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Vol 171001 March 2017

Last night, I found myself at the Kingdom Invasion conference. Once again, I was nothing short of awestruck……the worship, special items, even, what would normally be mundane announcements, caused me to realise that God’s presence was all over the place in a very special way. I asked myself “why?” The only conclusion that I could come to was that every single person that took to the stage was a “chaser after the presence of God”. I realised also that sometimes I chase after all kinds of other “good” things, but neglect the “best”….The Presence of God!

 

For me, the highlight was the message by Bill Johnson. It’s one of those messages that I will probably remember for the rest of my life. Here are the two passages that he shared from:

 

[Mat 6:7-8 NKJV] 7 "And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen [do]. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 "Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.

 

Then, this one in the very next chapter:

 

[Mat 7:7-11 NKJV] 7 "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 "For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9 "Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 "Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!

 

He said: “Did you notice something? In chapter 6 we are instructed not to use “vain repetitions”, but in chapter 7 we are told to ask, seek and knock, or as it is rendered in the NLT, “keep on asking…keep on seeking…keep on knocking”

 

 

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Sounds contradictory, doesn’t it!” He went on to share that we need to be in the presence of God to know when it’s a matter of travailing and when it’s done. He also pointed out that Romans 10:17 says that “faith comes by HEARING”….not by “having heard”. It’s in the present continuous tense. More often than not, we don’t need to “travail” for our “daily bread” but there are other things, like the dreams that God has put in our hearts, that we need to contend for. Knowing the difference is the key. Continually being in His presence will cause us to know the difference!

 

Bill Johnson also shared, through an unforgettable illustration, just how much the Father wants to bless us and how He desires, even more than us, to see our dreams fulfilled. 

 

There was so much more….but, this was my big “take-away”.

 

Author Jeremy Myers writes:

 

Jesus taught us to be answers to our own prayers when, in the Sermon on the Mount, He told His disciples, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Matt 7:7-8).

 

When reading this passage, most people think that Jesus was saying the same thing three different times: pray, and your prayer will get answered. But there may be a better way of understanding the words of Jesus.

 

Jesus is not simply telling His disciples to pray, but is giving them instructions on how to see answers to their own prayers.

 

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First, Jesus tells them to ask. This is the prayer part. It is taking our requests and needs to God, and presenting them before Him. It is not that He is unaware of our needs, for He knows what we need before we ask Him (Matt 6:8).

 

Just as we talk over the issues of our day with our spouse or friends, so also God wants us to communicate with Him about the issues and needs which are heavy on our hearts and minds. So, we ask Him about these things. This is the first step to prayer.

 

Seek

 

But after we ask, we don’t simply keep asking. We must begin to seek. This is the second step. Seeking is when we look around for how God might answer our prayers. After we ask God for something, the next thing we must do is start looking around with eyes of faith for how God might be providing answers to the issues we discussed with Him.

 

Knock

 

Seeking answers to our prayers leads to the third step in getting our prayers answer: knocking. After we ask God to help us with our needs, and as we seek for possible ways that God might answer our requests, we must then step out in faith and knock on the doors that present themselves. When we ask, we ask with faith. When we seek, we seek possible answers with eyes of faith. And when we knock, we step out and take risks with faith by pursuing opportunities that were brought to our attention during the seeking phase.

 

Ask Seek Knock. Sometimes the first door we knock on is the one that opens, but this is usually not the case. Sometimes we have to knock on ten, fifty, even hundreds of doors. For this reason, the knocking phase is often the most difficult, but it is here that perseverance is vitally important if we are going to see answers to our prayers.

 

Want to see more answers to prayer? Don’t just ask God for things. Step out and seek ways that He might answer them, and then knock on the doors of opportunity that are presented. In this way, praying is more than just asking God for things and then sitting around, waiting for Him to respond.

 

So, what do we do?….We keep on praying BUT, we pray even more effectively!

 

Blessings,

Ps Howard Myers

 

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Vol 171002 August 2017

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We all know this verse, but do we actually believe it? There seems to be a big gap between what we know, what we believe and what actually happens. So, why the gap? The first challenge is to “believe”. Can you make yourself believe? No! But you can get help:

 

 

Rom 8:25-27 NLT But if we look forward to something we don't yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently. And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness.

 

Secondly, we don’t always pray according to God’s heart and his will. There is a solution to this problem as well:

 

Rom 8:26-27 NLT For example, we don't know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God's own will.

