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Capitol Corner by Jim Moore

God’s Big Government

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will perform this.” (Isaiah 9:6-7)

“Who’s government is it anyway?” the polite but irritated man asked. “Isn’t it the peoples government? Or does it just belong to the crooked politicians who do with it whatever they want?” To which the seasoned pastor responded, “Neither really, the Lord said the government really belongs to Him.”

Often when we think of government, or governing, we think of rules and policies set down by elected officials to help things stay in order, or to keep people from harming or abusing one another. God has the same desire. He wants conflict, chaos, and confusion to cease. He desires for people to live at peace with one another. He wants prosperity not poverty, health not sickness, freedom not slavery, and ultimately life and not death. In reality, all our desires for good and happiness to come among our citizens originates from Him. Our desires come from His heart and are born into ours. But peace and safety cannot come from rules or proper policy making. Rules and their corresponding consequences are of little value if a person does not want to keep them. If a criminal desires to steal from a fellow citizen, and is willing to take the risk of incurring the consequences, he or she will likely do it.

It is the heart that keeps us from doing evil and provokes us to do good. Not rules. Enter the Governor of governors—Jesus.

God’s government is different from ours. We begin at the hands and hope it eventually moves into the heart. God begins with the heart and knows that it will eventually move into the hands. God governs from the inside out. This is why it says “Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end,” because there will always be more room for His government to increase in our hearts. I like to tell our people (somewhat tongue in cheek), that this is the only place where we are in favor of “big government.”

I’d like to think God agrees with that.

“Lord, we pray, increase Your government over the State of Oregon, in Jesus name, amen”.

Jim Moore is Co-Founder and Pastor with Pray Oregon as well as Director for Salem House of Prayer. He lives in Salem with his wife, Linda. You can contact Jim and Linda Moore at Salem House of Prayer, www.salemhouseofprayer.org, or email them at: [email protected]

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Follow Us – Spring Tour Schedule ~ Beginning This Weekend!

Today is the big kickoff day in Salem for Pray Oregon!  March 31 officially begins the 2017 Spring Tour, with a walk around the Capital in Salem. Join us at 3:30 today in the rotunda of the Capitol Building.  The team will continue around the state (see the schedule below) and end on Saturday, April 15th with a prayer walk in Portland. Don’t miss it!

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We value your prayer as we travel. At each event, we will gather to pray together with believers for our families, churches, communities, and those far from God. Each region stop will be a wonderful way for us to connect with one another. We want to saturate Oregon with the Good News of Jesus Christ, and we are praying that many will come to know Him in a deeper way, as we seek Him, together in prayer.

We would like to personally invite you to go with us, according to Zechariah 8:21, “and the inhabitants of one city will go to another and say, ‘Let us go at once to entreat the Lord and seek the Lord Almighty. I myself am going.’” Pray for our safe travels as we meet and pray with Oregonians across the state.

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Region 5 – Connecting Southern Oregon Through Prayer

Region 5 is a large region including Curry, Douglas, Coos, Curry, Josephine, and Jackson Counties.
Region 5 is comprised of a “network” of intercessors and leaders from all the above counties committed to bringing prayer to the forefront of everything we do in Southern Oregon.  It’s been a busy prayer season for Region 5 and God is answering prayer!

Stacey Hopkins and Ruth Wilson, prayer connectors in Curry and Coos counties, are gearing up for a powerful time of prayer beginning April 1st.  Ruth adds, “This will be a seven day,  24/7, county-wide-prayer-watch, with over 14 participating churches praying steadfastly for a renewal of God’s Holy Spirit to begin healing people and communities.”

In Douglas County, Lynn Ferder and Kathy Scriven, prayer Connectors have been equally as fervent, gathering each weekday morning in the Seek God for Your City 2017 – 40 Days of Prayer to Palm Sunday for our Families, and our Communities. Prayer groups are gathering each weekday morning and will continue through Palm Sunday at participating churches in Roseburg, Oregon. Click HERE for Roseburg Seek God for the City schedule .

In Jackson County, Betty Denny, prayer connector and leader for I-5 Diamond Prayer Network continues connecting a network of intercessors who are committed to pray for a territory called the I-5 Diamond.  She explains, “Several years ago, we were called the Jackson County Prayer Task Force.  One of our intercessors had a picture of a ‘diamond shaped’ territory in Southern Oregon beginning at Roseburg in the North, and following the I-5 freeway down to Redding, and then the territory went East to Klamath Falls, and West to Brookings.  When you look at the map it makes the shape of a diamond. In this territory there are 6 Southern Oregon counties, namely Douglas, Josephine, Jackson, Klamath, Coos, and Curry, plus 2 counties in Northern California, namely, Siskiyou and Del Norte counties.

