For most of my adult life, triggered by glandular fever when I was 12 years old, I have suffered with M.E. It is a truly bewildering and holistic illness which seems to affect people in different ways. For me, there were better times and worse times over the years. There were periods when I could do very little, but I was fortunate that for quite a lot of the time, even though it was a struggle, I could get on with life with some semblance of normality.
That was until just about 6 years ago, in the Spring of 2007. At the time I was working as a Curate (a trainee Vicar in the Church of England) alongside my husband, John. Gradually I became aware that I was teetering on the edge of an abyss with my health. Then I was struck down by viral meningitis and completely flattened. For a long time, I could do nothing at all and was stuck in bed. At last there were some signs of recovery beginning, but then everything went downhill again. As time went by, it became clear that the viral meningitis had triggered a far more severe version of M.E. and that is what I was left with.
My world shrank to the four corners of my bed for what felt like an age. However, the time came when I was able to get out of bed on most days, but I could manage very little else. I was in constant pain and had no energy. It felt like I literally had no energy in my body, no power going to the muscles. I was unable to walk anywhere and had to surrender to being pushed around in a wheelchair. Sometimes I couldn’t even lift a glass of water to my lips.
I needed to spend most of my time on my own, in one room, in one chair, in a controlled environment as I found it very difficult to cope with noise and light. My concentration was limited and there were times when the weakness slurred my speech so much that no one could understand me. I could only see people for a very short time and needed days to recover from visitors. It was a necessary isolation, but it was often lonely nevertheless. Time with my family even had to be limited.
Two of our children were teenagers and the third was in his last year at primary school. They were amazing at adapting to what was happening and getting used to looking after Mum, rather than the other way around – Pushing my wheelchair, attending to my physical needs, modulating their behaviour in my presence so as not to overwhelm me. It was humbling for me and heart-mangling.
My husband, John, had to adapt to becoming my Carer, which he did with such love and grace, but I know it was very costly for him. At the same time, I had to adapt to being so very dependent and all the implications of that.
This continued for more than 5 years and it was a dark and difficult and painful time. But the Bible talks at one point about ‘treasures in the darkness’ and, through this time of darkness, God brought me some immensely valuable treasure, the most valuable of which was a revelation of his love which is transforming my life.
I have always struggled to receive love, particularly God’s love, but, as the illness took hold and stripped me bare in so many ways, somehow I was able to let God strip away layer after layer of guilt and shame and self-deception and self-protection until, at last, I was standing naked and empty before him. I could have felt exposed and terrified, but there I found God’s total acceptance and love in a way I had never known before, and I felt safe and secure for the first time in my life. In a way, it was the deepest healing that I needed and is now an ongoing process of believing and receiving.
However, there is always more than we can possibly imagine with God and he had not finished with me yet, which brings me to last summer. Even though we were always looking and hoping for sign that my M.E. was getting better, we were having to face the fact that I was actually getting worse. We have a caravan and were planning to go away as a family to Pembrokeshire for our summer holiday. We very nearly decided to give it a miss because we thought I simply would not be able to cope.
As it turns out, I am rather glad we did go for it because one day John took me for a drive in a beautiful valley. It was the need for a disabled toilet that led us to a remote car park and, as we turned into it, I noticed a sign at the bottom of a driveway – a sign that read ‘Ffald-y-Brenin’. We suddenly realised that it was vaguely familiar, although it took us a good few minutes to pin it down. It is a Christian Retreat Centre in Wales where a wonderful outpouring of God’s life and blessing I happening. We knew very little about that at the time. All we remembered was that a friend of ours had recently read the book ‘The Grace Outpouring’ all about it and had mentioned Ffald-y-Brenin to us with some excitement. We had absolutely no idea that we were anywhere near it and yet here it was and here we were. We could not write it off as a coincidence, it seemed to have the hallmark of God stamped on it far too clearly for that. We knew we needed to do something so, before the end of our holiday, we went to spend a day there.
When John phoned to check whether we could go there and to check accessibility because of my being in the wheelchair because of M.E., he was dumbfounded by the response, “Oh, we’ve had so many people healed from M.E. here!” It was not what we were expecting, or even what we had been looking for, but, as we prepared to go, I was aware of anticipation building in me, almost despite me.
