Prayer

The Weapon of Prayer!

 

An absolutely Vital ingredient in your spiritual life, of course!

 

Here are some GN’s and MO Letters, Spiritual studies on the subject of Prayer and the power of prayer.

 

Glenn Clark wrote a great little book about prayer and its powers and how they absolutely dwarf all the nuclear technology mankind has.  I won’t try and compete with the writings that have been imbued with the Holy Spirit here, but I will just say that the more you focus on this weapon, it goes without saying that you will find yourself more compelled to pray.  By the way, if you’re reading this, pray for me!  I need your prayers!

 

Below are:

 

1:::::Operator

2:::::Prayer Power

3:::::Action Through Prayer 1-4

4:::::Key Power in Persecution

5:::::Potent Prayers

6:::::Art of War 3 Letter Links: Power of United Prayer

7:::::Art of War 4

8:::::Prayer Primers

9:::::A LOT more to come on this!

 

 

The operator, The

David Berg

—By Father DavidMay 3, 1978MO—DFO NO.700

© June 1978 by The Family of Love, CP 748, 00100 Roma, Italia.

1. DID YOU HEAR WHAT I GOT ABOUT THE PRAYERS? They just flow out of your mouth and they go out and find anybody that you want to pray for, wherever they are. The little Zarabonda boy, or Bilitis and Melissa and David Hamilton.

2. IT’S THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT OF GOD, and nothing can limit the power of the Spirit of God. It’s the Elixir of Heaven! It doesn’t matter what you pray for, it just is absolutely marvellous! Every one of you has power!

3. MY GOD, HER EYES HAVE THE MOST MARVELLOUS POWER I HAVE EVER SEEN! There’re no eyes in this world that are so mystical and so magical and so witchy! Good witchcraft though, white magic. Isn’t that good! Do you see why God gave her to me? Did you know … look at those weird eyes! She is absolutely a witch!

4. I CAN SEE RIGHT THROUGH INTO HER MIND, they’re so beautiful‚ so amazing‚ it’s so wonderful! There’s a whirlpool going around with all kinds of colours—red and yellow and blue and orange and purple, going around inside of her head like this-a beautiful beautiful whirlpool of vibrations!

5. NOT THE FLESH, forget about the flesh, it’s ridiculous! But look, see, look! She has the most amazing eyes! She could hypnotise anybody!—And that’s why she does it! They’re so beautiful!

6. AND THERE’S THIS BIG BIG GLOBE OF ALL THESE COLOURS going around right inside, the vibrations‚ power. And that’s why I told you‚ that if you would start praying‚ then that colour comes out your mouth and it goes anywhere in the world to find whoever you’re praying for.

7. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHO OR WHERE THEY ARE, God doesn’t even have to have their address, He already knows it. Like Bilitis and Melissa and David Hamilton and Zarabonda boy and all of those.

8. IT’S SO TERRIBLE WE DON’T PRAY MORE FOR PEOPLE, because there are so many people we could pray for and help, but you don’t pray for them. Why don’t you pray for them? If you just think about them, you can send out a little prayer‚ just like a tracer.

9. BUT A THOUGHT IS NOT A PRAYER, a thought is just like an employee who’s standing there waiting for a command, an order. And if he just stands there and waits, he’ll never get anything done. A thought is only the beginning of a prayer.

10. BUT THEN YOU SEND IT, in Jesus’ name, and it runs just like a messenger, just like an employee. That’s the difference. But just thinking about them is not going to do it. You have to put feet to your prayers and send it and say, “Oh God, please help them, in Jesus’ name, I love them and I want You to help them!”

11. YOU HAVE TO SEND THE MESSENGER. But there is so much, my God, that the world and you will never know that you didn’t accomplish because you didn’t send them and you didn’t pray.

12. AND WHEN YOU EVEN THINK ABOUT THEM, that thought that you think about them, that you love them and you’re sorry for them, and you think about them like I thought about Bilitis and Melissa and the Zarabonda boy, I thought about them, so God by His Holy Spirit puts the thought in your mind.

13. IT’S JUST LIKE A TELEPHONE CALL. You’re almost like the exchange. And God sends the main call from His Spirit to your mind. And then you have to make the connection to send it on to the party that needs to receive it. But if you just think about them and you just cut it off‚ it’s just like you’re turning the phone off on God!

14. IT’S LIKE WHEN HE’S TRYING TO MAKE A PHONE CALL and He gives you the number and you put it through. He tells the operator—you’re the operator. God is the one that’s calling, and He tries to put it through you because He wants to show you what love really is.

15. LOVE IS MAKING A CONNECTION like that from God to somebody who needs your love. You are the connection between God and that person, in love. In everything we do in witnessing, God is the One who’s sending the message, right? And they are the one He wants to get it to.

16. BUT IT HAS TO GO THROUGH YOU.—YOU’RE THE OPERATOR. And if you don’t make the connection, if you’re lazy and slow and negligent and you don’t care and you don’t even want to be bothered with these calls and so you don’t make the connection, then it’s a broken connection‚ and they never get the message, and they never receive the love, and so there’s never any answer. (Weeps.)

17. DID YOU KNOW WHERE PRAYERS COME FROM? THEY’RE FROM THE SPIRIT OF GOD! They come from God. They go out to all the people, but He wants you to understand His love. You see, that’s what prayer is like. The prayer really comes from God.

18. WHEN GOD MAKES THE CALL and He plugs it into your mind, then you think about that person. But then you have to plug it in and send it on its way to that person. And of course, also, on the other end of the line, when the phone rings, they have to pick it up and they have to listen and receive the call.

19. JUST LIKE ANY TELEPHONE CALL, you know: There’s the main caller, like God, who initiates the call. And then you are like the telephone operator, and you have to transfer the call to the person. And they then have to pick it up and receive it, or the prayer can’t be answered.

20. ISN’T THAT BEAUTIFUL? I’m so tiny and miserable and eeny-weeny teensy-weensy itty-bitty, but you see, even if there’s one little tiny tiny wire, God plugs it in and if you are willing to plug out, like me, you can reach whoever He’s trying to reach.

21. FIRST OF ALL YOU’VE GOT TO BE PLUGGED INTO THE POWER‚ and then you are the one who makes the connection. God has already plugged you in‚ you’re already plugged into the Lord, all of you, you know, you’re already plugged into the Power.

22. BUT LOOK‚ SEE, when the power is coming through this cord, even though you’re plugged into the power and even though this thing here is connected to that appliance, it’s up to you to make the connection with the switch, did you know that? (Weeps.)

23. SO MUCH DEPENDS ON PRAYER! So much depends on us: It’s terrible we fail people so‚ because there are a lot of people who are already turned on, like that heater, who already want to receive and they’re turned on‚ but you don’t make the connection, and that’s the terrible part about it.

24. WHEN WE FAIL AND WE DON’T MAKE THE CONNECTION, we don’t flip the switch and we don’t plug it in, it’s so sad! We have a switch right in our mind and all we have to do when the power comes from God and the thought comes, is to flip it, just like a telephone operator, plug it into that hole that’s ready and empty and receptive and already connected to the person.

25. THAT’S WHY GOD WANTS YOU TO PRAY! And it’s so sad because we don’t pray and we don’t flip the switch. It’s just like God is calling and calling‚ but there are some people who don’t even get the message from God, operators who don’t even answer God, you know?

26. YOU’VE TRIED AND TRIED SOMETIMES TO GET THE OPERATOR and she won’t even answer. And they’re not even listening, they don’t even answer God at all. They don’t even hear the message at all! That’s what some people are like, did you know that? (Weeps.)

27. YOU GUYS OUGHT TO BE WEEPING FOR THESE PEOPLE! There are some of us who love Jesus and are listening and we get the message, but then we’re lazy and we’re not concerned and we don’t plug it in and flip the switch and send it on to them. You see?

28. AND OF COURSE THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE ON THE OTHER END, that even though they’re now connected, if they don’t pick it up and answer, then they will never get it. But if they are responsive and they are receptive, they will pick up the phone and listen, you know.

29. AND THAT’S JUST AS SIMPLE AS IT IS, IT’S JUST THAT SIMPLE! My God, why don’t people understand it? When God puts the thought in your mind about them, that’s a message from God. He’s putting in a phone call to you, and He wants you to be the operator and He wants you to plug it in, that’s all you can do.

30. YOU CAN’T MAKE THEM RECEIVE IT, you can’t make them pick up the phone‚ you can’t do it. They have to pick up the phone. But if you fail, as the operator, you fail to flick the switch or plug in the phone call to them, then they’ll never have a chance to get the call.

31. NOW IF I WASN’T EVEN LISTENING TO GOD‚ I wouldn’t even get the message, but at least if we’re listening to God we get the message. I thought about those girls, and I got the message that they really need the love of Jesus, and Jesus put that on my heart. It ‘s the Spirit of God. God is calling me and I’m one of His operators.

32. IF YOU’RE WILLING TO BE AN OPERATOR YOU HAVE TO PUT IN THE PLUG AND YOU HAVE TO MAKE THE CONNECTION, you see? There are some people who aren’t even operators and God tries to call them and they don’t even get the message—it’s terrible!

33. BUT I’M AN OPERATOR, AND YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO BE OPERATORS TOO, and I got the message for them. And so I told Maria, now watch, I’m going to plug in the call, I’m going to make a prayer, and watch‚ it’s going to flow together, we’re going to pray together.

34. IT’S GOING TO FLOW OUT OF OUR MOUTHS TOGETHER, and it’s going to go out and find them no matter where they are in the whole world, it doesn’t matter, just like long distance. You know you can make long distance calls anywhere in the world, anywhere.

35. IF THERE’S A GOOD OPERATOR and she does a good job and plugs in the phone call and makes a connection, then it will get through if they respond, if they answer‚ if they receive it. The call will be on the line, there is the juice, there is the power right on the line.

36. WHEN YOU PRAY FOR THEM AND YOU CALL THEM and try to send them the message, it’s on its way. If you have done your part and you as an operator have made the connection and you have plugged it in to their line, then it’s right there, it’s right there.

37. AND IF THEY WANT TO RECEIVE IT, THEY CAN RECEIVE IT. When you pray for them, you have sent the message on to them and you are ringing their bell. You’re giving the message, you’ve already passed the message on from God through the wire, through the telephone exchange and through those little plugs they stick in, or the little switches they flip.

38. ANYWAY, AT LAST, WHEN THEY HEAR THE BELL RINGING, THAT’S GOD’S WARNING VOICE: “I’m calling you”—God’s saying—”I’m calling you, listen to Me, Listen to Me, pick up the receiver, I want to give you a message.” But if they don’t pick it up they will never get the message.

39. IF THEY DON’T WANT TO HEAR FROM GOD and they don’t want to hear the truth and they don’t want salvation and they don’t want the answers‚ then they just refuse to answer the phone.

40. THEY COULD GET ALL THE ANSWERS and they could get all of their problems solved, and they could get the message of God if they would just pick up the telephone and listen and receive it, but they don’t even want to hear.

41. OF COURSE THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO PICK UP THE PHONE AND LISTEN A LITTLE BIT‚ but they’re not interested in the message‚ they don’t want to talk to Him, and they don’t want to talk to you. And they say‚ “No, it’s not important, I don’t care,” and then they just slam it back down because they don’t even want to hear, you know?

42. THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO’VE GOT THE TELEPHONE, and the message is on the line, but who won’t even pick it up and listen, and other people will listen and then hang up, you know? Do you understand? It’s just that simple!

43. BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING about the whole thing (weeps) as far as we’re concerned, is that we are the operators, we are the link between God and them, and if we fail to pass the call on, if we fail to plug it in or we don’t flip the switch they will never get the message.

44. BUT AFTER THE MESSAGE IS ON THE LINE, SEE‚ THEN IT’S THEIR RESPONSIBILITY. And if they don’t pick it up and listen, then that’s not your fault‚ you’re just the operator. When the operator tries the number and it doesn’t answer, that’s not her fault. Or if it answers and they just hang up, that’s not her fault either.

45. BUT YOU ARE THE CONNECTION between the two, and it’s your prayers that make the connection, and so you have to pray for them and make it specific, see? You don’t just say, “Oh, those poor little girls, they’re so beautiful and so sweet and they’re so hungry for love and I feel so sorry for them.”

46. YOU KNOW I WAS SITTING DOWN THERE in the living room that night the first time I saw that picture of the two girls on the Bilitis album, and I was sitting there thinking, “Oh, those poor little girls, they’re so sweet and they’re so hungry for love that they’re even loving each other, and it’s so sad because they can’t find enough love.”

47. AND DO YOU KNOW WHAT JESUS SAID TO ME? I’m a good operator and on the job, so immediately I got the message: He said‚ “Well‚ why don’t you pray for them! I’ll send them some love. If you will pray for them I will get through to them.” Isn’t that beautiful? And so Maria and I prayed together for them. That’s the difference.

48. YOU’RE LIKE AN OPERATOR, YOU GET THE MESSAGE FROM GOD and He puts it on your mind to think, “Oh, they’re so sweet and they’re so precious and they need love so much and they want to hear this call, they really need it,” and then you hang up! Isn’t that crazy?

49. INSTEAD OF TRANSFERRING THE CALL onward and plugging it into their number, you just say, “Oh well, okay, that’s too bad‚ I’m sorry.” It’s just like you’re telling God, “It doesn’t matter, I’m sorry but that’s too bad, there’s nothing I can do about it.”

50. THAT’S BECAUSE YOU DON’T BELIEVE IN PRAYER. You don’t believe in the power of God. If you would believe like I believe‚ then you would send that prayer, forward the call. The operator has to believe that the message really comes from God, and has to believe in the message. And then you have to believe that you can plug in and get through to them, that’s prayer.

51. WHY WOULD YOU PUT THE PLUG IN IF YOU DIDN’T BELIEVE there was a line there somewhere? Why would you flip the switch if you didn’t think there was going to be a connection‚ huh?

52. SO THE OPERATOR HAS TO BE THERE AND WORKING for the Telephone Company, and God is the Head of the Company. You have to be there and remember and know that if He tries to plug in or flip the switch‚ that there is a possibility of getting through.

53. NOW OPERATORS ARE NOT ALWAYS ABLE TO GET THROUGH, there are all kinds of reasons why they can’t get through sometimes, bad connections or there’s too much traffic on the lines and there’s not a clear line through or there’s something wrong on the other end.

54. THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF PROBLEMS about getting the message through, but you have to try. You have to plug in and send the message and pray and try. And then if there’s something wrong out there, that’s not your fault, but you have to be responsible to pray. (Weeps.)

55. WE COULD ACCOMPLISH SO MUCH THROUGH PRAYER! The world will never know how much has not been accomplished because people didn’t pray.

56. DID YOU KNOW I HAVE CHANGED THE COURSE OF HISTORY? I prayed for Cyprus and God changed the course of history in Cyprus because I prayed! I prayed for Ethiopia and God changed the course of history because I prayed, did you know that? And I’m praying about Lebanon now and I know that God is going to do something.

57. WE’RE THE OPERATORS, and we get the messages, but we have to believe the message is from God. We have to believe the message ourselves, that it is a real message‚ and then we have to believe that we can make the connection—pray!

58. AND THEN WE HAVE TO BELIEVE that if we make the connection they will get the message, or the bell will ring or it will try to, see? We have to have faith in the whole system—from the Head of the company all the way down through the whole system, to at least try.

59. YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET THROUGH. And even a good faithful operator can’t always get through. She can try and try and try, but at least she has the faith to try, and that’s your faith. Do you know what faith is?

60. YOUR FAITH IS THE HAND THAT FLIPS THE SWITCH from God’s message to the recipient. Or your faith is the hand that picks up the cord and plugs it into the hole, and tries to fill the hole.

61. THEN FROM THERE ON IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT‚ it’s not your problem, you can’t help it. You did your part. You are just the connector between God and them. That’s what a witness is.

62. A WITNESS IS THE CONNECTOR BETWEEN GOD AND THE PEOPLE, see? A witness is the operator who receives the message of God and believes it. If the operator didn’t believe there was a real call coming in, a bona fide call and didn’t really think that it was supposed to go on through, the operator wouldn’t plug it in‚ right?

63. THE OPERATOR HAS TO BELIEVE THE CALL, do you understand? The operator has to believe the call, and then the operator has to have the hand of faith to flip the switch or plug it in. Then from there on it’s up to His system, it’s up to the people out there what’s going to happen. That’s how simple it is.

64. BUT THAT’S HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR YOU TO PRAY. Prayer is the hand of faith that flips the switch. You wouldn’t pray if you didn’t have the faith, right? If you didn’t believe it you wouldn’t have the faith.

65. THERE’S SO MUCH DEPENDENT ON US‚ SO MUCH DEPENDENT ON YOUR PRAYERS, because although God can do anything, He has committed Himself just to work through you. And your prayers can do mighty things and change the course of history!

66. SO YOU CAN PRAY FOR TWO POOR LITTLE PRETTY GIRLS or an old bum or a world leader or a country or a nation or anything, you can pray.—And it turns God’s mind! Yes. Ah! There’s a Scripture. I always ask God for a Scripture if that’s true, and He says,

67. “HE HOLDETH THE HEART OF THE KING IN HIS HAND AND HE TURNETH IT WHITHERSOEVER HE WILL.” (Pr.21:1.) See? And He turns the hearts of the rulers towards His people (Ezra 6:22), that’s another one. It’s like you’re out there with a hose. You’re standing there with a hose and you squirt it this way or you squirt it that way.

68. GOD PUTS YOU OUT THERE WITH THE HOSE and the water is coming and it’s there, but you have to turn it this way or that way, and it’s your prayers, it’s your hand of faith that controls the end of that hose.

69. THE WATER IS THERE and it’s in the hose and it’s good and it will do the job. But if you don’t stand out there with the hose and turn it, you won’t water anything, you know? That’s how you have to get the results.

70. AND YOU CAN TURN IT ANY WAY YOU WANT TO BY YOUR PRAYERS. Your prayers are the hand of faith that either flips the switch or that turns the nozzle. And of course, you have to already be turned on and tuned in, and that’s because you have faith and you’re already connected with God.

71. YOU UNDERSTAND ME? So don’t forget that. Even though the power’s here and the utility’s there, if you don’t plug it in, they will never get the message, never get the power, whether you’re a telephone operator, a hose operator, or any kind of operator.

72. THE POWER MAY BE THERE, BUT YOU HAVE TO OPERATE IT. See, all I am is an operator. I’m already tuned in and all I do is listen, and then I flip my hand of faith and I tell you. See, I was telling you right now. I flipped the hand of faith right here and I told you all, and therefore you got the message‚ you got the phone call.

73. GOD GAVE ME THE PHONE CALL, He put it in my head, and then I used the hand of faith‚ my mouth‚ to tell it to you‚ and I gave it to you, and then you received it, and so you liked it, isn’t that good? PTL! God bless you! I love you!

74. PLEASE PRAY! You’re the Operator. It’s your responsibility to pass on the message. Please don’t fail!—Or someone will miss God’s important call. Be a faithful Operator—pray!—Amen?

Prayer Power

David Berg

—MO May 29‚ 1972 NO.302—GP

P.O. Box 31, London WC2E 7LX, England or Box 5645, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00905.

1. THE LORD REALLY LEAVES A LOT TO US and our concern and prayer. If you only cry with a half a heart you only get half an answer. If you cry with your whole heart you get a whole–hearted strong answer. If you turn it on real strong then it reflects strong. Like a beam of light focused on a mirror, prayer will reflect or be answered with the same intensity as it originates. It will bounce back with as much power as it began with.

2. THE LORD LEAVES A LOT UP TO US: If we stir ourselves then God will stir Himself. An awful lot depends on us, our faith and our prayers and what we want done. A lot of people have sort of a lazy attitude and seem to think the Lord will do it all no matter what.—But the truth of the matter is, a lot depends on us.

3. HE WANTS US TO SHOW CONCERN AND PRAY ABOUT IT, and be specific about it. If you really believe, every prayer is heard and answered. But if you don’t pray it is not done! An awful lot depends on you. It’s like you have to visualise the people you’re praying for and pray specifically for them with that thought on your heart and ask the Lord to do this or that for them‚ and it is no sooner said than done. In fact, He often answers before you call—because He knows you’re going to.

4. THE VERY INTENSITY WITH WHICH YOU PRAY AND REALLY MEAN IT OR DESIRE IT IS REFLECTED IN THE ANSWER. That picture is so vivid: It all depends on your prayers. The beam that hits the satellite is reflected according to the intensity of the original beam. The strength of the current you generate governs the current that is reflected and the current that is received.

5. THEY RECEIVE THE SAME CURRENT YOU SEND THEM. They are not going to receive any more than you send. (Question: But what about when somebody prays for someone only once in their lives?)Maybe prayer is sort of like turning on a switch: It takes effort‚ but once the switch is flipped the current is on. Maybe it will take years to get the answer, but it will eventually come, like bouncing radio waves off a distant planet. They come back, but it takes a while.

6. (QUESTION: WHY SHOULD CERTAIN ANSWERS TAKE LONGER TO COME?) When they want to go to the moon, why do they pick a certain day to go? Because if it takes, let’s say, three days to get there, the moon is going to have to be at the closest possible point in three days, so that when they leave the moon it will still be close enough to get home.

7. A MOON TRIP IS DEPENDENT ON BOTH THE POSITION OF THE EARTH AND THE POSITION OF THE MOON at the time they want to take the trip. So the astral bodies control time and us to some extent. (David prays: ) Make it simple, Lord, and (and immediately sees a picture: three little illustrations in rapid succession flash across his screen:)

8. FIRST I SEE A BALL BOUNCING: First of all, when you play tennis a great deal you know that the angle the ball leaves the racket depends on the angle at which the ball strikes the racket. The power with which the racket hits the ball and where it goes depends on the force with which it hit the ground and the stroke of the player. How high it bounces has a lot to do with the way it is directed and the force with which it is directed and the place that it strikes, all of which determine where it finally winds up.

9. THE NEXT PICTURE IS OF A BALL STRIKING A BAT: The way the pitcher throws the ball the force for which he throws it and the angle and the force with which the bat hits it, all affect where it lands. Both the pitcher and batter have a part in the outcome.

10. THE THIRD IS A BILLIARD BALL: Billiards is the most scientific of all sports having to do with the bouncing of balls. It’s the most amazing thing how an expert can take a billiard ball and shoot that billiard ball with a cue! The way his cue strikes the ball can even give it a twist to make it more curve.

11. HE CONTROLS THE ORIGINAL FORCE AND DIRECTION and the power and way in which it is sent out; the spin and everything that happens is a reflection of the way he started it off. Because he can do it so it’ll hit a cushion and bounce back and hit another ball, and that ball will bounce in another direction and hit a third ball into the pocket!

12. HE CONTROLS THE ORIGINAL DIRECTION AND FORCE, and if it is guided just right, the cushion and the other balls reflect his ball and they bounce it back and give it a little extra push. A lot depends on the distance. That distance in space has to do with time. That space in a sense regulates the time. God has regulated the location of the stars and the planets, sun and moon.

13. ANOTHER FUNNY PICTURE: THE FELLOW WHO DOES THE BREAK SHOT. They start off with the triangle of balls and the opening shot that scatters the balls all over the table. The second man then has to shoot to get all the balls he can into the pockets, which are the scoring shots. He is not allowed to move the balls by hand from their original positions, even his own ball, and is not allowed to adjust the positions where they have been created, so to speak, or where they have landed, like where God has placed the planets. The only thing he can do is try to shoot his ball in such a way that it strikes the cushions and the other balls at such an angle that it knocks one or more of them in to the pockets.

14. GOD IS THE ONE WHO FIRED THE BREAK SHOT‚ and every thing is out there in the position. He destined it to be in. He has set the stage with His original shot by the creation of planets, etc., and the rules by which the game is played and the position of all the balls, and you’ve got to play it by His rules and the position He’s put all the balls in.

15. HE SET THE STAGE WITH HIS CREATION, like the planets, the sun and the stars, etc., and they move according to His rules. In other words, He sets the original pattern and the original roles, but then we can do something with what He has set up. The original position of all these things are the major control of what happens because of their position.

16. BUT THE WAY IN WHICH WE SHOOT AT THEM IS LIKE OUR PRAYERS—the force, the angle‚ the twist, or spin, or the “English” you put on it—the way in which you shoot is like the way a prayer is worded or expressed, or the way you ask God to answer. It may be a forceful prayer in the right direction, but how do you want God to answer? But then the position of the planets or stars that these prayers reflect from are like the various people and circumstances involved and the distances and positions of all factors affected, like the billiard balls, all have something to do with the time that it takes to do the job.

17. REALLY‚ THOSE ASTRAL BODIES LIKE INDIVIDUALS REGULATE BY THEIR ORIGINAL POSITION THE TIME IT TAKES AND HOW THEY REFLECT. How come it takes so long for some prayers to be answered? Again, the picture of the billiard table: The balls are numbered, and the players are supposed to hit a ball of a certain number in proper sequence at a certain time in the game.

18. BUT YOU CAN’T HIT THAT BALL UNTIL ITS NUMBER COMES UP.— And of course, the One who created the game numbered the balls!—And you don’t regulate where that ball’s going to be at that time it’s supposed to be a hit. That’s all ordered by the way the balls were scattered in the first place. You have to wait until your ball and that ball are in just the right position regarding that corner pocket to make the right shot to get the ball where you want it to go.

19. IN A WAY, IT’S ALMOST LIKE THE LEAD PLAYER IS GOD, and He is the One that made the break shot that scattered the balls originally. And as you go along, He plays too and keeps changing the position of the balls by his shots. The only difference is, God is not trying to beat you. He’s actually trying to help you win if you are on His side, like playing doubles: Your partner is God, and your opponents partner is the Devil! God’s shots are made to try to make it easier for you.

20. IT’S LIKE WHEN YOU PLAY PARTNERS: YOUR PARTNER, GOD, TRIES TO “SET IT UP” FOR YOU. The same is true in another game, croquet: God is like your partner and He tries to give you setups to make it easier for you to shoot. Of course‚ it doesn’t matter how good God sets things up, if you don’t shoot straight it won’t do any good.

21. AND NO MATTER HOW GOOD YOUR SHOT IS, THAT BALL, PLANET OR PERSON HAS TO BE IN A CERTAIN POSITION for it to hit right. You may be firing away‚ maybe even hitting the planet right, but if the object of your prayers is not at the right angle of reflection it’s not getting through to him.

22. A LOT DEPENDS ON HIM, THE RECIPIENT OF YOUR PRAYERS, too, to get the benefit of your prayers. You’ve got to be in the right position, the planet that controls his situation has to be in the right position, and he has to be in the right position. The planets control us. It’s like the Holy Spirit is the power of the prayer. He provides its current. The power can be there, but if you transmitter is out of whack it doesn’t transmit right: If there’s sin‚ or you’re not tuned in right, or on the wrong channel, it won’t work.

23. LET’S TAKE THE RADIO FOR ANOTHER EXAMPLE; You’re going to send a radio message across the world for someone over there it pick it up. Number one: Your transmission won’t have any power at all unless it’s plugged into the current‚ the Holy Spirit, God’s Power, the main current, the main line.

24. YOUR TRANSMITTER HAS TO BE IN GOOD CONDITION. If it’s faulty or out of tune or on the wrong channel, it won’t transmit like it ought to and won’t get the message through clear.

25. ON TOP OF THAT‚ IT’S GOT TO BE BEAMED IN EXACTLY THE RIGHT DIRECTION at God’s satellite. God, in a sense, really controls the limits of the direction of the prayer, because if you don’t beam it in the general area where He wants it to go so it hits His satellite, it will miss the point all together. It won’t do a bit of good if you’re firing off in some other direction. You’ve got to be right on target in the direction God wants it to go, or it won’t bounce right.

26. BUT IF YOU’RE IN TUNE, THE HOLY SPIRIT DIRECTS IT. If your set is automated and the Holy Spirit is absolutely in control, then it’s automatically tuned just right—power, beam, direction, everything—by the Lord’s own computer, and it can’t miss! But if you’ve been fooling around with the dials and the settings‚ you can mess up the whole works by trying to do it your way.

27. ALSO, THE LORD HAS TO HAVE HIS SATELLITE OF HIS WILL IN JUST THE RIGHT POSITION to bounce it down to the receiver, and the receiver’s got to be in just the right position to receive it. The satellite is on a fixed orbit that you can’t change, like God’s overall plan that is fixed. You must aim within that fixed orbit. Then, depending on your prayer and the recipient of your prayer, and providing conditions are right and you aim right in the direction that God has already sent the satellite of His will, you can hit right on target! It’s got to go according to God’s general direction if you want it to work.

28. THEN IF YOUR RECEIVER GETS IN THE RIGHT POSITION HE’LL RECEIVE IT. If the recipient is tuned in right and has the right power and is on the right channel, he will get the message.

29. SO THERE ARE AN AWFUL LOT OF FACTORS WHICH AFFECT THE WHOLE PROCESS OF PRAYER. Which is one reason, of course, why you don’t always get the answer right away. The trouble may be with you, or it’s maybe not God’s time ’cause his satellite isn’t in the right position yet‚ or the trouble may be at the other end.

30. (QUESTION: WHAT ABOUT THESE PEOPLE THAT PRAY THE SAME PRAYERS FOR YEARS—Is this necessary?) Answer: I think an original prayer is enough, except you may continue the prayer and remind the Lord you have your set on and you’re sort of monitoring and checking to see if God’s still on the line, or to find out if God’s gotten through to them. Or you may continue putting out a “CQ” (“seek you”) transmission hoping the recipient will tune in and pick it up.

31. SO PRAYER DEPENDS ON THREE PRINCIPAL FACTORS: Your position, God’s position and the position of the other person for whom you’re praying. In other words, it depends on the cue ball, the target ball and the pocket—the position of all three. You don’t control it completely, they don’t control it completely, and God has specifically limited Himself not to control it completely, but to let it be affected by your position and their position.

32. THE POSITION OF HIS SATELLITE IS SET, BUT HOW IT IS USED DEPENDS ON YOU AND THEM. In other words‚ He’s set the position of His overall plans, but how you fit into the plan depends on your position and their position.

33. SO GOD HAS LEFT A LOT UP TO YOU AND A LOT UP TO THEM. HE’LL ALWAYS DO HIS PARTHis orbit is set and His satellite will always be in the place it is supposed to be. So the only thing that will change things is your position, and their position.

34. IT’S LIKE A MATHEMATICAL PROBLEM: The more complicated the problem is and the more factors involved, the more difficult the solution. The bigger the problem and the more parts there are to the problem, the harder it is to work out the answer. But for a simple little problem like two plus two, it’s easy to get a simple little answer like four, because you have very little involved. Then it’s easy to get the answer.

35. IT’S A LITTLE BIT LIKE ASTROLOGY: All the stars, constellations‚ sun, moon, planets and all, have to be in a certain conjunction and positioned at just the right time in order to get the right results. You can’t rush God, the planets or the stars. You have to wait till they’re in that position. You’ve got to wait till it’s God’s time. But if you wait on God’s time and you shoot straight at the right time, you’ll get the right answer!

36. IF YOU’D LIKE TO KNOW MORE about how to get answers to your prayers or about faith for healing, mental problems‚ finances, marriage problems, etc., send for some of the letters along this line listed below. Write us about your problem or need, or stop in at our nearest Colony for immediate prayer. We love you and would like to help you. Do it now before it’s too late! God bless you!

Action Through Prayer!–Part 1

Karen Zerby

—The underused spiritual weapon! Part 1

By Maria Maria #551 CM/FM 3319 9/00

Dear Family,

1. I love you and I’m praying for you. Maybe it seems that we sometimes overuse the term “I’m praying for you,” but perhaps that’s because we’ve grown familiar with it and don’t realize just how important or powerful our prayers are. In this GN and others to follow I’m going to share with you some fascinating messages that provide fresh insight into what happens in the realm of the spirit when we pray and just how significant our prayers are to the Lord. These messages are primarily about intercessory prayer‚ which is prayer for others. However, there are also other jewels about prayer in general, including prayers for yourself, your Home, your work, etc. Before sharing these messages I’d like to give you a little background as to how this new GN series on prayer came about.

2. In our Home we have regular daily prayer for you, our Family, both at ­devotions and mealtimes as well as throughout the day in our prayer vigils. We also set aside a half day every two weeks for prayer and take time to hear from the Lord about your needs. Many of the messages received on these prayer mornings later come to you via the GNs, or in personal letters from my secretaries, in answer to prayer requests you’ve sent us. Over the last year or so, while planning these prayer mornings, our channels have received some wonderful mess­ages from the Lord about prayer. Our sweet Lover regularly encourages us to pray more than we have been, and continues giving us more good reasons why we should. Many of those messages are included in these GNs.

3. Needless to say, I’ve had a personal burden to share these jewels with you, and have wanted to produce these GNs for some time now. We often have several projects in the works, and some things have to wait their turn. We simply can’t get everything out as quickly as we would like, as has been the case with this material. However, recently the Lord pointed out that we needed to put a push on publishing these GNs for you, saying it was very important in relation to the era of action. This came about as a result of a mistake someone in our Home made, which the Lord used as a catalyst to speak to us further on this subject.

4. A situation arose in which dear ­Matthew, one of Peter’s and my team­workers, received some reports regarding a serious security situation that endangered the safety of some Family members. Due to certain circumstances‚ he was the only one to read the reports when they first arrived. It was a serious situation that desperately needed prayer, and should have immediately been shared with as many people as possible to get help in the spirit. But because he was very busy with unusual duties, on top of his normal very big work­load‚ this didn’t get done right away, although it did get taken care of a few days later.

5. When we asked the Lord what He wanted to show us through this oversight and if there were any lessons we needed to learn from it, He spoke to us about a very important aspect of our prayer lives and He gave us a “secret of success” for the era of action. He also made it clear we needed to share this material with you as soon as possible. This is something we can all participate in right now. It doesn’t cost anything‚ we already have the tools for it on hand‚ and in fact, it’s imperative that we begin putting this counsel into effect immediately if we are to succeed in the ­future.

6. Once we started seeing how much of an emphasis the Lord wanted to put on prayer, we brought several other specific questions about prayer before Him. Those questions and His answers are also included in this series on prayer. I think you’ll find these Letters a great boost to your spiritual strength and relationship with the Lord—and toward seeing more of the Lord’s power manifested in your everyday lives!

7. The first message which follows contains the Lord’s counsel about the need for prayer. God bless dear Matthew, He sweetly agreed to share these messages with you so that you could also benefit from these important lessons and this valuable instruction from the Lord.

Much love, Mama

My Idea of Action

8. (Jesus speaking:) To depend on Me is to pray. How can anyone depend on Me when there is a lack of prayer—either ac­knowl­edging Me and seeking Me for an­swers and direction in prophecy, or com­mit­ting your needs and problems, or those of others, to Me in prayer? A lack of either type of prayer shows that you’re too strong in yourself and you don’t fully realize that without Me you can do nothing.

9. I want to take the Family into a phase of greater intercessory prayer‚ and I will do that through My Word. I will give them more insight into the value of their prayers‚ the power of spending those minutes seeking Me. Oh, how silly it is for weak and pitiful man to feel that his feverish labors and work can even come close to a few minutes spent in prayer! Once My children realize that, they will be much more willing to take the time needed in prayer, and they will see the results of those prayers.

10. That, too, is part of the key of the era of action. People equate action with do­ing something. But they must realize that praying is also action—the most efficient and powerful kind of action. The children of David have somehow separated prayer and spiritual activities from what they consider action. For something to be action, they feel they have to be working in the flesh, doing something visible, exercising their own initiative. That is true, but there is also the action behind the scenes in the spirit, the powerful action that is performed through prayer. This cannot be separated as something less valuable, less important, or less emphasized now that you’re in the era of action. Prayer is where the fastest and most powerful progress can be made, which will catapult you into the full fruit and power of the era of action, and then and only then will you see the miracles and greater works that I have promised.

11. The new changes in WS, the commitment to excellence of your WS co-workers, the establishment and progress of the Activated program‚ the building of a larger base church, are all extremely important—absolutely necessary to the success and con­tinued growth of the Family. But intercessory prayer is a key element in making it all happen. There in the privacy of your prayer closet is where the miracles will begin.

12. I have begun this move toward more prayer by making it a requirement that My children in WS have a daily prayer vigil, but this is only the beginning. This is only to condition their minds and spirits and automatic reactions so that they will learn to depend on Me more. The more time a person spends praying, the greater lack they will feel when they fail to pray‚ and the easier I am able to prick their conscience to motivate them to pray. It’s something that needs to be developed, for it’s a combination of an understanding and acceptance of the power of prayer and the making of a habit to actually pray. For you see, even if you understand and accept and believe in the power of prayer‚ it does nothing until you actually pray. Just the understanding‚ acceptance, and belief are not enough; that’s only the first step. It’s not until you take the time to specifically call on Me for help, to formulate and verbalize your prayers‚ to put them into words either aloud or in your mind, asking Me specifically for your need or for the needs of ­others, that I and your spirit helpers can go to work on your behalf.

13. You who live and work with your queen have had the very rare privilege of seeing thou­sands of times when she prays for others and commits each conversation, need, problem, and situation to Me. She has rarely missed praying when speaking with you about any subject. That’s her natural reaction; it’s part of her very nature. But that is not something that is just for her. It’s not a special spiritual richness that is reserved only for the queen. That is the goal that each of My children should strive for‚ and you must begin now to help each other and to seek Me often and desperately, asking Me to make each of you a prayer warrior. (End of message from Jesus.)

Becoming a Man of Prayer

14. (Mama:) As you can see, the Lord is shedding a new light on the importance of prayer and the role it needs to play in our lives. He makes it clear that intercessory prayer is the key to the miracles that He will do through us in the era of action. We have everything to gain by making this a daily habit. It’s important we begin to do so today, because prayer is where the most powerful and fastest progress can be made, which will catapult us into the full fruit and power of the era of action. He says only as we make intercessory prayer an integral part of our lives will we be able to see the miracles and greater works that He has prom­ised us.

15. Intercessory prayer is the key element in making it all happen. It begins in the privacy of your prayer closet. Understanding, accepting and believing is the first step, but it’s not enough on its own. Things won’t happen until you actually pray. It’s not until we take the time to formulate and verbalize our prayers with specific requests that the Lord and His spirit helpers can go to work on our behalf. Begin now! Help each other to make prayer part of your nature and to become prayer warriors who desperately seek the Lord often.

16. The next two messages were also received for dear Matthew after hearing the above counsel.

17. (Jesus speaking:) My precious one—I appreciate your diligent labors of love for Me and the Family. I know your heart and I’m confident that you want to serve the Family well and wisely. You are willing to work long hours and you take your responsibility seriously. Because of this, I can trust you with more and more, and your queen and king can give more into your faithful hands.

18. This is a time of change. You know this, not only because of the changes around you and the changes in the Family‚ but you also sense that this is a time of change in the spirit. You’ve sensed My Spirit prodding you and others to grow spiritually, to embrace the changes I have for you wholeheartedly and with seriousness of mind. You have determined to be right with Me, and you want all that I have for you.

19. There is much for you in the days to come—much challenge and added responsibility. Situ­ations will come up that will try your faith and make you feel weak and helpless. This is good. That’s how I want you to feel.

20. It is more difficult for men to feel weak and to consistently acknowledge not only to Me but to others their desperate need for help. Men naturally want to do it themselves. They want to “fix it” and there­by show their worth. That’s the nature of men and something that serves them well at times, for it also causes men to take initiative, to be guardians of their loved ones, and to have the will to work hard and sacrifice. But there is a negative side to that nature that must be recognized and overcome‚ and that is a tendency to not let Me do as much as I can and want to do.

21. No matter how strong a man is, no matter how gifted, wise, talented, experienced and faithful, there are limitations to what he can do. A man is a man is a man. For each one to truly become all that he can be, there must come a time when he steps across the threshold from the flesh to the spirit, truly depending more on Me and the spiritual realm than on his own work, wisdom, or knowledge.

22. You have done well, My love, in progressing in your use of prophecy. I’m very pleased to see that you’re open to asking Me not only the big things, but also the little things. This is a great evidence of humility‚ for it’s the little things that you feel you should be able to do on your own. It’s more humbling to openly depend on Me for something that seems anyone in their right mind could do almost without effort. Your progress in asking Me everything is a wonderful testimony to others.

23. There is another step that I want you to take which will take you further down this path of humility, dependence on Me, and being a good sample to others. This is something that will also humble you and will require a change of mindset and habit. I want you to become a prayer warrior. Before you immediately react to this commission with self-confidence, that, “Oh, is that all? I know that story, I already am a prayer warrior,” let Me explain.

24. There are times when you pour your heart out to Me in beautiful, ­heartfelt, desperate prayer. I love those times. I breathe in your prayers and they are to Me like fresh mountain air after the rain is to you. Your prayers invigorate and challenge Me. They inspire Me, they motivate Me and cause Me to rise up in hot passion on your behalf. Then your wish becomes My command.

25. I want you to keep Me in this state of arousal by praying more often and more desperately. I want you to become known as a man of prayer. I want you to become one who prays‚ who shows his faith in prayer by doing it.

26. I put a challenge before you, dear one, and that is to change your present way of working and thinking, so that your first reaction is to pray. You work‚ you discuss, you write, but how much do you pray? ­Really now, think about it. In relation to every­thing else you do, how much do you actually pray—either privately or with ­others? How much effort do you put into the things you do—your own works—and how much do you let Me do for you and others? Honestly‚ My love‚ I want you to see who you’re trusting more—Me, or your own hand?

27. I know you trust Me‚ you depend on Me, you believe in My power. But I want to see that trust, dependence, and belief more, illustrated in intercessory prayer. You should pray each time you read a message. Pray for the needs, the problems, the people. Let Me work for you. But the only way that happens is if you pray, if you actually put these needs and desires into words in prayer.

28. Thinking, or even prayerfully reading and reflecting, is not the same as intercessory prayer. Prayer is when you beseech Me with actual words, and you express the need and ask for My help and intervention either aloud or in your mind. Even in the times when you don’t know what to pray for or what to specifically ask Me, you can still call on Me and ask Me to intervene. As I have promised, if you pray by My Spirit, My Spirit will make intercession for you. The important part of intercessory prayer is that you have to specifically call on Me, formulate your prayer and make your peti­tion known to Me. You need to make a positive declaration that you need My help. Inter­­cessory prayer is more than a vague mental state. It is explicitly calling on Me for help and asking Me to do something about a situation or need.

29. You must actively intervene for the person or situation in need. Intercessory prayer is communicating your request in one of these ways—verbalize your prayer, put it into words‚ say it either out loud or in your mind, asking Me specifically to help. Even when you don’t know what specifics to pray for, you can still acknowledge Me and ask Me for help‚ then let My Spirit pray through you so that I can intervene and help in the situation.

30. Only when that happens, when you take your prayerful spirit a step further and actually call on Me and your spirit helpers, can we come to your aid. Of course, when you don’t put your prayers into words, I still do what I can—but it’s pitifully little com­pared to when you call on Me and ­others and thereby allow Me to fully release My power on your behalf.

31. Even seeking My voice of prophecy and hearing from Me for guidance and instruction about what you should do to help a situation is not enough without intercessory prayer. The two work hand in hand. I will gladly speak to you and give My words of comfort and encouragement and instruction for others through your channel, as well as show you how you can help them. Yet without entrusting the situation to My hands through fervent intercessory prayer, even coming to Me for guidance and asking what “you” can do to help can turn out to be leaning too much on your own arm of flesh and your own works. You can hear from Me and I’ll tell you what you can do, and though you follow through and do what you are able to do in the physical, if this is all you’re doing‚ it’s leaning to your own arm. I am pleased that you follow through‚ but you must take this a step further than only doing what you can do. If this is not also accompanied by intercessory prayer, if you are not committing the situation to Me, if you are not praying and interceding for the situation, asking Me to work the miracle and do the things which you cannot do, then you’re leaning too much on your own arm of the flesh.

32. I want you to remember this incident in which the work and brethren of this particular Home were in jeopardy and you neglected to send a prayer request immediately to those who could have prayed, as an example of your need to change your habits and mindset. To send a prayer request should have been your absolute first reaction. Even if you didn’t have the time to know the whole situation, you could have sent a prayer request that said, “I’m sorry we don’t have more details just yet, and we will try to inform you of more as soon as possible, but a serious situation has come up that needs our desperate prayers.…”

33. If you are not checked to pray and to recruit as much prayer as possible for a situation as serious as this‚ then what will make you pray and seek the prayers of ­others? What will it take?

34. You must realize, My precious love, that you are in a very serious position in that you are aware of many situations and problems that few people know about. I’m trusting you, and your king and queen are trusting you, not only to handle the business wisely and to ask Me everything, but also to pray for others. That’s one of your primary responsibilities, and if you fail to pray or fail to seek the prayers of others, you have failed. Because no matter what else you do, it could never begin to measure up to what I can do if and when you call on Me in intercessory prayer. You must be a man of prayer. Intercessory prayer is your first job, and should be your first reaction.

35. You, like many of the children of David, are familiar with the concept of prayer. You feel quite comfortable with your prayer life and you feel you are prayerful. That is true to a certain degree, for you are prayerful in some ways and you have improved in asking Me everything, which is part of prayerfulness. But intercessory prayer is something different. Inter­cessory prayer is largely a sacrificial service, for it is prayer for others. It is taking your time and giving it to someone else by seeking Me for their needs. In a sense, you are giving your life to someone else in intercessory prayer because you are giving them your time‚ strength, and attention. You’re saying they’re more important than you are‚ so you’re willing to drop everything else to make sure they have what they need by seeking Me for them.

36. Some churches and other Christians are quite strong in intercessory prayer. They’re weak in other ways‚ such as witnessing and trusting Me for supply, but they’re strong in intercessory prayer. They see that as their service to Me. This is good, for intercessory prayer is a beautiful service and ministry, one to be sought after and cherished. And you, sweet bride of Mine, are in a position to exercise that service greatly.

37. I will put a greater emphasis on intercessory prayer for the Family at large, and I expect you to lead the way, along with others. If you are to be a leader and shep­herd in the era of action as I want you to be, then you must become a man of prayer. For through intercessory prayer you will take hold and avail yourself of the greatest action there is—the action in the spirit world performed by Me, the One Who holds the power of life and death in My hands.

38. I appreciate your efforts and works, and they are necessary, but when compared to Mine, they are minute. You are doing us both a disservice if you have an imbalance in your life with too much emphasis on your own work, which is synonymous with your own power, and not enough emphasis on My power‚ which is tapped into through intercessory prayer.

39. Please take up this challenge, for this will lead you into the era of action as the man I want you to be. To do this you must:

*Seek to change your habits.

*Put up reminders for yourself and let others remind you to pray and seek the prayers of others.

*Ask for prayer to change in this way.

*Have set times for intercessory prayer.

*Go overboard in the beginning, which will help you form a new mindset.

*Develop a new routine in which you pray specifically for every situation or person you read about or talk about. I’m not talking about vague‚ nebulous or halfhearted prayers; I want you to say an actual prayer. Be specific, put your supplications into words; ask Me to intervene for you.

*Slow down.

*Don’t be intimidated by others.

*Set the pace and pull others up to your level; don’t sink down to the level of others.

*Hear from Me on this subject, and then memorize and post key quotes.

40. I’m counting on you, as are the king and queen. Let Me work for you and ­others; put your needs and the needs of others into words in the form of intercessory prayer! That is the key! That is your responsibility! (End of message from Jesus.)

41. (Matthew’s prayer:) Jesus, I’m heartily sorry for not having sent out prayer requests for those who really needed our support in prayer. I feel very bad that my brethren didn’t receive as much prayer as they would otherwise have received if I had been more faithful to make their needs known by sending out a prayer request right away. I’m sorry if they suffered because of my lack. You said no greater love has any man than this, that he lay down his life for his brother. Please help me to do better and learn the lesson from this, that there’s nothing on this Earth more import­ant than praying for those in need.

42. Thank You for the beautiful talk about the importance of intercessory prayer. I really want to do it, Jesus, and be a good sample to others and a true help to Mama and Peter. I need to make it a habit. I agree and see the desperate need for it; there’s so much that needs prayer.

43. I’m so sorry for the times I get too busy and rush ahead with my work and forget to take the time needed to pray for each situation as it comes up or that I know needs intercessory prayer.

44. I’m convicted, Jesus, and I do want to be a man of prayer and a sample to ­others of the power of it. I want to pray more over each message, pray more in public, and in my private prayer vigil times. I want to implement and enforce new habits to help me do so.

45. Please show me if there is more that I can do, or if You have more to say on this topic, I want to hear it.

46. (Jesus speaking:) Seeing the need to pray for others and having the burden is most of the battle won. I know that you believe in the power of prayer‚ as you’ve seen your prayers answered countless times. But you show your belief in it and your dependence on it by doing it at every opportunity. If people don’t see you desperate in prayer for others and needy situations, then they will not feel it’s necessary to pray desperately.

47. Wholehearted prayers are heard and answered; they move Me to action! I love to see My believing and trusting children cry out to Me like helpless, incapable babes so that I can answer without having to worry about them taking the glory to themselves.

48. New habits are hard to form. But the main thing that will help you do so is by constantly stirring yourself to pray for others many times throughout each day. This will cause you to let your full weight down and depend wholly upon Me and cease from any remnant of your own works.

49. I appreciate your work for My children and your undying devotion to duty, but without constant prayer and seeking Me‚ you won’t have the brokenness and softness you need in your communications and interactions with others.

50. Don’t be discouraged. I know how much you love Me and your brethren, but I’m asking you to move forward in spirit now so you can be more of a help and blessing to your precious Family. Will you do that for Me? I know you love Me. I know you want to serve. But you can best serve your brethren and Family by interceding for them in prayer.

51. Be an intercessor, as I am. You want to be more like Me; you ask Me often to make you so. This is how to be more like Me, and more like your queen and king. Pray more for Me to do the miracles and the works. Cease from your own works and simply ask Me to do the work at every turn rather than trying to do it yourself. You wish to help your brethren, but you must not only labor in the flesh but labor in spirit by praying for them and letting Me help them as I know best.

52. Intercessory prayer is an ongoing lesson for most on-fire Christians who greatly desire to serve Me. They see so much that needs to be done, and their reaction is to get in there and do something. But without coming to Me in prayer first and asking Me to do the works and mir­acles needed, they often accomplish less than they could have. Even though they sometimes ask Me in prophecy for needed direction, if they do not intercede in prayer for the situation they do not avail themselves of My full power. So learn the lesson right here‚ Son, and make the commitment to intercede for those in need. Begin forming the habit and I will help you to become the man of prayer you long to be. (End of message from Jesus)

What Prayers Do!

(Jewels from Jesus: )

53. Prayers go out among the people. They touch, they heal, they mend. They give strength and might and courage. They lift up those who are down. They touch and heal hearts and bodies and minds. They give a warm embrace‚ a tender hug, and a sweet caress. They wash away doubts and fears and worries. They cleanse secret faults. They clear away rubble. They wash away bitterness, envy, jealousy and strife. They kiss away heartache and misunderstandings. They soothe hurts, heal wounds, and remove scars.

54. Prayers guard and protect and hide away in safe­keeping. They comfort and soothe and bring peace and calm. They feed, they clothe, and bring abundant supply. They inspire, they bring cheer, they bring laughter and good fortune. They encourage, they lift up, they motivate, they enrapture. They energize, they empower, they invigorate, they spark life. They shed light‚ give hope. They stabilize and they make wise‚ they make firm and sound and steady.

55. Your prayers have sustained your loved ones. They have brought about miracles in the lives, in the minds, and in the hearts of those for whom you have prayed. Your prayers have done great things and gained much ground for My Kingdom.

56. They beckon Me to your side. They fill My senses. They rouse Me and spur Me onward. They move Me to action on your behalf.

57. Prayer invokes change and alters situations more than anything else.

58. Prayer looses My hands to do mighty things for you. It lets the Heavenly genies out of the bottle and sends help to your side. It gives you all that you need and many to work alongside you in the spirit to open the doors for you to walk through.

59. As you seek My face and bring your hearts before Me, even so will I speedily work for you and do the things that you cannot do. I will work the miracles. You must just do what you can, and that is to seek Me with your whole heart and to love Me with your whole heart and mind. Leave any distractions or burdens in My capable hands and I will care for them.

60. One of the greatest fruits of prayer besides bringing great results and answers is the effect and fruit it has in your own life and spirit. It keeps you close to Me, keeps you desperate, keeps you in My Spirit, and protects you from other spirits—the spirits of the world, whether they be materialism or lethargy or selfishness or whatever. Prayer is one of the greatest protections you can have. It keeps your heart and spirit clean.

61. Your prayers to Me are as deep searching kisses. They arouse Me. They are the impetus that spurs Me onward, that moves Me to work on your behalf. Your prayer kisses fill My heart with love and set My soul on fire. They excite Me; they motivate Me. They are My compelling force, the energy beneath My wings. Every time you pray, My love for you deepens, for when you pray, I am drawn into you.

62. Your prayers are like a magnet, attracting Me, drawing Me in. When you pray, I come. I cling to your side to give you aid in all that you ask; to grant that which you desire. Your prayers add fuel to My fire; they fan My flame. They propel Me to action.

63. Your prayers never return void. They go out and accomplish that which you send them to do, and afterward I cause them to return to you twofold. For I bless each prayer, not only in granting that which you ask‚ but also in an extra special bonus for the one who prayed. When you pray, not only will things happen and things be different, but you will receive a specific blessing from My hand. This is My promise and this is one way your prayers are multiplied many times over.

64. Your prayers are breaking through strong walls. They are passing through ­brazen gates. They are permeating hard sur­faces. They are melting the cold, bringing warmth, and igniting the frigid. They are scaling the highest mountain peaks‚ imparting faith, courage and vision along the way. They are reaching down to the lowest depths of despair. They are holding out a helping hand, pulling up the downcast, rescuing the discouraged. They are bringing light and life and hope and great victory to those for whom you pray.

65. Through your prayers our minds meld. Through your prayers, you take on My mind and become like Me. Ah, sweet mystery of prayer! It’s here, in this place of prayer, that you can take on My nature. It’s here that My power is transferred to your tiny hands. Here, your weak hands become as strong as iron. Your power becomes unbeatable and your force field becomes impenetrable.

66. The ability that you possess—through the power of prayer—to do, to change, to alter‚ to help, to heal, to win, to conquer in the name of love—soars beyond the horizon. Through prayer, your influence reaches the ends of the Earth and beyond.

67. Through your prayers‚ you‚ My loves, become as bionic men and women of strength and power and might. Through your prayers, you become extraordinary, capable of great feats and amazing poss­i­bilities. Through your prayers, you become superhuman!

68. This is what happens when you’re strong in prayer. Science fiction has ­nothing compared to the great power and strength and amazing force I’m able to put in your hands through prayer power.

69. Your prayers sustain lives. They influence decisions. They provide, they protect and they house. They feed and they clothe. They blow the breath of life into those who were nigh death. They shower others with the might and power of Heaven that will move them to mighty works. They guide‚ they instruct and they give counsel. They surround those who are weary and worn, waiting for the precise moment when they might infuse them with a dose of My Spirit that will charge them with light and life and fire and fervor to carry on.

70. Your prayers are the driving force of this great and mighty revolution. They are the fuel that sparks the engine, the energy that releases light and life and power upon those for whom you pray, that My purposes may be established.

The Beauty of Intercession

71. (Jesus speaking:) Do you know the beauty of intercession? I have said, “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” My loves, now I tell you that greater beauty does not exist than this, that one pour out his heart and soul in intercessory prayer.

72. This is the beauty of intercession: to plead for another, to petition Me on behalf of one who doesn’t have strength or courage to pray for himself; to intervene for one in need; to approach My throne on behalf of one who has no understanding, or may not know what to ask for himself; to work miracles for one who is in need of healing; to make requests for those who are in need of protection and safekeeping; to provide for another, to supply one’s needs through your prayers; to solicit help from the spirit world; to release power; to deliver strength and courage; to lift burdens and liberate captives; to give comfort and spread peace; to prevent disaster; to ward off evil; to build strong walls; to raise force fields; to win battles and claim victories; to stand victorious and triumphant. This is the beauty of intercessory prayer.

73. I call you, My loves, to be My inter­cessors. A higher calling than this cannot be had, for those who intercede in prayer change the course of history. They hold the future in their hands. These who answer the call, I will crown with great honor and glory. There is no greater beauty than to pour out your heart and soul, to lay down your life in prayer for another. (End of mess­age from Jesus.)

Why Is It So Important?

74. (Jesus speaking:) Prayer shows your faith in Me, your faith that I will work and do the impossible, bring the solutions, show you the way, and work in people’s lives. When you operate in the realm of faith, you’re operating in the spirit world where miracles are born, where the impossible takes place. Just little old you praying and beseeching Me about something is a very powerful tool. You don’t have to feel that power or feel like you’re doing anything great—it’s not any sort of feeling that matters—it’s the spirit of prayer that is powerful‚ supernatural.

75. You don’t really understand how important your prayers are‚ but the fact that you pray about something or for someone is not only important for your spiritual walk with Me and your connection with Me, but it creates a vacuum for Me to fill. Just like your words are real things, your prayers are real things and they cause an effect. They always cause an effect; every single prayer has power and it affects something. They’re real, and when you pray, things happen in the spirit world, and because of that, things happen on Earth.

76. I work through your prayers, both the unspoken prayers of your heart and your spoken prayers. But when you utter your prayer to Me, putting it into your own words, this is an even greater manifestation of your faith in My power. It gives Me all the glory and acknowledges that I am your Lord and God, the One Who performs miracles, the One Who supplies, protects, leads and guides you. It’s a testimony to others, it’s a witness to your friends and sheep, and it’s the means by which I give you My blessings.

77. I work immediately when you pray. Even if you don’t see what I’m doing in the spirit, I promise you that I am working on your behalf. I respect your prayers and I’ve committed Myself to answer every one. You might not always know what I’m doing and how I’m answering, but I promise that I work, and I answer, and am faithful to keep My promise to you.

78. It’s very important to Me that you pray. The minute you pray we connect in the spirit and I begin to do the work that only I can do for you. It’s not that I will always give you the answer that you want or think is right, but I promise to work and answer according to My will and what is best. You can count on your prayers having an effect. You can count on My Spirit moving the minute you pray, because this is the way it works in the spirit world. Prayer is a law of the spirit, and when you pray you begin the spiritual process and a chain of events happen. But if you don’t pray, those things can’t happen.

79. You must trust that your prayers are very important, that they’re your spiritual weapon which moves Me to do things on your behalf. You must put your full faith in the power of prayer, for there is great‚ great power in your prayers. The more you pray about things, the more I can work for you; that’s why it’s so important to acknowledge Me and pray about everything, to pray without ceasing. When you pray, you’re asking Me to work for you, showing that you need Me and that you’re depending on Me. This faith in Me and love for Me pleases Me and I’m faithful to work on your behalf.

80. The Enemy belittles prayer and tries to cause you to doubt the power and effect of prayer‚ but I say that it’s very power­ful and one of your strongest spiritual weapons. Never let down your guard and consider that it doesn’t matter if you pray or not, because it matters very much. When you pray, things happen, whether you see them with your eyes or not. So always keep this spiritual weapon ready, always use it and wield it, because it’s your greatest protection against the attacks of the Enemy and your greatest key to victory and the blessings of My Spirit. (End of message from Jesus.)

(Text in box: )

Question: Is prayer a new weapon?

81. (Jesus speaking: ) Prayer is not necessarily a “new” weapon in the sense of being something revelatory that you were not aware of before—such as the Loving Jesus revelation, for example. It is‚ however, a new weapon in the sense that you are now discovering how to use it more effectively, as you did with prophecy. Prayer is something you’ve done all along. David instructed you well in the ways of prayer and was faithful to remind you to pray and to show you by example. Yet in this new day you must learn to wield this weapon of prayer in a new way. I’m upgrading your weapon of prayer by teaching you how to use it more effectively, to shoot better and hit the bull’s-eye of My will‚ knocking the Enemy for a loop. David too, since coming to Heaven, has both learned more on prayer and has been faithful to share his new discoveries and instruct you in the greater uses of prayer.

82. Prayer has been mentioned before in listings of the new weapons, but not much notice was taken. There have been many other things that seemed more new, more unusual, and required more effort, and thus I have had to focus on these, and My Family has had to have more training in them. But now is the new day of prayer. It’s like a new weapon because it’s going to be used like never before. In this time of the End, because the days grow evil and the fight is stronger than ever before‚ it is vital that you use your prayer weapon more effectively. Now you will have to pray more than ever before, more specifically and more fervently than you ever have‚ and because of this, the effects are going to be more powerful and noticed than they have been. (End of message from Jesus.)

Dual Power

83. (Question:) What happens in the spirit when you pray for someone else? Are both personal prayers and prayers from others needed?

84. (Jesus speaking:) Both personal prayers and prayers from others are needed. Personal prayers are vitally important. When they are fervent, they have a great effect and avail much. When you are the only one aware of a situation and cannot call on others for support in prayer, your prayers alone can resolve the situation, be­cause I am not limited by many or by few.

85. However, at times everyone reaches a point when they need to have someone pray for them. It’s reassuring to know they’re not fighting the battle alone; they’ve got backup available and can call on them. But the person must make the effort to pray as well, since both are necessary. The one involved in the battle is like a soldier in the midst of the fray. He takes part in the combat, but his fight also depends on his fellow soldiers behind the lines who provide him with food, supplies, reinforcements‚ support and medical care. Such are those who back you up in prayer. Other people praying for you are like a backup you can’t do without, because they’re important to your ability to fight and forge ahead. They renew your strength and let you know people believe in you and are willing to support you through their prayers. (End of mess­age from Jesus.)

86. (Jesus speaking: ) There’s a time when you need help, when you can’t take care of yourself completely and you need the help of others, and you need My help. Sometimes you’re too weak to do the things you normally do for yourself. Your spirit might be willing, but if your flesh is weak, like when you’re sick, you need others to help you and pray for you. Other times your flesh might be strong, but you’ve been ­under spiritual attack by the Enemy and you need others to help you and pray for you.

87. When you’re sick in bed and someone brings you food and water, it strengthens you. If you couldn’t get up to feed yourself and care for yourself, and no one took care of you, then you’d become weaker and weaker. But because someone takes care of you and helps you, you become ­stronger and recover. It’s the same when others pray for you—they feed your spirit with power, with spiritual nutrition, so that even though you don’t notice it right away‚ it’s making you stronger in the spirit.

88. You can pray for yourself and I answer those prayers‚ but when others pray for you‚ it’s doubly strengthening. (End of message from Jesus)

89. (Jesus speaking:) I give you the example of a bank account that more than one person may draw from and deposit into. The one who is praying for another is like the person depositing money into the account, and the person for whom they’re praying is like the one who is drawing from that account.

90. Sometimes during extreme battles or during times when a person is weak, they’re in need of extra strength in the spirit. If it happens that they are all alone and not able to call on others for prayer, taking circumstances into account, I will highly honor the effectual and fervent prayers of that one alone. But when others are aware, I give the one in need the extra strength that they need because of the prayers of their loved ones who are upholding them in prayer. The person for whom they’re praying cannot survive on these prayers alone, for they too must do their part‚ but I greatly use the prayers of others for one in need‚ and these work to keep and strengthen them. (End of message from Jesus.)

91. (Jesus speaking:) Many folks are limited in their faith when praying for some­thing themselves, therefore they have a hard time asking directly for something that seems like an impossible situation. When someone else prays for them or their situation, it’s often more direct and moving, as they’re able to pray with full faith and expect that I can and will do it.

92. Specific prayers really work‚ and when an intercessory prayer is prayed, the person praying is often not aware of the limitations that may be in place in the particular situation. But through their blind faith and seeking My hand to intervene and do a specific thing‚ I am able to move more speedily and do mightier miracles in the spirit. (End of message from Jesus.)

The Idea Department!

93. (Question:) Please give us some ideas of things that we can do as a Home and individuals to keep ourselves stirred up and reminded to pray. How can we make our prayer times, whether personal or united, more fruitful, more moving‚ more effective, and more interesting?

94. (Jesus speaking: ) Remembering is the hardest part of praying. It takes a while for it to become a habit, but it’s a habit that is essential to develop if you want to achieve anything for Me. It’s a requisite to be­coming an accomplished part of My work.

