Let Us Pray2 Chronicles 20:12
LIVING UNDER AN OPEN HEAVEN
In line with the National Directive, our focus for this month is on reviewing of previous quarters (Quarter 1: Development, Quarter 2 and 3: Harvesting). We are therefore focusing on mending nets, reflection (local and regional) and ministry teams.
As we reflect on the year and the month of October, we were directed by the General Overseer of the Church of God of Prophecy, Bishop Sam Clements, to celebrate and appreciate those who serve as Pastors within our church, to affirm them through our words and gifts. ‘The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honour, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching’ (1 Timothy 5:17).
To preach, teach and minister effectively, it is the heart of God that we live and operate under an ‘open heaven.’ This is where an unrestricted manifestation of God’s presence and Glory is made known on earth. God localises His presence over a church, the life of an individual person, a city or nation whereby His power and blessings are poured out. Such experiences are when heaven touches earth; ‘Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven’ (Matthew 6:10).
“Try Me now in this, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it” (Malachi 3:10). We therefore pray that God will continue to open the windows of heaven and pour out His blessings upon every pastor, minister, leader and congregation within The Church of God of Prophecy.
- Pastors: Bishop Sam Clements stated that, “all too often, Pastors go by unrecognised and uncelebrated, yet their assignment is one of the most important ever given. These men and women faithfully deliver truth from God’s Word, seek opportunities to lead the lost to Christ, make themselves available to minister to the hurting, the sick and much more. Pastors and their families often give of themselves and resources so that we can receive multiple blessings that come from their ministry.”
Genesis 7:11 declares ‘in the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.’ When the heavens were opened, it rained so much that the entire earth was flooded by the rain. Every mountain, despite the height was covered with water. Therefore, when God opens the windows of heaven, there is no shortage. When we are under an open heaven, we are under a different system to that of the earth, and so resources are unlimited. We therefore continue to pray, celebrate, recognise and appreciate our Pastors within the Church of God of Prophecy.
We pray that:
- Pastors will live and operate under an open heaven.
- Every pastor, their families, and church in which they serve, will be covered by the floods of heaven, and despite the heights of the mountains faced, they will be led by the Holy Spirit.
- There will be no shortage or lack of resources for Pastors, their families and the church in which they serve.
- Mending Nets: The Church of God of Prophecy is portrayed as a tapestry that has been carefully knitted together, ‘that we may all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among us, but that we may be perfected together’ (1 Corinthians 1:10). The Greek word ‘sumbibazo’ means to drive together, to unite or knit together’ therefore, as we continue to reflect upon our local, regional and national strategies we pray that the working together of every church will continue to fulfill the corporate vision. Acts 2:17, declares that ‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people.’ We pray that every member will operate under an open heaven and that the Holy Spirit will be poured out so that the saints are mended together; one net created to function in unity, to do the work and service of the Lord (evangelism and outreach). The net must be completely mended before one can let it down. A net that has defects, or tears will not achieve success.
Therefore, we pray:
- That every church will mend their nets in readiness to ‘catch men’ in the coming year(s) in line with the will of God (Matthew 4:21).
- That every church will mend their nets to ensure unity in every division and ministry.
- Ministry Teams: Over the previous quarters, pastors, leaders and ministry teams have been labouring to meet the corporate vision and objectives of the church. Many of our churches have engaged in mission, harvesting and outreach activities, with the aim of winning the lost. Therefore, for ministry teams to be effective, they are required to live and operate under an open heaven. They are responsible for acting and working towards fulfilling the corporate purpose and vision of the church, as well as discipling those within their respective areas. ‘As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another’ (Proverbs 27:17). It is therefore the responsibility of ministry teams to align people for effective ministry giving clarity and vision. Ezekiel 1:1,3 states: ‘In my thirtieth year, in the fourth month on the fifth day, while I was among the exiles by the Kebar River, the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God. The word of the Lord came to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, by the Kebar River in the land of the Babylonians There the hand of the Lord was on him.’
We pray that:
- The hand of the Lord will be upon every ministry team within the Church of God of Prophecy that they will continue to serve with excellence.
- As we are fast approaching the end of 2017, we pray that God will open heaven (in 2018) to bring His word and clarity of visions and purpose for every level of ministry within the Church.
- Reflection: As we reflect on the internal affairs of the church, we cannot overlook the external calamities that have affected many nations. Many hurricanes have existed such as Maria where more than 900 people in Puerto Rico have died. Hurricane Harvey resulted in more than 40 Texans losing their lives. Hurricane Irma resulted in approximately 25 people dead and a least 60% of residents were left homeless in Barbuda. We also reflect on storm Ophelia in Ireland where 3 people were killed.
We therefore, reflect on those who have lost loved ones and we continue to pray for those countries and nations affected by such natural disasters.
We pray that:
- The peace and prosperity of God will be over every nation affected by such storms.
- The heavens will be opened, and healing will be brought to the land of those affected (2 Chronicles 7:14).
- Wisdom and strength will prevail for organisations that continue to respond to humanitarian disasters.
- For families that God will grant them peace as they continue to mourn the loss of loved ones.
- National Events: Please be praying for the following:
- Encounter National Youth Ministries Winter Retreat: 10th – 12th November
- Global Inter Faith Week: 12th November
Pastor Heather Cunningham
National Prayer Director
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
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