The Place and Outpouring of Prayer

"Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel." -Ephesians 6:18-19 

"The fountain of prayer and all supplications is sourced in the limitless flow of the Holy Spirit who knows the "deep things of God" - 2 Corinthians 2:10. The Spirit reveals those deep and secret things hidden in the darkness, Daniel 2:22, dark not because some evil or horror dwells there, but dark due to the ignorance of many to its riches. 

Prayer sourced in the Spirit is true worship - John 4:23. It has been weaned from the obstructions of sight and the tantrums of the restless soul. It is prayer that rises above the opaque columnous clouds, above the cyclic rise and fall of the worldly fray, above the frivolous opining of men and far above the frenetic traffic of the "Prince of the Power of the Air". 

When we have entered into the Holiest of Holies, having passed through the outer court of the world and the flesh, passing through the veil by the Cross of Jesus Christ, we discover that meager ability of the soul is too incompetent to comprehend what awaits the believer at the Throne of Grace. Only the prayer whose path was made by our Hero, Jesus Christ the Forerunner, can bring us there. 

That Holiest Place is the altar where the atoning Blood has been applied. There is true freedom from the bonds of the corrupt nature of the flesh and the chainsof theself-consciousnessofthehumansoul. That Holiest Place is the sphere of the Spirit, where we hear the voice of the Word of God speaking to the deepest parts of us, seeing us, knowing us, and counseling us. 

The "Mystery of the Gospel" of which Paul spoke is not an esoteric mystery that cannot be known, it is this very thing - the mystery of knowing the depths of God: His Mind, His Plan, and His Grace. All these await the believer in the Word and in prayer. When we have been alone with Him in prayer and have opened our mouths in prayer, there in secret, we will observe that the Witness of God accompanies us as we preach the Gospel. Prayer sourced in the Spirit always guides us to the Gospel of Christ. Prayer's ultimate heartbeat is to bring the lost sinner into communion with God and his new creation in Christ. 

Prayer without the Gospel is not prayer. Prayer and preaching are married and undivorceable. One cannot be without the other without both ceasing to exist. For when we find ourselves in the midst of His Holiest, time will not tarry long before we hear "Who will go for us?" - Isaiah 6:1-8 

Prayer instills the mystery of a power in us that did not exist there before. It gives us hunger for holiness, missions, service, compassion, and the desire to serve. 

Let our knees be marked with the inscriptions of our floors, let our lips be filled with His Praise, let our souls be stilled in His presence, let our heart burn with the matters of the Lord, and let our minds mull the burdens of the Lord . Let us be those men and women that have the marks of our Savior, that we too may be known as "those that had been with Jesus." For God knows this dying world desperately needs it. 

"There is a place where thou canst touch the eyes Of blinded men to instant, perfect sight;
There is a place where thou canst say, “Arise”
To dying captives, bound in chains of night; There is a place where thou canst reach the store Of hoarded gold and free it for the Lord; 

There is a place–upon some distant shore–Where thou canst send the worker and the Word. Where is that secret place–dost thou ask, “Where?” O soul, it is the secret place of prayer!" ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson

No Distance Between You & Your God in Prayer

Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia. - Daniel 10:12-13

"If thou art running to Christ, He is already near thee. If thou dost sigh for His presence, that sigh is the evidence that He is with thee. He is with thee now: therefore be calmly glad." - Charles Spurgeon
It is of great comfort to read the words penned “from the first day...thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.” Be glad child of God for our words are heard “from the first day”! This should cheer the wavering saint who labors in prayer!

When we think of international communication and how back in the day it used to take weeks to have a painstakingly written letter delivered to it’s eagerly awaiting addressee, we can truly appreciate the fact that there is no distance between the seeking soul and the listening God. We tend to think of God naturally, in terms of distance, that He is far away in the heavens on a throne, but nothing could be farther from the truth.
In the sphere of prayer there is no distance, no interference, no walls, no obstacle to catch our rising prayer and cast it to the ground. God is closer to the believer than the believer is to himself. As a matter of a fact, before we pray He knows our prayer altogether - Psalm139:4.

In warfare it is critical to know that there is no distance that our prayer must travel. A whisper of a prayer can be more powerful than a prayer of shouting and pleading with God. Often due to a delay of the answer, we assume there is distance, but contrary to appearance, He instantly hears and He instantly acts.
Yet there are times of a hindering of the execution of that prayer as we see in Daniel’s case. Though Daniel did not immediately know of the delay of an answer due to warfare and hindering, Daniel continued to fast and pray. It is of utmost importance that we cease not in prayer, that we knock until the door is opened. Because the answer is coming and your constancy in prayer is part of the warfare being waged. All too often answers to prayers in transit are halted due to the breakdown of prayer.

