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Surprised by the Love of God

Surprised by the Love of God

by Adam Wittenberg

9/10/15 Training and Events

He had never felt God’s love before, until the Lord broke in at Onething!

After nearly ten years of trying to pursue God and feeling like he “wasn’t really getting anywhere,” Jeff L. came to Onething.

At the invitation of his son, Tyler, Jeff drove from Rockford, Illinois, to Kansas City, Missouri, for the Onething conference in 2014. What the 62-year-old investment advisor didn’t know is that it would change his life and walk with God forever.

Tyler, who was working in the Partners department at the International House of Prayer, scheduled a prophecy appointment for his father with Ed Hackett and Chris Ferguson, two leaders at IHOPKC.

But instead of simply speaking encouragement over him, Chris and Ed sensed the need to get to know Jeff a bit first. When they asked, Jeff said he was feeling “stalled out” in his walk with God.

This prompted Ed to share a dream he’d had. In the dream, Ed was a defensive football player who picked up a fumble, but was immediately attacked by four large linemen as he started to run toward the goal line.

surprisedbyloveIn Ed’s dream, the coach (representing God) shouted from the sideline, “Keep your legs moving and fix your eyes on the goal!” By doing this, Ed broke free and eventually reached the end zone.

As he crossed the line, the Lord highlighted Hebrews 12:1–2: “Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.”

What Chris and Ed didn’t know was that Jeff coached defense for a high school football team in Rockford.

The men connected, and Ed shared his own journey of how he felt like he had to work his way to God until he had a radical encounter with Him.

“When you don’t know if you’re walking with the Lord or not, there can be a heaviness, and of course sin comes in there and tries to take us out,” Ed said, recalling the dialogue.

He then asked Jeff, “‘Is this the day you want to drive a stake in the ground for Christ?’” Jeff replied, “Yeah, let’s do it.”

When the men finished praying, the shift was evident.

“It seemed like his countenance was just bright,” Ed said. “You know the change when someone knows that they know—it’s not about your words, it’s what Christ has done.”

Jeff knew that things were different, too.

“Before that, I’d never had a deep feeling of God’s love for me,” he said. “At that particular moment, it started. I could feel something, and it’s only gotten better and better since!”

From there, Jeff went immediately into the prayer room, which is held at the Kansas City Convention Center during Onething, to spend time with Jesus.

“Usually my dad’s always like ‘go-go-go,’ but he was in there for hours, just sitting there. He didn’t want to come out,” says Tyler.

Jeff then attended Onething sessions with Tyler and Tyler’s wife, Katie Jo. This blessed Tyler, who had been praying for his father “for a really long time.”

“I had my dad on my right hand and my wife on my left hand, and we were just worshiping the Lord,” he recalls. “Just to be in the presence of the Lord with both of them like that was really special.”

Since the conference, Jeff’s experience of God’s love has only grown. It carried him through an emergency heart bypass surgery in February (“He got a new heart spiritually, and then physically,” Tyler says. “We both had peace before the surgery”),  and now he wants to transition from his career and football coaching in order to pursue God more.

Jeff also wants to come back to Onething and bring his friends, most of whom “aren’t big believers and wouldn’t understand unless I brought them there. I tell them, ‘You have to be in that environment and you’ll feel it.’”

And to anyone who has never been to Onething, or is thinking about coming, Jeff’s invitation is just as encouraging.

“You’ve got to come to this because it’s life-changing, for you and your family,” he says. “You’ve got to get there. You’ve got to see it for yourself.”

Prophetic ministry is offered to Onething 2015 attendees. Registration opens December 28 and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Adam Wittenberg

 A Detroit native who was raised in Vermont and Connecticut, Adam worked as a newspaper journalist until 2012, when he moved to Kansas City to complete the Intro to IHOPKC internship. Afterwards, he earned a four-year certificate in House of Prayer Leadership from IHOPU and is now on full-time staff in the Marketing department at IHOPKC. Adam is also active in evangelism and has a vision to reach people everywhere with the good news of Jesus Christ.

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Moving Mountains – Praying with Passion, Confidence, and Authority


John Eldredge: Moving Mountains – Praying with Passion, Confidence, and Authority

“We want to eat whatever we want, but without our health collapsing down the road. We want our friends to be attentive, but without considering how our behavior impacts them. We want our kids to thrive, but without making sacrifices. But that’s not the way the world works. And prayer is no different.

In The Way It All Works, best-selling author John Eldredge (Wild at Heart, Killing Lions) gives a master class in effective prayer that will change the way you pray, and the results you get from it. In short, Eldredge shows how our life with God is a partnership in a shared mission. And in a partnership, everybody does some work.

