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7-7-7: DAY SEVEN
". . . if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14)
"And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse . . ." (Rev. 19:1)
Anne Graham Lotz: Day SEVEN
Anne Graham Lotz: Day SEVEN
Monday, July 7, 2014
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive all PRAISE
"Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for true and just are His judgments . . . Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory!" (Revelation 19:1-2, 6-7)
Note: For this, our seventh day of prayer, our format is slightly different than the first six days. Today, we will pray and fast for seven hours. So the following prayer is laid out hour by hour. Included in the direction for some of the hours, I have adapted Puritan prayers from Valley of Vision* to help us articulate the cry of our hearts. They will be in italics. I have also made suggestions if you would like some additional direction.
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THE FIRST HOUR-WORSHIP
THE FIRST HOUR-WORSHIP
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THE SECOND HOUR-REPENTANCE
THE SECOND HOUR-REPENTANCE
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Suggestion: To aid in your repentance, read the following check-list three times all the way through. In the third reading, repent of the sin that God brings to your attention.
Ingratitude: Neglecting to thank God for an answered prayer or a blessing. I repent.
Neglect of Bible reading: Keeping the Bible closed, or reading it without focus. I repent.
Unbelief: Doubting who God is and what God has said. I repent.
Prayerlessness: Spiritually chattering, daydreaming, and fantasizing instead of fervently praying. I repent.
Unconcern for the lost: Leaving evangelism to the "professionals." I repent.
Hypocrisy: Pretending to be more spiritual than I am, or anything I am not. I repent.
Pride: Impressed with my own reputation and accomplishments; offended and resentful when someone else receives more attention. I repent.
Envy: Jealousy of those more gifted and fruitful and recognizable than I am. I repent.
Critical spirit: Finding fault with someone because he or she doesn't measure up to my standards. I repent.
Slander: Telling the truth about someone, with the intention of causing others to think less of him or her. I repent.
Lying: Making a statement, exaggerating, or inferring something that is contrary to the unvarnished truth. I repent.
Cheating: Not doing to others what I expect or demand them to do for me. I repent.
Robbing God: Exercising my gifts or spending my time, money or energy on things that have a selfish goal, without asking God first. I repent.
Fear: For being so afraid of what others think and say that I remain silent, hiding the light of Your Gospel under the basket of intimidation. I repent.
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THE THIRD HOUR-THANKSGIVING
THE THIRD HOUR--THANKSGIVING
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THE FOURTH HOUR- DELIVER US FROM EVIL
THE FOURTH HOUR:
INTERCESSION FOR THE PROTECTION AND DELIVERANCE FROM EVIL
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We hear the hiss of that Old Serpent, the devil . . .
But no more. Not on this 7th day of prayer. Not today. We have been worshipping You. Confessing our sin. So on this day, as Your mighty army, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lion of Judah, the Captain of the Lord's Host, we come against the devil, his demons, and all those he is using for his evil purposes. We command the evil and unloving spirits to be bound, confused, and powerless. We command that the evil strategies and plans against Your people that the enemy is plotting would be thwarted, and that all the enemy intends for us will fall back on himself. We lift high the Cross as our battle standard.
Protect and deliver us from evil, we earnestly pray. Give us the confidence that more are they that are with us, than they that are with them. That greater are You within us then any evil one who is in our world. Use us to rescue those who are in the enemy's grip; to snatch them from the fire.
Most Holy Father, we ask that Your kingdom come, Your will be done here on earth as it is done there, in Heaven. Shine Your Light into the deep recesses of our world where the enemy seems to rule: the gulags, killing fields, prisons, religious institutions, covens, brothels, and places too terrible to name. Reveal to us how to resist and overcome evil. Help us to strengthen others to stand with us, shoulder to shoulder against evil.
THE FIFTH HOUR- EXALTING THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
THE FIFTH HOUR:
INTERCESSION FOR THE EXALTATION OF JESUS
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THE SIXTH HOUR-AN OUTPOURING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
THE SIXTH HOUR:
INTERCESSION FOR AN OUTPOURING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
"Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and His glory appears over you . . ."
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THE SEVENTH HOUR- PRAISE AND WORSHIP
THE SEVENTH HOUR: PRAISE AND WORSHIP
Great Covenant-keeping God. All of Your promises are trustworthy and true. All of life's questions are answered in You. You are the Answer. You are the Source of all life. The Sustainer of all things. In You we have life.
We worship You as the Fountainhead of all blessing, the Source of all life, the Wellspring of wisdom, the Key to knowledge, the Foundation of faith, the Doorway to glory.
We worship You as the One who supplies strength to the weary, increases power to the faint and offers escape to the tempted.
We worship You as the One who sympathizes with the hurting, shields the defenseless, enriches the poor, sustains the helpless and shelters the homeless. You give purpose to the aimless, comfort to the lonely, fruit to the barren, beauty to the meek, a future to the hopeless and Life to the lifeless!
Suggestion: Re-read all the worship sections of the previous six days of prayer. Write out your own prayer of praise and worship.
We worship You as the One who was slain to purchase people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. When at last You assert Your right to rule and reign on the earth, fulfilling Your Father's redemption plan, the golden bowls of incense, which are the prayers of the saints, will be full. (Revelation 5:8) It will be then that the Throne room in Heaven will be filled with the sound of a new song. We join our voices with the multitudes in Heaven as we sing our praise and worship to You now.
Suggestion: If you have access to a hymnbook, or to praise music, use it now to worship the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe that our prayers to You have been collected in the golden bowls that are even now filling with the incense of our praise and worship. We believe this may be the last prayer necessary to fill the bowls completely to the brim, ushering You visibly onto the world stage once again, this time in power and glory.
You are Lord of lords and King of kings. We worship You as the Alpha and the Omega. The Beginning and the End. Human history began in response to Your powerful Word; and human history, as we know it, will end with Your loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the blast of Your trumpet. You will raise to life the dead who had placed their faith in You. Then suddenly, in the twinkling of an eye, we, Your people; we, who love and trust You; we who remain alive on the earth; we will be caught up together in the air with You and the risen dead, and we will live forever in our Heavenly Home. With You! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory!
Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus!
[Source for Puritan Prayers: Valley of Vision, The Banner of Truth Trust, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2002]
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