Tag: pray in the Spirit

A watchman’s conviction, confession, convalescence

Mark 1:35 Jesus, the Son of God, had a busy schedule: traveling from town to town. Teaching in synagogues, healing many sick with various diseases, and casting out many demons from those demon-possessed. (the whole city was gathered at the door!) His fame spread throughout the region. People were amazed at the “new doctrine” He taught and the authority He commanded (even the unclean spirits obeyed Him).

After describing the above Mark went on and recorded the following event(s), the personal life of Jesus.

35 Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He (Jesus) went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed. 36 And Simon and those who were with Him searched for Him.

Why did Jesus rise up so early and pray in a solitary place? The disciples did not even know and had to look for Him! Why did Jesus not bring them along?

37 When they found Him, they said to Him, “Everyone is looking for You.”

But He did not answer their implied question, “Don’t you know you have gained great popularity and a large group of followers are down there waiting?! Why are you up here alone? Up here there is nothing to do. Your work i down there with the people ad supporters!”

38 But He said to them, “Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth.”

Jesus had His own focus. He knew His calling and purpose and plan and schedule, do what, where, and how, and what for, and for whom, and to whom…How did He know the details? Through His solitary meeting with His Father in heaven in those very early hours (long before daylight) in prayers.

I quote below some of the stunning statements Jesus revealed to His disciples about the relationship He had with God (His Father in heaven). What He learned from God and what He had to carry out exactly as His Father had instructed. I believe Jesus received all these during all those moments of solitary prayers.

John 5:17-30 New King James Version (NKJV) (Quoted in parts)
17 But Jesus answered them, “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.”
19 Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. 20 For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel. 21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will. 22 For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, 23 that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.
24 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, …
30 I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.

What Jesus told His disciples later was even more stunning and apply to all who believe in Jesus. We can know the things of God and do them. How do we receive from God? God is Spirit. We are humans. As Jesus stated below, God sends His Holy Spirit to tell us exactly what God will enable us to do just as what He had shown Jesus and done by Jesus on earth!

John 14 (quoted in parts)
12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. 13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
26 …the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
John 16 (quoted in parts)
13 …when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.

Reading the testimonies of many Spirit-filled people of faith who did signs and wonders just as Jesus did on earth, I realize that they were all led by the Holy Spirit. They could hear and obeyed what the Holy Spirit told them. How did they have such a supernatural ability? The Holy Spirit is Spirit. Well, the following verse tells us how.
1 Corinthians 6:17 But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.

Personally I have experienced the closeness and supernatural ability to access the spiritual and supernatural by worships and prayers in tongue and soak myself in the presence of our Lord. I watch and followed the worship and prayer videos of those who have served the Lord for many years, walked in signs and wonders, brought many souls to Christ, and done the work of Jesus and brought forth fruit just as Jesus said. The practitioners of the Holy Spirit led ministry.

God looks for fruit. Jesus taught us to watch the fruit. Prayers should bring forth actions of sowing and planting and fruit bearing. That is how the Kingdom of God has been advancing since Jesus came. This is my personal conviction and what I have witnessed all these years since born again by the Spirit of the Lord and avalanched by the love of God in 1983.

p/s: I took awhile to write this. About two weeks ago I started watching a missionary’s testimonies. I was reminded in my spirit that I needed to review my prayer life. I was led to read the verse from Mark 1:35. I knew it was a confirmation from the Lord that my prayer life was in need of an entire overhaul. So I cleared up a space in my sitting room and started daily worshiping and praying in the spirit with the passion I had some years back. I had to leave my busyness aside with reluctance. This act of faith is worth the efforts. I am reminded of the reality of the verse from Hebrews: 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Indeed, the reward is great. We serve an awesome God!

Chapter Seventy-Nine: “Praying always in the Spirit, being watchful to this end”

Pray in the Spirit. This is the message today and for the rest of this year. For those watchmen and intercessors who are standing in the spiritual realm, this is the crucial key. For those who can hear they can hear the low thunder/rumblings that go on and on lately in the heavenly realm. The heavens are moving. Wear your full armor at all times and pray without ceasing in the Spirit!