This is what I wrote in my journal that morning before we set off:
Thursday 2nd August – 8am
… “Here I sit in our caravan bed with the sound of the kettle heating slowly for early morning tea, wondering what today will hold.
Will I meet the risen Jesus?
Will there be healing?
I am afraid to hope, in case of the deadening disappointment that might follow. And yet hope is rising and trembling…
Maybe it is time – God’s time – for me…
What do I really want?
I want to meet the risen Jesus,
To believe and not doubt
To be really healed from M.E.
Could it possibly be my time, my day? God’s time, God’s day for me?”
We left the children in the caravan and, as we drove to Ffald-y-Brenin, I had a growing sense that I was somehow going to meet Jesus in a particular way. It was not easy to get there in the wheelchair over very uneven ground but we made it. We had a while on our own in their prayer room and the peace of the presence of God there settled into us in a wonderful way. Then, after a while a couple came to pray with us – Roy and Daphne.
We talked a very little, then Roy looked at me directly and said, “Rachel, this is your time, this is your day!” ‘My time, my day!’ It echoed so exactly what I’d written earlier in the morning it took my breath away and faith rose up in me.
We started to pray and honestly it was like Jesus was standing there, reaching out his hand to me and saying, “Rachel, get up and walk!” One moment I was sitting in my wheelchair hardly able to move – exhausted and in pain – the next it felt like energy surged up from the soles of my feet, up through my body and lifted me out of the wheelchair. I stood. I walked a few steps. And then I started jumping and leaping around. I just couldn’t help it. I was vaguely aware of John with tears rolling down his cheeks as I cavorted around.
As we prayed some more, together we had a clear sense that all the roots of M.E. in my life going back 32 years and beyond had been completely pulled out. So comprehensive. Such freedom! One moment I was very ill. The next moment I was well – because of Jesus. That was on the 2nd August and I’m still well now – going from strength to strength!
The first thing I did was make John and me a cup of tea – so ordinary and so wonderful! As Midday Prayers at Ffald-y-Brenin approached, we folded down my redundant wheelchair and put it on the table in the middle of the Prayer Room – resting on the Bible and with the Cross on the top.
I suspect that image and all that it means will stay with me for ever – the Word of God, the Cross, pain giving way to healing and freedom and life in all its fullness because of Jesus and the truth that ‘by his wounds, we are healed.’ Alleluia! I guess it goes without saying that Midday Prayers exploded with joy and celebration!
Returning to the caravan and showing our children what had happened was the most marvellous thing. Shocked, bemused, then overjoyed pretty much sums up their reaction. That evening we went for a walk together, played Trivial Pursuit, shared a bottle of wine and fish and chips and laughed so much.
The next day we headed home and everything felt like a revelation. I never thought I would find motorway service stations a thing of wonder. But it was amazing to stop on our journey home, to jump out of the car, to walk side by side with my daughter into the ordinary ladies toilets. Mad, no doubt, but I remember sitting on the toilet saying, “Thank you, Jesus, Thank you, Jesus, Thank you, Jesus!”
Sharing the good news with family and friends and dentists and hairdressers and doctors has been fantastic. So many people have been overjoyed and filled with hope. My GP is amazed and delighted and has been so supportive. Her jaw hit the floor when I walked into her surgery for the first time. When she heard what had happened she said, “It’s like a real Bible miracle!” I’m inclined to agree!
For us, it has been transforming, joyful, shocking and bewildering at times. The world is huge and busy and full of people for me after living in virtual isolation for years and there is a continuing process of adjustment and reorientation. Strangely perhaps, I am finding that joy wells up almost more than anything in the ordinary, everyday things. The normal things that just haven’t been normal for me – even washing up and taking out the rubbish!
It has been like coming out into a spacious place with panoramic views and fresh, fresh air after being stuck in a tiny cave – and all the while my wheelchair is gathering dust in the shed.
