Forgiveness, Prayer and Freedom

January 26th, 2016 1 comment

Forgiveness is so much more than saying, “I’m sorry” or “It’s ok, I forgive you.” Forgiveness is freedom. Forgiveness is that heavenly Kingdom key liberating us from the bondage to hurts caused by offenses. How do we get “unstuck” from the residue of an offense enough to forgive? Good question! Maybe Job gives us a key to being free to forgive.

Job knew God in the secret place. We read in Job 19 about the agony of his losses and the pain he endured. Yet in the middle of his discourse on the severity of his suffering, he raised his voice in worship and declared, “I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!” Job 19:25–27

Job did not use his suffering as an excuse to turn from God. Instead, his suffering drove him deeper into the treasury of God in the secret place. Job also did not use his suffering as an excuse to hold an offense against his friends.

The only good thing about Job’s friends—who were not very good friends—is that they visited him frequently. But instead of offering encouragement, comfort or help, they added to his torment with endless questions, accusations and judgments against him. Finally, near the end of Job’s story, God confronted those friends. He told them that He was angry with them and that they needed to ask Job to pray for them. Only then, perhaps, would He receive their sacrifices and forgive them (see Job 42:7–9).

Once again a godly man faced the need to forgive. Something had to happen in Job’s heart to enable him to pray sincerely for his friends. He had to forgive them, too. When Job prayed for his friends, they were released from the guilt of the offenses they had caused. When Job prayed for his friends, Job was freed to step out of his pain and into his renewal. Job’s losses were restored through the grace of forgiveness: “The LORD restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.” Job 42:10 (Italics added.)

Thank You, Lord. Your forgiveness has made me free – free to pray, free to love, free to forgive.

(Adapted from Prayer – Heaven’s Open Door, Chapter 9 by Nancy McDaniel)

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A Celebration of Sound

September 15th, 2015 1 comment

Blog - SparklerLord, I celebrate Who You are in my life and who I am in You! Thank You that I am no longer overwhelmed by the stuff of life on earth. Instead, I am overwhelmed by You! I am overwhelmed by Your love and grace and favor. I am overwhelmed by heaven and how You have elevated me to live in an awareness of Your Kingdom and Will on earth as it is in heaven.

Lord, I pray that I will grow in the celebration of heaven. Release such celebration that continually raises me to a higher place of overcoming. Explode Your Light and Power in me like fireworks that light up the darkest sky! Cause Your delight to break forth in song though me that brings deliverance, hope and breakthrough to all around me. Lift my feet above the shackles of earth’s stress and hindrances in jubilant dance. Let Your life in me breathe life to Your promises for all around me.

Make me a trumpet – a silver trumpet redeemed by Your love . . . trimmed with the gold of Your glory! Blow Your breath through me to release a sound that calls people to rush to You. Release a sound that silences the wicked one and brings hope and redemption. Release a sound that breaks through the limitations of earth and releases the limitlessness of You! Release the sound of heaven’s celebration on earth!

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Let Stillness Quiet Your Heart

October 2nd, 2014 2 comments

                          Let Stillness Quiet Your Heart

Blog - PeaceThoughts from Carolyn Suty, US Regional Director Southwest Coastal Region

Do you ever feel like your list for prayers and crisis is getting too long to handle? I am sensing a real call from the heart of the Father to draw nigh to the throne. Tuck your prayer list into your pocket and enter in to His chamber. Be aware of His presence, His peace and the quietness of His heart. He is not rattled, nor alarmed but so confident in all things. Let this stillness quiet your heart. Listen to the rhythm of His heart beat and be comforted. Lay your list on the altar and watch it disappear in the goodness of His majesty. Our response to Him is, “Holy, Holy is The Lord. Worthy, Worthy is the Lamb Who was and is and is to come!” Focus on Him, let the worship and love flow. Don’t leave or rush out. Bask until you have been transformed by His consuming Presence. Stay till your heartbeat matches His. Only then can you be one who is at peace in this storm. Only then can you give to others the greatest gift of Him.

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Preemptive By His Presence – 9/11 Crafted Prayer

September 2nd, 2014 1 comment

The following blog was contributed by Dave McDaniel.
Dave is a Men’s Aglow leader, one of our Men of Issachar and husband of Nancy McDaniel. 

