Desire Of My Soul

Prayer Requests 2023: Watchmen Before the Throne

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Let the battle commence. Intercessory prayer is strategic warring in the spiritual. Seeking God’s face. Seeking His will, direction. Waiting to hear His voice so we know how and what words to pray.


I waited expectantly, patiently for the Lord;

until He turned toward me and heard my cry. —Psalm 40:1


DECEMBER 8, 2023

9-1-1 Prayer Requests: Michael, M.A.J., Charlotte, Carmella, Kellie

Plus: Special Updates on Prior Requests


1. Michael. Spiritual, physical, and emotional healing for this 25-year-old who is in deep waters. He’s had health issues (autoimmune) since he was a child and then cardiac issues from his late teens. As a child, Michael was flowing in the joy of the Lord. But since his teens, the chronic illnesses have stirred up anger and depression—but those outbursts and emotional issues are believed to be driven by our enemy (satan) and his demonic cohorts.


Michael (mind, body, soul) needs to be freed from this stronghold and turned back to God and our Messiah Jesus, the Restorer, the Healer, the Lord of Shalom (completeness, wholeness, peace). And his mother—along with the family—needs God’s mercies, strength, comfort, and encouragement covering her with your restful, quieted Spirit and healing, repairing and closing the wound of her aching heart.


Mighty King, please annihilate the enemy’s strongholds—physically, mentally, and spiritually—on Michael. Pulverize the lies and let your TRUTH arise. Lead Michael into your peace and remove the bitter root and all its entanglements from the past. Great Restorer, remind his soul of his youth and joy with you. Help him rekindle that passion; fan the flames. Restore to his soul who you are and please do a deep work so he knows you are for him (not against him) and you are with him. Cause him to lie down in your green pastures (refreshed in your Word, Presence). And restore (repair, return to a better condition) his soul, in Jesus’s precious name.


2. M.A.J. Another young man shackled by the enemy, living in the realm of demons. M.A.J. is in his mid-30s and suffering from a drug-induced psychosis. He exhibits bizarre, reckless behavior, resulting from years of using psychedelic drugs to cope.


He’s bound. Spiritually, physically, mentally. And the family is crushed. They and M.A.J. need our prayer support—big time. The family’s prayer request is that M.A.J. will enter a 90-day rehabilitation program. Note: He’s Jewish and has renounced Judaism.


Abba, hear the cries of this family. See the heartache, the pain, the bewilderment, the near hopelessness. Look down on M.A.J., and please let your mercies flow bearing deliverance. Pierce the darkness, command the shackles and blinders to fall off and bring healing—lift his head toward you and breathe new life into him for your glory. Help him discern your good from the enemy’s evil. Realign his soul and mind with you. For your name’s sake, O Lord, preserve his life, and in your righteousness bring his soul out of trouble (Psalms 143:110).

We pray and stand on Psalms 3 in Jesus’s name:

But you, O Lord, are a shield about me,

my glory, and the lifter of my head.

I cried aloud to the Lord,

and he answered me from his holy hill.


3. Charlotte W. The biopsy results on her lower right jaw came in: 75% malignant and they found something on her lungs.


She started prep for her surgery: the surgery is December 22 for the lump on her lower right neck. Then they can determine what stage her cancer is and what treatment is needed post surgery.


Hopefully, they’ll also be able to tell her about the spot they found on her lungs.


Charlotte is Catholic and believes in Jesus as Messiah but is understandably worried and under much stress. She’s seeking His intervention, healing, and comfort.


Holy One of Israel, we bow before you, kneeling on your Word, your promises, in faith, in Jesus’s wondrous name:

When you (Charlotte) pass through the waters, I will be with you;

and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;

when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,

and the flame shall not consume you.

For I am the LORD your God . . .

Isaiah 43:2-3a


Lord, may your glory, holy Presence, and promises bring Charlotte guidance for treatments, healing on all levels, encouragement through the valley, and blessed assurance of You, casting out all fear. Envelope her with your garments of love, a love not of this world, but gloriously, faithfully true.


4. Carmella. A dear friend to me over the many years who has had a series of health setbacks. More recently, back in September/October, Carm had a stroke and then recently had a bad fall. The doctor says it’ll take time to heal. Praying that the Lord will help her rest in Him . . . so her body, mind, and soul can be restored, revived, by His hand.


Majestic in power and glory is our Lord God. Our Shepherd whose yoke is easy and whose burden is light. Shelter your daughter Carmella under your wings, drawing her closer, quieting her soul to truly rest (spiritually and physically) in your Presence and promises. Light up her way and carry healing from your throne to her. And, as in Hebrews 4:16, help her to confidently draw near to the throne of grace, that she may receive mercy and find grace to help her in time of need. In Jesus’s sweet name.


