The Place of Prayer
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 God’s 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 won’t happen that way.
It will happen the way Acts 2 reveals it. If you’ll read that last phrase in today’s scripture, taking out the punctuation that was put in by the translators, you’ll see a divine connection. You’ll 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 God’s 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 God’s 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, didn’t You?”
No, I didn’t, 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.
It’s amazing enough that when Simeon saw Jesus, he immediately recognized Who Jesus was. It’s even more amazing that he knew Jesus was bringing salvation to the Gentiles (verse 32)—a fact the rest of the Church didn’t find out until Peter went to Cornelius’s 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 God’s 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.
Speak the Word
I am constant in prayer. (Romans 12:12, amp)
Scripture Study: Luke 2:25-35