When I heard about Michael’s passing, I immediately let various people know who he used to minister with at our MFOT conferences, including Paul Haglin and Phil Buechler in America. (It was Michael who first took Phil Buechler to Indonesia and introduced him to ministering in that part of the world. Accustomed as he was to being in the presence of the power of the Spirit, I remember Phil saying, ‘Turn it down a bit, Lord, I can’t cope with that much power!” Continue reading
Concerning the immediate threat of more terrorist attacks – whether lone wolf or pre-planned – there is no doubt at all from the pronouncements of so-called IS for Ramadan this year and last that they are calling for a major push to wage all-out war on the West during Ramadan, which has only just started.
And see more of the wider situation here, [also at the Independent].
May we refer you back to the last edition in which we mentioned the very strong warning prophecy and plea from the Lord that the Lord gave Alex Buchanan back in the late 1970s. The word speaks not only of blood staining our streets, but looks at the deeper reasons why this is happening. Continue reading
As you will long since have realised, articles in the Malvern Mashals alternate between personal, intercessory, teaching and devotional material – all liberally interspersed with beautiful music. We are well aware that whilst some people are attracted by articles addressing wider situations, others are drawn by the devotional, whilst others again find the teaching articles to be the most helpful.
With the shadow of the Manchester atrocity hanging over the nation, to say nothing of the forthcoming elections and the Brexit negotiations beyond that again, I am focusing here primarily on providing a few insights into the British spiritual and political landscape. Just as we are being urged to remember at the political level that our vote counts, how much more so our prayers! Continue reading
I have felt the Lord urging me recently to round up prayer for those who are imprisoned for their faith. Why leave all such praying to ‘Suffering Church Sunday’ in November? Our brothers and sisters in the Lord are held in prison all year round.
This is a project has been gathering momentum for some considerable time. I was originally inspired to write the music as the result of a book by two young Iranian women who had endured imprisonment in the notorious Evin prison in Tehran.
I subsequently had the privilege of meeting and praying with these remarkable women. They have reached many across the nations in ways they could never have dreamed of during the dark days of their imprisonment.
Justin Coldstream provided enormous support by orchestrating the different sections, as well as composing the saxophone solo. The oboe music at the start is taken from a concerto by Vivaldi, and we have also woven in a well-known Czech folk song ‘Dobru Noc,’ which Justin arranged for string quartet. We recorded it at the New Year 2014 in St Cecilia’s church Kidderminster while Rosalind was in Australia.
The New Testament Greek word for prison is phulake, which means ‘a keeping watch’ as well as a literal prison where captives are kept. This is our offering to help us keep watch in prayer. I have based the presentation around the story of another believer from Iran, but it is an offering on behalf of all who are experiencing persecution for their faith.
Do share it with your friends and prayer networks.
Those taking part were:
Flute – Nicola Gerard
Oboe – Vanessa Hanson
Clarinet and Sax – Mike Halliday
Violins – Shirley Richards and Teresa Brasier
Viola – Nick Evans Pugh
Cellos – Jo Garcia and Anna Frazier
French Horn – Peter Richards
Keyboard – Justin Coldstream
Percussion – Keith Entwistle
Vocals – Janey Peterson, Harmony Greenwood
Text Narration – Colin Owen, Robert Weston, Elizabeth Hume, Rosalind Weston
Sound Engineer – Colin Owen
Blessed are you who hunger now,
for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who weep now,
for you will laugh.
Blessed are you when people hate you,
when they exclude you and insult you
and reject your name as evil,
because of the Son of Man.
‘Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven.
‘Truly I tell you,’ Jesus replied, ‘no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields – along with persecutions – and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.’ (Mark 10:29-31)
Copyright 2014 and 2016 Ruach Breath of Life
This presentation may be freely played without specific permission, provided no monetary gain is involved.
