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May 4, 2015
Here's a little message from Brenda Hankins to all the intercessors...
"I am so grateful to all of you intercessors for your prayers for Sam (and David). Originally I was quite fearful about this trip, but since I learned that he would be covered in pray by so many people I have had great peace. Thank you to all of you who have prayed. I KNOW that it has made a difference for Sam and David and for the Kingdom of God in Turkey. In Christ, Brenda Hankins"
april 27, 2015
- Isaiah 7:4 (NIV) - "...'Be careful, keep calm and don't be afraid..."
- Psalm 27:1 (NIV) - "The Lord is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear?"
- Psalm 57:9 (NIV) - "I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth."
- Psalm 147:11 (NIV) - "the Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love."
- Prov. 27:1 (NIV) - "Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth."
- Prov. 27:17 (NIV) - "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another."
On another note, if Sam has heard about the devastation in Nepal, he is probably feeling upset about that. About a year and a half ago Sam toured Nepal and visited with many Christians and some non-Christians.
April 20, 2015
More scriptures to inspire intercessors:
NOTE: The context of this was that men needed to be chosen to be in charge of food distribution! Praying our boys will be full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom.
Acts 6:3-4 (NIV) - "Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be FULL OF THE SPIRIT AND WISDOM. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word."
Psalm 20:1 (NIV) - "May the LORD answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you."
Psalm 20:4 (NIV) - "May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed."
Psalm 140:12 (NIV) - "I know that the LORD secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy."
Psalm 20:18 (NIV) - "Make plans by seeking advice; if you wage war, obtain guidance."
I was praying for Sam and David today while sitting by a pond watching a Canadian goose float by. I was reminded of how water just falls off the feathers of a duck or goose. I prayed that anything from the kingdom of darkness would just fall off their backs like water on a duck's back. Psalm 91 came to mind and I prayed the God would cover them with his feathers or his pinions (NASB) and that they would find shelter under His wings.
April 17, 2015
This is from one of the intercessors... some Scriptures to be praying...
Here's a few verses from the last number of days of praying:
Phil.1:3-7a (NIV) - "I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart..."
Phil 1:9-11 (NIV) - "And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ - to the glory and praise of God."
Phil 1:27-28a (NIV) - "Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then...I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you."
(Thinking of Sam and David together and both of them working with other believers) Phil.2:1-4 (NIV) - "Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others."
Phil.2:12b -16a (NIV) - "...continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, 'children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.' Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life."
Phil.4:4-7 (NIV) - "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Phil. 4:12b, 13 (NIV) - "I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation...I can do all this through him who gives me strength."
Prov. 17:14 (NIV) - "Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out."
Prov. 17:27 (NIV) - "A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered."
(Praying they'll be encouraged as they remember Who is really in charge there.) Ps.47:7-8 (NIV) - "For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise. God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne."
(If they find themselves in a tight place or a dilemma) Ps.77:11 - "I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago." and verse 14 - "You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples."
Ps. 107:6 (NIV) - "Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress."
April 15, 2015
Praying this over Sam and David, that they would find themselves standing in the wide open spaces of God's grace and glory, waiting patiently for whatever God will do next. And that they will experience the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the grace and power of God so much that there aren't enough containers to hold it all!!
from Romans 5 - The Message
"We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.
3-5 There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!"
April 13, 2015
Thought I'd share a quick thought from my prayer time this morning. As I was praying through the Lord's prayer for the boys, I was impressed with the importance of forgiving others and extending the grace to them that was extended to us. "...forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us." This is important for Sam and David (as well as ourselves), but also for all of the Christians in Adana. Praying that the Holy Spirit will convict where there is the sin of unforgiveness.
April 12, 2015
Feeling led to pray for the unity of the Christians in Adana, which includes Sam and David. As I was looking in John for the verses I was thinking about, I found a few others that also seemed very appropriate.
- JOHN 16:26-27 NIV "But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
- JOHN 15:4-5 NIV "Remain in me, as I remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."
- JOHN 17:11b NIV "Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one."
- JOHN 17:15 NIV "My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one."
- JOHN 17:20b-23 NIV "I pray also for those who will believe in me through their [the disciples'] message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you game me, that they may be one as we are one - I in them and you in me - so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me."
April 11, 2015
As I was praying for David & Sam today, I was going over some of the verses that were shared the Saturday morning where we gathered at the Tjarts. The scripture that really seemed to stand out to me today is Isa. 41:9-13, and this is the prayer I've been praying over them today. Here it is from the NASB...
