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.

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Establish Roots – Psalm 40 – Maranatha Vision Project

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Establish Roots – Prayer Blessings

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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Worship Letter – Psalm 63 – Maranatha Vision Project

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Worship Letter (Psalm 63)

Over the last few months, I have seen a lot of convergence in my conversations with leaders across the planet around the word WORSHIP. I believe many leaders, who have previously been creating their own empires, are converging around worship, ready to return to building Jesus’ kingdom.

One of my favorite worship songs from when I was a missionary kid living in the Philippines was “Heart of Worship” by Matt Redman. This songwriter experienced a drifting away from his walk with Jesus and wrote this beautiful restoration anthem > 

I’m coming back to the heart of worship, and it’s all about you, it’s all about you, Jesus. I’m sorry Lord for the thing I’ve made it, for it’s all about you, it’s all about you, Jesus.

Worship is the response of love and affection we express to God because of who he is and what he has done for us. Worship is a culture of our hearts, a spiritual environment whereby we rest in God’s presence, delight in his righteousness, and listen to his voice.

If I clearly understand the story in Ezekiel 28, worship was the reason Lucifer became prideful in his heart, led a rebellion of angels against God, and transformed from a beautiful cherubim into a wicked dragon. He grew weary of guiding the angelic host to worship the Creator, and instead desired to receive worship from angels and humans. The Devil decided in his mind that God was not the only one worthy to receive worship.

Authentic worship means I agree that God should be in control and lead me. I surrender my authority and choose daily to trust and follow him as he guides my decisions. I lay down my “rights” to do whatever feels good to me. I let go of the illusion that I am Master of my destiny, and I posture myself as a sheep to be led; a son trusting his Father’s will.

The Devil now has a stronghold in the Church and missions. He has diluted the vital role worship plays in every person’s lifetime. Our culture has embraced an environment where worship must compete with family, career, entertainment, recreation, vacation, and all the other ways we choose to use time. Worship is now a list line item, a discretionary variable on a strategic priorities inventory rather than an essential, indispensable lifestyle.

Something terrible has happened without us noticing, my brothers & sisters! Worship has lost her place at the core of our souls. In the aftermath of this heartbreaking loss, we find ourselves amidst a generation that praises God only when it is convenient. Let us listen together to a few stories where our Lord Jesus emphasizes worship’s centrality.

Deep Roots > As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so continue to live in him. Keep your roots deep in him and have your lives built on him. Be strong in the faith, just as you were taught, and always be thankful. (Colossians 2:6-7 NCV)

Focus Above > Since you were brought back to life with Christ, focus on the things that are above – where Christ holds the highest position. Keep your mind on things above, not on worldly things. You have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Christ is your life. (Colossians 3:1-4 NOG)

Glory Sanctuary > O God, you are my God; early will I seek you. My soul thirsts for you, and my flesh longs for you in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. So I have looked for you in the sanctuary, to see your power and glory. Because your loving kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise you. Thus, I will bless you while I live; I will lift up my hands in your name. My soul will be satisfied. (Psalm 63:1-5 NKJV)

Truth Guardian > When the Holy Spirit who is Truth comes, he shall guide you into all Truth, for he will not be presenting his own ideas, but will be passing on to you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. He shall praise me and bring me great honor by showing you my glory. (John 16:13-14 TLB)

What will it take to restore worship as a way of life in our generation? 

Step One: Let us dig our roots deeply once again into the rich soils of Jesus’ majesty.

Step Two: Let us recapture our heavenly sight, gazing always and only at Jesus and viewing everyone and all desires & decisions through the lens of his love & presence.

Step Three: Let us be satisfied only in Christ. Let us lay down all our idols at his feet.

Step Four: Let us renew our friendship with the Holy Spirit: our All Seasons Navigator, Destiny Revealer, Generous Advocate, Loyal Helper, and Wonderful Counselor.

