Prayer Summary for February 23

Pastor Ray shared…

It’s the anointing that breaks the yoke, every yoke, every bondage, every symptom, every lack, and the list goes on. It’s Him working through us, Jesus the anointed One. You hear that we have to be filled up with His Spirit to overflowing. We stir ourselves up. We are responsible to do that but if we use what we see in the beginning of the book of Acts when they all went back to their own company and they got united in the prayer room and it did what? It shook. It shook the building and the Bible declares that they were all filled, or in other words, the anointing was greater than before. And many were in the upper room when they were absolutely baptized in the Holy Spirit, filled with the Holy Spirit. And what did they do when they were filled? They began to speak in other tongues.

It’s not that we just pray in other tongues to be filled. We are filled and we will as a result speak. Amen? That’s just the way it is. Boldness, courage to speak what He is telling us to speak. That is always a desire of mine. I am always looking for anything else in the Word, spoken about the Word, about how we are to be stirred up where the anointing can operate to a greater degree. I do believe that is why we have been called to be in a place of corporate prayer where the anointing is greater. Do you believe it? We have experienced it. We know it to be true. Not everyone does.

But as a part of this church, for me that is all I have ever known. That’s my mom and dad right here, Pastor’s Mac and Lynne. That’s how they raised us. Get in a group, get together, get in unity, and begin praying. It is not just praying in other tongues, it’s lifting up our voices, maybe singing songs, worshiping Him, making a melody, however that works. That’s just my little Hors d’oeuvre this morning before I read the Word.

I am speaking to myself. I want to know more about it. Don’t you want to be more anointed? Don’t you want the anointing to be flowing out of you like never before? Alright, we are in agreement then.

I was reading this morning from John 9 and I wanted to go through it in the Message translation beginning in verse one.

Scripture focus…

(1–2) Walking down the street, Jesus saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked, “Rabbi, who sinned: this man or his parents, causing him to be born blind?”
(3–5) Jesus said, “You’re asking the wrong question. You’re looking for someone to blame. There is no such cause-effect here. Look instead for what God can do. We need to be energetically at work for the One who sent me here, working while the sun shines. When night falls, the workday is over. For as long as I am in the world, there is plenty of light. I am the world’s Light.”
(6–7) He said this and then spit in the dust, made a clay paste with the saliva, rubbed the paste on the blind man’s eyes, and said, “Go, wash at the Pool of Siloam” (Siloam means “Sent”). The man went and washed—and saw.
(8) Soon the town was buzzing. His relatives and those who year after year had seen him as a blind man begging were saying, “Why, isn’t this the man we knew, who sat here and begged?”
(9) Others said, “It’s him all right!”
But others objected, “It’s not the same man at all. It just looks like him.”
He said, “It’s me, the very one.”
(10) They said, “How did your eyes get opened?”
(11) “A man named Jesus made a paste and rubbed it on my eyes and told me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ I did what he said. When I washed, I saw.”
(12) “So where is he?”
“I don’t know.”
(13–15) They marched the man to the Pharisees. This day when Jesus made the paste and healed his blindness was the Sabbath. The Pharisees grilled him again on how he had come to see. He said, “He put a clay paste on my eyes, and I washed, and now I see.”
(16) Some of the Pharisees said, “Obviously, this man can’t be from God. He doesn’t keep the Sabbath.”
Others countered, “How can a bad man do miraculous, God-revealing things like this?” There was a split in their ranks.
(17) They came back at the blind man, “You’re the expert. He opened your eyes. What do you say about him?”
He said, “He is a prophet.”
(18–19) The Jews didn’t believe it, didn’t believe the man was blind to begin with. So they called the parents of the man now bright-eyed with sight. They asked them, “Is this your son, the one you say was born blind? So how is it that he now sees?”
(20–23) His parents said, “We know he is our son, and we know he was born blind. But we don’t know how he came to see—haven’t a clue about who opened his eyes. Why don’t you ask him? He’s a grown man and can speak for himself.” (His parents were talking like this because they were intimidated by the Jewish leaders, who had already decided that anyone who took a stand that this was the Messiah would be kicked out of the meeting place. That’s why his parents said, “Ask him. He’s a grown man.”)
(24) They called the man back a second time—the man who had been blind—and told him, “Give credit to God. We know this man is an impostor.”
(25) He replied, “I know nothing about that one way or the other. But I know one thing for sure: I was blind . . . I now see.”
(26) They said, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?”
(27) “I’ve told you over and over and you haven’t listened. Why do you want to hear it again? Are you so eager to become his disciples?”
(28–29) With that they jumped all over him. “You might be a disciple of that man, but we’re disciples of Moses. We know for sure that God spoke to Moses, but we have no idea where this man even comes from.”
(30–33) The man replied, “This is amazing! You claim to know nothing about him, but the fact is, he opened my eyes! It’s well known that God isn’t at the beck and call of sinners, but listens carefully to anyone who lives in reverence and does his will. That someone opened the eyes of a man born blind has never been heard of—ever. If this man didn’t come from God, he wouldn’t be able to do anything.”
(34) They said, “You’re nothing but dirt! How dare you take that tone with us!” Then they threw him out in the street.
(35) Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and went and found him. He asked him, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”
(36) The man said, “Point him out to me, sir, so that I can believe in him.”
(37) Jesus said, “You’re looking right at him. Don’t you recognize my voice?”
(38) “Master, I believe,” the man said, and worshiped him.
(39) Jesus then said, “I came into the world to bring everything into the clear light of day, making all the distinctions clear, so that those who have never seen will see, and those who have made a great pretense of seeing will be exposed as blind.”
(40) Some Pharisees overheard him and said, “Does that mean you’re calling us blind?”
(41) Jesus said, “If you were really blind, you would be blameless, but since you claim to see everything so well, you’re accountable for every fault and failure.”

