Praying Urgently

25th June 2021

James 5:16 “...The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

James 4:3 “You ask and you do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasure.”

The verse “Love not the world or the things of the world...” (1 John 2:15) must go hand in hand with the prosperity verses.

Psalm 66:18 "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear."

This is always a priority, but today it is more urgent than ever. The focus has shifted with many, from large meetings to smaller group of friends, who can often do more for the kingdom than we see in the mega-churches.

When prayer doesn’t work it is not necessarily your fault. It can be, as we see in the verses above. Just make sure you are always on top of your spiritual life.

When you pray through to victory for yourself or others, “close the door” when you are finished. In other words, your prayer must include preventative spiritual warfare measures so that the problems just prayed for don’t comeback.

Repentance is an ongoing walk to glory.

Beware of the transfer of spirits when you invite people to pray for you. (Luke 11:24-26) In most cases this transfer of spirits occurs when you fully submit to the, minster / teacher. It has a good side and bad side to it.

The Lord will alert those with ears to hear his plans and warn you of dangers, if you are correctly tuned in.

Today many are searching, but with ulterior motives, they just want everything to go back to normal. It will not. It is going to get far worse. But right in the midst many are seeking to be saved, with deep desire. They want the truth and the want to be a testimony of that.

It is our adversary the devil who is forever trying to trip us up.

So, as we head for the most important the days the world has ever seen, here are some personal thoughts on these things.

Back in my school days, I had a number of great girlfriends. Most I have still kept contact with today. (Just as friends)

I have been privileged to lead some to them to the Lord and be influential in their coming to salvation.

It is our friends that we grew up that have a special relationship with.

Many of your old friends may be nice people. But the spirit that rules their lives is what to take note of. Deep discernment of spirits is needed!

But there is group of them that are into the occult, fortune telling and other evil practises. I have felt to beak all contact with them.

So, now, I hear from time to time what a mess their lives have become.

As we move on in these terrible and glorious days, your priorities must be seen to be changing dramatically. You must separate in your mind that which is of eternal value and that which is a waste of time, sent by the devil to get you sidetracked.

My friends, your personal life with our Lord in these days is of utmost importance as time runs out.

Pray the scriptures and in line with them when at all possible.

This is also an appropriate time mention what salvation is and is and what it is not.

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Salvation is not praying a quick prayer. It starts there, but then if the seed has germinated; it produced fruit – the fruits of the Spirit. Then as we go on, work of salvation switches to the work of the cross, denying self and the like, then finally, the salvation is wrapped up in the resurrection of the body.

I person who puts his hand up for salvation and says a few quick easy words, is either saved right there or is not saved. The evidence will be seen further down the line when it’s time for fruits and overcoming the world. (1 John 5:5)

I don’t generally share these things, but feel I should now.

I have had some serious health issues of late.

I do not covert, your prayers at this time. I must certainly do covert the prayer of many who I know, and are in the same spirit.

You see, sometimes you throw yourself open to all sorts of goggas!

I remember speaking with an old school friend some years ago. I knew that she was into the occult. As we departed, she said, “Ill pray for you.” Luckily, I got the last word in (which is not easy with Jezebels) I said – “please don’t pray for me.

She might have had good intension, but whose god would she have been praying to? Knowingly or not, she would be praying to the god the wants my destruction.

So, be  discerning in all these things.

In the days ahead, many will coming loooking for answers and asking for prayer.

When the Lord lays someone on your heart, you are you brother keeper! (Genesis 4: 9)

►Thank you very much to my New York prayer team, who have been fervently fasting and praying for me in the last few days. I don’t know what I’d do without you!

Shalom...Joel.