House of Prayer for Singapore, All Families and All Nations
God has destined Trinity Community Centre (TCC) to be a church strong in Father Me healing, teaching & equipping in SoHS, and House of Prayer for all nations. God is bringing us to a new season in knowing the Father's heart and doing greater exploits for him, to move in greater faith and heavenly anointing to break the yoke of bondage, oppression and sickness. Let's continue to join our hearts in oneness to pray and ask God to propel TCC to another new level of faith and anointing in bringing dramatic healing, impactful teaching, greater freedom and restoration to the many individuals and families in TCC and also inter-denominational. Supernatural breakthrough comes for those who are standing in faith. Breakthrough is not something we sit around and wait for. Breakthrough is God waiting on us to respond in obedience to what He has already commanded and promised in His Words. Let's come together every Wednesday evening 7:30pm to pray for divine intervention to crush and dismantle Satan’s stronghold. Whatever it be, whether sickness, relationship problem, bad finances, unemployment, depression, secret sin or any other thing – today, God is giving us power and authority to break that stronghold down and set us free. We claim victory in the power of Jesus’ name. Amen!
House of Prayer For All Peoples
Wednesday, 19th Dec 2018
PRAY FOR GOD’S TIMING AND GET INTO SOLITUDE WITH GOD
(Exhortation by Ps Darien)
The Bible is true. Matthew 5:8 says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
Ps Darien shared the awesome vision that her daughter, Cadence saw recently during worship at the church sanctuary …
She saw a bright light at the altar. Later, the brightness got lighter and she saw Jesus’ face with shoulder length hair and a moustache. The Lord called her name and said, “Cadence, I love you.” After that, she saw a drop of rain that became so big and she saw Hebrew words in it…and then it became more drops coming down on the stage ..flowing out on the altar and she saw specifically in each of the raindrops was the name of the bible. There was a drop named ‘Luke’ and another with ‘Jeremiah’ inside. Then it became a huge bright cloud with bluish pink. It began to appear and it burst out into a huge heart and it scattered towards her. She felt at that moment, her heart was touched and her heart was softened. She just didn’t want to open up my eyes. By the time when she opened up her eyes, it was back to the normal.
What is the Lord saying? This is the interpretation of the vision given by our Senior Pastor, Rev Alicia Teo…
- Light – represents the presence of God
- Jesus called her name and said, “Cadence, I love you.” – God knows us by name and he is assuring his children of his everlasting love.
- Drops of rain – is the revelation of God’s Words that belong to many who have been tested by flame and by fire. They are those whose names are written in the Book of Life. (Rev 21:27). These raindrops are washing over the people, washing over 5-fold, 5-fold getting recharged with the gifts of the Spirit. Gifts and fruits will manifest in 2019.
- Hebrew Words – we are to get back to Hebraic bible study and to study the book of Luke and Jeremiah.
- Jeremiah and Luke – both called to be prophet, both speaks of the New Covenant, both speaks of circumcision of the heart, both speaks emphasized the seriousness and pervasiveness of sin, both speaks of God’s compassion for His people to be so intense as to cause God to week in sympathetic pain. Discipleship will be enhanced with explanation of parables by Jesus in the Book of Luke and Jeremiah. 2019 – a year of discipleship – call to fellowship with Jesus and obedient service for and to him.
- Drops get bigger – 2019 will be a year of fresh revelations, the Issachar Anointing. God is bringing us back to the old phase of contending but this time not labourious but glorious but not without labour and diligence and God will not place at the platter without intercession.
- Huge bright cloud bluish pink – it talks about a pillar of cloud; protection upon His children; more of God’s encounter.
- Huge heart – talks about God is going to give the Body of Christ more love and favor as well as boldness to preach the Good News of His love. His people will be given a greater heart of love that will touch and soften the hearts of the people.
The vision was so detail and specific for the instruction of the church that 2019 will be a strong rain of the Word of God, that the people will become so hungry for the Word. If God can reveal such a vision to a seven years old child, it shows what God is doing for their generation. Because whatever vision that God released to that generation belongs to them. Whatever vision God revealed to you belongs to you (Deut. 29:29). May this vision bless us with a hunger and thirst for His righteousness for 2019!
Ps Darien shared with the intercessors of what God has put in his heart. The Holy Spirit says we must pray for God’s time and get into solitude with God. God’s timing carries His wisdom (Ps 90:12). Why God’s timing? Because the Word of God says, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Going into 2019, God is reminding his people to invest their time with him. When we invest our time with God, he will show us his time. The ‘Issachar anointing’ shall be released through a heart of wisdom. We need to be sensitive on the usage of our time.
Eccl. 3:1 “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…”.
Eccl 3:11 “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” In all things, God put us through a process of time. Anointing, destiny, healing and deliverance come in a process of time. Through the process of time, God has a plan and a purpose. In its time, God makes it beautiful.
We must sit down with the Lord and not to be too busy to do what is required but to spend time to seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matt 6:33). In 2019, we must allocate time to seek God. because all the priorities, protection, provision, prosperity flow with time. Because if the time you put to spend on things that is not seeking God first, you will have a lot of wastages. God is a God that doesn’t waste time. He is working throughout. He is searching for people that are looking for him with their time so that he could redeem their time. If you were to meditate and reflect, you will know that over the years you may have wasted a lot of time on the wrong things.
As we pray tonight, God is wanting more of our time. Matthew 5:6 says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” It is most important to spend time with God.
Spending time with God will give you spiritual breakthrough!
When we spend time with God in prayer, three things will begin to happen…
- The first thing God will reveal is you. He will reveal what is your priority. By coming to God, it is already a priority. What are you putting as priority in your life? If you don’t put your priority right, you will be chasing other task that is going to waste your time.
- You begin to know that God begins to protect you in prayer. When you are in prayer, God protects you and the enemy will not be able to attack you. When you get into intercession, do you know what is happening in the spiritual realm. In the spiritual realm, God is putting his hedge of protection around you because you get into his presence. No one can get into the presence of God and being attacked. Prayer is offensive. Worship is offensive.
Ps 31:15 ‘My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me.” Many are fighting over small and petty things. When you spend time with God, you spend less time fighting worldly battle with Satan, with angry and difficult people. When we dedicate our time to God, He will begin to fight our battle for us.
2 Corin 6:2 says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you. I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” Get into the Issachar anointing, you will begin to know the seasons and the times. This is the season and the time to get into the freedom of the Spirit. So therefore, there is a time for God to save your unsaved family members.
- When you get into prayer, God will begin to prepare the things for you. Matthew 6:32 says, “For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. ” “All these things” are talking about finances. First thing you need is to put finances aside. You mustn’t seek God for the finances. You have to seek God first and the finances will follow you. Don’t worry for material needs. God knows that you need all these things.
How much time are you giving to God is how much time He will redeem for you! God already knows what you want. What He wants is your heart. In order to have very good relationship with God, with your son, and with your spouse, you have to invest time. If your relationship is not good, your relationship with others will not look well. Therefore, in order for you to have breakthrough for protection, provisions, healing, deliverance, you need to give the time to God. This is a command and not a request! Because this is a Christian life …life and death and a warfare we are talking about! When you get into the time with God, He will begin to reveal to you when is the time to step out, when is the time to break, to bind, to proclaim certain words that will break the shackles of the enemy. There is a time for everything. Everything in God’s time are made beautiful. Everything is found in the presence of God and not anywhere else. God is a spirit, you need to worship and pray in spirit and in truth! When you touch God, the breakthrough begins to happen. Hallelujah! That is what Christianity is all about. Spending time with God will give you spiritual breakthrough! When you come out of your prayer closet, you will be on fire! Amen! God is looking for fiery Christians. Don’t be a lukewarm Christian.
Therefore, get into God’s presence and timing because everything that you need is found in His presence.
Ps Darien ended by saying that ‘God has a plan for your posterity’. What is posterity? The posterity is about God’s anointing and His Word that will continue from generation to generation.
Declare Psalm 128 over your family because God’s Word is powerful and prophetic… it will come to pass.
1 Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him.
2 You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.
3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table.
4 Yes, this will be the blessing for the man who fears the Lord.
5 May the Lord bless you from Zion; may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life.
6 May you live to see your children’s children— peace be on Israel. A home is a house with love .. a home is a house with a heart.
A home without a heart is a house.
To God be the glory!
Wednesday, 12th Dec 2018
God is awesome in our midst. The corporate anointing of TCC is moving to a higher level! God is answering our prayers. We are seeing more people from other churches coming to join us in intercession. We hope to see more and more of God's people rising up to exercise their spiritual gift of intercession. Persistent prayer precedes breakthrough.
During prayer, Ps Darien discerned that three waves are coming - fear, stress and lost. Only the bulwark of the Word of God will be able to resist these three waves. 2019 is a Year of the Word. God's people need to keep digging into the Word of God and diligently study the Word. We need to pray for unity in the Body of Christ and pray for marriages to be strengthened and bound by the Word of God.
Ps Francis gave an inspiring exhortation on 'Revelation in Prayer and Worship'
Revelation comes when we begin to worship and to seek God in fervent prayer. God reveals His will and His purpose when we begin to seek Him in prayer.
James 5:15-16 “And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” What is this ‘prayer of faith’ that is so powerful that it could save the sick, that the Lord answers such prayer and begins to raise up the sick? We know that faith comes by hearing, and hearing the Word of God. It comes by partaking God’s Word into our spirit through our spiritual ears. It is not just hearing with our natural ears and it becomes knowledge. This effective prayer that James is talking about is prayer that produces desired results..prayer that bear fruits that God be glorified.
What are fervent prayers? Fervent prayers are prayers from a passionate heart. We pray with a passion for God’s kingdom to come and God’s will be done. Not so much of what we want but what God wants. Souls are perishing. Our family members are perishing. We pray with such passion for the salvation of their souls. That passion will touch the heart of God. We do not give up but continue to pray fervently for their souls. So therefore, in essence, what Apostle James said in James 5:15-16 is this: prayers that produce desired results are prayers pray with a passionate heart in full agreement with the Word of God. We have to pray in full agreement with the logos word (the written word) with a passion. We need to use the Word of God to pray. The Word of God is the ‘sword of the spirit’ (Eph 6:17). Hebrews 4:12 is talking about the rhema Word of God. The Word of God is living and powerful. We are to pray according to what's written. We are to pray through until the logos word becomes a rhema word (a revelation) to us.
In warfare, when we pray God will give us strategies to fight the spiritual darkness. We need to discern that the schemes of the devil. He may put fear and doubt in us. We need to meditate on God’s laws. It makes us wiser than our enemies (Ps 119:97-98). The unfolding of God’s words gives light and understanding (Psalm 119:130). God sent His Word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions (Psalm 107:20). That ‘Word’ - logos became rhema. That ‘Word” – Jesus became flesh. Healing begins to take place when God sent forth the rhema Word.
1 John 5:14-15 says, “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” God's Word reveals His will. Just as Jesus Christ came as the Word to become flesh to reveal the Father’s will.
So in summary, when we pray in full agreement with the logos Word of God, it is good always to have the Bible before you when you pray. God would just give you a revelation when you begin to pray with that Word. Pray until the logos Word becomes a rhema Word. Pray with passion. God honors a heart that is full of passion for him in prayer. You will receive a revelation of God’s rhema Word. Ps 103:20 says God’s angels will only take action when they hear the voice of His word. Angels are spiritual being, they obey the instruction of God’s Word. Therefore, we are to pray through to receive a rhema..a revelation of God’s Word. Amen!
Wednesday, 5th December 2018
PRAYER UNFOLDS GOD’S PLAN
(Exhortation by Ps Darien)
God wants us to be brighten up in the Spirit in this season. There are lot of things that are waiting for us to do and the Lord wants us to enter into his rest. This is a new season that requires new wine that comes from the Spirit of God.
