July – August 2019 Orality Network Praise and Prayer Update

uly - August 2019

We are continuing with our guest writers and welcome back Pastor Jason Boetcher!

The Lord’s Prayer Part 2

What is shaping and forming you as a child of God? As a disciple?

Immediately after calling His disciples Jesus begins to pour into them solid teaching to help form and shape them to be His disciples.  They are given teaching that will shape and reform their hearts from the inside out.  Tools and deep instruction on what it will mean to follow their new master in making other disciples.

The disciple’s prayer is the central part of this teaching.

Care for the heart of the disciple

Tools for how to approach others and how to care for their hearts.

After this teaching, Jesus takes the 12 on mission with Him.  Jesus lives out this teaching in front of the disciples so that they might learn what it looks like to respond to what the Father is doing around them and follow His lead.

What are people asking of Jesus as they meet Him?  What is He asking of them? Does Jesus give to those who ask, or does He withhold those gifts?

What other words of the sermon on the mount do you see lived out in Matthew chapters 8 and 9?

Demonstration modeled here is a prelude to the sending out of the disciples in chapter 10.  More instruction…You have heard my words; you have seen my action…. now go and do likewise.

Over the course of the last year I been learning about different spiritual disciplines.  One that is new to me is called breath prayers. These are simple prayers that are spoken to the Lord in the simple rhythm of our breathing.  Over the summer I am going to be experimenting with some simple breath prayers that follow the pattern of the Lord’s prayer. The goal is to become rooted deeply in the prayer that is to shape and form disciples in any generation.

As a starting point here is a sample of incorporating the spiritual practice of using breath prayers in the combination of praying Scripture. Literally using words taken from the Scripture text to guide you in prayer and breathing:

Abba, We belong to You

Make us holy by Your name

Breath in: THINK and say in your mind, “Abba, We belong to You

Exhale out: THINK and say in your mind,  “You are present with us

Taking another look at The Lord’s Prayer and incorporating the spiritual practice of using breath prayers driven by Scripture:

Matthew 6:9-13 New International Version (NIV)

“This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,  10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  11 Give us today our daily bread.  12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’

Praying the Scriptures as breath prayers:

BREATH IN:  Abba, We belong to You

BREATH OUT:  Make us holy by Your name

BREATH IN:  Let Your kingdom come among us

BREATH OUT: Let Your will be done among us

BREATH IN:  Provide for all our needs

BREATH OUT:  Have mercy on us and forgive us

BREATH IN:  We release and forgive others

BREATH OUT:  Lead us in all our ways

BREATH IN:  Deliver us from Evil

BREATH OUT:  May the Lord bless your hearts as you are led to follow Jesus

In His Grip,

Pastor Jason

The practice of breath prayer may be new to you.

We invite you to join with others in investigating the ancient spiritual practices used over centuries by those who pray daily and seek after unceasing prayer in their daily walk of life in Christ.

Breath Prayer: Practice

Breath prayer is a short petition, repeated in the space of one inhalation-exhalation cycle, that acknowledges the natures of both the Lord and the petitioner.

1. Sit comfortably with your back straight and close your eyes.

2. Pay attention to your breathing. Focusing in on breathing, in the beginning, will probably exaggerate the intake and output a little. Learn to listen to your body and wait until a comfortable rhythm can be found as you practice this new discipline or method of prayer.

3. Ask Jesus to be present, to lead, to guide, and to protect. Invite him to draw you into the community of the Trinity –Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

4. Wait silently until you feel ready to begin praying.

5. When you are ready, pray in your breathing rhythm.

  • Inhale: Lord, Jesus Christ,
  • Pause: Son of God,
  • Exhale: have mercy on me, a sinner.

6.  As the prayer repetitions begin to move from your head to your heart, you may feel a desire to still even the echo of the words and to sit quietly with the Lord in peace.

7. This practice has proven to be helpful not only for simple prayer but also can be used to still yourself in trying situations or to calm anxiety. As a daily practice of learning the discipline of quieting yourself so that you might hear more clearly from God.

8. When the silence is gathered and before you move on to the day’s tasks, write down anything that particularly stood out to you during your meditation. It may be that the prayer returns to you throughout the day with this nuance. The next time you practice the breath prayer, perhaps this will function as a starting point in your move to stillness.

 

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ION Europe ConsultationSeptember 26September 28

Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, St Philip & St James Church, Woodstock Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 6HR  United Kingdom

Registration and further information:      ION European 2019 Consultation Download the pdf overview information: https://intre.org/custom/site411/ION_OCMS_Sept19_Concept_Summary.pdf#page=1   

 

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Connecting to Global Prayer around the world:

 

FELLOWSHIP OF PRAYER STRATEGISTS -JOIN THE CALL: FPS Prayer Call July 11, 2019 at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm 7am CST/12pm GMT Please email prayerethne@gmail.com for information on how to connect to this monthly prayer call.

We believe prayer is the indispensable key to the unfinished task among the ‘Forgotten Fourth World’-the one-fourth of the world with little access to the gospel. Unquestionably God has impressed that upon us as a Body and He has been growing a global prayer movement for decades now. The Lord has been calling people of prayer to model and assist others in cultivating conversational relationships with God and to ignite movements to Christ based on extraordinary prayer and intimacy with Him. This urgent necessity quickly became obvious, not only to survive but to see fruit flourishing in these mostly hostile environments. In the course of pursuing loving obedience to His call, major prayer innovations have been and are being birthed. One of these seems to be the emerging role of the ‘prayer strategist’ that links passion for and practice of prayer and connection to prayer movements and networks with strategic field efforts to catalyze cascading movements to Christ.

Beginning May 2019, we will feature the largest “31 Frontier People Groups,” before launching out on a full year of prayer for the entire 401 Frontier People Groups (FPGs). The background material in the April 2019 issue highlighted here explains in more detail.

During the 13 months, we will pray for 88 percent of the people who are members of unreached people groups. If you have the “31” booklet already, you will notice that we put them in order by geography and re-wrote them with the GPD style.

Keith Carey, Global Prayer Digest April 2019

For more information and to continue to follow this prayer initiatie link to Global Prayer Digest at http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/

 

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June 2019: Orality Praise and Prayer Update

We continue this month with inviting guest writers to share how being involved in Orality and Prayer has changed the way they do ministry!

This month we focus on another Pastor who took his congregation to another level using Orality to bring the Word becoming flesh in to God’s movement with the people!

Izzy shares his journey with us:

Basically I took the approach I learned/developed and put it on the “how” pages at https://www.yeshuagroups.com
Check out the info PDF here: https://drive.google.com/file/ 
10 talks on Orality when we first started in this direction as a congregation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Connect through: http://yeshuagroups.com/

https://yeshuagroups.com

THINKING BACK to move forward:

In April (see https://ionprayer.com/2019/04/03/april-2019-orality-net-praise-and-prayer-update/) we posted a piece from Pastor Jason Boetcher. . . He has been an integral part of the Orality network as an early adopter and innovator, using Orality in the two churches he has had the opportunity to lead moving them toward a more biblical approach to discipleship.

We hope to bring a Part 2 piece. . . Stay tuned for it to be added.

We welcome your responses to how you think Orality fits or what it L👀Ks like for your group. And we welcome your comments or questions -email IONPrayer.com

You can connect as well directly to both of these shepherds thru the ION Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/InternationalOralityNetwork/?ref=share

This group is open to you to join. Once you are a member you can communicate freely with other members and post Orality based topics, events or information.

Join to PRAY each Thursday:

YEAR OF THE FRONTIER May 2019 through May 2020 is a previously unprecedented time of united, informed prayer for the largest gaps in work among the unreached around the world! For thirteen months starting May 2019, join prayer networks around the world coordinating with:

as well as many others to pray for every one of the 400 Frontier People Groups (FPGs) with an in-country population over 500,000 as field efforts collaborate to see movements to Christ in every people and place.

What are Frontier People Groups? These FPGs contain nearly all of the one-quarter of all humanity currently the most isolated from the good news that Jesus came for all peoples. Less than 1 in 1,000 are followers of Jesus in these groups. Only 1 out of every 100 cross-cultural laborers work among these groups! Until Jesus followers unite in obeying His commission, these masses have no hope of hearing about and being introduced to Jesus before they die! This unprecedented collaboration will focus on the fulfilment of God’s promise to bless all peoples through Jesus movements healing and restoring broken families and communities.

