Prayer Summary for Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Ms. Sharon led us in singing “We are standing on Holy Ground.”

A Word of the Lord came forth:

This happened on Sunday, and I am seeing it again this morning. I kept seeing green grass for miles, and I was reminded of how sometimes we as people think that maybe the grass is greener the way someone else is doing something or what they’ve done, the blessing they are walking in. But I heard this in my spirit:

“I created the grass. I created the blue skies. And I created the plan that is in you. And that plan must be carried out by you. For I have given you the grace, the strength, the equipping, the power to carry out the plan in these hours that you’re living in, this season and these days. So see yourself up and over, walking out on the grass I created for you—or the way, the plan, and the purpose that’s been placed within each one of you, My children. There is more than enough power, ability, and strength from Me to you to carry you all the way through. Doubt has to get out! Fear has to leave! Questions have got to go! Throw all of your care on Me,” saith the Lord. “I am here. I am there. I am everywhere. If it has not been created, I will create it. There is an abundance that has already been provided. On the cross, My Son finished it all. So in these days, just receive from Me by faith. Receive My power and My grace. Lift up your eyes. Open up your hearts. For some, it’s a fresh and brand new start—new days, new steps, and authority, too, to walk it out.”

Hallelujah, Lord! Thank You. For there is a way, it’s Your way, it’s Your plan, it’s Your strength and power in these hours. Thank You. Thank You.

Ms. Sharon led us in thanking the Lord in song…


New days, new steps, new authority too
To step it out!
Hallelujah, Lord, there is a way—Your plan, strength in these hours
Thank You!

Ms. Sharon led us singing “Thank You for the Victory in Your Name”

The wonderful thing about victory is that victory means complete. There isn’t one thing that isn’t won. When someone wins the battle, it’s complete, and He has given us complete victory over the world and everything in it—complete and total victory, triumph over the enemy.

Scripture focus…

Hebrews 11:6 says that “Without faith it’s impossible to please Him but he that cometh to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)

The Message translation states:

“By an act of faith, Enoch skipped death completely. “They looked all over and couldn’t find him because God had taken him.” We know on the basis of reliable testimony that before he was taken “he pleased God.” It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him. Hebrews 11:5–6 (MSG)

I like a couple things that Andrew Wommack said about faith.

The following excerpt was taken from How to Become a Water Walker by Andrew Wommack:

Peter walked on the water and people criticized him. However, outside of Jesus Himself, he’s the only person who has ever physically walked on water. Peter may not have done it perfectly, but he did it. I believe God was thrilled when Peter stepped out of the boat and walked on the water—I really do.

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).

There have been times when I’ve failed. I’ve started trying to believe God and made some mistakes. After going two steps forward, I’ve had to retreat and take one step back. I’ve had to lay off staff and cancel radio stations. I’ve had to back up at times. I don’t think it was God’s will. I just didn’t do it perfectly. I’ve stumbled and fallen along the way. There have been times when I was late paying my bills. That’s not the way the Lord wanted it to be. Praise God, I haven’t been late on a bill since the early nineties.

There was a time in my ministry when we struggled. There was a time I failed and didn’t represent God accurately. People criticized me and said, “Some Christian you are!” Some people would focus on the fact that I didn’t do things perfectly and condemn me. But, I believe God was looking at me and saying, “He might not be doing it exactly right yet, but at least he stepped out of the boat and is trying!”

I don’t think the Lord would fault me or come against me for trying to obey Him. I haven’t always done things correctly. Sometimes I’ve taken a word and made a paragraph out of it. Some people would look at that and say, “So, you were just all wrong!” Well, yeah, I’ve missed it and made mistakes—but God loves faith! Without faith, it’s impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11:6). Faith is what pleases God. Even though I may have failed at times, the Lord just encouraged me and urged me on!

I remember when my kids were learning how to ride a bicycle. It took a few tries before they really got the hang of it. They made some mistakes along the way. It would be wonderful if they could just get on a bicycle and ride it perfectly—never wobbling and do everything right on the first try—but most children don’t do that. Due to fear, most of them will wobble, fall, and maybe even hurt themselves. But their father gets them up, encourages them, and says, “You can do it! It’s not that bad. I fell off my bike when I was learning to ride also.”

As a loving parent, you just encourage your children to keep at it until eventually they master the skill of riding a bike. All along the way, you just look at them and encourage them saying, “I’m proud of you for trying!”

Our heavenly Father is more like this than we suspect. When Peter began to sink, instead of God saying, “You didn’t do it perfectly. You failed. You didn’t walk all the way to Jesus. You only got twenty yards!” I believe the Lord exclaimed, “Peter actually walked on water!” Peter did something that no other physical human being besides Jesus has ever done. I believe God was impressed! He was thrilled to see His son out there trying! Even though Peter failed and started to sink, God was pleased.

Pastor Ray shared…

There was a young man that had been raised up here and he was in Go Ministries. There was an electrical accident in another state. A fuse box blew up and it electrocuted him, burned him. He was put in intensive care for at least a month. They thought he was recovering but really internally he was not recovering. He had some other symptoms that no one knew about. So toward the end when Pastor Mac and Lynne heard about it, they sent some of us on the plane to Tulsa to pray for him. There were four of us that went. When we got to the hospital, the waiting room was full of people that just… when we walked off the elevator into that room it was almost like walking into a wall. We didn’t know that they already told his wife and the family that he was gone.

