Chuck Pierce's "Real Article"
"HOW TO PRAY FOR GREECE AND THE SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES"
Dear Elijah List Readers:
Another OOPS! We just published an article by Chuck
Pierce. It was called: "Standing In Prayer: The Battle Of Europe"
It was the right subject, The Olympic Games. But we accidentally
put the wrong article with Chuck's name and photo. The article posted
covered the Olympic Games as well, which is how it got mixed up
with Chuck's article and prayer directives. I guess it wasn't our
day today. Our apologies.
Here then, is Chuck's actual article on how to pray for Greece and
the Summer Olympic Games
"HOW TO PRAY FOR GREECE AND THE SUMMER
By Chuck D. Pierce
Note: This article was meant to be released just before the 25th
of March to begin the prayer focus for the upcoming Summer Olympics.
Even though it's a few days late, the prayer issues and directives
are right on schedule and highly important. It's time to pray for
GREECE as never before. The enemy has a plan for Greece. But God
has a better one. -- Steve Shultz
March 25, 2004
Dear Torch Bearers for the Lord:
As you know, the Olympic torch was lit this morning in Olympia, Greece
in the ruins of the ancient sanctuary where the Games birthed many years
ago. I believe these Games are very significant in the spiritual domain
as well as in the earth realm. John Dawson, President of Youth With
A Mission International, states the following:
"I endorse March 25th as an International day of prayer for the Summer
Olympic Games Outreach coming up in Athens. Will you join me and thousands
of others across the YWAM family as we worship and stir our hearts in
prayer? ...... Whenever you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to
us there. God will fight for us." Youth With A Mission Games Outreach
Team, along with John Dawson, is making an appeal to the Body of Christ
and the YWAM International Family for an International Day of Prayer
for the Olympic Games, on March 25, 2004.
The Flame will Travel
to All 5 continents
In ancient Greece, the Olympic flame was lit in a ceremony at the temple
of Hera by a pagan priestess. Today it was lit by an actress playing
the part of a high priestess, who called upon the god Apollon. It will
now be run to every continent and every former host city. This will
be the first time the flame has traveled to all five continents. This
event will attempt to covenant the people of the world to the pagan
deities of Greece. Please pray with us on this day. Pray for break through
and for the mercy of God to triumph -- to see a nation changed and the
world reached with the love of God. As a guide, you can use the 40-day
prayer focus that was sent out this week for the next 40 Days. That
prayer focus was titled: Contending with Your Enemy, Removing the
Tempter's Covering, and Possessing Your Spoils and can be found
on the Elijah List website at
In Daniel, chapter 10, we find the prophet wrestling for 21 days with
a power that was resisting him, attempting to keep him from touching
God to gain revelation for the future. This shows us the power of dark
angels that influence nations. These are ruling princes that abide in
the heavenlies, or invisible realm, that tend to keep a region in captivity.
These principalities and powers have great control and guard the activity
of nations so that God's covenant plan is unable to manifest.
But God!! He raises His army on earth and aligns His army in heaven,
and as we labor together, He comes and unlocks the captives. He is Lord
Sabaoth, the Lord of Hosts!
Contending with 2 Ruling
In Daniel 10:20, we find Michael, the archangel, comes to strengthen
Daniel saying, "Do you know why I have come to you? And now I must return
to fight with the Prince of Persia. And when I have gone forth, indeed
the Prince of Greece will come." This represents the two ruling forces
that we must contend with in the end days. These are the dark forces
that have prevailed in Greek history, thought and false worship. These
forces have injected a thought process of unbelief and humanistic thinking
throughout the world. I feel this is one of our major battles for the
Last September while I was in Athens with a prayer team, local leaders
and intercessors gathered with us for an awesome night meeting. Some
said this was one of the largest gatherings ever of this type. We co-labored
with 25 key leaders and intercessors on a prayer journey the following
day. The team went to the Parliament to pray concerning the civil government
of Greece. We prayed first of all for what God was doing in His government
in the land and for His government to arise around the nation. At the
Prime Minister's Palace we watched the changing of the guard. John Dawson
and Cindy Jacobs ministered in Athens the following month.