So they were doing everything they could do to keep the law. That was their focus. Jesus came to set us free from the law. Aren’t we glad? So thankful… hundreds and hundreds of laws from the Old should not be brought over into the New for we’ve been given a New Covenant. We have been set free by the blood that was shed upon that cross and when it was done and the victory was won, Jesus, Himself, said “It is finished.” And He made us free and all we had to do was yield to Him and say yes just like the blind beggar and say “I believe.” We love how You work, Father.

But it’s not just one time we say it. It’s not just one day or one hour that we just say “I believe.” It’s all throughout our lives on this earth. We must continually restate it “I believe.” “I believe.” “I believe.” We believe and stay in a place of belief in what He says about us, what we can do. Thank You so much, Lord. It’s not our strength. It’s not that we can muster up enough power on our own to do what You’ve called us to do in these hours. We can’t do it. We acknowledge it and we acknowledge You. Like that blind man acknowledged who You were when He said “I believe.” And he had the eyes to see the miraculous power from heaven above in that hour even though he was born one way in the natural, he was born another way and healed on that day and his eyes were made whole. It was a testimony for the King of Kings and the Lord of lords, our Healer today, our Provider today, our help today, our Way-maker today. He alone is our strength. He alone is our empowerment by the name that is above every other name… we declare “Jesus.”

Annie led us in singing the name of Jesus…

Pastor Ray shared…

One time years ago, we were in a prayer group and we were praying corporately together just like we always do here and I had a picture of a small town or village. We were standing out in front of a building and there was a person coming in the distance. I could see him coming and he had a broom and he was sweeping the sidewalk. He was coming from a distance and cleaning and sweeping and moving the debris out of the way. As he got closer, I could see who it was and it was Him, Jesus. The One that cleansed us by the blood that He shed on the Cross and it was a picture of the absolute cleansing power of the blood that was shed on that Cross for each one of us. When He said “It’s finished,” it was finished. He went all the way to the Cross, went through every beating, stripe on His back, blood being poured out, thorns on His head, unbelievably beat so that He would be hard to recognize but He kept going. He knew the plan, He knew the way, He knew what He was on His way to do and He went all the way through it, all the way to the Cross. And that cleansing took place through His shed blood for you and me. That just came up this morning, something I saw years ago. He, Jesus, not only the cleanser but the Healer, the way maker. Everything is in that name. Authority is in the name. Sometimes just speaking the name and saying it by faith from our hearts, saying “Jesus” that’s enough. That’s a prayer. That’s a command. There is an anointing on it especially if we don’t make light of it, if we don’t casually use the name for something else or use it for an Amen to our prayers. It’s in that name, the name, Jesus, that we’ve been given liberty, victory.


