Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Born for the Glory

It is important that we have clear guidelines and directions from the Word of God as to God's ultimate intention for the Body of Christ which will eventually be presented to the Lord as His Bride. For this purpose we have been directed by the Lord to trace the magnificent journey of every believer to the fulfillment of God's glorious plan. "Born for the Glory" has been published by Tate Publishers and is now available in bookstores.

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We would like to have you join us in praying that this message will be a blessing and a unifying factor for the Body of Christ and will bring glory to God. Thank you for praying with us.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Living and Ministering out of the Tree of Life

One very important lesson we learnt from the Word of God has had a great effect on all our lives as a family. I became aware, as I was reading the Word in my own devotional time with the Lord, of the wonderful truth of what it means to live out of the Tree of Life and not out of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (Genesis 2:9, 16-17; 3:1-8, 22-24). The “Tree of Life” represents the Life of God Himself...his nature and character... and as we live and minister out of that, we always minister Life to others. The “Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil” represents another in independence from God, as a “god” ourselves, judging what is right and wrong from our own self-centred perspective and, as the Lord told Adam and Eve, this always ministers “death” to others.

“Lord, may I always live and minister out of the Tree of Life”, I prayed.

Every Wednesday night we held teaching meetings for the Body of Christ in various areas around the city. I was responsible for one of these and one night took a study on the signs of the Second Coming of that the Bible prophesies will take place before He returns. At the end of the meeting a minister from one of the denominational churches came up to me. He expressed his appreciation for the message and said,

“I’m planning to have a seminar on the Second Coming at my church in a couple of week’s time. Would you come and share what you shared tonight.”

I was very happy to go but little did I realize I was about to have a very practical lesson in what I was learning from the Word.

When I arrived at the venue for the seminar it was already filled with people. I sat down at the edge of the crowd. My host pointed over the crowd to a gentleman on the other side.

“That’s the other speaker” he said. “He is a professor from the NSW University”.

It was the first time I heard there was someone else who was going to be ministering. I certainly did not mind but I was curious to know what he would be sharing. He was to speak first so I soon was to find out. As I listened I discovered he was saying the exact opposite to what I was going to say. The basis of his whole message could be summed up in eight words -

“There are no signs of the Second Coming.”

My whole message was what the signs of the Second Coming are! In everything he said there was only one thing I could agree with him about - Jesus is coming back! I began to smile - secretly between me and the Lord - I knew what the Lord was doing. I knew it was a test for me. If I got up and ministered the message I had been asked to share I knew I would be ministering out of the wrong “Tree”. There was no question in my mind - I knew I was right and I knew he was wrong. In my thinking I could have got up with the Word of God and proved him wrong. But I knew I would then be ministering death not life. I would minister confusion and division. The problem was I didn’t have any other message on the Second Coming. I began to turn the pages of my Bible, praying rather desperately as the time went by,

“Lord give me another message.”

With only a few minutes to go before I was due to get up and speak, the gentleman said...

“Turn with me to Luke chapter 17, verses 20 to 21”

...and he began to read...

“Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, ‘The kingdom of God does not come visibly [with signs to be observed], nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.” (NIV)

He closed his Bible and said....

“There you are...out of the mouth of Jesus Himself....there are no signs of the Second Coming.”

I was so glad he took a few minutes to wind up. I was desperately seeking the Lord. The speaker was right. That’s definitely what Jesus said, but as I read on further in the passage I noticed that the Lord then begins to state what some of the signs will be, and certainly later, in Luke 21, he gives the signs in detail. Then suddenly it dawned on me. Jesus was speaking to two different groups of people and meeting them at their specific need. The Pharisees wanted to know the signs of His coming (verse 20). Jesus was answering them at their need. They had not believed in Him at His first coming,. When He told them there were no signs He was speaking of His first coming. The Kingdom of God was in their midst (the literal meaning), He said. In other words, He was the King of the Kingdom right there now among them. That was what they needed to believe. Then he turns to his disciples (verse 22) and meets them at their need. They had already believed in Him at His first coming. He began to share with them about His Second Coming and what some of the signs would be (verses 22-37).

