A Special Message to the People of Prayer -
BECAUSE SOMEONE WAS OBEDIENT
By David Andrade (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I don't claim to know how it all works but I sense that the Holy Spirit is calling many of us to get up in the night to pray and intercede for His Visitation and our loved ones.
There is a manner in which the Holy Spirit comes forth to carry out his purposes and changes the destiny of men and women. And I believe we have entered into that season.
Travail is not always pretty. Because the Holy Spirit prays with groaning that are beyond our own and when He prays through us things change.
Are you being refreshed in the battle or are you being torn by it?
In the early 70s I received the Lord in a prison ministry the day that we moved into a house after a business failure.
My wife was pregnant and we had a couple of new babies. The living room and bed room were full of unopened boxes and we had not set up a bed for that night.
Amidst that, I went to church at the invitation of a friend and received the Lord that night. Still, leaving my wife behind to go to church did not leave a good impression on her at the time.
A few months latter, during a service, I received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Both, experiences brought dramatic change into my life, but the Baptism brought a presence that made God very real and personal. I know that many that receive the Holy Spirit never experience the gushing river from the belly. I remember at every cry for more the gusher increased from a trickle to a river.
Dressed For War
As much as it was so wonderful to experience such an open heaven of the Holy Spirit, I was shaken by other realities that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit stirred when I went home. Sometimes, we can be unaware of how an event can change our lives and move us into realities that were in our midst all the time, yet unseen because our existence had little effect on them.
Unknown to me or my family was that there was a group of individuals meeting across the street every full moon to practice Santeria. From the day that I received the Baptism, I began to feel the pressure of the neighborhood especially when they met. Even my kids began to experience the discomfort of the thick darkness that would try to force its curtain within the boundaries of our home.
The Need for the Intercession of One-another, The Blood of Jesus and Someone is praying and declaring
As a new Christian, I remember trying to get help with what was happening but. It became obvious that few understood and for a long time I and my family were alone in this.
One night, during one of the assaults, a voice spoke out of the room. The Blood of Jesus. Someone unseen, other than ourselves had taken charge in obedience or command of the Lord. An explosion immediately cleared the air and then as I explained to my kids they learned immediately to do the same.
The Unexpected Clash between the Good and Evil
One night, it was necessary to go outside during one of their meeting nights. One of the men in their group hurried in a rage from the yard across the street and rapped his hand around my neck. I went down in a panic, grasping for air. As I moved from one conscious state to another, I entered into light. I could feel the living being inside the case of my body leaving but it stopped to watch something going on about 3 miles away.
When I first received the Lord, there was a Catholic women whose name was Ann Shaw who had decided that the Lord was going to use me. Well okay, but what did that mean to me? When we moved into the house, I was broke and did not even own a car. I had tried to get help for the situation in the neighborhood. Then I had called a place called Melodyland Christian Center and Pastor Ralph Wilkerson said come down, they would help. Ann so much believed that the Lord had spoken to her, she paid my way to get into bible school, there and would take the bus to work so that I could use her Volkswagen to go
Back in the Body
Well as I was leaving, I saw Ann praying for me in her home, 3 miles away. But she was doing it in a manner I had never seen before. She was wailing and groaning, bowed over gripping her stomach. A few moments latter my spirit settled back into my body. What ever she had done prevailed over my situation to keep me alive...
A few days latter I saw Ann again at the Mission Prayer meeting. When I asked her what had happened, she said, The Lord asked her if she would pray for me. When she said yes, something else took over. It was not her praying.
The Holy Spirit wants to pray through us and lives may depend on it...
I wonder how many times the Holy Spirit has come to me during the night and I responded, just a few minutes and woke latter in the morning never responding. I wonder how many times the Holy Spirit comes to us in the night and someone's life depends on it. And we rather turn over and return to our sleep.
I needed someone to prayer the presence of the Lord into my situation and I have Ann to thank for her obedience.
Because of her obedience I live and travail was imparted in me.
The Defining Factor
I don't claim to know how it all works. I do know that much in God never changes and that the intercession of the Spirit through the Saints will remain with us. I am concerned that we are so focused on the judgment of God, that we need to be reminded that when we come together to exalt and worship Him, he does not answer us with hatred and judgment but love acceptance and the presence of His pleasure. I believe as people of prayer and carriers of His presence and message of mercy and grace to all mankind, we need to get busy when we since the time is near. He has promised us to come with times of refreshing, so let us prepare our hearts for the season.
There are things that will not change
We must all be born again, and if we are going to live a life with power over sin, and witnesses, and live a life of sanctification, we must seek Him for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit because He said so.
Jesus said, He gives this promised gift of the Father to all who ask and will obey Him.
Holy Spirit travailing intercession is only one of His instruments, He wants to do through us to bring forth the Son's of God.
Amidst all the stuff that is going on in the world right now. I wonder how much of it would change if we would just say yes, when He comes and asks us to be His instrument of intercession and let Him do that in whatever manner it looks like even, if it is loud and not pretty.
I believe the Holy Spirit wants us to enter into a season where people come to know the goodness of God. Yes, judgment will come, but for now someone put the pale Horse back into its stall so that the Glory and knowledge of God might be seen and know by all upon the whole earth.
So that people can have an opportunity to truly turn away by their own will, the goodness of God or turn to God.
Please Pray and Agree with me…
Do not pass me by. I will to be an instrument for whatever your purposes. And so will your people in the day of visitation.
With Much Love,