Getting to know me. . .

12243217_10153089975786207_6428719963288062773_n (1)  Linda Bemis

  • Born in the USA and currently residing in the USA
  • Married to my childhood sweetheart that I grew up with on Merritt Island, a barrier island on the east coast of Florida. We have been married for 40+ yrs., have 3 children & 7 living grands.
  • Ministry call of Pastor/Shepherd/Administrator 
  • Gifting in Mobilization and Intercession
  • Serve with the International Orality Network 
  • Senior Associate – Prayer [International Council Member] · September 2006 to present
    ION is seeking to link with others in prayer support & mobilization working to reach UPG’s & UUPG’s w/missionaries, mission agencies and churches who are working to reach oral* communicators who make up 2/3 of the world. Yes, 2/3 of the world are oral learners. [*Oral peoples sharing information in ways other than “letters on paper” or formats that would require reading. They primarily use stories, songs, dance, poems, etc. to disseminate their history or to teach. In areas that are highly literate, it would be the people who prefer getting their information in means other than just reading, such as digital, audio, visual, such as internet. Oral learners are very intelligent, just use a means that speaks to them and allows them to understand at a heart level. Visit http://www.Orality.net ] We need to change the way we are doing missions to reach those who still wait to hear! Does anyone else believe we really do not have a good understanding of LOSTNESS and the need to get to ZERO in God’s Work of the Completion of the Great Commission? Would love to talk to you and ask God how we go at this in unity and love, so that a watching world might know Him.
I am a self support prayer missionary. That simply means that all my support is self provided. In International Orality Network we all serve as a Volunteer individually. We operate under the category of a “decentralized network” with no ‘home office’ or paid staff. Being a decentralized network allows us to connect to the body of Christ and to stand serving Him primarily relying on Him as we do. From time to time our network will pay consultants as needed for special projects. You may be wondering how that happens?! It is all God… and the New Testament principle of helping each other and sharing the resources of God along the way.
Along the way, the network has sacrificially supported prayer as a foundation of the work of ION. We hold to the request that intercessors serving do not have to pray to pray! In the 10 years our teams have been providing prayer support, we have seen several thousands of dollars be shared back and forth to get the job done.

In addition, this work has been a journey of faith in ways other than financial. We liken this journey to be like a “rocket ship ride of sorts”. We share with others who join us that they might just strap on the harness and learn to just enjoy the ride that God has prepared for us. 

This literally has been beyond our own understanding. It has been a learn as you go experience, an ‘along the way’ for the most part. Requiring each of us, myself included to come out from where we have been, and step in with the cry of our heart being “If you do not go with me I will not go, I NEED the Presence of God on all of this.

Previously I worked as a consultant with a large denomination in the area of prayer. I knew that my time with the denomination had ended, but did not know why. The Holy Spirit told me to set that work aside and prepare for what would come from the Lord. It was in the works, even as the executive that I worked closely began to pull me in to this whole new world with him… It was the work of the Harvest of God at a global level. Working with a network, compared to working with the denomination has been life transforming.

There have been paradigm shifts… lots of them… one of the first paradigm shifts that had to occur, was the actual release, then walking & waiting for what God had for me beyond what I had decided was “my ministry”.

Then there was the decision to chose to take the mantle provided by God. The reality is that even though I was not credentialed for this job, God knew it was a perfect fit. It is always His equipping that we must rely on!

Working with ION provides me the opportunity to serve every day by seeking Him first and with the depth of the service we are involved in, I know that nothing can be done without seeking His Presence & Provision in the middle of it as well all along the way, every day.

Back in 2000, God began to shift my thinking on prayer.

A shifting to a new level of belief, a shift to seeing each prayer as the work of God, not my work. It all depends on Him moving His hand to answer. Let me tell you my ‘belief level’ moved to the ‘faith’ of God, rather than where it had been, in the “faith” of Linda. He released me to begin to see the difference in the two mindsets. I had been taught that God could not work, if he did not have a vessel, one who would stand in the gap, one who would cry out and carry the burden, one who would labor for the answer. To a point that is true and to a point that is a complete farce. There is a balance of thought that the “I” is so important. The “laboring” was important and the “holding of prayer” is important to a degree. Don’t get me wrong, but doing this can lead to holding it all so tightly that you actually take on burdens that God never intended. I physically became sick from the laboring of it all.

THEN in 2005 an epiphany happened...

Watch & Pray, Position yourselves, Stand Still and Believe God. In this was the reality also of Psalm 24 as it came to light in my heart.  “Lift up your heads, O You Gates, O ancient doors, That the King of glory might come in!”