 

There doesn’t have to be a gap! We can pray according to God’s will, believe, and we will receive. It’s totally possible to get our prayers answered all the time.

 

Take for example praying for revival: We sometimes get frustrated that we pray and pray but we don’t see any immediate answers to our prayers. The Lord showed me a prophetic vision recently; He gave me a vision similar the one in this graphic representation of a tsunami. When an earthquake occurs in the sea floor, there is an upthrust of the tectonic plates displacing vast quantities of water which generates a massive amount of energy. This causes oscillatory waves in ever increasing circles at speeds of up to 800km/h.

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He showed me that when we pray earnestly, He shifts the “tectonic plates” in the spirit. A massive amount of energy is released and a wave begins to form. Now, out in the open ocean, this will hardly even be detected on the surface but this energy wave is moving at an enormous velocity. Just like that, God is busy “shifting things in the spirit” on our behalf. When the wave reaches shallower waters, the wave length and speed decreases but the amplitude (wave height) increases dramatically causing great catastrophe on land. He showed me that when we pray earnestly, He shifts the “tectonic plates” in the spirit. A massive amount of energy is released and a wave begins to form. Now, out in the open ocean, this will hardly even be detected on the surface but this energy wave is moving at an enormous velocity. Just like that, God is busy “shifting things in the spirit” on our behalf. When the wave reaches shallower waters, the wave length and speed decreases but the amplitude (wave height) increases dramatically causing great catastrophe on land. The Lord said to me: “The tectonic plates have shifted, the energy has been released. Brace yourself for a mighty move of my Spirit.”

 

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Here Marlon is busy sharing about the mighty miracle God did in his life with John’s (standing on the left) family in Tarlac. Two years ago, a lump was detected in his head beneath his brain. A biopsy was done here in Singapore and it was found to be malignant. The tumour eventually grew to the size of a tennis ball and he was literally standing at “death’s door”. After a mammoth battle in prayer, the tumour was successfully removed and he is now cancer free and proclaiming God’s goodness. (The tumour was found to be benign after removal). At this very first meeting in Tarlac, six people decided to follow Jesus.

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We went to pray for John’s sick uncle on a nearby farm and the whole family accepted Christ into their lives.

Our driver also received Christ and was so eager to be baptised.Our driver also received Christ and was so eager to be baptised.

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171002 6This is Mhel’s house, where twelve children are “fostered” here. Some of them have parents who work abroad and others don’t have parents at all. All of them received Christ the day that we visited them and shared the gospel with them. PRAISE THE LORD. Only He could have prepared their hearts.

God kept sending us more and more people to minister to and share the gospel with. 

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Even on the last day, when we were about to leave for the airport, Don’s family arrived. They had just taken a three hour trip to give us a parcel to take to their father/husband. All of them joyfully received Jesus into their lives and went home rejoicing. It was like the book of Acts all over again. By the end of the trip, over fifty people had received Jesus.


Yes, sometimes even when we have little faith (confession: like I had at the start of this trip), God will use it to do great things!

 

Testimony from Ivan: Last Sunday I prayed for Bryan’s right ankle. He experienced pain every morning in that ankle. On Monday morning……NO PAIN! Praise God, we can expect answers to even the simplest of prayers so I encourage you to KEEP ON PRAYING and see what God will do!


Eph 6:18 NLT Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

Stay blessed

Ps Howard

 

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Vol 161003 October 2016

“The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” (James 5:16b)

In this verse, only two things are needed in order to receive “wonderful results”: earnest prayer and your righteousness. I’m sure that you don’t have a problem with being earnest, but you are probably being reminded of your own sin even as you read this verse.

It is a fact that, YOU ARE RIGHTEOUS if you are a committed Christ follower: “For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” (2Cor 5:21 NLT). The only thing left then, in order for us to receive these wonderful results, spoken of in this verse, is earnest prayer.

This past Friday evening, 21st October, our quarterly prayer meeting took the form of all-night prayer. This is something we haven’t dCPBCPrayerAltarone in many years. The theme of the night was “Building Prayer Altars”.

We even built our own symbolic altar. After a time of worship, Ps George went on to share about the importance of altars in the Bible, and how important building a “prayer altar” should be to us. He also shared the differences between prayer meetings and prayer altars as well as the key elements of the Prayer Altar as practiced in Uganda. God gave the strategy to this nation and the transformation was profound. As a result, it has been adopted in many nations around the world. A conference will be held in November (18th-20th at Grace Assembly of God) in order to launch this strategy in Singapore as well. Click Here to register, admission is free.

