Saturday, September 29, 2012

September 29, 2012 - Send Your Words!

Prayer focus for September 29-October 5, 2012

God we pray for all of Your people in Waterford.  We pray that we connect with You.  That we learn to receive all we need to receive from You.  If we can't connect with You, how can we lead others to You?  Show us how to receive more of You!

In 1 Timothy 1:18, Paul tells Timothy that the prophecies which were given about Timothy could help him to wage a good warfare.  When God gives us prophetic words, we can take those words as promises, as prayer guides, as guidance, as encouragement, to fight the good fight of faith and bring God's will to pass!

God, give us Your Words.  Speak prophetic words to us that we can respond to. That we can be obedient to.  That we can wage a good warfare by!

Let us see revival in the streets, in the businesses, the homes, the schools, the churches and even the government!  Put things in motion for Waterford to become what You had in mind when You created this land.  Let it and us reflect Your beauty and bring honor to You. 

Let the restaurants be places of gathering in Your name.  Let them serve healthy food and becomes places of both physical and spiritual nourishment.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

September 22, 2012 - Supernatural Revelation of Truth

Prayer focus for September 22-28th, 2012

Prayer concerning the upcoming elections:  Let the clouds of confusion, deceptions and distractions surrounding the upcoming elections dissipate and blow away.  Let the people have clear vision and see the truth.  Let them have supernatural insight, wisdom and discernment.  Even God, if you have to give dreams to reveal the true motives and intentions then do it!  Let there be no manipulation or deception.  Let the motives of the candidates and issues become clear.  That we just don't see the media face.  Let the people know the truth of what they're voting for.

And as people see what they are in agreement with, let them search their heart.  "Is this what I really believe?  Is this what I've come to?"  And as people are bothered by what's in their heart, let them fall on their face and repent and turn to the ways of the Kingdom of God.  Let their be a Great Awakening as people see the truth.

Those people who will vote according to the ways of Your kingdom, let them have smooth paths to the voting booths.  Let them be protected from all the things that would prevent them from voting.  Let those who would vote contrary to Your kingdom have stumblingblocks to prevent them from voting.  In Numbers 22 we read that Balaam was going to go curse God's people and God put the Angel of the Lord in his way so his donkey would not continue on the path.  God, block the way of those whose actions and words would bring a curse on this land and on Your people.  When Balaam finally did speak, he ended up blessing Israel and not cursing them like Balak wanted him to do.  God, those people who continue to pursue paths that will curse this land and your people, let them end up bringing blessing in the end.  Let them have a Great Awakening and turn their hearts towards you!

Your kingdom come, your will be done, in earth as it is in heaven. The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord.  Rev. 11:15

Let us look to You and honor You and walk in the ways of Your Spirit...The fruit of Your Spirit, which gives us the authority to advance Your kingdom in the earth.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Special Nugget--the gall of bitterness

I woke up today thinking of this Scripture and recent revelation from the Lord and I felt it wasn't just for me today so here it is...

In Acts 8 we read of Simon the sorcerer from Samaria.  He had dazzled the people with his sorcery and then he, and the people of the city, heard the Gospel and became believers in Jesus Christ.  Simon himself was amazed at the miracles and signs that Philip did.  Then Peter and John came and prayed for the people to receive the Holy Spirit. 

Now Simon saw that the people received the Holy Spirit when they laid their hands on them and he offered them money asking them to give him the power to do the same thing.  Peter rebuked him for thinking that the gift of God could be purchased with money.  He told him his heart was not right in the sight of God.  He told him to repent and ask God to forgive him.

Now this is the part that I was reminded of today--Peter said in verse 23, "For I perceive that you are in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity."  No longer could Simon dazzle the people with sorcery and he wanted the Holy Spirit.  But his heart motives hadn't really changed.  Peter could see that he was bitter.   Bitterness opens the door for a counterfeit spirit that may appear to be genuine, but really isn't.  If we want God to move among us in a genuine true way, the true, authentic, Holy Spirit and not just religious works or impressive signs that will dazzle people, then we need to be sure and remove all bitterness, resentments, criticisms, judgements, jealousies etc. from our heart.

