Yebo Jesus!

Last week I was stewing over writing a blog about heaven, but I wasn’t sold on the idea. It was only until yesterday when Fanus shared a blog I wrote a year ago on Yebo Life's Facebook page that I was persuaded to share a small piece of my mind’s pie. 

The title of last year’s blog read, “Heaven: It’s Closer than We Think.” (Check it out here.) In it, I shared how we’re free to walk in the fullness of who God designed us to be. Free of our sin, free of condemnation, and free to walk in our true identities as sons and daughters of the God who created the universe. Our inheritance is heaven, and we are called to take responsibility of our callings and be a part of what God is doing in the world around us. 

Looking back, I’m flabbergasted at how far God has brought me. To this day, I have “ah-ha!” moments that are shaping my perspective of the spiritual world, and I continue to dive into His heart for the people around me. This is just the beginning.

I’m busy reading a book written by Beni Johnson called The Happy Intercessor. (Thanks again Heather Miller!) Just last week I read something in it that shifted my prayer life, and I want to share about that one thing today:

praying from His heart

Beni taught me about the necessity of capturing the heartbeat of heaven and declaring and praying it over my world, my city, my suburb, my very footsteps. As I began asking God what He was up to, He started revealing things to me.

First, personal matters. God showed me strongholds that had bound me for almost 10 years. Chains were immediately broken and I was set free. Ah, this was an incredible moment in my life. Second, my home country. Freedom, reconciliation in South Africa, and people in Lavender Hill being set free from drug addiction. 

And then there was silence. Funnily enough, in the silence, I knew He was up to things that I couldn’t even begin to comprehend. But I felt like I was sitting with my Father while He was doing some kind of grandiose work. I was able to agree with everything He was laying His hands to—even though I didn’t know exactly what that meant. I knew it was good, and I had the immense privilege of agreeing with God’s Spirit as He kicked butt here on earth.

I cry out to all of you to step out. Get quiet, ask God, and simply agree with Him! Yes God. Yes Lord. Yebo Jesus! Let’s take ownership of our homes, cities, and countries and break the bondage and strongholds that may be suffocating them. I learnt last week how truly powerful prayer is, and I hope you and I continue learning in even greater measures.

In such times, I often see faces, places, and situations in my mind’s eye. I often feel as if God is showing me things that I need to think about and brood over in a way that a mother hen broods over her eggs. Genesis 1:1 says, “Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God’s spirit brooded like a bird over the watery abyss.” To be honest, most of the time when I am in this place, I just agree. I agree with the plans that God already has for people’s lives, for regions, and for the earth. “Yes God, do that God… go there, Father… that’s amazing, Lord Jesus.” When I pray this way, I feel as though I am praying from His heart and calling into existence the very desires that are already in the heart of God.
— Beni Johnson

Let us begin to pray with the very heart of God and agree with the things He’s up to in the world. Right now, as I write this, God brings to mind friends in Wilmington, Bentonville, Atlanta, Knoxville, Detroit, Waco, Lakeland, and Casper. Friends, let’s take responsibility for our cities! And please join Yebo Life in prayer as our team takes responsibility for Lavender Hill and Cape Town.

This call to intercession is for all of us! Not only does prayer transform our surroundings and shift the atmosphere, intimate time spent with the Father transforms our hearts! I am changed forever.