Are we willing to pray BOLD PRAYERS?
Here is one example of bold prayers shown in Scripture. . . Praying BOLD Prayers, comes from the reality of having been with Jesus. . . look with us at this one that begins in Acts 4:23.
23 On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. 25 You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David:
“‘Why do the nations rage
and the peoples plot in vain?
26 The kings of the earth rise up
and the rulers band together
against the Lord
and against his anointed one.’
27 Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. 28 They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen. 29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. 30 Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the Word of God boldly.
This month let us unite together for GOD’S TIMING in the Collaboration Together for Prayer and Missions, that the places where we meet might be shaken and we might be filled with the Holy Spirit, to speak the Word of God boldly.
Many are saying there is an acceleration of God’s timing right now in the area of collaboration of prayer and missions.
This is not new.
We believe the early church began in a prayer meeting and grew because of their culture of prayer (click to read about this). You can see this so clearly in Acts 1. Let’s pray for that same culture of prayer and missions to be apparent in the Church today.
We stand at a critical place in history. Do you believe we might be standing at the beginning of a season of another “Great Awakening” that is sweeping across Nations to bring the Gospel? We see the Spirit of God visiting His people with power. At the same time, the powers of darkness are raging. As the light of Christ grows brighter, the darkness becomes darker. But we know the end of the story, Revelation 22:16 “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you and to give you assurance of these things for the churches. I am the Root (the Source, the Life) and the Offspring of David, the radiant and bright Morning Star.” Jesus, the Root and True Light is coming!
As we move into this accelerated season, the lines are beginning to blur from where we have been, to where God wants to take us. Might there be a freedom to hear from Him as to how things need to be done. Even in prayer. We see more and more no set way to do things as we have had in the past few years for most of the world in many things. That is not a bad thing, but it is a time to really be sure you are seeking God’s guidance through the Holy Spirit.
As we seek Him in prayer, there is so much that we need to unite in prayer for in regard to God’s Word come to the EVERY AND ALL across the face of the globe.
What might it look like to unite in prayer & missions?
We, those who pray and we, who are in missions, must unite and walk together. To collaborate together in prayer & missions!
How can we understand how to pray? How do we move from where we are to where we need to go -in praying for the Gospel, God’s Story, His great gift, JESUS to go the EVERY AND ALL. . .
Let’s begin to unite and pray in celebration for what HE IS DOING. One of those things that He is doing right now is uniting those who are working to bring Scripture to every person on the earth! We want to share with you the stats, the newest numbers from the United Bible Societies (UBS) DEC 2016:
These stats are from the UBS 2016 Global Scripture Access Report, which charts progress in Bible translation and the availability of Scriptures.
Join us in giving thanks to God for the progress made in Bible translation, and asking him to bless efforts to unblock obstacles that prevent people from accessing and engaging with Scripture.
Because of Him,
United Bible Societies
30 First Translations spoken by 95 million people (17 Bibles, 6 New Testaments, 7 new portions)
31 New Translations, Revisions and Study editions spoken by 333 million people (16 Bibles, 5 New Testaments, 7 Portions, 3 Study editions)
648 languages now have a full complete Bible and further 1,432 languages have a New Testament. This leaves us with 1,671 languages without NOT ONE VERSE.
434 million people with only some portions of Scripture and a further 253 million people who have NO SCRIPTURE translated in their heart language at all.
Let’s PRAY for the many people groups who still do not have access to or only have limited access to the Bible, God’s Word, His Scripture.
PRAY for the 253 MILLION who have NO SCRIPTURE.
PRAY for the 434 MILLION who only have Portions & Selections of Scripture. PRAY Father, close the gap and bring Your Word to the EVERY AND ALL. Think about the reality of those who still wait for God’s Word.
Here is the hard reality:
(Current number of full Bibles is 648 –These numbers are continuing to be updated)
What might be needed right now to help to come alongside the work of God in bringing His Word to the EVERY AND ALL.
