Never Quit the Fight!
Ralph Peters' most recent book by the above title speaks of the war taking place in Iraq of which the stakes are extremely high not only for America, but also the world.
He's a brilliant strategist and thinker in regards to global conflicts. When going to war you go to win! Peters states, "we have to maintain a strength of will equal to that of our opponents. War demands consistency, and we're the most fickle great power in history. We must focus on defeating our enemies, brushing aside all other considerations."
I do not believe this man is a believer, but he's speaking our language as far as spiritual warfare is concerned. The stakes are high (lost souls and unity of believers in Lake County). In regards to this life as a Christian, we're at war whether we believe it or not. Prayer is warfare. Life is war. But one thing about this spiritual war is we have holy armor and all heaven's backing (Ephesians 6:10-18). Victory was declared 2000 years ago at Calvary. Our prayers must be postured in that victory! Therefore as one writer comments: "Prayer is striking the winning blow...service is gathering up the result."
Let's break down Peters' assessment of war:
1. We have to maintain a strength of will equal to that of our opponents.
A prominent speaker wrote this, "We find that the greatest resistance to God's kingdom on earth is not the power of darkness, but the human will." NEVER QUIT! In prayer, you stand united in Christ's victory over battles and issues. Our strength of will must go BEYOND that of our enemy.
2. War demands consistency.
We must be vigilant in prayer, DAILY. We can't hide or run from the battle! Remember, our enemies don't take breaks or holiday leave from their agenda of killing, stealing and destroying us (John 10:10).
3. We must focus on defeating our enemies
Look to the Captain of the Lord's host. He leads the way. When you battle together in prayer with the Captain, you WIN! You defeat the enemy through prayer and obedience-our speech and actions.
Let's continue to pray--strike the winning blow and in our serving this county, we'll gather up the God-ordained results!
A city-wide or county-wide prayer movement will never be any stronger than the prayer in the local church.
When We Pray on Saturday, October 20, 2007
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.Lakeland Evangelical Free Church
440 North Hunt Club Road, Gurnee, IL 60031 847.856.1240
This prayer gathering is a blend of people from various churches all across Lake County. We pray for the needs of the county and all churches. We encourage everyone to come and share in this special time of prayer and worship for our communities here in Lake County.
Prayer for Muslims
All Night Prayer Vigil for Muslims
October 5-6, Friday - Saturday
8:00 pm - 6:00 am
Lakeland Evangelical Free Church
440 North Hunt Club Road, Gurnee, IL 60031
Prayerfest for Sharefest - 30-Day, 30-Churches
We're asking churches to sign-up for a day of prayer and fasting for ShareFest during the month of October. We encourage people to pray from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm in 30 or 15 minute time slots. Check out the ShareFest website (sharefest.net) and click on the "county-wide activities" and view the various churches who have signed up. If your church is not involved, why not send them this email or contact Debbie Stackhouse for more info.
Lake County's Economy
· Families caught in the subprime upheaval.
· There are a couple of major corporations/businesses in our county who are looking to close or move out of state.
· Churches that are affected by the economic downturn. Some are feeling the financial crunch.
Answers to Prayer
At our Into Flame conference we mentioned the need for a 24/7 prayer center in Lake County. Revival Temple, downtown Waukegan, was in the process of starting a 24/7 prayer center, but needed $15,000 to complete the work. The rooms are gutted and in need of drywall, flooring, etc. Prayer stations will be set up and each day of the week will have a different prayer theme. A very generous person was moved by the announcement and donated $5,000.00 towards the completion of this prayer center. What's important is that this prayer center is located at the "county seat." We know that prayer shapes the world-and counties.
Michelle Van Loon's Mother Called Home
After being diagnosed with cancer, Michelle's mother was transferred to a hospice. She resisted the gospel for years, but during this time at the hospice, the Lord surrounded her with Christian nurses. Then this past week she prayed the sinner's prayer! The Lord is amazing and faithful. Michelle's mother died Saturday at 1:00 pm. Continue to lift Michelle and her family in prayer during this time.
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