This past Sunday we discussed what it looks like to be persistent in prayer and to be watchmen on the wall.
Prayer is God’s language that He teaches us so that we can communicate with Him.
Zephaniah 3:17 “The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.
1. The first lesson in learning how to pray is to realize the reason behind it.
– It is to do battle against the enemy and to persevere in faith for the impossible.
– More than anything, the God who created you, wants you to learn HIS language
so that you can communicate on a heart level with Him.
2. Prayer is experiencing and embracing God’s heart’s desire and allowing your heart to be
God’s conduit to this world.
“The one concern of the devil is to keep the saints from prayer. He fears nothing from prayerless study, prayerless work, prayerless religion: he laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but he trembles when we pray.” – Samuel Chadwick
Prayer means spiritual power.
John 15:4-5 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. 5 I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.
The power of Jesus, the vine, flows through the church, His people, the branches.
That is why we have been called to a year of prayer. The whole world is in turmoil. Never before have we been so posed for revival.
As prayer was the precursor to Pentecost, so it must be today.
It is past time for the church to embrace her calling. Spiritual maturity is to know that the battle is the Lord’s. And prayer is our part, our position and placement in the battle for souls.
Isaiah 62:6-7 On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen; All day and all night they will never keep silent. You who remind the Lord, take no rest for yourselves; 7 And give Him no rest until He establishes And makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
God has put watchmen on the walls whose primary duty is watching and waiting for evidence of the Lord’s return and the restoration of His kingdom.
But there are 2 other duties as well:
1. They are to allow themselves no rest, they are not to stop, not to give up.
2. They are to give God no rest until He establishes and makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
Persistent prayer is:
– about coming into agreement with His passionate intent
– demonstrating to God that we desire to do something as much as He desires it
Isaiah 64:4-5 For from days of old they have not heard or perceived by ear, Nor has the eye seen a God besides You, Who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him. 5 You meet him who rejoices in doing righteousness, Who remembers You in Your ways. Behold, You were angry, for we sinned, We continued in them a long time; And shall we be saved?
There are 2 groups of people:
1. Those who are called to be a watchman on the wall
– submit yourself and in childlike faith “give Him no rest”
2. Others do not have a voice with God. There is a chasm between you and God.
– the first step is to ask Him to be born into His family, become His child
Come, now is the time to be a watchman on the wall in persistent prayer. No rest. Pray for revival of His Holy Spirit.