WHAT THE LORD SAID TO ME BY THE SEA OF GALILEE (Part 2)

While crusing in a boat with 40 other tourists on the Sea of Galilee last week my mind went to the battle Jesus fought for our redemption. We were on a cruise boat, but Jesus came on a battle ship. The Holy Spirit had just spoken to us about this the night before so it was fresh on my mind.

When Jesus started His ministry in Galilee He entered into it with a battle mind-set. He came on a holy mission. It commenced with 40 days and nights of prayer and fasting. He broke the region open with the power of God.

It gave me chills walking around that Sea knowing Jesus based His ministry there. I thought about how the gospel of the kingdom He preached exploded with healings and miracles beyond Galilee and into Syria, Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and from beyond Jordan multitudes followed Him (Mat 4:23-25).

“Take up the whole armor of God” exhorts us to enter into the prayer life and reminds us of the battle (Eph 6:10-18). The imagery is quite clear and intense. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principlalities and powers…” (v 12).

The Lord unveiled this truth that needs to be brought to our remembrance. He showed my wife and I the reason some places are harder to break through than others. It is because Satan has set up His kingdom in these places with a long standing in it. As an example, look at North Africa and the Middle East. These were places that once flourished with the gospel in spite of the opposition. The breakthroughs came from the prayer life of the Church that gave birth to the power. Once again today governments have established antichrist strongholds through the rule of Satan, making it more difficult to penetrate. There’s a greater responsibility before the Lord in those hard places to open it up for the salvation of the people who live there. You are fighting for their eternal souls.

Jesus got victory over every strong man and every kind of demon force. He wants us to do the same.

“However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” (Mat 17:21)

The key to a life of prayer and fasting is to continually stand and pray in that place of, “Not my will but Your will be done.” That is the key to winning the battle. That is how Jesus won it.

If the disciples had not fallen asleep in the garden they would’ve been more ready for the battle. Jesus wanted them to get the victory in prayer and be able to understand that, and after a temporary setback, they did so later.

“Could you not watch with Me one hour? (Mat 26:40)” Jesus asked Peter.

He wanted Peter and His disciples to watch and pray so that they would not enter into temptation. He wanted them to be sober-minded for He knew the enemy was as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. Jesus wanted His disciples to have this battle-ready mentality.

When we were missionaries in Gambia, West Africa it was a hard place spiritually – 96% of the population of this tiny nation were Muslim. We had lived the prior years in Liberia and Sierra Leone where the gospel flourished among the multitudes. Everything came fairly easy. But in Gambia it was different.

The Holy Spirit reminded us of that battle where prayer and fasting became a priority, and where, by the Spirit, we dealt with the principality of that nation. We saw things change. A door that was closing was opened wider by God through prayer and fasting.

When we left Gambia we knew that if the team we trained did not stay in that place of watching, praying, and fasting they would not continue.

This is where older men miss it in their ministries. They don’t keep the same battle stance as when they started. The initial battle mentality they had evolves into a cruise mentality. It’s easy to do.

When I went to Liberia as a young man I shaved my head and fasted for nearly the first 3 weeks there. I had an abundance of zeal for the battle, but years later, more feasting than fasting led to a cruise ship mentality.

It’s time for the body of Christ to get out of the cruise ship and enter into the battle ship. There will be casualties, but we must stay, stand, and fight. The good fight of faith is a fight that we win.

Prayer and fasting positions us for victory and increases our chances 100-fold.

WHAT THE LORD SAID TO ME BY THE SEA OF GALILEE

We were exhausted from traveling for nearly two days without much sleep. This was the first morning after our first night of real sleep during our first Israel tour. Ha! Can we say first?

Imagine waking up by the Sea of Galilee. That thought alone peaked a holy reverence in Carolyn and I as we began the day with prayer.

It was easy to pray. There was liberty. The spiritual air was light.

Our first thoughts (there’s another first) were overlaid with the Spirit’s thoughts. “This was a happy place for Jesus.” Such a simple child-like thought, but we recognized its origin. This is where Jesus enjoyed great liberty.

In His home town of Nazareth they didn’t receive Him. In the synagogue they stared Him down, and then almost ran Him down off a high precipice. When He set His face toward Jerusalem His mood changed. The liberty He enjoyed in Galilee was for the most part missing, and at best, short-lived in Jerusalem. Even Joseph and Mary, in their endeavor to protect baby Jesus, withdrew into Galilee when Herod’s son began to reign in his stead. Imagine a principality who commands all male babies under the age of two to be killed. That was Jerusalem in the time of Jesus. But Galilee was a happy place for Jesus.

