The Intensity Of Prayer

Ever heard of Doug Stringer? He is an awesome man of God. Today, I would like to share on his thought on prayer. May be you blessed!

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PRAY UNTIL SOMETHING HAPPENS
By Doug Stringer

God doesn’t answer prayer. He answers desperate prayer.” I can still remember my feelings of shock and bewilderment as Leonard Ravenhill, the late church statesman, spoke these difficult words to me.

Of course God answers prayer, I thought. But after much reflection I’ve come to recognize what Ravenhill meant: Often we approach prayer with the wrong attitude.

If we’re honest with ourselves, we must admit that our prayers frequently degenerate into little more than religious incantations and shallow platitudes spoken out of a sense of religious duty. Yet the Bible compares prayer with the travail of childbirth.

It is, in essence, a passionate activity. I have found that it is often in times of desperation that I pray with a genuine passion to the Lord—a passion that allows no room for mediocrity or compromise. That’s the kind of prayer that God answers.

In November 1996 God led me to organize a time of passionate, city-wide prayer that became known as the Houston Prayer Mountain. For 40 days and nights, Christians gathered together across racial and denominational lines to pray, worship, repent and cry out for people to come to Christ.

One night, as men’s ministry leader Ed Cole spoke to the group, he pointed to one of the banners on the platform. It read, “P.U.S.H.”— the acronym for “Pray Until Something Happens.” That banner reminded him, he said, of a woman in labor being coached to “push, push, push” during the final stages of delivery.

His comparison rang true to us. We sensed that we were in a critical stage, pressing heaven for the birth of God’s purpose for our city. In fact, the fourth chapter of Micah—which talks about a woman in labor and points to the process of “birthing” revival—was one of our themes.

Birthing Revival
Revival is coming—and it will arrive in one of two ways. It’s interesting to note that the first part of Micah 4 is virtually identical to the first part of Isaiah 2, although the two chapters end differently. Micah 4 is a picture of revival by birth, while Isaiah 2 shows revival by judgment.

I believe it is God’s desire to bring revival by birth—by our choosing it and pressing in for it—rather than by judgment—by His strong hand bringing us to our knees. Yet at times it may take a shaking to bring us to a place of genuine passions and intimacy with Him.

God’s mercy is present even in His judgments. Better to be judged now than for eternity! For too long the church has tried to compensate on the outside—through programs, formulas and various styles of window dressing”—for prayerlessness and a lack of truly changed character on the inside.

But what the Lord wants to do among us in our day is neither fleeting nor shallow; in the words of the children’s song we sang often during the Prayer Mountain, it is “deep and wide.” For a move of God to be deep and wide, there must be a revival of prayer and of godly character among believers.

The Lord’s desire is that we bear fruit and fulfill His destiny for our lives. This is possible only if we become desperate enough to stop covering up our fears, pains, insecurities and sin and allow Him to replace our compensatory facades with His healing virtue and power.

God wants to take off our “cosmetic Christianity,” our proverbial fig leaves. The first cover-up was not Watergate, Whitewater or Lewinskygate; it was “Fig-gate,” as recorded in Genesis 3. We have been covering up ever since!

Instead of running to the Lord, our tendency is to cover up and hide from God. But God wants to change all that. He wants to satisfy the deep longing in our souls—in our spiritual wombs, if you will. He wants us to push.

Prayer Brings Intensity
More than 10 years ago, the Lord gave me a prophetic word that seems more appropriate now than when I received it in 1987. He showed me that we were being shaken by church and political scandals and by a constantly eroding foundation of morality and religious freedom.

I was reminded of Hebrews 12:25-29, which talks about a shaking so intense that only those things that cannot be shaken—those things built solidly upon the foundation of Christ’s character and Word—would be left standing. The purpose of this shaking is to purify and mold us, and to cause us to see things from God’s eternal perspective. God so desires that no one perish that He goes to great lengths to get our attention!

The Lord showed me that three things will take place through this shaking:
He will bring His sheep and shepherds into line—except for those who reject His final call. The shepherds who have been off track will be shaken and brought back through the Lord’s stern, merciful and loving hand.
Any “mountains” standing in the way of the gospel will be moved aside if they do not repent. Any “fig trees” that are only cosmetic—that fail to produce true fruit—will be removed unless they become productive again.
The rain of the Holy Spirit will fall on those who, while perhaps feeling forsaken and weary in well-doing, nevertheless persevere through God’s refining. Those who have sought to serve the Lord with sincerity and integrity, fighting the good fight with a love for God’s people, will begin to receive the abundant resources necessary to perpetuate the gospel.

Having been faithful through all the trials, refusing to be moved from their stand on God’s righteousness, they now will have the honor of being a part of a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

We have a great hope! When the children of Israel left Egypt they had a vision of hope, a promised destination. Jesus had a vision of hope that gave Him the determination to look beyond and endure the sufferings of the cross.

Likewise, we can look beyond our circumstances, our Red Sea crossings, our wilderness trials and obstacles. Yes, we can look beyond the Jordan River and the challenges that lie ahead. Our Hope is in God!

We are living in some exciting yet intense times. As we follow the unfolding of world events, we are buffeted by a tidal wave of uncertainties that could cause some to despair. It’s as if Luke 21 is happening before our eyes—the prophetic shakings and judgments of famines, pestilence, wars and rumors of wars.

