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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!
World Network of Prayer
(From: wnop Newsletter)
“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)
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)
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)
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)
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 email@example.com
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)
the thousands of vulnerable orphans who are currently homeless in Central Asia.
Vanuatu. In March 2015, Cyclone Pam hit the island and destroyed 90% of the coffee harvest. Since farming is the main source of income for the vast majority of Vanuatu’s population, this damage was devastating. They are still struggling as a result.
the Central African Republic. This country has been unstable since its independence in 1960. Displacement, ill health and trauma are on-going realities for its citizens. Frequent attacks are carried out on civilians and humanitarian workers.
the persecuted church worldwide. Pray for an end to persecution and that all people will be able to worship God freely without repercussions.
Pakistan. This weekend the nation faced a new wave of terror attacks.
Mozambique. Last Thursday a cyclone hit and impacted over 650,000 people. 20,000 homes were lost and crop damage was significant.
Tuesday: Steven & Jean Tir (Slovakia/Serbia)
Wednesday: Phil & Twyla Tolstad (Uganda)
Thursday: Nathanael & Ingunn Turner (Estonia)
Friday: Mike & Dianna Tuttle (Regional Dir. Europe/Middle East)
Saturday: Dennis & Amy Uecker (Latvia)
Sunday: Kevin & Lolita Vacca (Philippine Islands)
Monday: Kevin & Crystal Wallace (France)
North American Missionaries
Tuesday: Sergio Gonzalez Family (San Diego, CA)
Wednesday: Carlton Coon Family (Suwanee, GA)
Thursday: Joel Slayter Family (Schertz, TX)
Friday: Daniel Norris Family (Southaven, MS)
Saturday: Victor Loera Family (El Monte, CA)
Sunday: Larry Rodriguez Family (Ventura, CA)
Monday: Joseph Abraham Family (Crawfordville, FL)
(Information from UPCI wnop Newsletter)
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance” (Psalm 33:12).
It is essential that we fervently intercede for our nation and the church, especially in the midst of constant challenges that arise daily. There are natural powers and laws, but there are supernatural powers and laws that come from God, that supersede all. He said “All power is given unto me in Heaven and Earth…” (Matthew 28:19). We must go to the God of Heaven on behalf of humanity, representing the powers that be on earth. Pray “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”
The Bible instructs us to pray for our national leaders. “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty” (I Timothy 2:1-2). Biblically, we also should pray for our church leaders. “Brethren, pray for us” (I Thessalonians 5:25). It is so important to lift up in prayer our general superintendent, David Bernard, and all UPCI leadership and churches.
Washington’s birthday is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first president of the United States. Colloquially, this day is also now widely known as Presidents’ Day and is often an occasion to honor all persons who have served as president, not just George Washington. How fitting it would be now, not only to commemorate historical presidents in this way, but also to remember and lift up in prayer our current president, Donald Trump and his administration.
Prayer has played an important role in American heritage historically, as many of our national and church forefathers and leaders have turned to prayer for strength, inspiration, and solidarity. Pray that the Lord would grant guidance and wisdom to all those who serve in authority.
Pray for our president and his administration and all governmental officials in our nation.
Pray for all spiritual leaders and churches and for God’s blessings to prevail.
Pray that our leaders would allow God’s mighty hand to guide them to lead.
Pray that God would pour out His Spirit upon our national leaders and our nation, and in our churches.
Pray that the church and our nation and its leaders adhere to II Chronicles 7:14.
Pray for the seven centers of power: government, church, education, media, family, business, and military.
Pray for a great awakening and revival in our entire nation!
World Network of Prayer
(From wnop Newsletter)
What is the “Heart of Prayer”? Does it refer to the central idea of the noun prayer, or to the type of heart that one should desire? I believe it is both – something that we should both seek after and desire more than anything else.
King David was known as the man after God’s own heart. He pursued God actively, seeking to commune with Him regularly in his thoughts, words, and heart. He also desired the same relationship for his children and for his house. Although he was not allowed to build the temple, he did work hard throughout his reign to prepare for its eventual construction. God honored his heart’s desire by allowing his son Solomon to be the actual builder. David knew that he personally would never build it or see it, yet he did everything possible to equip Solomon for the task.
