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ADVENTURES in FAR-AWAY LANDS

March 15, 2010
Matthew 5:44-45 “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you:
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sendeth rain on the just ans on the unjust.”
Luke 18:1 “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;”
Acts 12:5 “Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.
Philippians 1:3-4 “I Thank my God upon every remembrance of you,
Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy.
There are many other passages which should be included with the ones selected above. The admonitions from scripture to pray without fainting for our contemporaries are abundant . To come before the Creator of all that is, who inhabits eternity, is a privelage beyond description and without competition. None of this worlds offerings can compare with the relationship that a true saint has with the Lord Jesus. A Savior who is always as close as the mention of his name and can instantly bring us into a time of refreshing; regardless of the goings on in our physical vicinity. It’s times such as this, when one is so content; so completely at peace and in the joy of the Holy Ghost, there is a want of absolutely nothing for self. Here, all the worlds treasures and awards are discovered for what they truly are; empty promises that will soon be no more. We so desire that everyone would come to this place and be filled. Seriously; whenever these moments are at hand, at some point I almost always end up praying “Oh Lord; how I wish that everyone would find this place. The vanities would drop like lead baloons as they tasted this heavenly sweetness while the fabric of the everlasting seemed so close that one could almost touch it”  
Isaiah 55:1 “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.”
Sometimes the filling is so incredible it’s as though our vessel cannot possibly contain it all.  Sadly, however, this oftentimes brings with it a realization, so horrific, that we cannot grasp the full.  The majority of our contemporaries will never find this place. Jesus explained that “strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” To bring this painfully close to home, it means that a majority of the people around us will not inherit eternal life; choosing rather, to climb up some other way, or just putting matters of eternal significance out of their minds. Relatives, neighbors, co-workers, the people who ride their bikes by our house every morning, people that we see daily and love dearly; rushing headlong into an eternity apart from God. Unfathomable tragedies, unfolding on every street in every city, in every nation under the sun. Priceless eternal ones, loved of the Father but separated from him by sin. They stand in desperate need of unfeigned exposure to the truth that can make them free, and in need of someone to diligently stand in the gap.
James 5:16 “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
That someone to stand in the gap would be us. Eternal destinations can be completely reversed by one who intercedes on behalf of a lost one. Anyone who has ever read David Meyers testimony may remember that the Lord used an elderly lady, who had been friends with his Grandparents, to pull him out of incredible darkness. One cannot even imagine the course of his life, had this dear saint not diligently maintained her post. There are ever so many like testimonies of folks who were pulled from the pit because somebody “wouldn’t give up.”  
Here is a link to DAVID MEYERS TESTIMONY
Before CR came to Jesus, I would often lift him up in prayer, however, there was always an incredible battle with doubt. The enemy would continually whisper in my ear; saying that this captive was just too set in his ways. Sadly, these dark sentences affected me; even to the point that oftentimes my petitions seemed more like a mechanical “going through the motions” in the wake of a disbelief that could be felt. (There were others praying for him also and he grew up with routine exposure to the gospel) Yet in November of 2007, his name was recorded in the book of life and today, he’s one of the few saints in this venue with whom fellowship is unhindered. We get together and the conversation instantly launches into the deep things of God. There is a profound sweetness in fellowship that is centered completely upon the Lord Jesus with no agendas or pursuings after the rudiments of this world. CR is very active in his church and his children are in a Christian school.
Interceding on behalf of others is a unique thing; almost, as it were, an adventure. First of all, there’s the element of fellowship with the Lord Jesus. A space of time, (sometimes lengthy, sometimes just the amount of time it takes to drive to work ) in which our focus is completely upon the Lord. A complete abandonment of self as we seek his will and listen for the ever so subtle promptings of revelation. Oftentimes these moments will be entered into with a list of names; folks that we intentionally pray for upon every remembrance. Other times, the names of souls are brought forth; sometimes even the name of a person who hasn’t crossed our mind in years. Either way, it’s a time of being before the Lord and asking that he would intervene in the lives and circumstances of these. It’s almost like being actively involved in the world of that person; even when the person is known to us by no more than a name on a piece of paper. Oftentimes these moments come and go with our understanding of the situation being none the clearer. Other times, subtle insights will be granted as to what’s really going on behind the scenes that direct the prayer into specific areas of need.
My prayer list is filled with names; many of them from encounters on the streets. People with whom I’ve had but a single encounter, however, I can routinely drop in on their world by bringing their name before the Lord. It’s such an incredible thing; to be driving to work in the afternoon while battling strongholds in another city or even another country. This is an area of my life where the enemy battles fiercely in a number of ways. Oftentimes I make his job easier when I become hemmed in by circumstances, and, instead of just praying, I become agitated that another venture into the streets was thwarted. (or whatever was on the agenda.) I strive to maintain an “either way; the devil loses” mindset, however, too often I become hung up on mechanics. (Wow; it’s a good thing that James 5:16 is mentioned above.) If we understood that strongholds which have been in place for generations, can be brought down by a praying saint who simply won’t give up, we would be much more diligent in our prayer life. And then, when a planned outing is thwarted by circumstances, I would be quite content to engage in battles somewhere beyond the horizon where I may never venture in the flesh.
Well I have to be going. My prayer is that all of us would be more diligent in prayer. I have much room for growth in this and sometimes become astonished at how quickly a span of time can be squandered on irrelevancies. In the days at hand, we must be in this place of intimate prayer before the Lord. Not only for the souls around us, but also to be in a place of hearing what the Spirit saith unto the churches. The final moments of the age are quickly playing out. The ambience is filled with voices proclaiming “thus saith the Lord; go this way” or thus saith the Lord, this is how events will unfold.” We cannot place confidence in another; only in the Lord Jesus. Without a doubt, the Lord has watchmen and preachers who are faithful, however, we must be in a place to discern between the real and the feigned. (Jeremiah 23:28 just came to mind)
Blessings always in Jesus name.
 II Timothy 1:3 “I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day.”
Revelation 5:8 “And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.
Prayers being equated to sweet odours is a most incredible thing to ponder. WOW!!!
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2 comments

  1. Watch and pray! A bold command from Jesus. We need to watch and pray so much more in these perilous times. Good message! Thanks for the reminders.


  2. Hi Marianne. Thanks so much for stopping by. May we all seek to be in a place to hear what the Spirit is saying unto the churches and also to each of us individually. I’ll try to swing by this week.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.



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