I couldn’t share that with the people but it was the answer for me. Then it hit me as I looked at the passage...the King who will be revealed at the Second Coming is the same King of the Kingdom that is within us, the believer, now. I quickly jotted thoughts down. The other speaker finished and sat down. I got up and ministered the message the Lord had given me...

“The five revelations of Jesus at the Second Coming is how we, the believers, can know Him now”....

* He’s coming back as the great Judge. We, who have received Him as Saviour, already know Him as the Judge of our sin....He took our judgment for us (Romans 6:23).

* He’s coming back as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We who believe in Him already know Him as our King and Lord (1 Timothy 6:13-15).

* He’s coming back to raise the dead to life. We have already been “raised together with Him” (Ephesians 2:6).

* He’s coming back as Victor over His enemies. We have already stepped into His total and complete victory of the Enemy (Romans 8:37).

* He’s coming back as the Bridegroom for His Bride. We are already His beloved ones and we know Him and love Him (Ephesians 5:25-27).

When I finished so many came up to me and thanked me for the message saying how much it had blessed them. Then I met the other speaker for the first time. He came up to me, shook my hand, and said...

“Wasn’t it wonderful how it all fitted together.”

The Lord had given me a practical lesson on how to live and minister out of the Tree of Life. This invaluable truth became a living principle central to our family and ministry.

Bunty Collins

Friday, July 20, 2007

The Importance of the Word

We have seen numerous visitations of God over the years and have always been conscious of the need for a balance of the Spirit and the Word. For this reason much of our ministry has been teaching the simple Word of God. We realized that the all important necessity in the training of leaders was the Word and the message of the Gospel itself.

So, as God was moving so powerfully by His Spirit in Sydney, the Lord led us to bring with it a strong emphasis in His Word. Each Sunday we had a revolving seminar with 8 series running similtaneously every 8 weeks. This meant that, as well as every believer going progressively through a foundation of 64 essential lessons, 8 people were also developed as teachers. On top of this we had training schools - firstly, an evening one; then an all-day Saturday one; and then a full-time one.

It has been a joy over many years to receive long-term testimonies coming back from leaders and believers in many parts of the world whose lives were transformed and strongly founded in the Lord during that time.

Heights of Worship

Worship was a delightful experience in every meeting at Faith Centre. People were drawn by the Presence of God. The sense of unity was wonderful. People gathered from all different parts of the Body of Christ. We didn't welcome them as 'visitors to our church' but welcomed them in the wonder of what God was doing. "Isn't it wonderful" we would say, "that we have come from so many churches to worship together and glorify God."

There was just a piano and an organ and we sang mostly the Scriptures. Spontaneous worship would break out that often lasted a long time, but the presence of God was so evident that it would seem only a few minutes. From these heights of worship the gifts of the Holy Spirit were released and great prophetic words of encouragement and directions would come. Many experienced healing and deliverance during these times.

There was such a hunger for the Word of God, meetings began spreading out through Sydney's north, to Ryde, the Northern Beaches and Gosford. Many of these began with Bunty teaching in women's groups. But the men were hungry for God's Word too, so they developed into full gatherings of believers.

Ministry Teams

From what the Lord was doing in Sydney we took ministry teams to Asia with us, staying for three months at a time. The children came with us and were fully involved in the ministry (Bunty would home school them each time). One time David went with me and a team on a missionary trip to Thailand and sometime later Bunty was due to go for special meetings with the team in the Philippines. As we shared in our previous blog, "Powerful Prayer Meetings", a team of 14 had been sent to the Philippines and were seeing the Lord move in a wonderful way. Rebecca was very excited about the prospect of going with Bunty. We told her she could go if the Lord provided her fare. She was not, however, to tell anyone of her need. For several weeks she earnestly prayed to the Lord. Without any reason Christians began coming up to her and giving her some money. She got her fare before Bunty got hers. She was eleven years old.

