On January 13th, during a devotion time, I was praying and felt like I needed to journal my prayer. I usually don't journal my prayers, but I did that time. A few days later I felt I wanted to use it as a blog post. It's called Make A Way. Enjoy.
"My prayer to You Lord is to Make A Way. Make a way for Your presence to be known on the earth. And how can this be? But only through the obedient and intense prayers of your people.
There is a battle raging outside of flesh and bone, yet it influences flesh and bone. Subtle agreements made by flesh open doors to the spiritual that allow footholds to be established in families and people. These things begin to overtake souls without even knowing it and all of a sudden what is evil is made to be good and what is good is made to be evil.
How will your Presence be manifest, but through Your people. Thus, it is time to rise in wisdom, which grows from the soil of intense prayers in the secret place. And by what means is this wisdom transmitted? Only through Your voice to listening hearts. So, it is time for Your people to arise under the power of one Voice - the tuning fork of the Holy Spirit.
As we listen and grow in wisdom, I pray that you help us to embody the fullness of Jesus in our world. May this fullness be the manifestation of Jesus in and through your people, Your Body.
But what is the essence Your fullness? Your Spirit, like a neon sign, points to this essence because it is who Jesus is. As the prongs of the Spirit's tuning fork reverberate, they resound Your essence in simultaneous and perfect unity throughout eternity and into our world. The first prong of the Tuning Fork reverberates Your Fathering Love. It is Your love that moves to permeate our soul and eradicate fear. Fear of man. Fear of this world. Fear of any kind. And it turns our fear to revere and fear only You. Thus, it is Your Love that draws and aligns us to the second prong. The second prong reverberates the Truth. Your Holy Spirit points us to the Person of Truth - Jesus. It is You, Jesus, the Truth, who trains us in all of Your ways. It is You, Jesus, the Truth, who trains us in righteousness. And it is this essence that You, Father, are working into us, Your people, to let it manifest in our world. The embodiment of Your essence, the essence of Love & Truth, is what I believe You are increasing in us. I believe You are doing this at a pace where Your Spirit is stretching and testing our souls. It is causing us to eliminate activities that distract us from the internal strengthening that Your Spirit is establishing in us, Your people.
Lord, as we, Your people, align to the Spirit's tuning fork, I pray that we will move with greater power, and confidence, simply because we are embodying the Person of Love & Truth. I believe it will happen in a way that exudes a Holy and humble confidence. It will be felt in a way that is 100% full of love yet 100% full of truth. We see this union of love and truth and its manifest effect on earth in Psalm 85:10-11 (KJV):
10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
11 Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
This is the picture You are calling Your people to embody and display. This union of Love & Truth is, You, Jesus. This passage reveals a Holy crossing. It's the Holy crossing of Love and Truth that comes down from Your Fathering heart into our world. It's the heartbeat of Heaven pumping Heaven's Blood into humanity. And as my friend, Adam Stewart said, "it's a picture of the Holy Cross of Jesus." The Cross is Love and Truth meeting together causing Heaven's blood to be spilled for all. It's what our world resists but it's what our world and even the earth groans to see. Yet, many are not seeing it, so they resist all the more.
So, where is the gap Lord? It is not with You. You are sufficient! Yet, You are calling us, Your people, to be moved by the reverberation this Holy Crossing of Love and Truth. You want it to be evident in greater measures in Your world through Your unified people. And now you are calling us to a greater strength, an unshakable love for You and people, an unparalleled boldness in the face of adversity and an insatiable thirst for truth that transforms. This passage (Psalm 85:10-11) reverberates the harmony and unity of a people who unapologetically embody Jesus at His word.
People will be attracted to this love, yet it will be fully accompanied by a trembling reverence for the Holy One. There won’t be one ounce of sloppy grace. It will be the true manifestation of Your grace and truth, made to usher in the Holy King of every king. It will usher in a picture of who Jesus really is.
You are moving your people towards a response to the work of Your Spirit that is taking place inside of them. It’s a work of Holiness. And the work of holiness will burn to the core of the soul before it is manifest. One of the purposes of the work of holiness is to give Your people the strength to stand firm under the umbrella of Your Fathering Love. It is this Fathering Love that moves us to stand strong in the face of fear and temptation. While fear and temptation work to weaken Your people, Your Fathering love propels Your people toward Holiness. It makes Your people strong and attractive. It makes them Attractive because it (Holiness) reflects the face of Jesus. It makes them Strong also because because it (Holiness) reflects the face of Jesus. You call Your people to set their face like a flint as a result of Your Holiness in them (Isaiah 50:7). It allows us to stand in the face of fear. It is Your Holiness that is worked into the fabric of the soul allowing Your people to be a vibrant part IN the world yet radically not OF the world. It’s a loving embrace of the people in the world coupled with a distinct separation from the world which comes only through the manifestation of Holiness. Thank you for your attractive yet unapologetic Holiness Lord. Amen."
I believe, this is part of the essence of Making A Way for His presence to be known. He has been and is calling His people to make their calling sure, see the battle that is being waged, and enter the war zone with weapons that are not carnal. Our prayers are to be intensified in 2016.
People’s lives hang in the balance of our worship and prayers. Individual humility brings us to our knees in prayer. And it is this posture of humility that brings us to a place of healing individually, corporately, nationally and internationally.
God is looking to His people to humbly respond to Him in preparing a way for His manifest presence to be known individually, corporately, nationally and internationally. Let it be known in increasing measure this 2016.