January 13 – Stand In The Gap

    “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.”  Ezekiel 22:30

God is looking for intercessors to “stand in the gap.”  When someone’s name or face is impressed upon your heart in prayer, God is appointing YOU to the spiritual battle of intercession.

Never underestimate the importance of PRAYER. Prayer is where the ACTION is. It may appear that our battle is with the Amalekites on the field of combat, but the real action is happening in higher places. In Exodus 17:9-11, Moses stood at the top of the hill with the rod of God above his head while Aaron and Hur stood on either side, holding up his weary arms. In a spiritual sense, they were up there PRAYING; and, as long as the authority of God was lifted up, the battle was being won.

Maybe you are not necessarily “out doing” but, rather, “home praying” and standing in the gap through intercession, keeping the rod of authority lifted up by prayer. If so, remember: YOU ARE ON THE WINNING SIDE! Pray in faith, believing your prayer of agreement to produce miraculous results!

PRAY: “Mighty God, I lift up my hands and give You praise. I lift up my nation and ask You to protect it, revive it, and guide its leaders.  In Jesus’ Name, I stand in the gap. Amen.”

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January 12 – Intercessory Prayer

“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16

The ministry of intercessory prayer is the purest ministry available to the body of Christ. The success of any church or ministry is based on intercessory prayer. As righteous men and women pray effectually and fervently, much power is released.

For the intercessor, both the costs and the rewards are high. The cost of total commitment… keeping one’s heart and motives pure and submitting time, talent, and energy toward interceding on others’ behalf. The reward…a close and personal relationship with the Lord.

You can actually sin against God by NOT PRAYING for others! (See I Samuel 12:23.) Pray for each other’s safety, health (spirit, soul, and body), and testimony. Your prayers can CONFUSE and NULLIFY the enemy’s assignment against your family and friends.

If your church does not open its doors for early morning prayer, ask your pastor to begin doing so and then attend regularly. Gathering together to call on God is not a religious duty but an exciting privilege!

PRAY: “Father, incline Your ear to me and hear my cries on behalf of others. Send Your Holy Spirit to draw them to Yourself, and heal them. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”

January 11 – A Prayer From My Heart

“O Lord, my God, “Great is Thy Name, and greatly to be praised.”

“YOU sit high upon the throne of my heart and reign in righteousness on behalf of Your people.”

“Your ways are perfect, and Your wisdom is above that of all the earth.”

“In YOU will I put my trust all the days of my life.”

“Teach me to know Your ways and to walk humbly before YOU, O Lord.”

“Create in me a clean heart and a right spirit that my fellowship with YOU may be unhindered.”

“Thank YOU for Your Word that brings light to my path and instruction in godliness.”

“YOU are my God, my Father, my Redeemer, and my Friend.”

“I hunger and thirst for a daily, fresh infilling of Your Spirit, 0 Lord, that I may know YOU; that I may please YOU; that my life may be a testimony of Your indwelling, life-changing POWER upon the weakness of man.”

“Because my hope is in YOU, I will rejoice and be glad, for I know that YOU do all things well.”

“All blessing and honor and glory be to YOU, God of my salvation!” “In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”

January 10 – I Am My Brother’s Keeper

“And he said unto them. Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15

Some of the last words of Jesus to His disciples were commands to “GO” into all the world and “PREACH” the Gospel to every creature. These words are mandates from God Himself. Ezekiel 3:17-21 says that you have been made a “watchman” and that if you NEGLECT to warn people of the lost condition of their souls, then the Lord will hold you responsible and accountable for their blood.

Further, Proverbs 19:17 reads: “He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.” Can you see the temporal, physical needs of people in your church, neighborhood, or city that should be met by the Lord’s disciples in addition to their spiritual needs?

God is very serious about His plan of redemption for mankind. ARE YOU SERIOUS ABOUT YOUR GOD-GIVEN RESPONSIBILITIES TO YOUR BROTHER?

PRAY: “Father, I am beginning to realize how Your heart must ache for everyone who is outside of Your loving, protective care. Please make me more aware of my responsibilities as Your ambassador to my brothers and sisters today, and help me to meet their needs wherever I am able to do so. In Your Son’s Name, I pray. Amen.”

January 9 – Be A Soulwinner

    “…he that winneth souls is wise.” Proverbs 11:30b

Those words were written by King Solomon, proclaimed to be the wisest man who ever lived. Millions of people have quoted his proverbs ever since his glorious reign in Jerusalem. It is wisdom to be a soulwinner, because winning the lost to salvation is God’s highest priority. When you get involved in God’s priorities, you can expect His blessings.

God gave His most “treasured possession” — His only begotten Son — so that everyone who would believe in Him would not perish but inherit everlasting life. (See John 3:16.) He desires that ALL men and women receive the gift of salvation.

YOU are a carrier of the GOOD NEWS of salvation. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian church about believers having been given the “ministry of reconciliation” in order to show others how to be reconciled (reestablished) in their relationship with God. (See II Corinthians 5:18.)

God expects you to be WISE. God expects you to be a SOULWINNER.

PRAY: “Loving heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your most ‘treasured possession’ to bring me back to Your side. Instill in me Your highest priority now so I may bring other souls to You. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”

January 8 – An Encouraging Word

“The Lord hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary….” Isaiah 50:4a

Consider the value of a single word of encouragement at a crucial time in your life. It may have meant the difference between failure and victory, even life or death.

In Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 we read, “Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.”

See the value of a friend — someone who is always “in season” with an encouraging word; someone who is there to pick you up when you fall. Friendships do not just happen. You have to be open to communication and sometimes even be aggressive. Why not smile and introduce yourself to someone new today?

Remember, a beautiful word of faith and encouragement brings to pass beautiful things!

PRAY: “Father, You have given me words of encouragement through my pastor and friends and even strangers at times. In the early church, Your servant Barnabas was always confirming and exhorting disciples to continue in the faith in tough times.* Help me to be a present-day Barnabas. I pray in the Name of Jesus. Amen.”

*Acts 14:22 (paraphrased)

January 7 – Your Confession Shapes Your Destiny

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.” Proverbs 25:11

Are you excited about LIVING or are you merely EXISTING? Every morning YOU can decide on which side of the bed you are going to get out — the side of defeat and discouragement OR the side of victory and strength. HOW? In a word…CONFESSION.

You can determine your future by your WORDS! Physically, you are what you eat. Spiritually, you are what you speak. Words are seeds that produce GOOD or BAD fruit in your life — sometimes sooner than you think. SPEAK your way to really LIVING and shape your destiny by guarding your words in these ways:

1) How you speak about YOURSELF — Be careful; you are God’s creation, and “God don’t make no junk!” We are His workmanship. (See Ephesians 2:10.)

2) How you speak to GOD — Doubt and unbelief dishonors God, while confession of His Word brings salvation and healing. (See Romans 10:10.)

3) How you speak about OTHERS — God loves THEM, also. When you sow life, you reap life; sow judgment (criticism), and you will be judged by the same. (See Matthew 7:2.)

PRAY: “‘Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, 0 Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.’* In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”

*Psalm 19:14