Maranatha Prayer > Abba Father, we love you with all our hearts, minds, souls, and strength. You are the Ancient of Days, the Creator of All Creation. We are here because you breathed us into existence. Our hearts beat, our lungs breathe because you hold all things together. Father, restore us once again to a way of living where we worship and praise your name with every breath, step, desire, decision, and dream. Lord Jesus, fill us every day with your Truth & Wisdom. Holy Spirit, lead, guide, and shepherd us as we delight in your presence, listen to your voice, and discern your revelations. We pray, trust, and believe in Jesus’ name, amen. Hosanna! Maranatha!

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Ascend Above Prayer – Colossians 3 – Maranatha Vision Project

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Heavenly Father, our hearts and thoughts ascend to your throne room today. We lift you up, we honor and glorify your name in all the earth. We join in with the four living creatures and the 24 elders who fall down before your holy throne day and night singing this song, “Lamb of Yahweh, you are worthy to take the scroll and open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for the Father souls from every tribe, language, people, and nation. You have built your people into a kingdom of priests to serve you forever, and they will reign with the Son upon the earth.” Hosanna, hallelujah!

Glory Sanctuary > O God, you are my God; early will I seek you. My soul thirsts for you, and my flesh longs for you in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. So I have looked for you in the sanctuary, to see your power and glory. Because your loving kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise you. Thus, I will bless you while I live; I will lift up my hands in your name. My soul shall be satisfied. (Psalm 63:1-5 NKJV)

Father, how quickly my soul wanders away from your Glory Sanctuary. How prone to fall away from your love is my heart’s pathway. I return to the heart of worship today, and I vow that my life belongs to you. My heart is yours, Lord Jesus, my heart is yours. I need you, Holy Spirit, every hour I need you. Once again, I return to this river to swim. I’m sorry Lord for the times I have made following you more complicated than ascending a hill, or floating in a river, or resting in green pastures beneath a sheltering shade tree. Father, thank you for creating this space of prayer, this place of worship in my heart where your Spirit now dwells within me, speaking softly, guiding me to seek you with all that I am.

Heaven Sight > Since you became alive again when Christ arose from the dead, set your sights on the rich treasures and joys of heaven where Jesus sits beside God in the place of honor and power. Let heaven fill your thoughts; don’t spend your time worrying about things down here. You should have as little desire for this world as a dead person does. Your real life is in heaven with Christ and God. And when Christ who is our real life comes back again, you will shine with him and share in all his glory. (Colossians 3:1-4 TLB)

Father, thank you for these new eyes as gifts for my new life. For I have been crucified with Jesus, and the old wineskins are gone. But you, Holy Spirit, live in me. My heart was dead and wicked, and now, because of your love, my heart is new and righteous, a mystery I will never comprehend. My spirit was restless and rebellious, quick to share your glory with idols and false gods, wanting everything in life to always benefit me and make me happy. Then one day, you conquered my pride and defeated my lust. My Shepherd Redeemer, you guided me through this new, living way to refresh in your powerful wisdom, to rest in your compassionate care, to satisfy myself alone with you.

Interceding Saints > As for us, we have this large crowd of witnesses around us. So then, let us rid ourselves of everything that gets in the way, and of the sin which holds on to us so tightly, and let us run with determination the race that lies before us. Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end. He did not give up because of the cross! On the contrary, because of the joy that was waiting for him, he thought nothing of the disgrace of dying on the cross, and he is now seated at the right side of God’s throne. (Hebrews 12:1-2 GNT)

Father, I see the saints and angels today. My forebears of long lost days have finished their race and won the prize and dwell in glory. I am surrounded by the prophets and kings of old, all the seraphim and cherubim who remained steadfast on the day the dragon deceived so many into hellfire. More remained faithful than those who left your presence, exchanging your majesty for counterfeit glory. My flesh has selfish desires, yet my eyes will remain fixed upon you Jesus. The world has thousands of idols seeking my attention, yet my heart will remain focused upon you Jesus. The dragon masquerades as a Bearer of Light to manipulate my affections, yet my soul will remain faithful to you alone Jesus. There’s nowhere else I would rather be than here with you Holy Spirit.

