Morning Prayer Summary for Monday, July 30, 2018

Scripture Focus…

Now, it happened that while Apollos was away in Corinth, Paul made his way down through the mountains, came to Ephesus, and happened on some disciples there. The first thing he said was, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed? Did you take God into your mind only, or did you also embrace him with your heart? Did he get inside you?” “We’ve never even heard of that—a Holy Spirit? God within us?” (3) “How were you baptized, then?” asked Paul. “In John’s baptism.” (4) “That explains it,” said Paul. “John preached a baptism of radical life-change so that people would be ready to receive the One coming after him, who turned out to be Jesus. If you’ve been baptized in John’s baptism, you’re ready now for the real thing, for Jesus.” (5–7) And they were. As soon as they heard of it, they were baptized in the name of the Master Jesus. Paul put his hands on their heads and the Holy Spirit entered them. From that moment on, they were praising God in tongues and talking about God’s actions. Altogether there were about twelve people there that day. (8–10) Paul then went straight to the meeting place. He had the run of the place for three months, doing his best to make the things of the kingdom of God real and convincing to them. But then resistance began to form as some of them began spreading evil rumors through the congregation about the Christian way of life. So Paul left, taking the disciples with him, and set up shop in the school of Tyrannus, holding class there daily. He did this for two years, giving everyone in the province of Asia, Jews as well as Greeks, ample opportunity to hear the Message of the Master.

Witches Came out of the Woodwork

(11-12) God did powerful things through Paul, things quite out of the ordinary. The word got around and people started taking pieces of clothing—handkerchiefs and scarves and the like—that had touched Paul’s skin and then touching the sick with them. The touch did it—they were healed and whole. (13-16) Some itinerant Jewish exorcists who happened to be in town at the time tried their hand at what they assumed to be Paul’s “game.” They pronounced the name of the Master Jesus over victims of evil spirits, saying, “I command you by the Jesus preached by Paul!” The seven sons of a certain Sceva, a Jewish high priest, were trying to do this on a man when the evil spirit talked back: “I know Jesus and I’ve heard of Paul, but who are you?” Then the possessed man went berserk—jumped the exorcists, beat them up, and tore off their clothes. Naked and bloody, they got away as best they could. (17-20) It was soon news all over Ephesus among both Jews and Greeks. The realization spread that God was in and behind this. Curiosity about Paul developed into reverence for the Master Jesus. Many of those who thus believed came out of the closet and made a clean break with their secret sorceries. All kinds of witches and warlocks came out of the woodwork with their books of spells and incantations and made a huge bonfire of them. Someone estimated their worth at fifty thousand silver coins. In such ways it became evident that the Word of the Master was now sovereign and prevailed in Ephesus.
(Acts 19:1–20 MSG)


Holy Spirit, we welcome You in this place today
Thank You for Your manifested presence, Lord
We are hungry for more and more of You, Father
You are so good and so worthy of all of our praise
Holy Spirit, have free reign in our homes, in our schools, and in our nation
Father, we call for a cleaning up, a cleansing, and a separation from those worldly ways
We agree and we lift up this country before You today, Lord
No weapon formed against this nation would prosper in Jesus’ name!
We pray and lift up President Trump and all those in positions of authority, Father
Yes, Lord, we apply the blood of Jesus over this nation and over those in leadership positions
Calling for every believer to stand up and take their place and their position of authority in Christ Jesus
You are the King of all Kings and the Lord of all Lords; You are the way-maker, our healer and our provider!
Thank You that those things are beginning to turn, Lord
Calling for every hindrance to be removed in Jesus’ name!
We call for eyes to be opened up, and for ears to hear what You have said in Your Word, oh God
Your Word has power to set this country free, and we call that forth in the name of Jesus!
Free from lack and free from attacks!
Thank You for the precious blood of Jesus, and we plead it over our country today!
Your blood is cleansing and healing this nation, and we thank You for it, Lord
Hallelujah, we magnify and glorify that wonderful name of Jesus
That name is the name above every other name!
Giving You all the glory, all of the honor, and all of our praise, Father
We pray for change from heaven today!

