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In all the business of life and ministry, Psalm 27:4 brings us back to the one thing we must never neglect, but rather continually search out, desire, and strive for; that is to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His Temple.
In a world full of trouble, trials and negativity, it’s vital to take time in prayer to look into the face of Jesus Christ, beholding His beauty and delightfulness. To inquire is a multi-faceted experience, for it means to plough, to break forth, to inspect, admire, care for, consider, and seek out.
In light of this let us pray:
Lord, help us to plough up, break up the fallow ground of our hearts so You can come and rain righteousness upon us.
Let us plough, in the Spirit, the hard soil of the fields in which we labor for the harvest, so that souls will be prepared to receive the saving Word of God.
In Jesus name, let us pray, casting all our burdens on Him who cares for us until we break forth in joy. Let the joy of the Lord be our strength to carry on in His will.
Let us take time in His presence not only to allow Him to inspect us and search us, but also that we admire Him and delight in Him.
Lord Jesus, in your presence let us receive divine love, causing us to care for You and for the things that are important to You.
Help us Lord to consider our ways and to allow You to mold us into Your image as we behold Your beauty.
Local Prayer Coordinator
Apostolic Life Center
(From wnop Newsletter)
“And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou” (Genesis 3:9)?
This is such a poignant question. Obviously, God knew where Adam was. The question was did Adam know where he was?
“Where are you” triggered several ideas in my mind. “Where are you” connotes your location. This could be asking where are you positionally, physically, emotionally, and even on where are you on commitment. It also speaks to where you are on a particular point of view. Where do you stand on that issue? Where are you in relations to your family life? Where are you spiritually? Where are you psychologically?
By this, hopefully, you can see where I am taking this thought process. I’m asking you today to examine yourself and see where are you on God’s agenda? When He comes, what will your response be when He asks, where are you on what I have given you to do? Will your response mirror that of the stewards who were given talents to invest?
Are you a five-talent responder? Are you a two-talent responder? Or are you a one-talent responder (See Mathew 25)?
The Second Adam, in the person of Jesus Christ, at age 12, had to respond to that same question, Jesus, where are you? Jesus had the correct response. He said, I am about my Father’s business (Luke 2:48-49).
So what would your response be when you’re asked, where are you? You are the only one that can honestly answer that question. So let us all take inventory, and make the appropriate adjustments so we to can respond like the second Adam.
Let’s pray these verses as David did in Psalm 139:23-24:
“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
see if there be any wicked way in me,
lead me in the way everlasting.”
District Prayer Coordinator
New York Metro District
Author of “The 5 Principles of Powerful Prayer”
(From wnop Newsletter)
“Morning Manna” (Who Is Ultimately Responsible For This Lost World?) Chester Mitchell BOTT 2002
The Kindness of His Gentle Rebuke by Cindy Meadows.
While in the prayer room the Lord spoke to me suddenly. I was delighted to hear His voice, though the message was a tad embarrassing. What were they – His specially selected words that day? “Shut up.”
Normally that wouldn’t sound like the Lord nor be tremendously uplifting, and yet after His command I felt a sense of relief in my spirit. A smile actually crossed my face. God had me. I had been arguing my case in my mind (with drama) like Job in his dilemma. I had actually been reading the book of Job right then. My defenses and reasonings seemed valid enough to me, but shut up proved I was off track. My thoughts were full of my highly valued opinions, my wisdom or lack thereof, and a very real sense of frustration. Ever been there – worked up in the flesh, and not tuned in to the Spirit? Honestly I know now that God was little impressed.
I was reading Job 42. It’s that breathtaking passage where Job had exhausted himself with his justifications, when God boldly appeared with some pungent questions of His own. The confrontation became the source of swift arrows to my heart:
“You asked, ‘Who is this muddying the water, second-guessing My purposes?’ I (Job) admit it. I was the one. I babbled on about things far beyond me, made small talk about wonders way over my head. You told me, ‘Listen, and let Me do the talking . . . Let Me ask the questions, you give the answers'” (Job 42: 3-4, The Message).
I was surprised by His voice in my spirit and this was our conversation while I read:
“Who is this muddying the water?” (I felt: “It’s me, worried and frenzied in spirit, like an elephant thrashing the waters.”)
“Second guessing My purposes.” (I felt: “I’m second guessing what’s going on with my confidence and arrogant opinions.”)
“Listen and let Me do the talking.” (I heard: “Shut up.”)
We may agree that God is a gentleman, and be tempted to think He wouldn’t talk that way. Let me assure you He does. And it’s done in kindness. I was thrilled when He broke through my fog, caught my attention, and proceeded to bring laughter to my heart. I saw myself so clearly in those verses – often trying to figure things out on my own and pursuing explanations for things way over my head. I fail to just be still and let Him whisper into my heart the true heart of the matter.
It reminds me of that line in an old song, “When you’ve tried everything and everything has failed, try Jesus.” Why not try Jesus first? Learning to be still and “let God” is a forever lesson for me. Taming my racing heart, slowing my running feet, and hushing my analytical mind seems too hard, so I just attack the problem with my frail reasoning. But the reasoning of the mind is no comparison to the whispers of His Spirit. One’s often empty, the other full of peace.
