Red Moon Rising: 24-7 Prayer Movement [book review]

red moonWhat feelings are evoked in you when you see a red moon?

Awe, fear, wonder, anxiety?

Joel 2:28-32 talks of a red moon in the last days:

I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.

Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke.

The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

God is carrying out His plans and purposes spoken of in Joel in our day.

Many of us were unaware that in September of 1999, IHOP (International House of Prayer) in Kansas City as well as groups of believers throughout Europe began to establish 24-7 rooms of prayer. Today there are over 100 groups in over 60 countries who are praying 24-7.

Ponder that fact for a moment, since 1999 believers worldwide have been engaging in 24-7 prayer . . . that’s the equivalent of:

  • 13 years
  • 4,745 days
  • 113,880 hours
  • 6,832,800 minutes

God is doing countless miraculous works of healing, rescuing, redeeming, restoring, and raising up of men and women to live out their callings and to walk in the power, strength, and might He has given us to be His ambassadors in these last days.

If you’re like me, you’ve heard the rumblings, you’ve caught snippets of the story, but you’re on the periphery of the 24-7 prayer movement, I encourage you to do two things.

1. Check out the below links:
Red Moon Rising - Greig & Roberts24-7 Prayer International

24-7 Prayer USA

Kansas City (KC) IHOP

2. Read Red Moon Rising: How 24-7 Prayer Is Awakening a Generation by Pete Greig and Dave Roberts.

In an interview, Pete shares how it all started:

We were inspired by the 18th century Moravians who prayed non-stop for 100 years in shifts and in the process rewrote history, converting John Wesley along the way. I knew that God was calling his church to pray and that ‘we were bad at it’. After a chance visit to Hernnhut, the German village in which the 100-year prayer meeting, I figured that if the Moravians could do a century of 24/7 prayer, we could at least try for a month in our church back home. – Christianbookpreviews interview

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In Red Moon Rising, you will journey alongside Pete, his wife Samie, Dave and others as God plunges them into the adventure of living in abandon to obeying Him regardless of how risky or crazy it seems to us at them time. As a result of theirs and others obedience captives are being taken from warriors and plunder retrieved from the fierce and God’s dearly Beloved children (Is 49:25) are being saved.

For more, read The 24-7 Prayer Manual: Anyone, Anywhere Can Learn to Pray Like Never Before by Pete Greig.

No matter where you live, in some way you can join in the 24-7 prayer movement. How is God asking you to partake?

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One of the Most Effective Prayers You Can Pray Every Day

seeds pre-flightEvery day we encounter and interact with people who don’t have a personal, living relationship with Jesus. Some we get opportunities to talk with and others we don’t.

Every day we either embrace or pass up priceless opportunities to speak and pray truth into others lives.

The Parable of the Sower is told in three of the Gospels: Matthew 13:1-23, Mark 4:1-25, and Luke 8:4-18.

Jesus specifically described to His followers what happens to seeds of truth when they fall on the soul.

This description can be a prayer guide to us in praying for the salvation of those around us.

Read the imagery of the soils in the Message version of Mark 4, paying attention to the bolded key phrases.

“The farmer plants the Word. Some people are like the seed that falls on the hardened soil of the road. No sooner do they hear the Word than Satan snatches away what has been planted in them.

“And some are like the seed that lands in the gravel. When they first hear the Word, they respond with great enthusiasm. But there is such shallow soil of character that when the emotions wear off and some difficulty arrives, there is nothing to show for it.

“The seed cast in the weeds represents the ones who hear the kingdom news but are overwhelmed with worries about all the things they have to do and all the things they want to get. The stress strangles what they heard, and nothing comes of it.

“But the seed planted in the good earth represents those who hear the Word, embrace it, and produce a harvest beyond their wildest dreams.” – Mk. 4:14-20 (MSG)

As we go throughout our day, this can be our prayer for those we know who don’t have a personal, living relationship with Jesus and also for those who we don’t know of their spiritual destiny.