9 You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, And called from its remotest parts And said to you, ‘You are My servant, I have chosen you and not rejected you.
10 ‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
11 “Behold, all those who are angered at you will be shamed and dishonored; Those who contend with you will be as nothing and will perish.
12 “You will seek those who quarrel with you, but will not find them, Those who war with you will be as nothing and non-existent.
13 “For I am the Lord your God, who upholds your right hand, Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’
Here are a few verses I thought of yesterday as I prayed for the boys:
Acts 1:8 "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (NIV) (Interestingly, if you look at a map of the Middle East, you can point to Jerusalem, then move your finger up through Judea, and Samaria and keep going up and where do you get to? Adana, Turkey!)
Joshua 1:9 (God spoke these words to Joshua as he prepared to enter hostile "enemy" territory and take it for God.) "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." (NIV)
I spent time yesterday looking at maps of the area and reading about Adana and the history of the area. It was interesting to think of what has happened there over the millennia. Noah's Ark landed on the mountains of Ararat - in Turkey. The Hittites, Assyrians, Babylonians, Greeks, Romans , Ottoman Empire, etc. have all ruled there. It is a short distance from Tarsus, the apostle Paul's hometown. Great missionary work was done in Turkey by Paul and his fellow workers like Barnabas and Silas. Churches were established. Interesting to think that Paul and Barnabas were sent out on a missionary journey from - get this - the church in Syrian Antioch.
All this made me realize that we must be seeing a bigger picture than just our church helping particular refugees. I am praying that God's name would be "hallowed", and that his Kingdom would come and his will be done in Turkey as it is in heaven. This work is done in the name of Jesus, who died for all of the people of Turkey as well as the refugees. He created them, loves them. I'm praying they would see who He is and bow the knee to Him willingly now before the time comes when every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father.
God said to the apostle Paul at his conversion... "I am sending you to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me." (Acts 26:17-18 ESV)
May the Holy Spirit be heavy on the hearts of the people in Turkey that they will see Christ's love in Sam and Dave.
April 10, 2015
As I prayed today, God reminded me that He called Sam and David there & He has promised to never leave us, nor forsake us, nor them!
April 9, 2015
When I was praying I was reminded of Isaiah when he saw the Lord (in Isaiah 6) and figured he was going to die until the angel touched his lips with the coal from the altar and told him his guilt was gone and his sins were forgiven. Then God asks who He can send, and Isaiah, now feels he can volunteer enthusiastically. I felt that God was reminding me to pray that Sam and David would remember that they go in Christ's righteousness and that they can turn away any condemnation that the enemy would heap on them with the realization that in and of themselves they are unworthy, but in Christ they are forgiven, free and equipped to do his work.
On a little less serious note, I believe "Pa Ingalls" (Editor's note - reference to the father from Little House on the Prairie) had a team of horses named Sam and David! The analogy here is that our young men must pull together and take Christ's yoke upon themselves, not trying to operate outside of that yoke or independently from each other. The work will be done as a team under Christ's authority.
April 8, 2015
Strong impressions that they are surrounded by darkness and evil. Praying the blood of Jesus over them. Got a picture of the blood of Jesus pouring over them, being like an armour over them, and all the arrows and darts of Satan just bouncing off like nerf arrows! He's already been defeated, we can claim that!
"And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony..." Rev. 12:11
April 7, 2015
Proverbs 16:9 - We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.
We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps. Praise God - his steps are THE BEST! Not necessarily comfortable, not
necessarily onto familiar trail, but the best as they are set out to accomplish his purposes. What joy to know that he actually cares about our steps, so much so that he determines them!
Dear Jesus, Use these travel days to already be affirming S&D, that You are determining their steps. That You are marking out for them what is next. May tangible experiences of this bolster their faith in You and allow them to even more so surrender their fears, inadequacies, and goals to You. May these experiences remind them of the need to walk close with You in all that they do. Give them total JOY and ANTICIPATION of how You will do Your work in and through them. May they quickly acknowledge their place before You and rejoice in You sovereignty and goodness! Delight yourself in these 2 young men. Have Your way! Whoot Whoot!!! Amen
April 4, 2015
Scriptures to use in prayer
10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
1 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.
3 For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease.
4 He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
5 Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day.
6 Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
7 Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you.
8 Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished.
9 If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter,
10 no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home.
11 For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go.
12 They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
13 You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!
14 The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name.
15 When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them.
16 I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.”