This is a new chapter. The landscape of our local fellowship is shifting from church as usual into what God desires for us.
I find myself also thinking on how my own life’s landscape may change. I’ve begun to wonder if I have put myself in a box in any way, and what advancing God’s Kingdom is truly meant to be for my own life.
When it comes to our God-given purposes, things may not look like what we think they will. When I was a new Christian, I first thought this would be through worship leading in a church setting.
Then it was as a worship leader and intercessory missionary in the house of prayer, which I still long to see in fullness… but at times I wonder if I have put myself in a box per say? I want to stop comparing myself to others. I want God alone to define me, along with every why and every what.
Nonetheless, the expression of the church is changing. We are not a building, but people who are the temple of the Holy Spirit. A new wineskin is being given those who truly want to follow the Lord’s leadership. It is for we who will let go of our own ways, wants and agendas.
God has made many beautiful promises to our sweet house of prayer and church. However, for a while now, things in the natural have looked very different from what He has said will come to pass.
Regardless of what it looks like, we continue to press into His heart and stand firm because we know He is the One who is faithful and true.
My own longing has been for His presence to come in a greater way, with the result being that hearts are transformed. I also desire to disciple others in worship and the prophetic. So for now we stand awaiting God to come through; without Him, we cannot go far.
In times when the promises seem impossible, we have to believe that our God will come through. We have to keep standing even in the waiting, even when it seems our Isaac is on the altar about to be taken from us again.
Our Lord, who is the Resurrection and the Life, has great plans for us all and He will not allow them to be dashed to nothing.
For our group, I know that the Lord delights in us as we seek His face and make room for His Spirit to move. He makes that clear every week as His presence touches our hearts.
Sometimes it feels so small, and we wonder when more will arise to build God’s Kingdom with us. Nonetheless, I would never trade the sweet worship times the Lord brings us for anything.
I’m not sure why He has tarried so long as we desperately need breakthrough in many areas of need. Perhaps it is because He is working a greater work in us–after all, it is God and His making us into the image of Christ that is most important.
The main thing is His heart and connecting ours with His; the rest is by His leading and our obedience when and as He does lead.
The Word of God speaks of a time and season for everything under Heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Prayer is to be a constant in our lives as believers, but in this season, a specific call to prayer and fasting for revival and awakening has been released across the Body of Christ.
The Lord is calling us to a season of fasting and prayer for His redemptive purposes: That whosoever would come, be saved, revived, and set free.
Beloved reader, I also want to invite you to actively take part in this season of prayer.
God longs to do above all we could ask or imagine as we pray His purposes, seek His face, and follow His ways. Our nation is in great need of God. Likewise, the Church is in need of reawakening to intimate relationship with Jesus unto doing the greater works of the Kingdom.
The latter is especially crucial to the coming of the promised Harvest.
“Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen.“ (Ephesians 3:20-21 AMP, emphasis added)
We have not because we ask not; at times, we also have not because the answers only come when we pray God’s desires instead of our own (James 4:2-3). As we seek to hear His still small voice, we will know more readily what to pray. Let’s join our hearts together with God’s, praying His redemptive plans and asking Him to do what He longs to do.
Our intercession is treasured by Heaven as we pray in agreement with the Father’s heart: On earth as it is in Heaven.
Call to Action: Make Time to Pray
In order to be productive in prayer, we must first set aside regular times to do so.