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Featured Prayer Leader: Betty Denney

Betty Denney, Founder and Director of the I-5 Diamond Prayer Network heads the prayer ministry as a “satellite” of the Jackson County Prayer Task Force, which was established about 1990 in Medford, Oregon.

In 2012 we felt the Lord was impressing us to “enlarge our territory”, says Betty, “and one of our intercessors saw a picture of a diamond-shaped area on the I-5.  After prayer we located the diamond shaped area as 6 counties in Southern Oregon and two counties in Northern California.

We began with a prayer gathering on the Oregon-California border, where the Oregon intercessors met the California intercessors and prayed together over our States, repented of our independence and arrogance and agreed to join together and form the I-5 Diamond Prayer Network.”

The Oregon counties covered in the I-5 Diamond Network are: Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Coos, Curry and Douglas counties.  The Northern California counties include Siskiyou and Shasta counties.  Some of our prayer team  representatives are:  Betty Denney, Kim Chandler, Jackson County; Pastor Carla Reyes, Josephine County;  Kathy Cooper & Renee Felsheim Coos County; Sunny Lemming, Klamath County;  Ruth Wilson & Stacey Hopkins, Curry County; Lanny & Linda Harris, Douglas County;  Pastor Toni Hartman, Siskiyou County; and Mike & Linda Ost South Siskiyou/Shasta Counties.  Betty has been active with Pray Oregon, and most recently coordinated a prayer meeting on September 24th at the Regional Prayer Gathering in Roseburg at The Dwelling Place. It was a time for 12 counties in Oregon to come together for a significant time of worship, praise and prayer.  If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to join in one of these prayer gatherings, please join us.

We are truly thankful for the unity and love that was expressed to one another, it was truly a Psalm 133 expression where the Lord commanded His blessing upon us all. http://www.i5diamond.org/

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What Happened on the 2016 Pray Oregon Tour

Peter Carlson – Corvallis, OR  The vision for Pray Oregon is “To see Oregon united in Jesus through day and night prayer.”

Our mission is to IDENTIFY Praying groups and what God is doing through them, PROMOTE what God is doing through them to the body of Christ, and ENCOURAGE one another through ongoing connection and support.

One way we carry out our mission is to visit praying groups and those who are helping network the state together in prayer. Several times per year we take a week or more to go to various sections of the state. This fall our tour was to all 36 Oregon counties, praying at the Courthouses and strategic sites, connecting with local praying people, and discovering what God is doing in our state. What an incredible 4 weeks of connections and Holy Spirit working this has been.

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During a couple of days of listening prayer in July the Lord gave us Zech. 8:20-21, which we have adopted as our theme verses:

“Thus says the Lord of hosts: Peoples shall yet come, even the inhabitants of many cities. The inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, ‘Let us go at once to entreat the favor of the Lord and to seek the Lord of hosts; I myself am going.’

There were 6 of us who traveled for a week or more to multiple counties, and at least 20 people who joined the tour for a day at a time traveling to other cities to unite in prayer for that city/county.

This is the first time that we have included all the Courthouses in one tour since April 2013 when Donald and Annabel first drove the whole state to get familiar with Oregon. In addition to praying at the Courthouses, we focused on connecting with the 9 federally recognized First Nations tribes in Oregon, as well as the Pray Oregon connectors who help network praying groups in their county.

Prior to this tour we had good connections with 3 Native tribes and a potential connection with a 4th tribe. Referrals are the best way to make new connections, but lacking those relationships, we took the step of contacting several of the tribe’s administrative offices and simply telling them that we would like to ask permission to pray in the land and bring blessing from Pray Oregon to the tribe. We took a gift to 4 tribes on our tour as we followed up on these requests. We either established a connection or made a specific plan of action for following up with leaders of each of the tribes that we are still getting to know. We were also able to visit with leaders from the other tribes who we already have good connections with. We believe that it is essential to collaborate for the healing of the land, so please pray for these relationships with all 9 First Nations tribes.

A key objective in this tour was to find additional people to complete the network of connectors for all the counties. People from half of the counties in the state had previously committed to serve in this role. We have now identified individuals or have good leads to follow up in another quarter of the counties, so we feel that this was great progress. Interestingly, Marion County where we have our headquarters is one county where we don’t yet have a connector. Please pray for the full network of connectors across the state to be established.

There was a noticeable improvement in many communities of unity and blessing. One measurable example of this is that Josephine and Jackson counties are now collaborating, rather than competing, in economic development. Kingdom presence and impact is evident in such things as the deployment of the Oregon Tabernacle Tent in Salem in June and Medford in September, as well as other united prayer gatherings such as in Redmond in July and 50 Days of Prayer in Tillamook County taking place again now. Two counties have prayer walked every street in their incorporated cities multiple times. More communities desire to establish the One Church One Day continuous prayer like Eugene/Springfield. It is hard to choose just a few examples when we heard God stories nearly every day from the Portland metro area to the rural areas.

