For Intercessors: A New Decade and Beyond

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By Melissa Nordell

Now is the dawning of a new decade and beyond in intercession! The Lord spoke to me, giving me 5 points of direction concerning how intercession will change and needs to change in these coming times. And maybe we should really call these mandates, not just directives.

#1. Intercession needs to concentrate much more on making the Bride ready, His Church, since He is coming soon – sooner than most realize. How often do you hear leaders, intercessors or prayer warriors interceding specifically for making the Bride ready for the Holy Groom? I go to many different intercession groups, often on many prayer conference calls as well, but very rarely do I hear anyone interceding for Jesus’ second coming or for the Bride to be ready. We have done fair in transforming cities and nations and need to continue this wholeheartedly, reviving this type of spiritual warfare – but the Lord says that a major boost needs to take place, concentrating on interceding for His return, bringing in the last boatload of souls, and making the Bride ready. Christians mostly assume that we are fully ready and will hear his trumpet blast but that is not necessarily so. The church in every town and every nation needs to be as cleaned-up as possible with true repentance, getting rid of pride and flesh with total devotion to the Lord, deep in true worship. What would change if all Christians repented and forgave those that they do not agree with and those that have transgressed against them, getting cleansed of bitterness and consternation? I believe that when this forgiveness occurs, most of the world will be saved. Forgiveness is so important to Jesus that He even put it in His prayer instruction (The Lord’s Prayer) in Matt 6:12, “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” Rev 19:7-8 says, “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.”

#2. Intercessors, leaders, and prayer warriors need to thoroughly combat witchcraft. There is witchcraft in every town, every city and every nation, usually more active than we are in warfare. Some ministries and churches have suffered greatly because the witchcraft has not been stopped against them – we must wake up, admit this and do something about it. Some are afraid to war against witchcraft in prayer and intercession, with some teaching in intercession circles that witchcraft is too dangerous. Is there anything too dangerous for our God? Is God not more powerful than a witch, or even a coven of witches? Instead of us turning from the battlefield, the witches and warlocks need to be afraid of us and our God. They have taken too much from us for too long; but of course, it must be done wisely and safely. It is time for intelligent instruction in how to safely deal with witchcraft using keys in His Word. Witchcraft, wizardry, sorcery, Santeria, etc. have all increased in these latter years – but have we increased our warfare against it? No – there is seldom warfare taking down these strongholds. We cannot say that “Jesus paid it all” and do nothing. Yes, He surely paid it all so that we can take dominion and fight the good fight, taking down strongholds of the enemy. 1John 4:4 says, “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” The strongholds do not fall by themselves, but His Blood paid the way for us to be able to take them out. Jehoshaphat was told by God, “tomorrow I will fight for you” (2 Chron 20:17) as His instruction for one battle, but it was part of the bigger battle – later in that same chapter in verse 33, Jehoshaphat failed because he did not take down the “high places.” (“Howbeit the high places were not taken away: for as yet the people had not prepared their hearts unto the God of their fathers. And he began to do wickedly.”) We cannot just say, “We come against witchcraft” – we need to take it DOWN by the Blood of Jesus and call for those operating in this satanic realm to be stopped and powerless in Jesus’ name. We can also declare their words, false prophetic acts and tools powerless because of the Blood of the Lamb of God. We need to demonstrate the power of God in this hour so those operating in witchcraft may repent, be saved and use their God-given gifts for the kingdom. Just as Caleb and Joshua saw that they could take down the giants in the Promised Land, so must we with the acknowledgment that since Jesus shed His Blood, it is easier for us to combat giants than it was for them in the Old Testament. Witches and their craft can seem superior to those who do not know their identity, power, and authority but we war with the truth that: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Tim 1:7). In Luke 10:19, Jesus himself says “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”

