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ON . . . INTERCESSORY . . . P R A Y – – I N G

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GOD ANSWERS PRAYERS.

All believers have the same assurance from God  as does Jeremiah:  Call to me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things which you do not know.  [Jeremiah 33:3]

Our Father always gives us more than we ask [Ephesians 3:20], so when we appropriate this scripture from the book of Jeremiah, we learn that not only will God answer us, but he will show us great and mighty things,  “fenced in and hidden, which you do not know (do not distinguish and recognize, have knowledge of and understand)”  Amplified  in other words,  “I’ll tell you marvelous and wonderful things that you could never figure out on your own.”  Message  To use the vernacular,  He will blow  our minds!

Therefore, we must get ready to receive.

PRAY BEFORE YOU PRAY.

Get yourself in an attitude to receive answers and insight.  This means ridding your mind of preconceived answers and being open to God’s response – – whatever it is and however he communicates it.  Psalm 19:14 is a good prayer to pray be fore you pray:  Let the words  of  my mouth and the meditation of my heart  be acceptable in thy sight.  O Lord,   my  strength and my redeemer.  You want to pray the scripture, that is,    you  fashion your prayers so that you pray God’s Word back to him .  For he promises that  HIS  Word – – not  yours – – will accomplish what he sends it to do and not return to him void.  [Isaiah 55:11]

INTERCEDE FOR YOUR SELF,  F I R S T !

Search me O God,  and know my heart;

Try me, and know my thoughts;

And see if there be any wicked way in me,

And lead me in the way everlasting.  [Psalms 139:23-24]

NOW,  INTERCEDE FOR THE NEEDS OF OTHERS – – FAMILY MEMBERS, FRIENDS, ENEMIES – – AS THE HOLY SPIRIT PROMPTS YOU.

May the following list of needs and appropriate scriptural suggestions be useful to your intercession as you incorporate the scripture as a part of your prayer.  Also, insert, appropriately, the name of the person(s) for whom you are praying.

Here you go for starters!

SALVATION  – JOHN 3:16

For God so loved [ insert the person’s name:  your s or someone else’s ]  that he gave his only begotten son that  [not whosoever will, but the person’s name] may have everlasting life.

MERCY    –     PSALMS 119:38

Lord, I entreat your favor with my whole heart, be merciful to [name] according to your word.

FAITH     –     1 JOHN 5:14

And this is the confidence that  [name has] in Him, that, if [name] asks any thing according to His will, he hears.

SICKNESS     –     MATTHEW  8:17

He himself took [name] infirmities and bore [name] sickness.

LONELINESS     –     HEBREWS 13:5

I will never leave [name] nor forsake you.

AFRAID     –     PSALMS 56:3

When [name is] afraid, [name] will trust in Thee.

HUMILITY     –     MICAH 6:8

And what does the Lord require of  [name], but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with  [your] God?

LOVE     –     JOHN 15:9

(Jesus) As the Father loved me, I also have loved [name ]; abide in my love.

PRAISE     –    PSALMS 34:1

[NAME ] will bless the Lord at all times.  His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

END YOUR  SEASON OF INTERCESSORY PRAYER WITH THANKSGIVING!

PHILIPPIANS 4:6

With thanksgiving let your request be made known unto God.

PRAY YOUR WAY THROUGH THE DAY!

WATCH FOR THE GREAT AND WONDERFUL THINGS

OUR FATHER WILL SHOW YOU!

 

S&S Call Encounter Notes: PRAYER

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Are you a pray-er?
Wonder Woman had her power stance.
Are you in a continuous posture of prayer? Try it! It’ll energize your life.

Prayer   is talking with  God;  it is not talking  to God.

Talking with God is a conversation that involves  two persons.

Talking with God involves two-way communication.

Talking with God involves speaking and hearing.

Talking with God involves saying what you have to say as well as

          hearing/listening to/responding to what God has to say.

Sample responses  –  listening, emotion [weeping, smiling], awe/sanctified silence, praise

                                       action [forgiving someone, feeding/responding to the needy,

                                       starting a movement]

Consider these excerpts from Unger’s Bible Dictionary:  Prayer is

  • “the heart’s converse with God”

  • “close communion with God”

  • “submission to the will of God”

Remember Luke 18:1    –     Wo/man ought to always pray, and not faint.  Then consider, further, these excerpts from  the definition in the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary.  Prayer is

  • “dialogue between God and his people, especially his covenant people”

  • “dialogue is essential to prayer”

Prayer is often talking to God for/about yourself , your condition.  Whether you are burdened, carrying baggage or just weary,  God invites you to allow him to relieve you.    Listen to the Word:

             Cast all your anxiety upon him because he cares for you.      1 Peter 5:7  Message

Prayer is often talking to God for/about others, their condition. Scripture admonishes us that we, then [having gotten rid of our own impediments], that are strong, ought to bear the infirmities of the weak.   [Romans 15:1]  Now from your position of strength, advocate for your weaker sister or brother.   In this regard, two of our Encounter Call friends need your intercession.  Woman #1 is undergoing the health challenges surrounding major surgery.  Intercede / pray for her in the spirit of Isaiah 53:5  [ . . .  by his stripes we are healed].   Woman #2  is dealing with the death and funeral of the dearly precious matriarch of her family.  In the spirit of  2 Corinthians 1:3,  pray for her  and her family.

