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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

Isaiah 31:9
'Their stronghold will fall because of terror; at sight of the battle standard their commanders will panic,' declares the LORD, whose fire is in Zion, whose furnace is in Jerusalem.

Song of Solomon 6:4,10
O my love, you are as beautiful as Tirzah, lovely as Jerusalem, awesome as an army with banners!… Who is she who looks forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, awesome as an army with banners? (NKJV)

Psalms 20:3-5
May He remember all your sacrifices and accept your burnt offerings. May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the LORD grant all your requests.

Jeremiah 51:27
Lift up a banner in the land! Blow the trumpet among the nations! Prepare the nations for battle against her; summon against her these kingdoms: Ararat, Minni and Ashkenaz. Appoint a commander against her; send up horses like a swarm of locusts.

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