Spreading 24/7 Prayer Worldwide

11709522_990326201030487_2695539852316010783_n“If Christians prayed as Christians ought – with strong commanding faith, with earnestness and sincerity – men, God-called men, God-empowered men everywhere, would be burning to go and spread the Gospel worldwide. The Word of the Lord would run and be glorified as never known heretofore. The God-influenced men, the God-inspired men, the God-commissioned men, would go and kindle the flame of sacred fire for
Christ, salvation, and heaven, everywhere in all nations. Soon all men would hear the glad tidings of salvation and have an opportunity to receive Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.”
E. M. Bounds

Day and night prayer ignites the power of God to release the fire of the Gospel throughout the earth. Every nation, every city, every people group, every neighborhood cannot miss the tremendous influence of the atmosphere of prayer released from the 24/7 prayer room. There is something deep and far-reaching that happens when God’s people give themselves to 24/7 prayer and intercession in a given location. It cannot be measured by human means, but its’ dynamic power can set the fire of God loose in a nation in a way that is beyond comprehension.

I have heard of evangelists going to a region, locking themselves in a hotel room, praying unceasingly for days, and then going out and sharing the Gospel with incredible results. If one man can see that happen, imagine the effect when the Church worldwide gives itself to prayer and actually makes prayer its primary business. Then we shall surely see things happen! None of us have gotten there yet, but it certainly should be our highest ambition and shall take a primary role as we see the end-time scenario unfold before us.

Perhaps one of the greatest prayer warriors in all of history was Praying Hyde of northern India who lived from 1865-1912. He would miss meals and would bow down or lie on the ground because of intense travail, and cry out to the Lord daily for souls. He was burning within for the salvation of the lost. Finally with an agonizing passion for those without Christ, he began to pray that God would let him win a soul to Jesus every day that year. At the end of the year, four hundred souls had been won through his daily witness. The next year Hyde cried out to the Lord for two souls a day! That year about eight hundred had responded to Christ through Hyde.

But his heart grew in intense desperation, and he began to plead to God for four souls a day. That year he led four souls a day to Christ. He would first travail for the lost, and then go out and speak to men and women about how to find eternal life through Christ. He first prayed, and then he witnessed. After praying, the Holy Spirit would lead him to the right individuals. Multitudes came to Christ through this praying man. What a fantastic method of evangelism!

The ministry of Anna is increasing across the earth. God is raising up individuals who give themselves to day and night prayer as she and Praying Hyde did. Anna in the Bible, even though extremely old, worshiped God night and day almost all her life. We read in Luke 2:36b-37, “She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.” God is raising-up intercessory missionaries who pray night and day. The urgency of the hour and the present emphasis on prayer makes 24/7 prayer a possibility in this generation. We cannot do without intercession and individuals who give themselves to prayer like Anna. The need is too great.

By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International
IHOPKC

 

How do We Grow in Intimacy and the Knowledge of God?

11026273_967242200005554_524097397853356906_nGod must reveal Himself to us, and He does it as we behold Jesus  in the prayer room (Hebrews 1:1-3, Matthew 11:27, Colossians 2:2-3, 1:19, 2:9, 2 Corinthians 4:6). God wants us filled with fiery love and desire for Him, and the prayer room is the perfect place to cultivate this transformational love relationship. What we behold of God’s heart we become. We are like the beautiful emerging butterfly. Our identity is in Jesus. We discover who we are and what is our worth and destiny by encountering His heart for us in the prayer room. We become successful as lovers of God, and we begin to measure our success in an entirely new way. Imagine what will happen in our cities when God’s people begin to measure success in this way. There will be no more envy and competition. We will be seeking God and His ways, not ours.

When we prayerfully adore and study the person and work of Christ  and live obedient lives, we grow in intimacy. This is not studying academically, but it is more a drinking in of the beauty of Christ just as we would behold a beautiful landscape. We fix our attention and affection upon Christ. We listen carefully – We hear – We behold – We gaze in stillness upon Christ and are transformed into His likeness. We use Scripture as we do this, and we give God our time. Jesus must be our focal point. Our hearts will be unsatisfied if He isn’t. He must be central in our study, devotion, and discipleship. We must be dynamically connected to Him. We are His inheritance and delight (1 Corinthians 3:23, Song of Solomon 7:10, 1 Corinthians 6:15-20, Romans 14:8).

God is using prayer to help prepare and purify His Church all across the earth. Remember that a 24/7 House of Prayer in your city will help prepare Christians to live fully for God. God is using the prayer room to sanctify and cleanse His people and make her a Church filled with His glory. The Church is like the transformed butterfly emerging from its cocoon. In the prayer room we learn to abide by dialoging with God and listening to the Holy Spirit actively within us as He gives us wisdom, direction, and empowers us to live the Christian life – We are attentive and engaged – We are developing a heart connection with the Holy Spirit – We are learning the reality of John 15:5-7. In the prayer room we cultivate a transformed heart. Don’t be discouraged by any difficulties you encounter as you build 24/7 prayer in your city. God is developing a beautiful butterfly and teaching you to fly. Remember that without Him we can do nothing, but with Him we will bear much fruit!

“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18).

