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Question from a Prayer Partner

May 19, 2015

Question: How do you put on the whole armor of God, and how often do I have to put it on?

My Answer:

 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. (Read Ephesians 6:10-20)

These are good questions, and my answers come out of almost 50 years of reading my Bible, meditating on the Word, praying and asking the Holy Spirit to give me insight. Most of my teaching is what I have learned as I’ve obeyed the Word in my everyday living. It all begins where I live with those who know me. This is doable and you have a Divine Helper, Guide and Counselor. The armor of God is cut from the fabric of the Word of God.

We are in the School of the Spirit, and our Teacher takes the Word of God to teach us Spiritual Truths.

The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.[c] 14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 15 The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, 16 for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:10-16)

In the beginning of my spiritual walk, I put on the armor every morning by praying the prayer, “To Put on the Armor of God.” (http://www.prayers.org/design/viewprayer.aspx?id=92). Engaging my imagination I pictured myself putting on each piece: the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shoes of peace, the helmet of salvation, taking up the shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit. (This proved to be a good beginning for me.) The armor is a part of who I am in Christ Jesus! As a child of Light I am clothed in the Armor of Light!

Simply praying the prayer aloud soon turned into a reality, and I became a doer of the word, and not a hearer only. Give attention to the following acrostic and you will always be clothed in the armor of God…day in and day out…wherever you may be!

A—Abide in Me and let my Word abide in you

R—Rejoice and again I say rejoice

M—Meditate on His Word day and night

O—Obey or Order your life according to His will

R—Rest in God and learn His ways

 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.  Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.  For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:11-12)

The Word of God is our Armor, the Word of God judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Here in the presence of God His Word brings transformation, healing emotional wounds and granting us spiritual growth.

Remember: The power is in His Word! Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)

Copyright © Germaine Copeland 2015

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A Message from Germaine: A Question from a Prayer Partner

August 21, 2014

 

From a Prayer Partner:

I noticed that you sometimes mention: ” I too have been there and often tried to “fix” it, only to discover that I could not do the work of the Holy Spirit.”

I wish you could expound on that – or teach on that – or talk more about it. I’m not sure if I also do that.  Sometimes I feel prompted to write a person and though I feel led by the Holy Spirit, I don’t always like the obligation I feel to write that person even though it is often someone I care for and have kept in my prayers. But even then, I ask myself “Am I trying to ‘fix’ things?”

My Response:

Prayer is never to be used as manipulation or as a tool to “fix” others. My prayer journey is an adventure, and often I learn by trial and error. Mistakes can be stepping stones to victory if you determine to be ever learning, ever growing and ever achieving to the glory of the Father. Today I continue to ask the Holy Spirit to “teach me to pray.”

Several years ago, I attended a support group for co-dependents hoping to learn how to help others! Well, I was in for a few surprises! The Holy Spirit used these sessions to teach me something that I needed to know about prayer! He taught me that prayer assignments have boundaries…that I’m not responsible FOR others, but I am responsible TO them according to His will…not mine!

My natural personality and character is to rush in and try to “fix” those for whom I am praying. The Holy Spirit taught me that intercessory prayer is never to be used to lord it over anyone’s faith, but to work with them for their joy, and to help them stand firm in their faith. (2 Corinthians 1:24)

Jesus knew that Peter would yield to temptation. He prayed that his faith would not fail! In my prayer study I noted that Paul’s prayers were not motivated by the problems that he clearly saw. He gave us his reason for interceding: “For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers…”Ephesians 1:15-16).

The Holy Spirit teaches me that I am not called to “fix” those for whom I pray:

  • This first experience is an extreme prayer “caseload.” At one time I prayed for a lady who appeared to have a personality disorder, and I desperately wanted to “help” her. Her parents pleaded with me to “help.” Years of praying and hours upon hours of talking did not avail much! She remained adamant, “If God wants me to change, He will have to tell me!” Finally, having praying everything and saying everything that I thought might help, I was ready to listen to the Holy Spirit! “You can’t fix her. She belongs to me and I see her holy, blameless, even above reproach!” My self-imposed prayer burden was lifted at Calvary!! Today, I am free to listen and accept her as a valuable and precious prayer partner. I’m no longer trying to work in a Scripture to bring “correction.”

