Thursday, June 5, 2008

INTERCESSION IN THE NOW II!

Hey bloggers,

Thanks for your response to the article about intercession. It seems to me that every time I talk about prayer here on the blog, I get a lot of really exceptional feedback on the subject, and I’m very glad that BLOGINTHENOW, while being decidedly unconventional in its approach to theological and spiritual matters, is consistently so prayer-friendly. Today’s entry from AYITN is about EXPECTANCY, which is certainly an important aspect of prayer, and in light of that, I want to encourage all who are a part of this blog community to maintain an attitude of expectancy today that keeps faith and vision at a high level. Keep looking forward, regardless of any recently experienced disappointments, and believe in the probable occurrence or appearance of something good coming in to your world today, because something good is due for you. Here's some more about prayer...

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Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
praise him, all creatures here below;
praise him above, ye heavenly host:
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Thomas Ken - 1674

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Father, Mother, God,
Thank you for your presence during the hard and mean days.
For then we have you to lean upon. Thank you for your presence during the bright and sunny days, for then we can share that which we have with those who have less. And thank you for your presence during the Holy Days, for then we are able to celebrate you and our families and our friends.For those who have no voice, we ask you to speak. For those who feel unworthy, we ask you to pour your love out in waterfalls of tenderness. For those who live in pain,we ask you to bathe them in the river of your healing.For those who are lonely, we ask you to keep them company.
For those who are depressed, we ask you to shower upon them the light of hope. Dear Creator, You, the borderless sea of substance, we ask you to give to all the
world that which we need most—Peace.

- Prayer by Maya Angelou

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Violence never again! War never again! Terrorism never again! In God's name,
may all religions bring upon earth justice and peace, forgiveness, life and love!

Prayer by his holiness Pope John Paul II - 01.24.2002

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Make us worthy, Lord, to serve our fellow men throughout the world who live and die in poverty and hunger.Give them through our hands this day their daily bread,
and by our understanding love, give peace and joy.

- Prayer by Mother Teresa

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Prayer for the National and Local Election (from Prayers That Avail Much)

Father, in Jesus' name, I give thanks for the United States and its government. I hold up in prayer before You those people who are seeking a position of authority in political office. I pray that the Spirit of the Lord rests upon them.

I believe that skillful and godly wisdom has entered into the heart of everyone whom you have appointed to lead us and that knowledge is pleasant to them. Discretion watches over them; understanding keeps them and delivers them from the way of evil and from evil men.

Father, I ask that You surround everyone in authority with men and women who are attentive to godly counsel and do that which is right in Your sight. We pray that our leaders will be people of integrity who are obedient concerning us that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. I pray that only the upright shall be elected to govern over us...that only a person who is blameless and complete in Your sight, Father, shall obtain these positions of leadership. In the name of Jesus we pull down the wicked from this election and the treacherous shall be rooted out of it. I also pray that the media who proclaims any news about this election, will clearly speak and write truth that prevails, and their influence will be for good and not evil.

Your Word declares that blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord (Ps. 33:12). I receive Your blessing, Father, for my country. You are our refuge and stronghold in times of trouble (high cost, destitution, depression and desperation). So I declare with my mouth that Your people shall dwell safely in this land, and we prosper abundantly. We are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus!

It is written in Your Word that the heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord, and you turn it whichever way You desire. I believe the hearts of our leaders are in Your hand and that their decisions are divinely directed by You, Lord.
I give thanks unto You that the good news of the gospel is proclaimed and published in our land. The Word of the Lord prevails and grows mightily in the hearts and lives of the people. I give thanks for this land and the leaders You will give to us, in Jesus' name.

Jesus is Lord over the United States of America!






Scripture References:
Scripture References

Deuteronomy 23:5 (NIV) Deuteronomy 28:10, 11 (NIV)
Psalm 9:9 (NIV) Proverbs 2:10 - 12, 21, 22 (NIV)
Proverbs 9:9 (NIV) Proverbs 11:14 (NIV)
Proverbs 15:22 (NIV) Acts 12:24 (NIV)
Romans 8:37 (NIV) Revelation 3:18 (NIV)


Without going into any detail, if you had to make a list of the top 5 people who most need our prayers today, who would be on that list?

17 comments:

mayam said...

I am in agreement with all prayers, and share wholeheartedly in the expectancy of good things.

