A Method The Enemy Uses To Divide & Conquer

While writing the book, Collabin’, several things come to mind. Namely, C.S. Lewis’ book The Screwtape Letters. In this book, Lewis gives insight into the methods and strategies the enemy uses to gain a foothold in our lives and to push us farther away from God (this is the Babel strategy from my previous post). For those of you who haven’t read this book, each letter is written by Screwtape to his nephew Wormwood, both of whom are demons that serve Satan. Screwtape, a more learned “tempter” uses each letter to explain to his nephew exactly how to tempt, and otherwise pull his “patient” farther away from the “Enemy” (God). The third letter of the book is concerning “daily pinpricks” or “a good settled habit of mutual annoyance”. Screwtape gives his nephew these 4 methods to use to pull his patient farther from God.

the_screwtape_letters_by_mcjade-d773zu01. Keep his thoughts off of the simplest things by turning them to the most spiritual things. Stir up that very useful human characteristic, the ignoring and forgetting of the obvious. Bring him to a place where he can search his soul for an hour without discovering any of the things about himself that are clear to everyone that has ever worked with him.

2. Make sure that his prayers are always very ‘spiritual’; that he is always praying for the state of others’ souls and never for physical problems. By doing this, his attention will be kept on what he believes to be their sins, and with a little push from you, he can be made to believe their sins are any of their actions that he finds irritating or annoying.

3. When two humans have worked together for many years they will usually each have tones of voice and facial expressions which the other will find irritating. Let your patient assume that the other person knows how annoying it is and does it to annoy–If you do your job he will never notice the extreme unlikeliness of the assumption. And, of course, never let him suspect that he has tones and looks which also annoy them.

4. In the workplace, hatred is usually expressed by saying things which would appear quite harmless on paper (the words are not offensive) but in such a voice, or at such a moment, that they are not far short of a slap in the face. Your patient must demand that all of his own words are to be taken at their face value and judged simply on the actual words, while at the same time judging all of their words with the fullest and most over-sensitive interpretation of the tone and the context and the assumed intention. Hence from every quarrel they can both go away convinced, or very nearly convinced, that they are quite innocent. Once this habit is quite firm, you have the delightful situation of a human saying things with the purpose of offending and yet having an injury when offense is taken.

This is just four different ways of one method that the enemy uses against us every day. By causing us to constantly be annoyed with people we are working with, which in turn builds up inside of us until we can no longer work with the other person at all. Be aware. Don’t let the enemy use this strategy against you friend!

For more on The Screwtape Letters, check out http://www.gutenberg.ca/ebooks/lewiscs-screwtapeletters/lewiscs-screwtapeletters-00-h.html.

For more on my upcoming book Collabin’: The Connectivity Challenge watch for regular updates on my Blog: Preacher with a Mission.

Collabin’: The Connectivity Challenge

Collabin’: Truncated form of collaborating and verb tense of collab.

Example: Yeah man, I’m collabin’ with Will on this video… it’s gonna be sick (urbandictionary.com).

Our world is broken. Division runs rampant through the streets as families and friends and even nations are torn apart. This division affects each and every person alive today because we all know the pain of being separated from our loved ones and friends. We allow things like divorce, anger, hatred, lust, love of money, idolatry, and millions of other things to come between us and those we care about. The root, it can be said, of all division can be traced back to one original disobedience to our Creator. Whether it be “small” or “large”, sin has the power to drive a wedge between people and is the source of all evil and broken relationships.

Come back to the beginning with me. In the beginning, the world and all of its inhabitants were blameless. Adam & Eve lived in perfect harmony and unity with God, collabin’ with Him in the Garden and walking with him in a real and personal way. One day the serpent speaks to Eve and tells her that she can be like God if she eats the fruit of the tree that God told her not to eat from. Eve picks a fruit and takes it to her husband. When Eve explains what the serpent told her, both of them eat the forbidden fruit. Adam & Eve disobeyed the only order that God had given them in order to be like God themselves. Now, Adam & Eve didn’t need to collab’ with God. They now had the knowledge of good and evil just as He did; whatever they did, they could do it alone, without God’s help.

When humans decide that they are like God, there is a divorce, a separation, that takes place in the supernatural realm that tears apart the relationship between God the Father and his creation.