When a person begins to discover the power of prayer, the Prince of Persia, the unseen authority of Ephesians 6:12, will begin his hindering program. He will use feelings, pressure, circumstances, people, or personal distractions to get the praying warrior to stumble in his prayer and stop. He will project impulses, fears, bad news, or whatever he can send to stop the prayers.

Were Daniel’s prayers a part of the victory in that Michael the Angel was sent to help get the words to Daniel of the vision? I think so. For when we read the disciple’s prayer of Matthew 6 we read “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” The distance between the will of Heaven and the will of God accomplished on the earth is only a prayer away. When we pray, God's will is accomplished. When we abide in prayer, we are an acting agent, an ambassador, that becomes a conduit of the accomplishment of the things of God on this earth.
!We must remember that the devil is the "Prince of the Power of the Air" so he has authority in the air, but not absolute authority. When believers live in their flesh, in the wisdom of this world, they become conduits of the air giving place for the devil, even speaking his mind about God’s people and God’s work. That is why when we are Spirit-filled we can detect demonic activity when we enter certain locales of entertainment, carnal activity, or territories given over to sin.

Be ever aware of the words that you speak and what you put out into the air. Negativity and fear, carnal comments, natural deductions, and personal opinions devoid of truth actually give the devil a stronghold to traffic in the air causing pressure and oppression over people.

It can be clearly observed when we travel to certain countries, and cities that are ruled by corrupt Godless political leaders, how the atmosphere of the country is heavy and oppressed. It is a great joy that when we pray, the atmosphere in which the Prince of the Power of the Air dwells, cannot stop or slow our prayers. Actually when we pray, the atmosphere is confronted and is cleared. Nothing was more effective in clearing the air in the Bible than the spoken Word of God and the prayer of the saints. Just as the air in a lightning storm is ionized and purged, so is the thick atmosphere of Satanic activity in warfare when the prayers of you and I arise.

The Genesis of a New Creation

Before we could approach the subject of prayer in this small treatise, we are prompted to evaluate the natural state of every human being, and that being unregenerate, spiritually dead, impotent. A man that has been seeded from the earth, born of the flesh, is therefore flesh. We originally being fleshly and blind to the things that of the Heavenlies, are in need of new “genesis” in the deepest part of ourselves. That “genesis” differs from the Biblical account of the origins of the material world in that it has an entirely different source. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” – John 3:6. This source afore mentioned is rooted in the Heavenlies and shares nothing with the soil we stand on now. The Source from which this comes is from The Spirit of God Himself.
Mankind needs a total rebirth, an absolute rejuvenation that is sourced from that Heavenly sphere from which springs up a new creature. Mankind cannot be remade, remodeled, or refashioned. You and I need a new genesis – a creation that is not made from the materials from ourselves, or this world.
God created this universe not out of mandate but out of love, and because of love God sends His only Son into it to rescue it. Jesus’s love and mission to this world was terminated by the ingratitude and sin of man (and of you and I). Yet it was the Love of the Spirit of God for humankind that raised Jesus from the dead and burst Him from the sullied grave.
Thus we may be reborn by this Love from Above. Anyone that allows the Love of the Spirit of the Father to enter and believe on His Son that He sent, will be a recipient of a supernatural miracle – a rebirth of the Spirit of God. Something or rather better stated; Someone will be born inside that is born from Above, that is sourced from Above, and speaks the language of Above.
!This is the new creation that the Bible speaks so much of. This new creation is born of the Spirit and cannot sin, fail or be destroyed. It is sourced from the Seed of the Gospel of Grace. Just as a new born babe cries out for it’s mother’s breast and her caress, so this new creation hungers and thirsts for God; His Word, His Love and His Communication to the inner most parts of who we are.
This is beginning of prayer.

The Calling Prayer of AW Tozer

So stirred this evening late as I read this prayer of AW Tozer when he was ordained. After the elders and ministers laid hands upon him and prayed, Tozer withdrew and composed the following as a declaration and prayer to his Lord and King. 

"O Lord, I have heard Thy voice and was afraid. Thou has called me to an awesome task in a grave and perilous hour. Thou art about to shake all nations and the earth and also heaven, that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. O Lord, our Lord, Thou hast stopped to honor me to be Thy servant. No man taketh this honor upon himself save he that is called of God as was Aaron. Thou has ordained me Thy messenger to them that are stubborn of heart and heard of hearing. They have rejected Thee, the Master, and it is not to be expected that they will receive me, the servant.

My God, I shall not waste time deploring my weakness nor my unfittedness for the work. The responsibility is not mine, but thine. Thou has said, “I knew thee – I ordained thee – I sanctified thee,” and Thou hast also said, “Thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command all that I shalt speak.” Who am I to argue with Thee or to call into question Thy sovereign choice? The decision is not mine, but Thine. So be it, Lord. Thy will, not mine, be done.

