Prayer for Readers: 10/31/11

Oh my Jesus,

As today is Halloween, God I pray for safety! I pray for all young children who will be walking the streets tonight, hopefully with their parents. I pray for Your goodness to protect Your children and that You will send Your angels to protect them. Lord, I pray against all demonic activity that will be taking place tonight. I pray that Your children will be praying hard! I pray against evil in our neighborhoods, in our homes, in our hearts. May Your people make the right decisions and stand for Your truth.

Lord, I pray that even witnessing will take place on this night. May Your people hand out tracts with candy, hand out blessings with chocolate, hand out prayers with lollipops. May Your people stand tall on this day, and not be ridiculed. I pray that they will look to You and be radiant and their faces will never be ashamed, even in the face of dark evils (see Psalm 34:5).

I pray that the powers of darkness that were defeated and embarrassed when You rose from the dead (see Colossians 2:15) will also be defeated again today in the face of Your power from Your children! In Jesus’ Name!

Lord God, I ask special protection over children and teens at Halloween parties. I pray You will guide them and protect them from games such as the Ouiji Board. I pray they will not receive any messages from satan and instead seek Your holy face and Your Word that they may walk on the right path.

I pray that all messages to psychics will be distorted and that they will be made to look foolish! Lord God, I pray for there to be more prophets than psychics, more truth to be spoken than false, I pray for more words from God, words from You, than words from the demonic realm.

I pray also for good & holy dreams and visions, and I pray that children and Your people will “set no worthless thing before [their] eyes” (Psalm 101:3) that they may not be afflicted by the evil they have seen. May we all shield our eyes from evil and receive Your protection.

Thank You, Jesus. Bless us and enable us to seek You as we struggle “against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12). Thank You, Jesus. May Your praise be continually in our mouths (see Psalm 34:1).

In Your Name,

Amen

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Learning God’s Voice #2: Visions

As I wrote last week, during high school I wanted to hear God speak about my future, but I wasn’t really sure about His methods or how He spoke or any of that! It baffled me, but there was no one to provide guidance. I recognized His voice in song lyrics, but that was pretty much it, and I wanted more. (Even now I still want more!)

From the age of 16 up until now, I have been recording prayers, personal needs, answered prayers and awesome experiences with God in journals that I like to call “Prayer Journals.” While I went through a long process (2 and a half years!) of typing them up, I had a wonderful realization. Even when I thought God was quiet, He was indeed speaking to me. Looking back in your own history will truly reveal to you that you could hear God; you just didn’t recognize His voice as His.

Fast-forward to college, sophomore year! I finally met some people who could explain to me a bit about how we can hear God’s voice! I learned a lot from them, and I am so grateful! A few friends of mine and I found ourselves on a journey from Him that sparked the writing of my book “How & Why…” years later.

Two ways I learned that God speaks is in visions and in dreams. My very first vision that I recorded was for an acquaintance of mine. She wasn’t sure what God’s will for her life is (see this post!) and she asked us to pray for her. I closed my eyes in prayer, asking God if He had anything to say about this. To my surprise and joy, I saw a sheep! Now, as I wrote in my book, seeing a sheep can mean different things, it all depends on what exactly God is saying at that moment. But for her, I felt that it possibly referred to her teaching others, perhaps children, perhaps not. But, as God often does, He only supplies one piece of the puzzle at a time! For me, I was just excited that He spoke to me in that way!

In the Bible, God spoke to Jeremiah in a similar fashion (see Jeremiah 1:11-14). Peter heard God speak through a trance vision (see Acts 10:9-16,) and Daniel had many visions and dreams. Receiving visions from God is a valid way that He speaks to us. Remember also, Jesus told His disciples, “My sheep hear My voice,” (John 10:27), so if you seek to hear Him, He will reveal Himself to you! Good practice for learning His voice in visions is to ask Him, “What are You doing in this room right now?” He may choose to show you something!

