The Greater Reality

For those of you who have been receiving these newsletters in the past you know that I usually begin with some thoughts…just because. So, I was pondering something the other day that has intrigued me some. It has to do with so much negative news coming at us daily concerning the world we live in. We can get lost in the negativity! I once heard Kris Vallotton share a message titled “All truth is not created equal.” It had to do with the understanding that truth is to be viewed vertically rather than horizontally. Some truths are above other truths. The example that comes to mind most often for me is the passage in John where Jesus says “No longer do I call you servants but friends.” Are we still servants? Yes. However, there is now a higher level of truth that Jesus has revealed; that of friendship…we serve but the motivation is now as that of a friend. We see that truth builds upon truth. (I’d encourage you to get a copy of this message; talk to me if you’re interested.)

So, with that background I began to consider the days we are living in today and the thought that there can be “levels” of reality as well, one reality being dominant over or carrying greater “weight” than another. It can be easy to become discouraged with what we see as a disintegrating culture in America, wars around the world, nuclear threats, corruption in governments, etc. The fact is; that is one reality. There is another reality, however. The Kingdom of God is advancing, (Of the increase of His government there will be no end. Isaiah 9:7) and is being positioned to overtake the earth. The question then becomes; which kingdom are you primarily a citizen of? We are all citizens of earth, true. But, I would propose that as believers we are primarily citizens of the Kingdom of God (Philippians 3:20) and it’s from that paradigm that we are to view the issues of the world today. We have hope not because we think the election process will some day deliver us or that some law will usher in societal changes that bring lasting world peace and divine order, but because we are citizens of a Kingdom where hope is a primary DNA….because Jesus is the King!! When we allow ourselves to truly enter into this Kingdom mindset we experience rest rather than  strife, joy instead of despair, order/clarity as opposed to confusion, the celebrating of one another vs. manipulation and jealousy, etc.  The “greater reality” is that the Kingdom of God trumps the kingdoms of this world. The governments of man can not stand as the Kingdom of God marches on to the day when “The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the seas.” Habakkuk 2:14. This is the Word of God and it will prevail. Have hope today. You are in Christ, in the Kingdom of God, citizens of a “greater” reality than the “temporal” reality you see around you. Rejoice in that!

Briefly, the last 2 months we have had Dale Gilmore, director of the Minnesota House of Prayer network come share at the Wilderness and then just last month we heard wonderful testimonies from Cindy Dull and her daughter Angie Bernik from Mankato. Both Cindy and Angie have ongoing stories of how God has redeemed them from much and are now passionately in love with Jesus. Dale shared some of the revival history stories of Minnesota and encouraged us in that he was aware of 12-13 groups across the state of Minnesota that were holding regular meetings of worship/prayer combined. There are many more prayer groups beyond these that meet regularly, of course, and ministries functioning for the purpose of prayer. He encouraged us to keep going!

We will not be meeting this month on Friday night, December 27. And, we will not be having Tuesday night prayers meeting on Christmas Eve or New Years Eve. We will resume our Tuesday night meetings on January 7. The Friday night meeting on January 31 will be a worship focus. A night of worship was suggested and we felt it would be appropriate to give Jesus first place in the New Year and set aside the first Friday night meeting just to worship Him. Looking ahead, Anthony Hulsebus from the Twin Cities will be coming on February 28 – March 1. Then, on March 28 Tom Stamman will be with us as we had to re-schedule him after the initial November date didn’t work out.

A prayer request for us would be to find someone to install 4 windows in the upstairs of the building. We have had the replacement windows on site since last fall and are just waiting on a carpenter to come install them. Yes, we would pay you…J

Also, please pray that we would faithfully walk in step with the Spirit of God at all times. It’s our desire to host the Presence of God well in all we do and to respond to the leading of the Holy Spirit both in prayer and in all meetings held here. We believe in the unique calling of this prayer center to not only serve the ministry of YFC but to serve as a prayer hub for the entire region.

How about you? Is your heart stirred to set aside one night a week to come and gather with other believers in prayer and ministering to the Lord in worship? I’d invite you to make that possibility a prayer focus for yourself. Perhaps even as we approach a new year you’ve been hearing the voice of God calling, inviting.  We meet every Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.  And, you are welcome!

Thank you to all who faithfully support this ministry! We so appreciate each of you. Most of all we are so honored that God has invited each one of us to relationship with Him and that He came up with the idea of prayer to facilitate  amazing adventures with Him. He’s truly magnificent!

God Bless you all. Merry Christmas!

Tim Nelson
Director Wilderness Prayer Center
www.wildernessprc.org
Tim’s Cell 507-525-0349

           