  1. To start with, you have to make a collective effort to back prayer. You should start by getting the body together and unitedly praying for a more prayerful and alert spirit‚ and against lethargy when it comes to prayer. By praying together you’re taking a stand; you’re committing yourself to want to take a step in your prayer life. Every­one is making the commitment, and like I’ve said before‚ united prayer is the greatest step to change because you’re asking Me to step in and make a difference. You’re commanding Me to take over and get things rolling, to be the forward action—a job I love to do. It then becomes a Home goal, because everyone is asking for a new start.
  2. Make prayer checklists—things that you need to pray for, things that you want Me to accomplish, and as they’re answered you can mark them off. Focus on just a few points at a time so you don’t swamp yourself, and every time you see that checklist it will remind you to pray.
  3. As individuals, write up specifics you want Me to do for you. Whatever area you need to work on, write it down. If you need to remember to pray for someone, write it down. While you’re working, have a reminder somewhere, at your desk or on a slip of paper in your address book. Put it on something you use or see frequently.
  4. Write up a new prayer quote and put it where it’s visible, and every time you see it you’ll be reminded to pray. Put a reminder, quote, or request by your bed—that way you’ll remember to pray whenever you rest or prepare to sleep.
  5. Most of all, it takes a personal stand and commitment. You have to decide in your heart whether or not you want to pray. If you wish to do something enough, you’ll do everything you can to do it. So if you desire to remember to pray, you’ll do every­thing you can to remember and to make it a habit. I have different ways to help people remember and make this change, so each person must come to Me for specific direction and guidance on how they can make prayer a more frequent and habitual part of their life. (End of message from Jesus.)

95. (Jesus speaking:) Here are a few pointers of things you can do to keep stirred up‚ and also to make your times of prayer more enjoyable and the “in thing” to do. I can give you more, tailored to your personal situation‚ but these are some ideas to get you started:

  1. Post short quotes about prayer. They can be printed out in a large font, and with a colored paper as their backing or frame.
  2. Post a prayer list in every bathroom if practical (and if your children will not be adversely affected by it).
  3. Have someone responsible to issue a reminder once or twice a day about the need to pray, or to jog people’s memory of the “prayer request of the day”—whatever is most timely.
  4. Make prayer and prayer vigil a special thing. If it has settled into a dull and boring routine when you’ve done it in your room or privately, then try something new. Walk around your yard and property or neighborhood, praying as you go. You could even organize an outing in the eve­ning or a drive to the park, where people can go for prayer vigil time. People can team up and have fun together praying‚ while enjoying fresh air and exercise and perhaps even a little witnessing.
  5. When you need to keep praying for serious situations, you could stop for a few minutes every hour on the hour to pray. You could also pray at meal times, or after your praise times, or take a prayer break to walk in the yard at different times during the day, if your ministry keeps you at home.
  6. Meet for a snack in someone’s room for voluntary prayer vigil time. During that 30 minutes, people can snack in between each prayer request. This doesn’t have to make it a light thing, but it brings people together and provides a different setting for prayer.
  7. The things that you consider fun you put effort into‚ and the things that are important to do you also put effort into, to moti­vate people to attend or put their whole heart into it. It’s the same with prayer. Sometimes you have to put more into it in order to get something out of it, and encouraging people with variety in prayer, locations, scenery, ways of praying, etc., works and is effective.
  8. You could have an evening of 20-30 minutes of prayer in the living room‚ with soft “Loving Jesus” music playing, cushions on the floor and couches‚ so that people can lie down, relax, close their eyes and pray individually, but with other people close by.
  9. Set an appointment with someone each day to pray for three things. Having a set prayer buddy will help remind both of you to not neglect your prayer time. You can rotate each week, or as often as you like.
  10. You can do courthouse prayers‚ where each one who petitions Me stands up in turn. You rise and present the case, just as though I were sitting before you in the judge’s chair. You talk to Me naturally and personally, like a persuasive lawyer. Take the petition you’re assigned and determine that you will win the case—that you will persuade Me, the Judge of the matter. Bring a verse or two before Me that I cannot deny—promises that I have made. Make the appeal your appeal—because even if it’s another you’re praying for, it’s your case, and the power of your argument will move My hand and will affect you too, just as the power of a lawyer’s argument affects whether he wins the case or not, which is to his own credit.
  11. Pass out prayer requests, and then stop and praise Me‚ and receive the words of your prayer in prophecy. Let My Spirit move your tongue to pray, to woo Me and persuade Me to show Myself a mighty Husband on your behalf. This is one way of making you freer to pray in a way that will move Me to prove Myself to you.
  12. When a situation is very desperate--whether concerning sickness, some natural disaster, persecu­tion or fierce spiritual battles—I wish you to challenge Me, as a Husband, to care for My Bride. Get worked up about it, if you really want Me to do something. Challenge Me to show Myself strong on your behalf. Do not the tears of a wife inspire the protective instinct in her husband? So you will inspire the protective instinct in Me, not only to come through on your behalf, not only to work miracles, but to do much more than you asked, that you might be reassured of My love and My power and My vast resources which are at your disposal. (End of message from Jesus.)

96. (Jesus speaking:) Prayer needs to be varied, otherwise you lose your concentration or you bore yourself by repeating the same prayer. You lose the fire and excitement of prayer by always going about praying in the same way. The most import­ant thing is the desperation with which you petition Me, the direction of your heart and your fervency, no matter how you pray or where you are.

97. Prayer is your greatest means of com­municating with Me‚ so make it that. Stop thinking the setting has to be perfect before you can get desperate with Me. Prayer should be spontaneous, the natural thing for you to do. Prayer provides all the power you need and so much more, because faith opens up the Heavens. It pours out My blessing‚ promises and leading. It’s the only way you can get the desired results.

98. Short prayers, long prayers, it doesn’t really matter, because I’m looking at your heart. The fragrance of your prayers rises, and I smell them. They excite Me, they thrill Me, and I desire to go to work for you. You’ve got to stop thinking of prayer as tedi­ous and boring. Ask Me to relieve you of that mindset; it’s so unnecessary and limiting. Make a conscious effort to try out new ways to pray. Ask Me to give you a desire to pray, to light a fire of prayer within your heart, so that instead of thinking and analyzing you can be praying.

99. A lot of it has to do with how much you want to change that “prayer is boring” mindset. Do you want a new vision for prayer? Do you want to be inspired about prayer? Do you want to remember to pray more? Do you want prayer to be your first impulse? If you do, just ask! Yes, it comes down to praying again. That’s where it all leads, because that’s one of the greatest weapons I’ve given you to use, and it’s a shame to see it unused.

100. You’ve got to change your prayer perspec­tive. Put some time aside and pray. Tell Me, “Jesus, I want a new outlook on prayer. I want to make it an integral part of my life. I want to get rid of the mindset that prayer is boring, and even that it doesn’t always work. You’ve given me this weapon, but I’ve become lazy in my use of it. Show me how I can better use it in my life. Train me in the usage of this weapon. I ask You to take away my previous thoughts on prayer. I only want Your mindset. Help me to learn the value of prayer, and to make it my initial response to everything I do, think, or say.”

101. That’s all it takes—you getting des­perate enough to see that you haven’t been as faithful in your prayer life as you could be, and asking Me to completely turn your viewpoint on prayer around and give you a fresh start and outlook—the right one. Think of this as a personal and united prayer metanoia. Everyone needs it. (End of message from Jesus.)

Quotes to put in boxes throughout, taken from text:

Greater beauty does not exist than this, that one pour out his heart and soul in intercessory prayer.

When you operate in the realm of faith, you’re operating in the spirit world where miracles are born‚ where the impossible takes place.

[Prayer is] your greatest protection against the attacks of the Enemy and your greatest key to victory and the blessings of My Spirit.

People equate action with doing something. But they must realize that praying is also action—the most efficient and powerful kind of action.

Intercessory prayer is largely a sacrificial service, for it is prayer for others. It is taking your time and giving it to someone else by seeking Me for their needs.

Action Through Prayer!–Part 2

Karen Zerby

By Maria Maria #556 CM/FM 3325 9/00

Cover caption:

Your prayers are as a mighty energy—a cord of light—allowing My angels to open the window of the heavenlies on your behalf, accessing the unlimited power and resources of the spirit world!

Dear Family,

1. Here is Part 2 of our special series on prayer. I’m sure you’ll find some great jewels and answers and motivation in these wonderful words.

Love, Mama

Through His Eyes

2. (Jesus speaking:) Oh, the prayers of My brides! No greater accomplishment do I see in all the world, for these prayers move My hand to work in all the Earth. How I love to see them, as they flow like a river. How I love to hear them, as they sing sweet songs in My ear. How I love to view them, as they dance so freely and gracefully. How I love to smell them‚ as they fill the air with a fragrance like sweet perfume. How I love to revel in them, for they fill My senses, they turn My key, they release My energy, they touch My heart and move My hand to work great things on behalf of all those you wish to reach. How I love the prayers of My brides. How I love the passion of your prayers! They excite Me so!

3. Keep them coming, My loves, in a steady stream, an unending flow. Keep up this magnificent show of your love, demonstrating your need for and your dependence on Me. I love your prayers. (End of message from Jesus)

4. (Jesus speaking: ) How beautiful are the prayers of My beloved brides. How they enrapture Me, thrill Me‚ and excite Me. How they fill My heart to overflowing and satisfy My longing. I revel in your prayers, My loves. They are My delight, My sunshine‚ and My song. Your prayers demonstrate your need for Me, your dependence on Me, your utter faith and trust in Me, and this brings joy to My heart all the day long.

5. It is your utter dependence on Me that turns Me on. It is your declaration of faith in Me and trust in Me to do what you cannot do that lights My fire. How I delight in such faith and trust. How it brings Me joy to work on your behalf. How I love to hear your petitions whispering in My ear. How I love to answer your every call. This is My true pleasure—to revel in your prayers, for your prayers are the driving force that moves Me to work wonders on your behalf.

6. The labor you have put forth in prayer will not go unrewarded, for I have noted every prayer; every time you have called, every effort you have made to pray is recorded in My book, both to be rewarded now in this life and in the world to come.

7. Not one prayer will go unattended or un­answered. This is My promise to you‚ My loves, for to answer your prayers is My delight. How I love your prayers. I live to tend to each one, for this is My great pleasure‚ My delight, My life, My song. (End of message from Jesus.)

8. (Jesus speaking:) How wonderful are the prayers of My brides. How I look forward with great anticipation to these mornings spent in prayer and supplication to Me [our Home’s twice-monthly prayer mornings]. Oh, the joy it brings Me to hear the prayers of My dear loves. Thank you, My dearest ones, for your prayers unto Me. They are My joy. (End of message from Jesus.)

Accomplishments and Prayer

9. (Question: ) We’ve heard many times how if we pray, You will help us get twice as much done in half the time; that our prayers are more effective than working in the flesh. But it’s hard for our carnal minds to grasp how that’s so. Can You explain more about how we can achieve greater results through prayer rather than work?

10. (Jesus speaking:) Prayer is action. It’s the most effective way of getting anything ac­com­plished. Think of prayer as an operation manual for a new piece of equipment. Prayer, like the manual, will show you how to get the machine running, where to find the on/off button, how it works. You can run around trying to figure it out yourself and you’ll eventually learn how to run the machine. But it would be so much easier, and a lot less time-consuming, if you take the manual and read the instructions. You may think it takes too much time when you could be “discovering” the machine for yourself, but you’re so wrong. The manual has quick and easy operational pointers. You don’t have to worry about breaking the machine while you’re learning its functions, and you’ll be able to get it rolling sooner than if you decide your knowledge about machines is sufficient.

11. Prayer is just like that manual. You’re saving yourself a lot of hassles if you’ll pray more and hear from Me more, because you’re going to be getting My direct counsel and know-how.

12. When you pray and then hear from Me, I can show you exactly how things work. This helps you to work better and faster and more efficiently. Also, when you pray I go to work for you and take action on your behalf. So action through prayer is yours for the asking. (End of message from Jesus.)

13. (Jesus speaking:) There are many things in the spirit that seem to be mysteries to you‚ when in reality they’re very simple. It doesn’t seem to make a lot of physical sense to say that if you spend twice as long on your knees, in prayer‚ doing absolutely nothing but presenting your spirit before Me in humility and subjection‚ that you will actually accomplish more than if you spent that same time rushing about feverishly attending to the many things that you have to do.

14. It all depends on what sort of accomplish­ments you’re looking for. Yes, you might not get out the door quite that fast. You may have to cut back on some of that business you were hoping to attend to. But look at it from a broader perspective—what work are you trying to accomplish? Is it just to survive another day? Is it just to get some food on the table and your rent covered? Or are you trying to change the world, one heart at a time, one day at a time, to stand up against the forces of evil that would doom the souls of the world to damnation and spiritual slavery? That’s the work that you cannot accomplish without My help and strength.

15. Let Me tell you something about that little exchange between Luther and Melanch­thon you hear told so often: Melanchthon knew they had a lot of things to do that day. Luther knew this as well. Luther also knew Melanchthon was making a perfectly logical suggestion to cut their prayer time in half so they’d have more time to get to all the little things that had to be done that day. But Luther was not looking at everything that had to be done that day. He was looking further. He was looking beyond the immediate physical matters‚ at the mission and purpose for which I had placed him on Earth. He knew that when times got so busy, it was easy to forget where his focus really should be. So he knew that he had to spend more time in prayer, not less—not so that he could do everything that had to get done that day, but so that he could make sure that what he was doing was what I wanted him to be doing.

16. He knew that one thing done right, in My time‚ in My way, by My will, was a greater accomplish­ment than tending to one hundred pressing tasks that surrounded him. He knew he could not let the immediate distract his focus from those things that were eternal. And look where it got him! Look what a mighty warrior and follower of My Spirit he became, changing the face of the world and history for centuries to follow!

17. I have called you, My children, to a task no less daunting than Luther’s, so it behooves you to spend more time in prayer, on your knees, seeking My will, imploring Me to work on your behalf—to keep your mind on the bigger picture, the greater works that I would accomplish through you, through your Homes, through your ministries, through those you come in contact with on a regular basis—not just the tasks of your everyday survival‚ but the works of the spirit in the hearts and minds of men. These are the works that mean the most to Me. These are the accomplishments for which you must strive. This is what you will do better in—accomplishing My will with greater accuracy and faster results—through taking the time to go slow, and making sure you’re doing exactly what I want you to be doing. (End of message from Jesus.)

18. (Jesus speaking:) Why are prayers so effective?—Because they tap into My reservoir of power. Rather than doing the job on your own and only using your own resources‚ wisdom, anointing and power, you have access to My infinite power and wisdom and resources. I can change situations and people’s minds in a minute that would take you days to change on your own. So the more time you spend in prayer asking My hand to move in the ways that it needs to move in order to accomplish My will, the more effective you will be. It will be time well spent.

19. In many situations that you find yourself in, it takes a miracle for My will to be accomplished, or a series of miracles. Even if these miracles are not so outstanding on their own, yet the little steps, the little events, can add up to something big, and often whether the job gets done or not, or whether My plan for you comes through or not, depends on those little things. So in praying for each of those little things and specifically asking Me to work on them, you’re saving yourself a tremendous amount of time. Things can then fall into place and happen much more smoothly.

20. Of course, everything doesn’t always go smoothly even when you do pray, because I’m also limited by the choices of others, whether they yield to My Spirit or not.* And the Enemy also throws his road­blocks in sometimes‚ which I allow within the overall plan and purpose for mankind. But things will go much smoother than they would have if you hadn’t prayed. So don’t think that I didn’t answer your prayers or they weren’t effective, but just think of how bad it could have been if you hadn’t been praying! (End of message from Jesus.) *(See also “Prayer Power,” ML #302:22, 27-29.)

The Impact of Prayer

21. (Dad speaking:) The Enemy really fights prayer—not only prayer and prophecy and hearing from the Lord directly, but he fights prayer in general, any form of prayer and interceding on the behalf of others, because he knows it has a good effect. It helps the Lord’s Kingdom in some way and therefore hinders the Enemy’s dirty work in some way. You might think a few words of prayer here and there for others isn’t accomplishing much and isn’t really making that much of a difference. You might think that you’re just going through the motions, that maybe it’s not getting anywhere and it’s not doing that much to cause changes to happen. But that’s the farthest thing from the truth!

22. One reason people think that their prayers aren’t making a lot of difference is be­cause the Enemy fights you and tries to discourage you from praying, and another is because sometimes it takes time for you to see those differences in the natural. But just because you don’t see all the effects of your prayers doesn’t mean that they’re not going to work in situations and lives and having a big effect.

23. All of our prayers, even the little prayers you whisper in passing when the Lord brings someone to your mind and you pray for them, have an effect. It not only works together for good in other people’s lives, but in your own life too. Prayer brings you closer to God. It keeps you connected with the spirit world and helps you to stay in tune, inspired, and going the right direction. Even if you’re praying for others or about other situations that you aren’t involved in personally, you’re dwelling in the spirit, and that’s very good for your own spiritual life.

24. Praying for people brings down the Lord’s Spirit. It brings a spirit of faith, a positive spirit, because you’re expecting God to ­answer, to do something, to move, when you bring your prayer request to Him. Just the fact that you manifest faith in the Lord through your prayers pleases Him, and He works in the situation or in the person’s life. He hears it all and He doesn’t take your prayers lightly. He doesn’t just brush them off or file them away to take care of later when He has time, but He takes each prayer very seriously because He knows you’re sincere. He loves you and He loves the one you’re praying for, and He wants to help. He wants to work and move and bring about the changes needed, supply the needs‚ bring the victories, do the miracles, and because of your prayers, He can do all those things much more quickly.

25. He’s bound by His Word, and if you pray about something or for someone‚ He has to work, He has to move and apply your prayer and do something. He said He would, and the fact that you’re praying and holding Him to His promises has a big effect. It has a bigger effect than you can imagine—much, much bigger. The Lord doesn’t always tell you all the answers to your prayers or let you see all the results; you have to take it by faith, and sometimes you have to keep praying and beseeching like the importunate woman. A lot of it is by faith‚ but whether or not you get to see the results immediately‚ you can trust that every prayer makes a difference.

26. Sometimes the Lord lets you see the results right away to encourage you and show you that you’re not just going through the motions of prayer, but that He heard and He answered. Sometimes He’ll let you see the miracle, the answer to prayer, so that you can praise Him and give Him all the glory. Other times you don’t see it; you don’t know what’s happening and you just have to trust and take it by faith. But those times are important—maybe even more important—because He’s having to do more‚ there are more factors involved‚ more steps to take‚ and more of a miracle is required.

27. So don’t give up praying for others, because it’s a very important and very needed ministry. Your prayers are important, every single one of them. They’re real and they have a real effect. They not only help others, but they help you by keeping you close to the Lord, soft, compassionate, and humble. (End of message from Dad.)

When You Wish You Could

Do Something…

28. (Dad speaking to a busy mother:) I know that at times having lots of kids can seem a bit restrictive, but for every time you feel like there’s something you’d like to do but you just can’t get to it because the kids need you, I want you to remember that your children are the greatest blessing‚ the greatest part of your testimony, and then turn that desire to fill that other need into a prayer.

29. If you’re not able to tend to it personally, pray for it fervently! That will help you to take positive action and will keep you from getting frustrated. It will help you to tap into Heaven and see things more clearly, as the Lord sees them. It will accomplish the greatest purpose of all—commanding the Lord’s will to be done in that situation!

30. When you try to take care of something yourself, if you’re being very prayerful and loving you can hit the mark; the Lord can anoint you to be His tool and accomplish His purpose. But there are times for all of us when we’re not prayerful enough—I know I experienced it while I was there. So although we do get something done or make some change, at times it just creates another problem or it’s not a completely smooth mission. We do our best, but sometimes our best isn’t good enough, because we’re not prayerful enough. But when all we can do is pray for something, we can rest assured that the Lord is going to handle it perfectly!

31. While sometimes our flesh longs to get involved and it really seems necessary from our perspective, the Lord knows better, and He can bring about His perfect will just through our prayers! That’s not to say that we can’t ever get involved, but sometimes we try to get involved a lot more than we need to. So if you can’t do anything about it in the physical, turn those desires or frustrations into prayers for the Lord’s Spirit to work, and He will! Praise the Lord! (End of message from Dad.)

Prayer Angels

32. (Jesus speaking:) Each person is born with three angels. One is to pray for them through their life—for what is more important than prayer, as the prayer will help to not only influence the baby, but the other two guardians. The other angel is the guardian or protector angel to protect the person through life. And the third angel is the one that influences their thoughts, always trying to help them to make the right choices and decisions and give them the strength to do so. This is the angel of the heart and conscience. The three angels are assigned at conception, because the prayers and protection are needed from then on. There are also times when I personally assign other spirit helpers to help these three angels. These spirit helpers likewise assist in these areas, to guard and protect, to pray, and to influence the mind and heart.

33. This help from the spirit world I make available to all‚ yet throughout one’s lifetime‚ should the person make the choice to reject their help‚ should they through their majesty of choice choose to do evil over good‚ then this will tie the hands of his or her angels in a sense, limiting them in the influence and help they can give—all because of the person’s choice to do evil instead of good. By your making the right choices and yielding to My Spirit, you are strengthening the line of communication and opening yourself to receive this positive help from My angels and spirit helpers. When one chooses to reject good and makes choices to do evil, they are in a sense cutting themselves off from these who could otherwise help them.

34. The prayer angel is always beholding My face because he is facing Me and beseeching Me and interceding for the one he [or she] is assigned to. He is praying not only for the person‚ but for all that is going on around him—the circumstances‚ the conditions‚ for My will to be done in his life, for the other guardians and helpers, ministering spirits, and departed spirits who are assigned to the person, since departed spirits also need help and instruction and guidance and even strength of spirit. And for you, My children‚ who live to do My work and My will, I live to make intercession for you. I pray for you always from the courts of Heaven.

35. Those who live for Me and choose to do good can have more than one prayer angel or prayer warrior, just as they can have more than one protector and more than one counselor. They can get them by asking, or they’re assigned according to the need. The greater responsibility people have, the more they give, the more helpers and angels they receive. You receive help according to the need. Those who give their whole life to Me, who are constantly pouring out and witnessing, like the children of David, can have dozens of helpers, warriors, and protectors, to help them stand strong through the trials and fight the battles they face.

36. They are given angels of courage, ­angels of wisdom, angels of miracles, angels to help them receive prophecies, angels to help them have faith, to persevere, angels that help to heal them, angels that even give them physical strength. Some of you have a host of angelic helpers. Some angels are just on temporary assignment. For example, when you go on a dangerous mission you are even dispatched a band of warrior angels to protect you from harm, robbers and mishaps. And when you fight heavy spiritual battles you are also given warrior ­angels to help you through your battles.

37. There are even angels assigned to your houses and cars so that when you travel they go with the car to protect it and you from danger. Your angel that is always beholding My face can pray for you while you travel and request extra protectors to travel with your vehicle. Your prayer angel also influences you to pray, reminding you to pray for your safety while you’re traveling and to be on guard, as well as giving you many other prayer reminders throughout the day. Your prayer angel can also pray through you when you don’t know what to pray for or how to pray. Your personal prayer angel is very, very busy and has one of the most important jobs in Heaven because I hear their prayers and effect change according to their prayers and your prayers.

38. A good example of what your prayer ­angel does is in the verse, “Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in Heaven their angels do always behold the face of My Father which is in Heaven.” This is an example of where your prayer angel watching over you can pray for the angels of vengeance to recompense any harm that is done to you. (End of message from Jesus.)

What’s Stopping Us?

39. (Question: ) What are some obstacles that hold us back from praying more, and how can we overcome them?

40. (Jesus speaking: ) When a request is near and dear to your heart‚ when you are moved by it and feel for that person or desperately desire for Me to work in that situation‚ then you pray fervently and frequently. Conversely, when you are not personally touched by a need or request, it is easier for it to pass you by without receiving your desperate prayers.

41. So ask Me to give you the gift of em­pathy for that situation, so you can put yourself in that person’s shoes—that sick child‚ that afflicted adult, that Home facing persecution‚ that person suffering intense spiritual attacks or ­trials. As you are moved by the situation, you will remember to pray.

42. When you are moved, your prayers will move My heart and allow Me to move in the situation‚ for the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. When you call unto Me with your whole heart, then I will hear you and answer you and show you great and mighty things.

43. So pray as if you were the one suffering sickness, trials, spiritual attacks, persecution, or facing financial need. Pray as if it were your children, your wife, your family, your Home, your contacts, your needs, and I will hear and I will answer.

44. Be willing to bear the burdens of ­others through your prayers for them‚ through sacrificing your time for them, through thinking of them. Look not only on your own things—your own affairs and battles—but look upon the things of others. Lay down your life for them in prayer, even as I laid down My life for you. (End of message from Jesus.)

45. (Jesus speaking:) When you’re confident and you think you know what you’re doing, be careful, because that’s when your desperation in prayer goes right out the window. It’s a very common error on the part of My children. You think you know what to do, or that your plans are sufficient or more realistic than Mine, so prayer takes a back seat. And it’s only when you fail that you realize that you left prayer behind, and Me with it.

46. It’s not enough to ask Me to bless a new project—you need to do much more than that. You need to lay aside your pride by realizing and admitting to Me and to yourself that I am the only One Who can keep things floating and keep you above water. Things have changed in this new era, this era of action.

47. I’ve been lenient and allowed you to succeed in certain areas on your own in times past, but now things have gotten tighter. The battle’s raging, the Enemy is mad, and your ranks have to become tighter. There’s no more time for goofing around—you need to start praying more and coming to Me for instructions. Is that under­stood?

48. What hinders you is pride and self-confidence. I know it’s a hard saying, but you’re going to have to forsake your pride if you want to make it in this outfit. There isn’t time for corporals to be running around thinking they run the show, or for sergeants to think they’ve got things under control on their own. Sorry, things have simply changed. From now on you’re going to have to ask Me about everything, and commit everything to Me in prayer.

49. I’m the General. I know what the battle plans are, so your pride and self-confidence is going to have to be left behind. You’re going to have to leave it all behind and start coming to Me for everything—and when I say everything, I mean it. There’s no other way around it; otherwise, you might end up a liability to the rest of your division because you think you’re sufficient in yourself. Don’t let that be you! (End of message from Jesus.)

50. (Jesus speaking:) Sometimes you’re just plain too busy. You’re so wrapped up in what you’re doing and how important it is that you forget what’s most important. It’s not that your work for Me is not important—it is! But this you ought to do and not leave the other undone. Work without prayer can be futile, even if your intentions are to help and serve others. But service for Me and others combined with prayer is an unbeatable force.

51. Along with being too busy, sometimes you get your priorities mixed up and have an off-balance sense of what’s important. Sometimes you have too great a sense of self–import­ance, thinking that your plans and what you have to do are more important than the needs of others, or more necessary than letting Me work through you and for you. Selfishness and self–centeredness can also hold you back from praying more fervently for others. Sometimes you don’t even think of or remember their needs because you’re too involved in your own. Of course you have needs and problems, and they need prayer too! And if you prayed more, you’d probably have less of them.

52. You need to realize that while I need your service‚ your service without prayer isn’t enough. Being busy‚ busy, busy all the time is not enough if you don’t let Me work for you and with you. Humble yourself before Me and let Me in more, and you’ll see clearly‚ little by little, how much more effectively I can work than you can. (End of message from Jesus.)

53. (Jesus speaking: ) Some of you have let yourself become carnally minded and accustomed to operating more in the physical realm and less in the spiritual realm. You have neglected to use prayer in your life as much as you ought to, because you do not realize its power in the spirit, because the spiritual is not as present in your life as it should be. If you have a lot of contact or interaction with the world and worldly people, it’s easy to get into their frame of mind‚ of doing, pushing, and neglecting the spiritual side of life. To be in My Family, I ask that you be spiritually minded. To be an effective prayer warrior, this be­comes essential. (End of message from Jesus.)

Summary of things that hold us back from praying:

—Lack of compassion and putting yourself in other people’s shoes.

—Pride and self-confidence.

—Being “too busy.”

—Getting your priorities mixed up.

—Selfishness and self–centeredness, or too great a sense of self-importance.

—Being carnally minded.

What to do to overcome:

—Ask the Lord for the gift of empathy.

—Pray for others as if you were the one suffering.

—Realize and humbly admit that you do not have the answers or solutions and that you need the Lord’s help.

—Realize the power of prayer and your lack of power without it.

—Humble yourself before the Lord and let Him in more.

—Pray to become more spiritually minded.

If You Won’t Fail, I Won’t Fail

54. (Jesus speaking:) I know it’s hard, but you need to find a time that you can set aside for prayer, and then keep to it. You’ve already seen the difference that your prayers have made in the lives of your loved ones—and how it was in great part due to your fervent and desperate continual prayers. You have no idea of the actual physical good that your prayers accomplish—but they do! Don’t fail those you love by failing to pray for them! Do it every day, and I promise that you will not fail to see the results. (End of message from Jesus.)

Shepherding Through Prayer

55. (Mama:) Here’s something from the Lord explaining to the shepherds of one of our units the effect prayer has had in some of the young people’s lives:

56. (Jesus speaking:) If you had a habit or a wrong attitude that you needed to change, and people were praying desperately for you every single day about it, you’d feel the conviction of My Spirit to change. And so do these young ones feel that moving of My Spirit in their lives, that conviction that I’m expecting it of them. It’s a spiritual thing. Your prayers are spiritual, and every time you pray for these young ones and the changes I want them to make, you’re spiritually compelling them to make those changes, and they will as long as they’re yielding and desiring to do so. It’s a law of My Spirit that your prayers have an effect; they move My hand and they go to work in the lives of those you pray for.

57. You can see it right now in the steps and changes that this one is making because of your prayers. She’s hearing from Me in prophecy every day, and that’s a very big step for her. She still has to fight the Enemy’s doubts, but she’s coming to Me for answers to her questions. This is a wonderful victory, a real major step forward, and you should be proud of her, and excited that you played a part in helping her to move forward.

58. You can see it with another one who’s more open to others’ ideas, who is really trying to be loving in her words and actions, less harsh or in your face about her opinions. She’s really fighting to be more loving, more considerate of others and to think more of others, and this is shining through her more and more.

59. Another is still fighting with many ques­tions, but he’s trying to be more upbeat, positive, to include the older generation more in his conversations. He’s trying to go out of his way to accommodate people’s needs and requests. He’s really trying to be a blessing, to show more impartial love.

60. Someone who didn’t think he could receive prophecy is sucking and listening to My voice every day, fighting for every word, by faith. It’s a real struggle for him, but he’s going for it. He’s desperate to hear from Me because he knows he needs to. He’s desperate for the changes he needs to make and is willing to do things that he never felt he could do before.

61. So keep praying, My faithful veterans, because your prayers are having a very big effect. Even if you don’t get to see all the effects of your prayers, not only are they working, but they’re good for you too because it helps to keep your hearts broken for My sheep. (End of message from Jesus)

What’s in it For Me?

62. (Question: ) Besides the benefits that it gives to others, how does intercessory prayer personally benefit the one praying?

63. (Jesus speaking:) Praying for other people is what love is all about—it’s putting your love in action in the spirit. You’re not only thinking of them and desiring to help, but you’re doing something about it.

64. Intercessory prayer requires you to give from your heart. It stretches your love for the person for whom you’re praying. Your love for them obliges you to call on Me for their help.

65. One of the most beautiful results of praying for other people is that your vision becomes less selfish. It fills your heart with more love for the person, because your love for them makes you want to help them in any way poss­ible, and prayer is the key. When you pray for someone you add more power to the victory. The backing is stronger‚ thus the answer more forthcoming. It keeps you desperate for someone else‚ so your life doesn’t just revolve around you alone; you’re reaching out and asking Me to help others as well.

66. Prayer like this is an example of self­less­ness, of esteeming others above yourself. It’s love in action—reaching beyond your own needs and filling the vacancy within someone else’s life. It’s making Me the core‚ the focus, the central figure and center spread. And because you’re going out of your way to help ­others, I reward your sacrifice and love by using the prayers to change and improve your life as well. Also‚ if someone knows you’re faithful to pray for them, in your time of need they will be the prayer support you need as well.

67. Prayer is a form of giving unselfishly without expecting anything in return‚ but there are dividends. Try it and you’ll experience them. (End of message from Jesus.)

68. (Jesus speaking:) As you pour out, I will pour in. Give, and it shall be given unto you. As you pour out your heart to Me in prayer for others and their situations, I will look at your heart and your situation and care for you. As you give all you have to Me in prayer and concern for others‚ I will answer in ways greater than you can imagine. I will pour out an hundred­fold unto you and shower your life with blessings.

69. That’s My rule in giving—the more you give, the more you will receive. That’s how you receive joy in your life—Jesus, Others, and You!

70. As you take time and beseech Me for others, I will even answer prayers that you haven’t yet been able to formulate or put into words. Sometimes you may not know what to pray specifically, but as you beseech Me for ­others, as you acknowledge Me and commit people and situations to Me, I will honor that time you’ve taken for others, because it’s My job as your Husband to see that you are well cared for. It is your dependency on Me and your acknowledgment that you need My help and your coming to Me for others that I honor.

71. As you care for others and are concerned about them and their needs and are taking time to pray for them, you become less worried about yourself and your own needs. You become less self-centered and will be forming good habits of thinking more of others than yourself. You will become more Christlike and full of Me, so that people will see more of Me and less of you. It will have a positive effect on you in every way and your blessings will be numerous. (End of message from Jesus.)

72. (Jesus speaking:) Intercessory prayer for others, as well as prayer in general, is like a muscle that needs exercise. No matter what you exercise it in, or to whose benefit, your strength in this area will grow and your reflexes will also change because you’ll become more conditioned to seeking Me for problems and situations that arise.

73. Intercessory prayer also rewards the one who is sacrificially praying for others. When you pour out your heart and pray for those around you, I reward you for your giving and loyalty. When you come before Me for others, I will reward your sacrifice. Though a few words in a prayer may seem small, and the giving of your time in a prayer hardly feels like a physical effort‚ if you would open your eyes more to the realm of My Spirit and the way I operate, you would see that it is the best kind of help you can offer in any situation—even more than taking action in the physical. Putting Me first shows that you have faith in My care for you and those you are praying for, and this faith is rewarded. (End of message from Jesus.)

The Ripple Effect

74. (Jesus speaking: ) The depth and height and breadth and width and length of the effect of your prayers will never be fully realized in this life‚ but in the world to come you will see. Then you will be able to see the full measure and results of your prayers. You will be able to see how far your prayers have gone.

75. In that day, when all is revealed, when you join Me in My Heavenly Kingdom and the full impact of your prayers is revealed for all the worlds to see‚ the brilliance and the shine of this great revelation will be too much for your eyes to behold. You’ll be tempted to say, “Lord, I cannot look. The majesty of it is too great for such a little one as I.” But I will lift you up and say‚ “No, My loves—all this glory and splendor is rightfully yours, for this is the fruit of your prayers.”

76. This will be part of your reward, My darling ones, to behold the full fruit of your prayers. For the fruit of your prayers is not only seen now with the naked eye as you witness answers to your prayers in the present. What you see now in answer to prayer is only a very small portion of the far–reaching results of your prayers.

77. When I answer a prayer‚ I may grant you your request for healing. I may supply your immediate needs. I may temper the winds and the rains on your behalf. I may protect you from harm or danger, or deliver you out of the hands of the Evil One who would try and hold you back from gaining spiritual victories, and so on. All of this is a marvelous wonder and great ­answer to your prayers, yet you must realize that this is not all; it is not the only fruit of your prayers.

78. No one prayer stands alone. Just as no man is an island and your life is bound to affect others, so no prayer stands alone. No prayer starts and ends with a single entity or a single purpose. One prayer accom­plishes many purposes and is multiplied many times over. For example, say you pray for a headache and I heal that aching head. The immediate fruit of that prayer is that the headache is gone‚ yet that prayer bears much more fruit than one healed head. Through one prayer, your faith has been boosted, and when others hear of the healing, their faith is often boosted as well. The result of this boost of faith then continues bearing fruit as it goes along.

79. Your prayers have a ripple effect—on and on they go, bearing fruit in many ways. When you pray for someone and their life is touched by the result of your prayers, likewise the fruit of your prayers in that person’s life will also bear fruit and have an effect on others’ lives. Because one life reaps the benefit of your prayers, other lives are also touched through the positive results in that one person’s life.

80. So many things happen as a result of your prayers, so great is the ripple effect your prayers have on the world. Your prayers not only create ripples, but when they bounce off others, they are reflected in more ripples, which in turn bounce and reflect even more! So your prayers have a cross-ripple effect—the ripples of your prayers go out in all directions, backwards and forwards, up and down, top to bottom, from side to side, over and above and beyond, reaching out in many directions and ways you never dreamed possible, creating ever more ripples as they do so.

81. The day you see the cross-ripple effect of every prayer you ever prayed will be a great day! The awe of it is more than can be contained in all the earth. Only the Heavens can contain the glory and magnitude of the effect of your prayers. The cross-ripple effect of your prayers reaches far beyond the shores of the sands of time. Let this encourage your hearts, My loves, and let this spur you onward in prayer‚ for great is the cross-ripple effect of your prayers as they go out and cover the world‚ reaching across the boundaries of time to reach a heart‚ to save a soul, to encourage and lift up‚ to bring hope and life, peace and comfort‚ to protect and guard and to bring great victory to those for whom you directly pray and for multitudes of others. (End of message from Jesus)

The Best Thing

You Can Do For Others

82. (Dad speaking: ) The Lord allows problems in life—difficult situations, spiritual battles—and one of the main reasons is to teach people to pray. He wants you to come to the end of your rope, to come to the end of all your ideas of what you can do to solve the situation, and realize that He’s the One Who’s going to do it and pray for His power to work.

83. He leaves a lot up to you, and if there’s something you can do and something He shows you to do to help the situation, that’s good and you need to do that. You need to talk with people, counsel with people, receive messages from the Lord, study the Word on the subject, encourage people to ask for united prayer—you need to do all that you can. But in the end, the thing that will help more than anything, and without which all your labors are incomplete, is prayer. Pray for Him to work. Pray for Him to move and do the work in the spirit.

84. He’s the only One Who can change hearts and minds, and He’s the only One Who can bring people to the point where they’re ready to make spiritual changes. The best thing you can do to help people and help situations is to pray for them. Really pray for them. You can’t do the miracle, but the Lord can, and your prayers move His hand and make things happen in the spirit. It not only helps to set things up for the miracle to happen, but gives you peace of mind that you’ve done the best thing you could possibly do. When you commit things to the Lord in prayer, then you can just trust that whatever happens is in His hands and under His control.

85. People don’t fully realize how import­ant prayer is, and especially if they’re very work–oriented people, accomplishment-oriented people, it’s all the harder for them to just pray and not always be doing something in the physical. You have to understand that only God can work in the spirit to change things, to change people, change situations, and the best thing you can do to help God and help others is to pray for them. He expects you to pray, and if you’re not praying, often He has to wait before He can do the big miracles, because He wants you to pray and keep on praying.

86. Prayer is a very mysterious spiritual phenomenon and it’s impossible to fully understand how the Lord chooses to work, how He chooses to answer prayer, why some prayers are answered quicker than others, why He does an obvious miracle in one situation and not in another. You can’t expect to know everything about God’s business, but you can trust that your prayers have an effect, and a very big one. Just the fact that you obey and pray brings down His blessings. (End of message from Dad.)

Jesus Waits to Move Mountains

On Our Behalf!

87. (Jesus speaking:) Allow Me to open your eyes of the spirit to the magnitude of the power of your prayers. You can’t see it with the eyes of the flesh. You only catch glimpses here and there. You experience My healing touch; you see Me change hearts on your behalf; you watch Me move obstacles out of your path, making a way for you to walk in and claim the goods, victories of varied kinds. But I tell you, My loves, now you only see through a dim glass.

88. This is why you must put on the eyeglasses of faith, that you might find courage to walk in and claim the land. Let this comfort your hearts, for I am here to work wonders on your behalf.

89. Your prayers move My hand to work on your behalf. Therefore do not hold back; leave not one stone uncovered. Pour out your hearts to Me, bringing all your requests before Me, and I will answer. Only I can supply your needs and bring the desired results, but you must ask in faith, believing, nothing wavering. Ask and you will receive. Bring your petitions before Me; remind Me of My promises and hold on to your faith, believing that I am able to do what you cannot do yourself.

90. Your prayers are answered in direct proportion to the intensity with which you pray. Push together in prayer. Just as in the physical, if you were to move a heavy object‚ you would call on all your strong members to get behind it, that they might apply all their force to move the object out of the way. So you must do in the spirit. As you unite and push together in prayer‚ as you direct your spiritual energy and unite your prayer forces‚ praying wholeheartedly together, I will move every obstacle out of your way. You are the push, I am the brawn.

91. So keep your prayers coming up in full force! Keep stirring yourselves up! Your prayers are powerful‚ and they cause Me to do awesome and mighty things.

92. I long to move mountains on your behalf! Therefore do not hold back, My loves‚ for though your needs are great, they are not too great for Me. I stand waiting and ready to fill every one. Let loose your prayers, and stand back and watch Me work. Your prayers move My hand; together we are an unbeatable force. Nothing in this world, nor in the world to come, can stand against us. I lay all My might and power and force at your feet. It is yours for the asking. (End of message from Jesus)

Action Through Prayer!–Part 3

Karen Zerby

By Maria Maria #560 CM/FM 3339 9/00

Dear Family,

1. Here we go with Part 3 of our series on prayer. It’s my hope and desire that each of you will let the spirit of prayer become more and more a part of your life so that you can play your important part in all the action ahead!

Love, Mama

Awesome and Magnificent Power!

2. (Jesus speaking:) When Moses raised his arms in prayer to Me at the banks of the Red Sea, I stretched out My hand and parted the waters, and I held them at bay until the last of My children were safely on the other side. When the shepherd boy David loaded his sling, looked up to Me and whispered a prayer‚ I guided his stone and brought down the giant Goliath. When Elijah besought me for the rain I had promised, I sent the showers in great abundance. Likewise, at Zarephath, when he cried unto Me, asking for the soul of the widow’s son, I returned life to the boy’s motionless body.

3. When Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego cried out to Me as they entered the scorching furnace, I descended and walked with them in the midst of the fire, and the flame did not harm them. When the prophet Isaiah petitioned Me on behalf of Hezekiah, asking for a sign of his healing, I turned back the time. When Jonah cried out to Me in his affliction, I answered and placed him upon dry ground.

4. How much more will I do for you, My loves‚ in these days of mighty miracles? Let this encourage your faith, for in these days of action, here I stand, ready, willing and waiting to perform yet greater things on your behalf. Let this encourage your faith‚ for I tell you, I am here and I am ready.

5. Do you see? Can you grasp it? Will you claim it? Oh, what great power I put within reach of your frail human hands. There’s nothing like it. It has no equal. It cannot be duplicated. No one can steal it away from you. It will never be lost. It is never misplaced. Such great and awesome magnificent power! It can only be released at the sound of your prayers. It is only delivered unto you at the touch of your faith. So it is, My loves, that your desperate, full-of-faith prayers can radically alter any situation or heart and supply any need.

6. Fear not to put Me to the test. Call unto Me. Declare your faith and remind Me of My promises. How it pleases Me when you display your knowledge of My Word. Claim it! Call down the power! Intensify! Pray passionately! Pour out your strong emotion to Me in your prayers. Get excited! Expect Me to work, and stand back and see Me do what you cannot do for yourself. Pray extreme prayers and you’ll get extreme answers!

7. As you unite this day, wield your power, My loves, for I am here, ready and willing and waiting to answer every prayer. Let this be your confidence; ask anything in My name and I will do it. (End of message from Jesus)

The Temple of Prayer

8. (Jesus speaking: ) Thank you‚ My loves, for setting aside this time of prayer as sacred and holy. Thank you for being true to your calling as intercessors for My children. Thank you for being willing to put aside your work for this time [our prayer morning], in order to concentrate fully on your prayers for the Family and to pull down My seeds. I look forward to ­spending this time in the Temple of Prayer with you.

9. This is not time in the temple of rest, and it’s not time of relaxation of spirit. It’s not the same as what your Father David called “Temple Time”—time spent resting in My arms, letting Me refill you. This time is different. It is your time of spiritual war. It is the time when great progress is made in every area that you take time to focus on. It is a time when wonderful things happen in the spirit. Tremendous and awesome things are made possible because of this time you spend in prayer.

10. It’s no wonder that at times it would tire you a bit, or would make your regular work seem easy by comparison. The ­Enemy fights this time that you spend in the Temple of Prayer. He tries to distract you. He tries to hit you with tiredness and weariness. He tries to hide from you how important it really is. He tries to make you think of all the things you could be doing to get ahead in your work‚ instead of praying. If you feel like that—which would be natural—see it as the Enemy’s attack, because he knows just how deadly it is to his kingdom, his works, and his attacks, when you unite in prayer.

11. Setting this time aside is a sacrifice. Stirring yourself up in the spirit takes effort. But each bit of spiritual effort that you put into prayer is multiplied many times over. I take those prayers and I multiply them and empower them to fill each need that you bring before My throne. Not one is wasted. Not one moment, not one second, not one thought that you send toward Me, petitioning Me on behalf of one of the requests, is wasted or lost.

12. Each specific prayer is helpful to your brethren or you and your work for Me and lost souls. Each promise claimed is powerful. Each bit of effort, each time you put yourself in the shoes of the one you’re praying for and earnestly beseech Me for those things that I put on your heart to pray for, it creates that wonderful vacuum for My power, which rushes in and does those mir­acles that man can never do. When you pray with all your heart‚ all of Heaven is freed to come to the rescue, to fill in the gaps, to supply specifically for the needs, to heal, to touch, to save‚ to complete the miracle.

13. Fighting in the spirit takes something out of you. But at the same time, I also pour into you. I strengthen you in spirit. Taking time to pray desperately and fervently strengthens your spiritual muscles. It gives you greater understanding of the needs of others. It helps you see things more in My spirit. It shortens the distance between you and Heaven, you and the spirit world‚ you and those who are trying to help you. It not only helps those that you pray for, but it does wonderful things for your life and spirit and heart as well.

14. So enter in fully, My loves, to this Temple of Prayer. Leave all your thoughts of business and work and worries outside, and dedicate this time to Me and to your precious Family. As you dedicate this morning to helping the Family through your prayers, I will in turn pour into you, and you will feel the rewards poured out. Your work will go easier, you will be more in tune, and you will be blessed by seeing the answers to your prayers, every one!

15. Give this tithe of your time wholeheartedly‚ knowing that it is the most important percentage of your work that you will ever do. I take it and multiply it many times over, and you will find once again that you never lose by giving! Thank you for giving so faithfully through your prayers. The Enemy tries to make them seem less important than all the other hard work that you do. But in reality, this is the most im­port­ant work you will do—praying for these requests that need your intercession. Each time you stop to pray for someone, you are putting into action a chain reaction which results in miracles! Neglect it not—for interceding for your loved ones is your most important duty. (End of message from Jesus.)

Pray as if Their Lives

Depended on Your Prayers

16. (Mama:) The next three messages from the Lord were given to parents and shepherds of a few different young people who were going through rough times. Since many of you, young and old, are shepherds, parents or friends of folks who are being tested, I’m sure that you’ll gain some helpful insight from these messages, as well as find beautiful promises of the Lord’s power to work in your loved ones’ lives if you’ll fight in prayer.

17. (Jesus speaking:) If you really love them, if you really want to see them make it and continue to be used by Me, then you’re going to have to fight for them in spirit. You’re going to have to make some personal sacrifices. You’re going to have to take some of your time‚ every day, and specifically devote half an hour or more to praying desperately for them—and while you’re at it, praying for all of your loved ones around the world who are hanging in the balances, those whom the Enemy is buffeting and trying to defeat and dissuade from following closely by My side.

18. What the Enemy is ultimately trying to do is destroy their usefulness. That’s his whole intent and purpose‚ and he’ll stop at nothing to carry out his plan, unless the battle is turned in the opposite direction. Yes, the outcome of this battle is determined by their yieldedness. But the outcome of this battle is also determined by you and your prayers. Through praying you give them more power to yield, more help from the spirit world.

19. If you really love them—and I know that you do—then you have to be willing to make whatever sacrifices are necessary. If you really love them, give your blood, sweat and tears through your prayers. It’s not enough to just pray casually whenever you think about it; you must fight the ­Enemy with all of the power that I have placed within you, all of the power of My Spirit.

20. There’s no time to lose. You can’t start tomorrow; you have to start today. You can’t give up on these that you love. If you saw them literally bleeding and wounded on the battlefield, would you leave them and give up on them? No, you would give or do whatever you could for them‚ even to your own hurt, even if your physical life was in danger, even if you were wounded or bleeding. This is how I see things in the spirit.

21. They’re bleeding, they’re wounded, they’re weak, but you can’t leave them and give up on them. You’ve got to do what you can. You’ve got to love them by never ceasing to pray for them. Pray for them as if their lives depended on your prayers, and this act of love will do more for them than anything else you could do. (End of mess­age from Jesus.)

Your Prayers Are

Their Life–support System

22. (Vision:) I see a picture of our loved ones on hospital beds side by side. They’re hooked up to all sorts of machines. Each machine is labeled with big bold letters marked “Intercessory Prayer—Life-support System.”

23. (Jesus speaking:) Your prayers are the life-support system that is sustaining the life of these young people at this moment. Your prayers work to sustain their pulse rate—keeping their hearts beating steadily toward Me. Your prayers have worked to keep their body temperature on an even keel. Your prayers are sustaining their respiratory rate, helping them to breathe in a measure of My Spirit—and this is keeping them hanging on.

24. Your prayers are keeping them alive; they’re creating the conditions where­by I might strengthen them and nurse them back to full health. They haven’t been able to breathe in My Spirit‚ eat and digest My Word, nor eliminate the toxins and waste the Enemy has tried to poison them with on their own, yet your prayers are making this possible.

25. Your desperate prayers can be likened to their respirator; they’re opening the passages so that I can supply them with the oxygen of My Spirit. Your prayers are breathing life into them, helping them to gain strength in spirit day by day.

26. Your prayers have released highly skilled spirit helpers who stand by, helping to monitor their progress and fight by their sides. These mighty ones in spirit have fought to ward off further deadly attacks of the Enemy, who would seek to annihilate them once and for all.

27. They are still in need of intensive care, but you must not be weary in prayer, for your prayers are sustaining their very lives. I know, My dear ones, that it seems a slow process. It’s not always easy to see visible progress while they’re still in intensive care; you’re not always able to easily detect their signs of progress. But you must take it from Me, the Master Physician, that progress is being made.

28. Please don’t turn those life–support machines off, for it is because you so faithfully keep them running that I am able to sustain their lives and their usefulness to Me. It is through your prayers that I am able to bring them back to full health.

29. Don’t be weary in prayer, for little by little they’re making daily progress. Little by little, they’re being cleansed from the dangerous levels of poison and toxins that have built up in their systems. Little by little, they’re taking in more vital nutrients that are helping to build their strength. (End of message from Jesus)

Setting Things in Motion

30. (Jesus speaking:) If it weren’t for your desperate prayers for this one right now, he would float off into dark oblivion. Your prayers are sustaining him. With each prayer you utter, I have sent reinforcements. I’ve surrounded him with strong ones, mighty warriors in spirit, to stand guard over him and to help ward off the Enemy’s vicious attacks and subtle attempts to waylay him. I’ve placed many spirit helpers about him to keep him and influence him for the good during this time of trouble. I’ve assigned him an extra personal helper, a mighty archangel to stand at his right side, one who will caution him when he begins to veer too far to the right or to the left.

31. Your prayers are holding him steady. They’re maintaining him so that I have an opportunity to work in his heart. Your prayers have opened a channel by which I’ve been able to whisper in his ear and speak to his heart. Because of your prayers, I’ve been able to keep him afloat. Your prayers are helping to clear his vision, as they blow away the dark clouds that shroud him.

32. Because of your prayers‚ I’ve been able to set in motion a series of events that will take place in his life. Things are lining up, key situations and scenarios are coming into focus—many things, many happenings, ordained by Me, that will help work toward pulling him through.

33. Your prayers are sending energy through his veins. They’re his lifeblood at this moment, when he’s too weak to walk on his own. Your prayers are his life support. Without the strength of your prayers, he would falter; he would float off.

34. Just a little while, just a ways down the road, and the scenarios I have set in motion will begin to take place. But you must keep your prayers coming; you must not let up. For without this prayer power behind him, all will not be able to come to pass.

35. As you continue to keep your prayers flowing upward in a steady stream‚ I will continue to work and bring many victories in his life. You must see him through to safety and to victory. Be encouraged‚ for each victory will be yours also‚ and you will see the fruit of your prayers and revel in the great rewards I have for you, all because you prayed, because you stayed faithful and true, because you held up the arms of My son. (End of message from Jesus.)

How Does He Do That?

36. (Question: ) Sometimes we pray very hard for something and then it works out differently than the specific thing we were praying for. In cases like that, how did those prayers get used and what did they accomplish?

37. (Jesus speaking:) I’m a moving and changing God. I never stand still, and many things don’t follow a specific pattern. I love to change, keeping you on the edge of your seat, ready and expecting anything to happen.

38. When you pray‚ you have a certain mindset. You know what you want, when you want it, and most of all, how badly you need it. Your perspective on your prayer request is narrow in comparison to My view of it. You don’t see the fine details; for the most part you miss all of them because your mind and heart are so focused in a specific direction.

39. You pray, “We need You to do a miracle, Lord. Please have Your way and answer!” I take what you ask and I give you the answer. But because your vision is directed in one way, you don’t see that all along I was using your prayers to accomplish what I know is best. You’re facing one direction, aiming all your prayers where you want or think they should be heading.

40. It’s not that your prayers weren’t answered; they were. You just didn’t expect My answer because you weren’t looking for it. You only had your eyes on one goal, a very tiny part of the whole picture. I work on a big scale, I don’t like to be limited, and I know that you trust Me with the right outcome. So because you desire My will above all, I’m able to redirect your prayers like bullets ricocheting and finding the target I had in mind. The only difference between a bullet and prayer is that a bullet is not controlled; it ricochets and everyone drops‚ afraid of where it might end up. But when I redirect prayer, I know exactly where it’s heading. I’m a God of precision, and nothing misses the mark when I aim. You were simply looking at the wrong target. (End of message from Jesus.)

41. (Jesus speaking:) Nothing happens by accident—especially to My children who are praying and seeking Me. There are times when I ask you to pray specifically for something, both because this is an exercise of your faith and because I delight to answer and reward that faith. It is good to be specific in your prayers. But at the same time, when you pray for one specific answer in one specific way and consider that the only way I can answer, then you limit Me. You hinder My ability to give you a different answer in a different way that might have met your needs even better and have been exactly what you needed, even though you did not realize it. I do not hold this against you‚ though. I know that you’re flesh and oftentimes do not see the full picture, but only what you consider the limitations that are in place. For this reason‚ because I know your heart, I’m able to override these things and answer in unexpected ways.

42. But there are times when factors change, or when for any variety of reasons I must work things out differently. There are many factors that can affect the outcome of a certain course of action. There are people’s individual and personal choices involved‚ and while My Spirit can move within people to use them for My purposes, they don’t always heed that tugging of My Spirit, and so I must work around their decision to bring about My will in some different way.

43. Or sometimes it’s a case where you simply didn’t know what you were asking, or how a specific request was not entirely in line with My will. But your prayers don’t limit Me from answering in the way I know is best‚ even if the answer doesn’t come in the way or form that you expected.

44. So are those prayers wasted? Of course not. No prayer is ever wasted. ­Every prayer is heard and answered in My time and in My way.

45. So why pray?—Because it shows Whose side you’re on. It shows Who you’re working for‚ Who your Master is. You are called to be My servants, tenants, and stewards of My Kingdom‚ and as such you must bring your requests before Me, to beseech Me to work on your behalf, to supply the needs for this part of the Kingdom, or strengthen My defensive forces in that part of the Kingdom. This is your task and responsibility.

46. My responsibility is to weigh those requests and answer them in the best way possible. I see the bigger picture and I know how to bring about your requests in a way that’s best for all. But you must still ask to set the ball in motion‚ to get the gears moving, to get the answer coming.

47. If it doesn’t always come in the form that you expect, that’s because I know better, and because My ways are higher than your ways.

48. But most of the time I delight to give you just what you ask for and what you have faith for, and even to give you the desires of your heart that you did not have faith to specifically ask for, simply because of My great love for you. (End of message from Jesus.)

49. (Jesus speaking:) I always bless prayer. Prayer enables Me to accomplish My perfect will. Much has been said about specific prayer, importunity in prayer, and many promises have been given that I will answer prayer. All this holds true, and these are valid spiritual principles. Yet there is another side to prayer which I will address now.

50. There are times when, in praying‚ people are misguided. They believe that a certain thing is within My will or is what I would want when it is neither My will nor My desire, or not My timing. Often it’s simply something that they want very much. So they pray, they seek Me earnestly, they claim My promises, and are then surprised‚ sometimes disappointed, to find out that I didn’t answer in the way they thought I would.

51. But now we’re talking about a case when a person is desperate, their heart is right with Me, but they just don’t see the full picture like I do. Well, in a case like that, I take those prayers and I channel them into what I know is the true, earnest desire of that person’s heart.

52. For example, say that there’s a young person who earnestly desires to go to a certain country as a missionary. They’re having difficulty with their visa‚ so they pray and pray desperately that it will come through, but it doesn’t! Their motives were right—they wanted to serve Me and reach My sheep on a needy and difficult field. So what went wrong?

53. Well, would you consider the poss­ibility that I know that, because of their specific gifts, talents‚ and even needs and desires‚ they’d be happier on another field? I know that if they get to their desired field, they’ll like it, but that there’s another field that they’ll like even more, and where they’ll fit in better as well. Maybe they’re a little weak physically or don’t do well with ­extreme high or low temperatures. Or maybe I know that this young person is earn­estly looking for a mate‚ someone to love and serve Me together with, and the person they’re meant to join up with is not in the place they were planning to go, but in another mission field that’s just as needy and where they can be just as fruitful—in addition to fulfilling this other desire of their heart.

54. What I have done in this case is taken the prayers that were prayed and used them to the full. They enabled Me to release My angels to work on behalf of the one who brought forth the request and to bring him into a fruitful land, to a needy missionary post, and to be of greatest use to Me and to the lost. I didn’t answer his specific requests‚ but that was only because I knew something he didn’t—something that I chose not to reveal to him.

55. Why, you ask, would I work this way? In cases like this, why not just show someone in prophecy that they’re praying for the wrong thing and tell them what the right thing is to pray for, rather than answer­ing prayer in what you think is a rather round­about way? Well, sometimes such information about themselves or insight into their own future would be too much for the poor person to take. You are human and have your limitations. When your mind is loaded with too much information or you have too many or too great decisions placed on you at once, sometimes you can’t think or even pray clearly. Of course, if you come before Me with specific questions I will specifically answer them—but I won’t always tell you everything.

56. Back to our scenario: Maybe when this young person prayed and asked Me if he should plan on going to this particular field, I spoke and confirmed that he should. Was My counsel wrong? No‚ it wasn’t. In preparing him to move to that field, I knew he’d be getting the right preparation of body and spirit to move to the other field that I had in mind too.

57. There are a lot more factors that could come into play here too. If in your life you run into a situation where you pray very hard for something, for yourself or for someone else, and then I do things differently, don’t assume that something went wrong. Maybe it did, but maybe it didn’t. If it did, then it’s not necessarily your fault as an intercessor in prayer. Maybe the trouble was at the other end, or someone else somewhere made a wrong decision that interfered. Or maybe everyone’s hearts and spirits were right, but I just have a higher plan in mind, something you wouldn’t have conceived of or even thought to ask Me about or let My messages get through about, because it was so off the beaten path of your natural thoughts and understanding.

58. I’ll be happy to explain it to you, though, because in each case where it seems like maybe your prayers aren’t being answered, the truth is that if they were heartfelt, sincere‚ earnest prayers, I did answer and did use those prayers—just maybe not exactly in the way you thought! (End of message from Jesus.)

59. (Jesus speaking:) You ask Me how your prayers get used and what they accomplish when things work out differently than the specific thing you were praying for. I give you a picture of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. As they went into the fiery furnace they didn’t know the outcome, but they were praying I would protect and keep them. But what did they say? “But if not… .” But if not, they were willing to die trusting Me.

60. Such should be the attitude of those who pray for something specific, whether I answer their prayer or not. When they pray‚ they don’t know the final outcome, and if the answer isn’t what they expected, often it’s a great test of faith. Because of their love for Me and their faith in Me, I take those prayers, and when the testing comes I pray for them that their faith fails not. For when My children are faced with such situations in their lives, it is often a crisis of faith for them. It’s a time when the Enemy tries to sift them as wheat. So I take that fervency with which they have prayed and I pray for them.

61. It’s a time when My children must decide if they will follow and believe Me though everything around them points that they shouldn’t. There may not be any “logical” explanation. There may be every indication that I should have answered as they prayed, that I was going to answer as they prayed. They must choose to stand in the midst of seeming defeat and say, “But if not, I will trust Him.”

62. This is the great victory. This is the ultimate gift of love and faith in Me. This is what makes soldiers out of mere men and women. This is when My children take steps into the world of the spirit and embrace the “strange truths” of that which they cannot see.

63. Not one prayer, one promise‚ one moment of desperation in seeking Me is wasted. Not one. For with what measure you mete, it is measured unto you again, pressed down, and running over. Those who have been so tested in this manner—and all My children will be at one time or another—when you arrive in Heaven, you will see that I Myself have interceded on your behalf.

64. As I prayed for Peter, My apostle, so I pray for those who are tested in such a manner‚ and after they are converted they are able to strengthen their brethren as never before. For they can testify to others that we walk by faith and not by sight—that it is faith in the Word that never fails. Heaven and Earth will pass away, but never will My Word pass away.

65. Often when My children are tested in such a manner with prayers that are not answered as they expected‚ depending on the intensity of their prayers, their faith can be sorely tested. Even those who think themselves strong in faith have been buffeted, some even wounded seriously and shaken to the foundation of their faith. It is then that I pray that they will not become totally discouraged and give place to ­despair and allow the Enemy to win by giving up.

66. I pray for their faith in My Word, that though all around them looks contrary to what it should be and it looks like I have forsaken them, the truth is that I have not. What I am doing is demonstrating a practical lesson‚ sometimes learned through tears and heartache, that faith is the victory—the victory that overcomes the world.

67. You are in the world, but not of the world. Your faith is going to be tested more and more as the days of darkness come upon you. You will need to be able to walk by faith and not by sight. You may go through experiences that will appear to you as defeat, but in reality are part of My plan and will bring about victory in the end.

68. So it is with your prayers—they don’t fail. My Word does not fail. Forever it is settled in Heaven. But you must remember that your thoughts and ways are not My thoughts and ways. As the heavens are higher than the Earth, so are My thoughts and My ways. You will never be able to fully understand or explain Me. That is a mystery of our love for one another. But you will be glad that you trusted Me. You can be assured that all things will work together for good to you who love Me and whom I have called according to My purpose. You can be assured of that because you have the sure word of prophecy and My written Word. (End of message from Jesus.)

69. (Jesus speaking: ) It is good to be specific in your prayers. But at the same time, when you pray for one specific answer in one specific way and consider that the only way I can answer, then you limit Me. You hinder My ability to give you a different answer in a different way that might have met your needs even better and have been exactly what you needed, even though you did not realize it. I do not hold this against you‚ though. I know that you’re flesh and oftentimes do not see the full picture, but only what you consider the limitations that are in place.

70. For this reason, because I know your heart, I’m able to override these things and answer in unexpected ways. You still move My hand through your prayers, though not in the way you originally thought would be best, or not in a way you thought of at all. For My ways are higher than your ways. Your prayers were not pointless or useless. You will often later see the reasons for Me answering in a different way, but even if you don’t, trust Me that I know what’s best. I know all and see all, and only want what’s best for you, My love. (End of message from Jesus)

Does God Deceive?

71. (Question:) When the Lord tells us to head toward a certain field or start on some course of action and we confirm that with Him, yet it later turns out that the field or course of action was only to get us started elsewhere, isn’t He deceiving us? In a way‚ it could even be said that He’s lying to us, since He’s telling us to go somewhere or do something but He actually has something else in mind. What about that verse, “God is not a man, that He should lie” (Numbers 23:19)? It’s not a lie in a bad sense, but isn’t it a lie nonetheless?

72. (Jesus speaking:) It is true, I am not a man that I should lie. If My children ask for bread, I will not give them a stone. However, the workings of the spirit world are not such that they can be defined in your carnal mind. If one of My children desperately prays and asks Me for guidance, for confirmation, for an answer, and I know the final outcome and ultimately what My highest will is for them, just because I do not lead them there on a direct path from point A to point B does not mean that I am deceiving them or lying to them.

