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Acknowledgements – Statement of Gratitude

This study guide and the corresponding class in the God Encounters Training eSchool of the Heart comes forth fromthe gleanings of various teachers, pastors, leaders and authors fromover the years. This content has a breadth and length that is far reaching.

I want to acknowledge and give thanks to the Lord for the impact on my life of a few of these prayer voices by name: Dick Simmons of Men for Nations, Beth Alves of Increase International, Mike Bickle of IHOP- KC, Cindy Jacobs of Generals International, and Dick Eastman of Every Home for Christ.

I owe a great deal to the foundational teaching and spirit of prayer that rests on these men and women of God. Thank you, Lord, that You let their shadows cross my life. Now, I in turn, combine my personal history and research and add it to that of others.

May this study be used to release Prayers that Strike the Mark for JESUS Christ’s sake.

With Gratitude,

Dr. James W. Goll

Table of Contents

Preface: Prayers that Strike the Mark

SECTION ONE: OVERVIEW OF PRAYER MODELS

Lesson One: The Orchestra of Prayer Lesson Two: Coming into Agreement Lesson Three: The Many Faces of Prayer Lesson Four: Reminding God of His Word

SECTION TWO: APPROACHES TO CLEANSING PRAYER

Lesson Five: Removing the Obstacles Lesson Six: Exposing Doorways to Darkness Lesson Seven: Confessing Generational Sins Lesson Eight: Praying On-Site with Insight Lesson Nine: No Common Ground Allowed Lesson Ten: The Guardian of Intercession

SECTION THREE: VICTORIOUS PRAYER

Lesson Eleven: The Power of the Blood of the Lamb Lesson Twelve: Praying froma Victorious Perspective

Answers to the Reflection Questions Resource Materials End Notes

Preface: Prayers that Strike the Mark

I am so excited about the content of this Study Guide and the corresponding course in the God Encounters Training eSchool. We each need and want our prayers to be answered. Right? Therefore, we must to learn to lean into the heart of God and His Word to be able to launch Prayers that Strike the Mark. I originally composed some of these materials in a study guide called Strategies of Intercession. Upon review, I found that I needed to refresh the series and update it with additional understandings. When I put my hand to that plow, out came this composition that blends the best of the previous materials mingled with a victorious mind set – after all – in the New Covenant we are working towards victory – we are working from victory!

Section One lays the foundation with an Overview of Prayer Models. Section Two moves into insightful and in-depth study on Cleansing Prayer. Section Three closes out with Victorious Prayer. Now this sounds like something that I would like to study! How about You?

BUILDINGFROMAREFORMER’S MINDSET

The priesthood of all believers was a foundational truth that had been lost to the church for centuries leading up to the Great Reformation. The restoration of that single concept radically changed the understanding and expression of Christianity in its day. In this hour, again, the Holy Spirit is blowing upon these truths. Out of this fresh gust of wind has

emerged a worldwide prayer movement unprecedented in church history. We, the Body of Christ, stand collectively at the altar of incense in this hour.

We are not our own. We are His possession. This is our destiny. We are His! But we are possessed for a purpose. We are called, according to I Peter 2:5-9, to be a holy priesthood, a holy nation, a chosen people of His own possession. We are possessed for the purpose of being a perpetual priesthood releasing passionate praise and incense of intercession unto the Lord!

We are called as a New Testament priesthood to offer up continual sacrifices to God. Hebrews 13:15 tells us what those sacrifices look like today: “Through Him, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is the fruit of our lips that give thanks to His name.” This is reminiscent of Psalms 100:4 which plainly tell us, “We are to enter His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise.

What a blessed privilege we have been given to freely release from the overflow of our hearts an offering, or sacrifice, or praise and thanksgiving. But is there more? Definitely! Revelation 5:8 describes yet another aspect of sacrifices made to God. “And when He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, having each one a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.

The Lord wants to be apprehended with a heavenly vision of humility, worship, and abandonment, such as is portrayed here.

The four and twenty elders cast their crowns before Him who alone is worthy. Let us enter into this divine worship and begin to cry out with the angels as we join these heavenly choirs in radical praise and worship. We too have the ministry of the harp.

Was there something else upon the altar besides the harp? Yes, the golden bowls full of incense. Once more, incense becomes our theme. But in this passage of scripture, the meaning of the incense is interpreted for us. It is the “prayers of the saints”. Our continual sacrifices of the harp of praise and the bowls of incense arise as an acceptable offering before our wonderful God.

ENFORCINGTHEVICTORYOFCALVARY

That is the purpose of this study guide. We are called to enforce the victory of Christ Jesus on Calvary! Remember, in the New Covenant, we do not work towards victory, we pray fromthe completed work of the cross of Jesus! It is finished!

It is time for a whole generation of priests and kings to arise and offer up the sacrifices of praise and prayer. Prayers that Strike the Mark Study Guide has been designed to help broaden your understanding of the many different valid, biblical expressions of this priestly life and ministry. As you study these twelve detailed lessons, may the spirit of prayer fall on you and may you fill heaven’s bowls to the brim and overflowing!

May this study guide and the related audio and or video class be an inspiration and tool of equipping in your life!

Dr. James W. Goll Encounters Network • GET eSchool • Prayer Storm

Section One:

Overview of Prayer Models

Lesson One: The Orchestra of Prayer

I. AFRESHLOOKAT THEHIGHCALLINGOF INTERCESSION

A. Webster’s Dictionary Definitions

1. Intercede – (Latin intercedo: inter – between; ado – to go; literally, to pass between) to act between parties with a view to reconcile those who differ or contend; to plead in favor of another; to interpose, to mediate or make intercession.

2. Mediate – being between two extremes; to interpose between parties at variance with a view to reconciliation; to mediate a peace.

3. Mediation – “entreaty for another – intercession.”

B. HebrewDefinition:

The Hebrew word for intercession is ‘paga’, which is only translated a few times as intercession in the Old Testament. Yet, when you compare the many different pictures, words, and interpretations of the word paga, you can glean many wonderful understandings of what it means to intercede. Paga – to meet, to light upon (by chance), to fall upon, attack, strike down, cut down, to strike the mark, laid upon.

1. To meet – Isaiah 64:5. A meeting with God for the purpose of reconciliation.

2. To light upon – Genesis 28:10-17. By God’s working of grace, our divine “Helper” is standing by, ready to aid us in our intercession, moving us from the natural to the supernatural, from finite ability to infinite ability, taking hold of situations with us so as to accomplish the will of God.

3. To fall upon, attack, strike down, cut down – I Samuel 22:11-19; II Samuel 1:11-16. Intercession is the readiness of a soldier to fall upon or attack the enemy at the command of his lord, striking and cutting himdown!

4. To strike the mark – Job 36:32. Intercession releases the flashing forth of His glory/lightening, directing it to the desired situation and allowing it to strike the mark.

5. Laid upon – Isaiah 53:12 (intercession); Isaiah 53:6 (laid upon). Intercession reached its fullest and most profound expression when our sins were “laid upon” Jesus. Jesus was able to fully identify with us, having the totality of our condition placed upon Himself; then as the scapegoat, He carried it far away. There is an aspect of this form of intercession into which we, as His Body, can enter. Colossians 1:24 calls us to share on behalf of His body, which is the Church, in filling up that which is lacking in Christ’s afflictions.

According to these understandings, praying believer’s in the earth realm paint targets for the Holy Spirit to take a measure of the “glory of God” surrounding His hands in the heavenly realmand send it forth “striking the mark.” This becomes Prayers that Strike the Mark! What an invitation!

II. PRAYER IS THEHARMONYOFMANYDIFFERENT INSTRUMENTS

A. Key Scriptures

1. Matthew 18: 18-20 – Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. For where two or three have gathered together in My name, there I am in their midst.

2. Ephesians 6:18 … all kinds of prayers. (NIV) and …praying always with all prayer (NKJ).

3. Philippians 4:6 – In everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God (KJV).

B. Similarity of an Orchestra andan Effective Prayer Gathering

1.

The score – the Word of God.

2. The tempo – set by the Holy Spirit.

3. The conductor – Jesus Christ Himself.

4. The Instruments – Who are the “instruments”?

C. Many Different Sounds In an “orchestra” there are numerous instruments that each bring forth a distinct sound, and each require specific lessons in order to play skillfully. There can be the percussion, woodwinds, strings, or brass sections. Take your place in the orchestra of prayer for the glory of God and learn to play your distinct instrument.

In a symphony, there are normally three distinct movements. So it is with the symphony of praise, prayer weaved with worship and finally true intercession. It is a “concert of sounds” blended together to bring God’s glorious intrusion into His creation by the invitation of man!

III. TWELVETYPES OFSOUNDS OFPRAYER

A. Thanksgiving

1. Psalms 100:4a – Enter into His gates with thanksgiving… (NKJ).

2. Ten lepers cried at a distance, “Lord, have mercy!” They were all healed. Only one returned and thanked God. This one was made whole. Direct access to Jesus came through thanksgiving.

B. High Praise

1. Psalms 100:4b – … and into His courts with praise… (NKJ).

2. We thank God for His goodness – what He has done; and we praise God for His greatness – Who He is!

3. Psalms 48:1a – Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised! (NKJ)

C. Worshipunto the Lamb

1. Worship is an attitude – bowing the head, prostrating, kneeling.

2. Psalms 95:1-7a – Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the Lord is the great God, and the great King above all gods. In His hand are the deep places of the earth; the heights of the hills are His also. The sea is His, for He made it; and His hands formed the dry land. Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand (NKJ).

3. We begin with shouting joyfully, for He is a great God! All of this leads to worship, which is our chief end. Worship is the ultimate expression of

totally giving yourself to God. Who or what you worship is your God/god. Whatever you worship has power over you.

D. Dedication or Consecration

1. John 17:19 – Enter into the High Priestly prayer of Jesus. Be sanctified – set apart unto the Lord.

2. Romans 12:1-3 – We are to present (dedicate) our body as a spiritual service of worship.

E. Prayer of Commitment

1. Psalms 31:5a – Into Your hand I commit my spirit… (NKJ).

2. Psalms 37:5 – Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass (NKJ).

3. Committing is an act. Trust is an attitude. When you commit to something, you roll your way onto the Lord. When your way becomes too heavy, you roll it off onto another (the Lord). The order is commit and then trust – give it and then leave it.

F. Petitioning – Just Ask!

1. I John 5:14 – we must ask according to the will of God.

2. Bob Mumford – noted Bible teacher said: “Am I to give them a nugget out of my mind or teach them how to get it for themselves?”

Mark 11:24 – … whatever things you ask when

4. you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them (NKJ). When it becomes settled in you, you will know it and then experience it.

G. Intercession – Standing in the Gap

1. Ezekiel 22:30-31 – And I sought for a man among them that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should

not destroy it: but I found none. Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord God (KJV).

2. This is not “devotional prayer.” This should have already been covered in your own time of communion with the Lord. You now take your position before the Lord on behalf of others!

3. FromIsaiah 59:

a) Isaiah 59:2-8 – A list or catalog of sins is stated.

b) Isaiah 59:9-15 – Then we are given God’s

reaction.

4. To stand in the gap between God and man is one of the highest honors given to a believer. (For more detail on this see my book The Lost Art of Intercession and the Watchmen on the Walls Study Guide.)

H. Supplication with a Revelation of God’s Heart

1. This is a cry for one main thing — mercy. James 4:13 tells us that “mercy triumphs over judgment!”

2. Zechariah 12:10 – You cannot lift the cry without the grace to do it. Ask for the spirit of grace and supplication.

3. Hebrews 4:16 – the only ones who don’t receive mercy are those who don’t come. What blinds us is self-righteousness (religiosity).

I. Prayer of Command

1. This is a command of faith where the Lord heeds the voice of a man. This could be a “gift of faith” as listed in 1 Corinthians 12 and other scriptural references.

2. Joshua 10:12-15 – Joshua spoke to the Lord and then released a command to the sun and the moon. The sun stood still for an entire day.

J. Decreeing a Blessing

1. Numbers 6:23-26:

a) The Lord bless you…

b) …And keep you…

c) The Lord make His face shine on you.

d) …And be gracious to you.

e) The Lord lift up His countenance on you.

f) …And give you peace.

Numbers 6:27 – So they shall put My name on the

2. children of Israel, and I will bless them (NKJ).

K. Releasing a Curse

1. Matthew 21:21 – The fig tree with no fruit was cursed at its roots and withered and died.

2. This is like the prayer of command coupled with a gift of faith.

3. Exercise great caution in this area. This is the one specific area that needs the greatest discernment and should be left to the experienced with confirmation.

L. Persistence Matters

1. Luke 11:5-10 – We are to ask, and keep on asking … seeking … knocking.

2. The game isn’t over until you give up! So don’t! Persist! Pray from a winning mindset. We are called to be enforcers of the Kingdom of Light over the temporary kingdomof darkness.

IV. ACLOSINGCOMMENTS FOR THEPRAYER ORCHESTRA

A. Five Aspects of Intercessory Prayer

1. Personal petition – Asking for circumstances in your life to change.

2.

Personal devotion – Asking for spiritual growth, communion with God, and worship.

