Prayer, Week of September 27

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God's Faithfulness in Fulfilling His Economy

"They are saturated with the fatness of Your house, and You cause them to drink of the river of Your pleasures." (Psa. 36:8)

"God is faithful, through whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord." (1 Cor. 1:9)

God intended to dispense Himself into man as man's satisfaction so that He might be enlarged, but man became unfaithful and unchaste and forsook God for idols. An idol in our heart is anything within us that we love and treasure more than the Lord and that replaces the Lord in our life.

Although we are unfaithful, God is faithful. God is faithful in His purpose to turn us from idols and bring us back to Himself. Our peace, safety, health, and possessions may become idols to us, but God is faithful to take these things away so that we may drink of Him as the fountain of living waters. If we realize that we have been unfaithful to God, we may repent and weep, but then we should begin to drink of the living waters, praising God, giving thanks to him for everything, and enjoying Him. This is what God wants. God is not interested in anything other than our enjoyment of Christ. (Crystallization-Study of Jeremiah and Lamentations, msg. 3, II.C, C.1, III.A, A.5, B)

ITERO

The International Training for Elders and Responsible Ones will take place by webcast this weekend, October 2 to 4, with brothers participating from around the globe. The general subject is "The Christian Life, the Church Life, the Consummation of the Age, and the Coming of the Lord."

Please pray for the rich and timely supply of Christ to be ministered to all the brothers that they may grow in life and be equipped further in their function and service. Through such perfecting times, may the Lord gain all the brothers as able ministers of the New Testament, effective building material for the universal building up of the Body of Christ, and good stewards and serving ones in their respective local churches.

United States

"I exhort therefore, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercessions, thanksgivings be made on behalf of all men; on behalf of kings and all who are in high position, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all godliness and gravity." (1 Tim. 2:1-2)

The elections for the U.S. president and congress, along with some senate seats and governorships, will take place Tuesday, November 3. We pray to release on earth the authority of the "Ruler of the kings of the earth" (Rev. 1:5) for His choice of elected officials.

UCLA Fresh Start

The UCLA Fall Quarter opens this week with classes beginning October 1. Last Thursday, as part of our campus club's Fresh Start welcome week, we held an online "meet-the-staff night" where the newer full-timers shared their testimonies. Originally intended just for our existing students, this meeting was expanded to include freshmen we met in the summer. At least 12 new freshmen joined, which was very encouraging!

Please pray that our freshman contacts—both those who attended and those who did not—would receive the follow-up care and shepherding. May the Lord make us a corporate net for "catching men alive" (Luke 5:10) for His purpose!

United Kingdom – Brexit

Brexit negotiations enter a key stage in the coming months. Please pray for a relationship between the UK and the European Union that will not hinder blending among the churches, visitation by the co-workers, or participation in trainings and conferences in the UK and Europe.

Lord's Move to Asia

The LMA newsletter is now available in web format as well as PDF download. The September issue contains reports and prayer burdens from Vietnam and Central Asia:

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Week 3 of Crystallization-study of Jeremiah and Lamentations.
  2. Ministry & Gospel: There will not be a Ministry & Gospel Meeting this Lord's Day, October 4. The series resumes the following week, October 11. Previous meetings can be viewed and shared at http://youtube.com/churchinlosangeles.
  3. SCYP Fall Conferences: The junior high conference will be held online from October 9 to 11 (registration was due September 27); the high school conference is from October 23 to 25 (registration due October 11). The cost is $15 per person.
  4. Interim Instructions for Giving: Since our meeting halls are still closed, instructions for where to mail checks and options for online giving are at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings.
  5. Interim guidelines for in-person meetings are posted at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/covid19.
  6. Receive prayer and announcements by email: sign up at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/prayer.

Prayer, Week of September 13

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Being Tenderhearted and Filled with Intimate Concern

"...The Lord is very tenderhearted and compassionate." (James 5:11)

"But I, I will most gladly spend and be utterly spent on behalf of your souls. If I love you more abundantly, am I loved less?" (2 Cor. 12:15)

"...You are in our hearts for our dying together and our living together." (2 Cor. 7:3)

Jehovah is the tenderhearted God, and in being tenderhearted, Jeremiah was absolutely one with God; thus, God could use the prophet Jeremiah, an overcomer, to express Him, speak for Him, and represent Him, even in his weeping. In order that God may be fully expressed through us, we need to have spiritual emotions, be tenderhearted with one another, and be able to serve God with tears. (Crystallization-study of Jeremiah and Lamentations, Key Statement 1; msg. 1, VII)

If we have ability to carry on a work but lack an intimate concern, our work will be fruitless... As long as we have the proper concern for people, we are well on our way to be qualified to be used of God for their salvation. A very good testimony of this is in the book Seen and Heard. In that book, the writer, James M'Kendrick, tells us of standing in front of a group of unbelievers and weeping, without saying a word. Nevertheless, a number were saved, for he had a deep concern. Eloquence, gift, and power can never touch people as deeply as your concern for them. (Life-study of 2 Corinthians, pp. 382-383)

SCYP Gospel Meetings

This Saturday evening, September 19, there will be three different young people gospel meetings according to the content covered during the SSOT: (1) The Container and the Content; (2) Two Spirits; and (3) A Certain Man. Young people are encouraged to invite their friends, and the Fall Advance website (http://www.scyp.com/falladvance) provides helpful invitations and promotional videos.

Please pray for our own young people's heart for man to be enlarged, for the invitations to go out, and for many junior high and high school friends to respond positively to the invitation and attend on time.

Southern California College Meetings

This semester, we will be having a monthly meeting on Zoom for all the college students in Southern California. Our first such gathering is this Thursday, September 17 at 7:30 pm. Please pray for the college students to be gathered together, for the Lord to release a timely word, and for the students to mutually incite one another to freshly pursue the Lord!