Proverbs 20:27 "The spirit of man is the lamp of the LORD, searching all the innermost parts of his being." Our spirit is where God puts the fire. Our spirit is the lamp of God where it shines.
When we pray, our spirit and our soul must be separated by the Word of God. Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” The soul can become heavy and drags the spirit down. That is why sometimes people say, “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.” Like the disciples that couldn’t stay up in the wee hours to pray with Jesus. God wants us to separate our spirit and our soul because the spirit is the lamp of God. God's Word is able to separate. Likewise our heart and our mind must be separated because sometimes our mind is too heavy, it drags our heart along.
We must understand that the revelation of prayer is that our spirit brings life to the soul. That is why the spirit needs to be lighted up. The spirit is the lamp of God, it must be lighted up so that it brings spiritual strength and anointing to the soul. It is not the soul that brings strength to the spirit, but it is the spirit that brings strength to the soul. When a person is feeling down, the soul drags the spirit. That is why we need the Word of God to separate the soul from the spirit and the spirit begins to brighten up. The spirit is so easily clouded by emotions because the soul is filled with lots of emotions, thoughts and feelings. We need to be free from the thoughts and emotions of the past. The Word of God separates the soul from the spirit so that the spirit of God becomes the lamp of God.
Why does the blood needs to be separated from the bones? It's the bone that brings life to the blood. But it’s the blood that brings life to the bone. It’s the spirit that brings life to the soul. Likewise, it’s the blood that brings life to the bone. When your heart has the Word of God, it renews the mind. It's the Word of God that renews the mind. Where your spirit resides is the life of God. It's the love of God that changes you. God is asking and searching for your heart because your heart is where your spirit resides, and where your spirit resides is the lamp of God.
When we pray, it’s not by might nor by power but by His Holy Spirit. And that is where the power of prayer comes, the knowledge of God and the revelation of God comes…in the Spirit. And we know and hear what God is speaking to our heart. God does not speak to your mind, he speaks to your heart. We all know that in the blood system, when our heart has strength, our whole body has strength. It’s not the heart that depends on your mind but your mind depends on the heart to pump the blood to your mind. When your heart pumps enough oxygen to your mind, your mind becomes clear and strong. And everything in your body becomes healthy because of the blood. That is why the power of the blood of Jesus is so full of authority.
Ps Darien shared the revelation in prayer: prayer has to be manifested into a plan. This is the season where our prayer will become formative of God’s plan. A lot of people pray, but there is no plan. The person is not doing anything. Prayer unfolds God’s plan. When you pray, you need to pray to have God’s plan unfolds to your spirit…you heart.
Nehemiah was one of the most unique person besides Jesus in the Bible. Nehemiah is not a pastor, not an apostle, not a prophet, but an intercessor. God’s plan doesn’t just unfold to the five-fold but to His intercessors. A lot of people pray, but there is no plan. When we pray, we need to ask God for His plan. When we pray, we always ask God to be in our plan, that is why we always have obstruction. God does not come into our plan, we have to get into God’s plan. When intercessors pray, they must get into God’s plan. God’s plan touches your heart. When Nehemiah prays, He knows and he begins to see God’s plan. He felt what God felt..God is sad because the wall of Jerusalem is broken down…and his prayer to God is for the broken walls to be restored.
Nehemiah was an intercessor. Therefore, we must seek God’s plan. That is very important. Prayer must produce plan. Why? Because if we don’t have a plan, we will not have a purpose. Nehemiah has a plan, the plan births forth the purpose to rebuild the wall. This is also for the leaders. Why would a person follow a leader? It’s because the leader has a plan. If you are a leader, you must have a plan for your ministry so you have a purpose. If you don’t have purpose, you will not have people. It’s time to join to get into God’s plan and to get into partnership with God. Without a plan, there is no power. When you have a plan, that is when the power begins to flow. Likewise, if there is no infrastructure, and no cables in this country, there would be no connection. Likewise without ministry, there is no anointing. People are asking for anointing but they don’t have a ministry so where do you use your anointing. There is why plan is very important. We must get into God’s plan.
The Word of God in Proverbs 16:3 “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” Without purpose, there is no power at all. A leader must have passion more than anyone else. If you want to build a strong team, you need to have a purpose. When you have purpose, you have passion. People are attracted to your ministry because you have a purpose. A leader must have a purpose because there are lots of lost people out there. If you don’t have a plan, why would people follow you? If you don’t have a purpose why would people connect to you?
God desires not His people to seek His anointing but His plan. The anointing of God follows His plan. This is very important. This is fresh revelation. Without purpose, there is no people.
People would only follow purpose. Without people, there will not be not be provision. People are the most important resources God has given to us, especially to the leaders of ministry. What have you doing with the people God has given to you in your ministry? Without people, there is no provision. People follows purpose. Purpose follows plan. It’s not man’s plan but God’s plan.
Therefore, we need to pray and press on to know what is God’s plan for TCC and what is God’s plan for your ministry. What is God’s plan for your people? You need to plan for your people and not your people to plan for you. When people plan for you, you are no longer a leader but just a follower. Intercessors, when you pray, seek God’s plan.
When Nehemiah prayed, he sought God for His plan. And God’s plan was to use him to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem. What’s the burden in your heart? What is God’s plan for your life? When we pray, seek not of ourselves but God’s plan, it pleases His heart. We need to change the way we pray. When we seek God’s face for His plan, the anointing, the blessing and the favor will all follow the plan of God.
Wednesday, 14th November 2018
CONTEMPLATIVE, ABSOLUTE AND REALITY OF PRAYER
(Exhortation by Ps Darien)
The key to breakthrough in life is to praise God and to worship Him. That is where His presence resides and rides on our praises. This was the revelation that came during worship - If we were to change the way we pray according to His Word, the breakthrough will come very fast. God is giving us a prayer revelation that will break every yoke. God will renew our mind, that we will no longer pray what we want but what God wants. We are to pray His will and pray what the Word of God says that we are, we can do, and we can go and do great exploits for God. Pray for His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. When you pray what God wants, He will lead you to do what He wants you to do. That’s when breakthrough comes!
Ps Darien shared on three particular areas on prayer – to pray in the Spirit. Praying in the Spirit is the only way to connect with God and know what He wants you to do. This is the season to get into God’s will, God’s heart and God’s image.
A very simple analogy of prayer is like driving a car. When you drive a car, you must know where to go. Don’t waste time in unfruitful way. God wants us to get into the sharpness of the Spirit. When you pray for a lot of things, you are praying for nothing. Because God works in specific. God is a master of plans. He charts our whole life.
1. The first thing on prayer is contemplative.
What does contemplative means? It means a prolonged thought, not just the length of it but the endurance and perseverance of prayer ..the meditative is reflective and thoughtful. A lot of people doesn’t pray for what to change but what they want. The first thing when you wake up and get into your quiet time, God is wanting to change something. As long as you are in this world, you are changing. If you catch on that everyday what God wants you to change, something is going to react and respond to that change.
Prayer has to be sharp like a sword. Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.” Prayer gets into the revelation and the knowledge of God. It is when information becomes revelation. It is when the logos (written word) becomes rhema (the spoken word of God… it becomes a voice of God that command or propel you to do something). And that is when your prayer is directed by God for someone so specifically and sometimes shockingly to bless that person with divine answer and a word of encouragement.
When you drive a car, you need to know where you are. You need a spiritual road map. Prayer must be directed by God. You must know your position. God will reveal your condition and your roots to you and things you are to achieve. Contemplative prayer sometimes manifests in vision. Things become specific. You need to know where to go, what to achieve. See specific vision for your life.
Ps Darien shared a testimony of how God answered the prayer of a mother who had lost contact with her son for more than a year. Everytime she comes to prayer meeting, she would always bring a photo of his son and said, “Can you please pray for my son?” He prayed and prayed for three months but there wasn’t any result. Everyday, he would say, “The lost shall be found. God, you must answer the prayer.” And finally the revelation came and it was revealed to the mother, “You must know the destination. The Lord wants you to increase your faith. This is your son, you got to see him coming home”. When we pray, our desire and expectation and spiritual fervor carries the power. Then we began to change our mode of prayer, “I see him coming back. I am hearing his voice. I am seeing him coming back. I am seeing him calling me”. Not long after the three months, coming to the 6th month, the son called. Hallelujah!
The things that is unseen is eternal. The things you see is temporal. “Call those things which are not as though they were” (Romans 4:17). Prayer has to get into specifics. Why? Because the specific of your prayer only you know. Whatever specifics that you pray, you know it’s God who is answering you not man.
Ps Darien loved the illustration on how Rev Cho Yonggi prays…
He was very poor, his room got nothing, he lived basically on water. He was literally fasting and praying everyday. His first ministry was in an army tent. He prayed and asked God for three things which was very important for his ministry - a table, a chair and bicycle to ride on. He prayed for 6 months and still nothing happened. He was very discouraged. Finally, one day a revelation came to him. The Holy Spirit spoke and told him to be more specific, “You have asked for a table, chair and bicycle – but what kind?” The Holy Spirit always lead us how to pray. Then he prayed more specifically, ‘God, I want to have a table made of Philippine mahogany, a chair made by the Japanese Mitsubishi Company, with rollers on the tips so that I could roll around with an iron frame that rolls around and a bicycle with gear, made in the USA. And sure enough, in a few months, one by one, those things came into his possession – the table of Philippine mahogany, the chair made by the Japanese Mitsubishi Company, with rollers on the tips and then the bicycle made in the USA (and slightly used by a missionary’s son) were all supplied to him. He was filled with joy because no one in the world knows except God.
God wants you to be a witness of the specifics of your prayer. The more specific your prayer is, the more powerful it is. The more it brings into perspective and focus.
God wants us to move in according to what He wants. Everyday we pray, “Lord, what do you want me to do? Lead me to the time, to the people, and to the place. (Kairos time is God’s time.) Who you want me to meet? Where you want me to go?” All these are directed by God. Nothing happens in your life is coincidence, it is divine. The difference between the world and you, is you know it is God bringing you to that place, to that time, to that people. The Lord is the One who connects all the dots in your life.
2. Besides contemplative prayer, we need to get into a point of absolute.
Every prayer has to come to a point of absolute. What is absolute? Trust, faith, obedience. This is when spiritual fervor comes in. Truths, righteousness, holiness must be absolute.
The Psalmist says, “Love so amazing, so divine. It demands my soul, demands my all.” God demands our all! That is when your prayer gets into the deep calling upon the deep.
Mark 11:23-24 “Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him. Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.” This is a scripture of faith. We all know that without faith, it is impossible to please God. What does faith really means? Faith is absolute. There is nothing such as half obedience. It’s either you obey or not obey. So God is demanding absolute.
Our prayer is weak if we don’t understand the power of the name of Jesus. Strong prayer must come with boldness and not loudness. We we pray, “In the name of Jesus..in the name of Jesus…”, we must have faith inside of us that there’s no other name more powerful than the name of Jesus, and that every evil spirit trembles at His name. Every sickness and disease has to go in His name! When this name is mentioned, it’s absolute, complete and final.
How do you know it is the will of God, it is the plan of God? It is when your prayer becomes clear. Pray with clarity and not in quantity. God wants to give you clarity in prayer. He wants you to know what He wants you to do.
Hebrews 11:6 without faith it is impossible to please God. Acts 12:5 “So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.” Earnestly means absolute and unwavering commitment to see God’s hand to move. God demands our all and focus. Prayer must come in great depth and not complexity. Christian must learn how to think more and sleep less. Think deep but yet. Prayer comes with trust and not doubt. Prayer with focus and not diversed.