 Why is prayer important? Extraordinary prayer is foundational to every movement to Christ. Prayer is the first domino to fall leading to change in spiritual receptivity to the gospel and fruitfulness. Leviticus 26:8 “Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand…”—there is multiplied power in agreement. As intercessors faithfully lift up these specific people groups and believers reach out, God does what only God can do to release harvest.

Learn more about the “Year of the Frontier” at: http://Go31.org/yof

Joshua Project https://joshuaproject.net/frontier

“Reaching the Unreached” video https://vimeo.com/244739881 and

“The State of the World”video https://globalprn.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=b371ecb81ea5dd83cb1ed45cd&id=b68ef93f6a&e=3ba0399bc5

Your prayers are vital to extending God’s blessing in Jesus to all the remaining Frontier People Groups. Draw close to God by embracing His passion to bless these Frontier People Groups. Invite others to join you in:

* Praying daily for every one of these 400 Frontier People Groups over this year:

To get daily prayer materials via email: https://joshuaproject.net/pray/unreachedoftheday/emailor
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org Then submit your email in the top right box.

Apps to help you are available for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=umot.tw.dgp

or iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/global-prayer-digest/id1181417800?l=es&mt=8

* UPG of the Day Widget to customize for your website: https://joshuaproject.net/pray/unreachedoftheday/widget

* On social media, use these hashtags to raise awareness: #YearOfTheFrontier, #FrontierPeopleGroups, #UnreachedPeopleGroups, or #RememberTheUnreached.

* Promoting the international Day of Prayer for the Unreached (http://AllianceForTheUnreached.org)

* Partner to focus on a specific people group through http://www.InherittheNations.net

* Preparing for the Global Outreach Day 2020 (http://globaloutreachday.com/2020), which will coincide with the culmination of the Year of the Frontier. During the entire month of May 2020, our goal is to mobilize 100 million Christians to pray for their neighbors and nations as well as to share the Gospel with them.

We believe that together with many denominations and ministries it will be possible to reach 1 BILLION people with the Gospel and for prayer-care-share to become an ongoing lifestyle for every follower of Christ.

More at http://go31.org/yof/

Join to pray!

https://mailchi.mp/tsco/adopt-a-bibleless-people-group-33301?e=5c2e176797

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May 2019 Orality.net Praise and Prayer Update

Easter Season

This month we will step away from having a guest article to share a little bit about what God is doing in the bigger picture of the Orality Network and share some Events and Praise & Prayer items related to the calendar and upcoming events!

May 2019 Prayers Please

Praise God for the completion of three short films that incorporate Bible texts with themes and images from Lenthomi* culture. Pray that these videos will be shared widely and will generate interest in the Scriptures.

Praise God the recording of the Lenthomi* Bible is now underway – a complex process that will take up to two years. Pray for wisdom and guidance for those coordinating the project.

Pray alongside a team of four Papua New Guinean audio technicians demonstrated their commitment when they traveled to Tatau Island to record the Gospel of John in the Mandara language. They used a portable generator to power their computer. They encouraged the actors to read with good expression and made the recorded parts sync with the pictures shown on the screen. Their mentor said, “Although I was there to coach them over any rough spots, there was little I needed to say as the technicians far exceeded my expectation.” Pray that this recording impacts the speakers of Mandara and for these technicians as they go on to record Scripture for other languages.

Pray for the voice actor who plays the role of Jesus in the New Testament recording of a major language of Asia is a traditional-sounding villager with warmth in his voice. One night after starting to record the words of Jesus he had a dream. He saw a man in long white robes holding a big walking stick in his hand, but his face was too shiny to make out the features. The actor sensed that he was seeing Jesus. This assured him that he was doing the right thing to take part in recording the Bible. Pray that this actor draws closer to God because of playing this part.

Praise God that the recording of the multi-voice portions of a New Testament in a major language of Asia was completed. The project coordinator reported: “It was not an easy time for us and we faced many challenges, but thank God for the wonderful team He has given us. We’ve had wonderful communication with our voice actors. They all said that they loved the atmosphere and the way we treated them. We had so many opportunities to share Truth with them and they are very interested in the Bible.” Please pray that the actors will read more of the Scriptures and draw closer to God.

Praise God that in mid-March the recording of the multi-voice segments from the New Testament in a major language of Asia was completed. The technical director will return to the language area at the end of this year to work with the actors on the multi-voice segments of the Old Testament. In the meantime, recording the many single-voice segments will continue. Pray for God’s protection over the ongoing work of this audio Bible project. Pray for the health and the cooperation of the narrators, technicians and reviewers.

Praise God that the YouTube channel of a language of the Mediterranean region is very popular. One way to measure the use of a video is the number of minutes it is watched in a month. Recently the Bible story videos were watched more than 2 million minutes in one month. No money was spent on promotion, but still many people found the channel. Pray that the watch time will continue to grow. Pray that those who view the videos will to want to know more about God.

We invite you to join the Intercessors each Thursday:

New Thursday Number

 

UPCOMING EVENTS from the Orality.net website:

There are NO events posted for May 2019

June 2019:

Orality Training with Jerry Wiles

June 1 @ 8:30 am4:30 pm UTC+0
Saint James Episcopal Church, 9845 McCree Road
Dallas, TX 75238 United States

Living Water International’s Contextual Bible Storying, with advanced Orality applications and impact stories  Find out more »

Orality Training Workshop

June 1 @ 8:30 am4:30 pm UTC+0
Saint James Episcopal Church, 9845 McCree Road
Dallas, TX  75238 United States

Living Water International’s basic Bible Storying Training with advanced Orality applications and impact stories Find out more »

ION Africa Youth Conference Zambia 2019

June 6June 8

We are pleased to announce our upcoming ION Africa Youth Conference, which will be held in Lusaka, Zambia Thursday 6th June – Saturday 8th June 2019. Objective Of The Conference The Youth Conference will aim to attract up to 100 young people between the ages… Find out more »

 

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This week we find ourselves right at the 40-day mark to Pentecost. 

To follow the story we have to go to the book of Acts… 

Let’s take the time to really L👀K?! And really Listen👂

Can you not sit for an hour with me

We can go thru the Scripture in several different ways:

Using YouVersion Bible App there is a wonderful study that you can use to go thru the Book of Acts in 28 days reading (letters to paper version) or listening (audio version), and bring yourself directly into the Story of God in the READ to HEAR – The Book of Acts in 28 Days:

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        28 days

Our Orality network friends at The Bible Project offers a couple different ways to approach the book:

The Bible Project: Book of Acts in TWO parts video series version:

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The Bible Project: The Book of Acts FOUR part video series version:

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No matter how you go about it, can we encourage you to take this next 40 days leading up to Pentecost and dig deeply into the backstory of Scripture according to the Bible for this season of the biblical calendar?!

At the end of the month we will touch back to you and offer a Ten Day plan for the TEN days of Ascension:

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Thank you God for the INTERCESSORS

ION Thursday Prayer Line Number

LINKING IN PRAYER AROUND THE GLOBE:

You are invited to pray with us over the next year for Year of the Frontier. This is a joint prayer initiative of global prayer groups through the Joshua Project.

Joshua Project is beginning a fresh cycle of people group profiles for Unreached of the Day. For the next 13 months, through the end of May 2020, we will feature nearly 400 people groups with populations larger than 500,000. These groups have fewer than 1 in 1,000 who are followers of Jesus. The term being used for these neediest of the needy is “Frontier People Groups.”

We are coordinating with several other organizations and initiatives, such as Global Prayer Digest, GO31, 24:14 Inherit the Nations and the Ethne movement, to promote these groups together. We hope to see tens of thousands praying each day for one of these groups needing a gospel breakthrough.

We’ll be praying together with sisters and brothers in Korean, Portuguese, Spanish and Vietnamese and will soon be joined by German and perhaps French speaking intercessors.

We’d like to invite you to pass this word along to others, encouraging them to receive the e-mails or download the app that will allow us all to be interceding for the same people group each day.

