is advanced through preaching, impassioned prayer, praise, thanksgiving, confrontation with the demonic, expectation for the miraculous and a flaming heart. The authority we are called to move in as “kingly priests of God” is only fully accomplished in the spirit of praiseful worship. Through growth in worship and praise powerful evangelism and spiritual victories are birthed.
GOD’S HOLY FIRE FALLS
2 Chronicles 6:12 –42, 42:1 The moment we lay our gifts upon the altar, submitting our all to God, His Holy Fire falls. FIRE! FIRE! FIRE! We pray for YOUR HOLY SPIRIT FIRE TO FALL!
GOD’S PROMISE OF HARVEST ~
Yesterday as I was writing to my friend Ann Platz, Holy Spirit fell. And I was overcome with a burden for our families, churches and our Nation. How we fall so short in spending time in prayer. And how God wants us to preach and teach the substance of His Word....as Jesus taught...the message ~ Salvation in God’s Son Jesus - but preaching redemption, restoration, renewal, transformation, reformation because Jesus is not only our Savior, but He wants to be Lord of our lives!
God wants us to reaching out and touch people on new frontiers about the supernatural power of God’s Holy Spirit. He will be carrying the Cross of Jesus and preach on Resurrection Power, Restoration and Reformation to the individual and to the Church. The second application to the Cross.
Believers need further REVELATION and TRUTH FROM GOD’S WORD, on what Jesus’ death accomplished. There will be shock waves of prophetic revelation sweeping the nations as entire nations come under the rule and glory of God. God’s grace will be far reaching to higher places so His Light may rule over the nations. God’s anointed prophetic word will capture and release the power of Heaven on earth for restoration and reformation of His Church.
Restoration and Reformation means that the church will display the kind of love Jesus demonstrated during His ministry.
Reformation means the Release of God’s Power without measure through the Church. This release will come through the full operation of the gifts and five-fold ministries and operating in love essential to God’s own nature, the fullness and righteousness of Christ. As Jesus’ Bride, His Church becomes a spiritual house inhabited by a holy priesthood, offering up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ and all men will be drawn to Him. The world will at last see the Glory of God throughout the world in this restored reformed Messianic Church.
God’s people need to know their rich inheritance in Jesus and be able to live and walk in the supernatural power and authority of God’s Holy Spirit. God’s covenant of abundant grace! God is calling forth a mighty army, to be enriched, empowered, and equipped for ministry. This is God’s intent so that believers can bring God’s Kingdom Glory down to Earth, and bless others.”
I also heard in my spirit that there will be a major healing reformation in Korea, spiritually, emotionally and physically. Signs, miracles, healing and great wonders.
My life verse for many years was Isaiah 12:2-5, then a year ago God gave me Isaiah 61 a further mandate of the Great Commission for ASPIRE MINISTRIES.
“Behold God is my salvation,
FAITH WITH NO DOUBTS
God has a way for getting our needs met, our problems solved. That Way is rooted in our Faith’s becoming a seed. When we release our faith to God in action, it takes on the nature of a miracle in the making. We may always give a seed of Prayer. A Seed of Forgiveness. A Seed of Love and Joy.
We are declaring that we are to be the Sons and Daughters of God Spiritual Revolution, with great power and authority through the blood of Jesus and His resurrection. The sufficiency of Christ’s atonement is declared with power by His Resurrection.
THE CALL OF GOD ON YOUR LIFE
Each of you have a divine calling by God. Listen to hear God’s promptings. Stand on His Word in great faith in God. Faith to risk, trust and surrender. Pray to exemplify Jesus in behavior, words and deeds.
Pray to grow in spiritual maturity and exemplify ethical character. Pray to model integrity and courage. Be totally committed to the spirit of God’s call. The strongest traits of godly leadership are characterized by your humility, teach ability, obedience and willingness.
Pray to be a godly New Testament follower and leader both spiritually and in a practical way which deeply unifies the church body. Pray for God’s Seven-Fold Spirit.
DECREE AND DECLARATION
I decree and am praying for God to release the evangelistic healing anointing calling forth God’s Glory to cover this nation, and God’s people for healing spiritually, emotionally and physically.