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AAAJ watchman

End-Time Survival Step One: How to live by the Spirit?
Action Three: Pray in the power of the Holy Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Practice by faith praying in the power of the Holy Spirit. This is a command from the Holy Spirit who is your commander in spiritual warfare. This is part of your full armor of God for spiritual warfare. Only then you will be able to stay alert (watchful) and be persistent to intercede for Christians (including your own household and others) everywhere. You will definitely need this weapon in the spiritual warfare ahead.
There are three preconditions:
First, the Holy Spirit comes and convicts you of sin, of righteousness and judgment. (John 16:8) you need to repent and turn to Jesus and be born of the Holy Spirit. (John 3:3-8).  Receive power from the Holy Spirit by faith as a son…

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Watchman adventure: what does an intercessor do?

At the beginning of the year, the junior (intercessor/watchman) heard from the Lord, “Go attend the church at…. and pray there.”
She replied (attempting to clarify; could it be really the Lord?) “O Lord, that is a Chinese church and You know I don’t know how to read Chinese!”
“Go, and attend the church at …………….and pray there.” (The Lord repeated His command).
The junior replied, “O Lord, You know I cannot even sing their worship songs! (Still trying to be assured).
“Go! Attend the church at ….and pray there!”
She then knew there was no way out. So she asked, “O Lord, for how long?” (Now she tried to console herself, and hoped that it would not be too long).

She was told the time frame. The following Lord’s Day she got up very early and obediently drove her little car there. It took her quite a while as it was in another town.

True enough she could not join in singing the songs, which were sung out of tune by the singers (mainly the pastor who had to lead singing and preach). It was a very very small church (with about 10 regulars, of which a few very old grannies who prayed fervently, in the spirit too) and consisted mainly of old folks. She could not understand the sermon either. She could only open her English Bible and read as much as she could when she knew what verses they were singing or preaching.

The only participation in the worship which broke through human language barrier was praying in the Spirit (in tongue). She really participated whole-hardheartedly!

She observed that the singing was ‘terrible’ (‘hard to listen to’ in her own polite words as she tried to describe to her ‘elder’, from whom she hoped to receive some encouragements to persevere). But she pointed out the more important aspect, “But they are anointing!”

She had no friends there though she tried to talk a bit in her own ‘terrible’ (‘hard to listen to and hard to understand’) oral Chinese.

She continued to attend that church for the period specified. In between she ‘ran away’, hoping that the Lord would raise a substitute intercessor for this role. But she returned after being reminded by the Lord.

She remarked that the church continued to have a few (one or two) new members (some really very old men)!

Yesterday the ‘elder’ casually asked her whether she saw a Chinese couple and another Chinese speaking lady who had moved to the vicinity of that church. This junior said she she did not see any of them, whom presumably might have gone to the mother English church which was thought to be more word-filled and Spirit-filled.

Then the junior reported equally casually that the Chinese church was lately filled to the brim with not enough seats now and people (which doubled the usual crowd) had to sit at the entrance! A lot came for healing (both physical and mental, also including some epileptic, paralyzed, autistic young people too, referred from other churches, both charismatic and traditional) ). Some appeared healed (former unbelievers) who had chosen to return with the whole family and stayed on.

They witnessed miracles there! For example, in the last few weeks a lady who could not walk started to walk and now was walking on her own without support!

She further remarked that the lead singer had been changed from the pastor to a young man, who similarly sang ‘hard to listen to’ (or follow) tune, but, very anointing!

Conclusion: Obedience and faithfulness in our daily listening to and walk with the Holy Spirit do matter.

O watchman intercessor, don’t give up! When you hear “Go!” You go.

intercessor, wake up!

intercessor, wake up!

p.s: what the junior meant by ‘terrible’ in the singing was that they could not sing the higher notes and she sings high notes. So it was not the lead singers’ fault, but her own preference.

p.p.s.: The junior further updated today that she has now armed herself with a whole stack of PinYin (a way to help one to read and pronounce the Chinese characters in English) song sheets of the scripture songs.

