How To Pray In April – Maranatha Vision Project

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How To Pray In April – Leadership Prayers for April/Spring Season

  • Soil Testing
  • Protect Seedlings
  • Track Rainfall
  • Pest Watch
  • Nesting Songbirds

Soil Testing >

Gardeners test the quality of their soils, evaluating them for nutrients, weeds, and pesticides. The quality of future fruitfulness is dependent upon the health and purity of the soils where the seeds are planted today.

Pray for the heart, mind, and spirit of every leader. Let us start with our own hearts before praying for our teammates. Where is my heart today? What is my foundation? What is the condition of my heart soil? Let us invite the Holy Spirit to move within our hearts, removing any lies of the enemy or idols of the world. Let us return to the heart of worship, because worship is all about Jesus: our Loving Savior, Good Shepherd, and Glory King.

Protect Seedlings >

Gardeners daily check the seeds they have sown that begin to sprout new life. This new life is tender and vulnerable to harsh elements and weeds competing for the same soils. 

Pray about the recent revelations and lessons our Father has been teaching us. Where has the Holy Spirit asked me lately to pay attention and focus? You have heard it said that it takes 40 days to establish a new habit/routine; longer than one month. Let us ask our Loyal Helper for strength and courage to walk faithfully in new wineskins, remaining liberated from any old habits or false truths. Every battle belongs to the LORD Almighty!

Track Rainfall >

Gardeners know all various seed types that need to be planted throughout changing seasons and unpredictable weather. They daily evaluate rainfall to ensure that new growth receives what it needs to prosper. Gardeners know their environment, they understand the climate, and they adapt to new conditions whenever they move.

Pray for discernment and wisdom from the Holy Spirit. Leadership has no “one size fits all” model, strategy, or process. Our Creator has made us all unique and special; our diversity and variety brings him greater glory. Pray that every leader will listen to the voice of our Good Shepherd who reveals to us the different situations, contexts, climates, and fields where we lead our teams. Pray that we will expect change and remain flexible.

Pest Watch >

Gardeners are vigilant, always on the lookout for pests like beetles, grubs, and bugs that take advantage of spring to feed off seedlings. Pests consume the fresh roots near the surface of the soil: feeding upon new life, ending growth, and preventing harvest.

Peter encourages us to be alert, sober, and watchful, because the evil one is a predator seeking to devour us. Listen to the wonderful Gospel news: the Holy Spirit within us is greater than the destructive dragon in the world. Pray for us all to remain faithful and persistent, standing upon Jesus Christ our Solid Rock and Secure Foundation. Pray for leaders everywhere to put on the armor of God every day and night to resist the enemy. Pray for discernment to see where the enemy is trying to get a seat at our team’s table or a foothold in our hearts. Pray for power and strength to keep him away from any tender roots of new growth in our own lives as well as the lives of our teammates and networks.

Nesting Songbirds >

Gardeners post birdhouses around their garden to attract nesting songbirds. Each birdhouse is different in order to attract a variety of birds. Every bird is unique, and they feed upon various types of pests in the garden. Not only do the birds ensure the garden soils are free of pests, but they also fill the air with beautiful songs and nest to lay eggs.

Pray for leaders and teams to preempt spiritual attacks by developing safeguards. The atmosphere of Great Commission leadership is spiritual warfare. Our Father designed us to flourish within an ecosystem of many spiritual gifts equally valued. Let us seek the fullness and balance of God’s kingdom flowing through our teamwork. Does each person on my team have a voice? Are my teammates free to share their hearts and expose potential dangers that will impact the future of our mission? Pray for teams to work together in unity and wisdom. Cultivate a landscape of freedom, honesty, and grace.

Seasons Prayer >

Abba Father, you are the King of all days, Potter of our destinies, Shepherd and Overseer of our souls, and Author and Gardener of our faith. We look to you Trustworthy Friend to lead, guide, and direct our every step and decision through the changing tides of our lifetimes. We surrender to you afresh today as we listen to your voice, discern your will, and follow you by faith in Jesus’ name, Amen. Glory! Halleluyah! Hosanna! Maranatha!

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Purpose > We are all about freedom in the Holy Spirit. 

Motto > Freedom is never free, freedom is always fragile, and freedom is worth the fight. So, handle freedom with care.

Vision > Fixing our eyes on Jesus Christ, overflowing with his kingdom life.

Maranatha Vision Project > teaching disciples how to journey in Jesus’ freedom.

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Christ Overcomes Prayer – COVID-19 – Maranatha Vision Project

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Overcome Prayer Message – March 31, 2020

COVID-19 Prayers

“Christ Overcomes Viral Infectious Diseases”

Prayers for all those facing infection and risk of infection during this global pandemic.

Overcome > “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”” (John 16:33 NLT)

Triumph > “Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.” (Revelation 12:10-11 NIV)

Prayers for all those who are grieving over loss, grieving over loved ones who have passed, wrestling with depression and despair.

Death’s End > And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:3-4 NIV)

Heart Strength > Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but you?  And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. (Psalms 73:23-26 ESV)

Prayers for all those who are sick today, who are wrestling with affliction and diseases, fear, worry, and anxiety.

Suffering Heirs > “The Spirit Himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children, and if children, also heirs — heirs of God and coheirs with Christ — seeing that we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.” (Romans 8:16-17 HCSB)

Trustworthy Protection > My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” (John 10:27-30)

Prayers for the Lost and those in Bondage who need salvation today, who need to be rescued, who need a new heart and new spirit, who need resurrection life alone through Jesus Messiah, the King of Glory.

New Creation > Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this new life is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Jesus Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:17-18)

Resurrection Life > Jesus said to Martha, “I am the Resurrection and the Life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” “Yes, Lord,” Martha replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” (John 11:25-27)

Prayers for the Church to rest in Yeshua’s shalom, to embrace the presence and peace of the Holy Spirit, to be a light shining in the darkness, a safe place and refuge for the hurting and fearful.

