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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

#127 Strategies in Prayer Warfare, Part 1


Dr. Wesley L. Duewel- As prayer warriors, we need to know well the weapons and methods of victory in our warfare. 

   We must not only be aware of Satan, his schemes, and his methods (2 Rom. 2:11), we must be wise and skilled in our God-provided means of defeating and routing him. God has available all the strategies we need for prevailing. (Google image, Prayers for Christ's increase).

Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Power of Your Story

Sharon JaynesWhen Jesus appeared to the disciples after His resurrection, there was one who was absent from the motley crew: Thomas. 

   When he came back to the group, they were all abuzz talking about Jesus’ surprise appearance. But Thomas didn’t believe a word of it. 
(Google image, Thomas and Jesus)

Thursday, July 6, 2017

#126 Forward on Your Knees



Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: Do you want to see the tide of battle turned and Christ proved victor in battle after battle on earth today?

   Get the church to prevailing. Enlist and train the believers in prayer warfare. It is never too late for God. No battle is too nearly lost for God to win. No combination of opposing forces is too strong or too numerous for God. Forward on your knees! (Google image, Praying on your knees ).

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

#125 Our Strategic Role


Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: The prayer warrior stands between the authority and power of heaven and the darkness and power of hell, between the Lamb on the throne and Satan, the great dragon.

   Christ has delegated to the prayer warrior His authority, the right to use His name and plead His blood. And He has armed the warrior for spiritual conquest. The prayer warrior is to enforce the victory of Calvary on the battlefield of earth. (Google image, Be a prayer Warrior).

Saturday, July 1, 2017

God Is Able




   God is able to save all who come unto Him. "Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him (Jesus), seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them" (Heb. 7:25). (Google image, Open Bible)

Thursday, June 29, 2017

#124 Our Holy Prayer Warfare


Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: We are at War. In the mystery Christ won once for all at Calvary is not enforced by his iron scepter with which He will one day put down all evil (Rev. 2:27; 12:5; 19:15).

   The throne of Christ today and until the end of the age is an intercessory throne. Christ is ruling by intercession. He is defeating Satan, driving him back, ousting him, making him flee from where he has been illegally squatting and refusing to vacate. (Google image, Warfare prayer ).

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

#123 Prayer the Nemesis of Satan


Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: There is nothing on earth that Satan so fears as prayer. He does not know how to cope with prayer, so he concentrates on keeping you from prayer or getting you to give up before you get prayer's answer.

   He can often manipulate persons and circumstance so as to delay prayer's answers, but he cannot stop the angels from bringing God's answers. Prayer is his nemesis [torment]. He cannot triumph over prevailing prayer. (Google image, Early morning prayer)

Saturday, June 24, 2017

God's Refining Fires


James H. Cagle- The Bible says, “The refining pot is for silver,
and the furnace for gold: but the Lord trieth the hearts” (Pr.17:3).
And, “But he (God) knoweth the way that I take: when he
hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold” 
(Job 23:10). (Google image, Refining fire)

Thursday, June 22, 2017

#122 The Limitations of Satan


Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: Do not be ignorant of Satan or his ways (2 Cor. 2:11). You need to understand Satan's limitations.

   Many Christians have a morbid fear of the Devil. Remember, he is a created being who is already under the wrath of God, defeated at Calvary by Christ, and whose doom is already announced in the Bible. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

#121 Prayer Warfare Defeats Satan


Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: Prayer warfare is the seventh and highest level of prevailing prayer. It is the prolonged, intensified form of prevailing prayer focused on defeating and routing Satan so that Christ's will may be done and His kingdom advanced. (Google image, Prayer-our-weapon-for-warfare Part 1).

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Cherish them...While You Can



Ron HutchcraftIt was my first Valentine's Day without the love of my life since I was 18.

   I found the Valentine card I sent to her two years ago. In it, I wrote: "I have never loved you more. You never cease to amaze me, amuse me, and captivate me." (Google image, Cherish them while you can).

Thursday, June 15, 2017

#120 We Are Most Godlike When we Share God's Travail


Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: Our prayer travail, prayer groaning, and prayer agony can never compare with that of our Savior, but we have not followed Christ very closely or very far if we do not know in our own prayer experience times of deep prayer burden, prayer wrestling, and even perhaps prayer agony. Google image, Praying hands)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

#119 Prayer Agony is Godlike


Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: Do you begin to realize why Spirit-born prayer agony is so precious to God, so powerful before God, and so dreaded by all the demon forces of hell?