Who and where are “Frontier People Groups”?

https://www.frontierventures.org/blog/the-31-largest-frontier-people-groups

Try out these Resource Options in support of this initiative and find out more information at https://www.go31.org/

Printable prayer guides & Abbreviated Calendars: https://prayerstrategists.net/about/prayer-guides/ Or https://joshuaproject.net/prayer/calendars

To get daily prayer materials via email: https://joshuaproject.net/pray/unreachedoftheday/email or http://www.globalprayerdigest.org  Then submit your email in the top right-hand box.

For the podcast: Go to iTunes and search for “Global Prayer Digest” or try this link: Globalprayerdigest.libsyn.com

To download the App:

For Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=umot.tw.gdp

For iPhones: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/global-prayer-digest/id1181417800?l=es&m

MAY 5 – JUNE 4, 2019

Love Muslims a prayer initiative to change the world. Praying globally together!

Love Muslims will launch on May 5, 2019, LoveMuslims.org which will guide believers around the world on a 30-day prayer journey through the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. A new, free video will launch each day. Watch sample videos and sign up now to join the global prayer movement!

Prayercast (prayercast.com), a ministry of OneWay (owm.org), uses the arts and compelling media to activate world-changing prayer for the sake of the lost. 

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April 2019 Orality.net Praise and Prayer Update

Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?”  Isaiah 43:19

This is one of my favorite passages from Isaiah! I love new things!

Who doesn’t? Over the last year, the Lord has been revealing many new things to me in our journey of discipleship.

It all started for me, as the Lord led me to focus on one small story, that Jesus told his disciples in Matthew 13:44. The story of hidden treasure. It is a very short story but filled with so much treasure!

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy, goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

As I looked at this simple story, I began to see so much of how Jesus and the kingdom of God work.

There are many layers to this story:

First, Jesus as the man who discovers the treasure in a field and for the joy of it sells all He has to purchase it. Hebrews 12:2 says, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. The treasure was us! Out of Joy, He endured the cross to purchase us and the whole field! 

The second layer of this story is about discipleship: it is the discovery of the treasure of the gospel. His goodness to us in Christ Jesus! Jesus call to His disciples was and is: “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. Luke 9:23. 

Oh, how we want to treasure or following Jesus and holding onto His gifts…but is this possible without letting go (a negative spiritual discipline  abstaining – denying self) in order to take hold of the treasure that is ours in Christ Jesus.

The third layer of this story that I discovered was that there are hidden treasures in scripture and in life that are all around us. If only we have eyes to see.

This led me to a prayer experiment that has changed my prayer life forever! 

It only takes 10 minutes to start with…adjust as the Spirit gives guidance. (This was just a starting place for me)

Prayer Experiment:

  • Start by declaring: The kingdom of the heavens is here now. God is present in this moment (Matt. 4:17; 10:7)
  • 5 minutes of silence (a negative spiritual discipline of denying self) 
  • 5 minutes of praying through the Lord’s Prayer (taking hold of the treasure)

This simple practice has revolutionized my prayer life in ways that are hard to express. Imagine if you knew that everything you asked for was always going to be a yes. Would you pray that way?

When Jesus introduces His disciples to this prayer, he tells them they don’t need to hunt to find out what God wants to give them but states this amazing promise, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Pray then like this:” Matthew 6:8-13

Our Father in heaven, 

hallowed be your name. 

Your kingdom come, 

your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread, 

and forgive us our debts,

as we also have forgiven our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

The gifts are immense!

Reconnecting with our Spiritual family through our loving and present Heavenly Father and then the gifts:

Holiness by and through His name

His kingdom reign and rule

His will (intent-desire) for us

That all of these would be manifest into our lives here and now.

Then the other gifts:

Provision, Renewal in His love, leadership, and deliverance!

 

An artistic rendition of the Lord’s prayer from my journal.

I have sold the farm! The treasures that He gives are immense. May the Lord guide you to discover the treasures that He has placed in your life and grant you the courage and faith to let go of what you need to so that you might hold onto Him!

In His grip,

Pastor Jason Boetcher

“The Storying pastor”

Storying Discipleship Ministries

Pastor of Trinity Family of Faith Lutheran Church

Basehor, Kansas

 

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Praying with others in global prayer.

We invite you to share and be involved in the following year-long prayer initiative!

“Year of the Frontier” is a time to pray in agreement for the largest gaps in work among the unreached! Frontier Peoples are those unreached groups which have fewer than 1 in 1,000 believers and little work among them. These groups represent huge gaps for the gospel. In particular, Year of the Frontier will focus on the approx. 400 Frontier people groups over 500,000 in size each for daily specific prayer May 2019-June 2020.

 

This steps up from The Thirty-One booklet (which covered the 31 largest Frontier Peoples).

The 400 Frontier People Groups (over 500,000 in population):

1 in 5 of all people lives in the 400 largest FPGs.

1 in 3 of all who don’t identify with Jesus live in the 400 largest FPGs.

9 of every 10 who live in Frontier People Groups live in the 400 largest FPGs.

Until Jesus-followers unite in obeying His commission, these masses have no hope of hearing about and being introduced to Jesus before they die.

The Great Injustice:

1 in 9,000 living in the 400 largest FPGs identifies with Jesus in any way.

1 in 15,000 living in the 400 largest FPGs is estimated to follow Jesus.

1 in 100 cross-cultural laborers is estimated to work among these 400 FPGs.

 

Try out these Resource Options in support of this initiative: More information at https://www.go31.org/

Printable prayer guides & Abbreviated Calendars: https://prayerstrategists.net/about/prayer-guides/ Or https://joshuaproject.net/prayer/calendars

To get daily prayer materials via email: https://joshuaproject.net/pray/unreachedoftheday/email or http://www.globalprayerdigest.org  Then submit your email in the top right-hand box.

For the podcast: Go to iTunes and search for “Global Prayer Digest” or try this link: Globalprayerdigest.libsyn.com

To download the App:

For Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=umot.tw.gdp

For iPhones: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/global-prayer-digest/id1181417800?l=es&m

UPG of the Day Widget to customize for your website: https://joshuaproject.net/pray/unreachedoftheday/widget

Draw close to God by embracing His urgent passion to bless these frontier People Groups. Your prayers are vital to ending this Great Injustice.

For the joy set before us…

Liz Adleta

Global Prayer Strategist

Fellowship of Prayer Strategists, the Ethne Movement, & the 24:14 Coalition

Web: www.ethne.net/www.prayerstrategists.net; https://www.2414now.net/

Global Prayer Information for you to be aware of:

Here is the link for the latest IPC Prayer Connection: https://www.ipcprayer.org/newsletter-archive/2019/International%20Prayer%20Connections%20-%20April%202019.pdf

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March 2019 Orality.net Praise and Prayer Update

This month we have another guest writer that has been involved with ION Prayer over the years. Grab a cup of tea or coffee and sit and enjoy another take on what others have been learning from their experience with the foundational work of prayer connected to the Orality Network!

Following the article is some prayer requests and information specific to this month. As always, you are invited to join in with a group who meet each and every Thursday to pray together and who would welcome you to come and share your story of what God is doing with you in Orality.

Stewarding the Place of Prayer in the Prayer Room

by Lucy Knight

Early on in my time with ION, a prayer was written by one of God’s servants on the prayer team and it was given to all who were attending the ION Conference that year. This was an anointed prayer that had such a profound impact on me and its message still resonates today. It is a prayer for all of us who are called by God to join Him in doing His great work. I pray as I share it here, it would again impact and God would use it to transform your spirit so that the work set before us would take on new meaning and importance in our today. . . for His glory and His namesake.

The prayer room at ION, hmmm what can I say? For me, it is first and foremost a sacred space. We do business with God there and that space then becomes sacred. When we enter in, we must have it as frontals on our foreheads. This is a place where prayers will be said, confessions made, heart preparations done, and transactions in the spirit happen for many who will come. We have prayed that our hearts are turned to and tuned into the Lord. The Lord said, “Be ye holy, for I am holy”. Yes, we are to be sanctified and set apart as is the location that will serve as the Prayer Room. A shift must occur. Care for the atmosphere must be a priority. Unholy banter, acts or things that make the holy room common, or casual, as well as not allowing for meetings to be held there that do not pertain to the prayer room, or even some of the decorations may need to be removed or covered so that the focus is not preempted by the objects or activity found associated with the room. Nothing is to profane the holy.