My brother, Terry, and his wife Frankie, were greatly used of God in the early days of the charismatic move in the Philippines. Key priests would come to sit under his teaching. Then they would go all over the country teaching what they'd learnt, coming back to be taught some more.

This period of time in the Philippines developed into a great visitation of God. It was estimated some five million were born again. Little fellowship groups sprang up everywhere, meeting in offices, factories, hotels, homes and restaurants. Together with some others we helped give guidance and boundaries through the Word of God to these small churches.

Wider Ministries

The Presence of the Lord in the gatherings in Sydney, and the people's love for Him, produced such a spirit of generosity that it resulted in the support of 35 full-time workers and one-time gifts to 74 other ministries in the Body of Christ.

"Crisis Call" was also established, offering a 24 counselling service by telephone and referrals. The service was offered in the front page of the Sydney telephone book. So many people volunteered for this vital outreach to desperate people.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

The Hitchhiker

A number of years ago we visited a church in Sydney where Paul had been invited to minister. At the end of the meeting a young red-headed man and a young woman came down the aisle of the church and came straight up to me.

"Do you remember me?" the young man asked.

I looked at him but had to apologize.

"No, I'm sorry, I don't remember you."

"You picked me up hitchhiking ten years ago."

I laughed and shook my head. "That wasn't me" I said, "I never pick up hitchhikers."

"Yes it was" he replied, and as he spoke I suddenly remembered. My mind went back ten years before and I remembered how I had been praying to the Lord. Our full-time Bible School was going strongly and my regular routine was taking the children to school, teaching in the Bible School until it was time to pick them again, taking them home, preparing dinner, and, at least twice a week, attending a fellowship meeting. It was a full schedule and I loved it. But something was stirring in my heart. I was constantly with Christians. This was wonderful, but I also wanted to reach people who didn’t know the Lord. One morning I woke up and prayed...

“Lord, out there you have someone ready to receive you as Saviour. Today, please lead me to them so I can bring them to you.”

I was so certain about it. I knew there was someone waiting to hear the Gospel. I took the children to school. I went and taught in the Bible School. 3 o’clock came around and it was time for me to pick up the children. I drove down the highway towards the school.

“Lord” I said, “There’s not much time left. When I pick up the children I’ll be going home, preparing dinner and then going to a meeting.”

Suddenly I noticed a hitchhiker on the road and before I knew what I was doing, I pulled over and opened the door. I remember thinking to myself “What on earth am I doing?!” In got a hippie. He had long red hair. I was so nervous and amazed at myself I didn’t say a word but just began driving down the highway again. I could feel the young man shifting uneasily in the seat. Finally he broke the silence.

“Er.......what do you do?"

I was thrilled at his question. What an opportunity, I thought. So I told him...

“I’m a missionary. I’m teaching at a Bible School”

Suddenly his demeanor changed.

“You don’t believe in God do you?” His voice had the sound of shocked horror. For me, it again seemed a wonderful opportunity.

“Yes, I do”

“Why....why do you believe in God!?”

What better question could there be? I told him why I believed in God. I told him how I came to know the Lord, how wonderful He is. I told him of miracles we had experienced and seen Him do. I told him.....

Suddenly he interrupted me...

“Stop the car! I want to get out!” He was very angry.

“But don’t you want to go further.?....” I stuttered. I couldn't believe he would want to get out. He was the divine appointment arranged by the Lord, I thought.

“Stop the car here!” he demanded.

I stopped. He got out and slammed the door after him and I drove on. I felt terrible.

“Lord, I’m so sorry. I messed it up.....” I said miserably. But then I encouraged myself. “No, he obviously wasn’t the one. There is someone else out there who is ready....”

But no other opportunity came. I picked up the children, went home, prepared the dinner, went to the meeting, went home, and went to bed so disappointed.

Here we were - ten years later!

“You don’t know what happened to me, do you?” he said.

“No” I said, intrigued, “Please tell me.”

