Putting Power In Your Prayer

Jesus, that sweet name Jesus. Meet me here. You went to the cross, but you didn’t stay there. You went to the grave, but you didn’t stay there. You come here morning after morning to be with me, here.

Calm the raging storm of concerns holding my mind captive. Whatever this resistance is that has come against me, I am praying it down in the name of Jesus. You said because You live that we live as well. Because You have won, so we already have victory over this battle beating up against us.

So I surrender to Your Word and declare this war that has me wrapped around it’s finger is over! Every thought that is fighting against me must flee at the sound of His name… Jesus. Every challenge has been conquered when Christ rose from that grave. Every battle has been broken by the blood of Jesus spilled out over this land.

I am commanding this be a due season of ‘more’ in my life… more of Jesus… more Peace, more Love, more Joy than I’ve known. I surrender my plans in this moment, Lord, and pray for the wheel of Your promises to begin turning, that they may even come to pass in abundance.

pain, struggle, pray it down, prayerMy ears are open; may they remain sensitive to the Spirit speaking. My feet are in the runner’s block; I am on the mark and ready for Your word, ‘Go’. This fight will not finish me off. I will finish my course with joy!

Romans 16:20 reminds me, “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under ‘your’ feet.” Christ, in His mercy, makes victory mind. He crushes Satan not only under His feet, but also under mine! All evil dominion and destruction will come to an end, and everlasting joy and triumph IS, not will be, but IS mine.

I’m letting go of fear and walking forward into the future you have destined for me at birth. I’m not listening to the wind or the birds, but my focus is on Your hand in my life. Tunnel my vision so that I can’t even be distracted by what other people around me are doing.

This valley I’ve been in is only temporary. Psalm 112 says, “when darkness overtakes me, light will come bursting in”. Help me get in agreement with what you’ve said about me, Lord. I’m looking away from the distractions, and the things trying to entangle me in what I have no business being a part of. I’ve got my sight set on Your unshakeable hand, Jesus. My eyes are on the victory and the things you’ve overcome.

I’m drawing a line in the sand today. This struggle that is strangling the life out of me, I pray it down!

Give me wisdom on who needs to be in my life and who needs weeding out. This is a season of Freedom. Open the right doors and close the wrong ones. Give me the strength to make decisions that honor You. Restore my health, Jesus, and this sickness in my mind. Restore joy, peace and favor with a refreshing rain over my spirit.

May this rain of dreams and promises all reflect back to You, on the mercy and grace and goodness of You, Jesus.

As a child of the Most High God, I declare I am a victor and not a victim. I believe Your light is about to burst through the clouds that have been holding me back. I am expecting a breakthrough today, and that my faith will be released today. I am expecting You, today, Jesus.

I believe these words and pray them all in the name of the Almighty, in the name of Love, my Healer and Deliverer, the King of Kings and the Victorious One, Jesus… Amen.

Most Important Meal; Prayer

prayer, breakfast, most important meal of the day, trishakeehn.comThe most important meal of the day; prayer.

‘Come, Child. I’ve prepared something for you today.’

It’s a royal breakfast with your father, where are never more anxious to receive from God than He is willing to provide. We do not know what will be on the table today but we can be sure it is exactly what we need. It will nourish and refresh the soul, this we can be sure of.

He’s spread out a banquet table before you today. It is His pure pleasure to prepare it and gives great joy to His heart when we sit down to feast.

Did you remember to take in the most important meal of the day? It’s not too late to receive it.

Perennial Prayers

Your deepest desires are for companionship and a noble purpose. We were woven with love, to give love and we’ve been clothed in armor to carry out a calling.

But are you masking your true passion behind a facade of good looking pursuits? The battle between head and heart is lifelong.

perennialprayersmaxPrime your purposes in perennial prayers in proximity to God’s promises.

God’s promises have no expiration date. He loves nothing more than to keep His promises, as He watches and waits for the moment to be called upon.

What are those promises?