Faithful Peacemaker > Be full of joy all the time. Never stop praying. In everything give thanks. This is what God wants you to do because of Christ Jesus. Do not try to stop the work of the Holy Spirit. Do not laugh at those who speak for God. Test everything and do not let good things get away from you. Keep away from everything that even looks like sin. May the God of Peace set you apart for himself. May every part of you be set apart for God. May your spirit and your soul and your body be kept complete. May you be without blame when our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. The One Who Called You is faithful and will do what he promised. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 NLV)

New Creation Life > For you have acquired new creation life which is continually being renewed into the likeness of the One who created you; giving you the full revelation of God. In this new creation life, your nationality makes no difference, or your ethnicity, education, or economic status – they matter nothing. For it is Christ that means everything as he lives in every one of us! (Colossians 3:10-11 TPT)

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Purpose > We are all about freedom in the Holy Spirit. 

Motto > Freedom is never free, freedom is always fragile, and freedom is worth the fight. So, handle freedom with care.

Vision > Fixing our eyes on Jesus Christ, overflowing with his kingdom life.

Maranatha Vision Project > teaching disciples how to journey in Jesus’ freedom.

jamesharvey+> James Harvey, Blazing Trees CEO/Founder

Book James for an online team training or virtual prayer gathering > info@blazingtrees.org

We are about freedom in the Holy Spirit. Freedom is never free, freedom is always fragile, and freedom is worth the fight. So, handle freedom with care.

Resources @ blazingtrees.org/disciples

Videos @ youtube.com/c/blazingtrees

News @ blazingtrees.org/newsfeed

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How To Pray In March

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How To Pray In March

Leadership Prayers for March/Spring Season

  • Unpredictable Temperatures
  • New Seeds
  • Evaluating Flow
  • Clearing Barriers
  • New Wineskins

Unpredictable Temperatures >

Gardeners begin to prepare soil and plant new seeds, but unexpected freezes can happen. In leadership, we make our plans and work our strategies, but life circumstances often occur unexpectedly.

Let’s pray for all the people on our teams to be flexible, humble, and filled with the Holy Spirit as we face unexpected changes in business and ministry environments. Pray that we will be preemptive to protect our people in spiritual attacks, and stay strong together in Jesus Christ through waves of challenges and suffering.

New Seeds >

Gardeners plant new trees and shrubs, because the weather is typically cool and moist.

Pray for revelation of fresh vision and discernment of new strategies as well as clarity of how to adapt our current strategies. Pray that we will perceive new soilbeds for our ministries, that we will faithfully prepare our existing relationships and networks for future harvests God will give to us in approaching seasons.

Evaluating Flow >

Gardeners check their irrigation systems to make sure the water flows freely to all parts of the garden.

Pray for wisdom and understanding to see blockages in our own hearts as well as our teammates, that we will hear clearly from the Lord and focus on what truly matters in life and eternity. Pray for clear sight to see places and spaces where the enemy is attempting to secure a foothold in our hearts and relationships. Pray for purity, strength, and power to root him out and fill those places with love, peace, and Truth.

Clearing Barriers >

Gardeners clear out old mulch and dead leaves from flower beds so the sunlight and rain can reach the soil and nourish the newly planted seeds. Gardeners prune trees of dead and diseased branches to ensure sunlight reaches the inner parts for producing more fruit balanced across the whole tree.

Pray for a heart to see and a mind to understand barriers to the gospel slowly growing within our own hearts as well as our relationship networks. Pray for Jesus’ Truth to flow through our lives and leadership. Pray for a spirit of grace and righteousness to be embraced by our teams, to empty ourselves of whatever does not belong and be filled evermore with the fruit and gifts of the Holy Spirit. Pray that we will be holy vessels of God’s glory coming to earth and reaching the nations.

New Wineskins >

Gardeners transplant indoor plants into bigger pots with fresh soil to create greater capacity for more growth and ensure essential nutrients reach the roots.

Pray for intimacy with the Holy Spirit to foresee the future places of God’s growth within us and through us. Pray for intentionality to press into those channels of growth, to understand how they work and keep them clear of barriers to sustainability. Pray for freedom to get rid of burdens and baggage; old systems and comforts that keep us from pressing deeper into more of the Lord flowing through our lives. Pray for a spirit of unity, learning, sharing, and collaboration to receive wisdom from God and apply his will and ways to our values, priorities, and practices.

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Purpose > We are all about freedom in the Holy Spirit. 

Motto > Freedom is never free, freedom is always fragile, and freedom is worth the fight. So, handle freedom with care.

Vision > Fixing our eyes on Jesus Christ, overflowing with his kingdom life.

Maranatha Vision Project > teaching disciples how to journey in Jesus’ freedom.

jamesharvey+> James Harvey, Blazing Trees CEO/Founder

Book James for an online team training or virtual prayer gathering > info@blazingtrees.or

We are about freedom in the Holy Spirit. Freedom is never free, freedom is always fragile, and freedom is worth the fight. So, handle freedom with care.

Resources @ blazingtrees.org/maranatha & blazingtrees.org/disciples

Videos @ youtube.com/c/blazingtrees

News @ twitter.com/praytellstories & blazingtrees.org/newsfeed

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Known Prayer – Psalm 139 – Maranatha Vision Project

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Known Prayer (Psalm 139)

Known, to be known, means that someone understands who you are, they recognize the person you are inside, and they see deeper into your nature and desires beyond your physical appearance and personality to the way you are and how you are wired; revealed, unveiled, understood, appreciated, accepted.

Known Prayer >

Abba Father, we love you, and we praise you. You are worthy of our worship, and we celebrate who you are, for you are good, and your love endures forever. You are the Builder Of All Things: you have designed each one of us, you have mapped out your plans for our lives, and you guide us every day through every decision and dream.

Abba Father, you are our Dwelling Place: you have made your home within us. It was not always this way, you did not used to live within your people. Before now, there were tabernacles and temples, clans of priests who communicated with you on our behalf, and we could not speak to you directly. Now Christ has come, now the Holy Spirit has arrived and made your home in our hearts: temples without stone, a prayer house made of spirit and soul. We glorify your name in all the earth for this wondrous miracle alive in us!

God Of Our Salvation, thank you for knowing us. To be known is the greatest gift in the universe: to be loved and embraced, to be pursued and adopted, to be accepted and given a new identity. We praise you, God Who Knows Us! Life Giving Spirit, thank you for breathing life into our death and raising us up into the eternal light of Jesus. Thank you for the generous gifts of our new hearts and spirits. The old is gone, behold: the new is here and beautiful. You fashioned each one of us according to your will that we may shine brightly for your glory and amplify your majesty in this generation to all peoples.

