Praying for the ministry of Georgian & Winnie Banov

Thanks so much for your prayers for our D. C. Conference last month! What a powerful time of healings, prophetic declarations and restorations! One woman with a serious neurological disease got off of the scooter she was riding and began to walk.

Another woman I go to church with who attended this conference wrote down her testimony for me to share ~

“Please tell Georgian that I was healed during his meetings in DC at Embassy Church.

I had suffered in my intestines for at least 12 years, maybe longer, with all sorts of afflictions, ranging from gastritis, to stomach viruses, to sudden attacks of diarrhea, chronic parasites and terrible gas and bloating which was very embarrassing…..God healed me completely and I have had no sign of any symptoms since those meetings….I believe I was healed Friday morning as Georgian was furiously playing his violin and I was jumping up and down for joy because I had just been set free of a spirit of rejection as well.

God also healed me of a sleep disorder called sleep apnea which I had been afflicted with for at least 20 years, but recently had kept me from sleeping and I was sleep deprived. That is completely gone!!

The Lord said that I got healed in the atmosphere there! Thank you Georgian and all your speakers and especially all the wonderful singers and musicians which ushered in the Presence of the Holy One. God, thank you for Georgian Banov and his great love for humanity that he carries!”

Yeah, God! And these are just two reports of the many wonderful things that took place throughout the conference!

And I felt so honored and privileged to hold our intercessory prayer meetings in a room known as the Washington House of Prayer! How Awesome is that!! I could only imagine how many prayers have been lifted up in that room for our nation’s capital, for our country, and for the world! And those times of intercession during the conference were incredible! The prayer partners that prayed with me there were some of the BEST!

A friend of mine lent me a book by C. Peter Wagner called Prayer Shield – How to Intercede for Pastors, Christian Leaders and Others on the Spiritual Frontlines.

I loved when I read this on pages 24-25 of this book  I just have to share it! It confirms how powerful the prayers of an intercessor are! Be encouraged as you read this!


How God’s Power Is Released

A fascinating story is told in Exodus 17. Many will recall the account of the battle of Rephidim in which Joshua defeated Amalek. Joshua’s name has been entered permanently into military history as the general who won the battle of Rephidim.

But the Bible tells us the rest of the story.

A strategy conference before the battle had determined that while Joshua would lead the troops out to the battlefield, Moses would go up on a nearby hill and intercede for Joshua. On the hill overlooking the battle, Moses soon observed that while his hands were up, Joshua was winning, but while his hands were down, Joshua was losing. Moses caught on real fast and decided that the best place for his hands was up. So Aaron and Hur came to help, propped Moses up with stones, and did everything they could to keep Moses’ hands in the air. As a result, Joshua won the battle (see Exod. 17:8-13).

This is a simple story and has a great principle for us to grasp. Joshua is fighting while Moses is praying. Joshua gets credit for winning the battle, but we know who really won it. Ultimately, of course, it was God’s power that won the battle, but the human agent most directly used as a channel of that divine power was the intercessor, Moses, not the general, Joshua.

As my friend Walter Wink would say, “history belonged to the intercessor.”

As I apply this to real life, I see Joshua doing the “ministry.” It so happened that his God-given assignment at the moment was to fight a battle. I wonder just how much Joshua was praying throughout that day in the Valley of Rephidim. Probably not much, if at all. Yet the battle was ultimately won by prayer, the prayers of the intercessor, not the prayers of the minister. Not that Joshua was unimportant. The battle could not have been won without him either.

Many Christian leaders today are like Joshua. They are activists in the ministry. They are winners. People see them as successful servants of God. Day after day they see God’s power operating through them for the blessing of others. And where does this power come from? It is released through intercession.

This is the footnote from the Voice Translation of Ephesians 6:18 ~

“Paul knows that the real battles and dangers we face are not against flesh and blood. The enemies we see are real enough, but they are animated by spiritual forces of darkness that stay strategically hidden from view. These powers often reveal themselves in institutional evils—genocide, terror, tyranny, and oppression—but the weapons needed to combat them are not earthly weapons at all. What is needed, Paul advises, is to stand firm in God’s power and to suit up in the full armor of God. Although the devil and his demon armies are destined for destruction, they are serious threats now and must be resisted and beaten back. For Paul, the best offensive weapons we have are the WORD OF GOD and PRAYER.”

I felt that is was a very timely Word for today.  Stay in the Word and Keep Praying!

