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That Which Is Unseen Is REAL !

SOURCE:  Rick Warren

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The Unseen Battle Over Your Prayers

“We are not fighting against human beings but against the wicked spiritual forces in the heavenly world, the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of this dark age.” (Ephesians 6:12 TEV)

There is an unseen battle going on in a realm that we don’t even understand. We don’t see it. We don’t feel it. But there is a spiritual war in other dimensions between good and evil, between God and Satan, between angels and demons.

And the fact is, you’re caught right in the middle. If you’re a child of God, Satan hates you. And he wants to mess you up.

The Bible tells us in Ephesians 6:12, “We are not fighting against human beings but against the wicked spiritual forces in the heavenly world, the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of this dark age” (TEV).

When you send up a prayer, there’s often a battle over how it’s going to be answered. While you’re in the waiting room, Satan starts throwing darts at you — the dart of doubt, the dart of discouragement, the dart of disappointment, the dart of delay, the dart of depression. The Bible says to be aware that he’s going to try to get you down.

The truth is, the Bible doesn’t tell us much about the spiritual warfare that’s going on behind your prayers. But we do get a glimpse of it in the book of Daniel.

Daniel had a vision of an angel, who said, “Daniel, don’t be afraid. God has heard your prayers ever since the first day you decided to humble yourself in order to gain understanding. I have come in answer to your prayer. The [evil] angel prince of the kingdom of Persia opposed me for twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief angels, came to help me, because I had been left there alone in Persia” (Daniel 10:12-13).

Are those the wildest verses you’ve ever seen? It says that Daniel had a prayer that wasn’t answered for a while, and he was starting to get discouraged. The angel showed up and said, “I’m here to give you the answer. We heard it from day one, but we’ve been in a battle over this, and it was such an intense battle that Michael the archangel had to come down and help me with this battle so I could come and tell you that the answer is on its way.”

The same thing is sometimes happening when you are waiting on your answer from God. You can’t know what kind of intense battle is going on over your prayer, but you can remember this: A delay is not a denial. When an answer to prayer is delayed, it doesn’t mean it’s not going to be answered. It just means God is fighting for you.

Don’t be discouraged. Keep praying!

 

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Breath Prayers: Constant Spiritual “Oxygen”

SOURCE:  Bill Bellican

Just like one’s actual breathing is an ongoing biological exercise, breath prayers are an ongoing spiritual exercise where one is continually mindful of and in communion with God throughout the normal course of daily life.  It is a spiritually fluid prayer application that courses throughout our being much like oxygen courses throughout our bodies.  In both cases, they bring life — one physically, the other, spiritually.

Breath prayers are deep and meaningful expressions of your heart and soul that are packed into short bursts of exclamation.  This form of prayer is an utterance of nine or ten syllables or less that is pregnant with meaning.  Instead of formalized prayers that go on for quite a time, breath prayers are simple, quiet groanings of the heart that are very brief.  However, they convey your heart’s cry as they are carried by the Holy Spirit to the Father (Romans 8:26).

Breath prayers may consist of parts of Scripture, or they might be a few words about God regarding his nature and truth. They also may be expressions of need, cries for help, and pleas for mercy.

Examples of breath prayers include:

“Help me to love;”

“Let that person know you better, Lord;”

“I have no power for this;”

“Fill me, Holy Spirit;”

“Teach me your way, Lord;”

“My hope is in you;”

“Free me from my anguish;”

“Where are you, Lord?”

“My eyes are on you, Lord;”

“Everything I have is yours, Lord;”

“Help me;”

“Teach me;”

“Guide me;”

“Relief;”

“Be with me now;”

“You are holy;”

“Help me love you, Lord.”

The variations and applications of breath prayers are endless.

As the Holy Spirit helps you with expressing your heart through breath prayers, seek to practice this form of praying as much as possible.  Let it become as natural and constant as breathing throughout your waking hours.

[Reference:  Enjoying The Presence of God by  Jan Johnson;   The Practice of the Presence of God by  Brother Lawrence]

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