The power of the Holy Spirit is motivated by the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Hebrews 12:15 tells us to watch diligently to see that no root of bitterness springs up and contaminates us. If you are in a position where people have given you opportunity to become bitter against them, or maybe against circumstances, then you have an amazing opportunity to pull out that root of bitterness that would try and spring up and get rid of it!  As Rick Joyner says, don't waste your trials!  When the opportunity to be resentful or critical is there, pull that thing out!  As you overcome you open the door for the genuine Spirit of God to move on in! 

In Luke 11:11-13 Jesus says that if we ask our Father for bread, fish or an egg, He will not give us a stone, a serpent or a scorpion.  He will give the Holy Spirit to those who ask.  He will not give us a counterfeit! 

So whether you are frustrated at people, annoyed, angry, resentful, or whatever it may be, it's not worth sacrificing the presence of the Spirit to hang on to those things.  And rather then letting it annoy you, look at it as an opportunity to overcome, when you do the heaven's can be opened above you!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Semptember 14, 2012 - Seek His Face

Prayer focus for September 14-21, 2012

In Matthew 6:33 Jesus said for us to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and everything else would be taken care of.  My prayer for Waterford is that the people seek God above everything else.  That they are not seeking after or pursuing things--possessions, money, prestige, or any of God's blessings--but God Himself.  And His righteousness, which means Jesus Christ.  I pray that people seek to come to a place of right-standing with God through the Way He has provided, which is faith in Jesus Christ.

Psalms 24 describes a generation of those who seek Him, who seek His face.  And Psalms 27:4, 8 also describes seeking the Lord. 

This a call to prayer for the intercessors and worshippers of Waterford Township and beyond.  It's a call to pursue Him above all else and to prepare the way for others.  Let's answer the call and pray for the heavens to be opened, the goodness of God to be revealed, and for the hearts of the people to turn to Him!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

September 8, 2012 - A living well of water

Prayer focus for September 8-September 14, 2012

Jesus said that whoever drinks of the water the He gives shall never be thirsty again.  But the water that He gives shall become a "spring of water welling up (flowing, bubbling) [continually] within him unto...eternal life." John 4:14 The Amplified Bible.  He also said that whoever believes in Him then out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water, meaning the Holy Spirit. John 7:38-39.

What makes a place a well is the genuine Spirit of God.  The water of life that Jesus gives brings eternal life to the believer and the Holy Spirit the believer receives from the Lord is like rivers of living water flowing from within them.  Becoming a well from where living water flows doesn't mean being a place of religion, or good works.  It's not a place where people are exalted and look good or impress others, but it's a place of true worship of the Living God.  It's a place where all glory goes to Him.  Jesus said the Holy Spirit does not speak of Himself, He speaks from the heart of the Father and glorifies Jesus. John 16:13-14

Let Waterford become a well of living water!  Let it be a place where the true Spirit of the Living God moves.  Let Him move upon the face of the waters of Waterford Township.  We don't want a counterfeit, we want the Spirit of Truth!  Jesus said to ask, seek and knock.  He said if a son asks the Father for bread or fish or an egg, He will not give a stone, a serpent or a scorpion.  The Father will give the Holy Spirit to His children who ask.  He will not give us a counterfeit!  Luke 11:9-13 

It's time to worship the Lord and declare His goodness!  In the places of drawing water, they shall rehearse the righteous acts of the Lord.  Judges 5:11.  Let's rehearse His righteous acts.  Let's glorify Him in all we do!  When going through tough times, make it a well.  Make it a place of springs.  Make it a place of worshipping the Lord in Spirit and in Truth.  Psalms 84:6, John 4:24. 

I pray God's people are stirred in their hearts to worship God no matter what is going on in their life.  Let the petty things go.  Let the bitterness, resentments, envy and criticisms go.  Bitterness opens the door for a counterfeit spirit of God.  It clogs the well because it's not of Love.  Acts 8:9-23. 

Send your rain, O God, to replenish our wells!