By Jim Moore
“And they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come” (Revelation 4:8b)
“I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the LORD, do not keep silent, and give Him no rest till He establishes and till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.” (Isaiah 62:6-7)
Just a Good Idea?
For many people, the thought of actual prayer going on 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, year after year, is a fantasy. Sure its going on in heaven right now, but as far as here on earth goes—it’s really a great idea but not realistic or perhaps even necessary. Many could take it or leave it. If it happens that’s great, but if not that’s ok too. After all, God’s got to be the One that makes it happen anyway…right? Of course. There’s nothing we can do without Gods help. But it’s really not entirely up to God is it? It is also up to us. Yes it has to be His will but as in most things, it’s not only about His will—it’s also about our will. There are many things that are God’s expressed will that do not get done. People must be willing to say yes to His will. Once God declares that something actually is His will, then His part is basically over…at least initially. His part is then to wait for us to decide if it becomes our will.
God did not establish 24-hour prayer in David’s ancient kingdom long ago, and in many successive kingdoms in Israel after that (at least 7), simply because it was a cool idea. He did it because it would be a blessing not only to Israel, and radically change the spiritual climate of their nation, but also because in the future we would need such a weapon of the spirit to change our spiritual climate. This continual prayer paradigm was given as an example for us. As the scripture declares:
“These things were done for examples to us, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” (1 Corinthians 10:11). Neither did God go through the trouble of provoking the spirits of men and women to engage in unceasing 24-hour prayer because, as some might say; “If it happens it will make a difference, but if not it really wont matter that much.” He provoked them to pray without ceasing because it matters a great deal.
Heaven On Earth
God desires heaven on earth. More than we do. It was His idea before it was ours. He is the initiator of the prayer request: “On earth as it is in Heaven!” (Matthew 6:10 ). The difference is, He really means it and He knows what it takes to have it. And when the Prayer Room of Heaven becomes synonymous with the prayer room on Earth, then Heaven will invade Earth to a degree that has yet to be imagined. And when there is unceasing adoration on earth, things will begin to be on earth as they are in heaven. God established night and day prayer long ago, and it has sprung up on the earth from time to time throughout the centuries. It is good for us to remember that God never does something so dramatic simply for our entertainment. And night and day prayer is truly dramatic. It is not mostly for our enjoyment—so we will have a cool place to go and pray in an increased atmosphere of heaven. That’s wonderful, but continual prayer has a higher purpose.
3 Reasons For Unceasing Prayer
Unceasing prayer around the Throne is first for Him because He deserves it. Eternal adoration for the eternal God. It is secondly for the Harvest of lost souls that His mind is continually upon. Then thirdly, and lastly, it is for us His people to enjoy and benefit from. We must remember that we Christians are not the primary need upon the earth. We are referred to by Jesus as those who are “well” and therefore “have no need of a physician.” (Matt 9:12-13). The greater need is for us who are not sick to join Him in His work of saving those who are sick, the ones He calls His lost sheep. ”When Jesus heard that, He said to them, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.’” (Matthew 9:12-13) ”For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10)
Prayer And Missions
So historically, and currently, why has God raised up night and day prayer? He has done something so radical to show that this was something that was necessary for the ultimate fulfillment of His plan: ”For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name shall be great among the Gentiles; In every place incense shall be offered to My name, and a pure offering; For My name shall be great among the nations, says the Lord of Hosts.” (Micah 1:11 NKJV)
“And He spoke a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint…and shall not God avenge His own elect, which cry day and night unto Him, though He bear long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man comes, will He find faith on the earth? (Luke 18: 1,7,8 NKJV)
The Prayer Movement and the Missions Movement are uniquely joined together. Jesus specifically said: “The Harvest is great but the laborers are few, therefore pray…” God the Son expressly declared His will concerning the end time Harvest. It is Pray-ers that release Harvest-ers. It’s just that simple. The question remains, will we do it? Will we go for it?