Together we will renounce anything that absorbs God’s Holy Spirit and tries to insulate absorb or block the workings of God’s Holy Spirit.
Father we want to disciple the next generation so they will fly higher than we fly. We will teach and discipline them in Your Power and Might. Bring forth Your healing gifts that Your Glory may cover the earth. Help us to move in the might of Your Rest. We rest IN YOU LORD, so YOU WILL REST UPON US.
“For you shall go out with joy,
Father God, we come to You in repentance. Reach down deep, cleanse and wash our hearts and our lives. We accept Your healing, Your healing gifts, callings, anointings, and mantles. Grant us faith that You will do all that needs to be done. You alone are God.
We ask that all apostolic, prophetic gifts, all healing and healing gifts and mantles from You come forth in order to move evangelism forward, healing our churches, our land, our Nation and the Nations throughout all the earth. Even as the Sun of Righteousness with healing in its wings (Malachi 4:2) flies or moves by means of wings, so sweep evangelistic healing forward.
We exalt You. We welcome this Season of Change. We know Lord that the intensity of Time brings change in our lives. We know that there has been a SHIFT IN THE ATMOSPHERE that surrounds us. We know that YOU ARE CALLING US TO STAND TOGETHER IN UNITY AND LOVE WITH GREAT FAITH AND PURPOSE FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS.
WE ARE IN A KEY SEASON LIKE WE HAVE NEVER KNOWN BEFORE. WE ARE AT A DIVINE CRISIS POINT. WE WILL EMBRACE CHANGE BUT NOT BE TOSSED TO AND FRO BY THE WIND OF CHANGE.
WE KNOW THIS IS A TIME FOR LEADERSHIP TO AWAKEN AND OVERCOME AT THE GATE! GIVE US FAVOR LORD AT THE GATES. WE WILL CONTEND. STAND. WATCH. WAIT. AND PRAY WITHOUT CEASING. WE OFFER UP THE SACRIFICE OF PRAISE.
WE WILL DO RADICAL EXPLOITS IN YOUR NAME. WE ARE CALLED AS YOUR AGENTS OF CHANGE. WE KNOW THAT WE WILL HAVE NEW DIVINE CONNECTIONS. NEW DOORS OF NEW OPPORTUNITIES WILL OPEN. WE WILL EXPERIENCE NEW DIMENSIONS OF YOUR GLORY. NEW BROADER PLACES.
REVOLUTIONIZE US! Transform us! Rest upon us Lord, as we allow the beauty of holiness to surround and transform us. Give us favor Lord. We are ready to MOVE FORWARD, TO A NEW BROADER PLACE AS YOU LEAD. WE WILL CROSS OVER TO THE PROMISED LAND. LORD! SEND A GREAT REVIVAL OF RESTORATION AND REFORMATION. We cry out for our great Nation, America. And for Nations all over the world. In Psalm 2:8 you say, “Ask of me and I will give you the Nations for your inheritance.” And we take back the rich inheritance in You that the enemy has tired to steal. We declare greater provision. Greater peace and joy. All of these come when we embrace the impossible task of taking nations for You. We glorify Your Name. Cover the earth with Your glory. We ask in the precious name of Jesus. There is no other name but Jesus.” Amen
LEADING IN PRAISE AND WORSHIP ~
A NEW SOUND! THE ROAR OF ZION!
“Give unto the Lord, O you mighty ones.
PRAISE GOD! God’s Holy Spirit is breathing a new,
THE NEW SOUND IN PRAYER, PRAISE, PURPOSE AND FAITH, WILL COME THROUGH ALL OF OUR VOICES AS WE JOIN TOGETHER IN LOVE AND UNITY. TOGETHER WE MUST ARISE. STAND AND WAGE WAR AGAINST THE ENEMY. We must all join together in fervent, diligent prayer as we STAND TOGETHER for our children, our churches, our Nation and nations all over the world as we wage prophetic spiritual warfare against Satan’s counterfeit new age and occult. We rebuke the enemy in the Name of Jesus.
