Archive for October 2014

Prophetic Intercession 3   5 comments

Intercession, by it’s very nature, is not about us.  If I am crying out to God regarding problems in my own life, that’s a valid form of prayer but it’s not intercession.  If I am crying out to God regarding problems in someone else’s life or situations that I am not even affected by, that’s intercession.  It’s always on behalf of others, not about me.

But prophetic intercession is still another category which is more strategic and powerful.  It involves asking the Lord to direct your thoughts and lead you into praying what’s on His heart.  He will give you information you do not have or show you pictures or visions of people and places you have no knowledge of.   It can be anything … anywhere!  And when He shows you, He can also take you there in the Spirit in prayer.  When you arrive, there will often be angelic help, seen or unseen, to assist you in bringing His answer to the people and situations there.

Always remember this.  In the Spirit you can fly!  You will never see an eagle sneaking around in a forest trying to catch his prey that can easily outrun him.  You will never see him surrounded by wolves.  That’s ridiculous.  He doesn’t go there or operate from that level.  He operates from a higher realm where he can see with great accuracy.  He can fly.  So can you.  (Isa.40:31)

There are many stories of prophetic intercession and people being transported in the Spirit for that purpose.  Another one of my favorites comes from John Paul Jackson who is a well known prophetic voice in the USA. (www.streamsministries.com)  He tells of travelling and preaching in Europe several years ago when he became very ill.  He was so ill that he had to cancel some of the meetings and eventually ended up in hospital.  He had been crying out to God for healing so that he could continue ministering.  He was growing weary in his faith when suddenly at the side of his bed a little old man appeared.  The man was small in stature and had dark weathered skin.  He said nothing but simply laid his hands on John Paul’s chest and began to pray.  John Paul said that fire seemed to shoot through his body and he was instantly healed.  In that same instant the man disappeared before his eyes.

Knowing that angels can change their appearance and take on different forms, John Paul began to thank the Lord for sending His angel to bring healing to him.

At this, the Lord spoke to him and said “No, that wasn’t My angel.”

Shocked, John Paul cautiously asked “Well then … what was it?”

In answer to the question, the Lord took him into a vision where he clearly saw this same little old man in his small hut in a Mexican village.  The man was on his knees in prayer asking God to use him.

“Oh God,” he prayed, “I’m very old now and I live in such a small village. I want to work for You but I have no opportunity.  Please won’t You use me somehow to help someone?”

Apparently the Lord took him at his word.  He was transported in prayer all the way to Europe to lay hands on one of God’s servants who needed healing, then taken back home again.  Consider the possibilities!  But this is not about a free travel package.  We don’t get to choose the place or the circumstances.  It comes out of a desire to know God in a deeper way and work to build His Kingdom.   And it must ONLY be done through the Holy Spirit by those who know the Lord personally.  There are other spirits that would counterfit and deceive and eventually destroy people.   Jesus said “He who does not enter by the door of the sheepfold , but climbs up some other way is a thief and a robber  …  I am the door.” (John 10:1-10).

For those who are His, seated with Him in Heavenly places, there are truly no limits in prayer! (Eph.2:6)

For Prophetic Intercession parts 1 and 2 see the category “intercession” on this blog.

The Dance   3 comments

The large hall was set and ready for the meeting to begin.  The musicians were tuning their instruments.  People were arriving and greeting each other before taking their seats and there was already a sense of His presence and an air of expectancy.

 
Suddenly Jesus appeared in front of me, smiling broadly.  Manifested in this form as the Man, Christ Jesus, He always takes my breath away.  Opening His arms to me, He invited me to dance. My weak knees led me to Him as I accepted His invitation.  Being in His arms is to be surrounded by a cloud of His fragrance, a cloud of His protection, a cloud of His love.

 
Music came from somewhere as He whisked me out into the open area.  Then all else disappeared – the people, the instruments, the chairs and even the carpet which had covered the wood floor we were now dancing on.  In the light of His presence, gazing into His wonderful eyes I see nothing else but Him.  I want nothing else but Him.  To be held in His embrace, learning how to move as one with Him is my only desire.

 
For a long time we followed the music around the room and I revelled in the sweetness of His presence.  But then without warning Jesus also disappeared, at least from my natural vision.  Startled, I realized that nothing else had changed.  The music continued in the empty room and I could still feel His strong arms guiding me in the dance and the warmth of His hand holding mine.

 
There was, however, one thing that changed.  In the moment He disappeared from my sight His presence magnified greatly, causing what had been a blissful, sweet experience to now become so intense it was overpowering.  I rested my head on His shoulder and wept.  Now I was no longer moving on my own for He was carrying me.

 
So often when I am wrapped in His embrace, I find that words are unnecessary.  There is a language that communicates on a much deeper level, Spirit to spirit.  Now He was teaching me that sight is sometimes as unnecessary as words.  The reality of the Spirit realm goes as far beyond physical sight as it goes beyond earthly physical language.

 
Here, for these moments suspended in time, in this new realm of the Spirit where I had entered with Him, spiritual sight had overcome the natural.

 
II Cor. 4:18 Amp. – “We consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen: for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting) but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting.”