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Accessing the presence of God through prayer

It was Thursday morning at 5 a.m. July 12 2012, when I came to pray to the Colleyville Prayer Room, One of those days where the calling to seek the presence of the Lord resounds in our hearts. Soon after turning on the lights, I entered one of the rooms to find quality time with the Lord. My spirit was hungry to meet Him. I fell immediately into prayer and set my glasses on a world prayer map on the floor. I prayed for eight specific nations to turn to God. [Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg].

I consumed nearly two hours praying on that topic asking God, “please give to this nations intercessors that can intercede for them”. Exhaustion took hold of my elbows and knees from bearing my weight. My map was on the floor, as were my reading glasses.

I stood up to give my limbs a break. I walked out side the room to stretch. When I came back at 7:15 am the Holy Spirit commanded me to pray for a friend and his family. At that moment, I heard my glasses break. I thought, “Oh my God, I just crushed my glasess.”

My eyes popped open. As my eyelids lifted, another world revealed itself – the spiritual realm. I saw 4 bouquets of red roses. They were beautiful.

The sight of them elicited pure joy in my heart. I asked God, “May I touch them?” He granted permission. My fingers caressed the petals.

Then, I asked, “Father, may I smell them?” He granted permission to do it, so I perceived a beautiful aroma. I buried my nose in the four bouquets of red roses.

Note: This day I was waiting for my daughter Jessica to arrive, who volunteers at the prayer room. During this vision I saw her quietly entered the room where I was praying. I told her, “Be careful of my glasses.” I instinctively turned to where my glasses lay. Instead, I saw clear, flowing water covering the carpet.

Then, my vision stopped. I saw my watch. It was 7:50 am Whereas I saw my daughter in the vision, she actually arrived to the prayer room twenty minutes later. The first thing that I did was to share my vision with her.

A day after, Friday morning, I shared this same vision with the business owners at our weekly meeting. I felt brave in my heart to share such a powerful experience with the business owners. Rocky Dennis, when he heard this vision, he shook himself, making an exclamation! “Oh my God!”

Some of us asked him; “What happened?”

“Well, he said: Robert Morris, the pastor at Gateway Church, preached about the gateway to access the holiness to meet God. Alvaro, I know that you have no idea what he preached about this week.

“The brokenness, the glasses that you mentioned. Brokenness is needed to access His holiness. The red that you saw is the blood of Jesus Christ. Wthout it, holiness is inaccessible. The aroma you smelled is the incense necessary to have in a holy place. The water that you saw is the word of God and The Holy Spirit presence. Those four symbols that you saw, Alvaro, in your vision, match perfectly with the gateway to access His holiness.”

When I heard Rocky Dennis share this, I almost fell into tears. I said, “Father, we know it is not our imagination. It is your will to show us that you wish to speak with us.”

In my heart, I have confidence that God will allow us to meet Him. He wants to share His heart with us. Over the years have learned that It takes hunger and thirst to meet Him. I learned that when you meet Him, you cannot manage the time or place. It falls according to His will. Also I learned that you never lose conciousness. You always know where you are, although you delight in His presence and want to see more.

With humbleness in my heart, I encourage everyone to seek Him. Find access to His holiness through your prayers. Finally If we are able to access his Holiness, we will be able to live our lives in accordance with His will.

Just determinations activate God’s intervention

The world population of 6.97 billion people in 227 countries faces the challenge of surviving different crises: moral, family, political, spiritual, labor, religious, economic, energy, crisis in the stock market, food crisis, among others.

We witness the desperation that a crisis may create in society. For example, we have seen the desperation in the international market as it tries to do the impossible to recapture investors’ confidence. However, confidence in the stock market has diminished worldwide and there is little trust in what the different governments say on the matter.

It would appear that these crises are besieging the world in which we live, and little by little, there are fewer alternatives.

Gradually there is less capacity to feed the international population, there are fewer energy resources to mobilize global transportation, global warming is increasing, there is increasing immorality within each nation, and as if that weren’t enough, we’re seeing activities such as an increase in production of nuclear weapons. Crisis everywhere.

Past generations faced crises like these. What did they do to overcome? How did they accomplish it? What shall our generation do and what are our alternatives? What divine intervention will take place if we determine ourselves to not simply survive but conquer the crises and challenges we will face tomorrow?

The Bible shows us examples in which God intervened on behalf of his people. One such example is found in 2nd Kings 6:24-25, where we find the story of the famine suffered in Samaria while it was under political siege by the Syrian army.

    “And it happened after this that Ben-Hadad king of Syria gathered all his army, and went up and besieged Samaria. And there was a great famine in Samaria; and indeed they besieged it until a donkey’s head was sold for eighty shekels of silver, and one-fourth of a kab of dove droppings for five shekels of silver.”

