Testimonies given on the closing night of 24 Hour Prayer…
Students from various churches and ministries assemble every Monday night to worship Jesus during Monday Night Prayer at the Prayer House at ASU (pictured above) in the heart of ASU’s main campus. During worship last Monday (10/24), we had the opportunity to pray for Rachel (pictured below). She had fractured her ankle two weeks prior and the doctors told her that the bone would take at least 2 months to heal. We prayed for about a minute and when she tried her ankle it was completely healed! What had been painful to put pressure on moments before could now be walked and jumped on without her boot!
One week later, Rachel text messaged me that her check-up had confused the doctor because her x-rays had come back completely clear (pictured below)! Please join with us in praying that God would “grant the followers of Jesus at ASU to continue to speak His word with all boldness, while He stretches out His hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of His holy servant Jesus.” (Acts 4)
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The Coming Glory of God’s House
1 In the seventh month, on the twenty-first of the month, the word of the LORD came by Haggai the prophet, saying: 2 “Speak now to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and to the remnant of the people, saying: 3 ‘Who is left among you who saw this temple in its former glory? And how do you see it now? In comparison with it, is this not in your eyes as nothing? 4 Yet now be strong, Zerubbabel,’ says the LORD; ‘and be strong, Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest; and be strong, all you people of the land,’ says the LORD, ‘and work; for I am with you,’ says the LORD of hosts. 5 ‘According to the word that I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt, so My Spirit remains among you; do not fear!’
6 “For thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘Once more (it is a little while) I will shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land; 7 and I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations, and I will fill this temple with glory,’ says the LORD of hosts. 8 ‘The silver is Mine, and the gold isMine,’ says the LORD of hosts. 9 ‘The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’ says the LORD of hosts. ‘And in this place I will give peace,’ says the LORD of hosts.”
The People Are Defiled
10 On the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of the LORD came by Haggai the prophet, saying, 11 “Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘Now, ask the priestsconcerning the law, saying, 12 “If one carries holy meat in the fold of his garment, and with the edge he touches bread or stew, wine or oil, or any food, will it become holy?”’”
Then the priests answered and said, “No.”
13 And Haggai said, “If one who is unclean because of a dead body touches any of these, will it be unclean?”
So the priests answered and said, “It shall be unclean.”
14 Then Haggai answered and said, “‘So is this people, and so is this nation before Me,’ says the LORD, ‘and so is every work of their hands; and what they offer there is unclean.
15 ‘And now, carefully consider from this day forward: from before stone was laid upon stone in the temple of the LORD— 16 since those days, when one came to a heap of twenty ephahs, there were butten; when one came to the wine vat to draw out fifty baths from the press, there were but twenty. 17I struck you with blight and mildew and hail in all the labors of your hands; yet you did not turn to Me,’ says the LORD. 18 ‘Consider now from this day forward, from the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, from the day that the foundation of the LORD’s temple was laid—consider it: 19 Is the seed still in the barn? As yet the vine, the fig tree, the pomegranate, and the olive tree have not yieldedfruit. But from this day I will bless you.’”
Zerubbabel Chosen as a Signet
20 And again the word of the LORD came to Haggai on the twenty-fourth day of the month, saying, 21“Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying:
‘ I will shake heaven and earth.
22 I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms;
I will destroy the strength of the Gentile kingdoms.
I will overthrow the chariots
And those who ride in them;
The horses and their riders shall come down,
Every one by the sword of his brother.
23 ‘In that day,’ says the LORD of hosts, ‘I will take you, Zerubbabel My servant, the son of Shealtiel,’ says the LORD, ‘and will make you like a signet ring; for I have chosen you,’ says the LORD of hosts.”
I went home that same day of the ‘Piper Writer’s House text’ and shared everything with one of my roommates. He seemed even more amazed than I had been and told me that Piper Writer’s House was where he has gone to pray for the past few years. He always felt like there was something special about that particular area and that it was easier for him to connect with God while he was there.
I went to bed that night, excited and in awe of God.
Over the next couple of days, we were able to witness another miracle that may be more amazing to some readers than others. Here’s what happened…
ASU administration told us that no single student organization could reserve a space on campus for the length of time that we were wanting to reserve it for (24 Hours a day from 10/19 until 11/21). We made a number of phone calls and within about 48 hours we witnessed the different Christian churches and student ministries at ASU unite together to reserve all of the days that we needed. 24 Hour Prayer was going to officially be a united body of Christ effort.
