It has been said, the Harvest is plentiful. . .
There can never be too much prayer!
In recent years there has been an emphasis on the 24-7 Prayer Movements. It seems as if prayer and the discussion of prayer is everywhere. Prayer and much more prayer is needed across the globe, we agree.
Can we further agree, there is still so much more to what Jesus is praying for and continues to pray for. . . And for the reality of the need to pray for the Harvest and the Lost.
May we ask together in unity to bring this request, His request in Matthew 9:37-38 and in Luke 10:2 before the throne daily. . .
Matthew 9:37-38 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.”
Luke 10:2 He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the LORD of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.
Father, Return us to the place where prayer was our priority -This is not a new concept, it was Your concept and we acknowledge prayer as our priority. Let us as a Body return to prayer in a powerful way across the Nations.
Lord, we pray 2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and heal their land.” HEAL US and HEAL THE NATIONS!
Our God, we ask with holy hands lifted up the cry of 1 Timothy 2:8 “I desired therefore that the men in every place pray, lifting up holy hands without anger and doubting.” be fulfilled. May men in every place pray, without anger and doubting.
Father we further ask together in unity as Christ prayed. . . John 17 (Jesus Prayer) “I pray for them. I don’t pray for the world, but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. All things that are mine are yours and your are mine, and I am glorified in them. . . Holy Father, keep them through your name which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are. I pray not that you would take them from the world, but that you would keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them, in your truth. You word is truth. Not for these only do I pray, 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 one in us; that the world may believe that you sent me.” May we be one, that the world may believe that you sent Me (Jesus Christ the Lord).
Return us to the place where prayer was our priority- It really is not a new concept. A few years ago we released in the ION Prayer Focus the Historical Timeline for Prayer by these three different documents. Historical Timeline for Prayer by Pete Greig and the History of 24/7 Prayer from IHOP’s Mike Bickle as well as Building and Repairing our Houses of Prayer… we ask you to look at and become familiar with these three documents that put together the: “Historical Timeline for Prayer thru the Ages”.
For a better understanding of the “Historical Timeline for Prayer thru the Ages” and to see that is not a new concept, let us refer you back to the ION previous posts sharing what others have written on the subject:
TIMELINE – History of 24-7 Prayer thru the Ages
Here is the short version of what has been written…
First Millenium AD (Birth of the Early Church) Reeling from the events of the previous week, the disciples returned to Jerusalem, where ‘they all joined together constantly in prayer’ (Acts 1:14) They simple prayed and waited 24 hours a day, day after day in a particular room in Jerusalem, obedient to Christ’s command. Then, during the feast of Pentecost, God touched them with such unimaginable power that the church was born.
Follow the story thru the agesEarly Church 30AD Desert Fathers Egypt 300ADSleepless Ones Turkey 400 ADDay & Night Prayer Switzerland 515AD-900AD300 Years of Prayer Celtic Christianity 558AD200 Years of Prayer Cluny, France 910AD100+Years of Prayer Count Zinzendorf & Moravians in Herrnhut (The Watch of the Lord) Leviticus 6:13 “The fire on the altar must never go out. . .” By 1776 the ministry of prayer of the Moravians impacted England & the Colonies: George Whitefield, John & Charles Wesley and Jonathan Edwards. Amidst this activity and interestingly enough The Great Awakening of Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield stimulated the formation of many of America’s great Universities which were built so that believers all across the Colonies could send their young people off to college to find God. At such a time as this witnessing this global mobilization of prayer. Viewing history with the eyes of faith through the grid of past prayer movements, it is easy to find the correlation between seasons of intercession and the extension of God’s kingdom in the world: He heard Ann’s life-long prayer vigil as she interceded in the temple night and day, a 24-7 Prayer Warrior! And when, after 400 years of silence from heaven, God gave us His Son it was, perhaps, in answer to the persevering prayers of people like Anna. He heard the night-and-day prayers of the disciples in the Upper Room. And so, at a moment in time, in answer to prayer, he gave us the church. He heard the prayers of Acoematae beside the Black Sea and of the martyred centurion St. Maurice in Switzerland. He heart the continual chorus of intercession rising from those faithful Monks at Bangor in Ireland and Bobbio in Italy. And so, in answer to so much prayer as the Roman Empire decayed, a light shone brightly in the European Dark Ages. He heard the prayers of the Moravians in Germany, the Wesley’s in London and Jonathan Edwards in Massachusetts, sending revival to England, Ireland and America. He heard the prayers of a handful of young people in Blanerch, Wales an sent the great Welsh Awakening. Within 2 years 100,000 people had turned to Jesus. He heart the prayer of the saints gathering night-and-day for three years at Azusa Street, scorned by the media yet baptized by God in power.The Second Great Awakening: The Revivalists 1800-1899 -Camp Meetings which spurned more activity in the cities such as Spurgeon moving into the Metropolitan Tabernacle from the model of the “church-in-the-wilderness-woods” to preaching to 6,000 per week in the large cities of America. The backwoods of America was ablaze with perhaps a day like Joel had prophesied. Six days at Cane Ridge where the estimated attendance was between 10,000-25,000. This 6 days drew national attention and was one of the most reported religious events in American History. These days birthed the Circuit Riders Period of itinerant laymen who stopped in homes, under trees and in taverns! Each location had a class leader and 10-20 people in the “congregations”. No area was too remote. The pattern of earnest prayer reached into event the most little known areas, and their reports rejoiced of how the Holy Spirit was moving around the globe. The Student Volunteer Movement began that would send thousand upon thousands out into God’s Harvest Fields.The coming of the Third Great Awakening. . . The Modern Period: 1900-Present We get to be a part of this next season of God moving as He will answer the prayers of the saints again. .. WILL YOU PERSEVERE IN PRAYER! WE MUST!
