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Thursday, October 15, 2015

#104 Rule #5 The Research

C. Peter Wagner: "Research the historical background of the city in order to reveal spiritual forces shaping the city.

When I discussed spiritual mapping in the last chapter (see 
#91  Spiritual Mapping in the Bible) mentioned how helpful 
it was to do research on the city. I will not repeat that, but simply give two illustrations, one from an old city and one from a fairly new city.

Manchester, England. I am in correspondence with Richard C. Lockwood of Manchester who has begun the process of researching his city with spiritual discernment.

Spiritual people there agree that they feel a heaviness of spirit in the Manchester area, and this heaviness seems to center on the pre-Roman site on which the Cathedral was constructed.

The popular teaching that the name 'Manchester' was of Roman origin has proved to be incorrect. It more likely goes back to Celtic times and has a meaning which is connected with a 'high place.'

It will take time to find the information that might provide important clues to the nature of the city.

Lockwood comments that it requires little spiritual discernment to identify the territorial spirits influencing the city today: rebellion, homosexuality, apathy and lethargy.

'However, it is the overriding power behind these that needs revealing before effective prayer can prevail.' (Lockwood's personal correspondence).

Brasilia, Brazil. Let me return to Kjell Sjoberg, whom I introduced in the last chapter. (see #85  Name and Mapping the Powers).

Sjoberg's international prayer ministry recently took him to Brasilia, the capital of the nation, which was designed and constructed in 1960 by President Juscelino Kubitschek.

Sjoberg reports that Kubitschek was a spiritist who believed in reincarnation, and who thought he himself was the reincarnation of Pharaoh Akhnaton who lived 3,300 Yeats ago and built a new capital for his nation.

Many buildings are shaped like Egyptian pyramids or temples. The buildings housing the centers of power are located in triangles, making a hexagram.

The numerology of the Egyptian Tarot and the Hebrew Kabbala is prominent throughout. The shape of the city is that of an Egyptian Ibis bird (although some tourist guides make it out to be in the shape of an airplane).

This kind of information, which reveals spiritual forces present from the time of the designing of the city, becomes extremely useful to the intercessors who participate in the city-wide prayer effort."

(Google image and my emphasis added)

#104 Rule #5: The Research
By C. Peter Wagner
(pp. 172, 173) Regal Books

It's my desire that you reveal Your plans 
 for what You want done in our area
to establish a new work for the Kingdom.
Please guide our spiritual leaders to understand 
what has taken place in the past in our town, 
and what still effects how things are run.
When they come to You for directions for how 
they're to pray effectively for the Gospel 
to have free course in reaching lost souls,
I pray You'll reveal what they're up against,
and what they'll need to do.
I ask this in the Name of Jesus.

Today’s Bible verse: Ez. 34:16 "I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick."

Today’s quote: K. P. Yohannan - "We don't know how to pray because true prayer can only originate from a life emptied of self-sufficiency." (Taken from p. 107, THE ROAD TO REALITY, Coming home to Jesus from the unreal world).

Some thoughts today: The real joy of daily Christian living is walking with Jesus.

~ God's will is revealed through reading the Bible. Yep, that's right!

~ If we know God's Heart, we can make decisions He wants us to make. This is our privilege as sons and daughters of God!

17th- Saturday’s post:  Created for a Purpose
Lee Forbes
18th- Sunday evening's post:  Finding the Joy
Karen Oglesby
20th- Tuesday's post:  #105  Rule #6: The Intercessors
C. Peter Wagner
22nd- Thursday's post:  #106 The Redemptive Gift or Gifts of the City     C. Peter Wagner

Today's popular post:  How to Surrender Your Fear Dr. Charles F. Stanley answers this question:

Q. "I trust God with all my heart, so I don't understand why I'm finding it nearly impossible to surrender one particular fear. 

I've prayed and prayed, but my heart just can't let go of this anxiety.'.."

A place to be, right?

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