“I had just left my wife. I had walked out of the door and told her I was never coming back and I meant it. I was furious because she had become a Christian and would go on and on about Jesus! I couldn’t stand it anymore. I began hitchhiking down the highway and you picked me up. And then you began to go on and on about Jesus! I was so angry. I got out the car and slammed the door after me...I don’t know if you noticed [I smiled at this]. I stood on the edge of the road fuming. I don’t know how long I stood there but after I calmed down I looked up at the sky and said, 'Well God, if it means that much to you....' and I went back to my wife and told her what had happened. She prayed with me and I received the Lord.”

What a lesson it was for me. The Lord of course had been faithful to His word that day. In His goodness He allowed me to find out about it ten years later.

Monday, February 19, 2007

The Challenge to David's Faith

In the midst of all that was happening since arriving in Sydney, living in Australia was certainly a new experience for the children. In their short lives they had been living as missionaries amongst people who had no knowledge of the Lord. Their concept was that people didn’t love Jesus because they didn’t know about Him. It was a surprise for them to come to Australia and many times, as we travelled on public transport or visited the shops, they would hear name of Jesus used but not by people who loved Him. They had never heard profanity before. That these people knew about Him but didn’t love Him was a totally new revelation for them.

Our new home was in a cul-de-sac with many young families and we enrolled David and Rebecca in the same local school the neighbourhood children went to. When we moved in, the children in the street gathered outside, curious about their new neighbours, and David and Rebecca went out to meet them and make friends. They all went up to the spare block of land next to our house to play. I was at the kitchen sink washing the dishes. I couldn’t see them but I could hear them playing and I was enjoying so much the thought that the children had made friends. After a little while the games stopped and I could hear David talking. He was telling them all about the Lord and how He had died on the Cross. I could hear him praying for each of them to receive Jesus into their hearts.

My feelings were mixed. I was so proud of him but I was also fearful for him. I knew what the possible reaction of these children would be. I could imagine the jeering and mocking he could get. I wanted him so much to have friends and fun as a child should. But sure enough what I feared proved right. Every day at school David experienced horrific persecution. He was ostracized and targetted.

Each morning we would pray with the children as they left for school. Some days, as they returned home, we would see the heavy spirit of rebellion that had come on David. Paul would deal with it immediately.

“Come on, son” he would say, “Let’s pray with you."

As we did, the heaviness would lift off him and he would be his normal happy self again. But every day we had to watch. One day David came home from school and said,

“Mum, I feel so dirty. The boys tell dirty jokes all the time and I can’t help but hear. Should I just sit on my own apart from them?”

He was already suffering so much from them I didn’t want him to suffer a total cutting off. He was experiencing the reality of living in the world but not being of it (John 15:18-19).

“Son”, I said, “You know when you are having a shower no dirt is able to stick to you? Don’t sit on your own, but when the boys begin telling their jokes, lift your heart to the Lord and have a spiritual “shower”. The “dirt” won’t stick.”

Off he went the next day and came home rejoicing.

“Mum” he said, “it works! I kept having a spiritual ‘shower’ and it works!”

I thanked the Lord in my heart for the wisdom He had given me.
What David was going through weighed heavily on my heart. Many times I would pray for him through the night.

It was during this period that David’s gift for writing became obvious. He came home from school with a poem that he had written called "Time". Paul and I were utterly amazed when we read it:

“What is this thing passing from breath to breath

Which is endless, yet so quick?

Time. Time.

Time is a book read right to the end.

Time is a tree falling to the ground

Or the earth rotating on its axis

From Atlantic to Pacific Oceans.

Time is Man

From Stone to Modern age.

This is the abstract span - Time.”

He was ten years old.

The ministry in Sydney was flourishing, with hundreds of people gathering and experiencing the wonderful presence of the Lord and His empowering in their lives. There was a good children’s ministry also flourishing and it was good that David, though he had no friends at school, had good friends there.

Then we, with the leadership team of the ministry, decided to also begin a Bible School and so a property was purchased...a beautiful old colonial house with 29 bedrooms. We called it “The House of Faith.” One of the ministries on the leadership team had a large family. “They need a house more than we do” Paul and I thought. So we decided to sign our house over to them, including the equity of $20,000 it had developed, and to move in to the House of Faith to be with the Bible School students. The house had four levels and we took the lowest one. The students nicknamed it “the dungeon” and it was rather dark and dank but I managed to fix it up to make it “home”.

