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“Revival is falling in love with Jesus all over again.”
“In every revival there is a reemphasis of the Church’s missionary character. Men return to Calvary, and the world is seen afresh through the eyes of Christ. The infinite compassion of Christ fills the heart, and the passion evoked by Calvary demands the whole wide world as the fruit of His sacrifice.”
A Teaching Article On Effective Prayer
Why don’t we see the will of God on earth? Does God want you to be healed? Yes. Does God want you to prosper, in every sense? Yes. Does God have good things for you? Yes! Does God have solutions to the problems you face? Yes. Then why don’t we see more of the will of God on earth? The answer varies – but one thing is sure: we can “download” heaven to earth through prayer. God put eternity in the heart of man, and the kingdom of God is within you. How do we make the kingdom of God manifest? The answer is prayer. Prayer is a key to the kingdom of God.
God is a relational being; He desires your companionship. Only He can give you the wisdom and discernment necessary to walk in the fullness of His plan. There are “defining moments” in your life that push you into His plan. You won’t see these moments unless you are in prayer and have the discernment to recognize them. You need to be in prayer so you don’t miss your moment!
God can change your situation in a second, but if we don’t recognize or discern the moment, we may miss it – and have to go around the mountain again! Don’t keep going around the same mountain…you have dwelled there long enough! Don’t settle for less than your “covenant privileges.” Get into your prayer closet and spend some time with God!
The kingdom of God is on the inside of you, because of Jesus Christ dwelling in your heart by faith and because of His Spirit living on the inside of you. Only by being a person of prayer and having fellowship with God do we activate the treasure God has placed within each of us. His presence activates the eternity He placed inside of you! That’s why you must have fellowship with the Father through prayer to know what you need to do next. When you step into your prayer closet and fellowship with Father God, you tap into His supernatural power and wisdom. You will be able to see your God-moment if you have God’s wisdom!
One of the best definitions of “fellowship” is “the state of sharing mutual interests, experiences, and activities.” Even though this is a secular definition from the World English Dictionary, it gives us a clear picture of what we are doing while in prayer with Father God – we are sharing mutual interests, experiences and activities. Let me digress for a moment: God is interested in everything that is affecting you in any way! He long for us to come to Him with every request big, or small. When we are in our prayer closet, He is adjusting our desires and attitudes by His Spirit, making us stronger and more fruitful in the kingdom.
“I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”
While in prayer, we make specific requests of God that only He can make happen. As long as we are not asking amiss, you can rest assured that He will give you the things you’ve asked according to John 14:13: “And whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
Spending time with God gives you an overflow of supernatural provision. Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) When we fellowship with God, we share our interests with Him and release the burdens of our needs. His supernatural presence activates the kingdom of God within you.
Accepting Jesus Christ is the only way to communicate with God the Father. If we can meditate on His nature, we will be drawn to Him to pray. God is not like people – we don’t have to shrink back from Him. You can crawl up in His lap, and He will wrap His arms of love around you. He will never violate you. He will never hurt you. He will never leave you or forsake you. He doesn’t have a back door or a trap door or a booby trap. God is safe. God is secure. God is a rock, a refuge and a friend. God is our Savior.
“Prayer is reaching out after the unseen; fasting is letting go of all that is seen and temporal. Fasting helps express, deepen, confirm the resolution that we are ready to sacrifice anything, even ourselves to attain what we seek for the kingdom of God.”
“Revival is the Church of God as a conquering army putting to rout the hosts of hell.”
NOTE: Please forgive the delay in getting this morning’s post up. Personal schedule issues. (CM)
Jesus Washing Peter’s Feet at the Last Supper, Brown
John 13:1-17, 31b-35
Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, are you going to wash my feet?’ Jesus answered, ‘You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.’ Peter said to him, ‘You will never wash my feet.’ Jesus answered, ‘Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.’ Simon Peter said to him, ‘Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!’ Jesus said to him, ‘One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you.’ For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, ‘Not all of you are clean.’
After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, ‘Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.
When he had gone out, Jesus said, ‘Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, “Where I am going, you cannot come.” I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.’
During Holy Week, we are running a special post each day here at Internet Monk. We glean one word or phrase for contemplation from the Gospel passage for the day, and hear a devotional thought from one of my favorite old books by Dr. John Killinger. The copy I have is called Devotional Thoughts on the Gospels but it was republished as Day by Day With Jesus.
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“Every time we look at the cross Christ seems to say to us, ‘I am here because of you. It is your sin I am bearing, your curse I am suffering, your debt I am paying, your death I am dying.’ Nothing in history or in the universe cuts us down to size like the cross. All of us have inflated views of ourselves, especially in self-righteousness, until we have visited a place called Calvary. It is there, at the foot of the cross, that we shrink to our true size.”