BfA Gospel Materials

Bibles for America has just launched a new gospel video called "The Greatest Truth in the Universe" based on a quote from Watchman Nee. All the saints can share this video with family, friends, neighbors, and anyone who needs to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. Please pray that it will help many people receive Jesus as their Savior and personally experience the greatest truth in the universe.

For more videos and gospel materials, visit http://gospel.bfa.org (English) and http://gospel.bfa.org/es (Spanish).

Gospel to All the Nations

The next gospel to all the nations session will be held by Zoom on Saturday, September 19 at 1:00 pm (Los Angeles time) with fellowship from John 4 on "Life Meeting the Need of Every Man's Case." This particular session will focus on "The Need of the Immoral—Life's Satisfying." All the people out of every nation are invited to join! Those of African origin are specifically encouraged to join and to invite their friends, relatives, and colleagues to come and see how the life of Christ meets the need of every person and to enjoy the pure ministry of the Word as the gospel of the kingdom (Matt. 24:14). The Zoom link and more information are available at http://www.gospeltoallthenations.com.

European Chinese-speaking Autumn Conference

We praise the Lord for His continued shepherding of the saints in Europe, especially the Chinese-speaking saints, through the two annual Chinese-Speaking Conferences in London and Paris. The Lord's Move in Europe is advancing rapidly according to His desire to obtain the reality of the one new man. With this goal in view, the Chinese-speaking Conference is not intended only for the Chinese-speaking saints, but to be a part of the building up of the entire Body of Christ.

The church in Paris will host the next conference from September 18 to 20. The general subject of the five messages is "Living the Christian Life under the Government of God to Experience Christ and Grow in Life for God's Building." High-quality translation will be provided in French and English. For more information, visit http://zh.legliseaparis.fr/conference-langue-chinoise.

Please pray for both the speaking and the hearing, and for the overcoming of any language barrier so that the saints may rejoice together in the Word that the Lord desires to speak to His Body.

European University Training Follow-up

The European University Training took place online from August 23 to 27. Thank the Lord for gathering 110 students (204 saints in total) for these five messages concerning "Samuel—An Age Turning Nazarite." To apply what was released, there were workshops on the gospel and fellowships on life practices. Please pray that every saint would:

  1. Respond to the Lord's speaking by going to the Lord willingly to offer the Nazarite vow of consecration that the Lord would have a people raised up by Him to turn the age;
  2. Be vitalized and joined with others to be priestly prophets: bringing man to God and God to man on all the campuses throughout Europe; and
  3. Receive, digest, apply, and practice the life practices to have a Nazarite living of calling, praying, pray reading, and spending personal time with the Lord.

Lord's Move to Asia

The August issue of the Lord's Move to Asia newsletter contains reports and testimonies of the Lord's shepherding care of the saints and churches in Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Turkey:
http://lmasia.org/temp/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/E-2020-08.pdf (English)
http://lmasia.org/temp/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Asia-2020-08.pdf (Chinese)

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Week 1 of Crystallization-study of Jeremiah and Lamentations.
  2. SCYP Fall Conferences: The junior high conference will be held online from October 9 to 11 (registration deadline September 27); the high school conference from October 23 to 25 (registration deadline October 11). The cost is $15 per person.
  3. Interim Instructions for Giving: While our meeting halls are closed, instructions for where to mail checks and options for online giving are at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings.
  4. Interim Guidelines for In-person Meetings are posted at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/covid19.

 

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Prayer, Week of August 30

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The Preparation of the Bride

"Let us rejoice and exult, and let us give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready." (Rev. 19:7)

"And the grace of our Lord superabounded with faith and love in Christ Jesus." (1 Tim. 1:14)

God's economy in the New Testament is to obtain for Christ the bride, the church, through His judicial redemption and by His organic salvation in His divine life. The bride, however, cannot be prepared quickly; this preparation is a gradual work that takes place over a period of time.

The readiness of the corporate bride depends on the maturity in life of the overcomers. In order for the bride to mature, her faith and love need to be fully developed. In addition to being mature in life, the bride must be build up as a corporate person. (A Timely Word, msg. 6, III.C, IV)

Let us pray for our faith and love to be fully developed so that we may mature in life, and for all of us to be build together as the bride for Christ's satisfaction!

Labor Day Weekend Blending Conference

From September 4 to 6, the churches in the entire state of California will blend together in an online conference. Such a conference of all the churches in California is unprecedented and should be a further advance in the blending of the entire Body for the Lord's unique testimony.

The four meetings will be conducted online and will include both spoken messages and breakout sessions for mutual sharing and blending of all the saints. Translation of the messages and all special fellowship will be provided in Chinese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish. Details regarding the meeting schedule and links to join the meetings for each language can be found at http://www.labordayconf.com. The outlines should be available for download by Tuesday, September 2, after the evening prayer meeting.

Let us sanctify the Labor Day weekend by setting aside our time and presenting our tripartite beings to hear what the Spirit would speak to the churches. May the Lord infuse us with His words and His burden for His present move and interests on the earth.

Our Young People – 2020 Fall Advance

The Southern California Young People (SCYP) Fall Advance began Saturday, August 22, and will conclude with three gospel meetings on Saturday, September 19. Short videos are released each week, and the young people and their parents are encouraged to watch these videos together. Please pray for our junior high and high school students as they begin the new school year.

For more information, visit http://www.scyp.com/falladvance.

South Africa

The new term of the Full-time Training in Pretoria began three weeks ago with 7 on-site trainees and 9 remote trainees (residing in their own countries). Both sets of trainees face practical challenges. For example, those in Pretoria must remain at the training center and may not yet visit saints' homes or have in-person gospel appointments; these restrictions can easily lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation. Those participating from other countries may have challenges such as poor Internet connection or lack of other resources. Please pray for the trainees to not lose heart. Also pray for the FTTP serving ones to be one with the Lord in shepherding the trainees during these uncertain times.

