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Friday, 29 May 2020 14:31

2020 a year of evangelism across the UK
https://advance2020.org/

Passover to Pentecost - to 31st May
https://louengle.com/pentecost/

Sound from Heaven 21-31 May
www.facebook.com/praiselivenow
www.globalvoiceofprayer.com
www.jwipn.com

10 days in the Upper Room - 21st May-31st May
www.10days.net

Million Voices for Life  29-30 May 2020
https://pray.millionvoices.org/
https://www.facebook.com/events/s/million-voices-for-life/242238200206424/

Charismatic Catholic ONLINE vigil for Pentecost - 30 May 10pm Rome
www.charis.international/en/pentecost-2020/

GO2020 Celebration and Declaration - 31st May

https://www.facebook.com/GlobalOutreachDay/

International Watchmen Call
1st June 4am PDT
FOCUS:TECHNOLOGY
https://www.facebook.com/watchmenforthenations/

Global Outreach Day – 30th May 2020
www.globaloutreachday.com

One God - One Day - One Africa – 31st May 2020
www.1gda.org

90 Days of HOPE - 1 June - 31 August 2020
www.go2020.world

Global Day of HOPE – 29 August 2020
www.globalvoiceofprayer.com

National Prayer Assembly (USA), Washington, D.C., October 14-15
www.nationalprayerassembly.com

Movement for African National Initiatives – Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 8-12 March 2021
https://maniafrica.com/category/prayers/

UPRising Events Calendar

14bUPRISING EUROPE (Battle, UK) – June 30 - July 2, 2020
www.uprisingeurope.org
FB: Uprising Europe
IG: @uprisingeurope

UPRISING Chile – November 2020 (Date TBA)

GLOBAL UPRISING Manila, Philippines, Nov 2021
www.unitedprayerrising.com UPRISING MINDANAO (Mindanao, Philippines)-- dates TBA
- UPRISING BUKIDNON (Northern Mindanao)
- UPRISING CARAGA (Butuan, Bislig, and Surigao)
- UPRISING DIGOS (Davao Del Sur)

- UPRISING CENTRAL MINDANAO (South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, and General Santos)
FB: United Prayer Rising Mindanao
FB: United Prayer Rising North Mindanao
IG: @uprisingmindanao

Friday, 29 May 2020 14:25

CoVid-19 is proving a disruptive, distressing, and divisive force throughout the world. How do mission-minded Christians respond? What happens to the Great Commission when the world is on lockdown? In this short e-book, Jason Mandryk, the author of Operation World, takes readers through a sweeping overview of the implications of the coronavirus for the global Church, and specifically, its impact on global mission.

Jason Mandryk is a member of IPC’s Council and Exec Team.

In compiling this analysis, the Operation World team interacted with ministry and mission leaders in every region of the world, getting input on how to pray for different nations afflicted by CoVid-19 as well as strategic considerations from a wide array of missiological contexts.

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Download PDF (930kb) http://covid-19.operationworld.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Global-Transmission-Global-Mission.pdf  Browsers, most readers and devices.

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More info: http://covid-19.operationworld.org/global-transmission-global-mission/

Friday, 29 May 2020 14:25

What Happens When Ordinary People Pray to An Extraordinary God

“God, don’t take my little girl. Please don’t take her. Please, God!”

As Brian Alarid cried out on a hospital floor for his daughter’s life in May of 2016, he had no idea God was about to use him to ignite an international prayer movement.

Today, America Prays has mobilized 24/7 prayer in 1,200 churches in 17 states while World Prays has mobilized 24/7 prayer in 10 nations, in addition to tens of thousands of believers, families, businesses, and ministries, all partnered together in 24/7 prayer for global spiritual awakening.

Join Brian on a journey through the depths of despair to the mountain tops of prayer, where the hard and painful questions are asked, and be inspired to pray and encounter Jesus like never before.

Order When People Pray on Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/When-People-Pray-Ordinary-Extraordinary-ebook/dp/B086V8HDCL/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=brian+alarid+when+people+pray&qid=1587999388&sr=8-1

Friday, 22 May 2020 11:09

After the resurrection, Jesus taught his disciples about God’s kingdom for forty days (Acts 1:3) and then he was “taken up” to heaven (Acts 1:211). The cross and empty tomb are at the very heart of the gospel message proclaimed by Jesus’s followers throughout history.  However, for many evangelical Christians and churches, Jesus’s ascension is simply an afterthought to Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday.  

