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A Word and a Request

pray for AmericaToday I’m sharing something the Lord spoke to me a few months ago, in hopes it will encourage you concerning the uncertain days we are currently facing. I know it has encouraged me as I have reread it multiple times since the election. Please keep in mind that the Lord primarily speaks to me for the American Church.

On August 16 of this year, I was asking God for His perspective on the autumn months and how to pray. I was bringing before Him my concerns that, while some prophets were sharing messages of hope for the days ahead, there were a few getting lots of attention with their dreams and visions about fearful disasters coming upon our nation. This is what I heard in response:

I will overthrow the plans of the enemy. I will upend them at the last minute. I have much vested in this country. I will not forsake it, nor hand it over to Satan.

Have I not seen? Have I not said, ‘Enough’?

I have not turned my back on America. Look for overturning. Look for a return to righteousness. Mercy overflows.

I will arise. I will do it suddenly, when the time is ripe — an exact, calculated moment.

So, what does that mean, specifically? What is the overturning? What’s this about a last minute, exact moment? I think we will know it when we see it, but it would be unwise to guess at specific details right now.

Am I hoping it is about the election? I am a pro-life, pro-Israel, pro-biblical family, pro-racial justice, pro-Constitution voter. Yes, I do stand with the prophets in believing this election will turn out differently than it appears at the moment. But as to the word itself, I will look to what God assures me of — the devil will not have his way. The Lord will overturn what needs to be overturned — whether the projected election results, Roe v. Wade, or any corruption which needs to be exposed and struck down. He’ll do it at the right time, in the right way, and I trust Him for that.

Now, as to the election aftermath, this is what I have heard since November 3rd:
“Hold steady.”
“I know what I am doing.”
“Don’t let the enemy get to you.”
“God has not forgotten the ‘appeal to heaven.'”
“Keep on moving forward.”
“God is turning the heat up.”
“I have not forgotten the prayers of My people.”

(I usually hear one-liners. The lengthier words, such as the one I received on August 16, are less frequent.)

Let’s keep pressing forward, praying for righteousness and mercy for America, and trusting the Lord that He will surely do mighty deeds. He is exposing sin and corruption at many levels across America, and we should rejoice in that.

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Now the request:

dream interpretationIf you purchased my newest book, The Dream Book: A Practical Guide to Christian Dream Interpretation, thank you so much! Would you help me by taking a few minutes to review it at Amazon? (Other retailers, Goodreads, and BookBub, are good, too, if you feel inclined.) Word of mouth and Amazon reviews are the primary ways people find out about books these days.

Writing a review doesn’t have to take a lot of time or energy. Here are the easy steps at Amazon:

  1. Go to The Dream Book page. (Make sure you are logged in to Amazon. Amazon only allows reviews from customers who buy $50.00 or more per year from them.)
  2. Right under the title, you will see the star ratings — click next to that, where it tells how many ratings there are.
  3. The reviews page that comes up gives you the option to write your own review. Click that button.
  4. Give it a star rating (“1” is the worst and “5” is the best.)
  5. Skip “add a photo or video,” unless you’re really into that.
  6. Add a headline — just something short.
  7. Add a written review. This can be as short as a sentence or two. If you want to give more details to help other prospective readers, you certainly can, but don’t feel that you have to.
  8. Hit the “Submit” button and you’re done! For a short review, it only takes about 5 minutes from beginning to end.

Thank you!

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All-Surpassing Peace in a Shaking World, by Lee Ann Rubsam

 

 

 

 

 

Encouragement from God’s Word,
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Seven Things Your Prayer Group Leader Wants You to Know

leadership frustrationAre you part of a prayer group? Do you sometimes feel frustrated with how things go? Today, I’m going to let you inside the head of a prayer group leader — me. While no two of us are exactly alike, we do share some common ground. I’m hoping some of the things I say will help you understand how your prayer leader ticks, so you can function at your best within your group. (Come to think of it, a lot of these points might apply to your pastor as well.)

1.) Each prayer group leader has a particular vision for his or her group. That vision will include which topics the group prays about and what the format for your gathering is. You may not like the emphasis or style. Give it a try anyway, and see if you can learn to flow with it. If you can’t, maybe another group would be a better fit for you.

