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This is a sober and exciting invitation to participate in a people movement of epic proportions. Many people fleeing war and terror have streamed into Europe via Greece. The U.N. estimates that 600,000 more will make their way across the Aegean Sea this winter.

A short time ago I joined with others meeting both Greeks and refugees and sensing the open doors the Lord has put before us. Among those fleeing war and terror I met mostly those who were pushed by hope to find a place to live where their dreams could be realized. Many, dissatisfied with the religion of their homelands, were asking questions and frankly indicating that they want to know a God of love. This is leading to expressions of joy as some hear the Gospel of the Lord Jesus.

The Lord’s Desire

We have sensed three things that indicate the Lord’s desire for this time:

  1. That workers be sent. Matthew recorded Jesus’ words, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” We were able to see as He did, “The multitudes that were harassed and helpless like sheep without a shepherd.” The bodies of Gospel breathed, Spirit empowered individuals is now needed. People who are able to pay a personal price to serve and show the love of Christ. This may include praying, serving, befriending and share in word and deed.
  2. Unity among us. The Lord’s high-priestly prayer depicts the joy of a church working in harmony. The need among the refugees is so big that all of our individual efforts amount to a few drops in an ocean. Combined the impact is much greater. This does not mean that we all have to be the same or doing all things together as much as it means supporting one another in word and prayer and serving the visions of one another as the Lord enables. “The will know you are my disciples by the love you have for one another.” John 13:35-36
  3. Prayer in the spirit of the tabernacle of David. Our primary concern is for the throne of Jesus to be established in Athen and areas in the vicinity. This calls for the incense of day and night prayer to be ignited through the persistent lifting up of worship and calling out in prayer.

Our plan to proceed

  1. We have an effort to connect with Greek churches as well as organizations already working among the refugees. An invitation has been extended to come and help in prayer and serving.
  2. In the next few months a house of prayer will be established in the area where a majority of refugees land in Athens.
  3. We are praying for people with a wide-range of gifts, including musicians, singers, intercessors, and others who can serve with their hands. The main prerequisites to join in this work would be:
    * Sent – From a local church or a fellowship of believers.
    * Have some degree of wholeness in personal relationships and their Christian walk.
    * Have some preparatory training in spiritual life and cross culture ministry.
    * Have a sure and evident witness of the Lord’s sending.

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The Power of Praying God’s Word

“The life of a Christian is all about passion… Nothing is more powerful than when the Holy Spirit reveals the Son of God through the words of Scripture. Like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, every heart began to burn when God revealed Himself. When He unveils Himself and we have understanding of what He is saying, passion is the result. Seeing the face of God, and then gazing at it, has to begin sometime and someplace. It begins by bringing our whole person before the consuming fire who is God, reciting His words—the Bible—out loud to Him and then letting the Holy Spirit reveal Christ to us. That is why we pray the Bible.”

Jesus was passionate about the Word of God. He used it when He prayed. He knew the power of the Word of God in intercession. When He was tempted by the devil in the wilderness, He quoted the Word of God. The devil left because of the power of the Word of God. Jesus knew that speaking the Word of God would bring spiritual breakthrough in the most difficult times of spiritual attack.

Praying God’s Word fights the fleshly battles of life using His spiritual weapons. This gives us authority in the supernatural realm to pull down strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:3-5). We no longer are in agreement with darkness but agree with the light of God’s Word.

Praying the Word of God brings freedom, discernment, and protection. God’s Word can bring life in a most amazing way!

In Baghdad, Iraq, a 22-year-old Army Private First Class soldier named Brendan Schweigart was on a critical mission wearing a bullet proof shield for protection. You can only imagine the tension in that situation. Before going out to battle, he carefully tucked his Bible in his pocket beneath his bulletproof shield. While on a dangerous mission, he was shot with a high-powered rifle. The Bible saved his life when it shielded the bullet from his heart. He told his mother that he always carried his Bible into battle. Brendan received a Purple Heart and was soon released from the hospital. The bullet was still in the pages of his Bible, a miraculous reminder of the amazing power and protection of the Word of God.

God’s Word will protect our lives when in spiritual battle. It can bring forth life in the darkest of situations. It can save us from those fiery darts from the enemy. I wonder how many of us carry our Bibles into battle like Army Private Brendan?