73. Yes, many times My will is straightforward and I do lead in a direct path, with no detours or sidelines. Other times I lead and guide step by step because the path My children are to take is not direct; it is convoluted and full of detours. I do this because of the things I want them to see along the way, the lessons I want them to learn, the situations I want them to experience and grow from.

74. Receiving things in prophecy is like eating; you take a bite at a time. You do not sit down at a meal and eat it all in one bite. So it is in your walk with Me. I lead and guide you step by step, one step at a time, and after you take one step, then you receive the faith and strength to take the next one. I do not always reveal everything to you at once, just as you do not eat a meal all at once. Each prophecy is like a step in the direction I want you to take. Just because one prophecy says to go this direction and then the next says to make a right turn and go in that direction does not mean that I am failing or deceiving you. I am only leading you on the path you are to take, the one which will get you to your final destination. Just because the path takes a detour or goes far out of its way before it gets to its final destination doesn’t mean the directions were wrong or flawed. It just means that I chose this path for you because I had a plan and purpose in mind, and a particular route I wanted you to take to get there. (End of message from Jesus.)

Prayer Starts the Process

Of God’s Will

75. (Jesus speaking:) If you’re praying for the thing that is My will, or even if you’re praying to know what My will is, then you start the process of My will being done. The fact that you pray and ask Me to do it, to work in a certain direction‚ makes it happen.

76. You might not even know what specifically to pray for, but just the fact that you’re thinking and praying about the person or situation unleashes the power of My Spirit to move and work. You don’t even have to know what My will is in every situation or for every person, but if you just pray and ask Me to bless, to help, then it is done. I honor your prayer, and because you pray I can fulfill My will.

77. I know the full chain of events. I know what needs to happen first before something else can happen, and often when you pray‚ you start the motion, the movement toward My will being done. Even if you don’t know the end result of My will, your prayer helps it to be accomplished. I always answer prayer. I’m bound to honor the prayers of My children and to answer them. (End of message from Jesus)

Some Prayers “Take” Slower

78. (Jesus speaking:) I cannot always answer every prayer right away‚ although most of the time I do, or at least in a very short time span after the prayer was prayed. Many times I answer promptly because people need the answers and it encourages their faith. But at other times I take longer because there’s a bigger purpose, a lesson that needs to be learned.

79. Many times prayers for a change in people’s lives are the ones that take longer. When you pray for supply or things of this nature, I can answer quickly. However, when it comes to the prayers that are asking Me to work in people’s lives, this is a different matter. It’s not that I don’t answer but it’s because I do not force anyone, and much is left up to the person’s choice and decisions.

80. I cannot force anyone to follow or obey or yield. The choice to love and serve and follow Me must be left up to each individual. However, because of prayer I can and do engineer circumstances to make people desperate, to come to the end of themselves‚ that will help them come to Me, to look to Me, to show them clearly that I am the way, the truth and the life.

81. There are many things I do in both the short term and long term because of people’s prayers‚ but because you’re dealing with people and they must learn and grow and make decisions and choices and sometimes learn through experience, this just takes time—sometimes a long time. But your prayers are working all the while, ­every day, even if you don’t see the results immediately. The prayers are always working, always effective, always fruitful and always effecting change. The prayer you pray today that you don’t see answered right away is just as powerful as the prayer you see answered tomorrow. It will be answered, even if it’s answered in 20 years. You may have heard stories of how a woman in some church prayed for her alco­holic husband to get saved, and people thought her prayers were in vain, but then 20 or 30 years later he got saved. All those prayers were heard and answered; if she had not prayed them‚ she wouldn’t have seen the miracle.

82. Prayers for people often take time. I have to work in the person’s heart, and it takes time for them to learn and come to a decision on their own. It’s a little like a sculptor who begins to carve a statue out of granite. He sometimes takes years, chipping here a little and there a little and sometimes hardly seeing any progress at all. Yet in time it begins to take shape, and eventually you have a beautiful statue. It’s sometimes the same way with prayers you pray for people and their circumstances, the changes they need to make‚ etc. You have to chip away with your prayers, constantly, faithfully. Some people can be pretty hard, just like stone, but over time your prayers will bring about the beautiful results in the finished product—that changed life, the work of your faithful prayers—and you will see that it’s worth it all‚ every prayer. (End of message from Jesus.)

Witness Through Prayer

83. (Mama:) For those in our Home, who can’t go out and witness much for the sake of our security, most of our witnessing is done through prayer. These next two messages were given specifically for us‚ one during last year’s Christmas season‚ but I think you’ll find they apply to your situation too. I know that there are also many of you who for some reason or another aren’t so involved in the day–to-day outreach or big pushes, because you’re having to “stay by the stuff” caring for the kids and all—and you too can witness through your prayers!

84. (Jesus speaking: ) You, My dear brides who labor behind the scenes, are a very integral part of the Christmas witnessing. Through your prayers‚ I will send you out among your brethren and among the crowds to personally witness. Your prayers are what will complete each and every Christmas witnessing team around the world. In order for their success to be assured, you must go with them. You must accompany them on their mission.

85. Through your prayers I will send you with your brethren as they go out among the needy. Oh, how they need your prayers, for this Christmas season is monumental! I wish to do great things, thrilling things, miraculous things. According to your faith and prayers, it will be done. As you uphold My Family in prayer, you will be right there with them, in heart and mind and soul, reaching out to the lost, wooing them, loving them, holding them, comforting them‚ soothing them, and winning them into My Kingdom.

86. The success of this Christmas season for My Family worldwide hinges on your prayers. It is your prayers that will see My message through. Your prayers will deliver My Word into the hearts of the people, where it will take root and grow into strong trees—making disciples in all nations. It is your prayers that will hand-deliver My Christmas heartcry to those in need. It is through your prayers that I will pour down My power of protection and supply and safekeeping for your Family. Your prayers will sustain your brethren. They will rally My Family, sound the bugle‚ lead the troops, carry them, lift up their hands in the battle, and give them faith and courage to march on and win the victory of Christmas ’99.

87. I wish to thank My faithful brides, My yielded channels‚ for your diligence and faithfulness to this, the greatest duty of prayer that I place in your hands. Such ­labor of love is a great thing in My sight. As you cry out to Me in prayer and supplication, not one request will go unanswered. The prayers you pray will return to you not an hundredfold, but a hundred times a hundred will the blessings of prayer return to you. Don’t think that I will not bless you so greatly and so mightily for your labor of prayer. For great is your reward in Heaven—above and beyond all you could ever ask or think or imagine with the human mind. (End of message from Jesus)

Your Prayers Send Missionaries

88. (Jesus speaking:) Do you see the need for more laborers on these fields that are ripe already to harvest? Do you feel the call in your hearts? Do you hear of the need? Do something about it. Send missionaries through your prayers.

89. There are many who are missionaries awaiting My call. They are destined to go forth, to launch out of their cozy confines and to explode in a flaming fire of passion and heat of My Spirit‚ that many might be saved. But they will only go if you pray.

90. For the evil forces of the Enemy work at large. His minions seek to entrench and to keep My children stayed in the blob of the materialistic and comfortable System. Your prayers must uproot them. Your prayers must light the fire in their hearts, to cause them to see the need and go forth.

91. Your prayers can send forth missionaries—if you will but pray. How many missionaries would you make? How many disciples on these new fields would you win? None will be reached if these do not go forth as missionaries. And if you know these things—that your prayers will avail much and cause these ones to step out into the missionary anointing that I would place upon them—and you pray not‚ then you will account for the loss of fruit which the lack of missionaries will bring forth. Therefore pray, for I now put this burden upon you.

92. You may not see the fruit for some time. Sometimes prayers work slowly in people’s hearts, but the time to pray is now, so that the work may begin. For if the vehicle has no power, it won’t go anywhere. If you pray, I will send forth the mission­aries, and you will share in the reward along with each missionary who launches out to win many souls and disciples for Me. The Enemy will be furious and will put up a fight, but he cannot stop nor withstand the power of your prayers. So pray on! And let the victory be won! (End of message from Jesus.)

Prayer Activates!

93. (Jesus speaking: ) I have called you, My Family, to get on board with the Activated program and to begin a worldwide campaign to make disciples of all nations. This will require a lot of hard work and “doing” on your part—but even all your doing won’t be complete without your prayers.

94. If you really want to make Activated bear fruit and reach and feed the sheep and change your part of the world, then you need to work with your prayers as well as with your works. One can’t do without the other. You can’t just sit around and pray for the Lord to make Activated succeed and not do your part! Yet neither can you just run around and work hard and expect that it will be as fruitful as I want it to be, if you don’t add fervent prayer to the mix.

95. Pray that I will send laborers into My harvest. Pray that the “Word laborers” that are sent out via the mail and the mags you distribute will do their work in the lives and hearts of those who receive them. Pray that My Word will bear fruit. My promise is true that My Words will not return void, but will accomplish that which I please—and if you do your part to pray, you can be sure that Activated will accomplish great and mighty things! (End of mess­age from Jesus.)

Little Prayers

96. (Mama:) Whenever Peter and I are away from home on trips‚ we pray brief one- or two-sentence prayers for folks that we pass on the street or on the road. One truck driver in particular I was impressed to pray for, and when we got home I asked the Lord what my little passing prayer had done in that man’s life. Also on that particular day I had prayed as we had passed a prison—that the Lord would help the inmates to find Him, and that if they weren’t already having a revival in the prison that the Lord would start one. What did that prayer do? How much can you expect little prayers like that to accomplish, when you’re not praying for a long time—you just pass by and pray? How much effect does a prayer like that have?

97. (Jesus speaking:) You don’t have to know the results of every single prayer, but if you ask Me I’ll tell you something about it. For example, when you prayed for the truck driver as he passed by you, even though just a little prayer, almost a thought, he felt it in the spirit and it encouraged him and lifted his spirit. I will honor your prayer for him, for he is one of My needy children and I will bless his life just as you asked that I do.

98. When you prayed for a revival among the prisoners as you passed the prison‚ though a short prayer, this is My will, and I am even now working through a pastor who has the burden to reach out to the prisoners and do more for them. I honor your prayer and will inspire and encourage the pastor to carry on and bring about My will in that prison.

99. Even a short prayer has power and effect, and I work through those prayers to bring about My will. Sometimes your prayer is just what is needed to finish the chain of events, to complete the circuit, and then I’m able to fulfill My will. I give you the thoughts‚ the burden on your heart to pray for something or someone, and as you are faithful to do so, then I’m faithful to work behind the scenes to help and bless others. (End of message from Jesus)

Better Than Sci-fi

100. (Jesus speaking:) The effects of prayer are similar to what happened in the movie “Forbidden Planet” when their thoughts materialized through the giant computer. That was sci-fi, but this is real! That computer created monsters; My power creates goodness and life and beauty and helps to bring Heaven down to Earth. You have all the power of Heaven at your ­disposal—all you have to do is believe and receive.

101. That movie was a very good portrayal of the power of prayer, because in order to avail yourself of Heaven’s full power you have to believe. It wasn’t until they fully grasped how the machine worked that they realized its awesome power. The same is true of prayer. I am limited by your faith and how much you believe. If you’re only expecting half an answer, then that’s all you’ll get. Full faith receives a full answer. This is why I can’t do more miracles, because people don’t expect them. I can and will do the mighty miracles that I’ve promised in My Word‚ but you have to do your part by expecting, believing‚ and receiving them! (End of message from Jesus)

The Complete Circuit

102. (Jesus speaking:) Many times you feel you must “do something,” and indeed there are times you must. But don’t neglect the power that is available to you—My power to work in hearts and change and im­prove situations because of your prayers. Heartfelt intercessory prayer is something worth putting into your schedule and devoting time to it every day. Your prayer time doesn’t have to be all in one chunk; you can use those quiet‚ in-between moments to intercede in prayer, as well as during your Word time, quiet time and united prayer times. Bring the needs, problems and cares of your Home, your area, specific individuals, or yourselves, before Me. Pour out your hearts in prayer, claim My promises, and send My angels and spirit helpers into action to work for you. This can often be combined with your hearing from Me. It’s a magical combination—your putting your needs into words and trusting Me to take care of them; as well as hearing from Me to find out what you can do to help.

103. Praying and not being willing to put feet to your prayers is insufficient. Coming before Me to ask what you should do without putting the doing into My court will also be found lacking. It takes both to complete the circuit. And what a powerful circuit it is, an unbeatable combination! This is how and where you will find your power and the way you will be able to rise to the challenges before you. (End of mess­age from Jesus.)

It Takes Two!

104. (Jesus speaking: ) Prayer is the flow of the Spirit. It’s the transformation of hearts, the beginning of life, the start of miracles, the completion of the impossible, the “on” switch of My power. Prayer is all this, and so much more.

105. You’ve had prayer described to you as sweet perfume rising to My nostrils, and as I breathe in the fragrance I stretch forth My hand and commence to do all that you have asked. But take that concept a little further. An incense stick, unless it’s lit, does not produce the fragrant smell. If it remains without fire, it produces no perfume. Your prayers are like that incense stick—unless they’re lit, they cannot rise to Me. You must light the match of your desperation and ignite the incense stick‚ thus sending its fragrance up to Me. As I breathe deeply of that sweet perfume, My desire to answer all that you have asked rises, and I set My work in motion.

106. The perfume of your prayers is like a man smelling the fragrant perfume of his lover. The perfume wafts through the air and it excites him because he knows his lover is near. I am the same way with your prayers. I smell the perfume‚ it entices Me, and I do as you ask. I send the legions of Heaven to do as you ask. I would send fire from Heaven because of your prayers. I would open the floodgates for you. I would vanquish all foes simply because you uttered a simple prayer. But you have not because you ask not.

107. Many of you have lost faith in prayer. You’ve been taught and told about prayer for years and years, and you figure that because you’ve had such a difficulty making it a part of your life, maybe you’ll never be able to use this weapon to the full. But this is a new day, the era of action, and that means action on My part as well as yours. There is no better way to begin this action than by getting your prayer gear in shape, and readjusting your prayer weaponry that you’ve left on the side or have not fully availed yourself of.

108. It’s time to change all that! It’s time to readjust your vision, pull up your socks, and start getting your heart stirred up. Prayer is the beginning step of this era of action. It’s a wake–up call to start getting your antennas directed up once again. It’s time to make Me your only wavelength. Stop running around trying to be the action hero—let Me do that. Let Me answer your prayers. And the first prayer you can start with is asking Me to make prayer a focal point of your life.

109. There’s no better time than the present, so start now! Tomorrow may be too late, and you wouldn’t want to find your skill with this weapon lacking because you didn’t practice enough and you didn’t get involved in the action when it began. (End of message from Jesus.)

Quotes in boxes throughout, taken from text.

Make Me your only wavelength. … Ask Me to make prayer a focal point of your life.

Call down the power! Intensify! Pray passionately! Get excited!

Expect Me to work, and stand back and see Me do what you cannot do for yourself. Pray extreme prayers and you’ll get extreme answers!

Give this tithe of your time [in prayer] wholeheartedly, knowing that it is the most important percentage of your work that you will ever do.

It’s a magical combination—your putting your needs into words and trusting Me to take care of it; as well as hearing from Me to find out what you can do to help.

Prayer is the beginning step of this era of action.

No prayer is ever wasted. Every prayer is heard and answered in My time and in My way.

Prayer enables Me to accomplish My perfect will.

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Action Through Prayer!–Part 4

Karen Zerby

By Maria Maria #561 CM/FM 3340 9/00

Dear Family,

1. I love you! Thank you for your prayers for Peter and me, and for each person or situation the Lord lays on your heart to pray for. They’re working and making things happen! In this GN you’ll find more encouragement from the Lord about the effects of your prayers‚ as well as some interesting questions and answers about how prayer works.

Love, Mama

The Reservoir

2. (Spirit helper speaking: ) Come, come let me show you the reservoir—the reservoir of prayer. It’s like a large lake that is situated in one of the many realms and dimensions of the spirit. You won’t find it in our Heavenly Space City, though there are many lakes there. This reservoir is like the control center, and exists on a plane all its own, a special dimension where prayers are stored, heard, answered, and from where their power and potential goes out in the form of instructions to those who are on standby in the realm of the spirit, ready to engineer the answers to those prayers.

3. It does not matter where those who will carry the answers along their way are located—whether they are in the Heavenly City, there on Earth ministering and helping those who they are assigned to, or on another spiritual plane or in another dimen­­sion. When the time is ready for the prayer to be answered, they get the call. Sometimes these requests are sent to other areas of Heaven, such as the prayer corner, where they are then delegated to those on call to carry out. These prayers are also broadcast throughout the Heavenly realm. There are particular ones assigned to help carry out the prayer requests, but the information and requests are spread abroad to all the realm, so that everyone is informed and kept abreast of the petitions in order for all to be able to rejoice and celebrate when the prayers are answered.

4. The way it works is quite complex, and there are many forces, both in the physical world and the spiritual world, that affect its operation. But I’m going to try to make it simple for you to see in your mind.

5. Prayers are handled in a variety of ways, though they are all heard by the Lord. This isn’t difficult for Him‚ because He’s everywhere all the time, and He even knows what things you have need of and what you’re going to ask before you do.

6. So why even ask? Well, that’s where the reservoir comes in. When Jesus was on Earth, He instructed His disciples: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened. Ask, that your joy may be full.”

7. He wasn’t going to try to explain all the intricacies of the powers and forces of the spirit world to His disciples; they wouldn’t have under­stood it. But you have believed the words of David and the revelations that were given to him, and your asking has opened the doors of Heaven to be able to reveal these greater mysteries to you—some of Heaven’s most intimate secrets that the Lord is allowing you to discover and partake of because He loves you so greatly, and because you’ve given so much of yourselves to Him.

8. Picture a great lake. This is the reservoir of the power of prayer. It’s a moving, flowing lake, alive with the currents of God’s Spirit and the force of His power. It has rivers that flow into it and rivers that flow from it. Each river that flows in or that flows out has a gate, and these gates are manned by the Heavenly watchers of the reservoir of prayer, of which I am one.

9. Now, for the simplicity of this picture, we will divide your prayers into two categories: the first is giving prayers and the second is receiving prayers. A giving prayer is the kind of prayer in which you pray for strength, help, supply, or anything to be given to another. A receiving prayer is when you ask to receive something for yourself—whether a specific need or a general request for more wisdom‚ faith, love, whatever.

10. When you pray a giving prayer—and these are some of the most powerful and effectual prayers there are—you open a channel for what we will simply call the answering power of God to flow into the reservoir‚ and to be made available to answer prayers. This power flows into the reservoir in direct proportion to the fervency of your prayer. And when I say fervency I don’t mean length, eloquence, or even the tone of your voice, but the position and desperation and sincerity of your heart.

11. When you pray a receiving prayer—which the Lord is always happy to hear, because it shows Him that you need Him and His power—the channels from this reservoir are opened to release the power within it to answer your prayers. And this power, again, is poured out in direct proportion to the fervency and desperation of your prayers, and the Lord’s knowledge of your need.

12. I add “the Lord’s knowledge of your need” because sometimes the Lord knows better than you do what you need. For example, perhaps you’re praying a simple prayer for the Lord to protect you during your trip to town. But the Lord knows that a lot more power is needed to engineer an answer to that prayer‚ in order to keep a drunk driver at home rather than having him take to the street at the same time as you would be there.

13. Though you are unaware of this factor, the Lord isn’t‚ and even though your prayer doesn’t specifically mention that the Lord will keep that driver off the streets, the Lord knows what you need and He channels whatever power is necessary to answer that prayer accordingly.

14. So to put it simply, that is how the reservoir works. In other words, the Lord’s power and answers to your prayers are all there. But it’s your prayers that open the gateways to allow those answers and that power to be channeled your way. The answer is always there. But if you don’t ask, you won’t receive.

15. Another condition that governs the working of the reservoir is if what you’re asking is not in line with the Lord’s will. When that happens, the gates are not opened, and no instructions are sent out—no power is made available for that prayer to be answered at that particular time. These types of prayers then go on “hold” until all conditions are right for the Lord to answer according to His will. This is why sometimes you will pray for something and it seems like nothing happens; then all of a sudden the prayer is answered in an unexpected way, or not in a manner in which you had thought. The prayer had been on hold‚ and when the conditions were right‚ the gates were opened and the power was then available for the prayer to be answered.

16. These are the basic rules and principles that govern the running and managing of this great reservoir of the power of prayer. You ask, and the Lord instructs the answer to be sent—whether in the form of help, supply, health, or even Words from Heaven for that specific situation or request, whatever you asked for. This answer is then channeled to you or to the recipient of your prayers according to the fervency of your prayers­.

17. The recipient, of course‚ also has to be in the right position to receive this answer. Your prayers cause the power to flow in to the reservoir, but it takes their receptivity in the spirit to allow the prayers to flow out and into their lives. If you’re praying for them, but they’re not receptive or in the right position or looking for the Lord’s answers, they may miss the ­blessing you channeled into the reservoir for them.

18. Of course, if it’s someone who doesn’t know the Lord and doesn’t know about looking to Him or seeking Him, such as a sheep you’re praying for‚ or a relative who perhaps doesn’t believe in the Lord, the Lord Himself opens the channel for that person so they have the chance to receive the benefit of your prayers.

19. This leads us to the secondary purpose of this great reservoir. It’s similar to something you’re already familiar with, your Family Aid Fund that can be dipped into to take care of certain emergencies. The Lord has His Own Family Prayer Fund that He uses to dip into for special answers to prayer, and special needs and power that is given when the situation warrants it, even if no one is praying for it specifically at that very moment.

20. This is how all your prayers for Mama’s eyes, for example, can help make such a difference for her. All those prayers and all that power is stored up in the reservoir, and then when she needs relief the most, the gates are opened and soothing balm gushes forth to help relieve the pain, give her surcease from the headaches it might cause her, and help her to continue with whatever project she might be working on at that very moment.

21. The same happens with other things that you keep in your regular prayers, such as the general health and strength of your king and queen, for anointing for the VSs and CROs, ongoing physical afflictions, missionary projects, your friends and contacts, and many other requests. If the answer isn’t needed immediately, that power and those prayers are stored up Here until the moment the Lord knows they’re needed, and when they are, the gates are opened and the answer is poured forth abundantly.

22. No prayer is ever wasted. Not one breath or thought that is uttered in prayer to the Lord is forgotten, but it is remembered, stored, or answered accordingly. So never give up or grow weary in prayer, thinking your prayers aren’t going anywhere. If they’re effectual, fervent, sincere and heartfelt, rest assured that they are being put to good use, and that the Lord will use the power your prayers generate to answer in the way that He knows is best.

23. Okay, I’ve got to get back to my little gate. There are thousands of gates, and a lot of these reservoirs of prayer—each one for its own specific purpose or category. Now it’s up to you to keep all us gatekeepers busy! So send up those prayers—our operators are standing by to pass on the answers! We love you! (End of message from spirit helper)

Holding Back the Flood

24. (Mama: ) The next few messages were given for our Home at different times while Peter, or both of us, and some of our helpers were traveling or holding meetings. They contain good principles that you can also use in praying for those in your Home who are traveling or holding meetings, or for other Family members.

25. (Jesus speaking: ) My royal emissaries are in great need of your prayers. Satan is furious at the great victories that are being won. The chains are being broken; hearts are melting; his strongholds are beginning to crumble; and this has Satan on the run. He rants and raves, yet his hands are tied, because you, My loves, have him locked in an arm hold through your prayers. It is your prayers that have held Satan and his rogues back and kept them at bay, so that they cannot harm your beloved queen and king and your precious mates.

26. In these days, as you have upheld your queen and king and your mates in prayer, this has kept the Enemy in check. Your prayers have built a hedge of protection around your queen and king, their helpers‚ their officers, and My beloved children in this land. Yet the battle rages, My loves. Therefore you must continue on‚ earnest in prayer. You must continue to command the situation, lest the fury of the Evil One break loose in full force. I tell you, this battle rages fierce, for Satan’s strongholds are weakening. They are beginning to crumble and are about to fall one by one, and this has kindled his wrath.

27. I wish to impress upon you the dire import­ance of not tiring in prayer. Be not familiar in prayer, nor weary in prayer‚ for this battle rages, and Satan will not take his defeat lying down. Victories have been won and Satan knows many more are about to be won, so he seeks to break loose from your arm hold so that he might hinder, slow down‚ delay, and if it were possible, defeat. Satan knows that his doom is sure, yet because he is the master of pride, he will seek, to his bitter end, to hinder this great move of My Spirit.

28. But he cannot win‚ My children, as long as you pray, as long as you uphold the arms of My anointed in prayer. This is where the victory will be won. There are mighty victories on the horizon, so the ­Enemy will attempt to loose his imps upon the land, that he might get in in any way he can. If one tactic does not work, he will try another. If he can’t hit with an inside attack, he will try with outside attacks.

29. The Enemy seeks to hinder, and yet I say, not one hair of My anointed shall be singed without My permission. But you must pray. Satan knows he is about to be defeated. I ask you, My pillars of prayer, to continue to be fervent in prayer, upholding the arms of Mine anointed, for they need your prayers now more than ever. Now that they’re on the battlefield, now that they’re surrounded by the Enemy’s forces, you must raise your prayer shields high. You must turn up your prayer power to full force. It is imperative that you continually raise a standard against the Evil One, for he cannot win as long as you do not give in. He cannot win as long as you command the situation through your prayers.

30. Unto you, My children, and you alone, I give the power to defeat this one. Into your hands I commit this great task. Unto you it is given to take out the Evil One, to smash him and trash him and defeat him in this battle. (End of message from Jesus.)

Recharging the Battery

31. (Jesus speaking:) Lift up the hands of your king. Lift his arms. Strengthen him. Lay your hands upon his head, that through your prayers, My strength and anointing might flow into him to empower him more, to give him the strength, to give him the uplift, to give him the charge.

32. He is like a battery that is being dis­charged. He is carrying a tremendous load, and the juice flows out, and he needs to be recharged. He needs to be recharged again and again. He goes flat in half the time because so many are pulling on his power. So many are operating on his power, are seeking to plug into him‚ to pull and to suck and to partake of the power‚ and he goes dry.

33. He needs a charge‚ and he needs one quickly. So all of you lay your hands upon him through your prayers that he might be recharged and reenergized, that he might continue to give and to give and to give. For there are many that suck from him, that pull the power. Virtue doth go out of him daily‚ hourly. He has done what he could, and now your prayers must sustain him and give him the needed strength to carry on. (End of message from Jesus)

Through the Crystal Ball

34. (Vision: ) I see a crystal ball. It’s very bright and glowing. It’s white‚ but it has slight color tones, like an opal, though it seems almost fluorescent. It’s stunning. Inside the crystal ball I see Mama and ­Peter. They’re traveling through beautiful country­side‚ and the sun is shining brightly on them as they’re going along.

35. Outside of the crystal ball, however, it looks dark and stormy. Hovering over the ball I see a dark, evil magician. He has on a black cloak, and he’s raising his arms, waving them over the crystal ball. He’s ordering all kinds of things, like he’s casting a spell over the crystal ball. He’s calling out all these orders, as if he’s barking them out, very gruff. He’s saying, “Send reinforcements to cause them harm! Send germs, sickness, sore throat, sore eyes, deep cough, heart pains, back pains, neck pains! Go‚ you little imps, and disturb their sleep! Bring them to a halt! Blow the rain clouds overhead! Stir up the high winds! Block the sun so that cold sets in! Trigger the lightning—aim it dead center! Inspire thieves to attack! Create accidents in their path.” He’s going on and on, ranting and raving and calling out all kinds of orders.

36. Now, I see him enraged‚ and I can hear him saying‚ “Curses! Curses! Curses! foiled again!” He’s talking to his little ­demons. I see these little implike beings, and they’re very ugly‚ very dark and black. They’re flying around this evil magician and he’s talking to them, saying, “They’re too strong! Those prayer beams protect them every time. Their power is too great! I can’t penetrate it! Ah, now let me see. Maybe it’s time to change tactics! Yes, perhaps it’s time to put them to sleep. Yes, that’s it! No‚ not the queen and king‚ you fool—the prayer warriors! That’s it! Let’s try to put them to sleep. Try a little sleepiness, a little forgetfulness, a little weariness in prayer. If I can just get the prayer warriors to let down their shields‚ then I’ll have a chance to get through. Yes, give it a try. As soon as the shields go down, then I’ll have a chance to get through and cause them harm. Splendid! Now, go to it.” (End of vision.)

37. (Jesus speaking:) Keep those shields up, My loves! Don’t let them down for a moment, lest the Evil One take the opportunity to cause My anointed harm!

38. Your prayers are raising a powerful protective force field around your king and queen. It’s through your prayers that I’m able to beam the sunshine of My protection all around them. It’s through your prayers that their mission has been a success thus far. Your prayers keep at bay the attacks of Satan’s evil imps. Your prayers stay the red tape, the complications, the sickness, the robbery‚ the theft, the foul weather, the ill health, and all harm and danger that would otherwise befall them if it were not for your prayers.

39. It’s due to your prayers that I’m able to place your king and queen in My bubble of protection, surrounded by the sunshine of My safekeeping. Though ­Satan would try to cause them harm, he cannot do serious damage. For through your prayers, I’m able to raise an impenetrable force field of protection around them. Therefore, you must pray!

40. I have shown you this vision that you might not be ignorant of the devices of the Evil One, for he is out to get My anointed. Satan cannot touch My queen and king as long as you sustain them in your prayers! His power is puny; his attempts are futile as long as you pray!

41. Keep the shields up! Direct your prayers full force, for your prayers are the sustenance of your beloved ones. Your prayers keep them in the bubble of My protection, and your prayers will see them safely home. As long as you keep the shields up, as long as you beam your prayers in full force, no harm will come to them. But you must pray. You must sustain them. You must see them through.

42. Your prayers sustain and support them and keep their very lives. You must not be weary in prayer, but fight on. Continue to wield your weapons accurately, keep your prayers coming up in full strength. Maintain your shields at full power. Keep your prayers ever rising in a steady stream, that I might intercede on behalf of your queen and king. According to your prayers, their safety is assured. (End of message from Jesus.)

What If It Were You?

43. (Jesus speaking:) I call to you, I plead with you, I beseech you to uphold the arms of your king and his hand­maidens. For they rely on you, and their very strength is funneled to them in direct proportion to your prayers. You are their life support and energy.

44. My great power is at your beck and call. You have but to ask, to send your request, to petition daily on behalf of your loved ones who fight at the fray, that they may receive strength, encouragement and anointing. I will answer your prayers if you will but call. I wait upon you.

45. What if you were embarking on this mission, with so many Family members look­ing to you, clinging to your every word? Their eyes turn to you for a word of encour­agement, a spark of hope, and a look of love.

46. If this were you, would you not plead for your loved ones to pray for you? Your King Peter is likewise in need of your prayers at this time, for he stands in this very position and gives his life to refract and reflect My light, My Spirit and My love to these many people. Yet he will wear out and burn out and become tired and spent if you do not replenish him daily with your prayers.

47. Do not sin in ceasing to pray for your team, for the success of their mission depends in large part on your prayers. (End of message from Jesus.)

Don’t Be Weary

48. (Jesus speaking:) Be not weary in prayer‚ My loves. I know it would seem easy to be so from time to time. But you must not let down your prayer guards. Do not falter in supportive prayer.

49. During times of change, times of comings and goings, times when your mates and loved ones are out in unfamiliar surroundings‚ it is of utmost import­ance that those who stay by the stuff unite in supportive prayer. In times when you have extra work‚ an extra load as you fill in and double for others, this is the season for you who can to unite and fight‚ support and pray.

50. In these seasons when you have too much to do, when the load increases‚ this is when I would that you take extra time to pray. Then you may rest assured‚ knowing that although you have twice as much to do, yet as you stop and acknowledge Me‚ I will perform that which you cannot do.

51. As you stop by faith and look up into My wonderful face, I will empower you to do twice as much in half the time, and that without striving, flurries or worries. For as you stop to pray, I will anoint and give solutions that will make the mountains melt away. I will lift you up and cause you to glide along with grace and ease as you accomplish all that you need to do. You will know it is because you stopped to pray that these things are accomplished.

52. I will bless you greatly as you take this time to stop, even when it seems difficult to do so. As you stop and consolidate the power that I have placed in your hands through the power of prayer, the windows of the Heavenlies will I thrust open and I will pour out answers, solutions, power and protection‚ the anointing that each one will need to accomplish My purpose. (End of message from Jesus.)

Too Long or Short,

Fast Or Slow?

53. (Question:) Have we gone to the extreme of wanting our prayers to be so short and fast-moving that we’ve lost a little of the spirit of “Desperate Prayer” that Dad taught us? What’s the balance between keeping our intercessory prayers fast-moving and not boring, but still power-packed and not so short that they lose their intensity and desperation?

54. (Jesus speaking:) I don’t want you to become bored with prayer, and you do need to keep your times of prayer alive and fast-moving, but it’s important that you remain fervent in prayer. As your David has taught you, a halfhearted prayer will get a halfhearted answer. Sometimes you can get too focused on the method of prayer instead of the prayer itself. I want you to have variety, and even have fun ways to pray sometimes, but you need to find the proper balance.

55. Short prayers can be effective, but don’t make them so short that they lose their meaning or power. You can have short and varied prayers for something that you’re praying for repeatedly at your mealtimes or devotions or other united times, so that it doesn’t become a routine or rut. But for matters that you won’t be praying for repeatedly, or when praying for these things in your own private prayer vigils, take your time and really intercede in prayer for those in need or for the situation.

56. Long prayers are not bad, nor are they vain repetitions. They just have their time and place, and often in united meetings it can be difficult for people if someone goes on for too long. They start losing their concentration, and then their prayers aren’t that powerful and effective. But there are times when longer prayers are needed and important‚ especially when you need to cover several details‚ ask Me for specifics, or cover requests that you won’t be praying for repeatedly.

57. Maybe the first time you pray for something you pray a longer prayer that really covers all the aspects and that is fervent and powerful. Then you follow it up with shorter prayers in a variety of methods to keep you inspired about praying, like “booster prayers”—but nonetheless with fervency of spirit and not just a “ho hum, here we go again with prayer” type of attitude. Remember, if you pray with a whole heart‚ you’ll get wholehearted results! (End of message from Jesus.)

58. (Jesus speaking: ) I place the urgency of prayer on your heart. I ignite the fire of desperation when it is needed. What I require is for you to be serious about prayer at all times. It’s not wrong to keep prayers fast-moving, upbeat‚ and power-packed, but you must learn the balance. Like your Father David taught you‚ I do require a time for you to get desperate with Me, when your heart is so burdened for a situation that you even shed tears. You feel the fight rising within you and you’re determined to fight for the victory.

59. It is important to take that time to get desperate in prayer, to align your heart with Mine, to show your need for Me and the seriousness of prayer. There’s a time for both and it’s up to you‚ My children, to learn the balance, to not be leaping from one extreme to the other.

60. Desperation is often associated with long-winded prayers, but that’s not what I define as desperation. Desperation is an expression of your heart, of the seriousness with which you look at a situation.

61. I need you to take on a new thought pattern in respect to desperation. Stop associating despera­tion with lengthy prayers. It doesn’t have to be that way. Desperation is the pouring out of your heart, fervently asking Me to perform miracles, to answer the impossible. When you pray desperately, you pray from your heart; you’re pouring out your heart to Me on behalf of a specific situation or a specific need.

62. Sometimes desperate prayers require more effort, because you have to block out all the other concerns that crowd your thoughts—your work and duties, your battles, etc. But whatever effort you put into prayer‚ it is reflected in the answer. Desperate prayer receives a powerful answer, while ho-hum or lukewarm prayer receives much less of an answer. I measure the intensity of My answer according to the intensity of your request. How much are you going to support a specific prayer? How desperate are you for the answer? Do you really want the answer, or are you just thinking of what you’re asking Me as a nice possibility? How much umph are you prepared to support your prayers with, whe­ther they’re short or long? How much faith do you have to find the answer?

63. These are questions you should ask yourself, not just once, but every time you feel your desperation waver, or a lack of enthusiasm settle into your prayer life. A stale prayer life doesn’t produce much, just like stale desperation is no longer desperation. (End of message from Jesus.)

Does It Matter Which Way

You Pray?

64. (Question:) What difference do the various kinds of prayers make? For example, whether you use praise prayers, or the more fervent, heart-searching ones. Does it matter which way you pray? Does the manner in which your request is made affect the outcome?

65. (Jesus speaking:) The position of your heart does affect the outcome of the prayers being answered. As I have said, when you pray with a full heart‚ a full answer is what you will get. When only part of you is praying and the rest of your mind is wandering, then I will not fully focus My attention on those requests of your lips. I look to see how desperately you want the ­answers.

66. As far as what different types of prayers do‚ when they are all prayed with equal fullness of heart‚ they can each receive an equally effective answer. When you pray a prayer that is with all your heart, all My heart goes to work to bring about the good solutions and you are rewarded with My full blessings. If the words of your mouth are praiseful and fully rejoicing in the work that I will do, even if you’re merely saying you’re thankful that I will do it, I take this as a full prayer and answer just as speedily as if you were saying a prayer of petition.

67. When you all stop to put Me on the spot‚ telling Me of your requests in united form, all committing the request at the same time, as is the case when one bears the request before Me, in this unison of spirit, heart and mind I work many miracles on your behalf. When you’re all of one accord, praying unitedly‚ much good results.

68. When you stop to pray silent prayers and focus your hearts on many matters, so much can be done all at once, for not only do you pray for many things, but your hearts are likewise in unity. I can use the many different ways you choose to pray to effect much change.

69. But if you’re just going along for the ride and it’s but a ritual‚ and you choose to not really connect and make your prayers like rays of energy to beam your requests to My mind, then not as much good will come about as if you had stopped what you were thinking about‚ really focused and tuned in well.

70. It all depends on how much you want to get out of it. How much do you really want to see My miracle-working power going to work for you and your brethren? I can do as much as you’ll let Me. So burn bright with your prayers in full force, and I will stand up to work on your behalf.

71. Fighting, persevering prayers help to bring about needed change in the realm of the spirit world. You can’t always see what’s going on behind the scenes, but I do, and I set in motion what is needed to bring about change for the better.

72. Come to the temple of prayer ­often, for when you pray, things do happen, whether big and noticeable events or just small but steady progress toward a goal. Reach forward in prayer at all hours—while you’re working, while you run or walk or take a rest‚ and I will beam down to you needed strength and answers to your prayers. (End of message from Jesus.)

Enter in with Your Whole Heart!

73. (Dad speaking:) What an effect every­one can have, and what power can be released through your prayers, if every­one will enter in fully and put all other thoughts aside! So enter in wholeheartedly and lift up your voices in praise and prayer, and the Lord will answer!

74. Really get into it! Praise, sing, stand up and give it your all for Jesus! Do whatever you need to do to make a connection in the spirit and to not only send your prayers before His throne, but to enjoy yourself and reap the blessings of the Lord’s Spirit. Whatta team! Whatta marriage! Let’s pray! (End of message from Dad.)

A Fluid Battle

75. (Mama:) Here is a message the Lord gave our Home for prayer morning the day after the GN “None of These Things Move Me” was sent out. It contains many promises you can appropriate for yourself, as well as some good pointers on the power and vital importance of prayer.

76. (Jesus speaking:) Satan has launched a dirty campaign of rumor and innuendo, slanders and slurs. He has sent his missives around the world in a weak attempt to smear, to slow down, to fritz up, to entangle, to destabilize and derail My children. This attempt will be thwarted according to the fervency and accuracy with which you wield your weapons. I know you have already gone on the attack in prayer. You have answered the call and come to the fore to raise the standard high against this attack which has been instigated by the conniving of your detractors.

77. You have nothing to fear, My brides, for this attack is nothing compared to My awesome power that will be made manifest in you. The light of the truth that will shine through My children in this era of action of these Latter Days will be great and terrible, powerful and mighty, unpre­cedented since the beginning of time. All the world will see this un­surpassed spectacle of power and will marvel. When they behold, they will take note that you have walked with Me these many years; and they will know that you continue to walk with Me now, and that indeed you are My called and chosen‚ My anointed ones of the Endtime. They will know that it is not because of any greatness on your part‚ but that it is because of your humility and your utmost obedience and yieldedness to Me‚ that I am able to use you in such a way. They will know that you are My intimate brides, those who love Me above all else‚ those who know My heart and My mind, and who hear My living Words for this time of the End.

78. Though many will not understand because of their refusal to reach out and receive of Me, for their ignorance of My ways and the deep things of My spirit world, they will nevertheless acknowledge the marvelous and dynamic fruit of your intimacy with Me. In these days some will be saved through faith. But know that many will be saved through fear, for they will then fear Me when they behold the magnitude and the might of My power that I will manifest to the world through you, My most intimate brides‚ who know Me like no ­others.

79. I have spoken and so will I fulfill the promise. My truth will be spread abroad through My children. Your faces will shine. I will perform many great and mighty miracles at the request of your lips. Your requests will reach My ear, and I will never fail to answer. You will shine as a great blinding light to those who have not discerned the signs of the times. You will be more than a beacon to the nations. You will lead Heaven’s armies against the Antichrist forces in the Time of the End. Multitudes will seek you out; they will run to you and cling to you in desperation. They will beg you to give them My Words; they will ask you for direction‚ for guidance and counsel. They will cling to you for hope. They will look to you for strength. They will fall down at your feet and beg your mercy. They will count it an honor to simply walk in your shadow. This, My children, is a peek into your future‚ as you continue to let none of these things move you.

80. You have all had a part in preparing and packaging the words I release now to the world; all of you share in the glory and honor. All have been necessary; all have a direct hand, through doing your part—whether through your prayers, your pubs work, or your support tending to other ­duties. All share in the rewards, for all are necessary. Now I commission you, My faithful brides, to join this prayer morning and aim your prayers in a great concentrated effort. Join them together in a mighty thrust to knock the Enemy flat on his back. As you launch these missives, these power-packed publications which refute the lies, speed them on their way with your fervent prayers.

81. I have said that I will send My Word and that it will not return to Me void. Do you know why I have spoken with such certainty regarding this matter? I knew that I could give this charge to My strong unfailing warriors of prayer to deliver My Word to the world. I give this charge to you, that you might see My Words through to completion with your prayers.

82. With these words that I have spoken through My queen and king and through My anointed channels, the specific words I give you in countless mess­ages for My Family and the world, I charge you‚ do not fail to see them through to completion. Do your part to see these words all the way through the pipeline by sending them on their way with your fervent prayers, praying that they will accomplish all that I send them to do.

83. The battle that rages about you at this time is fluid. This era of action is fluid. So much is dependent on your prayers. Your intercessory prayers in this era of action will determine the breadth, the width, the length, and the duration of each battle. Your intercessory prayers will determine the intensity of each skirmish. They will determine the number of ambushes, the outcome of each encounter. Your intercessory prayers in this era of action will turn the tide of each and every battle. They will be the determining factor.

84. If you could only see; if you could only perceive the full power that you hold in your hands through your prayers! You must not cease to intercede, My dear ones. You must not let down your prayer guards. You must pray the Words through and into each heart and mind and spirit. You must pray and pray and continue to pray that they will accomplish all that I send them to do. All will not receive; yet let this not be for lack of your prayers. All must have an opportunity. All must hear. Thus I ask you to guard these Words with your prayers. (End of message from Jesus.)

Courts of Intercession

85. (Question:) In a message You gave for someone You mentioned Your “Courts of Inter­cession.” I haven’t heard of these before. Can You tell us about them?

86. (Jesus speaking:) The Courts of Inter­cession play a very important role in seeing that the prayers of My children are answered. They are some of the busiest buildings Here in the Heavenly City. Prayer plays such an important role in the lives of My children on Earth that there is more than just one building for intercessory prayers to be handled.

87. I like for all things to be handled in decency and in order; therefore the Courts of Inter­cession take care of different types of prayer requests. That way maximum efficiency is available for My children who seek My help on behalf of others. (End of message from Jesus.)

Keep the Candles Burning

88. (Jesus speaking:) Thank you‚ My brides‚ for keeping your prayer candles burning. I know you don’t always see the immediate results, but I see. I know you can’t always envision the magnitude of your prayers‚ but I and My Heavenly host can see the far-reaching effects they have. We can see the light and blaze of your prayers as they streak across the nations, from land to land and heart to heart, reaching those for whom you care.

89. The devils also see the trail, the blaze of your prayers, and they tremble. The devils fear‚ for your prayers tie their hands and prevent them from carrying out their evil deeds. The devils are cut off by your prayers. They know they have no power against your full–of-faith prayers when they see them streak across the sky.

90. When you pray‚ it’s like sending up a smoke signal. My Heavenly host and I see and receive the signal and move right into action on your behalf. The devils also see the signal, and they cower and tremble. They know what the repercussion of these prayers will mean for them.

91. The Enemy would have you think your prayers are not powerful. And when you “see” how different situations you pray for are progressing, you may think he is right. And the more you think that, the more you may be tempted to think your prayers are in vain‚ so why pray?

92. The Devil will do anything to get you to stop praying, because through prayer he will be defeated. That’s why the devils tremble and fear when you pray, because your prayers bring action against them. The more you pray, the more they’re doomed to defeat. So look with eyes of faith and eyes of the spirit and see! Behold how they tremble and fear!

93. Persevere in prayer, knowing that it is just like My servant Martin Luther received from Me in the song A Mighty Fortress:

And though this world with devils filled,

Should threaten to undo us;

We will not fear, for God hath willed

His truth to triumph through us.

The prince of darkness grim

We tremble not for him;

His rage we can endure,

For lo! His doom is sure,

One little Word shall fell him.

94. And that “Word” isn’t just My Name, but all the words you pray that are packed with the truth of My Word. Keep praying, for your prayers will cut the Devil to the heart and will send him and all his imps trembling in fear before the mighty power of God. Your prayers of faith ring out the victory that overcomes Satan and his ­demons, the victory that overcomes the world. (End of message from Jesus.)

Changing the Course

95. (Jesus speaking:) I place in your hands the tide of the battle. Upon you I bestow this high privilege of intercessory prayer for the furthering of My Kingdom come on Earth. It is a high privilege, a high honor‚ one that is greatly prized in all the Heavens. For My mighty bulwarks of faith and prayer, My vanguard prayer warriors are among the most respected and highly looked-up-to in all the Heavens. For these to whom I entrust the high privilege of wielding the weapon of intercessory prayer are those who win the battle. There is no battle, no victory that can be won that does not come by way of the mighty prayers of My faithful vanguard corps of prayer warriors—My highly trained and skilled, My most trusted prayer guard. This is the privilege I bestow upon you, My faithful ones. I trust you with the high position and honor to be My prayer guard, My strong warriors of faith and prayer in this mighty battle to establish My Kingdom come on Earth.

96. Do not tire in prayer, nor be weary at the sound of the trumpet, but lift up your arms in praise. Fix your eyes upward and call on the power of Heaven!

97. As you, My beloved brides, pray and seek Me in all these matters, know that I will pour out in great abundance. I will open the treasure houses of the Heavens and pour out to overflowing. The effectual fervent prayers of My vanguard prayer corps will avail much. Great and mighty victories will be wrought. You will reap the good of the land; not one prayer will return unto you void. (End of message from Jesus.)

Take a Cab

98. (Jesus speaking:) One of the greatest tasks of Heaven is to help those who are living on Earth. Those in Heaven, whether they’re angels, spirit beings, ministering spirits, or those who have lived on Earth and passed on, have many responsi­bilities, but one of the greatest responsibilities of Heaven is helping those on Earth.

99. Sometimes guardian angels will help some­one on Earth and protect them even if they don’t ask, because that’s their job—such as protecting a child from getting hit in the head by a swing, for example. But the majority of the help from Heaven comes through people asking—either by praying for themselves or by praying for others. Many things don’t happen just because people don’t ask. But as soon as they ask, things happen!—Because that’s their job—to answer your prayers.

100. To give an illustration‚ it’s a little bit like a taxi station. The angels are like taxis, lined up in a queue waiting their turn to help you. All you have to do is signal for one or call on one. It’s as easy as that. They’re at your service. That’s their job‚ what they’re designed for, their ministry‚ their reason for existence.

101. Prayer is like hailing a taxi and saying‚ “I need to go here,” and you just give them the address. You can tell them to go slow, or fast, or that it’s an emergency and to step on the gas, and they’ll do it‚ because that’s what they’re there for. If you don’t pray, it’s like having a long line of taxis just waiting to take you anywhere you want to go and make your job a lot easier, but instead of hopping in the car and letting them transport you‚ you prefer to go on foot—like trying to do it in the flesh.

102. Taxi drivers will also help you with your luggage if it’s heavy. They’ll open the trunk and put it in for you. They’re there to serve you and help you and make your job as easy as possible if you’ll just use them and take advantage of them. It’s as plain and simple as that.

103. The more you take taxis, the quicker you get there, and the more that gets done faster and easier. Just call for a taxi and leave the driving to us. It’s safer, cheaper, easier and faster. We know the address and right where to go and the best road to take. To use them, all you have to do is whistle or phone for one to come and get you wherever you are‚ or flag them down, or go to a taxi station, whatever! But they’re there for you, thousands of them waiting—in fact, backed up and lined up—just for you. (End of message from Jesus.)

Jewels on Prayer

(Centerfold of the GN)

When you stop and set aside your work and bring each petition before Me, I work in the spirit and bring about the desired results. As you pray‚ believe and know that My hand reaches out and touches those for whom you pray.

Pray quality prayers—in short, sharp shocks where you can hit the Enemy head-on and release My power to work on your behalf.

It is not how long you pray, but how much you believe. It’s the fervor with which you pray that makes the difference.

In prayer and in supplication you will find the answers and the strength you need to carry on. As you spend twice the time in prayer, I will do double the miracles on your behalf.

Prayer is one of the great undeveloped weapons of most Christians. Only a few have used it sufficiently, and those who have are those who have become great.

You can have no action without prayer, because prayer is action. Without it you go nowhere, and My hands are tied.

Pray earnestly, faithfully, daily, desperately, vigorously, and know that I will answer each prayer. I will work on your behalf to do that which you cannot do. I will make the mountains melt away before you, one by one.

This work was born in prayer. It started in prayer, it will be conducted in prayer, and it will end with a prayer of praise and thanksgiving for all I have done for you—for every prayer answered and every victory won.

Such are your sweet prayers—they are music to My ears! Such are your fervent petitions—they draw Me and pull Me. They entice Me and move Me to work on your behalf. They capture Me and enrapture Me. I am at your beck and call.

The repercussions of your prayers will be felt around the world, for it is I Who will fight for you. I will intercede on each and every count that you bring to My attention. I build a mighty force field around every person, every situation, every need which you bring before Me. I will conquer all on your behalf, and you will gain much ground.

The Enemy is first defeated and the victories are first won in prayer.

These are vital days, My loves. During these months, as you put landing gear on the era of action, it is imperative that you stand strong in prayer, upholding your king and queen, upholding each other, and upholding your Family worldwide.

As the winter snow is melted by the golden glow of the scorching sun atop the mighty mountain peak, so will the forces of Satan melt away and his loathsome scoundrels be set back on their heels, in shame and disgrace‚ and you will prosper. I will melt all barriers that lie before you according to the intensity and the fervency with which you pray.

Prayer is your link and hotline to Me. When you pray, the line is activated and gains heat through its use‚ enabling you to partake of a marvelous gift that I, the God of the universe, have bestowed upon you—Heaven’s help for mortal man. Daily strength, unlimited supply of answers to needy situations, courage for the trials, and the warmth of My love poured out to you in abundance.

If you merely choose to call upon Me in the hours when you feel the most need and you use not this gift to the full‚ the benefits will be much more limited. But if instead you open a channel to Me, an uplink, no matter what you’re doing, the strength of our connection will grow and gain new speed‚ and the downloading of My spiritual rewards will be marvelous.

You can utilize prayer more fervently in your life by tuning in to My wavelength to see if there is a need somewhere in the world‚ or right in your own Home. I may bring someone to mind‚ or cause a situation to remind you of something or someone that desperately needs Me to come through and help them right then. You can turn those thoughts into prayers. While you’re taking public transport‚ or washing up, or going for a hike, for example, take a minute to tune your thoughts Heavenward and see who I may lay on your heart to bring before My throne.

Prayer is a state of mind. It’s a position of your spirit, a desire of your heart. When your heart is toward Me, your desire is toward Me and your thoughts are stayed on Me. When you walk in the state of prayer, when you take on a prayerful attitude and spirit and state of mind, your prayer receptivity is heightened, your connection is strong, and we’re able to communicate back and forth with greater potency.

Prayer is the union of your spirit with Mine, and when this happens there is great, great power and great potential. This great potential of prayer is yet a vast, untapped universe. Man has only discovered a small portion of the great and awesome power that lies in prayer—the great power that is possible to unleash when you’re truly strong in prayer and one with My Spirit.

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Key Power in Persecution

Karen Zerby

By Maria3574 10/05

GN 1161 FD/MM/FM / FEAST 2006

1. Our precious Husband has said that all who will live godly in Him will suffer persecution. In the following material, the Lord gives priceless counsel, most of it in short quote form, to both prepare us for persecution and to help us through the persecution battles themselves.

2. Armed with these promises that cannot fail, we can rejoice in persecution and be proud that we are counted worthy to suffer with Him.

3. I’m privileged to now read to you, dear Family, the following introductory message from our great General and Leader of this Endtime army, our precious Jesus.

4. (Jesus:) The armies of the Enemy are constantly pitted against the armies of Heaven. You‚ My children, as soldiers in Heaven’s army, are therefore destined to fight in the great war of the spirit. I, along with you and all My heavenly forces, will win the spiritual warfare. No matter what weapons the Enemy pulls out, he can never, never win. We are destined to win, My children. The final great victory is in the future, and when the time is right for the final battle, there will be an end to all war, both spiritual warfare and physical earthly war. Then you will be able to rest.

5. But today, you are called to fight. You are in the midst of the war. There are many battles on all sides, for the Enemy’s forces are always trying to get My forces to surrender. He wants you to surrender. He wants to persuade all true believers to surrender and go over to his side. But we are sworn enemies‚ and this is a fight to the finish.

6. This is why the Enemy fights you so hard, My loves, with attack after attack on your spiritual lives, and even your physical lives‚ because he wants to defeat you before you rise up and attack and defeat him and his evil spiritual forces. He does not want to lose his forces to Me. He wants to win the war and take over as ruler and king of the world. He wants to wipe out My forces—you—so that he can become ruler of the world. My loves, this will be a war to the death, but not death to Me and My forces, not death to My truth and My reign and Kingdom on Earth, but death to the Enemy.

7. That means that you have to fight in spirit, My children, for you are My called and chosen and ordained soldiers of the End. I have placed you in the world for such a time as this, and I have ordained you to fight for Me and to defeat the forces of evil.

8. The Enemy tries attack after attack upon My forces. You have seen his tactics and felt his attacks: discouragement with yourself, with your outreach, with your NWOs; concern about your physical needs or your loved ones; doubts about My spiritual weapons and their use; being lethargic and not stepping out and fully availing yourself of their power; fear of the future; fear of failure; disunity; stress and pressure of all kinds; worry; afflictions; accidents; lack of inspiration; blockages in the spirit. These‚ and many more, are direct attacks of the Enemy on you, My forces, My soldiers, to try to stop you from winning the battle.

9. One of his biggest attacks is through persecution, because when the Enemy launches a persecution attack, it takes all hands on deck to win the battle. It means that everyone in your Home or area, or even around the world, has to get involved in order to set him back and proclaim the truth to counteract the lies that he has spread abroad.

10. Persecution is a big attack of the Enemy, but, My loves, it is not the end; it is only one battle to be fought in the war, and then you will go on to other battles. Persecution does not stop your progress in winning the war, it does not stop your attacks and offensives; in fact, it helps Me and you, My fighting soldiers‚ in more ways than it hinders.

11. I know what it’s like to face persecution battles and I know how to help you through the battles that you will face. I have many things to share with you on this subject‚ so listen and absorb all that I will tell you.

12. To begin with, be prepared, My children, and be ready to fight for your place‚ because it is a place of great honor‚ with guaranteed victory. It is not given for free. There is a price to be paid. If you’re willing to pay it, congratulations! You will participate in a spectacular show of My anointing, power, and strength, which will be given freely in order to complete this stage of world history. These are the days that all the prophets have dreamed of!

13. How you will face up to persecution tomorrow depends on what you do to prepare for it today, such as quality time in the Word and our bed of love, your obedience to My will, your desire to avail yourself of My awesome spiritual weapons.

14. I’m getting you in shape spiritually. I’m cleansing the attitudes of your heart. I’m scrubbing you in the spirit and getting you ready to be My full-time fighting force, capable of fighting off the attacks of the Enemy.

15. The Enemy thinks you are weak, but he will be in for a big surprise to find that the army of David has arisen, strong and united to fight.

16. If they try to harm you, they will find that instead of arousing a frightened kitten, they have awakened a lion, one that is not afraid, one that is not running away, but who is turning and fighting. Be bold as lions, and have no fear.

17. When the time comes, I will give you the anointing. I will give you the grace to bear the days to come. So, trust fully in Me. Look to My Spirit. Let My Word encourage your faith and help you to realize that all things are in My hands. Not one thing that you commit to My hands will fall or be taken away.

18. I will be with you through persecution. I will comfort you through the infirmities and the tribulations that will come. These are parts of the earthly life. But in My love and in My kindness, you will not want, nor will you lack the strength and the reassurance of faith to know that, through Me, you can overcome the world.

19. Claim the keys of protection, of wisdom, of peace, of safekeeping, and of perseverance. Your Home is like a beautiful island of light in the midst of a sea of darkness, or like a strong fort in the midst of hostile territory. The Enemy wants to catch you unawares. But, as you maintain a state of constant vigilance, continual prayerfulness, faithfulness‚ and perseverance, I will be faithful to warn you of the Enemy’s next move.

20. Ask your spirit helpers to warn you of persecution so that you can take action to heighten your security.

21. Your spirit helpers can give you checks in the spirit to direct your path; dreams of counsel and advice, of warning, strategy, and escape. They can anoint you to be bold in battle.

22. The Archangel Michael and his heavenly forces stand guard to shield you. So learn to work with them and avail yourselves of their supernatural power.

23. Rest your faith in Me. I will keep you and bless you. Persecution will come, but I will strengthen you and cause you to stand strong and unwavering‚ by the power of My Word and the keys that I have given you.

24. You will meet the fiercest gale or the strongest adversary and you will remain resolute in your purpose. Though an hundred thousand rise up against you to do you harm, your faith will not be shaken‚ nor will your feet be moved, because you trust in the power of the keys.

25. You’re not certain that you have the faith today that you will need when faced with serious or life-threatening persecution. But this doesn’t mean you will not have the faith when the time comes. You will not be given combat grace and power until you need it. Remember, I will never fail to give you the faith and grace you need‚ when you need it.

26. Look back through history and remember other men and women of God who I called to suffer persecution. Look back at your own history. Have I not been with you through persecution? Have I not brought you through each battle victorious? Didn’t you always come out better? Let this encourage and strengthen your faith.

27. The Enemy will attack more often and send greater obstacles your way in the days to come, but don’t let those things overwhelm you. Call on the keys of perseverance, which will give you the grace to persevere‚ along with the determination of mind and heart to fight against the Enemy and his attacks. No matter how long the battle, the keys will give you the fortitude to fight on until the victory is won.

28. Aren’t you encouraged to know that you can be prepared for persecution and that it doesn’t have to come as a big shock and catch you unawares? This is just a portion of the abundant counsel I have for you and which I will give each of you as you ask Me. Review all My counsel and study it well.

29. I have more to say to you in the following material about the battle of persecution itself, how to fight and attack the Enemy’s forces and win the victory.

30. My brides, I know that persecution is difficult for you to go through, because it’s stressful and traumatic to be falsely accused. You worry about your loved ones. It’s a huge battle in the spirit and in the physical to defeat the Enemy. But this is a battle that is very worth fighting through to victory, because the good fruits of persecution outweigh the sacrifices you must put forth to fight.

31. Some of the good fruits of persecution are as follows:

• It strengthens you in many ways.

• It helps you to draw closer to Me‚ your Lover and Keeper through every storm.

• It deepens your prayer life. Without the things that persecution brings to stir you up and keep you desperate, you can get lackadaisical in your prayer life.

• It brings a uniting in spirit in order to help your brothers and sisters in need.

• It brings about a conviction to witness the love of God to others.

• One of the most outstanding fruits of persecution is that as a result of the increased and more powerful witness, My Word is spread abroad more than ever and believers are added to the church.

• It gets true believers stirred up and fighting mad against the Devil, who is trying to take away their freedom to love Me and preach My Word.

• Persecution attracts like-minded people to help your cause. Other true believers are motivated to do something to help you.

• As it did for Peter and Paul and Philip and Barnabas in the book of Acts, persecution will cause you to be bold in your witness, and as a result, to win many to Me. Because they were persecuted in one city‚ they had to go to another city, and I used this to spread the Word and build My church.

• It strengthens the faith of those who feel called to give their all for Me.

• It gives those who do not feel called and chosen to suffer persecution with Me the opportunity to evaluate their service and perhaps choose a different level of service, or something else altogether.

• It compels you to study My Word as never before so that you have an answer to give to him that asks it of you.

• It forces you to memorize Scripture so that you have My promises in your heart for the comfort and peace and direction you need.

• It prompts you to get your heart right with Me, your Husband, so that you know you are living in obedience to My will.

• Persecution spreads My message far and wide for all to hear, and many new believers are brought into the fold.

• When believers hear about their fellow believers being persecuted for My Name’s sake and for the Gospel’s sake, it convicts them to follow. They feel the moving of My Spirit and they are strengthened in their faith to likewise stand up for Me.

• The Enemy thinks that persecution will weaken My church, but it always strengthens it eventually. Those who know My Word recognize it being fulfilled, and this encourages them to live the truth they know. Seeing others stand up for their faith encourages them to do likewise.

• Believers who are on the outer fringes are drawn closer to the faith, and those who don’t know what they believe in discover their true faith. Faith that was dormant or buried is awakened during persecution, and those who aren’t living their faith are given new conviction to become followers. Many find their calling to serve Me or do more for Me.

• This adding to My flock in times of persecution is one of the blessings which I give to My children to encourage and support and provide the things that you need, both physically and spiritually.

32. Persecution, although not easy to go through, always bears good fruit, My loves. And now after enumerating the good fruits and advantages of persecution, let Me give you further counsel to help you to fight this battle and come out winners.

33. The most important way to begin any battle is with desperate prayer.

34. Dear Jesus, we claim the keys of faith and trust to see Your solutions and Romans 8:28 outcome from this persecution.

35. We resolve to use the heavenly forces of faith, vision, of God’s mind‚ and perfect trust—in the power of the keys!

36. We summon the keys to squish the lies and doubts of the Enemy like the pesky mosquitoes that they are. Through the power of the keys, stamp out his lies, smash and destroy them!

37. We launch the key of deliverance from evil to raise us up and help us escape this snare of the Enemy.

38. We activate the keys to turn our enemies’ threats into feeble whispers that cannot be heard over our Husband’s promises of victory and deliverance.

39. We claim the keys of victory to bring us through this persecution and to help us to fight valiantly through every obstacle to the finish line of victory.

40. Jesus‚ by Your marvelous loving kindness, save us from our deadly enemies by the power of Your mighty keys of protection and safety.

41. Our all-powerful Husband and Protector, hide us under the shadow of Your wings, with Your key power that surrounds us.

42. Through Your saving key power, keep us as the apple of Your eye, dear Jesus. Let no fear overcome us. When the Enemy comes near to try to harm us, anoint us for battle as Your mighty warriors, and enable us to harm him.

43. Faithful Husband, fill us with Your peace and freedom from fear that passes our understanding, even as our enemies surround us. We depend on Your keys of faith and safety in the midst of trouble.

44. Demons of damnation, we rebuke and cast you back where you came from by the power of the keys of dominion over Hell!

45. Turn tail and flee from us, you wicked devils of destruction, as we unleash on you the all-powerful might of the keys turned to swords!

46. Here we stand in the aura and light of Your keys of protection and safety, our strong and valiant Husband. We trust in Your power to save us from our attackers.

47. Fill us with faith and peace and give us a sound mind, through the keys of faith, mighty refuge from the storm, as we walk through the fierce winds of hate and confusion which encompass us.

48. We stand on the victorious power of Your keys, our Husband and Deliverer. We can do no other, for You are our only hope and strength.

