Father, convict me of Prayer requests I only give lip service to
…So Samuel became angry and cried out to the Lord all night.
1 Samuel 15:11e HCSB
Two days ago I posted the following:
… and I think God Smacked Me, for my irreverence.
Today, I stopped at Britt David Baptist in Columbus. A good friend of mine, Tim Jones is the pastor there.
Tim and I pray every week and have been for over a year.
I tell folks about Tim’s church this way. . .
–As Southern Baptists we regularly do something for 4 weeks, once in awhile for 8 weeks, and if we’re REALLY HOLY, we’ll do it for 12 weeks.
–Well, over 2 years ago, Tim started a daily prayer meeting. It continues today, with very few interruptions.
–So, today I joined them, and that’s where God Smacked Me. He made it clear that there are LOTS OF OLD. . . Older Folks I can pray with.
Let me tell your what I told Pastor Tim. “That was sweet, Tim. Really sweet.”
And it was!
Successful-ongoing-prayer is not oxymoronic.
When we were done praying, one of the men assured us up in song. Speaking of men, did you notice how many attended?
Father, recall to my mind anyone I have ceased praying for
“As for me, I vow that I will not sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you. I will teach you the good and right way.
1 Samuel 12:23 HCSB
You might call it “A Politician’s Prayer” but I would ask you to own it for yourself. . .
An Observation #FromTheRoad
By modern day, I mean the last few hundred years.
Modern day prophets have had a message, based on the circumstances of their time. And while their ultimate desire was revival, sometimes it came and sometimes it didn’t.
But often, and I mean really often, their focus, that which brought them to their knees, as prophets in the first place, was in fact, often achieved, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
In particular I’m thinking about #LeonardRavenhill who for so many years saw the potential for #NuclearWar. He prompted men and women to pray regarding that potentiality.
And they got their prayer answered, the #Nuclear #Holocaust never occurred. In fact, the downfall of Communist Russia occurred and then great Church growth in Russia occurred.
So, here’s my question, “Where is the need for prophets today?” You might ask the question this way, “In what subject/s are Modern Prophets most needed today?”
You may think the work for prophets today is to do battle in and against the political arena. Personally, I’m less inclined to believe that because of verses like Romans 13:1-2 which tell me that God is the one who puts into office whom He wants, when He wants, and for the reasons He wants.
No, I think the bigger need for prophets today is to speak into the LACK OF HUMILITY in the church.
Hear me! I agree that the social ills of our day are bad and getting worse but look at the 7 things God hates (Proverbs 6:16-19). Did you note the first one? Haughty eyes, arrogant eyes, lofty eyes, high eyes.
That is FIRST ON GOD’S LIST OF WHAT HE HATES.
Do you think maybe we lead the world astray by our pride and arrogance? I think so. I think they look at our “haughty eyes,” and say, “Yo, dude, I don’t want any of that.”
Or maybe they say, “Yo, dude, I have enough of that in my own life, I don’t want any of yours.”
You know what I think? I think the world wants #Hope, but instead, we in the church are giving them cockiness.
If the Modern Prophet takes on the church, he shouldn’t expect many friends.