Instead of regretting or lamenting the situation, we can feel David’s heart’s cry in II Samuel 7:27 as he prayed “For thou, O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, hast revealed to thy servant, saying, I will build thee an house: therefore hath thy servant found in his heart to pray this prayer unto thee.” God rewarded David’s heart by establishing his children upon the throne of Israel. Far better than building a physical house, God set up a spiritual house whereby his children could be saved. Later his son Solomon prayed his own adult prayer asking for the wisdom necessary to fulfill the commission. We see God’s pleased response to Solomon’s attitude in I Kings 4:29:”And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart.”
Is that not our heart’s cry as Ladies of Prayer – that our children would take ownership of the faith and be established forever in this beautiful truth? As mothers, does it not give us “largeness of heart” to see our children respond to the moving of God in their lives – first as children, then as adults? When everything that we’ve worked so hard to instill in them appears to suddenly take root and come to fruition in their lives, and we see them make good decisions and wise choices, do we not feel like the apostle John said in his third epistle? “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”
I recently witnessed this concept in the life of Sister Margarita, a humble Philippine national living here in Spain. A faithful, praying sister who came to God via a long, broken road in life, Sister Margarita recently testified of God’s miraculous provision. It began as a simple prayer that God would provide for her to continue paying her modest faith promise commitment. Then God spoke to her and told her to pay a much larger amount, a great percentage of her monthly salary. So, after more prayer, she committed the larger amount. Within hours, her employers had paid her daughter’s school bill, gave her a bonus big enough to pay her yearly commitment, andpaid a three-month vacation back to the Philippines for herself and her young daughter Meagan.
This is a fantastic testimony for Faith Promise, but it didn’t stop there. Meagan, of course, was aware of many of these events, yet had never responded in church to the moving of the spirit. Just shortly after returning from their vacation, Meagan spoke out in response to an altar call in a home cell group meeting by saying, “What about me?” The adults gathered around, and in just a few moments Meagan began to speak in a heavenly language. Just last Sunday we baptized her in Jesus’ name!
What about Meagan, indeed?! And all the other Meagans of this world? Is that not the cry of God’s children everywhere – what about me? That is the heart of prayer – that our children would learn to seek after the heart of God. David said it so well in Psalms 27:4 “One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after.” People are “people” everywhere, and we all need a Savior!
Note: Ken and Kay Burgess have been missionaries with the UPCI since July, 1989. They have served in three different countries, and are currently in Madrid, Spain. They pastor Tabernáculo de Vida, (Life Tabernacle Madrid), administer and teach in the National Bible School, and serve as Supervisors of the Madrid District.
(From: UPCI – Ladies Prayer International Newsletter)
1. You can save their life. “Herod stretched out his hand to vex certain of the church, and he killed James . . . proceeded further to take Peter also . . . but prayer was made without ceasing unto God for him” (Acts 12:1, 2, 5). “The Lord had brought him out of the prison” (Acts 12:17).
2. You can move God to help someone. “Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray. Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: and the prayer of faith shall save the sick” (James 5:16).
3. You can contribute to a peaceful society. “I urge . . . that request, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone for kings and those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives, in all godliness and holiness” (I Timothy 2:1-2 NIV).
4. You can help protect others from temptation. “Simon, behold, Satan has desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat, but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not” (Luke 22:31, 32).
5. You can help pastors be successful in ministry. “Strive together with me in your prayers to God for me, that I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea, and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints” (Romans 15:13).
6. You can help people understand spiritual things. Paul prayed for the Ephesians, “Making mention of you in your prayers, that God . . . may give you a spirit of revelation and wisdom . . . the eyes of your understanding being enlightened, that ye may know . . .” (Ephesians 1:16-18).
7. You can contribute to others’ spiritual growth. “I bow my knee to the Father . . . that he would grant you . . . to be strengthened with might . . . that Christ my dwell in your hearts . . . that ye might be filled with the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:14-18).
Want to change the world? Want to impact lives? Give yourself to prayer.
Have a blessed week.
(From wnop Newsletter)
Proverbios 18:21 nos dice “La muerte y la vida están en el poder de la lengua:” Otra traducción de la spasaje dice: “Las palabras pueden matar o las palabras pueden dar vida”.
¿Qué tipo de palabras salen de tu boca? ¿En su discurso diario y en sus oraciones? Una vez leí una señal de la iglesia que decía: “¿Rezas o te preocupas de rodillas”? Tuve que parar y pensar y hacer un poco de auto-evaluación. Tal vez esta semana, al acercarse al Año Nuevo, podría hacer lo mismo.
