Praying each Thursday, we ask you to link in united prayer at 2pm (Eastern) GMT-4
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EACH MONTH a new ION Prayer Focus (Prayer Guide) is posted to the ION Blog, See the latest at: https://IONPrayer.com
Each Thursday those involved with the Orality network and our partner groups unite to pray. We ask you to pull away and gather together as a group and really pray!
If you are able to connect to the weekly prayer call, we invite you:Join each Thursday at 2pm(EDT) GMT-5Dial: (641) 552-9404Code: 818908#Each month we offer an open invitation to come and join others to pray for UUPGs, all Oral Peoples & Oral Bible-less, Orality.net partner groups and Great Commission Partners. Each Thursday at 2 pm (EDT) GMT-5 a small group gathers to pray together. We invite you to join to pray or to share what you are doing in Orality and let us come alongside you in the place of prayer for what God is allowing you to be involved in. Each Thursday those involved with the Orality network and our partner groups unite to pray. We ask you to pull away and gather together as a group and really pray!Since ION is a network and our partners are all around the globe, the best way to connect is to ask everyone to link together each month in united prayer through posts like this one, and the ION Prayer Focus each month. Visit https://orality.net or https://ionprayer.com for more information.
UNITED PRAYER: The ION Prayer Team encourages you to be an advocate for helping others see the great need for strategic prayer for oral communicators!
Bible in 90 Days – A different kind of prayer initiative!
Praying & Washing in the Word Daily for the last three months of the year. ASKING for Scripture and Scripture Access to be available for the Every & All.
Praying in one accord,
“Lord, Close the gap that we might see Scripture (FULL BIBLES) and Scripture Access for everyone across the globe. Praying Luke 10:2 & Matthew 9:37-38, Send the laborers into His harvest fields.”
As we move into the last 90 days of 2018, we begin by asking you a couple of questions.
Do we understand the need to influence the body of Christ to not only “see” Oral Communicators, but see them as a huge critical piece of great importance in God’s plan?
Could the real issue be our unwillingness to acknowledge “we” are not the answer to completing the Great Commission, His answer is in the Harvest!
Do we really believe the Word of God is the very center of who we are as the sons of God, understanding this is not a gender, but an identity issue? And the Word, the full and complete Bible is critical to everything we are and necessary for all we do?
In the biblical model of the relationship shown in the Bible, with God, we are always the sons of God. His desire is for us to have an intimate relationship with Him that produces fruit. The biblical worldview is not just having one’s personal faith, it is having an all-consuming way of life, applicable to all areas of our life, that produces life. The outcome of the words of Jesus from what is called the Great Commandment in Matthew 22:36-40, moving from a Mark 16 mentality of “taking care of the people of God” to becoming one with His Great Commission spoken of in Matthew 28:16-20. This pattern honors and gives God glory. Can we join together over these next three months to pray that priority?
If at the core of everything our priority is to bring God glory, then let us begin.
A United Call for Prayer:
“Devote yourselves to prayer being watchful and thankful… that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ.” Colossians 4:2-4
We invite you to join in this 90 Days Prayer Initiative. You can join in with us at any time during the 90 days.
We believe we must make EVERY EFFORT to bring Scripture (complete full Bible) to the EVERY & ALL in a way that can REALLY BE RECEIVED. We must make every effort to bring the Gospel in a way that can REALLY BE HEARD.
To bring the Gospel in a way that can REALLY be heard and received with the common goal of making God’s Word available to oral communicators in culturally appropriate ways that enable church planting movements everywhere. This will require the Church to move back to the way God began. . . He spoke everything into existence. We acknowledge and recognize GOD IS INDEED AN ORAL COMMUNICATOR!
We want to be active in this prayer initiative to let the Word of God be released into the atmosphere as we listen to our devices whenever possible. As you ride in your car or sit in your favorite spot for your morning or nightly devotional time, we invite you to allow the Word of God to permeate the atmosphere.
Allow Scripture Engagement to happen in a new way! Go Oral – Just Listen – Don’t analyze. Let the Word of God wash over you, body, soul and spirit so to speak, as you listen.
We pray in unity,
“Pray for us that the Word of God may run and be glorified, even as also it is with you.” 2 Thessalonians 3:1 and “He sends His command on the earth; His Word runs swiftly.” Psalm 147:15
Over the next 90 Days we LISTEN, we PRAY:
Listen for clarity, allow yourself to be absorbed in the Scripture as you listen
Listen for God to connect His Word together as one whole story for you
Listen for a sense of gratefulness in having the Word of God available and realizing that so many people groups (1,500+) do not have ONE VERSE of Scripture in their heart language and mother tongue.
