Great outpourings of power begin with great outpourings of prayer.
The rains of revival in the House of God always begin with the houses of God pouring out their hearts. Just in case you didn’t catch the meaning, you are the house of God!
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” (1 Corinthians 6:19 KJV)
“In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:22 KJV)
Prayer is the primary means through which Papa promotes His purposes on earth. He has designated that devotion to prayer is the platform upon which His actions will stand. Not the strength of men, or the genius of women. Not the perfections of natural talent or skill.
The heights are reached by humbling.
Ladders may exist and many are eagerly climbing them, even in church circles, but the way to the top is not through prideful accomplishment. It is upon our knees that the real accomplishments are secured.
Jesus, our forerunner and example, accomplished the greatest victory in all of history.
“…his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.” (Luke 9:31 KJV)
The highest, most noble purpose ever undertaken was accomplished through death.
Prayer is a death to self. It is a declaration of utter dependence. Every time we come to the closet we are admitting our weakness and embracing His strength. Through the fervent exercise of prayer, we die to our own abilities and accept the reality that “without Him, we can do nothing”.
“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” (John 15:5 KJV)
And from this joyous place of humility all things become possible. Because with Him we can do all things.
“For with God nothing shall be impossible.” (Luke 1:37 KJV)
Maybe it’s just me (although I suspect not) but I want to experience so much more of what God can do, and if that requires that I trust less in my own ability and intelligence, so be it.
The liberty that results from a life thrown on the rock is indescribable.
What we need is far greater than any man or movement can provide. The darkness that envelops humanity cannot be extinguished with the flickering candles of limited human effort – we need the blazing flame of the All-Consuming Fire to fill the skies and light the hearts of a disconnected generation.
Oh, that our hearts would break with God-like yearnings for the multitudes standing today in the valley of decision. Oh that our prayers, twined together with heavenly passions and covenant promises would become the ropes that lift many souls to salvation.
Prayer and prayer alone is adequate enough to plumb the depths and drag men from the grip of their own delusions.
Paul likened prayer to child-birth. Co-labouring with God to bring men to new birth.
This is a long citation but please do not pass it by. Read it and hear the Father’s heart:
“The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies. I have long time holden my peace; I have been still, and refrained myself: now will I cry like a travailing woman; I will destroy and devour at once. I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools. And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them. They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that say to the molten images, Ye are our gods. Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see.” (Isaiah 42:13–18 KJV)
Dear friends, the work of prayer is not a pretty one. Sometimes it is messy and loud.
We have held our peace for long enough.
Let a cry rise from the depth of your heart, like that of a woman in pangs, like a roaring man of war.
The next outpouring of grace resides right now in the hearts of praying men and women, and the dam is beginning to break!