The weekend passed and Monday evening came (10/17). Two days left until the launch of 24 Hour Prayer.
Every Monday during the school year, Christians from across the campus assemble from 7pm-9pm to worship God and pray for the campus at Monday Night Prayer. I shared the testimony of what God had done in just the past few days and everyone in attendance moved together from Danforth Chapel to the northwest corner of Palm Walk and Tyler Mall to pray and ask God to bless and give us the land. We spent Monday evening in the center of campus on our knees and faces out on the concrete praying over the ground and welcoming God to come and be with us there on the campus. We asked that He would remove any final obstacles and see 24 Hour Prayer through to the end.
I arrived home late. It was nearing 2am and i was about to go to bed for the night. Just as I was ready to end my day, one of my roommates came into my bedroom and said, “Miles, I have a word from God for you.”
I asked him what it was.
He said, “I just looked at my calendar for today (Monday, October 17th, 2011) and saw that I had written ‘Haggai Chapter 2, IMPORTANT.’ I don’t remember writing it though, so God must have told me to write this for today weeks or months ago… but I know that it’s for you.”
As soon as he said this a chill ran down my spine. I didn’t know the whole chapter by heart, but I did know the focus of the chapter…
The exiled Jews had returned from Babylon to Jerusalem and were rebuilding the temple of God, the house of prayer where His Glory dwelt. However, it was much smaller and less impressive than the former house of prayer. By all appearances, was a downgrade (Think chapel to tent…). Then God sends Haggai, who prophesies and says…
“‘The glory of the latter house of prayer shall be greater than the glory of the former’, says the LORD of Hosts.” Haggai 2:9.
God had responded to our prayers… but he had ‘answered’ us months before we even knew what it was that we’d be praying for. There was no question that God had orchestrated all that had been playing out before us, even down to the ASU administration shutting the door on Danforth Chapel.
I was reminded of something that God had spoken to me a few months before. I had been at a lunch with a number of campus ministers and Michael Crow the President of ASU had been in attendance. In fact, he was sitting at my table, directly to my left. We even bumped elbows while eating. It was apparent that more people than usual were in attendance for the lunch that day and those who were around Crow were trying to get an opportunity to get a word in with him. There I was stuck next to him at lunch, wondering what to say. Instead of trying to get a word in I decided to ask God what to say.
I prayed silently and said “God, here’s the President of our campus… He’s the one who enabled us to acquire Danforth Chapel for 24 Hour Prayer years ago, is there something I should ask him for now? What would you have me say to him?”
I still remember God’s response. It was one of the clearest I’ve ever heard. The Lord spoke to me and said, “I will build my house. No man will build my house here and receive the glory.”
So I sat silently and ate my lunch while others jockeyed for conversation….
And now here I sat months later and I was watching God’s word come to pass right before my own eyes.
God was building his house of prayer at ASU.
I decided that since it was 2am that I would just go to bed and read the whole of Haggai chapter 2 in the morning. But as I lay in my bed, I couldn’t find sleep. God was stirring me and I felt him drawing me outside to be with him. I got out of bed and wandered outside.
It was at that point that things took a shift from amazing to truly unbelievable…
(To be continued…)
Every semester for the past 6 years, students have assembled at ASU’s Danforth Chapel to pray night and day for the campus. However, just weeks ago, we were informed that we would be unable to reserve Danforth for 24 Hour Prayer this semester. This was a major concern for us simply because we knew of no other location on campus that we would be able to reserve for 24 hours a day for over a month.
This news came literally one week before (10/12) we were supposed to be launching 24 Hour Prayer (10/19). I met up with Jon Yee and Chris Ngai and we talked and prayed and brianstormed about what to do. Jon suggested that we simply set up a canopy tent somewhere on campus and have that be the permanent location of the Prayer House for the semester.
We asked ASU administration for a location and were told that out of the 30+ locations that can be reserved on campus for outdoor events, that only two locations were completely open for the next month. We checked the first location and it was awful. We would essentially be in a loading zone behind the Memorial Union. The second location however, was literally in the heart of campus at the corner of one of the heaviest foot-trafficked intersections at ASU. The northwest corner of Palm Walk and Tyler Mall. Chris and I prayer walked down to check out the location and pray for God to give us a yes or no confirmation.