Here is an account from her: ___________________

“But
> the Lord had another surprise for me today:
>
> Today, Madam K.. chose to sit beside me to make space for the newcomers.
>  At the same time, she requested that I help her find the right places
> in her bible for the songs and preaching. I was very pleased when she
> took out a large print Chinese Bible (easy to spot the words from my
> seat) BUT to my utter horror, this unassuming Granny has a Bible in
> Traditional Chinese (the HK & Taiwan version)!! She told me that she
>  has been copying the Bible from that version! I think the Lord was
> giving me a surprise quiz on my Chinese today! And in Taiwanese
> Chinese!! By the grace of God, I could help her find her way around her
> Bible! It was only towards the end of the sermon when I told her that I
> could read very few of the words in her Bible! Hahaha! Poor Granny! I
> wonder if she will sit beside me again in future! Hehehe! And there she
> was thinking that I was bilingual all this
> while!
>> So it is still back to Philippians 4:13 – I can do ALL things through Christ
> who strengthens me!”

__________NB: There are two ways of writing Chinese: Simplified way which the mainland Chinese use; or the traditional way which the Taiwan Chinese use.

Sunday message -Living by the Spirit: tongues; martyrs; Te Deum

File:ChristianMartyrsOfNagasaki.jpgWhilst preparing the following post, the watchman was led to the YouTube site and listened to the performance of “Te Deum”. He listened, continued to type and prayed in the spirit. Then he realized that he spoke some distinct words in unknown languages. So he wrote them down. After posting the blog, he had a bit of time and checked through the meanings (using online translator) of the distinct words. He was pleasantly surprised to find that the Spirit of the Lord told his spirit to “download-choir-others-see“. (In the short sentence four languages were used: Norwegian, Turkish, Lithuanian and Albanian. ). He did not know then but his spirit knew and obeyed! The first sound he uttered was ‘Sabbath’ which was English but he could not understand this utterance then.

Further revelation note inserted here on 6-4-2013: It dawned on him today that the day this tongue (above sentence ) was uttered was a Sunday while he was preparing this blog. The full sentence of the sound (tongue) he uttered while listening to the presentation of ‘Te Deum‘ on YouTube by Franz Joseph Haydn, Te Deum n.2 in C, and drafting the blog was: “Sabbath- last ned -koro- kito- sheh” (which means: Sunday download-choir-others-see“, based on separate meaning of each individual words in four languages; when combined they formed one complete sentence which his spirit understood and obeyed!).

This confirmed an earlier question the watchman asked the Lord (in the preceding few days) about whether all sounds spoken in tongues have meanings. After this amazing revelation he was led to read 1Corinthians 14:10 which further confirmed this revelation: 

“There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.” (KJV)

“There are doubtless many different languages in the world, and none is without meaning,” (ESV)

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Excerpts from download on martyrdom:

On February 5, 1597, twenty-six Christians – four Spaniards, one Mexican, one Indian, all Franciscan missionaries, three Japanese Jesuits and seventeen Japanese laymen including three young boys, who were all members of the Third Order of St. Francis – were executed by crucifixion in Nagasaki on the orders of Hideyoshi Toyotomi.[1] These individuals were raised on crosses and then pierced through with spears.

Persecution continued sporadically, breaking out again in 1613 and 1630. On September 10, 1632, 55 Christians were martyred in Nagasaki in what became known as the Great Genna Martyrdom. At this time Catholicism was officially outlawed. The Church remained without clergy and theological teaching disintegrated until the arrival of Western missionaries in the nineteenth century.

While there were many more martyrs, the first martyrs came to be especially revered, the most celebrated of which was Paul Miki.

Drawn from the oral histories of Japanese Catholic communities, Shusaku Endo‘s acclaimed novel Silence provides detailed accounts of the persecution of Christian communities and the suppression of the Church.

(Excerpts from Twenty-six Martyrs of Japan: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

_____________________more excerpts from same source:

Paulo Miki (Japanese: パウロ三木; c. 1562[1] – February 5, 1597) was a Roman Catholic Japanese Jesuit seminarian, martyr and saint, one of the Twenty-six Martyrs of Japan.