By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International
IHOPKC

Transformed Hearts in the Prayer Room

11351336_964567213606386_5770670982150967644_n-2“Cultivating a responsive heart of extravagant devotion to Jesus takes time and deliberate effort. Love does not grow automatically but rather it automatically diminishes unless intentionally cultivated. A responsive heart to God, renewed in freshness and tenderness, is precious and rare, to be guarded with great care and renewed day by day. Satan’s first priority against the Church is to lead us astray from cultivating the ability to be responsive to God with wholehearted love and extravagant devotion. If Satan leads us astray from the purity of devotion to Jesus then our service and love for others will eventually fail.” Dana Candler

As we build the House of Prayer in our cities, we must realize that it’s all about God coming and taking His place in our hearts. It’s about loving God and preparing the earth for the reign of Jesus, the King. It’s about obeying the first commandment: “Love the Lord your God with ALL your heart, with ALL your soul, and with ALL your mind” (Matthew 22:37-38). The fire of loving God will ignite our faith to live a life of prayer and devotion. He wants us to turn to Him with all our heart (Joel 2:12). Then He will pour out His Spirit in our nations.

God wants to transform our hearts in the prayer room. There is no better way to experience a changed heart as in the prayer room. He wants to impact our hearts so that we impact our cities and the nations. If we love God, we will love others better and with a much greater consistency. Let’s remember that the Church of Ephesus had left their first love (Revelation 2:1-5). Their once fiery love and passion for Jesus had grown cold. Their minds had been led astray from the simplicity of pure devotion to Christ (2 Corinthians 11:3). Loving God and living a holy life must be our primary focus.

Houses of Prayer help us to encounter God on a deep level. Growing in an intimate relationship with God should be our ambition, our highest calling. This means that we know and are deeply known by God. We have a relational knowledge of God and not just a factual understanding. God is a person to be known, and our knowledge of Him produces affection. We position our hearts in the prayer room to receive the love He desires to manifest to us. He wants to partner with us, and He releases blessing to those who are in unity with His heart. Loving God was Jesus’ last public invitation and declaration before He went to the cross (Matthew 22:37-38). It is the great commandment and first priority to God. We impact His heart when we love Him. This should be our life focus (Song of Solomon 8:6-7).

As a child I would try to catch butterflies in a small net. In those days there were several country roads where they loved to freely fly, and monarch butterflies were plentiful. In many of my travels to other nations I have seen outstanding displays of God’s creative and rather remarkable handiwork in butterflies and moths. The colors, designs, and sizes are beyond imagination with reds, yellows, and oranges etched into a perfect design.

We can learn a lot from these colorful insects, and I am sure we can all testify to the transformation (metamorphosis) that takes place as we watch the miracle of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly. A crawling ugly and repulsive caterpillar crawls up into a ball and seems to have died with no appearance of life as it lays imprisoned in a tomblike cocoon. Suddenly after a long time delay – it struggles – it pushes – it endures – it works hard to break out of that cocoon and comes forth as a beautiful and graceful butterfly! And did you know that the whole purpose of the butterfly is to reproduce itself, and it spends all its life seeking to do this? It’s amazing! But there is a great problem when this struggle doesn’t occur.

A man found the cocoon of a butterfly. One day when a small opening appeared, he sat and watched it trying to struggle its body through the small hole but without making much progress. It seemed to actually stop and go no further. He thought, “I’ll help free this butterfly”. So he took scissors and snipped off the cocoon. The butterfly easily emerged but had a small body and shriveled wings. He thought the wings would expand, and the butterfly would fly. It didn’t happen. The butterfly could never fly but could only crawl in it’s swollen body and shriveled wings.

No beautiful transformation took place.

That man didn’t realize that it was necessary for the butterfly to struggle in the cocoon to get through that tiny opening. Fluid would force its way from the body of the butterfly to its wings, making it ready for flight once it achieved freedom from the cocoon. God wants to bring transformation into His Church. He wants to transform all of our lives. Often we want the easy way out. Struggle, tests, trials, and tribulations are not pleasant words. But this is exactly what we need in order to see transformation in our lives. This is what is needed in the prayer movement as God brings transformation onto the earth.

Developing 24/7 prayer in our cities and increasing the level of prayer in our churches involves perseverance and struggle. But it brings transformation in our lives personally, corporately, and regionally. Obstacles are necessary for transformation. We would be crippled and without strength without them – We need to struggle to see things from God’s perspective and do things His way – We need perseverance as we prepare for His soon return to earth. He is strengthening our character and stabilizing our hope in the eternal.

He is creating within us a faith in His promises.

By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International
IHOPKC

 

Positioning Your Life for Greatness

12373256_1069628439766929_8331322635533185901_n“Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all” (Mark 10:42-44).

Spreading the vision for prayer and starting a House of Prayer in your church or city will take a great deal of faithful serving. It will take hard work and endurance. There will be times when you wonder if you are doing the right thing or if it will ever happen. The opposition from the enemy will be great. But this is God’s personal invitation to greatness for you. God designed you for greatness (Matthew 5:12, 18:4, 11:11). Deep in your heart you desire greatness, significance, dignity, nobility, honor, and impact. You want to be great in God’s sight. You are learning to live for His Kingdom purposes.

The Sermon on the Mount is all about the lifestyle of the Kingdom. In obeying it, we position ourselves for greatness. We pursue obedience in our speech, our physical appetites, our time, our money, and our eyes. We renew our inner man for eternal glory (2 Corinthians 4:16-127). We work to become faithful disciples of Jesus through our heart obedience and our ministry impact. We respond to all that the Holy Spirit shows us so that we may be worthy of our calling (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12). Our eternal destiny is to possess Godliness and become like God in character (Ephesians 5:2, Romans 9:29).