Lord, Rekindle our love for prayer as a Body of Christ to pray for what is on Your heart. To pray God Centered & Spirit Driven Prayers. In Jesus name. Amen
In the world of missions, what we do in bringing the Gospel in a way that can really be understood is critical.
We at International Orality Network (ION) have as our mandate to “influence the Body of Christ” in such a way that every oral learner has the opportunity to hear in a way that can really be understood. How do we do that without being able to share the Word of God. There is a critical issue that the Body of Christ must now take hold of. . .
The Bible as we know it, is not available or the people who need the Scripture do not have access to the Word of God in their language.
What does the Bible look like to you? If you are over 50, it probably looks like a traditional “letters to paper” type of thing, called the Book. In this day of technology and the advances of God in the area of Bible Translation, it might look differently to those younger than yourself.
If you are under 50, especially 35 years or younger, you probably do not prefer to read your Bible from that mode, but would rather listen to it from an App on your phone, such as YouVersion.
Researchers are finding that we as humans often prefer to listen or watch to receive our information. There is nothing wrong with literate methods, but the reality is that most will fall back to the default God put in place. Do you remember the very first verse in the Bible that explains how it all began. . . Look at Genesis 1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3 And God said . . . God is an oral God, He spoke, it was the way He put everything into place!
Around the globe, it looks different to different people.
There is a very real reality of who has access to the Bible that is beginning to be seen. If you think back to the whole story of God, He presented His Story as one whole book, called the Holy Bible: The Old and New Testaments.
People need the whole Bible, the whole counsel of God. Today there are 4500 languages still that do not have access to a translation of the Old Testament. Only 7% of the world’s languages have the full Bible and only 1 in 5 Bible Translation Projects focus on translating the Old Testament. To reach the remaining peoples, we should have the Full Bible available, the whole counsel of God. If we in the West have the whole Bible, then let us pray in a united way for those around the globe to have the same access.
Stats to focus on in prayer:
● There are 665 languages of peoples with populations of 500,000+
The reality is 272 have NO Old Testament work being done
● There are 1,390 languages with a Full New Testament
But 1,188 do not have any Old Testament.
● Of the almost 7,000 languages around the globe, there are 4,500+ languages who are still in need of Old Testament.
Pray with us and ask the Father to close the gap. That He mighty allow access to the Scriptures for the Every and All.
Pray with us: 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 9:37-38
Did you know that across the globe, there are less than 700 FULL Bibles available? Of those translations, 178 are English translation versions.
Currently there are 1,671 languages that do NOT HAVE ONE VERSE of Scripture.
Would you pray with us at International Orality Network (ION) that the Father would “close the gap” and pray toward getting to ZERO languages with no Scripture.
Currently there are 986 languages with NO known Written Scripture (book Bibles as we in the West are accustomed to using), there are 1,653 languages with NO known Oral Scripture (audio or digitalized) and while we have some resources available in portions of Scripture or Scripture type resources, there are still 469 languages that still do not have any resources available (like Gospel recordings and songs, films or oral Bible stories in any media).
But most of all, the number we would love to see change is the number of NOT ONE Verse and FULL Bibles available. We are asking you to pray.
What does the Bible look like to you? 80% of the world’s population, 5.7 Billion souls across the face of the earth are oral learners*. They prefer to get their information from a means other than “letters to paper”.
[*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 ]
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