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PRAYING THE HABAKKUK’S PRAYER FOR A VISITATION FROM THE LORD AND DESTRUCTION OF GOD’S ENEMIES IN THE NATION(S)

The prophet of God Habakkuk made a powerful prayer, seeking the lord to renew his people and destroy his enemies. Habakkuk prayed a prayer that should be emulated by the present day Christian, putting into consideration the kind of opposition faced by the church in our days. Use the prayer bullets below picked from Habakkuk chapter 3.

  • Lord we have heard your fame, your awesome deeds done in the past generations. v2
  • Renew your deeds in our day, in our time make them known. Visit your people, and in your wrath remember mercy.
  • Arise o Lord, let your glory cover the heavens, and let your praise fill the earth. V3
  • May your splendor be like the sunrise. Let rays flash from your hand where your power is hidden. V4
  • Let a plague go before you, and pestilence and destruction follow your steps as you consume your enemies. V5
  • Arise o Lord, shake the earth, and make the nations tremble. V6
  • Cause ancient mountains of wickedness crumble, and age old hills collapse as you make a way for righteousness over our land/city/nation
  • Let the tents of your enemies be laid bare, let their dwellings be in anguish. V7
  • Let your wrath be upon the rivers, streams and seas as you ride your horses and your victorious chariots. V8
  • Uncover your bow o Lord, call for many arrows and split the earth to consume every satanic flood of filth in our land/nation/city. V9
  • Let your arrows and your spear flash like lightning in the heavens as you destroy principalities, powers, rulers, authorities and wicked spirits in the heavenlies. V11
  • In wrath and in anger stride through the land and thresh your enemies among the nations/in our city/land. 12
  • Deliver your people. Save your anointed ones. V13
  • Crush the leader of the land of wickedness. Stripe him from head to foot. V13
  • Pierce his head with his own spear. Scatter his warriors who storm to scatter us v14. Send blindness upon his warriors.
  • Trample the sea with your horses. Churn the great waters. V15
  • We have heard that you have done this in the past, do it again o Lord in our time. We wait patiently upon you to do it again. V16
  • We rejoice in you for you are surely going to do it. V18
  • O sovereign lord, you are my strength. You make my feet like the feet of a deer. Strengthen and establish us in your righteousness. V19
  • We give you praise o ancient one of Israel.

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WHY WARFARE PRAYER IS IMPORTANT

Warfare prayer helps to prepare the way for the lord to come in. it opens the door for him to come into your life more abundantly, to come into your home and family, your community, church, your city and nation. Warfare prayer helps bring revival to God’s church; it helps multitudes to be free to receive salvation through Jesus Christ, and sets atmosphere of holiness and godliness in the land. This is why the enemy tries to resist you steadfastly from doing spiritual warfare against him.

From “How to Pray in Faith” p.36 by Tony Owens

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MOSES’ BLESSINGS UPON THE ISRAELITES

Just before Moses died, he spoke blessings upon the children of Israel. He had a special blessings uttered upon each one of the tribe of Israel. You can find these blessings in Deuteronomy 33, and you still can appropriate these blessings upon yourself or your loved ones for you are a descendant of Israel by promise through Christ, for we are the descendants of Abraham. “… for Abraham is the father of those who believe. That is what the scriptures mean when God said to him, ‘I have made you the father of many nations’ “Rom 4:16-17