Now, Abba Father, we entrust all nations and peoples, all tribes and languages into your care. You are Head of the Church as well as Lord of the Harvest Fields. We rest in your promises, your guarantee that the Great Commission will be fulfilled as your people listen to your voice and follow your direction. Here we are, Father. Lead us and guide us, direct our every step, and shape our every desire as we stand upon Jesus our Secure Rock.

Glory, glory, hallelujah! Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is Jesus who comes in the name of Yahweh. With all angels and archangels and all the company of heaven, we praise the Lamb of God, we praise the Lion of Judah who was slain for the sins of the world. And we sing together, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD God Almighty who was, and who is, and who is to come, world and age without end.” And we say, “Maranatha!” Jesus has come, Christ will return, come quickly, Shalom Messiah!

Amen. So be it. Grace & peace.

Known Song Map (Psalm 139) >

  • Sovereign Seer
  • Immanuel Companion
  • Master Craftsman
  • Hatred Confession
  • Unknowable Wonders

Sovereign Seer > You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. (Psalm 139:1-5 NIV)

Immanuel Companion > Where can I go from your Spirit? Or where can I run away from where you are? If I go up to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in the place of the dead, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning or live in the farthest part of the sea, even there your hand will lead me and your right hand will hold me. If I say, “For sure the darkness will cover me and the light around me will be night,” even the darkness is not dark to you. And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are the same to you. (Psalm 139:7-12 NLV)

Master Craftsman > You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. (Psalm 139:13-16 NLT)

Hatred Confession > God, if only you would kill the wicked— you bloodthirsty men, stay away from me—who invoke you deceitfully. Your enemies swear by you falsely. Lord, don’t I hate those who hate you, and detest those who rebel against you? I hate them with extreme hatred; I consider them my enemies. (Psalm 139:19-22 CSB)

Unknowable Wonders > Your knowledge of me is too deep; it is beyond my understanding… O God, how difficult I find your thoughts; how many of them there are! If I counted them, they would be more than the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you… Examine me, O God, and know my mind; test me, and discover my thoughts. Find out if there is any evil in me and guide me in your everlasting way. (Psalm 139: 6, 17-18, 23-24 GNT)

Known Story > Hagar Runs Away (Genesis 16)

Hagar was an Egyptian slave in Abraham’s household. His wife Sarai became frustrated with God waiting for his promised child prophecy to be fulfilled, so she came up with her own plan. She told Abraham to sleep with her slave to bear an heir. When Hagar became pregnant, Sarai despised her in her heart and treated her so badly that Hagar ran away.

Hagar rested by a spring in the wilderness alone and outcast, isolated and afraid. God sent his angel to find her and explain her future. He told her that he knew her, he cared about her even though she was an abused slave from another nation, and her destiny was to share in Abraham’s family blessing: to have a great multitude of descendants.

Hagar had felt outcast and forsaken, but in the desert by the water she met the God Who Sees Me and discovered she was loved and favored despite her awful environment. She wiped the tears from her eyes, believed the Lord, and returned home to remain with Abraham and Sarai. She gave birth to a son and named him Ishmael, meaning “God listens.” 

Hagar’s heart changed when she realized she was known by God. Everything changes for us in times of suffering and pain, challenges and failures: to discover that we are not alone and to understand that we are known and loved. The greatest gift we could ever give to another person is to truly know them: to give significant time to invest in a few relationships where you go beyond pretense and profile to heart and soul, to be a safe place for someone else to be honest and not control, condemn, or change them. 

As God’s sons & daughters, we are known by him beyond our imagination, and we are called into this ministry of knowing one another. We will invest deeply in fewer people so that we can truly become one in heart, soul, and spirit in unity with the Holy Spirit. In heaven, we will experience companionship perfected: eternal fellowship with all saints in the everlasting presence of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Now, through the power of the gospel and the presence of the Holy Spirit, we have the capacity and calling to practice the culture and values of heaven in our midst. We are Jesus’ Ekklesia: a relationship network of Jesus’ disciples who worship him and take care of one another as we take this good news to every nation and tribe until our Messiah King returns in glory!

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Purpose > We are all about freedom in the Holy Spirit. 

Motto > Freedom is never free, freedom is always fragile, and freedom is worth the fight. So, handle freedom with care.

Vision > Fixing our eyes on Jesus Christ, overflowing with his kingdom life.

Maranatha Vision Project > teaching disciples how to journey in Jesus’ freedom.

jamesharvey+> James Harvey, Blazing Trees CEO/Founder

Book James for an online team training or virtual prayer gathering > info@blazingtrees.or

We are about freedom in the Holy Spirit. Freedom is never free, freedom is always fragile, and freedom is worth the fight. So, handle freedom with care.

Resources @ blazingtrees.org/maranatha & blazingtrees.org/disciples

Videos @ youtube.com/c/blazingtrees

News @ twitter.com/praytellstories & blazingtrees.org/newsfeed

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Signal Prayer – 2 Corinthians 3 – Maranatha Vision Project

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Signal Prayer – 2 Corinthians 3

Please pray through these Scriptures with us, blessings over our generation.

Boldness > Therefore, brothers & sisters, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:19-23 NKJV)

Calming Storms > Jesus stood up and commanded the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind stopped, and it became completely calm. Jesus said to his followers, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” (Mark 4:39-40 NCV)

Freedom > Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:17-18 NIV)

Good News > “When the Messiah came, He proclaimed the good news of peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.” (Ephesians 2:17-18 HCSB)

New Heart > “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols. And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.” (Ezekiel 36:25-26 NLT)

Perseverance > We also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. (Romans 5:3-5 NIV)

Salvation Fountain > With joy you will drink deeply from the fountain of salvation! In that wonderful day you will sing: “Thank the LORD! Praise his name! Tell the nations what he has done. Let them know how mighty he is!” (Isaiah 12:3-4 NLT) 

Worthy > “He said: The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my mountain where I seek refuge. My shield, the horn of my salvation, my stronghold, my refuge, and my Savior, You save me from violence. I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I was saved from my enemies.” (2 Samuel 22:2-4 HCSB)

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A SIGNAL is a way of communicating something important: a sign that people have been waiting to see, a message that people have been hoping to hear, a confirmation of connection. 

What is the Holy Spirit saying about this SIGNAL prayer focus?

Prophecy Fulfilled > Jesus has sent the Holy Spirit to us as the signal that what all the prophets were saying and promising have come true.