Fortunately, verse 13 jumps out as an encouragement to us: “But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony” (NKJV). The inference is that the challenges and shakings we experience can become an opportunity for us to witness to others. We who have overcome by the blood for the Lamb and the word of our testimony (see Rev. 12:11) can use our trials to point multitudes to Jesus!

Leonard Ravenhill once sent me a note that literally still burns within my spiritual womb. “My dearest brother Doug,” he wrote, “let others live on the raw edge or the cutting edge…You and should live on the edge of eternity.”

After reading his note, I wrote these words as a constant reminder to me: “How can we settle into complacency while multitudes are in the balance of eternity? How can we be so hardened of heart as to sit back on the beach of comfort and apathy while so many are still shipwrecked in the sea of death?”

We hear about the cross so often that the thought of our sins putting Jesus there no longer breaks our hearts or ignites a burning passion of gratitude and service within us!

The fact is, Jesus weeps over the needs of His people that are not being met. He weeps over the weary travelers who are struggling through the wilderness. He weeps over the millions who are lost without hope. It is because of His inestimable love that His ears are always open to our cry (see Ps. 34:19).

We have such a great opportunity before us to see a mighty harvest of changed lives! As Winkie Pratney writes in his book Revival: Its Principles and Personalities, “When God finds someone with courage to pray, preach, and live a life before Him of holiness and compassion, He can literally change the face of a nation.”

The Lord wants each of us to leave a legacy to His glory. Regardless of our past mistakes or our present circumstances, He wants to birth through us a prophetic generation with a message of consecration, commitment and action.

It is time to cross our Jordans, to possess and occupy the land. God is ready to do His greatest work through each of us. It’s time to push!

The Seed of Greatness
I believe the life of Hannah as recorded in 1 Samuel 1 offers a prophetic challenge and encouragement to the church at this time. Hannah was without child; her womb was barren. Yet out of her despair, misery, shame and pain, she cried out to God.

With desperate and passionate prayer she made a vow to the Lord: if He would give her a male child, she would commit her son to Him. God heard the cry of Hannah’s heart and turned around what seemed to be an impossible situation. From a barren womb, the Lord brought forth Samuel, the first of a new generation of prophets.

God wants to turn crisis to victory, barrenness to greatness, in our lives too. Regardless of our circumstances, the Lord wants to satisfy the longing in our souls. Though we may seem barren, with great odds stacked against us, He has placed His seed of greatness in every one of us who has called upon His name.

Discouragement, disappointments and distractions have caused some of us to forget the Lord’s visions and dreams for us. But in each of our spiritual wombs is a seed of destiny waiting to be born.

There may be times of weeping and travailing between the porch and the altar (see Joel 2:17) prior to an outpouring or birthing of revival in our lives, but the Lord’s promises are a sure foundation. A woman forgets her labor pains at the joy of holding her new child in her arms. Even as the prophet Eli spoke these words to Hannah as a promise to her, may each of us receive them as a promise of great things ahead: “Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition which you have asked of Him’” (1 Sam. 1:17). May we go from wilderness to victory, form crisis to revival, from emptiness to greatness, from despair to joy. The time is now. Let’s pray until something happens.

By Doug Stringer –
Printed with permission from “Charisma Magazine”
Issue dated March 1999, Strang Communications Company

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Pray Always, Not Give Up!

Parable Of The Persistent Widow

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.

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He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’

For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!’ ”

And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

Luke 18:1-8

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Mighty Warriors Be Ready!

Ephesians 6:10-17

The Armor of God

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10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.


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2 Chronicles 7:14

Devotion

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A Call For Prayer

2 Chronicles 7:14

if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

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Hello Vistors!

Welcome to Immanuel Battleground!
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If you are visiting us for the first time, welcome! You might be curious, wondering what Immanuel Battleground is all about.. Let me explain why it is chosen for this website and what the name means

Immanuel Battleground

It is my heart desire to set up a website teaching about prayer. Why prayer is so important in the life of a believer of Jesus Christ. What should our stand be concerning becoming prayer warriors for God and His Kingdom? Let me ask you some questions: Can you live without oxygen? Can you survive 3 days without your precious iPhone? Can you shut yourself away from every one you know by surviving up in a cabin on the mountainous region without the means to connect with any one at all for 3 weeks? I believe any one can be easily bored to death without a phone, a TV, or a car. We need to be connected to people because social interaction is very important to every human being.

In our connection to God, we pray. Therefore, prayer is our communication to Him as well as His communication to us.

Why the name Immanuel Battleground?

Immanuel in the Bible means “God with us“. It simply means we are in the presence of God. When we pray, we are seeking God. When we are on the holy ground, we dwell in the presence of God. That is what praying seek to do.
When we pray, we are also on the battleground. What do you mean? Well, according to the Bible in Ephesians 6:12, it say:

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Our daily battles that we are in, are with the evil forces of the world. Yet at the same time, God often reminds us the battles we fight belong to Him. If we understand the power we’ve received from God through the full armor of God we put on, victory belongs to us. Victory is first received in our time of prayer and intercession in the mighty presence of God. That is why praying is so important.

This website aims to teach the importance of understanding the need to pray, the power of prayer in the presence of the Almighty God. Without God, our prayers are utterly meaningless and powerless. Our hope is to rise up a group of prayer warriors who truly pray with power and authority in the presence of the Almighty God and advance His Kingdom.

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