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Prayer & Fasting Resources

Why Pray?
I want to know the mind of God. 
Many people prefer to know the hands of God over the mind. The hand of God deals with acting. The mind of God is the ways of God. 
The greatest tragedy in life is life without a purpose. Pro. 19:21 – “Many are the plans in the mans heart but it is the Lord purpose that will prevail.” 
God is more concerned about HIs purpose then He is with your plans. Purpose is more important than planning. Purpose is the original reason why something was created. 
Let’s talk about the purpose for prayer. 
There is no place in the Bible where you can find a ministry of intercession. 
Why don’t people go to prayer meetings? I figured it out. 
The reason why people don’t go to prayer meetings… they don’t get results. Some people pretend they do but they do not. People have gone to prayer meetings and after awhile they quit going because nothing is changing. 
Why don’t we pray? Matthew 6:5, “When you pray…” He didn’t say if, but WHEN you pray – when implies there is a expectation of doing this. This is not an option for a believer. It is not a choice. it is a requirement. 
Prayer today is considered for the “intercessors” but no where in the Bible is intercession a ministry. We are ALL to pray. 
Questions I have had and maybe you have too…
If God is sovereign then why pray?
If God is not influenced by us then why pray? (Sovereignty means that he is free from your influence) Why should I spend my time doing something that isn’t going to change the results?
If God can not be effected by what we say, then why pray?
The reason why we pray:
God is as sovereign as His word
God is limited by His word
God will never violate His word. 
Whatever God says, becomes law. God is sovereign until He speaks. When He speaks he becomes trapped by what He says. This is probably why God doesn’t talk to much. You have probably been asking God for something and He is not answering. Why? When He speaks his sovereignty becomes limited by His words. 
Why is this important? Prayer was created by the limitations of God’s word. 
Luke 11:
The disciples saw the miracles. Teach me to heal the sick. 
The only thing the disciples ever asked Jesus was to pray.
The disciples knew the ability for Jesus to perform the miracles, operate in supernatural wisdom was through His prayer life. 
The verse says, “When he was finished they asked Him to teach him.” Meaning they were watching him. They knew to wait until he was finished. When Jesus was praying, notice he did not pray corporately, went alone and prayed. We like group prayer meetings, because we can get lost in the crowd but the truth is Jesus often times got alone to pray. 
Why was this the only thing they ever asked him? The disciples caught on to what we call inductive and deductive logic. The disciples got smart after awhile. The Bible says, early in the morning, Jesus got up and went to a solitary place to pray. 
In the middle east day starts at 5am. So when you look at scripture and it says, Jesus would get up before the day would start, he was getting up at 2 or 3 am. He would then spend hours in prayer before the disciples would catch up with him. 
He would then go to the village and heal this person or that person. The healing only took a fraction of a second, but the healing only came because of the hours in the morning that he had been set apart. 
The disciples began to figure it out. They came to the conclusion, that if you spend 4 hours in the morning with God, you will only spend a minute with man in the day. They were logical. We spend a minute in the morning with God and four hours trying to solve a problem in the day with man. 
The priority of Jesus was not ministry to man. There is our problem. We have this idea that we need to go and do this. We need to go and make our money. We need to go and pray for this person or that person. We need to go and do this but the priority of Jesus was to spend time with the Father. Jesus is saying before you start your day, spend time with me. 
You need to be prepared for ministry. Prepare yourself to pray for those in need. 
Why did Jesus have a committed prayer life. Jesus understood the birth of prayer. Genesis 1:26, “Let them have dominion.” When God speaks, His words become law. If God would have said, “Let us have dominion, it would have included himself.” But He didn’t. He said let them have dominion. Meaning you and I. Jesus spoke law into place saying, I am empowering you with the ability to have dominion.
The only creature that has dominion over the earth is human. A spirit in a body. So that means any spirit without a body is illegal and has no authority on earth. God will not violate His own word. He keeps his word to you and to himself. Even if you are unholy, he will still be holy. That is why God can not come into this planet without a body. Not because he is weak but because he is too faithful to His word. 
If anything is going to be done on earth, it has to be done by a spirit with a body. When Adam and Eve were about to eat, God could not come to earth because he put a law into practice to be on earth is to have a spirit in a body. God will to violate His word. 
Genesis 3: you used a woman to take down creation and I will make you a promise. I will use the same creation bring forth the greatest man to ever walk on the Earth. 
Isaiah the prophet saw something. He said, there is going to be a man born and he will be Emmanuel. Em – In, man- mankind. El – el ohem. he saw God coming back in the woman to be legal and take back what the devil stole.
God told Satan, the woman will be your nightmare. I used to wonder why. It was because God designed the woman to have a womb. The blood of a child never mixes with the mom. God said Satan, “I have made arrangements to come into the human race and there will genuine God blood that will not be mixed with yours but it will be so clean that it will be able to take the sins for everyone. His blood was not Mary’s blood. It was the spotless blood of God. 
You shall call the child Jesus. The child was born, but the son wasn’t. Mary is the mother of Jesus but not the mother of Christ. Jesus is the Body. Jesus made Christ legal to come to earth. 
This is why Jesus could pray on earth, he was legal. God can not interfere on earth without a human. What is prayer? Prayer is man giving God license to interfere on planet earth
The only way for God to interfere supernaturally is He needs a human. Jesus said, “pray and never faint, I have given you the keys to the kingdom.” Whatever you bind on earth, then heaven can bind. 
When your body stops working, you have to leave. You are now illegal. God is so committed to your body that he provided a program called healing. On the flip side, why do you think Satan created the diseases. He was trying to stop God from God doing what He needed to do. Satan knew in order for God to move on earth, he had to use a body. If bodies do not function, then that body can not do justice for God. 
When man stops praying, God has to stop working. Men are always to pray and never cease. Why? When you stop, God stops. The reason why you need to be a person of prayer is, God needs you to never stop praying so the earth can be changed. 
Jesus said, “My father always hears me.” 
How To Pray
God instilled into the DNA of His creation a desire to communicate in prayer. That is why you find all these crazy people create idols and such to pray to. There is a desire deep within us to communicate with God. 
But the reverse applies. The reason why God created you was to have a relationship with you. He wanted to communicate with you. 
Genesis tells us that God would come down at the cool of the day and walk and talk together in the garden of Eden. 
Real genuine prayer is not “bail me out” or “I need this” – the original reason for prayer was for fellowship  or establishing ongoing a relationship.
1 Sam 12:23 – far be it from me that you should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray. 
We have a pattern in our society that we say – what about me? What is best for me? At what point do you grow up and say that it s no longer about me. What does God want? Let me give you the answer. God wants a relationship with you!
This is how you develop a prayer life:
  1. Prayer must be a priority 
    1. Read your bible – God is talking to you. When you pray – you talk to God. 
    2. The word closet is used 4 times in the NT. Meaning you need to find a place of privacy to spend time with the Lord. Build prayer into your calendar. 
    3. Why make it a priority? 
      1. Prayer is a sin killer
      2. Prayer is a victory giver
      3. Prayer is a power enhancer
  2. Prayer must have time given to it
    1. Our lives are based off schedules. We schedule work. We schedule date nights. We schedule church. We schedule our meals. But we don’t schedule our personal time with God. 
    2. When you pray, you build a wall of protection. When you pray the angels of heaven come and surround you and your family.
    3. Daniel 6:10 – Daniel prayed 3 times per day giving thanks to God. 
    4. You may be thinking I have kids or I have a job. Guess what, yep, you do. Guess what? Yep, you have to give time to it. It must be a priority. 
  3. Prayer must have a place
    1. Luke 5:16 – Jesus went to a desolate place and prayed. You have to find your place where you continually go. It can be your car, bedroom or wherever. But find a place you can go often and get alone and seek God. 
  4. Prayer must have a pattern
    1. The reason why you don’t pray is you don’t know how. You don’t have a practice and when something is hard, it is easier to just make excuses not to do it. 
    2. We are going to do this one here in a bit. So I won’t go any further on this…
  5. Prayer must be vocalize
    1. Now I am not saying every time but when you are going after Jesus, you need to be serious about it. 
    2. Luke 11:3 When you pray, say… It doesn’t say meditate. It doesn’t say think about it. You have to pray out loud. 
Let me be frank with you. We are in the middle of the last days. We have to have the fire of God. America needs it. Norman needs it. We have to carry the fire and power of the Holy Spirit in our lives and the only way that it will come is if we become people who are known as prayer warriors. 
It is the will of God to save people. To heal people. To deliver people. But the problem is the church overall is powerless. Just because a lot of people attend a particular church does not mean power. Latest study. 1 out of every 2 marriages end in divorce – that includes people in the church. Why? Because the church is full of people who are playing a game with God. 
As God as my witness – that is not what pathway is about. We are about pursuing the power of the Holy Spirit and building a relationship with Jesus that causes you to hold on to the word of God and believe that it carries the power for you to live the life that God has called you to live here on earth. 
Now why don’t we pray?
  1. We don’t see results
  2. We don’t see it as necessary
  3. We don’t see it appealing
So we don’t do it. Are any of you foodies? You love food? 
Im not a foodie but if you give me something sweet, I love to eat it. I don’t want to eat broccoli. I want to eat candy! Why? Because I have developed taste buds for that. Over the last 2 months I have started eating lots of apples and carrots. I hatted them at the beginning but I have developed taste for them where I actually enjoy eating carrots. 
When I eat a carrot, do I see the results of that today? No. Do I see it appealing? no. But over time, it changes my health patterns. 
That is what prayer does. You may not see results today from it but over time, it begins to change you. As long as you stay consistent with it, it will change you. 
You want to know the biggest frustration of pastors? Every week, a pastor serves you a meal and while at church you digest that meal but once your week starts, you forgot about what you ate. 
I want to make this very simple for you. You can do this in just a couple of minutes a day or you can do this for 30 minutes a day but the key is doing it. You have to develop your appetite for the spirit of God. 
The Lord's Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer is often recited in churches or at religious

events, but there’s so much more to this prayer. Jesus

provided this model as an outline to teach us how to pray

in a way that connects us to God and empowers us to

accomplish great things through Him. This model takes us

through each part of The Lord’s Prayer, showing us

how to pray the way Jesus instructed.