Grand_Canyon_smallerJob 38:22-23…”Have you entered into the treasuries of the snow or seen the treasuries of the hail which I have reserved against the time of trouble, and against the day of battle and war?

As You spoke these words to Job, its meaning is a declaration to the hidden strategies of destruction and terror that the enemy is planning. Father, the plans of the enemy cannot surpass, overcome, or cancel the planting of prayer. Our prayers are a weapon of terror against the enemy, for they have been generated by the intercession of Jesus and in the agreement of the Holy Spirit.

No weapon formed against us shall prosper. The enemy conjures up ways to celebrate past tragedies and destructions in hopes to drum up a fear and intimidation to keep people bound. It is a tactic that brings accusation against You and Your intentionality. But You create new landmarks to celebrate in place of past tragedies…the release of Your beauty for ashes and the oil of joy for mourning necessary to rebuild the old ruins and former desolations. As the anniversary of September 11th approaches, we are not paralyzed by fear but instead preemptive by Your Presence. We are not a people that cowers from the taunting intimidation of people groups blinded by terror. You are turning confusion upon the enemy. You are causing those who are being used to impart terror to be terrorized themselves by the Angel of The Lord who calmly stands guard over the purposes of Your heart.

Instead of looking behind us, we rewrite this anniversary with new beginnings and new intentions by being captured with new knowledge of Your character. We have no time to be mesmerized in fear because we are apprehended by the knowledge of Your goodness and kindness, and with it, we uncover the hidden darkness with the penetrating light of the knowledge of God over the earth.

This knowledge causes us to run into the battle with declarations and proclamations of Your greatness. We speak to the lands that have been infiltrated with terror and the schematic plans of destruction. We speak to the people groups that are exhibiting barbaric behavior no different from the spirit that cried, “Crucify Him,” and we ask for a Holy Visitation of Your love over them. We proclaim over the very strategies that have been secretly planned to release destruction in the seven Continents of the earth: The Spirit of The Lord is released to proclaim the acceptable year of The Lord and the day of Your vengeance. It is not a vengeance of judgment but one of grace. Grace be released over those that are blinded by their own cause, and simultaneously release grace into the secret chambers of those You have appointed as Your Elishas and Your Davids. Amplify the secret whispers of the enemy’s plans and pipe then into the throne room where You reside with Your children. Bring the knowledge of how great and majestic You are into the atmosphere surrounding evil intent and accusation. Bring revelation of Your arrival by signs and wonders into these very lands. You have positioned Your Prophets and Generals with the foreknowledge of this very moment.

The arsenal of Your snow packs and hail have been reserved for times when the enemy wants trouble (Job 38:22-23). Freeze the hatred and allegiances bred in the fear of those who know not what they do. Freeze the flow of resources designated for destruction. Deep freeze the former painful memories of the tragedy of 9-11, and bring the rain of Your refreshing presence to proclaim liberty for the captives and the opening of the prison to those who are bound. Rain upon these Continents with the comfort and consolation to heal the painful, tormenting places of yesterday. Pour down Your precious release of Presence that will take away the ash heaps and mourning pools and replace them with the vibrant, life-giving, life-changing, and life-sustaining waterfalls full of new anointing that flows freely from the Throne of Grace.

Re-fit us with a new garment of praise that propels us into battle IN Your Name instead of remaining in a holding pattern of just leaning on it. Our eyes are upon You, Father. Our hearts are in You. And our response is a choral response of unity as we release majesty into earth’s atmosphere that seals Your protection over Israel, the United States and North America, Great Britain and all of Europe, Asia, Africa, Central and South America, Australia, and Antarctica. Uncover the hidden places with the penetrating laser beam of the blinding light that knocked Saul from his horse and brought a brand new change in identity. Begin a fresh, new beginning of restoration that turns the hearts of terror into hearts that terrorize the enemy through bringing the knowledge of The Lord into the earth. Bring large hailstones upon hell itself as You release the snowpacks of the effectual prayers of Your righteous people that have been reserved for such a time as this. New changes in the atmosphere through the release of the new sound of rain is released in Jesus’ Name.