49. Your ways are much higher than our ways and so are Your thoughts higher than ours. We claim the keys of heavenly thought power so that we may have perfect peace that You are in control. You are working out every situation for good, and for Your glory.

50. This is Your work and Your Family. We claim the keys of abandonment to Your will and we entrust ourselves fully to You. You are allowing this persecution, and we cling to Your Words that whatever comes our way will bear good fruit‚ even if it means sacrifice.

51. This battle is Yours, not ours. We claim the keys of perfect trust, knowing that You will win the victory no matter how things look in the physical.

52. Lord, You said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay.” We claim the keys of trust and we lean wholly on You, knowing that this persecution is only serving to fill the cup of iniquity of our enemies. You are a just God Who will pour out Your wrath upon those who touch the apple of Your eye.

53. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty, both physical and spiritual freedom. We claim the keys of liberty in the midst of this battle to release a mighty victory over our enemies.

54. We ask for the keys of rising above to strengthen our faith during this time of persecution. We know that You will win the victory.

55. We stand on Your promises and claim the keys of no impossibilities, for we know that the outcome of this situation will be perfect according to Your highest will.

56. Jesus, we stand on the keys of full possession and we claim Your mind and Your wisdom of speech. What we cannot do, You will now do through us.

57. We believe that You are greater than our enemies, dear Jesus. We believe that Your promises are true and that You will deliver us. We believe that Your keys can do anything. We now activate the keys of miracles to overcome the obstacles and to gain us the victory.

58. Our faith is unwavering, for we have the keys and they ensure victory!

59. We will stand up to any and all who would threaten our faith, for we know that the power of the keys will always be with us to drive the lies of the Enemy back to Hell where they belong.

60. We stand on the keys of conquest to confine our enemies and bring their machinations to naught.

61. In Your wonderful Name we claim all these things, dear Jesus, and we know that You cannot and will not fail us. Thank You, our precious Husband. We love You, dear, dear Jesus. (End of prayer.)

And now Jesus continues with His instruction:

62. Learn to love the battle and to enjoy smashing the Enemy’s forces with your proactive attacks of witnessing‚ voicing your faith, and standing up with conviction about who you are and what your calling is. Welcome the attack as the seasoned soldiers that you are—armed with the most powerful spiritual weapons in the universe. The minute the Enemy launches his persecution battle plan in your direction, resolve to use all the spiritual firepower and weaponry in your armory and smash him to bits. Blow him off the face of the battlefield with your proactive battle plan. Find out what the Enemy’s next move will be by asking Me, and then take action to counterattack. Preempt his attacks; go on the offensive in your witness. Resolve that you will not be intimidated by the Enemy’s battle cry. Shout back in his face, “Demons of Hell, come forth that we may destroy you!”

63. Scare the Enemy back to Hell with the might and full force of My power.

64. You must fight the battles, My loves, for you are called to be soldiers, but you will always, always win.

65. Now that you are confronted with persecution, face it head-on and you will see My miracle-working power which will defeat the lies and fears of the Devil.

66. Replace your fearful mentality with a fighting mentality!

67. What if persecution hits suddenly and you haven’t prepared for it? It’s not too late. Even delayed obedience is better than no obedience, and I will bless you for obeying and preparing, even in the midst of battle. Like the father who opened his arms to receive his prodigal son, I will not turn you away, but I will help you.

68. If you haven’t done all that you should do, if you haven’t obeyed the way you should have, or as much as you should have, and persecution is at your doorstep, start preparing the best you can. Take action and do what you can. I will not hold your past against you, and if you change your ways and take new steps of obedience, I will bless you for it. You may have to hurry to catch up, but I will help you as you claim the keys and persevere.

69. Resolve to do your best to prepare “on the go‚” even if you haven’t done all that you should have done. I will not withhold My future blessings because of past disobediences, if you choose to start obeying.

70. Begin to fulfill My requirements now, and know that I will do My part to keep and protect and help you. If your heart is right and you truly desire to serve Me‚ then I will bless you with what you need in order to do so.

71. My loves, as you trust Me and hold on to My promises for you‚ they will keep you and your heart fixed and free from fear, so that persecution won’t be a big, terrible thing, but rather an exciting experience as you fight on to victory over evil.

72. I am aware of what moves your enemies plan to make and what they seek to do. But they are not aware that I am always one step ahead of them. The keys of revelation and foresight will notify you of their moves. Call on the keys of revelation and I will reveal to you My plan. Call on the keys of foresight and I will lead you along My track and help you to foil your enemies’ plans and bring their work against you crashing down.

73. Your Enemy thinks that he has you trapped, but he will see. He thinks that you are afraid of him, but he will see. He will not be prepared for your preparedness. He will be taken aback. He’s trying to prepare and strategize, but I am against him. When he attacks and initiates war, I will fight him to the end, and I will chase him and hound him until he is no more.

74. The Enemy is setting a snare‚ but I am able to take that snare and trap him and his companions in it.

75. If you want a comfortable life, with nothing happening, the churches will welcome you. But if you want to live fully for Me, then be My soldier in My army, and be willing to fight any battle that I send you into.

76. Your life for Me won’t always be a breeze or a bed of roses; you will experience hard times. But I have promised to keep you and to take care of you.

77. Even if you have to suffer for Me, you will be rewarded, not only in this life with the good fruits of persecution, but you will also reign with Me forever. I promise that no matter what happens, it will always end in victory‚ just as it did for Me.

78. Persecution will come and you will face it, and believe it or not, the satisfaction you will have in defeating the Enemy will cure you of your fears and worries.

79. Over the years I have delivered you and your brethren time and again from jail and imprisonment, and your children from the snare of social services. I have vindicated the Family in court case after court case. You have seen My great power to deliver, and you will see it again in the days to come, for I will not forsake you, but I will fight your enemies and I will save you.

80. I am committed to you and I am married to you forever. There is nothing to dim this truth, nothing to fear, not even persecution, and you can rejoice in all these things.

81. Face persecution and brave the winds of adversity. Do not fear, for My strength in you will be manifested when you need it the most and when the time is come.

82. Sudden changes and unforeseeable events are good for you because they help to remind you that the things of this earth and your circumstances are not the things to base your lives upon, and they are definitely not the things you should gauge your stability by. I am your stability, your strong tower, your rock in whom you can hide.

83. Persecution is a great catalyst and I use it to get you moving in the right direction.

84. The Enemy uses fear of the unknown to strike fear and panic in your heart. But all you must do when this happens is claim My power and the keys of faith and trust, which cast out fear and bring calm to your spirit. Claim the keys of peace, of calm, of trust, of resting in Me‚ and I will calm the storm of your mind and the beating of your heart and I will bring rest to your soul.

85. Your faith is what will help you to overcome the world. When you have faith, nothing fazes you. You can face your fears, ready to attack. Nothing can stop a man or woman of faith!

86. I love you, My children, and I will protect you and keep you in all your ways. I will keep your Home, for it is My Home. Nothing will touch you unless I allow it for a good reason. I am in control. Trust Me and believe, and put your life in My hands.

87. Persecution is nothing to fear. You just have to stay close to Me and My heart. Trust fully in Me that I am your Husband Who can defend you and fight for you through anything and everything!

88. Is the “what if” factor looming large in your mind? What if this happens or what if that happens? My loves‚ nothing is impossible for Me. Stand on My promises and claim the keys of faith‚ which will help you to see through the darkness and will open your eyes to the light at the end of the tunnel. The victory light is shining, and just as surely as day follows night, so will your victory come.

89. There will be times when you will be surrounded, and it will look like it is your end, for there will be forces greater than you all around you. But never underestimate the power of Heaven that is at your disposal. All you have to do is to call for reinforcements, call for air support, and the forces of Heaven will come to your rescue.

90. Persecution is a time to see and experience the mighty deeds and miracles I will do for you, not just in the future, but now.

91. Persecution never feels good or like a blessing. It hurts temporarily. It disrupts things. It tests your faith and the faith of your flock. It can cause you to doubt Me and My love for you if you are not strong in My Word. But I am a faithful Husband and I will not allow anything to happen that is not for your good in the long run, even if the Enemy does bring it.

92. Through suffering I learned to walk closer to My Father. Through manifold temptations and tests, I became obedient even unto the death of the cross. I am blessing you with that same privilege, not only to live for Me and others, but to lay down your life for your brethren.

93. In all points I was tempted‚ but I kept on going. I kept the faith and therefore obtained the crown. You will too as you do your best and trust in Me with all your heart, soul‚ mind, and body.

94. Praise Me even in the midst of adversity, and you will see miracles happen as you wield the keys of faith and praise! I will never, ever fail you! I am your caring, loving Husband.

95. Praise is a powerful weapon of deliverance from the hand of the Destroyer. Use it and watch Me deliver you from every evil work.

96. Every obstacle that stands in the way of victory will be ground to powder as you call on the keys of praise. Launch the keys of praise and send them forth like an army tank that will run right over each obstacle and smash it to bits.

97. Whenever the Devil tempts you to doubt‚ say, “I cannot, but the keys can!” The keys will strengthen your faith and give you the courage to take the next step toward victory.

98. The Enemy and his forces are afraid of you when you wield the keys of praise, protection, and security. They know that their weapons are puny in comparison to My mighty weapons and that they will be squashed like ants under the thumbs of My warrior angels of defense who will come to your aid.

99. Through the weapon of the key of praise I will augment the spiritual barrier around you. The Enemy may attack with worry and doubts‚ but as you persevere in claiming the keys of praise, you will have peace in the midst of the storm. Like a child nestles in his parent’s strong arms until the storm is past, so will you have that same calm and peace in My power to keep you through the storm.

100. Praise Me for the keys of deliverance. For even now these keys are working on your behalf, My children. They will provide a way of escape from the hands of your enemies.

101. Wield the keys of faith that will help you to win victories, to hold the standard high, to receive greater conviction, to stand strong against the lies of your enemies, and to give you the determination to fight through to victory.

102. The keys create within your spirit a deep reservoir of willpower‚ determination, and strength that will empower you to forge ahead to victory no matter how tough the fight or how long the battle.

103. You have to fight the war, and as a result you will get wounded, hurt, battered and bruised, but don’t forget to also expect miracles in the midst of the battle. Sometimes I will send a miracle so that you may escape without even the smell of smoke. Other times you will have to endure hardness as a good soldier, even battle wounds, which I will heal.

104. Refuse to let the problem loom so large that you don’t see the golden opportunity for My miracle-working keys to grant you rise-above, overcoming grace and power. The keys will do whatever it takes to see you through.

105. I am giving you each an extra outpouring of faith, sustenance‚ endurance, and the power to face whatever you will need to face. Even seeming defeats will become glorious victories. This I promise, and this you will see come to pass.

106. As the days grow darker, so will My promises shine brighter within you, until they are not just promises anymore, but part of you.

107. Rise above the circumstances around you through the power of the keys of My Kingdom, and it won’t matter how torrential the rains are or how rough and wild the seas may be, because you will be above them where nothing can harm you.

108. I care even for each sparrow, and every hair of your head is numbered. How much more do I care for you and for your welfare! I am not a Husband Who will forsake you in times of persecution. I will uphold you and help you.

109. When you believe and ask Me to stretch your faith, I will blow away anything that stands in your way, solve any problem, and open and close doors for you. Find My perfect will, believe it‚ and claim it, and I will work miracles for you.

110. Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. The keys are your claim to victory, no matter what the odds and no matter what the conditions.

111. Call on the keys, and through their power you will be free from fear. The keys will fight fear and give you the peace that you need! Claim them! They will dispel any fear of the Enemy.

112. Rebuke the Enemy and his demons of fear, and call on Me and My love to hold you up and fight for you.

113. When you look at the circumstances and the conditions, there are a lot of things that could make you fearful, but when you look to Me, you have perfect peace.

114. My Word will inoculate you against fear and will put a shield of faith around you‚ which the Enemy cannot penetrate with his spirit of fear.

115. Fear not, nor be dismayed at the Devil’s attacks. For I, the Lord‚ and My keys of courage do go with you‚ as you claim them in full faith. March on with Me to full victory!

116. Claim the keys that cannot fail when you feel that you just can’t do it, when you feel it’s impossible, and they will give you the anointing you need to succeed in My will.

117. Whatever the Devil says can’t be done is exactly what the keys of the Kingdom will do for you. Claim their overcoming power. Prove the keys by putting them to the test. They will not fail, not once.

118. Command the keys to work on your behalf. Like a boomerang, each attack launched by your enemies to cripple, to hurt, or to stop your work will return to them, and I will repay in full measure. You will have to fight their attacks and continue to claim the keys that will send the boomerang of My judgments back at them, but the day will come, when I will rule on Earth, that your enemies will not be able to hurt you anymore.

119. Claim the keys in faith and I will give you the strength that you need to keep fighting.

120. The greatest power—My power—is yours for the asking; activate it through the keys.

121. Through the keys you will subdue kingdoms, receive My promises, bring righteousness, and stop the mouths of lions.

122. The key of perseverance will see you through to victory. I give you power to persevere against any and all odds.

123. I give you the key of determination to stand up for the truth and to fight your enemies.

124. Claim the keys of empowerment and I will bring you through any attack that the Enemy launches. I will give you the spiritual and physical stamina to thwart his attacks and I will raise you up in victory.

125. Stand up to your enemies, wielding the power of the keys. As they witness your determination and perseverance, each one will tremble and each one will fall!

126. When your enemies threaten you with lying vanities, claim the keys of boldness and bravery, and these keys will anoint you to stand up and dispel those lies.

127. The key of resilience will keep you going even when the conditions or circumstances may look impossible. Continue forward in My Spirit and I will always see you through.

128. My Word says that the righteous are as bold as a lion, and those who would provoke a lion to see if he has any fight left in him will soon find themselves either mauled or dead. Let those who would meddle with the Lion of the Tribe of Judah beware. I am in each of you‚ so you are not the ones who should fear, but rather those who would attempt to trouble you are the ones who should be afraid.

129. Those who would attempt to touch you are touching the apple of My eye and will receive My judgment in return.

130. I do not deliver you from the fight, but I bring you through it. As My soldiers, it is your job to see a battle through and to not leave the field until the Enemy has been defeated. Do not fear the Enemy, but fight on, knowing that you will conquer.

131. When you’re following Me, obeying Me‚ and doing My will, you can always have peace that I will take care of you. I won’t always keep you from having to enter the fire, but I can, and will, take you through it, and you will emerge without even the smell of smoke.

132. The Enemy thinks he will defeat you, but if you obey My Words and follow Me, we will have the last laugh.

133. I am able to take what seems like defeat and turn it into a mighty victory. I am your God, and those who want revenge upon My queen and king and My Family have forgotten one important fact: Vengeance is Mine‚ and I will repay. Those who take matters into their own hands will find their house tumbling down upon them, for they forget that they are fighting Me when they fight you.

134. I am your Strong Tower, your Protector, and your Husband. Through the keys of vigilance I will keep you, My brides, through the intrusions of the Enemy‚ either those of this world or of the netherworld, and I will deliver you.

135. My angel warriors stand guard to drive the Enemy and his cohorts far from you. They may attack‚ distract, and disrupt you, but as you call on the keys turned to fiery swords and as you rebuke the Enemy, he will have to flee from you.

136. Raise your shield of protection through summoning the keys. Call on the keys to warn you of the attacks of Satan. They will be your armor and your buckler when you need to sidestep or block a blow of the Enemy.

137. The keys of protection stand ready to signal you of the attacks of the Enemy. I will show you what action to take to ambush him, to out-strategize him, and to go on to victory.

138. Wield the unbeatable power of the keys when you’re under attack and I will give you the wisdom that you need to outmaneuver the Enemy.

139. Use the keys to help you overcome the attacks of the Wicked One. I will surround you with a force field and help you plan your counterattack and win the victory.

140. Do what you can to keep your security by summoning the keys. There exists no greater defense, no greater power, and no greater security than that which is found in the force field of the keys’ protection.

141. When you face difficulties or afflictions or persecution or any other attacks of the Enemy, employ the reinforcements of the keys, which will strengthen you for the battle and help you to overcome.

142. Multitudes of angels and fairies of goodness, light, strength, protection and encouragement will encamp round about you when you claim the keys. They will go before you and lead you in the path of victory.

143. The keys of protection are strong and will wreak destruction upon the Enemy. The Enemy will eventually be wiped out. It may take more than one detonation of key power, but his doom will come and it will be as devastating and complete as an atomic bomb.

144. As it was with Elisha when his enemies came to attack him, so it is with you. More are they that are with you than they that oppose you. I am more than able to protect and to deliver you—and I will. There are many who fight by your side—the whole host of Heaven!

145. When Satan and his imps of the netherworld attack, raise your wall of defense through the power of the keys. I will give you the supernatural ability to hear from Me, even in the midst of the Enemy’s onslaughts, and I will show you My perfect plan to deliver you.

146. You have the best spiritual weapons, and even though you may get dirty and bruised in battle, and the Enemy may slow you down temporarily, you are destined to win the war as you wield the undefeatable keys of power.

147. I will protect you. I will show you what to do and say when the time comes, and you will have peace and faith and confidence in Me.

148. The keys of deliverance will always win the victory over any attack of your enemies as you persevere and wield the weapons of the spirit.

149. Keep wielding the keys that cannot be defeated and they will bring victory. No matter how difficult or impossible the situation may seem, the keys of victory will win the battle.

150. Victory is yours; claim it and walk in the power of the keys of victory, never giving place to your feelings.

151. Faith is the backbone of victory. When your courage is flickering low, claim the keys of faith. They will strengthen you with new anointing from above, beyond your human ability, and you will go on to win the victory.

152. Onward and upward‚ and over the top, through the keys that cannot be stopped!

153. The keys will give you the insight to know how to defeat the Enemy in every battle.

154. You will be the overcomer and the victor on every battleground as you fight on, wielding the keys.

155. The Devil’s plans will be foiled and your enemies will be brought to ruin when you claim the keys.

156. Cause Me to send bewilderment and disarray on your enemies by claiming the keys of confusion. I will put obstacles in their paths if they seek to harm you, and will bring distractions to keep them occupied with other things in their lives.

157. Imprison Satan and his imps by claiming the keys of containment. I will set up a force field around them that will keep their operations limited and their every attempt thwarted through your prayers.

158. I will release many spirit helpers and angels to uphold you in every battle when you beckon them to come‚ through the power of the keys.

159. The keys will be a special cloak of invisibility, just as they were for Me in My time on Earth, so that you can even walk through the midst of your enemies and not be seen unless I will it.

160. There will be no impossibilities for you when you avail yourself of My power through the keys.

161. Every battle must be fought. You will get tired and footsore, even battered and bruised‚ but the victory is your reward as you resolve to wield the keys until you reach your goal.

162. No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper. The keys will destroy any weapon that your enemies can wield, for they are puny compared to the power of the keys.

163. The keys ensure victory! Claim the keys and you claim victory!

164. All who live for Me will suffer persecution‚ and all who claim and keep on claiming the unfailing keys of the Kingdom will be victorious in persecution.

165. The keys can do anything. They can shut the mouths of prosecutors‚ persecutors‚ and false accusers. They can cause you to find favor with those who sit in judgment upon you. They can open prison doors. They can make you invisible in order to save you. They can prevail against any power and authority anywhere. They’ll get you out of anything.

166. Through the keys, those lawyers, those policemen, those officers of the law, are fully subject to My will. I can choose to work through them or even despite them. Such is the power of this spiritual weapon over earthly matters and men.

167. Just as My invisible keys turned the locks and loosed the chains that kept Peter bound and opened the barred doors that kept him in, so will I come through for you, My children. I will send you the keys, which will release you from prison. I might choose to work in the same manner in which I released Peter from prison‚ or I might use the keys to unlock the hearts of officials and prison guards, but either way‚ you will be set free.

168. You have My heavenly technology, the keys, and the world and its people and those who fight you will only be able to sit back and marvel at it. They won’t understand this power‚ yet they will see it in you.

169. Claim the key of My Spirit when you stand before judges and magistrates, and they will know and marvel that you have been with Me.

170. Claim the key of My righteous judgment when your enemies falsely accuse you of all sorts of evil, and I will turn their devices back upon them. Your enemies will be exposed and you will be vindicated.

171. My power is great and ready to do great things for you. Through the keys of heavenly thought power and full possession, you will have My mind and My wisdom, My speech and My words, and My presentation and power when you stand up in court.

172. When you walk in prayer and claim the power of the keys‚ I will give you the words to say, no matter what form of persecution comes your way.

173. The authorities will see in your eyes that you have nothing to hide, that you’re not afraid of anything because you already know how it’s all going to end. You know that I will help you and I will save you. Be confident in My power.

174. The power of the keys is enhanced and released to you even more bountifully in times of persecution and trouble. When I set you up and others try to bring you down, I owe it to you not only to save and deliver you, but to do so in a way that is a testimony to My Name and greatness.

175. Not only will you fight your way through the heat of battle and come forth a champion, but as you claim the power of the keys of witness and undeniable testimony, you will also minister to kings through your faith.

176. The Enemy will try to weaken your conviction and your faith in prayer, to cause you to be weary in well doing. But do not grow weary in wielding the powerful weapon of prayer through which the Enemy’s tactics will be defeated. Even if you must request the same things in prayer over and over, keep praying, keep claiming the keys, and victory will be yours.

177. Do not give up, My loves, no matter how much the Enemy tries to irritate your spirit or dull your senses with his exaggerated lies that prayer is tedious. Stay alert and desperate in prayer. Call on the keys of renewed vision, which will keep the embers of desperation, determination, and fight, red-hot and alive, so that when the time comes and I turn on the victory heat, you will burn with My unquenchable fire!

178. Claim the key promises and stand on them. Don’t give up or feel like they aren’t doing anything. There is so much more going on behind the scenes than you realize. I am working and doing things. Don’t give up praying; be importunate in your prayers and they will work.

179. The keys of the Kingdom are always active on your behalf. When you call on them, they work, they intercede, they fight for you, they change circumstances, and they engineer victory, even if you don’t see it right away. Keep trusting and claiming those keys, for they will deliver the victory in the way that I know is best‚ and at the time that I know is best.

180. I will lift you up on the wings of My Spirit and prove Myself to you. As you step out for Me, I will step out for you, and I will come through for you. I will prove to you that I Am, and that I Am Who I say I Am. As you step out on the waters through the power of the spirit, I will be your solid rock. So fear not. Pray against fear and ask Me to release you from its bondage, and I will do it.

181. When the outlook is dark and you need positive results, turn on the supernatural power of the keys. The keys will shine brightly for you, rising as the morning sun to fulfill My perfect will in delivering you.

182. Don’t you see My love and care and protection of you and your little ones, through this persecution? There is so much that it would take Me forever to tell you of all the miracles I am doing for you behind the scenes to protect and keep you. You really don’t have to fear or worry about anything.

183. The best thing you can do with your fears and worries is turn them into powerful prayers that will defeat and bind the Enemy and all his attacks.

184. Don’t let your spiritual guard down even for a moment. Wield the keys and stand on My promises. Claim the victory in prayer. I am working behind the scenes and the Enemy is working behind the scenes, and your prayers will make or break the battle. Pray and pray again until I bring the victory. And what a great victory that will be!

185. If you do your part to obey My counsel and avail yourself of the spiritual weapons at your disposal, then I can do My part, and you won’t be disappointed in Me. We will be the best fighting team the world has ever known.

186. The Enemy is going to be whipped and beaten and pounded by My truth broadcast to the multitudes as you raise your voices to proclaim it. As you fight and wield the keys and all the mighty spiritual weapons at your disposal, you are going to hurt the Enemy more than you realize.

187. I love to hurt the Enemy and make him squirm and suffer before I completely wipe him off the face of the Earth. Just a little while longer‚ and then you, My precious children, will not have to battle the demons of Hell anymore. The day will eventually come when you will stand with your foot on the necks of every imp and demon as conquerors, victors, and champions. The day will come when the Enemy will rise no more to do battle with you, for he will be defeated.

188. For yet a little while longer you must fight these battles, but when the war is won‚ such a victory cry will sound around the universe, that even the stars in the heavens will shake. Fight on against the Enemy’s forces, My warriors, one word of truth at a time, one prayer at a time, one key-powered weapon of destruction at a time. You are destined to win and to reign with Me for eternity.

189. You will be My shining lights in the deepest darkness. You will endure to the End and receive a crown of life. You will live the fulfillment of the prophecies given throughout time. You will be My men and women of faith who will do exploits. You will help the Gospel to be preached in every nation‚ and before kings and governors, before hungry crowds and before raging mobs. You will bring many to Me, and your witness will be greater than any who have gone before you.

190. When you mount your white horses and ride with Me to ultimate victory over the Enemy, you will barely remember the heat of battles gone by, or the clashing of weapons, or your wounds and your losses. The mighty men and women of David will raise their victory shout in such a roar of triumph that Earth will reverberate and all ears will hear!

191. The angels in Heaven and all your spirit helpers, all spirit beings, cherubim‚ seraphim‚ all saints, all the great prophets, all who have given their lives for Me, all your heavenly prayer warriors, all will rejoice with you in the day My armies of Heaven and My armies on Earth win the war, and the incredible miracle of victory is sealed for ever and ever.

192. Satan’s power and the power of his demons will be destroyed. Your blood, sweat, and tears will be wiped away as you enjoy sweet victory and the Devil and his forces go down to bitter defeat!

193. The children of David will rule and reign alongside Me and My heavenly host, as a mighty spiritual force. All eyes will see what I have done through you and they will honor Me, and will honor you.

Potent Prayers

Karen Zerby

Table of Contents

Sample Prayers Using Multiple Spiritual Weapons

By Maria 3566 10/05 GN 1154 FD/MM/FM

Dearest Family,

1. After putting together the Lord’s counsel for you in “The Art of War, Part 4” about prayer, and how important it is that we learn to wield it skillfully as a weapon, I asked the Lord to give us sample prayers in prophecy for some of the common needs that we have. These are not meant to be default prayers that you read all the time, nor should you feel like your prayers have to sound exactly like these.

2. You can ask the Lord to give you personal prayers in prophecy, and they will be effective, targeted prayers, but they will probably be different than the ones below, because the Lord loves variety. Receiving a prayer in prophecy is one very good way to pray effective prayers, but you don’t have to do that all the time. When you pray with a desperate, broken heart for the need, the spirit prays through you. Don’t worry if your prayers don’t sound eloquent and if you don’t use every single spiritual weapon in every prayer.

3. These prayers are simply a good example of how to incorporate more of the spiritual weapons in your prayers, how to include more fighting and praise and expectancy in your prayers.

4. We haven’t asked the Lord to give prayers on every topic; these are just a few examples of some of the more common needs that we bring before our Husband’s throne. Also‚ these prayers don’t include every spirit helper that could be called on or every key that could be claimed. So if you don’t see something included here, please don’t think that means you shouldn’t call on it or claim it as you feel the need. These are just to give examples of how to incorporate more spiritual ammo into your prayers, and combine the spiritual weapons we’ve been given more effectively. I pray that these will be a blessing to you, and that they’ll inspire you to want to pack as much as possible into your prayers.

5. Please don’t let the Enemy discourage you, however, and tell you that if you can’t pray eloquently and with all the spiritual weapons firing at once, you might as well not bother praying. Nothing could be further from the truth! If the Enemy tells you that, you can be sure it’s only because he’s terrified of you, and is trying to get you to stop shooting at him.

6. Any prayer from your heart is powerful and commands the power of Heaven. And the more you pray and the more you focus on your prayers and learn to depend on your prayer life, the more powerful your prayers will automatically grow. You’re sharpening your sword through using it. So if you want to get better at wielding your prayer weapon, one sure way is to start using it more‚ even if you feel clumsy with it at first. Keep firing away, keep swinging, and focus on what you’re doing as you use it, and with time you will become very skilled and proficient, experienced in releasing Heaven’s power and sending the Enemy running for cover!

With much love in our awesome, amazing, miracle-working Lover,
Mama

Prayer for healing

7. My sweet Love, Jesus, I run into Your arms now and only seek to be embraced by You, to be cuddled close, nestled in Your care, to love You and be loved by You. I want nothing more than to feel Your soothing touches on my troubled heart and weary body. You are my everything, and being beside You gives me the strength to go on. Loving You and feeling Your love for me gives me faith to hold on, to trust that You are in perfect control of my life and that no matter what I may be going through, no matter how hard this affliction may be‚ You are caring for me and will see me through. I take hold of the keys of faith and comfort and ask that You fill my heart with peace and reassurance as I turn my eyes and look into Your loving face, my dearest, caring Husband.

8. I lift up my heart now and praise and thank You for the battles. I thank You for the weakness I feel, and I thank You for the tests of my faith and endurance this affliction is bringing. I praise You that I am counted worthy to suffer for Your sake, that You see fit to touch my life in this way so that You might draw me closer to You and give me Your comfort wherewith I can comfort others in times to come.

9. In these moments when my faith flickers low and I get hit with discouragement or fear, I call on Natalia to help me to wield the weapon of praising You, believing that despite everything, You will not give me more than I can bear, and that Your healing balm is available to soothe and bring relief in time of need.

10. Jesus‚ You have promised in Your Word that all power in Heaven and on Earth is given to us‚ Your brides who love You and follow You, so I claim Your miracle-working power through the key of health. I call on the Blue Angels of the keys to open the power sources of Heaven so I can receive all the elixir of healing that I need. You said that the keys of the Kingdom are ours, and we only need to state our request and claim their power in Your name and it will be done. So I come before You with faith in Your promises and ask for Your healing power to touch my life right now. I need You, my faithful Physician.

11. In Your name and with key power I also bind the evil demon Set and ask that You send the armies of Heaven to counter his attacks, defeat him, and obliterate his power of sickness.

12. Please help me to do my part by being obedient to the things You’ve shown me as far as caring for myself and following the health guidelines You’ve given, as well as being tuned in to the spirit help You have given me, because I know that full healing can only come through the path of complete obedience.

13. I call on the help of Styrian to resist and rebuke the spirit of Lethargy when he tries to get me to be lax in the physical care of my health or not fighting in the spirit as I should, and to keep me stirred up in every way, abiding in Your love and filled with thanksgiving for the victories that are soon to come.

14. I claim all of this through the keys You have given me. I commit my life and health to You, my most wonderful Protector and Caregiver. I love You. (End of prayer.)

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15. Thank You, Lord, for this affliction You have blessed me with. I know that You are using this in my life to draw me closer to You, to strengthen me spiritually, and to help me to be more of a fighter. I praise You for what You are doing in my life and the lessons You are teaching me. I yield myself to You now. Even though I may not understand every reason why You are allowing this affliction, I praise You for it, because I know that it is accomplishing its purpose in my life.

16. I want to come to You now, precious Lover‚ to lie in Your arms and rest in You. I want to feel Your comforting arms around me and the healing touch of Your fingers as You caress my tired and aching body. I want to kiss Your soft lips and feel the energy flow through me as they tenderly kiss away all the pain and discomfort. I want to be wholly Yours, in body, mind, and spirit as I rest here with You and bask in Your love and comfort and care.

17. I claim the keys of healing, of relief, of good rest and recuperation. You said that as we call on the keys of healing, there is nothing in our body that is not subject to their power. I claim that power of healing now, sweet Love, and ask that You deliver me from this affliction. You said that the keys have a magical power that we can claim, and we will be restored. I want some of that magical power now, my Love—that power that can restore and make whole. You said that we can claim full and regenerative health of body‚ mind and spirit through the power of the keys. I claim that key promise for my healing now, that my health will be regenerated and restored. You said there is no sickness that Your keys cannot aid in healing, and I claim that now, for complete healing.

18. I rebuke Set and all his minions, and call on the Activation Angel of Miracles to counter the attacks of Set and rid me of this affliction. I call on Elixor to pour the elixir of Your healing balm upon my body and fight off the attacks of Irrazzmon. I call on Almathor and the brilliance of her light to chase away any darkness of affliction and pain. I ask that You send Dr. Koger to me as a counselor regarding what I can do in the physical to aid my body in healing, to share with me his wisdom in knowing what to eat and drink and how to care for myself. I thank You for all the help I can obtain from these spirit helpers who can aid and assist me as You heal my body and restore my health.

19. Thank You, sweet Love‚ that You are the same yesterday, today, and forever. Your healing is not confined to the time You lived on Earth amongst mortal man, but Your body was broken and scourged for our healing. I claim that healing and I ask that You deliver me from this affliction. You said in Your Word that many are the afflictions of the righteous, but You deliver us out of them all. I claim complete deliverance now from this sickness. You promised that You would give power to the faint, and to them that have no might You would increase strength. I ask You to please strengthen my body so I can have the power and energy to serve You. You said that You would heal all our diseases, and that You would arise with healing in Your wings. You said that You will hear our prayers and see our tears, and that You would heal us. I claim that healing power, that healing touch right now, sweet Love.

20. Lastly, I understand that sometimes You choose to take us down a different path than we’d choose for ourselves. If it’s Your plan that I keep fighting the good fight against this illness, then I accept Your challenge and will gladly follow the path set before me. You are the great Deliverer and Healer, I believe that, but You are also the great Teacher and Lover, and if it’s Your will that I fight this battle a bit longer, then I praise Your name for all that You will teach me from this time of fighting and of resting in Your arms and learning. Your will be done, my Love, but if possible, remove this cup from me. In Your name I pray. Amen. (End of prayer.)

Prayer for our former members

21. Wonderful Husband and Lover, we thank You for the warmth of Your love, for its purity, for its strength, for how unfailing and unconditional it is. Even though our love for You and others sometimes fails, Your love never fails, it never lets us down. You never stop loving us—ever. How wonderful the reassurance of Your love is! How comforting and satisfying it is to know that Your love for us is always constant and that it will never change. It’s so beautiful—truly there is nothing more beautiful in Heaven or on Earth. We can’t thank You enough for Your wonderful love, Sweetheart.

22. Darling, we want to bring before You our dear former members. We thank You for them. We thank You for the years of service they dedicated to You‚ for the years they served You and others alongside us. You love them, Lord, and we love them. We pray that You will be with each one, and that You will bless and keep them close to You. Supply their needs both physically and spiritually, and keep them in the palm of Your hand.

23. We ask that You will keep their connection with You strong and that You will shield them from the attacks and lies of the Enemy. You said, “Claim the key of spiritual closeness, and I will use the experiences your loved ones go through to draw them nearer to Me.” We do claim that, dearest Love. Please bring experiences into their lives that will remind them of You and Your love, things that will draw them to You.

24. We call on Faithful and her band, and the Angels of Conscience to stay close to each one. Empower these angels to be able to do their job well‚ to speak to them, to guide their thoughts, and to keep their hearts turned toward You. Help our former members to be open to them‚ so that these angels and ministering spirits will be able to remind them of Your love, and our love, and the many good experiences they had while in the Family.

25. We call on Shadow to stick close to any who are straying or who would benefit from his influence. Thank You, dear Jesus, for creating these helpers of the spirit who can do the work in the spirit in our loved ones’ hearts‚ who can help to take care of them and nudge them to make the right decisions that will draw them closer to You.

26. Please help our former members to remain open and receptive to Your Spirit, and likewise, help them to shun the voice of the Enemy and distance themselves from those who have yielded to the Devil and are now being used as pawns in his fight against us, which is really against You, Jesus.

27. We rebuke the Vandari, Obtherion, Bitterness, and Raven* in Your name, dearest Husband. Repel them in answer to our prayers. You said that although the Vandari spirits seek to lay hold on all available vessels, our full-of-faith prayers—using the keys—can repel them. We believe that, Lord, and we claim it through the power of the keys. We claim that through the power of the keys of imprisonment You will keep any such minions far from our former members.

28. We activate the key of destiny on their behalf. We know You have a plan and a specific destiny for each one, and we pray that You will bring it to pass in answer to our prayers.

29. And lastly, Lord, we’d like to claim the keys of remembrance for each of us so that we won’t forget to keep our former members in our prayers. You said, “Claim the keys of remembrance, and every time your [loved ones] come to mind, the keys of remembrance will remind you to pray and claim miracles on their behalf.” Help us not to fail them by ceasing to pray for them.

30. Thank You, Love, for always hearing and answering our prayers. We thank You that prayer is not the least we can do‚ but the most. We praise and glorify You in advance for the miracles that will come about in answer to this prayer. We love You, want You, and need You, wonderful Love. (End of prayer.)

(*Note: More about Raven will be coming out in an upcoming GN soon, Lord willing.)

Prayer for protection in an unavoidable and dangerous situation

31. I come before You now not only as a citizen of Your realm or a partaker of Your gifts, but as Your bride. I’m snuggling close in Your arms. I’m not just doing this because I want something from You‚ but because I love You too dearly to stay away. As Your bride, You have given me special influence, and I invoke that now, and ask that You stir Yourself and raise Your mighty arm on our behalf.

32. Your brides are in dire need‚ and You’ve promised to provide and protect! I claim this promise now. I want to stand back and see You fight. I want to see You raise a standard against Satan, who seeks to harm us. Nothing can stand in the way of Your power and strength, and I ask that You release it now to defend Your children, Your Family.

33. The hairy one and his minions love nothing more than to cause havoc and destroy. I know You won’t stand for it. I know You will deliver. There’s not a doubt in my mind that You won’t take this situation and turn it on its head. Not only will You protect, save, and deliver, but You’ll overwhelm the Enemy so much that this will turn out for our good.

34. The Enemy can’t wreak havoc when confronted with the keys. I claim Your key power now. I claim a key craft chock-full of Heaven’s firepower to stand in the breach and barricade the gap so that the hordes of Hell have no access to even one of Your children.

35. I rebuke Disruptor, the creator of destruction and confusion. I ask that You turn his power on himself. Baffle him. Enrage him. Destroy him! Give us wisdom and protection through the help of Vigilance and Prudence*. We claim the help of the Activation Angel of Miracles if need be, to do outright miracles to protect and keep us safe. We call on Tola and Tor, commanders of key power, to defend us. We call on Michael‚ captain of Your host, to give us all the spiritual protection and backup that we need.

36. You’ve given each of us great power through the spiritual weapons we hold in our hands. So I now don my armor and prepare to do battle in the spirit through my prayers until we see the victory. You’re moving on my behalf, and through my prayers I join the armies You are sending into this battle to defeat the Enemy and all his vile plans.

37. These keys You’ve given me of protection, of imprisonment, of containment, of miracles‚ are dangerous to evil, and powerful to protect and deliver Your children. I gather them up now and I raise them as a standard in the spirit. Their power is surrounding us, and we are safe under the shadow of Your wings, dear Lover. Surround us on every side, dear Love, and we will not be afraid. Let the battle begin! (End of prayer.)

(*Note: More about Prudence will be coming out in an upcoming GN, Lord willing.)

Prayer for protection and preparation regarding future persecution

38. Sweet Love‚ I praise You for Your careful planning. I praise You for Your master design that You have for all of us, and I thank You that You have each and every aspect of our lives planned out in every detail. I thank You that nothing can happen to us or harm us that is not a part of Your plan as long as we faithfully stay within the center of Your will.

39. We know, dear Husband‚ that You will allow some things to come into our lives to make us stronger and more useful vessels for You, to draw us closer to You and to strengthen us for the stormy winds that are to come upon all the world, but that You will never let the Enemy go too far‚ or allow anything to happen that will harm us or Your work, as long as we are under the shadow of Your wings. You said that as Your bride we can run to You and ask for Your protection and safekeeping, and that as we are faithful to love You intimately, You will be unable to resist our pleas and petitions.

40. So we now come into Your arms and plead that You will fight those that fight against us! Protect through Your strong arm those who have given their hearts, lives, bodies and minds fully to You. We are Yours, dear Lover. You are our Protector and Defender, and we are depending on You to bring about Your will in this situation.

41. We call for the help of Michael the Archangel, our mighty defender, and the armies of Heaven to be released on our behalf to fight the Enemy and defeat his plans, and delay him as long as possible from bringing any serious persecution against Your brides, Your children. We call for the Wildcats of Heaven to spring into action and scatter the Enemy’s forces, disrupt him, and cause destruction and confusion in his camp.

42. We know that there is no greater power on Earth or in Heaven than the keys, and we call on them and activate them in full faith, knowing that they will work mighty miracles on our behalf. I call on the key of containment to tie up, bind, restrain and silence those who would wish to harm Your brides. I call on the key of protection‚ that Your children will be safe from the threats of the Evil One. I call on the key of witness, that through any persecution the Gospel will be preached clearly and loudly, so much so that the Enemy will regret he ever mounted an attack against us, because all it succeeded in doing was rescuing more souls from his clutches‚ exposing his lies, and bringing more of Your sheep to a decision for You! Give us boldness and faith and wisdom. Send William Gladstone to help us in defending the faith and having wisdom in our speech.

43. Help us to be prepared, Jesus. Help us to be doing our part to get out the meat of the Word, so that when persecution comes, Your sheep know enough to choose rightly.

44. We know that persecution can be a tool in Your hands to mold and shape us into the vessels You need us to be, so if that is Your plan, dear Jesus, then help us to be made white. But if it be Your will, give us peace for a bit longer, so that we can get out more of Your message freely. We want to get the job done so that You can come back and set up Your Kingdom on Earth. So if persecution will help us get the job done quicker and better‚ then bring it on. But if You want to give us more time to prepare the sheep and get out the Word, then please help us to be obedient and follow You closely so that You don’t have to allow persecution to chastise us. Help us as we accept Change, as we welcome him into our lives and Homes and work with him to make all of our lives better and closer and more useful to You.

45. You said, “The keys have the power to bind all the forces of darkness, and to shine their light and power into the darkest and deepest places so that nothing is hidden before their light, to reveal the plans and counsels of the Enemy and to bring them all to naught.” We stand in full faith on this promise, expecting it to work mightily on our behalf.

46. Thank You, sweet Love, for hearing and answering our every cry. We love You and thank You in advance for all of the wonderful miracles You will work on our behalf. We trust in You‚ our Mighty Defender, Warrior King, and Shepherd of Your little lambs. (End of prayer.)

Prayer for protection and witness through persecution, once you’re in it

47. Jesus, we are under attack by our enemies—our earthly enemies and our enemies of the netherworld. They are positioning themselves to attack us and try to harm us, but we know that with You, dear Husband, we have nothing to fear. You have delivered Your children throughout all ages, and we know that You can do the same, and even better, for us in this day and age.

48. You stopped the mouths of the lions so that they wouldn’t harm Daniel. So how much more can You stop our enemies, who are hoping to spew out all of their lies against us? You parted the Red Sea for Moses and the children of Israel, and then drowned the Egyptians who came after them. So how much more can You create a pathway of peace for us today, and drown the plans of those who are on our tail? You calmed the storm for Your disciples. So how much more can You calm the storm of this persecution today?

49. We know You have the power‚ dear Love. We don’t for a second doubt Your ability to save, protect, and deliver us. We also know without a shadow of a doubt that You will have Your way with our enemies. You will shut them up in the way You know is best. You will foil their plans according to Your will, and in a way that will have the most perfect results. You have always protected Your children. You have always defended Your little ones. You have always done whatever was necessary in order to enable Your people to do Your will.

50. Jesus, we’re Your people, and we know You’re going to take care of us. We know You have the bird’s-eye view of our situation, and You are only going to allow what is within the bounds of Your will, and nothing more. You’re going to allow our enemies to do what they need to do in order to fill up their cups of iniquity‚ but then You’re going to put a stop to their wicked plans. You’re going to allow the media to do whatever is within Your will in order to get out the truth, in order to draw the world’s attention to us and our radical ways. But You’re not going to allow anything that won’t be for our good, so we trust You implicitly.

51. We praise You in advance for the outcome of the days ahead. We’re weak, frail human beings who know nothing compared to You. So even though we’ve been praying desperately, and even though we probably all have our wishes or ways we’d like to see You work or move or save or deliver, we know that ultimately everything is in Your hands. You’re going to do what’s best! You’re going to allow what You know will work together for good, and You’re going to stop anything that would harm us. You have the big picture in mind, and we know that You know exactly what You’re doing. While our enemies think they are in control of the situation‚ we know that You’re bigger and better and stronger and cooler than them all, and You’re going to have Your way no matter how smart they think they are!

52. We praise You, Jesus, for the victories we know You’re going to bring through this situation. We thank You for the Victory Squad, which we send forth now through our praises. We want our praises to be turned into powerful spiritual missiles to decimate the Enemy’s forces and destroy his strongholds. We want to see every single demon of Hell who is involved in this persecution crushed to smithereens. We want the Victory Squad to completely surround us and all of Your children‚ so that there’s no airspace left for the Enemy’s squads. Through our praises, we claim that the Victory Squad will emanate such power that it will hurt and repel the demons and keep them far away.

53. We send our praises with the Victory Squad. We command them to take the power of our praises, create bombs of spiritual mass destruction, and use that power against the Enemy. We want our praises to really make a difference! Help our praises to be like an atom bomb in the spirit, blowing every single demon back to Hell where they belong. We want our praises to make a mess of things for the Enemy and our earthly enemies in the way You know is best. We direct massive amounts of praise power to the Victory Squad as they prepare for battle, and we look forward to seeing the results of our praises.

54. We call for the help of Armina and the armies of Heaven, for Joan of Arc and her warrior band, for Michael the Archangel, our defender. Thank You, wonderful Jesus, for these powerful armies and experienced leaders who can charge into battle on our behalf, and accomplish so much as we empower them through our prayers.

55. We praise You for the power of the keys‚ the keys of protection, safety‚ witness, victory, and miracles‚ which we call on and ask that You activate on our behalf.

56. We know that so many wonderful things are happening in the spirit world at this very second. We know that our strong and powerful spirit helpers are defeating demons at every turn, and wreaking havoc in the spirit world. We know the Enemy is terrified, and he’s scrambling to find a way to win this battle. But we also know that all of his attempts are futile, and will result in more victories for us and our heavenly helpers. Even the Enemy’s best strategies and plans are no match for Your power and the intelligence of Heaven, which we put our trust in and depend on.

57. So here’s to our victory, which we celebrate in advance! Thank You, Jesus, that what You have promised, we know You will perform. We might not see all the answers right away, but we know without a doubt that in the spirit world it will be clearer than ever who the victors are—and it sure won’t be the Enemy or any of his foul players. We praise You that we know before the battle what the results will be, and we don’t have to fear or worry.

58. So there you have it, Satan! You’ve lost this battle already, so you might as well quit. Stop trying to figure out your last-minute plans. It’s a waste of time to try and patch up your plans to hurt and harm the Family‚ because you don’t stand a chance anyway. The harder you try, the harder you’ll fall, and all of your little devils with you. You know that God, Jesus, and all of the angels of Heaven are more powerful than you are. You even know that we earthlings‚ with the spiritual power vested in us, are able to defeat you. So you might as well quit, because you’re already defeated!

59. But if you don’t quit, we’re going to keep fighting you! We’re going to keep socking it to you in the spirit. We’re going to continue to send the legions of Heaven to overcome you and your underlings. We’re going to keep praising, and thus empowering the Victory Squad. We’re going to keep moving forward, rolling right over you and your puny forces with the massive and indestructible tanks of the spirit. We’re going to keep praising no matter what happens, and that’s just going to send you limping away in defeat‚ screaming like a little baby‚ because you have no power that can even come close to the power of praise.

60. We’re fighting in prayer! We’re fighting with our weapon of praise! We’re on the attack and will not be defeated! So tremble and fear, Satan—and tell all of your imps to do the same—because you’re about to be defeated big time. The Victory Squad is on their way, along with legions of other angels and spirit warriors. You’re going to regret the day you thought up this persecution plan. It’s going to be a disaster for you, a disaster for your kingdom, and a losing situation all the way around. No matter what things might end up looking like in the earthly realm, we know you’re going to sustain serious damage in the spirit.

61. You don’t stand a chance! You’re already defeated! So we praise our wonderful Husband Who has delivered, Who doth deliver, and Who will yet deliver us from your hands! Victory is ours, for His glory! Hallelujah! (End of prayer.)

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62. Jesus, You said that You have the biggest and strongest feet in the universe, and will trample and squash every demon who rises against us. So run with all Your power and might and destroy the demons Raven and the Vandari. Smash them under Your feet. Trample them into the ground!

63. You sent Your kings and warriors of old to destroy their enemies with a vengeance. We ask that You do likewise now. Raise Your mighty arm with Your powerful sword in hand and bring it down upon the necks of our enemies in the netherworld. They want our blood, just as they wanted Your blood, Jesus. So send the keys of destruction to spill the blood of every demon upon the ground.

64. They hate us; they hate You, Jesus, the God of Love, their Creator and Benefactor. They curse Your name, the One Who has given them everything. So curse them, dear Love! Destroy the demons’ lying lips‚ and silence those on Earth who are being used by them. They want the Family to be destroyed—Your precious Family that is helping to bring sheep into Your fold—so do whatever it takes to stop them‚ Jesus.

65. We rebuke Raven and his evil, foul spirit. Stop him from having any further influence over the minds of our enemies. Use the Devil’s own pride against himself and his demons. Discredit our detractors and earthly enemies in the eyes of their peers, in their own eyes, and in the eyes of the world. You can do whatever it takes, Jesus! We wield the keys of destiny and ask that our enemies’ destiny be fulfilled—that they will repent and turn back to You‚ or that You will work in their lives in the way You know best.

66. Send Your fighting angels and awesome spirit beings to do whatever it takes to bring Your enemies’ plans to naught. Intervene, mighty Jesus! Send Your spirit warriors to do their best, to flex all of their supernatural power to stop every single agent who is hell-bent on hurting the Family. Your spirit warriors are mighty in power, and they were created to fight for us. So send them now in a great attacking onslaught against Raven and the Vandari, and any other demons.

67.The Vandari are in fear and trembling of the keys. All you have to do is reach your hand in your pocket and rattle the keys and they will start to tremble and shake. The keys have all power over them‚ and as you concentrate your key power on your children, the Vandari will flee.” Rattle‚ rattle! You demons, do you hear that sound? That sound is your destruction. Flee for your life before our mighty God squashes you with His terrifying feet and nails your skinny carcasses to the wall!

68. Our prayers are increased an hundredfold through the power of the keys. We ask for one hundredfold victory for You and the Family concerning this persecution as a result of the tremendous supernatural power of the keys. We ask for one hundredfold defeat for the Devil. We expect one hundredfold intervention in circumstances and conditions that will cause his failures at every turn.

69. These are Your promises, Jesus, and we hold on to them and claim great victory for You. Like Your warriors of old, we scream in our Enemy’s face, “We will take over the world for our King!” “We are mighty in spirit, because we fight with the heart and mind and spirit of God! You can never win against God.”

70. Jesus, use this persecution and the victories You will win as a warning to all of Your enemies that they should beware of ever trying to fight us again, because they are fighting against You. (End of prayer.)

General prayer for our children

71. Thank You, precious Lover and wonderful Guide, for the children that You’ve blessed us with. Among all in the world, You’ve chosen us to care for and raise these children in Your admonition. Thank You that they have lives that are full of excitement and blessing, and that You shower them with Your love each day.

72. Thank You for Frederick and Freya who help us and whom we can call on for our children’s needs. We claim the keys for our children’s needs (list needs here), and we know that we will see change, improvement, and miracles on their behalf.

73. We know that nothing is too hard for You, sweet Love, and we can call on Your help to keep away all harm‚ hindrance, sickness, or anything else that the Enemy would try to hit our children with. We command, in Your name and on the strength of Your promises to us, that no force of Satan will be able to touch even one hair of our children’s heads! Thank You for Your protection of their hearts, spirits, minds and bodies, so that we can rest in peace, knowing that You are in full control of their lives.

74. We call on Watchdog and Haven, who are some of our children’s heavenly protectors and caregivers, to be present and watchful, and to alert us to anything we should be aware of. Please help us, Jesus, to be on guard, to be prayerful, to do anything You show us in order to keep our children safe. Help us not to grow lax in their care or safety, but to do our part, knowing that then we can trust in You to do the rest.

75. Thank You for love—love that covers all sins, love that will help us to carry on even when times are tough or our children are going through a time of difficulty. Thank You that You can give us patience to help them through, to teach them, to bring them along step by step to grow into the men and women that You want them to be. (End of prayer.)

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76. Thank You for our precious children. They are one of the greatest gifts that You could give us‚ a sign of Your never-ending love and a way that You can show us how You feel for us‚ by giving us children of our own to care for. Thank You that our children can draw us closer to You, because we can see that without You, we can do nothing and be nothing, but that with Your help and guidance, we can do the big job of molding these precious lives that You’ve placed in our care.

77. Our children are a great gift from You. Please help us to do all we can to invest in these gifts wisely so that upon Your return, we will not be found wanting, but we will have done what we could and You can say, “Well done.”

78. Please bless our children with Your Spirit. Cover them with Your love and help them to grow closer to You each day. Thank You that they each have their guardian angel, conscience angel, prayer and praise angel, and more spirit helpers to help them and to aid us in their care. Please help us to work with their spirit helpers and to follow their checks.

79. We claim the keys of love, of wisdom, of vigilance, of teamworking and unity, of anointing, to give us what we need for this awesome task of training these little disciples for You.

80. We know that with You by our side, we can do anything. Thank You for the privilege of upholding our children in prayer. Thank You that You will answer our requests, because we know that even though we love our children more than we can express, You love them even more and they are very important to You, so You will care for Your Own.

81. We love You, Jesus. Thank You for taking care of our little ones and supplying their every need, whether spiritual, physical‚ or otherwise. We need You, Jesus. (End of prayer.)

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82. Precious Lover, I want to thank You for the children You’ve given us. Thank You for being the perfect Father to them. You’re so good to us and You provide and care for each of Your children as if they were Your Own. We don’t ever have to worry about them, because You’ve promised to care for and love and keep and protect them in every way. Thank You for Your promises to us. And most of all, Sweetheart, thank You for entrusting them to our care. We consider it an honor and a privilege to care for these little ones.

83. Jesus, You promised that “When we call on the power of the keys for our children’s needs, our prayers will be powerful. Angelic helpers will be sent‚ and we will see change, improvement, and even miracles.” Thank You for this promise. We’re so thankful that all we have to do is wield the awesome power of the keys and You will come through for us.

84. We don’t want to fail You in any way by not doing our best in caring for these little ones You’ve entrusted to our care. We know that calling on the assistance we need from our spirit helpers will enable us to do an even better job. So we ask that You will send the spirit helpers we and they need at this moment (call on spirit helpers who specifically help you or your children). We pray that they will help us and give us the wisdom, love, patience and insight that we need in taking care of and raising our children.

85. We rebuke and bind the powers of Satan and his minions who would like to come in and harm the children in any way they can—physically, emotionally‚ or spiritually. We call on the keys to lift a standard against these demons. We know that they would like to hinder and stop our children from becoming what You have destined them to be. Help us to be aware of the Enemy’s tactics and to be militant in fighting and driving him as far away from our children as possible.

86. Please help us to be faithful in training our children. Help us to be the good samples that they need of solid, sold-out disciples who love You, Your Words‚ and the sheep. We call on the keys of faithfulness‚ diligence, love, patience, and understanding. These children are the future. Help us to realize this and treat them as such.

87. Help us to work closely with You and our spirit helpers, because this is the only way we can ensure that we’ll be doing our best for our children. Give us the vision we need, dear Love, and in the times that we grow tired or discouraged‚ help us to keep our eyes focused on that vision and not get weary in well–doing, for You have promised that we will reap if we faint not. Send Elysian with his looking glass that will help us to see our children as You’ve promised they can become, which will help us have the faith and vision we need.

88. Thank You for Your promises that we can stand on. We love You so much! (End of prayer.)

Prayer for witnessing

89. Jesus, my wonderful Husband, I love You so much! I’m so thankful that I can love You and be loved by You‚ that You are there for me any time I need You, and that I have the honor and privilege to be called Your bride. I love how You love me and fill my life with wonder and beauty and love. You’re wonderful beyond description‚ and Your blessings are too numerous to count. I praise and adore You for Your beauty, Your love, and my heart overflows with gratefulness for Your goodness.

90. I want everyone in the whole world to know how wonderful You are and to have the opportunity to know You and love You like I do. It’s the most wonderful thing in the world, and I will do my best to give everyone I meet, interact with, and minister to the chance to start down the path of knowing You and loving You, so that they can be as secure and happy as I am.

91. I love to remember Your promise that You “love me with an everlasting love” and that You “will never leave me nor forsake me.” Help me, dear Love, to have the strength, the power, the conviction, and the boldness to proclaim the beauties of those wonderful truths and teach others Your wonderful Words.

92. I call on the keys of witness, which will enable me to preach Your Word with boldness. I claim Holy Spirit power so that, like Peter and the disciples spoke boldly with no fear on the day of Pentecost‚ so Your Words will flow through me. I claim the keys of faith and boldness to empower my words, to make them Your Words, so that people will know and sense that I have been with You‚ and so that they will feel Your Spirit, that You will touch them through me.

93. I want You to fully possess me and take over my mind so that I can see things in the spirit the way You do. I claim the help of the Activation Angel of Witnessing so that I can have insight into each heart and know what to say, what to share, how to behave, how to present Your love and message to them in the way that You know they need.

94. Jesus, I am furious with Satan and with his legions who are trying to steal men’s souls and drive them to destruction and to spiritual and even physical death. I am ready to go out and do battle in the spirit to overcome and defeat him, to rout his plans and to bring back the spoils of war—souls won, saved from his clutches.

95. I call on San-bahd-mahl, the warrior of the witnesser, and on the band of warriors that he commands. Send them with us as we go out today to witness and minister to those who are trapped in the Enemy’s darkness. Make him and his forces mighty in spirit, so that they may defeat and destroy the dark legions of demons of the netherworld who are aggressively trying to defeat Your plan and take souls away from Your love and light and truth.

96. By Your grace, with the power of Your keys, and the power of Your heavenly fighting forces, we go forward now to conquer in Your name, to preach the Gospel, to loose those who are bound‚ to heal the brokenhearted, to comfort those who mourn. We go forth to give the good tidings of truth to those who need it so desperately. We go forth to share the priceless treasure of Your Word, to wield it as a weapon that will cut away the chains of the world and the System that have them bound. We go forth to bring back souls for Your Kingdom, more brides who will love You and be loved by You, and who will rejoice with us for all eternity in Your marvelous love and light. (End of prayer.)

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97. Precious Love, thank You for the sacrifices that You made for us in coming to Earth so many years ago to live and die for us. Thank You for the love that You continue to pour out to us. Thank You for how You continue to show us the answers to our problems and how You help us to have a wonderful life for You.

98. Thank You that we can in turn spread the message of Your good news to others. Thank You for the opportunity to reach the world with Your love, so that the lost and needy can receive the same knowledge of love and forgiveness that You have given to us. Thank You for being our Husband and for anointing us to give Your never-ending love to the lost and lonely of the world, so that they can come to know You and become Your brides as well.

99. Jesus, I call on the keys of witness and testimony. I claim Your anointing through the power of the keys to help me be the witness that You want me to be. Give me the keys of boldness and courage so that I can proclaim Your message to those who need to hear it. Give me the keys of wisdom to know what to say and how to say it. Give me the keys of discernment so that I speak the right things to the right people, and that I don’t waste too much time on those who are unreceptive and closed to Your message. Most of all‚ give me Your love. I call on the key of passion to give me a heart like Yours. Fill me with so much of Your love that it overflows and pours out onto all those I come in contact with. Help me to be a vessel of Your love. I don’t want to be anything of myself; I only want You to shine through.

100. Help me to be sure to stay in close contact with You, my Lord, my Guide, my Counselor, my Coach, and my Lover. Please help me to be sure to listen to Your voice and to Your whispers, as well as those of my spirit helpers. I don’t want to do anything without Your leading, dear Love‚ so I claim Your help in this way.

101. I call on the Activation Angel of Witnessing to go before me today and prepare the hearts of those who I will come in contact with. Give me a clear channel and connection with him‚ so that I can benefit from his discernment and insight into the hearts and minds of those I will be in contact with. I claim the power of San-bahd-mahl and call on his warriors to come with me today and thwart the attacks of the Enemy‚ who I know will try to hinder this time of witnessing and getting out Your message. I call on Michael and the Chiefs to defeat the Evil One and to keep the Devil and his forces far away during this time of witnessing and winning souls to Your Kingdom.

102. In particular I want to pray against Pan and Lethargy, the Vandari, and the demon of Rejection, all of whom work to bind and hold back the hearts of men. I claim Your key power against their power, both for myself and also for those who I will come in contact with and share Your Words with today. Bind these evil spirits of the Enemy, and any others who may seek to hinder or harm me or Your work. Cast them out‚ send them away, or bind them on the bottom of the ocean where they won’t be able to hinder and cause trouble to Your work.

103. I also call on a heavenly key craft to come with me today, and that the power that You have given these crafts will protect and envelop me with Your Spirit.

104. Thank You for all these gifts that You have given to us, my Love. Thank You for the spirit that You surround us with. I thank You in advance for how You are going to do it today. I love You! (End of prayer.)

Prayer for supply

105. Precious Jesus, we’re so thankful and grateful for this opportunity to come into Your presence and ask for the things that we need. It makes us so happy to know that we have a King and Husband Who delights to answer each prayer and to fulfill each request. Thank You for not being a stingy giver, or for only begrudgingly giving us our basic necessities, but for continually filling our cups to overflowing with Your bountiful blessings and answers to prayer.

106. We acknowledge the countless times You have come through for us in the area of supplying our needs and giving us what we need to get Your work done. We thank You for continually and faithfully standing by Your promise of supplying all our needs according to Your riches in glory. We know You have a lot of riches, and You’ve sure done a lot of supplying over the years, and we acknowledge those many, many miracles and thank You for each of them.

107. You’ve come through for us countless times, and we know for sure that the only reason we’re still here—with not just our basic needs, but such abundance and plenty—is because of Your faithfulness in caring for us. We praise You wholeheartedly for that. No one else is like You, Jesus; no one else is such a faithful, caring Husband to His brides. We adore You, sweetest Love‚ and we are so happy to have a strong, caring Husband like You looking out for our needs.

108. And now we need to come before You again to ask You to open the windows of Your heavenly supply to us and pour down the things that we’re asking for. We’re coming before You boldly because we know You delight in giving, and because You’ve given us the keys of the Kingdom, which You have promised can open any door of supply and provision to us. So we’ve come to Your presence carrying the keys of supply, provision, and crazy faith, and we trust that these keys will loose the locks and open the floodgates of Your heavenly provision.

109. For the good of Your work and the glory of Your Kingdom, we’re asking specifically for (list your specific requests here).

110. We’re standing on Your promises, new and old, that have promised full and complete provision of anything that we have need of. Specifically we’re claiming this promise from Your Word (claim a verse) and this key promise that says (claim a key promise) and we’re going to hold You to Your word, this unbreakable contract that we have full and complete trust in.

111. We know You’re going to come through for us, and we thank You for it! We can thank You already for the supply of (state again your specific requests), because we’ve brought them before You and we know that Your promises are better than all the money in all the banks in the world. We know You’re going to do it. Thank You, precious Husband, for Your bountiful supply and the tender, loving care that You continually lavish upon us. We’re of all people most richly blessed.

112. So now, while we are waiting for the fulfillment of Your promises and the delivery of our requests, we want to pray for spirit helpers of faith that will help us not to lose the vision and doubt Your supply. We want to call on that great man of faith, George Mueller, to help inspire us with the crazy faith to believe that You’re going to come through for us no matter what situations look like. We pray that You’ll send him to us to help us to have the kind of faith and desperation in prayer that will get results.

113. We also want to rebuke the evil spirit Apotheon and any of his underlings. We resist him in the power of the keys and in the name of Jesus. We cast him out of our Home and far away from our minds. We refuse to give him any place in our hearts or lives to sit on us, push us down, cover our eyes, or make us doubt and settle for less than Your best. We don’t want his counterfeits. We want You and Your real thing, so we’re closing our minds to him and raising a guard through the power of Your Spirit. We also rebuke Aknon, who tries to make us fear to ask for donations. Give us boldness and faith in our asking, knowing that You love to supply for us, and You love to do it through precious people whom we can then minister to and really help!

114. We thank You for giving us Arcothon, who can help us in our battles against Apotheon. Please give Arcothon more of Your white-hot power that he can channel into our lives. Help him make each of us fighters. Fill us with Your Spirit that will repel and blast away any doubts or lack of faith. We know that Your spirit help is so much stronger, and as we do our part, we are counting the battle won.

115. Also, Jesus, we want You to punch through with any counsel or guidance that You want to give us about anything else we need to work on in our lives, anything to do or anything to make right so that we can be pleasing to You, obedient, and fully open to Your hand of blessing. Please show us anything You want to show us so that we can receive all that You have to give.

