Happy New Year: Prayer … Worship … & Fast!

New Zealand Embassy

January 2015

Dear PTH Friends,

Happy New Year!  Yes, that is a declaration … it will be a happy new year for those who stay in His redemptive rest … while at war.  Yes, the sun will rise on the evil and the good, and it will rain on the righteous and unrighteous (Matt. 5:45).  Regardless the weather or storms of circumstances we will be faced with …. “whatever war” …. we will have His rest & peace if we move with His Spirit.  

There is an exuberance about this year, yet there is also a weighty urgency to be ever so sensitive to the Holy Spirit and keeping one another hedged up with unceasing prayer.  As the Lord gave Nancy a word recently:  “Leave nothing to chance.”   To me that say …. “Leave nothing to chance!!!”

I love the ingredients found in Romans 12:12 … a no-fail recipe: “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”  The statement “Faithful in Prayer” in Greek is: proskarterountes.  If you are anything like me … proskarterountes is still like the expression “Greek to me!”  … but this is what “faithful in prayer” means:  “It is a present, continuous tense of a very strong word.  It implies persistence, perseverance and insistence.  The Bible recognizes that most of us will have a struggle, not only to keep in an attitude of prayer, but also to spend real time in prayer  We are exhorted to be diligent and faithful in prayer since it is our access to God for a life of spiritual intimacy and is the means by which God advances His kingdom.” (Life in the Spirit Study Bible, NIV, Zondervan/Word Study Ro. 12:12).

No doubt we all want the latter part of “faithful in prayer”:  access to God, spiritual intimacy, and advancing His kingdom.  Yet, we must also contend for it and generally we have to war for it.  It requires persistence, perseverance, and insistence … “real time” and diligence.  Yes, war has a cost … freedom is worth the battle!

Here is a reality:  Our enemy of war has little interest in our matters unless we are led by the Spirit, believing AND walking in the promises of the infallible word of God.  Think of Peter:  He wrote a second letter as a reminder to believers / friends (2 Peter 3:1).  The basic theme of 1 Peter is suffering for the cause of Christ;  2 Peter includes instructions to virtually the same group of believers regarding false teachers.  It is no secret the devil is the father of lies (John 8:44), and he has a specific job description: steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10).  Yet, Peter had to write a again … second letter to encourage and remind seasoned believers.  He even said in 2 Peter 1:12, “So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have.”  

To me this is a form of:  “Leave nothing to chance.”  Peter goes on to say in 2 Peter 2:1, “But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you.”  And catch this:  …. “They will secretly introduce heresies….”  (Heresies – opinions, beliefs, free thinking, a religious or philosophical sect.)  

What does this have to do with 2015?  The enemy would love to wear us out … wear us down … keep us from God’s redemptive rest!  Peter recognized that even seasoned believers needed reminders to “be aware” because … guess what – false teachers are going to be SECRETLY introducing teaching(s) that do not completely line up with the Word of God.  These teachers are going to be in the churches … in conferences … in the writings, etc.   And it won’t be obvious!  They are not going to be announced as “false teachers”…. they are going to come “secretly.”  My guess is that some will even be advertised as “anointed teachers”, etc.  Here is my interpretation of “a gifted teacher / the anointing of teaching”:  It really boils down to the skill or ability of being able to take any concept, or any “belief” and break it down so all learners understand; making it believable and acceptable to all – right or wrong.  The difference is, what the Spirit behind the teaching?    Hence, we personally, regardless of our seasoning, must be in HIS WORD, eyes fixed on the Author and Finisher of our faith, led by the Spirit of the Living God.  Consider this:  If people of “more noble character” than other believers/followers of Paul found it necessary to examine the scriptures daily after listening to teachings from the great Apostle Paul, and in the synagogues – “the church” no doubt, then I believe we should take note! (Acts 17:11).  Simple reminders, like Peter gave believers because the false teachers / prophets are “among” us (2 Peter 2:1).  

Like I stated earlier, the enemy has no interest in our matters unless we are heading in the right direction and building the Kingdom of God.  Having said that, we, PTH ministries recognize we are about to engage in a war of greater depth.  Hence 2015 Theme: Raise the War Cry!  We have a great war weapon in the power of agreement!  Abraham Lincoln embraced it in his “House Divided Speech” (1858)… but God said it first in Mark 3:24,25).  “If a kingdom is divided agains itself, that kingdom cannot stand.  If a house is divided agains itself, that house cannot stand.”  We cannot be defeated when we agree on God’s Word.

On a personal level, lend yourself to “Be a David” – be very sensitive to allow God to search your heart.  Is there anything in your heart, home, influence, etc. that is not in agreement?  Let us be led by His Spirit to guide us so that we come into agreement so that when we go to war … continue in war, we hold the power of agreement … AND can rely on one another (Ecc. 4:9-12).

I know I included the below strategy in a recent PTH website post, but it is a clear prayer strategy the Lord gave Nancy for 2015; As we head into war:
1)  Place a Hedge of Protection: Start praying a hedge of protection (Job 1:9)
2)  Declare A Bulwark:  Bulwark is a wall of protection – pray it around yourself and others.  (Ps. 91:4)
3)  Set A Wall of Fire; Protection (Zech 2:5)
4)  ASK God: Ask for angels to attend to you; ministering angels
(Matt. 4:11) 
5)  Communion:  Do this in remembrance of ME:  take communion daily and leave nothing to chance (Mk 14:22, 23)

Please, if the Lord shows you anything: dreams / visions, scriptures, words, etc., I encourage you to e-mail them to myself and / or Nancy. … even if it doesn’t make sense to you or you may not have the interpretation.
Nancy is about to begin the itinerary schedule in Georgia and South Carolina (Jan.-Feb. – see website for details: www.pointtohope.org) The January GA conference is just around the corner.  Please target all areas of need for the conference:  workshop speakers, worship, traveling mercies, prayer shield, complete unity and agreement, sound / technical needs, housing, health, etc., etc., etc.  Your prayers for Point To Hope Ministries are so appreciated and I can’t emphasize enough, the need for prayer coverage for Nancy during this time of ministry.  The Lord has given her a powerful message for this year and we do not want to be found in war without being clothed in His Word.  Pray for supernatural physical and spiritual strength for Nancy and she brings forth the word!

