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Red Moon Rising 17th March, 2010

Posted by Scotty in Books, Ministry, Mission, Prayer, Worship.
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You have to read this book!  I devoured this book a couple of weeks ago and it now resides near the top of my favourite books list.

I really enjoy how the book is written.  It follows the development of the 24-7Prayer movement, a fairly organic process.  In a join-the-dots fashion, the writer pieces together a number of events spanning several countries, demonstrating in a captivating and inspiring way, the Sovereign hand of God working in and around His people to accomplish His will.  I love that at no point do the writers try to claim credit for their work.  Instead, their humility seeps through the pages as you are swept into their astonishment at the way God was obviously working in the background creating something much bigger than they had ever imagined.

The book has a lot of wonderful things to say about the sovereignty of God and the power and primacy of prayer.  There is one line that crops up a few times that struck me at the core:

“God is mobilizing an army, but it is a broken army that marches on its knees” p162

It is Simple.
The principle is simple.  A room is set apart to be a place of prayer.  People sign up to pray for 1hr slots, passing the baton of prayer from one to the next to create a continuous cycle of prayer 24-7.  It is simply about creating space for people to practice the discipline of meeting with God, because when people meet with God nothing else can satisfy them.

“When we get our heads around God’s character, prayer, devotion, and discipleship ceases to be a technique and becomes and instinct”. p14

It is Empowering.
The amazing thing about getting people back to the basics of the Word and Prayer is that they learn to encounter God on their own.  We are guilty of spoon-feeding in the church today.  It is well-known in the education world that people are more likely to remember things they discover themselves, and that we grasp what we learn better through the process of teaching it to someone else.  Red Moon Rising shows clearly the benefit of creating space for people to encounter God on their own rather than depending on someone else’s experience.  I also love the way he demonstrates the interplay between the Word and Prayer.  The two are inseperable!  The two together are powerful…

“Prayer rooms are places of direct encounter with God.  So much of our faith, if we are not very careful, can be second-hand experience.  We listen to talks that tell us what to think.  We read books that inspire us with other peoples’ experiences of God.  But alone with God in a prayer room, it’s time to get the Bible open for yourself, going straight to the source.  It’s time to dialogue directly with God face to face without a middleman.  In such a context, God often is able to speak to us and touch us in a way that no ministry session could ever achieve.” p130

“The Enemy will do anything to divorce prayer and proclamation–to stop the evangelist from praying and the intercessor from evangelizing.  Why?  Because the two combined are explosive!… In prayer we become more effective evangelistically because we are walking closer to God, but we are also sensitized to the needs of those who don’t know Jesus as we pray persistently for their salvation”. p232

It is Evangelistic.
So often movements centered around Spiritual Disciplines are critiqued from being too far removed from the reality of life.  The 24-7 Movement is about experiencing God in a way that moves us to reach out to the world, not stay hidden from it.  In the prayer room as we intercede we take on the pain of those we encountered in order to call out to God on their behalf:

“God is challenging us as a movement of young people to dare to feel the pain all around us… God is allowing us to feel the pain, to be weak and broken so that our prayers have power… But when I am feeling weak and weary, strength comes from clinging to the promises of God in prayer.” p161

“Maybe this is what prayer is all about; one minutes you’re kneeling in quiet contemplation, and the next you’re kneeling by an unconscious girl;  one day you talk to God about people, and the next you talk to people about God.  This marriage of intimacy with active involvement in a hurting world is the very meaning of the word intercession”. p224

He really gets it!  Time with God is not the end in itself, but it is the process of drawing near to God, learning His heart, being filled with His Spirit, and sent out to start fires in people’s hearts.

“The ultimate 24-7Prayer room is the human heart fully surrendered to God and not a room full of coffee mugs and hand-drawn pictures!…We don’t want to withdraw people from society to live in spiritual bubbles of perpetual prayer; rather we want to immerse ourselves in society, having immersed ourselves in the Spirit- the world, and yet full of God and overflowing” p193

And so you can see why I love the book.  God’s Sovereignty, His Power, the beautiful interplay of the Word and Prayer, empowering believers to meet with God, and all of this to glorify Him by loving others.  Get the book… and be prepared to be challenged!

