I know your reputation, Lord, and I am amazed at what you have done. Please turn from your anger and be merciful; do for us what you did for our ancestors. Hab 3:2
In light of what God has been doing with us over the last few weeks and the movement of God we are seeing I thought I would write up I shared at the Prayer and Praise early this month.
Where there is a full on move of the Spirit taking place anywhere in the world it is interesting that the Holy Spirit pays no attention to local norms or a nations culture. This is not to suggest local culture is bad, it simply highlights Kingdom culture always supersedes it. Heaven has its own normal, it has it’s own culture and when it breaks out on earth it always has similarities. Whether in India, Africa, Ukraine, Germany, Sri Lanka, USA, Portugal or even England. The moves of the Spirit in all of these places usually has a unique sound in the worship, there is always one thing that has been the same. Prayer! Prayer is always unrestrained, full of passion, intense and loud.
We see the same in scripture.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
The writer of Hebrews speaking of Jesus states-
During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Hebrews 5:7
The Apostle Paul Speaking of Epaphras states-
Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured. Col 4:12
We see the church of the book of Acts-
When they heard this, they all raised their voices to God and said, “Master, you made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them. Acts 4:24
Could it be we have forgotten what it takes to birth and sustain a move of God?
Before God moves through us, He must move in us! We must come to the place that we are consumed with the same passion God is consumed with, the same fire, the same zeal must overtake us and possess us, Our prayers must become unrestrained we must remove our lids and let loose our longing.
On the most part many of us have forgotten passion filled prayer and replace it with polite prayer circles, there is no urgency, there are no tears, no travail, no inward groaning.
We must rediscover passion in prayer, we must rediscover the urgent cry of COME LORD!
If the church is our nation doesn’t rediscover true prayer! If we do not return to the alter of fire our nation will continue to slip into a very dark season.
Where are the revivalists who know what it means to travail?
We are not waiting for God but He is waiting for us. He is waiting for a people who will lay aside their dignity and cry out to heaven.
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. Romans 8:26-27
While not join us on Tuesday 22 Oct, 8pm (just afternoon the church meeting at 7:30pm) to hear stories, ask questions and contend in prayer for a fresh move of God by His Spirit.