Dr. Paul Bilheimer in his classic book, Destined for the Throne, reminds us that “the fate of the world is in the hands of nameless saints.”
During this past year in the country of Myanmar (Burma), where the gospel is very restricted, 400 saints gathered under the banner of World Network of Prayer in two prayer summits to intercede for our world. We rejoice in that, but I remember the lone prayer evangelist strapping himself with rope to the back step board of an open jeep as his only way of getting to an unevangelized area where he would seclude himself in deep intercession for the souls of the lost. He and many others tilted the balance in this Buddhist country until the Spirit was poured out and we have a thriving church in spite of obstacles.
“the fate of the world is in the hands of nameless saints” Interceding-in prayer!
I remember also Northeast India where the Holy Ghost was poured out on thousands of praying Presbyterians. I remember the dedicated workers trudging through the wilderness, pushing out the frontiers of the Kingdom, with blood-sucking leeches locking onto their legs. To redeem the time in reaching their unevangelized location, they wouldn’t stop until they had at least 6 leeches which had to be removed.
“the fate of the world is in the hands of nameless saints” Praying and going!
And in my own Louisiana, praying mother concerned for her family and community, was surely the cause of the breakdown of the car of an itinerant Pentecostal pioneer preacher. In the middle of the night, Bro. Hawthorne was forced to knock on her door to ask for help. When he identified himself, she started praising God, shouting and dancing because, she said, “I have been praying for a preacher and a church!” And one of many churches birthed by prayer started the next night on her front porch.
“the fate of the world is in the hands of nameless saints” Praying people.
The WNOP is now 4 years old, organized with coordinators in 30 districts, the Black and Spanish fellowships and in 109 nations around the world. Almost all of Africa, much of Europe, and countries around the globe are uniting in focused agreeing prayer. We have a dedicated team of volunteers, some who work up to 15 hours a week. They range in age from their teens to the eighties. Brother and Sister Knowles come every week. He and Frank McGarvey spend their time in prayer in the chapel while Sister Knowles answers the prayer line, prays and assists with other work.
“the fate of the world is in the hands of nameless saints” And they are praying!
755,000 Prayer Guides, which form the basis for informed intercession for pastors, missionaries, and leaders, have been distributed to saints, to prayer groups, and used in prayer meetings around the world.
Prepared teams for Prayer Evangelism are walking the streets of unevangelized cities around the world praying for the people in darkness. There was real breakthrough in Holland last year. While doing a prayer walk in Honduras this past year, there was a dramatic change in the political, economic and spiritual climate. Mark Foster and Raymond Woodward, along with a group of pastors from Louisiana, felt the beginning of a breakthrough in Quebec during a time of Prayer Evangelism. As they prayed in a Catholic Cathedral, recognized as a holy place, they witnessed the shattering of a candleholder directly in front of them, which was said to be unbreakable. They felt this was a sign of a breakthrough.
Praying children, led by a Pentecostal teacher, diverted a tornado headed directly for their school, a powerful witness to the power of prayer. A child’s earnest prayer dislodged an unmovable sinner father and deposited him at the foot of the cross. A Pentecostal woman, Billie Jean Bauer (DeQuincy, Louisiana) is stretching a prayer covering over many schools with Partners in Prayer, teaming churches with schools. The testimony from the schools, ” We feel the difference! Come now and do a prayer walk on site.” She was recently invited to speak to a gathering of 80 Superintendents and is receiving enthusiastic acceptance.
Jack Yonts, Jr. is not only breathing and living, but preaching to reach the lost! All because his crisis request, as with the thousands of others we receive, went out to over 1000 individuals and groups who share them with multiplied numbers of prayer partners, prayer meetings, and post in prayer rooms. They are also deposited in the chapel at World Evangelism Center, and many are posted on our website where we also received thousands of requests last year. On our prayer telephone line we receive hundreds of calls a month.
“the fate of the world is in the hands of nameless saints.” And they continue in prayer!
Through WNOP every Home Missionary has at least four prayer partners; Metro Missionaries have at least four prayer partners, Foreign Missionaries have at least eight prayer partners. Every leader, board and committee meeting, and every crusade are well covered in assigned prayer with follow up reminders to continue in prayer.
During General Conference we sat with amazement as over $4.9 million was invested into the Kingdom. What you didn’t see was this: a group of saints and pastors led by WNOP Coordinator, Bro. Kellstrom, were praying through the Book of Acts, which was the design of the Prayer Room. Just before the Missions service started they gathered around the area designated “Pray for a Spirit of Apostolic Giving” and started interceding. The presence of God came into the room as they prayed for a spirit of Apostolic giving, as in the Book of Acts, would come to the people.
“the fate of the world is in the hands of nameless saints.” Sensitive to the Holy Ghost!
One afternoon recently, missionary Kathy Miller,, walked into the WNOP office in St. Louis and said, “You know I will soon be going alone into 3 Muslim countries where we have never had a witness. I need prayer partners-it is a dangerous venture.” With our rapid communication, it was out by e-mail within minutes-the call for prayer! The next morning, we had 23 pledges of prayer partners; by afternoon, 48; and the last time I checked, we had 71 prayer partners!
“the fate of the world is in the hands of nameless saints” Praying saints!
The World Network of Prayer is not a program. It is the hub to motivate, direct and focus prayer for the ultimate purpose of proclaiming the gospel of the Kingdom to the whole world.
When prayer was lifted to the place of priority in Acts 6:4, “We will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word,” something very special happened. Not only did the number of disciples multiply greatly, but a company of priests was obedient to the faith (Acts 6:7). God is bigger than any of us and He will fulfill the promise of the great outpouring of the Holy Ghost on this world. Prayer is the escort for this outpouring. I plead for the priority of prayer among us. When prayer becomes the continual priority the disciples will multiply greatly and the obedient priests/ministers will become the multiplied laborers Jesus told us to pray for when he spoke of the great harvest. (Luke 10:2) Jesus said, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few: pray…”
“the fate of the world is in the hands of nameless saints.” Are you one of them?