PRAYER IS THE FOUNDATION TO ANY MINISTRY
Prayer is the foundation to any ministry because it’s God’s ministry. That means He has the plan, the strategy and the assignments.
Seeking the Lord requires commitment. This is not a part time occupation, it takes night and day dedication to hear God and get His full heart. There will be continual downloads of plans and strategies but before anything can be done there must be time spent in His Presence.
We bring the Ministry to the Lord and lay it on the altar. We had a dream, a vision, we encountered revelation, we caught His heart as we read the word, heard someone ministering or testifying and we caught a glimpse, we were moved by our spirit to respond.
This is more than emotions or intellect, when God touches us to move us into His plans for our lives He will always touch our spirit. He releases the Holy Spirit to interpret for us what is already in us from the beginning, because He knew us as He formed us in our mother’s womb. That plan has many parts, many assignments and many layers but it only takes one glimpse of it and our response, if we are listening is a resounding YES.
Once we respond we may hedge on what that response requires. It takes full surrender to get more of the picture so we must give ourselves to the YES. Sometimes Yes means move, sometimes it means study for a year or two, or be an apprentice under someone already in that assignment. It may require research and it will surely always require prayer and listening to His heart.
Prayer comes a few different ways. Prayer takes a process of transforming our heart and will to agree with His will and heart. Prayer is discovery of His heart through communing and testing. The communing could require several different levels. Sometimes God will require communing to mean partnering with others. These levels of prayer means we might spend time praying for others who have a strategic part of His overall plan.
The glory of God is hidden in the inheritance He lays up in the saints. This means we must gather together with other believers in partnership in order to walk in our fullness, what we were created for will be strategically linked to others in the body of Christ. We also need to know that God sees the end from the beginning just because they are not born-again doesn’t mean they won’t be, God has a plan for each of us and He will most likely partner us with those not born again as part of His overall plan.
Prayer is research. Finding out what God has in His heart may put us in days, months and even years of discovery. This is often directly related to the assignment, if it’s for your home or for your nation, they require different levels of consecration.
Prayer prepares us and it changes and prepares the way. Its preemptive strikes on what is in the way and removing it so we can progress forward. It is never without movement. Even if we don’t see results we are doing the unseen which has great recompense and reward on that which is seen.
The purpose of prayer is to know God’s heart and His plan. We have lots of plans but if they are not in sync with God’s plan than we need to know that and we need to let go of our agenda. This process can be quick or take us around the mountain a few times. The best position to be in is surrender. If He is Lord than He is in charge and we are following Him. The beauty of this Man Christ Jesus is He never insists on His way but He invites us to it. It is totally voluntary and if we aren’t careful we will miss that and take it as a sign for us to trudge forth with our agenda.
This process is likened to burying a seed in a garden. It must first die. The heat of the soil which could be a time of testing brings forth the breaking of the outer shell of that seed and from that comes forth life. This process is known as prayer.
The House of Prayer plays a powerful part in this paradigm. The model in setting an atmosphere of worship (surrender) to God and communion (prayer) is more than just a 2 hour set, it must become a lifestyle. The House of Prayer gives us the clear visual picture of this process or pattern to follow. At any given time you can enter into the Houses of Prayer and encounter thousands at all different stages of discovery, surrender and communion with the Father as they calibrate their hearts and lives to His plan in their city, state and nation.
The power released in this atmosphere of exchange between God and man shifts the nations of the earth because it bears witness of Gods’ glory in the earth. His reflection of His majesty in those plans and discoveries as they are given utterances in prayers of agreement and declared as “so be it”, like the walls of a city. It’s a safe place to put your seed (dreams) into the hotbed of worship and communion with God and watch Him bring forth Life like a well from your inner man as you connect to the dream of His heart.
FROM PRAYER TO WALKING IT OUT
This part of the exchange is where the concrete plans and solutions take place. The plan may not have all the answers but there is enough of a vision and interpretation to get started. The rest may very well come on the way or while the ship is built at sea.
Direction comes to launch out when there is no more room to hold back. I like to call it overflow! The well created and opened in prayer becomes a life giving river. Jesus when He came to the woman at the well was describing to her a vision for the rest of her life. It included provision and protection and she would find it in the place of worship. This substance of our relationship gives us meat, it gives us continuity, it forms a tangible experience that can’t be denied. The walk from what we know of God to walking in it births a place for others to come and get fed.
