Morning Prayer Summary for Thursday, February 15, 2024

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Pastor Heather…

Good morning! Welcome to morning Prayer, those of you that braved the weather. For those of you watching online that don’t live in Minnesota, we had about six inches of snow. So what normally takes 20 minutes to get to work today took almost an hour. So praise the Lord, we’re here!

God’s Word is timeless…

Today I had on my heart to read an old prophecy from Kenneth Hagin. I wanted to share that today because it ministered to me and prompted some things that I feel would be good to share. But it’s a prophecy from Kenneth Hagin from 1983. And I think it’s so amazing that God’s Word is timeless, even in prophecy it’s timeless. And the things he was speaking then we can really grasp and still apply to our lives today. And, of course, we believe like when somebody gives a prophecy as the Lord speaking through them. And here’s what he said.

1983 Kenneth E. Hagin prophecy…

“Just to sit still or stand still or lie still and bemoan your situation and bemoan your condition and talk about those that are against you will only give the enemy authority and power over you, causing you to sink down even deeper into despair and defeat.

“But rising up on faith and declaring that in Him you are complete will cause you to stand up and not stand still. But march forward with your feet planted firmly on His Word, His promise, and what He said. And your lips speaking forth a psalm of praise, for the Lord God is alive and not dead. Yea, He is my Father and I am His child. I’ll walk in the light of His Word and in the power of His Spirit, I’ll glorify His name and worship Him too. For He’s raised me up. Yea, He made me to sit together with Him in heavenly places. Even in Christ Jesus, do I have my being and I live and move and breathe. And I’ll sound forth praises unto His name?

“Victory is not a thing to be desired and longed for. Victory is mine to enjoy today, tomorrow, and forever. So praise the Lord and magnify His name. Know what your rights and privileges are, and you will find that the enemy will always be put to flight and life will not be a drudgery nor every day the same. But life will be sublime, filled with His presence. Yea, filled with His power, full of His glory, shining forth even unto the darkness. And light through thee shall shine and many will come and fall in behind to follow you in the light that shines.

“Deliverance will come and great victory in the life of those around about. And you’ll be filled with His praise and your mouth will ever be filled with a shout. And the enemy will be put on the run because he knows what it’s all about.

“Being conscious of a mighty move in your spirit, wanting and desiring to do the will of God. But don’t do it yourself. Just learn to relax and to flow with the Spirit. Don’t try to figure out in your head, ‘What does He want me to do?’ Just learn to relax and flow with the Spirit. It’ll take care of itself. You don’t have to worry. ‘I just wonder. I know there’s something He wants me to do.’ Fine. Just keep on praying and just flow with the Spirit. You’ll not come into the full potential of what it is for you next week. You’ll not come into the full potential of what God has for you next month. Some will not come into the full potential of what God has for them next year. Some will not for quite a period of time. But as you’re faithful and as you’re trained and as you learn to yield, you’ll move eventually into that place—Hallelujah—that He had for you all along. Glory to God. Glory to God.

“Did you hear me? Did you hear me? Praise His holy name. But you see, moving into that place of ministry or whatever it is, whether it’s full-time ministry, or pulpit ministry, or personal ministry, or whatever your place is in the body of Christ, moving into that place is fueled by prayer, fired by the Spirit, and ignited with His glory. Hallelujah to Jesus. Glory to God. Hallelujah. Hallelujah. I said, glory to God.

“But you see if there’s no fuel there, if there’s nothing to ignite, notice the Spirit said… [and then he says] I never thought of that. It came out from the inside of me ‘fueled by prayer, fired by the Spirit, ignited with His glory.’ You have to stop and analyze that. There’s a difference between firing and igniting. Yes, you see, it’s like the furnace. There’s a pilot light there, that fires the thing. And then the whole thing has become ignited. Then the heat flows out. Ha ha, ha. Can you see what He’s saying? Fueled by prayer, fired by His Spirit, ignited with His glory. Hallelujah.

