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National Day of Prayer May 07, 2020

National Day of Prayer 5/07/2020

I believe there is significance to the number seven on this year National Day of Prayer. We need to draw our attention to this fact, as we make our decrees and declarations.

The Lord has had His attention on this authentic number since the ancient of days.

The number #7 Hebrew meaning appears in scripture many times.

Joshua 5:13-7:20 Seven is the number of times the Israelites walked around the walls in Jericho under Joshua command.

Genesis 7:23 Seven was the number of animals that were brought on the Ark by Noah.

Exodus 20:10 The Sabbath was celebrated on the 7th day, the day of rest.

John 6-13 Jesus states, “I AM” seven times in the gospel book of John.

Lastly, I’d like to note, the seven letters to the seven churches in the book of Revelation chapters 2 and 3. The advice in these letters is prophetic, forewarning present-day Christian communities of the snares that can lure us away from our faith.

The number-seven is considered a Divinely Perfect number, completion, spiritual perfection, and covenant.  It’s used to swear an oath, as well as represent the seven-branch on the menorah, which is symbolic of illuminating your spiritual life. The great I AM is the Light of the World ask for His Marvelous Light to be known and revealed. That walls would be brought down, shattered, dissolved, and resolved by His Might and Power. Ask for the preservation of the righteousness of His promises to stake a claim.

Today is a day of divine alignment for prayer

The menorah (/məˈnɔːrə/; Hebrew: ‫מְנוֹרָה [menoˈʁa]) is described in the Bible as the seven-lamp (six branches) ancient Hebrew lampstand made of pure gold and used in the portable sanctuary set up by Moses in the wilderness and later in the Temple in Jerusalem. Fresh olive oil of the purest quality was burned daily to light its lamps.

OT and NT are related one to another. Genesis 3 offers the first mention of Jesus. John 3:14-15 says, Just as Moses lifted up the (bronze) serpent in the desert (on a pole), so must the Son of Man be lifted up (on a cross) so that whoever believes in Him will have eternal life. We must pray for Jesus to be lifted up that He may draw all men unto Him. Those who have been bitten or stung by spiritual warfare or sin look unto Jesus for healing, physically and spiritually.

Prayers and Decrees

Pray, ask, and seek fresh oil from the Holy Spirit to fill you, to be an illuminating light to those around you. May your lamps to be full, daily.

John 15 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the Word which I have spoken to you. …

Recall the words that He has spoken to you both the logos and the living words. He is the God who goes before you, preparing the way. The Lord spoke a word to me last August 5, 2019, regarding His Elect and Victory; I will pray into this Word contending and waging a good warfare.

Excerpt of Word August 5, 2019

This is a time to stand sure in truth, without guile. A time of moving into motion, faceting your face, coming humbly unto Me as you seek to stay with My pace.

Gears are changing: slippery slopes will be dismantled; claims will be of injustice.

But, Hear the Word of Lord: I stake My claim.

I claim I have claims in My elect: in truth, faithfulness, godliness.

Psalms 33:11,12

The counsel of the Lord stands forever,

The plans of His heart to all generations.

Blessed is the nation whose God is their Lord,

The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.

Also, I was directed to Psalms 111:9 as a turn around prayer for our Nation.

“He has sent redemption to His people; He has commanded His covenant forever:
Holy and awesome is His name.”

I have been graced with a personal and prophetic prayer assignment to declare victories and redemption even amid present dishonor. The victory is given according to His faithful covenant, mercy, and justice.

Psalms 44:4 You are my King and my God. Decree victories for your people. The verse 5-7 continues; for it is only by your power and through your name that we tread down our enemies; I do not trust my weapons. They could never save me. Only you can give us victory over those who hate us.

What has been your prayer blueprint? What have you learned as you’ve prayed? Where have you seen God grace you with His response? Is it in, thanksgiving, praise,  prophetic prayer, travailing prayer, supplication and petitions, prayer burdens, or a gentle unction leading you by the Holy Spirit. It may be likely you enter into worship with one prayer on your spirit, and then He grants you favor and leads you to the next prayer burden. I implore you, friend, begin with the one prayer, friend!

