Prayer – Prophesy – Production – Advancement 1.25.17www.apostolicresourcecenter.org
For the past 25-30 years, the Church has been in stages 1 and 2 of God’s plan, which is our preparation for the next move of God, that is going to be like none we have ever seen before. In the most recent past, we have seen the rise of many prayer movements, from IHOP with Mike Bickle to Generals International with Mike and Cindy Jacobs. There are many other movements of prayer that are known like Dutch Sheets and the Appeal to Heaven or John Benefiel with HAPN, but for the most part, we have been baptized in a prayer for over 25 years and God has heard our prayers. Intercessors, are a powerful force that keeps the engine of the advancing kingdom of God moving on earth as it is in heaven. However, if prayer is only for prayers sake, we have missed the point. 
Prayer is communion with God, but if not guarded carefully it can become a form of consumerism. Whenever Jesus went away and prayed, He always left those prayer times with His Father with some directive that He was to accomplish. In Luke 6:12-13 it says, “One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles” (NIV). If prayer does not lead to prophesy, production and eventual advancement, then I wonder what you are spending all those hours doing. 
From the prayer movements, we saw the rise of the prophetic being restored to the church. People like Chuck Pierce, Rick Joyner, Kat Kerr and Kris Vallaton came out of these prayer movements. They began and continue to speak into our atmosphere prophetic words that give us direction, correction, and exhortation. They set the verbal course for where we are going. People like John Paul Jackson and Kim Clement are two prophets that our generation lost prematurely, but they were extremely accurate in revealing to us the voice of God, so we knew as a Church the direction that the kingdom of God was taking. The power of prophecy and the rise of the prophetic movement was seen in the election of Donald Trump as the current President of the United States and very few know that it was a prophetic word that put PM Benjamin Netanyahu in a position of power in Israel for a second time. Prophecy is powerful. 
Prophecy is the restoration of the voice of God to the people of God. However, if not carefully guarded, it can lead to unmet expectations, disappointments and even idolatry as we listen to the voice of the prophets versus learning to hear the voice of God ourselves and having the prophets confirm or correct what we thought we heard. Revelation 19:10 says, “Then I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (NASB). 
Jesus prayed, Jesus is prophecy and He prophesied, but these two things were pointing to where we are now, production. Jesus valued producing and in the parable of the minas we see that Jesus shares a parable to reveal how the kingdom of God operates and it is evident in this parable that we are given money not for the sake of consuming, but for the sake of investing, which is another form of producing. Everything in all of creation was made to produce, from the first declaration made in Genesis 1 that said, “Let there be and there was…” to “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth and subdue it”. From Genesis to Revelation we can see the pattern or prayer, prophesy, and production. 
Production is for the sake of building, we are called to build people, build places that produce opportunities, build families, build churches, building is on God’s agenda, it always has been and always will be. But if not held in check, production can become a means of selfish ambition, pride or making a name for yourself. In Luke 12:16-21, Jesus said, “And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’ “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”
We have been living in a time of prayer, prophesy and some production. I believe we have entered a time of serious rebuilding, for what has been built has not produced well, and this rebuilding starts with a new government. When you remove the bureaucracy, you can get things done. The government God has established in His word is stated in 1 Corinthians 12:28 “God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues.” and Ephesians 4:11-12, “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up” (NIV). 
God’s government is going to be put in position for the sake of advancing the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven. With the rise of people like Bill Johnson, Ryan LeStrange and Jennifer LeClaire, we are beginning to see the apostles arising, for apostles build for the sake of advancement. In the words of Moses, “You have circled this mountain long enough. Now turn north” (Deut. 2:3, NASB). We have prayed and will continue to pray, we have prophesied and we will continue to hear prophesy, we have produced and we will continue to produce, but now it is time to advance. We cannot stop in any one of these places, we must keep going, for the kingdom of God is an ever-increasing kingdom, it is a likened unto a river, it is always on the move. That’s why the temple of the Holy Spirit is not a building, but you, but me. Pray, prophesy, produce and advance!

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