The Power of Intercessory Prayer

What is intercession? First of all, intercession is sacrificial prayer. It focuses less on you and more on others. It asks God’s power to be unleashed throughout the world.

Intercessory prayer involves spiritual warfare. Our battle is not against flesh and blood, and it is not fought with carnal weapons. We win these battles on our knees!

In 2 Corinthians 10: 3 – 5 we read:-

We are humans, but we don’t wage war as humans do.

We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.

We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.

Through intercessory prayer, you can subdue the forces of hell and render Satan powerless, because “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling sown of strongholds!”

Through Intercession, you can change the course of history. Through prayer and intercession, you can touch your community and impact your world.

God has placed all that He is and has at your disposal in prayer.

No principality or power can stand against the person who knows how to pray.

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

The Work of the Holy Spirit

My wife, Marlene, and I have a Faith Ministry.

This means that we have no regular source of income; we rely on God to help provide all our needs (Philippians 4: 19).

And through our absolute Faith and Trust in God we wait upon Him to open the minds and hearts of many people with whom we come into contact and who feel drawn towards giving us a freewill donation.

And if you would like to do so you can make a freewill offering to the Work of the Holy Spirit by going to:-

https://godsholyspiritdotnet.wordpress.com/2016/04/23/holy-spirit-donations/

At the moment our laptops are very old and both have seen better days. And, since nearly dying my poor old eyes find the laptop screen too small and tiring to look at.

Many years ago I used to have a desktop computer with a 21″ screen. I am now looking to find the money (or perhaps a blessed soul will donate one to us?) so that my eye strain will be a thing of the past and I know that I shall find it much easier to write my books using a large screen desktop computer.

I know that our Father God will bless you mightily in everything you say and in everything you do.

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see (Hebrews 11: 1)

Your loving support of our Faith Ministry is incredibly important to us.

God Bless

Geoffrey

Spiritual Gifts

Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however you were led.

Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says, “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit.

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.

To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Holy Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.

All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.

(1 Corinthians 12: 1-11)

Paul, when he writes to the church in Corinth, refers to the different kinds of spiritual gifts that are given for the common good.

These gifts are given by the Holy Spirit, just as He determines and according to His will. We must each wisely use the gifts that we have been given, so that together we may all help to build up the church of God.

Paul also refers to the importance of love when considering spiritual gifts. He mentions that prophecies will cease, tongues will be stilled and knowledge will pass away, but that love will never fail.

He also warns that our use of spiritual gifts will be adversely affected by a lack of love.

“And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains but have not love, I am nothing”.

(1 Corinthians 13: 2)

Therefore, may we use the gifts that we have been given, with a loving attitude, in order to give and receive the blessings in accordance to what God desires.

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?  You are not your own for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

(1 Corinthians 6: 19-20)

The Holy Spirit is able to produce miracles within our lives and in the world around us. He can act in both a powerful way and with gentleness. He is able to guide, instruct and lead us in all that we do and seeks for us to really know him and to develop our personal relationship with him.

When we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, our bodies become His temple and we should honour Him with acts and thoughts that are rigorous and holy.

If we are receptive and allow Him to work freely within our lives, we will begin to demonstrate fruits of the Spirit, which others will then notice, such as our peace, patience, kindness, gentleness and self-control.

Let our lives bear witness to the transforming power of the Holy Spirit, as we trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, so that others may also experience His love.

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Praying: A Highway To Heaven

Jesus’ disciples were Jews, steeped in the ways of their faith and familiar with prayer. Observing Jesus they became aware of a different dynamic to prayer that wasn’t part of their experience. What this was we can never know. I think it was something about both the intimacy in relationship in prayer between Jesus and his Father, and the reality of God’s presence during his prayer.

As I began to seek God afresh in my own place of confusion and pain, I turned to reading many extracts from the Church Fathers. I made formal retreats where I observed the daily prayer rhythm of Franciscan and Benedictine brothers filled with a serene sense of God encounter. I sensed it more than understood it. It drew me towards a growing appetite for God in my own experience. I too spoke with several, asking that they might teach me to pray.

The disciples themselves requested teaching; revealing prayer isn’t something that comes naturally to any one of us. It is a learned practice. That learning lasts a lifetime, with the benefit that in older age when one is less active and perhaps increasingly socially isolated, the space in which we encounter God is highly developed, enriching and real. We also discover that the time we choose freely to invest in prayer increases and we yearn to step away from the daily clamour of everyday life and sit within the stillness and silence of our solitary space in God’s presence.

When I started my regular daily office of prayer, I struggled. It was quite simply a discipline I chose to impose upon myself. Like any learning, it felt both strange and uncomfortable initially, with many temptations to give up. It did require perseverance. I often felt I was only speaking to myself, and frequently emerged with no sense of God encounter. But all these experiences were building blocks for my highway to heaven.

