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:
FB Report from Komo5 News - Almost 700 Lightning Strikes in 1 Hour
On July 13, 2012 at 9:21am, based upon a number of reports from apostles, prophets, seers and intercessors I sent out an email declaring "let us pray, release the flood." It included references to Joel 2, Psalm 29, Matthew 24:36-39, Job 37, Psalm 148, and Psalm 18:6-15.
Within just a few minutes thunder and large hail began to drop. This was unusual as thunderstorms were not forecast to my knowledge. It was supposed to be sunny and 80 degrees. It caused me to remember Psalm 18:6-14. Over the years with Operation Rolling Thunder I've seen the Lord mark significant events with supernatural signs that reflect his word (click here for some supernatural examples).
Within a few more moments I began to receive report after report from all over our state and as far away as from Idaho. As people began opening the email they described two things. First, that God had been giving them a word (by dream and vision to) that flowed with the theme. Second, they described how thunder and lightning was heard as they were reading the email and they sensed God's presence.
The picture in this post describes how KOMO5 news reported via Facebook at 10:35am that within the last hour (began 14 minutes after the email went out) there had been almost 700 lightning strikes recorded. Now I got truly excited because I'd just taught New Life Christian Center in Portland Oregon on July 1 what I'd learned science could teach us about the voice of the Lord. The lightning strikes were occurring in areas where I know there is much prayer being mobilized through leaders using ORT along with a number of 24/7 prayer centers. I know that ALOT of PRAYERS WERE ANSWERED during that time! You see, Romans 1:20 teaches us that creation can teach us about God's invisible attributes.
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, NKJV
I was on Facebook yesterday when I saw a powerful testimony from the Mom of a nine month old whom God healed by growing her child's leg out. We happen to know Danielle personally because we have a covenant to pray for Skip and Danielle's business called DI Entertainment. We are rejoicing in the miracle Christ did on their behalf. Here's her testimony:
I took my baby in for her six month check up and learned that one leg was ½ inch shorter than the other. At 8 months I took her to another doctor it was confirmed again that one leg was ½ inch shorter. Yesterday (almost 9 months) I took her to a specialist that we were referred to and they confirmed they are now exactly the same.
It was a pretty noticeable difference with her short legs. You could see the difference between her thighs to her knee caps and of course her overall length. This created a great opportunity for dialogue about the goodness of the Lord with the doctor, the nurse and several other random people. We have been contending for this the last three months and our good God came through and did what He does!” We are believing for many things right now and this was an awesome expression of Him hearing and responding to His children’s prayers!
Revelation 19:10 ..... Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."
If Jesus did a miracle like this for Danielle and her family, He can do it for you too! Only believe, pray and ask in Jesus name.
Ps. Thomas - CONECTer Kenya & Orphanage
This is from one of my sons in the Lord. He is doing an apostolic work through ORT.
Dear Dad Tim and Mum Brenda,
Receive many greetings from my wife, the children, widows, and all our connectors from Kenya and Tanzania.
Our CONECTer Pastor Daniel in Tanzania, of Mountain Prayer Center is doing fine. He has utilized Operation Rolling Thunder mobilizing the cities around the town there in Tanzania, and in Loitokitok, which is on the boundary of Kenya & Tanzania. God is using Pastor Daniel so wonderfully in winning more lost souls for Christ Jesus.
The Lightnings of God & Prayer
Pentecost is one of three feasts of the Lord where all of Israel were to celebrate. It is also known as the Feast of Weeks and occurs 50 days after Passover. and part of its celebration included worshiping the Lord with freewill offerings and the first harvest of the sheaves. It marked the end of the grain harvest. It was also an occasion for covenant renewal. For about 1500 years this festival served as a prophetic act proclaiming what was to come which was recorded in Acts 2 with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. It was part of the fulfillment of:
Acts 2:16-21 - But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: 'And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy. I will show wonders in heaven above
And signs in the earth beneath: Blood and fire and vapor of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the Lord Shall be saved.'
What precipitated this outpouring?
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.
How effective is your prayer life? Do you wish it could be more effective?
I'll share two keys with you today how to increase the power that you have to bring to bear concerning your destiny and loved ones.