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The Plumeria and The Acorn

October 30th, 2013 3 comments

Jesus said to pray like this, “. . . And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.”  Sometimes forgiving someone just means to let go of the hurt or the offense so we can be healed of the wound.  See how the Lord showed this to Martha Stanley.

plumeria and acorn

While taking the dog out into the back yard several days ago, something unusual caught my eye on a small plumeria plant by the side of our house.  A single acorn was sitting upright in the center vein of a plumeria leaf.  Apparently, the acorn had fallen from our towering oak tree onto a leaf of the plumeria below, piercing it with the force of the drop. In response to the assault, the plumeria did what plumerias do in such a situation.  It secreted a sticky, milky-like substance to try to heal the wound.  In the process however, it also captured the acorn, permanently affixing it into the breach.

This phenomenon was so unusual, I asked the Lord what He was trying to teach me.  More than a week went by, and nothing came to mind, so I figured the answer would come at the appropriate “teachable moment”.

This morning I was thinking about 2 recent incidences in which I felt I had been wronged.  Asking the Lord if He would right the situations, he responded with a clear, “No”.  Shocked, I asked why.  He said, “What happened to you in both situations was wrong, but I am not going to make either of them right for you.  I am teaching you how to just let things go.”

After hearing that sobering response, my mind reflected back to the plumeria and the acorn.  In an effort to heal itself (the wound), the plumeria also captured the acorn (the offense).  Unless the acorn is removed, the wound will never heal properly.  However, the acorn is now so sealed into the wound that the leaf cannot remove it on its own.  It will need some outside help.  Removal of the acorn will open up the wound again, the milky substance will be secreted, but the wound will heal properly.  The leaf will just have the let the acorn go if it is to be healed.

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The Hurt and the Healer

June 21st, 2013 5 comments

The following blog was contributed by Jessica Wilson, Prayer Office Administrative Assistant

Have you ever been hurt?  I mean really hurt.

A lot of the time this kind of hurt seems to happen when it comes from other Christians, or others who “should know better.”  I’m not going to sugarcoat it – it’s really tough to deal with at times.

Recently I was wrestling with the concept of forgiveness, in particular toward an old friend who had hurt me long ago but when confronted, never acknowledged my hurt or apologized.  It seemed so wrong that this person had never acknowledged or tried to ‘fix’ the situation.  It seemed like they got off scot free!  As I prayed and told God about my hurt, I told him how unfair this was.  Now, I’m not blind – I get that I have been that person.
I have hurt others, not known about it, and not fixed it.
I have caused others pain that God had to heal.  What I didn’t realize before is how truly powerless I am to heal.  I can be responsible, kind, and apologetic – and I believe these should be freely given as you are able and aware of your actions hurting another.  But while kind words and apologies might comfort, they don’t heal.

After I poured out my heart to God, God poured out revelation on me.  God gave me a picture of the friend, whose actions against me I had grieved for so long:  The picture was of her shooting me in the leg.  In my mind’s eye, I stood there bleeding, aghast, shocked, hurt, and angry.  But as I stood bleeding, I began telling the friend that the wound was her fault and to fix my leg.  And I felt God asked me, “Why do you keep expecting her to fix you?  Can she heal you?

This shouldn’t be news to anyone but – whether you’ve been shot in the leg or stabbed in the back, you need a DOCTOR, not an apology.   The people who have hurt you – what are their names?  Are they called Jehovah Rapha – The God who heals?  The person who stole from you – is their name Jehovah Jirah – The God who provides?  No, their names – the names of those who hurt you and me, are “human.”  And humans cannot heal you, Jesus can.

“Fair” and “unfair” are useless concepts in this situation – what matters is “healed” or “not healed”, and I choose to be healed by Jesus.  What a privilege that our God is such a healer – healer of hearts, minds, bodies, and souls.  So take your hurt to Jesus.  It’s not “fair”.  It may not seem “right”.  But those who have hurt us, on purpose or without realizing it, are helpless in our healing.  Let us go to our loving, caring, all-knowing God, who binds up the broken hearted and who has healing in His wings.