Mysterious Unity > “I pray not on behalf of these only, but also for those who believe in Me through their message, that they all may be one. Just as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You, so also may they be one in Us, so the world may believe that You sent Me. The glory that You have given to Me I have given to them, that they may be one just as We are one— I in them and You in Me—that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me and loved them as You loved Me. (John 17:20-23 TLV)

Father, I see my brothers and sisters scattered across the nations. One kingdom family under one Great Ascended Priest. I see all your disciples in every nation and place as one united body under one Divine Head. I see the enemy’s plan to slither in between brothers to divide us, to prowl unseen in between families and deceive us. I receive a renewed love for your people everywhere. As you are One, Father, Son, and Spirit, so may your people by your grace and power love one another. You are worthy and worthwhile for your people to cherish, embrace, and nurture unity. 

We praise you that unity is not uniformity, that we are One Tribe in Christ brightly sparkling as a multicolored mosaic, an intricately-woven matrix of myriad personalities, gifts, passions, strengths, skills, and anointings. We are a slow-building orchestral anthem, a symphonic hallelujah ever increasing in depth and breadth until every voice joins in from the highest heaven to the deepest abyss celebrating the only name that is above & beyond every name. Jesus Messiah, Lamb of God, praiseworthy is your name!  

Praying Priest > Jesus permanently holds his priestly office, since he lives forever and will never have a successor! So he is able to save fully from now throughout eternity all who come to God through him, because he lives to pray continually for them. He is the High Priest who perfectly fits our need—holy, without a trace of evil, without the ability to deceive, incapable of sin, and exalted beyond the heavens! (Hebrews 7:24-26 TPT)

Father, what would we do if Jesus was not praying for us all the time? And not only do you pray for us, Treasured Friend, but also you have made a way for us by your Spirit to always pray. Spirit of Jesus, help our hearts to heal as we remember your salvation, that Jesus is our Great Physician whose glory is a soothing salve to restore our souls. Spirit of Glory, help our minds ascend to heavenly realities, hearing the voices of seraphim praising the Lamb day & night, witnessing the elders and saints worshipping Jesus and interceding for the Church of our generation to make disciples in every tribe & language. 

Spirit of Grace & Prayer, thank you for shepherding my life with the compassion of heaven, the mercy of your kingdom, and the freedom of your presence. Here I raise my Ebenezer, here I’ve come by thy daily help, and I hope by thy good pleasure safely to arrive at home. Savior, you sought me when I was a stranger wandering from the fold of God. You rescued me from danger, and purchased my soul with your precious blood.

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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Quiet Voice Prayer – 1 Kings 19 – Maranatha Vision Project

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Heavenly Father, we praise and worship your holy name. Your love transforms our souls, your power overcomes our evil desires, your wisdom directs our every step. We worship you in the Holy Spirit today, we dig our teeth into your Glorious Truth awaiting your every revelation, discerning your every word by the grace of Jesus our Magnificent Messiah who died to save us, who bled to baptize us in divine identity and forever life.

Fortress Sanctuary > God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come, when mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge! [Interlude] A river brings joy to Yahweh’s city, the sacred home of the Most High. God dwells in that city; it cannot be destroyed. From the very break of day, God will protect it. The nations are in chaos, and their kingdoms crumble! God’s voice thunders, and the earth melts! The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress. [Interlude] Come, see the glorious works of the Lord: See how he brings destruction upon the world. He causes wars to end throughout the earth. He breaks the bow and snaps the spear; he burns the shields with fire. “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation, worshiped throughout the nations.” The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress. (Psalm 46 NLT)

Wash over us like tidal waves Holy Spirit. Whatever pulls us to the grave, whatever distracts us from the narrow pathway, whatever divides us from our brothers and sisters, we renounce those influences, we reject those voices, we listen only to your pure voice Good Shepherd. Take us wherever your river flows, heal the deserted places in our souls, and let your living waters wash over our filthy feet. All we desire is to become completely empty of our wayward flesh, the temptations of this poisoned world, and the deceptive lies of the dragon, so that we will feast upon your living bread, drink of your living waters, embrace with delight your life-changing truth, and walk in the freedom of your glory, the majesty of your splendor, the power of your resurrection, the love of your beautiful heart.

