Life in and out of the prayer room...

February 23, 2010

I haven't given much of a "life update" recently, so I wanted to do that briefly before I dive back into the real substance of why I write this blog - Jesus. He is the sole reason why I write blogs and tweet things on twitter. John Piper tweeted this line back in October, and it continues to resound with me:

"One of the great uses of Twitter and Facebook will be to prove at the Last Day that prayerlessness was not from lack of time."

John's brief statement hopefully will give you the reason why I don't often give many of the "I'm at a ball game" or "Eating food with my friends" tweets. I don't want these things to consume my life, and I want you and I to feast on the real Bread from Heaven. I want what I say to provoke you to love Him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to simply be a reflection of the desire of my own heart. I want to become less so that He may become greater, and ultimately that He may have the preeminence in all things in your life.

I believe the reason internet social networking is so popular today is because it is falsely filling the void in the heart of man to feel loved, appreciated, and valued. Only a genuine friendship with Jesus can satisfy. We often brag about having more friends on Facebook than we talk about the life of Jesus. Our friend Paul the apostle said:

But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. " (Galatians 6:14 NKJV)

Even with that said, I do believe that it's helpful to give updates on my life so that you can feel more connected to me when we interact personally. Jesus is a real Man that is deeply involved with our lives if we want Him to be, and the stories of His working in our lives is what has the ability to shape the lives of others. That is our testimony. So it's from this perspective that I give you my latest life update...

A few weekends ago, I went to College Station, Texas for a Luke18 Fuel School. I wrote about it and posted some video blogs with Brandon Hammonds and Justin Rizzo there as well. What I didn't talk much about was how much fun I had being "the band" for the weekend. I got to be the drummer, bass player, violinist, electric player, and background vocals in addition to my normal role as the keyboard player. I used my laptop setup that I use at IHOP for our prayer meetings. I've posted a short video of some of the footage from different parts of the weekend below, where all of the sounds (with the exception of Justin's guitar, of course) were produced by my laptop:

Feed readers and Facebook users, you'll probably have to visit my website to watch the video.

I hope this serves to encourage the musicians that are looking to use their laptop for music, especially those of you in up and coming houses of prayer. The sound you can get from one computer and some sound libraries is amazing!

While I'm on the subject of music, I'm very excited about the direction our worship team here at IHOP is taking. We added 4 new instruments in January - a cello, viola, trumpet, and hammered dulcimer. It's really formed our sound into something very unique that no other IHOP team has. I love hearing how the Lord expresses His heart through so many different instruments!

I've also been working on three new websites to support my prayer habit. Justin Rizzo's new website, a long while in the making, Luke Wood's new website, and a prayer organization in Arizona's website, LoveASU, are all nearing completion. I'll be updating my design business' portfolio once the sites are complete and live!

Personally, the Lord has been touching my heart at the IHOPU Student Awakening meetings and giving me fresh revelation of His love. I've realized more and more that I need fresh grace from the Holy Spirit daily, and I can't just feed off of yesterday's bread! Thank you Jesus for showing me how much I need You!

Practically, I'm still learning to trust the Lord more and more in the area of financial support. I know there are so many people out there that believe in the ministry of night and day prayer, and even more so those that have a heart from the Lord to give to those in that ministry. I need divine ideas on how to get them connected with me, because I am completely convinced that what I am doing now is the calling the Lord has for my life.

But all in all, the Lord has been so good to me. As I type this blog today, the fresh ice, snow, and sleet on the ground we got a few days ago in the KC ice storm has begun to melt a little bit. Oh how I long for spring!

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Video

Josh, that video is unreal bro. The one-man band has made a comeback! That's awesome. How long did it take you to put that all together? Obviously you have tons of tracks/clips already recorded from previous sets but I mean just organizing it and adding the drum kit and other instruments? Awesome buddy!

Thanks man! I had a

Thanks man! I had a blast.

Ironically, there really wasn't much organization to it. I just had all the live drum clips laid out in a track and labeled pretty well. But in typical Justin Rizzo fashion I did most of it on the fly because he had no idea what songs he wanted to do! So I would play the piano part, loop it, go play the bass part, loop it, play the violin part, loop it, etc. Having a controller is SUPER helpful too so I could control everything from my fingertips instead of with the trackpad. We did our "Irish selah" near the end of the night, and I laid down all the tracks while we were sitting on stage during the announcements earlier in the evening. That part wasn't on the DVD rip the guy recording it all gave us. But that was probably the most fun part!

May the one-man band make a comeback to strengthen little houses of prayer all across the world!!!

Love you man!

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Insight & Anointing

Very cool insight from Mr. Piper - there are so many things that pull us away from the place of prayer. Sometimes it is easy to blame the obvious ones like Facebook, but if we think about it, there are plenty of other things that have become addictions or obsessions and need to be pruned out of our lives. Thanks for the encouragement.

I do enjoy your music and watching you and your team - you guys really do some amazing stuff and I am blessed to be able to enjoy it both live (when I make it down there to KC) and on the webstream! Any time you bust out some house/techno anything... oh yeah! The Lord has anointed you musically and you are blessing His name and sowing your talents whenever you use it for His glory. I love your take on secular music and the recent series with Cassie - good stuff. I pray blessing over your ministry at IHOP, and pray blessing over your web design business - may it prosper and flourish according to Malachi 3:10 – so much blessing you will not be able to contain it! God bless you Josh.

Thank you for the

Thank you for the encouragement Joshua!

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Love it

Josh,

Love what your doing with just the computer, awesome stuff. I posted about it on my site at alexkranjec.com. Miss running with all you guys!

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Hammered dulcimer

A friend sent me a message today saying, "Hey Sharon, I'm watching a wonderful instrumental piece being played at the International House of Prayer at Kansas City Conference. There's a young man playing dulcimer with two violins, cello, keyboard, guitar, drums, bass, with the congregation involved in dancing. Has a Celtic feel, but really also a contemporary quality. Very anointed."

I have been playing my hammered dulcimer with our worship team for a while now and was very excited to hear that there was one being played at IHOP. I wanted to much to find some footage or audio but haven't found anything until reading what you wrote above. Is there any video of times of worship that include the dulcimer? I have much to learn and would so love to connect with other hd players who are involved in playing prophetically in corporate worship settings.

Thank you,
Sharon Gartley
Marion, OH

Sharon, You can find video

Sharon,

You can find video archives of our worship sets with the dulcimer on www.ihop.org/theprayerroom or www.ihop.org/weekendservices

Our dulcimer player's name is David Mahler, and you can find his site at www.davidmahler.com

God bless you as you play your instrument before the Lord!

Josh

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