Newsletter - 21st July 2011
Some of you might know that I recently visited Ffald-y-Brenin,
Fishguard, Wales, a Christian retreat centre where God is
moving mightily. The event was a teaching day on how to
set up a local house of prayer.
GOD'S EXTENDED RULERSHIP IN A LOCALITY
Roy Godwin taught that when we pray that God's Kingdom come
(It helped me when he defined this as God's rule) into a
particular locality, when that phenomena happens, everything
has to bow its knee to the Lordship of Jesus. As you can
imagine situations and people hearts are radically changed
under these awesome circumstances.
SEEKING THE LORD'S WILL
When I arrived back I knew that I had to ask the Father
about what He wanted for 26 Goldsborough Road. I had cried
out from the very beginning that He would rule over it.
I thought that He would incorporate the methods of Ffald-y-Brenin,
but laid it all before Him for His desire to be made known.
This is what He showed me. He wants this house to be one
of joy, of fellowship with Him and each other, where people
can feel accepted for what they are and feel comfortable
to be themselves. It is to be a place of warmth, worship
and love. Activity yet relaxation (you could say PLAY) A
place where the Lord feels comfortable to dwell. A place
without restrictions to the Holy Spirit. A place of celebration,
of laughter. Where people feel at home. I could see Jesus
in the front room so contented because He was with His people.
I could see children playing in the back garden with laughter
and yells of joy, leaping and splashing in water. In this
atmosphere of freedom, grace, acceptance, joy and love,
fellowshipping with Jesus, people will feel no threat and
will easily open up to what they Lord wants to do in their
lives to bring healing and joy, but the main focus is to
be one of joyful fellowship with the Lord. Healing of emotions
etc. will be a side product of that fellowship.
HOW CAN THIS COME ABOUT
Well I thought all this was quite a tall order, but the
Lord showed me it needs praying in. Praying this in to the
walls and pressing it into the very fabric of the house.
"Moreover, I will make your battlements of rubies,
And your gates of crystal, And your entire wall of precious
stones. Isaiah 54:12
I asked the Lord whether he would want it to be a house
of prayer like Ffald-y-Brenin or if He wants me to build
some structure of prayer or something. The Father showed
me He would evolve what He wants for this house and for
me to give Him the freedom to do so without putting any
structure or agenda into it. His will, will evolve naturally.
The only thing He asked was that I and maybe others pray
for the above to come about in this house.
The Father showed me that the reason I had gone to Wales
to learn the Ffald-y-Brenin principles was for the Bookstall
in the Doncaster Market. After I have come back from America,
He wants me to start a 'Local 'House' of Prayer' there.
He wants to bless that market and make the location a place
where He rules. People who come to pray can then start a
Local House of Prayer in their own locality.
I asked Him to tell me the name of this house here at 26
Goldsborough. This is the name he gave me.
RAINBOW - HOUSE OF JOY
I know this might sound childlike, but if that's His desire
God bless you all, Shirley