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God is calling people to pray.

It is a time where the Spirit of the Lord is trying to move upon the church for something very specific.
God wants and needs, and desires that people would not only pray for themselves, and their wants and desires, but that the people of God would begin to pray and intercede for the nation, the community, their family, the church, the people around them, the lost, the hurting, the broken, and the bruised.

There is something coming for the people of God…
There is a blessing.
There is an anointing.
There is a move of the Holy Spirit.

But first and foremost it is for those who will earnestly, and sincerely begin to INTERCEDE for the earth.

God is looking for an intercessor.

This has always been something that God wanted.
Listen to what the Bible says:
Ezekiel 22:29-30 NKJV
[29] The people of the land have used oppressions, committed robbery, and mistreated the poor and needy; and they wrongfully oppress the stranger. [30] So I sought for a man
(I would say, OR woman) among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.

I feel like the Lord is saying to me that…THIS IS THE BEGINNING STAGES OF THE TIME OF AN OPEN HEAVEN OVER THE PEOPLE OF GOD.

God longs to open heaven and pour out his wonderful Holy Spirit.
God longs to answer your prayers.
God longs to move with miracles and power.
God longs to pour himself in, over, and through the church…which is HIS BODY.

But the thing we MUST DO as the people of God, is that WE MUST INTERCEDE.

An open heaven is coming.
A time of pouring out is coming.
A time of refreshing and renewal is coming.

But it is coming upon THOSE OF HIS PEOPLE who will dare to rise up and INTERCEDE for the earth, the nation, the community, and the church.

It is time for remnant prayer warriors to RISE!

It is time for the people of God to take seriously the commands of God to PRAY AND SEEK HIS FACE.

The famous verse says it clearly:

2 Chronicles 7:1-3 NKJV
[1] When Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the LORD filled the temple. [2] And the priests could not enter the house of the LORD, because the glory of the LORD had filled the LORD’s house. [3] When all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the LORD on the temple, they bowed their faces to the ground on the pavement, and worshiped and praised the LORD, saying: “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever.”

2 Chronicles 7:12-14 NKJV
[12] Then the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said to him: “I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. [13] When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, [14] if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

We have to pray!
Open heaven over YOUR LIFE and YOUR FAMILY, and the things that CONCERN YOU is contingent upon your PRAYER LIFE, your INTERCESSION for those in places of authority, YOUR PRAYER FOR THE NATION AND COMMUNITY.

God wants to bless and heal, but first, he calls us to pray.

Don’t let the devil fool you or trick you by keeping from the ONE THING that matters most in this time.

Evil will not triumph.
The devil will not win.
Righteousness WILL overcome.
But the impetus for all this is always…has always been and will always be…IF MY PEOPLE PRAY.

Specifically, the word I hear is:
“Don’t miss your opportunity by failing to discern the times and by failing to pray and intercede.”

I believe it’s a word from God to us.

All through scripture we see the act of intercession.
Samuel prayed for the people…
1 Samuel 12:16-24 NKJV
[16] “Now therefore, stand and see this great thing which the LORD will do before your eyes: [17] Is today not the wheat harvest? I will call to the LORD, and He will send thunder and rain, that you may perceive and see that your wickedness is great, which you have done in the sight of the LORD, in asking a king for yourselves.”

Intercession helps to REVEAL HIDDEN MOTIVES and helps to SHOW THE UNGODLY THEIR SIN.

We don’t have to run around calling people sinners.
We don’t have to march and rally and tell people they are going to hell.
We don’t have to write letters to the government.

What the people of God MUST DO IS INTERCEDE and God will show himself mighty.
He will prove his power and glory.
He will open up the heavens over those who intercede.

God will do exploits and miracles in the land, and in the people that we take the time to intercede for.

The word Intercession literally means TO HAVE A MEETING.
It is to have a meeting with God on behalf of another.

That is what Jesus is calling the church to.
Meet with God on behalf of the hurting, broken, lost, unrepentant, the government, the nation, and the world…and don’t forget the community that you live in!

[18] So Samuel called to the LORD, and the LORD sent thunder and rain that day; and all the people greatly feared the LORD and Samuel. [19] And all the people said to Samuel, “Pray for your servants to the LORD your God, that we may not die; for we have added to all our sins the evil of asking a king for ourselves.” [20] Then Samuel said to the people, “Do not fear. You have done all this wickedness; yet do not turn aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart.

Notice…
Samuel’s intercession turned into an opportunity to INSTRUCT THE NATION on what they should be doing.

When you begin to intercede for others, for the community, for your family and friends, for those in authority…you have NO IDEA WHAT KIND OF DOOR AND OPPORTUNITY THE LORD WILL OPEN FOR YOU…BECAUSE HE TRUSTS YOU.

