Posts Tagged ‘Intercessors’

Found Praying

The Holy Spirit came to a godly man living in Damascus named Ananias. The instruction to Ananias was to go to Judas’ house on Straight Street, lay hands on Saul and restore his sight. Of course, Ananias knew of Saul’s reputation and realized this was going to be dangerous. Yet, here is how the Holy Spirit speaks of Saul of Tarsus to Ananias: “behold, he is praying” (Acts 9:11). The Lord was saying, in essence, “Ananias, you will find this man on his knees. He knows you are coming and he will be found praying. He even knows your name, and why you’re being sent to him. He wants his eyes opened.”

Saul was Desperate:

When did Saul receive this inner knowing? How did he receive this vision, this pure Word from God? It came through fervent prayer and supplication. In fact, I believe the Holy Spirit’s words to Ananias reveal what moved God’s heart about Saul. Saul had been shut in with God for three days, refusing all food and water. All he wanted was the Lord. So he continued on his knees all that time, praying and seeking God.

Prayer Changes Everything:

Yes, prayer does indeed change us, and that is surely one of God’s purposes for it. But the Bible says that prayer can actually change things that seem impossible. Like a man named Saul of Tarsus becoming a mighty Apostle to the Gentiles.


Have you ever asked or wondered why pray? Why does God choose to work this way? Why not just do everything Himself? Why include us? I believe the answer is very simple, “co-laboring”. When God’s people can be involved in His work and experience a flow of grace through prayer, they will be drawn closer to Him. Perfect example of this, is Ananias. God didn’t need Ananias to go to Saul and pray for him. He could have done it without Ananias… but He didn’t. And the amazing testimony is still effecting the world as Christians read the New Testament letters of Paul.

Maintain Your Prayer Life!

Next time you pray, say to yourself: “This prayer could change history!” As intercessors, God has ordained that we pray (1 Tim. 2:1). He intends to change things through my prayer, and He has ordained my voice to impact the world for His purpose… to bring about Kingdom results.

“The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (Jms. 5:16)… it changes the impossible!

Seeing Provision

Always Enough

God Cares

As challenges come our way or opportunities knock at the door, we tend to get that uncomfortable feeling that it will cost us something. So fear in the form of anxious thoughts, set in or big ideas of how we can make it work, take over. This time felt different. Evidently we were learning that God can be relied upon. This time seemed more like an open door from Heaven, rather than a test of our character. This trip to Kenya is something we have been waiting patiently to see… it was a Kingdom Assignment.

This felt like the beginning of a New Day! 

It was settled so easily in my mind that I was going to Kenya, that it seemed to be natural that God would provide the finances needed for the trip. I really hadn’t even considered the cost, much less the avenue for its arrival. I would be leaving in less than three months and need over $6000 for all that was to be accomplished. Our already stretched personal budget was full of need; but as we agreed together as a family, our faith seemed to align itself with the will of God fairly easily. 

God revealed His heart almost immediately:

He began to speak to those around us and people gave generously. The word got out and individuals have handed us envelopes full of checks and cash. My parents called and offered to pay for my flight and of course they sent extra. Some of the folks I had pastored over the years responded to a note on facebook and sent money. One precious gal challenged all of her friends on facebook (about 100) to give at least $50 each to the cause. Another of our dearest friends is a hair dresser and has set out a jar with a flier explaining the opportunity in Kenya. She brought a check to us yesterday for an additional $200, from someone who felt generosity well up inside, as she got her hair done. What a delight it is to watch God carry the burden.

Provision goes beyond money!

What becomes most rewarding to me in this process, is watching God provide praying people, who want to invest their lives as intercessors. We received a notice last week of our nephew and niece plotting to put together a 24/7 prayer chart that would be filled in by the family members. Well as he realized the burden of that, we quickly encouraged an expanded thought of putting it on our blog sight for anyone to sign up and take blocks of time to pray while I am in Kenya. What an amazing and powerful tool of God to assemble an army of praying saints. I feel like I’m standing with my arms held up by a company of faithful servants yelling… “Go! Ron Go!” So look for that to appear this week and feel free to let us know your intention to pray.

Provision of a Network:

Another exciting miracle that I have watched emerge is the provision of a network of new friends and ministry partnerships in Kenya and here in the States. Wow, it was unexpected, but overwhelming at times to watch God’s people answer questions and meet my needs with wise counsel. Throughout this process, I would have never considered some of the great observations people have made in this prep time. It will be thrilling to watch the relational bonds continue even beyond this trip. One of the most significant goals of this first trip into Kenya is to build life long relationships that will encourage the advancement of God’s Kingdom in that region of the World.

 God is so good!

What I continue to believe… is that the greatest quest of our Christian journey is to see properly. God wants to teach us how to see! He wants to train us to look into His eyes with adoration and not become distracted by the weights that at times feel heavy.

Provision releases our ability to see love.

 The Apostle Peter said “Cast all your cares upon Him for He cares for you” (1 Pe 5:7). He cares for me, and for the nations. He cares for the broken and the outcast. He cares for the neglected and the orphan. He cares because He is a Father… with children, who are needing to see His available provision.