Sometimes people join a group thinking it’s a democracy, where everyone’s input is on an equal footing. They try to remake the group into their vision of how things should go. While suggestions can be helpful (and good leaders listen to those), frequent “You should do it this way instead” comments aren’t usually appreciated because they don’t fit the overall goals of the leader of their group.

2.) Your leader can’t control everything that happens. In fact, it wouldn’t be great if leaders tried! Things can — and will — go wrong, because people are people. Sister Eunice might pray or say something goofy sometimes. You could, too. (And so could your leader!) Just let it go.

3.) Just because your leader doesn’t deal with inappropriate prayer or comments in the moment doesn’t mean he is oblivious to a problem. Trust him to take care of it. He probably will, but he plans to do it privately.

My husband and I have, on rare occasion, stopped something from happening in the moment. There were a few times we should have acted more quickly and didn’t. (Sorry, but we’re not perfect yet.) Most of the time, we let minor things go and allow the Lord to work on people’s maturity gradually. But if something is enough out of line or happens a lot, we really do deal with it behind the scenes. We want to avoid humiliating people and be as loving as possible. It’s a crazy balancing act between doing what is best for the individual and what is best for the group.

4.) Dueling prayer warriors are no fun for the rest of the group. Please avoid this behavior. Did Brother Bob just pray something you disagreed with? Even something really wacky? You don’t have to launch into an obvious comeback prayer to counteract his error. Diplomatically pray another side to the issue, yes. But argue with him via “prayer,” no.

God doesn’t get shook up over a prayer here and there which isn’t according to His mindset. (We all pray these at times.) He simply lets wrong prayers fall to the ground unanswered. And, contrary to what some have taught, occasional prayers not in agreement with His will do not end up as ammo in the devil’s hands. The enemy has not been given that authority.

So, when somebody prays something “off,” just grit your teeth and move on. Your prayer group leader has to do this more times than you will ever know.

5.) Prayer goes better for everyone if you stay sensitive to others in the group. This doesn’t mean you have to walk on eggshells, hoping never to offend anyone. It does mean some things are entirely appropriate to pray at home which it would be best not to bring into the group setting, because they could be unnecessarily divisive. It also means if you are charismatic, and you know you are praying with people who are not, it’s not a good idea to launch out into a message in tongues. Know your prayer partners and love them more than you love your freedom or theology.

6.) There will be good prayer meetings and ones which fall flat. This is normal. It’s not the end of the world to have an off week. Sometimes things flow effortlessly in the Spirit. Sometimes they don’t, and we power through it the best we can. God still hears our prayers on the weeks when we feel things are not clicking like they should. Have faith in His ability to cut through the mess and still use your group’s prayers for His glory.

7.)  Give your prayer group leader grace to grow, just as she tries to do with you. Leading prayer is not an easy job. Give your fellow prayer team members grace, too. We all need multiple second chances to get things right. Love covers a multitude of sins.

Are you a prayer group leader? Would you like to add some suggestions of your own? Please share in the comments!

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Getting Our Eyes in the Right Place

Higher perspectiveThis is a time when possessing spiritual understanding is a key factor for effective intercession and maintaining our inner peace. What is really happening around us, and what does God want to do about it?

A few days ago, I dozed off during prayer and had a split-second dream. It was very simple, and most of the revelation I gained was by looking into it further and inquiring of the Lord. Here’s how it went:

I saw a handful of pebbles being tossed into a mud puddle.

Not much to go on there! But I know that when I doze off in prayer, the quickie dreams I have are usually from the Lord, so I thought upon the dream and asked Him for understanding. Pretty soon, I was seeing more:

I could tell I was on a downward incline, looking toward the mud puddle. I now realized the pebbles had been tossed from behind me, but I didn’t see the person who tossed them. 

As I asked the Lord for the interpretation, He said, “I’m trying to get your attention. I’m back here. I’m behind you.” I then remembered that before I dozed off I had been praying about some very serious national events taking place, as well as troubling personal concerns. As I continued to ponder the dream, I realized that the mud puddle represented all those cares I had been bringing before the Lord. I had been looking downward, into the muck, instead of having my eyes fastened on Jesus, Who was above me on the slope. He was letting me know that He was there with me, behind the scenes, and that I needed to get my attention back on Him.