Well do I know, Thou God of the prophets and the apostles, that as long as I honor Thee Thou wilt honor me. Help me therefore to take this solemn vow to honor Thee in all my future life and labors, whether by gain or by loss, by life or by death, and then to keep that vow unbroken while I live.

It is time, O God, for Thee to work, for the enemy has entered into Thy pastures and the sheep are torn and scattered. And false shepherds abound who deny the danger and laugh at the perils which surround Thy flock. The sheep are deceived by these hirelings and follow them with touching loyalty while the wolf closes in to kill and destroy. I beseech Thee, give me sharp eyes to detect the presence of the enemy; give me understanding to distinguish the false friend from the true. Give me vision to see and courage to report what I see faithfully. Make my voice so like Thine own that even the sick sheep will recognize it and follow Thee.

Lord Jesus, I come to Thee for spiritual preparation. Lay Thy hand upon me. Anoint me with the oil of the New Testament prophet. Forbid that I should become a religious scribe and thus lose my prophetic calling. Save me from the curse that lies dark across the face of the modern clergy, the curse of compromise, of imitation, of professionalism. Save me from the error of judging a church by its size, its popularity or the amount of its yearly offering. Help me to remember that I am a prophet; not a promoter, not a religious manager – but a prophet. Let me never become a slave to crowds. Heal my soul of carnal ambitions and deliver me from the itch of publicity.

Save me from bondage to things. Let me not waste my days puttering around the house. Lay Thy terror upon me, O God, and drive me to the place of prayer where I may wrestle with principalities and powers and the rulers of the darkness of this world. Deliver me from overeating and late sleeping. Teach me self-discipline that I may be a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

I accept hard work and small rewards in this life. I ask for no easy place. I shall try to be blind to the little ways that could make my life easier. If others seek the smoother path I shall try to take the hard way without judging them too harshly. I shall expect opposition and try to take it quietly when it comes. Or if, as sometimes it falleth out to Thy servants, I should have grateful gifts pressed upon me by Thy kindly people, stand by me then and save me from the blight that often follows. Teach me to use whatever I receive in such manner that it will not injure my soul nor diminish my spiritual power. And if in Thy permissive providence honor should come to me from Thy church, let me not forget in that hour that I am unworthy of the least of Thy mercies, and that if men knew me as intimately as I know myself they would withhold their honors or bestow them upon others more worthy to receive them.

And now, O Lord of heaven and earth, I consecrate my remaining days to Thee; let them be many or few, as Thou wilt. Let me stand before the great or minister to the poor and lowly; that choice is not mine, and I would not influence it if I could. I am Thy servant to do Thy will, and that will is sweeter to me than position or riches or fame and I choose it above all things on earth or in heaven.

Though I am chosen of Thee and honored by a high and holy calling, let me never forget that I am but a man of dust and ashes, a man with all the natural faults and passions that plague the race of men. I pray Thee, therefore, my Lord and Redeemer, save me from myself and from all the injuries I may do myself while trying to be a blessing to others. Fill me with Thy power by the Holy Spirit, and I will go in Thy strength and tell of Thy righteousness, even Thine only. I will spread abroad the message of redeeming love while my normal powers endure.

Then, dear Lord, when I am old and weary and too tired to go on, have a place ready for me above and make me to be numbered with Thy saints in glory everlasting. Amen."

*(Taken from A.W. Tozer, as quoted in America is Too Young To Die: A Call to Revival, by Leonard Ravenhill. Originally published in The Alliance Witness.)

When Hope Turns to Sight

When we think of those hopes that have yet not materialized, those prayers not yet answered and the victories not yet experienced in our lives; we must see them from God's completed perspective: that those elusive hopes already exist though we do not see them yet in the timeline of our lives. Thus we never have to live in the sense of incompleteness, we never have to despair the lack, the disappointment, the searing pain of loss. Just look at your life from God's overview; that the answer stands present, completed, and waiting for you down the road and around a corner in God's plan. Don't quit, don't withdraw. Move forward step by step through the difficulties and visualize the completion of the thing - for the day will come when you meet face to face and faith will turn to sight!

My 1st book goes on sale today. The Drawing into Prayer - A 30 Day Prayer Guide




My first book goes on sale today. "THE DRAWING INTO PRAYER" - A 30 Day Prayer Guide into His Presence. For Personal, Family and Small Groups. Here is an excerpt: "“I am the Almighty God - Walk before me” - Genesis 17:1 - "O, let the place of secret prayer become to me the most beloved spot on earth." - Andrew Murray. There is a great secret that many believers never discover in their Christian lives - a joy and a privilege that remains hidden to many. Hidden not because of its exclusivity or selectiveness, nor because of the inability to attain to it, but because of its narrowness, a gate that is as the eye of a needle. It is a way that demands the stripping of all worldly baggage even to the loss of our love for self.

In return, there is an ushering into the presence of the Almighty, a surrender to His Love and a healing realignment of our dislocated soul to it’s place under the governance of the Spirit of the Word.