There is a strong spiritual polarization that is causing a lot of division in the homes, constitution, institution or even in your own self. Therefore, we have to get into oneness in the temple of the Holy Spirit. That is when the prayer becomes powerful.
3. Not only prayer is contemplative, absolute, it will come into reality.
God wants us to have prayer success. God rejoices with us when we are interceding in His will. What is important is to see the reality of your prayer answered. If it doesn’t come into reality, how can you be a witness, a testimony and inspiration.
Matthew 6:10 “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
It means the prayer that God desires will come to manifest on earth. If God has called you to be a prophet, an evangelist, a pastor or a teacher or any of the 5-fold ministry, it will be done. And everyday, you will say, “It will be done and it’s done.”
Our prayer must always start from the heaven. Most of our prayer is always what we want. But how many of our prayer is what God wants. What we want start from the earth. What God wants start from the heaven. That is when prayer begins to work in God’s will.
Isa 55:11 “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” Whatever God call you to do, you will prosper. Nothing can stop that. If God asks you to be an engineer or a lawyer, you will prosper! If God asks you to be in a kopitiam making coffee, you will prosper! Never look down on humble beginning. Nothing is impossible. Whatever God asks you to do, you will prosper! Whatever God asks you to pray, you will prosper! When God wants you to pray for your son or someone to come back, they will come back. God will always produce good fruits in His results. If it’s not, it’s not from God. Reality always manifest through humility. Prayer does not come to reality because most faith does not connect with action.
‘Do’ is a verb and an action. Your prayer must translate to action. You cannot get to another place without driving your car, without starting the engine, without knowing your navigator, without getting your map correct. We can’t depend on GPS. We need to trust God. We need to know the road map of God. Your prayer need to get deep inside your heart. The key is: do what God wants you to do and you will prosper.
James 2:17 says “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead”. This revelation will help you in your bible study - the ‘works’ that James is talking about is not the ‘works’ that Paul is talking about. These are two different ‘works’. Apostle Paul is talking is about the works that is toward God. Our own works are filthy rags. But the ‘works’ of James, it is the fruit that the world needs to see, the fruits of the Spirit coming out of you. One is represented to God and another is to the people around you. Does the people around you see Jesus in you? Does your neighbor, your family members, your husband or your wife and your children see Jesus in you? This is what James is saying.
The Holy Spirit restrains your pride, anger, envy, jealousy, and your fighting to be always right. Whatever the Holy Spirit restrains, allow the fruits of the Spirit to manifest. That is when broken relationship becomes reconciled. Lost finances becomes restored. When all these negative emotions are being restrained by the Holy Spirit, your sphere of God’s influence, power, authority begin to manifest. Praying in the Spirit will help you to have more love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, more gentleness and self-control. Faith must always comes with action.
Peter has to decide to step out of the boat. There may be some Peters here that are waiting for a decision. Some of you are making decisions. You have to make good decisions and do what God wants you to do.
Nehemiah had to leave for Jerusalem to build the walls.
Job had to pray for his friends that accused him
David had to throw the first stones
Moses had to hit the rock for the water to come out
Elijah had to pour water on the altar
Jesus had to go into the desert led by the Spirit
These are the 3 points to keep us burning with fire. God is changing the way we pray. and our prayer will get sharper and sharper.
Wednesday, 7th November 2018
PRAYER AND EVANGELISM
(Exhortation by Sister Susan)
1. WINNING SOULS FOR THE LORD
Proverbs 11:30 - “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls.”
“A church that strives to evangelize its community without saturating its efforts in prayer is like a race car driver that jumps into a car at the starting line and discovers that the tank has not been filled with gas.” George Barna, Evangelism that Works
“The most important human factor in effective evangelism is PRAYER.” - R.A. Torrey
“...Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons -- but they are helpless against our prayers.” – J. Sidlow Baxter
2. EVANGELISM IS THE FIRST MARK OF A DISCIPLE
Christians must share the message of the Kingdom/Gospel with others. Sharing the good news focuses on the needs of others.
- Matthew 4:23; Mark 1:14-15 Jesus went throughout Galilee teaching… preaching the good news of the Kingdom.
- Matthew 10:6-7 Go to the lost sheep of Israel. Jesus asked his disciples to do the same.
A disciple must prepared to be rejected. Our sharing may result in hostility. The disciple must learn not to take personal offense at a rejection but rather see that it is God Himself and the Gospel that have been rejected.
3. PRAYER EVANGELISM
- Prayer for evangelism is Biblical - 1st Timothy 2:1-4; Romans 10:1-2; Colossians 4:3-4
- Prayer prepares the heart of the witness - Eph. 6:18-19
- Prayer prepares the heart of the receiver - 2 Cor. 4:3-4
4. PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN WITNESSES
- Pray that the Lord would send laborers into His harvest - Luke 10:1-3 “Act as a lamb, pray like a lion!”
- Pray that the Lord would send opportunities for you to witness – Colossians 4:3
- Pray that the Lord would give you boldness to witness – Acts 1:8
- Pray that the Lord would give you clarity to present the gospel – Colossians 4:4-6. “To be effective witnesses we must work at gospel clarity! We must work at being able to take what we know in our heads and hearts and make clearly express it out of our mouths.”
- Pray that the Lord would give you wisdom to know how to pray and how to witness – James 1:5
5. THE SPIRITUAL REALM
- Acts 16:16-22 and 1 Peter 5:8-9 Devil is seeking to hinder us from witnessing.
- 1 John 2:13-14 We have victory over the Devil in Jesus Christ.
- Ephesians 6:19 Pray for boldness
- Philippians 4:13 We can do all things through Jesus.
6. PRAYER AND THE HOLY SPIRIT
- Effective witnessing depends on the role and work of the Holy Spirit.
- Prayer is the key to soul winning.
- Prayer is petitioning God to work in the lives of lost and the witness.
- It is the avenue by which God’s power flows.
- E.M. Bounds wrote, “That prayer…helps the mouth to utter the truth in its fullness and freedom”.
7. CASTING THE NET
The Spirit will impress upon you with whom to witness.
- Acts 8 - The Spirit led Phillip to go to the desert and witness.
- Jesus our Fish Finder: Luke 5:1-10 - Jesus will show you where to fish, whom to witness.
- Since He is the guide, He is responsible for you catching the fish.
- Matthew 4:19 “I will make you fishers of men.”
8. PEOPLE APART FROM JESUS CHRIST ARE…
- LOST – Matthew 15:24; 18:11
- BLIND – 2nd Corinthians 4:3-4
- BOUND – 2nd Timothy 2:25-26; Ephesians 2:2
- CONDEMNED – John 3:18; Ephesians 2:3
- UNDER GOD’S WRATH – John 3:36
- HELPLESS – John 6:44, 65; Ephesians 2:1
- HOPELESS – Ephesians 2:12
9. HAVE A HEART (Use the acrostic: HEARTS)
- Praying for the Lost
- Pray for receptive Hearts (Luke 8:5-15)
- Pray for their spiritual Eyes & Ears to be opened (Matt. 13:15; 2 Cor. 4:3-4)
- Pray for unbelievers to have & understand God’s Attitude toward sin. (John 16:8)
- Pray for the lost to be Released from barriers and strongholds that hinder faith. (2 Tim. 2:25-26)
- Pray for unbelievers to experience a Transforming life in Christ. (Rom. 12:1-2)
- Pray for the Lord to Send believers to witness to lost persons. (Matt. 9:35-38)
10. WHEN PRAYING FOR LOST PEOPLE, ALWAYS…
- Pray daily and diligently
- Pray for them by name
- Present them to the Father in Jesus’ name
- Pray for God’s kindness and mercy to be evident in their lives (Romans 2:4)
- Pray that God would remove any false sense of security they may be relying on.
- Pray to tear down strongholds, hindrances, spiritual barriers.
- Ask God to bring them a sense of conviction through the Holy Spirit (John 16:8)
- Ask God to exercise mercy and grace in their lives.
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)
Many ways to pray for lost people…
- Prayer meeting
- Prayer chains
- Prayer groups
- Prayer walking
- Take a few moments to think about lost people in your circle of influence.
- List their names in your prayer list. • Pray for them using the principles you have just learned.
- Ask God for wisdom and strategies in your out reach.
- Continue to pray for them daily until each one becomes a Christ Follower.
12. WHAT IS PRAYER WALKING?
- Prayer-walking involves taking our prayers to the very places where we desire to see God’s presence manifested and our prayers answered.
- Prayer-walking is praying on-site with insight.
- Purpose: to claim the area for God’s glory and to pray for the spiritual freedom of those living there.
Prayer Walking: A Biblical Perspective
- “Go and walk through the length and the breadth of the land; for I am giving it to you” (Genesis 13:17)
- “Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you…” (Josh. 1:3)
- “And seek the peace of the city where I have sent you… , and pray to the Lord on its behalf; for in its peace you will have peace” (Jer. 29:7)
Preparing To Prayerwalk
- Personal preparation
- Pray in repentance and faith
- Pray for God’s Spirit to search your heart
- Confess and forsake all known sin
- Pray for sensitivity to God’s work
- Pray for open doors to share Jesus boldly
- Pray for spiritual eyes to pray strategically
- Strategic/logistical preparation
- Do some historical or demographical research on the area you will prayerwalk. Familiarize yourself with the area.
Taking the Prayerwalk
- Cover the prayerwalk in focused prayer
- Select date, time and location
- Provide specific briefing/training for the prayerwalk
- Map out strategic area
- Prayer team to meet together before the prayerwalk and after the prayerwalk to share results
- Close in specific prayer
- Keep your eyes open
- Pray Biblical Prayers as you walk
- Pray with hope and blessing over people, community, area
- Pray for those who may be open to your offer to pray for them
- Allow the Spirit to direct your prayers
- Walk slowly, wear appropriate clothing
- Bring along church contact information, Gospel tracts, church flyers, ministry bookmarks, etc.
JOIN US AS WE PRAY FOR OUR COMMUNITY IN MACPHERSON AREA!
Saturday, 24th November
Meet at: 50 MacPherson Road (Amazana Building)
Wednesday, 31st October 2018
WHAT IS THE CALL FOR THE CHURCH TO WATCH AND PRAY?
(Exhortation by Ps Francis Ng)
Jesus shared with His disciples about ‘watch and pray’ on two occasions…
The first occasion was found in Luke 21:34-36 when Jesus prophesied about the events which will take place during end times. Jesus warned them: “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap” (Luke 21:34). He then says, “Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man” (verse 36).
Another occasion was the night before the crucifixion. Jesus took Peter, James, and John with Him to the Garden of Gethsemane, where He prayed that “this cup be taken from me” (Matthew 26:39). After the prayer, He found His disciples sleeping. He was grieved that they could not even pray with Him for an hour and warned them to “watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41). The disciples could not stay up for just one hour with Jesus to pray. Because of that when Jesus was arrested soon after, all the disciples left Him and fled. No one was with Him, He was left alone. If the disciples could have stayed awake for at least one hour to pray with Him, their faith would be strengthened and perhaps they would not just left Jesus alone.
“Watch and pray.” The word translated “watch” means “to have the alertness of a guard at night.” A night watchman must be even more vigilant than a daytime guard. In the daytime, naturally we are all alert and we can spot danger from a distance. However, in the night time, our alertness will drop. A night watchmen is often alone in the midst of darkness, therefore he needs to be hyper-vigilant. He must use not only his sight but also his sense of hearing to detect danger. That is the type of watching Jesus spoke about.