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Of course, people are praying into the elections and asking the Lord for good officials in our state and nation. We were able to meet with a State Representative and a Circuit Judge. We had a County commissioner, a Mayor, and a candidate for State Representative join us at their respective courthouses to pray for their communities. We shared about an initiative to “Adopt a Legislator” as we met with people and encouraged them to find out about their State Representative and State Senator and uphold them in regular prayer. Please pray for the role out of this initiative and greater practice of 1 Tim. 2:1-2 across our state as we pray for those in authority.

We are so thankful to the Lord for His favor, protection, strength, and blessing as we covered 5000 miles, shared in about 140 meetings, and lifted up the name of Jesus. The hospitality of local people who provided lodging, meals, and support was wonderful. The prayers of hundreds of like-minded brothers and sisters, even dozens from other states, were critical for what was accomplished. What a privilege and joy to engage with each of you who were involved!

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A Prophetic Picture of the Oregon State Seal

A Prophetic Picture of the Oregon State Seal

If you haven’t yet read A PROPHETIC PICTURE OF THE OREGON STATE SEAL, by Jim Moore, and you are a praying person, you will love this!  A number of years ago Pastor Jim was given a vision of the symbols on the Oregon State seal and their prophetic meanings. This document contains an explanation of those symbols.  It is lengthy, but overflowing with rich and comprehensive spiritual symbolism for the state of Oregon.

A BRIEF TESTIMONY

I had visited the State Capitol building often since my youth. Dozens of times I had stood inside the building at the base of the rotunda, staring down and the massive golden State Seal imbedded in the floor. I had often looked at the pictures and wondered what it must have been like to be a Pioneer traveling such a long distance to settle in a new State. Now I was grown and once again I found myself doing the same thing. Standing, staring, wondering.

As I stood gazing, I began to feel the Presence of the Lord standing next to me. Suddenly all the images of the Seal began to take on a new view. I saw them differently than I ever had before. Within just a few moments, I had what I jokingly call, “the matrix download.” In an instant I saw a prophetic meaning for each symbol, where a few moments before I had seen nothing. Needless to say, The Lord had my attention and I wrote the meanings of each of the twelve symbols down.

OREGON HAS A POSITIVE FUTURE

Oregon has a “State Seal” that contains 12 prophetic symbols on it, which serve as a testimony of the future promises of God for the State. A seal is meant to act as a finishing or “sealing up” of something important. The Seal of Oregon is a prophetic “sealing” of a vision of what God desires our State to become through submission to His ongoing Leadership. God Himself has a seal:

“Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal: ‘The Lord knows those who are His,’ and, ‘Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.’” (2 Timothy 2:19)

Oregon’s Seal is a picture of our future. Seeing what it declares is valuable for agreeing with God’s plan for the future. Before we examine the symbol’s lets look at another promised future given to a people of God. The Nation of Israel.

SEEING WHAT GOD SEE’S

Have you ever asked God to show you the future? Israel was currently in a bad way. It would have been easy for them to believe their future was going to be a bad one too. But God had other plans…better plans for them. So He invited Israel to ask Him what those plans were so He could reveal them:

“Moreover the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah a second time, while he was still shut up in the court of the prison, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD who made it, the LORD who formed it to establish it (the LORD is His name): Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know. For thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning the houses of this city and the houses of the kings of Judah, which have been pulled down to fortify against the siege mounds and the sword: They come to fight with the Chaldeans, but only to fill their places with the dead bodies of men whom I will slay in My anger and My fury, all for whose wickedness I have hidden My face from this city. Behold, I will bring it health and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth.’” (Jeremiah 33:1-6)

After Israel’s captivity in Babylon, God promised that He would restore them. God is a God of restoration. One day He will restore the entire world to His original intent as reflected in the Garden of Eden. God has a plan to restore all things. His redemptive plan is in action at this very moment. Restoration begins with human beings and then moves to systems like government, economics, religion, etc. When you are in crisis, it’s easy to believe that this is the end. Your future may at times look bleak, as it did for Israel, but God looks ahead and sees a different future.

How important is it that you see what God sees? It is vital! If we do not see His future for us, how can we intentionally co-operate with Him for that future? And if we are not co-operating with His plan, then we may end up unintentionally resisting that future. We move towards what we see.

JEREMIAH SEES THE FUTURE

This word actually came to Jeremiah even before Israel had been taken into captivity. God was telling them about His good plan ahead of their crisis! Think of the compassion of God in this. Even though they were under God’s correction…He knew that the people would be discouraged beyond measure when they faced a trial beyond measure. Just contemplate what it would be like for real people like you and I to one day have uniformed soldiers come to our front door and ask us to go with them. Only to find that you were being forcible relocated without your consent, and that it would last for 70 yrs, the rest of your life. Devastating.

So God pre-determined to help their inevitable discouragement by sowing hope into them. The hope of a future. His future. A better future than they could ever imagine. What would it be like if you could see your future? What if God gave you a glimpse of what was ahead of you, so you could prepare for it and not be discouraged when the difficult times came? God said He would do that, and directly connected it to our willing intercession. He conditioned it by saying: “Call unto Me.”

