The Divine Antidote

Intercession

Spiritual Renewal Through Prayer

The Divine Antidote

The praying church should not limit the length of her dedication to intercession. God is looking for a life of prayer, not just a season. If the duration of time required to bring change can stop us, it is obvious that the preparatory work in our hearts is not deep enough to draw
divine intervention.

How does all this relate to revival? Spiritual renewal is the divine antidote for our cities and our nation. It is God’s answer to all who cry unceasingly in conventional prayer to Him for help.

Francis Frangipane

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Jesus Challenges our Concept of Church Leadership

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Jesus Challenges our Concept of Church Leadership

A week on prayer with Francis Frangipane Day 3

Church history began with her leadership devoted to the Word of God and prayer (Acts 2:32, 6:4). Every day the leaders gathered to pray and minister to the Lord (Acts 3:1). In this clarity of vision and simplicity of purpose, the church of Jesus Christ never had greater power or capacity to make true disciples. These men and women revealed the purity of the kingdom of God.

Today, however, our qualifications for church leadership include almost everything but devotion to God’s word and prayer. Leaders are expected to be organizers, counselors, and individuals with winning personalities whose charms alone can draw people.

In Luke 18, Jesus challenges our modern traditions. He asks, “When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?” His question is a warning to Christians who would limit the power of God at the end of the age. Jesus is calling us to resist the downward pull of our traditions; He is asking us individually, “Will I find faith in you?”

Before we respond, let us note that Jesus associates faith with “day-and-night” prayer.

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A Week with Francis Frangipane on Prayer Day Two

Intercession

What Our Nation Suffers From

Our nation is suffering from a deep social and moral collapse. If we ever needed God’s anointing it is now, but where are God’s elect? Where are the people whom Daniel says “know their God,” those who “will display strength and take action” (Daniel 11:32)?

Is there no one divinely empowered who can fell the Goliaths of our age? Perhaps we need to only look in our bathroom mirror. If you believe in Jesus and are desperate for God, you qualify as one of God elect. Remember, in the widow and adjust judge (Luke 18), the widow typifies Christ’s chosen.

Francis Frangipane

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A Week with Francis Frangipane on Prayer Day 1

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A Week with Francis Frangipane
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Becoming a House of Prayer

Approximately two thousand years ago, a decree was issued from the judgment seat of God. It provided “legal” protection for the church against the devil. Indeed, when Jesus died for our sins, the “ruler of this world” was judged (John 16:11). Our debts were nailed to Christ’s cross and canceled; principalities and powers were disarmed. Because of Jesus, we have a legal right not only to be protected from our enemy but to triumph over him(in prayer) (Col. 2:13-15).

The sacrifice of Christ was so complete and the judicial decision
from God against Satan so decisive that divine protection, enough
to cover even the entire church in a city, has been granted.
(See Revelation 3:10.) Christ’s death is the lawful platform upon
which the church rises to do spiritual warfare; His Word is the eternal sword we raise against wickedness. Having said that, we must also acknowledge that the church has only rarely walked in such victory since the first century. Why? The answer is this: To attain the protection of Christ, the church must embrace the intercession of Christ. We must become a house of prayer.

Francis Frangipane

Who is Francis Frangipane?
Francis Frangipane is a Christian evangelical minister and author. He is the founding pastor of River of Life Ministries in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States. In 2002, he also launched an international, online school called In Christ’s Image Training (ICIT). This training lays a foundation of truth based on four principal themes: Christlikeness, humility, prayer and unity. ICIT has students in over one hundred fifteen nations and territories and in all 50 U.S states. Additionally, over the past decades, Frangipane has served on a number of other ministry boards. In his more simplified life now, Frangipane is devoting himself to prayer and the ministry of God’s word.
Francis Frangipane has an active partnership with the Mission America Coalition, consisting of leaders from 81 denominations and over 400 ministries and networks. He is also a welcomed teacher in various Charismatic and Evangelical church settings, in both the black and white communities. He is a prolific author and writer. His books, The Place of Immunity, The Divine Antidote, and The Power of Covenant Prayer, are classics in spiritual writings.

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The Place of Immunity

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The Place of Immunity

Considering the size of God’s promises, it is actually a misfortune that most of us have no more time than a few minutes of devotions each day and a church service or two a week. The secret place in prayer and communion with our God is not a place to come and visit now and then, but a dwelling. For those who dwell with God, His presence is not merely our refuge, it is a permanent address.

This place of communion of heart between Christ and His bride is the place of immunity. It is God’s shelter from the distress and distractions of life. Here, He tells us what to pray; and here our prayers are answered.

Francis Frangipane

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Understanding God’s Delays Francis Frangipane Part Three

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Our Heavenly Judge will not delay long over His elect, but He will delay. In fact, God’s definition of “speedily” and ours are not always synonymous. The Lord incorporates delays into His overall plan: Delays work perseverance in us. So Crucial is endurance to our character development that God is willing to delay even important answers to prayer to facilitate our transformation.

Thus, we should not interpret divine delays as a sign of divine reluctance. Delays are tools to perfect our faith. Christ is looking to find a tenacity in our faith that prevails in spite of delays and setbacks. He seeks to create a perseverance within us that outlasts the test of time, a resolve that actually grows stronger during delays. When the Father see this quality of persistence in our faith, it so touches His heart that He grants “legal protection” to His people.

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Francis Frangipane on Prayer Part Two

God’s Help Through Prayer

The qualifications for spiritual leadership today include almost everything but devotion to God’s word and prayer. Leaders are expected to be organizers, counselors, and individuals with winning personalities whose charm alone can draw people. In Luke 18, Jesus challenges our modern traditions. He asks, “When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” (v.8). His question is a warning to Christians who would limit the power of God at the end of the age. Jesus is calling us to resist the downward pull of our traditions. He is asking us individually, “Will I find faith in you?”

Before we respond, let us note that Jesus associates faith with “day and night” prayer (Luke 18:7). He is not asking, “Will I find correct doctrines in you?” the Lord’s question does not so much concern itself with right knowledge as with right faith. What we believe is important, but how we believe is vital in securing the help of God.

Indeed, procuring the supernatural help of God is exactly the point of Jesus’ parable in Luke 18. His intent was to show that “at all times” we ought to pray and not to lose heart” (Luke 18). To illustrate the quality of faith He seeks, He followed His admonition with a parable about a certain widow who petitioned a hardened judge for “legal protection” (v.3). Although the judge was initially unwilling, yet by her “continually coming” (v.5) she gained what was legally hers.

Jesus concluded by asking: “If an unrighteous judge will respond to a widow’s persistence, shall not God avenge quickly His elect, who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them?” Jesus said, “I tell you that He will bring about justice for them speedily.” Francis Frangipane

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Francis Frangipane on Prayer God’s Plan is to Make Intercessors

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God has provided a divine antidote for every ill in the human condition; that need or wound in the soul of our communities; we must apply Christ as the cure.

            The stronghold that God provides to us as individuals has a divinely inspired, built in limitation: The Spirit of Christ, which shelters us from the enemy, also makes us vulnerable to the needs of others. As it is written, “If one member suffers, all the members suffer with it” (1 Cor. 12:26). Thus, to perfect love, God unites us to other people; to empower prayer, He allows us to be vicariously identified with the sufferings of those for whom we care. If we cease to love, we will fail to pray. Are you weary of vacillating in your prayer life? Remember the love God first gave you, whether it was for your family church, city, or nation.

            Love will identify you with those you love; it will revive your prayer, and prayer will revive your loved ones. God’s plan for you is intercession

by Francis Frangipane

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