The Place of Prayer 21 September And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath.
Now, more than ever before, it is vital for every Christian to understand that we are in the last of the last days. We are on the edge of the greatest outpouring of Gods glory this earth has ever seen. Amazing, supernatural things are beginning to happen just as the Bible said they would. Yet many believers are sitting back, watching these events like spiritual spectators. They seem to think God will sovereignly empty some great glory bucket, spilling signs and wonders over the earth. But it wont happen that way. It will happen the way Acts 2 reveals it. If youll read that last phrase in todays scripture, taking out the punctuation that was put in by the translators, youll see a divine connection. Youll see that God is saying when His servants and handmaidens prophesy, when they speak out His divine will and purpose in intercession and faith, then in response to their speaking, He will work signs and wonders. That means, if this last outpouring of glory is to come in its fullness, all of Gods servants and handmaidens must be in their place. What place? The place of prayer! Some years ago, I had been studying the authority of man, and I had seen over and over in the Word how the prayers of Gods people precede His actions on the earth. Yet I hung on to the idea that God still did His most important works independently of man. One day, as I was praying about it, I said, Lord, You brought Jesus into the earth sovereignly, didnt You? No, I didnt, He answered. You mean, there were people who interceded for the birth of Jesus? Yes, He said. Then He told me about Simeon. As the Lord revealed to me the account of Simeon in Luke 2, I saw how he was led by the Holy Spirit to the temple the day Joseph and Mary dedicated Jesus. I read how he had fervently prayed, asking God to send the Redeemer. Its amazing enough that when Simeon saw Jesus, he immediately recognized who Jesus was. Its even more amazing that he knew Jesus was bringing salvation to the Gentiles (verse 32)a fact the rest of the Church didnt find out until Peter went to Cornelius house, 10 years after the Day of Pentecost! We must get on our knees and start praying for the fullness of the final outpouring in these last days. We must start speaking out Gods Word and His will for this last hour in prophecy and intercession so He can do signs and wonders. We must enter into that place of prayer.Isaiah 28-29; Psalm 41I am constant in prayer. Romans 12:12, The Amplified Bible
Scripture Reading: Luke 2:25-35