Prayer Study & Promises God is alive now. He has love beyond our comprehension. Just think about that. He IS love. Finding that out will change your life forever. Knowing how great and powerful He is, and reading the following verses, will refresh you and revive that fact. Second Chronicles 20:12–22 tells the story of the prophet Johaz. The Spirit of the Lord told him to tell the people not be afraid of the great multitude who were coming against them. It was the Lord’s battle and not theirs. When they began to sing and to praise, the Lord caused an ambush against their enemies. This is an exciting example of what God can do when we look to Him, worship Him, and praise Him! Read the Scripture:
God is alive now. He has love beyond our comprehension. Just think about that. He IS love. Finding that out will change your life forever. Knowing how great and powerful He is, and reading the following verses, will refresh you and revive that fact.
Second Chronicles 20:12–22 tells the story of the prophet Johaz. The Spirit of the Lord told him to tell the people not be afraid of the great multitude who were coming against them. It was the Lord’s battle and not theirs. When they began to sing and to praise, the Lord caused an ambush against their enemies. This is an exciting example of what God can do when we look to Him, worship Him, and praise Him! Read the Scripture:
O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.” Now all Judah, with their little ones, their wives, and their children, stood before the LORD. Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly. And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the LORD to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow go down against them. They will surely come up by the Ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the brook before the Wilderness of Jeruel. You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the LORD is with you.” And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem bowed before the LORD, worshiping the LORD. Then the Levites of the children of the Kohathites and of the children of the Korahites stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with voices loud and high. So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the LORD your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the LORD, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the LORD, for His mercy endures forever.” Now when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. 2 Chronicles 20:12–22
Prayers of the Spirit
When we pray in the Spirit, the Holy Spirit takes over, praying through us according to God’s will. The following Scriptures mention this kind of prayer:
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Romans 8:26
But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit… Jude 20
Waiting in God’s Presence
Waiting in the presence of God is an extremely effective type of prayer that always brings huge results. I know it for a fact….
While attending Bible college, I had a remarkable experience that I want to share with you. This experience will help you to understand what this type of praying can do.
One of my teachers was an intercessor who shared a valuable insight with the class. He told us that the most powerful kind of prayer was waiting in the presence of God on behalf of someone or some situation. He said he didn’t know why it was so powerful, but his experience had proven it to be so. I just listened and wondered about it.
I left class that day to drive to Mom Goodwin’s house. She was my spiritual mother, living in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, at the time. She had moved there after her husband went home to be with the Lord. She and her husband, Rev. J. R. Goodwin, were pastors for forty-eight years in The Assemblies of God churches. They were written about in many books. They knew about the moving of the Holy Spirit.
Mom had a ministry of intercession. When she had a dream, vision, or word of knowledge about a person or event, she would pray about it. In the next few days the answers to her prayers would come to pass in the lives of those for whom she had prayed. This was a proven, sound manifestation of the Holy Spirit operating in her life.
The Goodwins were also known for their counseling of ministers who often made it a point to travel to visit with them. When they all prayed, God always confirmed, through Mom and Dad Goodwin, what He had been leading and speaking to those visiting ministers. Dad Goodwin was a stickler for the Word. He taught the verse-by-verse method.
Frequently, I went to mom’s house to work around the house or for fellowship and prayer. We spent many hours together. My association with Mom Goodwin was a special blessing to my life.
While driving to Mom’s house, twice this thought came to mind: “Jennie and John [fictional names] can’t get out of the Middle East. If someone would wait in God’s presence on their behalf, God could get them out of the country.” Mind you, I didn’t know they couldn’t get out of Jordan.
I pulled into the driveway, got out of the car, and walked up to the door where Mom met me. Before I even stepped inside, she said these words, “I just got a call from Voralee—I used to rent from her while in Bible school—and she got a letter from Jennie who says they still can’t get out of the Middle East.”
I said, “Mom, you won’t believe what just happened while driving over here.” I told her about the Bible teaching on prayer and about the thoughts that came to me on my way to her house.
“That sounds like God to me. You better do it,” she said.
I was amazed. That night I sat in the presence of God on their behalf. I had sought the Lord many times, but this time I just sat there feeling foolish and thinking: You are the mighty God…I am nothing.
I wondered, Should I read a Scripture? Do I do anything?
I pretty much just sat there in the presence of God, wondering what I should do. I didn’t feel anything.
In two days I got word that my friends gained legal permission to leave the Middle East.
God moved when I waited in His presence. While I’m confident God uses many people and many prayers, in this instance the test for whether it was of God was whether or not what God said came to pass. This was God’s Spirit speaking to me. Everything that God said would happen came to pass when I prayed as He directed me to pray.
The Next Year
Almost a year to the date, Jennie and John told me that John’s brother (who lived in the Middle East) wanted to come to the United States to go to school but had been turned down eleven times by various European countries and by the U.S.
The next morning I had a dream before waking: I felt an intense love in my heart. Then I heard myself speaking to John, “John, I will pray. God can get your brother out of the country.” I awoke with that.
“What will John think if I tell him that? What if that wasn’t the Lord?” I thought about it for quite a while with mixed feelings of excitement, wonder, and concern. I knew God could do this. The experience was mixed with a tremendous amount of love and the knowledge that God had done it for my friends a year earlier. I decided to be careful how I said it, but that I would go and tell them that night.
“John,” I began, “I’ll pray. God can get your brother out of the country.”
“Oh, thank you,” he said.
