I still remember the fear striking my heart every Friday night. Corporate intercession before service was mandatory for leaders in the church, and I dreaded every minute of it.
The woman of God who headed prayer was a powerhouse in the Spirit. Anointed, God-glorifying, devil-busting prayers emanated from this woman like glory emanates from Jesus. She had a certain cadence, a rhythm. It was almost as if she were singing her prayers—only she wasn’t. In any case, I know it was music to our heavenly Father’s ears.
One by one, she would hand the mic off to other prophetic intercessors who would pave the way for the Holy Spirit’s wonder-working power in the service and bind the hand of the thief who comes in to steal, kill and destroy. The authority in that room was off the charts! Heaven was coming down and devils were fleeing, in the name of Jesus.
Cindy Jacobs is encouraging intercessors across the country to pray to keep the nation stabilized through December 19th. She points to two issues that need our ongoing prayer—and I agree wholeheartedly.
First, a possible recount of the electoral college.
“You are probably aware that Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate for president, is raising money for a recount in three states, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania,” Cindy says. “Hilary Clinton, the Democratic candidate, is now joining in on the demand for a recall. Money is being raised to pay for these recalls and millions have been raised. Recounts have changed state election results, but never a federal one.”
I’m in Florida, and I still remember the hanging chads fiasco.
The second prayer matter is the electoral count proceedings. As she sees it, it is possible, though not likely, that a recount could affect the landscape of the Electoral College. However, she adds, this has been an usual election cycle. While we must pray for these two issues, she says it is critical that the eyes of the intercessors must focus, in a large way, on the following for the Electoral College.
Complacency, apathy, prayerlessness and all manner of sin has slowly chipped away at America's spiritual walls. Repentance and prayer make up the mortar that will help us rebuild the walls around our nation. Brick by brick, turning away from what grieves the Father's heart and fervent intercession will restore the hedge of protection around our nation.
Here's what I heard the Lord say last week:
"I am calling on intercessors to rise in the spirit of Nehemiah and rebuild the hedge of protection around America. I am calling on those who will refuse to come down from the wall, who will discern the enemy's strategies and refute them, and who will complete the work I've called them to start. I am seeking governmental intercessors to rally other prayer warriors to get in step with what I am trying to rebuild and restore what the enemy has destroyed and stolen. Rise up now and pray. Rise up now and stand in the gap. Rise up now to make up the hedge. I am looking for those who are willing so that My plans may be accomplished in this nation."
Warfare is a way of life for me. I am careful to put my armor on, stay alert to the spirit realm, and walk as closely to the Holy Spirit as I possibly can.
Still, there are seasons where the battle rages and I grow weary. There are times when I need reinforcements in the face of surging enemies that are intent on killing me, stealing what is rightfully mine and destroying my family and ministry.
Although I've long understood the need for intercessors, an email from a general in the faith this week—and an expert in spiritual war—reminded me of just how important prayer partners are. After asking about the warfare against me after my book, Jezebel's Puppets, his email read:
I was in a faith crisis. I had just left a spiritually abusive church and didn't know where to go from there. I didn't know who to trust or what to believe. I wasn't sure if I could darken the door of a church ever again.
That's when a friend recommended I soak to the 24/7 livestream out of International House of Prayer (IHOP) in Kansas City. I went to sleep listening to prophetic singers and musicians declaring the Word of God over my life. I woke up to devotional music led by worshippers with a passion for Jesus. It was healing to my weary soul.
Eventually, I started listening to IHOP Director Mike Bickle's expansive online teaching library. His approach to prayer and intercession was much more intimate than the spiritual warfare-only camps I knew. His teachings on the Sermon on the Mount lifestyle challenged my faith. And his in-depth Bible studies on the Song of Solomon, Revelation and Daniel exposed me to Scripture angles I had never considered. I was inspired.
The remnant is rising! If you can't see it yet with your eyes, certainly you can sense it in your spirit! We prayed out a prophetic word the Lord gave Tim Sheets in this appeal to heaven intercession call. Click the headline to listen in.
The Gadites had faces like lions. They were mighty warriors. They were the real deal. We know that the righteous are as bold as lions. While on this prayer call, the Lord started showing me about the Gadites rising. Later he expounded on that in another article you'll find on my site. Click the healine to access this prayer call.
Laura Harris Smith joined us to make an appeal to heaven this week. We had a powerful time in prayer. Laura, and her husband, Chris, are the founding pastors of Eastgate Creative Christian Fellowship in Nashville, TN. Laura has been in television since age 3, eventually becoming a host on the Shop At Home TV Network in Nashville. Having always had one foot in ministry and one in media, Laura is a published poet, the author of multiple books, speaks and ministers internationally across denominational lines, and is known for bringing a light-hearted look at the heaviest of Biblical topics. Her latest book is Seeing the Voice of God.
Click the headline to listen in to some of her teaching and inspiring words on intercession, and then, of course, the prayer call.
Jesus gave us the keys to the kingdom, and whatever we bind on earth shall be bound in heaven and whatever we loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven (Matt. 16:19). As spiritual warriors, many of us have become experts at binding and loosing.
But there's another key that believers can use to open doors that no one can shut and shut doors that no one can open. The Word of God reveals this prophetic key in both the Old and New Testaments. It's the key of David.
Some call it the "Isaiah 22:22 key" but you could also call it the Revelation 3:7 key because the prophetic Scripture is mentioned in both books. Isaiah 22:22 reads, "The key of the house of David I will lay on his shoulder. Then he shall open, and no one shall shut. And he shall shut, and no one shall open."
Of course, the "He" in this verse is Jesus. Jesus has the key and can open and shut as He wills. When Jesus opens the door, no man can shut it and when Jesus shuts the door, no man can open it. Our job as prophetic people is to discern His will and kingdom purpose so we can exercise our authority in His name to open what He wants opened and shut what He wants shut.
This week we prayed out a prophecy John Kilpatrick released in 2013.
This is part of it: "My angels ride upon the circuits of the heavens. They do My bidding. Have you forgotten that they are mighty in power? They do not relent: they prevail! Be reminded that they are engaged and enter conflict as a result of the salvation I have bought for you. It is a perfect salvation and a complete one. Do not fear or allow your heart to be troubled, for even now they are defending your interests and concerns while you sleep Have you forgotten that My name is "The Lord of Hosts"? I have given the word and it is the word of deliverance. You will prevail! Every evil plot will be foiled and every evil enemy shall fall before the sword of the Lord of Hosts. My Kingdom is sure. My will is determined. My name is your guarantee." Lots of revelation came forth during the call, including an update from an OHOP intercessory missionary that went ot Baltimore. Click the headline to listen to the call.