Sunday, May 16, 2010

Intercessory Prayer Networks

I have been deeply concerned about the direction my country is going. Sometimes I am overwhelmed by the corruption, the crime, the lack of moral compass, the greed by government and private industry, the bias from the news, and the list goes on.

Last year, I recorded "Transformations," a documentary on TBN. The documentary highlighted four cities on three continents that were virtually unlivable. A small group of people in each city came together to pray as instructed in II Chronicles 7:14. After a time, all the cities and townships turned around, crime was reduced, corruption decreased, and the land came back to life. People were able to walk down their streets at night without fear of being killed, beaten or robbed. Where one town had four jails, it now has none. Where the land was barren, it is now the vegetable garden of America. BTW, there is also a "Transformations II" documentary highlighting four more areas in the world with testimonies of the results from intercessory prayer by small groups coming together to pray for their communities.

Taking a cue from this documentary, two friends and I started meeting last summer on Friday mornings to pray for our country. I just knew other people were doing the same but had no idea who they were or where until this Saturday morning. I attended an Aglow meeting at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin. The speaker was Pastor Thomas Schlueter of the Prince of Peace Church in Arlington, Texas, and the coordinator of The Texas Apostolic Prayer Network. At long last I found one of the groups praying for my State of Texas, its cities, its counties, and its border. If a call is made to TxAPN or even if no call is made but trouble or a natural calamity befalls an area of Texas, emails go out from TxAPN to a list of intercessors who, in turn, have intercessor lists of their own, ad infinitum. An entire network of intercessors begin praying for those in trouble.

In addition, there is the Heartland Apostolic Prayer Network that is working to get chapters like the TxAPN in every state. HAPN partners with Reformation Prayer Network which has chapters in every state. If you are interested, I hope you will visit each of these websites and get connected to other intercessors.

Until next time, God bless you and God bless America.


Rae said...

I feel much the same as you. It is disheartening to see so much crime and hatred in our country. We need to get back to the basics this country was founded on. We have forgotten God and we need to turn back to Him and get on the right path again. You sound like you have the right idea with the prayer meetings.

SquirrelQueen said...

I agree it is very disheartening to see so much crime, hatred and lack of respect for each other. It sounds like a good program.