This month we have another guest writer that has been involved with ION Prayer over the years. Grab a cup of tea or coffee and sit and enjoy another take on what others have been learning from their experience with the foundational work of prayer connected to the Orality Network!
Following the article is some prayer requests and information specific to this month. As always, you are invited to join in with a group who meet each and every Thursday to pray together and who would welcome you to come and share your story of what God is doing with you in Orality.
Stewarding the Place of Prayer in the Prayer Room
by Lucy Knight
Early on in my time with ION, a prayer was written by one of God’s servants on the prayer team and it was given to all who were attending the ION Conference that year. This was an anointed prayer that had such a profound impact on me and its message still resonates today. It is a prayer for all of us who are called by God to join Him in doing His great work. I pray as I share it here, it would again impact and God would use it to transform your spirit so that the work set before us would take on new meaning and importance in our today. . . for His glory and His namesake.
The prayer room at ION, hmmm what can I say? For me, it is first and foremost a sacred space. We do business with God there and that space then becomes sacred. When we enter in, we must have it as frontals on our foreheads. This is a place where prayers will be said, confessions made, heart preparations done, and transactions in the spirit happen for many who will come. We have prayed that our hearts are turned to and tuned into the Lord. The Lord said, “Be ye holy, for I am holy”. Yes, we are to be sanctified and set apart as is the location that will serve as the Prayer Room. A shift must occur. Care for the atmosphere must be a priority. Unholy banter, acts or things that make the holy room common, or casual, as well as not allowing for meetings to be held there that do not pertain to the prayer room, or even some of the decorations may need to be removed or covered so that the focus is not preempted by the objects or activity found associated with the room. Nothing is to profane the holy.
Let me give you an example: At the last North America ION Regional Conference, in the room that was to hold the Prayer Room, our Team noticed a large painting on a center wall with a focus object of something that resembled a demonic creature. The painting could not be removed, so it had to be covered with a sheet. The focus needed to be only on the beauty of the Lord.
Each prayer room is prepared specifically for those people who will come. As it is anointed with oil, we are already believing for what only God can do even as we prepare it for the people who will come. We in the prayer room do not take the Lord’s presence lightly. Over the years we have come to expect the miraculous because we have seen the miraculous, in “only God” moments. In the room, we have a heightened awareness of Him, His workings, and seeking His will and face. It should all point to Him and His work to redeem a lost world. Each year we see evidence of God working in our midst, and we ask, what will be God’s theme for prayer this next year? We take notice and look for God’s activity and then carry that focus in our hearts for continued prayer into the next year.
For example, for years we have prayed for the Hispanic communities of North America. This past year, 2018, we had for the first time Hispanic intercessors join us from the local community of Orlando, Florida. It was a glory Hallelujah moment as that was part of God’s activity. Over the years we always connected with those who were local to the area where the conference was to be held. This time we had gotten to know some of this group ahead of the time there in Florida and had invited them to come and be a part of the prayer team with us. We were so blessed. We will continue to pray for them. The reality of how God puts love in the hearts of His people for a people group is no different no matter where they are located. People closely connected to those you are trying to reach are always the ones who will have the influence to reach them. These intercessors from Florida will reach many. We will continue to pray for them and for the favor of the Lord to take back to those they have influence with to learn more about Orality and to work with the oral communicators in Orlando, as well as to the rest of Florida and then to the ends of the earth. We praise God for He heard our cries and answered. The Hispanic prayer warriors were now fully engaged in Orality!
With the Hispanic influence at this last ION conference, we are seeing first hand how ION is before our eyes morphing into more of a regional thrust with North America being one of the seven regionals. We saw growth in the people who were attending. With growth and more people, means more leaders are needed for positions in ION North America. We are praying for every Gateway and Pathway facilitator position to be filled in each of the Regions.
Two years ago I was given the task of being Prayer Associate for the North American Region. The title, let alone the task, was overwhelmingly daunting to me. I couldn’t imagine it. As we say, I am just a little old grandma! Only biblical verses like “I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me” when they come to mind help me in my times of need. God likes to stretch all of us, and I have found He has, even more, to stretch in some of us! To God be the glory!
Having never been in such a position, I learned a few things along the way. Sometimes I succeeded at doing them and sometimes not. I thank God the intercessors were forgiving. I took to heart to care for the weakest members as I have served. It was a blessing to serve this last year as the Prayer Room Facilitator for the North America Regional Conference. I knew I was one like them and had learned from this position. Fortunately, our senior prayer leader was taught and equipped to lead from the rear, thus moving us all forward. I learned, but I wish I had believed more and done more. But alas, I also learned from the Master, the Master StoryTeller.
