“Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.” (Jeremiah 6:16 KJV)
I am troubled by my own pull to comparison. My own pricked heart when I see someone else’s gloss sheened life paraded for all to see on social media. It shames me that I can rise to pray and spend half the time scrolling rather than calling. How awful to think that Papa sits waiting while we sit debating.
Prayer is the answer to our dilemmas.
But modernism has torn the fabric from the Kingly church, leaving it prayerless and naked like the emperor of old. The innocent lad in the crowd is trying to point out how powerless and pathetic the emperor looks, and all the while he struts across the pages and walls and stories bragging about his apparel. This event or that, this conference and convention, this method and scheme of man.
Techniques have trumped tried and tested truths. Schemes have scuppered secrets unveiled through the centuries.
It’s time to ask for the old paths!
“Because my people hath forgotten me, they have burned incense to vanity, and they have caused them to stumble in their ways from the ancient paths, to walk in paths, in a way not cast up;To make their land desolate, and a perpetual hissing; every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished, and wag his head.” (Jeremiah 18:15–16 KJV)
Battles are won on our knees, friends.
Humility finds it’s face in the floor calling on the only One who can lift us up.
How urgent the hour for a company of praying men and women to arise with fresh fire in their spiritual wings. Is it not time to rise to the heavens and plead our case before the Master?
Lord, remember your covenant.
Papa, I bring your attention to the blood of Your Son, shed for our freedom and our future.
It is oh so easy to back off and shy away from the labor of spiritual discipline, and lean on the arm of the flesh. Yes, these may hold some water, but the limitations and leakages are there for all to see.
“For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.”(Jeremiah 2:13 KJV)
Where is the voice of the Church today? Why do our protests sound like leaky faucets rather than raging unstoppable rivers of righteousness? Since when has the church been called to bow to the Goddess of political correctness, or fawn in front of the gods of this liberal age?
Oh, Father, raise a mighty company of praying people to cry out before your throne. Those who will give you no rest until your blazing glorious purpose is established in our midst and your throne is built and decorated with our heartfelt passionate praises.
“And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.” (Isaiah 62:7 KJV)
It is time to ask for the ancient paths. For the grace to walk in them, freed from the pressure to perform or parade.
It’s time to let the Holy Ghost prepare the way for a mighty move of God in our generation, that will shape the destinies of our children.
It is time for here-say and history to yield to a now encounter with eternity.
Politics will not turn the tide.
Education cannot open eternity to the hearts of our loved ones.
We cannot entertain or soothe the hell-bent multitudes into Heaven.
One answer and one answer alone is sufficient.
It is the same answer given to the ancients. The 120 in the upper-room.
“And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49 KJV)
John G. Lake moved in one of the strongest healing ministries of the 20th century. He planted over a thousand churches in South Africa, with hundreds of thousands of healings and salvations. From 1915 to 1920 in his Healing Rooms in Spokane, Wa. over 100,000 people were healed of incurable diseases.
While he was pastoring in Portland, John was visited by an angel in answer to his fervent prayers. The angel took the bible and opened to the book of Acts. He called attention to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, and then proceeded through the book pointing out the mighty acts of God throughout it.
Then the angel spoke these words:
“This is Pentecost as God gave it through the heart of Jesus. Strive for this. Contend for this. Teach the people to pray for this. For this, and this alone, will meet the necessity of the human heart, and this alone will have the power to overcome the forces of darkness. Pray. Pray. Pray. Teach the people to pray. Prayer and prayer alone, much prayer, persistent prayer, is the door of entrance into the heart of God.”
Dear friends, we do not need methods, we need men of prayer.
We do not need panels and pastries, we need power.
Pentecostal purity and power alone will meet the necessity of the human heart.
God’s ways have not changed. He is not modernizing his methods to meet the need of present company. What worked then will work now, because it is His working that we crave, not our own.
Prayer is the most foolish pursuit.
So pathetic in its outward garb.
It offers no shine to the man of the flesh.
No instant rewards for the fast-food seeker.
But it is the answer.
For our day.
For our children.
A praying Church is one built with consecrated lives. Praying people.
No finger pointing. No criticism. No posting on the wall lamenting the state of the proverbial ‘church’. Like the traffic on the road that we complain about when we are stationary in rush-hour, we can easily forget that we are the traffic. Don’t ask why the church is not praying, ask the man in the mirror. Don’t lament the lack of power and presence in the church hall when it is missing from your own porches.
It begins with you.
You are the church!
Pray, pray, pray and believe.
Jesus is closer now than ever before, and the time for His Bride to adorn herself is here.
Strip yourself of every other covering. No more fancy schemes and methodologies. No more maneuvering. No more seeking to soothe the flesh into an easy-believism.
“Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old.” (Isaiah 51:9 KJV)
“Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments” (Isaiah 52:1 KJV)
“But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.” (Romans 13:14 KJV)
Put on Christ, the Anointed One and His anointing.
Put on prayer.
Put on fasting.
Put on preaching.
Put on power!