This can be cultivated in the prayer room and the development of our secret life with God. He sees our heart. Seeking to lovingly obey is never in vain. We should seek to live out the 8 beatitudes in our daily life. He is looking for a people who obey Him wholeheartedly. The Sermon on the Mount is the core vale of God’s Kingdom and the litmus test to measure our true success in life. We are on a journey to greatness. Matt Chandler from the International House of Prayer writes about God’s invitation to greatness:

“The Sermon on the Mount is the litmus test to measure our success in life, spiritual development and ministry impact. Our foundation call (internal) is to live out the 8 beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12) as we pursue 100-fold obedience (Matthew 5:48, 6:22). The beatitudes are like 8 flowers in the ‘garden of our heart’ that God wants to fully blossom…. God invites us to greatness without regard to our outward achievements or the size of our ministry impact. Rather it is based on the development of our inner man in love, meekness, and revelation or in righteousness, peace, and joy in the spirit (Romans 14:17). Without the paradigm of being on a journey to greatness, the Sermon on the Mount lifestyle is much more difficult to sustain. Living in light of receiving reward in heaven and being great in God’s sight is a major theme that is emphasized in Matthew 5:5, 12, 19. 46, 6:1 4, 6, 18, 20, 7:2.”

The prayer room helps us to become great in God’s eyes rather than mans. It helps us to pursue the journey to greatness. As you attempt to get involved in His House of Prayer in your city or church, realize that it requires humility and a servant’s lifestyle (Matthew 20:26-27). Those who lead in Houses of Prayer open the way to God’s pathway of greatness. They must be willing to go through difficult and refining situations that seem unbearable at times (Isaiah 48:10). Jesus went through the cross for the joy set before Him. We must trust his leadership of God, live in His grace and for His glory (1 Corinthians 12:8-10, 12 Corinthians 4:17, Romans 818). We are partnering with Him and are seeking heavenly rewards instead of earthly ones (Matthew 6:1-20).

I heard about a famous professional baseball player who said that the aim of his life was to hear his manager say to him, “You are the greatest player I have ever coached.” He was motivated by the hope that one day he would hear his manager’s affirmation. How many multitudes of athletes feel like this? But how much more should we as Christians be motivated by the hope that one day we will hear our Master say, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness’” (Matthew 25:21). What more could we ever want? In starting and maintaining Houses of Prayer we are seeking for God’s “Well Done” in our lives and are involved with what God’s cherishes and esteems so highly (Matthew 25:21).

Establishing 24/7 Houses of Prayer helps to bring God’s people into a love relationship with Him and helps them establish a close partnership with Jesus on earth. This brings glory to God in the deepest sense. Prayer is rooted in humility and takes time and energy. But when you do this, you are investing your time and energy in order to help others grow in righteousness, peace, and joy.

Let’s press on with diligence and faithfulness (Philippians 3:12-14). He will help each one of us to be faithful in the face of pressure, obstacles, and difficulty. He will help us endure the mundane and smallness of working day-by-day and week-by-week as we get started. This matters to Him. We are living for a Kingdom that cannot be shaken. It’s a daily adventure in pleasing God. It’s all part of God’s invitation to greatness in His Kingdom. This invitation brings transformation in every area of our lives. Our hearts and our thoughts are transformed.

God is developing us in the Beatitudes of Matthew 5:3-12. He is our source, and we are absolutely dependent on Him. Let’s wholeheartedly pursue his fullness and hunger and thirst for His righteousness. We are complete in Christ (Colossians 2:10, 4:12, 1:28-29, 1 Thessalonians 5:22-23). We are seeking to be obedient and perfectly established (1 Peter 5:10, 1 Timothy 6:13-14). We are seeking a blameless life. In the prayer room, we learn to hunger after God, we grow in purity of heart, we learn to become peacemakers, and we grow in meekness. God brings inner and outer transformation. Then we take Him with us out into the marketplace and people are drawn to the Holy Spirit living within us.

We are living in a transitional time in all of history. The Holy Spirit is preparing us for a release of His glory upon the Church. There will be a mighty release of signs, wonders and glory at the end of the age (Joel 2:28-29). This will bring transformation. God is right now shaking everything that can be shaken in the nations (Haggai 2:6-7). He is inviting everyone to become great in His Kingdom. He designed us for this. True greatness will be fully manifested in the age to come, not here. It will be based on our heart’s response, and it is available to all (Matthew 5:19, 20:26-27, 23:12). Let’s seek Him in all that we do with a childlike faith and a humble heart. He is transforming our hearts and our minds. It’s time to see life from His perspective. Let’s position our life for greatness in His Kingdom and accept this wonderful invitation.

Recently I was sitting in the back of the International House of Prayer (IHOP) in Kansas City. I was looking at 100’s of young people who were accepting God’s invitation to greatness with glad hearts. It was powerful.

“Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me (Matthew 18:3-5).

By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International
IHOPKC

God’s Invitation to Greatness

11057635_964485963614511_9119941615308586843_n“Anyone who breaks one of the least of these command-ments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:19).