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Week 6 of A Timely Word Concerning the World Situation and the Lord's Recovery.
    UPDATE: Next week, beginning September 7, we will digest outlines from the Labor Day Conference; prophesying on September 13 may include conference overflow or Week 6. After that, on September 14, we begin Crystallization-study of Jeremiah and Lamentations.
  2. Ministry & Gospel: There will be no English-speaking Ministry & Gospel Meeting this Lord's Day, September 6 due to the Labor Day Weekend Blending Conference. It will continue on September 13.
  3. Interim guidelines for in-person meetings are posted at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/covid19.

Prayer, Week of August 16

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Prayer with Authority by Having Full Faith

"And Jesus answered and said to them, Have faith in God." (Mark 11:22)

"And He told them a parable to the end that they ought always to pray and not lose heart." (Luke 18:1)

In Mark 11:20-24 the Lord Jesus taught His disciples to pray by faith for executing God's will according to God's economy. This prayer is a prayer with authority. A prayer with authority does not ask God to do something; instead, it exercises God's authority and applies this authority to deal with problems and things that ought to be removed. The church can have such a prayer with authority by having full faith, being without doubt, and being clear that what we do is fully according to God's will. (A Timely Word, msg. 4, I, D, 1, 4)

God is watching to see whether the church is faithful to its ministry. The ministry of the church is prayer—not small prayers, but prayers that pioneer the way for God. God is accomplishing His work. But the church first prays and prepares the way before God finds the way. The church must have big prayers, serious prayers, and strong prayers. (CWWN, vol. 22, "The Prayer Ministry of the Church," ch. 1)

Our Young People

On July 30 the church in LA held an online meeting attended by more than a hundred young people, parents and serving ones. The burden was to incite the YP to care for others in the church—for example, the high schoolers would care for junior highers, and junior highers would care for the children.

This Saturday, August 22 at 7:30 pm, SCYP will begin its 2020 Fall Advance for all the young people, parents, and serving ones in Southern California. The subject of the first session will be "A Time to Remember and Rejoice in Our God of Tenderheartedness and Lovingkindness." For more information on how to participate in this time, visit http://www.scyp.com/fall-advance.

Most of our young people return to school this week. Pray that they would experience the Lord's love and compassions so that they would spontaneously care for others. Please contact and pray for our YP as they continue their schooling from home.

LA Campuses

USC classes begin on August 17, CSUN on August 24, and UCLA has been having online orientations throughout the summer. Please pray for the students, serving ones, and those related to the campus in their outreach to new students, which is much different than in previous years.

LA Ministry & Gospel Meetings

On August 16, we began a new series of the English-speaking Ministry & Gospel meeting called "Genesis: A Book of Seeds." The first session was on "Image and Dominion." The burden of these meetings is to reach our friends and family as well as the younger ones in the church through an approachable ministering of the word. Furthermore, we will proceed with a particular sensitivity to new ones that we contact in the coming weeks from the campus work.

Saints, let us all reconsider before the Lord whom we can shepherd to these times. All saints are welcome to invite guests and accompany them to this time. The Zoom link is http://tinyurl.com/lachurchmeeting. Videos from previous meetings may also be viewed and shared at any time at http://youtube.com/churchinlosangeles.

May we help the white horse run through our prayers and invitations. Lord, expand Your burden for the gospel in our hearts to multiply Your testimony in Los Angeles!

European University Training

The university training, usually held in London, will take place August 23 to 27 and be expanded to include all of Europe. Given the present environment, the training will also be delivered online. The subject, "Samuel—An Age-Turning Nazarite," will be a timely and relevant word.

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Week 4 of A Timely Word Concerning the World Situation and the Lord's Recovery (from the Memorial Day Conference).
  2. Labor Day Weekend Blending Conference: The churches in the entire state of California will blend together in an online conference from September 4 to 6. There will be four meetings. Details regarding the schedule and the way to join will be announced in the coming weeks..
  3. Interim Instructions for Giving: Since our meeting halls are still closed, instructions for where to mail checks and options for online giving, which now includes Zelle, are at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings.
  4. Updated interim guidelines for in-person meetings are posted at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/covid19.

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Prayer, Week of August 2

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Seeing the Spiritual Scene behind the World Situation

"And he said to me, Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand this matter..., your words were heard; and I have come because of your words." (Dan. 10:12)

"Epaphras, who is one of you, a slave of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God." (Col. 4:12)

The spiritual scene in Daniel 10 includes both good and evil spirits that are engaged in an invisible spiritual war. While Daniel was praying, a spiritual struggle was taking place in the air between two spirits, one belonging to Satan and the other belonging to God. It is crucial for us to see that behind the scene a spiritual struggle is taking place, a struggle not seen with human eyes. As the struggles are taking place between the human governments, God is behind the scene managing the world situation. (A Timely Word, msg. 2, II.B-C)

Pray that the saints would be empowered in the Lord and in the might of His strength to be able to stand in the battle against all the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenlies. (Beseeching.org, Day 34)

Pray that we will see a spiritual vision of the throne of God as the center of God's administration throughout the universe and see the ruling of the heavens by the God of the heavens over all human government on earth to match the eternal economy of God for Christ to do two great things: (1) to terminate the old creation for the germination of the new creation through His first coming, and (2) to smash and crush the aggregate of human government and establish the eternal kingdom of God in His second coming. (Beseeching.org, Day 4)

Oak Glen

The Apple Fire is currently burning near our conference center in Oak Glen. The property is now included in the mandatory evacuation zone and all of the saints living on the property have moved off the mountain. Initially, the wind caused the fire to burn away from the conference center, but changing winds over the weekend have caused the fire to progress slowly towards it. We ask that the churches would pray for the Lord to protect His interest at the conference center and that the fire would be kept away and be brought under control by the fire crews.