The Holy Spirit showed us the heart of Jesus in this place. This is where He began His ministry of power. The 40 day fast and wilderness temptations transitioned Jesus from being full of the Spirit to being full of power. There is a difference.

“Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness…” (Lk 4:1)

“Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region.” (Lk 4:14)

This is what’s happening in some churches right now. There is a spiritual readiness to make advances through prayer and fasting. For others, the beginning of the year began this way, but the call for those who are watchful and hungry is to pray until.

Jesus knew that the liberty He and the disciples enjoyed would be temporarily gone during and after His persecution and death at Jerusalem. The disciples would be scattered until Pentecost when they would then go out in that same power.

Satan is an old devil and he kills liberty. It’s always been that way. Jesus overcame first in the wilderness and then in the public arena. Like a skilled boxer Jesus moved with quick jabs, hard uppercuts, and sweeping hooks and quickly put the devil on the ropes. Everywhere Satan went, Jesus had already been there. By the time He entered Jerusalem the damage to Satan’s kingdom had already been done, and His fame had spread throughout all of Galilee and beyond.

We often forget that Jesus did not stop at the Jordan with the descending of the Spirit and the affirming voice of God the Father. He was led into the wilderness and opened up the region of Galilee to great power through prayer and fasting. Unlike Jesus, when we’re often moved by His Spirit and sense His love, we stop and never go far enough or deep enough to loose cities and regions from long-standing strongholds built up by principalities and powers.

It’s an important time now for the body of Christ to understand this vital truth about prayer and fasting.

I thought I was done with blogging on this theme, but I was mistaken. Stay tuned for Part 2 on what the Spirit spoke to us by the Sea of Galilee.

OUTPOURING UPDATE

The Flaming Herald

We wrapped up the day Sunday with the tremendous blessing of being in the presence of God for 9 hours. Just got home and it is 9:00 pm.

We didn’t have any room this morning. I’m asking the Lord for direction and crying out for His timing. The Lord has directed me that He would be preparing a place that could host this outpouring.

There were people today that would be walking across the floor and get stopped still, unable to move. I know it’s legitimate because it happened to me on Saturday night. I was instantly glued to one spot and couldn’t move for an hour and a half. I would laugh and then weep.

We will not stop praying until the heavens are opened and the Lord moves in. I see you playing a vital role in this lasting move of God.

Please pray for provision. I know…

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OUTPOURING UPDATE

We wrapped up the day Sunday with the tremendous blessing of being in the presence of God for 9 hours. Just got home and it is 9:00 pm.

We didn’t have any room this morning. I’m asking the Lord for direction and crying out for His timing. The Lord has directed me that He would be preparing a place that could host this outpouring.

There were people today that would be walking across the floor and get stopped still, unable to move. I know it’s legitimate because it happened to me on Saturday night. I was instantly glued to one spot and couldn’t move for an hour and a half. I would laugh and then weep.

We will not stop praying until the heavens are opened and the Lord moves in. I see you playing a vital role in this lasting move of God.

Please pray for provision. I know it’s not about a building, but people are beginning to come from other places. We have a small place full of the glory of God. I will not go anywhere unless the Lord goes with us.

The Lord gave me a word of knowledge this morning about a left leg full of infection from a deep wound. I spoke it forth and instantly the fire of God hit a visitor, and he raised his hand and responded, “That’s me! How did you know?”

I didn’t explain it to him, but just commanded him to be healed in Jesus’ name.

A shoulder injury was also instantly healed in the Lord’s presence. Many others are being healed while in His presence. The Lord is moving but He wants to move in an even greater manner.

We are asking the Lord for provision because we’re having parking problems and other tenants are complaining. It’s a good problem but I’m burdened.

A lady testified today who lives an hour away that when she got in her car to come here this morning she began to shake profusely, and her husband couldn’t stop weeping. She wept and was given her new prayer language today.

While doing a baby dedication this morning I saw in a vision a left eye that was almost blind. I spoke it out and a lady began to weep and was instantly healed.

People are weeping on their way to church while in transit.