Father, I pray that their heart:

  • would not be hard that your Truth would be snatched
  • would not be shallow that your Truth would be swept away by difficulty
  • your Truth would not be crowded out by what they have to do and what they want to get
  • but, their heart would be a heart of flesh (Ez 36:26) that they would hear, embrace your Truth and produce a harvest beyond their wildest dreams.

I end my prayer with the powerful truth of Colossians 1:13-14:

Father, I pray that You would rescue them from the dominion of darkness and bring them into the kingdom of the Son You love, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Whether Father has assigned you the task of planting or watering (1 Cor 3:5-7), it always is your privilege to seize the opportunity to pray for the souls of others who have yet to be rescued from the dominion of darkness.

So next time you’re:

  • Walking behind someone on the sidewalk or at the mall
  • Watching the news about a tragedy that just took place
  • Visiting a family member at the hospital
  • Working out beside someone at your fitness club
  • Attending a wedding or funeral
  • Talking with a friend who doesn’t know Jesus
  • Sitting at your office, surrounded by your co-workers

Pray the above prayer, and be a part of Jesus turning hearts of stone to hearts of flesh (Ez 36:26). Join Father in His exhilarating rescue mission of rescuing those who do not know Him from the dominion of darkness and bringing them into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins (Col 1:13-14).

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Angela’s First Book: A Signal and a Signing [Guest Post]

When she first asked me to write the introduction to her book, I thought it odd. While I have a great deal of respect and love for both the author and the subject matter, there are many who have known Angela longer and seen her service to God in many areas for many years. Wouldn’t they be better candidates?

If I’ve learned anything at all about how Angela lives and gives of her life, one thing stands out: her surrender to the voice of God.

I’ve met with, worked alongside with, and even battled with some consecrated Christians in my life – though I cannot imagine any as Christ-like 24/7 as Angela. Her cup is constantly overflowing with contagious joy!

As we began forging our work and lives together, I recognized the call on Angela’s life – and her commission to write Precious Stones – has been one of consistency and compassion. Not to impress or celebrate herself. She has an audience of One.

As she prepares for her first book signing at Wellspring Christian Resources in the Des Moines area this Saturday (July 7th), we prepare a place in prayer for this book to find its way into the hearts and hands of prayer warriors, church groups, and mission fields across the globe.

I’m grateful to God for such a extravagantly loving friend, partner, and wife. My name is Mike Sansone.

 

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What’s a Prophetic Intercessor?

Angela Intercedes

It’s the kind of question people don’t ask – they’re afraid the answer could open a can of worms. But it’s on their minds: What is a prophetic intercessor?

A great book definition of it:

Prophetic Intercessor – seems to hear from God almost as much as they speak to God.  Exhortation, faith, wisdom, words of knowledge and discernment flow from the prophetic intercessor.

With those who are “eyes” and “ears” (prophetic intercessors), God often shares the secrets of His heart and the strategies of His work.  God reveals His plans to them.  At times He reveals the plans of the enemy, as well. (Jeremiah 33:3, 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21) – Beyond the Veil by Alice Smith

Your burning question may still be, “But what does a prophetic intercessor do beyond pray lots?”

Father has a job description to fit His unique and specific calling on the life of a prophetic intercessor. Yet there are also similarities amongst the differences. Below is what living out Father’s calling on my life looks like:

Ministry Leaders and Friends

Connect with and Encourage Ministry Leaders

Over the years, Father has had me encourage and connect with ministry leaders all over the world. Some connections become a long-term partnering, some are for just a season of ministry, and some are for the length of a phone or email conversation.Through these relationships and connections, Father has me live out the heart of Hebrews 10:24 to His Beloved shepherds and leaders.

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.

Onsite Intercession

Teach and Train

I teach about intercessory prayer and spiritual warfare at churches or small group gatherings.

I train short-term mission teams through a training called Luke 10 Training to prepare the teams to effectively intercede for the people and the country they are traveling to as well as how to knowledgeably battle the spiritual warfare they will face there.

