Colin Millar - "Igniting Prayer Action"
5:50AM Jul 9, 2020
Jonathan J. Armstrong
Today, it's our huge privilege to be speaking with Colin Miller. Colin Miller is the founder of igniting prayer action, and the chief prayer officer for global media outreach reach among his other endeavors. Colin, thank you so much for joining us today.
It's a great honor and privilege to join
you, Jonathan. Dear brother,
calling you have had a prayer centered ministry for a number of years would you be willing to share in brief the turn in your own life how you embrace a full time ministry of prayer?
Yes. And I'd like to do that by starting us in prayer,
because that's what we do. So Father, thank
you for this opportunity today. To meet with my precious brother, Dr. Jonathan Armstrong. I thank you it was through prayer that you can acted us. And would you give us the questions and answers today that would impact every listener that would listen to this message and sharing today. In the victorious Name of Jesus we pray, Amen. So, in answering that question, this was definitively a call of the Lord. But for those that might be listening today, I encourage you that prayer
is a call to every believer.
Sometimes people say, well, they're anointed in prayer and you can walk in that anointing. But Leonard Ravenhill, a great father in the prayer movement, says few are called to preach, but
all are called to pray.
And I was on the island of Aruba. I've been an entrepreneur for 27 or eight years, and this was 14 years ago. And
through the introduction to
a Dutch businessman,
Bert de Han,
at a pastas gathering
on this little island of Aruba.
I was actually
engineering turnaround with the Valero refinery. And we met and he shared his testimony how the Lord called him out of the marketplace to start schools that I had been teaching on prayer and encouraging the body of Christ, just from my market workplace. But halfway through that message, the Lord clearly spoke to me. Your husband gasket business is over my son. This is what I'm calling you to do. To start schools of prayer in individuals Families, churches, corporations, cities and nations, and I will provide all your needs. And in the last 14 years, it's been a remarkable adventure dear brother, across the nations and God has been faithful to provide for all our needs putting our two sons through university with no debt.
and where I am today doing this interview with you is in the issaquah prayer grotto at every home for Christ headquarters in Colorado Springs, which is a ministry reaching the nations to
sharing of the gospel tracks to every home across the nations. They are seeing some 10,000 people giving their lives to Christ every day.
And the same
with global media average But are is the air attack is every home for Christ is the ground attack. But the foundation
the fruitfulness or increased fruitfulness is collaborative
calling as far as I'm aware you are the first chief prayer officer whom I've met. Did you create that title and office with global media outreach? Or would you be willing to share the genesis of how you became
chief prayer officer? I
would never have created that. I just like to say I encourage people to ignite a prayer life. But as I began to volunteer 10 years ago, the CEO at the time said, Well, we've got a chief financial opposite chief operations officer. I think we should appoint you as the chief prayer officer. And I didn't argue too much because they felt that was edited out has been an impact, just as you said, as the first chief brand officer you've met. But there are a number of corporations
have dedicated their companies to Christ where that position might not be Chief Petty Officer but a director of prayer. A prayer coordinator is intensely over that arena
of the business or ministry. Wonderful.
Thank you. calling you also serve as the prayer coordinator for the Global Alliance for church multiplication. And this is a network now consisting of some 84 organizations which is dedicated to planting 5 million new churches by the end of the year 2020. Would you be willing to share with us your strategy for mobilizing such a massive prayer movement? Well, it
is absolutely a challenge and when I first was invited to an tend one of our forums four years ago,
I was introduced and spent some time with Kelly shenko, the founder
and chairman of GCX, as it's called, and our hearts were
ignited teas from Ethiopia, I'm from South Africa, as to an Africans were, our hearts were united. And it became clearly evident that to attain and we also said, one church for every thousand people across every community of the nations of
the world, and that the
only way that this could be done is if prayer was the first the foundation
and the everything that we
encourage our members to be. So it starts at a grassroots level Jonathan, and as a member joins us. We just had four new members join us today and we had an orientation just two hours ago is to encourage them to appoint a chief growth officer
or prayer director prep someone who's
responsible. Now you will find that most ministries realize their prayers important. But we too often assume that prayer takes place. But when no one's responsible for it,
it often does not take place.
And now for instance, hit every home for Christ in the global media outreach every day. We start the day by bringing our teams together remotely and or who are in the corporate headquarters for 30 minutes of worship and encouragement and prayer together.