Let me give you an example: At the last North America ION Regional Conference, in the room that was to hold the Prayer Room, our Team noticed a large painting on a center wall with a focus object of something that resembled a demonic creature. The painting could not be removed, so it had to be covered with a sheet. The focus needed to be only on the beauty of the Lord.

Each prayer room is prepared specifically for those people who will come. As it is anointed with oil, we are already believing for what only God can do even as we prepare it for the people who will come. We in the prayer room do not take the Lord’s presence lightly. Over the years we have come to expect the miraculous because we have seen the miraculous, in “only God” moments. In the room, we have a heightened awareness of Him, His workings, and seeking His will and face. It should all point to Him and His work to redeem a lost world. Each year we see evidence of God working in our midst, and we ask, what will be God’s theme for prayer this next year? We take notice and look for God’s activity and then carry that focus in our hearts for continued prayer into the next year.

For example, for years we have prayed for the Hispanic communities of North America. This past year, 2018, we had for the first time Hispanic intercessors join us from the local community of Orlando, Florida. It was a glory Hallelujah moment as that was part of God’s activity. Over the years we always connected with those who were local to the area where the conference was to be held. This time we had gotten to know some of this group ahead of the time there in Florida and had invited them to come and be a part of the prayer team with us. We were so blessed. We will continue to pray for them. The reality of how God puts love in the hearts of His people for a people group is no different no matter where they are located. People closely connected to those you are trying to reach are always the ones who will have the influence to reach them. These intercessors from Florida will reach many. We will continue to pray for them and for the favor of the Lord to take back to those they have influence with to learn more about Orality and to work with the oral communicators in Orlando, as well as to the rest of Florida and then to the ends of the earth. We praise God for He heard our cries and answered. The Hispanic prayer warriors were now fully engaged in Orality!

With the Hispanic influence at this last ION conference, we are seeing first hand how ION is before our eyes morphing into more of a regional thrust with North America being one of the seven regionals. We saw growth in the people who were attending. With growth and more people, means more leaders are needed for positions in ION North America. We are praying for every Gateway and Pathway facilitator position to be filled in each of the Regions.

Two years ago I was given the task of being Prayer Associate for the North American Region. The title, let alone the task, was overwhelmingly daunting to me. I couldn’t imagine it. As we say, I am just a little old grandma! Only biblical verses like “I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me” when they come to mind help me in my times of need. God likes to stretch all of us, and I have found He has, even more, to stretch in some of us! To God be the glory!

Having never been in such a position, I learned a few things along the way. Sometimes I succeeded at doing them and sometimes not. I thank God the intercessors were forgiving. I took to heart to care for the weakest members as I have served. It was a blessing to serve this last year as the Prayer Room Facilitator for the North America Regional Conference. I knew I was one like them and had learned from this position. Fortunately, our senior prayer leader was taught and equipped to lead from the rear, thus moving us all forward. I learned, but I wish I had believed more and done more. But alas, I also learned from the Master, the Master StoryTeller.

From the stories, I learned to be more like Jesus. Oh, I recommend you do learn the stories! They are transforming! Oh, to lead like Him. Be like Him. Speak like Him, and sometimes learn from Him as when He, “He spoke not a word.” Pray like Him, and yes, in the prayer room and at all times, for His presence goes with us and abides in us. Hallelujah!

Lastly, I learned a prayer request from an ION leader, one who knows and lives out the stories of Jesus. He asked us to pray for his wisdom, integrity, and holiness. That is a wow prayer! We continue to pray this for our leaders and imagine with me their impact. These aren’t mere words. They are holiness before a holy God, humility before God and man, true wisdom, and unchanging integrity. These are true virtues. Thank You, God, for hearing our prayers and making these men of God, men of God!

After taking on the role of North America Prayer Associate, the stories of the Bible became even more real and empowering. The model of Orality is more than telling a story aloud. It is becoming part of the story and entering into the story. The story is to become mine. I found the stories most helpful when having to publically speak. The words of God in Exodus 4:12 say, “I will be your mouth and teach you what you are to say.” or in Acts 4, I rested in my spirit when I realized who Peter and John were. I had read those verses many times, but learning to Story them made a big impact on my life and how I worked with ION. Acts 4, verse 13 says, “Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus”. That is the key. They recognized that these untrained men had been with Jesus. Yes, it is all about being with Jesus and His Story connects us with Him. There is power in the Word, especially the spoken Word. “Take My yoke you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 12:29. We need the stories to tell the Story.  Thank you, God!  Thank you for Orality!

The stories, as you can tell have had a great impact on us in the prayer room. We use them in everything we do. Many of those who serve in prayer have taken training in Orality and in Story Telling. One of my favorites stories is, “Moses is dead.” In Joshua 1:5-7 it says, “. . . Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail or forsake you. Only be strong and courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go.” These verses help us in praying the hard things. It is obedience, no matter what. God is with us and “If God is for us, who can be against us?”

As I think back on the ION prayer room, there are so many things to be thankful for. I remember an artist, Denise Przybyla who served with us so many times, would draw in the prayer room. And so often over the years Maureen Bravo would take our notes, by scrolling what was being said onto large white paper, capturing what was happening in the room. Then the panels would be displayed up on the wall so that whoever walked into the room could see what God was doing in the Prayer Room.

The picture below is one of those panels. It is of God’s beating heart and the intercessors sitting there with Jesus. It was appropriately titled, “Enter the Chamber of God’s Heart”. This visual was done in one of the beginning prayer rooms for ION, but is most relevant for us today and always. We are to tabernacle with God and bask in the Presence of the Lord. Then we can know the heart of God and hear His voice. Then we can know the heart of God and hear His voice. He then will tell us “great and mighty things which we do not know”. How glorious! We will be there one with Him.

 

As John 17:20-21 says, “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe You sent Me.” Imagine! This is the High Priestly Prayer and Jesus prays this for us, and we pray this for those who have yet to hear!

Come with us into the prayer room. We will sit and bask in the Presence of our Lord, and listen, and worship, and commune with Him. This is heaven on earth which is prepared for all. May our longing hearts then hear the cry of Christ, the Redeemer. He said He came to “seek and save those who are lost” and we cry out with Him for those who still need to hear.

Yes, Lord Jesus!

Join us to pray for some Orality Prayer Requests & praises:

Praise the Lord for the recording of five books of the Old Testament into the Gadsuplanguage in Papua New Guinea in January. These books include Ruth, Obadiah, Jonah, Haggai and Malachi. Those who took part in the recording process were deeply enriched by the Word of God. Pray that Gadsup speakers will hunger for God’s Word and grow in their walk with God as a result of listening and engaging with this mini audio Bible.

One of the tangible results of the partnerships developed over the ten years of the Pacific Wa’a Partnerships* (PWP) is the operation of three Youth With A Mission(YWAM) ships in Papua New Guinea (PNG). These ships are being used to bring health services to some of the remote parts of Papua New Guinea as well as training and upskilling of Papua New Guinean health workers. Pray for the Scripture use** activities that the ship personnel participates in to encourage churches in the villages they visit. One such activity is the showing of the JESUS Film. Many people have responded to the gospel after watching the film.

The translation team for the Enga language is creating audio recordings of each book of the New Testament as it is completed. When people start listening to the Bible, those with basic literacy skills often want to read along with a printed copy as they listen to the recording. In the process of doing so they teach themselves how to read their own language. Because of this, the team is also releasing audio recordings of the Enga Bible as an Android phone app that highlights the text sentence-by-sentence as the audio recording plays. Pray that the Scripture impacts lives as people read and listen to it.

Thank the Lord that the team translated the audio script for “Healing the Wounds of Trauma” for local radio. This will reach Kabba speakers in CAR and across the border into

You are invited to join the Weekly ION Prayer Call at 2pm EST GMT-5 each Thursday:

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Pray with us:

We invite you to go to the ION website

https://Orality.net

and prayer thru the Events and Articles. There is a lot going on in Orality around the globe.

For those of you who have not yet gotten your copy of the new prayer book, you can download the digital eBook version from the ION Orality.net website: https://orality.net or purchase a printed copy on Amazon.

