Here’s What Happens When You Pray Evil Out of Your Community

What happens when you pray evil out of your community?

Demolition crews arrive on the scene.

Oh true, it may not happen right away. But keep praying anyway and you will see evil move away.

Here's how it went down in my neighborhood:

Just a few miles from where my family and I live was a building that failed to succeed as a thriving business. Why did it fail to succeed? Because my two teenagers and I prayed for it's destruction.

The day the sign went up I drove by and gasped! "Club Lust" is what it read. You're kidding? Really? Just a few miles away from my house? I don't think so. I decided right there I'm not having it. Not going to have a "Club Lust" in my neighborhood. So I spoke up.

Every day I drove by that stinking filthy thing - I prayed that it would go away. Let me clarify. I didn't just ask to God remove it, I told it to go away. I spoke up. I demanded that it be shut down and torn down.

I told my two teenagers our plan. "Whenever we drive by it, we'll speak to it and tell it to go away. We will not have a Club Lust in our neighborhood. It must leave." Ever since then we've been telling that place to be removed.

Demolitions Start in the Spirit Realm

Our little demolition prayer started a couple years ago. It didn't happen right away. But today as I drove by that place my heart did a happy dance! I saw the demolition crew on the ground and bulldozers knocking the building over. It's being removed at this very moment.

As I am typing away on this keyboard, a bulldozer is a few miles away physically removing what I had already removed in the spirit realm. And before you get all bent out of shape thinking I'm cuckoo, just remember that Jesus told us how to handle things like this in Mark 11:23:

 If you have faith in God and don't doubt, you can tell this mountain to get up and jump into the sea, and it will. Everything you ask for in prayer will be yours, if you only have faith. (CEV)

He said speak to your mountain and tell it to move. He didn't say ask that it be moved. He said, "tell it to move". That's what I told Club Lust to do. I told it to move out of my neighborhood. And this is what you can do with the things in your life that need to go. Tell them to move.

Stop Asking & Start Commanding

Too often we keep asking when we should be commanding. If Jesus said you have authority to tell something to move then get gutsy and speak up. Some of you have no problem telling others where to go... so speak up and tell your problems where to go!

The Bar's on Fire!

When I was in Bible college I met a missionary named Mark Triplett. I remember him telling a story about a bar that was in his neighborhood in Argentina. He didn't want it there. Neither did his church members. It was bringing chaos and darkness into his city. So he put a demolition plan in place.

He and his church members boarded the church bus and parked it right smack dab in the middle of the bar's parking lot. And they commanded that bar be shut down. They didn't pray sweet little, "Oh God, please remove this bar from our neighborhood kind-of-prayer".  No! They told that bar where to go.

Every night for a week they parked their bus in that parking lot and spoke up. After a week, goodness gracious!! Want to know what happened? The bar caught on fire. Right before their very eyes that sucker burned to the ground. Mission accomplished.

Take Away:

1. You have been given authority to move mountains (mountains are things in your life that shouldn't be there).

2. The mountain may not move overnight or even right away. Keep at it and don't give up.

3. You destroy things first in the spirit realm that will eventually be destroyed in the physical realm. It starts in the spirit. Then manifests in the natural.

Speak Up

Don't be afraid to speak to your mountain. You've got things in your life you can move at your command. The authority has been given to you as a believer in Christ. Use it. Stop praying and start commanding!

 

Find Out if Selfishness Fuels Your Prayer Life


To see if you’ve got some kind of selfish yuck motivating your prayers here’s a question for you: What fuels your prayer life?

Pain?
Needs?
Trials?

Try This One:
Selfishness. Your prayers are all about you. No? Maybe? Let's look a little closer at what fuels your prayers by discovering the different "levels" of your prayer life.

Level 1 Prayer Life - Is all about you. You pray for your needs. Not so much for others. These are "What's in it for me prayers." The buck stops with you.

Level 2 Prayer Life - You pray for you + those closest to you. You and your inner circle. A little broader than the first, so that's progress.

Level 3 Prayer Life - You are other-focused. You sincerely love others outside your family and the world around you. You feel the pain of national crisis, your heart breaks for injustice, you look out for the needy and it fuels you to pray. And you do this because you know you can make a difference if you pray for more than just yourself.

Level 4 Prayer Life - You are directed by God to pray for the things that are on his heart. Your heart cries, "Break my heart Lord for the things that break your heart. May I be an instrument of change bringing about your will to the world at large."

Is your prayer life on level 1,2,3, or 4?
The answer will tell you what fuels your prayers. If it's level 1 or 2, don't fret, just try to stretch your prayers beyond yourself a little everyday. No beating yourself up. You're a work in progress. Gradually take the plunge and spend some time praying for others. As you do, you will be changing people's lives...and yours!

Ephesians 6:18 NLT
Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

To make it easier you can make a list so you can remember people who have needs. I sometimes make 3 to 4 columns in my prayer journal. A column for each prayer level. As I learn about prayers that have been answered for those on my list, I check them off. And that gives me fuel for thankfulness.

So now the question isn't, "What fuels your prayer life?" It's, “What's going to fuel your prayer life?"

The Ultimate Prayer-Play Book to Help You Win In Every Situation


My son's varsity basketball playbook is setting on the couch. So a few minutes ago I moseyed over there to take a look. Flipping though it I discovered a lot of detail. Man! I had no idea the plays he had to memorize!