  • Begin with praise and worship. Remember, we enter his gates with thanksgiving in our hearts and his courts with praise (Ps 100:4)
  • Lord I declare that you are my lord and father, and I love you. Thank you for your everlasting love for me
  • With great humility I come before you, arise, O Lord and bless me. Let the treasures of heavenly blessings be unlocked before me O Lord. I command the store houses and treasures of heaven be unlocked before me in Jesus name. o Lord direct me to my treasures
  • I command every barrier to my heavenly treasures to be destroyed now in Jesus name
  • I receive blessings in the Order of the family of Reuben, that I shall not die but live (Deut 33:6)
  • Pour upon me the blessings you spoke of Judah, give me strength, defend my cause and help me against my enemies (v 7)
  • Bless me, your servant O Lord in the order of Levi, let the work of my hands be accepted before you, crush the loins of my enemies and strike down my foes that they shall never rise again (v 11)
  • I receive by faith as a child of promise the blessings of the house of Benjamin, that I shall live in safety. Preserve me O Lord continuously and preserve me from harm (v 12)
  • Speak your blessings upon me as you spoke to the tribe of Joseph, that shall receive choice gifts from the heavens and the earth. Let abundance dwell with me and your favour be upon my life. Give me the strength and majesty of a young bull, let my horn be lifted like that of a wild ox. Make me gore distant nations and drive them to the ends of the earth. Let the horn of my enemies be broken in front of me. (vs 13-17)
  • May I prosper at home in the order of your blessings upon the tribe of Issachar, and abroad like Zebulun. Make me summon people to come to you to offer sacrifices on your holy mountain. Direct my paths to the treasures of the sea and those of the sand (vs 18-19)
  • And like the tribe of Dan Lord, let me from today get the best share in the land – the leaders share. I tear off the arm and head of the enemies from this moment (v 21)
  • Like a lions cub I leap from troubles in the order of the blessings of Dan in the name of Jesus (v 22)
  • From today I receive the blessings of the tribe of Naphtali. I possess by faith the west and the south (v 23)
  • I rise to take the blessings of the house of Asher in Jesus name. I bathe my feet in olive oil. Let the bolts of my gates be of iron and bronze. Let my strength match the length of my days. (v 24-25)
  • Arise, and go before me my lord. The lord is my refuge and my fortress. He thrusts my enemies before me. It is he who cries out “destroy them”. How blessed I am, who else is like me, a people saved by the lord. He is my shield and my triumphant sword. My enemies will bow before me and I will trample on their backs from today, in the mighty name of Jesus. (vs 26-29)

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The prayers listed below are so powerful. Use them to worship and declare who you are in Christ.

  • I am called in Christ (Rom 1:6)
  • I have redemption in Christ (Rom 3:24)
  • I reign in life by Christ (Rom 5:17)
  • I am alive unto God through Christ (Rom 6:11)
  • I have eternal life through Christ (Rom 6:23)
  • I am a joint heir with Christ (Rom 8:17)
  • I am sanctified in Christ (1 Cor 1:2)
  • My body is a member of Christ (1 Cor 6:15)
  • I have victory through Christ (1 Cor 15:57)
  • I triumph through Christ (2 Cor 2:14)
  • I am a new creature in Christ (2 Cor 5:17)
  • I am the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Cor 5:21)
  • I have liberty in Christ (Gal 2:4)
  • I am crucified with Christ (Gal 2:20)
  • I have put on Christ (Gal 3:27)
  • I am an heir of God through Christ (Gal 4:7)
  • I have been blessed with spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ (Eph 1:3)
  • I have been chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world that I should be holy and without blame before him (Eph 1:4)
  • I have obtained an inheritance in Christ (Eph 1:11)
  • I have been quickened with Christ (Eph 2:5)
  • I am sitting in heavenly places in Christ (Eph 2:6)
  • I have been created in Christ unto good works (Eph 2:10)
  • I have boldness and access in Christ (Eph 3:12)
  • I rejoice in Christ (Phil 3:3)
  • I press toward the mark of the high calling of God in Christ (Phil 3:14)
  • I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil 4:13)
  • God supplies all my needs through Christ (Phil 4:19)
  • Christ in me is the hope of glory (Col 1:27)
  • I am complete in Christ (Col 2:10)
  • I am dead with Christ (Col 2:20)
  • I am risen with Christ (Col 3:1)
  • My life is hidden with Christ in God (Col 3:3)
  • Christ is my life (Col 3:4)
  • I have the mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:16)
  • I am a partaker of Christ (Heb 3 :14)
  • I am preserved in Christ (Jude 1:1)

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HEARING THE VOICE OF GOD.(easy to use notes)

Just as we communicate with friends, God likewise communicates with us. We speak, He listens and speaks back.

 

How?

1)     Through his small still voice – with faint gentle promptings, quiet nudges and silent illuminations. It is usually so quiet the natural mind may dismiss it.

2)     The written word. The Holy Spirit helps us to hear from God’s word as we read or listen to it being preached.

3)     The proceeding word- what the Lord seems to be saying to us in our current situations, usually called the Rhema word.

4)    Peace of God – When you feel peace towards an issue that may be wary or troublesome.

5)     Visions – Having a clear sight of something, sometimes with wide open eyes. It happened to Ezekiel, Paul, Peter and other men of God.

