It was not my intention to have a second post about a prayer Sabbath; however, I recieved 5 (yes, count them-FIVE!) prayer requests either Holy Spirit driven, or by e-mail or telephone today. I have always considered myself a prayer warrior. Very early in my Christian journey, I ran across a little book about prayer by Rosalind Rinker. The title escapes me at the moment, but it included the odd (then) concept of conversational prayer--the conversation between God and the pray-er (me).
This concept fascinated me. Being brought up in a denomination that only recited written prayers, this sounded really neat and I timidly tried it, clumsily at first. Apparently I was onto something because I felt the response almost immediately.
The recited prayers did not have the same effect. I started to ask God how He wanted me to pray, and I recieved bits of His Wisdom as He would reveal Himself to me.
A little at a time, always in His Time, He was preparing me for the next step. So again, I could not not pray.
The intercession for God's people needs to be brought before the Lord. The enemy is still lurking about looking for whom he can devour.
"After Jesus had gone indoors, his diciples asked Him privately, 'Why couldn't we drive it out?' He replied, 'This kind can come out only by prayer.' " Mark 9:28-29 (NIV)