   The Philistines of Beth Shemesh cried in terror,  "Who can stand in the presence of the LORD, this holy God?" (Sam. 6:20). Even so, the demons in hell must cry or shriek to one another, "Who can withstand such prevailing before God?" (Google image, Agony of Jesus)

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Where is Your Trust?









How often do we place ourselves
Just where we need to be
With open hearts and scriptures
Silently on bended knee

Preparing for the message
God would have us share with men
Who thinking they are righteous
Still confuse the Truth with sin

Thursday, June 8, 2017

#118 Prayer Groans and Prayer Agony


Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: Prayer Groaning is Spirit-born. The Holy Spirit in His mighty prevailing for us prays with unutterable groaning. The word for "groan" in Romans 8:26 is stenagmos.

   It is an inward groaning, and it is in the plural. Alaletos is the word meaning "inexpressible." The heart-cry of the Spirit is too deep for human words. It therefore becomes groanings within our hearts that manifest a prayer desire so infinite that it is incapable of being totally expressed. (Google image, Photo credit: Blogspot.com)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

#117 Wrestlers with God


Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: Over the centuries men and women of God have known in their experience what it means to wrestle in prayer and obtain God's mighty answers.

   Some have wrestled and almost immediately gained outstanding, even miraculous, answers to their prayers. Others have had special times of wrestling before God and have seen their whole lives and ministry thereafter transformed. 
(Google image, Man wrestling in prayer).

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Still Waiting


Lisa Buffaloe: Waiting is not easy. My body can be sitting still, but my brain races in a thousand different directions. 

   I want to try and figure out each step and what that step may mean and where the next step will lead. Life becomes all about me; thinking I have to perform and do and be, and jump through hoops, and pray, and analyze, and do, do, do, do as much as I can do, instead of resting and trusting.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

#116 Holy Wrestlers

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: Wrestling with whom? While our primary resistance in wrestling prayer comes from Satan, does God, as it were, wrestle with us?

   There are many men of God who believe that God does, though others deny this. Does the wrestling of Jacob teach us that God can oppose us until we make some things in our life right with God and men? (Google image, Jacob wrestling with God's angel)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

#115 Why Do we Wrestle?

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: Why has God planned for us to wrestle? The overarching purposes of God include developing us spiritually and making us partners and warriors now so we can share in the triumph and rewards of victory in eternity.

   It is of God's grace and love that He has ordained that His most faithful intercessors wrestle in prayer. (Google image, Wrestling prayer).

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Something's Wrong


Jolene Philo- "The morning after our son, Allen, was born, the doctor sat down in a chair near the foot of my bed and said, "Something's wrong."

   Our son, so perfect on the outside, had a life-threatening birth defect and needed to be flown to a hospital 700 miles away for immediate surgery. (Google image, Talking with doctor)

Thursday, May 25, 2017

#114 Wrestling Prayer is Spiritual Labor


Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: All intercession is real and serious communication with God. It is not casual, even when beautifully simple. It is sacred and important to God and to us.

   But prevailing prayer, especially in its more intense form, includes labor, effort, and perseverance. (Google image, Praying together.)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

#113 Wrestling for Prayer Answers



   Dr. Wesley L. DuewelThe Bible teaches a sixth level of prevailing prayer—wrestling. Jesus wrestled in prayer in Gethsemane (Luke 22:44)Epaphras was "always wrestling in 
prayer" for the Colossian church (Col. 4:12).

   In both cases the Greek word used is related to the agonizing wrestling in the Greek Olympic-type games. From it we get our English word agonize. (Google image, Wrestling in prayer ).

Saturday, May 6, 2017

A Peak Experience


Sarah Rollandini- I peered out the window of the fire tower perched atop Harney Peak, the highest point in South Dakota's Black Hill.


   After our three-hour hike to the summit, my husband and our three kids rock-hopped along the peak's craggy knolls while I escaped to solitude in the misty cool of the stone fortress. (Photo courtesy of pixabay.)

Thursday, May 4, 2017

#111 How to Carry a Prayer Burden

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: 1. Give as immediate attention as possible to the burden. Sudden prayer burdens are God's SOS call for your help.

