Posts Tagged ‘Prayer Life’

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.

Co-Laboring:

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!

Prophetic Clarity

In the bush regions of Uganda

In the bush regions of Uganda

“Pursue love and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy… he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.” (1 Cor. 14:1 & 3)

Over the past 20 years, the Lord has graced us with better understanding of prophetic ministry. We have seen a wonderful restoration of the ministry of the prophet in our day… and for that I am grateful. Gone are the days where there is no word from heaven and the image of prophets are simply a picture of Elijah with a long, grey beard in a flowing robe. I believe that now God wants to raise the prophetic standard in our churches and train us to hear with clarity and precision.

The Standard of Clarity:

Hearing the voice of God with clarity and understanding the anointing of the Holy Spirit are the pre-requisites to speaking words that edify, exhort and comfort the people of God. It takes experience and knowledge of God’s Word to become consistent and it is a life long pursuit. Here are some thoughts about raising the standard of prophetic ministry.

1. All may prophesy, but not all are prophets. We must release the prophetic in our fellowships and begin to allow more freedom of expression. We can learn how to identify the difference between someone who is simply prophesying a word of encouragement and someone who has a prophetic ministry. But we cannot grow in our understanding without vital experience in spiritual revelation. One way to test the gift of the prophet is by measuring the accuracy and authority by which the person speaks (1 Jn. 4:1). Some well meaning individuals, who lack maturity will use a harsh tone or “old fashion” pentecostal tone. But true prophets speak the word of the Lord with clarity, as if it is the very word of God (1 Pe. 4:10-11).

2. Prophetic people need patience. Just because you have received a message from God doesn’t mean you are to speak it forth. You must learn the right timing in which to prophesy. Unless the word is spoken at the right time or “kairos” moment, it will likely fall on deaf ears. Hold the word, pray into it, let it develop and expand and at the right time deliver it with a sense of boldness. It will carry a fresh anointing and accomplish what it was sent to do, because it was set in its proper season. It helps to look at examples in Scripture, like the Sons of Issachar (Gen. 49:14-15) who were Jacob’s descendants. They were prophetic people who understood the times and knew what Israel should do (1 Chron. 12:32). They spoke into key events with clarity and eventually their descendants were influential in King David’s reign in Jerusalem. 

3. If you have no prayer life, you have no prophetic ministry. In order to “be a voice”, you must first hear God’s voice. Scripture makes it clear that we must abide in Christ in order to know the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16). “The Lion roars, who can but prophesy?” (Amos 3:8). In other words, first the Lion of the Tribe of Judah must roar, and then those who hear it begin to prophesy. I know that sounds simplistic, but believe me when I say it is a problem, when our standard is accuracy and edification.

4. Let the prophetic word come sharp and clear. The Spirit doesn’t author confusion, so if you don’t understand the meaning or interpretation of something then it’s possible that you should not share it. Words without interpretation are not edifying to people. I personally enjoy hearing about rainbows, clouds and exciting visions, but we must recognize that some of these things only leave a person that much more confused. I understand there are occasions where the meaning of a vision is not disclosed, but someone else should have the interpretation. God is not hiding anything from us (Jn 15:15), we can always ask for the interpretation. Be patient and God will speak with clarity (1 Cor. 2:10-12).

“Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” (Rev. 19:10)

5. We are Dependant Upon Revelation. The prophetic ministry puts a demand upon revelation. Its a ministry that has its roots in pursuing God in such a way that He begins to reveal the secrets of His heart (Prov. 25:2).  I am not talking about revelation beyond that found in the Scriptures. No, but within the revelation already given – and God knows it is bigger than our imagination! The Holy Spirit still moves to reveal what “eyes have not seen, nor ears heard” (1 Cor. 2:9). This is the role of prophetic ministry… to bring others an unfolding revelation. It was there all the time, but somehow hidden. God is doing new things and the only way we can see it is to shift the way we see (Mt. 4:17). 

Liberty:

That is the wonder of a life in the Spirit. It is a life of constant new discovery and everything that once was mystery is full of surprise and wonder. A life set on the Holy Spirit can never be static; it is full of liberty and freedom. God’s thoughts are beyond limit. We cannot reach the place where Truth is no longer enlarging our perception of who He is… nor who we are in Him. This is our liberty in Christ, to listen to the Holy Spirit and become activated in something bigger than ourselves.

“Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty.” (2 Cor. 3:17)

The Sound of Unity

   In each of the regions that Pastor Ron ministered, he would take one session, usually on the last day, and speak of unity between the Pastors.  The challenge was that they would put aside their doctrinal differences and focus on establishing God’s Kingdom in Kenya and Uganda.  Ron was firm but loving in stating that to begin an Apostolic Training Center, the foundation would need to be based on unity. Trust requires that everyone agree to work together towards the same goal… establishing the Kingdom of God in Kenya and Uganda.

  The following is from Sister Betty Grace Kirunda of Uganda:

   We want to hear more and more of his teachings.  He taught the pastors and leaders how to enter into the glory of God and take your possession; that was wonderful and every pastor is ringing to say their prayer life has changed in these few days and they have started to experience love and joy before the Lord.  Some have testified that they have been holding their fellow pastors with bitterness at heart for a long time but now they have entered the time of release and they are getting set free day by day.  In the meeting, on the last day, there were so many people who got delivered and we are still getting more and more testimonies.  I will continue to send them to you as they ring me. God bless you.

Hand in Hand

This is a testimony from the first meetings in Eldoret:

    I see this man with a great burden for equipping the saints and pastors, for the work of ministry. He closed the meetings with tears and crying… requesting the pastors to reach out for the lost!! He spoke about apostolic works and the glory of the lord!! The place was packed with all pastors in the city,…regardless of their denominations and churches, it was time of unity psalm 133 and fellowship, a time to come together, a great time to forgive each other, it was time to commune together under the anointing of the Holy Ghost!! Today we set our many church doctrines aside, and we hold one another’s hand for prayers under the glory of the lord!!!

From Pastor Allan Mugoha….

     We have just ended a powerful revival meeting which was full of God’s Glory, healing and power. Pastors have just left while expecting more. They said “Going you may go- but coming back is a must!” For sure Kenya pastors need such teaching and training to make them effective in ministry work. Pastor Ron finished by praying for the pastors and church leaders.

Praising God for all He has done and waiting to see what He is up to next!

Spirit of Unbelief

Crushing the Spirit of Unbelief

Many followers of Christ have a limited “believer”. I know that sounds like a strange statement, but sometimes unseen barriers, like brick walls hold us back. I am convinced that there are irrational issues inside of us; demonic in nature, that limit our ability to engage faith. 

Faith & Spiritual Life:

Its similar to the ignition of a car. We might turn the key and get some sound, but if the engine has no spark it will never start and never move us down the road. Ignition is simply the spark that starts an engine. Faith is the spark inside that ignites the heart to trust God, to love God and believe in His promises for our lives. 

The Stubborn Heart:

The inability to obey the instructions of Jesus and trust in the Promises of God, often leads to frustration. We want to please the Lord and experience all that God has said, but something in us resists faith. We find we “cannot” believe even when we want to. This can be due to a spirit of unbelief. Lies, deception, fears or offences can find their dwelling in the heart and be controlled by a demonic spirit that paralizes the heart in unbelief.

The Frustration:

My ”old man” was unbelieving to the bitter end, but I remember receiving Christ and being confident that all things would become new (2 Cor 5:17). The carnal part of me was now fully engaged in a battle with God’s truth, and I recall feeling that I could not submit to God’s ways (Rom 8:7). I couldn’t please God, because I had no faith in His purpose for me (Heb 11:6). The spirit of unbelief made me feel like I was living in a fog.

Deliverance from Unbelief: 

Praise God, there is deliverance from the spirit of unbelief, but it doesn’t come without a fight. Those controlling spirits get into our ”believer” and go unchallenged until we learn to break covenant with their activities. While Satan will do all in his power to resist the Word of God and get us to accept mediocrity, God has a destiny of freedom in store for us. Our history does not have to be our destiny.

My Personal Testimony: 

I remember feeling tormented in my soul as I struggled with my own unbelief in relation to the Word of God. I would listen to lots of great teaching and study the Bible with other strong believers. Yet the truth would make little impact upon me. Every revelation was encountering resistence in my mind and heart. I noticed it most when I chose to make spiritual commitments to obey God. There was no power within my life to release faith.

