Everything happens in the spiritual realm before it happens in the physical realm.
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness …” (Ephesians 6:12)
In my previous email, I shared how Elk River Minnesota became a prototype for prayer evangelism in America and has now detonated numerous cities in Minnesota, America, and the world. This powerful move of God began when pastors and marketplace leaders first came together to pray, and it took off when they chose to pastor the entire city instead of just their congregations.
According to Ken and Carrie Beaudry, the leaders of intercession for Pray Elk River, “Intercession is one of the key components to bringing revival and change to a city… We believe that by and through prayer, we can seek God for His plans and purposes for our city and then begin praying for what He has shown us, calling it forth and into being.”
Ken and Carrie write “Intercessors need to be totally in love with Jesus and to spend time with Him. One of our favorite expressions is ‘when we meet for intercession, we’re not going there so much to pray but to meet with Jesus.’ And if we kept that focus, there’s no burnout… If you pray prayers of agreement, you will see things happen in your city.”
Three key passages of scripture guided the movement of the Spirit called Pray Elk River. Those were Isaiah 64:1-12, John 17:21-22, and Jesus’ instructions to the seventy-two in Luke 10.
Prayer evangelism is basically talking to God about people before talking to people about God. Jesus calls for us to do four things for the lost. 1) BLESS – speak peace to the lost. Blessings open the door to unbiased fellowship. 2) FELLOWSHIP with them. This establishes a level of trust. 3) MINISTER to them. Prayer addresses their felt needs. 4) PROCLAIM the good news that the Kingdom of God has come to them.
Do you want to see your city transformed by the power of Jesus Christ?
Have you read The Elk River Story book?
Father, thank You for calling a team of intercessors to come together each week to praise You and to pray for blessings for leaders in the Culpeper community. Thank You for the unity You are bringing to our community. We ask You LORD of the harvest to send laborers into the harvest fields, especially intercessors. Multiply the prayer teams around the city of Culpeper and then multiply Pray Culpeper in communities throughout Virginia. We look forward to the spiritual tsunami that is coming to Virginia. Thank You Jesus. Amen.
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The Elk River Story – book by Rick Heeren
Blessings to see the spiritual climate of your city changed through intercession!
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