Tag Archives: Intercession

Before the Cross VI

MATTHEW 24:30-31 NET – Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and all the tribes of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man arriving on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.  And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet blast, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

MATTHEW 24:27 NET – For just like the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so the coming of the Son of Man will be.

1 CORINTHIANS 15:50-52 NET – Now this is what I am saying, brothers and sisters: Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.  Listen, I will tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed –  in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

MATTHEW 23:39 NET – For I tell you, you will not see me from now until you say, ‘ Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! ’”

MATTHEW 16:27 NET –  For the Son of Man will come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done .

(Look! I am coming soon, and my reward is with me to pay each one according to what he has done!

Before The Cross: We Are Powerful

For believers, we actually have God within us. Not only does the Holy Spirit guarantee our inheritance (Ephesians 1:13-14), but He helps us in our weakness and leads us in how to glorify God and how to live the Christian life.

If we were left to be led by our own sinful flesh, we would only want to serve and glorify ourselves. It is only by the power of the Holy Spirit, that we can do anything and serve the Lord. The Spirit even intercedes for us on our behalf as we pray to God (Romans 8:26-28).

Let us be confident as sons and daughters of the King. Let’s be confident in the fact (because the Bible says so) that we have God within us. If He is in us and leads us, anything is possible. If God is for us, who could be against us? What a honor and privilege that He would see our bodies fit as a dwelling place for Him.

And in the end, He will be Glorious…

Prayer of the Day – October 17th

O Divine Lord! When I am most absorbed in my necessary


business, may you not withdraw your presence, but be permanent and abiding. May I be faithful to you in little things, following the inner light until it leads me into the perfect day.


Daily Prayers: A Classic Collection.


The Praise Filled Life II


And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will. ”

EPH 3:20-21 NKJV

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

In the Storm

By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

I grew up in Egypt under the influence of a Christian family. I often sang songs of praise to God, and I would hear my mother and my grandfather praise God for hours at a time. I became a believer in Jesus Christ as a young man, but still didn’t begin to grasp the true meaning of praise until the spring of 1990.

That is when my lovely wife, Elizabeth, was diagnosed with cancer. She was barely forty years old.

My first thought was, Lord, she’s too young to have breast cancer! How can this be happening? I had trouble praying without being overwhelmed with worry over what might happen. My heart was troubled. But in the midst of the terrible fear that I might lose my beloved wife, and the frustration that I could not take her place or do anything to protect her except to pray for her, I began to truly learn the power of praise.

Our small congregation immediately committed to intercession. We entered God’s course of instruction, Power of Praise 101, with the Holy Spirit and the Bible as our instructors. God began to take us through the first stages of learning what it means to praise Him while standing in the full force of the storm. The more we praised God, the stronger our belief grew that He is capable of all things and is infinitely compassionate toward His hurting and needy children.

We learned a lasting lesson during the time that my wife was battling cancer. The more we praised God, the deeper the fellowship we experienced with Him. As my wife underwent medical treatment that slowly brought physical healing, we underwent spiritual treatment that brought wholeness, hope, strength, and power to our souls. Our spiritual wholeness came about through praising Him. Our fear gave way to greater faith in God’s rule over our circumstances. Praise fully established the reign of God in our lives.

Ultimately, praise reinforces the truth of who we are and who God is. He alone is the One who makes us whole. He alone is the One who walks through the dark valley with us. Our faithful Lord never leaves us nor forsakes us. He alone is the Source of all good things.

Praise the Lord! My wife today is in excellent health. We continue to praise God not only for her healing but also for teaching us what it means to be empowered by praise to face any terror, any threat, and any problem that life may hand us.

Prayer: I praise You for Your power, Almighty God. You have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you! With Jesus I say, “Abba, Father, everything is possible for you” (Mark 14:36). I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to the power that works in us, to him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever” (Ephesians 3:20-21).