Okay, I have to admit, I am QUITE surprised (Is there a stronger word than “surprised?”) at how this chapter has turned out. I added FIFTEEN pages of prayers in this chapter, and I was NOT even NEARLY done, but, as I was on my knees in prayer for my filmmaker prayer assignment, his family, and his ministry, – (NOT even anything about the book), – I heard the Holy Spirit silently, but CLEARLY, speak to my heart, telling me NOT to include prayers in this chapter. I was SHOCKED!
“God, am I hearing You right?”
For several minutes now, God has been trying to show me that, if I include my prayers, it can “restrict” HIM from being GOD! I CERTAINLY do NOT want to put God in a box,
“But, ummm, God, this IS a prayer book.” (as if He did not remember!!!!)
He is trying to show me that I cannot give out “formulas” in prayer. That is NOT how He works.
“Okay, okay. I get that...but God, this IS a prayer book.”
“Right, but YOU cannot give anyone a FORMULA on what to pray! That's NOT how I work.”
(sigh) “Yes, Sir.”
I'm not sure I completely understand, but what I DO know, sadly, from my own personal experience, is that sometimes I “depend” on written prayers too much, (either prayers that I have written myself, or wonderful, useful, Godly, Holy Spirit-inspired prayers that others have been GREATLY anointed to write!) and I do not leave enough room for the Holy Spirit to breathe His words to me – words that HE wants me to be praying – words that, if I weren't so busy “reading” my prayers, HE could be speaking TO me and praying THROUGH me. Truthfully, I find that, by far, the MOST INTIMATE times of intercessory prayer I have EVER had were when I got on my knees, took off my glasses, cupped my face in my hands, and let the Spirit flow through me. It is electrifying, invigorating, intense, deep, heart-wrenching, heart-felt, intimate, and spontaneous. Maybe THAT is what God wants from His “Battle-Closet Prayer Warriors.”
(Just a note of humorous caution, though – If you have glasses and take them off, please put them in a safe place. Once, as I knelt down in front of my computer chair, I took off my glasses and placed them on the seat of the computer chair. After an extremely intense time of prayer, I stood up, turned around, and...well, you can probably guess the rest of the story. In the “Battle of My Bottom vs. My Glasses,” I'll give you one guess which one won! Hint, even after two adjustments, my glasses are still a little crooked!)
There IS a time for those wonderful, written prayers! I absolutely, positively LOVE those anointed prayer books! They have GREATLY enhanced my prayer life, and I am GRATEFUL that God breathed those books into existence through anointed, obedient writers! May God bless each heart that He has written through! However, for our purposes here, in this “Closet” book, I guess God has different plans, and I surrender my plans to Him.
“Lord, I surrender, to You, those fifteen pages of deleted written prayers, as well as the pages and pages I have yet to type up. I am surprised and disappointed that I cannot 'help' inspire specific prayers for others to pray, but I choose to trust You. Now, Lord, YOU, speak to Your 'Closet Warriors.' What do YOU want them to pray? Speak, Lord, Your 'closet servants' are listening.”
The following are just a small few “jump-starters” to get you started. The following general ideas may spark more intense prayers of intercession:
call forth the purposes of God in (name/s) life/lives and in (name of production)
“They Kingdom come, Thy will be done” in (name/s) lives and in (name of production)
pray for the Kingdom of God to advance through (name/s) and (name of production)
pray for health/safety of (name/s)
Also, one thing to remember as we pray, is that GOD has ALREADY, before He laid the foundations of the world, thought of, written, and breathed into “spiritual existence” the movie/tv show that our filmmaker is currently working on in its various stages of production. Therefore, it is our job, as intercessors, to seek GOD'S face as to what this ALREADY looks like to HIM, then PRAY THAT into “natural existence” on behalf of our filmmaker!
Let the Holy Spirit guide you in your prayers, and you will be amazed at the many different things He lays on your heart to pray for your filmmaker! I know I am!
What Practical Application Nugget Did We Learn?
God does not want us to put Him in a box when we pray. Although written prayers are wonderful and truly have a very valuable place, when we let go of dependence upon “formulas” and truly let the Holy Spirit guide us in our prayers, we will be amazed at the many different things He lays on our hearts to pray for your filmmaker.
Practical Application Power Prayer:
My Lord, I truly want to pray with electrifying, invigorating, intense, deep, heart-wrenching, heart-felt, intimate, and spontaneous prayers that are breathed by Your Spirit into my intercessions. Please initiate Holy Spirit-inspired and guided prayers, and take my intercessions for my filmmaker to an entirely new dimension as I soar to entirely new heights! AMEN!