The Hardest Prayer and more.

“The Hardest Prayer” from Steve Ares.

Strange, that in prayer we often ask for a change in circumstances rather than in our character. But we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. (Romans 5:3-4) One of the hardest prayers to pray is, “God, don’t release me from this trial until I’ve become what You want me to be.” Our natural desire is to ask God to deliver us from our tests and trials NOW! But there is always a greater work and plan that God has for our lives.

Often we find it’s easy to pray and be faithful to God when troubles come our way, but why is it, that when the pressure is off, we go back to our old ways? Sometimes we’re like a rubber ball, that when it’s squeezed and then released, it goes back to its original shape. We need to be like clay, that when it’s squeezed and then released, it retains its new shape. Likewise, when our trial is over, we’ll retain the new shape of our walk with God and remain stronger and with greater faith to accomplish greater things in God.

God cares more about your character than He does your comfort, because suffering produces the ability to persevere, and perseverance builds your character, which produces hope and hope will give you the strength to overcome your problems, because you will know and believe that God is faithful. As the song says, “If I never had a problem, I wouldn’t know that God could solve them, I’d never know what faith in God could do.” Remember: Your problem is leading to your promise!

Steve Ares
Bellflower, California
( World Network of Prayer wnopadmins@upci.org )


“A Revival of Prayer” from Esther Hunt.

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (II Chronicles 7:14).

What will happen if one individual or one small congregation had a hunger for revival with a great harvest of souls and a hunger to see God do the miraculous? What would happen if God’s people tarried and prayed like they did in the Book of Acts where they stayed on their faces before God until the breakthrough came? In Acts 1 and 2 they “all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication. They were all with one accord in one place.” What a prayer meeting! What a revival!

The Azusa Street Revival began with a deep desire for revival. With the hunger for more of God, a lengthy prayer meeting began. What a prayer meeting it was and what a revival they had! God desires to send a mighty revival. “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray . . .” and pray . . . and pray . . . “Unity” mixed with “The Word of God” mixed with “Prayer” is the key to the Great End-time Revival!

Pray that God will send a holy hunger to communicate with Him more than ever before.
Pray that God will place a deep desire in the hearts of His Children to draw nearer to Him through the power of prayer and the reading of His Word.
Pray that each church and home has an atmosphere and spirit of prayer.
Pray that God’s people have a deep desire for the things of God.
Pray in prayer, believing God will send a mighty revival.
Pray the Word of God.
Pray that the “Glory of God” resides continually in the Church of the “Most High God.”
Pray that God’s people cherishes to communicate to the “keeper of our soul” and the “love of our lives” through the power of prayer.

“. . . The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16).

Esther Hunt
WNOP Texas Regional Prayer Coordinator
District Prayer Coordinator
South Central Texas District
( World Network of Prayer wnopadmins@upci.org )


“To a Remnant of Romans 8:14 Christians”

Are you a Romans 8:14 Christian? “For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God” (Romans 8:13-14).

Joshua and Caleb are described in scripture as men who had a different spirit. They were two of the twelve spies sent into the Promise Land to determine if it could be taken, as God had promised it to them. The other ten men gave a bad report that instilled fear in the people, which ultimately caused a rebellion. This resulted in an entire generation dying in the desert. Joshua and Caleb were the only two who were led by the Spirit of God, versus the spirit of fear. They were the only ones to enter the Promise Land from their generation.

Are you a person led by the Spirit? The verse above tells us that those who are led by the Spirit are sons of God. “But because My servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows Me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it” (Numbers 14:24). Caleb was a Romans 8:14 man! The Spirit led him. He was not led by fear.

Many of us have failed to enter into our own Promise Land because we have failed to be led by the Spirit rather than by fear. Fear prevents us from entering into what God has promised for each of us. God has reserved an inheritance for us that is exceedingly good. God described the Promise Land as a land of milk and honey. Our own Promise Land is the same. But you must be led by the Spirit to enter in. You cannot be led by fear, reason and analysis, or even skill. The Spirit must lead you.

The darkness of the COVID-19 pandemic has led many Christians onto a path of fear and doubt. A path so full of darkness it seems no light is available. We too, like Joshua and Caleb, must stand with faith believing we can find the light in this new land of harvest. It will require some battles.

We need to stop running from the fight. It’s in the fight that we will embrace the land (harvest). If the people would have embraced the battle in God’s timing, then and there they would have experienced the true light or favor of God…a complete victory for their God-given Promise Land. But fear blocked them in their darkness.

Amazingly, somehow some of the people found the strength to take on the battle for this same Promise Land like Joshua and Caleb suggested. The problem with this choice is that they missed the season or the timing of God’s light on their dark pathway concerning a victory for the land.

