Podcast by Ruach Breath of Life
The Vision of Glory: Spirit of Prayer 1 - track 1
The Spirit and the Bride say "Come"
I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven.
And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said,
"Come up here, and I will show you what must take place."
At once I was in the Spirit,
and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it.
And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian.
As I looked, thrones were set in place,
and the Ancient of Days took his seat.
His clothing was as white as snow;
the hair of his head was white like wool.
His throne was flaming with fire,
and its wheels were all ablaze.
A river of fire was flowing,
coming out from before His face.
Thousands upon thousands attended Him;
ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him.
The court was seated,
and the books were opened.
This vision of You in Your glory
takes me far beyond the trite and shallow,
Your voice is like the sound of rushing waters,
and Your face like the sun shining in all its brilliance.
You have opened the door
for me to come into Your exalted courts
to hear what Your Spirit exhorts;
for this is where the real decisions are made
as Your saints and angels gather round Your throne.
Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labour on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.
The Pool of Bethesda: Spirit of Prayer part 1 track 2
Music by Linda Louisa
Come up higher to seek My face;
it is not chance that has brought you to this place,
and I am waiting to meet You here.
High and mighty one,
You place Your hand on us and call us secret warriors.
You pour out anointing oil from Your flask,
and appoint us for a season to specific tasks.
It is here in your courts that I see how You hold
all things together by Your sovereignty –
and the profound and perfect interconnectedness
of Your plans and purposes.
And just as You move the seasons forward,
so Your guidance comes successively
as and when we need to know it.
Lord Your Word reminds us that all things are ours (1 Cor 3:21)
whatever we do or do not own;
Establish in us the balance between simple spontaneity
and profound inner order.
Place us in teams and trysting places where we can develop
the strategies that will best direct and envelop our days,
and cause the Spirit of prayer to draw near
When condemnation snags my soul,
restrain my fears and lift me to a higher plane again.
Remove the shackles of my fear:
the overweight of former years,
and the shock of heavy stumbling blocks;
for You delight to gather a mighty harvest
from even our simplest prayers.
You love to see us immersing all we do,
and everyone You lead us to,
in the light that comes from You.
In all things we extend earnest prayer,
wrapped in the fragrance of thanksgiving.
Release afresh the freedom of the Spirit’s tears
in the spirit of eternal prayer.
Overcome the peril of false attachments,
until we truly want what You most want;
for You miss us when we put anyone or anything ahead of You.
As we crystallise Your victories on this home run
we celebrate the battles You have won;
and when we fall and stumble,
help us not to crumble but to start again;
for Your ability to forgive
is so much greater than ours to fail.
Ancient of Days, we rejoice in these moments You accord,
when You direct seeming coincidences from the centre of Your throne;
initiatives that love alone interprets and inspires,
that lead toward Your throne.
The writer to the Hebrews reminds us that we have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. We’ve come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect – and to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant.
I am with you today Lord Jesus, by the pool of Bethesda
and You delight to share this time in the cool of the day
not just to prepare me for some coming trial,
but because even in the thick of the action
You seek companions who share and understand Your heart.
I am with you today, Lord Jesus, by the pool of Bethesda
and I need no angel to trouble the water on behalf of Your daughter,
for the King of Kings has placed springs within my soul.
Lord of the still calm waters of this healing pool,
You surround me with a love
that confounds all hostile stares
rescues me from deadly snares,
and gives me the grace to endure in tribulation
as in wealth
– and a peace that passes understanding,
which the world can neither give nor take away.
The Host of Heaven: Spirit of Prayer part 1 track 3
One Thing I ask by Francis Cummings
The Lord’s angels are closer than we think,
strong to deliver God's help those who are on the brink
May our spirits be still and pure enough
to catch glimpses of them in action
and to follow any commands they direct our way.
Lord, we speak in Shetland of hamefaring,
when thousands with links to the islands
make their way home
for a poignant and joyful reunion;
and we too are hamefaring;
making our way to Heaven
where innumerable saints
are pouring out their praise
to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
And we, by grace, dwell in the company of
this great cloud of witnesses
whose prayers live on –
for He is the God of the living, and not the dead,
and we by grace share communion
with this heavenly throng.
Teach us what it means to enter this sacred sanctuary,
as Your Spirit shows us more of what it means
to live with the nearness of the Host of Heaven.
