The Lord is calling the church to prepare itself to make an impact on a national, even worldwide scale. When Moses spoke to a major world power of his day (the Pharaoh in Egypt) he spoke God’s word to him. However, he also released the power of God through signs and wonders to support the words God had given him. It’s not enough just to give accurate prophetic words, they need to be coupled with signs and wonders. Both of these giftings are critical.
The Lord spoke through Habakkuk and said, “The earth shall be filled with the glory of God as the waters cover the sea.” (Habakuk 2:14) This was a word spoken out of the glory with power power from on high. For us to see revival (the glory of the Lord covering the earth) we will need to be people who experience the powerful dimension of God’s presence; the release of his glory. We are to pursue the presence of God so that we can stay in his glory and keep open the channels for intimacy with God.
If we place the primary emphasis on the revelation of God’s glory which only comes through intimacy and close relationship through times of waiting on the Lord, then when we do get to prophesy the prophecy will have the power to shake and change an entire nation. So, the weight and effect of your prophecy will depend on the level of the glory and presence of God in your life. While you are waiting keep praising, fasting and praying until He moves. This is a discipline that over time will train your spiritual senses so you can discern the slightest moving of his Spirit.
In Acts 4:29-31 they kept praying, praising, fasting and seeking God as they had done prior to Pentecost in Acts 2. The difference this time was that they experienced a new manifestation of God’s glory - not only did the Holy Spirit come but the earth moved and the building shook!
It is well worth waiting for the Holy Spirit to move; and while waiting, keeping the doors of God’s manifest presence glory open by fasting, praying, praising and repenting.
The Lord gave a promise in Isaiah 45:3 - “I will give you the treasures of darkness and the hidden wealth of secret places, so that you will know that it is I the Lord God of Israel, who calls you by your name.” We are to listen to the God who speaks by developing times of intimacy and waiting on him. As we tune in and allow him to speak to us he does it. If we fail to develop this as a lifestyle, we block out his intention of relationship which means we miss the direction he desires to give us according to his will that brings purpose and healing to our lives.
Deuteronomy 8:3 says, “He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then fed you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.” His desire is to humble us and test us in order that he could know what is in our hearts. When he calls us by name he demonstrates the fact that he knows us and sees what is in our hearts and that is where he gives us good bread which is healing. Here is the bread and it's been paid for, ready, real, eternal, transforming. When the disciples asked Jesus if they could send the people away to buy bread, he said, “You feed them”. You multiply the loaves and fishes and trust me for the distribution from row to row, group to group, from nation to nation. May we be faithful distributors of the everlasting, eternal bread of life. In so doing may we hasten , speed that day when this broken world may be changed and the kingdom of this world will truly become the kingdom of our God and Christ and he shall reign forever and ever in Jesus name.
And that is the place he wants to bring us to. All we need to do is to turn aside into his presence and wait before him. It’s a time of preparation which will lead us to take hold of what is in God’s plan for us. With is comes an invasion of God’s glory that brings the fullness of his presence through the Holy Spirit!
Proverbs 8:34-35 says, “Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. For those who find me find life and receive favour from the LORD.”
The parable of the Bridesmaids in Matthew 25 is very insightful in this regard. If you think about the implications of some of the detail in the story it is powerful. The foolish Bridesmaids could depend on someone else’s oil - they had to get it for themselves! We have to go to God ourselves for fresh insight and understanding about his purposes. When you go to the end of the parable, the five foolish Bridesmaids arrive back at the feast, but they are not allowed in. The Master of the Feast says, “Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.” (Matthew 25:12). The root of the word which is translated “know” means “to look into another’s eyes”. The oil that they were missing was the oil of intimacy. We can’t get it from someone else - only from the Lord.
Bold, intimate prayer is effective. First it changes us. Then it changes the world. Jesus told stories to encourage us to "cry out day and night" (Luke 18) and to persist in prayer.
- Pentecost came to a group of people praying and ‘waiting’.
- Paul urged the Thessalonians to "pray constantly."
- The early church "joined together constantly in prayer." (Acts 1:14)
Here is what the Lord is looking for; those who are seeking the favour of the Lord to rest upon them as those who have fully yielded their lives to him, who desire to intimately know him and are willing to spend time in his presence. The result will be a community of people who will be able to recognise God’s presence and will have understanding of his ways in these times. If these qualities are to become a reality in our lives, we must learn to wait upon the Lord so that his manifest presence comes into our midst.