3. Meditation on God’s Word – Turning God’s Word into conversation with Jesus.

4. Intercession for God’s corporate purpose – I Thessalonians 3:10; Isaiah 62:6-7; Luke 18:7-8.

5. Intercession for specific individuals – II Corinthians 1:11; Ephesians 6:19; Philippians 1:19.

B. Ten Conditions Necessary for Effective Prayer

1. Faith – Mark 11:23-24; Mathew 21:21-22; I John

5:14-15.

2. Persistence – Luke 18:1-8; Matthew 7:7-11; Isaiah 30:18-19; 62:6-7; Luke 11:5-13.

3. Holy Life – Psalms 66:18; Isaiah 59:1-2; I John

3:19-22.

4. Honor Wife (spouse) – I Peter 3:7.

5. Will of God – I John 5:14-15.

6. Name of Jesus – John 14:13-14, 26; 16:23-24.

7. Pure Motives – James 4:2-3.

8. Boldness – Hebrews 4:16.

9. Forgiveness – Matthew 6:15.

10. Unity – Matthew 18:19-20; 5:23-24.

C. Scriptural Characteristics of Ongoing Intercession Read Luke 11: 5-13

1. Urgency – Relating to an urgent need, (vs. 5)

3.

Humility – Open acknowledgment of helplessness, (vs. 6)

4. Confidence – Knowing that God will answer, (vs.

8)

5. Patience – Involves a period of delay, (vs. 8)

6. Perseverance – Is not deterred by delay, (vs. 9-10)

7. Blessing – Completed intercession involves reward, (vs. 13)

SUMMARY: Holy, believing, persevering prayer are three qualities that are essential for obtaining God’s divine answer. Let’s combine all these elements and release Prayers that Strike the Mark in Jesus Name!

Reflection Questions Lesson One: The Orchestra of Prayer

Answers to these questions can be found in the back of the study guide.

Fill in the Blank

1. List three types of instruments in prayer:

2.

a.

b.

c.

In everything by with

to God (Philippians 4:6, KJV).

and supplication, let your requests be made known

3. To surrender your will to God and obey His command, trusting He will bring His will to pass, is to pray the prayer of

Multiple Choice – Choose the best answer from the list below:

A. Dedicate

C.

Blessing

B. Persevere

D.

Supplication

4.

To persist in prayer without wavering until the answer

comes is to

in prayer.

5. In the book of Nehemiah, 1:1-11, we find an example of which type of prayer?

True or False

6. Unlike an orchestra, prayer is a group of people with singularity in gifts and

7. Psalms 95:1-7 tells us to approach God with stillness and

8. Before praying a curse on a situation, extreme caution should be taken to ensure you are being led by the Spirit of God and not your own

Scripture Memorization

9. Write out Philippians 4:6 and memorize it.

10. What was the primary insight you gained from this lesson, and how will you apply it to your life?

Lesson Two: Coming into Agreement

I. THEORCHESTRAOFPRAYER CONTINUED

A. Matthew18:18-20

I tell you the truth whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by My Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in My name, there I am with them.

What is the prayer of agreement? It is more than simply clasping hands and saying, “Brother, let’s agree on this together.” The prayer of agreement is the “Orchestra of God,” finely tuned and playing in harmony together. It is building relationships together, and prayer is a natural by-product of believers united together in Christ.

B. IJohn 5:4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith.

Whatever is born of God will be tested. Whatever is born of God will overcome. Realize it says that it is “our” faith – not just “my” faith. This shows the value

and priority of developing prayer partners and or a committed community of prayer.

II. EXPOSURETO VARIOUS STRATEGIES AND MODELS OFPRAYER

A. Acts 2:42 And they steadfastly persevered, devoting themselves constantly to the instruction and fellowship of the apostles, to the breaking of bread (including the Lord’s Supper) and prayers.” (AMP) Ephesians 6:18 also exhorts us to, “Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all (manner of) prayer and entreaty. (AMP)

We find that in the effective ongoing ministry of prayer there are many different biblical expressions. Just as there is a great diversity of athletic sports, games and activities, so it is with prayer. In athletics there are different rules that apply to each corresponding game. Likewise in the ministry of intercession, there are different rules, guidelines, and ways of “scoring,” depending on which “type” of intercession or prayer you are engaged in.

B. Clarity of Your Purpose andAssignment Is Needed

Many questions need to be answered before you can properly assess what form of prayer and intercession you are engaging.

The following questions should be considered:

• Is this a “Spirit-filled believer’s prayer gathering?”

• Is there “roomfor the unlearned?”

• Is this an open meeting, or a closed gathering?

• Are there targeted prayer goals or is it spontaneously led?

• Is this an interdenominational group or a group of relationally joined prayer partners?

• Is there relational unity cultivated over a period of time?

• Are you properly discerning your sphere of authority?

• Are the gifts of the Spirit free to operate?

• Is there freedom for weeping, groaning, travail, and/or loud corporate praying?

• Is there time for silence and the contemplative traditions?

• Is this a “watch of the Lord?”

• Are you journaling your experience?

• Who is the leader?

• Are you to pray for those in authority?

• Are there conditions and promise(s) you are to study so you will be properly prepared?

To properly enter into a time of effective prayer that strikes the mark, the above questions are just some of the beginning things that need to be considered. As you can see, there are many valid biblical expressions

of intercessory ministry with different strategies for implementation.

III. BEINGBUILT TOGETHER IN UNITY

A. Communication Is a Vital Key Communication in relationship is a necessary and vital key in silencing the lies and the accusations of the enemy. Remember, … the little foxes … spoil the vines… (Song of Solomon 2:15, NKJ). Though, as intercessors we want to keep our primary focus vertical, working on the horizontal skills of ethical, clean communications becomes a must in developing true long-termagreements.

B. Cleansing in Our Relationships John 14:30 says, …he has nothing in Me (NKJ). Can we say the same? (More on this in the lesson, “No Common Ground Allowed”.) Difficulties, mistakes, failures, hurts and offenses happen in all our lives. We must learn the lessons of receiving and giving forgiveness, compassion, the art of confrontation unto reconciliation, and the knowledge that the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin (I John 1:9).

C. Key Steps to Take to Be Built Together

1. Consecration

3.

Centered in Christ – not just assignments

4. Believing in one another

5. Covering each other in love

6. Taming the tongue

7. The compassionate art of confronting

8. Walking in loyalty

IV. THEPOWER OFAGREEMENT

A. The Reality andFruit of Agreement Once again we look at Matthew 18:18-20. Now this becomes a by-product. It is no longer a mechanical prayer. Agreement is a by-product of lives being forged together under His kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy.

B. Wisdom from the Writings of the Late John Wimber 1

“What Praying in Agreement Is

“We have authority given to us by Jesus to work out the plan and purpose of God in the world today. Because authority is placed on us, whatever we agree with is likely to happen. If you agree with God regarding something, what you agree about is very likely to happen. If you agree with the god of this world that also, will most likely happen.

“The best way to find out whom you are agreeing with is to run your tape. These tapes are made up on the thoughts that you are bombarded with all day. They

are pre-programmed. They are either pre-programmed by God, or by the god of this world.

“To further develop this idea of agreement, there are two areas that I would like to touch on. The first is Romans 12 where Paul is dealing with this issue: Do we live connected with God and one another? His answer is that we connect ourselves with God and one another by offering ourselves up in the light of God’s mercy to Him and to one another. We become one. On the other hand, there is a conforming to the world. The world is pre-programmed by the enemy of God. The enemy has pre-programmed us to certain kinds of things, (i.e., materialism). Another way of pre- programming us is by a constant running of the enemy’s tape, which continually condemns us. If we agree with that tape, we will live out our life according to it.

“We need to learn to identify whom we are agreeing with. If we agree with the tape of the enemy, then there will be an outward working of that with which we have agreed, and we will live a life, which is condemned. Here we have two or more agreeing: the programming of the devil and us.

“On the other hand, God has another way of looking at things. He thinks of you as a completely different kind of an individual. He has sent his own Son to bring you back to Himself, to make you His. He likes

you. If you want to agree with someone about something, why don’t you agree with God about Who He says you are? This is what I would designate as internal agreement.

“A second kind of agreement is what I would call external. In Acts 4:23, we find a corporate external outworking of agreement. Prayer life is directly related to how we are walking with God. They raised their voices together to God.

“We have covered these ideas previously, so let me summarize. They responded as a corporate group and prayed in agreement. They were outraged by what had happened to Peter and John. Their first response was to pray: a cacophony of prayer, (i.e., harsh or discordant sound, harshness in the sound of words or phrases), and a harmonized prayer, one of spirit, desire; a prayer that God would rule in this present circumstance (v. 32). All believers were one in heart and mind (cf. Acts 2:1). If one is going to learn to pray in agreement, one has to learn to be of one heart and one mind.”

C. Closing Exhortation Learning to pray in agreement, based on Matthew 18, is not some kind of methodological activity, which by saying it, you have accomplished it. The first one to come into agreement with is God Himself. This is of upmost importance. When we set aside our prejudices

and preconceived ideas, we will be candidates for Prayer that Strike the Mark.

Praying in agreement starts with you and me being close to the very heart of Christ. Our agreement is something more than what we simply verbalize. It has to do with our heart’s attitude. Do we love Jesus and one another?

Jesus thinks so kindly and fondly of His people. God has bought you through Jesus! We need to agree with God concerning how He sees us, and those with whom we are joined. If you learn to agree with Him, your agenda, motivation and even assignments will change.

Agreement will have its reward. If we are indeed in agreement, we will pray in one accord. Then we will pray with the Acts 4 dynamic – together in one place - joined and in agreement. As we do this even the very place we are praying will be shaken for God’s glory.

Learning to pray in agreement is learning to pray in God’s will. If our minds are transformed, we will discover the perfect will of God (Romans 12:2) and out of our hearts will flow forth prayers where heaven and earth agree together. Remember, where two or more harmonize and agree – anything can happen!

Reflection Questions Lesson Two: Coming into Agreement

Answers to these questions can be found in the back of the study guide.

Fill in the Blank

1.

A

necessary key and sacrifice that is crucial in silencing

the

lies

and

accusations

of

the

enemy

is

2.

There are two sayings of Jesus which are governed by the context of agreement, (Matthew 18). What are they?

1 and

-

 

2 -

 

3.

A

key to healthy relationships is learning to give and

receive

Multiple Choice – Choose the best answer from the list below:

A.

Binds

C.

Internal agreement

 

B.

Looses

D.

External agreement

4. believe God about who you are to Him is to come to an

To

If

5. a

person

repents

of

sin,

the

church

continued

fellowship

with

that

person.

True or False

6. Praying in agreement is merely shaking hands on it and vocalizing it with our

7. Praying in agreement starts with you and me being close in

8. Learning to pray in agreement is learning to pray in God’s

Scripture Memorization

9. Write out Philippians 4:6 and memorize it.

10. What was the primary insight you gained from this lesson, and how will you apply it to your life?

Lesson Three: The Many Faces of Prayer

An Exposure to Various Patterns and Models of Prayer

I. VARIETIES OFPRAYER ANOINTING There are many different faces to prayer, intercessory anointings or special prayer graces available to the believer distributed by the Holy Spirit. The following are twelve expressions of prayer as inspired by the teachings of Elizabeth Alves and others. 2

A. General Intercessors These prayer warriors love using prayer lists and never seem to get bored with them! They tend to be more disciplined and do not depend on a special unction or burden to come upon them to engage in their assigned task.

B. Personal Intercessors These intercessors often bring a person by name to the Lord for a period of months or even years. They are not as much project-oriented prayer warriors as they are personal intercessors for specific people.

C. Financial Intercessors These are given a gift of faith for finances – both for individuals, ministries, cities and regions. They love to intercede for provision to be released for the work of

the ministry or even for the prospering of a city or nation.

D. Crisis Intercessors These pray for short-term, emergency-oriented, situations – wars, natural catastrophes, sickness, etc. When a crisis occurs these individuals are awakened. They are suddenly alert, fully engaged and volunteer freely even in the middle of the night.

E. Spiritual Warfare Intercessors These are strategic intercessors, praying mainly on- site. Confronting demonic strongholds is a grace for these spiritual warfare commandos. The gift of discerning of spirits is often one of their strengths.

F. WorshipIntercessors Praise and worship creates a flow where inspired prayers pour forth from these priestly intercessors. This has many different applications related to the “Harp and Bowl” emphasis in many of today’s prayer cultures.

G. Government andReformation Intercessors Often these individuals’ ministries pray for state, national and international leaders by name. They also tend to pick up moral and legislative issues and carry them regularly before the throne of grace. Their joy is to regularly pray for those in authority in government as well as leaders in all of the seven of cultural mountains.

H. People Groups andMissions Intercessors These prayer warriors have a passion to pray through the 10/40 window; for Muslims, Hindus, Hispanics, and various people groups of the earth. Mission endeavors motivate these intercessors. They call forth for barriers to be pierced and the Gospel of the Kingdomto emerge in every nation.

I. Salvation andRevival Intercessors These valuable prayer warriors know the scriptures for the lost and for laborers. They make great back-up people for outreach ministries. Like the Salvation Intercessors, they pray with ease to the Lord of the Harvest to send forth laborers to the field.

J. Israel Intercessors These watchmen pray for the peace of Jerusalem, the Middle East and for God’s purposes amongst the Jewish people worldwide. They weep over Jerusalem as Jesus did.