As we prepare for Pentecost 2020, I want to highlight ten aspects of Jesus’s ascension in hopes that this climactic event will be an important bridge of understanding and inspiration for us linking Passover to Pentecost.  Let’s give attention to the Ascension!

First let’s lay the biblical foundation of what we believe concerning our Lord Jesus! We believe and declare that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, that he was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and offered himself as a substitutionary sacrifice for sinners. By the blood of his cross he satisfied the wrath of God, obtained for us eternal redemption, the forgiveness of sins, spiritual adoption as sons and daughters, life everlasting, and defeated the powers of darkness. He was raised bodily on the third day and ascended to the right hand of the Father, there to make intercession for the saints (Isaiah 53:1-12Matthew 1:18-25John 1:1-18Romans 8:341 Corinthians 15:1-282 Corinthians 5:21Galatians 3:10-14Ephesians 1:7Philippians 2:6-11Colossians 1:15-232:15Hebrews 7:259:13-1510:191 Peter 2:21-251 John 2:1-23:8).

10 Ascension Aspects

1. Prophecy of Psalm 110

The most frequently quoted Old Testament passage found in the New Testament is Psalm 110! Believers identified this passage as one of the most helpful in interpreting what was happening before their very eyes! 

“The Lord says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.”  The Lord sends forth from Zion your mighty scepter. Rule in the midst of your enemies!  Your people will offer themselves freely on the day of your power, in holy garments; from the womb of the morning, the dew of your youth will be yours.  The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, “You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek” (Psalm 110:1-4).

David’s themes are just as true for us today:

  • The Messiah sits down at God’s right hand
  • He extends his scepter, making everyone, even his enemies his subjects
  • His followers volunteer to join him in his kingdom’s advance
  • He reigns on their behalf assuming the role of God’s High King and Priest

2 Jesus continues to work after the ascension.

In Acts 1:1–2 we read, “In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up...” The small but important word began signals that Jesus’s ascension does not mark the cessation but the continuation of his work as Lord and Messiah.

3. Jesus’ ascension is his heavenly enthronement as King.

At Jesus’s ascension he is installed as the true king of the world. Jesus’s kingdom cannot be destroyed and will not pass away! According to Revelation 3:21 Jesus conquered and sat down with his Father on his throne, where he receives unending praise (Revelation 5:6–13). Jesus will reign at God’s right hand until all enemies are subdued under his feet (Psalm 110:1Acts 2:34–351 Corinthians 15:25Hebrews 1:13). Thus, God’s kingdom has been inaugurated through the enthronement of Jesus, who now sits on heaven’s throne and will return to consummate his kingdom on earth as in heaven.

4. Jesus’s ascension is his return to his Father.

Before and after his death and resurrection Jesus declares that he was sent by his Father and must return to his Father.

“I came from the Father and have come into the world, and now I am leaving the world and going to the Father” (John 16:28; cf. 13:13).

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.  And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven” (Act 1:8-11).  

Daniel 7:13–14 (ESV), “I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him.  And 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 one that shall not be destroyed” (Daniel 7:13-14).

Daniel 7:13-14 speaks of Jesus coming to the Father in heaven to receive vindication and authority at his ascension. Jesus Christ, fully God, returns to heaven now fully human as well.  

“The ascension is the story of a body moving to heaven. It is not escape from the bodily realm, but the entry of humanity — in all our physical-ness — into heaven, the sphere of God. Far from diminishing the importance of the body, the ascension is the ultimate affirmation of bodily existence. The Son of God himself has a body — not as an historical convenience, but as a permanent presence in heaven” -David Matthias

He is crowned as King of Kings and Lord of Lords in the very middle of history, in fulfillment of John 17:4-5,

“I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed” 

There has been no sweeter reunion in the history of the world than Jesus’s return to his Father! Perhaps the closest analogy is a courageous, wounded soldier returning to his loved ones after a hard-fought victory. Jesus fully accomplished his mission and glorified the Father on earth, and at Jesus’s ascension the Father glorifies the Son in heaven (John 17:4–5). Take heart that Jesus’s homecoming to his Father prepares the way for our homecoming to be with Jesus forever (John 14:2–4).

