IDOP 2016 Two (2) Prayer Calls


IDOP 2016

Plan to join us for either one or both of this year’s IDOP Prayer Calls. The dates are the first two (2) Sundays in November 2016. See the following link for the formal information and invitation. Please also click on the links below and share the info and IDOP 2016 Flyer:

You are free to share the IDOP Prayer Calls Link and the Flyer above as you mobilize.

For the past three years ION Prayer has partnered together for this very important prayer time. To learn more about praying why we link together each year to pray for the persecuted check out the IDOP website. The WEA has posted a video to help you understand the significance part we can play in prayer. See it here:

 Download the IDOP 2016 Flyer:


Participating Global Advocates:

Persecution Watch

Voice of the Persecuted

International Orality Network (ION)

Global Prayer Resource Network 


Capitol Hill Prayer Partners (CHPP) Student Volunteer Movement 2 (SVM2)

Prayer Surge Network

Fellowship of Prayer Strategists 

Asian Access 

Accord Network

PRINT/DOWNLOAD FLYER IDOP 2016 Prayer Conference Call (remember to also share with pastors, church members, prayer groups)

Sunday November 6
Sunday November 13
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time
7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central time
6 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mountain time
5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific time
Call Number:  
Access Code:

International numbers and Mobile App links available

MOBILE APP: Free Conference Call HD also provides a quick and easy way for you to dial into conference calls without having to remember the dial-in credentials. Save all of your conference call dial-in numbers and access codes using this free app. With the Free Conference Call HD you can instantly dial into a conference call via 3G/4G data network and or regular mobile carrier. Google Play link  or App Store – iTunes

Available International IDOP Prayer Conference Call Numbers

(Note: If you will be using one of the call numbers below, you may experience issues in your country. If you are unable to connect, try using the VoIP dialer available at this link. Click on VoIP dialer, go to this number 712-775-7035 in the drop down menu—enter access code 281207 (do not add the # symbol)—enter your name and click on the ‘Place Call’ button.)

Australia                                              +61 (0) 3 8672 0185

Austria                                                  +43 (0) 732 2781155

Belgium                                                +32 (0) 9 324 29 17

Brazil                                                     +55 61 4040-4314

Bulgaria                                                +359 (0) 2 495 1527

Canada                                                 (712) 775-7060

Chile                                                      +56 (0) 44 890 9161

China                                                     +86 (0) 510 6801 0117

Costa Rica                                            +506 4000 3885

Croatia                                                  +385 (0) 1 8000 065

Cyprus                                                  +357 77 788854

Czech                                                    +420 225 852 060

Denmark                                               +45 78 77 36 35

Dominican Republic                             (829) 999-2585

Estonia                                                 +372 614 8061

Finland                                                 +358 (0) 9 74790032

France                                                  +33 (0) 1 80 14 00 56

GCC/Arabian Peninsula                       +973 1656 8325

Georgia                                                +995 (0) 706 777 110

Germany                                             +49 (0) 89 143772955

Guatemala                                          +502 2458 1416

Hungary                                               +36 1 987 6821

Iceland                                                 +354 539 0323

Indonesia                                            +62 (0) 21 51388813

Ireland                                                  +353 (0) 1 437 0318

Israel                                                     +972 (0) 76-599-0026

Italy                                                       +39 06 8997 2187

Japan                                                    +81 (0) 3-5050-5075

Kenya                                                   +254 (0) 20 5231033

Latvia                                                    +371 67 881 516

Lithuania                                              +370 (8) 37 248962

Luxembourg                                        +352 20 30 10 03

Malaysia                                              +60 (0) 11-1146 0070

Mexico                                                 +52 (01) 899 274 5015

Netherlands                                       +31 (0) 6 35205061

Nigeria                                                  +234 (0) 1 440 5221

Norway                                                +47 21 93 53 35

Pakistan                                               +92 (0) 21 37130640

Panama                                                +507 838-7821

Poland                                                  +48 32 739 96 40

Portugal                                               +351 21 114 3145

Romania                                              +40 (0) 31 780 7760

Slovakia                                                +421 2 333 255 32

Slovenia                                               +386 (0) 1 828 03 25

South Africa                                         +27 (0) 87 825 0107

South Korea                                       +82 (0) 70-7686-0015

Spain                                                     +34 931 98 23 70

Sri Lanka                                              +94 (0) 11 5 322961

Sweden                                               +46 (0) 31 781 06 26

Switzerland                                        +41 (0) 43 550 70 55

Taiwan                                                  +886 (0) 985 646 917

Turkey                                                  +90 (0) 212 988 1713

Ukraine                                                +380 (0) 89 323 9978

United Kingdom                                 +44 (0) 330 606 0527

United States                                                (712) 775-7035

Vietnam                                                 +84 (0) 4 7108 0080

We welcome you to join the ongoing prayer thru the weekly Persecution Watch Prayer Call group that meets at 9pm EST every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  For more info contact:  

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October 2016 ION Prayer Focus


Second stack of bibles

How Many Bibles Do You Have?

Oct. 1st to Dec. 31st-Pray through the Bible in 90 Days. We are asking for our ION Prayer Partners to link in united prayer during this 90 day prayer initiative.

We continue to focus our prayers toward those who do not have access to Scripture in their heart language or mother tongue.

This month we are teaming up with the Ethne / Fellowship of Prayer Strategists, PRAYING FOR THOSE UPGs WHO HAVE NO SCRIPTURE in South Asia, who are of the Muslim religion.


Linking to the Ethne Prayer October Focus:

We want to praying for those in SE Asia who are Oral Peoples. We want to focus on 12 UUPGs who have NO SCRIPTURE and little to NO Access to Oral Scripture & Bible Resources:

BHUTAN (8 UUPGs) – Deaf, Dzalakha, Kurtop, Lakha, Matpa, Nyenpa (NO Scripture & NO other Bible Resources) Tibetan & Tseku (NO Oral Scripture, some other Bible Resources)
BANGLADESH (2 UUPGs) – Dalu  & Ushoi (NO Oral Scripture, some other Bible Resources)
INDIA (2 UUPGs) –Dhobi (Kashmiri) & Parenga (NO Oral Scripture, some other Bible Resources)
NEPAL (0) – SRI LANKA (0) – MALDIVES (0) – The people groups in these 3 countries are some of the blessed who have Written & Oral Scriptures available. There are no UUPGs in these countries who need Scripture in their languages. Praise God!

