His rule was so severe that seven of his fellow monks died, and he was persuaded to leave and establish a house at Bangor or Beannchar, from the Irish Horned Curve, probably in reference to the bay in the famed Vale of the Angels. At Bangor, Comgall instituted a rigid monastic rule of incessant prayer and fasting.
Far from turning people away, this ascetic rule attracted thousands. When Comgall died in AD , the annals report that three thousand monks looked to him for guidance. Throughout the sixth century, Bangor became famous for its choral psalmody. The ascetic life of prayer and fasting was the attraction of Bangor, but over time Bangor also became a famed seat of learning and education.
There was a saying in Europe at the time that if a man knew Greek he was bound to be an Irishman, largely due to the influence of Bangor. The monastery further became a missions-sending community. Even to this day, missionary societies are based in the town. Bangor monks appear throughout medieval literature as a force for good.
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In Burgundy he established a severe monastic rule at Luxeil, which mirrored that of Bangor. From there he went to Bobbio in Italy and established the house that became one of the largest and finest monasteries in Europe. Colombanus died in AD , but by AD , one hundred additional monasteries had been planted throughout France, Germany, and Switzerland.
Other famed missionary monks who went out from Bangor include Molua, Findchua, and Luanus. The greatness of Bangor came to a close in with raids from the marauding Vikings; in one raid alone, monks were slaughtered. Although the twelfth century saw a resurrection of the fire of Comgall initiated by Malachy a close friend of Bernard of Clairvaux, who wrote The Life of St. Malachy , it unfortunately never had the same impact as the early Celtic firebrands who held back the tide of darkness and societal collapse by bringing God to a broken generation. In the ninth and tenth centuries, Viking raiders and settlers were forging a violent new way of life in Europe.
Feudalism was taking root, and the monastic way of life was shaken—not only by the physical attacks that Bangor experienced, but by the consequences of the raids, when many houses were subject to the whims of local chieftains. In reaction to this movement, reform came about in several ways, one arguably being the most crucial reforming movement in the Western church: the Cluniac order.
In , William the Pious, Duke of Aquitaine, founded the monastery at Cluny under the auspices of Abbot Berno, instituting a stricter form of the Benedictine rule. William endowed the abbey with resources from his entire domain, but more importantly gave the abbey freedom in two regards. Due to the financial endowment, the abbey was committed to increased prayer and perpetual praise—in other words, laus perennis.
Its autonomy from secular leadership was also important, as the abbey was directly accountable to the church in Rome. The second abbot, Odo, took over in According to C.
The number of monastic houses that looked to Cluny as their mother house increased greatly during this period, and the influence of the house spread all over Europe. Cluny reached the zenith of its power and influence in the twelfth century; it commanded monasteries all over Europe, second only to Rome in terms of importance in the Christian world. It became a seat of learning, training no less than four popes. The fast-growing community at Cluny necessitated a great need for buildings.
In , the abbey at Cluny began construction under Hugh, the sixth abbot. It was finished by and considered to be one of the wonders of the Middle Ages. More than feet in length, it was the largest building in Europe until St. Consisting of five naves, a narthex ante-church , several towers, and the conventual buildings, it covered an area of twenty-five acres. The Reformation of the sixteenth century saw much-needed reform enter the European church, which also caused the closing of many monasteries that had become spiritually dead.
Zinzendorf was born in to an aristocratic but pious family. From the age of ten, Zinzendorf was tutored at the Pietist school of Halle under the watchful eye of Augustus Francke, another leader of the Pietists. After Zinzendorf had been in Halle for several years, his uncle considered the young count too much of a Pietist and had him sent to Wittenberg to learn jurisprudence, so that he might be prepared for court life.
Soon the young count was accepted in various circles of society in Europe.
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He kept these connections for the rest of his life, although his position in the Dresden court and future plans for Saxon court life as Secretary of State would not be fulfilled. In , Zinzendorf bought the Berthelsdorf estate from his grandmother and installed a Pietist preacher in the local Lutheran church. That same year Zinzendorf came into contact with a Moravian preacher, Christian David, who persuaded the young count of the sufferings of the persecuted Protestants in Moravia.