***Poem in Honor of A Sainted Believer Who Died in the Lord***

THE WORD OF MY HEART

Margy Rauls

When my  situation is so

That the words of my mouth can no longer flow,

When my life is ebbing away,

My heart—alone—will have something to say.

My heart—alone—will be able to articulate,

Express my desires, and communicate.

My heart will always say, “Jesus”—

And Jehovah Jireh will intercede,

Taking care of me and my every need.

My heart will always say, “Jesus”—

And Jehovah Shalom will bring peace to me,

Allaying my fears and setting me free.

My heart will always say “Jesus”—and

El Roi’s arms will hold me tight.

El Shaddai will nourish me throughout my night.

Jehovah Rophe will bring his healing power

And Jehovah Makeddesh will wash me in his sanctified shower.

My lips need not form a word,

As long as the Word of my heart is heard.  My Deliverer will set my affairs straight,

And my Shepherd—Jehovah Rohi—will guide me through the heavenly gate.

May God  lead you to someone  you can pray for as you journey!

S&S Call Encounter Notes: On HEARING

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WHAT’S  IN YOUR EAR?

Some people make things happen.  They deliberately arrange situations, persons and things to achieve  a desirable result.  Are you hearing what you have deliberately chosen to hear?

Other people let things happen.   They are either critically inattentive to  what they are hearing or they decide to receive/allow it unchallenged into their consciousness.  Are you merely  hearing  “white noise”?

The last group of people “don’t even know” what is happening!  They are consciously as well as subconsciously oblivious to any noise at all.   Are you unaware of subliminal messages and their effect upon your consciousness?

WHAT’S IN YOUR SPIRITUAL EAR?

Four times in Revelation, Jesus Christ issues the imperative:  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.  Is he talking to you?  Yes, he is!  Scripture refers, metaphorically, to each believer as a temple/ a church.  Consider

I Corinthians 3:16:  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God,  and that the Spirit dwelleth in you?  Also 1 Corinthians 6:19:  Or didn’t you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? [Message]  Even more convincingly,  Jesus, himself, tells us in John 6:63 that:  The words I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.  He even politely asks to converse with you, for in Revelation3: 20,  he says:  Behold, I stand at the door, and knock; if any man [a] hear my voice and [b] open the door,  I [c] will come in, and [d] will sup with him, and he with me.

Can you arrange your schedule so that you will be available and attentive to hear the  words of Jesus as you sup/dine with him?  He states in John 6:34;  I am the bread of life.  Both Matthew 6:11 and Luke 11:11 imply  that the bread is available daily.  You can be assured that you will receive the amount and kind of bread each day to carry you through the circumstances/situation of that day.  For example, if you need to feel loved, hear the words of John 3:16:  For God so loved [put your name here] that he gave his only begotten son.  Or if you are feeling discouraged, encourage yourself as did David at Ziklag. [1 Samuel 30:6]   Or if you are facing dire adversity, walk around in the book of Psalms substituting your particular issue for the word  trouble [sample footings are  Psalms 9:9,   25:17,   27:5,  46:1,  119: 143-4]   Or if you need healing  [Isaiah 55:3,  Exodus 15:26,  1 Peter  2:24]  Or if you want to share your rejoicing  [Philippians 4:4,  Luke 15:6,9]

YOUR RESPONSE TO SPIRITUAL HEARING

I’ll transfer to my lips all the counsel that comes from your mouth;

I delight far more in what you tell me about living than in gathering a pile of riches.   I ponder every morsel of wisdom form you, I attentively watch how you’ve done it.

I relish everything you’ve told me of life, I won’t forget a word of it.

                                        —Psalms 119:13-16, Message

May you daily and deliberately put God’s word in your ear so that you can hear it and use it as needed to the glory of God.

S&S Call Encounter Notes: Choices Should Christians Observe/Celebrate/Participate in Halloween

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CHOICES

SHOULD CHRISTIANS

OBSERVE / CELEBRATE / PARTICIPATE IN

H  A  L  L  O  W  E  E  N ? 