I’ve already begun to hear that the Lord will prepare the team. I’m already seeing people grow weary from nightly prayer. I’m having to pastor and give people nights off to get rest. I’m down to a small remnant of people praying, but I would rather die than not be in this outpouring. I will not relent until the Lord fulfills what He promised He would do if we pray.

I’m not going to reveal this thing until the Lord gives me the go ahead. I’m afraid of quenching the Spirit. He said He would advertise. I’m desperate with a deep yearning within, and words can’t express the way I feel. I’m sleeping very little and waking up with travail. The Lion of Judah is on the move! He’s roaring in my heart and I’m overwhelmed by His hunger.

I got a call to minister in a place where we had revival last year. They asked me to return, but I told them I couldn’t because I was committing my life to prayer. I told them perhaps I would come next month.

While we’re texting people are texting me and telling me they can’t stop shaking and weeping at their homes. We are in the beginning stages of the outpouring the Lord promised. I’ll keep you updated.

SPECIAL FOLLOW UP REPORT ON THE OUTPOURING OF THE GLORY OF GOD

Yesterday I reported on a sacred and holy outpouring of the glory of God somewhere in the southeast. I am not at liberty to give details because the Lord told the man who is leading it not to advertise it. I honor the Lord’s commandment to him, and I greatly respect the brother for keeping it. But he did give me permission to report on it to encourage others to press into deeper realms of prayer and consecration to God.

As some of you who follow our blogs know, I’ve been blogging on prayer since the beginning of the year, and this is a tremendous example of what can happen when we mean business with God. Here is our brother’s testimony of how this outpouring came to be:

I called for a time of prayer after the Holy Spirit arrested me on November 1, 2013, and the Lord said:

“I’m calling you into a love affair. Will you come?”

I responded after weeping:

“Yes, Lord but I’m bringing a people with me.”

And then the Lord said:

“That’s the response I was looking for!”

He also told me to make room for Him because He was coming in a way that I’d never experienced Him before. He told me to call His people into a sacred assembly and pray until!!!

On January 5th I called the church by example to nightly prayer. The more we prayed the more we desired prayer and transaction with the Holy Spirit.

The Lord also spoke to me that when I call for this time of prayer I should determine in my heart that if no one else comes, I should lead by example. He said that He honored Samuel when he would cry out alone on behalf of the people, and He would honor me.

He also said not to advertise this time of prayer assuring me that He would be my advertisement. So I told the people not to post it on Facebook or any social media.

People are beginning to come from various places and telling me that they felt they were supposed to stop by. A man came that had been diagnosed with bone cancer. While he was in the presence of the Lord he was healed. He returned to the doctor and there was no trace of cancer. Praise the Lord!

I’ve not mentioned this to many people, but the Lord has sent encampments in the Spirit of angelic hosts. I have seen and felt these ministering angels. I asked the Lord why so many. And He replied:

“They’ve been sent as a guard to my anointing that will increase gradually. I’m sending my glory in measure so you can stand and be able to carry what I’m doing.”

When I again asked Him how we can stand, He said to pray in tongues. (Jude 20-24)

I’m only preaching what the Lord births while under this heavy glory. We are in the beginning of a move that I don’t even want to belittle by calling it a revival. Bible belt revival concepts frustrate guys like us! We are crying out for a sovereign move and nothing else will work.

This move will be an apostolic movement that will be led by men who are moving in the Ephesians 4:11 mantle, you being one. This is a movement that will equip the saints with power and understanding.

BREAKING NEWS: A SPIRITUAL SON REPORTS ON THE GLORY OF GOD SEDATING PEOPLE

I had to share this for three reasons:

1. I’ve been blogging on it!
2. It’s what true revivalists pray for, preach for, and live and die for.
3. This is an exact manifestation of what true prayer and consecration can birth, and it should encourage others to do the same.

Here is the report that just came in from a spiritual son of mine in the southeast. I’m not going to disclose his name or the name of his city or church because the Lord told him not to advertise it.

“We are preparing the house for anything to happen. We can’t move most of the time. After 35 days of prayer the glory is almost sedating people. I dismiss the service, and people can’t move for hours.

People are beginning to weep and go into travail on their jobs. It’s amazing!

I’m getting calls of spontaneous laughter and drunkeness while walking into the doors of their homes and on their property. And people are repenting in deep weeping and brokenness without an altar call, or before I minister the Word!”

