Let My Prayer Come Before You
Just after midnight, I walked into my office, which is located upstairs, to pray before going to bed. I specifically had on my heart to pray for the Christians in Iran, who are under a constant threat of death from the Iranian government. In 1994,Haik Hovsepian, the leader of the Protestant church in Iran was murdered for his defense of Christian man who converted from Islam. Hundreds of Christians scattered across thirty-five cites were arrested in 2010 without any formal charges brought against them. They spent many months in prison under solitary confinement, interrogations and psychological abuse. The Islamic Republic continues to intensify its crackdown on Iranian Christians today. The most recently published case is Yusef Nadarkhani an evangelical pastor and the father of two, has been sentenced to death for converting from Islam. The Iranian Supreme Court has continued to uphold their decision have him hanged.
I sat down on the futon and began praying and hardly got the words out of my mouth before I was interrupted by a whooshing and whizzing sound, which came from across the room the room. I immediately formed an image of a tightly wrapped coil of a strong fiber strap or something being unwound at a high speed, as it ascending upward and outward into the Spiritual realm.
I believe it was an angel of the Lord which was waiting to act upon my fervent prayer for our brothers and sisters in Iran. I also believe that the Lord allowed me to have the experience so I could encourage you to pray for what’s on your heart. When, we have a matter on our heart that is the time to pray, not when it is convenient, because the fervency will have lifted or you will get busy and forget the matter.
When, as believers, we gain some spiritual insight we become more and more effective as warriors in the spiritual realm. When we pray we may not experience any supernatural sign but we should know that our prayers are effective and not bouncing off the ceiling. I love it when I have faith to pray about a matter and then after praying know in my Spirit that the prayer was effective and there will be a good report coming about due to God acting upon the prayer request.
“Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation?” Heb. 1:14
The Bible teaches that there’s no distance in the Spirit with the story of the centurion’s journey to find Jesus and seek a healing for his servant he left ill.
“And when Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, imploring Him, and saying, ” Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, fearfully tormented.” Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion said, ” Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed. “For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.” Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled and said to those who were following, “Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel.”Matt. 8:5-10
Some years ago, I had a loyal employee which reported who received a phone call from his teenage son that lightning had struck their home and it was on fire. I told Him to go and that I would pray for the fire to go out. It was just as the centurion had sought out Jesus on his servant’s behalf. I began to ask the Lord to spare his home and that the fire would go out because the man was a faithful servant to me. I knew I had placed my petition before God and it had been heard.
Later, that same evening, when I called the man, he said that his son ran back in the house and got a Super Soaker and began to point it up at the eve of the house and spray water on the fire. As the son did this the fire went out immediately. The rural fire department arrived sometime later to fight the fire, but found no fire to fight. The boy told the firemen what he did to put out the fire and the firemen informed him that there was no way a squirt gun could put out a house fire like this one. The fireman didn’t know why the fire went out but they knew it was some kind of miracle.
How many ministering spirits (angels) are posted nearby waiting for the prayer of a saint, so they may launch out into the spiritual realm by the command of God to bring it to pass? Peter was freed from prison by an angel as a direct result of fervent prayers being offered up on his behalf by the saints gathered at Mary’s home.
“So Peter was kept in the prison, but prayer for him was being made fervently by the church to God. On the very night when Herod was about to bring him forward, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and guards in front of the door were watching over the prison. And behold, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared and a light shone in the cell; and he struck Peter’s side and woke him up, saying, “Get up quickly.” And his chains fell off his hands. And the angel said to him, “Gird yourself and put on your sandals.” And he did so. And he said to him, “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.” And he went out and continued to follow, and he did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. When they had passed the first and second guard, they came to the iron gate that leads into the city, which opened for them by itself; and they went out and went along one street, and immediately the angel departed from him. When Peter came to himself, he said, “Now I know for sure that the Lord has sent forth His angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting.” And when he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John who was also called Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying.” Acts 12:5-12
Saints of God let’s be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. The times are difficult and only getting worse, so let us remember one another in prayer as we petition God to act in their favor. We limit what God can do when we fail to pray. When someone comes to your mind don’t just think about them, pray for them. Perhaps, that is why they came to your mind! Pray out for the plan of God to become manifested in their life. Pray for God’s perfect will to be done and they man know God in a beautiful relationship. However, we pray for them, God wants us to pray…so let’s PRAY for one another!
A few scriptural references:
Let my prayer come before You; Incline Your ear to my cry! Ps. 88:2
Cornelius said, “Four days ago to this hour, I was praying in my house during the ninth hour; and behold, a man stood before me in shining garments, and he said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your alms have been remembered before God. Acts 10”30-31
Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. James 5:16
“FOR THE EYES OF THE LORD ARE TOWARD THE RIGHTEOUS, AND HIS EARS ATTEND TO THEIR PRAYER, BUT THE FACE OF THE LORD IS AGAINST THOSE WHO DO EVIL.” 1 Pet 3:12
The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. 1 Peter 4:7
(Angels) -Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation? Heb. 1:14
When He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. Rev. 5:8
And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God out of the angel’s hand. Rev. 8:4
You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures. James 4:3