Morning Prayer Summary for Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Ms. Annie led us singing “Jesus You Are Worthy”

Pastor Ray shared…

I heard an interview yesterday on the radio about the Minneapolis Miracle with a man that writes for a sports magazine. He lives in Chicago but he is originally from Bloomington, a suburb here in the cities. He remembers way back going to the Vikings games with his father and something would always happen. In the end somebody would make a mistake or the other team would do something and the Vikings would lose; even when they got to the Super Bowl. He was at an airport and watching the game and there was like 25 seconds. His wife texted him and asked how it was going? He said, “Well, there is 25 seconds left and they are behind by one point.” And she said, “They always break your heart.” He was like wait a minute. So he texted her back and said, “I believe something good is going to happen.” Then, of course, they won the game in the last ten seconds. So the man interviewing him said, “What do you think about the Twin Cities?” He said he thought it was a breakthrough victory, something that looked absolutely impossible and way improbable. And it had to be almost really a miracle. During the game the announcer actually called for a miracle. He said there is nothing else that can happen, we need a miracle now. And then that’s what happened.

The next question the interviewer asked, “Do they have to win the Super Bowl to get out from under all the past?” His reply was “Absolutely not.” Yes, of course, that would be great even to get there and then to win that would be even better. But his point was, when you have a breakthrough and it’s so awesome, you rejoice in the victory!

And then you have those people that are texting and doing all this stuff. Well, you better not relax and rejoice right now because you know they’re going to have to win two more games. Hello? You could take that as a spiritual kind of deal. When you have a victory, do you make less of it because, you know, down the road I may have to have another one? Well, He is our victory! It’s just like the Devil to try to take away from something good that happens and then get us to focus on fear about how the future is going to be. So, I thought that was a good perspective.

Brother Mike shared…

Yesterday Ms. Erika was saying something about past revivals and different things like that. She posed the question of “well, why do we keep talking about these things?” You know like “Why is it so important to keep going back and talking about it.” And then somewhere right around there, she was talking about there was things prayed in the past and why do we keep praying about things.

1. The Bible tells us to remember. There is a reason why the Bible was written down. It was written down so we could keep going over it. Not that we could be smart or intelligent about it. Even when you are reading in the Old Testament, how many times would they keep writing about events that would happen, genealogies? Their tradition was to orally keep saying, keep saying it, and keep saying it. Why? So, that they don’t forget because there is something they can learn from that.

2. How many things where not written down. It even says that Jesus did so many things that you couldn’t even record them all. The books of the world would not be able to contain all of it. And I thought when we read the Bible, it kind of feels like in January Jesus did this and then the next thing is like weeks later and then the next miracle is like months later and then there was a couple that were back to back on that day. But the thought was they are telling all these things and there is so much that is happening. If they really would have written it down, we probably would be stunned at how many things were going on every single day that He did that they just didn’t write down. So, the thing I thought was how much the Church has to keep talking about those. Not just to say “Oh, let’s relive the glory days.” But it’s like we need to keep being reminded. Why? Because we’re facing battles every day and we have to keep remembering the victories of what He did. And that’s why going back to those, we have to keep building and keep building and that’s why we keep talking about it because it can be so easy to not talk about them and they just kind of go out of our minds.

She was talking about the purpose of the praying back then. And I got this flash of what happens in football. The image I got was a quarterback taking the snap and throwing the ball 30 or 40 yards down the field. And it’s a beautiful pass. It’s a perfect spiral. But if there is nobody out there, it just kind of hits the ground and bounces around, rolls and then stops. The purpose for him throwing it is so that somebody down the field can catch it and run with it. It’s meant to advance because if all we do is say wow that was a great prayer or that is so awesome then nobody is catching the ball. The point is not to be impressed or amazed at the pretty pass. Because if nobody catches it, if we don’t catch what they were trying to pray… It’s our responsibility to take everything and keep advancing and keep advancing. Because we have been getting more and more revelation as the years and the decade and the centuries have gone on about how amazing He is. But He is wanting us to pick up those things to keep running it and keep advancing it. We are taking those prayers, the things that haven’t occurred yet and standing on them so we can take them even further. It’s a perpetual keep going, keep going.

Ms. Jeani…

Every miracle, we are expecting now. If he hadn’t caught the pass, there wouldn’t have been a miracle.

Brother Mike…

I read something interesting in a book written by Jerry Savelle about the prayer of petition. He asked himself this question “Why am I even praying?” He said “I pray because I am expecting a result.” We don’t pray just so we can feel good that we prayed. I mean that ends up becoming the law. No, we pray because we are expecting results.

Ms. Annie…

I just saw a picture of Jesus hanging on the Cross. And when He said “It is finished,” He threw a pass to the whole human race. And every single one of us make a decision to catch it and run with it.

Pastor Ray…

If Jeani needs healing, we could say “Receive your healing” and that’s true. We do lay hands on the sick but in our spirit and the Holy Spirit within us there is no sickness, there is none, zero. So, we release healing out of our spirit, and let the rivers flow out of us and minister to the tent, our body. We already have it, He threw the pass and by the Holy Spirit we receive it.