O P T I O N S 

  1. A.            CHOOSE TO BE OBLIVIOUS

Go along with the flow of whatever is “happening”

Participate in the revelry                           

B.             CHOOSE NOT  TO OBSERVE

                      John 17:14, 16 –  They are not of this world, as I am not    

                         of this world

                Romans 12:2   –  Be not conformed to this world, but be ye

                         transformed by the renewing of your mind.

C. CHOOSE TO  PARTICIPATE IN A “CHRISTIAN” WAY 

HALLOWEEN  –  Hallows [saints ] + E’en [evening ]

                                                 Choose to observe the evening before All Saints Day

                  A prelude [eve ] to All Saints Day [November 1]

                  and All Souls Day [November 2} as a holy day

How should Christians choose? Yes?  No?  There are good reasons and traditions on each side.  Actually, the Bible makes no mention of the term, “Halloween”.  That leaves some believers in a fourth category: Classification D  [Undecided],  Romans 14 applies here:  it deals with situations where the Christian must deal with debatable subjects.   Here, verse five says, Let every man be persuaded in his own mind. Follow as the Holy Spirit leads you, for your salvation is not in jeopardy, no matter your choice.  Here is the place to pray. Consult the Holy Spirit. Then act on the revelation he gives to you.  His revelation to me:  Take up your cross [your public affiliation with Christ] DAILY [Luke 9:23].  I am honoring the Lord this day as I speak to you, exhorting you let the choice you make today, especially, honor Jesus Christ as you walk with him.

H A P P Y   H A L L O W E E N

    

 

 

S&S Call Encounter Notes: On SEEING T H I N G S

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The Jesus Question

When you look at your life with your spiritual eyes, what thing do you see?

The thing that comes before you may be good, bad, happy, sad – – whatever.
How will you use this thing victoriously as you move on your life’s journey?

The Process for Achieving Victory

1. Meditate on the thing you see. If you can see it; it is subject/susceptible to change. Consider 2 Corinthians 4:18b – – for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

2. Speak/name the thing you see. When you speak what you see, its impermanence becomes apparent. It becomes subject to your power. Consider Jesus’ admonition in Mark 11:22 – – Have faith in God – – and his subsequent assurance in verse 23 that you shall have what you say.

3. Believe in the power of the Word over the thing you see. Pray in the spirit of Philippians 4:6-7– – Be anxious for no-thing, but in every-thing, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your request be made known unto God. And the peace of God, that passes all understanding shall keep your heart and mind through Christ Jesus.

4. Receive God’s provision. Consider and affirm Psalm 23:5 – – You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil [of blessing ], my cup runs over.

5. Announce/attribute your victory to the glory of God. Thank and praise God in the spirit of Matthew 5:16 – – Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your father, who is in heaven.

A Biblical Example from Luke 18:35-43

Bartimaeus [Mark 10:46] was ready to speak the name of his thing when Jesus asked the question. The blind man said, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.” This shows that Bartimaeus believed in the power of Jesus, the Living Word. Jesus granted the request, and immediately Bartimaeus was no longer blind. He received God’s provision, then responded appropriately by following Jesus and praising and glorifying God.

Thus, “Everyone in the street joined in, shouting praise to God.” Message, v.43b

Give God glory for the things you see to do this week!
God be praised !

Notes from S&S Call Encounter #8: Shaken, but not Stirred

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The vagaries of life will certainly aggravate each of us.   The question is, “How will we deal with these erratic interruptions?”  We often will be shaken by some unscripted, unexpected, uncomfortable  circumstance that eruptively disengages our auto pilot. However, we can maintain our equilibrium, no matter how violent the shaking.  In simpler words, we can “not” be stirred.  For example, scripture tells us that Abraham, the father of the children of Israel, staggered not  through unbelief at the promise of God  [ Romans 4:20]  Even though the promised son, Isaac, did not arrive until he was one hundred years old and his wife, Sarah, was ninety, Abraham kept calling the thing that was not (the child of the promise), as if it were. [Romans 4:17b]  He was unstirred.

What is your “going through” attitude today?  Do you have the same spirit as the believer in Psalm 1:1-4?  Are you so anchored in your source, Jesus Christ, that events may cause you to shake, but none can shatter you?  Do you have the confidence of the psalmist that the Lord watches over the way of the  righteous.

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Notes from S&S Call Encounter #7

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A Time of Intercession

Father God, in the name of Jesus, I come boldly to your throne and seek your favor, grace and mercy for your daughters who love you and whom you have called according to your purpose and for your glory.  Empower me to encourage them, to speak life into their fledgling and flagging strides toward powerful maturity in your Word.  May they be strengthened in their innermost parts.  May they walk in the newness of their fresh resolve to think of your thoughts,  work in your ways and rely on your promises.  May they be all – -whomever and whatever, everything–you have called them to be.  I thank you for your faithfulness,  for the manifestation of your power with which you will invade their lives.
Let it be so:  Shine,   Father,   Shine!

