About Guy C. Carey

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Prayer Focus for July 25, 2014

Prayer In Every City

5 Minute Prayer FridayThank you for praying for America today. If you have made it to this post, then you are automatically counted for today’s prayer.

What to Do:

Gather as many people as possible to pray with you. At noon today, no matter what time zone you live in, stop what you are doing a doing and pray for at least 5 Minutes for Revival and Spiritual Awakening for America and around the world. All participants should visit my blog http://prayerineverycity.com and click on the “5 Minute Prayer Friday” post so we can see how many people have prayed. Set up an alarm on your cell phone, if you have one, which will go off every Friday at noon. I have an android and use the app called “Clock”. Help me spread the word about “5 Minute Prayer Friday” by printing the free business cards below and giving them to your friends.

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PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  1Th 5:16-18 NASB

Often I ponder the meaning of praying without ceasing. What did the Apostle Paul really mean?  How can I pray without ceasing?  These and other questions motivate me to search between the lines in this often quoted verse.

Notice that on either side of  “pray without ceasing” is the imperative to REJOICE and GIVE THANKS.  Wow, could it be if we live a life of rejoicing and utter thanks at every occasion our God considers it prayer?  Could it be that Father listens to our conversation between the quotation marks of rejoicing and thanksgiving as prayer?

I have concluded after 35 years of full-time ministry that the Apostle was not instructing us to spend every waking minute in religious utterance, but to converse with our Creator like breathing.   To center our spirit and focus our inner man on the adoration of the Father.   Let every word, action, thought be a prayer!  Amazing, I can pray without ceasing.  Let’s join our hearts in rejoicing and thanksgiving, let’s allow our words to be filled with grace and light, let’s sing and make melody in our hearts to God and then we will be living a life of praying without ceasing!  Selah.

MIRACLES- Aggressive Faith

Miraculous headings are not unusual or difficult. However, to see them one must be willing to risk aggressive faith. Today, put yourself out there in faith. Risk asking for the difficult and the impossible healing. Risk being disappointed, risk is involved with faith and prayer. You may look the fool but you may also raise the dead!

Please pray for those facing terminal or chronic illness.

Urgent Prayer- Boston Marathon Explosion

This afternoon in Boston several explosions injured over 100 people and killed at least 2 maybe more. Immanuel’s Church is asking all our praying friends to focus their intercession on prevention of further violence, apprehension of culprits, and miraculous healing for the injured. Our God is “More Than Enough” in tragedy!

Praying for Visitation

Today is the beginning of Passion Week, Palm Sunday. The final days of the footsteps of Jesus begin today.  The crisis of this day is revealed in Luke 19:44, the people missed the time of their visitation.

Our prayer then this week is that His people and those who look on will NOT miss the day of their visitation. Seeing Jesus clearly is the need of all people.

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Prayer and Intercession

Prayer and Intercession

— Guy C. Carey

Prayer in the life of the believer is not an option.  The true believer filled with the Holy Spirit can not help but to pray.  There is a prayer which is an expression of ourselves to God.  There is also a prayer where Christ expresses Himself through us.

There is individual prayer and corporate prayer.  This corporate prayer can be “two or more gathered…” or a family, a church, an organization, a city, or a nation.  The Father has recognized and responded to all of these.

Personal prayer must be established as a foundation for corporate intercession.  Daily communication with the Father through personal prayer is the preparation of the solider.  Corporate prayer will have the goal of entering into the intercession of Christ.  That is, to allow Christ to pray through us.  This is the employing of the soldier in the army.

The goal of personal prayer is to fulfill the Apostle Paul’s command in I Thess. 5:16-18, “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”   When one has given themselves to prayer on a personal level then their corporate contribution is all the more powerful and substantial.

INTERCESSION

Let’s understand the role of intercession in the life of the believer.  What is intercession?  Intercession means to “stand in the gap,” to appeal on behalf of another, to fight for one who is defenseless.  The “gap” is the place where the enemy has broken through; rushed in.  To intercede is to mediate or arbitrate a difference or disagreement usually where grave consequences exist.

