Praying in the Spirit Using the Word of God for Week #31

Entry #0031  Praying to the Name that is Above Every Name

Some people pray to their ancestors or  to nature. Other people do not pray at all. If we are going to spend time and energy in prayer, we may as well pray to someone who actually hears us and can solve all of our problems. Jesus was given a name above all names by our Heavenly Father God, after He sacrificed His life for our salvation. Every knee will bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is the Lord.  There is no other name given unto men whereby we must be saved. Jesus has been called many things; all indicating some aspect of His character. He has been called names like the Lamb of God, the Good Shepherd, The Alpha and Omega, The Lily in the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star, the Root out of Dry Ground, the Rose of Sharon. The name of Jesus is a weapon of spiritual warfare. Demons tremble at His name. Because of Jesus, we have a song that the angels cannot sing; we have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. Because of that redemption, God has signed our names on heaven’s book of life, and has changed our name to sons of God. Now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be.  When He comes back for us, we shall see Him as He is in all of His glory and splendor, not as the suffering servant He was in times past. In ancient times, names had more significant meanings than that do today. People would name their children based on what they experienced having them, the destiny they wanted them to walk into, and/or the endearing feelings they had toward them. Often times, people lived up to the meaning of their name. Our names sometimes indicate our heritage and family legacy. But if our name here on earth is not significant, we have a new name written down in glory. If what people call us today is not positive or inspiring, we can choose to focus on what God calls us; His beloved, the apple of His eye, heirs and joint heirs of Jesus Christ. God has given us the power to name our circumstances and to call things that are not as though they are through faith. Jesus has empowered us to decree a benediction over our lives, and to call ourselves strong in Him when we are weak. The name of Jesus carries power, protection, provision, authority, mercy and peace. So praying to the name that is above all names is tapping into the anointing, and grace that Jesus has already made available to us.


Simple Sample Prayer


Dear God, thank you for sending your Son Jesus to redeem us back to you. Because He sacrificed His life for our liberty and salvation, Jesus was given a name above every name. We know there is power, strength, deliverance and hope in the name of Jesus. We can apply His name to every area of our lives. Help us to properly use the name of Jesus as a prayer for divine intervention into the earth. When we don’t know what to pray, we can call on the name of Jesus and ask you for help. Thank you for hearing us and caring about our needs. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.


Praying in the Spirit Using the Word of God for Week #30

Entry #0030   Praying to know God’s Will, Word, and Ways

The only way we can expect to get an answer from God in prayer is to first develop a relationship with Him. Getting to know the Lord in an intimate way involves spending time with Him, and allowing Him to reveal His will, word, and ways to us on a daily basis. God’s general will for everyone is to be saved, healed and blessed. There are other wills in effect out there that we can tap into; often to our own chagrin. We can access and function in our personal will, Satan’s will for us, other people will for our lives, God’s permissive will and His perfect will. Needless to say, God’s perfect will is the best one for us. When we function in our own personal will, we limit ourselves to our abilities, education, and access to opportunity, and efforts. It makes more sense to express to God what we want to do, but make sure that what we want lines up with what He wants to do in us. Because when we tap into the limitless source of God’s plan, there is no chance for failure; for there is no failure in God. Satan’s will for us is to steal our joy, kill our faith, and destroy our destiny. His ability to do so is directly related to our willingness to trust God’s plan for our lives. Operating in other people’s will for our lives is just as destructive. God has a specific individualized plan for each one of us. Doing what other people want us to do takes us away from our destiny. People may have their own selfish reasons for wanting us to do certain things that are not always in our best interest. God’s permissive will for us allows us to utilize our free choice, ability and desires. God permits it because it does not hinder our destiny; it may just take us longer to get there. When we rest in God’s perfect will for us, we can effortlessly flow from grace to grace and glory to glory. God’s word is the final authority. Whatever He said in His Holy Scriptures, through an anointed minister, or to our spirits directly, He will surely do. In fact, it is done when He said it. It may take some time for it to manifest in the earth realm. We have to hold on to His words and His promises even when we do see the evidence of them in our lives yet. It will come to pass at the right appointed set time. God’s ways are not like our ways, and His thoughts are not like ours. He is perfect, complete and constant in all things. God knows the end from the beginning, and He never sleeps nor slumbers. His ways deal with seeds, seasons and signs.  Everything God made started with a seed that has to go through various seasons to reveal the signs of life and productivity.He doesn’t give us all the answers nor does He reveal all the steps involved. When we pray to understand the seeds God place inside of us, the seasons He want us to plant and harvest them in, and the signs of the seed’s reproduction and germination in our lives, we began to trust Him in an intimate way. We are learning then, to pray to know God’s will, word and ways for our lives.


