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Ella shares the important NOW word to the Church:
Many are being called as watchmen in this hour to hear the alert and heartbeats of Heaven as we are called to pray at specific times. Nations are in uproar, families and churches are facing battles of every type but Heaven is releasing sounds of victory – if only we would flow with the heartbeat of Heaven and pray as His Spirit moves us. The destiny of our families and nations depends on our timely obedience to Heaven's alerts to pray!
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"A Call to Move With the Rhythm of Heaven"
Can You Hear the Sound?
A few years ago, I had a dream where I was in this realm of glory where many drums were beating in unison. The drums were insistent and seemed to be giving a clear message. Suddenly, I could hear the language and message of the drums. A large number of people were gathered. As I opened my mouth to speak the message I heard, everyone around me began to speak the same message! They had also been able to hear the message of the drums! It was an insistent call moving us to to action.
As I woke up from the dream, I understood that the sounds of Heaven were being released into the earth and Believers on the earth were being called to move in the same rhythm and timing of Heaven.
Our prayers will be the channel allowing us to move in unity with Heaven. These sounds of Heaven become the most beautiful prayers on our lips as we become the mouthpiece of Heaven. Heaven is calling us to pray like never before, with increased discernment and timing. As we pray with a clear mandate from Heaven, Heaven becomes unified with the earth and the will of the Father comes into manifestation on the earth. (Photo via Flickr)
There is a clarion call this hour and a sound of urgency from Heaven to discern what Heaven wants to bring on the earth. This is a pivotal time in history where families, individuals and nations need intervention from Heaven.
Discerning the Alerts to Pray!
The Lord spoke to me about several ways He is awakening His Body to be alert to the call of prayer:
1.Understanding our heavenly identity. We are called to be a house of prayer. Isaiah 56:7 says: "These I will bring to My holy mountain and give them joy in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on My altar; for My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations."
2. He wants to fine-tune our prophetic ears, vision and discernment so we can discern more accurately how to pray.
3. He is seeking to guard our hearts and vision from distractions that would hinder our call to prayer.
Amos 3:7 reveals to us that God will not do a thing without revealing it to His servants, the prophets. We can be assured that He constantly seeks to alert our spirit to direct us how to pray at all times. It's not unusual to be alerted by the Holy Spirit at certain times during the day to pray. In the Bible, the disciples would heed the call of the Holy Spirit to pray at certain times (i.e. the 3rd hour, the 6th hour etc).
I would like to share certain ways we can discern alerts from Heaven directing us on how to pray:
1. The Burden of the Lord
In the Old testament, the prophets would feel the burden of the Lord before speaking the message the Lord had for them. We can also feel the compassion of the Lord as a burden in our spirit to pray.
Here is an encouraging testimony to show how heeding a burden to pray brought deliverance. A few years ago, I was on a ministry trip in New York where I stayed in the home of an apostle and his family. On one Saturday morning, they left home to teach at their Bible school. After they left, I started feeling restless in my spirit and I soon felt an alert in my spirit akin to a burden to pray.
Praying in the spirit and in tongues helps us pray when we don't know specifically what to pray for, so I started to pray in tongues. As I prayed, I heard the Lord tell me to pray till 2 p.m. that day. God was aligning me in prayer with the timing of Heaven with what He was about to do.
Be encouraged friends, when we don't know how to pray, the Spirit helps us to pray and intercede in wordless groans (Romans 8:26). I prayed till 2 p.m. and felt a release from the prayer burden I was carrying.
Later that day, I called a friend who knew the apostle I stayed with. She told me the apostle and his family had a nasty accident on their way from Bible school when a car ran into them, damaging their car badly. Miraculously, they were unharmed. While they called the police to report the accident, another car came and hit their car, causing further damage to their vehicle though they remained unharmed.
I was amazed, as I knew I had been in prayers for them that day but the true miracle of what happened unfolded as my hosts returned home that night. I asked the apostle's wife what time the accident happened. She said the accident happened at 2 p.m.! The Lord had alerted my spirit to pray till 2 p.m. to avert the calamity planned by the enemy for that time. Although the car was damaged, it was a great miracle that there was no loss of lives.
Responding in obedience to pray as the Spirit leads can protect us for becoming casualties of war in the battle that the enemy is waging against our lives, families and nations!
2. The Sounds of Praise
Recently, I woke up with this word in my heart; "Judah will go first." Judah means "to praise" so I understood this to mean that praise will lead the way in our prayers as we heed Heaven's call to pray.
In Judges 1:2, after Joshua's death, the Israelites inquired of the Lord who will go up first against the Canaanites. The Lord answered and said Judah would go first as He had given the land into his hand. I believe Heaven is releasing an unction in our spirit to release sounds of praise that will cause victories to be released.
Here is a wonderful story to show us how praise can help us receive breakthrough. Two years ago, I was invited by a pastor in London to equip her church on evangelism. She shared on the difficulties she had experienced since renting her church building from a Freemason. Her church members started falling ill with church attendance subsequently dwindling. She also expressed how she had difficulty in ministering the Gospel in where she felt was a hard ground. She needed breakthrough from God.