We want to highlight two particular people groups that Finishing the Task (FTT) has said are a high priority. Please pray with us for the Dalu of Bangladesh and the Dhobi of India. [To see the most current FTT UUPG Listing:]

Pray for the Dalu Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
2,400 pop.
NO Oral Scripture, or any other Scripture Resource. They only have Written Scripture and  are an oral culture people group
Darlong language
There are resources available in Bengali, but not their mother tongue language.
100% Islam
Pray for the Dhobi (Kashmiri)(Muslim traditions)
This is one particular group of 7,000 in population. They were engaged previously, but have no believers. They are in need of oral resources specific to their heart language.
NEED Oral Bible Scripture, as they are an oral culture people.
Dogri language
There are many resources available in Urdu, but not as many their heart language and mother tongue.
100% Islam

Prayer Calendar:


Click here for the October 2016 Fellowship of Prayer Strategistis Prayer Calendar

  • October 2016 – Unreached Muslims of South Asia “The Maldives: A Place Where the Gospel is Viewed as a Threat”
  • October 2016 – Español
  • JOIN THE Fellowship of Prayer Strategists MONTHLY CALL: FPS Prayer Call October 13, 2016 at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm7am CST/1pm GMT Please email for information on how to connect to this monthly prayer call.

As we continue to drill down in prayer for Oral & Oral Bible-less Peoples around the globe, focus in on praying for Scripture for the every and all, especially these oral culture peoples. Those who most probably have never had the opportunity to be involved in Scripture Engagement in any way. They will not fully be able to comprehend correctly when they read Scripture even in if it is in their own language, because they are Oral Peoples whose culture is not geared toward the receiving of information in a literate (letters to paper) way. It is an 18″ issue – distance between the head and the heart.


How do we make disciples without the Scripture, the Word of God???

How do we pray for these people groups?

How do we understand how they receive info?

For the past three years our ION Prayer Teams have taken the last three months of the year and prayed as they listened to the Bible in Audio format. Asking God for Oral Bibles for every oral culture people group.

Bible in 90 Days – A different kind of prayer initiative

Praying & Washing in the Word Daily for the last three months of the year. ASKING for Scripture and Scripture Access to be available for the Every & All.

Bible in 90 Days – Prayer Initiative


Think about this. . .

How many Bibles do you have in your possession? Did you know that currently there are 1,778 languages that do not have ONE VERSE OF SCRIPTURE in their heart language! How can that be?!! Most of us reading this have the ENTIRE BIBLE ALL 66 BOOKS available as well as in different versions. Anytime we choose to, we are able to open our Bibles and take God’s Word into our hearts. Sadly that is not the case, around the globe.

Audio in other languagesAre you willing to try it? 

Pick a language and just step into Bible Engagement each day for the next 90 days. While you are listening to the Word, remember to pray Matthew 9:35-38, The Lord of the Harvest Prayer.

Think about what it might be like to not have access to God’s Word or NO SCRIPTURE. Pray for the 1,778 languages that have NO SCRIPTURE at this time.

Simply we are calling the intercessors and pray-ers to be intentional to begin to step into Scripture engagement in the form of listening to the Word of God daily. Don’t get caught up in checking off the chapters. Just let the Word wash over you as you pray. Thinking about how hard it must be to be without the Scriptures. Praying for more Bible translations projects to be started to fill the gaps in Full Bibles, New Testament portions, Oral Scriptures/Oral Story Sets/Recordings, etc. and in small portions for the EVERY & ALL who still wait to hear. . . really hear in a way they can respond and receive the good news of God’s salvation through the gift of Christ Jesus.

To participate:

One way to get startedscreenshot_2016-09-29-13-50-59-1

  1. GO to: bible-in-90-days
  2. Sign up:
  3. Click Start Plan
  4. Pick your preference of Bible version
  5. Be sure to use the AUDIO ‘listening mode’
  6. Set up a reminder to come into your email
  7. Then Use it daily (Don’t stop if you get behind, the point is to give it a try & listen to God’s Word and pray for others to have access to Scripture!)
    Follow the plan “Bible in 90 Days” in the AUDIO ‘listening mode’. . .

For a sample click here:

If you would prefer to use a chart rather than an App:screenshot_2016-09-29-13-45-51-1


We welcome you to plan to join with the group of those who pray together via Conference Call each week.

Praising God for our PRAY-ERS all over the globe who participate in united prayer.

We are grateful for those who link in united prayer each Thursday. We want to continue to lift up the oral peoples of the globe to the Father.

Would you pray with us:

Praying for: Oral and Oral Bible-less Peoples

Pray for Unreached Peoples
Strategy for Workers

Intro: Gaining access and favor among an unreached people group can be very tricky. Workers need the wisdom of God to navigate cultural, political and religious issues.

Scripture: But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. -James 3:17

Prayer: Lord, You are the beginning and the end, the Alpha and Omega, and there is nothing hidden from Your sight. You are the wisest counselor of all. I thank You for Your promise, that You give wisdom to those who ask.

I’m asking now for Your servants working with the Oral and Oral Bible-less Peoples, that You would give them the strategies they need today. Fill them with heavenly wisdom that is pure, peace-loving, and considerate. Reveal to them the divine strategies they need to navigate the cultural issues they are facing with the Oral and Oral Bible-less Peoples.

Inspire them with creative solutions to the political and religious challenges that hold back the Gospel among the Oral and Oral Bible-less Peoples. Lord, release Your wisdom and light the path before them to penetrate this people group with the truth of Your love.

In Jesus name. Amen

We wanted to take this opportunity to share with you our pictures and praises from the Houston gathering.

picsart_09-16-08-11-55 picsart_09-19-10-44-38received_10209251316173779 fb_img_1474170245150 fb_img_1474124209662fb_img_1474909681104 picsart_09-19-10-43-34 picsart_09-16-08-21-50fb_img_1474909696191 picsart_09-26-09-34-02fb_img_1474069813501-1 What a joy to be a part of a network that encourages and celebrates prayer as a foundation of everything we do and everything we are! The Global Executive Team (GET) presented 10 year awards to Galen Miller, Lucy Knight, Barbara Worley Clark & Linda Bemis who were a part of the original start of ION Prayer as we know it today. Thank YOU Father for sending the Prayer Warriors!
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 Plan to join each 5th Friday in 2016 for the Prayer Call for the Persecuted Church –  Fri. 9pm thru Sat. 9pm — Sept. 30th – Oct. 2st

[Be sure to mark in your prayer calendar, Nov. 6th & 13th IDOP and the final 5th Friday Prayer Call for 2016 -Dec. 30th]


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Plan to join in on the next 5th Friday in 2016 Prayer for the Persecuted Church



PLAN to join with other pray-ers on the next 5th Friday Prayer for the PERSECUTED Church, coming up Fri., Sept 30th 9pm-9pm Sat., Oct. 1st.