David and Rebecca thoroughly enjoyed being part of the Bible School. We would all eat together in the Dining Room and the students were great fun for them. I always remember one meal time looking over at Rebecca sitting at one of the tables with students. She was hunched over as she was eating so I called out, as any mother would, “Rebecca, sit up straight!” It was so amusing to see every student in the room suddenly straightened up their backs. We all laughed.

The move to new accommodation also meant a move to a new school as the children, by law, had to go to the closest public school to where they lived. One Sunday afternoon, after the meeting, David came up to me.

“Mum, I need counsel” he said.

“Would you like me to get someone to talk with you” I asked, thinking he might prefer someone other than his mother.

“No” he said “I want you.”

“OK” I said, “when we get home we’ll have a talk.”

That night when I went in to pray with David before he went to sleep we had our talk.

“I feel so ashamed” David began.

“Why, son?”

“I start at the new school tomorrow and I’m afraid to tell them about Jesus.”

Oh, how my heart went out to him. I knew all he had suffered at his last school because of his witness for the Lord. As a mother I wanted to say “Well don’t say anything” but I knew that would destroy his faith. In my heart I prayed earnestly for wisdom how to answer him. It came. Two scriptures came immediately to mind.

“David, I want to read you something Jesus said.” I opened my Bible and began to read....

“Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven...”
Luke 6:22-23.

“Do you know, son, I haven’t been persecuted like you have. You have a greater reward waiting for you in Heaven than I have.”

The reaction on his young face was wonderful to see. The fear and guilt left and tears welled into his eyes ...tears of wonder and joy.

“And I want to give you a promise from the Lord” I went on. “We named you after the David in the Bible. David faced Goliath and you have been facing your Goliath - the persecution you’ve faced - and you have stayed faithful to the Lord. Do you know that the very next verse in the very next chapter after David faced Goliath says“Jonathan became one in spirit with David”(1 Samuel 18:1). I want to tell you tonight, son, because you have been faithful to the Lord as you have faced your Goliath, the Lord is going to give you a ‘Jonathan’ as a best friend.”

The transformation in David was miraculous. He went to his new school the next morning full of joy and anticipation. Each day I would collect the children from the school and David would get into the car and say...

“Guess what? I got persecuted today!”

He would say it with such joy. God had so ministered to his heart he said to me one day:

“Now I believe not just for your sake, Mum, but for mine.”

The trial of his faith had proved the very establishing and strengthening of his faith in the Lord (1 Peter 2:6-9). One day he told me...

“I have a trick question I ask them, Mum. I go and stand next to one of the kids and I say ‘Are you born again?’ And if they say ‘What are you talking about?’ I know they’re not.”

Weeks went by and there was still no sign of David’s “Jonathan” but he continued in his joy and anticipation.

Then one day he jumped into the car excitedly and said,

“Guess what, Mum. I asked a guy today if he was born again and he said ‘Yes’!”

This young boy, by the name of Craig, turned out to be David’s “Jonathan”. He was the son of missionaries in Thailand and was living with his grandparents in Sydney. From then on David and Craig were inseparable. In the years that followed, wherever we travelled and lived the Lord always had a “Jonathan” waiting for David.

During this same period of time I gathered a team of children’s workers with me and we began many “Faith Clubs” for children covering many parts of the North Shore and Northern Beaches of Sydney. We also held children’s seminars to run simultaneously with the adult seminars that Paul and other leaders in the city organized. 500 children gathered for an all-day seminar. It was lots of work but lots of fun. All the Bible School students were involved either as carers of the children (one for ten children - 50 carers in all) or as performers in the plays we staged to present the Gospel. Through these we saw many many children come to the Lord.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Unity in the City

Several of us in the city instigated a ministers' prayer meeting at the Ryde Four-Square Bible School. This was a good central spot and over 30 ministers from different groups gathered every Tuesday morning. Each of us made it the priority in our ministry. Out of this we started the "Holy Spirit Teaching Seminars" at the Wentworth Grand Ballroom where, every two months, 2000 regularly gathered for gloriously anointed times of teaching and fellowship. For each seminar the Lord showed us how to promote unity by inviting one teacher from different streams in the Body of Christ - the evangelical charismatic, pentecostal, restoration, and Catholic charismatic. This provided balance also and avoided sectarianism.