#3. It is time to act as “Deborah’s” in a righteous way, following Holy Spirit’s direction. Many intercessors are called to be “Deborah’s,” to act as judges in intercession in this hour. There is a difference between unrighteous and righteous judgment. We can judge like Deborah in certain situations that are clearly against the will and Word of God as she did in the Old Testament when the people were in deep sin – but now we do it with Holy Spirit. We can judge things like the murder of the unborn as ungodly. We can judge things like greed, racism and self-righteousness as ungodly. We are not to be judgmental or religious but can judge ungodliness in the spirit realm and do something about it through Jesus. As an example, we can declare out loud with such words as: “Lord, we declare you are the destroyer of unrighteousness in my nation,” or “Lord, we declare that you now judge racism and corruption in my area.” Notice, this is not judging the people and not warring against flesh and blood but is judging the action and taking these strongholds down. We can also take things to the courtroom of heaven for the Lord’s judgment. It is God’s business to avenge, not ours, but we can judge the sin and declare salvation for the person/persons involved. As another example, we may declare such words as “I decree that pornography is judged in my city and those involved in these acts or the promotion of it are saved in Jesus’ matchless name.” In that, we have become like Deborah. 2 Cor 10:3-4 says, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.”

#4. Intercessors and all those who intercede need to do so with effective improvements, safer, and with less pride and religiosity. We need to examine our motives and do as the Lord says, following His direction. Jesus only did as He saw the Father do and heard the Father speak and He is our example of the best intercessor, ever. John 5:19 says: “Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise” and so should we. How much more do we servants of God need to follow the Father’s direction in intercession? We need to do more than just talking to God or pleading with God but move into declaring what He says to declare, and binding what He says to bind. True intercession is always prophetic, therefore always safe and the most effective way of getting things accomplished for His kingdom. As we are making the Bride ready, the Bride must be a unified, active and effective, well-taught army with intelligent intercession.

#5. There also needs to be a new understanding and dedication to prophetic dance and dance intercession in coming days. This can involve anointed schools of prophetic dance. Dance intercession is one of the most powerful forms of intercession, and many times the quickest way to get a prayer answered. When dance and flags are done prophetically and the dancer/worshipper follows Holy Spirit’s direction, it is a profoundly powerful prophetic act. It is time for all dancers and flaggers in the Church to know how to do this prophetically, following Holy Spirit, not planned or just waving a flag. David did not dance in the streets in a planned processional, but danced in full whole-hearted worship, with an audience of one unto the Lord, most likely prophetically in 2 Sam 6:14. Dance in the Lord’s Church needs to move to more Holy of Holies worship, more prophetic, with more prophetic acts, and less pageantry and show. Let us recognize that power, and worship profoundly unto the Lord. John 4:24 says, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (KJV).

It can take some time to shift out of old ways of doing things and into the new, but these are imperative directions from the Lord. Add to that fact that these are serious times. Godly change is good and will lead to great things.

I am excited to anticipate the changes that will be made and what miracles, signs and wonders will be seen, how many souls will be saved, and how far-reaching revival will take place all over the world when we embrace improvement and act as He directs in these matters. With this, we will have great success.

Don’t stay in the wilderness by wandering around in the same ol’ pattern….in the same state of doing things… but be the change.

 

 

(Copyright 2020, SPCM Melissa Nordell)

Prophetic Dream: Is Jesus Coming Sooner? Or Later?

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By Melissa Nordell

But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

(1 Thess 5:1-2 KJV)

       I had a prophetic dream recently with 3 vivid scenes that happened one right after the other, and the symbolism was profound in its conclusion.

       In the first scene of the dream, I was in a house (representing the Church) where all the people were very concerned about politics and current news, talking, stressing, arguing, and protesting. It isn’t that we are not to be concerned with political issues, it was that they were not in the Word of God and not worshipping the Lord, not evangelizing, no effort to bring in the Harvest or to be ready for Jesus’ return, but spending all their time in political upheaval. God was definitely not their priority as politics was #1. In the dream, I heard the Lord say: “You don’t belong here, for I am coming soon.”

       I would in no manner want to downgrade the gifts of those called to the political mountain since it is so needed; what the Lord was saying in this dream is that many in the Church have their focus more on politics, not interceding enough, not asking God how to change what is wrong in the political arena, and most of all not in worship of the Lord. I had the feeling in the dream that some are so entirely focused on and so angry about current events that they may not hear the Lord’s last trumpet call when it sounds and were doing nothing to effect kingdom change.