You shall also decide and decree a thing, and it shall be established for you; and the light [of God’s favor] shall shine upon your ways. Job 22:28, AMP

And this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord. “My Spirit will not leave them, and neither will these words I have given you. They will be on your lips and on the lips of your children and your children’s children forever. I, the Lord, have spoken! Isaiah 59:21, NLT

For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. Psalm 84:11, NIV

We doubt God because we doubt ourselves. His capacity to give is far more greater than our capacity to receive. He’s waiting to answer our prayers, keep His promises and perform His word. When we stand on His Word, He stands by His Word. So what are you waiting for?

Guard Your Mind

This place where I am, in my mind, is a very treacherous place. If the enemy were to attack with grandiose measures, you would be able to see the devastation in front of your eyes. But that would not be sneaky at all.

Satan thrives on being clever so that others can draw some conclusion that you must be crazy. He’s a constant drip of nuances that collect and cloud the heart until it becomes too much to bear and we finally explode. “Ah ha!” he says, “I knew you didn’t have the self-control to hold that all in. I knew I could break you.”

At this point, I collapse in a pile of tears, confessing that in fact this prowling lion has me trapped under his pounce. How did I get here? Yesterday, I was focused, studying and in deep worship on the path of God and today I’m in a place of desperation.

Ah, but that kind of praise is exactly what was stirring hell. Satan could not stand it anymore. He’s been waiting in the bush and found an opportunity. I’ve been whispering my praise and declaring God’s truths in a tone suitable for living in a duplex, next door to neighbors who just became new parents.

I dug my heels in and pointed at the devil, ‘you. Me. Outside right now! We will not do this here.’ I grabbed my things for work and drove to a wide open space where no one was around. I started to shout; it got ugly. Not my proudest moment of elegance or grace, but Satan needed reminding of his place, under the grip of my big God.

The devil must have forgotten Jesus defeated death and is on the throne, so with all the grit in me, I boldly gave every reminder that was buried in my heart from scripture.

Then it got personal. The devil asked if one day I’d also shout at my children or husband like this. Satan knows this is a sore spot with me. I come from a family of shouting matches and it’s always been a concern that I too would subject my own family to this kind of behavior.

I felt guilty. For maybe 5 seconds. Then my mind stood up and said, ‘no! Because I wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers and rulers of darkness in this world! I will take you outside at that time too, if ever such a moment should come.’psalm

I keep my eyes always on the LordWith him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay. 


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ou make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
 Psalm 16:8-11

The enemy shall not get the best of me! My Savior is holding onto this heart, regardless if I can feel His Spirit or not. Everything in me stands on the Rock of Truth, even when the enemy thinks I’m weak.

When the pressure is on, it’s time to press into God a little more. I turned my worship music up a little louder. My knees got a little lower. I cried out in praise to God a little longer.

I’m giving you my story of shame and triumph, in hopes that you’ll be encouraged that we’re all in this together.

We stand in this battle together.

Guard your mind! Know the Truth.

Love By Faith

The difficult part of praying for a life that mirrors Christ’s love, is that we are faced to love when we don’t want to, when we don’t feel like it, when we get nothing obvious in return, when they don’t deserve it, when they’re not worth it, when they don’t know it and even when it makes no difference. Yet, we live it out anyways.

For the last few months now, I have been convicted of Christ’s love as I pray to share more of it. There is someone who deeply and ruthlessly betrayed me over the course of three years. In wisdom, every counselor and mentor advised strict boundaries to stay away from the toxicity and ‘unsafe’ person. I forgave their actions and prayed for healing and restoration in their lives. A few months later, I moved states away. But the harassment and hurting continued until one day, this person also moved to my new city and stepped into my circle of friends. I became so distraught by the turmoil of pain and alone in my struggle. It seemed no matter how I tried to ‘brush off the dirt’ and walk away from the past, God’s love was pressing in deeper, asking me not to walk away from people. With nowhere else to turn, I began praying for a desire to deeply love them and God’s power to walk in it. I felt everything in me die as I invited Jesus to do the impossible; to help me love the ‘unlovable’.