Differences: Prayer Meetings and Prayer Altars
Prayer Altars Prayer Meetings
Focus The Presence of God Petitioning God
Agenda God’s Agenda Our Agenda
Activity
  • 10 Chapters a day
  • Hallowing His name
  • Deep repentance
  • Identificational repentence
  • Seek His face, not hand
Singing some songs and then going through a list of prayer points
What to expect?

Change in spiritual atmosphere and land
Transformation

Change in situations
Time needed Needs commitment & consistency no matter what May stop once problems solved
Attitude revealed Humility and hunger for God’s desires Hope for Answers


As we continued through the night, Joy Myers led us as we built a prayer altar for the families and marriages in CPBC. That was followed by Angela and Kok Hong as they directed us in prayer for our local church, CPBC. Later, Charissa guided us as we prayed for the Youth and Young Adults of CPBC. She asked us to, firstly, write down any names of youth and young adults that we could remember on post-it notes. Then we were invited to write down prophetic words for them. We later pasted these on our white board.

KEY ELEMENTS OF A PRAYER ALTAR
1 The Focus of the Altar: The Presence of God
2 The Agenda of the Altar: What is God's Will?
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The Activity of the Altar:

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4 The Purpose of the Altar Changing the Spiritual Atmosphere


Here were some of the words:

“Jer 33:3 – Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known”.

“God is preparing every single piece: moulding different parts of the ship. It will go through the storm where relationships will be tested but this ship will come out unharmed for the power of God will hold them together. It will be battered but it will come out stronger”

“I will cause you to rise up in the midst of this great darkness and declare my truth to the nations. You shall declare My truth with great boldness and without fear”

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world but be transformed: A new breed without greed”

“The Lord will lift up every valley before you and level every mountain”

“Arise and Shine”

Ps Timothy then went on to lead us in building prayer alters for the cells of CPBC. Ps Simon concluded with prayer for the Seven Mountains of our nation, Singapore.

Truly, it was a night of great breakthrough. At around 2am, I detected a definite “shift in the spirit” with regard to prayer in CPBC. I strongly believe that in the days and months to come, we will see the manifestation of this “shift” in our church. It may come in different forms: A fresh spirit of love in our church, people who we’ve been praying for, for a long time will suddenly “see the light”, personal breakthroughs, family conflicts resolved, increase in finances, increase in attendance, strongholds of sin broken etc. Look out for these things and testify!7Mountains

 Finally, I encourage you to build a prayer alter in your home/work/office etc. Get this little booklet at the church office for only $1.50, to see how you can…BE GOD’S AGENT OF TRANSFORMATION IN THE NATION! BuildingPrayerAltars 



If you have a testimony of answered prayer, please Whatsapp me on 97107880.

Blessings,

Ps Howard.

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Vol 161002 June 2016

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Ifyou are already spending much time in prayer, you will agree that the quote above is perfectly true. That is because you would have already seen seemingly impossible situations change, situations that could not have changed any other way. It’s amazing how even though we know we need to spend so much more time in prayer, we don’t. I guess we all need to be encouraged to pray more, hence this blog.

 Just this morning, I woke up at 4:25am. I had a choice: turn over and go back to sleep (which I often do) or get up, go to the lounge, pull out my little kneeling cushion (the tile floor somehow feels harder early in the morning – or am I just getting old?J) and spend some time with the Father. I’m so glad I did the latter; I really felt like I had a breakthrough in that 30 minutes or so that I spent in the War Room. When the outcome manifests, I will probably look back and realise that this morning was one of the key contributing prayer times. We’ve had a few wonderful answers to prayer lately in our family:

 

 

  1. We have been praying for a few months for a better job for Cyle (our son in South Africa) because he was being paid late most months - sometimes up to 3 weeks and also had to take a pay cut after they lost a few big clients. He just recently landed a new job with Nelson Mandela Metro University in Port Elizabeth! (He also wanted to be closer to his girlfriend who lives near PE – I’ll bet that’s what he was praying forJ.)
  2. The franchise Joy worked for unexpectedly closed down at the end of February after she had worked there for only two months. We were tempted to panic given the difficulty in pass approvals lately but instead we went to the War Room! Praise the Lord, a position opened at another branch of the same company and her EP was approved in record time.