One day Jesus was praying in a certain place.

When He finished, one of His disciples said to Him,

“Lord, teach us to pray…”


LUKE 11:1

“Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be Your Name.

Your Kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it

is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver

us from the evil one. For Yours is the Kingdom and the

power and the glory forever. Amen.”



Prayer of Jabez
Prayer of Jabez
1 Chronicles 4:9-10 – Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, [Meaning of Jabez – pain], “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request. 
  1. Oh that you would bless me [greek word for bless-barak- swoop down and bless me]
    1. Pray for Blessing
      1. You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great. Psalms 
      2. I will bless you.. and you will be a blessing to others. Genesis 12:2
      3. Lord, give me more than I need so I can be a blessing to the world around me.
  2. Enlarge my territory
    1. Pray for Influence
      1. Take me places that are bigger than me.
      2. God has available a life that is bigger than you. 
      3. Ephesians 1:18 – I pray also that they eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he was called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints. 
        1. You can’t find hope unless you know you’re calling. 
        2. Your inheritance is people. Your purpose is people. 
      4. Psalms 2:8 – ask me and I will make the nation your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. 
      5. Lord, show me your purpose for my life so I can live a life bigger than my own
  3. Let your hand be with me
    1. Pray for presence
      1. Acts 11:21 – The Lord’s hand was with them and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord. 
      2. Exodus 33:15-17 – Then Moses said to him, “If your presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with you people unless you go with us. What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth And the Lord said to Moses, I will do the very thing you have asked. 
      3. Lord, be with me, because what you have called me to is too big for me
  4. Keep me from harm
    1. Pray for protection
      1. If you are not bumping heads with the devil, you may be walking with him.
      2. 1 Peter 5:8 – The devil is like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. 
      3. Lord, strengthen me in and protect me from every attacked of the enemy
Tabernacle Prayer
Exodus 25:8-9, “Have the people of Israel build mea. Holy sanctuary so I can live among them. You must build this Tabernacle and its furnishings exactly according to the pattern I will show you. 
Exodus 33:11, “Inside the tent of meeting, the Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.”
Matthew 5:17, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have no t comet abolish the law but fulfill them.”
Tabernacle Prayer
  1. The Outer Court: Give God Thanks.
    1. Thank Him for what you already have – gratitude
    2. Gratitude turns what you have into enough
    3. Psalms 100:4, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.”
  2. The Brazen Altar: Focus on the Cross.
    1. Blood had to be spilled for the sins that were committed. In order for you to go to God, something had to die.
    2. Remember the cross. Picture what Jesus went through. 
    3. Romans 5:6, “When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.”
    4. On the cross there were four major wounds
      1. Whipped (transgressions)
      2. Crowned with thorns (peace)
      3. Spear in his heart (iniquities)
      4. Stripes on his back (healed)
        1. Isaiah 53:5, “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”
  3. The Laver (There were mirrors in the bottom of the bowl so you would have to see yourself): Offer every part of my life to God.
    1. Put a gate in front of my eyes
    2. Let my ears be sensitive
    3. My mouth – be good at communication (anything you are good at the devil will try to pervert) 
    4. etc.
    5. Romans 12:1, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, a holy and pleasing to God – this I your spiritual at of worship.”
  4. The Candlestick (7 prong Jewish candle- represents: Holy Spirit): Invite the work of the Holy Spirit in my life.
    1. Holy Spirit teach me how to lead my company
    2. We want the work of God on the inside of me.
    3. 2 Timothy 1:6-7, “This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you awhen I laid my hands on you. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self discipline.”
  5. The Table of Showbread: Claim the promises in God’s Word.
    1. Matthew 4:4, “Jesus answered, It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”
  6. The Altar of Incense (coals from outside altar making it burn): Worship His Name.
    1. When you praise God, you praise him for what He did.
    2. When you worship God, you worship Him for Who He is.
    3. It’s all about your worth Lord – worthy
    4. Psalms 95:6-7, “Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.”
    5. A persons worth is found in their name
    6. Proverbs 18:10, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”
      1. List the names of the Lord. 
  7. The Ark: Intercede for others.
    1. Make your case to God on behalf of someone else.
    2. 1 Timothy 2:1-2, “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”
Armor of God

Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your

stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not

against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against

the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and

against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the

day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground,

and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm

then with the belt of truth buckled around your waist,

with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with

your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the

Gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield

of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming

arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and

the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. And

pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers

and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep

on praying for all the Lord’s people.


Fasting Basics

According to the Bible, there are three duties of every Christian: give, pray and fast.Biblical fasting takes a lot of discipline and strength—strength which you can only receive from God. Your private discipline will bring you rewards in Heaven, says Matthew 6. When you give God your first through fasting, prayer and giving at the beginning of the year, you set the course for the entire year.

Why should I fast?
Are you in need of healing or a miracle?
Do you need the tender touch of God in your life?
Is there a dream inside you that only He can make possible?
Are you in need of a fresh encounter?
Do you desire a deeper, more intimate and powerful relationship with the Lord?
Are you ready to have heightened sensitivity to the desires of God?
Do you need to break away from bondages that have been holding you hostage?
Is there a friend or loved one that needs Salvation?
Do you desire to know God’s will for your life?


1 TIMOTHY 2:1-2
“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.”


“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

“[Is] not this the fast that I have chosen to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?”

We want to encourage you to target your prayers during the fast. Two specific areas we will be focusing on together are leadership and finances. The Bible instructs us to continually pray for our leaders (1 Timothy 2:1-2). When we lift up our leaders, here in the United States and around the world, we can expect God’s peace in our lives and in our nation.
Another great promise, from the book of Isaiah, proclaims that the chosen fast will “undo the heavy burdens and let the oppressed go free.” We are living in tough economic times and we know that so many people are under a financial burden. As we come together to fast and pray, we believe that your burdens will be lifted and that financial blessings will be released into your life!
We encourage you to seek the Lord in prayer and let your decisions about your biblical fasting come from Him. Ask the Lord to show you areas to target during your time of fasting and prayer. We believe that, as we pray and seek God and give Him our best at the first of the year, He will bless our ENTIRE year (Matthew 6:33)!

Fasting Types

There are several types of fasting. The one you choose is between you and God. He will honor your best sacrifice.

Full Fast
Drink only liquids (you establish the number of days).

The Daniel Fast
Eat no meat, no sweets and no bread. Drink water and juice. Eat fruits and vegetables.

3-Day Fast
This fast can be a Full Fast, Daniel Fast or give up at least one item of food.

Partial Fast
A partial fast is from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm or from sun up to sundown. You can select from three types of fasting —a Full Fast, Daniel Fast or give up at least one item of food.

Scripture References for Fasting:
Matthew 6:16-18, Matthew 9:14-15, Luke 18:9-14

Relation to Prayer and Reading of the Word:
1 Samuel 1:6-8, 17-18, Nehemiah 1:4, Daniel 9:3, 20, Joel 2:12, Luke 2:37, Acts 10:30,Acts 13:2

Corporate Fasting:
1 Samuel 7:5-6, Ezra 8:21-23, Nehemiah 9:1-3, Joel 2:15-16, Jonah 3:5-10, Acts 27:33-37

Remember that it is the attitude of a heart sincerely seeking Him to which God responds with a blessing (Isaiah 58, Jeremiah 14:12, 1 Corinthians 8:8). May God greatly bless you as you fast!

Fasting Tips

How to Begin
Start with a clear goal. Be specific. Why are you fasting? Do you need direction, healing, restoration of marriage or family issues? Are you facing financial difficulties? Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. Pray daily and read the Bible.

Preparing Spiritually
Confess your sins to God. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal areas of weakness. Forgive all who have offended you and ask forgiveness from those you may have offended (Mark 11:25; Luke 11:4; 17:3-4). Surrender your life fully to Jesus Christ and reject the worldly desires that try to hinder you (Romans 12:1-2).

Deciding What to Fast
The type of fasting you choose is up to you. You could go on a full fast in which you only drink liquids, or you may desire to fast like Daniel, who abstained from sweets and meats, and the only liquid he drank was water. Remember to replace that time with prayer and Bible study.

Deciding How Long
You may fast as long as you like. Most can easily fast from one to three days, but you may feel the grace to go longer, even as much as 21 to 40 days. Use wisdom and pray for guidance. Beginners are advised to start slow.

What to Expect
When you fast your body detoxifies, eliminating toxins from your system. This can cause mild discomfort such as headaches and irritability during withdrawal from caffeine and sugars. And naturally, you will have hunger pains. Limit your activity and exercise moderately. Take time to rest. Fasting brings about miraculous results. You are following Jesus’ example when you fast. Spend time listening to praise and worship. Pray as often as you can throughout the day. Get away from the normal distractions as much as possible and keep your heart and mind set on seeking God’s face.

How to End
Don’t overeat when the time comes to end your fast. Begin eating solid food gradually; eat small portions or snacks.

