Roots – Much of the transition for Kings happens when they discover their own metron or sphere. We all go through a phase in church where we don’t have anything that really belongs to us in terms of an assignment in the Kingdom. Our expression of “works” in a positive sense is in church – attendance, prayer, worship, giving, serving, etc. Our pastors emphasize those things to help us grow. Since we don’t have any vision or ministry that we can call our own, we give ourselves to the pastor’s vision and to growing the local church. I learned much about the presence of God, hearing His voice, the prophetic, and relating to people, in my church home. As a pastor, I taught the same to others. Corporate worship, and prayer and ministry are fun and anointed. I’m continually celebrating my roots in church.
And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own? Luke 16:12 NKJV
Transition – Kings eventually discern an assignment from God in their hearts to function in the Kingdom. We speak of making a difference in society in one of seven mountains. We each have a measure of faith and a specific sphere of involvement (“metron” in the Greek and “mountain” in our marketplace vernacular). When we begin to apply what we learned in church, there are some subtle shifts that occur… in permission, initiative, authority, creativity, and prayer. I’m not implying that we leave the church, but our hearts do shift from a church-only focus to owning our role in the Kingdom.
Let me share an example. I originally thought “ministry” was far beyond my reach. After four decades, I’ve decided that nothing is really beyond my / our reach within the strengths of our gifts. I heard stories of great ministry exploits where tens of thousands were saved in great meetings, and my need to pray for and financially support those endeavors. It never crossed my mind that I could do them, even though I wished I could. Howard Ferris is a good friend. He’s an engineer, just like me, who was saved in college and “served” in church for decades. He does not create the impression of being a superstar any more than you or I. He wanted to be an evangelist, but there was never room for him on the church staff. He finally channeled his frustration into initiative, and went to a conference on how to conduct crusades. He practiced in small venues and eventually received an invitation from a pastor in another nation. Foreign pastors often invite outside ministries from the US to cover the financial side. Howard decided to go, and funded the trip himself – about 12K for the first trip. He was very successful… now, over 100,000 saved in a dozen crusades in half dozen nations… miracles and healings are present in every one… blind eyes opened, resurrections from the dead. He is not missing any story. What made it possible? It was the desire of his heart and he went. It was not magic. Howard simply used his anointing and his money. Here is the side of this exploit that we typically do not hear. The cost of a crusade in that area was $1-2 per salvation to rent the venue, sound system, buses, worship team, involve pastors, do the follow-up, etc. The size and fruit of the crusade was only limited by the money. 100,000 salvations cost $100,000. It isn’t just Howard. It isn’t just prayer. It’s not just the sovereignty of God. There is a wisdom / financial ingredient to every ministry. It takes Howard, initiative, prayer, and money. Said another way, “Howard” can take his initiative, anointing, prayer and money, and produce fruit anywhere that he and God decide. That’s the way Kings think. Howard is gifted, trained, experienced and anointed.
This was Howard’s comment on my write-up: “In our most recent trip to the Muslim region of Mindanao, we held campaigns sharing the gospel in two rebel military camps where they train Mujaheddin fighters, seven gymnasiums reaching Muslims, two City Halls preaching over to 150 leaders, two major University’s and a college resulting in tens of thousands receiving Christ and hundreds receiving miracles. The enemy was so distraught that Al-Qaida backed rebels gathered $2,500 to take us out. God does reward initiative and this partnership brings his resources and protection to the table. You will find that God doesn’t move until we do.” This was on his November, 2010 vacation from his engineering job.
The prayer shift – Kings can fall into condemnation over things like prayer because the dynamic does change a little when we move into the Kingdom. Here are some of those tweaks.
From asking to doing – We start out trying to ask / convince God to move in some area outside our control or involvement (someone else’s metron). When Kings discover their metron, they give their hearts permission to pursue it. Our prayer shifts from asking God “what to do” or convincing Him to “move someone else” to simply asking for our heart’s desires and then moving ourselves. We shift from asking or pleading to doing. It’s easier than we thought. God doesn’t need to be convinced; we do. When stuck or stagnant, servants wait for direction, sons wait for help, but Kings make a plan and get to work. The presence of God is very real in corporate prayer and worship, but personal anointing and power always appear in the doing phase.
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. 1 Cor 4:20-21 NIV
From fanfare to fruit – When our hearts are in church (before Kingdom), we measure prayer in terms of consistency, volume, hours, intensity, fasting, and the number of people involved in the corporate setting. As Kings operating in our assignment, prayer is part of what we do, and we measure the fruit of those activities. It takes fewer words and we are less public.
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Matt 6:6-8 NIV
From words to works – In the church setting, we measure the spirit of prayer and worship in terms of the presence of God. It’s very real, and exciting and tangible. However, until we become Kings, great times of prayer and worship don’t necessarily translate into action, results or fruit. Concepts, like praying for revival, just don’t work until somebody does something that costs money (like Howard). After we become Kings and engage in our marketplace calling, we find the presence of God stamped on our works / fruit, and our hearts are thrilled to continually hear, “Well done.” and we repeatedly see the fruit in terms of creating wealth and converting money into ministry. For Kings, creating wealth is a spiritual discipline right up there with prayer.
…faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:17 NIV
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Eph 2:10 NIV
Are we diminishing prayer? Certainly not! I love corporate prayer and worship and can’t stay out of the front row and can’t help but dance when the tempo is right. Even in our business conferences there is a prophetic flow and His word is confirmed with signs, wonders and salvations. We pray and fast to prepare our hearts for such fruit.
Increasing the intensity of prayer and length of a fast to get God to do what you want Him to do is a false religious premise. As Kings, we are simply connecting the dots between prayer and obedience (implementation of the desires in our heart and in God’s heart). The formula is very simple: we just ask… not in the sense of asking for permission, but in the sense of making a request or demand – tapping the resources of heaven that already have our name on them. Kings pray with confidence, authority and simplicity. We are not primarily seeking direction or trying to convince God to move – we are moving with Him. Kings have trouble separating intercession from the doing and the results. Their focus is on the glory that comes to the Father from the fruit. Prayer is more about intimacy and conversation with the Father, and it’s not confined to a time and location.
And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. John 14:13-14NIV
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. John 15:7-8 NIV
You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit — fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 17 This is my command: Love each other. John 15:14-17 NIV
So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. 23 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. John 16:22-24 NIV
We’ve applied this same thought process (in two prior newsletters) to worship in Stewards of Glory, and the shift In our hearts from church to Kingdom is described in Having Fun, Making Money and Loving People. If you like a little more controversial tone, you will enjoy Steve Hill’s article on Intercession. You will be enriched by all three articles.