Can You See What I See


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Can You See What I See
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The book of Ezra, chapter 3, verses 11 and 12, “And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the Lord: ‘For He is good, for His mercy endures forever toward Israel.’ Then all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid. But many of the priests and Levites and heads of the fathers’ houses, old men who had seen the first temple, wept with a loud voice when the foundation of this temple was laid before their eyes. Yet many shouted aloud for joy.”

It is true, that we have largely lost the foundation of God’s house in our time being a place of prayer. It seems so hard to get back. We read the book of Acts chapter 2, and feel that what we do in comparison is so inferior to the beginnings of the church. Yet there were some there who had the eyes of faith. And my brother, my sister, if you could see what I see, you, too, would be shouting out loud for joy!

It’s time again to pray.

Pretended Victory is Defeat


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Pretended Victory is Defeat
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Isaiah chapter 36, beginning at verse 14: “Thus says the king: ‘Do not let Hezekiah deceive you, for he will not be able to deliver you; nor let Hezekiah make you trust in the Lord, saying, ‘The Lord will surely deliver us; this city will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.’ Do not listen to Hezekiah; for thus says the king of Assyria: ‘Make peace with me by a present and come out to me.'”

Now the Kingdom of Assyria conquered nations through assimilations. Their promise was, “Blend in with us, do it the way we do it, and we will allow you to live in a pretended place of victory.” Thankfully, their threat was countered by a people of prayer. The victory that came to God’s people was miraculous and could only have come from the hand of God.

Listen to me carefully—you and I need to pray again. It’s time to pray.

Checking Out of Hell’s Hotel


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Checking Out of Hell's Hotel
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Proverbs chapter 9, verses 14 to 18 says this: “For she sits at the door of her house, on a seat by the highest places of the city to call to those who pass by, who go straight on their way: ‘Whoever is simple, let him turn in here’; and as for him who lacks understanding, she says to him, ‘Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.’ But he does not know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of hell.”

So many of God’s people have been captivated by secret sins in our day. Thankfully, many are awakening and realizing where they are. Our Tuesday night prayer meeting here at Times Square Church is filling up with people who are now crying out for freedom. They’re realizing their condition—the fact that they’ve been captivated—and finally, they’re checking out of hell’s hotel.

It’s time to pray.

Answered Prayers: I’m His Child


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Answered Prayers: I'm His Child
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In our Tuesday night worldwide prayer meeting, God is healing people. He’s healing families; He’s healing personal situations.

From Florida: “Thank you for praying for my daughter. She returned home, returned back to school, and her seasonal job is keeping her part-time. Thank you, Jesus and thank you, Times Square Church, for your prayers.”

Here’s one from New York City: “I sent in a request because I was suicidal and felt worthless. The day after that I had sent it, God reminded me that I am His child. On the 20th of January 2015 in the prayer service, you all prayed for me. God bless you all, Amen!”

Thank you, Elle, for taking the time to write into us to let us know that our prayers aren’t in vain, and we know that already. Thank God for your healing, thank God for the families that are being put back together; the miracles that are beginning to happen, the healing that is flowing into people’s lives.

It’s time to pray.

Our Speech Rocks


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Our Speech Rocks
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The book of Proverbs, chapter 20, verse 17 says these words: “Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, but afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.”

Oh how we as a nation have deceived ourselves in our own sweet but faulty reasoning. We charted our own course, counseling ourselves that our disregard of history was somehow just; our defiance of God’s word was intelligent and reasoned, and our embrace of evil was a good thing. Now, just as Scripture says, “Our speech is filled with confusion.” God wants more and is searching for people who know how to speak right—people who are willing to go into that private place of prayer and bring back God and His promises that He makes towards those whose hearts are right towards Him.

It is time for you and I to pray.

Oh, How We Fail to Learn


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Oh, How We Fail to Learn
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The book Deuteronomy, chapter 28, verse 47: “Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joy and gladness of heart, for the abundance of everything, therefore you shall serve your enemies, whom the Lord will send against you. The Lord will bring a nation against you from afar, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flies, a nation whose language you will not understand, a nation of fierce countenance, which does not respect the elderly nor show favor to the young.”

True to form, history is repeating itself. Nations mock the name of God, deny His goodness, deny His warnings, and finally sit in paralysis as their enemies burst through the gate. When nations sit in the brink of a collapse of their own making, there is still one thing that can win the day. God still answers prayer.

It is time for you and I to pray.