On December 10, 2021, we released a post regarding John and Sandy Halvorsen’s prayer journey across America (Prayer Walk America). They received many responses and were very encouraged. About 50 folks from the Seattle area came out to join them on December 11th as John completed the walk. They brought bells, balloons, flowers, food, and communion elements for all, blew shofars, worshipped, prophesied, prayed, and rejoiced with them as John stepped into the Pacific. Sandy says, “What a marvelous response it was and what a blessing they all were! Also, many folks sent funds into our ministry as a result of the GH15, and it looks as though it is enough to cover John’s expensive hospital bill with his bout with covid last February. Yea God! We thank you, thank you, thank you.”
Friends, you are an incredible group of people! And thank you, by the way, for prayers for Ceci. Some have asked about her. She is improving but still appreciates your prayers.
From a Siege to a Suddenly
“When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly a noise like a violent rushing wind came from heaven, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And tongues that looked like fire appeared to them, distributing themselves, and a tongue rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with different tongues, as the Spirit was giving them the ability to speak out.” Acts 2:1-4 (NASB)
I have heard quite a few sermons over the years about God’s “suddenlies.” (I realize this is not a proper word; the correct wording would be “sudden occurrences,” but that wouldn’t be as catchy for the sermons.) The above passage describing Holy Spirit’s sudden outpouring on the Day of Pentecost is often given as an example. These sudden God-happenings are wonderful when they occur, unless, of course, they are judgments of some sort, as occurred at Sodom (Genesis 19). Paul’s Damascus Road conversion was a “suddenly” (Acts 9), as was Holy Spirit being poured out on the Gentiles (Acts 10). We could mention numerous others from scripture.
A few years back, however, I was somewhat surprised when Holy Spirit spoke to me, playing on this word used in our sermonizing, and said, “Suddenlies are not really suddenlies.” (He does things like this to me!) After allowing me a few moments to untangle my brain, Holy Spirit gave me the revelation behind His statement. When we experience breakthroughs or acts of God which seem sudden - and the actions themselves can indeed take place suddenly - there have typically been prayer and faith “sieges” which caused them. As oxymoronic as it seems, ‘suddenlies’ are indeed, caused by sieges.
Sieges, of course, are defined in part by “time”…as are reaping, investing, building, training, learning, and a host of other worthwhile endeavors. A sudden break in a dam is really “a crack left untreated over time.” A 5-minute Gold Medal ceremony might be better defined as a “Gallons of Sweat and Years of Sacrifice” presentation; a silo filled with grain in a relatively short time frame is actually “a farmer’s lack of sleep, calloused hands, and months of hard work” tower.
I’m sure you get the point. What we call “suddenlies” are usually the last chapters of sieges; breakthroughs are typically the end result of fighting the good fight of faith, and answers to prayer are often the conclusion of a season of intercession. Some things can’t be rushed…and don’t come easily. In our generation, we have been programmed to expect quick results and easy procedures - microwaved lives. But always remember that the prepared-from-scratch meal tastes better and costs a whole lot more, than the microwaved sandwich at the local convenience store. Good things often take time to produce.
I have seen breakthroughs occur after only hours of prayer, but more often than not I’ve experienced them after weeks, months, or years of praying and speaking God’s word into a situation. I’ve shared before in posts the testimony of the girl in a coma, whom I laid hands on and prayed over every week for at least an hour. I did this for a year before the “suddenly” finally occurred. It was worth the wait.
You’ll be glad to know I’m not saying all of this because I feel we are a long way from the breakthroughs we’ve been seeking. On the contrary, I believe many enduring prayer and faith sieges are about to become “suddenlies.” Salvations, deliverances, healings, Holy Spirit outpourings, regional transformations, and more are about to break out. Many bowls of prayer are full (Revelation 5:8; 8:3), faith and endurance, efforts have prevailed, and numerous promises have met their appointed times (Galatians 6:9).
Timing is often one of the determining factors when it comes to supernatural provision. One reason is that many personal breakthroughs are synchronized by God with what He is doing on a larger scale, as He did with Abraham and Sarah. Isaac was born when God’s plan on earth was ready for him. The healing of the man at Gate Beautiful was timed to confirm Christ was the now-risen Messiah.
Your healing may manifest when God is ready to birth a healing ministry or gift in you. Or perhaps it will occur when it can produce more fruit as a sign and wonder - your miracle may not be only for you! It’s possible that your financial provision may manifest when you are mature enough to know what to do - or not do - with the money; or perhaps God is waiting until after the Kingdom endeavor Holy Spirit wants you to support is birthed. The reasons may vary, but I want to encourage you with a prophetic word: many promises are now intersecting their times.
Prepare yourselves. Decree victory. Speak the Word diligently, both as a faith-builder, and a sword. Do this for yourself, your family, work, community, and nation. Your words release your faith, authority, and spiritual power. Speak life! Don’t allow the waiting season to steal your voice - it’s time for breakthrough.
Bind every work of the enemy in your sphere of authority - all of them! When you do, he must stop (Matthew 16:18-19; James 4:7)! Loose those in your circle of relationships who are bound by demonic influence, addictions, and deception. The spirit of unveiling (this is the literal meaning of “revelation”) is invading the atmosphere, making it much more conducive for deliverances to occur. Boldly declare this.
Where America and her restoration is concerned, we are moving into a season of breakthrough, also. God has been working through the prayers of the church, synchronizing many aspects of His plans, including the exposing of evil. The greatest shakings and exposures are still to come. Holy Spirit is going to undo 60 years of leftist, socialistic and humanistic ideology with one earth-shaking revival.
Prayers and decrees must be offered, however, until the finish line is crossed. I cannot emphasize strongly enough that we must be faithful in this season, all the way to the end. Keep praying and believing - our “due season” is near (Galatians 6:9).
Pray with me:
Father, we draw on the fruit of the spirit called “perseverance” at this time. You told me through a prophet, Chuck Pierce, that we must be especially diligent in our prayers through the first quarter of this year. We intend to do so. We will gather to pray, be faithful in our personal prayer times and release a symphony of intercession across the land. Help us to spread the word regarding this.
Remind us that when we have done what You instructed us, You will do as You said and heal our land. Persevering and waiting are not the goal, the breakthrough, the suddenly, is the goal. You said to us, “You have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised,” (Hebrews 10:36 NASB). We have endurance and we shall receive.
We ask You for miracles and breakthroughs regarding our families, our health, our cities, and our nations. We are Caleb’s - we have persevered. Now, Lord, give us our mountain!
We decree that sieges are about to become “suddenlies!”
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