Amen.

Praying the Word for you now and continually in the spirit of these scriptures:

against “stinking thinking” – –  2 Corinthians 10:3-5
      For though we walk in flesh, we do not war after the flesh
      (for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through
      God for the pulling down of strongholds), casting down imaginations,
      and every high thing that exalts  itself against the knowledge of God,
      and bringing into captivity eery thought to the obedience of Christ.
for “right” thinking – – Philippians 4:8
      Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest,
      whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure,
      whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report;
      if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise,
      think on these things.

for confidence – – Philippians 4:6

       Be anxious for no – thing, but in every – thing,
       by prayer and supplication  with thanksgiving,
       let your requests be made known unto God.
       And the peace of God, which passes all understanding,
       shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
for stamina – –Galatians 6:9
       And let us not be weary in well-doing, for we shall reap,
       if we faint not.

for peace of mind – – Philippians 4:11, 19

        I have learned, in whatever state I am, therewith to be content.
        But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory
by Christ Jesus.

Daughters of God,  Be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might!

– – Ephesians 6: 10 

Spirit & Serendipity Call Encounter #3

In My Ear  –“What pain, what LABOR to secure my soul from endless death.”
                                                  Hymn #170
               Father, I stretch my hands to thee, no other help I know;
               If thou withdraw thyself from me, Ah! whither shall I go?
               What did thine only Son endure before I drew my breath!
               What pain, what labor, to secure my soul from endless death!
                Author of faith, to thee I lift my weary, longing eyes;
                O let me now receive that gift, my soul without it dies!
 Segue  –  Freedom (from the power of sin; the ability to deny oneself in the interest

of pleasing  God and glorifying God) is free but not cheap.

In My Spirit  –  Scriptures for us to contemplate as we prepare to enjoy Labor Day

                The Scripture (Word of God) says:  God has given us all things richly
                to enjoy.  1 Timothy 6:17
                                                     and it also says
                 Lean not to your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge
                 Him, and He will direct your paths.    Proverbs 3:5-6
                                                     and it says
                 Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these
                 things will be added unto you.  Matthew 6:33
Urgent Intercessory Prayer Requests
                 –for comfort for Woman #1 and her family during their bereavement over the death of her mother  [see 2 Corinthians 1:3-4]
                 –for Woman #2 physical, spiritual and intellectual fortitude as she bravely, simultaneously and successfully juggles the demands
                    of both continuing to work and of resuming her studies at New Brunswick Theological  Seminary  [see James 1:5-6]
           
God bless you each on your journey!
                              

Spirit & Serendipity Call Encounter #2

Here are some nuggets from our encounter this morning:

2 Corinthians 3:17    –   Main Focus:  LIBERTY – Freedom in Christ from the power of  the law and of sin

Jeremiah 31:34        –   For I will forgive your wickedness and will remember your

       sins no more.  (God deliberately forgets our failures.)

Philippians 4:13       –   Personal intercessory prayer (Use as often as vicissitudes

       arise.)

Just As I Am             –  without one plea, BUT that thy blood was shed for me

       and that thou biddst me come to thee

   –  and waiting not to rid myself of one dark spot

      to thee whose blood can cleanse each spot

   –  tho’ tossed about with many a conflict, many a doubt,

      fightings and fears, within without

   –  poor, wretched, blind, sight, riches, healing of the mind

      yea, all I need, in thee I find

Just As I Am             –  thou wilt receive, wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve

      because thy promise I believe

O Lamb of God        –  I come ! I come!

More  P O W E R   to you, my friends!

Spirit & Serendipity Call Encounter #1

Explanation – To “stand on scripture” means to meditate on/apply a certain scripture whenever you are dealing with/facing/contemplating a vicissitude in your life.  You may even copy the verse(s) and “have it on you” to remind you of the power of the Word of God as you go about your daily activities.

As a result of our conference call encounter, these scriptures were revealed to my heart for each of you to consider  individually:

Woman #1          –   restoration                                      –  Joel 2:25-26

clarity                                              –  Matthew 6:33  Amplified

Woman #2  –  peace/interview                              –  Isaiah 26:3

clarity                                              –  Matthew 6:33

Woman #3     –  health/intercession                         –  Isaiah 53:5

traveling grace                               –  Romans 1:10

                     health challenge                             –  1 Peter 5:7

Woman #4         –  health/intercession                        –   Isaiah 53:5

health/intercessor                          –  1 Timothy 1:7

Basic scripture  –  2 Timothy 3:16