I am so aware all the time that the only reason I can stand, the only reason I can take a single step, is because of Jesus. Sometimes when I am out walking our lovely golden retriever Kingsley, I cannot prevent myself from shouting ‘Thank you, Jesus’ with each step or singing ‘Praise my soul, the King of Heaven!’ at the top of my voice!!
How great is our God! Alleluia!!
24th April 2013
Our Theme: “Celebrating Being Formed In Christ Jesus”
Led by Roy & Daphne Godwin and Friends
We are delighted to invite you to join with us for our June Conference this year. We are seeing God do so much, changing lives and releasing faith, purpose and vision and we hope you can come and taste and see that God is good.
- This will be a time to truly celebrate, and to know the touch of the Almighty!
- Mornings of deepening our biblical foundations and putting them into practice
- Afternoons free to explore the beauty of the hills and seaside
- Evenings of challenge and celebration
- Various workshops
- Opportunities for ministry and to minister
- … All soaked in a Rhythm of Prayer and worship
Come expecting challenge, encounter and equipping.
Main sessions will be held in a local chapel during the morning and evening, leaving the afternoons free to visit Ffald-y-Brenin and to explore the beautiful countryside, hills, woods and seaside.
There will also be the opportunity to hear the latest news and developments regarding the ministry and resources of Ffald-y-Brenin.
Dates: Wednesday 12th June to Sunday 16th June 2013
Venue: Ffald-y-Brenin, Pontfaen, Fishguard, Pembrokeshire SA65 9UA
Fee: The conference fee is £89 per person, which includes four evening meals and Sunday lunch but excludes accommodation and other meals.
Booking: Further details and booking forms available from the Ffald-y-Brenin website, www.ffald-y-brenin.org/conferences.
Update 06/02/2013: Both the March Blessings Conference and the repeat conference from 30 April – 1 May to accommodate further attendees are now fully booked. Keep an eye on the Ffald-y-Brenin website for information about more of their forthcoming events: www.ffald-y-brenin.org
Blessings Conference led by Roy Godwin
One of the strongest streams of life pouring out of Ffald-y-Brenin is that of blessing. It has transformed our life and ministry and is impacting many others around the world. Testimonies are received from churches, movements and individuals, reflecting their stories of discovery and the breaking in of the Kingdom of God, resulting in all manner of breakthroughs.
During the Conference we will look at the biblical basis for blessing, and specifically at regions (peoples), individuals and land. In particular we will consider the difference between speaking blessing and ministering blessing, and the connection between prayer, blessing and prophecy.
Whether you are a Local House of Prayer person, a church leader or a committed Christian who wishes to become more effective in their witness and community, you can expect to find life changing teaching coupled with demonstrations, hands-on practice and assistance. I for one can hardly wait to see the wonderful things that God is going to do over our time together at the Blessings Conference. I do hope you might join us. Why not bring some friends with you?
With every blessing,
Dates & Times: The Conference commences 2.30 for 3.00pm on Tuesday 12th March and finishes at 4.00pm on Wednesday 13th March.
Venue: Caersalem (approx 2 miles away from Ffald-y-Brenin).
Cost: £29.00 – includes an Evening meal on Tuesday and a light lunch on Wednesday
Booking: Booking is essential. Early booking is recommended. For a booking form and list of local B&Bs, contact the Ffald-y-Brenin Trust, tel. 01348 881 419, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: Ffald-y-Brenin, www.ffald-y-brenin.org
Churches across Cornwall will be using this prayer on 19th and 20th May as the arrival of the Olympic flame in Cornwall sparks a wave of prayer for the county and for the nation.
Shine as the flame travels: Blessing Prayer (Ffald-y-Brenin Trust, 2012, found in “Time to Shine” Prayer Guide)
We stand in the mighty Name of Jesus and bless you, the communities of Cornwall, that you might prosper under the mighty hand of God.
We bless you that justice and righteousness might take their proper place within your boundaries.
We bless you that the favour of the Lord might rest upon you and give you peace.
We bless you that the Father’s compassion might fall upon your people.
We bless your poor that they might be lifted up.
We bless you that the knowledge of Jesus might come in amongst you like a flood.