This is a 24 hour prayer call, you can join for 5 minutes or 5 hours or however long you can… But please do join to pray!





Sharing with you the opportunity to link in prayer with Persecution Watch three (3) nights a week.

For more info:




You are always invited

to join each and every

Thursday at 2pm

for the ION Prayer Call.


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what we all need to know when the storms come –Reblog:

14355670_10157424019075114_1744411447704584294_nHi. This is the version of me who ran through a literal storm last week. In this picture, I am clearly and completely soaked, as if I had jumped into the lake that I was walking around. But I didn’t jump in the lake. The skies opened, and out poured a storm. When it hit, [… click here to read the full story …]

Jesus said this: “But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

You are an overcomer. You may be storm-stained, weary from the battle. But you know what? You are not knocked down. You are not destroyed. You are brave, and our God is an irrepressible force within you.

Whatever storm you are in this week, may you have the courage to take the next step, and then the next step after that.

The way out of the storm is THROUGH. One step at a time.

Source: what we all need to know when the storms come

There are many opportunities to remember God’s storm stories in the midst of trials. Bible Gateway also has a great blog posted that relates:

What the Bible Says About Storms

. . . “One day God revealed himself to Elijah the prophet in an unusual way:

“Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’” (1 Kings 19:11-13).

God is not a storm, but storms do remind us that there are forces so much stronger than us. A strong storm is a reminder that we need a God who is stronger than the storm:

“The seas have lifted up, O LORD, the seas have lifted up their voice; the seas have lifted up their pounding waves. Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea—the LORD on high is mighty” (Psalm 93:3-4).” – Read this blog at:

Father, we thank You, not matter what the physical, spiritual or mental storm is that we are experiencing, that YOU ARE ALREADY in it. This year the term “God is in the Chaos” has come up frequently. It has allowed our ION Prayer Teams to remember back to the accounts in His Story of God’s faithfulness to be right there with us. We say, “We will rest in Your Faithfulness as the storm seems to be upon us and trust in You.” In Jesus name. Amen.

Can we stop today and think of the storm stories that allow us to call upon the One spoken about in Matthew 8:27  The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”  — ION Prayer Team

We invite you to join our ION Prayer Call each Thursday at 2pm (EDT). We invite you to open up the Sept. 2016 ION Prayer Focus and pray with us:

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Intentional Listening & Prayer


For the past year and a half our core prayer team has been have been going through a specific time of intentional listening and prayer. As we have walked through this period of time, it is becoming more clear to us of our need as the body of Christ to listen more, especially in the midst of prayer.

Have you thought about how people pray when we are “praying together” as a group?

Have you taken some time for Intentionally Listening?

How hard is it for pray-ers, intercessors to be quiet and to be one who is intentionally listening, especially in the area of prayer!

We should be thinking about being intentional in prayer. Which should cause us to think before we pray. . .

Reminds me of a story –A story of how God showed the need to listen and the need to speak. He is calling us right now, for such a time as this. [Esther 4:14]

Most of the time we just start praying and fall into the trap of praying the same old, same old prayers. Even getting stuck in the patterns that we are comfortable in.

Look at Paul’s prayer portions that have been recorded in Romans:

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. [Romans 15:5–6]

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. [Romans 15:13]

I urge you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me. Pray that I may be rescued from the unbelievers in Judea and that my service in Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints there, so that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and together with you be refreshed. The God of peace be with you all. Amen. [Romans 15:30–33]

It does not sound like Paul was stuck in his prayers!

For the month of August our core prayer team took some significant time for intentional listening and prayer. We have been asking God what it is HE WANTS TO SAY TO US as we pray for those things that He is putting before us to say words for, in our times of prayer and prayer times with Him. It really is about time in prayer with Him.

PicsArt_08-28-11.58.45Looking into the end of this year and what is on the horizon was a key area of interest to us.

Let me share a short part of what I have been hearing as I have been listening intently this past month. Asking the Father, Son and Holy Spirit to allow vision out onto the prophetic horizon. [Just beyond what we already know in the physical -to what God sees in the world of eternity. . .  we look at thing differently than God does with our segmented “Eternity past, Eternity current & Eternity future” mode of seeing the world. God’s picture of Eternity is one whole picture. Much like His one whole picture of the Bible.

Asking for help to move us from those who see segments, to a larger perspective of one who looks at the whole picture. So that we might know better how to effectively pray.


There is a tsunami on The horizon… It is looming off in the future, but beginning to show itself. It is the Harvest, a huge harvest…

Critical Times, My Sheep

In fact the sheep have wandered… they are not familiar with the Shepherd’s voice. Some have bought into the lie that they cannot hear or understand what the Shepherd is saying to them. “The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice.” [John 10:3-4] “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” [John 10:27] “But you don’t believe me because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish.” [John 10:26-28]

Keep looking to Me, Keep abiding, Keep asking

The Lord is telling us in this season, “Don’t look to the things of the past or the former things, for behold, I am doing a new thing. Do you not perceive it?” [Isaiah 43:18-19. It is a new season, a season of the new, and of the MORE. A season of different. Prepare to be enlarged… “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left.” [Isaiah 54:2-3] “Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you. [Matthew 7:7] “So I say to you, keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you. [Luke 11:9]

How thirsty are we?

“Come, everyone who thirsts, to the waters! Come, all who have nothing to give… who want to receive! Listen diligently and let your soul delight itself in richness… Seek Yahweh while he may be found. Call on him while he is near.” [Isaiah 55:1-6] “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not My ways.” This is the Lord’s declaration. “For as heaven is higher than earth, so My ways are higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” [Isaiah 55:8-9]

Can we trust Him in bringing the CAPACITY for the “NEXT SEASON”?

The Lord is the equipper. It is He who brings the ability to have capacity. He is opening the Harvest. It is a time for all who dwell with Him. Do not fear, He will not leave us. “I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them”. [Isaiah 42:16] “This is a great and exciting time!” [Psalm 18:19]

Step in

“I have given you every place where the sole of your foot treads, just as I promised Moses.” [Joshua 1:3] “God has commanded us, ‘Be strong and very courageous’.” [Joshua 1:9] “Do not look back; only go forward into the new.” [John 8:36] God is taking us INTO the “next”.

God is always in the Chaos -Learn to rest in Him in the middle of it all!

