B-3 NEW MANUSCRIPT: Why Pray? 3 Scripture Ref and Poem

I promised last week that I would return to give my readers the scripture references to support the insights of my Why Pray 2. So here they are.

SCRIPTURE REF FOR WHY PRAY 1 & 2

Including a poem by Alison Teed: HOPES AND DREAMS AND HIM

From my devotions:

Judg 1:3

 …”Come up with me to my allotted territory, that we may fight against the Canaanites; and I will likewise go with you to your allotted territory.” NKJV 

2 Sam 10:11-12

…”If the Syrians are too strong for me, then you shall help me; but if the people of Ammon are too strong for you, then I will come and help you. 12 Be of good courage, and let us be strong for our people and for the cities of our God. And may the Lord do what is good in His sight.” NKJV

Eccl 4:1, 9-12

1 Then I returned and considered all the oppression that is done under the sun: And look! The tears of the oppressed, But they have no comforter —On the side of their oppressors there is power, But they have no comforter.

9 Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor.

10 For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up.

11 Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; But how can one be warm alone?

12 Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken. NKJV

 

1Sam 23 David inquired; God said, David said, God said

2 Therefore David inquired of the Lord, saying….

4 And the Lord answered him and said….

10 Then David said, “O Lord God of Israel….

11 …And the Lord said….

12 …Then David saidAnd the Lord said, NKJV

A POEM BY ALISON TEED:

Hopes and Dreams and Him

Stirring, waking, turning, Sensing His presence. He waits patiently as I come to full awareness.

We talk—me first, of many things: The past, the present, the days to come; The children, parents, friends, the world; Hopes, fears, dreams of the future. Intimacies every one.

He talks then: Reassuring, promising faithfulness and caring; Comforting, consoling.

I hear the birds begin to sing. He’s listening to them. Still time to rest before the dawn. Rest on He whispers, rest on. I move in close to him, Nestled under the shelter of His mighty wing. Content, secure, I close my eyes, And sleep with thoughts of future plans, And hopes and dreams and Him.

Alison Teed  © 1992

Ezra 10:1-2 weeping and confessing

Now while Ezra was praying, and while he was confessing, weeping, and bowing down before the house of God, a very large assembly of men, women, and children gathered to him from Israel; for the people wept very bitterly.  NKJV

Psa 75:1 Thanksgiving

75 We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks! For Your wondrous works declare that Your name is near.  NKJV

Psa 76:4, 6, 7 Praise

4 You are more glorious and excellent Than the mountains of prey. NKJV

6 At Your rebuke, O God of Jacob, Both the chariot and horse were cast into a dead sleep.

7 You, Yourself, are to be feared; And who may stand in Your presence When once You are angry? NKJV

Psa 77:1, 11-14 He hears

1 I cried out to God with my voice —To God with my voice; And He gave ear to me.

11 I will remember the works of the Lord; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.

12 I will also meditate on all Your work, And talk of Your deeds.

13 Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary; Who is so great a God as our God?

14 You are the God who does wonders; You have declared Your strength among the peoples. NKJV

Psa 94:17-19 Hope

17 Unless the Lord had been my help, My soul would soon have settled in silence.

18 If I say, “My foot slips,” Your mercy, O Lord, will hold me up.

19 In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul. NKJV

Psa 95:1-3, 6-7 praise and worship

1 Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.

2 Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.

3 For the Lord is the great God, And the great King above all gods.

6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.

7 For He is our God, And we are the people of His pasture, And the sheep of His hand. NKJV

 

Psa 96:9 humility

9 Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth. NKJV

 

Psa 138:1-2, 6 intimacy

1 I will praise You with my whole heart; Before the gods I will sing praises to You.

2 I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word above all Your name. 

6 Though the Lord is on high, Yet He regards the lowly; But the proud He knows from afar. NKJV

Psa 139:13-18 intimacy

13 For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.

14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.

15 My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.

17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!

18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You. NKJV

Psa 141:5 Intimacy

5 Let the righteous strike me; It shall be a kindness. And let him rebuke me; It shall be as excellent oil; Let my head not refuse it. NKJV

Isa 30:21 Hearing His voice

21 Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left.  NKJV

 

Matt 20:32-34 What do you want Me to do for you?

32 So Jesus stood still and called them, and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?”

33 They said to Him, “Lord, that our eyes may be opened.” 34 So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him. NKJV

Matt 21:21-22 You shall ask and you shall receive. Decree and it will be done by the authority given to you by Jesus.

