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Prayers for…Missionaries 1 No ratings yet.

Global

Tuesday: Shawn & Jaydie Sarsfield (Mali)
Wednesday: Amy Sawyer (Belize)
Thursday: Mitch & Jutta Sayers (Germany)
Friday: Bred & Lycia Schreckhise (Domincan Republic)
Saturday: David & Yonda Schwarz (Regional Director, Central America and Caribbean)
Sunday: Stanley Scism (Cambodia)
Monday: Lynden & Kathy Shalm (Regional Director, Asia)

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North American Missionaries

Tuesday: Gregory Turner Family (Gray, GA)
Wednesday: Gary Brill Family (Madras, OR)
Thursday: William Gibson Family (La Grande, OR)
Friday: Neil Mack Family (Camby, IN)
Saturday: Michael Seidenfaden Family (Lawrenceburg, KY)
Sunday: Curtis Franks Family (Broad Bottom, KY)
Monday: Alan Bassette Family (Rome, NY)

(From wnop Newsletter)

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As the disciples walked with Jesus… 1 No ratings yet.

As the disciples walked with Jesus, they daily heard His teaching and saw the miracles He did for the people. They saw blind eyes opened, the crippled made to walk and even the dead raised to life again. And yet, their request to Him was, “Lord, teach us to pray.” In response, Jesus taught them that true prayer is not only asking, but it is also about binding and loosing, or warfare and bringing down the strongholds of hell. He taught them that some things may appear impossible, but there is a faith that can explode the impossible. And mighty prevailing prayer is the weapon that opens the door to the power that overcomes the world of darkness. And that world will yield ground to the child of God who gets desperate enough to pray in the spirit until hell’s gates are moved.

A desperate pray-er doesn’t care who hears him pray; he cares only about one thing and that is his great need of touching God.

Several years ago while my late husband and I were pastoring, some of our ladies were at our church seeking God earnestly when we heard in the distance a woman screaming. Alarmed, we ran outside and saw a woman running toward us with a small child in her arms. She fell to the ground at my feet crying and screaming, “my baby is dead…he had a seizure and stopped breathing…he hasn’t breathed for several minutes now. Please pray!” The child was unresponsive, but as we laid our hands on him and called on the Name of Jesus, he began to gasp for breath and started crying. God completely healed that child. He is still a mighty, merciful God who hears and answers when His people earnestly seek Him.

James 5:16b “the earnest continued prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available.”

Norma Deville, Guest Writer
Shady Grove UPC
Jena, Louisiana
(From: wnop Newlsetter)

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Walk into the Extraordinary. 1 No ratings yet.

It was a day just like any other. As Gideon threshed wheat near the winepress, the unexpected happened. An angel appeared before him, “The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour” (Judges 6:12).

Gideon knew immediately that this was one lost and confused angel. Why, he was the youngest of a poor, obscure family. What could he do? He was powerless. How could God possibly use him?

Born into a nation that had walked away from God, attempting to hide wheat from the Midianites was a way of life for Gideon. Tired of living under the heavy hand of their enemy, the children of Israel began to call upon God to save them. Now an angel had come with a message of deliverance, but he had picked the wrong person. Of the entire nation, he had selected a young man with little prospects for the future.

It is easy to relate to Gideon. He had the audacity to ask the outrageous questions that we are reluctant to put into words. “If You are with me, God, why am I in such a mess? You delivered us out of Egypt only to allow us to fall prey to the Midianites. You want to use me to deliver my entire nation? If this is really You, You have to show me a sign!”

The angel did the miraculous before Gideon’s eyes, yet he still fleeced God. Not once, but twice. At last he was convinced that he was hearing from the Lord.

With thirty-two thousand men at his disposal, everything seemed promising. But then God began the process of selecting and rejecting until Gideon was left with just three hundred men. God took this small group, armed with only trumpets, pitchers, and lamps (torches) and caused the Midianites to utterly destroy themselves.

What an amazing, wonderful story! From our perspective, we can smugly wonder why Gideon ever questioned God at all. Surely if an angel appeared to us, we would immediately, without hesitation, obey.