  • A family that I pray for is involved in a long-drawn-out divorce. I can’t fix the painful circumstances! I submit to God, asking the Holy Spirit to show me how to pray. I resist the temptation to “call down fire from heaven upon the offender!” (I’ve had many conversations in my head and even written letters that were never mailed.) I pray with my spirit and with my understanding to keep my emotions under the control of the Holy Spirit. It is written: For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. His grace is sufficient for every need, for every moment of every day and in every scheduled or cancelled appointment. I can’t “fix” this, but I know that God is at work according to Romans 8:28!

Our God is a many-faceted-God! The God who works in the heart of a wounded, insecure perfectionist is the same God working in the hearts of people with Personality Disorders…the same God working in the hearts of those involved in Divorce cases…the same God working in the hearts of homosexuals, the same God working in the hearts of addicts sitting in a prison cell…He is the same God who heals relationships. We are not called to “fix” anyone! We are called to pray for one another that we may all be healed and restored to a spiritual tone of mind and heart!

Above Him there is no other. It is my prayer that we who pray for others will stay in agreement with the intercession of Jesus who is an Intercessor that cannot fail! He doesn’t just “fix” people; He transforms people, makes brand new creations! God gives us eyes to see people from His perspective.

Lord, not my will but Yours be done for Your glory and honor. LORD, teach us to pray!

Your Prayer Partner,

Germaine

 

A Message from Germaine: Response to A Mother’s Prayer Request in a Divorce Situation

July 21, 2014

Prayer Request:

“Our son’s divorce has created family turmoil. Brothers, sisters and in-laws got involved. Now our family is divided over who is right/who is wrong…who’s to blame. I love all my children and grandchildren! Please pray that God will intervene in the family relationships, especially between our sons. Our family needs healing and reconciliation.”

My Response:

As I was putting my six-year-old grandson to bed he began to weep, “I want my dad. Why won’t you let him come here and live with us?” Dad had made choices that left the family homeless and the entire family was devastated. Lord, I cried, “Give me wisdom. How do I answer these grandchildren?”

Divorce is one of the hardest and most difficult situation that anyone can go through! We suffer with our children and grandchildren who are caught up in this living death. Everyone has to work through feelings of confusion, anger and grief. The children need grandparents, aunts, uncles to remain stable and give them loving reinforcement and support!! The husband and wife caught in this trap of the enemy needs to know the family is there for them regardless of their decisions. It is difficult to see your daughter or son and your grandchildren go through the agonies of divorce. We do not have to agree with their decisions, but we can be there to offer support and give them unconditional love.

This is not a time for brother to turn against brother, or sister against sister. This is an opportunity to practice forgiveness.  “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”(Ephesians 4:31-32) You may have to forgive many times in the same day!

Parents, I realize it is very tempting to try to “fix” those who are hurting and those who are angry with one another. I too have been there and often tried to “fix” it, only to discover that I could not do the work of the Holy Spirit. Our children are disciples taught of the LORD! God has given you the ministry of reconciliation, but only He can bring healing and restoration to our children and grandchildren. We have to allow them to walk their individual journey of healing and wholeness; we cannot walk it for them. Do not waste precious energy trying to think of ways you can change those who are involved. Let go and let God…easier said than done, but with the help of the Holy Spirit you can do just that. Your prayers will prepare you and your family members to walk the individual pathways of healing. Pray that their faith will not fail, and that when they have come through they will strengthen others…even one another.

The Prayers That Avail Much Family Books are filled with powerful prayers that will prepare your heart for life changes. Also these prayers will help you pray God’s will for all your family members. You can read our story in Prayers That Avail Much for Your Family.