When God can trust you to pray for others behind closed doors, he can trust you to speak to others in front of the world.

Samuel continues…
[21] And do not turn aside; for then you would go after empty things which cannot profit or deliver, for they are nothing. [22] For the LORD will not forsake His people, for His great name’s sake, because it has pleased the LORD to make you His people. [23] Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you; but I will teach you the good and the right way. [24] Only fear the LORD, and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you.

That’s the activity that the church needs to be engaged in right now.
Not in bashing.
Not in yelling.
Not in fighting.

But actively engaged in prayer, interceding for the nation, the cities, the towns, the communities, where God the Holy Spirit is about to be poured out.

I’m telling you…THIS IS THE BEGINNING STAGES OF THE TIME OF AN OPEN HEAVEN OVER THE PEOPLE OF GOD.

We must pray and intercede so that NOTHING STOPS THE RAIN OF GOD ABOUT TO BE POURED OUT ON THE CHURCH!

What will happen during the days of an open heaven?
The Bible says this:

Isaiah 64:1-4 NKJV
[1] Oh, that You would rend the heavens! That You would come down! That the mountains might shake at Your presence-

The presence of the Lord will move in a visible way upon those who God moves upon.
The presence of the Lord…
Present to heal.
Present to set free.
Present to save.
Present to deliver.

If you don’t want it…you won’t get it.
If you won’t pray…you won’t have it.

[2] As fire burns brushwood, As fire causes water to boil- To make Your name known to Your adversaries, That the nations may tremble at Your presence!

Just as in the days when Jesus walked upon the earth:
The nation, the world, the government, the culture…
Won’t know what to do with miracles, signs, wonders, outpourings, in-fillings of the Holy Spirit, salvation, and worship that shakes the building!

They didn’t know what to do with it when Jesus was on the earth.
They won’t know what to do with it when God opens the heavens over his church.
There is nothing bad you can say about people being healed, sickness being cured, the hurting being saved, and the those without hope being filled with hope.

[3] When You did awesome things for which we did not look, You came down, The mountains shook at Your presence.

Now…listen to the next verse…

[4] For since the beginning of the world Men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, Nor has the eye seen any God besides You, Who acts for the one who waits for Him.

Did you hear that?
Did you hear what it said?

“Who acts for the one who waits for Him.”

God will ACT for those who WAIT for him.
What does that mean?
It means those who SEEK HIS FACE.
It means those who earnestly CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD.
It means those who INTERCEDE for others.

You cannot WAIT for God and see him ACT on your behalf, and OPEN THE HEAVENS without PRAYER!

Samuel interceded for the people.
Abraham made intercession for Sodom and Gomorrah.
Stephen the very first martyr prayed for those who killed him.

What did Stephen SEE?
AN OPEN HEAVEN.
Acts 7:54-56 NKJV
[54] When they heard these things they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed at him with their teeth. [55] But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, [56] and said, “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!”

Let’s not wait until our final moments to see the open heaven that is coming and that is possible.
Let’s pour out our life in prayer and intercession NOW and WAIT to see what God will do.

Open heaven is coming…but we MUST DO OUR PART.
1 Timothy 2:1-4 NKJV
[1] Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, [2] for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. [3] For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, [4] who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Let me finish by saying:
It is OUR RESPONSIBILITY to intercede for an open heaven over our city, over our town, over our family, over our circle, over our church, and over our life.

Let me ask you this…
Do you pray for your church?
Do you pray for your community?
Do you pray for your family?
Do you pray for your nation?
Do you pray for your leaders?
Do you pray for the lost?

GOD RESPONDS TO THE INTERCESSION OF HIS PEOPLE.

When we pray and intercede…
GOD MOVES TO CREATE AN OPEN HEAVEN OVER US!

Let me finish by, one more time, giving you the word I believe God spoke to my heart for this message:
“THIS IS THE BEGINNING STAGES OF THE TIME OF AN OPEN HEAVEN OVER THE PEOPLE OF GOD. DON’T MISS YOUR OPPORTUNITY BY FAILING TO DISCERN THE TIMES AND BY FAILING TO PRAY AND INTERCEDE.”

Right now is the time church…
It is time for remnant prayers warriors to RISE!
Open heaven is coming to those who pray and intercede!

Larry Shankle

My heart is for the church that Jesus is building and returning for...the church that the gates of hell will not prevail against.
More than anything, the desire of my heart is to see the greatest revival of the Holy Spirit, salvations, spiritual awakening, and for the miraculous to come back to the church, preparing believers for the return of Jesus.

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