The story the presentation is based around can be found at http://www.opendoorsuk.org/news/stories/iran_160420.php
Pray for all the excellent work that organisations such as Open Doors do on behalf of Christians experiencing persecution.
In naming a few of the many countries where Christians are persecuted in the presentation, I inadvertently said Azerbaijan instead of Uzbekistan. There is indeed intimidation of believers reported in that country, but less so than in Uzbekistan. See http://www.opendoorsuk.org/persecution/country_profiles.php
We originally sent out this track to pray for the hundreds of thousands who have left eastern Ukraine to make a new life in Russia, but it is every bit as relevant for the countless migrants who are desperate to escape danger and reach Europe, the half million people who have lost their homes as a result of the earthquake in Nepal; the hundreds of thousands of Syrians who have been forced to leave their country, those affected by the civil war in Yemen, and the girls and young women who the Nigerian Army have rescued from Boko Haram.
See: Boko Haram Nigerian freed women tell of captivity hell for a brief and harrowing overview of the ordeal they have been through, as well as an overview of Boko Harmam’s attempts to set up an Islamic state.
Pray for great grace for the Lord to set them free from lasting trauma.
One of the tracks I used in church last Sunday to pray for displaced people was this piece by Rachmaninov, who, though he may not have been a practising Christian himself, he was deeply influenced by his love for Russia, and the chants of the Orthodox Church. I believe he may also have transcribed various pieces of what we would call singing in the Spirit. We hope this will help you to flow with this prayer for displaced people – and wherever else the Spirit may lead you in prayer.
Please be aware in particular of the danger of women and children being sex trafficked from Nepal to India and South East Asia – a risk at all times but even more so in the aftermath of the earthquake.
I am always on the lookout for ways to help us pray for wider issues such as these. Perhaps you can encourage people in your home groups and fellowships to use this, along with other tracks of music that we regularly send out. You will surely want to play it more than once as you go deeper in the Lord’s presence. It is called ‘Bogoroditse Devo’ and it is taken from Rachmaninov’s beautiful Vespers.
It was our friends Paul and Gretel Haglin from Missouri who coined a memorable phrase that has always stayed with us: “Have the courage to go in and rescue the prey whom Satan has taken captive.”
Here is an excellent example of Paul doing just that after being approached by one of the elders in his church to pray with him for an elderly lady. She had told them that Jesus had promised to heal her if she would get the elders to pray for her before the evening service. And she was clearly in a perilous condition being barely able to shuffle her way to her seat with the aid of her Zimmerframe.
It always puts you under pressure when somebody tells you something like that, but Paul reported that the anointing was strong as they prayed, Continue reading
A Maxim from Maxwell
Well over thirty years ago John Maxwell was pastoring a mega church in America, when the Lord spoke more clearly to him than he had ever known before and told him that from that moment on he would have a strategic mission to leaders. The fruit of his work has been seen in both Christians and business world through his publications that have sold by the million.
When asked the question, how do you start your days, he simply replied, “I pray that I may add value to people’s lives today, and when I go to bed my last thought is to ask the Lord is to ask, ‘and have I done that today?’”
What a lovely thought! So let’s ask ourselves: how do you start your day? And end it?
Your own ‘missional prayer’ may be somewhat different from John Maxwell’s, but whatever it is, may we be close to the Lord and add value to people’s lives each day!
Captive in Iran
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Maryam and Marziye, imprisoned for the best part of a year in the grim conditions of Tehran’s notorious Evin prison, are anything but typical young believers. For three years they had carried on a systematic and remarkably courageous ministry of surreptitious Bible distribution all over the city of Tehran, passing out thousands of Bibles in the process, although rarely experiencing the opportunities for explicit evangelisation that they longed in prayer to have. (They also organised fellowship groups and ministered to prostitutes). Everything changed for them the day they found themselves arrested on the charge of propagating Christianity. The story of how they shared the love of Christ and prayed for dozens of women in truly dreadful conditions is utterly moving and memorable. Continue reading