This is story of the beginning of my ministry. And yes, God said to call it “my ministry,” of course it’s really his, but I belong to him, body and soul and mind and Spirit, so I guess it amounts to the same thing. Except that he wants it this way, of course, so it amounts to more.
The motto of Ann Elliott Ministries is “Display His Glory,” and the logo is peacock feathers. I’ve been told that peacock feathers stand for vanity, but if God uses it to display his glory, then I’m not going to argue with Him.
When I was about 15, I think I had what must have a revelation of him, that it was the stupidest thing a person could do to fight against Almighty God. It seemed crystal clear to me at that moment that a person couldn’t win against the Creator of The Universe. And why would they want to anyway?
So this isn’t what I was going to start with. But actually maybe it’s where I should start, because at that age God called me to something that I really had no clue of, and I said “Yes.” And he has remembered it ever since.
In that year, 1980, he gave me the verse that has since become the theme verse of IHOP, and I memorized it and never forgot it: One thing have I asked of the Lord, and that will I seek after, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple. He visited me in that year in a series of ways that have identified for me
later when I encountered them, that I was in the main stream of what he was doing with the prophetic and revival movements of our generation. But I had no idea what that was at the time, and they hadn’t been called out and made visible to society yet themselves.
I read through the old testament prophets and they became like real people to me. And I wondered how God could ask a person to do the things he had them do. And I read Isaiah’s encounter with God, and I answered with him, “Here am I, send me.”
It was all so long ago, and I have been waiting for that call to come all this time. And so now it has, and I am writing this blog: The Beginning.