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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:

Integrated Disciples
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 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:

WarRoomMar2April 18, 2015
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
Hallelujah Jesus!
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:

 WarRoomPrayerGuide

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

Ps Howard.