Friday, May 14, 2010

As Mary

In the stillness
I wait
You are always speaking

Maybe if I sit
And look and listen
I will hear You

For a word
As sweet as honey
I will wait

And waiting
And watching
And loving
Oh the sweetness
As I gaze

For You are worthy

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Our Prayers, Another's Deliverance

"Yes, and I will rejoice, for I know that this will turn
out for my deliverance through your prayers and the
provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ," Phil 1:19

Recently I was talking to a friend and she began to share her brother's story with me. Her brother was a believer who had struggled with homosexuality for a number of years. He fought with it but was unable to find deliverance in the church, in freedom programs and counseling, even in fasting. He became discouraged and is now living the lifestyle fully.

The story broke my heart. That a man who is searching for deliverance in the church and from the Lord with fasting would not be able to get free. That the spirit of homosexuality would be able to cling to a man who wants freedom. I wondered if a group of believers had joined with him in fasting and prayer, demonic influence would have been held at bay long enough for him to be fully delivered and established in freedom. It has launched me into a time of intensified prayer for those bound in this specific sin, which I have seen to be so controlling, but which I know must bow to the name and the authority of Jesus.

Paul was confident of his salvation and deliverance from prison based on two things: the prayers of the saints and the provision of the Spirit of Christ. I am encouraged to believe that my prayers release a fuller measure of the provision of the Spirit to aid struggling men and women to freedom from their emotional and spiritual prisons.

How many souls can be saved if we, the Church, take up the cause of our struggling brothers and sisters, and through prayer and fasting hold back demons and release provision? Let's try it and see! : )