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NW Prayer Gathering

The Northwest Prayer Gathering will be hosting another 6 hour prayer burn on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. Houses of Prayer from around the PNW will gather together in Federal Way and cry out for the Church and the future of our PNW region. Lunch will follow. Yes we know this is Superbowl weekend. Yes we know most of America shuts down for this. However the time we live in calls for us to set aside these events and gather together for the breaking in of God’s mercy and power for our nation and for his Church.

Click here to see the NWPG facebook event page.

Regards,

Ian Rutherford
Director, TRiHOP

Prayer Staking Scriptures

Proclamation: Let it be known to ALL peoples, principalities, powers, mights,
dominions and thrones, whether on, above or below this earth or
the world to come; that ALL of Oregon has been proclaimed and
established as the domain of the King Eternal, the Lord God
Almighty, The LORD JESUS CHRIST. Henceforth shall His
Kingdom, His Church and His people inherit ALL things rightfully
theirs as established through His eternal covenant that He made
with ALL mankind by His innocent sufferings, death, burial and
resurrection. AMEN.

Romans: 8:35, 37-39 “35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Psalm 107:1-3, 6,7,9,10,14 “Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy, And gathered out of the lands, From the east and from the west, From the north and from the south. 6 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, And He delivered them out of their distresses. And He led them forth by the right way,
That they might go to a city for a dwelling place.!
For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness. 10 Those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, Bound in affliction and irons- 14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, And broke their chains in pieces.”

Matthew 4:16 “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined.”

Psalm 107:35-38 “He turns a wilderness into pools of water, and dry land into watersprings.36 There He makes the hungry dwell, that they may establish a city for a dwelling place, 37 And sow fields and plant vineyards, blesses them, and they multiply greatly and He does not let their cattle decrease.”                                             

Isaiah 10:27b “And the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil.”

Isaiah 11:9b “For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”

Isaiah 24:14,15 “They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing, for the majesty of the Lord.  They shall cry aloud from the sea. Therefore, glorify the Lord in the dawning light, the name of the Lord God of Israel in the coastlands of the sea.”

Isaiah 26:2-4 “We have a strong city, God will appoint salvation for walls and bulwarks.  Open the gates, that the righteous nation which remains faithful in the truth may enter in.  You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for in Yah, the Lord, is everlasting strength.”

Isaiah 29:18-19 “In that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity and out of darkness.  The humble also shall increase their joy in the Lord, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.”

Isaiah 30:21-23 “Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ whenever you turn to the righthand or to the left.  You will also defile the covering of your images of silver and the ornament of your molded images of gold. You will throw them away as an unclean thing, you will say to them ‘Get away!’ Then He will give the rain for your seed with which you sow the ground, and bread of the increase of the earth, you will be rich and plentiful.  In that day, your cattle will feed in large pastures.”

Isaiah 40:3-5 “Until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field, and the fruitful field is counted as a forest.  Then Justice will dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remains in the fruitful field. The work of righteousness will be peace and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.  My people shall dwell in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings and in quiet resting places.”

Isaiah 42:10-13 “Sing to the Lord a new song, and His praise from the ends of the earth.  You who go down to the sea, and its fullness, you coastlands and you in habitants of them!  Let them shout from the top of the mountains. Let them give glory to the Lord, and declare His praise in the coastlands.  The Lord shall go forth like a mighty man. He shall stir up His zeal like a man of war. He shall cry out, yes, shout aloud, He shall prevail against His enemies.”

Isaiah 45:22-23 “Look to Me, and be saved, all you ends of the earth!  For I am God, and there is no other. I have sworn by Myself, the word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, that to Me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall take an oath.”

Isaiah 45:2-3 “I will go before you and make the crooked places straight, I will break in pieces the gates of bronze and cut the bars of iron.  I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the Lord, who called you by your name, am the God of Israel.”

Isaiah 48:18b “Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.”

Isaiah 49:8-9 “Thus says the Lord:  In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you; I will preserve you and give you as a covenant to the people, to restore the earth, to cause them to inherit the desolate heritages; that you may say to the prisoners, ‘Go forth,’ to those who are in darkness, ‘ Show yourselves.’ ”

Isaiah 59:19 “So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun.  When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.”