A Call to Prayer

I had the opportunity recently to attend a regional prayer summit in Mankato, MN. How many do you think would turn out for a gathering where prayer is the primary topic? I have to admit that I was surprised when I showed up for the first evening and the place was almost full as nearly 700 people had registered. I would dare say that 10 years ago the turnout would not have been 700; maybe closer to 70, if that. So, what is the reason that prayer has become such a passion for people? The Holy Spirit is calling people to pray and believers are hearing and responding. As I’ve been reminded both at the prayer summit and also through other voices; one of the primary reasons for this acceleration in prayer activity around the globe is because the Lord desires relationship with His people, the church, His bride. But, why now? What is so significant about this time we’re living in that the Lord would extend a universal call to the church that would result in an unprecedented response of saying “yes” to prayer? Maybe asking a few questions at this point would be of help. For example…What if our place in prayer is not so much about asking, pleading or begging God to do something but rather primarily about us drawing close to our Father so that we are trained up in hearing His voice, coming to a place of more fully knowing His heart…and His ways. What if it’s about friendship with God? What if the focus is not so much, “Lord, this is what we need”…. but rather, “Lord, what are You doing? What do You see in this situation? What do You want us to hear?  How can we agree with You regarding the matters on Your heart?” And, how about this? What if this truly is a significant season on God’s calendar whereby He is preparing us to move with Him into new territory…a new age perhaps? What if our Father knows that for us to make that transition we really need to hear His voice and that it is critical we hear Him well? (Our good friend, Mark Hendrickson, has written about this very topic). This perspective is freeing to me. The emphasis shifts from what or how much we do – even in prayer – and places us in a place of resting in God, hearing His voice and responding to it. Now it becomes mostly about spending time with and getting to know God as our inner man recognizes a “change in the wind” concerning the season of time we are living in. It’s about coming away to be with our Father. It’s about union with the God of the universe. In His presence there is no lack, no anxiousness, no fear. Any “striving” now is according to Hebrews 4:11 where we are encouraged to “strive” or “be diligent” in entering His rest.

Upcoming at the Wilderness: First, I want to thank John Frerichs and Charles and Karen Johnsrud for leading the meeting on August 30. Vicky and I were away that night and these folks stepped up and really blessed us.

In June we hosted Mikhael Murnane, Messianic Jewish pastor from Jerusalem. Please pray for Mikhael and his family as they live every day in the middle of uncertainty in Israel. In July we welcomed Ryan Hawley from the Jonathan House in Rochester as he was with us to minister over a 2 day period. Both of these meetings were very rich; many were greatly blessed!

On our next Friday night meeting – September 27 – we will be having Mary Adriano from Kansas City with us. Mary has a resume as a writer, is a student of the Hebrew scriptures, is involved in film making in Kansas City, is a mother of 5, grandmother of 8, wife of 45 years and seeks to be led by the Spirit rather than tradition when it comes to spiritual matters. The month of September is a special time for the Jews as they recognize and celebrate the Jewish New Year. The Feast of Tabernacles is observed September 20-27 this year; Mary might have some thoughts on that as well.

On October 8 Mark and Deb Hendrickson will be here for our Tuesday night prayer meeting. I’ve asked Mark to share some things that evening. I heard him share a message at Destiny Church in Rochester last spring and it was good enough that I wanted to have him share it with our folks! Anyone is welcome to come. I know it’s October – harvesting – Tuesday night etc. We take em when we can get em! We meet at 7:00 p.m.

For our Friday night meeting on October 25 we’ll be holding an “in house” meeting. And then on November 29 we are having Tom Stamman for a return visit. There will be no Friday night meeting in December.

We also meet every Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. and you certainly have a standing invitation to join us for worship/prayer those evenings. We’d love to have you come.

That’s a quick outline for the scheduled meetings the rest of this year. We hope you can make it to some of them.

We still have some work to do on the building. New windows are on sight and will be installed soon. They are very necessary as the upstairs windows are in very tough shape and need to be replaced. Other updates to the exterior of the building will have to wait until next year. We have some siding issues and the west wall needs paint pretty soon.

Thank you to all who have blessed the Wilderness Prayer Center financially. We are so amazed at how God provides the resources needed to do what He calls us to do.

We pray He blesses you all a lot!

Tim Nelson
Director Wilderness Prayer Center
www.wildernessprc.org
Tims Cell 507-525-0349

Righteousness and Justice

The Lord has impressed a couple scriptures on me recently.  I’d like to share one of them with you. Psalm 89:14 “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; mercy/love (unfailing love, steadfast love) and faithfulness go before You…or “before Your face”. I love the picture here. Can you see it? It’s like love, mercy, faithfulness are continually passing before the face of the Father as He looks upon Your circumstance and pronounces righteous judgment in every situation out of a foundation and motivation of love! This was the initial verse that was impressed on me one morning as I was praying. A couple days later I read essentially the same verse in Psalm 97:2, “Clouds and darkness surround Him; Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne”. So, I started doing some investigating. Do you know how often “righteousness and justice” are paired together in scripture? Lots! Let me give you a sampler. Psalm 33:5, “He loves righteousness and justice; The earth if full of the goodness of the Lord”. Psalm 103:6, “The Lord executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed”. Hosea 2:19, “I will betroth You to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth You to Me in righteousness and justice, in lovingkindness and mercy”. (How about that one? Is this suggesting that it’s the justice of God that we are betrothed to Him? I think so! This is all made possible because of the perfect sacrifice of Jesus – not our own worthiness – but His!) So, if we truly posture our hearts before God and see ourselves seated with Him in heavenly places, (Ephesians 2:6)  then does it not follow that we are to pray from a perspective of heaven to earth and declare along with the Father, “Righteousness and justice” into our circumstances? We can be assured that we are praying according to the heart of the Father and decreeing things from heaven to earth. He has shown us in His word over and over that this is His heart. We can pray with real confidence when recognizing this reality. Let’s go for it!

