The Lord will not Abandon Us

Acts 3:19 “Repent, therefore, and turn, so that your sins may be blotted out, so that there may come periods of refreshing from the presence of the Lord;”

Pastor Hendrix, in his second message at the 2016 Family Conference titled: “The Holy Spirit and Revival”, referred to the above verse as:

“Hope for the Holy Spirit’s return & work, periodically.”

Also:

“If revival is to happen, it must be all of God; it must be the work of living, real, and present Spirit of God.”

“We should be hopeful, more hopeful than most of us are.”

“We need to remember too that the Spirit has demonstrated the willingness to purpose revival in time past; times that, believe it or not, that were even less promising than our own.”

For that complete message: Pastor Hendrix, July 27th, 2016

Psalm 9:10 “Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, Yahweh (Lord), do not abandon those who seek you.” ULB-EN

In our weakness…

2 Corinthians 12:9  And he said to me, “My grace is enough for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So I would much rather boast about my weakness, so that the power of Christ might reside on me. ULB-EN

As we start this new year, and perhaps feel our weaknesses, let us look to the power of the Holy Spirit to strengthen us as we continuously turn to the throne of grace to send revival, within us and throughout the world.

King of King & Lord of Lord

During this Christmas season, I turn our thoughts of praying for revival, praying for the Holy Spirit to pour out power that will renew our hearts, to the Lord Jesus Christ through Whom believers are redeemed. Let scripture speak:

Isaiah 53:3a

“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief” KJV

Isaiah 9:6

“For to us a child has been born, to us a son has been given;
and the rule will be on his shoulder;
and his name will be called Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.” ULB-EN

He knows our sorrow, our grief, yet is our Wonderful Counselor & Prince of Peace. May we find comfort in Christ, and peace that our heavenly Father does all things well.

Fasting….& Resources

Some time ago one of our readers asked about fasting, so I’d like to give a Bible reference/quote as follow-up on that from the beatitudes:

Matthew 6:16-19

“16 Moreover, when you fast, do not have a mournful face as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces so that they may appear to people as fasting. Truly I say to you, they have received their reward. 17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face. 18 Thus you may not appear to people as fasting, but only to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret, will reward you.” ULB-EN

I think that last verse is so rich: Our Father sees & rewards.

For me, I think of fasting as giving up something so I can spend the time used during that something in prayer. Fasting does not earn us anything; it gives the extra time for special prayer.

About resources: I’ve been asked what translation or version of the Bible I’ve been quoting from, so will give the web link. It’s called the UnfoldingWord and I use it because it’s public domain. I understand that so is the King James Version, but since that is old English I thought it might be harder for our foreign readers. I do check with other translations to see how they compare, and most have been pretty close in the wording.

Trust in the Lord….

Psalm 146:3-5

3 “Do not put your trust in princes
or in mankind, in whom there is no salvation.
4  When a person’s life’s breath stops, he returns to the ground;
on that day his plans end.
5  Blessed is he who has the God of Jacob for his help,
whose hope is in Yahweh his God.” ULB-EN

Proverbs 3:5-6

5 “Trust in Yahweh with all your heart
and do not lean on your own understanding;
6  in all your ways acknowledge him
and he will make your paths straight.” ULB-EN

Sisters, we need to rely upon God in all things. Let us, in this season of prayer for revival, keep our eyes on Him. God has mightily sent His Holy Spirit to do great things among us in the past; He can do it again. Trust in the Lord, and pray on….

Praying the Psalms

As we think about revival, let’s reflect that revival starts within—Christians and within the church. In order to have this revival within, we must “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to us.” James 4:8 A few weeks ago when I prayed through Psalm 86, I found it a very special, sweet time with the Lord. Therefore, I’ve decided to pray through the Psalms over the next months as my means for revival prayer.

The Psalms were written as songs, so most contain means to rejoice in the Lord, seek forgiveness from God & repentance, praises to God, as well as petitions to God, all helpful for revival within as well as far abroad. Since I’m a number-relational person, I plan to begin this on November 1st in order to keep on a schedule of one a day, except 119 which I’ll divide by the Hebrew letters.

Until then, I plan to study and pray from many of the promises of God. I want to mediate on all the good He has done for His people, knowing that He can do such great wonders for His people again.

Can I recommend that you find a portion of scripture to do the same…

Revival in Acts

Staying in God’s word is essential, so today I’m just going to touch on some places in Acts, leaving you to read them, where the Holy Spirit renewed hearts and converted in numbers:

Acts 2, of course, has Pentecost .

The end of Acts 2:47, we have “The Lord added to them day by day those that were being saved.” ULB-EN

Acts 8, we see Philip preaching in Samaria, with many heeding the things he spoke (preached).

Acts 10, we have Cornelius’ household.

Acts 11:21 “…a great number believed and turned to the Lord.”ULB-EN

Acts 14:1 In Iconium, “…and many people were added to the Lord”. ULB-EN

Acts 16, Lydia & the Philippian Jailer’s household.

