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Twelve Keys to Powerful #Prayer

29 Jun #Prayer Church Universal

12 Keys to a More Powerful Prayer Life

By Rick Warren
#Prayer Church Universal

1.  The principle of ILLUMINATION.

Luke 3:21-22 says, “When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too.  And as He was praying, heaven opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove.  And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are My Son whom I love.  With You I am well pleased.”  The setting here was Jesus’ baptism and this is the first recorded example of Jesus’ praying and we see in the book of Luke three results of His praying.

  • Heaven opened up.
  • The Holy Spirit came down.
  • The Father spoke.

These are three results when we make contact with God in our prayers. Symbolically, heaven opens up and we receive God’s blessing. The Holy Spirit fills our lives afresh. And the Father speaks to us. If you’d like to know the Spirit’s power in your life, if you’d like God to speak to you, you must practice the prayer life of Jesus.

2.  The principle of ISOLATION.

Luke 5:16 says, “Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” “Often” means it was His habit. He did it in places where He was all by Himself. I believe this is absolutely essential. We need to spend time alone with God everyday. Jesus returned again and again to a lonely place. Find that place where you can get alone with God, where you can be isolated and pray aloud and let God speak to you.

3.  The principle of CONCENTRATION.

Luke 6:12 says, “In those days Jesus went out on the mountainside to pray and He spent the night praying to God.” Notice it says, “He spent the night…” Some of the greatest lessons of my prayer life have been nights that I have spent in prayer. My decision to marry my wife was made in a prayer meeting all night with one other person. Sometimes when I pray it takes just a few minutes for me to get my thoughts collected. Sometimes it takes a long time for me to even get in the mood. I’ve found that it’s important to spend extended blocks of time with God so that you can concentrate on what He wants you to do and His will for your life.

4.  The principle of INSULATION.

The Bible says, “Once when Jesus was praying in private, the disciples were with Him.” Notice that the disciples were with him but He still found time for personal prayer. This is an important principle because there’s not always time to get alone by yourself. There are times when you can’t be isolated. I think of this as kind of an incubator verse. Babies can be in the middle of a busy hospital but they can be incubated in a situation that protects them from the hustle and bustle around them. Sometimes I find as a pastor I just can’t get alone, but I can have an attitude of isolation or insulation and I can be silent even in the middle of a traffic jam. My prayer can overcome the interruptions when I put myself in an attitude of insulation.

5.  The principle of TRANSFORMATION.

We find this in Luke 9:28-29. “He took Peter, John and James with Him and went up on a mountain to prayer. As He was praying the appearance of His face changed and His clothes became as bright as a flash of lightening.” Prayer changes you. Do you think it’s possible to spend so much time with God that when you come away your face shows it?

2 Corinthians 3:18 says, “We all with unveiled faces behold the glory of the Lord.” As we look on Him “We are transformed from one degree to another.” The word in that passage is the word  katoptrizo. It’s the only time that word is used in the entire Bible. It means, ”to seriously look at, to contemplate, to meditate, to gaze on like somebody gazing in a mirror.” As we gaze on the word, as we reflect on the word, like a mirror reflects, we become more and more like Christ. And we’re transformed.

6.  The principle of EXEMPLIFICATION.

Luke 11:1 says, “One day Jesus was praying in a certain place and when He finished one of His disciples said to Him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.’” Notice it does not say, “Teach us how to pray,” which is often misquoted. It says “Teach us to pray.” I would suggest that this is a dangerous prayer to pray. We should not pray this request unless we really mean it, because God will often use trials and hardships and difficulties to teach us to pray.

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CHURCH – We Can Not Waste Another Year!

27 Nov

CHURCH – You Can Not Waste Another Year!

During the transition of the Christmas Holiday and New Year 2011-2012, I experienced what to me was the most severe of personal emotional and spiritual attack of my saved life. I was already experiencing the consequences of Diligent Obedience to doing whatever The Lord told me to do, whenever He told me to do it. In the transition of 2010-2011 the Lord instructed me concerning the ministry that people needed to be held accountable to whatever office they held and whatever commitments they had made to God during their walk with Christ. Of course the more I held people accountable the more I discovered who people holding key positions really were and where they really were with their God. Many of them as Christians do, aggressively and violently fought the “challenge” to change to the point of conspired attacks on what they thought they knew and even full and abrupt abandonment from their posts and responsibilities to God. As the Holiday Season approached at the end of 2011, I was already in the middle of a Paradigm Shift in the ministry at large. I was already tired and weary from one spiritual fight after another. So as usual the enemy struck a blow in the middle of the Holiday Season while I was yet weary from the battle and praying for some peace.

In January 2012 I received another transitional prophecy through the Word of God, which I took to heart and embraced aggressively. I shared it with one or two people in my inner circle, and spoke of it publically on my travels. It caused me to become even more intense in my obedience to the spontaneity of the Holy Spirit at all costs. Immediately it began to cost yet even more chaos while The Lord was instructing me to declare 2012 A Year of ORDER and RESURRECTION of Spiritual Authority in God’s House internationally. As with all prophecies from God, it usually gets worse or devastating before it gets better and manifests.