“Pray always. Pray in the Spirit. Pray about everything in every way you know how! And keeping all this in mind, pray on behalf of God’s people. Keep on praying feverishly, and be on the lookout until evil has been stayed.”  Ephesians 6:18

“Your Word declares that ‘blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord’ [Ps. 33:12]. We receive Your blessing Father; You are our Refuge and Stronghold in times of trouble (high cost, destitution, and desperation). So we declare with our mouths that Your people dwell safely in this land, and we prosper abundantly. We are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus!” [taken from Prayers That Avail Much]

Keep praying for our nation and the upcoming Healing & Prophetic Fire Conference in Washington, D.C.

“Then God released Him from the horrors of death and brought Him back to life again, for death could not keep this Man within its grip.” Acts 2:24 [TLB]
Yeah, God! Happy Resurrection Day!

I love this article written by David Smithers about how important intercession was to the great Charles Spurgeon.  He knew the source of his power.  This really expresses my heart-cry for true corporate intercession!  Thank you, Charles!

“The memory of Charles Haddon Spurgeon has been cherished among evangelical Christians for over the past 100 years. Many Christian leaders consider him to be the greatest preacher England ever produced. He is commonly hailed as the “Prince of Preachers”. Over 63 volumes of published sermons still bear witness to the richness and success of C. H. Spurgeon’s ministry. Though known as a great preacher, it was not preaching that made Spurgeon great. Mr. Spurgeon repeatedly acknowledged his success as the direct result of his congregation’s faithful prayers. “It has often been remarked that the whole church helped produce Spurgeon.” When visitors would come to Spurgeon’s church he would take them to the basement prayer-room where people were always on their knees interceding. Then Spurgeon would declare, “Here is the powerhouse of this church.”

Spurgeon in his autobiography described his gratefulness for being blessed with such a praying church. “I always give all the glory to God, but I do not forget that He gave me the privilege of ministering from the first to a praying people. We had prayer meetings that moved our very souls, each one appeared determined to storm the Celestial City by the might of intercession.” Spurgeon regarded the prayer-meeting as the spiritual thermometer of a church. His church’s Monday night prayer meeting had a worldwide testimony for many years. Every Monday night a large portion of Spurgeon’s sanctuary was filled with earnest and fervent intercessors.

“In Spurgeon’s eyes the prayer-meeting was the most important meeting of the week.” It is here many of us find ourselves in conflict with dear Mr. Spurgeon. We love our meetings for preaching and praising and yet sadly neglect those set aside for praying. One of Spurgeon’s greatest concerns was that his people learn to truly pray. “He taught his people to pray, doing so far more by his example than by any preaching. People heard him pray with such reality that they became ashamed of their own mere repetition of words.” Throughout his entire ministry many hearers remarked that they were moved by his preaching, but yet still more affected by his praying. D. L. Moody after his first visit to England, being asked upon his return to America, “Did you hear Spurgeon preach?” He replied, “Yes, but better still I heard him pray.” A close friend of Spurgeon’s, commented on his prayer life, “His public prayers were an inspiration, but his prayers with the family were to me more wonderful still. Mr. Spurgeon, when bowed before God in family prayer, appeared a grander man even than when holding thousands spellbound by his oratory.”

Spurgeon fully recognized that the Church’s greatest need was not to have another, “Prince of Preachers”, but to have more princes of prayer. One of his many published sermons expressed his feelings on this. He wrote, “Shall I give you yet another reason why you should pray? I have preached my very heart out. I could not say any more than I have said. Will not your prayers accomplish that which my preaching fails to do? Is it not likely that the Church has been putting forth its preaching hand but not its praying hand? Oh dear friends! Let us agonize in prayer . . . “

There has been much talk lately about pockets of revival springing up in our nation. Many are saying they desire such revivals in our own local churches, and cities. Yet, is it not the prayer-meeting which is still most neglected? If Christ Jesus were to visit us today with real revival power, how could such a blessing be sustained where there is no ground work laid in prayer? To merely exercise our words about revival and not our knees is hypocrisy! It is time to make the prayer-meeting as crowded as our favorite preaching and praise meetings. It is then and ONLY then, that a true revival will come with lasting power! Like Mr. Spurgeon, let us regard the prayer-meeting as our most important meeting!”



“Seriously, More Snow?”

That’s what one of the weather reports I just saw for the Northeast says. There has been so much crazy weather across the country, especially in this area. This can affect travel. Flights can be cancelled in one area that affects the flights connecting to other areas.

