Ok, here is Paragraph #2
[My emphasis is italicized.]
“God Seeks Intercessors. There is a God of glory able to meet all these needs. We are told that He delights in mercy, that He waits to be gracious, that He longs to pour out His blessing. We are told that the love that gave the Son up to death is the same love that each moment hovers over every human being. And yet He does not help. And there they perish. It is as if God does not move. If He does so love and long to bless, there must be some inscrutable reason for His holding back. What can it be? Scripture says it is because of our unbelief. (See Matthew 13:58, 17:20). It is the faithlessness and consequent unfaithfulness of God’s people. He has taken them into partnership with Himself. He has honored them, and bound Himself, by making their prayers one of the standard measures of the working of His power. Lack of intercession is one of the chief reasons for the lack of blessing. Oh, that we would turn our eyes and heart from everything else and fix them on God who hears prayer. Let the magnificence of His promises, His power, and His purpose of love overwhelm us! How our whole lives and hearts would become intercession.”
To be continued…
Last Christmas, Michael gave me a thick book entitled Andrew Murray on Prayer. It is actually six of Andrew Murray’s books in one. Even though I have yet to read it all the way through, I have picked it up from time to time, enjoying little bites of this delicious feast on prayer.
For the past few days, my attention has been drawn to this book. I thought that I should probably get it off the shelf and open it up, but I hadn’t – until yesterday morning.
The title of the book that is listed as number five in this publication of six is The Ministry of Intercession. That caught my attention!
There are 15 chapters in this book. The title of Chapter 14 is God Seeks Intercessors. So that became my devotional reading for the day!
There are ten specific paragraphs in this chapter that begin with those words – God Seeks Intercessors. I love what is written in the whole chapter, but I am going to share each of these ten paragraphs – one at a time – so that the writings of them individually can be pondered. These words really spoke to me and encouraged my heart that is so passionate about the need for increased intercession to be stirred up in His people.
I hope Andrew Murray’s words speak to your heart, too!
Here is Paragraph #1 –
“God Seeks Intercessors. There is a world with its perishing millions, with intercession as its only hope. So much love and work are comparatively vain, because there is so little intercession. There are millions living as if there had never been a Son of God to die for them. Every year, millions pass into the outer darkness without hope. Millions bear the Christian name, but the great majority of them live in utter ignorance or indifference. Millions of feeble, sickly Christians, thousands of wearied workers, could be blessed by intercession, could help themselves to become mighty in intercession. Churches and missions sacrificing life and labor with little result often lack the power of intercession. Souls, each one worth more than worlds – worth nothing less than the price paid for them in Christ’s blood – are within reach of the power that can be won by intercession. We surely have no conception of the magnitude of the work to be done by God’s intercessors, or we would cry to God above everything to give us the spirit of intercession.”
More to come…
“My soul yearns, yes, even pines and is homesick for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out and sing for joy to the living God. For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand [anywhere else]…”
Ps 84:2, 10b
Join me this Monday night for a Prayer Celebration!
I don’t always let this secret out, but Monday happens to be my birthday!
When I was asked what I wanted to do on my birthday, my answer, of course, was that I wanted to be in prayer with my Global Celebration Intercessors and friends in Harrisburg again! It’s another Monday night when we have been joining together for prayer at the Tomato Pie Café. We’ve been having such good times of prayer there! Why miss that? Why not turn it into a Prayer Celebration!
So all of you in the surrounding area of Harrisburg are invited to my Prayer Celebration! I don’t want any presents or gifts ~ your presence is my gift!
Please join me if you can. If you can’t, remember to lift up prayers for Global Celebration from wherever you are starting around 7:00 p.m. [EST] this Monday, August 18th. There is no time or distance in the Spirit!
“One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for, and [insistently] require: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, to behold and gaze upon the beauty [the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness] of the Lord and to meditate, consider, and inquire in His temple.”
Ps 27:4 [Amplified]
Yippee! A Prayer Party! Just what I wanted!
“Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, [the door] will be opened.”
Matthew 7:7-8 Amplified
We’re going to Keep On Praying!
