Sunday, July 24, 2011


Why many things happened under the Old Covenant that should never happen to us under today: they had no intercessor.

God speaks through Ezekiel: The people of the land have used oppression, & have vexed the poor & needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully.

And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, & 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.

Ezekiel 22:29-31*The people of the land have practiced extortion and committed robbery. They have wronged the poor and needy; they have oppressed the foreigner who lives among them and denied them justice. 22:30 “I looked for a man from among them who would repair the wall and stand in the gap before me on behalf of the land, so that I would not destroy it, but I found no one. 22:31 So I have poured my anger on them, and destroyed them with the fire of my fury. I hereby repay them for what they have done, declares the sovereign Lord.”

Under the Old Covenant, God sought for a man to stand in the gap & make up the hedge, but He found none. Under the New Covenant, however, we have such a man: His Name is Jesus. And we have a Comforter-the Holy Spirit. There a power on the side of the believer today. Jesus gave His Name to use. We now have an intercessor, who is seated at the right hand of the FATHER, & He makes intercession for us.

Prayer is the responsibility of every christian. The purpose of prayer is to determine God's will in a matter, & then pray it into existence. It is a privilege & duty to be involved with God in the formative work of others' lives.

1 Timothy 2:1-4*First of all, then, I urge that requests, prayers, intercessions, and thanks be offered on behalf of all people, 2:2 even for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 2:3 Such prayer for all is good and welcomed before God our Savior, 2:4 since he wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.*

1 Samuel 12:23*As far as I am concerned, far be it from me to sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you! I will instruct you in the way that is good and upright. 12:24 However, fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. Just look at the great things he has done for you!

Ephesians 6:18*With every prayer and petition, pray at all times in the Spirit, and to this end be alert, with all perseverance and requests for all the saints.

Matthew 26:41*Stay awake and pray that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” *

Prayer should be a priority & a lifestyle. Prayer was the primary communication linked between Jesus & His Father; the same is true for us.

Luke 6:12*Now it was during this time that Jesus went out to the mountain to pray, and he spent all night in prayer to God.

Matthew 14:23*And after he sent the crowds away, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone.

We are called to be a priest unto Him. The priestly duty is bestowed upon you because of the blood of Jesus. His blood has made us righteous so we can enter into the Holy of Holies. So then we can go with boldness & with confidence into His presence.

1 Peter 2:9*But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may proclaim the virtues of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

1 Peter2:5*you yourselves, as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood and to offer spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 15:8*The Lord abhors the sacrifices of the wicked,

but the prayer of the upright pleases him.

When we pray we enter into a dialogue with our Lord. We spend time with Him because we love Him. The Lord speaks to us by His Word & His Holy Spirit.

Ezekiel 47:9*God revealed to Ezekiel a river of living water flowing out of the temple of God. The Lord said "And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whither soever the rivers shall come, shall live: & there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; & every thing shall live whither the river cometh".

The river the prophet Ezekiel saw was a divine flow of the Holy Spirit that was going to be released from the throne of Almighty God.That river is alive with the power of God & everywhere the river flows...it brings life & healing!

Let this truth go deep into your spirit. The same life-giving Spirit that was released through Christ is living & working within you to save & to heal.

John 7:37-39* On the last day of the feast, the greatest day, Jesus stood up and shouted out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me, and 7:38 let the one who believes in me drink. Just as the scripture says, ‘From within him will flow rivers of living water.’”7:39 (Now he said this about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were going to receive, for the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.)

The same life-giving flow of the Spirit of God that flowed through Jesus to open blind eyes, heal all manner of sickness & disease, that caused the lame to walk & raised the dead, is flowing in you, not only for your salvation but to manifest Christ's life within your spirit, & to heal your body!

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