As the weeks passed, I continued praying through the pain until that day came; when Jesus carried me in courage, strength and favor. The love of Christ consumed me as I sought out and embraced this person. And only in His power, my heart was able to walk out a love that desired to willingly serve. Instantly, I experienced insurmountable JOY and FREEDOM that I cannot adequately describe.

I think we find loving so painful because we try to love with our own emotions and our eyes fail us when love doesn’t bring about the exact results we want and asked for. But we are called to love by faith. Love our enemies by faith. Love our betrayers by faith. Love a bitter parent by faith… not a feeling. Living love is a daily commitment to throw off preferential affections. We live by faith. We love by faith. If we truly become a person who makes a lifestyle of believing God, we will become bolder in our love for others and what we’re willing to believe God for in their lives.

Walking in love doesn’t always feel warm fuzzy. Sometimes our only motivation is obedience to God. If no one else catches the love we sacrificially give, know that God will.

And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. Romans 5:5

Oh my Lord, the things you bring us through astounds my eyes. You are faithful to deliver us from the stronghold of bitterness and hatred, so that our hearts may experience the freedom and joy you authored in this life! May the fruit of Christ’s love within us surface in our words and walk today. We come yielded to your authority, may we be so filled by your Spirit, Lord. Guide us to those relationships we still harbor grief in. God, give us the strength to walk out your unfailing love. Help us to actively love others and pray those big prayers for them. You were faithful yesterday and you will be faithful today. We trust you for more faithfulness in our future. May we love by this same faith.

End It

Each year, the world joins hands to take a stand against modern slavery with the End It Movement. When asked why I wore a red “x” on my hand, I explained there are currently women being held in prostitution rings and children being chained to labor but sadly, we thought the days of slaves was over. Truthfully though, we’ve turned a blind eye and just stopped looking.

It all got me thinking. You know, many of us, are slaves to sin. We choose the lure of lust, bitter behaviors, arrogant attitudes instead of love, peace and joy with others. We turn a blind eye to rated ‘R’ movies, a man on the corner with his hand out and gossip that fuels our sickness for satire. We get greedy with our money, label others by their sins and pronounce glory on ourselves in a prideful job well done. We are slaves to sin. We clash against the chains, struggling in a stronghold, fighting for freedom from this sin that enslaves our hearts.

In silence there is safety—safety from potential prosecution or pain from the backlash, safety from the danger of facing a difficult truth: that the quiet, close-knit Christian community could be cruel, cowardly, and lawless. And yet, despite our wishes, history is full of cruelty, cowardice, and lawlessness. Nowadays, though, we are not so much silent as talking loudly about anything that will help us avoid being the target. We suffer under a conspiracy of misdirection. Satan is sliding in through the backdoor and we miss the carpet being pulled from underneath our feet.

This isn’t about ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ but about the Truth that as slaves to anything, we cannot be fully free. We war against the box of cookies that keeps showing up in the cupboard, the gym membership buried in our mind, the word ‘yes’ that slips out when everything in us is says ‘no’, the negative thoughts that materialize into words, the lack of generosity for others needs, the pride in ourselves that crushes compassion for others. The triumphalist rhetoric, instead, lets us—tells us to—look away.

May I encourage you in this day not to wait another second dismissing bondage under a cloak of grace. Release the beast, so that you can experience the fullness of His Spirit! I don’t want to be bound to the empty life this kind of slavery is destined for. My captivity to sin is a choice. Jesus came to set me free from the burden of this kind of slavery. No more laboring. No more pleasing. I am free. Heavenly Father, release the fullness of your Spirit on us. Strengthen our hearts and minds in the midst of any fear and press into our hearts, increasing our desire for even more freedom. I’m thanking you in advance Lord for what you’ve already done and what’s about to happen in us. Amen!