Since the s these saints had suffered under the hands of successive repressive Catholic monarchs.
Zinzendorf offered them asylum on his lands. The community quickly grew to around three hundred, and, due to divisions and tension in the infant community, Zinzendorf gave up his court position and became the leader of the brethren, instituting a new constitution for the community. A new spirituality now characterized the community, with men and women being committed to bands, or choruses, to encourage one another in the life of God.
August of is seen as the Moravian Pentecost. The numbers committed to this endeavor soon increased to around seventy from the community. This prayer meeting would go nonstop for more than one hundred years, and is seen by many as the spiritual power behind the impact the Moravians had on the world. From the prayer room at Herrnhut came a missionary zeal that has hardly been surpassed in church history. The count returned to Herrnhut and conveyed his passion to see the gospel go to the nations.
As a result, many of the community went out into the world to preach the gospel, some even willing to become slaves in order to fulfill the Great Commission. This commitment is shown by a simple statistic. Typically, when it comes to world missions, the Protestant laity to missionary ratio has been to 1. The Moravians, however, saw a much increased ratio of 60 to 1. By , some missionaries had been sent out from the community at Herrnhut.
It is clear through the teaching of the so-called father of modern missions, William Carey, that the Moravians had a profound impact on him in regard to their zeal for missionary activity. It is also through the missions-minded Moravians that John Wesley came to faith.
The impact of this little community in Saxony, which committed to seek the face of the Lord day and night, has truly been immeasurable. Prayer Mountain was soon attracting over a million visitors per year, as people would spend retreats in the prayer cells provided on the mountain.
Cho had a commitment to continuous prayer, to faith, and to establishing small discipleship cells in his church.
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On September 19, , the International House of Prayer of Kansas City, Missouri, started a worship-based prayer meeting, which has continued for twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week ever since. With a similar vision to Zinzendorf, that the fire on the altar should never go out, there has never been a time when worship and prayer has not ascended to heaven since that date.
Acts David was passionate to discover what was on the heart and mind of his heavenly Father. Like David, we must be diligent in seeking the Lord and be fully surrendered to obeying His voice.
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And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him. Jesus was a faithful High Priest on earth. He fulfilled His destiny by always doing those things that glorified and honored His Father. Oh, that they had such a heart in them that they would fear Me and always keep all My commandments, that it might be well with them and with their children forever! God is perfect in His creation of each of His children. He knows what is absolutely the best for you and me. It is essential that we develop a heart of loyal obedience to God and fulfill our destiny which includes intercession.
Prophetic Intercessors Wanted So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one. Ezekiel ,31 Our Father is looking for intercessors who will wait upon the Holy Spirit to show them what to pray and will consistently build a wall of intercession by praying and prophesying those things.
The Holy Spirit empowers a wide variety of intercession that is a central part of the Tabernacle of David For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. II Chronicles 10 Romans 15 God is looking throughout the earth for believers whose hearts are tuned to listen and obey His voice. He will do mighty exploits on behalf of those loyal ones who follow His leading. As we do we can experience the continual transformation of our hearts. Expect New Things Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old.
Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it?
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I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah God is infinitely creative and moves in new forms during new seasons. Music is always flowing in creativity in various ways. I have been involved in praise and worship for nearly four decades now. God is taking us deeper into His infinite presence through ever increasing displays of prophetic praise and worship. I can remember when 45 minutes was considered a long worship time.
In recent years, we have participated in worship times lasting three to five hours long. The Spirit was willing to take us in deeper and longer but our bodies needed to rest. Many of our worship times are so full and amazing that it is impossible to know and explain what God did in our midst.
Davidic worship is experiential. It is about encountering the living God, tasting and seeing that He is good God graces me to experience waves of His love and joy during worship. I often start laughing with great joy in the midst of a song that I am leading. It is extremely emotional to encounter the living God in this way.
He refreshes us and encourages us by His wonderful presence! Living in Two Realms No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. John ,14 Jesus modeled the life we are called to live. He lived in two realms at the same time. His interaction with the Father and the earth was seamless.
He lived out of a place in heaven while on earth.
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