But we all ask questions. God beckons us down a path that we have never walked before, “The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour!” We quake, question, and flee in fear. How can God use us? What if He lets us down? The task is too great! He expects too much of us. Doesn’t He know who we are? Isn’t He aware of our lack of experience and abilities?
God is looking for those who are willing to obey. Perfection is not a requirement. Self-sufficiency and tremendous confidence are not either. “Peace be unto thee; fear not!” (Judges 6:23) God’s reassurance is needed when we stand at the crossroads of the familiar and a new assignment from the Lord.

Just like Gideon, we are weak, defenseless, and without adequate resources to accomplish what God requires of us. But, “our sufficiency is of God” (II Corinthians 3:5). “The Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon” (Judges 6:34) and he was able to face and accomplish the task that God had placed before him. Without God’s assistance, it is impossible to boldly accept the challenges that lie ahead.

But it is not up to us! When we face the enemy, task, or ministry that God has called us to do, we too will hear His assurance. “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left” (Isaiah 30:21).

In the Spirit today, can’t you hear a voice gently speaking? “The Lord is with thee, thou mighty [wo]man of valour!”

The above article was written by Bonnie Peacock who dedicated her writing talents to inspire and challenge others in their walk with God.
(FROM: SISTERS sisters@upci.org via Ladies Ministries Newsletter)

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IF YOU GO TO WAR by Beth Marie Evans 1 5/5 (1)

God’s ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts. However, in spite of our human imperfections, we can achieve excellence. This may not be true according to worldly standards, but according to the hope we have when we choose to live according to the laws of God, we can live a life of excellence.

We have so many examples in scripture of those who, in spite of doubt, unbelief, and sin, accomplished what God called them to do. David, who is called a man after God’s heart, cut off the skirt of Saul’s robe while he slept, and then repented. According to our standards, David had good reason for assaulting Saul because Saul was out to kill him for no other reason than jealousy (see I Samuel 24:4-6). However, David chose a way that was more excellent, even though he was not perfect. He was a man who could be reasoned with, and would receive instruction, even from a woman. When Nabal returned evil for the good that David and his men had done for him by refusing to provide food for his men and beasts, David wanted to kill him and his whole household. But instead he repented of his ways, even thanking God for Nabal’s wife, who prevented him from committing this sin (see I Samuel 25:5-34).

We have many other examples; we have Jonah, who didn’t want to do the will of God because of his fear and prejudice, Abraham and Sarah, who tried to bring the promise of God to pass themselves, but in the end, God kept His promise through Isaac. When we consider Daniel, who was said to have an excellent spirit, there doesn’t seem to be anything negative written of him. What we see written concerning Daniel is that he sought out God continually. We also see this in the life of David, who had many failures, battles, but also victories. Although we never read of any sin committed by Daniel, he was never called a man after God’s heart. It is possible to live a life of excellence before God when we choose to press steadfastly towards the mark of the high calling of Jesus Christ. This week, pray that you will live a life of excellence before God!

Beth Marie Evans
Apostolic Author
Cook County Chaplain
International Christian Fellowship
Brookfield, Illinois
(From wnop Newsletter)

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The GLOBAL DAY OF PRAYER will be observed on Sunday, June 4, 2017. 3 5/5 (1)

The GLOBAL DAY OF PRAYER will be observed on Sunday, June 4, 2017. The Global Day of Prayer is commemorated annually as “A Day of Repentance and United Prayer!” Christians around the globe will lift up their voices in one accord in stadiums, churches, fields, etc., believing for the power of prayer to transform our world and fill the nations with the glory of God!

God is calling people worldwide to unite together in prayer to pray for the world. He wants us to embark on the journey to intercede for the nations and to answer the call relayed in II Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” And as a result, verses 15-16 will manifest, which further declares, “Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place. For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.”

On the Global Day of Prayer, we will be praying with the world…for the world! Join millions of praying people worldwide, and do “a world of good” and watch the world change…for the better!

Pentecost Sunday also will convene on Sunday, June 4, 2017. The observance of this day highlights the initial outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts. Preceded by a wave of repentance, the Holy Spirit was poured out upon 120 people in the upper room, and then later 3,000 individuals received God’s Spirit as well.