       Next, in the second scene of the dream, I went into another big house (another aspect of the Church) where leaders were very concerned about the people who had missed a meeting or service, not in compassionate concern but deep in worry about a lack of the absent parishioner’s giving and whether the church was declining in attendance. I could see that the leaders felt that the people of the congregation “belonged” to them so these leaders spent most of their time trying to get the people to attend, counting attendance, trying to get back those who had left; but these leaders were not in the Word nor the Presence of God. They were not in faith, not asking God what He wanted them to do as far as worship, direction, and sermons. There was no dependency on the Lord but on man’s ideas of bringing people in. I saw no effort to evangelize here either, just worrying about the already-saved. Some leaders in this dream were saying that the people who had left were either lazy or complacent, with the leaders not seeing that the former congregants may have felt led to leave or wanted a different church for varying reasons. It seemed as if these leaders, as well, would not be able to hear the last trumpet call due to a wrong focus and worry.

       I saw much dirt and layers of old dust in this second “house,” which I knew represented religion. I saw clutter since many clothes were strewn all around the house, representing greed as I knew no one could use that many clothes, shoes, and jewelry. With all the various clutter, I also knew that there was no order in the house. I saw dirty dishes strewn all over as if they had just been socializing and no one wished to clean up. I knew this represented the emphasis on socializing; and not worship, not teaching, and not lovingly cleaning up the Bride.

And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but you have made it a den of thieves. (Matt 21:13 KJV)

       The first two houses represent aspects of His Church that God is concerned with and that need attention. Both represent churches and people who do not have their emphasis on what Jesus said the Church is to be: a house of prayer. These surely were not houses of worship unto the Lord as well but were mainly self-focused. Neither scene showed anyone spending time with Jesus, in His Presence.

       Then, in scene three I was outside a large old building with many people on the inside who represented another aspect of His Church. This was like an old building that housed many people on many different floors, and the fact that it was old represented that His Church has been around for a long time. As I was walking towards this huge Church, the Lord said to me: “You must get home quickly now (into this “house”) because your elder brother is coming soon” (Jesus is our elder brother).

       I went inside and hurriedly started to tidy up and throw out old and unnecessary things. I also began organizing the contents of the house for my special guest and changed the guest’s sheets as quickly as I could. As I was putting the sheets in a hamper, feeling like there was just a little more to do, I suddenly saw Jesus out the window, arriving in a stretch limousine driven by the heavenly host, some surrounding the limo, all very active and powerful.

       Jesus soon came into the Church, bounding up the stairs with such joy, skipping some of the many steps. When He entered, He questioned: “Now why did you think I was coming on the 31st?”

       I knew that myself and the other churchgoers were just not quite ready for Jesus to return even though we knew it would be sometime soon. The 31st day of the month represents “the last day(s)”; also meaning that we believed He would come a bit later than actuality.

 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. (Rev 19:7 KJV)

       We know He is coming soon – but do we really realize how soon it will be? And are we interceding for His grand return? Are we interceding that the most people possible can be saved before He comes? Being often in many intercession circles, I rarely hear this type of intercession. Are we interceding and working for the Good News to reach the uttermost parts of the earth so all can hear it? Are we really working on the cleaning up of the Bride, ourselves, and getting things in order?

That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. (Eph 5:27 KJV)

       The question is also raised: are we really listening for that last trumpet blast, ready at a moment’s notice? Do we just think these times show minor birth pangs or is the head for the birth already crowning?

Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come. (Matt 24:7-8 NLT)

       As the Lord indicated in this dream, He is sounding the alarm to alert the Church as to the urgency of the hour. The Church needs to recognize this severity and impending closeness of the hour – that He is coming sooner than later. We must be ready for His return, both individually and corporately, with a cleaned-up, spotless Bride, fully ready for the Groom.

       Two days later  I had another dream in which the Lord said that intercessors have been working hard on the transformation of cities, but that He wants transformational intercessors to now concentrate in strategic warfare for the transformation of the Church at large, making the Bride ready.

Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. (Matt 24:42-44 KJV)

Do This to Make the Bride Ready, and Awakening Will Come to Your Nation

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by Melissa Nordell

I asked the Lord for His “State of the Church Address,” inquiring how He feels the Church is doing throughout the world, and what He gave me was not what I expected. The best part about it was that after He explained how the Church is doing, He gave me a root solution and confirmed it in a dream.