21 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. 

22 And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” NKJV

Acts 3:16 healing, faith believing

16 And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. NKJV

B-2 WHY PRAY? Part 2

This is the second installment on the subject of Why Pray?  Please go to the first installment below this entry.

Say, this is going to make a great outline for me. Looking at this list, I don’t think my prayers are as ineffective as I thought.  Nor are yours!  I don’t care if you only have 3 words to say to your Heavenly Father, He is waiting to hear your voice! If this outline works for you, please use it.

There is something else that I should share with you or you might think this is all there is to it when I comes to getting what you want from the Father.

The whole thing comes down to a trusting relationship back and forth between us and our Heavenly Father; His Son, Jesus (our Lord, Saviour and soon coming King!) and the Holy Spirit. If you ever have an opportunity to ready my book, Voices Crying in the Wilderness, A call to prophesy, I share my testimony of salvation and a rather unusual Father/daughter relationship that began instantly.

I was so privileged to experience a personal visitation the day I called out to Jesus and asked if He was really there. I was 31. I was sitting in our public library reading a book my mother sent me entitled, The Power of Positive Thinking, by Dr. Norman Vincent Peal. There was a suggestion that people often turn to God for help and the reader might consider this. I asked and Jesus showed up! Right there in the public library! An undeniable presence suddenly enveloped me. I sat motionless while people browsed through magazines and strode back and forth before me. I was afraid to move in case the presence left. I couldn’t hear a thing around me, only the sense of this consuming presence.  I don’t know how long I sat in the arm-chair, but suddenly had an urge to go and find a Bible. I mean a Bible I could purchase. I went off to I can’t remember where, and purchased the biggest King James Bible I could find. People today complain that the KJV is too difficult for new believers. Not this one! I began to read and could not stop. I read, and read, and read, often for 8 hours a day. Revelation poured out of the pages and it felt as though I had been thrust forward in time…years ahead. After three years alone with my Heavenly Father, He instructed me to find a church. So off I went, knowing only from the Bible that I needed a church that “immersed”. Meaning, a full dunking baptism. I took out the Yellow Pages (in the 70s that’s what we used to find a telephone number or an advertised business or service.) I found a 7th Day Adventist church after calling a few numbers. “Yes, we do full immersion.”

“This must be the one,” I thought. And off I went that Saturday to locate my new Church. (My family was raised Anglican, but knew after reading my Bible and receiving so much revelation, that this was not what God wanted for me.) On my way to my new church I came to another church set back a bit from the street. I had a sudden urge to pull into the parking lot and sensed God wanted me to go inside. This was Saturday and I knew this was not a Saturday kind of church, but I moved on into the building. There were a few people standing around between the pews, a few with guitars casually tuning and singing bits of songs. I went over to them and asked, “Do you immerse?” They all kind of chuckled and assured me they did. I asked if I could come to their church and they welcomed me heartily, informing of the service times the next day. I told them I didn’t know anything about their church and would I need to kneel down? They all laughed again, assuring me that I would not need to kneel unless I felt led to do so.

So for 3 years I had already been communicating with my Heavenly Father. I spent many hours on our local beach which spanned several miles along a sandy shore. Here I met with my Father for long walks and talks. I talked to Him and He answered, mostly through the scriptures. If you check out David’s relationship with the Father it is a running conversation: God said, David said, God said.

90% OF MY TIME SPENT WITH THE FATHER WAS IN THANKFULNESS AND TALKING ABOUT MY MARRIAGE AND WHAT I NEEDED TO DO TO MAKE IT BETTER. It wasn’t about “Gimmee, gimmee, my name’s Jimmy” (another one of my mother’s “no, nos”). I continue in that attitude today. Thanksgiving just naturally flows from my lips. I think this came from my mother. “Be thankful.” “Be thankful.”, was her response to any whiney kids or complaints. I noticed that I did not even mention this to you regarding my prayer time this morning. It is so natural I don’t even notice I am doing it. It comes forth from my heart all through the day and night, even when things are not going in the direction I think they should. Holy Spirit has spoken a number of times over the years…”If the crops fail, if there is no grain in the barn, yet I will praise You (paraphrased). Not only that my heart pours out my praise to Jesus for everything He has done. I talk sweet-talk to Him and He talks sweet talk back. There is no doubt that His banner over me is love. I might think I am inadequate, others might think I am inadequate, but Jesus has never once implied or spoken to me that I am inadequate, even with the many, many chastening Words.