K. Church andLeadershipIntercessors These intercessors are modern day Aarons and Hurs who lift up the arms of the Moses’s of their generation. They pray for the unity of the Bride, revival, leaders and for a hedge of protection to be raised up around leadership.

combines the office of the Prophet and the Priest of the Old Testament into one package. They are often less “agenda-oriented” and more spontaneous praying by revelation.

II.

TEN CATEGORIES OFPRAYER The following overview comes from the preaching ministry

of the late Kenneth Hagin 3 , father of the word of faith

movement. He found in his

own ministry ten distinct

1.

categories of prayer. They are simply listed as follows:

Intercession

2. Agreement

3. Petition

4. Worship and Thanksgiving

5. Commitment

6. Tongues

7. Binding and Loosing

8. Dedication

9. United Prayer

10. Sanctification

III.

EXPRESSIONS FROMFINDING THE HEART’S TRUE HOME

By Richard Foster 4 - Noted Author, (Evangelical, Quaker)

A.

and Teacher Three Stages of Personal Prayer Transformation

1.

Moving Inward: Seeking the Transformation We

a)

Need Simple prayer

b) Prayer of the forsaken

c) The prayer of the examined

d) The prayer of tears

e) The prayer of relinquishment

f) Formation prayer

g) Covenant prayer

2a.)

Moving Upward: Seeking the Intimacy We Need The prayer of adoration

b) The prayer of rest

c) Sacramental prayer

d) Unceasing prayer

e) The prayer of the heart

f) Meditative prayer

g) Contemplative prayer

3a.)

Moving Outward: Seeking the Ministry We Need Praying the ordinary

b) Petitioning prayer

c) Intercessory prayer

d) Healing prayer

e) The prayer of suffering

f) Authoritative prayer

g) Radical prayer

B. Additional Expressions of the Spirit of Prayer

(See also the Compassionate Prophetic

Intercession Study Guide by James W. Goll for

a)

more on this subject.) The prayer of groaning

b)

The prayer of travail

c)

The prayer of tongues and its various

d)

expressions The prayers of weeping and

2.

wailing The Prayers of Fasting (See also the Consecrated Contemplative Prayer Study Guide, by James W. Goll for

a)

more on this subject.) Long-termfasting

b)

Occasional fasting

c)

Complete, partial, and total

3.

Contemplative Forms (See also the Consecrated Contemplative Prayer Study Guide, by James W. Goll for more on this

a)

subject.) Waiting in silence

b) Listening before His throne

c) Watching with Himfor a while

4.

Authoritative Intercession (See also the Releasing Spiritual Gifts Study

a)

Guide, by James W. Goll for more on this subject.)

The gift of discerning of spirits comes into play.

b) The gift of faith is given for the situation.

c) The releasing of angels may be involved.

Prayers that Strike the Mark take on many different faces, expressions and a variety of anointings of the Holy Spirit. You will find that your prayer expression may change from season

to season in life. Yet, let’s always make sure that Jesus is at the center of all that we do. After all, this is not just about getting answers, but receiving and moving the very heart of God Himself.

Reflection Questions Lesson Three: The Many Faces of Prayer

Answers to these questions can be found in the back of the study guide.

Fill in the Blank

1. In ministry there are many different biblical expressions of

2. Asking for circumstances in your life to change is what

type

of

intercessory

prayer?

3. God’s

Turning

word

into

conversation

with

Jesus

is

Multiple Choice – Choose the best answer from the list below:

C.

A.

General

Warfare

B.

Intercessor

Personal

Intercessor

D.

Intercessor

Crisis Intercessor

4. One who loves using prayer lists and never gets bored with them is a

Strategic, on-site location prayer, confronting demonic

5.

strongholds is a

True or False

True or False

6. There is only one valid biblical expression of intercession.

7. Ephesians 6:18 tells us to pray on all occasions in the Spirit, with all manner of prayer and

8. In Richard Foster’s book, Finding the Heart’s True Home, it states that the three aspects of personal prayer transformation are: Looking Backward, Moving onward, and Moving

Scripture Memorization

9. Write out Ephesians 6:18 and memorize it.

10. What was the primary insight you gained from this lesson, and how will you apply it to your life?

Lesson Four: Reminding God of His Word

I. YOUWHO REMIND THELORD

A. Primary Verse Isaiah 62:6-7 – On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen; all day and all night they will never keep silent. You who remind the Lord, take no rest for yourselves; and give Him no rest until He establishes and makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

B. The Cry of Asaph Psalms 74:1-2 – O God, why have You cast us off forever? Why does Your anger smoke against the sheep of Your pasture? Remember Your congregation, which You have purchased of old, The tribe of Your inheritance, which You have redeemed – this Mount Zion where You have dwelt.

C. The Groan of Desperation of Jeremiah

1. Jeremiah 14:19-22 (NKJV) – Have You utterly rejected Judah? Has Your soul loathed Zion? Why have You stricken us so that there is no healing for us? We looked for peace, but there was no good; and for the time of healing, and there was trouble. We acknowledge, O LORD, our wickedness and the iniquity of our fathers, for we have sinned against You. Do not abhor us, for Your name’s sake; do not disgrace the throne of

Your glory. Remember, do not break Your covenant with us. Are there any among the idols of the nations that can cause rain? Or can the heavens give showers? Are You not He, O LORD our God? Therefore we will wait for You, since You have made all these.

2. Lamentations 5:1-5, 17-21 (NKJV) – Remember, O LORD, what has come upon us; look, and behold our reproach! Our inheritance has been turned over to aliens, and our houses to foreigners. We have become orphans and waifs, our mothers are like widows. We pay for the water we drink, and our wood comes at a price. They pursue at our heels; we labor and have no rest. Because of this our heart is faint; because of these things our eyes grow dim; because of Mount Zion which is desolate, with foxes walking about on it. You, O Lord, remain forever; Your throne from generation to generation. Why do You forget us forever, and forsake us for so long a time. Turn us back to You, O Lord, and we will be restored; renew our days as of old…

D. Of What Are We to RemindGod? (For a complete study on this subject see the Lesson “Pleading Our Case” in my Watchmen on the Walls Study Guide.)

1. Plead the honor and glory of God’s name

3.

Plead God’s attributes

4. Plead the sorrows and needs of the people

5. Plead the past answers to prayer

6. Plead the Word and the promises of God

7. Plead the blood of Jesus

II. APREREQUISITE In order to remind God of His Word, we must first be intimately acquainted with this precious book of promises, the Bible.

A. With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew

Murray 5 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will and it shall be done unto you (John 15:7, KJV).

“The vital connection between the Word and prayer is one of the simplest and earliest lessons of the Christian life. As the newly converted heathen put it, “I pray – I speak to my Father; I read – my Father speaks to me.” Before prayer, God’s Word strengthens me by giving my faith its justification and petition. In prayer, God’s Word prepares me by revealing what the Father wants me to ask. After prayer, God’s Word brings me the answer, for in it the Spirit allows me to hear the Father’s voice.

“It is the connection between His Word and our prayer that Jesus points to when He says, ‘If ye abide

in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.’ The deep importance of this truth becomes clear if we notice the expression which this one replaces. More than once Jesus said, ‘Abide in Me and I in you.’ His abiding in us was the complement and the crown of our abiding in Him. But here, instead of Ye in Me and I in you, He says, ‘Ye in Me and My words in you.’ The abiding of His words is the equivalent of Himself abiding.

“God is the infinite Being in whom everything is life, power, spirit, and truth – in the very deepest meaning of the words. When God reveals Himself in His words, He does indeed give Himself – His love and His life, His will and His power – to those who receive these words, in a reality that surpasses our comprehension. In every promise, He gives us the power to grasp and possess Himself. In every command, He allows us to share His will, His holiness, and His perfection. God’s Word gives us God Himself!

“That Word is nothing less than the Eternal Son, Christ Jesus. Therefore, all of Christ’s words are God’s words, full of a Divine and quickening life and power. The words I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life. If My words abide in you. The condition is simple and clear. In His words, His will is revealed. As the words abide in me, His will rules me. My will becomes the empty vessel which His will finds, and the willing instrument which His will rules.”

B. Prayer and the Word of God by Dr. Robert T.

Billings 6 “Prayer may be defined as that force which vitalizes and energizes the Word of God; with the subsequent results that the pray-er receives answers.

“The Word of God is absolutely essential to prayer, even as oxygen is to breathing or nourishment is to health. Therefore, we must be assured, absolutely, that the Bible is the Word of God if we are to claim His promises. The following are ten reasons why we can know the Bible is the Word of God:

1. Because of its amazing unity.

2. Because of its indestructability.

3. Because of its historical accuracy.

4. Because of its scientific accuracy.

5. Because of its prophetic accuracy.

6. Because of its care and copy.

7. Because of its universal appeal.

8. Because of its amazing circulation.

9. Because of its absolute honesty.

10. Because of its power to save.”

C. Prayer of Dependency from AndrewMurray 7 “Blessed Lord! I see why my prayer has not been more believing and effective. I was more occupied with my speaking to You than with Your speaking to me. I did not understand that the secret of faith is this: there

can be only as much faith as there is of the living Word dwelling in the soul.

“Your Word taught me so clearly to be swift to hear and slow to speak, and not to be hasty to say just anything to God. Lord, teach me that it is only when I take Your Word into my life that my words can be taken into Your heart. Teach me that if Your Word is a living power within me, it will be a living power with You, also. Show me that what Your mouth has spoken, Your hand will perform.

“Lord Jesus! Deliver me from the uncircumcised ear! Give me the opened ear of the learner, wakened morning by morning to hear the Father’s voice. Just as You speak only what You hear fromthe Father, may my speaking be the echo of Your speaking to me. When Moses went into the tabernacle to speak with Him, he heard the voice of One speaking unto from off the mercy seat.

“Lord, may it be so with me, too. Let my life and character reveal that Your words abide and are seen in me. May this be my preparation for the complete blessing: ‘Ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.’Amen.”

III. THENECESSITYOFTHETHREE-FOLD GRACEOF GOD

A. Primary Verse I Thessalonians 1:2, 5 - We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers; … for our Gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit with full conviction; just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.

This gives us one general request with three specific aspects to it.

B. The Gifts of the Spirit – The Power of Godin Our Lives

1. I Corinthians 12:7-9 – Nine gifts of the Holy Spirit.

2. Acts 8:18 – Holy Spirit falls on those on whom we lay hands.

3. Acts 2:17 – Spirit of revelation.

4. Acts 2:1-4 – Corporate release of Holy Spirit power.

5. Hebrews 1:14 – Release of the ministry of angels to the Body of Christ.

6. Matthew 17:21; Luke 9:1 – Special anointing to exercise authority over demons.

C. The Fruit of the Spirit – The Character of Godin Our Lives

1. Pray for the release of conviction that results in godly character in those who hear, instead of explaining the details and value of obedience –

John 16:8 – The conviction or revelation of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.

2. Pray for the release of the fear of God, peace, and joy (the comfort) of the Holy Spirit (Acts 9:31; II

Thessalonians 2:16-17; 3:16; II Corinthians 1:3-4).

3. Pray for a release of righteousness, peace, and joy (Romans 14:17; 15:13; II Thessalonians 3:16).

4. Pray for the power of the Word upon the hearers.

a) Sword that pierces the hearts of hearers – Hebrews 4:12b.

b) Fire that consumes the hearts of hearers – Isaiah 33:13-14.

c) Hammer that shatters the hearts of hearers – Jeremiah 23:29.

d) Arrow that pierces – Psalms 45:5.

e) Example – Acts 2:37-41.

D. The Wisdom of God- The Administration of God’s Purposes

1. Administration of God’s purposes in the corporate Church - Ephesians 1:17; 3:9-10.

2. Eye salve – Revelation 3:18.

3. Teaching ministry of the Holy Spirit – John 14:16, 26; 16:13-15, 26-27.

4. Direction for a specific church or ministry – Colossians 1:9-10; 4:12.

5. Personal direction – James 1:5; Psalms 25:5; 43:3-4.

Once again, when we add these ingredients from the Word of God together we will have Prayers that Strike the Mark!

Reflection Questions Lesson Four: Reminding God of His Word

Answers to these questions can be found in the back of the study guide.

Fill in the Blank

1. In prayer, God’s Word what the Father wants me to ask.

me by revealing

2. The

to prayer.

3. The God in our lives.

of God is absolutely essential

of the Spirit equals the character of

Multiple Choice – Choose the best answer from the list below:

A. Isaiah 51:3-6

C.

I Corinthians 12:7-9

B. Jeremiah 29:10-14

D.

Psalms 74:1-2

4. From the above which lists the gifts of the Holy Spirit?

5. From the above which is a petition, reminding God of his word?

True or False

One reason we can know the Bible is the Word of God is

6. its amazingly historical

7. Acts 8:18 Give us an example of the Holy Spirt falling on people we talk

8. An effective method of prayer is to remind God of His

Scripture Memorization

9. Write out Isaiah 62:6-7 and memorize it.

10. What was the primary insight you gained from this lesson, and how will you apply it to your life?

Section Two:

Approaches to Cleansing Prayer

Lesson Five: Removing the Obstacles

I. PRIMARYSCRIPTURES FROMISAIAH

A. Isaiah 57:14 And it shall be said, “Build up, build up, prepare the way, remove every obstacle out of the way of My people.”