5. The ascended Lord Jesus is our heavenly mediator and high priest.

Jesus is the unique mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5). His death and resurrection secure our forgiveness, justification, and reconciliation with God (Romans 4:25–5:12 Corinthians 5:18–21). Note also that the exalted Lord Jesus is now in heaven interceding for his people as our true high priest and advocate (Romans 8:34Hebrews 1:37:258:11 John 2:1). During his earthly ministry Jesus’s work was geographically limited — he didn’t teach in Ethiopia while healing in China. But now he is at work everywhere and able to hear and respond to his people’s prayers no matter the time or place. He sympathizes with our struggles and promises to do whatever we ask in his name (John 14:13–14Hebrews 4:15–16).

6. The ascended Lord Jesus will return as King and Judge.

In Acts 1:11 two angels explain to the disciples, “This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” Jesus’s heavenly reign will one day be fully realized on earth (Revelation 11:1519:10–1622:3). Jesus taught us to pray, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). At his return, the Lord Jesus will execute divine judgment, vindicating his downtrodden people and judging his enemies.

7. Jesus is Reigning Now

Jesus Ascended! Not ascended passively but actively  - He went up (Acts 1). Forty days after he rolled back the stone, he ascended to sit on the throne, reigning and ruling Now as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He has been exalted above every name in this age and the age to come! Right now, we share in the ascended life of the ascended one.  The ascension validated every aspect of Christ’s redeeming work for us, unleashing his active unrelenting reign over us! On the cross, Jesus offered up himself for our sins. Then in heaven, in triumph he offered up himself as the all sufficient sacrifice whose blood continues to cleanse us from all sin. Exaltation was the Father’s reward for Jesus’ unwavering submission to him for us. 

8. Jesus passion and ascension are linked together forever!

He went from victim to victor, from worm to warrior, from humiliation to glorification, from tortured to triumphant, from degradation to exaltation, from a lowly bleeding Lamb to a glorified Lion-Lamb!  The awful agony he once endured has been vindicated by the awesome dominion he now exhibits.

Jesus went from wearing a cruel crown of thorns to wearing a golden crown of glory, from robes dipped in blood to a kingly robe of splendor, from a mock scepter in his hand to a scepter of authority, from the insults of men to the worship of angels, from the filth of sin to the beauty of holiness.

See his head and hair, once soaked in blood, now dazzling white as snow…See the One whose eyes stung and dripped with blood, now blazing like fire… See his face, once swollen and raw from patches of His beard torn out…now shining brighter than the sun in all its brilliance…See his body, once stripped naked, now clothed in eternal majesty…See his hands pierced, now bleeding infinite splendor, See his feet once spiked to a stake of timber, now gleaming like burnished bronze…See his side once pierced and now hear him say, “This wound in my Heart is for YOU!” 

“Every Wound now Bleeds Glory”

He is the fountainhead of all Glory! The One from Whom Glory flows!  Glory that flows from Him, and through Him, and back to Him!

Revelation 5:6 describes this triumphant Lion of the Tribe of Judah as the Lamb of Glory, standing in the center of the throne, ‘looking as if he had been slain.’  Access has been granted to Behold Glory! The worship scene in Isaiah 6:1-8, shifted from the four living creatures covering their faces and feet to NOW in Revelation 4-5, having eyes all around gazing on the glory of the Holy One! The scene shifts from the prophet Isaiah crying out ‘Woe is me,’ to the redeemed in Revelation 4-5 crying out ‘Worthy are You!’

As disciples of Jesus, we enter into this ceaseless and unending praise, joining with the chorus of heaven night and day,

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory and blessing” (Rev. 5:12). 

9. Supremacy of Jesus

It’s the Father’s dream to see all things summed up in his Son!  Gods’ preordained plan and purpose is that Christ would have full supremacy in all things. Paul declares,

“making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth” (Eph. 1:9-10).

Jesus ascended. This was and remains the climactic outcome, the ultimate destination for which he descended into our world in the first place. As Scripture records:

. . . he also came down to the lower, earthly places.
The one who came down is the same one who went up.
He went up higher than all the heavens.
He did it in order to fill all creation
(Ephesians 4, NIRV, emphasis added).

Note that phrase: “in order to fill all creation.” This will result, ultimately, in every corner of the universe giving full attention to the Ascension.

Jesus Christ is the All-Consuming One, the All-Sufficient One, the All-Satisfying One!   