Adam & Eve “broke-up” with God in favor of knowledge, wisdom, and power for themselves. By promoting our own goals, we forsake God’s goals and the instant that happens, we stop walkin’ and collabin’ with Him.

Come with me now to a later time in the book of Genesis. In chapter 11:1-9 we have a description of the Tower of Babel and the people who were building it. These people were acting to promote themselves among the peoples of the earth when they built their city. They wanted “to make a name for themselves” and to avoid being “scattered”. Here’s the thing, God told Adam earlier in Genesis to “fill the earth”. He meant this order not just for Adam, but for all of the descendants of Adam as well, including the people of Babylon. Now, the people of Babylon were doing the exact opposite of what the Lord had commanded them to do. Instead of filling the earth and going everywhere, they stayed clumped together and started to build a large city and a tall tower. Not wanting to be outdone, other clans would have started “trying to make a name for themselves” by building tall towers and not “filling the earth” as they were commanded to. By acting in disobedience to God’s commands, the people of Babylon were sinning, just like Adam & Eve. Still, though the people of Babylon were acting in sin and were not collabin’ with God, they were collabin’ with each other.

In fact, when God saw sinful man accomplishing things as great as their city and tower, he said, “this is only the beginning of what they will do; nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.” This is a powerful statement, especially coming from God. There is such power in the human people when we are one race, one tongue, and one purpose. Even though we are a fallen people, cut off from our original position of relationship with God, there is still this potential within us: that “nothing will be impossible” for us. With all that has been accomplished by the human race; all of our wars, confusion, division, etc., we can only begin to imagine what would have happened if God had not intervened at Babylon!

Following this story, we know that God made a plan to stop the progress of their city and tower. God came down and confused their languages. What a strategy! God accomplished his goals without destroying everyone working on the tower! He got the people to where they wouldn’t/couldn’t work together anymore so that the tower and city would never be completed.

Isn’t it amazing what the human race can accomplish when we work together?

For more on this subject, watch for updates from my new book coming soon: Collabin’: The Connectivity Challenge.

Happy Thanksgiving 2015 . . .


belin John LarryThanksgiving in Germany . . . 

As I write this today the American Thanksgiving Day, John McGovern and I are in Germany visiting cities where refugee camps are located. Europe is filled with terror after the attacks at Paris. Belgium has been on lock down where schools, public transporting and all public activities have been ordered to stop. I don’t think this has happened in a Western Nation since World War II. As we travel in Germany we can feel the tension that is rising as this nation is trying to deal with hundreds of thousands of refugees from various Middle East countries.

Why are we here?  

Because, such a movement of millions of people as we are seeing in the world today,a_lam_refugees500x279 the largest migration of refugees since World War II, is a door of opportunity to reach some with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Sure there may be some strategies of terrorist groups to take advantage of this to infiltrate the people with their own radicals so there needs to be careful checks by the governments. If the hostile organizations can see opportunity and take advantage of this massive people movement what about the church?

Do we just sit back do nothing? Be afraid? 

Well, I see an opportunity for the church to show the love of God and wonderful message of Jesus Christ to hurting, hungry, homeless, hopeless and desperate people. These people are suffering. They have left their homelands. Their homes have been bombed or taken over by hostile forces. Their livelihood, business and jobs are gone. They have risked their lives and the lives of their loved ones to cross the sea in small dangerous boats. They have walked for hundreds miles carrying what few belongs they could to seek help and a new life of freedom. That is the majority of these refugees.

This may be an opportunity for the church of Jesus Christ to be true Light. To help them to find a new life that includes Jesus Christ as their Savior.

What are we doing? 

First:  We are visiting with pastors, churches and business people all over Germany who are already reaching out to the refugees or are interested in doing something to help.

Second: As we correlate the information and contacts, we will decide what Praise Chapel Fellowship of Churches can do to respond.

This is not the first time that I have felt the Holy Spirit call me to go to a country and to see what we could do. Jack Harris and I went to Kenya and Ghana Africa years ago with the same heart. Now for over 30 year we have had fruitful ministry in those nations but it started with us going there in response to a feeling that God was calling us. I went to Hong Kong with the same heart and calling years ago. Out of that trip God opened the way to be a part of what He is doing in that region of the world.  Janet and I made a trip to Manila for the purpose of see what we could do. In each of these places and many more, we enjoy fruitful ministry today.  So, we are not just meeting people and going to camps, we are walking in the “good works’ that God has prepared for us.