“The Bride is not ready,” He explained with deep concern. It grieved the Lord that there is so much disunity in His Church, plus a lack of salvations and root darkness in the world. So, I asked the Lord what we are to do about this dilemma, expecting an answer on how to rectify this mainly through intercession.

Reparative Intercession and The Root Issue

It took me a while to “wrap my head around” what the Lord was saying about His concerns and His solution to bringing “Awakening” to a region, as He gave me several points. First, He reminded me that I had spoken with Dr. Negiel Bigpond of the Euchee Nation, Founder of Native American Circle of Prayer and 2 Rivers Native American Training Center, for a Godreports.com and Elijah List’s Breaking Christian News article (2-04-2014) https://www.breakingchristiannews.com/articles/display_art.html?ID=13275) about his new Native American television studio.

During that interview, Dr. Bigpond told me of a word from Dr. Billy Graham who stated that the biggest end-times Revival/Reformation in the United States, just before Jesus returns, would happen when the Native people in America come en masse to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. Dr. Graham said that in order to shift the United States to a saving grace in Jesus Christ requires a major effort in bringing the Native peoples to Jesus. I researched this word from Dr. Billy Graham, who many never realized was often apostolically prophetic, and of course found it to be true; however, Dr. Graham’s word is not just going to happen…it needs intercession and effort to bring it about. We must help the Natives of our given lands come to Jesus, and the only way that can happen is through strategic intercession before works will produce much fruit.

The Lord said that as the original, foundational peoples who were placed in a land by Him, having initial title to the land, come to Him, the rest of the nation will awaken and come to Jesus en masse; but that it is imperative to do major uprooting of the causes of darkness and mistreatment of these wonderful First People, breaking the resulting curses on the land that defiles it. We know that transformational intercession and strategic spiritual warfare have been proven and bear lasting fruit, resulting in not only healing the land but it’s people as well, bringing light out of darkness. There are so many scriptures in the Bible concerning what defiles the land, and all we need to do is renounce, repent, break curses and plead the Blood of Jesus for specific sins; then darkness dissipates, and more light can abound. This is true for any nation, any area.

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Dr. Negiel Bigpond

I Had a Dream

It was a bit to grasp that there could be such an easy fix for all of this by uprooting darkness through specific and thorough “standing-in-the-gap” repentance, forgiveness and pleading the Blood of Jesus on the land for the sins of and against the indigenous peoples. There are so many historical facts that we find needing repentance and renouncement, but the worst atrocity is that we Christians lacked in bringing the love and truth of Jesus to the indigenous peoples on every continent and island. So, I silently asked the Lord to verify the importance of this in a dream.

That night I had a powerful, colorful dream in which the roots of vast crops on the land were infected with every kind of disease and mold, in muted and dark colors. This represented varying harm to the First Nations People in the United States. As the dream continued, I saw intercessors warring in the Spirit, repenting and renouncing in the background. And as they did, these dead and infected roots came out of the land precisely and entirely, with weeds uprooted and rocks thrown out as well. As this type of strategic intercession was done, the land healed and a great, strong and healthy crop sprouted up immediately, grew and flourished rapidly with healthy, bright colors abounding. Quickly in the next part of the dream, I could see the entire Church superimposed on the strong and healthy crop as the whole Church powerfully experienced healing, strength, and multiplication…and the Greatest Harvest began.

Farmers and gardeners know that if a root is rotten or lacking, disease spreads and that crop and the next crop fails. We all presently reap what has been sown in a land from generation to generations past if the various sins are not repented of, as seen in many scriptures in the Bible. Deut 29:27 says, “And the anger of the Lord was kindled against this land, to bring upon it all the curses that are written in this book.” Added to that, you cannot plant a crop where there are prolific weeds, rocks and hard ground. You must completely uproot the bad roots and weeds, remove rocks and debris, then heal the soil in order to have a good harvest. Only after the land is cleansed and healed (repentance, renouncements, forgiveness, pleading the Blood of Jesus) can seeds be effectively planted (evangelism), fertilized (with helps and healing) and watered (by God’s Word).

