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On Sept. 8, 2011 the Nightwatch prayer section at IHOP-KC started a three month consecration where we wanted to give ourselves to beholding the beauty of God and to refraining from talking with one another during the 12am-6am unless it pertained to the leadership of the prayer room.  And initially I scoffed at the consecration and thought it was unnecessary.  I thought that I didn’t need to participate in this consecration because I hardly talked during 12am-6am.  But the Lord had other ideas because a friend of mine called me out on my scoffing heart and called me to give myself to what the Lord was doing in our midst.

So I repented and decided to join the consecration.  I also wanted to start fasting as well, so I decided to eat 1.5 meals a day Mon-Sat and have Sundays off where I could eat normally.  And I had four areas that I wanted God to speak to me about.

1.  Encountering God – I wanted to experience God more and have dreams and visions.  I realized that I had lost my zeal for wanting God to reveal himself to me in supernatural ways, and I wanted that desire renewed.
2.  Relationships – I wanted God to speak to me about relationships and give me more wisdom especially as I was talking with a particular girl and considering dating.
3.  Vocation – I wanted a greater understanding and more strength as a intercessory missionary.  I wanted to have greater understanding on the power of prayer.
4.  Family – I wanted to see my family restored in their relationships.

As I began to give myself to the rest of the Nightwatch consecration, God began answering these four areas for me.  I began to have dreams that had pretty significant meaning to me.  I also began to have my mind renewed about the lies I believed about relationships.  Also I began to have a greater understanding of my calling as an intercessor.  Though I have not seen the last area answered, just the faith that I have that God can restore my family is a testimony in itself.

I had forgotten about the power of fasting during my past couple of years at IHOP.  But this fast has been such a pivotal season for me, and I am so grateful that the Lord is speaking to me and answering my prayers.  I really encourage you, that if you feel led, to start a fast.  It doesn’t have to be much, it could be fasting one meal a day, or even just eating fruits and vegetables.  But I really believe that fasting is powerful and I am so grateful to God for hearing my cries.

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We are living in great and terrible times.  With the rise of moral decay concerning issues like abortion, human trafficking, and the issue of marriage, America is in great need for revival.  One of the main institutions that have been the impetus to historic revival has been colleges and universities.  Not only are they the places that raise up the next generation of leaders for our nation, but over 100,000 international students come to our soil to learn.  What if God touched these students’ lives with the power of the gospel and went back to spread the fires of revival in their respective countries?

Thus, Lou Engle, along with the intercessors at IHOP invite you to participate in crying out for colleges in America: that God would pour out his spirit and awaken students for a holy love for Jesus.  For the next 40 days from March 1-April 9, we will be participating in a Daniel fast (no sweets, no meats – Dan. 10:3) and asking that God would bring revival in America, and particularly college campuses.  God truly hears our prayers and will answer them, so I encourage you to join us in whatever way you feel like the Lord may be stirring you to pray and fast during this season.

If you want to hear more concerning the 40 day fast click on this link to the 6pm evening FCF service:
http://www.ihop.org/Groups/1000048153/International_House_of/Events/Weekends_IHOP_KC/Weekend_Services/Weekend_Services.aspx?redirected=1

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The testimonies of being touched by God’s love has continued since Nov. 11 when the Holy Spirit came to IHOPU in an unusual way.  Over the past 12 weeks, we have been having nightly meetings from wed-sat to receive more from God’s presence.  Physical and emotional healing, deliverance from oppression and self-hatred, and increased revelation concerning the Father’s love have been a few characteristics of this move of God.

But recently I got the chance to hear a testimony of a former Muslim who experienced God’s love and was saved.  It is a powerful testimony and wanted to provide a link to watch it.  So here it is: IHOPU Awakening testimony

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In Matt. 6, Jesus’ disciples ask him how they are to pray.  It is possible that they saw Jesus’ prayer life and wanted some help with their own, or perhaps it was a normal question that disciples ask their teacher.  In any case, Jesus’ answer was immediate and clear.  He responded by saying pray in this manner, “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed by thy name, thy kingdom come…”  Jesus gives to his disciples a concise prayer that they were to memorize and pray regularly.  The phrase that I want to highlight is “your kingdom come.”

Jesus gives the disciples content on what to pray and the first request after the adoration of the Father in heaven is “let your kingdom come.”  Now what is the kingdom of God?  In essence it is the rule of God that was promised to Israel in the OT.  This kingdom would be characterized by agricultural provision, peace from their enemies, the knowledge of God, and great joy.  Thus, when the disciples were to pray “let your kingdom come,” they were praying for a dramatic inbreaking of God’s kingdom into the present evil world.

