Prayer Summary for October 7

Scripture Focus…

(14-16) “I can anticipate the response that is coming: “I know that all God’s commands are spiritual, but I’m not. Isn’t this also your experience?” Yes. I’m full of myself—after all, I’ve spent a long time in sin’s prison. What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. So if I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God’s command is necessary. (17-20) But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time. (21-23) It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge. (24) I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question? (25) The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.”
(Romans 7:14-25 Msg.)
The following commentary to Romans 7:14–25 is taken from The Revival Study Bible:

Prisoner of Our Appetites

Romans 7:14–25 

Revival only comes when we deal honestly with our own uncontrolled “sin appetites.” Paul wrote about the war within us that our “sin appetites” bring. He mourned that at times he himself was doing the very things he did not want to do. He was a prisoner of his own desires until he found that Jesus could set him free (Romans 8).

Raynald III was a fourteenth-century duke in Belgium who understood this kind of bondage. He was a terribly overweight man who was captured during a revolt by his younger brother. The brother then played a cruel trick on him. He had a special prison cell built just for Raynald III. The room had no lock on the door or bars on the windows. The door, however, was not quite large enough for him to squeeze through and set himself free.

But obviously, this would not be a serious problem. After all, Raynald III could simply choose to not eat, lose weight, and then slip through the door to freedom. His brother even offered to restore all his wealth and leadership to him should he ever escape his captivity.

Yet much like the enemy of our own spiritual soul, Raynald’s younger brother knew Raynald’s tragic weakness; he loved to eat more than anything else in his life. For that reason, all the younger brother needed to do to ensure his victory was to serve Raynald plenty of delicious food on a daily basis. The weeks and months passed by and rather than losing weight and going free, Raynald grew heavier and heavier. He died in his own peculiar kind of prison cell. In his death, he was not a prisoner of locks or bars; he was a prisoner of his own uncontrolled appetite.

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Thank You, Father, that we are never alone
You are always with us—You help us, direct us, and anoint us
We will not be weighed down by the things of this world
Declaring that we can do all things in Him and through Him who gives us strength
We want to stay saturated in Your presence, Father
Calling for victory in the name of Jesus!
We continually hunger and thirst for You, Lord
You have called us each to a different plan and a different purpose
We will finish our course and do all that You have called us to do
Thank You, Father, for Your direction
You will lead and guide us into all the truth
Praying over the offices and embassies
Sending out a supply of the Holy Ghost
We ask You, Father, for revelation and insight, today
Calling those out of the shadows and into the light
Shaking out all of those hindrances in the name of Jesus!
Accurate steps—walking in abundance from Heaven
Out of the old and into the new
Walking out together to the line of victory
For each and every one to be lifted up
Expecting those things beyond what we could ask or think
Turning that completely around in Jesus’ name!
Resources of every kind
Hidden things brought to the light
Change is at hand!
Limitations are being removed and brought down
It will happen suddenly—suddenly there will be a way through
By the power from heaven, we are taking our place and finishing our race
Every kind of debris and blockage will be cleared up and cleaned out
Praying and pleading the blood of Jesus over those turnarounds
Right now by the blood of the Lamb, things are being changed
All things are possible in Him and those things shall come to pass
Days are coming into alignment—lined up according to Your word, plan, and purpose
Alignment, alignment—it is a pattern from heaven
What we sow, we shall reap
Pleading the blood over those seeds that have already been sown, they shall come into full harvest!
Bringing those impossibilities forth and to the surface
Praying over the leaders and positions of authority in the church
Open up those opportunities, Father
Unlock and open those doors, windows, and avenues
We hunger and thirst for more of You, Lord
Laborers are going forth in great utterance and anointing
Steady, steady, steady!
Thank You, Father, for eyes to see and ears to hear
Praying for a turnaround—turning those things in the right way
Calling for openings from Heaven
Glory to God!

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