 

War Roommates have also been praying for various corporate events recently:

 

 

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1. The Leadership Camp with

Dr Daniel Brown at YWCA, Fort Canning. Thanks to all who prayed; I believe that we will see good changes taking place in CPBC as a direct result of what God did through this camp.

 

2. IPink Conference. This conference attracted people from many churches and was a ground-breaking one in Singapore. Although there was much potential for misunderstanding, the result was a fresh understanding of how to love people who identify as LGBT as well as discovering what the Bible actually says about alternative lifestyles. The result was a successful, peaceful conference. Thank you for praying.

 

Here is a testimony by Ken Cheong about how God sustained him and gave him peace in a very traumatic incident:

 

“Dear Pastor, I would like to share with our brothers & sister on how our Lord and Saviour protected me from an car accident that happened today. I was driving from a slip road & wanted to turn into the main road (T-junction). I checked the traffic from left & right and the blind spot mirror and saw that it was safe to proceed. When I was at the middle of the road, a car came from my right and hit me on the driver’s side. Because of the great impact, I knocked my head against side window which shattered on impact. The cars parking on the right side of the road had blocked my view of on-coming vehicles. I was stunned after the accident and I prayed "Heal me oh Lord! And I will be healed. Save me oh Lord! And I will be saved. For you are the One I praise". I was calm & at peace even though I could feel a little of pain on the right side of my face and was bleeding quite badly.

 

 

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I got out of the car from the front left passenger seat door and immediately a Caucasian (a kind Samaritan) who lives right in front of the traffic junction came to my assistance & asked his maid to bring out a chair, a bucket of water and tissue papers for me to hold onto my wounds to stop the bleeding. He even offered to send me to the hospital but the other driver had already called an ambulance which arrived shortly afterwards together with the traffic police. I was taken to Raffles Hospital and was told that there were multiple cuts and swelling on the right side of my face. One of the cuts was very bad and deep and they could even see the muscle, it was about 4.5cm long. They gave me a CT scan then arranged for me to see the plastic surgeon for assessment. 

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Thank God for His mercy, the CT scan showed that my skull was fine and that there was no internal bleeding on the brain. I was cleared for surgery to clean the wounds, remove the glass and stitch the cuts. Before the surgery Pastor Larry prayed for me and when I went into surgery, I prayed again "Heal me oh Lord! And I will be healed. Save me oh Lord! And I will be saved. For you are the One I praise". The verse from Proverbs 3:5&6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not lean on your own understanding. Submit all your ways to Him and He will make your path straight" came to my mind. 

So I prayed that and thanked our Lord for his mercy and protection. I said: “I believe in Him, trust Him and have faith in Him and I submit all to Him that He will also send his angels (the Surgeon & nurses performing the surgery) to perform the surgery smoothly, with minimum pain for me and they will do a good job”. I only felt a little pain when the surgeon injected the anaesthetic to numb the area surrounding the cuts before doing the cleaning, removing the glass and stitching. Throughout the whole process I was feeling very peaceful & knew that our Lord was with me. I thank our Lord & Saviour for His mercy and grace and for His deliverance that I only sustained external injuries from this accident.

I am confident that our faithful & compassionate God will heal me completely without any side effect from this accident. Praise and glory to our Lord & Saviour. His love never fails. Amen”

 

What an encouraging testimony of God’s grace even in a traumatic situation like an accident.

 

I would like to urge all who are already part of this War Room community to continue setting aside at least one hour per week to pray through personal issues as well as for the church and others – as the Holy Spirit guides you. Keep a journal of prayer requests and answers. This will greatly encourage you and others.

Here are some ideas about how to spend an hour a week:

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If you would like to be part of the War Room community to receive (and send) encouragements, updates and testimonies, please Whatsapp me on 97107880 and I will include you.

 

Blessings,

 

Ps Howard.