5. Kellie, Pastor JD Farag’s wife. (JD is the gifted teacher/pastor of Calvary Chapel Kaneohe, Hawaii.) A strong woman of faith in Christ Jesus, Kellie has overcome many trials in her walk with our King. And now she faces yet another. Kellie recently learned that her breast cancer (diagnosed this past summer) has spread to her lymph nodes. Yet, she and her husband press onward, carrying on in ministry, faithful to their calling before our King. We’re praying for mercy, favor, healing, strength, and a testimony of your love, Father, so that then all shall know that you are the GREAT I AM, the LORD GOD, and there is NO OTHER but you.

Psalms 84:5-7, 11-12

Blessed are those (Blessed is Kellie) whose strength is in you,

in whose heart are the highways to Zion.

As they go (As Kellie goes)through the Valley of Baca (trouble)

they make it a place of springs;

the early rain also covers it with pools.

They go (Kellie goes)from strength to strength;

each one appears before God in Zion . . .

For the LORD God is a sun and shield;

the LORD bestows favor and honor.

No good thing does he withhold

from those who walk (from Kellie who walks) uprightly.

O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one (Kellie) who trusts in you!




UPDATE! Cathy. We prayed for her (November 26 prayer request) because she had received a malignant breast biopsy report. Thank you, Lord, that Cathy is negative for the BRCA gene which means no double mastectomy needed! She’ll have a lumpectomy and radiation instead. Cathy thanks everyone for their prayer support. Please continue to pray for her during this treatment. Thank you, warriors.


UPDATE! Jamie. We’ve been praying for Jamie who has stage 4 lung and liver cancer. But on November 30 and December 1, we had 9-1-1 prayer intercession because he was in the hospital with pneumonia and awaiting diagnostics and treatment. God moved! Jamie is home with oxygen and antibiotics—and feeling stronger every day. He thanks everyone and was so encouraged by your prayers—and continues to ask for them as he battles the stage 4 cancers.



Immediate Prayer!


Jamie. Oh precious prayer circle family … please take a few moments to pray for this dire, immediate issue–and pray as often for it as the Lord brings it to remembrance.

Jamie is my sweet cousin with stage 4 lung and liver cancer who many of you have been graciously praying for. (Thank you for that.)

He is in the hospital (in Ohio) with pneumonia–it’s near the site of his lung cancer. He has an exploratory diagnostic tomorrow to assess the situation.


NOVEMBER 26, 2023

Many Important Requests!


1. Cathy. Received a malignant breast biopsy report.
May God’s grace, comfort, and healing garments envelope her and draw her closer to Him. May He lead her to the best treatments/protocol as He, the Majestic Giver of Life, sustains her every step of the way.


2. Evelyn. Wearing a monitor to determine heart issues.
Please, Lord, you are the great revealer and healer. Cover her with your mercies, keeping your healing hand on her and give the doctors wisdom/understanding.


3. K.M. May her walk with God be strengthened, girded by His character, sweet Presence, and deep love for her as she seeks His comfort and leading through a difficult life passage.
Pray Psalms 18:28-30.


4. Robbie. He’s on dialysis but got covid then sepsis.
Please pray for his healing and God’s intervention so Robbie and his Jewish family will come to know and believe in the promised Messiah, Jesus, our redeemer.


5. Donny D. May the Lord step into his life in new ways, ushering in physical healing and insurance/financial resources–and performing a deep work to bring Donny to salvation in Christ Jesus.


6. S.S. May the Lord pave the way for her book–which honors His Name–to be completed per His leading and excellence and in His timeline so many will read her testimony and trust in Him.


7. Philomena. Her 98th Birthday in mid-December! Lord God, thank you. Your mercies are all too wonderful. Please, may your favor, joy, and protection bathe her during this celebratory season.


8. Abigail, a six-year-old, and her mom (L). Gracious Father, please embrace Abigail in your arms and bring your little lamb to complete healing from her recent fall and stitches.
And for L, may you release your rest, spiritual clarity, and physical healing from your throne to bless and love on her in special ways.


9. Toby. Andrea’s 10-year-old Australian Shepherd. A sweet companion who’s healing from a neck injury and now has a spine issue.
Abba, all creation is yours and dear to your heart. Please touch your Toby with healing and breathe through him a longer, joyful, safe life.


10. J.W. May the gifts and calling that you have placed on this young man continue to mature and be enriched in this season. For the things that he desires and seeks your leading on, heightened his spiritual hearing and spiritual understanding so his heart will always be locked in step with you, so he showers those around him with your love.