Establishing a House of Prayer in your church or city is pursuing greatness in God’s sight. You are involved in one of the greatest things you can ever do for God. He wants to transform our thinking and understand His invitation to greatness. Think about it – What do we really want – fame before man or before God? Lasting greatness is not in the praise of man but in the affirmation of God. He has placed within our heart a longing for greatness. He looks at the heart; He looks at our obedience and motives. He sees our hidden heart (1 Samuel 16:7). He sees what we do in secret, in the hidden place of prayer. Jesus wants to unlock our hearts and minds so that we are fully alive in Him. And this is how he will reward us (Matthew 6:6). Most of what we do now will not be fully known until the age to come.

When we build a House of Prayer, we are building upon a foundation that cannot be shaken (1 Corinthians 3:11-15). We are pursuing greatness in God’s sight. When we all stand before the judgment seat of Christ, we will be judged by the motives of our hearts and the established thought patterns behind our actions. God is evaluating our hearts. Moses prayed, “Please, show me your glory” (Exodus 33:18-19). He understood the true meaning and purpose of life. When we meet God face-to-face will He ask us, “How much did you seek me?” “How much did you love others?” “How much did you let me transform your heart in the prayer room?”

Let God measure the success of what we do. He is looking for faithfulness (Luke 16:10-12, 1 Corinthians 4:2) and relationship (Luke 10:20, Matthew 7:23). We must be faithful stewards as we pray and prepare our Houses of Prayer. Our goal is to help prepare the Bride for her destiny (Eph 5:225-27). Our identity is found in being a friend of the bridegroom. He must increase and we must decrease.

We do not possess the fragrance of Jesus through education or money. God is raising-up the uneducated and unknown to turn the world upside down (1 Corinthians 1: 27-29). The power of the Kingdom will not come through the best training programs in the world. It will come through those who train in the desert, in that secret place of prayer. Moses had the best training in the world (Hebrews 11:24) and was the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, but he needed 40 years in the desert. Daniel had the best education, but it was in the secret place where he became wiser than all the wise men of Babylon. He was steadfast and prayed three times a day even when it endangered his life. Nothing – absolutely nothing – could hinder his commitment to prayer, not even a den of lions!

In Acts 4:13-16 we see the boldness of Peter and John because they had been with Jesus. Others realized this and marveled. They were uneducated and untrained yet their lives were ones of power. These men had the vision and commitment to pray and spend time with God. They accepted God’s invitation to greatness. As we wait for the coming of God’s Kingdom we can walk in that same power, but we must see with eyes of vision God’s great invitation to us. We must have hearts of commitment to pray and advance the prayer movement. We need to believe that God wants to spread 24/7 Houses of Prayer throughout the entire world. We must have vision for our city and our church.

God is inviting us to greatness in His Kingdom.

By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International
IHOPKC

Guías para Empezar Casas de Oración

11164750_964486976947743_1663074062149427555_n-2“¡De cuan infinita importancia es el lugar que el intercesor tiene en el Reino de Dios! ¿no es de hecho cuestión de maravillarse el que Dios le de a los hombres tal poder? Aún así hay muy pocos que sepan lo que es echar mano de Su poder y orar Sus bendiciones sobre la tierra… Dios rige el mundo y Su iglesia a través de las oraciones de Su pueblo. Que Dios dispusiese que la expansión de Su Reino dependiese hasta tal punto de la fidelidad de Su pueblo en oración es un estupendo misterio y a la vez una absoluta certeza. Dios llama a intercesores; en Su gracia Él ha hecho que Sus obras dependan de ellos. Él les espera.” Andrew Murray

Los días que nos esperan se vuelven más un reto en todo el mundo. Crisis financiera, cambios constantes e incertidumbre, un incremento en el índice de criminalidad, y perdidas de trabajos están creando temor y ansiedad por todos lados. Definitivamente es hora de comenzar casas de oración 24/7 en nuestras ciudades. Solo con las últimas elecciones en los Estados Unidos, se podía sentir el incremento de las batallas a las que se enfrenta la nación. Puede que te estés preguntando cuando piensas acerca de casas de oración 24/7 en tu ciudad, “Si, en estos días es más urgente orar, así que, ¿cómo empezamos? Mi ciudad necesita oración de día y de noche, pero ¿que puedo yo hacer?” En las siguientes tres cartas estaremos viendo guías para comenzar, en la siguiente estaremos viendo acercamientos creativos en casas de oración, y por último, estaremos viendo el contar los costos y que hemos de considerar en oración.

Comenzar y mantener una casa de oración 24/7 no es tarea fácil, pero es el deseo de Dios y es de infinita importancia. Su trabajo depende de ello, pero requiere Su sabiduría y el asociarse con Su Espíritu para poder hacerlo bien. Se quiere hacer todo en obediencia y bajo la dirección del Espíritu Santo (Salmo 127:1, Juan 3:8). Se quiere siempre buscar lo que se ve que el Padre está hacienda. Es mucho trabajo duro para todo el mundo que se involucra. Por esto el trabajo en equipo con el Espíritu Santo es tan vital. La oración 24/7 es un ministerio relacional que involucra no solo el relacionarse con Dios, sino también el relacionarse con otros y el orar en unidad (Juan 15:14-15, Lucas 10:1-22, 1 Juan 4:7-12). Quieres incluir a otros que son diferentes a ti – diferentes culturas, trasfondos denominacionales, edades y géneros. Quieres construir unidad pero disfrutar la diversidad (Colosenses 3:11). Leemos en Efesios 4:3-6:

“Procurando mantener la unidad del Espíritu en el vínculo de la paz: un solo cuerpo y un solo Espíritu, como fuisteis también llamados en una misma esperanza de vuestra vocación; un solo Señor, una sola fe, un solo bautismo, un solo Dios y Padre de todos, el cual es sobre todos y por todos y en todos.”