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10, NKJV).

Today, Thanksgiving Day 2015

I am thankful to be in Germany. John McGovern and I miss our families and the wonderful traditional food they will enjoy today. We pray that our family will and each of you will have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day together with your friends and families.  Hopefully we will find a restaurant here in Berlin, Germany to eat a traditional American Thanksgiving Dinner. If not, we can eat some knockwurst with sauerkraut.

There are times in the Kingdom of God when you must GO by faith and see what God might do. That is where we are at today this Thanksgiving Day in Germany. 

Larry Neville

 

Calling all Boomers . . .

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I believe that the most marginalized group of people in the church today is the Baby Boomer Generation.

I grew up in a pastor’s home, involved in church ministry for all of my life. I began playing music in the services at ten years old. I also led youth ministries and traveled with my brother Mike as an evangelistic team. After Janet and I married, we traveled as a musical/evangelistic team for about seven years and then began pastoring. Later we lived in Asia for twelve years doing church planting. Then we returned to the United States and have been pastoring and church planting since. I lead Praise Chapel, a network of churches and ministries that has grown out of church planting. I work with churches that are  thirty-five years old and some that are just weeks old. We have church planters who are in their twenties and pastors in their sixties.  Why I say all of that is to let you know a little about me so that when I say that I believe the Baby Boomers are the most marginalized group in the Church I am speaking from a very diverse platform.

All the activities of my life have been as I have journeyed through the Baby Boomer generation. I was born in 1949 so that places me at the beginning. I have journeyed with the 77 Million Boomers these years. Like most pastors and leaders, during the past few decades I have aimed to reach and invest in the next generations. The church overall is doing that successfully. We are multiplying churches among the forty and under crowd. But, only during the past few years have I become aware that as we (the church) are empowering the youth we have marginalized the Boomers. As I go to churches I see Boomers who were once involved. They built the churches. They led the worship. They served in every capacity and sacrificed financially. Now I see them sitting in the services and their talents not in demand.

I am for the next generations just as much as anybody. I  invest in them, and release them into ministry. That is not the issue. The challenge is that in doing so, we are overlooking the  77 million Baby Boomers.

Our world may try to “retire” the Boomers or marginalize Boomers to a lifestyle that our parents or grandparents desired when they moved into their mid 50’s and beyond. But, that is not going to happen. Boomers have always charted their own course, from the hippies to Rock and Roll music, the anti-war demonstrations to the technology evolution. There is no stopping the Boomers. Just the size of the Boomer generation means that whatever we do is enormous and affects everyone.

So why are we calling for Boomers?

Because we are entering our next stage of life. Boomers are about to revolutionize the Third Stage of life. We are going into the next years of our lives – reimagining, inventing, creating and seeking. There is a determination to finish what we started. We are goi
ng to continue to make a difference in this world. We have the health, finances, knowledge and passion to change the world and we are going to do it. As Peter Drucker famously remarked, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” Put another way, à la Pogo, we have met the leaders, and they are us.(1) Our future is a time of ongoing Bill gateslearning, growth, and challenge.

Watch out! The giant is awakening again. 

Awakening to a new time in our lives. A time to face new challenges and new opportunities. To use all of our strength, ability, and resources to make a difference in this world. No generation has had the privileges and opportunities that the boomers have. The challenges facing this world are calling Boomers to a greater cause and purpose than in our entire lifetimes.  It is still our generation. So, Boomers let’s come together and finish this great task of changing our world.  We can leave this planet a better place after our generation so that the generations to come will look back to the Baby Boomer generation as their example of finishing well.

In the Book of Acts, the Apostle Paul refers to King David saying, “We all know David died and was reduced to dust after he served God’s purpose in his generation” (13:36 Voice). 

We are  responsible for our generation.

Yes, we invest in the next generations but there is still our generation. Two-thirds of the Baby Boomers are unchurched. That is over 50 million people. A generation now facing a revolutionary time of change as we enter our Third stage of life. We have the opportunity to compile all of our learning and our skills to change the world again.  We still have our generation to reach with the gospel. The Baby Boomers have at least the next 15 to 20 years to serve our generation. Just as Rocky Balboa said, “It ain’t over till it’s over.”