Bibles for America

Bibles for America has been collecting survey responses from those who order a Bible or download a ministry book. This will help us refine our marketing strategy and reach more young people between the ages of 18 and 24. We're also producing short gospel videos to post on social media that will hopefully capture the attention of young seekers.

Please pray for our new content and the fine-tuning of our marketing. Pray that more young seekers would find our blog posts, videos, podcast episodes, and, most importantly, would order a free copy of the NT Recovery Version.

Kyrgyzstan

Many saints in Kyrgyzstan, including most of the leading brothers, have contracted coronavirus infections. This has affected not only their health but also their ability to earn a living. Please pray that all their needs will be met and that the Lord will sustain the churches in that country, which are crucial to His testimony in Central Asia.

Prayer for the Current Situation

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States and around the globe, please pray:

  1. For the Lord to protect all His interests on earth, including the saints and the churches;
  2. For the saints and churches to be open to what the Lord will accomplish during this time;
  3. For the saints to persevere in prayer for the Lord's final move to end this age; and
  4. For the gospel of the kingdom to be proclaimed and the hearts of many men to be open to receive it.

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: week 2 of A Timely Word Concerning the World Situation and the Lord's Recovery (Memorial Day Conference).
  2. Labor Day Weekend Blending Conference: The churches in the entire state of California will blend together in an online conference from September 4 to 6. There will be four meetings. Details regarding the schedule and the way to join will be announced in the coming weeks.
  3. Interim Instructions for Giving: Since our meeting halls are still closed, instructions for where to mail checks and options for online giving, which now includes Zelle, are at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings.
  4. Guidelines for in-person group meetings are posted at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/covid19. We will proceed slowly, cautiously, in loving care for one another.

Online Resources

  1. The Church in Los Angeles has a YouTube channel to show videos from recent gatherings, such as gospel meetings and midweek perfecting fellowships. http://youtube.com/churchinlosangeles
  2. A Timely Word of Supply to meet the present need from messages given by Brother Lee is posted each week on LSM's website. http://www.lsm.org/timely-speaking.html
  3. The Bible Tells Me So is posting daily videos on weekdays to help foster a "Family Time" in each household. http://www.thebibletellsmeso.com/familytime
  4. LSM Christian Radio broadcasts hymns and messages 24 hours each day. http://lsmchristianradio.com
  5. Bibles for America has easy-to-use resources for telling people about God's salvation. http://gospel.biblesforamerica.org (English) and http://gospel.bfa.org/es (Español)
  6. GTCA updates ongoing burdens about the ten target cities for migration this year. http://gtca.us
  7. Living to Him provides a forum for helping young working saints to practically enter into a vital living for the building up of the Body of Christ. http://livingtohim.com
  8. Shepherding Words addresses critical issues facing the Lord's recovery. http://shepherdingwords.com

Prayer, Week of July 19

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Meeting Together – Our Need and God's Need

"Not abandoning our own assembling together… but exhorting one another; and so much the more as you see the day drawing near." (Heb. 10:25)

"But if all prophesy and some unbeliever or unlearned person enters, he is convicted by all, he is examined by all; the secrets of his heart become manifest; and so falling on his face, he will worship God, declaring that indeed God is among you." (1 Cor. 14:24-25)

When we come together, our intention may be to pray, to worship, to serve, to hear a message, to be taught, to be exhorted, to be strengthened, to be comforted, and to be encouraged. This is our understanding. Actually, with our meetings there are so many wonderful things underneath the surface. We gain a lot of benefits and profit that we do not realize by participating in the meetings.

To meet together is not a small thing…. Here we know the will of God, here we do the will of God, and eventually we will fulfill His purpose. (CWWL, 1982, vol. 1, "Experiencing Christ as the Offerings for the Church Meetings," pp. 488, 490-491)

Pray that the saints would be daily strengthened in their spirit by the exercise of their spirit in their daily living so that they can freely release their spirit in all kinds of meetings to minister life to one another, with the result that the saints would be mingled and blended together and the church would be built up (Eph. 3:16-19). (http://www.Beseeching.org, Day 28)

Labor in Coordination with God's Divine Labor

"No plant of the field was yet in the earth, and no herb of the field had yet sprung up—for Jehovah God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to work the ground." (Gen. 2:5)

If you do nothing, God cannot do anything, for He needs human labor to cooperate with His divine labor. What is the use of the rain [the Spirit] coming down if there is no man to till the ground? If, as a man, you have tilled the ground, you have the right to pray, "Lord, I am here. Send the rain."

We must labor in coordination with God's divine labor. Day and night we must pray for our relatives and our friends. We must work on them. Then the rain will come. If we do not cooperate with God by tilling the ground, the rain will never come. God does not waste His rain. When it comes, it comes to produce life. (Life-Study of Genesis, ch. 10, sec. 4)

FTTA – Summer Interim Fellowship

This fellowship will be once a week with current and incoming trainees for both Anaheim and Boston. Though these times are not mandatory, we hope that the times of fellowship would be one of encouragement, nourishment, and a way to provide updates for the coming term for the trainees.

Berlin, Germany

Please pray to bind opposition and to loose the complete mailing so that the tracts will reach all the households in a timely way and that many will receive the gospel and be added to the church.

Prayer for the Current Situation

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States and around the globe, please pray:

  1. For the Lord to protect all His interests on earth, including the saints and the churches;
  2. For the saints and churches to be open to what the Lord will accomplish during this time;
  3. For the saints to persevere in prayer for the Lord's final move to end this age; and
  4. For the gospel of the kingdom to be proclaimed and the hearts of many men to be open to receive it.