God has actually done the same thing for us. He has a plan for us individually, and corporately as a State people, that looks better than anything we can imagine. That future can be pieced together from the writings and testimonies of the people who first came here. Rev Jason Lee was the first Christian missionary to come to the Willamette Valley to stay. He was sent by God with a dream. Many others followed, many who were Pastors or Ministers of the Gospel.

Oregon has a rich prophetic history that can be traced back to its beginning. There is too much information to cover in one setting, so I am limiting this message to the things I was shown concerning the Oregon State Seal. Among Oregon’s many assignments, one of the first and most important is Intercession. Jesus is “The Great Intercessor” who’s continual intercession we join whenever we pray. The 33 stars that surround the State Seal remind us of Jeremiah 33:3, that declares if we call to Him, He will show us things we don’t yet know, but that He obviously wants to show us.

In this instance we are asking for vision concerning Oregon’s future. Just like Jeremiah  was doing for Israel. We typically take Jeremiah 33:3 as a personal promise which is perfectly applicable, but the original promise was given in a corporate context to the community of Israel. Every people group has a future. God says if we will ask Him, He will show us what that future is.

THE ALL SUFFICIENT ONE

The word translated “LORD” in the Old Testament is Jehovah. The Holy Spirit inspired Jeremiah to write this use of God’s name 712 times just in this one book. That deserves mention. Whenever God repeats Himself, it is for our sake, so that we won’t miss something important He is trying to say. In this case, it is His all sufficient power to bring about His desired future. The Name that God gave Himself means this:

Strongs # H3068: יהוה yeho^va^h yeh-ho-vaw’ From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God: – Jehovah, the Lord. Compare H3050, H3069.

He is the Self Existent One. The Uncreated One. The All Sufficient One. This means God needs no one or no thing to help Him exist or do anything He desires to do. If He seeks human partnership at all (which He does), it is because He desires it and not because He needs anyone’s help. Perhaps that is fitting concerning the promises given to Jeremiah concerning Israel, and the impossibility in the natural that they could ever come to pass.

Only the “All Sufficient One” could make them happen. Only God. Think of Jeremiah’s task. He was to proclaim the inevitable destruction of his own country and many of its people. That was a job description that almost no one today would be willing to accept or even believe was from God. But the national tragedy that was about to unfold was only a part of God’s message for His Beloved people. For Jeremiah’s message was not his own, but God’s.

The rest of God’s message was this: “You have a future…a brighter future than you could ever imagine. Ask Me about it, and I will tell you what it is.” God delights in telling us “the rest of the story” if we will only persist in asking and stop complaining. Then when He does speak, we have a responsibility to act by faith on what we have been shown. The same applies to Oregon or any other State. If we ask, He will declare both His will and show us His power to bring it to pass. No matter how difficult things may be, God has the power to bring things back to His original intent. Oregon has an original design in the mind of God. Only partnership with Him can bring it about. And He does not need the compliance of every human being in a region to change things, just the “co-operation” of His people through the agreement of repentance, intercession, and the righteous acts of the Saints. Now let’s look at the Seal.

THE OREGON STATE SEAL – OREGONS PROPHETIC PICTURES

Like all states or territories, the State of Oregon has a destiny given to it by God, and a role to play in advancing the Kingdom of God on earth. Our Pioneer forefathers had limited vision about the future of our State, and what they believed it was to become. No doubt they saw in part just as we do. No one has the full picture that God has in mind, but the vision unfolds as time goes on and we continue to seek the Lord. It is helpful for us to look for clues as to what that vision is, by examining the recorded history left to us in the form of; historic books, diaries, written songs, and picture symbols, that our State founders used to declare their ideas and beliefs.

These founding Fathers and Mothers, some who gave their life for the pioneering vision of God, have now become a part of the “Great Cloud of Witnesses” that have passed on the torch of their assignment and vision to us. Some of the vision they saw for the State of Oregon has no doubt come to pass. But like the Pioneers of the Bible, many did not live to see the fulfillment of their dreams, but would have to watch them unfold from their vantage point in heaven:

Heb 11:13 “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.”

The Oregon Seal is just one of those recorded testimonies. The State Seal is the symbol for our States vision and has wonderful prophetic imagery in it. Even though our founders probably did not see these symbols as prophetic, we understand that God often puts in the hearts of men and women, ideas that reflect His own. Each natural symbol carries a spiritual idea that when pieced together, paints a wonderful prophetic picture of the destiny of our State. As it is often in scripture, the natural reflects the spiritual. This golden Seal is permanently embedded in the floor of the Capitol Rotunda in Salem Oregon, and stands as a witness to the spiritual heritage and promises given by the Lord who created Oregon.
12 SYMBOLS WITHIN THE SEAL

1. A Phrase: “The State of Oregon”
2. An Eagle With Olive Branch and Arrows
3. A Heart Shaped Shield
4. A String of 33 Stars
5. A British Man of War Sailing Away
6. A Commercial Sailing Vessel Approaching
7. A Setting Sun Over The Pacific
8. A Bugling Elk at The Base of a Mountain
9. A Forest of Pine Trees
10. A Prairie Schooner
11. A Banner Called “THE UNION”
12. A Plow, a Pick Axe, and a Sheaf of Wheat

*Note: It is important to remember that symbols and what they may represent, differ according to personal opinion. Some symbols are fairly predictable, such as a lamb representing the Lamb of God, or a dove representing the Holy Spirit. Others however are not so clear and need to be approached with a spirit of humility rather than becoming too dogmatic or insistent.