B. Isaiah 58:12 And those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins; you will raise up the age-old foundations; and you will be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of the streets in which to dwell.

C. Isaiah 62:10 Go through, go through the gates; clear the way for the people; build up, build up the highway; remove the stones, lift up a standard over the peoples.

II. SIN IS AN OBSTACLETHAT MUST BECONFESSED TO BEREMOVED

A. Remove Every Obstacle Isaiah tells us we are to remove every obstacle out of the way of My people… (Isaiah 57:14) to clear the way and remove the stones (Isaiah 62:10).

This must first be done before we can fulfill the next admonition to Build up (Isaiah 62:10) … repair the

breach … [and] restore the streets (Isaiah 58:12).

B. Blockades that Must be Removed

1. Psalms 66:18 – If I regard wickedness in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.

2. Proverbs 28:9 – He who turns his ear from listening to the law, even his prayer is an abomination.

3. Deuteronomy 5:6-10 – I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, and on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing loving kindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

4. Proverbs 15:8 – The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is His delight.

C. Confession Defined

a) To confess, declare, admit – John 1:20; Acts

24:14.

b) To confess by way of admitting oneself guilty of what one is accused of, the result of inward conviction – I John 1:9.

c) To declare openly by way of speaking out freely, such confession being the effect of deep conviction of facts – Matthew 7:23; 10:32; Luke 12:8.

2. FromWebster’s Dictionary:

a) To tell or make known (as something wrong or damaging to oneself); to admit.

b) To acknowledge (sin) to God or to a priest.

c) To receive the confession of (a penitent).

d) To declare faith in or adherence to; to profess.

e) To give evidence of.

III. THEORDER OFMORNINGPRAYER – FROMTHE ANGLICAN BOOKOFCOMMON PRAYER 8 (All Scriptures here are KJVunless otherwise noted.)

A. Foundational Scriptures

1. …when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he will save his soul alive. – Ezekiel 18:27

3. Hide Thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. – Psalms 51:9

4. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise. – Psalms 51:17

5. …rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. – Joel 2:13

6. To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against Him; neither have we obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in His laws, which He set before us. – Daniel 9:9-10

7. O Lord, correct me, but with judgment; not in Thine anger, lest Thou bring me to nothing. – Jeremiah 10:24; also see Psalms 6:1.

8. …Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. – Matthew 3:2

9. I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before Thee, and am no more worthy to be called Thy son…” – Luke 15:18-19a

10. …enter not into judgment with Thy servant: for in Thy sight shall no man living be justified. – Psalms 143:2

11. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our

sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. – I John 1:8-9

B. Reading by the Minister:

“Dearly beloved brethren, the Scripture moveth us in sundry places to acknowledge and confess our manifold sins and wickedness; and that we should not dissemble nor cloak them before the face of Almighty God our heavenly Father; but confess them with an humble, lowly, penitent, and obedient heart, to the end that we may obtain forgiveness of the same, by His infinite goodness and mercy. And although we ought at all times humbly acknowledge our sins before God; yet ought we most chiefly so to do, when we assemble and meet together to render thanks for the great benefits that we have received at His hands, to set forth His most worthy praise, to hear His most holy Word, and to ask those things which are requisite and necessary, as well for the body as the soul. Wherefore I pray and beseech you, as many as are here present, to accompany me with a pure heart, and humble voice, unto the throne of the heavenly grace, saying after me;”

C. AGeneral Confession:

“Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred, and strayed from Thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against Thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have

done; and we have done those things which we ought not to have done; and there is no health in us. But Thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare Thou them, O God, which confess their faults. Restore Thou them that are penitent; according to Thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for His sake; that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of Thy holy name. Amen.” (This normally is followed by the Prayer of Absolution or Remission of Sins, spoken by the minister.)

IV. SUMMARYTHOUGHTS

A. NewUnderstandings In the fall of 1992, while ministering in New York City, the Lord spoke to me and said, “I am going to release new understandings of identification in intercession whereby the legal basis of the rights of the powers of the air to remain will be removed.”

Over the years, I have reflected deeply on this Word from the Lord and this particular subject. Perhaps the Holy Spirit is revealing part of God’s strategy to bring cleansing, removal of oppression, and release of His presence. May it be so! May we learn to follow in the ancient pathways and rediscover the art of removing the blockades that stand in the way.

(There is more on this subject in this study guide in “Lesson 9: No Common Ground Allowed.”)

B. ACorporate Cry There is a common understanding in Christianity of the need to individually admit (confess) our personal faults, failures, or sins to God and ask to be forgiven and cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ.

But we are taught by the model prayer of Jesus to cry out, “Our Father … forgive us our sins as we forgive those who have sinned against us.” Could it be that this prayer of Jesus goes beyond “devotional prayer” and is a call to united prayer where we identify with the needs of our families, people groups, cities and nations? Yes, there is a corporate cry that needs to be expressed.

We are called not just to confess our individual sins, but also to step into the gap, and lift up the intercessory plea of our corporate faults, failures, and sins. We admit not only our personal shortcomings, but we include the larger boundaries of our families, cities, nations, both of the secular community and the Body of Christ.

The same is true of the prayers for blessings. As New Testament believers in Jesus, we are to identify with our many spheres of responsibility and authority and stand before God both for the removal of the blockage of sin and various curses, as well as moving in the

opposite spirit and then releasing the power of proclamation. We must call forth destiny and prophetic purposes. We call forth the release of hope, provision, and promise.

After all, God does not leave us only personally cleansed from sin and our pasts. He calls us up higher into the realities where “all things are possible.” (See Jeremiah 29:11-14.) But first, for our Prayers to Strike the Mark, we must remove the obstacles that are in the way.

(For further study on this subject see the lesson on “Identification in Intercession” in my Watchmen on the Walls Study Guide and my book Intercession: The Power and Passion to Shape History.)

Reflection Questions Lesson Five: Removing the Obstacles

Answers to these questions can be found in the back of the study guide.

Fill in the Blank

1. In order to remove every obstacle in our lives, must be confessed.

2. Psalms 66:18 states, “If I regard heart, the Lord will not hear me.”

 

in my

3. Proverbs

15:8

the

prayer of the

upright

is

God’s

Multiple Choice – Choose the best answer from the list below:

A. Isaiah 62:10

C.

Deceive

B. Corporate

D.

Webster

4. We are not only to confess individual sins but sins as well.

5.

If

we

say

we

have

no

sin,

we

ourselves.

True or False

One definition of confession in Webster’s dictionary is,

6. “to give evidence of.”

7. According to the Anglican Book of Common Prayer there are sixorders of morning

8. The word confess means to declare,

Scripture Memorization

9. Write out Proverbs 15:8 and memorize it.

10. What was the primary insight you gained from this lesson, and how will you apply it to your life?

Lesson Six: Exposing Doorways to Darkness

I. THELEGALBASIS THAT EMPOWERS DEMONIC SPIRITS Demonic spirits have no true authority to influence an area without permission. Certain conditions give themauthority to set up a base of operations from which they exercise their oppression. What are some of these conditions?

A. Idolatry

1. Exodus 20:1-5

2. Deuteronomy 7:5, 25-26

3. I Corinthians 10:19-20

B. Temples to Pagan Religions

1. Perhaps this deals not only with the construction of “high places” of demonic and occult worship, but more subtle destructive forms such as Masonic Lodges, etc. (See the book entitled Gods of the New Age by Caryl Matrisciana.) Numbers 35:52; II Kings 17:11; 18:4; Psalms 78:58; Jeremiah 19:5; 32:35.

2. During President Eisenhower’s time a mosque that had been erected was dedicated in 1957 in Washington, DC so that foreign diplomats would have a place for their Islamic worship. When Eisenhower visited Afghanistan in 1959 he was

encouraged by the American Christians in Kabul to ask the King for permission for a church to be built in Kabul where Christian diplomats and other foreigners could worship since a mosque had just been dedicated in the U.S. for foreign Islamic diplomats to have a place of worship. The okay finally came in 1960, but the actual building did not begin until 1969 and was completed in 1970. Ironically, the church was destroyed a few years later, while the mosque still stands to this day. This was an opening in the city and the seat of government that allowed the demonic power of Islamentrance into the U.S.A. 9

C. Murder andthe Shedding of Innocent Blood

1. Scriptures to consider:

a) Thou shalt not kill - Exodus 20:13, KJV.

b) Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made He man – Genesis 9:6 (KJV).

c) For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul – Leviticus 17:11, KJV.

d) …for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof:

whosoever eateth it shall be cut off – Leviticus 17:14b, KJV.

e) So ye shall not pollute the land, wherein ye are: for blood it defileth the land: and the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it – Numbers 35:33, KJV.

2. Of course, today we deal with both “external wars” such as the Trail of Tears in the United States history with great shedding of blood. But we must also deal with the “internal wars” of infants legally killed while hidden in the supposed sanctuary of their mother’s womb. Blood speaks out! But we must learn that the blood of Jesus speaks a higher cry – that of mercy!

D. Witchcraft

1. At first Satan only requires the blood of animals. But the more control he gains in a society, the more he demands — thus human sacrifice. See Leviticus 20:6.

2. Great Britain alone has an estimated 40,000 people actively involved in witchcraft and magic. In certain parts of the world, satanic worship and witchcraft are the fastest growing religions.

E. The Removal of Prayer andBible Reading from Our Educational Institutions

a)

Exodus 12:26-28

b) Deuteronomy 4:9

c) Deuteronomy 6:7

2. Since the moment prayer was considered unlawful in the U.S. public education system, our country has had a disintegration of society. When God was “kicked out”, the god of secular humanism filled the void. When we assume God’s position and take it upon ourselves to solve problems that only Deity can handle, we make ourselves out to be gods. The worship of self is dangerously evil; if we continue in this way, we will destroy the coming generations and ourselves.

F. Adultery, Sodomy, Perversion, andAll Sexual Sins

1. Adultery – Leviticus 20:10.

2. Sodomy – Leviticus 18:22; Romans 1:24-28; Deuteronomy 23:17; Leviticus 20:13.

3. Incest, bestiality – Leviticus 18 and 20.

G. Substance Abuse – Alcoholism, Drugs, etc.

1. Much of this is nothing more than witchcraft under a “fun, deceptive, disguise”.

2. Revelation 17 and 18.

3. Revelation 21:8.

H. Fighting, Anger, Hatred, Cursing, andUnforgiveness

a)

Joshua 6:26; I Kings 16:34

b) Proverbs 17:13

c) Matthew 27:24-26; John 19:15

d) Romans 12:14; I Corinthians 4:12; I Peter 3:9

e) Matthew 18:21-35

2. The necessity of clean hearts as we approach the communion table – I Corinthians 11:27-30.

3. Proper relationships with those in authority – Leviticus 20:9; I Corinthians 5:1; Judges 16:20-31; II Corinthians 6:14-16; Exodus 20:12.

I. Summary of Curses – Causes andCures Read Deuteronomy 28:1-14, 15-68.

1. Twelve Possible Causes:

a) Idolatry, false gods, the occult.

b) Dishonoring parents.

c) Illicit or unnatural sex.

d) Injustice to the weak or helpless.

e) Trusting in the armof the flesh.

f) Stealing or perjury.

g) Stingy with God financially.

h) Words spoken by persons with relational authority.

i) Self-imposed curses.

j) Words pronounced by persons representing

k) Satan: Soulish prayers, utterances spoken in wrong attitudes and gossip.

2.

Results of Curses:

a)

Mental and emotional breakdown.

b)

Repeated chronic sickness (especially when

cd))

there is no clear medical reason). Repeated miscarriages and female problems,

e)

Breakdown of family, resulting in alienation, Continuing financial insufficiency (especially where income appears to be sufficient).

f)

Continuously accident-prone.

g)

Family history of suicides or unnatural deaths.

(This subject is covered in detail in my book and study guide Deliverance from Darkness and is a class available in the God Encounters Training online school.)

Reflection Questions Lesson Six: Exposing Doorways to Darkness

Answers to these questions can be found in the back of the study guide.

Fill in the Blank

1. Demons

can

only

operate

with

2. Shedding innocent blood

 

a

land, but the blood of Jesus cries out for

3. When a people do not honor God in society, Satan will

Multiple Choice – Choose the best answer from the list below:

A. Exodus 20:12

C.

Promises

B. Injustice

D.

Deuteronomy 7:5

4. Curses can be caused by

5. Honor Thy Father and Mother, is found in

True or False

6.

One thing that gives a demonic spirit a legal basis to operate is

7. A nation cannot be guilty of a corporate

8. God calls us to forgive almost

Scripture Memorization

9. Write out II Corinthians 6:16 and memorize it.

10. What was the primary insight you gained from this lesson, and how will you apply it to your life?

Lesson Seven: Confessing Generational Sins

I. BIBLICALEXAMPLES OFCONFESSINGCORPORATE SIN

A. Daniel’s Example

1. Meditation on the Word. Daniel was pondering on the words of Jeremiah 29:10-14 (this is stated in Daniel 9:2). He apparently was convicted and enlightened by the Scripture. This possibly occurred in the 63 rd year of their Babylonian captivity.

2. He did not respond presumptuously, but rather sought for the Spirit’s remedy so the promise could be fulfilled.

3. As he meditated on God’s prophetic desire, he realized there were blockades that must be removed before the promise would be fulfilled.