But that doesn't happen
unless you initiate it.
of the now 84 members, I think we've got about 40 to 50 that have actually appointed a prayer leading designated person in their ministry, which is significantly impacted increased the amount of prayer and what we like to say. It's good to set time apart for prayer. But it's best to make prayer a part of who you are individually, your family and your organization, your ministry organization. And it's a slow process, and it's
from them. One of
the other key factors and I know I've shared this with you before, that every leader or ministry member, is what we count as a racecar for Jesus What does a racecar have?
when they're in the race?
A pit crew? Exactly, Jonathan, and we use that acronym p it as a personal intercessory team. You need people that are praying for you on a regular basis, so that the work of God is fruitfully multiplied. And it's just amazing. We have on our website igniting pre action, video destiny, just a three minute testimony of what God did by deploying a pit crew for a movie producer. So it's a gradual and continuing process in this last year. I've kind of stepped back from daily involvement with GAC x. And that precious capital have become the prayer mobilizes on a full time basis their support raised in the ministry.
I have spent this last year and I
really discovering a part of God's Word that I've read, all of us would have read many a time. But it's the fact of waiting
And it has changed
everything from what is happening, and it's a book
by Andrew Murray, who is a prolific writer on prayer, as I know, you know, but those listening to this interview, if you haven't read an Andrew Murray book, I would encourage you to start with waiting on God
by Andrew Murray. Thank you so much, Colin.
Colin, you are an advocate to incorporate prayer into the structures of our organizations, whether they be churches or even business Many struggle to find ways to bring prayer directly into the structure, the organizational structure of a church. Can you give us some practical recommendations on how a church might embrace a structure of prayer?
and it's very similar to
that first step.
And then many, many churches that do not have a
whose responsibility is prayer. Now, there are more these days. So that's the first step is to
now and again, the senior pastor, as a deep pot for intercession,
and they will engage you will, you can see a difference in the DNA of a church that's a prayerful church. But it's best to identify ask the Lord to identify to call for that person in the church, your company,
whatever Organization it is and appoint that person and then
together a small team with possible representation from your children's ministry, adult men's missions, that would be a part of that prayer servant team. And so you've got, like a stream of the breath of
God, which I call prayer.
Our breath we could we would die in five minutes flat
if we didn't breathe, but spiritually, we can't see when we die. But we're dying every time we're not in communion with the Lord. And that's what we call prayer or waiting on God. And so it's a gradual process, but it is a very intentional one. And as you build the team, you can see prayer, becoming a part of who that
for a business or a Christian ministry, would you be willing to explain why is it that you would advocate that a business or a Christian ministry embrace prayer in its official structure?
Because God's Word tells us to is the partner.
And when we
are obedient, and whether you're in a business, this is one of our key focuses
is to work with
CEOs, business leadership teams.
particularly in America, we're such a driven people that
we go to
church on Sunday, maybe a Bible study in the week, but we
what our Christian life is from who we are in the marketplace. And quite often, even in ministry, we is driven in the work of ministry, that we don't the work of the Lord, that we don't attend to the Lord
work. And so it's biblical, that we should engage with God in everything that we do. And there's multiple scriptures but one of my favorites, one Thessalonians 517, pray without ceasing. It doesn't say, for church members or church pastors. It's to all business leaders. Everybody in the body of Christ is called to pray without ceasing. The enemy has stolen our minds to think because of separation of Church of state and church that we can pray. That's a live from the video, we can always pray. And when you're both to do it, the Lord honors
and moves. It's just remarkable how
he will blow open doors. When you start Simply bold and bring him into a conversation.
Colin is you advocate for prayer across many different organizations and movements? How is it that technology can be used or leverage to structure prayer networks today?
Well, Jonathan, it was that
very connection. I believe that we were connected together in our friendship.
why I said, as we were just
consolidating today's interview, it was God's absolute perfect timing, because for the last month, I've been going up got to get with Jonathan.
