STRATEGIC - TARGETED PRAYER
Ephesians 6:12: "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
Job 22:27-28: 27 "Thou shalt make thy prayer unto Him, and He shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thou vows. 28 Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways."
In ancient Biblical times when a couple was to be married, the bridegroom would go to his father's house to prepare a wedding chamber for his bride. During this same time, the bride would begin making preparations for the wedding. The bride never knew when the bridegroom was coming. Once the wedding chamber was complete and, at the father's prompting, the bridegroom would go with his escorts to retrieve his bride. There were those who would go before him announcing his coming.. "the bridegroom is coming! The bridegroom is coming!" This was to give the bride a heads up that the bridegroom was on his way. She was to have made all her necessary preparations so that when he reached her, she would be ready to leave with him.
Jesus, the Bridegroom is with His Father preparing a place for His Bride. The Bride is to be in preparation for His coming. Some years ago, I had a vision of a bride that was missing many parts of her body and there were parts located in the wrong places. The Lord told me this was the condition of His Bride. Many body members were in the wrong place, holding positions they were not made or anointed to hold and, there were those that had been cut off from the Body. The Body had become self-mutilating!
As we read in 1 Cor. 12, we are one body! Every part has a job to do. One part cannot tell another part we have no need for you. God has a purpose for every single, individual part of His Body. One member cannot say another member is not needed or necessary. Even the parts we deem unnecessary have a purpose. The Church has, for much too long, been divided by theory, denomination, belief systems, etc. There are to be no schism in the Body of Christ. No one church or denomination has all of the answers. That's why God gave each a piece. No one apostle, no one prophet, evangelist, pastor or teacher has all the revelation ... no one denomination, no one "flow", no one movement has it all. It takes all the parts working together to make the whole.
Jesus is coming back for a Church without spot or wrinkle. It is time to tear down the walls that separate the Body and come together in love (1 Cor. 13), and accept the position that each part has in the Body and work together toward a common goal - to prepare the Bride, to win souls for the Kingdom. We call for the Bridegravem to come but He cannot come if the Bride is not ready to receive Him.
The fields are white unto harvest.. pray that the Lord of the Harvest will send more laborers into the fields to bring in those which need to be brought into the Kingdom to complete the Body. So many members are still missing... so many members need to be "re-membered" rather than "dis-membered" ... it is time for healing to come to the Church and the Body to come together... Prepare ye the way of the Lord... Pray that the Bride will be prepared when the Father tells the Son to go and fetch His Bride. He is waiting on us.