Winds of change are blowing… God is in the chaos, He always has been. Remembering back to the time of the disciples questioning him when he was in the back of the boat, fast asleep on a pillow in the middle of the storm, “Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they *woke Him and *said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” [Mark 4:38] We must learn to rest, even in the midst of the storm, the shift or the change.

Praying for the body of Christ to allow the Father full access, time to work in and through us, as we trust Him for the capacity that will be needed for the more that is coming.




  1. the maximum amount that something can contain
    • fully occupying the available area or space
    • the amount that something can produce
  2. the ability or power to do, experience, or understand something
  3. a specified role or position

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What is the Word for us today?

May we be those who believe for “the maximum amount that we might contain of Him… allowing Him to fully occupy us with what He produces. To have the ability and power to do, experience and understand Him. Be His CAPACITY for such a time as this!

Jesus spoke in parables  34 Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables, and He would not speak anything to them without a parable, 35 so that what was spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled: I will open My mouth in parables; I will declare things kept secret from the foundation of the world.

Jesus Interprets the Wheat and the Weeds  36 Then He dismissed the crowds and went into the house. His disciples approached Him and said, “Explain the parable of the weeds in the field to us.” 37 He replied: “The One who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; 38 the field is the world; and the good seed—these are the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sowed them is the Devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. 40 Therefore, just as the weeds are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather from His kingdom everything that causes sin and those guilty of lawlessness. 42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s kingdom. Anyone who has ears should listen! [Matthew 13:34-43]

2016 is a leap year, and a year of the more. Use intentional listening in prayer. Look for the more, step in!
 Sept 2016 ION Prayer
Join each Thursday at 2pm (EDT) to pray. Be sure to read and download the Sept. 2016 ION Prayer Focus:
PS – Grateful and very thankful for the support of our ION Executive Director, David Swarr and Communications Director, Ricki. As well as the ION Core Team especially Lucy Knight who kept our Thursday Call open as we all took the month off to be with the Father. Without their support, it would not have been possible.
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Where are the Elijah’s in Prayer?

ION has a solid foundation of an invisible, yet tangible platform of prayer.

1 Kings 19… This story brings the reality of the Church and those who Pray right to the forefront of where we are today. For some time now my heart has been grieving with the Father for those who have in many ways done what Elijah did. They are hunkered in their caves and are tired, worn out from the battle of their journey. As trapped as they are, they like Elijah that day have not yet hit the point of being ready to move to the front of the cave to “notice what God is doing”.

They like Elijah are afraid. Unwilling even to notice that God is still encountering them. But through a series of visits and conversations, God is able to speak and be heard by Elijah.

There are masses out there that want to be all of what God has called them to be, but are like Elijah was huddled into seclusion, weary, sometimes even having lost hope for what God called them to. But, when Elijah finally gives notice and listens, God with great patience finally gives the strategythe path forward for him. This sets in motion the next set of items in God’s agenda. 

In the end, “God was not in the wind, not in the earthquake or in the fire, but He spoke after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper.”

You remember the story. . .

Elijah’s Encounter with the Lord

Then the word of the Lord came to him, and He said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”  [Elijah gives his excuse in verse 10]

10 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God of Hosts, but . . .”  [THEN GOD GIVES HIS FIRST INSTRUCTION OF THE ENCOUNTER]

11 Then He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the Lord’s presence.”  [And the Lord moves]

At that moment, the Lord passed by. A great and mighty wind was tearing at the mountains and was shattering cliffs before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was a voice, a soft whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.

Suddenly, a voice came to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”  [Again, Elijah brings his same excuse]

14 “I have been very zealous for the Lord God of Hosts,” he replied, “but. . .”  [Then the Lord speaks direction/strategy]

15 Then the Lord said to him, “Go and return by the way you came to the Wilderness of Damascus. When you arrive, . . . 18 But I will leave 7,000 in Israel—every knee that has not bowed to Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

[Back to the story, then the shift happens in the story. Look at verses 19-20]

Elisha’s Appointment as Elijah’s Successor

19 Elijah left there and found Elisha son of Shaphat as he was plowing. Twelve teams of oxen were in front of him, and he was with the twelfth team. Elijah walked by him and threw his mantle over him. 20 Elisha left the oxen, ran to follow Elijah, and said, “Please let me kiss my father and mother, and then I will follow you.”

“Go on back,” he replied, “for what have I done to you?”  [Did you catch that Elisha already knew what the cloak was and what it meant!]

21 So he turned back from following him, took the team of oxen, and slaughtered them. With the oxen’s wooden yoke and plow, he cooked the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he left, followed Elijah, and served him.  [We finish with verse 21, so Elisha left; he uses his former makes a true feast to say goodbye to his family. Then he leaves to follow Elijah and becomes Elijah’s lead. The Spirit of Elijah is needed in this hour. The fullness of those who will be set in place to take the next season are needing to put their mantles on. Some are needing someone to come alongside them and cause them to take note of what God is doing and how they might fit in.]

Thinking about this story is the background for this article on UUPGs, Prayer & Orality (including the portion of God speaking through the Word, circumstances, people, etc.). What if we understood more fully. What if God might hold a portion of the anointing such as that of releasing of the “putting on the mantle” of praying for uupgs and a lifestyle of continual prayer, such as what happened in this setting? God used Elijah to set in place Elisha. A “setting in place” in verse 21, that could not have been undone from occurring. And even more, it was the catalyst for the fire that left him no return to the things of old?!


When we began to pray for and with ION, it started because an Elijah type came to us and shared the mantle of prayer with us. That started a fire, a chain reaction for us individually and for us as group. It was what we often refer to as the “strap yourself in” you are getting ready to ride outside of this atmosphere as you begin to step in to pray for this work of God. The pattern is similar to what is described in Psalm 40:5

Lord my God, You have done many things—Your wonderful works and Your plans for us; none can compare with You.   If I were to report and speak of them, they are more than can be told.

Along the way, prayer has given birth to many shifts. It has caused the reality of paradigm shifts that has affected many areas. Some of that has affected how we do prayer. And how we pray together corporately and individually.

As we began to be engaged in praying primarily for Oral & Bibleless Peoples (an intentional shift we took in 2014), we began to move in oral methods as a team. We sensed the need to take our community of prayer to a whole new level. We began to advocate for the use of audio Scripture daily. To use Bible Storytelling in our prayer times. Many of our prayer team has been involved in storying training or is actively involved in that some sphere of orality on a daily basis. Some are simply those with a heart in prayer for Orality!

UUPG – Orality – Prayer  – A little history on ION Prayer. . .