Isaiah 60:9-11, 14b, 17b-18 “Surely the coastlands shall wait for Me; the sons of foreigners shall build up your walls, and their kings shall minister to you; for in My wrath I struck you, but in My favor I have had mercy on you.  Therefore, your gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day or night, that men may bring to you the wealth of the Gentiles, and their kings in procession. And they shall call you The City of the Lord; I will also make your officers peace, and your magistrates righteousness.  Violence shall no longer be heard in your land, neither wasting nor destruction within your borders; but you shall call your walls salvation and your gates praise.”

Isaiah 61:1-4  “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach the good tidings to the poor, He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.  And they shall rebuild the old ruins, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations.”

Deut.  11:9, Ez. 20:6 “and that you may prolong your days in the land which the Lord swore to give your fathers, to them and their descendants, ‘a land flowing with milk and honey.”  

Isaiah 1:26b “Afterward you shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city.”

Isaiah 51:5c “The coastlands will wait upon Me, and on My arm they will trust.”

Isaiah 61:7b “Therefore in their land they shall possess double; everlasting joy shall be theirs.”

Isaiah 61:11 “For as the earth causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.”

Isaiah 45:8 “Rain down, you heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness, let the earth open, let them bring forth salvation, and let the righteousness spring up together.  I, the Lord, have created it.”

Isaiah 62:10, 12 “Go through, go through the gates!  Prepare the way for the people, build up, build up the highway!  Take out the stones, lift up a banner for the peoples. 12 And they shall call them ‘the Holy People,’ the Redeemed of the Lord, and you shall be called Sought Out, a City Not Forsaken’.”

Isaiah 28:5,6 “In that day the Lord of hosts will be for a crown of glory and a diadem of beauty to the remnant of His people, for a spirit of justice to him who sits in justice, and for strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.”

Psalm 68:1-2a,5,6,10 “Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered; let those who hate Him flee before Him.  As smoke is driven away, so drive them away. A father of the fatherless, a defender of the widow, God sets the solitary in families, You, O God provided from Your goodness for the poor.”

Nehemiah 13:30 “Thus I cleansed them of everything pagan.  I also assigned duties to the priests, and the Levites, each to his service.”

Proverbs 11:11 “By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted.”

Jeremiah 29:7, 11-14 “Seek the peace of the city; and pray to the Lord for it; for in its peace you will have peace.  For I know the thoughts that I have towards you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me and I will listen to you, says the Lord, and will bring you back from your captivity.

Psalm 91:9-11 “Because you have made the Lord who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling, for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.”

Ps 147:13-15 “For He has strengthened the bars of your gates, He has blessed your children within you.  He makes peace within your borders, and fills you with the finest wheat. He sends out His command to the earth, His word runs very swiftly.”

Ez. 37:23,26 “They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions; but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them.  They shall be My people, and I will be their God. Moreover, I will make a covenant of peace with them, and it shall be an everlasting covenant with them. I will establish them, and I will set My sanctuary in their midst forevermore.”

Ez. 48:35b “…and the name of the city from that day shall be:  The Lord is There.”

Acts 2:47 “…and having favor with all the people.  And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”

Acts 11:21 “And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the Lord”.

Acts 13:44 “On the next Sabbath, almost the whole city came together to hear the word of God.”

Acts 18:10 “…for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you; for I have many people in this city.”

Numbers 35:11a, 15 “…then you shall appoint cities to be cities of refuge for you.  These six cities shall be for refuge for the children of Israel, for the stranger, and for the sojourner among them…”  

Deut. 28:3-14 “Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country. Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.  The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face, they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways. The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand.  You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail.”

Deut.  11:11, 12, 18-20 “…but the land which you cross over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water from the rain of heaven, a land for which the Lord your God cares, the eyes of the Lord your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year.  Therefore, you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.  And you shall write them upon the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

Joshua 1:3 “Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.”

Habakkuk 2:14 “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”

Zech. 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.’

Ps. 72:16c “…and those of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth.”

Romans 14:11  “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”

Eph. 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast.”

Eph. 2:14-16 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.

Col. 1:13-17  “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.  He is the image of the invisible God, the first born over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers.  All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.”