Identity Transformation > When John realized that a lot of Pharisees and Sadducees were showing up for a baptism experience because it was becoming the popular thing to do, he exploded: “Brood of snakes! What do you think you’re doing slithering down here to the river? Do you think a little water on your snakeskins is going to make any difference? It’s your life that must change, not your skin! And don’t think you can pull rank by claiming Abraham as father. Being a descendant of an ancient father is neither here nor there. Descendants of Abraham are a dime a dozen. What counts is your life. Is it green and blossoming? Because if it’s deadwood, it goes on the fire. I’m baptizing you here in the river, turning your old life in for a kingdom life. The real action comes next: The main character in this drama—compared to him I’m a mere stagehand—will ignite the kingdom life within you, a fire within you, the Holy Spirit within you, changing you from the inside out. He’s going to clean house—make a clean sweep of your lives. He’ll place everything true in its proper place before God; everything false he’ll put out with the trash to be burned.” Jesus then appeared, arriving at the Jordan River from Galilee. He wanted John to baptize him. John objected, “I’m the one who needs to be baptized, not you!” But Jesus insisted. “Do it. God’s work, putting things right all these centuries, is coming together right now in this baptism.” So John did it. The moment Jesus came up out of the baptism waters, the skies opened up and he saw God’s Spirit—it looked like a dove—descending and landing on him. And along with the Spirit, a voice: “This is my Son, chosen and marked by my love, delight of my life. Listen to him.” (Matthew 3:7-17 MSG)

Holy Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh upon us today. Our souls thirst for you. Yes! Our souls thirst for you. Even as the deer are thirsty, panting for streams of refreshing waters in hidden oases, we thirst for you. Our souls thirst & hunger cannot, will not, must not be quenched by any other source than your peaceful presence. Burst down the doors of my heart Holy Spirit, flood the halls of my thoughts Holy Spirit, fill the forgotten rooms within the walls of my heart until there is no place left in my heart, mind, soul, spirit, or body where you are not welcome, where I do not want your Truth to shine, your Word to blaze.

Quiet Voice > Later the Lord’s angel came to him again, touched him, and said, “Get up and eat! If you don’t, you will not be strong enough to make the long trip.” So Elijah got up. He ate and drank and felt strong. Then Elijah walked for 40 days and nights to Mount Horeb, the mountain of God. There Elijah went into a cave and spent the night. Then the Lord said to him, “Elijah, why are you here?” Elijah answered, “Lord God All-Powerful, I have always served you the best I can, but the Israelites have broken their agreement with you. They destroyed your altars and killed your prophets. I am the only prophet left alive, and now they are trying to kill me!” Then the Lord said to Elijah, “Go, stand in front of me on the mountain. I, the Lord, will pass by you.” Then a very strong wind blew. The wind caused the mountains to break apart. It broke large rocks in front of the Lord. But that wind was not the Lord. After that wind, there was an earthquake. But that earthquake was not the Lord. After the earthquake, there was a fire. But that fire was not the Lord. After the fire, there was a quiet, gentle voice. When Elijah heard the voice, he used his coat to cover his face and went to the entrance to the cave and stood there. Then a voice said to him, “Elijah, why are you here?” (1 Kings 19:7-13 ERV)

Father, we are swept away in the avalanche currents of your wonderful mercy, your wonderworking power. Living Water, you are welcome in my soul. Light of the World, you are welcome in my home. Resurrection Life, you are welcome in my desires. Good Teacher, you are welcome in my mind. Great Physician, you are welcome in my body. 

This one treasure I seek, this one skill I desire to master: to rest in your presence listening to your voice. You are the wellspring that cannot run dry, only you can satisfy me completely, perfectly, wholly, fully. Thank you for all that you are, thank you for all that you do, and thank you for all that you plan for me and my family. I rest in you Heavenly Oasis, I trust your worthy hands Righteous Potter, I heal in your green pastures and beside your quiet waters Warrior Shepherd, I stand upon your firm foundation Overseer of My Soul.