Germaine

A Message from Germaine: Praying for an Addicted Family Member

June 26, 2014

A question from our prayer partners and friends:

Below is an example of a prayer request that we receive from heartbroken, desperate parents, which always touches my heart.

Prayer Request: “PLEASE pray for our son and our family. Our son is enslaved to addiction and desperately needs salvation. He has struggled with addiction for over twenty years and it has taken a terrible toll on him and our family. We have done everything within our power and means; nothing has worked. My prayers for him are constant. Addiction is complicated and our son has many issues which would take too long to detail in this request. Please let me assure you that I do not wish to force God or pray in any way that would offend the Heavenly Father. I am just a heart broken, desperate mother that wants most of all her son’s SALVATION. I know that God is ALL POWERFUL and I am powerless. I understand that I must accept His will. My anguish over my son is great! I have a mother’s heart and cannot give up on my son! Our son is now homeless and we do not even know where he is! We do not know what else we can do. We are in fear for his life, safety and ESPECIALLY HIS SOUL! GOD TRULY IS OUR ONLY HOPE! PLEASE PRAY FOR A LIFE CHANGING ENCOUNTER WITH GOD FOR him AND GOD’S MERCY, GRACE AND PEACE FOR OUR FAMILY! Pray for his SALVATION, abstinence and safety. Ask God to work in his life, heart, mind & soul and do whatever is necessary for his SALVATION and deliverance! Our torment is great and after all these years it is hard to have faith and hope! We are suffering and need to feel God’s spirit. Pray that God will reveal to us what He would have us do and please grant us the WISDOM & COURAGE to do only His will. Can you give me anything hope, encouragement, comfort? Thank you for your willingness to prayer for others. May our Lord abundantly bless you! I humbly, ask all of this is in MERCIFUL & MIGHTY NAME OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, and except His will in all things!”

My Response:

When a family member becomes ensnared in addictions, it is not an individual problem…it is a family problem. A family crisis may become your School of Prayer, and it may be the most difficult of all. To pray effectually, you have to allow the Word of God to divide soul and spirit. This is the separation of your emotions (the mother/father’s love) from your faith, which is the victory that overcomes the world. Here is where you, the mother or father, will find it imperative to yield to the constant ministry of transformation by the Holy Spirit. He is the Divine Intercessor who helps you pray when you don’t know how or what to pray. (Romans 8:26-28.) You may wrestle with guilt, self-condemnation and questions that are heart-wrenching, but God will never fail you or leave you without support.

When our son was in his junior year of high school, we were one of the families entrapped by the raging drug culture which rocked society in the 1970’s. The church world was not ready to address the demoralizing effects of drug addictions. We pursued help from many sources, but over time it became evident that we needed help that only comes from the Throne Room of Heaven. For a few months I withdrew from friends and neighbors to inquire of the Lord according to Psalm 27. I did not hesitate to pour out my soul before my Father-God just as Hannah of the Old Testament. But I learned that I could say to my soul: Why are you cast down? Hope in God who loves David and has plans for him that you do not yet know. You can’t walk his journey for him. My Spirit is hovering over him wherever he goes.

The Holy Spirit taught me several lessons…sometimes easy to learn, but not so easy to process. BUT GOD…He has sent a divine Helper…the Holy Spirit.

  • Search the scriptures for God’s plans for children. (Isa 54:13; Acts 16:31)

  • Forgive your child and remember that God even uses the evil of this world to accommodate itself to His plan. (Romans 8:28)

  • Speak your faith (all is well) in the face of painful circumstances. (Proverbs 18:21 and Proverbs 21:23)

  • Make a decision to praise and thank God according to Psalm 139 and Psalm 8.

  • Don’t be moved by a positive or negative change. You will develop patience as you “count it all joy” and your emotions will not be tossed around by every wind that comes. (James 1)

  • Renew your mind to God’s Word which never changes rather than focusing on circumstances which are ever changing.

  • Bring your thoughts into obedience to God’s Word and DO NOT focus on the problem.

