Praying for the ministry of Georgian & Winnie Banov

“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-Just as God decreed for Israel to come together and give thanks to the Eternal.”  Psalm 122:2-4 Voice

Georgian and Winnie are already in Israel awaiting the arrival of our Amazing, God-Ordained, Divinely-Picked team who are traveling there today. Our dear friends Brian and Candace Simmons (lead translators of The Passion Translation) will also be joining our group, who along with the Banovs, will deliver life-changing messages and give deeper understanding to the accounts of the Bible.

Every year this is such a wonderful, anointed, Spirit-filled adventure for all – beginning with gathering at the airport, bonding as they travel, arriving as a team, ministering throughout the Holy Land, and returning home with breathtaking memories and powerful testimonies of all the things that God did!

“O Jerusalem, may there be peace for those who dwell inside your walls and prosperity in your every palace. I intercede for the sake of my family and friends who dwell there, that they may all live in peace!” Psalm 122:7-8 Passion

Continue to lift them in prayer as they travel throughout Israel. They will again be bringing food to the widows and pouring out His rich love to everyone in the Palestinian refugee camps, praying for the wounded and sick in the hospital, sharing the Good News and ministering to as many as they can reach as they travel from one area to another.

Pray for Divine Protection, Divine Strength, Divine Health, Divine Rest, Divine Provision, Divine Guidance, and Divine Wisdom for every move they make and in every place they go to

Pray for God to be filling them daily with a continual flow of His Fresh, Blissfully Joyful, Powerfully Loving Anointing that will change atmospheres and touch everyone and every place they come in contact with.

“Wherever they are, they will be fine, never hungry nor thirsty. They will be protected…because the One who loves them-as a mother loves her child-will be their guide. God will lead them to restful places, rejuvenating springs of water. I will make their going easy, level the mountain road and smooth the path that leads them home. Look! Even now, they are coming from lands far away, some from the north, others from the west…” Isaiah 49:10-12 Voice

As I was spending time with God this morning and praying for this trip, I opened up my copy of Patricia King’s book Decree. It turned right to the chapter entitled Blessing. I felt that the Lord wanted me to start declaring some of what was written there over our team. See what is written below and declare these words over them with me:

“Nothing but blessing is permitted to come into their lives or sphere of influence. They are blessed and are called to be a blessing. Through their life in Jesus, nations are blessed. Blessings come upon them and overtake them. Blessings are attracted to them. They are blessing magnets. They are blessed coming in and blessed going out. They are blessed in the city and blessed in the field. The heavens are open over their lives and the rain of God’s abundant goodness falls on them and all that pertains to them. No good thing has He withheld from them. They are blessed in everything they put their hands to!”

Yes and Amen!

Psalm 40:8-10

As I was reading Psalm 40 from the Passion Translation this morning, verses 8-10 jumped out at me and I thought they were a great description of the Banovs ~

“I delight to fulfill your will, my God, for your living words are written upon the pages of my heart. I tell everyone everywhere the truth of your righteousness. And you know I haven’t held back in telling the message to all. I don’t keep it a secret, or hide the truth. I preach of your faithfulness and kindness, proclaiming your extravagant love to the largest crowd I can find!”

Last week at our Ascend Conference in Harrisburg, at the beginning of one of Brian Simmons’ sessions, his wife Candice stood up and declared this Word for 2016 over us. When I asked, she gave me her joyful permission to share this with you. Enjoy this Awesome Word ~

“And as we begin this New Year I’ve been reflecting on a word from the Lord that I began hearing during our last visit to Australia. Here it is:

A year of rapid change As the new year rushes in upon us many of the old familiar things around us will begin to change. This will be a year of rapid change. Some of the things you once enjoyed and held onto will pass away. In the end you will see and understand more clearly for our Father, our Abba, is moving things all around and positioning things. In the midst of the changes you may want to put up a fight and try to resist, but it’s time to let it go! God has a plan greater than ours and He is re-centering and re-focusing us.

A year of new courage and boldness And during this process He’s filling you with a new courage and boldness to face things that you were unable to face last year. It really is the time to “Forget the former things; and not dwell on the past.” Isaiah 43:18 For He’s ALWAYS doing a new thing and making all things new. (Rev. 21:5) He’s out ahead of us. You will certainly see it this year! We’re on an accelerated course. And at times you will feel a sting at letting go, but He will come and comfort you as He moves you on and sets you free of the things that may have troubled you last year. This year will be a “Manasseh” year. (Manasseh means, “God made me to forget all my troubles” because this year will be a year of moving ahead with courage and boldness into a time of fruitfulness.