Bible Meditation Resources

Passage Reference
Rev. 3:15-16
I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! [16] So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth.
Ezekiel 36:24-30
” ‘For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. [25] I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. [26] I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. [27] And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. [28] You will live in the land I gave your forefathers; you will be my people, and I will be your God. [29] I will save you from all your uncleanness. I will call for the grain and make it plentiful and will not bring famine upon you. [30] I will increase the fruit of the trees and the crops of the field, so that you will no longer suffer disgrace among the nations because of famine. 
1 Peter 5:5
“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
Psalm 51:10-12
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. [11] Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. [12] Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
Psalm 51:17
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
Proverbs 8:12-13
“I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion. [13] To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.
Hebrews 11:6 
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
Ephesians 4:2-7
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. [3] Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. [4] There is one body and one Spirit–just as you were called to one hope when you were called– [5] one Lord, one faith, one baptism; [6] one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. [7] But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.
1 Tim. 6:6-7
But godliness with contentment is great gain. [7] For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.
1 John 2:15-17
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. [16] For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does–comes not from the Father but from the world. [17] The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.
Passage Reference
Deuteronomy 5:16 
I honor my father and my mother, as the Lord my God has commanded me and my days are long and it is well with me. 
Judges 13:24,25
I grow and the lord blesses me and the Spirit of the Lord moves in my life.
1 Samuel 2:11,12
I minister to the Lord and grow before the Lord.
1 Samuel 2:26
I grow in stature, and in favor both with the Lord and men
Proverbs 1:8,9
I hear the instruction of my father and do not forsake the law of my mother; for they are graceful ornaments on my head and chains about my neck.
Proverbs 4:1
I hear the instruction of my father, and give attention to gain and to know intelligent discernment, comprehension and interpretation of spiritual matters.
Proverbs 15:20; 29:3
I am wise and I make my parents glad. I love wisdom and my parents rejoice.
Proverbs 20:11
I am known by my deeds, by whether what I do is pure and right.
Proverbs 22:6
I am trained up in the way that I should go in the Lord; and when I am old, I will not depart from it.
Proverbs 23:22
I listen to my father who begot me and do not despise my mother when she is old.
Luke 2:40
I grow and become strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God is upon me.
Luke 2:52
I increase in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and men.
Ephesians 6:1,3
I obey my parents in the Lord for it is right and it is well with me, and I live long on the earth.
Ephesians 6:4
I am brought up in the training and admonition of the Lord.
Colossians 3:20
I obey my parents in all things in the Lord for this is well pleasing to the Lord.
1 Timothy 4:12
I do not let anyone despise my youth, but I am an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith and in purity.
2 Timothy 3:15
I seek to know the Holy Scriptures from childhood that I may grow wise in my faith in Christ Jesus.
Passage Reference
Psalm 139:23-24
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. [24] See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Romans 6:6
For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.
Romans 6:14
For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace. 
Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Psalm 66:18
If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; 
Isaiah 1:18
“Come now, let us reason together,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Collisions 2:5-10
For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how orderly you are and how firm your faith in Christ is. [6] So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, [7] rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. [8] See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ [9] For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, [10] and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.
Passage Reference
Exodus 15:26
I diligently heed the voice of the Lord my God and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes; and God will not allow any disease to come on me which is present in the world for He is the Lord who heals me.
Exodus 23:25
I serve the Lord my God, and He blesses my bread and my water; and He takes sickness away from the midst of me.
Deut. 5:33
I walk in all the ways, which the Lord my God has commanded me, and I live and it is well with me, and I prolong my days in the inheritance, which I possess in Christ.
Deut. 7:13-15
The Lord loves me and blesses me and multiplies me. He blesses my children and all my possessions. The Lord takes away from me all sicknesses and will not allow any disease to come on me, which is present in the world.
Deut. 28:1-14; 
Galatians 3:13
I diligently obey the voice of the Lord my God, to observe carefully all His commandments, which He commands me and He sets me high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon me and overtake me, because I obey the voice of the Lord my God. I am blessed in the city and I am blessed in the country. The fruit of my body is blessed. The produce of my ground and the increase of my herds, the increase of my cattle and the offspring of my flocks are blessed. My basket and my store are blessed.  I am blessed when I come in and I am blessed when I go out. The Lord causes my enemies who rise against me to be defeated before my face; they shall come against me one way and flee before me seven ways. The Lord commands the blessing on me in my storehouses and in all to which I set my hand and He blesses me in the inheritance, which the Lord has given me in Christ. The Lord establishes me a holy person to Himself just as He has sworn to me as I keep the commandments of the Lord my God and walk in His ways, all people of the earth see that I am called by the name of the Lord and the fear of the Lord is on them. The Lord grants me plenty of goods, in the fruit of my body, in the increase of my livestock and in the produce of my ground in the inheritance, which the Lord has given me in Christ. The Lord opens to me His good treasure, the heavens, to give rain to my land in its season, and to bless all the work of my hand. I lend to others but I shall never need to borrow at all. The Lord makes me the head and not the tail. I am above only and not beneath for I heed the commandments of the Lord my God which He command me and I am careful to observe them. I will not turn aside from any of the words, which God commands me, to the right hand or to the left, nor go after other gods to serve them. I only obey the Lord’s commandments. The Lord takes away from me the curse of sickness, poverty and death. I have perfect health for Christ has redeemed me from the curse of the law. 
Psalms 34:20
God guards all my bones and not one of them is broken.
Psalms 42:11
I praise the Lord my God for He is the help of my countenance and my God.
Psalms 49:15,9
God redeems my soul from the power of the grave and I live eternally for I have eternal life in Christ.
Psalms 63:3,5
God’s loving kindness is better than life. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness and my mouth shall praise God with joyful lips.
Psalms 103:2,3; 68:19
My soul blesses the Lord and does not forget all His benefits for God forgives all my iniquities and heals all my diseases. God daily loads me with benefits.
Psalms 105:37
There is not a feeble person in my family.
Proverbs 16:24
Pleasant words are always in my mouth and they are as honeycomb, they are sweetness to my soul and health to my bones.
Psalms 91
I dwell in the secret place of the Most High God and abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress; my God and in Him do I trust. He delivers me from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He covers me with His feathers and under his wings I do take refuge. His truth is my shield and buckler. I am not afraid of the terror by night, or of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at my side and ten thousand at my right hand but it shall not come near me. With my eyes I shall look and see the reward of the wicked. Because I have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High God my habitation, no evil shall befall me nor any plague come near my dwelling; for He gives His angels charge over me to keep me in all my ways. They bear me up in their hands lest I dash my foot against a stone. I tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent. I trample under-foot. I trample Satan and all his demonic forces under my feet. I have set my love upon God and He delivers me. He sets me on high because I have known His name. I call upon God and He answers me. He is with me in trouble; He delivers me and honors me. With long life He satisfies me and shows me His salvation.
Psalms 107:20
God sends His word and heals me and He delivers me from destruction.
Psalms 118:25
God saves me and heals me and sends me prosperity.
Psalms 119:25, 28
God revives me according to His Word. God strengthens me according to His Word.
Psalms 119:88
God revives me according to His loving kindness and I keep the testimonies of His mouth.
Psalms 119:116
God upholds me according to His Word and I live.
Prov. 3:1, 2, 78, 24
My heart keeps God’s command and length of days and long life and peace are added to me. I fear the Lord and depart from evil. God’s Word is health to my flesh and strength to my bones. When I lie down, I am not afraid.  I keep God’s Word and when I lie down, my sleep is sweet.
Proverbs 4:10,13
I hear God’s Word and receive them and the years of my life are many. I take a firm hold of God’s Word and will not let it go. I keep them for they are my life
Proverbs 4:20-22
I give attention to God’s Word and incline my ear to His sayings. I do not let them depart from my eyes but keep them in the midst of my heart for they are life to me and health to all my flesh
Proverbs 10:27; 4:23
I fear the Lord and I prolong my days. I keep my heart with all diligence for out of it springs the issues of life.
Proverbs 11:30; 12:18,28
My fruit is a tree of life and my tongue promotes health. I walk the way of righteousness and I have life. In my pathway there is no death.
Proverbs 13:12 
14:27, 30
My desire is only for the Lord and it is a tree of life. I fear the Lord and I am a fountain of life.  I have a sound heart and it is the life of my body.
Proverbs 17:22; 18:20,21
I have a merry heart and it does well like medicine. I am satisfied from the fruit of my mouth and from the produce of my lips I am filled.
Proverbs 21:21
I follow after righteousness and mercy and find life, righteousness and honor.
Isaiah 53:4,5
Jesus Christ has borne my grief and carried my sorrows. He was stricken, smitten and afflicted for me. He was wounded for my transgressions. He was bruised for my iniquities. The chastisement for my peace was upon Him and by His stripes I am healed.
Matthew 8:17; 
1 John 3:8; 
Acts 10:38
Jesus Himself took my infirmities and bore my sicknesses and I am now healthy and have no sicknesses or bodily infirmities. Jesus destroyed the works of the devil, which were diseases, sicknesses and bodily infirmities; therefore all the works of the devil upon my body are destroyed and I have perfect health in Jesus Christ. 
Matthew 6:10; Galatians 2:20; 
1 John4: 17
The will of God is done on earth as it is done in heaven. There is no sickness in heaven; therefore I am not sick at all upon this earth. Jesus was never sick at all upon this earth. Jesus is in me and His life flows in me. As He is in the world so am I in this world. I am healthy as Jesus even as Jesus was healthy upon the earth.
Matt.12: 37; Heb.12: 2; 2 Pet.1: 1,4; Matt.17: 20; 10:1; Mk.16: 18
I am justified by my words. I have the faith of Jesus Christ in me for Jesus is in me and He is the Author and Finisher of my faith. I speak to the mountains of sicknesses and diseases and they obey my words and leave. I have authority and power over all diseases and sicknesses; I command them to leave and they obey my words. I lay hand on the sick and they recover.
Mark 9:23; 
2 Cor. 1:19-20
I believe in God and all things are possible to me. All the promises of God are `Yes’ to me for Christ has paid the price for all of them.
Mark 11:23,24
I believe that all those things, which I say, come to pass and I have everything, which I say. All things which I desire, when I pray, I believe that I have received them and I have them
John 14:12-14
I believe in Jesus Christ and the works that Jesus Christ did I will do also and I do greater works because Jesus Christ has gone to the Father and has sent His Holy Spirit who now lives in me. Whatever I ask in the name of Jesus, Jesus Himself does it that the Father may be glorified in the Son. When I ask for anything in the name of Jesus, Jesus says He will do it.
John 15:7
I abide in Jesus Christ and I let His words abide in me by meditating upon them everyday. I ask what I will and Jesus says that it is done for me.
John 16:23, 26,27; 17:23
Whatever I ask of the Father in the name of Jesus Christ, He gives it to me. The Father loves Jesus Christ and gives Him all that He asks. The Father loves me as much as He loves Jesus and gives me everything that I ask.
Matthew 28:18; 
Acts 3:16
All authority in heaven and earth is given to Jesus Christ. I have faith in the power and authority of the name of Jesus Christ and through His name I am made perfectly well.
Romans 8:11
The Spirit of God who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in me; and He who raised Jesus Christ from the dead gives life to my body through the Spirit who dwells in me.
Rom. 10:9,10 -`save’ comes from `sozo’ which means `to heal’ eg.Mk.5: 23;Acts 14:19
I confess with my mouth the Lord Jesus Christ and believe in my heart that God has raised Him from the dead and I am healed. For with my heart I believe into righteousness and with my mouth confession is made to my healing and health.
Isaiah 58:8
My light breaks forth like the morning. My healing springs forth speedily and my righteousness goes before me. The glory of the Lord is my rearguard.
Jeremiah 33:6
The Lord brings me health and healing. He heals me and reveals to me the abundance of peace and truth.
Galatians 6:8,9
I sow to the Spirit and reap of the Spirit eternal life. I sow words of health and healing everyday and daily reap health in my physical body
Heb. 2:14; Col.2: 14, 15; Mk. 16:17,18
Jesus has destroyed him that has the power of death that is the devil. I am released from the bondage of the fear of death. Jesus has disarmed the demonic principalities and powers and made a public spectacle of them triumphing over them in the cross. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ I have power over all demons and sicknesses and I cast them out.
James 5: 15; Rom.10:8
My prayer and words of faith heal the sick and if they have committed sins, they are forgiven them. The word is near me, even in my heart and in my mouth that is the word of faith, which I speak.
1 Peter 2:24
Jesus bore my sins upon the cross and by His stripes I was healed.
3 John 2
It is the will of God that I should prosper and be in perfect health even as my soul prospers.
1 Cor.6: 19,20; 
Eph. 1:23; 3:19
My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and all the fullness of God dwells in me. I glorify God in my body and in my spirit.
Phil. 4:13
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Galatians 2:20
It is no longer I who live but Christ who now lives in me.
1 John 4:4
Greater is He who is in me than he that is in the world.
In Christ
Passage Reference
Romans 8:1
In Christ I have no condemnation because I walk according to the Spirit and not according to the flesh.
Romans 3:24
In Christ I am freely justified by His grace through His redemption.
