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Friday, December 16, 2005

28 Day Journey-Day Twelve

Friday 12//16//05
12 Global

Passion06 is a global endeavor. Not simply because students and leaders are headed to Nashville from virtually every continent, but because the Kingdom of God is an “all skate,” encompassing people from every nation, tribe and tongue.

While it is going to be massively encouraging to see 17,000+ fill the Gaylord Arena, we have to remember that Passion06 is a tiny speck in the economy of God. That doesn’t discount in any way the staggering implications and importance of our gathering. It just gives us a better vantage point as we take our place in God’s redemptive work among all peoples.

I was reminded of that again today reading an account from mission’s leader KP Yohannan about a meeting in his native India a month ago. The gathering in the state of Nagpur united 10,000 Believers for four days of worship and prayer. Stunning in and of itself, this meeting of Christians takes on added significance considering Nagpur (which means “abode of snakes”) is home to the headquarters of RSS, the militant anti-Christian fundamentalist group, and where people are trained to carry out attacks against Christian work in India. In the midst of darkness, His light is growing brighter.

It's true the need throughout India and the world is great, and as a result of Passion06 we are praying many will go. But make no mistake about it, God is building His church in every corner of the world with or without you and me, and nothing can stand in His way.

All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, O Lord; they will bring glory to your name. For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God. Psalm 86:9-10

Today’s prayer:
Pray for people traveling to Passion06 from outside the US. Ask God to provide all they need for the journey and to use this experience to establish and strengthen His church where they live.

Father, everywhere the sun rises and sets today You are praised. Hallowed be Your name. We are floored by Your love for each of us, yet know we are a part of a “every people” plan. As You love us, You too love every living soul. Connect our hearts to Your worldwide mission and leverage what happens in Nashville to the end that every nation hear Your fame.

Through the day: Peace on earth, goodwill to all men.

6 Comments:

  • Sometimes I am amazed at how cold and selfish my heart is toward the global move of the gospel. I get so caught up in my little world, my church, my stuff and I forget that Christ died for the sins of the world. I forget that there are still many who have not heard the good news of the gospel and I forget that there is a suffering church, and martyrs whose blood is being spilt today. Lord, you said that "this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations and then the end will come" Break our hearts for world missions, send laborers into the harvest field and may we hasten your coming by our prayers and our work. Remind us to pray for our bothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering for Your Name. May we pray, may we go,may we send. Maranatha, even so come Lord Jesus!