Intercession is the function of a priest or prophet, the servant of God.  God has always looked for those who will intercede —

“And He saw that there was no man, and was astonished that there was no one to intercede; then His own arm brought salvation to Him; and His righteousness upheld Him.” (Isaiah 59:16)

“The people of the land have practiced oppression and committed robbery, and they have wronged the poor and needy and have oppressed the sojourner without justice.  And I searched for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.  Thus I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; their way I have brought upon their heads,” declares the Lord God. (Ezekiel 22:29-31)

Examples are:

√ Abraham (Genesis 18 & 19)

√ Moses (Numbers 21:1-4, Numbers 11:1-ff)

The highest priestly honor and most costly function is to be an intercessor – to become one who stands in the presence of God to plead the case of another and one who stands in the presence of men to plead for others.  This was the ministry of the high priest on the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur.  See Leviticus 16:1-34, Exodus 30: 10-30, and Numbers 29: 7-11.

This is a ministry of spiritual warfare.  The one who stands in this place stands in direct opposition to “the accuser of the brethren” (Revelation 12:10).  Satan stands before God bringing charge against the brethren.

 JESUS THE INTERCESSOR

When the people accused Jesus there was no basis for their accusations.  Not so with us; we are flawed and imperfect.  We are frail vessels prone to stumble and fall.  We needed a deliverer and one who would intercede for us with the Almighty Creator.  Our deeds, thoughts, and motives all warrant the wrath of God.  We are by nature children of disobedience.  God has given us such an intercessor.  His name is Jesus the Anointed One.  He is the lamb of sacrifice and the scapegoat.  Our sins have all been placed on Him.

We have a priest after the order of Melchizedek.  “For it is witnessed [of Him], ‘Thou art a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.’” (Hebrews 7:17)  An eternal priest, who stands before the Father and pleads for us —

“…but He, on the other hand, because He abides forever, holds His priesthood permanently.  Hence, also, He is able to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens…” (Hebrews 7:24-26)

“For Christ did not enter a holy place made with hands, a [mere] copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us…” (Hebrews 9:24)

“… who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.” (Romans 8:34)

“Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, and He will divide the booty with the strong; Because He poured out Himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet He Himself bore the sin of many, and interceded for the transgressors.”  (Isaiah 53:12)

Jesus our intercessor is compassionate and merciful.  He is well acquainted with our condition —

“Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.  For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.” (Hebrews 2:17-18)

“He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their face, He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.  Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried; yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.” (Isaiah 53:3-4)

He is approachable and willing to help —

“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as [we are, yet] without sin.  Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:14-16)

 WE ARE INTERCESSORS

We are not only privileged to have such a high priest, but we are privileged to be allowed to participate in His priesthood by the power of the His Holy Spirit, who dwells in us.  The church is the temple of the Holy Spirit as each believer is a temple of the Holy Spirit.  The church is the house of the Father.  Jesus said, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations?’ But you have made it a robbers’ den.” (Mark 11:17).

The Spirit of God searches the thoughts of God and reveals the same to us.

 “For to us God revealed [them] through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. For who among men knows the [thoughts] of a man except the spirit of the man, which is in him? Even so the [thoughts] of God no one knows except the Spirit of God.  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things freely given to us by God.”  (1 Corinthians 2:10-12)

Paul teaches us in Romans 8:26-27 that the Spirit of God Himself intercedes through us even with groanings too deep for words.  The Spirit prays perfectly.  He prays in the will of the Father and God always says yes to Himself!

“And in the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for [us] with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to [the will of] God.” (Romans 8:26-27)

To be an intercessor is to allow the Holy Spirit to pray the intercessions of Jesus Christ through you to the Father.  This is a holy function of every saint.  It is the calling that each must yield to.  Some have a special grace in this area, but all are called to pray without ceasing.  There is only one way to enter this realm and that is to experientially abide in Christ.

Ending Late Term Abortion

We continue to focus prayer with laser like precision on the hideous practice of late term abortion in the State of Maryland. The recent death of a 29 year old women which occurred after she aborted 33 week old child from the womb highlights the horror of this practice.

We pray for Life to win over death and Light to dispel darkness. Pray that public outrage will force the Germantown clinic to close and that Those responsible for these death be found criminally negligent.