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When Not to Pray
Daniele is an intercessor on one of the strike forces I am currently running. It is a busy one with updates at least once a week and sometimes several times.
She has high discernment and has repeatedly nailed a specific issue that she could not have known about in her soul. Her spirit was able to sense it and report to me that we needed to adjust our strategy.
She wrote the following after a recent prayer update from me.
“It is with attention that I read your messages, while waiting to receive the subject which will be for me.”
And THAT is maturity in intercession.
She is committed to the cause and she loves me dearly. We have walked together for many years, through many fires, supporting each other in sundry ways.
But while she is all in, in terms of her heart, she knows on the spirit level that she is a sharpshooter.
There are specific issues where she has uncommon authority, and she knows better than to create a smog of useless words in heaven.
She reads each email carefully but holds her fire until her spirit or the Holy Spirit confirms that this piece of the battle is hers.
Her years are graced with much wisdom.
Copyright by Arthur Burk
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Nailed it!By : Christy Douma On November 12th 2020
Thanks for the language! I have never been one to put a "blanket" over the whole subject, trying to think of every contingency. I listen to see where He wants to move (or is already moving) and agree with Him. That's getting "sighted in" first and then pulling the trigger! Haven't heard a lot of others pray this way, but that's when my spirit is engaged. Long lists that cover everything from the living to the dead and must be labored over on a daily basis are not something my spirit will participate in. Thank you! Love this!
Sharp ShooterBy : Andre Roos On November 11th 2020
Brilliant - a very valuable pointer
When Not To PrayBy : Kate On November 10th 2020
I LOVE this. I just read it aloud to a friend over the phone who is strategically NOT online. She loves it too. THANK YOU.
confirmationBy : Tracy O'Brien On November 9th 2020
I have felt very little urge to pray, even though the world greatly needs it right now! God has been refining my understanding of prayer and teaching me to only follow the Captain of the Host in my prayer life. For a week this fall, the only thing I heard each morning was, "Malawi". No explanation, just that. So I prayed in the spirit until He confirmed it was done. What Daniele and Arthur shared has confirmed that prayer is a function of relationship and obedience to Him, not something to be done to soothe my conscience or as an obligation to others.
Thank you!By : Renée On November 7th 2020
Thank you for this word of wisdom for all of us, and I take it to heart. With so many prayer and intercessory groups these days, multiplied through this season, this is comfort to me as I have chosen not to join so many and simply try not to fill my life with way too much, even if good causes. This encourages me to be even more attentive to what God is highlighting for me to follow Him in.
Again, thank you!
good discernmentBy : Ralf Meister On November 6th 2020
Nearly ten years ago, I was doing jail ministry. Every time in there, some inmates asked me to pray for them as I was leaving. Each time I answered: "I will pray as the Spirit leads me."
A few years later, a close relative was dying from the effects of cancer treatment. My mother asked me to pray for that loved one. I tried, but felt like my prayers were just bouncing back down from the ceiling. Soon, and to my very surprise, I heard Yehovah speak: "I do not want to hear any prayers on behalf of that man."
When we have fellowship and someone asks to pray for him or her on a certain matter, I always ask the person to lead the prayer as they know the subject matter best and then the rest may join in as the receive word from God or simply agree with the supplication spoken.
The Names of GodBy : Chuck Clift On November 6th 2020
I have found in prayer that it is just as important what you pray as to which face or name of God that the prayer is directed to. One can have a clue on how God is looking too resolve a problem based upon whether The Father, Jesus or the Holy Spirit is addressing the issue. Considering which face of God concerns himself with the issue one is praying about grabs his attention.
I don''t study false religions, so I am not an expert on this, but I know that there are 99 names of Allah. The muslims have prayer beads for each name. I am just guessing that they all know what each name means, and may will direct their prayers to that entity.
LIkewise, all of us should know all the names of God and what they mean.
Baby Blessin The Names of God (in the free download section) is (in my opinion) of one of Arthurs best works. I highly recommend it as it has made my prayers more effective.
Useless Smog vs. Fragrant SmokeBy : Gordon Haggerty On November 6th 2020
“...a useless smog of words...” versus a fragrant smoke arising from a well-tended altar. Well done, Daniele.
