Jim Donahue, Central Oregon Prayer Team (COPT) Redmond, OR, A team of 5 men became committed to early morning prayer at 6:am in the spring of 2008 once a week and grew to about 15 men and women. In 2010 we changed the format of prayer and started in Sept of 2010 to come every morning seven days a week meeting at 4:45am and have been ever since.
The Lord began to commission us with new purposes and prayer strategies not just for Redmond, but for Central Oregon and beyond. He sent us on many 1 to 2-day prayer missions trips taking us throughout Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Idaho. The teams would include men and women from 4 to 8 on a team. Our purpose each morning from the beginning has been to always go after the “Father’s Heart”. What would He want us to pray? So from Redmond, Central Oregon, the Pacific NW Oregon Territory, the nation and Internationally, we are His watchmen and watch-women on the wall interceding and worshiping together. often times for hours. This past weekend there were 12 of us engaged for over three hours in various forms of worship with various instruments, worship, and sharing recent dreams, visions, scriptures and prophetic declarations etc.
Our love for the Trinity and for one another being bound together in faithfulness and unity is truly amazing. We know it is through everyone’s brokenness, hunger and commitment for more of Christ can this be accomplished by the power of the Holy Spirit. This new era of intercession we have all entered into in 2017 has and will continue to shift regions, cities and nations as we are all seeing daily in the news. We are all so excited to see daily what the Lord will show us in what He is will next.
In the past year we are also a part of Redmond City Prayer Movement started by a lay couple in a local church with a burden to mobilize intercessory prayer of believers. There has come through this ground swell of prayer greater unity in crossing over denominational lines. We had a wonderful move of worship, prayer and preaching in the city park this past summer and more events coming in 2017. There is a possibility of moving this prayer time the second Tuesday of each month to our city hall building and that will be a first and the city administration is open to it!
Paula Burns, Redmond Community Prayer Group, OR, Redmond Community Prayer gathers together the second Tuesday of each month at Central Christian School, 6-7 pm, to pray for our community, pastors, America, schools, etc. An advisory board of nine community pastors and laymen meet monthly to plan the prayer gatherings, which include worship and prayer.
The advisory board for Redmond Community Prayer supports the Biblical truth that the Body of Christ ─ consisting of many denominations ─ with one mind and one mouth, glorify God. We focus on, and stay true to our following vision statement, “Praying together in unity”, the Body of Christ calling out to God to bring hope, healing, and restoration to our country, our churches and our community. (2nd Chronicles 7:14)
Kathleen White, Madras House of Prayer, OR represents Jefferson County and the Madras House of Prayer located in Madras Oregon. Like many prayer leaders across the state, Kathleen is employed and ministers in her extra time. Kathleen says, “This year when I retire from teaching, I will be able to act as more of a regional leader for Region 6, as well as continue in the Madras House of Prayer Images Worship and with the Intercession Group. We lift up Christ and each other. We pray for Israel, our Nation, Global, Our County and City (and more), and we are in Unity with other Central Oregon Prayer Groups and Participate in United Prayer events and Community Service.”
As the students go, so goes our nation! If we win the spiritual battles across our nation but neglect our college campuses, all our progress will be undone in a generation. Therefore, students today need our support and earnest prayers. However, college students don’t just need more prayer, they need our UNITED prayer. Without a greater degree of genuine, unified prayer, our hopes and dreams for this generation may never be realized.
According to Matthew 18:18-20, the greater the number united in faith and prayer, the easier the battle for this generation can be won. Just as a team of horses can move a heavy load faster and easier together, so our greatest barriers can be better overcome through united prayer.
On Thursday, Feb. 23 please join the call in the morning and/or evening.
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|2||6:30-7:00am||Clatsop, Coos, Douglas, Jackson, Lincoln, Tillamook|
|3||7:00-7:30am||Public in Clackamas, Multnomah, Washington|
|4||7:30-8:00am||Crook, Deschutes, Klamath, Wasco|
|5||8:00-8:30am||Private in Clackamas, Multnomah, Washington|
|6||8:30-9:00am||Benton, Linn, Marion, Polk, Yamhill|
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|11||8:00-8:30pm||Clatsop, Coos, Douglas, Jackson, Lincoln, Tillamook|
|12||8:30-9:00pm||Crook, Deschutes, Klamath, Wasco|
Learn more about the Collegiate Date of Prayer at http://www.collegiatedayofprayer.org/
It was the biggest snowstorm of December, one that crippled Portland area roads and would keep most of our regional team safe at home. But God’s merciful hand covered those who did make the trip and the time spent together in Canby was sweetly memorable, without strict agenda, and fully led by the Holy Spirit.