We bless the people of God in Cornwall, that they might rise up with Servant authority and become a people of blessing.
We bless you that the joy of the Lord might be your strength. Amen.
A possible outline to create your own blessing prayer (feel free to amend any of this)
“Almighty God, my Heavenly Father, in humility we come before you and ask that you would bless this town of …………………..
We know that we do not deserve your mercy, but for the sake of Christ we pray that you would forgive us our sins, and deliver us from the powers of evil that are at work.
We declare that you alone are God, and pray that your kingdom will come, that your will would be done in our churches, our council, our public services, our businesses, our schools and colleges, our university, our homes, and on our streets.
Father, we thank you for all that goes on in your name in ……… and ask that you would add the blessing of your Spirit’s power, that the light of the gospel of Christ would shine through all that is done to bring hope & salvation to the people of ……………………
Almighty God, give us a heart that overflows with thankfulness for all you have done in our lives, and a heart that breaks for those who do not know you.
Merciful God, revive your church, heal our town for the honour of your name. Amen”.
Source: Churches Together in Cornwall: www.churchestogetherincornwall.org.uk
The blessing prayer in Kernewek (Cornish):
Terlentrewgh dell vyaj an flamm: Pysadow a Vennigans
In a sev yn Hanow krev Yesu ha benniga orthis, (Dewnans) rag may sewenni yn-dann dorn nerthek Duw.
In a vennik orthis rag may synsso ewnder ha gwiryonedh aga Le ewn a-ji dhe’th emlow.
In a vennik orthis rag may powesso warnas Gras an Arloedh, ha RI dhis kres.
In a vennik orthis rag may koettho war dha dus piteth an Tas.
In a vennik orth dha dus boghosek rag may fons I sevys.
In a vennik orthewgh rag may frosso godhvos a Yesu yn agas mysk haval dhe liv.
In a vennik orth an dus a Dhuw yn (Dewnans ha Kernow), rag may saffons gans awtorita Gwas, ha dos ha bos pobel a vennigans.
In a vennik orthewgh rag may of lowena an Arloedh dha nerth. Yndella re Bo.
Source: Doreen Sparey-Delacassa.
For more prayers for Cornwall as the Olympic Torch arrives, download the Passing On The Light leaflet from the Diocese of Truro.
Source: Prayer Alert via the Prayer Forum
Houses of Prayer across Wales
There is a rising tide of prayer across Wales as His children seek His face for our nation. There seems to be a buzz in the air as stories are arising across Wales of God doing wonderful things in peoples’ lives. Beautiful testimonies are emerging, Jesus is being glorified and the Holy Spirit seems to be moving in every corner of the nation. House of Prayer Ffald-y-Brenin cannot cope with the number of visitors coming to pray and has given up trying, so that Bed and Breakfasts are full of those who come up to pray during the daytime. People are pouring in from around the world then leave carrying increased blessing. Elsewhere across Wales people are suddenly finding that the simplest prayers suddenly lead them into the very presence of our life-changing God. Home-based Houses of Prayer are multiplying, both singly and in networks. 24-hour Prayer is being raised up across the land.
Praise: God and may His Glory cover all of Wales as the waters cover the sea. (Hab.3:2)
There have been so many reports of healings and amazing God encounters at Ffald-y-Brenin that I desperately wanted to visit, yet I was also wary of disappointment if He had nothing for me personally.
At the last minute a couple of tickets and accomodation came our way for Fflad-y-Brenin’s Kingdom, Power and Glory Conference. It seemed God wanted us to go! In the days running up to the conference I experienced a sense of peace and was quite overwhelmed that God would make way for me to go.
We stayed in the Y-Stordy cottage at Gellifawr Hotel, which I would recommend warmly to anyone. There was a copy of The Grace Outpouring in the cottage and my husband immediately settled down to read it. The conference was about 15 minutes drive away and Ffald-y-Brenin about half an hour’s drive away.
Last year there were about 80 attendees, this year there were about 180 crammed into Caersalem, a little country Chapel, beautifully painted and cared for. As the weekend progressed we experienced a great freedom and power in our worship. The song lyric “Faith is rising” occurred to me more than once. The age of the congregation varied but there was a high proportion of pensioners there. Revival, it seems, is not just for the younger generation.