I particularly pray for these leaders with the ambition for peace, tolerance, reconciliation and humanity:
1. The next U.S. President
2. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Ehud Barak
3. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (Iran)
4. President Hu Jintao (China)
5. Bishop Jim Earl Swilley

Rest easy,
mayam

Anonymous said...

My list starts with Bishop and P Debye as the one they are for this ministry and the world that is reached through it.

Number two is the incoming President who ever they may be.

Number three is who ever the most influential leader over the nation of Islam is.

Number four is that person that no one will ever know that will do and say the right thing at the right time to start the energy wave our world needs to continue forward.

Number five is myself.

Holy Spirit keep us all attentive to accomplish the perfect will of God and our Christ, Amen.

JB

Donald said...

I thought I had my five people all figured out then I thought about that lady I read about in the newspaper who lost everything in a housefire and that little kid in China who lost his entire family in an earthquake and that man in Myanmar who had to bury his wife and kids and on and on and on.
Whew, thank God that we aren’t restricted on how many people we can pray for because everybody is in need of prayer just as much as the next person.

Lisa said...

I am in agreement with you all. Hanging on to the vision of this ministry and the vision for my family.
My prayers go as follows
1) The children waiting for hope
2) My Bish and his family
3) The United Nations
4) US government
5) My family
I expect great things today and for the fervant prayers of Gods people to manifest in a mighty way.

Lisa said...

Donald I so agree with you. It would be horrible if we had to limit who we could pray for. I wonder though if we were limited to 5 people who would we honestly say we would pray for? Thank God we don't have to ask that question!!!!

lhollow27 said...

Anyone find it ironic that Mr. Obama addressed the AIPAC yesterday? I mean seriously, flow or what? Did anyone hear what he said?!?!? I am coping the headline that was on CSPAN.com this morning.
Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) spoke at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee 2008 Policy Conference. He discusses the relationship between the U.S., Israel, and the challenges of the Middle East.

Yes, I know that all presenditial candidates do this but there was something annointed about the things he said that was so IN THE FLOW of what we have been talking about now with Bish for a couple of weeks. WOW! it was if Obama is an Anonymous blogger. LOL
peace-lhollow

dgm2007 said...

list
1) I pray for anyone who is praying and needs agreement i agree for the best.
2) I pray for anyone who is seeking for a renewed spirit. I pray they hear the voice of God so clearly today.
3) I pray for anyone who's doubt is clouding there faith that there thoughts be turned towards the amazing light of the Lord
4) I pray for our vision of people that we all can see god the way he sees them
5) I pray for the amazing Peace that really does pass our understanding...
as a joke i pray tht the unibrow is removed.. lol luv the swimhead.. im going to make that a saying.. :)
cheers and let there be Light..

Anonymous said...

INTERCESSION IS FOR ALL PEOPLE BUT IN ORDER OF PRIORITY IN MY HEART AND AS ASKED BY BISHOP MY HEART BLEEDS FOR THE,
1. THE YOUTHS OF EVERY LAND BECAUSE THEY ARE THE LEADERS OF TOMORROW.THEY WILL BECOME TOMORROW WHAT WE PRAYED TODAY.JOEL 2;28.
2 THE WIDOWS AND ORPHANS ESPECIALLY THOSE WITHIN THE BODY OF CHRIST, FORGOTTEN BY THE SAME BODY TO TAKE CARE OF THEM. THERE IS NO REAL MINISTRY FOR THEM. I TIM 5;3. THEY NEED MORE THAN THE SINGLE MINISTRY MEMBERSHIP.
3 THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD, ESPECIALLY THOSE IN THE 10/40 WINDOW FOR THE GLORY OF GOD TO BE REVEALED 2 CHRON 7;14.
4 FOR THE SICK IN THE BODY OF CHRIST. ISAIAH 53:5
5 FOR SPIRITUAL LEADERS, USING MY SPIRITUAL FATHERS AS POINTS OF CONTACT. FOR GODS FEAR UPON THEIR LIVES, PROV 16;6B,FOR COMFORT FROM THEIR WOUND PSALM 147;3 AND FOR THEIR CHURCHES TO BE A TRUE SPIRITUAL HOUSE. AND SO FORTH.
TOGETHER IN PRAYER. MERCY.

linda said...

1. Bishop and Pastor Debye and all their family
2. My family
3. our government
4. world governments and their leaders
5. Our armed forces

Avatar said...

Hello Y'ALL,

Unless the question changed some time during the day I have totally been contemplating the wrong question. Durn.