The Sun & The Moon

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Last night I asked the Lord to shower me with His affections, to drown me in His undying love, to saturate my heart. Let this daughter not go unnoticed in this day. In my rest, I received a vision of the sun. Its radiance was in noble tints and tones, opulent oranges, glittering yellows, elegant embracing reds. It was a blazing, sweet warmth on my face. God told me He knows how I love the sun on my face, as I marveled and basked in its beauty. There is no color wheel that can contain the dyes I saw.

Then a vision of the moon, oh that moon! That moon! I had never seen a moon nearly like this before… I was close enough to see its depths… and everything in me was moved by its hues. I witnessed such grand magnificence… the purple that outlined its crevices, oh that purple… I’ve never seen purple like that before. Shades of striking red… glowing brilliant blues… the complexions cast were glorious… pure. In my captivated gaze of this moon, I awoke. Tender tears drenched my thoughts. The Maker of the Moon, the Maker of Me, My Beloved graced me with His mercy in a desperate moment for love.

Now that its morning, I realize, it’s the day of love, Valentine’s Day. I am overwhelmed at His expression of love for me. We have an amazing Father who listens to our requests and waits to drench our hearts in His love. I pray you feel His love above all else in this day.

As I Lay Me Down To Sleep

Shhh… listen. Can you hear Him calling out to you? He’s there and His whisper is pursuing your heart. The search for God’s still, small voice in your life can be a challenge. Sometimes we hear a voice but struggle to discern the source. It’s difficult when distractions like work, family, friends or opportunities come knocking on the same door you were trying to close to get away with God. (That’s an infamous trick by Satan, by the way.) Being sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s voice comes from the discipline of quiet time and fasting. But what if you’re doing that and still stuck in the struggle?

Every day God is calling out to us in a million ways. He’s the great pursuer, He never gives up. He’s the Author and greatest grand daddy of true pursuit! But are we trying to get to know Him for who He is or for the blessings His hand will bring to our lives? Diligent quiet time, those moments when you spend less time talking and more time being still and just listening. This kind of surrender is a pleasing aroma to the heavens. It’s how we get to know our Heavenly Father and the sweet sound of His voice. No agenda. There’s a physical portion as well; humbleness in the presence of our Lord as we take to our knees and silence the sound of our mind.

A few months back I started to have wild dreams… prophetic dreams that I wrote down and shared with a few people close in my life. Dreams that later came to fruition. As I was studying scripture, I noticed how frequently God speaks to people in dreams, in fact, it’s a common practice. But most of us, like king Nebuchadnezzar, don’t know how to interpret these God-inspired dreams. So I started praying for a Daniel-like ability to interpret the voice of God in my sleep. I sought out wisdom and studied scriptures.

Dreams are filled with God’s encouragement, warnings revelations and prophecy. He’s given us the Bible to help guide us through interpretations, as well as His spirit. Over these last few months, I’ve gained alot of insight and I started praying for more of His voice as I rested. It has been an absolute adventure! I keep a journal next to my pillow to write down our journey through the night. In the morning, I scramble to read through the pages. One morning I read through chapters to a book I’m writing. Several times, I have been warned of the enemy chasing me. God exposes the devil at work, so the safest place I can be is in the shadow of His wings, close enough to the truth so that I may hear the warning in His voice.

In my dreams, there are no distractions. Just a journey with my Father through the seasons of life. It has been the most absolutely astounding walk I’ve ever been on. If you struggle to hear or discern the voice of God while you’re awake in the midst of endless disruptions, pray for His voice in your dreams. He’s pursuing you. Everyday. Are you listening?

God, you are so good to us. Even when we’ve strayed and made a mockery of your name, you are still on the throne and pursuing us, calling our hearts back to yours. God, your love is more than this mind can even imagine, but already, I am overcome with joy, peace and desire for more of you everyday. I fall short, but my soul is recklessly pursuing you with complete abandonment to this world. Thank you for your kindness. Thank you for your voice. Thank you for who you are.

Mirroring God

The greatest characteristic a Christian can exhibit is this completely unveiled openness before God, which allows that person’s life to become a mirror for others. When the Spirit fills us, we are transformed, and by beholding God we become mirrors. You can always tell when someone has been beholding the glory of the Lord, because your inner spirit senses that he mirrors the Lord’s own character. Beware of anything that would spot or tarnish that mirror in you. It is almost always something good that will stain it—something good, but not what is best.