“He defies all human categories; there is no language that can adequately describe Him.  He is the incomparable One!  He remains in a class by himself…no duplicates, no clones.  His importance eclipses all others.  He outranks every other being in heaven, earth, or hell.  He is the exalted One; for all eternity he holds the primary focus of our praises.  He holds a position of unrivaled distinction, prestige, and majesty. He will be the joy of all peoples, the desire of all nations.  He is the Victorious One.  None of his enemies will prevail, he will defeat all of his foes unconditionally-both human and demonic and will emerge forever unthreatened, unhindered, and victorious over all opposition, permanently and forever.  He is the Preeminent and Supreme One…in time and space and history he lays claim to the universe, it all belongs to Him.  He is the all sufficient One.  Nothing can exhaust his power or resources.  He will forever prove totally adequate for all of our longings, fears, needs or heart cries.  He is faithful and true!” -David Bryant, Christ is All   

Christ sat down at God’s right hand. He assumed the position of greatest power, and authority.  This also privileges the Son with the closest intimacy with the Father, where plans are formed, counsel is taken, decisions are granted, and secrets are shared.

Being seated assumes Jesus’ official installment as King! It was the beginning of a coronation celebration that anticipates the final day when every knee will bow to him and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord, to the Glory of God the Father (Phil. 2).

“When Jesus sat down, he became permanently and unconditionally the absolute Sovereign of heaven and earth, without restrictions or rivals. Anything now that is incompatible with his reign will be dethroned and is destined to be destroyed. The rebellion of every human heart must be regarded as treason. On the other hand, the submission of every human heart to him will always be received and regaled as worship.” -David Bryant, Christ is Now

10. The ascended Lord Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to his people.

The ascension of Jesus is about his enthronement over all and our empowerment by the Spirit.  God promised in Joel 2:28, “I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,” and this promise is fulfilled by the exalted heavenly Lord Jesus. The ascended Lord sent the Spirit to be present with his people (John 14:16), to empower them for worldwide mission (Acts 1:84:31), and to transform them to live lives that reflect their king (Romans 8:9–112 Corinthians 3:18).

Just before Jesus ascended, he commissioned his disciples to stay in the city until they were clothed with power from on High!

“And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”  And he led them out as far as Bethany and lifting up his hands he blessed them. 51 While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven. 52 And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy and were continually in the temple blessing God” (Luke 24:49-53).

“And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. 14 All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers” (Acts 1:13-14).

“When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.  And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance” Acts 2:32–36 (ESV).

“This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing.  For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says, “‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.” ’ Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified” (Acts 2:32-36).

The disciples met together in the ‘upper room’ in one accord, ‘praying and praising’ joyfully for 10 days.  After 10 days of around the clock worship-saturated prayer, the Sound of a mighty rushing wind was released, a “Boom” in the “Upper Room,” as the Spirit of God was poured out upon them!

As John the Baptist earlier stated,

“This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’  I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.”  And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him.  I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes in and with the Holy Spirit.” (John 1:30-33)

God-the-Son in our flesh who came to take away the sin of the world, is also the One who came to baptize in and with the Holy Spirit.  The two works belong together.  When these two titles are kept together the gospel is really ‘good news.’ Jesus-to-the-rescue takes away sin, and then baptizes humans in and with the Spirit of God. 

The term baptize simply means to ‘immerse.’   The Greek text uses both ‘in’ and ‘with,’ the Holy Spirit. The ’in’ relates to that which we are immersed into, and the ‘with’ speaks of that which saturates us or literally, overwhelms us.  Therefore, Jesus the Baptist dunks us in and drenches us with the very life of the Triune God!

Dallas Willard uses the word ‘engulfment’ to describe this experience.  Jesus promises an engulfment in the Spirit of God.  He promises to cloth us or dress us with ‘power from on High.’ Jesus of Nazareth, God-in-flesh, redeems us from the power and grip of sin and then baptizes us, immerses us, soaks us, dresses us, saturates us, drenches us, and marinates us with the very Life of the Living God!

When the text says that Jesus ‘baptizes,’ it is in the present tense.  In New Testament Greek the tenses of verbs speak of the time of action and the kind of action.  The ‘present’ tense speaks of continuous action, literally ‘to keep on.’ Jesus is the one who keeps on baptizing in and with the Holy Spirit. In other words, He comes to keep on soaking us, keep on drenching us, keep on immersing us, keep on filling us with the Holy Spirit, until every fiber of our being radiates with the very presence of the Living God!

We see this confirmed in the story of the early church! Jesus promises, “in a few days you will be baptized in and with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 1:5).  On the day of Pentecost, ‘they were all filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:4).  And then a few chapters later in Acts 4:31, the text says, “the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 4:31).

Paul says that it is God’s will that we ‘be filled with the Spirit.’ Not just once, twice, but over and over again! 

“Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.  And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,” (Eph. 5:17-18).

Whereas wine can ruin one’s judgment leading to debauchery, in contrast ‘being filled with the Spirit,’ leads to empowerment, self-control and a life exhibiting the fruits of the Holy Spirit! It is the nature of Jesus to keep on giving his life to us.  He fills us and keeps on filling us in stages, ‘grace upon grace’ as John puts it, transforming us from, ‘glory to glory’ as Paul teaches us (2 Cor. 3:18).

Summary

As we approach Pentecost 2020, let’s ask the Lord for a ‘greater Pentecost,’ a wave of the tangible presence and power of the Holy Spirit coming upon us with great revelation, with great anointing, and with great provision!

  • Let’s expect a BOOM in the UPPER ROOM, the coming sound of the Holy Spirit that brings us into a ‘decade’ of harvest and wholistic discipleship for all nations! As John Robb says, “the book of Acts culture will release the book of Acts breakthroughs!”
  • Let’s ask the Lord Jesus for a fresh ‘infilling’ of the person and presence of the Holy Spirit. Let’s return to the Holy Spirit, turning away from our own works to a total dependence on the Holy Spirit!
  • Let’s meditate on the exaltation and ascension of Jesus and give him his due reward! Let’s return to the place of united worship-saturated prayer, around the throne, around the clock and around the globe all for the Glory of the Lamb!
  • And finally, since a primary role of the Holy Spirit is to glorify and exalt the Lord Jesus, let’s partner with him and
    • Seek Jesus more fully for all He is by how we pursue and encounter him through prayer which leads us to…
    • Savor Jesus more fully for all He is by how we praise him and treasure him in worship which leads us to…
    • Speak of Jesus more fully for all He is by how we talk about him with other believers which leads us to…
    • Show Jesus more fully for all He is by how we imitate him in word and deed -which leads us to…
    • Serve Jesus more fully for all He is by how we minister to others for his sake -which leads us to…
    • Share Jesus more fully for all He is by how we introduce unbelievers to him as     Lord and Savior!  

For the Supremacy of Christ in all things,

Dr. Jason Hubbard

Tuesday, 26 May 2020 14:09

Dear Praying Friends,

A number of us in the prayer movement have strongly felt during this season between Passover and Pentecost, when the pandemic shutdown has also been occurring, that the Spirit of the Lord is moving over the face of the earth as never before. Many millions of us have been in prayer since the World Prayer Together online call and the launch of the Go 2020 prayer and mission effort on May 1st. Last week, many of us also prayed for the Muslim world during their Ramadan festival that many of them would wake up, possibly through dreams and visions, as well as through the bold witness of local Christians, to understand who Jesus really is and come to know Him.

Here attached are some of the wonderful prayer and mission initiatives that are happening now and during the next few days, leading up to Pentecost and the ongoing Go 2020 effort to mobilize 100 million believers to pray for and reach out to one billion who still need to come to Christ. The Global Voice of Prayer team, some of whom organized the Global Day of Prayer that many of us participated in years ago, has arranged this attached broadcast that we hope you will enjoy and circulate to others in your own networks during this week. If you have local Christian TV stations that would be open to airing it, please do pass it on to them as well as to churches that might want to use it during their services this weekend. We hope it will also be broadcast on major Christian satellite TV programs on Saturday and Sunday across the various world time zones.

Please pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the Body of Christ and that tens of millions will hear the Gospel and come to know the Lord during this special season. Pray for amazing love and unity among brothers and sisters in Christ across denominations and movements to continue and increase, that we will all flow together like tributaries in HIs great river of eternal and abundant life so it will touch every person and every people group on earth. May we see great breakthroughs for the Gospel with loving witness (prayer, care and share) accompanied by signs and wonders, dreams and visions among Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and agnostic secularists-- all who still do not know the Lord of life!

Thanks for your prayers and for getting the Word out as well as the broadcast and attachments below so they can go far and wide and have a multiplied impact for His Kingdom so that our world will never be the same.

Yours in Christ,

John
ipcprayer.org
worldprayertogether.com

From the Global Voice of Prayer Team

SFH Flyer FinalWe are excited to announce that the Sound from Heaven Pentecost 2020 global broadcast is now LIVE and ready to distribute!

The broadcast can be viewed and shared via:
PraiseLive Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/praiselivenow
Global Voice of Prayer on YouTube:  https://youtu.be/A4P_lC3mkQA

The challenge now is to get the word out, and to collaborate with as many as possible to bring this message of hope to the Global Church in the next few days in the run up to Pentecost.

