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Sowing Prayer Seeds of Hope

We often pray for things we need, from healing to finances to improvement in our relationships.   Jesus, Himself, taught us to pray for our daily bread, and deliverance from the evil one—essential needs for a fruitful life on earth.  But His first focus in the Lord’s Prayer was that God’s Kingdom would come and His will would be done on earth as it is in heaven.  It only makes sense that His first focus in prayer should be our first focus also.  We can be confident that when we seek His Kingdom first, God will supply us with everything else we need.

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The call to prayer moving across our nation and the whole world right now is bigger than just asking God to meet our needs, as critical as they may be.  It’s foremost about asking Abba Father to bring forth His Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven right in the midst of the shaking that’s underway in the world. He said we would have tribulation in this world, but to fear not because He has overcome!

This is why we included three categories of prayers among the 21 prayer declarations for our 21-day prayer fast:

1) Prayers that build unity among believers are important because unity among believers is an essential ingredient in prayers that move heaven.  Psalm 133 says: “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!… For there the LORD has commanded the blessing, life forevermore.

” Unity commands God’s blessing!  What an amazing thought.

seeds new creation2) Prayers that bring transformation are important because heaven cannot break through into human hearts or break forth from human hearts unless we are transformed by the renewing of our hearts and minds so that we may know and understand God’s good and perfect will for us. (Romans 12:2

)  Thank You Lord that you died for us while we were still sinners and rose from the tomb to make us saints seated with you in heavenly places!

3) Prayers for those in authority are important because leaders are gatekeepers who have the ability to block heavenly influences from passing into culture, as well as to release heavenly influences to bring about positive change.  Imagine a great political leader, publisher or media magnate who was fully intent on using his or her position to release Godly change in their sphere of influence.  Paul wrote Timothy to intercede for leaders so “that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.” 

What a world that would be!

So as we prepare to enter into the final week of our 21-day prayer fast next week, allow Holy Spirit to enlarge your prayer perspective until you begin to sow seeds of hope beyond your immediate needs.  For our God is a God of hope who desires to fill us with all joy and peace as we trust in Him, that we may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  This kind of hope is supernatural and attracts others, and extends the influence of heaven on earth, just as the Lord taught us to pray.