This incident reminded me of a time years ago when I had received a letter that brought upsetting news. I was hurt and distraught. I ran quickly over to the church and poured my soul out at the altar. While weeping and wailing, the Lord simply whispered, “Be still.” I calmed and settled myself down, abandoning the panic. He was then able to comfort me. He wouldn’t have gotten through if I hadn’t brought that worked-up flesh under control. That was the core of this present encounter too. In times of frustration, quiet down, listen, and trust. Though no small order, He will come through.
I laugh now when I go back to Job 42. The verses are well marked in my Bible and gracefully reveal a lesson learned in the heat of a battle: Listen and let Him do the talking. If I practice the assignment I may well save myself the embarrassment (and kindness) of another gentle rebuke.
(From: PURE Newsletter – UPCI Ladies Ministries)
The 2017 World Network of Prayer Leadership Retreat that convened February 27 – March 1 was a great success! The event was held at Pallottine Renewal Center in Florissant, Missouri. In the history of WNOP, this event was the first leadership retreat conducted for prayer coordinators! The event theme was “Greater,” and the main speaker was Rodney Shaw from Austin, Texas. There was a great attendance of 35 individuals from across America representing their districts. Upon the conclusion of the event, many expressed how the training greater equipped them in prayer ministry, how their lives were greater transformed, and how they were greater rejuvenated in the Spirit! There was a unanimous consensus to host this event again in the future.
John 14:12 declares “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do….” Some of the event topics included: Greater Works; Greater Change; Straight Talk; South Texas Interactive Prayer Activity; A Wealth of Resources; Creative Team Building; Greater Prayer Leadership; Greater Team Ministry; Plowing Before the Planter Overview; WNOP Forum and Q&A; and more. This dynamic event greater fortified every prayer coordinator to lead more effectively in prayer . The following photos and comments speak volumes of all that transpired, and the indelible impact that was made upon the attendees. Truly, “Our God is greater”! Applicably, as you lead in front, God’s got your back…and remember, “The power behind you is greater than the task before us”!
With great gusto and passion, I joyfully reported to all who inquired . . . “this was the closest I have come to the Upper Room . . . all in in one mind and one accord”. How refreshing to be in a setting where 100% of the individuals were 100% focused on prayer! Jeanne Gunter, Sulphur, LA
The WNOP Leadership Retreat was a wonderful blessing. I learned so much and was inspired by the teaching and the things shared. It was also a great opportunity to meet and fellowship with some of God’s precious people. Thank you WNOP team for putting this event together, I look forward to the next one. ~ Kara Schlupp, Bellevue, Nebraska
The Leadership Retreat was very empowering. The challenge to become better leaders was well presented and anointed. Being able to form relationships with other prayer coordinators was also a highlight. ~ Rick Lovall, Missouri District Prayer Coordinator
The WNOP Prayer Leadership Retreat was awesome in every way; from the warm reception, breaking bread, prayer, anointed teaching and preaching, tongues and interpretation to saying goodbye to our new dearest friends…wouldn’t have missed it! ~ Ruth Cremeans, Cuero, Texas
This leadership retreat was one of the best I have ever attended. It was Spirit filled, informative and I was able to network with dedicated saints of prayer from around the country. Thank you all to all the leadership of WNOP and Pastor Rodney Shaw for their inspiring contributions. ~ Charles Russell, Houston, Texas
I returned from the retreat renewed, challenged and ready to continue promoting prayer in my district!! I enjoyed Bro. Hofstetter’s presentation and have already reached out to the NAM Director here in the Texas District to have him come to Texas and train us so we can in turn ‘Plow Before the Planter’! I also enjoyed the camaraderie of fellow attendees and feel like I have made many new friends. ~ Becky Powell, Texas District Prayer Coordinator
FROM: wnop Newsletter – Lisa Marshall firstname.lastname@example.org
The Great Power of a good attitude.
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
(From: Romans 6:1-6 King James Version, KJV)
¿Qué diremos entonces? ¿Seguiremos en pecado, para que la gracia abunde?
Dios no lo quiera. ¿Cómo moriremos nosotros, que estamos muertos para el pecado, en él?
¿No sabéis que muchos de nosotros, como fuimos bautizados en Jesucristo, fuimos bautizados en su muerte?
Por eso somos sepultados con él por el bautismo en la muerte; para que así como Cristo resucitó de entre los muertos por la gloria del Padre, así también nosotros andemos en novedad de vida.
Porque si fuimos plantados juntos en la semejanza de su muerte, también seremos semejante a su resurrección;
Sabiendo esto, que nuestro viejo hombre es crucificado con él, para que el cuerpo del pecado sea destruido, para que en adelante no debemos servir al pecado.
(De: Romanos 6: 1-6 La Biblia de las Américas)
But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;
And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:
(For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
(From: 2 Peter 2:1-9 King James Version, KJV)
The uplifting and refreshing presence of God is upon a church where God’s people have humbled themselves to pray!