There is a small group who started out praying for one executive (Avery Willis) who introduced us to a whole new world. The world of seeing the LOST, those peoples who still were waiting to hear the life changing news of the Gospel and God’s great gift of salvation through Christ Jesus. From that small group, God launched a global group who link in united prayer each week.

While we started out praying alongside one executive, God allowed the more. In addition to the work of Orality around the globe, we have been blessed to behind the scenes pray for the group of executives that quietly continue to meet three times a year that emerged out of Amsterdam 2000. These managing partners are working collaboratively together ZERO. Zero people groups that have not heard the Gospel. They continue to work toward having every people group with someone working on a strategy of getting the Gospel in where previously there was no one wanting to go to.

Remembering back to the beginning, hearing of this listing of people groups who each had over 100,000 people in their populations and in which NO ONE was working toward having in place a strategy of bringing the Gospel to them. It was heart breaking and life changing.

Fast forward 10 years, that same working group has had remarkable answers. They have brought a movement of collaboration into place that has impacted the outcome growth of critical pieces needed in the working in cooperation with God in the completion of the great commission.

A key element of what has been driving the work is The Essential Elements of the Great Commission.

It begins with Scripture for All (Romans 10:17), Evangelism for the Unreached (Mark 16:15), Discipleship for the Churched (Matthew 28:19-20). These are very strategic to bringing transformation of the heart to come to pass.

The currently very strategic essential elements of the Great Commission.

1) Scriptures  Translation, Distribution & Use. The “Oral Bible” (Matthew 4:4)

2) Engaging the Unengaged UPGs (UUPG)  Those no one currently has a strategy in place to reach.  (Revelation 5:9)

3) Evangelism  Focus – Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists & Secularists (Matthew 24:14)

4) Orality  (Matthew 13:34)

5) Church Planting & Presence (Acts 2:42-47)

6) Prayer & Unity (Luke 10:2 & John 17:20-23)

[For the purpose of this article we will look at items 2, 4, & 6 elements.]

Unengaged, Unreached People Groups (UUPG)

In the area of UUPG, the research reveals in these people groups that the very reality is that there is little to no Scripture access was available  in heart languages: Including NO Written Scriptures, NO Oral Scriptures, NO Jesus Film, NO Gospel Recordings, NO Radio Programs, NO Churches & NO Believers. Wycliffe Global Alliance announced in Oct. 2015, there are still 1,778 People Groups that do not have ONE VERSE of Scripture in their heart language or mother tongue.


For many the Gospel message given just can not or will not be able to be received, because it comes in a format or mode that will not reach them at a heart level. Heart level is where transformation happens! God’s message really needs to be heard. . .

The 10/40 Window is where most of the Unengaged Unreached People Groups (UUPG) live. It is also where the largest number of the Persecuted Church live. In addition, it is the area of the world where the largest numbers of Oral Learners are located.

Did you know 80% of the world are oral learners? Think about it, 5.6 Billion people and of that number over 1/2 are children!


As those involved with ION Prayer, we are asking the King in the face of this great need across the globe for those who still wait to hear the transformational message of God’s great gift, the Gospel -the Good News. . .

We are asking for a linking together and a join in prayer for the prayer spoken about in Matthew 9:5-38 The Lord of the Harvest. This is a call for us to advocate and prompt more to pray, that He might send the laborers into His harvest field.

Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. 38 Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”

Father, draw us to a place that we might notice that the reality of Your plan to reach the EVERY AND ALL has not changed, but maybe we might need to make a shift, that results in more fruitfulness in reaching those who still wait to hear.

International Orality Network, the Orality Movement is on the cutting edge of influencing the Body of Christ to make disciples of all oral learners. The billions of Oral & Oral Bible-less who need to hear the Gospel and the gift of saving knowledge of the Salvation gift of Jesus, in a way that will allow them to really receive.


We are asking God to call out pray-ers and intercessors for the Nations and People Groups who still wait… Continue to pray with us for Oral Peoples & Oral Bible-less Peoples.

How do we reach them?!  It all begins with PRAYER

To find out more about how you can connect to the ION Prayer Teams:

Our core team and myself are finishing out ten (10) years in place with the International Orality Network. That is an item to celebrate. Lots of changes have occurred since Avery Willis brought us into this world. We have learned so much about orality and about prayer along our journey. We have been blessed to see prayer grow within the context of ION.



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Sept. 2016 ION Prayer Focus


September 2016 is here!

The ION Prayer Team will have a 12 person team at the Houston ION Regional Conference. We will be floating around ready to connect. We want to hear what God is doing within your Oralitysphere. And we look forward to sitting together and praying with you.

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We will gather at 7401 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas United States:

Before everyone arrives for the conference the ION leadership will be gathering for a few days for their twice a year “face to face” time of praying together and meeting.

Please join in praying as the ION Leadership gathers. And for the Regional Conference.

After the conference STS will offer Training. September 15September 19

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Simply The Story: Inductive Bible Study – Oral Style. Plan now to stay a few extra days after ION and take home a skill that will last for years. Learn how to easily remember and tell Bible stories, and teach through discussion. Practice using questions…

Faith Bible Church
5505 Research Forest Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77381 United States  
For more info and the link on how to register go to: 
Full workshop Thurs., Sept. 15 – Mon., Sept. 19, 2016
Practitioner workshop Sat., Sept. 17 – Mon., Sept. 19, 2016
**Special ION Attendee Practitioner Workshop Schedule**
**See Brochure for Details**
For teaching content or to REGISTER: 951-658-1619
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Connecting in prayer for the Oral and Oral Bible-less Peoples