Planteamiento Cuidadoso y Guía Clara

Es más fácil establecer casas de oración 24/7 de un día o una semana, ¡pero establecerlas para 365 días al año es otra historia! Se necesitan personas dedicadas para mantenerlas en funcionamiento cuando es a largo plazo. Nos hemos dado cuenta de que muchos se han unido a nosotros en la etapa emocionante del principio de nuestra primera casa de oración de un mes en España, pero la segunda fue más difícil porque se había disminuido la novedad y algunos de los que buscaban la emoción se marcharon. Dios había traido la casa de oración a una nueva etapa y se requería otro nivel de compromiso. Pero cuando nos asociamos con el Espíritu Santo, ninguna de estas cosas debe desanimarnos. Después de todo, recordemos siempre el corazón de Dios hacia la oración de día y noche.

Cuando pienses acerca de comenzar una casa de oración en tu iglesia o ciudad, hazte las siguientes preguntas:

  • ¿Durante cuanto tiempo debemos continuar? Esta es una muy importante pregunta a responder. ¿Quieres tener una casa de oración de una semana y después continuar a una más larga? ¿Quieres tener una casa de oración de un mes e incluir otras iglesias de tu ciudad? ¿O quieres tener una 24/7 corta en tu propia iglesia?
  • ¿Cuando debemos empezar y quien debe estar involucrado? Es importante que esto se determine por adelantado. Debes preguntarle a Dios en oración cuando comenzar y quien debe venir ¿Es para incrementar la oración en tu propia iglesia o para involucrar toda tu ciudad con otras iglesias y otras denominaciones?
  • ¿Dónde debe ubicarse nuestra sala de oración, y que debe contener? Es importante elegir en oración la ubicación de la sala de oración. Si es para toda la ciudad, la ubicación debe ser neutral. Lo que se meta dentro de la sala de oración y el como se decora también es importante.

Una ubicación fija es una gran bendición porque existe una sensación de la presencia de Dios en un lugar que se designa para la oración. Con mucha frecuencia he oído a personas decir que podían sentir la presencia de Dios en la sala de oración. Muchos han dicho, “puedo orar con más facilidad sin distracciones en una sala de oración” por algún motivo especial, las personas son capaces de dejar atrás su vida de a diario cuando llegan a un lugar que se usa para orar. Es como si se pudiese tomar inmediatamente un paso de gigante hacia la intimidad con Dios en la sala de oración.

Un lugar designado como sala de oración da un sentido de comunidad y de rendir cuentas a otros que desean orar. Cuando voy a la sala de oración de la playa de Virginia y oro por nuestra nación con otros que tienen la misma carga, me siento muy unida y vinculada en propósito. Hay una sensación de comunidad. La carga se hace menos pesada, y todos salimos con una sensación de Victoria. Y cuando sabes que va a haber otros que van a estar ahí a las 12 del medio día de los Jueves, te sientes más obligado a presentarte para orar.

Las salas de oración son tan buenas porque parece como que la sociedad está buscando un lugar que sea santo – en un mundo no santo – es como una bocanada de aire limpio y fresco. Estás entrando en terreno santo. Con frecuencia nos quitamos nuestros zapatos debido a una sensación de la santidad de Dios. El ambiente creativo de la mayoría de las salas de oración apuntan a las personas hacia Dios en un tiempo en el que necesitamos desesperadamente ver las cosas desde la perspectiva de Dios en lugar de la del hombre.

“Ya que la casa de Dios es una casa de oración, la oración de pasar a ser parte de todo lo que se hace allí. La oración pertenece a todo tipo de trabajo que tenga que ver con la iglesia. Como la casa de Dios es una casa en la que se lleva a cabo el negocio de la oración, así es también el lugar en el que se forman personas que oran partiendo de personas que no lo hacen. La casa de oración es un taller divino, y allí el trabajo de la oración se lleva a cabo. O la casa de Dios es una escuela divina, en la que se enseña la asignatura de la oración, en la que hombres y mujeres aprenden a orar, y en la que se gradúan en la escuela de oración.” E. M. Bounds

By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International
IHOPKC

A Prayer for a Lifestyle of Worship

11139998_964568030272971_8826704910637753389_n-2Lord, I choose to praise and worship You today. You know how to break through the difficulties in my life. I choose not to be overwhelmed with circumstances, but instead I choose to behold your beauty and greatness. You are my victorious God. I will praise Your name and proclaim Your salvation day after day. I will declare Your glory among the nations, Your marvelous deeds among all peoples (Psalm 96:1-3). I will sing to the Lord a new song.

Teach me to ascend to Your throne room in worship and then descend back into the harvest field here on earth, praying and warring for victory in every area of life. Help me to have a lifestyle of worship, thanking You in every situation. I believe that worshipping You is a key to breakthrough in every area of my life. I believe in the power of worshipping You . I know that Your truth dwells in a worshipping heart. I offer You a sacrifice of praise right now. In Jesus’ name, amen.