When we were born again, we were born into a family—our church family (Ephesians 3:15, John 1:12-13). God purposed this inter-relationship for our spiritual good. We need each other in united prayer and prayer warfare.
(See Acts 2:42 and James 5:16 .)
Every New Testament local church was exhorted to pray without ceasing.
Prayer with fasting is practiced. Consider:
*The church at Ephesus was exhorted to pray always (Ephesians 6:18).
*The church at Thessalonica was told to “Pray without ceasing” (I Thessalonians 5:17).
*The church at Rome was admonished to “be constant in prayer” (Romans 12:12).
*The church at Colosse was exhorted to “continue in prayer with thanksgiving steadfastly” (Colossians 4:2).
*The church at Philippi was encouraged to not worry about anything . . . but in everything by prayer and supplication let your requests be made know to God (Philippians 4:6).
*The Hebrews were urged to “continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God” (Hebrews 13:15).
Around A.D. 400, Chrysotom wrote, “What we cannot obtain by solitary prayer . . . we may by cooperative prayer.”
The uplifting and refreshing presence of God is upon a church where God’s people have humbled themselves to pray! By prayer we are talking about more than a few minutes here and there. We speak of focused prayer . . .groanings . . . cries from the heart . . . fasting . . . seeking God’s face (Romans 8:26).
We are keenly aware of spiritual forces at work in the congregation and also outside the church. Preaching, teaching, lecturing, discipling—without prayer—have little impact against these powers (Zechariah 4:6).
Every local church must be united in unceasing, intercessory, concentrated, prevailing prayer! There is unusual power in united prayer. Jesus said, “My house shall be called the house of prayer” (Matthew 21:13).
When you pray for your local church, pray for:
1. YOUR PASTOR AND HIS FAMILY
Pray that God would anoint your pastor and his wife to be the godly leaders that the local church needs (I John 2:27). Pray that they would be strengthened physically and that their financial needs would be met (Phillippians 4:19). Pray that they would have wisdom in rearing their own children in the fear of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4).
2. SUNDAY SCHOOL AND CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES
Pray that God would anoint and inspire the teachers to reach and teach the children on their level. Pray that the children’s hearts would be tender to the Lord and that they would receive the Holy Ghost even in their classrooms (Acts 2:39). Pray that the children would lead their unchurched parents to know Christ.
3. HOME BIBLE STUDIES AND OUTREACH MINISTRIES
Pray that teachers and workers would be sensitive to the needs of those they meet. Pray that the hearts of the contacts would be fertile soil for the Word of God to take root and grow. Pray that the entire church would feel the burden to reach their world with the love of Christ and His gospel.
4. YOUTH MINISTRIES
Pray that the youth staff—the youth pastor, youth leaders, Sunday school teachers, and others—would have genuine love and concern for the youth of the church and city and the wisdom to deal with the manifold problems that face today’s youth. Pray that parents and older saints would be examples of righteousness for the youth to follow. Pray that the youth would learn to put God first in their lives (Matthew 6:33).
5. MUSIC MINISTRIES
Pray that those involved in the music ministry would be divinely anointed as they play and sing unto the Lord. Pray that they would be sensitive to the move of the Spirit and complement the ministry of the Word. Pray that they, as more public examples of the church, would walk circumspectly before the Lord (Ephesians 5:15).
6. SINGLE MINISTRIES AND SUPPORT GROUPS
Pray that the singles would find the companionship and emotional support they need within the church body. Pray that the other support groups would be understanding and compassionate as they reach out to those in need. Pray that those in material need would be drawn closer to Christ because of their problems.
7. DAUGHTER CHURCHES
Pray for the ministers of the daughter church to be anointed and strengthened both spiritually and physically (III John 2). Pray that those attending the daughter work would pick up the burden—both spiritually and financially. Pray that the community surrounding the new work would be receptive to the Word of God (II Thessalonians 3:1).
8. PRAYER MINISTRIES
Pray for the leaders of the prayer ministry to be strengthened physically and spiritually—intercession is taxing both to the body and spirit. Pray that they would be sensitive to the leading of the Spirit and to the needs of the church. Pray that others would have a burden to join the prayer ministry.
9. MEDIA MINISTRIES
Pray that the media ministries of the church would be tools of evangelism and encouragement. Pray that God would anoint the hearts of those that hear the tapes and see the videos to be receptive to the Word of God. Pray that the church dramas and newsletters would make an eternal impact on lives.
Praying for your local church is not only an obligation, it is a wonderful privilege. Heaven and hell respond to those who pray (II Chronicles 7:14;
Matthew 16:18). Your prayers can bring revival, healing, reconciliation, and salvation. Please pray for your local church.
Produced by World Network of Prayer, United Pentecostal Church International
(From: UPCI – http://docs.wnop.org/console/images-download/prayer_guides/how_to_pray_for_your_local_church.htm)
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
So then death worketh in us, but life in you.
We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;
Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.
For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
(From: 2 Corinthians 4:7-18 King James Version, KJV)
Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.
For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
(From: Romans 7:12-25 King James Version, KJV)