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Prayers of Thanksgiving; The Revelation of Joyful Intercession.

Glancing through the New Testament, you can miss the author’s different writing styles that are deeply embedded through each Chapter. Coming from someone who is passionate about writing and speaking for the glory of God, I know that your heart is displayed through the words that are written. The Holy Spirit revealed a part of the Apostle Paul’s heart through a common theme in almost every single letter that he wrote.

“We are grateful to God for your lives and we always pray for you.” 1 Thessalonians 1:2 (TPT)

“I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you, always praying with joy for all of you in my every prayer, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” Philippians 1:3-5 (CSB)

“First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you because the news of your faith is being reported in all the world.” Romans 1:8 (CSB)

“I always thank my God for you because of the grace of God given to you in Christ Jesus, that you were enriched in him in every way, in all speech and all knowledge.” 1 Corinthians 1:4-5 CSB

Do you see the common occurrence that Paul’s writing reveals about his heart? Paul’s writing reveals while praying for others, giving thanks is essential. He not only is giving thanks for those people but is giving thanks to God for what he is doing in the hearts of man. Confession time: I have fallen into a pattern of intercession that has felt burdensome. I was deeply focused on what needed to change. Thankfully, Philippians gives us direction in the arena of prayer.

“Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Phillippians 4:6 (CSB)

Have you missed the mark like me and went into intercession without thanksgiving? The results of not thanking God for what he is currently doing zaps us of joy. We are focused on the problem, rather than the one who holds the solution. We are zoomed in on what needs to happen rather than the one who making all things happen. Prayer without thanksgiving blinds us to what God is doing in and through us and others. The definition of joy is to have an awareness of God’s grace and favor. Praying with joy is giving worthy recognition to God’s for his favor and grace at work! Do we purpose to be joyful intercessors?

I believe there is a time and place of mourning in prayer over the wickedness of this world and things that grieve the Holy Spirit. However, Holy Spirit has made it clear, there is a time and a place of joyful intercession too. Being a joyful intercessor can only be done through being purposeful in acknowledging God’s grace and favor at work in our lives.

I am so thankful for the Word of God and that Paul’s letter’s reveal his heart through his prayer life. Thanksgiving and joyful intercession not only better our prayer life but our relationships too. When we start coming into prayer with a thankful heart concerning the coworker that gives us trouble, a parent who does not understand, or a child who seems to be going wayward; It shifts our perspective. Our eyes and hearts are awakened to God’s love that is interwoven in the details of our lives, even in the situations that seems impossible.

More Scripture To Meditate On:

  • 2 Thessalonians 1:4
  • 2 Timothy 1:3
  • Colossians 4:2
  • 1 Timothy 2:1

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Impressions From The Holy Spirit-Coronavirus & Everything Else That Breathes Fear

As I see the chaos surround us, my focus shifts to the things above and I am reminded that this cannot end in anything but victory. The coronavirus has everyone running rampant. In my 26 years of life, this is what seems to making everyone go wild. Honestly, I have been one of those people that kept sharing toliet paper memes because I have not been able to understand why people are freaking out.

And then I felt an impression upon my heart from the Holy Spirit to ask him why people are acting like this is it, this is the end. So I did and to my surprise, what he said brought me to tears.

As a believer, I am not in fear but standing in faith. I know that I am protected by God’s angels that are on assignment for me and no plague can touch our home. I am met with peace as my thoughts are fixed on the things above. That we are apart of one big redemption story, God’s plan for humanity. Psalms 91 has became very real and since us going through a miscarriage I have asked God the hard questions, even being mad at God for something he didn’t do and he has never left me. In fact, he has wrapped me with his grace and mercy, leading me closer to his heart.

But as someone who did not always know God, I remember what it was like to feel hopeless and being filled with fear and anxiety of what could happen next. What comes after life? Is this mediocre life here on earth really all there is?

So when there are people who do not know Jesus (maybe that is you) or maybe you do not have a true revelation of who God is, the devil’s agenda is easily tucked away in your racing thoughts that slowly sink into your heart.

God the Father, Abba, is grieved by those who do not know him and that do not have hope right now. He is also grieved by those who do have hope and have not shared the greatest news ever, The Gospel.

All of the fear, chaos, and distraction, has been the same since the very beginning. The devil attacks us with fear to paralyze us from moving forward into what God has for us. He plants seeds of doubt for us to question the goodness of God and then shames us for it later. He is ugly and a cheap shot. But remember, he does not win!

