About The Author
Rev. Dr. Peter Morgan
The challenge of every intercessor is to come to grips with God’s kingdom purpose for their nation. It is God’s will to restore nations, not to destroy them. Until we are convinced of this, we are not equipped to pray.
- Why are nations that important to God?
- Would God have saved Sodom had they repented?
- Did He not spare Nineveh from destruction?
- Has He not made an eternal covenant promise for the restoration of Israel?
- Will he not do the same for your nation today?
What is a Nation?
Webster’s dictionary defines a nation as “A stable, historically developed community of people with a territory, economic life, distinctive culture, and language in common … united under a single government.”Nation is a divine construct. It is a God idea. It has been identified in the scriptures with various relational, cultural, geographic and governmental terms such as families, languages, lands , city, peoples, generations and kingdom. (Gen. 10: 5, 20, 31; Ps.117:1; Nahum3:4,5)
As the terms vary, so the structures and systems of political organization of nations differ. The principles of leadership and of community are set forth by God for the establishment and development of nations exemplified in the chosen nation of Israel. This chosen nation was built by God Himself. Since then man is left with the mandate to evangelize and disciple every nation-state under the hand of God. Intercessors who wish to be effective must understand God’s purpose for nations.
Purpose of a Nation
The seed of nations was in the loins of Adam. It included the divine intent expressed to the first couple to be fruitful and multiple, replenish the earth and exercise stewardship/rulership over it. The expressed purpose of nations is divided into two categories: the GENERAL PURPOSE and the SPECIFIC PURPOSE. The general purpose is common to all nations, while God entrusts specific purposes to each nation.
The general purpose of nations is that they provide the context for the propagation of the gospel that men may find God, that the people should live peaceably, and that through nations the earth should be adequately governed to the glory of God and for the benefit of mankind. Intercessors must pray to this end. (Acts 17:26; Gen.1:28; Rev.5:9; 1Tim2:1-4,8). Within the specific purpose of each nation, God endows them with gifts, abilities, callings and natural resources to fulfill their God-given destiny in the earth. Hence, Assyria was referred to by God as “My Handiwork ” (Isa.19:25), and “Rod of My Anger” (Isa.10:5); Cush was called “Swift Messenger ” (Isa.18:2); and of course, Israel was “My Firstborn” (Ex.4:2) and “ My Servant” (Isa.41:8).
Today prophetic intercessors must research and study nations to identify their divine gifts and callings. For example, Canada is typified as “Bondservant”; the USA is “Adventurous Leader”; Africa is characterized with “Spiritual Authority”; Germany: “Obedient Governor”: and Jamaica has the gifts of “Prophet” and “Hospitality”.
Profile of a Nation
To accomplish their manifest destiny, nations are shaped as kingdoms with a defined profile comprising civil, professional and cultural institutions. Through these institutions, nation states are called to fulfill their God-given mandate through righteous men and women, God’s stewards, for His glory. As with nations, so with cities and communities. Each is attended by ministering angels of Heaven who are countered by a hierarchy of demonic forces designed to disenable them.
If we are to pray intelligently, therefore, we must be diligent in establishing God’s rule and protecting God’s favor in the following spheres of the nation:
- People – its citizens by birth or by naturalization, that they are righteous and live peaceably in the fear of God.
- Culture – that the morals, values and the creative expressions like music, art, architecture are expressive of God’s standards in ethics and aesthetics.
- Laws – to regulate and to protect the rights of the people with justice and equity.
- Language – communicating truth to educate and govern the thoughts and ideas of men, and to socially enhance the bond of trust between them.
- Government – for the regulation of order and quality living within the state.
- Economics – to produce and disperse wealth for the common good of all its residents.
- Land – for a sense of identity and stewardship within a jurisdictional sphere and for the fruitfulness of the earth.
- Symbols – that the national image embodied in emblems and public reputation is to the glory of God.
Common Problem of Nations
Because of sin in each of the above-mentioned spheres, nations have spiraled downward toward the point of no return. Nations which have started gloriously with the highest ideals, gradually drift into an uncontrollable cycle of self-destruction. (Rom. 1:18 -32; Rev.18:9-20). Sin is both degenerative and pervasive in its influence within a nation. If it is not eradicated or contained at any level, it has a ripple effect in its impact. Sin and iniquity begin at the personal level and spread to the social spheres before infiltrating the cultural dimensions. If it is not arrested it becomes institutionalized and hence oppressive until it is codified by law and hence legitimized. Sin invariably has environmental consequences and ultimately becomes trans-generational in its impact.