Allow me to brief you on a number of recent happenings as well as the upcoming schedule of events at the Wilderness. Mark and Deb Hendrickson shared at our January meeting. Mark actually taught on the dual realities of the believer; We are seated with Christ in the heavenlies while also walking on “terra firma” as Mark likes to say. He taught and challenged us to pray decreeing, proclaiming prayers, as opposed to beggarly prayers as we learn to embrace our identities as sons of God (gender neutral) and priests/kings who have been created to co-rule with Jesus. In March we were privileged to have the Jonathan House team from Rochester here. Ryan Hawley shared a powerful, challenging message on cutting off those things that hinder us from entering into the full destiny that God has called us to and created us for. Those who were there will remember the passage from 1 Kings 19 and the story of Elisha being anointed a prophet to succeed Elijah and the choice Elisha had to make in that moment. Bob and Betty Walker were also here and ministered alongside Ryan and others in a time of prayer ministry for those who requested.

On Friday night, April 26 we had David Gravgaard and a group of his prophetic friends from Willmar with us. Some of you might remember that David, (who was with Graham Cooke at his church in Vacaville, CA for 5 years) was here with a group in January of 2012.

A Year of Blessing

Beloved,

It has been a year of blessing at the Wilderness Prayer Center. We have hosted anointed guests who have released the Word of the Lord and ministered over people in prayer and prophecy. We have encountered God in our Tuesday night prayer meetings as well as our Friday night meetings. We hosted a National Day of Prayer gathering in May. We have seen the beginning of bi-weekly “prayer cycles” where volunteers come and pray for an hour on a continual basis. We have also seen the start of youth worship nights (3 have been held to date) with the plan to meet once a month beginning on Saturday night January 19 this coming month.

In addition, God has provided financially in amazing fashion. We rarely mention financial needs and yet people have given freely so that we have no outstanding bills. We have been able to bless those who have come to minister with financial provision as well. God has been faithful….and very good.

I believe God has been unveiling truth to our hearts at an accelerated pace. We have become so much more aware over the past few months/years of who we are “in Christ” and who He has called and anointed us to be as His sons. As this has taken place we have recognized the invitation to assume prayer postures that would elevate us from continual asking/pleading prayers to more authoritative and declarative prayer. Along this journey of transformation we have been increasingly amazed at the goodness of God and His amazing grace in His plan of “redemption unto reigning” that He provides for His beloved sons. Truly, our God is an awesome God!

Beginning January 8 as a part of our Tuesday night prayer meetings we will be listening to a CD series by Randall Worley on “The Mystery of Christ In You”. This is a teaching that was given to me by some friends. It is so good! It will change the way you think and will, again, lead to a shift in the way we approach God in prayer.  Bill Johnson has called Randall Worley “the greatest Bible teacher he knows”. That’s pretty lofty stuff coming from B.J. So, consider marking your calendars and join us on January 8 at 7:00 p.m.

I would like to make you aware of our upcoming schedule over Christmas and the New Year. We will not be holding our monthly Friday night meeting this month that would normally be held December 28. We will not be meeting either December 25 or January 1 for our normal Tuesday night prayer meetings.  We will resume our normal schedule on Tuesday night January 8 at 7:00 p.m. and then continue with our Friday night meetings on January 25. So, the next Friday night Worship in the Wilderness meeting will be held on January 25 at 7:00 p.m.

Housekeeping item: We have purchased 4 new windows to be installed soon for the upstairs rooms. We were given an amazing price from Lindsay Windows in Mankato. This will complete the replacing of all windows in the building.

Finally, to share a practical need; if anyone has a desire to help out with cleaning the building please let me know. We could use someone to come and clean – dusting, vacuuming, windows, etc. maybe once a month. This would be a real help and we’d be very grateful.

God bless you this Christmas season.

Tim Nelson
Director Wilderness Prayer Center
www.wildernessprc.org
Tim’s Cell #507-525-0349

An Exciting Time to be Alive!

I trust you’ve had great summers. It’s truly an exciting time to be alive! God is building His church through the transforming work of the Holy Spirit in His sons and daughters (Romans 12:2, 2 Corinthians 3:18), Who is declaring mysteries long hidden concerning the identity of the believer (Gal. 4:5-7) and the appointed destiny for the church (you and I) who have been (and are being) delivered from condemnation and shame for the purpose of releasing the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven even as Jesus is manifested in and through His saints and even as all creation groans for the revealing of the sons of God. (Romans 8:22) Once you said “Yes” to Jesus and trusted in His completed work on the cross on your behalf to fully atone for your sins you became a citizen of the Kingdom of God and as such are now “strangers and aliens” in this world. Saints of God, you are a unique creature! You are a new creation in Christ, one never before witnessed on the earth. You are not like the Old Testament saints who believed in a coming Redeemer but did not have the present reality of Christ within. You have Christ in you , the hope of glory. (Col.1:27) We can often times allow amazing truths to get by us without letting it permeate our very souls. Let’s agree to ponder these things in coming days. The Holy Spirit will release revelation as we set our hearts in the pursuit of Truth.

To recap the last couple months at the Wilderness Prayer Center:

In June we hosted Mikhael Murnane and his daughter, Orijah for a weekend of meetings. Mikhael pastors in Jerusalem, Israel in a Messianic Jewish congregation and is also involved in a number of other ministry functions there. Orijah came along and shared of the things happening in Israel among the youth. Mikhael spoke each night Friday through Sunday as well as Saturday afternoon. He taught on the Jewish feasts, the covenants and both he and Orijah shared stories of God’s divine protection of friends and family as they live with daily threats from hostile nations all around – and within Israel itself. (If we have him back another time I’m going to ask him to share more of those stories..:)

In July we had Noel Johnson with us. Noel shared some of his testimony and how God has led him out of darkness and bondage to a place of freedom in Jesus. He has been with Youth With A Mission in Hawaii for a couple years, seeing God do amazing things such as salvations as well as healings, supernatural provision, divine encounters, etc.

