At this ‘Clarion Call’ Conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Pastor Lalith Mendis gathered some fathers in the Lord for a time of sharing, prayer and worship. India, Germany, Malaysia, UK and Japan were prayed for. It was a time in the presence of the Lord, seeking God’s mind and the Father’s heart for the nations. There was a true manifestation of God’s heart for the nation among those represented in the Conference.
Not only the fathers, but also the ‘sons’ that came along, they all shared that passion for their own nations. India and Germany were represented by fathers and sons. These sons showed the promise of faith and spirit of the fathers and the Father in their pursuit of God in seeking the extension of God’s rule and influence in their lands. There was true intercession from the heart and deep called unto the deep as we heard Dr Lalith calling Sri Lanka to come home to the Father. The spirit of faith was filled with God’s love and the spirit of authority was filled with humility and heart rending cries unto the Lord.
The Clarion Call was not another Pastors’ Conference but one with the intensity of God’s Spirit of passion for nations to be our inheritance. It is led by one that has the faith and passion with experience in seeing a nation turning unto the Lord. Dr Lalith and his ministry is an example of seeing the church involved in governing the land spiritually through prolonged earnest prayer and supplication in God’s presence. The prophetic words that filled the prayer gave a cutting edge into the spiritual realm. It was a time of both apostolic authority and prophetic anointing.
The heart of these fathers in the Lord showed this: Everything is unto the transformation of the nation – preaching, healing, signs and wonders, orphanages, teaching, gatherings of leaders, prayer meetings, camps, fathering the flock – all unto the Father’s end of impacting society and the nation.
This is to be a lift in the purpose and programs in the running of an average church. In this lift we learn that our church programs are not for the sake of them, even in the name of saving souls. Many souls that are saved and added to the church do not necessarily enter into God’s call and purpose for the nation. Some not deeply touched by God are tempted to remain in a self-absorbed ‘saved life’ hoping to keep receiving more and more of God’s goodness. It is obvious that God’s nature is to bless His sons and daughters. The truth is when God’s goodness touches a person in his heart, repentance and transformation take place. Revelation of God moves into encounter with God. He is lifted from knowledge of God’s into His divine perspectives. God aches for nations to return to Him in righteousness and justice. Churches are arising more and more in this heartbeat, stepping into this sense of destiny. Programs are used in building God’s sons and daughters that take their Promised Land like Caleb and Joshua.
I believe God is lifting Pastors with a shepherd’s anointing to participate in His apostolic and prophetic vision for their lands. No longer are eyes stayed on earthly shepherding issues of a flock merely meeting people’s needs and pains. This ministry of compassion continues but is empowered by the higher heavenly vision of the Father’s business of changing the world, making history in the nation. When a Pastor is tempted to feel small, ministering only to a tiny flock, courage seeps into his soul because he catches the bigger picture of God’s incline. God is inclined to turn that little flock into spiritual sons that will be the head and not the tail in their vocations that are their parish. They are to be truly blessed so that they can bless others into Christ and His kingdom. They engage the power of God’s blessings with the authority of Sonship. They have faith in God’s grace that has the power to save souls from darkness to light and turn people from sin to eternal life. By the power of His grace the Church will be the victorious glorious global Church that Jesus is coming back for.
Pastor Jeremiah and Susan Yap,
Group Senior Pastor
New Life Restoration Churches