As we were walking down Palm Walk, we bumped into Linda, a good friend of ours from Hand of Mercy. Long story short, Linda shared with us that she had a dream that she was praying and worshiping God on Palm Walk and Tyler Mall.
That was more than enough of a confirmation for me. I was ready to run back and ask to reserve the spots, but Chris said that he wanted to pray for at least one more confirmation. I was reluctant, but we continued to the spot. As we were praying over the location we both felt a ton of peace. While I was sitting and praying, I decided to call my girlfriend Tanya and ask her to pray and see if God would give her a location. She didn’t answer so I left a voice mail. I didn’t tell her anything about where we were at. I simply said, “Pray and see if God will give you a location.”
She text messaged me back about two hours later and said, “Hey hope you’re doing well! Thought of the piper writers house it’s @ the center of campus.” I had no idea where the Piper Writer’s House was, so I went online to do a quick Google Map search. This is what I saw… (Red box and arrow added to show the location we were considering)
Piper Writer’s House is THE building, THE landmark on the northwest corner of Palm Walk and Tyler Mall. Chills ran up my arms as soon as I saw the location on the map. God was speaking….
(To be continued…)
“Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked?” declares the Sovereign LORD.
“Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?”
“But if the righteous turn from their righteousness and commit sin and do the same detestable things the wicked do, will they live?
None of the righteous things they have done will be remembered. Because of the unfaithfulness they are guilty of and because of the sins they have committed, they will die…
But if the wicked turn away from the wickedness they have committed and do what is just and right, they will save their lives.
Because they consider all the offenses they have committed and turn away from them, they will surely live; they will not die.
Therefore, house of Israel, I will judge each of you according to your own ways, declares the Sovereign LORD.
Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall. Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, house of Israel?
For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent and live!”
During October of 2010, something extraordinary happened in Cottonwood, Arizona. Mingus High School, a public school, hosted 26 hours of uninterrupted prayer in the school auditorium. Numerous churches brought their youth groups to pray for an hour, kids came and left all through the night hours, giving up their Friday evening and Saturday. There were prayer requests from the school faculty, the students, area pastors, and others in the community which were mounted on poster board throughout the auditorium, creating prayer stations. The Chief of Police volunteered security for the event, rallying enough officers to cover the entire 26 hours, completely free of charge. Afterwards, testimonies came in of kids having a radical encounter with God, causing their lives to change in big ways. All this happened in spite of a principal who wasn’t a Christian and who was completely against prayer. At the end of the event, she recommended this event to other schools saying I don’t know about the prayer, but I do know about the results.
Out of this weekend of prayer at Mingus High School, a vision was born to have this same event in 11 different schools in Arizona, one right after another, 11 weekends in a row ending on November 11, 2011. This vision was named eleven11.
As I mentioned in my post “God, I can’t fear you…“, I had been praying for God to teach me how to fear him.
I had been praying this because everything that I had been taught about Christianity led me to believe that because I had put my faith in Jesus (past tense) I was safe. Yes, bad things could happen to me in this life, but in light of what God had for me in eternity and how he felt about me now because I was in Jesus, what did I really have to fear?
God began to answer my prayer in the form of a book, “The Road to Hell” by David Pawson.
It wasn’t Pawson’s teachings on hell that stirred me though. It was his perspective on TO WHOM Jesus warnings and the warnings of the apostles about hell were directed towards.
His answer…. BELIEVERS. Disciples of Jesus.
This flew in the face of so much that I believed.
It didn’t really change what I thought about God, but rather what I thought about my eternal security and assurance of salvation.
I had no problem believing that God, the God of love, executes judgments on people. God is holy. He is righteous and perfectly just in all that he does. God has at various points in time and will in the future, pour out his wrath. I believe that God will sentence men and angels to hell. I’ve believed this for as long as I can remember. So that wasn’t the issue.
My issue was that the warnings of hell were to still be taken seriously by me, even though I was currently a sincere follower of Jesus.
I was being forced to question whether “Once saved, always saved” was true. Was this what Jesus and the apostles taught? Is this the way God has and does do things? Or is there more to salvation than just having repented and put my faith in Jesus?