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Dear Sisters in Praise,
In September of 2015 the Jewish calendar declares the end of another Shemmitha year, which happens every seven years. The last two were September,2008 and 2001.
This is the year that the Jewish people are commanded to cancel all debts. For the people of God many believe that in this year there will be a great revival and great travail. Perhaps God will cancel the debt of many unbelievers through their believing in the shred blood of Jesus God's sacrifice for the sins of the whole world.
As prayer warriors we have a huge part in what will happen this year, so let's look at Psalm 68 and find out what our praise has to do with the events of this year.
As I poured over this Psalm with all kinds of commentaries in front of me, something caught my eye. In verse 11 the Spirit says, "The Lord gave the word: Great was the company of those who proclaimed it:”. The ‘word’ is His command. The 'company' or 'host' is feminine participle, meaning that they are women. Young's Literal Translation of the Bible says, "the female are a numerous host". In the Old Testament the host may have been those who gave praise under the leadership of Miriam(Ex. 15:20,21), but since the Word of God is eternal, I believe that God is speaking to the women of City Wide Prayer every bit as much as He was referring to Miriam’s women.
Many proclamations are made about God in this psalm, but so as not to spoil God's personal time with you, I will only mention a few and you can add to His delight with some of your own. The repetition of the words "Presence of God" or "His Presence" overwhelmed me because I have been more conscious than ever of His Presence, and when I realize that I am not conscious to stop and acknowledge His Presence. We must not just pay lip service to the promise that 'He never leaves us or forsakes us", but instead we must also recognize this truth in our daily lives by little words like ‘Thank you, Father, for being here with me’. Imagine that rain falls at the Presence of God; or that the evil ones perish at His Presence. That thought caused me to pray plagues on the terrorist group, Boko Haram, who slaughter innocent ones in Nigeria. "Let God arise and His enemies be scattered."
Let your heart picture a fountain as our praises to the Lord "who rides on the heaven of heavens". Your words of honor and affection for God are like a fountain pouring down pure, sparkling, thirst quenching water and the thirst that is quenched is ours. "The God of Israel is He who gives strength and power to His people."
Blessed be our God and King,
Mary Mize Hellums
Coordinator for City Wide Women's Prayer
A couple of things are on my heart to ask you to join me in prayer. One is our church location for the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 7th. We always like to try to stay close to downtown so that those who want to can join the group gathered at City Hall.
The other is the schools in the greater San Antonio area. Starting this summer there will be a major thrust initiated to bring the children of these schools into a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Let us join together to build the prayer foundation for this. Check out other city prayer events at
Women's Prayer International