First Things @First
We are eighteen days and counting since the last prayer in a revival meeting in March. The question is, are you still being renewed by the presence of the Lord or have you decided to wait till next fall or next year or the next time revival meetings are scheduled to pick that practice up again?
O.S. Hawkins writes in his work--'the Believers Code'-- "God does not keep it a secret; if we want revival, we need to humble ourselves." Personal revival is available every day, but we must continue to seek His face and obey His word if we hope to have the fuel necessary to overcome what comes against us.
We know that we as believers need a healthy and vigorous prayer life. That was the secret for the 1st century church. Prayer produced power to change their environment. That remains the source of power for the 21st century church, as well! Today, many, if not most are seeking power to change their environment apart from 'The Source' necessary to see it accomplished. More are centering their interests in political power or the power of the purse. Those desires are fueled by pride, not prayer.
Hawkins makes a statement regarding prayer that is both penetrating and powerful. He says--"Too many Christians describe their prayer life with four words from Ephesians 6:12--
'we do not wrestle.'"
Therefore, we settle for being kicked around by the environment and the system that Satan controls, at least for a while longer. So, how do we live in victory when we are opposed on so many fronts?
As we surrender ourselves to conversational prayer with God, we'll be provided with the strength we need. That's why the flesh opposes our humbling ourselves in prayer so strongly! The flesh will always provide 'reasons' to neglect the practice that supplies the power available to overcome. The Spirit will prompt us to pray and the flesh will persuade us to simply put it off until a more convenient time. This is part of the wrestling match that overcomes so many, so often. The adversary will make sure we're bothered with something when we're prompted by the Spirit to pray. Yet, that is the prime time and place that we must humble ourselves and seek His face.
We must not ignore that prompting or put it off till later because His power is released as we 'pray without ceasing'--2 Thessalonians 5:17. When we pray, the dynamic power of the Holy Spirit tips the scales in our favor. Our mind is renewed, and our heart is revived for His purpose and the environment we walk in is influenced for eternity through Jesus.
That stated, prepare for some 'push-back' from the enemy. And that's not said to discourage but to encourage you to persevere in Christ through faith. For we 'wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.' Eph. 6:12
No doubt there have been some defeats in life since the last prayer of the recent revival meetings was spoken. But the power of God is no less powerful today to renew our minds so that we, in His strength can overcome the flesh and change the world we walk in everyday!
Scripture reminds us in Acts 4:31--"and when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness." There will be no boldness to change our community nor our culture until we're broken of pride!
What is coming against you today? What are you 'wrestling' with? What needs to be 'shaken' up in your life to reset what's most important? Are you willing to start with prayer and stay with it?
If so, you'll discover that God will reset your priority in persevering prayer. You'll look at life differently because He is providing the supply to live differently.
And the best part is, along the journey, you and I will see God do things that simply can't be done any other way!
God's best is available through prayer; always!
I urge you to do more than try it. Trust Him in it!