Prayer

I want to share something I read in a partner letter I recently received from Billy Brim Ministries. This passage is in reference to theologian Jonathan Edwards who stirred a revival in Northampton that was followed by the Great Awakening in the 1700’s.

The power that accompanied Edward’s preaching was not the result of his topic alone… Neither was the power the fruit of oratorical skill, for Edwards normally read his sermons. His preaching derived its power from his prayer life. He would spend whole days and weeks in prayer, and it was not unusual for him to spend 18 hours in prayer prior to preaching a single sermon. The result was a revival that not only transformed the moral and spiritual character of his own community, but also that of the entire nation. (Eddie L. Hyatt, 2000 Years of Charismatic Christianity, Strang Publications, Lake Mary, FL, pp. 114-115)

I read this and repented for not spending more time in prayer. I pray a lot already, but not like this. So I endeavored to pray more before my next meeting. What happened? We saw the power of God in our meeting.

When I repented for not spending more time in prayer I heard the Lord say, “I’ve been waiting for you.” He wasn’t mad. He wasn’t put out. He wasn’t frustrated. He was just waiting.

My prayer life to me isn’t about getting things done, or making things happen. It has been about having a relationship with God. So at first it seemed kind of foreign to me to spend more time in prayer for the purpose of receiving more power.

I’m never one to be shy about prayer. I enter boldly, humbly, gratefully every time, but this time my time of prayer seemed hard and I was finding it difficult to enter into His Presence.

Then He said to me, “Just relax.” So I did. I stopped trying to pray a prayer that would produce power and I began loving on God and letting Him love on me.

In my last post I mentioned that the people that I have seen operate most in the power of God were people of great love. And that’s still true. But what I neglected to mention was they are also people who spend much time in prayer. And I saw the connection. People who love much, pray much and people who pray much, love much.

I often tell the healing team that to minister healing you have to yield to His love and let Him love people through you. Remember Jesus was moved with compassion and He healed the sick.

While my prayer life has always been about my relationship with God, I saw it in a most beautiful and powerful way this time. Prayer is about spending much time with God letting Him love on you and you loving on Him, loving others through our prayers and then from that place of love stepping out into the world in the power of His love.

That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. (Ephesians 3:17-19, KJV)

Amen.

The Outpouring

I recently heard a Bible teacher explain the Mezuzah. It’s a small case, attached to the doorposts of Jewish homes. It contains two small scrolls with these scriptures written upon them.

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with ll thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto they children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on they gates. (Deuteronomy 6:4-9, KJV)

And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul, that I will give you the rain in your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in the corn, and thy wine, and thine oil. And I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle, that thou mayest eat and be full. Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them; And then the Lord’s wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the LORD giveth you. Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates: that your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth. (Deuteronomy 11:13-21, KJV)

Both of these passages speak of loving the LORD your God. Both say teach them to your children. Both say keep them before you, including on your doorposts, thus the Mezuzah.

But what can we as Christians learn from this? Many in the Body of Christ have been looking for an outpouring of the Spirit to come in the last days. A time when the former and later rains come together. A time when there is a great awakening to God. In Deuteronomy 11 it tells us that He gives the rains as His people obey His commands. What is His command to the church?

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind… Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. (Mattew 22:37, 39, KJV)

The very command He told the Jewish people to keep before them always. And it was obedience to His commands that would bring the rains.

He’s calling us up higher for a reason. He is calling us to obedience to the command of love. He wants us to teach our children. Why? There’s an outpouring coming as we walk in love.