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No Longer Business As Usual ~Faith Like a Child

October 25th, 2012 5 comments


The following blog was contributed by Jessica Wilson, Administrative Assistant – Prayer Office and Anti-Trafficking Specialist

I am still digesting what went on during our 2012 Aglow U.S. National Conference, and the amazing things that God did in our midst.  In particular, I have been mulling over the phrase “It is no longer ‘business as usual’.”

I recently re-read the book Alice In Wonderland and was struck by a great quote that seemed to explain this to me in a fresh way.  Alice had just picked up a piece of cake, expecting to start growing bigger or smaller after eating it and then –  She was quite surprised to find that she remained the same size.  To be sure, this is what generally happens when one eats cake, but Alice had got so much into the way of expecting nothing but out-of-the-way things to happen, that it seemed quite dull and stupid for life to go on in the common way.”

Isn’t that the epitome of ‘faith like a child’?  When God does unexpected things in our life, we should continue to expect the unexpected – not expect things to go back as they were before!  No more ‘business as usual’!

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Prayer is a Place of Abiding – Part Two

July 17th, 2012 10 comments


The following blog was contributed by Dave McDaniel.
Dave is one of our Men of Issachar and husband of Nancy McDaniel. 


Preparing the Soil

As God has been speaking to me about areas of my own life, I found myself studying the Parable of the Soils in Luke 8.  The Word I sense the Lord has given me comes from the saturation of a deeper understanding of abiding in Him and preparing my soil to be fertile to receive His heart: 

“There are no more Emmaus Road revelations for My children.  The crucial revelations of this hour are reserved for those whose hearts are hidden in the secret place where I dwell.  For if you choose to dwell in the secret place, you shall abide under My shadow.  It is in this special place that the fertile soil of your heart can receive and protect My Word for this hour.  Living outside of this place allows the evil one to use all of his influence to steal away the seed or choke out its potential.  My former and latter rain is being released to water the soil and ripen the fruit.  The former rain has watered the soil of your heart to prepare you for this hour, but the latter rain is quickly approaching that will ripen the fruit that you are developing.  I beckon you to inhabit my special secret place; for your true authority will be proportionate to the fruit you carry.  Without Me, you can do nothing.  The call to abide is so important for this hour for I have threshing floors overflowing with wheat that must be quickly harvested.  A release of My new wine is awaiting that will crown you with a new level of authority and wisdom for your future tasks.  I have plans to use My special treasure to bring an historic restoration of all things that have been stolen, lost or given away.  I have divinely commanded this to happen, and I will reposition you in the places of My goodness that will attract the downtrodden and the hurting.  You will be the conduit of power flowing from My veins that will declare My purposes and watch its fulfillment right before your eyes.  Can you feel the power, and can you feel the excitement of this new thing I am doing?  It is being released in My secret place. 

Without abiding in Me in this historical time, your vision and purpose will be distorted and choked out.  There is only room for ONE desire in the secret place, and that is a reciprocal release of a harvest covenant.  I will be your only desire, the One that you seek, and I will never allow you to be satisfied with anything less.  It is up to you to decide, but My heart’s cry is to abide and dwell with My bride, and My true bride will long to dwell with Me.  I have longed to prepare My bride as Esther was prepared, washing away all impurities and teaching her how to step in her rightful place.  Do not look at your circumstances as a depiction of your future.  Your circumstances are only designed to upgrade you into your rightful place.  Today I declare that you arise and realize that every test and circumstance that is a Goliath accusation against Me and My Word is a ripe opportunity for your accelerated growth.  Respond to every accusation against My purpose with the revelation that you receive in our secret place.  Speak the Word and stand still and see the salvation of your God.  I will not only deliver you and make an open spectacle of your enemy, but I will also burn off all of your impurities in the process. 

How Do You Abide?
How do you abide in Me?  Enter.  You have been waiting on Me, but beloved, I am in your future waiting one step ahead of you.  I’m a progressive God.  I said, “Come unto Me.”  As you make the decision to enter My presence this day,  I will break up the fallow ground of your emotions and your mind to be able to recognize Me in everything.  I promise I am deeply engrained in every chapter of your life.  I will confound the wise with My plan to use all who enter My chamber.  The Emmaus revelation is no longer powerful enough to bring My vengeance upon the enemy.  It is in our partnership together—our war room in the secret place—that I will reveal the plans that I have for this hour. Everyone has a pivotal role to play, and I will take you step by step from the war room out into the battlefield and display My victory through you.  It will be in the secret place of our abiding together that I will release My scepter in your direction full of power and authority to pronounce judgment upon the enemy.  My signet ring of covenant partnership is awaiting your arrival to the secret place of My chamber.  You are mine; I am waiting, and so is the future of many nations.  I am calling all of the Josephs, the Esthers, the Davids—every ancient anointing to come together as one for some good payback.  No more hesitation—Come, My beloved.  It is time.”

