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“So what do you do for a living? You go to school? Work?”
“yea, I’m a prayer missionary at a House of Prayer?”
“huh? But you live in Florida?”
“yes, I’m a missionary for this nation and state. I pray…that’s my job…”
::confused look during awkward silence:: cue in the crickets…
I find myself this morning sitting in the prayer room, so thankful to my Beautiful, Kind, Merciful, Soveriegn God for creating is for encounter with Him. I love my job and though many do not understand it, I stand in awe of how such a seemingly simple life brings such fulfillment. So much in this world tries to out glam God. So much we’re surrounded by tries to steal our attention, affections, fascination. Sitting in a sometimes empty room, something half full room, listening to heart moved love songs to Him, inquiring of His word, and then it happens… feel the whisper of His love that overcomes me and nothing else matters but to stay in that moment with Him forever…
I stumbled on a blog entry that I appreciated much; describing what is an “Intercessory Missionary”? Thats a very common question I get from people.
The gentlemans name is Joshua Hawkins. Check out this blog entry.
Here are some quotes from the blog to catch your curiosity perhaps:
An intercessory missionary is a “missionary“ in the sense that they dedicate their lives in ministry for Jesus and for others like a traditional missionary does. But rather than exclusively serving through mercy deeds, their service is first and primarily through ministry to Jesus in night and day worship and prayer. The motivation and biblical support for an intercessory missionary comes from various passages, including:
- The story of Mary of Bethany inMatthew 26:6-13, who saw the true worth of Jesus, and where Jesus linked her example of extravagant devotion to the preaching of the gospel
- The preeminence of Christ in all things fromColossians 1:18, where the ultimate goal of the Father is that Jesus might be seen as supreme in all things
- The words of Jesus inLuke 18:1-8, where Jesus exhorts the righteous to cry out in prayer day and night for faith in an ultimate and lasting justice to be established at the second coming of Jesus
- The exhortation of Jesus inMatthew 9:37-38, saying “pray the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers” for witnesses to be raised up proclaiming the Day of the LORD, the restoration of all things, and the coming kingdom of God
- Inspiration from Anna inLuke 2:36-38, where she fasted and prayed in the temple day and night for decades unto the first coming of Christ
- The ministry of John the Baptist as a messenger of repentance and bold proclaimer of the Day of the Lord
The practical outworking of a traditional missionary flows from the place of night and day ministry unto the Lord. These are the “good works that we were created for” (Ephesians 2:10), including hands-on service to others, feeding the poor, and aiding the widow and orphan – works that show forth the compassion of Jesus and help others put their hope completely in His return.
“Not only has God made the accomplishment of his global purposes of salvation hang on the preaching of the Word; he has also made the success of the preaching of the Word hang on prayer. God’s goal to be glorified in a world full of white-hot worshippers from every people and tongue and tribe and nation will not succeed without the powerful proclamation of the gospel by people like you and me. And that gospel will not be proclaimed in power to all the nations without the persevering, earnest, global, faith-filled prayers of God’s people. This is the awesome place of prayer in the purposes of God for the world. They won’t happen without prayer.” – Prayer: The work of missions – John Piper, 1988
So the question is: How can we endure? How can we be found with faith and love? How can we avoid being like Lot’s wife and like those who are left in judgment? So Jesus tells a parable to give the answer. And it is one of the few parables which he interprets for us lest we miss the point. Luke 18:1tells us the point of the parable: “And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.” Jesus’ answer to the question how to endure to the end is, Pray! Pray! Pray! And don’t grow weary of praying.” – Always Pray and Do Not Lose Heart – John Piper
The ultimate reason for night and day prayer – the worth of Jesus
Right now, the prayer ministry across the earth is weak, but the Lord is strengthening it in ways we have never seen before in history. I firmly believe that the expression of prayer in the church across the world will move from the one-hour prayer meeting on a Wednesday night in the pastor’s basement to the forefront of the hearts and minds of everyone in the body of Christ.