116. Thank You for being our doting Husband Who is so much more willing to give than we are to receive. We know we could never earn the great care‚ love‚ and protection that You give us so unconditionally. It’s such a marvel, such a gift, and we receive it humbly and praise You loudly and sincerely for it. (End of prayer.)

Art of War, The–Part 3—Letter Links 1: The Power of United Prayer

Karen Zerby

Table of Contents

(ML #3558, GN 1146)

FD/MM/FMJuly 2005

Problems and Solutions!—Part 2

ML #3070:78-82, 103-105, Lifelines 23

78. (Dad:) I wish people could understand and realize how eager the Lord is to answer their prayers and to hear their cry. As soon as they put their will on the Lord’s side and they cry out to Him for help, admit how much they need Him, resist the Enemy and turn to the Lord, He is immediately there to help them. Just like I said in the Letter “Crystal Pyramid”—as soon as you turn from the darkness and face the light, immediately the warmth and power of the light can begin to pull you toward the crystal pyramid, and then the darkness has no more power over you.

79. As soon as they cry out to the Lord to be set free, He sets them on the path of deliverance, the path of freedom.

80. For those who are willing to come before the body, to receive united prayer, to humble themselves and confess and have the laying on of hands and public prayer for deliverance, it’s good, because it’s a testimony to others, it glorifies the Lord, and there is power in united prayer. But if people can’t do that—either because their pride won’t let them or they don’t see the need for it—even if they just cry out to the Lord in their heart with the faintest cry, He will hear them and He will have mercy.

81. Even the tiniest, humblest cry can release the great power of the Lord. Even if people don’t realize what they’re doing, the Lord counts it to them as righteousness. He gives them what they need‚ and then later, with time, He teaches them and explains to them what happened and helps them to understand.

82. They don’t have to understand all the whys and wherefores and everything that’s happening at the moment that they cry out to the Lord.—Just like some people receive the Lord when they cry out for the truth, not really understanding anything about salvation, not really knowing the whole truth. But when they cry out to the Lord in whatever way they can‚ He hears their cry, He answers‚ and He comes into their heart. And then later, with time, they understand more of the truth, and they grow and they mature.

103. (Mama:) You’ll notice above that Dad said, “For those who are willing to come before the body, to receive united prayer, to humble themselves and confess and have the laying on of hands and public prayer for deliverance, it’s good, because it’s a testimony to others, it glorifies the Lord, and there is power in united prayer.” If you can manage to muster up the courage and humility to ask for united prayer to be delivered from your battles with doubts‚ it’s much better than trying to fight on your own, as Dad has taught us over the years! You’ll get more support in the spirit that way, your prayers will be more powerful, and it will be easier to break the hold of the Enemy. “One can chase a thousand, but two can put ten thousand to flight!” (Deut.32:30).

104. If you have united prayer, then others are aware of your battles and needs, and you’ll have many more people praying for you and upholding you as you continue to progress on the road to commitment. Plus, if others have had a part in praying for you‚ then when the Lord gives you the victory, it will glorify Him more and people will know that He has done a miracle in your life. So I highly recommend having united prayer, if possible.

105. But if you can’t bring yourself to have united prayer, at least not right now‚ then remember, Dad said: “But if people can’t do that—either because their pride won’t let them or they don’t see the need for it—even if they just cry out to the Lord in their heart with the faintest cry, He will hear them and He will have mercy.” The Lord will be attentive to even your faintest cry, … and He will help you step by step, so don’t give up!

Freedom Through United Prayer

ML #3171:3-49, GN 776

The Benefits of United Prayer

3. (Jesus: ) The Enemy will try to tell you that there’s no way you can ask for prayer against bitterness [or whatever problem you might have]. He’ll tell you it’s impossible; it’ll be too humbling, and it’s just going to cost too much to do it. Plus, he’ll tell you that it’s not even necessary. He’ll tell you any and all of the lies that he can possibly tell you!

4. This is a golden opportunity for you to have prayer and be delivered completely by faith. It’s not an easy thing to do, but it’s so much easier than dragging bitterness [or the weight of whatever other spiritual problem] around with you for years and years to come. You can have great deliverance and freedom from its terrible bondage by humbling yourself momentarily and having prayer, and then you’ll reap the wonderful freedom and blessings of prayer for eternity!

5. Holding on to your bitterness will hold you back from making progress, or believing in My Words, or accepting My gifts and blessings in your life. If you’re willing to let go of this bitterness‚ then your whole life can change! You can be even happier, and more fulfilled and used and challenged.

6. There are so many advantages to asking for prayer and taking the step of faith to forsake your bitterness. You’ll be free of the terrible burden and weight you feel. You’ll be free of the negative thoughts and feelings that are always going through your mind as you mull over the ways things worked out and how bad you feel about it all. You’ll be free of the ill effects on your spirit and even your health. You’ll be more easygoing, full of faith, and find it so much easier to accept the things that happen from day to day with a spirit of faith and positiveness. You won’t be looking at everything through the thick, dark cloud of bitterness and selfishness. This can all be replaced with a spirit of meekness and greater acceptance, which will make you happy.

7. The Devil is so happy when people choose to stay bitter, because basically they’re operating at half potential—even less than half potential in many cases, because they’re slowly dying more and more in the spirit. The bitterness is continuing to poison their whole outlook and attitude, rendering them practically powerless.

8. It’s very hard for you who are afflicted with bitterness to see anything clearly through the eyes of My Spirit, because you’re blinded by bitterness. So you have to take a very big plunge of faith to ask for prayer and deliverance, and it’s to your credit when you do. It shows a very desperate spirit when you humble yourself to ask for prayer, and that very desperation of spirit draws the power of Heaven to be released and come to your aid.

9. There’s no hesitation in Heaven! It’s not just a puny little answer to your prayer, but rather there’s a great thrust of help from the spirit world, a great and powerful and mighty anointing of My Spirit in answer to your prayers.

10. At your faintest cry for help, all the power of Heaven is released. Even a faint cry resounds in My courts when it is powered by your desperation and desire for help and change. My ear is not heavy‚ that it cannot hear the pleas of My children. Though the cry be faint‚ if it is sincere and wholehearted‚ then My promises hold true.

11. The mighty force of My hand is raised to break the chains of bitterness and free you, My darling child. I only wait for your step of faith—and it need not be great. You need not feel that you must be eloquent or worthy or have great faith—you only need to ask for My help‚ and it will be given to you. Then believe in your complete deliverance by faith. (End of message.)

Follow Through!—Don’t Be Dissuaded!

12. (Mama:) After you’ve made a commitment to ask for prayer, even after you’ve discussed your problems with your shepherds and decided when you’ll actually do it, you can still get hit with some pretty big battles which can sometimes make you waver in your resolve and determination to follow through. Here’s a very encouraging message that the Lord gave for someone in our Home who was going to be sharing lessons and having prayer. It shows how much the Enemy fights our asking for prayer, and how important it is.

13. (Jesus: ) Honey, just stick to your convictions about asking for prayer, because you’re doing the right thing, and it’s going to bear good fruit. I’ll use the prayers of your loved ones, and your faith and humility‚ to do all the things that you can’t do in your own flesh.

14. Don’t be surprised that you’re having all kinds of negative thoughts, and you’re even wondering if it’s worth it at all, and whether you should even go through with having prayer. It’s because the Enemy is attacking you relentlessly to try to persuade you not to go through with it, because he knows that you’re on the verge of a big victory—the kind that comes through the power of united prayer! You’re going to find that the hardest part is just the waiting, the anticipating, because that’s when the Enemy is working overtime to try to hinder you, to plant his lies and negative seeds, and do his best to discourage you from moving forward.

15. But fear not, My love‚ because once the time comes, it’s not going to be half as hard as the Enemy is trying to persuade you that it will be. It’s going to be a real liberation, a real blessing! The spiritual powers of Heaven will be released on your behalf to help you from now on and forever!

16. Don’t worry that you’re not going to know what to say or that you’re going to stumble over your words and make a big mess, because I won’t let that happen. I’ll make it easy for you and anoint you to be able to present your prayer request simply and easily, without making mistakes or getting confused. I’ll honor your faith and humility to come before your loved ones, and I’ll make it easy for you. The Enemy tries to tell you how hard and painful it will be. But it’s not going to be like that, because I’ll be there with you, helping you.

17. Just hold fast to My Words and the things that I’ve spoken to you, My promises, and don’t listen to one word of the Enemy’s doubts. You’ll receive a great victory! You’ll be blessed with a greater anointing of My Spirit. You’ll be set free from the things that are holding you back. You’ll move forward with My Spirit. You’ll be happier, freer, and I’ll use you even more mightily!

18. Your loved ones will not be critical, or look down on you, or think how bad you are‚ because they know they’re weak too, and have had many lessons to learn in their lives. They’ll be very sincere in prayer, and they’ll be humbled by your example of asking for prayer. For others are fighting battles in their lives too, and there are some who also need the united prayers of their loved ones.

19. Be encouraged, My love, and keep your faith, for this will be a great victory and will bring the blessings, freedom, happiness, commitment and fulfillment that you desire. You’ll lose nothing and will gain much. It’s well worth it! It’s the best thing you could possibly do, and it’s the very thing that the Enemy hates you doing because he knows it means victory. Keep fighting for the best and don’t let anything stop you. (End of message.)

What Happens in the Spirit World When You Have United Prayer!

20. (Mama:) Do you ever wonder what happens in the spirit world when you have united prayer? This next message gives some insight into this very question. This is an excerpt of a message of encouragement that the Lord gave for the person mentioned above‚ who had the courage to sweetly share her lessons before the whole Home and have united prayer.

21. (Jesus:) Just as the clouds roll away and part, revealing the light and heat of the sun, so have the Heavens opened and the power of your spirit helpers been released to strengthen and anoint and empower you! You’ve called upon Heaven, and the power of Heaven has been activated by your call‚ and you’ve been given the reward of your prayers. You’ve won a great victory! Even if you don’t see or feel or taste the full victory this minute, know that you have it by faith‚ and nothing can take it away from you as long as you keep believing and trusting and holding on to it. Just keep believing‚ and you’ll see the complete fulfillment of My every promise to you.

22. Even when you feel you’ve failed, even when you make a mistake, or even when you just don’t feel victorious and you’re discouraged, you will still have the victory, as long as you keep believing and accepting that I have given it to you by faith. It doesn’t matter how you feel—just hang on to it, for it’s always yours.

23. Just like the anecdote about the little box that absorbed the sunlight and then would shine in the dark—so is your victory! You’ve absorbed the power of Heaven so that you can shine in the dark, and nothing can take My anointing and power away from you. Only if you fail to keep yourself under My sunlight and My power through disbelief, discouragement and unyieldedness will your little box of sunlight start to grow dim. But as long as you stay directly in My light‚ and continue to absorb your power and strength and yieldedness and everything from Me, then you’ll be strong! You’ll be an overcomer and you will walk in victory.

24. Go in faith, My precious one, and rejoice, for you’re a winner! You’re a conqueror! You’ve climbed over many obstacles, and are now on your way to greater blessings, greater usefulness, and greater service. (End of message.)

25. (Mama:) Here’s another message on the subject of what happens when you have united prayer, which I think will make you even more aware of and thankful for our teamworkers in the Heavenly realm, our partners and fellow warriors in the spirit world!

26. (Jesus: ) The forces of Heaven are ready and waiting at your command, My loved ones! All of you children of David have been given the privilege of special forces to help you fight and overcome the attacks of the Evil One. For he knows that his time is short, and he knows the great threat that you are, so he’s pulled out his big guns against you. But the powers of Heaven dwarf his in comparison‚ and they wait to do battle.

27. The specially trained fighters of the spirit world in My Kingdom love the fight! They love to defeat the Enemy, and they do so quickly and valiantly! The moment one of My children calls for help, they’re dispatched to conquer. My fighters have never lost a battle; they hold a perfect record, and their power is limitless. The only thing which limits them is you.

28. When you cry unto Me with a whole heart in yieldedness and humility, My forces are loosed to fight with all the power of Heaven and Earth. They’re given unlimited access to the kingdom of the Evil One and whatever stakes he’s set in your heart‚ or any hold he has there, and they remove all traces at that very moment. They clean and cleanse the ground of your heart—all that you’ve lifted up to Me for victory over—and they set you free! They don’t stop short of the victory, and there’s never a time when at that moment you’re not completely free of the burden and sin which you asked Me to remove.

29. After that moment, it’s up to you to go on the attack to continue in yieldedness and obedience to what I’ve asked of you‚ or the conditions I’ve given you for victory, so you can stay clean and free from the Enemy’s hold in your life. But at the moment of united prayer, you never need worry that maybe your heart was not all completely cleansed, for the moment that you call on Me unitedly, you’re set free!

30. Of course, for different degrees of war you require different weapons. Sometimes it’s enough to just ask for prayer at a meal, at devotions, before going to bed, or at another time when you’re united together. Other more serious problems require more preparation of spirit and a time of warring together in the spirit to rebuke the Enemy. If you come to Me, I will show you how to proceed in your particular situation.

31. Whatever the circumstance‚ as you obey what I’ve shown you and call on Me with your whole heart, I always answer! I free you at that very moment, and cast the Enemy far away from you according to your prayers. But then it’s in your court to continue to be desperate with Me, and follow Me step by step to rebuild that part of your life and the wall which has been broken down, that the Enemy not enter there again.

32. I love you, My precious children, and deliverance is in My hand for you at all times. I’ve given you this gift of strength in Spirit when you’re united together, and you’re able to command the elite fighters of Heaven to do battle on your behalf. So avail yourselves of them, for they wait for your command! (End of message.)

How to Hold on to Your Victory!

33. (Mama:) I think it’s common for anybody who has prayer for deliverance of any long-standing problem to wonder whether it’s really gone that easily. That’s understandable—especially if it’s something that you’ve battled with for a long time. It takes great faith to believe that the problem is gone from one minute to the next. You might find yourself wondering, “Is the bitterness [selfishness, pride, jealousy, etc.] really gone with just that one prayer? Is it that easy? Or is there something I have to do to either make sure the prayer ‘takes’ or to ensure I’ll hold on to the victory?”

34. The above message talked somewhat about what you need to do after you have prayer to make sure you close the door on the Enemy completely. But I believe this next message will shed further light on any questions you might have on this subject, and give you a lot of faith in the power of united prayer!

35. (Jesus:) My Words are true, and just as I’ve promised, when you pray for My help and for deliverance from the problem of bitterness [or whatever problem] and the grasp it had on your mind and spirit and life‚ you really are delivered from its grip! This weak area is no longer a tool in the Enemy’s hand. Where he previously had free rein to do as he wished, a standard has been raised against the spiritual inroad of the Enemy.

36. But it doesn’t mean that you won’t have to continue to fight against the attempts of the Enemy to still try to discourage you and weaken your faith in the victory. This will now be the Enemy’s main target of attack—he will try to cause you to not believe in the victory‚ to doubt your deliverance, to criticize your own progress‚ to belittle your faith in My power and in the power of the prayers of your loved ones, to cause you to doubt My Words of prophecy, to get you to look at how you feel and to walk by your feelings instead of faith in Me, to look at your circumstances and the condition of your vessel instead of fixing your eyes on Me and My Words.

37. You must continue to fight and have faith, and simply trust that I’m able to perform all that I’ve promised and spoken. In doing this, you’ll allow the victory to blossom. You’ll continue to receive and accept and manifest your faith in My Word, in My power to help you, and you’ll keep your victory and continue to make progress.

38. You might be tempted to feel that the things I’ve spoken are too great‚ too glorious, and perhaps even exaggerated, and the promises of freedom that I’ve given, the deliverance and the great change that you’ll experience‚ isn’t so. You might be tempted to question, “Is it really that easy?” And in your carnal mind it might look like it can’t really be so “easy.”

39. But remember, My love, I look on the heart. I judge by the heart, and not by outward appearance or circumstances. It wasn’t easy for you to humble yourself and come before the body and confess your faults and weakness and need for help. It wasn’t easy to publicly admit your failing and your need to change, your desire to change. It wasn’t easy to admit that you couldn’t do it on your own, that you weren’t strong enough‚ or capable, or self-sufficient, or wise enough, but that you needed the help of others. So when the Enemy tries to tell you that it can’t be that easy, or you find yourself doubting My promises of deliverance‚ just remember that I look at your heart. I’ve seen your desperation, and I know that this decision and commitment was a battle and a fight and it didn’t come easily for you.

40. The power of the deliverance is given according to the desperation and sincerity of the heart. Those who desire and sincerely hunger after My power and strength and help are given much. Your desire and need and hunger for a complete deliverance draws the power, and is therefore rewarded. And as you continue to desire and hunger and thirst after My Spirit and follow Me, you’ll continue to be rewarded and given greater freedom and power in My Spirit. You’ll continue to walk in deliverance and freedom from the attacks of the Enemy.

41. You’ve been given the keys to change. The door has been opened to you, and all you have to do is walk through and accept this gift of My forgiveness. Now that you’ve overcome this one hurdle, it doesn’t mean that you can just lie back and let life pass you by and expect that you’ll never have to fight the temptation to be bitter [or jealous, proud, negative‚ etc.] anymore, or the temptation to have those thoughts or feelings. You’ll have to fight the temptations that come your way, but you’ll no longer be under their complete control.

42. You are in control now, and you can now choose to reject and refuse to be bitter. Every time you reject and refuse the Enemy’s temptation to be bitter, to think bitter thoughts, make bitter comments, or allow a spirit of bitterness to influence your actions and how you live‚ you’re manifesting your faith in My Words, and your faith in the victory which has been given to you. You’re walking in faith and belief, and this has great power to help you to stay victorious. But the minute you begin to doubt, to analyze, to look at how you feel and at your problems, weaknesses and circumstances, the less you’ll be able to walk in faith, and you open the door to the Enemy’s voice, to his criticisms, to his temptations, lies and doubts.

43. It doesn’t even matter if you get discouraged with yourself and feel that you’re not making as much progress as you want to, because I don’t expect you to be perfect and never make mistakes. What matters is that you keep fighting, keep believing, and keep accepting My Words by faith. Keep hanging on to My Words, and trust that as you do, you’ll grow stronger and stronger and be better able to fight off the attacks of the Enemy. The more you resist and refuse to believe the Enemy’s lies and doubts, the stronger you’ll grow, and the more you’ll personally see your victory manifested in your life.

44. You do have the victory because I’ve promised it to you, and you just have to hang on to My promises. Just because you’ll have some battles and have to keep fighting doesn’t mean that My Word is not true and that you don’t have the victory; it just means that the Enemy is fighting you. It’s a spiritual battle and you have to keep up the attack. Your muscles of faith are weak in this area. You’re a newly delivered soul and you can’t expect to never ever be tempted. You have to strengthen your faith. You have to strengthen your reflexes against the attacks of the Enemy, and the way you do this is by strengthening yourself in My Word—My specific Word that will give you faith to fight in this area, and to refuse the lies of the Enemy and believe Me.

45. The worst thing you can do is to allow feelings of discouragement to go on and on. You must not let the Enemy hold you back and sit on you through discouragement, but you must fight it and resist it and do whatever you need to do to pull out of feelings of discouragement. Ask someone to pray for you. Go to someone you’re close to and tell them you’re feeling discouraged and ask them to pray for you. Quote My Word, read My Word, or sing songs—anything that will help you to not get into the downward spiral of the Enemy’s discouragement.

46. This is the part that only you can do. You have to do the fighting to break the habit of thinking bitter thoughts, negative thoughts, and allowing yourself to become discouraged. Every time you fight, you’re using your victory, you’re living in your victory, you’re walking in your victory, and letting it continue to change you.

47. I did the easy part of giving you deliverance. And although it’s just that easy to be delivered, it’s a fight and hard work to overcome the bad spiritual habits of entertaining bitterness [or jealousy, negativity, pride‚ fear, etc.]. But it’s not impossible; it’s not too hard, even for you. It’s possible, and you can do it! And you will do it as long as you keep trying.

48. Just keep working at it, keep trying, and if you slip and go back a couple of steps, so what? Don’t let that stop you, and don’t let the Enemy condemn you. Just pick up where you left off and keep trying. Keep fighting and keep picking up your sword of the Spirit. Because every time you do‚ you’re strengthening your muscles to wield it, and you’re becoming stronger in your power and skill and faith to resist the attacks of the Enemy. (End of message.)

49. (Mama:) That’s such a helpful prophecy! In order for you to be able to get more out of it, I’ll list the main points the Lord brought out so you can review them easily and as often as you feel the need, so you can hold on to your victory and grow stronger day by day.

1) Fight the Enemy’s attempts to discourage you, or to get you to doubt that you have the victory.

2) Realize that the Enemy’s main target of attack is to try to cause you to not believe in the victory, to doubt your deliverance, to criticize your progress, to belittle your faith in the Lord’s power and in the power of prayer, to cause you to doubt prophecy, to get you to look at how you feel and to walk by your feelings instead of faith‚ to look at your circumstances instead of fixing your eyes on the Lord and His Word.

3) Continue to trust the Lord and know that He’s able to do all that He’s promised.

4) Fight the temptations that come your way, knowing that you are in control! You can choose to reject thoughts that are not of the Lord, and when you do, you’re manifesting faith.

5) Remember that the minute you begin to doubt, to analyze, to look at how you feel and at your problems and weaknesses and circumstances, the less you’ll be able to walk in faith. Then you open the door to the Enemy’s voice—his criticisms, temptations, lies and doubts.

6) Keep fighting, believing and accepting the Word by faith.

7) Hang on to the Word. The more you resist and refuse to believe the Enemy’s lies and doubts, the stronger you’ll grow, and the more you personally will see your victory manifested in your life.

8) Just because you have some battles and have to keep fighting doesn’t mean that you don’t have the victory. It just means that the Enemy is fighting you.

9) Strengthen your faith and your reflexes against the attacks of the Enemy by strengthening yourself in the Word, including the specific Word of personal prophecy that will give you faith to fight.

10) Remember that allowing discouragement to go on and on is the worst thing you can do. When you first get discouraged, ask someone to pray for you. Also, quote the Word, read the Word, or sing songs. Do anything that will help you to not fall into the downward spiral of the Enemy’s discouragement.

11) Keep trying, and if you slip and go back a couple of steps‚ don’t let that stop you, and don’t let the Enemy condemn you. Just pick up where you left off and keep trying!

12) Realize that it’s a fight and hard work to overcome the bad spiritual habits of entertaining bitterness [or jealousy, negativity, pride, fear, etc.], but you can do all things through Jesus Who strengthens you. “All things are possible to him that believeth!” (Mark 9:23).

Charter Responsibilities

ML #3197:139-143, GN 803

Endeavor to Overcome Your Weaknesses and Besetting Sins

U. Endeavor to overcome, and when necessary request united prayer against, those personal weaknesses and besetting sins that cause physical or spiritual disruption in the Home‚ and/or physical, spiritual, or emotional harm to themselves or others.

139. (Peter: ) Everyone has weaknesses, besetting sins and spiritual problems of some sort or another. Although there are some weaknesses that we may have to struggle with until we get to Heaven, the Lord expects us to work on making progress in those areas. We are responsible to actively take a stand against any areas in our lives where the Enemy has sway. If we are jealous, proud, self-righteous, bitter, critical or unloving‚ etc., the Lord expects us to work on these things‚ and if necessary, get united prayer against these having any hold on our lives.

140. Are you constantly thinking negatively? Are you overly sensitive? Do you have a drinking problem? Do you easily let your emotions run away with you, causing problems within the Home? Are you a chronic complainer, or constantly bickering with others? Are you plagued with fear and worry? Do you unprayerfully run off at the mouth? Do you have major doubts or other serious problems? Then you’re expected to fight against them, and read and study what the Word has to say about these problems and how to overcome them!—To individually pray against them‚ and ask for prayer from others when you feel oppressed or battered or discouraged about them, and do all you can to overcome them.

141. If your teamwork shows you how your problems are negatively affecting others or your Home, then you are responsible to do all that you can to gain a victory and overcome these problems‚ not the least of which is asking for united prayer and help from the members in your Home. Don’t let your pride prevent you from getting the prayer and help you need. Humble yourself and you’ll feel thankful and so relieved that you took a stand against the Enemy in your life, and that you’re obeying the Lord and living up to your responsibility as a Charter Member.

142. We don’t expect you to be perfect—none of us are—and Mama and I also have our weak areas that we have to seek the Lord about and fight to overcome. You may always have weaknesses in certain areas, but you don’t have to be as weak in those a year from now as you are now. The question is whether you’re fighting to make progress in those areas or just accepting it as “the way you are” and “letting it all hang out.”

143. As Dad said in “Greater Victories”: “You have to fight the Devil and your old self every day! You are a new creature, yes!—But boy, how that old self likes to try to pop up again! Paul said, ‘I’ve fought a good fight!’—and probably most of it was against his old self! (2Tim.4:7). It’s a battle every day—especially with your besetting sins—’the weights and the sins that do so easily beset you’ (Heb.12:1), like your selfishness and laziness and jealousy.… You never stop battling, you never stop winning victories, you never stop progressing or you’ll backslide! You can never stand still. You don’t just get the victory once and for all over some besetting sin, you have to keep fighting it. But the more you win, the easier it gets, with His help.—On that one!” (ML #727:10,11,17).

You Can Make It!—Part 1

ML #3277:107-128, GN 880

Confess Your Faults and Ask for Prayer

107. (Mama:) This next beautiful message from Jesus is about the importance of confessing your faults and asking for prayer. United prayer is probably one of the most effective weapons against the Enemy when you’re trying to overcome something—whether it’s a physical bad habit or a spiritual weakness or problem. There’s just something about it—the Lord honors your humility in asking others to help you and pray for you, and He honors your public declaration of faith.

108. (Jesus: ) Continue to humble yourself under My hand and I’ll continue to prosper you and lead you in My ways. It pleases Me when you come not only to Me with your faults and shortcomings, but before others so that they may pray for you and uphold you before My throne of grace—that you may obtain the victories, and that you may receive the anointing and the strength to overcome your sins‚ shortcomings and bad habits.

109. So I ask that you be more open about your faults—that you humbly confess your sins and shortcomings and make them known to your shepherds and to your co-workers, so that they can help you through their prayers and their counsel, and so that they can bring these things before Me. For in the multitude of prayer warriors there is strength. As I have said, there is great power in united prayer and in confessing your faults one before another, that you may be healed and strengthened.

110. To be fully used of Me, to fully avail yourself of My peace‚ My power, and the ability to [help you overcome your weakness], you must continue to obey what I show you; and most of all, you must ask for prayer. Humble yourself before others, before your co-workers and your shepherds, and ask for prayer. Acknowledge that you have fallen in this area and that you need My help, that you need their prayers, their counsel. This will be the first step in having a complete victory in your life in this area.

111. Beware of the fear of man. Beware of covering up things in your personal life for fear of what others may think. Get everything out in the open. Even if you have a change, even though you change from night to day, continue to confess your faults. For I say that now even as you are praying and seeking Me, I have given you the victory over these things and you have taken the challenge to grow.

112. A lot of times when My children make mistakes and fall short and sin‚ but then make some progress and start changing, they feel there is no need to confess their faults, there is no need to bring things to the light of My truth and to their shepherds. They feel that they are already changing and that they don’t need help anymore. But I like the humble way, the way of confession, the way of openly bringing out your faults so that others may benefit from the comfort and the training that I give you. So remember that “fact” next time you do something that you know is not of Me, that you know is a manifestation of a shortcoming and of one of your besetting sins, and not the sample of My Word. Remember it’s healthy to confess it even if the next day you do wonderfully. Confess it nevertheless and ask for prayer.

113. I want you to learn that you have nothing to fear—that I am not going to run around with a hammer to bang you over the head when you make a mistake. Neither should your shepherds and co–workers, for that is not the way I work. I want you to understand that there is no need to fear or worry. If you learn the importance of confessing every fault, then you will have learned wisely and you will be a wiser man. For he that is weak in himself is wise and strong in Me.

114. Keep going, keep progressing, keep fighting and keep obeying‚ and great will be your reward in every way. I will empower you and I will use you with the might and fullness of My Spirit as you do these things. (End of message)

How to Change Bad Habits and Attitudes

115. (Mama: ) When you’ve had a weakness with something for a long time, a bad habit, or even a spiritual problem‚ you can begin to wonder if you’ll ever be able to change—because you’ve been that way for so long. It’s easy to just consider it part of your character—just “the way you are,” and feel that you shouldn’t be expected to change. Granted, long-standing problems are very difficult to overcome, because the habits, reactions and thought patterns are so deeply engrained. But it is possible to change!

116. (Jesus: ) Yes, a person’s background, their training even in early years, can affect them today. But I have promised that if any man be in Christ, old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. It is possible to change and to become new. It very much depends on the attacking initiative, the desire, the awareness of the need, the willingness to be reminded and corrected again and again.

117. It is possible to change even long-standing bad habits provided there is enough incentive and desire, and the person is willing to invest the time and prayer needed, and provided the person is willing to receive instruction. Because more often than not, people are not aware of their bad habits, and that’s why especially in the beginning when people are trying to improve in certain areas they need reminders; they need things pointed out, because they just don’t see it. Then little by little they become more aware and they start to be able to receive the checks more easily themselves and to see the error of their ways and to be self-correcting and self-shepherding.

118. But that’s why there must be a great desire for change, because with that desire comes receptivity and openness to reminders and to correction from others. Otherwise‚ there’s too much sensitivity and pride. Because if the reminders are met with resistance, then those doing the reminding eventually get weary. It takes too much time, too much work, and they figure that the person they’re reminding doesn’t want it anyway.

119. The most important factor to change long-standing bad habits is prayer. It’s not enough just to pray yourself, but you need to ask for prayer from the body. There’s great power in united prayer! Also, after you’ve had united prayer, then your loved ones and your mates are aware of your struggle. They know of the challenge that is ahead of you and they’re able to pray for you during their private times of prayer and meditation. They’re also able to encourage you in your fight.

120. Pray also for the desire to change, and that you will not become weary in well doing. Ask Me to show you the goal to strive for, and pray that you can keep your eyes on that goal. Overcoming a bad habit or a long-standing weakness is possible, with My help—but it takes fight, receptivity, and openness to suggestions and reminders and correction. It takes a desire to persevere and a genuine desire for change. Above all‚ it takes My love and humility. But it is possible! (End of message.)

121. (Jesus:) O beloved ones who suffer in heart, thinking that I cannot change you or help you to change in spite of long-standing NWOs—those which have become almost like a part of your personality. And who do I speak to that does not have an NWO that fits this category? No, not one. Neither do I condemn you. I say, “Go and sin no more.” You say, “But, Lord, that’s the trouble. I keep sinning. I keep falling. I keep failing.” Man sees not as God sees. For as the Heavens are above the Earth, so are My ways above your ways, and My thoughts above your thoughts.

122. So many struggle, so many feel condemned‚ so many lose faith. But this is not My plan. It is not My plan that you feel condemned and lose faith. I know it is a struggle, yes‚ but it is not a struggle without an end. The caterpillar will burst forth into a beautiful butterfly. I will do what I have promised. I will fulfill My Word. My Word will not fail. Be not faithless but believing. Simply believe. Be faithful, even if it means being faithful unto death. For many believed on Me, having never seen. It’s all a matter of faith‚ My dear ones—faith in Me, in My Word.

123. Remember Hebrews chapter 11? Let Me remind you about a verse from it: “And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise” (Heb.11:39). They went through a lot. I commended them for their faith‚ but they didn’t receive the promise on Earth. Why? Because I had planned something better—a better reward. Those folks died in faith, but do you think they lost out? No! And don’t think you will lose out for remaining faithful to fight and do your best to let Me change you and help you in all the areas that you have to grow in.

124. It can’t be a work of the flesh. You can’t do it. Only I can as you give yourself to Me, as you cry out to Me, as you pray. You pray for your illnesses. You pray for your day-to–day situations. You pray for deliverance from your weaknesses, and I am thankful for this. But, My loves, do you pray for Me to change you? Yes, I know you do in the privacy of your room or in your beds‚ but I’m talking about before your other mates—the ones in your Home who you live and work with, the ones who are affected by your actions and you by theirs.

125. Humble yourself in My sight and I will lift you up and give you all the help you need. When you’re gathered together during prayer, don’t feel ashamed to ask for your needs. It doesn’t have to be elaborate or detailed or long. It can be a simple, “I’m battling today with negative thinking. Could you please pray for me?” Or “I’m feeling out of it today, and I don’t even know why. Could you please pray for me?” Or “I’m having trouble with my menopause symptoms and I’m feeling depressed. Could you please pray for me?” Or “I’m battling my old NWO of whatever-it-is. Could you please pray for me?”

126. Prayer is powerful, beloved! Prayer moves mountains—mountains of obstacles, mountains of lack of faith‚ mountains of obstructions that hinder My Spirit from moving and changing you! Prayer is the key. It is a mighty weapon and holds great power. When you pray, things change and things will be different! There is great, and I mean great power in united prayer. That is why the Enemy fights it so. Stir yourselves up and rebuke the Enemy, who hinders the use of this great weapon.

127. I prayed many times to My Father, and not once did He fail to give Me what I needed. But if you look at My life through the eyes of the flesh, to many who do not know Me, it looks like I failed. But I arose from the dead that man might have eternal life and that you may know that faith is the victory. It is the victory that overcomes the world. It is the victory that overcomes your NWOs, even if you never see in this life the changes you expect or think should happen. Remember, I see not as you do, I think not as you do, and My ways are not your ways. What you may think is a weakness that is practically part of your personality and that there is no hope of changing, when given to Me in prayer and committed to Me does change. You will make progress if you believe My Word and do all you can, being faithful to follow My instructions and admonitions, then trusting Me for the rest. For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man has, and not according to that he has not.

128. So, My dear loves, be assured of My love for you, and that I can change you and will help you. Read Hebrews chapter 11, ponder it, and be encouraged by it! I love you! Keep the faith! Keep fighting! Keep on keeping on, and keep praying! (End of message.)

Leaping the Hurdles, Part 2

ML #3341:98-100, 106-108‚ 132-134, GN 935

Lessons on United Prayer—Helpful for All!

98. The following is a personal prayer request shared with the Home by one of our members.

99. Though there are many lessons in this experience‚ I want to draw your attention in advance to the part of the prophecy below that says, “This battle will be won through united prayer.” That’s a pretty heavy statement, because most people probably don’t fully realize the importance of united prayer in winning these victories. It probably was quite a revelation to this person when the Lord told her that this battle will be won through united prayer, because in united prayer, what do you do? Yes, you have to humble yourself, but that’s basically all! You just ask, and then the Lord gives you a tremendous breakthrough and a wonderful miracle through united prayer. He brings all the forces of Heaven to work on your side and on your behalf, and He does what you can’t do; He breaks those chains. I don’t really think you, dear Family, have yet come to fully realize the tremendous value of united prayer in your battles, or I think you would be more willing to ask for united prayer, like many of the members of our Home have done and continue to do, no matter how humbling it may be.

100. These lessons bring out how the Devil tries to get you to feel that asking for united prayer is just going through the motions, because what is it? It’s such a simple little thing. You just gather everybody together and ask them for prayer, and then you’re supposed to see a marvelous deliverance. He tries to get you to feel like, “Well, how can you get any big results from so little effort, just a little humility and asking in prayer for something? How can so little expenditure of energy result in something so awesome?” But the Lord says that just “going through the motions” is very, very important. He says these motions are “much, much more effective than you could imagine.”

106. (Home member: ) When I prayed about this, the Lord told me to ask a few people in our Home to pray for me first, and He gave me [a] list of things to ask for prayer for, which I’ll read to you now‚ and then I’ll tell you about an amazing miracle that He did for me at that time and a big deliverance He gave me. The Lord said:

107. The Enemy is really fighting you, and you have to raise a standard against his attacks. This thing is not of you; this is My doing and I’m allowing it to sharpen you, break you, soften you, and remake you. But you have to continue fighting in order to win the prize. I’ve allowed you to come to the end of your rope, otherwise the victory might have seemed relatively easy for you and you wouldn’t have given Me all the glory. I allowed the battles to intensify and for you to feel that you couldn’t make it, so you wouldn’t be able to go on without the support of prayer and the counsel and comfort of My Words and your mates. I’ve allowed you to slip back into negative thinking, even to the point of almost hardening your heart‚ so that you would come to this point of united prayer.

108. This battle will be won through united prayer. This is the key, because this is the day of the weak—those who are willing to do anything to move forward and follow Me. That’s why I allowed the battles to intensify and for you to feel that you were at the end of your rope‚ and become tempted to quit—so that you would think about asking for united prayer, so that I could perform the complete miracle. (End of excerpt of message.)

132. (Home member:) I was surprised when the Lord told me that the victory would come through united prayer. It was like united prayer from the whole body was the last step in sealing the victory.

133. I must admit that because the battle was so intense, I didn’t really, really, really believe that this single, seemingly small step of asking for united prayer was going to be enough to make the kind of difference that I felt I needed and bring about the kind of victory I needed. I guess we don’t realize what an important factor united prayer is in winning battles. It’s amazing!

134. When I was in the midst of that huge spiritual battle, I asked for united prayer out of obedience because the Lord told me to and because I knew it was good and would help, but I didn’t realize what an important factor it was. The Lord even told me that it was the key to the victory, but because I was feeling so rotten and pressured in the spirit and feeling the effects of the battle, in the natural it just didn’t seem like it would be enough to do the trick. But the Lord really works through united prayer and it was an important factor in me winning a major victory.

New Era Humility

ML #3344:107, GN 938

United Prayer—The Strength of the New Day!

107. (Jesus:) This sample of asking for united prayer will be the strength of this new day. As you go into this new era of action, this will be your strength, leaning fully on Me and fully on each other. For no one of you will be able to do things on your own, even things that used to come naturally to you, or strengths you used to have. You’ll find that your strength is now solely in leaning on Me, solely in asking for the help of your brothers, your mates. Those who would be strong in this new day will follow this example‚ and in doing so, will go on to win the wonderful victories that I have in store for you. (End of message.)

United Prayer Power

ML #3404:1, 6-7, 354-377‚ GN 994-995

1. (Mama:) United prayer is such a powerful weapon; it’s no wonder the Enemy fights so hard to keep us from asking for it!

6. If you haven’t had united prayer in a while, it might be good to pray personally and ask the Lord what areas you need to be strengthened in, and then request prayer for them from your Home. Our folks often ask the Lord to give their prayer request in prophecy, and then they just read it before all, sometimes with added explanation. That makes it real easy.

7. Whenever someone asks for united prayer, we try to take time right then to hear from the Lord for them, for their encouragement. Usually one or two people will give their messages publicly, and if others also receive something, they’ll type it up later and send it to the person. … It’s always wonderful to hear the Lord’s confirmation that the victory has been won, and He always has something special to encourage the dear one who asked for prayer. Often He’ll give promises, or specific instruction and counsel for the future. You might find it helpful to take time to hear from the Lord unitedly for those who ask for prayer in your Home as well.

Why Ask Again?

354. (Mama: ) When you’re preparing to ask for prayer, the Enemy will probably try to keep you from it in any way he can. But just go to the Lord with your questions, and know that Jesus wants you to take the step of asking for prayer, because it enables Him to help you so much more than if you didn’t ask. No matter what the problem is or what obstacle hinders your asking for united prayer, He has a solution and will give it to you.

355. One of our young staff members who recently asked for prayer had the following question, and received this very good counsel from the Lord, which I think will be encouraging for you as well. I sent it around the week before several folks from our Home asked for prayer, so that everyone could benefit from the counsel and be prepared to do their part to bring about the victory!

356. (Question:) Why should I believe that this time of united prayer should make any more difference than the last time?

357. (Prayer: ) Dearest Jesus, You have told us so many times about the power that there is in united prayer, in the laying on of hands and coming together as a body in order to gain the victory over long-standing battles. But, Jesus, I’ve had united prayer in the past, and though I want to believe that the united prayer helped me to make the progress I needed, when I find myself falling back into the same traps that I had prayer against, it makes it hard for me to believe that it does, in fact‚ work.

358. So my question is: Why should I believe that having united prayer again will be the solution I need? If it didn’t work completely in the past‚ why should it work now? Was there something that I didn’t do that made the prayer of less effect? Was I doing something wrong?

359. Please do show me, Jesus. I want to make progress, and if united prayer is the route You want me to take and what will bring the victory, then I want to do it. But I also want to make sure that I do it right, so that I can ensure the victory this time around. I don’t want to lose faith in the power of prayer, so help me now as I hear what You have to say about it. Remove anything that might hinder me from getting this clearly. Make me the channel that You need me to be.

360. (Jesus: ) My ability to completely change you is determined by how much you are desirous of change. Everybody wants to make progress in their life, but the extent of progress is the underlying question. To effect a complete turnaround in someone’s life, the individual must desire a complete transformation; I am only able to take them as far as they’re willing to go.

361. It’s like learning a new sport, in a way. If you’ve never played a particular sport, it’s hard to imagine that you will ever become good at it. It’s so much easier for you to hide behind the sports that you do know and comprehend. In learning a new sport you have to be prepared to fall on occasion, to seem uncoordinated at times, to be the worst at it, before you make progress. You have to be willing to humble yourself in front of the others you’re playing with, to realize that you have many steps in front of you before you’ll master the art of that sport. Every time you fall‚ you have to be willing to get up and give it another try.

362. You may commit to the idea of learning a new sport‚ but sometimes as you find yourself in the middle of the fray and you realize that there’s so much in front of you to learn, you’re bound to question whether or not you’ll ever master the sport.

363. It’s not sufficient that you determine from the beginning that you want to learn the sport. That’s the first step, yes, but each time you get out on the field or court to practice and increase your skill in that sport, you have to recommit to your desire to learn.

364. There are others with you learning the sport as well. Some of them are more advanced, others are on a par with you, while others might struggle behind. Because it’s a team game‚ everyone must contribute toward the other’s learning. They must guide and show how it’s done, or simply encourage each other when you get frustrated with your slow progress. That’s the role of all who participate in the game—to not only improve their own skills, but to help the others improve as well.

365. This is what it’s like with asking for prayer. You must first make that initial decision to ask for prayer‚ to realize that you will be required to humble yourself before all in order to make progress. That’s usually the hardest step to take, because as with your first attempt at a new sport, you’re usually the clumsiest and make the most mistakes.

366. However‚ from then on, it still must be a continual commitment on your part to progress, regardless of the falls or your lack of coordination. Those continuing steps become just as important as the initial step you took in asking for prayer. Often those are the most discouraging, though, and this is when your perseverance is stretched and tested to the limit. It’s during those times when you feel you should be making progress, but it seems so slow in coming, that you must be even more determined.

367. Remember, in sports you have your good days and your bad days too. There are the days when you go out and it seems everything you’ve learned is forgotten, and it becomes very frustrating; you’re uncoordinated and fall regularly, and it can be discouraging. However, you may go out the next day and everything’s fine; in fact, you’ve progressed! You seem more skilled than you were before, and you wonder how that’s possible, seeing as the day before it was the total opposite!

368. Just because you have those less–than-coordinated days doesn’t mean that you should quit, because if you did, that would mean that all those previous times of practice were wasted. Who wants to think of laborious work as wasted? No one does. And that’s usually the boost that keeps you pursuing your dreams and goals in life.

369. Spiritual progress is often not seen in the same light; but it should be, because it’s exactly the same. You have to first commit to the challenge to become what you are not, and you must then see it through, regardless of the mishaps, in order to master what you set out to learn. It’s that simple.

370. Another important thing to remember is that when you ask for united prayer, the responsibility of making progress also rests on the body’s shoulders. Having humbled yourself in coming before the body, you’re admitting that you can’t do it on your own; you’re asking for help. Just like you ask for guidance from someone who is more advanced in a sport you’re trying to master‚ asking for prayer works the same way.

371. Prayer and your commitment to progress then work together to bring about the desired result. You, as the one asking for prayer, must be willing to persevere in spite of the stumbles, and those who have prayed for you must realize that their job doesn’t end with the initial prayer—it must continue until you have true victory.

372. It’s easy to get desperate for someone when they first confess their need for help. If someone is contemplating a new sport, it’s a natural impulse to encourage them to do it‚ offering to help them out if they need it. However, as time goes on, it’s easy to get so wrapped up in your own progress that you forget to help someone else.

373. This is something that everyone needs to keep in mind‚ to realize as their responsibility. It’s not enough that you get desperate for a person once when they come before the body and ask for prayer; the prayers must continue‚ the fervency must remain. The battle is no longer left to the individual; it becomes a united endeavor. The victory is for all to achieve through each person’s individual prayers.

374. This is the course to victory, the way in which united prayer is fully enacted. It must begin with the desire for you to ask for prayer, to realize your need to change and progress. And then as a body you must all commit to stand by the victory you asked Me for, to lift the hands of the one who is in need of help. And the individual must be willing to follow through to triumph, no matter how difficult it may be. Only then can true victory be claimed.

375. The battle that rages now is fiercer than it has ever been. Everyone must rally behind the one who has asked for prayer and support them each step of the way. But you, as the one who has asked for prayer, must remember that the course of victory rests on you as well. You are in the forefront; you must be willing to continue the charge, to lead the others on‚ because it’s your battle to win. Others are there to support you in the fight, to be the backup you need, to wield their swords at the Enemy on your behalf; but you are the one who must pursue the victory at all costs. You cannot blame your failure on the others, for in the end it is your decision to win the battle or to lose it.

376. What will it be for you? Will you pursue victory at any cost? Do you desire to triumph so badly that you’re willing to go to whatever lengths to gain it? If so‚ then the victory will be yours. Count the cost from the start. Be prepared for whatever lies in front of you, and then go forward and claim the victory, rallying your fellow soldiers to fight with you. If you’re willing to take those measures, then victory will be yours.

377. It’s a simple process. You must:
1) desire victory regardless of the cost;
2) be prepared to go to any length;
3) make the commitment; and, finally‚
4) persevere at all costs.

The formula is there. Find out how you can make it a part of your life‚ and let it become the means you need to gain the victories you need. (End of message.)

Action Through Prayer, Part 5

ML #3414:88-98, GN 1000

United Prayer Perks

88. (Question:) We know there is great power in united prayer. Can You give us more details as to what a whole group of us praying can do?

89. (Jesus: ) When two or more of you are gathered together in My Name to lay your requests before My feet‚ each one is testifying to the others that you have the faith for Me to do miracles. So much is dependent on your faith, and by praying out loud before the body you are saying, “I have the faith that the Lord is going to answer this prayer and I want to see miracles.” And when I do answer your prayer, not just you but many others will see that I work miracles.

90. It’s important that each of you takes personal prayer time, for it’s good for your soul to pour out your heart to Me in private. But never neglect the power of united prayer. When I see that there are many people together manifesting their faith to Me and being a testimony to each other, I not only want to answer your prayer, but I sometimes want to do it in an especially marvelous and miraculous way. This will inspire and encourage many‚ increasing their faith for more miracles.

91. Sometimes you simply can’t have enough faith on your own, and it helps immensely to see others who have more faith. A prayer of faith not only gets an answer, but it can strengthen others as well.

92. United prayer can be compared to a meeting‚ such as a Home Council. It’s true that one member of the Home could probably sit down and try to think of ways to make the Home a better Home, and he or she would probably come up with some good ideas that would work. However, it’s incomparably better when as many Home members as possible are gathered together for the discussion, because many opinions and aspects will be brought out by some that others would not have thought of. The end result is much more well-rounded decisions.

93. It’s certainly possible for you to pray alone, and this is effective. But when you’re all together you’ll cover aspects that may have never crossed your mind when praying alone. The prayers therefore become more specific, as do the results.

94. When the angels in Heaven know there will be united prayer, they realize there are going to be some very specific jobs for them coming soon. United prayer is an exciting event in the spirit world. Great things can happen when there is so much desperation and faith concentrated at one time in one room. I’m excited as well to be able to answer prayer in a specific and miraculous way.

95. Another time united prayer is important is when I’m speaking to you about your personal life and teaching you lessons. By asking the body for prayer, you’re showing Me by your actions that you’re willing to humble yourself in order to make progress and learn. In the process, you’re also sharing your lessons with others, which enhances your unity and causes the other members of the body to continue to intercede for you.

96. In general, united prayer engenders more prayer power, because many people are praying while together, and then everyone is aware of what the needs are and can add these requests to their personal prayer list.

97. The Enemy does all he can to fight united prayer because he knows it’s so effective. United prayer is like a massive volley of arrows falling on the head of the Enemy. It’s true that a single arrow might hit an important target, but a wise general will blanket the enemy with hordes of archers. The Enemy can try to delay or distract you before you begin praying, but once the prayers start coming his way in great numbers, there is little he can do. United prayer is just too much for him to handle.

98. So don’t let the Enemy trick you into neglecting united prayer, because it will cause him to turn tail and run in horror. You must be aware that he’ll do his best to stop you before you start because that’s really his only opportunity. Once you’ve come together you’ve brought together an army of spirit helpers, and the Enemy won’t stand a chance. (End of message.)

Have Fun With Jesus

ML #3437:42-44, GN 1020

Multiply Your Power By Praying Together!

42. (Jesus:) There’s great power in prayer, and there’s greater power in united prayer! Do you really want to knock the Enemy for a loop? Pray! You want to knock him for a bigger loop? Pray together and defeat him—together! Being together in the spirit and pulling together in the spirit magnifies your power. Singing together is good, praising together is good, reading together is good.

43. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that you’re all one body and that you’re all going toward the same goal‚ although each member is different and each member does different things. You all need to be reminded that you’re one body, and sometimes there’s no better way to be reminded than to actually be together glorifying Me, praising Me, and testifying of the miracles I’ve done in your lives—or just being together to read or to pray about things unitedly‚ or to sing songs. It doesn’t have to be long. I’ll bless your obedience in doing the best you can to endeavor to keep the unity in a bond of peace.

44. If you know how to seek Me privately‚ then you’ll have no problem seeking Me together. If you have communication and a relationship with Me in private—just between you and Me—then getting together and seeking Me together as a Home shouldn’t be a problem. What matters is that your communications with Me are heartfelt and sincere‚ whether they are long or short. (End of message.)

Death to Depression

ML #3464:177-199, Post-it GN #11

Why United Prayer Is So Important

177. (Mama:) The Lord has repeatedly told us about the benefits of united prayer and what great miracles He grants us when we humble ourselves to get it. The marvelous benefits of united prayer are available to those who fight depression too. In fact, it’s one of the most important steps to attain victory. It’s difficult to ask for united prayer for any affliction or spiritual battle‚ but the Enemy seems to especially fight asking for united prayer to be released from the grip of depression, because he knows that if you do, his doom is sure.

178. It’s humbling to admit you’re suffering from depression, especially when it feels like a big black ominous cloud that has muddied your outlook and stolen your joy‚ but you just don’t know why or how to express it. It isn’t an easy thing to explain to others, so the Enemy fights you taking the step. He tells you that others won’t understand what you’re going through‚ or maybe they’ll look down on you as being “weak” or “emotionally unstable.” But the truth is that others will admire and love you all the more for your humility to admit your need for help‚ and the best part is that your receiving united prayer will drastically turn the tide of battle in your favor.

179. The Enemy will try to tell you that united prayer isn’t really all it’s cracked up to be, and isn’t worth the trouble or the humbling. But the reality is that asking for united prayer brings about crucial change in the spirit world, and through it our Defender releases supremely powerful spiritual helpers to aid you in the fight—valiant warriors who might not have been available to you otherwise.

180. (Jesus:) United prayer will have a great impact on your spirit and will change things in the spirit. United prayer against depression will dissolve the Enemy’s gray storm cloud around you and open the way for your spirit and mind to receive a complete, full view of the beauty of My love and of all your blessings. United prayer will begin the healing and cleansing process of your heart. You will receive full healing‚ a full cleansing, and a full recovery from this attack of the Enemy on your soul. You’ll be changed, strengthened, and renewed through the power of My Spirit. United prayer against depression will change the course of the battle, give you the upper hand over the Enemy, and set things in motion for victory.

181. These victories are yours to claim right now. I offer you complete deliverance from depression and lack of vision. I offer you freedom from all the negative influences of the Enemy through comparing, bitterness, jealousy, and negative thinking. I have had these gifts of deliverance and these rewards for your faith prepared for you for some time now, and I only await the cry of your voice lifted up to Me, beseeching Me for the complete victory. According to your faith be it unto you. (End of message.)

Victory After United Prayer And Encouragement to Fight On

182. (Mama:) When receiving united prayer, it’s a good idea to hear from the Lord afterward to receive His promises for you. United prayer is the first step in loosing the grip of depression on your life, but it will undoubtedly continue to be a fight. The Enemy will attempt to steal your victory, so receiving the Lord’s personal Words to you and tailored instruction about how to keep up the momentum of victory is a very important follow-up step.

183. In the days after your united prayer, you can be sure the Enemy will attack your mind with doubts, telling you that the prayer didn’t have that much effect in your life and that things are still the same. But you’ve got to resist his lies, believe the Lord’s promises of deliverance, and hold on to the facts of His Word—both the promises in His written Word about the effects and benefits of united prayer, as well as His personal words to you in prophecy.

184. The Enemy won’t want to give up easily, but just because he’s attacking, it doesn’t mean the Lord hasn’t delivered you. It would be unrealistic to expect that you’ll never be hit with depression again‚ but you can be assured that after you’ve received deliverance, its grip won’t be as severe and intense. If you are fought, you can’t just think‚ “I got depressed again, so my prayer must not have worked. I might as well forget it,” and then just lie back and let the Enemy walk all over you. You’ve got to keep fighting to build good habits and a positive mindset—and the Lord will help you! Don’t give the Enemy the pleasure of seeing you quit! Keep fighting!

185. Here’s a message the Lord gave to someone who received united prayer against depression, which I want to share for your encouragement‚ as well as an example of the personalized fighting tips the Lord gave. He wants to speak to you, too—not only to show you what victories were won through humbling yourself to receive united prayer, but also to give you the formula for continued and enduring victory.

186. (Jesus:) This time of united prayer has had a great impact on your spirit‚ and on the lives of each one who witnessed your sincere heartcry. This united prayer has changed things in the spirit. It’s destroyed the Enemy’s embankment around you and opened the way for your spirit and mind to receive complete healing and cleansing. You will receive full healing, My love—full cleansing, full recovery from this attack of the Enemy on your soul. You’ll be changed, strengthened, and renewed through the power of My Spirit. You’ll be made wiser, more mature‚ humble, yielded‚ and more connected to Me than ever before, as you fight this battle to the end.

187. You must hold on to the fact that this united prayer has changed the course of the battle and set things in motion for victory. It’s very important that you don’t doubt this, but that you hold onto My promise of complete healing and deliverance as a result of your obedience and faith. In the days to come‚ and even right now, the Enemy is attacking, and will attack your mind with negative thoughts, with doubts, with the idea that this united prayer meant nothing, that it didn’t have that much effect and things will continue as they were. It’s very important that you resist the Enemy’s lies and fight for the truth. I’ve said that I will deliver you, completely heal you‚ and you must hold onto the facts, the truth of My Word!

188. I want to prepare you, My love, that the Enemy is going to come in with another attack on your spirit, especially right now after asking for united prayer. You’ll be tempted to feel even worse than ever, even more humiliated, worried, fearful that you won’t make it. All this will cause you to doubt My Word, to doubt the power of united prayer, to doubt My promises to heal and deliver and give you complete victory. But you must continue to believe My promises no matter what the Enemy tries to tell you and no matter how you feel. Trust My Word to you and My power to complete the work that I’ve begun—to deliver, to set you free, to heal.

189. Everything is going to change in your life and spirit. Your ministry, your connection with Me, your interaction with others, your mindset, your attitudes, your hunger for My Spirit, your faith—it’s all going to change and be different, renewed‚ refreshed, and alive! You’ll be different. You’ll change. Your spirit will become more like Me as you keep trusting in Me and following Me very closely. But I want to warn you that it won’t be without a fight. This change of spirit that you so desperately want will cost you. It’ll cost your all, but it will be worth your all. It won’t be dropped into your lap. You’ll have to walk in the power of your prayer of deliverance, in the power of the anointing that I will give you—which will be the power to fight.

190. You’ve gone through the first round of intense battle and have come out victorious. Yes‚ you’re victorious! You’ve just won a great victory! You don’t realize it right now, but the victory that’s just been won is the most important one, the major victory of this battle. Without this initial victory of confessing your need before the body and asking for united prayer, you wouldn’t be able to win the other victories that will come. All the following victories of contentment, inner peace and happiness, vision and concentration in your work, control over your physical needs, were all waiting to be set in motion, and now have been because of this prayer.

191. These victories are yours right now, My love—the complete deliverance from depression and lack of vision; deliverance from the pull of material comforts; freedom from all the negative influences of the Enemy through bitterness, jealousy, and negative thinking. These have been prepared for you, My precious bride, and are waiting to be given to you in full because of your faith and obedience. I’ve had these gifts of deliverance, these rewards for your faith, prepared for you for some time now‚ and have just been waiting to hear the cry of your voice.

192. They are yours, but you must go the rest of the journey to receive them. You’ve begun well, you’ve fought the first battle‚ won a major victory through asking for united prayer, and now you must continue to fight so that you can receive the full power of victory in each area that I’ve promised. If you want the full power and anointing of each victory, the power and anointing in your ministry, in your personal life, the power over your own spirit‚ then you must walk the mile with Me, fight the battles, and go the distance in order to become the woman that I want you to be.

193. The choice is yours. You don’t have to do this. You can stop at this one important victory in asking for united prayer and I will still bless you with a measure of victory and happiness. I’ve already given you a blessing and reward of My Spirit—the comfort and encouragement that I will care for you, the encouragement of your loved ones, the blessing of My voice of prophecy, the peace of mind that you’ve done the right thing. But if you want to partake of the full power of the anointing and see the fulfillment of each promise you must choose not to stand still, not to accept only one victory, but you must choose to fight for it all—for the power of your full anointing.

194. You’re as a soldier at war who comes before his commanding officer with an assignment completed, having won a victory‚ having completed his mission. His commanding officer commends him, gives him a well-deserved rest and reward for his labors, but also gives him his next assignment. The soldier doesn’t want another assignment; he’s tired, worn from the battles. He just wants to rest and not have to fight anymore. He was expecting to hear, “Well done. You don’t have to fight anymore.” But instead he hears‚ “Well done. Now here’s the next battle plan for you.”

195. You’ve completed one mission, My love, and I’m proud of you. You’ve completed one of the most important missions—you’ve infiltrated behind Enemy lines, and now you have to be even more vigilant than ever. You’ve exposed the Enemy, you’ve called for extra troops to fight the battles, you’ve broadcast his dirty work loud and clear and warned others of the dangers, you’ve pointed out the landmines hidden in the field that threaten to blow people up, you’ve raised a call to arms. The Enemy won’t take this lightly; he won’t sit back and let you expose his plans so easily. He’ll fight back, and this is what you have to be prepared for—to fight harder, to be even more determined than ever to win every victory.

196. You have to be prepared to fight to the death, to fight to kill, to fight though bloodied. This is the power of your anointing that is given to you today. This is the greatness of your victory—a special anointing and power to fight the Enemy. If you take up this challenge to fight, you’ll go from strength to strength and you’ll see the fulfillment of every promise. You’ll have complete deliverance, full freedom from the attacks of the Enemy and the things with which he seeks to bind you.

197. Don’t be afraid of how you’ll do this, of where you’ll get the strength from, of how you’ll have the power to fight. I know you feel weak and incapable, and feel that you won’t be able to do this. You’ll be tempted to throw in the towel, to forget the whole thing. But I promise that I’ll give you the anointing you need for each battle, for each step of the way, if you hold on and don’t give up. All you have to do is take things one day at a time, and keep fighting.

198. Don’t look at the whole mountain ahead of you‚ at how far you have to go, but just keep your eyes on Me for today, for today’s battle. This battle will be won one step at a time, one prayer at a time, hearing from Me step by step, following the things that I show you step by step. I will speak to you and show you what to do, how to do it, and all you have to do is follow Me. I’ll show you how to fight each battle, and I promise that I’ll give you the strength for each one as you hold on to your faith and trust Me.

199. Trust Me, My love, for I know what’s ahead. I know exactly how much you can endure, and I promise that I won’t give you more than you can bear. Know that many have gone before you and live to testify to My power to deliver. They shine with the glow of victory, they give Me all the glory, and they praise Me for the great things I’ve done in their lives. You too will testify to My power, to My greatness in your life. You too will walk with the glow of victory, the anointing and blessing of My gift of victory to you. Hold on, fight for it, and know that what I’ve promised, I will fulfill! (End of message.)

Art of War, The–Part 4

Karen Zerby

Table of Contents

GN 1152 FD/MM/FM

By Maria 3565 10/05

1. Our weapon focus for this GN is prayer—and specifically‚ our talking to Jesus. Prayer is essentially our communication with Heaven, and as such has two sides—our communications, petitions, requests‚ or intercession; and the other side of receiving from our Husband, hearing His voice, and being in tune with Him—the other side of the conversation. In this GN we’re going to focus on the side of our communications with Him. And then in an upcoming GN we’ll focus on prophecy, the side of hearing from Him and receiving from Him.

2. Prayer—communing with the Lord and committing things to Him—is a topic that the Lord has given us so much good counsel on already. It’s probably one of the most oft-repeated principles throughout the Word. Because the Lord has talked about it so much, many of you have probably grown quite familiar with His prodding and counsel along these lines. It’s one of those huge spiritual resources that could solve so many of our problems‚ propel us forward in this war, and bring so much good and progress, and yet we haven’t totally grasped it, harnessed it, or learned to use it properly.

3. When I was asking the Lord what counsel He wanted to give us on this topic that would help us to really “get it” in the spirit‚ He explained that there aren’t a bunch of amazing tricks to prayer that we haven’t uncovered yet. Using prayer as a weapon is very simple and straightforward‚ but what makes all the difference is:

1) Actually doing it, using it.
2) Making it count‚ making it quality, learning to focus, persevere in prayer‚ and put forth the spiritual effort needed to bring results.

4. Laboring in prayer, as the Lord has often referred to it, is actual spiritual labor. It requires a lot of self-discipline and concentration to focus your prayers, and to keep up that focus for any length of time. It requires desperation, and in order to be desperate, you have to be stirred up. So while the answer to the question of how to be more effective in prayer is very simple, the implementation is not easy. It requires a lot of work.

5. In a future GN, I’m going to share with you some of the messages that our Home has received for our prayer mornings. Nearly every prayer morning (twice a month)‚ I ask the Lord to give a fresh message about the power and importance of our prayers, to help us be motivated and challenged to stir ourselves up and really put forth the effort in the spirit that prayer requires. We’re putting those messages together for you so that you can use them for your prayer vigils, prayer days, etc. It helps tremendously to be reminded of how much the Lord depends on our prayers, how much they accomplish in the spirit.

Prayer is active service

6. (Jesus:) I know you are tempted to be weary of My frequent requests that you pray for situations or needs. It’s just one of those things that doesn’t come naturally for man, and I understand that, and I’m willing to make it easier for you. But I can only make it so easy, and then it falls to you to “take up your cross” and bear it bravely and just do it because I say so (Luke 9:23; 2Tim.2:3).

7. As a soldier, there are many things that you may be asked to do that are part of the duties of being a soldier. You may be asked to do guard duty that keeps you up all night. Something like that isn’t “fun” or something you jump at the chance to do naturally. Such things are, however, a part of the life of a soldier and must be done in order to fulfill your duty and live the life you have chosen.

8. Prayer is one of those things. It requires a lot of work, but it returns great dividends. You know this, and I know I don’t have to extol the virtues of prayer again. But I will give you some counsel on how to make your prayer times more powerful and how to incorporate prayer into your life as part of your active service to Me.

9. Notice that I said “active service”? Prayer is not inactivity; prayer is not just sitting back and doing nothing, neither is it a waste of effort. Prayer is the essence of your service for Me. I want to repeat that. Prayer is the essence of your service for Me. It is by prayer that you show your dedication to Me and your service and loyalty.

10. Prayer is the sacrifice by which you prove your rank and your honor as a warrior. It is one of the basic requirements for any soldier in this outfit. Prayer is the fundamental upon which the war for this world is fought, and it is the starting point for every miracle.

11. Prayer is not a secondary weapon in your armory; it is a primary weapon. Prayer isn’t a sideline back–up plan should you get in a tight spot. Prayer is the plan. Prayer is the strategy. Prayer is the ball in soccer, rugby, billiards, or any ball sport. Without prayer the heavenly game of your spiritual life would cease to exist.