This is what consecrated prayer will do.

Put no confidence in the flesh or in the counsel of man, but put your total trust in God. Let’s cooperate with the Holy Ghost and enter into the true prayer life. Meditate on these blogs on prayer and stir yourself up to seek Him like never before. He wants to do so much more!

Increase prayer in 2014!

Stay tuned for more as we follow this story…

PRAYER: TRAVAIL AND SPIRITUAL INTERCESSION (Part 12)

Travail and spiritual intercession overpowers the works of the devil that hold people in bondage, very often against their own wills, where they find it difficult to make the right decision. This kind of praying works to the pulling down of strongholds. People need to be taught by precept and example of how to cooperate with the Holy Ghost in praying this way.

For example, during altar calls when an invitation to receive Christ is given in evangelistic meetings or church services many believers have an overwhelming feeling, but they don’t understand what it is. They don’t realize that it’s a burden to pray for lost souls, and they don’t know how to yield to it. We need to have more of this kind of praying so sinners can be truly saved. There’s a difference between making a decision for Christ, following up someone who has made a decision, and being truly born from above by the power of the Holy Spirit.

I’ve read stories and accounts of Charles Finney and his prayer partner Father Nash. Nash would go into a city usually with at least one other pray-er and they would rent a boarding room and spend a number of days in prayer and fasting before Finney would come and preach. They would groan and travail in deep intercession for a majority of that time. And here’s the litmus test they would use to determine if the atmosphere was ready for Finney to come. They would look out the window, back in the days when many people were out on the streets, and if anyone fell to their knees in conviction with an overwhelming sense of sin and God’s reality, they’d call Finney to come. Have you ever heard of such a thing?

“Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.

Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the Lord: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God.” (Isa 66:8-9)

I know that these verses are a prophetic depiction of the rebirth of the nation of Israel, but there’s also a two-fold application here. It is also speaking of the Church (Zion) in prayer. Through spiritual travail and intercessory prayer is really how you possess a city. Evangelistic outreaches are great. Doing personal work is fine. Following up people is order to disciple them is necessary. But without this kind of praying these things can fall short of the standard God desires. Yes, we have a great responsibility to preach the gospel, for we’ve been commissioned by Jesus to do so, but unless travail and intercessory prayer precedes it and even succeeds it, the results and fruit of it will be minimal. But just as surely as a pregnant woman’s travail will result in the birth of her baby so will spiritual travail and intercession result in giving birth to babes in Christ.

This is a lost art in the modern day Church. Back in the 1980’s there was a real move of prayer in this area, but pastors and churches backed off of it because people got weird and flaky with it. Well, the Lord wants to bring that back again because, frankly, there’s very little hope without it. The world is in a desperate state of gross darkness.

Years ago the Spirit of God spoke these words to me under a strong unction:

“If My people will learn to pray and acknowledge Me as God I will bring conviction even upon whole cities. And some shall call it a phenomenon, but you will know it’s because you prayed.”

I could tell you some old stories and accounts I’ve read of men of old that saw and experienced amazing things that happened as a direct result of praying this way. I’ve witnessed a few of them myself. No, I have not seen an entire city fall to its knees in conviction, but I’ve seen a few unexplainable things that can only be attributed to spiritual intercession.

For instance, one day I was preaching on a street corner of a busy, noisy intersection in an African city. There were many taxis honking their horns and people on the sidewalks going to and fro buying and selling one thing or another. We had been praying every morning before going out to preach, but on this particular day it was different. Suddenly in the middle of my preaching the entire area of this busy, noisy intersection became silent. You couldn’t hear the cars or the people. It was deathly silent. You would’ve thought you were at a funeral. I recognized it as the spirit of the fear of the Lord. A great peace and calm filled the streets. I told the people about it and everyone stood almost motionless and attentive to every word I was preaching. Many were soundly impacted that day.

Friends, these kind of things don’t just happen by coincidence or by a sovereign move of God. Somebody prayed with some unction and help from the Spirit of God. I realize that many saints are praying throughout the nations. Even in America believers are arising, but where is the revival in the Church and the awakening among the masses? I have to believe that it’s coming. If just a few sincere pockets of believers across the globe take hold of this kind of praying and get after it, we could see a tremendous swelling of the influence of the Spirit of God in the earth. Sometimes you can sense a work in the Spirit that God wants to do, but He won’t do it unless we carry it and pray it through. Birth must be given to it. More careless saints need to help carry that load. Will you be one?