4. He laid aside self-justification (Luke 18:12-13; the Pharisee and Publican syndrome).

5. He set his face to pray with humility (Daniel 9:3).

6. Daniel confessed their sin as his own (Daniel 9:4-

17).

7. Then he pleaded with the Lord for mercy for His own name’s sake (Daniel 9:18-19).

B. Nehemiah’s Example

1. A report was brought to Nehemiah that saddened his heart. They said to me, “The remnant there in the province who survived the captivity are in great distress and reproach, and the wall of Jerusalem is broken down and its gates are burned with fire.” - Nehemiah 1:3.

2. He then wept and mourned for days under this burden (Nehemiah 1:4).

3. This resulted in petitions beginning with respect and adoration (Nehemiah 1:5).

4. He then confessed the sin of the sons of Israel saying, “I and my father’s house have sinned. We have acted very corruptly against You…” (Nehemiah 1:6b -7a).

5. Nehemiah then reminded God of His prophetic promise to Moses (Nehemiah 1:8-9).

6. He then made an appeal to God on the basis of the redemptive work that He had done (Nehemiah

1:10).

7. He also implored God for favor with the king and asked for success (Nehemiah 1:11).

C. Ezra’s Example

1. The princes approached Ezra with a report concerning the abomination of the people; the priests and the Levites were intermarrying with the people of the land (Ezra 9:1-2).

9:3).

3. Those who trembled at the words of God joined Ezra in shock and humiliation (Ezra 9:4).

4. Ezra then arose from his humiliation (fasting), fell on his knees and hands, and began to cry out to the Lord (Ezra 9:5).

5. He names the sin as his own, as a priestly spokesman before God and states “their” iniquities, guilt, shame, and embarrassment (Ezra 9:6-7). Notice the complete absence of a self- righteous attitude.

6. He recalls God’s grace, faithfulness, and loving kindness, and amidst all of the sin, gives them a purpose of revival and restoration (Ezra 9:8-9).

7. He acknowledges that God has requited them less than their iniquities deserve (Ezra 9:10-13).

8. He then speaks to the Lord concerning the importance of maintaining the remnant (Ezra 9:14-

15).

9. Ezra then weeps bitterly with repentance before the house of God (Ezra 10:1).

10. Shecaniah joins in the cry for repentance and says that they will put aside their wrong doings and make a covenant with God and follow Ezra in the path of righteousness and restoration (Ezra 10:2-

4).

11. Ezra calls the offenders forward over a three-day period to publicly repent (Ezra 10:5-8).

12. They are charged then with their sin and personal confession is made with a vow to do what is right (Ezra 10:9-17). 10

II. CURRENT-DAYEXAMPLES

A. Confessing andForgiving the Generational Sins

1. Ministries of New Life in Kansas City, Missouri led a unified, citywide pastors’ effort for research to be done concerning the six Native American tribes that had existed in the Kansas City area at the founding of the city. Chiefs of these six First Nations tribes, still in existence today, came to Kansas City in the early 1990’s for a CityWide Reconciliation Meeting. The pastoral leadership of the area repented to these representatives for the many atrocities and breaking of treaties that were committed against them. I was present as prayers and statements of reconciliation were offered by the leadership and accepted by the Indian chief representatives. This was the first public act of reconciliation that had occurred in North America of this nature. Many such acts of confession and repentance have since been held at other locations across the country.

2. Example of confession of sin concerning the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864 in Colorado.

Many Native Americans throughout the United States feel that the greatest offense of prejudice, wounding and bitterness is the Sand Creek Massacre. “In 1864 an ordained Methodist minister organized the atrocity with the cooperation of the governor of Colorado for petty political gain. Over 150 non-hostile Indians, mostly old men, women and children, were slaughtered and defiled in perverted ways. These people had been told they were safe under the protection of the government. They were flying the American flag, believing that peace with the white man was possible.

A stronghold is a place of wounds and unresolved

guilt, giving a place for the infestation of the enemy. Because of the tragedy, demonic influences and spirits were released at the place… We acknowledged the sins and injustices that were committed on the land through that atrocity. We humbled ourselves in repentance before God and before the Native Americans who were present. The Native Americans stood in the gap

for their people and spoke forgiveness.” 11

B. Research of a City

1.

In Nashville, Tennessee much work has been done

over the years on this particular issue. This resulted in a complete manual being written up

concerning the history of Music City, U.S.A. With Nashville being the birthing-ground of country western, southern gospel music, and contemporary Christian music, as well as the recording capital of the world, it was felt that the proper approach to “cleaning up the industry” would be by doing research on the foundations of the city.

After much research, sins were found concerning prostitution in the origins of the city. This has led

to prayers of repentance by various groups for the

way the gospel has been “prostituted” through the music industry in Music City U. S. A. in hopes

of changes coming in this arena. Let it be! 12

2. Example of Lou Engle in Pasadena, California – excerpts taken from Lou’s book, Redigging the Wells of Revival. 13 “The original water source of Pasadena and Los Angeles is a dam bearing the name of Devil’s Gate…”

A 1947 Pasadena Star-News article said, “Its true

[that Devil’s Gate is named because of the resemblance of the rocks to his satanic majesty.” The Lord gave me a word from the passage where Elisha poured salt into the water source of Jericho and healed the contaminated waters (II Kings 2:19- 22). Then it struck me with much force to go pour salt as an act of prophetic intercession into the

stream at Devil’s Gate, to ask forgiveness on behalf of our forefathers for naming it such, to break the curse and ask for revival to be poured out on Pasadena.

We asked God to release rivers of life and fruitfulness into the parched lives of thousands. At that time the drought in Southern California had been going on for five years…Eight days later, the rains began to pour so much that the newspapers called the month “Miracle March.”

Hahamongna — That’s the name the Gabrielinos [early Pasadena Indians] gave to what was renamed Devil’s Gate, the 250-acre area at the north end of the Arroyo Seco…The English- language translation is “Flowing Waters: Fruitful Valley.”

Soon after the prayers…but without the direct involvement [of those who prayed], the city of Pasadena began the process of officially restoring the original name to the site while revitalizing some of the natural terrain.

III. FROMMYPERSONALEXPERIENCES

A. Beginnings in Prague, Czech Republic I was privileged to speak at a conference in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1991. It was a tremendous time in the presence of the Lord with different ethnic groups

humbling themselves toward one another. The Czechs forgave the Slovaks and vice versa. This was very important as these two people groups separated later and became two nations: Czech Republic and Slovakia. Other acts of repentance occurred with the Germans confessing their sins to the Jews and the Czechs, as well as the Russians to the Czechs and Slovaks for their occupation of their nation.

It was felt that this was an important event to occur before Czechoslovakia ceased to exist as one nation and the two new nations of Czech Republic and Slovakia began.

B. Reconciliation of the Central European Nations In 1994, I was again blessed to participate in a gathering held outside of Prague, Czech Republic, called the Reconciliation Conference of Central Europe. The focus of this event was concerning the terrible war being fought in the former Yugoslavia.

Representatives from numerous nations were present. The first day was spent in personal repentance. The second day was spent in confessing the sins of our individual nations. The third day was dedicated to confessing the sins of the Church. Then there was a time of corporate renouncing of the sins of the region and spiritual warfare.

I had a powerful experience preceding the last day of prayer that was used to focus intercession on

intervention in the war being fought in the mountains outside of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. It was a powerful time of intervention and a turning point in the regional war.

I was called to share before all the leaders as the only “western world” leader present. Then I asked to lead in prayer. The “word of the Lord” came forth and the arrow of victory was shot forth resulting in a breakthrough in the escalating regional war as the prayer was released to Strike the Mark.

IV. CLOSINGQUOTEFROMJOHN DAWSON 14 Ambassador of YWAM and International Speaker

“In responding to the broken heart of God, we must identify with the sins of the city in personal and corporate repentance. When Nehemiah prayed for the restoration of Jerusalem, he did not pray for the city as if he were not part of it. He said, ‘I and this people have sinned.’ (Nehemiah 1:6-7)

“You may be a righteous person who is not involved in any direct way with the vices present in your city. But there is no temptation that is not common to humanity. We can all identify with the roots of any given sin. When we ask for God’s mercy on others, we should never say, ‘How could they do such a thing?’ We know exactly how they could do it, because the potential for the worst evil lies

within each one of us, apart from God’s saving grace and the life of Christ within us.

“Through repentance, reconciliation, and prayer, the present generation can work to repair the broken-down walls of the city. As you stand in the gap for your city, allow the Holy Spirit to shine the bright light of truth into the inner rooms of your soul. Run from the religious deceit that would seduce you into believing that you are superior to any person. It is only by the blood of the Lamb and the power of the Spirit that we stand free from the chains of guilt and the sentence of death.

“It is only when God has cleansed our own wicked hearts that participation in the redeeming work of intercession becomes possible. It is then that the power to change history is released through prayer.”

As we continue in our pilgrimage of learning to release Prayers that Strike the Mark, we are discovering the necessity of research, prophetic revelation, discernment, Confessing Generational Sin, and much more. Do not give up on Reminding God of His Word. Let’s remain Jesus centered and not caught in the ditch of either pride or self-abasement. Yes, let’s Remove the Obstacles but let us also learn to be solution oriented. There are NO problems in heaven. Let us then arise, cleansed and declare, “History belongs to the intercessor!”

Reflection Questions Lesson Seven: Confessing Generational Sins

Answers to these questions can be found in the back of the study guide.

Fill in the Blank

1. Ezra wept bitterly with God.

2.

Nehemiah

made

an

work.

3. We must effectively pray for it.

before the house of

appeal

to

God

based

on

His

with the sins of a city to

Multiple Choice – Choose the best answer from the list below:

A. Exodus 20:13

C.

Demons

B. Injustice

D.

Deuteronomy 7:5

4. Wounds and unresolved guilt can cause areas to become occupied by

5. Thou shalt not kill, is found in

True or False

6.

One thing that gives a demonic spirit a legal basis to operate is

7. All sin can be removed by

8. When breaking generational sins we must first take authority over

Scripture Memorization

9. Write out Psalms 143:1 and memorize it.

10. What was the primary insight you gained from this lesson, and how will you apply it to your life?

Lesson Eight: Praying On-Site with Insight

I. WHAT IS IT, ANYWAY?

A. It Is a Fresh Approach to the Ministry of Intercession

1. “Across the globe God is stirring ordinary believers to pray persistently while walking their cities street by street. Some use rather well arranged plans. Others flow with Spirit-given prompts. Their prayers run the gamut from lofty appeals to pinpoint petitions, ranging beyond their own homes to their neighbors. It is hard to stop there, so most of them eventually burst into prayers for the entire campus or city or nation. No quick fix is envisioned. But expectancy seems to expand with every mile. Most of these prayers don’t imagine themselves to be just bravely holding flickering candles toward an overwhelming darkness. Rather, long fuses are being lit for anticipated explosions of God’s love.” 15

2. Every day believers are praying, house-by-house, in their neighborhoods. Churches are coming together and spreading out to diverse neighborhoods. Students are marching in quiet prayer throughout their high schools and college campuses. Groups of intercessors are praying across counties, whole countries and even

continents.

B. Clarifying the Concept

1. Directed intercession – A target is painted and research is done.

2. Intentional praying – Purposeful, preset period of time.

3. On-site – This is simply praying in the very places where you expect your prayers to be answered!

4. With insight – Research and geographical identification, combined with dependency on the Holy Spirit’s guidance, conviction, repentance, etc. (It is responsive, researched, and revealed insight.)

5. A refreshment – Not a replacement for normal prayer meetings.

C. Purpose of On-Site Prayers in a Location

1. It helps to thaw the ice.

2. It helps the sincere believer to overcome fear.

3. It helps you to identify with your surroundings.

4. It motivates you to get God’s heart for the area or region.

5. Confess geographic and generational sin.

6. Proclaimpromises over the area.

7. Worship God with all your heart.

A. Abraham – The Pioneer

1. Read Genesis 13:14-17.

2. This is a matter of vision – Abraham was told to survey the land. (vs. 14-15)

3. Then he was instructed to walk about the land. (vs. 17a)

4. This was the manner in which the Lord would give themthe land. (vs. 17b)

B. Joshua – Commander in the Field

1. Read Numbers 13:17-20.

2. They were surveying the promise and the opposition they were facing and told to bring some of the fruit. (vs. 20)

3. Assessing the enemy – Numbers 13:28-29.

4. Intimidation came from comparing their strength and resources to that of the enemies – Numbers

13:31-33; Numbers 14:1.

5. Maintaining proper vision was the key – Numbers

14:7-9.

6. A glance at Caleb and Joshua’s success.

a) They had a different spirit – Numbers 14:24.

b) They followed the Lord fully – Deuteronomy 1:36; Joshua14:9.

C. Jesus’Example

2.

Jesus’ anguish over Jerusalem as he overlooked the city-Luke 13:34-35; Luke 19:41-44.

3. A cry for laborers proceeded as He saw the great need of the people – Matthew 9:35-38.

III. CURRENT-DAYEXAMPLES

A. March for Jesus Movement This began in England and spread as an annual event across the globe emphasizing the power of praise in the streets of major cities. It has been a tool that has been wonderfully used to unite Christians from various backgrounds around the world. It has faded in much of the Western World culture but still remains as a strong worship and prayer force in South America.