I had no idea how many people who had been around me for years and said they knew who I was in God, really had no clue who and who’s I was, and how severely they had misdiagnosed my motives, agenda, intentions, or desires spiritually and naturally. When this message was ministered to me it so resonated in my spirit that although it was originally spoken to others in the transition of 2005-2006, The Lord delayed my hearing it until the transition 2011-2012. When I made up my mind to no longer negotiate with people who opposed themselves and the cause of Christ warfare went off the chain on all fronts, I expected a battle, however nothing like what I encountered. However what the flesh of men and women did not know and underestimated was that God created me for The Fight, I was born for adversity and groomed in counter terrorist guerrilla warfare since birth. I made up my mind at the beginning of this year of 2012 that as the message prophesied, “We Can Not Waste Another Year” and at the end of this year 2012, “I Am Coming Out Head First!”I must warn you, many people around you will not like or accept your decision to “Answer Destiny’s Call”, some people called me crazy, others said he is tripping, others said he is finished, because I did whatever He told me and it shook up their comfort zones, and they could no longer predict what was next and how to sabotage it, I thank God for my obedience, as so much was revealed to me in the process. Let them think what they want to think, but those that will change and obey are coming out “Head First.”  I pray this message blesses you the way it blessed me, and as we transition out of 2012 The Year of God’s ORDER and RESURRECTION of Spiritual Authority, that you will as I have take the necessary measures, as we transition into 2013, and BE TRANSFORMED by the Renewing of Your Mind, as we Together as a Body of believers “ANSWER DESTINY’S CALL” and “Manifest The Mysteries” of God and the True Authentic ANCIENT FAITH in JESUS CHRIST and His KINGDOM Gospel, to a modern chaotic world.

The Lord has spoken it, and I am entrenched, and grounded in the foundational IMMUTABILTY of the Power of HIS WORD and His promise, that afterwards you are going to come out with great substance! NO LIMITS!

Thank you Bishop TD Jakes www.TDJAKES.org  for a powerful message that revolutionized my mentality in the middle of a crisis…++Joshua Paul

 

Archbishop Timothy Paul – Patriarch

27 Nov

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CHURCH – “Lord I Wonder Why?” – ++Joshua Paul

27 Nov

Lord I Wonder Why?…In this year of reestablishing ORDER, in ministry, business, and personal lives, there have been many revelations, heartbreaks, disappointments, betrayals, and assassination attempts. The experience did however help me to better understand a question I have had for some time. My question was “Lord I Wonder Why?” so many Christians are bipolar and schizophrenic symptomatically in their presentations on Facebook and other social media venues. One minute they are up, the next down, happy then sad, loving then mad, friends then enemies, praising each other and then cursing each other. I came to realize in a more excellent way the truth in “Hurting People, Hurt People”. Therefore when we as Christians hurt or have needed comforting and love, there has been a shortage of authentic love and sensitivity in the Body of Christ for each other’s plight. So left alone in pain and isolation, the best of Christian Warriors can slip off into their own private internalized psychosis, and spiral down into an abyss of depression or silent spiritually suicidal frustration, and no one in their environment including the ones they love the most pick up on the symptoms. So the only place for the isolated hurting saint to cry out in the natural is behind the false sense of security, of the protective wall of social media.

However it is a crisis of epidemic proportion in Christendom, and we MUST URGENTLY do something to restore authentic Love, and concern for each other back to the place of highest priority in the ranks of the church. I thank God for this year’s experiences, as it taught me now more than ever to TRUST in the IMMUTABLE characteristics of God’s Love towards US. His Love for US is “A SURE THING”, and He has promised and solidified our VICTORY! In a time where everyone is trying to declare who is saved or not, who is right or not, who is authentically in office or not, it is good to know that you have the Holy Spirit Inside of You, and even if the people you look to for support and love don’t seem to know who you are in Christ, you should give God the highest praise for

2 Timothy 2:19 

19Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, THE LORD KNOWETH them that are his!

So early this morning,  I just want to thank Godforsaving my soul, and rescuing me from the hands of my enemies. HE KNOWS ME, what a testimony in the face of adversity. Have no fear, there is no bipolar or schizophrenia here, I dance in the presence of mine enemies, and laugh at the faces of our adversaries for the victories we have already won this year. I give him even higher praise for the coming year of obtaining, and manifesting DESTINY’S Promises! Sorry haters, our testimony has not changed, WE will continue, to “FIGHT and WIN, In the name of JESUS, OUR KING!…The CHURCH is in the process of a comeback…EXPECT US!!! Now give your God some real Praise and have a better day!…Kingdom Blessings…++Joshua Paul

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Bishop Charles Mason – COGIC Praying

26 Nov

Bishop Charles Mason of the Glorius Church Of God In Christ praying. Bishop Mason was a pioneer of the African American Pentecostal renewal initiated at Asuza.

CHURCH – “His Truth Is Marching On!”

26 Nov

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Metropolitan Washington DC

“The Church Without Walls” – Bringing The Ancient Faith To A Modern World     The Promised Land Ministries the “Christian Church UNITED”

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