I hope you’ve been helped and encouraged in some way by these prayer blogs. I’d appreciate your comments if you have been. Thanks!

PRAYER: THE LOST ART OF TRAVAIL AND INTERCESSORY PRAYER (PART 11)

“My little children, of whom I am again in travail until Christ be formed in you.” (Gal 4:19 – ASV)

It is sad and painful for me to say this, but this younger generation knows very little to nothing about this kind of praying. I’m a little biased and in some ways spoiled, because I came up under the tutelage of one of the greatest men of prayer of this past century named Kenneth E. Hagin, also affectionately known as Dad Hagin. I’ve referred to him before in these blogs. I attended his Bible training center in the early 1980’s when there was a depth of the move of the Spirit unlike anything we see in most circles today. Much of what I write here today will be from the wisdom I received from Dad Hagin and his life.

I am not personally given to a lot of travail and intercessory prayer in the same way my wife is. Over the years I’ve had moments of intensifying and agonizing prayer, and I recognize the Spirit of God in this kind of praying, but I don’t live there like some of the old timers I’ve read about. The first time Dad Hagin travailed in prayer he didn’t understand it, but he knew it was the Holy Spirit leading him. He had prayed this way before a service and had barely preached the introduction of his message when sinners made a run for the altar. He then realized what he had been doing before.

Do we understand the impact and the fruit of what this kind of praying produces? It is immense! There is a place for church growth conferences and the training and tools that are provided at these conferences, but often prayer and the Holy Spirit are hardly ever mentioned. Without Holy Spirit-wrought prayer much of our labor can be in vain.

The Bible talks about travail but it also makes reference to groanings. Both of these elements of prayer are extensions of praying in other tongues. I would not feel safe in saying that one is greater than the other. I will say that one is more intense than the other.

“And in like manner the Spirit also helps our infirmity: for we know not how to pray as we ought; but the Spirit himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered; and he that searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because he makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” (Rom 8:26-27)

Groanings are a part of making spiritual intercession. Sometimes the yearnings in prayer that are inspired by the Holy Spirit are unspeakable and they come forth in groanings that are too deep to utter in common speech. Concerning travail, this element is part of the same family and calls up an image of a pregnant woman laboring to bring forth her child. This is the kind of praying these verses speak of. The apostle Paul travailed twice for the Galatian Christians – once for salvation and again to grow in Christ (Gal 4:19). You can pray for sinners or for saints this way.

As much as I am a strong proponent of the Word of God, sometimes preaching and teaching the Word alone will not get the job done when it comes to salvation, or spiritual growth and transformation, or even healing. Some sinners will get saved just by hearing and believing the gospel. Others will not unless travail and spiritual intercession is made for them. And the reason many conversions or decisions for Christ don’t amount to anything is because a confession was made or a prayer was recited, but there was no birth. Salvation is a supernatural birth. God doesn’t want decisions but births.

The same truth applies to spiritual growth. Some Christians will grow from hearing the Word of God and being doers of it, but others will not grow until spiritual intercession and travail is made for them. Why is that? Because until Christ is formed in the new believer he will naturally continue to do things that are wrong and sinful even though he is born again. There are strongholds in his life. Ministers must teach new believers, but prayer and travail must also be made on their behalf. Paul must have taught the Galatians the Word of God, but notice he had to travail and labor for them in prayer in order for Christ to be formed in them, and for them to grow in grace.

This same principle of travailing for lost souls and for Christ to be formed in new believers applies to other areas as well. Very often before a church or ministry can come into fullness, spiritual travail and intercession have to be made to give birth to it. I’ve come to this place in my own ministry where I felt held back and knew that a new dimension of ministry needed to be birthed. Sometimes it requires help from others in prayer to bring it forth.

We need to understand that it’s not just one man’s prayers that’s going to get the job done, but it’s going to take help and perseverance from the body of Christ to give birth to what God wants to do on the earth. I heard Dad Hagin say that sometimes it’s like there’s a huge body of water above the USA, and if someone would pull a lever that water would come flowing down on us all. Saints, there’s a great body of blessing above us, but we must pray this way and give birth to it before it is poured it out. It’s not that God is holding it back, but there are forces of darkness and demonic strongholds that do.

