Praying for the ministry of Georgian & Winnie Banov

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!

Merry Christmas!

“After Mary’s days of purification had ended, it was time for her to come to the temple with a sacrifice, according to the laws of Moses after the birth of a son. So Mary and Joseph took the baby Jesus to Jerusalem to be dedicated before the Lord.”
Luke 2:22 [TPT]

Do you know how you sometimes read a scripture that you have read over and over again many times, but this time it suddenly has an even deeper revelation to you? That happened to me the other morning when I was doing my daily devotions.

I was reading in Luke 2 about the birth of Christ again. At this time of year I love reading these scriptures in Luke and Matthew, and being overwhelmed once again by all of the amazing supernatural wonders that took place when He was born – like angels, dreams, prophetic words, the signs in the sky, God’s Glory! In delightful awe I ponder these things.

As I read Luke 2:22 in The Passion Translation, I notice the footnote at the bottom of the page. Written by our good friend Dr. Brian Simmons, it says, “The ark of the covenant, signifying the presence of God, had been absent from the temple since 587 BC, when the Babylonians destroyed the temple. Herod’s temple had no ark of covenant until Jesus came into the temple that day. God returned to the temple when Mary carried her baby into its courts. What a dramatic moment! See Malachi 3:1-2.”

Whoa! What??? Definitely a dramatic moment for me! That revelation had not captured by attention until I read that! Blew me away!

“All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’).”
Isaiah 7:14 [NLT]

Immanuel – God is with us! God presence returned to the temple in Mary’s arms. Oh, my…oh, my…What a thought to ponder!

As I share this with you on this Christmas Eve, I wish you many very blissful moments of even greater dramatic revelations of His Word and Who He is than you have ever had before! More, Lord!

Merry Christmas!

Happy Thanksgiving!

“I do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers.”
Ephesians 1:16 [Amplified]

On this Thanksgiving Day, we here at Global Celebration give thanks for all of our intercessor who keep this ministry lifted in prayer! All of the work of this ministry is greatly impacted by the power of your prayers. Thank you so much!

The Final Paragraph – #10

God Seeks Intercessors. As ministers begin the work of finding and training intercessors, it will urge them to pray more themselves. Christ made Paul a pattern of His grace before He made him a preacher of it. It has been well said, “The first duty of a clergyman is humbly to beg of God that all he would have done in his people may be first truly and fully done in himself.” The effort to bring this message of God may cause much heart searching and humiliation. All the better. The best practice in doing a thing is helping others to do it. Oh, servants of Christ, be as watchmen who cry to God day and night. Let us awake to our holy calling. Let us believe in the power of intercession. Let us practice it. Let us seek on behalf of our people to get from God Himself the Spirit and the life we preach. With our spirits and lives given up to God in intercession, the Spirit and life that God gives them through us cannot fail to be the life of intercession, too.”

Remember that these ten paragraphs were written by Andrew Murray in chapter 14 of his book entitled The Ministry of Intercession.  I hope that his words will awaken in the hearts of many the vital need for increased teaching and time for intercession in the church.  May it be an encouragement to those who intercede now, to rise to a greater level of intercession.

God Seeks Intercessors. He sends His servants out to call them. Let ministers make this a part of their duties. Let them make their church a training school of intercession. Give the people definite objects for prayer. Encourage them to make a definite time for it, even if it is only ten minutes every day. Help them to understand the boldness they may use with God. Teach them to expect and look for answers. Show them what it is first to pray and get an answer in secret, and then carry the answer and impart the blessing. Tell everyone who is master of his own time that he is as the angels: free to tarry before the throne and then go out and minister to the heirs of salvation. Sound out the blessed tidings that this honor is for all God’s people. There is no difference. That servant girl, this day laborer, that bedridden invalid, this daughter in her mother’s home, these men in business – all are called; all, all, are needed. God seeks intercessors.”

Oh, my heart….

Paragraph #8

“God Seeks Intercessors.  He will not, He cannot, take the work out of the hands of His church.  And so He comes, calling and pleading in many ways.  Now, He does so by a man who He raises up to live a life of faith in His service and to prove how actually and abundantly He answers prayer.  Then, He does so by the story of a church that makes prayer for souls its starting point and bears testimony to God’s faithfulness.  Sometimes, He does so in a mission that proves how special prayer can meet special need and bring down the power of the Spirit.  Or other times, He does so by a season of revival coming in answer to united, urgent supplication.  In these and many other ways, God is showing us what intercession can do. He is beseeching us to awaken and train His great host to be, every one, a people of intercession.”

Thank You, Lord, for the many ways You continually show us how great the power of prayer is!  Let us always remain focused and never lose sight of the authority You have given us in intercession. Such an honor!  Such a privilege!

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