High Octane Prayer
If we listen to the daily news and the conversations of most people today, there is little hope for a bright future. No matter how spiritual we are, we can still be affected by the forecast of gloom and doom. After all, we are only human.
Once again, I find myself at war with the enemy in a raging battle royale for the control of my mind. The battleground in the mind is never ending. There is no de-militarized zone.
There are times that the battle rages so fierce that I weary from the fight. I know what to do. My spirit is willing but my flesh is weak. I know the answer; pray the WORD. Even then, the battle seems to rage hotter. I say, “Lord, What more can I do?”
This past weekend I was honored to speak to a group of mighty women of God at an Intercessory Prayer Seminar. I asked the Lord what message He would have me deliver to these ladies, when I myself am finding it hard to stay strong? He then reminded me of a message he had given me years before, and He then began to develop it further in my spirit.
Before I share the message I would like to give you a little background of five things that happened to me during the past five weeks prior to the date of the seminar. Over night, what looked like a mole came up on my hand. I am very cognizant of changes in my skin, as my Mother died of Melanoma skin cancer at 53. I watched it for about 10 days and it began to change. I had a former doctor’s appointment for the next week, so I decided to let her look at it. Just as I suspected she immediately took a biopsy and sent it off.
The next week a spider bit me. It was very painful for 3 days and had lasting effects for two weeks. This called for another doctor’s appointment, shot, & prescriptions. During my recuperation from the spider bite I received my lab results, which informed me that I had a squamous skin cancer on my hand and that it needed to be removed immediately. My appointment was scheduled, and the next week I had the cancer removed and a larger biopsy was again sent off to the lab.
The following Monday before the seminar scheduled for the following Saturday, I awoke with laryngitis. By the next day, I had totally lost my voice. I had to be completely silent, take antibiotics and rest. By Thursday I am getting a little nervous, as Friday evening I am to meet with the leaders of the seminar. That day I was back at the doctor’s office to hear my lab results and have my stitches removed. CANCER-FREE! Praise the Name of Jehovah Rapha, MY HEALER! No sweeter words were ever heard!
My voice slowly began to return on Friday morning and we left for Memphis. Just as we were arriving at our destination, an E2 [small tornado with high straight-line winds] was hitting. We just made it into the front door. The next few minutes were filled with prayer as the storm left as quickly as it came. There was damage and debris everywhere, EXCEPT where we were! PRAISE FATHER, SON, & HOLY GHOST!
The winds subsided, but it was still raining when I left to meet the leaders of the seminar. When I arrived and was getting out of my car, I opened my umbrella and cut my thumb open. As the blood was running down my hand, I thought, Oh Lord, this must be a VERY IMPORTANT prayer seminar, and that it was!
The next morning, many shared similar incidents that had happened to them. Stories of various ways the enemy had tried to stop them from attending the seminar. He wanted to thwart their opportunity to learn how to “Turn up the Power” in prayer. When the enemy fights this hard to discourage or deter, there is always a great victory at the end of the trial. This seminar was no exception. It was a classic example of “when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Lord will raise up a standard against him.” Is. 59:19
The standard that the Lord raises up is His body. For within His body; His Bride, lies the power of the Holy Spirit. In the spiritual veins of each member of His Bride, flows His Royal Blood; that of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. No foe can withstand the combination of the Blood and the Holy Spirit. The devil trembles when the weakest Christian prays.
Unity + Agreement = POWER! Learning how to pray in one accord is more than praying together. It is many people praying corporately as one voice, one mind, one spirit, and with the same thoughts. Praying the same thing at the same time with someone else, involves listening to what is being prayed, agreeing with what is being said, and then echoing the same words that have just been spoken in unison and harmony, which is “one accord.”
There will be certain situations in our lives that will require corporate prayer. We must learn how to pray together, not just all pray at the same time. The disciples asked Jesus to “teach them to pray.” Luke 11:1 As we learn more effective ways to pray corporately, the power in our prayers will be turned up, and the enemy will be turned back.
There are many types of prayers: supplication, praying in the spirit, thankfulness, adoration, worship, etc. However, when we pray corporately in total unity, agreement, and one accord, the Holy Ghost fire falls from heaven upon us and our prayers, just like it did on the day of Pentecost.
They were not only in the same place geographically, but they were also in the same place spiritually. They were in spiritual agreement, spiritual harmony and spiritual unison. Remember, Deu. 32:30 How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight…” Can you imagine what could happen if the Body of Christ tapped into the power of true corporate intercession? The devil wouldn’t stand a chance, and Christians would be too blessed to be stressed!
Grab hold of every revelation the Lord reveals to you and make it your own. Use it to its fullest. For it is the truth that sets us free. The more truth we discover and believe, the more freedom we receive. No wonder the enemy does not want truth to be revealed. It threatens his power and diminishes his territory. Deu. 29:29 “The secret things belong unto the Lord our God, but the things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all of the words of this law.”
The Intercessory Seminar was a breath of fresh air as the Lord taught each of us how to “Turn up the Power” in prayer.
I love you, Charli