All of our lives, the Boomers have been the elephant in the room, the largest generation. Everything we have done has made an impact upon our world, some for good and some not so good.  Now, here we are on the last stretch, headed into the season of life where we can make the most impact upon our world.

We all have to make a choice, are we going to live this season of life for indulgence or impact.

We can enjoy this season of life and all the rewards that come from a lifetime of work and service. I also believe that we can make an impact upon our world. We have more to offer now than we ever have. We have investments to deposit into our grandchildren and those who follow. We have knowledge to spread, good will to share, and a generation of Boomers yet to impact with the gospel.

Bucket list 2What is in your Bucket List?

What have you wanted to do that you have not done?
Where have you wanted to go that you have not gone?
Where have you wanted to serve and make a difference? 

In the Bible Paul wrote,  I have fought the good (worthy, honorable, and noble) fight, I have finished the race, I have kept (firmly held) the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7 Amplified Bible). We know that each of us will come to the end of our race. Paul knew that he would be martyred soon as he wrote this last letter to his spiritual son. So he writes, “I have finished the race.” The Message Bible says it this way, “You take over. I’m about to die, my life an offering on God’s altar. This is the only race worth running. I’ve run hard right to the finish, believed all the way. All that’s left now is the shouting—God’s applause! Depend on it, he’s an honest judge. He’ll do right not only by me, but by everyone eager for his coming. “ This paraphrase brings out Paul’s thought, “I have run hard right to the finish.”

Yes, there is a finish line but most of us are not there yet.

I think Paul had the same idea when he wrote, “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16, NKJV). I like the Message Bible’s paraphrase of this also,

“Wake up from your sleep,
Climb out of your coffins;
Christ will show you the light!
So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times! ”

I am calling for Boomers come together to complete the work God has given us to do in this Generation.

Larry Neville
larry@praisechapel.com

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(1) Freedman, Marc (2008-08-26). Encore: Finding Work that Matters in the Second Half of Life (p. 198). PublicAffairs. Kindle Edition.

Migrant crisis: People treated ‘like animals’ in Hungary camp . . .

911 Today September 11, as we Americans are remembering our own crisis  let’s not overlook this crisis. 

hungary crowdThe world is watching as hundreds of thousands of families flee the Middle East in the face of war, hunger and extreme suffering.  We watch and see the heart breaking images of families, moms and dads holding children and risking their lives to find hope and refuge. 

We  expect the European governments to open their doors and help these people. Yet, every day it is becoming clear that many countries are not going to not help, and try to stop people for either passing though their countries or seeking for asylum. There are many who think, “Why let themhungary_serbia_migrants into Europe or even America.” 

The church must see this crisis through the eyes of Jesus Christ.  

Jesus clearly commands the church to respond to people in crisis. These are not people standing on a street corner with a sign asking for a hand-out. These families are fleeing for their very survival from inhumane treatment and threats.  People who want a new life and are wiling to sacrifice for that hope and dream. 

We believe in a “new life.” 

We know that their true hope for change and a future is not only going to be found in the prosperous countries of Europe but in the “new life” that only Jesus Christ can offer. 

During any crisis there is a window of opportunity for the gospel. 

When people are in desperate crisis, their lives torn apart and facing uncertainty, they are open to help and to change. They are showing their willingness to risk the unknown. By venturing into hostile situations in hope of a new life. This is an opportunity for the gospel. 

 Let’s offer them help and a new life. 

The ministry I’m a part of, Praise Chapel went into Iraq 12 years ago at the height of the war not knowing how we could help, but God was with us. Today we have a strong ministry there helping people both spiritually and physically. Thousands of lives are being  changed and touched with the love of Christ because of that step of faith. 

We must step out on faith. 

Praise Chapel’s is sending our representative, Missionary John McGovern is going to Hungary and Germany to connect and determine how we can immediately respond.  John has 36 years of influential international ministry and he will give us a first hand report of what the churches can do. This is a window of opportunity for the gospel of Jesus Christ to reach these desperate people. Jesus is the only hope for the new life they are seeking. We cannot ignore this. The church can unite and show the world our global unity and step in with love and comHungarian_police feed familypassion. 

Helping some is better than helping none.

You can partner in this relief ministry.

Larry Neville
Email: Larry@praisechapel.com
www.praisechapel.com

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Sometimes our Hearts need to be broken with grief . . .

syrian brothers drownedHow can our hearts not break when we see an image or hear of such a tragedy as the drowning of young Aylan Kurdi and his brother and mother as the family was fleeing for their lives.  