On August 31 Tom Stamman will be with us. Tom has been here a couple times before and has a strong prophetic anointing as well as leading a large oversees ministry feeding and caring for orphans in over 50 countries. Meeting time will be at 7:00 p.m.

Each Tuesday we continue to meet for worship, prayer, fellowship. We’d love to have you join us. It’s been interesting to me to see how God has called people to come out. Most who have been coming would say that they felt the Holy Spirit directed them to come. There is the recognition of the value in corporate prayer and the value in agreeing with others in prayer.

Also, every other Tuesday we have prayer cycles – 1 hour blocks of time where individuals and/or couples or potentially groups – come to pray for one hour over our region, nation and world.  If you would like to participate in this opportunity you may call Bob Scrabeck at 507-383-0756 and he will work with you to schedule a time.

A relatively new meeting that has been held on two separate occasions now is for primarily youth. Taylor Olson has been leading a group of teens in nights of worship, prayer, devotional time. The next scheduled night for the youth is Saturday night, September 15 at 7:00 p.m. I’d really encourage any youth or youth minded folks to be aware of this and come on out. Talk it up with your youth groups and spread the word around. Taylor told me that one of his friends has set up a facebook page for the Wilderness Prayer Center. (I’m not yet on facebook…J) For those of you who are, go ahead and check it out. Give Taylor a call at 507-525-3857 for more information on the youth nights.

We have underground wiring now installed to hook up lights for the Wilderness Prayer Center sign on the front lawn. We’d like to thank Steve Jacobson and Rick Wright of Blue Earth Electric Service for their work on that. We expect to have the lights installed any day now. This will give good awareness of the Prayer Center at night for folks driving by or perhaps looking to find it on meeting nights. We’ve had people drive right by without noticing it was there….:)

Also, we’d like to thank Mark Dundas for installing a new (used) sound system. Mark donated his time and much equipment including 5 mics and boom stands, mixer, speakers and monitors with all cables. This is a huge blessing to us. Thank You Mark!

Thank you to all who have given so generously in a financial way. We really value your partnership. We have a few upcoming projects that we are hoping to complete before long. There are 4-5 windows in the upper level that need to be replaced and we’d like to get the west outside wall painted yet this year.

I want to share one final story. Earlier this month I was at a meeting where Ravi Kandal, who was featured in the new documentary by Darren Wilson called “Father of Lights” was speaking. Ravi shared that the Lord had spoken to him regarding the future of the United States and the fact that our destiny does not lie in the hands of Democrat or Republican. It doesn’t rest on who is in the White House. The future of America lies in the hands of the intercessors! Beloved, let us be those who pray! Let’s be of those who cry out day and night declaring the advancing Kingdom of God in the earth. We must not be of those who see the darkness and cower in fear, trembling as we see the increase in darkness with our natural eye. We must have our eyes trained to see and fix our gaze on the promises of God who dispels darkness with His very presence – even His presence in us! “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them (any antichrist spirit), because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

Blessings,

Tim Nelson

Director Wilderness Prayer Center

www.wildernessprc.org

Tim’s Cell 507-525-0349

An Intriguing Prayer Model

I’d be curious to see what you think of this prayer model drawn from the following passage:

In 1 John 5:14-15 we read, “And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15) And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.”

As I read these verses I had the following prayer progression come to mind…. It seems that we begin with petition – asking God for something that we know to be according to His desire. For example, we know that God’s desire is for His Kingdom to be established on earth as it is in heaven; Jesus instructed us to pray for that. So, we ask God for His Kingdom to be established by way of petition. Next, we start to confess it – profess it. Our hearts maybe don’t really understand or have the faith initially to lay hold of this reality but we are professing something by faith. (As I’ve experimented with this type of progression thankfulness seems to naturally be a part of this step and the following steps) Next we move from profession to proclamation. The difference between profession and proclamation is that our hearts are engaging with the conviction that this is truly a reality that God will deliver on. As we’ve been confessing it (or we can say professing….starts with p…J) we naturally begin to believe what we’re professing and our hearts come alive with the conviction that this is truly happening! Now we see ourselves as God sees us – seated with Christ in the heavenlies – and we proclaim/declare what we initially began asking for.  Begin by asking, then professing, then proclaiming. The fourth step is praise. By now our hearts and mind are absolutely convinced of the goodness of God to respond to our hearts cry since our own heart has moved into right alignment with His in this. It is a done deal even if we have not seen the full manifestation of it on earth. We just move into a posture of praise as we know that it has been settled in heaven. My sense is that each step is ordered by the Spirit. But, I’m thinking (Tims’ theology maybe) that the asking part is probably a one time thing.  We move through the other dimensions according to our own hearts’ response and our ability to carry faith to move us to the next level. So, there you go: Petition, Profession, Proclamation, Praise. Intriguing??

In April we hosted Mark and Deb Hendrickson for 2 nights of meetings at the Wilderness. The Presence of the Lord was sweet in worship and Mark shared on a couple different topics including supernatural provision and our identity in Christ as well as ministering prophetically. They were wonderful nights of fellowship.

On May 3rd we hosted a National Day of Prayer meeting as we gathered to pray over our nation and minister to the Lord in worship. Again, the Presence of the Lord was evident and people engaged in prayer freely.