Sept. 2016: Sudan

This month we are praying for the 23 People Groups of Sudan with NO SCRIPTURE (Written or Oral)
 How can this be?! Pray NOW!
FTT# UPG Name       Population  Language   Religion WS OS J F R G C B   
5933 Acheron           13,000  Acheron       Islam   N N N N N Y N N 
1260 Bokoruge          84,500  Daju,Dar Sila Ethnic  N N N N N Y N N   
1006 Dar Fur Daju     107,000  Daju,Dar Fur  Islam   N N N N N N N Y 
1007 Deaf             215,000  Unk           Various N N N N N N N N
5938 Delen              5,300  Dilling       Islam   N N N N N Y N N
1011 Erenga            10,500  Assangori     Islam   N N N N N Y N N
1261 Fanya             50,500  Fania         Islam   N N N N N N Y Y 
5282 Fur            1,300,000  Fur           Islam   N N Y N N Y N Y
1262 Gulfan            48,000  Ghulfan       Islam   N N N N N Y N N  
5460 Gulud             34,000  Katla         Islam   N N N N N Y Y Y 
5283 Ingessana        107,000  Gaam          Islam   N N N N N N Y Y  
0581 Kimr             185,000  Assangori     Islam   N N N N N Y N Y   
1021 Lopit             76,500  Lopit         Ethnic  N N N N N Y N N   
1023 Mima             138,000  Amdang        Islam   N N N N N N Y Y    
1191 Ngile             58,000  Ngile         Islam   N N N N N Y Y Y   
5239 Shatt             23,000  Shatt         Islam   N N N N N Y N N 
1268 Sungor            21,500  Assangori     Islam   N N N N N N Y Y 
1029 Tagale           131,000  Tegali        Islam   N N N N N N Y Y  
1030 Tama              92,000  Tama (Chad)   Islam   N N N N N Y N N  
1269 Togole            49,500  Tegali        Islam   N N N N N N Y Y  
5242 Tulishi           12,500  Tulishi       Islam   N N N N N N N N 
1192 Wali              58,500  Wali (Sudan)  Islam   N N N N N N N Y    
1032 Zaghawa          150,000  Zaghawa       Islam   N N N N N Y Y Y
Column key:
WS - at least some Written Scripture - 23
OS - at least some Oral Scripture - 23
J - JESUS Films -1
F - Faith /Evangelical Films -23
R - Christian radio broadcasts -1
G - Gospel Recordings -13
C - at least one known church -7
B - at least one known believer -10
All 23 of these people groups have No Scripture, 
No Faith or Evangelistic Films and No Christian Radio
Let’s Pray in unity for the seven people groups in particular who have NO RESOURCES AVAILABLE at all:
Acheron, Bokoruge, Deaf, Delen, Erenga, Gulfan and Tulishi
Today we remember these 388,800 souls waiting for someone to take note alongside You for them of these particular people groups in Sudan who have NO RESOURCES. We pray for Scripture, both Written and Oral Scriptures to come to all 23 people groups. We further stand together to pray for an Bible Project to be on some groups planning table soon for each and every one of the 23! Praying in agreement with Jesus, the Lord of the Harvest prayer. Father would you open the hearts of key individuals who will have the courage to proclaim their faith in these peoples. WE PRAY NOW FOR PROJECTS TO CRAFT ORAL BIBLE STORIES IN THESE LANGUAGES. God’s arm is not too short, now does He slumber about these issues. Lord we come into agreement for the needs of these peoples to know you and to have your Word available. In Jesus name. Amen.
Pray NOW!

Praying for Sudan – PrayerCast

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We continue in the format of Kingdom focused, God centered and Spirit driven prayer. We are asking for a greater capacity for intercessors and pray-ers to pray as the Lord and the Holy Spirit are leading you.

Again we are linking to ION partner group -as you pray you might want to click here to use the Sudan PrayerCast video during your prayer time.

As we pray this month for these 23 People Groups who have NO SCRIPTURE, let’s link into these prayer points together:

  • Pray for definitive peace and stability between tribal groups and military commanders who continue to vie for power.
  • Pray for government leaders to rule with integrity and justice.
  • Pray for the church to grow spiritually strong despite intense suffering and persecution.
  • Pray that Sudanese believers would remain faithful to Christ in persecution and join together as a unified body of believers.
  • Pray for each of these people groups to have an Oral Scripture Project on the planning table.

The information in the table we use each month comes from our ION partner group Finishing the Task (FTT)

Praying specifically for Oral and Oral Bibleless People 

The remaining Unreached Unengaged People Groups (UUPG) are for the most part oral societies. We need to shift our understanding to include prayer for the Oral and Oral Bibleless peoples as well. Realizing that large portions of the globe still do not have access to Scripture, we need to learn to pray for those who communicate in oral ways or prefer oral methods. Let’s ask God to teach us to understand the needs of oral communicators, recognizing that they need to hear the gospel story in a different way or format in order to properly understand its message. Let’s pray for God to use technology to bring His story to the masses of this day so that soon there are  ZERO peoples left to hear the name of Jesus. Let’s pray for new gateways and new pathways for the gospel to every tongue, tribe and nation.

How does that happen within the Orality Network


Technology is opening doors that previously have not been available:

Through the internet the availability of Scripture has shifted the landscape of access to the Bible in multiple languages and mother tongue languages that previously were not open to access by individuals. Praise God with us for the Repositories of Scripture sites like  and YouVersion .

Another great resource is the Open Access Websites for Oral Scripture and Story Sets from ION network partner websites such as OneStory: Listen Now and IMB Partner Connect and Global Recordings Network (GRN) . God is making a way!

Connecting with ION Partner – CRU Prayer

As a part of the movement of missions to complete the Great Commission, we partner with others. We would love for you to partner as well with our friends at CRU for #Pray2020.

Strategic Prayer Matthew chapter 9 verses 37thru38

1. Start with a simple daily prayer – Pause for a moment to pray something as simple as this:  Jesus said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field” (Matthew 9:37-38).  Sign up:

2. Invite others to #Pray2020 – There are a number of ways that you can encourage people to be a part:

  • Invite people personally to pray
  • Refer people to
  • Print a PDF version of a flyer
  • Use a Twitter hashtag (#Pray2020) to let others across the Body of Christ know you are involved: Tweet simply: “I’m in!”

3. Share what you’re seeing God do – Use the same hashtag (#Pray2020) to share specifics of your 2020 prayers, or to link to stories of how you, your ministry teams, or others are seeing God’s Spirit move toward the fulfillment of His Great Commission.

Movements Prayer Journal: Aug.-Sept. 2016

Connecting in Global Prayer

Fellow Prayer Strategists (FPS):

You might be interested in joining to further connect with other global prayer leaders.

  • 2nd Thursday of Each Month FPS Monthly Call  for Prayer Catalysts/Strategists to gather to pray together through a sequence that allows us to pray around the world. See below for the link for the Sept. focus. This call allows for us as a group of fellow believers serving teams, networks, organizations or denominations in different capacities as prayer catalysts/strategists additionally to join regularly to “talk shop”–to discuss aspects of the ministry we are involved in and learn from one another. NEXT CALL: Thursday, Sept. 8th at 9am (CDT)

These calls are also for those who serve to mobilize prayer and who would like to connect to other global prayer strategists.