Pray from the place of faith in the full assurance in which He has called you.

The assigned will bring the aligned

1 Timothy 1:18-19

This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, 19 having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck

1 Peter 1:17-19

17 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and spot.

Praise to God for His Faithfulness and Justice

Declare a Hallelujah

111 Praise the Lord!

I will praise the Lord with my whole heart,
In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.

The works of the Lord are great,
Studied by all who have pleasure in them.
His work is honorable and glorious,
And His righteousness endures forever.
He has made His wonderful works to be remembered;
The Lord is gracious and full of compassion.
He has given food to those who fear Him;
He will ever be mindful of His covenant.
He has declared to His people the power of His works,
In giving them the heritage of the nations.

The works of His hands are verity and justice;
All His precepts are sure.
They stand fast forever and ever,
And are done in truth and uprightness.
He has sent redemption to His people;
He has commanded His covenant forever:
Holy and awesome is His name.

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
A good understanding have all those who do His commandments.
His praise endures forever.

Deborah ~ 4 Unfolded Hearts Ministry

Resource Noted: Israelbiblicalstudies.com

Wikipedia

 

ROOT SYSTEMS

First received April 21, 2020

 Romans 11:18

Remember you don’t support the root, but the root supports you

Does Jesus evaluate root systems, let’s look at Mark 11:20, do you recall the parable of the withered fig tree? In this parable, Jesus uses it as critical teaching of lessons of faith and prayer. God is our source for power and miracles and the object in which we direct our worship.  What I found most interesting as I re-read this chapter is that this parable sandwiches the account of the cleansing of the temple, namely the moneychangers. Jesus stating His House is a House of Prayer, but as he enters, He finds a den of robbers. We can learn from the withered fig tree as its representation of his house. Let me explain; there’s lots of action, repents the green and leafy leaves are seen from afar yet can also be seen as showy and disorderly, no true righteousness and certainly not fruit-bearing. The attention to this parable would indicate it’s noteworthy to evaluate the root system, and Jesus is looking for fruit!

If this seems harsh, or as a rebuke, we mustn’t forget the words of Jesus evaluating the seven churches found in the last book of the Bible, Revelation chapters 2&3.

Root Check-Up

Matthew 13 – Where has the seed fallen?

This parable of the sower and of the seeds planted, into the hearts and minds, serving as a pathway to our destiny. The essential fortifying factor for good soil described in this parable is hearing and seeing which leads to crop bearing of fruit and gaining understanding.

Thrones represent worries and distractions, which chokes the word out by world deceitfulness of riches.

Wayside is the birds of the air devoured them before they can be planted or take root.

Stony Places, not much earth, the sun-scorched the seed, withered away no root.

Persecution and tribulation arise because of the word, by and by he is offended.

We also read testing will cause a falling away, found in Luke 8:13

We learn a bitterroot will defile many; I believe this is a warning, because faith comes by hearing, if we’re listening to a person express their bitterness, it can and will affect us. Ask for the discernment in how to respond and know the bridge of grace and love you have built-in that person’s life to respond accordingly.

Forgiveness is also mentioned in Mark 11, as Jesus taught on faith and prayer in verse 25 He includes this important statement: “And whenever you stand praying if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”

Rooted and Built-up established in the faith.

Colossians 2:6-10

 As you, therefore, have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.

Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

If you find you’re in need, I encourage you to offer a sincere prayer of repentance to your Heavenly Father, trust He will re-till the soil of your heart. He will genuinely respond and help you to turn your heart to become fruit-bearing and flourishing.

Deborah ~ 4 Unfolded Hearts Ministry

Discerner of Thoughts and Intents of Heart.

I joined in on the church prayer call this morning. Someone prayed for food to feed the hungry and noted that this is the fast the Lord desires. Our church has been taking food donations during this time of quarantine to share with those in need.

I’d also been fasting so I thought after the call, I need to spend some time here in the Word, praying before I end my fast.

I read Isa. 58 and focused on verses 6-7, and while reading and praying through those  verses in different translations  I saw that one stated: “share your food with people.”