On May 25 we held our monthly Friday night meeting with several guests from the Twin Cities including Josh Edwards, Anthony Hulsebus, Brad Penner, Heather Deters and Jeff and Trish Vogelsang. Jeff is originally from Wells and Josh from Albert Lea. This meeting was powerful in every sense from the moment these guys showed up and immediately began worshiping, interceding and declaring things over the meeting. Once the meeting started we just continued the flow. Josh shared some amazing things by way of dreams that he has had concerning the southern MN region, all of which have been confirmed in ways that only God can do. There were powerful prayers, declarations and prophetic words released. It was truly a remarkable night.

Then, on Tuesday nights we have seen the Lord ramping things up as well. The number of people attending is growing and the depth of our prayer/worship is growing. It’s exciting to see how growth is happening as the Spirit moves us into new dimensions of His Presence and, I believe, His anointing for prayer. People will say the reason they are there is that God has called them to be a part of these meetings. How about you? Has the Lord been tugging at your heart to come and see what these meetings are all about? If so, I’d encourage you to respond to His voice, see what the Lord may have for you and engage with us in praying for, ultimately, His Kingdom to be manifest on earth as it is in heaven. Meeting time is 7:00 p.m. every Tuesday night.

Another prayer opportunity is to join us in our prayer cycles. Every other Tuesday we have people coming for 1 hour blocks of time and we schedule consecutively so that prayer is unbroken for as long as we have people to come pray. Let us know if you would like to be included in these prayer blocks.

Coming up in June we have Mikhael Murnane coming to be with us for 3 nights and one afternoon of meetings the weekend of June 22-24. Mikhael is a Messianic Jewish pastor from Jerusalem who is visiting the upper Midwest for a few weeks. We’ve been in contact with him for several months concerning the possibility of him coming to share with us while he is in the states and it has worked out for him to come that weekend. He will be speaking each night at 7:00 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday and also Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. Also on Saturday afternoon at 5:00 we are serving a meal for anyone to come and be with us and visit with Mikhael and his daughter, Oriyah, who will be accompanying him on this trip. Mikhael will be speaking on a number of things including updating us on the current situation in Israel, prophecy, Hebrew roots, Jewish feasts, Pentecost and its’ parallels in Old and New Testament, etc. It should be a fascinating weekend. Please consider coming and inviting a friend or two.

As always we want to thank you for remembering us in your giving. We are looking at completing the replacing of windows – this time the upper level rooms. We are also in the process of having bunk beds built for those rooms. Before long we’ll be able to house folks overnight pretty comfortably for retreats and/or gatherings that require an overnight stay. Our hope is that the upper level can be completed yet this year.

We believe God is moving in our area as well as around the world. These prayer centers are evidence of His intention to release a great awakening and the fact that we have a prayer center locally points to the understanding that He will not pass us by. You have the opportunity to come and be a part of this as we pray and believe God for His Spirit to move in our churches, ministries, schools, communities, families, businesses.

Amen, Come Holy Spirit.

Blessings,

 

Tim Nelson

Director Wilderness Prayer Center

www.wildernessprc.org

Tims’ Cell: 507-525-0349

 

I should mention that we have video copies of the meetings with Mark and Deb as well as the May 25 meeting with Josh and friends. We recorded everything except the Friday night worship with Hendricksons. (Boo – it was extremely powerful too! Wish we would have taped it. But, we learned we just need to keep the video running because we don’t know how/when the Holy Spirit may move) These video recordings are yours for the asking. No charge. Donation on your part is optional.

Impossibility to Destiny

In reading through some past notes in my journal I came across a couple things that I felt like maybe I should share in this newsletter. A few weeks ago I was struck by Psalms 114 which reads, “When Israel came out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language, Judah became God’s sanctuary, Israel His dominion. The sea looked and fled. The Jordan turned back. The mountains skipped like rams, the hills like lambs. Why was it, O sea, that you fled? Why, O Jordan, did you turn back? Why, O you mountains did you skip like rams and you hills, like lambs? Tremble O earth at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob, Who turned the rock into a pool of water and Who turned the hard rock into springs of water.”

Here’s some of what I took from this passage: The things that seem to cut us off from our destiny – circumstances, bondages, etc. can be likened to the sea, the Jordan river, mountains, and hills. Often, what we see as hindrances – even impossibilities – God sees as opportunities to display His greatness. Our pathways to destiny – our “promised land” – leads right through that which seems to hold us back and cut us off. There is a pathway through into destiny and it is marked by His presence. Find His presence; find the pathway. Why did the sea, mountains, hills, etc. react as described in the passage? “Tremble O earth at the Presence of the Lord….”  It was His Presence that caused such a response.

I mentioned that I came across a couple things. Here is the second. This goes back a few years but I found in my notes a prayer that I had prayed regarding a specific circumstance that seemed, at the time, to be too difficult to overcome. I remembered that this particular situation had been resolved long ago in what both my wife and I saw as the hand of God. The resolution had come suddenly and swiftly in a manner that each of us could only attribute to the intervention of God. It was as though God had said, “Enough” and it was over. Most likely there are those of you who are facing something that seems overwhelming at this particular time. Whether it be financial, relational, physical, emotional, etc….if it looks like a mountain from your perspective could it be that somewhere in that circumstance there is a pathway to your destiny? Could it be that He would want to turn your “rock” and that “hard rock” mentioned in Psalm 114 – those things that seem immovable and overwhelming to you – into a pool of refreshment as you become more aware of His Presence in the midst of it somehow?