“Then He [Jesus] said to His disciples, “The HARVEST truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore PRAY the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” (Matthew 9:37)
The Timeless Wisdom Of God
Who knows the mind and wisdom of the Lord? If it were up to this author, I would have said it differently. Knowing that, “The harvest is great but the laborers are few,” I would have probably finished the statement with something like: “Therefore, make sure you train up laborers from an early age so you will always have laborers for the harvest” or something like that. Of course, training is a REALLY good idea—and necessary, but the Leadership of Jesus is different than ours. He divinely connected prayer to the harvest as His first priority.
It is as if He was saying, “There’s too much to be done and there’s no way you can do it without Me. You can’t send laborers into the harvest, only I can do that. So you need to pray and ask Me to ‘Thrust them out’ into the fields. So His solution to a lack of harvesters was to pray to the Lord of the Harvest that He will send laborers into His harvest. That’s His leadership. And it’s perfect. His leadership was to choose Prayer to pave the way for Harvest. The book of Acts chapter 2 tells us of a global outpouring of the Holy Spirit that leads to a global Harvest of souls. What it does not specifically describe is a global outpouring of prayer that precedes a global outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
Global Prayer (that leads to):
“And He [Jesus] taught, saying unto them, ‘Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but you have made it a den of thieves.’” (Mark 11:17)
Global Outpouring (that leads to):
“But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh”
“And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Acts 2:16-17a)
Birthing And Sustaining
This is how it always works. Prayer births and sustains. Whenever God decides to do something on the earth, He seeks to raise the level of intercession to a place where it will birth and sustain what He wants to do. Global Intercession that leads to Global Outpouring that leads to Global Harvest. This is His perfect plan. Unceasing, Night and Day, 24/7 prayer in our cities is a doable thing. Some say that it’s just too hard. But it’s not too hard. It would be too hard for just a few people to try to do. But if each person does what the Lord tells them personally to do, so that each person can say with authenticity: “I am doing my part,” then the principal kicks in: “His yoke is easy and His burden is light” (Matthew 11:30). He is not asking a few people to do some-thing really hard. He’s asking a lot of people to do something that’s really easy.
Doing My Part
Just do what you are able to do. Sign up. Make a commitment. Then be faithful. Even if no one else around you is. If a fraction of the body of Christ does this, and many will, then we will have a reality of unceasing prayer and worship established in cities all across the Earth. Already there are many places that are moving towards this powerful paradigm. Conservatively speaking, we know of at least 10,000 thousand places that are moving toward 24/7 prayer and worship. Some say as many as 20,000. God is moving across the earth increasing global prayer. Of course it’s not without sacrifice, but it’s not “un-doable” either. Only if we believe it is. Take a moment to ask yourself three simple questions:
Do you really believe that united night and day 24/7 prayer will change our cities?
Do you really believe it enough to commit to act upon that belief?
What will you now do to begin moving towards saying yes?
Some will say no. Many will say yes. It’s up to the reader to decide for his or her self. As for me, I will say yes.
Salem House of Prayer
Keep praying for Every Child Oregon as an expansion to add more counties is underway! 2018 is lining up to be a successful year of greater county participation in God’s call to reach every child in Oregon.
You can contact Every Child to find out how you can pray for and assist in YOUR county.
The day began with strong anticipation, built in participation, and ended with an outpouring of praise. The video prayer call was so good that people lingered on the line not wanting to leave for an extra quarter hour at the end of the evening. Of course, we are referring to the Collegiate Day of Prayer here in Oregon on Feb. 22nd as we joined our hearts together 6-9am, an hour at noon, and 6-9pm (9:15pm).
The Lord brought from 2 to 12 people on the call at any one time with 27 different participants investing almost 40 man hours of praise and thanks to the Lord, as well as intercession for our colleges. We covered the private and public, for profit and non-profit, main campus and branch campuses, and even the Oregon branch of colleges with their main campus in other states for the 75 college sites in Oregon.
Was it successful and worthwhile? We believe so, and to some degree that remains to be seen. The CDoP website has a great write up of what makes up a successful prayer movement: Agreement (we give it a 10 out of 10), Allies, i.e. cross section of believers (we give it about a 5 – see below), and Answers (this is the one that is too soon to tell, and partially depends on continuing to fill the prayer bowls in heaven).
Agreement: Because of the relationships that we have developed in Pray Oregon, there was a wonderful sense of fellowship and agreement throughout the calls. It was a blessing to see each other’s faces for those on the video and recognize voices of those we had previously connected with. Nearly everyone prayed out, and there were plenty of “Amen” and similar expressions of agreement after people prayed. It seemed that we had much more to pray about than time to pray, and that we were in alignment with the Lord’s heart.
Allies: We had participation from 8 of the 9 regions, so geographically, we had local people praying for “their” colleges. However, we only had two people join in who weren’t Pray Oregon Connectors. This leaves us plenty of room to grow by way of involving students, faculty, administrators, and campus ministers, not to mention other praying friends. Of course, we weren’t the only ones praying for our colleges, but it would strengthen what we are doing to have these allies. Most of us on the calls were baby boomers and older. It would be great to have the younger generations strongly represented as well as more ethnic participation.
· We are launching weekly prayer on Thursdays at 7am and 7pm with our main focus being the Education mountain/sphere
· Let’s build relationships with more allies noted above and invite them to the weekly calls
· One idea that we talked about is to pray on site – perhaps you can occasionally prayer walk a campus when you join the weekly prayer call or at another time (preferably with at least one other person)
As I learned of the passing of Billy Graham, I realized this truly represents the passing of an era. No doubt many people will write about this godly man and his great accomplishments, so I will not seek to add to that. Instead, I will testify concerning an encounter I had a number of years ago concerning him, that I have shared in various settings around the world.
Suffice it to say that Billy Graham was a one-of-a-kind man. No one knows for sure why God chose to give such an incredible gift of love and ministry on his life, but I imagine Billy would say simply: “It was the grace of God” or something similar, as all great men and women of God are prone to do. Billy’s accomplishments did rival many of the contemporary and even historic greats of Christendom, and could be accurately compared to Saints of old like Abraham, David, Peter or Paul.
Years ago I had an encounter with the Lord in a dream. In it I was viewing the passing of Billy Graham. I was standing in the back of the room as an invisible guest, watching as Billy lay in bed, surrounded by loved ones who were praying and singing, as he was about to go to be with the Lord.
I understood Billy Grahams Mantle to be a combination of both his character, and an anointing to preach the gospel of salvation, that manifested in a dramatic effectiveness in the winning of a multitude of Souls.
Then as Billy Graham took his last breath I saw, not his spirit, but what I understood to be his “Mantle” rise above him. I don’t know what you may believe about this, and at the time of the encounter, I wasn’t sure what I believed about peoples Mantles being transferable, but I know what I saw and I have since come to believe that God can, at His choosing, pass one persons Mantle onto another as He did in the case of Elijah to Elisha (2 Kings 2:13).
Who Are The 1000?
As I pondered the Mantle and why I was seeing it lift off of him, suddenly it exploded into what I understood to be about a thousand pieces. I wasn’t sure why the number 1000 was important, but after my experience, I began to read other prophetic words from trusted prophetic voices that also testified many people in the last days would receive mantels placed upon them.
These words also stated that as we draw towards the end of one age and into the beginning of another, there would be as many 1000 “David’s” on the earth, or those with the Mantle of Paul, or John the Baptist, or Elijah, and so on. When I read those words, I understood them to be a confirmation of the dream I received.
Divided But Multiplied
After the Mantle split into approximately 1000 pieces, they all suddenly shot like missiles and embedded themselves into certain people all over the earth. I understood this to mean that each one of these various people was now receiving a piece of the mantle that Billy Graham carried, but not in a diminished way. There was a multiplication effect going on, so that each piece of the Mantle carried with it the full weight of the whole Mantle.