Chief Cornerstone of my leadership, thank you for this new season of my life. Banner For All Peoples, thank you for rescuing the nations today. Consuming Fire, thank you for burning up within me whatever does not belong. Diadem of Beauty, thank you for capturing my heart with renewed wonder at your curious creation and divine culture. Firstborn from among the Dead, thank you for sealing my name in the Lamb’s Book of Life to be read before all mankind and supernatural beings on Judgment Day. Israel’s Consolation, thank you for keeping your covenant people within your ultimate plan to bring yourself the greatest glory through the last generation of this age. New Covenant Mediator, thank you for showing us your ways, deepening our love for you, exposing us to knowledge we aren’t aware exists, and guiding us to embrace the fullness of your gifts & fruit flowing from Zion through our lifetimes to bless & reconcile the nations. Spirit of Grace & Prayer, thank you for not giving up on me when I wander for a season, thank you for holding onto me when I epic fail, thank you for remembering me and staying faithful to me when I reject you and choose to follow the dragon’s temptations, and thank you for rescuing me time and time again when I fall into a dark pit with no way out unless you shine your light into death and open the forsaken prison doors with your freedom keys.

Glory, glory, hallelujah! Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is Jesus who comes in the name of the LORD. 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.” And we proclaim together, “Maranatha! Jesus has come, Jesus will return, Come quickly, Messiah King Jesus!” Amen. So be it. Grace & peace. Maranatha!

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Immanuel’s Salvation Prayer – Matthew 1 – Maranatha Vision Project

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Heavenly Father, thank you for creating this place of prayer, this space of worship. At all times in your Holy Spirit, we may now pray because of Jesus. It’s not easy, there’s many distractions, and the dragon labors tirelessly to cause my soul to slowly drift away from time focused on your presence. Every hour, I need you Lord to keep me focused on you.

Thank you Immanuel, God With Us, for ransoming Israel, who was an enslaved captive. Mourning in lonely exile, Israel longed for the Son of God to appear. Immanuel, God With Us, you have come, you have appeared, you died to save us all, and you rose again, reborn in resurrection life, shining for every nation to see clearly and receive you by faith!

Father’s House > After being separated from him for three days, they finally found him in the temple, sitting among the Jewish teachers, listening to them and asking questions. All who heard Jesus speak were astounded at his intelligent understanding of all that was being discussed and at his wise answers to their questions. His parents were shocked to find him there, and Mary scolded him, saying, “Son, your father and I have searched for you everywhere! We have been worried sick over not finding you. Why would you do this to us?” Jesus said to them, “Why would you need to search for me? Didn’t you know that it was necessary for me to be here in my Father’s house, consumed with him?” Mary and Joseph didn’t fully understand what Jesus meant. Jesus went with them back home to Nazareth and was obedient to them. His mother treasured Jesus’ words deeply in her heart. As Jesus grew, so did his wisdom and maturity. The favor of men increased upon his life, for he was loved greatly by God. (Luke 2:46-52 TPT)

We want to be consumed by you Lord, caught up in your grace, gazing unceasingly at your face, which one day and then forever we will behold in all your glory and majesty. As Jesus was one with you, so now we are rejoined to you in Christ. Oh, how the world tempts us away from your love, corrupts the Truth, poisons the joy you freely give to all who remain in your love. Now, my Father’s house is the Holy Spirit in my heart, hallelujah!

Jesse’s Rod of Deliverance, you set us free from Satan’s tyranny, and out from the depths of Hell, you saved your people and gave us victory, triumphant over the grave. We rejoice, we rejoice, for Immanuel has come to Israel. We rejoice with gladness, praising your name with delight and adoration. We celebrate your advent, ascension, and promised return. As Jesus grew in wisdom and maturity, so will I. As Jesus received increasing favor as he aged, so will I. As Jesus was consumed by your presence Father, and overwhelmed by your love, so will I. As Jesus surrendered to your will Father, ready to go wherever you lead, fulfill whatever you request, speak whatever you say, so will I.