Mike Endicott, from the Order of Jacob’s Well, was the main speaker and his speeches were humorous, challenging yet sensitive, and very down to earth. He explained potentially tricky theology in the most simple and easy to understand illustrations. His message is that the Gospel we are taught by Jesus is to declare that the Kingdom of God is at hand and that God honours this declaration by demonstrating it. You can download his podcast “A Fistful of Dollars” at the following link, which includes a wonderful illustration about the ark and the Word of God:
Roy Godwin also spoke and shared about the Houses of Prayer and what God has been up to at Ffald-y-Brenin. A full set of the Conference CDs is available for £18 from Fflad-y-Brenin at email@example.com
After the first evening a fellow traveller from Tuckingmill was vaguely disappointed as he felt that God was moving in Cornwall at least as powerfully as at the Conference. He expressed his confusion as to why he was there. The following evening he had his reply as his shoulder was wonderfully and unexpectedly healed.
I hadn’t known what to expect and my main experience of the weekend has been a steady increase in faith. God also dealt with my anxiety. On Saturday morning I had a vision of myself wearing a stormcoat. It was very heavy and was weighing me down. God told me that I was expecting a storm but that He wanted me to take it off. We had arrived in Wales in torrential rain. When we emerged from the Chapel later that morning we were met with glorious sunshine. The following day I felt God say that my anxiety was forgiven me and to sin no more, because I no longer needed to. The sin of anxiety was gone.
I very much wanted to visit Fflad-y-Brenin. Ffald-y-Brenin’s lane couldn’t cope with the volume of traffic so we were asked to park in the picnic area at the bottom. We climbed the steep narrow drive and at the top were rewarded with a wonderful view of the mountains and the valley below. The trees at the top of the drive were bent over by the wind, like many we see in Cornwall. Fflad-y-Brenin itself is a long dark stone building with a small round chapel at the far end. To the left is a long row of outbuildings and there’s a large house behind for accomodation.
I soon saw what I came for. The cross is within sight of the main building on a small outcrop overlooking the valley below. The footpath to it is sheltered by an avenue of trees. The main path was very muddy and slippery on our visit, but we found safe passage on the carpet of leaves along the side. At the end of the footpath is a large iron gate and as we opened it we seemed to enter into utter silence. Nature itself was stilled in God’s presence. I felt myself drawn to the stile and it was here that I felt God’s presence the strongest. Beyond the stile the pathway climbs a hill of bracken. There are many who want to come into God’s presence and come to His cross but there is something in their lives they can’t quite get over. God blesses those who want to come Him with a timely word or circumstance that helps them climb over that stile.
There were others waiting to go to the cross and it is an automatic understanding that each person or couple is to come before the cross alone. At the cross itself I noticed the pieces of paper pinned to it and it occurred to me that all our hope is placed in Christ. We really don’t have anywhere else to go. Although it felt sheltered and still, a wind tried to blow away my umbrella, seeming to suggest that umbrellas aren’t needed as we come before God. Nothing is to come between ourselves and God. That is what Jesus died for. When God pours out His love, His rain, we don’t need to shelter from it under an umbrella. My mind felt distracted so I asked Him to bypass it. Immediately I was stilled and I felt part of my face going numb. A perfect moment of peace. Suddenly I became aware of the queue waiting behind me and I left.
I feel I have unfinished business there………………
The stile at Ffald-y-Brenin
Coming before the cross at Ffald-y-Brenin
Prophecies for Cornwall and extracts from the teaching by Roy Godwin at Truro Methodist Church, September 25th, 2010
Waiting for revival to come. Habbukuk 3 is a prayer for today. Prayer is the breath of life so we can share in the fellowship of what God is doing. Someone visiting Ffald-y-Brenin in Wales (Ffald-y-Brenin meaning The Sheepfold of the King in Welsh) shared a picture that was given of the coasts of Devon and Cornwall covered by Angels bent over the land (from the North coast leaning towards the west), waiting to hear the trumpet from Wales (of revival) to sound and it’s going to be soon. (1 year ago) A picture/prophesy God wants to reopen the floodgates between Wales and Cornwall. Not recreating yesterday but reopening a well so that the water is not stale.