Sometimes, I lead mission teams in intercessory prayer on-site on the mission trip.

ministry leaders of today and tomorrow

Come Alongside Churches, Ministries, and Individuals

 . . . in dealing with long-term, ongoing, and debilitating spiritual warfare in their church body, ministry, or in their personal lives.

I have given you authority . . . to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.

Long-term, ongoing, and debilitating spiritual warfare is an opportunity to join Father in believing His promise to us in Psalm 20:6-8 and countless other verses.

Precious Stones of IntercessionNow I know that the Lord saves his anointed; He answers him from his holy heaven with the saving power of His right hand. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.

I detail more stories of churches, ministries, and individuals experiencing freedom from bondage and from long-term, ongoing, and debilitating spiritual warfare in my book Precious Stones of Intercession: Specific and Persistent Prayer on Behalf of Others.

Speak and Write

Angela Speaking

Our churches, ministries, families, and world are in desperate need for us as believers to daily walk in the power and authority we have been given and to actively and boldly fight against the spiritual warfare that attacks us on all fronts.

My mission in speaking and writing is to help build up the body with practical strategies to make the above a functional reality in their church, ministry, and family life.

Even I Have Asked the Question

As a prophetic intercessor, I have the honor and the privilege to intercede, and to strengthen, encourage and comfort the body of Christ through Father’s words (1 Cor 14:3).

It is a calling I never thought of having. It’s a calling I and others have questioned. It’s a calling that invites both the curiosity and critique of others. It is a calling I wouldn’t have chosen for myself.

And yet, in submitting to Father’s plan and living for an audience of One, I increasingly find that there is no greater honor and no greater privilege than to be who He has called you to be and to do what He has called you to do (Eph 2:10).

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Is Your Prayer Effectual?

Tearful PrayerBoundless and countless are the circumstances and situations in our lives in which Father waits on “the edge of His seat” for us to pray with unwavering and longsuffering faith and to not be afraid; just believe (Mark 5:36).

Longsuffering can be defined as long and patient endurance of injury, trouble, or provocation.

The King James translation uses the word “travail” in speaking of a woman in childbirth.  Travail means pain, anguish or suffering as a result of mental or physical hardship”.

We think nothing of a woman “travailing” in childbirth; and yet how often are we willing to travail in prayer — to persevere, to endure, to continue calling out to our God who hears, and to embrace the belief that He is the God who gives life to the dead?

James 5:16 (KJV), “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

To be effectual, one is producing or capable of producing an intended effect to be adequate. To be fervent, a person has or shows great warmth or intensity of spirit, feeling, or enthusiasm.

Can any of these words be used to describe our prayers:

  • Effectual
  • Fervent
  • Faith-filled
  • Longsuffering
  • Travailing
  • Unwavering

Travailing prayer equals prevailing prayer.


His Comfort: Poems for the Hurting, Healing, & Hopeful

Father’s comfort brings healing in the midst of your hurt, giving you hope. Through our sufferings, He brings us comfort. In many different ways.

In 2001 my life, health, and teaching career were forever altered by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Journaling was my primary way of processing through all the losses and changes.

My journaling was often in the form of poetry, pouring out my heart to God in a Psalm 62:8 way. One result was a poem book, His Comfort, which several years ago was compiled in a stapled booklet. And now, His Comfort is available in digital form.

As a 26-year-old, I moved back in with my parents to rest, heal, and wait on God’s next direction for my life. In my anguish and pain, I sensed the comfort God had given me through the poems He had written through me were His gift for me to share with others who were also hurting and devastated by loss in their own lives.

In the 11 years since I photocopied my first batch of poem books, I have had the privilege of sharing His Comfort with over 400 people worldwide — one photocopy at a time.

I have been amazed and truly comforted again and again by the reactions and responses I have His Comfort Poetry: Originalseen to the words and promises I clung to and still cling too, touching life after life and heart after heart. It has been an experience of seeing the truth and promise of 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 play out all around me:

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.