(Dr Micha Jazz)

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

The Spirit of God

My life might best be depicted as a see-saw. One moment I am up, contemplating the very essence of the Divine, the next, rock bottom, counting cash and worrying about next week’s grocery bill.

While there is the benefit of the upward arc of the see-saw, there is also the shuddering shock as your end descends to the earth with a bump. I remember with fondness gently rising and falling, reaching neither great heights nor lows, and conversing for ages with a friend on the other end of the see-saw. This, I think, is a good metaphor for the Christian walk.

Life’s see-saw generally finds me descending towards the ground as I worry about aspects of my life that are largely beyond my control in the moment. For all that, I still wrestle with them internally and try to think my way out of what I see as my problem.

Thinking is not praying, although I do find myself seeking to encourage by saying, ‘I’ll be thinking of you.’ Is that because I am embarrassed or just uncertain about the place of prayer? It is my prayer that is perhaps my greatest gift I can offer anyone.

One aspect of prayer that has come alive for me is entering into the presence of God in silence and stillness. I bring nothing but myself. Yet, as I sit before God, I will name those for whom I am praying. I will rather name them and hold them in his presence so that they are bathed in God’s love and grace for as long as I hold them there.

I have learned with St Paul that none of us knows the thoughts of God save the spirit of God and I want to invite that same spirit to intercede and work on behalf of those I carry to God in prayer. The supernatural reality of God is much closer to us that we perhaps ever realise.

(Dr Micha Jazz)

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Healing Through The Holy Spirit

A servant of God was once preaching the good news of the Lord Jesus Christ to a large crowd of several thousands.

At the same time a small group had also come with the intent of causing mischief. The innocent preacher was not aware of the evil intentions of these mischief-makers.

The Holy Spirit, however, did know!

So the Holy Spirit decided to inspire His servant to do something very unusual.

As the preacher was speaking for an hour about the love of God, he suddenly said, ‘I shall now prove to you that Jesus Christ is alive today.’

On the platform were a number of boxes overflowing with requests for prayer.

The preacher asked the priest who was chairing the meeting to pick up one of these requests for prayer. The priest picked up one of the prayers, from one of the boxes, at random.

The prayer request selected was from a lady for the healing of her father, who lived in Sri Lanka.

The preacher asked the lady to stand in front of the platform. The lady appeared to be very respectable and confirmed that it was she who had submitted the prayer request that was chosen.

Then the power of the Holy Spirit was made manifest.

In a moment, the preacher became filled with the Holy Spirit and spoken in detail about the lady’s father, living many hundreds of miles in Sri Lanka, and about which parts of his body were affected by the disease.

The preacher’s descriptions were so vivid and accurate that the lady began to cry with surprise and anguish. The lady confirmed publicly, before the thousands of people assembled, that the details being given by the preacher were 100% correct.

Then the preacher said, ‘Madam, I shall now pray with you on this platform that the Lord Jesus Christ may touch your father right now and heal him. He will be healed this very instant. Will you then forward me his letter, reporting that he is completely healed, for publication in my magazine?’

The lady, of course, happily agreed.

Immediately, the Preacher, filled with love and compassion for the lady’s father, began to pray with tears that he might receive immediate healing.

And the people who had come to ridicule the preacher? They promptly surrendered themselves to our Lord.

Following this, the preacher received for publication a letter from the lady’s father, addressed to his daughter, reporting that he had received complete healing at the very moment that the preacher was praying for him.

With many healing blessings

Geoffrey

The Wonder and Mystery of God

Growing up, I always knew when I was in trouble. It was the intonation in my mother’s voice as she called my name. My blood would run cold. It’s strange just how strong a reflex my body had to this tone, one I can clearly recall today.

As Mary arrived and greeted her cousin, the baby within Elizabeth’s womb leapt. It was the very presence and a clear sign of the authority and divinity of Mary’s child. Before meeting, and without explanation, that same Holy Spirit who’d overshadowed Mary now made Elizabeth and her unborn son, John, aware of the presence of God.

This is the first connection between Jesus and John, which continued when John prepared the way for Jesus and baptised him as his earthy ministry began. It also fulfils the prophecy that the angel gave to Zechariah, stating that John would be filled with the spirit in his mother’s womb.

We live in an age when we have forgotten the wonder of pregnancy. Science appears to offer us solid answers for all our questions, and we have lost a little of the awe and mystery that accompanies life.

We are not intended purely to perceive ourselves and our world as a series of scientific facts. To do so robs us, and life itself, of wonder.

Many of us can only relate to God as a harsh judge and critic. We live seeking to walk a narrow line forever fearing we shall fail God and fall short. We attempt to placate him, assuming he is vengeful and full of wrath.

So much of this, I suspect, relates to our own experience of the adults who surrounded us growing up, and our natural view of authority. Yet God’s way is always a way of mystery and delight, encouraging us to rise above what we can know for sure, and discover a world of wonder and surprise, orchestrated by the spirit of God.

(Dr Micha Jazz)

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey