A Heart Towards God

Image 2 Chron 7:14    “…if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”  NKJV

             Nearly 50 years earlier, a similar movement of prayer took place, bringing our country to its knees.  It all started in 1857, in New York’s Manhattan area, with an individual named Jeremiah Lanphier, who had a burden from the Lord to start a noon prayer meeting.  He had advertised and promoted it, but when the day arrived, only six people attended.  He was faithful to continue pressing forward each week, and that soon brought a steady increase in attendance.  Before long, prayer meetings began to spring up in almost all of the public buildings downtown.  The well-known newspaper editor Horace Greeley sent one of his reporters in horse and buggy to count how many people were in attendance at the noon prayer meeting.  Time was against him, limiting him to making it to 12 meetings in the one,  hour prayer time, yet he counted 6,100 persons praying.  The publicity thrust a landslide of prayer, beginning a movement  that spread throughout New England.  Reports indicate that in one year more than a million people were converted.[i]

The revival had no boundaries at that point, going out in every direction.  Some say that people were converted at the rate of 10,000 per week in New York City.  Quickly moving in every direction, the Revival continued to have a great effect upon whatever stood in its path. Lives were affected and changed for the glory of God.  Shortly after the revival had begun, the country found itself in the middle of the bloodiest war ever fought on American soil.  Think of all the young men who lost their lives in this war.  Yet due to the moving of God, many of their souls were saved! God’s grace and mercy truly does endure forever!

  •  A city, a region and ultimately a nation was impacted for the Kingdom of God.
  •  Today will you be that one person who will stand in Prayer?
  •  It might be your discipline for prayer that stirs your family, community or city to turn towards God.

Choose to find a time and place to spend some of your day with the Lord.  It doesn’t have to be some great amount of time, just give the Lord what you can.   Many times we set ourselves up for failure because we put to great of commitment on ourselves.  Start small and grow each day.

  It starts with You!


[i]   Arthur S. DeMoss Foundation , The Rebirth Of America, 1986, p. 63

Where Are The Other Nine

          Image  I heard a story about a little boy who was handed an orange by a man trying to be kind. The boy’s mother asked, “What do you say to the nice man?” The little boy thought and handed the orange back and said, “Peel it.”

            As rude as this boy in the story seems to be, what’s more shocking is that this attitude is prevalent throughout our society. Everywhere we turn we can see it filtering through this great nation of ours. We have raised a generation of self-absorbed people that are blinded to everything other than their desires and needs. We have forgotten the simple act of gratitude.

The scripture says in 1 Tim. 3:1-2 that in the last days men will be lovers of themselves and unthankful along with other selfish attributes.

I am reminded of the story of the ten lepers that stood afar off as Jesus entered a certain village. They lifted their voices so that Jesus could hear them and cried out saying “have mercy on us!” Jesus responded by telling them to go and show themselves to the priest, who had the final decision in pronouncing them clean or defiled.

As they went in obedience it says the very thing that had kept them estranged from society, a disease of cruelty and defilement incredibly dries up and they are healed. Now if this was the end of the story it would be a great lesson on obedience and God’s mercy, but it goes deeper. The story continues with the scene of only one of the ten returning to give thanks for the miracle from God. The author points out that this healed man was not a Jew but a Samaritan. He wasn’t educated in the traditions and things of God. Yet he knew enough to be eternally grateful for the life changing miracle he was given. Many times those who profess to be Christians are out-done by unbelievers.

It’s time we develop a habit of gratitude towards God ourselves. We can do that by being thankful in three simple areas.  1.)  Being Thankful for Everything He has done in our lives. 2.) Being Thankful for Everything He is Doing in our lives.  3.)  Being Thankful for Everything He is going to Do in our lives.

Being grateful in these areas will help develop a heart of gratitude in us. Once we learn to be grateful to God that same gratitude will flow out to others.

It truly is time to stop the madness of self-centeredness and develop a lifestyle of thankfulness, not just thanksgiving but Thanksliving!

     “in everything give thanks; for  this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”   1Thes 5:18 (NKJ)

Can You Hear the Sounds of the Abundance of Rain?

rain in the hand We all have at some time in our lives experienced a rain cloud moving in and the temperature drops and the smell of rain fills the air. It signals to us to shut our windows on the cars and gives us time to prepare for the coming rain. Then a drop here and one there confirms refreshing rain that is so badly needed.  I love those times.

 The process all starts with not just a desire, but first it begins with the Sun evaporation of the moisture from the ground in the distance. Then the clouds carry that moisture along the way until the hand of God releases it on the earth. The change in temperature and the hints of rain seem to always get our attention!

I am reminded of what I heard the Holy Spirit say to me in the midst of worship service.  Out of nowhere the sweet whisper of God filled my mind with the words, “Can you hear the sounds of abundance of Rain?”

Imagine with me the coming spiritual rain from heaven. It first starts with the brightness of God shining on His people and in return we begin to cry out for more of Him. Those prayers come before the Lord just as the rain is evaporated.  (In Revelation it says the bowls of incense are the prayers of the saints). Then we begin to see the hints of our prayers being answered, the smell, the change in the spiritual atmosphere and then comes the cool drops from heaven. Before long the down pour of rain saturates the dry ground. Then before our eyes, sprouting all around us in our families, communities and most of all our society, it is apparent to all that we have the refreshing of God in our midst.

I believe we are seeing and smelling the beginning drops of spiritual rain in our midst. It’s time to prepare for the down pour from heaven.

How do we Prepare you may ask. Well, let me share a few things with you and then I am sure God will fill in the blanks where we might miss something.

First, we need to get our laundry and the kids toys picked up and out of the way.  Often the laundry of our life is out where everyone is focused on it rather than on what is important. The childish games and toys that we play in our churches and our private lives are scattered everywhere hindering others from walking in God’s righteousness.

Secondly, we need to make sure our rain barrels are positioned right to catch as much rain as possible. Being in the correct place is essential for being filled up and available to be used to pour out on others.

Thirdly, we need to open up the windows and doors so we can benefit from the freshness and cool breeze.  If we are spiritually closed and shut up, we will get moldy and stuffy. Having a heart and mindset that is open to Gods Will, will result in refreshing’s from the Lord.

It’s time to prepare for I hear the sounds of the abundance of rain!