The mystery of intercession is actually profoundly simple. We tell God what he says in His Word. Everyone can pray like this—young and old, beginners and the experienced. God knows everything. We don’t have to come up with some intelligent method of praying, but He is deeply touched when we pray the truths in His heart back to Him. God loves it when we agree with Him through His Word. We read His Word and let the Holy Spirit speaks to us through it. Then we pray it back to Him as the Holy Spirit leads us. His Words are Spirit and Truth (John 4:23-24; 6:63). When we pray God’s Word, it marks us on the inside, changes us, and builds us up. We unite with God’s heart in a most amazing way.

Our own hearts are transformed as we pray God’s Word.

He will actually withhold His blessing until we stand in faith, agree with His heart, and pray it back to Him (James 4:2). Praying God’s Word gives us sustaining power. The revelation we get from Him through His Word strengthens our emotions. We can change whole cities when we agree with God’s heart in prayer. Power and revival are released when we pray His Word over a city. God runs the universe through prayer.

Haven’t you noticed when you’re discouraged, how different you feel after God speaks to your heart through His Word? It’s as if a light goes on that dispels the darkness. God upholds all things by the word of His power (Hebrew 1:3). When we read and pray His Word we can have a living, active dialogue with Him in our heart (Hebrews 4:12). But we must receive it with obedience, faith, and devotion. When we abide in it (John 15:7), everything else seems to falls into place.

Bible prayers are easy to find. There are many types of prayers in the Bible. For example, there are the Psalms, the prayers of wisdom such as the book of Proverbs, the Song of Songs, the prayers of the Prophets, the prayers of Jesus, the apostolic prayers, and the hymns of Revelation.

Praying the Bible can and will have a dramatic effect in our prayer lives and prayer meetings. It is definitely a key to the success of day and night prayer and worship. It’s advantageous in our walk with God. It takes us to such a higher level in our relationship with Him. Our faith increases and rises to a new place in authoritative strength. We pray the will of God and see answers to our prayers (1 John 5:14-15). We become fixed on God with a greater determination to please Jesus in all that we do and say. Praying Scripture helps us to grow in Biblical knowledge. God is able to bring our prayer lives into an entirely new focus.

We are in a serious battle throughout the world over the authority of the Bible. There is a great decline in the belief that you can know absolute truth and right from wrong. This is one reason why we must uphold it as absolute, authoritative truth in our prayers. Jesus prayed from the foundation of absolute truth. We must also. As we pray God’s Word out loud, our faith grows and we are equipped for every good work.

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

We must emphasize the Bible in our prayer meetings and everywhere we go. As we do this, we combat the lies of the enemy and spiritually strengthen our ability to abide in God’s Word. We choose to obey God’s Word as we pray it. We feed our hearts on it. We learn to talk to God about His Word and then we listen. We internalize it, and we say it back to Him.

Praying God’s Word refreshes us internally and enables us to live radically for Him long-term. Let’s learn to cultivate a spirit of radical devotion to God’s Word as our everyday lifestyle. David wrote many of the Psalms in the Bible. He saw himself and others through the eyes of God as he prayed. He understood the love of God even when facing difficulty because His attitude was right. Praying God’s Word is a positive way to live.

“When you pray the Bible, you will understand how God views you and how He views others. In a culture distorted by negative media images, we all need to be founded on what God thinks of us. David’s self-image came through prayer. He saw himself as God’s anointed, as the apple of God’s eye. David knew that God loved him, and that he was favored when the wicked were not. Therefore, we need to pray the Bible until we receive the same attitude that David did.”

By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International
International House of Prayer Kansas City (IHOP-KC)
www.intercessorsarise.org

God Victoriously Inhabits Our Praise

“Praise causes the presence of the Lord to come into our midst. Even though God is omniscient, He manifests His authority and rule in our environment when we praise Him. When we praise, God comes in and leads us forth… When we praise, our faith and trust increase.” Chuck Pierce

Choosing to praise God is vital in bringing us victory now and in the days ahead. There is not one of us who will not be tested—or isn’t presently being tested—in the choice of whether we will choose to praise God in the midst of difficulty.

The spiritual battle is intensifying daily because the enemy knows that his time is short. He hates prayer because he knows that the power of prayer will overthrow every one of his plans. God inhabits our praise. The word “inhabit” or “enthrone” (yashab) means to judge in ambush. When we praise God, He will seat himself right in the middle of our lives and judge the enemies that are surrounding us. The Japanese translation of Psalm 22:3 is: “When you praise God He brings a big chair and sits there.” Think about that! God is seated in the center of your life. The enemy cannot dethrone you because God cannot be overthrown!

