Prayer Summary for February 3

Scripture Reference…

“And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.” Galatians 6:9 (Amp.)

Pastor Ken Olson shared…

We are reminded that the enemy of our soul comes against us in our minds. It’s a war of attrition in our daily lives. The work we have been called to do is to simply believe. It’s so important as pray-ers. We may not see change from day to day or even for years but we are without doubt causing things to change as we are sensitive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit with our prayers. But the enemy does come to discourage us and to accuse and wear us down. We all feel weary at times but that’s okay because we are not moved by our feelings.

The Word states for us to not grow weary in doing good. What’s doing good… just simply believing. This Gospel of Grace is simply believing Him and that the work has already been finished. We don’t have to come up with a plan, we simply continue to draw close to Him and stand in the ability He supplies reminding ourselves of His promises and believe them. Sometimes we shift over to our brains and our emotions but the Bible instructs us to be stirred up in His promises knowing our prayers are all the while making progress. In instances where we are facing barriers, know that our prayers are continually poking holes in those barriers.

When Daniel prayed there was an evil principality that got in the way. It was the consistency of his prayer and belief that eventually brought forth the answer. This natural dimension is just a thin veneer but the Spiritual dimension is much stronger. Everything in this natural realm was made by the things of the spirit. God is light and light travels quite fast. But we are in this dimension which is quite slow so it may take a while. It is so important to not stop believing. The most important habit of prayer is to be your own best cheerleader; being fueled by the Spirit of Faith. That’s what set Caleb and Joseph apart. They lived according to what God had said, “Surely they would inherit the land.” Don’t go be distracted by circumstances but remain strong in His Word.

Every day I write down what God is saying to my heart. A word, an impression and I make a practice to go back and remind myself of what God has been saying. When I am tempted to draw back and let those things slide, it serves as a reminder and has helped me in many seasons. We need to believe with God that our best days are ahead of us; that God is awaking the hearts and minds of His people everywhere. If we stay constant, we will reap these promises to the full.

We live in a highlight culture. We get our news in highlights and don’t always see that a whole lot went on in between the highlights. Patience and continuance and just hanging in there is living the most spiritual life. In the Bible sometimes several years passed before what was prayed out came to pass and sometimes it wasn’t seen by that generation. Bottom-line Christianity is living by what we see in God’s Word. Someone once said, “We don’t need to do more, we need to see more. We don’t need to achieve more, we need to know more.”

Hebrews 6:12 instructs “That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” Slothful does not mean lazy. It means slow; slow in spiritual things. We need to be hot for God! James 5:16 states “…The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]. We are to stay encouraged and stay strong in Him. The Bible states the strong spirit of a man will sustain him. So what happens when it seems like God is not speaking, just keep on seeking Him and keep on praying the way He showed you. It is working, it is having an effect and we are weakening the barriers that stand before us.
The Bible states that one day they that see the devil will narrowly look upon him and say “Is this the one..?” Think of Joshua who was instructed to march around Jericho. What if he decided to rest after only marching 4 times around the city. Don’t let anything wear you down. Our best days are ahead of us. God is intent that we walk in Glory.

The following excerpt was taken from The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears by Mark Batterson:

The Book of Legends is a collection of stories from the Jewish Talmud & in it is a true legend of Honi the Circle Maker.

A devastating drought threatened to destroy a whole generation of people—the generation before Jesus. The last of the Jewish prophets had died off nearly four centuries before. Miracles were a distant memory. And God was nowhere to be heard. But there was one man, an old sage who lived outside the walls of Jerusalem, who dared to pray anyway. His name was Honi. And even if the people could no longer hear God, he believed that God could still hear them.

With a six-foot staff in his hand, Honi drew a circle in the sand. Then he dropped to his knees and raised his hands to heaven. With the authority of the prophet Elijah who called down fire from heaven, Honi called down rain.

Lord of the Universe, I swear before your great name that I will not move from this circle until you have shown mercy upon your children. Then it happened. As his prayer ascended to the heavens, raindrops descended to the earth. The people rejoiced over the rain, but Honi wasn’t satisfied with a sprinkle. Still kneeling within the circle, Honi lifted his voice over the sounds of celebration.

Not for such rain have I prayed, but for rain that will fill cisterns, pits, and caverns.

The sprinkle turned into such a torrential downpour that the people fled to the Temple Mount to escape the flash floods. Honi stayed and prayed inside his protracted circle.

Not for such rain have I prayed, but for rain of benevolence, benediction, and grace.

Then, like a well-proportioned sun shower on a summer afternoon, it began to rain in perfect moderation. Some within the Sanhedrin threatened excommunication because his prayer was too bold for their taste, but the miracle couldn’t be repudiated.

Eventually, Honi the Circle Maker was honored for “the prayer that saved a generation.” The circle he drew in the sand symbolizes the power of faith and a single prayer to change the course of history.


We thank You, Father, for Your amazing grace
For Your Holy Spirit that You sent to fill us
For encouraging us today—it’s a finished work
Continuing and contend in prayer—yielded to You
Rivers of living water flowing out of us
Lord, fill up our cisterns with grace, wisdom, and strength
We pray that You would get glory in us today
Releasing to You our own works and receive Your rest—Spirit directed activity
We tune our hearts to the communication of the Holy Spirit that we would offer our prayers worthily and in Your name
We worship You Jesus—King of Kings and Lord of Lords
Illuminate our path, taking us higher, the plan You have for us
Saturate us with Your presence—break up the weariness of our souls
Infuse in us an ability to pick up what we have relaxed our hold on
Contending for the higher—revival and the greater works of Jesus
Dreams, hopes, aspirations—we pick it back up and continue to believe it is finished!
We are children of the Most High God—there is truly more with us
The Spirit of God is the Spirit of Grace and supplication—prayer
We pray for a fresh wind of the Spirit to blow through the Church
A strength of God to all our members, picking up momentum in a new way
For the continuance in Your plan
Yes, let it rain down today on Your people, Your body
We speak to those dead things—wake up in Jesus’ name!
Off the bench and into the GAME!—it is time to move forward in rank
Let the doorway swing wide—help us to sense it—that the door is open
Now is the time to step through to that new place
Letting go of the old and moving into uncharted territory
We pray for wisdom and courage to move into this new season out of time
Heads Up, Heads Up—here it comes!
Be alert, sober, circumspect—calling the Church up to a larger and greater room
Send the orders, Father, we receive the orders
What about this nation—proclaiming mercy over America, pleading the blood
Mercy over the coastlines, Washington, DC, all the borders
Ministering Spirits of God, assist the plan of God where it is needed all across this nation
We are not willing to idly stand by—we contend for this nation!
Reviving the Church and awaking to those far from You
We are craving it more than our next breath—we must have it!
Praying for the proclamation of truth!
We reflect Your plan for America back to You in prayer
The days ahead—help us to see and sense the signs of the times
Let it go even beyond the Church—a shaking and a sobering
Seeing in a moment of time—becoming seekers of You!
Thank You, Father, for Your kindness, mercy, and love for us
Thank You, thank You, thank You, we worship You
Have Your way, Lord, that’s our prayer today

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