Immanuel’s Salvation > This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). (Matthew 1:18-23 NIV)

Jesus, you are the Savior of the World, the Son of God, the Living Word. You are my Bread of Life, the Awakening Power that rescued my soul, the Resurrection Life that guides my decisions, the Loyal Friend that stokes my hope into fresh fire when the embers almost burn out. Jesus, you are the Light of the Nations, the Only Hope of Every Generation, and the Wellspring of Abba’s Love. Thank you for leaving your glory in heaven to clothe yourself in flesh for us, to take on unimaginable pain so we can reign.

Day Spring and Dawn’s First Light, how your arrival gave our spirits cheer. You dispersed the gloomy clouds of night and put to flight death’s dark shadows. We rejoice, we rejoice, for Immanuel has come to Israel. We praise the Lord of Majesty for dwelling with us, filling us with the fruit and gifts of heaven, and teaching us how to return to our first love all the while surrounded by the lies of a thousand false gods. With fresh faith for a new day, we covenant again to praise your name, to seek your will, to rest in your healing embrace.

Shining Light > “Let us thank the Lord God of Israel. He has bought His people and made them free. He has raised up from the family of David One Who Saves people from the punishment of their sins. His anointed prophets told us this message long ago. God told us that we should be saved from those who hate us and from all those who work against us. He would show loving-kindness to our early fathers. He would remember His holy promise. God promised this salvation to our blessed father Abraham. He promised that we would be saved from those who hate us and that we would worship Him without being afraid. We can be holy and right with God all the days of our life. Because the heart of our God is full of loving-kindness for us, a light from heaven will shine on us. It will give light to those who live in darkness and are under the shadow of death. It will lead our feet in the way of peace.” (Luke 1:68-75, 78-79 NLV)

Father of Lights, you commissioned the Light of the World to push back darkness until only light remains. Your promises keep us steady through storms: that you are good, that your love never fails, that wherever the Holy Spirit is welcome, there is freedom, that everyone hidden in Christ is unbound by condemnation, that you will provide all we need, that Jesus will return soon, that our destiny is with you in Zion: our immortal home.

David’s Key, you have opened wide our heavenly home, you have closed the path leading to misery, made safe the way that leads to your majesty on high. We rejoice, we rejoice, for Immanuel has come to Israel. All the days of our lives, we will dwell in the presence of the Only One who is worthy to receive our love, worship, and allegiance.

Wonderful Counselor > A child has been born to us; God has given a son to us. He will be responsible for leading the people. His name will be Wonderful Counselor, Powerful God, Father Who Lives Forever, Prince of Peace. Power and peace will be in his kingdom and will continue to grow forever. He will rule as king on David’s throne and over David’s kingdom. He will make it strong by ruling with justice and goodness from now on and forever. The Lord All-Powerful will faithfully fulfill all these prophesies perfectly because of his steadfast love for his covenant people. (Isaiah 9:6-7 NCV)

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, oh my soul! The King has come, salvation is here, freedom is real, and death has no claim on me. What greater anchor of hope exists than to know my destination beyond the aftermath of my death, to know whom will welcome my soul into eternity after my body lies silent in the grave, to know now in my dust-in-the-wind life that I am created to live forever, unceasing waves of ages beyond my comprehension, a life so far into the future that I cannot quantify this everlasting destiny?

Lord of Might, in ancient times on Sinai’s height to Israel’s tribes, you gave the Law in cloud and majesty and awe. We rejoice, we rejoice, for Immanuel has come to rescue Israel. Minister of the Sanctuary and True Tabernacle of heaven here on earth, help us to practice your presence every day. Please do not let us miss the revolutionary paradigm shifts of your completed covenant that Jesus described. You changed everything, making a way where there was no way for us to be filled to overflowing with your Holy Spirit. 

We rejoice, we rejoice, for Immanuel has come to live within me. We praise you, Father, and in Jesus’ name we pray, trust, and believe, Amen. Maranatha!

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Glory Canopy Prayer – Isaiah 4 – Maranatha Vision Project

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Glory Canopy Prayer (Isaiah 4)

Holy Spirit, you live in me; you never fail or forsake God’s people. We are the covenant people of Yahweh’s eternal freedom. Father, your promises are unending, your heavenly blessings are being poured into our hearts, the glory of your name is refreshing our hope, and we lift up the banner of Jesus, delighting to praise your name all our days. 