6)    Symbols –Seeing a symbol or a picture inside your inner person. God causes you to see in the spirit. You need to interpret the symbols.

7)    Dreams – God may reveal things through dreams for encouragement, instruction, warnings and direction.

8)     Witness of the spirit –God may place a word in your heart or an issue which may be confirmed by another person or in another setting.

9)     Checking from Holy Spirit. You may feel cautioned against doing something. You may also feel a sudden heaviness or a lack of fire in you.

10) By use of angels

11) With audible voice – Like Paul in Damascus.

12) Through events or happening’s e.g. a disaster.

13) Through other people e.g. prophesy, preachers etc.

Why we fail to hear God’s voice.

  1. Lack of strong desire for God.
  2. Noise pollution – You need moments in quiet places
  3. Complicating the process of hearing Him – God doesn’t talk to brains.
  4. Wanting it to be dramatic- Don’t wait for a spectacular sound or expect it to be as H did to another servant of God. He uses many ways.
  5. Disconnecting- When we don’t live in the spirit realm.
  6. Fear of failure – Fear may you think it is God when it isn’t. Let’s trust God.
  7. Prayerlessness – Praying in the spirit sensitizes our spirit so we can hear.
  8. Not trusting and listening to the small still voice.
  9. The devil
  10. Lack of relationship with God.
  11. Trying to persuade God to change His mind.
  12. Emotions – Let’s not allow ourselves to be carried away by emotions in our prayers. Don’t desire to do something badly enough.
  13. Lack of persistence – let’s not pray briefly and make decisions. We need to wait long in prayers.

Guidelines

  • commit yourself to the Lord each day
  • Ask God to teach you how to listen. Every morning ask Him to speak to you at whichever time He chooses in the course of the day. Ask Him to help you recognize His voice.
  • Read your bible expecting God to speak to you
  • Write down what you hear from God – If not it will be quickly forgotten.
  • Trust your first impression – The first impression is usually the accurate before the mind starts analyzing.
  • Develop listening ears – listen to God as you pray
  • Beware of your opinion – Your opinions will be misleading. Ask God His thoughts about something always
  • Natural eyes & natural ears don’t always tell the truth. Our physical senses are quite deceptive.
  • Don’t harden your heart – Don’t work for God, work with God.
  • Don’t be deceived – All thoughts that enter our mind may not be from God, the Devil can still bring thoughts, so resist him.
  • Be a sheep – ‘ .. and the sheep hear his voice’ John 10:3. be humble, be competent. Every time you think you are competent/ you know you reduce your chances of hearing.

Accept responsibility for any special prayer burden God gives you. Assure God you will try to be faithful to bear any burden He gives you. If you feel a sense of danger, urgency etc go to the Lord in prayer. God may give you a burden to pray for people, friends, churches, missions, cities, nations, ministries or His servants.           

Cultivate the desire to hear from the Lord. How sweet it is to know that you are praying right as you are responding to God’s direction.

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FASTING

FASTING (easy to use notes for students)

Means making a decision to stay without taking a meal(s) and / or drink for the purpose of having a deeper spiritual experience with God.

It is a common occurrence in the bible. Many bible characters fasted like Moses – 40 days (Exo 24:12-18, 34:26), Samuel (1 Sam 7:5-6), Esther (Esther 4:16), Jesus (Matt 4:1-2), John’s disciples, the Pharisees, the apostles, the early Christians etc.

 

Kinds of Fasting.

  1. Absolute fasting – when one does not eat or drink at all. Should not be more than 3 days for it can seriously affect one’s health. (Esther 4:16, Exo 34:26)
  2. Complete / Total / Normal fasting – No food but one takes water. This could be the fasting used by Jesus for he never complained of thirst.
  3. Partial fast – one can take a light meal, juices, bread or deny himself some choice food, TV watching etc. used by Daniel. If it’s a long fast like 21 days one can take solid meals at night – this makes you strong to pray especially at night.

When did people pray in the bible?

  1. when there was a disaster
  2. when they were going through emotional problems
  3. when there was grief
  4. when there was anxiety or impending danger
  5. when they received bad news
  6. when God gave instructions to do so
  7. when there was sin in the land

Because we still experience the above today, we need to fast.

 

Why should we fast?

