Though they never seem like it in the moment, the hardships we face in life are truly a gift. But only if we allow them to be. Every time you face a difficult circumstance, experience deep pain, suffer a tragic loss, etc., endurance is worked in you (James 1:3). The word endurance (some versions say patience) can be translated as “a patient enduring, sustaining, perseverance”. James explains later in that passage that it’s this patient enduring and perseverance that leads us into maturity, to where we are perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. But something I noticed this morning as I was reading this passage is that James exhorts (more…)
This morning was pretty normal – for me at least. I woke up and came to the prayer room at midnight like I do every night, ready to spend six hours praying, worshiping, studying the Word, etc. But today something was different. I walked in, set my things down, found an open aisle, and began to pray as I paced back and forth. It didn’t take very long before the Lord put it on my heart to walk up to the large map of the world that is plastered to the back wall of the Global Prayer Room and pray for a specific town. I made my way to the map and placed my hand on the general vicinity of this town and began to pray for the Lord to break in with salvation and encounter individuals as they sleep tonight. Within a few seconds my heart was moved and I began to cry as the weight of lost souls sank in. I prayed for another moment and went back to pacing and praying for the Middle East with the rest of the room. As I joined back in with the corporate intercession, the Lord began to (more…)
Earlier this morning I was talking to a group of Fire in the Night interns about revival, and my heart was stirred and encouraged as I was reminded of the Lord’s goodness and how He loves to move. So I decided to share some points from what we talked about to hopefully do the same for you!
- Revival fuels intercession – in more ways than one. First because when we believe that God wants to and will move in response to us crying out, it motivates us to actually cry out. Second because as we begin to see and experience revival, it causes us to cry out for more. It causes us to partner with Him and what He’s doing. (more…)
…but I’m not. Why? Because,
God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. -Ephesians 2:4-7
Take a few minutes to meditate on His mercy and kindness toward you today, and let it cause a song of thanksgiving and praise to arise. He is good and His mercy endures forever. Hallelujah!
There are times when my heart is discouraged, and it affects the way that I interact with God. Sometimes when I am talking to Him or worshipping I feel weak (especially emotionally and spiritually) and I feel like I don’t have anything to give or that the little I do have isn’t good enough.
One time last year I was on stage singing during a prayer meeting in the house of prayer. I was battling these feelings of weakness and not being good enough. I tried to muster up something that looked presentable to give to Him. I began to strive to please Him because I was scared that He would be disappointed in me. It was in this moment that His still, small voice thundered within me, and I began to write down what He said… (more…)