We can’t take someone where we have never been so we can’t teach this, we have to walk it out ourselves and model a witness for God’s plan to be seen. It is expedient that I Go Jesus said so the comforter may come….He knew they would have an undeniable experience that would shift their future forever. That experience in the upper room fueled the building of the Kingdom (the New Testament) that today is still visible for all to see.
Walking it out is best done under a spiritual covering before we put ourselves at the helm. Jesus of course is head of our ministry but even so He showed us the wisdom of imparting the ministry to 12 men and then in partnership 120 gathered in the upper room. Those men came together in a place of prayer corporately and it sustained them throughout their ministry as all of Hell raged against them through the most horrific persecutions. The time spent in prayer and partnership never really ends, position may shift and partners may travel to other lands but the community of believers birthed in prayer is eternal community that is connected to an upper room and an open heaven that is eternal and stronger than death.
THE PERSECUTION WAS REAL (not like we call persecution today)
John, son of Zebedee, no biblical record of death, he is believed to have died of natural causes due to old age. Believers in the Christian heresy known as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe that John was immortalized and he will live to see the Second Coming of Christ.
Philip was crucified in AD 54.
Matthew killed by an axe in AD 60.
Thomas was killed by a spear in Mylapore, Madras, India in AD 72.
James, son of Alphaeus, stoned at age 90 then eventually got his brains beat out of his skull with fullers club.
Jude was crucified.
Simon the Zealot was crucified in AD 74.
Judas Iscariot, according to Matthew, hanged himself after betraying Jesus. In Acts, he is described as falling in a field and bursting open. Apologists explain this apparent discrepancy by presuming that he decayed on the tree resulting in a bloating with gas and a weakening of the skin. Then when he was let down from the tree he burst open upon impact.
Replacement for Judas Iscariot picked by the surviving eleven: Matthias, Judas’ replacement, was stoned and beheaded.
Here is a Weekly Agenda: One Full Week of Prayer
and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the sons of Israel.” (Exodus 19:6)
Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil. (Romans 13:1-4)
ALL GOVERNMENT IS ESTABLISHED BY GOD
From the beginning of time God set up Governing Authority. The first governing authority was Adam and from there God continued to delegate His Authority to man. Once we understand that “the office” or “position” of authority comes from God then we can partner with Him. It matters not as much that the ruler is righteous as it does that we are and that we take our rightful place in partnership with Him.
But God is the Judge; He puts down one and exalts another. (Psalm 75:7)
We lose much time, opportunity and leadership struggling with the one who is in authority rather than focusing on God who put that person in position and can remove them just the same. Our faith is in God not in man. Men are weak, can make mistakes are prone to fall but God is faithful, everlasting, doesn’t ever lie and has ALL authority and power.
Daniel said, “Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever, For wisdom and power belong to Him. (Daniel 2:20)
“It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men And knowledge to men of understanding. (Daniel 2:21)
“It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, And the light dwells with Him. (Daniel 2:22)
God doesn’t need us but He wants us. He can rule the earth Himself but that wasn’t the plan. He created man, gave him ruling power and equipped him to run the kingdom with His Son. When Adam gave that authority to Satan things got a little complicated but the plan never changed, man still had dominion authority he was just sharing it with Satan or God, his choice.
In the Covenant that God provided there was made provision for the ruling power of God in partnership with man but it was contingent on keeping the covenant and the law. This was possible but not without a continual communion with the Father. Not many were successful as we follow Israel’s continual rebellion.
Today through Jesus Christ that authority can be completely a sealed partnership with no authority of Satan if we choose rightly. That choice begins with our complete surrender to the
And I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19)
Once we establish God’s authority in our life we are ready to partner with Government in our city, state and nation. The gospel is the release of that authority in transformation. The gospel transforms the souls of men, the land, the church, the culture, society and nations.
“I have manifested Your name (living witness) to the men whom You gave Me out of the world; they were Yours and You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. (John 17:6)
Jesus commissioned the disciples to bring the witness of this power and make disciples by teaching, demonstrating, and witnessing true authority, true government.
