As humans we have a limited or no knowledge of the spiritual realm so as we pray we do not know what is actually going on neither do we know what we will encounter. This makes is adventurous. Going into a territory where u have no idea what to expect. During the 18th and 19th century Christian missionary activities in Africa for example people went into nations they were not familiar with. They went into the unknown and had to face enormous challenges with many losing their lives. Adventure always calls for faith, confidence, determination and sacrifice. In the same to pray effectively you need faith, confidence, hope and sacrifice.
The Bible make it clear that because we have no knowledge and understanding of the territories in the spiritual realm the Holy Spirit will always assist us with the boldness, confidence, and hope and most importantly the direction to be able to pray and assess the riches of God’s presence. The Holy Sprit becomes our spiritual navigation compass so to speak in prayer aiding and directing us to pray according to the will of God.
Romans 8:25-26 But if we hope for that we see not, [then] do we with patience wait for [it]. Likewise the Spirit also 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.
In the natural world adventures have led to the breakthroughs of scientific and technological discoveries. Similarly when we embark on spiritual adventure through prayer we will have breakthroughs of discovery of God’s purpose for your life. What He wants you to do and possess here on earth.
Don’t deprive yourself of the Holy Spirit help in your prayer time. It is alright for your emotions to get involve. It is okay to sweat in prayer just liked Jesus on the Mount of Olives (Luke 22:44). YOU NEED TO KNOW WHAT GOD WANTS YOU TO DO AND POSSESS HERE ON EARTH and the best way to discovering is an effective, hottest or emotional prayer which the Bible assures us obtains great results (James 5:16).
Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who [is] this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift [them] up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he [is] the King of glory. Psalm 24:7-10
David is the leader, our mentor and teacher of the expressive side of worship. God raised him up to establish the Tabernacle of David.
He had an unprecedented understanding on worship and praise. During his days the church in the wilderness experienced tremendous outpouring of the glory of God into individual lives as well as the nation. He wrote the Psalms which transcends both Testaments.
David lifted up the head of the gate of the Old Testament church for the king of glory to come in by injecting a life time of teachings and knowledge into the church and that was the reason they experience so much glory. (Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises. For God [is] the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding. Psa 47:7 )
The degree of the glory they experienced was determined by the degree of teaching infused and abounded at the time. Two thirds of the Old Testament is devoted to the teachings on worship.
David commands us to enter the gates of the church with thanksgiving, worship and praise.
Psalm 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, [and] into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, [and] bless his name.
The only way we enter into the gates with acceptable and vibrant praise and worship is for our heads to be lifted up in KNOWLEDGE, TEACHING AND UNDERSTANDING.
God had restored the Tabernacle of David to the New Testament church (Amos 9:11;Acts 15:16) so it is the responsibility of Pastors, Leaders, and worship leaders to ensure consistent teaching on Worship and praise to deepen the understanding of our people. The degree of glory, participation, involvement, and results we expect to see depends on how much time, resources and patience we invest into the lifting up of the head i. e. the understanding of our congregation before we enter into celebration both in our private and public lives.
When the people of Israel deepen their understanding through the extensive teaching on worship and praise by king David, they moved from being spectators to participants in corprorate worship which resulted in activating the presence of God and placing the congregation in an atmosphere of receptiveness, expectancy, and readiness to receive their portion of His Glory.
Now is the time to invest into the Extensive TEACHING of Worship and Praise in the New Testament Church to restore the Glory into our lives and the church. No church should proscastinate. Time wasted is purpose wasted!
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Intercession means pleading with God on behalf of someone or Nation. The Art is something that can be learned and developed which makes it a skill. The objective of the ART is to master the skill to always flow with the current of the Holy Spirit. In Prov 30:18-19 King Solomon talks about three things that baffle his mind. These animals all have terrains on their way that can hinder their movements. However they are able to make it and that is what amazes King Solomon.
In a similar way in intercession we thread on paths that do not favor our movement. In other words there are barriers which opposes our prayers. These barriers are spiritual hence spiritual warfare. To be able to pray through and breakthrough here are some keys. The Eagle, Ship and Serpent all flow with the current. Bible likens us to the Eagle. Our success in intercession depends on been able to flow with the current.
To give a practical illustration I will just use you as an example. I am sure there are times when you wanted to pray and all you felt and enjoyed doing was to sing and sing over and over and other times is the other way round. There might have been some days you woke up and did not feel like eating or going out and enjoy nothing but to pray or worship. To follow the current is to just do as you sense the Spirit impressing on your heart. Leading a group however is different and can be complex if you do not know how to get the group to also flow with you in the same direction (this can only be learned by association)
Practically during the ART of intercession one major target is to be able to have a release from heaviness, the flesh, abdominal pains, tiredness, sleepiness etc. Once you get into the flow praying no more becomes a struggle. In fact after 40 minutes or so, that is when you are actually ready and excited to pray. The whole process becomes smooth, joyful and exciting. At this level you can pray at the same tempo, loudness or zeal for a long time without getting tired because the Spirit had taken over Romans 8:26-27. This is where I call the “Plateau Stage”.
One key to get to the plateau stage is how you take off. Some do begin intercession with intense shouting. That is not wise. Your voice can choke in about 15 to 20 minutes or so. It is good to take off with low voice but once you get into the flow everything changes and your voice remains at a stable level.
The next key that will sustain you through the length of the meeting or prayer is the amount of the word (logos) or scriptures you have in your spirit. One characteristics of the Eagle is the ability to see afar off Job 39:27-30. The eagle has what I call telescopic eyes that enable it to see far into where it can find prey. In intercession the Spirit of God will help us see far into the future victory. We then pray in the midst of contrary winds and spiritual barriers until we have a release in our Spirit of answered prayers.
This release comes in the form of laughter, inner joy. Word of prophecy, dancing etc. once we sense a release the answers manifest in the natural. This answers the need to know that God hears our prayers so we do not flet, doubt or waver.