Prayer Summary for Thursday, May 18, 2017

Jerre led in worship…

Pastor Ray shared…

I want to go over a couple things on authority and then Erika is going to go through the confession for our nation, for our President. We need to keep doing that. Brother Hagin’s book on authority is a classic. I like what he said about the keys of authority.

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The Bible says Satan had the power of death, but Jesus conquered him. Jesus says in Revelation 1:18, “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” Jesus Christ took the keys away from the devil, glory to God! Keys belong to the Authorized One. Those are the keys of authority. … This is precisely where the church world as a whole has failed. It has understood that Jesus Christ is the Supreme Head of the Church, but it has failed to understand that the Head is totally dependent on the body for carrying out His plans; that we are seated with Christ in heavenly places; and that His exercising authority over the powers of the air has to be through the body.

Now we can understand as never before what Jesus meant when He said, “Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Mat. 18:18). That’s using His authority upon the earth. … Do we have authority that we don’t know we have?” When I began to study the subject, I found that we do have authority, thank God. I also found that heaven will back us up on what we refuse and what we allow. We’ve allowed a lot of things, but we just haven’t exercised our authority. That’s why things are as they are many times: we haven’t done anything about the situation. We’re waiting on God, and He’s waiting on us, and He won’t do anything until we act.

There have been times when I have been praying about a loved one near death, and the Lord has said to me, “I’ll do whatever you tell Me to do.” In one instance I asked the Lord to give the person two or three more years. He replied He would, just because I had asked Him to. He told me, “No earthly father desires to do more for his children than I do, if my children would just let Me!”

Some people think God’s a tyrant sitting on His throne holding a giant flyswatter in His hand. The minute you do something wrong, they believe He’s ready to smash you to smithereens. But that’s not a true picture of the Father.

The Lord is hindered in His plans because His body has failed to appreciate the meaning of Christ’s exaltation and the fact that we are seated with Him at the right hand of the Father. We have a part to play in this: we must cooperate with the Lord in faith. … The Word of God is from the Spirit of God: holy men of old wrote it. The Word of God is of utmost importance. But you’ll never understand it with your heard; you must understand it with your heart. Don’t put the Spirit above the Word. Put the Word first and the Spirit second, and you’ll be safe.

The well-known Pentecostal editor Stanley Frodsham, the author of Smith Wigglesworth’s biography, brought out the fact that Wigglesworth was, first of all, a man of God’s Word, and second, a man filled with the Spirit of God. That’s an excellent combination.” [end excerpt]

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Pastor Ray continued sharing…

We watched an old video of brother Hagin. He shared that when the Devil tried to “take him out,” he got into the Word. The video was from around 1974. He was saying, “I told the Devil, I’m not going to die in ten years.” He kept saying it. “I’m not going to die in 20 years. I’m not going to die in 30 years. I’m not going to die in 40 years… 50 years… In fact, I’m going to live at least until my 70s or my 80s. Then a scroll came across the screen that said, “He lived until 86 years old.”

He told the people in the meeting that “the Devil has left me alone for 40 years because he knows I meant what I said.” This is about using our authority. If the church will use its authority right now, this nation is not going down the way some people think it is. This nation has already begun to turn, and it’s going to continue to turn in the right way, toward God.

You might think, Why are we still confessing this prayer for the nation and the President? We do it because we need to and because we have the authority. Every time we go through this prayer, we use our authority and by faith we believe it will come to pass.

Erika led group in prayer for nation and President…

Father, in the name of Jesus, and according to your Word, we pray for those in authority in our nation
Thank You for the blood… we apply it over our nation
You said to come boldly and we do…

We lift up President Donald Trump, his family, his staff and cabinet members. Let Your Word cling to them and let them not depart from your plan. Strengthen them with mighty power by your Spirit to stand against wickedness, lies, and deception. Guide President Trump’s decisions; let Your light shine upon his path and show him the path of reversal for every evil way. Continually surround him with godly men and women who impart wise counsel to him. Cause the way of the wicked to be set to confusion and come to nothing.

We declare today there is a whole lot of nothing that is coming out of a whole lot of chatter
In the name of Jesus, it comes to naught and it comes to confusion in the enemy’s camp
In Jesus’ name, we hold the blood against the very source of the difficult, evil lies, deceptions being spread about
We loose angels, ministering spirits—Go! work on behalf of our President, his family, this nation

Deliver us from the traps and snares the enemy has laid for us…
By Your Spirit, let them not misstep in any decision-making process
Assistance of and by Your Spirit, O God… greater light and illumination
Cause his ears to hear and eyes to see, understanding and light to come to him
Open that up, Father
We put a block over those plans and strategies… we hold the blood over them in Jesus’ name

…and let the wicked be caught in their own devises and be brought to shame. We take authority over the plots and plans of the enemy against this nation. Let prideful and lying lips be silenced in Jesus’ name. Slanderers will not be established in America. We pray for our Congress, our Supreme Court, our Military leaders and our intelligence agencies. Let the wisdom that is from above reign in this nation and be constantly speaking to our leaders. We exercise the authority you have given us to tread down all the power of the enemy. We cast down and demolish imaginations and arguments that exalt themselves against the knowledge of God, and we bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. We bind spirits of strife and division, civil wars and tumults, spirits of hostility, lawlessness and blasphemy, and fires from hell that have burned in our cities.

We speak grace and peace over America.
We speak peace in Washington, in Jesus’ name… Peace! Be still, you storm of lies and deceptions
Be still and be silenced in the name of Jesus

We pray and believe for the voice of truth, salvation, revival, and restoration to be proclaimed and heard across our land. Grant unto your servants everywhere that with all boldness we may speak your Word.

With all boldness, your servants everywhere across this nation will speak Your Word and stand for righteousness
We will stand for Your Word, Father
In the name of Jesus, strengthen us to speak and declare
Let us not be ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God unto salvation
Salvation individually and of a nation

We pray for a mighty outpouring of your Spirit with signs, wonders, and miracles. We expect the wisdom of this world that is earthly, sensual, and devilish to depart and vanish until Your mighty work in America becomes a beacon of hope for all people everywhere. We expect the voice of rejoicing to be heard in our nation for your goodness, mercy, and prosperity, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Father, we thank You for supernatural, divine strength of and by Your Spirit to continue to press and seek and find more of You
Strength in the inner man for believers, for our President, and those surrounding him
Let them be strengthened
We release our faith that they be surrounded with our faith and love
We thank You for one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all

Pastor Ray shared…

This is Jerre’s last morning with us. We want to take a moment to bless her. Jerre come over here and sit up here on the stage.

Pastor Ray handed Jerre a bouquet of flowers. He gave her cards from everyone and read the sentiments from the cards.

Jerre shared and reminisced about her time at Living Word. She shared they will attend Rodney Howard-Browne’s church in Tampa Bay. Since they have relatives up here, they will come back to visit frequently.

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