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I have always loved listening to some of our National Prayer Committee founders talk about the early years when they travelled together as a team to minister in prayer in various cities. I’ve longed for such ministry with my
fellow NPC’ers. I think it just happened. If the Lord tarries, years from now, I
believe we’ll be telling stories of how the members of the NPC travelled
together to Kansas City to minister in prayer at the International House of

What an amazing time of ministry! I’ll never forget Mike Bickle, founder of IHOP, paying such great honor to Vonette Bright, founder of the NPC. Nor will I forget how Vonette grabbed my hand and said in the midst of
the intercessory worship taking place, “This is just like

Norval Hadley stood before these worshipping young people and said, “In my 65 years of ministry, I have never experienced anything like I have here these past three days.” Those kinds of
comments from some of our founders ought to cause us to stop, thank God, and ask
Him what He was doing in our midst.

From Thursday, Aug.26th at 6pm until Noon on Sunday, Aug.29th, the NPC led in a 66 hour time of worship and prayer called, “Prayer Watch 2010”. The IHOP team and facility was put at our disposal
and they served us and their Lord in an astonishing way. The time was divided
into 33, 2 hour segments around a common theme. The IHOP worship teams led in
the first 45 minutes of every segment, followed by a 15 minute teaching by one
of our NPC or NDP leaders. The purpose of the teaching was simply to set the
stage for the next hour of prayer. Topics of prayer included revival, young
people, families, the media, spiritual warfare, our government, evangelism, and
many more.

So what happened? First of all, a strong call to prayer went out to the nation. Through GOD TV and the IHOP live streaming, many thousands were able to participate in Prayer Watch 2010. Secondly, God brought
together in an amazing way very different streams within the Body of Christ to
pray with power and unity. Thirdly, and most importantly, God showed up. Oh, it
wasn’t what I would call full-blown revival. But the Presence of God was present
in a powerful way…not only in the public gatherings, filled with joyous worship
and sweet, repentant hearts, but also in the many private encounters with God.
Many from among our NPC suggested that this was one of the strongest, sweetest
encounters with God they had experienced.

There is one other significant happening. It is what I would call impartation. When the NPC comes together, there is a wealth of prayer experience and ministry vision. Prayer Watch2010 was a glorious time of
impartation of that to the hundreds of young people who were present. This
happened all through the 66 hours, but particularly in the last hour together.
Barbara Byerly prayed a powerful prayer of impartation as the members of the NPC
and NDP walked through the crowd, laying on hands and praying for the power of
the Spirit of Prayer to come upon these young people. God truly was moving in
our midst!

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