For anyone who has ever wondered why their prayers don’t seem to be working, The Way It All Works will not only answer your questions: it will reshape your prayer life into a fulfilling—and effective—partnership with Most High.” John Eldredge

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Lay Down Your Life In Prayer Preach Fearless!


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Teach Us To Pray…Developing A Culture of Prayer

How do we help people have “wins” in prayer? How do we help people develop prayer that is a dialogue? I don’t think it is much different than language acquisition.  How did you learn to speak your native tongue? You heard others speaking all of your life, you began to make gibberish, and sounds became words.  You observed that words were associated with certain objects or food that you wanted. You begin communication and it was all about you. Wants, desires, and needs drove your initial foray into speech.  As your vocabulary grew and matured monologue turned to deeper more meaningful conversation. Dialogue grew and developed and soon you realized language was the relationship accelerator. Eventually you delved into some form of more formal instruction in language but most of it was caught with only a portion of taught via academia. 

How does this relate to prayer lives of the typical believer? It underscores the value of prayer meetings in the local church. Most of my life as a Christian I have heard a prayer or two on Sunday. We’ve gathered in small groups and prayed for “prayer requests” aka needs. Little opportunity for “Joe Christian” to actually learn and develop a pray life and language that moves beyond petitioning for needs. This is where regular Corporate Prayer Meetingsserve a great purpose. We can learn to pray just like we learn a language: see, hear, and DO!

I love to watch people gain the confidence to go from praying 10-15 second “rapid fire” prayers, to amazing 2 to 3 minute conversations with God. See, hear, watch and DO, really is effective training. Whenever we teach subjects such as Prayer Reading the Scriptures, or Biblical Meditation it is never enough to teach, we have to actually delve into “hands on” and actually do it as a group! It is amazing. Start another Corporate Prayer Meeting today.”Chris Ferguson

How do you help believers “win in prayer?”

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Ferguson Header Fellowshipping Holy SpiritTest me, O Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for your love is ever before me, and I walk continually in your truth. —Psalm 26:2-3

Imagine this great tragedy: A woman walks with God for forty years, fully saved, redeemed, and following Christ. She comes before the throne in the

resurrection, and for the first time,she realizes what she’s missed. She feels wave upon wave of pleasure flowing from the Son of God, and she says to herself, “I

could have drunk from this well of spiritual delight everyday on Earth. I just had to encounter Your heart and Your beauty. Life would have been so much

better! Everything would have changed, and I would have accomplished so much more.”Beloved, we don’t have to wait to experience the deep pleasures! God

has ordained for the human heart to experience them even in this life. It’s not optional for us to go on as generations have, without a transforming revelation of

God’s heart. We desperately need hearts anchored and sustained by an outrageous love that comes from another world.


We have got to Fellowship with the Indwelling Holy Spirit. How do we do this? By TALKING TO THE HOLY SPIRIT. In prayer, we focus our mind on God in two

ways: on the Father who sits on His Throne (Rev. 4) and on God the Holy Spirit who lives in our spirit (Rom. 8:9-11). Principle: we walk in the Spirit by talking

with the Spirit. The fundamental way to walkin theSpirit is by maintaining an active dialogue with the indwelling Spirit. This is key to our renewal. Do this

several times each day! Ask HIM Questions and then listen. Be still and hear. 

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Who is E.M. Bounds?

       E.M. Bounds 
       Edward McKendree Bounds was a clergyman of the Methodist Episcopal Church South and author of eleven books, nine of which focused on the subject of prayer. 
       Although apprenticed as an attorney, Bounds felt called to Christian ministry in his early twenties during the Third Great Awakening. Following a brush arbor revival meeting led by Evangelist Smith Thomas, he closed his law office and moved to Palmyra, Missouri to enroll in the Centenary Seminary. Two years later, in 1859 at the age of 24, he was ordained by his denomination and was named pastor of the nearby Monticello, Missouri Methodist Church. 
       He became a chaplain in the Confederate States Army (3rd Missouri Infantry CSA) During the First Battle of Franklin, Bounds suffered a severe forehead injury from a Union saber, and he was taken prisoner. On June 28, 1865, Bounds was among Confederate prisoners who were released upon the taking of an oath of loyalty to the United States. 
       According to people who were constantly with him, in prayer and preaching, for eight years “Not a foolish word did we ever hear him utter. He was one of the most intense eagles of God that ever penetrated the spiritual ether.”

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Mike Bickle – How can I have an effective prayer life?

More in the Ask Mike Bickle Series, this time Mike gives some advice on how to have an effective prayer life – For More Resources including a free download of Mike’s Book “Prayers to Strengthen Your Inner Man” go to http://www.mikebickle.org

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