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: The Will of God (March 2020 ITERO), week 8.
    Next week, we will begin A Timely Word Concerning the World Situation and the Lord's Recovery (Memorial Day Conference).
  2. Californian Labor Day Conference: This online conference will be September 4 to 6, Friday night, Saturday (two messages), and Lord's Day morning.
  3. Interim Instructions for Giving: Since our meeting halls are still closed, instructions for where to mail checks and options for online giving, which now includes Zelle, are at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings.
  4. Guidelines for in-person group meetings are posted at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/covid19. We will proceed slowly, cautiously, in loving care for one another.

Online Resources

  1. The Church in Los Angeles has a YouTube channel to show videos from recent gatherings, such as gospel meetings and midweek perfecting fellowships. http://youtube.com/churchinlosangeles
  2. A Timely Word of Supply to meet the present need from messages given by Brother Lee is posted each week on LSM's website. http://www.lsm.org/timely-speaking.html
  3. The Bible Tells Me So is posting daily videos on weekdays to help foster a "Family Time" in each household. http://www.thebibletellsmeso.com/familytime
  4. LSM Christian Radio broadcasts hymns and messages 24 hours each day. http://lsmchristianradio.com
  5. Bibles for America has easy-to-use resources for telling people about God's salvation. http://gospel.biblesforamerica.org (English) and http://gospel.bfa.org/es (Español)
  6. GTCA updates ongoing burdens about the ten target cities for migration this year. http://gtca.us
  7. Living to Him provides a forum for helping young working saints to practically enter into a vital living for the building up of the Body of Christ. http://livingtohim.com
  8. Shepherding Words addresses critical issues facing the Lord's recovery. http://shepherdingwords.com

Prayer, Week of July 12

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Taking the Lord's Yoke upon Us to Find Rest for Our Souls

"Come to Me all who toil and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." (Matt. 11:28-30)

The Lord's yoke is the Father's will, and His burden is the work of carrying out the Father's will. Such a yoke is easy, not bitter, and such a burden is light, not heavy. If we take the Lord's yoke (the Father's will) upon us and learn from Him, we will find rest for our souls. The yoke of God's economy is like this; everything in God's economy is not a heavy burden but an enjoyment. (The Will of God, msg. 7, I.J,L)

North America College Training

The NACT Online continues this week and concludes with a webinar on Saturday, July 18. Please pray for the Lord to gain all the trainees for their participation in turning the age. Specifically pray that:

  1. the trainees would pray like Samuel's mother to echo the heart's desire of God.
  2. the trainees would offer themselves to be today's Nazarites—to be voluntarily sanctified and separated to God for His purpose by enjoying Christ as the unique Nazarite in their spirit.
  3. the trainees would respond to God's call to be His faithful priests—to open themselves to the Lord and let Him fill them, saturate them, and be one with them.
  4. the trainees would respond to God's call to be His prophets—to speak for God and speak forth God to dispense Him to others for the building up of the church.
  5. the trainees would respond to God's call to be men of prayer—to cooperate with God to pray for the accomplishment of His will on earth.
  6. the Lord would raise up many who would answer His demands and care for Him and His needs so that He may have a way to come in and turn this age of procedures into the age of His heart's desire.
  7. the Lord would gain a proper response from each trainee, and that His speaking to each trainee would continue to operate effectually in their lives in the days, months, and years after this training.

GTCA

In the midst of these turbulent times, a fresh burden has stirred in the hearts of the co-workers, leading brothers, and saints in the churches to gospelize, truthize, and churchize North America.

Our Brother Witness Lee considered not only the US as a whole, but, more specifically, Middle America to be most strategic for the Lord's interest. He hoped that a good number of saints would be led to migrate to many cities and states in America's heartland, to gain a solid increase for His testimony and bring in a great blessing.

Please pray that many families and full-timers will continue to respond to the call to go to the 10 GTCA cities this year to strengthen the Lord's testimony in Middle America. Please also pray that all the practical needs would be met for all of those who are in the process of migrating to these cities.

Midwest: Cincinnati, OH; Lexington, KY; Minneapolis, MN; St. Louis, MO
Southeast: Charlotte, NC; Columbia, SC; Memphis, TN; Orlando, FL
Mid-Atlantic: Pittsburgh, PA; Richmond, VA

Prayer for the Current Situation

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States and elsewhere, please pray 1) for the Lord to protect all His interests on earth, including the saints and the churches; 2) for the saints and churches to be open to what the Lord will accomplish in a new way during this time; 3) for the saints to persevere in prayer for the Lord's final move to end this age; and 4) for the gospel of the kingdom to be proclaimed and the hearts of many men to be open to receive it.

Chinese-Speaking Saints' Perfecting Training

The serving saints' training is Saturday and Lord's Day, July 18-19 and Saturday, July 25. The subject is "Living and Serving in the Oneness and the One Accord of the Body of Christ." The students' training is Monday to Friday, July 20 to 24. The subject is the same as the college training, "The Intrinsic Significance of Samuel—the Nazarite."

Please pray that saints will come with an exercised spirit to receive the word and that the Sprint will have an unhindered way to gain us and to prepare us as age turners to bring the Lord back.

Three meetings on July 18 and 25 will be open for all the saints, with English translation; visit http://bit.ly/2020CSPT_infopage_english for details.

Nordic-Baltic Conference

This year's Nordic-Baltic Conference will take place online from July 17 to 19. This conference is a yearly highlight for the saints in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland, as well as for those in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Please pray for the Lord's speaking and rich supply at the conference and for gospel contacts and newer saints who have been invited to attend.

