Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
     How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!
Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?
     Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?
For from him and through him and to him are all things.
     To him be the glory forever! Amen. Romans 11:33-36

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. (Romans 12:12)
The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. (James 5:16c)

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Principles for Effective Intercession

Text taken from Chapter 7 - Intercession, Thrilling and Fulfilling, By: Joy Dawson
    Published by YWAM Publishing, PO Box 55787, Seattle, WA 98155 USA  http://ywampublishing.com/
  1. Praise God for who He is. God's power is especially released through worshipful song.

        As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against [the enemy], and they were defeated. II Chronicles 20:22

    Praise God for the privilege of engaging in the same wonderful ministry as the Lord Jesus, as you cooperate with Him in prayer relating to the affairs of men. 

        . . . He always lives to intercede for them. Hebrews 7:25b
  2. Make sure your heart is clean before God by giving the Holy Spirit time to convict should you have any unconfessed sin.

        If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened;" Psalm 66:18

        Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
        See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24

    We can also be encouraged by God's promise that if we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us -- just as we are.  As we seek His face, not His hand, worshipping and waiting on Him, He will do His purifying work in us.

    Check carefully in relation to the sin of resentment to anyone, and make sure you've forgiven those who've wronged you.  Notice the link between forgiveness and effective prayer in God's Word.  Both during Jesus' instruction to His disciples on how to pray in what is commonly known as the Lord's Prayer and immediately following it, Jesus emphasizes the need to release forgiveness to those who have wronged us.

        And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven
        may forgive you your sins.  Mark 11:24-25

    Now notice the link between forgiveness and faith when we pray:
        . . . whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that  you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24

        So watch yourselves.  If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him.  If he sins against you
        seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, 'I repent,' forgive him.  The apostle said
        to the Lord, 'Increase our faith!'" Luke 17:3-5

    The disciples knew that to live this teaching would require an enlargement of faith, because forgiveness is not easy when one has been repeatedly wronged and hurt.  Jesus' answer assured them that increase faith for greater effectiveness in prayer was not only necessary, but also possible (verse 6).

    Job had to forgive his friends for their wrong judging of him before he could pray effectively for them (Job 42:10).
        . . . Faith [expresses] itself through love.  Galatians 5:6
    Part of true love is forgiving those who have wronged us.
  3. Acknowledge that you can not really pray effectively without the Holy Spirit's enabling.

        The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for. Romans 8:26b
    Ask God to utterly control you by His Spirit, receive by faith that He does and thank Him.
        Be filled with the Spirit.  Ephesians 5:18b.

    It is only as the Holy Spirit is given access to pray through our cleansed, yielded, spirit-controlled lives that we will become and remain effective intercessors.   Power in prayer is released through purity. 

    It is entirely possible to experience the voice of the Holy Spirit in direction, and have little or no Spirit-charged energy to make the prayer effective.  On one occasion I had gone to prayer over someone who was in great spiritual need.  I knew God had burdened my heart, and I was praying the right words.   But I felt as though they were not getting farther than the ceiling.  I stopped and inquired, "God, why isn't there power behind these words?  They're falling flat and not reaching your throne.  Is there a blockage due to undealt-with sin in my life?"

    The conviction of sin came swiftly and with piercing clarity.  The Holy Spirit revealed that I had loved speeding all my life and had indulged in it whenever I could -- regardless of the fact that to do so I had to break the law.  Many times I had confessed the sin of breaking the law in this way, but now the Holy Spirit was showing me that this was not repentance.  Repentance is being sorry enough about the sin to quit.  It is having a change of mind, heart, and life toward the sin.  It is having the fear of God toward that sin, which is to hate it (Proverbs 8:13).

    I obviously loved the sin of driving too fast, that's why I chose to do it all too frequently.  That day, I deeply repented to God and asked Him to put the fear of God upon me in relation to this aspect of breaking the law.  I received by faith that He would do just that.  He did.  Believe me, it was revolutionary.  I went back to pray for the needy person.  This time I felt divine energy behind my intercession.  Purity and power are synonymous with God.

    While writing this book, I came across a transcript of a message on intercession I had given many years before.  In it was the above illustration.  I knew when I read it that God was reminding me of this lesson.  Over the years, I had become less sensative than I should be about the speed limit.  Fresh repentance was the remedy.

        Who may ascend the hill of the Lord ? Who may stand in his holy place?
        He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false.
        He will receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God his Savior. Psalm 24:3-5

  4. Deal aggressively with the enemy.   Come against him in the all-powerful name of the Lord Jesus Christ and the sword of the Spirit - the Word of God

        Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7
  5. Die to your own imaginations, desires and burdens for what you feel you should pray.