Pray that a spirit of travail would grip our hearts, so that a great harvest of souls will be born into the kingdom of God. Pray for a spirit of conviction, repentance, and transformation to prevail. Pray that the hearts of seekers would be purified with holy fire through the infilling presence of God. Pray for a supernatural demonstration of the power of God. Pray for a divine manifestation of His Holy Spirit, along with restoration, renewal, healing, miracles, signs, and wonders. And remember, God still desires to reach the “Lost” through “Pentecost”!

Flo Shaw
Director
World Network of Prayer
(Information from the wnop Newsletter)

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A call to prayer 2 No ratings yet.

…CONTINUALLY
Although we are living in some of the most perilous times in the history of humanity, we also are living in some of the most glorious times in the history of the church. This world is waxing worst and worst, but the Kingdom is waxing greater and greater!

This is not a time for the church to be asleep. Awake, a call to prayer has gone out (Romans 13:11). Don’t you hear it? Today we have the most splendid opportunity to make an impact. As we pray with passion and perseverance for our governmental leaders, and the challenges facing our nation and our world…God will “hear” us; God will “help” us; and God will “heal” our land (II Chronicles 7:14)!

Is there not a cause? Choose to be a catalyst of change. Why even wait for the UPCI, WNOP, or church leadership to ask us to pray and fast? The Spirit of the Lord prompts and leads us to do so…continually (Daniel 9:3, Joel 2:12, Acts 6:4, I Thessalonians 5:17, I Timothy 2:1-4). “The signs of the times” speak volumes alone. The Lord beckons us to be faithful in standing in the gap (Ezekiel 22:30). He has deployed us as His army, and we have the awesome responsibility to fulfill His divine assignments. Commit to consistent intercession. Consecrate unto Christ with constant fasting. The hour that we live it demands it! Pray for America! Pray for the world!

This world and all therein shall pass, only what we do for Christ shall last! Do you want to maintain your salvation? Do you want others to obtain salvation? Well, make the most of your temporal life…by investing in all that matters for eternal life! Please commit to consistent prayer and fasting with us! It is time to awake and…arise and shine (Isaiah 60:1-3)…and answer A CALL TO PRAYER!

Flo Shaw
Director
World Network of Prayer
(From wnop Newsletter)

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The New York Metro District WNOP Regional Summons 1 No ratings yet.

The New York Metro District WNOP Regional Summons convened on March 30 – April 1, 2017, in the New York Metro District, where Bishop Devon Dawson is district superintendent and at New Life Tabernacle, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, where Bishop Micheal Mitchell is pastor. The Summons theme was “RELEASE”! This event was a great SUCCESS! The overall attendance was approximately 1,150, including around 110 in the Kids Summons that transpired on Friday night, in which 7 received the gift of the Holy Ghost! There were 57 confirmed miraculous healings!

As orchestrated by God, a sweeping thunderous move of corporate intercession occurred unlike we had ever experienced, and lives were transformed and supernatural kingdom exploits were done! A great spirit of unity prevailed as both the ministry and laity wept and rejoiced!  A prophetic word came forth that “because of this, great revival, harvest, miracles, and blessings would manifest!”

Some other major highlights of the Summons included:

Great moves of God: God wrought phenomenal things in the Spirit from the preaching, worship, divine impartation, intercession, miracles, healings, educating and equipping.
Dynamic speakers: Devon Dawson, Micheal Mitchell, Art Wilson, Ric and Vicki Gonzalez, Margaret Banks (NYMD Prayer Coordinator), Joshua Herring (Evening Evangelist), Flo Shaw (Keynote), Lisa Marshall (Prayer), and Colleen Clabaugh (Kids Ministry).
NYMD choir & singers/musicians: Anointed worship led by New Life Tabernacle, Oneness Rehoboth Apostolic Church, the McKains and Vicki Gonzalez.
Participation of neighboring district superintendents: Jay Stirnemann (MA/RI) and John Hanson (CT) led in powerful prayers and exhortations.
Pre-service/Summons prayer: Led by anointed prayer coordinators, ministers and intercessors.
WNOP honorees: Special UN guests/city official honored for their exemplary contributions to society.
Reach Out America presentation (Disaster relief/Humanitarian aid ministry): Larry Williamson, President. Instrumental in impacting NYMD after Hurricane Sandy.
Warrior Cry: The youth drama team from Oneness Rehoboth Apostolic Church marched in with military attire, moved in formation, and quoted the Word of God sporadically from memory. It was amazing!
Plowing Before The Planter focus: Further equipped attendees in prayer evangelism.
Special awardee: Margaret Banks awarded with a plaque in recognition of successfully completing her full four-year tenure as PBTP coordinator.
Event live-streaming: More than a 1,000 people joined the conference, via live-stream. Many onsite and offsite reported this was the greatest prayer conference ever! People were released, renewed, and delivered by the power of God!
Many people entered into new dimensions of prayer and the Spirit. The most common words to best relay the impact of the NYMD WNOP Regional Summons overall expressed by both leadership and laity was that…”It was a life changing experience!”