There is no better time than now to be obedient to His command in Matthew 9:37-38 & Luke 10:2 – PRAY TO THE LORD OF THE HARVEST. Join in praying LORD, Mold our hearts to be one with Your heart. Multiply our lives through others. Mobilize laborers through our prayers and ministry efforts. -#PRAY2020
Then He said to His disciple, “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
How is this done? It might be seen in a more fuller way as we think about how a collage is made. Different pictures are put together and sometimes even overlaid to make sure everything can fit into the big picture.
Could it be that we are in such a season? Where we must go back and see what it has looked like in the past to pray.
Look at this collage:
This is the same picture from the beginning of this post, with the “more” of where we find ourselves at in this season. With the elements of the timeline of prayer over the ages superimposed upon it, with some of the critical questions of the day we are seeing.
It is a perfect example of where we find ourselves at in the movements called prayer and missions. There is a blurring of lines. . . a blurring of different concepts and strategies of prayer from over the ages being seen again. Maybe for some, even for the first time. It will require a 2 Chronicles 20, the Battle is Not Ours, but the Lord’s kind of mentality. Where God shifts the strategy in order to take His people where they could not have gone on their own.
We are in that same kind of time, we believe. Things will be different. Things will not be the same. It is time to ask again, “What does the King want?”
For our ION Teams it reminds us of the launching of the Call2All group when our ION Prayer Teams were called to pray alongside this group as they launched in 2008 in the Orlando, FL USA location. It was a convergence time. . .
We found ourselves doing the work of “working the prayer room” and at the same time, we began to see a new journey of how prayer might look differently into the future.
Our teams saw a clear shifting to a different pattern – “to get positioned in the room to pray if at all possible”.
This came as a by-product of listening in the place of prayer and knowing we had to follow God’s call for our whole team. Those serving on the Congress Onsite Prayer Team took a consensus, so we could pray into what was happening, rather than “stay where we had been placed”.
We followed God’s prompting and saw a clear picture, of “the intercessors have broken thru” as God led us. Over the years, we now know we are to bring the model of being “in the room” wherever we are blessed to serve, no longer just staying in the prayer room if at all possible.
This was a classic example of learning to move into the uncomfortable zone of the Holy Spirit’s calling as we chose to obey. This was a historic launch for those of us who got to be there and witness what God was doing. At the end of that gathering the group moved into the following event as a collaboration with TheCall (Lou Engle) followed.
Here are a few of the pictures from our album.
As those that gathered from the two events watched, up onto the stage came the Table 71 group as God wanted to set in place something historic.
REPORT ON A HISTORIC GATHERING IN ORLANDO – JANUARY 2008 “A historic meeting of international missions leaders, prayer leaders and church planters was held from Jan. 29- Feb. 1, 2008 called the Call2All-Orlando. Mark Anderson gave leadership to this gathering which was attended by 600 leaders including the CEOs of 170 of the primary mission organizations in the world with the leaders of prayer ministries and church planting moments. Call2All are called to reach “all”: the least, the last and the lost.” – Mike Bickle
As Lou Engle and Mike Bickle walked the young and old who were gathered through the need to understand the convergence of prayer and missions which really is the model of the first century church: To serve one another and promote each other for the sake of the Gospel.
For the most part, to date only the young people and prayer movements have actively modeling and intentionally carried forth this message. We believe this must be seen in a greater measure, even among the mainstream groups involved with prayer and missions to be intentional to collaborate and work together
As you look at this Essential Elements of the Great Commission, we take note that Item (6) Prayer & Unity can be seen as a foundation to help to make the first five (5) elements that have been called “Currently Very Strategic” work more effectively. Call2All is one of the Table 71 Initiatives, like International Orality Network that has come out of the work of God through the managing partners.
As we all partner together, we must understand what God is calling us to do. We ask you to watch the Call2All video to understand more fully: Video for the five (5) #FinishLines.
Finish Lines are a way we can strategically focus on what Jesus commanded us to do. Mark Anderson puts into perspective and shares the importance of orality to discipleship.
The Five Finish Lines of the Great Commission: Learn more
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. –Matthew 28:19-20
Many of the “finish lines” that Jesus gave us are now in sight. The Kingdom of God is advancing rapidly across the earth. As Christians concerned with missions, we need to know what is going on in the world and what Great Commission activity looks like in this new era.