When we get quiet before the Holy One in surrender, and the soul hushes it’s tantrums, we can hear the Still Small Voice whispering, “Come unto me all that labor and that are heavy laden...”
This is the secret of the all satisfying communion with the Creator of our soul - PRAYER."

You can get your printed copy or for your Kindle at Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/1sRhhfR

“In Awe of the Exalted” - יִרְאַת הָרוֹמְמוּת - Understanding the Fear of the Lord

“And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear
the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul" (Deut. 10:12)

The word translated “fear" in many versions of the Bible comes from the Hebrew word yirah (יִרְאָה), which has a wide range of meaning in the Scriptures. Sometimes it refers to the fear we feel in anticipation of some danger or pain, but it can also can mean “awe” or “reverence” inclusive of the idea of wonder, amazement, mystery, astonishment, gratitude, admiration, and worship (like the feeling you get when gazing from the edge of the Grand Canyon). Thus at times yirah ought to be translated as “awe" -  "The awe of God is the beginning of wisdom" (Psalm 111:10)

Some Hebrew Biblical scholars link the word yirah (יִרְאָה) with the word for seeing (רָאָה). Exod. 3:2-5 Moses “turned aside” to see the wonder and awe of the burning bush. When he saw the bush and heard the Voice he trembled with awe and the inner awareness of the sanctity of the Lord and His Calling. Such awe is not the goal of wisdom (like some state of nirvana), but rather its means. We start with awe and that leads us to wisdom - (Heschel). This wisdom ultimately is revealed in the love of God as demonstrated in the sacrificial death of His Son and his resurrection for our justification.

According to Jewish tradition, there are three “levels” or types of yirah:
  1. The tormenting fear of unpleasant consequences or punishment (i.e., yirat ha’onesh: יִרְאַת הָענֶשׁWe anticipate pain of some kind and want to run from it. Note that such fear can also come from what you subjectively believe others might think of you. People will often do things (or not do them) in order to buy acceptance within a group (or to avoid rejection). Social rules are adhered to in order to avoid being alienated or rejected.  One application of this type of fear is as Plato said in his writing "Republic", that people are "too weak to do injustice with impunity". A provoking question that could help us understand if you act or do not act under this type of fear is - would you act differently if you were able to become invisible? Would the "freedom to do whatever you like with impunity" lead you to consider doing things you otherwise wouldn't do? 
  2. The type of fear concerns anxiety over breaking God’s laws (sometimes called yirat ha-malkhut: יִרְאַת הַמַּלְכוּת). This kind of fear drives people to do good deeds because they fear God will punish them in this life (or in the world to come). Even though the fear of God's punishment may deter us from sin and wrong doing in the short run, by itself it is deficient of spiritual life, since it is based on an deficient idea about God. This is the foundational concept of karma (the cycle of moral cause and effect). This kind of fear is founded on self-preservation, though in some cases the heart's motivation may be mixed with a genuine desire to honor God or to avoid God's righteous wrath for sin (Exod. 1:12Lev. 19:14; Matt. 10:28; Luke 12:5). 
  3. The third (and highest) kind of fear is a profound reverence for God that comes from rightly seeing. This level discerns the Presence of God in every detail of our life and is sometimes called yirat ha-rommemnut (יִרְאַת הָרוֹמְמוּת), or the "Awe of the Exalted."  Through it we behold God's glory and majesty in all things. "Fearing" (יִרְאָה) and "seeing" (רָאָה) are linked and united. Thus "the pure in heart shall see God". We are elevated to the high road of reverent discernment, sacred affection, and genuine communion with God's Holy Spirit.  This love for divine good creates a spiritual distaste toward evil, and thus, the hatred of evil to fear God
"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well- balanced mind and discipline and self- control." - 2 Timothy 1:7amp

Eurocon 2014 Mission March

What an incredible time we all had at a record breaking attended EuroCon 2014 in Budapest! It was a powerful time in the Word, fellowship and miracles. We were able to see 40+ Ukrainians attend by nothing short of a miracle with all that's happening in Ukraine now. Here is a video p. Maciek from Poland made of the Missions March. Enjoy!

This Lent Season Consider - Persecution of Christians has Exponentially Increased in this Century


This morning I read an article by a Catholic writer George Weigel on Christian Persecution in the 20th century. It has been estimated by some Catholic circles that over 150,000 brother's & sisters have perished for their faith. The number is most probably higher. 

With the increasing influx of radicals in Syria, Africa, and the heavy hand of governments in North Korea, Iran, and the Middle East; many, many have lost their lives for naming the Name of Christ. In Matthew 24 we see in the Last Days persecution will exponentiate - and we see that today.


