As many of you know, I have just returned from 10 days in South East Asia - my first time in the region. As I reflect on the things the Lord was speaking about, there are a number of things that are most prominent in my mind.
I had a wonderful weekend in Singapore - Daniel Lim flew in early on Saturday morning and after lunch we went straight into a seminar he was teaching entitled “Developing Night & Day Prayer”. There were about 200 people at the seminar and the Lord ministered powerfully in the meetings - both calling people to a mandate to develop a lifestyle of prayer and also a commitment to see revival come to the nations. The Holy Spirit also touched people significantly in the evening with a powerful anointing for ministry.
On Sunday morning I spoke at Canaan Church - a really loving community of believers who are finding significant ways to reach out in their area. Again there was a powerful ministry time and the Lord brought healing and empowering to many who came forward for prayer.
On Monday I flew on to Jakarta for the World Prayer Assembly. It was good to link up with a number of people from the UK - no mean feat considering the fact that there are over 9,000 delegates at the event (way more than they first anticipated). The opening meeting had an overwhelming sense of the call to the church to get ready for harvest time, and woven into the program was a distinct thread of anticipation and expectation that the gathering was going to be catalytic in bringing a new wave of revival to the earth:
Habakkuk 2:14 promises that, “The earth will be filled with the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” Prophetic voices around the world are speaking of an unprecedented move of God taking place throughout the earth with an outpouring of the Holy Spirit coming upon the nations. The Body of Christ has crossed a new threshold in God’s timeline and an emerging company of believers is rising with an unquenchable hunger to know their God and do great exploits. I believe the Lord is giving us an opportunity to be saturated with the glory of God and with power from on high.
Two particular things are prominent in my mind as I reflect on the events in Jakarta.
Children and an Emerging Generation:
The whole of the second evening was devoted to what the Holy Spirit is saying about children. Here are a few statements that stick in my mind:
- 395 million children are born again.
- 80% of all people born again were saved before the age of 14
- If we don't put into children the world will.
- If we don't disciple children the media will.
- If we don't teach children the world will become their teacher.
Psalm 127:4-5 says, "Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one's youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate."
Our goal should be to raise up a generation who will seek the face of the Father; like arrows that are carefully made, sharpened and finely honed. Psalm 24:6 says, “Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, O God of Jacob.”
If we isolate a generation, the vision of God will die and the move of God will not be passed on to future generations. The emerging generation we are seeking to nurture is not born to just go to church but to change the nations. Many years ago John Wimber spoke to us about the fact that western civilizations were changing in such a way that in the future, wherever you go, people would look the same - whether you were in London, Paris New York or wherever. What we are seeing today is the emergence of a global youth culture - the “Facebook & Twitter” generation. God may well be setting things up for global revival!
This has been a major thread woven into much of what we were looking at last week. What we’re seeing is that 30 years ago, the Koreans took prayer to the mountain (e.g. Yonggi Cho’s “Prayer Mountain”) but that in recent years the Indonesians have taken prayer from the mountain into the marketplace. This means people praying in large groups, small groups, Houses of Prayer, 24/7 Prayer Watches etc. People are also being encouraged to take healing and kingdom ministry to the streets. The challenge for us will be to find ways to mobilise and equip people to do just that in the UK.
I was really blessed to see the fervency of the Koreans, Indonesians and Chinese at the event. They are an inspiration to us and we could learn a lot from their commitment to pray things into being. In the wake of the 2004 Tsunami, the economy of Indonesia could have completely collapsed, but the church prayed! Today, their economy is growing (6-7% this year) in spite of global recession - many people attribute that to the praying church in Indonesia. How about us in the UK????
On Thursday evening we went to a massive rally in the national football stadium. 120,000 people attended and it was beamed to a number of other football stadiums across the country. Dr. Paul Yonggi Cho (the Founding Pastor of the largest church in the world in Seoul, Korea) spoke during part of the event. It was a privilege to hear him as he prayed for us and encouraged us to realise that God was depending on us to do his bidding and fulfill the Great Commission.
We recognise that although society and civilisations have changed, the Great Commandment and the Great Commission haven’t. I believe that if we seek the Lord and pray we could see a powerful move of God that will sweep over the nations so that the knowledge of the glory of God will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea.
I’m excited to see what the Lord will do.