And the wonder of hearing ANSWERS to prayer at times, when rings have been busted in certain regions and areas we specifically prayed for and precious lives released and saved--it leaves you breathless...
Then makes you charge back in to plead for more Mercy and movement for the helpless.
Last night was particularly sweet. (And NOT just because the kids were looking forward to a planned dessert time back at our house afterward!!)
But in part, it was precious for, for the last six years, this precious group of prayer warriors have been praying against human trafficking, focusing on certain hot regions for this oppression all over the world. And tonight, our focus was...our own backyard. The prayer focus (region that we were praying for) was our own city. We were declaring, "NO NOT on our watch....NOT HERE in Jesus name." To hear themes prayed about that we have prayed for, for people in South America, Africa, Thailand, Mexico, Cities in Europe, Serbia, Russia...Chicago, The Twin Cities, California...now named for HERE... IT.WAS.POWERFUL.
These were prayers to protect MY children, THEIR friends...
And prayers to release children and women and men enslaved in the evils of human trafficking HERE. IN MY BACKYARD....
All the victims were my son, my daughter, my child, my friend, myself, my family...
and even as I felt the intensity of this...
I KNEW this is how all prayer should be.
All of our intercession for others is a crying out. Just as if...
Just as if it were ME.
Or YOUR SON.
Or MY DAUGHTER.
Or OUR city.
All nationalities are on the family/familiar prayer request list in the house of our Heavenly Father...
In His house of prayer...
This video is in the middle of our time, right before we lined up as a family to pray on the mic. This is one of the ways that Jack prays in the Prayer Room. It is a picture of the beauty, the power and even the righteous warfare of prayer.
And another Song:
(The people walking by are choosing to walk as they pray -- several hundred are also seated around,praying individually and in small groups)
Soon after Jack and Ava's Dancing, we headed to pray out loud on the mic at the front in a time of prayer, called "Rapid Fire Prayer"...5-10 second prayers focused on this night on the ending of human trafficking. It is intense to hear what God has laid on so many individual hearts, while so powerful to all be interceding together.
And if you would like to see what I mean by, "Rapid Fire" Style Intercessory Prayer...Here is a link to a video recording of the prayer set last night. Our family appears at around 56:56...believe me, we are NOT smooth "prayer-ers!!!!" ( I actually tripped all over my words last night!!) But God hears every one of our weak words. And we are so in love with Him! Monday Evening Intercessory Prayer Set with Misty Edwards' Worship
Last night was especially precious for us all. In fact, as we readied ourselves to go, after our time of prayer, shepherded everybody out the exit doors and through the lobby and out into the parking lot , Bruik started skipping as he held Daddy's hand. The kids had started talking about the dessert that we had laid aside at home that was awaiting the family and we were all getting ready to load up the van. "Man!" Bruik exclaimed in a really joyful voice. "I really want to be with my family but I really never want to leave God's house of prayer."
His words reminded me of his Heavenly Father's words in Isaiah,
"I will bring them to my holy mountain of Jerusalem and will fill them with joy in my house of prayer. I will accept their burnt offerings and sacrifices, because my Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations."
The same words that Jesus later quotes as he cleanses the temple..." And as he taught them, he said, "Is it not written: "'My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations'?..."
Oh yes! Bruik was experiencing last night, as we all were that even when we are in battle in prayer over deep or serious subjects, God so fills our hearts with His nearness and fellowship...that there IS Joy in Prayer for sure!
And we'd love to share this joy with you!
Please feel free to Join us here http://www.ihopkc.org/prayerroom/ on Monday nights...we go at 7:30 to worship in prayer and singing first and then we stay for most of the intercession set beginning at 8 and ending at 10. Or join us live at the Prayer Room!...who knows? We may see you there and invite you back to the Tuckers' for a Monday night dessert treat!