PRAYERWALKING:TAKING BACK OUR NATION ONE NEIGHBORHOOD AT A TIME

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ARE YOU FEELING HELPLESS ABOUT THE STATE OF OUR NATION AS WE APPROACH THE ELECTIONS?

If you answered yes, you’re not alone. According to a poll in May 2016 taken by the Associated Press and NORC Center for public Affairs Research, 55 percent of Americans say they feel “helpless”about the 2016 elections. Among voters younger than thirty the number increases to two-thirds.

I’m ashamed to admit it, but in the wake of all that has taken place in our nation in recent months, my prayers have waned. I was feeling pretty helpless myself as I approached God  in regards to topics such as moral decline, violence between police and black men, racism, religious tension, same-sex marriage, the candidates we have to choose from, and the list goes on (and on and on and on).

But God is so faithful, even when we are not. He spoke to me through His Word, reminding me that HE IS IN CONTROL.

He prayed, “O Lord, God of our ancestors, you alone are the God who is in heaven. You are ruler of all the kingdoms of the earth. You are powerful and mighty; no one can stand against you!” 2 Chronicles 20:6

God also reminded me that we are not helpless. God’s people are never helpless. We are victorious and we need to start acting like it. In case you haven’t noticed, or in case you have forgotten—WE ARE AT WAR. 

But we are not fighting alone nor are we fighting with mere human weapons.

“We are  human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.  We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

One of the mighty weapons the scripture above is referring to is PRAYER.

“The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” James 5:16

NEVER EVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF PRAYER!

Christian friends, we need to stop whining, stop feeling helpless and get to praying! Here’s a form of prayer that is empowering Christians across America: Prayerwalking.

PRAYERWALKING

All over the world, God is helping Christians to pray as they walk through the streets of their communities. The idea of prayerwalking through your community is to allow your prayers to extend beyond your own concerns, focusing on the needs of others, while opening yourself to see them with God’s eyes and heart.

Prayerwalking is simply taking our prayers to the very places we desire to see God’s presence manifested.

Another way to put is: Praying on sight with God’s insight.

Prayerwalks are taken by individuals, groups and even whole churches. They can be as short as one block or as long as many miles.

Although you won’t find the word ‘prayerwalk’ in the Bible, walking was a major mode of transportation in biblical times, and clearly, people must have walked and prayed at the same time. When God made a covenant with Abraham, He said to him:

“Look as far as you can see in every direction—north and south, east and west. I am giving all this land, as far as you can see, to you and your descendants as a permanent possession. And I will give you so many descendants that, like the dust of the earth, they cannot be counted! Go and walk through the land in every direction, for I am giving it to you.” Genesis 14:13-17 NLT (emphasis mine)

I remember the day my family first moved into our home. We had waited months for it to be built and now we were going to move in! My family stood on the front porch and prayed, thanking the Lord and dedicating the house for His use. With great excitement we walked through every room, opening closets and cupboards, examining every detail. We walked around the outside, front yard and back. At first, it seemed like a dream, but over time, we began to take possession of “our” house.

I believe this is why God had Abraham walk his property. God wanted Abraham to truly take possession of his land and exert his authority over it.

HOW PRAYERWALKING WILL HELP OUR NATION

Another important purpose for prayerwalking is to repossess land currently under the enemy’s control (John 14:302 Corinthians 4:4) and regain it for God’s kingdom. Remember there were other people living in the land when God told Abraham to walk through it. It would be hundreds of years before God’s Promised Land would be possessed by Abraham’s descendants. However, in the spirit realm, it belonged to Abraham the moment God gave it to him. It is the same for us, as Abraham’s descendants now.

The United States of America needs to be repossessed for God’s purposes!

The sin of Adam and Eve brought a curse on the earth, giving the devil legal grounds to exert authority over earthly realms. Jesus broke the power of the enemy by dying for our sins on the cross and leaves it to His church to enforce the power of what He did on the cross until He returns. While we wait, our job is to take back all the ground that Satan currently holds. Every place on this earth that does not have the full light of the truth of God’s glory and grace through Jesus, is there for us to claim and possess! Through prayerwalking, we can boldly claim God’s kingdom to come and His will to be done.