 

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Vol 161001 March 2016

The War Room can be a frustrating place, a tedious place but it can also be a place of great joy, excitement and breakthrough. I guess we just have to power through the tough times in order to experience the great answers to prayer that we are expecting. I had one such experience recently:


WarRoomMar1On the way from the Love Singapore Prayer Summit on the 14th of January, I met with a motorcycle accident as I was leaving Malacca. After x-rays and scans, doctors discovered that I had broken several bones in my foot. They wanted to book me in for a procedure to insert screws into my foot so that the bones could heal in the correct position. After 6 weeks I would have to go in again to have the screws removed. I opted not to have the procedure but to trust God for full and complete healing. This rapidly rose high up on my prayer list because I didn’t want to be on crutches and in a cast for four to five months. Two weeks ago, I went for another set of x-rays. The doctor cleared me for ‘full weight bear’. What a surprise (although, I shouldn’t have been)! I looked at the images on the screen. My foot looked completely normal. I asked her to show me the ‘before’ images just to satisfy myself that it was actually broken before. I left my crutches at the hospital! Praise the Lord. Now I continue to trust that there will be no side effects and that I will be able to run marathons again.

Another great War Room victory came from Ken Cheong on our WhatsApp group. He writes:

Hi Pastor Howard, when my wife, Traciy, was examined by the Doctor during her last check-up they detected a small image on the x-ray that her breast has lumps. That was before the evening that we gathered for the War Room movie. She had to go for a second check-up. I prayed after the War Room Session: "Heal Traciy Oh Lord & Traciy will be healed. Save Traciy Oh Lord & Traciy will be saved. For You are the one we praise". I prayed that our God will guard her from any harm, heal her & that the result from the second check-up will be in her favour. God answered my prayer! The doctor commented during her second check-up that they are just water bubbles & nothing serious. Praise our healer & Saviour, Lord Jesus Christ!

Here is the final, wonderful testimony of how God answers our prayers. Below is a series of WhatsApp exchanges about a 12 year old boy who was expected to die of cancer:

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Dear Ps Howard & intercessors, on my way to sat Prayer, I got a call from Ps Guna informing me that there was a Filipino Family in KK Hospital now that just met Wendy Loh. The parents are Bong and Rose, their son 12 Kasius was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and is in great pain. The doctors predicted that the boy only has a few weeks to live as the cancer has spread. Let's intercede for the family as the parents are inconsolable and devastated and they don’t know what to do.
Let's claim that full healing and salvation to come to this family in Jesus name.
I'm at Maniego’s place now and we shall pray for them. Wherever you are, let's pause and call upon our Lord to comfort and heal this family in Jesus name. Our prayers avail much!

June 13, 2015
The joy of the Lord be with us all as we receive this great news! The Lord has accomplished His purpose for causing us to meet the "Leal family". Today marks a new beginning in their lives. Bong, Rose, Ken and Kasius welcomed Jesus Christ, with joy, into their hearts.
The Holy Spirit was so tangible and touched us with His gentle presence. While we rejoice for this breakthrough, let's not put down our guards but continue to remember them as we pray - in their walk in this newness of life. Thanks for all your prayers! All glory! Honor! Praise and thanksgiving be unto Him who sits on the Throne and He reigns forever and ever! Jesus Christ is His Name! Amen!

Feb 22, 2016
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Bong's update on Kasius:
Good news Bro Arnel! From a 4th stage aggressive bone cancer the doctor really didn’t expect my son would pull through... The oncologist doctor announced we already have a miracle! Although there are still some small lesions left and small molecular size thing in his kidney, overall everything is stable. They are expecting a week long radio therapy would clear and stabilize everything.
They are giving us 3 more months and my son will get back to his normal life but advise us to take extra care. Really God was with us all the way! Praise God and thanks all of you who helped us pray for my son and family.

March 8, 2016
Just cried with joy now because our Jesus is good and faithful. Update from bro Bong Leal:

Bro Arnel, Good news! We came home from hospital just now, Kasius won’t have to undergo radio therapy anymore. All tests are negative, no cancer in his whole body. He will be under observation for 3 months from now. Let's hope everything goes well for him. Thank you all for the offered prayers! Please continue praying. Praise God!

Bro. Bong

These are only a few of the exchanges that took place during a one year long prayer battle. I was updated during the entire process but it still brings tears to my eyes when I see the love of God displayed in such a wonderful way!

So, “… let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up.” Gal 6:9 (TLB)

In War Room terms, that means: Keep on Praying!

Remember that the strategy is as follows:

1. Make a list of items that you would want to see prayer answers
2. Attach a scripture to each one of those items
3. Commit to pray for one hour per week (uninterrupted) into those items
4. Tick off, rejoice and share when your prayers are answered.

If you have difficulty praying for one hour, here is a good prayer schedule:

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May God bless you as you continue to be faithful in Prayer.

Ps Howard.