There were links between Cornwall and Wales in the 6th Century – pray for God to re-open wells with fresh water for today.
What is Revival? Is Revival God’s purpose? No! Revival is when the fire is about to go out; when the church has lost its way and forgets that this is what life should be like all the time – we should expect to LIVE it all the time!! The objective is for God’s people to be different from everyone else. It is not about power. We want him to do his new thing every day, not just the same old stuff, and we don’t want it to end – we want to live and walk in revival.
Revival is not the answer or objective, he wants us to be living love, servanthood and in his beauty, washing one another’s feet – blessing people.
There are principles we must stick to:
- Pray - Revive your church – Ffald-y-Brenin have prayed twice a day for their revival – this should be our prayer here in Cornwall.
- Understand the Kingdom Acts 2 v 38 Peter speaking about repentance; seeking forgiveness; receiving the Holy Spirit. The Kingdom is not found in words but in the power that people walk in. The Kingdom is our destiny – step into it and be gloriously liberated by Him. We are not called to believe a philosophy but to live a life. The power we’re looking for should be the power to serve. What is our motivation for ministry? Jesus often said don’t tell anybody. Why do we want power? Jesus healed people because he was moved by compassion for the people. We need power so that ‘they‘, are not sick any more. God came to give us abundant life. ‘I will change you and set you free so that your past doesn’t determine the future’. We need to grasp the hugeness of God. Step into the purpose of God today – this is the good news and it is experiential (experiencing the presence and friendship of Jesus).
- Understand God’s gospel – the time has come and the kingdom of heaven is at hand. We need to understand God’s purpose- it is the Kingdom here and now and we are called to live in it. Jesus says the good news is amongst/upon the people now. Mark 1:14 – “The time promised by God has come……..” In the coming of Jesus the restoration of all God created has begun… .. repent and believe, the Kingdom of God is near … He comes to bring a party here for us now. So we can know and experience this, Jesus comes, He displays his love for us wretched creatures, His arms are stretched wide on the cross. The Holy Spirit is drawing us to Jesus ‘come, come, come to the party. Jesus for the joy set before Him – that heaven will be populated by you and me- this is His joy.
- Look at creation and say “wow, that’s good!”
The Hope of Cornwall is what Jesus is releasing in us.
How are we to speak to others about the Kingdom?
Ask, Where do you think the world is going? What do you feel about…?
God wants the world to be different, and He is calling a people to do it.
Remember we were never called or equipped to make anyone feel guilty of their sin! That is not our job.
Call on the holy spirit of conviction to bring revelation to sinners.
We should be some of the happiest people in Cornwall and if we are not we need to ask God for the spirit of joy afresh. The Holy Spirit will move. Those touched by His power may just say, “Hello”, to someone and the Holy Spirit will move upon them. He is moving like “wild fire”. The spirit calls us. The Holy Spirit comes with power and we must be witnesses.
The fundamental point of transformation is coming into and living in the party.
Denominations need to forgive one another. Revival happens when churches are in unity. We will not all be the same but we can be in love and unity, this is essential.
Simple prayer format of intercession for denominations.
None of this is going to be controlled!
Confirmations through three people who gave testimony:
Jackie: Had a dream last night. Surreal. I had gone to a big Christian festival. Thousands of people were there. We broke into smaller groups to pray. There were people there who I had known for many years. Then we were all told to face West.
Myfanwy (God said to me last night, “You are to keep quiet.”) In June I went to St David’s in Wales, accompanied by my kind husband who drove a very long way. I did a lot of prayer walking. I am used to going to places I don’t know, for reasons I don’t understand. Very occasionally I find out what has happened. Going to St David’s was like coming home. The Welsh blood on my father’s side was reacting. I had an ecstatic three days there. When I got home, the Lord said to me, “I want you to pray for the angels of Wales who will be coming to Cornwall.” (Also, “I want you to call on the saints of Wales, David …, to pray for Cornwall.”)
