The Church in Intense Intercession
“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:26-28)
Come and Rest in My Presence “Arise, cry out in the night, at the beginning of the night watches! Pour out your heart like water before the Presence of the Lord! Lift your hands to him for the lives of your children...” (Lamentations 2:19) Brother Lawrenceassures us, “One need not cry out very loudly; He is nearer to us than we think.”
“Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” (Matthew 18:16-20)
“We have to understand God’s words are settled in heaven but not yet completely established on earth. He looks for men whose hearts are ready to receive his words... We are to agree with Him and declare it back to Him in prayer.
Under the influence of the Holy Spirit we start declaring things into reality. His words, from his world - burning in our hearts by the power of the Holy Spirit - become reality on this earth by our declaration. This is how we partner with heaven. This is how we release heaven’s reality here on earth.” (Hetland p20)
Receive My PowerReading: Hear the whole amazing story! Acts 12 ESV Audio Bible
Extract: Acts 12:1-12,18,24 TPT
“During this period King Herod incited persecution against the church, causing great harm to the believers. He even had the apostle James, John’s brother, beheaded. When Herod realized how much this pleased the Jewish leaders, he had Peter arrested and thrown into prison during the Feast of Passover. Sixteen soldiers were assigned to guard him until Herod could bring him to public trial, immediately after the Passover celebrations were over.
The church went into a season of intense intercession, asking God to free him. The night before Herod planned to bring him to trial, he made sure that Peter was securely bound with two chains. Peter was sound asleep between two soldiers, with additional guards stationed outside his cell door, when all at once an angel of the Lord appeared, filling his prison cell with a brilliant light. The angel struck Peter on the side to awaken him and said, ‘Hurry up! Let’s go!’ Instantly the chains fell off his wrists. The angel told him, ‘Get dressed. Put on your sandals, bring your cloak, and follow me.’ Peter quickly left the cell and followed the angel, even though he thought it was only a dream or a vision, for it seemed unreal—he couldn’t believe it was really happening! They walked unseen past the first guard post and then the second before coming to the iron gate that leads to the city—and the gate swung open all by itself right in front of them! They went out into the city and were walking down a narrow street when all of a sudden the angel disappeared. That’s when Peter realized that he wasn’t having a dream! He said to himself, ‘This is really happening! The Lord sent his angel to rescue me from the clutches of Herod and from what the Jewish leaders planned to do to me.’ When he realized this, he decided to go to the home of Mary and her son John Mark. The house was filled with people praying. Herod ordered a thorough search for him, but no one could find him. …The hope of God’s kingdom kept spreading and multiplying everywhere!”
Be My Spirit-led Witnesses Listen to what the Word Says, Obey and Share.
S: Say aloud the underlined parts about the church praying and the miraculous answer to their prayer.
O: Can you see “the hope of God’s kingdom spreading and multiplying everywhere”? Can you see our churches and homes being HOPE: Houses Of Prayer Everywhere? Houses Of Prayer for Everyone?
S: Read and share Paul Wemmer’s book, ‘Count Zinzendorf and the spirit of the Moravians.’ (2014)
The Moravians maintained 24/7 prayer and a world-wide missional movement for over 100 years from 1727. They declared, “Our Lamb has conquered; let us follow Him.” “May the Lamb that was slain receive the reward of His sufferings!”
“The sacred fire was never permitted to go out on the altar (Leviticus 6:13); so in a congregation… the intercession of his saints should incessantly rise up to him.”
‘The Memorial Days of the Renewed Church of the Brethren.’ (1822)
Jesus called us to day and night prayer, “Will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly.” (Luke 18:7-8)
Pray for Australia: 40 Days Prayer & Worship Relay. Are you or your church hosting times of prayer and worship in this 24/7 relay? Can you help arrange gatherings or join local groups?
Pray for the Nations: After the 40 Days we will be in touch to share with you the invitation to pray for the 70 nations coming to the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast 4-15 April 2018. Today the relay begins - with the baton leaves the United Kingdom to be carried across each of these nations to Australia. May the nations come to encounter the kingdom of God here. www.oneheartgc.com.au
Share your Faith by simply forwarding this www.yesheis.com daily video to others: The Struggle
Be My House of Prayer Holy Spirit, come upon us and lead us in how we pray:
Gather as 2-3 or more and intercede for others in agreement with each other and God's Word.
Pray for those who are faithfully participating day and night in this 40 Days Prayer & Worship Relay.
Pray for the formation of Houses of Prayer Everywhere -that “hope in God’s kingdom keeps spreading everywhere!”
Pray for your prayer list and family and friends to receive Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
Pray for Australia to receive Jesus as Lord and for His Church to be His House of Prayer.
Pray for a new generation of young prayer warriors and evangelists to arise in Jesus’ revival and transformation of our nation.
“…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses..." (Acts 1:8)
Austin Cove Community Church are intentional in our prayer lives. We know there are so many different ways to communicate to God in prayer and we like to get creative.