During this prayer time, the Holy Spirit somewhat randomly put the Christian artist Danny Gokey on my mind. When I Googled his name, the first song that came up was titled, “Haven’t Seen It Yet”. As  I listened, I thought this song is applicable for today.

Then as I  went back to prayer I decided I was going to get food and share it with those in need by dropping it off at the church.

I made a trip to Costco. As I passed an end cap on an aisle, I saw that they had a six-pack of canned chicken. I heard the Lord say, “Get that for your offering”, so I did.

While driving home, I began to think of Danny Gokey again.  I thought maybe the Lord wanted me to pray for him. So I said a prayer. Then out of the blue on the radio right after I had prayed from him, that exact song “Haven’t Seen it Yet” began to play.  I thought that’s incredible timing, and also a  bit bizarre. The Lord had my attention for sure!

As I turned into our neighborhood, a man was sitting outside on his lawn with a table set up selling golf balls with a sign that read “I’m out of work”.

As I passed the house, the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart to give the six cans of chicken to that man.

I wasn’t sure at first if I heard correctly, then I heard the Lord say, “he’s your neighbor”. At that point  conviction set in for me to turn my car around.

I pulled the chicken from my grocery bag and put it in the front seat so I could easily offer it to him and turned the car around to drive back by his house.

Where did he go? I didn’t see him.

It was a cul-de-sac, and I needed to turn the car around again to leave, which naturally caused me to pass his house one last time. I saw the man was walking back to the table, so  I rolled the car window down and gave a greeting. I began talking, “I  don’t have cash on me, but I’m just getting back from the store. Would you like these?” as I held the canned chicken up.

When he asked what it was, I replied that it was chicken and he was so thrilled, saying, ”Oh my gosh, thank you, so much. This is so cool! I can eat chicken salad, thank you!” “What is your name?” he asked. “Deborah,” I replied. I asked for his name too and he replied “Marcus”.  “Marcus, I’ll be praying for you,” I said, as I drove off and he walked back to the table smiling.

I left fighting back the tears and feeling much gratitude to the Lord.

When I arrived home, I wanted to share with John what had happened. After putting away the groceries, I grabbed the closest Bible which happened to be John’s, so I could read him the verse from Isaiah 58. As I picked it up and began to open the Bible it opened right to Isaish 58.

Looking at John I exclaimed, “Oh, were you reading from Isaiah 58 this morning too?

He said, No, I wasn’t!

We both smiled at each other in amazement!

Deborah ~ 4 Unfolded Hearts

 

The Counsel of the Lord Stands Forever

Psalms 33: 11,12

The counsel of the Lord stands forever,
The plans of His heart to all generations.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.

 

I have been praying the above verse regarding our nation. Early in the morning at the beginning of April, the Holy Spirit spoke to me, as I was heading down the stairs to pray. I heard, “remember the pride of David as he counted the men.”  I thought, to myself, I recall the story, but I need to read it in light of what was just spoken. The passage below is what I discovered of David during that particular time. I believe it profoundly states the revelation of God’s ways, for such a time as this.

 

2 Samuel 24 & 1 Chronicles 21 gives the account of David’s order for a census of Israel and Judah. Joab, a general object’s to David census in numbering the men.

2 Samuel 24 gives the account from a Political view

1 Chronicles 21 presents the report from a Religious view

It’s important to note both; the political and religious views as the revelation, while in part, renders a remedy that I would humbly like to offer remains a truth for the nation and for us.

 

We read excerpts from the account from 1 Chronicles 21

 

While scripture doesn’t tell us directly what David did was wrong. It implies his motive in doing so was wrong.

 

And God was displeased with this thing; therefore He struck Israel. So David said to God, “I have sinned greatly because I have done this thing; but now, I pray, take away the iniquity of Your servant, for I have done very foolishly.”

 

David didn’t trust God; he was worried about the military power of the nation.

 

Then the Lord spoke to Gad, David’s seer, saying, 10 “Go and tell David, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord: “I offer you three things; choose one of them for yourself, that I may do it to you.”

