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Thursday, November 26, 2015

#116 The Pitfall of Unguided Prayer

C. Peter Wagner: "I have mentioned several times that intimacy with the Father through prayer and seeing clearly what the Father is doing is crucial for effective warfare praying.

Without this our prayers can be unguided, and therefore weak. Wesley Duewel says,

    'When you confine your intercession to your own understanding, you not only may miss God's intent but may hinder His plan. Wait on God until He confirms His will to you.' Mighty Prevailing Prayer (Grand Rapids, MI: Francis Asbury Press of Zondervan Publishing House, 1990), p.258).

This, of course, requires listening to God in prayer.

I like the story Duewel tells about Mrs. Ed Spahr, an intercessor who was awakened in the night to pray for Jerry Rose, a missionary in Iran Jaya.

This was so clear and at such a specific time that she wrote to Jerry Rose the next day and told him about it. Four other letters arrived from prayer partners telling him that God had them praying at exactly the same time.

At the time all five were praying, Rose was standing with his arms tied behind his back and a Stone Age savage was preparing to thrust a spear through his body!

But before he could do it, another man from the tribe stepped up, said something to the spearman, and they immediately released Jerry!

This is an example of guided prayer, the kind of prayer that moves the forces of darkness." Ibid., p.260

(Google image and my emphasis added)

#116 The Pitfall of Unguided Prayer
By C. Peter Wagner
(pp. 190, 191)) Regal Books

    Father, use me to pray for others, and may I be sensitive to times they are in dire need of it.

    In my daily prayer time, help me       cover my friends and family in effective, fervent prayer.
    We find it's so easy to go about our daily activities, and not see the importance of our praying for others.
    May I be more diligent to be available to Your leading when prayer is needed.
    I ask this is Jesus' Name. Amen.

Today’s Bible verse: Ps. 33:20 "Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield."

Today’s quote: Dr. Charles F. Stanley - "In the busyness of today's world, prayer often gets squeezed out of our schedules. But communion with the Lord is vital to a healthy, vibrant relationship with Him. Remember that lifting our loved ones before God's throne is far more important then many tasks which seem more pressing." (Taken from p. 55 in IN TOUCH a publication of the In Touch Ministries / August 2014)

Some thoughts today: Abraham trusted God  inspite of his failures and impatience. God rewarded his faith, and Abraham ended up doing just what God had planned, which benefits all of us now.

~ Jesus defeated sin, sickness, suffering and death. He extends all that He has to us; such as a glorious inheritance, victory over sin and eternal life with Him. (Rom. 5:15-19This comes by receiving Him as our Lord and Savior.

~ There is now condemnation in Jesus. Do you think God doesn't love us when troubles come? (Rom. 8:34 - 39). God is for us! We're hidden in His Son. No matter what, we win!

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