Acts 26:18 “…to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an in heritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.”

2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise – but is long suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”

Luke 10:19,20 “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.  Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”

John 3:16 ” For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Eph. 5:26, 27 “…that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.”

Ephesians 6:10-18 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints”

Titus 2:1-14But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine: that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things— that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.Likewise, exhort the young men to be sober-minded, in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibilitysound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you.[ Exhort bondservants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back, 10 not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.”

Rev. 12:11 “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”

1 Chronicles 29:11-13 “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power and the glory, the victory and the majesty; For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and You are exalted as head over all.12 Both riches and honor come from You, and You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; in Your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.13 “Now therefore, our God, we thank You and praise Your glorious name.”

Daniel 7:14 “Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him.  His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed.”

Isaiah 55:10-11 “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater, So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;  It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”

Rev. 22:20-21 “He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming quickly.’ Amen.  Even so, come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”

 

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Ekklesia – Why Did Jesus Choose It?

Editor’s note: After the first time I heard Greg Simas speak on the Ekklesia, I walked out the room stunned, and my husband turned to me and exclaimed, “man, he sure baked my noodle!” What followed in our hearts was a whirlwind of renewed hope, joy, and inspiration of what we’ve come to believe “can be” instead of bewilderment of what “has been” in the Ekklesia. Greg Simas is the Founder and Senior Leader of Convergence House of Prayer in Fremont, California, and he came to share with us his discoveries on the Ekklesia at the recent Connector’s Meeting in Turner, Oregon. Below is an article worthy of attention.  Warning, it is weighty, so don’t rush through it. Let it sink in, and I’m sure you’ll find hope and relief as well.

Nov 6, 2017 By Greg Simas

Why Did Jesus Choose the Ekklesia?

At the birth of Jesus, there were three major institutions: the Temple, the Synagogue, and the Ekklesia. We are familiar with the Temple and aware of the Synagogue, but we know virtually nothing about the Ekklesia, and yet the Ekklesia is the redemptive agency Jesus assigns to us to carry on His mission to disciple nations.

The Temple and the Synagogue

The Temple goes as far back as Solomon and is traced through the Old Testament as the place where God’s presence dwelt and sacrifices were offered.

The origins of the Synagogue are obscure, but most would agree that they started springing up around 300 BC as places within cities to maintain Jewish community, teachings, and traditions. The Law was read, prayer and worship were offered, and Jewish people connected relationally in synagogues.

While there was one temple, centered in Jerusalem, there were hundreds of synagogues scattered throughout the Roman Empire. We read that Jesus and the Apostle Paul ministered in both the temple area and these synagogues.

So why didn’t Jesus choose either of these to build His “church”? Why would he choose the Ekklesia over the holy, presence-centered Temple and/or the synagogues which were well-established in practice and present throughout the Roman world?

The Ekklesia

The third major institution was the Ekklesia. The Ekklesia dates back to about 400 BC when the empire was ruled by the Greeks. The Greek Ekklesia was established in every city as an assembly that governed and legislated. Ekklesiaes were made up of people who were duly convened to create and expand the Greek culture within the empire.

When Rome conquered the Greek Empire, they adopted the Ekklesia and expanded its power and influence. These Ekklesiae also became vehicles for cultural colonization of newly acquired territories.

Roman Ekklesiae were deputized by the Roman Emperor for his will to be done where the Ekklesiae were to be sent.

“The Ekklesia was understood to mean both the institution and the system by which territories were governed by selected local leaders who had been infused with the culture and customs of Rome to rule on its behalf” — Ed Silvoso.
Why then did Jesus choose the Ekklesia?

Jesus could have established the temple as the place where His glory would be released and/or could have stated that He would build a worldwide network of synagogues for every tribe and tongue, but He didn’t.

The temple/synagogue functioned in buildings that members had to go to on specialized occasions, whereas the Ekklesia was mobile, operating 24/7 in the seven mountains (spheres of culture) of a city for the purpose of busting down the Gates of Hades and destroying the works of the devil, transforming people, cities, and nations.

Moreover, Jesus viewed the Ekklesia as an assembly of his people who had become members through conversion. He established that if even only two or three gathered in his name, the government of God was present!