Let us give ourselves fully to the task of “making disciples” of all “tribes, tongues, peoples, and nations”.
And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. –Matthew 24: 14 Mark Anderson, Call2All
We are seeing a restoration of David’s tabernacle being set in place as we see movements of prayer and missions joining across the globe today. There is a movement to return to the spiritual model of David’s Tent. You may not be aware, but day and night prayer is not a new model. To see the full picture through the ages of the Church in 24 hour prayer, see our recent post: Pray therefore to the Lord of the Harvest that He may send out laborers into His harvest field.
At this point in church history, what if our only strategy should be to link together and collaborate together in prayer and missions as this is seen as the plan throughout the Bible.
Let’s pray for the mainstream church and evangelical missions groups to catch the vision again of the original first century church, to move on the foundation of prayer and missions.
There are some gatherings on the horizon that are doing this very thing like the gathering with IPC & guests in Herrnhut in May 2017. And some are being planned. Please join and unite in prayer for the “more” in this arena.
Mark you calendar for Dec. 5-8, 2017 and plan to be with us at the next Finishing The Task (FTT) Conference. Finishing the Task (FTT) is an association of mission agencies and churches focusing on Unengaged Unreached People Groups www.finishingthetask.com to learn more about how these fit together.
Finishing The Task Conference 2017
Date: December 5-7, 2017
Location: Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, CA
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All across the world we see the Spirit raising up prayer and missions movements for such a time as this. This is His pattern, see the parable in Luke 18:1-8 which Jesus shared to demonstrate the need for praying persistently. The parable in Matthew 25:1-13 shows the need to not only have your lamps ready, but we have to keep them lit. The fire on the altar must never be allowed to go out, as is written in Leviticus 6:12.
We ask you to believe and join to pray for a collaboration of prayer and missions that will cause an unprecedented amount of movement in bringing the Gospel to the Lost so that all might hear, believe and receive salvation through Christ Jesus.
To take a look back at the timeline of prayer & missions over the ages, asking for a true understanding of the “Historical Timeline for Prayer thru the Ages” that will help us to see this is not new:
Partnering in Prayer and Missions:
PRAY for these upcoming gatherings:
Linking Movements of Prayer and Mission
May 8-12, 2017
Join in prayer for the 120 global prayer and mission leaders as they meet up to pray, connect and honor the Moravian legacy! May the slain lamb receive the due reward of his sufferings. (The event registration is closed, as the consultation is FULL, PTL.)
Pray thru the Schedule:
Believe for the spirit of revival and spiritual awakening as you read about the History of Moravians:
Father we thank you and ask for a pouring out of Your Holy Spirit upon the Body of Christ in this season. We believe the Holy Spirit still waits to fill believers with power from on high. Without that power, we can do nothing. Praying Ephesians 3:14-21 for those who will gather there with John D Robb & the IPC leadership and distinguished guests.
Global Prayer Leaders & Prayer Groups,
Would you kindly pray and share with your key prayer leaders this Prayer Request on behalf of The Lausanne Mission Leaders Gathering. The number of those who will gather has risen to 90+ CEO/Executive Directors. They are acknowledging the need for extraordinary prayer and have asked us to partner in prayer.
Would you join to pray for their gathering that will happen in June 2017*, in just a few weeks.
Phill Butler writes, “I have the opportunity/ responsibility of designing/facilitating the process by which these 90+ leaders engage with God, the challenge, with each other, and with a plan for action. It’s a process we’re well into. Many very encouraging things. BUT – We are coming into the final 7-8 weeks – the ‘homestretch’ of this thing and if anything of lasting Kingdom value occurs over these next few weeks – during and after Wittenberg – it will be because of prayer. Will you and your praying friends/network(s) take up this cause? This small team behind the scenes, will be lost without the extra prayer support. And, as always, this comes with my profound thanks for your commitment to Kingdom collaboration and the prayer that’s so essential. Your support over the years has been such a huge encouragement!”
*The specific dates cannot be shared for security reasons. If you write separately to IONPrayer@gmail.com, more info can be given.)
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