On behalf of WNOP, we would like to personally thank all who worked and participated in this Summons to contribute in it being a great success! Eternity has yet to reveal all that was truly accomplished! The photos and quotes below display only a “small” part of what we experienced from a ‘big” RELEASE…and our lives will never be the same again!

Flo Shaw
Director
World Network of Prayer
(From: wnop Newsletter)

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Triumphant Through the Power of Prayer by Tanya Harrod 3 No ratings yet.

“Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy”.  Psalm 64:1

I was blessed to be raised in a home that sought-after God, knowing prayer, faith, and trust. Growing up we saw many things come to pass through the power of prayer.

When I was eight years old, I was in a race with my sisters and the neighbor kids. We ran around the neighborhood seeing who was the fastest. I remember thinking, “Yes, I´m going to win”.  It was at that moment that I came crashing to the ground, splitting my knee open to the bone!  We were home missionaries and had no insurance, my mom didn’t know anything else to do other than to pray and wrap a large bandage around my knee. Within an hour I was back to running around. My knee was totally healed, except a tiny bruise that I still have as a reminder of God answering prayer.

Many times, we can seem to get busy in life and don’t see spiritual attacks that come against us.A few weeks ago, as I was tucking Alaina, our eight year old into bed, she started acting nervous. I shrugged it off, prayed over her, and put her to bed. The next three nights her daddy and I got frustrated as she seemed to be stalling at bedtime and not wanting to sleep alone. Finally, on the fourth morning while praying the thought came to me that it was a spirit of fear, not just the normal little “scared thing” that kids go through.

I sat Alaina down and asked why she had been dreading bedtime. She broke down crying, telling me how scared she was of being alone, of being in the dark, and having it too quiet around her. I knew then that she was being attacked by a spirit of fear. We began to pray with her and bind fear, bind the lies of Satan, and loose peace over her. We called our pastor who prayed over her mind and together we taught her how to pray the Word of God and use His promises.It took three more nights of praying before it left her completely, but through prayer we were triumphant.

Alaina has now learned personally that she can be triumphant through the power of prayer, because God has given her peace and she sleeps soundly every night. No matter what may come against our families, the answer is found in prayer.

“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” (Mark 11:24).

Note: Tanya Harrod is married to missionary Nathan Harrod and blessed to be the mother of Alaina and Lincoln. The Harrods have served in the country of Spain for the past thirteen years and pastor three churches in the Catalonian Region. They are working to start more.  She homeschools her two children and tries to be involved in any area needed including music, youth, and teaching.

(From: Ladies Prayer Intl April 2017 Newsletter)

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Triumphant over Distractions in Prayer by Liane Grant 2 No ratings yet.

Our desire to be triumphant in prayer is sometimes thwarted because we have difficulty dealing with things that distract us before and during our prayer time. To triumph means to be victorious or successful. We can be victorious over time pressure by setting aside time to pray each day. Then, we can be successful in overcoming distractions by keeping our focus on God during that special time.

Ironically, sometimes the distractions come from the very children we love and for whom we pray. After the birth of each of my three sons, I ached for time alone with God. “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee” (Psalm 63:1). But it seemed that no matter how early I got up, the baby would awaken while I was praying. What a blessing when my husband offered to block off an hour each day to be with the kids and give me time for private devotions. It was in his best interests to have a praying wife, after all.

Susanna, mother of the famous preachers John and Charles Wesley, had a unique solution to uninterrupted prayer time. Although she was raising ten children and her husband was often absent, Susanna was committed to two hours of prayer each day. She trained her kids that whenever she covered her head with her apron, she was praying and should not be disturbed.

