“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”—Hebrews 4:15-16, NIV
NMI gathers believers together for prayer in the local church, linking us to our brothers and sisters in Christ across the globe. And through special focuses, such as prayer for the 10/40 Window and the persecuted church, we unite with others in crying out to our Father, praying that He would shatter the barriers separating millions from His kingdom.
On November 8, 2013, Leonida and her eight children went quickly to an evacuation center as Typhoon Haiyan made its way toward their home in the central Philippines. Leonida and her children survived, but her husband died, along with more than 7,000 others. The typhoon leveled entire communities, leaving more than 1 million people homeless.
The situation was desperate, but through your partnership, the Church of the Nazarene in the Philippines was able to mobilize Nazarene Disaster Response teams quickly. The teams worked to meet immediate needs, and today they are still working to assist vulnerable children and families on their path to recovery.
A year ago, local Nazarenes provided Leonida and her children with a tent for shelter, and months later the family moved into a transitory site with more stable housing. Today, Leonida provides for her children through a small convenience shop she runs. She spends each day preparing vegetables to sell while taking care of her 4-year-old son, who has special needs, and a 2-year-old toddler. She is working toward rebuilding a permanent home, which the family hopes to move into by 2016.
Through the gifts of individuals and churches around the world, the Nazarene church in the Philippines has been able to meet the physical needs of vulnerable families and to share the hope of Christ with them.
The Prayer Mobilization Line (PML) is a twice-weekly publication focusing on the prayer needs and praise reports for the global ministries of the Church of the Nazarene and our missionaries. Anyone can subscribe to receive PML, free of charge, via e-mail on the NMI Web site. Printable versions of the current and archived issues of PML are available at http://nmi.nazarene.org/10026/story.html
By Daniel Ketchum
During 2013 NMI mobilizes 26 weeks—or 6 months—of intentional and intensive prayer toward renewal/revival: January-June (through General Conventions and Assembly). Envision 2 million Nazarenes praying in faith with passion toward revival for six months.
"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14, NIV)
The goal of praying is well beyond one million hours and beyond tracking how many hours a member or church or district prays. To pray for a global gathering is good, to pray for global renewal is better, and to pray that God will be glorified globally is best.
Our goal is more love and praise for Jesus, God’s manifest presence, and renewal of a Book-of-Acts movement. Desired results include Spirit-anointing, more lost people knowing Jesus, more believers discipled, more leaders equipped, more churches developed, more cities transformed, and more nations loving the Lord.
Envision Kingdom impact if my people pray for revival at least one hour during the next six months: 2 million hours of prayer.
Envision Kingdom outcomes if my people pray for revival at least one hour per month during each of the next six months: 12 million hours of prayer.
Envision Kingdom breakthrough if my people pray for revival at least one hour per week during each of the next six months: 50 million hours of prayer.
Is 50 million hours reasonable? One hour per week is less than 10 minutes per day. Many members will pray more than this for renewal. It will be worth it if my people pray for the Spirit to pour out revival. Will you join us?
1. Do we sincerely desire God’s King and Kingdom to come and His will to be done?
2. Have we experienced authentic renewal in the Holy Spirit during our lifetime?
3. Do we know how God pours out authentic, biblical revival; and do we need Him?
4. Will we count the cost for Christ and His renewal in our hearts, homes, and churches?
1. Reclaim loving Jesus first in heart, family, and church
2. Return to genuine Christianity in personal practice
3. Renew love for God’s Word, prayer, and obedience
4. Recover from apathy, neglect, carelessness, and backsliding
5. Restore holy passion and moral practice by the Holy Spirit