I’m in Cuernavaca, Mexico all week at the Casa de Oracion (House of Prayer). I’m speaking at a training program they host annually that draws about 100 young people from Mexico and Central America. Since I’m travelling I can’t keep up with my normal writing schedule, but I thought I’d give a little update on the house of prayer here and what I believe is coming for Mexico and Central America in the prayer movement.
This house of prayer is part of a network of over 50 houses of prayer throughout Mexico. Many of them are 5 – 10 people who pray 20 hours a week. It’s as if the Lord has started little fires all over Mexico that He intends to spread until they cover not only Mexico, but also Central and South America. Read More
The Lord is stirring so many right now to go to the nations of the earth and preach the gospel. Many, especially young people, are hearing the call to go to those who have never heard. I’m personally touched in this way, believing God’s plan is to mobilize the greatest mission thrust the earth has ever seen in this generation. This is the hour we will see a massive army of missionaries mobilized to the hardest and darkest parts of the earth for the glory of the Name of Jesus.
I was thinking if I were 20-ish and felt compelled to go to the nations I would like to know the most important things to sustain my heart on the field. It’s no secret that a large percentage of missionaries find themselves off the field within a very short period of time. I’d want to know the heart realities that sustain someone while they’re serving the Lord in a culturally unfamiliar and spiritually challenging location. Without getting into necessary natural issues like language training and dealing with culture shock(yes, it’s real), I want to offer you essential components that will sustain your heart in a missions context. Read More
I regularly have the opportunity to interface with different leaders in the body of Christ. I’m always interested to ask them what the Lord has been speaking to them. It’s very encouraging when I hear unrelated leaders from different streams of the Body of Christ doing the same things by the Spirit’s leading. Over the last six months I’ve noticed several movements that are clearly being emphasized by the Lord. Each of these movements seems to have the Holy Spirit’s wind on them. I think it’s important to identify them so we can pay attention and engage with what the Spirit is saying to the church in this hour. Read More
Isa 62:6 – 7 I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; They shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the LORD, do not keep silent, 7 And give Him no rest till He establishes And till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
God is raising up a prayer movement all across the earth right now. I stand in awe as I see the Scriptures being fulfilled in a very specific way in this generation. In no other generation has night and day prayer taken hold as it has in our generation. Twenty years ago, a ministry of 24-hour worship and intercession would have been an oddity in the body of Christ. Today, all over the world God is raising up praying churches and houses of prayer who are devoted to night and day worship and prayer. God has made ceaseless worship and intercession a central focus of His church and it continues to grow.
“Why don’t you just believe what you believe and allow others to believe what they believe? You can’t force someone to believe what you believe!”
The objections rained down as the rhetoric over Chris Broussard’s statements about sin reached a fevered pitch. This type of response has become common when Christians share their perspective on issues of faith and morality. To be honest, I actually agree with these statements…in part. Here’s the part I agree with:
The rumblings of the convergence of prayer and missions continue to sound forth from leaders in the body of Christ. In September, 2012 at the Call2All in Kansas City, key mission and prayer leaders like Loren Cunningham(YWAM), Dick Eastman(Every Home for Christ), George Verwer(Operation Mobilization), Steve Douglass(Campus Crusade), Mike Bickle(IHOPKC), Lou Engle(TheCall), Luis Bush(Transform World) and others along with a full convention of delegates came together in unity to strategize the final frontier of world missions: The gospel to every tribe, tongue, people and nation. You can read a brief summary of the event here. The leaders of these organizations represent over 50,000 mission workers. The event was historic from the simple fact that these leaders all came together in unity, purpose, vision and message.
One of the great challenges of building a house of prayer is focus. Oftentimes believers celebrate the idea of prayer but don’t actually attend prayer meetings. As a leader the challenge is inspiring people to do the prayer meetings and not just celebrate the idea of prayer. This has required me to have laser focus in building IHOP Atlanta. One of our key building strategies has been, “If something doesn’t build the prayer room we don’t do it.” I know this is incredibly narrow, but for us to build and sustain a 24-hour, 7-day a week, corporate worship-led prayer meeting, we’ve needed to be very narrow. We’ve needed to cut out the distractions and give ourselves wholeheartedly to the place of prayer. As a result, by God’s grace we’ve been able to offer Jesus ceaseless adoration and intercession for the last 6 years. Thank you JESUS!