Hebrews 13.3 writes "Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body" 

I remember a statement by Richard Wurmbrand when I heard him speak as a kid at a conference on the Persecuted Church that while he spent those 14 years tortured for his faith in a communist prison there were times that angels would come an visit him and minister to him. Once he was told by an angel that they were there because the free church was praying for him in bonds.

I'd like to share a few excerpts from George Weigel's article  on persecution:
"We have been living, and we’re living now, in the greatest era of persecution in Christian history. More Christians died for the faith in the twentieth century than in the previous nineteen centuries of Christian history combined. And while the character of the persecutors has changed, from the lethal heyday of the twentieth-century totalitarianisms to the first decades of the twenty-first century, the assault on the Christian faithful today is ongoing, extensive, and heart-rending. Solidarity with the persecuted Church is an obligation of Christian faith."


Where it is happening:

(image courtesy of Open Doors)
Today when Christians get upset that they have to wait in line for their favorite Starbucks' drink or they get depressed because no one likes what they write on Facebook - they need to remember their brothers and sisters who have lost family, homes, all their belongings for the sake of the Gospel. One writer put it this way; Christians in the west need a good lesson on "Sufferology" - how to suffer well for the true treasure, gold tried in the fire. 

Mark Moore writes: "163,000 Christians die every year for their faith. Half of all the Christians who have ever died for their faith did so in this century alone, some 35 million" Read Mark Moore's essay on statistics of the persecuted church and how you can help. Also read websites like: Open Door's and Voice of the Martyrs to be educated and updated how you can pray.

This season of Lent is coming upon us - let's not focus on what we have to give up for God for Lent but what our brothers and sisters have lost for Christ's sake and that we remember them in prayer.

Watching with Him in Prayer

"Prayer without watching is hypocrisy, and watching without prayer is presumption." - unknown

And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation:the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak - Matthew 26.41


(Here is another draft chapter of my up and coming book on Prayer)
The arrival into His Presence at the sweet Mercy Seat is only one aspect of our prayer journey. It is there where it really begins for the worshipper. There the worshipper becomes a warrior in spiritual warfare. It is there in prayer we learn that the weapons of our warfare are not humanly wielded nor carnally commanded. It is prayer that we see in the list of Paul’s armor in Ephesians 6 that is the secret weapon. When we begin to pray we face the onslaught of Satanic forces because Satan believes in the power of prayer more than any of us will ever. We will address this later this week.

"Let us, therefore, forsake the vanity of the crowd and their false teachings and turn back to the word delivered to us from the beginning, "watching unto prayer" and continuing steadfast in fasting, beseeching fervently the all-seeing God "to lead us not into temptation, even as the Lord said, 'The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.'" —Polycarp (69-156). 
Those that learn watching in prayer enter into another phase of prayer. They move from worshipper to warrior. Those that learn learn this secret of watching are most threatening for the forces of the Accuser. You will note that the primary tactic that our Adversary uses to thwart watching-prayer is sleepiness, dullness, lethargy due to the point that the novice in prayer is always looking by sight and waiting for the answers that are self-pleasing and preference oriented. They miss the action because they are looking in the wrong direction and the Enemy slips in unnoticed.
To draw a little perspective to the immense importance of watching prayer Jesus in Matthew 26, in His hour of conflict in prayer he three times goes to His disciples and petitions them to watch in prayer. The battle for the cross was won not at Calvary but in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus was inundated with a flood of demonic hosts to try to steer him off the course to the cross. This is when he asked His disciples to pray. There is something that we see here. Jesus in prayer and battle wanted His disciples engaged in prayer and discernment because of the host of demons pitted against Jesus in the garden to try to kill him. 
When we learn watching-prayer we learn to pray with Jesus in his hour of personal heaviness. There are not many that are asked to pray in this hour with Jesus but his three intimate disciples; Peter, James & John. Watchers in prayer are those few that are God’s “special forces” in warfare that don’t sleep when the rest of the army is asleep in their barracks. That is actually the connotation of the word “watch” in in the original script of Matthew 26.38 - “grēgoreúō”. This word means to be set on the special towers of the walls on the sober lookout for enemy movements and ambushes to the point of sleep deprivation. My wife and I recently were in Puerto Rico and one of the most impressive sights for me was the fortress at San Juan. It guarded the gateway to the Caribbean. From the watch towers at the peak of the fort hundreds & hundreds of miles could be monitored along a 180 degree span along the sea’s horizon for enemy vessels’ movements. This is what is explicitly meant by Jeremiah 51.12 - “Set up the standard upon the walls of Babylon, make the watch strong, set up the watchmen, prepare the ambushes: for the Lord hath both devised and done -- that which he spoke against the inhabitants of Babylon” - Jeremiah 51.12. Jesus also referred to this in context to what he said to his Three: “watch and pray that you enter not into temptation”. When we exercise ourselves in watchful-prayer we effectively avoid and escape so much unnecessary temptation.
Ezra, the author of Psalm 119 and the leader of the Jews returning to Jerusalem to rebuild also was a watcher in prayer - when he said his eyes “prevent the night watches” - Psalm 119.148. 
In the case of Gideon - God could not use any of his army except those that looked to the horizon in careful watch as the drank the water from their hands at the brook - Judges 7.6
Therefore, there are those few that as we read in Proverbs 8:34 that are the blessed watchers that receive a measure of wisdom and skill in warfare   - “Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.” 
Watching in prayer means we leave the realm of the feeling, the sullenness of the passive human nature and we stir ourselves up in attention watching for the next Word from Christ our Commander and the movement of the foe. The watcher is one who has much insight, compassion, loyalty and wisdom. He may not speak much or express much of his opinion but watches and prays with His Master in the most critical hour. Thus being an often unseen aid in the spectrum of Warfare against the Savior and His Church.

