We are entering into a season of Harvest praying! This is the time that we are to be watching NEW DOORS FORM. To “form” means to develop or mold the shape or outline of something, or to give meaning, character or nature to something.
Another way of thinking about a season of formation is to see something(including the conditioning of our mind and body in regard to their mental performance) as it will be in days ahead. A forming season includes conceiving, training, and disciplining. This phase denotes the arrangement of the part of a thing that gives its distinctive appearance.
A key scripture reference during this Season of Pentecost, the festival where a first-fruits offering of the Harvestwas made, is 1 Corinthians 16:8. Paul purposed to stay at Ephesus until Pentecost, because an effectual door was opened to him for his ministry.
This was what the Lord showed me when He visited me in December:
Many enemies are behind this door that is forming, but the Lord says: “Do not focus on your enemies during this season, but watch the door form and be ready to enter into this newopportunity. I will give you grace over your enemies.” This is the time for a major conversion of souls.
Ephesians 6:12 reminds us, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
Not only should we be praying for our cities and nations at thistime, but we are at the peak of praying for our mission to the 40/70 Window. This is the time to pray in a way that the Spirit of God will invade nations. As we pray, new doors form!
The person in the Bible that has affected my prayer life the most, other than Jesus, is Daniel. I just love how he operated in victory in Babylon. He was truly “in the world, but not of it.” He was disciplined,sensitive, consistent, uncompromising, bold, supernatural, attentive to the past, but always pressing toward God’s expected end for the people of Israel.
He understood how prophecy was important in our prayer lives. He knew we had to use the prophecies spoken, to war for our future! Take, for example, the situation when Jeremiah prophesied that the people of Israel would go into captivity, butwould be released in 70 years. Daniel uncovered the prophetic writings of Jeremiah while Israel was still held captive in Babylon. He learned that Jerusalem must lie desolate for 70 years, and that 70-year period had now come to an end.
Because of Jeremiah’s prophetic declaration, Daniel knew that now was the time to act. Jeremiah’s understanding of the future had turned into a “now” word forDaniel. So, Daniel did four specific things to bring an end to Israel’s captivity:
1. He prayed and fasted. Jeremiah was specific in saying that the Lord would turn a deaf ear to His people for 70 years. Now, however, Daniel knew that the kairos time had come to beseech the Lord for an end to captivity.
2. He repented for himself and his people. Daniel confessed and repented not only forhis own sin, but for the sins, iniquities, and failures of the Israelites that resulted in their captivity in the first place.
3. He received an angelic visitation. God honored Daniel’s efforts and sent His archangel, Michael. After three weeks of prayer, fasting, and repentance, an angel appeared to Daniel to tell him what was written in the “Book of the Future.” In other words, he toldDaniel what would happen to his people.
4. He received revelation of the future. Because of Jeremiah’s prophecy, Daniel understood the times in which he was living. Because he understood the times, he saw his window of opportunity and began to seek the Lord with great fervency. When he did, he gained an understanding of the future God had for his people, and through obedience to God’s commands,...