Thursday, June 27, 2019

Preparing for Intercession


Intercession Prep Meeting

When the Lord has a person on your heart, often this is a call to pray for that person. Christians refer to this as intercession: the act of intervening on behalf of another. There are many types of prayers for others. Preparation will be needed if the intercession prayer is for anything other than healing for someone who is critically ill or healing for someone who doesn’t yet know God. In these instances, the need is dire and there may not be time for preparation.

When intercession is done for family members or friends you will need to prepare for what is to come. Unlike interceding for strangers, when family or friends are involved we remain part of the process that is initiated with our prayer. Even if we are not leading the prayer, there will be an important part for us to play in order to receive fruit (good results) from a prayer of intercession.

On occasion, Agape Christian Fellowship, has seen the hearts of kids instantly open up after the parents remove the charges from the enemy which are giving generational curses a place. Unfortunately, this is rare. People have free will so their hearts must be ready to turn to God. More often than not, change takes time: it is a journey, not a magic pill.
If God has placed others on your heart, you need to be prepared to be used by God.
In order to be used by God, most of us need at least some preparation. There are three things we need to have ready when asking for intercession for friends or family. If these things are not in place, we need to work on getting them into place as quickly as possible:
  • Receive from God.
  • Growing in God.
  • Fruit from God.
Even if you do not need to work on all three of these, there may be at least one that will need improvement for your part in intercesion. I hope you will take a close look and decide if there is a need for any of these in your life to help those closest to you deepen their relationship with God.

1.  Receive from God


When God begins moving into the lives of our loved ones we are part of the process, like it or not. We need to know:
  • when to speak 
  • when to remain silent
  • what to do 
  • what not to do
In order to do these things, we need to RECEIVE instructions from the Holy Spirit. He is our Counselor, our Guide. He will show us what to do and when to do it. Out of these four things, when to remain silent is the most important thing we can do. Good words spoken at the wrong time can push people away from God instead of drawing them to Him. The Bible tells us:
married women, be submissive to your own husbands… so that even if any do not obey the Word [of God], they may be won over not by discussion but by the [godly] lives of their wives… (1 Peter 3:1)
Being “submissive” to men does not come naturally to women. One of the things placed upon Eve when she and Adam were removed from the garden was this:
And you will desire to control your husband, but he will rule over you. (Genesis 3:16 NLT)
It comes quite natural to women to want to be dominant in the relationship. In order to help our husbands in their walk with God we must fight that curse and be submissive. This takes great faith. We must trust that even if our husbands aren’t following God, that He will still lead through them. In the free book, “Angels Believe in You,” I give examples from my life where I had to submit to my husband’s will and trust God to change his mind if He wanted me to do something differently.

A big part of submitting to our husbands is watching our words. My heart is greatly grieved when I see a woman tear her husband to shreds with a sharp tongue! Peter makes it clear, it is by our actions, not our words that our husbands may come to know God. Knowing what to say and when isn’t only important for helping our husbands come closer to God, but our children and friends as well.
And, you fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4 AKJV)
We must know what battles to fight with our kids: When to discipline and when to discuss. In order to know what to speak and when, we must listen to our Counselor, Teacher and Guide, the Holy Spirit. What if we are not hearing from Him?

The Lord has given our ministry two great tools to help you hear more from the Holy Spirit. The first is the Hearing from God course at the Academy. This is a free, online program that you can do at your own pace. In this course, there is a video of a meeting where the Holy Spirit showed up in a big way! I prayed for spiritual eyes to be opened more than ever before… He has confirmed to us by testimonies of others that He will move when people come into agreement with that prayer.

