Monday, August 07, 2006

E-Zine for Intercessors

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June/July 2006 incenseRising
a magazine for intercessors

Dear Phil,
Since our last issue, my father passed away.

Although I miss him terribly, some of his last words to me have filled me with awe, inspired me in my prayer closet, and captured my imagination.

"It's like I'm standing in a long hallway," he said. "At the end of the hallway is the most beautiful Door I've ever seen." When we asked him if he could describe the Door, he started to weep. "Beautiful...beautiful" was all he could respond.

Philip Charles Harrison walked through that Door into Glory on April 24, 2006.

Although that door into heaven waits for His followers at the end of our journey, there is a door into His presence here and now that we are invited to enter.

Step in...welcome!
confessions of a closet pray-er
Editorial
charismatic witchcraft: that voo-doo that we do
The power of prayer is heady stuff. Is there any intercessor out there who has not felt the “rush” produced by an extraordinary answer? When we keep things in perspective, remain humble and pray God’s will, this physical response will keep us motivated to press into the partnership of intercession. But things can get off track quickly if we don’t watch out.
prayer
Gary Bergel
a parable | a reflection
Editor's note: At the time of release of our last issue, I had to leave town quickly because of my father's imminent passing. Someone else was gracious enough to post the articles for me, but I miscommunicated instructions to them and this beautiful illustration created by Gary Bergel & William Lee did not appear with the article he wrote to accompany it.

I apologize for this oversight to our readers and to Gary and William. We are re-running the article here so that you can enjoy it as it was intended.
the ministry of contemplative prayer
Tricia McCary Rhodes
The first seeds of contemplative prayer were planted in my soul as a college freshman, when an older aunt challenged me to seek God's face as well as His hand. Getting to know Him through quiet moments of meditation brought new life to the stale traditionalism of my faith, and I fell in love with Jesus at last.
intercessor's workshop
Sandra Higley
dealing with sin issues: unforgiveness, pride & rebellion
Editor: We hope you enjoy this new department dedicated to practical help with issues you face as you intercede for others.

Frequently as intercessors, we are called upon to pray with people who have specific needs for healing/deliverance in a variety of areas. Often, personal sin issues are central to the struggles they face (Jas. 5:16). Many times, unforgiveness, rebellion and pride are the culprits. They often lurk behind the scenes without the knowledge of the person you are ministering to.

Here are some simple thoughts on the significance of these sins along with some worksheets to help you help others pray through these issues.
what the Spirit is saying to the church


our readers share what they hear in His presence
In our last issue, we asked our readers to share how God has been directing them to pray in 2006 that would apply to the body of Christ at large.

Read what intercessors from Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Ohio and Georgia shared.
praying for a holocaust?
Jonathan Graf
thoughts on our response to the current crisis
In the April 6, 2006 TIME magazine, essayist Charles Krauthammer wrote about the dangers of Iran gaining nuclear power. Basing his comments on President Ahmadinejad’s speeches, he said for the first time we have a world leader, with nuclear power, who views himself as someone who can light the fuse for the chaotic end of the world. “[Ahmadinejad] is a fervent believer in the imminent reappearance of the 12th Imam, Shi'ism's version of the Messiah,” who, said Krauthammer, will come following this time of chaos. And Ahmadinejad believes this period is only two to three years away.
the secret place


ideas, meditations and resources to help you connect with God's heart
We would love to have you share ideas, thoughts or resources that enhance your worship/prayer experience, drawing you closer to the heart of God. To contribute, click here.

The National Day of Prayer Task Force has developed a card deck of mini-teachings on prayer called Mem- Cards. Each card contains a Scripture or quote on prayer (most from E.M. Bounds) along with a mini- teaching on prayer that is suitable for meditation. I was privileged to be asked to write the teachings for NDOP. Here is a sample:

Deep Things of God

"Deep things of God are learned deep in the prayer closet." (E.M. Bounds)

The key to understanding the deep things of God is careful listening (Lk. 8:17-18). God needs to know that He can trust us with His revealed truth. Once He shares with us at that level, the secrets revealed belong to us and to generations that follow (Deut. 29:29). Only the intimacy of a fully-developed relationship of sitting at His feet is rewarded with that kind of responsibility. Mary listened at His feet and understood truths that His disciples missed (Lk. 10:38-41; Jn. 12:1-7).

Mem-Cards can be ordered at www.nationaldayofprayer.org or by ordering at their toll free number, 1-800-444-8828.

incenseRising


Vol. 2, No. 3| June/July 2006

Jonathan Graf
Publisher

Sandra Higley
Editor

Gary Bergel
Contributing Editor


incenseRising is published bimonthly by the CHURCH PRAYER LEADERS NETWORK

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