Although our numbers were smaller than anticipated, all glory goes to God for His powerful presence in unity & fellowship, and ushering in such a rich time of worship as we praised Him. Thank You Lord for delivering Your timely Word to the Pray Oregon Team on December or many of us in Oregon, this New Year’s Day we experienced snow again. Our Canby meeting was a precursor to the promises that God holds in 2017 for Oregon. It is symbolic of what the Lord wants to do in the earth realm for us this year. It means whiteness, purity, brilliancy. White is a symbol of purity, righteousness and holiness.
Cheryl Pitcairn, Roseburg Advanced Guard prayer leader received this word when it snowed on New Year’s Eve in 2010. Fast-forward and now we are entering our 7th year since this word was given. We believe it still holds for today:
“The Lord is looking to and fro over the earth to raise up His army—the pure, holy, righteous ones looking to Him for sustenance and direction. He has made a statement with the snow that He is sovereign over weather, events and over His purposes for His people and His earth. He is our covering and will blanket His plans and purposes with the Holy Spirit. We will see the “suddenlies” from heaven in the natural realm, financial realm and spiritual realm. He is the one in control of all things. Mixed rain & snow are also interesting: rain= symbol of God’s blessing, God’s Word and His Spirit poured out together.” WOW, thank You Lord!
Pray Oregon is excited to announce the launch of Adopt A Legislator in Oregon. We are in the early stages of developing this large undertaking to coordinate prayer connectors across the state with our State Senators and State Representatives.
Find your legislators. Go to www.oregonlegislature.gov/FindYourLegislator/leg-districts.html and type in your home address to get the name and contact information of your State Senator and State Representative.
Select either a State Senator or State Representative from the district in which you reside. Get to know about your Legislator. Learn their background and occupation, family member’s names, kid’s ages, where they live, and other public information. Set your heart to pray for and encourage your legislator. We will not lobby or evangelize. This is our true focus. (1 Tim. 2:1-2). After you prayerfully select the legislator you wish to adopt, email the Pray Oregon Connector Coordinator at [email protected] with your name, and your adopted legislator’s name to receive prayer updates. If you are part of an organization or have formed a Prayer Team, please specify the name of your group.
Research your legislator. To establish a real prayer connection with your legislator, start by learning more about them through their website and social media pages.
E-Subscribe to your legislator’s online newsletters. Go to the state legislature website www.leg.state.or.us, and click on “eSubscribe” button on the bottom left of the screen to sign up for your legislator’s announcements. You will receive important information such as announcements for legislator coffee meetings and events in your local community. Most importantly, begin praying for your person.
by Pray Oregon Co-director Peter Carlson, Corvallis, OR
The rise in unity in the Body of Christ and increase in prayer in our day is being fueled by the use of technology. While it can sometimes be intimidating, we are seeing an increase of praying via conference calls, Facebook, email, websites, web simulcasts, and others that have taken prayer to a new level! A strong case can be made that the cyber prayer meeting is rapidly becoming adopted as a common method for 21st century prayer people. One of the key benefits is that you can participate without even leaving your home. Pray Oregon is embracing this easy form of communication and we are maximizing prayer opportunities in Oregon. If you have not experienced a prayer conference call, please consider the following:
Oregon Prayer Call:
If you have difficulty getting on the call with the above number, there is a backup number that you can call first: 518-333-1525, then input the above conference number with # and the access code. Most smart phones allow you to create a Contact with a Wait / semi-colon between the numbers like this: 518-333-1525;712-770-4005#;236108#, and will prompt you to put in the next set of numbers when the message from the conference service asks for it. Now that is easy!