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Prayer is a Place of Abiding – Part One

June 6th, 2012 4 comments


The following blog was contributed by Dave McDaniel.
Dave is one of our Men of Issachar and husband of Nancy McDaniel. 

As Graham Cooke has so accurately described, the Body of Christ has moved into its finest hour by moving from visitation to habitation.  Simply put, this is a place of abiding.  Jane Hansen Hoyt recently added on April 16th, “I believe that Aglow has been coming into a new time of communion with God.  I believe we have been realizing a new anointing on the new covenant, and walking with a greater understanding of the fullness of our identity in Christ.  It is truly a transitional time for us.”

How do we transition into this place of fullness?  How can we feel such a drawing of the Spirit into the secret place of abiding while at the same time being confronted with experiences of such hardship and testing?  There is no mistake that we are experiencing a shaking in the earth today.  The global financial market and political structures are quickly collapsing.  Our faith is being tested, and the Spirit is urging us to press in to the place of abiding in Jesus. 

Standing Tall in a Small World
John 15 beautifully describes the fruitful relationship of abiding in Jesus.  While chaos and uncertainty become the norm in the earth today, we can press into the secret place of His presence and remain there.  The key in this powerful place is to realize that we are not there for the purpose of avoiding the perplexing challenges that lie ahead; instead we are there to be empowered with revelation and wisdom to speak into these challenges.  We are being empowered to stand tall in a small world with the power to declare the Word of the Lord.  John 15:7 says, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire and it shall be done for you.”  Notice it didn’t say “Word” but “words”.  Its particular meaning is “an utterance (individual, collective or special).”  Jesus wants our relationship to be so close that He can utter a word for an individual He has scheduled to come across our path, a collective word that can change a mountain of influence, or a special word that can change the direction of a nation.   Our commitment to live in habitation, rather than visitation, is essential for this divine exchange.  Since abiding is the key to remaining in this place of empowerment,  we all have permission to enter.  However, it will be those who choose to dwell in this place who will operate as divine carriers of revelation, understanding and power in this hour. 

(Watch for Part Two – “Preparing the Soil” and “How Do You Abide?”)

Life is a Prayer

March 21st, 2012 2 comments

Prayer is who I amWhen I was very young, a teenager in
fact, a friend shared something that really helped set my identity in a satisfying relationship with God.  We were doing a study on abiding in Christ from John 15 when Skip shared some thoughts from Albert J. Wollen.  He said that every Christian can enjoy “constant, conscious communion with God.”  Wow!  “Constant, conscious communion”  — being continually aware of God’s presence in my life moment by moment, worshipping Him and talking with Him in a practical, thoughtful way all the time.  I can just enjoy being with God no matter what I am doing, and furthermore, He is interested in being with me, too! 

Those three words and the thoughts Skip shared that day have stuck with me and marked my life with an awareness that everything about life in Christ is 24-7.  And those three simple words have been a benchmark to remind me that all the things we do to nurture our lives spiritually — like prayer, studying the Bible, worship, loving one another, stewardship – all those things are who we are, not just what we do.

A few years ago, a friend of mine was asked, “Linda, when do you pray?”  We all knew she had a very powerful, effective prayer life.  She was asked, “Do you pray in the morning, do you pray at night time, do you pray several times throughout the day?”  Linda didn’t have to think about her answer very long.  Her answer was immediate.  She said, “My life is a prayer.”

I Corinthians 6:19 says that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.  And Jesus said that His house, or His temple, is the house of prayer (Mark 11:17).   So, with Christ in us, we are His House of Prayer.  Prayer isn’t just something I do – it’s who I am. 

. . . Christ in you, the hope of glory!  (Colossians 1:27)

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