Seven Sins of Self-Destruction.
Prophetic watchmen protecting the nation must be on the lookout to spot and arrest evil at its earliest signs before it overtakes the nation and attracts the judgment of God upon the people. The following are Seven Sins common to the profile of a self-destructive nation:
• Idolatry: Worshipping things rather than the Creator. The emptiness of idolatry drives a people into occult practices.
• Pride: Exalting self above God. This is exemplified in the cult of humanism. It seeks to replace God with man as the center of national life.
• Hedonistic pleasure: Sexual promiscuity, sodomy, uncleanness, lasciviousness, and other sensuous values when given full license lead to indiscipline and civil chaos.
• Acquisitiveness: Love of money, envy and the insatiable desire to exploit the weak for financial and material gain, produce a society of mistrust greed and violence.
• Injustice: Manipulation of systems and institutions to oppress the poor, widows and orphans concentrates the balance of power in the hands of the few at the expense of the many.
• Iniquity: This promotes a culture of deceit, bribery and corrupt intrigue for self-gain. It expresses itself in the manipulation of systems and people for evil ends.
• Systemic corruption: Institutionalized fraud, conventional evil, practices accommodated as they become culturally normative.
Instrument of Restoration
The antidote for the sins of a nation is the decisive and radical imposition of the Kingdom of God on the community and the national state. Restoration begins with a clear vision of the divine Kingdom purpose of God for your nation. Christ created a radical platform for the redemption of restoration of a people. It is through the agency of a newly established people called “My Ekklesia”. In fact, it has the power to command all other kingdoms so that “what you bind on( earth is bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth is loosed in heaven, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matt.16:19).
This is the powerful mandate of the prophetic intercessor, to effect God’s Kingdom purpose for your nation through the Church, God’s House. No wonder Jesus publicly and dramatically declared the words of Isaiah “My House shall be called the House of prayer for all nations.” ( Isa.56:7 )
About the Author:
Peter Morgan, a native of Jamaica, is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. He obtained a Masters Degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kentucky and his Doctor of Ministries Degree from the Oral Roberts University in Tulsa. In 2004 he was consecrated a Bishop to the Nation and to the Jamaican Diaspora across the world. He is regarded as one of the fathers of the Charismatic Renewal Movement in Jamaica and the Caribbean from the 1970's. He currently gives oversight to several vibrantly growing Churches in the region with a new radical shift toward transformation of the individual and his environment. He is constantly engaged in mentoring leaders within the professional and civic spheres. He is the author of “ THE NATION – God's Strategic Purpose For Establishing Your Nation ” and “ THE CITY CHURCH – A Personal Pilgrimage ”. He and his wife, Patricia, are the parents and grandparents of four (4) children, and three grandchildren.
IPMI I New York City I April 6, 2018.
Ivylin Leslie has gone to be with the Lord. The truth is, she has been with the Lord for a long time even while she was with us here on earth. But now she is enjoying His presence unencumbered.
She was a founding member of the IPMI and sat on its Board for over 21 years until her passing. Those of us who knew her through the work and ministry of IPMI benefitted from her faithful service in so many ways. Her administrative skills allowed her to organize and coordinate many of our events, chief of which was the Annual Prayer Breakfast in New York where she supervised the reception and attendance processes with stern discipline but with a gracious smile. She was equally present at our annual Prayer Summits in October ensuring that all the “I”s were dotted and the “T”s crossed. She also added her promotional support in putting on the mid-year Pastors and Leaders Prayer Symposium. Indeed she was one of the main encouragers of the President ensuring that the details of his vision were accomplished.
IPMI also benefitted from her association with her Church and other Ministries with which she was involved. It is no secret that her local Church, Hempstead Assembly of God, where she also served as an ordained Minister, was one of the chief supporters of IPMI. Many of their members attended our public functions, they have hosted our visitors, given financially to our needs, and remained constantly in prayer for the Ministry.
