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Thoughts on Intercessory Prayer #39-52

Posted by Cinda On March - 19 - 2013

bricks39. Every act of obedience to the voice of the living and present Jesus steadies the heart. As a house is built brick upon brick, so a steadfast heart is built obedience upon obedience. (He Restores My Soul) “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” Matthew 7:24-26

40. As you submit to God’s work in you, the acoustics of your heart are improving daily. The word acoustics means “the ability of an enclosure to reflect sound waves in such a way as to produce distinct hearing.” If a structure does not have the proper shape or dimensions, or if it is cluttered with objects that absorb or redirect sound waves, sounds will not be distinct. God is reshaping, molding, and cleansing your heart so that His voice will be clearly heard. (He Restores My Soul) “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” Mark 9:7

41. Praise is the spontaneous and natural overflow of the inflow of His life. (He Restores My Soul) “All my springs of joy are in you.” Psalms 87:7 NASB

42. Praise is a powerful spiritual antioxidant, keeping your spiritual immune system strong. It destroys spiritual toxins before they have a chance to do damage. Praise changes your focus, fixing your eyes on the Supply rather than the need. Just try to remain discouraged or hurt in the midst of genuine praise. You can’t do it. (He Restores My Soul) “My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long.” Psalms 71:8

43. As you praise, you are releasing tremendous spiritual power. Praise dispels the enemy’s troops. Praise lays the groundwork for the display of God’s power. (He Restores My Soul) “He who sacrifices thank  offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God.” Psalms 50:23

biblereading1144. Outward forms of worship were intended to express true, inward worship. The danger is that they will disguise inward emptiness. The Holy Spirit is the guard against empty, surface religion. (Heart’s Cry) “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24

45. Jesus has pulled you into His inner circle, those to whom He will impart His secrets. A person who is following a doctrine need not listen. There is nothing new to know. The person who is following Christ must be continually listening. (Heart’s Cry) “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” John 15:15

46. Prayer is not a benign, feel-good, stress-relieving exercise. Prayer releases the power of God to change the circumstances of earth. (Power Praying) “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” James 5:16

47. Are you willing right now to open your entire life to the flow of His power? Even knowing that His power may interrupt cherished sin patterns or challenge comfortable beliefs? Do you want all of Him more than you want any other thing? You can have all of Him that you make room for. (He Leads Me Beside Still Waters) “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” Ephesians 3:17-19

48. As you live moment-by-moment in His power and presence, He will speak through you to those around you. Jesus wants to speak His healing, encouraging, strengthening, eternal, life-giving words through your mouth. (He Leads Me Beside Still Waters) “The lips of the righteous nourish many.” Proverbs 10:21

49. God is in the details. He is engineering even the smallest detail in order to establish His divine purpose. Happenings that seem random, choices and decisions that seem spontaneous and uncalculated, paths that cross in seemingly serendipitous ways—all are being put in order by the Lord. (He Leads Me Beside Still Waters) “The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.” Proverbs 16:33

bibleinspired50. The kingdom of God is not idle chatter, or empty words, or even eloquent and reasoned arguments. The kingdom of God is power. When Christ in you becomes Christ through you, the power of God becomes operative in your world. (He Leads Me Beside Still Waters) “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7

51. God is able to do more than all we can ask or even conceive of. When you ask God for the best thing you can think of, you ask Him for less than He can do. When you feel that your request pushes the limits of His power, He wants to do more than you can imagine. (He Leads Me Beside Still Waters) “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” Ephesians 3:20

52. You are the temple of the living God. You are the place where His glory dwells. He lives in you; you are His house. He says of you: “My house will be a house of prayer” Luke 19:46. (He Leads Me Beside Still Waters) “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.” 1 Corinthians 3:16-17

By Jennifer Kennedy Dean
Used with permission.

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