I hope without me saying so, you can see the intimacy between me, my Father, my Lord Jesus and His Holy Spirit. Sometimes this is all God is concerned about and our requests come directly to His attention. He looks into our faces as we look into His and He is more than willing to answer our cries for help and His love and acceptance. Why pray? I know you are never too tired, too defeated, or too low to come boldly before your Father’s Throne in time of need, He will strengthen you, He will help you. Love Him by following His Word and He will swiftly reply to your pleas. Papa, please help me! Amen.

PS: Why pray? Considering the wonder of intimacy God the Father has allowed me from what I have shared above…I have been healed more than 25 times.. Some definitely life threatening. Intimacy, intimacy, intimacy. If you are a father, you will surely relate to the joy in your heart when you hear your child’s voice. So it is when He hears your voice.

He has bestowed so many blessings on my life that I can’t even count them all, many from unspoken prayers. He loves to give us the desires of our hearts. Do not be afraid to come boldly before your Father and ask. He loves, loves, loves you!

I will come back and add the scripture references for this blog entry within the week. God bless you as you turn your face toward His and tell him what is in your heart…good or bad. He has the answersJ

 

B-1 NEW MANUSCRIPT: WHY PRAY? Part 1

This is the first installment of first draft of a new manuscript. Hope this message brings enlightenment to many as they seek their Heavenly Father for His help in their time of need.

WHY PRAY? 1

I awoke this morning pondering what I might have to say about the subject of prayer that hasn’t already been said. There are so many books written on the subject. I thought also that my prayer life is certainly not anywhere near as fervent and intense as it was just 3 years ago. Then, I was bounding back and forth in electric intercession, breaking down spiritual barriers and calling on God on behalf of His people that He had sent me to share life with and encourage forward in the revelation of Jesus love, abundant life and His Holy Spirit. Wow! I surely was a powerhouse in the Throne Room, and God heard, and He answered and I saw things begin to happen in the spirit and in those I lifted up to God.

Then He instructed my husband and I to purchase a small farm that we would restore and prepare for those He directed us to. We pressed forward in faith, believing that if we were faithful to do our part He would do His. Amen! However, the practical aspects of restoring a property, house and land took more and more focus and management on my part. Mostly, now I was too tired to arise at 4 am and intercede until 6, back to sleep for an hour or two and then leap into some practical aspects of renovation, hiring laborers, managing a budget and maintaining what was already established. It took 7 days just to make the rounds of mowing and trimming lawns, pruning trees and shrubs, moving heavy water lines twice a day and wait…and wait…and wait on contractors and helpers. My mind would swim with organization for the next day, or next project, or finances and the ministry to the people God sent me to.

It is now over three and a half years of this. My sleep is constantly interrupted by one infirmity and then another (From which the Lord has delivered me from them all!), direct opposition to our work from the dark spirits of the region and constant labors of my husband to replenish finances. (My husband works and provides for all the works and upgrades on the property; plus our condo rental so that he can commute to his office on the coast; another condo property we rent out with its mortgage and a very expensive loan on a Class a Motor Home that we no long have time or finances to enjoy!)

So this blog entry, “Why Pray” is for those of you that can relate to my ongoing circumstances and believe that your fatigue has resulted in your lack of “fervent, righteous” prayers (Confess your sins and He is faith and just to forgive us our sins and cleans us from all unrighteousness. Remember what Jesus did for you. It is His blood shed for your sins that cleanses you! Also the Father promises that He is able to deliver the Godly from temptation! Amen!)  Jesus blood is enough to make a difference when you come boldly before the Father in time of need. Confess, repent, receive Jesus sacrifice and move forward with faith, believing that you are loved and accepted. Amen.

 

 

Why pray? Because God loves to hear your voice, no matter how weak or worn. He loves to hear anything you have to say. He is listening and He is waiting to do what you ask in Jesus Name. Jesus said, “Ask anything in My name and the Father will do it for you.” And, yes, we need to ask knowing His will. He will let you know if you are not asking in His will: Just read the Word and you will know what pleases Him and what offends Him. (Just don’t mess with the Holy Spirit by accusing those who He has sent to do His work….the unforgivable sin, friends.)