Scripture Focus…

(1-13) You who sit down in the High God’s presence, spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow, Say this: “GOD, you’re my refuge. I trust in you and I’m safe!” That’s right—he rescues you from hidden traps, shields you from deadly hazards. His huge outstretched arms protect you— under them you’re perfectly safe; his arms fend off all harm. Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night, not flying arrows in the day, Not disease that prowls through the darkness, not disaster that erupts at high noon. Even though others succumb all around, drop like flies right and left, no harm will even graze you. You’ll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance, watch the wicked turn into corpses. Yes, because GOD’s your refuge, the High God your very own home, Evil can’t get close to you, harm can’t get through the door. He ordered his angels to guard you wherever you go. If you stumble, they’ll catch you; their job is to keep you from falling. You’ll walk unharmed among lions and snakes, and kick young lions and serpents from the path. (14-16) “If you’ll hold on to me for dear life,” says GOD, “I’ll get you out of any trouble. I’ll give you the best of care if you’ll only get to know and trust me. Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times; I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party. I’ll give you a long life, give you a long drink of salvation!”
(Psalms 91:1–16 MSG)

It is a good and delightful thing to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises [with musical accompaniment] to Your name, O Most High, (2) To show forth Your loving-kindness in the morning and Your faithfulness by night (12) The [uncompromisingly] righteous shall flourish like the palm tree [be long-lived, stately, upright, useful, and fruitful]; they shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon [majestic, stable, durable, and incorruptible]. (13) Planted in the house of the Lord, they shall flourish in the courts of our God. (14) [Growing in grace] they shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap [of spiritual vitality] and [rich in the] verdure [of trust, love, and contentment]. (15) [They are living memorials] to show that the Lord is upright and faithful to His promises; He is my Rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.
(Psalms 92:1-2; 12-15 AMPC)

Continued Praying…

We hold onto You, Lord
You are our Lord, our King; You said that You would get us out of any trouble!
Father, You said that You would take care of us, and You would give us the best of care, so we trust You
We trust in You, for You are so worthy, we trust in Your ways and in Your plans
You said You would answer every time we call, You said You would be right there at our side even in the bad times
You said You would rescue us, and then You said You would throw us a party!
You said You would give us a long life, and a long drink of salvation!
Thank You, thank You, thank You for Your Word, Father
Yes, Lord, You are rescuing us from hidden traps, from all those things we didn’t know about!
We are safe in You, Lord
You are keeping us in perfect peace, and we will fear nothing!
Fear, you have to go and leave!
You said You would be with us and beside us, and we believe You for that, Lord
Yes, You are king over everything!
Your Word says that by the stripes of Jesus we are healed!
We take that literally this morning and we take that blood that was shed and we plead it everywhere
Declaring that blood to be everywhere we go, over every step we take today, Father
There is no one like You, Lord
We lift You, we worship You, and we thank You, You are a good, good Father
Thank You for Your grace, for Your mercy, and for Your peace that surpasses all understanding
We receive all of these things by faith in You!
Putting all of our trust in You, in Your ways, and in Your plans
Pleading the blood of Jesus over every situation today, Lord
Casting down every fear in the name of Jesus!
Fear, you must go and get out of here, there is no place for you here!
We are delivered and set free, You have anointed us and we receive that anointing, Lord
Pleading the blood of Jesus over every situation
Declaring alignment in Jesus’ name, calling for those things to come in line today!
Situations line up, be right, change come in Jesus’ name!
We partake of Your Spirit, we receive more and we receive greater!
Calling for an end of the old and a beginning of the new!
New days, new ways, new opportunities, new freedom, and new victory!
Declaring for a turnaround in Jesus’ name!
Things that were broken be healed and whole in the name of Jesus!
Calling for those things to be restored and made new!
Holy Spirit, come and fill this place
Limitations be removed, and we cast down every limitation today!
We stand on the blood, and we stand on Your Word!
We take our place, and we will finish the race in glory, in power, and under Your anointing!
There will be a stabilization of some things, Father
Calling for stability in Jesus’ name!
We stand on the name that is above every other name – Jesus!
We magnify, exalt, and honor that name, Lord

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