Ps Francis shared this interesting story about a brother who was a night watchman. When he was alone doing guard duty, he could see a lot of things. One of the things he saw was a man, a ‘spirit’ floating across the room. He knew it was a ‘spirit’ because he could not see the legs. He was not walking but floating. And it was around 2am. Ps Francis told this brother that he needs to check his past. Likelihood, in the past, either he himself or his family line had some involvements with witchcraft. During the course of ministry, majority of people were able to verify they had some past involvements with witchcraft, mediums and the occult. This ‘spirit’ that the brother saw could be a ‘spirit’ that is tagging along in the generations. That may also be the reason why many of us get spiritual attack at night. Most of the time, when we are sleeping, we get spiritual attack. We have visitation of evil spirits sometimes that come to disturb us in our sleep. Don’t forget, Satan is called the prince of darkness. That is his specialty. His specialty is to launch an attack at night when it is naturally dark and spiritually dark. Most of the time when we are asleep, usually we are off guard. What we could learn from here is that throughout the day, we should always be praying in the Spirit so that when night comes and somehow when the devil launch an attack, our spirit man is all ready, because we have already put on the armor of God. Those who are called to be an intercessor, usually you are fighting physically alone in the spiritual battle. Of course you are not spiritually alone, the Lord and His angels are with you. Sometimes, the Lord will wake you up to pray in the middle of the night and you will begin to pray in the Spirit. That is the calling of an intercessor.
When they are fighting a spiritual battle, that intercessor will not just use natural senses, he or she relies more on the spiritual senses – spiritual eyes to see and spiritual ears to hear precisely what the Spirit instructs him or her what to do and pray. The intercessor has to see in the Spirit visions that the Spirit of God will give, sometimes an impression or a kind of picture. She needs the spiritual perception and discernment that comes by the spirit of wisdom in the Word of God. Usually they rely not only on the natural but more on the spiritual senses. He or she needs to have a spiritual foresight, not just pray for today or tomorrow. Sometimes the Lord gives them foresight to pray for events that are going to happen. He or she has to speak and declare in the realm of the Spirit because the fighting is in the realm of the Spirit. A prayer warrior or intercessor must always put on the full armor of God, even when you are sleeping. It will protect your mind.
Ephesians 6:18 says, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Your spirit man is at all times in communication…in partnership with the Spirit of God, sensitive to His voice, conscious of His presence throughout the day. When you begin to pray in the spirit at all times, when it comes to spiritual darkness that is when your spirit will begin to guard you. You need to be very alert even at night. But if you just pray 15 minutes and then you are off to work and throughout the day you have no communication with the Spirit, you cut off communication with the Spirit completely, and when you go to sleep at night, and when a spirit of oppression comes to oppress you, you can’t even shout the name of Jesus. Some of you may have experienced this. But if you are constantly praying always in the spirit, alert at all times, you are not afraid even wherever you go. A soldier in the field camp, he is always alert and ever ready to be mobilized for duty and assignment. Likewise, we need to constantly watch and pray, constantly alert in the Spirit, so that we are ever ready to be called into action and to engage in spiritual warfare at a moment’s notice. You don’t need to call for a prayer meeting to be prepared. Because you are already in the Spirit.
Why did Jesus gives us the warning ‘to watch and pray’ in the two passages? Because many of us, we have already let down our guard. Many of us, especially the younger generation they hardly spend time in prayer. We don’t see them in prayer meeting now. This is a matter of great concern - when the days come, how are they going to handle the false prophets and false teachers. Jesus already gives us a warning to watch and pray. The warning is not to the world, it is for the church. Because Jesus knew that there is a high tendency that every believer would lose focus and spiritual sensitivity and can be deceived.
Joel 3:14 “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.” ‘The day of the Lord’ is referring to the last days. In the last days, many believers will be in the valley of decision. That is a warning. The prophet Joel also prophesied that in the last days God is going to pour out His Spirit. What is this ‘valley of decision’? Are we for the Lord or are we for the world? That is the decision believers have to make. If you are not for the Lord, then you will be sucked into the world. But if you are for the Lord, then the decision is: you have to start to watch and pray, pray always in the spirit, put on the full armor of God and be on the alert. Repentance is actually a change of mindset. If your mind is attacked, how do you react. That’s the reason why the devil wants to captivate your mind, it stops you from being repentant. Then you cannot change and you cannot be renewed in your mind. When you cannot be renewed in your mind, you will lose the battle. The helmet of salvation is very important. You will lose your salvation. No repentance how can you receive salvation. Your mind must be protected. Pray in always in the spirit, pray the Word of God, meditating on the word of God to renew your mind.
Heb 1:1-2 “In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.” - Believers are supposed to listen to Jesus by His Word. We need to read the bible and not just hear from God’s prophets. It is our primary responsibility that we must know the Word of God. A prophet will just confirm what God says.
Jesus mentioned 3 times in Matthew 24 about false prophets and false Christ in the last days … Matthew 24:4,5 “Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.” Matthew 24:11 “ and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.” - We need to hear directly from the Holy Spirit. Many a times, God wants to speak to us. Don’t run from meeting to meeting to prophets to hear. Hear first from the Spirit. When we hear from God, then we know how we are going to pray and what we are going to watch for. We need to have discernment.
Jesus has already given us a warning in Joel 3:14. The decision now is this: whether we are going to be in the Spirit, spending time in the Word, and praying always in watchfully in the spirit. Don’t neglect our prayer life. In order to keep watch, we must pray with endurance and freedom from distraction. We must pray without ceasing (1 Thess 5:17). Keep our hearts pure. Are we constantly in the Spirit? Beware of false prophets, false teachers, false Christ and cult church! The challenge for us is: be always watchful and prayerful. God called His house a House of Prayer. Prayer is primary!
Wednesday, 17th October 2018
‘Techniques of Spiritual Warfare’ by Robert Brownell
We are at war! Satan the devil hates us and wants to destroy us. All of us need to be enlightened about the schemes and devices of the Devil. It is very dangerous to be ignorant of his strategies and methods for leading us astray.
Paul gives that very warning when he counsels the Corinthians to take care "lest Satan take advantage of us, for we are not ignorant of his devices" (2 Corinthians 2:11). By being aware of these, we'll "be able to stand against the wiles of the Devil" (Ephesians 6:11)
In warfare, we need to know our enemies! We have three principal enemies according to Ephesians 2:1-3 - the flesh, the world, and the devil.
Satan has one goal, to steal, kill and destroy. As Christians, we need to know and understand spiritual warfare strategies in dealing with principalities and powers, territorial spirits and demons. Satan understands spiritual warfare and uses man’s ignorance of his delegated spiritual authority and the fertile ground of man’s unguarded imaginations to attack him. This is why it is important to renew our mind with the Word of God. Satan has no authority over us unless we remain ignorant of his tactic to use our imagination against us. Although spiritual warfare against powers in the unseen spirit world is important, but most of our daily battles will be within our mind and imagination.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 tells us, “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
What are ‘Strongholds’? Strongholds are thoughts, arguments, imaginations and reasonings. Strongholds are targeted at our minds and our real problems are not the trials and temptations we go through, but what we believe and where we put our faith and trust in the midst of the problems. What we allow to capture our mind and heart is what will determine our outcome in all these situations. Faith defends both our mind and our heart against the strongholds and imaginations of the enemy.
Casting down imaginations from the enemy is a great tool of spiritual warfare and one of the first strategies that we must employ to experience victories. We must cast down and not exalt images that try to be above the Word of God. To actively cast down imaginations of the enemy, we must become a person of prayer and study of God’s Word. A praying person will be alert to spiritual things. It is the Word of God that strengthens you, and then spoken in faith from your lips, defeats the enemy.
We need to put on the full armor of God, so that we can take our stand against the devil’s schemes (Ephesians 6:11). We need to learn to use all these seven weapons effectively: the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the gospel shoes of peace, the shield of faith, helmet of salvation, sword of the Spirit and the power of prayer.
Please watch this video on ‘Techniques of Spiritual Warfare’ by Robert Brownell
You will learn of 11 practical techniques and strategies useful in spiritual warfare:
- Full Body Prayer
- Sending The Host
- Breakthrough Mentality
- The Anointing
- Get The Sin Out
- Binding and Loosing
- Prayer Language
- Taking The Atmosphere
- Praying God’s Word
- The Name and the Blood
- Strategic Times
Let’s be equipped and become a fierce overcomer in spiritual warfare!
Wednesday, 10th October 2018
Intimacy Before Intercession
“Are you known at the throne?”
There is an interesting event in Acts 19:13-16. God was performing “extraordinary miracles through Paul”. Sceva, “a Jewish chief priest”and his seven sons took it upon themselves to cast out demons like Paul, using the name of Jesus as their magic words. But it didn't work. Jesus' name is not a magic word. It represents a relationship. Without the relationship, there is no power in using His name. So, the demons jumped all over them, and the demons left us with a clear spiritual insight. They said, "Jesus we know, and Paul we know, but who are you?"
Jesus was known in heavenly places because of who He is. Even the demons knew Him in His ministry as the Son of David who came to destroy them. He, Jesus, was mighty in prayer. Paul was a follower of Jesus, but he also developed intimacy with God in his closet of prayer, so that he was a familiar face before the throne of God and evidently a terrifying spectacle to demons as well. Paul was known at the throne! Paul was known in spiritual realms as a friend of God, and therefore a force to be reckoned with. God fought for him. Are you known at the throne?
Jesus calls us to develop an intimate relationship with Him and the Father by becoming frequent visitors before the throne. This is why Paul could say in Hebrews 4:16, "Therefore, let us come boldly to the throne of grace to find mercy and grace to help in the time of need." This boldness before the throne is a natural result of intimacy with God developed over long hours, days, months, and years of being a regular worshipper at God's throne.
The lesson is clear. We are not magicians before the throne, calling things into existence by using the mighty name of Jesus, but we are "friends of God" known at the throne, and therefore feared by demons., "Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon his knees." (A hymn attributed to William Cowper).
Real prayer is not just asking. Part of prayer is asking, but before the asking comes the basking. We need to learn to bask in the presence of God, to revel in God himself, to soak ourselves in the presence of the Almighty, to hide beneath his wing, to take refuge in his everlasting arms. God seeks such to worship him who would worship (and pray) in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24)
Daniel reminds us that prayer is a relationship, “but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” (Daniel 11:32 KJV)
Worship comes before asking, seeking and knocking. We are not beggars before the throne. We are sons and daughters of God.
Romans 8:14-17 says,
- Vs 14 those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God,
- Vs 15 we did not receive a spirit that makes us slave again to fear, but we received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father’.
- Vs 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
- Vs 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
Sons who only know their Father as Santa Claus are not sons. True sons revel in the relationship with their loving Father. The favor and blessing is what we get as an overflow from the relationship, not a manipulation of it.
Matthew 6:6 “.. when you pray go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.”
Mathew 6:8 “.. do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.”
Matthew 6:32 “For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well…”
So Prayer is not asking. Prayer is living in the presence of God. Prayer is loving God and letting ourselves be loved by Him. We must learn that prayer is a love relationship. If it is anything else it is no different than the prayers of all other religions - it becomes merely an attempt to manipulate God for our own benefit. Only when we see prayer as a relationship can we understand the exhortation, "Pray without ceasing." (I Thessalonians 5:17)
There are many different ways to pray and many valid prayer strategies. One of the greatest and most popular uses the acronym A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication). It is a wonderful guide for your prayers. There are two important prayer disciplines we must not miss out: stillness and clothing yourself with the armor of God. The Lord’s Prayer itself seems to pattern silence (enter into your closet), worship, thanksgiving, cares, confession, and clothing in God’s armor. However you do it, stick to your set pattern as a discipline. To pray deeply, systematically, regularly, and to pray God-focused, God-ordered prayers brings great satisfaction and blessing to the work of prayer.
"Be still and know that I am God." (Psalm 46:10). “Be still" is a command, not a suggestion!
