In the last several years God has moved into a church or ministry somewhere in the world. I’m thinking of Brownsville and Toronto where the saints there had a move of the Spirit. I am happy for the brethren in those places but I want God to move in my place.
Exodus 3:7 The Lord said, I have seen the afflictions of My people in Egypt and I have heard their cry.
When God made a covenant with Abram, He told him that his descendants would be in bondage for four-hundred and thirty years. Why was Israel in bondage for four-hundred and thirty years? They accepted their plight and because they did, they did not cry out to God until they had enough. I am convinced that if they wouldn’t have begun to cry out, God would not have sent Moses. I don’t know how long they wailed but their cry moved the hand of God, they had a move of the Spirit .
Acts 12:5 Peter was locked away in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.
King Herod intended to kill Peter just as he killed James. Peter’s church family were committed to pray for him. I believe they prayed in the Holy Ghost. An angel was sent of the Lord to bail Peter out of the prison. When Peter was set free he went to his own company, his church family. They could not believe at first that Peter was free. What were they praying for? Thank God for the Holy Ghost that knows what we should pray for as we ought. Peter and his homies had a move of the Spirit because they prayed until He moved!
Luke 11:1 The disciples came to Jesus and said to Him, Lord teach us to pray as John also taught his disciples.
I have been reading this Scripture for years and I cannot find anywhere in the Bible where we see John teaching his disciples to pray. I have no doubt he taught them, it’s just not recorded. If we key in on this part of the verse we will miss out on what God wants us to learn. Why did the disciples want Jesus to teach them about prayer? Because they watched Him pray and they watched the Father answer His prayers, now this we can find all through the Gospels. Jesus has taught all of us to pray. Jesus gave all of us the principle of success for prayer, if we will adopt this law our prayers will avail much.
Ephesians 6:17-18 Take the Word of God praying always with all prayer.
The more of God’s Word you know the greater your prayer life. Some of the “stuff” some Christians pray is absolutely worthless, God has nothing to work with. Some folks don’t pray, they tell God a story just to take up some time. Jesus said not to think your prayers are effective just because you pray a long time. Usually when you pray a long time you will step over to vain repetition. Prayer is a good thing but you gotta know what you’re talking about.
Pastor Jerry Lamping
Born and raised in Helena, MT, has been a Pastor for over 20 years.