  • Do not discuss the problem with everyone. This opens the door for the opinion of others and you will learn the full meaning of “job’s Comforters first hand. God will send encouragers to you in His timing.

  • Choose carefully those you ask to pray. The prayer of agreement is powerful when “two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask.”

  • Do not tell God how to answer your prayer…let God arise and He will be glorified!

David and I share “Our Family’s Story” in Prayers That Avail Much for Your Family, which is available on our website.

A New Year’s Devotion and Prayer for you from Germaine

December 31, 2013

This devotional, “Up and Running!”  is from my book, 365 Days to a Prayer-filled Life: 

Remember the energy you had a few weeks ago for last-minute shopping and cooking?  The excitement of seeing friends and family both come and go? The hurriedness of the season may have worn you out and all you want now is rest and peace. Take time to restore your energy, but don’t miss out on a time of celebrating the possibilities in front of you. This could be the year you see a long-held desire manifest for you. Every day will give you an opportunity to learn to trust God more. Enter this next calendar year with a pln. It is wonderful to have goals because they energize you for each day. Think about a new hobby or search out your hidden talents. The holy Spirit is there to help. Look for ways to connect with others who have a heart to share the good news and consider getting connected with them. The ideas and possibilities are endless as we decide to get up and running with the Lord!

“Father, in the name of Jesus I thank You for the year You have brought us through.  Thank You for the New Year ahead that is full of Your grace and glory for my friends.  Thank You for being their shield, their light and guiding them through all their days. Together we bless You and give You praise for each new day. Amen”

Happy New Year!

United in Prayer we Stand,

Germaine

 

Question from a Prayer Partner

December 26, 2013

The question today comes from Matthew 16.  How will we answer?

Who is Jesus?

Jesus asked, “Who do you say that I am?”   Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”   Only the Father in heaven could have revealed this to him, and He continues revealing “who Jesus is.” It was at a Christmas coffee where I met Sarah, our special speaker, for the first time. She shared about how Jesus revealed Himself to her.   Sarah said that her family did not believe that the Messiah had come. This Jesus that Christians referred to as the Messiah could not be the One “who is yet to come.”  In the Northern city where she lived as a child she and her family were called Jesus killers and as a result, she didn’t want anything to do with Christians.  Sarah grew up content in her belief system.  She had attended school, got her degree and was married to a wonderful man. After a few years her husband’s company moved them to the South. They were barely moved in when her husband had to go out of town, and she was left with boxes and more boxes…unpacked boxes everywhere. He decided to drop the children off at school on his way to the airport. Closing the door she took a deep breath, and was thankful to have her first morning alone in her new house. After her second cup of coffee, she set about the task of unpacking and it was nearing lunch time when she saw a book, Good News to Modern Man.  The title intrigued her and she read it while eating lunch that day.  Beginning with the first chapter of Matthew she was enthralled with the record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.  She stopped eating, and read each verse slowly until she came to verse sixteen: Jacob, the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.  Suddenly, she said with awe, “You are the Christ, You are the Messiah!” 

Remember:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.  In him was life,and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

 

Question from a Prayer Partner

December 13, 2013

Question: Why are you changing the name of the “Online Prayer Group” to the “Global Company of Intercessors?”

This is an excellent question. I appreciate that a long-time member of the Word Ministries prayer team asked, “Why use the common word, ‘global,’ relating to spiritual matters?” She shared her concerns. Years ago I learned the importance of listening and considering earnest questions.

Since I learned to read words have been important to me, and I try to choose my words carefully. There are other words that I could have used…international or world-wide. In fact at one time our prayer schools were entitled “International School of Prayer.”  Many years ago the word, “global” was written on my mind and heart, and I can’t give you all the reasons or outline here the steps I have taken to making this decision, but I will give a brief answer here.

We are global…we are the church of God that is in many nations, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours (1 Corinthians 1:1-3)  The church is located in hamlets, villages, underground, in far-away-places with strange-sounding names. Missionaries have gone…many seeds of righteousness have been sown in many lands, and we should be the church united!  We are called to be ONE new man in Christ Jesus.