“Blessed shall you be when you come in and blessed shall you be when you go out.”
Deuteronomy 28:6 [Amplified]

All of our team members that will be traveling with us on the Holy Land Miracle Tour are supposed to meet at JFK in New York [Yeah, that’s definitely in the Northeast area that has been heavily hit!] this Thursday to fly on to Israel. Please pray that the weather does not mess up any of their travel plans. Pray that everyone arrives safely and in perfect time to make their scheduled flights – not just on their way to Israel but also on their return flights home.

“ But right now I must make the journey to Jerusalem to serve the saints there…My brothers and sisters, I urgently plead with you by the name of our Lord Jesus, the Anointed, and by the love of the Spirit to join together with me in your prayers to God for my success in these next endeavors.”
Romans 15:25, 30 [The Voice]

Keep Georgian and Winnie, our friends Brian and Candice Simmons, and all of our mission’s team members in prayer for anointed success on this journey throughout the Holy Land. Remember that this is not just a casual tour, but a time of ministry and love outreaches – to widows and children, to many in the Palestinian refugee camps, to patients in the hospital, and to the all of those that they encounter as they travel from place to place.

Pray for everyone’s health and strength. Pray protection for each one and all their possessions as they move about the country. Pray that there will be an increase of divine appointments and God-ordained encounters. May they all be blessed with His Great Favor!

“Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams] — To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it).”
Ephesians 3:20-21 [Amplified]

Yes! This is the kind of reports I’m expecting to hear upon their return home!

Thanks so much for your prayers!

Pray for Mozambique

There has been a lot of rain causing massive flooding again in Mozambique. You can read a report from Rolland Baker below. Please keep Heidi and Rolland and their ministry base in Pemba and Malawi in your prayers.

“Mozambique’s government has declared a state of emergency in the wake of the recent floods that have displaced at least 19,000 households and collapsed bridges that connect the main highway between the north and south, making overland transport impossible. When a bridge near Mocuba, Zambezia, collapsed it knocked out a major power line supplying power to all the northern provinces, meaning our base in Pemba could be without power for quite some time. In response to this severe flooding we’re asking for prayer for protection and provision for all of our missionaries, children, staff and the thousands that have been displaced…”

“I was so happy when my fellow pilgrims said, “Let’s go to the house of the Eternal!” We have made the journey, and now we are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem.  Jerusalem! What a magnificent city! Buildings so close together, so compact. God’s people belong here. Every tribe of the Eternal makes its way to Jerusalem …”  Psalm 122:1-4a [Voice]

In just one month, from February 12 – 22, a team will be heading to Israel for our Holy Land Miracle Tour and Compassion Outreach 2015. We are always excited to about this trip, but this year we are super-excited to have our dear friends Brian and Candice Simmons (Bible teachers and the author of The Passion Translation) as our special guests traveling with us. As well as Georgian and Winnie, the Simmons will also be teaching the team as they walk through the Holy Land, reliving the history of the Bible.

But remember, this is not just a tour ~ it’s also a compassionate missionary journey! One of my favorite places on this trip is the Palestinian refugee camps where we bring food to the widows, have fun with the children, and celebrate them with music and pour out His love the Global Celebration way! Another favorite place is the hospital where we go through the halls praying for wounded Israeli soldiers, their families, and many other patients and staff ~ later gathering in a large room for a party with as many patients who are able to attend, to sing and dance and eat with them. Oh, how wonderful!

We are asking you to keep this mission trip covered in prayer. We do have many people that have signed up to go, but there is still room and we don’t want to leave anyone behind! Please pray, as always, that the Lord will bring on board everyone He has chosen to make the most perfect, unified team for this mission trip to Israel.

I know that there are some that may want to go, but are lacking funds. Please pray that every financial need will be met for everyone that feels the call to go. I also feel that with everything that the news reports on in the world today, there may be some concern about traveling internationally. Believe it or not, when I go to Israel, I feel it is one of the safest places I have ever been. Pray against any fear factors that the enemy may be using to keep people from making the decision to join this team.

I will write more as the time of their departure day gets closer to remind you to pray for all of their needs as they travel, but please PRAY, PRAY, PRAY NOW for God’s blessings over this very important and anointed trip.

Thanks so much!

Happy New Year!

“Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
Isaiah 43:19 [Amplified]

I believe that God is about to do a new thing in and through Global Celebration in this New Year of 2015!

The Voice Translation says it this way ~ “Watch closely: I am preparing something new; it’s happening now, even as I speak, and you’re about to see it.”

Yes, Lord! We are expectantly watching for the Work of Your Hand over Global Celebration as we PRAY!

I am also expecting the Lord to do Many Wonderful NEW things for each and every one of you throughout this New Year as well!

Wishing you all A Very Happy and Amazingly Blissfilled 2015!

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