God sent word to his prophet Elisha to encourage Samaria and tell them that they would be delivered from this siege and from their famine:

    “Then Elisha said, “Hear the word of the LORD. Thus says the LORD: ‘Tomorrow about this time a seah of fine flour shall be sold for a shekel, and two seahs of barley for a shekel, at the gate of Samaria.’”
 So an officer on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God and said, “Look, if the LORD would make windows in heaven, could this thing be?” 
And he said, “In fact, you shall see it with your eyes, but you shall not eat of it.” (Chapter 7:1-2).

Despite hearing the promise of God, the words of the prophet were not believed. Nevertheless, God had a plan of deliverance for the people.

In subsequent verses, we learn that outside the gates of Samaria were four lepers. Remember that during that time, those suffering from leprosy were banished to the outskirts of the city. Lepers were exiled and lived alone in shame, hoping, in the course of time, to die and rest from their painful illness. Verses 3-4:

    “Now there were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate; and they said to one another, “Why are we sitting here until we die? If we say, ‘We will enter the city,’ the famine is in the city, and we shall die there. And if we sit here, we die also. Now therefore, come, let us surrender to the army of the Syrians. If they keep us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall only die.”

God had prophesied that Samaria would be delivered but the prophecy had not been believed. It was these four lepers, who simply had a natural human desire to satisfy their hunger and thirst, who served as a catalyst for God’s intervention.

The four lepers came together as a team, recognizing the reality of their situation and, out of their desire to live, decided to go to the camp of their enemy, the Syrian army. To their surprise, when they reached the camp, they found it empty—there was not a single soldier, all had fled.

What had happened? God had intervened while they approached the camp:

    “For the Lord had caused the army of the Syrians to hear the noise of chariots and the noise of horses—the noise of a great army; so they said to one another, “Look, the king of Israel has hired against us the kings of the Hittites and the kings of the Egyptians to attack us!” (verse 6)

It would almost seem as if God were waiting for someone to take action in order for him to miraculously intervene and fulfill what He had promised through Elisha. While the king and all the people were starving, locked up in the city, and eating each other, these four lepers came together in agreement and were determined to take action in order to survive their crisis.

>What can we learn from this story?

Crises can immobilize us. Many of us believe that there’s no way to overcome the current crises we’re facing. But let us learn from the four lepers: They took action despite the many factors against them!

Can you imagine how painful it must have been to walk with a disease like leprosy? In the middle of the night and hungry? Their determination to live kept them going and God used this determination as a catalyst for his intervention. We can’t but marvel as we acknowledge that only God can create something extraordinary out of circumstances such as these!

The action of the lepers triggered a series of blessings: it led them not only to satisfy their hunger, but also to take possession of what was in the hands of the Syrians; they then notified the king of Samaria that the siege was over, and thus the famine in Samaria ended. Their just determination and action blessed an entire nation.

In conclusion:

The four lepers were not limited by their terrible condition, they were determined to survive—driven by a just desire, and they took action, not knowing that they were becoming instruments of war in the hands of God.

    When we come in agreement to do what is right, what is just, God intervenes on our behalf!

Under the present conditions, we need a divine intervention, whether we recognize it or not. As in the case of the lepers, if we act with a fair and just motivation, we will see the intervention of God Most High, and as a result, we will possess what the enemy has stolen.

In this house of prayer, we are determined to reclaim what the enemy of our souls has taken from us. We invite you to join us in intercession before the Father, in the name of Jesus, and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, so that together we can see His intervention in our world.

How to fight against the enemy’s attempts of annihilation

Annihilation can be directed against a person, family, society, system, government, culture, beliefs and even an entire nation with all its history.

History teaches us how entire nations have suffered when others have wanted to annihilate them. For example, during World War II and the Holocaust, Poland lost:

45% of her doctors,
57% of her attorneys
40% of her professors,
30% of her technicians,
More than 18% of her clergy
Most of her journalists.

Through the book of Esther, the Bible tells us of a story where there was a plot to destroy the entire Jewish nation.

“And the letters were sent by couriers into all the king’s provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to annihilate all the Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day, on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar, and to plunder their possessions.” (Esther 3:13, NKJV)

Let’s look at the most prominent characters of this story:

King Ahasuerus: the king of the Persians and Medes who, during his time, “reigned over one hundred and twenty seven provinces, from India to Ethiopia.” (Esther 1:1).

Queen Vashti: wife of King Ahasuerus, who was dethroned after refusing to come when the king commanded to bring her.

Esther: Jewish woman who became queen in place of Vashti; she prayed on behalf of her nation.

Mordecai: Queen Esther’s cousin, and key figure behind Esther’s rise to role as queen and the victory over the plot to destroy the Jews.