11. Four health needs

* Michelle (healing process for allergies/sense of smell)

* Jamie (ongoing cancer treatments)

* Toni

* Kylee (ongoing pregnancy wellness)

Thank you, Father, for your hand on these four health situations. Only you have the power and the glory to uplift, sustain, heal, and encourage them.

We lay them at your throne of grace, trusting that you will expand your wings and draw them into your loving shelter, opening your hand to provide everything needed. Pray Psalms 91 over them.


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Flashes of Lightning: God the Restorer & 1 Samuel 3 (2023—The Call)


The world may be swirling in every direction, but God’s plan, purpose, mercies, and faithfulness will prevail. ALWAYS. Here are the words and scriptures that unfolded before and within me at the stroke of 2023’s entrance and shortly thereafter.


“I will take my stand at my watch post and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what He will say to me.” —Habakkuk 2:1


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WATCHWORD GIVEN: January 1, 2023, 12:01 am through God’s appointed third watch (midnight to 3 am).


As midnight released 2023, my soul began to grieve for the state of the world.


The coldness, self-centeredness, vanity, violence, ethnic divisions, deepened darkness, escalation of Christian persecutions and persecutions of all kinds.


The false religions and lies about God’s Word and our Messiah Jesus, and the twisted mindset and reversals in global culture that have wormed their way into the souls of humanity on every level—calling good evil and evil good.


And the sins stirring within each of us. Sins that we gloss over, accept, and daily commit before Him, our holy, powerful God.


I thought: Lord, if you hadn’t written yourself into our human story . . . where would we be? You alone are our hope, our salvation, the very life breath of our soul.


An image flashed, leading me upward. Over the next three hours, I would experience a message with moving parts:


(1) various scriptures

(2) interwoven teachings

(3) a holy-fire vision (regarding our 2023 Call)

(4) a dream with 1 Samuel 3 prominent, a dream He’d first given me in mid-November and then brought forward during this special third-watch prayer time.





Random worship softly played in my room, then one word rose within me.




In Hebrew, Eli Shuv (אֶלְיָשִׁיב, My God Restores). This is who God is. This is what He will show Himself to be in 2023 as we humble ourselves before Him and call out, surrendered to His glorious, supreme being.


“Shuv” (שוב) is the Hebrew root found in teshuva (teh-shoo-vah), a critical word during the High Holy Days—the Judaic Days of Awe beginning with honey-kissed Rosh Hashanah (Head or First of the Year) and ending with the somber Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur—calling us to turn back from our offenses and return to God for restoration.


It’s also the beginning step to God’s ABC ROADMAP TO HEAVEN. His redemption plan from the beginning through Yeshua (Jesus), the Messiah.


That first word He’d impressed on me—RESTORER—and 1 Samuel 3 (from that dream I mentioned earlier) are hinged, forming the crux of this 2023 word. (And I couldn’t help but think how this “restorer” had already begun its unfolding with Bibi Netanyahu being restored as Israel’s Prime Minister.)


I’ll get to that I Samuel 3 scripture shortly, but keep reading because the following scriptures link everything together.


Psalm 23:1-3 (ESV). In the latter part of 2022, God had laid the groundwork for these moving parts and in the third watch of January 1, 2023, he brought those parts forward. This psalm was among them, confirming His words, confirming Himself on an even deeper level than before as the mighty, compassionate RESTORER.


The One we need as 2023 unfolds.


The LORD is my SHEPHERD (tending to me, pasturing me).


I shall not want (He’ll tend to my needs, my soul won’t be lacking).


He makes me (causes me to) lie down in green pastures (refreshed).


He LEADS ME (leads me to a watering-place or station that He’s ordained for me and causes me to rest there), beside STILL waters (rest, quietness, refreshment).


He RESTORES (refreshes, repairs, returns to a better condition) my soul.






I then was reminded of the spiritually moving scene at the end of The Chosen’s Season 3/Episode 2. The disciples were being sent out two by two to teach what Jesus had taught them and to heal the sick and cast out demons.


Gulp. The disciples were shocked, scared, baffled, and felt totally inept. Rightly so. And yet . . . although the mission—and its timing—made no sense to them, they chose to trust their Messiah and stand as one with Him and each other.


Locking arms, they prayed Psalm 3, the psalm of David when he was fleeing his son Absalom . . .


O Lord, how many are my foes!
Many are rising against me;
many are saying of my soul,
“There is no salvation for him in God.” Selah


But you, O Lord, are a shield about me,
my glory, and the lifter of my head.
I cried aloud to the Lord,
and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah


I lay down and slept;
I woke again, for the Lord sustained me.
I will not be afraid of many thousands of people
who have set themselves against me all around.


Arise, O Lord!
Save me, O my God!
For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;
you break the teeth of the wicked.


Salvation belongs to the Lord;
your blessing be on your people!

