Category Archives: intercession

Prayer opportunity follow up

A brief note to say thank you for covering last Thursday night in prayer. It was the third week in the series, last night was the fourth and final week. The study overall was tremendously powerful, but night three was special. Your intercession makes a difference! The atmosphere in the building and the meeting room was totally clean. The Holy Spirit was present and moving powerfully. Guys hearing from God who haven’t, hearing new pieces of identity, words of freedom – it was amazing stuff.

Frankly, I don’t know how to describe it to you. One of those times when words feel like they fail to capture the beauty of the transformation that night. The power with which the Holy Spirit showed up. The encounters young men had with their living God.

So thank you, thank you, thank you, so much.

-Ezra

Special prayer opportunity – Thursday, May 19th

I have a special prayer request for you. Below is a copy of my weekly intercession email, normally just sent to those who’ve asked to be on that list. (If you want to receive the weekly prayer email in the future, just reply and let me know…) We’re in the middle of a four week series on Becoming Unbound for the high school young men of Adventure Community Church. It has been simply awesome so far and I want to invite you to participate in this week’s prayer event.

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Greetings, prayer allies, Long update this week. But well worth the time to get all the way to the bottom where there is a special invitation for you. Another amazing week with the high school young men. In my small group, there were at least three instances where I was left speechless at what was shared. Which, as most of you know me well, is rare. I guess I have simply underestimated the willingness and desire of younger men to talk openly and freely about this issue. Last week we had every single man come back to week two, plus a brand new guy. That makes five guys showing up for this series never having attended ACC before. What an intro!

Special praises that the man mentioned last week, Bart, was able to attend again! I cannot adequately explain just how inspiring the level of vulnerability with these young men is to me. They are sharing things they’ve never shared before. Talking about their previously ‘deepest, darkest secret’ and exposing it to the light of Christ. And amazing things are happening, praise God!

Prayer for the week:

This Thursday at 7pm is perhaps the most spiritually pivotal week of the series. We will be in the trenches together, doing warfare. Literally, on our knees for about 45 minutes together. The targets are the mental and spiritual ‘caches’ that are often the greatest hurdles for men to overcome in fighting for their freedom. Deep places that are usually kept secret – and that darkness holds tremendous power over each man’s true identity. So we will be going into those dark caves with the 10 million candlepower flashlights of Christ, bringing truth to the lies and ending the strongholds over these young men.

I don’t usually articulate intercession requests this specifically, but I feel compelled to do so this week. Of course, pray anything that the Father leads, but please intercede on our behalf in these areas:

  1. Pray that each young man would find the strength to show up on Thursday. Historically this is a rough week in the series when screw-ups and self-doubt are hammering mercilessly on the men. Pray that no matter what happens this week, their hearts would lead them to ACC at 7pm on Thursday.
  2. Pray the kingdom of Jesus Christ over the fellowship hall at Adventure Community Church. That Christ would provide a protective bubble, impenetrable by any force of evil or wickedness. That a host of angels would be posted at the doors, barring entry to any demonic influences – disarming angels to sweep each man clean as he enters.
  3. Pray that the Holy Spirit would fill me to overflowing with the right words at the right time, correct battle strategy, ability to see what is happening for each young man in the spiritual world, and the strength and authority to guide each man in overcoming what we find buried deep in hearts and minds.

For the past few months, I have seen a recurring picture during my times seeking the Lord. A desert appears, seemingly devoid of life. Sand, rocks, and hot sun as far as the eye can see. Then rushing sounds, as distant downpours start a flash flood. The water sweeps across the barren scene and disappears. Almost instantly, all manner of life is revealed. Flowers long dormant begin to poke up from the sand. Grasses in clefts of rock sprout. Animals long hidden come out and drink from the newly filled water holes.

The sense I get through all this is that life is there, waiting, sometimes for years. Dormant or hidden, but not gone. And what it’s waiting for is the flood of life giving water. In my own heart, I sense this. I want the Holy Spirit to come and fill those places that have long been parched. Places I have ignored or forgotten or am simply unaware of. For this Thursday, I pray for myself and for each young man: Holy Spirit, come. I want to be overwhelmed. I want your flood to wash over my heart and bring life, even in places I do not expect. I give you permission, Father, to do anything and everything you want to do in my heart. I give it freely to you and ask you to come. I want to be filled to the point of overflowing and beyond. So come, Lord Jesus, and bring your life giving water to the barren places in my heart.

In praying over this event, I have sensed that this is going to be a great, fierce battle that we will win together. There is so much at stake. So much that God has already shared he wants to do in the lives of these young men. The families that they will raise, the lives they will change, the impact they will have on the kingdom of God for the rest of their lives. And all these things require their freedom.

If you live anywhere close to Duvall, I invite you to join me at 6:30pm to pray over the evening. We’ll have until about 7:15 and then I will go lead the young men into battle. If you’d like to stay and join us in prayer on site, I would treasure that.

Thank you, friends, for your prayers!

terra incognita

I recently finished Mark Batterson’s book, Wild Goose Chase. I heartily recommend it if you are looking for some insight into why some of the things your heart tells you to do may be difficult to reconcile with your head. One of the concepts that he talks about is terra incognita, which translates to “unknown land.”

Did you know that not a single crew member aboard the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria had ever been more than 300 miles offshore before they departed in 1492? Those men weren’t following someone else’s map. They didn’t execute a mission and go farther than someone else before them. They literally did not know where they were going or what would happen. Batterson quotes Christopher Columbus:

“It was the Lord who put it into my mind, the fact that it would be possible to sail from here to the Indies. All who heard of my project rejected it with laughter, ridiculing me. There is no question that the inspiration was from the Holy Spirit, because He comforted me with rays of marvelous inspiration from the Holy Scriptures.”

The reason this inspired me so much is that right now I feel a bit like Columbus. My brain is often unable to reconcile my situation with what my heart tells me I must do. My wife, Heather, and I often have conversations where we come to the logical, rational conclusion that we have no idea what’s going to happen, especially as it relates to Unbound Ministries, our personal terra incognita. Not to say that things are going poorly. There are always those who laugh and ridicule. But there are also those that constantly encourage and exhort. That the Holy Spirit’s hand is on Unbound is undeniable, too. The other day 107 books sold in five hours. I’ve met or have meetings scheduled with leaders of churches ranging from 350 to 7,500. Every single pastor or leader I speak with reacts to Unbound with enthusiasm and the desire to learn more.

Yet, I still have absolutely no idea what’s going to happen with the ministry. I have lots of hopes and dreams of course, but it does feel a bit like Unbound is leaving the harbor. Launching out into an adventure that is too large to be easily defined or put in a box. And you are part of that adventure! So thank you for your support, for your encouragement, and especially for your prayers. If you have not already, please consider joining the weekly intercession team for Unbound. I will be sending out a more detailed prayer email on a weekly basis to this designated intercessor group with updates, details, and specific areas for prayer coverage that week. Click here to sign up. Thank you so much!