Several years ago a strategic prayer initiative was launched in and for the entertainment industry in Hollywood. The leaders of this Hollywood Prayer Initiative are now reporting back how God has been answering their prayers so far.
1. Believers who have been in the industry for 15-20 years report that the atmosphere of the American film market changed from ‘oppressive’ to ‘light’.
2. A number of people were led to the Lord.
3. There’s an increasing interest in films being produced by Christian-run companies, and some investors expressed their desire to fund faith-based movies now in the pipeline for production.
4. There is a greater sense of cooperation and unity among the Christian film organizations who have often been competitive and divided in the past.
Source: John Robb, IPC
Excerpt from Joel News International
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The glory of God is described in the bible in a number of ways. It is demonstrated by His opulent and unending wealth. It is written:’The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the LORD Almighty.” (Haggai 2:8) The glory of God is manifested as His overwhelming presence. It is written: “The trumpeters and singers joined in unison, as with one voice, to give praise and thanks to the LORD. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, they raised their voices in praise to the LORD and sang:” He is good; his love endures forever.” Then the temple of the LORD was filled with a cloud, and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the temple of God.” (2nd Chronicles 5:13-14) While God’s presence and limitless wealth may be extremely impressive to us, the glory that impresses God is the manifestation of His will. It is written: “I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.” (John 17:4) Jesus knew exactly what pleased His Father. Doing His will, period. In addition, the life of Jesus was fulfilled when He obeyed His Father. It is written: “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” (John 4:34)
Jesus was actually nourished by obeying and glorifying His Father.
Mankind is made in the image and likeness of God. God, our Father has a will and so do we. Regardless of our genetic predispositions and biological urges, we can do whatever we will to do. Therefore, since we have the ability to choose and we choose to obey God and be what He created us to be, God is both pleased and glorified. It is written: “Jesus gave them this answer: “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.” (John 5:19-20, 30) The life of Jesus not only demonstrated who God the Father is, but He also demonstrated what a righteous Son of God looked like.
Lucifer was created for a specific purpose and when he functioned in that purpose of worshipping God, God was glorified. However, when Lucifer sought glory for himself and deviated from his purpose, he denied God glory. Unfortunately, mankind followed suit shortly thereafter. In fact of all of God’s creations Lucifer and Mankind are the only creatures that denied God glory. Nature is a testament to God’s wisdom. When the animal and plant life are able to function as they were designed, the planet and all on it benefit. The natural course of events is not always pretty and painless, but it is in order and eventually works out to God’s glory. Mankind’s interference and defiance of natural order has devastated the ecosystem. Hundreds of species have disappeared because of greed and senseless pride. Failure to adhere to nature’s system is not the only violation that has brought havoc in the Earth. Man’s refusal to function as God has designed has taken its toll. We have those called to be doctors working on assembly lines, those who have been preordained to lead the community hiding behind their doors concerned only about their four and no more, called ministers of the gospel seeking satisfaction in the private sector. It is written:” The word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:4-5) This scripture clearly describes a relationship prior to physical birth. Therefore, it is safe to conclude that God almighty knew us and communed with us and spoke assignments into our lives. I say (not the bible) that we began a process of spiritual amnesia at birth. The overwhelming cacophony of the world’s stimuli causes us to forget what the Lord spoke to us in eternity past. Even when glimpses of memory do surface, fear, pride, and selfishness convince us to reject our assignment and deny God His Glory. We, like Satan, seek our own glory. Mankind’s blatant refusal to be who and what God has designed them to be has created mass confusion.
I beseech you beloved, pray and seek God and ask Him to remind you of your assignment. It’s never too late. Any day above six feet is a good day. Like Jesus Christ, you too will be nourished physically, mentally, and spiritually. Your family and community will also benefit. Fear not, God has your back. It is written: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.” (Romans 8:28-30) It’s a Win-Win. Selah.