Quiero que mis palabras sean positivas. Quiero que mis oraciones estén llenas de palabras llenas de fe. Quiero pasar tiempo en la oración centrándome en Su Palabra y las promesas que Él nos ha dado, no en las circunstancias como son. Al enemigo no le gustaría nada más que alejarnos de las promesas de Dios, pero he decidido que no va a funcionar para mí. Hablaré de fe. Hablaré la vida. Ya que la Biblia me dice que mis palabras tienen poder, ¡he decidido usarlas para el bien mayor! Mi plan para 2017 es orar más y orar mejor.
El enfoque de los 30 Días de Oración es “Mayor”. Quiero que mis esfuerzos de extensión y mi alma ganen para ser “Mayor”. Quiero que mi donación sea “Mayor”. Quiero que mi dedicación y mi consagración sean “mayores”. Quiero que mis palabras sean “Mayores” … una mayor influencia, un mayor estímulo, una mayor ayuda a los demás. Quiero que mis palabras sean agradables a Dios y las que tocarán y moverán Su corazón. A través de mis oraciones, quiero hablar la vida a los perdidos. Quiero hablar vida y salud a cuerpos que están devastados por el dolor y la enfermedad. Quiero hablar de las grandes cosas de Dios en mi vida.
Únase a mí el 1 de enero ya que el WNOP comienza los 30 Días de Oración. Hay poder en una oración unida y enfocada y quiero ser una parte de Dios que quiere hacer cuando empezamos 2017.
Dios los bendiga y Feliz Año Nuevo a ustedes ya los suyos.
Coordinador de Oración Estratégica
Red Mundial de Oración
(De: wnop Boletín de noticias)
Proverbs 18:21 tells us “Death and life are in the power of the tongue:” Another translation of the spassage says, “Words can kill or words can give life”.
What kind of words are coming out of your mouth? In your speech daily and in your prayers? I once read a church sign that said, “Do you pray or worry on your knees”? I had to stop and think and do a little self-evaluation. Perhaps this week as you approach the New Year, you could do the same.
I want my words to be positive. I want my prayers to be full of faith-filled words. I want to spend time in prayer focusing on His Word and the promises He has given us, not on the circumstances as they are. The enemy would like nothing more than to take our focus off of God’s promises, but I’ve decided that just isn’t going to work for me. I will speak faith. I will speak life. Since the Bible tells me my words have power, I’ve decided to use them for the greater good! My plan for 2017 is to pray more and to pray better.
The focus of the 30 Days of Prayer is “Greater”. I want my outreach efforts and my soul winning to be “Greater”. I want my giving to be “Greater”. I want my dedication and my consecration to be “Greater”. I want my words to be “Greater”….a greater influence, a greater encouragement, a greater help to others. I want my words to be pleasing to God and ones that will touch and move His heart. Through my prayers, I want to speak life to those lost. I want to speak life and health to bodies that are ravaged with pain and sickness. I want to speak of the great things of God in my life.
Join with me on January 1 as WNOP begins the 30 Days of Prayer. There is power in united, focused prayer and I want to be a part of God wants to do as we begin 2017.
God bless you and Happy New Year to you and yours.
Strategic Prayer Coordinator
World Network of Prayer
(From: wnop Newsletter)
A heavy burden has gripped the heart of many for a mighty revival of countless prodigals to return to God in truth, holiness, and righteousness. We must pray, intercede, and fast more than ever before for their return. Jeremiah 3:22 reads, “Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings. Behold, we come unto thee, for thou art the Lord our God.”
Pray that God resurrects the prodigal and lukewarm to a life with Him.
Pray that God draws His prodigal and lukewarm children near to Him by His Spirit.
Pray that there is an awakening among God’s prodigals and lukewarm saints.
Pray that God gives His prodigals visions and dreams that stirs the heart and draws them to Him.
Bind the spirits that are hindering the prodigals from returning back to God.
Tear down every stronghold through the power of prayer that is keeping them in bondage.
Pray that “The Spirit of the Lord . . . sets at liberty them that are bruised” (Luke 4:18).
Pray that the prodigal and lukewarm cries out to God for mercy (Psalm 41:4).
Pray that God opens the eyes and understanding of the prodigal and remembers how Jesus was wounded for their transgressions, Jesus was bruised for their iniquities, and by His stripes they are healed (Isaiah 53:5).
Pray the prodigals will desire to return back to God and say, “Come, and let us return unto the Lord; for he hath torn, and he will heal us. . . .” (Hosea 6:1).
May God richly bless you.
South Texas District
(From: wnop Newsletter)