Father, we are filled with wonder at your majesty. Right here, right now, we surrender to your sovereign will. We are surrounded by the mysterious power of your never-failing grace. Holy Spirit, we can never express to you in words the depth of our thankfulness to have you living with us, revealing our Father’s will, providing righteous counsel for every decision, aligning our desires with Jesus’ ways, and coming alive to persevere in warfare.

Glory Anointing > At that time the Lord’s branch will be very beautiful and great. The people still living in Israel will be proud of what the land grows. Those who are still living in Jerusalem will be called holy; their names are recorded among the living in Jerusalem. The Lord will wash away the filth from the women of Jerusalem. He will wash the bloodstains out of Jerusalem and clean the city with the spirit of fairness and the spirit of fire. Then the Lord will cover Mount Zion and the people who meet there with a cloud of smoke during the day and with a bright, flaming fire at night. There will be a covering over every person. This covering will protect the people from the heat of the sun and will provide a safe place to hide from the storm and rain. (Isaiah 4:2-6 NCV)

Father, though my sins are like scarlet, they shall be whiter than snow, because I am washed in the blood of the Lamb. Though my desires are selfish, and my heart is prone to wander, I will walk in freedom, because I am washed in the blood of the Lamb. The blazing splendor of your divine glory covers me through every storm; I am not afraid.

Father, we need you: every hour we need you, every heartbeat in our chests, every breath of our lungs, and every fleeting thought passing through our minds. We need your intervention, and we look to you to guide us. For so long, oh Lord, we lived on our own, independently navigating our days alone, but no more. You are a protective covering shading us from being burned, you are a river of life flowing, feeding our souls, and you are a blazing fire at night, guarding us in safety and security against the dragon’s attacks.

Immovable Heart > Show me loving-kindness, O God, show me loving-kindness. For my soul goes to You to be safe. And I will be safe in the shadow of Your wings until the trouble has passed. I will cry to God Most High, to God Who finishes all things for me. He will send from heaven and save me. He will put to shame him who is breaking me under his feet. God will send His loving-kindness and His truth. My soul is among lions. I must lie among the sons of men who breathe fire, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and whose tongues are a sharp sword. Be lifted up above the heavens, O God. Let Your shining-greatness be above all the earth. They have set a net for my steps. My soul is brought down. They dug a deep hole in front of me. But they themselves have fallen into it. My heart will not be moved, O God. My heart cannot be moved. I will sing, yes, I will sing praises! Awake, my shining-greatness. Awake, harps. I will awake early in the morning. O Lord, I will give thanks to You among the people. I will sing praises to You among the nations. For Your loving-kindness is great to the heavens, and Your truth to the clouds. Be lifted up above the heavens, O God. Let Your shining-greatness be above all the earth. (Psalm 57 NLV)

Everlasting Father, your fire is rising in my soul, your all-consuming flame is an altar of praise to your name within my heart. Lord Jesus, you are the same yesterday, today, and forever. One thousand years is a single day to you; one day a millennium’s span. My Faith Cornerstone, you are the Great I AM, and I give you thanks for my life, my breath, my existence. I praise you for strength & faith, for provision & protection, and for your love.

Great Shepherd & Worthy Overseer of my Soul, my heart cannot be moved, and my feet will no longer tread along evil pathways, because your love covers me and your blood poured out on Calvary’s Altar has saved me. I praise you, Faithful & True God, and I repent of every moment I have silenced your Holy Spirit’s voice speaking to me, quenched the Spirit of Grace & Prayer revealing your will to me. Today, I begin anew.