Prayer On Purpose - The Drawing into His Presence - A 30 day prayer guide into His Presence

So Where's the Book?

I've had several email me and ask me where are the rest of the articles on prayer such as "Wk 2 Entering into the Temple and Wk 3 Fellowship". I have posted some drafts of the book on this blog to whet our appetites but will wait in posting anymore articles till the book itself is published. 

I am still writing this book and plan to be finished by the end of the year.

Writing this type of book is a process of Life and not something easily penned.

Thank you for your patience and be in prayer for me that God's heart and mind would be portrayed in this book.


Intimacy & Vulnerability in Prayer before God

Here are some abbreviated draft notes on a message we preached on "PRAYER - Wisdom that comes from Vulnerability"

Here the message here: http://bit.ly/12AZwlH

"A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer." - Prov 29.19. There is a lot of ignorance due to the lack of prayer. 

When we sing, 'Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,' we are not thinking of the nearness of place, but of the nearness of relationship. It is for increasing degrees of awareness that we pray, for a more perfect consciousness of the divine Presence. We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts." --A.W. Tozer 

"I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you." - Jn 15:15.

Information age of technology - automation and machination that causes isolation and entertainment vs prayer that creates reverence and participlation. Technology can create a culturally obese society because of the availability, ease of use, convenience, and affordability of technology. 

Intimacy in prayer repels the demand that God answer all our why's to satisfy our mental lust for inforamtion. We trust Him for those things that He has allwoed in our lives without having to ask Him why. We quielty bow before Him in worship.

Those whom God should use mightily He wounds deeply. "What are these wounds in thine hands?" Then he shall answer, "Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends." Zech 13:6. Take Jacob for example. Wrestles with God comes out with a limp.

It can be that we hide in what we do for God as Adam hid among the leaves that he was to be the caretaker of - 1 Sam 10:22 Saul hid among the stuff that he was to be ruling over. "I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee."- Ps 32:8-9

“Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway.” - Mother Theresa

When we sing, 'Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,' we are not thinking of the nearness of place, but of the nearness of relationship. It is for increasing degrees of awareness that we pray, for a more perfect consciousness of the divine Presence. We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts." --A.W. Tozer 

Transparency leads to authenticity in our prayer life with God. Our communion with God is a two way communication whereas shallow religious prayers are just a monologue to God no different that the pagan prayers of the lost. Authenticity is what we all long for in our Spiritual Vertical with God because it is the only satisfying element in our lives - communion with God. Where we are not afraid of God deeply seeing and knowing us through and through as he did with Abraham. Abraham was the Friend of God and his relationship was authentic as we see in Genesis 18.17 "And the Lord said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do?" Abraham was transparent before God resulting in experiencing the Secrets of God in His Plan. 

That is authenticity and it costs us our cover. Surrender your fig leaves that only last a season and surrender to the All Seeing Compassion of God

Grace sets the stage for Love to come in and create a safe zone where transparency is no longer a threat and vulnerability becomes voluntarily. Where there is no transparency there can be no authenticity and our relationship with God is not genuine and is intimacy with God is replaced with activity for God. Servant Master relationship.

Week One - Preparation: Deep calling to the Deep | Day One: The Need for Intimacy

"Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts" Ps 42.7

"When we sing, 'Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,' we are not thinking of the nearness of place, but of the nearness of relationship. It is for increasing degrees of awareness that we pray, for a more perfect consciousness of the divine Presence. We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts." --A.W. Tozer

We live in a fast paced world ever accelerating in information and social media relationships, yet people's need for intimacy is accentuated by the lack of real relationship leaving many, many in a growing sense of loneliness, disconnected from their circles of meaningful relationships. People have become more increasingly as isolated islands in the vast sea of humanity - talking and texting; speaking to others but not being heard, hearing and not really understanding.

Society has become comfortably accustomed to meet at an arid and shallow plain and exchange something physical or even soulish while the unseen heart cries out of it's depth for the intimate and meaningful.