One Desire – To Behold His Beauty
David is a wonderful example of one who learned about the secret place of stillness before God. He declares, “One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek after.” (Ps 27:4). What is that one thing that consumed his desire? It was to behold the beauty of the Lord, then secondly to inquire in His temple. Beholding God’s beauty begins in the quiet place of stillness. Then it blossoms into worship, the second step of our intercessory prayer strategy.
The worship part of intercession is to behold the beauty of the Lord. That means to take time to ponder, meditate, and focus on who God is in all His splendor and glory, until the truth of His greatness fills us with awe, adoration, love.
Spend intimate time with God
Intimacy with God is very personal. Developing Intimacy with God takes time. There are no shortcuts, no quick fixes, no speed-praying techniques, and no easy ways. Spending time with God is necessary! God is not in a hurry. We need to slow down and get to know Him in our journey of a lifetime.
Hurry is the enemy of prayer. Hurry and busy-ness is what has always kept us out of God's throne room. Satan knows that if he can get us worried and distracted, we will not be where we should be to receive God's approval and blessing. We need to spend time with God getting to know Him in unhurried preparation. It is not about asking many things from God. Our goal is not supplication. Our goal is not to get things from God or to convince God to do things our way. Our primary goal is to spend intimate time with God.
"Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart." (Psalm 37:4)
Wait on the Lord
We don’t like to wait. But waiting on God is an important biblical principle. Waiting is part of the blessing of prayer. We need to put aside the busyness of life and sit still and just wait. The delight of prayer is not getting the answers, but being in the presence of the One who freely gives us all things.
Wednesday, 19th September 2018
Exhortation by Ps Darien
ASK, SEEK, KNOCK
God's scripture has an endless depth. God's revelation is flowing everyday. God desires us to have revelation continuously.
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
This describes the whole encounter with prayer. The moment you pray until God answers ...it's all in this verse.
What does 'ask...seek...knock' in Greek means?
▪'Ask' in Greek is 'eropao', it means to pray.
▪'Seek' in Greek is 'zeteo', it means to desire.
▪'Knock' in Greek is 'krouo', it means to gain.
Prayer is to desire for God. When we knock, we are gaining from God. To gain is an admittance to God.
When we put in the Tabernacle form - it moves from asking, seeking and knocking. The tabernacle moves from Outer Court, Holy Place and Holy of Holies. If you understand the Tabernacle, you will understand the process of prayer.
Outer Court - is in the asking realm. God wants to bring us into a deeper realm, the seeking realm... the extra mile and extra time for God. In the seeking realm, you desire for more of God. After you pray, you have to wait. You need to worship and dwell in the presence of God and desire to hear what God desires for you. God's desire is in the seeking realm... in the Holy Place... a place of seeking and desiring and adoring for God.
Ps Darien shared an experience he had one morning when he was dwelling in the presence of God. He heard the sound of 'rushing water'. He dared not open his eyes. But when he opened his eyes, he could still hear it. It was so real to him. That happened after he had given all his petitions to God. But he lingered like Joshua... even after Moses had left the tabernacle he remained in the tent, he was not satisfied, he desired for more of God (Ex 33:11). As Rev Alicia has taught us, do not leave the presence of God until a word or a vision is revealed to you.
Very few people are in the seeking realm. This is a season to enter into the seeking realm and to enter into the knocking realm. The Holy of Holies is the knocking realm. We need to wait in silence, desiring for God's presence. Seeking for someone you love is so important. It's a waiting zone, desiring for more of God.
The knocking realm is the admission realm that can only be drawn by God. God says in James 4:8 "As we draw near to God, he will draw near to you." We need to wait until God draws us into his presence that is where Jesus becomes real to you, people encountering Jesus. That is the realm whereby heaven and earth, the spiritual and the physical comes as one, your prayer and God's answer comes as one. Isaiah 55:11 says, God's word will not return void. That is in the knocking realm! That's in the presence of God. When God releases his command and word, healing is secured, job will be secured, promotion is secured, and business is secured. Because God honors whatever He says. It's a realm where your belief becomes knowledge and real to you. Whatever that you believe will become a knowledge in the Holy Spirit and is confirmed by God.
People who dwell a long time in His presence carries the prophetic anointing. Your prayer will become shorter and shorter in a way where your proclamation will come to pass.
Just like Elijah, whatever he said happen. The time of waiting is worth it. Time spent with God will redeem your time. After prayer, stay like Joshua at the tabernacle.
Ps Darien said he had numerous encounter of the manifested presence of God. There was a time he was praying, seeking and waiting upon the Lord for the Healing Revival. He saw a vision of an angel revealing to him there were 3 parts of the body required healing. The words of knowledge was revealed to him.
Keep on dwelling until the Lord reveals to you. Linger to hear God's voice, to encounter him and to receive a vision from God.
We can enter into these realms. The tabernacle is for us to admit. The prayer in the tabernacle is for us to gain. Let's not always pray in the Outer Court anymore but go into the Holy Place.
Prophetic Word released by Reverend Alicia on Wednesday 12 Sept 2018
Prophetic word received on 25th July 2018 for Rosh Hashanah (released by Rev Alicia at Prayer Meeting on 12th Sept 2018)
From Rosh Hashanah (9-11 Sept) onwards, the seeds we have shown over the last few years will start to sprout. Have you been sowing seeds for the past few years? Matthew 4:20 you will see tremendous growth in the coming month - finances and as well as souls. 5779 we have already entered. From September 2018 to April 2019, you will enter into a deeper time of revelation and realignment. You no longer will go your own way. Matthew 13:35 God is going to reveal to us the secrets that he has before the foundation of the world. We got to seek God. The enemy will come like a flood but God will raise up a standard. During this time of transition, you will find peace. We need to enter into his presence. This is a season of resting in the Lord, seeking him especially for the spiritual emphasis week that is coming. And this ten days, heaven is going to open for dreams and visions. You got to seek God for dreams, visions and revelations and heavenly encounters. It is a season for promotion and repayment and reconciliation. Beginning September 30th, 2011 till now, all the projects you have started but you cannot complete will be completed. You got to appeal to the Court of Heaven to make it happen. This year there is a divine turnaround. You are going to expect God to bring back the things that you were called but were never able to fulfill. You are going to fulfill the call this year. Those held prisoner by the enemy are now going to be released to a new level of freedom and creativity. Pray and ask God to bring back the things that were lost or stuck. There is a 7-fold restoration. Proverbs 6:31 "Yet when he is found, he must restore sevenfold; He may have to give up all the substance of his house." All losses and setbacks for the last 7 years, you got to bring before the Lord. File your claim with God. Go and reason with God. The next 7 months is very crucial, you will redeem all the negative things that have happened in your life in the past. The next 7 months will be a deeper time of realignment and resolution.
Wednesday, 12th September 2018
Exhortation by Rev Alicia
PRAY LIKE THE PROPHET
Every believer is a minister of the Gospel. We should pray like the prophet. As we are born again, we are a priest and a prophet. But how come we are not praying like a prophet?
Habakkuk means 'embraced by God'.
Account of Habakkuk's spiritual journey (Hab 1:1-4) ...
▪He was very grieved at the people's suffering. Many a times when we pray we expect an answer immediately. Because the people are rebellious, God wants to bring them to a journey and to shake them up. Man and prayer cannot stop whatever God wants to do. It's all in the sovereignty of God.
▪He was overwhelmed by the circumstances, violence and iniquities. Isn't it happening today? We are fighting against the LGBT. Are we seriously pleading to God? We don't want to have it legalized in Singapore because of the consequences.
▪He turned from doubt to faith (Hab 3:17-19). He realized temporal affairs no longer his focus. Many a times we focus on the problem but not on the praising of God.
▪Finally, he realized he has to praise God and it's all in the sovereignty of God to do what he wants. Our job is to seek Him and to pray. Whenever we pray and seek God, we must seek God until his presence comes and until there is a visitation from God. As a believer, we must pray like a prophet, plead like a prophet and at the end of it, we must see a vision. Until we see a vision or a visitation from the Lord, we should not be satisfied. There must be an answer. Sometimes the answer is wait patiently. Are you willing to wait? Some cannot wait.
▪He realized he has to fix his hope on God and only God can do something. He realized that he was created for higher cause and that God is going to lift him on a higher ground.
▪He believed that God will answer the problem and that Jesus is the answer for all problems. Jesus is the one who cleanse us from sins, draw us into relationship with God and give us hope for the future.
These are the three things we need to have when we come to intercessory prayer:
(1) We must cleanse ourselves from sin, anger, bitterness and unforgiveness.
(2) We must have a relationship with God so that we can speak to God and God can speak to us. The prophet must hear God's voice. Every one of us must hear God's voice. Habakkuk is a living example that pray a desperate prayer. Today we need to pray a desperate prayer for God's intervention.
(3) When we pray we should stay undisturbed. When you pray in the spirit you got to focus on praying in the spirit, focus on Jesus, focus on what you are pleading to God for. Then you will see a visitation from God, then you will see the desperate call to God will be answered. We have to go to the secret place to pray and seek the face of God.
Like Moses, he always seek God whenever the people gave him problem. He always pray for his people. Abraham prayed for his people. Habakkuk prayed for his people. Especially now we need to seek God because there has been a great explosion of disease in Singapore. Because it is an aging population. We need to seek God and plead with God and ask him to show us the root so that diseases will be eradicated. We have to pray for the economy of Singapore and pray for the social problem which is the LGBT.
There are five keys in hearing the voice of God (Habakkuk 2:1-4).
When we pray, we must always end up with a prophetic dream or a prophetic vision.
Habakkuk takes position before God that enable him to hear the voice of God. In order to concentrate, what did Habakkuk do? Hab 2:1 - he is a humble prophet, he is willing to be corrected. When God corrects him, he must know how to answer God. He climbed up to the Watchtower to pray so that he would not be distracted.
1. When we pray, we should not be distracted, we should be focused. We must take our position in the secret place where no one, no handphone will disturb us.
For instance, Isaiah was very focused. Jesus was very focused, he goes to the mountain to pray. Moses goes to the mountain to pray. He always see God face to face. We need to be in the secret place to seek God and we will hear God so clearly. We need to meet with God regularly in a very special place, in the prayer closet without distraction. Jesus was always in the mountain; and Habakkuk climbed up that watchtower wanting to hear what God has to say. Like Jacob, he must be desperately praying to God. He lost everything. He was in exile. He needed to pray like never before.
What did Jacob see? (Gen 28:12) Jacob saw a ladder - a spiral staircase in which King Solomon caught it. When he built the temple of God, he also put in a spiral staircase (1 Ki 6:8). What does Jacob's ladder represents? It represents our lives linking the earth with the heaven. That was the revelation that Jacob had. Jacob's ladder was a supernatural ladder that linked the earth to heaven. The ladder represents an open heaven.
2. We need to pray until heaven opens. When heaven opens what does it mean? The ladder is reaching from the Holy of Holies to the throne room of the Lord Almighty. John caught it. He saw the other side of heaven (Rev 4:1-2). Whenever you pray, God wants to reveal the future. John was in the spirit, he saw the other side of heaven, and like Jacob he saw the spiral stairways that reached from the Holy of Holies to the throne. John saw the entrance of God's Heavenly Temple which Solomon caught it. And Moses also caught it. How come they can be so specific? Because they always seek the face of God for a long long time.
We need to listen carefully. We need to be still in order to be able to hear the voice of God. Our prayer must end up with a vision. We must preach what the Lord wants us to preach and what the congregation needs.
3. We got to listen for the Word of the Lord. The word must mixed with faith. If not, it does not benefit anyone (Heb 4:2). Every prophecy that you received, do you believe it? We need to listen very carefully to what God has to say. We got to be still (Ps 46:10). We got to focus praying in the spirit without being distracted and begin to wait at the Watchtower.
