I’m taking a day off today mostly because I’ve run hard for the last 13 days without a day off. Most of that time I spent in KC for the Onething Conference and Leadership Summit. Both were exceptional. And to be honest… I got blasted at the IHOPU Awakening meetings. I needed it.
Today I am at home resting and returning email and also sputtering and coughing like an old buick courtesy of the cold I caught while in sub 0 degree weather in KC.
Though my throat is scratchy, my heart is full from the previous week of encounter I’v had with the Lord. I believe the Lord has much in store for the coming decade and 2010 (I think twenty-ten is the best way to say it) as well.
The following isn’t necessarily prophetic just some thoughts about what I think this year may hold. Incidentally, all of this is written to the sound of my bulldog snoring profusely; think terradactyl mixed with a chainsaw and you get the picture.
From non-spiritual and spiritual sources, I think it’s likely we may see calamity hit the U.S. this year. Whether it’s a food shortage, or a terrorist attack I don’t know… I’m leaning toward both. I don’t say this to scare you just to say that I am going to prepare my home and the house of prayer to be sober and aware.
I expect the recession to deepen, not lessen in the coming year. There are lots of natural reasons as to why this is likely.
At the same time, I feel like this year is going to be a year that we will experience a greater measure of the Spirit’s power in the church. I expect the IHOPU Student Awakening to deepen and spread. I believe the Lord will open other wells of refreshing around the nation. Look for an increase in the move of His Spirit. I believe the Lord wants to restore the Secret Place to His bride, that she may find confidence in love through intimacy with Him. Renewal is an invitation to encounter, not just in meetings, but in the secret place with the Lord (Song 2:14).
I think the prayer movement is going to gain momentum this year and in this decade. Right now people are just beginning to gain understanding of what it is and what their part may be in it. (here’s a good resource that explains the prayer movement : )
The time is ripe for the Praying Church to arise in the earth. God is calling His people to be a praying, prophetic people doing acts of compassion and justice, unto fulfilling the great commission and seeing the return of the Lord Jesus.
Ultimately I am excited for what this year holds. Much may change. That’s ok. We need a massive reformation in the church and our society. Shaking is coming, it’s just a matter of when. God is kind enough to shake us from our complacency in order to bring us to burning passionate love. I would prefer the Lord to bring a shaking than for us to continue in our trance-like, luke-warm stupor.
My plan for this year is to seek the Lord while He may be found. Call upon Him while He is near. Lean into fasting and prayer and give myself to doing justly and walking humbly before God. If we establish justice in the gates, I believe we will find the Lord’s favor (Amos 5:15).
I think 2010 may be a difficult year, but I believe it will be a good year. Romans 5:3-5 may be a great help to us this year, knowing that tribulation, produces perseverance… and ultimately hope that doesn’t disappoint.