Friday, May 18, 2018

PRAYING WITH DIVINE INTENTION

God uses our prayers as justification to take action over our will and make our will His will.
‘Kavenah’ is a Hebrew word that means “to pray with focus, intention and meaning.” It is a deeper, more purposed kind of prayer that is spoken with total disregard of our own self desires. Only God can give us this ‘kavenah’ and He can only give it when we seek Him with all our heart.

It is our desire to move the hand of God that prods our will to pray. Yet when we say the words, we often fail to realize that the picture is even bigger than to have our prayers answered. When we pray, doors open and our future enters in. It is our future God allows to miraculously take shape as we offer Him our fervent prayers. Likewise, you must keep in mind that even if you don’t pray, your future will still come to past – but it will be a future of a different kind.

Through the miracle of prayer, our life becomes like a beautiful, seamless garment that has been fashioned by God IF we pray with the mindset of exchanging our will for His wisdom. The unique design of prayer is a mystery, indeed... God seeks out a person who will pray for His good and perfect Will to come to past and if He does not find that person, He will not act. “I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one. Therefore I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; and I have recompensed their deeds on their own heads,” says the Lord God.” Ezekiel 22:30-31

God uses our prayers as justification to take action over our will and make our will His Will. Prayer is a privilege and is man’s greatest distinction above all God’s creation. It is spiritual warfare in the form of the spoken word. It ushers Light into darkness and destroys evil at its core. Satan will always try to stop and discourage prayer that will implement the divine and holy spiritual world of God’s Kingdom into the demonically charged, sinful natural world we live in.

Every prayer translates into supernatural power. It is an invisible force that affects, impacts and changes what we cannot see in the natural. The force behind prayer is not seen in how much we pray neither is it evident in vain repetition of words but is manifest in accordance with God’s principles. Prayer does not alter what God has determined for He is sovereign. Prayer is meant to achieve what God has already ordained and purposed. On the other hand, prayerlessness in our lives also affects change. For God will allow many of His resolutions to be placed on hold due to lack of prayerful cooperation from man. God will let them sit idle until someone is moved to pray and then God's plans are activated. God will not force the will of man.

We often think of prayer as an outlet for what we need. What we do not recognize is that the highest form of prayer is not in those prayers that say, “Help me, Lord” but in those prayers that ask God to fulfill His desires instead of ours. How privileged and blessed we are to be a true child of God for He allows us to actually touch His omniscient Spirit through our humble yet powerful prayers.

This does not mean we should not to pray for the desires of our hearts. God tells us to do this. However, we first need to understand the reasons for and the principles behind our prayers so that when we pray, we will pray with the holy, miraculous and powerful unknown in mind. It is not important for us to know the full impact of our prayers but we do need to believe that our prayers will have full impact. Prayer is the result of intimacy with God therefore men and women who are intimate with God will never be intimidated by men.

Prayer is the core of our spiritual living. It is an act of self-purification that begins with separating ourselves from our soul (our mind, will and emotions). True prayer will tap into the presence of the only One who holds the answers to all the questions in life - the ones we think to ask as well as those we have never thought of.

Believers of Jesus Christ, speak with faith in knowing that you have the power to pray with divine intention.

A HEAVENLY IMPARTATION

A few months ago, I prayed that God would give me the strength to WALK through the deep valley experience He is allowing in my life at this time. Afterwards, I fell asleep and in a dream I saw an angel appear at the foot of my bed. He was tall, thin and full of light. He never looked up at me instead he began to massage my feet and ankles. I could feel a tingling sensation in the areas where he touched me. I then asked the angel if he had come to take me away but he did not answer. He only continued to massage my feet and ankles. Then I awoke. I asked the Lord what had just happened and He reminded me of my prayer. Through the angel, God had given a Heavenly impartation of the strength I would need to endure. 

To Believers who are also going through deep valley experiences and painful trials, I want to encourage you. Remember that you are not alone. Jesus is with you and if you ask Him, He will surely administer comfort and give you EVERYTHING you need to successfully make it through this trying time. Be strong and do not turn to the left or to the right. Stay focused on Him and all He is doing in your life. Heed the lessons He is teaching you. Walk steadfast on that straight and narrow path for this too shall pass. Your mountain top experience is right around the corner.

GOOD CHARACTER IS BUILT IN THE MOUNTAIN & VALLEY EXPERIENCES


Good character supersedes the spiritual gifts we receive from God. Our gifts can weaken in difficult times whereas our character will always become strengthened in difficult times. Good character gives validity to our gifts and therefore strengthens our testimony, whereas a lack of character invalidates it all.

STUDY your gift however, WORK on your character. Our character affects our personalities, our marriages, our parenting, our finances, our businesses, our jobs and every ethical aspect of our life. Good character is a godly virtue that you MUST have. It is the most valuable attribute you can obtain. It is hard to get and yet easy to lose.

OUR STRUGGLES & OUR TESTS DEVELOP OUR CHARACTER

God allows us to the opportunity to overcome painful struggles and hard tests for these are the experiences that will develop our character. We cannot be promoted to the next level of blessing until we successfully make it through the struggles and pass the tests. Think about it... Joseph would never have made it to second command in Egypt without going through everything he experienced with Pottifer's wife. Through that experience, God was able to humble and purge Joseph of everything (pride, arrogance, bitterness, hatred, etc.) that could have kept him from doing what God had created him to do. God uses the weaknesses of others to reveal our own weaknesses then He continuously checks to see if we are ready to walk in the promise of promotion. We can use these opportunities to overcome these weaknesses or we can fail - both in our natural life and in our spiritual progression. Be mindful not to become bitter in the experience for ultimately, it is good for us. Unless God points to our faults and works them out of us, they will remain in us.

"Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you." 1 Peter 4:12-14

MOUNTAIN & VALLEY EXPERIENCES

We all have mountain and valley experiences. To keep the things we go through in its proper perspective, remember that the higher the mountain top experience God has for us, the deeper the valley experience will be. In fact, you will find that the depth of your valley experience is directly proportionate to the height of the mountain experience God has planned for you. The longer the valley, the longer the influence you will have. The wider the valley, the broader the influence you will have.

Whether you are climbing to get to the top of the mountain today or trailing along deep in the valley tomorrow, walking it all out - in Jesus' name.