4. You need to keep a journal of things God said. Write the visions and dreams down (Hab 2:2).
5. Finally, you wait for God to bring the word to pass. And it will surely come ( Hosea 12:10; Matt 2:12). The vision and plan and assignment that God gives to you must be clear and must be motivating to those who read it. Your vision must be received with patience. But often it got delayed, you need to tarry but finally it will be fulfilled. Meditate on it (Joshua 1:6-9).
5 signs of Spiritual Warfare:
1. Discouragement and defeat - when you feel discouraged and defeated, you know Satan is after you. What you have to do is to stay very close to Jesus and his present. Like John did always. That is why he has so much revelation.
2. Too busy - you have no time to seek the face of God. You are not equipped, not prepared and not aware of what is going on in your life. When the enemy comes, it comes in like a flood (Isa 59:19). You need to be alert , watchful and prayerful.
3. The forces of darkness don't wait for you. - the enemy is ruthless and very cunning, very determined to get at you because you are too dangerous for him. Especially he wants to get at the leaders so that the sheeps will get scattered. The devil would not care less whether you are prepared or not or whether you have prayed. (John 16:33)
4. What is behind the struggle? - you are struggling but you don't know what is behind the struggle. But we can be sure that God equips us. Remember, God is stronger than the enemy. The Holy Spirit in us stronger. We are ready for battle. We need to be very close to God to receive instruction.
5. Biblical warfare makes us more attentive to what God is doing. - we have to stand firm and let God fight our fiercest battle according to his time and according to whether you want to seek his face and humble yourself and begin to examine and evaluate yourself against the word of God. No matter how, God is always with us, leading us and protecting us.
E.g. Moses at the Red Sea dead end (Ex 14:13). Moses had a very close relationship with God. Every day he would go and seek God for a strategy (Ex 14:14).
Wednesday, 5th September 2018
Exhortation by Ps Francis
THANKSGIVING AND PRAYER
▪Apostle Paul wrote this prayer when he was imprisoned in Rome.
▪V3. 'We' refers to Paul and Timothy.
▪V7. Epaphras was founder of the church in Colossians. He was probably a 3-year old believer, saved by Paul. He pastored the church in Colossians. He saw the conditions of the Colossians church - rampant, attacked by heresies, mystical and false teachings. He visited Paul in the prison in Rome, and Timothy was there with Paul. He told Paul the situation.
▪Paul wrote this letter and passed it to Epaphras to bring back to the church.
▪V9. Paul prayed unceasingly for the Colossians church. There was an urgency within Paul. Church today is facing lots of false and mystical teachings. The Bible already prophesied that this will happen. We need to be careful, even the Elect can be led astray. We must follow after the truth. We need the Holy Spirit. That is why Paul said 'be filled with the Holy Spirit'. We need to be filled with the knowledge of God's will. The Holy Spirit has to impart this knowledge so that we know the will of God. The knowledge of God's will is only by revelation of the Holy Spirit. It's very important for us to know what is God doing today.
What is the will of God in our church? What is God's will in our lives?
▪V10. Without the spiritual wisdom and understanding, we will never be able to know the will of God and walk in a manner worthy of Him, pleasing Him in every way or be fruitful in every good works. Everything we do if it's not God's will, will not be fruitful or pleasing to God. Fruitfulness comes from the Spirit itself.
▪John 15 - Jesus talks about fruitfulness. Only when we abide in the Vine, we bear fruit. We need to do God's will to be fruitful. Works of the flesh is dead works. It will not stand in the presence of God. It will be burned like wood. Only the works the Spirit instructs us to do will bear fruits. Our works will be tested by fire.
How can we be increasing in the knowledge of God?
▪Study the Word. Keep reading the Bible. You will discover new things. There's so much in the Word. Be diligent to read and meditate on the Word of God. God wants us to increase in knowledge. No one can stop understanding God. What we know is just only in parts.
▪V11. Prayer needs endurance, patience and joy. Pray with the joy of the Lord. The joy of the Lord is our strength. When you have the joy of the Holy Spirit, the first thing you do is to praise God in joy. Pray on your knees. Praise opens the gateway for you to enter into the Holy Place where the menorrah, the table of showbread and golden altar are.
Psalm 100:4 says, "Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name." The communion of the Holy Spirit is in the Holy Place. When prayer is being offered, it will flow into the Holy of Holies. Then the Priest would enter in. Without the smoke of the incense, the priest will not dare to enter. Prayer goes before entry into the presence of God. If you do not have a consistent prayer life, your worship will be dry. Praise brings us into worship. Praise brings us into the courts where we can pray. Prayer brings us into the Holy of Holies. We need to praise the Lord always, and be filled with joy. We need to enter into the presence of God with praise and prayer.
Conclusion: We need to pray like Paul prayed, especially in times of deception, false teachings and uncertainties. He asked to be filled with the knowledge of God's will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. We need to know what is the will of God so that in times like that where we have challenges, then we can walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, pleasing him and be fruitful in whatever we do. We need to be continually increased in the knowledge of God's will and strengthened with power by the Spirit of God. And when we pray, our prayer will be patient, we will persevere in prayer and filled with joy. Even if we don't see the result, we still persevere in prayer and still be joyful in prayer for we know God will answer in his times.
V12. Giving thanks is very important. Thanksgiving, praise, worship and prayer must all go together.
Wednesday, 29th August 2018
Exhortation by Sister Susan
BUILD UP THE ALTAR OF THE LORD
Elijah's battle with the prophets of Baal is recorded in 1 Kings 18. After Israel had gone more than three years without rain as a judgment for their idolatry, the prophet Elijah confronts the evil king Ahab and challenges him to a spiritual showdown. The king was to have all Israel gather at Mt. Carmel, along with the 450 prophets of the false god Baal and the 400 prophets of the false goddess Asherah (verse 19).
On Mt. Carmel, Elijah said to the people of Israel, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him”. And the people answered him not a word (verses 21-22). Elijah then challenged the prophets of Baal to prepare a bull as an offering for their god—Elijah would do the same—but they must not set fire to it. The God who answered with fire from heaven would be considered the true God (verses 22–25).
The people agreed that this was a good plan, and the prophets of Baal went first. The pagan prophets cried out and danced around their altar from morning till noon with no answer from Baal. Elijah began to mock them, saying, “Shout louder! . . . Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened” (verse 27).
So the prophets of Baal “shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed. Midday passed, and they continued their frantic prophesying until the time for the evening sacrifice” (1 Kings 18:28–29). Despite hours of effort, nothing happened (verse 29).
Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come here to me.” They came to him, and *he repaired the altar of the Lord, which had been torn down* (verse 30). He built an altar of stones in the name of the LORD, dug a ditch around it, put the sacrifice on the top of wood (verse 32).
Elijah did something very important before he asked for the fire to come. We need to do the same things Elijah did if we want the fire of the Holy Spirit to come upon us with mighty power….
*(1) First of all, he repaired the altar that was broken by the enemy.* If we want God to answer by fire, we have to repair whatever the enemy has broken…
▪First repair whatever has been broken by the enemy – prayer life, bible reading, bible study, praise and worship, church attendance, tithing, first love, testimony, …
▪Build an altar in your heart unto the Lord. Rekindle the fire in your heart for Jesus Christ. Return to first love, worship and hear His Words.
▪The Spirit of Elijah is calling! Build up the altar of the Lord that is broken down in your life, your home, your church, and Singapore.
*(2) Secondly, he put the whole sacrifice on the altar.* 1 Ki 18:33 says, “He arranged the wood, cut the bull into pieces and laid it on the wood.”
▪If we want God to answer us with fire of the Holy Spirit, we have to lay everything on the altar. We are exhorted to offer our total being to Him (Romans 12:1-2). It is by total surrender that we become an acceptable sacrifice to God.
*(3) Thirdly, he had tremendous faith that God would answer by fire.* So he challenged those prophets and said to them, “Fill four large jars with water and pour it on the offering and on the wood.” He called for water to be poured over his sacrifice three times. The water ran down around the altar and even filled the trench (verse 35).
The prayer of the righteous man is powerful and effective (James 5:16). Apostle James says, “Elijah, he was a man just like us, he prayed earnestly …and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crop.”. God answered his prayer.
▪Elijah was so brave, so bold, courageous and full of faith. He had no doubts that God was going to answer his prayer, and he was asking God for something totally supernatural. The God of Elijah is our God. He is the living God, a God of miracles and He can do the impossible. Let’s call upon the name of the Lord, the God of Elijah, in the spirit of Elijah, with the faith of Elijah. Let us be faithful to him. Let us be bold like Elijah, and God will honor us and answer our prayers.
▪Problems and obstacles are cast throughout our life journey, and we never really know when they may turn up. Satan would do anything to try to turn us from our heavenly calling. He comes with discouraging thoughts that it will never succeed for you. Don’t let discouragement affect you. He may send jealous people to speak against us to dampen our spirits and pour water on our ministry. We need to keep our spirits bright throughout the different stages of life and not allow the storms to dampen the truth of who we are in Christ and who God is and what God can do. 2 Timothy 1:7 says: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear [discouragement], but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Be strong in the LORD and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes (Ephesians 6:10-18). In faith, keep moving forward knowing that God is with you and for you, if God be for you who can be against you, He will give you victory!
*(4) The fourth thing Elijah did was to pray a tremendous prayer.*
1 Kings 18:36-37 “At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: “Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.”
The moment he prayed that prayer, the fire of the Lord suddenly fell, consume the sacrifice, the wood, the stones, the dust, and licked up all the water that was in the trench. When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The LORD – He is God! The LORD – He is God!” (verse 39). Then His anger turned against the false prophets, and they were all killed (verse 40).
▪God is first identified as a “consuming fire” in Deuteronomy 4:24 and 9:3. God’s wrath, judgment, holiness or power are displayed by fire from heaven.
▪When we seek fire, not for our own glory, but for the glory of God, only for His glory, the God of Elijah will answer by fire. He will send the mighty Holy Spirit upon our lives.
Conclusion: Let’s us do those four important things in our lives and be certain that the God of Elijah who sent fire on Mt Carmel, will send the mighty Holy Spirit fire upon you, and upon me and use us for His glory.
The fire of God is His burning love for all people. Elijah knew the heart of God for Israel; that's why he was able to call down the fire of God. When we connect to God's heart, when we know His love for people—no matter what they've done, where they've been or how they're behaving—we can call forth the fire of God upon the things of the enemy that are stealing the fullness of God from them. The Lord wants to use us to help birth this coming move of God. He wants to empower you to call His fire into the earth. And it all begins by knowing His heart and His love for all people.
Let’s build a personal prayer altar unto the LORD and live a life of worship, daily devotion, fellowship and discipleship. Let's come together to establish the church prayer altar. God wants to show himself strong in those whose hearts are fully committed to him. (2 Chronicles 16:9).
Let's pray for those who have turned away to follow new age philosophy, the god of this world, the god of gold and silver, god of mammon and materialism to return to the true and living God, the source of all blessedness, the author of salvation.
15th August 2018
Exhortation by Ps Francis Ng
IGNITE THE FIRE ON YOUR PRAYER ALTAR
Revelation 5:8 “And when he had taken it the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.”
▪Harp represents worship. Golden bowls of incense represents the prayers of God’s people.
Leviticus 6:12-13 “The fire on the altar must be kept burning; it must not go out. Every morning the priest is to add firewood and arrange the burnt offering on the fire and burn the fat of the fellowship offerings on it. The fire must be kept burning on the altar continuously; it must not go out”
▪This gives us a picture of the High Priest taking the censer full of incense of burning coal from the altar before the LORD. First, he went to the brazen altar in the Outer Court, the place of sacrifice for sin. He will then pick up the coal of burning fire and enter into the Holy Place. There were three pieces of furniture in the Holy Place: the menorah, the table of showbread and the golden altar of incense. The moment he went in, he would go to the golden altar of incense and began to burn the incense.