 100’s of Thousands of people are fleeing into Europe at the risk of their lives

migrantboatThis morning I read the news again about little Aylan Kurdi and the hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing into Europe from Syria and other nations suffering from the Middle East Crisis. I must pause and pray. At this moment I feel burdened and brokenhearted for these desperate people whom God loves.  

This is perhaps the largest mass migration of people into Europe in a century. 

This will probably be a short-term phenomena because the European nations will  do something to curb this mass migration.  In one view this migration of Muslim people into Europe will change the face and perhaps major religion of Europe within 20 or so years.

merkel_2622302bChancellor Angela Merkel of Germany said, “the ‘breathtaking’ flow of migrants into German will ‘occupy and change’ the country in the coming years” (BBC News Sept 7).

The BBC News wrote that Germany may be accepting so many refugees  partly because the German population is shrinking because of low birth rates among the native German population so they will not have enough young workers to sustain the entitlements that the German population will receive as they get older. So along with the humanitarian help there are political and long-term economical motives in this also since this migration includes hundreds of thousands of new young potential workers in the country.

Perhaps also the challenge that Chancellor Merkel was referring to when she said, “will occupy and change the country”  will happen in German and other parts of Europe as the population of their nations change especially with the growth of the Muslim religion. 

Nothing has the potential of spreading the Muslim religion into Europe like this mass movement of common people.

In the Bible in the Book of Acts it was persecution that caused the scattering of the first followers of Jesus Christ all over the near-by nations. As a result, the gospel message spread with them (Acts 8:3-4).

This mass migration of Muslim migrants into Europe also posses a great opportunity for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

It is an opportunity for the church (not only in Europe but around the world)  to show these people the love of Christ through helping them and opening their doors and hearts to them. Nothing shows people the true heart and message of Christianity like love and caring for them in their time of crisis. These people are suffering. They have been hurt and run from their homes by people of their own religion. They are in need. What an opportunity to reach out to them and to help them.

The European Migrants a Crisis or an Opportunity?

refugee dadToday, I  don’t know how we can help, but that does not mean that we should not pray and seek to find ways we can help. Twelve years ago we had no idea how we could do anything to help the Kurdistan people during the war in Iraq. God opened a small of opportunity for our representative Jack Harris to go into Iraq and little by little allowed us to help people who were suffering as a result of war and crisis. Today that work is ongoing and helping thousands of people every day.

I ask you to join with me today to:

  1. Pray for these refugees and migrants fleeing for their lives and going into Europe.
  2. Pray that the Church and Christ Followers in Europe will open their hearts and hospitality to these suffering people.
  3. Pray that God will open ways that we can also help them and share the Good News of Jesus Christ with them through showing His love. 

I am reminded of what General Douglas McArthur said as he was working to help restore Japan after the devastation of WWII,  “Send 1,000 missionaries to Japan as soon as possible.  Japan is a spiritual vacuum.” I think the same challenge can be said today about Europe. 

Larry Neville
President Praise Chapel International
www.Praisechapel.com
larry@praisechapel.com

The Tragic Murders of Alison and Adam . . .

journalistI first want to send my condolences to the families and loved ones of journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward. Our prayers are with you during this very tragic time in your lives.  

We live in a world that is fallen and broken and filled with way to many tragedies like this. This is a world where sowing and reaping has consequences, where brokenness, hurt and sin results in more brokenness, hurt and pain. Many people are giving prophecies that events like this are pointing toward the doom of America and the judgement that is here or that is coming.

We are living during a time the Bible calls, “The last days.”

“You should also know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times” (2 Timothy 3:1, NLT).  Yes, we are experiencing these “difficult times” but the Bible does not stop there. Throughout history, difficult times have often led to times of healing and spiritual renewal.

The senseless killing of Allison and Adam and many other similar tragedies has shocked and saddened our nation.  Let’s look again to God for his help, joining together in prayer for his grace and mercy upon each of us and looking in faith for a new spiritual awaken.

There is HOPE – in the promises of God through Jesus Christ.

On the Cross of Calvary Jesus carried all the Judgement of God for our sins. I am believing for spiritual awakening  in America and the world. I declare that a harvest of souls is coming out of the tragedies we see happening. When I read the Bible I see that Satan, evil and wickedness does not win. God, through Jesus Christ is redeeming this broken and fallen world.