Jesus’ prayer is the request for the kingdom of God to come to our broken world.  Thus, intercessory missionaries are those who join with this prayer with great vigor and diligence.  They realize that the present evil age is not ok with them or with God.  Therefore, they actively participate in prayer to bring the kingdom of God to the world.  This is prayer for the greatest transition in human history: the culmination of the kingdom of God coming to the earth.  This is the great privilege that intercessory missionaries have.  They get to be agents in the present evil to transition humanity into the next age of the kingdom of God.

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At times I have heard some say “I knew God in my mind, but I didn’t know it in my heart” or “You need to have heart knowledge, not just head knowledge.”  These statements and others like them leave me wondering what they might possibly mean.  Perhaps they mean that they have begun to feel emotionally the things that they thought they knew about God.”  However, for me growing in my knowledge through study directly correlates with my ability to feel more of God.  What we think in our mind drastically affects our emotions (heart), therefore, it is imperative that our thoughts be transformed to become more and more biblical.  A.W. Tozer says it this way in his book The Knowledge of the Holy: “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us…the man who comes to a right belief about God is relieved of ten thousand temporal problems.” Proverbs 23:7 also talks about the importance of having right thinking.  It states, “As a man thinks in his heart, so he is.”  What a person thinks cannot be separated with one’s person.

Just yesterday I had an experience which connected me with how important studying the bible is to my emotions.  As I have been studying the God, who in history brought great deliverance to his people in Egypt and who the psalmists called “My tower of strength,” the God who helps in our time of great distress became more tangible to me.  Because he has shown himself faithful to the people I read about in the bible, the reality of his faithfulness becomes much more apparent to me today.  Thus, yesterday I began to weep as I thought of the God who was so faithful to weak people like me by sending his precious son into the world so that we might live.  I sobbed for about 15 minutes being undone with God’s love towards me.  Me feeling God’s love did not come in a vacuum, but through hours and hours of study in the word of God concerning who he is and what he has done.

Therefore, I cannot choose between head knowledge and heart knowledge.  All I know is that by doing the rigors of studying the word and renewing my mind with what it actually tells me about who God is, my heart gets touched and I feel more of his love.  Let us get a vision for studying the word of God so that our hearts would burn in love for him.

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About 3 1/2 months until I walk up those steps at the FSM auditorium and receive my graduation certificate.  Throughout my years as an FSM student it was been one of the most challenging and rewarding times of my life.  Although IHOPU, is not accredited it has been one of the academically rigorous schools I have been a part of.

Ministering at the IHOPU Awakening

I graduated Occidental College with a B.A. in Sociology and at first FSM seemed a pale comparison academically.  However, as time progressed the academic challenge grew to the point where now I am writing a 75 page Greek exegetical paper on the Gospel of John for my Senior Thesis.

However, the academia is not the only thing that has been challenging.  Living the lifestyle of prayer and fasting has also been trying.  In giving myself to about 24 hrs every week for 3 1/2 years, I have grown deeper in the Lord.  My confidence in God’s love for me has become more established.  Furthermore, my heart is alive and free.  I do not feel the same that I used before FSM.  Also I have grown a lot in ministering to others and learning to be a Christian relationally.  Therefore, as I graduate soon this will be one of the greatest accomplishments of my life so far.  It has been a difficult yet rewarding journey.

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Tears streamed down his face as he prayed, “Thank you God for being so gracious in giving us this Awakening.”  These were the words that Allen Hood, the assistant director of IHOP, spoke before hundreds of people in today’s Awakening service.  He shared how this Awakening was an answer to prayer concerning wanting more of God in America.  The burden for revival, which was stirred up last summer, was followed by a release of God’s joy and love over his people.  Allen explained that this Awakening was God’s kindness in bringing emotional, physical, and spiritual freedom.  Since the meetings began in Nov. 11, 2009, there have been over 900 salvations and baptisms.  There have also been numerous testimonies of scoliosis, cancer, and other ailments being healed.

One of the fruits of this move of God which touches me deeply is the increased love for one another in our community.  Personally, I have grown so much closer to my friends and appreciate them so much more since the Awakening began.  The sign of God’s presence is not only outward manifestations, but the fruit of deeper love for one another.  This has led me to reach out to others more and deal with relational conflict more as well.  Usually I avoid conflict at all costs, but I have really stepped out in love.  For that I am so grateful for what God has done in our midst.  He is a truly kind and loving Father, who is out for our good.

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