The Prayer Helper

“The Holy Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us…” (Romans 8:26).

For those who know me best, you know that I need help with about everything I do. I confess my utter need for others. From the biggest projects to the smallest details of a day I need help getting it done. So when I achieve any gain or accomplish any success there are always others who have helped to make it happen. This is how God intends it.

No person can ever take credit for their prayer life or discipline. Prayer is not something a person can do on their own. Prayer requires help from heaven and all that is holy. Prayer then, is only as good as the Helper the person has when they are praying. Prayer requires the aid of the Almighty’s Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is our Prayer Helper. The term “Comforter”, as Jesus calls the Holy Spirit, means “Helper”. Jesus made sure He left the disciples all the help they would need to advance the work of the kingdom. He has not left us any less. We have the same Spirit helping us. This is the Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead. We have more help than any other people in the world.

One of the primary ministries of the Holy Spirit is help us communicate and commune with our Father. The Holy Spirit reveals to us in prayer and through prayer the mind, will and emotions of God. When we are in prayer, helped by the Holy Spirit, we are experiencing the essence of God. This is when prayer is supernatural. Prayer becomes supernatural when you have the same desires as God’s. Prayer is supernatural when you think God’s thoughts. Prayer is supernatural when you feel what God feels.

The Holy Spirit is God at work in the earth through the believer. Our mission is to introduce the will of God to every areas of our lives and the culture. The Holy Spirit helps us to execute and legislate the government of God. The Holy Spirit only wants to help those who want to see the kingdom come. The Holy Spirit will never work against the interests of the kingdom. The Holy Spirit is here to help you and I be effective kingdom citizens.

The most important aspect of our kingdom citizenship is our priesthood. Our priesthood is the call to intercede. This call doesn’t come without weaknesses. We need help to administer our priesthood. We stand in the gap and with the help of the Spirit we introduce the will of God to every situation, beginning in prayer. Prayer is where the will of God is revealed and released by the Spirit.

When you desire to pray, your Helper is helping. When you struggle in prayer, your Helper is helping. When you break through in prayer, your Helper is helping. The next time you pray, pray big, pray bold, you have a Prayer Helper!

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The Day Of Atonement

“…But we exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the atonement” (Romans 5:11).

Jesus is the believer’s atonement. His blood shed on Calvary covers our sins. Only through Christ and His work on the Cross can we be reconciled back to God.

In ancient Israel, under the ceremonial laws of Moses, there was one day in a year when the high priest would enter into the “Holy of Holies“. The day was called Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement. This was the annual opportunity given to the priests and the nation to atone for their sins.

The Holy of Holies was the most sacred of three compartments of the Tabernacle, the central site of their worship. The first tabernacle area was the “Outer Court”.  All persons were welcome to congregate in the Outer Court. Beyond the Outer Court was the Holy Place. The Holy Place was consecrated for priests and Levites only. This was the professional class of ministry. The third area was separated by the partition of a great curtain, this was the “Holy of Holies”.

Only the high priest once a year was allowed into the Holy of Holies. He would enter carrying the blood of an innocent lamb. He would intercede for Israel as he approached the ark of the covenant. The ark of the covenant was the most important piece of furniture in the Tabernacle. It was a box made of wood layered with gold. It was called “the throne of God”. The high priest would pour and apply the blood of the lamb upon the lid of the ark. This was the act of atonement.

Once the blood was applied the “throne of God” was called a “mercy seat”. The blood transformed the throne into an altar. The blood applied appeased the demands of righteousness for one more year. For one more year the sins of the nation were covered by the blood.

Jesus is our High Priest and has became our atonement. He has, through the Cross, torn away the veil that separated people from God. On the Cross Jesus did what no high priest had ever done. He entered the Holy of Holies on the hill called Calvary and applied his own blood to the ark. His blood shed on Calvary and its power must be received by faith if sins are to be forgiven.

We are covered by the blood. Our lives are redeemed because of who Jesus is and what he has done. We have more than a day of atonement. We have Jesus! We don’t have the symbol, we have the Savior.

Prayer Warriors Weekend

My utmost appreciation goes to the Holy Spirit for orchestrating the 50 Hour of Prayer! The outpouring of the Holy Spirit anointed the people of God to pray, worship, minister, exhort, testify, agree, bind and loose. The unction to pray was manifest and manifold. It seemed as if every person whom prayed and ministered was given the supernatural ability to believe God and pray HIs heart.

I have never witnessed, let alone lead, any prayer event more impressive or impacting. What we have experienced is unique, uncommon and peculiar. The value of our prayers and ministries this weekend is inestimable. We will have to get to heaven before we know all the good we released into the earth through our prayers. All we are really assured of is that God heard our prayers and answers were given and things were done.

Thank you so much for standing with us in prayer! Whatever prayer you prayed or thought you gave to Prayer Warriors Weekend we want you to know it made a difference. There is no greater gift that you could give than the gift of prayer.

May we have a thousand more opportunities to launch and lead powerful prayer across America and around the world!

The Midnight Moment

The Dead of Night

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These are quickly made notes following the word of the Lord spoken to the Prayer Everywhere remnant on the National Prayer Call on September 12th, 2010 at 12:00am. Return for full text.

Acts 16:25 –  “And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God:and the prisoners heard them”.

The vision came at night.  The breakthrough for the vision came at midnight. This is a midnight moment. There must always be that defining moment when you know that the vision is going to live and not die and declare the works of the Lord!

The midnight moment is the moment when your vision either lives or dies. Either the enemy is going to imprison the vision or your vision is going to breakthrough the prison and break out the prisoners.

God has called us to confirm that the power of God is accessible wherever believers come into agreement. We can change any atmosphere through our prayer and praise.

The prayers and the praise are always first and to God. God is our first ministry and only priority!

Public praying is about to to be the means by which God is going to get a hearing. Before people will hear our gospel they will first have to hear our prayers. Muslims will not let you preach to them, but they will let you pray for them, in the name of Jesus!

If we don’t pray His name, we will never have the open door to say His name!

Prayer Everywhere is Here!

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We need the second coming of prayer! An uprising of intercessors, prayer warriors and watchmen is dawning. There are a people that God is calling and gathering for one high and holy purpose – prayer everywhere.

Prayer Everywhere is a vision, a mission and a strategy. The vision is to leave no place in the earth untouched by praying people. The mission is to inspire people to pray for others whenever and wherever the opportunity is presented. The strategy is to connect and network people of prayer all around the world for transformation in the Church and every culture.

God’s purposes can only be accomplished when people of prayer engage the Church and the culture with Spirit-filled praying. God has chosen to change the world through prayer. We are not to stand by and act as if we are waiting on God to make up His mind to do something supernatural and extraordinary in our generation. Our prayers release the will of God in the earth. Our prayers determine how much of God’s power we will see manifest in our days.

Prayer Everywhere is an opportunity for you to finally connect to the only power that can redefine your purpose and reshape your destiny. If you dare to be a leader in God’s end-time prayer army connect with us and we connect prayer with people who know how to pray.