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Children and Banners

Posted on 4 April, 2016 by David Stanfield

I have witnessed children in Australia doing awesome things with banners.

During a church service in Port Macquarie, Australia, two eight-year-old girls picked up banners and marched backwards and forwards behind me the whole time I was speaking.

Then, when it came time to minister, they just walked up behind me and held their banners to attention as I ministered and led the church in a couple of prophetic acts. No prompting. No explanation. They had never (to anyone’s knowledge) seen it done before. They said they ‘just felt’ they should do it.

Children and Banners

At a conference in Sydney, one seven-year-old boy waved a large ‘Holy Fire’ banner over a group of children for half an hour without faltering. At a certain point he walked over and asked for ‘The River’ banner and went back and waved it over them because “they’ve finished working and now need to be freshened.”

In children’s prayer groups, where the meanings of the banners have been explained, the children remember what each banner stands for better than the adults. They move between banners in a logical and purposeful flow. Children who don’t yet have the words to pray, minister without words to children and adults alike.

The whole issue of the opportunities for churches to integrate their children into worship, warfare and ministry is too large for this (blog). As children are trained and equipped to understand and flow in worship, warfare and ministry, they are able to pick up and wield banners very powerfully.

Children have fewer hang-ups about God and how He wants to be worshipped. If they are encouraged, they will lead all of us into a deeper and broader understanding of the freedom available to us in worship, warfare and ministry. Worship with banners is just one small part of this freedom.

Excerpt from Wielding Banners for Worship, Warfare and Ministry › by David Stanfield.

Posted on 4 April, 2016 by David Stanfield

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Banners in the Bible

John 12:30-32
Jesus said, 'This voice was for your benefit, not Mine. Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself'.

Isaiah 13:1-4
An oracle concerning Babylon that Isaiah son of Amoz saw: Raise a banner on a bare hilltop, shout to them; beckon to them to enter the gates of the nobles. I have commanded my holy ones; I have summoned my warriors to carry out my wrath- those who rejoice in my triumph. Listen, a noise on the mountains, like that of a great multitude! Listen, an uproar among the kingdoms, like nations massing together! The LORD Almighty is mustering an army for war.

Jeremiah 50:2
Announce and proclaim among the nations, lift up a banner and proclaim it; keep nothing back, but say, Babylon will be captured; Bel will be put to shame, Marduk filled with terror, her images will be put to shame and her idols filled with terror.

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