Connecting with others in Global Prayer:

We invite you to be a part of this Ethne collaborative Prayer Initiative

21 Days Prayer Initiative Inherit the Nations Collaboration

DOWNLOAD the Prayer Guide here: https://inheritthenations.net/2414-coalition-prayer-involvement/?fbclid=IwAR3ROQN2-Shr5Hkbqx8u_Y7NUo7BVINyEV3PKdkgSO-GfdgTiyHyJqpr4CM

24:14 Coalition Prayer Involvement

“In no other way can the believer become as fully involved with God’s work,
especially the work of world evangelism, as in intercessory prayer.”
~Dick Eastman

24:14 is a global coalition praying and working together to start kingdom movement engagements in every unreached people and place by 2025.

We’re looking for individuals, groups, churches, and movements who will join us in asking God to do 2 things:

  • Raise up an extraordinary prayer movement for every unreached people and place before
  • Send equipped church planting multiplication (CPM) teams to every unreached people and place by 2025

How might you integrate praying these 2 things into your context?

What are you already praying for and when are you praying?

How could praying these 2 things to integrate into that?

How might you partner with others in praying these 2 things?

Email us at prayer@2414now.net to let us know how and when you’re praying for these 2 things.

4:14 Canopy of Prayer
We would like to see every hour of each month covered in prayer for the 24:14 Coalition and all its work.

If you are interested in joining the 24/7 Canopy of Prayer please read this first

View the Prayer Calendar and Sign-up

Find out more from Global Prayer Resource Network. You can forward this info on to your friends, too:

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Prayer As Strategy

This article was published in Dec. 2016, but very much still relevant today. It goes in depth on the drive behind having prayer as the foundation of everything you are doing and how that might happen. It looks like actually praying and having prayer integrated into your work and ministry! 

https://ionprayer.com/2016/12/13/prayer-as-strategy/amp/

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Read the full article here:

https://ionprayer.com/2016/12/13/prayer-as-strategy/amp/

 

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February 2019 ION Praise & Prayer Update

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FEBRUARY 2019 – Orality.Net Praise & Prayer Update

We are in a new season! This month we begin to open the door to allow Guest Writers and Editors to bring their stories to share with the larger audience what God is doing within the context of the Orality Network. You will hear from those who pray and are involved in the prayer movement. Sharing the idea of how one person’s story can impact many other peoples story. God used the pattern of allowing for the story of one, to launch us corporately into a much bigger story. We believe we need to allow the stories from the Prayer Room and those who serve the larger group to be heard. As we hear others share, the big picture of the ION Prayer Story is being written.

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Throughout this year you will be hearing from Guest Editors and Writers as they bring their stories and experiences to the table in prayer.

One of our hopes is to release a desire or thirst to move in a new way in more informed intercession because of the Spirit’s work in us and God’s desire to bring the new thing.

Keeping in mind these things this year in having Guest Editors & Guest Writers:

1. We are shifting into the fullness of the “new thing”. As well we must share the stories of what God has been doing to bring into FOCUS the “looking forward” of the Network and what God has been doing since St. Louis when everything shifted.

2. Our purpose is to help share and bring experiences, learned and unlearned ideas, and Spiritual MOVEMENT forward in us that God has been teaching along our journey’s while being connected to the Orality Network.

3. Simply to steward well the prophetic gift or gifts that have been deposited, NOT to cause anyone to be uncomfortable or to drive anything. Just to simply be stewards and release the deposit to the larger group.

Again, we are shifting into the fullness of “the new thing”. The further movement into the “more” of God in Ephesians 3:20-21.

This year we are seeing the fullness of “The New Thing” that God has been doing with the Orality Network for several years coming into full view!

We want everyone to catch what God has been doing and try to put some of this into a story of what the ION Prayer Teams have been experiencing. Beginning this month we are going to push the pause button. Calling for a hard stop so to speak, so that we can look back in order to move forward!

We ask you to pause and pray with us for this year to be an astonishing year for everyone within the Orality Network!

It seems to many of us that serve or have served on the ION Prayer Teams that God has been taking the Orality Network and our partners on an accelerated journey. But for some who might not have caught the shift, you might not have as much clarity or vision for the forward movement that has been happening.

In order to move forward, it is always wise to stop and evaluate where you are and where you have been!

We are praying for everyone to come into the new place as one as we continue to celebrate where we are going.

Looking back to what we would say was a spiritual marker for ION and a definite shift happened in 2013 in St. Louis that stopped us from moving in old patterns of business as usual!

We are aware some of you do not go back with us that far. That is not the point, but we want to do some spiritual housekeeping so to speak in sharing what the Prayer Teams believes was a monumental shift that set in the Network to move forward into the place of much of what we are seeing come before us now in 2019.

As a prophetic prayer team, we look at what we “see” in a multi-dimensional sense. We are always looking for prophetic deposits…

Things like:

  • What does it look like for us individually and corporately in the “looking forward” & seeing the “new thing”?
  • How have we been challenged and what is God trying to say?
  • We take note of patterns, shift, and changes in mindsets.
  • We try to keep all of this within the context of and in the area of prayer.

There was a significant shift that happened in St. Louis in Sept. 2013 … everything changed in the format, purpose, and timing for ION that year that moved us into where we find ourselves today.

Remembering

  • The Gateways were introduced.
  • The reality of the Annual Meeting not continuing
  • An intentional move from being an international group who met annually,  to operate as a truly global network.

Looking back at that pivotal point in ION’s history is a reminder to pay attention to the shift, which can be seen as the birthing of the beginning of the many Gateways and Regions that we see active today!

Something else happened. . . for some individuals that were in attendance that year, God was encountering them to open themselves up to the “more” He has in store for us at believers who trust fully in Him.

God Encounters Cause Change.

For the ION Prayer Team much has changed. We hope that as we share stories of those changes, lessons learned and new patterns, we might begin to see how it all fits into the big picture the Orality Network.

Looking back so that we can move forward. . .

Think back to the last session as Tara Rye who served as the MC led us in the closing session and in that precious prayer time. At the end of the conference, she was sharing on TITRATION and what happens when the last drop falls into the vessel that causes the OVERFLOW to happen… That was to us a no going back moment on God’s clock.

What follows here is a testimonial from one of our Prayer Team members, Barb Morrow as well as what God downloaded to her in the form of a visual message received during those closing moments in prayer.

Back then what God gave in St. Louis seemed to be just for the prayer team. We prayed into it and asked the Holy Spirit to release the meaning. It was not the right timing then to release what was shared with the Prayer Team from that spiritual moment in time. But in looking back so that we can move forward, we believe it is the correct timing now!

Be sure to follow this to the end and ask the Holy Spirit to let you see if maybe what Barb saw was a beautiful first view of what we call today “REGIONS”.

Personal Testimony from The International Orality Annual Conference
St. Louis, Missouri September 19, 2013

A Memorable Quote that quickened the heart of this Intercessor:
“Let us become that one drop that unlocks transformation!” – Tara Rye

This conference was my first introduction to the concept of Orality. I found it to be an excitingly unique style of learning and of conceptualizing information and building memories. Those in my age group, sixty-five and older, may remember an attitude prevalent within some churches at the time of our development “You can walk alone, you don’t need anyone else but God!” Evangelism centered around inviting others to church, church activities, and contributing money to missions. Although witnessing of our faith was highly stressed, I struggled with this problem of: “How are we to influence others to believe in Jesus if we are not to build interdependent relationships with these others?” There was also the problem: “How are we to learn to relate to God effectively, whom we cannot see if we cannot depend on the relationships with those we can see?”

Having internalized this mindset, it has taken me a lifetime to trust that God is willing to provide the kind of Love that will satisfy our most intimate desires! The learning style of my past had been excessively literate. I was lacking conversational proficiency, due to a very mobile childhood in an age where children were to be seen but not heard. There was a great deal of insecurity as I attempted to convert private thoughts and subjective experiences into the speed of conversational interactions.

Being a stay-at-home mom, in the decades when such an occupation had fallen out of favor, did not help me cultivate opportunities for conversational practice either. My Christian witness retained a very silent nature, depending primarily upon obedient behavior. Yet this left my heart isolated to deal with daily frustrations all by myself. Without meaningful social connections, the struggle to bring my soul into alignment with my spirit consumed so much energy, that the call to reproduce my faith was often a burden of obligation, rather than a joy. At the Conference in 2013, I gained a new perspective of a more relational way of seeking Truth.