 

OK…so this morning I had several words with the Father as to my concerns regarding my seeming lack of fervency and couldn’t think of what I should ask. Wow! Holy Spirit stepped in immediately and I was compelled to pray in tongues! There poured forth a heartfelt fervent intercession from the depths of my spirit. I felt so blessed and joyful to have the Holy Spirit come and lead me. Now I knew I was praying according to my Father’s will!!! When we pray in the Spirit we are led by the Holy Spirit. We may not know what we are saying, but He does, and He will draw from our hearts what we desire to bring before the Father and out it comes in tongues.  Wow! Wow! Wow! And I thought I couldn’t possibly have enough to offer to my Heavenly Father on behalf of those I held in my heart.

I continued on for about half an hour in tongues and then certain souls came to my mind and I began to pray with my understanding on their behalf. I asked a few things for my husband, myself, children and ministry. Then I moved into decreeing and confessing God’s promises. With all the renovations and work done in the house and outside I am constantly moving things around to make room for the workers. Things get misplaced when a job lingers for 2 or 3 weeks and my devotional materials are put away somewhere and I can’t remember where! But many decrees I can remember and God’s promises and instructions from His Word. I will often take the Bible also, open to Psalms, Proverbs and other scriptures and speak them over and into the lives God has placed in my care, my family first of course.

 

Here’s what it sounded like this morning:

  1. Tongues…tongues…tongues…tongues.
  1. Then prayer in my understanding…asking for assistance, help, wisdom etc for those whom God has placed in my life…now including, Facebook friends.
  1. Then decreeing such things as:

“I m strong. No weapon formed against me shall prosper, and every tongue that rises up against me in judgment I shall condemn. For this is the heritage of the children of the Lord. I shall not die, but live to declare the works of God. If God is for me, who or what can be against me.” etc, etc.

  1. Then I came against all powers of darkness that might try to come against our works here or our children.
  1. Then I prayed blessing over all those God has placed in my care and path…favor, wisdom, prudence, abundant life, safety etc, etc. (Now you might see why I chose to close down most of my Facebook friends. My phone and email was completely flooded. I just didn’t have time to have so many intimate connections, and referred those who would like to continue our connection to log on to my blog.)

A-2 EPIPHANY/REVELATION: Turning on the light bulb of revelation: He saw no corruption (decay)

 

January 28, 2017

 

Epiphany:

I love revelation knowledge: The light bulb turns on and you see something in the light that was once hidden in the darkness, or just something that you believe but remains a bit cloudy. Awesome! This revelation knowledge brings understanding. The Bible tells us “In all your getting, get understanding.” (Prov. 4:7, Prov. 16:16) My first almost 40 years in my Christian faith I asked constantly that God would give me understanding. And guess what? Revelation knowledge became a daily occurrence.  It wasn’t until He sent me out into the fray that I began to ask fervently for His wisdom.

OK…how do we get “revelation” of things we normally just take for granted or are satisfied that if God said it, it must be true? Receive His Holy Spirit. Bottom line. Before we have the Holy Spirit (Who guides us to all truth John 16:13) we read our Bibles and attempt to gain as much knowledge as we can from what we read. BUT when we invite The Holy Spirit to come into our lives and fill us with His amazing power and presence the lights begin to turn on, click, click, click and beyond knowledge, He gives us understanding (Luke 24:49, Acts 8:14-17). Revelation stirs and established our faith.

Now you know how I, and you, receive revelation knowledge….epiphany, insight; so now I can proceed to share with you my most recent revelation.

Each morning just after I awake I read one chapter of my Bible (NKJ version). I generally ask the Holy Spirit to reveal anything to me that I need greater understanding for, and every so often He shows me something that leaves me in awe for days and years. This morning I didn’t ask, but as I was reading my one chapter the light came on and I saw something I had not seen before. I was reading Acts chapter 13 (Acts 13:28-37), and suddenly “saw no corruption” leapt off the page and struck me between the eyes. THE LIGHT WENT ON! My mind suddenly leapt from scripture to scripture that I had read over the years….