12. Prayer is the fundamental fabric of the spirit world, and it is the framework of all the storehouses of the spirit. Prayer is the lifeline of the spirit world and the foundation for all action in My Kingdom. Prayer is as inseparable from your life as the air you breathe. Without prayer there would be no release of power, no spiritual energy, no action, no accomplishments, no miracles. Prayer is the critical ingredient to your spiritual life. Prayer is the action which creates action. Everything is dependent on prayer.

13. Because of the importance of prayer, I remind you again and again that you must use it, live by it, swear by it, and depend on it. Prayer is so important, but it is one of the least used and most attacked weapons in your arsenal. Satan has a whole division of his forces assigned to distract and keep you from prayer. They will use any tactic and they have every bit of Satan’s power available to them, because it is the single most damaging act to Satan’s kingdom. If Satan can get you to not turn your weapon on, to not use your equipment in the battlefield, he has triumphed over you.

14. Prayer is like the electricity that powers the spiritual tracking and defensive equipment. It is the offensive batteries, the fuel which powers the missiles against him, the starting point for every offensive against him. This is why it is his major focus in any battle to keep you from praying, or from praying effectively.

15. In any run-in with Satan or his imps, his first tactic is to attempt to prevent you from praying, because once you pray‚ you turn the power on, you light up your flamethrower of the spirit, you initiate all the other spiritual weapons to work on your behalf.

16. Prayer is the building block of any defense or offense against the Enemy. If you don’t pray, you have no power‚ no answers‚ no miracles‚ no supernatural intervention. Prayer is the “on” switch for every spiritual action and intervention in your life.

17. I want you to realize just how important prayer is. It is so fundamental that it is the first thing to be attacked by the Enemy. This is why he makes you weary of prayer. This is why he makes you think it has no results, and is just a chore and drudgery.

18. He tries to tell you that “it’s too much effort to reach for that switch to activate your defenses. It doesn’t really have an effect and you’re just wasting your time praying, so why do it?” Why do it? Because the single act of flipping that switch powers up the spiritual forces and begins the process of defeat for the Enemy.

19. I want you to grasp this at a fundamental level. I want you to cut through the crap that Satan has been feeding you and see that activating your prayer life is the single most powerful step a Christian can make in his life for Me‚ because through prayer you access all that Heaven has to offer.

20. Up till now you’ve used prayer quite a bit. You’ve reached for and flipped the switch‚ which has begun to perform the miracles of supply and overcoming you needed. I’ve been showing you how you need to use it more, how you need to use it to hear from Me, how you need it to bring the miracles you need‚ how you need it as your display of dependence on Me. But you still haven’t gotten it.

21. You need to understand that prayer is the step you must take to get everything you desire and need from the spirit realm. If you don’t pray, My hands are tied. This is the rule I have set in place. Unless you flip that switch, things aren’t going to happen.

22. You are in the control bunker. You have command of all the defenses and weapons of the spirit world. But unless you take the step to activate those weapons through prayer, nothing—and I repeat, nothing—is going to happen in your favor. You’ll just get overrun, because the Enemy knows that the base defenses have been neutralized, the shields are off-line, the weapons are powered down, and you are a sitting duck. Get it?

23. I think you’ll agree with Me now how important prayer is and why you must pray even when you don’t feel like it. It really doesn’t matter if you feel like fighting or not. When the Enemy shows up, you have to fight him. He doesn’t work on your timetable or try to fit things into your schedule. He attacks any time and any place, and will do whatever he can, whenever he can, to get in and cripple you.

A soldier does not have the luxury of deciding upon each new day whether he will fight or not. A soldier with that privilege is not fit to be in the war. Wake up in the morning‚ let the realization of the battle dawn on you suddenly, and without thought, get up and fight that battle.—Winston Churchill (speaking from beyond)

24. Don’t give room to his spies and infiltrators who would try to stop you from activating My power for you. Don’t listen to his little imps who try to disable your defenses before an attack and give Satan free rein in your life. Get militant and realize that when you’re praying, you’re being offensive and deadly in the spirit world.

25. Keep your finger on that switch and be ready to turn it on instantly and fully. Don’t just give it a little flick, but shove the throttle to full and make a complete connection to release all the power available and destroy the attack of the Enemy completely!

26. Don’t settle for a momentary burst of power. Every time you pray, no matter what for, or how many times you’ve prayed for it before, or how you feel, throw that switch to full power, put all your effort into it, and mean every word you say.

27. Much of the problem is that you don’t really mean what you say. You don’t go about prayer purposefully and intentionally. You often mumble a few words which you interpret as a prayer, but that’s like nudging the dial without really intending to turn it on full blast.

28. It’s your watered-down prayers and your unbelieving prayers that are the problem. It’s because you’re not fully utilizing the power available to you that you don’t have more faith in it. If every prayer you prayed was prayed wholeheartedly, with feeling, passion‚ intent, and desire‚ you would see miracles left and right and there wouldn’t be a question in your mind about how effective prayer is!

29. The reason you’re not seeing more answers to prayer is because you’re not praying! I don’t consider your little “ho hum, gotta rattle off a few repetitious lines here” attempts at prayer, to be prayer at all. What I’m talking about when I call prayer a weapon is meaningful prayers‚ where every word that leaves your lips is a curse upon Satan’s power, an affirmation of My power, and a powerful spell spoken with emotion which will bring the full force of My power down on Satan’s head again, and again, and again!

30. I expect your prayers to be powerful, intense, meaningful, and full of faith. I expect you to believe in every word you are saying—not just spitting out repetitious lines like you were reading the weather report. I expect and demand emphatic and believing prayers from My brides in order that I might give you the answers you desire.

31. Do you believe?—Then show Me by making every word spoken in prayer a believing word. Make every letter of your prayer count. Make every prayer, no matter how great or small‚ a believing prayer, and I will answer you. Start the wheels of My Spirit turning by giving the “on” switch a wholehearted shove to full power, and watch what I can do.

32. Make My day! Make it happen! Let Me at the Enemy! I’m raring to go! I want to answer your every need, but I can only do that when your every request is made meaningfully and like you actually expect the heavens to crackle and thunder with My power at every request.

33. Expect miracles with every word you pray. Demand power with every word that enters your prayer. Pray meaningful, expectant, powerful prayers for everything. Slam your fist into that “on” switch and let it feel all the power you can muster. It was designed to take some real force‚ so use all the force and intent I have given you to throw that switch powerfully and watch Me take over.

34. Got it? Prayers prayed in full faith, believing that I will answer, intending to take hold of the victory, will bring answers. Every prayer should be an intentional reaching for all the power of Heaven. Pick up the power of Heaven by taking hold of Heaven by your prayers and using Heaven’s power to answer your needs.

35. Let Me hear your effectual, fervent prayers, which, as I’ve promised in My Word, will avail much! Power-filled prayers bring miracle-filled answers. Nothing else will do. I expect to hear an instant surge in the power of your prayers‚ starting today. Don’t utter a word to Me unless you believe it. It’s an insult to My power when you say a few words, not really expecting Me to do My part, because then I can’t!

36. Give Me fire, give Me belief, give Me all the power you’ve got‚ and I’ll answer with all that I’ve got! It’s a two-way street. You give it all you’ve got and I’ll do likewise. Pray effective prayers by being deliberate, specific, and fervent. Try Me! (End of message.)

War in the spirit carries no shame like the wars of the flesh. There is no shame in relishing the slaughter of Satan’s troops. There is no innocent blood to be found, so spill his with pride. Count it honor to give no quarter, and to be thought of as merciless in his camp.—General Douglas MacArthur (speaking from beyond)

Keys to motivation and effectiveness

37. (Question:) As the Lord said above, one of the main reasons we don’t have more faith in prayer, and why prayer doesn’t “work” as much for us, is because we often don’t pray with full desperation. We haven’t mastered how to maintain that focus, as Dad said in “Prayer Power,” focusing that beam strongly and constantly, which brings strong results. How can we learn to have more desperation in prayer?

38. (Jesus: ) Desperation in prayer is the second most important factor in what makes a prayer powerful. The number one factor is faith—the belief that I can and will do it. But this message is about desperation and why it matters so much that you really and truly want to see the answer to your request, and how you can demonstrate and achieve the proper level of desperation.

39. The reason I require you to ask in prayer and strive in prayer is because you need to take an active part in the prayer process, for I have forbidden Myself to do it all for you. The way the rules of this Earth are set up, almost everything that you can do for yourself, you must do for yourself, and I’m not going to step in for you and do miraculously what you could do physically. Yes, you need to depend on My power, but that is after you have met and satisfied the conditions and circumstances that you are physically able to take care of. You have to come to the limit of what you can do, and you have to put the rest in My hands, before I can take over.

40. In prayer‚ the “what you can do” part is to accurately, fervently, and desperately present your requests to Me, and to use the spiritual weapons at your disposal, which make your prayer as effective as it can be. That’s all I ask. It sounds so simple, but if you are really honest with yourself, it’s probably one of the hardest things for you to do. Almost all of you would find an hour of hard physical labor less taxing than an hour fighting in focused, desperate prayer. It takes more out of you than it would appear, because in the spirit it is real work, real action, and it requires bringing your mind and thoughts into captivity and taking on a praying spirit.

41. I take it seriously when you cry with your whole heart. I know it costs you and that you have really put forth an effort. Prayers spoken in faith and desperation are infinitely more effective in bringing the answer to pass than a prayer that is spoken but not meant.

42. It’s not a complicated process to be desperate in prayer—it’s simple, but it takes work. What it mainly comes down to is you deciding in your heart that you really, really, really want the answer, that you for sure need Me to do a miracle‚ and then asking Me accordingly.

43. I will tell you this plainly—too many of you pray as if you don’t care whether I ever answer or not. Too many of you pray as if you know that you’ll pray again later for the same thing, and thus you never give it your all. Too many of you pray as if you don’t think that what you’re praying for is really worth your time or focus, and these things stand in the way of My full answers.

44. It is My delight to answer your prayers, and I do the best I can with the prayers you give Me. But like the story of Sophie and Mrs. Stoneheart, the materials you send up ahead can be the difference between a shack and a mansion.—Or in the case of your prayers, the difference between partial or delayed answers, and miraculous, decisive‚ supernatural answers.

45. There are more victories that you could be winning in prayer if you would just put your hearts behind your words. Again, this isn’t difficult to do. It’s an almost instantaneous decision that happens in your mind when you first begin to intercede for a request. You need to take a minute to ask yourself whether you want to see this request answered or whether you’d be fine with the situation continuing on as it is.

46. For your personal requests, or big requests such as Mama and Peter’s health or someone in a dire situation, it’s usually easy to give it an adequate amount of desperation, and this is also why you’ve seen such miracles in the health of the king and queen and in the lives of the many Family members I have preserved from life-threatening accidents or have brought back from death’s door. There is usually a lot of desperation behind these requests, which is why you get answers.

47. But when it’s the request of someone you don’t know, or a situation that doesn’t seem that important or relevant to you, or even something that you’re used to praying for so continually that you’ve become familiar with it—like My financial supply, for instance—you very often don’t give it enough of a push for it to really release the power of Heaven. That’s where the technique of putting yourself in the place of that person or situation comes in very handy. You need to empathize with the person you are praying for, and ask yourself if you were there, how much you would want this answer.

48. The end goal of these before–prayer thoughts should be you deciding that, yes‚ you do need this prayer answered, and to you or to someone else this is an important matter, one which needs My attention and intervention. Then all you have to do is ask for it, or agree in your heart with the one doing the praying. Use your other spiritual weapons as well, as much as you can incorporate them, knowing that they speed things along and add greater punch and effectiveness.

49. I don’t require special words, special actions, or special emotions. All that is required is that you come before Me in prayer as someone who is truly desirous of My answer, who cares about that request being met‚ and who is not okay with the situation continuing as it is.

50. It’s more about your heart than about your words. If your heart is right and the desire is there‚ then the words will express accurately and powerfully enough the feelings of your heart. It’s when you don’t care enough that you rattle off a quick prayer that may say all the right words, but really has no power behind it.

51. Some people get scared off by the word “feeling,” because it makes them think that it’s something they have to work up, and they worry that they won’t be able to pull that off, especially if they’re someone who doesn’t often get a lot of feeling and tangible manifestations of spiritual matters. I want to put you at ease as well as challenge you by saying that desperation in prayer and feeling desirous of My answers is in reach of anyone. Anyone can get the feeling of wanting an answer or wanting a situation to change. This isn’t hard, and so I expect it from all of you.

52. Everyone knows what it’s like to really want something and then to be quite persuasive in asking for it. The potential for that kind of supplication lies inside everyone, and that is effort that I expect from you when you are coming before My throne in prayer.

53. Whether or not you’re the one praying aloud makes no difference. You can still be making the decisions that you want to see change and miracles, and thus back the person up in prayer by agreeing with them in your heart, listening to their words of prayer, and letting those words speak for your heart as well. Every person who truly “agrees” with the prayer and doesn’t just check out because it’s not their turn, multiplies the power of the prayer being prayed. They don’t just add to it, they multiply it. That’s a lot of prayer power, and explaining it shows you why I’ve emphasized in all My Word through the ages the importance of united prayer, where you agree together and support one another.

54. To be truly desperate also includes using your other weapons, like praise, the keys, spirit help, etc., because that’s fulfilling your end of the bargain by doing everything you possibly can, and using every conceivable weapon and support at your disposal‚ so that you completely exhaust what can be done by you in the natural‚ leaving only room for My spiritual power to take over and bring the answer.

55. It’s not a work of the flesh, in that you have to hit every single base and claim every key and every helper each time you say a prayer. But it does mean that you do whatever is appropriate for the prayer you’re praying and make sure that you’ve presented your case before Me with enough “umph,” you’ve fought in the spirit with all the power available to you, so that you can say that you’ve done what you could.

56. Doing all you can also means being willing to pray for something more than once, and sometimes many times. I’ve explained that sometimes you must be importunate in prayer, repeatedly asking Me and fighting for the answer until I bring it along. Some situations require more than one prayer to bring the answer to pass. But if each time you ask you are desperately asking and desirously wanting‚ you can be sure that you will have to ask much fewer times than if you half-heartedly present the petition‚ assuming that of course you’re going to have to present it again, so this time is no big deal.

57. I’m asking that you expend yourselves in prayer for each request. I’m asking that you deliver your souls each time you pray by using your knowledge of the spirit world and My workings and fulfilling the conditions on your end, and praying a powerful, desperate, heartfelt prayer that fully takes the request out of your court and puts it into Mine. It’s not the length of time you pray nor the words you say. But whenever and however you pray, it should come with your full desperation behind it, your full want, your full desire‚ and your full soul. You have to want it, you have to expect the answer, or it just doesn’t carry much weight.

58. If you want a picture of how desperation in your prayers appears to Me‚ and how My hand is moved on the behalf of those who are desperate, picture yourself on a “Consider the Poor” mission, feeding starving people who have been malnourished and underfed for some time. You have bags of food to hand out to those who are waiting, and a large crowd has gathered around asking for food.

59. Some people are standing nonchalantly with their plate in their hand, but they aren’t looking at you, nor are they really holding their plate up or saying much. They’re just waiting there, or even wandering off away from you, and the feeling you get from them is that their need isn’t all that urgent, and whether you give them their food now or later, it won’t make much difference.

60. Others‚ though, are looking into your eyes and pleading and crying and thrusting their plates toward you, saying, “Please, give us food. We need it so much, please give it to us now! Thank you for coming, you have saved our lives!” Who do you think you’d feed first?

61. That’s what I expect in the spirit. I don’t ask for much, but I must leave the ball in your court to do what you can, if you expect to receive the answers in prayer that are going to win you the war. I ask that you care, that you exert effort in the spirit to desire My answer, to exercise your faith in asking for it‚ and that you show Me through your prayers that it matters to you, and that you really, truly need that miracle.

62. That’s what motivates Me to give you results. When you are lethargic or half-hearted in prayer, not only does it show that it must not be that important or timely for Me to answer you, but it also shows that you are unwilling to put forth the small bit of effort required to push that request through, and it is a great display of a lack of love on your part toward those for whom you should have been praying.

63. When you go to pray for something, if it helps motivate you‚ take a minute to consider what the opposite of the answer would be. Do you want this person to remain sick? Do you want this trip to go badly? Do you want to be low on funds? Do you want this spiritual problem to persist? If you consider what could be the result of My not intervening, it may help you to realize how very much you do need Me to get involved, and you will pray accordingly.

64. That’s what desperation is—knowing how much you need Me, and then asking as if you really believe that you need Me. I love to answer those kinds of prayers.

65. Please remember that it’s not a work of the flesh. If you give Me your all in prayer, knowing you need My help and asking for it in faith, and are using all the weapons at your disposal, then that is enough. You don’t need to feel that there is some new level of spiritual desperation you must attain to each and every time you pray. If you deliver your soul in prayer, then you’ve done what you could, and that is enough. The rest is up to Me. (End of message.)

So what if the Enemy looks like the victor today? Many a victory is handed to the men who appeared as the losers and the damned, yet they fought on and fought on and fought on, until the enemy had no choice but to give in to their persistence. The Enemy will be the damned tomorrow if you persist today.—General George S. Patton (speaking from beyond)

Diagnostic test

66. (Mama:) As the Lord has given in past “Art of War” GNs, here’s a list of questions that you can ask yourself, to help determine what your weak areas are in the area of prayer, and give you some good ideas of where you can start to improve and become a more effective prayer warrior on a daily basis.

[ ] 67. When I pray, do I talk to the Lord as if He were right here with me—with passion, friendship, faith, love, appreciation and intimacy, or am I stiff and formal, stuck in a rut, or using a lot of unnecessary “Lords,” “Jesus’s,” and “amen’s”? [Jesus: The way you answer this question tells a lot about your prayer life. The more in the habit you are of praying often throughout the day, the more natural it will come, and the easier it will be to talk to Me as the very real person that I am.]

[ ] 68. Do I pray out loud often and spontaneously? [Jesus: I’m not talking about long prayers here, just simple acknowledgments of Me‚ and committing the details of daily life to Me. If you can build this habit of praying frequently and spontaneously, you’ll be much more in the habit of casting your cares on Me, and you’ll be benefiting a lot more from My strength and miracle-working power. It’s part of the art of dependence.]

[ ] 69. Am I faithful to take my daily 30 minutes of intercessory prayer vigil? Do I have a plan for when, how, and with whom I will do it? Do I consider intercessory prayer vigil part of my job and responsibility to the Lord, and as such, give it the priority it needs? Do I do my best to make that 30 minutes focused‚ quality time?

[ ] 70. Am I in the habit of praying silently when I’m in situations where it would be difficult to pray aloud? (For example‚ while out witnessing and my partner is doing the talking, while on the phone waiting to get through to someone, while on public transport, etc.)

[ ] 71. Do I pour out my heart to the Lord personally on a regular basis, committing all my needs and personal concerns to Him?

[ ] 72. Do I spend time in prayer every day asking for our Husband’s help in my work? Do I pray for the work/people I’m involved with/responsible for on a daily basis?

[ ] 73. How much do I labor in prayer for our Home’s children and young people?

[ ] 74. Are the times of united intercessory prayer in our Home alive and stirred up and effective? When it’s my turn to plan a prayer vigil or prayer time, do I take at least a few minutes to ask the Lord how to make this time effective and worth everyone’s time? Do I enter in fully when someone else is leading the prayer time?

[ ] 75. Is my first reaction to a need or problem to commit it to Jesus‚ and ask Him to take care of it‚ even before I stop to hear from Him about solutions?

[ ] 76. When I read the news, do I pray for world leaders and others the Lord lays a burden on my heart to pray for?

[ ] 77. Am I in the habit of starting all my conversations and activities with prayer? Or have I slacked off in praying for my food, praying for the night, or praying before starting to cook or wash dishes, etc.?

[ ] 78. Do I take time to ask the Lord about my prayer habits whenever I notice I’m not praying as much as I should be?

[ ] 79. Am I willing to ask for united prayer when I need it, and do I avail myself of the power of united prayer on a regular basis?

[ ] 80. Do I ask others to pray for me or with me when I need extra spiritual support to help me fight and win tough battles?

[ ] 81. Do I take time to intercede before the throne for others when I know they’re discouraged or battling?

[ ] 82. Do we as a Home, and/or teamwork of any kind, take sufficient time to pray at the beginning of our meetings, or are we in a hurry to jump into discussion?

[ ] 83. If I counted up all the times I communicated with Jesus in one day, would it come to at least a two–digit number?

[ ] 84. Am I in the habit of including and acknowledging the Lord in my recreation and free-time activities?

[ ] 85. What kind of progress have I made in my prayer life in the last three months? Do I have personal goals and a plan for improvement in this area?

[ ] 86. Do I have a difficult time expressing myself in prayer out loud or in public? If so, am I practicing at every possible opportunity?

[ ] 87. How faithful am I to make use of our spiritual weapons in my prayers, by claiming the Lord’s promises, calling on the keys, calling for the help of our spirit helpers, rebuking the demons and hinderers, actively praising the Lord in my prayers, speaking intimately with the Lord when appropriate, taking time to hear from the Lord and receive His take on the situation, etc.?

[ ] 88. Do I make an effort to put myself in the shoes of the person or situation I’m praying for on a regular basis, so as to stir up the effort and desperation that moves the power of Heaven?

[ ] 89. Am I a faithful “operator,” in that I turn my thoughts of someone or needy situations into a prayer for them? [Jesus: Many of you have the gift of sympathy or empathy, and you could be such powerful prayer warriors if you would take those thoughts of love and empathy and turn them into prayers, which move My hand.]

[ ] 90. Is my first reaction to a needy situation or dilemma to commit it to prayer? [Jesus: If you’re working on learning the art of dependence, this is a very important step in leaning on Me and My power, versus tackling situations or problems in your own strength.]

[ ] 91. Do I “wield” my weapon of prayer as the powerful, “deadly to the Enemy” weapon that it is? Or do I casually fling my weapon around haphazardly, without thought or care about where it goes or even if it accurately hits the mark?

[ ] 92. How long has it been since I asked the Lord how I can become a more accomplished and skilled prayer warrior?

[ ] 93. Do I fight to focus and concentrate and enter into the spirit of prayer, especially in united settings when I’m not the one praying and it’s easier to space out? [Jesus: Praying effective prayers has nothing to do with length or eloquence in prayer, but it does mean putting your spiritual eye to the “scope” of your weapon of prayer and aiming on target in prayer—being specific, precise, focused and concentrated in your prayers.]

[ ] 94. Do I rebuke and defeat Lethargy right from the beginning of my prayer time by stirring myself up in spirit‚ and being on guard against sleepiness or distractions?

[ ] 95. How effective am I at using the weapon of praise in my prayers?

[ ] 96. Do I pray in tongues when the situation calls for it?

[ ] 97. Do I truly believe the spiritual principle that the battle is fluid?—That so much is dependent on my prayers, and that my taking ahold of the weapon of intercessory prayer will influence the outcome of each battle? [Jesus: If you can open your spiritual eyes to grasp this concept, it will be much easier for you to labor in prayer and be effective in prayer, because you will have the motivation that you need.]

More ideas for making prayer more a part of your life

98. (Mama:) Here is some more good counsel from the Lord with a variety of ideas you can try, or ideas that might inspire other ideas that would work better for you. I pray that you’ll have the perseverance and motivation to find what works for you and your Home, because the results of more prayer will make your life and work and everything so much better!

99. (Jesus: ) When you pray, you can be using many of your spiritual weapons in one shot. You can be using the weapons of praise, your spirit helpers, the keys, humility, and brotherhood all in one shot. You’re also practicing the art of dependence. Using prayer more, and more effectively, is a key to using all your weapons more consistently.

100. When you look at prayer that way—as a way to grow in the use of many of your spiritual weapons—making the effort to incorporate more prayer into various aspects of your daily life seems much more worth it, and a lot more like the tremendous blessing it really is.

101. You have so many pages of wonderful words describing the power of prayer‚ the effects of your prayers, the importance of prayer, etc. Now it’s largely a matter of figuring out how to use that power more often, more consistently, and more effectively.

102. One idea is to try taking a special “prayer day.” This is different from your monthly prayer day. This is a day where you determine to stop either at certain times throughout the day (such as every hour, or every other hour) or before every new activity‚ and commit your works and activities to Me, as well as put in a request for someone else. Make a conscious effort to “pray without ceasing” both for your work and Home, as well as for those on the prayer list, and others you know need your prayers.

103. At the end of the day, stop and take a few minutes to think about how I blessed and helped you because you made a concerted effort to actively seek My help, depend on Me, and wield the weapons of the spirit. You can also ask Me to speak to you about the unseen results of your prayers that day. I guarantee that as you take this one step for Me—to commit to taking time for prayer many times throughout the day—I will take two for you, and you will be hooked on using prayer more.

104. That is a good start‚ but then how do you keep up the momentum? The next step is committing to a longer prayer push, and since it takes about 6 weeks to form a new habit, that could be a good length of time to shoot for—or you can ask Me to show you what will work for you. This prayer push will fit in nicely with any other new weapon pushes you may be having‚ and help you make quicker progress than you otherwise would have in every aspect of your spiritual and physical life.

105. Once you’ve committed to making that push, you need to plan it so that you have lots of variety. Asking Me for personalized counsel on how to go about this is of course essential to getting the most out of this prayer push. Even if you don’t get any outstanding ideas, the fact that you’re asking Me about it will cause Me to bless and enhance your efforts, and make it easier for you.

106. The more variety you have in your prayers—both the ways you pray and the topics you pray for—the more alive and interesting your prayer life will be, and the more you will look forward to and enjoy it. The more you enjoy your prayer times, the more you will have them‚ and the more you will put into them‚ and you will start creating a positive, upward spiral of powerful prayer, miracles, victories and supply.

107. One idea you can try is to have a theme/way to pray for each day. This would be something to do throughout the day, whenever you have a free moment, and most of these you can do either alone or with whoever you happen to be with at the time. You can write up the “way for the day” on your mirror, post a sign on your Home bulletin board, write it in your notebook‚ or remind yourself in whatever way works best for you. Here are some starter ideas you could use as themes for various days:

108. * Claim one specific key for each of your friends/sheep/contacts throughout the day.

109. * Claim a spirit helper for each person in your Home to help them in their work today.

110. * Pray and claim key promises for the encouragement, anointing, and inspiration of someone you’re having a hard time getting along with, working well with, communicating with, or understanding.

111. * Choose a child in your Home and pray one-sentence praise prayers for the progress that child needs to make.

112. * Pray power-packed phrase prayers for all those suffering afflictions. Try to pray for everything they might need—healing, rise-above power, wisdom in medical decisions, supply, comfort, endurance, relief from pain, openness to lessons I want to teach them, miracles, encouragement and strength for their loved ones and those caring for them‚ and anything else you can think of.

113. * Focus on praying for the young people who have left the Family. See how many spirit helpers you can activate on their behalf, and how many specific demons you can bind and rebuke.

114. * Go through the key promises in the “former member” section of the key book, claiming and praying them one at a time, till you have finished the section.

115. * Pray in tongues for yourself, your anointing, spiritual growth, health, and anything else you personally need every time you are alone.

116. * Pray for the young people in your Home or area, especially the JETTs and junior teens. Think about their specific likes and talents, and ask Me to enhance those gifts for My glory, and give them opportunities to shine and be fulfilled using them in My service.

117. These are just a few ideas, and are helpful for those who have a hard time thinking of things to pray for or ways to pray. If you already have a long personal list of things you need to pray for, by all means feel free to use that.

118. Some other ideas you can try:

119. Set personal “prayer times” during the day, to help you get in the habit of praying at many different times throughout the day. You can schedule your daily prayer vigil time in five-minute segments throughout the day if that will help keep you in “prayer mode” more of the time.

120. Ask Me to send you a spirit helper to remind you to pray—one who will check you and help you to get stronger in your prayer habits. Ask them to speak to you, and get to know them and how they want to help you and work with you.

121. Have a prayer partner or partners, and make a commitment to pray a short intercessory prayer with each other every time you see each other.

122. If you are not currently in the habit of praying for your food, work on making that a habit‚ and incorporate a short intercessory prayer into your prayer for the food.

123. Take two or three prayer requests that you would really like to see miraculous answers to, and focus on praying for those desperately and fervently every day for a week, two weeks, or however long I show you to focus on these particular requests.

124. Keep a running list of answered prayers, and refer to it whenever you are tempted to get weary in prayer.

125. Ask Me to take you on a spirit trip, and increase your understanding of the power and importance of prayer. Ask for a life-changing spiritual experience, one that will transform your prayer habits. Stretch your faith, and expect a prayer–habit–changing experience, and I will give it to you.

126. Claim the key of intercessory prayer when you pray for your day. Activate it on your behalf, so that it will help you remember to pray, and hit the mark of My highest will in your prayers.

127. Make a “contract” between you and Me. Ask Me what I’d like to see you do in prayer, and what you can expect of Me in return. Then hold Me to My Word, and hold on for a ride of miracles and answers to prayer.

128. Get some written prayers in prophecy, and keep them in a convenient location to pull out and use whenever you need them.

129. Say a short prayer every time you drink a glass of water.

130. Make “prayer reminder” T–shirts (fun parent-time activity idea) with cool prayer quotes or slogans on them, and wear them whenever convenient.

131. Pray an “around the world” prayer, thinking of as many different situations as you can that need prayer in different countries around the world. You can also make a list of helpers that help the different areas and call on their help.

132. While reading the Grapevine, stop and pray for the people and situation after reading each article. (You can do this with the FSM too‚ if it’s a testimony mag.)

133. Use the Grapevine prayer list to pray for those who are sick.

134. Make a list of all the different projects the Family is doing around the world and pray for them.

135. Give each day of the week a prayer theme, then concentrate on those requests throughout the day. For example‚ Monday—healing, Tuesday—Home needs, Wednesday—around the world or certain countries, Thursday—the children, Friday—witnessing contacts‚ Saturday—Mama and Peter, Sunday—Home members.

136. If none of these ideas “do it” for you, ask Me what will. I will most certainly come through with a perfect, personalized plan to help you make prayer the integral part of your daily life it needs to be. I love you! (End of message.)

Question to ask the Lord:

137. A large part of being an effective prayer warrior—one who excels in using the weapon of prayer—is believing in the power of prayer, knowing that you are going to effect great change through being faithful to use and wield this weapon in faith. Ask Me if there’s anything—any obstacle at all—in your life or heart that is standing in the way of that belief, or in the way of you actively picking up this weapon of prayer and wielding it consistently and faithfully.

Introducing Sonale

138. (Mama: ) It was when we were asking for a message for one of our bimonthly prayer mornings that the Lord revealed Sonale.

139. (Jesus:) Today I introduce to you a new helper—one whose command is to teach you more sophisticated prayer skills. This one will instruct you in the art of prayer warfare. As Natalia instructs and leads you in praise, and as Ellya instructs you in calling on the keys, I give you Sonale. (Note from channel: I heard the pronunciation of this name as “Son’–a-lee” pronouncing “son” like the name “Sonja,” and then with a short “a” and a long “ee.” Son-a–lee.)

140. Sonale is a master in prayer warfare. She is a bold warrior as she fights with the weapon of prayer. Her skills far surpass that of the conventional. She will teach you how to use the weapons I have given you with greater speed as well as precision.

141. Tune in to her voice and let her instruct you. She will guide you in how to aim your prayers. She will train you in how to project your prayers, how to zero in‚ shoot, and hit your target right on with greater skill. She will train you in perfecting your aim. She is a master in prayer warfare and will train you in the same. She will help you aspire to master prayer warriors as well—a commission that commands unlimited power.

142. Thank you, My loves, for rising to the challenge! Sometimes you may feel that your prayers go unnoticed by others. Yet the effects of your labors as well as the effects of your prayers are seen and heard and felt around the world and beyond.

143. When you stand firm and unmoving, aiming accurately your prayers, you are changing the course of history. You hold in your hands the unlimited power to do all things. Learn to wield it well, My loves. Perfect your aim, perfect your skills‚ and win the world! (End of message.)

Prayer pointers from Sonale

144. (Mama: ) Here are excerpts of some of the prayer pointers we’ve received from Sonale. I don’t want you to feel deluged with so much new information that you can’t assimilate it all, so I’ve boiled down these points from quite a few different messages, received by different channels. But the main point Sonale brought out again and again was simply to put everything you have into your times of prayer if you want to be truly effective.

145. So the Lord’s counsel above still stands: It’s simple to be effective and powerful in prayer, but it’s not easy. It requires a lot of hard work, and that’s where you have to really call on the keys of strength and spiritual fortitude, and then put forth the effort to concentrate, focus, and fight in prayer.

Getting on the “Prayer Channel”

146. (Sonale:) Prayer is a battleground. In prayer is where spiritual war is waged, where the outcome of the battle is decided. Prayer is a battle taking place right before your eyes, and how much you want to be involved in the battle, how effective you will be in fighting, depends on how desperate you are.

147. In order to be most effective in prayer, you can’t be thinking about how tired you are or how uninspired you may feel. You have to set all feelings and possible difficulties aside and focus on the battle of prayer that you must fight and win. You must be willing to give it all you’ve got, whether you’re praying for five minutes, for half an hour‚ or even if it’s for a couple of seconds. You have to be completely “there” in the spirit, completely focused on your hand-to-hand combat with the Devil and his minions.

148. You’ve been given many tips, much has been revealed to you about the power of prayer and how to wield this marvelous weapon, but when it comes down to it, your desire to fight and win—also known as faith and desperation—is the most important ingredient in prayer.

149. You must learn to enter the place of prayer—also known as the spirit of prayer, or the channel of prayer—in the spirit. This is when you have dedicated your time, your focus, your thoughts, your goals—everything is given to Jesus, and you are ready and willing to fight. In this spiritual “place” of prayer, we can help you to know what to pray for and how to pray.

150. You can tap into that channel of prayer‚ and we can help you, if you are open and receptive and willing, and giving everything you have to your times of intercession.

151. The Enemy and his cohorts wish for you to stay blinded and forgetful of the real warfare, and they do this differently for each individual. They try to make you weary in prayer. They try to make prayer seem routine and mundane, just “the same old thing.” They enhance feelings of tiredness or other physical distractions. They will use anything they can get their hands on to knock you out of sync with your prayer channel.

152. Here in this place of prayer, on this battleground, you can get the real perspective. You can see what’s really happening in the spirit world, and you can sense how the Enemy is attacking and even get glimpses of what is ahead, what to preempt and fight against through prayer. Your spiritual eyes are opened in prayer; your channel is opened to the warnings and signals that we’re trying to get across to you, and this is very important.

153. This is one of the first places that lethargy is manifested for some of you, for Lethargy attempts to dull your senses to the importance of prayer. Or if you pray despite that tactic, he tries to get you to pass the time with a half-hearted prayer in order to ease your conscience that you did your part.

154. But if you really want to be strong spiritually, if you want the weapon of prayer to take effect, you have to constantly be stirring yourself up. Desperation is the key that will keep your prayer channel clear and keep you on the cutting edge of the offensive warfare that you’re involved in.

155. As you stay stirred up and desperate in prayer, you will be able to be aware, to foresee what is on the horizon, and the Enemy won’t be able to catch you unprepared.

156. (Question:) Does this mean that we would be warned just through intercessory prayer, without hearing from the Lord in prophecy? If so, can the Lord tell us more about this?

157. (Jesus:) This is and always has been one of the big benefits of prayer—that as you speak to Me, open your heart to Me, pour out your soul before Me, you connect with Me and thus have more of My perspective and My thoughts, even if you don’t ever stop and hear from Me in prophecy.

158. Of course, you in the children of David have the advanced weaponry of prophecy, so you probably don’t think much of connecting with Me simply through praying and letting Me direct your thoughts. But this happens to you too, and the more you pray and pour out your hearts to Me, commit things to Me, the more control I have to intervene when you need it and do miracles for you. But your times of intercessory prayer and connecting with Me also give Me more chances to get through to you with important warnings, thoughts, questions, ideas, etc., which you can then take further and seek Me about in prophecy. So it all works together.

159. This is another example of how powerful and effective it is to use your various spiritual weapons in conjunction with one another. As you pray, I will bring things to your mind that you can then ask Me about and receive greater insight on. And as you seek Me in prophecy concerning My will in various situations, I will direct you in how to aim your prayers so that they are the most effective and bring the most results. It all works together. (End of message.)

More pointers from Sonale on how to be effective in your prayers

160. * Articulate in words (in your mind or out loud) your prayer request, who and/or what you’re praying for.

161. * Picture in your mind the answer to your prayer being carried out according to the Lord’s will. Picture the persons you are praying for, if possible, or the situations that need help as you pray. This increases your faith‚ without which your prayers can’t be answered.

162. * Picture or imagine your prayer as a smart bomb hitting the target you are aiming at.

163. * Imagine the Evil One and his dark spirits being blasted to bits in a direct hit by your weapon of prayer.

164. * Call on specific heavenly spirit helpers to intervene and intercede in special ways that are unique to their area of expertise. For example‚ Elixor and Almathor for relief and healing, the Chiefs for times of hearing from the Lord‚ etc.

165. * Thank our Husband, Jesus, for the answer‚ no matter how He chooses to answer your prayer.

166. * Be importunate prayer warriors, not tiring or ceasing to pray for your request as needed.

167. * Feel personally responsible to give the person or situation the support in prayer that they need. Know that your personal prayers, or contribution to the united prayer time, will make a difference, and then pray as if others are counting on your help.

168. * When you are entering a time of prayer‚ start by asking the Lord to clear your mind. Ask Him to remove all thoughts of your own, for they hinder your effectiveness.

169. * Call on the keys of the Kingdom and use their power to get the results needed.

170. * Put your all into it. Don’t think that you can put it partly aside in your mind and that it’ll still have the same effect, because it won’t. When you ask the Lord to clear your mind, this makes it easier for you to focus on the prayer, and to block out everything else going on.

171. * A prayer is only as effective as the one praying it wants to be. Put your full power that the Lord’s given you into that period of time.

172. * To better aim with your prayers, think about the ones you are praying for. Put yourself in their shoes and put forth the same effort as if you desired those answers for yourself. This will give you a greater desperation and also a desire to see results.

173. * There is little in this world that cannot be prayed for and that the Lord will not answer if it’s within His will. So keep that frame of mind when you pray, that there is so much the Lord wants to be able to do for each of you. Miracles are promised, and He will do them.

174. * Direct your prayers and focus to the Lord, for He is the One Who will answer them. If you are thinking about something else or are distracted in any way, your prayers won’t be as focused on Him.

175. The secret to having powerful prayers and praying prayers that really get somewhere and do something is that you don’t just do it to go through the motions or to reach the time allotment of prayer that is required, but that you make each petition and each request a part of your complete being.

176. You can pray with your lips, but not really put your heart and spirit into it. If you want to pray a powerful prayer, you have to give your heart, mind, spirit and whole being to that prayer. It’s like you are using a force and you have to get the power from all around you and from within you. You have to gather the force from your heart, mind‚ and spirit, and then you shoot that prayer up. The more force you gathered, the more powerful the blast that is shot to the heavens, and the more power the Lord has available to use on behalf of the one you are praying for.

177. When you’re taking the time to have prayer vigil, go into that time with the desire to make the most of the time. Not just to pass the time quickly‚ but to make full use of the time to get all that power shooting up to Heaven and bouncing back onto those who are in need.

178. It is as your Father David explained—your prayers are like holding a flashlight whose beam bounces off the Lord and onto those you are praying for. If you want to get the power going strong, if you really want to shoot those prayers straight‚ if you want to make a difference with your prayers, then you have to pack a punch into them! You have to let your whole mind and heart and spirit become one with that prayer. You have to gather the power and then shoot it out. (End of message.)

More instruction from Sonale in the art of prayer warfare

179. (Sonale:) Learning to pray is learning to fight. It’s more than just an avenue through which you can talk with the Lord. Prayer is the entranceway to miracles. It is through your prayers that you invoke the power of God to work on your behalf. When you fight in prayer, the tide of battle changes; things happen, hearts are changed, lives are transformed, and miracles are wrought, because you are availing yourself of a mighty weapon of the spirit world.

180. A key to being efficient prayer warriors is vigilance. Prayer has been a big part of your life, and as is the case with anything you are accustomed to doing, it’s easy to grow familiar with it, or to not pay as much attention to its development. However‚ as you know, the spiritual warfare has intensified, and prayer is one of your key fighting weapons. It is through your prayers that you call on the keys; it is through your prayers that you give honor and praise to our wonderful King. Besides being a weapon in itself, prayer is a vehicle for many of your other spiritual weapons.

181. There are many different types of prayers, and your fervency and vigilance of spirit affect the dynamics and potency of your prayers. Learning to pray more effectively is like a marksman enhancing his skill.

182. (Channel:) I see a young man, an archer. He’s holding a large bow, one of the more sophisticated bows they have nowadays, like the ones they use in archery competitions. He’s standing very still, poised and focused. He has his arrow in the bow, and it’s pulled back quite far, as if he needs that arrow to go a very long way. He’s concentrating very intently on his target. The interesting thing, though, is that just looking down the length of the course in the direction that he’s pointing the arrow‚ I can’t see a target anywhere.

183. Suddenly, it’s as if I am now the archer, with the bow in my hand, as focused as the young man was. Now I understand why I couldn’t see the target—its distance is beyond what the human eye can see. The awesome thing is that when I have the bow in my hand and I level it ready to fire, something happens to my vision—I can see things very, very far away. It’s almost like the vision in my one eye is enhanced to where I can see as if I were looking through a scope, like snipers or target shooters use on their guns. I have my left eye shut, and as I lift the bow, the vision in my right eye is increased dramatically.

184. Not only does this increased vision in my right eye provide clarity and range that I was unable to see before, but it’s like I’m able to calculate the exact distance, gauge the direction and strength of the wind, and I know how much I need to pull the arrow back in order to make my arrow go the needed distance to hit the mark.

185. Once I have all the calculations sorted out‚ and the arrow is aimed right on target, I release it. The arrow flies through the air, going further than any arrow could go. It’s like it travels halfway across the Earth and lands perfectly on target, on a nasty little demon. When it hits the demon‚ the arrow seems to explode, and the demon vanishes.

186. I try again, only this time I don’t seem to have my one eye closed quite as tightly, and because of this, the optimal vision I had in my other eye isn’t quite as good as in the previous round, and the calculations don’t seem as accurate either. I let the arrow go, but it doesn’t quite hit another demon; it falls into the ground nearby and explodes. The explosion sort of destabilizes the demon and he loses his balance, but he’s not destroyed like the other demon I hit straight on.

187. (Sonale continues:) Through prayer you are targeting the attacks of the Enemy, and that is why it’s so important to aim right. You have to close your carnal mind and open your spiritual one to make the most of your prayers. In the physical you don’t always see the target—the demon or sudden attack of the Enemy. But when you know of a problem and you lift that bow and point your arrow in the right direction‚ your spiritual vision is increased. You shut your one eye, like shutting out the things that would distract you from fully focusing on your prayers and hitting the target. And when you have it right‚ you release the arrow, and it hits its target.

188. Sometimes you don’t even know the intensity with which you need to pray. But the Lord does, and He’s sent me to help you to know how to direct your prayers, with what fervency they need to be prayed, and even what will be the most effective way to pray. My mission is to help you in the art of prayer, and in this day and age, that has become the art of prayer warfare.

189. You have to target the Enemy’s attacks directly, in a focused manner. You have the spiritual insight through the gift of prophecy, through the keys, to be able to hit your target dead–on‚ to get rid of those imps with an explosive arrow of prayer. But it’s only really effective if you tune into it in the spirit, if you get your focus and mind off the things around you, and become that spiritual prayer archer.

190. You become masters in prayer by putting forth the effort to put on God’s mind. When you are dedicated to praying‚ and praying effectively, I and others like me are able to instruct and lead you in your prayers so that they are accurately focused and released. When you put forth the effort that you can, then we are enabled and activated to help you to accomplish even more through prayer.

The spiritual intensity with which you pray determines how successful your prayer attack will be.

191. Here are some key elements to becoming more effective in prayer:

Focus. Learn to focus your prayers. See the obstacle and claim the miracle you desire in order to destroy it.

Be specific in what you pray for, and what you want to see happen.

Faith. You need faith to believe that the Lord will do the miracles you are requesting, and you get that faith through His Word, by being strengthened by the promises He’s given in His Word.

The keys. When you use the keys in your prayers you are combining two powerful spiritual weapons against the Enemy; you are defying the seeming impossibility.

Stand on God’s promises. Even when you don’t see the immediate results of your prayers, as you stand firm on the promises the Lord has given you, and keep sending prayers in that direction, you stir God’s hand to action to work on your behalf.

192. As the quote says, “Prayer is not the least you can do; it’s the most you can do.” That is something you should be faithful to remind yourself of, because often the Enemy will attempt to discourage you when you pray, telling you that your prayers are not working miracles, and they are not being as effective as our Lover has promised they will be. But as you stand strong in the spirit of prayer‚ as you fire those prayer arrows at him with precision, you’ll see that the power of prayer does work, and is very much an active part of the spiritual warfare that surrounds you.

193. Call on me, Sonale, when you enter your times of prayer, when you take time in prayer vigil. Call on me to help you to be the prayer warriors that you need to be. When you call on me I am able to instruct you in how to pray, and what types of prayers are needed for the specific prayer requests that will make your prayer times so much more effective.

194. Prayer is an opportunity to avail yourself of so much spirit help! You have Ellya to help you as you call on the keys; Tola and Tor to instruct you in key power; Natalia to teach you to use praise in your prayers; and you have me, Sonale, to help you in knowing how to pray and to instruct you in the art of prayer. We are only a few of the host of those who play an active role in helping you to learn the art of these spiritual weapons you have in your hands. So don’t fail to call on our help and avail yourself of Heaven’s power as we instruct you in their ways. (End of message.)

195. (Question:) Do we have to ask Sonale to speak in prophecy in order to benefit from her help, or do we just need to call for her help?

196. (Jesus: ) Sonale will speak in prophecy and give instruction regarding the art of prayer warfare whenever you ask her. But she will also be a ministering spirit who leads through nudges, thoughts‚ feelings, or her very presence when you call for her to be present during your times of intercessory prayer.

197. So it’s good to ask her to speak to you from time to time and help you improve your strategies and techniques. When you have a big need or big request to pray for, you would probably find it helpful to ask her for any specific counsel she might have about praying through that particular miracle.

198. But she’s also available for you to simply call on when you enter a normal time of intercessory prayer, and simply through having summoned her (or one of her helpers) and having them present in spirit when you pray‚ she will make a big difference, for she will nudge you in spirit, remind you of things, and help to direct and influence your prayers so that they are as powerful as possible. (End of message.)

The Miracle Warriors

199. (Mama:) Recently the Lord reminded us of another band of warriors that He revealed back in 2000‚ in “Action Through Prayer, Part 5,” who help to bring about the answers to our prayers. The Lord recently revealed more about how they can help us to become more skilled and efficient prayer warriors, and specifically how they can help to “run interference” for us against distractions. I know I certainly need their help, and am starting to call on them! They are the Miracle Warriors.

Miracle Warriors

(“Action Through Prayer‚ Part 5‚” ML #3414:46-57)

(Spirit helper:) You on Earth are called prayer warriors when you wield the weapon of prayer. We in Heaven are called miracle warriors, miracle deliverers when we help answer your prayers. You pray the prayers, and thus you wield the weapon of prayer. We, the ones who help to bring your request to pass at the behest of our Lord and King, are your miracle workers. We work to bring to pass the will of God through your prayers, through your desperation, and through your importunity and faithfulness in prayer.

We fight the demons of Hell and wage powerful warfare in the spirit, in order to intercede on your behalf or on the behalf of those for whom you’re praying. We transform impossible situations through the miracle-working power of the Lord’s Spirit entrusted to us. We change circumstances and events. We move hearts, we change minds‚ we touch lives. We move the workings of the spirit world according to the power infused in us by Jesus.

We are your miracle workers, your prayer partners in the halls of Heaven. When you pray a prayer with real desperation, with power and with faith, we start to work in the spirit world right away. Not a second is lost, not a minute is wasted. As soon as you utter your prayer, we begin to work in earnest on your behalf—sometimes even before you’ve prayed your prayer. When we know you’re going to pray, we begin to adjust things in the realm of the Spirit to prepare the way for the answer to your prayer.

There are also prayer warriors in Heaven whose sole job is to pray for you. Some prayer warriors pray as Jesus did, that your faith will not fail you—that you will hold on. Some pray for your health. Others pray for the many other aspects of your life. You can call on our wonderful Husband and Lover to ask that these prayer warriors in Heaven intercede on your behalf, and they will not cease to pray for you.

Even as Jesus prays for His children, so are there hosts in the Heavenly realm that also pray for you. But their ministry is different than ours, the miracle workers. These ones pray for you. They intercede on your behalf. They come before the throne of Heaven to be your advocates and to plead your cause. These are the prayer warriors in Heaven. But we are the miracle workers, the miracle warriors, those who fight the Enemy, those who work miracles through the power of the Lord’s Spirit in us.

There are thousands upon thousands upon thousands of miracle warriors in Heaven. We are strong and well trained in the art of spiritual warfare, mind influence, changing physical circumstances, giving checks‚ encouraging‚ delivering healing, leading and guiding‚ and much more. So much goes into the answers to your prayers—so much work in the spirit world, so many details, so much thought and love and diligence.

We who work miracles in the Name of Jesus are at your beck and call through prayer. We cannot do the miracles or work the wonders or change the course of history without your cooperation through prayer. Without the power you give us through your prayers, we are helpless and cannot fight for you in the spirit‚ or change situations, or create the circumstances that you need for a miracle.

You must call on us through your prayers. When you do, we are abuzz with excitement! There’s nothing that we love more than to help the children of David, to answer their prayers. You keep us busy, and we love to fight on your behalf‚ to wage spiritual warfare on your behalf, to fight the demons of Hell for your sake.

We’ve trained long and hard to be worthy of such a special honor and privilege of being Heavenly miracle warriors. We treasure our place, we treasure our job‚ and we give it all we’ve got. We love the fight, the challenge, the excitement in the spirit, and we love waging war against evil and conquering it with good! We love to see the Spirit of the Lord prevail. We love to see evil forced back and the light of victory shining in its place.

The only thing that saddens us sometimes is when you don’t pray. We can see the big picture. We see the problems, we see the needs, we see the struggles. When you don’t pray in such times, we are disappointed and saddened. We’re saddened because we know how much even just one prayer could do. We’re bound until you pray, until you ask for help, until you ask for miracles. If you don’t pray, we’re powerless.

We cry tears of sadness sometimes, because we see how wonderful a situation could have been if you had only prayed. We see how an answer could have come if you had only prayed. We see how the circumstances could have been changed if you had only prayed. We see the miracles that would have taken place if you had only prayed. We cry for you, that you may one day realize the full power that you hold in your hands through your prayers.

But most of the time we’re happy. We’re thrilled‚ we’re inspired, we’re excited! When you pray, we can work the miracles and do what’s needed in order to answer your petitions and requests. Don’t ever neglect to call upon us, your miracle warriors of the spirit. You’re the prayer warriors—you have to pray in order to unleash our power and avail yourselves of our help through the power of the Lord’s Spirit. So pray, and we’ll be working behind the scenes, behind the veil of the spirit, to perform miracles for you on behalf of our Lover and Husband, Jesus. (End of message.)

200. (Jesus:) These Miracle Warriors are a very great, powerful group of saints and helpers and angels and warriors of the spirit.

201. I want to reveal a new way that they will help you, if you will ask for their help. There is a division of them that are trained to help you focus accurately in your times of prayer. They even fight for you against the distractions of the Enemy who would love to come in while you’re praying. You have to ask for their help in that part in order to fully benefit from it, and that’s a good thing to do whenever you are feeling distracted.—Call for the help of the Miracle Warriors. They’re already standing by, ready and able, and are waiting for your prayers to be prayed so that they can take action.

202. Many times they already have things lined up in a way to bring about My will in answer to your prayers. They’re hoping for a certain amount of power in order to bring about the best possible conclusion and answer. They’re eager to direct your prayers so that they are focused and targeted just right, and they would love to also help ward off the Enemy’s distractions while you’re praying, so that you can really release the full power they need to bring full results.

203. Sadly, it often happens that they’re ready and waiting, but your prayers don’t really pack the punch that the Miracle Warriors were hoping for. The power trickles out instead of flooding out. They do the best they can with it, but they would love to help you generate more power.

204. So call on them for your times of prayer, asking them to block the Enemy’s distractions, to bring to mind your spiritual weapons that you can use, and to help you focus your prayers just right. They’ll be right there—some will run interference for you and keep the Enemy’s distractions at bay, others will be handing you the various spiritual weapons and directing you in how to aim them, and others will be standing by at the actual “hot spots” that you’re aiming your prayers at, ready and lined up to put into motion whatever is needed to bring the answers to pass.

205. They’re the Miracle Warriors, My loves, and as you learn to make prayer a more offensive part of your weaponry, call for their help, and you’ll feel the difference! Most of all, Heaven will feel the difference, and will be able to accomplish so much more on your behalf! (End of message.)

206. (Question:) Do we need to call on them in order for them to be able to help us?

207. (Jesus:) They are assigned to bring about the results of your prayers. That is their mission and ministry and commission, given them from Me. They do that whether you acknowledge their presence or not. If you do acknowledge them, then they are given extra power at times‚ or extra leeway. But it’s not like they’re greatly hindered in answering your prayers if you don’t call on them. You’re calling on Me, and I’m delegating the task to them of bringing about the specific results that are within My will, and that’s good enough.

208. However, if you want them to help you in your focus and concentration during a time of prayer, that’s a time when you need to call on them specifically. Obviously you wouldn’t feel the need for that with every little prayer. But if you’re going to have a time of prayer vigil or an extended time of intercessory prayer that you really need to focus on without distraction‚ it’s well worth availing yourself of their offer to help keep the Enemy at bay, and they will help you to put greater power behind your prayers. They will make it easier for you to fight in prayer. They will run interference for you. (End of message.)

209. (Mama: ) When we stir ourselves, our Lord and Husband stirs Himself, and all Heaven is stirred on our behalf! We have to put the whole chain of events into motion. So Lord help us to do our duty and pray!

210. I love you very much, dear ones, and Peter and I are proud of you for taking this training so well. I know you’re eager to put it into practice, and as you do, the Lord will do His part and provide you with the power, the miracles, the anointing, the victories you’re seeking—and even more. He will surprise you with all He has in store!

211. “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man, the things that God hath prepared for them that love Him” (1Cor.2:9).
With love and admiration for each of you,
Mama

New key promises to use in your times of intercessory prayer

The keys of praise escort you into My presence‚ and whatever you ask of Me, I will do.

The Enemy may try to attack, but he cannot override My plan nor breach the impenetrable aura of protection and security I give you when you pray and claim the keys in desperation, humility‚ and obedience.

The master keys of praise unlock the doors of power‚ plenty, fruitfulness, protection, health, happiness, and pleasing Me. Use them when you pray to unlock your need even more speedily.

Call on the keys and I will turn every battle into a victory, every difficulty into a blessing, every problem into a solution, and every prayer into an answer.

The keys are empowered to change lives, hearts, and situations. When you call on them, there is no limit to how far My Spirit will go in order to answer your prayer.

I will change minds‚ touch hearts, and do miracles of supply for you as you step out and claim the miracle-working power of My keys.

I am able to supply your every need as you claim My keys and stand on the promises in My Word.

I will keep you from the attacks of the Enemy in every way‚ whether outside or inside attacks‚ on your health, your work, your equipment, your channels, or your situation, as you and your mates call continually, desperately, and fervently on the keys.

Who can stand against My power? Who can prevail against the keys? Who can fight against God and win? No one! And nothing can stop you when you are performing My will and calling on the keys.

Through your prayers and calling on the keys I will perform all that I have promised.

Call on the keys that cannot be defeated and that bring victory in every situation. No matter how difficult or impossible the situation may seem, the keys of victory will win every battle you send them to fight in.

Every obstacle that stands in the way of victory will be ground to powder as you intercede in prayer and use the keys of praise. Launch the keys of praise and send them forth like an army tank to run right over that obstacle and smash it to bits.

Letter links

[ ] “Desperate Prayer‚” ML #384, DB1
[ ] “The Operator,” ML #700‚ DB1
[ ] “Heavenly Communication,” ML #1957:1,22-26, 30-55, DB8
[ ] “We Must Pray!—And Pray!—And Pray Again,” ML #2783:3-6,8-9,12-13,15, DB11
[ ] “Thought Power,” ML #3155:4-14,17–23,27‚29-32, Lifelines 24
[ ] “Goals for 1998,” ML #3160:43-51, Lifelines 24
[ ] “When You Pray, Things Happen,” ML #3173:7-11‚19-24‚29-32,44-51, GN 778
[ ] “Action Through Prayer, Part 1‚” ML #3319:8-13,71-80, GN 923
[ ] “Action Through Prayer, Part 2,” ML #3325:2-3,9–14,17-18‚21-27,32-44,74-81,87-92, GN 930
[ ] “Action Through Prayer, Part 3,” ML #3339:2-15,104-109, GN 933
[ ] “Action Through Prayer, Part 4,” ML #3340:88-103, GN 944
[ ] “Action Through Prayer, Part 5,” ML #3414:28-33,46-70,77-82,86–87,123-130, GN 1000
[ ] The MOP: “Prayer” (excerpts)
[ ] Good Thots, “Communion With God: Prayer,” 10,11,37,97,110,113‚170,184,193,195‚196‚240, 243, 374,424
[ ] FJWL 1, #18,174‚183,194
[ ] FJWL 2, #496
[ ] Word Basics: “Prayer,” #3,7

Art of War, The–Part 4–Letter Links: Prayer

October 27, 2005

Table of Contents

FD/MM/FM October 2005

PRAYER

* “Desperate Prayer,” ML #384, DB1

1. (Dad:) WHEN DO YOU REALLY PRAY?—I mean when you really pour out your heart to the Lord and speak in tongues! There should be some time when you really get “in the Spirit”. When do you really get in the Spirit? When do you really pour out your heart to the Lord‚ when do you really get through in the Spirit?

2. When I really get in the Spirit I usually get pretty deeply moved and I weep and I pray and I speak in tongues and I feel like I really have a connection, really in the Spirit. It’s good for your spiritual condition to know that you have really poured out your heart to the Lord with a whole soul, with all your heart.

3. You ought to really get down to business with God! There must be times when you really cry out to the Lord and seek the Lord and really pray in the Spirit with strong crying and tongues and tears and really call upon the Lord with a whole heart!

4. DOES THE LORD HAVE TO ALLOW SOME TROUBLE TO HAPPEN IN ORDER TO GET YOU TO REALLY PRAY?—The Lord wants us to be happy, and we usually are. But there should be times when you are not satisfied with just the usual run of things‚ when you really really seek the Lord for a needed change and really pray, pouring out your heart to the Lord. When do you do that? What’s the last time you did that? What was it about? How long’s it been since you prayed like that?—Do you ever pray like that?

5. When do YOU get really concerned and really pray?—Really concerned about your children, about your friends and contacts, and you really pray in the Spirit? The Lord says, “No man moveth himself to call upon Me.” (Is.64:7) If you’re not really moved when you pray, I wonder sometimes how far it gets.

6. He says‚ “In the day that you call upon Me with a WHOLE heart, I will answer thee.” (Jer.29:13) Our little prayers are sincere and we mean them, but we also need to really get desperate in prayer about a serious situation or anything that needs it.

7. This revolution was BORN in PRAYER, crying out to God, weeping in tongues and prophecy. And there’s no reason why you can’t be having such fellowship yourselves in the Spirit and with the Lord, and getting things from the Lord yourselves.—You should and you’d better!—Or God may have to let something happen that will make you get desperate and really pray!

* “The Operator,” ML #700‚ DB1

1. (Dad:) DID YOU HEAR WHAT I GOT ABOUT PRAYERS? They just flow out of your mouth and they go out and find anybody that you want to pray for‚ wherever they are.

2. IT’S THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT OF GOD, and nothing can limit the power of the Spirit of God. It’s the Elixir of Heaven! It doesn’t matter what you pray for, it just is absolutely marvelous! Every one of you has power!

3. And when you even think about them, that thought that you think about them, that you love them and you’re sorry for them‚ God by His Holy Spirit puts the thought in your mind.

4. IT’S JUST LIKE A TELEPHONE CALL. You’re almost like the exchange. And God sends the main call from His Spirit to your mind. And then you have to make the connection to send it on to the party that needs to receive it. But if you just think about them and you just cut it off, it’s just like you’re turning the phone off on God!

5. It’s like when He’s trying to make a phone call and He gives you the number and you put it through. He tells the operator—you’re the operator. God is the one that’s calling, and He tries to put it through you because He wants to show you what love really is.

6. LOVE IS MAKING A CONNECTION like that from God to somebody who needs your love. You are the connection between God and that person, in love.

8. When God makes the call and He plugs it into your mind, then you think about that person. But then you have to plug it in and send it on its way to that person. And of course, also, on the other end of the line‚ when the phone rings, they have to pick it up and they have to listen and receive the call.

9. YOU CAN’T MAKE THEM RECEIVE IT, you can’t make them pick up the phone, you can’t do it. They have to pick up the phone. But if you fail, as the operator, you fail to flick the switch or plug in the phone call to them, then they’ll never have a chance to get the call.

10. When you pray for them and you call them and try to send them the message, it’s on it’s way. If you have done your part and your as an operator have made the connection and you have plugged it in to their line, then it’s right there‚ it’s right there.

11. AND IF THEY WANT TO RECEIVE IT, THEY CAN RECEIVE IT. when you pray for them‚ you have sent the message on to them and you’re ringing their bell.

12. BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING about the whole process (weeps) as far as we’re concerned‚ is that we are the operators, we are the link between God and them, and if we fail to pass the call on, if we fail to plug it in or we don’t flip the switch they will never get the message.

13. There’s so much dependent on us, so much dependent on your prayers, because although God can do anything, He has committed Himself just to work through you. And your prayers can do mighty things and change the course of history!

14. SO PLEASE PRAY! You’re the Operator. It’s your responsibility to pass on the message. Please don’t fail!—Or someone will miss God’s important call. Be a faithful Operator—pray!—Amen?

* “Heavenly Communication,” ML #1957:1,22-26,30-55, DB8

1. (Dad:) TO CRY TO THE LORD IN PRAYER IS SOMETHING THAT SHOULD COME NATURALLY TO EVERY TRULY BORN-AGAIN CHILD OF GOD! God expects each of His children, those who really know Him, to touch Him personally and make direct contact with Him, not just through somebody else’s prayers or faith. Therefore each of us must learn to individually make personal‚ intimate contact with the Lord through prayer‚ the Heavenly link, the divine telephone between us and Heaven.

22. ALTHOUGH WE SHOULD SPEND SOME QUIET TIME WITH THE LORD EVERY DAY—time in prayer and reading His Word—Jesus also told us that we should always pray, that we should continually pray all the time‚ all day long, that in everything we do we ought to be “looking unto Jesus.” (Heb.12:2)

23. “MEN OUGHT ALWAYS TO PRAY and NOT TO FAINT!” (Luke 18:1) He also says, “Pray without ceasing!” (1Th.5:17) and “Watch and pray!” (Mat.26:41) He knows that we need to and it’s one way the Lord has of keeping us close to Him and in His presence continually, constantly dependent upon Him and His protection.

24. PRAYER IS SOMETHING YOU SHOULD BE DOING ALL THE TIME, NO MATTER WHAT ELSE YOU’RE DOING! You can’t wait until you’re through doing this or that, and then pray. It’s like thinking on your feet!—Or like breathing!—Just breathing the Holy Spirit all the time, being in constant communication with the Lord.

25. HE SAYS, “TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL THINE HEART and LEAN NOT TO THINE OWN UNDERSTANDING. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths!” (Pro.3:5,6)—One of the most wonderful verses in the Bible to really hang on to‚ especially when making decisions. We don’t have to know all the answers‚ we don’t have to lean on our own ideas or wisdom, we just have to lean on the Lord and His leadings!

26. THE LORD CAN SAVE YOU A LOT OF WORK, A LOT OF TROUBLE and A LOT OF TIME IF YOU’LL JUST REMEMBER TO PRAY FIRST before you start a job! Whatever it is that you have to do, pray about it! The Lord is always right there with you.—He says, “I’ll never leave thee nor forsake thee.” (Heb.13:5) He’s always there! So it’s never God Who’s not there, it’s we who are sometimes not always there, when we run off someplace else and leave Him behind when we forget to pray.

30. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN OUR LIVES IS JESUS and TO STAY CLOSE TO HIM, to let Him lead and guide us. He’s the One Who has got to lead us because only He can! Without Him we don’t know where we are going or how to get there or anything! But He knows exactly where and how, and all we have to do is just sit in the back seat and let Him drive! He knows where to go and the best way to get there!

31. HE’S PROMISED THAT IF YOU ACKNOWLEDGE HIM, HE WILL DIRECT YOUR PATHS! He says, “You shall hear a voice behind you saying‚ This is the way, walk ye in it!” (Isa.30:21) So ask the Lord about everything before you do it.—Make sure it’s what He wants you to do. Seek Him about everything—every problem, every decision—and He will never fail you or let you down!

DESPERATE PRAYER POWER!

32. THE LORD WANTS US TO BE HAPPY, and THANKS TO HIM, WE USUALLY ARE. But there should be times when you really seek the Lord for a needed change and really pray desperately‚ pouring out your heart to the Lord. He says‚ “Ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart!” (Jer.29:13) Of course all our little prayers are sincere and we mean them, but we also need to really get desperate in prayer about any serious situations that arise. There are times when each of us really needs to get down to business with the Lord about problems, and to see who God is dealing with and why!

33. BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE SORT OF A LAZY ATTITUDE and seem to think that the Lord will just do it all no matter what.—But the truth of the matter is, a lot depends on us! Many times what God does depends on your will and your actions and what you want and how you pray! You’re not supposed to just stand there and let God and the Devil fight it out!

34. THE BIBLE SAYS THAT ONE TIME BAD THINGS WERE HAPPENING TO ISRAEL BECAUSE “NO MAN STIRRETH HIMSELF TO CALL UPON THE LORD!” (Isa.64:7) So the Lord really does leave a lot up to us: If we stir ourselves, then God will stir Himself. An awful lot depends on us, our faith and our prayers and what we want done.

35. ALTHOUGH GOD CAN DO ANYTHING, HE HAS COMMITTED HIMSELF TO WORK THROUGH YOU‚ and your prayers can do mighty things! He turns the wheels of His omnipotence on little tiny keys like our faith and our prayers! Often He’s just waiting on us to command the situation. God even says, “Command ye Me!” (Isa.45:11) He’s given such faith and power to man that you can even command God to do what you want Him to do!

36. YOU CAN EVEN CHANGE GOD’S MIND THROUGH PRAYER! Once when the Lord was determined to destroy the children of Israel, Moses prayed so hard that God’s Word says it repented the Lord of what He was going to do to them. Because of Moses’ prayers, God was so sorry for them that He changed His mind. (Num.14:11-20) Of course God’s overall plan has never changed, His overall Will has never changed‚ but in certain details you can change His mind!—Otherwise, if prayer can’t change anything, you might as well forget it!

37. YOU’RE IN GOD’S HANDS, BUT IN A WAY HE’S ALSO IN YOUR HANDS, at your command like the Genie of Aladdin’s Lamp—”At your command!” If you’re in His Spirit‚ in His Will, desiring only those things which glorify Him, delighting your heart only in Him, you can command Him to do whatever you want, because all you want is what He wants and what is for His glory.

38. I’VE NEVER REALLY PUT MYSELF OUT ON A LIMB and DEMANDED GOD TO DO A CERTAIN THING, BUT THAT HE DID SOMETHING. It wasn’t always the thing that I necessarily was demanding—usually it was—but He did something!—He showed me the answer or answered somehow. When you cry unto Him with a whole heart, He promises, “I will answer thee!” (Jer.33:3)

39. SO NEXT TIME YOU REALLY NEED HIS HELP and ARE ON THE SPOT, TURN AROUND and PUT GOD ON THE SPOT! Call on the Lord and through Him you can have power over everything! Jesus never fails!—He always answers when we stir ourselves to call upon Him with a whole heart.

MORE PRAYER PRINCIPLES!

40. FOR A GOOD PRAYER LIFE‚ ONE OF THE MAIN THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW IS GOD’S WORD. Faith grows by faithful study of His Word.—”Faith cometh by hearing the Word of God.” (Rom.10:17) So even though God can answer anyway, if you’re going to have real desperate prayer, you’ll find that if you have a devotional, inspirational reading of the Word first, it will inspire you and give you more faith for your prayers.

41. GOD HAS MADE PROMISES IN HIS WORD, and when you pray you should bring those promises with you to remind Him. When you remind God of His Word‚ it shows you have faith in it.—And it’s a positive declaration of your faith and your knowledge of the Word which pleases Him. But “without faith it is impossible to please Him!” (Heb.11:6)

42. “WHEREBY ARE GIVEN UNTO US EXCEEDING GREAT and PRECIOUS PROMISES: THAT BY THESE (HIS PROMISES) YE MIGHT BE PARTAKERS OF THE DIVINE NATURE.” (2Pe.1:4) You have to quote the terms of the Contract (the Bible) to the Contract Maker (God), and hold Him to it! He is bound by His Word! So remind Him of it, cling to His promises, memorize and quote them, and never doubt for a moment that God is going to answer—and He will!

43. BUT ALWAYS REMEMBER HIS CONDITIONS, HIS TERMS OF THE CONTRACT: FAITH and OBEDIENCE! Faith and obedience come first, then God answers prayer! If we are obeying the Lord and are faithful and trusting and believing, then God’s got to bless and answer. Of course sometimes God likes to test our faith!—He likes to see how much we really believe, and often He will not give us answers until we obey what He’s already told us or shown us.

44. IT’S HELPFUL TO REMEMBER THAT GOD’S DELAYS ARE NOT NECESSARILY DENIALS, and that sometimes we just have to have faith and wait for Him to answer, which usually results in “the trying of our faith, which worketh patience.” (Jam.1:3) Learning patience seems to be one of God’s most frequent lessons, yet one of our own rarest virtues, as it really tests our faith and drives us to the Lord and His Word.

45. ANOTHER IMPORTANT PRAYER PRINCIPLE IS TO BE SPECIFIC WITH THE LORD!—We really need to ask for and expect specific answers when we pray! Being specific is a sign of your faith. A lot of times people pray generally because they don’t expect to be answered anyhow! Whereas if you are specific when you pray, you’re showing your faith that you expect to get that specific answer!—And you don’t expect to be disappointed! You really expect it or you wouldn’t be so specific!

46. AND REMEMBER, GOD TAKES YOU EXACTLY AT YOUR WORD! I remember a preacher I knew once who said, “Lord, give me a car, I need a car, I’m desperate for a car, Lord—any old car!”—And that’s exactly what he got, a real junker! He said, “Next time I prayed specifically for a good car and got it!” So be careful what you ask the Lord to do because He’ll take you literally! He’ll give you what you ask for, and certainly what you have the faith for!

47. AND WATCH OUT ABOUT SOME OF THE THINGS THAT YOU INSIST ON THE LORD GIVING YOU: He sometimes even lets people have things that aren’t good for them to teach them a lesson. He said of the children of Israel that “He gave them the desires of their heart, but sent leanness to their souls.” (Psa.106:15) Watch out that what you’re seeking is for His glory and within His will.

48. IF YOU’VE READ OUR LESSON ON GOD’S PRECIOUS HOLY SPIRIT, “THE SPIRIT OF LOVE,” then you know what a powerful effect the Holy Spirit can have on your prayer life, as once you are filled with the Spirit, you can pray in the Spirit and your prayers have more effect because you’re praying by the Spirit. “Likewise the Spirit helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought; but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” (Rom.8:26)—You can speak in tongues‚ just letting the Spirit pray through you!

49. THEN ONCE YOU’VE PRAYED ABOUT SOMETHING and COMMITTED IT TO THE LORD, you just need to have faith. “Whatsoever things ye desire when ye pray‚ believe that ye receive them and ye shall have them!” (Mark 11:24) Faith is not surprised at the answer to prayer, faith believes it! But the word “believe” as it’s used today is hardly strong enough.—Faith expects it to happen. So once you’ve prayed about something and committed it to the Lord, from then on it’s God’s problem.—You don’t need to worry about it!—Just trust the Lord and praise Him and thank Him for hearing and answering your prayer!—Even if you don’t see the answer right away!

50. IN FACT, YOU SHOULD NOT ONLY END YOUR PRAYERS WITH PRAISE and THANKSGIVING, BUT YOU SHOULD BEGIN YOUR REQUESTS THAT WAY ALSO! His Word says that “in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your request be made known unto God.” (Phil.4:6) King David said that we should “enter into His gates with thanksgiving‚ and into His courts with praise.” (Psa.100:4)—It’s like coming before the King and salaaming, giving Him due reverence and honor.

51. EVEN IF YOU’RE TIRED OR DISCOURAGED OR DON’T FEEL LIKE PRAISING HIM, YOU SHOULD GO AHEAD and PRAISE HIM ANYWAY, simply because He said to and you know that it pleases Him! It’s a little bit like priming an old pump.—You pour a little in, but you get a lot out! When you go ahead by faith, praising the Lord, priming the pump and getting started, pretty soon you’ll feel happy in the Lord and really glad you praised Him because He’ll pour out His Spirit on you and He’ll bless you for it!

52. SO EVEN WHEN YOU FEEL A LITTLE DOWN IN THE DUMPS OR DISCOURAGED, LOOK UP and COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS! Thank God for all your blessings and get your eyes on the Lord and on the good things! (See Phil.4:8) PTL! Start your prayers by lifting your heart unto Him in praise! “By Him therefore let us offer unto God the sacrifice of praise continually, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His Name!” (Heb.13:15)

53. ALSO REMEMBER: “ONE CAN CHASE A THOUSAND, BUT TWO CAN PUT TEN THOUSAND TO FLIGHT” (Deut.32:30), and it helps greatly to have someone else pray with you sometimes, especially during times of trial. “Where two or three are gathered together in My Name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Mat.18:20) And, “If any two of you shall agree on Earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of My Father which is in Heaven.” (Mat.18:19)

54. THERE IS GREAT POWER IN UNITED PRAYER TOGETHER! So never be ashamed to ask for help or prayer from someone else when you need it. “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.” (Jam.5:16)

55. ONE LAST, BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST, FINAL REMINDER IS ABOUT PRAYING IN THE NAME OF JESUS: All through the New Testament the Lord tells us how important it is to pray in the Name of Jesus‚ to ask things in the Name of Jesus, to use the Name of Jesus and its power in prayer. Jesus is the One we have to approach God through. “For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1Tim.2:5) People need to realize the power of the Name of Jesus!—For without that Name, there is no power! Jesus said, “If ye shall ask any thing in My Name‚ I will do it!” (John 14:14) PTL!

* “We Must Pray!—And Pray!—And Pray Again,” ML #2783:3-6,8-9,12-13‚15, DB11

3. (Mama:) All Hell is arrayed against the children of God—God’s Family worldwide. All the mighty power of the System is being brought down upon those few who would dare to speak or act against it with the truth of God’s Word. It’s funny how they think they can so easily snuff us out, because of course they see things so carnally in the flesh, and their eyes are blinded so they can’t see our mighty God and all His great hosts of Heaven who stand ready to protect and defend us! So no matter how great the fury of our enemies, nor how proud their boastings, nor how clever their machinations, nor how violent and widespread their opposition, their threats and boasts hold no danger for us. They’re lying vanities, for we have God’s promise, “If God be for us, who can be against us!”

4. We have all these wonderful promises that the Lord has given to reassure us that “I, the Lord thy God‚ am a mighty God, I will come and save thee,” and “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay.” “Fear thou not, for I am with thee, be not dismayed for I am thy God.” He’s promised to give us the victory, take vengeance on our enemies‚ save our children, make us a witness to the world, and show His mighty power. What more could we want than that?

5. He’s told us the battle is His and to stand back and see Him fight. Does that mean we can now just go our merry way and forget all about our enemies? Well, not exactly. The Lord always has a job for us to do, and we work in partnership with Him.

6. After I heard some beautiful‚ beautiful prophecies and verses and visions that our staff here received, I said, “Well, Lord, it looks like You’ve got everything under control, and there’s not much we could do even if we wanted to. The battle is so intense and so heavy, and it’s such a desperate situation that it’s obvious that we couldn’t do anything to save ourselves even if we wanted to. It would be ridiculous to even try. But is there anything that You do want us to do‚ any way we can help those who are in the midst of these battles?” And the Lord said, “The main thing I want you to do is to remind My people to pray.”

8. Just because something is the Lord’s will for you does not automatically mean that everything is going to go your way. Why are we told repeatedly to pray, if everything is all settled and everything is going to automatically be fine? What are we doing spending all of this time praying desperately if it’s automatically all okay? We would just be wasting our time if that was the case. He says, “Ye have not because ye ask not.” What a sad thing to realize that sometimes the Lord can’t give protection, supply, healing or souls because we have failed to pray. As Dad said: “God said to Israel one time that bad things were happening because, `No man stirreth himself to call upon Me’! (Isa.64:7). So the Lord really does leave a lot up to us: If we stir ourselves‚ then God will stir Himself. An awful lot depends on us, our faith and our prayers and what we want done.” (ML #1957:34; See also Good Thots, pg.637, #243.)

9. Doing what you know is God’s will does not bring with it automatic protection and provision. For example, you know that it is the Lord’s will for you to get out there and witness and win souls, don’t you? Of course! The Bible says it, the Letters say it, the conviction of the Holy Spirit tells you so, your leaders say it, it’s an established fact‚ confirmed by many witnesses. Yet, if you go out there to do the Lord’s will in the arm of the flesh, not depending on the Lord or crying out to Him in desperation for the help of His Spirit‚ you can each testify that you are not automatically assured success.

12. So we have to remember that those two things have to go together: We can be doing His will, but we still have to desperately pray for His protection while we’re doing it. So we must desperately pray!

13. The Lord can fulfill His promises only if we do our part. All these beautiful promises the Lord has given have one condition‚ that His people far and wide in all parts of the world pray. But He knows you’re going to pray, He knows you’re going to obey, therefore He was able to tell us the glorious outcome through prophecies. What a wonderful thing to know the outcome and not have to worry or fear!—But we must do our part!

15. In prophecy, the Lord has said what He will do if we are faithful to do our part. What an important responsibility the Lord has given us! He’s trying to emphasize to us how important prayer is and what priority we should give it.

* “Thought Power,” ML #3155:4-14,17-23‚27,29-32, Lifelines 24

4. (Jesus:) Turn every thought into a prayer. If you want to know how to pray more and how to get more things done, transform every thought into a prayer. Think of all the things you do throughout the day‚ all the things you think about, all the thoughts that run through your head! So many thoughts—sometimes running wild! Now ask yourself, where are your thoughts running?

5. Watch your thoughts. Consider all your thoughts. Size them up, take stock, analyze, weigh them up, and ask yourself, what are your thoughts accomplishing? Where are they going? Are they headed in the right direction or in the wrong direction? Are they finely tuned to My intricate circuitry? Or are they lost in space, trapped in the gulf of nonsense? Or hot-wired to the switchboard of static and confusion?

6. How do your thoughts fare? Are they accomplishing good? Or are they sitting idle, destined to end up in the wasteland of nothingness? Are you transforming your thoughts into power that will bring about changed lives and improved conditions for loved ones in their hour of need? Or are they engrossed in trifles, sitting fruitless and lifeless in a dead-end pool of self-interest?

7. If you want to do more in prayer, consider your thoughts. Thoughts are real things. They can bless or they can curse; they can help or they can hinder; they can provide comfort and peace, or they can emit emptiness; they can give protection and security, or they can lead the way to accident and misfortune—all according to how you turn them.

8. By turning your thoughts into prayer‚ you turn them into creative power. By allowing them to sit idle, you turn them into an empty, hollow shell, with no purpose, no worth, no profit. If you turn your thoughts into prayers, they will accomplish that which is good. If you turn them toward vanity, they will come to no avail.

9. Burden or blessing—to which do your thoughts attain? Are they helping to sustain a soul in need? Or are they silently turning a blind eye to the one who cries for help? Where are your thoughts running? Are they reaching out to answer a call? Or are they lingering, tinkering around in frivolous play‚ hanging out in empty hallways?

10. If you want to know how to accomplish more, how to meet the need in prayer, and how it is possible to continue on when the need is so great, how to answer the call of so many in need, I say to you, watch your thoughts. Take a look at your thoughts. Evaluate your thoughts. Organize your thoughts. Ask yourself, “What are my thoughts accomplishing?” Are you tapping into Heavenly thought power? Are you directing your thoughts to where they can do some good and really make a positive difference?

11. Thoughts are real things! Thoughts are powerful, for thoughts can be turned into prayers, and prayer is powerful! If you want to know how to pray more, consider your thought power! Take stock, My loves. Take care and watch your thoughts. Tap into Heaven’s thought power!

12. I have equipped each of you with this great gift, therefore learn to use it. Learn to wield it. Learn to convert your thoughts into powerful prayer. Thought power turned into prayer will materialize into My blessings, My intervention, My protection, power and strength, My healing balm poured out on those for whom you care.

13. Thoughts turned into prayers will accomplish great feats, make the impossible possible, and change the course of history! On the other hand, thought power left running idle has little worth and will only float off to oblivion and fade away to rust and ruin. Thought power aimed in the wrong direction—that which runs wild on dangerous highways of negativity, doubt and besetting sin—will end in destruction.

14. Watch your thought power and take care, lest thoughts left unattended catch you unaware. For thoughts left idle can slip away into the gray mass of nowhere land, into the cracks and crevices of complacency, where they will rot and ruin and go to waste.

17. You ask how you can pray more‚ when you can pray more? Every time you think a thought, just turn it into a mighty prayer—all the time, anywhere, with anybody, even when you’re all alone. When you’re doing physical chores or routine duties, turn your thoughts into prayers throughout the day. Don’t let them pass you by, and you will accomplish so much more. Capture your thoughts‚ beam them up‚ right on target, and see miracles come to pass before your very eyes!

18. Thoughts are always running through your head, but it’s how you direct them that makes a difference. Catch each thought, bring it before Me on the spot, and I will lead you in how to direct it. Take care not to let those thoughts sit idle, lest they turn to daydreaming and vain illusion.

19. All day long, no matter what else you’re doing, you’re thinking thoughts, but it’s how you direct them and filter them that can make a difference. What you decide to do with those thoughts and where you direct them is what counts. I tell you this to make your job easier. For as you learn to direct your thoughts in prayer, filtering them through the sieve of My Word‚ balancing them and directing them to Me, sending them on to where they can genuinely accomplish something, you will be able to fulfill this mission of prayer.

20. In the solitude of your thoughts you can turn them to prayers and change the course of history! Even in the busyness of your schedule, what you do with your thoughts can make a difference. Even in the course of your busy day, you can take the thoughts that come to you as a result of the input you see and receive all around you, and you can turn those thoughts into prayers. Therefore you should not just reserve this habit for your quiet times or prayer times, but you should try to get in the habit of capturing your thoughts and turning them into prayers at every opportunity. You should learn to discipline your mind and not let your thoughts wander, even during times when you’re relaxing.

21. You can take the thoughts that come to you as a result of watching the news‚ watching a movie, listening to music, talking with others, or having get-out, and you can direct those thoughts to Me, turn them to Me in prayer. You should be vigilantly trying to capture your thoughts and make them work for you and others for good through prayer. All throughout the day as you are taking in the sights and sounds of all that goes on around you, in the midst of all this you can make choices as to how you want to direct and filter the thoughts that pop into your head.

22. If you let the sights and sounds around you trigger your thought patterns for the positive, turning them into prayers to Me, you’ll be able to intercede for those in need. But if you let the sights and sounds around you grab your thoughts and lock them into thoughts of vanity, these have little worth, and you will have missed the opportunity to tap into Heavenly thought power turned to prayer.

23. Vain thoughts are thoughts of self. Vain thoughts are thoughts that are not filtered through Me. They’re thoughts without a purpose, thoughts that are not directed. They have no goal. They’re not based on true, lasting values. They’re thoughts of nonsense. They’re not brought before Me and measured with the yardstick of My Word. Vain thoughts puff up; they have no purpose, no rhyme, no reason‚ no destination to help another or to meet a need.

27. This method, this technique, this practice of turning every thought into a prayer will make your burdens lighter! For thoughts are always entering your head; they’re constant. Therefore this art of turning every thought into a prayer will greatly enhance your prayer life and your prayer power. For as you pour out in this way‚ turning every thought into a prayer, I will pour into you great blessing and fill you with great satisfaction and great fulfillment.

29. There’s great power in a thought‚ and I give to you, My children who know Me, a great key—that of turning every thought into a prayer, that of bringing every thought into the captivity of My Spirit. In this lies power‚ and I give this power to you so that in these Last Days you can accomplish great feats by directing your thoughts in prayer.

30. Be not as foolish children who do not appreciate the greatness of this power I make available to you, but instead choose to let their thoughts wander, or lie inactive, or waste away on empty vanities and that which will not last. But rather take hold, tap in to this great power that I put into your hands, and the great opportunity to turn every thought into a prayer.

31. I do this for your benefit. Don’t think that to turn your thoughts into prayer is merely to keep them occupied, to fill up your time and corral your thoughts for lack of something better to do. For this fine art—practicing this Heavenly technique of turning every thought into prayer—is a great privilege, a great gift, a great power I make available to you—the privilege to tap into Heavenly thought power! Use it, and it will serve you well. It will make your life easier and bring about miracles on your behalf.

32. Thoughts are real things—they can be a burden or a blessing. Turn them into good by turning them into prayer. Which will you choose? (End of message.)

* “Goals for 1998,” ML #3160:43-51‚ Lifelines 24

Goal Number 3

43. (Peter:) Through the years we’ve learned a lot about the power of prayer. Dad and Mama have both been excellent examples of looking to the Lord and praying desperately in intercessory prayer for the needs of others and the Family. We’ve published quite a bit of Word on how to make prayer more of a habit, and I believe that we as a Family have progressed in this area. We’re certainly praying a lot more now than we were in years past.

44. It’s become more our natural reaction to pray when we hear about people’s battles, struggles or needs. We’re more inclined to pray and seek the Lord’s help, anointing, and guidance before each of our daily activities. We’re becoming more accustomed to manifesting our weakness and utter dependence on the Lord by acknowledging Him in prayer many times throughout the day. You all have probably noticed a great improvement in our prayerfulness overall, and I’m sure that that, too, is another one of the reasons why the Lord has been able to bless us so greatly with supply, protection, and fruitfulness.

45. In recent months‚ the Lord challenged us to make further progress in our prayerfulness by learning to turn every thought into a prayer. (See “Thought Power!” ML #3155, GN 760.) What better way to have more of the spirit of prayer in our lives than to try to make a conscious effort to turn our thoughts into prayers?

46. Instead of just thinking about someone, why not pray for them right then and there in the moment you have the thought? When you think about your outreach teams and wonder how they’re doing, why not pray for them? When you’re thinking about your children, or concerned about their health, progress, scholastics or ongoing problems—instead of worrying‚ why not pray for them? When you wonder what’s for dinner, why not let that thought trigger a desire to pray for the provisioners‚ the cooks, or the kitchen overseer?

47. When you see something that reminds you of one of your friends who’s now on a distant mission field, why not turn that thought into a prayer for that person and the other missionaries in that country? When you think, “Oh, I really need to send so-and-so a letter or an e-mail message,” why not immediately transform that thought into a prayer that you shoot up to the Lord on that person’s behalf?

48. There are so many ways that we can turn our thoughts into prayers, and I’m sure that if we would do that‚ it would result in a lot more prayer power being generated. We would be able to greatly enlarge our habit of prayer. Instead of just praying at set times, like before our meals, before bed, before meetings, before outreach, before making phone calls, before driving, etc., all the times when you have a firmly established habit to pray, we’d be praying for a lot of things that seem like little things or little thoughts. These immediate prayers, though short, are still powerful; in fact, they might be even more powerful, because they would be more numerous!

49. The Lord said‚ “By turning your thoughts into prayer‚ you turn them into creative power. I’ve equipped each of you with this great gift, therefore learn to use it. Learn to wield it. Learn to convert your thoughts into powerful prayer. Thought power turned into prayer will materialize into My blessings, My intervention, My protection‚ power and strength, My healing balm poured out on those for whom you care” (ML #3155:8,12).

50. We can reach the four corners of the Earth through our prayers! We can touch people’s lives through our prayers—all the people we love, our children, our mate, our friends, our contacts, the people we witness to, our parents or relatives, even world leaders and people we read about in the WND or newspapers, or see on the news. So why don’t we all set as goal number three to cultivate more of a spirit of prayer by turning our thoughts into prayers. Let’s all try to learn to be more prayerful by developing even more of a habit to be in constant communication with the Lord, through many immediate, short prayers.

51. You’ve all got a good start‚ because as I said, you’ve progressed greatly in your prayerfulness over the years. But any progress we make in being more prayerful will be multiplied many, many times over, and we’ll certainly see the fruit of it in our lives and in the lives of others.

* “When You Pray, Things Happen,” ML #3173:7-11,19-24‚29-32,44–51, GN 778

Dancing Angels of Kindness Sent Forth in Answer to Your Prayers!

7. (Jesus:) The fragrance of your prayers wafts up into My Heavenly chamber, filling it with the scent of roses! Your petitions come to Me in the form of rose petals, fragrant and sweet. I look upon your every request with delight and happiness, for to hear the words of your mouth and the desires of your heart brings Me satisfaction. I rejoice in seeing your dependence upon Me and upon My power, which is almighty. I delight in showing you My gracious, omnipotent hand, and in performing many mighty works for you.

8. I send forth dancing angels of kindness and helps, that they may minister to your loved ones and bring them peace, rest and encouragement. I give them the answers to your petitions and the fulfillment of your desires. They encircle your loved ones on every side and whisper words of love and tenderness. They wave their magic wands of gladness about them. They touch them with the sparkle of My Spirit—giving them an unearthly glow and aura, which people look upon with amazement and awe.

9. I give them grace and understanding, knowledge and wisdom. For these fairies are fairies of discernment and truth, and they carry in their hands the treasures of your time spent with Me. Your prayers translate into time spent with Me. And even those who are not able to spend great amounts of time with Me due to the press of the people about them, I send My fairies to deliver to them the benefits of your time spent with Me on their behalf. They can reap the rewards of your time in the bed of love with Me. For I have created these angels for such a time as this. They are sent to give healing and strength, and they flutter about as My doves of anointing.

10. Therefore beseech Me in prayer for all that you would give to these, your loved ones. I will send My fairies of goodness to them, to bring them these gifts, that they might have all that they need. I would give them vicarious strength and energy through the time which you have spent with Me‚ that they may in turn pour it out to others.

11. For you, My children, are as one body; that which one of you lacks, another may make up for. And in a case where one of your members has not time to feed sufficiently or draw from My Spirit as much as they would like, due to their responsibilities and the urgent press of those who await their ministering‚ I give them a portion of the strength, power, and spiritual stamina which you have acquired through the time that you have spent with Me in prayer and in the bed of love. This is a marvel of the spirit world, and a mystery of the way in which I translate your prayers. (End of message.)

Loosing Warrior Angels Through Prayer!

19. (Jesus: ) I see a great and powerful force field of protection. I see a tremendous band of angels standing vigil, awaiting their orders. I see the most advanced spiritual weaponry fitted and prepared. And now I await your prayers.

20. Each of the tools, the gifts, the provisions which I have for you is released at the touch of your prayers. Not one good thing will I withhold from these who walk uprightly, and from these whose hearts are fixed firmly in prayer for their loved ones. At the behest of these‚ My children, who intercede at My throne daily and continually for their king and his helpers, unto these will I grant the powerful weapons of My Spirit!

21. They will need these, a special and very elite commando team of angels, which I have prepared especially for this mission, to lead and guide and protect them. Therefore loose these that wish to go and render service to your king! Loose them with your prayers. I tell you now that your desperation of heart and spirit, your empathizing with these ones in prayer, will be the power that looses the angels to fight for you in the spirit‚ to fight for your king and his helpers.

22. These will surround your team and encamp about them on every side. These will enlighten the path before them, for they are My wise warriors, well skilled in matters of combat. Their swords are sharp, and they do glisten with spirit and anointing! Therefore loose them!

23. Would you not have them go and minister to your king? He is in need of a spiritual boost; therefore send these mighty warriors. They stand here before Me in My Kingdom, and they await loosing through the power of your prayers.

24. Their commission is clear, and they will perform that purpose unto which they are sent. They are steadfast and unmovable. They are more than a match for the Enemy of the land to which My King Peter travels, therefore send them now. For your king awaits his helpers, and his helpers await their mission! (End of message.)

Tap into the Resources!

29. (Jesus: ) Prayer—it’s so easy to get familiar with that word and to take it for granted! You often forget the magic lamp you hold in your hand, which when rubbed in desperation and earnest supplication produces My Holy Spirit Genie that can go anywhere‚ materialize any needs, defeat any enemies, bestow any virtues—answer any request that you ask in faith!

30. Prayer for your loved ones is as a magic carpet that can whisk you away to their sides as they fight long and hard in battle. Prayer can place in your hand a magical sword so powerful that it makes the foe tremble and shake. Prayer can fit you out with impenetrable armor as you fight to extinguish the lies of the Enemy.

31. Prayer is what you make it. Prayer, through your faith, rises to the occasion. Prayer is a signal to Me that I am still your King. Full-of-faith prayer fills My heart with joy, as you bring before Me large petitions and thus honor Me.

32. If you’re getting familiar with that word—prayer—then ask Me for a different label! Call it “tapping into the resources time.” Or you can say, “Shall we take a trip to the Heavenly treasure house today?” My Spirit is so alive, ever-new and full of wonder, that there is no need to become stuck in a rut! Give this awesome tool a new handle and you may just find your perspective changing and being revived again. (End of message.)

Specific Prayers—Spiritual Smart Bombs

44. (Jesus:) The prayers of My children generate My power. They are not only as beautiful incense rising up to Me that pleases Me well, but they are also powerful! Each word that is spoken creates energy and strengthens the force field of good that surrounds My saints. The force field of protection is strengthened by each word, each breath in prayer. Prayer moves My hand and My heart to do the things that you ask.

45. I love prayer because it shows your weakness and your dependence on My strength. I love those that seek Me diligently, that cry out to Me for help, and so I pour My blessings upon them in full measure—for My strength is made perfect in your weakness. Truly the Enemy trembles when he hears the prayers of the saints, for it binds his hands so that he cannot do as he would. This is why the more specific your prayer is, the more it limits the Evil One, for there are no loopholes for him to get around or to get through.

46. General prayers are good and I answer those as well‚ but specific prayers are more effective. Specific prayers get specific results. In these dark days when the Enemy is marshaling his forces and his power on Earth is becoming stronger, how much more important prayer is and will be in the days to come—for it is the weapon of the spirit world. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal; you fight not physical enemies, but spiritual ones.

47. It’s like the smart bombs that worldly armies use, and how much more effective they are than the bombs they used in World War II or even just a few years ago‚ when they dropped them randomly from the sky. Yes, they did damage, but the smart bombs are specifically targeted to destroy a certain target, and so the damage inflicted is of greater importance and does more harm to the enemy because it hits the exact spot which it was aimed at.

48. This is like your prayers. When you are specific and your prayer is targeted, it inflicts greater damage on the Enemy. For the destruction is accurate and specific, and the Enemy is no longer able to operate in that area; his power there has been destroyed. I wish for your prayers to be as smart bombs specifically targeted to destroy the Enemy. And as you aim and direct your prayers, they will bind and destroy the Enemy in that very area, and the specifics that you claim will strengthen My power and My force field of good in that area. (End of message.)

Unleashing the Power of Prayer!

49. (Jesus:) Your prayers are like atom bombs, except they don’t destroy! When launched, they have incredible impact and begin a chain reaction. Picture a dark and desolate landscape with big rough hills and dry‚ cracked earth. There are twigs in place of plants, and the remains of many old trees are scattered around. There is no life, no water, no warm sunshine. Then suddenly there is a prayer—boom! It comes in like a missile, and when it hits it sends out waves of color and light and begins to change everything in its path. It bursts forth like a wave, and everything becomes alive and new as it is touched with the power unleashed by your prayers!

50. So it is with those for whom you pray. They need to be covered in the power and anointing that makes them glow with such supernatural power that all who see them will say, “They have been with Jesus!” The power of your prayers surpasses that of any creation of man. It is the very force that holds life together. If it weren’t for prayer‚ there wouldn’t be any life. It is the power and the coinage of Heaven on Earth.

51. As you unleash My power you will see miraculous changes and fantastic renewals! Hearts and lives will be touched and changed—all because of your prayers. The power the prayer-bomb hits with is dependent on the intensity you store in it before you release it. It is dependent on the level of radioactive desperation you pack into its warhead. The more you pray, the more powerful the bomb is, the more power is released from My hand. So pray fervently, desperately, and with everything in you, and you will see the answers in ways you could only dream possible! (End of message.)

* “Action Through Prayer, Part 1‚” ML #3319:8-13,71-80, GN 923

My Idea of Action

8. (Jesus: ) To depend on Me is to pray. How can anyone depend on Me when there is a lack of prayer—either acknowledging Me and seeking Me for answers and direction in prophecy, or committing your needs and problems, or those of others, to Me in prayer? A lack of either type of prayer shows that you’re too strong in yourself and you don’t fully realize that without Me you can do nothing.

9. I want to take the Family into a phase of greater intercessory prayer, and I will do that through My Word. I will give them more insight into the value of their prayers, the power of spending those minutes seeking Me. Oh‚ how silly it is for weak and pitiful man to feel that his feverish labors and work can even come close to a few minutes spent in prayer! Once My children realize that, they will be much more willing to take the time needed in prayer, and they will see the results of those prayers.

10. People equate action with doing something. But they must realize that praying is also action—the most efficient and powerful kind of action. The children of David have somehow separated prayer and spiritual activities from what they consider action. For something to be action, they feel they have to be working in the flesh, doing something visible, exercising their own initiative. That is true, but there is also the action behind the scenes in the spirit, the powerful action that is performed through prayer. This cannot be separated as something less valuable, less important‚ or less emphasized now that you’re in the era of action. Prayer is where the fastest and most powerful progress can be made, which will catapult you into the full fruit and power of the era of action, and then and only then will you see the miracles and greater works that I have promised.

12. I have begun this move toward more prayer by making it a requirement that My children … have a daily prayer vigil, but this is only the beginning. This is only to condition their minds and spirits and automatic reactions so that they will learn to depend on Me more. The more time a person spends praying, the greater lack they will feel when they fail to pray, and the easier I am able to prick their conscience to motivate them to pray. It’s something that needs to be developed, for it’s a combination of an understanding and acceptance of the power of prayer and the making of a habit to actually pray. For you see, even if you understand and accept and believe in the power of prayer, it does nothing until you actually pray. Just the understanding‚ acceptance, and belief are not enough; that’s only the first step. It’s not until you take the time to specifically call on Me for help, to formulate and verbalize your prayers, to put them into words either aloud or in your mind, asking Me specifically for your need or for the needs of others, that I and your spirit helpers can go to work on your behalf.

13. You who live and work with your queen have had the very rare privilege of seeing thousands of times when she prays for others and commits each conversation, need, problem‚ and situation to Me. She has rarely missed praying when speaking with you about any subject. That’s her natural reaction; it’s part of her very nature. But that is not something that is just for her. That is the goal that each of My children should strive for, and you must begin now to help each other and to seek Me often and desperately, asking Me to make each of you a prayer warrior. (End of message.)

The Beauty of Intercession

71. (Jesus:) Do you know the beauty of intercession? I have said, “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” My loves, now I tell you that greater beauty does not exist than this, that one pour out his heart and soul in intercessory prayer.

72. This is the beauty of intercession: to plead for another, to petition Me on behalf of one who doesn’t have strength or courage to pray for himself; to intervene for one in need; to approach My throne on behalf of one who has no understanding, or may not know what to ask for himself; to work miracles for one who is in need of healing; to make requests for those who are in need of protection and safekeeping; to provide for another, to supply one’s needs through your prayers; to solicit help from the spirit world; to release power; to deliver strength and courage; to lift burdens and liberate captives; to give comfort and spread peace; to prevent disaster; to ward off evil; to build strong walls; to raise force fields; to win battles and claim victories; to stand victorious and triumphant. This is the beauty of intercessory prayer.

73. I call you, My loves, to be My intercessors. A higher calling than this cannot be had, for those who intercede in prayer change the course of history. They hold the future in their hands. These who answer the call, I will crown with great honor and glory. There is no greater beauty than to pour out your heart and soul‚ to lay down your life in prayer for another. (End of message.)

Why Is It So Important?

74. (Jesus: ) Prayer shows your faith in Me, your faith that I will work and do the impossible‚ bring the solutions, show you the way, and work in people’s lives. When you operate in the realm of faith, you’re operating in the spirit world where miracles are born, where the impossible takes place. Just little old you praying and beseeching Me about something is a very powerful tool. You don’t have to feel that power or feel like you’re doing anything great—it’s not any sort of feeling that matters—it’s the spirit of prayer that is powerful‚ supernatural.

75. You don’t really understand how important your prayers are, but the fact that you pray about something or for someone is not only important for your spiritual walk with Me and your connection with Me, but it creates a vacuum for Me to fill. Just like your words are real things, your prayers are real things and they cause an effect. They always cause an effect; every single prayer has power and it affects something. They’re real, and when you pray, things happen in the spirit world, and because of that, things happen on Earth.

76. I work through your prayers, both the unspoken prayers of your heart and your spoken prayers. But when you utter your prayer to Me, putting it into your own words, this is an even greater manifestation of your faith in My power. It gives Me all the glory and acknowledges that I am your Lord and God, the One Who performs miracles, the One Who supplies, protects, leads and guides you. It’s a testimony to others, it’s a witness to your friends and sheep, and it’s the means by which I give you My blessings.

77. I work immediately when you pray. Even if you don’t see what I’m doing in the spirit, I promise you that I am working on your behalf. I respect your prayers and I’ve committed Myself to answer every one. You might not always know what I’m doing and how I’m answering, but I promise that I work‚ and I answer, and am faithful to keep My promise to you.

78. It’s very important to Me that you pray. The minute you pray we connect in the spirit and I begin to do the work that only I can do for you. It’s not that I will always give you the answer that you want or think is right, but I promise to work and answer according to My will and what is best. You can count on your prayers having an effect. You can count on My Spirit moving the minute you pray, because this is the way it works in the spirit world. Prayer is a law of the spirit, and when you pray you begin the spiritual process and a chain of events happen. But if you don’t pray, those things can’t happen.

79. You must trust that your prayers are very important, that they’re your spiritual weapon which moves Me to do things on your behalf. You must put your full faith in the power of prayer, for there is great, great power in your prayers. The more you pray about things, the more I can work for you; that’s why it’s so important to acknowledge Me and pray about everything, to pray without ceasing. When you pray, you’re asking Me to work for you, showing that you need Me and that you’re depending on Me. This faith in Me and love for Me pleases Me and I’m faithful to work on your behalf.

80. The Enemy belittles prayer and tries to cause you to doubt the power and effect of prayer, but I say that it’s very powerful and one of your strongest spiritual weapons. Never let down your guard and consider that it doesn’t matter if you pray or not, because it matters very much. When you pray‚ things happen‚ whether you see them with your eyes or not. So always keep this spiritual weapon ready, always use it and wield it‚ because it’s your greatest protection against the attacks of the Enemy and your greatest key to victory and the blessings of My Spirit. (End of message.)

* “Action Through Prayer, Part 2,” ML #3325:2-3,9-14,17-18,21-27,32–44,74-81,87-92, GN 930

Through His Eyes

2. (Jesus:) Oh, the prayers of My brides! No greater accomplishment do I see in all the world, for these prayers move My hand to work in all the Earth. How I love to see them, as they flow like a river. How I love to hear them, as they sing sweet songs in My ear. How I love to view them, as they dance so freely and gracefully. How I love to smell them‚ as they fill the air with a fragrance like sweet perfume. How I love to revel in them, for they fill My senses‚ they turn My key, they release My energy‚ they touch My heart and move My hand to work great things on behalf of all those you wish to reach. How I love the prayers of My brides. How I love the passion of your prayers! They excite Me so!

3. Keep them coming, My loves, in a steady stream, an unending flow. Keep up this magnificent show of your love, demonstrating your need for and your dependence on Me. I love your prayers. (End of message.)

Accomplishments and Prayer

9. (Question: ) We’ve heard many times how if we pray, You will help us get twice as much done in half the time; that our prayers are more effective than working in the flesh. But it’s hard for our carnal minds to grasp how that’s so. Can You explain more about how we can achieve greater results through prayer rather than work?

10. (Jesus: ) Prayer is action. It’s the most effective way of getting anything accomplished. Think of prayer as an operation manual for a new piece of equipment. Prayer, like the manual, will show you how to get the machine running, where to find the on/off button, how it works. You can run around trying to figure it out yourself and you’ll eventually learn how to run the machine. But it would be so much easier, and a lot less time-consuming, if you take the manual and read the instructions. You may think it takes too much time when you could be “discovering” the machine for yourself, but you’re so wrong. The manual has quick and easy operational pointers. You don’t have to worry about breaking the machine while you’re learning its functions‚ and you’ll be able to get it rolling sooner than if you decide your knowledge about machines is sufficient.

11. Prayer is just like that manual. You’re saving yourself a lot of hassles if you’ll pray more and hear from Me more, because you’re going to be getting My direct counsel and know-how.

12. When you pray and then hear from Me, I can show you exactly how things work. This helps you to work better and faster and more efficiently. Also‚ when you pray I go to work for you and take action on your behalf. So action through prayer is yours for the asking. (End of message.)

13. (Jesus:) There are many things in the spirit that seem to be mysteries to you, when in reality they’re very simple. It doesn’t seem to make a lot of physical sense to say that if you spend twice as long on your knees, in prayer, doing absolutely nothing but presenting your spirit before Me in humility and subjection, that you will actually accomplish more than if you spent that same time rushing about feverishly attending to the many things that you have to do.

14. It all depends on what sort of accomplishments you’re looking for. Yes‚ you might not get out the door quite that fast. You may have to cut back on some of that business you were hoping to attend to. But look at it from a broader perspective—what work are you trying to accomplish? Is it just to survive another day? Is it just to get some food on the table and your rent covered? Or are you trying to change the world‚ one heart at a time‚ one day at a time, to stand up against the forces of evil that would doom the souls of the world to damnation and spiritual slavery? That’s the work that you cannot accomplish without My help and strength.

17.It behooves you to spend more time in prayer, on your knees, seeking My will, imploring Me to work on your behalf—to keep your mind on the bigger picture, the greater works that I would accomplish through you, through your Homes, through your ministries, through those you come in contact with on a regular basis—not just the tasks of your everyday survival, but the works of the spirit in the hearts and minds of men. These are the works that mean the most to Me. These are the accomplishments for which you must strive. This is what you will do better in—accomplishing My will with greater accuracy and faster results—through taking the time to go slow, and making sure you’re doing exactly what I want you to be doing. (End of message.)

18. (Jesus:) Why are prayers so effective?—Because they tap into My reservoir of power. Rather than doing the job on your own and only using your own resources, wisdom, anointing and power, you have access to My infinite power and wisdom and resources. I can change situations and people’s minds in a minute that would take you days to change on your own. So the more time you spend in prayer asking My hand to move in the ways that it needs to move in order to accomplish My will‚ the more effective you will be. It will be time well spent.

The Impact of Prayer

21. (Dad: ) The Enemy really fights prayer—not only prayer and prophecy and hearing from the Lord directly, but he fights prayer in general, any form of prayer and interceding on the behalf of others, because he knows it has a good effect. It helps the Lord’s Kingdom in some way and therefore hinders the Enemy’s dirty work in some way. You might think a few words of prayer here and there for others isn’t accomplishing much and isn’t really making that much of a difference. You might think that you’re just going through the motions, that maybe it’s not getting anywhere and it’s not doing that much to cause changes to happen. But that’s the farthest thing from the truth!

22. One reason people think that their prayers aren’t making a lot of difference is because the Enemy fights you and tries to discourage you from praying, and another is because sometimes it takes time for you to see those differences in the natural. But just because you don’t see all the effects of your prayers doesn’t mean that they’re not going to work in situations and lives and having a big effect.

23. All of our prayers, even the little prayers you whisper in passing when the Lord brings someone to your mind and you pray for them, have an effect. It not only works together for good in other people’s lives, but in your own life too. Prayer brings you closer to God. It keeps you connected with the spirit world and helps you to stay in tune, inspired, and going the right direction. Even if you’re praying for others or about other situations that you aren’t involved in personally, you’re dwelling in the spirit, and that’s very good for your own spiritual life.

24. Praying for people brings down the Lord’s Spirit. It brings a spirit of faith, a positive spirit, because you’re expecting God to answer‚ to do something, to move, when you bring your prayer request to Him. Just the fact that you manifest faith in the Lord through your prayers pleases Him, and He works in the situation or in the person’s life. He hears it all and He doesn’t take your prayers lightly. He doesn’t just brush them off or file them away to take care of later when He has time, but He takes each prayer very seriously because He knows you’re sincere. He loves you and He loves the one you’re praying for, and He wants to help. He wants to work and move and bring about the changes needed, supply the needs, bring the victories, do the miracles, and because of your prayers, He can do all those things much more quickly.

25. He’s bound by His Word, and if you pray about something or for someone‚ He has to work, He has to move and apply your prayer and do something. He said He would, and the fact that you’re praying and holding Him to His promises has a big effect. It has a bigger effect than you can imagine—much, much bigger. The Lord doesn’t always tell you all the answers to your prayers or let you see all the results; you have to take it by faith, and sometimes you have to keep praying and beseeching like the importunate woman. A lot of it is by faith, but whether or not you get to see the results immediately, you can trust that every prayer makes a difference.

26. Sometimes the Lord lets you see the results right away to encourage you and show you that you’re not just going through the motions of prayer, but that He heard and He answered. Sometimes He’ll let you see the miracle, the answer to prayer‚ so that you can praise Him and give Him all the glory. Other times you don’t see it; you don’t know what’s happening and you just have to trust and take it by faith. But those times are important—maybe even more important—because He’s having to do more, there are more factors involved, more steps to take‚ and more of a miracle is required.

27. So don’t give up praying for others, because it’s a very important and very needed ministry. Your prayers are important, every single one of them. They’re real and they have a real effect. They not only help others, but they help you by keeping you close to the Lord, soft, compassionate, and humble. (End of message.)

Prayer Angels

32. (Jesus:) Each person is born with three angels. One is to pray for them through their life—for what is more important than prayer, as the prayer will help to not only influence the baby, but the other two guardians. The other angel is the guardian or protector angel to protect the person through life. And the third angel is the one that influences their thoughts, always trying to help them to make the right choices and decisions and give them the strength to do so. This is the angel of the heart and conscience. The three angels are assigned at conception, because the prayers and protection are needed from then on. There are also times when I personally assign other spirit helpers to help these three angels. These spirit helpers likewise assist in these areas, to guard and protect, to pray, and to influence the mind and heart.

33. This help from the spirit world I make available to all‚ yet throughout one’s lifetime, should the person make the choice to reject their help, should they through their majesty of choice choose to do evil over good, then this will tie the hands of his or her angels in a sense, limiting them in the influence and help they can give—all because of the person’s choice to do evil instead of good. By your making the right choices and yielding to My Spirit, you are strengthening the line of communication and opening yourself to receive this positive help from My angels and spirit helpers. When one chooses to reject good and makes choices to do evil, they are in a sense cutting themselves off from these who could otherwise help them.

34. The prayer angel is always beholding My face because he is facing Me and beseeching Me and interceding for the one he [or she] is assigned to. He is praying not only for the person, but for all that is going on around him—the circumstances‚ the conditions, for My will to be done in his life, for the other guardians and helpers, ministering spirits, and departed spirits who are assigned to the person, since departed spirits also need help and instruction and guidance and even strength of spirit. And for you, My children, who live to do My work and My will, I live to make intercession for you. I pray for you always from the courts of Heaven.

35. Those who live for Me and choose to do good can have more than one prayer angel or prayer warrior, just as they can have more than one protector and more than one counselor. They can get them by asking, or they’re assigned according to the need. The greater responsibility people have, the more they give‚ the more helpers and angels they receive. You receive help according to the need. Those who give their whole life to Me, who are constantly pouring out and witnessing, like the children of David, can have dozens of helpers, warriors‚ and protectors, to help them stand strong through the trials and fight the battles they face.

36. They are given angels of courage, angels of wisdom, angels of miracles‚ angels to help them receive prophecies, angels to help them have faith, to persevere, angels that help to heal them, angels that even give them physical strength. Some of you have a host of angelic helpers. Some angels are just on temporary assignment. For example, when you go on a dangerous mission you are even dispatched a band of warrior angels to protect you from harm, robbers and mishaps. And when you fight heavy spiritual battles you are also given warrior angels to help you through your battles.

37. There are even angels assigned to your houses and cars so that when you travel they go with the car to protect it and you from danger. Your angel that is always beholding My face can pray for you while you travel and request extra protectors to travel with your vehicle. Your prayer angel also influences you to pray, reminding you to pray for your safety while you’re traveling and to be on guard, as well as giving you many other prayer reminders throughout the day. Your prayer angel can also pray through you when you don’t know what to pray for or how to pray. Your personal prayer angel is very, very busy and has one of the most important jobs in Heaven because I hear their prayers and effect change according to their prayers and your prayers.

38. A good example of what your prayer angel does is in the verse, “Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in Heaven their angels do always behold the face of My Father which is in Heaven.” This is an example of where your prayer angel watching over you can pray for the angels of vengeance to recompense any harm that is done to you. (End of message.)

What’s stopping us?

39. (Question:) What are some obstacles that hold us back from praying more, and how can we overcome them?

40. (Jesus:) When a request is near and dear to your heart‚ when you are moved by it and feel for that person or desperately desire for Me to work in that situation, then you pray fervently and frequently. Conversely, when you are not personally touched by a need or request, it is easier for it to pass you by without receiving your desperate prayers.

41. So ask Me to give you the gift of empathy for that situation, so you can put yourself in that person’s shoes—that sick child, that afflicted adult‚ that Home facing persecution, that person suffering intense spiritual attacks or trials. As you are moved by the situation, you will remember to pray.

42. When you are moved, your prayers will move My heart and allow Me to move in the situation, for the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. When you call unto Me with your whole heart, then I will hear you and answer you and show you great and mighty things.

43. So pray as if you were the one suffering sickness, trials, spiritual attacks, persecution, or facing financial need. Pray as if it were your children, your wife, your family‚ your Home, your contacts, your needs, and I will hear and I will answer.

44. Be willing to bear the burdens of others through your prayers for them, through sacrificing your time for them, through thinking of them. Look not only on your own things—your own affairs and battles—but look upon the things of others. Lay down your life for them in prayer, even as I laid down My life for you. (End of message.)

The Ripple Effect

74. (Jesus: ) The depth and height and breadth and width and length of the effect of your prayers will never be fully realized in this life, but in the world to come you will see. Then you will be able to see the full measure and results of your prayers. You will be able to see how far your prayers have gone.

75. In that day‚ when all is revealed, when you join Me in My Heavenly Kingdom and the full impact of your prayers is revealed for all the worlds to see‚ the brilliance and the shine of this great revelation will be too much for your eyes to behold. You’ll be tempted to say, “Lord, I cannot look. The majesty of it is too great for such a little one as I.” But I will lift you up and say, “No, My loves—all this glory and splendor is rightfully yours, for this is the fruit of your prayers.”

76. This will be part of your reward, My darling ones, to behold the full fruit of your prayers. For the fruit of your prayers is not only seen now with the naked eye as you witness answers to your prayers in the present. What you see now in answer to prayer is only a very small portion of the far-reaching results of your prayers.

77. When I answer a prayer‚ I may grant you your request for healing. I may supply your immediate needs. I may temper the winds and the rains on your behalf. I may protect you from harm or danger, or deliver you out of the hands of the Evil One who would try and hold you back from gaining spiritual victories, and so on. All of this is a marvelous wonder and great answer to your prayers, yet you must realize that this is not all; it is not the only fruit of your prayers.

78. No one prayer stands alone. Just as no man is an island and your life is bound to affect others, so no prayer stands alone. No prayer starts and ends with a single entity or a single purpose. One prayer accomplishes many purposes and is multiplied many times over. For example, say you pray for a headache and I heal that aching head. The immediate fruit of that prayer is that the headache is gone, yet that prayer bears much more fruit than one healed head. Through one prayer, your faith has been boosted, and when others hear of the healing, their faith is often boosted as well. The result of this boost of faith then continues bearing fruit as it goes along.

79. Your prayers have a ripple effect—on and on they go, bearing fruit in many ways. When you pray for someone and their life is touched by the result of your prayers‚ likewise the fruit of your prayers in that person’s life will also bear fruit and have an effect on others’ lives. Because one life reaps the benefit of your prayers‚ other lives are also touched through the positive results in that one person’s life.

80. So many things happen as a result of your prayers, so great is the ripple effect your prayers have on the world. Your prayers not only create ripples, but when they bounce off others, they are reflected in more ripples, which in turn bounce and reflect even more! So your prayers have a cross-ripple effect—the ripples of your prayers go out in all directions, backwards and forwards, up and down, top to bottom‚ from side to side, over and above and beyond, reaching out in many directions and ways you never dreamed possible, creating ever more ripples as they do so.

81. The day you see the cross-ripple effect of every prayer you ever prayed will be a great day! The awe of it is more than can be contained in all the earth. Only the Heavens can contain the glory and magnitude of the effect of your prayers. The cross-ripple effect of your prayers reaches far beyond the shores of the sands of time. Let this encourage your hearts, My loves, and let this spur you onward in prayer, for great is the cross-ripple effect of your prayers as they go out and cover the world, reaching across the boundaries of time to reach a heart‚ to save a soul, to encourage and lift up, to bring hope and life, peace and comfort, to protect and guard and to bring great victory to those for whom you directly pray and for multitudes of others. (End of message.)

Jesus Waits to Move Mountains on Our Behalf!

87. (Jesus: ) Allow Me to open your eyes of the spirit to the magnitude of the power of your prayers. You can’t see it with the eyes of the flesh. You only catch glimpses here and there. You experience My healing touch; you see Me change hearts on your behalf; you watch Me move obstacles out of your path‚ making a way for you to walk in and claim the goods‚ victories of varied kinds. But I tell you, My loves, now you only see through a dim glass.

88. This is why you must put on the eyeglasses of faith, that you might find courage to walk in and claim the land. Let this comfort your hearts‚ for I am here to work wonders on your behalf.

89. Your prayers move My hand to work on your behalf. Therefore do not hold back; leave not one stone uncovered. Pour out your hearts to Me, bringing all your requests before Me, and I will answer. Only I can supply your needs and bring the desired results, but you must ask in faith, believing, nothing wavering. Ask and you will receive. Bring your petitions before Me; remind Me of My promises and hold on to your faith, believing that I am able to do what you cannot do yourself.

90. Your prayers are answered in direct proportion to the intensity with which you pray. Push together in prayer. Just as in the physical, if you were to move a heavy object, you would call on all your strong members to get behind it, that they might apply all their force to move the object out of the way. So you must do in the spirit. As you unite and push together in prayer, as you direct your spiritual energy and unite your prayer forces, praying wholeheartedly together, I will move every obstacle out of your way. You are the push, I am the brawn.

91. So keep your prayers coming up in full force! Keep stirring yourselves up! Your prayers are powerful, and they cause Me to do awesome and mighty things.

92. I long to move mountains on your behalf! Therefore do not hold back, My loves, for though your needs are great, they are not too great for Me. I stand waiting and ready to fill every one. Let loose your prayers, and stand back and watch Me work. Your prayers move My hand; together we are an unbeatable force. Nothing in this world, nor in the world to come, can stand against us. I lay all My might and power and force at your feet. It is yours for the asking. (End of message.)

* “Action Through Prayer, Part 3,” ML #3339:2-15,104–109, GN 933

Awesome and Magnificent Power!

2. (Jesus: ) When Moses raised his arms in prayer to Me at the banks of the Red Sea, I stretched out My hand and parted the waters, and I held them at bay until the last of My children were safely on the other side. When the shepherd boy David loaded his sling, looked up to Me and whispered a prayer, I guided his stone and brought down the giant Goliath. When Elijah besought me for the rain I had promised, I sent the showers in great abundance. Likewise, at Zarephath, when he cried unto Me, asking for the soul of the widow’s son‚ I returned life to the boy’s motionless body.

3. When Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego cried out to Me as they entered the scorching furnace, I descended and walked with them in the midst of the fire, and the flame did not harm them. When the prophet Isaiah petitioned Me on behalf of Hezekiah, asking for a sign of his healing, I turned back the time. When Jonah cried out to Me in his affliction, I answered and placed him upon dry ground.

4. How much more will I do for you, My loves, in these days of mighty miracles? Let this encourage your faith, for in these days of action, here I stand, ready, willing and waiting to perform yet greater things on your behalf. Let this encourage your faith, for I tell you, I am here and I am ready.

5. Do you see? Can you grasp it? Will you claim it? Oh, what great power I put within reach of your frail human hands. There’s nothing like it. It has no equal. It cannot be duplicated. No one can steal it away from you. It will never be lost. It is never misplaced. Such great and awesome magnificent power! It can only be released at the sound of your prayers. It is only delivered unto you at the touch of your faith. So it is‚ My loves, that your desperate, full-of-faith prayers can radically alter any situation or heart and supply any need.

6. Fear not to put Me to the test. Call unto Me. Declare your faith and remind Me of My promises. How it pleases Me when you display your knowledge of My Word. Claim it! Call down the power! Intensify! Pray passionately! Pour out your strong emotion to Me in your prayers. Get excited! Expect Me to work, and stand back and see Me do what you cannot do for yourself. Pray extreme prayers and you’ll get extreme answers!

7. As you unite this day, wield your power‚ My loves, for I am here, ready and willing and waiting to answer every prayer. Let this be your confidence; ask anything in My name and I will do it. (End of message.)

The Temple of Prayer

8. (Jesus:) Thank you, My loves, for setting aside this time of prayer as sacred and holy. Thank you for being true to your calling as intercessors for My children. Thank you for being willing to put aside your work for this time [our prayer morning]‚ in order to concentrate fully on your prayers for the Family and to pull down My seeds. I look forward to spending this time in the Temple of Prayer with you.

9. This is not time in the temple of rest, and it’s not time of relaxation of spirit. It’s not the same as what your Father David called “Temple Time”—time spent resting in My arms, letting Me refill you. This time is different. It is your time of spiritual war. It is the time when great progress is made in every area that you take time to focus on. It is a time when wonderful things happen in the spirit. Tremendous and awesome things are made possible because of this time you spend in prayer.

10. It’s no wonder that at times it would tire you a bit, or would make your regular work seem easy by comparison. The Enemy fights this time that you spend in the Temple of Prayer. He tries to distract you. He tries to hit you with tiredness and weariness. He tries to hide from you how important it really is. He tries to make you think of all the things you could be doing to get ahead in your work, instead of praying. If you feel like that—which would be natural—see it as the Enemy’s attack‚ because he knows just how deadly it is to his kingdom, his works, and his attacks, when you unite in prayer.

11. Setting this time aside is a sacrifice. Stirring yourself up in the spirit takes effort. But each bit of spiritual effort that you put into prayer is multiplied many times over. I take those prayers and I multiply them and empower them to fill each need that you bring before My throne. Not one is wasted. Not one moment, not one second, not one thought that you send toward Me, petitioning Me on behalf of one of the requests, is wasted or lost.

12. Each specific prayer is helpful to your brethren or you and your work for Me and lost souls. Each promise claimed is powerful. Each bit of effort, each time you put yourself in the shoes of the one you’re praying for and earnestly beseech Me for those things that I put on your heart to pray for, it creates that wonderful vacuum for My power, which rushes in and does those miracles that man can never do. When you pray with all your heart, all of Heaven is freed to come to the rescue, to fill in the gaps, to supply specifically for the needs, to heal, to touch, to save, to complete the miracle.

13. Fighting in the spirit takes something out of you. But at the same time, I also pour into you. I strengthen you in spirit. Taking time to pray desperately and fervently strengthens your spiritual muscles. It gives you greater understanding of the needs of others. It helps you see things more in My spirit. It shortens the distance between you and Heaven‚ you and the spirit world‚ you and those who are trying to help you. It not only helps those that you pray for, but it does wonderful things for your life and spirit and heart as well.

14. So enter in fully, My loves, to this Temple of Prayer. Leave all your thoughts of business and work and worries outside, and dedicate this time to Me and to your precious Family. As you dedicate this morning to helping the Family through your prayers, I will in turn pour into you, and you will feel the rewards poured out. Your work will go easier, you will be more in tune, and you will be blessed by seeing the answers to your prayers, every one!

15. Give this tithe of your time wholeheartedly, knowing that it is the most important percentage of your work that you will ever do. I take it and multiply it many times over, and you will find once again that you never lose by giving! Thank you for giving so faithfully through your prayers. The Enemy tries to make them seem less important than all the other hard work that you do. But in reality, this is the most important work you will do—praying for these requests that need your intercession. Each time you stop to pray for someone, you are putting into action a chain reaction which results in miracles! Neglect it not—for interceding for your loved ones is your most important duty. (End of message.)

It Takes Two!

104. (Jesus:) Prayer is the flow of the Spirit. It’s the transformation of hearts, the beginning of life‚ the start of miracles, the completion of the impossible, the “on” switch of My power. Prayer is all this, and so much more.

105. You’ve had prayer described to you as sweet perfume rising to My nostrils, and as I breathe in the fragrance I stretch forth My hand and commence to do all that you have asked. But take that concept a little further. An incense stick, unless it’s lit, does not produce the fragrant smell. If it remains without fire, it produces no perfume. Your prayers are like that incense stick—unless they’re lit, they cannot rise to Me. You must light the match of your desperation and ignite the incense stick, thus sending its fragrance up to Me. As I breathe deeply of that sweet perfume, My desire to answer all that you have asked rises‚ and I set My work in motion.

106. The perfume of your prayers is like a man smelling the fragrant perfume of his lover. The perfume wafts through the air and it excites him because he knows his lover is near. I am the same way with your prayers. I smell the perfume, it entices Me, and I do as you ask. I send the legions of Heaven to do as you ask. I would send fire from Heaven because of your prayers. I would open the floodgates for you. I would vanquish all foes simply because you uttered a simple prayer. But you have not because you ask not.

107. Many of you have lost faith in prayer. You’ve been taught and told about prayer for years and years, and you figure that because you’ve had such a difficulty making it a part of your life, maybe you’ll never be able to use this weapon to the full. But this is a new day, the era of action, and that means action on My part as well as yours. There is no better way to begin this action than by getting your prayer gear in shape, and readjusting your prayer weaponry that you’ve left on the side or have not fully availed yourself of.

108. It’s time to change all that! It’s time to readjust your vision, pull up your socks, and start getting your heart stirred up. Prayer is the beginning step of this era of action. It’s a wake-up call to start getting your antennas directed up once again. It’s time to make Me your only wavelength. Stop running around trying to be the action hero—let Me do that. Let Me answer your prayers. And the first prayer you can start with is asking Me to make prayer a focal point of your life.

109. There’s no better time than the present, so start now! Tomorrow may be too late, and you wouldn’t want to find your skill with this weapon lacking because you didn’t practice enough and you didn’t get involved in the action when it began. (End of message.)

* “Action Through Prayer, Part 4,” ML #3340:88-103, GN 944

Keep the Candles Burning

88. (Jesus: ) Thank you, My brides, for keeping your prayer candles burning. I know you don’t always see the immediate results, but I see. I know you can’t always envision the magnitude of your prayers, but I and My Heavenly host can see the far-reaching effects they have. We can see the light and blaze of your prayers as they streak across the nations, from land to land and heart to heart, reaching those for whom you care.

89. The devils also see the trail‚ the blaze of your prayers‚ and they tremble. The devils fear, for your prayers tie their hands and prevent them from carrying out their evil deeds. The devils are cut off by your prayers. They know they have no power against your full-of-faith prayers when they see them streak across the sky.

90. When you pray‚ it’s like sending up a smoke signal. My Heavenly host and I see and receive the signal and move right into action on your behalf. The devils also see the signal, and they cower and tremble. They know what the repercussion of these prayers will mean for them.

91. The Enemy would have you think your prayers are not powerful. And when you “see” how different situations you pray for are progressing‚ you may think he is right. And the more you think that, the more you may be tempted to think your prayers are in vain, so why pray?

