… If my people, called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face, I will hear from heaven and I will forgive their sin and heal their land…
After four years of waiting, this month, on June 12th, at the sound of a whistle, the beginning of one of the biggest sporting events in the world began, The World Cup 2014. Brazilians and the entire world have been waiting for this day. And in the waiting some Brazilians were hoping for a new beginning, something (anything) better. While others, who are hopeless, seem to have already written an ending that exalts the corruption of those in power in Brazil.
Meanwhile, in a corner of the city of Belo Horizonte and the other 11 host cities of The World Cup, an equally expected and awaited project too had its initial kickoff....the opening of the 24/7 Prayer Rooms of Exodus Cry (a ministry of IHOP).
The people of God in Brazil have waited and longed for this day, just as the world watched, waited and expected the opening of The World Cup. Hoping that the body of Christ would mobilize and begin to wear their priestly garments; begin to intercede and mourn for those who are blinded and cannot; to bring the nation's sins before the altar and ask for forgiveness from our Heavenly Father.
"... Between Sanctuary entrance and altar
let the priests, God's servants, weep tears of repentance.
Let them intercede: "Have mercy, God, on your people!
Do not abandon your heritage to contempt.
Do not let the pagans take over and rule them
and sneer, 'And so where is this God of theirs? "
One at that, God went into action to get his land back.
I took pity on his people ... "(Joel 2: 17-18 MSG)
During the next 31 days much of the world's attention will be focused on The World Cup, but it will also a time when worship and prayers of The Church in Brazil will not stop for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Their cry for salvation for Brazilians and the rest of the nations, their cry for freedom for those who are imprisoned and oppressed will burst forth from Christ´s body, The Church, which is each one of us as we intercede in prayer.
We´ll do this, because faith moves mountains, and the praiseworthiness of a contrite heart is a pleasant aroma in Heaven and an offering that touches God´s heart. We believe this time of intercession will compel His heart to respond and forgive and heal this land.
Are you with a team in Brazil and do you want to participate? Here is the info for all the different cities:
Rua Guaicurus 354, Centro, third floor
1ª Igreja Batista da Asa Norte
SHCN EQ 113/114, Conj. A - Asa Norte, Brasília - DF - 70766-400
Avenida Iguaçu, 830 - Rebouças, Curitiba - PR, 80230-020, Brazil
+55 41 3015-7950
Rua Tenente Benevolo 646
Centro, Fortaleza, Ceara-Brasil
#386 Rua Lobo D’almada, Manaus
Igreja Presbiteriana Rocha Eterna
Rua Praia de Camboinhas, 9055. Ponta Negra
Instituto Bíblico Esperança - IBE
Rua Deodoro, 265 - Porto Alegre/RS
Fone (51) 3387.1161
Igreja Apostolica Batista Viva: IABV
Av. Visconde de Jequitinhonha, 374-Boa Viagem
Rio de Janeiro:
Igreja Batista Dois de Julho
Rua Carlos Gomes, 120
Centro BA. 40725-610
IMOSP- Missionary Community of Sao Paulo
Mamore St, 71, Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo