Light of the World Prayer Center - Bellingham WA
I started to write an email to all those leaders who have worked with me using Operation Rolling Thunder (ORT) to mobilize and connect the Church in their city, region, state or nation. The event that prompted this communication was an invitation from Jason Hubbard. He is the founder of Light of the World Prayer Center which was the first of 5 city prayer centers launched during the first three months of ORT in 2008. Jason asked me to come and join them today (12-12-12) at a dedication service at LOWPC. It caused me to take a moment, step back and consider where ORT began and how far it has come.
It began as a word God gave me which I spoke to three leaders in December 2004. It is recorded in my book (click here for the ORT book). I remembered the first time I met Jason. He was serving as an associate pastor of a local church. As he began using the strategy to mobilize and connect the churches in his area God began to speak, move and birth. It led to the launch of five city prayer centers on three continents in the first three months of ORT. Light of the World Prayer Center was the first of the five.
Today LOWPC has become a vibrant ministry affecting powerful change in their community and is one of the flagships illustrating the beauty of God's wisdom displayed through ORT as it establishes 24/7 prayer while gathering the elders at the gates of the city. They have 9 strategic (apostolic) councils combined with 32 churches working together monthly to raise up a canopy of 24/7 prayer over their city. What began as a city prayer center is turning into one of many Apostolic Resource Centers (ARC).
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them. NKJV
On November 14th I sent out a newsletter titled "Charting the Course for Your Destiny in this New Era." On the same day Charisma posted an article from Chuck Pierce titled "The Election Has Brought a New Era." Needless to say "era" caught my attention.
Era means a period of time marked by a distinctive character or a period of time to which anything belongs or is assigned.
Think about Psalm 139:16! These days were made for us. We were made for these days. Out of all eternity God could have chosen you and I to live at anytime but He chose now! Great trials present great opportunity.
Joel 2 describes a people who come forth upon this earth whom the world has never seen and it occurs during "the day of the Lord." It is a day of darkness and gloominess but in that context or horrible times a people come "great and strong like of whom has never been." A fire devours before them and behind them a flame burns. They are encompassed by God's presence as scripture declares God is a consuming fire. This is the army of the Lord. Verse five says they are a "strong people set in battle array." It says "The Lord gives voice before His army for His camp is very great; for strong is the one who executes His word."
I have to confess, while I was disappointed by these elections, I am very excited about what Christ is doing. These days were made for you and I. As I read Chuck's article I got even more excited because so much of what he said is so similar to what the Lord showed me. I'll highlight a few things Chuck said and summarize it with what the Lord showed me was the key for an overcomer in these times.
The goal of my article is to encourage the church, leaders, ministers, and CONECTers who serve with me. I want them to see how we are playing a part in bringing these prophetic declarations into reality.
Tony & Irene Fournier ordained as elders.
Yesterday was an exciting day for many! It marked the last day of the Sukkot. Sukkot is called the Feast of Tabernacles or Ingathering. It was the 7th day of Sukkot which is called Hoshana Rabah. It is a celebration of the "great salvation" and marks the day that the judgments for the coming year are sealed. The truths presented through each of the elements pointed to the prophetic significance and direction KLI has embarked upon.
It was also "Pulpit Freedom Sunday." Over 1500 courageous ministers stood up to challenge part of the IRS Code (501c3) that was established in 1954 that restricts pastors freedom of speech in the pulpit when it comes to political issues. It violates the First Amendment. The goal is to force a trial so the unconstitutional portion of the code as it pertains to Church can be challenged. We support and even participated in this day as one of the 1500+ ministers. In fact, we've even gone beyond the strategy advocated by the ADF and dissolved our 501c3. We are functioning under the First Amendment as a Church and an association of churches and ministries like the Church did for the first 160 years before the Johnson Amendment introduced in 1954.
Yesterday was also the day that Tony & Irene Fournier were set in as elders in the local church in Renton/Kent WA. This was a very exciting day for us. At the start of the service yesterday I realized the significance of the date 10/7/12. The very meaning of each of these numbers combined pointed to and reinforced the purpose of that day.
In Biblical numerology numbers have significant meaning. The numbers mean:
1 Corinthians 3:9-11
For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, you are God's building. According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. NKJV
Paul the apostle is the one who penned this portion of scripture which provides keen insight into another aspect of the apostolic gift, its role and its order. He describes himself as a “master builder.” The Greek word translated “master builder” literally means chief architect. Architects are the first ones to work on a project and design plans which move a structure from vision into reality. These plans provide the pattern from which the general contractor and all of the sub-contractors work from.
