Enter Into Thy Chamber

Isaiah 26:20

Come, my people, enter thou into thy chamber, and shut thy door about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast

The Lord was calling His people to come to a more excellent place with Him. Today the Lord once again desires His people to enter the chamber and spend private time with Him in His presence. He is calling His people to a closer walk with Him. The Lord desires that we come to a place where we can spend time with Him in His presence. It is always a beautiful thing when we all come together to pray and worship. Yet, there also needs to be time set aside that you can spend with the Lord. Real communion is to have fellowship with the Lord. During this time, we build our relationship with Him. This gives Him the chance to be able to speak to us and to deal with us on a personal level so that we may become more lively members of His body. We must always seek to enter into His presence to taste the sweetness of the Lord. As we spend time with Him, He is able to reveal Himself to us. Coming to Him in the private chamber accomplishes many things our lives. Entering into the presence of God will cause us to become humble. We could not come into His great presence without realizing how small we really are. He is high and mighty God. All power is in His hands. We are nothing without Him. For Him to love us, is indeed an amazing thing. It is a sign that a person has not been in the presence of the Lord when that person is high minded or exalts himself.

There are many misconceptions about the Lord because people do not see the need to spend time in His presence. I was at a prayer meeting one time, and a man said, “We need to find out what would make God want to spend time with us.” God created man for His own pleasure. The reason that we exist is that He desires to spend time with us. The real fact is that man has little or no time to spend with God. He is waiting for us to make time for Him. I had never called on His name when He answered and said, “Not now, I cannot be bothered.” Whenever I have called on Him, He has always been there for me.

The verse says, hide thyself. When we spend time with the Lord in His presence, we build a hedge of protection around us. The only place that we can find refuge is in the Lord. We are safe as we hide in Him, and that security stays with us. This means that the enemy may rage against us, but he cannot touch us. The enemy will not be able to get through the hedge of protection.

In Psalms 91:1-2 it says, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust.” David found this very precious place with the Lord. He knew how to enter into the presence of God. The time that he spent praying and magnifying the Lord caused him to be able to dwell in the secret place. This was the only place that David knew he could find refuge. He knew that if he put his trust in the Lord, the Lord would deliver him. Psalms 18:17 tells us, “He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me.” Through the testimony of David’s life, we know that God did hear his cry and did preserve his life. Even when the enemy was too strong for David, the Lord kept him. This is the place that God desires for us to be in, a place where we are so in touch with His presence that we trust in Him to be our refuge and our fortress. If we find this secret place in Jesus, we will be able to believe in Him to deliver us from our enemy, even if the enemy is too strong for us. It does not matter what form the enemy takes to come against us. When God’s people have trouble trusting in the Lord, it is because they have not entered into the chamber to spend time in His presence. Therefore, they cannot believe in the Lord to take care of them, and so they trust in man. The more time spent in the presence of the Lord, the surer you become in knowing that the Lord will hear and answer you.

Psalm 18:6 says, “In my distress, I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: He heard my voice out of His temple, and my cry came before Him, even into His ears” We can know that He will hear us. The more time spent in His presence, the closer we are to Him. Then we are able to come quickly into His presence in the time of need. In Psalm 64:1 it says, “Hear my voice, O’God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.” If we fear the enemy. It means that we do not trust that God is able to keep us. Fear causes the people of God to not be able to trust Him; therefore, they are not able to enter into the victory. We must find the secret place in His presence. As we come to Him, the enemy will not be able to hide from us what he is doing. The Lord will show us what needs to be done and strength will come to us. Only in His presence will we find peace. The fear will leave, and the victory will come.