By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International
IHOPKC

Persistent Prayer Does Not Give Up

11224466_964162943646813_1382111211571273721_n“Persistent praying never faints or grows weary. It is never discouraged. It never yields to cowardice, but is lifted up and sustained by a hope that knows no despair and a faith that will not let go. Persistent praying has patience to wait and strength to continue. It never prepares itself to quit praying, and it refuses to get up from its knees until an answer is received.” E. M. Bounds

Not to give up means not to faint or lose heart. It is steady prayer. It’s long-term and not for the faint-hearted. It stands firm. It displays a trust in God that says, “I am going to believe you for the answer in your way and your timing.” When we persist in prayer, we cover every aspect of the need from a variety of perspectives. We see it from the big perspective and from the tiniest aspect. We don’t forget the prayer because we carry it with us, and it’s in our routine. We knock and knock at heaven’s door. We are passionate about it.

There is not one of us who doesn’t have to be persistent in prayer. We all do. It’s part of our training for reigning. We have to learn to wait no matter how hard it is. Patience is not one of our favorite words, at least not one of mine. It’s so exciting to run around and do things but to wait and pray is hard work. And to keep from getting discouraged is another story. Many of us live in cultures where waiting is not considered a virtue. But God sees things differently than we do. Waiting is often the best use of our time. I’ve written about it often because I feel it is the important DNA of an intercessor. We have to patiently wait and persist in prayer. We have to stand firm without wavering and then we have to wait some more.

The Apostle Paul was a fast-moving individual but he learned the secret of persistent prayer. He said to the Church in Thessalonica, “Night and day we pray more earnestly that we may see you again (1 Thessalonians 3:10). To the Church in Colosse he said, “We have not stopped praying for you….” (Colossians 1:9). To the Church in Ephesus he said, “I keep asking the God of our Lord Jesus Christ…. may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation” (Ephesians 1:17).

My husband, Norm, and I used to walked around a lake for exercise in the evenings. A carnival would set up their rides and food stands right near that area. We’ve walked past it as well as through it several times on our brisk walk around the lake. Many people think traveling with a carnival must be exciting and fun. Children think it must be the most exciting life one could have! Lots of rides, hot dogs, and cotton candy all the time! We watched those carnival workers closely as we walked. They looked tired, bored, worn out, and hopeless. The weather was humid and it rained a lot, so that you had to tiptoe through the mud puddles. Often the rides had only a couple of riders. Where was all the excitement? There wasn’t any. It was hard work and persistence.

We, who represent Jesus, must be persistent, patient, and persevering in our prayers. We must be the ones who stand the strongest in persistent prayer and in every occupation in life. It’s easy to give up, but we are representing a King and living for a Kingdom that will never end. Next time you feel like quitting, look up the following verses: Luke 11:5-10, 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, Luke 18:1-5, 1 Thessalonians 3:10, Col. 1:9, and Genesis 32:26. This is not the time to give up but to stand firm. We are laying hold of God’s strength as we pray. Keep on knocking on heaven’s door. It will pay off dramatically in the end, because God not only hears but He answers persistent prayer.

“Persistence has various elements – the main ones are perseverance, determination, and intensity. It begins with a refusal to readily accept denial. This develops into a determination to persevere, to spare no time or trouble until the answer comes. This grows in intensity until the whole being is given to God in supplication. Boldness comes to lay hold of God’s strength. At one time, it is quiet; at another, bold. At one point, it waits in patience, but at another, it claims at once what it desires. In whatever different shape, persistence always means and knows that God hears prayer: I must be heard.” Andrew Murray

By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International
IHOPKC

Increase Our Faith

11038565_990307551032352_7142033643437499984_n“The utmost possibilities of prayer have rarely been realized. The promises of God are so great to those who truly pray, when He puts Himself so fully into the hands of the praying ones, that it almost staggers our faith and causes us to hesitate in astonishment. He promises to answer, to do and to give ‘all things’, ‘any thing’, ‘whatsoever’, and ‘all things whatsoever’ are so large, so great, so exceedingly broad, that we stand back in amazement.” E. M. Bounds

As we grow in prayer, we need to ask God to increase our faith. We are going to need an increase in our faith for prayer for the future. The days are going to get tougher. It is very Biblical to ask God for increased faith. Intercessors need to take action in radical faith for the many things that are happening in the world globally, nationally, and citywide. Faith is able to break through tremendous obstacles. This was the prayer of the apostles. The Bible says in Luke 17:5, “The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith!’

Why is faith so important for us at this time?

Faith gives us the ability to obey God even in impossible situations. It’s a way to receive supernatural help from God. In these coming days we will be called by God to obey in a way we have never seen before. We will need his supernatural help more than ever. We need to see His power demonstrated in the needy world around us. We need great faith in order to stand firm in God’s peace with all the rapid changes we are experiencing all over the world.

In 1 Corinthians 16:13, Paul encourages the church to “stand firm in your faith.” Faith in God and His supernatural provision will keep us steadfast and stable when all around us is shaking. Increased faith in prayer will bring forth mighty results, and God will move in a supernatural way.

