The Ripple Effect

ripple effectFollowing the release of our vision for 2018, we feel rather like we’ve dropped a large stone in a lake and are presently watching the ripples spreading as more and more people become aware of what The Lord has spoken to us about… and waiting to see what comes rippling back to us!

Behind the scenes our Team are praying, listening and taking steps to see how our vision will be fulfilled – we know that unless God has gone before, it is impossible! Yet we see God’s ‘fingerprints’ everywhere, clues He has left for us, evidence of His good plans.

Do let us know your thoughts and any insights you might have and not least if you feel led to be involved in any way?

Blessings

The CTNTP Team

Hi-Visibility Prayer

2016-09-05 19.38.42Have you thought about making prayer a ‘visible presence’ in your community?

Our partner organisation, Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer, has done just that and when they prayer walk their streets, they wear blue reflective jackets, which proclaim, ‘Praying For Our City’.

They feel it is important to be seen in the City  – and their presence often attracts positive comments and conversations.

In early January 2017, they passed a man, who asked them what they were doing. A conversation of only a minute or two resulted and they walked on.2017-02-25 11.30.02

Almost exactly one year later, Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer was in a local church with a ‘Portable Prayer Space’ (another aspect of their ministry) and a man who was using of one of the church rooms during a letting by a non-Christian organisation, approached and spoke. It was the same man and a very positive and much longer conversation about the Christian faith and how he needed Jesus in his life resulted. Seeds sown and reaped.

2016-12-08 10.37.03Read more about Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer and their prayer walking – click here.

Could you become a visible presence, prayer walking your village, town or City?

A Mile with Jesus

Neighbourhood Prayer netOne of the first connections CTNTP has made is with the Neighbourhood Prayer Network, based near Manchester, whose vision is to see every street in the UK covered by Christian prayer with their ‘Walk a Mile with Jesus’ initiative.

A Mile with Jesus

We are now looking further at how we might partner with Neighbourhood Prayer Network and also with others, to encourage many to take to the streets, the highways and by-ways, up and down the UK in prayer.

As a first step, (no pun intended!), we would encourage you to sign up to prayer walk your neighbourhood and community.

 

Go to: http://neighbourhoodprayer.net/amilewithjesus.

How long will you waver between two opinions?

1 Kings 18, the story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal, is one of those passages of Scripture that has drawn my attention many times over the years.
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On 24th January, I was with my ‘Praying Men’ group and during a powerful time of intercession over our nation, felt drawn to a particular aspect of the passage. The next morning, I reflected upon it some more and wrote this.
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Blessings
David Gilbey

elijah fireHow long will you waver between two opinions?
 
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My thoughts were taken to 1 Kings 18, in the context of speaking out for the gospel of Jesus Christ and the lukewarm attitude of not only much of The Church, but people generally to the message of Christianity in the UK
 
To varying degrees and over a number of years, we have all been ‘seduced’ by the spirit of secularism and pluralism. It has caused us to ‘waver’, be uncertain, not just of Christian values, but of any values – what is true and not true? – people are increasingly calling what has traditionally been held to be right, wrong and conversely, wrong, right! We base our values on our own preferences and desires. No longer on the ‘solid rock I stand’, but increasingly ‘sinking sand’. And we are slowly but surely ‘going under’.
 
Much of this ‘drift’ is led by the Media, both mainstream and increasingly social media. There is ‘fake’ news, agendas being pushed, those seeking ‘fame’, power and influence and financial gain too is a particular root. But some is a deliberate and ‘spiritual attack’ by Satan and his minions to ‘kill, steal and destroy’, to totally destabilise all things, bring anarchy and strife, destroy families and relationships and to completely turn our hearts from Jesus and His life bringing message of hope and a future.
 
