Posts Tagged ‘Kingdom resources’

Pulling On God’s Heart

“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among My people… If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.” (2 Chron 7:13-15).

Ministry Breakthrough:

Our Lord Jesus said fasting would be necessary for His disciples when He was no longer with them in person. “The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast” (Mt 9:15). Notice Jesus is giving the impression that the disciples would need to fast in order to pull information out of the spiritual realm after He was gone.

The early disciples remembered the words of Jesus and made fasting a vital part of their spiritual lives, especially when breakthrough was needed. The outstanding work God accomplished through them speaks for itself. They could easily hear God speak to them through prayer and fasting and so their activities in ministry were more effective.

Just imagine the scene as those disciples were worshiping and fasting. The Holy Spirit spoke with amazing clarity. “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them“. So after they fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them into ministry (Acts 13:2-3).

Personal Breakthrough:

We must recognize the value of fasting and prayer, as we consider our own heart toward God. Many times in my life, I have seen wilderness experiences turned into opportunities for promotion, simply because of fasting. Turning sorrows into joy and mourning into dancing, must not be left to chance or opportune times. We must move into our responsibility as stewards of our spiritual destinies, because we are the Temple of the Holy Spirit. Prayer and fasting will separate us from spiritual laziness, where we stop expecting God to bring success and lay it at our feet. Jesus told His disciples that when they prayed and fasted, God would reward them publicly… openly (Mt 6:18). I have watched God move with Kingdom resources when I gave myself to fasting.

“Even now, declares the Lord, return to Me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning. Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love and He relents from sending calamity” (Joel 2:12-13).

Language of Hunger

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6)

When you’re hungry and thirsty, you’ll press into the things of God and become a prime target for God’s blessings. God will fill you with His Spirit. Spiritual hunger helps you continue being filled. Spiritual hunger is the key ingredient to plug into the anointing and receive God’s touch. If there is no hunger, there is no infilling. We’re hungry for God’s Word, and the fullness of the Holy Spirit, to live in God’s perfect will all the time, to always be in right fellowship with the Father. Spiritual hunger is key to spiritual progress. Jesus wants us to recognize the language of spiritual hunger and thirst… its not just desperation, but it does go beyond common passion!

The language of hunger defines your relationship with God!

  • Acknowledging your need of Him
  • Expressing your passionate desire for Him
  • Fervency in prayer and worship

Moses used the language of hunger when he said to God, “Show me Your Glory” (Ex 33:18). David spoke in these terms when he wrote, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, oh God. My souls thirsts for God, for the Living God. When shall I come and appear before God.” (Ps. 42:1) or “Oh God You are My God; early will I seek You, my soul thirsts for You, my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water” (Ps. 63:1). The Church in Acts used the language of hunger when they raised their voices in prayer, crying out to God for boldness to speak out His word, and for God to release His power in signs and wonders (Acts 4:23-31).

The language of hunger does not only consist of words and prayer… it is the act of pursuing intimacy and encounters with God.

Jesus Taught us to use the Language of Hunger:

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you… If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Lk. 11:9-13)

We Speak as Sons and Daughters:

Jesus reminds us that our hunger is not that of the impoverished, and not that of an orphan. We are not asking from a mentality of poverty, lack or spiritual abandonment. No! Our Father is present, ready and generous… He loves to give to those who call upon Him. We ask from the revelation of knowing we are sons and daughters. The heart of our God yearns for relationship. We are created to have intimacy with Him and to partner with Him as we go about “…our Father’s business” (Lk. 2:49).

So rejoice and thank God for rewarding us in our hunger and thirst… He daily offers us His benefits (Ps. 68:19). Wake up to the reality of how blessed you are and begin to see the Kingdom resources you have available to you. Know that you are complete in Christ and ask your Father for all that your heart desires, for yourself and for others. For with Him there is always more. Your Father delights in you and your desire to encounter Him… to receive all that He has made available to you. His hand is open. He waits for you to ask in an attitude of faith, expectancy and reliance.

How you speak demonstrates your readiness to receive!

21 Days of Fasting

January 1-21 2012. Join RevivalHut Ministries for 21 days of Prayer and Fasting; Seeking God for breakthrough in the Nations!

Prayer and Fasting is probably the greatest avenue to awaken our sensitivity to the Holy Spirit. God is always speaking to us as a nation, a ministry and as a people. The key to listening is sensitivity. Only those effectively hearing God are effectively responding to Him.

National Breakthrough:

When breakthroughs are needed, we should fast and pray! God is watching and listening. He makes Himself vulnerable to the hungry heart by leaning in to the seeker and responding quickly to the ministry of prayer. I am convinced that nothing so captures His attention as a group of tenacious intercessors pleading at the Throne of God for breakthrough in the nations.

“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among My people… If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.” (2 Chron 7:13-15).

Ministry Breakthrough:

Our Lord Jesus said fasting would be necessary for His disciples when He was no longer with them in person. “The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast” (Mt 9:15). Notice Jesus is giving the impression that the disciples would need to fast in order to pull information out of the spiritual realm after He was gone.

The early disciples remembered the words of Jesus and made fasting a vital part of their spiritual lives, especially when breakthrough was needed. The outstanding work God accomplished through them speaks for itself. They could easily hear God speak to them through prayer and fasting and so their activities in ministry were more effective.

Just imagine the scene as those disciples were worshipping and fasting. The Holy Spirit spoke with amazing clarity. “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them“. So after they fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them into ministry (Acts 13:2-3).

Personal Breakthrough:

We must recognize the value of fasting and prayer, as we consider our own heart toward God. Many times in my life, I have seen wilderness experiences turned into opportunities for promotion, simply because of fasting. Turning sorrows into joy and mourning into dancing, must not be left to chance or opportune times. We must move into our responsibility as stewards of our spiritual destinies, because we are the Temple of the Holy Spirit. Prayer and fasting will separate us from spiritual laziness, where we stop expecting God to bring success and lay it at our feet. Jesus told His disciples that when they prayed and fasted, God would reward them publicly… openly (Mt 6:18). I have watched God move with Kingdom resources when I gave myself to fasting.

“Even now, declares the Lord, return to Me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning. Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love and He relents from sending calamity” (Joel 2:12-13).

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