Let it rain, Friend.
We just finished the annual National Day of Prayer observance. I heard lots of prayers for lots of great things. Thank God for the privilege of praying. When it comes to seeking the supernatural move of God in our gatherings and in our ministries, prayer plays a vital role. Certainly, those of us in leadership need to maintain a consistent prayer life in order to be available to the Lord at all times. In my own prayers, I have used two particular passages as the basis for praying that God move in our midst. I thought you might find them helpful:
1. Acts 4:29-33 NLT And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, Your servants, great boldness in preaching Your word. (30) Stretch out Your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of Your holy servant Jesus.” (31) After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness. (32) All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had. (33) The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all.
a. They prayed not just for themselves, but for all the believers. Let God use anybody, not just you.
b. They prayed for boldness. God moves through people. He needs people who will yield to His promptings.
c. They prayed for miraculous signs and wonders to be done, not in the name of their church, but in the Name of the Lord.
2. James 5:7-8, 17-18 NLT Dear brothers and sisters, be patient as you wait for the Lord’s return. Consider the farmers who patiently wait for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen. (8) You, too, must be patient. Take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near. (17) Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years! (18) Then, when he prayed again, the sky sent down rain and the earth began to yield its crops.
a. The Lord is waiting for the harvest, the harvest is waiting for the rain of His Spirit. (Hosea 6:3)
b. Elijah prayed and it rained. He was no better than we are. We can pray and it will rain!
Somebody Said: “For thou art My people, and My people shall rule and reign. And the blessings of God will fall upon them. The latter rain shall be poured out. Yea, upon nations that are now barren and void. But the rain will be poured out. The seed will be planted. The harvest will come. The glory of God will shine upon the earth.” Prophetic Word through Kenneth E. Hagin. February 18, 2003
Scripture Reading: Ask the LORD for rain In the time of the latter rain. The LORD will make flashing clouds; He will give them showers of rain, Grass in the field for everyone. (Zechariah 10:1 NKJV)
Watchman Nee said, “Our prayers lay the track down on which God’s power can come. Like a mighty locomotive, his power is irresistible, but it cannot reach us without rails.” Start laying track! Let’s pray for the rain until the downpour comes! Be bold, be persistent, and expect the building to shake.
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