Listening to the basic differences between oral learning and abstract learning, turned out to be an extraordinary awakening for me. I saw that there is no abstract standard operational procedure that we are called to attain; His will is indeed personal! My concept of God was transformed! Previously, I held an image that resembled a god that was examining my every self-expression, testing to see if it was worthy of Himself. Since then, it has become evident to me how very much involved Our Lord is in the process of creating reproductive relationships. These person to person connections carry His own self-image within each intentional, unselfish expression of Love.

It makes sense that such a creative Abba would gain much pleasure in witnessing His children’s expressions of their love for Him, in each of their own unique ways. Could it be that Our God desires to be known and welcomes our expressions of love, recognizing their sacrificial quality? Then He responds with the wisdom and skill of a perfect parent. Is this not the way we enjoy our children? What better way to motivates our will into agreement with His own? The security offered in such a relationship has inspired me to share such experiences openly. I believe the character of this kind of joy would be found more difficult if relating to expressions of truth and love were only stored upon the printed page. Would not the contextual cues of intimacy become much more dependent upon one’s past experiences and leave more unsupervised room for self-centered interpretation?

Immediate correction for misunderstandings is not as accessible when depending upon a book for revelation, as it is in face to face communications. How does one expect to have their questions for clarification answered by pages of paper?

The interaction of dialogue generates a different quality of energy and helps me organize my thoughts into conversational packages, which can more readily become reproductive within multiple relationships.

I’ve observed, concepts developed through attentiveness to written monologues require some deconstruction to get them to fit into the flow of conversation. They are largely dependent upon the skill of recall and organization from only one member of the discussion at a time. Understanding, within the literate realm, is more private and individualistic favoring those who have read the subject material. Does this literate conceptualizing not tend to have a passive character, which is more suitable for private reflection, than it is for active conversation? I found the learning I gleaned from printed text needs a big picture perspective to provide structure for a meaningful attachment of the details. This need becomes frustrating when attempting to learn technical information. The learning I cultivate from interpersonal dialogue possesses the whole relationship as the structure for the attachment of details, which allows me more processing space.

Might this be due to the built-in feedback system from an external source of opinion, combined with my own, providing two witnesses? Later in life, when I was introduced to the spiritual culture of the Prophetic Rhema Word conversational discipleship, I felt liberated to express my Christianity with the confidence that I was being led by the Holy Spirit and not a self-centered one. It was during this time that I received my calling as an Intercessor. The guilt I had felt for not sharing my faith was relieved when I learned to confess my trust in the revelation God provides, rather than my own reasoning.

Out of submission to the Holy Spirit, I am learning to sow His Word into the personal relationships within our culture. This is a way I thoroughly enjoy serving God for the advancement of His Kingdom in the earth. The new experience of mutuality within relationships and this outlet for the expression of my love stimulated passionate gratitude to Our Father. How could I ever thank Him for the covenantal relationship He redeemed for us? It required the lifeblood and perfect sacrifice of His treasured son, who willingly submitted to death, on the awful crucifix. He agreed to do this to fulfill the requirements of God’s Eternal Law in my place! My intercession was transformed by the new understanding of God’s contextual conversations through human relationships.

Revelation-based relations which are submitted unto the expressions of His Will, supply more joy, than the will of my human desires to serve Him from the basis of “factual” truths. Relationships are Eternal, but they are fed by time invested in the culture of the present.

Let the conversational wisdom of our Gospel message translate across cultural boundaries and learning styles and become gloriously fruitful in the Power of the Spirit of Holiness! Amen

Gratefully submitted by
Barbara Morrow

INTERNATIONAL ORALITY NETWORK ANNUAL CONFERENCE

St.Louis,Missouri-Wednesday-September 19, 2013

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Submitted by Barb Morrow

The prayer from my heart to our Big-Big God was: Let ION be entrusted to become the vessel of Yeshua’s Love Language which is being poured out into the Love Languages of each “one” of God’s creation!”

THE VISION FROM GOD

I saw with the eyes of my spirit a huge wedding goblet in the Hand of God. It was tipped, and out of it poured Living Water which was being transformed into Wine. This Wine was filling another wedding goblet beneath it.  The second goblet had three letters engraved on the side of it. The engraved letters were I.O.N.

Around the ION goblet were a multitude of other goblets waiting to receive the wine of Divine Love.

These waiting goblets were animated in their eagerness to receive the outpouring of Yeshua’s Life!  When the Wine was filling each cup it was being transformed into the love language belonging to each goblet. Yet at the same time, it was revitalizing the receiving language with new Life.

This part of the vision reminded me of the Pentecost outpouring of the Holy Spirit; it was an invitation to all who will believe and come to the table to commune in the Love that God provides.  

Next, I saw a great movement, and at first was unable to discern what I was seeing.  It is difficult to describe these great swirls and powerful movement.  So, I asked The Lord what this was.   

He told me it was the winds of His Spirit moving through the Harvest Fields.  I could sense a real weightiness to this part of the vision. Then I began to see distinct waves of grain, as I imagine it might look like if a windstorm came through the wheat fields of Kansas. Only these stalks of grain were much taller than I was. I was taken back by the Beauty of the moving waves of grain, when I heard, My fields are now white and ready for the Harvest!

Then I felt a sinking feeling in my soul, as I saw how few workers were available to help harvest the fields, as they were so beautiful in their ripeness. I heard the Word “Pray to ME for more laborers for I AM able to supply the workers needed—have no doubt!

Next, I saw this giant sickle begin to move across the field, swiftly cutting through the stalks of grain.

I could only wonder at how sharp it must be to move so quickly. Suddenly I was surprised by a big red sickle appearing in the vision. The red one was not as large, or as sharp as the first one.  I said, “Lord, this one looks like the symbol the Arabs use.”

Again, there was a terrific weightiness to the atmosphere as I heard, I have prepared and raised up this Orality Movement to be my instrument to overcome the spirit of Islam at loose in the world. My Kingdom is advancing on the earth and it WILL overtake the kingdom of darkness. I was awestruck . 

The tone of the vision began to change as the image of the two harvest fields and the two sickles faded. It became like twilight turning into night, and a sense of seriousness pervaded, as I had a sense a warning.

It’s important for ION to follow hard after me as Abraham did, trusting ME in each step of the way so the same blessing given to Abraham may become a reality in the ION movement.  (Genesis 22:18 “In your seed, ALL the nations of the earth shall be BLESSED, because You have obeyed MY voice.”)  And if you open the way into the Promised Land of Eternal Lifeby submitting to the shepherding wisdom of the Holy Spirit as Yeshua did, then the Power of Divine Love will be the essence of the movement.

This ended the vision!  But to help me remember the vision I asked God to give me symbols or a picture for the three different parts.

  1. Cups
  2. God’s Cup being poured out into – ION then ION’s Cup being poured out into the smaller jiggling cups… with many cups waiting 
  3. The Harvest Fields

The illustrations are included below:

We invite you to link in each week to the Thursday Prayer Call

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We invite you to link to the Orality.net website to find out more about how you can get involved in shareing the Gospel in a way that can really be received!

Multiple Gateways

Prayer Requests you can join in to pray for this month from our Orality Partners 

Please join to pray through all of the events posted on the Orality.net website:

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https://orality.net/events/

Pray for the translation facilitator working on a proposal and budget for dubbing the Jesus Film in four languages. She wants to process the direction with the denomination and to make a trip to the village before a church meeting on February 10. Pray for quick approval of the proposal which she partly translated to be more understandable by the local community. Ask that she can contact the four regional church offices affected by the Jesus Film before they hold their region-wide meeting, so that plans for the Film and its use can be included in their plans. Pray for God’s direction in each detail and for the choosing of voice actors for each language community.

Three Scripture videos in a major language of Asia are now available on YouTube. The videos are The Bride’s Ten Friends, Job’s Spring, and Daniel’s Tomb. These short films incorporate scenes shot in Central Asia and present Scripture stories in a culturally relevant way. Pray that the distribution team will have stamina, wisdom and skill to promote the videos successfully through social media. Pray that those who view the videos will become curious and will explore more of the Bible. Anyone interested in sharing these video links please first contact prayer_eurasia@sil.org.

