IHOP-KC is now filmed live, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Somewhere on the planet we are live on GOD TV. I’m learning a lot from this whole experience… for those of you who keep up with my blog, you probably know what to expect in the ensuing list: Some things thoughtful, some prayerful, and some really random.
1) Prayer is not bound by distance. I re-learned this on the first night we went live… or rather, tried to go live. I was asked to pray on the microphone, along with just about all of the NightWatch prayer leaders, to be aired on GOD TV during the Global Day of Prayer. During the midnight set, I could tell something was wrong… media people were scrambling, and the prayer cycles were not going at all as discussed in the briefing. Come to find out later that the audio was whacked out, and we never cut to the prayer room. Ironically enough, it was as the global thing was not working that I realized how global this thing truly was. Whether or not the media stuff worked, there really were millions of people in Africa praying in that moment. We were really partnering with them on the other side of the planet. God heard both groups of people just fine, and it counted in heaven. Prayer is truly powerful stuff.
2) I’m apparently allergic to transitions. For three or four days solid, I had this horrible thing where I would have a sneezing fit right before it was my turn to go on the platform. So I’m backstage just trying to breathe, knowing I’m going to have to go in front of global TV in moments, and hoping I don’t look like a gasping, wheezing, sneezing dork when it’s finally my turn to go on.
3) Going global is so far not that different from going local. We just do what we do… Except now we have cameras staring at us. Which is slightly weird.
– 3.a.) I have gained all sorts of renewed appreciation for the people I work with. I have not seen a single worship leader have the TV exposure go to his/her head. I have not seen any singers or prayer leaders start trying to hog the platform. As far as I can tell, people haven’t started chickening out of singing or leading prayer from the platform just because we have cameras–with a few million people somewhere on planet earth watching us–pointing at us. There are some great folks on the NightWatch who are faithfully showing up, night after night, doing what they have always done whether or not anyone was watching.
-3.b.) I also appreciate the way all these folks have been rolling with the punches. We’ve had to change stuff in the look and set-up of the prayer room in order to make it a bit more broadcast friendly. We’ve had to adjust our roles and our mindsets about what we do with “our” prayer room time. And while we’re all still trying to get our bearings in these uncharted waters, people aren’t complaining. Nobody’s threatening to quit if such-and-such a thing doesn’t go their way. I am very blessed to run with some seriously humble people.
-3.c.) I’m really going to have to get used to “building the ship at sea” since I plan to be here long term.
4) If you’re at the prayer leader spot, the camera catches mostly your profile. Hence, if I accidentally let my hair fall in my face as I pray, it looks like Cousin It is leading the prayer meeting. I discovered this while watching the webstream recording. And since I’m blessed with the Beattie profile, every now and then I looked like Cousin It with a nose. During that particular broadcast, it was Cousin It with a nose and a bad hair day. Oh well… live and learn.
5) If you’ve ever received a prophecy about touching the nations, there’s no telling what creative ideas God has in mind to make that happen… our little prayer room being a case in point.
6) God is really good at getting you into situations you never would have volunteered for if you only would have known on the front end all that would happen to you in the process. And then you find yourself on the other side, still loving Him and loving the job He put you in, yet completely baffled as to how you ended up there.
I think that’s enough for now, but this certainly isn’t the end. God moves in brilliant and mysterious ways, and I know He is leading us well…