National Prayer Calls:
- Intercessors for America – First Friday of the month 9:15 – 9:30am PST
712-432-0075; Code: 1412452#
- Transform USA – First Thursday of the month 8 – 10am PST
Connecting for awakening and transformation of the country for the sake of His Kingdom
(641) 715-3655; Code: 530603#
- National Day of Prayer – First Thursday of the month 5 – 7pm PST
Join NDP event coordinators, the national leadership, and others to pray for our country
Check out all the resources on National Day of Prayer
712-432-0075; Code: 4961322#
- Prayer Surge Now! – Saturday mornings 4:30 – 8am PST
First 90 minutes: Israel and the Middle East; last 2 hours different guests each week
Details on Prayer Surge Now!
712-432-0075; Code: 6149782#
- 4th Watch – daily 5-6am PST (plus 5-6am other time time zones most days)
Sign up at The Global Watch
563-999-2010; Code: 425496#
- National Strategic Prayer Call – day and night through 9pm PST Jan. 20, 2017
70 days of prayer across the nation for the transition period leading up to the installation of our new administration on January 20, 2017. Call anytime for as long as you want:
712-770-4340; Code: 543555#
December 28-30, 2016: Ignite Young Adult Winter Gathering
January 20-21, 2017: The Way Into The Holy of Holies Retreat
Roseburg area January 20 from 6-9 pm and Saturday January 21, from 9 am to 5 pm. This is a FREE retreat, but space is limited, so call to register. It will be a Potluck Saturday. Please invite your circle of friends. Location: Cole’s Valley Church, 1421 Iverson Rd, Umpqua. 97486. Call Lynn Ferder Roseburg House of Prayer at 541-672-1256 or 541-580-7106 to register.
- February 23, 2017: Collegiate Day of Prayer – 4th Thursday in Feb
- May 4, 2017: National Day of Prayer – 1st Thursday in May
- September 11, 2017: Patriot Day – Monday, September 11th
- September 27, 2017: See You at the Pole – 4th Wednesday in Sept
- October 1, 2017: Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem – 1st Sun in Oct
Check for other events at: Serving Our Neighbors
Please contact us with any questions about events.
Lynn Ferder, author and Director for Roseburg House of Prayer, shares a glimpse into two remarkable books now published primarily for the Body of Christ.
In Lynn’s first book, The Way into the Holy of Holies: A 12 Day Prayer Journey Through the Tabernacle she explains the Biblical and practical approach to prayer, “So often we struggle in prayer, trying to find the words and the right way to approach a Holy God. It can be a frustration and lead us to feel inadequate and wonder if our prayers are even heard. Yet, God has given us a model for prayer, and how to approach a Holy God, in the Old Testament Tabernacle of Moses. Step by step, we are guided into the presence of God through the symbolic meaning of each piece of furniture in the Tabernacle. This study helps us to discover the simplicity of coming boldly into God’s presence in prayer. It gives us the words we struggle to find in prayer. Step by step, we are shown how to prepare our heart for the next depth in God.”
In her second book, Make Your City a House of Prayer, Lynn opens our eyes and our understanding to the power of prayer in transforming our cities. She says, “It will fill our hearts with wonder and adoration for God as we discover the true tabernacle is the Lord Jesus. When we consider unity among the churches we realize a critical element is missing in our attempts to bring this concept into fruition. We need to rethink what unity among the churches actually means and arrive at a new definition and practice. Like a golden thread, this book will help us to discover what will knit us together as the body of Christ. As we explore unity from a new paradigm, we will realize the transforming power of intentional relationship, within the context of community. True unity will not be according to one person’s understanding and practice of what that ought to look like. True unity will be according to how the community defines it.This book explores the pastor-intercessor relationship in making our city a house of prayer by suggesting ways to rethink how we can interact with cross-denominational leadership, opening the way for unity to flourish.”
“Additionally, we provide guidelines for appropriate altar ministry and corporate prayer settings, prayers for youth and children, and tools for writing your own prayers addressing the mission and vision statement of your own, or other, ministries. We also address the business aspect of starting a ministry and walk the reader through the process of taking a small prayer group from the home into the community and making your city a house of prayer.”