Kevin: This morning I got up feeling quite tired. Jumped in the car with my wife, Celia, switched on the ignition and the word STOP appeared on the display on the dashboard. I opened up the bonnet. I had never had to put water or oil in the car (between servicing?) before. The water level was down. I topped it up. Wife said, “I think that’s God telling you to stop and be topped up.” I had been working for God and not having time to receive from Him. Expectations that today I will receive.
How do we see His Kingdom Come?
1. Own the Land, identify and take responsibility for the Land. I am here for Cornwall, God placed us here, and my purpose is that His Kingdom will come here. We are called to carry the incarnation to our community. Expect opposition. God’s purpose for Cornwall is for His kingdom to come and Jesus to be exalted, that many will be called to Him. For the lost and hopeless we are the HOPE of Cornwall. We say ‘This is my Land and I will worship You and Exalt You from here. Exalt Him from altars in our home, our village, our town; represent our family, neighbours, and our area to Him and exalt Him.
Jesus says ‘This is my Land, these are my people and I want this bit of land to be a piece of Heaven.’ Worship Him from the Land. Pray for Heaven to touch earth HERE.
COMMUNITY – TO – MISSION “Come and be God openly displayed for Cornwall”
2. How to transform our society -INTERCEDE FOR CORNWALL
Ask Jesus to teach us how to pray. His first word is ‘Our Father’ this is community, so prayer is to be shared, vision and mission are shared. God wants to break in. The Lord’s prayer refers to the kingdom from start to finish. Hallowed be Your name – Ask God to be LORD of Cornwall for Cornwall to see; ask Him to display His attributes - provision, healing, etc. Ask for the Kingdom to come to Cornwall, for His will to be done here. When we come under His rule, the forces that governed here before are broken. This breaks everything else that governs our individual lives. If we walk so well as Kingdom people revival may not need to come because we live in the Kingdom. It’s not adequate to wait for revival – we want revival to be an everyday experience.
3. Ask God to show me how He sees my area Pray, ask Him to give us His outlook and perspective on situations, on things, people, places, to bless them and for His Holy Spirit to fall on people around us. Pray that heaven will touch earth where we live.
Ask God to show us how He sees our area in the spiritual realm. Ask Him to show us what’s going on where we live from His perspective. We think we see but He can show us how He sees.
4. Bless We need both to speak blessing and to be a blessing
Simply speaking a blessing but not living as a blessing nullifies the original blessing.
Deut. 10:8 The priests’ duties were:-
1. To bring His presence to the people ( the Ark ).
2. To stand in His Presence and minister to Him
3. To speak blessings in His name.
We are called to do this in Cornwall: We are a Royal Priesthood
We firstly bring His presence ( we cannot bring what we do not have ) then we minister, worship, proclaim and prophesy that Jesus is Lord.
2 Chron 7:14. Bless the land and God will HEAL THE LAND. This suggests the land is sick! Causes of sickness are pollution
- by idolatry – God created land to display His splendour;
- by bloodshed – God created land to support life not for violence
- by shedding of blood, especially innocent blood (in abortion);
- by curses – some people seek to dedicate the land to demonic spirits;
- by broken covenants and agreements – marriage breakdown, lying and deceit, etc.Where these are strife, creation groans in this period between the Fall and Redemption.
WALK THE LAND. Bless it as you go. Research the land where you live, its spiritual history. Look for any recurring patterns, good or bad. The enemy’s work is to undo the work of God. Ask what dominates our land. Relationships breaking down? We are called to worship and walk in the truth, to speak blessing and to be a blessing, to be living good news.
INTERCEDE AND PRAY FOR THE LAND.
The whole point of prayer is to call down the kingdom. When the kingdom comes, God’s power is released. It is real. The blood of Jesus answers the cry of the blood in the land. Only shed blood can satisfy the call for justice. Bless the land with the blood of Jesus. In China a man prayed at sunrise and sunset every day for his village. People thought he was crazy. There was no sickness, crop failure, drunkenness, divorce, or failure in education in that area. A month after he died, things began to go wrong. The villagers asked the man’s son (who lived elsewhere) what the man had done. He told them his father had asked God daily in the name of Jesus to bless the people and the land and to bring in the kingdom even before they knew the king.