Psalm 27:4-6 says, “One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple. For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion: in the secret of His tabernacle shall He hide me; He shall set me up upon a rock. And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore, will I offer in His tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord.” David’s only desire was to dwell in the House of the Lord, to be in God’s presence to behold His beauty, and to inquire of Him. If this could be our only desire, what glory we would see. Many want to dwell with the Lord someday when this life is over. The Psalmist desired to live in the house of the Lord all of his life. I do not want to wait until I leave the body or until some unknown date in the future. I desire to dwell with Him in His house. I wish to stay in His incredible presence today and every day from now throughout eternity. David knew that the Lord would hide him from those that wanted to destroy him. The sixth verse says that his head was lifted up above his enemies that were around about him. This means that we can see all that the enemy is doing. They may be all around, but nothing can be hidden from us. We are high above the battle so that nothing will be able to touch us. David offered sacrifices of joy and sang songs of praise to the Lord. This is one of the most critical parts of our relationship with the Lord. No matter what we are going through, we must continue to sing praises unto the Lord. We have to let the joy of the Lord come forth and cause strength to come to us.

The presence of God will reveal to us the things He is not pleased with in our lives. In the second chapter of the book of Revelations, the Lord speaks of the seven churches. He tells the good things about each church. Then He says, “But, I have a few things against thee.” He tells them the things that He is not pleased with. He gives them warning to repent and turn from their wicked ways. Now, these were the churches that had done wonderful works for the Lord. Many of them had suffered persecution for the gospel. Yet, there were some things that they were doing that the Lord was not pleased with. He desired that they change so that they would not be lost.

Today we need to ask the Lord if He has a few things against us. We might be doing outstanding work in His name. Yet, maybe there is something within us that He is not pleased with. It is time to ask the Lord to let us know what He has against us so that we can get those things out of the way. We need to spend time in the presence of the Lord and let Him take those things out of our lives.

Why must we allow God to make the change of nature in our lives? Because these things that are in us are harmful to us, the Kingdom of God, and the kind of witness that we are to those around us. In the Old Testament God instructed the children of Israel to kill out the giants that were in the land. They did not do what God had told them to do. Instead, they left a remnant of the giants. Later, we see the children of giants rise up against Israel. In I Samuel 17, Goliath rose up against Israel and would have destroyed them if God had not raised up David and put the victory in His hands. In 2 Samuel 21:16, the giant Ishbibenob rose up and almost killed David. In 2 Samuel 21: 18-19, Saph and the brother of Goliath rose up against Israel. Then another giant rose up against Israel. In 2 Samuel 21:22 we are told, “These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants.” If Israel had destroyed the Giants in the beginning as God had instructed them to do, there would have been no giants to rise up against Israel.

When there are things in our lives that are not pleasing to the Lord, we must let Him take them out of the way. God wants to give us the victory over those things in our lives that would destroy us. If we do not allow this to take place in our lives, later those things will rise up and try to destroy us just like the giants. These things can seem like giants. They can appear so big and so strong that there is no way you can overcome them. These giants will try to destroy what God has done in your life. It is better to get the Giants out of the way as soon as the Lord reveals the problem. The only way we are going to win the victory is by entering into our closet and spending time in the presence of the Lord. Grab hold of the Lord and do not let go until the victory comes. Do not fight against what God desires to do. Instead, wrestle with Him to win the victory. The victory will come. Do not let anyone make you believe that you cannot overcome. Jesus overcame death, hell and the grave. He rose from the dead so that we may have life. At that time, He won the battle for us. When we accept Jesus and the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues, we receive the power to overcome. We need to believe and walk in the victory that He has won for us.

In Genesis 32:24-30, Jacob wrestled with the Lord until morning. Jacob had not received what he desired. He held onto the Lord and did not let Him go until the Lord blessed him. Jacob needed a special blessing from the Lord. In the twenty-eighth verse, we see that the Lord changes his name from Jacob to Israel. Anytime the Lord makes a change in the names of people throughout the Bible, it shows a change of nature. Jacobs nature had been changed; therefore, his name was changed to Israel.