Romans 8:2
In Christ the law of the Spirit of life has made me free from the law of sin and death.
Romans 12:5
In Christ I am one body with all born-again believers and individually a member of one another.
1 Cor. 1:2
In Christ I am sanctified and called to be a saint with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ my Lord.
1 Cor. 1:30
In Christ I have wisdom from God and righteousness and sanctification and redemption.
1 Cor. 15:22
In Christ I shall be made alive. [Context means resurrection]
2 Cor. 1:21
In Christ I am established and anointed.
2 Cor. 2:14
In Christ God always leads me in triumph and through me diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.
2 Cor. 3:14-16
In Christ the veil over my heart and mind that prevents me from understanding the Word of God has been taken away.
2 Cor. 5:17
In Christ I am a new creation; old things have passed away and all things have become new.
2 Cor. 5:19
In Christ I am reconciled to God the Father who does not impute my trespasses to me anymore but has committed to me the word of reconciliation.
Galatians 2:4
In Christ I have liberty.
Galatians 3:21,22
In Christ I have been given the promise of life and righteousness by faith because I believe.
Galatians 3:28
In Christ I am a son of God through faith.
Galatians 3:28
In Christ there is neither Jew nor Greek neither slave nor free, neither male nor female but I am one with all believers.
Ephesians 1:3
In Christ my God and Father of my Lord Jesus Christ have blessed me with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places.
Ephesians 2:10
In Christ I am God’s workmanship created for good works, which God prepared before hand that I should walk in them.
Ephesians 1:10
In Christ I am gathered together in one with all things in Christ both which are in heaven and which are on earth in the dispensation of the fullness of the times.
Ephesians 2:6
In Christ I am raised up together and made to sit together in the heavenly places.
Ephesians 2:12,13
In Christ I who was once far away from God have been made near by the blood of Christ.
Ephesians 3:6
In Christ I am a fellow heir and I am a partaker of God’s promise through the gospel.
Phil. 3:14
In Christ I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God.
Colosians  1:28
In Christ I preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that I may present every man perfect.
1 Th. 4:16
In Christ I will be resurrected when the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God.
Passage Reference
Exodus 20:6
God shows mercy to those who love Him and keep His commandments, God show mercy to me for I love Him and keep His commandments. () 
Deut.  4:37
God loves me and chooses me; and He brings me out of the world with His presence and with His mighty power.
Deut. 6:5, 6
I love the Lord my God with all my heart, with all my soul and with all my might. I keep his word and His commandments in my heart.
Deut. 30:6
The Lord my God circumcises my heart and the heart of my children to love Him with all our hearts and all our souls that we may live.
Deut. 30:16
I love the Lord my God and walk in His ways and keep His commandments, His statutes and His judgments and I live and multiply; and the Lord my God blesses me in the land, which I go to possess.
Deut. 30:20
I love the Lord my God and I obey his voice, and I cling to Him for He is my life and the length of my days.
Deut. 33:3
I love the Lord; I am in His hand; I sit at His feet and receive His words.
Joshua 23:11
I take diligent heed to myself that I love the Lord my God.
Judges 5:31
I love the Lord and am like the sun when it comes out in full strength. 
Nehemiah 1:5
I love the Lord and observe His commandments and He keeps His covenant and mercy with me.
Psalms 5: 11
I love God’s name and am joyful in Him.
Psalms 11:7;
2. Cor. 5:21
The Lord is righteous and He loves righteousness. I am righteous in Christ and the Lord loves me.
Psalms 26:8
I love the habitation of God’s house and the place where His glory dwells.
Psalms 18:1
I will love the Lord who is my strength.
Psalms 31:23
I love the Lord for He preserves the faithful.
Psalms 33:5
The Lord loves righteousness and justice. The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. I love righteousness and justice.
Psalms 40:16; 70:4
I love the Lord’s salvation and say continually, `The Lord be magnified’.
Psalms 97:10
I love the Lord and hate evil.
Psalms 119:47, 48
I delight myself in God’s commandments, which I love. My hands do I lift up to God’s commandments, which I love. I will meditate on His statutes.
Psalms 119: 97
I love God’s law and it is my meditation all the day.
Psalms 119:113
I love God’s law and hate the double –minded.
Psalms 119:127
I love God’s commandments more than gold, yes, than fine gold.
Psalms 119:132
I love God’s name and God looks upon me and is merciful to me.
Psalms 119:140
God’s word is very pure therefore I love His word.
Psalms 119:159
God considers how I love His precepts and He revives me according to His loving kindness.
Psalms 119:163
I love God’s law and I hate and abhor lying.
Psalms 119:165
I love God’s law and have great peace and nothing can cause me to stumble.
Psalms 119:167
My soul keeps God’s testimonies and I love them exceedingly.
Isaiah 43:4
I am precious in God’s sight and He loves me and honors me.
Matthew 5:44
I love my enemies, bless those who curse me, do well to those who hate me and pray for those who spitefully use me and persecute me.
Matthew 22:37,39
I love the Lord my God with all my heart, with all my soul and with my entire mind. I love my neighbor as myself.
John  8:42
God is my Father and I love the Lord Jesus Christ.
John  13:34
A new commandment Jesus gives me that I love one another as He has loved me.
John  14:15
I love Jesus and keep His commandments.
John  14:21
I have the commandments of Jesus and I keep them for I love Him. I love Jesus and am loved by the Father. Jesus loves me and manifests Himself to me.
John  14:23
I love Jesus and keep His word and my Father loves me; and Jesus and my Father come to me and make their home with me.
John  15:9. 12
As the Father loved Jesus, so has Jesus loved me and I abide in His love., this is Jesus’ commandment that I love one another as He has loved me.
John 17: 23-26
God loves me as He has loved Jesus. God loves Jesus before the foundation of the world. God loves me before the foundation of the world. The love by which the Father has loved Jesus with is in me and Jesus is in me.
Romans 8:28
I love God and all things work together for good for I am called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:35, 38, 39
Nothing in heaven, earth or hell can separate me from the love of God.
Romans 8:37
I am more than a conqueror through God who loves me. 
Romans 13:8
I owe no man anything except to love one another for when I love one another I fulfill the law.
1 Cor. 2:9
Eyes have not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for me who love Him.
1 Cor. 13:4-8
I have the love of God and I suffer long and I am kind. I have the love of God and I do not envy. I have the love of God and do not parade myself nor am I puffed up. I do not behave rudely nor do I seek my own. I am not provoked at all and I think no evil. I do not rejoice in iniquity but rejoice in the truth. I bear all things, believe all things, hope all things and endure all things. I have the love of God and I never fail.
2 Cor. 12:15
I gladly spend myself and am spent for souls for I abundantly love with the love of Jesus Christ. 
Galatians 2:20
The life, which I now live, I live by the faith of the Son of God who loves me and gave Himself for me.
Ephesians 1:4
God has chosen me in Christ before the foundation of the world, that I should be holy and without blame before Him in love. 
Ephesians 2:4-7
Because of His great love with which He loved me, God, who is rich in mercy, has raised me up together, and made me sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward me in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 5:2
I walk in love as Christ also has loved me and given Himself for me an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
Ephesians 6:24
Grace is with me for I love my Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity.
2 Th. 4:9
I am taught by God to love one another.
2 Th. 2:16, 17
My Lord Jesus Christ and God my Father, who has loved me and given me everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comforts my heart and establishes me in every good word and work.
2 Timothy 4:8
I love the appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ and there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness.
Hebrews 1:9
I have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, my God, has anointed me with the oil of gladness.
James 1:12
I love the Lord and endure temptations and overcome them and receive the crown of life.
James 2:5
I love God and He has chosen me to be rich in faith and an heir of the kingdom.
James 2:8
I fulfill the royal law according to Scripture for I love my neighbor as myself.
1 Peter 1:8
I love Jesus and rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory.
1 Peter 1:22
I have purified my soul in obeying the truth through the spirit in sincere love of the brethren. I love one another fervently with a pure heart.
1 John  2:10
I love my Christian brethren and I abide in the light and there is no cause of stumbling in me.
1 John 2:15
I do not love the world or the things that are in the world because the love of the Father is in me.
1 John  3:14
I know that I have passed from death to life because I love the brethren.
1 John  3:18
I do not love in word or tongue only but I also love in deed and in truth.
1 John  3:23
God’s commandment to me is that I believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another.
1 John  4:7, 8
I love one another for love is of God. I love because I am born of God and I know God for God is love. 
1 John 4:12, 16
God abides in me and I love one another and His love is perfected in me. I have known and believed the love that God has for me. God is love and I abide in Him because I abide in love and God abides in me.
1 John 4:17
My love has been perfected and I have boldness in the Day of Judgment; because as He is so am I in the world.
1 John 4:18, 19
I have no fear in love because perfect love casts out fear. I love Him because He first loved me.
1 John 5:1, 2
I love Jesus and those who are begotten of Him. By this I know that I love the children of God, when I love God and keep His commandments.
Rev. 3:9
God makes Satan and all his cohorts to bow down before my feet and to know that God has loved me.
Passage Reference
Matthew 5:23-25 
“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, [24] leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift. 
    [25] “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still with him on the way, or he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. 
Matthew 6:14-15
For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. [15] But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. 
Hebrews 10:25
Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching. 
Ephesians. 6:1-4
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. [2] “Honor your father and mother”–which is the first commandment with a promise– [3] “that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”  [4] Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. 
1 Peter 3:7
Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers. 
1 Peter 3:3-5
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. [4] Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. [5] For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands, 
Passage Reference
Ephesians 4:29-32
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. [30] And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. [31] Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. [32] Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. 
Ephesians 5:1-13  
    Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children [2] and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. 
    [3] But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. [4] Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. [5] For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person–such a man is an idolater–has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. [6] Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. [7] Therefore do not be partners with them. 
    [8] For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light [9] (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) [10] and find out what pleases the Lord. [11] Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. [12] For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. [13] But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, 
Col. 3:9-10
    Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices [10] and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 
1 Cor. 10:10 
    And do not grumble, as some of them did–and were killed by the destroying angel. 
1 Thes. 5:16-19
Be joyful always; [17] pray continually; [18] give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  [19] Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; 
Ephesians 4:30-32 
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. [31] Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. [32] Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. 
1 Cor. 1:10
I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.
Passage Reference
Matthew 15:28-20
But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean.’ [19] For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. [20] These are what make a man ‘unclean’; but eating with unwashed hands does not make him ‘unclean.’ ” 
John 17:3
Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
Romans 8:16
The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
2 Corinthians 10:5
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Romans 12:3
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.
Matthew 22:37
Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
John 15:7-8
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. [8] This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
James 4:3
When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
Hebrews 12:14
Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.
1 John 3:3
Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.
Matthew 6:33-34
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. [34] Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Psalms 139:2/17
God knows my sitting down and my rising up. God understands my thoughts afar off. God’s thoughts are precious to me.
Proverbs 12:5; 2 Cor. 5:21
The thoughts of the righteous are right. I am righteous in Christ and my thoughts are right.
Proverbs 16:3
I commit my works to the Lord and my thoughts are established.
Jeremiah 29:11
God’s thoughts toward me are thoughts of peace that give me a future and a hope.
2 Cor. 10:5
I cast down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
Hebrews 4:12
The word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thought and intents of the heart.
Phil. 4:8
I think only of those things, which are true, noble, just, pure, lovely and of good report. I think of those things, which have virtue and are praiseworthy.
Isaiah 26:3
God keeps me in perfect peace because my mind is stayed on Him and I trust Him.
Hebrews 8:10
God puts His laws in my mind and writes them on my heart. He is my God and I am His child.
Hebrews 10:16
God puts His law in my heart and writes them on my mind.
1 Peter 1:13
I gird up the loins of my mind.
1 Peter 4:1
I arm myself with the mind of Christ.
Phil. 4:7
The peace of God, which passes all understanding, guards my heart and my mind through Christ Jesus.
Romans 7:25
My mind serves the law of God.
Romans 12:2
I am not conformed to this world but I am transformed by the renewing of my mind, that I may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Romans 8:5,6
I live according to the Spirit and mind the things of the Spirit. I am spiritually –minded and have life and peace.
Romans 11: 34;
1 Cor. 2:16
I know the mind of the Lord for I have the mind of Christ.
Ephesians 4:23
I am renewed in the spirit of my mind.
Phil. 2:5
I let the humble mind of Christ be in me.
2 Peter 3:2
I am mindful of the words spoken by the servants of God.
2 Timothy 1:7
God has not given me the spirit of fear but He has given me the Spirit of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Colossians 3:2
I set my mind on the things above and not on the things on this earth. I set my mind on the things of God.