We must choose praise and worship as our main weapon of warfare.

The Apostle Paul is a great example of one who chose praise in very hard circumstances. God had given Paul a vision and told him to go to Philippi. But shortly after arriving, he was arrested and beaten. When he was thrown into prison, his feet were put in stocks. This was a humiliating method of torture because all night long he had to lie there in agony. You can imagine how painful this must have been. I doubt that he got much sleep. He had done nothing wrong and could have responded in great anger.

But what did Paul do in response to such harsh treatment? He sang praises to God. He filled that cell room with praises to God even in the midst of a painful situation. He held up the shield of faith through his praises. We can do the same. When we feel like complaining, and when we feel that we have been mistreated, we can respond in praise to God.

Many times we as believers do not actually understand and appropriate the power of praise.

This praise power is especially realized in the midst of hopeless or trying circumstances. Praise, thanksgiving, and worship go together. The Word of God needs to permeate our praises. The enemy wants to weaken and defeat us in the area of our faith. He will try to discourage and disillusion us. We must be on our guard, as he will do everything he can to bring us down from faith into fear. We must learn to walk in God’s supernatural peace as the days get worse.

The disasters coming upon the world are only going to increase. As I have said so many times before, God is presently shaking everything that can be shaken. Let’s learn to live a life of passionate prayer and praise. This is the season for God’s Kingdom to come on earth with increasing power. This is our opportunity to gather in the harvest.

The whole world is taking notice of this shaking. While I was on a train in a Muslim nation, I met a man who told me that the tragedies on the earth are increasing. This is what the Bible says about the last days. There will be terrible times (Matthew 24:6-8; 2 Timothy 3:1).

God is speaking to hearts throughout the world. I looked at several of the individuals on that train—young and old, male and female—and realized God’s great love for each one of those people. I knew that this city was on a fault line and ready for a major earthquake at any time.

The answer to every dilemma in the world is God. He wants us to ascend in prayer to a higher level of praise and worship. This will be our position in the last days. Keep on praising God in your situation. Don’t give in. Push through until you see the victory. Even when you hear discouraging news, choose to praise God and dwell on His attributes. We ready in Psalm 95:1-3:

“Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; Let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.”

He is life and a focus on Him will minister that life to you. As you magnify and praise the Lord, He will become larger in your eyes. Your faith will be strengthened as you worship Him in every season of your life.


Praise Paves the Way

“Praise prepares us to pray. When we worship God as our Counselor, it strengthens our faith to pray for wisdom. When we praise Him as the Great Physician, it strengthens our faith to pray for healing. When we remember how He has provided in the past, it strengthens our faith to ask for provision again. Praise builds our faith in who God is: Redeemer Comforter, Savior, Deliver, Defender, Friend.” Buddy Owens

What happens when we choose to praise? Praise paves the way for the blessings of God to manifest in our lives. God victoriously inhabits our praise. Choosing to praise overcomes the enemy in every dimension. What are the results of praising God?

  • The enemy is defeated – Darkness cannot stay when there is light, and praise brings the brightness of God into our circumstances.
  • Our faith is strengthened – We actually cross over from doubt and negative emotions, and move into a new level of faith when we praise God in our trying circumstances. Amazing things happen in our own hearts.
  • We glorify God and advance His Kingdom – God’s Kingdom comes on earth wherever there is an atmosphere of worship and praise.
  • The way is opened for healing to take place – Faith is a needed ingredient for healing, and praise increases faith.
  • Our destiny comes forth – Our destiny comes forth in all its fullness when we praise God in every situation.

Praise is a foundation for prayer. God has chosen you to live in such a time as this. Give it your best. Magnify and praise the Lord, and He will use you to reach the lost and needy ones who are trying to find answers in trying times. You will be one who brings His salvation, glory, and grace into their lives.

One of the main ingredients of your effectiveness will be to live a life of praise. You will ascend the heights in prayer as you worship God. You will touch heaven and change earth as you praise Him. Through praise you will live in the atmosphere where miracles are born. God victoriously inhabits your praise.

“Praise is a foundation for prayer. In worship, we declare the goodness and glory of the God who is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Having declared who He is, we can come to Him with our requests, trusting that out of His very nature He will hear and respond to us with grace upon grace.” Buddy Owen

By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International
http://intercessorsarise.org