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April 24th, 2014

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Jennifer McIntyre
The Sacred Charge
Jennifer McIntyre
March 9th, 2009




Conferences are so interesting aren’t they? At this point (at my old age of 25), I had decided I was done with the conference thing. So when it came time for the yearly One Thing conference, I was determined that I could get the mp3 afterwards, download it on my Mac, and enjoy all the preaching via iTunes. That was the plan until Mike Bickle sent an email asking everybody to attend the 2008-year end One Thing conference. In all of Mike Bickle's years of ministry, I have never seen him highlight and strongly suggest that we all gather together for a conference. I prayed about it and felt a leading from the Holy Spirit that I was not only supposed to attend, but that this year was going to be very significant.

So I drove thirteen hours from Atlanta to Kansas City in my 1998 Champagne Toyota Corolla to attend the conference all the while contemplating what was going to happen. When I arrived I realized that Mike Bickle was teaching on the Book of Revelation every afternoon. Other leaders at IHOP were preaching and teaching in the morning and evenings and like always, I was blown away by the amount of revelation that God has given all these teachers and leaders as well as the fact that so many young adults showed up to hear about the Book of Revelation. While I was at the conference a sobriety came to my heart like I have never felt before. Across the earth He is preparing the church for His return; different denominations, ages, nations, and races were all represented. If this isn’t enough of a reason to attend the conference I don’t know what is.  But in all honesty even after all the preaching and the teaching through the week, I felt like God had me attend specifically for the final evening.

Every year at the One Thing conference, we ring in the new year by worshiping God and lifting up His name. On December 31st, 2008 I headed into Bartle Hall, expecting to do what we always do at the One Thing conference on New Years Eve: dynamic worship and dynamic preaching and then ushering in the new year through worship, praise and thanksgiving to our God. This evening turned out to be anything but commonplace. Mike Bickle began speaking about forerunners. If you are familiar with the International House of Prayer, this is not unusual. But this time as he was quoting seemingly familiar passages (Matthew 3:3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord; make His paths straight), the words were striking my heart like arrows. All of the sudden, the presence of the Lord began to rest on me and tears began streaming down my face. I knew something was about to happen but I wasn’t sure what.

My head was down and I had a slight tremble happening in my body as Mike Bickle began to say it, “We are going to call forth the forerunners.” He described that the Lord promised Him over twenty years ago that He was going to raise up thousands of forerunners.  Suddenly my head was filled with questions as he began to talk about seven commitments to help young forerunners grow into maturity. The 7 commitments are: praying at least two hours daily, setting your heart (in grace) to fast twice a week, leading diligently in the place of prayer and bible study, doing acts of justice, reading the book of revelation at least once a week, giving extravagantly, and living a life of holiness and purity .He was describing basic Christianity. I came face to face with my weakness, I realized I am not fully walking out Christianity 101. Within a few moments the Spirit spoke to my heart and began to comfort me saying that these commitments were meant to help the young forerunners not to condemn them. He also began to impress on my heart that these commitments would call us to a higher accountability and draw us in to go after our destiny and identity as those called to “Prepare the Way of the Lord”. Mike also began asking those that felt the Lord telling them to commit to this to make it a long-term commitment ten years … twenty years …

I have been committed to IHOP and prayer in a focused way for about five years and I found myself having issues. Questions and thoughts were popping in my head like, “I don’t know if I can really do this. Am I really a forerunner? And though I have said in the past that I am committed to this as a lifetime vocation, is it real? Am I going to sign up again for ten years and really do these things?” This was a defining moment for me, because God was asking: Jennifer Lauren McIntyre, How are you going to live? How are you going to live when you are not at the conference when no one is looking? Jennifer, Do you really believe that my Son is returning to the planet and do you want to be a part of it? Then I heard the call, “If you are saying yes to these seven commitments then come up to the front.” To be honest with you, I did not respond right away, I did not jump out of my seat and rush to the front. At this point I felt like the Lord was presenting me with two choices, you're either in or you're out. You are either in the game or in the stands.  You are either wholehearted or letting your love grow cold (I realize that it might have not have been like this for everyone and that is okay; but this was my personal experience).

My friend leaned over and whispered to me, “I am not ready for this.”  I understood how he was feeling. As many were flocking to the front, we were both still in our seats wanting to soak in the significance of the moment. And then I made the choice. It really was my choice, am I going to do this or not? So I said yes again, I responded to the altar call, though a bit tardy. Yes, I sign up again. Though it may be weak, I am going to try and live this out. Because I love this man Jesus and I want to help prepare the way for His return.