PROPHETIC INTERPRETATION OF 12 SYMBOLS

1. A Phrase: “The State of Oregon”…The Condition of The State
2. An Eagle With Olive Branch and Arrows…. Prophetic Ministry / Peace as a Weapon
3. A Heart Shaped Shield…..Intimacy and Faith
4. A String of 33 Stars…The Shared Ministry of Intercession
5. A British Man of War Sailing Away…The Ending of Domination
6. A Commercial Sailing Vessel Approaching…Freedom and Prosperity
7. A Setting Sun Over The Pacific…The Dawning of The Reign of Jesus
8. A Bugling Elk and A Mountain…Stewarding God’s Natural Resources
9. A Forest of Pine Trees…Evergreen is Eternal Life
10. A Prairie Schooner…….Embracing The Pioneering Spirit
11. A Banner called “THE UNION”..The Unity of The Church
12. A Plow, a Pick Axe, and a Sheaf of Wheat….The Coming Harvest

1. A Phrase: “The State of Oregon” The Condition of The State

A. There is a play on words here. The “state” of something also means the  condition of a thing. The state of the State of Oregon depends upon its prophetic destiny being in proper alignment. The state of the State of Oregon depends upon how closely we walk in agreement with God. If we love God and walk near to Him, fulfilling the mandates He has given to us, the State of Oregon will prosper. God’s plan since 1859 (and before) has been for us to prosper. His plans are  greater than we can even imagine. The condition of our State depends upon the  church. We have been given divinely powerful weapons to pull down strongholds, and we have a God who will never give up until the world is saved. So we too must not give up until we see the state of Oregon changed for His glory. This  change of condition is the reward of Jesus’ suffering. Oregon has a prophetic destiny to lead others into changing the “state” or condition of our State.

2. An Eagle With Olive Branch and Arrows / The Prophetic Ministry

A. The Eagle has become a symbol of Prophetic Ministry. The Eagle has keen  vision and can see things afar off, which correlates to what the prophetic ministry does. It sees beyond the natural into the spiritual realm. It attempts to see what God sees. Space does not allow a full description of what it means to be a  prophetic people, but suffice it to say that all God’s people who are filled with the Spirit are prophetic in one way or another. The prophetic ministry is actually the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Not all are called to be Prophets, but all are called to be prophetic. Oregon has a prophetic destiny to lead others into being a prophetic people.

B. The Eagle Clutches an Olive Branch And Arrows / Peace of God a Weapon

The olive branch is a universal symbol of peace. Arrows likewise represent  strength of arms. Combined they mean “peace through strength.” In the case of  the kingdom of God, the approach is somewhat different. Peace does not come  about through military strength, but spiritual victory that comes through peace. The peace of God is actually a weapon: “And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen”  Romans 16:20). Because these items are being held by the eagle, it also speaks to the prophetic ministry to remember, that its primary function is to bring the prevailing peace of Jesus through edifying, exhorting, and comforting (1 Corinthians 14:3). Oregon has a prophetic destiny to lead others into using peace as a weapon.

3. A Heart Shaped Shield / Intimacy and Faith

A. The heart again speaks of love. We put hearts on valentines and messages and so on to be a symbol of love. The heart also speaks of what is on the inside of us, rather  than what can be seen externally. God is supremely concerned about the “heart of the matter.” We can do right things with a wrong heart and visa versa.  God desires that we do right things for right reasons, or with a right heart. We are commanded to love the Lord with all the heart, mind, and strength. God wants all of His creation to have a pure heart, which is a heart of love. The First Command.

B. The shield speaks of faith: “above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one” (Ephesians 6:16). It will take faith to accomplish the collective assignment that the Lord has given to the State of Oregon. Nothing of lasting eternal value can be accomplished apart from faith. Not even something as basic as pleasing the Lord: “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). All the following prophetic symbols contained inside the shield, are dependent upon faith to be accomplished. If we believe, all things are possible through Jesus  Christ. We must not only believe that He can do them, but that He will do them if  we continue to seek Him. This is faith that leads to intercession with Jesus.  Oregon has a prophetic destiny to lead others into heart felt faith.”