Pray blessing day after day over the groups of people we live and move amongst. When good things happen, give Jesus the glory. Be passionate to see neighbours come to faith and broken lives mended. Pray that Cornwall will be filled with the glory of God.
To the land – the blood of Jesus will satisfy the cry of the Land. A history of “curses” reflecting all manor of SIN, injustice, immorality and bloodguilt causes the land to MOURN. – The earth IS GROANING. Remember how NEGATIVE announcements amount to curses. How many curses are spoken over the Land (people, buildings, businesses, schools, communities)
WHEN WE BLESS – WE CARRY THE ANTIDOTE -
….Roy’s community gather every Friday to declare blessings over the valley they live above- to cover it with heavenly grace – the Lord is responding to their prayer, blessing the surrounding area in significant ways.
Speak the blessing of heaven over individuals, families, schools, churches, businesses ( all that is good and wholesome in an area ), changing the environment, even before they know Jesus THE KING.
How to speak blessing over a person in a group (or alone).
Look at the person.
B body I bless your for health and fitness, a good digestive system, etc.
L livelihood ( child – learning ) I bless your work, good, successful satisfying…..
E emotions I bless your emotions……
S social life I bless your relationships with family and friends may they be good etc
S spiritual life I bless your Spirit to be alive in Jesus and that it will grow and flourish.
Apply the same to your community; intercede. For example, bless those who might become righteous entrepreneurs creating jobs for people. Have a vision of changed communities with new hope as an antidote to all that’s wrong in them. May every home, work place and location become a colony of heaven and the Holy Spirit will move and link them up, so it will be as if heaven has come to our area.
To see spoiled lives come to know Jesus.
Bless and Pray for the children of Cornwall and stand for them.
Bless them with his protection, holding on to them and keeping us secure. Bless that His face may shine upon us, warm us and give us clearer minds to reason with and to make decisions. We will have the mind of Christ and make good, godly, healthy, righteous, life-giving choices. Bless that we receive God’s grace which is more than we can imagine or deserve, to overflowing. Bless that we may we walk and live in His undeserved favour. May God look at us. He calls us by name, brings us forward and gaze at us with pure joy, declaring that He is not ashamed to call us His. May we look at Him and see no judgment, criticism or disappointment. May He delight in us as the people He made us to be and to be known by Him.
Pray that we may have God’s peace clothing us, sinking deep into our history and memories. Speak peace to every storm and unreconciled torment. Command every whirlwind to stop. He is the Prince of Peace. May He release His peace to us.
Lift the name of Jesus over us/me/you. Thank the Father for keeping His promises to us. It’s not too late. Know that God has His hand on all situations and can move when we let Him into them. Refresh us with what matters; let us hear what matters. Pray that God will deepen His blessings on us.
Don’t be satisfied with the ’normal’ in our church, situation, community and county. Expect great things. Push deeper into the heart of God. Repent that we have expected too little, been deceived, have failed to walk in all His ways. Ask forgiveness and receive it because of Jesus. Let’s walk in our inheritance.
We ask for transformation today and tomorrow for Cornwall. We ask You Lord to help us. May Cornwall be a jewel in Your crown, a symbol of hope. Let heaven touch Cornwall.
Holy Spirit, you are our counselor and teacher; show us how to share and care as we should; liberate us and give us fullness of life and joy. Soak us in peace in our personalities and characters. We confess we can do nothing without You, Jesus. We ask for the fire of the Spirit. May we walk in a holy partnership. We ask You to bring our lives more in line with your kingdom. May faith and encouragement rise to keep us praying, blessing and acting for the King. May we be unstoppable, strengthened for the King. May none of us miss out on Your calling and purpose. We can only be effective in partnership with the Holy Spirit. May He fill us and cause us to glow with His presence, with focus.
Remember to BE with Jesus. Burrow into His heart and revelation. Then go in Jesus’ name and see His name lifted high in Cornwall.
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