For more information and to sign up for The Sacred Charge, visit www.ihop.org.

Calendar

Healing Rooms
4/27/2014 3:45pm - 4:45pm

If you are wrestling with physical sickness, a chronic disease, a painful injury, or a heavy emotional burden, then there is good news for you. God's Word says that He is exceedingly kind and loves to heal (Psalm 103:1-5). During His earthly ministry, Jesus healed all who came to Him (Matthew 4:24). God has promised that the prayer of faith will restore the one who is sick (James 5:15). Therefore, we want to stand with you in prayer and faith, believing God to perform a healing work in your life.

Our Healing Rooms will be held from 3:45 - 4:45 pm on Sunday evenings weekly.

Appointments for personal ministry can be made starting at 3:30 pm on a first-come, first-serve basis. This personal time of ministry will typically last 20 minutes with one of our Healing Rooms ministry teams.

Prophecy Rooms
4/27/2014 3:45pm - 4:45pm

At IHOP Atlanta, we desire to encourage and strengthen believers through the prophetic ministry. We have prophecy teams that are trained to hear the heart of the Lord for people and to minister His words of encouragement, edification, and exhortation (1 Cor 14:3). It is our prayer that believers will be strengthened in their faith and have a clearer understanding of how God feels and thinks about them after receiving ministry in the prophecy rooms. If you desire to encounter God's love for you in practical way, we encourage you to sign up for a ministry time in our prophecy rooms.

The prophecy rooms are open on Sundays from 3:45-4:45 PM. Appointments can be made 15 minutes prior. They are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Appointments typically last 10 minutes and are recorded for your convenience.

Encounter Service
4/27/2014 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Each service incorporates prophetic worship, Biblical teaching, prayer, and ministry times. Each service is geared to call individuals to a depth of the knowledge of God, intimacy with Jesus, urgency for the hour, and the Sermon on the Mount lifestyle. Through proclamation and impartation, each service is focused on providing a place for encounter with God for the individual, as well as generating a shift in the spiritual atmosphere over the city of Atlanta. Immediately following the service, there is an Information meeting for anyone desiring more information regarding IHOP Atlanta.
Staff Intercession Meeting
4/29/2014 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Tuesday is a designated prayer and fasting day for IHOP Atlanta staff and family. We have scheduled intercession meetings at 10 a.m., 4 p.m., 8 p.m., and midnight. We ask that all staff make it a priority to attend the weekly Tuesday 4 p.m. intercession meeting, as this is the one time weekly that we come together as a community for worship and intercession. Full-time staff are required to attend the 4 p.m. and an additional intercession meeting on Tuesday. Part-time staff are required to attend only the 4 p.m. intercession meeting. This meeting is open to the public as are all IHOP Atlanta prayer meetings
Healing Rooms
5/4/2014 3:45pm - 4:45pm

If you are wrestling with physical sickness, a chronic disease, a painful injury, or a heavy emotional burden, then there is good news for you. God's Word says that He is exceedingly kind and loves to heal (Psalm 103:1-5). During His earthly ministry, Jesus healed all who came to Him (Matthew 4:24). God has promised that the prayer of faith will restore the one who is sick (James 5:15). Therefore, we want to stand with you in prayer and faith, believing God to perform a healing work in your life.

Our Healing Rooms will be held from 3:45 - 4:45 pm on Sunday evenings weekly.

Appointments for personal ministry can be made starting at 3:30 pm on a first-come, first-serve basis. This personal time of ministry will typically last 20 minutes with one of our Healing Rooms ministry teams.

Prophecy Rooms
5/4/2014 3:45pm - 4:45pm

At IHOP Atlanta, we desire to encourage and strengthen believers through the prophetic ministry. We have prophecy teams that are trained to hear the heart of the Lord for people and to minister His words of encouragement, edification, and exhortation (1 Cor 14:3). It is our prayer that believers will be strengthened in their faith and have a clearer understanding of how God feels and thinks about them after receiving ministry in the prophecy rooms. If you desire to encounter God's love for you in practical way, we encourage you to sign up for a ministry time in our prophecy rooms.

The prophecy rooms are open on Sundays from 3:45-4:45 PM. Appointments can be made 15 minutes prior. They are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Appointments typically last 10 minutes and are recorded for your convenience.

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