But when you first start asking for visions, don’t expect it to be mind-blowing! Instead, try this. Look at something in the room. Close your eyes. Now, picture that thing you just saw. It’s probably not very clear, but you can tell what it is, right? Any vision you receive will probably be as clear as what you see now. But ask the Lord to strengthen your ability to hear Him, and He will reveal Himself more!

Prayer for Readers: 10/24/11

Father,
Thank You Lord that there is always hope in the morning! You have made a new day every morning, Your mercy is new, Your joy is new, and shouts of joy come in the morning from those who have wept through the night!

God, I pray for those who are hurting today. I pray Your comforting peace will surround them and bring hope for the future, hope for tomorrow. May those who are hurting take joy in the past love You’ve given them. Remind them that You are carrying them like a shepherd carries his wounded sheep.

Thank You for Your love for all Your children. May times of struggle and distress be handed over to You and replaced with Your joy. The joy of the Lord is our strength!

In the Name of Jesus,
Amen!

 “Weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning.”
Psalm 30:5

Like a shepherd He will tend His flock, In His arm He will gather the lambs and carry them in His bosom; He will gently lead the nursing ewes.
Isaiah 40:11

Learning God’s Voice #1

I remember growing up and wanting to hear God’s voice. I didn’t know what He sounded like though, so I was not even sure what I was looking for! I’m sure many people can sympathize with that. I always thought that God must be able to speak to people today, after all, He did it with so many people in the Bible! I remember one day specifically, sitting in my closet, late at night, begging God to tell me what He wants me to do with “my life.” (See also “How to Know God’s Will”). I tried so hard to listen; I was looking for very clear words. Oh, I wish I had known what to look for then! People told me, “If you ask hard enough, He will tell you!” But no one ever told me what He sounds like!

Here is what even to this day I think I heard God say:

Worship.”

At that time, I didn’t know (and I still don’t!) what exactly He meant by that. He could have meant, “Worship me now, you don’t need to know.” Or, He could have meant, “I want you to be a worship leader.” And I still don’t know which He meant! But as time has gone on, I think that He does have a calling for me to be a worshipper, but that’s only one part of the huge plan He has for my life!

But God has spoken in so many ways! Hebrews 1:1 says, “God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways.” The same is true in my life! The first record I have of Him speaking to me was through a song when I was upset that I didn’t get a role in the high school musical.

January 7, 2004

Thanks for using work to get my mind off of the musical. I am definitely not happy with the choice. I have to live with that I guess. You are funny with the songs You play for me to hear just at the right time! “Don’t worry, be happy” You know how to make me smile. So thank You… In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

This may seem vague at times, but God knows what will cheer our hearts because “God knows your hearts” (Luke 16:15) and “God is greater than our hearts” (1 John 3:20).

Ask Him to speak to you today in a way you can understand!
More on this next week Wednesday!

 

 

Prayer for Readers: 10/17/11

Most powerful & holy God,

Your Word teaches that we should “desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy” (see 1 Corinthians 14:1). Father, I pray for protection, for wisdom and for guidance. I pray You will bless and strengthen and give power to those who have the gift of prophecy. I pray that those who do not know whether they have this gift will realize You have blessed them with it.

God, I pray against all fear that we may have about the gift of prophecy. I pray for clarity about this gift, and I pray for wisdom in how to use it. I pray for the right opportunities to pray and ask You what You have to say and what You are doing. I pray that this gift will indeed be used to strengthen, bless and build the Church.

I pray for those who are hungry to hear from You but do not know how. I pray we will seek Your voice and Your face with a deep hunger, and I pray that we who seek will find and the door will be opened to us when we knock. I pray You will perfect this gift in the children You have given it to. I pray it will be used to satisfy spiritual hunger across the world. Give us the words to say, the words to pray, the words to declare over others in love and truth. Lord Jesus, Holy Spirit, You know all things, and all hearts are open to You! May we be Your messengers and willing to take Your voice to dark and lonely hearts that they may experience Your emotional, spiritual, and possibly even physical healing. Help us be Your light, o Lord!