In 2 Chronicles 14 we read of Asa, a Godly king of Judah who was facing an impossible situation. Asa had an army of 580,000 men. However, his adversary, Zerah of Ethiopia, had an army of 1 million. So, Asa was outnumbered nearly 2 to 1. Impossible situation? Here is what Asa prayed. From 2 Chronicles 14:11, “Then Asa called  to the Lord his God and said, “Lord, there is no one besides Thee to help in the battle between the powerful and those who have no strength; so help us, O Lord our God, for we trust in Thee and in Thy Name have come against this multitude. (powers, principalities, impossibilities) O Lord Thou are our God; let not man (powers, principalities, impossibilities) prevail against Thee.”  Asa realized this was not his battle. As he prayed his perspective shifted so that in the end he said, “let not man prevail against Thee”. He had surrendered the fight to God Himself. Asa no longer “owned” the battle – he had given it (in his heart) to God. The result of this prayer was that “The Lord routed the Ethiopians before Asa and before Judah and the Ethiopians fled”. (vs.12) And, “the Ethiopians were shattered before His army…” vs. 13.

If you’re facing something bigger than you can handle I’d invite you to borrow the prayer of Asa today. Pray as Asa did, surrender the issue to God Himself recognizing the battle is not yours. Release it to the Father and turn your heart to trust, knowing that He is good and His purposes for you are good.

My, I didn’t intend to go that long. If you’re still with me….I was told we had a wonderful meeting on Friday, March 30. I received a number of text messages saying things like, “Great meeting, very good night, etc.” (Vicky and I were in CA that week). We have a number of meetings upcoming in the next few months.

On Friday and Saturday, April 20-21 we have Mark and Deb Hendrickson coming to share. The focus will be primarily principles from Marks’ book “Supernatural Provision”. Both meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. and all are welcome to attend. Saturday night we are serving a meal beginning at 5:00 open to any who would like to come for fellowship with Mark and Deb. It would be helpful if you are coming for the meal to let us know so we can plan numbers a little bit. Also, Saturday afternoon at 4:00 with Mark & Deb we are having a gathering of those who have been coming to pray in our prayer cycles or any who are interested in becoming part of this prayer emphasis. Please make note of this time as we come together and share thoughts, ideas and strategies.

Then, Thursday, May 3rd we are hosting a National Day of Prayer event beginning at 7:00 p.m. Again, all are welcome to attend and join us as we pray for our nation and any other focuses the Lord may lead us to.

Our regular schedule remains: Each Tuesday night prayer meeting at 7:00 p.m. Each final Friday of the month “Worship In The Wilderness” at 7:00 p.m. Every other Tuesday prayer cycles from afternoon to evening. For more information regarding the prayer cycles and/or if you want to become involved call Bob Scrabeck or myself. Our numbers are listed below.

A summary of meetings can be found at our website as well. We are considering a number of other possibilities for guests; if you would pray for wisdom and discernment regarding these we’d really appreciate it! Thank You!

Our monthly operating costs are approximately $550. Thank you for considering this ministry in your giving.

Blessings,

Tim Nelson
Director Wilderness Prayer Center
www.wildernessprc.org

Tim’s Cell # 507-525-0349

Bob Scrabeck Cell # 507-383-0756

Genuine Faith

I’d been contemplating on what to focus on for this letter when I had an unusual experience – at least for me. I woke up during the night with a variety of questions dancing in my mind. As this was so unusual I took particular note and wrote some of them down. I’ll share them with you but would suggest you might want to pause after each one and consider what the Lord might be saying through each one to you. Here are the questions that came to mind:

Is your faith worth anything? (This was the initial one; wow…) Also…Do you have faith in God or do you have faith in what you believe about God?…Are you a friend of God or are you a friend of your theology?…Are you pursuing Jesus or are you pursuing doctrine?…(Just because you have a map doesn’t mean you have arrived at your destination…outdated analogy, I know)

A scripture also came to mind. 1 Peter 1:7 says, “…that the genuineness of your faith being much more precious than gold which perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

My thoughts on this: Our theology must lead us to Jesus. Our theology doesn’t save us. Jesus saves us. Sometimes I wonder if we’d take a stand for Jesus as aggressively as we’d defend our theology. If our faith is genuine –  and therefore worth anything – it must be faith in Jesus as opposed to a doctrinal position.

Am I splitting hairs? Maybe…maybe not. We know that the enemy’s primary weapon is deception. In fact, that’s really the only “tool” he has. He can’t rely on truth – at least full truth. Rather he’ll take partial truth and lace it with error and the undiscerning believer is often willing to accept it as full truth. So, we go to war over our positions because we believe we have the fullness. We end up with doctrinal divide that really does divide/isolate us even though we know God’s heart is unity among His children. (Ps.133)

How do we know if our faith rests in Jesus or if it may rest in doctrine? How do we know if we’re pursuing Jesus or pursuing doctrine? A scripture that comes to mind is Hebrews 11:6 which says,  “Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” So, how does He reward those who pursue Him? He rewards us with Himself. Right doctrine will offer “rewards” such as pride, aloofness, judgment towards others, the belief that we’ve settled the issues in our own minds and that we’re right – everyone else is wrong – too bad for them but it’s good to be me. Sounds like Pharisee thoughts to me.