Daily Revelation > The Holy Spirit is the signal of heaven, waves of communication between Jesus up in heaven and mankind here on earth. We have the Scriptures, yes, AND the Holy Spirit makes them come alive, helps us understand, counsels us in all our desires and decisions, guides us wherever he is calling us to go, giving us discernment to perceive and resist counterfeit signals.

Critical Connection > The Holy Spirit is the connection we need with the Father & Son in heaven. Jesus said he does NOTHING apart from first resting in the Father, perceiving clearly where he is already moving, and then joining him. How many of our decisions and activities do not require fellowship with and revelation from God?

Relationship Inheritance > The Holy Spirit at work in each one of us is the signal that we are Jesus’ true disciples: not how much we know about the Scriptures, not our education or experiences, not our ministry works or results. This relationship with Jesus fulfilled through walking in the freedom of the Spirit is the SIGNAL that we are worshipping in SPIRIT and in TRUTH.

Hearing Clearly > Jesus said WAIT until the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and then we will be his witnesses to the nations operating in his power; the distinction between ministry being done FOR him rather than THROUGH him. We do not want to minister the kingdom for him in his name, we want him to minister his kingdom through us as we rest in his presence and overflow with his power. The SIGNAL is not some neutral energy source, it’s not strategic thinking, it’s not correct doctrine, it’s not great ideas, it’s not accumulated knowledge of what others have done or think or believe is fruitful. The SIGNAL is John 10, “My sheep know my voice. They don’t listen to the hired servant, and they run away from the thief. My sheep know my voice, they listen for when I speak, and when they hear me, they follow.”

Trustworthy Companion > Brothers & sisters, let’s rest and listen, soaking in the Holy Spirit river. First, we must discern the strength of our SIGNAL, our connection with Jesus through the Holy Spirit; then, we refresh and renew in his presence, delight in his love & gifts, listen to his voice, receive his revelation, and follow him wherever he leads, because we know that he’s been there before us: he is with us, he will never leave us or forsake us, and wherever he goes, he will show us what to do and tell us what to say, because we are simply pure wellsprings overflowing with his living waters by his amazing grace and sovereign supervision.

Glory, glory, hallelujah! Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is Jesus who comes in the name of Yahweh. With all angels and archangels and all the company of heaven, we praise the Lamb of God, we praise the Lion of Judah who was slain for the sins of the world. And we sing together, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD God Almighty who was, and who is, and who is to come, world and age without end.” And we say, “Maranatha!” Jesus has come, Christ will return, come quickly, Shalom Messiah!

Amen. So be it. Grace & peace.

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Purpose > We are all about freedom in the Holy Spirit. 

Motto > Freedom is never free, freedom is always fragile, and freedom is worth the fight. So, handle freedom with care.

Vision > Fixing our eyes on Jesus Christ, overflowing with his kingdom life.

Maranatha Vision Project > teaching disciples how to journey in Jesus’ freedom.

jamesharvey+> James Harvey, Blazing Trees CEO/Founder

Book James for an online team training or virtual prayer gathering > info@blazingtrees.or

We are about freedom in the Holy Spirit. Freedom is never free, freedom is always fragile, and freedom is worth the fight. So, handle freedom with care.

Resources @ blazingtrees.org/maranatha & blazingtrees.org/disciples

Videos @ youtube.com/c/blazingtrees

News @ twitter.com/praytellstories & blazingtrees.org/newsfeed

#Jesus #hope #maranatha #praytellstories #makedisciples #freedom

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Worthy Prayer – Psalm 145 – Maranatha Vision Project

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Worthy Prayer > Psalm 145

Worthy means demonstrating the abilities and qualities that merit special recognition and highest honor; deserving of attention and respect; virtuous, noble, reliable, deserving.

Great are you Lord and most worthy of praise; your greatness no one can fathom. I will meditate on your wonderful works and proclaim your great deeds to my generation. The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; you have compassion on all creation. All your works praise you, Lord; your faithful people delight in praising your name. We will tell of your kingdom’s glory and speak of your power, so that all people may hear and discover your renown. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does. The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. Our eyes are fixed upon you, and you faithfully provide all we need. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does. The Lord is near to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who love and honor him; he hears their cry and saves them. (Psalm 145, paraphrased selections)

Thank you Abba Father for a new week, a fresh start. Whatever has already passed, whatever is left undone, we lay it all at your feet today and renew our covenant in your presence. We restore our devotion to love you, listen to your voice, hear you speak, embrace your revelation, and follow you by faith with hope along this unpredictable faith journey. Jesus, you are the Way, the Truth, and the Life, for you have rescued our souls from death, delivered us from bondage to lies, and exposed the Narrow Road so we can follow wherever you lead. You are guiding us towards a final destination of glorious paradise and eternal adventures in your perfect presence.

Creator’s Will > The four living creatures sing songs of glory and honor and thanks to the one who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever. When they do so, the twenty-four elders fall down before the one who sits on the throne, and worship him who lives forever and ever. They throw their crowns down in front of the throne and say, “Our Lord and God! You are worthy to receive glory, honor, and power. For you created all things, and by your will they were given existence and life.” (Revelation 4:9-11 GNT)

Abba Father, you are worthy of our wonder and worship because you are our Creator. We all exist because you decided to create. We would not be here if you did not will it so. All our potential and capacity for life, leadership, and innovation flows from your creative power to ignite and sustain our beating hearts, breathing lungs, dreaming minds, and traveling feet. You stretched out the dimensions of our universe. You spin the galaxies in expansive dances and shepherd them along interstellar rivers of time and space. You made the sun and the moon and gave every star its own unique name. You understand light and darkness, and you designed the very air we breathe. You understand mankind at an atomic level, weaving our DNA strands. You establish such beautiful spectacles as sunrise and sunset, full moon and harvest season. We pause to praise you, we interlude to view the vistas of your awesome creation, and we wait in this restful place to remind ourselves that you are with us and our children always, even to the end of this age.

