| My Journey and Reflection on Transformational Prayer
Throughout the last decade, as intercessors and facilitators, we have experienced that transformational prayer brings the manifest presence of God, and we have witnessed the power of that glorious presence to transform certain societies. We know that the job is not yet complete to the fullest, and transformational prayer is still a work in progress in many regions in which we work. However, we have been witnesses of how seeking intimacy with Jesus, and His presence has brought to many countries and cities in Latin America a "change" in our people. We have seen God touching the minds and hearts in an arresting, devastating, exalting way to draw them closer to Him through working from the inside out rather than from the outside in. We have experienced how transformational prayer begins in an individual's heart that provokes the inner desire to attract the presence of Christ: holiness, humility, repentance, unity, and compassion.
This journey has been an enormous challenge that has changed the value assigned to prayer, particularly in the values of the local church. Churches have now shifted to focusing on prayer in such a way that it has shaped and encouraged a culture of prayer around Latin America that is Kingdom-principled and church-focused - a culture of prayer that was not previously present.
From Bolivia in 2004 with the invitation to participate in the Global Day of Prayer to Mexico in 2011, Paraguay 2011, and recently with the Second Latin American Prayer Summit inrazil last month, we have seen the importance of prayer as a Kingdom truth belonging to the whole Body of Christ, and we value communicating those truths in meaningful ways to diverse groups.
The main verse that we have prayed for the last decade is the amazing promise of 2 Chronicles 7:14. This verse has "sealed" in our hearts and has been our guide to pray with abandonment and expectation for revival and transformation.
..."If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14)
1. In order to connect people and nations on prayer, you really need to have a humble heart.
2. We must have the assurance in our heart on at least these 5 principles:
- God's people must recognize that there is a desperate need for spiritual awakening.
- God's people must humble themselves before Him and to others, respecting the different ways of prayer and worship according to their beliefs.
- God's people must confess their sin and repent.
- God's people must continually and earnestly pray.
- God's people must call others to join with them in the same spirit of prayer.
3. Connecting people in prayer requires Sacrificial Commitment
- We don't like to hear much about sacrifice these days. Perhaps that's why we know so little about revival or connect people in prayer. Sacrifice prepares our hearts to hear God and our lives to receive His touch.
4. Connecting people requires Significant Action
- God calls on us to move out in faith and claim the victory He has already promised.
- There are challenges facing us today - perhaps financial, or family, or career, or perhaps your relationship with Christ. The choice is ours: do we really want revival, and are we willing to pay the price? Are we willing to be part of the fulfillment of the prophecy of Habakkuk 2:14 - "For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea."
- Because God is creative in His plans and purposes, we value listening for His specific strategies in each unique situation for the Latin America countries (2 Chronicles 20; Jeremiah 13:14, 10:21).
5. Connecting people requires a MEGA dose of faith and gratitude to be counted as part of one of the most amazing ministries on earth, which is the ministry of intercession - the same ministry that Jesus has.
- Jesus and the Holy Spirit are interceding in heaven, we are doing the same thing on earth, and that is our role of bringing that part of the Kingdom to earth. (The Lord's prayer - Matthew 6:9-13)
What Is the Lord Saying to Us?
We have been receiving from different prayer groups the same vision: A big book (Chronicles) that is opened, and a "new page" is showing a new season, a new day, a new page where The Holy Spirit is orchestrating a worldwide prayer strategy in these days that will overpower any other prayer movement during the Church's history. In the WPA 2012 meeting, The Holy Spirit will equip the Body of Christ to participate with Jesus in His intercessory ministry; the result will be a great harvest of souls that will be added to the Kingdom of Heaven.
IPC is a tool that God is using to align His people to His prophetic agenda. Not only a new wave but also a fresh anointing in prayer and intercession will be released all over the earth.
My Feelings About the WPA, the IPC, and What We Are About
I believe every part of the Body of Christ has a Kingdom role. IPC has accepted its responsibility before God to help connect His people around the world, going over and beyond personal or ministry agendas. Without the collaboration of this type of facilitators, we would have never enhanced the Father's dream of having WPA in Jakarta. WPA will be an encounter of heaven and earth, and Latin America feels honored to be part of this historic moment where the Holy Spirit is about to provoke one of the most amazing revivals of the end times.
IPC Executive Team
CLAMOR Latin American Prayer Network
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