Even though we would all agree that the prayer ministry is very important and necessary, prayer is for much more than “getting from God what we need”, because He knows our needs before we even ask Him. Prayer does not force God’s hand to do anything, nor is prayer a “formula” to obtain God’s power for self-exaltation and pride. Prayer is about a humble interaction, dialog, and relationship. When God answers prayer and gives us foretastes of the age to come when He will reign in righteousness, His glory is magnified and it exhilarates us. Being connected at the heart level with God and seeing His answers to our prayers causes us to devote ourselves to Him in a greater way and proclaim His word and His return with boldness. Intimacy and relationship with God is the primary reason that the church will always be engaged in prayer, because relationship with His people is what He has longed for from the beginning.
Definitely check out the rest of his blog. Well written. Couldnt say better myself, hence I didn’t try and left it to him. ::wink::
To even attempt to fill you all in on everything since my last post would just turn into a novel and half way through, you all will tune out so; here’s a quick recap with some current events.
We moved locations and are now in the Kendall area which is heavenly for me being that I now live 5 minutes from the prayer room but my heart goes out to so many we connected from further north past Doral, who find our new location too far south for regular visits.
There’s something so intimate and quaint about this new location. I think it speaks so much in the sense of where each of us as staff are; mentally, spiritually. Yes, it’s very RED but it’s also very soothing, and intimate and just has this feel to it.
Since the change, in the mean time while waiting for things to have settled again, the Lord made it clear for me to work in the marketplace again. Specifically my Mom’s company; help her out. The Lord used an old mentor whose on the IHOP-KC leadership. He wisely suggested (though I wasnt technically happy about it at the moment-I was already a Full Time Intercessory Missionary for the past 4 years) that since we dont momentarily have enough ministry work to keep me from becoming idle, then I should work while still helping out the House of Prayer. He was speaking specifically into my life since I was under his leadership for a time. It’s what he felt from the Lord and what he also gathered and knew about as person.
I eventually gave in cause not coincidentally enough, my Mother needed the help and felt from the Lord that I should for a season work with her. Hm! A season! I thought a short 3 months one. We’re on month 7 and a half.
Anyway, this weekend as you see from picture above was our (IHOP Miami) 3rd ENCOUNTER GOD WEEKEND! The Director of Orlando House of Prayer, his wife and a team of about 12 others came with them. I was overwhelmed with joy.
The Orlando House of Prayer has 27 full time Intercessory Missionaries. What is that, you say?
What is an intercessory missionary? We refer to our full-time staff at the Orlando House of Prayer as “intercessory missionaries.” They raise their own support to work as full-time missionaries who reach out to others from a lifestyle of prayer and worship. Today, we have about 27 who serve full-time, investing forty hours per week, as they go from the prayer room and then to ministry outreaches and works of service. Also, as those who are committed to the forerunner message, we are preparing ourselves to prepare others for the unique dynamics of the generation in which the Lord returns.
They are such an encouragement. I dont get it, it can truly only be the Spirit of God, but they have such a love for little ol’ IHOP Miami which is currently 3 staff members who’ve been through A LOT in the past year and a half. They have taken us under their wing like IHOP-KC has taken them. This weekend, something shifted and I feel as though hearts clicked and truly awoke to what God is doing. He is building a culture of prayer with in the body through raising Houses of Prayer and prayer rooms throughout the world in order to unify the body and bring her back to her identity. (2 of many reasons)
Even them I will bring to My holy mountain,
And make them joyful in My house of prayer.
Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices
Will be accepted on My altar;
For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.”
And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer, but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’”
My heart is aching. My heart feels the beckoning from my spirit, wanting to be full time in the House of the Lord again. Marketplace work was never my cup of tea. Yes everyone would prefer to do something else, but to explain, I’ve always been creative. Theater, Dance, Music, loved it all. Went to school for it a short while and went through admissions for Film School and other schools as well. Straight out of High School, I went into administrative work for over 5 years and dreaded. It wasnt in my DNA. Business is in my Mother’s but definitely not mine. Thankfully even when I attempted to pursue and saturate myself in the Artistic world, the Lord had different plans which I am grateful for because those plans changed my entire life.
