Thirteen states and three countries were represented. There were about 80 of us all together. Daniel Henderson, president of Strategic Renewal International and I had the privilege of facilitating this National Pastors’ Prayer Summit using the facilities of the Calvary Chapel in St. Petersburg, Florida. Being in Florida in the middle of February wasn’t a bad thing, but these men and women came with a hunger for God and left with more of a hunger for God. That’s what happens when you spend hours seeking Him.
This is the fourth NPPS we have done together in the last few years. All the “normal” things of a Prayer Summit were present. Times to linger in His presence; “seeking His face more than His hand;” sweet, spontaneous, whole-hearted singing; Spirit-led, worship-fed, Scripture-based, corporate prayer; large groups, small groups, and individual times; loud times and silent times. And most of all, a great sense of His presence.
But a unique feature to these summits is that we build in times of intentional equipping. One of the hopes is that these pastors and other spiritual leaders will not only enjoy God in a fresh and powerful way, but they will also be motivated and equipped to go back to their setting and facilitate similar prayer times there.
We did two things to help accomplish this. Near the end of a few of the sessions we “debrief.” If Daniel was the primary facilitator, I asked a few questions such as, “What did you experience in this last session? What could you take back home?” These were not lengthy times but they proved to be very helpful. The other way we accomplished this was that Daniel and I each did an hour-long workshop. This gave people time to hear not only our perspectives, but our hearts.
The end result is that there are more people not only motivated to lead people into the presence of God through prayer, but they are also equipped to do so.
Jody Returns from Nicaragua
Jody Mayhew, one of the Women's reps for IRM, has recently returned from Nicaragua where she facilitated a time of prayer for a mission organization there. The time was spent laying groundwork in the Spirit for deepening relationships among the staff and seeking the Lord for direction in the coming months. Jody says the experience was memorable including an encounter with a new kind of insect: chiggers, which hold the distinction of causing the most intense itching she ever experienced!
Please pray for me “here and there.”
- Here (in Clark County) – please pray as we finish the editing and layout of a 50 day prayer guide for Clark County called, Praying Like David… for Clark County. We need to have everything ready for the printer by March 24th.
- There (in other places) – Please pray as I facilitate the annual Prayer Summit for Treasure Valley (Boise, ID) March 3-5. On March 13th I will drive to Bellingham WA. to share at the banquet for Light of the World Prayer Center. This ministry is having a great impact upon Whatcom County WA. and its founder, Jason Hubbard has recently joined the IRM board. Finally, please pray as I travel to Rhode Island from March 28-April 3. During this trip, I will preach at Stony Lane Baptist Church, present the Living Prayer