Intimacy that we are craving for cannot be met at the physical plane only nor at soulish level (of the mind, emotions, the will the conscience or identity of the soul). Our physical body is aware only of people and the world we live in and it's media, mentality, fashion, food, entertainment, news, career, etc. Our Soul is only self conscious of it's inner psychic noise of fear, shame, guilt and what it wants, knows, feels or determines.

The intimacy we were made for can only take place at the spiritual level. Where the depths of the Spirit of God calls out to the depths of the spirit of a person.

This is what Job was pleading for when he said "Even today is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning. Oh that I knew where I might find him! That I might come even to his seat! I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments. I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me. Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me. There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered forever" Job 23:2-7. Job wanted to be deeply known, deeply heard, deeply understood.

David yearned for this intimacy also in Psalm 42.7 when he said "deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts." The Hebrew word used here for "waterspouts" is "sinnor" which refers to a water shaft hollowed out of stone, a water tunnel. It describes water that flows through the water tunnel suddenly and quickly, creating a rushing sound of turbulent water.

For there to be that intimacy that we so deeply desire there must be first the drilling down through the stone of the physical world-consciousness, deeper still through the soulish self-conscious, until there is the breaking through to that spirit inside of us. Then and only then can the refreshing waters from the depths of God 's Person fill our thirsty soul, Psalm 42.1-2. This is that moment when His Spirit witnesses with our spirit that we belong, that we are not lost orphans but sons. This relationship and nearness that we experience in prayer is a nearness that is closer to us than our very soul, our very memory, and our very breath. We can hear His whispers, He has no need to shout for He is closer to us than we are to ourselves. This is true intimacy. This is the sum of all that we need.



Prayer on Purpose - A 30 Day Prayer Guide into His Presence




For the next 30 days I will be posting daily entries on prayer. These entries will be a little guide for those who desire to refresh and re-kindle their prayer-life. My prayer is that the Spirit of Intercession & Pleading would breathe on this & draw you into His Presence to enjoy Deep Communion with God and Clarity of Direction in your Prayer Life.


Outline:
Week 1 - Preparation: The Deep Calling to the Deep
Week 2 - Entering into the Temple
Week 3 - Fellowship & Intercession at the Mercy Seat
Week 4 - Waging Warfare in Prayer


Please check back here often as the updates will come.
In His Pleading,
Christian

David Brainerd's last journal entries - Missionary to the American Indians

Reading these last entries recently stirred me. This journal was used by God to inspire many modern day missionaries from the 1700's on till today.

Wednesday, Sept. 23. 1747
I finished my corrections of the little piece before mentioned, and felt uncommonly peaceful; it seemed as if I had now done all my work in this world, and stood ready for my call to a better. As long as I see any thing to be done for God, life is worth having: but oh, how vain and unworthy it is, to live for any lower end! ---- This day I indited a letter, I think, of  great importance, to the Reverend Mr. Byram in New Jersey. Oh that God would bless and succeed that letter, which was written for the benefit of his church! Oh that God would  purify the sons of Levi, that his glory may be advanced! ---- This night I endured a dreadful turn, wherein my life was expected scarce an hour or minute together. But blessed be God, I have enjoyed considerable sweetness in divine things this week, both by night and day.

His last entry: Friday, Oct. 2. 1747
My soul was this day, at turns, sweetly set on God: I longed to be with him, that I might behold his glory. I felt sweetly disposed to commit all to him, even my dearest friends, my dearest flock, my absent brother, and all my concerns for time and eternity. Oh that his kingdom might come in the world; that they might all love and glorify him, for what he is in himself; and that the blessed Redeemer might see the travail of his soul, and be satisfied! 'Oh come, Lord Jesus, come quickly! Amen.'

Pastor Mihail Obrecht

“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” Psalm 116:15

October 3, 2010, Pastor Mihail Obrecht, a loving husband, godly father
and a mighty Russian pastor full of faith, joy and vision, was
promoted to be with the Lord in Heaven. He died from the injuries he
suffered in a car accident September 30, 2010 on his way to a Bible
study.

Please be in prayer for the comfort and support for Olga, his wife,
his 3 children, Daniel, Samuel and Mihail and the Greater Grace church
of Kaliningrad, Russia.

You can see more photos of his family and church in Kaliningrad at their website: http://church-eng.fullblessing.ru/

Finnish Youth Camp at Antaverkka - Ylojarvi, Finland - July 2010 - Raamattu Puhuu

"I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed the pillar and where you vowed a vow to Me. Now arise, get out from this land and return to your native land." Gen 31.13 (Ampl.)

Jacob was at a point in his life where he tired and was worn down by the manipulation of Laban his father-in-law. The relationship with Laban he had was a relationship that he would benefit from and would be able to twist to his meet his needs. But as it always does eventually; it changed. Instead of Jacob getting what he wanted from Laban, he was slowly deceived and taken advantage of - to where his wages were changed 10 times and he became a slave to that very situation he thought would benefit him.