The longest zoom
Crash Team that I'm a part of that served is just coming into our sixth year, and we've got about 16 people. We meet every Wednesday morning and 30 Central Time, for half an hour. It's sprung out of global media outreach. We have people in Finland, Sweden, Slovenia, and it's all focused on Europe. But brother we had, many of us have never met in person. But through prayer, and the technology enables us from anywhere in the world at any time to be united in a john 17. Psalm 133, United blessing of God as He says in 133,
be old, how good and lovely
it is, when brethren to dwell together in unity. There's no final way to be in unity than in prayer. And that's what I'm sharing with marriages.
Sweet sets, the best
thing has been in wife you can do to keep God in your marriage and the enemy out is to pray out loud together. Give them daily and
technology. You can FaceTime
when facetiming with our grandson recently two and a half years old, but we pray together by FaceTime. It's awesome. So technology has vastly increased our capability to multiply the fruit of prayer. And one of those that we were given about four years ago, initially on the iPhone and now with smartphones is the ability to record and text a recording. So I encourage people and I've done this for you. I recorded on The Voice what I call a VTP, a voice text brat. And I can't tell you Jonathan, the number of times that voice takes prayer is prayed multiple times saved and then shared with family members shared with business associates. The power of God comes when we pray together. So today's technology is vital to us. Seeing the Great Commission completed. Great global media outreach is an evangelism internet ministry, but we use technology to accomplish what we see God in doing every day.
Colin, what is the secret to sustaining a movement of prayer?
I don't think it's a secret.
the personal relationship with God that each of us has through Jesus Christ. And it's simply to do what His Word says. And when we do that, I prayer life is sustained and I will it's again in his word, but Sometimes So, to a degree it is a secret. But I want to tell you this, Jonathan and those who you are listening. I used to think waiting on God, this was a year ago, I was okay Lord, here I am waiting on you. When are you going to do this? When is my asking yourself, I'm waiting for you to do it. But it's the complete opposite. Some 4016 is the heart of what waiting on God is all about. Be still
and know that I'm God.
There's no greater declaration of your dependence upon God, then to wait quietly, patiently on him. And I just read this portion from Andrew Murray. Did Christian begin to see that waiting is not one among a number of Christian virtues to be fought from time to time, but it expresses that desire position that lies at the very root of the Christian life. It gives a higher venue and a new power to our prayer and worship, to our faith and surrender, because it links us in an
dependence to God Himself. And it gives us the unbroken enjoyment of the goodness of God, Lamentations 335, the Lord is good to those who, what, who wait for him. So that waiting brother, I would say is that hidden secret, and I have just hit every home for Christ. They've got 80 staff members, I gave them a copy of this
book, waiting on God
by Andrew Murray, inscribed with this and I challenge every one of you listening to this message would you join in me, in learning, growing, and here's the essential part, practicing the art and the discipline of waiting on God. And brother, I am seeing this is my 11th month of doing these 31 days of meditation. And we're talking with every home for Christ on his 31 days of praying for every nation on the planet. I challenge every one of you to
commit one hour, a day or a week to praying,
waiting on God and praying for the nation's using dick easements, the watchman's guide to praying God's promises. And we will see the Great Commission accomplished more rapidly and the body united
in a way that we couldn't ask or imagine, because he's able to do that.
Calling if I may ask a question. In that I've been asking all of the interviewees on this program and that is this, what would it mean for the church to be united today? How would we recognize this unity? And what is it that we can do to pursue the Unity for which Jesus prayed in john 17?
Well, brother, we are seeing
this very thing happen in little pockets around the world, at the Global Alliance for church modification.
If you go to the GAC x.io
there's a recent testimony to what God did when his body collaborated together. It rapidly accelerated the fruitfulness of planting more churches in a region of Ethiopia than had been done by either part on their own.
And that's our continuous pressure. At
every home for Christ this morning, the message was out of john 17. And then the way we love one another the way we talk to the Father and follow the model of Jesus, I do nothing except from what I see and hear my father say, when we all do
that together, then we are under the promise of
God of Psalm 133. God commands his blessing and eternal
So, we are seeing that in various places around the world, but it's nowhere near where God would have it. Otherwise it'd be back right? When my body is one, he's going to come back. And so it's something to pray for, and it's something to intentionally work towards. It's a very challenging thing. But Gods do. I use the key. Amen.
Thank you so much, Colin. It's been our delight today to be speaking with Colin Miller, founder of igniting prayer, action and an advocate of prayer across many organizations and movements. Thank you so much for joining us today.
It's a great family.
God bless you