Morning Prayer Notes for Friday, February 11, 2022

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Pastor Dustin…

Thank you, Lord. Thank you for joining us for our morning prayer. It is a beautiful winter day in Minnesota. I know we have people joining us from like Hawaii, Florida, all over the world. And I just want to encourage you, whatever you’re doing, just set aside some time if you can while you’re joining with us to give your attention to the Lord. I believe that as we worship and pray together, the Lord is going to speak to our hearts. He’s going to reveal things to us. I believe that you’re going to receive what you need from heaven.

I’ve said this before: It seems like when we give God our time and our attention, when we honor Him by giving Him our time and our attention, He honors us by manifesting His presence in a greater degree.

Group worships…

Pastor Dustin…

I’ve noticed for some people, prayer can be a stressful time almost. And it shouldn’t be because there’s no fear in God. There’s so anxiety in Him, right? God is not worried. God is not stressed. God is not anxious. None of that is from Him, but I know that for some people, when they enter into a time of prayer, it can be a very… like their mind is racing. Their heart is racing. And they’re trying to… they’re either like… I heard somebody say it like this. It’s kind of a funny way to say, but they call it like “machine gun praying” in tongues. It’s like [speaking in tongues fast]… it’s like superfast. And you can pray in tongues like that. Sometimes when people get into a time of prayer, they have this list and they feel like they need to do this…  and to do this… and to do this. And it’s important that we understand these foundational principles in prayer, and it’s important that we declare things and pray in the spirit. Those are all gifts that God has given us and they’re important. And it’s important that we do them, but there’s a higher way of praying.

Be Still and Know That He Is God…

And I think it’s important that as we spend time praying… and there’s different flows with prayer. But I think it’s important that when we approach God in prayer, that we really still ourselves. The Bible says to be still and know that He is God. That doesn’t just mean sitting in one place. You can be still and you can be walking. You can be still and you can be moving.

I like to actually take times where I’m not standing or walking. I like to actually take times where I sit. But my point is, is that it’s more how you are on the inside than you are on the outside. Because you can be sitting in quiet and be stressed. You can be sitting and be quiet but be doing these mental gymnastics and circles in your mind. And so it’s important that when we get into the presence of God, that we just kind of still ourselves, shift our focus and our attention. And then as we begin to pray, sometimes I’ll just start with tongues, but eventually I’ll find myself getting to a place where I’ll kind of get quiet. As a tongue comes, I’ll say the tongue and then as a word or a declaration comes, I’ll say that. Sometimes the Lord will just give me a word. Sometimes He’ll give me a sentence or a phrase. Sometimes it’s much longer than that. But what that does is it keeps me from going into autopilot when I pray. It keeps me from just repeating the same tongue over and over again, kind of mindlessly. And then just switching to my natural mind after I finished praying in tongues and just start declaring all the things that I want to see come to pass in my life.

The Spirit of God will have you pray things that are far beyond you…

The Spirit of God will have you pray out things that are much higher. The Bible says His ways are higher than our ways. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. The Spirit of God will have you pray things out that are far beyond your comprehension. Far beyond your understanding. We’ve talked about this before. He’ll have you pray about things years in advance sometimes. Sometimes in prayer, we’ll sit down and it’s like we think about like finances and money and just all the natural things that we need to see relationships, you know, natural things that we need to see in our life. But you may cover those things in prayer and it’s good certainly to have things that you’re pleading the blood over and praying over. But I’ve found oftentimes in prayer, the Spirit of God will have me pray out things that I’m not even aware of. So I’m saying all of this this morning to say, let’s just come with that heart and that mindset. Let’s pray out the things that He gives us. Whether you’re here in the room or you’re sitting in a cubicle or wherever you’re at, let’s be faithful to pray out and declare the things that the Lord would have us pray out and to declare. Because you could be praying about nations. You could be praying about churches, about the Church, the body of Christ as a whole. You could be praying for a missionary who’s being persecuted in another country. You could be praying about yourself.

It’s important to yield to the Spirit of God…

The important thing isn’t to figure it all out or understand it. The important thing is to yield over and allow the Spirit of God to use you in that capacity or work through you in that capacity. So let’s just spend some time just praying…


Father, we thank you that as we pray in the spirit, you give us words… divinely inspired utterances… we thank you that as we spend time praying in the spirit, you reveal and unveil things to us… that no eye has seen, no ear has heard, neither has entered the heart of man… you reveal things to us about ourselves that we didn’t know… you reveal things to us about our situation that others haven’t seen or others can’t comprehend… you reveal things to us about our future… that would give us peace and confidence as we make decisions…

So press in wherever you’re at … begin to pray in the spirit … and begin to declare the words that God gives you… make declarations about yourself… make declarations about your life, about your family… make declarations about the things that God has given you authority over… begin to make declarations that are prompted by the Spirit of God

Begin to speak… don’t just think about those things, speak over them… declare over them the promises of God’s Word… declare over them the promises that God has spoken over you … speak those things out…

