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Editorial

by Chris Josephson

A Call to Intercessory Prayer Mountain

"...he went up into a mountain apart to pray...." (Matthew 14:23).

The context of the above Scripture quote reveals that while Jesus was in the mountain praying, a storm on the sea of Galilee was tossing about his disciples in their ship. He came to their rescue - walking on the sea! Is there not a lesson here on the connection between mountain-top prayer-intercession (spiritual warfare) and victories over storm and high waters?

While storms are brewing on the sea of world affairs, how are believers occupied? Are we giving ourselves to intercessory prayer? or are we making "daisy chains"?! If we are wasting our time as in the latter, there is no possibility of storm waters becoming a solid path beneath our feet!

If you are a "prayer warrior" you have much already to pray about, but this is a special call to prayer for our Jubilee Peace Mission November 11-29. This is an interfaith tour. It is not color blinded nor ethnic prejudiced. All are welcome. We need His love to bathe us all in understanding and compassion and we need his special heaven-dispatched host of angels to hover over and around all members of the tour - to protect from harm, to clear hindering obstacles, to bring to fulfillment God’s ordained will for each in this mission. Our hearts are warmed as we pray about this, and we have assurance that God has special purpose in bringing us together.

So whether or not you are able to come up with us to the physical Mountain of Zion, this is an invitation to join us in the mountain of intercessory prayer. Another time in Jesus’ earthly ministry, "He took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray" (Luke 9:28). They experienced a revelation of the coming kingdom of God on earth while secluded there with Him in prayer. As we near the time of "thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven", we can expect to receive special revelations of understanding of that kingdom when we ascend the prayer mountain, and dwell in the High Tower of His Word. So whether or not you are able to come up with us to the physical Mountain of Zion, this is an invitation to join us in the mountain of intercessory prayer.

"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time if need" (Hebrews 4:16). A note from you saying you are responding to this call for prayer will be most welcome.