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Topic: Outgoing (05/05/11)
TITLE: OUTGOING PRAYERS
By Jean Beier
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I begin my prayer time kneeling at the altar and saying,
“Father God, I come to You in Jesus’ name.
I love You.
You are my strength when I am weak and
my hope when I have doubt.
You are my partner in life.”
As I continue praying I hear another warrior praying out loud as she walks behind where I am kneeling. She is prayer walking around the sanctuary. I hear her as she presents prayer request to God in behalf of a family member. As this is corporal prayer I silently pray in agreement with the walking prayer warrior.
“For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them” NKJV
Feeling I have come into the Presence of the Lord I move to a pew to finish praying while sitting. I make confession for myself and ask for forgiveness. I present sins of people of the world and ask forgiveness for all of us. Then I ask God’s blessing upon us.
My eyes capture sight of the Pastor. He stands beneath the flags of the nations that have missionaries stationed in them and receive financial support from the church. Knowing that more than money is needed, the Pastor fervently prays for each country and the missionaries. He soaks the missionaries’ families with prayer covering for safety, good health, and receptive listeners to the Gospel. Most of all he prays for the lost to have open minds and softened hearts.
I see the Pastor move towards the altar where he lies face down on the carpet. His opened Bible rests on the altar ready for when the Holy Spirit guides him to a Word.
At this moment he is not moaning, but I have often heard the anguish in his voice and/or the speaking in another language. It is at those times that I know the Pastor is hurting along with God for a situation or person.
The hour is winding down so I have decided to just sit quietly, listen, and wait. Sometimes I receive just some moments of complete peace. Other times like now, I hear in my spirit and am led to a scripture. My Bible lies next to me, so I retrieve it and turn to II Chronicles 7: 14, 15. “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive in this place.” NKJV
The prayer warriors are beginning to one by one leave for home. I have just moments to take in the scripture and apply it to my life. In the scripture I hear instructions on how to be an intercessor. I hear that in all types of sins, poverty, destructions, economic problems, divorce, crime, addictions, wars, and all issues beyond our control, can only be solved through our submission to the Lord. If we will do as the scripture states, then God will hear and forgive us. He will bring healing to us and to the land. And with intercession establish in the church, He will hear the outgoing of the prayers of the church, to His Heavenly Throne.
I step out the church door to a cool dark starry night. There is peace in my soul.
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