Here we are at August, the eighth month of 2016. Did you know that the number 8 traditionally is known as representing “new beginnings”?
Well we are going to share two things related to “new beginnings”.
The first one is: We are introducing a new monthly feature that will allow us to pray together corporately. To find out more you will need to watch the event page on the official ION Website. For the information for August please click here: https://orality.net/event/praying-for-uupgs-the-persecuted-church-oral-peoples-in-south-sudan/
This month we will be using resources from our orality partner groups, Finishing the Task and PrayerCast. We are grateful for all our intercessors, pray-ers and partners.
The second item is: Our core team and myself are finishing out ten (10) years in place with the International Orality Network. That is an item to celebrate. Lots of changes have occurred since Avery Willis brought us into this world. We have learned so much about orality and about prayer along our journey. We have been blessed to see prayer grow within the context of ION.
ION has a solid foundation of “an invisible, yet tangible platform of prayer.
Your wonderful works and Your plans for us;
none can compare with You.
If I were to report and speak of them,
they are more than can be told.
Along the way, prayer has given birth to many shifts. It has caused the reality of paradigm shifts that has affected many areas. Some of that has affected how we do prayer. And how we pray together corporately and individually.
As we began to be engaged in praying primarily for Oral & Bibleless Peoples (an intentional shift we took in 2014), we began to move in oral methods as a team. We sensed the need to take our community of prayer to a whole new level. We began to advocate for the use of audio Scripture daily. To use Bible Storytelling in our prayer times. Most of our prayer team has been to storying training or is actively involved in that sphere or orality on a daily basis. We began to advocate for the persecuted church. As ION received a new Executive Director whose first assignment to us as a team was to lead out in the first official “intentional listening time” as a corporate group (50 Days – Easter to Pentecost 2015).
We followed the understanding that the Holy Spirit would lead us. And He most certainly has. It has been a rich time in the Word and together as a team. We began believing for a “Refresh” in January. We are seeing that as the months have flown by. For orality as a network as we gather weekly to listen and pray, we are asking the Father for “the more” for Orality around the globe.
Remembering back to the book by Henry Blackaby,”Experiencing God” and his “Seven Realities of Experiencing God” list introduced in Chapter 6, page 50.
1. God is always at work around you. 2. God pursues a continuing love relationship with you that is real and personal. 3. God invites you to become involved with Him in His work. 4. God speaks by the Holy spirit through the Bible, prayer, circumstances, and the church to reveal Himself, His purposes, and His ways. 5. God’s invitation for you to work with Him always leads you to a crisis of belief that requires faith in action. 6. You must make major adjustments in your life to join God in what He is doing. 7. You come to know God by experience as you obey Him and He accomplishes His work through you.
We are seeing God at work around the globe. And around our orality network globally!
During the 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting there has been a sensitivity to press in deeper. So as we as a team celebrate our finish of the 10 year milestone we are going to do that.
Beginning August 1st thru August 31st our Core Prayer Team will go silent. We are putting the verse in Psalm 46:10 into place.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 (NIV)
We invite you to join us. We are stepping back and going to the quiet zone in preparation for what we believe is coming!
Much is on the horizon for ION and the global orality networks. As we move fully into functioning effectively around the globe, an acceleration of influencing the Body of Christ in greater way is coming. . .
We in prayer are sensing we must prepare. Pulling away to inquire of the Lord. We must ask God for direction in how to pray for the coming season.
Remember the story in 2 Samuel 5:17-25 . .Then David inquired of the Lord. The result is He said, “Like a bursting flood, the Lord has burst out against my enemies before me.” Therefore, he named that place the Lord Bursts Out.”
Then he must go again to inquire of the Lord… God gives a new strategy. We have come so far in the ten years as a team we have been watching and praying. But so much more is about to unfold. We are sensing this is a new season. As prayer strategists, we are know this is a critical time to be about the Father’s kingdom work.
Are you sensing a new season, or are you sensing you need to pull back to just get some quality time with God? The world is noisy right now. So we encourage you to take a day, or a week or join us for a month.
If you need us, send an email, if you want to talk, give us a call… yes a phone call we would love to catch up.
See you in Sept. the countdown to Houston is ticking the days of the calendar off quickly. We look forward to seeing you and hearing your stories and praying together. Be sure to get registered: http://IONEvents.org