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Intercession

Wade E Taylor

“But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father which is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret shall reward you openly.”  Matthew 6:6

This speaks of the importance and the power of private, personal prayer.

To go into our “closet” and shut the door in order to pray is a very private, personal experience.  Here, in the privacy of our “set apart place” of prayer, we can express our heart to the Lord.  To express our deep inner desires and feelings in prayer, is as medicine to our soul.  But there is a greater and more important blessing.  Our Heavenly Father hears our secret prayer, and He will openly reward us.

Because no one is involved in our “shut in” time, we can come aside and pray at any time.  We “choose” when to pray.

However, intercession is quite different; we “respond” to an intercessory burden which “impregnates” us, and we intercede until it is “birthed.”

This speaks of the importance and power of private, personal intercession.

“Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”  Romans 8:26

Inviting the Lord Within

by Wade E Taylor

“My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, He stands behind our wall, He looks forth at the windows, showing Himself through the lattice.  My Beloved spoke, and said to me, Rise up, My love, My fair one, and come away.”  Song of Solomon 2:9-10

At this present time, within the Church, the Lord is especially stirring individuals who have been seeking “something more,” without really understanding what they are searching for.  Many of these are thinking, “What is happening to me?”  This is because they are being drawn away from any satisfaction with, or dependence upon that which is less than the Lord’s best.

Resting in Confidence

Wade E Taylor

“Therefore whosoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that hears these sayings of Mine, and does them not, shall be likened to a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”  Matthew 7:24- 27

Our personal relationship with the Lord must be established and maintained upon a firm foundation and be in agreement with the written Word of God.  The Lord responds in a higher level of relationship to those who are standing on the bedrock of the full redemption that He has accomplished in their behalf, and are trusting in His faithfulness, alone.

Seeking Divine Approbation

Wade E Taylor

“But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father, who sees in secret, shall reward you openly.”  Matthew 6:6

The word “closet” is translated from a Greek word meaning a “storage chamber.”  Most translations use the word “room.”  This weakens the intent of the Lord, as anyone can easily find and enter a “room” in which to pray, but for us to enter a “closet” is quite a different matter.

We are living in the time of the Laodicean Church, which we are told is “rich and increased with goods” (Revelation 3:17).  Thus, our “closets” are full.  As our closets, so also, our lives are filled with demanding activities. Therefore, most of us are too busy to spend much time in prayer.

The Personalized Word

Wade E Taylor

“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us….  John 1:14

The eternal, creative Word became the greatest revelation that God could ever give to man.  His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, was born of a virgin and dwelt among us in condescension as “Jesus of Nazareth,” which at that time was considered to be a place of reproach.

As Jesus walked the dusty roads of His day, the world saw a visible demonstration of the truth and power of the eternal Word.

Taste and See

Wade E. Taylor

O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusts in Him.” Psalm 34:8

“Taste and see” speaks of our having an active relationship with our Lord, in which we relate to that which He is presently doing.  The Lord is about to demonstrate a powerful manifestation of His glory and presence throughout the earth through those who have been prepared for this event.

A Prophetic Vision for Our Day

Wade E Taylor

“My beloved spoke, and said to me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.  For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of  the turtle is heard in our land; the fig tree puts forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell.  Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.”  Song of Solomon 2:10-13

This passage of Scripture expresses in beautiful spiritual imagery, a prophetic vision of the out-pouring of the Holy Spirit during the latter days.  It speaks of a special time of “divine intervention” during which the Lord will reveal Himself and His glory, through a prepared corporate witness, as foreseen by Isaiah.

Being the Least of All

Wade E Taylor

 “And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”  I Corinthians 2:3-5

If the life of our Lord is to be seen through our lives, there is a reduction of all human abilities that must first take place.

