July 11th thru July 31st
21 days of prayer and fasting*
We would ask you to consider joining in a 21 day Daniel Fast. The idea of the Daniel Fast is to honor God above everything else. Why fast? The aim of a Daniel Fast is to grow closer to God. Daniel Fasts usually are called when extraordinary needs are in front of you.
We believe extraordinary times are upon us and for that we need clarity of mind. We need a more sharpened awareness of God and what God is doing throughout the earth. We believe fasting results in a greater intimacy with the Father. At this time in history we see the tasks before us as nothing more than an “only God can do” time. The concept of the fast comes from Daniel 1:8-14, “But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine. . .” The backstory to this is in 2 Kings 24:13-14.
[For more Information on a Daniel Fast from ION Prayer]
*If you have health issues or are not led to do the entire 21 days Daniel Fast, whatever you decide to do, we thank you for joining us as God leads you to.
The Workers Are Few:
“Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:35-38
The fields ARE ripe unto harvest. God’s heart is for every and all peoples to have the opportunity to come to know Him and have the opportunity to receive the gift of salvation because of His Son.
Prayer brings us directly into the larger perspective of what God is doing!
Jesus’ solution was always prayer. Prayer changes things!
When we pray, we recognize that prayer…
- Ushers us into God’s presence
- Reveals God’s plans
- Obeys Jesus’ command to ask the Lord of the Harvest to send workers.
- Invites God’s presence
- Removes hindrances to the gospel
- Prepares hearts to hear and respond
- Releases resources
- Gives protection for all
- Releases spiritual power
- Exercises divine authority to change situations and people
- Prayer IS the battle, and prayer brings the victory.
- Pray that believers will see the hearts among every least-reached people group that are ready to hear and respond to the Gospel. John 4:35
- Pray that the Lord of the Harvest will send laborers into His Harvest fields. Luke 10:2
- Pray that the Lord will help the Body of Christ to labor together in the unity of the Spirit to bring good news where it’s never been heard before. 1 Cor. 3:9
- Pray that God will supply and multiply the resources necessary to support His workers and their work. 2 Cor. 9:8-11
- Pray for 100-fold fruit that remains for God’s glory and transforms each group by its presence. Matt. 4:20 (See: http://www.globalprn.com/praying-for-the-unreached/)
How to pray specifically for Oral and Oral Bibleless People:
- The remaining Unreached Unengaged People Groups are predominantly oral societies
- Shifting our understanding to include prayer for the Oral and Oral Bibleless
- Realizing that large portions of the globe still do not have access to Scripture
- Learning to pray for those who communicate in oral ways or prefer oral methods
- Ask God to teach us to understand the needs of oral communicators
- Recognizing that they need to hear the gospel story in a different way or format
- Praying for God to use technology to bring His story to the masses of this day
- Praying for the day when there are ZERO peoples left to hear the name of Jesus
- Praying for gateways and new pathways
We are asking for prayer in these specific ION Gateways:
- Research Innovations
- Art & Culture
- Focused Outreach
See more at: https://orality.net/networks/gateways/
Technology is opening doors that previously have not been available. Repositories of Scripture are available through the internet like Bible.is and YouVersion. There are websites such as OneStory: Listen Now http://www.onestory-media.org/ that offer multiple language story sets and Afghan Radio: The Sound of Life http://afghanradio.org/en/scripture/oral-bible-stories where God’s Word is available in the Dari language. God is making a way.
Over the past few years we have seen a shift in our network of ION to be given the opportunity to influence the Body of Christ to make disciples of oral learners in ways that go far beyond our original ideas of orality. For the past several summers theological schools have been hosting ION Theological Consultations to discuss and bring awareness in the seminary world of the reality of oral learners in their classrooms. And discussions are wide open in regard to formal and non-formal theological education. Please continue to pray for more open doors such as this.
God the “WayMaker” of Isaiah 43 is making a way, where in the past it seemed as if there was no way. [Isaiah 43:14-21]
The focus has shifted us from what “we are doing” to “what God is up to.” Moving into a fuller appreciation and operation of being God centered and Spirit driven. Remembering the 18 months in praying for the Unengaged Unreached People Groups (UUPG) listing, name by name. We linked it to the larger prayer initiative of Ethne/Harvest Prayer (see a sample from Dec. 2013 ION Prayer Focus). We did not give up, but we continued to press in calling others to join to pray for each people group to have SOMEONE who would be willing to reach toward them. Pray for more workers in the area of prayer mobilization. The Body of Christ needs to be mobilized to pray in this area into the future.