By selecting the Ekklesia instead of the temple/synagogue, Jesus chose a structure better suited to succeed not just in religious Israel, but also in pagan societies. His ultimate goal was not to expand religious institutions, but to penetrate the Gates of Hades by inserting the leaven of His Kingdom into their culture through His Ekklesia.

It’s important to note that within Christ’s Ekklesia he keeps key elements of both the Temple and the Synagogue. Jesus carries over the indwelling presence, prayer and the worship of God from the Temple and the scriptures and fellowship from the Synagogue.

Also, it’s worth noting that in the Gospels, Jesus did not speak much about how to build a church, or plant churches, because he had the Ekklesia in mind from the foundations of the world.

Jesus as the Ekklesia!

Just reread the gospels through an Ekklesia paradigm, and you will see that Jesus lived an Ekklesia lifestyle. His ministry flowed out from is identity as the Ekklesia.

He left the Kingdom of Heaven to bring His Kingdom to Earth.
He destroyed the works of the devil, making wrong things right from Heaven’s perspective.
He legislated, administrated, and demonstrated the Kingdom of God through prayer, signs, wonders, deliverance, and miracle-working power.
He did not confine himself to certain structures. He was in homes, businesses, synagogues, the temple, and on the streets.
He talked to Jews, Romans, Pharisees, tax collectors, prostitutes, the forgotten, the broken, the rich, and the poor.
His influence far exceeded the religious culture in touching every realm of society.
He served and loved others while being fully anointed by the Holy Spirit.
He wasn’t institutionalized but revolutionized everyplace he went. He was salt. He was light. He was yeast. He was a reformer. The Son of God. The Christ.
Jesus was unstoppable!

Jesus is the eternal Son of God who lived as the Ekklesia, as His redemptive agency, legislating heaven to earth, and He is calling us to do the same. Jesus does not want us to “settle” for just “doing church” but to be His Ekklesia, His called-out ones, who legislate heaven to earth, bringing His Kingdom everywhere.

Why the Ekklesia?

It’s Mobile – Where two or three are gathered, anywhere!
It’s Cultural – It impacts every part of society.
It’s Normal – It functioned as a lifestyle not an event. A normal part of life.
It’s Influential – As yeast influences the dough, so the Ekklesia influences culture.
It’s Relational – People-centered, not building-centered.
It’s Responsible – Everyone has an assignment. No consumers.
It’s Reproducible – Paul can be in Philippi one week and leave an Ekklesia there. Ekklesias reproduce quickly.
It’s Reformational – Changed lives, changed families, changed cities.
It’s Moral – Kingdom moral-code was the glue that held it all together.
It’s Governmental – Legislating and administrating through prayer, power, service, and love.
It’s Powerful – Signs/Wonders/Miracles/Healing/Deliverance.
It’s Unstoppable – Turning whole cities upside down for God’s glory.

We are left with a choice, do we continue to “do church” as usual or do step into the fullness of becoming the Ekklesia? It’s our choice.

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http://gregsimas.org/ekklesia-series-prayer-the-number-one-functional-priority-of-the-ekklesia/

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Traveler’s Are Flocking to Oregon Territory

Grace Powers, Glide OR   This is lining up to be a pivotal summer.  As I’ve been considering my son’s new summer position with the National Park Service as a camp host on the Tillamook coast, I thought I’d shout out to all Pray Oregon people to remember to pray over this highly busy season for tourists and locals alike.  As visitors from other states and countries choose Oregon as their destination spot for summer vacation, we are praying for safety on the roads, divine encounters with out of town guests, as well as traveling mercies, for all who pass through this land.  Through the summer, with the steady stream of guests, we also want to remember to pray for the upcoming Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21st.

This is somewhat historical as it will be a rare coast-to-coast eclipse.  What is interesting about this eclipse is that it is an almost identical eclipse to the one which will take place again in April 8th, 2024.  Researchers have found that when you take the shadows of both eclipses, they create a crossing point which happens to fall right around the location of the New Madrid area.

What does it all mean? Who knows, but we do know that there will be many foreigners in our land, and we know God wants us to love the foreigner.  “The stranger who dwells among you shall be to you as one born among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.” Lev. 19:34

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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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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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