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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!