Revival And The Harvest
I’ve waited for many years to see this dream come to pass. I believe the “Passing of the Mantle” event is happening right now and will continue over the next few months. As a result, we will begin to see fruit in the form of a new harvest souls being won to the Lord, which will in turn bring an increase of the Presence of the Lord all over the earth. In short, revival is coming.
How To Pray
At the beginning of the year, the Lord encountered me while I was in the hospital. He said that 2018 would be “The Year of Souls” and that harvest would increase over the next few years. I believe this event, the passing of Billy Graham and the distribution of his Mantle, is the initial beginning of a new wave of effective evangelism. I so encourage you to pray and ask the Lord what role you might be able to play in this next great harvest of Kingdom Children. He desires all believers to find their place of participating with Him in this wonderful experience.
Perhaps you might even be one of those people, who receive a piece of Billy Graham’s Mantle shot like a love-missle straight into your heart.
Salem House of Prayer
The Power & Potential of United Prayer
“If added power attends the united prayer of two or three, what mighty triumphs there will be when hundreds of thousands of consistent members of the Church are with one accord day by day making intercession for the extension of Christ’s Kingdom.” —John R. Mott
As concerned Oregonians, praying people, parents, grandparents, spiritual parents or friends of a college student, we feel deep concern about our local campuses. For almost 100 years, pastors and church members set aside a specific day to fervently pray and intercede for America’s college campuses. The Collegiate Day Of Prayer is an opportunity for us to unite with like-minded believers across the country and pray not only for our loved ones who attend college, but the broader campus community as well.
Join others across Oregon to pray for every college in our state. Pray Oregon will host prayer calls on Feb. 22 from 6am – 9am and 6pm-9pm ( 3-hours blocks), as well as an hour at noon. Schedule and printable flyer: Collegiate Day of Prayer 2018 CARD PDF
Select the flyer for Oregon to share with your churches and prayer groups. We are asking the Lord for broad participation in the Body of Christ!
Please go the National CDoP website on the link below for resources, including ways to pray. Collegiate Day of Prayer Resources
How to use and invite others to the Zoom Conference call
Pray Oregon is inviting you to a statewide prayer call. We are using Zoom, which can be accessed by telephone, smart phone, tablet, or computer.
Join 1 of 3 ways:
- Join from web browser on PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/5419997777
- Or iPhone one-tap: 16699006833,,5419997777# or 16465588656,,5419997777#
- Or Telephone: 1-669-900-6833, or 1-646-558-8656, Meeting ID: 5419997777
To download the app on your smart phone (ignore this if not using a smart phone):
- go to your Play Store
- search for Zoom & choose Zoom Cloud Meetings
- install the app, specifying your full name in the setup
If using a computer, the first time you use the URL link above it may need to download and install Zoom. You do NOT need to have your own account, we will be using the Pray Oregon account. You only need to connect to the link.
Feel free to try out the connection ahead of time and get familiar with the app on your smart phone or computer.
Pray Oregon is delighted to report that of the 100 prayer stakes, (Pray Oregon Staking The Land), we have planted 12 so far, including 6 county stakes. Contact your Regional Connector for more information on staking in your county. We plan to plant more scripture stakes as part of the Spring Tour (April 5th – 28th) so stay tuned.
Pastor Steve Buss, One Hope Executive Director and Pray Oregon Connector in Region 4 (Lane County) has graciously provided us with the most recent One Hope newsletter, ‘January 2018 Answers to Prayer’, giving us an exciting testimony of how God’s amazing love and power is moving through Oregon.
Downloadable PDF Newsletter from One Hope Network:
Jan 2018 Answers to Prayer-2
One Hope joins together pastors, leaders, churches and ministries to love God, love each other and demonstrate His love to our community in the greater Eugene/Springfield area. This happens through three objectives:
Together Seek the Lord through worship and prayer
Together Serve our community through partnerships
Together Share the Good News with our neighbors
In other words, the Jesus-following pastors, churches, and people in our area know each other, love each other, and serve together. We trust the outcome of our love and collaboration will be our community seeing Jesus’ love more clearly.