We had such a sweet time of intercession last Monday night at the Tomato Pie Café in Harrisburg. We will be praying again tonight. We start at 7:00 PM [EST], so be sure to lift up a prayer for Global Celebration from wherever you are around that time tonight.
Please let me know through email, Facebook or this blog if there is anything the Lord shares with you about this ministry while you are in prayer.
There is power in Keeping On!
“And the inhabitants of one city shall go to them of another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray and entreat the favor of the Lord and to seek, inquire of, and require [to meet our own most essential need] the Lord of hosts. I will go also.”
Zechariah 8:21 Amplified
This is a call to prayer for all Global Celebration Intercessors and anyone else who has a heart to pray for the needs of Global Celebration and who live in or around the Harrisburg, PA, area!
When I put the request out for a location where we could gather for intercession, our dear friends, Chris and Karen Fisher, graciously answered. They are the owners of the wonderful Tomato Pie Café with locations in Lititz and Harrisburg, PA. They both truly have a heart for and strongly believe in the great power of prayer.
Since their restaurant in Harrisburg is closed for business on Mondays, they are letting us use this site to gather to pray on Monday nights. How wonderful is that!
So starting Monday, August 4th, we will be meeting at the Tomato Pie Café that is located at 3950 Tecport Dr, Harrisburg, PA 17111 [This is right down the hill from the Life Center where our Global Celebration School of Supernatural Ministry is held]. We will be starting at 7:00 pm.
Please pass this word on to others. If you’re not from this area or are just not able to attend, please join us in prayer from wherever you are.
Georgian and Winnie and their ministry truly need a greater increase in their prayer support as their work continues to grow rapidly around the world. You’re invited to play a big part in that!
“I will go also.”
Does anyone have or know of a place in the Harrisburg, PA, area where we can meet for some Corporate Intercession for Georgian and Winnie and Global Celebration?
If any of you from other areas of the country know of a group of people who want to pray for Global Celebration and have a place and can make a time to hold intercessory prayer meetings, let me know and I’ll try to travel there to join in.
This is really big on my heart and extremely necessary for the needs of Global Celebration right now.
Whoa! What an Awesome Graduation Celebration for the very first class of Global Celebration School of Supernatural Ministry! We had such a blast that it went on for two nights!
On Monday night, every student was able to stand up and speak about how the school impacted them. What amazing testimonies! Some made us laugh, while others brought tears. Needles to say, hearts were changed and lives were forever blessed for these GCSSM students.
Tuesday night started with a beautiful reception where we enjoyed fellowshipping together. The one remark I heard the most was, “Where did the year go? It went so fast.” It did seem like only a short time ago when we met in that same atrium for orientation.
After taking a class picture, the ceremony began with worship, then talks by Winnie and Georgian, our two wonderful valedictorians, and the final commencement message by Pastor Charles Stock of Life Center Ministries International. And after the presentation of the certificates to the students, how do you think this Global Celebration ceremony would end? A Bliss Fire Tunnel, of course! What fun!
Many of the students personally expressed to me their thanks for all the prayers that brought them in to GCSSM and saw them through the entire school year. They are eternally grateful.
Please pray for our second year of GCSSM. It will be here before you know it! Pray for God to make the way clear for all new students and returning students. Pray blessings over them and all of our staff as plans get underway for the new school year.
Thoughts from Psalm 34:8-10
Taste and see that the Lord is good.
I drink deeply of the kindness of this God.
See how Wonderful the Eternal really is!
Because I passionately pursue the Lord… Because I am intent on knowing the Eternal God, I will have everything I need.
I shall not lack any beneficial thing. I will never lack any good thing.
I am blessed because I take refuge in Him. Because I take refuge in Him, I am truly happy!
Thoughts from John 14:27
His is my Peace.
He gives me His own Peace, not the junk the world calls peace.
I refuse to allow myself to be agitated, disturbed, troubled, afraid, fearful, cowardly, intimidated, and unsettled.
Thoughts from Isaiah 26:3-4
He guards and keeps me in His Perfect Peace when my mind stays on Him ~ and His Greatness ~ and His Glory!
I chose to lean on and confidently trust Him always.
He is my Everlasting Rock!
Thoughts from John 16:33
He has overcome my world and deprived it of its power to harm me!