On the other hand, if we are truly pursuing Jesus Himself the reward looks more like…life on the inside, love on the inside, peace on the inside, compassion rather than judgment towards others. It’s the burning heart that comes through relationship with Him – He gives us Himself. He is our great reward! We will have desire for others to know and experience Jesus as we have come to know Him. This becomes our primary motivation for evangelism. It’s not to indoctrinate others to “think like us”. It’s to direct them to relationship with Jesus. As people connect with Jesus they are positioned to know Truth through the One who is Truth. We must encounter Jesus. If, in our pursuit of truth we never arrive at the place of heart encounter with Him we’ve only acquired argumentative positions that we then feel obligated to defend. We won’t impress God with what we know. We must know Him.

I can give a brief summary from recent happenings at the Wilderness Prayer Center. We have been meeting every Tuesday night at 7:00 for prayer and worship. Anyone is always welcome to come! We’ve also been praying every other Tuesday as part of our prayer cycles where we fill time slots on a continual basis for as long as we have people to pray. Typically we are finding one hour slots work well. We are praying for local, regional, national, world issues. We’ll begin sometime in the afternoon and pray into the evening with someone filling the prayer room. If you are at all curious and would be willing to try it for a week just give either myself or Bob Scrabeck a call and we’ll find a time slot that works for you. Come alone or bring a friend(s). Bob has been handling the scheduling for this prayer effort. (Phone numbers included at end of letter)

Also, we’ve been meeting the last Friday of each month. The most recent Friday night meeting was January 27. We had a wonderful night of worship, teaching by David Gravgaard (Willmar, MN) and then a powerful time of ministering prophetically over people by David and his team of 3 others who came along with him. It seems like each Friday night meeting is special and unique in some way. This was no exception. This  night was pretty amazing. Quite a number of people came out even though the weather was iffy. The Lord was present and it was very good.

We’ll be meeting again on February 24 at 7:00 p.m. Please listen to KJLY or call me if weather is questionable before coming.

Thank you to all who have supported the Wilderness Prayer Center through your prayers, financial gifts, serving in any way.

Blessings,

Tim Nelson
Director Wilderness Prayer Center
www.wildernessprc.org
Tim’s Cell 507-525-0349

Bob Scrabeck Cell 507-383-0756

The Mind of Christ

I was meditating on the scripture passage this morning that says, “We have the mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 2:16) As I was thinking on this and the implications of what this means I had another thought come….”You also have a treadmill”. I thought that seemed pretty interesting and I realized that idea didn’t come from my natural mind. What was the point? I knew immediately. It’s true that those of us who have been born again and come into a living relationship with Jesus have the mind of Christ. It’s also true that I have a treadmill. The treadmill does me no good unless I get on it and use it. I felt like the Lord was saying the fact that I, as a believer, have the mind of Christ is only partial fulfillment of actually living with the mind of Christ engaged. Coming into relationship with Jesus and receiving the mind of Christ from the Spirit gives us an option – we can learn to function differently by exercising the mind of Christ which we now have available to us – or we can continue to live being led by our carnal, natural mind. It becomes a choice for us. Many Christians today live frustrated. They wrestle with things they probably don’t need to be wrestling with and sometimes I’m seeing that it comes down to the fact that they are still trying to live a sanctified faith walk but approaching it from a place of reasoning with their natural mind. The day we are living in and the season of difficulty coming upon the world will not allow us to continue functioning from a place of human reason. We must learn to walk out our faith journey with the mind of Christ fully functioning. Let’s pick it up off the shelf (or wherever we may have placed it) and learn to think with it! For many we haven’t even taken it out of the box and don’t know what it really looks like or how it works! Like the shiny new treadmill that looks so inviting in the store but somehow gets neglected at home we put it aside where we won’t be reminded that we’re not using it and go about our daily lives thinking there must be more to Spirit-led living than this! And, like the treadmill, once we start using it the adrenaline begins to flow and we realize this is a good thing. So it is with actually exercising the mind of Christ. What do think about that? (Try using the mind of Christ as you respond….-)” So much more could be said about this……

We’ve begun with the prayer cycles at the Wilderness. We are currently alternating between Monday and Tuesday each week and have been seeing volunteers come and cover anywhere from 6 to 7 hours each day. We have been beginning at 3:00 in the afternoon and going until about 10:00 in the evening. So, one day a week we have someone praying on site for that amount of time. I don’t know how to say this without you feeling like I’m really twisting your arm but you should really get involved! I’m truly not saying that to just add numbers and build up the prayer momentum, although that would be reason enough. But, there is something about coming aside, focusing only on the Lord, allowing yourself to be inconvenienced to the point of driving a distance and then entering into the afterglow from the previous person who was there…. I tell you the Lord sees the sacrifice made as we tag team in prayer in this way. He meets us in that place and we end up encouraged and strengthened in our spirit. We can add anyone and everyone and will find a time slot that works for you. Come alone or come with someone. Should you feel drawn to participate you can e-mail myself or Bob Scrabeck. bigbobbyrobert@gmail.com  Bob has been handling the scheduling for us. At some point we may look at coming together on a weekend or evening to rally the troops and assess how things are going, fine tune our objectives and share thoughts/ideas about any improvements or adjustments that could be made to enhance the prayer effectiveness. I’m excited about the potential of this prayer initiative as we join together in interceding for the things the Lord lays before us and as we learn how to really enjoy our time with Jesus in the prayer room(s). This is more than just a regional expression; we are joining the body of Christ around the world in praying for His Kingdom to come to earth as it is in heaven. Consider yourself invited to join the local army. I love what Lou Engle and the folks from The Call Detroit used as a rallying cry to those attending the day of prayer there. ”No cost, just sacrifice

Each Tuesday night we continue to meet for prayer and worship at 7:00 p.m. We’d love to have you come! Just show up, stay as long as you like.