Biography

Paulo Miki was born into a wealthy Japanese family. He was educated by the Jesuits in Azuchi and Takatsuki. He joined the Society of Jesus and became a well known and successful preacher – gaining numerous converts to Catholicism. The Japanese daimyo, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, fearful of the Jesuit’s influence and intentions began persecuting Catholics. Miki was jailed, along with others. He and his fellow Catholics were forced to march 600 miles (966 kilometers) from Kyoto to Nagasaki; all the while singing the Te Deum. On arriving in Nagasaki, the city with the largest Catholic population in Japan, Miki was crucified on February 5, 1597. He preached his last sermon from the cross, and it is maintained that he forgave his executioners, stating that he himself was Japanese.

____________downloaded as instructed by the Lord Holy Spirit:

Te Deum, which was translated into English in the 19th century as “Holy God, we praise thy name.”

Franz Joseph Haydn, Te Deum n.2 in C http://youtu.be/PXNGqgNTNIQ

Latin text

Translation from the Book of Common Prayer

Te Deum laudamus:

te Dominum confitemur.

Te aeternum Patrem

omnis terra veneratur.

Tibi omnes Angeli;

tibi caeli et universae Potestates;

Tibi Cherubim et Seraphim

incessabili voce proclamant:

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus,

Dominus Deus Sabaoth.

Pleni sunt caeli et terra

maiestatis gloriae tuae.

Te gloriosus Apostolorum chorus,

Te Prophetarum laudabilis numerus,

Te Martyrum candidatus laudat exercitus.

Te per orbem terrarum

sancta confitetur Ecclesia,

Patrem immensae maiestatis:

Venerandum tuum verum et unicum Filium;

Sanctum quoque Paraclitum Spiritum.

Tu Rex gloriae, Christe.

Tu Patris sempiternus es Filius.

Tu ad liberandum suscepturus hominem,

non horruisti Virginis uterum.

Tu, devicto mortis aculeo,

aperuisti credentibus regna caelorum.

Tu ad dexteram Dei sedes, in gloria Patris.

Iudex crederis esse venturus.

Te ergo quaesumus, tuis famulis subveni:

quos pretioso sanguine redemisti.

Aeterna fac cum sanctis tuis in gloria numerari.

[added later, mainly from Psalm verses:]

Salvum fac populum tuum,

Domine, et benedic hereditati tuae.

Et rege eos, et extolle illos usque in aeternum.

Per singulos dies benedicimus te;

Et laudamus Nomen tuum in saeculum, et in saeculum saeculi.

Dignare, Domine, die isto sine peccato nos custodire.

Miserere nostri Domine, miserere nostri.

Fiat misericordia tua,

Domine, super nos, quemadmodum speravimus in te.

In te, Domine, speravi:

non confundar in aeternum.

We praise thee, O God :

we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.

All the earth doth worship thee :

the Father everlasting.

To thee all Angels cry aloud :

the Heavens, and all the Powers therein.

To thee Cherubim and Seraphim :

continually do cry,

Holy, Holy, Holy :

Lord God of Sabaoth;

Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty :

of thy glory.

The glorious company of the Apostles : praise thee.

The goodly fellowship of the Prophets : praise thee.

The noble army of Martyrs : praise thee.

The holy Church throughout all the world :

doth acknowledge thee;

The Father : of an infinite Majesty;

Thine honourable, true : and only Son;

Also the Holy Ghost : the Comforter.

Thou art the King of Glory : O Christ.

Thou art the everlasting Son : of the Father.

When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man :

thou didst not abhor the Virgin’s womb.

When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death :

thou didst open the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers.

Thou sittest at the right hand of God : in the glory of the Father.

We believe that thou shalt come : to be our Judge.

We therefore pray thee, help thy servants :

whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood.

Make them to be numbered with thy Saints : in glory everlasting.

[added later, mainly from Psalm verses:]

O Lord, save thy people :

and bless thine heritage.

Govern them : and lift them up for ever.

Day by day : we magnify thee;

And we worship thy Name : ever world without end.

Vouchsafe, O Lord : to keep us this day without sin.

O Lord, have mercy upon us : have mercy upon us.

O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us :

as our trust is in thee.

O Lord, in thee have I trusted :

let me never be confounded.