Reaching Your City For Christ

By Francis Frangipane

We recently introduced you to our dear friend, Phil Miglioratti. You'll recall, Phil is a Baptist pastor, a member of the National Prayer Committee, and also the publisher of the National Pastors' Prayer Network (a consortium of six blog sites, www.nppn.org). If you are a pastor or ministry leader, you ought to pray about utilizing the wonderful resources God is providing to rebuild the Lord's house.

Pastor Phil is passionate about Christ-centered unity in the church and just as passionate about winning the lost to Christ. He coordinates the "Prayer-Care-Share" initiative of Loving Our Communities to Christ in seventeen cities across the United States (www.missionamerica.org, www.lc2c.blogspot.com).

This is the first of a two-part interview between Francis Frangipane and Phil Miglioratti.

The Land Beneath Our Feet

By Francis Frangipane

As a speaker in citywide and regional prayer conferences, I am often asked to unmask the "spiritual power" opposing the body of Christ in the conference region. City leaders and intercessors have even asked if I knew the "name" of the principle spirit that is resisting the church in their area.

"Do you want to know the name of the most powerful spirit opposing most Christians?" I ask. Eager faces respond affirmatively.

"It’s Yahweh."

My questioners, who suddenly look like a tree full of owls, are always bewildered by my answer. They are sure I misunderstood their question. Then, I explain. I remind them that, according to the Scriptures, "God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble" (James 4:6). So, if we are divided in our hearts from other churches, if we instinctively look down on other Christians or if we are at all self-promoting in attitude, we are walking in pride. As such, the Spirit that stands to resist our endeavors is not demonic; it’s God.