Engine Room

What is better than one? When it comes to the body of Christ, more. “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20). We watched our nation come together on January 3, 2023, when Damar Hamlin went down on the football field without a heartbeat. We saw corporate prayer coming from ESPN, living rooms, cars, and whatever place and space people were at; a unity of prayer rang in the new year, and something shifted. 

I believe, along with many others, that God is prompting us to call upon the name of Jesus and be a body that prays together. A body that believes for the greater things, who is rooted in dependance on The Lord Almighty, and persistently seeks and speaks the name of Jesus over the darkness. We started this year joined together in prayer, witnessed a miracle, and saw a boldness in people that caught us by surprise. God is speaking so clearly to us in this season. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-His good, pleasing, and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2) 

Prayer changes things, and as I felt a shift in this new year, I sensed the importance of many people being unified with one main purpose-Jesus being the center, and His name being glorified throughout the earth. I believe we are going to see a new wave of revival that will look different, be different and will call on the body of Christ to be unified through prayer, fasting, repentance and boldness. Corporate prayer moves us beyond ourselves and draws our focus to the Great I Am. As we press in, let us be reminded that, “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O Lord, and You exalt Yourself as head over all” (1 Chronicles 29:11).

My Pastor in Idaho always said, “prayer is the engine room of the church,” and I believe, the engine room of the body of Christ. We pray not to get our way, but to align ourselves to God’s will, and to be unified through Christ. We pray in faith for our nation, our world and the people who have lost their hope, or who have never found it. As believers, we should already be praying, as I believe you are, but how wonderful to think of the body of Christ coming together again simultaneously to lift up this nation, leaders, and our world in prayer. My family, friends, and other ministries have decided to pray corporately at 7:00 AM, and we would like to invite you to join us. Whatever time zone or country you are in, let us start our days in prayer with our brothers and sisters in Christ and believe for God to heal our land, our people and revive us once again.

“Call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me” (Psalm 50:15). Let us boldly call upon the Name of Jesus, who has authority over everything, and let us be a witness of His goodness, favor and power. Let this year be a year of prayer like we have never prayed before as brothers and sisters with the greatest common purpose, “Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.” Amen. 

“Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” John 14:13

Thank you to Pastor Mark Stoltzfus from Hope for the Nations Church who wrote this prayer.

Our Father who art in heaven hallowed be your name! You are Worthy of our praise and so we lift up our voices to the throne of Grace. We praise you for your goodness and mercy. You are Jehovah Elohim the Lord who is mighty. You are mighty to save, you are mighty to deliver and you are mighty to set the captives free. We thank you that in your sovereign plan you sent Jesus to go to a cross and become sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. We thank You for paying the price with Your own blood so that this world can be saved. You are the same yesterday today and forever and so we believe in the miraculous for this time and season. May your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as is in heaven. It is on the merits of what Christ did on the cross that we now petition You for the United States. Your word says that judgement begins in the house of God. We understand that the condition of the country is a reflection of the church. We repeat the words of King David when he said Search me, O God, and know our hearts: try us, and know our thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in us, and lead us in the way everlasting. We confess our sin and the neglect of our souls. We ask You to create in us clean hearts and renew a right Spirit within us. Forgive us as pastors, leaders and front line workers where we have gone our own way. Like Daniel we confess our sins and the sins of our fathers. Forgive us for spiritual apathy. We Love you Jesus, in your name we pray, Amen.

Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9-11)

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

Thank you To Vision Beyond Boarders for coming along side with us to pray. We also pray for you and your ministry and may God bless you as you get the word of God to the ends of the earth.

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Published by Emily Rodewald

Emily is a writer and worship leader. She has written several worship songs, she is a co-author or two children's books and has begun writing about the light of Jesus in her blog at www.emilyrodewald.com. She is a co-founder of Parallel Ministries and a mom of two boys, George and Oliver. She has been married for 13 years to the man of her dreams, Daniel. She and her family live in beautiful Montana where they enjoy taking the boys fishing, going on adventures, and renovating their new home.

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