May we solicit your collaborative help?  We are asking if as many of us as possible could join hands to bring this blessing to the Global Church before Pentecost on Sunday 31st.

Some ideas for getting the word out:

  1. Post the broadcast on your ministry’s social media platforms / schedule watch parties in the coming week
  2. Send the attached broadcasting proposal & info to media partners in your networks
  3. Encourage churches in your spheres of influence to broadcast the programme as part of their Pentecost Sunday celebrations
  4. Encourage believers around the world to use this as an outreach tool
  5. Post the attached flyers on your website

We have attached a few media items to help spread the word:

  1. Sound from Heaven Pentecost broadcast flyer – please feel free to share on social media, via Whatsapp, email etc
  2. Sound from Heaven events flyer – with key upcoming events
  3. A broadcast proposal template with more information on the programme, that can be adapted and sent to ministry partners, churches and media contacts in your networks

You will also find additional information and resources at www.globalvoiceofprayer, www.go2020.world and other partner sites.

We believe that this broadcast is going to bring hope to millions in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. Let’s release the sound of hope!

Every blessing,

The GVOP team

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Friday, 22 May 2020 14:22

On Friday 22 May & Saturday 23 May, the International Prayer Council’s regional representatives based in Jamaica will host their fourth Caribbean Prayer Summit Online.

It will consist of two days of prayer, worship and intercession led by representatives from across the region.

IPC family from around the world are invited to join the event online at which our Executive Coordinator, Dr Jason Hubbard will be taking part.

It will be streaming on the event’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/caribbeanprayersummit/?__tn__=%2Cd%3C-R&eid=ARCCQNZKmxgm1ruB4jE1NyFELAwqN5hwcxYPI1oR0bUlPX4-imuppJ4AkXyKRbeYohiss24BVXNJViUo and from YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCii3zUjurcDyE8jfMgknlw

Kindly note that the Summit is free of cost, and is open to anyone who shares a burden for their country, and wants to join us in petitioning the Lord.  Gifts can be sowed in here. https://caribbeanprayersummit.org/give/

Visit the website for full details at https://caribbeanprayersummit.org/ or contact Maria Harbajan, the Convener on 876-398-2299 if you have any queries.

Friday, 22 May 2020 13:57

Thanks for praying about the super cyclone that hit India and Bangladesh yesterday. The good news is that so far relatively few deaths have been reported, only about 80 in both countries. In 1970, 500,000 died in a less powerful storm and tidal wave, and in 1999 almost 10,000 died in India from such a storm, so this reduced death toll is something to be thankful for since it could have been much, much worse. The main reason is India’s east and Bangladesh’s south lie on the Bay of Bengal, an impoverished region of 500 million people that has seen 26 of the deadliest 35 cyclones ever recorded. However, at this time, hundreds of thousands have been displaced and billions of dollars of property damage has been caused that these two nations will now need to recover from. Both countries need to quickly restore electricity and telecommunications and deal with the agricultural harm that will may continue to plague the region. But to do that while fighting off a growing coronavirus outbreak will be “a herculean task” as one news source put it. Traumatized and needy people will now need to overcome their fears of the coronavirus to get the relief supplies they needLet’s, therefore, pray for those who have lost their homes and livelihoods as well as for the relief and rebuilding activities that are getting underway. Pray that fear will be vanquished and that relief operations will be well coordinated and effective in getting help to those left suffering by this disaster. Again, may the Lord turn tragedy into hope and life more abundantly through many of those affected, largely Hindus and Muslims, coming to know Christ.

Burundi’s national election happened yesterday, but we will have to wait till early next week for results of the voting. Pray for patience by all and especially for honest counting of the votes so that there will be no fraud and that the election results will be accepted. In the 2015 election, 1200 people were killed in the accompanying violence, so let’s pray that this time God’s peace will be felt tangibly and that there will be no violence. Pray that He will clean house in the government, bringing in honest and good leaders. Also, may His people there stand in the gap in prayer and keep united, not allowing such ethnic or political divisiveness to affect their relationships as followers of Jesus.