    By Blogger bev strob, at 12/16/2005 11:43 AM  

  • Father we come as the body in Christ Jesus lifting up this prayer need, surrounding our brother/sister w/ arms of love, empathetic hearts & eyes of understanding. When one part of the body is hurting, the whole body suffers. So we link arm & arm, forming a circle around this person to hem them into a place of encouragement & refuge as well as to be a living wall of sorts to keep the enemy from coming in & exploiting him/her in this moment of utter vulnerability. Holy Spirit, would You please brood over this precious child of God- as the Great Comforter, we ask that the Cloud of Your Presence would engulf him/her & Your Peace like a river would establish both their mind & heart. Hide them in the cleft of the Rock- nestle them in the wounds of the Lamb, so in times of suffering w/ affliction or when deep in the valley of decision, they would be ever so aware of Your immense mercy. Please Lord, as you would leave the 99 & go after the 1, raise up intercessors throughout the earth to engage in spiritual warfare on this person’s behalf. What concerns them, concerns You- therefore what concerns them, concerns us too.
    Father, please deploy Your angelic messengers whose express purpose is to render service to Your saints – have them who ride on the wings of Your wing, fulfilling Your word, be encamped about them. There is no problem too big for You, Father God. Absolutely nothing is bigger than Your ineffable existence- for the earth is the Lord’s & the fullness thereof. Nothing goes on w/o Your knowledge, so in seeing your son/daughter in this place of desperation, we ask for understanding & revelation as to how to help sustain them in their present condition. True, it is far safer to be in the arms of Jesus sleeping in the stern of the ship amidst raging storm than to be out of the boat & on dry land. In that, Jesus, would you please come as their Prince of Peace & console this troubled & anxious soul? Would you please help them to cast their anxieties upon You so that You may care for them? Please assure your disciple that what is meant for evil & even the result of our own mistakes/mishaps all will be turned & used for good- both Yours & theirs? So quickly do we ask to be rescued from our troubles, to be pulled from the pit due to discomfort when really You are desiring to do a deep work whether to refine our character or draw out great strength & faith that has been lying dormant. Not knowing the situation, we do know that Your will is perfect & so we just ask on this person’s behalf for Your Kingdom to come & Your will to be done on earth as it is- as it has already been done – in heaven. If there has been injustice done unto them, we ask for mercy for the perpetrators. If there has been offense, we ask for the fire of Your passion, Lord to burn up the arrows of insult & release a love that is hotter & more intense w/compassion & forgiveness for the one who did the offending. Strengthen them with Your joy & help them to see The Light, Jesus, not at the end of the tunnel but with then in the tunnel. Whatever it is- if relational, we would like to bring the Blood of the Lamb through which peace was made- to the situation- claiming reconciliation, restitution & redemption for the honor & glory of God, through Jesus Christ.
    Please endow & equip prayer ministers with Your wisdom, knowledge & instruction so that this child of Yours will be sutured up in their woundedness & made whole in their extreme brokenness. Lord, let Your river flow into the parched land. Lord, let Your fruit abound in times of famine. In this time of growth, where true worship – honest worship- pure worship emerges, allow him/her the ability to receive Your grace which is all sufficient & sing throughout this trial “How great thou art!” So in closing, Father, bless this person with eyes to see, ears to hear, a tender heart to receive, a mind of clarity, a self-will that is broken, a spirit that is discerning, resources abounding, hope that is restoring & encouragement from family, friends & Your Church. Bless them with peace. Bless them with the heavenly remedy to this problem & grant that they emerge ever stronger so that once they have passed through, they in turn may strengthen their fellow brothers & sisters. We thank you Jesus for presenting this petition to Father God – for ever living to make intercession for us. Thank you for allowing us to come in Your name before the Father who’s arm is not too short to save! Amen.

    Captain_ Howdy, for you: Revelation: 12:11, Matthew 11:28-30 & Ps. 23 Whatever it is you are going through- you will overcome & no matter how small or great, it will give God glory! Peace be given to you & grace be spoken to every mountain of hindrance & obstruction in your life. You are loved & will be held in our hearts/prayers during this time.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/16/2005 12:38 PM  

  • Precious Lord, I thank you that you are a missionary God, desiring ALL to know you. I praise you that you will be exalted in the nations, that you will be exalted in all the earth! I thank you that you allow us to be a part of what you are doing around the world, and I pray that we accept the call to join you where you are working! I pray for students who are coming from around the world for Passion 06, keep them safe as they travel and may they experience you in a new and mighty way that week. I pray that You call us students to places all over the world and that we are humbled and willing to follow You. Lord, I pray specifically for students in countries where living for you is so much harder because of the government and persecution, may you supply courage, preserverance, and safety. I pray that you send us into these areas and amaze us with the mighty things you are doing! Open our eyes Lord so we see more of Your glory!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/16/2005 3:03 PM  

  • Yes I pray that all the earth will come to know your name!!And praise you.Thank you for watching over all of us!!Let your name be shouted over the earth!!We praise you God.Your Grace is enough you are the desire of our souls/my soul.We love you God.
    Amen

    By Blogger FanofGOD, at 12/16/2005 4:07 PM  

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    By Blogger psalmsgirl, at 12/16/2005 6:13 PM  

  • Louie,

    I know passion is about 2 weeks away. I have been doing this prayer guide since day one, and I'm really enjoying it. Is there any way you could possible post the pray guide for the day before passion early? I will be on a van driving to Nashville, which is 16-18 hours away from where I live and so I wont be able to see the prayer guide for that day. If you dont have time thats ok too, I know you'll be busy getting things ready for passion. Thank you for all you do for college students and the Passion ministry. You and your staff are greatley appreciated!!

    By Anonymous tinsel84, at 12/17/2005 12:15 AM  

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