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Our prayer team would also be glad to pray for you according to the revelation of grace & mercy received at Passover.  The Lord has told us that coming into agreement with this teaching and the prayer at the end of the video is enough, but should you want a private prayer with our team, you may schedule a visit with our team:

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2. Growing in God


When those close to us are being drawn to God, they may have some questions we need to answer. We need to know more about God and His ways so we have the knowledge necessary to help those around us. Reading God’s word also strengthens our spirit, which will help us hear more from God.
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may grow thereby… (1 Peter 2:2 AKJV)
Reading God’s Word will feed our spirits and help us grow. That is why so many scriptures are in each article and each class at the Academy. As we learn God’s ways, it is important to remove any sin that the Holy Spirit reveals. Even if it is the way our parents, church, or ancestors have always done something; if we find out it is wrong, it is important to remove that from our lives. The New Testament is full of encouragement for us to stop sinning:
Know you not, that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants you are to whom you obey; whether of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness? (Romans 6:16)
When we sin, we are placing ourselves in Satan’s hands. We have seen the truth of this in visions during trips to the Courts of Heaven. Christians are seen as shackled, blind-folded, hooded or in even worse shape. It is the sin in our lives that gives the enemy the right to affect us like this. Taking Jesus as Lord will get us into Heaven, but to be free of the enemy we must stop obeying Satan.

How can you help someone come closer to God if you are being attacked or blinded by the enemy? Growing in God is important if we are to help others come to know Him and see our loved ones set free!

The Courts of Heaven Academy has many classes with information we have gained from thousands of visits to the courts with hundreds of people. When we saw five out of ten people being attacked because of one particular sin, we created a class about it. We hope you will consider learning what the Holy Spirit has revealed in the Courts of Heaven!

3. Fruit from God


Your family and friends’ journey towards a deeper relationship with God may not be smooth and easy. The enemy may attack them, which in turn, may cause them to speak harshly to you. This isn’t only an excellent opportunity to develop “fruit of the Spirit,” it is vitally necessary to keep from throwing a monkey-wrench into God’s work!

The fruit of the Spirit are:
  • love
  • joy (gladness)
  • peace
  • patience (an even temper, forbearance)
  • kindness
  • goodness (benevolence)
  • faithfulness,
  • Gentleness (meekness, humility), 
  • self-control (self-restraint, continence)
Love is the primary thing from which all fruit flows. (Corinthians 13:3) Only God can help us love others as He loves us. This is the foundation of our Christian faith. When helping those around you move closer to God, all of these are important, but a few are mandatory:
  • patience
  • gentleness
  • self-control
We must have patience to let God have His full work in the lives of those around us. Even if it doesn’t look bright and cheery, if it looks dark and dangerous, we must be patient and KNOW that God has this!
But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. (Luke 8:15 AKJV)
It takes patience to see the fruit (good results) from prayers of intercession. There may be times when those close to us will be rude and even abrasive if not outright attack us for our beliefs. If we don’t have these fruit of the Spirit we will need to quickly develop them.

  • If we are impatient, we could push them to take steps they are not ready for which may cause them to rebel against the progress they’ve made.
  • If we don’t have gentleness developed and we respond in pride instead of humility, it could give the enemy an opening to push them farther from God.
  • If we are not self-controlled we may lose our temper, we could say horrible things which may turn into a stumbling block for the ones we care for. 

An example will help to better explain why FRUIT is so important. I have interceded for my husband who had been baptised a few years back, but because of the intercession last year, finally stepped forward at church and fully gave his life to the Lord. It has been quite the walk since then. Last week was a perfect example of how vital these steps of preparation are (the numbers indicate the preparation step):

My husband, Tony, and I were driving across town while I was re-reading a prophecy that was coming to pass in the world. He looked greatly annoyed. I asked if he was upset with me about something and he insisted he was fine.

All of a sudden, the car filled with the smell of cat urine (pee).  “Tony, did we just drive by something weird? Do you smell cat pee?” I asked.

Tony shrugged, “I don’t smell anything.”