By throwing the pebbles into the mud puddle, He was also indicating that He was tossing His input into the mess I was praying about. Now, that’s a lot of revelation to get out of what started with, “I saw a handful of pebbles being tossed into a mud puddle.” The key was peering into what I had seen and patiently inquiring of the Lord what it all meant. He supplied the rest.

I have drawn on that dream in the days which have followed, reminding myself to look up toward the Lord, rather than focusing on the current muck we’re dealing with.

There are many voices harping insistently at us to focus on the circumstances, but we must put our hands over our ears and quit listening to them. Some of those bombarding voices are from the news media. Personally, I do not waste much time watching or reading editorial news. Most of it is not in sync with the Spirit of God, so why bother?

There are also certain prophets who have a tendency to release fear, doubt, and outright panic into God’s people — and that bothers me. The basic message goes like this:

“All this terrible stuff that is happening is the work of the devil.” [Yep! So far, so good.] “PRAY, saints, PRAY! Because if you don’t pray hard enough and long enough, the devil is going to WIN and we will LOSE!” [Translate that, God will lose.]

The message is not one of victory, but of fear. It dishonors the Lord by implying that God and the enemy are equally capable of winning the conflict. It also places all the burden — and blame — upon intercessors’ shoulders. Sadly, we’re buying into it. But the truth still remains: the battle is the Lord’s. We must not forget that. Ever.

Yes, pray. But don’t pray out of the panic these misguided prophets or your favorite news commentator are trying to create in you. Ask the Lord to give you His counsel, and pray what He says. We all need to calm down a bit so that we can hear Him.

Also remember that no matter what the current crisis is, the Lord is throwing His input into it, just like He was casting the pebbles into the mud puddle in my dream. Don’t look down the slope at the problems. Look up, behind you, where the Lord is standing, unruffled by what we see in the natural. Why? Because He knows what He is going to do about it.

Yes, the devil is unleashing havoc, but the Lord of Hosts is pulling the strings behind the scenes. He strategically uses what the enemy intends for evil to bring about righteous changes. This is God’s pattern, and we can look to Him with confidence that He will accomplish His purposes as we pray.

Do pray diligently. Just do it from the place of knowing Father’s heart, asking for His clarity of discernment. And do it without fear, knowing He is in control, and there are many of us out here praying along with you.

He will have His way.

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The Intercessor Manual,
by Lee Ann Rubsam

 

 

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Your Intercession Questions Answered,
by Lee Ann Rubsam

Praying from a Place of Weakness

Do you ever come before the Lord feeling like the puniest pray-er on the face of the earth? Sometimes we get the impression from prayer teachers that it is a shameful thing not to be a muscle-bound intercessor — because we’re prayer warriors, right?

Additionally, we’re frequently taught that we should never pray “up” from the place of earth toward the Lord, because He’s already delegated His authority to us. We are seated together with Christ in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6), so we’re supposed to use our authority to legislate down into the earth from that position. Always decree downward, never plead upward, right?

Yet, I think if we’re honest, most of us experience times of frailty, when we don’t know where to begin, much less how to carry our prayer to a successful outcome. We’re not feelin’ our warrior status, and we’re certainly not sensing that throne solidly beneath us, are we!

It’s OK. You don’t have to give yourself an “F” in Prayer 101. There are many facets of prayer. Legislating downward from your heavenly throne place is one. Praying from earth upward is another. Both are biblical. In fact, until we’ve learned to pray upward, we’ll never be much good at legislating downward. Let me explain.

God does not scorn our weakness, “for He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust” (Psalm 103:14). Weak or strong, He answers us, for it’s about His goodness and our relationship with Him, not our ability. He sometimes deliberately puts us in a place of acutely knowing our frailty to help us recognize our deep need for Him. This is why He said, “God … gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:5-7).

When we come before the Lord confessing our weakness and inability, reaching upward in our helpless state to Him, that is powerful prayer, because it fixes our attention in the right place — on the Lord. Indeed, it is the message of Psalm 121:1, 2: “I will lift up my eyes to the hills, where my help comes from. My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.”