B. Norm Stone andWalk Across America for Life Based out of Spokane, Washington, Norm has walked across the continental United States, carrying Baby Choice, seven times. This is a prophetic intercessory act calling forth compassion and repentance for the sin of abortion.

C. The Trail of Tears Several different ministries over the years have performed various acts including prayer walks and prayer rallies along the historic Trail of Tears where the First Nations people of the United States were displaced from their homelands by government order. This has resulted in the U. S. House of

Representatives passing an official apology to the First Nations people. The state of Tennessee has also responded, not only with an apology, but a Resolution of thankfulness for the righteous work done for the sake of restitution.

IV. PRAYER AT SPECIALPLACES

A. Work Places Pray through your place of employment with integrity. Remember to release blessings wherever you go!

B. Sites for ConsecratedUse Ask for certain properties to be released back into God’s purposes. At times it is appropriate to re-dig the ancient wells of revival and visitation according to Genesis 26.

C. Overlook Points Intercede at elevated sites overseeing a city or region. Often, acts of the occult and witchcraft have occurred at these locations. Let’s seek for wisdom and applications while reclaiming the “high places” for the Lord. Declaring the Word of God is always a Prayer that Strikes the Mark!

D. Sites of Harm or Tragedy Pray at sites of tragic events. Here we enter into indentificational repentance with a cry of mercy emerging. (This is a form of confessing generational

sins as covered in the previous lesson.) Realize that spilled blood ever speaks before the Lord for vengeance. But lift the cry of the blood of Jesus and declare, “Mercy triumphs over judgment.”

E. Sites Wrongly Namedor Cursed Investigate the meaning and the history of a name, and calling out to God to bring change. Look into the heart of God for His prophetic destiny and declare His purposes.

F. Sites of Past Sin Sins committed at these sites are thought to give entrance to demonic powers. In the same way that sins of parents can have ongoing consequences for the next generation(s), so the cumulative sin of one generation can reverberate throughout an entire society for generations.

One of the best ways to touch past events is to actually visit the sites of significant events and plead the blood of Jesus. (Cut off curses and identify with blessings.)

G. Sites of Ongoing Sin Treat places of sin as choice sites for repentance. Humbly call forth for God’s grace to abound where darkness prevails. Consider consecrating the land back to the Lord including as an act of receiving the Lord’s Supper or Communion.

H. Sites of Strongholds If evil powers are suspected to be functioning, it might be an important prayer assignment. This should be done by confirmation, wisdom, and staying within biblical guidelines. It is best to pray in relational agreement and with those with delegated spheres of authority and influence. But take a stand and renounce the powers of darkness and invoke blessing in Jesus name!

I. The Gates of the City Gates were places where respected elders governed, such as town halls, courtrooms, and major centers. The elders sit at the gates of the cities. Ask the Lord for righteous leadership to be raised up instead. Identify the problemand proclaimthe promise!

J. High Places The sole purpose in the Scripture of High Places was that of worship. Enter into the extravagant praise to God! Release the power of the High Praises and trust God to perform His word according to Psalms 149. Call forth the release of the warrior angels of the Lord to do battle on your behalf.

V. WHAT TO DO – HOW TO ENGAGE

A. Extravagantly Praise the Lord! Lavishly pour out your praises to God. This releases God’s angels to bind the forces of darkness with the

chains of praise. This is an honor for His godly ones; praise the Lord!

B. Pray for Intervention Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God and receive His grace and empowerment and then exercise your right to petition His Majesty for crisis intervention. (See the Lesson on “Crisis Intervention” in my Revival Breakthrough Study Guide.)

C. Proclaim God’s Purposes! Reach into the heart of God and proclaim His prophetic purposes over the region. Declare new history before God and man.

These three are specific weapons of spiritual warfare that are effective over the enemy: Praise, Pray and Proclaim! Combine these applications in Praying On-Site with Insight and you will hit the mark in the redemptive purposes of God.

(See my War in the Heavenlies Study Guide and Compassionate Prophetic Intercession Study Guide for more teaching on this subject.)

Reflection Questions Lesson Eight: Praying On-Site with Insight

Answers to these questions can be found in the back of the study guide.

Fill in the Blank

 

1.

intercession is targeted prayer that’s

been researched.

2.

Praying at sites of strongholds should be done with

,

and staying within

biblical guidelines.

3.

In Matthew 9:35-38, Jesus cries out for enter the ripe fields.

to

Multiple Choice – Choose the best answer from the list below:

A. On-Site

C.

Intentional

intercession

intercession

B. Idle intercession

D.

Directed

 

Intercession

4. Praying with purpose and for a preset period of time is

5.

Praying

in

a

place

you

are

expecting

an

answer

is

True or False

6. Three weapons of warfare that are effective over the enemy are praise, prayer and

7. There are many different sites of

8. To pray in the High Places is to enter extravagant praise to

Scripture Memorization

9. Write out Psalms 149:4 and memorize it.

10. What was the primary insight you gained from this lesson, and how will you apply it to your life?

Lesson Nine: No Common Ground Allowed

I. CALLED TO BATTLE

A. GodIs Presentedas a Man of War

1. Exodus 15:3 – The Lord is a warrior; the Lord is His name.

2. Joshua 5:13-15 – Now it came about when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing opposite him with his sword drawn in his hand, and Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us or for our adversaries?” And he said, “No, rather I indeed come now as captain of the host of the Lord.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and bowed down, and said to him, “What has my lord to say to his servant?” And the captain of the Lord’s host said to Joshua, “Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so. Humility is the first requirement of warfare.

3. Isaiah 13:3-4 – I have commanded My consecrated ones, I have even called My mighty warriors, My proudly exulting ones, to execute My anger. A sound of tumult on the mountains, like that of many people! A sound of the uproar of kingdoms, of nations gathered together! The Lord of hosts is

mustering the army for battle.

B. Our Call to Battle Genesis 3:15 – And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel.

1. Galatians 3:16 – Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And

to seeds,” as referring to many, but rather to one, “And to your seed,” that is, Christ.

2. Historic Enmity There has always been enmity between the children of light and those who willfully remain in darkness.

a) Matthew 10:34-38 – Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.

b) James 4:4 – You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes

himself an enemy of God.

3. The head of the serpent shall be crushed.

a) Romans 16:20 – And the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.

b) Colossians 2:15 – When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.

c) Hebrews 2:14 – Since then the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil.

C. Ephesians 6:12 – Primary NewTestament Text For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

It is not whether we wrestle, but how we wrestle. The Bible very clearly states that we are engaged in a war. So the issue then, is how we battle. We need wisdom — to keep us from wrong applications, presumptuous warfare, and casualties; and to keep us from avoiding the battle by assuming the stance that God will fight

for us. Both are ditches (extremes) that we have to avoid.

We are called to a wrestling match, which is hand-to- hand, face-to-face combat. This is what we are called to. The enemy, however, uses flaming missiles or fiery arrows (Ephesians 6:16), both of which are shot from a distance. This indicates, then, that the way we war and the way he wars is not the same. He tries to produce in us an inordinate fear of him because he does not want us to get close to him. He tries to keep us from getting into a position where we might lay hold of him, and be a threat to him; to knock us down before we ever get in a position to be a threat to him, because, if we get too close to him, we may win.

II. DEFININGSTRONGHOLDS

A. IICorinthians 10:3-6 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.

B. From EdSilvoso, Leader of Harvest Evangelism 16

“A stronghold is a mind-set impregnated with hopelessness that causes the believer to accept as unchangeable something that he/she knows is contrary to the will of God.”

The first battlefield that we must win in is the

battlefield of the mind. There are progressive spheres, where as you are faithful and victorious in an arena, you can graduate and go on into other battlefields. As

a man thinks so is he (Proverbs 23:7). We must war

against the strong man of our thinking, the strong mind, and cast that thought down and bring it into

obedience to Christ Jesus.

C. Greek Language Definition Ochuroma – Greek for “stronghold”. It is derived from

a word meaning “to fortify, through the idea of holding safely” and refers to a fortress or a castle. A stronghold is in place to keep something out. We are to build up righteous strongholds so as to keep the kingdomof darkness out.

III. PROGRESSIVESPHERES

A. Faithfulness Brings Increase Remember: An increase in our sphere of authority comes as we are faithful in the little. Let us demonstrate faithfulness in the following progressive sphere of influence always going back and shoring up our foundations.

1.

Individual lives.

2. Our family relationships.

3. Our relationship to the Church.

4. Our place of responsibility within our cities.

5. A heart of love and good will for our nation.

6. The Lord’s heart in ours, for the nations.

B. Quote from Dean Sherman 17 YWAM Author and International Speaker

“I have heard people use the term ‘strongholds’ to refer to humanism, Islam, communism, and other religions and institutions. However, in II Corinthians, the word ‘strongholds’ do not refer to massive, complex systems, human or demonic. Here it refers to the strongholds of the mind. These strongholds are castles in the air built up in our minds through wrong thinking — through unbelieving, depressed, fearful, and negative thinking.

“Two mental strongholds are extremely common today among Christians and non-Christians alike; thoughts of inferiority, and thoughts of condemnation.

“Inferior thoughts constantly tell us, ‘You’re not big enough. You’re not smart enough. You don’t look good. You’re not really making it in life. You’re worthless.’ These barbs keep us competing with and envying others.

“Satan also accuses, ‘You are not pleasing God. You are not spiritual enough. You do not read your Bible enough. You’re not close to God.’ These thoughts make us feel as if we can never break through into the fresh air and sunshine of God’s approval. Some Christians live every day of their lives in dreary condemnation.

“These two strongholds must be cast down through spiritual warfare, as we refuse them and instead accept what God says about us in the Bible.”

C. AWordof Wisdom: Not Every Battle Is for You

1. Some are for you.

2. Some are for others.

3. Some are for today.

4. Some are for another day (or year).

5. Some are not to be fought at all.

He always leads into triumph – where and when He leads is the key. (II Corinthians 2:14; Colossians 2:15)

IV. PROGRESSIVEPURIFICATION

A. Heart of Purification Zechariah 2:7 – “Ho, Zion! Escape: you who are living with the daughter of Babylon.”

B.

Quote from Terry Crist 18

Pastor and Author fromArizona “If you are going to gather people for battle, you must free them from their captivity… You can’t possess the land without, until you possess the land within.”

C. Numbers 31:21-24 Then Eleazar the priest said to the men of war who had gone to battle, “This is the statute of the law which the Lord has commanded Moses: only the gold and the silver, the bronze, the iron, the tin and the lead, everything that can stand the fire, you shall pass through the fire, and it shall be clean, but it shall be purified with water for impurity. But whatever cannot stand the fire you shall pass through the water. And you shall wash your clothes on the seventh day and be clean, and afterward you may enter the camp.”

This is sometimes called “The Law of Battle” or “The Law of Purification.” Everything must go through this preparation process before it is ready for battle. We, too, need to go through this process before we are allowed to go into battle.

“If you and I are going to be spiritual warriors, we must pay the price to separate ourselves through purification.” 19 We need to be purified in the fire of the Holy Spirit and then washed with the water of the Word (the Bible and the truth within its pages.) Luke 3:16; Ephesians 5:26; Titus 2:14; 3:5)

D.

John 14:30 “I will not speak much more with you, for the ruler of the world is coming, and he has nothing in Me…”

This is the key verse, which helps us in the understanding of this important teaching. Let us learn to detect what the possible “back door entrances” to Satan are, and close themin Jesus’name.

“The reason Jesus was so effective in spiritual warfare…why He was able to confront the devil so effectively…in the wilderness encounter [was because] Jesus recognized the law of purification. The reason Jesus could stand in such power and authority and deal so effectively with the wicked oppressor of the nations was because no common ground existed between Him and His adversary. When the devil struck at Jesus, there was nothing whatsoever in Him to receive the ‘hit.’ When Satan examined Him, there was nothing for him to find. Jesus and Satan had no relationship one to another, no common ground. There was nothing in Jesus’ life that had agreement with the works of darkness! One reason so many ministers and intercessors have been spiritually ‘hit’ by the fiery darts of the enemy is because they have not responded to the law of purification.” 20

Reflection Questions Lesson Nine: No Common Ground Allowed

Answers to these questions can be found in the back of the study guide.

Fill in the Blank

1. The first requirement of warfare is

2. Whoever wishes to be a of God.

3. The first battlefield we must win in is the battlefield of the

of the world, is an

Multiple Choice – Choose the best answer from the list below:

A. Ochuroma

C.

Conviction

B. Common ground

D.

Holy Spirit

4.

One avoid is grumbling.

5. The

freedom.

True or False

to

of the Holy Spirit leads to

7.

Every battle is yours to take

8. Nothing we should be derived from our own strength but rather fromGod’s

Scripture Memorization

9. Write out Exodus 15:3 and memorize it.

10. What was the primary insight you gained from this lesson, and how will you apply it to your life?

Lesson Ten: The Guardian of Intercession

I. THEPROTECTORATE

A. Finding the Balance – by C. Peter Wagner 21 “As we begin to learn how to move out in spiritual warfare on all levels as did the early Christians, it is essential that we maintain the delicate balance between the upward and the outward. How does this model function? It is simple. We must never move outward faster than we move upward. The upward is an indispensable prerequisite for the outward, since nothing we do is derived from our own strength, but rather fromthe strength provided by God through us.