This is why in 1 Corinthians 12:28 apostles go first, prophets second and teachers third. It is an order of function. God has uniquely designed this gift with revelation and wisdom to build. This gift working with the prophet lays the foundation for all of the rest of the gifts to successfully build their part while interacting with the rest of the team.
Plans by the Spirit
Then David gave his son Solomon the plans for the vestibule, its houses, its treasuries, its upper chambers, its inner chambers, and the place of the mercy seat; and the plans for all that he had by the Spirit, of the courts of the house of the Lord, of all the chambers all around, of the treasuries of the house of God, and of the treasuries for the dedicated things; NKJV
God gave King David plans by the spirit of God. The king served as an architect taking the vision for a house or dwelling place for the Lord and turning that into a set of plans from which his son and a very large team of builders could work from. He built a structure that had never existed and its very design introduces some intriguing questions.
Last night I was with Jake & Nancy Dragseth and the Jefferson County Prayer Council in Port Townsend WA. We were privileged to meet Mayor King and hear his requests as to how the Church might serve the community (ie. praying for and helping with a number of young homeless men). I shared about the almost 700 lightning strikes that occurred in one hour on July 13th of which they were right in the middle of it.
I was very excited because I knew there were many many prayers answered on that day. I've often seen the Lord give signs like this to encourage His people to continue to pray until they saw the breakthrough. As we entered into a time of prayer I received more revelation (click here for access to a powerful teaching on thunder, lightning and the voice of the Lord) from Job 36:32 which says,
"He covers His hands with lightning, And commands it to strike."
The word "covers" in Hebrew means He conceals in secret of hides. "Commands" means He sends a messenger to enjoin or set things in order. The word "strike" is the most interesting word. It is the Hebrew word pronounced "paga." It means to entreat, to fall upon, intercede, intercession or pray. It is the same word used in Isaiah 53:12 wherein it prophesies of Jesus saying "...he bare the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors." In Isaiah 59:16 it says:
I met David Wallace in Spokane in 2010 through an Operation Rolling Thunder Kick Off. David at one time worked with Dr. Martin Luther King in the mid-60's and attended the same seminary as Jesse Jackson. He is a 7th Day Adventist Elder today. As I understand, due to the excesses that followed in the Civil Rights Movement following Dr. King's assassination he withdrew from engaging society.
Through the ORT Kick Off David caught a vision for how the Church could impact the 7 spheres of society through prayer and strategic action. Old passions and vision was stirred and since then he has been a marvelous example of how one man can put faith in action and impact their city through service. The council he is on has been interacting with the mayor, city council, state representatives, the police department, school systems and more. This morning he shared an email with a friend of his which I asked permission to share what he wrote. He provides a great explanation as to what they are doing and the corresponding results. I pray that you will catch a vision for your community as well.
Jefferson County Health Emergency Room Director
Whooping cough epidemic stopped through the Church in Jefferson County.
Churches in Jefferson County WA used our strategy to mobilize prayer and establish councils to connect in 7 spheres of society. On Mar 27 they met and a County Commissioner asked them to pray about the whooping cough epidemic. Last night I was with them when the director of emergency services addressed this Council. As of April 13 there has not been one case reported. From epidemic proportions to zero.
The PTLeader reported on 4/10/12 that the whooping cough had become an epidemic all though there were only two cases reported in the last two weeks (note the time the Church began to pray above). The headline in the PTLeader on 5/15/2012 states "No New Cases Here Since April 13.."
In December the police chief asked them to pray about crime and it decreased by more than 50% compared to the Christmas holidays last year. Click here for Ap. Jake's testimony.
Are you looking to your faith in action to transform your community with real results? This testimony is the power of a united Church working together. Discover the strategy and principles this powerful series on "Strategic Leadership." Click here.
In 2005 the Lord spoke to me about how to gather the elders at the gates of a city today through the formation of strategic councils. In 2006 I began to pioneer the concept as I tested God's word through Operation Rolling Thunder. This year the theme for Operation Rolling Thunder is captured by Psalm 24. Verse 7; Psalm 24:7; contains a key. 24/7 prayer is the key to "Lift up your heads oh you gates and be lifted up you everlasting doors and the King of glory shall come in."
Who sits in the gates? Kings and elders (Prov. 31:23 and 2 Sam. 18:24). What invites the King of glory, the Lord of Hosts to enter the gates? I submit to you it is the key of David (Isaiah 22:22) which is 24/7 prayer, praise and worship (Acts 15:16-17).
Here is a testimony from Pastor Paul in Gig Harbor as to how Operation Rolling Thunder helped him and the Church in Gig Harbor to form councils in all 7 spheres while establishing 24/7 prayer in the spirit of the restoration of David's tabernacle.