Coronavirus is real and people are really dying, I am not oblivious to this and neither is God. He wants the church to yield to the Holy Spirit, rising up in faith and doing what he has always called the church to do, PRAY, LAY HANDS ON THE SICK, and KEEP AN ETERNAL FOCUS. This can only be done by continually trusting in him and acting in obedience when he calls us to act, dropping all fear of man and acting out of fear and reverence for the one true God.

Going through a time of pain with miscarrying our first child made me aware that pain and fear is blinding to the truth. So if you are in a place of fear or pain, I encourage you to be washed in God’s word and pray in the spirit.

Below are some scriptures to meditate on. They aren’t just words on a screen. This is the living, breathing, and active WORD of GOD. Declare them over yourself and be assured that God is with you.

Scripture To Meditate On:

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”

Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.
He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.

 Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
 With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”
-Psalms 91 NKJV

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”  The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.  For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope;  because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.  For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.  Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.  For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees?  But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.

 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. -Romans 8:14-28 NKJV

For God has not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. -2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV

And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drinking anything deadly it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover. -Mark 16:17-18 NKJV

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time, casting you are upon him, for he cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. – 1 Peter 5:6-10 NKJV

You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind stayed on you, because he trusts in you. -Isaiah 26:3

Some Other Good Ones:

  • Joshua 1:7-9
  • Ephesians 6
  • Psalms 116:3-11
  • James 1:2-4
  • Luke 21:19
  • Isaiah 43:2
  • 2 Corinthians 1:8-10
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Asking With The Right Intentions-A Look At Our Heart

In the two weeks that we have been in the year 2020, the Lord had made the prominent point for me to share with you and apply this one simple phrase to my life, dare to ask. It seems that there are many places that try to feed us lies that God does not like to give and we should not ask the Almighty God for anything, after all he is not a genie in the bottle. I do not think that we should look at God as a genie in a bottle. However, we should have an expectation (faith) that God is going to answer. When we ask, seek, and knock God will gives us what he desires out of the abundance of his love and goodness. Of course, this will also be in his timing. There are several scriptures where God speaks about who he is as a giver. God GAVE us his son to die for our sins, what WON’T he give us? (See John 3:16).

So, why does it seem that what we ask sometimes goes unheard? With the help of the Holy Spirit I believe God will reveal this to us by looking at Solomon and by looking in our own hearts.

And Solomon replied, “You have shown great and faithful love to your servant, my father David, because he walked before you in faithfulness, righteousness, and integrity. You have continued this great and faithful love for him by giving him a son to sit on his throne, as it is today.

 Lord my God, you have now made your servant king in my father David’s place. Yet I am just a youth with no experience in leadership. servant is among your people you have chosen, a people too many to be numbered or counted. So give your servant a receptive heart to judge your people and to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of yours?”

 Now it pleased the Lord that Solomon had requested this. So God said to him, “Because you have requested this and did not ask for long lifeor riches for yourself, or the deathof your enemies, but you asked discernment for yourself to administer justice,I will therefore do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has never been anyone like you before and never will be again.In addition, I will give you what you did not ask for: both riches and honor, so that no king will be your equal during your entire life. If you walk in my ways and keep my statutes and commands just as your father David did, I will give you a long life.” 1 Kings 3:6-14 CSB

The first point that Holy Spirit pointed out to me this morning is that our choices effect generations after us. We see that David’s willingness to obey God, righteousness, and integrity led the way for Solomon to take the throne. God not only cares about the here and now but cares about generations to come. I believe that there are times that we ask God for things that do not line up with the plan he has for the redemption of humanity. We do not know the beginning to the end, only he does. It is important for us to trust that if God says no, that his intentions are good and filled with love because HE IS good and does everything out of the abundance of HIS love because HE IS LOVE!

As I traveled with the Holy Spirit through Solomon’s dream, he pointed out that Solomon was not inward focused in what he asked God. Not only this, but he admitted that he was young and inexperienced and asked God for help! Have you heard of the scripture ‘those who humble themselves shall be exalted’? We can see that Solomon cried out to God telling him he has no idea what he was doing and cried out for help. God met him in his weakness with not only what he asked, wisdom, but with exceedingly and abundantly more than what he asked for! When Solomon asked God, the intentions of his heart were to serve others and God’s purposes. He wanted to be a King that God saw as fit and not rely on sheer human experience.

When we boldly come before the throne are we asking God with the right intentions or are we trying to serve ourselves rather than what pleases God? Yes, I know that stung a little because it stung me too. I believe this is a key to our question of why God does not always answer in the way that we had hoped and why some of us are still in the waiting. We are asking with the wrong heart. We are asking out of selfish ambition rather than out of what pleases God.