Since I had received messages from the Holy Spirit before about demonic activity by this type of smell (1), I wasn’t surprised when a gentle nudge from the Holy Spirit had me putting my phone away. I prodded a bit, “You really seem irritated about something…”

He sighed, “I’m just frustrated with that car of yours. I tested the radiator for an exhaust leak and it came back positive. That means I have to change the head gasket again! ”

“Is there anything else it could be?” I asked.

Tony grumbled, “The only way for exhaust fumes to get into the radiator is  the head gasket. It shouldn’t have to be done so soon after the last time!”

“Oh, I’m sorry, Honey,” I said, “I didn’t know the situation was so serious. I have even prayed about it.”

“Yes you have!” His tone was loud and demanding, “You have been praying for a new car for years and where is it!! Don’t EVEN say that you haven’t prayed about this!”

I put a stranglehold on my temper (3) which wanted to shout back that this is why I don’t volunteer to pray for you more, because of THIS attitude. Taking a deep breath, I tried to explain, “I also pray for God to help keep this car going until His provision comes, which isn’t happening right now. That is what I was talking about praying for. I would ask why is this car having issues when we don’t yet have a new one.”

“You have still prayed about the car and you just said you didn’t.” He insisted. “And now you want me to do nothing on Sunday. Well, I’ve been doing nothing and nothing gets done! Now I have this car to fix and when will I have time if I keep taking Sundays off!! (2)”

Remembering that the Holy Spirit had revealed that the enemy was here and trying to get me offended, I ignored his jab and looked at the real issue. I remained silent for a few minutes, focusing on only saying what the Holy Spirit wanted. “So then it isn’t only the car, it is about doing what the Bible says and honoring God on the Sabbath?”

Tony growled, “I’ve been trying for the last two weeks and look where it's got me!”

I didn’t say anything for a good five minutes as I just waited on the Holy Spirit for guidance. Finally, as we pulled into Taco Time (a fast-food taco place) I began speaking, “I don’t want to sound like Yoda, but, Honey, with God there is no trying… there is only do or do not. Either you are going to do it God’s way and rest on Sunday’s so He can work in your life or you are in charge of your life and work on Sundays.”

Tony, nodded but didn’t say a word. He had time to think on that while we place our order. While we waited for the food, I took both of his hands in mine as I sat across from him, “Honey, you are the smartest, most capable, talented man I know. You are able to fix anything and accomplish anything you set your mind to. (3) Because of this, it is hard for you to ask for help, to admit that you need help, that there are things you cannot do.

“Maybe God is just waiting for you to take your hands off of things and say to Him, “I NEED your help. I CANNOT do this on my own! The enemy may just be trying to get you to pick things back up by not honoring the Sabbath to keep God from helping you.”

He had tears in his eyes as I finished speaking, just as the food arrived. I didn’t speak of the matter again. I gave the Holy Spirit time to work on Tony’s heart.

The next week, Tony took another look at the car. He informed me, “The issue isn’t as bad as I thought.”

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To help my husband quickly overcome this test from God, I needed to be prepared.

  • If I hadn’t received the warning, I might not have been ready for the battle - and it was a spiritual battle. 
  • If I hadn’t learned about the Sabbath and how we should still try to honor it unless there is a deep need, I may not have spotted the real point of the attack.
  • If the Holy Spirit had not helped me develop fruit, pride may have caused me to respond to Tony’s jabs about prayer and I may not have had the kindness to let the Holy Spirit speak to him and encourage him through me.
This is why it is critical that you are prepared to intercede for those close to you. When they begin walking toward God you can either be a hindrance or a help. They may never know how much you have done for them until they get to Heaven, but there, they will know. Until then we must do what our Lord has commanded us to do:
If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. (Matthew 16:24 AKJV)
A cross is a heavy burden, a sacrifice. It starts with learning about God and His ways and doing what it says. It begins at home with the ones we love. If we cannot show God’s love to the people closest to us, then we have not yet developed the fruit of the Spirit to the point where we can be used by God. In 1 Timothy chapter three, God shows us that in order to be a leader in God’s church, we must have the fruit of it shown in our home lives.

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