16 So Obadiah [the prophet] went to meet [King] Ahab and told him [that he had seen Elijah], and Ahab went to meet Elijah. 17 When he saw Elijah, he said to him, “Is that you, you troubler of Israel?” 18 “I have not made trouble for Israel,” Elijah replied. “But you and your father’s family have. You have abandoned the Lord’s commands and have followed the Baals [a false god of the time].
 
Elijah wasn’t going along with the ‘status-quo’, he dared to be different, to speak out against the evils in the society in which he lived and for truth – The Lord his God. But because of this, he was regarded as a troublemaker! Sound familiar today?
 
Where are the men and women who will speak out today for The Lord? Where are those who refuse to ‘bow the knee’ to a lie and to stand up for what is right, for the truths of God’s Word? We have been seduced, we slumber! We have slowly, but surely slipped away from the statutes of Almighty God and bowed to ‘idols’ and followed after ‘false gods’!
 
A Call to a nation. Return to God!
 
19 Now summon the people from all over Israel to meet me on Mount Carmel. And bring the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.” 20 So Ahab sent word throughout all Israel and assembled the prophets on Mount Carmel.
 
I wonder how many people from Israel there were? Maybe many tens of thousands? And how many of the opposition? Less than one thousand.
 
I’m sure the ‘prophets’ looked really impressive! Robes, staffs, big hats, the lot! They would have probably looked like ‘the real deal’ – full of themselves and their ‘authority’. It’s the same today – big name media personalities, ‘stars’ politicians, business leaders, academics and so called ‘experts’, in a plethora of fields, all with strong opinions and views and predictions.
 
But often they carry very much a minority view – often amplified and elevated to sound like the majority! And we are seduced into listening then following them!
 
21 Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” But the people said nothing. [my highlight]
 
Oh how easy it is to be silent! It uses no energy or brain power, it upsets no-one and leaves you room to manoeuvre when a challenge comes or expediency dictates. You can ‘blow with the wind’, be popular with all… but it can so quickly make you like a sheep, silently led to its slaughter!
 
(Verses 22- 35) We know the story, Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal to bring down fire and to light a sacrifice of damp wood and sliced up bull! They failed! They produced much hot air with their frantic prayers and prophesying, but their god remained silent, the wood wet!
 
36 At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: “Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. 37 Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.” 38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.
 
When challenged to put up or shut up, the false prophets failed to deliver. Their ‘god’ was silent, all they stood for was actually ‘smoke and mirrors’ – no substance, no reality – their total falseness was exposed! Their fate was sealed!
 
One man dared to stand and confront them, in total faith and confidence that the God he served was true to Himself and His Word and the anticipated fire from heaven fell!
 
39 When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The Lord—he is God! The Lord—he is God!”
 
Well that was a dramatic and sudden change of opinion! From saying nothing, hedging their bets, doubting, fearing, maybe through stubbornness and rebellion, all the people, the entire nation of Israel fell to the floor and acknowledged The Lord their God!
 
God does not cease to be someone’s God while they don’t acknowledge Him. He remains, as from their conception, their loving Heavenly Father, waiting, longing, oh so patiently for his children to see and acknowledge Him, to put Him in the rightful place in their thoughts and deeds. He is constantly ready to welcome them home!
 
But here we see that to accomplish this ‘nation turning’ something dramatic was required – a move so powerful, so undeniable, that none would doubt or any longer be in fear to stand out from the crowd and be counted. In fact, it was so dramatic, that there was no longer a crowd of ‘un-believers’ to stand out from!
 
I believe that the ‘fire of God’, the same ‘fire’ that those on Elijah’s mountain saw and the same that fell at the first Pentecost in the book of Acts, the ‘fire of The Holy Spirit’, the ‘fire’ that caused a stumbling, uneducated fisherman called Peter to stand in front of a vast crowd and instantly see three-thousand turn and accept the message of Jesus Christ, is about to fall again and this time it will be on our nation.
 
God is preparing to send a Holy Spirit Revival to the United Kingdom. It will not be three-thousand who respond, but up and down our nation, countless thousands, millions. Could even our whole nation be changed? Yes, it could.
 
But it needs ‘a man’, ‘a woman’, to stand and confront! It needs Believers in Jesus Christ to take audacious steps of faith, faith that is spelt R.I.S.K! It needs ordinary people to speak out, boldly step out of the ‘sand’ and onto the ‘rock’ again, time to call out the false and to call down Pentecostal life-changing fire from heaven upon our land.
 
How long will you waver between two opinions?

Set a Fire in our Nation – audio

lynn_greenYou are encouraged to hear this prophetic message delivered Sunday morning 21st January 2018, at The Gate church, Reading, by the General Secretary of the Baptist Union in Great Britain, Lynn Green.

At the beginning of 2018, Lynn believes that she has heard The Lord speak to her and tell her that He is about to move in power in the United Kingdom. It very much lines up with the CTNTP vision of a soon to come and powerful move of The Holy Spirit within our shores.

She ends her message – “…are we ready to welcome Pentecostal power again… ‘I will breathe fire over My Church. It is time’. The body of Christ must rise up!”.

Click below to listen to the message

Awake you who sleep

Awake you who sleep

Awakening the coastlands album

Rob Parker, from Bridlington, Yorkshire, is a gifted and prophetic worship leader and songwriter.

Late 2017, he produced an amazing album, Awakening the Coastlands. Described by one reviewer: “This album takes you on a historical yet prophetic trip around the nations of the United Kingdom, leaving you hungry for more…”

We believe one track in particular, Awake you who sleep, very much encapsulates the vision of Call the Nation to Prayer. Rob has graciously allowed us to make it available so you can listen to it here.

You may purchase a CD or download of the album at Rob’s website: robparkerministries.com – click here

A prophetic word for 2018

This is a Word for 2018 that has been received from Pat Brown, from Chelmsford, Essex, who has a valued prophetic ministry. We feel it is relevent and encouraging to all CTNTP is about:

30 December 2017

A stormy time is approaching and it is coming because I am about to really move in power in the U.K and the enemy wants to disrupt this. Fear not for you know well that I have already won the victory!

Stand firm in my name, put on the armour I have given you and listen for my voice. Keep your eyes fixed on me because there is an acceleration of my work coming in the new year and I want my children to be ready to move forward in my power when I give the word.

There is no ‘one way’ to move forward, I will be calling various individuals and groups to move in different ways but the main thrust is that I want to take back all the land that the enemy has stolen over the years and to reclaim it in the name of Jesus.

This will be like doing a complex jigsaw; there will be many groups working in different ways and it may appear at times to be a bit messy , more like a conflict but I know what I have planned so it will be vital to keep looking to me, to listen for my voice, and to be completely obedient! Do not be concerned that others will be doing things and moving in different ways for I am in control and will bring the whole process together as long as you hear me and are obedient.

This will be a large and complex work and will take time so look to me for my strength and power and do not be tempted to move in your own strength, this will be demanding and tiring work.

When Jonah spoke to Nineveh the people repented and turned back to me, so too will this nation turn back to me as I speak through my children.

There are many links that have been developed between this nation and other countries over the years and I am planning that the work of salvation here in the UK will flow through these links to these other countries. This process will follow on as areas of the UK are claimed back and salvation comes.

I am excited about this whole process as I have longed for the UK to turn back to me, a nation that has drifted further and further away from me and my ways.

Take heart, my children, for I have heard your prayers and I am now ready to move in power and release this nation from slavery to sin just as I released my people from slavery in the days of Moses.

However, as this work progresses do remember to remain faithful to me and don’t look back and grumble as my people did in Moses’ time; they had to spend longer in the wilderness because of their grumbling and I do not want this for you. So keep your eyes fixed on me, be still and listen for my voice and above all be obedient to me, my children, then you will behold me moving in my mighty power and see salvation coming to this land!