There were nine churches in the city that had particularly close fellowship. Believing that honour and recognition should be given to the ministers God has called to the city, rather than always tending to look to overseas ministries, I invited the nine ministers to teach at a teaching seminar on prayer. Each minister was to take 15 minutes. We did not instruct which subject on prayer each was to take. They were each to seek the Lord. It was a glorious day. Not one teacher overlapped another. Each brought a specific aspect of prayer, flowing from the other, and by the end of the day it was a complete and wonderful message on prayer.

United Prayer for Sydney

These expressions of unity were wonderful. On another accasion we held a communion service. Again, 2000 gathered. These were great numbers in those days in the early 70's. No one preached. It was a great time of worship and rejoicing as we shared the Table of the Lord together. At the end of the time I stood up and said...

"Our hearts and faith are together. Let's each find a partner and let us all pray for the city of Sydney."

A mighty rush of sound filled the air as they all began to pray!

We also met regularly at 5 am every Sunday at Wynyard Square in the centre of the city. Christians from different fellowships gathered and we walked the streets, praying for Sydney. At 7 am we would then all come together under Wynyard's clock tower. As the clock struck 7 our united voices rang through the city's empty streets as we sang ...

"He is Lord! He is Lord!
He is risen from the dead and He is Lord.
Every knee shall bow.
Every tongue confess
That Jesus Christ is Lord!"

Then we all went home to different parts of the city for our Sunday gatherings.

Genuine Unity Blessed by the Lord

We have found over the years that whenever unity is expressed the blessing of God is poured out. As King David expressed in his Psalm 133
..."How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head...." v.1-2.

Most of our seminars and short-term Bible schools in Asia have had sometimes up to 40 different denominations and groups represented. Without exception, every time, we have seen the outpouring of God's Spirit.The unity of His believers is the great desire expressed by the Lord Jesus in His prayer to His Father just before He went to the Cross....

"...I pray also for those who will believe in me....that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me" John 17:20-23.

This is the level of our relationship together that God is after - the same unity as is expressed in the Godhead - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. May this be the central focus of all of us who are in Christ - unity together in our faith in the Lord and His work on the Cross and Resurrection. It is through our unity that His glory will be revealed and the world will believe!

Monday, January 22, 2007

Powerful Prayer Meetings

Monday nights became a special time of prayer. The majority of the people came. We didn't gather to pray for our personal needs but came to wait on the Lord for the Holy Spirit's direction in prayer. We sought the Lord for what was on His heart for us to join with Him in prayer.

Many wonderful directions came. One night someone shared they saw a vision...a dark cloud was over Manila and shafts of light were breaking through. That night we prayed for Manila through the whole meeting, everyone spontaneously joining in the theme of the Lord, each expressing their heart for that nation. The Holy Spirit moved upon us all in song and everyone sang their prayers to the Lord. The following Monday night the Holy Spirit moved us to pray for Manila again and as we prayed He directed us to separate a team to go there. 14 responded and were set aside for this ministry. I went ahead and found a casino that had been shut down by martial law and was available to rent. I asked the Lord to hold the building until the team arrived a few weeks later. Sure enough, the Lord kept it and we all went together to pray through it. The atmosphere in the building was terrible because of all the evil activities that had previously gone on in it. After two hours of prayer the whole atmosphere was filled with the presence of God. Every dark thing was gone.

We started gatherings on Sunday afternoon and within two weeks the place was full and God began to move. At the end of each gathering there were many seeking the Lord and as I looked around I saw the team ministering to every one individually without being organised or told to. It was such a joy to see.

