What's Your Why?

Remember the stage where every question was why? And so often when you gave an answer or received it, the next thing was why again. Did you ever think that it's important to know the why

I see this all the time that people will tell you how or what or when, but more often than not they will leave out the why.  I happen to think that why we do something is more important then the how or the what we do. I'm not saying that how, what or when are not important because they are, they're just not as critical as knowing the why.

So why are we praying and interceding for our cities in Iowa? Here are a few of my why's.

  1.  Jesus deserves a foothold to rule from in our nation. He deserves and has a right to rule over Iowa.

  2. Jesus' name should be honored on the lips of every man, woman and child in our state. His name should be preeminent.

  3. Jesus really cares about the lost of our state and wants them to come to Him to be discipled.  Creating a place for Him to rule from will make the enemy back away from the lost in our state, so they can turn away from the enemy and be saved from death and destruction.

  4. Our God hates sin. The church needs to work in prayer and intercession to reverse the culture that allows gross sin and hates righteousness, calling evil good and good evil.  This means no more abuse of drugs and alcohol, no more trafficking of humans, no more violence of any kind, no more stealing, no more lying or cheating, no more killing, no more broken families or divorce, to name just a few of the evils God hates. It means a culture that honors God and each human life.  One that is based on God's love and kindness.

Those are a few of the reasons why I refuse to stop praying. And when we, the church of Iowa, win our regions and our state, then we will focus on exporting the culture of heaven to the nations in a far more intentional way than we ever have before; through prayer and fasting we will break the control of the enemy so the nations can be discipled.  

So there is part of my why.  And while I have other reasons to pray and intercede for our state, these are key why's that govern my heart. Jesus wants Kingdom culture in Iowa, and He doesn't have it yet, so my job is not done.  

I encourage you to make your own why list to help you stay focused and to keep the fires of intercession burning.


War Room Mission Overview

In the natural realm, every kingdom or country needs a military force if it expects to protect its territory, boundaries and citizens.  Military forces can operate defensively or offensively.  As an example, taking Europe back from Hitler during World War II was an offensive operation for some nations and a defensive operation for nations like France and Russia.  England was on the defense too and successfully kept Hitler out, but at a very high cost. It was a cooperative effort of many nations in order to bring peace to the earth again.  Prayer was a very powerful weapon during this period.

The Kingdom of Heaven is similar to an earthly kingdom in this way. God has both defensive and offensive forces in His Kingdom. Think of what it looked like the day God launched a major offensive operation to take back the earth and its citizens. The strategy room of heaven was a buzz when God announced He was going to have a son and send Him to earth under a covert operation to take back the earth from enemy hands. I’m sure all the angels wondered what this would mean. It was a high cost and a great sacrifice in military terms.  The New Testament is full of evidence of the wonder, the exact execution of this military strategy and the effectiveness of the covert operation.

Military strategies to win the earth back are still being distributed in the heaven’s strategy room.   There are times you can literally feel the movement in the angelic realm. We know that God has a plan and is looking for agents and soldiers on the earth who want to be a part of this cosmic war to restore the earth to its original purpose. He wants to strip the enemy of his usurped authority which was revoked at the cross and set the plumb line of justice and righteousness in the nations.

The War Room of KHOP is just one expression of our willingness as a house to be a part of that cooperative force with God’s plan; following His lead, by praying His heart, until His purposes are achieved in the earth and the enemy’s impacts are reversed.