Our Being Faithful

Wade E Taylor

“John to the seven churches which are in Asia… even from Jesus Christ, The Faithful Witness, the First-born from the dead, and the Ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood and made us kings and priests to God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”  Revelation 1:4-6

The first name that is given to Jesus in the book of Revelation is “The Faithful Witness.”  Because He was faithful to His calling, the reward that He has for us relates to our being faithful to our calling.

“His lord said to him, Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.”  Matthew 25:23

Arrayed in His Glory

Wade E Taylor

At this present time, there are those who have an active personal relationship with the Lord, but are seeking to go further.  These are seeking a fresh touch of His presence.

“After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up here, and I will show you things which must be hereafter. And immediately I was in the spirit”  Revelation 4:1-2

And immediately, I was in the Spirit.”  For us to be able to hear and receive a present word, we must first be established in our relationship to the Lord.  A part of this is the restoration of our spiritual faculties (our being spiritually sensitive).  No matter how well we are hearing the voice of the Lord, we can hear better.

“And the Lord God called to Adam, and said to him, Where are you?”  Genesis 3:9

The Lord knew where he was, but was seeking a confession.  He is asking Adam where he is in his relationship to the Lord.

Becoming a New Bottle

Wade E Taylor

“And they (Adam and Eve) heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.”  Genesis 3:8

Adam and Eve heard the “voice” of the Lord “walking.”  Voices do not walk, but we are specifically told that the “voice” of the Lord is walking.

There is a specific reason why the “voice of the Lord” was revealed to Adam and Eve as “walking.”  They had been told that they would die if they ate of the tree of knowledge.   Through deception, they partook and died spiritually.  As a result, they are hiding from the Lord, but could still hear His voice.

The voice that told them that they would die if they partook of the tree of knowledge now has a further word for them.  Thus, the voice of the Lord is walking, as now He has something to say to them that is beyond what He had previously said.

Developing a Personal Prayer Life

Wade E Taylor

Prayer should be a natural function of our everyday life and at the very heart of our relationship with our Lord.  The heart of our prayers should always be the expression of our love for the Lord, and of our desire to personally know Him.

“I love them that love Me, and those who seek Me early shall find Me.”  Proverbs 8:17

Our need is not to be better informed about the methods and principles of prayer, but rather, to be stirred to spend quality time in prayer.

Our prayer should always include the expression of our total dependence upon the Lord.  We were created to live in a dependent relationship with Jesus – looking to Him in an attitude of worship and prayer for all things.

Cultivating Our Spiritual Hunger

Wade E Taylor

“Draw me, we will run after You.  The King has brought me into His chambers….  Song of Solomon 1:4

This verse expresses in two words, a prayer that is vital to our spiritual well-being, “Draw me.”

Following our prayer of desire is a commitment to the Lord that we will indeed respond to Him, as He creates within us a spiritual hunger that will enable us to make this commitment, “We will run after You.”

Overcoming Hindrances to Our Going Further

Wade E Taylor

“And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world has been hidden in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now to the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, according to the eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Ephesians 3:9-11

The nations of this world are dramatically influenced by principalities and powers – the rulers of darkness who are seated in the heavenlies and adversely affect the atmosphere in which we live.  Their purpose is to produce spiritual darkness, and as much as possible impede those who seek any level of spirituality.

At this present time, we should be both hindering and replacing their influence and control with that which is Godly – which will lead to righteousness, peace, and joy in our personal lives, our families, in all that relates to us, and then, throughout the earth.

Divine Purpose

Wade E Taylor

“Deep calls to deep. At the noise of Your waterspouts, all Your waves and Your billows are gone over me.”  Psalm 42:7

The first “Deep” relates to the heart desire of our Lord for communion and fellowship with us.  The second “deep” relates to the spiritual capacity within us, which the Lord created to satisfy His desire.  The fact that the first “Deep” is calling to the second “deep” tells us that our Lord actively seeks and desires our fellowship with Him.

“Behold, I stand at the door (of your spirit), and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me. To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His throne.”  Revelation 3:20-21 (comment added)