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As we shared yesterday, even the weather is bearing witness to God’s word and work for 2015. Whirlwinds are coming for sure. But the Lord is saying to watch for the mantle in the whirlwind. Because this year His “turnaround mantle” is being released.
Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind, and his mantle was released from the whirlwind to his spiritual son Elisha. In a recent vision, the Lord showed me the speed of this transaction. A huge tornado came before me, and I saw from below two feet in sandals, rapidly ascending. Almost instantly I saw a cloak, or mantle, released back down.
Many spiritual transactions this year will occur very quickly! Beloved, it’s very wise to prepare now for what the Lord has prepared for you, so that you can respond effectively when the window fully opens. It’s why we’re taking these 21 days to pray, fast, to seek God’s face, and to become forerunners of His promised turnaround.
Turnaround Tuesdays! Praying for Friends & Family
Maybe that’s why I feel so stirred in the invitation I am about to offer you. Today through the end of the year, we’re asking you to devote every Tuesday to targeted intercession for family and friends who need a turnaround from the Lord!
Turnaround Tuesdays. Easy to remember. Definitely has a ring to it!
Jolene and I want to suggest that you take every Tuesday to pray in a sustained way for your children, spiritual and natural, and for family and friends the Lord highlights to you.
Don’t go broad, but instead be specific. God wants them to be redeemed and restored to the right path. He wants to grant them a turnaround!
A Time for Hearts to Turn
And in process, He wants us to become forerunners of a fuller release of the “Elijah anointing” this year. Remember that this anointing brings a turnaround. He turns the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to the fathers.
“Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD. “He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse” (Malachi 4:6).
The gospel writer Luke quotes from Malachi in prophesying about John the Baptist. Remember that John was a first-fruit and prototype of many more forerunners as we draw near to the Day of the Lord.
“It is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers back to the children, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as to make ready a people prepared for the Lord” (Luke 1:17).
From now from the end of the year, lets devote ourselves to prayer for our children, our family, our friends. And in process, our very intercession will be forerunning the fuller release of this “Elijah anointing!”
The Turnaround Mantle—Breaking the Siege!
Lets close by exploring the impact this “turnaround mantle” can have. Sometime after Elisha received Elijah’s mantle, Samaria became besieged by a foreign army. It was so bad that people were starving to death—even eating their own children to survive. Suddenly Elisha appeared on the scene, and declared an end to the siege.
Friends, it’s important to see where and how your family and friends have been under siege—and where your children have been devoured. Maybe they’re fine physically, but in the spiritual realm no meat has penetrated through to nourish them. They are starving due to the void of God’s breakthrough intervention.
God wants to break their siege! And one authentic word from the Lord, backed by your intercession, can make all the difference.
It’s time to break the enemy’s siege! That’s why Daniel fasted and prayed for 21 days, as recorded in Daniel 9. It’s why we’re fasting and praying today.
Deliverance from Ungodly Counsel
When the prophet released God’s turnaround, one of the king’s officials protested. He nearly blew it for everybody.
“The royal officer on whose hand the king was leaning answered the man of God and said, “Behold, if the Lord should make windows in heaven, could this thing be?” Then he said, “Behold, you will see it with your own eyes, but you will not eat of it” (2 Kings 7:2).
Note that this is still happening today. We need to pray governmentally not just for our leaders, but for their advisors. For real. And we need to pray for our family and friends as well—that they receive the true counsel of the Lord and are rescued from the defiled influence of ungodly advisors.
When the Windows of Heaven Open…
Though the royal official mis-spoke, he still shared a primary key to any turnaround. The windows of heaven must open, and then the turnaround is released. And that is exactly what we’re after today.
The good news is that 2015 is a year of open windows. Judgment is being rendered in your favor as you pray. And the armies of heaven will be released to enforce God’s verdict. Revelation 19:11 conveys this extraordinary process:
And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war… He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses…
Lets access these windows and follow His lead. Turnaround Tuesdays, here we come!