   If at all possible, interrupt what you are doing and pray at once for the need God places upon you. (Google image, Praying someone else's prayers)

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

##112 How to be Available for Prayer Burden

   Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: 1. Maintain a disciplined prayer life. It is usually to those who are already faithful in intercession that God gives an intercessory prayer burden or a sudden urgent SOS prayer burden. 
(Google image, A prayer for help)

   In some cases, however, 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

When You're Hit With Life's Hammer

Ron Hutchcraft- Full disclosure here. I'm not the guy you want to call when you need a guy to do a job with a hammer.
  But I do know the fundamentals. A hammer can be used to build something - or to tear it down. Either way, what a hammer hits can't possibly stay the same.  (Ron's choice of photo)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

#110 Prayer Burden Described

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: A prayer burden is a spiritual concern on the heart of God that is imparted by the Holy Spirit to someone whose intercession the Holy Spirit desires to use.

   Jesus has been interceding for this need, and now the Spirit needs you to join with the intercession of Jesus. It is a specially sacred level of prayer intensity and prayer responsibility. (Google image, Praying together)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

#109 Gradually Deepening Your Prayer Concern


Dr. Wesley l. Duewel: #3. Gradually deepening prayer concern leading to instant prayer burden.

   At times God may place a person, situation, or special need upon your heart in a gradually deepening concern. You may be reminded of it repeatedly during your prayer time.  (Google image, Man praying)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

God Knows


Jean Oathout: Have you ever wondered if God notices you, and if He knows your whereabouts? Well, be assured, He does know, and He cares. (Your whereabouts)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

#108 Carrying a Prayer Burden


Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: Level Five- Prayer Burden. We have discussed asking, seeking, knocking, and fasting. Now we consider the fifth level of prevailing prayer: interceding with a prayer burden.

   This level of intensity is marked by urgency, commitment to the priority of the need, and holy determination to pray until God answers. It is not only knocking at heaven's gate but prevailing in the Spirit. (Google image, People praying).

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

#107 United Faith with Practical Suggestions


Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: Just as there are situations that call for united prayer, so there are needs that can be met only by adding untied fasting to united prayer. 

   Unity in seeking God by fasting confers the same multiple dimensions of effectiveness as unity in seeking God by prayer alone, only more. (Google image, Holding hands)

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Hope in the Strangest Places

Ron Hutchcraft- I've spent a fair amount of time in graveyards. 
Looking for some missing "leaves" on our family tree. 
   There's even a "find a grave" website. Run by some folks who've obviously spent a lot more time in cemeteries than I have! 
   And I actually found a lot of ancestors' graves. Which filled in a lot of genealogy blanks. graveyard's a logical place to go looking for history. (Ron's picture)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

#106 Fasting Feeds Your Faith


Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: #5. Fasting feeds your faith. "When you add fasting to your prayer, you know you are following the example of prevailing prayer in both Old and New Testament.

   Your confidence begins to deepen. Your hope begins to rise, for you know you are doing what pleases the Lord. (Google image, Praying man)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

#105 Fasting Strengthens Prayer


Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: Fasting is so closely related to prayer that it adds its blessing in many ways. Much of your praying will be without fasting, just as much of your prayer does not involve prayer wrestling or prayer warfare.

   But fasting always has this twofold capacity: First, it can bless and deepen your regular prayer. (Google image, Praying woman.."If only we would live in expectancy for
His constant intervention we would experience true kingdom living at its best.")

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Begin Where You Are


David Roper: I came across a solitary flower growing in a meadow today—a tiny purple blossom "wasting its sweetness in the desert 
air," to borrow from the poet Thomas Gray's wonderful line.

   I'm sure no one had seen this particular flower before, and perhaps no one will see it again. Why this beauty in this place? I thought. (Tiny purple flower)

Thursday, April 6, 2017

#104 In the Path of Prayer


Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: Watch your motive. Remember, the motive in your fasting is all-important. Remember what fasting is not:

   1. It is not a way to earn God's blessing and God's answer to your prayer. You are never worthy of His help and blessing. You implore his love and mercy. You do not earn any aspect of His grace. (Google image, praying together

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

#103 Fasting As Self Denial

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: Fasting is a God- ordained form of self-denial. The  very nature of intercession calls for as much or more self-denial than any other form of spiritual activity.

   The major work of prayer and fasting from food is normally in secret. We think of fasting as abstaining primarily from food. However, fasting may include abstaining from such normal activities as sleep, recreation, and other special enjoyments. (Google image, Praying man).