From this place the Word of God went forth throughout the nation...through teaching booklets, a Christian teaching paper and seminars. On one occasion the team was asked by the Catholic Charismatic Movement to be on their committee. Also, they were invited to take a retreat for nuns and priests who fasted for two weeks, praying that they would be filled with the Holy Spirit. They were! And even the Mother Superior was rejoicing and dancing before the Lord.

The Monday night prayer meetings in Sydney were so exciting and fresh each time we didn't know what the Lord was going to do. Everyone came in great anticipation and readiness to move with the direction of the Lord. One Monday night we gathered and before I could begin the meeting, like a glorious cloud descending upon us all, the Presence of the Lord filled the room. So awesome was His Presence, so glorious was the realisation of His love, no one could speak a word. Some knelt, some sat with hands raised to Him, some lay prostrate before Him, but all bathed in His love for two hours. At the end of the two hours the sense of His Presence lifted. Everyone looked around at one another still filled with awe. I got up and said, with a smile...

"Well, this is suppose to be a prayer meeting....let's close in prayer."


The Lord also taught us as we prayed. A wonderful intercessory ministry developed and we observed, both from how the Holy Spirit moved and from the Word, that there were four specific anointings of intercession.

Bearing the burden of the Lord

Romans 8:34 says...
"...Christ Jesus, who died - more than that, who was raised to life - is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us."
In prayer, the Holy Spirit laid burdens on our heart so that we felt the Lord's heart as He interceded for a particular situation. In the same way he wept over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41-42) we felt his heart for different cities and people.

Identification with others

Many times the Holy Spirit gave us the capacity to identify with the needs of someone so as to actually feel what they were going through. One time Bunty was driving with the children in heavy rain and when she stopped at the lights the car behind her skidded into her. She was left with severe whiplash so that she could hardly move her head. The following day was Sunday and during the break in the meeting, while she was making a cup of tea, one of the intercessors, Laura Payne, came up to her and asked her if there was anything wrong with her neck.

"I couldn't sleep last night" she said. "I kept thinking of you and had to keep rubbing my neck."

Bunty stiffly turned her head towards her and said..."As a matter of fact..."...and told her what had happened. Laura prayed for her and immediately the stiffness and pain left and her neck was back to normal again.

Another time, a young woman came into the Sunday afternoon gathering. She was a drug addict and an alcoholic. She came staggering down to the front of the meeting fumbling for drugs in her bag. Two intercessors came out to stand with her. I comforted her, telling her everything was going to be all right...the Lord was going to help her. I called everyone to begin to pray and told the intercessors to take her upstairs. As we all prayed, they interceded and identified with her under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and within a few minutes she was absolutely free.

Spiritual labour to bring to birth

Another expression of intercession we experienced was the deep groanings of the Spirit to bring something to birth in the spiritual realm. The apostle, Paul, describes it in Romans 8:26...
"In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans thatwords cannot express."
...and in Galatians 4:19...
"Oh, my dear children, I feel the pangs of childbirth all over again till Christ be formed in you." (Phillips)

Warfare against evil spirits

This expression of intercession came as we recognised the powers of darkness arrayed against people's lives, We would proclaimed the victory of Christ over them through the work of his Cross and resurrection.

Many were released from evil spirits. One was a young man called John. He was into drugs with his friends. They would lock themselves in a room. Put the loud speakers against them and "feed" the loud, acid rock, into their bodies which then would cause them to hallucinate. Many times John would come for help. His very long hair was his great pride and we tried to encourage him to get it cut. He tried many times but couldn't do it. Finally, he came one night to visit us while we were having dinner. I deliberately made him wait for two hours before we prayed for him. There is a principle in spiritual warfare - we don't let the enemy (Satan) choose the time and the place of the battle. Needless to say, when we prayed for him, John was set free that night. Just recently, at the Sydney airport, a man came up to me and said "Do you remember me?" I said, "Of course, John". He said "I'm married. I have three daughters. And I drive a taxi" and he was so happy. We never cease to be amazed at the grace of God.