Father, we acknowledge You “We believe”
You are our healer, provider, way maker today
You alone by the name of Jesus
By magnifying Your name, we magnify Your Word
King of kings, Lord of Lords
We have not come this far to stop now
Coming with lifted voices magnifying Your name
Going further
Pushing out the borders of our tents!
No anxiety about the future—in You, we know we can
Great power and great grace in our call
Contending for the new—calling those things that be not as though they were
Going in the higher way today
Cooperating in faith, marching by faith
Keeping things straight—strong in You!
Doing more and speaking higher
Lifting up positions of authority in the church
Some things moving out of the way—smoothing it out today!
Pleading the blood over the whole body to flow together—separated from darkness
Some will be moved out and some will move in
That is an untruth, we erase those wrong declarations
They are lies and exposed as lies

Annie led us to worship in the Spirit

Pastor Ray shared…

I heard in Your tongues, Annie, I heard you clearly say “Even the young ones will see visions, prophesy, declare things that the older ones maybe can’t do in this time.” It’s just how I heard it. The young ones and I am not just saying age. I am not just meaning young in age. I mean the new ones. The fresh ones, the new disciples, the ones that just come in, the young ones, even they shall begin to prophesy. They shall begin to speak things that have never been heard. These are days of signs and supernatural wonderful things beginning to open from heaven, come onto the earth and bring forth great increase in the Church, in the body of Christ. For this time and this hour, the body of Christ shall move up into a greater declaration of power but it shall come by faith through grace. Not just fall upon the body but by faith, staying connected to other members of the body, staying in a place of unity, not judging one another, calling out one another, speaking bad about one another but joining in that place of divine unity. The young ones will begin to prophecy, they will begin to speak about things that are to come, they will begin to see things maybe we have never seen before, they will open up a door and the door will begin to be open where the whole church will begin to go through where that Spirit of prophecy will begin to come forth like never before. So, words spoken in the Spirit be they in other tongues or in your natural tongue will begin to be understood and be translated to words to be spoken by the Spirit that will bring about great instruction to the body of Christ in these hours. It has to do with signs, wonders, supernatural events unfolding on the face of the earth in these days. Oh my, it’s lining it up, it’s lining things up until the final hour, the final day, the final date! The final time! So we hold fast, we hold fast to Your will, to Your plan, to Your purpose.

Continued to pray…

Lifting up Your Word today
Hearing what it says and knowing what to say
Knowing what to read in Your Word—we drink it in
Filled and overflowing with Your Word

Word of the Lord came forth…

It will open up new doors, for it’s My Word you know. You just believe it, receive it, and walk it out. It’s My Word, saith the Lord. Watch over it. Respect it. Let it reveal unto you what I am telling you to do. You will know it in your heart for I am leading you to know places to go, even where to start and when and then leading you to go and flow, grow all the way as you enter in. It’s My will for you. It’s My plan for you. Just cooperate with Me. There will be a greater illumination, you will see. Despair, no it can’t stay there. It will have to leave. Depression, too, it must go. Depression, it has to leave. It’s the authority of the name Jesus. Jesus, in that name, there is freedom in the name, delivery in the name, all power is in that name. We take it. We drink it. We receive it, Your word. Hallelujah…

Continued praying…

Every time we join together in the Holy Ghost we are stirred, filled to overflowing
There is an afterglow, an after flow
Greater anointing when we enter into unity
Receiving increase, overflowing power from heaven to help others
Thank You, Jesus

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