God’s word encourages us to be transformed into the likeness of Christ. Transformation is a journey. The statistics says, 100 years after Jesus Christ, 1 in 360 were believers. In 1000 AD, 1 in 200 were believers. In 1600 AD, 1 in 69 were believers. In 1900 AD, 1 in 27 were believers. In 1980 AD, 1 in 11 were believers..
In the area of Bible Translation, in 2000 based on tech advances it was said that the last of the langauges on earth to get the Bible will take 150 years. But with recent progress in language concepts like uniscript with other advances we can get this done by 2020.
Prayer and intercession is such a vital factor in bringing a transformation. As the saying goes, “as goes the church so goes the world.” There is no use in blaming the darkness for lack of revival. The enemy will try to snatch us from the prayer closet as in that union the enemy is baffled and defeated. Sow sparingly in prayer you will reap sparingly and if we sow bountifully we will reap bountifully.
The last mile in the journey toward transformation:
1. Desperation in intercession:
When there is a desparation in prayer, we start seeing the transformation. A man when held in water wanting a breath of air is what desperation would mean. Rachel said to Jacob in Gen 30:1, “Give me children, or else I die!”Rachel was gripped with grief because of childlessness. She was stunned with shame because of her barenness. She was also bowed low in reproach. John Knox used a similar prayer of desperation, Lord, “Give me Scotland or I die!”
As a child conceived suddeny leaps to life so does revival. Zinzendorf was shamed by the loveless fruitless state of the Moravian church that prayed desperately until revival came. On Aug 13, 1727 at 11 am, began the Moravian revival. From this, a prayer meeting was born which lasted 100 years. From this meeting, missionary movements started which reached the ends of the earth. It also led to the conversion of John Wesley in England, who went on to found Methodism. Within 25 years, the movement had dispatched more missionaries than all of Protestantism over the previous two centuries. When a powerful revival broke out in 1727, they described the wonderful development in their own words,“The Holy Ghost came upon us, and in those days great signs and wonders took place in our midst. From that time, scarcely a day passed but what we beheld His Almighty workings amongst us.” YWAM started in 1959. Today there are 25000 missionaries globally. They have taken over mission centers belonging to Moravians. Revival comes as we pray in desperation and see the situation in our nation for what it is.
2. Travailing Prayer:
Moses prayed in Exo 32:32 32 Yet now, if You will forgive their sin but if not, I pray, blot me out of Your book which You have written.” Am I desperate in prayer for revival? The typical thought is that God will bring revival according to His will in a particular place or nation. But have we done our part? The key to move God for revival is travailing prayer.
Ephesians 3:20, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” Psalm 2:8, “Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.” Gal 4:19, “My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you.”
Hannah: This woman travailed in prayer to have a child. It did not come to her easily. Travailing prayers work great victories. 1 Samuel 1:15 says, “but have poured out my soul before the Lord. Result is this barren woman wer phenomenal. Hannah became a mother of three sons and two daughters. Jeremiah: He was a weeping prophet. He had tears in his eyes when He prayed. Jeremiah 9: 1 says, “Oh, that my head were waters, And my eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people’! Result is God promises to refine the people.” Jesus: Jesus did not pray with just words. He cried vehemently with tears when He prayed. Heb 5:7, ” who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears.” There are two kinds of intercessors. There are who pray and there are who travail in prayer.
John 16: 21, “A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.”
Salvation Army officers wrote to William Booth they tried every way to get a move and failed. He set a terse reply “ Try tears”. They did and they had revival. Luther said we have not resisted unto blood in prayer, nay we do not even get a sweat on our souls.
3. Sacrificial Prayer:
Today, we live in a society that is comfort based. For worldly wealth, they will get to work even though the timing doesn’t suit or the distance is more. We need to see people of God driving to early morning prayers and watch night services. That is when the transformation can be seen. We cannot be be in our comfort zone to see transformation. Isaiah 62: 6-7, “I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; They shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent, And give Him no rest till He establishes And till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.”
The saints of God in the scripture, sacrificed their sleep to pray. Acts 16:25-26, “But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.” Hebrides revival happened as people prayed all night for extended periods of time. These gatherings went on for 4 years. David Brainerd, the faithful and devoted missionary to the Susquehanna, Delaware and Stockbridge Indians of America did his greatest work by prayer. He was in the depths of those forests alone, unable to speak the language of the Indians, but he spent whole days literally in prayer. What was he praying for? He knew he could not reach these savages, for he did not understand their language. If he wanted to speak at all, he must find somebody who could vaguely interpret his thought. Therefore he knew that anything he could do must be absolutely dependent upon God. So he spent whole days in praying, simply that the power of the Holy Ghost might come upon him so unmistakably that these people would not be able to stand before him. “What was his answer? Once he preached through a drunken interpreter, a man so intoxicated that he could hardly stand up. This was the best he could do. Yet scores were converted through that sermon.
Willaim Carey as impacted by his life. And yet that most remarkable thing is that Jonathan Edwards, who watched over him all those months while he was slowly dying of consumption, should also say: ‘I praise God that it was in His Providence that he should die in my house, that I might hear his prayers, and that I might witness his consecration, and that I might be inspired by his example.’ “When Jonathan Edwards wrote that great appeal to Christendom to unite in prayer for the conversion of the world, which has been the trumpet call of modern missions, undoubtedly it was inspired by this dying missionary.”
4. Prayer with a pure heart:
Only with a pure heart can one really pray sincerely. Unrepented sins will never allow a man to pray. Even if he prays it would not be from his heart. Having a pure heart is the need of the hour. The Lord want clean hands and pure hearts before He can shake the earth. Psalm 66: 18 says, “If I have iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear my prayers.” Rom 6:19, “I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.”
Romans 6: 22, ” But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.” Be slaves of God. The golden prospect as slaves of God you have your fruit to holiness. As slaves of God we do as the Lord says in the Word and as we do it we can have a fruit to holiness. The cross once seen is death to every vice – Horatius Bonar.
Ephesians 4: 22-24, “that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” May the Lord bring a transforming revival in our communities and in our Nation in JESUS name! Amen.
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