By Grace Powers – Are you troubled, weary or just plain numb as the battle rages on? We must be on guard as we intercessors are at risk of becoming weary in the midst of this tremendous time of upheaval and change. We must not forget to take time alone with the Lord in personal confession & repentance. Stillness and rest in His presence (listening) is what keeps us refueled and vibrant. I say this because many of us are so busy and preoccupied with personal jobs, prayer meetings and daily discussions about negative things concerning our nation and the upcoming election. So grab a warm cup of coffee or tea, yes take a break!
What does the Word of God say about the need to prepare our hearts with the godly sorrow of repentance in order to understand the truth of God’s Word? How does personal sorrow prepare us to pray effectively? Godly sorrow tills up and refines the hard soil – hardness in our hearts. It prepares us to approach the throne of grace in prayer with renewed insight into God’s heart for troubled days. It is a practice which praying men and women should never neglect.
How To Prepare Our Hearts For Prayer with a Godly Sorrow of Repentance
What does the Word of God say about the need to prepare our own hearts with the godly sorrow of repentance in order to understand the truth of God’s Word? How does personal sorrow prepare us to pray effectively?
Godly sorrow tills up and refines the hardening soil – any hardness that remains in our hearts. It prepares us to approach the throne of grace in prayer with a renewed and hope-full insight into God’s heart for these troubled days. It is a practice which praying men, women and children should never neglect.
12 Now, therefore,” says the Lord, “Turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.” 13 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.
2 CHRONICLES 19:2-3
2 And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, Should you help the ungodly, and love those who hate the LORD? Therefore wrath is upon you from before the LORD.
3 Nevertheless there are good things found in you, in that you have taken away the groves out of the land, and have prepared your heart to seek God.
10 For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.
2 It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.
3 Sorrow is better than laughter: for by sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.
4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.
3 For thus says the LORD to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and do not sow among thorns.
12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and rains righteousness upon you.
2 CORINTHIANS 7:9-11 (Paul)
9 Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that you sorrowed to repentance; for you were made sorry after a godly manner, that you might receive damage by us in nothing.
10 For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world works death.
11 For behold the same thing, that you sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it worked in you, yes, what clearing of yourselves, yes, what indignation, yes, what fear, yes, what vehement desire, yes, what zeal, yes, what revenge! In all things you have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.
8 Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded. 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.
Godly sorrow makes the heart better (Ecclesiates 7:3), it clears it out (2 Corinthians 7:11), and purifies it (James 4:8-9). Just as good ground was required to bring forth good fruit in the parable of the sower Matthew 13:8, Mark 4:8 and Luke 8:8, so a good soft heart is required to bring forth a good understanding of the truth of God’s word. If we study the scriptures diligently and still lack understanding, then it is almost certainly due to the condition of our spiritual heart, which may result from lack of repentance. Most of us will not have repented sincerely because we have been told that all sins are automatically forgiven when we first believe, and it is an easy mistake to make by taking verses such as (John 3:16 and Acts13:39), without rightly dividing the scripture. Every one of us can claim forgiveness of sins by faith when we first believe in Jesus, but it is not manifested in our lives until our sins have been repented of. This includes:
Praying to God for forgiveness (2 Chronicles 7:14), Psalms 32:5-6 and Acts 8:22).
(b) Confessing each sin to God and to one another (Psalms 32:5; 51:2-3, Proverbs 28:13, 1 John 1:9 and James 5:16).
(c) Being sorry for our sin (Psalms 38:18, Ecclesiates 7:3, 2 Corinthians 7:8-11.
(d) Forsaking the sin (Isaiah 1:16-18, Jeremiah 36:3, Ezekiel 18:21-22 and 2 Timothy 2:19.
(e) Destroying all association with past sin (Joshua 7:11-12, Isaiah 27:9, Acts 19:18-1.(f) Making restitution where possible (Exodus 22:1-7, Ezekiel 33:14-16, Luke 19:8.
(g) Renewing our heart and mind with God’s word (Joshua 1:8, Psalms 1:2, 119:11, Romans 12:2, Ephesians 4:223, Colossians 3:10, Hebrews 8:10-12.
(h) Obey God’s word and do good, Isaiah 1:16-18, Ezekiel 18:21-22, 33:14-16, Ephesians 4:28 and James 4:17.
O, Lord, may we become a people who loves Your Word, prays effectually and confesses and repents as often as necessary. May we walk worthy of Your calling. Amen.