I led worship, I was a “deacon”, “youth leader” for years in ministry before and though I genuinely wanted to love the Lord even though I had no idea how to do that rightly or even how to rightly pursue that with the correct paradigms of GOD , but I really wanted to love him but there was lack of confidence. Lack of confidence in knowing really and truly who I was, who He said I was, what He thought about me. The emotions of His heart, the desires of His heart, and confidence of where this is all heading, the end of the story and the what with the why’s were all non-existent to me.
After being in KC for 3 years and doing the internship, being on Staff everything
changed. I knew that maybe not fully but deep inside I believed He was real, this was real and it was so much more than I ever knew. There was so much more to this Christianity and no one told me cause they couldnt offer what they didnt themselves have.
During my internship, I was truly reading the Word for the first time ever and realized all I was missing. I really liked Him and He really likes me. My quirks and all my specialness that rarely anyone but those closest to me see. This was treasure that no one could ever take away from me and I was now confident to stand on it and pray for grace to be immovable.
All this from being immersed in a culture of Prayer. God told me this! God showed me and confirmed His word, not man. Yes, man was used to speak a message about God but it was all those hours in the prayer room, just Him and I, wrestling with truths that offended me cause I’d never heard them before. Feeling those encounters that mere words could never do justice. He did it all cause I sat, and waited, and was still, waiting to KNOW He is GOD!
So for an update, here is all my random ramblings. ::grin:: I will keep this updated more frequently with all things IHOPMIAMI and my own current events as an Intercessory Missionary!
Bless you all! I pray for a deep encounter with the Majesty of Heaven that shakes off all things that hinder love for the sake of Love in your life. May you be ruined for anything else but Him and may the cry of David rise in our generation:
1 LORD, remember David
And all his afflictions;
2 How he swore to the LORD,
And vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob:
3 “Surely I will not go into the chamber of my house,
Or go up to the comfort of my bed;
4 I will not give sleep to my eyes
Or slumber to my eyelids,
5 Until I find a place for the LORD,
A dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob
How everything changed in ONE day… it’s true!
Funny enough I have just today even found proof, that all can change in ONE day.
This is my new BLOG! After feeling very stuck with no direction, I felt as though I was reaching my last straw screaming in empty rooms full of people crying out the God, “There must be more than this!”
I have been probably crying that exact phrase out for over 5 years to the Lord. In a matter of ONE day, He threw a new purpose, great long term direction and more my way!
After leaving Kansas City (spent three years at the International House of Prayer over there and returned recently) and returning home, I was beyond thrilled to be with my family again. That was it though, my family; the only thing bringing me and keeping me here. Keeping me here only because I had NO direction, options, opened doors asking me to walk in. I began to create any distraction possible. I attempted to go to school thinking one; it’s what my Mom wanted (beauty school) and two thinking maybe I’m suppose to just work and …honestly, I don’t know what I thought. I need to keep busy and feel as though I was heading towards something!
As school went on, I started developing a fast paced case of carpal tunnel on both hands. That kind a puts a damper on all things beauty school. Even my guitar playing suffered (I had also joined a band). I really started feeling as though everything was falling apart. Even the two things that gave me a sense of any direction were being taken away once again due to one more health issue to add to the already long list.
Last thing I knew to be was Miami having an International House of Prayer of their on in the making. After following the bread crumbs back I sat in that prayer room and in 10 minutes I knew! I cried in His presence that felt like HOME. Love found me a home again and it felt great. Nothing else compared, nothing else mattered and there was nothing else I wanted. My heart came alive again, my mind raced with hungry for Truth and Knowledge again. In my mind I told Him, (Him is Jesus, you know, my Beloved…yea that Him) “this is where I’m suppose to be.”
My logistic mind ran with thoughts about school, money, my Mom’s thoughts of dropping everything and be an Anna (as someone told me once) in the House of the Lord.