Commitment to Pray in a different way:
From that 18 months, we began to ask God, “How do we pray for the oral peoples of the globe?” In October 2014, we began to ask the intercessors and pray-ers to move into a different format of prayer. To listen to the Bible in 90 Days (https://orality.net/prayer/bible-in-90-days-prayer-initiative/) as a way of connecting to oral peoples and those peoples who do not yet have Scripture in their heart language or mother tongue. Wondering what it might be like for Scripture engagement to involve listening and praying. Asking more boldly for God to send the workers into His harvest fields in the area of Bible translation.
The reality of the need for a new strategy of prayer:
How is it that after 2000 years, still not everyone has access or the ability to hear of Jesus Christ? How is it possible that those of us in the West have stacks of Bibles in our homes and there are still 1,778 peoples who do not have one verse? As we allowed God to open our ear gates to His Word, something different began to happen. God began to bring a greater reality to us of the 5.7 Billion people (with over half of those numbers being children) not having the same access to Scripture that we knew, it shifted us. It shifted our prayers.
God’s heart is for the every and all to have access to Him and to hear the name of Jesus.
He can and will bring a new awakening to the Body of Christ. We are believing that the Body is being reset this year of 2016, the year of REFRESH. Having finished a year of intentional listening, we acknowledge that as we shift into this second half of the year, we are allowing Him to recalibrate us.
We are asking God for some very big things. He is a very big God! The globalization of ION is upon us as a network. Praise God, we are seeing people all over the globe catch the vision of reaching the oral peoples.
As July unfolds we would ask you to come alongside in prayer. Prayer and fasting is the key to moving into next levels. That reminds us of a story. After the experience of Transfiguration, the disciples had the opportunity to come to a new awareness of what would be needed. You remember the story in Mark 9. They tried unsuccessfully to deliver the young boy, but to no avail. “After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer and fasting.” And this same story back in Matthew 17, “Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”But this kind doesn’t come out except by prayer and fasting.”
Do you know how you fit into being a part of God’s Great Commission plan:
Prayer is a part of His foundation, because of who we are as sons and daughters of God.
We must help everyone feel able and needed to pray.
We must “demystify” the call to prayer as being something more than what it is. . .
Prayer is simply part of our ordinary life as a believer.
Have you thought of yourself as a prayer mobilizer or a prayer strategist? In the Scriptures, many times, those who lead in prayer also mobilized prayer. They too, were the ones who brought the strategy of prayer to the people. We are in a very critical time in the history of the church. It will take everyone doing their part and being willing to link together in the area of prayer to pray in those who still wait. We invite you to the conversation at: https://prayerstrategists.net/
Prayer is not a formality, but a responsibility of every believer.
Prayer is not a department or a small group who “takes care of our prayer requests.”
In prayer we must allow ourselves to simply “be” with Him. To understand prayer as the foundation of everything we do is critical for every believer and every group involved in the work of God.
Prayer is essential to the work of God. It is His work.
Prayer is how we come into agreement with Him. That takes listening to Him and trusting Him fully.
Trusting the Holy Spirit for the power to accomplish, because we simply join the Son as He intercedes to the Father.
As a son of God we join in prayer for the Every and All.
Join in believing God is able to finish in and through His body what He has set before us.
In the ION network we have many working in prayer who are helping others to see how they can fit into God’s plan raising the level of awareness and advocacy for prayer.
We want to share two power point presentations that give a wonderful overview and share the need for prayer in two specific areas:
Lord, teach us to pray
For Unengaged (UUPG), Oral Culture & Oral Bibleless Peoples around the world.
UUPG Prayer Adoption ppt.
Lord, teach us to pray
Understanding the gift of intercession in Biblical Intercessors, God’s pray-ers.
The ION Prayer Team is looking forward to being together again with our North American network friends and family. Have you registered yet? There is a significant discount offered, if you register by July 15th. Plan now to come join in Houston. Register at: http://ionevents.org
We would like to invite you and your prayer teams to link into the network of Fellowship of Prayer Strategists:
Spiritual Intimacy & Prayer as Conversation with God in Igniting Movements to Christ
“Prayer as described and modeled in the Bible is a two-way conversation between the believer and God, guided and empowered by the Holy Spirit, through Jesus Christ Our Mediator. Praying without ceasing practices the presence of God as we go through our days and nights aware of and in communion with Him. Extraordinary prayer is understood to be one of the foundational principles of church planting or disciple-making movements.”
As we continue to link together, we link globally with other prayer leaders. Another one of our ION Prayer network partners is Global Prayer Resource Network. GPRN is a wonderful place to find out about global prayer initiatives and what God is doing across the world in prayer.
Link with global prayer initiatives and other prayer work through this great prayer resource network: http://globalprn.com