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: The Will of God (March 2020 ITERO), week 7.
    After ITERO week 8 we will begin A Timely Word Concerning the World Situation and the Lord's Recovery (Memorial Day Conference).
  2. Interim Instructions for Giving: Since our meeting halls are still closed, instructions for where to mail checks and options for online giving, which now includes Zelle, are at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings.
  3. Guidelines for in-person group meetings are posted at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/covid19. We will proceed slowly, cautiously, in loving care for one another.

Online Resources

  1. The Church in Los Angeles has a YouTube channel to show videos from recent gatherings, such as gospel meetings and midweek perfecting fellowships. http://youtube.com/churchinlosangeles
  2. A Timely Word of Supply to meet the present need from messages given by Brother Lee is posted each week on LSM's website. http://www.lsm.org/timely-speaking.html
  3. The Bible Tells Me So is posting daily videos on weekdays to help foster a "Family Time" in each household. http://www.thebibletellsmeso.com/familytime
  4. LSM Christian Radio broadcasts hymns and messages 24 hours each day. http://lsmchristianradio.com
  5. Bibles for America has easy-to-use resources for telling people about God's salvation. http://gospel.biblesforamerica.org (English) and http://gospel.bfa.org/es (Español)
  6. GTCA updates ongoing burdens about the ten target cities for migration this year. http://gtca.us
  7. Living to Him provides a forum for helping young working saints to practically enter into a vital living for the building up of the Body of Christ. http://livingtohim.com
  8. Shepherding Words addresses critical issues facing the Lord's recovery. http://shepherdingwords.com

Prayer, Week of June 28

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Drink from the Fountain of Living Waters

"For My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, to hew out for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns, which hold no water." (Jer. 2:13)

Jeremiah, a book full of speaking concerning Israel's sin and God's wrath, chastisement, and punishment, reveals that God's intention in His economy is to be the fountain, the source, of living waters to dispense Himself into His chosen people for their satisfaction and enjoyment. The goal of this enjoyment is to produce the church, God's counterpart, as God's increase, God's enlargement, to be God's fullness for His expression (John 3:29-30; Eph. 3:16-19, 21). This is the heart's desire, the good pleasure, of God in His economy (Eph. 1:5, 9; 3:9-11). (Jer. 2:13, footnote 1)

Semiannual Video Training – Jeremiah and Lamentations

Thank the Lord that the number from LA attending this training is much larger than previous trainings. Pray for the release and receiving of the word in the messages, fellowship times, and testing. Pray also for more blending of the halls in LA during these meetings, and for many additional saints to join the open meetings.

North America College Training

The North America College Training will take place online from July 10 to 18. The topic is "Samuel the Nazarite." We believe that in the midst of the upheaval in the world situation, the Lord will speak a special word to this generation of college students to be today's Nazarites, separated and consecrated unto the Lord, to meet His need. Please pray for all the outward arrangements and inward preparation.

Bibles for America – Spanish Version

The Spanish version of BfA's gospel website has launched! Visit <http://gospel.bfa.org/es> to read and share helpful Spanish gospel materials.

Washington, DC – Meeting Hall

The Church in Washington, DC is moving ahead with purchasing their first permanent meeting facility after almost 50 years. Please pray for the Lord's further move and His interests in this city. Information, including instructions for giving and a short video are at <http://churchindc.org/meeting-hall>.

Holy Bible Recovery Version in Korean

The entire Holy Bible Recovery Version in Korean has now been published! Please pray for all the saints to enjoy the divine truth and the riches of life through the interpreted word in Korean and for the Lord to use this tremendous resource to reach all the Korean-speaking people around the world to recover the truth and spread the gospel of the kingdom.

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: repeat The Will of God, week 5 or enjoy Semiannual Training verses.
    Monday, July 6 begin The Will of God, week 6.
  2. Giving to the church at this time now includes a new online option though Zelle, see instructions at <http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings>.

Online Resources

  1. The Church in Los Angeles has a YouTube channel with videos from recent gatherings, such as gospel meetings and midweek perfecting fellowships. <http://youtube.com/churchinlosangeles>
  2. A Timely Word of Supply to meet the present need from messages given by Brother Lee is posted each week on LSM's website. <http://www.lsm.org/timely-speaking.html>
  3. The Bible Tells Me So is posting daily videos on weekdays to help foster a "Family Time" in each household. <http://www.thebibletellsmeso.com/familytime>
  4. LSM Christian Radio broadcasts hymns and messages 24 hours each day. <http://lsmchristianradio.com>
  5. Bibles for America has easy-to-use resources for telling people about God's salvation. <http://gospel.biblesforamerica>.org and <http://gospel.bfa.org/es>
  6. GTCA updates ongoing burdens about the ten target cities for migration this year. <http://gtca.us>
  7. Living to Him provides a forum for helping young working saints to practically enter into a vital living for the building up of the Body of Christ. <http://livingtohim.com>

Prayer, Week of June 14

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Living a Life according to God's Heart and Will

"He then has said, 'Behold, I have come to do Your will.'" (Heb. 10:9)

"I exhort you therefore, brothers, through the compassions of God to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service." (Rom. 12:1)

God's great will in His New Testament economy, God's good pleasure, the counsel of His will, and His purpose are to have a Body for the enlargement and expression of Christ, the embodiment of the processed Triune God.

For the church life, the life of the Body of Christ, to be realized, our entire being is needed; a presented body, a transformed soul, and a burning spirit are indispensable to a proper church life. We need to present our bodies as a living sacrifice for the church life. After presenting our body, we need to have our mind renewed. We must be burning in spirit that we may be stirred up and encouraged to go on in the church life in a positive way. (The Will of God, msg. 4, II, IV.B, B.1,2,3)

Please pray for all the saints to be in God's will and live a life in God's will by presenting their bodies, being renewed in their mind, and being burning in spirit.

