Prayer Summary for March 12

Prayed…

Father, we love and worship You!
Jesus, You are honored in this place
Holy Spirit, have Your way in us
Help us to have hearts full of compassion
That Your purpose would be fulfilled every day
Jesus, be Jesus in us!
Father, we apply the blood of Jesus over this hour!

Shared…

The following excerpt is taken from Mighty Prevailing Prayer by Wesley L. Duewel:

PREVAILING PRAYER – THE NEED OF THE CHURCH

The great need of our world, our nation, and our churches is people who know how to prevail in prayer. Moments of pious wishes blandly expressed to God once or twice a day will bring little change on earth or among the people…

We need great answers to prayer, changed lives and situations – answers that bear upon them the stamp of the divine. We need mighty demonstrations of the reality and concern of God and of His activity and power, which will force the world to recognize that God is truly God, that God is sovereign, and that God is involved in His world today. We need mighty answers to prayer that will bring new life to the church and new strength, faith, and courage to faint believers; that will silence, dumbfound, and convict evil men; and that will thwart, defeat, and drive back the assaults of Satan.

The vast majority of Christians know very little about prevailing prayer, wrestling in prayer, or prayer warfare. We have seen too few prayer warriors who had intercessory power with God and with people. We have met too few Elijah-type intercessors who were just like us, yet whose prayer lives were powerful and effective (James 5:16-18).

GOD’S PRIORITY WORK FOR YOU

Prevailing prayer is wholly work, fervent labor. Epaphras, who was “always wrestling in prayer” for his congregation (Col. 4:12), prevailed in prayer. The apostles deliberately chose to give their attention to prayer (Acts 6:4). Then three verses later we are told, “So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly.” Even a large number of the priests, perhaps the most difficult to win, “became obedient to the faith.”

Murray wrote, “We have far too little conception of the place that intercession, as distinguished from prayer for ourselves, ought to have in the church and the Christian life. In intercession our king upon the throne finds His highest glory. In it we shall find our highest glory too. Through it He continues His saving work and can do nothing without it. Through it alone we can do our work, and nothing avails without it.” He adds, “Where…we work more than we pray, the presence and the power of God are not seen in our work as we would wish.”

“Prayer was never meant to be incidental to the work of God. It is the work…in all work for God, prayer is the working power of all that God would do through His people.” Arthur Mathews says, “The spiritual history of a mission or a church is written in its prayer life.” What counts with God is not statistics but prayer depth and God’s presence and power in lives, church service, and outreach…

Think of it: The very God who raised up Jesus to heaven after His death and resurrection, placing Jesus at His right hand on the throne of the universe, has also “raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms” (Eph. 2:6). You sit potentially where Jesus sits – on the throne, to share His rule! When? Now! How? By intercession!

You have no greater ministry or no leadership more influential than intercession. There is no higher role, honor, or authority than this. You have been saved to reign through prayer. You have been Spirit-filled to qualify you to reign by prayer. You reign as you prevail in prayer.

God Has Ordained Us to Intercede with Christ

…He has given us the Holy Spirit to enable us to see people and needs from His perspective. He has ordained that the Holy Spirit enable us in our prayer weakness (Rom. 8:26).

“…In prayer the church has received power to rule the world.” Through our prayers God acts and speaks…

THE GLORY OF PREVAILING PRAYER

The highest glory of Christ upon His sovereign throne today is the glory of His prevailing intercession. It becomes our most glorious ministry also. There is no more Christlike role than to be a co-intercessor with Christ for the priorities upon His heart. In no other way can you do more to advance Christ’s kingdom and bring glory to the name of Jesus. Prevailing intercession is your supreme service while on earth.

Prevailing prayer is glorious because it unites you with the heartbeat of Christ. It is glorious because in prevailing prayer you share the vision of Christ, the purpose and holy determination of Christ, and often the costly soul agony and burden of Christ. Prevailing intercession is the most Christly of all labor, as well as the most Spirit-controlled. The Spirit shares with you Christ’s passion until you are convulsed by the same heart-cry and the Son and the same groanings as the Spirit (Rom. 8:26).

It is glory to weep with Christ, love with Christ, and burn with the passionate longing of Christ. It is glory to share with Christ the intercessory battle and triumph. Sometimes you begin to sense the power and joy of the coming age (Heb. 6:5) as your prevailing breaks through to victory. Glory begins as you feel the Spirit’s assurance that your prayer has been heard and answered. The visible results are not always immediately evident, but you know you have prevailed according to the will of God, and you know God’s answer is sure.

All prevailing prayer will receive its final and supreme glory when you reach the glory world, with its unveilings of the rewards of answered prayer. What honor awaits God’s prevailing prayer warriors at the judgment seat of Christ when the honors and rewards of eternity are announced and conferred (1 Cor. 3:11-15; 4:5; 9:25)!

Then you will be amazed to see how your prevailing was united with the prevailing of others of God’s prayer warriors and with the very intercession of Christ, the Son of God. Then you will discover the hidden prevailing saints who over the ages were the secret of God’s mighty working. Then you will see that all holy intercession begins in the heart of God, is shared with you by the Holy Spirit, is “amended” and presented to the Father by the Son, and is aided by God’s holy angels. Then you will see that no prevailing prayer was ever in vain. You will bow before God in wonder, love, and adoring amazement to think that you, unworthy you, have had such strategic partnership with Christ in His throne ministry and eternal victories!

Lord, teach us the prevailing, the responsibility, and the glory of prevailing prayer!

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Scripture Focus…

(26) “So too the [Holy] Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance.”
(Rom. 8:26 Amp.)

Continued Praying…

Lord, come in Your greatness!
Reveal Yourself in a great and mighty way-have Your way!
Ascending into great places in the Father
Obeying each step of the way
Lord, we respond to the kingdom plan
Every part surrendered and yielded to You
The people of God responding to Your leading
Craving more of You
Nothing can fill or satisfy like You!
Cutting the ties that hold us back from Your presence
The Church speaking and declaring the truth of Your Word
Causing and drawing men to come in!
Every walk of life coming into Your presence
Holy Spirit, flood each church, city, and state!
Life change-NEVER to be the same again!
Fill the earth with Your goodness!
We are not our own but have been bought with a price for a plan and purpose
Vessels to be filled with You!
Lord, we are honored to pray out the mysteries
Every day we are making a highway for You

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