The First Peoples Were First

It stands to reason, logically, spiritually, and biblically in Jesus’ instructions to carry out the Great Commission, that if bad seeds and roots against the original inhabitants of a nation have been planted and not uprooted, the soil not cleansed and healed, then there can be no major harvest or revival because the soil has been contaminated since the beginning. There has been mistreatment of all peoples in differing areas; however, there is such principle importance regarding the indigenous, archetypal peoples that have a spiritual and deep, quintessential tie to their land since Creation. These are the people who have had ties to paganism and principalities that inhabited that land before the gospel came to that area. Plus, indigenous peoples have a sincere understanding and love for their land, making it even more important to get to these deepest roots.

Scripture says in Jer. 1:10, “See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.” Of course, there is more to spiritual warfare than just rooting out (repentance) as we must plant good kingdom seeds as well – but the rooting out comes first.

The Lord then showed me that when darkness that has defiled the land since its inception is amended, then even the government and the other kingdom mountain structures will experience healing and Godly renewal. Next, He showed me that the vast roots of racial disharmony originally came from tribal fighting and sins against the indigenous peoples as well. Revival and the Last Great Harvest will not come without specific forgiveness and repentance for all issues regarding First Peoples. Heal the root and all else will follow.

As prophetic, transformational people, we are called to look for spiritual roots, following Holy Spirit as to what God is saying is the deep cause of a problem in the kingdom, looking for those things that hinder revival, transformation, and reformation. We wrestle not against flesh and blood (Eph 6:12) but must stand in the gap in the Spirit and repent for atrocities that have defiled us all. It does seem like such a simple solution; but that is often His way, with a root fix that is right under our noses. Sometimes things are so easy that we miss it; but when we follow Holy Spirit as Jesus did (John 5:19), there is fruit – immediate and lasting fruit.

       “And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you…’” Matt 28:18-20.  The “First People” of any country are the roots to that country, whose heart and soul are in the land…and the land is in them. They have a true understanding of the richness of the land and were planted there by God for a reason. Could there be any better way to change a nation for God’s kingdom than by healing at the very root? Chuck Pierce says; “Reach the native peoples of your nation and you have your nation!”

Spiritual reparations must be made, and justice must reign. This author’s ancestor, Captain Thomas Harris, was a British officer who came to America on the ship “Prosperous” to establish English colonies in 1611, a few years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. America is in my soul and I feel it. I cry at any American parade or our National Anthem…but the land called America plus the deep hurt from the murders, the Trail of Tears, broken treaties and misuse of native peoples has been in the soul of Native Americans exponentially. In Dr. Bigpond’s words, “it’s in our DNA.”

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All Tribes DC, camping in tents near the Washington Monument, with Native Tribes uniting and interceding for The United States (photo courtesy Negiel Bigpond)

Go Deeper

       Yes, we have heard this before and some of this has been done, but the Lord said that we have only scratched the surface. We have not taken this seriously enough. “Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, ‘Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught’” (or catch), is found in Luke 5:4. When we go deeper, following Holy Spirit, the “catch” is greater. New intercession and spiritual warfare go much deeper and more specific. We have not before realized the important bedrock fact that the First People of every nation were the first to claim the land, the first to shed their blood on the land, making them the most seriously in need of transformation and healing. The Lord showed me that if the Church makes a concerted, sincere effort to bring indigenous people into the Church by fully healing root issues, the Church across each nation, each continent, will shift mightily….it will open the heavens over that land.

In Rev 5: 9, it is written: “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred (or tribe), and tongue, and people, and nation.”

       Get ready for root, original First Nations peoples to be leading the Bride…not bringing up the rear!

(Copyright 2019 Strategic Prayer Command Ministry)

The Tent Movement is Ramping Up

 

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An effective Prayer Tent at the Orange Blossom Festival in Lindsay, CA

By Melissa Nordell

A movement of prayer tents has been spreading throughout communities, big and small. Groups of believers interested in kingdom change and demonstrating the love of Jesus have been motivated to get outside the walls of the church and into the streets to promote the truth about Jesus Christ under prayer tents.