A translation team praises God for the completion of the audio recordings of the book of Genesis in their language. Pray for the three team members who will use images and resources to produce three separate sets of videos from the audio recording. Pray that God prepares the hearts and minds of people who will watch and listen to these videos through social media.

Audio recording of the Bible in a major language of Central Asia began in January. Praise God that the Bible Society received permission from the government for this project. Praise God that the required number of voice actors have been found. Pray that the actors will remain committed. Pray for mutual trust and good rapport among those involved and that studio equipment and logistics will run smoothly.

The Eurasia Media and Distribution Consultation (EMDC) will be held in the Netherlands April 8-11, with training sessions before and after the event. A total of 30 different training tracks will be offered. Pray for the team who is organizing all this. Registration is going well. Some 200 organizations will be represented in the 600+ attendees to create great networking opportunities. Obtaining a visa can be difficult for people from some of the 60+ countries represented. Training mother tongue workers is a high priority for EMDC. Pray for God’s help in obtaining visas.

Praise God that the recording of the voice actors for the JESUS film was almost completed in December. Only the part of the narrator needs to be recorded. Pray for this final important role and that the production of the film will be successfully completed by partners in Asia.

Connections staff in Bangladesh are helping to train people to install Bible apps and other resources into mobile phones. Connections personnel are looking forward to developing language-specific apps. Pray for the Lord to bring people to do this work and to provide the needed resources for this project. Praise God for the partnership with a mobile app development training group. As a result, the Connections team has also partnered with YouVersion to develop a Bible app for kids. They are praying for more people to help out.

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ION Praise and Prayer Update January 2019

Happy New Year!

Thank you to all who joined us last year and welcome to all who will come alongside the Orality.net family in this New Year! We invite you to pray for the ION partners, a network of over 1,200 member organizations, networks, agencies, denominations and groups who aligned with us to bring orality into the norm of “how we operate in ministry” and “who we are as those who are implementing orality strategies”.

Since 2004 Orality and Oral Strategies have been on the open platform of ministry with individuals and groups who collaborate together. Orality is more than StoryTelling. Orality allows us to understand and thrive in the world of Oral Reliance on God as a first priority.

ION asks our partners to be truly global as a network, and to provide multiple onramps for engagement with serving oral learners, ION’s activity is organized into Regional Orality Communities, Gateways and Pathways.

Regional Orality Communities: 12 Regional Orality Communities across the globe which are interdisciplinary in nature and geographically defined.

Gateways: 7 affinity areas around which we associate together to learn and collaborate, defined generally by discipline or sphere of influence. These gateways may be active at a local, national, regional, and international level to allow anyone, anywhere to engage with serving oral learners.

Pathways: Multiple avenues for serving among specific target groups (destinations), functionality or demographically defined. Pathways will be visible under each Gateway as they emerge.

Learn more at: https://orality.net/about/how-is-ion-organized/regions-gateways

ION seeks to radically influence the way oral communicators are encouraged to follow Jesus.

Vision – Every oral communicator freely following Jesus.

Mission – Influencing the body of Christ to encourage all oral communicators to follow Jesus.

Each Thursday those involved with the Orality network and our partner groups unite to pray. We ask you to pull away and gather together as a group and really pray! If you are able to connect to the weekly prayer call. You are invited to join on any Thursday at 2pm (EDT) GMT-5.

Dial: (641) 552-9404 Code: 818908#

Our first ION Prayer Call for the year will January 10, 2019.

Each month we offer an open invitation to come and join others to pray for UUPGs, all Oral Peoples & Oral Bibleless, Orality.net partner groups and Great Commission Partners. This is a small group who gather to pray together. We invite you to join to pray or to come on the call to share what you are doing in Orality and let us come alongside you in the place of prayer for what God is allowing you to be involved in. Since ION is a network and our partners are all around the globe, the best way to connect is to ask everyone to link together each month in united prayer through posts like this one, and the ION Prayer Focus each month. Visit https://orality.net or https://ionprayer.com for more information.

UNITED PRAYER: The ION Prayer Team encourages you to be an advocate for helping others see the great need for strategic prayer for oral communicators!

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OCT, NOV, DEC. 2018 ION Prayer Focus – Bible in 90 Days Prayer Initiative

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.

Praying in one accord,

“Lord, Close the gap that we might see Scripture (FULL BIBLES) and Scripture Access for everyone across the globe. Praying Luke 10:2 & Matthew 9:37-38, Send the laborers into His harvest fields.”  

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As we move into the last 90 days of 2018, we begin by asking you a couple of questions.screenshot_2016-09-29-13-50-59-1

Do we understand the need to influence the body of Christ to not only “see” Oral Communicators, but see them as a huge critical piece of great importance in God’s plan?

Could the real issue be our unwillingness to acknowledge “we” are not the answer to completing the Great Commission, His answer is in the Harvest!

Do we really believe the Word of God is the very center of who we are as the sons of God, understanding this is not a gender, but an identity issue? And the Word, the full and complete Bible is critical to everything we are and necessary for all we do?

In the biblical model of the relationship shown in the Bible, with God, we are always the sons of God. His desire is for us to have an intimate relationship with Him that produces fruit. The biblical worldview is not just having one’s personal faith, it is having an all-consuming way of life, applicable to all areas of our life, that produces life. The outcome of the words of Jesus from what is called the Great Commandment in Matthew 22:36-40, moving from a Mark 16 mentality of “taking care of the people of God” to becoming one with His Great Commission spoken of in Matthew 28:16-20. This pattern honors and gives God glory. Can we join together over these next three months to pray that priority?

If at the core of everything our priority is to bring God glory, then let us begin.

A United Call for Prayer:

“Devote yourselves to prayer being watchful and thankful… that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ.” Colossians 4:2-4

We invite you to join in this 90 Days Prayer Initiative. You can join in with us at any time during the 90 days.

START NOW!

For more info: https://orality.net/prayer/bible-in-90-days-prayer-initiative/

Bible in 90 Days Prayer Initiative

We believe we must make EVERY EFFORT to bring Scripture (complete full Bible) to the EVERY & ALL in a way that can REALLY BE RECEIVED. We must make every effort to bring the Gospel in a way that can REALLY BE HEARD.

To bring the Gospel in a way that can REALLY be heard and received with the common goal of making God’s Word available to oral communicators in culturally appropriate ways that enable church planting movements everywhere. This will require the Church to move back to the way God began. . . He spoke everything into existence. We acknowledge and recognize GOD IS INDEED AN ORAL COMMUNICATOR!

We want to be active in this prayer initiative to let the Word of God be released into the atmosphere as we listen to our devices whenever possible. As you ride in your car or sit in your favorite spot for your morning or nightly devotional time, we invite you to allow the Word of God to permeate the atmosphere.

Allow Scripture Engagement to happen in a new way! Go Oral – Just Listen – Don’t analyze. Let the Word of God wash over you, body, soul and spirit so to speak, as you listen.

We pray in unity,

Pray for us that the Word of God may run and be glorified, even as also it is with you.” 2 Thessalonians 3:1 and “He sends His command on the earth; His Word runs swiftly.” Psalm 147:15

Listening to God's Word

Over the next 90 Days we LISTEN, we PRAY: 

  • Listen for clarity, allow yourself to be absorbed in the Scripture as you listen
  • Listen for God to connect His Word together as one whole story for you
  • Listen for a sense of gratefulness in having the Word of God available and realizing that so many people groups (1,500+) do not have ONE VERSE of Scripture in their heart language and mother tongue.
  • Praying for Oral Peoples & Oral Bibleless People Groups
  • Praying for the new generation of Orality workers who will enable every Oral Communicator to become a Christ follower who is a disciple making disciples
  • Praying for those working in Orality/UUPGs & Great Commission Partner groups
  • Praying for the Bibleless around the globe
  • Praying for Bible Translation groups who are working tirelessly to complete Scripture projects in every mother tongue
  • Praying for a new generation of Bible Translators who can move the work forward in the accelerated manner needed to get the Word of God to the every and all

God, we ask You, to teach us to ask the right questions so we might know how to pray more effectively:

  • How can we make disciples without the Scripture, the Word of God?
  • How do we pray for these people groups that do not have ONE VERSE of Scripture?
  • How do we understand and have compassion for them in how they might be able to really receive the gift of God if we do not fully take into consideration the need to understand and receive at a heart level so that it can produce the needed transformation?