I know a dear woman in our church, she is in her late 70’s, and years ago her son was murdered in front of her home. She testifies today that she found her own peace only through forgiveness. She went to the prison and forgave the young man who murdered her son. Today she is a beautiful and loving person because she did not allow bitterness to destroy her future.

Whatever you are going through today, I pray that you can experience the true peace of God that she did and move on with your life through forgiveness. God will help you and the good thing is you  just ask him.

My prayer,

“Father in heaven, I pray for the one who is reading this and is hurting from some tragedy or pain in their life. I pray that they can experience your peace and that you will empower them to forgive those who have hurt them allowing them to move on from this point in their life, in Jesus Name I pray, Amen” 

larry@praisechapel.com

Larry is the author of “Disciple Makers, A Mandate to for all Christ Followers.”

Love the Legacy . . .

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Clara Tryon Neville 

Born in Spotted Horse,  Wyoming,
December 17, 1927
Went home to be with the Lord Jesus in,
Rancho Cucamonga, California
March 27, 2015

We had a great evening of celebrating the life of my mom Sunday March 29th. We sang, cried, shared stories and talked about “Loving the Legacy.”   I had the privilege of sharing along with mom’s two daughter-in-laws, Janet and Donna.  Her two granddaughters, Nichelle and Carrie, sang while her great-grandson Drew accompanied them on the piano.  Her two grandsons, Paul and Jason, shared stories and her great-granddaughter Courtney sang. 

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This is a picture of her family. My Dad and brother Mike were waiting for her in heaven.
She had:
Two Sons, Two wonderful daughter-in-laws, Four grandchildrenTwelve great-grandchildren. 

Through her life of loving and serving the family and the church she left a great legacy.

On behalf of all the Neville Family, I want to thank everyone who was able to join us for her Home Going Celebration Service.  We received  condolences from around the world. To everyone who loved Clara T. Neville thank you from all of us.

Attached is the message I shared at the service on, “Love the Legacy.” You can download it or stream it. 

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Goodbye to a wonderful Mom, We will see you in the Rapture.

Larry
Email: Larry@praisechapel.com

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Love and Pray for your enemies . . .

“I tell you this: love your enemies. Pray for those who torment you and persecute you—” (Matthew 5:44 Voice)

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 Jesus was THE REVOLUTIONARY! 

Read what He said in Matthew 5 from the Message Bible Translation: 

 “You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that.” (Matthew 5:43-47 Message)

Have you checked your Prayer List lately? 

It might be good to take a few minutes and go over your prayer list to see how many people who have hurt you, spoken evil about you, betrayed you or “given you a hard time”  . . . are on your prayer list. 

After hours of horrible torture while dying on the Cross our Savior Jesus Christ said, “Father forgive them.” (Luke 23:34) 

If we have difficulty loving and praying for those who give us a hard time, how could we love and pray for tormenters like those Jesus forgive on the cross?

Christians are being persecuted and killed today like never before, what can we do? We can pray! We can pray for the terrorist and the persecutors. Remember that Saul of Tarsus was a terrorist, “Saul was going everywhere to devastate the church. He went from house to house, dragging out both men and women to throw them into prison.” (Acts 8:3, NLT)

Jesus appeared to Saul of Tarsus and saved him and transformed him into Paul the Apostle (Acts 9). Maybe the church was praying for Saul? We know that Stephen did. “And he (Stephen) fell to his knees, shouting, “Lord, don’t charge them with this sin! And with that, he died.” (Acts 7:60, NLT)  Saul was the one encouraging the people to kill Stephen. 

How do we pray for Terrorist and Persecutors? 

1. Pray for their salvation.

Here is a prayer that I pray, perhaps you can join me in praying like this: 

I pray for terrorist and Christian persecutors to be saved. I pray that You will send workers, preachers, angels and your servants to them, to show them the love of God. I pray that every Christian whom they kill will show them the love of God like Stephen did to Saul of Tarsus. I pray that the blood of the martyrs will cry out the love of God to their persecutors. I pray that terrorist will repent and be delivered. 

I bind the prince of the evil powers over the Middle East nations. I declare that Jesus Christ is the Lord over the Middle East. Jesus Christ is the Savior of those who live in the Middle East.