As Christians, we have a responsibility to pray for our leaders (1Timothy 2:1-3). The Bible tells us that government is appointed by God (Romans 13:1, Daniel 2:21).

If you’re like most Americans, you’re deeply concerned about the ramifications that will follow this monumental election in November—no matter who is appointed Commander and Chief.

We are not powerless! Prayer is a mighty weapon.

“The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” James 5:16

Because all government is appointed by God, we need leaders who fear God. We can take repossession of our nation only through the humility of prayer.

“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

 HOW TO PRAYERWALK FOR THE NOVEMBER ELECTIONS:

Intercessors for America (IFA) has taken away all of the guesswork. This trusted organization has been around since 1973. As stated on their website: “Intercessors of America informs, connects, and mobilizes intercessors to pray for our nation and our leaders. We desire to reach Christians in churches and communities nationwide with information and tools to unite them in effective prayer.”

I strongly urge you to check out the resources IFA has to offer below:

Intercessors for America https://www.getamericapraying.com/about

Prayer Guide for America https://www.getouttheprayer.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/2016-Presidential-Election-Voter-Prayer-Guide-9-21-16.pdf

Sign up to commit to pray for a mighty work of God as we approach November 2016 elections. https://www.getouttheprayer.com/#section1

Please get the word out about prayerwalking for our nation by talking to other believers as well as your church and Bible study leaders.

Preparation to Prayerwalk

  • Pray for God’s Spirit to search your heart—Psalm 139:24-25
  • Confess and forsake all known sin—1John 1:9
  • Pray in repentance and faith—Mark 1:15
  • Pray for discernment to pray strategically—Ephesians 1:8
  • Pray for opportunities to share the hope of Christ boldly—Colossians 4:2Acts 4:31
  • Sketch a map to focus on a selected street, business, homes etc.
  • Write out scriptures on note cards.
  • Keep track with a prayer journal where you are walking and scriptures being used.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

How to Prayerwalk

  • Ask God to remove barriers.
  • Invite the Spirit to accompany you.
  • Pray with a partner, group or alone.
  • Pray Bible verses aloud quietly (unless it will be drawing undue attention).
  • Watch for God to show you what He wants you to pray for.
  • Pray for present-hour needs as God reveals them.
  • Use short sentences, talking to God in a conversational manner.
  • Walk slowly.
  • Be prepared to explain what you’re doing to inquirers. “We’re praying for God’s blessing on our neighborhood. Is there anything you’d like us to pray for you?”
  • Be persistent. Repeat the same areas near your work, school, or home on a regular basis. You’ll see it deepens your awareness of God’s heart.

After Your Prayerwalk

  • Record in your prayer journal what took place on your prayerwalk and any answered prayers.
  • Thank and praise the Lord for what He is doing in your community/city.

Some Locations to Consider For a Prayerwalk

  • Your neighborhood or work
  • Government buildings
  • Churches or possible locations for new churches
  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Business areas
  • Sights of other religions, false religions, or cults

I have experienced great benefits and results from prayerwalking (and jogging). But I’d also like to mention, to believe that prayers offered in any setting, or while in any position, are somehow ‘more effective’ than those offered at another time or in another manner is NOT scriptural. Our heavenly Father, who is everywhere at all times, knows exactly what our needs are presently and will respond to them in His own perfect will and timing.
Let’s rejoice in the fact that He allows us to be part of His plans through our prayers!

What are your thoughts on prayerwalking?

Are you planning to prayerwalk for our nation?

Please respond in the comments below.

Here’s a quick video on Prayerwalking

Want to read more on prayerwalking? Suggested reading:

http://www.amazon.com/Prayer-Walking-Praying-Site-Insight/dp/0884192687

http://www.amazon.com/PrayerWalk-Becoming-Prayer-Strength-Discipline/dp/1578563763

 

 

 

DO YOU WANT TO KNOW A SECRET?

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Psst! Do You Want to Know a Secret?

I took a bite of the delicious looking chocolate cake I’d been admiring on the counter throughout the entire dinner. Then I took another. And another. This cake tasted even better than it looked! After I finished the last bite (licking the fork clean and dabbing the crumbs off the plate with my index finger), I casually asked my friend for the recipe.