There have been many instances at gas stations, restaurants,  church, on airplanes, and in my daily interactions when Father has prompted me to give a poem book to a stranger or a new acquaintance. Each act of obedience in these instances have taken courage, and many times I have been told later by these recipients of my poetry — how they were at a time in their life where they had been crying out to God for a greater experience of His comfort and presence in their lives.

One of my favorite recounting of these instances took place in January 2011. My rest that weekend had been short and as I sat working in my classroom late on Saturday afternoon, I asked Father if I could sleep in on Sunday morning.

Father was insistent that I could not, because He wanted His dearly Beloved son Mike to have one of my poem books. I barely knew Mike — a man who had been assigned to usher at the same door I ushered at on Sunday mornings. From all I had briefly observed of him, he didn’t seem in immediate need of a copy of His Comfort.

I asked Father if the giving of this poem book to Mike could possibly wait until the following Sunday. Father continued to say with joy and excitement, “We have a gift for my dearly Beloved son Mike which you will give him tomorrow.”

And with that, it was settled . . . I could obey or disobey. So I guessed at the spelling of Mike’s last name and put a poem book in an envelope.

Mike seemed to be both jovial and joyful as we ushered together on Sunday. I wondered what the significance of giving him a poem book today was. When the church service was beginning, I handed Mike the envelope with his last name misspelled. Somewhat unemotionally I abruptly explained, “I sense Father wanted you to have this.” And with that, I went into the service.

Later on, Mike told me of his own struggles on Saturday – that very same Saturday I had been arguing with Father as to if I truly needed to give him a poem book the next day. He had been crying out to Father to comfort him in the deep pain he was going through as a result of great losses he’d experienced in every area of his life. Father knew he needed this poem book.

That Sunday exchange was the beginning of a friendship that led to a romance and then a Mike & Angela Usheringlife-long partnership. On our wedding day we took a picture at the same doors we ushered together at and had our poem book exchange that January day eight months earlier.

In His amazing ways, Father continues to use our lives and testimonies to minister His comfort to others. In doing so, we sensed Father wanted us to make His Comfort accessible to a broader audience by making it into a downloadable e-book.

Eleven years ago, I obeyed and put together a collection of poems I had no idea who they would touch and reach. Over the last 11 years, I have continued to obey and share these poems with who I sensed Father wanted me to give them to.

We all have people in our lives who are in desperate need of experiencing His comfort in the midst of the pain, suffering, or loss they are going through.  I pray that you would use His Comfort as a way to minister to others around you who are hurting. I pray if the hurting person is you, that you would be comforted deeply by reading His Comfort.

You can download your free copy of His Comfort e-book.

His Comfort Poetry: Digital Copy

 

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Where is Our Faith?

I love the account of Elisha and his servant when the King of Aram sent his army to capture Elisha (2 Kings 6:8-23).

“When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. ‘Oh, my lord, what shall we do?’ the servant asked. ‘Don’t be afraid,’ the prophet answered. ‘Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’

And Elisha prayed, ‘O LORD, open his eyes so he may see.’ Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”

Where is Our Faith?How many times are we like Elisha’s servant with shaky legs and melting hearts asking ourselves and others, “What shall we do?”

Where is our faith?  Where is us taking God at His word to be our Savior, Defender, and to rescue us if we only ask?

Isaiah 19:20, “It will be a sign and witness to the LORD Almighty in the land of Egypt. When they cry out to the LORD because of their oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and he will rescue them.”

Our God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Heb 13:8)

We follow the One who says, “I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me? (Jeremiah 32:27)

Jehovah Jireh — my Provider.  He is perfectly faithful in coming through with His power and bringing Himself glory through the impossible situations of our churches that need cleansing, our marriages that need strengthening, and our ministries that need the wind of the Holy Spirit’s fresh empowering . . . if only we would pray and believe that He is who He says He is as in Zephaniah 3:17.

“The LORD your God is with you,
he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing.”

We can be utterly secure in His love, attention, care, protection, and His victory over the vast armies that are coming against us (2 Chronicles 20:12-17).

Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” (2 Kings 6:16)

Let us reconsider the power that has been given us through prayer and then let us reconfigure our lives and purposes accordingly.

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