Don’t Neglect Prayer

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Do not neglect but stay in PRAYER!

The old saying: Prayer changes things is true. It is recommended that you never start a Recovery Group without first praying for God to bring the people you are to serve. Remember, unless God builds the house, it is built in vain. Leaders have told me that they spent years advertising and promoting their group to no avail. No one would ask for help. No women would sign up for a group. Then, when they call me complaining and asking for my advice (some ready to throw in the towel) they hear me say PRAY! They go back to their center, the people start to pray and before they know it a group of women have asked for help. When they get that group together, it is so clear that God brought them there for a divine purpose.

Once, in Plano, TX, we had advertised for a support group, talked on radio about it, sent out mailers. Based on the phone calls and letters that came in, we thought we had a confirmed 12 women signed up. However, upon arriving at the church where this meeting was going to be held, only one woman was there. Eleven were no shows. As we got started with the one, I assured her that it didn’t matter to us because whee two are more are gathered in His name, we knew that it would be God’s will. Well, we quickly discovered that she was so injured and so afraid of any one else knowing it. She was hostile and afraid. She told my facilitator: “I have been a prostitute for 10 years, I have had five abortions. I came home to take care of my things so I can kill myself and I am not here because I want to be: so what are you going to do about it?” This was God’s divine hand arranging the class with just the right facilitator for the one woman who was in such great need for healing. Pray and let God build the group and don’t worry about the outcome. Oh, about that client? She completed the course and went on to go to Bible school where she met a young man. Today, she’s been married 20 years to him. He and she pastor a small church north of Dallas.

Another time, in Dallas, I arranged for a training seminar about FREE ME TO LIVE, which was to be at the local 700 Club office that used to be located in Carrollton, TX. To plan for this one, I met with a team of intercessors who had agreed to pray with me. In that prayer session, the number 50 seemed to drop into the minds of each person. When I asked them to pray about how many to expect, they each wrote down the number 50. So I said in blind faith, let’s go ahead and set up 50 chairs. When the doors opened for the meeting at 7:00 p.m., guess what? Exactly 50 people showed up.

Pray for leadership wisdom, and knowledge. Pray yourself out of the way so that God’s Holy Spirit can freely move through you. Learn this vitally important lesson: you can’t heal anyone. Take heed to the lesson the Sons of Sceva learned in the Bible. You ,alone, do not know what to say. There is nothing you can learn, there is no course to take to prepare you for the depth of pain you will see. When the Holy Spirit begins to speak you will not even remember what you said. But what you say will be powerful, effective, and will cut like a knife between soul and spirit. PRAY!

Establish an intercessory prayer team of dedicated people who understand the importance of active prayer. Have them pray for you, your co-leaders. Have them pray for each individual taking the class. I recommend at least 3 intercessors for every person taking the class. Think of a pyramid. On the top is the person taking the class. Underneath her are three intercessors calling upon the Father to heal her. Prayer is a powerful tool in recovery.

Should you ever need prayer, fill free to ask me to pray with you! TELEPHONE PASTOR KEN at 214-703-0505.

Intercession is fervent “offensive” prayer. Intercession is not a “bless me” prayer. Intercession is a dedicated prayer of protection for someone, a prayer of action against the enemy of life. Do you feel called to such a life of prayer? If you or someone you know are gifted in this area of intercession, I invite you to become an intercessor for Pastor Ken Freeman, his family, the ministry of Last Harvest, our “lack” funding, the millions visiting and depending on us through the ministry’s forty-five websites like this one. Call 214-703-0505

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