'I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God. But as for those whose hearts are devoted to their vile images and detestable idols, I will bring down on their own heads what they have done, declares the Sovereign Lord .” ' Ezekiel 11:19-21 NIV
Grace to you and peace be multiplied. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ Through Him we are all adopted into sonship We have hope through His resurrection It is always good, I mean very good to be in the presence of the Lord In His presence there is liberty and direction For all men are like grass And all glory from men are like flowers of the grass The grass withers And its flowers falls away But the word of the Lord endures forever
Welcome to my vault, hope you had a good weekend.
My weekend was great. I went to a party and if you ever go to a traditional Sierra Leonean party we always pray before we start the drinking and dancing and laughing and eating. So I had a good time. On Sunday, there was no church in the building, we went to the park and enjoyed the day outside: talking, playing games and it was very lovely. You get to know others that you see only on Sundays. It is good to spend time with others
It has been a while since I entered the vault.
You might say, I got side tracked by the views outside. I will say I was learning the act of focusing on the Lord with all the beauties and the darkness around me.
And knowing the difference between What matters to the Lord or allowing what matters to me to direct my path?
The flesh is a grass and it fades
God is Almighty, His word is Yes and Amen by us in Christ Jesus
The past two weeks – I have learnt what it means to intercede.
So I enter the vault, quiet and listening: sssh
What does intercessory prayer or interceding for others mean? Hmm
As I reflect and looked at The Book of Acts, the Church is borned and the webs are formed
The web starts to move A web is not a single line If you ever caught in a web Trying to free from it just shows you more it And the church forms it's web to catch the enemy and trap it It is clean with all sort of prayers Now let us thank God who directs the enemy into the web And when we forget our prayers we have a cobweb and losses it effectiveness and thank the Lord that He is faithful, His word will never fail For His word is always a lamp And a light to the path
Intercessory prayers – a constant prayer offered to God for someone else
Listening to what the Holy Spirit says and having the courage to do the prayer that you have heard. Also discerning, is it mine? Is it someone else?
Is it God? Some of what God asks and says
- will be contrary to what we know
- Also will offend our core and belief
Our pride will get in the way but at the end the will of God will be done. The Lord’s Name will be glorified.
When we pray - God sends His angels to work The light shines in the darkness The person is set free The chains are broken - it allows us to move and get up - we are free too When we intercede it takes us out of the equation and the focus on someone else.
We must listen to “the voice of the Lord and NOT man”
So I reflect, a man’s voice means prayers are NOT God’s will.
The news, I do listen with the intention of How should I pray? Then being sensitive to His voice and acting on the answers. Sometimes they come and sometimes not the way you want it or quicker.
Listening to the voice of man can lead to wrong prayers and not the will of God but the news of man.
When the news came out about the Taliban, and everything. For the first time in ages I asked, how should I pray for them? What should I pray for?
Pray for them, pray for the Taliban and bless them. My first thought was this is not God, with what they have done and all the evil they have done? Who am I to judge? And the words of Jesus in Matthew 5 :43-48 and also compared to Luke 6:27-36
We are to pray and love our enemies. Otherwise we no different to them
Those words weighed in my heart, so I started to pray.
The Lord reminded me of when I was in that situation
It wasn’t people that saved us
On the contrary the western did not save us
They left us to the rebels and gave them the weapons
Now God is the one that saved us. He did it for us and I believe He will do it again.
He looks for someone to pray for the ones in the situation The ones walking into the fire Or thrown into the Lion's den For I know the God I serve He will not destroy a city for the sake of the twenty righteous He will leave the ninety-nine to find the one He is a God of Love and Justice He did it with Gideon, He did it with Moses, He did it with Daniel He has done, Jesus has won the battle God will save the people Why did the nations rage, And the people plot vain The Kings of the earth took their stand, And the rulers were gathered together Against the Lord and against Christ - Acts 4:25b-26 So let us pray for strength as they walk into the fire For boldness to speak truth in Love For in this world we will all face persecution But we must hold steadfast to the word of God To know that God is holding our right hand He will never leave us not forsake us In Christ Jesus we walk by faith and not by sight And that God’s name will be glorified His will be done On earth as it is in Heaven As He give us our daily bread He forgive us as we forgive others Father, Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me In the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen
So interceding, I have come to see as listening and to be sensitive to the voice of the Lord and not man while we stand in the gap. We come boldly to the throne and intercede for others. Not doubting but believing, we are that person and expecting an answer. So we must always wear the full armour of God because the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy. For we don’t fight against men.
Thank You Father for the care and love you show us daily For Your mercy is new every morning For You love the unseen, hidden away You bring Joy and provision on the day Your Love surpasses all understanding In Jesus Christ we are adopted Thank You Lord for providing Amen
'But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.' Matthew 5:44-48 NIV
Thank you again for stopping by it means a lot to me. Pray you have a wonderful week 🙂 We cannot control what happens around us, but we can control our responses. Be bless and know that the Lord loves you ©Hannah M Vandi. And I also pray that this verse refreshes you this week: 'However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. ' Acts 20:24 NIV