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April 26, 2014

Called to prayer

ENID, Okla. — Thursday, May 1, is National Day of Prayer. Thousands of prayer events are expected to take place all over our nation, with millions of Americans spending their lunch hour on the courthouse lawn, or on their knees at their church, praying for our country and our troops, praying for our leaders and our cities. For one full day, we will be one voice under God, united in prayer (Romans 15:6).

These are emergency times we live in, my friends. Times that require intercessors and prayer warriors everywhere to be watchmen on the wall, standing in the gab for our country, our pastors and our leaders. We must learn how to pray supernaturally, which means we have to continually cultivate our faith by staying in the Word of God. We must pray the Word.

When God gives me an assignment, He always gives me a Scripture to stand on. I call it my ‘Go To’ Scripture, because when doubt and fear comes, and it will, I can ‘go to’ that Scripture and know all is well. He will never give me a Scripture that reflects the problem, only the solution, and that’s what I pray. If you are full of the Word, and a problem or situation arises, you can latch onto the promise God gave, praying the solution, meditating on that promise until it becomes implanted so deeply within you that you can’t see the problem or situation any other way. That’s what the Bible calls ‘fervent prayer,’ according to James 5:16: “The earnest, heartfelt, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

Folks, we live in such a fast-pasted world, we’ve grown accustomed to getting what we want when we want it.

Our children are being raised with that. We are in such a hurry, having no time to get in the presence of God and just wait on Him and His direction. (And I am as guilty of that as anyone). So we pray quick, ‘help me, guide me’ prayers on our way out the door.

How would we like it if our children called or stopped by only when they needed help or wanted something.

When, all we want is a little sit-down time, a little me-time, a cup of coffee and some fellowship with the most important people in our life. When we get quiet before the Father-God and give him that much wanted ‘me-time,’ he drops things into our spirit and shows us secret things in hidden places such as we’ve never known before. He rejoices over us with joy and exalts over us with singing, just because He loves us and is so glad we stopped by.

Prayer comes from our heart, our spirit, not from our head. We must learn to listen for cues from the Holy Spirit, those subtle signals and hints, those inner quiet suggestions that only come when we are listening and being quiet before God.

Have you ever been driving in your car, washing the dishes or just sitting on the porch swing, when someone you haven’t seen or thought about in years suddenly crosses your mind? It’s a head scratcher and you wonder “where did that come from?” Then, the day comes when you hear about a car wreck or read their name in the obituaries. That, my friend, is a cue, a signal, an inner suggestion … and you missed it.

Friends, the Holy Ghost doesn’t cause people or situations to cross our minds out the blue, just so we can wonder about them. He brings them before us so we can intercede for them, stand in the gap and loose angels on their behalf.

Jesus said in John 10:27: “My sheep hear … listen … know ... recognize My voice, I know them and they follow me.”

Saints, we should be so knitted together with the Holy Ghost, so full of the Word of God, that when He says turn right and our plan was to go left, we best listen and obey. We just might be the answer to someone’s prayer. That’s supernatural praying! Hear and obey … that’s really all God wants from us. It pretty much covers everything.

What was it Jesus’ mother said to the servants at the wedding banquet? “Whatever He tells you, do it (John 2:1-5).” Six stone water jars were sitting nearby. Jesus told the servants to fill each jar with water to the brim, then draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.

Oh, what a nugget. We are so like those jars, saints, and we should be filled to the brim with the Holy Ghost and the Word. We should be ready when He ask us to ‘draw some out’ and take it wherever it’s needed.

The team behind Australia’s National Day of Prayer is calling the nations of the world to 48 hours of prayer and fasting from April 30 to May 1.

April 30 is America’s National Day of Repentance, while May 1 is the 63rd annual National Day of Prayer throughout the USA. Please join us in praying II Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land,” and Psalm 111:10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who practice it. His praise endures forever.”

Pray for Revival in our land.

Keep the Faith and worship somewhere today.

Sorrels is News & Eagle editorial assistant and can be reached at psorrels@enidnews.com or at (580) 548-8140.

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