“Oh, it’s a secret family recipe. Sorry.”

I nodded and smiled politely. But inside I was what you might call, irritated.

Seriously? Does she have the recipe card behind lock and key? I imagined my friend entering a silver vault with an armed guard.

Is it like Mr. Krab’s secret Krabby patty recipe that Plankton is forever devising a plan to steal? How ridiculous!

Finally, I decided that if she wouldn’t give me the recipe, then I’d try to figure it out on my own. How hard could it be? Flour, sugar, butter, and of course chocolate, had to be the main ingredients.

Guess what? I’ve never figured out that recipe! I’ve made a few very tasty chocolate cakes in the process, but nothing compares to the cake with the secret family recipe. So annoying!

chocolate-cake-1576487_1280Throughout my years of cooking, I’ve had two other similar experiences like the one with the chocolate cake, but with a twist. This time, I was actually given the recipe, but the end result didn’t taste like the original. One was my friend’s salsa recipe and the other was my grandma’s authentic meatballs. My grandma was born it Italy. Enough said.

When I told my friend that I followed her salsa recipe, but it didn’t taste quite as good as her’s, she offered to come over and make the salsa with me. I was delighted.

Now I would know the secret! (mu aaa ah!)

I’ll tell you the rest of that story in a little while. But for now. . . it’s a secret. I’m giggling at your response as I type this. Don’t you dare skim through this article in search of the secret salsa recipe. What I have to say next is more important. I mean it!

Human beings are a curious lot. We have an affinity for mystery, lost treasure, secret codes, and the like. If we are told that something is a secret, we naturally want to find out what “it” is.

The apostle Paul tells us in the first chapter of Colossians that God had given him the responsibility of serving the church by proclaiming God’s entire secret message.

This message was kept secret for centuries and generations past, but now it has been revealed to God’s people.” Colossians 1:26

Screeeech! Stop right there. Secret message? What is Paul referring to?

For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory.” Colossians 1:27 (emphasis mine)

I hope you caught the significance of this. For centuries this message had been a mystery—meaning the entire Old Testament until the birth of Christ which is about 4,000 years.

Paul goes on to say, “I want them to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself.  In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:1-3

Are you getting this? For 4,000 years God kept this message a secret. And now today we not only know the secret, but we have access to all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge!

The proverbial cat is out of the bag, people.

As Christians, you and I have the spirit of Christ Jesus living inside of us which also means we have hold of the secret treasures and wisdom of God!

We have been given the keys to the kingdom! (Matthew 16:17-19)

So why isn’t the church acting like it?

The message is no longer supposed to be a secret. Salvation through Christ is meant for everyone.

“But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?” Romans 10:14

I’ve been asking myself a tough question lately:

When was the last time you told someone about Christ?

I’m not talking about at Bible study or church. I mean someone who needs to hear the message of salvation.

And here’s another tough question:

Are you keeping Christ a secret?

Remember the secret chocolate cake recipe I was telling you about? Listen, my friends, Jesus is not like that. He isn’t a secret family (church) recipe. Nope. Nope. Nope.

He’s more like my friend who came over to show me how to follow her salsa recipe. I had the ingredients. I had the recipe. But I needed her to show me the technique/method. Jesus has given us His precious Holy Spirit to show us the technique. These are the “treasures of wisdom and knowledge” that Paul was writing about.

We are called to show others Christ’s love with our actions as well as our voices.

We are called to lead other’s to Him by our example. When I look at this world in all its depravity, it’s clear to me, that we aren’t sharing the secret (no longer supposed to be a secret).

We are called to lead other’s to Him by our example. When I look at this world in all its depravity, it’s clear to me, that we aren’t sharing the secret (no longer supposed to be a secret). Or at least we aren’t sharing it nearly enough.

At the church I attend, we often speak of the Greek word Oikos. No, I’m not talking about the yogurt. Oikos means extended family. A group of eight to fifteen people with whom you share life most closely, your sphere of greatest influence.

This simply means we all have a small group of people in which we have regular contact (and influence). I’m not talking about standing out on a street corner, handing out tracts, or going door to door. What I am saying is, we really don’t have a good excuse not to share Christ with people we see at work for eight hours a day, or the soccer parents, or the neighbors who live across the street.

It doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be a simple act like bringing up the neighbor’s trash cans. Or not letting your anger get the best of you when someone cuts you off on the freeway. People are watching us. And people need to see Christ’s love demonstrated in tangible ways. Then when we do speak up about our hope, they are much more likely to listen to what we have to say.

It’s all about relationships. Our relationship to God, our families, friends, and our Oikos.

I’m determined to share the secret recipe. I have the most spectacular news this world has ever heard and I’m going to share it.

How about you? Are you up for the challenge?

I’ll keep you posted on my progress here on Spotlight.  I hope to hear from some of you too. Please email me or comment below this blog post.

Oh yeah, I haven’t forgotten about the salsa recipe. You’ll find two yummy recipes below.
salsa-and-chocolate-cake-recipes

Enjoy and God bless!


Here’s a quick video clip where I demonstrate “the secret method” to making the salsa recipe. Thanks for watching.

This post is linked to:
http://www.create-with-joy.com/2016/09/inspire-me-monday-week-245.html

Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup: In Honor of September 11

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THE GREATEST ADVENTURE OF OUR LIVES

Scott and Me Mountain hike

The Greatest Adventure Of Our Lives

My husband, Scott and I recently took up hiking. We started on a whim last summer. With our kids now young adults, we were looking for something to do together that would also keep us in shape. Scott loves adventure, spontaneity, and sports. I love routine, planned adventure (if that’s even a thing!) and jogging.

Hiking has been a bridge to our gaps. That is until Scott attempts to venture off the trail. You see, I like the trail. The trail satisfies the “planner” in me. The trail feels safe. The trial has been traveled. My adventurous man loves to go where few have traveled. He likes to climb up rocks, and trees.

I holler at his back as he hoists himself higher and higher. “Scaling rocks is not part of the trail. I am not a billy goat!”

He laughs and keeps on climbing. He reaches the top of a jagged peak and hollers down to me.

“Babe, you’ve got to see this!”

I crane my neck. He looks the size of an ant way up there. I shake my head violently to make sure he sees. “No, I don’t!”

He begins to climb down. I take a few steps back. Then a few more. I know what’s next. He’s going to try and get me to climb those jagged rocks! Now I begin to pray. Maybe you’re laughing too, but this man of mine is well known for his many injuries throughout the years. I have a problem with cuts, bumps and bruises while trying to enjoy nature. As I pray, I hear God’s still small voice in my spirit (1 Kings 19: 11-13).

I’m a God of adventure.

What? Oh, Lord.  I like safe and comfortable. And I thought you are a God of peace. This is not peace. This is scary!

Daughter, My perfect love casts out fear. I want to make your life a glorious adventure in which we travel together. I know how ambivalent your heart is to all of this. You long for the adventure that an abandoned life to Me can be, and yet at the same time, change frightens you. You feel safe and comfortable when things are predictable. In this way, you feel you have things under control. You are addicted to comfort, and control. I want you to break free and discover the adventures I have for you! That is when you will truly have peace—when you trust Me to be in control.

The greatest adventure of our lives is knowing God intimately and abundantly. God dearly wants each person to discover how wide and long and high and deep His love is for us (Ephesians 3:17-18). That kind of love can be overwhelming and even frightening. It takes faith and trust. I believe this is why many people, even Christians, choose to limit their knowledge of God. The more we know Him, the more we risk the possibility of being taken from our comfort zones. And how very sad this is. We have settled for mediocrity because it feels comfortable. All the while, we still battle fear. God wants so much more for us!

I get the feeling God is going to teach me many more lessons as Scott and I traverse our trails (or lack of trails!). But for now, I will ponder today’s lesson and I hope you will too: God is a God of adventure. He wants to break us free from mediocrity.

Scott stands with his hand extended, looking down at me with a smile. I take a deep breath, wipe a tear from my eye and take hold of Scott’s hand as God takes hold of my heart. Goodbye, comfort zone!

It’s time for an adventure!


Is God whispering to you to give up your addiction to comfort and control that results in mediocrity?

 

This post is linked to:
http://www.foreverjoyful.net/?p=1165
http://www.create-with-joy.com/2016/06/inspire-me-monday-week-234.html
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