    The need for this act of the will is clearly stated as follows:
        . . .lean not on your own understanding; Proverbs 3:5

        He who trusts in himself is a fool, Proverbs 28:26a

        "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord . Isaiah 55:8
  6. Praise God now in faith for the remarkable prayer time you're going to have.

    He's a remarkable God and will do something consistent with His character.
  7. Wait before God in silent expectancy, listening for His direction.

        But my people would not listen to me; Israel would not submit to me.  So I gave them over to their
        stubborn hearts to follow their own devices.  If my people would not listen to me, if Israel would follow my ways,
        Psalm 81:11-13

        For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from Him. Psalm 62:5

        But as for me, I will look to the Lord, I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me. Micah 7:7

  8. In obedience and faith, take action on what God brings to your mind, believing.

        My sheep recognize my voice; I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27

    Keep asking God for direction, expecting Him to give it to you.  He will. 

        The LORD says, "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.
        Psalm 32:8

    Make sure you don't move on to the next subject until you've given God time to discharge all He wants to say to you regarding the present focus, especially when praying in a group.  It's not necessary for everyone in the group to receive directional revelation.  But it is necessary for all to cooperate with those who do, providing the Holy Spirit witnesses in each heart that the directions are coming from Him.  Guard against any one person dominating the prayers.
  9. If possible, have your Bible with you should God want to give you direction or confirmation through His Word.

        Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path.  Psalm 119:105
  10. When God ceases to bring things to our mind for which to pray, finish by praising and thanking Him for what He has done, reminding yourself that ". . . from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.  To Him be glory forever.  Amen.  (Romans 11:36)

   Text taken from Chapter 7 - Intercession, Thrilling and Fulfilling, By: Joy Dawson
    Published by YWAM Publishing, PO Box 55787, Seattle, WA 98155 USA  http://ywampublishing.com/


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Statement of Mission
Our core mission is to live by faith, to be known by love, and to be a voice of hope to Iranians locally and worldwide.

Statement of Vision
We dream of being a place where all experience the Life-Giving Ministry of the Holy Spirit.  We dream of celebrating the fullness of joy found in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

We dream of the lives of thousands of Farsi-speaking people in this area being changed by the power of God. Precious people who will come to know the unconditional love of God, the complete forgiveness of sin, and the awesome gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ.

We dream of a church made up of people who are discovering their unique God-given ministries.  Members who are committed to extending God�s Kingdom as their top priority and who yearn to have a lasting spiritual impact in the LA area.

We dream of a spiritual awakening among the upcoming generation resulting in the harvest of countless numbers of a new generation who we will serve, train, and release as the future leaders of the body of Jesus Christ, leading us into the 21st century.

We dream of the Persian World Outreach serving as a House of Prayer for Farsi-speaking people.  And that this dynamic center of prayer, spiritual warfare, and worship would result in a city-wide, nation-wide, and world-wide spiritual awakening.  We dream of multiple and diverse prayer ministries developing in different locations at different times and for different areas of need.

We dream of the Persian World Outreach being an Expression of God�s Love to the other churches of our area.

We dream of the Persian World Outreach as a living demonstration of the �Father Heart of God� to the deepest pains and the greatest needs of the Farsi-Speaking people in our area.

We dream of the Persian World Outreach becoming an International Sending Center of missionaries for the furtherance and fulfillment of the great commission throughout the world.

Statement of Values

We Share the Values of . . .

01 Encouragement We want whatever we do to be �life giving� in its impact.  �...for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life...� II Corinthians 3:6.
02 Hospitality We remind people of their value at every opportunity.  �Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.� Galatians 6:10.
03 Relationships We emphasize relationships as a healthy starting point for all ministries.  �...Commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others.� II Timothy 2:24
04 Pioneering We are open to change and new ways of doing God�s work.  �But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved.� Luke 5:38.
05 Integrity We pursue truth in all aspects of our lives; even when it hurts.  �Behold, you desire truth in the inward parts...� Psalm 51:6.
06 Unity We promote our oneness through our words, attitudes, and actions.  �...endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.�  Ephesians 4:3
07 Guidance We listen for God�s directions in big and small things alike.  �In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths�.  Proverbs 3:6.
08 Servant hood We follow Jesus� example in serving one another.  �For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.� Mark 10:45.
09 Humility We want to keep �His Mind� in us at all times.  �Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.��  Philippians 2:5.
10 Forgiveness We extend a lot of forgiveness because we�re all imperfect people.  �And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.�  Ephesians 4:32.
11 Quality We encourage excellence as an expression of our enthusiasm for God.  �And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.�� Colossians 3:23.

