My utmost appreciation to all the saints and partners who have helped us to carry out a corporate consecration!
Consecration is necessary for concentration. When we are consecrating we should be concentrating on establishing and fulfilling God’s (now) will in our lives. It is our time to rethink, restore and renew God’s ways of doing things in us and around us. It is our chance to make some changes.
Prayer Excelsior 2012 is a spiritual renewal campaign committed to helping believers develop spiritual disciplines in the Word and prayer. It began on January 5 and ends January 25. The 21 day intensive has especially included reading through the Gospel of Mark and participating in the National Prayer Call.
The National Prayer Call is featuring a weekly absolute fast day (Tuesday), daily Bible readings through Proverbs and exhortations on all passages in the Gospel of Mark. The discipline of this daily devotion is profoundly helping us develop apostolic attitudes.
The tools of apostolic ministry are the Word and prayer. These two, the Word and prayer, applied are the high priorities of spiritual leadership. The apostles protected their commitment to preaching, teaching and leading prayer. “But we will give ourselves to prayer and the ministry of the Word” (Acts 6:4). The passion for preaching and Spirit-filled prayer is how the Spirit will prepare the end-time for the Second Coming.
This is the year we the Body of Christ must give attention to the season and seeds of government, establishment and fulfillment. We are in an apostolic atmosphere. This is the year to launch and lead the vision you have held so many years. This is the time to lay foundations and get things started.
The attention to the number 12 represents the apostolic order being established and fulfilled in the Body of Christ. The 12 apostles were the government of the early church. Jesus left the apostles the power to bind and to loose; to retain and remit in the hands of the Twelve. The apostles had the anointing and the authority to establish and fulfill the commission of Jesus. We have the same anointing and the same spiritual authority to establish and fulfill the will of God in the earth.
The apostolic gift of Ephesians 4:11 is still in operation. While there will never again be the unique assignment of the first Twelve of Acts 1, there is still an apostolic anointing assigned to the earth. The Body of Christ is in the Apostolic Age. What we witnessed and the early church experienced under the leadership of the apostles is returning through an end-time remnant.
Like the 120 in the Upper Room, there are a people hidden and praying. This remnant will flow out of their upper rooms and impact the world with apostolic authority. Multiplied signs and wonders will be done through the Body of Christ. The remnant will have the power to establish, govern and fulfill the end-time commission, “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel…” (Mark 16:15).