Join from your PC, Mac, iOS or Android by clicking this link: 

If you would like to receive an invitation or have any questions, email  Also see

Join as we pray in September for the Unreached People’s Calendar for South Asia.  Here is the link: 

Subject: 📢 🙏  A Call to Christians to Pray for The Hajj 2016

Reply-To: Global Prayer Resource Network <>

A Call for Prayer to all Christians for Hajj Prayer 2016:


HAJJ PRAYER 2016 is a call for Christians to pray for millions of Muslims as they go to Mecca, Saudi Arabia to perform The Hajj Pilgrimage which takes place from  9 – 11 (14)* September 2016. * Because of the millions now going on this Hajj, some will complete the Hajj in three days, others will take longer.  Source:  Praying Through the Arabian Peninsula  (PTAP)


“God’s House can only become a House of Prayer for all Nations,
when His people become People of Prayer”  

~ Unknown 

Prayer Resources from GPRN – Visit Global PRN At this web site you will find many PRAYER RESOURCES with which you can enrich your prayer life.


Partnering Prayer Strategies:

Unie in Prayer daily at 11:55 am
STOP what you are busy with,
FOCUS on the Lord and
LISTEN to what He is saying to you,
FINISH with the LORD’S PRAYER at 12 noon.


Check out these global prayer partner groups:




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August 2016 ION Prayer Focus

Here we are at August, the eighth month of 2016. Did you know that the number 8 traditionally is known as representing “new beginnings”?

Well we are going to share two things related to “new beginnings”.

The first one is: We are introducing a new monthly feature that will allow us to pray together corporately. To find out more you will need to watch the event page on the official ION Website. For the information for August please click here:

This month we will be using resources from our orality partner groups, Finishing the Task and PrayerCast. We are grateful for all our intercessors, pray-ers and partners.

The second item is: Our core team and myself are finishing out ten (10) years in place with the International Orality Network. That is an item to celebrate. Lots of changes have occurred since Avery Willis brought us into this world. We have learned so much about orality and about prayer along our journey. We have been blessed to see prayer grow within the context of ION.

ION has a solid foundation of “an invisible, yet tangible platform of prayer.

When we began to pray for ION, it started a chain reaction for us individually and for us as group. The pattern similar to Psalm 40:5
Lord my God, You have done many things—
Your wonderful works and Your plans for us;
none can compare with You.
If I were to report and speak of them,
they are more than can be told.

Along the way, prayer has given birth to many shifts. It has caused the reality of paradigm shifts that has affected many areas. Some of that has affected how we do prayer. And how we pray together corporately and individually.

As we began to be engaged in praying primarily for Oral & Bibleless Peoples (an intentional shift we took in 2014), we began to move in oral methods as a team. We sensed the need to take our community of prayer to a whole new level. We began to advocate for the use of audio Scripture daily. To use Bible Storytelling in our prayer times. Most of our prayer team has been to storying training or is actively involved in that sphere or orality on a daily basis. We began to advocate for the persecuted church. As ION received a new Executive Director whose first assignment to us as a team was to lead out in the first official “intentional listening time” as a corporate group (50 Days – Easter to Pentecost 2015).

We followed the understanding that the Holy Spirit would lead us. And He most certainly has. It has been a rich time in the Word and together as a team. We began believing for a “Refresh” in January. We are seeing that as the months have flown by. For orality as a network as we gather weekly to listen and pray, we are asking the Father for “the more” for Orality around the globe.

Remembering back to the book by Henry Blackaby,”Experiencing God” and his “Seven Realities of Experiencing God” list introduced in Chapter 6, page 50.

1. God is always at work around you.  2. God pursues a continuing love relationship with you that is real and personal.  3. God invites you to become involved with Him in His work.  4. God speaks by the Holy spirit through the Bible, prayer, circumstances, and the church to reveal Himself, His purposes, and His ways.  5. God’s invitation for you to work with Him always leads you to a crisis of belief that requires faith in action.  6. You must make major adjustments in your life to join God in what He is doing.  7. You come to know God by experience as you obey Him and He accomplishes His work through you.

We are seeing God at work around the globe. And around our orality network globally!

During the 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting there has been a sensitivity to press in deeper. So as we as a team celebrate our finish of the 10 year milestone we are going to do that.

Beginning August 1st thru August 31st our Core Prayer Team will go silent. We are putting the verse in Psalm 46:10 into place.

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”  Psalm 46:10 (NIV) 


We invite you to join us. We are stepping back and going to the quiet zone in preparation for what we believe is coming!

Much is on the horizon for ION and the global orality networks. As we move fully into functioning effectively around the globe, an acceleration of influencing the Body of Christ in greater way is coming. . .

We in prayer are sensing we must prepare. Pulling away to inquire of the Lord. We must ask God for direction in how to pray for the coming season.

Remember the story in 2 Samuel 5:17-25 . .Then David inquired of the Lord. The result is He said, “Like a bursting flood, the Lord has burst out against my enemies before me.” Therefore, he named that place the Lord Bursts Out.”

Then he must go again to inquire of the Lord… God gives a new strategy. We have come so far in the ten years as a team we have been watching and praying. But so much more is about to unfold. We are sensing this is a new season. As prayer strategists, we are know this is a critical time to be about the Father’s kingdom work.

Are you sensing a new season, or are you sensing you need to pull back to just get some quality time with God? The world is noisy right now. So we encourage you to take a day, or a week or join us for a month.

If you need us, send an email, if you want to talk, give us a call… yes a phone call we would love to catch up.

See you in Sept. the countdown to Houston is ticking the days of the calendar off quickly. We look forward to seeing you and hearing your stories and praying together.  Be sure to get registered:

 ION Thursday Prayer Call.  One hour. Join as you are available.

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Week 3 ION 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting


July 11th thru July 31st

21 days of prayer and fasting*

Week 3
of our 21 day Daniel Fast

Thank you for being a part of this prayer initiative.

For more information see the ION Website posting:

As we start week 3, know that the ION Prayer Team is praying for you. We pray that your time during this fast is a time spent asking and sharing with God what you are looking for during this time of prayer. We pray for your intentionality, strengthening of you spirit man and your walk with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Jesus Calling by Sarah Young shares, “Relax and let ME lead you through the day. I have everything under control: MY control. You tend to peer anxiously into the day that is before you, trying to figure out what to do, and when. Attentiveness to Me is not only for your quiet time, but for all your time. As you look to Me, I show you what to do now and next. When you let Me direct your steps you are set free to enjoy Me and to find what I have prepared for you this day.

We are praying for you to step into this week afresh and receive a new word from the Father. Enjoy, Be refreshed, Be prepared to follow the Father, as He leads.