Many times, people enter into prayer because they are in need of something. Jacob went to the Lord for one thing, but what he received is what he really needed. He needed a change in his nature and the blessing of the Lord. When people enter into prayer, they often pray for a short time. When they do not receive what they prayed about, they go away accepting that this is God’s will for them. Sometimes we have to grab hold onto the Lord and not let go until the change in our nature comes. We must stay in His presence and allow Him to bring forth what is pleasing in His sight. The Bible says that Jacob wrestled with the Lord, not against the Lord. This shows us that when we come into the presence of the Lord, we should not fight against what He desires to bring forth in us. The Lord wants to bring change in our lives. We must allow those changes to take place. During the time that we are in His presence, we must wrestle with Him, not against Him. As we wrestle with Him, we join Him in the fight against those things in our lives that are not pleasing to Him. The more time that we spend in His presence, the more remarkable victory we have over the old nature, and the change takes place.

-Rebekah Rankin

If My People Pray


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Rebekah Rankin

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

II Chronicles 7:14

What a glorious day it will be when the people of God get a vision to pray for our land. Every time the people of God pray things change; however, in the scripture we see that to pray alone is not enough to turn a nation. There are principles in the word of God for us to follow. First, we know that it is up to the people of God. Only those who have taken the name of Jesus and walk in the power of the Holy Ghost can make the difference. It is not essential what the people in the world are doing. They do not decide which way things go. Only the Lord has the power to change things. He makes changes according to the hearts of His people. If his people are willing to fight the battle in the natural, then He will let them have man’s decision. But, if the people of the Lord will battle in the Spirit according to the plan of God, then the victory will be even better than we could even think possible.

The first thing this scripture tells the people of the Lord to do is to humble themselves. To be humble is what a true intercessor must be. For the life of an intercessor is a life of praying in secret. They pray in secret and the Lord answers openly. The intercessor does not get to be seen of men, for they are not in the spotlight. They are only in the glorious light of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible says, “And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” Matthew 6:5-6

To be humble means that some are going to have to be willing to say, Lord, I was wrong. The way that I am going, the things that I am doing are not working, Lord, show me what it is that you desire for me to do. That brings us back to the second thing, to seek His face. We need to stop asking for what we want and begin to find out what the Lord wants from us. To seek the face of the Lord is to find out what His perfect will is for our lives. Then we need to line up to His plan and begin to walk in the will of God. God’s plan never is man’s plan. He has better things for His people than we would plan for ourselves. When we begin to seek the Lord, we begin to build a relationship with Him. How can we get to know Him as He desires us to know Him when we do all the talking? We must listen to all that He has to say. Moses spoke to God face to face as a friend to friend. He desires this kind of a relationship with His people.

Next, it says, “turn from their wicked ways.” What is a wicked way? It is any way that is not God’s way. Many people are walking outside of their true calling. They have ministries and are doing good works in the name of the Lord; however, if what they are doing is not the will of God for their life then it is a wicked way. There are many people today who have been put in places of authority in the church just because of money and television, or there was a vote that gave them a title. A title in the church means nothing if God has not given His anointing to it. Some people do not want to do ministry that they have been called to do; so they decide whatever they want to do without ever asking the Lord if it is His will for their life. Some never do any kind of ministry they only support someone who is doing the same type of calling that they are called to do. Then there are those who never bother to ask God what He wants them to do. They run around doing whatever they want and expect Him to bless it.

In the book of Revelations, the Lord admonishes the seven churches then He says, “But, I have a few things against thee.” He was pleased with what they were doing that was according to His plan, but the things that were not according to His plan He was not pleased with. As we seek the face of the Lord, He is faithful to reveal to us the things that He is not pleased with. Then it is up to us to turn from the way that is not pleasing to the Father.

Mark 11:24 tells us, “Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and ye shall have them.” When we pray in the Spirit our desire changes from what we want to what the father wants. He makes His will known to us and changes the desire of our hearts. These are the things that the Lord wants us to believe for because this is what He will bring forth. We only have to receive His will and believe that He is faithful to bring it forth. It is time to find out what His perfect will is for our lives and to begin to walk according to the will of God.