From the stories, I learned to be more like Jesus. Oh, I recommend you do learn the stories! They are transforming! Oh, to lead like Him. Be like Him. Speak like Him, and sometimes learn from Him as when He, “He spoke not a word.” Pray like Him, and yes, in the prayer room and at all times, for His presence goes with us and abides in us. Hallelujah!
Lastly, I learned a prayer request from an ION leader, one who knows and lives out the stories of Jesus. He asked us to pray for his wisdom, integrity, and holiness. That is a wow prayer! We continue to pray this for our leaders and imagine with me their impact. These aren’t mere words. They are holiness before a holy God, humility before God and man, true wisdom, and unchanging integrity. These are true virtues. Thank You, God, for hearing our prayers and making these men of God, men of God!
After taking on the role of North America Prayer Associate, the stories of the Bible became even more real and empowering. The model of Orality is more than telling a story aloud. It is becoming part of the story and entering into the story. The story is to become mine. I found the stories most helpful when having to publically speak. The words of God in Exodus 4:12 say, “I will be your mouth and teach you what you are to say.” or in Acts 4, I rested in my spirit when I realized who Peter and John were. I had read those verses many times, but learning to Story them made a big impact on my life and how I worked with ION. Acts 4, verse 13 says, “Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus”. That is the key. They recognized that these untrained men had been with Jesus. Yes, it is all about being with Jesus and His Story connects us with Him. There is power in the Word, especially the spoken Word. “Take My yoke you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 12:29. We need the stories to tell the Story. Thank you, God! Thank you for Orality!
The stories, as you can tell have had a great impact on us in the prayer room. We use them in everything we do. Many of those who serve in prayer have taken training in Orality and in Story Telling. One of my favorites stories is, “Moses is dead.” In Joshua 1:5-7 it says, “. . . Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail or forsake you. Only be strong and courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go.” These verses help us in praying the hard things. It is obedience, no matter what. God is with us and “If God is for us, who can be against us?”
As I think back on the ION prayer room, there are so many things to be thankful for. I remember an artist, Denise Przybyla who served with us so many times, would draw in the prayer room. And so often over the years Maureen Bravo would take our notes, by scrolling what was being said onto large white paper, capturing what was happening in the room. Then the panels would be displayed up on the wall so that whoever walked into the room could see what God was doing in the Prayer Room.
The picture below is one of those panels. It is of God’s beating heart and the intercessors sitting there with Jesus. It was appropriately titled, “Enter the Chamber of God’s Heart”. This visual was done in one of the beginning prayer rooms for ION, but is most relevant for us today and always. We are to tabernacle with God and bask in the Presence of the Lord. Then we can know the heart of God and hear His voice. Then we can know the heart of God and hear His voice. He then will tell us “great and mighty things which we do not know”. How glorious! We will be there one with Him.
As John 17:20-21 says, “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, 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 in Us, so that the world may believe You sent Me.” Imagine! This is the High Priestly Prayer and Jesus prays this for us, and we pray this for those who have yet to hear!
Come with us into the prayer room. We will sit and bask in the Presence of our Lord, and listen, and worship, and commune with Him. This is heaven on earth which is prepared for all. May our longing hearts then hear the cry of Christ, the Redeemer. He said He came to “seek and save those who are lost” and we cry out with Him for those who still need to hear.
Yes, Lord Jesus!
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Praise the Lord for the recording of five books of the Old Testament into the Gadsuplanguage in Papua New Guinea in January. These books include Ruth, Obadiah, Jonah, Haggai and Malachi. Those who took part in the recording process were deeply enriched by the Word of God. Pray that Gadsup speakers will hunger for God’s Word and grow in their walk with God as a result of listening and engaging with this mini audio Bible.
One of the tangible results of the partnerships developed over the ten years of the Pacific Wa’a Partnerships* (PWP) is the operation of three Youth With A Mission(YWAM) ships in Papua New Guinea (PNG). These ships are being used to bring health services to some of the remote parts of Papua New Guinea as well as training and upskilling of Papua New Guinean health workers. Pray for the Scripture use** activities that the ship personnel participates in to encourage churches in the villages they visit. One such activity is the showing of the JESUS Film. Many people have responded to the gospel after watching the film.
The translation team for the Enga language is creating audio recordings of each book of the New Testament as it is completed. When people start listening to the Bible, those with basic literacy skills often want to read along with a printed copy as they listen to the recording. In the process of doing so they teach themselves how to read their own language. Because of this, the team is also releasing audio recordings of the Enga Bible as an Android phone app that highlights the text sentence-by-sentence as the audio recording plays. Pray that the Scripture impacts lives as people read and listen to it.
Thank the Lord that the team translated the audio script for “Healing the Wounds of Trauma” for local radio. This will reach Kabba speakers in CAR and across the border into
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