Here the love of Jesus is shared through pure fruits of the Spirit as in Galatians 5:22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”

The tents break down barriers like nothing else can. There is no pretense, no preaching, no law, no Christian jargon nor lingo, no politics – just love and compassion. There are no hidden agendas or fees, no judgmentalism, no offerings taken, no arguments – just light. All prayer seekers are spoken to with honor and respect as Jesus would, without drama or embarrassment.

Barriers are broken. Hearts are lifted. Hope is restored.

One awesome example is a couple, Juan and Patty Tirado, of Porterville, CA who have erected prayer tents in many venues such as swap meets and concerts. At “The Blessing of the Bikes” they have encountered levels of desperation from “everyday folks” that has been alarming. People are looking for answers, as societal stress levels have risen.

    

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Juan and Patty Tirado, celebrating lives changed after an event

Patty reports that God first put it on her heart to offer prayer on Facebook, as she felt an urgency to reach friends and family about Christ. This Facebook prayer page quickly evolved into a mini revival with people Patty didn’t even know watching how she prayed because they did not know how to communicate with God, much less petition Him. Many testimonies soon came back to Patty and Juan. Patty realized that she wanted to do more and reach more people.

 

At the same time, God was putting it on Juan’s heart to start a tent or canopy approach to offer prayer since he had been watching Todd White ‘let Jesus be Jesus’ in communities. This led to the Tirados offering prayer tents in parks and other local venues as God told them; “I need you out there praying for My people.”

Juan first told the Lord “no,” but God eventually changed his heart through a vision he received of a great revival, with God telling him to “fish” wherever he wanted. In the vision, Juan went to the depths of hell where he yearned for the resurrection of his body. God showed him revival and reformation, and how God had called him to set people free.

Now Juan and Patty offer prayer in many communities in the Central Valley of California under their tents.

Soon, testimonies began to pour in. One woman, whose granddaughter was held captive in an unknown location, asked for intercession. She came back to the Tirado’s to report that the very night she asked for prayer, the perpetrator was airlifted to a hospital and her granddaughter was able to somehow flee her captivity. Police found her and took her to safety that very night!

One beauty is that there is usually little or no cost involved to putting up the tents. Also, nothing is advertised. It is just the Holy Spirit drawing people to the tents, which are often picnic or “pop-up” tents that many people have in their garage. Sometimes free bottled water and bookmarks with scriptures are handed out with a business card for follow-up and testimonies.

A few tents have included a live worship group or single worshipper; but the main idea is just offering Jesus’ love, for it is the “Good News” of Jesus Christ that leads all to repentance. Most have handmade signs that read “Want Prayer?” “Free Prayer” or “Prayer Here” in both English and Spanish to passersby.

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Tulare County Prayer Request, after setting up their prayer tent and awaiting those needing intercession at an event

After setting up, the prayer tent is prayed over and anointed; then the Lord is exalted (Ps 100:4) and the Holy Spirit invited to flow. Next, the workers take communion. As people flow in and they begin to pray, the workers (working at least in “two’s”) take a little time to let God’s Presence rest on the person seeking prayer – then smiles come and they see a thousand pounds lifted off the prayer pursuer.

As the scripture says “”Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven” (Matt 18:19).

Prayer seekers are encouraged to ask for forgiveness and restitution along with their requests. The praying volunteers seek the Lord’s knowledge, guidance and direction for each person’s needs and for the root of the problem. Many arrive desperate for help, asking for prayer in a place they perceive to be a safe non-intimidating environment. After the prayer, sources for a church or ministry are offered.

The volunteers report that all types of people from all walks of life come to the prayer tents without hesitation because there is no pretense nor expectations which the seeker would expect in a church, and because that seeker does not know the “prayor”.  Jesus indeed is the focus as He is the answer to the great needs of the people. It’s time that we go out and share His mercy and compassion without encumbrances.

The Tirados consider it all fun, interesting and life-changing in every circumstance, no matter what. However, they advise that this type of ministry is not for the “faint of heart” and not for the immature or religious. Maturity, the Word and much wisdom are necessary. Volunteers need to know how to spread God’s love and hope to a diverse cross-section of people.