If we really want to triumph in prayer, we will find a way somehow. Nowadays, in addition to children, we have email, text messages, Facebook notifications, and Twitter clamouring to interrupt our prayer time. We can turn off these electronic distractions to focus in prayer, but sometimes it is hard to silence our own distracting thoughts.

In the early years of marriage, I received some great advice from my pastor’s wife about dealing with distractions during prayer. She suggested that we keep a notebook close by to write down any task or information that came to mind while we were praying. II Corinthians 10:5 talks about “bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” By quickly writing a note, we could return to prayer without thinking constantly, “Oh, I need to remember to do this after prayer.”

So, triumph in prayer begins when we conquer the things that hinder us from starting to pray. We continue to triumph when we overcome distractions during our prayer time. Then, we will truly be in a position to be triumphant through prayer. “Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ” (II Corinthians 2:14).

Note: Liane and her husband Scott are career church planters in Montreal, Quebec under the UPCI Metro Missions program. Liane serves as the Quebec Ladies Ministries president and is the founder and overseer of The King’s Translators, a group of volunteers dedicated to providing apostolic resources in French. She is currently doing her doctoral research with this translation group.

(From: Ladies Prayer Intl April 2017 Newsletter)

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Triumphant Through Prayer by Wanda Fielder 2 No ratings yet.

Being raised in the church from birth, I always believed the Word of God to be true but often leaned on the prayers and faith of my parents to carry me through. There is merit to this blind faith; however there comes a time in everyone’s life that he must seek to find a personalization and ownership of that same faith. Often it takes a time of crisis for us to diligently pursue a very personal relationship with the Lord.

My pursuit of faith became more focused when I became a parent, as I then had responsibility for someone other than myself. The knowledge of accountability for others can be overwhelming, but I knew the perfect source of strength and chose to seek Him for direction. Because of my faithful quest for guidance, I did not expect the curve in the road ahead.

When raising children in the fear of the Lord from day one, we expect nothing less than complete surrender of their lives to Him. When our oldest son began to stray from the Lord, it took us by total shock and grieved our hearts to the fullest. As he began to experiment in things of the world and to veer from the path we had taught him to follow, we wept before the Lord. Surely this couldn’t be happening in our God-fearing home. It was time to put our faith to the test.

I began to focus on the Word of God, applying it in a very personal way to our situation. I John 5:14, 15 promises, “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” I knew that it was the will of God for our son to serve the Lord, so I began to pray and claim that scripture. I Peter 5:7 has always been a source of strength to me, and I obeyed its command: “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

Increasing our faith, my husband and I began to pray and plead the blood of Jesus over our son.
I well remember laying on the floor underneath one of the pews in our sanctuary declaring that Satan was not going to have our son. Pleading the blood of Jesus, I claimed him for the Lord and refused to let go of God’s promises. Through much prayer and fasting, we received our answer from the Lord. He turned our son around and made his life new in Him.

This situation took place over seventeen years ago. It thrills me to say that our son is serving the Lord faithfully since that turnaround. God has blessed him with a wife and children who also live for the Lord. We are grateful beyond measure.

You can be triumphant through prayer. Never give up.

Note: Wanda Fielder, founder and editor of the web site and newsletter, Tealightful Inspirations, currently serves as Connections Director for the UPCI Ladies Ministries. She is married to James Fielder, and they have pastored in Portage, IN for the past 37 years. She is the happy mother of two sons, Brent and Bryan, and Nana to Maddi and Lincoln.

(From: Ladies Prayer Intl April 2017 Newsletter)

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To Inquire In His Temple 2 4/5 (1)

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.

JulieAnn Reynolds
Local Prayer Coordinator
Apostolic Life Center
Manchaca, Texas
(From wnop Newsletter)

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Adam, Where are You? 1 4/5 (1)

“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.”

Margaret Banks
District Prayer Coordinator
New York Metro District
Author of “The 5 Principles of Powerful Prayer”
(From wnop Newsletter)

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The UPCI “2017 World Network of Prayer Leadership Retreat” 2 5/5 (1)

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”!

Flo Shaw
WNOP Director

Quotes:
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 lmarshall@upci.org

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Information about “How to Pray For Your Local Church.” 2 5/5 (1)

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)

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