I will admit, this 21 days has had its ups and downs… But is yet another bright spot in following the Waymaker as He leads and in finding new things along the way. Not just in the spiritual world, but things like this great shake which is both refreshing and nourishing. PicsArt_07-25-09.57.27

It is simply ice, equal parts of : carrot juice & orange juice and a scoop of protein powder blended together. It resembles the old fashioned Orange Julius!

Here is the link for the Week 3 menu suggestions and recipes pages from

Week 3
Thank you to all who are praying during our 21 days. No matter what God has told you to do, it is all needed. We appreciate you bringing your portion.

Here is a blog post from one of our ION Partner groups, global prayer coordinator related to prayer and fasting. Thank you Colin Stott for being willing to share your posts with everyone.

Prayer and Fasting by Colin Stott 
Global Prayer Coordinator
Global Recording Network (GRN)

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“So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes.” (Daniel 9:3 NIV)

There are several things that increase our effectiveness in prayer: faith that believes God will do all He has promised; a spirit of praise that blesses God and inhibits the work of the enemy; and a holy life through which God can work unhindered. Imagine how formidable a prayer warrior with such qualities will be to our enemy.

Another component that will make the prayer warrior even more daunting to the enemy is fasting. Why fasting? Fasting allows us to focus more time and energy on prayer. It indicates a willingness to go through some self-denial to advance the kingdom of God. And Jesus told us that some spiritual battles can only be won by a combination of prayer and fasting. (Mark 9:29 KJV)

There are times in our lives for both feasting and fasting. We celebrate special occasions with special meals. Feasting however doesn’t lend itself to serious prayer as does fasting. It is those times when we deny ourselves food that we find the heart and strength to pray with intensity.

While there is no scriptural command to fast as there is for prayer, the Bible assumes we will fast because Matthew 6:16 talks about when we fast, not if we fast. Fasting has been practiced by God’s people throughout the ages and is often associated with sorrow over sin, times of national crisis, the need for revival, and times when special guidance or wisdom is needed. It is also used in preparation for missionary work.

Scripture doesn’t mandate how often or how long we should fast. It is something we do at God’s prompting. Those with health restrictions may need to forgo other necessities instead of food. The thing is that we should fast in secret (except for times of corporate fasting) so as not to show off our “spirituality.” (Matt 6:16-18)

Fasting is hard on the flesh so it is usually easier not to do it. True fasting can only be done in our Lord’s strength and not our own. We should never be legalistic about fasting or think of it as a duty. It is something we do out of love for our Lord and a longing to see Him exalted and adored by all peoples.

Colin Stott 
Global Prayer Coordinator
Global Recording Network (GRN)
Colin is author of ‘Prayer Thoughts,’ a collection of monthly prayer articles to encourage GRN staff in their prayer lives and dealing with various practical aspects of prayer.

John Wesley once said, “God does nothing but in answer to prayer.”

It does seem that God has made prayer indispensable for carrying out His purposes on earth. ‘Prayer Thoughts’ encourages us to grow in our role as intercessors believing God rules the nations through the prayers of His people. What a privilege and responsibility we have in prayer.

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Prayer and Fasting – The Bible assumes we will fast because Matthew 6:16 talks about when we fast, not if we fast.


Just as a reminder:

The next 5th Friday Prayer for the Persecuted is coming up, Beginning at 9pm (EDT) July 29th thru 9pm (EDT) July 30th. Please do plan to join for 2 minutes, 20 minutes, 2 hours or the entire 24 hours as you can. Persecution Watch will be facilitating the call and you will be welcomed.


AND Time is running out on getting your Discount for the upcoming ION Regional Conference Sept. 12th thru 14th in Houston.  Register at:


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Week 2 of our 21 day Daniel Fast

  International Orality Network – ION Prayer

July 11th thru July 31st – 21 days of prayer and fasting*

Week 2 of our 21 day Daniel Fast

As we move into Week 2 of the 21 days, we want everyone to understand that no matter what degree or physical mode your time of fasting takes on, it is all worthy and all needed. Each one brings their part and portion. Praise be to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Thank you for joining in this united time of prayer.

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Remember this is not about being legalistic, but allowing God to see the motive of you heart. Bring your portion, it is all needed.

*If you have health issues or are not led to do the entire 21 days Daniel Fast, whatever you decide to do, we thank you for joining us as God leads you to.

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The Response: Fasting & Prayer

Fasting is the most powerful spiritual discipline of all the Christian disciplines. Through fasting and prayer, the Holy Spirit can transform your life. Although fasting is always voluntary, scripture is clear that as the people of God we will participate in fasting, but it must come from the place of revelation and personal discipline. Fasting and prayer can also work on a much grander scale. According to Scripture, personal experience and observation, when God’s people fast with a proper Biblical motive-seeking God’s face not His hand – with a broken, repentant, and contrite spirit, God will hear from heaven and heal our lives, our churches, our communities, our nation and world. Fasting and prayer can bring about revival – a change in the direction of our nation, the nations of earth and the fulfillment of the Great Commission.


Because Jesus is no longer with us and we were commanded to fast for His return (Matthew 9). When we fast we subdue our flesh and choose voluntary weakness, which is attractive to God. There are so many distractions both positive and negative in our lives that hinder our ability to hear from the Lord clearly. We have set up many idols within the Church that limit our relationship with the Lord and therefore hinder our ability to hear clearly and obey. When we starve the flesh, we increase our ability to feed our spirit! When our flesh is satisfied, our spirit often goes hungry.

Source: The Response: Fasting & Prayer


Praying for: Oral and Oral Bible-less Peoples

Trouble – Open Doors for the Gospel

Intro: When epidemics or natural disasters strike, or trouble that just comes to individuals and families, the results can be devastating. Often, in the midst of this difficulty and uncertainty there comes an opening for the Gospel.

Scripture: “O LORD, my strength and my fortress, my refuge in time of distress, to you the nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, “Our fathers possessed nothing but false gods, worthless idols that did them no good.” -Jeremiah 16:19

Prayer: Lord, You are the good shepherd. You look after each one of Your children. You are the only safe refuge and fortress in times of trouble.

Lord, today some of the Oral and Oral Bible-less Peoples are facing trouble they cannot manage. They are in need of Your help. I ask Lord, that You would respond to their need, and come to their aid.

Use this crisis to introduce them to Your goodness. Allow this difficulty to soften their hearts to Your truth. Give them the grace they need to walk away from the god who has failed them and embrace You as their only Lord and Savior. Open their eyes Lord to see You as the lover of their soul, their refuge, and their fortress. In Jesus name, amen.

Source: Prayer Central

Thank you for uniting in prayer during these 21 days. We are grateful that you chose to bring your part. Everyone’s portion is needed.

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