Effective teaching comes from a living witness. Jesus witnessed to the world the authority of God over death, hell and the grave and we have the same commission. This includes restoring authority to God’s original plan. Man partnered with God ruling the Kingdom.
Recognizing that rulers are subject to God and that all authority comes from Him than if they refuse to give God leadership, God will give it to a man who will submit. That means if we are not in our place of partnership than God will search for a man to put in that place. So often we are hung up on the “official title” when an unrighteous ruler actually has to submit to God’s authority in the earth or they will have no authority.
For you granted him (Jesus) authority over all people (John 17:2)
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:20)
This doesn’t mean that we rule over every man because ruler-ship is actually servant based, Jesus who was Lord of all came humbly to serve man by laying down His life but He had all the authority to call all of heaven to obey. His model is what we follow. He girded Himself and washed the feet of those He had leadership over. He poured His life out to a city, a people and loved them and spoke the truth. He never compromised on His mission. He is the standard of government.
True leadership can be seen by the anointing and the demonstration of power that comes with that office. The High Priest was set by God in the land as His authority. Even if someone is given the office of authority it takes partnership with God to truly rule the land. The commission and partnership of the High Priest was with the governing authority in the land, a king. This ruler needed the leadership of the priest and the priest needed the protection and leadership of the King.
Our master King David has just made Solomon king! And the king has surrounded him with Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet…and they’ve mounted Solomon on the royal mule. Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet have anointed him king … (1Kings45:43-48)
This government was delegated when Moses gathered seventy elders and released the same spiritual authority that was on him to these men. This pattern continues today through Israel, the Gentile church and the governments of the nations.
Then the LORD came down in the cloud and spoke to him; and He took of the Spirit who was upon him and placed Him upon the seventy elders. And when the Spirit rested upon them, they prophesied. But they did not do it again. (Numbers 11:25)
“I am no longer in the world; and yet they themselves are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep them in Your name, the name which You have given Me, that they may be one even as We are. (John 17:11)
Jesus writing to the seven churches spoke to the leadership and held them responsible for the church. I believe God will hold us responsible for the leadership of our land not the sinners. Judgment comes to the house first because the house is responsible.
I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like the sound of a trumpet, (Revelation 1:10)
saying, “Write in a book what you see, and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.” (Revelation 1:11)
Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands; (Revelation 1:12)
and in the middle of the lampstands I saw one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across His chest with a golden sash. (Revelation 1:13)
As for the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches. (Revelation 1:20)
KINGDOM PRIESTS CARRY GOVERNMENT
`Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; (Exodus 19:5)
and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the sons of Israel.” (Exodus 19:6)
The king was the only type of government or state known in this context. “kingdom” could well be translated today as a “government” or “state.”
The LORD has sworn and will not change His mind, “You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek.” (Psalm 110:4)
Melchizedek was a king and a priest. He had the power and authority to bless Abraham calling him the possessor of heaven and earth. The Father of nations received his blessing from the high priest but also the government.
The office of the priesthood had authority and was made of men who had the gift of wisdom, endowed with an anointing and ability to bring forth the reflection of God in every aspect of life.
“You shall speak to all the skillful persons whom I have endowed with the spirit of wisdom (Exodus 28:3)
One of the governmental duties was to make sure the priests temple was protected and provided for, there was to be a temple ministry carried forth by these priests.
The task at hand was to free up Aaron and consecrate him so he could minister to the Lord.
….that they make Aaron’s garments to consecrate him, that he may minister as priest to Me. (Exodus 28:3)
The Lord needed to manifest His divine authority in Aaron but He needed other priests to get Aaron to the place of consecration. The protection and authority to bring about the divine blessing to the Promised Land.
They were delegated authority working in tandem with the kings and priests and other workers to assist in the government of the nation. When you think of government it was different in that day compared to today. The Lord presented His desire and government was a part of administrating that plan.
It should be the same today. God presents His plan and if the current government can’t hear that is because the priesthood isn’t operating. If the priesthood is in place then the government can enter into the priesthood or hear from the priesthood according to the cleanness of the heart of the government.
. They didn’t enter into the holy of holies but they were filled with wisdom to solve the problems of the day. Some of them filled the role of judges.
