let's not just be a people who prays when there is a
crisis ... let us be a people who pray!
I am not nearly as diligent abbout prayer as i should be. I admit
it. I am a bishop and I admit that I don't aalways think about praying ...
Until I want something from God!
Until I need Him, and then I'm all on my knees, prostrate, on
my face, knocking at the door of the Holy of Holies!!!
But I have prayed ...
And the one fundamental truth I can attest to is that our God
ANSWERS prayers! Not always on our timetable ...
not always in the way we'd expected Him to answer ... and certainly
not always in the affirmative.
When I worked in the auto industry they taught us about "benchmarking."
Benchmarking is a business strategy whereby companies analyze the
"best practices" of the best companies (in any business or industry),
and then find ways to incorporate thise best practices into their own
Deciding how to implement this prayer ministry also called for
some benchmarking. You should not be surprised that the first
thing I did was to look at the Ministry of (Emeritus)Pastor David
Y. Cho, at Yoido. I first became aware of Dr. Cho in the early
1980s, when I was still at my home church, in Florida.
I later read his book, "Holy Spirit, My Senior Partner,"
and it was here that I learned about
Osanri Choi-Jashil Prayer and Fasting Mountain.
According to Wikipedia:
"The Prayer Mountain Movement in Korea sprang from a practice
of the pioneering Christians during the latter days of the Korean
church in the 19th century. Faced with strong opposition from the
home religions and philosophies, i.e. Buddhism and Confucianism,
as well as the mandatory practice of Shinto imposed by the invading
forces from Japan, many Christians who resisted these impositions on
their freedom of worship were persecuted and even killed. In desperation,
the Christians who could not practice their faith openly adopted the
practice of waking up as early as four in the morning to ascend the
nearby mountains where they could freely pray until the first ray of
sunrise. At the end of the day, before going home, the Christians
would again ascend the mountains to pray and fast and ask God to
intervene on their behalf."
The Choi Ja-Sil Prayer Mountain facility can accommodate 10,000
guests per day. With available western as well as Korean-style
accomodations, the facility is open not only to Korean Christians
but to other Christians from all parts of the world who wish to
come and visit.
Over the years I've envisioned a Ministry where Sainys would be
engaged in Intercessory Prayer 24 hours a day; where — in
the absence of a mountain — people could find a time and place
to go for strategic prayer.
I want to infect Cyberspace with "Strategic Prayer Warfare." To understand
what I mean by "Strtegic Prayer Warfare," visit the page for the
Rhoda's House Intercessory Prayer Ministry.
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