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2022/6/1 Keep Holding Things Before the Lord

Ron Sawka Ministries

June 1, 2022; Sivan 2, 5782

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thes. 5:16–18).

“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Gal. 6:9).

“And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed” (Exod. 17:11).

“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come … suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing, mighty wind” (Acts 2:1–2).

Be Sure to Receive His New Anointing—Pentecost (June 4–5)

We’re now entering the third year of the Lord “shaking” the heavens and earth (see Joel 3:16). There is a threefold effect. First, demonic principalities and powers are being shaken and are losing their grip over humanity. Second, on account of the overall instability, humanity will now question old assumptions such as: “There really is no God, right?” or “The idea of God is outmoded and we don’t need Him anyway.” Increasingly, people are saying things like: “If there is no God then we’re in trouble,” and “God, we need you.” That means more and more are getting ready to be harvested. Third, the shaking affects us, Christians. The shaking helps us turn completely—unreservedly—to the Lord. This drives away fear and worry, as well as helps us to jettison unnecessary things in our lives.

In all of this, God has been preparing us for a new anointing that I believe He has pouring out since just before Passover (April 15). The Lord wants us to prosper in every way, including using us in the great harvest that is now just beginning. I know He wants us to have great expectation of new anointing this Pentecost. I hope you can join us online.

Receiving the New Anointing—Online Pentecost Celebrations

(All times are listed in Japan Time, UTC +9.)

  • Friday, June 3, 7–8 p.m., English/Russian

  • Sunday, June 5, 11 a.m.–12 noon, English/Japanese

  • Sunday, June 5, 8:30–9:30 p.m., English/Chinese

These sessions should be viewable on my Facebook page.

Keep Holding Things Before the Lord

One of the themes of the past Hebrew month, Iyar, was healing. As such, I felt I should offer to pray for physical healing for anyone who requested it, and thus made that announcement. Many of you responded. I am glad my team and I could pray and minister healing.

Today I was thinking more about the subject of healing. We all know it’s Biblical. We all know the Lord is the healer and wants us to receive healing from Him to give to others. We all know that many who are healed physically are so profoundly impacted that their lives often are completely turned around.

At the same time, we also all know there are lots of mysteries and hard-to-explain things. Too many times we pray/minister healing, but it seems there is little—or no—effect. To pray for healing was correct. The motivation was correct. Yet the results didn’t seem to be there. How should one think? What should one do?

I feel the answer is twofold. First, we are to have the exact same attitude that Jesus expressed when He was standing at Lazarus’s tomb. He said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me” (John 11:41–42). No matter what we may be inclined or tempted to think, God always hears. Always! Always!

Second is the idea of holding that request before the Lord. Be sure not to think of the prayer as a one-moment thing, and that when we have finished praying it, the whole prayer is over. No, we brought that request via prayer—by faith—to our heavenly Father, and by faith we are to keep it there before Him. Just as we used faith to pray and bring it to God’s throne, we now must use faith to keep it there.

The Exodus 17 story of Moses praying while Joshua fought the Amalekites illustrates this. Moses’s raised hands are a picture of holding the issue before the Lord. As long as Moses’s hands were raised, Joshua prevailed. But when Moses’s hands sagged, the enemy prevailed. Moses sat down on a stone and Aaron and Hur supported his arms. Moses was actually resting, but those raised hands through the duration of the battle brought complete victory.

Isn’t this what Paul meant when he said we are to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thes. 5:17)? We have prayed and asked seriously and earnestly. Now it’s not a matter of asking again and again and again, but rather a matter of holding that request before the Lord until the answer comes. That is what I do when I pray for healing. I have asked, and I continue to hold it before the Lord until the answer comes.

Galatians 6:9 exhorts us to “Not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” As we continue to hold things before the Lord, the answers will come.

Thanks for praying,

Ron and Teddy

One-Day Prophetic Activation Seminar

  • Saturday, June 4, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m

  • Seminar fee: $100 USD/10,000 JPY

  • Catch the Fire Japan headquarters in Sano. Online participation is also possible.

  • Registration required

Weekly Broadcast Schedule

(Times are listed in Japan Time, UTC +9.)

Some of these may be viewed on Ron’s Facebook page.

  1. Apostolic Center Training—Tuesdays, 8:30–10:00 p.m., English/Chinese. Registration required. Contact to register.

  2. Apostolic for Russia—Fridays, 7:00–8:00 p.m., English/Russian (open meeting).

  3. Morning Prophetic Prayer (MPP)—Mon–Fri., 6:00–6:45 a.m., English/Japanese. Resumes Wednesday, June 1, after scheduled rest days on May 30–31.

MPP Japanese Facebook

MPP YouTube



Passover through Pentecost is linked with freedom and moving ahead. To help you go forward, I have lowered the prices on all four of the Kindle books in my Building Apostolic-Prophetic Foundations series: