As part of a nation-wide partnership with various prayer networks in Singapore, IHOP – One Thing Ministries started the year by taking the first 50 days of 2015 (1 Jan to 19 Feb) to pray and fast for the nation. During these 50 days, we gathered in sacred assemblies at the House of Prayer to pray for our nation. Here’s an article on what God has spoken to us in contending for our nation.
We are also gathering in sacred assemblies from 31 July to 9 August 2015 to contend for the destiny for our nation. The House of Prayer will be open during these 10 days at the following times:
Mondays to Thursdays – 4pm to 6pm & 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Fridays – 6.30pm to 8pm (Devotional cum Intercession) & 8pm to 9.30pm (Teaching)
Saturdays – 4pm to 6pm & 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Sundays – 1pm to 3pm & 4pm to 6pm
The sessions are open to the public. Join us to pray for our nation!
(by Kay-Chong Yeo)
1. Blowing the Trumpet
Joel 2:1, 15
“Blow the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; for the day of the LORD is coming, for it is at hand… Blow the trumpet in Zion, CONSECRATE A FAST, CALL A SACRED ASSEMBLY…”
The LORD spoke to me of the necessity for a season of consecration and contending in the year of Jubilee for the fullness of God’s destiny and plan for Singapore.
The year of Jubilee is a significant time for change: transition and turning. Our response to this prophetic word determines the spiritual outcome for generations to come. It is imperative that the Church seek God like Daniel (Daniel 9) and wage war like Timothy (1 Timothy 1:18).
Let’s celebrate the year of Jubilee through solemn consecration and contending for the release of the fullness of God for our nation: Prayer and Fasting are key.
2. The Word of God
The LORD spoke to me through two passages of Scripture pertaining to this call for a season of consecration and contending.
Joshua 3:3 – 6, 8
“And they commanded the people, saying, ‘When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD you God, and the priests, the Levites, bearing it, then you shall set out from your place and go after it. Yet it shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure. Do not come near it, that you may know the way which you must go, for you have not passed this way before.’ And Joshua said to the people, ‘Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you.’… You shall command the priests who bear the ark of the covenant, saying, ‘When you have come to the edge of the water of Jordan, you shall STAND in the Jordan.’”
Church in Singapore: walk circumspectly into 2015. Stand firm. As in Joshua 3, we are slowly transiting from “Shittim to the banks of Jordan” and being prepared in the “3-day period” preceding the crossing of Jordan River. What, then, is the process of preparation to possess the Promise Land?
During this period of transition, it’s time for us to RE-ALIGN our lives and focus on the Lord. Joshua 3:3 says,
“When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the priests, the Levites, bearing it, then you shall set out from your place and go after it.”
The Israelites were to follow The Ark of the Covenant, the presence of God.
Likewise, it is time for us to re-align ourselves with the Lord through earnest soul-searching. Get rid of every distraction, and seek the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. Surrender ourselves wholeheartedly to a holy God. He is serious! If we are not, we will be burnt by the All Consuming Fire!
What is consecration? The word comes from the root word that means “to be holy”. Consecration simply means being set apart for God. More than just re-aligning ourselves with the Lord, we need to be completely consecrated to Him. God is holy and He is attracted to a people who are pure and holy.
In Joshua 3:5, the Lord commanded His people to consecrate themselves so that He could do great and wonderful things among them. Nothing is impossible with God once He has a consecrated people!
Unity in Agreement
Unlike the Moses generation marked by grumbling and rebellion, the Joshua generation submitted eagerly to God-ordained authority. “Whatever you have commanded us we will do and wherever you send us we will go.” (Joshua 1:16). No wonder they possessed the “Promised Land’.
Encourage the army of God to unite in agreement so as to effectively contend for the fullness of God!
Joel 2:12 – 17
“’Now, therefore’, says the LORD, ‘Turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping and with mourning. So rend your heart, and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness; and He relents from doing harm. Who knows if He will turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind Him – a grain offering and a drink offering for the LORD your God? Blow the trumpet in Zion, consecrate a fast, call the sacred assembly; gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders,..Let the priests, who minister to the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar; Let them say, “Spare your people, O LORD, and do not give your heritage to reproach, That the nations should rule over them. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’”
This is the clearest passage in the Word of God that describes exactly what God requires of us as we contend for a breaking in and a breakthrough of God. The principles of repentance to release mercy, deliverance and the promise of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Joel 2:28 – 32 are not limited to Israel, but for all who hear and understand. It is a clear roadmap for the Body of Christ!
Joel 2:12 – 14 is a call to an individual response of consecration!
Joel 2:15 – 18 is a call to a corporate response to a sacred assembly of prayer and fasting!
3. A Three-Fold Call
God is calling the people of God in Singapore to 221 days of consecration and contending for Singapore in the year of Jubilee to fulfill her Antioch Calling. It will encompass:
1. A time of consecration (1 Jan – 9 Aug 2015)
2. A season of prayer and fasting (1 Jan – 9 Aug 2015)
3. A monthly sacred assembly (every Tuesday during the monthly Global Bridegroom Fast)
Let us take heed and respond to God in this time and season!
We are to focus upon Micah 2:13 for 221-days (January 1 to June 21) and to contend with God for the promise of breakthrough. From June 21 to August 9, the prayer focus can be found in the prayer guide from LoveSingapore.
|January 2015 – Intimacy with God and Holiness|
|He who has ear let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church! The Holy Spirit is calling the Body of Christ to return to intimacy with the LORD so that we can walk out our position as His beloved Bride. God is restoring the First Commandment to its rightful place in the Church of Jesus Christ! More than that, God wants to raise up a Bride that is glorious, without spot or wrinkle and one who is holy!Verses to pray and claim (Intimacy with God)
Philippians 3:10; Jeremiah 9:23 – 24; Psalm 27:4; 1 Corinthians 2:7 – 12; Ephesians 1:17; John 17:26
Verses to pray and claim (Holiness)
Psalm 24:3 – 6; Psalm 51:10 – 13; Matthew 5:8; Joshua 3:5; Ephesians 4:26 – 27; 1 Thessalonians 4:1 – 7
|February 2015 – The David Generation|
|In Jeremiah 3:15, the LORD promises that He will raise up young men and young women after His heart, like David. They are referred to by the Bible as the David Generation. God will give them as a gift to the Church to win her back to wholeheartedness. We want to contend for our next generation to be what Jeremiah prophesied about.
Verses to pray and claim
Jeremiah 3:15; Daniel 11:32b; Isaiah 40:3 – 5; John 3:27 – 30
|March 2015 – Antioch Call of God for Singapore|
|Let’s contend for our nation to be an Antioch in Asia, from which missionaries and ministers are sent out to strengthen the Body of Christ in Asia. More than that, let us cry out for the Lion of the tribe of Judah to come to His Lion City so that we will truly live up to our prophetic namesake!
Verses to pray and claim
Ezekiel 48:35; Zechariah 8:23; Colossians 1:9 – 12
|April 2015 – Supernatural Power|
|We are in the generation in which Jesus will return, which means we have the opportunity to experience the power of God that surpasses even what the book of Acts. We must contend for biblical experience together with biblical ideas. It is not enough to have good doctrine with a clean life. That’s only part of the equation. We must also have the power of God to deliver the oppressed & needy. We must contend for the fullness of God’s power!
Verses to pray and claim
Isaiah 60:1 – 3; Joel 2:28 – 32; Luke 24:49; Acts 2:17 – 21, 4:24 – 31
|May 2015 – Israel and the Poor|
|God’s heart is for Israel and the poor! As we contend with God for breakthrough during this season, let’s remember to pray for Israel & give to the poor.
Verses to pray and claim (Poor)
Psalm 9:9 – 10, 68:5, ; Isaiah 14:30, 58:6 – 7, 10, 61:1, Luke 6:20; Galatians 2:10Verses to pray and claim (Israel)
Isaiah 62:6 – 7; Zechariah 12:10; Romans 10:1
|June 2015 – Breaker’s Anointing|
|In Micah 2:12 – 13, God promises that He will raise up a people that will break out in order to break open. It talks about a group of people that will breakout of traditional boundary-lines and then, break open things in the spirit. They will open gates and doors in the spirit. They will be the VOICE to the Body of Christ! Let’s contend with the LORD for the Breaker’s Anointing in Micah 2:13.
Verses to pray and claim