Kim Chandler, Connector in Medford, is passionate about meeting with her team for prayer meetings and land prayer walks to gain territory for Jesus. The vision in the Southern Oregon region continues; to see Region 5 and the I-5 Diamond areas to join together in intercession to pray for awakening, and convergence of the Body of Christ – to rise up in unity to see a breakthrough outpouring of the Holy Spirit – bringing transformation to our region according to Acts 2:17.

There continues to be scheduled regional regional meetings to keep us all connected, and we would love for you to join us. Please check the calendar for a meeting near you.

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An Extraordinary Day of Prayer For Our Campuses: Collegiate Day of Prayer Report

The annual Collegiate Day of Prayer in the United States brought together dozens of intercessors across Oregon for 3 hours in the morning and 3 hours again in the evening to uphold the 50 plus colleges and their dozen plus additional campuses, as well as the 9 branches of out of state colleges in the Portland area.

We began each half hour with praise and thanks before lifting up our colleges region by region throughout the state. In the last decade many of the community colleges have doubled, tripled, or multiplied even more in enrollment. At the same time some colleges have experienced 20% decline in enrollment, as well as significant budget cuts, in the last few years.

Prayers:

  • Shaking the mountain of education to bring about the Lord’s reordering into alignment for the Kingdom
  • For the students taking classes while incarcerated, that when released they will be productive
  • Wisdom for our legislators in knowing how to help make higher education affordable in Oregon
  • Truth to be taught, research to be done well
  • Blessed the presidents and faculty members
  • Lifted up the students to not only earn their degrees, but to know the Truth
  • Thanks for every campus ministry and bringing them together in unity
  • Security and safety on our campuses
  • Thanks for students who have come to know Christ through campus ministries
  • Blessing on Bible studies and prayer groups on the college campuses
  • Prayed for incoming Presidents
  • Revival to sweep the campuses
  • Lifted up the campus where the student body president committed suicide in December
  • Which Oregon community college is the oldest one? At least three different schools seem to claim this notoriety on their website!

Through the conference call we united our prayers from cities all around the state including Seaside, Tillamook, Portland, Oregon City, Lake Oswego, Lebanon, Corvallis, Glide, Klamath Falls, Lakeview, Redmond, Baker City, and Ontario.

 

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Update on Adopt-A-Legislator in Oregon

With the 2017 sessions off and running in Salem, there was no better way to kick off to the new season in our state than with prayer!  We wish to thank all Connectors and Praying People who are praying or have reached out to pray for a legislator.  We would like to encourage you to reach out to your legislator and offer prayer support like  Sunny Lemming in Region 5, Klamath Falls, did last month.  She made contact with state Representative  E. Werner Reschke, Oregon Legislature, District 56, and was delighted to receive a prompt reply from his office.

To her offer of prayer support, his chief of staff Gin Reschke replied, “Thank you for contacting Representative Reschke and getting involved in the political process. Rep. Reschke is glad to hear from constituents in District 56 and strives to serve faithfully in public office. Thank you for bringing awareness to Pray Oregon and choosing Rep. Reschke as your Legislator for prayer. Thank you for your weekly diligence to pray for Rep. Reschke at the King of Glory House of Prayer. He stands firm for life, liberty and Christian values among a state legislature of liberals. He stands for Right to Life. Please feel free to come by our office when you visit Salem. I would be happy to greet you and schedule a meeting with Rep. Reschke. We appreciate your prayers for his public service and family.  Sincerely, Gin Reschke, Chief of Staff – State Representative E. Werner Reschke.”

Dottie Swartz, Josephine County reports, “Peter Carlson has asked us to begin nurturing a relationship with our three legislators from this area, namely Dwayne Stark, Carl Wilson, and Herman Baertschinger.  Herman is a Senator, the other two are Representatives. I have asked a couple to cultivate those relationships so we can pray for them and the needs their job may require, as God is raising up the Ecclesia in the earth.   We want to make sure that our local as well as our National leaders are covered.  We feel our number 1 mandate is to keep our Cabinet members covered in prayer – each of them and their families.  I am attempting with others on our team to stay informed as we go forward to watch (and pray) for national concerns.

It is the guideline of  Adopt A Legislator and Pray Oregon to support all those who are governing in Oregon, regardless of their political views. We are praying for all of our district and state representatives, asking the Lord to bring order, justice, mercy and His goodness to Oregon and these lawmakers.

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Put on the Armor — and then Pray!

The Lord is working and moving out here in our small community in rural Douglas County. We are so excited and challenged by this Bible study in Glide, Oregon. If you are not yet involved in an active Bible study group, we’d like to encourage you to join or host one.

Here is a great one: The Armor of God, by Priscilla Shirer http://www.goingbeyond.com/

This study can be found at http://www.lifeway.com/n/product-family/armor-of-god?intcmp=womensgroups-slider-PS-ArmorOfGod-20160608

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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 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.