This is the way it goes with youth. So often they make a deal with the world with the promise that they can freely take and enjoy without price. But slowly like Jacob with Laban - they are robbed and taken advantage of till there's nothing left.

Jacob decides to leave and Laban pursues him. The world will always go after someone who decides to leave and follow the promise of God that speaks to them from an anointed pillar from an earlier meeting with God. But thank God he intervenes and meets Laban on the way and warns him. Jacob meets Laban - they part with the very God of the Promise as their border.

It's interesting to note that all through Genesis 31 that Jacob refers to God as the God of his father and ancestors. For Jacob, God was not yet a personal intimate God to him - but rather the God of his parents that he respected and feared.

But as always, God engages Jacob - God is not satisfied with a relationship that is impersonal with us. He will engage youth with a crisis to lead them to a rich communion and promise. Esau's coming to Jacob caused fear and distress for Jacob and we see Jacob pray for the first time in chapter 32. Still he addresses God in the prayer as God of his fathers. But that changes as he begins to wrestle with Jesus Christ Himself resulting in a personal relationship with the God of Abraham. Jacob's name is changed to Israel because now Jacob knows the Person of God. He begins his adventure of faith as a young man that has power with God.

So it is I think with us. Some of us grew up in this church and we too made a deal with Laban, the world, yet had a respectful relationship with the God of our parents. But that changes as we see the true colors of the world and we hear the promise of the God of our parents,"get out of this land with Laban and I will deal well with thee."

Mat Laflamme and I visited the Finnish summer camp at Antaverkka - Ylojarvi, Finland. Many of them told us that they sensed the presence of God in the meetings, worship and games and some of them got baptized at the end of the camp. At the end of the baptism we had a spontaneous time of worship and singing as you can see in this video here::

The slideshow of the camp is below. Enjoy. (Link is here:)

Responding to God's Initiations

Last night p. Schaller read this in a prayer time we had right after our Wednesday night church service regarding prayer:

"There were many blunt-edged, self-centered, subjective prayers hammering at Heaven's door clamoring for answers. But God was teaching us, and no school can compare with God's school of hard knocks. Mostly our prayers were stimu­lated by our fears and the desperate desire to escape from the hands of the communists. From our little corner on the periphery of things we were distracted by the tension of our circumstances and the pressures of duress, to say nothing of the accusations that were being cooked up against us by hate-filled men. Because of all this, our praying focused on our fears, our empty cupboard, and our uncertain future. And while this is the natural impulse, that does not make it the will of God for our praying.

"Our constant struggle was to pull God over to our corner of things until we learned that self-preoccupation in prayer leads to discouragement and depression and that the more our prayers turned inward on our circumstances, the more they became subject to the law of diminishing returns. We were like the disciples when they were caught in a terrible gale while Jesus lay asleep in the stern of their swamped boat. Their pre­occupation spilled over in their frenzied shouts, 'Master, carest Thou not that WE perish?' (emphasis mine). Their only thought was about their predicament and the Master's apparent uncon­cern. For us there came a day when our prayers changed. Worshiping together one morning, we came to see that the story of the storm and the sleeping Savior had a lesson for us on the availability of personal faith for the emergencies of life and that there was really no need to disturb the Lord with our troubles. So as we went to prayer we said, 'Sleep on Lord, for we are not going to waken You.'

"However, after a year or more of other strains, and realizing that nearly all the other missionaries were out of China, we lost our recklessness, and fear began to pile up again. In this pre­dicament God taught us to pray in the spirit of the prayer of the Son, '"I delight to do Thy will, O my God," and since You have placed us here in Communist China for some good and accept­able purpose of Yours, we joyfully abandon ourselves to stay on here as long as You need us here.' We found our strength, not in dreams of escape, but in complete surrender to whatever God wanted to do with us, realizing that God's claims are absolute and that we must accept them without bargaining. When God seems to come into our lives like a sword-blade, it is only that He might separate us from ourselves and draw us to Himself.

The thunder-clouds that we had dreaded so much were suddenly transformed into sweet blessing. Like John Bunyan, we almost wanted to pray for greater troubles because of the greater joy they brought in God's assurances. At last our praying had ceased to be an egocentric quest for personal deliverance from trouble and had become a Theocentric tryst that sought first and only, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.' We ceased trying to relate God to our problems because we wanted to relate ourselves totally to God's purposes, opportunities, and victory.'' (Used by Permission of Overseas Missionary Fellowship).


It's a joy to be back home in Baltimore for 10 days now already. In a few short weeks we go to Eurocon and then on to Ukraine. P. Morrison will visit L'viv and do a leadership conference for the Ukrainian pastors. Then we return to Kyiv. We covet your prayers...

in the Way...
P. Chris & Gosia