  1. To seek God when repenting as an individual or nation eg people of Nineveh repented during Jonah’s time (Jonah 3:5-10) by fasting and praying. They decided to God.
  2. To humble ourselves before God – God does not like proud people. He resists them 1 Pet 5:5-6 James 4:10.
  3. For God to give you direction on an issue – When confused and you don’t know what to do, seek God by fasting. Ezra fasted to ask God whether he should be assisted by the King or he should rely on God. Ezra 8:21
  4. To gain victory over temptations or sin. To get victory over sins like malice, hatred, drinking, smoking, drug addiction, immorality, adolescence crisis etc. the powers that hold us are easily broken when we fast. Eph 6:10-13
  5. To get protection from danger – During Esther’s time, Harman plotted how to kill all the Jews. Realizing they were un danger, they fasted and God killed him. The devil would wish to kill you, when you feel afraid, fast and pray.
  6. Helps in casting demons. In Matthew 17:14-21, the disciples were unable to cast out demons in a boy. He told them this was only possible if they could have fasted and prayed.
  7. Helps to release the power of God in us for ministry. Would you like to do more and to have more power as you serve God? Then fast. Acts 13:2-3
  8. Helps us obtain favour from God – Special favours will require you to fast as you work your way. If you need a job favour, passing exams etc, ask God for that favour. Esther was granted favour before the king after fasting for 3 days.
  9. It is commanded by God. God always commanded his people to return to him through fasting. Jesus told disciples in Matthew 6:16-18 ‘when you fast’ not ‘if’.
  10. Helps us to obtain healing from God. Isa 58: says we shall receive quick healing when we fast. Drinking pure water during fasting is quite good as it eliminates toxic waste in the body. You can also get divine healing. During a fast, the body improves physically and spiritually
  11. Helps us gain more understanding about God’s word. You gain great wisdom and understanding of God’s word when you fast. God shows you hidden angles of his word.
  12. Helps us to discipline ourselves. You can discipline your soul through fasting. Your heart starts longing for what God desires.
  13. Helps us to put to death the carnal body so as to walk by the spirit. Praying and fasting helps you to put to death such evils. Col 3:5-6.
  14. Helps us to purify our channels so that God can use us. Fasting enables God to clean our body, spirit and soul. Let prepare the way of the Lord in our lives. Isa 40:3.
  15. Helps us obtain divine strength for tasks ahead. Paul got his strength in weakness. 2 Cor 12:9. He says ‘when I am weak I am strong’. You can achieve supernatural things through fasting.
  16. Helps us to do more intensive prayer. Fasting is good for you. It will help you to be more prepared for what might happen later. Jesus told his 3 disciples to watch and pray so that they may not get tempted, but they slept. When the trial hour came, peter had to rely o his knife than God’s protection.
  17. Helps to increase our spiritual level. God brings us to His holy mountain and starts revealing his plans and strategies to us.
  18. Helps to increase our faith. Fasting breaks barriers of unbelief in our hearts. It strengthens our faith and helps us to be filled with the Holy Spirit, win souls to God’s kingdom, pray for the sick, improve our Christian life, do impossible things.
  19. Helps us to take over a land for Jesus. For us to win a city or a nation, or a school to Jesus, we need to pray and fast over long periods. It requires us to be persistent – not giving up. Are you ready for this?
  20. Can be done as a service and sacrifice to God. Anna, a prophetess in Luke 2:37 served God with prayers and fasting day and night. She did this in a way of serving God.
  21. From Isaiah 58, the following are other advantages:

a.V8. Your light will break forth. You will prosper in health, relationship, material wise, school etc.

b. V8 Your righteousness shall go before you. You will have victory over sin.

c. V8.  God will anoint you.

d. V9 God will always be at your service to answer you.

e. V11. God will continually guide you in all you do.

f. V11. God will provide for you, even during famine times

g. V11. You will be refreshed(renewed). You will be like a well watered garden

h. V12. God will use you to restore others.

i. V12. You shall raise up foundations. Things that were not will spring up because of your involvement.

j. V12. You will repair hopeless situations.

k. V14. God will promote you.

l. V14. You will be blessed and will bless.

22. Releases a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit and restoration of God’s glory. Joel 1:8-14; 2:12-15; 2:23-29

What to do when fasting.