Holy Spirit Resources

Increase In The Anointing
A Relationship and Not a Formula
There are several things that we can use to enhance the anointing in our lives. Let me say, at the outset of this chapter,the anointing is not a formula; it is a relationship.
Many are trying to imitate other great men of God. They want to walk their walk and talk their talk, but not out of a relationship with Jesus. They try to use it as a means to have God’s anointing manifest in their lives. For example, some ministers hold a healing meeting so they
can have a crowd, not so that they can get people healed.  That’s the wrong motive for wanting to see miracles take place.
I remember talking to individuals who wanted what Smith Wigglesworth had. They studied his life and found out that Smith Wigglesworth used to wake up at four o’clock in the morning and have communion. Then he would pray for three hours.So they began to do the same. But after a little while, they would wake up late in the morning, realizing that they had fallen asleep, instead of praying.
This action was based on a formula and not a relationship.It is important to realize that Smith
Wigglesworth did not do all of those things in order to have miracles in his life. He had a relationship with the Lord, and then out of his relationship, he ministered and the miracles were the result.
 The Bible says, “When they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13). Can people tell that you have been with Jesus lately? What Peter and John had was not based on a formula, but rather a relationship with the Lord Jesus
A Person, Not a Language
I think one of the biggest problems in many Pentecostal and charismatic circles is that people seek a language and not the Holy Spirit. First of all, the Holy Spirit is not a language; He’s a person.Jesus said to the disciples, “Tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high” (Luke 24:59).  Some people think He said, “You will receive tongues.” What good is tongues without the power? We have many babbling believers today with very little power.
When He told them to tarry for the Holy Spirit, they didn’t know what they were waiting for. If there had come a knock on the door and someone walked in and said, “I am the Holy Spirit,” I am sure they would have welcomed that person and said, “Yes, Jesus said You were coming.”
But on the day of Pentecost, there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing, mighty wind. There appeared unto them cloven tongues as of fire and it sat upon each of them. They were all filled with the Spirit and began to speak with other tongues. (See Acts 2:1-4.)   I want you to notice they were filled, then they spoke. They were filled first. Power was evident in their
lives. You see, the early church had the substance and unfortunately, the latter church has the formula. Let’s get back to the substance, the tangibility, the heavenly materiality of what the early church had.
Having an Encounter with God
I believe if we would be used of God, we need to have an encounter with Him. Paul talked about how he had seen the Lord in the way. Moses had a burning bush experience. To be honest with you, so did everyone who has ever been used of God.
Job had an encounter with God at the end of his ordeal. God revealed Himself to Job, asking Job where he was when God laid the foundation of the earth. “Do you have a voice that can thunder like me?” God asked Job (Job 40:9).
Job finally spoke to God. His words speak for many people, I think. He said, “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now my eye seeth thee” (Job 42:5). It’s one thing to read the book; it’s another thing to meet the author of the book.
The Life of Prayer
First of all, what is prayer? Prayer is communication and it’s two ways. In many believers’ lives, prayer is a one-sided conversation. They pray, “Give me, give me.”  They are always asking.
Prayer for the believer should not be a religious ritual performed on a daily basis by a Christian who wants to attain a certain level of spirituality. It should be a daily fellowship with our heavenly Father out of love.
We have to realize that we are not under the Old Covenant, but under the New. Whatever is done under the New Covenant must be done out of faith and love. Otherwise, it is nothing more than dead works, something that needs to be repented of.
Secrets of the Anointing
Marilyn Hickey – “It takes a foundation of prayer and fasting to have the miraculous in your life.”
“We have no hunger for God because we have nibbled all day from the world’s table.”
The anointing is not a formula capable of being learned.  The anointing is the method of operation for the Spirit of God on earth.    There is a price to pay for those who desire the anointing.  Much of the price is separation.  Separation from people, separation from our own will.  We must separate ourselves from  the mediocre spiritual life of other Christians and give ourselves wholeheartedly to God. If the anointing is not present in your own life, fast and pray until you have it.  Nothing is more important than this.
Laziness is one of those foxes that will eat up our spiritual lives.   To keep ourselves in the anointing of the Spirit will require a lifestyle dedicated to the Word, prayer, and fasting. We have to discipline ourselves to do this, even when we don’t feel like it. 
If we want to impact this generation with the demonstration of God’s power, we have no other alternative but to separate ourselves from the world and mediocre spiritual life of other Christians and give ourselves whole heatedly and exclusively to the  service of God. Without the anointing, ability will not produce effectiveness
We will never be able to flow in the power of the Holy Spirit’s anointing unless we are willing to suffer!  The first requirement in order to have the anointing of God is a hunger for God.  The anointing does not depend on one isolated experience.  It must be based upon a constant communion with the Holy Spirit. 
It is impossible for me to live an abundant life without the anointing of the Holy Spirit operating in my life.  I first learned that one of the secrets of the anointing is complete surrender.  Each day, giving myself totally to the Lord.
One of the truths which I feel completely revolutionized my life and ministry was coming to the realization that the Holy spirit was not simply a “power” or an “energy” but instead, a Person with feelings, emotions, and desires of His own.
When I learned this, I began to relate to the Holy Spirit in a more personal manner.  I began speaking to Him, asking Him to direct  me from the moment I awoke early in the morning until I went to bed at night.
If the Holy Spirit is a Person, we must treat Him, as such; not as an “experience” we have from time to time.  A person needs to feel loved, listened to, and appreciated!  The Bible speaks about the possibility of grieving the HS if we fail to treat Him in the way He should be treated.
At first it was a little strange for me to speak with the HS, but as I broke with the tradition in my mind and began speaking to and worshiping the HS, I began to see spiritual matters with an increased clarity and presence  I did not have before.  The anointing does not depend on one isolated experience which we may have in our Christian walk, but rather, in our maintaining constant communion with the HS.  We cannot continually ignore a person and then run to him when we need a favor.  
How can one have communion with the HS?  Everything begins with a decision to separate your life from the things that isolate you from the HS,  Making Jesus the Lord of your life is a prerequisite in beginning the adventure of communing with the HS.  Don’t feel disheartened if at first you fail to see any results; a relationship is not established overnight.  It takes time, patience, anddetermination in the study of the Word and in prayer for the HS to reveal Himself to us. 
The HS is not the goal but the starting point for a life full of power & anointing.  If we desire the anointing of the HS, we must be willing to pay a price.  
If I want to partake of the benefits and the blessings of the ministry, it is vital that I  have the right attitude toward the Person of the HS, and that I treat Him with the dignity, admiration and respect He deserves.  If you want to know the secrets of the anointing, cultivate your friendship with the HS.  
All who wish to receive a great anointing of God and impact the masses will be faced with the need to die to their own ambitions and desires.  One of the secrets to living a powerfully anointed life is total and absolute submission to the will of God.
Man was in conflict and the HS said, “Which do you prefer: to win an argument against that person or to maintain your fellowship with Me and continue to flow in the anointing.”   It is essential that those who seek a great anointing understand that Satan will try any means possible to make them sin and embarrass them before the public so people will reject their ministry.  
The more I pray, fast, and consecrate myself to God, the more I realize my inability to do the work of God.   It is almost impossible for the HS to ignore a man who constantly seeks Him and recognizes that without His presence he is completely inadequate.  Therefore, make it a practice to daily depend on the Lord, and each day you will have the presence of His anointing.
The person who walks in holiness will have a greater anointing than the person who continually compromises with the world and sin.  Prayer changes natural men and women into supernatural persons.  He who prays learns to know God.  The man who knows how to pray discovers that the secret of the anointing and spiritual power resides in complete dependence on God through prayer.  All men of power are also men of prayer.  God cannot entrust His anointing to people who do not pray.  If we look carefully at the four gospels, we will see that J. spent considerable time each day in prayer, seeking the will and the mind of God in order to fulfill His earthly ministry.  J. received all His power and anointing from on High, through prayer, He kept the heavens open during the whole time of His ministry.  J. began His day in prayer and ended it praying; and in between He performed miracles.
One of the characteristics of a person who is anointed is the power of his preaching.  Anointed, daring preaching produces supernatural results!  Every preacher knows through personal experience that the level of authority in his preaching is directly correlated to the amount of time he  spends alone with God in prayer.  It is in those long periods of communion with God that we are so energized with the anointing from on High that when we stand to preach, we feel like a newly loaded machine gun.  Those of us who have experienced this know that it changes us into a different person, it is called the anointing.  
We should pray without ceasing until we are invested with great power.  It is normal for an African to pray four to five hours a day!  Anyone who is willing to pay this price will also receive the dividends of a life filled with the power and anointing of the HS.  The power of preaching is not in studying, but in kneeling.  God will still do it today through anyone who is willing to pay the price and put in the long hours in communion, prayer, and supplication necessary to receive power from on High.
Prayer must be a lifestyle for the person who seeks a great anointing.  Our prayers cannot be limited to the moment before we preach or right after a moment of crisis.  You always acquire the qualities of the person with whom you spend the most amount of time.  The man who spends his time with God in prayer will be transformed into the image of what  he sees, in the same manner Christ was transformed on the mount while He was praying.
There is one anointing that perpetually operates within the believer, but there is another that falls on a person at specific times and for a predetermined purposes.  There are certain spiritual disciplines necessary to obtain a powerful anointing.  These disciplines do not serve the purpose of convincing or forcing God to do something He has not promised; rather, they are indispensable in preparing the vessel for the deposit of God’s power.  If we want our anointing to have substance and remain firmly within us, we must steadfastly seek the daily in filling of the Word with our own lives.  I HAVE LEARNED THAT IF I AM NOT WILLING TO SPEND LONG HOURS SECRETLY PRAYING IN THE SPIRIT, I CANNOT MINISTER EFFECTIVELY IN PUBLIC.  Some of my most powerful services have come after spending hours praying in the Spirit without feeling anything at all!  On occasions when I have noticed the anointing diminishing in my life – even though I am continually reading the Bible and praying in the Spirit – I have resorted to fasting as a complement to increase my anointing.  There is a strong correlation between fasting and the anointing to break the bonds of wickedness.  
Many anointed men have failed because they did not know that by receiving a greater anointing they would also receive greater persecution.  THE ANOINTING YOU RECEIVE FROM ANOTHER PERSON WILL ONLY BE EFFECTIVE TO THE POINT THAT YOU ARE WILLING TO IMITATE THE LIFESTYLE OF THAT PERSON!   Every transference of the anointing costs time, dedication, persistence, and sometimes even money and material possessions.  
It is important for those wishing to have a greater anointing in there lives to be cautious of those who want to lay hands on them.  Through the laying on of hands, the spirit is transmitted – whether that spirit be good or evil.  It is crucial for Christians to be wary of their associations and acquaintances with people who do not strengthen their spiritual walk.  The anointing can be transferred by the words we hear.  You can also capture someone’s anointing if you read his books or listen to his messages.  The anointing must be demanded in order to be received.  