WATCHMEN RELEASE THE SOUND OF GOVERNMENT
If a trumpet is blown in a city will not the people tremble? If a calamity occurs in a city has not the LORD done it? (Amos 3:6)
“And I set watchmen over you, saying, `Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’ (Jeremiah 6:17)
So it came about on the third day, when it was morning, that there were thunder and lightning flashes and a thick cloud upon the mountain and a very loud trumpet sound, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled. (Exodus 19:16)
When the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and God answered him with thunder. (Exodus 19:19)
All the people perceived the thunder and the lightning flashes and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood at a distance. (Exodus 20:18)
`But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet and the people are not warned, and a sword comes and takes a person from them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require from the watchman’s hand.’ (Ezekiel 33:6)
the word of the LORD came expressly to Ezekiel the priest..(Ezekiel 1:3)
Ezekiel had blood on his hands because he was responsible. He was a priest. He had government. It was as if he committed the crime. The Lord said you are to sound a trumpet you are to release your government. The trumpet is what sounded when God surrounded the mountain: thunders, lightening’s and the sound of a trumpet.
“It shall be that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city will fall down flat, and the people will go up every man straight ahead.” (Joshua 6:5)
So the people shouted, and priests blew the trumpets; and when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted with a great shout and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight ahead, and they took the city. (Joshua 6:20)
It was the sound of a trumpet that released the government in Joshua 6 and that government went to the entire city.
So the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon; and he blew a trumpet, and the Abiezrites were called together to follow him. (Judges 6:34)
When I and all who are with me blow the trumpet, then you also blow the trumpets all around the camp and say, `For the LORD and for Gideon.’ (Judges 7:18)
Gideon sounded a trumpet that gave direction and government to the people.
“At whatever place you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us.” (Nehemiah 4:20)
Lift up a signal in the land, Blow a trumpet among the nations! Consecrate the nations against her, (Jeremiah 51:27)
We need to bless our government, serve them with the anointing and calling God has given us. This partnership will release the promises we see in Cyrus’ life
“So now, in the sight of all Israel, the assembly of the LORD, and in the hearing of our God, observe and seek after all the commandments of the LORD your God so that you may possess the good land and bequeath it to your sons after you forever. (1 Chronicles 28:8)
GOVERNMENT ANOINTING AND BLESSING
David being old and full of days, made Solomon his son king over Israel. And he gathered together all the princes of Israel, and the priests and Levites. And the Levites were numbered from the age of thirty years, and upwards: and there were found of them thirty-eight thousand men. Of these twenty-four thousand were chosen, and distributed unto the ministry of the house of the Lord: and six thousand were the overseers and judges.(1Chronicles 23:1-4)
Cyrus was a king. He was the government representing God’s Government. The bible says God would subdue the nation through him, cause Kings to agree with him and open the city gates.
Thus says the LORD to Cyrus His anointed, (equipped, supernaturally and naturally – every spiritual blessing)Whom I have taken by the right hand, (have divine leadership)To subdue nations before him ( touch and influence nations, people groups, ethnic groups) And to loose the loins of kings; ( have favor from other leaders/peers/opening doors/ can influence, persuade them to make good/right decisions)To open doors before him ( have opportunities, have favor, go places others can’t go) so that gates will not be shut: (Isaiah 45:1) (there is no end to the blessing and favor coming your way)
“I will go before you ( the Lord prepares the way before you – angels go before you – keep you from stumbling – show you the future- illuminate the way) and make the rough places smooth; (remove offenses towards you – settle disputes in your favor – remove contention and strife – remove the mountains) I will shatter the doors of bronze ( those who block you or try to steal from you will be stopped in their track) and cut through their iron bars. (Isaiah 45:2) (those who try to close doors/imprison you / shut down your anointing will be removed/ plans will not prosper against you)
“I will give you the treasures of darkness ( you will know what is being done in darkness – the plans of the wicked before they come to fruition like Ezekiel go behind the wall and see their true heart)And hidden wealth of secret places, ( you will find hidden savings, hidden financial blessings that the enemy can’t see, hidden ways to bring success)So that you may know that it is I, The LORD, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name. (Isaiah 45:3)
“For the sake of Jacob My servant, And Israel My chosen one, I have also called you by your name; I have given you a title of honor (greater than any title or position man could give you – Gods honor!)Though you have not known Me. (Isaiah 45:4) (you will get fresh revelation, wisdom, insight and understanding)
“I am the LORD, and there is no other; Besides Me there is no God. I will gird you, (He will strengthen you as one who has known God all your life = all His ways and what He will do in every situation)though you have not known Me; (Isaiah 45:5)
That men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun That there is no one besides Me. I am the LORD, and there is no other, (Isaiah 45:6)
The One forming light and creating darkness, Causing well-being and creating calamity; I am the LORD who does all these. (Isaiah 45:7)
Cyrus represents what God intended in government. He wants to release the treasures of darkness, the hidden wealth and to destroy everything that hinders His Kingdom being established in the earth
God called Cyrus, God will keep Cyrus and God will rule and reign His authority through Cyrus. He girds, strengthens and protects. God gives Cyrus creative ability to rise above the storms and prosper.
