The Intercessors for the Philippines (IFP) and her partner churches and ministries, together with the CLSF prayer warriors successfully commenced the start of the 21-Day Fasting and prayers last Thursday evening, March 15, 2012 at the CLSF Main Sanctuary in Mandaluyong City. Some 350 pastors and intercessors from CLSF and other churches in Metro Manila gathered together to be part of the kick-off gathering signaling the start of this extremely crucial prayer event. Bishop “Kuya” Dan Balais, the CLSF Senior Pastor and concurrently, the National Chairman of IFP opened up the program by a message laying down the foundation of three week national fasting and prayers. Kuya Peter Reyes, a CLSF National Elder and concurrently the head of the Manila Pastoral Movement led followed afterwards leading the prayer for the sins of the church.
Bro. Wyden King, the head of NFS Ministries led the prayer of repentance and confession of the sins of the princes of the land namely the government and the business world. Intense prayers and supplications filled the whole CLSF main sanctuary. Bro. Wyden shared that because of greed for money, government officials and business people have compromised the truth which is the reason why the nation has fallen from the grace of God and have plunged to precipitous decline from her lofty perch in the 1960’s to where we are now. Though there are significant breakthroughs happening in our economy, it has to be sustained and its benefit cascade down to the majority of our people especially the poor and the needy. Bro. Wyden led the crowd in praying in the spirit and cries of repentance and supplications for the sins of the civil rulers and businessmen.
Kuya Andrew Sombilla, a CLSF National Elder, led in praying for the sins of the people. Following the Prayer Guide for the 21-Day fasting and prayers published by IFP, the multitude of sins, transgressions and iniquities of our people were repented of and confessed before the Lord. Again, intense prayers and supplications once again filled the whole sanctuary. The prayers and intercessions were interspersed by songs of worship and adoration to the Lord led by the CLSF Central Worship team. Kuya Arman Abad, a CLSF National Elder facilitated the program prepared by Ate Nona Londonio, the IFP National Director and likewise, a CLSF National Elder.
The kick-off gathering was capped by a short video showing of the revival and great outpouring of the Holy Spirit among the children in Siargao Island in Surigao Province in Mindanao. The people in attendance were so encouraged by what they saw- a spontaneous outpouring of the Holy Spirit among children, many of whom are unbelievers and have just come to the gathering because their classmates in the school just invited them. Bro. Wyden then testified that this was not an isolated case. In many places that the trainers of NFS Ministry went, the same outpouring was being experienced. The Lord seems to ignite revival fires in many parts of the country especially in places where many prayers have been sown by the churches in the area.
The prayer meeting ended around 10:00 in the evening with Pastor Domeng Rivera, a pastor of Jesus Is Lord Church (JIL) and concurrently, the National Coordinator of the Philippines for Jesus Movement (PJM) closing the gathering with a prayer of benediction and prophetic declarations. It was indeed a successful commencement of the 21-Day Fasting and Prayers. The people who sacrificed to come to the gathering were satisfied and blessed seeing and hearing how the hand of the Lord is moving mightily in the land. All those who attended have committed to fast and pray for the next 21 days. It was a gathering birthed through much prayers, tears and supplications: a gathering that will spell the destiny of the nation!
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” 2Ch 7:14
Also published in Eagle Christian, Issue No. 330 on March 18, 2012