"The Heavens Do Rule" (Dan. 4:26b)

"I, Nebuchadnezzar… blessed the Most High, and I praised and honored the ever-living One; for His dominion is an eternal dominion… He does according to His will in the army of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth." (Dan. 4:34-35)

The Lord is not only the Creator of the universe but also the Ruler of the entire world. There is the rule of the heavens on earth. Whatever happens in the world situation must be something of the Lord. When we see the many changes in today's world situation, we have to wake up. Our eyes need to be opened. We should exercise our spirit to say, "Lord, what do You mean in all these changes, and what concerns us in all these changes?" (The World Situation and the Direction of the Lord's Move, ch. 1)

Lord, show us what concerns us and what You are trying to do among us in our daily life, our contact with other saints, our gospelizing, and our meeting life.

Persevering in Prayer

We are happy to announce that http://beseeching.org is getting a major update to help the saints and churches in North America, especially those in the United States, to continue building up the prayer ministry of the church. It will be a completely new site to help the saints persevere in daily intercessory prayer, and continue on from the 60 days of global 24-hour prayer that ended in May. To that end, daily prayer burdens and hymns on prayer will be added to the website, along with corresponding verses.

Daily prayer burdens will be emailed to subscribers beginning June 15. The first 14 days will cover the recent Memorial Day conference on "A Timely Word concerning the World Situation and the Lord's Recovery." The prayer burdens from the previous version of the website will be located in the Pray tab under Special Burdens. You can also follow the Beseeching accounts on Facebook (beseeching.org) and Instagram (@beseeching.org_) to see the daily prayer burdens.

May all the saints in the Lord's recovery continue to persevere in prayer that He may gain His interests on the earth!

SoCal Chinese-speaking Gospel Meeting

The Chinese-speaking saints in Southern California will have their semiannual gospel meeting this Saturday, June 20, in two sessions: 5 to 6 pm and 7 to 8 pm. Zoom ID: 876 8095 5363.

Please ask the Lord:

  • to burden saints to pray and to invite their gospel friends;
  • for the release of the Spirit that many will receive the Lord; and
  • to cover all aspects of the meeting, that the meeting will be carried out smoothly and in one accord.

SSOT 2020

We are now in the second week of this year's Summer School of Truth, which is being carried out SoCal-wide via Zoom. Over 150 saints from LA are participating, including more than 80 young people. May the Lord use these three weeks from June 6 to 27 to encourage our YP and lead them to know the truth (John 8:32). Please continue to pray:

  • for the Lord to gain the hearts of the YP to pursue Him during these weeks;
  • for the serving ones to have a heart of love and wisdom to take care of the YP;
  • for the group times to be blessed with mutuality, openness, and building; and
  • for the Lord to blend the YP across LA and Southern California.

SoCal College Life Pursuit

The college students in Southern California are heading into the second two-week session of a summer program called Life Pursuit 2020. In this program, the students participate in online workshops to develop both a rich inner life with the Lord and meaningful relationships with others. Additionally, there is an option for students to join project teams, where they work on projects related to the Summer School of Truth or producing online content to reach unbelievers and seeking Christians on their campuses.

Please pray for our college students to:

  • present themselves for every workshop to hear the Lord's speaking;
  • develop their personal fellowship with the Lord and corporate enjoyment with companions;
  • be perfected and equipped to serve their generation.

North America College Training – registration extended

This summer, July 9 to 19, the North America College Training will take place online. Registration has been extended to June 28. The topic is "Samuel the Nazarite." We believe that in the midst of the upheaval in the world situation, the Lord will speak a special word to all participants. Please pray that the Lord will call many students to not delay but sign up right away, and to be today's Nazarites, separated and consecrated unto the Lord, to meet His present need!

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: The Will of God (March 2020 ITERO), week 4.
  2. Updated interim guidelines for in-person group meetings are posted at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/covid19. We will proceed slowly, cautiously, in loving care for one another. Guidelines for larger meetings will be added but we do not yet know when.
  3. Giving to the church at this time now includes a new online option though Zelle, see instructions at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings.
  4. The European Young People's Conference is online, Saturday, June 20, Friday July 31 to Monday, August 3, and Saturday, August 29. Registration has reopened until June 14 at 4:59 pm. The Family Conference will be June 26 to 28. Details are at http://ypconference.eu.

Online Resources

  1. The Church in Los Angeles has a YouTube channel to show videos from recent gatherings, such as gospel meetings and midweek perfecting fellowships. http://youtube.com/churchinlosangeles
  2. A Timely Word of Supply to meet the present need from messages given by Brother Lee is posted each week on LSM's website. http://www.lsm.org/timely-speaking.html
  3. The Bible Tells Me So is posting daily videos on weekdays to help foster a "Family Time" in each household. http://www.thebibletellsmeso.com/familytime
  4. LSM Webcast is offering access at a reduced subscription rate until June 30. http://www.lsmwebcast.com

Prayer, Week of May 31

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Prayer with an Excellent Spirit

"...I, Daniel, understood by means of the Scriptures the number of the years, which came as the word of Jehovah to Jeremiah the prophet, for the completion of the desolations of Jerusalem, that is, seventy years. So I set my face toward the Lord God to seek Him in prayer and supplications with fasting and sackcloth and ashes." (Dan. 9:2-3)

"Your kingdom come; Your will be done, as in heaven, so also on earth." (Matt. 6:10)

God reveals His heart's desire through the Scriptures. To participate in His desire we come to the Scriptures, read them, understand with a spirit of wisdom and revelation, and join ourselves to the Scriptures with prayer. Daniel took God's desire for the 70-year captivity (Dan. 9) as his own desire and echoed God's desire by praying with the words of the Scriptures.