You have to read this book!  I devoured this book a couple of weeks ago and it now resides near the top of my favourite books list.

I really enjoy how the book is written.  It follows the development of the 24-7Prayer movement, a fairly organic process.  In a join-the-dots fashion, the writer pieces together a number of events spanning several countries, demonstrating in a captivating and inspiring way, the Sovereign hand of God working in and around His people to accomplish His will.  I love that at no point do the writers try to claim credit for their work.  Instead, their humility seeps through the pages as you are swept into their astonishment at the way God was obviously working in the background creating something much bigger than they had ever imagined.

The book has a lot of wonderful things to say about the sovereignty of God and the power and primacy of prayer.  There is one line that crops up a few times that struck me at the core:

“God is mobilizing an army, but it is a broken army that marches on its knees” p162

It is Simple.
The principle is simple.  A room is set apart to be a place of prayer.  People sign up to pray for 1hr slots, passing the baton of prayer from one to the next to create a continuous cycle of prayer 24-7.  It is simply about creating space for people to practice the discipline of meeting with God

“When we get our heads around God’s character, prayer, devotion, and discipleship ceases to be a technique and becomes and instinct”. p14

It is Empowering.
The amazing thing about getting people back to the basics of the Word and Prayer is that they learn to encounter God on their own.  We are guilty of spoon-feeding in the church today.  It is well-known in the education world that people are more likely to remember things they discover themselves, and that we grasp what we learn better through the process of teaching it to someone else.  Red Moon Rising shows clearly the benefit of creating space for people to encounter God on their own rather than depending on someone else’s experience.  I also love the way he demonstrates the interplay between the Word and Prayer.  The two are inseperable!

“Prayer rooms are places of direct encounter with God.  So much of our faith, if we are not very careful, can be second-hand experience.  We listen to talks that tell us what to think.  We read books that inspire us with other peoples’ experiences of God.  But alone with God in a prayer room, it’s time to get the Bible open for yourself, going straight to the source.  It’s time to dialogue directly with God face to face without a middleman.  In such a context, God often is able to speak to us and touch us in a way that no ministry session could ever achieve.” p130

“The Enemy will do anything to divorce prayer and proclamation–to stop the evangelist from praying and the intercessor from evangelizing.  Why?  Because the two combined are explosive!… In prayer we become more effective evangelistically because we are walking closer to God, but we are also sensitized to the needs of those who don’t know Jesus as we pray persistently for their salvation”. p232

It is Evangelistic.
So often movements centered around Spiritual Disciplines are critiqued from being too far removed from the reality of life.  The 24-7 Movement is about experiencing God in a way that moves us to reach out to the world, not stay hidden from it.  In the prayer room as we intercede we take on the pain of those we encountered in order to call out to God on their behalf:

“God is challenging us as a movement of young people to dare to feel the pain all around us… God is allowing us to feel the pain, to be weak and broken so that our prayers have power… But when I am feeling weak and weary, strength comes from clinging to the promises of God in prayer.” p161

“Maybe this is what prayer is all about; one minutes you’re kneeling in quiet contemplation, and the next you’re kneeling by an unconscious girl;  one day you talk to God about people, and the next you talk to people about God.  This marriage of intimacy with active involvement in a hurting world is the very meaning of the word intercession”. p224

He really gets it!  Time with God is not the end in itself, but it is the process of drawing near to God, learning His heart, being filled with His Spirit, and sent out to start fires in people’s hearts.

“The ultimate 24-7Prayer room is the human heart fully surrendered to God and not a room full of coffee mugs and hand-drawn pictures!…We don’t want to withdraw people from society to live in spiritual bubbles of perpetual prayer; rather we want to immerse ourselves in society, having immersed ourselves in the Spirit- the world, and yet full of God and overflowing” p193

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