Saturday, April 1, 2017

White Robes





Robes of white of seamless light
With ribbons trimmed in blue
These are the garments God provides
To place on me and you

The robes of Christ's own righteousness
Clean washed of spot or stain

The Emblem of His Sacrifice
Humility and Pain 


(Google image, White robes)

Thursday, March 30, 2017

#102 Jesus Said We Would Fast: Level 4




Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: Jesus, speaking of you and me, said, "Then they will fast" (Matt. 9:15). He was referring to His followers during the period between His ascension and His return. 

   Jesus expects all His children to fast. Why? It is an even higher level of intensity of prayer, level four. Ask, seek, knock, fast. (Google image, Jesus teaching His disciples).

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

#101 Level 3 of Prevailing Prayer: Knocking



Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: Jesus' words to us are, "Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened" (Matt. 7:7-8). 

   Jesus followed up this challenge with one of His "how much more" promises (v. 11).

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Giving God the Time of Day


Leah Meahl- "Are You done with your three days of silence yet? a girl on my hall asked. Then a guy texted, "Did you find God?"

   Three days earlier, I had told my friends not to text me. Other than attending classes, I would be spending time alone in my dorm room. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

#100 Level 2 of Prevailing Prayer: Seeking


Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: "Seeking is a more intensified form of prayer than asking. Seeking implies greater earnestness, continued perseverance, and often deeper hunger and desire.

   Many prayers are in the will of God, but they are not instantly granted when we ask. Perhaps repeated asking will lead us to making a special priority of this need. (Google image, Seek God)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

#99 Levels of Intensity: Level 1- Asking


Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: Scripture suggests several levels of intensity in prevailing prayer. In order to help you prevail, the Holy Spirit may lead you to use any of these levels of prayer.

   Some prevailing prayer is very brief. Thank God, often we prevail in a few moments of intercession. These times are not necessarily predictable. (Google image, man praying)

Saturday, March 18, 2017

When Should the Preacher Speak?



James H. CagleThe Bible says, “My heart was hot within me; while I was musing (meditating) the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue” (Ps. 39:3).

   The writer of our text held his tongue until he had something to say. While he was meditating his heart got warm and then hot and then caught fire.  (Preacher, Google image)

   Then he opened his mouth and spoke.  He became like Elihu as he waited to give a response to Job - 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

#98 The Dynamic of Praise - Part 2


Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: 4. Praise invokes God's presence, God's power, and God's forces. God manifests His presence in the midst of His praise. God is enthroned among His praising creatures.

   God's praise seems in a special way to call Him to be active among His people, calling forth the manifestation and use of His almighty power. (Worship God, Google image)

   Nothing unites us more with the angels of God than joining in praise of God, and perhaps our worshiping and militant praise unites them in our endeavor and in the answering of our prayer.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

#97 The Dynamic of Praise- Part 1


Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: God has predestined that our Christian lives bring praise and glory to Him (Eph. 1:5-6). We are to be to His praise now and eternally (v. 14).

   Therefore, our lips and our lifestyle should constantly praise God. God rejoices in our praise. We are to begin His worship with praise (Ps. 100:4; Isa. 60:18).

   We are to praise Him with our voice (Ps. 34:1), with song (147:1), and with music (150:3). We are to be clothed with praise (Is. 61:3), and our very lives are to be a praise to God (1 Peter 2:9). (Google image, It's All About Him)

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Why It's Too Soon to Give Up

Ron HutchcraftTen more 
minutes and my wife would have 
never been born. 

   The story that changed everything is hope for any of us who love someone who's making some very bad choices.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

#96 Make God's Priorities Your Prayer Priorities


Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: 4) Make God's priorities your prayer priorities. Day by day God has a highest choice in each situation and for each life.

   As God shows you the prayers He wants you to pray, trust the Spirit to guide you to special urgent priorities at moments of need. You do not know who most needs your prayer or for what need God most needs your prayer at any given time.
(Google image)

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

#95 God's Will and Prevailing Prayer


Dr. Wesley L. DuewelOne secret of prevailing prayer is the inner assurance that we are praying in the will of God.

   The Holy Spirit is our Counselor, Father-sent and Christ-given. The Greek word parakletos, used repeatedly by Jesus for the Holy Spirit (John 14:15, 26; 16:7), is very full of meaning. It is variously translated as Comforter, Helper, or Counselor. (Let's pray, Google image)