Prayer Summary for Friday, January 13, 2017

Pastor Ray shared…

I saw something this morning in a book that Rick Renner has called Say Yes! Say yes to God’s will and plan. He’s the perfect one to speak about this subject. I remember him talking about when he got the call to go to Russia. He was in a meeting and when he got the call, stood up and said, “I’m going to Russia.”

I wanted to read a couple of things from his book about God’s will, plan, and purpose. He used Ecclesiastes 3:1 which says, “To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” The title on this section is “You Are Under Heaven So You Have a Special Purpose.” He previously talked about even the animals on the earth have purpose. God created them for a purpose. One thing he brought up is in Colorado, there were so many wolves. To get the wolf population down, the government decided to move the wolves out of the state or just kill them. Then after a year or so, the deer increased so much that there were deer everywhere… on the streets, in people’s yards. At first, they were so glad the wolves were gone. They didn’t realize the wolves kept the deer population down.

[begin excerpt]
Everything God made was created with a special design and function. If this is true of the animal and plant kingdoms, then how much more true is it that you have a special purpose in this world? You were not born simply to occupy space—to eat food, go to the bathroom, sleep, and get up the next morning to start the same dull, boring routine all over again. No! There is a reason you are here on this earth. You have a God-assigned, God-given purpose.

Remember, Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” According to this verse, if you are “under the heaven,” then you have a “purpose”! You are not here by accident. There is a great Designer who planned every detail of who you are and the glorious plan you are to fulfill!

When a person never locks into his God-given purpose or assignment in life, he wanders aimlessly from one thing to the next. This is the reason unbelievers drink, use drugs, and frequently go from one relationship to another. They are trying to fill that hole they feel deep inside.

This is also why believers aren’t satisfied with their marriages and constantly trade jobs. They are seeking to fill a hole that can only be filled by knowing they are doing what God wants them to do.

Money cannot fill that hole. Relationships cannot fill that hole. Jobs cannot fill that hole. That hole is only filled when you step into God’s will and have the satisfaction of knowing you’re right smack dab in the middle of His plan for your life.

I guarantee you that if you’re trying to fill that hold with your marriage, you will be constantly dissatisfied with that relationship. If you’re trying to fill that hole with money, your riches will never satisfy you, no matter how much money you accumulate.

In fact, if you are struggling in any area of your life—your identity, your job, your marriage, or your finances—and it seems that nothing ever satisfies you, perhaps you need to ask a deeper question. Are you doing what God wants you to do? You won’t be happy doing anything else.

You need a God-given vision for your life. Without it, you’ll always wander and flounder. Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” [suspend excerpt]

He previously talked about in the book about driving in Latvia with a colleague; they were driving to get back into Russia. When they got to the border, they were not allowed to go in and had to go to another border entrance which was a four-hour drive. They were not allowed to go in there and so they had to go even further before they could come back into Russia. He shares about what he saw on that journey. He saw the faces of the people in Latvia where they had lost all hope. He described it as being everything was gray. The companies and businesses were all closed, most of them. People had no joy. He described them as they were hopeless, no purpose, desperation, down heartedness, pointlessness, feelings of abandonment, feelings of being discarded and heartache. They were not a joyful bunch.

[resume excerpt]

What I saw on the Latvian/Russian border that day was a picture of what happens when people exist with no vision or sense of direction for their lives. When there is no clear-cut direction or goal for which to live, human beings feel purposeless. When that hopeless feeling seizes the heart, mind, and emotions, it doesn’t take long until man begins to slide into a pit of despair. It’s just as the Bible says: “Where there is no vision, the people perish….”

What does the Bible mean when it says people “perish” if they have no vision? Several good translations of Proverbs 29:18 are as follows:

“Where there is no vision, the people live purposeless, meaningless lives….”
“Where there is no vision, the people have no sense of direction and lose their reason for living….”
“Where there is no vision, people become lazy, dissatisfied, and sluggish….”
“Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint and become undisciplined and unproductive….”

People need a sense of direction. They need borders. They need guidelines. And that includes me as well. I can personally testify that when I have no purpose, vision, or goal for my life, I sink to unbelievably low levels of inactivity and laziness. It’s just a fact of life that I need something to shoot for and to keep me going.

God put it into the heart of man to take dominion (Gen. 1:16) and to achieve something great with his life. When man loses that purpose—that God-birthed spark in his heart to reach out to something great and significant—he becomes dysfunctional, lazy, lethargic, languid, and lackadaisical in his approach to life. That’s why a person needs a challenging goal to aim for in his life.

