Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A Statewide Call to Pray! Day Four

It's day four.  Rains have moved through North Texas the last couple of days.  I know Abilene had big storms.  Houston had rain last night and so did we - one and a half inches.  Praise the Lord!  Our prayers are answered.

Yes and no.  Yes, we received rain but 90% or more of Texas did not.  Yes, it rained but you will recall that prayer for rain was not the burden the Lord placed on my heart.  Reread Day Two. Last night (or early this morning) I was going through some warfare issues with the enemy and I was watching the radar for the coming storms.

At that moment the Lord recalled to memory words that I had written in my first book, Return of the Priests.
God wants us to stand before Him as priests.  The priesthood is a call initiated and defined by God.  Priesthood is an invitation, based on our covenant relationship of faith, into an intimate fellowship with God. The priesthood is carried out – not in the framework of a religious system – but in everyday lives. The priesthood includes all people called, claimed and redeemed by God's sovereign will and grace through Jesus Christ. The priesthood is expressed through our lives by an authority we are given by God to serve in His kingdom in response to our intimate relationship with Him.  
"The priesthood is expressed through our lives by an authority we are given by God to serve in His kingdom in response to our intimate relationship with Him."  We are a kingdom of priests.  We are a royal priesthood.  And those are not just words spoken in order to make us feel good or important.  They define our call in this hour as the Lord shifts our State and Nation into a kingdom mindset.  It is no longer business as usual.  

He is exhorting us to go to the threshing floor.  He is threshing away the chaff - the old mindsets, systems and religious traditions.  As I declared to one of our TXAPN council members this morning - "He is messing with us."  We must be diligent and deliberate in seeking His face.  We must persistently bend our knee in repentance and humility.  We must stand in His authority and proclaim His kingdom as we hear His voice and obey.

It shall come about, if you listen obediently to my commandments which I am commanding you today, to love the LORD your God and to serve Him with all your heart and all your soul, that He will give the rain for your land in its season, the early and late rain, that you may gather in your grain and your new wine and your oil. He will give grass in your fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied. Deuteronomy 11:13-15 (NASB)

In my second book, Keeper of the Keys, I wrote this prayer of declaration:

            Father, we lift up Your name.  You are mighty to deliver and to save. Lord, thank You for calling us Your gates.  We take our place as your ambassadors, priests, servants and kings, allowing You to move through us. We want all the focus off of us and on You. We want no credit.  We desire for You to receive all the glory. Open our ears to hear You.  Open our eyes to see You.  Open up our hearts to perceive Your ways.
            Lord, at Your command and desire, we open up our gates and invite the King of Glory to come in.  And at Your word we also decree Your promises.  Our decrees which are based on Your promises will prevail against and destroy the works of the enemy.
            We decree Your kingdom come and Your will be done.
            We decree that the power and kingdom of God will penetrate and dispel the darkness that surrounds us.
            We decree the transformation of our lives and the lives of our family.
            We decree the restoration and rebuilding of our homes, businesses, cities and nation.
            We decree the release of healing and deliverance into the lives of people.
            We decree the salvation of God to be released over the region in which we live!            
Lord, wherever You come, let Your light, salvation and revelation be released into that place.  Let Your kingdom come and Your will be done in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

And Lord - let it rain!

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