Ms. Annie…

All the forces of His supernatural 100 percent beautiful whole healed life came into our recreated spirit when we caught the pass and now our spirits are filled with the fullness of God and all the forces of life, including healing.

The following excerpt was taken from by Kenneth E. Hagin:

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.—Romans 8:26,27 (KJV)

(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.
(27) And He Who searches the hearts of men knows what is in the mind of the [Holy] Spirit [what His intent is], because the Spirit intercedes and pleads [before God] in behalf of the saints according to and in harmony with God’s will. Romans 8:26, 27 (AMPC)

In the above Scripture, Paul says, “for we know not what we should pray for as we ought.” From our study in Chapter 1, we know we should pray for “…kings, and for all that are in authority” (1 Tim. 2:2); that is, the rulers of our nation. The Spirit will help us pray according to the will of God.

In First Corinthians 14 Paul says:

1 CORINTHIANS 14:14,15
14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. 15 What is it then? I will pray with the [my] spirit, and I will pray with the [my] understanding also: I will sing with the [my] spirit, and I will sing with the [my] understanding also.

When Paul speaks here about our understanding, he is referring to our minds. He is talking about two kinds of praying: mental praying and spiritual praying. There is a difference between the two.

People usually think all praying is spiritual, but it isn’t. Therefore Paul said, “If I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth” (v. 14). He was praying with his spirit. If he had prayed with his understanding, he would have been praying from his mind.

God wants us to pray in the Spirit, but He also wants us to pray with our understanding. That is why Paul said, “I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also” (v. 15). In The Amplified Bible we are told, “For if I pray in an [unknown] tongue, my spirit [by the Holy Spirit within me] prays” (v. 14). When you pray with tongues, it is the Holy Spirit within you giving you the utterance, but it is your spirit doing the praying.

Mental praying—praying with your understanding—is limited to your knowledge, to your understanding. We can see why it would be insufficient. The Church, generally speaking, has failed because for the most part it has endeavored to carry on the work of God with only one kind of praying: mental praying.

Pastor Ray…

Years ago, we would get together and a few of us would be praying in other tongues. We would start out with maybe a purpose and pray in tongues about it. There was one person that would always want to end the prayer by praying in English to be sure that we covered everything. If we didn’t get it praying in other tongues, I don’t think we will get it praying out of our minds. That’s just my own perspective on that.

“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought” (Rom. 8:26). It would be impossible for us in our human reasoning to know what to pray for as we ought. Of course, I would know about things that concern me. But praying for our own individual needs is limited praying, and that is as far as many people ever go.

“The Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (Rom. 8:26). According to the late P. C. Nelson, the literal Greek translation indicates, “groanings which cannot be uttered in articulate speech.” Articulate speech means our ordinary speech. This verse is referring to praying with tongues, for Paul is telling the Corinthians and the Romans the same thing. In other words, those groanings that well up inside us while we are in prayer come out of our spirit. They cannot be put into regular speech.

This isn’t something the Holy Spirit does apart from you. It is something the Holy Spirit helps you do. The Holy Spirit wasn’t sent to the earth to do anything by Himself apart from the Church. He was sent to empower us to do things. In John 14:16 Jesus said “…I will pray the Father and he will send you another Comforter….” In many translations this Scripture reads, “I will send you another Helper” rather than Comforter.

The helper on any job is not the one responsible for the job. He’s there to help the one who is supposed to do the job. The Holy Spirit is not going to do your praying for you. These groanings are not the Holy Spirit’s groanings, but groanings which cannot be uttered in articulate speech. They are groanings that come from within your innermost being and escape your lips in prayer. That is the Spirit helping you to pray.

The following is a prayer for our nation by Pastor Lynne Hammond:

Father, in the name of Jesus, and according to your Word, we pray for those in authority in our nation. 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. Deliver us from the traps and snares the enemy has laid for us, 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 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. 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.

Ms. Annie led us singing Holy Spirit You Are Welcome Here

A Word came forth:

I heard this: “I can do through your tongues what needs to be done in and through and for this nation in just a matter of seconds. And so there are other things that I will take care of for you individually, too, there are other situations that need to be changed and it’s not just in this nation but it is through you.”

Continued praying…

So let’s go on out there, out of our minds
(prayed in tongues)
Not man’s way, not man’s plan – no
We cooperate today and tomorrow
The way, the way, a sustained way a sustained plan
All of the way – Ooohhh!
Glory to God, we give you glory, Father!
All of the glory, all of the honor and all of the praise

Pastor Ray shared…

I have one other testimony from last Sunday. I love when a microphone was placed in the face of the quarterback; he said the top three things that have happened in his life. First, when he accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savoir. Second, when he married his wife and number three he said this game! The top thing… like it just squeezed out of him. And he wasn’t the only one testifying. I saw a picture as I passed by the Star and Tribune of the receiver of the catch kneeling in the end zone praying. Hallelujah. That’s a change. Instead of kneeling down against the national anthem, kneel down on the ground and worship the King of kings and Lord of Lords! Hallelujah!

Please join me in person or online January 17, 2018 at 7 p.m. as I host the ( Midweek service. I will be sharing on prayer and introducing many of our prayer leaders. Thank you.

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