When that person has a vision before him, he has a goal to live for and an objective to keep. This gives meaning to his existence, a purpose and plan designed specifically for his life. It gives him a reason to get up in the morning, a reason to keep fighting against the odds he encounters along the way. A vision gives him inspiration and motivation to keep striving until he’s reached what God put in his heart. [end excerpt]

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I pray over our eyes, that they be opened wider and see more clearly the things that are to come
You said You’d show us things to come
Thank You for our eyes
To hear and know things
Thank You for the strength that comes through the Holy Spirit
We welcome increase of the Holy Spirit in our lives
The United States of America is entering into change
Thank You, Father, for Your plans to begin to unfold in the months and years to come
We lift up the transfer and transition of power
We plead the blood over the transfer that it would be smooth and protected
We plead the blood over the date the 20th that it will change and go in Your way
Our connection with the nation of Israel, that they be joined together
Whatever the enemy meant for evil, we declare it’s turning around
We agree that the embassy would be moved to Jerusalem
We pray over the authority in Israel and the military
We apply the blood around the borders of Israel
We pray for the peace of Jerusalem
No weapon formed against that nation will prosper
We walk the borders in the name of Jesus… we declare the blood over the borders
No one shall pass… we command you to cease and desist… for this portion is the Lord’s … and He will be glorified therein
We call for that remnant to rise up… that portion that they would stand but they would hold fast to the promise
They would push back against the enemy… resisting those things that would try to steal away… that which has been appointed
You’re doing great things there in this hour… You do show Yourself strong on their behalf
They will continue to bear fruit… to rise up… to increase… that light flows out
A drawing in and a sending out… You’re drawing Your people in and You’re sending them out
It’s like a time of refreshing and a time of encouragement… building up in the name
Thank You for the connection between the US and Israel… strong… supporters… defenders
Joined together… one heart and one mind… working together for the plan and purpose of God
The plan unfolds… our leaders come together… they begin to bless one another… Thank You, Father, that we are coming out from under the darkness… it’s time for this country to come into its place
Satan, you will not hold us back or down… you will not hold back the gospel
This is the time for the light to be bright…
We reject you in the name of Jesus… as citizens, we reject that darkness, the evil… we draw that line and we say No.
You will not have this country… not the churches… no part
No country will control us in the name of Jesus… we put you in your place today
You back off in Jesus’ name… take your hands out
By the power of the spirit, I command you “be removed, be removed from this system… be removed from our financial system… be removed from our social system… we will not allow you to be intertwined with us… we separate from you today in the name of Jesus…”
Transformation… appointment… promotion… in the day…
This nation will be the nation it was called to be…
That harvest begins to spring up on every side… the harvest overtakes the sower… before you can get it in the ground…
The souls, the finances, the healings, the miracles
Keep going… it’s upon you… transfer… it’s time to move some things around… it’s time to move some money… it’s time to move some shares… it’s time to move some investments… it’s time to move some location… some situation…
That which has seemed impossible, is possible in Jesus’ name
We are overcoming those limitations by the word of our testimony and the blood
Every generation
It’s time to pass over… we’re going to pass over some things completely… you’re going to pass over some situations, some stumbling blocks… He’s going to cause you to step over those things that are in the way… they would not move you… but you would be able to stay on the right path… Come on, Church, it’s time to pick up the pace… get in the race… it’s time to run for the finish line… the finish is coming… for He has made a way where there didn’t seem to be a way… it’s time to step out of the natural into the supernatural… move in the spirit… reject the flesh nature… time to rebel against the things of this world system… press into the power
This is the age… Order! Order!
Ears would hear and eyes would see
No, no, no… shake it off… shake off that slackerness… rise up in the power of the Spirit… rise up in His name
Receive, receive… right, right, right… transform… praise, praise, praise
We praise You in the middle of it… we praise You in every situation
We are far above the enemy… he is nothing
Chosen for such a time as this… a chosen people… a chosen race
Every day we’re adding… we reach out today to every corner of this nation and community and we draw you in, in the name of Jesus… by the power of the Spirit we reach out to you today thru that darkness
You come into the body and take your place… and do the work you’ve been called to do
We are taking this land and we are going out in the glory of God
We call for cooperation among the groups… work together
Pastors come together… one heart, one mind, one purpose… this is the year of the Church

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