Praying for Oral Peoples & Oral Bibleless People Groups
Praying for the new generation of Orality workers who will enable every Oral Communicator to become a Christ follower who is a disciple making disciples
Praying for those working in Orality/UUPGs & Great Commission Partner groups
Praying for the Bibleless around the globe
Praying for Bible Translation groups who are working tirelessly to complete Scripture projects in every mother tongue
Praying for a new generation of Bible Translators who can move the work forward in the accelerated manner needed to get the Word of God to the every and all
God, we ask You, to teach us to ask the right questions so we might know how to pray more effectively:
How can we make disciples without the Scripture, the Word of God
How do we pray for these people groups that do not have ONE VERSE of Scripture?
How do we understand and have compassion for them in how they might be able to really receive the gift of God if we do not take fully take into consideration the need to fully understand and receive at a heart level so that transformation can happen?
For over five years ION has taken the last three months of the year in united prayer as we listen to the Bible in Audio format, using our ear gates to listen, and we remember all the souls who as yet, still do not have the Scriptures in their heart language and mother tongue.
We are asking God to allow us to understand what it is like for oral peoples who sometimes prefer use their ear gates to receive information. For those who are blind, for those who are deaf and cannot hear in the way “we think of”, but who desperately are in need of His Scriptures. . . In a way they can really hear and receive.
That looks differently for different peoples, but the reality is: 1,500+ people groups do not have ONE VERSE of Scripture and for the vast majority of the globe, they do not have access to the Word of God.
Only 8% of the world have the full Bible. (4.2.20 Foundation)
80% of the world’s population are oral communicators –people who do not read, or prefer to learn by oral-visual means.
Praying for the Orality Network
We invite you to pray with us for the next ION Regional Event:
We invite you to continue to pray each month for the Orality Network (ION) as God continues to grow us. As you pray, for informed intercession, we invited you to visit the Orality website https://orality.net and as you go through the different areas of the website, please PRAY.
PRAY for each of the orality events. Link into these events as you are able. Pray for how ION works and who is involved. To help you to strategically pray for the way God is providing for more organization of the work of orality. Thank you for linking and connecting in prayer.
This organizational model allows everyone to find their place. It also allows for the different gateways and pathways to be accessed by individuals & organizations and agencies. Each one can find their function and are encouraged to work in more than one gateway if that if that is what God is calling them to in His work.
Praying alongside ION Partners
We continue to ask you to learn more about ION & its partners. To collaborate together and see God’s activity and join Him there, where ever possible. Let’s look at “What does it look like to see God as an oral communicator?”
The Center for Oral Scriptures (COS) released the “Master Storyteller“, its purpose is to help us to reconnect and see how God is the master storyteller. While we recognize that Orality is not just storytelling, it is about His Story being shared and used to reach the every and all in various ways. Look at the different gateways and pathways and how Orality is being used. This might be a way for you to share with others how to look at why Orality is key to everything we do.
GOD’S ORAL COMMUNICATION ~ IN THE BIBLE AND HEBREW TRADITION ~ A BOOK, SHORT FILMS & INTERACTIVE LEARNING PLATFORM
God is opening up opportunities to partner together in prayer in greater ways. We want you to learn about what is going on in prayer and missions and ask you to link together to pray for projects for Oral Bibles and for UUPGs thru the group, The Seed Company (TSCO) which is a part of the Wycliffe Bible Translation family.
Here are two ways to do that:
Join PRAY for ZERO by texting 313131 and write PRAY in the message. You will get an immediate response.
Consider connecting monthly to theTSCOAroma Call: We invite you to hop on the monthly call as you are able and learn how to pray more effectively for Bibleless Peoples. Pray for ZERO –
My life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus — the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God. — Acts 20:24
The Call is held the First Thursday of each month at 4pm CDT.
Exciting News from ION:
We invite you to pick up your copy of the new ION book, “Praying for the Oral and Oral Bibleless People Groups” which is now available in print and in a free digital version.
The print copy format is offered in print on demand for an “at cost” amount. There are two different versions: $10 for “Full Color” & $7 for “B&W” available for purchase on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1732698309/
For those of you who prefer the digital eBook version is it available for free on the ION Orality.net website: https://orality.net
A United Call for Prayer on behalf of all Oral Peoples, Oral Bible-less People Groups, and for those working in Orality/UUPGs & Great Commission Partner groups. -“Devote ourselves to prayer being watchful and thankful… that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ.” (Colossians 4:2-4)
Please, if you did not start with us, you can still join in with us from any date.
Thirty-five Global Prayer leaders (including the ION Int’l Prayer Director) from seven nations gathered recently to listen to God for His direction; seeking Him together for His strategy to mobilize prayer for the nations and greater strengthening of the Body of Christ.
During our corporate listening time, it was clear through multiple voices that we are living in extraordinary and critical times. We (the Body of Christ) need to be connected to one another relationally and together prepare for what is coming.