This is a new chapter. The landscape of our local fellowship is shifting from church as usual into what God desires for us.
I find myself also thinking on how my own life’s landscape may change. I’ve begun to wonder if I have put myself in a box in any way, and what advancing God’s Kingdom is truly meant to be for my own life.
When it comes to our God-given purposes, things may not look like what we think they will. When I was a new Christian, I first thought this would be through worship leading in a church setting.
Then it was as a worship leader and intercessory missionary in the house of prayer, which I still long to see in fullness… but at times I wonder if I have put myself in a box per say? I want to stop comparing myself to others. I want God alone to define me, along with every why and every what.
Nonetheless, the expression of the church is changing. We are not a building, but people who are the temple of the Holy Spirit. A new wineskin is being given those who truly want to follow the Lord’s leadership. It is for we who will let go of our own ways, wants and agendas. Continue reading →
God has made many beautiful promises to our sweet house of prayer and church. However, for a while now, things in the natural have looked very different from what He has said will come to pass.
Regardless of what it looks like, we continue to press into His heart and stand firm because we know He is the One who is faithful and true.
My own longing has been for His presence to come in a greater way, with the result being that hearts are transformed. I also desire to disciple others in worship and the prophetic. So for now we stand awaiting God to come through; without Him, we cannot go far.
In times when the promises seem impossible, we have to believe that our God will come through. We have to keep standing even in the waiting, even when it seems our Isaac is on the altar about to be taken from us again.
Our Lord, who is the Resurrection and the Life, has great plans for us all and He will not allow them to be dashed to nothing.
For our group, I know that the Lord delights in us as we seek His face and make room for His Spirit to move. He makes that clear every week as His presence touches our hearts.
Sometimes it feels so small, and we wonder when more will arise to build God’s Kingdom with us. Nonetheless, I would never trade the sweet worship times the Lord brings us for anything.
I’m not sure why He has tarried so long as we desperately need breakthrough in many areas of need. Perhaps it is because He is working a greater work in us–after all, it is God and His making us into the image of Christ that is most important.
The main thing is His heart and connecting ours with His; the rest is by His leading and our obedience when and as He does lead.
The Word of God speaks of a time and season for everything under Heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Prayer is to be a constant in our lives as believers, but in this season, a specific call to prayer and fasting for revival and awakening has been released across the Body of Christ.
The Lord is calling us to a season of fasting and prayer for His redemptive purposes: That whosoever would come, be saved, revived, and set free.
Beloved reader, I also want to invite you to actively take part in this season of prayer.
God longs to do above all we could ask or imagine as we pray His purposes, seek His face, and follow His ways. Our nation is in great need of God. Likewise, the Church is in need of reawakening to intimate relationship with Jesus unto doing the greater works of the Kingdom.
The latter is especially crucial to the coming of the promised Harvest.
“Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us,to Him be the glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen.“ (Ephesians 3:20-21 AMP, emphasis added)
We have not because we ask not; at times, we also have not because the answers only come when we pray God’s desires instead of our own (James 4:2-3). As we seek to hear His still small voice, we will know more readily what to pray. Let’s join our hearts together with God’s, praying His redemptive plans and asking Him to do what He longs to do.
Our intercession is treasured by Heaven as we pray in agreement with the Father’s heart: On earth as it is in Heaven.
Call to Action: Make Time to Pray
In order to be productive in prayer, we must first set aside regular times to do so.
Welcome! This is the first official update of my intercessory missionary endeavors and our church/house of prayer! Back in 2009, I shared some throughout my internship.
Praise in the Park
This weekend Father’s House of Prayer had our first summer worship gathering at a downtown park. Another worship team joined, compromised of members from a few other churches. It was a joy to join together.
Worshiping at Praise in the ParkThis marks our third year of Praise in the Park. I’ll never forget the time before our first gathering. At the time, my husband and I lived in a tiny apartment overlooking the place where we’d soon gather to worship Jesus.
Praying it forward
In November 2013, the Lord often led me into prayer. I felt like a watchman on the wall when I peered out our window at the Park.
At God’s leading I would pray His heart for days. I would drive to and from work in a place of travail; days off were usually spent in prayer.
God wanted His manifest presence to come to the Park and touch our town.
These times were some of the sweetest I’ve had with the Lord.
On a day of corporate prayer the following Spring, God told our leadership to bring worship out of the four walls and into the Park. By the day’s end, someone was led to donate the very amount needed for a sound system. This was a need we had not yet made known.
I then realized this was why the Lord often led me into intercession the previous fall.
After this weekend’s Praise in the Park, I needed to hear from the Lord. The multitasking required was polluting my perspective. I reminded myself that perfect details and big crowds are not as important as faithfulness and obedience.
Our part, His part
God gave told is to bring the sound of worship to the Park. It was His part to do as He promised. It’s a lesson for us all:
We must simply do our part and trust God to do His.
That evening as I prayed, God revealed His perspective to me by showing me what He was doing as we worshiped.
I saw a picture of myself looking out from the platform while leading worship. Several mourning doves were hovering in the air above all of us there. The Lord’s loving presence was coming down. The doves were almost glowing, perhaps by God’s glory.
Mourning Dove by A.K. Evans
Mourning doves remind me of simple, pure devotion to Jesus.
God sees our faithful devotion to Him, from the mundane to the miraculous. If He is in it, it matters to Him. He sees you.
The doves also symbolized the Father’s peace and love being given as gifts to us, filling the atmosphere with His presence. This is exactly what He has promised to do during Praise in the Park: He spoke three years ago that as we worshiped outside the four walls, He would release His peace and clear people’s confusion.
Last summer a vacationer pulled up searching for a place to buy a cane. Our pastor asked if he wanted God to heal him. The man was healed! He came to the platform, testified that his back was healed, and jumped off in excitement! As our pastor exclaimed, “Now that’s a healed back!” The man no longer needed a cane!
At every gathering folks have shared experiencing God’s peace.
An unexpected vendor arrived during setup. He and his wife were believers and had an enthusiastic response to worship at the Park.
A vacationing couple were sharing pictures on social media. Their church is familiar with the Harp and Bowl model of prayer and worship with music, and wanted their church to have a similar gathering outdoors where they live.
I thought you’d like to see what I’ve been up to—in video!
We recently joined together to worship Jesus and pray for our nation at The Fig Tree, a prayer room where I serve.
I sang in prayer from the Word of God from Joel 2:12-14 (NKJV):
“Now, therefore,” says the Lord,
“Turn to Me with all your heart,
With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.”
So rend your heart, and not your garments;
Return to the Lord your God,
For He is gracious and merciful,
Slow to anger, and of great kindness;
And He relents from doing harm.
Who knows if He will turn and relent,
And leave a blessing behind Him—
A grain offering and a drink offering
For the Lord your God?
Join us in praying for all to return their hearts and lives to the Lord. He so longs for each one!
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