There is a vacancy that needs to be filled on the earth. Could it be that in the “Help Wanted” section of God’s news department, the Holy Spirit is listing a posting that says, “Needed: Heavenly Insight for the Hour”?
God is looking for Spirit-filled believers in the Lord Jesus Christ to rise up as hope ambassadors or hope solutionists. It is time for those with heavenly insight to arise and be guiding lights within the nations of the earth.
“Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever” (Dan. 12:3, NASB).
This verse from the prophet Daniel has been illuminated to me since the beginning of the year (2020). I believe the need of the hour is for insight!
This guide is intended to be only an outline, surrendered to the leading of the Holy Spirit as a flexible tool to help you in your hour of worship and intercession.
It is not a formula, and you do not have to follow it to the letter. Your times of prayer may vary greatly from one week to the next, as the Spirit leads you. Below, you will find a brief outline, followed by further explanation.
60-Minute Outline for Prayer
You have to run over the devil before he runs over you. You are standing on a battlefield (perhaps a different one than you were last year at this time).
You may be standing in the middle of an army or you may be standing all alone. Are you just going to stand there, waiting to see what will happen? Or are you going to do something that will allow you to get and keep the upper hand?
King David gave us a psalm that we should graft onto ourselves so that we can be true overcomers: “I pursued my enemies and overtook them; I did not return until they were destroyed” (Ps. 18:37).
Earlier in the same psalm, he expressed his utter dependency on God when his enemies proved to be too strong for him: “He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from those who hated me, for they were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my support” (Ps. 18:17-18).
He was a true overcomer—determined to make an end of his enemies, but always aware that he needed help doing it.
Why Is Satan Picking on You?
Satan’s No. 1 weapon is deception. Your No. 1 need is discernment!
“To be forewarned is to be forearmed.” That is why you need discernment in this hour.
That old saying captures a scriptural truth: Discernment forewarns us so that we do not fall prey to subtle deceptions.
Forewarning gives us courage, too, as we find out what we are dealing with and what to do.
“The Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons” (1 Tim. 4:1, NASB).
Holy Spirit is offering “storm warnings” for those who have ears to hear. God’s challenge in life’s storms is being sounded. As we press into Him, He is pressing into us.
He wants to increase our capacity to detect His early warning signals.
Too often we are only after-the-fact intercessors instead of forerunner discerners who can cut off, lessen or delay attacks of the enemy.
Many of us have a history of being crisis intercessors, who take a stand between the living and the dead. We need to become better prophetic intercessors, who detect ahead of time the plots and schemes of the evil one.
On a global basis, we are facing the coronavirus, which shows no signs of respecting borders of nations. It has leapfrogged from China to parts of Europe, the Middle East and North America.
Prayer—in all its forms—has played a key role in my life and ministry for years. I want to see the works of the devil destroyed with the least amount of backlash.
So, I have pondered deeply on various understandings and perspectives concerning spiritual warfare and how to deal with territorial spirits. I’ve met with different revival leaders around the world to increase my understanding on issues dealing with principalities, powers and spirits of wickedness in the heavenly places (Eph. 6:12).
A gigantic breakthrough came to me one day when the penetrating voice of the Holy Spirit spoke, resolving the whole dilemma, “I’m going to teach you to release the highest weapon of spiritual warfare.”
Stunned, I marveled at the thought, “the highest weapon.” That one statement made my spiritual antennas go way out!
Often at the head of the New Year, in both the Hebrew calendar and the civil calendar, the Holy Spirit speaks concerning things to come. As I have prayed and sought the face of God, I have been given a series of revelations concerning the new era we have now entered into of 5780, corresponding to the year of 2020 and beyond. We are not just crossing from one year to the next, but from one era or decade to the next in this strategic period of time.
We really are crossing over from one side of the river where promises are revealed to the other side where promises are manifested. Could it be that we are in a season that is described in Joshua 4? On one side of the river there were great prophetic revelations received and released.
Then there came a crossing-over moment. The priestly leaders led the way, and in the process, they were instructed to pick up stones and deposit them on the other side of the Jordan. This pile of stones became memorial stones. speaking to the generations to come of their inherited prophetic promises.
Jesus had authority over demons.
Wherever Jesus went, crowds gathered. Demoniacs were often healed in those crowds.