For over five years ION has taken the last three months of the year in united prayer to we listen to the Bible in Audio format, using our ear gates to listen. We are praying for remembering all the souls who as yet, do not have the Scriptures in their heart language and mother tongue.

We are asking God to allow us to understand what it is like for oral peoples who prefer to use the ear gates to receive information. For those who are blind, for those who are deaf and cannot hear in the way “we think of”, but who desperately are in need of hearing fully from His Story, the Scriptures. . . In a way they can really hear and receive.

It looks different to every people, but the reality is: 1,500+ people groups do not have ONE VERSE of Scripture and for the vast majority of the globe, they still do not have access to the Word of God.

Only 8% of the world have the full Bible. (4.2.20 Foundation)

80% of the world’s population are oral communicators –people who do not read, or prefer to learn by oral-visual means.

Praying for the Orality Network

We invite you to pray with us for the next ION Regional Event:

ION Africa 2018 event

Find out more: https://orality.net/event/ion-africa-consultation-2018-johannesburg/

We invite you to continue to pray each month for the Orality Network (ION) as God continues to grow the movement. As you pray, l👀k through the website and use it for informed intercession. We invite you to visit the Orality website https://orality.net to PRAY through the different areas of the website.

PRAY for each of the orality events. LINK into the events as you are able. PRAY for how ION works and who is involved. To help you to strategically pray use the information on the way God is providing for more organization of the work of orality. Thank you for linking and connecting in prayer.

 ION 7 Gateways Explained

This organizational model allows everyone to find their place. It also allows for the different gateways and pathways to be accessed by individuals & organizations and agencies. Allowing for many onramps so each one can find their area of passion and function effectively. You are encouraged to work in more than one gateway if that is what God is calling you to, it is His work.

Praying alongside ION Partners

We continue to ask you to learn more about ION & its partners. To collaborate together and see God’s activity and join Him there, wherever possible.

Let’s look at “What does it look like to see God as an oral communicator?”

The Center for Oral Scriptures (COS) released the “Master Storyteller“, its purpose is to help us to reconnect and see how God is the master storyteller. We recognize that Orality is not just storytelling, it is about His Story being shared and used to reach the every and all in various ways. Look at the different gateways and pathways and how Orality is being used. This might be a way for you to share with others how to look at why Orality is key to everything we do.

GOD’S ORAL COMMUNICATION ~ IN THE BIBLE AND HEBREW TRADITION ~ A BOOK, SHORT FILMS & INTERACTIVE LEARNING PLATFORM
Center for Oral Scriptures (COS), is a program of the 4.2.20 Foundation.

Getting Connected in Global Prayer

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OVER ONE BILLION PEOPLE ARE STILL BIBLELESS.

Take a moment to let that sink in.

God is opening up opportunities to partner together in prayer in greater ways. We want you to learn about what is going on in prayer and missions and ask you to link together to pray for projects for Oral Bibles and for UUPGs thru the group, The Seed Company (TSCO) which is a part of the Wycliffe Bible Translation family.

Here are two ways to do that:

  1. Join PRAY for ZERO by texting 313131 and write PRAY in the message. You will get an immediate response and be connected.
  2. Consider joining monthly to the TSCO Aroma Call: You are invited to hop on the monthly call as you are able and learn how to pray more effectively for Bibleless Peoples. – Pray for ZERO

My life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus — the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God. — Acts 20:24

The Call is held the First Thursday of each month at 4pm CDT.

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Exciting News from ION:

We invite you to pick up your copy of the new ION book, “Praying for the Oral and Oral Bibleless People Groups” which is now available in print and in a free digital version.

The print copy format is offered in print on demand for an “at cost” amount. There are two different versions: $10 for “Full Color” & $7 for “B&W” available for purcase on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1732698309/

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Orality website pic Praying for the Oral and Oral Bibleless

For those of you who prefer the digital eBook version is it available for free on the ION Orality.net website:  https://orality.net

The book models the ION pattern for prayer of:

God centered
Spirit directed
Kingdom focused

In this pattern, a new sound of intercession is being released. We invite you to PRAY out your prayers. Begin to listen more and ask God how to pray and what to say.

Move from a need-based man-centered prayer mode into a more spirit-filled opportunity to be in God’s presence and in communication with the God of the universe we serve together as His children.

Pray to the One who wants every person to know His Son and the great gift of salvation in Him.

Pray and join the majority world in praying out loud. Returning to a format of being oral reliant. Do not be afraid to return to a place of total dependency on God in the place of prayer.

Let the Father lead, so that your prayers might be released to make the shifts needed in this season of time. Move into the new!

The ION Prayer Teams and Regional Prayer Associates believe a shift has happened of the “more” of Ephesians 3:20. We believe it is here, it is a new Era!

“Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to completely finish His work. Do you not say, ‘It is still four months until the harvest comes?’ Look, I say to you, raise your eyes and look at the fields and see, they are white for harvest. Already the reaper is receiving his wages and he is gathering fruit for eternal life; so that he who plants and he who reaps may rejoice together.” John 4:34-36

Get your copy of the new prayer book, begin to go thru the prayers saying them out loud. Ask God to reteach you where needed to pray. Let your voice be heard! We encourage you as you step into the deep water with God to engage in praying God’s Word in a more intentional way.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

We invite you to link in prayer each Thursday at 2 pm Eastern Time GMT-4

Dial: +1 (641) 552-9404

Code: 818908#            

Please do mark your calendars, as shortly we will be doing away with our email reminder system. We are trusting God to bring the laborers in prayer.

You can join in this work of prayer to PRAY in the new sound of intercession and PRAY for the army of intercessors needed to bring about the shifts needed to bring in the harvest of oral communicators which is 80% of the globe’s population. Of that number 1/2 of them are children and youth. Be the answer!  Thank you for joining to pray each month. 

If you are outside the USA, here are the international numbers to use:

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Prayer Report for the ION NAR Gathering

The ION North America Regional 2018 was a wonderful gathering. It was a joy to be with the Orality Network partners and leaders from around the globe. We saw the Nations gather to support the NAR Team. PRAY for this Team to find their full identity. So that they might influence the body of Christ here in North America to reach oral Communicators in a way that would effectively help to encourage them to be Christ followers and disciples that make disciples.

Lucy Knight and the Onsite Prayer Team did a spectacular job of providing prayer support for the ION NAR program Team and participants as well as our global guests.

As a recap, let me share that much was accomplished in the physical realm and in the spiritual realm. Lives were touched, transformed and people moved forward. We hope those of you who made the trip to Orlando, FL USA also made a stop in at the Prayer Room! If not you missed a wonderful opportunity to see the activity of God first hand. We heard, “It is finished! several times.” It was as if the gavel came down and the sound of earth shifting was heard. We are in a new Era we believe.

The ION NAR Program Team made it possible for prayer to be featured from the platform to model different times and types of corporate prayer. We are grateful for the opportunity to lead the people through the gate of worship as we prayed together.

A new sound of intercession is being released. We invite you to PRAY out your prayers. So that they might physically be released into the atmosphere here on earth.

God centered
Spirit directed
Kingdom focused

Begin to make some shifts in the way you pray. Move into the new! The ION Core Prayer Team and Regional Prayer Associates have been believing for a shift of the “more” of Ephesians 3:20 to come. We believe it is here.

You can join in this work as we partner to PRAY in the new sound of intercession and the army of intercessors needed to bring about the reality of 80% of the globe’s population being oral communicators.

Get a copy of the new prayer book, “Praying for Oral and Oral Bibleless People Groups either through Amazon or on the Orality.net website. And begin to go thru the prayers saying them out loud. Let your voice be heard! We encourage you as you step into the deep water with God to engage in praying God’s Word in a more intentional way.

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The new book, Praying for the Oral and Oral Bibleless People Groups is now available as a digital eBook at https://orality.net and on Amazon at  https://www.amazon.com/dp/1732698309/

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