By Allen Edge, HPN Local Chapter Director, Chicago, IL
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I often hear people complain about a movie not being “realistic” enough, or being too “farfetched” or “unbelievable.” As if a movie must, at least on its surface, portray life as it really is. Heaven forbid we should stray too far from reality – let’s bring it back down to earth as quickly as possible and keep it dark and serious.
Hollywood Club: Get Real
Maverick Christian ministry calls for people to pray for celebrities instead of boycotting their movies.
Orange County Register: Hollywood is in Their Prayers
By Lori Basheda
The Beverly Hills-based Hollywood Prayer Network will be honored with a WELL DONE AWARD from the Kingdom Assignment ministry for its commitment to pray for the people in the Hollywood Entertainment Industry — the world’s most influential mission field.
In an e-mail to ministry friends and supporters, HPN founder Karen Covell said: “We receive our award on Wednesday, May 30th in Orange County. If any of you would like to join us at the celebration, it’s quite an event and we would be proud to have you with us. Just click on this link and find out more about it.”
The awards ceremony will feature Chris Gardner of “Pursuit of Happyness” fame, and singers Katherine McPhee and Bebe Winans.
Also, says Covell, “For some unknown yet wonderful reason, HPN has been overwhelmed with people checking out our website www.hollywoodprayernetwork.org and sending in requests for our DVD, ‘The Hollywood Tribe’ and our media packets. In fact, we can’t keep up with the requests.”
Such is the demand for the DVD that Covell is asking: “If you live in the LA area and would like to spend a few hours next week volunteering with us in Hollywood, please click REPLY to this email (email@example.com) and let us know. Thank you so much for being a part of our ministry. Please pray for us to live up to the honor of our upcoming award and to be able to accommodate the needs and requests of our members and those seeking information and prayer. It’s an incredible place to be in. We need your prayers and some volunteers.”
By Michael Ireland, ASSIST News Service
It was a warm and sunny Sunday afternoon as my friend, Carey*(not her real name) and I guided our horses along our favorite trail in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park. We had been riding together for years, even going on week-long riding vacations to exotic locations.
Today’s ride was particularly important to me. My mother had died two weeks earlier and my mentor had died six weeks before. Still overwhelmed by loss, I needed a day to be out in nature, to heal.
Shortly before 6 p.m. we turned back to the stable and noticed a path we had never seen. It went straight down the hill and would probably save us time. In the middle of the path was a small ditch about two feet wide and three feet deep. We both were experienced riders, so we assessed the path and decided there was room on each side of the ditch to ride safely.
Part way down the path, Carey suggested that we cross over and ride on the other side of the ditch. As she urged her horse across, his hind legs slipped. To my horror, he fell backwards into the ditch, landing upside down on his back, with all four feet in the air and with my friend beneath him.
“Carey!” I cried, jumping down from my horse and running to her, wondering how she could have survived. Only her lower legs were visible. I had no idea what to do. I couldn’t understand how she could have survived this accident. Certainly she must be bearing the entire weight of the horse. But she wasn’t – not totally. Most of his weight was supported by the side of the ditch. Miraculously, Carey was still alive.
Desperately, I tried to figure out what to do. First I tried to pull her out. But I couldn’t budge her or the horse. Carey cried out to me, “I don’t want to die.” It was clear that she was starting to panic. Finally I uttered the most difficult words I’ve ever had to say: “Carey, I have to leave you. I have to go for help.” I expected her to plead with me not to go. Instead, she said, “Yes, you have to go.”
Urging her to start praying, I hurried down the trail – and started praying myself.
I was no newcomer to prayer. My grandfather had been a Lutheran minister. I’d become a Quaker and had a master’s degree and doctorate in theology, I knew that the first thing, and the last thing, that one does in all crises is to pray. I was grateful for my years spent in studying and practicing my religion. I knew there was Someone to turn to in all circumstances – whether soothing hearts wounded by the loss of loved ones, or resolving dangerous situations where loss of a loved one seemed certain.