Prayer Strategy:  
A) Faithful in Prayer (Rom. 12:12)
B) Worship ahead of the battle
    Worship War Strategy:  A few excepts from 2 Chronicles 20:
–  A vast army is coming against you (vs. 2)
–  Inquire of the Lord (vs. 3)
–  The people came together to seek help from the Lord; indeed, they came from every town to seek Him (vs. 4)
–  Declaration to the Lord:  “Power and might are in YOUR hand and no one can withstand YOU” (vs. 6)
–  Our eyes are upon YOU (vs. 12b)
–  For the battle is not yours, but God’s (vs.15)
–  Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you (vs. 17)
–  All the people fell down in worship before the Lord (vs.18)
–  Then (the people) stood up and praised the Lord, the God of Israel, with very loud voice (vs.19) … (notice it is not “voices” though it is many people …. let us stand as one voice – unity – agreement.
–  Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld (vs. 20)
–  People appointed:  to sing to the Lord and to praise Him for the splendor of His holiness singing:  “Give thanks to the Lord, for His love endures forever” (vs 21)
–  As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes…. (vs. 22)
–  The fear of God came upon all the kingdoms of the countries when they heard how THE LORD FOUGHT AGAINST THE ENEMIES (vs. 29)

C) FAST:  However the Lord leads you … A FAST He has chosen for you:  “to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke (Is. 58:6)

Conference Details:
Theme:  “Raise the War Cry!  God’s Redemptive Rest” (Is. 8:9)
Dates:  Jan. 22-24, 2015
Grace Place Farm & Lodge
1422 Reynolds Farm Rd.,
Grovetown, GA  30813
7:00 PM Evening Session:  Nancy Haney
Friday & Saturday:
8:30 AM  Prayer
10:00 AM, 1:30 PM & 3:30 PM:  Workshops
7:00 PM Evening Session: Nancy Haney

Workshop Speakers:
Sarah Tarter – “War Cry:  Live to Love”
Mary Beth Schultz, West Virginia – “War Cry of the Mercy of God”        
Saebra Pauley, W. Virginia – “War Cry of Humility”
Dee Jones, W. Virginia – “War Cry of Grace”
Nancy Robinette, Thomson, Ga. – “War Cry:  Prophesy of Faith”
Debbie Anderes, Ketchikan, AK – “War Cry of Living Sacrifice”
Evelyn Glass, Delta Junction, AK – “War Cry of Many Members”
Ben Glass, Delta Jct., AK – “War Cry:  How to Behave”
Mark Blankenbeckler, Grovetown, GA – “War Cry: Overcome evil with good ”
Eric and Angie Bennet , Ohio – “War Cry: Renewing of the Mind”
Tom Smalley. Lincolnton, Ga. – “War Cry: Don’t Give Up”
Carolyn Schneider, Evans, Ga. – “War Cry: Prove What is Good and Acceptable and Perfect Will of God.”

Please keep Evelyn Glass and the worship team in prayer.   

Embassy Report:  Washington DC (12/28-30/14)

Below is just a quick note regarding the visit to various embassies in Washington DC.  As many of you know, when the Lord calls Nancy to a country, He first calls her to the embassy of the country in Washington DC.  We (Nancy and myself, Sarah) went to the below embassies, but the time/season of travel to these countries is still in the making.  

In the mean time, below you will find a few prayer directions for these countries and / or other details:

 Rev. 2:17 “Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.”
pray for Israel to call upon the Lord and rely on His strength; His Spirit, His Word, His Son.
The Word would be a light unto Israel’s path:  Father, Son, & Holy Spirit – Godhead- 3 in 1.
pray for their woundedness;
pray for healing from being war-torn
pray for “circumspective” view:  look from all angels
unity is key for this country:  Phil. 2:4 “not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interest of the other.”
pray for healing: mind, spirit, & heart: a revelation of Jesus and the Holy Spirit:  To Believe
pray for righteous leaders to rise up to care for their people
God wants to take the least and push them forward
Pray for healing – their confidence in the Lord would arise
they have taken some hard hits
God has been a shield over this country
they’ve held on through hard times
walking away from the embassy the Lord said:  “The book of Acts is about to break out in Australia.   New fashion of the Holy Spirit is going to demonstrate Himself.”
locked in place
Iceland is hidden but about to be exposed / known

what has been a protection has been blown apart
be praying for the Christians in Russia:  there are good Christians, but they have had to be somewhat hidden.
lots of shattered glass:  the Lord said He would show the root of it …. it is a wreck / an accident about to take place

New Zealand:
lots of good foundation
pray for a saturation for the dry areas
pray for men to come out of hiding
pray for warning signs to be seen
pray for fruit
pray for truth to come forth
South Korea
Pray for God to heal heaviness
Pray for faith to be strengthened
Pray for people to put their trust in God
Pray for oil of the Holy Spirit to saturate the great piece of machinery
This is an strong country
The Lord would like to take care of some necessary details that are already above the surface

Blessings to All!

Sarah Tarter,
PTH Prayer Facilitator