In some cases, the demons became disruptive (see Mark 3:10-11 and Luke 4:41; see also Acts 8:7, where demons shrieked in Philip’s large meetings as they were driven out of people).
Most of the time, Jesus commanded the unclean spirits not to reveal His identity:
“In the evening, when the sun had set, they brought to Him all who were sick and those who were possessed with demons. The whole city was gathered at the door, and He healed many who were sick with various diseases and cast out many demons. And He did not let the demons speak, because they knew Him” (Mark 1:32-34).
Regardless of the behavior of the demons, Jesus drove them out with as little as a single word (see Matt. 8:16). He also healed people who were “troubled by impure spirits” (Luke 6:18, NIV). This seems to imply a lesser degree of demonic influence—”affliction” or “oppression” as opposed to “control” or “possession.”
A flurry of prophetic words have come forth concerning the Kansas City Chiefs’ win in Super Bowl LIV, including Bob Jones’ word from the 1980s. After much prayer and contemplation, I felt it would be good to add my personal prophetic perspective to the composite of words being released.
You may wonder, Why another word on this subject?
At this point and time in my life, I feel I am one of the voices that can help to bridge the recent “prophetic past” to the present and into the future. One of the mandates upon my life—confirmed to me in several near-death experiences—is to be a voice of prophetic reason in a tumultuous age.
Yes, I had a lot of personal history in the 1980s and 1990s with seer parabolic prophet, Bob Jones. He emerged on the scene with his eyes all aglow with heaven’s message and his socks hanging down to his ankles.
There was no one quite like Jones! He not only talked in parables; he was one.
Walking in dream language and tapping into the mind and heart of God can be an exciting and exhilarating journey. But understanding and interpreting the revelation He gives in dreams can often be a complex and even confusing process.
These 15 keys will help you to simplify the process of dream interpretation:
1. Most of all, dreams should be interpreted on a personal basis first (John 10:3).
2. Most dreams should not be taken literally. They need interpretation (Dan. 1:17; Gen. 40:8).
3. God will use familiar terms that you know (Matt. 4:19).
4. Ponder on the dream or revelation and ask the Holy Spirit for insight (Dan. 7:8, 8:15-16; Luke 2:19; 1 Cor. 2:10-12).
Eagles are everywhere in the Old Testament; have you noticed? It’s because God is trying to use their example to teach us many things. He is making comparisons between us and this amazing bird—if only we will choose to rely on His strength for everything.
“Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary” (Isa. 40:31).
Our all-sufficient Creator does not leave us on our own any more than a mother eagle leaves her chicks on their own. And He cares for us in every way, anticipating our weaknesses and putting fresh wind under our wings day after day and year after year.
As we follow the Lord and follow His call, we can certainly get weary. He wants to show us how to have both of our wings ready—the Word of God and worshipful prayer—so that when the wind of the Spirit comes in force, we can climb up and draw beautiful circles as we wheel in the sky.
Everywhere in Scripture, eagles represent swiftness and strength—and the glory of God.
Eagles as a Prophetic Symbol
Today the Holy Spirit in all His fullness is being sent forth into the entire world as believers who are filled with His Spirit release His prophetic anointing, bringing impact and influence everywhere they go.
Jesus dispatched His disciples to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Matt. 28:19) carrying the light of the world.
Great Diversity of Prophetic Anointing
I cannot emphasize enough how big God is.
We see an almost bewildering variety of gifts, anointings, ministries and combinations across the body of Christ.
As we enter the year of 2020, clear 20/20 vision is vitally important both in the natural and in the spiritual.
This requires insight from the Spirit of God and the Word of God revealing the heart of God. It is neither “near sighted” nor “far sighted,” nor is it “night blindness.”
Clarity of sight comes from equal deposits of the Word of God and the Spirit of God, combined with hands-on experience.
3 Bible Verses for 2020
“They rose early in the morning and went out to the wilderness of Tekoa; and when they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, O Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, put your trust in the Lord your God and you will be established. Put your trust in His prophets and succeed” (2 Chron. 20:2).
You have to run over the devil before he runs over you.
You are standing on a battlefield (perhaps a different one than you were last year at this time). You may be standing in the middle of an army or you may be standing all alone. Are you just going to stand there, waiting to see what will happen? Or are you going to do something that will allow you to get and keep the upper hand?
