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Honoring Bishop T F Tenney – Prophesying Prayer 1 5/5 (1)

Prophesying should seem no more strange than speaking in tongues since both originate as the Spirit gives utterance. Both reside in the scriptural location of the birth place of the Apostolic Church. They shall prophesy and they began to speak in other tongues. If we exercise ourselves in one, why not the other? The prophetic dimension is a part of the Spirit filled believers birthright.

Prophecy can mean to foretell or to forth tell. There are scriptural prophecies, the gift of prophecy, the office of the prophet, and there is a spirit of prophecy. Paul confessed that we sometimes know not how to pray as we ought but the Spirit makes intercession for us (see Romans 8:26).  This can happen with groanings which cannot be uttered, or praying in tongues, but it can also be something that happens in our mind as we converse with God.  Any sincere believer can have and probably has had, something suddenly come to mind. In scriptural terminology could this not be considered to be “the word of the Lord came to me”?

The mind of Christ will work in us if we let it, and the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. (Rev 19:10). This is the source for the resource of prophesying believers.When we combine the enablement of the spirit of prophecy with the medium of prayer we are blessed to tap into a powerful force.

We should understand all prayer originates with God because no one can come to Jesus except the Father draw him (John 6:44). Knowing that God is in control but He often waits to act until we pray. He wants to share with us what He desires to do so we can then ask in prayer for His intervention into our earthly affairs. The spirit of prophecy is intended to work in the believer. Prophesying prayer is hearing God and praying His desires and will.

Daniel tells us that the God of heaven reveals secrets and makes known what shall be. When Daniel understood God’s intentions, he prayed them into reality (Daniel 2:28, 9:2,3)!

Isaiah tells us God will tell his intentions before they happen (Isaiah 42:9).

This dimension of prayer is readily available to Spirit filled believers, but if we are not aware of it, we will only by accident engage in it. The power of prayer has yet to be explored fully. It is the most potent power available to man. When it is combined with the Spirit of prophecy, the ability to speak God’s desires, our asking opens the avenue for God to act.

I have a very personal story which illustrates prophetic prayer. At a General Conference a few years ago, we had lunch with a wonderful friend. After we had finished eating, he prayed over each of us. As he was praying for me he prayed for my health, my well-being and specifically for my heart. When he had finished praying he looked at me and said, “You have a little problem with your heart, but you will be ok.”

This puzzled me and I must confess that although I have great confidence in this man, I told my husband, “He missed it this time. I just had a good check up and there was nothing wrong with my heart.” Three months later, I had surgery for a knee replacement which went very well. However, about fifteen hours after the surgery, my heart stopped. I had a pulmonary embolism and kidney failure. The diagnosis: a problem with my heart that had never shown up in any medical exam. A prayer, a prophecy, and I am ok, keeping a full schedule of work, travel and ministering.

Prophetic prayer is simply hearing God tell us what to pray and praying it. The possibilities are limitless.

If you are interested in further study, Pastor Jeff Ramsey of Minden, LA has written a book called Prophetic Prayer.

Thetus Tenney

(Posted shared information from: http://www.worldnetworkofprayer.com/?s=tf+tenney)

NOTE: Tom Fred Tenney, friend to all and longtime UPCI minister, statesman, leader, executive, and General Board member, passed from this life on June 1, 2018. He was born December 6, 1933, in DeRidder, Louisiana, and he married Thetus Caughron on December 27, 1952. The Tenneys pastored churches in Monroe and DeRidder, Louisiana. T. F. Tenney served the Louisiana District as sectional youth leader, youth secretary, youth president, and district superintendent (1978–2005). During the time he served the UPCI as general youth president (1960–69), the Bible Quizzing program was launched and the first issue of The Conquerors Tread was published. The Partners in Missions (PIM) program, the annual School of Missions, and field and regional conferences began under his leadership as Foreign Missions (now Global Missions) director (1970–75). He was the bishop emeritus of the Louisiana District and an honorary member of the UPCI General Board. In 2005 he was inducted into the UPCI’s Order of the Faith. Brother Tenney’s life and ministry impacted countless lives, and he will be greatly missed. Please keep the Tenney family and especially Sister Thetus Tenney in prayer as we mourn the loss of this great man of God. (Information from World Network of Prayer on Facebook)

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Be Still by Shawnacee Moore. 1 5/5 (1)

“Being still” does not come naturally. When our children are born, they flail their arms and legs around in the most adorable way, as though attempting to backstroke the air. Then they walk, and WE walk with them. They run, and we run after them. Our whole lives seemingly revolve around movement. We watch them walk onto the playground their first day of kindergarten, walk across a stage to receive scholastic diplomas, and eventually walk down an aisle to their beloved.

Unfortunately, at some point we lose the ability to control what paths our children walk or the speed at which they walk them. It seems as though age eighteen is a magic number when our children run amok down every horrible path known to man. If we could only be omnipresent, we would stand guard at every fork in the road pointing them in the right direction. But of course, that is impossible.

Proverbs 22:6 says “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Have you ever really dissected this verse? It says when they are “old.” Perhaps another way to phrase this would be, “when they have matured” they will not depart from it. If they are “old” by the time they figure out which fork in the road to take, then we most certainly will be gone. We may not live to see our children move full circle into God’s plan for their lives, but rest assured in the knowledge that they will not depart from it. When we find ourselves in this phase of life, we choose bending a knee over chasing, and we pray like never before.

I have prayed a multitude of prayers for my son as he struggled with addiction and all that comes with it. Most recently my twenty-one-year-old daughter began a battle with an eating disorder. This knocked the very wind out of me, and at times I did not even know how to pray or what to pray for. Have you ever related with Deuteronomy 28:23 which reads, “And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron.” I have! Many times! Nothing’s moving. Then comes the “be still” part that moms have such trouble with.

As mothers we are doers, getters, fixers. It’s not in our nature to be still! But there’s a bonus in being still. It’s the “knowing” part that makes it bearable. To “be still and know” is a state of being, not a motion or emotion. It’s that silent, still moment when we don’t know how, when, or where; we just know. The Lord may not answer our prayers in the time frame or manner we would like, and that’s very frustrating – especially for a planner deluxe, control freak like me. It’s hard to be still.

Ephesians 6:13, paraphrased, says “And having done all . . . stand.” Whew! That’s difficult. But when I decide to “be” with the knowledge that God does all things well, not always my way, then what emerges is not a flawless child, but a beautifully, imperfectly, flawed, redeemed child. And that is worth being still for.

Note: Shawnacee is married to Paul Moore and resides in the Napa area of California. She is the mother of three, stepmother to three, and “Mimi” to four grandchildren. She attends Modesto Revival Center. She spends her time running a successful in-home daycare, writing, interior decorating and thrifting.
(From: Ladies Prayer Intl May 2018 Newsletter)

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