Devotional for Day 33 – 7 Sept 2013
Pastor Kennedy Lokote from Malawi, Glory House Revival Church, England
Intention: We need to turn totally to God then cry out for revival.
Scripture: Samuel said to the people of Israel, “If you are going to turn to the Lord with all your hearts, you must get rid of all the foreign gods and the images of the goddess Astarte. Dedicate yourselves completely to the LORD and worship only him, and he will rescue you from the power of the Philistines.” So the Israelites got rid of their idols of Baal and Astarte, and worshiped only the LORD (1 Samuel 7:3-4 GNT).
Reflection: After truly turning to God, Samuel cried out to God and the Lord thundered from heaven. The only cry of the wicked that God hears is that of repentance, and once we have repented then he honours our desired petitions. It is time to repent and cry out to God.
I feel the message of grace has been compromised and some of the Church has gone into apostasy. The fear of the Lord, righteousness and holiness is no longer encouraged and much of the Church is living like the rest of the world. This happens when teachers insist that grace makes no demands for righteous works, ignoring that “we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works” (Ephesians 2:10).
Jesus Christ refused Satan’s offer of the world’s kingdoms and their glory in exchange for God’s worship. It’s a shame to see our Church today giving in to this offer. A craving for physical pleasure, pride in our achievements and possessions and the glory of this world have corrupted the Church.
We, the Church, must first completely return to the Lord and cut off any ungodly association that we have made with the world. There can’t be victory outside the camp when there’s defeat within the camp.
Revival is only possible on the condition that the Church admits her backslidden state and repents and turns away completely from it. When REVIVAL comes to the Church, others will be affected. Many will respond positively to the gospel of Jesus Christ for salvation.
Prayer: Our Heavenly and Merciful Father, we have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled. We have turned away from following you with all our heart, our mind and our strength. O Lord, you are righteous, but this day we are covered with shame. In our pursuit of world riches, honour and glory we have fallen into temptation. We have witnessed disasters come on us yet we have not sought your favour, O Lord our God, by turning from our sins and giving attention to your truth. Now, Lord our God, who bought us by the precious blood of your Son, Jesus Christ, hear our prayers. O Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For your sake, O God, do not delay, because your Church and your people bear your name, the name JESUS CHRIST. AMEN!
[Blogger’s Comment: Today I want to go back in history and share a quote from David Brainerd, who lived in the early 1700s. He came from a family of 10 children but became an orphan at 14. On 12 July 1739, he recorded having an experience of ‘unspeakable glory’ that prompted in him a ‘hearty desire to exalt [God], to set him on the throne and to “seek first his Kingdom”‘. Two months later he entered Yale as a student but was expelled for speaking out about the lack of spirituality of the professors after revivalist Jonathan Edwards gave the commencement address in his second year.
This meant he could not become a minister of religion so he became a missionary to the native American Indians. He died 7 years later at the age of 29 from tuberculous after encountering many difficulties. He had an experience that illustrates, I believe, what Pastor Kennedy challenges us about today. He wrote,
Feeling somewhat of the sweetness of communion with God and the constraining force of His love and how admirably it captivates the soul and makes all the desires and the affections to center in God, I set apart this day for secret fasting and prayer to God, to direct and bless me with regard to the great work which I have in view of preaching the Gospel and to ask that the Lord would return to me and show me the light of His countenance. I had little life and power in the forenoon. Near the middle of the afternoon God enabled me to wrestle ardently in intercession for my absent friends, but just at night the Lord visited me marvelously in prayer.
I think my soul was never in such agony before. I felt no restraint, for the treasures of divine grace were opened to me. I wrestled for absent friends, for the ingathering of souls, for multitudes of poor souls, and for many I thought were the children of God, personally in many places. I was in such agony from sun half an hour high till near dark that I was all over wet with sweat, but yet it seemed to me that I had done nothing; oh, my dear Saviour did sweat blood for poor souls! I longed for more compassion toward them. I felt still in a sweet frame, under a sense of divine love and grace, and went to bed in such a frame, with my heart set on God.
May God visit us with the grace of intercession as we turn our hearts in prayer with fasting and repentance today! MR]
Continue in prayer using the 4 prayer points as the Lord leads you.
- Pray for a worldwide outpouring of the Holy Spirit for revival and transformation of the nations of the world.
- Pray for a billion people to find Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.
- Pray for an end to abortion and for God to turn back the tide of death and immorality that is sweeping the nations of the world.
- Pray for a multiplication of prayer, praise and worship to God across the world as never before, to bring great glory to God.