4. A String of 33 Stars / The Shared Ministry of Intercession

A. Jeremiah 33:3 gives us a promise that if we will call to God He will reveal to  us His plan for the future. On the shield, everything is surrounded by intercession. Nothing of eternal value can be accomplished without prayer. Everything must be  bathed in ongoing worship and intercession. Jesus is the “Great Intercessor” and He calls His dwelling a “House of Prayer:” “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make  intercession for them.”(Matthew 21:13). “And He said to them, It is written, ‘MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER,’ but you have made it a ‘DEN OF THIEVES.’” (Hebrews 7:25 emphasis added). The greatest global  outpouring of Holy Spirit will be preceded by the greatest global prayer meeting  the world has ever seen. God is currently recruiting prayer warriors to join this global Air Force of intercessors. Prayer is rising to a level never known before and it will only continue increasing until the end. Oregon has a prophetic destiny to lead others to share in the ministry of Intercession with Jesus.

5. A British Man of War, Sailing Away / The Ending of Dominion

A. At one point in American history, the colonies were under the tyrannical dominion of Great Brittan. Wars were fought and lives were lost, but freedom was  won. Freedom is God’s idea. Freedom from sin and oppression. Freedom from  sickness and bondage. Freedom to choose right from wrong. Freedom to Love God and people. Jesus paid the ultimate price on the cross so that all could be free. The ship is a Man of War, which is leaving the country that it once dominated. This is symbolic of something even greater than natural freedom. Freedom form the rule of satan and his dark dominion: “For sin shall not have  dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace”(Romans 6:14).  “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed” (John 8:36). “Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil…” (1 John 3:8). God’s unstoppable  plan for the future is that every nation, tribe, and tongue will worship Him in the  freedom of His holiness. As the gospel message is proclaimed, people believe in His love and the chains of their darkness are broken. True freedom comes as  people see the Lord Jesus for who He is, and choose love Him. Oregon has a prophetic destiny to lead others into freedom from the enemies dominion.

6. A Commercial Vessel, Approaching / Coming Freedom and Prosperity

A. It is for freedom Christ has set us free. Many are in bondage to all kinds of sin and evil. Jesus died to set us free from anything that is contrary to God’s nature. We are messengers of that freedom. The ship of commerce coming into harbor represents the opposite of the war ship of domination that is leaving. It means freedom to live life the way God intended. This includes His blessing in our  commercial/financial activities. Freedom within results in blessing touching every area of life, including our work and businesses once kingdom principles touch them. We are called to bring the freedom and the kingdom into every area of life,  which includes the workplace. Oregon has a prophetic destiny to lead others into  freedom and prosperity in commerce.

7. A Setting Sun Over The Pacific / The Dawning of The Reign of Jesus

A. This speaks of the dawning of a new day. The ending of one season and the beginning of another. As this was true for the early pioneers, it continues to be true today. We are called to go “from glory to glory” until we see His face. He will return one day as He has promised and He will usher in the ultimate “New Age” that centers around His being seated on a throne in Jerusalem. And all the  nations will flow unto Him:

“Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the  LORD’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. Many people shall come and say, ‘Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.’ For out of Zion shall go forth the Law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war  anymore” (Isaiah 2:2-4 emphasis added).

B. One day the kingdom will belong to Him who sits on the throne. We have a  calling to tell men and women the good news. Get ready, He is coming. Oregon has a prophetic destiny to help others prepare for His earthly Reign and Rule.

8. A Bugling Elk and A Mountain / Stewarding God’s Natural Resources

A. Earth is out of harmony with God because of man’s sin. God has made all of  His creation, land, animals, and humans, to honor Him and to give Him praise. Originally in the garden man and beast dwelt together in harmony and love. One day it will return to that blessed state again. We are told that even the wolf will  lay down with the lamb (Isaiah 11:6, 65:25) and children will play along side of them. The earth is the Lord’s. God cares about His creation more that we realize. He wants us to be in harmony with how He sees his world. Its all belongs to Him, and we are stewards of the land He has placed us in. Oregon has rich resources  and we have an assignment to honor the Lord in the natural land. This too is for  His glory. Oregon has a prophetic destiny to lead others into honoring the Lord though proper stewardship of His land.

9. A Forest of Pine Trees / Evergreen is Eternal Life

A. The evergreen tree has long been a symbol of eternal life. Eternal life…whether it exists and if so how to obtain it, is the great question of every human heart. The Scriptures declare that God has “placed eternity” in the heart of every human  being (Ecclesiastes 3:11). As the gospel is preached, the light of the Son of  righteousness rises in the hearts of people, and the dawning of a new day comes. Eternal life springs up in the heart as Jesus comes to live there and make His  abode within us. He is; “The Life” (John 14:6), and “In Him only dwells  immortality” (1 Timothy 6:16). We have a job to do. To share the great gift of  Jesus the giver of eternal life to every living being who dwells in our State.  Oregon has a prophetic destiny to lead others into Eternal Life.