There are things I believe we ask for that do not come to pass because we ask selfishly but God wants nothing more for us to ask him but with the right heart and it shall come to pass. I do not believe God gives reluctantly and I certainly do not believe that God will give us something that will harm our relationship with him or invade in the priceless plan he has for humanity.

I do not believe God wants us to be afraid to ask but be daring to ask. He wants us to come boldly before the throne. In doing this we should still remember WHO HE IS in comparison to WHO we are as his children. Daddy knows best and we need to trust that HE is good, and he loves us so much that what we want him to say yes to is sometimes flawed and he is protecting us by sometimes saying no or not yet.

Solomon came before God and boldly asked him for help to serve others in the way God saw fit. I believe that because Solomon asked God out of a place of humility, honor, and with the right heart God rewarded Solomon with more than he had ever asked or hoped for. I believe the same can be for us too.

God, we come before you today to thank you for who you are. A God of grace, mercy, and abundant love. We come before you today and ask for your forgiveness for the times we have asked you things out of our selfishness rather than the plans and purposes that you have for us and the world arounds us. We boldly come before the throne today thanking you for you grace that is sufficient in our weakness and your love that binds up our wounds. Holy Spirit we are asking you today to be our perfect help and help us have a heart of humility. We ask you to help us ask, seek, and knock with intentions that honor and please God. We thank you Abba that you are going to do exceedingly and abundantly more than we could ever ask or think. In Jesus Name, Amen.

More Scripture To Chew On:

  • James 4:3
  • Philippians 2:3
  • Luke 11:5-13
  • Proverbs 11:2
  • Proverbs 18:12
  • Proverbs 22:4
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Bold Enough To Ask (Devotional)

We know that God is a giver at heart. He does not give reluctantly. He willingly gives us the desires of our heart. If he gave us Jesus, what won’t he give to us?

What if we dared to take our own preconceived ideas of what God will give to us and we were bold enough to ask?

He has given us the ability to ask him anything, but are we willing to be bold enough to ask?

Let us join our faith together and turn up our expectation of what God is going to do. While we don’t seek him for what he will do. One of the beauitful things about who he is, is how he willingly gives us all. He deserves the praise for what he has already done, giving us the greatest gift of all, Jesus. But let us turn up our expectation, tearing down the preconceived ideas of what he will do, and boldly come before the throne

Let us join together and praise him for what he is going to do!

More Scripture To Chew On:

  • Matthew 7:7
  • Luke 11:9
  • Luke 18:27
  • Romans 8:32
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The Art Of Prayer-Kenneth E. Hagin ~Book Review~

The Art Of Prayer By:Kenneth E. Hagin

Book Information

  • Title: The Art Of Prayer-A Handbook On How To Pray
  • Author: Kenneth E. Hagin
  • Publisher: Faith Library Publications
  • Publication Date: August 1st 1992
  • Pages: 224
  • Price: $11.06 (Amazon Prime)
  • ISBN: 0892765186

Book Review

Wow, wow, wow. There are very few books outside the bible that can revolutionize your life. But, The Art of Prayer is one of them! I have never read one of Kenneth E. Hagin’s book until now. But I can assure you that I will be reading more. The Art of Prayer, A Handbook On How To Pray, is a novel inspired through the Holy Spirit and Sound Biblical Teaching on the different types of prayer and how build your prayer life. I LOVED the amount of scripture that was found throughout the pages of this book. There is nothing more important than sound biblical teaching when it comes to spiritual disciplines.

Hagin walks you through each individual type of prayer and how to apply this to your everyday walk. You could almost feel the anointing come off the pages as your read through. This read did take me a long time to read. However, the amount of time it took me to read is not due to dryness or poor penmanship. The things you will learn about prayer through this book is for those who are hungry for more and more of God. One of my favorite parts of the book is where he talks about intercessory prayer and how he was awoken in the middle of the night. He tells of several testimonies of how God has used him to pray for others which everyone can easily relate to.

Out of all of the books I have read about prayer, Kenneth E. Hagin’s The Art of Prayer is my absolute favorite. I do not think there is a single page that is not marked on with highlighter or notes. If you desire more intimacy with God, The Son, and Holy Spirit through your prayer life, if you do not know where to even begin in prayer, or are someone that is found in the middle, I highly recommend this book. I can read this time and time again.

5/5 for The Art of Prayer!

((This review was not sponsored))