Faith accomplished by a stubborn determination is what really helps us obtain what we strongly desire.  Receiving from others does not make us inferior; instead we are more powerful, because in addition to the measure of grace given to us, we can also participate in the measure that God has given to others.  We cannot hope to perform great signs and wonders if we violate the principle of carefully guarding our hearts. 
Laziness is one of those foxes that will eat up our spiritual lives.   To keep ourselves in the anointing of the Spirit will require a lifestyle dedicated to the Word, prayer, and fasting.  We have to discipline ourselves to do this, even when we don’t feel like it. 
Grow In Your Faith
1. LISTEN to God’s Word being taught.
“Faith comes from hearing the message and Word of Christ.” Romans 10:17
2. READ testimonies of others growing in faith.
“Follow the examples of those who, because of their faith, will receive what God has promised.” Hebrews 6:12
3. KNOW and BELIEVE the promises of God.
“We’ve been given the same promises as those people in the wilderness, but God’s promises didn’t do them any good because they didn’t receive the promises with faith.” Hebrews 4:2 (Message)
4. DO whatever you’ve been afraid to do! Move against your fear!
“I will not be afraid because I trust in God!” Psalm 56:11 (NCV)
“Then the Lord said to Moses (at the Red Sea) ‘Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving!’” Exodus 14:15 (NLT)
KNOWING THIS, if you read and use the rest of this newsletter, I guarantee you’ll grow in your faith. 
FIRST: LISTEN to any of these messages on faith that you missed: 
How to Get Ready for a Miracle (March 29)
Click HERE to watch. 
Daring to Plant in Faith–The 12 Laws of Sowing & Reaping (April 26)
Click HERE to watch. 
Daring to Commit (May 3). Click HERE to watch.
Daring to Be Generous-12 Benefits that Change Your Life (May 17). Click HERE to watch.  
SECOND: READ these testimonies of others growing in faith. 
“This is the first time I’ve ever made a faith commitment in giving, and it feels good to be stretched! I am putting my faith on the line, and trusting God’s promise that if I put him first, he will take care of my needs.”
“Our small group felt that Pastor Rick’s message last weekend on the 12 benefits of generosity was one of his top five messages of all time. We’ve all been challenged by his life and track record of generosity, but in that message, all the benefits came together and we realized that we are put on this planet to learn generosity! Several of us revised our commitments upward after that message! Yeah God!”
“I was so moved when Kay and her daughter spoke . . . by their strength, testimony, courage, perseverance, and faith . . . that I made my very first giving commitment. It was a feeling that I cannot adequately describe. A feeling of pride, joy, anticipation, relief and security all combined! On the way to my car, I suddenly realized why my 27-year-old marriage had struggled and I know now how to save my marriage! What hope!”
“I used a $50,000 life insurance policy to give my tithe and my Daring Faith gift!”
“Even after nine weeks of Daring Faith, my heart was still not there, and I wondered why? I give to all kinds of charities – why not to my own church family? After praying and speaking with my small group I have made Saddleback my beneficiary of my trust. My heart is now at peace!”
“I have loved every single Saddleback giving campaign, because it is always a time to stretch and grow and be blessed and become more like Christ! This is awesome!”
“I was saving for an iPad mini but decided that what we’re doing as a church family is more important.”
“I’ve never been in a small group before but I volunteered to become a host for a Daring Faith small group. Not only am I making the biggest step of faith (financially) but also I’m never going back to not being in a small group. I’m hooked!”
“My spouse and I have both been out of work for a long time. But we prayed and decided to give $10,000 out of our savings, believing that God will take care of us! You cannot imagine how exciting it is to truly live by faith! Thank you for teaching us how to do this!”
THIRD: KNOW and BELIEVE these promises of God.
“You will be glorifying God through your generous gifts. Your generosity will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 9:13 (NLT)
      “Whoever is generous to the needy honors God.”? Proverbs 14:31 (ESV)
   “The purpose of tithing is to teach you to always put God first in your lives.” Deuteronomy 14:23 (LB)
      “Your heart will be wherever your treasure is.” Matthew 6:21 (NCV)
   “The greedy always want more but the godly love to give!” Proverbs 21:26 (NLT)
“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them… to be generous and willing to share. In this way… they will take hold of the life that is True Life.” 1 Timothy 6:17-19
      “Your giving proves the reality of your faith.” 2 Corinthians 9:13 (Ph)
“Bring your whole tithe to my storehouse. Test me in this and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you won’t have room enough for it!” Malachi 3:10
“If you are untrustworthy with worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven?” Luke 16:11 (NLT)
   “Generous people will be blessed.” Proverbs 22:9 (NCV)
“Give generously … then because of this God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.” Deuteronomy 15:10 
“God loves the one who gives gladly. And God will make it up to you by giving you everything you need and more so that there will not only be enough for your own needs but plenty left over to give joyfully to others.” 2 Corinthians 9:7-8  
   Jesus said, “There is more happiness in giving than in receiving.” Acts 20:35 (TEV)
“The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy will get smaller and smaller.” Proverbs 11:24 (Message)
“Those who give generously to those in need… will never be forgotten… they will have influence and honor.” Psalms 112:9 (NLT)
“A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25 (NIV)
“You will be enriched so that you can give even more generously.” 2 Corinthians 9:11 (NLT)
   “All goes well for the generous man who conducts his business fairly. Such a man will not be overthrown by evil circumstances. God’s constant care of him will make a deep impression on all who see it.” Psalms 112:5-9 (LB)
Use your money to do good… always being ready to share with others whatever God has given you. By doing this you will be storing up real treasure for themselves in heaven–it is the only safe investment for eternity! And they will be living a fruitful Christian life down here as well.” 1 Timothy 6:18-19 (LB)
“I tell you, use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. In this way, your generosity stores up a reward for you in heaven.” Luke 16:9 (NLT)
FOURTH: DO whatever you’ve been afraid to do! 
This week, thousands of our families and individuals are praying about and deciding what their Daring Faith gift and commitment will be. 
As I told you last weekend, I feel really mixed emotions about this. 
On the one hand, I know that God is going to do a miracle, both in our church and in the individual lives of people who are taking the greatest steps of faith they’ve ever taken. So many lives, families, and businesses are going to be blessed.
And yet, on the other hand, I grieve and feel sad that some people will miss this opportunity of a lifetime out of either fear or inability to trust God. They WON’T grow in faith and one day they will stand before God embarrassed because he gave them this opportunity to trust him and be bless, yet they did nothing.
“Now that you KNOW these things, you will be blessed if you DO them!”
John 13:17 
Activate The Gifts
The gifts were not being activated in my life because in my heart I was not yet ready to pay the price.  Every spiritual growth spurt or step up to a higher rung on the growth ladder requires faith.  True faith was born in my heart out of a need to see God’s power operate in my life.  My desperation made me vow to cry out to God every morning at 5 A.M. for the supernatural to be unlocked in my life.  It is amazing how God captures a person’s heart, affection, devotion, and loyalty by choosing to be silent.  
When Moses went up to Mount Sinai too receive God’s ordinances for the children of Israel, for the first six days God said absolutely nothing to him (Ex. 24:12-16).  This must have seemed strange to Moses, because it was god who had summoned him in the first place.  As I prayed each morning, the heavens seemed like brass; I felt as if God were nowhere to be found.  This was His way of checking me out to see how serious I was for Him and how truly desperate I was for His gifts to operate through me.  But I would not give up because I was desperate!
Finally after several months, the gifts began to operate in my life.  All those months, when the heavens seemed like brass, were a time when in reality God was allowing my faith to grow.  
Prepare The Way
The key is humility & unity to receive the presence of the Holy Spirit and do what He wants to do.   I prayed for an hour before each prayer meeting to get ready for the prayer meeting.  I prayed to get ready for the evening service and I loved to go to the altar in every service and pray some more.  
One thing I did was to continue to visit the grave of John Lake.  I made a point of going there to pray at least once a month.  The HS prompted me to go on a forty-day fast.  I knew that intercessory prayer would be the key of any future success in the miracle ministry God had destined for the city.  
God told them “I left an angel in that room, and he has been waiting now for eighty years for the rooms to be reopened for prayer.  As long as My angel is there, this miracle anointing will be poured out from this place and will go around the world.”
There were several requirements for those who would serve.  The most important of these requirements was that the person have a burden for miracle.  We needed men and women who were willing to pay any price to see the sick healed, who would be willing, if necessary, even to lay down their own lives for others.  We studied the special anointing that empowers us to minister miracle. 
We developed the habit of praying together each morning before the Miracle Rooms opened.  We conducted these unified prayer times in the Silver Room.  Then, after prayer, we got ready to receive sick people and minister miracle to them.  Our morning  prayer times became moments of absolute depression and deep crying out to God.  Without Him, we could do nothing. 
We would have a small team, usually with three members, to pray in each of the Miracle Rooms.  One of the team members would act as the leaders, and the others would follow his or her lead, agreeing in prayer and cooperating with the ministry that was indicated by the Spirit. 
The prayer teams quickly became very gifted in this regard.  As we all prayed six to eight hours a day in the Miracle Rooms and walked in obedience to the Holy Spirit, we began to experience a flow of all nine of the gifts of the Spirit in our midst.  Even though our particular calling was with the gifts of miracle, all of the gifts were there, available to minister to the sick.  
Our emphasis was not on demons, but on the presence of the Holy Spirit.  If His anointing did not come to break the yokes of sickness and oppression and set the people free, we could pray all day and nothing would happen.  If His presence was in the Miracle Rooms, sickness would have to flee.  This became the great secret of our success.  Far to often, people have sought miracle without seeking God.  We have sought His hand and not His face.  If we go after the Healer and not the miracle, then we have Him with us always.  Just as those who come face to face with the Savior get saved, those who come face to face with the Healer are healed.  
The Lord had put on his heart a burden to get together a dozen businessmen who would begin to “prayer walk” the downtown area.  He and the others who were meeting began praying that they could find these twelve individuals.  Once they found the people they wanted, they decided to map out a specific area of the downtown and to systematically claim it for God.  They took a map of the downtown area and drew four lines on it, marking off the section the Lord had showed them as their prayer responsibility.  They were determined to drive a spiritual stake at each corner of that areas and to begin reclaiming it for God. 
The potential for increase is inherent in the seed of the Word of God, but it is what we do with that seed that determines whether or not we will have a harvest from it.  When seeds are properly sown, there will be a harvest.  But from the time the seed is planted until you begin to see the harvest coming forth, you must walk by faith.   The seed is not determined by the harvest; it is the harvest that is determined by the seed.  We are not told to believe after we receive the miracle we seek, but to believe at the time we receive the seed for it.  Plant the seed, so that you can have the harvest it will produce.  This is an important key to greater miracles. 
Don’t wait for the miracle to begin before you begin to believe.  That is the opposite of what God has said.  Let the same seed that brings part of your miracle bring forth the full miracle.  When the symptoms of your issue begin to return, that is the moment in which it will become apparent what you will do with God’s promise.  You can either cast it aside and believe Satan’s lies, or you can cling to God’s Word and reject the enemy’s attempts to deceive you. Since your miracle is a finished work, the Lord desires that our miracle be a permanent thing.  Our miracle, therefore, does not depend on how we feel, but upon what He has done.There is creative power in that seed, and it can be released – depending on what you do with the seed.  We must begin to move from having a dependency on the natural world to having a dependency on the spiritual world. After all, the spiritual world is more real because it created the natural.  