Thank You for the examples of the Old Testament prophets, that they spoke truth in the most confused and evil places in spite of the risks they faced. Thank You that they pronounced Your judgment and warned about the future. Thank You for the New Testament that teaches us to use prophecy to console, edify and exhort.  I pray that the words we speak will indeed be as the words of God, (see 1 Peter 4:11,) spoken with power and truth that cuts deep into the heart and brings comfort to those who are listening!

Jesus, again, I thank You for the precious gift of prophecy. I pray You will teach us how to use it, and that we will use it more frequently so as to bless the Church and bring more people into the Kingdom of God!

In Your Name,

Amen!

If you are interested in learning more about the gift of prophecy, check out my book: “How & Why to: Pray for Healing, Pray in Tongues & Give Prophecy.” For more on using prophecy to evangelize, I recommend “Prophecy, Dreams & Evangelism,” by Doug Addison. Both of these books are available at Amazon.com.

God says: I Provide!

In the past years, as my husband and I have just been starting out, we have found that God truly does know and understand our every need and desire. Yesterday, I was half thinking, half praying, and I realized that the Lord provides in so many ways. He does not limit His provision to what we ask for, nor does He only deliver it in the way we expect Him to. So often my husband and I request that He does something in a particular way– usually because that’s the only solution we see at that time.

The first time the Lord taught me about this was when I was 15 years old, desperately wanting a video camera to record with at my last week of camp ever. I immediately began praying for the money to buy one within the week. (I didn’t give God a whole lot of time, did I? Haha.)

I scoured the newspaper ads and I looked in every spare corner of the house for money. I even tried pooling my resources with my oldest brother. But in the natural, well, it just did NOT look like it was going to happen. Little did I know that God had other plans. He knew what I wanted; He knew how I wanted it. But He can provide it in other ways, thank goodness!

A few days went by, and my dad’s company had a gathering at a minor league baseball game. I went, and found they were giving away free items…My earthly father also knew of my desire for a video camera, and when it came his turn to choose an item, I bet you can guess which one he choose! I never expected to get a free video camera!

[Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.”]
[Matthew 7:11: “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!”]

In the same way, now when we need something, the Lord provides it for us in so many different ways! We can never know what His next move will be. He even knows our needs before we do! It’s like He has this perfect timetable that makes Him continually prepared for what is going to come next in the lives of His children!

And God doesn’t do this with only us! Let me show you an example from the Word!

Jesus taught this: “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all of these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:30-33)

Does anyone remember that the Israelites wandered in the desert for 40 years? To live in a desert you need some things, right? Clothes? Food? Water? After they left their servanthood in Egypt, they were completely in God’s hands! When they first got out in the desert, the people complained to Moses that he brought them out there just to die of hunger (see Exodus 16:3)! They expected and desired meat and onions and garlic, but what did God provide?

When the layer of dew evaporated, behold, on the surface of the wilderness there was a fine flake-like thing, fine as the frost on the ground. When the sons of Israel saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, “It is the bread which the LORD has given you to eat.” (Exodus 16:14-15)

God gave them bread from heaven, which they named “Manna” which meant, “What is it?” And they ate that manna for 40 years! (see Exodus 16:35)

And clothes? Deuteronomy 8:4 explains just how God provided them with clothing while they wandered for 40 years.

“ Your clothing did not wear out on you, nor did your foot swell these forty years.

And drink? Water was also supernaturally provided, too, out of a rock! Exodus 17:6  “Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink.

So not only does God provide for me and my family with supernatural and unexpected means, He has done this throughout time! Praise God for all of His provisions–and for His promises that we will not lack anything:

  • Psalm 23:1The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.”
  • Psalm 34:10The young lions do lack and suffer hunger, but they who seek the Lord shall not be in want of any good thing.”

If you are in need, tell God. He can provide for your every need–and He already knows how He will do it!