Prayer Summary for Thursday, April 13, 2017

Jerre led in worship…

Prayer for President Trump and family…

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.

Erika shared…

We’re looking for the Church to be so filled that there is an overflow and there is no question and no doubt that Christians are different people. I’m going to read a couple things. We’re all the while praying, “Father, it’s not just so we can be happy because You’re our God and You’ve given us all things. It’s to impact the world. We’re looking for such dramatic filling in the Church that there is undeniable proof and evidence that brings glory and honor to You that others would say, “I want that. These people are turning the world upside down.” Father, that’s what we’re looking for. The Church all lit up with somewhere to go.


Our heart is not to simply receive information about being filled but to be filled and to be set on fire and ablaze wherever we go
We’re hungry for more of You in every way
Father, we thank You that we’re believers who receive
We receive Your Word

Erika continued…

Jesus told them to go to the upper room and wait. We have to do something. We can excite one another to love and good deeds. We can be filled ourselves and with anointing upon ourselves, there can be some Holy Ghost ignitions. You can be a fire started, right? I want to read this.

[quote begins]
Wanted: A Burning Heart!
No alternative to the Holy Spirit is available for the Christian leader. He must have a heart ablaze with love to God and love for people. Dr. George W. Peters said God, the church, and the world are looking for men with burning hearts—hearts filled with love of God; filled with compassion for the ills of the church and the world; filled with passion for the glory of God, the gospel of Jesus Christ, and the salvation of the lost.

He adds, “God’s answer to a world of indifference, materialism, coldness, and mockery is burning Christian hearts in pulpits, in pews, in Sunday Schools, in Bible Institutes, and in Christian colleges and seminaries.”

If you as a leader lack a burning heart, few of your people will be known for their burning hearts, and they will make little impact on the world about them. Our communities are little impressed by our programs and manifold activities. It takes more than a busy church, a friendly church, or even an evangelical church to impact a community for Christ. It must be a church ablaze, led by leaders who are ablaze for God.

Samuel Chadwick, late president of Cliff College in Britain, was called “a burning bush.” From the time he was filled with the Spirit “miracles of grace were brought through the influence of a life that was now on fire for God.” Francis W. Dixon tells how “The power of his preaching and the moral influence of his church members were so great that the chief constable of the neighborhood publicly expressed his gratitude for the way in which the whole town had been cleaned up by the influence of men and women who had been set on fire with the love of God.”

John Wesley, evangel of the burning heart, was reportedly asked by a fellow minister how to gain an audience. He replied, “If the preacher will burn, others will come to see the fire.”

One of Wesley’s biographers called him a man “Out of breath pursuing souls.” On the grace of Adam Clarke, early Methodist scholar and protégé of Wesley, are the words, “In living for others, I am burned away.”

A century ago T. DeWitt Talmage wrote, “We want in this age above all wants, fire—God’s holy fire, burning in the hearts of men, stirring their brains, impelling their emotions, thrilling in their tongues, glowing in their countenances, vibrating in their actions, expanding their intellectual power and fussing all their knowledge, logic, and rhetoric into a burning stream. Let this baptism descend, and thousands of us who, up to this day, have been but commonplace or weak ministers, such as might easily pass from the memory of mankind, would then become mighty.” This is still true.

It is also true in the world about us. Some years ago a soldier in Poland told Dr. Harold John Ockenga: “In Poland, it’s a race between Christianity and Communism. Whichever makes its message a flame of fire will win.”

A passionless Christianity will not put out the fires of hell. The best way to fight a raging forest fire is with fire. A passionless leader will never see the people ablaze. A passionless youth leader will never see the youth ablaze for Christ. Until we are ablaze we cannot speak to the hearts of our people. Bishop Ralph Spaulding Cushman prayed: “Set us afire, Lord, stir us, we pray. While the world perishes, we go our way purposeless, passionless day after day. Set us afire, Lord, stir us, we pray.”

There is no greater need in our churches and schools today. It is not enough to be evangelical in faith and heart; we must be utterly possessed by Christ, utterly impassioned by His love and grace, utterly ablaze with His power and glory. Every earthly part of our being, in the words of the great hymn, must glow with God’s fire divine. The wood is not enough, the altar is not enough, the sacrifice is not enough—we need the fire! Fire of God, descend upon us anew. Set us ablaze, Lord, set us ablaze.

If we are to be an irresistible force for God where He has placed us, we need the Spirit’s baptism of fire. If we are to awaken our sleeping church, we need the holy flame that came upon each waiting believer in the Upper Room to descend upon us today. You need it and I need it.

In a stirring article, “Burn On, Fire of God,” T.A. Hegre wrote: “It is fire we need: fire to stir our cold and flat emotions, fire to drive us to do something for those who are going into Christless graves. Untold millions today are dying untold because we as Christians have no fire. We need fire—the fire of the Holy Ghost.”

We do not need wildfire; wildfire does not glorify our holy Christ. It is holy fire, the fire with which the Holy Spirit baptizes us. We need the fire and zeal of the early church when almost every Christian was ready, if need be, to be a martyr for Christ. [end quote]


Our prayer is that every part of the body of Christ to be changed
Greater utterance… full of You
You said we would be changed, so we thank You for supernatural change in the body
In You, there is always more
Thank You for that eternal change
Whatever it takes and whatever is necessary to keep the fire burning
Shaking off those things of old
That the world we see us in a new way that You would be glorified
The last leg of the race… feet ablaze and hearts on fire
Let us run with fire and with joy that is set before us
Fresh vision and passion and endurance
We’ll not stumble along the way
Stumbling blocks removed
Father, we cooperate with You to enter into the new day and the new way
The way of the Word and the Spirit
Endurance for the final let of the race
We are not moved by circumstance but only by Your Word
That fire, the same fire in the upper room, the fire of the Holy Spirit burning bright within us
The supernatural desire from within because of the fire
Fire! We call for the fire… we yearn for more fire… for a fresh burning
It’ll set us into the new… to the steps we’ve been called unto
Clearing… clearing the pathway
Contending for Your glory
Contend for more… for fire… for holy fire… not the world’s fire but God’s fire

That’s a stirring… it’s a state of heavenly bliss where the power comes and falls like this, setting every member of the body of Christ on holy fire… and it’ll burn from one to another and one will be lit and they will light many others… to burn in the United States… to burn in every state and to bring forth that one accord…

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