“What happens if we are out of balance? The danger of going upward without going outward is ineffectiveness in ministry. This is serious enough. But the danger of going outward without going upward is much more serious. It is truly like being a sheep among wolves, but this time a sheep without the protection of the Great Shepherd. The enemy can and will eat us for breakfast.

“I like to conceptualize it in a diagram such as the following:

“How far out should we go? Those who have read my book Your Spiritual Gifts

“How far out should we go? Those who have read my book Your Spiritual Gifts Can Help Your Church Grow, may recall the helpful distinction between spiritual gifts and Christian roles. It is a Christian role for every believer to engage in ministries such as evangelism, giving, hospitality, healing, teaching and any number of others as needs and opportunities arise.

“But this is not to deny that God has also given to a certain number of members of the Body of Christ spiritual gifts known, for example, as the gift of evangelist or the gift of healing or the gift of teaching,

in which case the ministry of those individuals will be done on a much broader, more systematic and more effective scale than that of the average Christian.

“This applies to spiritual warfare. I know of no ‘gift of spiritual warfare’ in the New Testament, but I do believe that some Christians have been given a gift mix through which God expects them to move outward more than others. I have arbitrarily numbered the vertical and horizontal scales of the model from 0 to 10 and drawn internal boundaries with the dotted line at seven on the upward scale and seven on the outward scale. It simply indicates that there is probably some limit to the level of spiritual warfare which the ordinary Christian without a special gift mix or ministry or calling should reasonably undertake.

“Past that, especially when it involves dealing with territorial spirits such as are described in this book, only those so gifted and called would be advised to attempt it. Few would be expected to be doing Level eight spiritual warfare, and fewer still Level nine. The only human being who would legitimately be a 10-10 on the scale would be Jesus Christ, and His face-to- face encounter with Satan in the wilderness might well be regarded as a unique experience, which will not be duplicated.

“Since it is advisable to be further up than out at any

given

and

go

time,

I

like

to

one

step

further

superimpose over the diagram a ‘danger zone’ in which we should avoid ministering at all costs. In other words, never allow yourself to be found ministering in a position within the shaded zone.

“Keep in mind that these lines are arbitrary and illustrative only. Perhaps as time goes by and we experiment more with spiritual warfare we will be able to draw some more objective conclusions.

“As we strive to hear from God and to know the level and intensity on

“As we strive to hear from God and to know the level and intensity on which He might be calling each of us to engage in spiritual warfare, we can be sure that as we move upward God will draw near to us and as we appropriately move outward Satan will flee from us. The scriptures promise us that. And as the power of the enemy is pushed back and the glory of God shines through, we will see the harvest increasingly reaped and multitudes of unbelievers turning ‘from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God’ (Acts

26:18).”

B. The Guardian of Intercession – From James W. Goll Early one Sunday morning in January, 1992, I saw an open vision which appeared on the wall in my hotel room. It was a picture of the diagram printed above. In

this vision, I also saw a “tote umbrella” emerge up through the diagram and then “pop open.” It was called “The Protectorate” or “The Guardian of Intercession.” It was noted that the “tote umbrella” is especially necessary for pioneers.

We must join in with our pioneer missionary plowmen and open up an umbrella of protection in their behalf. This prayer shield is even more necessary, immediately after the “engagement” as it is during.

II. WATCHOUT: BEON THEALERT! A. Examples of Common GroundIssues to Avoid 1. Grumbling – Miriamand

II. WATCHOUT: BEON THEALERT!

A. Examples of Common GroundIssues to Avoid

against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married (for he had married a Cushite woman)…

2. Thievery and deception – Achan and Judas.

a) Achan. Joshua 7:1 – But the sons of Israel acted

unfaithfully in regard to the things under the ban, for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, from the tribe of Judah, took some of the things under the ban, therefore the anger of the Lord burned against the sons of Israel.

b) Judas.

(1)

John 6:70-71 – Jesus answered them, “Did

(2)

I Myself not choose you, the twelve, and yet one of you is a devil?” Now He meant Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the twelve, was going to betray Him. John 12:4-6 – But Judas Iscariot, one of His disciples, who was intending to betray Him, said, “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii, and given to poor people?” Now he said this, not because he was concerned about the poor, but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box, he used to pilfer what was put into it.

Fornication – Samson.

3. Judges 16:13-14 – Now Samson went to Gaza and saw a harlot there, and went into her…Now Samson lay until midnight, and at midnight he arose and took hold of the doors of the city gate and the two posts and pulled them up along with the bars; then he put them on his shoulders and carried them up to the top of the mountain which is opposite Hebron. After this it came about that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.

B. Our Response to Truths Concerning Ourselves and the Lawof Purification – OR – What to Do in the Wilderness

1. Truly thank the Lord for showing you the things in your heart.

2. Repent, asking God to forgive any sin or wrong motives. You may also need to ask others to forgive you.

3. Seek God’s help to overcome and create new habits and attitudes.

4. Resist the enemy in his attempts in your life.

5. Never deny that you are going through a wilderness experience.

6. Never feel condemned for that which has surfaced during your wilderness experience.

about it.”

C. Concluding Thoughts Satan’s condemnation paralyzes because it’s general and vague. But the conviction of the Holy Spirit is specific and can be dealt with immediately. The conviction of the Spirit leads to freedom if we repent and ask forgiveness.

Let us cooperate with the finger of God in our lives, the ministry of the Holy Spirit, so that we will gain continuous on going victory over our internal enemies.

As we cooperate with God’s sanctifying fires in our personal lives and seek to hold His hand which by grace reaches down to us, we can be supernaturally enabled to then reach out with the authority that Christ Jesus grants.

Reflection Questions Lesson Ten: The Guardian of Intercession

Answers to these questions can be found in the back of the study guide.

Fill in the Blank

1. Generally, the level of spiritual warfare we engage in

should never exceed our

with God.

2. Conviction

that

comes

from

the

Holy

Spirit

is

 

and

can

be

dealt

with

3. If we have common ground with the enemy in an area of

that area of

our lives, we are Spiritual warfare.

in

Multiple Choice – Choose the best answer from the list below:

A. Spiritual giftings

C.

Common ground

B. Spiritual warfare

D.

Spiritual protection

4. Intercessors can partner with missionary pioneers with

5. There is no gift of

True or False

6.

We can fight spiritual battles in the

7. When we see things in our lives that do not line up with

them.

God’s

word,

we

should

rebuke

and

deny

8. We should be willing to serve the church in areas that are not our spiritual

Scripture Memorization

9. Write Ephesians 6:12 -13 and memorize it.

10. What was the primary insight you gained from this lesson, and how will you apply it to your life?

Section Three:

Victorious Prayer

Lesson Eleven: The Power of the Blood of the Lamb

I. THEBLOOD SPRINKLED SEVEN TIMES Under the Law of Atonement, after the priest had ministered at the Altar of Incense, he would go beyond the veil into the most holy place. Here the priest would take some of the blood of the bull or goat and sprinkle it with his finger on the mercy seat and on the horns of the altar, seven times each.

A. Leviticus 16:11-15, 18-19 The blood of the bullock or of the goat were sprinkled seven times in three places upon the mercy seat, in front of the mercy seat, and upon the horns of the brazen altar.

Leviticus 16:19 specifically states, “And with his finger he shall sprinkle some of the blood on it seven times, and cleanse it, and from the impurities of the sons of Israel consecrate it.”

B. Why Seven Times? When you look closely at this set of scriptures, you find many interesting things. The blood was sprinkled in three distinct locations seven times each. Some Bible teachers have taught that three is the number of the Godhead or Trinity and seven is the number of completion. This was a picture of what was yet to

come. When the High Priest, Jesus, shed His blood He did a complete work! It was finished. The work of atonement had been perfectly accomplished through the blood of this one man - the Lamb of God, Christ Jesus the Lord!

C. Hebrews 9:6-14 The High Priest went into the Holiest of All only once a year with the blood of the Sacrifice on the Day of Atonement. There is no access into the presence of God without the shedding of sacrificial blood.

II. SEVEN WAYS CHRIST’S BLOOD WAS SHED

A. Gethsemane – Luke 22:44 And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and his sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground.

In Gethsemane, because He was willing to identify Himself with the sin of the world, His blood began to flow in the drops of sweat.

B. Struck with Rods – Matthew26:63-67 (KJV) But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus saith unto him, “Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall

ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.”

His own testimony to the High Priest convicted Him and so He was sentenced to death. The servants then struck Himwith fists and rods (compare Micah 5:1).

C. BeardPluckedOut – Isaiah 50:5-6 The Lord God has opened my ear; And I was not disobedient, Nor did I turn back. I gave my back to those who strike me, And my cheeks to those who pluck out the beard, I did not cover my face from humiliation and spitting.

The hair of His beard was pulled out.

D. Back Was Scourged– Matthew27:26 (KJV) Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

Christ gave His back to be scourged – “ploughed with long furrows.” (See also Psalms 129:1-3 and Isaiah

E. 50:6.) Crown of Thorns – Matthew27:29 (KJV)

And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand:

and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!

Isaiah 52:13-14 Behold my servant will prosper, He will be high and lifted up, and greatly exalted. Just as many were

astonished at you, my people, so His appearance was marred more than any man, and His form more than the sons of men.

These thorns (like long needles) were placed upon His head and then pressed down into His scalp; this caused himto lose the appearance of a human being.

F. Crucified– Matthew27:35 (KJV) And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet. “They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.” They crucified Him, piercing His hands and feet with nails.

G. Side Was Pierced– John 19:34 (KJV) But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.

After death, the soldier pierced His side and blood and water flowed out.

III. SEVEN WAYS CHRIST’S BLOOD AVAILS FOR US There are many scriptural benefits concerning what the blood of Jesus has done for us. According to Revelation 12:11, “And they (the believers) overcame him (the accuser of the brethren) because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even to death.”

We overcome by testifying what the blood of Jesus has accomplished. His triumph over the powers of darkness is enforced as we agree with and declare the benefits of His precious blood. According to Hebrews 12:24 Jesus has established a new covenant through His blood interceding on our behalf to establish His blood covenant with us. As Leviticus 17:11 says, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood.” In Christ’s blood, we receive life that death cannot conquer. (Isaiah 53:12; John 6:53-57) The Seven Benefits of the Blood of Jesus:

A. Forgiveness I have been forgiven through the blood of Jesus. Hebrews 9:22 – All things are cleansed with the blood and without the shedding of blood there can be no forgiveness.

B. Cleansing The blood of Jesus has cleansed me fromall sin. I John 1:7 – But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His son cleanses us from all sin.

C. Redemption The blood of the lamb has redeemed me. Ephesians 1:7 – In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.

By the blood I am justified “just as if” I have never sinned. Romans 5:9 – Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. (See also II Corinthians

E.

5:21.) Sanctification

I have been sanctified through Jesus’ blood for a holy calling; I have been brought out of Satan’s territory by the blood of Jesus. Hebrews 13:12 – Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate.

F.

Peace by the Blood Peace has been made for me through the blood of the cross. Colossians 1:20 – And having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

G.

Access to the Throne I have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus. Hebrews 10:19 - Since therefore, brother, we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of

IV.

Jesus. (See also Ephesians 2:13-14.) THE BLOOD WHICHSPEAKS

A.

Inspiring Pictures

Let’s take a quick glimpse at one of the most inspiring pictures of life on the other side that you’ll ever find. Hebrews 12:22-24 depicts it this way.

But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the general assembly and church of the first-born who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel.

These three insightful verses in Hebrews 12 describe to us a view inside the veil. Here we find, first of all, a description of God’s dwelling place. Secondly, a picture is painted for us of those who dwell there with God. Lastly, we are given a presentation of God Himself. In this third phase we are shown: God as the Judge of all; Jesus as our Mediator; and the precious blood, which “speaks.”

B. NowWhat Does That Mean? Let’s go back to the Book of Beginnings and see if we can find a precedent. In Genesis 4 we find the account of the rivalry between brothers Cain and Abel. Cain became jealous, angry, and overcome by his emotions and sin, which crouched at his door. While the two brothers were in the field together, Cain rose up and killed Abel. Genesis 4:9-10 tells us, “Then the Lord

said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” And he said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to Me from the ground.”

There is a principle that runs throughout the scriptures, “Life is in the blood” (Leviticus 17:11). Not only is there life in the blood, but innocent blood when spilled seems to have a particular attribute. Innocent blood cries out! A voice coming from the blood of Abel poured out upon the ground could be heard by the Lord. He came running to find out what was going on! Perhaps, Abel’s blood was releasing a screech, “Vengeance, I want vengeance!’” But before the presence of our judge in heaven, there is a blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel.

What does this blood declare? The innocent blood of Jesus is a continuous reminder before our Father of the sacrifice of His precious Son. The blood of Jesus ever cries out, “Mercy! Mercy! Mercy be!”

V. WEOVERCOMEBYDECLARING Revelation 12:11 - We overcome Satan when we testify personally to what the word of God says the blood of Christ does for us. (Psalms 107:2). How to apply this practically: “Let the redeemed of the lord say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the adversary.”