That was it! I went home and did it. I guess I spent about an hour waiting in God’s presence. I also spent a little time the next day, hoping to feel like I was “done” waiting in His presence for the need.
In two days, permission was granted for my friend’s brother to come to the U.S.
Through this kind of prayer God moves mountains; binds the enemy; overthrows the powers of darkness; sends His mighty, heavenly armies; and subdues the enemy in situations. I don’t know why it is so powerful. Maybe part of it is spending that time with Him. He is high and lifted up, while you are the helpless one coming to Him.
When all hope seems gone and you don’t know what to do, wait in God’s presence on behalf of the situation.
Miracles in Spain
More recently, my youngest son took a trip to Spain with just his backpack to “live off the land.” I prayed all the way through it, and there were many day-to-day miracles. Just before he came back to this country, some interesting events took place. Here is the condensed version:
Two mornings in a row I woke around 4 AM to pray. I felt led by the Holy Spirit to wait in God’s presence on his behalf. Each day, there were specific things I felt I to share with my son.
The first morning I felt led to tell my son about an experience I had when I was his age. God caused deep feelings within me that I should not go a certain direction. I had a horrible feeling about taking that direction.
For almost a month those intense feelings came and went. I had never experienced anything like it and didn’t know what to make of it. I couldn’t figure it out. I didn’t listen to the “don’t do it” feelings, though, and ended up in a bad situation. Because of all that transpired, I realized God Himself had spoken to me.
I told my son about the experience, and that this was the first time God spoke to me in such a way. I didn’t even realize God could do such a thing, although I loved Him and cared about God in my life. I wished I had known it was God. I also told my son I would trust his wisdom, and asked him to be sensitive to his gut feelings.
The next morning I woke with the knowledge that I was to pray, and here’s what happened: Shortly after I began praying, I felt like I should call my son. If I hadn’t called him right at that moment I would have missed him. He was on a train headed toward France.
He said: “I just wanted to tell you that it happened to me. I felt inside of me that I should come home, but I want to test it. Nothing like this has ever happened to me.”
I thought, Oh no…if God wants him home and he’s headed toward France, now what? I was concerned that he might be headed for trouble.
Soon he was out of cell phone reach. I called a few of my prayer partners and asked them to pray, and I went on to work.
The next morning I felt like I should try to call him one more time. He answered his cell phone. He told me he had gotten off the train in France and found somewhere to sleep for the night. Waking, a feeling came over him that he couldn’t do this anymore. He was drained, and felt that this was the end of him trying to “live off the land” in Europe.
I later knew that it was God’s voice speaking to him. God had spoken to my son, even though he wasn’t sure it was God speaking.
He got on a plane and came back to Madrid, where he was getting ready to board a plane to New York when he received my second phone call! Thank God he had left money in the bank for a trip home. The moment I called him, he was indeed in calling range (his cell phone was only for Spain).
“I’m so glad you called me,” he said. “I was hoping you would. I’m getting on a plane for the United States right now. In fact, if you had waited a minute, we would be taking off and you couldn’t have gotten through to me.”
My son got on the plane and was soon back at work in the States. Since that time, my son has had an amazing revelation of the reality of Christ. God keeps proving Himself to my boy! His adventures have only begun!
God’s Power Displayed
While finishing up this book, a beautiful example of waiting in God’s presence took place.
It was four in the morning and I couldn’t sleep. I went downstairs, ready to have devotions, when the phone rang. It was a male friend of mine calling from Michigan. “Jimmy is on life support. He’s brain dead and on a respirator. They’re stopping life support at 11 o’clock.”
I couldn’t believe it! Our prayer group at church had been praying for this young man. His father said Jimmy had been experiencing sleep apnea and just stopped breathing. I told him that I had gotten up to pray and would pray for his son. I made a couple of calls to prayer partners and began to wait in God’s presence. It was two hours earlier where I was.
Around six, I felt something, although I didn’t know what it meant and just remained before the Lord. I prayed a few things as I waited, “that God would send his angels to the hospital in Michigan, pour out His Spirit, and if He could minister to Jimmy in his condition, that He would.” I asked God that if He could speak to Jimmy even in a coma, that He would.
“Have mercy on him, Lord. Remember him as a child. I ask for your kindness toward him. You are the only One who can help him. Please don’t let him die without being ready.”
Those prayers are basically all I could think of to pray.
At 8:10 AM, the Scripture came to me, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.” (John 11:25–26).
I thought, I love that Scripture. I didn’t realize what was happening. I felt strongly that God wanted me to stay before Him for Jimmy.
Then, from 8:15 to 8:30 AM the most wonderful thing I’ve ever experienced happened. God poured out His powerful, supernatural presence on me. I felt His power, the Kingship of Jesus Christ as Lord and God, and was filled with gratitude and worship.
I praised Him with a supernatural awareness of His goodness, kindness, and compassion. It was a wonderful experience!
“How wonderful God was to Jimmy. God is Almighty. He is so great!”
Jesus had filled my being with true worship…I wept for joy. I had joy I had never before experienced in my Spirit. It was great. I knew Jimmy was okay. There were now only thirty minutes left before the hospital was going to remove the respirator.
I decided I should stay before the Lord until that time. At eleven Michigan time, a tremendous silent presence of God came over me. I just felt like a child. I thought, Maybe Jesus and His angels are ready to take Jimmy.
They were. As the respirator was removed from Jimmy, his dad holding his hand, Jimmy left this life… but stepped into glory with the Lord Jesus.