Statement of Beliefs

The Persian world Outreach�s teaching and living is based upon the following foundational truths:

01 The Bible is the Word of God.  It is God-breathed and without error.  It is the final authority for our faith and living. Psalm 19:7-8; Matthew 5:18,
II Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12,
II Peter 1:20-21
02 God exists eternally as three persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Matthew 29:19; I Corinthians 12:4-6;
II Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 9:14
03 The Heavenly Father, the first person of the triune Godhead, in His great love for the world, sent His beloved, only begotten Son into the world as the Savior of mankind to provide everlasting life for each believer. John 3:16; Romans 8:14; I John 4:14
04 Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God.  He was manifested in the flesh by virgin birth; was crucified as the only acceptable sacrifice for our sins; arose bodily from the grave; is preparing a place for us; and will return for us. Luke 1:35; John 1:1,14; John 14:1-6;
Acts 1:9-11; I Corinthians 15:3-19;
I Peter 2:24; I Peter 1:18-21
05 The Holy Spirit persuades us to confess Jesus as our Savior from our sins and Lord of our lives; indwells us to explain the Bible; and empowers us to live godly lives.  John 16:7-14; Acts 5:3-4;
Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 12:13; Ephesiansesians 5:17-21
06 Every person is a sinner and is separated from God until he repents of his sins and receives God�s gift of eternal life by trusting in Jesus Christ alone as Savior and Lord. Acts 4:12; Romans 3:23;
Romans 6:23; Ephesiansesians 2:8-9;
I Peter 1:18-21
07 Believers are eternally safe and secure in Jesus and give evidence of genuine faith by a life of good works. John 3:16; John 10:27-29;
Romans 8:38-39; James 2:14-17
08 The church is the living body of Jesus Christ on earth comprised of all believers in Jesus Christ.  It is manifested through assemblies which are devoted to worshipping God, maturing believers, and reaching unbelievers with the Gospel. Matthew 16:18; Matthew 28:19-20;
I Corinthians 12:27;
Ephesiansesians 1:22-23;
Ephesiansesians 4:11-13; Hebrews 10:25
09 The future life of believers is a blessed eternity with God in heaven.  Unbelievers face eternal suffering apart from God.  Matthew 25:46; John 3:16;
II Corinthians 5:8;
Revelation 20:11-15;
I Thessalonians 4:13-18

 Statement of Faith

01 God We believe that there is one God who has eternally manifested Himself in three persons: The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. John 10:30,36; Galatians 4:6; Genesis 1:26; Genesis 3:22; Genesis 11:7; Isaiah 6:8;
Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:19; John 14:6;
II Corinthians 13:13; Deuteronomy 4:35; Deuteronomy 6:4; John 17:5; Romans 1:20
20 Jesus Christ We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and received a human body and a sinless human nature; yet, he retained his absolute deity, being at the same time truly God the Creator and truly man. John 1:1-14; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 2:9; Matthew 1:16-25; Luke 1:30-35; Luke 2:7,11; Galatians 4:4; Hebrews 2:14; Hebrews 1:8;
Titus 2:13; John 10:30,38; John 5:17-23;
Revelation 22:13; Hebrews 1:1-3; John 17:5;
I Timothy 3:16; Colossians 1:16-19; John 14:9
03 Holy Spirit We believe in the deity and personality of the Holy Spirit. John 15:26; Romans 8:26-27; Ephesians 4:30; Acts 13:2; John 16:13-15; I Corinthians 12:13;
I John 2:27; Acts 5:3-4
04 Scripture We believe that all Scripture is given by inspiration of God. By this we understand that holy men of God �were moved by the Holy Spirit� to write the very words of Scripture. We believe that this divine inspiration extends equally and fully to all parts of its writings whether historical, poetical, doctrinal, or prophetically, as they appear in the original manuscripts. II Peter 1:21; Exodus 20:1; II Timothy 3:16;
I Thessalonians 2:13; I Corinthians 2:11-14;
I Corinthians 14:37; II Samuel 23:2;
Deuteronomy 4:35
05 Man We believe that God created man in his image; that man later sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death which is separation from God; and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature. John 3:3-8; Ephesians 2:1-3; John 1:12,13; Isaiah 53:6; Psalms 53:1-3; Isaiah 64:6;
I John 5:19; Romans 3:23; Galatians 3:22; Jeremiah 13:23; Mark 7:20-23; Psalms 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9
06 Salvation We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scripture as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who repent and believe in Him are justified on the basis of His shed blood, and thus have salvation. Isaiah 53; II Corinthians 5:21; John 1:29; Hebrews 9:28; John 14:6; Romans 4:4-5;
Acts 4:12; I Peter 3:18; Colossians 2:14;
I Corinthians 15:1-3; Romans 5:6-8;

Galatians 3:13; Romans 3:23-25;
Colossians 1:13,14,20,21; Colossians 2:10;
Acts 13:38,39; I Corinthians 6:9-11; Titus 3:5
07 Resurrection & Ascension We believe in the bodily resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ and His present intercession in heaven for His saints (true believers).

