Thursday, May 2, 2013
Building People of Substance for Works of Power
Head for the closet, Friend!!
Today is the National Day of Prayer here in the United States. As usual, we were invited to several events to mark the day, and I’m sure all of them were good. For the last two years we have been emphasizing prayer in our church. We have taught on it and established more regular prayer times in the building. We have recruited prayer partners committed to pray together throughout the week in their own homes, and we have implemented a method to make sure every church member has someone praying for him or her every day. Last week I was in Virginia for a series of special meetings. As I prayed about the content, I was impressed to teach on prayer. I put together a mountain of material, not sure exactly what direction I would take. On the eve of the first service I was meditating on Matthew 6:5-8 when I heard the Holy Spirit say, “There must be a revival in the closet before there can be a revival in the street.” That was the theme I took for those meetings: It’s time for a closet revival.
As we progressed through our meetings, we saw the fervor for prayer in the church take a real upturn. My belief is that the fervor continues in the closets of Richmond. My intent is to take the essence of this message to anyone who wants to get in on it. Here is a brief overview for those who are ready to go for it:
Somebody Said: "God does nothing but by prayer, and everything with it." John Wesley
Scripture Reading But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. (Matthew 6:6 KJV)
I want to invite you to join me in a closet revival. Be available to the Spirit of God, and don’t be bashful about speaking with tongues until the gusher comes. I am convinced that when the closet gets fired up again, the streets will quickly follow.
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