King David gave us a Psalm that we should graft onto ourselves so that we can be true overcomers: “I pursued my enemies and overtook them; I did not turn back till they were destroyed” (Ps. 18:37, NIV). Earlier in the same Psalm, he expressed his utter dependency on God when his enemies proved to be too strong for him: “He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support” (Ps. 18:17-18).
He was a true overcomer—determined to make an end of his enemies, but always aware that he needed help doing it.
Why Is Satan Picking on You?
Since the beginning of time, the Holy Spirit has looked for people through whom He can manifest Himself.
At the time of the creation, He “hovered” like a hen over her baby chicks (see Gen. 1:2).
After the Exodus, Moses said, “Oh, that all the people of the Lord were prophets” (Num. 11:29b).
The prophet Joel foretold a day when prophecy, dreams and visions would become widespread (see Joel 2:28-29).
After Jesus came and the Spirit was given to the church, Peter announced that the day prophesied by Joel had arrived (see Acts 2:14-21).
Today, we are still living in that day and God is ministering His gifts to those who will receive them and release them to raise a dying world to true life. God wants to give us gifts so that we can spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Faith matters. Faith is the constant, abiding trust in something. True faith is the constant, abiding trust in God Himself.
By that we mean faith toward God, not faith in our feelings, our circumstances or other people, even leaders.
True faith is in the present tense as distinguished from hope, which is future-oriented.
Faith comes after repentance and is of the heart, not of the mind.
Where Is Your Faith?
Battle is part of the Christian life. There is a real enemy and you were born into a war. So, seasons of struggle are a given.
But can you shorten your seasons of struggle? I believe you can, and I believe that the Bible is filled with good advice toward this end. You do not need to prolong the agony. You can arise and conquer.
One of the enemy’s ploys is to make you roll over into a passive position. When that happens, you are no longer actively engaged and the devil can roll over you. It is important to daily arise, speak to your inner man and remind yourself of the foundational truths in the Word of God! As you rise up, these truths become weapons that drive the enemy back and make quick work of the battle.
Even if you have been through a few skirmishes before, you can’t just slide into automatic pilot. It is vital to use your most effective weapons, ones that are tried and tested. These are weapons that work—but you must work them. Did you catch that? For the weapons to work, you must work them!
Around the globe, I have taken an unofficial survey. I often ask the attendees, “What does the Holy Spirit do? What makes up the ministry of the Holy Spirit?”
I always get great answers such as the Holy Spirit is the gift giver, sanctifier, bears fruit, brings conviction, speaks to us, intercedes through the believer, magnifies Jesus, releases dreams and visions and so much more.
But one answer I have never heard from anyone anywhere.
The Holy Spirit Listens!
One of the ongoing activities of the Holy Spirit is listening and then communicating.
In prophetic intercession, the Spirit of God pleads the covenant promises made throughout history to be enacted in our day.
This inspired form of intercession is the urge to pray, given by the Holy Spirit, for a situation or circumstance about which you may have little natural knowledge. But you are praying the prayer request that is on the heart of God.
As much as any time in history, it is time for believers in Jesus to take up the call to pray what is in the heart of God to be enacted for this generation!
How Does Prophetic Intercession Work?
I believe we are entering an apostolic era when heavens are going to break wide open over cities. There will be teaching, revelation, expression and experiencing of this on a scale unseen at least since New Testament days, if ever. Homes, families, congregations, parks, hospitals, city halls—all will become “ground zero” for open-heaven manifestations.
I have faith for this divine realm to be extended over entire regions for protracted periods of time.
From all my years traveling in many nations and helping to light fires in many places, and having interviewed and walked with many “fire starters,” I have learned one very important principle:
Before there is ever an open heaven over a congregation or a city or a nation, there first is an open heaven over a person.
What kind of person might have heaven open above them? It is someone who becomes radically undone in the Lord, someone who is absolutely “wasted” on Jesus. Whenever heaven opens over an individual, they carry that open heaven with them wherever they go and become climate-changers. They become history-makers.
God is looking for candidates in this generation who will be seated with Christ in the heavenly places and call forth God’s destiny and design into the earthly realm. It has happened before in all historic awakenings. I am talking about ordinary folks who surrendered to an extraordinary God.
Will You Open the Door for Your City?