Another wicked way would be teachings and doctrinal beliefs that do not line up with the truths of the word of God. Many times, people come to the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues and continue to hold onto teachings that they were taught in their denominations. Most of these do not even believe in the infilling of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit will lead you and guide you into all truth. So, if the Holy Spirit is to bring us into all truth how can those who do not have the Holy Spirit have it revealed to them? Well, they cannot. Many of the teachings carried over even came from people who would say those who speak in other tongues have a devil. How can they have greater truths when even the most basic things have not been revealed to them? We must seek the face of our Lord Jesus and ask Him to show the precious truths of His word. Then we must be willing to receive them and walk in them. It is time to turn from the lies that have plagued the church and to begin to walk in the truth. Then will the Lord hear from heaven and forgive His people for leaning to their own understanding and walking in their own way. Not believing the reality of the word of God is a sin because sin is unbelief. If what we think is not the truth then we have accepted a lie and walk in disbelief. Jesus is the truth. We are only going to find Jesus in the pure, undefiled truths of the word of God. He will forgive because the Lord desires to bring His people into His glory.

Finally, the scripture says that He will heal our land. This is the only way that we are going to change our nation. Now, I believe in freedom and thank the Lord Jesus for the right to vote, protest, the freedom of the press, and all the freedoms we have in the United States. I also believe that everyone that desires to should exercise these rights; however, let’s be honest with ourselves to change laws will not change the hearts of men. When a man is evil, laws will never change what is in his heart. We have many laws and men break them every day. The people of God need to get a vision to pray for the salvation of those who are lost. Not to only pray for those that we love, but to pray for the salvation of the nation. When the Lord begins to change the hearts of men, there will not be people wanting to commit abortion anymore. Better yet, maybe women will not find themselves in that kind of situation because they will want to live right and walk before the Lord pleasing in his sight.

The only answer is in Jesus and spending time in His presence. Fighting the battle man’s way is easy. It takes less time, less commitment, and the enemy doesn’t fight back very hard because the hearts of the people are not being changed. The enemy fights harder when lives are being changed and transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. When lives are changed the enemy gets mad because he is losing ground. He lost ground when the people he thought were his begin to serve the Lord. As the Lord changes the hearts of men, they are no longer servants to sin. Satan is not concerned with laws he is concerned about consuming the souls of men. The people of God must become worried about the salvation of those who are lost and get a burden to pray.

Every day that the people of God fight the battle man’s way they lose more and more ground. Because the battle is not in the natural, but in the spirit. It must be fought in the spirit through prayer. If they would fight the battle in the plan of God praying according to His will in the power of the Holy Ghost, then the hearts of the people will change, and we will see a significant move of God in the land. We will not have to vote Christians lawmakers in office because God will change the hearts of the ones that are already there.

It takes consistency and continuance to win the battle. James 5:16 says, “‘The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” This means that for your prayer to be effective we must be consistent in our prayer life. We must keep praying no matter what it looks like in the natural. Remember the battle is not physical but spiritual. Continue even when the enemy fights hard. The struggle is the most substantial right before the victory because the enemy knows he is losing.

The church wins a battle in the natural and a law is passed. A great victory. I thank the Lord for those achievements in the natural; however, it causes the church to relax. The law is changed we are holding our ground, but the hearts of men are still evil, and that evil is stilling the children of our nation. The battle will only be won when the hearts of men turn to Jesus. We must feel the Compassion of the Father and let the love of Jesus flow through us and begin to pray as never before.

The only thing that changes a nation is the salvation of its people. Salvation only comes through Jesus Christ. The Lord moves when His people begin to pray and walk according to His plan. It is time to stop going after what we want and to find out what the Lord wants from us. We must pray according to His plan, and He will change the World for His Glory.

-Rebekah Rankin