An extraordinary example of the prayer of faith was in a young man who believed that God answers prayer in a powerful way. Duncan Campbell, a well-known preacher, had been speaking in Scotland and stopped preaching because of spiritual resistance in the meeting. He took notice of a young man who had extraordinary faith in prayer that brought extraordinary results. Kathy Walters record the following in “Notes from the Welsh Revival”:

“Just then he noticed Donald, visibly moved under a deep burden for souls. He thought, ‘This boy is in touch with God, and living nearer to the Savior than I am.’ He said, ‘Donald, will you lead us in prayer?’ The young lad rose to his feet… He began to sob, then lifting his eyes toward heaven, cried, ‘Oh God, there is power, let it loose!’ The Spirit of God swept into the building and the heavens were opened. The church resembled a battlefield. On one side many were prostrated over the seats weeping and sighing; on the other side some were affected by throwing their arms up in the air in a rigid posture for an hour. God had come!

As the preacher came out of the church, the Holy Spirit swept in among the people in the road like a wind. They gripped each other in fear. In agony of soul they trembled; many wept and some fell to the ground under great conviction of sin. Several men were found lying by the side of the road in such distress that they could not even speak – yet they had not been anywhere near the church!

So great was the supernatural moving of God that most of the homes did not escape the conviction of the Spirit, and the routine of business was stopped, that the island might seek the face of God like Nineveh of Bible days. The town was changed, lives and homes transformed…”

See how God can touch a town when there is fervent faith in prayer together with a holy life. This young man knew how to touch heaven and change earth with his prayers. Donald is a good example of fervency in prayer. You and I must pray for increased faith for prayer. But how can we increase our faith level personally?

Ways to Increase Our Faith

Take time to study these points along with the Scriptures. Pray them into your life. Learn to live life expectantly, linking your faith to God’s ability.

  • Ask God to increase your faith – This is what the apostles did. They linked their faith to God’s promises. Nothing is impossible with faith. We read in Matthew 17:20-21, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.
  • Study diligently the Word of God – Ask God to speak as you meditate on Scripture. The enemy will throw fiery darts, so be sure to stand against his lies with the truth of God’s Word. Paul says in Ephesians 6:16 to “take up the shield of faith.”
  • Read the Bible out loud for spiritual breakthrough – There is something powerful that happens when you speak out the Word of God. Reading the word out loud makes it more tangible and breaks through demonic powers.
  • Recognize God’s greatness, and don’t magnify your problems – Concentrate on God’s attributes rather than your weakness. Problems seem to grow when you dwell on them and that will minimize your faith. God is far greater than any problem, and we must believe Him for miracles.
  • Push past your limitations – Stretch past your boundaries, and live outside your comfort zone. Learn to step out by faith in what God tells you to do.
  • Practice positive confession – If you say what you believe and confess it with your mouth, you are lifted into that domain. Once you know the heart of God, you can pray it boldly and then walk in faith even before you see the answer.
  • Learn to pray with expectancy – Believe that God will do something when you ask. Believe that He wants to answer your prayers. Don’t just act like he can do something, but believe that He will do something.

Your faith will be tested and stretched, but this is how it grows strong. James 1:3 talks about the “testing of your faith.” I had to learn to walk in a deeper level of faith over the last few months. After spending 3 months at the IHOP (International House of Prayer), we felt that we should sell our house and move there. It was a big step of faith.

We came back to Virginia Beach and were just beginning to get our house ready when we saw a realtor in his car further down the street. Suddenly without giving it a second thought I ran down the street and asked him if he was looking for houses. I explained that we were going to put ours on the market. Without hesitation he asked me if he could show it to a young couple. I told him my husband was painting our upstairs bathroom and it was messy. There was paint and torn wallpaper everywhere!

He didn’t care. It was a God moment. I ran home, raced upstairs, and told my husband someone was coming to look at our house immediately! Five minutes later the doorbell rang and there they were. We gave them a tour of the house and they loved it. They left and ten minutes later they were back and wanted to buy our house!

We packed up our home in a big truck and a few weeks later we were gone on our way to Kansas City. The home we had wanted to buy in Kansas City was sold so we had to leave Virginia Beach homeless and by faith. It was a real test of our faith. We had prayed with expectancy for that house but had lost it.

Could we ever find a house like that one? We questioned our hearts very seriously. We had prayed with expectancy, we were outside our comfort zone, we had practiced positive confession, but everything had fallen through. And here we were riding in a truck with most of our belongings to Kansas City without a home.

Due to some unexpected difficulties we actually closed on our house in the middle of our journey, signing papers at a truck stop and faxing them back to the lawyer. It was amazing. The week after arriving, we looked and looked at houses. We felt exhausted from the looking and were getting quite discouraged as our faith was being tested.

Finally we looked for the third time at one house. It was the perfect one for our ministry. It was better than the first one. God has broken through in a marvelous way and 2 days ago we bought the house! We are so excited. God answers prayer. When he closes one door, he opens a bigger one!

I was not always successful in my faith. At times in this journey I doubted and my faith seemed small. But God was stretching us.

I desperately want to grow in faith and believe God for the impossible. I realize that if I am not asking God for something that is beyond my capabilities and in the realm of the supernatural, than I am not asking “big enough” in my prayers. I want to see God move in miraculous power as in Donald’s testimony. I want to ascend the heights in prayer. My desire for all of us is Paul’s statement in 2 Thessalonians 1:3, “their faith was greatly enlarged.” I encourage you to step out in faith in your life and watch what God can do. Ask God to increase your faith.

