It’s not enough just to pray. One of the things that God is looking for in this hour is passionate prayer. The Psalmist said “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” Notice, he didn’t just seek God, he “earnestly” saught God. He was seeking God with an intensity, a zeal, a hunger, a passion and a commitment. This is what God desires. He has said we will find Him when we seek Him with ALL our heart.
The Pharasees prayed. They prayed more than us. But their hearts were cold. Jesus said “they honour with me their lips but their hearts are far from me”. God is looking for men and women who pray with burning hearts. John the Baptists who’s cry in the wilderness will prepare the way for Jesus to move. Men and woman who are broken before him over the lost and dying.
In 1 Samuel 1v1-20 we read of Hannah. Hannah was married to a good husband, she was loved and was blessed with a double portion. She could have been happy and content, after all she had everything she wanted. Many Christians are happy and content as the bride of Christ, knowing that Jesus loves them and has blessed them beyond measure. Yet Hannah was barren! The church today is barren – we are not giving birth to souls. Hannah had an adversary who provoked her “I have all the children”. Today the devil provokes us – we might have the buildings, the programmes, the blessings, but the devil has all the children, he is dragging a generation into hell.
What was Hannah’s response? It says she got irritated! We need to get irritated with the devil! Listen to the words that describe Hannah’s respone “bitterness of soul” “wept much” “didn’t eat” “prayed to the Lord” “deeply troubled” “great anguish” “grief” It was a cry that said “God, give me children or I will die!”
Oh that we would experience a baptism of grief! That we would become deeply troubled! That we would be baptised in anguish! That we would weep much and cry “God, give us souls or we will die!”
She poured out her soul to the Lord. This reminds me of Jesus who “offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears” (Heb 5v7). See His passion for the lost as he wept over Jerusalem and as he sweat drops of blood in the garden. Do we have this brokenness? This passion? This desperation? As Leonard Ravenhill said “The only reason we don’t have revival is because we are willing to live without it”
” Put on sackcloth, O priests, and mourn; wail, you who minister before the altar. Come, spend the night in sackcloth, you who minister before my God; Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the LORD your God, and cry out to the LORD. “Even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Rend your heartand not your garments. Return to the LORD your God”
What will the response from heaven be?
“And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy,your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved”
Break my heart for what breaks Yours, everything I am for Your kingdoms cause.
Blessings to all seekers