Acts 10:40-41; I Corinthians 15:3-6;
Romans 4:25; Mark 16:9-18; John 20:11-29;
Acts 1:3; Acts 2:24; Acts 3:15;
I Corinthians 9:1; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 8:34; Ephesians. 1:20-21; Ephesians 2:6;
Hebrews 4:14; Luke 24:39; Ephesians. 4:10; Hebrews 1:3

08 Baptism We believe that baptism should take place after salvation is realized and it is done to fulfill the command of Jesus Christ and to identify with His death and resurrection.
Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Acts 8:35-39;
Acts 22:16; Romans 6:3-4; Colossians 2:12;
I Peter 3:18-21
09 Church We believe that the Church, the body of Christ, is composed of all those who personally receive Jesus Christ by faith alone as their Savior and Lord and thus are born again and the results of their repentance and faith is apparent in their lives. Ephesians 1:22,23; John 3:1-8; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12; John 5:24; John 6:47; Romans 5:1; John 17:21-23; Ephesians 2:19-22;
Colossians 2:10; I John 4:4; I Peter 2:9-10; Romans 12:4-5; I Corinthians 12:12-27
10 Spirit Filled Life We believe every believer receives the Holy Spirit at the time of his conversion.  He must then continuously be filled (controlled) by the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:9, John 20:22, Acts 1:4-8,
I Corinthians 12:4-11, Galatians 5:16-23, Ephesians 5:18-19, I Corinthians 6:19;
I Corinthians 3:16; I Corinthians 2:10-14
11 Second Coming We believe in �That Blessed Hope,� the personal and imminent second coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Philippians 3:20-21; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:11;
I Thessalonians 4:16-18; I Thessalonians 1:10; Hebrews 9:28; I John 2:28; Titus 2:13;
Matthew 24:36-51; Luke 17:26-30; Luke 18:8; Revelation 1:7-8; Revelation 22:12
12 Final Judgment We believe in bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust; the everlasting blessedness of the saved and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost. We believe Satan is defeated on the Cross and will be thrown into the lake of fire at the final judgment. I Thessalonians 4:13-14; I Corinthians 15:35-57; Colossians 3:4; II Thessalonians 1:8-9;
Matthew 25:41,46; Mark 9:42-48; Luke 16:26, Revelation 20:10; Hebrews 9:27
13 Christian Life We believe that upon salvation, we are divinely reckoned to be related to this world as strangers and pilgrims, ambassadors and witnesses, and that our purpose in life is to make Christ known to the whole world. Matthew 28:18-19; Mark 16:15; John 17:18;
II Corinthians 5:17-20; I Peter 1:17;
I Peter 2:11; I John 5:18; I Corinthians 10:13; Galatians 2:20; I Peter 1:15-16; Philippians 3:20
14 Prayer We believe in the power of prayer for salvation, healing, spiritual freedom, filling of the believers by the Holy Spirit, and the furtherance of God�s Kingdom. Luke 11:1-4; Luke 22:32; James 5:14-16;
I Thessalonians 5:17; Ephesians 5:18;
I Corinthians 14:15; Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 18:1


  Testimonies of Faith in Christ Language Country
The Story of Zia Nodrat Dari, Dutch, English Afghanistan
The Story of Hossein Behzad, Miniature Artist of Iran, Servant of God English Iran
A Kurd Who Dared to Profess Christ Openly * NEW * English Iraq
Testimonies of God's Grace & Faithfulness   * NEW * English Various
Kurdish Writer Finds God through Bible Translation 
*** NEW ***
English Iran
Our Experience  *** NEW *** English Various
I Found the Truth in a Foreign Land Farsi & English Iran
Mahmud Jalily English Iran
Mansur Sang English Iran
Iranian Student English Iran
Ali:  One Muslim's Story English Iran
Muslim Girl Walks Toward the Light English Iran
Testimony of an Opium Addict Farsi Iran
Mehdi Dibaj English Iran
The Story of Sara English Iran
Nozad:  New Born in Christ English Iran
Merat-us-Sultan English Iran
Why They Converted English (some in Arabic & Farsi) Various
Testimonies of Afghans Who Gave their Life to the Lord Dari, English, Farsi Afghanistan
A Muslim Woman's Journey to her Shepherd English Jordan

If you have a testimony of faith in Christ or a link to a testimony not featured here, please email to:  [email protected]

"This is the one who came by water and blood--Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify: the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. We accept man's testimony, but God's testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart. Anyone who does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life."  (I John 5:6-12)