The first time to actually see this was with Claude King at a Solemn Assembly. He came and found two of us that were there to pray for him and the assembly, we were hunkered down in the Pastors office. Trying to stay hidden. He ran back to us and said, “I need you to come out here. To go get up on the altar and model prayer before the people.” Well the two of us were in shock and started to argue, he asked us to believe for what God would do in the room, if we would be obedient to the Spirit. We agreed to move… As we moved out there, hidden up in the bushes of the altar area, I heard the Spirit of the LORD say, “To lift up my head literally and to watch and see the movement of God upon the people in the room.”  Psalm 24 came to life! 

The second time in a separate event prayer room an even deeper level of this began to unfold. Our teams had been challenged to do more than just be the ‘collectors, holders, and laborers’ of the prayer requests. Here is what was said, “Consider that God’s purpose for us to some degree is that we are His mouthpiece for the prayer. We were challenged to begin to think differently than man’s thoughts on prayer. What if the answer was sent forth before the beginning of time and we were truly just vessels that carried it into the earthly realm (maybe even for no other purpose than to do just that, and leave the rest to God literally).”

Well there was an uprising in the hearts of the intercessors in that particular room and in my heart there was a huge burst of reality. We had built an altar upon the prayer requests rather on our joining the Lord in the place of prayer. From that point on, our prayer times and the prayer rooms that I have had the opportunity to facilitate in have been forever changed. We began to ponder and ask God about that thought process. He began to download to us a different mindset on how we might change the way we “do” prayer, prayer requests and prayer rooms.

25483_107851425922658_7418909_nOver the past few years we have seen things change dramatically for our teams. We have had the opportunity to work alongside many other executives. We have all been shifted in the way we approach prayer. We are a God Centered and Spirit Driven model, on mission with God in prayer.

You can read about the history of our ION Prayer Teams in Chapter 15 of the book titled, “Orality Breakouts” –
http://www.getamericapraying.com/groupdocs/90_1363824706.pdf

Think about the story in 2 Chronicles 20 of the strategy of God in what happened with Jehoshaphat … You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD. The reality of seeing that Judah did not need to fight in this battle, yet it did not mean there was nothing for them to do. It was a significant step of faith for them to position themselves, to stand still, and to believe that you see what the LORD IS DOING in the midst of your being with Him. (vs18-19) Then it goes even further with the battle being lead by singing worshipers (vs 20-21).

That is quite a different model than ‘we all sit in a circle bowing our head, locked in to such a degree that if God sent another one to join us they would have a hard time breaking in… Are we praying God centered, focused prayers? Prayers centered on the reality of what God can and will do as He has given in the Scriptures? Prayer times such as that makes prayer come alive, allows the pray-ers to be up and alert and engaged, where everyone is working together with God. The response to God is worship and praise, not more laboring.

I loved it when in the story, Jehoshaphat bowed with his face to the ground, and all Judah and Jerusalem bowed before the LORD, worshiping the LORD and then they stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with voices loud and high. What a role model for God’s movement to come. Their only cry was, “Praise the LORD, for His mercy endures forever.” The did not rest on their own merits or strengths.

I am thankful for the word in Malachi 3:
The Master You’ve Been Looking For  “Behold I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me… and he will sit as a refiner and a purifier… seeing how all this chapter set forth the purpose of the difference between serving God and not serving Him.

See verse 16, Then those whose lives honored God got together and talked it over (I see that as a sort of prayer meeting of convening and seeking God together). God saw what they were doing and listened in. A book was opened in God’s presence and minutes were taken of the meeting, with the names of the God-fearers written down, all the names of those who honored God’s name.“Then those who feared the LORD spoke on with another and God listened, and heard, and a book of remembrance was written before him, for those who feared Him and who honored His name.” There is not enough letters to put on paper to explain how that process works, but I believe it! 

We serve the God of Angel Armies, The Almighty, who is about the work of finishing the Great Commission.

Further I believe that as we serve, whether in the prayer room or out on the front-lines, we will all indeed share in the reward. As in David’s time, when he saluted those 200 men who stayed behind, telling them, “Well done! This victory is as much yours as it is of those who went out. You were useful right where you were. And as your king, I declared that you are to share equally in the spoils of the victory.”

From that time on, every king in Israel’s history kept David’s law of spoils.. In the words of David Wilkerson, “It is my privilege today to salute God’s present-day backup army. I want to speak to every Christian who cannot go, but will stay to pray, here is a clear message from 1 Samuel 30: You are the supply line to the battlefront. And the spoils of war are your, too. David based his law of spoils on a precedent that Moses set in Numbers 31“.

Thank you for serving on the front-lines, in the battle of prayer to pray with me, and for me as God might use us together.

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