That playbook's an asset he can refer back to when he needs to know what the coach has called for. In fact, if he and his teammates didn't have that playbook, they wouldn't have made it to regionals. They've become district champs and tonight they play for the title of regional champs. BUT, if those guys don't study that book, learn those plays, and execute them…it's over.

For Every Challenge or Need, God Has Outlined a Play We Can Pray

Ever felt like your prayers were useless? Like even though you prayed, you were beaten? How are you feeling right now? Like you have no chance of victory? Hold up! We too have a playbook. It’s a "Prayer-Play" Book.

With this playbook we have every "prayer-play" for every situation our opponent challenges us with. We just have to know the plays. And knowing the plays is really not as difficult as it seems. You don't even have to memorize EVERY play. You just need to know where to find the plays. Let me show you how easy this is.

1st, Go Grab the Playbook!

Where do you get this playbook? Well, you probably already have one. Yes, I'm talking about the Bible. And if you don't have one, you can get access to it online or even get a Bible app on your Smartphone.

It's never been easier to find specific plays directly from our coach's mouth. God gives us the plays in the Bible. For every problem, every challenge, every type of situation, God has outlined a play we can pray. The Bible is FULL of wisdom and golden nuggets. We just have to play them…or rather pray them!

We are promised success if we execute the plays in God's word.

Josh 1:8 NLT says:

Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

Where to Find Specific Prayer-Plays for Specific Problems:

Got a concordance? Get it out. Don't have one? No sweat, get to your computer, tablet, or Smartphone and use a search engine. Google, Bing, Yahoo. Whatever your search engine of choice - it will double as your concordance.

1. Simply Search 

I say simply because it's not hard. Type in what you need a scripture for. Example: Need a scripture on hope? Type in: "Scriptures on hope". Need help figuring out how to pray for children? Type in: "Scriptures to pray over kids." It's that simple. Need strength? You know what to do. Either search for “strength” online or go to your concordance (usually at the back of your Bible) and look it up.

2. Make a Prayer-Play Book

Once you find the scripture references, look them up and write them down. Then take each scripture and pray them. You can personalize by inserting the name of the person you are praying for.

For example, this morning I needed an extra dose of energy and stamina. So I grabbed a scripture about strength and inserted myself into the scripture and prayed it like this:

I can do all things through Christ because he strengthens me. (From Philippians 4:13)

A couple weeks ago, a member of this blog community was having a hard time knowing what to do about a situation. I found this scripture and prayed it over her by inserting her name into it. I prayed it out loud like this:

I pray that Patricia will trust in the Lord with all her heart; and that she will not depend on her own understanding. I pray Patricia will seek God's will in all she does, and he will show her which path to take. (From Proverbs 3:5)

This is how I prayed for my family this morning:

I have not stopped thanking God for Ted, Tyler, and Tiffany. I'm asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give them spiritual wisdom and insight so that Ted, Tyler, and Tiffany might grow in their knowledge of God. I pray that their hearts will be flooded with light so that they can understand the confident hope he has given to them. I also pray that Ted, Tyler, and Tiffany will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power. (From Ephesians 1 NLT)

As I'm reading my Bible, I just pop the names of my husband and two teenagers into the scriptures and pray it over them. I pray God's play!

Making a "Prayer-Play Book" is as simple as gathering scriptures concerning your opponent (what your dealing with, or the need in your life) and praying the verses. Do that, and you will have a playbook right from God's mouth.

Search for his plays, pray his plays. and you will score. 

P.S. Congrats on your win!

Let us know how you have prayed some of God’s plays. If you want, you can even pray a little prayer-play over your fellow blog readers. Put your prayer for them in the comment section for every one to read! Thanks!

When You Don’t Know What to Say When You Pray – Try This!

We've all been there - at a place in our lives not knowing what to say when we pray. Just what do you say to God when your mouth is empty? What do you do when you just can't find the words to discuss your situation with God? Here's a little jump-start. It's a prayer booster. There's four steps. It begins in your imagination, so...

Picture This: 

When you are totally ignorant about how to pray - whether it be little things or big things - you don't worry. You can relax knowing that you have the help of the Holy Spirit and he coaches you on what to say. Even though you are limited in your view, he enlarges the picture. Though you may not have all the facts and details to pray effectively, your partner prays through you. You don't have to figure out your prayers on your own. You rest easy knowing you have help when you pray.

Scripture This:

Romans 8:26 NLT:

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.

2 Corinthians 6:1 NLT:

As God’s partners, we beg you not to accept this marvelous gift of God’s kindness and then ignore it.

Pray This:

Father, when I am at a loss for words, I am so grateful that your Holy Spirit fills my mouth! I ask the Holy Spirit to help me continuously as I pray. Partner with me and collaborate with me in prayer. I want to be part of your team so that my prayers get me out of any mess, put me on the right path, and make a difference in other people's lives. Thank you, Holy Spirit for helping me pray prayers that make a difference.

Say This:

God's Spirit is right there helping me along. If I don't know how or what to pray, it doesn't matter. He does my praying in and for me, making prayer out of my wordless sighs and my aching groans. He keeps me present before God. That's why I am so sure that every detail of my life is working into something good. With the Holy Spirit as my helper, I am getting better and better in prayer every day!

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