Haman: the Agagite who became prime minister under the Persian king Ahasuerus. He was a fierce enemy of the Jews and devised a plot to exterminate them. Through the intervention of Esther, his scheme was unmasked, and he received the punishment of death.

Unfortunately, even to this day, the enemy continues in his intentions to destroy and annihilate people, families, society, governments, cultures, beliefs and even entire nations. However, we can use the example of Esther, and learn from the strategies employed, to fight the enemy’s intentions.

The following are some of the strategic points in the story of Esther that led to victory:

1. Maintain alertness: Mordecai and the Jewish people were alert. First, Mordecai discovered a plot against the king and this brought him favor; later, when the plot against the Jews was made known, Mordecai and the Jewish population acted quickly with fasting. Maintaining alertness allowed them to prepare for what was to come.

“When Mordecai learned all that had happened, he tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the midst of the city. He cried out with a loud and bitter cry…. And in every province where the king’s command and decree arrived, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.” (Esther 4:1, 3)

In a similar manner, we must be alert to our spiritual surroundings, seeking discernment from the Lord in order to identify the enemy’s attacks; and once identified, begin the counterattack through prayer.

2. Establish a well-defined purpose>: Esther combined fasting and prayer with a well-defined purpose. Her goal: though the king had not summoned her, she would go before him and inform the king of the plot against the Jews and beg for justice.

“Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!” (Esther 4:16)

The present society must recognize the power that is unleashed when you combine fasting and prayer with well-defined purposes.

3. Seek unity: As in the above verse, all the Jews in Shushan came in agreement to fast and pray according to what Esther had asked.

Currently, there is a clamor among the nations asking God to rise up people who will develop a serious commitment to the principles of the Word of God, and obey His word without hesitation.

There are people in our society who have managed to walk in obedience to the word of God, and have received grace and favor as a result, however, many others lack obedience and there are consequences when we disobey. We must fight together in unity in order to see significant changes.

We must remember that through unity, mankind has achieved major changes for the benefit of future generations. It has been said: When one person stands up, he is often not noticed; but when thousands stand up together they cannot be overlooked.

In conclusion:

Like the end of this story, we too can be rid of our enemy.

Through fasting and prayer they were delivered from their enemies and turned their sorrow to joy, and their mourning into a good day. Esther 9:22 says, “as the days on which the Jews had rest from their enemies, as the month which was turned from sorrow to joy for them, and from mourning to a holiday; that they should make them days of feasting and joy, of sending presents to one another and gifts to the poor.”

There is much destruction that has been raised in this society. Are we aware of it? Would you like to join in prayer and fasting to stop the spirit of annihilation that is moving around our neighborhoods? If you live near the city of Colleyville, we invite you to see our calendar of intercession, and participate in our times of fasting and prayer. Blessings!

Corruption: a growing evil around the world

 

The problem of corruption is a problem that is gaining an almost out-of-control dimension in many nations.   The question is, is there is a solution?  We recognize that this problem affects all social, cultural, economic, educational, religious, business, and government spheres regardless of race, age and gender.

During a recent trip to Monterrey, México, a city that has recently been besieged by corruption, I was thinking about this while in my hotel room.   I asked the Lord Jesus: is there any way to fix this problem?  I understand that there are many prophecies in Scripture that tell us that there will be tough times, during which corruption will be prominent, however, the Bible also tells me that, through intercession, men of God were able to stop a judgment and open doors of hope to the salvation of thousands.  For that reason, my heart wanted to ask the Lord: can You resolve the problem of corruption?

This question came to me at around 2:00 pm, when I had decided to take a short break while my wife went to do some shopping.  During my sleep, the following words came to mind: “Genesis Chapter 8: New Beginnings,” and I thought, “am I dreaming?”  I heard the same words a second time: “Genesis Chapter 8: New Beginnings.”  I woke and realized that those words had come while resting, and I immediately opened the scriptures to Genesis 8, and I asked God to let me see what He wanted me to see.

While reading, several words of this chapter deeply impacted my spirit. The Bible says: “Then God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the animals that were with him in the ark.  And God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided.”

For me, the following two phrases captured my attention: “Then God remembered Noah… And God made a wind to pass over the earth.”  These words brought a deep desire in my heart to ask God in prayer to remember us and let His mighty wind pass and clean the atmosphere that is being filled with corruption.  I began to look further into this and, through prayer, read Numbers 14:11-12.

“Then The Lord said to Moses: “How long will these people reject Me?  And how long will they not believe Me, with all the signs which I have performed among them?”  I will strike them with the pestilence and disinherit them, and I will make of you a nation greater and mightier than they.”

Though it may sound very simple, this is what I understood from reading these scriptures: God hurts when people reject Him.

We know that, when people become involved in corruption, the spirit of corruption causes them to reject God without fear or shame.