Incredible Humility > Jesus existed in the form of God, yet he gave no thought to seizing equality with God as his supreme prize. Instead he emptied himself of his outward glory by reducing himself to the form of a lowly servant. He became human! He humbled himself and became vulnerable, choosing to be revealed as a man and was obedient. He was a perfect example, even in his death—a criminal’s death by crucifixion! Because of that obedience, God exalted him and multiplied his greatness! He has now been given the greatest of all names! The authority of the name of Jesus causes every knee to bow in reverence! Everything and everyone will one day submit to this name—in the heavenly realm, in the earthly realm, and in the demonic realm. And every tongue will proclaim in every language: “Jesus Christ is Lord Yahweh,” bringing glory and honor to God, his Father! (Philippians 2:6-11 TPT)

Abba Father, you are worthy of our wonder and worship because of the Gospel Story that has captured our hearts. Your Son, the Living Word, the High King of Heaven, left his glory clothed in flesh to taste rejection and endure pain, to face sorrow and persevere through persecution, to battle the dragon and bleed to death, to rise victorious and reign exalted. How could Jesus leave heaven? How humble is this Redeemer’s heart? We are not like you, Lord; we are like Adam & Eve, prone to wander and quick to rebel. Humility does not come easily to your people. 

You are worthy of our wonder and worship because you embraced our weaknesses, forgave our sins, adopted us out from slavery, and delivered us into your family. You are worthy, while we remain terribly monstrous. Yet, the gospel radiates like the noonday sunshine painting a clear sky, so powerful and intense we cannot stare directly into your glory. Thank you Jesus for modeling humility for us, thank you for descending your royalty below the angels in heaven so that your new position of bondage to flesh could open the door to eternal life for your beloved people.

Listening Deliverer > Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God while in the stomach of the fish, saying, “I called out to the Lord because of my trouble, and he answered me. I cried for help from the place of the dead, and you heard my voice. You threw me into the deep waters, to the very bottom of the sea. A flood was all around me and all your waves passed over me. Then I said, ‘I have been sent away from your eyes. But I will look again toward your holy house.’ Waters closed in over me. The sea was all around me. Weeds were around my head. I went down to the roots of the mountains. The walls of the earth were around me forever. But you have brought me up from the grave, O Lord my God. While I was losing all my strength, I remembered the Lord. And my prayer came to you, into your holy house. Those who worship false gods have given up their faith in you. But I will give gifts in worship to you with a thankful voice. I will give you what I have promised. The Lord is the One Who saves.” (Jonah 2:1-9 NLV)

Abba Father, you are worthy of our wonder and worship because when all else fails, we still have hope. Our hope is pure and steadfast, because you love us; you listen, you care, you help, you save, you set free, you break chains, you demolish strongholds, you lift us up out of pits when we cry for help, even though we ended up there because our decisions led us to our own ruin, and yet we still blamed our troubles on you. 

How great is your love, Faithful Shepherd? How vast is your forgiveness, Righteous Judge? We have all been in those places of desperation, those spaces of despair where there is nowhere else to go, no one else will help, and all we have left is the One Who Saves. Father, what is it like for you to create us and love us, to give us all we need not only to survive but to flourish, and then witness us reject you and run away, selling our birthright on foolish stakes that lead us into brokenness and bondage? Like the son who requested his future inheritance while forsaking his father’s friendship, we have treated you this way before. Here we are Father, with nothing left, with nothing of worth to offer you for a decent, fair trade. You provide all the resources, and we enjoy all the benefits. 

So let us answer this question, “Is he worthy?” Yes, he is worthy. Our Chief Cornerstone has set our wayward feet standing firmly upon the Solid Rock. Yes, he is worthy. Our Dwelling Place has made his home in our hearts through the Holy Spirit: our Wonderful Counselor and Loyal Companion. Yes, he is worthy. Our Fountain of Living Waters has replaced our fast food with pure water and living bread, a Wisdom Wellspring cascading heavenly blessings as rivers of anointing into every day and night of our lifetimes. 

Yes, he is worthy. Our Horn of Salvation has resounded in the heavens and filled the skies with the glory of the Creator, paving a way where there was no way for all peoples and tribes to turn away from false gods and run home to the Father’s feast-day communion table. Yes, he is worthy. Our Mighty Warrior has liberated the slaves, returning the captives to royal authority. He has waged war against the Bloodthirsty Beast and Seditious Serpent who deceives the nations and thrown these ferocious enemies into burning hellfire. 

Yes, he is worthy. Our Prince of Life sits on the throne of God Almighty surrounded by the four living creatures and 24 elders, the host of heaven and multitude of saints praising and celebrating the Slain Lamb who is worthy to open the Armageddon Scrolls. Yes, he is worthy. Zion’s King will judge the nations and separate souls between fire and feasting. He will seal our Great Enemy away, his touch on the world ended forever, and we will rule and reign with our Christ through endless waves of ages to come beyond measure or comprehension. All hail Judah’s Lion whose roar shakes the nations and changes the tides!

Glory, glory, hallelujah! Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is Jesus who comes in the name of Yahweh. With all angels and archangels and all the company of heaven, we praise the Lamb of God, we praise the Lion of Judah who was slain for the sins of the world. And we sing together, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD God Almighty who was, and who is, and who is to come, world and age without end.” And we say, “Maranatha!” Jesus has come, Christ will return, come quickly, Shalom Messiah!

Amen. So be it. Grace & peace.

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Purpose > We are all about freedom in the Holy Spirit. 

Motto > Freedom is never free, freedom is always fragile, and freedom is worth the fight. So, handle freedom with care.

Vision > Fixing our eyes on Jesus Christ, overflowing with his kingdom life.

Maranatha Vision Project > teaching disciples how to journey in Jesus’ freedom.

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Establish Roots – Psalm 40 – Maranatha Vision Project

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Anchor > “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” (Hebrews 6:19-20 NIV)

Establish > “He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth— Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the LORD.” (Psalms 40:2-3 NKJV)

Faithfulness > Yet there is one ray of hope: his compassion never ends. It is only the Lord’s mercies that have kept us from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness; his loving-kindness begins afresh each day. My soul claims the Lord as my inheritance; therefore I will hope in him. (Lamentations 3:21-24 TLB)

Fullness > “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:11-13 ESV)

Overflowing Hope > Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13 HCSB)

Refuge > “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!” (Psalms 46:1-3 NLT)

Restore > “Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces; now he will heal us. He has injured us; now he will bandage our wounds. In just a short time he will restore us, so that we may live in his presence. Oh, that we might know the Lord! Let us press on to know him. He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring.” (Hosea 6:1-3 NLT)

Strength > “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise him. The LORD is their strength, and he is the saving refuge of his anointed.” (Psalms 28:7-8 NKJV)

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Refine Prayer – Colossians 2 – Maranatha Vision Project

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Refine Prayer – Colossians 2

Refine means the ongoing process of purification: to remove unwanted, wretched elements from a person’s life; making small, subtle changes over time, transforming us from sinners to saints; the Holy Spirit conforming us evermore to the ways and wisdom of Jesus Christ; to empty us of depravity and fill us with dignity; to clarify and cleanse, to filter and temper, to tune and prune.  

