The battles within are far greater than those without. We
must challenge the pretense inside us with the Truth's help. He will help us if He lives inside. Love is realized
in prayer. And Love is first lived out in simplicty. Practically speaking, it is no more difficult than making a
list of people and setting quality time aside to pray for them. Our time is our life. If we say we have given our lives
to Him, but not our time, then we're deceived.
making a list of people whom you know. Commit to pray for them. And observe the battle within: "Lord, bless and
strengthen Lisa, Brian and Rachel. Rescue Donna's heart with your love...blah, blah, blah, ect. ect...and oh,
yeah, in Jesus' Name amen!" We may initially parrot in our own pride. Pride is partly a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. The
words may be His but the hard heart ours. However, Love Himself also lives within and He battles
the pride of our hearts so we are able to contrast the two. Because of Love we are able to step back and see
pride for what it is and get honest with ourselves in that moment, or atleast afterwards. The emptiness we feel inside bares
witness. Yet, even then we are able to go again and hit that hard heart with His word of Love. With real perseverance
something begins to happen for God's Word is alive and sharper than any two-edged sword, dividing and discerning! We begin
to see the Humble Heart on the Cross. Love deepens His grip on our hearts and now we are calling out Lisa's, Nick's, Brian's,
Rachel's and other's names with a different tone. That tone threatens darkness. There is a sound
in a grateful heart that Hell dreads.
power to pray others into the Kingdom comes from worship. We worship when we see the heart of God. The hope for worship starts
with admitting were blind which is followed by a resolve to seek Him. In John 9 the Pharisees wanted to see themselves in
the know and wanted others to see them as being in the know. And because they claimed to see, Jesus offended by informing
that their blindness remained. It's time for us to get real with ourselves and each other; We hardly know Him. Even committing to parrotting prayers for people can serve as a way
of seeking God.
The repetition won't have a hardening effect over the course
of time for one real reason: The Holy Spirit (Love) is in the mix. Pharasees seldomn pray for people. A heart will soften
in the face of the Cross and as the Holy Spirit takes us out of whatever box we're in and gives us His perspective from above.
We begin to see the person in terms of weakness and vunerabilities and begin to think and feel as God with a heart of heavenly
compassion. Whatever set of strengths or position that person has, no longer defines that person so much in our minds, nor
the flaws through which the enemy may move through them at times, for though God moved through Peter in one breath
Satan also did in the next when speaking to Jesus about His future. We seek His heart and can do it even in regime
and repetiton. soon we will be seeing and praying by His heart
and eyes. Now something is happening. The Holy Spirit is moving through us and invading the world.
"Because of Love we are able to step back and see pride
for what it is and get honest with ourselves in that moment."
When we're with Him, He takes us outside of ourselves, shares some of His thoughts and feelings
on those around us and lets us bask in the value of each very unique individual; For in all of the eternal universes out there,
there is not another like that person. A person with a heart, with hopes and dreams. He loves people and we should feel it
more and more everyday as we grow closer to Him. Hearing His still, small voice is very much about being still before God.
My mother spends real time with the Lord. She doesn't get out on the social scene much, yet she carries
the faces and hearts of hundreds of people in her soul. The non-verbal communication between us is deep. A hug from her
is more than a wonderful hug from a mother. Love Himself lives inside her. Growing up, I saw preacher after preacher come
through church, theatrical, animated and full of personality, but when Mom was occasionally asked to speak, even though
it was usually brief, my heart was deeply moved. This is real. I remember arguing with her when I was 14, saying some very
unkind things. Her response was unforgettable. "Son, you may be right about your father and I, but we do our
best by you; But that really isn't the issue! Jesus died for you, loves you and deserves your life! He's the issue, not
our faults! What matters is what you do with Him." What does a rebellious son say to that? Love prevails everytime. Prayer
is all about Love legally invading through yielded, Blood-bought ambassadors.
I'll never forget the first time this became so real when I was praying in 1997
for dear friend from high school. We usually talked on the phone every six to eight weeks. He lived in Melbourne, Florida with his family and we lived in North Augusta,
SC. There I was in my production studio, just thanking the Lord for him, feeling God's heart and how God had given such a
wonderful gift. I was praying for him to be drawn closer to the Lord. Right as I was feeling what I was feeling, he coincidently
called to check in with me. I was amazed and burst into tears telling him what was happening. The natural world
was showing a correspondence with what I was feeling in my soul. Wow! The truth of God's love is the truthl! Reality
Jesus was passionate. "He offered up both prayers
and supplications with loud crying and tears..." Hebrews 5:7 Apparently Jesus
was quite emotional. Do you think He should sit on some psychologist's couch and get help? Those tears were an intrusion
into darkness, because they were born of Love. And God is not so cruel to bring us to a point of believing in His love and
it not being true!!! (antological argument)
God is not a feeling, but He intends to be felt. Emotionalism seeks to feel good at Truth's (Reality's) expense, but when
the truth of God's love seizes our souls, then invades through our lips, light shines and darkness is diminished. Tears, silence,
loud weeping, if inspired by God's love, changes things. God's love is real and the tears spawned by such pound Hell when
they fall to the ground.