To walk victoriously through these last days, it is important to be in relationship, willing to listen to one another.  I remember going to a counselor several years ago who challenged many of my beliefs. 

Over a period of time I prayerfully reviewed the issues we discussed.  On some issues the Holy Spirit exposed a stronghold that needed to come down or an area where I needed correction, or a thought that I needed to take captive and bring into obedience to the Word of God. On other issues, the Holy Spirit confirmed and affirmed a belief, giving me greater insight on spiritual and emotional matters.  Even today I desire to learn, grow and achieve to the glory of the Father!  We are here for such a time as this!

My answer:

Thank you, my friend and prayer partner, for sharing your concerns about the term “global,” which is used freely by many who are opposed to God and His Kingdom.  I talked with my husband and together we asked for God’s wisdom. I am always ready to exchange my ideas for God’s!  Everette, an engineer, is a watchman on the walls of Word Ministries, Inc. and he looks at all sides of an issue before giving an answer. As we discussed this, the Holy Spirit revealed that this term may be the door-opener for a lost soul who is searching for truth. 

As always I believe that God confirms His voice by His Word.  “So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man.  (Acts 17:22-24)

Paul seized this opportunity to share the Gospel. May we ever be as alert and have a ready answer for those who are seeking for TRUTH!

God has been preparing us for such a time as this…it is time for the church to unite and prepare the way of the Lord.  “The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.)   (Habakkuk 2:14) We are co-laborers with God, and have a vital role in ushering in the end-time harvest…

 

I believe that the Job Principle (Job 42:10) will be released in each nation when the church prays for the church. We are asking God for 100,000 intercessors (pray-ers) who will unite in prayer…together the prayers arise from every nation making a symphony before in the Throne Room. To become a member of the Global Company of Intercessors, youmay sign up on our website…www.prayers.org.

Each day you will receive a one-paragraph prayer for the church in a specific nation. “Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].” (James 5:16 AMP)

Soon and very soon we are going to see the King!!

United in Prayer we Stand,

Germaine

 

 

 

 

A Message from Germaine Copeland: A True Confession

November 25, 2013

A True Confession

OK…I started out with a question, but have decided to turn it around and tell you that I’m rejoicing that God, our Father, corrects me with great love. When I ask Him to forgive me, He not only forgives me, but cleanses me from all unrighteousness!!  Oh, what a God we serve!! My heart overflows with thanksgiving when I say…my conscious is clear…I am not guilty because there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.  He did not allow me to continue in disobedience!!! Thank You…Father of spirits!!!

The AMO prayer guideline is working in my life!  The ‘”O” stands for obey!  Years ago God gave me a vision…won’t go into the details…of praying for the nations.  He was faithful to remind me over many years …but I tried to ignore it…too overwhelming!!!!  (Did you hear me screaming?)  Please be patient with me here, but there is one detail that I need to share…since the United States presidential elections of last year I’ve been asking God for His plan…PLEASE…pretty please, God…(Yep, I even whined a wee bit.)…He has answered…He has given me the heart and enthusiasm to say, “YES, LORD, YES!”

This is Your plan?????

“Behold, is it not from the Lord of hosts that peoples labor merely for fire, and nations weary themselves for nothing?  For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”  (Habakkuk 2:13-14)

 Holy Spirit, help!  How and what am I to pray?  He gave me the Job principle (Job 42:10) to encourage me…don’t be frustrated about the nations because God is not frustrated…He has a plan even before the foundation of the world!

 It wasn’t easy, but I began writing prayers for the nations, and out of that has come God’s plan for the church to pray for the church.  In His mind there isn’t a European, American, Asian, Chinese, Korean, Australian, Canadian church, etc…the is only ONE church in locations around the world.  Jesus is building the church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it!  He is the Head of the Body…unfortunately, it’s the members who get in the way!  But God!  He has a plan that includes us!!!!  I cannot begin to tell you how very honored I am that He gives me the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to write prayers that avail much!  You can sign on to be a member of the Global Company of Intercessors Network on our website!

As always I would love to hear from you!

United in Prayer we Stand,

Germaine

Word Ministries, Inc.

A Global Company of Intercessors Network praying for every tribe and language and people and nation

Word Ministries Inc. is a teaching and prayer network that promotes unity in prayer for the global church of the Living God until each part of the Body of Christ is working properly…building itself up in love.

www.prayers.org

A Message from Germaine Copeland: Answering Questions from Prayer Partners

November 12, 2013

Question: What is Apostolic-Prophetic Intercession?

My answer:

As usual I am answering this question from my own experience, which I judge by the Word of God.  The book of Ephesians, in my opinion, is a manual on prayer.  The writer, Paul, identifies himself as an “apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God” and he wrote prayers that we pray today while we await the fulfillment of the “glorious church.”

As I was “wrestling” with this subject the Holy Spirit reminded me of a song I had heard in 1948. “Far Away Places” created a deep, determined longing in my heart to travel to “far-away places with strange sounding names.”  God planted a desire in my heart that would lead to the life-work He had ordained for me to do.

Again, twenty (20) years later, as I stretched out on the carpet in our sunlit bedroom enjoying the quietness that surrounded me, disappeared. There before me was a long line of people marching in formation lined up against the horizon with no end in sight. Red, yellow, black, brown and white people, clothed in native dress, were “calling, calling me.” Of course, I thought it meant that I would travel to all those places.  God was preparing me to embrace His vision for my life.

It was a short time when on a dismal January day in the late 1960’s that Jesus “literally” walked into my life. I fell in love with the Lover of my soul. All my questions vanished. I just wanted to know Him!  I talked with Him, and He talked with me through the pages of sixty-six books known as the Bible. He sent the Holy Spirit who began teaching me about Jesus. To know Jesus is to know the Father!  The great Three-in-One had come to live with me and in me!!

Then a crisis came to our house, and I was desperate to learn about prayer. I tried everything that had worked for others—I screamed at the devil…I would bind him and then loose him, but nothing changed, in fact over time they got worse. I prayed what was in my heart, but my prayers were filled with doubt, fear and unbelief!

Finally, I stopped running around to every prayer group in town; told my friends that I would not be available until I heard from God.  I searched the Scriptures desiring to know what my Father had to say about children, especially my children.

First John 5:14-15 changed my prayer-life. Slowly doubt, fear and unbelief gave way to faith. Out of all my studying, the Holy Spirit gave me three simple steps to an effective prayer-life, which I call my AMO.

Step 1: Abide — John 15:7-8a…If you abide in me and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory…

Step 2: Meditate – Psalm 19:14…Let the words of my mouth (prayer) and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer.

Step 3: Obey – Hebrews 5:7-9… Christ, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto Him that was able to save Him from death, and was heard in that He feared, though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered.  And being made perfect, He became the author of eternal salvation unto all those who obey Him…

My prayers gradually transformed from selfish, self-centered prayers to God-centered prayers that His will might be done on earth as it is in heaven…that He might be glorified!

All those years God was preparing me for such a time as this, and He gave me a new song. “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for you were slain, and have redeemed us to God by your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth.”  (Rev 5:9-10)

Today I turn to my divine Helper, the Holy Spirit, for His help as I pray for “far-away places” that I have visited. And, for those “far-away places” I have not visited except through the spiritual practice of prayer. The nations with strange sounding names continue to call. I respond by writing prayers and inviting as many as will listen to unite with me in prayer for the nations.

In the 1970’s I began writing prayers, which are now in a series of books known around the world as Prayers That Avail Much. Are the prayers of intercession that I write “Apostolic-Prophetic” prayers?  All I can say is: I pray “according to His will” as I understand it. It is my intention to continue writing Scriptural prayers…believing that the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. (Isaiah 11:9)

In 1977 I founded a prayer ministry, Word Ministries, Inc. Each day I post prayers on the Word Ministries Facebook page, and people from many places continue to sign up on our website to receive the Daily Prayer.