I began praying for help out loud. I knew that help could be twenty minutes or more away and in that time, Carey could panic, or die. I started praying out loud, “God, please! I need help now!”
About three minutes down the trail I saw a hiker who heard me. She asked, “What’s wrong?” I quickly explained, “We’re going to need help – a lot of it!”
“I left my cellphone in the car,” she said. “You go back to your friend; I’ll call 911!” and she ran down the hill.
When I returned to Cary, I sat near the fallen horse and told Carey I was going to start praying out loud so she could hear me.
I knew that ordinarily in a situation such as this, one would pray for God’s will to be done. Instead, I turned to an idea of prayer that came from one of my favorite Quaker theologians, Douglas Steere. He said pray any way you want, and if the prayer isn’t right, God will change it in the process of praying. I found myself praying boldly. I told God, “You have to save Carey. I don’t care how you do it. You can levitate her, levitate the horse, bring a miracle, bring help. But you must save her. And you must make sure that there will be no on-going injuries.” As I told God what to do, I expected the prayer to be changed. Certainly I had no business demanding such a response from God. But the prayer didn’t change. I almost felt as if God stopped, and listened, and allowed me to continue to pray for a miracle.
At one point, I told God that He couldn’t allow her to die because my teacher and my mother had died within the last six weeks and I didn’t know if I could take another loss. The prayer was stopped. I felt as if God said to me, “This isn’t about you, it’s about Carey!”
I returned to praying for a miracle for her – specifically, that the horse would stay calm, since every time he struggled, some of the dirt on the side of the ditch became dislodged. But just as I prayed, the horse started struggling again.
Why, I thought, am I getting the opposite of my prayer?”
A few minutes later, the hiker returned with a park ranger, who reassured us that the paramedics were on their way.
But now Carey gasped, “Linda, I’m running out of breath. I think I might only have twenty seconds left.”
Knowing that the paramedics were several minutes away, I thought, “No way is she going to die now, with help so close!” It occurred to me that I might have been wrong about the horse’s struggling; maybe when he struggled, he moved enough to allow Carey to get some air down in the hole. Perhaps this, too, was a gift from God.
I suggested to the ranger that he take one of the horses’ hind feet and I’d take the other. If we made him kick, maybe he’d lift his hindquarters enough so Carey could get some breaths.
We did manage to get the horse kicking – enough that Carey was able to turn her head and find a new pocket of life-saving air.
Within another few minutes, twelve paramedics arrived. I began to relax, but the crisis wasn’t over yet. Lifting the horse was not an easy task. The paramedics tried to call a vet. No luck. They called for a hoist. Again, no luck.
Finally, one of the men who knew horses suggested that they wrap a rope around the horse’s hind legs, then wrap the rope around the tree and all pull. If they could elevate the hindquarters, two paramedics might be able to yank Carey out of the hole. It worked. A minute later, she was out. By this time, she had been under the horse for almost an hour and a half.
While the paramedics worked with Carey, the hiker told me that she had started hiking on that trail and then realized that it was too isolated. She was starting to turn around when she heard my cries. I calculated that she had probably started on the trail just as the accident had happened.
Was she led to go up the trail? She was right where she needed to be, when
I needed her. In the midst of this potential tragedy, I understood that no matter what the situation and how hopeless it looks to us, there is always a place and a way for God to come through.
Carey was hospitalized for three days. She had some minor heart damage, part of her face was paralyzed, she had a broken finger, and bruises of every color. The day after the accident I organized a prayer circle for Carey’s complete healing. It included people she didn’t even know – friends of friends of friends. After several weeks of physical therapy, she was completely healed.
Just five weeks later, Carey and I went on another one week riding vacation. And both of us did just fine.
By Linda Seger
Published in The Breakthrough Intercessor, Winter, 2006
Note: Dr. Linda Seger is a script consultant and the author of nine books, seven on screenwriting. She has three M.A. degrees (two in theology) and a ThD in Theology.