ü  Read the Bible and pray much more than usual

ü  Determine the duration you’ll take e.g. half day fast, 1 day, 3, 7, 21, 40 days.

ü  Set specific objectives ie ask your self: what do I need? Healing, spiritual renewal, guidance, special grace etc.

ü  If it’s a long fast, begin taking a lot of fruits and vegetables to clean up and adjust your metabolism.

ü  Confess and repent sins you remember.

ü  Ask God to fill you with His Holy spirit and to talk to you.

ü  Don’t do any work, concentrate in prayer.

ü  For employees, students etc since there may not be time off, they should utilize their mornings, breaks & evenings.

ü  Set aside ample time in a quite place alone with God.

ü  Spent more time in prayer, praise and worship, bible study and with God.

ü  You may inform another person to pray for you to back you up.

ü  Record any thoughts or promptings that the Holy Spirit may lay in your heart.

ü  Bathe frequently because your body will open up its pores to eliminate toxins.

ü  Keep your body warm to avoid catching a cold – remember you are losing fats.

ü  Brush your teeth more than once because of bad breath that develops.

ü  If not taking dry fast, drink plenty of pure or boiled water, fruit or vegetable drinks. This helps reduce headaches, nausea and eliminate toxins.

ü  Keep away from every kind of pleasure (including sex if married – you should alert your spouse early enough).

ü  Break your fast slowly/ gradually with thin soup, porridge, vegetable juices etc.

ü  Don’t eat a lot for it may cause damage to your body.

ü  Don’t break your fast with bread, meat or soft drinks – like soda.

ü  Get back to normal eating slowly.

When fasting, don’t:

  • Blow your own trumpet – don’t tell everyone. Read Matt 6:16-18.
  • Fast a day you’ll be too busy to pray or read the word. You will just be starving yourself. However, you can pray as you work and God will still hear and reward you if there may be no time.
  • Fast with hidden sins. Ps 66:18 says God will not hear.
  • Fast in names other than that of Jesus Christ.
  • Fast when living in injustice and lack of mercy – Zech 7:5-6
  • Fast to achieve evil- don’t pray for your enemies to die or suffer. Love your enemies and don’t avenge yourself. Rom 12:19-20.
  • Fast by force – should be willingly
  • Fast to please people.

You should be clean, happy, cheerful and bright before God

It is always for Christian to have at least one day in a week to pray and fast.

 

The devil doesn’t want you to fast & will look for ways to bring opposition. You must however overcome this.

              Are you wiling to take up the challenge?

                                  God bless you all

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If you were the devil, what would you do to Christians who are fighting you through prayer?

  1. Kill them. The devil wants to see you dead, period. His work is to steal kill and destroy. You however have been given power to defeat every weapon fashioned against you. Read Luke 10:19, Isa 54:17, Eph 6:10-18
  2. Make them fall sick so that they don’t pray but concentrate on their sicknesses. This will steal their joy and peace.
  3. Make them busy. Busy talking about others, busy backbiting one another, busy attending meetings, busy with manual work and new projects, busy, busy till you have no time to pray
  4. Make them fall through sin. Cause them to fall into sins like fornication, pride, theft/embezzlement of funds, disobedience. The devil knows that God opposes the proud, so he will oppose your prayers when you have pride. Any sin opens a door for the enemy to attack you.
  5. Make them tired so as not to pray. Make them give excuses. Release a spirit of heaviness upon them.
  6. Make them doubt.Make them see themselves as failures. God does not reward a person with a shaky faith. James 1:5-8
  7. Break their unity. One person can chase a thousand, but two will chase ten thousand. “Five of them will make all of you flee. You will be left like a lonely flagpole on a distant mountaintop” Isa 30:17 (New Living Translation)
  8. Make them fail to read the Bible. The bible reveals the secrets of God to people, so if they wont read they wont know them. They will therefore be ignorant and will be destroyed, for “my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” Hosea 4:6
  9. Make them fear. Make them see themselves before their enemies as grasshoppers. Remember, the report brought by the spies who had been sent by Moses. These people would not enter the land of promise. God will not give you victory if you don’t trust that he is able to deal with your issues.
  10. Destabilize them by fighting those close to them like their relatives, friends etc. you must pray for your relatives or friends because whatever happens to them affects you also
  11. Make them pray less. Make them too tired to wake up to pray but pray on their beds since it is easy for them to fall asleep.

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