The gospel was first preached in the Middle East. Those Gospel seeds that were planted by the lives and blood of the first generations of Christians, like Paul and the Disciples, shall come to life and bring forth a harvest in this generation and in this time. I pray that kings of the Middle East will fall to their knees in repentance just as Saul of Tarsus did. I pray that terrorist will repent and be saved. I pray that the world will see that Jesus Christ is the only answer for this human race. No human leader has the answer, they will all be humbled before God’s Christ Jesus who will lead with love and save the world. 

2. Pray that God reveals Himself to them through dreams and visions.

3. Pray against the Spiritual Wickedness that is driving the terrorism. (Ephesians 6:12)

Will America Pray Again? 

I pray that God gives American voices that call us to prayer. That God gives the United States  a President in the next elections who will call America to prayer and repentance like Abraham Lincoln did during the crisis of the Civil War:  

abraham-lincoln“Now, therefore, in compliance with the request, and fully concurring in the views of the Senate, I do, by this my proclamation, designate and set apart Thursday, the 30th day of April, 1863, as a day of national humiliation, fasting, and prayer.

All this being done, in sincerity and truth, let us then rest humbly in the hope authorized by the Divine teachings, that the united cry of the Nation will be heard on high, and answered with blessings, no less than the pardon of our national sins, and restoration of our now divided and suffering country, to its former happy condition of unity and peace.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the city of Washington this thirtieth day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the eighty-seventh.

—Abraham Lincoln

“Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.” (Colossians 4:2)

Larry Neville 
Senior Leader of Praise Chapel International
Azusa Street Prayer Services each month in Los Angeles

At Midnight a Cry was heard . . .

“Blow the trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm in My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; For the day of the LORD is coming, For it is at hand:” Joel 2:1
Ostrick head in sand

At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. “Later the others also came. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they said. ‘Open the door for us!’ “But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’  “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.” (Matthew 25:1-13, NIV)

1. The 10 virgins represent the church.

Jesus did not say five virgins and five prostitutes. All ten were virgins. All ten were clean so I believe they represent the Blood washed church.

2. The timing in the story.

Read Matthew 24 to understand the time Jesus was talking to the disciples about. He was talking about the end of time and His return.

3. All 10 of the Church is in a Deep Sleep at that time.

Would this represent the church today? In the story they were all asleep. Maybe we need to see that we are all in this together – asleep.

4. A Midnight Awakening Cry was heard.

I believe a Midnight Cry is going though the earth today. It is getting louder and louder as the days go by. This cry will intensify until the church awakens.

Midnight is a time when we are in deep sleep and do not expect the awakening.

5. There were Wise and Foolish.

During every outpouring of God’s Spirit, or God’s Awakenings, there are those who are foolish, not looking, not seeking, nor are they prepared. There are also those who are seeking God and have “oil in their lamps.”

“As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, ‘If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace–but now it is hidden from your eyes.’” (Luke 19:41, 42, NIV)

Jesus expects us to understand the Scriptures and seasons of God.

6. The Lamp and the Oil

Each one is responsible to have oil in their lamp.  Jesus said to “watch and to pray.” His command to the church is “be ready” at all times because we do not know the hour our Lord will return.

Do you feel a stirring  in your spirit?
Do you have a hunger to pray and seek the Lord?
Are you drawn to the Word of God in a new way?
God is wanting to fill our lamps with oil today so we are ready for this great Celebration.

7. The Celebration 

This awakening is a time of great harvest just before the Bridegroom comes to take His bride.  A great awakening.

“Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.” (Joel 3:14, NKJV)

Here is a word of prophecy I received:
“A cloud, a mighty and dark cloud of wickedness is forming over the earth. The winds are blowing this cloud and it is moving fast across the land. Like a hurricane it is moving and it is drawing those of wicked intent together,  The world is watching and saying this wickedness will not come to us. This storm will pass over us.  But, no political force can stop this because the power behind this storm is “spiritual wickedness.” The ancient powers of darkness who motived the kings of Babylon to destroy Israel and the Temple are aroused again in this last days
. Only the power of God can stop this storm.”

“Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the LORD, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you.” (Hosea 10:12, NKJV)

“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9, NKJV)

Larry Neville
Senior leader of Praise Chapel International
Leading the Azusa Street Prayer Service each month in Los Angeles.
www.azusastreetprayer.com