Posted by: pastortomvabeach | January 31, 2013

Thought for the Week February 3, 2013

Since the first Sunday in September, we have encouraged folks in our church to be actively fasting and praying once a week for revival in our nation. We call it the 40 Satur(Day) fast. We have taken this step because we believe that the only “fix” for all of America’s problems is a real turn back to God, first by the church, then by those outside.

Last week I had the privilege to attend a conference in a church that is experiencing a level of spiritual excitement and supernatural occurrence that many would call revival. Many from this church stood to tell their stories of how they reached this point. Each of them related how they had come to understand the power of prayer and what a real “pray first” approach had done for them personally and for whatever ministry activity they were involved in. Every story contained many examples of God’s supernatural activity in response to the culture of prayer practiced by individuals and the church. I believe that getting to see this first hand may be a start of God bringing revival to our church, then through us to our community.

So how might we become motivated to such an approach to prayer? Nehemiah is a good example to investigate. Upon learning that the wall of Jerusalem was broken down and the gates burned, the account says that he sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven (1:4). Notice that the magnitude of the need gripped and broke his heart until he had to call on God. As you read Nehemiah’s prayer there is much confession on behalf of the Jewish people and not a lot of telling God what to do. In the end he just asks that God would hear his prayer and grant mercy.

This may be a model to motivate us. What do we think when we hear the headlines so prominent today? Does the obvious absence of respect for God and human life, the emptiness of morals, or the tragic suffering due to sinful living cause us any heartache or concern? Would we not be justified to sit down and weep and mourn for the condition of the church in America and the outright rejection of the gospel that is so prevalent? What if we were so gripped by the desperate need of those around us who don’t have Christ that we confessed regularly our own sins and those of the nation at large? Should we not just ask God, at this point, to have mercy?

Beloved friends, I so want to see God’s supernatural hand begin to move on behalf of His church and on behalf of this cherished country. Someone said that when they began to get serious about prayer they began to see more “coincidences” happen. We know God is the power behind the “coincidences”. Will you join me and pastor Doug is asking the Lord to create in us a culture of prayer so that this church (this house of God) will be known as a “house of prayer for all people”? Will you ask God to break you heart for what breaks His and then pray? I believe I got infected by this desire to pray and I want to do everything I can to pass the bug to all of you? Are you ready?

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