Glory Within > On the day Pentecost was being fulfilled, all the disciples were gathered in one place. Suddenly they heard the sound of a violent blast of wind rushing into the house from out of the heavenly realm. The roar of the wind was so overpowering it was all anyone could bear! Then all at once a pillar of fire appeared before their eyes.[d] It separated into tongues of fire that engulfed each one of them. They were all filled and equipped with the Holy Spirit and were inspired to speak in tongues—empowered by the Spirit to speak in languages they had never learned! Now, at that time there were Jewish worshipers who had emigrated from many different lands to live in Jerusalem. When the people of the city heard the roaring sound, crowds came running to where it was coming from, stunned over what was happening, because each one could hear the disciples speaking in his or her own language. Bewildered, they said to one another, “Aren’t these all Galileans? So how is it that we hear them speaking in our own languages? We are Iranians, Elamites, Mesopotamians, Judeans, Turks, Asians, Egyptians, Libyans, Romans, Jews, Gentiles, Cretans, and Arabs. Yet we hear them speaking of God’s mighty wonders in our own dialects!” They all stood there, dumbfounded and astonished, saying to one another, “What is this phenomenon?” But others poked fun at them and said, “They’re just drunk on new wine.” (Acts 2:1-13 TPT)

Father, thank you for giving us everything your Church will ever need to fulfill your will and accomplish your mission to redeem every tribe and nation into your eternal family. Holy Spirit, you are the One we need, you are the One we seek, you are the One in whom we must depend. You are the Pearl of Great Price, you are the Lost Treasure in the Field, and you are the Trustworthy Captain of our faith journey. You reveal to us God’s ways, you teach us Jesus’ paths, you instruct us in our King’s wisdom, you answer all of our prayers, you nurture our praise, you cultivate our trust, you fill us with life everlasting, and you speak clearly whether we avoid your voice or listen intently, desiring to hear. 

Father, we remember today that the nations do not have what we have… yet. Thank you for your compassion, your love that’s never failing. Let your mercy fall afresh on all nations in this hour of need. Every tribe needs forgiveness, the gentle kindness of our Redeemer, for Jesus is the only hope for every generation of humanity. Jesus Messiah moves mountains and calms storms, Jesus Messiah heals the sick and raises the dead, Jesus Messiah awakens hearts and restores ruins, Jesus Messiah liberates slaves and rescues souls, Jesus Messiah nurtures unity and cultivates trust, and Jesus Messiah teaches truth and channels the kingdom of heaven above, here to the earth below.

Salvation Shepherd > After this I looked, and there was an enormous crowd—no one could count all the people! They were from every race, tribe, nation, and language, and they stood in front of the throne and of the Lamb, dressed in white robes and holding palm branches in their hands. They called out in a loud voice: “Salvation comes from our God, who sits on the throne, and from the Lamb!” All the angels stood around the throne, the elders, and the four living creatures. Then they threw themselves face downward in front of the throne and worshiped God, saying, “Amen! Praise, glory, wisdom, thanksgiving, honor, power, and might belong to our God forever and ever! Amen!” One of the elders asked me, “Who are these people dressed in white robes, and where do they come from?” “I don’t know, sir. You do,” I answered. He said to me, “These are the people who have come safely through the terrible persecution. They have washed their robes and made them white with the blood of the Lamb. That is why they stand before God’s throne and serve him day and night in his temple. He who sits on the throne will protect them with his presence. Never again will they hunger or thirst; neither sun nor any scorching heat will burn them, because the Lamb, who is in the center of the throne, will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of life-giving water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:9-17 GNT)

Ancient of Days, you are mighty to save. Forever, Jesus is the Author of Salvation, the Lion and the Lamb, for he rose and conquered the grave, ascended to the third heaven, and sent the Holy Spirit as our Second Immanuel, the Spirit of Jesus dwelling within us. We are never alone now, and there is no condemnation for anyone hidden in Christ, because your blood is a Fountain of Living Waters daily at work to cleanse us, flooding us with the power, the glory, the beauty, and the mystery of the Friend of Sinners, Bread of  Life, Dwelling Place, Mighty Fortress, Glorious Sword, Great High Priest, Israel’s Keeper, Great Physician Who Heals Us, Skilled Master Builder, Source of Salvation, Wonderful Counselor, and Zion’s Righteous King. We love you, praise you, and rest safe & sound under your glory canopy in Jesus’ name we pray, believe, and trust, Amen. Maranatha!

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