Abba Father, I love you. We praise and worship you today in the Holy Spirit and in Jesus’ Truth. Wherever your Spirit dwells, we will find freedom. We are free citizens in a holy dominion of perfect, perpetual, eternal life. Father, this world is crazy busy, filled with myriad deceptive delights that distract us from listening to your voice, to participate in and practice rest in your refreshing presence. Oh my soul, find rest alone in Yahweh, for my salvation comes from you, Jesus. You are my Rock and Redeemer, my Fortress and Friend, my Savior and Shepherd, and in your presence I stand strong, unshaken.

Thank you for this new week brimming over with fresh mercy and beautiful grace. Thank you for the breath in my lungs, the beats of my heart, and the strength in my bones. Thank you for rescuing me from death. Thank you for restoring me to abundant life. Thank you for my relationships and resources, gifts and skills, past and future, dreams and destiny. Refiner’s Fire, shape me on the forge of your mysterious will. Have your way in me, Ancient Master of All My Days, have your way in my heart, thoughts, and desires. Not my will, Sovereign Salvation King, but yours alone be done in me and through me for your greater glory. Light of the Nations, I want heaven to fill the earth, capturing the devotion and worship of my generation today. True Light of Zion City, let the nations discover you; Radiance of Yahweh’s Glory, flood the peoples with surefire shalom.

Father, we grieve together today over the fall of Lucifer all those many millennia ago…

Outcast Dragon > “Son of dust, weep for the king of Tyre. Tell him, ‘The Lord God says: You were the perfection of wisdom and beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; your clothing was bejeweled with every precious stone—ruby, topaz, diamond, chrysolite, onyx, jasper, sapphire, carbuncle, and emerald—all in beautiful settings of finest gold. They were given to you on the day you were created. I appointed you to be the anointed Guardian Angel. You had access to the holy mountain of God. You walked among the stones of fire. You were perfect in all you did from the day you were created until that time when wrong was found in you. Your great wealth filled you with internal turmoil, and you sinned. Therefore, I cast you out of the mountain of God like a common sinner. I destroyed you, O Guardian Angel, from the midst of the stones of fire. Your heart was filled with pride because of all your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor. Therefore, I have cast you down to the ground and exposed you helpless before the curious gaze of kings. You defiled your holiness with lust for gain; therefore, I brought forth fire from your own actions and let it burn you to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all those watching you. All who know you are appalled at your fate; you are an example of horror; you are destroyed forever.’” (Ezekiel 28:12-19 TLB)

What was it like Father to create someone so beautiful, anointed, powerful, sacred, and set apart? Someone designed to worship and protect, only to watch him turn away and revolt? It wasn’t just him, the Dragon had great influence in heaven. He courted the hearts of countless of your fiery servants away from your love, poisoning their praise, and they fell far, far away from you, as far away as someone can travel between realms. 

Honestly, Lord, what was he thinking? How veiled and terrible is the slow burn of pride. Did the devil think he could win? Did he think he could defeat you Father? Oh my soul, how pride makes us blind, deaf, and mute. How pride and lust sink in and find a seat at the table of my life, masquerading as light only to corrupt me into a shade of my intended design, stumbling into a head first fall, when on the contrary, I am wired to arise with hands raised, symphonies of worship overflowing from my mind, heart, and tongue.

The dragon fell, the Lake of Fire & Brimstone was created so the devil had somewhere to go. Even in that place of utter catastrophe was your mercy at work, creating a space where he could still live, while instead, you could have annihilated him from existence with a single command. Here did the fury begin, here did the anointed one sell his birthright for chains and flames. And out of these ashes of rejection did your Son, the Living Word of God, shine the brightest, set the nations ablaze with a story so far beyond our comprehension that you have captured many hearts for eternity in every generation.

The moon and stars they wept, the morning sun was dead. The Savior of the World was fallen. Jesus’ body crucified on Calvary’s cross, his precious blood poured out for us, the weight of every curse piled upon his shoulders. One final breath he gave, as Heaven looked away, the Son of God was laid in darkness. A battle in the grave, the war on death was waged, the power of hell forever broken. The ground began to shake, the stone was rolled away, his perfect love could not be overcome. Now, Death, where is your sting? Our Resurrection King has rendered you defeated! Forever Jesus is glorified! Jesus is lifted high! Jesus has risen, and he is alive forever! And so we sing, “Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah to our King, for the Lamb has overcome the grave!” (“Forever” by Kari Jobe)

Father, we rejoice today at your perfect love and triumphant victory. Through your power, we have deep, immovable roots in Christ, we have become vessels of your glory’s fullness, and we are filled with a courageous confidence in our permanent deliverance. We are no longer slaves to fear, for by the blood of the Lamb of God, we are beloved, adopted, anointed sons and daughters walking in the freedom of your Holy Spirit.

Deep Roots > In the same way you received Jesus our Lord and Messiah by faith, continue your journey of faith, progressing further into your union with him! Your spiritual roots go deeply into his life as you are continually infused with strength, encouraged in every way. For you are established in the faith you have absorbed and enriched by your devotion to him! Beware that no one distracts you or intimidates you in their attempt to lead you away from Christ’s fullness by pretending to be full of wisdom, when in reality, they are filled with endless arguments of human logic. For they operate with humanistic and clouded judgments based on the mindset of this world system, and not the anointed truths of the Anointed One. (Colossians 2:6-8 TPT)

Glory Fullness > Jesus Messiah is the complete fullness of deity living in human form. And our own completeness is now found in him. We are completely filled with God as Christ’s fullness overflows within us. He is the Head of every kingdom and authority in the universe! Through our union with him we have experienced circumcision of heart. All of the guilt and power of sin has been cut away and is now extinct because of what Christ, the Anointed One, has accomplished for us. For we have been buried with him into his death. Our “baptism into death” also means we were raised with him when we believed in God’s resurrection power, the power that raised him from death’s realm. This “realm of death” describes our former state, for we were held in sin’s grasp. But now, we have been resurrected out of that “realm of death” never to return, for we are forever alive and forgiven of all our sins! (Colossians 2:9-13 TPT)

