Morning Prayer Summary for Thursday, February 27, 2020

Annie led group in worship…

Pastor Ray…

I saw this scripture this morning. Psalm 34:4–10, “Listen to my testimony. I cried to God in my distress. He answered me. He freed me from all my fears. Gazed upon him, join your life with his and joy will come. Your faces will glisten with glory. You’ll never wear that shame face again. When I had nothing, desperate and defeated, I cried out to the Lord, what did he do? He heard me. Bringing his miracle deliverance when I needed it most. The angel of the Lord stooped down to listen as I prayed encircling me, empowering me, and showing me how to escape. He will do this for everyone who fears God. Drink deeply of the pleasures of this God. Experience for yourself the joyous mercies that he gives to all who turn to hide themselves in him. Worship him in awe and wonder all you who have been made holy, for all who fear him will feast with plenty even the strong and the wealthy grow weak and hungry, but those who passionately pursue the Lord will never lack any good thing.”

Those who passionately pursue… that’s with all of our heart. They will never lack any good thing. Because He’s good.

Annie led group in worship…

Pastor Ray…

I saw this from brother Hagin. He was speaking about prayer for our nation. He said, “Some say, We’re going to pot.” This was from 1970. He said, “No we’re not.”

Yesterday, when the President when addressing the coronavirus, he was like, “Yes, there are things, but no it’s not going to…” He was comforting the nation and I wanted to just end everything he was saying with “in Jesus’ name.” Because it almost felt like he was preaching, almost prophesying, declaring things. And you know, behind him, there are many people in the White House that are praying. There are many people in that house that are speaking to him.

I like how brother Hagin responded. “No, we’re not! Don’t listen to such talk as that. I believe there are people in America today who will take their place in prayer, just as Abraham did. Abraham didn’t sit around and talk about how wicked they were and how they were all going to hell. He interceded on their behalf. That’s why we pray for those in positions of authority. If we will take our place, we can change things. We have a better covenant based on better promises.

Then he used this little story. He said, I was in the home of a minister of the Gospel whose 4-year-old son was so misbehaved, he embarrassed me. He even embarrassed my son who at that time was four. Ken said to me the minute we got into the car, “That boy is awful, isn’t he?” He talked terribly to his father. When his father picked him up in his arms, petting him a little to quiet him, the boy slapped his cheeks and said, “You old liar. What you’re telling is not so. You’re a liar.” This is a little boy. This pastor, full gospel, Spirit filled said to me, “Well, the Bible says in the last days children will be disobedient to their parents.” Come on!

It reminds me of a time years ago, I won’t say which grandchild it was, but he was in the back seat and Sandy and I were taking him to a restaurant that we wanted to go to. All the way there he’s in the back seat having a fit. He was like five. He heard what restaurant we were going to and he didn’t want to go there. We’re driving. I had to turn around and say, “Stop it right now.” We always want to speak nice to our grandchildren but they’re not controlling us. Well, sometimes they do. But he was determined. But I was like, “We’re going to that restaurant.” When we got in the restaurant, he simmered down, got cool. Okay I guess we’re going to this restaurant. The Bible does say in the last days children will be disobedient to parents, but that doesn’t mean we just take it.

Hagin continued, Yes, I said, the Bible also says that the love of many shall wax cold, but that doesn’t mean my love has to wax cold. And that doesn’t mean my children are going to be disobedient to their parents. You can sit around and say, “Well, the Bible says that evil men and seducers will wax worse, deceived and being deceived. This whole thing is going down. The love of many shall wax cold. And if you just dwell on that side, the side that’s saying we’re going to pot, you will grow cold. The devil will take you over and take over all of your children.

I’m reading this because of what we say, the words we speak are so important. They’re critical. But you don’t have to think along that line. He said, Wake up and realize who you are in Christ. The gates of hell shall not prevail against the church. Jesus is the head of the church. Not Satan. Satan is not the head of the church. Jesus is bigger than the Devil. In fact, He already has defeated him. He arose victorious over him and His victory is our victory. We’re victorious. We might as well just keep telling ourselves “We’re victorious in Christ.” Right? It’s not what we can do naturally. It’s supernatural. It’s the power of the Holy Spirit working through us. Amen?

So we lift Him up and say, “Fear has no place in me.” And we believe it. Then fear has no place in us. Every day in the chapel, we’re praying through Psalm 91. We’re doing different versions of it so we don’t get in a rut about it. We used to do this. I said the other day, when our staff at Living Word was small enough that we could all fit into one room, we did that every morning. Pastor Lynne would come in. We all had our Bibles out and we’d take like two or three verses every morning before we did anything. We prayed Psalm 91 over the ministry. So in these days, we’re praying not just here over this ministry, we’re praying it over the earth. And men and women have taken a stand against that coronavirus.

Yesterday, Trump did a press conference. He just did a scientific Holy Ghost press conference to the world out over the airwaves. There it goes.

Psalm 91

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand]. I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust! For [then] He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. [Then] He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you trust and find refuge; His truth and His faithfulness are a shield and a buckler.  You shall not be afraid of the terror of the night, nor of the arrow (the evil plots and slanders of the wicked) that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor of the destruction and sudden death that surprise and lay 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 a spectator shall you be [yourself inaccessible in the secret place of the Most High] as you witness the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your dwelling place, 10 There shall no evil befall you, nor any plague or calamity come near your tent. 11 For He will give His angels [especial] charge over you to accompany and defend and preserve you in all your ways [of obedience and service]. 12 They shall bear you up on their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone. 13 You shall tread upon the lion and adder; the young lion and the serpent shall you trample underfoot. 14 Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness—trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never]. 15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation.

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