This is my first blog post of 2013, I had originally intended it to be my last blog post of 2012 but it doesn’t really matter either way!
I am looking back with thankfulness for the year just past, and am looking forward with expectancy to what the future holds, and in both case I am looking to God and what he has done, what he will do in the next year and beyond.
2012 was for me primarily a year of envisioning, but it has also been a year of prophetic declaration as I have started to share the vision that God has given me. 2013 is going to be a year to start moving out and doing what as yet I have mainly talked about. And 2014 and beyond, well that is in God’s hands. The examples I am giving are but a few examples of what God is doing, it is by no means an exhaustive list.
2012 has been a year when things have shifted, when we have really seen the spiritual tide noticeably beginning to turn, in such a way that even those in the secular world are tapping into it.
Nationally we not only managed to pull off The Olympics, but did it with style! Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony was spot on, his inspiration was definitely divine!
Locally Staines changed its name to Staines-upon-Thames. This may seem insignificant, but is far from it. Around here a great problem for a long time has been apathy, in the secular world to some degree but especially in the churches. This change instigated by secular people, but it is a sign that God is working to change this in his church in this area as well.
There was the National Day of Prayer at Wembley, which was awesome. This is a definite turning point in the spiritual life of this nation, but we must not see it in isolation, as this year was also a full year of constant prayer across many churches with the Kingdom Come 2012 initiative from 24-7 Prayer.
2013 will be a year to build on what has been done, God is on the move, we need to keep our eyes firmly on him.
- In London and the Home Counties we have the Crossing London 2013 initiative, this is the first large-scale evangelism for generation, and will be part of seeing the church regain its confidence in God, and in the power of Jesus to save sinners and see many start a new life in him, this is exciting.
- I am going to be looking to set up the first Kingdom Prayer Leaders Network in West London and/or Surrey, the geographical area covered is yet to be decided on. I will also be seeking greater involvement with the church we moved to last year, Maswell Park Church in Hounslow. Although I know now God is calling me beyond working in one local church, I also know that local church is central to God’s plan and I want to use my gifts, talents and calling to grow the church of which we will be members.
- The National Day of Prayer is going on the road this year with a Roadshow, again this is really exciting. The baton for praying continually is being passed from Kingdom Come 2012 to young people with United.
2014 and beyond…
- Groundbreakers have a vision for both large-scale evangelism in 2014, and an ongoing vision for building and empowering local churches to reach their local areas. They are working with God to see 100,000 saved by the end of 2014.
- For me God has said that the first phase of my working with him will be for 18 months, beyond that God knows and I look forward to seeing how things progress when the time comes!
- The National Day of Prayer will return to Wembley, and will fill the stadium completely having built on the vision being shared through the Roadshow.
Let’s look forward with expectancy and faith, and in prayer seek God’s face and his hand. Let’s seek to deepen our relationship with him, and in humility seek revival in the UK once again, as ultimately that is the only thing that will turn this nation around.
‘Amen. Come Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen.’ (Revelation 22:20b-21)