In the weeks leading up to our first National Foursquare Family Prayer Meeting on November 5, we have asked guest contributors to share their perspective on the value of prayer. Today, Rose Mary Castillo, executive assistant to Chief Operating Officer Jim Scott and Revolución Juvenil Youth Leader for La Iglesia en el Camino, encourages us to a deeper commitment to pray with expectation.
-Glenn Burris, Jr.
Rise Up, My People!
The 1995 murder of Julio Ruibal, a prominent pastor in Colombia, my country of birth, sparked an intense desire among churches in the city of Cali to gather in mutual intercession against the powers of darkness manifested in ongoing terrorism. Prayer vigils were held all over the city, with nearly 55,000 people in attendance contending for the soul of their city.
Over the course of that year, crime significantly dropped, corruption was radically reduced and six top drug lords who had been pursued for years were finally arrested. This series of events occurred in direct response to the prayers of a united church that “rose up” to restrain evil in the name of Jesus—to Him be the glory!
When prayer and worship are the focus of our hearts, not only is our inner spirit transformed, divine power that changes the course of history in a nation, community and church is also released through us. Intercession can do for our land what no army, no congress, no president could ever do.
God is waiting to hear the prayers of our Foursquare family as its leaders and their congregations rise up on November 5th to unleash the power of His wonderful name on earth as it is in heaven. Will you join us?
In Colossians 4:2, Paul writes “Devote yourselves to prayer; keep at it; watch for God’s answers, and remember to be thankful when they come.”
By: Rose Mary Castillo, executive assistant to Chief Operating Officer Jim Scott and Revolución Juvenil Youth Leader for La Iglesia en el Camino.