Leviticus 16:13 “He is to put the incense on the fire before the LORD, and the cloud of incense will cover the mercy seat above the testimony, so that he will not die.”
▪During that time, Aaron was the High Priest, he took the censer full of burning coal of fire from the brazen altar. Brazen altar is the altar of sacrifice for sin offering.
▪The moment the incense touched the burning coal, the smoke of the incense began to arise and the smoke filled the Holy of Holies before the High Priest entered in. The Holy Place and the Holy of Holies were separated by a veil (a thick curtain). He cannot walk into the Holy of Holies without burning the incense every morning and every evening, or he will die.
What does it tell us?
1. It tells us that the foundation of our prayer must be built on the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ and not on our own righteousness. It’s not just because we are called as an intercessor or it’s our duty to pray or we can pray well.
▪Our prayer foundation, like the burning coal from the brazen altar brought into the Holy Place, must be on the foundation of sacrifice of Jesus Christ and the finished works of Jesus Christ. Our prayer anything less, it would be considered as a profane fire.
▪Our prayer must be based on what Jesus Christ has done and on the Word of God. Jesus is the Word of God. Our prayer is always imperfect. That is why our prayer has to ascend to heaven by incense, because our prayer is never acceptable to God without the offering of the burning coal fire from the brazen altar.
▪Remember the story of Leviticus 10:1-3. The two sons of Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, they offered profane fire not acceptable by God. They did not take the fire from the brazen altar but from elsewhere that was not acceptable. Our prayer cannot bypass the righteousness of Jesus Christ.
▪Our prayer must be based on the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ and what Jesus has done for us at the cross. Otherwise it would be considered as profane fire before the LORD.
2. Aaron with his hands full of sweet incense brought it inside the veil. He not only took the burning coal of fire from the brazen altar in the Outer Court, he entered into the Holy Place. Our prayers are offered in the Holy Place. When we pray, we are not at the Outer Court, but in the Holy Place. Isaiah 56:7 “..for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.”
▪God’s house must have prayers. That does not mean the church alone but also talks about individuals, homes, church and nation. Individually, we are the temple of the Holy Spirit. If we want the presence of God and ourselves to be a house where God dwells, we must be a House of Prayer. There must be an altar of prayer in our lives. If we want to have the presence of God in our family and home, then our homes must have an altar with prayers offered. Without prayer, God will never dwell in that place, it will never be called a House of God.
▪If a church is without prayer, the church would never be called a House of God. The church can be any other organization. If a believer has no prayer offered to God, the believer cannot be a temple of God. If a home has no prayer altar, you can say anything, do anything, God’s presence will not be there.
▪Remember 2 Chronicles 7:14-16. When there is repentance and forgiveness, God’s eyes will be opened and his ears will be attentive to our prayers. If it’s a house of prayer, then God says, “I have chosen this place to have My name, my eyes and my heart will be there.”
▪Sometimes, there are lots of thing happening in our home. Why? Because God’s presence is not in the house. But when we begin to kneel before the LORD and offer prayer, things and environment begin to change. Prayers must be offered in our lives, in our homes and in the church. The church must be a place that praise and pray (Isaiah 56:7).
▪So when there is prevailing and intensive prayer offered, the place will be sanctified and God will manifest His presence. Miracles will begin to happen. People will come to your home, you can just share with them, they can just accept the LORD because they are in the house of God. This is something that is very important for us.
3. The High Priest put the fire before the LORD on the golden altar of incense. In the Outer Court, the altar of sacrifice is made of bronze. But in the Holy Place, where prayers are offered, the altar of incense is laid in gold. Gold signifies the presence of God, perfect holiness.
▪our prayer life must be holy. Our prayer life is not only centered on our own life or our family. Our prayer must be mingled with Christ’s holy life of intercession, without it, our prayer will not ascend before the throne of God. Incense without the fire will not burn. Our hearts must have the fire in our prayer life.
Revelation 8:3 “Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God’s people, on the golden altar in front of the throne.”
▪The incense is not the prayers of the saints but the incense becomes the prayers of the saints when they are offered up with the incense burned with the holy fire. Then it will rise up as a sweet aroma.
▪What does it tells us? Our prayers are imperfect. Jesus has to be with us by His Holy Spirit to pray with us, bringing our prayers to God, teaching us to pray and praying according to what God wants us to pray. Then our prayers will go up as incense. If we leave the Holy Spirit aside and the intercessory life of Jesus aside, we pray by our own, our prayer will never ascend to the throne of God.
Psalm 141:1-2 “I call to you, Lord, come quickly to me; hear me when I call to you. May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.” ▪How can our prayer rise up like incense? We need the fire and the Holy Spirit. We need a heart of fire. With the Holy Spirit's partnership with us in prayer, together with the intercessory life of Jesus Christ, our prayer will rise up before the throne of God. It’s not so much of whether we know how to pray or not know how to pray. It’s not the word we pray, it’s the fire in our hearts, the burning coal, the holy fire of Jesus Christ in our lives. Prayer has to be a daily lifestyle. Our lives, house and church has to be a house of prayer. Only prayer will invite the presence of God into our lives, homes and church. Amen!
1st August 2018
Exhortation by Ps Darien Choo
MOVING INTO GREATNESS IN THE SPIRIT
(Daniel 9:18-23) Daniel was travailing in prayer for Israel. There are lessons we can learn from Daniel....
▪we need to prepare for waging of warfare and to engage in communion & union with God
▪we can't commune with God through our flesh but in the Spirit
▪(V18) We are now seeing a prayer movement in Singapore. God will hear the travailing prayer of His people. Singapore is called by God's name.
▪(V19) We need to take spiritual authority over our family, work, church and nation.
▪(V20) Whatever challenges you are going through, speak to God and pray to God. Pray for repentance because when there is repentance, God will begin to hear. A broken and a contrite heart God will not despise (Psalm 51: 17).
▪(21) Don't stop praying until you get an answer from God. Pray until God reveals Himself. *Why we cannot pray?* It's because of exhaustive emotion. It hinders you from getting into the Spirit. This is the season of powerful divine penetrating worship that could break worry, anxiety and fear and to get into the Spirit realm. Without faith it's impossible to please God. Without the Holy Spirit we cannot communicate with God.
▪(V22) In extreme weariness, keep praying. Don't give up. Angels of the Lord will come to give understanding and revelation.
▪(V23) Intercessors are highly esteemed and treasured by God. In this season, we must walk in the Spirit and get into the Spirit. If not, the things of the world would get into us. In the Spirit, you can break the world's burden and temptation. The anointing will break the yoke.
*How are we to get into the Spirit?* God will begin to bring a new strength to overcome sin. To overcome sin, there are 3 C's ....
1. Stay Clean
▪The Holy Spirit will sanctify you with God's righteousness.
▪Galatians 5:16 ~ Live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.
▪when you are feeling exhausted or dry in the Spirit, when there is quarrel in the home or workplace, whatever it is, get into the Spirit. Pray and worship in the Spirit. Get into God's presence, the Spirit will break the yoke of that atmosphere and begin to change the atmosphere around you. You will be conscious and spiritually sensitive to break every sin and every temptation.
▪(Genesis 4:7) Sin is always everyday knocking at your door. In order to break the power of sin, you must master over it. Every negative emotion carries a sinful nature. Demons feed on your negative emotions.
▪ *How are we to overcome negative emotions?* Walk in the Spirit. Get into the Spirit, pray and worship in the Spirit. Break it in the name of Jesus! It will prevent you from getting angry or jealous... It will get you from the 'down' side to the 'up' side!
2. Get Clear
▪we need to overcome doubts in our mind and break all negative thoughts in Jesus' name.
▪ Romans 12:2 ".. be transformed by the renewal of your mind". This is a season of clarity. When you get into the Spirit, you will get clarity. Don't get distracted by the problem outside. *Your situation does not determine your destination.* God always has a better plan for us.
▪James 1:5 ask God for wisdom.
▪When we sanctify ourselves and walk according to the Word of God, then the blessings of Deut 28:1-13 will come upon us. When we fully obey God, we naturally overcome sin.
3. Get Called
▪meaning you will overcome carnality. You will not do what you want to do but do what God wants you to do. You will stay on the course.
▪ find your call and move into God's plan for your life.
We have the Holy Spirit inside us. The Spirit is alive because of God's righteousness. When praying for someone who is sick or tormented, we must see that person through the eyes/vision of God and not as the world sees.
▪Praying in the Spirit is walking in the Spirit according to the Word of God and what God sees.
▪ when we pray for our sons and daughters, we must not pray how we see them today but how God sees them in the future - see them coming to church, see them serving in the church, see them sitting with you in fellowship...
*Why some people are praying and getting weary?* It's because they have believed in a lie. Need to break it in Jesus' name.
1. Why need to stay clean?
- it will bring integrity. God's righteousness will work in you and you stay clean.
2. Why need to get clear?
- Clarity brings wisdom.
3. Why need to stay called?
- If you are not following God's call and you are struggling, then likely God will put you into the right track.
All these three are only found in the realm of the Spirit.
This is a season of moving into greatness in the Spirit. God sees the greatness in you. Don't succumb to the lies of the enemy. Remember we are created by the Almighty God in His image.
To move into greatness, intercessors need to:
1. Hear God and discern. Hear the cry of the people, know who is sick and who needs help. Sharpen your ears. Intercede for those who are burdened, needy and broken.
2. Make a decisive choice to move with God. Resist the enemy by making a decision so that the enemy cannot disturb your mind (James 4:7).
3. See the invisible. See things in the Spirit so that you can believe in the impossible and do the impossible.
This is a season of a new mandate. Follow the mandate of God. Receive and run with it. The day when you decide to follow God's mandate, you will have total spiritual freedom to serve with a spiritual anointing.
4. Be filled with the Holy Spirit and with His power.
25th July 2018
Exhortation by Sister Susan
TRAVAILING (BIRTHING) PRAYER
There is an aspect of prayer that births things in the Spirit. We are ‘birthers’ for God.
Jesus said in John 7:38 “From his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.” ‘Innermost being’ is the Greek word koilia, which means ‘womb'. 'Matrix' is the Latin word for 'womb'. The word 'Matrix' is found in Exodus 13:12,15; Exodus 34:19; Numbers 3:12
We are the 'womb' of God upon the earth. We are not the source of life, but we are carriers of the source of life. We do not generate life, but we release, through prayer, Him who does (Isaiah 44:2).
Some passages directly mention travailing (birthing) prayer:
▪1 Kings 18:42 “but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel; bent down to the ground, and put his face between his knees..”
- The posture of Elijah in this passage is that of a woman in his day while giving birth. Elijah was actually in birthing prayer.
▪James 5:16 also refers to this event and calls it “fervent’ prayer.
▪Isaiah 66:7,8 - uses the analogy of a woman giving birth
- Christ was in travail at Lazarus’s tomb
▪Matthew 26:36-39 - Jesus travailed in the Garden of Gethsamane
▪Romans 8:26-27 – the context of this passage is travail (see Romans 8:22-25 - The Lord speaks of all creation and us groaning and travailing, then speaks of the Holy Spirit doing it in us.)
▪Matthew 24:8 - Jesus spoke about the beginning of 'birthpangs'
▪Galatians 4:19 - Paul was in travail for the maturing process of the Galatians believers
- Many are facing “impossible situations” … a need for a miracle from God, somewhere in our lives - relationship/health/finances/fears/wisdom, etc.