Marriage & Family Resources

Raising Great Children

How can children succeed in life if they don’t see you succeed? That’s a question every parent needs to ask—especially as it relates to their marriage. Raising great children is much more likely if you have also built a healthy marriage.

Here are three principles I believe can lead to success as you raise your kids.

First, your marriage should precede your children in priority. Have you ever heard a married person say, “Nothing is more important to me than my children?” I hear people say that pretty often, and I think these parents—though well-meaning—need to shift the order of their priorities. Your first priority is God. Period. Your second priority should be your marriage. Your children come third.

Happiness and security in a marriage are essential for raising healthy, responsible children. When your child sees that you are happy and secure, it makes him or her happy and secure.

Why? Because children see everything. They pick up tension in your relationship, even if you’re not fighting in front of them. They internalize that tension, which can damage their physical health and their psychological well-being. Get your marriage on track first.

Secondly, you have to be unified in parenting. Jesus said a house divided against itself can’t stand, which means you and your spouse must present a united front in raising your kids. You don’t have to agree on everything, but don’t disagree in front of the kids. Dad can’t say one thing while Mom says another.

This means you must discipline in the same ways. You both need to show the same amount of affection and concern. And should you reach an impasse on decision-making or parenting styles, don’t hesitate to go outside your marriage to get help.

Finally, understand that parenting requires faith. This means faithfulness to God and trusting His promises.

Proverbs 22:6 tells parents, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” This is a powerful promise. God says that if we “train up” our children correctly, when they are mature they won’t depart from the way we have trained them.

We have to trust Him that this will be true. We also have to know that training doesn’t mean talking. It means showing. We train our children by the way we live our lives. It’s the full process of transferring values, character, spirituality, and purpose. You can’t talk your way through this process. You have to live it.

Our children learn to respond to certain situations, to deal with pressure, to love their spouses by watching us.

Prioritize your marriage. Present a united front. Train up your children by doing the right thing, and trust God that they will follow your example. You may encounter challenges along the way, but that’s how you raise successful kids.

Time Away From Kids

Raising kids is a blessing and a privilege, but it can take a HUGE toll on our marriage if we aren’t careful. We must resist the status quo of putting our marriage “on hold” or on “autopilot” while raising our kids. It simply doesn’t work, and here’s why.

When we stop pursuing each other during the childrearing years, the romance slowly begins to die. My husband and I have counseled couples who did this and decided to separate or even divorce simply because they “fell out of love” with one another. This breaks my heart. When I sat and listened to their stories, I realized that these couples all had one thing in common. Each couple had never taken any time away from their kids.