Permanent Deliverance > King Jesus canceled out every legal violation we had on our record and the old arrest warrant that stood to indict us. He erased it all—our sins, our stained souls — he deleted it all and they cannot be retrieved! Everything we once were in Adam has been placed onto his cross and nailed permanently there as a public display of cancellation. Then Jesus made a public spectacle of all the powers and principalities of darkness, stripping away from them every weapon and all their spiritual authority and power to accuse us. And by the power of the cross, Jesus led them around as prisoners in a procession of triumph. He was not their prisoner; they were his!  (Colossians 2:14-15 TPT)

Father, build your kingdom here, let the darkness fear. Show your mighty hand, heal our streets and lands. Set your church on fire, win all nations back. Change the atmosphere, build your kingdom here we pray. Come set your rule and reign in our hearts again. Increase in us we pray, unveil why we are made. Come set our hearts ablaze with hope, like wildfire in our souls. Holy Spirit come invade us now. We are your Church, and we need your power in us. We seek your kingdom first, we hunger and we thirst. Refuse to waste our lives, for you are our joy and prize. To see the captive hearts released, the hurt, the sick, and the poor at peace. We lay down our lives for Heaven’s cause. We are your Church, and we are praying for revival. Unleash your kingdom’s power, reaching the near and far. No force of hell can stop your beauty changing hearts. You made us for so much more than this, awake your kingdom power in us. Fill us with Christ’s strength and love, for we are your Church, and we are ambassadors for your hope here on earth. (“Build Your Kingdom Here” by Rend Collective)

Father, we pause now, we interlude, we selah in your presence. Whatever is going on, whatever battles we face, whatever we wrestle, wherever we wander, however we struggle, your hope is an anchor for our souls, your presence is the confirmation of our faith, and your voice is the shepherd of our decisions. You are here, we are not alone, never forsaken. We are set free by the blood of the Lamb. Your kingdom is coming today, and your will is being accomplished all over the world. I am a drop in the ocean, just a star in the sky, a grain of sand on the beach of what you are up to worldwide in this generation. We want to reflect you, be refined by you, be filled with your Spirit, and let go of whatever does not belong in our hearts, values, relationships, calendars, and plans. 

Because one day soon, whether that be tonight or in a thousand years, your triumph will be final and your victory complete.

Triumphant Liberation >  I saw an Angel descending out of Heaven. He carried the key to the Abyss and a chain—a huge chain. He grabbed the Dragon, that old Snake—the very Devil, Satan himself!—chained him up for a thousand years, dumped him into the Abyss, slammed it shut and sealed it tight. No more trouble out of him, deceiving the nations—until the thousand years are up. After that he has to be let loose briefly. I saw thrones. Those put in charge of judgment sat on the thrones. I also saw the souls of those beheaded because of their witness to Jesus and the Word of God, who refused to worship either the Beast or his image, refused to take his mark on forehead or hand—they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years! The rest of the dead did not live until the thousand years were up. This is the first resurrection—and those involved most blessed, most holy. No second death for them! They are priests of God and Christ; they will reign with him a thousand years. When they are over, Satan will be let loose from his cell, and will launch again his old work of deceiving the nations, searching out victims in every nook and cranny of earth, even Gog and Magog! He’ll talk them into going to war and will gather a huge army, millions strong. They’ll stream across the earth, surround and lay siege to the camp of God’s holy people, the Beloved City. They’ll no sooner get there than fire will pour out of Heaven and burn them up. The Devil who deceived them will be hurled into the Lake of Fire and Brimstone, joining the Beast and False Prophet, the three in torment around the clock for ages without end. (Revelation 20:1-10 MSG)

So now, Lord, by the grace of the Holy Spirit, and with the wind at our backs, and in your strength alone, we will rise on the wings of the dawn. Together, we will take back all the enemy has stolen. This victory is only found in the blood of the One Who Is Worthy. I know you have not forgotten all that is lost and broken. So come, brothers and sisters, come nations and peoples, come one and come all, and see the turning of the tides. Come, and see Yahweh’s sons and daughters arise. For how could he who did not spare his own Son not freely give us victory against the darkest of nights? By the blood of the One Who Is Worthy, we will take back all the enemy has stolen. We will plunder the deepest pits of hell, and we will rise on the wings of the dawn. You are worthy, Jesus, you are worthy. (“Take Back” by Will Reagan & United Pursuit)

Glory, glory, hallelujah! Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is Jesus who comes in the name of Yahweh. With all angels and archangels and all the company of heaven, we praise the Lamb of God, we praise the Lion of Judah who was slain for the sins of the world. And we sing together, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD God Almighty who was, and who is, and who is to come, world and age without end.” And we say, “Maranatha!” Jesus has come, Christ will return, come quickly, Shalom Messiah!

Amen. So be it. Grace & peace.

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Reflect Prayer – Exodus 34 – Maranatha Vision Project

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Reflect Prayer >> Exodus 34

Heavenly Father, your name is worthy to be praised. Let all the nations praise you. Sun, moon, and stars, highest heavens and deepest depths, praise Yahweh’s holy name. Let all seafarers & land dwellers, stargazers & cybernauts, soldiers & athletes, entrepreneurs & priests praise our Lord Jesus. Praise the Lord, you mountains & valleys, fruit trees & forests, wild predators & domestic herds, small creatures in dens & birds soaring upon the winds. Destitute beggars & enthroned princes, single working mothers & wealthy celebrities, great grandparents & newborn infants, slaves & saints, let us all praise the Holy Spirit. Let all our voices join in with this melodious symphony of praise, for the name of the LORD is the only one we raise. We behold your extraordinary splendor; we delight in your infinite wonder. We lift you up Jesus, we wave your banner and sing, “Hosanna in the highest!” that all the nations will worship you. (Psalm 148 paraphrase)

Radiant Glory > When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord. When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was shining, and they were afraid to come near him. When Moses finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face. But whenever he entered the Lord’s presence to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. And when he returned they saw that his face was radiant. Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he went in to speak with the Lord. (Exodus 34 NIV)

Father, like the rising sun that shines, from the darkness comes a light, I hear your voice say, “This is my awakening!” This story grieves our hearts, because Israel did not want to share in the glory you poured out over Moses. But today is a new day! And our hearts worship with gladness because an even greater glory has been poured out in this Age of the Holy Spirit, Immanuel, God With Us. 