Crazy enough (and I wont get into details) EVERYTHING, every detail fell into place, even details that may be considered unfortunate. Timing was genius on His part. Now, here I am. Witnessing before my very eyes Him shining His light and building Himself the House of Prayer in Miami. So this is my journey, this is the Hope of my Calling in Him, and I love that I get to share this with others, especially here, go figure; my old hometown. A place I NEVER intended on ever coming back to and yet, it was still just a portion of His greater plan.
Below will be a Blog post from my personal Blog (www.hopesreadywriter.wordpress.com) This was written a month and a half before the great day event that changed EVERYTHING! I chuckled as I read through it today. I read it cause someone commented about it… It may seem like a lot, but even if you just skim through it, you’ll get the gist of it.
“It’s Saturday afternoon…a gorgeous Saturday afternoon might I add- and it’s I would say a pensive one at that. Have you had those moments where the day is just passing by as if it were a montage scene in a movie where the character is just doing a routine at home; washing clothes, eating breakfast, checking emails, chatting with house residents, ect…
Then you break out of the moment, take a breath and look at your surroundings. The fresh air dances around your sheer curtains, the sky between your slightly opened vertical blinds is a brilliant clear bright blue. The music plays in the background almost encouraging your movie moment. Your desires, hopes, goals seem more urgent, fervent. Things you want to do pile up in this overwhelming clutter in your head. I’m sorry, I’m speaking in code here I know, and if you’re waiting for the detailed point of all this, I apologize ahead because you really aren’t going to get it in a blog, if at all. (only because technically, we’re strangers and it just wouldn’t be appropriate…or sane. You understand right? It’s me AND you. Let us not tell lies here. ::wink and a chuckle:: forgive the melodramatics- they’re kicking in early).
It is just one of those days where life kinda paused for a moment and clarity, reality settled in. Choices we make and the reasons behind them. You try not to hold any feelings of anger towards how things have turned out or must be for now and look at the loved ones you are surrounded by and know they need you, are there for you.
Apart of you still wonders if this box you never seem to get out of will crack open a window or lend a friendly door leading towards forward movement.
Ok, after all the “poetic” babble, here’s plain English…
I want to get the heck out of MIAMI! This place has a way of drowning you. I’ve grown up here most of my life thus far and then got to leave for 3 years to a place more Night than Miami’s Day. It was blissful. I don’t see myself going back to this place cause I was there for as long as I needed to be. As of now I’m in this limbo waiting for what’s next. The thing is, if you asked me, “Well, where do you want to go?” I wouldn’t have an answer for you. I’ve never really been anywhere else to know. I do at least know, I want to stay on the East Coast. Where on the East Coast is a “fabulous” question. I’ve never liked planning. I’ve always been more spontaneous. I’ve never wanted to plan even as far ahead as next weekend.
My philosophy is, “you never know”. You never know when something will come up. When someone will find the thing or place to be that day. Most people don’t really stick to their longer term commitments anyway and sadly, I’m a bit of a brat when it comes to doing something you said was going to be done. For example; If you said, “Hey, next month on the weekend of the (insert date here) we’re going to Orlando” or ” the museum” or whatever, and then that day comes and I’m all excited. Waited, remembered the exact day and time we were leaving, then the day comes and, “Just kidding, we’re not going…sorry…”
Yea, not much of a fan, so I don’t always plan far ahead.
My point was, that I’m waiting for life to surprise me. Take me on a adventure. There is definitely much I want to do, experience and see that the possibilities are endless.
Some of you might be saying, “Well, hey! Stop whining, and get out there! Just do it! Jump in and run around no apologies!”
Here’s the thing. I do know this much. With everything I want to do and see; I don’t want or need Empty Ventures. I dont want or need Empty rooms full of people. I don’t want or need long Empty evenings masking hurt, doubt, confusion, unanswered question, shaky foundations.
When I do get out there and find adventure (if that’s whats in the cards for me) I want to walk away from each and every experience feeling that thing you feel when you turn around facing where you have just been and Sigh with a crooked smile. Knowing inside that you’ll always carry that day, that 5 second moment, that place in that Life collage stored away where only you access and choose to share.”