There is a governmental anointing to release this blessing. As we search today for righteous government we need to know we have the ability to bless the office of Government with that anointing. We can take our priestly anointing and release the same blessings that Cyrus walked out into our lives by blessing and praying for those in office.
So often we think only if the government is righteous we will be blessed, if that were true than God’s anointing is ruled by man’s state of righteousness? This is ludicrous. The office is blessed because it is ordained by God and when we partner with God and the office He will bless. It may mean removal or it may mean encounter, either way God promises blessing and He will follow through on His word by whatever means are necessary.
so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. (Matthew 5:45)
Our faith is not in man it is in God and His Word. We aren’t moved by what man can do but we are moved by God’s heart and response to what man does. This is how we respond and we must make the commitment to not back down, not be silent and to honor our covenant with the Lord. Take our place in government, partner with the Lord all the way to the end.
Prayer Journal Day 1&2 –Scaling the Religion Mountain
I have been prompted by the Holy Spirit to start a prayer journal of my mandate. God has laid so strongly on my heart to begin this journey that anyone can do in any nation, city or region. As intercessors who are missionaries we give ourselves to night and day worship and God has been taking me out into the city to bring a new paradigm to reaching our city for revival. You may have heard of the Seven Mountain Mandate that was given to Loren Cunningham and Bill Bright in 1975 (go here to read transcript) and after reading this two years ago I began to apply it in my intercession as the Holy Spirit led. In the last few months I have been so gripped with this vision that my intercession has taken off to a completely new level in kingdom paradigm. After already activating this in a 24/7 context I felt prompted to video some of what I could in hopes of inspiring intercessors all over. Please leave comments and share your thoughts.
Here is the set up – what was in my heart, where I was going and why :
Here is the recap – the next day debriefing – find out what I heard and saw and how it leads me to pray:
These are some of the things that come to me as I begin to want to pray for the church /region I just visited:
- Religious spirit
- Reaching the lost
- Freedom to worship
- Liberty in the Holy Spirit
- Revelation of God’s plan
- Children’s ministry
- Reaching families
- Prospering souls to bring freedom from govt systems/welfare
- Drive out drug trafficking, human trafficking, prostitution
- Bring freedom/deliverance to those who want to drown themselves in alcohol – prophetic evangelism/power evangelism
- Marketplace ministry
Next I allow the Holy Spirit to help me study the word that can directly deal with those areas. Below are some of my findings I may post that prayer another time but hope to inspire some informed intercession below!
- Religious Spirits/Powers of Control
Now the apostles and the brethren who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. (Acts 11:1)
And when Peter came up to Jerusalem, those who were circumcised took issue with him, (Acts 11:2)
saying, “You went to uncircumcised men and ate with them.” (Acts 11:3)
And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning. (Acts 11:15)
For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring: (Isaiah 44:3)
Religious spirits/powers can be such a hindrance to the gospel and ministry.
Acts 11 Peter encounters resistance from “religious” people that could not agree with his eating with the “uncircumsized” . Often that power comes to resist what is actually the very catalyst God wants to release. A power to overcome religious/arrogant/condescending fake church and replace it with power, presence and reality life changing encounter…right where they live..right in their home and neighborhood.
Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; (Romans 12:6)
if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; (Romans 12:7)
or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. (Romans 12:8)
Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. (Romans 12:9)
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; (Romans 12:10)
not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; (Romans 12:11)
rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, (Romans 12:12)
contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality. (Romans 12:13)
Father I pray for the release of all the gifts of the spirit, may they be in full operation and administrated as it pleases You . Let the church in our city come behind in no gift, let them have EVERY spiritual blessing to be a blessing. Let them operate in all the gifts listed in Romans 12 – I pray for the gifts of the spirit to manifest with power and presence to touch families/brokenness/hurting/overwhelmed with life circumstances – let the Church present the pathway to freedom with “serving” – “ministry” – “Hospitality” – “showing mercy” – “compassion” – “distributing to those in need” – “brotherly love” –“ honoring and preferring the neighborhoods” – “exhorting/prophesying what God says not what life/circumstances say” – “teaching life skills/teaching children” – “releasing ideas/solutions that can change the city” – “rule in the spirit driving out all powers/principalities and evil and opening the heavens over the region” – “administrate outreaches/outings to touch the city with other churches in the area” – “love that washes, heals and restores the city”
4. For worship/flow in the gifts/power and prophetic evangelism:
That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; (1 Corinthians 1:5)
Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: (1 Corinthians 1:6)
So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: (1 Corinthians 1:7)
Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 1:8)
God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. (1 Corinthians 1:9)
6. For Revelation and understanding /wisdom and God’s plan for the church/region/city
Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, (Ephesians 1:15)
Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; (Ephesians 1:16)
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: (Ephesians 1:17)
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, (Ephesians 1:18)
And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, (Ephesians 1:19)
Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, (Ephesians 1:20)
Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: (Ephesians 1:21)
And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, (Ephesians 1:22)
Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. (Ephesians 1:23)
9. Get free from this worlds system – welfare/govt assistance
“For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. (John 3:17)
Excerpts from Apostolic Prayers for the Marketplace from www.ihop.org/josephcompany
The Cyrus Anointing (Isaiah 45:1-3, 13)
Thus says the Lord to His anointed, To Cyrus, whose right hand I have held– To subdue nations before him And loose the armor of kings, To open before him the double doors, So that the gates will not be shut (open up a way for the benevolent ones to come forth): 2 I will go before you (prepare the way for the marketplace messengers) and make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze And cut the bars of iron. 3 I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places (give to us wealth in this age and the age to come), that you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name…13 “I have raised him up in righteousness (instruct us in righteousness), and I will direct all his ways (God give us supernatural insight into Your plans); he shall build My city (we want to be a city Whose builder is God)…
A promise of prosperity for the ‘Joseph’s’ in the marketplace (Genesis 48:4)
… and He said to me (you have spoken directly to us), ‘Behold, I will make you fruitful and numerous (bless the works of our hands and multiply our endeavors), and I will make you a company of peoples (bring forth marvelous comrades who will unite to change a city), and will give this land to your descendants after you for an everlasting possession (give us authority as we stand on the wall of intercession for the city).’
10. & 11 Prayer for Drug Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, freedom to those bound by alcohol
And this I pray: that your love may abound yet more and more and extend to its fullest development in knowledge
Acceptance of divine revelation
Knowledge that releases faith – where the will of God is known there is faith
Knowledge –syn –faith
Moral conviction that gives purpose
and all keen insight [that your love may display itself in greater depth of acquaintance and more comprehensive discernment], (Philippians 1:9)
kjv (judgment) comprehend – perceive outwardly – touch the emotions, thoughts, will (soul of man)
So that you may surely learn to sense what is vital, and approve and prize what is excellent and of real value [recognizing the highest and the best, and distinguishing the moral differences], and that you may be untainted and pure and unerring and blameless [so that with hearts sincere and certain and unsullied, you may approach] the day of Christ [not stumbling nor causing others to stumble]. (Philippians 1:10)
Approve what is excellent kjv-That action would result and a message would go forth of what God Approves
Without offence kjv – Acts 24:16 exercise myself – an action – 1 Thess 3:12-13 = unblameable- amemptos- grk - when love abounds – without mixture – legally irreproachable –
May you abound in and be filled with the fruits of righteousness (of right standing with God and right doing) which come through Jesus Christ (the Anointed One), to the honor and praise of God [ that His glory may be both manifested and recognized]. (Philippians 1:11)
Like a judge who makes a righteous judgment – brings conviction to the ungodly and announces what is right
A message goes forth – like when the adulterer was caught – Jesus extended love and mercy and it destroyed the religious accusation and can transform a heart/nation