“Prayer is not an indifferent or a small thing. It is not a sweet, little privilege. It is a great prerogative, far-reaching in its effects. Failure to pray entails losses far beyond the person who neglect it. Prayer is not a mere episode of the Christian life. Rather, the whole life is a preparation for and the result of prayer. In its condition, prayer is the sum of religion. Faith is but a channel of prayer. Faith gives it wings and swiftness. Prayer is the lungs through which holiness breathes.”

By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International
IHPKC

Las Descripciones del Espíritu Santo

22793_968829669846807_2236742335163857583_nEl reconocimiento para la investigación de los siguientes párrafos así como las descripciones del Espíritu Santo es debido a mi esposo Norman. ¡Medita sobre estas maravillosas descripciones del Espíritu Santo! Aplica estas descripciones personalmente a tu propia vida. ¿Qué significan para ti? ¿Cómo debe esto afectar tu vida de oración? Mira todo lo que Él es para ti.

  • El Espíritu de vida – Apocalipsis 11:11.
  • El Espíritu de Santidad – Romanos 1:4
  • El Espíritu de sabiduría – Efesios 1:17, Isaías 11:2.
  • El Espíritu de fe – 2 Corintios 4:13
  • El Espíritu de verdad – Juan 14:17.
  • El Espíritu de gracia – Hebreos 10:29.
  • El Espíritu de oración – Zacarías 12:10.
  • El Espíritu de adopción – Romanos 8:15.
  • El Espíritu de amor, poder y dominio propio – 2 Timoteo 1:7.

El rió que fluye desde el trono de Dios es el Espíritu, y Jesús dijo de desde nuestro interior correrían ríos de agua viva. En Juan 3:8 y en Hechos 2:2 el Espíritu se describe como el sonido de un grande y violento viento.

A veces como intercesores o como creyentes que solo quieren más de Dios, nos podemos sentir solos o incluso abandonados. Puede que sean pocos los que aparezcan en el culto de oración, luchamos con nuestras propias pruebas personales, y puede que pocos entiendan como nos sentimos. Pero sé consciente de que nunca estás solo o sola; A este maravilloso Espíritu Santo le preocupas y está viviendo dentro de ti. Él conoce cada detalle de tu vida. Nunca te abandonará. Tú puedes contristarlo o apagarlo, pero Él no te soltará. Él está por ti y está muy interesado en bendecir tu vida y ayudarte. ¿Puedes creerte eso? ¿Puedes comenzar a entender lo profundamente Él quiere ayudarte a crecer como cristiano/a y usarte en los propósitos de Su Reino? ¿Puedes siquiera comenzar a saber lo profundo de Su sentir por ti en cada gozo o tristeza de tu cara? El Espíritu Santo es personal, y siempre está disponible para ti.

Este es el principio de una serie de tres partes acerca del Espíritu Santo. Voy a escribir acerca del ministerio y poder del Espíritu Santo y acerca de cómo el Espíritu Santo está trabajando en aquellos que no conocen a Cristo. Pero por hoy, permíteme decir que es importante que la iglesia en todo el mundo entienda a la persona del Espíritu Santo. Es importante que nosotros creamos personalmente que Él está vivo dentro de nosotros y que nos ayudará en nuestra vida de oración. Él se encargará de situaciones con nosotros y añadirá Su poder al nuestro.

“En situaciones en las que nos encontramos experimentando dificultades para obtener resultados, el Espíritu Santo quiere hacerse cargo de la situación junto con nosotros, añadiendo Su poder al nuestro. También quiere ayudar o sujetar junto con nosotros dirigiéndonos en nuestras oraciones ‘Pues cómo debemos orar no lo sabemos’ (Romanos 8:26)… El ser conscientes de nuestras debilidades y nuestra incapacidad para producir resultados provoca que le miremos a Él para pedir ayuda. Si queremos que Él ore a través de nosotros, Él tomará el asunto junto con nosotros. ¡Solo tenemos que creer que cuando el Espíritu Santo sujeta, algo se va a mover!” Dutch Sheets

Una Oración con Respecto al Espíritu Santo

“O mi amado Señor Jesús, enséñame a entender esta lección: El Espíritu que vive en el interior y que procede de Ti y que nos une a Ti es el Espíritu de la oración. Enséñame como, siendo vasija vacía y totalmente consagrada, me puedo rendir a Su estar en mi vida. Enséñame a honrarle a Él y a confiar en Él, como Persona viva, para que guíe mi vida y mi oración. Enséñame especialmente en la oración a esperar en santo silencio, dándole tiempo para que respire su intercesión conmigo. Y enséñame que a través de Él es posible ‘orar sin cesar’ (I Tesalonicenses 5:17) y orar sin fallar, porque Él me hace partícipe de la incesante intercesión que nunca falla en la que Tú clamas ante el Padre.”

“La medida de nuestro habitar es equivalente a nuestro poder en la oración. El Espíritu Santo viviendo dentro de nosotros ora no siempre en palabras y pensamientos, sino también en un respirar y un estar que es más profundo que las palabras (Romanos 8:26). Hay tanta oración verdadera en nosotros como Espíritu de Cristo. Que nuestras vidas estén llenas de Cristo y llenas de Su Espíritu, para que las maravillosas e ilimitadas promesas para nuestras oraciones nos dejen de parecer extrañas.” Citas sin nombres por Andrew Murray

By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International
IHOPKC