No dates. No nights away. No vacation sans kiddos.

As parents, we want to do everything possible to take great care of our children. Putting them first seems like a valiant thing to do, but its NOT. The very best gift we can give our kids is them seeing and knowing that their parents have a healthy, happy, and loving marriage that they can look to as a good example.

We must prioritize our spouse and marriage before our kids to cultivate and maintain a good marriage. We can do this AND make sure all of our child’s needs are met. This isn’t an “either/or” kind of decision. As parents, we foster emotional stability and the feeling of safety within the hearts of our children when they KNOW their parents are prioritizing their marriage.

There are many ways we can nourish our marriage daily–talking to each other regularly, showing affection, listening intently to one another, leaving each other love notes, putting the kids to bed early to have some alone-time before bed, etc.–but it is extremely important for couples to spend time together AWAY FROM THE KIDS and here’s why:


When my husband, Dave, and I go on a date, I honestly don’t care how snazzy it is. I just want to spend time together…talking, laughing, and reminiscing. We try to go on a date night once a week or at least twice a month. When we go long periods of time without doing this, I can feel it. I become hyper-focused on the kids and a bit resentful of Dave and what he is or isn’t doing right, in my eyes. We talk to each other every day, but its hard to have a focused conversation with four little boys vying for our attention. Our marriage is so much better when we are “just us” for couple hours a week.


Kids need to know that they aren’t the center of the universe. This may sound harsh, but I know too many physically and mentally adept adults who still expect their parents to provide all their needs because they tragically never learned this life lesson. I don’t want us to make the same mistake. Children need to know that Mommy and Daddy want to spend time together regularly because they love one another. Every time we go on a date or take a little time away for ourselves, we are teaching our children that we value our spouse and our marriage.


Some of you are reading this blog and thinking, “Must be nice! We would go on dates or short trips together if we had the time and money, but we have other needs that come first.”. Friends, I’ve been there. I get it. Life is expensive, and there’s simply not enough time in the day. But, please hear me out. Is your marriage important enough to make the sacrifice? I sure hope your answer is a resounding “Yes!”. It might take some creative time management and serious budgeting, but I promise that you will never regret taking time away from your kids to work on your marriage. It is like a breath of fresh air to your relationship and family.


The more effort we make to spend time alone with each other, the more it shows that we actually ENJOY being together. Sadly, there are many couples who would rather do anything than spend time with each other. This isn’t an accident. If we stop pursuing one another and stop spending time alone together, then we become more like roommates and less like lovers. We get to the point where it’s awkward to be around each other, and we feel insecure about what to do or say. Don’t let this happen, Friends. We must fight for our marriages, and getting time away together is ESSENTIAL to keeping our marriages strong.

When Your Marriage is on Autopilot

A couple of years ago, Karen started accusing me of something. I was walking through our bedroom and Karen looked up at me and said, “you pulled the covers last night and you actually pull them a lot.” She was accusing me of being a cover puller. To me, cover pullers are on the same list as murderers and thieves, so without hesitation I said, “no I’m not, and I am not responsible for what I’m doing when I am unconscious.”

I was put out by Karen’s accusation, but decided to move on and forgive her. Not long after this, we had one of our worst nights of cover pulling wars. Even though I was only half conscious I remember thinking, “Karen has been blaming me for being a cover puller when it’s been her all along.” When I started to confront her about this the next morning, I noticed that there was a pile of covers by my side of the bed. The proof was right there: I was a cover puller.

I’m writing today, not about cover pulling, but about a dynamic in marriage called autopilot. This happens when we get comfortable in a relationship and begin to take our focus off our marriage and place it on other things. The instant you hit the autopilot button, your marriage is in danger. Here are three harmful effects of remaining on autopilot for long periods of time in your marriage:

  • You lose the skills of flying.

You may be surprised to learn that many commercial pilots with thousands of hours of flying experience do not know how to fly very well because they have relied on the autopilot feature for so long. The skills that suffer in our relationships are sensitivity and empathy. Did you notice my first response when Karen brought the cover pulling to my attention? I automatically denied it and said that I could not be held responsible for what I was doing when I was unconscious. Well in marriage, we really should not ever be unconscious. I was not concerned with her experience or how she was sleeping. This worried me, because I knew I had started to go into autopilot in this area of our relationship. I decided to do two things about my cover pulling: to roll toward Karen instead of away from her and to push the covers her way instead of pulling them towards me.


  • You become easily distracted.

When you’re newly married, you’re highly focused on your spouse. There are couples who have been married one year with better relationships than couples who have been married for forty years, simply because they are proactive in making sure their spouses needs are being met. When you have been married for a while, your focus shifts to other things and you can even become defensive or annoyed when your spouse shares their needs. We cannot let the career goals, hobbies, outside friendships, or children distract us from engaging with our spouse.


  • You endanger the lives of those on board.

Think about how you would feel if you were a passenger on the plane and the pilots clicked on the autopilot feature and came out of the cockpit to hang out with you? This is how our children feel when we have gone on autopilot in our marriages. They sense that we are not in control, and we are unknowingly placing them in harm’s way. When we prioritize our marriage, we are actually protecting our children.

I want everyone reading this to turn off autopilot right now. Outside of Jesus Christ, our spouse has to be the number one focus of our lives. The truth about the flight of marriage is that no marriage can fly itself; it requires the input of two engaged human beings.

How to Feel Close to Your Spouse

Intimacy means closeness on the inside, not just on the outside. If you’re going to have true closeness in your marriage, you have to be able to know each other and have unhindered access without fear.

I think of intimacy in terms of the acronym INVEST: Intimacy Necessitates Value, Energy, Sacrifice, and Trust.

Value is essential to intimacy.
It says, “I value your thoughts. The things that are important to you are also important to me.” I once counseled a man who was constantly belittling his wife by telling her she was “goofy.” The things she loved? “Goofy.” Her feelings and emotions? “Goofy.”

Their three sons picked up on this, and they began treating her the same. Everyone in the family was condescending to her. The husband wondered why the wife never wanted to have sex. If you don’t value your spouse—what she says, what she thinks, what she does—don’t expect there to be any intimacy in your marriage.

Energy is essential to intimacy.
It says, “I will work hard to listen and understand what you’re saying, because I know we are different and come from different perspectives.”

This means really applying yourself when your spouse is sharing with you. Even though you might not see things the same way, don’t roll your eyes. Don’t fall asleep. Don’t interrupt. Seek to understand. Work at it.

Sacrifice is essential to intimacy.
It says, “I am going to give up my need to be right or to be judgmental.” Some people seem to have the need to always be right, but that reminds me of an old saying: You can either be right or be happy.

If you are one of those people who is never at a loss for words, then there will be times you have to sacrifice your need to respond. Sometimes you have to bite your tongue and compromise. Sometimes you must withhold judgment. Even if you’re right.

Finally, trust is essential to intimacy.
It says, “I will be my spouse’s safe place.” You have to create a consistent, caring atmosphere in your marriage, where each of you are free to share any thought.

When something fantastic happens or when something really terrible happens, you always tell the safest person first. In my marriage, I was not the safest person. Karen never shared anything with me in the first several years of our marriage. She didn’t trust me. I hadn’t earned that trust.

It was only after I hung up my golf clubs and began to take care of Karen and meet her needs that she opened up to me.

In Genesis 2:25, the Bible says the man and his wife were both naked and unashamed. That’s intimacy. It will only happen in an atmosphere of purity, where you take responsibility for your mistakes and your spouse feels safe.

Sexual intimacy is a vital part of marriage, but so is mental and emotional intimacy. When you’re sharing with each other, you don’t want to be judged, scolded, or shamed. You just want your spouse to say, “Yes, I understand.”

This intimacy requires value, energy, sacrifice, and trust.

Spiritual Intimacy

Few things in a marriage are as important as spiritual intimacy between a husband and wife. Spiritual intimacy is a sense of unity and mutual commitment to God’s purpose for our lives and marriage, along with a respect for the special dreams of each other’s hearts. It’s the greatest depth of intimacy we experience in marriage.

It’s helpful to view intimacy in terms of the acronym INVEST: Intimacy Necessitates Value, Energy, Sacrifice, and Trust.


This means we value God’s purpose for our spouse’s life and the dreams of their heart. Contrary to what some chauvinists may believe, a marriage is not considered godly if one spouse is more important than the other. A godly marriage happens when two people who are created in God’s image join together to help each other fulfill God’s calls on their lives. When you value each other spiritually, you partner with God to help your spouse reach their spiritual potential.


This means committing to pursuing God as individuals and together as a couple. This means putting in the spiritual work. Pray together. Invite God into your circumstances. Few things are more powerful than a man and woman holding hands, praying for their children, their jobs, their finances, and their lives together. Apply energy to your spiritual life. Pray together, worship together, and seek God together.


This means sacrificing the desire to only promote yourself or worry about yourself. In other words, you give of yourself on behalf of the other. Both men and women have a natural selfishness. Without God’s help, we will only care about ourselves. Spiritual intimacy will not occur unless we both put our own needs behind meeting the needs of our spouse. The ideal marriage is two servants in love.


This means creating an atmosphere where you can share your deepest spiritual desires and dreams—and so can your spouse. Once you’ve shared your dreams, your spouse must honor them, respect them, and treat them carefully. Research has shown that the deepest fights in a relationship occur on a “dream level”—what our hearts long for the most.

In our marriage, Karen dreamed of financial security. Because I didn’t value our finances in the same way she did, I ended up becoming her dream-breaker. I didn’t respect the things that she felt deep within her heart. It hurt our marriage and inhibited our spiritual intimacy.

Your spouse’s deepest longing may have to do with minimizing stress, raising children, or keeping a simple, well-kept home. Do not disrespect or damage your spouse’s dream! If you’re going to have spiritual intimacy in your marriage, you must INVEST in it. Value God’s purpose for your spouse, pursue God together, sacrifice your own needs and desires, and create a safe atmosphere where you can help your husband or wife fulfill their dreams.