10. A Prairie Schooner / Embracing The Pioneering Spirit

A. On top of the Capitol building there stands a golden Pioneer. It is symbolic of  the spirit that brought our Fathers and Mothers to this land. Many of these people were not independent from God but rather greatly dependent upon God.  Some even came because they heard the “Macedonian Cry of The West” to come and evangelize the Native American people. Some succeeded, others failed. But they felt called by God to go where no one had gone before. A pioneer goes to  uncharted places, clears out obstacles, and then builds something new. This is true of spiritual things as well. That same pioneering spirit of total dependency upon  God still compels some to go deeper into the things of God and the supernatural  ways of heaven. We press the boundaries of healing and miracles, dreams and  visions, worship and intercession, and signs and wonders, all for the sake of knowing God and winning the lost. The people of God in Oregon are called to mature in the ways of the Lord until we are doing the “greater works than these” (John 5:20) that Jesus spoke about. Oregon has a prophetic destiny to lead others  into pioneering deeper things in the spirit.

11. A Banner called “THE UNION” / The Unity of The Church

A. Oregon has a destiny to help bring unity to the Body of Christ. Unity brings the  anointing and a commanded blessing from God: “Behold, how good and how  pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil  upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down  on the edge of his garments” (Psalm 133:1-2). Of all the things Jesus could have  prayed for in the end, He chose to pray for unity among believers. It is inevitable  that His prayers will be answered. This is because global evangelism is directly connected to unity: “That they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent  Me” (John 17:21). God has a plan for believers to unify around Jesus. We have an assignment to take part in that plan. Oregon has a prophetic destiny to lead believers into biblical unity.

12. A Plow, a Pick Axe, and a Sheaf of Wheat / The Coming Harvest

A. These are symbols of the harvest. The harvest is the ultimate thing on the mind of God at the end of the age. Jesus said He would leave the ninety nine to search for the lost: “For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost. What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he  not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying?” (Matthew 18:11-12). These symbols of the harvest are at the lower tip  of the shield. It is as if everything when in its proper order funnels down to this one thing. The harvest. When everything is in its place; Love, The Prophetic, Peace, Liberty, The Pioneer Spirit, and finally Unity, then comes the Harvest. Everything is leading to Oregon’s part in the great harvest at the end of the age. God has seen this event from the beginning and plotted out our destiny to partner with Him in its fulfillment. The Great Commission will be fulfilled and Oregon has a vital part to play in it. Oregon has a prophetic destiny to lead others into the Great Harvest.

ADDITIONAL PROPHETIC OBSERVATIONS

1. Oregon became a State on Valentines day, Feb 14th  / Love The 1st Commandment

A. Love is the greatest thing. Jesus said Love was the first (beginning originating) and the greatest (ending, conclusive) of all the commandments. We are told that  all the commandments, the Law, and the Prophets, “hang” on these two things:  Love God. Love people. It is neither coincidence nor accident that God allowed Oregon to have its first birthday on the very day we celebrate the greatness of  Love. Oregon has a prophetic destiny to lead others into Love.

B. Oregon had its first birthday on Feb 14th 1859, which is Valentines Day. This  is a prophetic sign and wonder that signifies Oregon’s destiny to be a State known for Love. Since Jesus is the personification of Love, it is about Oregon embracing Jesus, the One who is Love. Oregon is the Love State. Oregon has other prophetic callings as well, but Love motivates these others callings, and Love is the end product if they are done rightly. Love is the beginning and the end of every  commandment of God (1 Timothy 1:5, Matthew 22:37-40).

2.  Oregon was the 33rd State admitted to the Union / Jeremiah 33:3 Intercession

Jeremiah 33 has been, and has become, a point of reference for many in today’s globalprayer movement. It speaks about a God who wants to show His people  great and mighty things if they will only accept the invitation to “cry out” to Him.  Many are saying yes to that today. The book of Joel chapter 2 and the book of  Acts chapter 2 both tell of an outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the latter days that will rival anything the world has ever seen. An unprecedented global move of the Spirit will be preceded by an unprecedented global move of prayer. 24/7 prayer is becoming a reality in cities around the earth. Many are taking Luke 18:7 seriously by joining Jesus the “Great Intercessor” and crying out to God “Day and Night” in absolute faith that He will do something that He has never done before. Oregon has a prophetic destiny to lead others into Intercession.

3. The State Seal is gold on a blue background / Deity and Revelation

A. The colors of the State seal are Gold and Blue. Gold speaks of the deity of Christ and was one of the gifts given to Jesus at His birth. Gold is often seen as representing deity because of its purity and preciousness. Blue is the predominant color of the planet because it takes up all the sky. It is the color of the heavens above us, and represents the revelation of heaven coming down to earth. Oregon has a prophetic destiny to lead others into the Deity and Revelation of Jesus.

Your Place On The Seal

Oregon has an advancing yet unfulfilled destiny given by God Himself. I encourage you to find your place in it. If God has planted you in this State it is because this State cannot do without you. You have something to offer it that no one else has. It starts with your love for God, for people, then for the land itself. Hesitate no longer. Press into prayer until you discover what your assignment for the State is. Make yourself accountable to someone who will pray with you until you find your place on this great Seal. Jesus loves you, and He chose you to live in this place and season for a reason. He is committed to you finding out what that place is.