I never thought of that. I mean, it just flowed up out of my spirit. But you see, if there’s no fuel there, there’s nothing to fire. If there’s no fuel, there’s nothing to fire fueled by prayer. Hallelujah. Hallelujah. [end]


That ministered to me as I was reading that this morning. Fueled by Prayer. And it made me think of the story of the 10 virgins, and how some had oil in their lamps and some did not have oil. Technically, they didn’t have extra oil. They used up all their oil. Right? So I just wanted to go into that. We’ll read that scripture, and I’m going to read it out of the Passion translation.

Parable of the Ten Virgins…

Matthew 25:1–13. “When my coming draws near…”

Is His coming drawing near? Yes. I think we can all feel the tension that’s in the world right now. His coming is drawing near. We don’t know the day or the hour, but we’ll know the season. And we are in that season.

“When my coming draws near, heaven’s kingdom realm can be compared to 10 maidens who took their oil lamps and went outside to meet the bridegroom and his bride.”

And there’s a note here. I love the footnotes. They always give me more insight. “Most Greek manuscripts have only bridegroom. This would mean the 10 virgins were going to marry one man, a doubtful teaching from Jesus. The 10 virgins were bridesmaids, ladies in waiting. This was not Jesus condoning polygamy. It’s possible that the parable hints of Zechariah 8:23. Jesus will be seen as the bridegroom in the last days, not only our king and our Lord, but also our bridegroom. When Jesus was asked what the sign of His coming would be, He gave His disciples two parables to describe two types of believers in the last days. One would relate to Jesus as servants to a master, and the other relates to Him as a bride to a bridegroom.”

“Five of them were foolish and ill prepared for they took no extra oil for their lamps.”

And of course, oil is always a metaphor of the Holy Spirit who brings revelation of the Word of God and power for ministry. So they took no extra oil for the lamps. Sometimes we read the story and they’re like, they were foolish. They didn’t have any oil for the lamps. They had oil. They didn’t take extra oil. They didn’t plan ahead, right? So, they didn’t take extra oil for their lamps. Five of them were wise for they took flasks of olive oil with their lamps. “When the bridegroom didn’t come as expected, they all grew drowsy and fell asleep.”

How many people know we got some sleeping people in the church today.

“Then suddenly in the middle of the night, they were awakened by a shout, Get up, the bridegroom is here, come out and have an encounter with him. So all the girls got up and trimmed their lamps, but the foolish ones were running out of oil. So they said to the five wise ones, share your oil with us. Our lamps are going out. We can’t, they replied. We don’t have enough for all of us. You’ll have to go and buy some for yourselves. While the five girls were out buying oil, the bridegroom appeared. Those who were ready and waiting were escorted inside with him and the wedding party to enjoy the feast. Then the door was locked. Later, the five foolish girls came running up to the door and pleaded, Lord, Lord, let us come in. But he called back, Go away. Do I know you? I can assure you, I don’t even know you. That is the reason you should always stay awake, be alert, because you don’t know the day or the hour when the bridegroom will appear.”

The oil is the Holy Spirit …

And so it’s that parable of being filled with that oil, always having that oil inside of us. And what’s that oil? The Holy Spirit, time in His presence, right?

We are living in a day where we definitely need to be being filled. I mean, we’re in a world that you are going to leak, you’re going to run out. Honestly, I think we just need extra oil just to get through our own lives and our own circumstance, much less having extra oil to be a light and a help to others. But the more that we are in His presence, the more that we are praying in the Holy Spirit and we’re filling that tank, that reservoir that we have inside of us with oil.

And I’m preaching to myself. I don’t pray in the Spirit as much as I should. I know I don’t. I mean, we could all improve in that area. We can all improve in that building ourselves up. And we get busy. We get distracted. There are “important things” that we have to take care of, that honestly, if we compared that in the light of eternity, it’s not important. It might be urgent at that time to take care of… to pay a bill. Those things we have to do. We have to take care of our responsibilities. But in the light of eternity, this is the most important thing: filling ourselves and keeping our lamps filled with that oil, our hearts, our spirits, filled with the oil of the Holy Spirit. Spending time in His presence, praying in the spirit, waiting on Him to speak in our quiet times and in that secret place.