11 So Gad came to David and said to him, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Choose for yourself, 12 either three years of famine, or three months to be defeated by your foes with the sword of your enemies overtaking you, or else for three days the sword of the Lord—the plague in the land, with the angel of the Lord destroying throughout all the territory of Israel.’ Now consider what answer I should take back to Him who sent me.”

 

Sound familiar, three-months of being defeated by a hidden foe, in our day and time, I’d like to suggest for us, it’s namely a virus.

 

13 And David said to Gad, “I am in great distress. Please let me fall into the hand of the Lord, for His mercies are very great; but do not let me fall into the hand of man.”

 

The Lord was drawing David to Him.

 Ps. 46 God is our strength, a very present help in trouble.

14 So the Lord sent a plague upon Israel, and seventy thousand men of Israel fell. 15 And God sent an angel to Jerusalem to destroy it. As he was destroying, the Lord looked and relented of the disaster, and said to the angel who was destroying, “It is enough; now restrain your hand.” And the angel of the Lord stood by the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.

 

Whoa! …all at the result of foolish-sin from their leader.

 

18 Therefore, the angel of the Lord commanded Gad to say to David that David should go and erect an altar to the Lord on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.

22 Then David said to Ornan, “Grant me the place of this threshing floor, that I may build an altar on it to the Lord. You shall grant it to me at the full price, that the plague may be withdrawn from the people.”

23 But Ornan said to David, “Take it to yourself and let my Lord the king do what is good in his eyes

26 And David built there an altar to the Lord, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings, and called on the Lord; and He answered him from heaven by fire on the altar of burnt offering.

27 So the Lord commanded the angel, and he returned his sword to its sheath.

 

We see David take full responsibility for his actions before the Lord, yet lives were lost on account of his foolishness, the Lord received his sacrificial repentance, and the Lord relented.

 

Likewise, our response is to seek security only in God.

 

I understood the Lord impressed upon me to implore to leaders both Political and Religious equally, to repent, repent of any pride, foolishness, repent of sowing sins of wickedness, seek the Lord while he can be found, call upon Him while He is near.

 

If you are an intercessor and or a righteousness leader, I implore you as well to stand in the gap, offer a sacrificial prayer for another. May we unite in continue to sow righteousness as stated in Hosea verse that we might as a nation reap mercy and find healing in our land.

 

Hosea 10:12

Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the Lord, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you.

 

Seize The Benefits

Psalms 103


Bless and affectionately praise the Lord, O my soul,

And all that is [deep] within me, bless His holy name.
Bless and affectionately praise the Lord, O my soul,
And do not forget any of His benefits;

Who forgives all your sins,
Who heals all your diseases; 
Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you [lavishly] with lovingkindness and tender mercy;
Who satisfies your years with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the [soaring] eagle.

The Lord executes righteousness
And justice for all the oppressed.
He made known His ways [of righteousness and justice] to Moses,
His acts to the children of Israel.

The Lord is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger and abounding in compassion and lovingkindness.

He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
He has not dealt with us according to our sins [as we deserve],
Nor rewarded us [with punishment] according to our wickedness.
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear and worship Him [with awe-filled respect and deepest reverence].
As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.

Just as a father loves his children,
So the Lord loves those who fear and worship Him [with awe-filled respect and deepest reverence].
For He knows our [mortal] frame;
He remembers that we are [merely] dust.

As for man, his days are like grass;

Like a flower of the field, so he flourishes.

For the wind passes over it and it is no more,
And its place knows it no longer.

But the lovingkindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who [reverently] fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children,

To those who honor and keep His covenant,
And remember to do His commandments [imprinting His word on their hearts].

The Lord has established His throne in the heavens,
And His sovereignty rules over all [the universe].

Bless the Lord, you His angels,
You mighty ones who do His commandments,
Obeying the voice of His word!

Bless the Lord, all you His hosts,
You who serve Him and do His will.

Bless the Lord, all you works of His, in all places of His dominion;
Bless and affectionately praise the Lord, O my soul!

Pray to the Lord Jesus Christ, the lover of your soul believing the word, asking on your behalf, your neighbor, the generations, your city, state, and nation.

Deborah ~ 4 Unfolded Hearts