“And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.”  (Revelation 14:15)

Jim Moore
Director, Salem House of Prayer
PO Box 13502
Salem OR 97302
503.589.9176
www.salemhouseofprayer.org
[email protected]

2016 Pray Oregon Begins 4 Week Tour!

We are excited to announce the upcoming Pray Oregon Statewide Tour September 20th through October 14th, covering 37-counties (including Clark County WA) across our state.  Pray Oregon is comprised of people just like you who love Jesus and are praying for our state.  God is moving powerfully through simple prayer, as He gives increase weekly.  A team goes around the state every few months to connect and pray with the groups in 9 different regions. We are hopeful to establish connections in every county in Oregon. To see a detailed schedule of the tour and plan when you can participate.

The tours are a key means to carry out our mission to identify, promote and encourage the praying groups and bring information from one side of the state to the other. We have been doing this now for 3 years. It is a huge blessing to get to know the folks who are praying in Oregon and what they are sensing God is doing in their area. Part of the follow up has been a monthly conference call for each region. This keeps us connected, current and praying in agreement.

Pray Oregon is gaining momentum as we travel across the state connecting with praying groups of all kinds. The tour team includes Donald and Annabel Foery from Washington D.C., who have been great partners in developing Pray Oregon.  Others traveling are from Salem, Albany, and Roseburg Houses of Prayer. Also, we expect a couple of first time participants on this tour to join in parts of the journey for a day, a week, or more..

It’s about building relationships, connecting, and supporting each other in prayer as we cover the state. Building relationships takes time and personal visits. That’s why we travel. We want to build relationships among praying believers statewide. Some of the very remote praying groups, such as in Ontario, were blessed to tears to know that Pray Oregon is praying for them and with them!  The UCC shooting in Roseburg on October 1, 2015 is one good example of having connections which demonstrate the depth of these relationships, as many people rallied to support the Roseburg House of Prayer across the state when tragedy struck.  There were people around the state modeling support and prayer for Roseburg. That is our mission, to create a network of prayer that will function seamlessly, as the needs arise – praying for one another across the state of Oregon.

Please click here see the event page for more details on the tour schedule.

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Every Child Launches…

A new initiative that calls churches to work together to care for vulnerable children in our community has started! We have been praying since December that Christ-followers would care for children at-risk.

The Every Child Initiative mission is to recruit and train community members to love, care for, and support vulnerable children and their families within DHS and before they enter DHS foster care. Every Child is an initiative, modeled after, and in partnership with Embrace Oregon in Portland. Though it reaches well beyond One Hope, we are serving as a backbone organization for this collaborative effort.

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Redmond, A City Praying in Unity

On July 29-30 several prayer teams gathered with 18 churches to conclude 30-days of continual prayer in Redmond Oregon. Cliff Baker, along with Jeff Reynolds and Daniel Burgious worked together as a perfect unit, tirelessly co-laboring and organizing this event.  We were honored and blessed by the worship teams that ministered throughout the event, especially those who traveled a distance. The Corvallis Heart of the Valley worship team deeply blessed us in their prayer over the city and worship to the LORD.  As teams worked in excellence and unity to set up the Tent of David in the heart of Centennial Park, there was a recognition of the LORD’s presence and acknowledgement of Him moving in their city, to God be the glory!

Kathy White, Redmond House of Prayer reports that “those who manned a prayer ministry tent, witnessed a time of people coming from the water playground to ask for prayer. Emily Bridges from Epic Center Healing ministry also helped lead people in repentance prayers and to Jesus.”  Jim Donohue, leader of Central Oregon Prayer Team, says that Friday’s 24 hour event, “Was the best prayer tent/worship/unity among 18 plus churches, as many hands made this work!”  Lynn Ferder, Roseburg House of Prayer, reported that her team was profoundly affected by the unity of this event saying, “It  was an honor for us to be invited to participate with the people of Redmond in this prayer and worship event. We we able to share their burden, joy and friendship. Our hearts were knit together in a deeper way and we will treasure this time forever.”

The final night, 6pm-Fri to 6pm-Sat, the prayer team at the ministry tent led 3 people in salvation, two in deliverance and two in healing. One family enjoying the park heard the worship on Saturday and was drawn to listen for about a hour. After the worship team was done they went down and led the family to the Lord. PTL!  One homeless lady was sleeping behind some bushes, which nobody knew about, only 100ft away.  She listen all night to the quieter worship during the night, especially when Lynn and her team from Roseburg were worshiping with the harp. Saturday morning she came in to pray for a job, and most importantly, to rededicate her life to the Lord. Thank you to everyone who prayed and participated in this event. The prayer teams witnessed the fruit of prayer in organizing this event; with no personal conflicts at all, no warfare, more unity, joy and His Holy Presence filled the park where hundreds of family members came to the water park that day to hear the worship, prayers and gospel preached.