I went to her church and at that evening meeting, she invited me to the pulpit to share what the Lord had laid on my heart. I stood in front of the pulpit to preach but instead the most glorious laughter erupted from my lips and I started to laugh in the spirit. This was entirely of the Lord as I had planned to speak, but the Holy Spirit in me kept expressing Himself in this language of joy and holy laughter. An atmosphere of praise entered the room and everyone started to rejoice, laugh and sing, worshiping Jesus.
Psalm 2:4 talks about the One who sits enthroned in the heavens laughing. God is not intimidated by any situation. The Lord had initiated the holy laughter to alert our spirits to the fact that it was our praise that would break through the atmosphere of demonic warfare surrounding that church. As the meeting progressed, we felt powerfully filled with the Spirit, and the church team split into groups to go out for that evening outreach session.
As we got to the street, the team I was with felt led to speak to a man who was sitting on a wall. We shared the Gospel with him and he told us he had a long standing terrible pain on his back: hence the reason he was resting. We asked if we could pray for him but he refused our prayers. He was also not interested in the Gospel we preached. The pastor came out, saw who we were talking to and told us she had ministered to him for 2 years with no success.
The man seemed to have had enough of our conversation as he resolved to get up and smoke his cigarette. As he got up, he seemed rooted to the spot and started weeping like a baby. He looked up to the sky, bent and moved his body and was in total shock as he declared all pain in his body gone. He couldn't understand why and asked which of us took the pain away from his body!
I laugh to this day whenever I remember that moment! I told him none of us prayed for him as he had refused our prayers but that the presence of God in us touched him and healed his long standing pain because of God's great love for him. I even shared the story of Paul's shadow healing folks in the Bible as I felt we were entering that era again.
Overwhelmed with the goodness of God, the man was in tears as He opened his heart in prayer to receive Jesus as his Lord and Savior. That night we kept experiencing breakthrough as we ministered to Muslims and people of other faiths. We had connected to the rhythm of praise in Heaven to release sounds of joy before going out. Praise went ahead of us to allow us to experience the move of God that night.
3. Alerts in the Night to Watch and Pray
Scripture talks about the Lord looking for watchmen. A watchman is one who stands in the gap and intercedes for others. The Lord's watchman will have the eyes of the Lord to see impending danger and will be graced with His power to avert the danger in prayer in the name of Jesus.
Can a calamity be averted from a city or nation? I believe so if we heed the alert of the Lord to watch and pray.
I feel extremely humbled to share a testimony of how God averted an impending calamity and I believe this will stir many of you reading this to intercede with great faith for your nation. Several years ago, the bird flu afflicted many with sickness in some countries outside of the U.K. During that time, I read a London newspaper where experts said that the bird flu was imminently on the way to the U.K.
One night, shortly after that report, I had a dream where I saw people falling sick with the flu and some dying as a result of it. It was a terrible dream where I felt powerless to do anything. I woke up around about 3 a.m. I asked the Lord why I felt so powerless in the dream and He told me to meditate on Philippians 2:10 on the power in His name over anything on earth, under the earth and in Heaven before I went back to sleep.
As I meditated on this Scripture, I felt an increase of authority and went back to sleep. I had the same dream where many were falling sick with flu but this time I no longer felt powerless. As I stood in an open field in the dream, I looked into the sky and saw a huge monstrous bird flying from the sky on its way to the city. (Photo via Pixabay)
I prayed and commanded the fire of God to destroy it in the name of Jesus. It kept coming closer but suddenly God's fire was released against it and the bird exploded and was destroyed. I woke up feeling such a sense of victory from the dream. I knew that a demonic entity had been destroyed.
It was a glorious testament to the power in the name of Jesus that after that dream, the bird flu did not come to the U.K. to attack any human even though experts had said its arrival was imminent at the time. The Lord moved in response to my prayer in the dream to destroy that demonic assignment. Indeed, "Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms," Ephesians 6:12.
Many are being called as watchmen in this hour to hear the alert and heartbeats of Heaven as we are called to pray at specific times. Nations are in uproar, families and churches are facing battles of every type but Heaven is releasing sounds of victory – if only we would flow with the heartbeat of Heaven and pray as His Spirit moves us. The destiny of our families and nations depends on our timely obedience to Heaven's alerts to pray! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List go here.)
Harvest of the Nations
Ella Onakoya is the founder of Harvest of the Nations. She is a full-time itinerant minister and author based in the UK who has been travelling for several years to preach a message of revival and awakening to Believers in churches; she also preaches the Gospel to the lost and unsaved in many parts of the world. The ministry also aims to equip, activate, and disciple Believers in their calling to do the works that Jesus did. As an evangelist and prophetic revivalist, Ella Onakoya travels and ministers extensively in Asia, Africa, Europe, the UK, and in America with God fulfilling His words with signs and wonders as she speaks at crusades, conferences, church revival meetings, and equipping schools.
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