The most important rule for us is to concentrate on keeping our lives open to God. Let everything else including work, clothes, and food be set aside. The busyness of things obscures our concentration on God. We must maintain a position of beholding Him, keeping our lives completely spiritual through and through. Let other things come and go as they will; let other people criticize us as they will; but never allow anything to obscure the life that “is hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3). Never let a hurried lifestyle disturb the relationship of abiding in Him. This is an easy thing to allow, but we must guard against it. The most difficult lesson of the Christian life is learning how to continue “beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord . . . .”

O Lord, I look to you so utterly that I am worse than useless without You. Be made wisdom and discernment and understanding unto me today.

My Utmost For His Highest -Oswald Chambers

How To Hear From God

I’ve had several encounters with the Almighty that left no doubt this was the divine speaking into my life. And I get asked from time to time how someone can hear from God and more importantly, know that it’s God. I understand everyone’s journey is different and God uses different vehicles to convey messages to each unique being He created. But there are some fundamental truths behind getting to a place where you can hear Him and knowing without a doubt it is the Great I Am. Sometimes there are pressing concerns that we need the Holy Spirit to speak up, and guide us through the shadows. I hope I can help you in that walk of seeking and knowing His voice.

First, there is some mighty power in fasting. Distractions are plentiful and it’s the devil’s tool to lead you away from the straight and narrow path. In the stillness of your fasting, you’ll be able to hear how loud these distractions really are. The enemy sees the threat in your focused time with Christ and will stop at nothing to steal that from you. Be very careful during this time, as fasting also has the potential to ‘weaken’ you. We end up battling the world, the devil and our own personal lust during a fast. But your prayer and focus on Christ in fasting can silence the devil, so your ears can hear the whispers of the Spirit speaking. There’s a saying ‘Satan shouts at us all day long, but our Father whispers softly and if you’re not close enough to Him, you’ll miss that sweet sound’.

That brings me to the second part of how to hear from God; you’ve got to get close! When you draw close to Him with complete abandonment, throwing off the things that hinder your time and desire for the Father, you will hear Him. This could be relationships, as demonstrated by Jesus in the wilderness (Matthew 6), alone, to fast for 40 days. God has, is and will always be there. There are times God goes quiet with us, and there are several reasons outside of sin that He may choose to do this, but the point is, our Father is there! We have hundreds of years of biblical truth that testifies that God does not leave us, ever. If you’re chasing Him down in pure pursuit, I believe with all my heart that our loving Father is not going to hide His face from a child in need.

So how will you know the voice of God? As you draw near to God, there’s a general voice that the natural ear hears, the kind that your conscience relies on to discern right from wrong. But in time, when you’re committed to a walk that not only honors, but is in a full-fledged pursuit of the Father, you’ll discover the spiritual ear that hears very specific directions. Many times, they are directions you could not have known of, an example is “pick up three meals and drive down West End. There will be three men who need food. One is wearing brown boots.” God really said that to me.

Another way to know the voice of God is by spending intimate time on your knees getting to know Him. I don’t want to tell you how much time, but I will share that time flies in the stillness of His presence. It’s a very sweet moment, full of comfort and peace. In this place your mind will be captured by nothing but His love, your heart ravaged by His mighty presence. You’ll be able to feel His physical presence over and through you. It’s a place you won’t want to leave.

There are other ways God speaks to us; through unlikely people, the Word, preaching, and the Spirit. But one thing I promise is that whatever God speaks to you will be consistent with His revealed will-the Bible. As you begin to know the scriptures and put his revealed will first in your life, His voice will become more prominent during everyday life and not just in the distress or desperation.

Note: It’s important to fast and seek God with righteous motives, as Jesus warns us in Matthew there will be no reward for those who fast with evil or wrong intentions (ie: for money, power, weight loss).