It is my prayer that these simple steps to an effective prayer-life will inspire and encourage you to pray prayers will avail much.

Copyright © Germaine Copeland 2013

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/prayers.org?ref=hl

Website: www.prayers.org.

The definitions I used in this writing are from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary © 2013 Merriam-Webster, Inc.

1: Apostolic is an adjective relating to, or conforming to the teachings of the New Testament

2: Prophetic is an adjective that means foretelling events

3: Intercession is a noun, which is defined as prayer, petition, or entreaty in favor of another

Questions From A Prayer Partner

September 25, 2013

Three questions: 1) Is it scriptural to pray “take back everything Satan has stolen” from a person?  2) If I’m praying in third person or interceding for someone do I put the armor on them?  3) Do I take off my armor and reapply it? 

My Answers

Thank you for your questions.  This is another opportunity to do more prayer research.

First, let me assure you that you are not violating the Word of God when you pray Scriptural Prayers. The subject of prayer is inexhaustible and, I believe, we will be continually learning. When you ask for wisdom in prayer, God gives you the wisdom without finding any fault in you!

The prayer, “Deliverance from Mental Disorder,” is a prayer of intercession.  The sentence, “Jesus, You defeated the devil for ____________, and we take back everything Satan has stolen from him/her,” is based on several scriptures. Paul tells us in Colossians 2:15 that Jesus disarmed principalities and powers….in Ephesians we read that Jesus is the head of the church; we are the church. We are seated in heavenly places together with Jesus who is seated far above all principality, power, might and dominion not only in this age, but also in that which is to come. In Matthew 28 Jesus says that all authority has been given to him. In Matthew 18 Jesus tells us that whatever we bind on earth is bound in heaven…whatever we loose on earth is loosed in heaven…in John 10:10 Jesus said that He had come to give us life more abundantly…it is the thief that comes to steal, kill and destroy.  In the Name of Jesus, our prayers prepare the way for sinners to believe, and come out of the authority of darkness into the kingdom of God’s dear Son.  We place ourselves in agreement with Jesus by praying as He would pray if He were here on earth!!!

Second, when anyone challenges you about praying Scriptural prayers, ask the individual, even your pastor, how you can be praying wrong?  Don’t accept opinions, ask for scripture and verse. Putting the full armor of God on a person you are praying for is far better than praying your opinion. You don’t have to be afraid that “you are protecting any demons that are on people.”

The armor of God, that Jesus wore when He was here on earth, has been provided by God to every believer. No, you do not ever take off your armor, but you can reinforce the “armor” with the prayer any time you desire.  

Let’s look here at the prayer, “To Put on the Armor of God,” which is found in Prayers That Avail Much under the heading of “Personal Prayers of Commitment.”  It is true that I cannot make a commitment for others, but I can pray that the Holy Spirit will give them an understanding of putting on the armor God.  I haven’t hurt them in any way even if I apply the armor of God to them.  The Holy Spirit may be leading you to pray this prayer for them until they see the need to dress themselves in the armor of God. This could be called a “prophetic prayer for the individual.”   The Holy Spirit knows the will of God!!! (Please read Romans 8)

Prayer is not about rules and regulations or formulas, but relationship. The Holy Spirit who is your constant Companion, is also your Prayer Partner! You do not violate God’s will for His children by praying the powerful Scriptural Prayers!

Rise up, O Church!  We are the enforcers of the triumphant victory of our Lord and Jesus Christ!  I encourage all followers of Jesus to study the book of Ephesians…only six (6) chapters. God has given us the power that raised Jesus from the dead.  Because of what God has done for us in Christ Jesus, we can be STRONG IN THE LORD and the POWER OF HIS MIGHT!!!

United in Prayer we Stand!

Germaine Copeland