One thing I ask of the LORD,
this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
and to seek Him in His temple.
Knowing the eternal reward that awaited You
You were prepared to leave
the riches of Your heavenly home –
as the vanguard for a thousand million souls
who would also serve the largely unappreciative,
and suffer at their hands.
Even so may we Your followers
check from time to time
whether what we are doing
really is of eternal worth:
loving Jesus, and serving those for whom He died.
Lord of my Life: Spirit of Prayer part 1 track 4
Lord of my Life
Words and Music by Carol Sampson
My Master, my Friend, my Brother
Saviour, Redeemer and Lord
My father, my King, my High Priest in Him
my Peace and Refuge in the storm
My Rock, my Fortress, my Deliverer
My Shield, my Salvation, my Strength
My Shepherd, my Healer, my Joy and my Peace
My Hope and the Light of my Life
You are the Lord of my life
and in You I'm alive
and I set my gaze on You
trust only in You
hide Your Word in my heart.
Lord of my life
I receive Your Love: Spirit of Prayer part 1 track 5
Music by Linda Louisa
This is a prayer for those who are going through times of near intolerable pressure.
If the Lord is moving the stage sets of our lives around,
it is only because He is changing the scenery –
and by His mercy the new scenarios will be good.
By His grace may we let Him do whatever it takes to keep us moving forward.
To those who are feeling overwrought and pummelled,
and only just keeping going,
the Lord says,
Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,'
says the LORD Almighty.
"What are you, O mighty mountain? You will become level ground.
Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of `God bless it! Grace to it!’
“Don’t despise the day of small beginnings!”
My children, many have come
and many have gone
without finding the place of inner release.
There are reasons for the blocks that keep them
from standing on the Rock.
Some plans miscarry through
failing to seek My plans and purposes;
and insufficient tarrying in My presence.
So come, My child,
over the shards, through the narrow places
and across the broad slow plains
until you find some quickening ray as you pray;
for I too am paying a heavy cost
to keep you in the fray.
Lord, with joy I receive Your love,
for nothing else can satisfy my heart,
and nothing less shall fill my day.
I receive Your love;
deep within my soul.
You do not give us a spirit of timidity,
but of power and love and self control.
Rally our defences when the devil intrudes;
challenge our complacency
when we are tempted to go our own way.
You want us to seek You,
even in the most ordinary of events.
Therefore as you go,
may you know His power in your life;
as you live, may you yield up more of your heart
and so receive His love –
which nurtures like a mother
and teaches like a father.
Shepherd of our souls: Spirit of Prayer part 1 track 6
Celtic 1 by Francis Cummings
Lord Jesus by Your birth
You earthed eternal love
and sparked something new in each heart that You touched.
The heart of the downcast disciples burned within them
as You joined them on the road to Emmaus.
Just so do You shepherd our souls,
exalting the humble
but leaving the proud to stumble;
for nine times out of ten
the essence of judgement lies less in some external act
than in the silent shrivelling of the soul.
Not knowing all You can do in the hearts of excluded ones,
the teachers of the law browbeat those they regarded as scum;
but You exalted them to be the salt and light of the world.
Since You delight to evoke some higher way of seeing
help us to tease out hidden gifts and talents
in the hearts of valiant souls.
It is the way of love,
and its deepest pain,
that one partner often loves more than the other –
and this is still more true for You, Lord.
Help me play my part to requite,
at least in part, this love
that never shrinks from pouring out
so much in return for so little.
Lord Jesus, You know what I must do
to further Your work in my soul.
Don’t let me skimp on spending time with You,
or walk with a spiritual limp;
If I have allowed anything to die within my soul,
reclaim that ground and fan the gift into flames –
for You are my pilot through all my reefs and griefs.
Lord Jesus, You know what You must do
to further Your work in the heart of the Church.
Don’t let us skimp on spending time with You,
or walk with a spiritual limp;
We dedicate the projects You would have us undertake –
orchestrate them to Your pulsating glory;
for You are our pilot through all our reefs and griefs.
Increase the scope of our concern
and send us where You will –
but may we always have a special heart
for the oppressed, misunderstood,
And when our particular race is run,
You will welcome us to our place,
removing every trace of all that is misplaced;
for everything goes deeper
as we deepen by Your grace.