"No, God is not a feeling, but He intends to be felt."
the West, a lot is made of our need to study the Word, but the Scripture is a record of the living Word. Much is made by American
preachers concerning the proclamation of the written Word, but the real motive is often the exaltation of the pulpit and the
art of preaching, not the living Word, as some tell themselves. The power of personality rules the American Church and it
is killing us. We forget that the Word is a Person. His Throne of Grace should be the center of church life. This is the Personality
with Whom we should be taken with first. The lack of corporate prayer in church life provides us with a cheap substitute.
We get King Saul instead of the King of Kings. No wonder pastors are so exhausted trying to carry and control so many prayerless
parishioners. The question we ought to be asking is the person at the top leading his or her people toward prayer? What practical
steps is he or she taking to lead the people toward prayer in their hearts, homes and congregation? If that is not happening,
what is really going on?
It is a waste of precious time; A waste of people's lives
in Jesus' name.
Listen again listen to the
Tabernacle of History spot: http://parkcircleprayer.com/id168.html
In that history spot, we deliberately did not mention
what I perceive is the final bastion of resistence in the world of religious pride toward God's purpose: The inflation and
exaggeration of the power of the pulpit. American preachers would rather be heard than listen. We humans love power
above all else. If we don't know this deeply of ourselves as we proceed, then much is suspect about all that we do. Only in
prayer are we continually reminded of this and with fear and trembling we work out our salvation knowing that the heart is
deceitfully wicked above all else. Thus, the checks and balance of the corporate prayer meeting is so very important, which
is why we are warned to not forsake it in the book of Hebrews. As one author put it, "This is the Gospel of Jesus and
us, not Jesus and me." But the lack of the corporate prayer meeting causes many laypeople to fight battles within and
without - alone.
Church leaders need to
see this reality or else they are doomed to fail. The worse thing to happen to believers after conversion is being turned
inward by the slavery of churchianity and Christian activism which is about the pride of what we do for God, which is really
a subtle exaltation of self. It is a miserable state of existence. It is draining too. But when we are challenging the hardness
of our hearts and investing time in others in the secret place, a joy is released into our lives when we see the hand of God
at work in people's lives and even more, when we begin to see the reason He works in their lives; He loves people! Why are
so many Christians today just plain miserable and more stressed than before they came to Christ? Because they are not in the
prayer closet and corporate prayer is not the center of church life. All they hear is what one person thinks about God, instead
of experiencing God together in the collective. Contemporary American Churchianity is a failure. Face it. Let's get over ourselves
and repent; And lead.
you have done people little favor to pass to them a head knowledge of Biblical principles and to assume they will be
lived out in their own abilities. Without the corporate prayer meeting, you may very well have set them down the path
of legalism and/or bondage, for without bringing them into a life of prayer, you've given them nothing but a haughty
head knowledge. The emptiness of that head knowledge leads either to religious pride or life away from the church. Beware:
You will stand before Fiery Eyes of Love about this and judgement may be coming sooner than you realize. To be a pastor means
being a spiritual gatekeeper over souls. He said "My house shall be a house of prayer". He died for it to be this
way. "And we are that house" Hebrews says. So how many people of prayer do you produce? You will not be measured
by how many Sunday service attenders you gain. You are to be a prayer leader before you are to be a preacher. If you are truly
called to pastor, then it is time to get a long-term, but executable game plan from Coach, for where there is no vision, the
people perish. He will send you what and whom you need along the way at the right times.
"This is the Personality with Whom
we should be taken with first. The lack of corporate prayer in church life provides us with a cheap substitute. We get King
Saul instead of the King of Kings. The question we ought to be asking is the person at the top leading his or her people toward
No. Study and meditation of the written Word are an important part of the
life of the believer but without prayer, we become Pharasees. A friend, once told me he would support the campaign to
pray for neighbors because it was Scriptural. I laughed because people don't really do anything unselfish because it is Scriptural.
Our hearts have to change first and then we understand Scripture better. Only the Holy Spirit opens our eyes to the Heart
of Scripture and He legally invades through Blood-bought conduits of prayer. He is a God of Law. Otherwise, the Devil will
lead us in the study of God's word and he knows the Scriptures.
meditation of the written Word are an important part of the life of the believer but without prayer, we become Pharasees."
Preaching ought to be a form of prayer and even the
prophetic, fueled by both personal and corporate prayer, but if those two are not in proper place, then what we often get
is another performance aimed at controlling the Sunday church attenders for another week. Corporate prayer's proper place
is the center of church life. When we preach, we need to be looking into the heart of God, then the powers that be over the
lives of people and then the people who are held captive in the moment. This was who Jesus was really addressing when
He spoke these words: "Tear
down this temple in three days and in three I will raise it up again." He was speaking to the fathering
spirits of those who ran the temple." The time to turn to God has come. He has given us our kings and they are greatly lacking. We have Christian celebrities,
Christian media, Christian reality shows, Christian internet programs, Christian comic books, Christian breath mints and on
and on. Is the Holy Spirit so dull that He needs such assistance? No. We are blind and it is high time we admit this, then
a decision will be made, either by default or deliberation. We need prayer and prayer leaders. Neutrality is an illusion.
You will make a choice, one way or another. The stakes are high, including your own soul.