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11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,
I Corinthians 12:28
28 And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.
God oversees, Fathers the church, or you could say He is the "steersman leader" through the apostles
. The Greek word used to describe the apostolic is "Kybernesis", a term borrowed from seafaring and used to designate the steersman or pilot that holds the ship on course.
23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments and made four parts, to each soldier a part, and also the tunic. Now the tunic was without seam, woven from the top in one piece.
11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.
12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself.
13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.
15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
If God's people choose to submit to this covering and truly desire the Robe to be wrapped around them
, then those operating in this authority must be made aware of the situations that need covering to be able to pray the covering over them
. Church leadership does pray and cover the people in general, but not specifically, unless informed. The enemy can see this covering
and does not touch it. So, any place you feel the need for the warmth and protection of the Robe, if a wife, look to the husband
, as the family of God, look to those appointed among you as leaders
. Now that we have our armor on
, and we are properly covered, let us learn to pray!
Let me ask, what is prayer? Since prayer is one of the greatest ministries
you will ever be called to perform as it is working in partnership with God's Spirit, you should want to learn how to pray effectively
. As we have learned, we cannot accomplish anything without God
, but we can do all things through Him. To begin a prayer session we must, number one, always ask God's forgiveness
for anything we have done wrong. We don't want to put our armor on before we are cleaned up
through the blood of the Lamb. We must secondly forgive all that have offended us, that our prayers be heard. Thirdly, thank Him for all He's done
! Thank Him for all you are, and what you have. Remember, we enter into His courts with thanksgiving
and His gates with praise. Begin now to praise and worship Him
. He actually dwells in the praises of His people
. Praise till you sense His presence. There is no sense in praying without the Holy Spirit
. Jesus said, He is the vine, we are but branches, and without Him we can do nothing. John 15:5-7.
Did you ever wonder or give thought as to why God even wants you to pray
? He knows all things, so why must you tell Him? Have you ever questioned, why is it that only those that ask will receive, and only those who seek that can find
, and only those who knock that will enter in? Why does God say "You have not because you ask not"? Prayer is definitely a great puzzle, but here is a simplified answer. It is the alignment of your thoughts
with God's will
. This way prayer on earth voices God's will
to the heavens for the angels to perform.
20 Bless the Lord, you His angels, who excel in strength, who do His word, Heeding the voice of His word.
Let us read Matthew 18:18.
18 Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
In this scripture we clearly see the relationship between our prayer and God's backing. God in heaven will bind and loose
what His children on earth have bound and loosed
. God certainly knows what needs to be bound, however, He chooses to allow His people to bind from earth first, then He will bind in heaven. He even backs the advice and counsel of His leadership
. When they minister from truth He performs it. Think of it. Heaven's actions have been governed by actions on earth! Isaiah 44:26 says:
26 Who confirms the word of His servant, and performs the counsel of His messengers; who says to Jerusalem, 'You shall be inhabited,' to the cities of Judah, 'You shall be built,' and I will raise up her waste places;
God will never act on your behalf against His will however, and He voices His will, concerning the situation you are praying about, through scripture
. You must study the scripture so you are familiar with what He wants done, and through prayer, you agree with His will
and He performs it. He asks you to agree with Him, thus making His will yours. If you do not search the scriptures for God's will concerning the situation, and you pray from your own intellect, Satan recognizes this and comes in quickly. This is knowledge from the tree of good and evil
. Remember, intellect is the result of the brain receiving direction from the soul
. It was experienced for the first time in the garden when Adam and Eve fell
. While still perfect, they were directed by their spirit which was connected to the mind of Christ
. God's warriors must learn to lay down their own thoughts, and submit to God's will
. They need to search out truth
from the Word, operate in this truth, and be sure to give God the proper glory
, because it is God not their prayer that actually makes the request happen. As a prayer warrior learn to work through your spirit that has once again been connected to God
since your rebirth. You too can now hear directly from the mind of Christ as in the beginning. What you hear from God will always be in line with scripture, but perhaps be made personal for your situation. If we could all grasp this, the Kingdom would be established
much sooner, Satan and his forces would be chained much earlier for the thousand years, and the church would pass over from time to eternity
much quicker. Due to the fact that so many are self-centered
however, God's family for the most part is into praying their own personal affairs, and are failing to work together with God in prayer concerning the big picture
. Therefore, lawlessness goes unprayed for and remains unbound in the body
, lust and perversion are not loosed, addiction keeps an upper hand, and God's children are defeated
. The self-centered just never mature enough
to really pray for each other and unfortunately the church as a whole goes nowhere
In next week's blast we will learn to pray as the body of Christ.