Hebrews 10:23 exhorts us to, “hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” Don’t let go! Continue to proclaimthe benefits of the cross of Christ. Perhaps the greatest, most powerful plea before God, the devil and the world is the blood of Jesus. There is no more prevailing argument we can bring before the throne of God than the sufferings, blood, and death of His Son. We have no merit of our own. We do not prevail by prayer technique or even past experience. There is no prayer “know how” that prevails. It is only through the blood of Jesus.

Charles Spurgeon once said, “Many keys fit many locks, but the master key is the blood and the name of Him that died and rose again, and ever lives in haven to save unto the uttermost. The blood of Christ is that which unlocks the treasury of heaven.” 22 Plead the blood. Plead the Cross. Sing of the precious blood of Jesus. Recite the scriptures and enforce the victory over the power of darkness. Plead the blood over and over again. Agree with Christ’s triumphant cry, “It is finished.”

Yes, we have been given divinely powerful weapons of warfare. Consider these weapons: the cross, the word of God, the power of the Spirit and the name of Jesus, and the blood, which speaks, “Mercy! Mercy! Mercy be!”

VI. ADECLARATION THAT STRIKES THEMARK

PROCLAIM THIS WITH ME!

By This I Overcome the Devil - By Derek Prince 23

I testify to Satan personally as to what the word says That the blood does for me. Through the blood of Jesus, I amredeemed out of the hand of the devil Through the blood of Jesus, all my sins are forgiven The blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Continually cleanses me fromall sin Through the blood of Jesus I amsanctified, Made holy, set apart to God My body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, Redeemed, cleansed, by the blood of Jesus Christ Satan has no place in me, no power over me Through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Amen and Amen!

Reflection Questions Lesson Eleven: The Power of the Blood of the Lamb

Answers to these questions can be found in the back of the study guide.

Fill in the Blank

1. The old covenant required that the blood of the goat or

different

bull be sprinkled places.

times, in

2. Jesus

Christ’s

blood

was

first

shed

in

3. Our Most effective weapon is the Jesus.

 

of

Multiple Choice – Choose the best answer from the list below:

A. Grace

C.

Vengeance

B. Mercy

D.

Justice

4. Jesus’blood speaks

5. Abel’s blood speaks

True or False

6.

I amsanctified only by the blood of

7. We are redeemed by the blood of Jesus and a light burden.

8. Life is in the

Scripture Memorization

9. Write out Hebrews 9:13-14 and memorize it.

10. What was the primary insight you gained from this lesson, and how will you apply it to your life?

Lesson Twelve: Praying from a Victorious Perspective

I. IT IS FINISHED! There are the seven statements of Jesus on the cross. Perhaps the most important one of all is when He declared, “It is finished!” (John 19:30) Nothing else needed to be done because He has done it all. It is perfectly complete!

We must learn to pray from this position and perspective. We are not the losers. He has already won the battle and we are called to enforce the victory of Calvary. Declaring or proclaiming what He has already accomplished is eventually the position you must come to in releasing Prayers that Strike the Mark!

II. THEPOWER OFPROCLAMATION

A

clear word from the Lord came to me stating, “It is time

to

make a worldwide impact by calling forth the watchmen

to

the prophetic power of proclamation.”

A.

Definition of Proclamation The meaning is to proclaim, announce, declare, ascribe, call out, cry, invite, preach, pronounce, publish, read and to herald.

B.

Primary Scripture Verses on Proclamation

1. FromDeuteronomy 32:3-4 I will proclaim the name of the Lord. Oh, praise the greatness of our God! He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.

2. FromIsaiah 61:1-3 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion-to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.

C. Additional Scriptures on the Power of Proclamation

1. FromMatthew 10:27 What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roof.

The power of proclamation here is seen in declaring His great mercy from the rooftops, proclaiming the name of the Lord over your city.

2. FromActs 26:22-23 But I have had God’s help to this very day, and so I stand here and testify to small and great alike. I am saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happen, that the Christ would suffer and, as the first to rise from the dead, would proclaim light to his own people and to the Gentiles.

As Jesus had done when he declared, ascribed, released and pronounced light to the Jews and Gentiles, so does Paul in his brilliant judicial defense before King Agrippa. He declared light where there was darkness, turning testimony into proclamation even to those in authority.

3. FromI John 1:1-3 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched – this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.

We are to proclaim to others what we have seen and heard, so that they also may have intimate fellowship along with us. This fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. This reveals the power and importance of the proclamation of the word of life to other people. This includes the power of preaching.

4. FromJob 22:21-28 Yield now and be at peace with Him; thereby good will come to you. Please receive instruction from His mouth, and establish His words in your mouth. If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored; if you remove unrighteousness far from your tent, and place your gold in the dust, and the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks, then the Almighty will be your gold and choice silver to you. For, then you will delight in the Almighty, and lift up your face to God. You will pray to Him, and He will hear you; and you will pay your vows. You will decree a thing, and it will be established for you; and light will shine on your ways.

The council given to Job shows a pattern in God’s purposes:

a) Confession of sin

b) Removing obstacles that are in the way

c) Establishing the word of God in your heart (vs. 22)

d) Having a heart of submission

e) Receiving instruction

f) Repentance and returning to the Lord

g) Revelation that God is to be your all (vs. 24)

h) Removing, cleansing any other gods before you

i) Then God will be your delight (vs. 26)

j) And then to pray to Him

k) What you decree (proclaim) shall come to pass

5. FromJeremiah 31:10 For thus says the Lord, “Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob, and shout aloud with the chiefs of the nations, proclaim, give praise, say O Lord, save thy people the remnant of Israel”.

Now this invitation to come to prayer comes after

a cleansing work of the Holy Spirit. He deposits

through revelation, God’s plan, His goals and His purposes. We declare back to Him, reminding Him of His word, through faith in what has been spoken. There is coming a refined faith message, bathed in humility, yet standing on the promises

of Jesus.

III.

THEPROCLAMATION OFPRAISE

A. Praise: The Place of God’s Residence Psalms 22:3 (KJV) – Yet Thou art Holy, O Thou who art enthroned upon the praises of Israel.

Praise sanctifies the atmosphere around us. How? Because God is enthroned on the praises of Israel. God is lifted up and exalted and a throne is established as a place of authority and blessing from which He rules fromin the midst of His people.

B. Praise: The Way into His Presence Psalms 100:4 – Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name. (See also Isaiah 60:18.)

Praise establishes a highway that releases the visitation of His presence. Praise is a form of proclamation that is built from God’s throne to you. The purpose of praise is to release God’s blessing upon us as we praise the Lord. As we glorify Him, He turns it back upon us in blessing.

C. Praise: AGarment of the Spirit Isaiah 61:3 – To grant those who mourn in Zion, giving them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting, so they will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.

Through the exchange of the cross, God gives us garments of praise, for the garments of heaviness. He exchanges the dark, the gloomy, and the negative, for that which is beautiful, glorious, and uplifting. Praise is a mantle of type of clothing we put on. We cast off heaviness by entering into the sacrifice of praise. You will look different, act different and talk different when you put of the garment of praise!

D. Praise: AWeapon of Spiritual War Psalms 50:23 – He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me; and to him who orders his way aright I shall show the salvation of God.

Praise is a spiritual warfare weapon, a means of deliverance from the strongholds of darkness. Sometimes you simply need to praise your way out of the entrapment of the enemy by releasing the High Praises of God from your heart vocally. Store the Word of God up in your heart so that it has something to overflow from

IV. EFFECTIVEEXAMPLES OFPRAISE

A. From Jonah 2:1-10 It was not until Jonah offered up a sacrifice of praise, when he was at his lowest point, that God delivered him, causing the fish to vomit him up. This resulted in a revival for an entire city!

B. From Acts 16:25-26 Paul and Silas were supernaturally set free from their prison cell as they declared vibrant praise to the Lord. We can break the bars of the evil one when in our darkest moments and darkest places we proclaim the majesty of His great name!

C. From Psalms 8:2 From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise, because of your enemies to silence the foe and the avenger. (NIV)

We must at times toss off our dignity and like children radically praise the Lord. This type of praise will silence Satan and His works. Compare Psalms 8:2 with Matthew 21:16 and you will find Jesus reinforcing this principle. Spiritual weapons are launched through the mouths of God’s people.

D. From Jeremiah 33:11 “The voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voice of those who say, ‘Give thanks to the Lord of hosts, for the Lord is good, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.’”

Praise is both a joyful sound as well as a sacrifice, which will cost you something. (See Hebrews 13:15.)

A. Cleanse Ourselves with the Bloodof Jesus Father, we cleanse our Hands with the Blood of Jesus.

We apply the Blood of Jesus to our eyes, Lord, so that we might see into the spirit realm clearly and with clarity.

We apply the Blood of Jesus to our ears, to cleanse our ears from any defilement, wickedness, garbage, gossip, or slander that has been poured into them so that we might hear clearly what You are speaking to us.

We apply the Blood of Jesus to our lips and to our tongue, so that You would cleanse us of all those things that we have spoken that really has not been of You at all.

Father, we apply the Blood of Jesus to our hearts and our minds. Father, we ask you to put the Blood of Jesus on our hearts, our thoughts, and our emotions and to cleanse our minds from dead works so that we might serve the living God.

Father, we apply the Blood of Jesus to our feet. Cleanse us from the corruption in this world and from the dust of the world. Father, cleanse us of those places where we’ve walked that really haven’t been ordered of You.

Lord, we receive the words of the Bible that the steps of a righteous man are ordered by the Lord. We will have holy steps walking on the Highway of Holiness. We praise You, Lord, and we ask that You cleanse us from the top of our heads to the souls of our feet. Thank You, Lord. Amen.

B. Finally Turn andDeclare a Proclamation of Blessing

1.

A

proclamation from leaders to the people –

Numbers 6:24-26

2.

A

proclamation from people to the leaders –

Ephesians 6:10-18

3.

A proclamation over your family – Joshua 24:15

4.

A

proclamation over our cities – Psalms 24:1-2;

Isaiah 25:3

5.

A proclamation over Israel – Jeremiah 16:14; 30:3

C. Let His Glory Hit the Mark! Let’s add this tool to our tool belt as we continue to take lessons from the Holy Spirit on Prayers that Strike the Mark. Eventually you will need to rise up in faith and declare what Jesus has accomplished on the cross.

You must declare there is no lack in heaven and that we are to call forth “heaven to earth.” After all, it is the model that Jesus gave to His disciples on how to pray. Your kingdom, come! Your will be done! On Earth… In earthen vessels… as it is in heaven. Amen and Amen!

Reflection Questions Lesson Twelve: Praying from a Victorious Perspective

Answers to these questions can be found in the back of the study guide.

Fill in the Blank

1. He has already won the enforce the

and we are called to of Calvary.

2. One form of proclamation is proclaiming the of the Lord over your city.

3.

a

Praise is

both a

sound as well as

Multiple Choice – Choose the best answer from the list below:

A. Praise

C.

Fellowship

B. mouths

D.

testimony

4. Spiritual weapons are launched through the of God’s people.

5. Paul declared light where there was darkness, turning into proclamation.

True or False

6.

We cleanse ourselves with

7. We must be dignified at all times when we praise the Lord.

8. Praise is a type of clothing we put

Scripture Memorization

9. Write out Jeremiah 33:11 and memorize it.

10. What was the primary insight you gained from this lesson, and how does it apply to your life?

Answers to the Reflection Questions

Lesson One: Orchestra of Prayer

1.

Any three fromthe list of twelve 2. Prayer/Thanksgiving 3. Commitment

4.

B

5.

D

6.

False

7.

False

8.

True

Lesson Two: Coming into Agreement

1.

Communication 2. Binding/Loosing and Agreement 3.

forgiveness

4.

C

5.

B

6.

False

7.

True

8.

True

Lesson Three: The Many Faces of Prayer

1.

Prayer

2.

Personal Petitions 3. Meditation on God’s Word 4. A

5.

C

6.

False

7.

True

Lesson Four: Reminding Godof His Word

1. prepares

2. Word

3. Fruit

4. B

5. D

6. True

7. False

8. True

Lesson Five: Following the Ancient Paths

1. Sin

2. Wickedness

3. Delight

4. B

5. C

6. True

7. False

8. True

Lesson Six: Confessing Generational Sin

1.

Our Permission 2. defiles - mercy 3. Fill the void 4. B

5.

A

6.

True

7.

False

8.

False

Lesson Seven: Praying On-Site with Insight

2.

Redemptive

3. Identify

4. A

5. C

6. True

7. False

8. False

Lesson Eight: No Common GroundAllowed

1.

Targeted

2.

confirmation, wisdom3. Laborers

4.

B

5.

C

6.

False

7.

False

8.

True

Lesson Nine: Praying for Those in Authority

1.

Humility

2.

Friend - Enemy 3. mind

4.

A

5.

D

6.

False

7.

False

8.

False

Lesson Ten: Praying for Your Pastor

1. intimacy

4.c

5. B

6. False

7. False

8. True

Lesson Eleven: Praying for Israel

1.

7 / 3

2.

The garden of Gethsemane 3. Blood

4.

B

5.

C

6.

True

7.

False

8.

False

Lesson Twelve: Praying Your Family into God’s Family

1.

battle / victory 2. Name

3.

joyful / sacrifice 4. B

5.

D

6.

False

7.

False

8.

True

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