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KINGDOM PRINCIPLE #1

God only gives His extraordinary nation-discipling favor to those who ask Him with give-it-to-me-or-I-die desperation.

John Knox cried, "Give Scotland or I die." John Wesley, "The world is my parish." Henry Martyn cried for India, "Here let me burn out for God." David Brainerd coughed up blood from tubercular lungs as he cried out for the Native Americans.

Last summer I was in Africa kneeling with my head on the ground with 106 other leaders from 19 countries of the world crying out for the lost. The young man next to me, Øistein Overgaard, screamed out, "Give me 2 million souls in Norway even if it costs me my life." His prayer cut through my soul like a knife. I have never heard such a give-it-to-me-or-I-die prayer in my life.

"Ask of me and I will give you the nations as your inheritance." Psalm 2:8

Ten years ago I was sitting on a tarmac in Africa and the Holy Spirit very clearly said to my soul, "Ask Me for the nations." "What do you mean?" I argued. His gentle voice whispered again, "Ask Me for the nations." I argued again, "But is this biblical?" (It's always humorous when we ask the Holy Spirit if it's biblical.) He didn't seem to mind my question and replied by quoting Psalm 2:8. I instantly began asking for the nations, "Give me France. Zimbabwe. South Africa. Japan. Brazil. Israel. Germany. The Netherlands. China." The more I cried out from my economy class seat, the more I felt the pleasure and emboldening of God. Over the past 10 years God has not only been teaching us how to ask for the nations, He has unlocked one nation after another, as we mentor pastors and Christian leaders who will reach a lost world through a revived church. God is breathing this give-it-to-me-or-I-die spirit into His people again.

Written by Rev. Fred Hartley, President of the College of Prayer International

KINGDOM PRINCIPLE #2:

It's too soon to ever give up. [A lesson learned through praying for a dying boy and watching the World Cup]

In early June, 16 year-old Paolo was in a horrible auto accident. The driver of the car was killed, and Paolo was barely alive. Doctors at the Emory Neurological ICU called Paolo the most critical patient in the ICU, and that it would take a miracle for him to survive. When I heard this, I replied, "Well, we serve a God of miracles."

We have not had the greatest track record praying for miracles. Over the last three years we cried out to God for three big needs in our congregation. Two of them were for healing and both died. Not exactly faith building as we entered the hospital room. But we believed, and we prayed. After about 20 days of prayer, Paolo turned around. He woke up and began to interact. Within two weeks he was up and walking. It was a miracle.

As I stood next to a recovering Paolo, I thought about the World Cup, how momentum would shift after a goal was scored. A team could be tired and desperate, but as soon as they score, they get a second wind. God showed me that the church many times scores a goal. God's answer to our prayers for Paolo was, as we say, a GOALASO! All too often in the church, however, instead of turning up the heat and seeking another quick goal, we put it into neutral. We relax. We let up. Yes, we rejoice, but then we all too quickly stop seeking for more. God brought Isaiah 55:6 to mind. "Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near." Paolo's healing meant that God's manifest presence was near. Our prayer had caused heaven to invade earth. Now was the time to grab hold of heaven and secure the flow of the Kingdom and God's manifest presence, not only for a single prayer but for a season. Hopefully, an extended season of increased manifestation of His presence among us.

Written by Rev. Tony Jones, North America Regional Director for the College of Prayer International

KINGDOM PRINCIPLE #3

Good things come to those who wait.

"He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:29-31

For those of us who have been praying for revival for many years, I want to remind us that good things come to those who wait. Henry Blackaby said, "Don't just do something. Stand there." Armin Gesswein said, "Let it unfold." David Bryant said, "When we prayerfully, expectantly wait on the Lord for revival at least three things get better: (1) The longer we wait, the stronger we get because those who wait upon the Lord renew their strength. (2) The longer we wait, the more people will be waiting with us. One seeking heart is catalytic to calling forth other seeking hearts. (3) The longer we wait, the bigger the revival is getting."

I am not at all interested in a parochial, short-lived, flash-in-the-pan revival. The revival for which we seek will be pride-breaking, sin-removing, Satan-evicting, stronghold-overthrowing, life-transforming, leader-mentoring, church-awakening and nation-discipling. This is why we wait upon the Lord and renew our strength because every moment we wait we become better prepared for what God is about to send in our direction. The seekers are the receivers and God is a rewarder of those who earnestly seek Him.

At the same time we need to admit that Christ does not throw pearls before swine. He wants us pure, and He wants us prepared for the revival He is preparing to send. For these reasons I am full of hope that Christ is right now, ready, willing and able to awaken His church.

Are you ready?

