What are we waiting for?

Of course in the traditional calendar this advent season is a time of waiting for the arrival of our saviour Jesus Christ, revealing Himself in the flesh, heralding the breaking in of God's Kingdom here on the earth. He broke in from Eternity, outside of time, and entered our time frame, in a moment in time. That is now history. But for now, if we align and agree with God's word, in spirit and in truth , we no longer have to wait. He has already broken into our own life and been born within our spirit.

That seed of the spirit however does not lie dormant within us like a cyst or a ganglion on the wrist. It is living and active more like a baby growing in the womb. If our body is a temple this new life is like a cleansing agent working in every nook and cranny to transform and renew us. The active ingredients of this cleansing agent are faith, hope and love....and the most powerful of these is love.

So are we still waiting for Love to break into our lives?

I may say I know the love of God and that would be true but have I known it enough to allow it to overcome my culture? Has it overcome my british reticence, my british passive aggression, my british reliance on ''them'' having the right answers? I would confess that these qualities align me with political correctness not my God given identity.

If God had kept himself to himself we would be stuck in Advent for ever.....''always winter and never Christmas'' like in Narnia.

Some might say as we look at our national landscape currently that we are in something of a winter season. High suicide rates in young men driven by despair, high abortion rates driven by lonely frightened young women, increasing assisted suicides in the terrified and pain ridden elderly, confusion and uncertainty and even hatred around foreign involvements and immigration, escalating gender confusion and entrapment. Our cultural landscape is not filled today with abundant life.

Yet in this apparent culture of ''death'' there are still healthy roots. 

I have been part of allowing a dying of truth, silence while people were being robbed of their value, worth and true identity and the death of love and honour as it has become replaced by audit, number crunching and government by finance.

Yet in our roots there is a different culture.  In our roots is God's life. In that spiritual seed planted in your temple is a voice crying out for righteousness to arise. It's God's voice calling to you. 

I believe Jesus is saying to us individually and culturally...Please do not remain silent, Please do not allow yourself and others to be robbed of life, please do not allow others to decide your destiny, your future and even your identity. Please let me break in to your culture of death and bring life.

He will overcome death through us not by our being aggressive or even assertive but by being confidently assured of His presence with each one of us to be the head and not the tail, to lean into the power of His love and to be directed forward by the shepherd whether He asks us to speak or be silent and still.

You do not need to wait till Christmas. He is with you right now. 

Join us on 8th Jan 2017 at Life Prayerwatch and declare life over this city and our nation.


Sara is on staff as an intercessory missionary at Manchester House of Prayer.  Her desire is see the church in Manchester walking in unity and to see every believer experiencing deeper intimacy with Jesus.  Sara is developing our community meals and our Life Prayerwatch.  She also serves in the prayer room as a singer and a prayer leader. 


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Life Prayerwatch, Sunday 11th September

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We will be holding our bi-monthly Life Prayerwatch in the Image offices at The Mustard Tree building in Manchester this Sunday 11th September from 7pm till 9pm.  We look forward to as many of you as possible joining us there to engage with the Lord on behalf of the organisation Image and its dedicated team.

We had a wonderful week of prayer in July covering many aspects of the work and vision for Image and were encouraged to see many of you with us during that time.  The summer has not been an easy time for Image with continuing difficulties and pressures and we are thankful to be able to gather again and seek the Lord for His Presence and Word to us all.

Worship with the word

How lovely is Your tabernacle,
O LORD of hosts!
My soul longs, yes, even faints
For the courts of the LORD;
My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

Even the sparrow has found a home,
And the swallow a nest for herself,
Where she may lay her young—
Even Your altars, O LORD of hosts,
My King and my God.
Blessed are those who dwell in Your house;
They will still be praising You. Selah

Blessed is the man whose strength is in You,
Whose heart is set on pilgrimage.
As they pass through the Valley of Baca,
They make it a spring;
The rain also covers it with pools.
They go from strength to strength;
Each one appears before God in Zion.
O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer;
Give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah

O God, behold our shield,
And look upon the face of Your anointed.
For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
The LORD will give grace and glory;
No good thing will He withhold
From those who walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts,
Blessed is the man who trusts in You.
— Psalm 84

Intercession

For intercession we'll be praying for the church to be empowered by engaging with life issues and those affected by them.  We'll also be praying for the strengthening of organisations, like Image, who work within these life issues and for their staff.  


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Life Prayerwatch, Sunday 15th May

Our Life Prayerwatch will be taking place on Sunday 15th May at the Image offices at The Mustard Tree Building in Manchester.

We have been partnering with the Lord for nearly two years now as He touches lives through the team at Image.

We can testify to growth and development in specific areas although there are still pressures and difficulties to overcome.

We rejoice that:

  • There is now an established 'Image' equivalent in Spain.
  • Suddenly a further year of rental space has been extended to the office so the pressure of a rapid move has been lifted.

But we continue to cry out to God for:

  • The health and strength of the team and their families.
  • Financial resources.
  • Labourers for the harvest.

Please join us in this focused Prayerwatch as the Lord releases Life to our city.

Worship with the Word     

But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.
— 1 Peter 5: 10

Intercession  

...that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy
— Colossians 1:9-11

For more information about our prayer room schedule visit mhop.org.uk/prayer.

Our Life Prayerwatches are held at The Mustard Tree in Ancoats. Find directions here

We look forward to seeing you with us!


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Life Prayerwatch, 13th March 2016

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We will be meeting on Sun. March 13th at 7pm for our Life Prayerwatch.

The organisation, Image, is undergoing some foundational shifts in its structure as God is shaping and forming them for significance in the future. 

They are facing some big challenges and are under pressures which require wisdom and resources in a variety of areas. Their influence in the nation and beyond is continually increasing.

We would welcome you to come and join us in prayer as we seek God's revelation and guidance together in holding to their vision and bringing about His plans and purposes for them.

Worship with the word

Arise, Jerusalem! Let your light shine for all the nations to see! For the glory of the Lord is shining upon you. Darkness as black as night will cover all the nations of the earth, but the glory of the Lord will shine over you. All nations will come to your light. Mighty kings will come to see your radiance.
— Isaiah 60:1-3

Intercession

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, because the Lord has appointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the broken hearted and to announce that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord’s favour has come, and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies. To all who mourn in Israel, he will give beauty for ashes, joy instead of mourning. Praise instead of despair. For the Lord has planted them like strong and graceful oaks for his own glory.
— Isaiah 61:1-3

For more information about our prayer room schedule visit mhop.org.uk/prayer.

Our Life Prayerwatches are held at The Mustard Tree in Ancoats. Find directions here

We look forward to seeing you with us!

 


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Life Prayerwatch, Sunday 10th January

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We will be meeting on Sunday 10th Jan at the Image office at The Mustard Tree building at 7pm for the Life Prayerwatch. Here's how things will look:

Worship with the word

Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house;
 I will worship at your Temple with deepest awe.
 Lead me in the right path, O Lord,
 or my enemies will conquer me.
Make your way plain for me to follow.
— Psalm 5:7-8

Intercession

that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
— Ephesians 3:16-19

We would love you to come and join us as we pray for the sustaining and the development of the Image team and its influence locally and nationally.

This is a time of significant change for all the team and with that comes a time of great opportunity for God to enhance and favour the work and raise the profile of its pro-life material, teaching and training in a number of ways.

Join us as we seek His heart and mind in the changes and His wisdom and revelation for individuals.

For more information about our prayer room schedule visit mhop.org.uk/prayer.

Our Life Prayerwatches are held at The Mustard Tree in Ancoats. Find directions here

We look forward to seeing you with us!

 


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