If Joshua and Caleb were here today, they would tell the Romans 8:14 Christians, “Battle through this ‘Giant evil darkness’ of COVID-19, and don’t miss the timing of God’s endtime harvest for all His People. If America misses her endtime harvest, so goes the harvest around the world!”

The second approach by this same group of Hebrew people for the Promise Land…well it was being led through the carnal choices of ‘man and flesh,’ missing God’s timing completely. And for many carnal Hebrew people, this choice cost them their lives.

To all Romans 8:14 Christians, “When God shows you a light at the end of this dark pathway of COVID-19, run to it without hesitation. It’s this same light which orchestrates your endtime harvest. If you will focus on the light, as a Christian you will miss these direct attacks from the mouth of the dragon! Fake news is telling Christian America today, you have lost your harvest land and your freedom. It was the fake news of the ten spies, which cost the Hebrew people their Promise Land.”

Whose report are you going to believe in today’s Christian America? If you will lift up your heads and look, a light has appeared in this very dark season over this nation. Run to it! Commit yourself to being a Romans 8:14 man or woman. Then you will enter into the land God has promised for you. Be blessed.

Rev. Donald Dobson
UPCI Minister
(From: World Network of Prayer wnopadmins@upci.org )

 


” OVERCOMING THE SPIRIT OF FEAR! “

The spirit of fear comes with this pandemic endtime. I am discovering it hides in ways I do not realize is even there until I am spending time in God’s presence and Word worship.

The Lord said to me, “To search fear out to exterminate it with My love just like a Jew does when he looks for leaven in his house. It must be pursued and stalked and hunted down by love and the power of grace.”

The spirit of fear can intrinsically manipulate major decision-making in our lives if we do not have the discerning power of Jesus Christ. If we feed intellectual fear, we are empowering the spirit of fear to influence kingdom-minded decisions.

The secure, unchanging power of God’s love and repentance and obedience to Him helps to defeat the spirit of fear.

PRAY:

that we choose to yield our will and faith to the conquering power of God’s love through prayer and the declaration and obedience of His Word.
that we repent of fear’s control over our willpower.
that by the help and grace of God, we overcome the spirit of fear and do not allow it to rule in our daily lives.

“Since, therefore, [these His] children share in flesh and blood [in the physical nature of human beings], He [Himself] in a similar manner partook of the same [nature], that by [going through] death He might bring to nought and make of no effect, him who had the power of death-that is, the devil-And also that He might deliver and completely set free all those who through the [haunting] fear of death were held in bondage throughout the whole course of their lives” (Hebrews 2:14-15 AMPC).

Pastor Don Rogers
The Pentecostals of Wisconsin
Wisconsin District Prayer Coordinator
WNOP North Central Regional Prayer Coordinator
(From: World Network of Prayer wnopadmins@upci.org )


“A CONCERN FOR OTHERS” from Thetus Tenney.
“Doctor’s Orders”

It was a day like most days. A long list of things to do pushed me hard and fast. I shuffled priorities and still there were things left undone.

The plane was half an hour late, so I had time for a quick bite to eat. Sitting in the small airport restaurant alone, my ears, as well as my eyes, became people conscious. The phone rang behind the counter. Just a shade of relief gradually spread over the worried face of the waitress. A slightly encouraging report from the hospital said there would be no surgery, at least not now.

Later that day, I was standing at one of a long line of telephones in the terminal. I was not eavesdropping, just “ear conscious” of people around me. The lady next to me was desperately trying to encourage someone who seemed near a nervous breakdown. On the other side, a young man stood talking, pleading. It was very evident that there had already been a breakdown of communication in his family. A middle-aged lady passed by; her drooping face and staring eyes spoke of troubled sadness.

I recall a brief encounter with a frightened young woman in the terminal who was traveling to visit a severely handicapped and mentally impaired child in an institution. I offered my help. Politely, she said, “No.” I offered a prayer. Eagerly, she said, “Please do.”

A sampling of strangers; many of them so sad. The anxiety of all the “things” left undone had been replaced with a “people concern.” I thanked Him for stopping me and sending me off alone. Forced quiet and ‘un-busyness’ let me hear again with my heart. I felt one with Him as we saw the people and were moved with compassion.

The world is hurting. I cannot heal it, but my presence, my touch, my smile, a word, or a prayer can be a small application of the balm of Gilead. I am not the Great Physician, but I can be a sensitive nurse and follow the Doctor’s orders.

“As ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matthew 25:40).

What are you doing to touch your world today?

Thetus Tenney
The Pentecostals of Alexandria
Alexandria, Louisiana
( From: World Network of Prayer wnopadmins@upci.org )


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