A 24/7 Strategy of Churches/Groups leading Worship & Prayer for one day from the National Day of Prayer to the Global Day of Prayer. See Events for info on each day.
On Saturday, April 9th, church & community leaders gathered at the New Life Christian Center in Milwaukie (meaning "a great council place") to launch the Greater Portland - Operation Rolling Thunder with Tim Taylor of Watchman Ministries (Listen to his presentation: What is Operation Rolling Thunder & the Strategic Councils for the Transformation Task Force?) & Paul Mackie, Pastor of the City of Refuge Community (Listen to his presentation: The Vision of what King Jesus is actually inviting us to do). Here is the outline of what Paul presentated:
Isa 40:27-31 states “Why do you say… ‘My way (my situation) is hidden from the Lord and my just claim is passed over (overlooked) by my God?’ Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord and Creator of the ends of the earth neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait (keep a fervent hope) on the Lord will renew their strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not be weary, they will walk and not faint.”
It “feels like” it’s been a long season of ministry, seminars, conferences and prayer meetings with seemingly a small return on our investment with less than discernable changes in the Church and City. Physical evidence would suggest that we’re making less than a measureable impact on our Culture to date… but all that changes here and now.
We all sense it and have been hearing it on the prophetic air-waves for about a year that change is eminent! The season of fervent hope is about to shift to a season of fervent celebration that will translate into a season of fervent fruitfulness!
Luke 17:20-21 says, “Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, "The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, 'See here!' or 'See there!' For indeed the kingdom of God is within you."
While we may not have discerned any physical signs of God’s kingdom in our City yet… the Holy Spirit has indeed been busy making preparations for the last 10 years. We would like to suggest that what God has been building is a “Kingdom People” not a “Kingdom Place.”
The kingdom is established when King Jesus is reigning in People… not a ministry, conference or City! Then, when those people take their places as influencers within that society, culture or City… that’s when the kingdom of God will be discernibly visible and influential within that society, culture or City.
Our society, culture and cities are not living in God-less moral ruin because of the “Enemies” presence… they are living in God-less moral ruin because of the absence of “Kingdom-minded People!”
We need a remnant of God’s people who are convinced of the reality of God’s Kingdom and living in joyful agreement with King Jesus for a manifestation of His kingdom on earth as it is in heaven!
What we have right-here / right-now is Gideon’s Army… out-numbered, out-resourced &, out-flanked! PERFECT! Time for God to miraculously intervene with the hosts of heaven who have been commissioned by our King to ensure our Victory!
Q: How many Angels do we need to take a City?
A: We want to suggest One possibly two should be sufficient if we:
Take the right posture & position here in our City
Follow the instructions & leadership of our King
Participate in the timing & execution of our Plan
Position & Posture:
Gideon: They were to take position standing on the hills & high-places around the enemy
ORT: Our highest position is in the throne-room of Heaven standing in honor of our King
Important: This strategy is about Throne-room Influence not Street Confrontation
Instructions & Leadership:
Gideon: They were to blow their trumpets and break their pitchers at Gideon’s command
ORT: Every participating group is to start 24/7 Praise, Prayer & Worship and let your prophetic declarations be heard on the high places of Worship in the courts of Heaven
Important: This strategy is about Prayer of Agreement w/ the King not Disagreement with the Enemy
Timing & Execution:
Gideon: They were to wait for Gideon’s command, execute their instructions and stand their ground
ORT: We are to wait for May 5th – National Day of Prayer then execute our 24/7 Praise, Prayer & Worship plan until June 12th – Global Day of Prayer
Important: This campaign goes from May 5 to June 12 – 39 days of Agreement w/ Heaven
Praise and Worship: Each group / ministry can choose their own expressions of Worship – It’s a spiritual posture not activity or performance
Prophetic Declaration: Speak what you want to see accomplished as if it’s accomplished –We’ve been pre-approved to dream out-loud by faith and then give thanks for it
Celebration: Whenever the whole ministry is together, give more priority and time to Worship during the 39 days – Work the strategy w/ a whole heart and the strategy will work for us
Intercession / Prayer: The is an “agreement strategy” where we win by agreeing with what our King wants to see happen and then professing that by using the Prophetic Declaration Guide for the 7 Sphere’s of Society
After June 12th we believe that we will see a supernatural, measurable, visible & tangible shift in the atmosphere, in the churches, in the businesses and on the streets of Portland – Vancouver and the surrounding regions.
Point: The same level of agreement with Heaven we employed to gain this victorious shift is the same level of agreement required to maintain victorious shift. Imagine a city-wide coalition of Kingdom-minded people celebrating the King’s victory for 24/7/365. Sounds like heaven on earth to me!
Our Prophetic Declaration Guide for the 7 Sphere’s of Society:
This will be our Intercession / Prophetic / Worship Guide for the 39 days of Agreement. It will have all the prayer, praise and prophetic targets from the 7 sphere’s:
Church / Religion
Arts / Media / Entertainment
This Prophetic Guide will become a living document that will be updated monthly / quarterly with fresh prophetic targets in all 7 Sphere’s. This is how we will maintain a high level of Kingdom influence in all sectors of society in our Portland – Vancouver region.
We want to suggest that while the Church was designed to administer the Kingdom, the world is really the best place to demonstrate the Kingdom. They are the ones King Jesus wants to introduce to His amazing Father and bless through His amazing kingdom… US! Remember, the kingdom is not a place it is a people living in joyful agreement with the King!
Lastly, let's put the whole Joyful Agreement Strategy with our King into one sentence: The world needs a supernatural revelation and demonstration of God’s Kingdom through us before they are going to embrace His kingdom with us. Submitted by Paul Mackie, Pastor of the City of Refuge Community
Listen to Tim Taylor (How To's & Commissioning of CONECTORs) & the Strategic Councils - Transformation Task Force - Prayer Reports
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