Currently, millions of people in all nations are feeling the effects of corruption within society.

The question is: What do we do?  Are we going to stand idly and watch as this river of corruption carries millions of people with it?

We need to take authority in the name of Jesus over the spirit of corruption that is influencing society.  How can we take authority?  Matthew 28:18 says, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”  We, as Jesus’ disciples, can call on Him and take authority.  We must ask God to let His mighty wind pass and clean the atmosphere!

Here at the Colleyville Prayer Room we want to come in unity for this plea.  We have organized a series of fasting and prayer and you are invited to join us this coming Saturday October 8 to a day of fasting and prayer from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Our main objectives are the following:

– Bring a spirit of repentance before God because we have all rejected Him at one point or another.

– Take authority in the name of Jesus over this spirit of corruption, imploring to God to remember us and to remember those who are innocently suffering the consequences of corruption that exists worldwide.

– Ask God, the Creator of the heavens and earth, to send his Holy and mighty wind to clean the air of this nation and the rest of the world.

We believe that together, we can bring forth important changes to our society. 

If after reading this article, God has placed in your heart the desire to participate in this day of fasting and prayer, please join us and use the prayer request tab on this website to let us know that you will be joining us and where you will be coming from.

Our address can be found on the location tab.

Blessings!

 

 

Common Crisis: Financial Problems

2 Kings 4:1-7 tells of the following story:

A widow has nothing left but a jar with a little oil.  A creditor is coming to take her two sons as slaves to satisfy her debt.  Elisha, the Lord’s prophet, tells her to gather many empty jars and to fill them with the oil she has.  As she pours, the oil continues to flow until all the jars are full.  She sells the oil, pays the debt, and has enough left over for her family to live on.

The scripture points out that the prophet instructed her to do two things:

1. – He asked her, “What do you have in the house?”  And she responds, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.”

2. – “You shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those jars, and set aside the full ones.”  So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons and did as he had instructed.

The following are lessons we can learn from this story:

  • God can work a miracle using even the smallest resources you may have.
  • This miracle occurred in a secret place, the anointing that was inside this place did not stop until the last jar was full!
  • We need to open our hearts to His vision in order to be able to see the invisible.
  • Our Lord is waiting for you; He wants an opportunity to show you his love and his mercy.
  • To see miracles happen, one of the things that Jesus teaches us to do is to go to the secret place with God:   “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”    -Matthew 6:6

We have an invitation from God to meet him in intimacy so that we can hear His heart and follow his instruction in order to see his miraculous hand in our financial problems.

Why Do People Pray Today

More than at anytime in history, people are seeking answers to life’s struggles, problems, and challenges. Natural and man-made disasters cause people more and more stress. Their lives are under intense pressure. Hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, countries in debt — it is hard to comprehend the pressures that these exert upon families struggling to make ends meet and survive.

The Bible teaches us several ways to answer these situations. Psalms 89:14-15, says

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you. Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you. Who walk in the light of your presence, O Lord.

This scripture reflects the value of walking in the light of His presence. We meet Him in prayer, just as a child would meet his parent, in order to have a child and father relationship.

Walking with Him brings the blessings of hunger and thirst for righteousness. Those who have the conviction to come and dwell in His presence, to remain before His holiness, to remain there before His throne humbly and reptently, to reverently clamor for His intercession, who expect, admire and supplicate in prayer, who recieve and accept Him who purifies each of our sins and opens our senses to hear His sweet voice, will find direction to conquer the struggles of life.

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Más que en cualquier tiempo de la historia, la gente está buscando respuestas para las dificultades; los problemas y los retos de la vida. Desastres naturales y desastres causados por el género humano, están causando que la gente experimente más estrés. Los Huracanes, los terremotos, las inundaciones, los países en deuda, están dejando a la gente bajo una intensa presión.

La Biblia nos enseña varias formas de enfrentar éstas dificultades, el Salmo 89:14-15 dice: “Justicia y juicio son el cimiento de tu trono; Misericordia y verdad van delante de tu rostro. Bienaventurado el pueblo que sabe aclamarte; Andará, oh Jehová, a la luz de tu rostro.”

Las escrituras reflejan lo valioso que es caminar a la luz de su presencia. Nosotros nos acercamos a El en oración igual como un niño se acerca a su padre, para poder así desarrollar relación con El.

Caminar con El, tráe la bendición de sentir hambre y sed de su justicia. Aquellos que tengan la convicción de venir y habitar en su presencia, de estar delante de su santidad, de estar delante de su trono en humildad y arrepentimiento, con clamor reverente en intercesión, en una actitud de admiración y súplica, recibiendo y aceptando la purificación de cada uno de los pecados cometidos, abriendo sus sentidos para oír su dulce voz, encontrarán dirección para conquistar las dificultades de la vida.