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Inkhorn Report from The Writer's Inkhorn

By Deborah Taylor



Life has a way of throwing us curve balls; of catching us off guard; of bringing unexpected challenges.  



Even when we are aware of an expected event; one thing is for sure, trying times will come.




How many of you remember Bill Hybels' book, Too Busy Not to Pray? 



This book quickly rose to become a best seller.  The author shared how life can become so busy that we fail to pray. 



And sadly, technology only increases our busyness, but as the author  emphasized, we should purposefully slow down to draw close to God in prayer.



Prayer is crucial for the season ahead.


Prayer will sustain us.


Prayer will guide us.


Prayer will strengthen us.



But, most importantly, prayer is a weapon and a means for receiving instruction from God.



Prophetic Word


Lately, I keep hearing the words, "Buckle up." 



There is also an urgency in my spirit to "get things in order" and "batten down the hatch." 



Are you sensing the same?  



This morning (10-8-2022) I had a vision of a cast iron skillet cooking what looked like ground beef.  In my spirit I heard, "Meat prices are going up...   and gas prices too."   My vision focused  specifically on the "meat" that was cooking and nothing else.   



As of today, the land is experiencing a drought in multiple locations. 



Droughts in the bible often signified judgment (1 Kings 17). 



Without question, there is a need to seek God in prayer for instruction.



Prayer is essential to understanding God's heart for our families and for our nation.



Prayer is the primary characteristic of a true prophetic lifestyle. 



Prayer is and will remain the foundation of our ministry; it is the central thread woven inside each Inkhorn Report and our teachings.



So, whether you pray corporately in a group, or in your personal secret place, make time to pray and stay connected to God. 



Years ago, while working on my undergraduate degree, I worked part-time in the college library. 



God often used the books I worked with to communicate His heart to me.  He always meet us where were are.



One day, I ran across a poem by Paul Lawrence Dunbar, and whenever I get too busy God reminds me of the poem.  Dunbar's poem is a reminder to slow down and spend more time in prayer.  



I typed it out for you to use as a reminder to never get so busy that you no longer make time to pray.



It reads:


The Lord one day had a job for me,

But I had so much to do;

So I said, "Please Lord, get somebody else,

Or wait till I get through."


I don't know how the Lord came out,

But he seemed to get along;

But I felt a kind of sneaking like,

I knew I'd done him wrong.


One day I needed  the Lord myself,

Needed him right away;

But he never answered me at all-

But, yet, I could hear him say,


Way down in my accusing heart,

"I've got so much to do-

You get somebody else,

or wait till I get through."


Now, when the Lord has a job for me,

I never try to shirk;

I drop whatever I have on hand,

And do the the good Lord's work.


And my affairs can run along,

Or wait till I get through.

For nobody else can do the job

that the Lord marked out for you.


                  --Paul L. Dunbar-- 




Will you make time to pray?


In the October 2022 Inkhorn Report I shared the need to pray for several countries that included North and South Korea. Keep praying, even in the midst of God confirming His word.


North Korea has lauched is sixth missle in 12 days. One was toward Japan, the other toward South Korea.  Click HERE to read.


October through December are turning points for America, and the nations that surround her.


We invite you to join our Morning Manna prayer session and connect with others who are making time to pray.  Our goal is to position in prayer for the next few weeks. 


Click HERE to hold your seat. 


NOTE: If you are unable to attend I strongly encourage you to build an altar in your home where you can make time every day to pray and listen in God's presence. 



There is power in prayer, so armor up! 


Kingdom Blessings,


Deborah Taylor


The Writer's Inkhorn International · PO Box 342578 · Memphis, TN 38134 · USA

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08.09 | 23:52

Thank you for this! You might enjoy my take on the whole 'Christmas' story, not born on Dec 25th etc,

17.03 | 00:11

Praise God! He is so good to all of us!

16.03 | 15:20

I needed to hear this today. Its been sooo very difficult for a long time honestly asked God if I was the toxic one and just didn't realize it so I could repent

11.01 | 20:32

this is so beautiful and such a testimony to the Lord's healing power and sanctification through our suffering. Much of my walk with Christ is similar to yours.

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