Simple Sample Prayer

Dear God we surrender our lives to you. We know that your will, word and ways far exceed our best efforts. Help us to rest in you, knowing that you will cause all things to work out for our good. Help us to trust you plan and abandon our own for your great one. Help us to command our souls to be subject to your will, word and ways, and help us to cast down every high thought that exalts itself above the knowledge of  your truth. Teach us how to labor to enter into your rest. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Tri-State Local Gospel Artist Spotlight for Week # 45

Entry #0045  Pastor Hersey Lee Coles

Known as a Prophetic Minstrel, Pastor Hersey Lee Coles is a songwriter, producer and gospel recording artist. He is the founder of 1 Accord Ministries, and has appeared on many Christian television broadcasts. Coles is dedicated to God and family. He has learned that the best way to minister is out of a true relationship with God. Coles continue to minister in song locally and abroad.

Tri-State Local Gospel Artist Spotlight for Week # 44

Entry #0044  Chris Graham

Chris Graham has a praise and worship gospel style, with elements of funk and jazz. The younger of two boys, Graham grew up with a gospel music foundation where he was influenced by a variety of gospel artist.  He learned a lot as he as he traveled with his mother, who sang soprano with the Clara Ward Singers and Marion Williams, when his was young. Graham has served as a minister,  recording artist, Praise and Worship Leader, and Mass Choir Director, and  he continues to minister in song wherever God’s people are in need.

Tri-State Local Gospel Artist Spotlight for Week # 43

Entry #0043   Alex Ingram

Alex Ingram is a musician, songwriter, producer, and minister of music. While attending Strawberry Mansion Junior High School in Philadelphia, the late Gabriel Hardeman Jr., then the director of the Gospel Ensemble, began to nurture Ingram’s talents. He later became the musical director for the Gabriel Hardeman Delegation. While attending Overbrook High School in Philadelphia, Ingram played for the Overbrook Gospel Singers and the Overbrook Jazz Band. He has served as minister of music for many local churches and have recorded with and written songs for many local and national artists from Elder Goldwire McLendon to Edwin Hawkins Music and Arts Seminar. He continues to serve as Music Director in local  Philadelphia church.

Tri-State Local Gospel Artist Spotlight for Week #42

Entry #0042  Alice Martin

One of the most highly regarded gospel choir leaders, Alice Martin is also a gospel singer, recording artist, songwriter, and musical instructor. Martin has served as group musical instructor for the Marion Williams Singers, the acclaimed Bryn Mawr Haverford Gospel Choir, and as a music faculty member for the B.M. Oakley Memorial Temple in Philadelphia. Alice Martin conducts choral workshops, teaches choir singing, and performs locally and abroad.

Tri-State Local Gospel Artist Spotlight for Week #41

Entry #0041   Rev. Charles Lyles

Internationally acclaimed soloist and pianist in the world famous Harlem Gospel Singers, Reverend Charles Lyles began playing the piano at age 4. Shortly afterwards, he  composed his own music and became organist for a small band the Star Dusters, later known as The Charles Lyles Trio. Rev. Lyles performed in nightclubs and cabarets until he was convicted by God to dedicate his music to spreading God’s message. He traveled nationally and internationally with the Caravans, and served as a New Jersey pastor since 1981. Rev. Lyles has shared the stage with many gospel greats from Rev. James Cleveland to Bishop TD Jakes.

Tri-State Local Gospel Artist Spotlight for Week #40

Entry #0040  Deanna Ransom

Out of Williamstown, New Jersey, Deanna Ransom is an anointed evangelist, award winning gospel recording artist, songwriter and arranger. She is a graduate of Camden County College and Rowan University. Ransom has been singing since age 5, and is a humanitarian and advocate for charitable causes. She is the Founder and Director of the Virtuous Women of Destiny Women’s Ministry, and is a speaker and workshop teacher. Ransom has shared the stage with many gospel greats from Dorinda Clark Cole to Marvin Sapp, and travels extensively spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Tri-State Local Gospel Artist Spotlight for Week #39

Entry #0039 The Tri-State Mass Choir

The Tri-State Mass Choir consists of singers from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. They are a successful traditional black gospel choir made popular during the mid 1990’s. Aided by contemporary gospel great Edwin Hawkins, he also produced their first four albums. The Tri-State Mass choir was popular from the beginning, with each of their four projects appearing on Top 40 Gospel Charts. They continue to minister locally and abroad.

Tri-State Local Gospel Artist Showcase for Week # 38

Entry # 0038  Paul Owens and A.P.C.

The Philadelphia-based group Paul Owens and A.P.C. has a polished sound, and blends traditional, contemporary and urban gospel music. Formed by Paul Owen in 1993, the A.P.C. began as a small ensemble in a Philadelphia church. The group grew to 30 members, and they began ministering in local churches, events and neighboring states. Paul Owens and A.P.C. shared the stage with many gospel greats from John P. Kee to Kirk Franklin. Their hope is that their music will reach many generations and all around the world.