Life and death is in the power of your tongue…

the Bible says that life and death is in the power of your tongue… your tongue… the Bible says that you will eat the fruit of your lips … this might be review for somebody, but I just want to remind you that you were created in the image and the likeness of God and God’s words…  they’re not just information. I’ve heard it said that God’s words are like capsules and inside of His words are power. In His words, there is a creative ability. So when God speaks, it’s not just information. When God speaks, it’s life. When God speaks, it’s power. When God speaks, it creates things. It changes things.  It tears down. God’s words tear down. Things that aren’t supposed to be where they are and God’s words build up …

You were created in His image…

His words create … His words transform … His words change. And you were created in His image and in His likeness, meaning your words don’t just fall to the ground. Your words are not just information… it’s not just a thought put into articulation or something like that. Your words have power. Your words carry weight. Your words create the life that you live, the life that you experience. Your words build up. Your words can tear it down. You can tear down strongholds. Mental strongholds that the enemy has spent years and years trying to build and construct… you can tear them down with your words … you can speak healing… you can speak life… you can speak blessing… so use your words to create the life that you want to live … the life that you want to experience. Use your words to speak blessing over your family. Use your words to speak blessing over other people. Use your words to speak blessing over your enemies.

The Bible says that we should speak blessing and we should speak life. And we should speak abundance. Let’s begin to speak faith over our situation… faith over our life… faith… words that are filled with faith. Words that are filled with expectation … and watch how it begins to lift you… watch how it begins to change things… watch how it makes a difference in your life.

Father, we thank you that we are the head and not the tail … that we are above only and not beneath … that we are blessed in the city… blessed in the field… blessed coming in… blessed going out… I thank you that everything they put their hands to prospers. I thank you that everywhere their feet touch, they possess the land.

I thank you, Father God, for your favor. That is on their lives… your favor that is on them… I thank you for the power that you’ve given them. I thank you that you said that the things that Jesus did… we will do greater things. We will walk in authority. We will walk in power … Yes, so speak over yourself, speak over your life. Speak… declare … don’t let them just be thoughts. Don’t let them just be thoughts. Speak it out … declare it… say what you’re believing for… say what you want to see come to pass in your life.

John 14:12

I want to read some verses to you. John 14:12. Jesus says truly, truly I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.

I want you to take a moment and just meditate on that for a second. The works that I do, Jesus said, the works that I do …think about what Jesus did. Think about the authority that He had. He said the works that I do, you will do greater. You will do greater. What does that mean?

Pro. 18:21, Life and death are in the power of the tongue…

Proverbs 18: 21. Death and life are in the power of the tongue. And those who love it will eat its fruit.

Ephesians 4:29. Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up as fits the occasion that it may give grace to those who hear.

Proverbs 12:18. There is one whose rash words are like a sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Proverbs 15:1. A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. We’re talking about our words, the power of our words … being intentional with our words.

Proverbs 16:24 Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.

Proverbs 21:23. Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble. Sometimes it’s not the devil. Sometimes you just say stuff you’re not supposed to say.

Hebrews 4:12. For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword piercing to the division of the soul and of the spirit of joints and of marrow and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Proverbs 15:4. A gentle tongue is a tree of life but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.

James 1:26. If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle or control his tongue, but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. James coming in with the hard truth again.

Proverbs 13:3. Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life. He who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.

Proverbs 10:19. When I was a kid, I would talk all the time. And I remember my mom once turned and looked at me and said, she quoted this verse to me. She would say “Dustin, in a multitude of words there is sin.

Proverbs 10:19. “When words are many, transgression is not lacking. But whoever restrains his lips is prudent.

Matthew 12:37. For by your words, you will be justified. And by your words, you will be condemned. I want this just to get into your heart. I think we’re so used to just letting whatever come out of our mouths. Fear, doubt, worry. Now we need to put a guard on our mouths. I’m not saying don’t talk. I’m saying let’s be accurate with our words. Let’s speak the blessing and the promises of God over our lives, over our situations, and over everything else.

When Jesus looked at Peter, his name was Simon and Simon means “wavering one.” It means unstable. And if you were to look at his natural tendencies, you would say that’s an accurate description of him. But Jesus looked at him and he said, I’m not going to call you Simon anymore. I’m going to call you Peter, which means rock. Oh, think about that for a second. That’s who you are. I should say that’s who you were born. That’s the way that you acted in the past, but that isn’t who you are. That isn’t who I’ve called you to be. So I’m not going to speak that over you anymore. I’m not going to call you that anymore. I’m going to call you what you’re called to be. I’m going to speak destiny over you. I’m going to speak life over you.

We should be the same way. Don’t just call things what they are. Call things what they’re supposed to be. Call things what God has called them to be. We’re not talking about lying. We’re not talking about not admitting the truth, but there is a higher level of truth. And that is God’s Word. The higher level than our natural circumstances. And that is God’s Word. Let’s speak His Word, His promises over these situations.

Colossians 4:6. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

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