Greece and the Olympics
While in Athens, we visited the Old Olympic Stadium. The Olympics were
birthed in Greece and date back almost 2000 years to 776 B.C. When they
were dedicated to the gods of Olympus, athletes would travel across
land and sea to participate in these events, to win honor and to be
elevated to the height of the Olympic gods. These games signified the
development of man in mind and body. The modern Olympics, resurrected
in the 19th century, rotated through the world, from nation to nation,
and was hosted in key cites to blend each nation's culture with the
international Olympic ideals. This produces a synchronized type of worship.
The Olympic torch relay will be especially significant this year. The
Olympic flame is lit by the sun's rays and is then passed to the first
torch bearer. It then proceeds to 5 continents represented by the 5
Olympic rings. For more information you can go to The Olympic Festivals
and Covenants by Randy Weidenaar,
or visit the YWAM website, at
, and download the paper: The Olympics: A Christian's Response.
The Olympics have always been a religious festival and were dedicated
to Zeus of Olympia. Sacrifices were made to this demonic power before
and during the festival. Many do not realize that the Olympic flame
is dedicated to Zeus. The 2004 Olympics will be characterized by pagan
revivalism and will begin with the Olympic hymn, a sacred song that
invokes the powers of hell to inhabit the games. This will release spiritual
authority to the powers of darkness to visit all continents and defile
This defilement was responsible for much of the persecution of first
and second century Church. The people of God were forced to either worship
these pagan gods or face persecution and even death. While these demonic
forces failed to stop the Church, they did begin to invade the Church
through the "Christianizing" of the games by the Greek bishops in the
third century. This has resulted in the adoption of the Greek mindset
and way of thinking replacing the Hebraic or biblical way of thought.
Times and seasons were changed so that Christian feasts were held at
the times of the pagan festivals.
Please pray for Greece!
With the Olympics beginning this July, we know that Greece will become
a focal point for the world. We need to understand how the enemy has
developed philosophical thinking that has fragmented our thought processes
and kept us from understanding God's covenant purpose. These thought
processes war with the gift of faith and contend with the Holy Spirit
to prevent a manifestation of the power of His demonstration in the
The Altar of Zeus
The fire of the flame represents the fire of the altar of Zeus. In Athens
we visited the altar of Zeus. We prayed and declared the blood of the
Lord Jesus Christ would establish a standard that the enemy would have
to contend with. One group read the Word and the others prayed and declared
the effects of this pagan resurrection would be neutralized in days
ahead. Why is this significant? It is significant because this altar's
flame will resurrect the demonic powers that linked themselves to Antiochus
Epiphanies, one of the four generals of Alexander the Great. Alexander
the Great was a world conqueror and everywhere he went he established
the altar of Zeus. In those places, anti-Semitic forces exist and contend
with God's covenant plan. In 168BC, Antiochus Epiphanies sacrificed
swine to Zeus and poured the blood of the sacrifice in the Holy of Holies.
The Jewish people were then tortured until they gave up the worship
of Yahweh and bowed the knee to Zeus. Eventually the Temple of God was
destroyed in 70AD. The demonic forces behind Zeus hate the one true
God. This defilement and persecution continued through the first and
second century. To read more about the history and details of the Olympics,
please visit the YWAM web site at www.ywamgo.org.
We must focus our prayers for Greece NOW! They have a small Body in
the land and need our help. We must pray concerning the Anti-Semitic
forces that will arise in this coming year around the earth to persecute
both Jews and Christians. Stand! Declare! And Boldly Witness to the
Good News of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
Specific Prayer Points
1. Pray for open heavens over Greece. Pray that God will change
Greece and the nations by revealing Himself.
2. Repent for the honor and worship that the nations and Greece
have given to the pagan deities of Greece.
3. Pray for open doors to share the Gospel during the games.
4. Pray for the unity, love and testimony of Christians involved
to be evident to all.
5. Pray for the YWAM team that is in Greece now. Pray that God
would give them favor, protection, love and unity.
6. Pray for many intercessors to cover this time, and for many
to come and share the Gospel to the 217 nations attending the games.
7. Ask the Lord to reveal any terrorist plots.
This is a time of resurrection! However, we don't want the resurrection
power of the Olympic torch to flood the world.
By Chuck D. Pierce
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