IT IS INTERCESSORY PRAYER
I believe we are hearing God’s clear, clarion trumpet sound, His Call, and the ROAR OF THE LION OF JUDAH, as God is preparing and equipping us to MOVE FORWARD WITH GREATER FAITH THAN EVER BEFORE AS HE POURS OUT OF HIS SPIRIT IN GREATER WAYS THAN THE EARTH HAS EVER SEEN IN SIGNS, MIRACLES, HEALING AND WONDERS.
All that we need has been provided for and God is pouring out His favor and fresh new anointing, NEW WINE, as He is looking for fresh NEW WINESKINS to pour His Holy Spirit into, as we surrender completely to Him and willingly, joyfully and obediently accept our mission and assignment.
Each of us individually must pray asking God to clarify our mission and the “mountain” He created for us to make an impact upon. He wants us to have a hunger and thirst and a burning zeal for recognizing His Voice here on Earth and speaking it forth. He wants us to have a thirst for and welcome CHANGE. He is shaking everything that is not of Him, shaking His Kingdom Glory down!
God is calling Intercessors to pray fervently and without ceasing as He restores and reforms His People to make His Church
A HOUSE OF PRAYER FOR ALL NATIONS! Isaiah 56:7
The highest weapon of spiritual warfare is THE BRILLIANCE AND POWER OF GOD’S PRESENCE. GOD HIMSELF. The oil and dew of God. The very essence of HIS PERSON.
God is calling Intercessors to move from the “second heaven” intercession where we are overly conscious of the dark forces - and we will step into the “third heaven” intercession where we clearly see the counsel of God and release His decrees on the earth, praying as Jesus taught us to pray, “Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on Earth, as it is in Heaven.” Matthew 6:10
When we praise God, He inhabits or enters our praise, and His power overwhelms the power of the enemy. Praise God! He is a mighty God and Satan cannot match His strength. Light will dispel darkness through God entering into our praise.
We must walk with our God of praise~ filled with openness, deep love and devotion, and faithful obedience. We are challenged to “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise” Psalm 100:4 This praise brings steadfastness in godly living while teaching a praise-walk that is neither fanatical, glib, nor reduced to mere religious ritual, but one of life-giving delivering power available to every believer.
There is great power in unity of praise and powerful praise births victory. Praise spotlights God. Praise is the pathway to God’s Holy Abiding Presence. Praise releases blessings. Wrapping ourselves in God’s Glorious Garment of Praise (Isaiah 61:3) releases the supernatural power of God’s Holy Spirit as He repels and replaces the spirit of heaviness and brings hope, joy, warmth and covering.
Praise opens doors, converts men, and overthrows satanic captivity. As we praise, JESUS JOINS THE SONGS HIMSELF AND RELEASES THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY. The sacrifice of Praise requires us to kill our pride and fear. As a chosen generation, a priesthood, a nation, we proclaim God’s Praise and propagate His blessings throughout the earth.
INTIMACY WITH GOD ~ HEARING GOD’S VOICE
There is no way we can hear the voice of the Lord without drawing near to Him. The primary way of doing this is through INTIMACY WITH JESUS, ABIDING IN THE SECRET PLACE, PRAYER, PRAISE and MEDITATING ON GOD’S WORD. If we do not seek a true relationship with God first, we will not have access to His wisdom and strategy to move forward because we will not be positioned to hear His Voice when He speaks to us.
HUMAN SPIRIT FILLED WITH HOLY SPIRIT
“God’s Holy Spirit inhabits our human spirit and connects us to the heavenly Abiding Place that God has prepared for us. It is in this abiding place that the Lord will reveal His wisdom to us. The Holy Spirit is the One who reveals God’s will to us and empowers us to accomplish it. He is our comforter. Our helper. Our guide. Thus, when we cry out for help, we are crying out for a manifestation of God’s Presence - and in God’s Presence we will gain the wisdom and understanding needed to overthrow the enemy in our lives.” (Chuck Pierce)
PUT ON THE FULL ARMOR OF GOD
“Finally, be strong in the Lord,
Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth,
And the greatest armor we can put on is LOVE. God’s Love.
Blessings, joy, peace, grace and love in Christ,
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