Of great significance to IPMI also was her membership with the International Third World Leaders Association. She benefitted greatly from the personal mentorship of the late Dr. Myles Munroe who personally spoke highly of her spiritual dedication and of her maturity as a servant of God. In more recent years she founded the non-profit organization called “Loving Heart Caring Hands Ministry International” which allowed her to give full expression to the passion of her heart toward others and she did it selflessly to the honor and glory of God and for the good of the people.
But as much as she gave to the Church, to her friends and to others she scarcely knew, there was no dedication and love more endearing than her love for her family. She was deeply committed to her husband, who pre-deceased her and her children. It is this experience with her own household that drew to her other sons and daughters who remained grateful to her for sharing her mothering passion and love to the very end.
Indeed, the Lord was with her during all her ministry here on earth. And now I can just imagine Him on Thursday evening 15th March, opening the gate of Heaven and beckoning to her saying, like He did to St John the Apostle, “Come up here, and I will show you the things that must occur afterward.” (Rev.4:1).
Hear the words of some of her colleagues who worked with her in IPMI:
President of IPMI Newton Gabbidon remarked, “She demonstrated unwavering loyalty and commitment to IPMI and her support of its mission has served as a great model of the ideal member for others within and outside IPMI to emulate.”
Lilly Webb her dear friend commented, “Wow, I will certainly miss that face at registration for IPMI events. She ran a good, good race. The Lord gives and He takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord. We salute you, Sister Lyn.”
And Brother Tim Brown fellow Board Member summed it up well, "She was an outstanding contributor to the work of IPMI while also being a very valuable member at her home church, Hempstead Assembly of God. She was approachable and very reliable and conducted all her affairs at a high professional level. We will miss her greatly and we mourn her loss, along with her family."
But today, no greater commendation could be given to our dearly beloved Sister than that given by Jesus Himself, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord.” (Matt.25:21)
Brooklyn, New York, August 9, 2016. Over 2000 Christians from across the United States and around the world will converge on New York City on Monday, October 24, 2016, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, for a united Global Leaders Prayer Gathering at the Brooklyn Tabernacle. The New York City Leadership Center, Concerts of Prayer Greater New York, Christian Union, CONLICO and New York City Intercessors are collaborating with Intercessory Prayer Ministry International (IPMI) to host this historic prayer event.
The Global Leaders Prayer Gathering is being planned in conjunction with the MOVEMENT DAY GLOBAL CITIES 2016 Congress, which will take place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center from October 25-27. The Congress will consist of seminars and discussions for Church and civic leaders, pertaining to issues affecting Cities all across the World.
It is expected that the spiritual intensity of the united prayer and evangelistic fervor of the Church community will stir New York City, impact the nation and spread throughout the world. Global issues to be our focus of prayer will include: the threat of indiscriminate terrorist attacks on the lives of individuals, businesses, cities and nations; natural disasters, plagues and diseases; economic crisis, poverty and social oppression; child abuse especially among children at risk through sexual molestation, human trafficking and prostitution; family and gender issues; issues of globalization and the threat to national sovereignty; heightened transnational religious tensions and increasing incidents of Christian persecution.
We also will pray, asking God to relieve tensions across America between the races, between police and the citizenry, and especially the critical issues surrounding the Presidential elections in November.
The Keynote speaker will be Dr. Tony Evans from Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship (Dallas, Texas) and The Urban Alternative. He promotes an agenda for God’s comprehensive rule over every sphere of life including family, community, and society.
Worship leader for the occasion is Dr. Robert Sterns, President of Eagles Wings Ministry.
Other guests include Dr. Mac Pier, Founder and CEO of the New York City Leadership Center and host of Movement Day Global Cities and Mr. Graham Power of South Africa, Founder of Global Day of Prayer, and the global movement “Unashamedly Ethical.”
Both plenary and small group sessions over the two-hour meeting will allow for maximum participation of attendees including young people and children.
The publication, Prayer Global, in commemoration of this event will feature articles on prayer, the history of revivals and the present day challenges faced by the Church in promoting redemptive change and moral reformation in communities, cities, and nations through prayer and evangelism.
Admission to the October 24, 2016, Global Leaders Prayer Gathering is free and all are invited to participate. You cannot afford to miss this historic prayer event. Seating is limited. Register today!
Dr. C. B. Peter Morgan is a founding board member of Intercessory Prayer Ministry International. He is serving as the Chairman of the October 24, 2016, Global Leaders Prayer Gathering Steering Committee.