When not to Pray.By : Connie Hopp On November 6th 2020
I soooo appreciate hearing about Daniele with her prayer discernment. Such confidence in Her place of advancing the kingdom.
I desire to have more of the Holy Spirit led confirmation of what is
His choosing for each prayer request. It is encouraging to know of her journey in this.
I ask for MORE of Him, my creator!
when not to prayBy : Edith Buller-Breer On November 6th 2020
Thx Daniele & Arthur. I can share a recent example I had...
Our church was helping to plant another church & I signed up for the prayer team. After some months, in an email to the new young pastor, I mentioned that I didn't pray daily for him/his list of needs, but I did pray whenever the Spirit brought these things to my mind. My perception of his response was that he wasn't quite sure he could depend on me...
I wasn't willing to move back into "rote" praying - it's so much better & meaningful praying when the Spirit calls me to pray for something or someone!
Thank youBy : JoAnn Zepp On November 6th 2020
And Arthur knew how and when to share this.
Rock on Danièle!By : Pamela Beauvais On November 6th 2020
Celebrating this with gusto! I so appreciate wisdom, especially in this context and I appreciate your taking notice and calling it out, Arthur.
Thank you Danièle for wise intercession and thanks Arthur for showing us and helping us learn!
When not to prayBy : Joy Clulow On November 6th 2020
This message is really helpful and has helped to confirm that praying when something ‘springs up’ in my spirit or my spirit is ignited by Holy Spirit to pray, is okay, and how it’s meant to be. Or have I misunderstood the point here?
I have to admit (gulp) that I inwardly cringe when someone asks me to pray for a specific thing. If I AM asked by someone to pray about a particular thing, I find I need to ‘listen’ to my spirit and/or need to ask Holy Spirit what to pray and go from there.
But there’s no mistaking when I’m given something specific to pray (from Holy Spirit).
I think I’ve got some way to go though before I can openly say to someone “This one is not mine”.
Avoid grenade launching of unprecise prayers for taking gained authority aims as sharpshooter insteadBy : Dietrich Podehl On November 6th 2020
WOW, Danièle way to go! Thankyou!
Wording an important issue AND by setting a great example! Seems to be a big part of explaining quite a few fails-losses-mistakes of my past prayers-interceding!
Blessings Danièle and Arthur!
When not to prayBy : Adel forsythe On November 6th 2020
Thank you Arthur, that was helpful. If I feel compelled to pray and not wait until He gives me my part, it becomes a burden. Thanks for the reminder.
When not to prayBy : NadiaD On November 6th 2020
Oooooo this is really great! I bless you and your sharp shooting skills Daniele and I'm thankful for your story. I too have things jump out at me in the spiritual world and drive me to my knees while other things I can pray for but I just don't have that spirit fire. This encourages me to pay more attention to the leading of the Holy Spirit and not feel guilty about the pulling of man. Thank you again.
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Sharp Shooter in PrayerBy : Jen On November 6th 2020
OMGoodness!!!! Thank you so much for sharing this insight! Guilt be gone!
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Wisdom in IntercessionBy : Rene Kirstein On November 6th 2020
Wow! Thanks for this. I have always judged myself when my spirit is not moved for many calls to prayer. But then when I am moved, I see the answers to my simplest prayer. Now I know to just rest and wait.
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when NOT to prayBy : Cyndi On November 5th 2020
Definitely a discipline, when one hungers to pray, to stop, and listen, and then walk on in what you hear the Spirit direct. Wanting to pray with discernment is so much more than just praying for all that crosses our path. The enemy knows our giftings and heart, and loves to distract and subvert. Danielle, you're in a wiser place
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When not to prayBy : Cheryl Luppnow On November 5th 2020
"But while she is all in, in terms of her heart, she knows on the spirit level that she is a sharpshooter." is profound for me as now it may explain why different situations at different times light up for me to pray about. One situation moves me and a similar situation won't stir my spirit at all at another time. I don't pray people "out of" a situation that may be Father-filtered and productive pain and self induced, enabling is just not "my thing". May Father guide me to be more accurate in my sharpshooting ability.
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Sharpshooter WisdomBy : Cynthia Harris On November 4th 2020
Rock on, Danièle. The wisdom and discipline to refrain from carpet bombing intercession is something that I am working to learn. Thanks for setting a high bar for us!