Daniel was a man with an excellent spirit. He prayed with much calling on the Lord, simple words, and for God's interests rather than for his own (v. 19). Daniel prayed only for the nation of Israel; today, we pray for every nation on earth. Besides his spirit, a key to Daniel's prayer was having companions (2:17).

Lord, raise us up in persistent prayer to be overcomers like Daniel. Keep us praying for Your interests, according to Your word, with an excellent spirit, and in close fellowship with companions.

Lord, Bless the United States for Your Purpose

Since God has a purpose to accomplish with mankind on earth, He surely has the sovereign authority to manage the situation in human history; as an example, for the spreading of His recovery and for the final stage of His recovery—the building up of the Body as the preparation of the bride—God has sovereignly prepared, preserved, and blessed the United States. (Memorial Day Conference, msg. 1, I.A)

Lord, we ask You to continue Your blessing on the United States for the sake of Your divine history! Use the current rioting to save many people and to draw believers to seek You fully. Bless all the churches and particularly the church in Minneapolis in their gospel endeavors, relieve the saints' anxieties, and strengthen the migrating saints to rise up and come to Minneapolis for the church life and campus team (one of ten target cities for this summer, http://gtca.us).

LA Gospel – Under the Lord's Sovereignty

"This [Jesus] God has exalted to His right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins." (Acts 5:31)

God exalted the man Jesus...as the highest Leader, the Prince, the Ruler of the kings to rule over the world (Rev. 1: 5; 19:16), and the Savior to save God's chosen people. Leader is related to His authority, and Savior to His salvation. He rules sovereignly over the earth with His authority that the environment might be fit for God's chosen people to receive His salvation. (from Acts 5:31, footnote 2)

Gospel Meeting in Korean

On Friday, May 29, over 170 people attended our online Korean-speaking gospel meeting entitled "Zaccheus, Hurry and Come Down" based on Luke 19:1-6. At least 33 guests were unbelievers or believers who do not meet regularly. After some songs and testimonies, a brother spoke about the Lord's coming to us with unconditional love when we were dissatisfied, remorseful, and lonely. Everyone was led to pray and invited to more meetings. Please pray for these 33 guests to receive the Lord and be connected with saints. Lord gain more "Zaccheuses" and lead them into the church life!

Gospel Meeting in Spanish

On Saturday, May 30, around 60 people attended our online Spanish-speaking gospel meeting entitled "Why Does Christ Need to Fill Us? An Answer from the Word of God." The atmosphere was sweet, intimate, and loving. Through the Lord's mercy and the saints' prayer the Spirit was able to operate and lead some guests to repentance unto salvation. Please pray for the saints to follow up and for the new ones to be open for more fellowship and gatherings that the Lord may continue to guide them onward unto full salvation.

Sixth Grade Baptisms

This past school year, through much shepherding from parents and serving ones, 11 of our 15 sixth graders in the church in LA made a firm decision to be baptized and to enter into God's kingdom. On May 30 a Zoom meeting was held for the church to baptize these young ones. In close coordination with the serving ones, the parents led their children to be baptized into the name of the Triune God. Over 200 saints, relatives, and friends witnessed this joyful occasion. Hallelujah! Please pray:

  • that the sixth graders would quickly be connected with saints to usher them into the church life;
  • for all the members of the household of God to rise up afresh and be poor in spirit to seek the Lord's leading in caring for these dear ones;
  • that the Lord would give all the parents the wisdom and grace to continue cultivating a conducive home environment for these sixth graders to grow before God and man;
  • for continued shepherding of the remaining 4 students to result in their personal choice to be baptized.
Thousand Oaks Gospel Meeting in Chinese

On Saturday, May 30, 70 to 80 people, including some from Asia, attended an online gospel meeting. At least 20 new people were present and many prayed to receive the Lord.

Semiannual Video Training – Jeremiah and Lamentations

The upcoming semiannual video training will be conducted as an online training. It is not limited to the six-day format in Anaheim. In Los Angeles it will be June 29 to July 7 for English, Chinese, and Korean, and June 29 to July 10 for Spanish. Messages will be scheduled for evenings and weekends.

The firm registration deadline is Saturday, June 13. Cost is $100 per person. Details are at http://tinyurl.com/summertrainingla. Lord, get us registered by the 13th.

May the Lord bring us all to the training to be infused with His word for our enjoyment, growth, prayer, and building together. May we all exercise to maintain a high training atmosphere in Los Angeles for the receiving of the Lord's up-to-date word. Pray for the speaking brothers that the burden of this semiannual training may be fully released.

European Parents' Conference

This conference is June 5 to 7. (It is usually part of the Poland camp at the end of July.) We will fellowship concerning a holy marriage for God's purpose and a godly family for the church life. We will also cover the responsibility and function of the parents in raising up their children and leading them to the knowledge of the Lord. http://ypconference.eu/epcc

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: The Will of God (March 2020 ITERO), week 2.
  2. Guidelines for in-person church meetings (halls, districts, groups) will be posted in the coming weeks on the church website. We will proceed slowly, cautiously, in loving care for one another.
  3. Giving to the church, including Semiannual Training registrations, now includes an online option through Zelle, which is free for both the sender and receiver. Please be sure to indicate the purpose of the payment in the memo field. For instructions, see http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings.
  4. The European Young People's Conference is on June 20, July 31 to August 3, and August 29. The Parents Conference is June 5 to 7 and the Family Conference is June 26 to 28. All details at http://ypconference.eu.

Online Resources

  1. The Church in Los Angeles has a YouTube channel to show videos from recent gatherings, such as gospel meetings and midweek perfecting fellowships. http://youtube.com/churchinlosangeles
  2. New: A Timely Word of Supply to meet the present need from messages given by Brother Lee is posted each week on LSM's website. http://www.lsm.org/timely-speaking.html