Acts 17 at Thessalonica “Some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, including the devout Greeks, many of the leading women and a great crowd.”  ULB-EN

& at Berea “Therefore many of them believed, including some influential Greek women and many men.” ULB-EN

Acts 18:8 at Corinth “Crispus, the leader of the synagogue and all of his house believed in the Lord. Many of the Corinthians who heard Paul believed and were baptized.” ULB-EN

Perhaps there are others you’d like to share in comments…

Pray On….

In the future, I plan to talk more about unity in our praying, something I’ve learn that is called “Concert of Prayer”, but for today I want to first bring praise to God, then share our meditation.

This is much like a personal testimony of how prayer went for me last week and I encourage you to share how God is working in your prayer life by leaving a comment.

When I went to prayer last week, I intended to meditate on Psalm 85, but, as I started, the Psalm seemed so rich with God that I ended up praying the psalm verse-by-verse, even phrase-by-phrase at times, back to God. I praise God that He sent His Holy Spirit to give me a very sweet time of prayer with and to Him.

My dear sisters, let me urge you to seek strength from God during your revival prayer time this week:

Psalm 121:1-2
“I will lift up my eyes to the mountains.
From where will my help come?
2 My help comes from Yahweh,
who made heaven and earth.” ULB-EN

And meditate, perhaps pray through, Psalm 3:

1 “Yahweh, how many are my enemies!
Many have risen against me.
2 Many say about me,
“There is no help for him from God.” Selah
3 But you, Yahweh, are a shield around me,
my glory, and the one who lifts up my head.
4 I lift up my voice to Yahweh,
and he answers me from his holy hill. Selah
5 I lay down and slept;
I awoke, for Yahweh protected me.
6 I will not be afraid of the multitudes of people
who have set themselves against me on every side.
7 Rise up, Yahweh! Save me, my God!
For you will hit all my enemies on the jaw;
you will break the teeth of the wicked.
8 Salvation comes from Yahweh.
May your blessings be on your people.” ULB-EN

Directions on Praying 2

My dear sisters, I want to give you some personal observations as to praying for revival. Again, I see this as God’s hand directing. Since I started preparing and writing this blog, God has brought to my attention so much material on revival. Now, I understand it’s very much like getting a car, a different model than you’ve had before that you’ve never notice, but now you see them everywhere. So, now I see information on Revival “everywhere”. God has placed before me so much that I don’t know what to share with you at times. I try to keep these brief because we’re here to pray, seeking God’s honor and glory in all things, so for today we’ll look again to God’s word for directions.

I purpose meditation on Psalm 85 for this week’s Prayer for Revival:

Psalm 85:1 “Yahweh, you have showed favor to your land;
you have restored the well-being of Jacob.
2 You have forgiven the sin of your people;
you have covered all their sin.  Selah
3 You have withdrawn all your wrath;
you have turned back from your hot anger.
4 Restore us, God of our salvation,
and let go of your displeasure with us.
5 Will you be angry with us forever?
Will you remain angry throughout future generations?
6 Will you not revive us again?
Then your people will rejoice in you.
7 Show us your covenant faithfulness, Yahweh,
grant us your salvation.
8 I will listen to what Yahweh God says,
for he will make peace with his people, his faithful followers.
Yet they must not turn again to foolish ways.
9 Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him;
then glory will remain in our land.
10 Covenant faithfulness and trustworthiness have met together;
righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
11 Trustworthiness will sprout up from the ground,
and victory will look down from the sky.
12 Yes, Yahweh will give his good blessings,
and our land will yield its crops.
13 Righteousness will go before him
and make a way for his footsteps.” ULB-EN

Seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance as you read and meditate on this Psalm. It is rich with hope and God’s forgiveness. He has restored in the past; He can again.

Directions on Praying

I’ve been asked to write on ways to pray, but I turn primarily to the scriptures, plus Biblical explanation and examples from others.

Sisters, let us look at Luke 18:1 first:

“Then he spoke a parable to them about how they should always pray, and not become discouraged,” ULB-EN

This is just the beginning of one of Jesus’ parables, but here Jesus is encouraging us to keep on praying and not give up.

Also, take a look at what is commonly called the Lord’s Prayer from Matthew 6:9-13:

9 “Therefore pray like this:
‘Our Father in heaven,
may your name be sanctified.
10  May your kingdom come.
May your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
11  Give us today our daily bread.
12  Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13  And do not bring us into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’
14  For if you forgive people their trespasses,
your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
15  But if you do not forgive their trespasses,
neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” ULB-EN

This is also often referred to as the “Model Prayer”, and although we can pray this prayer back to our Heavenly Father, we also use it as a form to pray. For more on this and Luke 18:1, let me encourage you to listen to Pastor Robert Elliot’s 3rd message at the 2016 Family Conference I have spoken of before: “A Parable of Persistent Prayer”.