Spirit of Peace, you never leave us, you never forsake us. We are free of all condemnation, because we are baptized in the blood of the Lamb and hidden within the folds of your righteous robes, King Jesus Messiah. No more veils are needed, no more holding back, no more longing for something greater, for the greater has come: you are here with us Holy Spirit. We cherish your presence, we treasure your faithfulness, and we rest in your embrace as you shepherd our every step, decision, desire, and dream.

Beholding Jesus > When the living beings moved, the wheels moved with them. The spirit of the living beings was in the wheels. When the beings moved, the wheels moved. When the beings stopped, the wheels stopped. Spread out above them was a surface like the sky, glittering like crystal. As they flew, their wings sounded like waves crashing against the shore or like the voice of the Almighty or like the shouting of a mighty army. Above this surface was something that looked like a throne made of blue lapis lazuli. And on this throne high above was a figure whose appearance resembled a man. From what appeared to be his waist up, he looked like gleaming amber, flickering like a fire. And from his waist down, he looked like a burning flame, shining with splendor. All around him was a glowing halo, like a rainbow shining in the clouds on a rainy day. This is what the glory of the Lord looked like to me. When I saw him, I fell face down on the ground, and he began to speak to me. (Ezekiel 1 NLT)

Father, we see that Jesus is greater and more glorious than we can imagine or understand. Thank your for unveiling to your prophets of old these dreams & visions of the Son of Man’s majesty. Because your Spirit dwells in these living beings, they are aligned with you, bound within perfect, divine harmony. They go wherever you go, turn wherever you say turn, rise when you rise, dive when you dive, and rest whenever you call for sabbath. Father, restore our wonder at your glory, refresh our awe at your story. 

Father, forgive us when we embrace you, confessing our love for you, and then quench your Spirit, silence your voice, and behave as if you dwell in some faraway temple. You’re here with us, so awaken my soul to the promised presence of the Spirit. Awaken my soul to Jesus’ revelation river flowing through my spirit, mind, and body. Awaken my soul to the living overflow of the One who sent our Master of Sorrows to be crushed beneath the weight of all mankind’s collective rebellion spanning an entire age, to be fastened to creation, a tree dying so that the King could die, so that I can die and be reborn in the life and liberty of Jesus Messiah. My Redeemer lives, and now I am alive forever. Hallelujah!

Transformation Spectacle > Jesus took his disciples Peter, Jacob, and John, and hiked up a high mountain to be alone. Then Jesus’ appearance was dramatically altered. A radiant light as bright as the sun poured from his face. And his clothing became luminescent—dazzling like lightning. He was transfigured before their very eyes. Then suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared, and they spoke with Jesus. Peter blurted out, “Lord, it’s so wonderful that we are all here together! If you want, I’ll construct three shrines, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” But while Peter was still speaking, a radiant cloud composed of light spread over them, enveloping them all. And God’s voice suddenly spoke from the cloud, saying, “This is my dearly loved Son, the constant focus of my delight. Listen to him!” The three disciples were dazed and terrified by this phenomenon, and they fell facedown to the ground. But Jesus walked over and touched them, saying, “Get up and stop being afraid.” When they finally opened their eyes and looked around, they saw no one else there but Jesus. (Matthew 17 TPT)

Father, thank you for the reflections of your glory. Thank you Jesus for reflecting our Father’s limitless love. Thank you Holy Spirit for reflecting our Father’s peacemaking mission. When we behold Jesus, we see glimpses of you. When we hear the Spirit and receive your gifts and blessings, we perceive reflections of your bewildering grace and exceptional mercy. And our heart’s cry today is for the nations, for those who have not heard, for those who do not know, and for those who have heard, tasted, and seen, and yet still refuse to believe. “Awake, brothers and sisters around the world, awaken to the King of Glory! Hear the sound of his voice, and cast your idols into the sea. Open up the door that the King of Glory may come in!” Like the rising sun that shines, from the darkness comes a light, only you can raise a life. Awake my soul, sing praises to my King.

Brothers & sisters, right now is the best time to worship. Come, let’s praise Jesus together. Now is the time for us to give our hearts fully to the Living One. Let us worship just as we are: no more games, no more masks, no holding back. Let us put delay to death today. Gladly we choose to surrender our lives early and often; quickly we fall to our knees and bow in humility. 

With all my heart, mind, soul, and strength, I choose to worship you every day Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, Wonderful Counselor, Ancient of Days. Soon, every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. One day, every soul will stand before the Creator and testify of their greatest treasure here on earth. As for me? I declare today that Jesus is my soul’s treasure, my everlasting reward, and my glorious inheritance. You, Lord Jesus, are the Only Source that will ever satisfy me, so I lay down and let go by faith.

Father, as I journey through my lifetime, as I daily fulfill my destiny, I consider the unique pathway you have laid out for my future and rest in your sovereign providence. Restore me to your design, that I may reflect your glory to the nations: reflecting your love to all tribes, reflecting your salvation to all wandering lives, reflecting your compassion to all who carry immense burdens, reflecting your power to all who despair under draining oppression, reflecting your grace to all who forsake forgiveness, reflecting courageous faith for all who are drowning in deafening defeat, reflecting hope that no matter how bad it gets, no matter who intense the storms, no matter how overwhelming the odds, greater is the Beautiful Holy Spirit within us than the bloodthirsty dragon raging about the nations seeking to deceive, distract, and destroy. Where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is freedom. Whom the Son sets free, is truly free. Jesus’ perfect love drives away all fear.

Glory, glory, hallelujah! Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is Jesus who comes in the name of Yahweh. With all angels and archangels and all the company of heaven, we praise the Lamb of God, we praise the Lion of Judah who was slain for the sins of the world. And we sing together, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD God Almighty who was, and who is, and who is to come, world and age without end.” And we say, “Maranatha!” Jesus has come, Christ will return, come quickly, Shalom Messiah!

Amen. So be it. Grace & peace.

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These song lyrics are scattered throughout this prayer > “Awakening” by Reuben Morgan & Chris Tomlin, and “Come, Now Is The Time To Worship,” by Brian Doerksen

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