I have a friend who received this very interesting prophetic word some time ago:
“God is delighted by your willingness to pray outrageous prayers.”
And just what are outrageous prayers? They are the ones we think our God might just be too small to actually do, because we put Him in a box. But God is not constrained by our boxes. And sooner (rather than later) it’s crucial we begin to pray with that in mind.
Following the terrorist attacks in Paris a couple of weeks ago, I was getting beside myself over the issue of Syrian refugees headed to America. There I was, scrolling through Facebook, reading and commenting on the dueling posts.
“God calls us to love the stranger and help them.”
“Are you crazy? These strangers want to kill us.”
“Let them in!”
“Keep them away!”
On and on until I realized, ‘I have to get off Facebook.’
There’s so much coming at us from so many different directions these days, I told several people, ‘Only God can help us.’ But the discouragement I felt revealed that deep in my heart, I wondered if He would. Then, my friend who prays outrageous prayers told me how God is answering one of our pleas, in just the outrageous way she had been the first to utter.
We had prayed together about our concerns over the smart meters that utility companies are putting on people’s homes and businesses. These meters are supposed to give the utility companies a reading of how much electricity, gas or water the homeowner or business owner is using. But they do far more than that, invading privacy; exposing the home or business’s occupants to harmful radiation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; causing illness in many people even while utility companies are shutting off the power of many residents who are refusing them.
I’d been praying for the Lord’s intervention in legislation that would give residents of my state a choice in the kind of meters we have on our homes. My friend went way beyond that. She prayed the smart meters would just stop working – every one of them - and would need to be replaced by the analog meters we’ve all used safely for decades.
Weeks later, she heard from a contractor in our area that this is exactly what’s happening in at least one local community. The smart meters aren’t working, and the utility company is quietly removing them!
I was absolutely thrilled to hear that response to my friend’s outrageous prayer. When she first prayed it, I laughed, and then agreed with her. I began praying it too – and look what God is doing!
You do not have, because you do not ask. (James 4:2)
Why don’t we ask? Because we’re afraid He won’t answer.
As I began writing this post, I came upon a prophetic word given by Kim Clement last year:
"The Spirit of God says, "'Hear Me, please… I have a massive plan that will shake ISIS, that will shake the terrorist organizations that are creeping into your nation. Conversions will take place as they cross your border. Are you hearing Me? Conversions will take place as they cross the border.'”
What an amazing thought. Why should we pray for God to keep the bad guys out and keep us safe? How much better would it be to ask Him to let them come, and the moment they set foot on American soil, their knees hit the ground as they encounter Him. Regardless of what some would have us believe, the United States of America is after all, one nation under God. This land is His!
"’They are entering into holy ground,’" says the Lord,” in Kim Clement’s prophecy (which you can read in its entirety here.) Why don’t we believe Him? Can we take God at His word and pray it back to Him? He has promised His word does not return to Him empty. Rather, it accomplishes exactly what He sends it to accomplish! So why don’t we try it?
Remember the story of Pharaoh who made the huge mistake of defying God over the freedom, the safety, the very lives of the children of Israel? The harder Pharaoh’s heart got and the more He defied the Lord, the more God’s mighty arm moved on behalf of His children.
When the Lord sent the plague of flies on the Egyptians, He said specifically “‘But on that day I will deal differently with the land of Goshen, where my people live; no swarms of flies will be there, so that you will know that I, the Lord, am in this land.”
He stated the same when He sent the plague that killed the Egyptians’ livestock and when He sent the plague of boils, the plague of hail and the plague of locusts. His same distinction between the two nations is implied in the plagues of blood, frogs and gnats. When darkness covered the entire land of Egypt for three days, all of the Israelites had light in their homes in Goshen. And when death swept through the land and claimed the lives of every firstborn male among the Egyptian children and livestock, Israel was protected by the Blood of the Lamb on their doorposts as death passed over them. (You can read the full account of all of this in Exodus Chapters 7-12).
Let’s remind ourselves of this - to pray that God will show Himself mighty in every move that the leaders of this nation make against Him and against His children. It’s time to ask God for the outrageous on every issue including this:
The Center for Medical Progress has now released ten videos showing Planned Parenthood personnel discussing selling body parts from the babies they butcher. The very thought of it is beyond horrendous. Equally horrendous is the fact that your tax dollars and mine help them do it.
The U.S. Senate is voting today and tomorrow on a bill titled HR 3762 that would defund Planned Parenthood. And Barack Obama has already said he will veto it if it passes.
But our God says the following, and it's time we pray it in agreement with Him.
That this President and this Congress can do nothing against the Truth [not serve any party or personal interest], but only for the Truth [which is the Gospel]. (2 Corinthians 13:8 Amplified)
And all of Psalm 2
1 Why do the nations assemble with commotion [uproar and confusion of voices], and why do the people imagine (meditate upon and devise) an empty scheme?
2 The kings of the earth take their places; the rulers take counsel together against the Lord and His Anointed One (the Messiah, the Christ). They say,
3 Let us break Their bands [of restraint] asunder and cast Their cords [of control] from us.
4 He Who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord has them in derision [and in supreme contempt He mocks them].
5 He speaks to them in His deep anger and troubles (terrifies and confounds) them in His displeasure and fury, saying,
6 Yet have I anointed (installed and placed) My King [firmly] on My holy hill of Zion.
7 I will declare the decree of the Lord: He said to Me, You are My Son; this day [I declare] I have begotten You.
8 Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations as Your inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth as Your possession.
9 You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them in pieces like potters’ ware.
10 Now therefore, O you kings, act wisely; be instructed and warned, O you rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with reverent awe and worshipful fear; rejoice and be in high spirits with trembling [lest you displease Him].
12 Kiss the Son [pay homage to Him in purity], lest He be angry and you perish in the way, for soon shall His wrath be kindled. O blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) are all those who seek refuge and put their trust in Him! (Amplified)
UPDATE: The U.S. Senate approved legislation today to defund Planned Parenthood and repeal much of Obamacare. And though the White House has promised to veto the legislation and news reports claim neither the House nor the Senate have enough votes to override a veto, let us look again to the story of Pharaoh's attempt to stand against God in the aforementioned book of Exodus - and remember Who won.
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