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On Our Faces

by Jim Moore

It was cramped and warm in the tiny room where we were having our weekly staff meeting. Things seemed fairly normal until we started talking about revival, then suddenly – it was as if the Lord just walked into the room. One of our staff members began to share about a vision he recently had while in the Prayer Room leading a worship / prayer set. “I saw the prayer room at Salem House of Prayer packed with Pastors and Leaders on their knees and faces, crying out to God for revival and saying: “Jesus, Son of David, don’t pass us by!”  What this staff person did not know was that there was such a meeting of Pastors scheduled to happen in just a few weeks! Pastors and Leaders from all over Oregon were scheduled to meet at SHOP during the 10 days of day and night worship & prayer at the State Capitol.

As the Lord would have it, right in the middle of the David’s Tent Oregon event, Evangelist Franklin Graham was also scheduled to be at the Capitol, calling Oregonians to prayer. A meeting of Pastors was scheduled immediately following Dr. Grahams message. The fact that God showed this young man a group of pastors crying out for revival was very encouraging to us. God was planning something big and letting us in on it. Needless to say, we were very excited!

Thousands came to the Capitol to pray. Right after the message, Pastors from all over the State of Oregon came to the Prayer Room at the Salem House of Prayer. The gathering was for the purpose of dedicating ourselves to increasing prayer in our specific regions of the State. The room was packed. His Presence was heavy. There was a high level of anticipation. SHOP worship leader Summer Zeller led us to the Throne of God in worship and after just a few minutes, just as the young brother had seen, we were indeed all on our knees and faces before the Lord.

After a time of dedicating ourselves to the purposes of the Lord for Oregon, we rose and took our seats. Peter Carlson and I shared some of what the Lord was doing in our State. Even though some things looked perhaps worse than they ever had before, God was moving powerfully and the enemy, true to form, had overplayed his hand once again. We believe that we are ripe for revival, and if we will cling to hope and increase our prayers, the Lord would “tip the bowls” of intercession that had been prayed by so many for so many years. Everyone agreed.

Finally, “connectors” from all regions of the State were seated at tables around the room, and a time was made for exchanging information so that praying people could connect when they returned home. The Presence of the Lord lingered. For weeks I had been hearing from the Lord, over and over: “It’s a historic day.”

I believe it was.

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1st Annual Area Connector’s Meeting

On June 27th at Aldersgate Camps near Salem 30 of the 40 Pray Oregon area connectors gathered for our first annual statewide conference. It was a great time of united worship, fellowship, vision casting, and challenging teaching on hearing God’s heart and healing the land. It was also a time of preparation for an historic day on June 28th with the Decision America Tour, united worship at David’s Tent Oregon, and a great gathering of pastors and prayer leaders (to be reported in our next newsletter). Several Connectors mentioned afterwards that they “got it now,” meaning they had a much better grasp of what we are doing together in Pray Oregon.  We continue to have monthly conference calls for each of the 9 regions and look forward to our next gathering.

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Historic Moment, David’s Tent on the Capital Mall During Franklin Graham Tour

One of the reasons Pray Oregon Connectors gathered in Turner, OR, the day before Franklin Graham arrived, was to pray for hearts and minds to be prepared for the message Franklin Graham brought.  We asked for God to rebuild our nation and restore hope to His people. David’s Tent Oregon was directly in the center of the Capitol Mall.

Pray Oregon leader Peter Carlson, shares, “Friday, June 24 through Monday, July 4 Complete Joy Ministries, Pray Oregon, Salem House of Prayer, and Mid Valley Women of Christ hosted 10 days of day and night worship and intercession. Teams from all over the state, and even WA. took their time at their own expense to travel to Salem, leading 2-hour sets, with people coming and going as they were available.

At the beginning of June the Lord showed us to have a Tent of Healing alongside the Tent of Meeting. The Tent of Healing was staffed 10am – 10pm each day with teams from healing rooms, churches, and individuals who the Lord has raised up to pray with a steady trickle of people coming and asking for prayer for all sorts of healing in body, soul, and spirit.

Following the rally on Tuesday we held a gathering for pastors and prayer leaders to fellowship and connect at Salem House of Prayer to foster ongoing prayer in our state with the connectors from our 9 regions of Pray Oregon serving as a point of communication. The prayer room was packed out with about 70 of us worshipping and then getting on our knees and faces before the Lord calling out for the move and work of Holy Spirit to continue increasing in Oregon and beyond.”

There are many testimonies of the Lord touching people’s lives and our prayer teams ministering to those who came to the Tent of Meeting and the Tent of Healing throughout this event.  In the photo above you can see the white peak of David’s Tent rising above the thousands of people in attendance.  “It was a powerful representation”, as Lynn Ferder says, “of the humble government of God influencing the government of man.”

The Oregon Tabernacle Tent is available through Complete Joy Ministries throughout the Old Oregon Territory (WA, OR, ID, western MT, and southern B.C.) as needs arise for worship & intercession.  The next deployment is planned for Medford, OR, the first week in September.  David’s Tent Oregon is expected to be an annual statewide gathering of the body of Christ dedicated to worship and prayer for the purpose of humbly seeking the Lord and turning our hearts to Him.

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