And I’ll be honest… like this morning, the tank of my car had about an eighth of a tank of gas in it. Yep. And so I thought, I’m going to get up early. I’m going to plan enough time to get to prayer on time because I know it’s going to be an extra drive with all the snow and everything. And I went to do an auto start on my Jeep from my window so that I could warm it up. For those of you that live in warm climates, you might not understand, but here, when it’s cold, you do not want to get in a cold car. And it was full of snow because I had to park outside. I went to go start it and it wouldn’t start, because it won’t auto-start unless you have at least a quarter tank of gas in it. So I’m like, oh no. So then my husband got up. I’m like, “Honey, please can you start my car and shovel it off for me so I can finish getting ready?” So he did. And then I’m driving and of course I thought I gave myself plenty of extra time to get here. Plenty of time. I doubled my time. That wasn’t the case. So as I’m driving, what’s happening? I’m feeling that pressure because I don’t have that cushion, right? The Holy Spirit is like a cushion. I did not have that cushion of time. And then what happens when you don’t have that extra cushion of grace or oil or presence or peace or joy or whatever that cushion, that extra cushion that He provides, you start getting stressed, right?

And so I’m driving and praying in the Spirit, but also I’m stressed. “Oh my goodness. The cameras are going to turn on. I’m not going to be there. What’s going to happen? What can I do? What can I do?” And so then even as I’m driving, then I get another signal light. Your washer fluid is low. Oh, no. And again, if you’re not in a snowy state, you don’t understand the importance of having washer fluid. Because they put salt down on the roads and then it splashes up on your windshield and it makes the smear cloudy stuff and you can’t see. So here I am, I am out of gas, I’m out of time, I’m out of washer fluid and I’m coming, just screaming in here at the last minute. Right? That’s not how we should live life in the natural. But more specifically, I’m just laughing at myself. I’m going “Thank you, Lord, for this lesson that I’m teaching myself today.”

We should always have our tank filled…

But just in life, where we’re just having enough to get by. Just having enough to get there with just a hair of grace and a little shred of the oil of the Spirit. I should have planned ahead. I should have filled up my tank knowing that it was snowing. I should have had extra washer fluid. I should have given myself triple the time. All of those things in the natural, you can apply in the spirit as well.

We are in hard days right now, right? And so every day that we walk out is going to take extra grace. It’s going to take extra peace. So I should have known, it’s going to take extra time to get here. I’m going to have to be more patient. I’m going to have to have extra gas, extra washer fluid. This isn’t just a regular normal day traveling back and forth. And I think that’s the world we’re in right now.

Normal is… I don’t know if that’s a relative word anymore. I don’t know that there is normal anymore. Right? Every year, we look back to the last year and we’re like, “Wow. Remember what that felt like in that year? And now we’re in this year.” And every year, there’s more pressure, right? Because we’re getting closer to His return.

And for those of you that were here or watched online when Lance Wallnau was here, I love the analogy he gave toward the end when he was teaching and he was talking about in those end days, like heaven is coming down. So you have the enemy who, like, he’s the prince of this world, the prince of the air, right? This is his world right now where we’re living in it. Because when Adam sinned he kind of gave him the keys, right? So this is the world that we’re living in. It’s corrupt. It’s fallen. We sinned as people, but Jesus is coming back, heaven is coming down. And He says right now that heaven is coming down and there’s that pressure. And as it’s coming down, it’s compressing, like the enemy knows his time is short and it’s compressing… that atmosphere of heaven is coming down and we can feel that pressure. I mean, the Bible even says like, all creation is groaning to be set free from this fallen world. So all the more why we really have to have our oil reservoirs full. We need that.

Stir up your spirit…

And so that was just on my heart to pray today. Just stir up our spirit. Stir up that gift of the Holy Spirit inside of us reminding ourselves that we have to be full. Not just full for us. But full for everyone around us. Just people you bump into at Walmart, your family, your loved ones, your coworkers. If we just have just enough just to get by for us every day, then how are we being a light? So getting that reservoir so full that as we walk around, we’re just splashing His presence everywhere we go.

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