Often I'm not aware of who I'm praying for. Ever since I heard about the possibility of it, I've been challenged by the unceasing prayer thing. I sense it sometimes, other times not. Sometimes I just sense a single word or a name, other times more like what Donald said.

Bishop, do you remember asking us once to listen for a name in our minds and then pray for the person? Might be someone we know or might not. Mine was not. I tucked the name away so I'd find it every once in a while.

Anyway, so when I asked who's in the queue today, these came to mind:

1. anyone who doesn't have someone praying for them
2. the body of Christ at CITN
3. Bo Flanders
4. me
5. my kids

Embarassingly, there are some glaring omissions, but I don't want to lie--these are what rolled off first, for today.

I'm in the "glad there's no limitation" camp and by faith trusting that the "real live" prayers and the groaning I sense throughout the day is being translated by Holy Spirit to cover what and who needs prayers.

Provocative question, Bishop. Thanks.

Are you wanting to change anything Holy Spirit? I'm listening.

tracy said...

K- I am going with Avatar and just going with who comes to mind: Bishop you and your family of course..because it is all parallel,
Sam the Shell owner up the street who blesses us with incense we don;t use and collector coke bottles, he has gotten broken into 3 times in the last 2 weeks, Grandma Hardin whose grandson was injured in a motorcycle accident and is in Children's Healthcare, my high school friend whose daughter was killed in a 4 wheeler accident, my other friend whose husband is agnostic and my friend has taken it upon her self to prove to him there is a God., My son's safe travel back from the Caymen Islands, David's healing and a diagnosis for treatment if that is what God chooses or he can just heal him without an explanation, A BIG HUGE BLESSING on the PM family --you know why. I think I have passed 5 ....anyway....Robyn Darby- don't know why, just take it. C Longino for softball field prayers that were answered, everyone who has cancelled a debt for us or just showed us uncommon favor AND Definately peace globally and someone with big enough kahunas to tell the world leaders to stop the silliness and AGREE on PEACE the rest will fall into place...love to all and g night

Laura said...

1. My Husband
2. My Daughter
3. My Brother
4. All Leaders Both Spiritual& governmental
5. myself

Laura said...

2nd five

1. the sick
2. the armed forces
3. the elderly
4. the homeless
5. the lost children

Anonymous said...

Bishop and Fellow Bloggers:

Interestingly enough, the names on my list were people who immediately came up in my spirit as I read Bishop's blog even before I got to his question...(following morning prayer)...Now, I submit 5 additional since all day I have received words about the double portion...

1. Families who have lost loved ones to war
2. Leaders who advance(d) war
3. Everyone in harms way because of war
4. God's Prophets and Intercessors
5. Everyone I love

Rest easy,
mayam

Friend4Life said...

In agreement with all the comments.

Top 5 for me
1. Our Nation
2. CITN
3. My husband
4. My sister
5. My father

Rev. Dennis Caldwell said...

EVENING BLOG FAMILY,
I HAVE HAD ONE OF THOSE DAYS………PRAISE GOD ANYWAY…….REALLY!

1) PEOPLE WHO DO NOT KNOW THE GOD
2) PEOPLE WHO CANNOT FEEL LOVE
3) HURTING PEOPLE
4) HUNGRY PEOPLE
5) SICK PEOPLE
6) LONELY PEOPLE
7) POOR PEOPLE

SORRY HAD TO MAKE IT SEVEN.

PRAY ALSO FOR ME; I AM GOING TO THE HOSPITAL IN THE MORNING TO GET SEVERAL MORE TEST DONE INCLUDING A MYELOGRAM .

PEACE,
DENNIS

Kettly said...

My Prayers are for:

1- My Husband and His Children
2- My siblings
3- My Church Family specially My Bloggers Family.
4- The Nation
5- The Young Men and Young Women ( that are lost in this world)
6- The next President in U.S.
7- Healing for Marriages and Relationships
8- The Gas
9- My Unborn Child (be an agreement with Me for this Miracle)
10- For All the Third World Countries( Specially, Haiti, Uganda,& various parts of Africa)
11- For You Bishop, Pastor Debye, and the rest of your Family
12- For All the Ministries at CITN and elsewhere (specially the Intercessory Prayer Ministry)
13- Father, thank You for love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. Help us to use this fruit in our every day.
14- I know you asked for five. But these 12 prayers points are My list aech and every day. Can’t do one without the others.( I apologize)
Love, Kettly