Break Covenant:

It wasn’t until I made a decision from the heart to love God and fight for His Fatherhood in my life, that I really came to understand the problem. Even though this was only the first step to victory, it was a powerful step. I broke the covenant I had made in my heart to trust Satanic lies. I needed to become violent in order to break the demonic control and sever the spiritual captivity in my heart. What I could renounce and break free from just kept giving me more freedom. Soon I found a boldness to believe God and trust His promises that I had never experienced before.

Release the Spirit of Faith: 

Overcoming unbelief came as I gained the ability to release the Spirit of Faith. I could rest in the power of the Holy Spirit and experience Him as the Spirit of Faith spoken of in Scripture. Faith is a gift of the Holy Spirit, as well as a fruit of the Holy Spirit. It was released more and more as I allowed the Spirit of God to penetrate my thoughts and permeate my prayer life. It was an amazing process that required a few seasons of fasting, but awakened my heart to enormous breakthrough. It literally crushed the spirit of unbelief.

Harps and Bowls

Singing and praying have always gone hand in hand, but usually not at the exact same time. I remember the first time I heard a person sing in the spirit. It was not in a different language, it was in my own language, but it almost took my breath away. I will never forget as the whole congregation soaked in the song about the power and majesty of the Lord, sung by a person who had never sung a special or played an instrument.

It was a New Song:

We were not even listening to the voice, but rather the spirit and the sense of spiritual depth in their words. I have since learned that singing in the spirit, is simply about allowing our spirit to sing, regardless of our prayer life, prayer language or prayer history. The sound of the New Song is not about wrapping your mind around a language at all, but releasing a flow of sound and thoughts from the Heavenly Realms. Its a mingling of our knowledge of God, our sense of His timing at the moment and a desperate leaning that is allowed to come from inside of our hearts through song. It takes little or no thought of the others in the room, because it has its focus on God’s intent.

 ”Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood. Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,  and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth.” (Rev 5:8-10)

It Carries a Unique Sound:

Notice these 4 living creatures and the 24 Elders. Each have two things, a harp and a bowl. The harp is a symbol of praise and the bowl is a symbol of prayer. Then a very unusual phrase enters the text. It says, “They sang a new song…” a unique sound came forth, individual and yet in harmony with one another and with the moment.

Harps and bowls are unique emblems that are designed to merge into a unique sound. In this passage, they are not just about praise and worship and praying, they are about a unity of sound and focused expression. It was about singing their prayer to the Lord from their heart of hearts, their spirit.

This “New Song”; God describes in Scripture (Ps 33:2-3), is more than just a series of musical notes or a skillful use of instruments. The songs that others have written, perfected and arranged are wonderful, but God seems to lean into the sound from our heart. He is interested in something fresh, new, spontaneous and winsome. Our spirit has a love language that only we can release to God. It can be motivated and anointed by the Holy Spirit, yet it will always be our own unique sound.

To A Unique Person:

In the passage above there is a scroll in the right hand of God the Father. No one is worthy to take it and open it. John; the Beloved Apostle, begins to weep. Immediately one of the Elders gets up off his throne and says to John, “Do not weep, there is One who is worthy.”

Jesus steps up and takes the scroll and there you have it. The essential focus of the moment was the Lamb who was worthy, because He had redeemed all who were there by His own blood. Jesus is the unique person, worthy to open the scroll. Its all about Him!

An Appropriate Sound: 

How is this possible? How can this many different people sing a new song spontaneously? This is where we begin to understand the harps and bowls ministry to the Lord. God loves music, but He is looking for music that is appropriate in its context. In the above moment, where the Worthy Lamb of God is stepping forward to receive the scroll and open it for all the world to see… the sound needs to be appropriate. It needs to fit the season and occasion.

The Ministry of the Heart:

Its a unique and appropriate sound, because it is the ministry of the heart not the intellectual perception of the mind. God wants it sung loud and clear so that all might know that He has captured our hearts. Doctrines are fine and theology is helpful, but the Christian Faith is all about the romance of the heart… “God so loved the world, that He gave us His Son…” (Jn 3:16). And now as we come to recognize this incredible gift, we give Him our hearts. What we must never forget is that God responds when our heart begins to sing the New Song in the Congregation of the Redeemed.

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