Enoch ascended into heaven, not experiencing death at all (Gen 5:23-24) (After 365 years on this earth, Enoch earned a miraculous exit!); Elijah “went up” (2Kings 2:1-12)…thus the mocking of the children to Elisha “go up thou bald head, go up” (2Kings 2:23); Jesus raised many from the dead as He ministered, of course the most famous to us is Lazarus, all of whom eventually returned to the grave and their bodies decayed (they saw corruption). When Jesus rose from the dead 500 saw Him. God raised up Jesus from the dead and He continued fellowship with the disciples for 40 days until He ascended into Heaven (Acts 1:1-3). The many that came up out of their graves at His crucifixion (Matt 27:50-53) eventually died again and “saw corruption”. THE ONLY ONE THAT DIED, CAME BACK TO LIFE AND ASCENED INTO HEAVEN WITHOUT HIS BODY DECAYING OR “SEEING CORRUPITON” WAS JESUS! HE LEFT THIS EARTH IN TACT, WHOLE AND WITHOUT DECAY, EVEN AFTER DYING A MOST HORRIBLE DEATH FOR OUR SINS. ACTS 13 CONTINUES IN VERSE 38

Acts 13:38-39

38 I want you to know, my very dear friends that it is on account of this resurrected Jesus that the forgiveness of your sins can be promised. 39 He accomplishes, in those who believe, everything that the Law of Moses could never make good on. But everyone who believes in this raised-up Jesus is declared good and right and whole before God.

(from THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson. All rights reserved.)

Amen.

In order for Jesus to be Lord of the living and the dead it was essential that He must taste death. It is written also that He descended into Hell and took away the keys of death and Hell (Eph 4:9-10, Rev 1:18). Hell, by the way was created by God for Satan and his angels…NOT MAN! There are many accounts of those who have died and visited either Heaven or Hell. Heaven and Hell are destinations. The book 23 Minutes in Hell is quite a reading if you are up for it. Just a note: Jesus came from Heaven. If you are interested in more you might also read my epiphany regarding Rogue One. Amazing….

Read 1Cor Chapter 15.

POST SCRIPT:

And He’s coming back for His people!  Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha. Doesn’t that just make your heart leap with joy! Come, Lord Jesus, come! Rev 22:7, 12, 16-17, 20. Amen and amen.

E-3 A final word from thewillowsfreedomhouse.com on substance abuse recovery

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Thank you for your interest. I am wondering why readers seemingly only have access to this one entry. Are you not able to access my more recent articles?

I think you are asking for more on the subject of recovery. My experience over the past 5 years while working with families in varying stages of recovery is that recovery seems to be an ongoing, never-ending process for some. For others, who have truly received a powerful encounter with Jesus and His amazing healing power, freedom indeed is experienced and they move forward into a completely new life with almost unlimited options for what they might do from here on. leaving behind the stigma of once a loser, always a loser. I hate stigmas. It is like stepping in some horrible sticky stuff that you can’t wash off your shoes and follows you everywhere like a dark nasty gunk.

The most challenging aspect of drug and alcohol dependency that I have seen is the lack of education which stunts and limits hopes and dreams for an abundant future. If I could draw a bottom line for this unfortunate category of life it would be: If you haven’t encountered Christ’s power of deliverance in your body and mind then go into long term rehab…my recommendation is one of the Dream Centers (men’s in Calgary, AB and women’s in Edmonton, AB) spend the year (or 2) getting your life clean and sorted out; AND THEN IMMEDIATELY register for some sort of advanced education program. Of course grade 12 equivalent is the first place (I discovered that those I was working with actually did not test above Gr 3. If someone tests at grade 3 then start there. As a former tutor that’s how I handled working with children with reading challenges…always start at THEIR beginning and move forward from there.)

Once the basic education is achieved then move forward into something that truly interests you: whether academics at a higher level, such as college or university or trade school. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with choosing a trade. One thing I still would like to do is sign up for cooking school…always wanted to open a restaurant. For some reason we are conditioned to think that we must have a university education…and this is fine if you are wanting a complete universal education, but if you are wanting to specialize in a trade then there should be no further concern that one must have a university education to enjoy their life or provide for their family. EDUCATION IS ALL GOOD! The Bible says so much about the importance of knowledge in Proverbs. I agree. If I was 20 years younger I would continue to pursue greater knowledge of more of my interests. I have a niece that has just entered her doctorate program in statistics. How I envy her. Go sister, go!

I referred to several different categories of dependency recovery: some ongoing and unresolved, some provided complete freedom after encountering the power of Jesus. But there are many also who have “seen-the-light”, so to speak, and simply made the decision to turn around and head in another direction, leaving the drugs, alcohol and other sticky stuff behind. My absolute congratulations to all who have moved forward. This brings to mind a scripture:

Phil 3:13-14 Phil 3:13-14
13 Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward — to Jesus. 14 I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.
(from THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson. All rights reserved.)
Amen!

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