God uses these times of weakness to bring us into yieldedness, where we submit to His limitless sovereignty and trust Him there. He teaches us to know Him as “He with Whom we have to do” (Hebrews 4:13) and “He Who ought to be feared” (Psalm 76:11).

The Lord doesn’t leave us in the place of weakness, though. As we pray through our doubts, fears, confusion, and need for Him, inch by inch we gain His strength and eternal perspective. He takes us into “building up ourselves on our most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit” (Jude 20), which is, I believe, about using our prayer language. We get to the place where we see our situation as He sees it, so that we can, in the right moment, speak into it from our position of being seated together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

Don’t beat yourself up when you feel your prayers are weak. Use your weak times to lean into the Lord for His strength. For His strength is made perfect in your weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9), and He receives glory.

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The Intercessor Manual

 

 

 

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The Intercessor’s Companion

 

 

 

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Your Intercession Questions Answered

 

 

 

Knowing God’s Heart in Troubling Times

Annie OakleyIn recent weeks, I have been seeking the Lord for greater sensitivity to Him. I’ve been asking for an opening up of my spiritual senses (especially my seeing capacity), so that I can understand His heavenly perspective and be able to better discern what is of the Lord and what is not. I’d like to share with you what He has been speaking to me as an outflow of that prayer.

“The seers will see and know how to pray.” It’s interesting to me that the Lord singled out the seers, since the hearing gift is more dominant  in my life. Those of us who are primarily hearers or feelers (those who perceive God’s direction more by a deep knowing inside than by either hearing or seeing) can also draw on the Spirit’s promptings for prayer direction. But I also know that when I see something, it nails it more concisely for me. I am more sure of what I am receiving. Seeing is not superior to the other spiritual senses, but I believe God does want all of us to see more than we do. We should not be content with only using some of our spiritual senses. Therefore, I will be pursuing Him for more seeing.

intercessor handbookThe Lord mentioned that we would know how to pray by what we see. Seeing, hearing, and other forms of receiving are not just so we can have something spectacular to talk about. They are given for specific purposes, and a big one is so that we can pray accurately and receive answers. This is why I used Annie Oakley’s picture on the front of my book, The Intercessor Manual. Annie was a sharpshooter, and that should be our goal in prayer as well — to hit our targets as quickly and cleanly as possible.

Probably all of us still have moments when we aren’t sure how to pray, when we take some stabs in the dark. Because He knows our frailties and our limited understanding, God still answers many of those petitions, but the more we gain sharpshooter intercession skills, the less time we spend needlessly wearing ourselves out as we try to find our way in prayer. Honing our skills comes through listening to the Lord, which brings me to the next point.

God wants us to watch His body language carefully and respond to His slightest gesture. By that I mean being acutely aware of His smallest whispers, nudgings, and promptings. Psalm 123:2 illustrates this for us: “Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden to the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until He has mercy upon us.”

It takes a lot of practice for a servant to know his or her master’s body language well. He learns by watching, by studying, until he can almost get inside his master’s head, so to speak. He knows what that twitch of the eyebrow, a certain glance of the eye, or an ever-so-slight sigh means. With the Lord, we can only accomplish this intimate knowledge by investing time in being with Him — by carefully reading and meditating upon His Word, and by waiting quietly in prayer. There are no shortcuts, special techniques, or three-point methods to speed up the process. This is about  “dwelling in the secret place of the Most High and abiding under the shadow of the Almighty” (Psalm 91:1). It is costly to our flesh!

At this time, the Lord is looking to see who will be faithful. For many of us, our faithfulness will be measured by how we use our time — especially during this coronavirus lock-down season. If we’re forced to be at home more, will we use our extra hours indulging in recreational pursuits to relieve boredom, or will we heed His wooing to come away into the secret place of quietly waiting on Him? Will we pursue knowing His heart?

Extra time on our hands is not everyone’s story. Perhaps you have family at home who are not usually there all day with you. For you, faithfulness to the Lord might be measured in your patient and loving service to your children or spouse. If that is where you are at, be wholeheartedly faithful in caring for them. This is priceless in the Lord’s eyes too!

Each of us has specific opportunities to either ignore or follow the Lord’s promptings moment by moment. May we make the right choices, thereby pleasing and honoring our Father.

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