The following articles will give you more background on the situation if you care to read them: 

Burundi awaits poll results as opposition alleges fraud  Africanews

Burundi vote stirs new violence, five years after bloody crackdown The New Humanitarian

Finally, let’s pray for all the nations recovering from the coronavirus shutdown- for national leaders to do what is right and wise and that all the 190 or so nations that have shut down businesses and confined people to their homes these past two months will be able to re-open quickly, wisely, and safely after this economically devastating lockdown. Pray for up to half the world’s work force, probably at least hundreds of millions, who have lost their jobs, businesses, and the means to support themselves and their families. Pray especially for the children who need to get back to resuming their education and attend school. What a huge catastrophe for our whole world...but God! “All things are possible” with Him. Let’s intercede and trust Him for a strong recovery in every nation by His grace and again may He turn this awful ordeal around for redemptive good for tens of millions to come to know the Savior even during this month of the Go 2020 paryer and mission effort to reach them!

Thanks so much for your prayers of faith that joined to those of many others He will use to move the mountains once again!

Yours in Christ,
John Robb
ipcprayer.org
go2020.world/prayer

Thursday, 21 May 2020 05:46

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June 2020 Prayer Calendar English

Wednesday, 20 May 2020 13:49

Just happened to be up in the night here and got this urgent prayer concern from Bangladesh and India through a good friend. A huge cyclone is on its way to the eastern coastal area of these two nations and should be making landfall about now. One Christian leader describes a similar but weaker cyclone that hit the coast in 1970: "In one hour 500,000 people and two million cattle were killed by a storm surge fifty feet high that raced inland fifty miles. In those days there was no early warning system, and there were no roads. In the next six months another 500,000 died from pestilence and disease. Cyclone Bhola was the worst meteorological disaster in recorded history."

Now a cyclone twice as strong is speeding towards the same area where millions live in its direct course and some Christian mission leaders there report:

“Cyclone Amphan overnight strengthened and became a Super Cyclone, the "strongest storm ever recorded over the Bay of Bengal". It is heading like an arrow straight for the border of India and Bangladesh. Please pray.

Millions will be affected. And most all in the path of this dangerous storm are already under attack from the novel coronavirus. For those along the coastline, the only hope of survival is to crowd into the new storm shelters built fifty feet above sea level. But, social distancing there is impossible.

… At that time 400,000 Rohingya refugees had fled over the border to Bangladesh, fleeing persecution.

Sadly, this tragic genocide is ongoing, and now more than 1,000,000 stateless Rohingya are crowded in desperate conditions along the south-east border of Burma/Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Pray especially for the Rohingya to weather the coming storm...And, coronavirus continues to spread rapidly. We really must ask God to calm this storm before it comes ashore. Please do pray now! “

Here is a news clipping about this situation as well:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/05/bangladesh-india-brace-amphan-largest-cyclone-20-years-200520022755647.html

Let's do pray for this storm to weaken and not to bring the feared and horrific destruction and loss of life that was experienced before. Pray for people in the path of the cyclone to get to higher ground and safety in time. Pray for effective relief and rescue efforts where needed. May these dear people and their children be protected from both the storm and the coronavirus that they fear so deeply and through these crises turn to Jesus Christ and come to know Him.

Thanks for joining us in prayer.

John Robb / Dr Jason Hubbard
International Prayer Council

Wednesday, 20 May 2020 13:35

We want to personally thank you for your involvement in the World Prayer Together May 1st prayer event! Thank you for your anointed intercession, Christ-exalting worship, and your sacrifice of time, resources and mobilization of networks to bring all this together! We give God all the Glory! It was so incredible to see so many nations, denominations, and generations praying together in agreement for the gospel to be proclaimed to every nation!

We partnered together with Go 2020, a month-long prayer, mission and evangelism effort for the month of May that seeks to mobilize 100 million believers to pray for and reach one billion still unreached by the Gospel. We launched this Go2020 initiative with this online prayer meeting on May 1st with prayer and mission leaders throughout the world. Over 100 nations participated and it was translated live in 12 languages, with over 16 different media streams! The video is still active on the website www.worldprayertogether.com to watch and pray!