JOEL 2:12-13
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.

EZRA 7:10
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.

ECCLESIASTES 7:2-4
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.

JEREMIAH 4:3
3 For thus says the LORD to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and do not sow among thorns.

HOSEA 10:12
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.

JAMES 4:8-10
8 Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded. 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.

How Do We Get There From Here?

Godly sorrow makes the heart better (Ecclesiastes 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 Acts 13:39), 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:

  1. Praying to God for forgiveness (2 Chronicles 7:14, Psalms 32:5-6 and Acts 8:22).
    (b) Confessing our sins to God and 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, Ecclesiastes 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 19:18-19).
    (f) Making restitution where possible (Exodus 22:1-7; Ezekiel 33:14-16; Luke 19:8).
    (g) Continual renewing of our heart and mind with God’s word (Joshua 1:8; Psalms 1:2; 119:11; Romans 12:2; Ephesians 4:23; 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; 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.

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Adopt A Legislator Testimonial from Jan Nelson

Here is what Connector Jan Nelson from Ontario had to say about Adopt A Legislator, “When Pray Oregon asked our region to consider adopting an Oregon legislator, I knew the Ontario intercessors would be happy to pray for Representative Cliff Bentz.

Residing and practicing law in Ontario has provided opportunity for several of us to have personal interaction with him.  Although we were not able to pray with him in person before he returned to Salem, Rep. Bentz did send us a list of issues to lift in prayer as the January session convenes. His first and most urgent request was for an expeditious hiring of employees for his Salem office to replace several that had given notice in December. He reported back that he was able to fill all positions much more quickly and smoothly than he had anticipated! We plan to contact him monthly.”

 

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Region 7 Launches Newest House of Prayer

Sunny Lemming and Pamela Koefoed :

Sunny is excited about what the Lord is doing in Klamath Falls, announcing the King of Glory House of Prayer’s maiden voyage into night and day prayer for Region 7 in November.  “We plan to add days and hours as the body of Messiah in Klamath County catches the vision and joins forces with us.  Our region 7 comprises both Klamath and Lake counties with  Klamath Falls covering 6,136 sq. mi. with a population of 66,016 people and is the 4th largest county in Oregon.”  Pamela Koefoed, prayer leader in Lakeview adds, “An active prayer group with 8-12 people began weekly prayer meetings approximately 8 years ago. These prayer meetings are offered through a non-denominational Spirit-filled church, Lakeview Ministries and are open to all believers, regardless of church affiliation. Lakeview Ministries is an apostolic congregation with many members serving the Lord in various capacities by serving the local community, the region and internationally, as well.”

Our region 7 comprises both Klamath and Lake counties with  Klamath Falls covering 6,136 sq. mi. with a population of 66,016 people and is the 4th largest county in Oregon.  Our region 7 comprises both Klamath and Lake counties with  Klamath Falls covering 6,136 sq. mi. with a population of 66,016 people and is the 4th largest county in Oregon.

There are 60 churches in Klamath Falls and surrounding communities.  Last month a House of Prayer was launched and 2017 will are praying for the implementation of the 1 Church 1 Day Prayer Initiative .  God is moving in our area and has been incredibly faithful to us in the past 12 years  to be involved in the transformation of the Basin.

Kingsley Field AFB is also located here, specializing in training Oregon National Guard pilots who protect the west coast of Oregon.  Recently we were linked with Curry County to provide a refuge for their residents in the event of a disaster.

Eastern Oregon is rich with history, and Klamath’s  first inhabitants were the Klamath & Modoc tribes who fished and hunted the abundant rivers, lakes and mountains.   Oregon’s only national park, Crater Lake is located here and outdoor pursuits remain most popular with residents and tourists.  Some of the largest concentration of waterfowl in North America migrate through Klamath County and birdwatchers abound with 6 wildlife refuges within its borders.  The Cascade Mountains lie to the west of Klamath Falls which has an elevation of 4100 ft.  There are 5 incorporated cities in the county:  Merrill, Bonanza, Malin, Chiloquin and Klamath Falls in which we have relationships with pastors and intercessors.  We are blessed with a 4 year university and a junior college.

Lake is the 3rd largest county in Oregon with 8,358 sq. mi. and a population of 7,829 people.  Numerous lakes and archaeological sites are located in the Oregon Outback.  Lakeview and Paisley are the incorporated cities.  A minimum security prison is located in Lakeview and Paisley was once the range of Basque & Irish shepherds.  Cattle ranching prevailed however.  Elevation ranges from 4130-8446 ft.  Over 78% of land is owned by Federal and State governments. with BLM owning 49%. There is a solid group of intercessors in Lakeview who are changing the atmosphere over their area.  An annual church conference, Glorious Rising, convenes each October.  Interestingly, each county, was founded in October (Lake – 1874) and (Klamath – 1882).

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