Written by Rev. Fred Hartley, President of the College of Prayer International

KINGDOM PRINCIPLE #4:

Assignment is everything.

"You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit-fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name." John 15:16

We as disciples chose Christ. It is essential for us to realize, however, that Christ first chose us. He not only chose us, He appointed us. He not only appointed us, He appointed us to bear fruit, fruit that will last!

Once we get our assignment straight, then the Father will give whatever we ask in Jesus name.

Let me illustrate an assignment:

Written by Rev. Fred Hartley, President of the College of Prayer International

KINGDOM PRINCIPLE #5:

The consequences are enormous.

"He answered, 'Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father's house, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.'" Luke 16:27-28

As disciples of Christ, we carry a message that has enormous consequences. The rich man in the story thought he had it made. He lived a long life in luxury. When he died he realized that his life on earth was only a vapor that quickly dissipated, and he was going to spend the rest of eternity in agony. If only he had known! He would have lived his life differently. He would have gladly given up everything to avoid this horrible place. He begged Abraham to send Lazarus back to warn his brothers about what was ahead.

Most of the people around us don't have a clue as to what is ahead of them. We have been tasked with helping to bring revival to people and to churches that desperately need to live in light of eternity. The consequences are enormous. May God use us as one of the instruments in His hands to help usher in a revival that will sweep millions into the Kingdom. Pray with us that the College of Prayer will effectively serve the coming move of revival in America and throughout the world.

Written by Rev. Bill Trinidad, Africa Regional Director for the College of Prayer International

KINGDOM PRINCIPLE #6:

Healing Our Receivers

"A person can receive only what is given them from Heaven." John 3:27

Last week God rebuked me. "Fred, your receiver is broken." I knew immediately what He meant. God taught me many years ago to literally hold out my hands palm up when I pray. This is not a religious ritual, but it is a prophetic act declaring that I am actively receiving from Christ while I am praying.

John the Baptist knew this Kingdom principle when he said, "A person can receive only what is given them from Heaven" (John 3:27). Jesus knew this Kingdom principle and that's why He said, "Freely you have received; freely give" in Matthew 10:8. This principle has everything to do with prayer, as recorded in John 16:24b, "Ask and you will receive that your joy may be full."

God has taught me that I have nothing to give that I didn't first receive. This makes it essential that my receiver is functioning properly. So let me ask you a question, do you need healing for your receiver? If so, go ahead and receive it!

Written by Rev. Fred Hartley, President of the College of Prayer International

KINGDOM PRINCIPLE #7:

Kingdom Relationships

"I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you." John 15:15

Any real estate broker will tell you that the key to everything is location, location, location. In the Kingdom of God, the key to everything is relationship, relationship, relationship.

The Kingdom of God travels along relational lines.

The vision of the College of Prayer is to mentor, train and equip Christian pastors and leaders to reach a lost world through a revived church. It's all about relationships.

What I love most about the College of Prayer is that it provides me an opportunity to build Kingdom relationships that build the Kingdom of God in me and provides me opportunities to extend the Kingdom of God in ever-expanding spheres of influence.

Written by Rev. Fred Hartley, President of the College of Prayer International

KINGDOM PRINCIPLE #8:

Heroes or Zeroes

"And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him." Hebrews 11:6

God loves faith. He looks for faith. Faith is the currency of Heaven.

Moses sent twelve spies into the promised land. Ten came back with a bad report. They were zeroes in faith. These ten spies recognized how good the land was, but their view of the size of the people and the challenges they would face led them to come to the conclusion that they should not enter the land or they would die. They gave a bad report. In the face of the challenges they felt like grasshoppers.

Joshua and Caleb, on the other hand, were heroes of faith. They saw the size of the people and accurately understood the challenges they would face, but they also accurately saw the size of their God. For them the challenges became like grasshoppers. They were heroes of faith.

God has given each of us an assignment to advance Christ's Kingdom into new territory. Will you be a hero of faith and understand that with the assignment comes the covenant promise that God is greater than all your challenges? Or will you be a zero of faith and allow the challenges to make you feel like a grasshopper?

Jesus asked, "When the Son of Man returns, will He find faith on the earth?" (Matthew 18:8) If God will use us to continue to advance the Kingdom of Christ, we must do it by faith. Heroes of faith.

Written by Dr. Celestin Koffi, Regional Director for the College of Prayer International in French-speaking West Africa

KINGDOM PRINCIPLE #9:

A World Without Walls

"Whoever is not against us is for us." Mark 9:40

H is an evangelist in some of the most spiritually difficult spots on earth. God's assignment for him is to go to the limited access areas to serve the persecuted church. In some countries H has a death threat on his head, but he never allows that to hinder his travel schedule.

"The Kingdom of God transcends all barriers. Jesus lived in a world without walls," he told me with a half-grin. "Jesus never allowed age, gender, nationalism, tribalism or religious orientation to limit His ministry. We don't need to allow those factors to limit us either. When the disciples tried to hinder the ministry of others, Jesus corrected them, 'Do not stop him. No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything about me. For whoever is not against us is for us.'" Mark 9:39-40

As I listened to my new mentor, I was reminded of the words of Armin Gesswein, who said "God told me, 'Armin, be inclusionary and not exclusionary.' The Kingdom of God builds a big tent. God will judge those who are in error. We should be more inclusionary." The College of Prayer International is intentionally inclusionary. As Kingdom leaders, we want to build a big tent. After all we live in a world without walls.

Written by Rev. Fred Hartley, President of the College of Prayer International

KINGDOM PRINCIPLE #10:

Kingdom Assignments

"See, today I set you over nations and kingdoms…" Jeremiah 1:10

In order for us to effectively advance Christ's Kingdom we need to be sure of our assignment.

See - Only Christ can reveal His specific assignment to us.
Today - There is a particular point in time when the light bulb goes on and we perceive the specific assignment that God has for us.
I - Only God in Christ can reveal our assignment.
Set - With the appointment comes the anointment of Kingdom authority we will need to fulfill the assignment.
You - Every assignment is personal and well defined.
Over - Christ who has all authority on heaven and earth delegates His authority to us.
Nations and Kingdoms - Some dominions are geo-political and some are more fluid, such as the media, education, family, business, economics, government.

While we do not decide the sphere of our assignment, we do qualify by the grace of God. Matthew 25:23 says, "If you are faithful with little, I will place you over much."

Written by Rev. Fred Hartley, President of the College of Prayer International

KINGDOM PRINCIPLE #11:

Fullness of Life

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." John 10:10

In the Kingdom of God, the glass is not half full. The glass is full. Through Jesus, there is fullness of life!

I love my life with Jesus. Because of this, I love sharing Jesus with others. While working with the College of Prayer, I have led more than 50 people to receive life through Jesus Christ. Each has been significant, but the most recent one was amazing.

At our April gathering of The Furnace (which is a new ministry of the College of Prayer International, designed to reach the next generation), a man came in off the street, walked in, and sat down. No one had invited him. No one even knew who he was. During a corporate prayer time, he asked a couple of men to pray with him. He was a desperate man who had recently lost both his wife and his mother. He confessed that, as he was driving past the church to commit suicide, he felt compelled to turn into the church parking lot to find help. In The Furnace where the manifest presence of God was so real, he tore up the suicide note and chose the fullness of life that God gives.

Praise Jesus! He has overcome death and given us fullness of life. Through Him, we "have life, and have it to the full."

Written by Stephen Hartley, Managing Director of the College of Prayer International

KINGDOM PRINCIPLE #12:

Contending for the Call

"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize." 1 Corinthians 9:24

God wants us to contend for His call on our lives.

The bigger the prize the harder the fight.

Fight to win.

Written by Rev. Fred Hartley, President of the College of Prayer International

KINGDOM PRINCIPLE #13 ... or #1:

Defining the Kingdom of God

"May Your Kingdom come soon, may Your will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven." Matt. 6:10

If you know me, you are probably aware that I'm a pretty systematic, organized guy. I always start with step 1 and then move down the line. I've been involved with the College of Prayer for over 10 years, but last month, as I took the reigns of Executive Director, God called me back to step 1: to define what we mean when we mention "The Kingdom of God" or "Advancing God's Kingdom." It's a phrase I was using too lightly, and I don't believe the majority of Christ-followers have taken enough time to dig into defining what God's Kingdom actually is.

One of the most powerful statements Jesus made in providing His disciples with His prayer pattern was "Your Kingdom come, Your will be done." He was literally inviting God's will to be unfolded and declaring that He would be completely yielded to it, no matter the cost. Think about Jesus grieving in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matt. 26:39) fully knowing what was about to transpire. But again, He came back to the idea of "Your Kingdom come, Your will be done." Thank God He did.

Simply put, the Kingdom of God is the will and rule of God being manifested. To advance the Kingdom is to advance God's will. It means we have removed our desires from the equation, taken time to listen, and will now do what God has asked of us, trusting He will give us the tools to accomplish it for His glory.

When we put God's Kingdom in focus, we take ourselves out of focus. Or, as John put it, "He must increase, but I must decrease." Join me today in taking ourselves out of focus so that God's will comes into focus. Together we can advance His Kingdom so His glory fills the earth.

Written by Jon Mitchell, Executive Director of the College of Prayer International