“Help Me Find The Perfect Bride”
Jim Moore – Salem, OR
Scientists say 50-70,000 thoughts a day pass through your mind every day. So how does it happen that every so often, one thought sticks out among all the rest—so much so that you are convinced that it came from God Himself? I cannot answer how that is, but millions have testified of it happening to them, and I too have had this experience. There are some words, thoughts and phrases that stick out more than others. Word’s from Heaven. For me, these words are on a scale of varying degrees.
On one end of the scale, there are words I’m not really sure came from the Lord, but I think they might have. On the other far end of the scale there are words I am so sure came from Him, that I would bet my life on them. And I have. These are the words I acted upon and they have changed the course of my life…and the life of others.
Whenever I begin to doubt what I am called to do, or the current direction in life I am to take, I gravitate back to a single phrase given to me in a forest just outside of Silver Creek Falls, near Silverton Oregon. That phrase was: “Help Me find the perfect Bride.” It came to me in such a way, with such clarity and volume in my spirit, that I could scarcely help but believe it was from the Lord. And so, with assurance that it was Divine, I could do nothing but move towards it in obedience. Not many words come to you like this. At least they don’t to me. It would be nice if God always spoke with such force and power, but then I suppose it wouldn’t take as much faith, and faith is necessary for us to grow and be refined in our love for Him.
The first thing that sticks out to me about this phrase is the word: “Help.” Because God doesn’t really need help, it tells me that He desires partnership. God can do everything pretty well without us. Yet He so values our friendship and fellowship, that we are invited to assist He who needs no assistance. It’s His work, and He wants me to work right along side of Him. Not to work for Him but to work with Him. Kind of like a junior partner in the family business.
Then there’s the idea of finding a “Perfect Bride.” This reminds me of the patriarch Abraham, whose servant went looking for a bride for his son Isaac.
“Now Abraham was old, well advanced in age; and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things. So Abraham said to the oldest servant of his house, who ruled over all that he had, “Please, put your hand under my thigh, and I will make you swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and the God of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell; but you shall go to my country and to my family, and take a wife for my son Isaac.” (Genesis 24:1-4)
There are three characters in this portion of the story. The Father (Abraham), the Son (Isaac), and the Servant of the Father. Isaac has long been recognized by Bible scholars as a biblical type of Jesus Christ the Son of promise. God the Father has been searching for a Bride for His Beloved Son for about 2000 years now. He has been doing this through His servant—believers who are of the household of faith. He has gathered people from every walk of life—men and women, young and old, rich and poor, every tongue, tribe, and ethnicity are continuing to make up a gloriously diverse Bride with one thing in common—their love for Jesus the Bridegroom.
This Bride will be “perfect” not because she is never weak, or never wrong, or because she never makes mistakes. She is made perfect by the precious blood of the Lamb. The only perfect One and the only One whose sacrifice that can make us clean. This too we all have in common. Our work is to help this sinless One in His quest. To find a Bride who doesn’t even know she is a Bride.
“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 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 5:25-27)
“He who has the Bride is the Bridegroom…” (John 3:29a)
“And the Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’” (Revelation 22:17a)
There are many right now in our streets, and schools, and places of work, who are as we were not so long ago, wondering what their purpose in life is, and completely unaware of a God who loves us so much He gave everything to be with them. They are blind to the fact that their true destiny, their yet to be discovered future, is to be a Bride to the God of the universe. Something too good to be true—and yet it is. A real life Cinderella story of one thought unworthy to be loved but loved by a King. Someone called to go from the gutter to the Throne. What could be more important than that? What message rivals that one? So because we love Him, His quest must become our quest too. To search for the treasure He so deserves. To find those who don’t even know they need to be found.
To help Him find the perfect Bride.