Juan reports that the most opposition that they have felt was at a July 4th celebration. Beforehand, the Lord told him to just show love; and when he did, many people were saved, and lives were changed. Some people had been partying and drinking; however, people came up to the tent for prayer for such things as addictions and family problems. One family was facing eviction.

Some recognized that substance abuse was not changing their circumstances or relieving their pain. Juan says, “it was their day!” The Tirado’s did not argue with anyone, as some tried, but just shared Jesus’ love; and that was the key. Juan emphasizes that there are “hurting people out there and there is no time for politics, strife or religion.”

“All people are good,” he says. “Just some have gone wrong a little bit.”

Sindee, one of the “local missionaries” in her own organized prayer tents reports that people come in bound, broken, hungry and thirsty for answers and help. They leave with hope, smiling and laughing.

One woman came in hurriedly, fearing a stalker and asking for prayer that he would cease. She reports, “that woman left with peace, calm and the presence of Jesus upon her.”

Chris and Christine Callahan of C & C Callahan Ministries have obtained permits to use city parks in different cities and sponsor events they call RTC Block Parties (Revive Tulare County). The events include worship music, testimonies, face painting, free food, free haircuts, a bounce house, games and raffles.

At some events, fancy car groups or Christian motorcycle groups participate. Beforehand, Christians pray over the city and the park. At one recent event, each prayer tent had long lines of people asking for prayer. They estimated that 500 people attended the latest event with about 60 receiving prayer and intercession, with some accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and some receiving instant physical and emotional healing.

Many people stop by for prayer at prayer tents even if there is no event used as a draw. Sometimes it is not the homeless or disadvantaged but people of means who stop their cars and park, asking for prayer, needing hope and someone to agree with them in love. Many are believers who do not know where to turn, needing help, some even doubting their beliefs, and some with no church home.

Individuals have stopped for prayer and healing for such issues as cancer or other illnesses, depression, emotional issues and family problems. At times, police and first-responders have asked for intercession for healing of trauma, stress, family issues, and safety. Several nurses have stopped by asking for prayer for stress and the burden of their vocation.

The Tent Movement brings the Good News to the streets, highways and byways. The tents are never placed beside a church or on church property but on vacant lands, construction areas, downtown or uptown, parks, private homes in neighborhoods, booths in fairs or swap meets, outreaches, or on busy streets, farmlands and crossroads.

Tents can also be set up in disaster areas, homeless hangouts, drug-infested areas and in streetwalker territory. And, not surprisingly, police often welcome the tents in oppressed areas. It’s time that the Church ceases ignoring the great needs of the people who are outside the church.

Each time a person asks for prayer, more light is shed in the darkness of the cities.       As it says in Eph 5:8 &9: “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth).” This is how we change a world full of darkness – by bringing light, healing and compassion.

How will they hear unless someone tells them? How will they see unless we go out? For as the Word says in Mark 4:21, “And he said to them, ‘Is a lamp brought in to be put under a basket, or under a bed, and not on a stand? No, that light is to go out into the darkness to help a dying world.”  As Christians, we are called to bring that light out into dark places; not just keep our light where other lights surround us all the time!

The tent movement is made up of nameless, faceless, grassroots Christians, foretold to bring the greatest Revival and Reformation ever seen. This movement must involve groups of prayer warriors whose only goal is to reach souls, lift burdens, and bring growth and change to the kingdom. These warriors do not want accolades or recognition – they just serve the Lord and want to see people saved and to know the love of Jesus Christ.

In Luke 10:2, Jesus told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field”. We may understand seed planting but don’t really understand how to operate in harvest. We must launch our nets into deeper waters, into areas we are not accustomed, to get the greatest catch, or harvest.

It is the organizers prayer that others catch the vision and erect these pop-up tents of prayer in every city and town to spread the love of Jesus, not in a way that people of the world expect from the church. Youth groups, home fellowships, recovery ministries, Bible study groups, men’s and women’s groups can each have their own tents organized. The Word says in Isaiah 49:6: “….I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” It is time that we, the Church, be that light and life to a hurting, fearful and distressed world.