- Every miracle needs a “womb” … a place where the seed of God imparted into your spirit has the opportunity to grow, develop and be nurtured. This “womb” can’t be a “tomb” of unbelief, negativity, fear, compromise, misdirected focus. These aren’t the environment for a miracle-producing womb!
- PRAISE INCUBATES YOUR MIRACLE! PRAISE IS YOUR EXPRESSION OF FAITH IN GOD!
*Definition of spiritual travail – releasing the creative power or energy of the Holy Spirit into a situation to produce, create or give birth to something.*
*The Holy Spirit is God’s Birthing Agent!* Luke 1:34;35)
- We don’t’ birth anything spiritually, the Holy Spirit does. He is the power source of the Godhead (Acts 1:8). He is the power behind Creation (Gen 1). He is the one who supplies power to God’s will, giving it life and substance. He gives birth to the will of God.
Elijah as a human being couldn’t birth or produce rain. Yet James tells us his prayers did. Paul couldn’t create the new birth nor maturity in the Galatians, yet Galatians 4:19 implies that his intercession did. We cannot produce spiritual sons and daughters through our human abilities, yet Isaiah 55:7-8 tells us that our travail can.
We cannot create or birth these and other things through our own power or ability but our prayers has the power to release the Holy Spirit to do so!
All things were created by God's Word (John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:16). But it was the Holy Spirit that hovered over the earth, releasing His creative energies or power at the words of God, giving birth to what God spoke (Genesis 1:1-3; Psalm 90:2).
The Holy Spirit wants to go forth and hover around individuals, releasing His awesome power to convict, break bondages, bring revelation and draw them to Himself in order to cause the new birth or new creation in them.
The moving and hovering of the Holy Spirit can happen over nations to bring forth new life as more and more prayer is generated for the unreached people of the earth. We will see dramatic revivals as this hovering continues and intensifies through the prayer of the saints. We can birth sons and daughter through travail!
The Holy Spirit wants to use us in lifeless, fruitless, desolate, barren situations, releasing his life into them. Not only does he wants to do this for salvation and healings, but travail is also to be done for maturing and developing believers.
18th July 2018
Exhortation by Ps Darien Choo
SEASON OF FRUITFULNESS
What is God's season for us? We want to move in God's season and movement. This is the season of fruitfulness. Intercessors have the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and they have a very precious and purposeful role in the eyes of the Lord. We are God's vessel and God's watcher and we need to move together.
James 1: 22-25
- intercessors are in the battle of two worlds.
- do not just hear what God is speaking from the preacher's mouth but we need to carry out God's Word in this season, not just praying but need action.
- we need to carry out God's prophetic action in the ministry, church and for our lives.
- understand that the battle is not yours but it doesn't take away your responsibility to take action (Exodus 14:14).
- Battle is in the mind and not just in the home, church or marketplace. It's important to hold our peace and God will fight your battle.
- Don't choose to complain. Complaint is a 'demonic vacuum cleaner of the devil'. God will bring justice. Peace is an action. Faith works through love and love is an action.
This is the season to take prophetic action. If you are praying for someone in your home for salvation, it needs a spiritual visitation and physical visitation.
Biblical examples - Peter went to Cornelius house to preach the gospel to them. Paul went to the jailer's house in the hour of the night.
Be sensitive to the prompting of the Holy Spirit to take prophetic action. Move with God. We will bear fruit when we take prophetic action.
- The most prophetic action is obedience to the Word of God. We need to move with God.
- Overcome fear and anxiety when you share the Gospel.
- In this season of breakthrough, God requires our prophetic action in our home, ministry, business and marketplace.
Spiritual dryness comes when there's no action. This is the challenge of the church. In this season of fruitfulness, God's challenge is for the church to move. When we move the blessing will follow us.
- we are blessed above all people. Fear God and not men.
- this is a season we will see barren womb healed, and those bearing a project, God will move in many dimensions.
- God will keep you free from every disease. Heed this warning...don't invite curses upon your life.. when exceedingly blessed, reverence God.
Prophetic action works in two things - time and chance (Ecclesiastes 9:11). God has his prophetic time and chance. Don't miss his prophetic time and chance. Move prophetically. This is the time and chance for your promotion and business closing and birthing... time and chance for God to bless your ministry and business! Jesus knows the time and chance. He spoke to the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4). A season of time and chance is on the way! You will see mushrooms sprouting out...business deal sealed...relationship reconciled.
Cancer is not our battle! Poverty, divorce, sickness and disease are not our battle! Demons are not our battle! They are battles between God and Satan!
Moses didn't part the Red Sea but God. He has to raise up his staff. He took the prophetic act. Elijah didn't set fire to the wood but God. But he has to set up the altar by faith.
Elisha didn't part the river of Jordan, but he has to use the mantle of Elijah.
Abraham didn't sacrifice his son but God did. But he has to lay down his son. David didn't bring down Goliath, but he took the challenge to go into battle with 5 stones and a sling. Peter didn't save 3000 but he has to stand up to preach the gospel.
Take the prophetic action that God is asking you to take! If you are applying for a job, prophetically send out the resume. Don't just sit at home. If you want your ministry to flourish, know the needs and condition of your flocks.
The way of God is higher than man's way. When you pray, God will move you to take prophetic action. If you are praying for your family to be saved, you need to move in prophetic action to see the miracle of God.
Prayer Focus: Let's continue to intercede for the salvation of our loved ones and peoples that God put in our hearts.
11th July 2018
Exhortation by Rev Alicia Teo
As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.
In every testing, there is fire in our heart that is good for us. To help us fight the spiritual war, we need to make TCC not only a house of prayer but a school of intercession, learning the power of warfare. We are being refined day by day.
God desires our commitment and passion for the inheritance. Jacob desired to inherit the blessing of God, he esteemed the birthright - a double portion of his father’s inheritance. Esau being the first born had no interest in the inheritance. This is prophetic for the generations to come. Jesus sanctified the disciples and prayed for the generations to come. He is interested in you and also the generations to come. Why Jacob was so interested in the inheritance? It was because of the prophetic words spoken in the mother's womb, "the older will serve the younger." Genesis 25:23
What are the promises of God spoken to your life? God is not interested in our skills of intercession. We need to work for the inheritance God has given to us.
Seeking God is important. Just like God telling Solomon: “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” We need to hunger and thirst more for God and be passionate to stand in the gap for the nation, people, family and seek God for each and every soul.
What is intercession? Intercession is to stand in the gap and to pray for one another. Intercession is for everyone. We need to be taught on prayer. If we don't pray we are defeated. Kingdom Warfare is so real, the devil will come with his strategy to inflict and deceive.
Why did Jacob has so much of inheritance? It's because of the blessing of the father. Firstborn inheritance is double. (Genesis 27:28-29, Genesis 28:1-4) He had three times blessing and manifold wisdom of God came to him.
We need to yearn for the attention of our heavenly Father and spend time fellowshipping with Him. We need the tangible anointing of God. When the enemy comes at us from one direction, he will flee from us in seven directions. Deuteronomy 28:7 We need the tangible anointing to receive spiritual inheritance, to open heaven and to attract the crowd. Pray for the tangible anointing to come. Leaders need to have the tangible anointing. Be a vessel mightily used by God.
Jacob was more passionate for the spiritual inheritance. The tangible anointing was upon Jacob. Genesis 20:18-22. Tangible anointing opens Heaven. Jacob had an encounter with God at Bethel. Bethel means house of God. Bethel is an open heaven. God's presence, protection and provision was with him wherever he went. But Jacob forgot the 1/10 he promised to give to God (Genesis 28:22).
- We need to be in the presence of God to receive spiritual wisdom and revelation knowledge of him.
- We are called to the riches of the glory of his inheritance.
- Be passionate about your ministry. The anointing follows you. As you pray, the Lord will reveal to you His glorious riches in you.
- Exercise your given power and authority. Your Holy Spirit and angels cannot be sleeping. Use your angels. We are fighting war in the Heavenly places.
Jesus is the Head of the church and we are his Body. As His Body, we have power and authority, for God has raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms. Jesus represents us in the Court of Heaven. And we represent Him here on earth.
Pray for revelational knowledge so that we will be able to see vision.
Are you passionate for Jesus? Do you love and trust him and his promises? If you are passionate about Jesus, God will look after your family. We need to win our family to God and restore them to righteousness.
4th July 2018
Exhortation by Ps Darien Choo ....
We need new preparation in the new season. For every promise there is a new preparation. The more we extend our faith to God, the more of His extension of provisions to us. There are people going through changes and changes may bring fear and anxiety. We need to catch the anointing to overcome fear and anxiety through God's promise. We need to push out fear, worry and anxiety.
- God has a new season of joy ... overflowing joy for us. Negev is a desert. They are people facing desert situations, God will restore them like streams. Songs of joy will come. God's stream are coming! Even in tough times, learn to carry a heart to sow. There is going to be a great harvest. For those who want a breakthrough, sow a seed of faith. God is challenging our faith and in the midst of restoring our fortunes.
- Dream is a language of God. It has prophetic revelation. When we have negative or demonic dreams, rebuke it and cancel it in the name of Jesus.
- They will be a season of transition to a newer pasture for those who are looking for new jobs. God's promise is to restore everything you have lost - job, health, relationship, finance, etc.
Ps Darien also shared on the wisdom of the Holy Spirit....
*A lot of people are praying but they are praying without the Word.* How much of your prayer has the Word of God? What is the Sword of the Spirit? It is the Word of God! To wage warfare we need the weapons of warfare. When we pray without the Sword of the Spirit, we will get injured. Hence, pray with the Word of God! Prayer must connect to the promise of God. We need to pray with the power of God in the Word. The Spirit of God speaks only from the Word of God.
- God wants to fill our mouths with His Words.
- The Word always build, bless & edify the Kingdom of God.
- Anything without the Word of God is not going to work.
- God will reveal new visions to you concerning your ministry, your work, your home, your children, ...
- whatever you pray using the Word of God, God will watch over His Word to accomplish it. God will back us up. We need to allow God's Word to come to us when we pray.
*God has a new season for TCC and His people. We need to pray for new capacity, new workers, new strength and new infilling of the Spirit.*
Thanks be to God, it is so good to see our intercessory group growing. God has answered our prayers. Thank God for all the new intercessors. Surely it is by God's divine appointment. We are blessed!
Pastor Francis gave a very good exhortation on Ephesians 6:18. Pray in the spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayer.
Here are some recaps: we need to have a right attitude towards prayer. We know prayer is important but many do not know what to pray or how to pray. In the Last days, deception is going to come. Even the Elects can be deceived. 1 Corinthians 2:12 -14 tells us that spiritual things are to be spiritually discerned. We need to have the Spirit of God to discern what is of God and what is not. We need to be constantly in the Spirit, to humble ourselves and pray and seek His face and allow the Spirit to guide us. We can't just pray in the natural. Looking at the natural, it will be very discouraging and difficult for us to pray. Romans 8:26 tells us the Spirit will help us, tell us and teach us how and what to pray. We need to cut off from all natural disturbances. Fasting will help us to deny the flesh and sharpen our spirit man. Praying is a spiritual thing. It involves listening to the Spirit not just talking to God. We need to hear what the Spirit of God is saying to us or want us to do. When the Lord releases a word to us, it will enrich our Spirit. It will change the whole perspective of prayer. Listening to the Spirit of God is the key in praying in the Spirit. Prayer is not when we are in need than we pray. Prayer is not just specific to requests or needs. We need to pray at all times. We need to take the Word from God and declare/speak it into the spiritual realm. God wants to use our mouthpiece and to partnership with us to speak and declare His Word to bring forth results.
- Gideon's Army - House of Prayer