Prayers of Faith (David Wilkerson)

This is a wonderful message by the late David Wilkerson (1931-2011):

Prayer is the secret to spiritual growth, but if we go to the throne only for our personal edification and needs, we are being selfish. The Bible shows us that we cannot neglect to pray seriously for the needs of those around us and gives us examples of “helpful prayers” (see 2 Corinthians 1:11).

People often say, “I’ll pray for you,” and they may pray once or twice and then quickly forget the other person’s need. A true prayer helper is one who prays without ceasing for the needs of others. He doesn’t pray for them just once and then stop praying. No, he intercedes day after day.

Your prayers don’t have to be long. Simply state your request and trust God to hear you.

This was illustrated for me once when I was sick in bed. One of my grandsons came in and announced, “Papa, I’m going to pray for you.” My little helper laid his hand on my head and prayed, “Jesus, make him all better.”

I smiled and thanked him for praying. But he just kept looking at me. Finally, he said, “You’re healed. Get up!” So I did get up — and I was healed. His prayer of faith brought me to my feet.

Mighty deliverances take place when God’s saints seek him diligently with childlike faith for the needs of others. We can look at the Scriptures and see how God has moved powerfully as a result of prayer and take courage in being helpers in prayer. See how Paul gives a moving testimony of this:

“We had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us: in whom we trust that He will still deliver us, you also helping together in prayer for us, that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the gift granted to us through many” (2 Corinthians 1:9–11).

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The ‘Faith’ and ‘Grace’ Message is Babies’ Milk. The Meat of the Gospel is the Crucified Life (Nita Johnson)

A message from Nita Johnson:

Opening Prayer:

Father, we love You so much. We are so grateful for Your spiritual presence in this place and we are so grateful that You have already graced us with Your presence this morning. I thank You for the word that You have placed in our hearts for these services. I thank You for the word that You are going to feed Your people with Lord, and may everything that we do and may everything that we think glorify You today. Please help us to be Your repositories and help us to open ourselves up to just receive all that You want to put into us. 

Help us to be so awakened to You today and if You can elevate us to a new level of fellowship and awareness of what You are doing in our lives, then help us to walk in those things that You do deposit into us, Father. Help us to desire You above all things so that Your ways become pleasing to us. Help us to hear with our hearts, that by Your Word we might be transformed a little more into Your image. In Your precious name, Amen.

This morning the Lord gave me a vision wherein I saw baby eagles. I noticed something peculiar about these baby eagles—each one of these babies had particularly large beaks. The reason for that was because even though they were baby eagles, they had the capacity to eat a great deal of meat, which was the reason for the large beak.  And we have to be able to digest meat if we are going to be able to go into the deeper things of God. In order to grow into the bigger things of God we must be weaned from the milk and be able to go on and digest the meat.

Now, for many years in the Body of Christ, we have been told that this “faith” message and this “grace” message is meat, but it is not meat. This faith message is babies’ milk. The meat of the gospel is the crucified life. Please say “crucified” and try to say it with a smile on your face.

The meat of the gospel is the crucified life and we must be able to digest it if we are going to be able go into the deeper things of God. No one will ever go into the heart of God except by the means of the cross. By this, I do not mean the Cross of Calvary because we do that at salvation. But by this, I mean that the “means of the cross” is the cross laid upon the shoulder of each and every one who is going to go deep into God.

When he showed me this vision, God said to me that there are eagles here that I am getting ready to put in their place. Now, when you are a mature eagle, there is one place that He will put you in, one commission that He will put you in. When you are a baby eagle, although there is a place for you, it is not going to be likes of what it would be if you were a mature eagle. So, what He wants to do is to put some eagles in the place that would allow them further growth and deeper ministry. That is what this message is going to be about. It is to help you understand how God raises up mature eagles. Have you ever wondered how He did that?

I find it so interesting when those who walk in the deeper things of God do not share about the suffering they’ve experienced. The truth is, one does not walk in the deep places in God unless there is suffering. There is a way that He matures His eagles, but it is always by means of the cross. How many of you want to be a mature eagle?

Please turn in your Bibles to 1 Samuel 16 and we are going to start with verse 11.

Now, who are the eagles? The eagles are the prophets, the apostles, the kings, the priests, and those God is about ready to bring forth. It is also the Bride.

Now, there is a distinction at large between the Church and the Bride. Some people call the Bride “the remnant” and I suppose there are probably many names that you could call the Bride, but the truth is that there is quite a big difference between the Bride and the Church at large. In fact, there are four categories of believers in God. There are four levels that believers fall into in their walk with God here on this earth, the Bride being the highest.

I was also delighted to hear that when God talked about the Bride, He did not just refer to the Bride here on earth. He let you know that if you are part of the Bride here, you are going to be part of the Bride in heaven. But not all believers are part of the Bride in heaven. When you read the parable about the Bride and the wedding feast, it clearly indicates that there is a difference between the Bride and the guests. I personally do not want to be a guest to the marriage supper of the Lamb when I get to heaven—I want to be part of the Bride. I want to go as high as I can go. How many of you feel that way?

The thing is, if you become the Bride here, you will sustain it in heaven. If you do not enter into the bridal relationship here, you will never be put there in heaven. What you do here is going to determine where you are going to walk with the Lord through eternity. So every day as we are making decisions, we have to remember that there are eternal consequences. Amen?

As the Lord spoke to me, I asked, “Lord, how am I going to relay this message to these people?” And he said to me, I want you to use the life of King David. So, we are going to take it right out of his life.

1 Samuel 16:11-13 “Send and fetch him; for we will not sit down till he come hither. And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look at. And the Lord said, Arise, anoint him; for this is he. And Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brethren and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up and went to Ramah.”

Now what we see here in this brief portion of scripture is how God works with His eagles, those that he is going to take into maturity.

When you are in an office in the Body of the Christ, say, the office of the prophet, the apostle, you are operating under a kinship anointing, or a priestly anointing—those four distinctions are a part of the Melchizedek Priesthood that are getting ready to come forth. There is an anointing, a point in time when the anointing of the Lord comes upon you. Now if you are desirous of becoming part of the Bride and are laboring toward that end, there is a point in time when the anointing will come upon you and separate you for that purpose.

You seek it, you ask for it, you begin to work with the Holy Spirit in the endeavor, but there is a point in time when the anointing comes upon you and you are separated unto that purpose, just as we see here. The Word says, Send him and fetch for him, for we will not sit down until he come hither.

And that is what the Lord does. When He sees your heart is earnest, then nothing will stop Him. He will say at that point, Go fetch him, go fetch her—go get her. We are not going to sit down, we are not going to go about business until she comes and receives what I have for her, until he comes and receives what I have for him.

 

Ministry Focus: Pastor Nehru Naik of India

Pastor Nehru Naik runs a small orphanage (currently, 13 children) in Nalagonda District, a small and backward village in Telagana, Southern India.

He welcomes fellow Christians to visit his orphanage, and appeals for help in meeting the children’s need of school books, bags and school fees.

Pastor Naik was born in a very poor family, but the Lord has raised him up to preach the gospel, and has faithfully being doing so since 1992. He can be contacted by email at nehrunaik2012@gmail.com.

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