So we got an okay to go back in the room where he was with his parents and prayed over him and did everything we knew to do. We came back out and then they came out and said he’s gone. We are all sitting out there and I called Sandy and she said “Well you are going to have to go back in and raise him up.” We had already been in there and I still have a picture of him in my head. So by faith we agreed to go back in and do what we could do. That’s all we could do. No one else wanted to do it. His wife didn’t want to go in there. No one else did. So we went back in the room again. We had to ask for a special okay to go back in. They said well, we want to do whatever we do and you can come back and see him later. No, we don’t want to do that later. We want to go in now. So they moved everyone out of the room and we did exactly what we knew to do. We prayed over him again. We did everything we knew to do and he did not come back. He was gone.

I am just reminded of it right here this morning when I am reading this that like the Lord looked over on Peter who he only went a little ways on the water until he went down. But by faith he did what he knew to do… and I am not lifting myself up. Believe me. And just by faith we believed to do what we should do just in the face of everything and everyone looking at us like you people are crazy, you know. But by faith, in faith we just did it. And I believe that the Lord was pleased with that. Maybe we came too late? Maybe we should have been there two weeks earlier or whatever. I don’t know the whole behind the scenes thing.

But I want to encourage us this morning to by faith do what He is telling us to do. It’s not up to us. We’re not God. We get no glory. He gets glory. There are things that we don’t know but when we operate in faith, what happens. We please Him. Amen. We can read that again, that scripture. “Without faith it is impossible to please Him.” So if we get over in our minds and think “I have to, I need to,” then that’s really not faith. But using our faith and believing what He said in the Word and just keep on marching. Like he said the children fall off the bike but they are encouraged to get back up and keep moving. He is encouraging us. Remember how Pastor Lynne last weekend said that there are doors that are open right now for this nation, for this church to go through and is it in our natural strength? No, it’s by faith. We speak it, we confess it, we believe it. Hallelujah.

Ms. Sharon shared…

Pastor Ray, I was thinking about when you prayed for that young man. We don’t know what was going on, on the other side. He may have been given a choice. Many people say that have come back that they were given a choice. They could come back or they could stay there. And he may have made the choice to stay. I mean once you get into a place like that and you compare that to a bed where you are in agony and you know heaven or suffering… hmmm. Completely, instantly healed in the presence of God and about Peter, he got out of the boat. How many people never get out of the boat?

But I think so often people say “well they tried it but it didn’t work.” Well at least they tried. And the next time our faith is greater and we are going to see the greater works. He said we would. He said we would do them so we will.

Pastor Ray shared…

We believe the Word to be saved. We believe the Word to be filled. We believe the whole Word. We will have what He said we will. Yes.

He spoke prophetically over it, over us, the things that He saw over the long line of the future, that we would do the greater works and no word of His ever falls to the ground inactive, inoperative but always accomplishes the purpose where unto it was sent. So we will do the greater works. We just have to be available. Get out of the boat. And my heart is crying for that and I know everybody is crying for it.

Ms. Annie shared….

When Reinhard Bonnke was here during the last service, some of the words that he spoke have just been ringing over and over and over. You know he wasn’t having a lot of success or fruit when he was 30 years old. His words were “It was rough and it was tough.” And then he heard about a man of God in South Africa who had miracles and signs and wonders and he thought “that’s the ticket!” So he went and visited him and asked him to come minister where he was but then the guy just hardly did anything and said that God told him to leave. Here Reinhard had lined up this big venue and advertised and he was angry. He said you can’t do this! The guy said “Well, God told me to so I am leaving, bye” and he left. Reinhard sat in his car and said “God, I am just a missionary. I am not the great man of God like this guy but I am also Your servant!” Those words have been ringing over and over in my heart. He was challenging us to walk those 10 yards from I can’t do this, how could I get out of the boat, How could I raise the dead, how could I etc. etc. to just take what Jesus has put in our hands and walk toward that need that’s in those people believing that He’s going to be the one who is going to do it.

It’s faith. You know maybe we won’t do it perfectly and the Devil says what if nothing happens. But I have made that my prayer you know. I keep crying out to God. I keep saying “Lord, this is what he said and it changed him and it launched his ship into miracles because he said I am nobody, I don’t have whatever the great man of God has, but I am also Your servant!” And I was thinking about that when you were reading from Andrew Wommack. I was thinking about that word servant. He didn’t say I am also Your son. We are all sons in that we belong to Him and that He has given us everything. He confessed “I am your servant.” I said Lord why is that? What he was saying was Lord, I want to help You. I don’t want to just live in Your house and eat from Your table and drink from Your cup. I want to take your bread and Your fish and the word of life, I want to take it to that person who is sick and whose bound up and whose dying or who may be already dead and so I just made that my prayer because it’s faith. We want to get out of the boat and have faith. As broken and as insufficient as we may feel, He has put it in us and we are His servants. We can do it not in ourselves but in Him. Hallelujah!

Ms. Sharon led us singing “Hallelujah”

Continued Praying…

I had this in my heart that for the next five minutes to pray over our steps individually. How do we do that? We do that by praying in the spirit and getting out of the boat.

Lifting up these steps
Thank You for the covering of the blood of Jesus
Decisions we will make and plans to carry out
Overcoming and testifying of it by the blood
Father, we give You all the praise, all the honor, and all of the glory in Jesus’ name

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