  • 644,000 views (individual devices)
  • 208,000 playbacks (most accurate number of those participating in prayer with us on the call).
  • The broadcast was shared 1297 times on Facebook.
  • The prayer service had a live chat stream on Facebook with over 4,000 comments
  • 64 decisions for Christ including several rededications
  • Several regional prayer and missions networks were mobilized throughout the world to pray for Go2020 on May 1st
  • In Brazil they mobilized 85,000 to pray.
  • Indonesia mobilized hundreds of cities to join in united prayer for Go2020 on May 1st.
  • Both Nigeria and South Africa mobilized thousands to pray! Hundreds of thousands were mobilized to pray throughout India!
  • Eric Watt director of RUN ministries reported, “every house church in our movement (1.8 million worldwide) called for prayer and fasting for the nations to know Jesus. We estimate this to be 38 million adults plus children praying in united prayer for Go2020 and the harvest”
  • The Go2020 Children’s Network mobilized millions of children in prayer throughout the nations! This included on the call children from the Children's Equipping Center, an outreach of IHOPKC, Hadassah Lawson, a 13-year-old evangelist who led 2,000 people to Christ this last year, and a powerful young intercessor from the Royal Kids in India. We were also honored to have Stephan Paul Ocampo, and Sarah Mutya on the call with us, who mobilized the Global Uprising Young Adult movement to join us!
  • Prayer was mobilized for the Unreached Peoples of the World. Jenny Oliphant reports, “From the first day of January 2020, there have been cycles of 40 days, to pray and fast for what God is doing Globally through the Go2020 vision. We have prayed daily for a people group where they have very little access to hear about and follow Jesus, we have linked arms with other global prayer initiatives occurring throughout the year, and also involved children and youth with a 40 days calendar. We will continue with the 5th season of 40 days on 10th June to "Conserve the Harvest",
  • Season 6 in July and August will be a Children's edition. Go to https://www.go2020.world/en/prayer to download the prayer guide and also book a slot in the online Upper Room, to pray with your friends or team, https://www.aqueductproject.org/prayer-center"

The four-hour prayer service focused on prayer for those in our own communities who don't know Christ as well as the unreached people groups in the far reaches of the earth that are still prevented by linguistic, cultural and religious barriers from having a witness for Christ. The gathering was co-hosted by John Robb, chairman of the International Prayer Council and Jason Hubbard, executive coordinator of the IPC. Both are members of the Go 2020 Prayer Taskforce along with other leaders from many different prayer streams.

The World Prayer Together meeting brought together leaders such as Mike Bickle, founder of the International House of Prayer; Dick Eastman, Every Home for Christ; Reverend David Mohan, General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God in India; Bishop Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer of the Redeemed Church of God in Nigeria; Bekele Shanko, Vice President of CRU and Global Church Movements Chairman, GACX; Austen Ukachi, director of MANI; Onassis Jeeveraj, Go2020 national director India; Ann Low, SE Asia Prayer Council; Rick Ridings, Succat Hallel in Jerusalem; Leslie Keegel, Global Chair of Foursquare; Brian Heasley, the International Prayer Director of 24-7; Lou Engle, the Send; Daniel Pandji, My Home Indonesia; Sarah Lee, All Nations Intercessors in South Korea; Yanira Gonzalez, leader of CLAMOR, the Latin American Prayer Council and many, many other leaders.

It was also a joy and honor to welcome two men of God from the Catholic charismatic renewal movement, Dr. Johannes Hartl from Germany and Johannes Fictenbauer from Austria who also led in prayer.

“This is an unprecedented hour for humanity. With the Covid-19 Pandemic, we face one of the greatest challenges of modern history. At such a time, Christians need to come together in prayer and reach out to others with Christ’s life-transforming Good News to those still without hope!” -John Robb.

Moving forward

· Let’s continue to pray and witness to five people in our circle of influence who still do not know Christ and keep on asking for a billion souls to follow Jesus in this coming decade! For more info on different prayer strategies as well as helpful resources for prayer go to https://www.go2020.world/en/prayer
· Let’s join in praying for the unreached peoples of the world through the 40 day prayer guide https://www.go2020.world/en/prayer and by finding national and regional lists of UPGs and resources for prayer and mission on www.joshuaproject.net.
· The next prayer call this month will be “One Miracle Night” hosted by the Jesus Film, a 24 hour prayer effort for the 48 Muslim majority countries, May 19th, 8am (EDT) – 20th 8am. The link for the broadcast will be here at www.youtube.com/user/jesusfilm and I attached the poster below!

“May the Lamb who was slain receive the due reward for his sufferings”

We are so honored you could join us. We love you and we bless you!

Dr. Jason Hubbard,
Executive Coordinator of the International Prayer Council
John Robb, Chairman of International Prayer Council
Werner Nachtigal (Global Outreach Day, Go2020)
David Demian (Watchmen for the Nations)

International Prayer Council
www.ipcprayer.org
Go 2020 Global Prayer Task Force
www.go2020.world/prayer

Watch the World Prayer Together Call again:
www.worldprayertogether.com