Mark 16:15 is Jesus’ words: “And he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation’”. The words “Go into the world” is a command, a mandate, not an option. It does not say “just ask people into your church!” It says to go out into the world and bring Him to them. No one is beyond reach and no one is beyond God’s love. We need to take seriously words of Jesus and act like Him in this dark world. If every Bible-believing church and ministry in every city and town erected a prayer tent, think how much light would be shed, how many lives would be changed; and how your nation and the world would change for Jesus Christ!

 

                                   

 

 

What is Spiritual Mapping?

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What is Spiritual Mapping?

“It is an attempt to see our region as it really is and not as it appears to be. It is the discipline of diagnosing the obstacles to revival in a given community through fervent prayer and diligent research.” (George Otis Jr.)

Cindy Jacobs says that spiritual mapping is the researching of a city to discern any inroads Satan has made which prevent the spread of the gospel and its evangelization for Christ.

Victor Lorenzo says that spiritual mapping combines research, divine revelation, and confirmatory evidence in order to provide complete and exact data concerning the identity, strategies and methods employed by spiritual forces of darkness to influence the people and the churches in a given region.

Harold Caballeros says that “what an X-ray is to a physician, spiritual mapping is to intercessors.”

Modern spiritual mapping involves following Holy Spirit who reveals the roots of darkness which are holding back God’s kingdom of light. When Holy Spirit reveals what we need to repent for, declare, bind and loose, which prophetic acts need to take place, what light to bring in, what redemptive gifts need to be strengthened in the spirit, etc., and we follow through, then the Church grows, people are eager to be saved, healed, delivered, grow and hear from God, and they come willingly and easily. Spiritual mapping can involve transformation of the family, a church, a city, a business or a region. And it always involves prophetic or transformational intercession. (Melissa Nordell)

Promoters of spiritual mapping identify three levels of warfare:

  1. “Ground-level” warfare, which involves casting demons out of individuals, repentance, prophetic acts, etc.
  2. “Occult-level” warfare, which tackles more organized spiritual wickedness and witchcraft (the most dangerous aspect)
  3. “Strategic-level” warfare, which directly battles the “territorial spirits” (rulers of darkness and principalities), larger demons and demonic structures. Territorial spirits are thought to answer directly to satan and are responsible for coordinating all demonic activities within their sphere of influence.

Scriptures identify the fact that we are to do transformational warfare:

Eph 6:11-12 “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” We are called to war against principalities, powers, rulers of darkness, etc.

Gen 1:28 “And God blessed them. And God said to them, “’Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”’ We are called to subdue the dark powers and take dominion over evil for God’s kingdom.

Isa 58: read the whole chapter. We are repairers of the breach.

2 Chron 7:13-15 “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people,  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 I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.” We can intercede to “undefile” the land and reverse curses. God is waiting and wanting for us to do this. We can change our cities and nations through intercession.

What defiles the land? There are many scriptures which identify what defiles the land and the people on that land. To “undefile,” we must stand in the gap, renounce and repent for the “first cause” of the sin defilement. God knows where and when this sin started, so just say “back to the first cause.” After renouncing and repenting, then plead the Blood of Jesus on that land and break the curses. Here are just a few scriptures regarding what defiles the land:

Lev 18:27 “”All these detestable activities are practiced by the people of the land where I am taking you, and this is how the land has become defiled.” Read the whole chapter to see what defiles the land and people.

Ezek 36:18 “So I poured out my wrath on them because they had shed blood in the land and because they had defiled it with their idols.”

Num 35:33-34: “This will ensure that the land where you live will not be polluted, for murder pollutes the land. And no sacrifice except the execution of the murderer can purify the land from murder. You must not defile the land where you live, for I live there myself. I am the Lord, who lives among the people of Israel.” Now, since Jesus purchased for us this ability to do warfare through His death, burial, and resurrection, we can purify the land through standing in the gap, even if we were not involved.

Lev 19:33-34: “Do not take advantage of foreigners who live among you in your land. Treat them like native-born Israelites, and love them as you love yourself. Remember that you were once foreigners living in the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.”  This involves the mistreatment of foreigners who abide with you – abuse of foreigners defiles the land.

 

(copyright 2019 SPCM Melissa Nordell)