92. The Devil will do anything to get you to stop praying, because through prayer he will be defeated. That’s why the devils tremble and fear when you pray, because your prayers bring action against them. The more you pray‚ the more they’re doomed to defeat. So look with eyes of faith and eyes of the spirit and see! Behold how they tremble and fear!

93. Persevere in prayer, knowing that it is just like My servant Martin Luther received from Me in the song A Mighty Fortress:

And though this world with devils filled,
Should threaten to undo us;
We will not fear, for God hath willed
His truth to triumph through us.
The prince of darkness grim
We tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure,
For lo! His doom is sure,
One little Word shall fell him.

94. And that “Word” isn’t just My Name, but all the words you pray that are packed with the truth of My Word. Keep praying, for your prayers will cut the Devil to the heart and will send him and all his imps trembling in fear before the mighty power of God. Your prayers of faith ring out the victory that overcomes Satan and his demons, the victory that overcomes the world. (End of message.)

Changing the Course

95. (Jesus:) I place in your hands the tide of the battle. Upon you I bestow this high privilege of intercessory prayer for the furthering of My Kingdom come on Earth. It is a high privilege, a high honor, one that is greatly prized in all the Heavens. For My mighty bulwarks of faith and prayer, My vanguard prayer warriors are among the most respected and highly looked-up-to in all the Heavens. For these to whom I entrust the high privilege of wielding the weapon of intercessory prayer are those who win the battle. There is no battle, no victory that can be won that does not come by way of the mighty prayers of My faithful vanguard corps of prayer warriors—My highly trained and skilled, My most trusted prayer guard. This is the privilege I bestow upon you, My faithful ones. I trust you with the high position and honor to be My prayer guard, My strong warriors of faith and prayer in this mighty battle to establish My Kingdom come on Earth.

96. Do not tire in prayer, nor be weary at the sound of the trumpet, but lift up your arms in praise. Fix your eyes upward and call on the power of Heaven!

97. As you, My beloved brides, pray and seek Me in all these matters, know that I will pour out in great abundance. I will open the treasure houses of the Heavens and pour out to overflowing. The effectual fervent prayers of My vanguard prayer corps will avail much. Great and mighty victories will be wrought. You will reap the good of the land; not one prayer will return unto you void. (End of message.)

Take a Cab

98. (Jesus:) One of the greatest tasks of Heaven is to help those who are living on Earth. Those in Heaven, whether they’re angels‚ spirit beings, ministering spirits‚ or those who have lived on Earth and passed on, have many responsibilities, but one of the greatest responsibilities of Heaven is helping those on Earth.

99. Sometimes guardian angels will help someone on Earth and protect them even if they don’t ask, because that’s their job—such as protecting a child from getting hit in the head by a swing, for example. But the majority of the help from Heaven comes through people asking—either by praying for themselves or by praying for others. Many things don’t happen just because people don’t ask. But as soon as they ask, things happen!—Because that’s their job—to answer your prayers.

100. To give an illustration, it’s a little bit like a taxi station. The angels are like taxis, lined up in a queue waiting their turn to help you. All you have to do is signal for one or call on one. It’s as easy as that. They’re at your service. That’s their job, what they’re designed for, their ministry, their reason for existence.

101. Prayer is like hailing a taxi and saying, “I need to go here,” and you just give them the address. You can tell them to go slow, or fast, or that it’s an emergency and to step on the gas, and they’ll do it, because that’s what they’re there for. If you don’t pray, it’s like having a long line of taxis just waiting to take you anywhere you want to go and make your job a lot easier‚ but instead of hopping in the car and letting them transport you, you prefer to go on foot—like trying to do it in the flesh.

102. Taxi drivers will also help you with your luggage if it’s heavy. They’ll open the trunk and put it in for you. They’re there to serve you and help you and make your job as easy as possible if you’ll just use them and take advantage of them. It’s as plain and simple as that.

103. The more you take taxis, the quicker you get there‚ and the more that gets done faster and easier. Just call for a taxi and leave the driving to us. It’s safer, cheaper, easier and faster. We know the address and right where to go and the best road to take. To use them, all you have to do is whistle or phone for one to come and get you wherever you are, or flag them down‚ or go to a taxi station, whatever! But they’re there for you, thousands of them waiting—in fact, backed up and lined up—just for you. (End of message.)

* “Action Through Prayer‚ Part 5,” ML #3414:28–33‚46-70,77-82,86-87,123-130, GN 1000

The Golden Key Ring of Prayer

28. (Jesus:) Time and time again I ask you to pray, My children. I ask you to pray upon waking, to pray at noontime, to pray in the evening‚ to pray before you rest your head upon the bed, and to pray at all times in-between.

29. I have placed in your hands the golden key ring of prayer. On the ring are many keys. There is a key for every problem, a key that will unlock for you every solution that you will ever need in life. These are the keys of power prayers. To be the keepers of these keys is not to be taken lightly. Truly it is a high honor, a priceless privilege, to be the holders of these prayer keys, great possessions of inestimable worth, which I put in your hands.

30. With these keys, I give you unlimited access to the world, as well as to the universe beyond. With these keys, you can go anywhere and do anything. There is no mountain you cannot climb, no river you cannot ford, no valley you cannot cross. As you use these prayer keys to unlock the doors that stand before you‚ there will be no difficulties you cannot surmount, no obstacles you cannot overcome, no hardships you cannot get around, no troubles you cannot rise above, no foe you cannot defeat.

31. As you put these keys to continual use in your life, you will never be in want; you will never be destitute; you will never be found lacking. With these keys, there are no boundaries for you. There are no restrictions, no controls as to what I am able to do for you. The sky is not the limit, for with these keys I give you access to realms beyond.

32. With these keys, I put immense power into your hands—power to mend and to heal, to change hearts‚ to fix bodies, to redeem souls and to influence minds. With these keys I give you My sovereign power. With these keys, I give you authority to alter any situation. If you will use them to open the doors in proper sequence and pray with intensity, all the forces of Heaven and Hell are at your command.

33. This is why, My beloved brides, I ask you to pray without ceasing in everything you do. For as you continually use these keys I have placed in your hands, power is given to your hands over all the world. (End of message.)

What Is a Prayer Warrior?

46. (Spirit helper:) You on Earth are called prayer warriors when you wield the weapon of prayer. We in Heaven are called miracle warriors, miracle deliverers when we help answer your prayers. You pray the prayers, and thus you wield the weapon of prayer. We, the ones who help to bring your request to pass at the behest of our Lord and King‚ are your miracle workers. We work to bring to pass the will of God through your prayers, through your desperation, and through your importunity and faithfulness in prayer.

47. We fight the demons of Hell and wage powerful warfare in the spirit, in order to intercede on your behalf or on the behalf of those for whom you’re praying. We transform impossible situations through the miracle-working power of the Lord’s Spirit entrusted to us. We change circumstances and events. We move hearts, we change minds, we touch lives. We move the workings of the spirit world according to the power infused in us by Jesus.

48. We are your miracle workers, your prayer partners in the halls of Heaven. When you pray a prayer with real desperation, with power and with faith‚ we start to work in the spirit world right away. Not a second is lost‚ not a minute is wasted. As soon as you utter your prayer, we begin to work in earnest on your behalf—sometimes even before you’ve prayed your prayer. When we know you’re going to pray, we begin to adjust things in the realm of the Spirit to prepare the way for the answer to your prayer.

49. There are also prayer warriors in Heaven whose sole job is to pray for you. Some prayer warriors pray as Jesus did, that your faith will not fail you—that you will hold on. Some pray for your health. Others pray for the many other aspects of your life. You can call on our wonderful Husband and Lover to ask that these prayer warriors in Heaven intercede on your behalf, and they will not cease to pray for you.

50. Even as Jesus prays for His children, so are there hosts in the Heavenly realm that also pray for you. But their ministry is different than ours, the miracle workers. These ones pray for you. They intercede on your behalf. They come before the throne of Heaven to be your advocates and to plead your cause. These are the prayer warriors in Heaven. But we are the miracle workers, the miracle warriors‚ those who fight the Enemy, those who work miracles through the power of the Lord’s Spirit in us.

51. There are thousands upon thousands upon thousands of miracle warriors in Heaven. We are strong and well trained in the art of spiritual warfare, mind influence, changing physical circumstances, giving checks, encouraging, delivering healing, leading and guiding, and much more. So much goes into the answers to your prayers—so much work in the spirit world, so many details‚ so much thought and love and diligence.

52. We who work miracles in the Name of Jesus are at your beck and call through prayer. We cannot do the miracles or work the wonders or change the course of history without your cooperation through prayer. Without the power you give us through your prayers‚ we are helpless and cannot fight for you in the spirit, or change situations, or create the circumstances that you need for a miracle.

53. You must call on us through your prayers. When you do, we are abuzz with excitement! There’s nothing that we love more than to help the children of David, to answer their prayers. You keep us busy, and we love to fight on your behalf‚ to wage spiritual warfare on your behalf, to fight the demons of Hell for your sake.

54. We’ve trained long and hard to be worthy of such a special honor and privilege of being Heavenly miracle warriors. We treasure our place, we treasure our job, and we give it all we’ve got. We love the fight, the challenge, the excitement in the spirit, and we love waging war against evil and conquering it with good! We love to see the Spirit of the Lord prevail. We love to see evil forced back and the light of victory shining in its place.

55. The only thing that saddens us sometimes is when you don’t pray. We can see the big picture. We see the problems, we see the needs, we see the struggles. When you don’t pray in such times, we are disappointed and saddened. We’re saddened because we know how much even just one prayer could do. We’re bound until you pray, until you ask for help, until you ask for miracles. If you don’t pray, we’re powerless.

56. We cry tears of sadness sometimes, because we see how wonderful a situation could have been if you had only prayed. We see how an answer could have come if you had only prayed. We see how the circumstances could have been changed if you had only prayed. We see the miracles that would have taken place if you had only prayed. We cry for you, that you may one day realize the full power that you hold in your hands through your prayers.

57. But most of the time we’re happy. We’re thrilled, we’re inspired, we’re excited! When you pray, we can work the miracles and do what’s needed in order to answer your petitions and requests. Don’t ever neglect to call upon us, your miracle warriors of the spirit. You’re the prayer warriors—you have to pray in order to unleash our power and avail yourselves of our help through the power of the Lord’s Spirit. So pray, and we’ll be working behind the scenes, behind the veil of the spirit‚ to perform miracles for you on behalf of our Lover and Husband, Jesus. (End of message.)

The Spirit of Prayer

58. (Jesus:) The spirit of prayer is a gift of the Spirit. Ask for this gift, that your prayers might be empowered with the fervor of My Spirit. You don’t always see the need and therefore don’t have as much desperation as you should, but the Holy Spirit knows the need. As you let Her take over and pray through you, your prayers can reflect the desperation necessary to work miracles in the lives of others.

59. When you pray for a country or for a situation, ask for spirit helpers from that country, or for a spirit helper of the sick person, to come and to possess you—to speak through you and petition in the courts of the Lord. You don’t know what to pray, but those Heavenly beings who are assigned to mission fields, or assigned to loved ones in need, know. They’re at the heart and soul of the need, and as you cry out for one of them to possess you, so you will be able to express the need to Me.

60. Be not alarmed at this term “possession.” The difference between good spirits and bad spirits possessing a human is that the bad spirits don’t want to leave. They want to stay and do harm and damage, whereas good spirits only take possession when the human spirit allows it. Then when it’s done, the good spirit doesn’t hang around; it has other things to do and missions to accomplish.

61. “Possession” is simply the best word to describe what happens, as you need to get yourself out of the way and let the spirit helper or spirit being come through and temporarily take control of your mind so they can speak through you. This will not necessarily make your prayers lengthier, for it is not the length of your prayer that matters most. But if you do this, your prayers will contain the power and fervency that you need. (End of message.)

The Gift of Prayer

62. (Jesus:) How inestimable in value, how awesome in power is the gift of prayer! Each of My children has this treasured gift in different measures deep within, in the inner sanctuary of their spirit.

63. I placed this gift, this desire, this link of communion with Me in the heart and spirit of each of My loves when first I dwelt within your heart and spirit. This gift, like all gifts, can be honed, exercised, developed, and even sharpened to such a degree that mighty oak doors of impossibility can be opened at your behest‚ mountains shifted at your request‚ and visions revealed before your mortal eyes as with My prophet Daniel.

64. This gift is given in a unique way to each individual, and because it is a spiritual thing, each gift’s measure and ministration is known only to Me. It is not something that is tangible, that can be seen or measured there on Earth. It is the same principle as love, for how can you measure love? And as your gift of prayer grows, so does its measure and ministration. The continued development and growth of this gift in each of My brides is vital. As the days grow darker, the development and enhancement of this gift will become more and more essential. Each of My brides will be forced to strengthen their gift of prayer and this channel of communication with Me‚ and through it will I perform miracles of great magnitude on their behalf.

65. For some this gift is already quite developed from much use, but for others this gift still lies dormant within their spirits‚ for their spirits lack the exercise in putting forth the effort in prayer. For others this gift is awakened‚ but in a sleepy state. But now I stir all My loves to hone this gift within and utilize this power and force of great proportions. For this gift stirs and moves the world of the spirit on your behalf. It moves My hand, and it strengthens your link with Me and the many helpers about you.

66. Your bodies are like temples where My Spirit can dwell, and within your temple there exist various chambers. There is the chamber and sanctuary of praise‚ which then leads into the secret chamber of prayer. There is the treasured inner chamber reserved for My intimate brides, wherein lies our bed of love. Time spent in each chamber is a vital part of your spiritual growth and connection with Me. Each chamber is linked to the others, and your spirit is able to easily and quickly slip from one chamber to the next.

67. To develop and hone your gift of prayer, each of My brides must desire Me, must seek Me‚ must come unto Me, lie with Me and love Me, and so will I whisper into the ears of your spirit the key, the ways in which your spirit can grow in the ministry of prayer, can more easily focus in prayer, and can use the gift within you to its greatest potential.

68. To get the very most out of your prayer time, I call upon all My brides to lay the foundation of growth in this very important area of prayer by first seeking Me and asking Me for the personalized key, or set of keys, that belongs to your own inner sanctuary of prayer—the key that frees and unlocks your spirit and flesh to the ministry of prayer as never before, the key which creates within you a deep desire for prayer‚ a knowledge and understanding of the essential need and importance of this gift, a craving which cannot be satiated, a cry and a seeking of Me which comes from deep within, from the altar of prayer, a panting and a crying of your spirit for its great Creator.

69. I call you, My dear ones, to more fervency in prayer, more desperation, more awareness of the necessity to pray without ceasing—to keep that line and link of communion and communication open to Me at all times.

70. Come lie with Me and let Me give you the key to your own gift of prayer. I hold the key to each one’s spirit and gift. It is here in My hand for the asking‚ and with great pleasure and delight I place it in the hand of each of My loves as they come unto Me. (End of message.)

Defining Desperation in Prayer

77. (Jesus:) Desperate prayers, the kind that get results, are those prayed with fervency and earnestness of spirit. The way to properly “direct” and “aim” your prayers is by putting your whole heart and soul into the matter at hand. It seems simple, but you might be surprised at how often it’s not done properly. So many times, although you might have the best of intentions, you’re distracted, or you don’t have a clear enough understanding of the need and its urgency in order to be motivated to be desperate.

78. A key to praying desperate and effective prayers is to put yourself in the place of the person or the situation being prayed for. If you’re praying for someone going through an intense battle, put yourself in their place. Imagine how you would feel if you were them; or ask Me to help you imagine a scenario in your life that would cause you the same battle or difficulty. When praying for someone sick or in pain, try to think how you would feel if battling that same affliction or weakness. When praying for those in danger or suffering persecution, visualize yourself in that prison cell, or under investigation by the authorities, or at risk of losing your children. When you pray for those in war-torn lands, imagine that you are the one who lost your brother or sister, parent or child, because of the falling bombs or whizzing bullets. When you put yourself in the place of the one you’re praying for, you’re guaranteed to be desperate. This desperation ensures the effectiveness of your prayers.

79. Desperation is not a matter of the way you feel or the way you behave. Of course, when you imagine you’re the one you’re praying for, you’re usually going to feel something. Yet even if you don’t have a big surge of emotion—and some people don’t—if you’re focusing all your thought and energy and love on them, if you’re asking Me to help them, heal them‚ comfort or encourage them, this earnestness and sincerity is desperation.

80. Some people are naturally more emotional or excitable than others. Therefore when they pray, they feel moved, sometimes even to tears. This is desperation, but such outward manifestations of emotion or empathy are not necessary in order for it to be considered a desperate prayer. I know your heart and I know when you are truly desperate. Desperation also does not require the raising of the voice, change in your tone of voice, or speaking in tongues. Nevertheless, when you do take on a firm and intense tone of voice, it helps you as well as others praying with you to be more focused and desperate. You are physical beings and are affected by physical manifestations. Therefore, while these are not required in order for prayers to be effective and hit their targets, they are helpful “props” or “aids” for many people, and can prove useful.

81. The goal is that all your prayers be intense, focused, and desperate. You should not reserve intense and desperate prayers only for those times when things reach a point of crisis. You should pray earnestly for each and every prayer request that comes before you. In many cases, by doing so you can avoid the “crisis” or “life and death” situations, because the fervency of your prayers when the situation still seems manageable will be more effective and will prevent it from worsening.

82. The truth is that I need you to pray in order for My will to be effected—no matter what My will is. It may not be exactly what you’re praying for, but your prayers will nevertheless empower Me to fulfill that will. And I will always answer. It is always My will to heal and deliver; it is only a matter of the timing and method I will use.

86. So you see, it’s true that you have all the power of the universe at your disposal through prayer. Through prayer you are in fact assisting Me in the planning and programming of life on Earth—of your own life, the lives of others, and even the fates of cities, countries, continents and the world scene.

87. This, and so much more, can be accomplished through your fervent prayers. So keep those prayers focused. Aim the prayer beam straight by clearing your mind of all else—just as when you open yourself like a channel to receive My Words. Be a channel of My power through prayer by likewise emptying yourself of other matters, and focusing your entire mind, spirit‚ and even your body, by putting yourself in their place‚ on the person or situation you are praying for. Ask Me to make plain to you what their specific needs or problems are—even beyond those that are apparent—and then delve in and fight boldly. Your prayers are guaranteed to be effective if you follow this method. (End of message.)

Unlimited Power. Keep the Current Flowing!

123. (Jesus:) The value of your intercessory prayers is of inestimable worth in worldly terms. If you took all the riches on Earth and combined it with all the riches of the universe, it would not compare to the worth of your prayers. The true value of your prayers cannot be measured nor comprehended. Prayer accomplishes things of eternal importance.

124. The power you have through prayer is unlimited. The strength you have in prayer is all–powerful. Through prayer you are able to take on My nature; therefore prayer is omnipotent, as am I. As all things are possible with Me, all things are possible to you through prayer. Through prayer you adopt My power, My strength, My resourcefulness.

125. If you could see the full capabilities that are at your fingertips through the prayers you pray, you would never doubt, not for one moment, that all things are possible to those who are strong in prayer.

126. There is no stronger power or force than that which comes through prayer. This is why you, My loves‚ must keep the current flowing. As a hydroelectric turbine needs the motion of water to generate electricity‚ so your prayers generate motion in the spirit world. Prayer is what sets things in motion—without it, nothing gets done, nothing is accomplished, nothing moves. This is why I implore you to pray.

127. In Heaven‚ prayers are always being offered up; prayer warriors stand watch continually from the towers of the Heavenly City. Yet I have specifically designed it so that without your prayers joining forces with theirs, the prayers of Heaven are not as forceful as otherwise is possible when you pray.

128. The prayers of departed saints in Heaven, together with the prayers of My angels and spirit helpers‚ effect awesome change and accomplish many purposes. Yet when you join your prayers with those of the Heavenly realm, the power is far superior. When your prayers are joined, the surges of power I am able to release go way beyond what the prayers on either side can do alone. I have made it this way so that you might work in teamwork with the spirit world to accomplish greater results through your prayers. This is a principle of My Spirit, for in the strength of unity there is unbeatable power.

129. The current of Heavenly prayer power is always on. It never stops or cuts off. Prayer warriors in Heaven are always on duty. They are always ready to join forces with you. When you pray in the spirit, when your prayers are in line with My will and directed to Me, then your prayers join forces with Heaven and their might and power is multiplied many times over.

130. This is why you must prevail in prayer, for in the strength of this unity, when your prayers join forces with Heaven, then I can really go to work for you in demonstrating unlimited power and authority over all things in Heaven and Hell‚ on Earth and throughout the universe. (End of message.)

* The MOP: “Prayer” (excerpts)

11. You cannot do the Master’s work without the Master’s power!—And to get it, you must spend time with the Master!

15. If you don’t get alone with the Lord and lick the Devil first, you might as well forget it!

29. If you’re too busy to get alone with God and pray, you’re too busy.

30. Man ‘s greatest power lies in the power of prayer.

36. It’s not the quantity of your prayer that counts‚ it’s the quality!

38. No matter what you’re doing‚ you can always be praying!

41. Your prayers can do mighty things and change the course of history!

46. You could accomplish so much through prayer! The world will never know how much has not been accomplished because you didn’t pray!

48. Please pray! You’re the Operator. It’s your responsibility to pass on the message. Please don’t fail!—or someone will miss God’s important call. Be a faithful Operator—pray!

64. You ought to really get down to business with God! There must be times when you really cry out to the Lord and really pray and seek the Lord and really pray in the Spirit with strong tongues and tears and really call upon the Lord with a whole heart!

65. Since you can pray and your prayers can change things, if things aren’t changed, it’s your fault for not praying and believing and asking God to do something.

77. Prayer is something you can be doing all the time, no matter what else you’re doing. It’s like thinking on your feet!

83. Desperate prayer that is full of faith is the most powerful weapon we have‚ and can radically alter any situation or heart.

93. Prayer is powerful! When we pray, things will happen and things will be different! God will answer prayer! But God said to Israel one time that bad things were happening because “No man stirreth himself to call upon Me.” (Isa.64:7)

97. If you’re not really moved when you pray, I wonder how far it gets!—How do you expect God to be moved?

102. The prayers of godly men and women can accomplish more than all the military forces in the World. Prayer-craft is better than aircraft!

105. When we get to Heaven we’re going to find out a lot of things that happened or didn’t happen were not the Devil’s fault or God’s fault, but they were our fault, because we failed to pray!

126. Satan trembles when he sees

The weakest saint upon his knees!

150. You can always call on the Lord and through Him have power over everything.

166. Everything that God in His Word has promised to do, prayer can bring to pass.

170. You can change God’s mind by prayer. Moses prayed so hard that God finally repented of what He would do to the Children of Israel.

171. Can you change God’s mind? Within certain limits, yes. God’s overall plan has never changed, His overall will has never changed. But in certain details you can change His mind, otherwise you might as well quit praying. If prayer won’t change anything, forget it.

173. You’d be surprised how much God depends on your prayers, on how concerned you are and how interested you are. The Lord answers your prayers, so why don’t you pray?

174. When God answers your prayers He translates those prayers, He amplifies their power and the desire of that prayer to influence the person you are praying for. You have actual influence on them through your prayers.

175. The Lord leaves a lot to us and your concern and prayer. If you only cry with half a heart you only get half an answer. If you stir yourself, then God will stir Himself.

177. He wants us to show concern and pray about a situation. If you really believe, every prayer is heard and answered—but if you don’t pray, it is not done. An awful lot depends on you.

179. The very intensity with which you pray and really mean it or desire it is reflected in the answer.

182. Demand and expect an answer! He has promised it! I know He’ll not fail, He cannot deny Himself! He is bound by His Word. Remind Him of it, cling to His promises, memorize and quote them continually and never doubt for a moment that God is going to answer—and He will! He has to! He wants to! Trust Him and thank Him for the answer, even if you don’t see it immediately. For behold‚ the trying of your faith is much more precious than gold!

183. You determine you’re going to pray more, and then you desperately cry out to God and boom! Boom! Boom! The Holy Spirit goes to work right away and you begin to see some action!

* Good Thots, “Communion with God: Prayer,” 10-11,37,97,110,113,170,184,193,195-196,240‚243,374,424

10. Dr. Alexis Carrel is a medical doctor who won a Nobel Prize in physiology. He wrote: “Prayer is the most powerful form of energy that one can generate. The influence of prayer on the human mind and body is as demonstrable as that of secreting glands. Its results can be measured in terms of increased buoyancy, greater intellectual vigor, moral stamina and a deeper understanding of human relationships.

“Prayer is indispensable to the fullest development of personality. Only in prayer do we achieve that complete harmonious assembly of mind, body and spirit which gives the frail human need its unshakable strength. When we pray we link ourselves with the inexhaustible motive that spins the Universe.”

11. “Stonewall Jackson,” says E.M. Bounds in Purpose in Prayer, “was a man of prayer.” Said he, “I have so fixed the habit of prayer in my mind that I never raise a glass of water to my lips without asking God’s blessing, never seal a letter without putting a word of prayer under the seal, never take a letter from the post without a brief sending of my thoughts Heavenward, never change my classes in the lecture–room without a minute’s petition for the cadets who go out and for those who come in.”

37. Prayer must mean something to us if it is to mean anything to God.

97. J. Edgar Hoover, director of the FBI, says: “The spectacle of a nation praying is more awe-inspiring than the explosion of an atomic bomb. The force of prayer is greater than any possible combination of man-made or man-controlled powers, because prayer is man’s greatest means of tapping the infinite resources of God. Invoking by prayer the mercy and might of God is our most efficacious means of guaranteeing peace and security for the harassed and helpless peoples of the Earth.”

110. I live in the spirit of prayer. I pray as I walk about, when I lie down and when I rise up. And the answers are always coming.—George Muller

113. Thou art coming to a King,

Large petitions with thee bring;

For His grace and power are such,

None can ever ask too much!

170. The measure of our love for others can largely be determined by the frequency and earnestness of our prayers for them.

184. It is not the arithmetic of our prayers, how many they are; nor the rhetoric of our prayers, how eloquent they may be; nor the geometry of our prayers, how long they be; nor the music of our prayers, how sweet our voice may be; nor the logic of our prayers, how argumentative they may be; nor the method of our prayers, how orderly they may be—which God cares for. Fervency of spirit is that which availeth much.

193. No praying man or woman accomplishes so much with so little expenditure of time as when he or she is praying.

195. Prayer can do anything that God can do.

196. The one concern of the Devil is to keep the saints from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, he mocks at our wisdom, but he trembles when we pray.

240. What is the life of a Christian but a life of prayer?

243. God said to Israel one time that bad things were happening because He said, “No man stirreth himself to call upon Me!” (Isa.64:7) My mother told me of an incident that happened to an old missionary who was preaching in China in the pulpit one Sunday morning and the Communists invaded the town, threw open the front doors of the church and just mowed the people down with machine guns‚ including the preacher in the pulpit, a horrible‚ horrible massacre!

Here were all these Christians of this small village in China totally massacred! My mother was horrified when she heard the news! She asked‚ “God, why? Why did You let that happen to all those precious Chinese Christians and that pastor‚ a good missionary that’s gone clear to China to evangelize them?”

“Why Lord?” She was kind of angry with the Lord. “Why did You let that happen?” And God spoke back to her just as clear as she ever heard the voice of the Lord:

“Because My people pray not for My missionaries!” There is God passing back the buck! We’re trying to blame God, but He’s putting the responsibility on you! Now if you can pray and your prayers can change things, then if things are not changed it’s your fault for not praying and believing and asking God to do something else.—Dad

374. When it is hardest to pray‚ we ought to pray hardest.

424. Prayer is work! Real desperate prayer is FIGHTING!—Not just calmly quoting a little healing verse, but really getting DESPERATE in prayer and really FIGHTING for the victory!—Dad.

* FJWL 1, #18,174,183,194

What have you done today to save a soul? Have you asked yourself this question today? This is the question that you must ask. Have you carried your part of the responsibilities to save a soul today?—Not only in the works of the flesh and in obedience to your schedules, but have you carried your part of the load in prayer and supplication?

Have you carried your part in caring for the children? Have you carried them to My bosom in prayer? Have you fought by their side? Have you seen their needs and their lacks and have you fought for them in prayer? Ask yourself, because this too is what you must do to save a soul.

If your children lack, have you wrestled in the Spirit for them? These burdens that I lay upon your heart—have you acted upon them? What have you done today to save a soul?—To save this soul‚ this child that is before you?—The one that sweeps the floors‚ that makes the bed, that empties the potty‚ that washes the dishes, that dusts the banisters. Have you carried this child before Me in desperate prayer?—Or have you looked upon this child as a burden and a care? Turn around and take this burden and care to Me in prayer, and I will lift them up (ML #2956).

How I love to smell your prayers, like the fragrance of sweet-smelling flowers! Have I not said that prayer is not the least you can do, but the very most that you can do? Think about it! If it’s the most you can do, then why don’t you pray more?

Prayer is powerful, and if you want My power, then you must pray! What is prayer? It’s your link with the Divine! It’s communication. It’s tapping into the Source. It’s faithfulness to the greatest duty of man.

Prayer is rest, faith, complete trust. Prayer brings down My peace upon you! Prayer gets action! It lifts you up! Prayer changes the course of history! Prayer heals! Prayer revives! Prayer restores! Prayer builds! Prayer is humility. Prayer is My love. Prayer moves My hand and spurs Me to action! Prayer gets results. Prayer is saving grace for mankind.

Most importantly, prayer makes us one! Prayer melts us together, that you might partake of My powers.

Just as there are many ways to love—many positions‚ many approaches‚ many exciting and desirable ways to love—so are there many ways to pray. There is a time and a season and a purpose for everything under Heaven. A time to laugh and a time to cry. A time to be happy and a time to be sad. A time to pour out your heart to Me in desperate crying, strong tongues, seeking Me in fervent prayer, and a time to sit quietly‚ serenely, in humble seeking and sweet bidding, whispering your needs and requests in My ear.

There is a time to pray as you go, petitioning from your heart in silent words, and a time to stop, putting all else aside to seek Me with strong prayers and crying. All are important and all have their place and purpose. I need and desire them all.

It’s not the position of your body that matters, but the position of your heart. Pray long when it’s needed; pray quick when you must run. There is a time to pray quick and a time to pray long, and you must learn to avail yourself of both. Pray fast or pray slow according to the need—but pray! Depend on prayer. Live your prayers. Be not weary in prayer.

You ask if quick prayers work, and whether collective prayers count. What counts is what is from your heart and how much you believe. I know what you believe by how you live.

Heartfelt prayers are what count! If you pray a general prayer with all your heart, knowing that time will not permit more, or because you don’t know all the specifics or have all the people’s names—like when praying for the PG mommies and the teens—yet you believe in your heart, you tune in‚ you pray in full faith, believing I can touch and keep each one, then I do! But if you pray the prayer with vain repetition while your heart and mind wander off to other cares, then the answer reflects the same.

Full-of-faith prayers get results! Whatsoever you ask in faith, believing, you will receive! Collective prayers, like quick prayers, have their time and place. They keep the fires burning. But strike a balance. Have I not said that the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much? Pray collective prayers, for they often serve as reminders of your dependence on Me. But also spread out the requests—assign prayers, divide the list up sometimes if necessary.

Pioneer prayer! Seek Me for ways to keep your prayer life alive, fresh, vibrant, growing and maturing. But whatever you do, pray!

* FJWL 2, #496

(Dad:) This Family was started in prayer, this Family grew in prayer, and this Family will continue on in prayer! Through prayer we’re conquering the world! So keep taking all those burdens and trials and tests and problems to the Lord first in prayer. Then trust Him to work things out, and He will!

When Jesus was on Earth, He took all the burdens to His Father in prayer. He didn’t let the problems of the people harden Him‚ but He kept casting all His burdens on the Father, and He was moved with compassion for the multitudes as a result. So keep casting all your burdens on Jesus.

Never underestimate the power of prayer! I know it’s a temptation to always want to do more in the flesh, in the physical, especially for you young talented spunky ones. But if all you can do is pray, you can rest assured that’s a lot! So pray! Pray alone in your closet and pray with others! Pray for these different ones you meet who feel frustrated and at the end of their rope. Pray for the adults and pray for the young people.

Regarding all these would-be problems and snags and things our Homes are coming up against, it’s all part of the Lord working in people’s lives. But if you just keep praying and just keep hearing fresh from God every day, you’re all gonna be just fine! That’s the greatest thing you can do and the greatest thing to encourage others to do!

Like I taught, the greatest thing each new generation has to learn for itself is to follow God and hear fresh from Him every day! If you’re hearing fresh from God every day, if you take time to hear from Him, He’s gonna take time to straighten out every problem.

* Word Basics: “Prayer,” #3‚7

3. Prayer promises:

2Pet.1:4 — Are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises

A. Remind God of His promises when praying:

Gen.32:6-12 — Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed [and prayed‚ reminding God of His promises of protection]
Neh.1:4-11 — [Nehemiah prayed:] Remember…the word that Thou commandest Thy servant Moses

B. Some promises to claim in prayer:

Psa.37:4,5 — Delight thyself in Lord: and He shall give thee desires
Isa.65:24 — Before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear
Jer.33:3 — Call unto Me, and I will answer thee and shew thee great and mighty things
Jn.15:7 — Ask what ye will‚ and it shall be done unto you
Jn.15:16b — Whatsoever ye ask in My name…[God will] give it
Psa.81:10b — Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it

C. The Lord promises to hear prayer:

2Sam.22:7 — In my distress I called…He did hear my voice
Psa.34:15,17 — The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth
Psa.72:12 — He shall deliver the needy when he crieth
Psa.91:15 — He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him

D. God’s blessings for those who seek Him:

2Chr.26:5 — As long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper
2Chr.31:21 — He (sought God) with all his heart, and prospered

7. Wholehearted desperate prayer:

A. Stir yourself up; call on God wholeheartedly:

1Sam.15:11,16 — It grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the Lord all night
Isa.64:7a — None…stirreth up himself to take hold of Thee
Jer.29:13 — Ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye search for Me with all your heart (See also Deut.4:29)
Lam.2:19 — Arise‚ cry out…pour out thine heart like water
Lk.22:44 — Being in an agony, He (Jesus) prayed more earnestly
Heb.4:16 — Let us therefore come boldly…in time of need
Heb.5:7 — (Jesus) offered up prayers…with strong crying and tears
Jam.5:16b — Effectual fervent prayer…availeth much
(See Psa.61:1,2; 119:10.)

B. Praying fervently and desperately for others:

Rom.15:30,31 — Strive (agonize) together with me in our prayers to God
Col.4:12 — Epaphrus…always laboring fervently for you in prayers

C. Don’t give up; be persistent:

Gen.18:23-32 — [Abraham repeatedly asks God to spare Sodom for the sake of the righteous. God agrees, if there are 10]
Gen.32:24-28 — [Jacob refuses to let angel go until he blesses him]
Lk.11:5-10 — Because of his importunity (insistence) he will give
Lk.18:1-8a — [Widow and unjust judge] Lest by her continual coming
Rom.12:12 — Continuing instant (steadfast, persevering) in prayer
Eph.6:18 — Praying always…watching thereunto with perseverance
Jam.5:16b-18 — The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man (See 1Ki.18:2,41-45 )

D. Challenge God to keep His Word and answer prayer:

2Ki.2:14 — [Elisha challenges:] “Where is the God of Elijah?”
Isa.45:11b — Concerning the work of My hands command ye Me
(See also Exo.32:11-14)

E. Sometimes you can change God’s mind through prayer:

Gen.19:17-21 — I will not overthrow this city (Zoar), for the which thou hast spoken
Exo.32:9-14 — Moses besought the Lord…and the Lord repented of the evil which He [had] thought to do
2Ki.20:1–6 — [King Hezekiah was told he would die, but when he prayed, God changed His mind and healed him]
Amos 7:1–6 — The Lord repented for this: This also shall not be
Jon.3:4-10 — [Nineveh cried out and repented, so God spared it]

F. Repeating your desperate prayer:

1Ki.18:42,43 — Elijah…put his face between his knees…Go 7 times
Mat.26:44 — (Jesus) prayed the third time, saying the same words

G. Fasting and prayer:

Ezra 8:23 — So we fasted and besought our God for this: and He was intreated of us
Joel 2:12 — Turn ye to Me with all your heart‚ and with fasting
Mat.17:21 — This kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting
(See also Deut.9:9,18; Acts 13:2,3; 1Cor.7:5.)

Prayer Primers

Karen Zerby

Table of Contents

By Maria FD/MM/FM 3567 9/05 GN1154

Dear Family,

1. I love you so much, and daily intercede in prayer for you. Praying is such an important part of our lives, and I’m happy to be able to publish this precious batch of jewels from our Husband on the topic of intercessory prayer, as well as some encouragement from the Lord about our times of hearing from Him in prophecy.

2. This Letter is compiled from some of the messages that our WS Homes have received for our prayer days over the last couple of years. These messages explain what our prayers accomplish and how to make them as effective as possible, and are great primers for prayer vigils, times of prayer and prophecy‚ or prayer days. There are also a few messages that talk about the great worth and importance of our time spent pulling down our Husband’s answers, since that is also often a part of times of prayer‚ prayer days, etc.

3. This is not a Letter you have to read together as a Home for devotions, although I’m sure you’ll find the messages feeding and inspiring, and you’re welcome to use them however you’d like. One of the main reasons we’re putting them together for you is so that you’ll have them available for use on prayer days, or before other prayer meetings or prayer vigils as a means to prime the pump, focus, and get your “prayer muscles” warmed up. They’re excellent reminders of the dynamics and effectiveness of prayer and what is being accomplished when you pray.

4. There’s variety throughout, and you’ll also find wisdom, instruction‚ and plenty of motivation to stir things up and make the most of your prayers. We have a great responsibility as prayer warriors to intercede for the many situations we’re aware of, and in these days of increased workloads, Jesus is asking us to work and to use our time more efficiently, as well as showing us just how to do that.

5. I pray these messages will be a blessing to you in your times of intercession, and that they’ll get you into gear and stir up that fighting spirit in you, as well as help you to focus and target your prayers in a way that fully releases Heaven’s power to bring about our Husband’s will on Earth.

With love in our mighty Answer Man,
Mama

Don’t let up!

6. (Jesus:) As you sing and shout My praise for answering your prayers‚ remember that this is nothing compared to what is to come, My loves, if you keep the power flowing. Keep it up‚ dear brides! You’re just getting started in exercising your key power. Keep stirring yourselves up. Keep calling on the keys. Keep saying the words. Keep the current flowing. This is the secret to constant victory, to constant supply, to continual success: Keep the power flowing!

7. Every time your Enemy attempts to get you down or cause you to doubt the worth of your prayers; when he tries to seduce you into letting your guard down, into being lackadaisical; when he tries to blur your vision and obstruct your view of your main job, that’s the time to turn up the power. Interceding in prayer is the most important thing you can do. Call on the keys. Shout it out. Make your declaration known. Let everyone hear. Don’t hold back.

8. There’s nothing too small for Me to give My attention to concerning you, My loves! There’s nothing too great for Me to solve for you, nothing too grand for Me to supply, nothing too impossible for Me to remedy! I am constantly waiting‚ ready to grant each request.

9. I lay My all at your feet—all that is Mine is yours for the asking. You’re just beginning to get warmed up. Keep at it. Keep expecting more. Keep exercising your key power. Keep the current flowing.

10. Don’t limit yourselves. Call on the keys at all hours, not only when you feel the greatest need. Call on them all the time, for everything! Use these keys to the full. Call on them often‚ activate them all. Keep the power running through your veins. Keep the power on all the time and the repercussions will be seen by all.

11. As you continually activate the keys, I will keep the force fields activated around you, around every person you pray for, around every situation‚ around every need you request. I will keep them well supplied with the live energy of My Spirit, and I will answer your prayers.

12. You must keep the power flowing. This is how you gain ground, this is how you advance, this is how you assure your success—keep calling on the keys for everything, big or small. Thank you for being willing to be My generators, powerhouses of My key power. When you’re strong in the power of the keys, I will do anything for you! Keep it up, My loves, keep the power flowing.

P&P time: Behind the scenes

13. (Jesus:) I wish to reveal to you what happens in Heaven every time you gather for these special days of prayer. There is excitement in the air, a buzz, a rush, a thrill of untold expectancy as each member of the heavenly host takes their place. Angels and archangels, the departed, wise men and women of old, prophets and prophetesses who have gone before you, spirit beings and spirit creatures, and Me—we all take our posts.

14. Everyone prepares to answer your prayers, to meet every need, and to deliver to you keys that unlock doors, that give solutions to problems, insight to situations, and wisdom and guidance as we prepare the messages you solicit. All the heavens wait, as with bated breath, anticipating your desires‚ your wishes, your prayers.

15. And I cannot emphasize to you enough how much these times mean to Me personally. Each time you stop to unite in prayer, to intercede for one another and for those in need, to come before Me with specific questions; when you stop and put all else aside so that you can suck, listen, and pull down My Words for others and for yourselves—you have no idea what this does for Me, My loves. Those times are the thrill of My life. They are never boring, routine, or ordinary to Me. I never, ever take these times lightly or as mere duty or run of the mill.

16. These times you call “P&P” are exhilarating personal moments for Me—times which I eagerly await and deeply enjoy. They are among My greatest joys! When you come to Me like this, My dears, I derive immense joy from pouring into you‚ speaking to you, instructing you, and guiding you. When you come to Me with your questions, when you look to Me for answers, when you come to Me for the solutions to your problems‚ when you get quiet before Me—this turns My key. When you come just to listen, even when you don’t know what to ask or have no inkling of what I might say, yet you look to Me and seek to hear My words, to know My mind on a matter, to learn My will and My desire for your lives—this thrills My soul. It opens the door for us to be one‚ and being one with you, My loves‚ is the purpose of My existence.

17. Thank you for stopping to take these times of P&P, for it is through these sessions that we grow together and meld as one. How I anticipate your times of P&P! How I joy in them! I take great pleasure in these moments. Thank you for stopping, for coming to Me, for getting quiet, for opening the door, for beckoning My Spirit to come. Thank you for preparing to receive My seeds! The more you ask, the more you will receive. The more you desire, the more I will pour out to you. The more you suck, the more we will be one. This is what turns Me on; this is what I love.

Expect great things

18. (Jesus:) When Moses raised his arms in prayer to Me at the banks of the Red Sea‚ I stretched out My hand and parted the waters, and I held them at bay until the last of My children were safely on the other side. When the shepherd boy David loaded his sling and‚ looking up to Me, whispered a prayer, I guided his stone and brought down the giant Goliath. When Elijah sent up an intercessory prayer and asked for rain, I sent the showers in great abundance. Likewise, at Zarephath, when he cried unto Me‚ asking for the soul of the widow’s son‚ I returned life to the boy’s motionless body.

19. When Shadrach‚ Meshach, and Abednego cried out to Me as they entered the scorching furnace, I descended and walked with them in the midst of the fire, and the flame did not harm them. When the prophet Isaiah petitioned Me on behalf of Hezekiah, asking for a sign of his healing, I turned back the time and answered his prayer. When Jonah cried out to Me in his plight, I answered and placed him upon dry ground.

20. How much more will I do for you, My loves, in these days of mighty miracles? Let this encourage your faith, for in these days of action, here I stand, ready, willing, and waiting to perform even greater things on your behalf.

21. Do you see? Can you grasp it? Will you claim it? What great power I put within reach of your frail human hands! There’s nothing like it. It cannot be duplicated. No one can steal it away from you. It will never be lost. It is never misplaced. Such great, awesome, and magnificent power! It can only be released at the sound of your prayers. It is only delivered unto you at the touch of your faith. So it is, My loves, that your desperate, full-of-faith prayers can radically alter any situation or heart, and supply any need.

22. Fear not to put Me to the test. Call unto Me. Declare your faith and remind Me of My promises. How it pleases Me when you display your knowledge of My Word. Claim it! Call down the power! Intensify! Pray passionately! Pour out strong emotion to Me in your prayers. Get excited! Expect Me to work, and stand back and see Me do what you cannot do for yourself. Pray extreme prayers and you’ll get extreme answers!

23. As you unite this day, wield your power, My loves. For I am here, ready and willing and waiting to answer every prayer. Let this be your confidence; ask anything in My Name and I will do it.

Making the link

24. (Jesus: ) You hold the power of the Spirit of God in your hands, and nothing can limit the power of the Spirit of God!—That is‚ except failure to use the power. You, My loves, hold the most important thing to the whole process of prayer in your human hands: the ability to make the connection. You are the links. You are the ones who must make the connection. Without your participation, it won’t work. I am the Almighty, all-powerful and all-knowing, yet I depend on you to make the connection. Everything is dependent on you, My brides. Everything hinges on your prayers.

25. When it comes to prayer, you hold Me in your hands. I can do anything, but I am committed to working through you. Nothing can limit My power but you. The future is in your hands. You make the difference. You must make the hookup. You must link My power to those in need. You are the connectors.

26. This is why the Enemy so viciously fights your prayers from the very start. If he can distract‚ sidetrack‚ divert, and delay‚ if he can get your focus on something other than the important prayer needs at hand, he’ll do that. Anything he can get away with, he will do, for he knows once you have done your part and the connection is made, there is no limit to My power, no limit to what I can do for you. Once you hook Me up with the need, I’m in, and there’s no stopping place. I can and will do anything for you—and for those that you support in prayer.

27. So you see, your opponent will always fight hardest in the very beginning. He fights your petitions at ground zero. He knows you are vital to the process, and without your prayers, things don’t move like I need them to. Without your prayers, My power is limited. In a sense, you have control over My power, because as I said‚ I have committed Myself to work through you. Your prayers move My hand. Satan is painfully aware of this fact, and thus he targets every prayer from the start.

28. It’s prayer he fears the most, because he knows your prayers command My action. So he’ll turn up the heat on you, My prayer warriors, for he knows your prayers for the battles at hand are essential. This is why you must not fail to pray! I know this responsibility is great and weighs heavily upon your shoulders. And that is why I, the supplier of all your needs, have sent you extra help from this side to assist you in your most important duty—that of praying.

29. The Miracle Warriors are at your beck and call to specifically assist you in your prayers during this time of war. As Satan sees that his days are numbered, these extra reinforcements are necessary, for the battles are hot and the Evil One’s attempts to prevent your prayers will continue to intensify. Remember, the only thing that can limit My power is failure to pray. For this reason I send you reinforcements from this side of the veil‚ My loves. Hell’s angels don’t want to only delay the answers to prayer, but they want to stop you from praying those prayers to begin with.

30. Call on the Miracle Warriors when you set out to pray, and they will help you to make the connection. They are strong and fearless, bold and brave. They will help guard and protect your thoughts as you pray. They will assist you in making a strong connection. They will run interference for you by warding off static that Satan stirs up to divert your prayers. Bond with them, My loves. Call on them, and call on the power of the keys, and they will help strengthen your prayers.

31. Stand tall and strong, lean on these helpers and claim the keys as you go into battle, and there will be no limit to what I will do for you.

Elements of prayer

32. (Jesus:) There are countless ways to pray, My loves. But as this Endtime war progresses, there are specific elements that, if incorporated into your prayers, will help you to aim them more accurately‚ and consequently you’ll get better results.

33. Following is the formula—a basis for your prayers. Include these points as you pray and your prayers will have greater effect. You don’t have to put every single one of these points into every single prayer you pray, nor is this put forth in order of importance or the order you must use, but the more you can include these various points in your prayers, the more effective your prayers will be.

34. Here are some of the main elements to incorporate into your prayers:

1) Praise and thankfulness. It’s always good to start out with praise, but don’t be shy about incorporating more praise and thankfulness throughout, and at the end of your prayers as well, as My Spirit leads.

2) Address Me intimately. Claim your rights as My bride and lover, and let your prayer be a testimony of our intimate love and devotion and close relationship.

3) The keys. Release the power of the keys by calling on them. Call on specific keys for specific results. (For example, “the key of healing‚” “the key of imprisonment,” etc.)

4) Promises from My Word‚ both old and new. Claim them. This includes key promises, Bible verses, and promises I have given you in specific prophecy pertaining to the situation.

5) Call on helpers. Call on them by name; make use of their talents and areas of expertise to help you fight in spirit.

6) Rebuke hinderers. Call out and rebuke them by name.

7) Put yourself in the place of those you are praying for, if and when applicable. You can do this by either focusing on those you are praying for in your mind’s eye as you pray, or you can make reference to them in your prayer by vocalizing what they’re going through. For example, you can say, “Please touch and heal Simon. We know it must be extremely difficult to focus and concentrate on his work with such sore eyes and a throbbing headache. We call on the keys of speedy relief…”

8) Full possession. Let My Spirit pray through you and make intercession for you; pray in tongues sometime during your prayer.

35. Don’t worry about remembering to incorporate all of these elements into your prayers at once. As you go slow and do what you can to remember and include them all as often as possible, I will help you to form a habit. And once you get the hang of it‚ it will become a part of you, and you will wonder how you ever prayed otherwise. You will know that your prayers are packing a greater punch, and you’ll likewise see tangible results!

36. Thank you, dear loves‚ for rising to the occasion—for your willingness and obedience to stay on the cutting edge of the dynamics of the spirit and for making your prayers more effective through following these steps.

Our duty and power as prayer warriors and key bearers

37. (Jesus:) For your praise, prayer, and prophecy time today‚ think power! The power of your praise will bring you into My presence‚ where the power of your prayers will result in a tremendous surge of power as the keys rush to your assistance.

38. Today I want to give you further insight into the key power that is yours to command. The dynamics of the spirit world are this: There are many forces at work simultaneously in the spiritual realm. Some work in unison, some are in conflict—engaged in the great battles that rage on this side of the veil. No one force is fully independent in that it does not affect the others in some way.

39. Through the power of the keys, I have given you, My brides, the means to dominate all forces at work in My spiritual realm, according to My will. This is My power, and the power is always on, but all those who have access to My power must do their part to tap into the power and keep it flowing out to fulfill its purpose. I do My part to keep the power in motion‚ My spirit helpers do their part, and you must do your part to keep the dynamics of the spiritual realm moving forward. You must keep the keys active at all times.

40. As key bearers, this responsibility rests partly on your shoulders. You are part of the team responsible to keep the forces of the spiritual realm in motion, active, changing, and progressing at all times.

41. Do not be tempted to think this is too great a responsibility, My loves‚ for the end result is far beyond what you can conceive with mortal minds. I knew what I was doing when I entrusted you with the power of the keys. I am counting on you. By right of possessing the keys of the Kingdom, you actively join forces with Me; you become part of My heavenly task force. I have called you friends and lovers, and also comrades in arms. This is our quest—to free those held in bondage by the dark forces, and I trust you to do your part to this end.

42. David taught you that prayer is powerful; that when you pray, things will happen and things will be different. So it is when you activate the keys—things happen, things change, things are different. When you call on the keys for one purpose, things shift and change not only for the one person or situation you prayed for, but many other things are also influenced for good as a result of your activating the power of the keys.

43. Things in the spiritual realm interact‚ so when the keys take action, it always has a ripple effect and works to fulfill My purpose. When you wield the weapons of praise, prayer, and the keys, the forces of the spirit world are set in motion. When you call on the keys and use them in conjunction with My will, a chain reaction kicks in.

44. You hold the most powerful force in all existence in your hands. This force is not meant to be still; you must keep it active. There is no standing still in this war. You are either going forward or backward. If you don’t use the keys as I have ordained them to be used, then you can lose ground. There is stagnation and regression, both in the spiritual realm and in the physical.

45. By right of possessing the keys of the Kingdom, you become part of the dynamics of the spirit world. You possess the power to keep things stirred up and moving in the spirit. Principalities and powers are subject to your command. You hold the power in your hands, and if you fail to activate the keys, then there is lack.

46. Satan’s forces are busy at work. But how they work, how much or how little they are able to accomplish, and how successful or unsuccessful their efforts are hinges on the force and energy you release through the power of the keys.

47. This is the responsibility that rests on your shoulders, My children of David. If you do not wield the keys as I want you to‚ if you fail to do your part in keeping the power of the keys flowing, you not only forfeit power and give your enemy advantage over you, but you are responsible for slowing down the dynamics of My Spirit.

48. The fact that you are key bearers makes you responsible. The keys are not ornaments to be admired and set on a pedestal only so they can be appreciated for their beauty, but not have their power activated. The keys are to be kept in use. These are the dynamics of My Spirit: You must not let the keys lie dormant. You must use the keys or you will fall behind. There is no standing still for those who bear the keys of the Kingdom.

49. You have done well in practicing with your use of the keys. But let this knowledge be an added incentive to step up the pace in your training with the keys. Let these prayer days serve as a platform to join in a concentrated effort to effect change through the spiritual realm, to direct forces, and to reach deep into both realms—physical and spiritual—and make a difference through the power of the keys.

Reach out!

50. (Jesus: ) Launch an initiative by praying powerful prayers now—for yourselves and your Family. And when you find extra moments here and there throughout the day, use them wisely by continuing to pray for those in need. Go to your ongoing prayer list and claim the keys for the many situations that need prayer. This time invested in intercessory prayer will not be wasted; you’ll be helping others.

51. Reach out now and help as many as you can. You can do it through your prayers, which can go places you’ll never go. Your prayers can free the most bound‚ touch the hardest hearts, bring supply to the needy, heal the deepest pain, open doors, enlighten minds, clear the fog‚ dissipate bitterness, mend broken hearts‚ solve problems, encourage, heal, soothe, make happy, build vision, bring relief, stay the hand of your enemies, relieve stress and pressure, fortify the weak, give understanding, make wise the simple, change the weather, pay the bills, and give aid.—To name only a few of the many functions your prayers perform!

52. Discover what else your prayers can do today by putting them to the test. Ask Me what else they can do by calling on the keys of discovery and spiritual awareness, and I’ll show you things you never knew before.

53. This is the greatest duty you’ll ever have—to pray. And faithfulness to this duty will also bring the greatest blessings you will ever have, for My rewards match the duties I give you. Thank you‚ dear loves, for your faithfulness to this great responsibility. I know I can count on you. That is why I ask you to pray.

Incentive to keep praying

54. (Jesus:) My loves‚ if ever you feel a yearning for adventure and excitement, if you want to break out into wide open spaces where you can experience things‚ where you can be movers and shakers‚ and where you can really accomplish something‚ all you have to do is pick up your weapon of prayer.

55. There are no boundaries to prayer’s dominion. Prayer makes all things accessible to you. Nothing lies beyond the reach of prayer. I have promised that you will do greater works than I did. These greater works begin in prayer. They will come about through prayer.

56. Prayer reaches from one extreme of your life to the other, and covers everything in between. Whatever concerns you, concerns Me. If something is big enough to occupy your thoughts and time, it’s big enough to pray about.

57. If you want to know and see great things, call on Me. This is My solid promise: Call on Me and I will show you great and mighty things. You want adventure? Keep getting in the prayer groove! Keep moving along into the greater works era by committing your burdens to Me in prayer, and I’ll take you places you’ve never been. I’ll show you things you’ve never fathomed. I’ll do anything for you.

58. Remember the fail-safe formula: “If you ask anything in My Name, I will do it” (John 14:14). You ask, I do—it’s as simple as that. Keep asking, and I’ll keep doing. Keep asking and you’ll do greater works than I ever did while I walked on Earth. Ask and you will receive. Ask, and there’ll be no boxing you in, no stopping you, no limits, nothing beyond your reach.

Get rockin’!

59. (Dad:) You’ve got to get in gear this morning, folks, and you do that by getting stirred up! Stir up and gear up! God’s Word often mentions the need to stir yourselves. You find many examples in the Bible where people had to get stirred up. God’s people were stirred up by the Holy Spirit to do the things the Lord wanted them to do, and the Devil’s people were often stirred up too. Satan himself stirred up the crowds to shout‚ “Crucify Him!” and that got action.

60. The Devil’s people get stirred up plenty to cause God’s people trouble, and this ought to be incentive enough for you all to get stirred up with Holy Spirit key power and slam-dunk the Devil! When I was with you in the flesh, I had no qualms about getting fired up and lighting a fire under you too. I gave you talk after talk about the need to get on fire. I’d tell you, “If you’ll just get on fire for God, the world will come out to see you burn!” And I’ll tell you now, there’s no more worthy time to get stirred up and on fire than when it’s time to pray!

61. I’d rather have wildfire than no fire—and this certainly applies to your prayer life. You can’t very well wield the power of God if you aren’t stirred up‚ revved up‚ roused, on the attack, and ready for a good fight. You’ve got the most powerful force in the entire universe in your hands. That’s motivating power, folks! Even so, sometimes you have to work a little bit at getting in gear. That’s what sports teams do—they get in gear. A good coach will do what he can to light a fire under his team—get everybody psyched up to go out and give it all they’ve got.

62. That’s what the military does—the army, the air force, the navy—all of’m. They have some pretty powerful weapons, but the powerful weapons alone are not enough to win the war. Someone, or a lot of someones, have to be stirred up enough to use’m. They’ve got to get in gear, get inspired, and get worked up enough so they can go out and put those weapons to proper use in attacking the Enemy.

63. Thank God you’re fighting for a righteous cause—the most important cause there is! But you’ve got to constantly remind yourselves that if the Devil’s people get stirred up to work for him, that means you’ve got to get more stirred up and stay more on the attack and more inspired, so as to stay ahead of them. It takes work, it takes conscious effort. You’re going to have to fight to stay stirred up until your graduation day—that’s the life of a disciple.

64. Fight the good fight of faith! (1Tim.6:12). What do you think of when you hear this? What kind of picture comes to your mind? Fight the good fight of faith! All this talk in the Word about fighting and weapons and the spiritual warfare. Let me ask you, what do you do to get in gear to fight? What turns your key to get you stirred up to fight the Devil?

65. What do you think of when you think of fighting? Well, some of you might think in terms of some of the fighting movies you’ve seen. Maybe you picture yourself leaping through the air, performing a mixture of acrobatics and martial arts moves. Or you might picture yourself as the Gladiator or Braveheart, or Aragorn, Legolas, and their crowd.

66. If that helps you to get stirred up to fight the Devil, then so be it! If applying these concepts of action and fighting to the spiritual warfare helps you to get stirred up to fight the Devil and his demons, then go for it. I’m for doing whatever is necessary to get you stirred up and fightin’ mad at the Devil, and really going on the attack in prayer. Whatever it takes, do it! Just be sure to always ask the Lord first. Ask Him what to focus on, so you can stir yourselves up in the right spirit.

67. I want each of you to do something for me right now. Take a few minutes to stop and pray—each one of you individually—and ask the Lord to give you something you can really focus on that will help you to get stirred up to fight the Devil. Maybe it’ll be something you can focus on or picture in your mind—a picture of a loved one who is fighting illness or who’s discouraged; or a picture of the lost, wandering aimlessly in the world, buffeted by the System and its evils. Maybe it’ll be a picture of the Lord—His piercing eyes looking deeply into yours as if He’s saying, “Will you fight for My cause?”

68. Or maybe the Lord will give you a glimpse of the spiritual warfare that is taking place right now. I’ll tell you, just one tiny glimpse‚ one little peek at the warfare that is going on beyond the veil this very moment, and you’ll get stirred! Or maybe He’ll show you to focus on the key craft and their awesome power, or on one of your powerful spirit helpers.

69. Everyone take a few moments to get quiet, close your eyes, and ask the Lord to give you something to focus on in your mind—a picture or a vision. Or if you don’t see pictures easily, that’s all right, but ask the Lord for something—a few personal words, a few sentences, or even a sound bite, something to help you to focus and to get stirred up for fighting in prayer now.

70. Every time you get down to brass tacks in prayer, as you should be doing every prayer day, it’s time to get stirred up. So ask the Lord for ways to do that. Ask Him for something that will prompt you to get on fire and take action. Provoke one another. Get excited, get stirred, and go to it!

71. And here’s a new take on my grandfather’s well-known quote: “If you’ll get on fire for God, the world will come out to see you burn!” I want to edit this some to now say, “Let’s get on fire and watch the Devil burn!” Set fire to his dirty deeds through your prayers. Throw a key-powered fireball at him and defeat his works of darkness. You’ve got to be vicious when it comes to fighting the Enemy. Defeat his strategies by getting stirred up. Turn your keys into swords and cut him to the heart. You’ve got to get stirred up for every single prayer‚ because every time you pray you’re to defeat evil.

72. There’s so much to pray for today‚ many battles to fight, people who need help, situations that need attention, evil that needs crushing. So get on fire and let’s watch the Devil’s dirty deeds burn up, and send his demons back to Hell where they belong! Defeat his evil! Call on the keys of motivation, fight, and empowerment and make him burn, folks!

73. I love to fight, and I love to see you fight. The souls you are winning and every goal on your prayer list is worth attaining! So stir up and gear up and defeat the Evil One’s puny power and efforts through the power of the keys. Use the keys and unlock the power that will bring swift and sure victory! Praise the Lord!

A battle cry!

74. (Jesus: ) My precious knights and ladies of battle, hear ye the word of your King! There are souls to be won! There are dragons to slay! There are demons to rout! There is mighty victory to be had today! Are you ready to ride into the Foe’s territory and rescue the lost and dying from his clutches!? Will you ride with Me?

75. (Knights and ladies raise a rallying cry:) We will ride with our King!

76. (Jesus:) Today we will launch a prayer attack that will send the demons reeling and screaming! Before it is high noon, we will be in the midst of the camp of our enemies, dispatching those who didn’t have time to flee. We will carry the hairy scalps of our foes on our belts. No dragon of the dungeon of demons will escape My supernatural vision. Your prayers will find every skulking devil. My feet will squash the necks of every imp who dares to interfere with My plans. Are you armed with the keys and ready to wield them!?

77. (Knights and ladies raise their voices:) We will charge with the weapon of the keys!

78. (Jesus:) We will slaughter Beelzebub! We will castrate Apotheon! We will massacre the Vandari with the undefeatable weapon of praise! They think they are more powerful, but you, My knights and ladies of prayer, carry the only weapons that cannot be defeated.

79. We will storm the gates of Hell and drag out every devil-demon—Pan, Bacchus, the Selvegion, Lethargy, the Vandari, Obstacon, the spirits of pride‚ the spirits of death, Set, and many more. All will have to obey and kneel before Me and you, My chosen representatives, in the power of My Name.

80. And what will you do with these minions of Hell? Will you spare a single hair or compromise a single conviction? Or will you train your weapons on them and obliterate them with the firepower of God?

81. (Knights and ladies:) We will torch them! We will fry them! No demons will be spared!

82. (Jesus:) Use your spiritual weapons wisely‚ My loves. Keep them at your side at all times. The keys will not fail to give you the anointing you need. Your spirit helpers will enhance your abilities. Your praises will split the veil to the heavenlies and send you legions of spirit warriors to fight by your side. The prayers you pray today will weaken the Enemy’s forces and will open the fortress gates to free his captives, to destroy the evil dragons, and to rescue his victims.

83. Rely on My power, and I will possess you fully. Stay in close communication with Me every step of the way‚ and I will lead you to victory. Your prayers will be as poison arrows that will stop the heart of the Enemy‚ but as purifying ointment to heal the sick, and as water to the thirsty souls.

84. The messages I will give through your channels today will be as an oasis in the desert, as freedom to the captives, as the wisdom of the sages, because they will be the pure voice of God.

85. Who can stand against the armies of Heaven when I lead them into battle!? We will persevere, endure, and triumph!

86. (Knights and ladies: ) We will triumph!

Prayer power keys

87. Release the keys of fighting prayer, and I will work on your behalf to do what you cannot do. Every mountain will melt away and nothing will be impossible to you.

88. As you claim the power of the keys in prayer and in supplication, you will find the answers and the strength you need to carry on.

89. When you call on the keys of power, every prayer will become reality, and miracles will transpire before your eyes.

90. The keys of prayer link you directly to Me. The keys of heavenly thought power link Me directly with you. While you call on the keys, our two-way communication cannot be broken. I hear you loud and clear, and I will never fail to answer every call.

91. Take hold of the keys of supplication and I will stir you by My Spirit and move you to intercede effectively for others.

92. The keys of yieldedness and spiritual communication will keep you tuned to Me. They open up a channel that allows Me to bring things to your mind‚ direct your thoughts, and give you checks about those who are in desperate need.

93. Call on the channeling keys and they will prepare your heart, mind, and spirit to receive counsel, insight, revelations, stories, and answers to every question you ask.

94. Claim the power of the keys to keep you strong in the spirit of prayer, and I will do anything for you!

95. The keys of full possession make you one with Me and give you the confidence of knowing you can command Me to do anything and I will answer. I will not fail; I will come through.

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