I was asked to represent Canada at a prayer gathering in Herrnhut, Germany in August. A few days prior to leaving, a friend and intercessor shared with me what the Lord put on her heart about my trip. In her words, this trip would be pivotal to my relationship with the Lord and ministry and would change the trajectory of my life! Needless to say, there was a growing sense of expectation and excitement as I left. It was obvious many were praying – in five flights there and back I had opportunity to share about the Lord on every flight!
It’s hard to put into words what we experienced — 33+ followers of Jesus were reminded again of the utmost importance of abiding with Him and seeking the Father’s will and glory above all else. We were also reminded of the importance of prayer, waiting on God, and were overwhelmed again with the importance of the Great Commission.
Herrnhut is where Count Zinzendorf led a movement that resulted in a 24/7 prayer meeting that lasted 100 years and sent 70+ missionaries around the globe with one heart — may Jesus receive the reward of His suffering! The Moravians illustrate well this strong and vibrant connection between prayer and missions. They followed God’s call to live a lifestyle of unceasing prayer, placing intimacy with Jesus at the centre of their lives. From this posture they began to experience God’s heart for the nations and a willingness to pay any price to go and serve.
Upon returning, one of our leaders shared a song that moved him (see below). As I listened and wept, it touched something deep inside — a longing for Jesus only.
I pray in this season that Jesus will draw all of us closer to Himself and out of our intimacy with Him, move us to join in a new level of prayer for the fulfillment of God’s Great Commission. Remember, in Connecting Streams, we too are labouring and seeking the Father’s will so Jesus will receive the reward of His suffering!
Donna Mitchell – National Director