The last Friday of each month we have been meeting as well. Each meeting is unique – some larger than others in number. Each meeting has value. Many have visible impact. We meet at 7:00 and go until people go home. We call it “Worship In The Wilderness”. We think the Lord calls it “good”.

Thank you for remembering us both in prayer and in giving. Any finances we receive come from donations. And, this prayer center covets your prayers, too!

Blessings,

Tim Nelson
Director Wilderness Prayer Center
www.wildernessprc.org

Tim’s Cell 507-525-0349
Tim’s e-mail tvnels@bevcomm.net

Leaven

It’s a scriptural principle, and one we’ve probably observed in life as well, that “a little leaven leavens the whole lump”. (1 Cor.5:6, Gal.5:9  “Leaven” is used in both negative and positive applications in scripture)  For example, it doesn’t take much for most spices to noticeably alter the flavor in a prepared menu item. The flavor spreads throughout and has significant effect even though it is not something we can see in the finished product. So it is with prayer. Beloved, we can have huge impact through unified, faith-filled prayer over this region. One of the keys as we continue to learn how to pray, (Lord, teach us to pray) is discovering what the heart of the Spirit is. We read in Romans 8:26-27, “In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” As we wait, listen and then respond to the Spirits’ moving in our hearts we can pray with confidence, knowing that we’re only praying what is already on the Lords’ heart.

It has been a growing desire for me, personally, to see our prayer focuses become increasingly honoring to other ministries, churches, cities, businesses, schools, families, etc. In other words, that we would find ourselves in a position of earnestly desiring blessing and favor to be released in a greater way over others where we may not have direct benefit from their blessing. So, for example, how about praying increase over that business that could be seen as a competitor? Or how about praying increased blessing over the farmer across the section who just rented some land from you? (OuchJ) What about praying for God’s increased Presence for the church on the other side of town? I’m wanting to learn to pray more “unconventionally”. I believe that might be the result if we truly take the time to listen for what the heart of the Spirit is telling us before we enter into intercession. We believe that God supplies our every need. So, maybe we can learn something as we turn our focus to others and watch our hearts expand in unexplainable desire for their good. We don’t abandon prayer practices that have served well. We just “explore” a bit more in areas we maybe haven’t gone before. Let the adventure begin!
Moving on….To give a quick recap of the last couple meetings: On September 25 we had Noel Johnson come share with about 40 youth and 30 or more adults. Noel shared his story of encountering God as a teenager, drifting far from Him and then coming back into relationship with Him a little over 3 years ago. Today he is part of Youth With A Mission and has spent time overseas in ministry as well as in Hawaii and California. At least one young teenager gave his heart to Jesus that night. Many others received prayer ministry.

Then Friday night, September 30, Tom Stamman of Impact Ministries came and ministered in teaching, sharing some of the work Impact does in other countries as they now feed about 5000 orphans each month and also releasing prophetic words over most everyone there. Many were touched and at least two came to Christ. So, the meetings have proved to be fruitful.

Tuesday night we continue to meet regularly at 7:00 p.m. as we worship and pray together. These meetings are also quite significant for those of us attending. We would be glad to have many more come and join us. Let’s learn to explore and discover together the joys, excitement and power yet to be tapped from launching out into “unconventional” prayer, releasing blessing on those who we may consider the least likely targets for God’s favor.

We have heard from several who would be interested in making a commitment to come and pray at the Wilderness once a week for at least 30 minutes. Our vision is to see a block(s) of continuous prayer each week. I am not sure when we may get this launched but it is on our heart and we intend to proceed as soon as we can. My appeal for each one is that you’d prayerfully consider if God might be directing you to become involved in this prayer initiative. Please contact me with your interest and we’ll add you to the growing list of enlistees. (See Directors blog “Opportunity” from July 28 at www.wildernessprc.org for more detail and a bit more clarification of intent)

I would also like to make you aware of a significant financial need. We have a wonderful facility to meet in that is much more efficient than previous. We have installed 20+ new windows, 3 new furnaces as well as air conditioning, new carpet upstairs and stairways, insulated the entire attic and walls, paint, kitchen appliances, removal of basement carpet and cleaned up tile floor, new shingles and some roof boards on south side of building, granitecrete flooring in SE entry as well as outside east entrance, etc. I’m sure I’ve forgotten some things. But, at this point we need approximately $7500 to finish paying off some of these improvements. In addition we could also use some help with the filling of our L.P. tank for winter. It’s about 15-20% full now. Any contributions would be very much appreciated. We thank you for your consideration.

We believe God has much in His heart for this region of southern MN and northern Iowa. We believe unified, believing prayer from the body of Christ in this area has the potential to break this region open to the advancement of the Kingdom of God to degrees beyond what we’ve ever thought or imagined. The corporate body of Christ coming together in an atmosphere of 1) Valuing, honoring the Presence of God and 2) Honoring each other – preferring one another in love, will have tremendous impact. So, this might be a prayer center, but it is to be more than that. Prayer is central – like the boiler room or engine room on a ship. We see the potential for much, much more.

Blessings in abundance,

Tim Nelson
Director Wilderness Prayer Center
www.wildernessprc.org

Cell # 507-525-0349