Many Christians talk about another big revival, a national awakening, a spiritual revolution, or another Jesus movement, but it’s going to take more prayer, travail, and real spiritual intercession to give birth to it.

Will you enlist in this increasing army of pray-ers? Will you sacrifice even the legitimate pleasures of life to enter into this prayer life? Will you be a willing volunteer in the day of God’s power?

PRAYER IN THE SPIRIT (Part 10)

“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints…” (Eph 6:18)

“Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).” (Eph 6:18 – Amp)

Prayer is like cooking or driving a car. You can’t learn it unless you do it. You can read a good cooking book, but until you get in the kitchen and start putting the ingredients together and cooking a meal you won’t learn how to cook. You could also study a driver’s manual, but until you actually get behind the wheel, start the car and go, you won’t learn to drive.

Many talk of prayer, write about prayer, and read books on prayer but until you pray you will not learn and grow in the art of prayer. In the last blog I told you about the new convert in my home town whom I am mentoring. He was saved 3 years ago, but is already praying supernaturally with tongues and at times interpretation. He has learned by doing it. He wouldn’t have learned to pray this way with teaching only.

It takes time to learn the Word and the Spirit in prayer. The prayer of faith (Mk 11:23-24) (Jam 5:16) is the prayer most believers are familiar with. This is a prayer where you ask and believe and it’s done. But those who consider to be people of faith and people of the Word make the mistake of trying to make this prayer work for everything in every situation. By doing so we miss what the Holy Spirit is trying to teach us and do for us.

For example, if the Holy Spirit is alerting you to make intercession for somebody, praying the prayer of faith won’t work. Now the prayer of faith will always work for you and your needs, but not necessarily for others. If it did always work for others you would never need to intercede for anybody. We must learn to be keen enough in the Spirit and knowledgeable enough in the Word to know what type of praying needs to be done in a situation. The prayer of faith and the prayer of intercession are two different kinds of praying.

Here’s an illustration. One woman in a church kept getting this sense that something bad was about to happen to her son. Instead of praying and waiting on the Lord she just went on about her business. Not too long after sensing this, her son was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident and later died. If this mother had begun to intercede and take hold of this situation with the Holy Spirit this tragedy would probably have been avoided. God was alerting her to pray. Then people question God and wonder why He allowed something like this to happen, but He was trying to stop it.

Praying the prayer of faith in that situation would probably not have worked. Intercession was needed. The old Pentecostals knew something about praying this way. They called it “praying through”. You’ve got to be keen in the Spirit and skilled in prayer to understand how and when to pray this way.

Sometimes you take hold with the Holy Spirit, but other times He will initiate a burden or reveal something to you and take hold with you. With things and situations you have knowledge of you can initiate and take hold with the Holy Spirit. But when it comes to things you have no knowledge of with your natural mind, as was the case with this mother, the Holy Spirit will reveal it and initiate a burden or a strong inward witness about it. Then He will begin to take hold with you while you cooperate with Him. This mother did not cooperate with what the Holy Spirit was showing her.

Two years ago my 81 year old father had open heart surgery. It was not an easy surgery at his age and there were complications. I’m sure some of my friends were praying for him, but I was watching over him in the Spirit and talking to the Lord about it all the time. I didn’t just pray the prayer of faith and call it done. I’d get a phone call in the middle of the night from the hospital and immediately my heart would sink thinking the worst might have happened, and perhaps we lost him. But I would plead my case with the Lord and make a pact with Him, and I constantly reminded Him of it. And then I would pray in the Spirit and make intercession for my dad.

One night I prayed through and received a word from the Lord basically telling me that he’d be alright. Peace flooded my soul and from that point on that word became my anchor. In this case, if I had only prayed the prayer of faith once and claimed victory, things may not have turned out right. Many bad things that happen to people could be averted if we had been more sensitive to the Spirit of God and listened and prayed.

The Lord Jesus Christ has given authority to His Church. That authority is carried out on the earth through faith and prayer. God is limited by our prayer life.

“It seems that God can do nothing for humanity unless somebody asks Him to do it.” John Wesley

If you have a burden or a strong inward witness about something don’t just rebuke the devil or speak a few words in tongues and claim the victory. God may be trying to alert you to something. Stop and wait on Him and see how the Holy Spirit will lead you and what He’ll show you. If we take hold with Him He will take hold with us and win the victory.