Psalm 3 (ESV)



Ezekiel 34 targets Israel and is a Messianic promise as well (verses 23-24)


I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord God.


I will seek the lost, and I will bring back [אָשִׁ֔יב, restore, return] the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak . . .


and the fat (stout, robust, rich) and the strong I will destroy; I will pasture it with justice.





Sometime during the night of November 17/early morning November 18, 2022, the Lord gave me a dream. There were different elements to the dream, but here’s the critical part to share with you—a scripture that was on a board in front of a congregation: 1 Samuel 3.


As God brought the scripture and dream again to mind in those wee hours of January 1, 2023, I had to ask: Is there a link between RESTORER and this 1 Samuel 3 dream? Plenty, as it turns out.


For the foundation, I was led to an older teaching from East Hill Baptist in the UK that highlighted 1 Samuel 3. (I’d never heard of that church prior.)


Then God stirred my inner waters from that point, knitting all the moving parts (RESTORER, scriptures, dream, vision, etc.) together. It went something like this . . .


LAMP OF GOD. As the light was physically waning in the temple of the LORD, where the ark was, the WORD of GOD was also waning among the people and the priests—i.e. Eli’s sons. As you might recall, even Eli hadn’t taken a hard line with them.


There was no word or vision from our Lord. No ear open to hear, no heart willing to receive, no one surrendered.


Until God called Samuel.

THE CALL OF GOD. In 1 Samuel 3:1, Samuel was ministering to the Lord under the tutelage of Eli. Per the Hebrew text, at that point, Samuel was a na’ar, a young man or lad, defined by age (teen through twenties) or of marriageable age, and sometimes, rabbinically defined as not yet ready to fulfill his duties/position.


Side note: You can read about another na’ar in my Soul Remodeling Series: A Wilderness Call [Jeremiah] Actually, Isaac, Joseph, Samuel, and Jeremiah were all called na’ar, not yeled (boy, child).


Still growing in things of the Lord, Samuel at first (or even the second or third time) didn’t recognize the Lord’s voice. But then he got it, saying “Here I am” (ready to serve), and from there obeyed the Lord regardless of the cost, speaking what God said to speak, doing what He said to do.


I like East Hill’s application of this chapter (my paraphrase about that in the paragraph below):


God calls us again and again until He gets our attention. He’ll call when we least expect it—any year, in any circumstance, at anytime, at any age. Remember that Caleb [who “wholly followed the LORD” per Joshua 14:14] had a new call at 85 years old to take up the high mountains of Israel. God will stir something within us, allowing situations to call us into something more.


My precious fellow believers in Messiah, this is where we are. A New Year, a new calling, regardless of circumstance or age.


There’s work to do and a way for us to be and walk before the LORD. Wholly surrendered, carriers of His Presence. That begins and ends with . . .


WORD OF GOD. Verse 19 tells us that Samuel “grew and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground.” The LORD revealed Himself to Samuel by the “word of the LORD.”


THE VISION. Fire flashed before me at this point in my third-watch prayer time. It started at the center, then spread out in every direction like a huge circle. That fire is God’s holy fire of Truth, His Word, in us. It’s not meant to be contained. It must be released.


No matter the cultural mindset, oppositions, persecutions, or the enemy’s divisive tactics . . . we must carry the LORD’s words to others: His truth, His redemption plan, His love for the lost, His love for Israel, His love for fellow believers in Jesus, and our testimonies of what He’s done for us: His faithfulness, mercies, goodness, holiness, and might.


It’s our souls breathing Him in and exhaling Him out onto an increasingly dark, troubled, stubborn, dying world.


In this late hour, like never before, we are to be the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:10-14)—standing against the tide of secular lies and mindsets countering God’s way. Standing unafraid, boldly calling sin for what it is . . . rebellion against our most holy God.


Silence is no longer an option. Not to worry. We can do this together in Him. Psalm 3 reminds us: The LORD is a shield about us, our glory, the lifter of our heads, our Sustainer. We will not fear.


So let’s turn from (shuv) the world noise/distractions and from any self-focused, lethargic living to walking how Jesus walked: spending time alone with the Father, saying/doing as led to glorify our LORD, continually lifting the Lamp of God high for all to see and know.


A holy fire that cannot and will not go out.


Then we will stand and watch as our king, the great RESTORER, the loving Shepherd, refreshes, repairs, restores, and heals our souls, bringing us to pastures of spiritual rest—as well as restoring the souls of those we’ve lifted His lamp to.


May the whole world know of His glory and truth and bow before the majesty of our King.


Behold—hinnêh, הִנֵּה—He is doing something new. May you and I lock arms and humbly answer the call like Samuel: Hineni . . . Here I am.




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