A year of His love This is the year of sixteen, a year of His love. Several numerologists equate sixteen with naïveté, vulnerability and love. The quintessential example of a scripture on love is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world!” And the Lord spoke to me and said that He is highlighting the book of John and the epistles written by John, (books of His love) this year. It would be good if you were to meditate on the scriptures found in these amazing books. In the first few years of my Christian experience I memorized the first 7 chapters of John and 1st John (don’t ask me why I didn’t do the rest of John. I can’t remember why I stopped, but it changed me forever.) Of course The Song of Solomon is the epitome of love. You should read and study it too. But I’m just highlighting John, because the Lord specifically spoke to me about John and his epistles.

A year to finish I dreamed that our Father was carrying us over the finish line. This is your year to finish many things that you have been unable to finish the last few years. I heard Him say, “You will emerge with a new supernatural energy, courage and boldness that will carry you through, for it’s my love that carries you. And I’m coming with a kiss that will sweep you off your feet!, but at the same time leave you with a new lease on life and a new energy. And He said, “I will kiss you over and over with many types of kisses. And each kiss will be tailor made for you and for each individual situation. For there will be many waves of My unconditional love pouring over you and being released over and into you because there will be times when you will be tempted to quit, but my love will bring you back to the things that really matter. And if you’ll allow me to carry you and not resist my tender advances I will bring you into a place where you will find a deeper revelation of my purpose and plan for you on this earth.”

A year to soar (Recently I had a dream about winged people.) And as you accept His tender advances He will give you wings to soar. This will be the year of soaring Christians! It’s time for you to take off! Time to leave the problems of this earth and to walk in the heavenly realm where you are seated. Eph. 2:6. The things that took you down and out last year will have no affect on you this year. For you are changing and God is giving you wings to soar and the wind of the Holy Spirit to lift you up! It’s time to soar above all that the enemy would try to do to hold you down and back!

A year of increased unity and communion in the body
Unity And this is a year of communion. Communion with God and communion with others. Union from communion will begin to take place. All that you have cultivated in the past few years in your times communing with Him and with the body will now go to a deeper level. New signs of unity will begin to emerge. You will see glimmers of John 17, the unity prayer of Christ beginning to happen. Things that we had tried to instigate for years will now begin to emerge around us.
Communion New Year’s morning I awoke to chimes that lasted for a full minute from 6:57 to 6:58am. I believe that the Lord told me to look up John 6:57-58. This is what it says; Jesus speaking: “The Father of Life sent me, and He is my life. In the same way, the one who feeds upon me, I will become his life. I am not like the bread your ancestors ate and later died. I am the Living Bread that comes from heaven. Eat this Bread and you will live forever!” John 6:57-58

Jesus is calling us to His table to receive more of His life. Jo. 6:56 days, “He that eats my body and drinks my blood is strengthened in me and I in Him!” This year the communion table will take on a greater significance. Come with joy and rejoicing and receive more of Him! Come to the banqueting table, the place where Christ’s life, power, and virtue is being offered to sustain us. Let this be your year of your strengthening as you enjoy the bread of His presence and move in to commune with Him and with others on at a whole new level!

The year of revelation and faith aligning in hearts And finally as I was out driving the other day and came to a traffic light I noticed that instead of two green lights it had a blue and a green light together. Immediately I heard the Lord say to me loud and clear, “Blue is the new green.” Blue stands for revelation and green for go or faith to move forward.

The last few years, the Lord has literally been pouring out the Spirit of understanding on His church. And this year He’s coupling that understanding with faith to go forward. Instead of having to wait for a word from our favorite prophet to come, I see the church beginning to gather their daily manna, consuming it on the spot and moving forward. This year will be a “give us this day our daily bread” year! Instead of saving revelation for another day and sitting it on the shelf where it collects maggots, this will be the day of living in daily revelation. This is the time to hear God for ourselves and to walk it out in faith!”

Happy New Year!

This New Years Eve, I share with you from page 72 of Brian Simmons’ book Prayer Partners With Jesus* ~

“‘These I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’
(Isaiah 56:7).

The Lord longs to bring joy into His house of prayer. Enjoyable prayer is about to be released into the prayer rooms across the earth! His promise is that HE will give those who are dedicated to prayer great joy. His lovesick worshippers will fill the House of Prayer as He makes it enjoyable to spend time with Him.”

Yes! Joy ~ Joy ~ Joy!

Are you dedicated to prayer? Are you a lovesick worshipper?

Then may this New Year be a year filled with Much Joy for you in a House of Prayer! A House of Prayer for ALL Nations! Yeah, God! Thank You, Jesus!

Joyfully continue to prayer for Georgian and Winnie and all that God has planned for Global Celebration in 2016.

You can start with GCSSM that resumes classes this Monday after our Christmas break. Also prayer for our first conference of the year next weekend – the ASCEND Prophetic Conference in Harrisburg, PA, January 7-9 – where Patricia King and Brian Simmons will be speakers.

Wishing everyone a Happy, Happy, Joy-filled, Blissful New Year!

[*I highly recommend this book by Brian for all intercessors!]

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!

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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!”

 

 

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