Saturday, September 24, 2016

Pray for a Harvest of Souls

“The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers into his harvest field”(Matthew 9:37).
“Prayer is the only adequate way to multiply our efforts fast enough to reap the harvest God desires.” - Wesley L. Duewel 
When I was growing up, my family lived on a hill overlooking a huge cotton farm. All spring and summer, we watched the cotton plants grow. They began as tiny sprouts peeking up from underground, then they grew rapidly. By late summer, the field was densely covered in green plants. By early fall, the yellow cotton flowers faded away, leaving cotton balls in their place. Then the plants died and turned brown. Now, the field was almost completely white. When the field looked like it was covered in snow, I knew the harvesting was about to begin. I always remembered when Jesus told his disciples, “Behold the fields are white unto harvest.” Jesus was talking about grain fields, but the principal is the same. There comes a time when the fields are ready to harvest.
How can we help harvest the fields of lost souls in this world? In Matthew 9:37, Jesus told his disciples to pray for laborers. He knew there was a huge harvest waiting to be gathered and he also knew that it would require lots of work to bring the souls into the kingdom of God. So, he told his disciples to pray for laborers.
I believe the disciple did pray! I know they prayed because God answered their prayers.  In the next chapter, Jesus sends out laborers into the harvest field of Judea. These laborers were the disciples. In other words, the disciples became the answer to their own prayers!
I believe that when the disciples began to pray, God softened their hearts and prepared them to bring in the harvest. When you begin to pray for souls to be brought into the kingdom of heaven, God will use you to save people. You can become the answer to your own prayers. If you want God to send you to a specific country, begin praying for that country. If you want God to use you in a specific type of ministry, begin praying for those who have needs in that area. This will prepare your heart to reach out to those in need, and once your heart is ready, God will use you to touch lives!

This is an excerpt from Daniel's book "The Power of Prayer." Order your copy by clicking HERE. 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Street Evangelism in Kenya

Pray to Light Your Life on Fire

“...Fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands” (2 Timothy 1:6).

"It is only when the whole heart is gripped with the passion of prayer that the life-giving fire descends, for none but the earnest man gets access to the ear of God." - E. M. Bounds
Your prayers light the fire of God inside you!

The fire of God is the burning passion that exists in the hearts of those who are committed to serving God. This fire creates an appetite for righteousness. Fire produces love, reverence, and passion for God. Fire is found in the fervor and intensity of worship. Fire falls when God’s children yearn to be consumed with a divine adoration for God. It creates a craving hunger for God Himself.

God’s fire drives the preacher to preach. God’s fire forces the teacher to teach. God’s fire compels the evangelist to evangelize. Fire gives birth to an obsessive enthusiasm for winning the lost. God’s fire sustains the soul when trials and tests come your way. God’s fire enables the Christian to live a holy life. The fire of God judges between right and wrong. The fire of God purifies that which is not worthy and destroys imperfections. The fire burns away chaff and leaves gold. It challenges, compels, and produces mighty men and women of God.

The fire of God is not given to make us cozy, but holy. The fire of God is like the fire in the belly of a steamship; it provides the thrust for the voyage upstream. The fire of God is like the fire in a hot air balloon, uplifting the spirit to higher heights. The fire of God is like a campfire, supplying warmth on a cold night. The fire of God is like the flame in a lighthouse, giving direction and warning of danger.

The fire of God is the difference between dead religion and a living relationship with Christ. The fire of God separates those who play at church from those who are the church. The fire of God differentiates between those who preach life changing sermons and those who only share comforting monologues. The fire of God divides the worshipers from the ones who only want to be entertained. The fire of God is the difference between the impotent and the powerful. The fire of God is the defining characteristic of the passionate follower of Christ.

The fire of God rings the death toll for the forces of the kingdom of darkness. The fire of God energizes God’s people with His power and truth. The fire of God burns away sinful thoughts, motives, and desires, and leaves behind a renewed mind. The fire of God removes sadness and replaces it with the joy of the Lord. The fire of God is the sign that true revival has finally come. The fire of God calls sinners to repentance and inspires people to live a life of holiness. The fire of God enlists, trains, and empowers believers for world evangelism.

This is an excerpt from Daniel's book "The Power of Prayer." Order your copy by clicking HERE. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Pray Desiring God's Presence

“Come near to God and he will come near to you... (James 4:8).

“...the purpose of prayer is to reveal the Presence of God, equally present at all times and in every condition.” - Oswald Chambers

God is more than a religious belief, or an icon on the wall, or a deity to mumble prayers to before eating a meal, or a list of rules to live by, or someone whose meetings we attend. He is our friend. God wants to walk with you and talk with you on a daily basis. His greatest desire is to have a relationship with you. God created you to be His friend.

The Hebrew word for “presence” means “face,” “in front of,” or “to see one’s face.” When my wife wants my attention, she sits on my lap and with a hand on my cheek turns my face to look her in the eyes. She enjoys my presence as much as I enjoy hers. Being in God’s presence simply means spending time with Him, talking to Him “face-to-face.”

The greatest gift God has given you is His presence. The greatest gift we can give God is a desire to be in His presence. We reveal our desire for God’s presence by the amount of time we spend seeking Him. Pursuit is proof of desire!

Many make the mistake of only seeking God’s blessing instead of celebrating His presence. It is important to seek God’s face, not His hand. We love God because of Who He is, not because of what He has done or can do for us. God is not an eternal Santa Claus. We should chase His presence, not His presents. It should not be just “I want blessings from God,” it should be, “I want God.” The marvelous thing about seeking the Giver is that when you find Him, you also receive His gifts simply because He loves you.

In God’s presence you will find:
* Abundance (John 10:10)
* Comfort (Isaiah 51:12)
* Deliverance (Psalm 34:19)
* Encouragement (2 Thessalonians 2:16)
* Favor (Proverbs 12:2)
* Forgiveness (Psalm 103:3)
* Healing (Exodus 15:26)
* Joy (Psalm 16:11)
* Love (1 John 4:8)
* Patience (Psalm 37:7)
* Peace (John 14:27)
* Protection (Psalm 91)
* Prosperity (Psalm 25:12-13)
* Rest (Exodus 33:14)
* Strength (Nehemiah 8:10)
* Wisdom (Proverbs 2:6)

This is an excerpt from Daniel's book "The Power of Prayer." Order your copy by clicking HERE. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Pray Expecting God to Answer

“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3).

“O believing brethren! what an instrument is this which God hath put into your hands! Prayer moves Him that moves the universe." - Robert Murray McCheyne

Prayer is not a one-way flow. It is not just you talking to the ceiling and hoping God hears you.

Prayer is a two-way conversation. You speak to God. He talks to you.

One of the richest rewards of prayer is hearing God’s voice.

Sometimes God speaks audibly. Other times He speaks quietly to your spirit. At times, He will speak to you through a feeling of peace. Often He speaks to you through His Word.

God is always speaking for those who will take the time to hear. He is like a radio station that is always broadcasting. If you tune in to the right channel, you will hear what He is saying.

When you pray, take time to listen. We have two ears and one mouth, so I think God might want us to listen to Him twice as long as we speak.

If you will call out to God, He will answer you! God is there right now, just waiting to have a conversation with you. Take the time to hear His voice. 

This is an excerpt from Daniel's book "The Power of Prayer." Order your copy by clicking HERE. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Pray Expecting God to be Faithful

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23).

“We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.”  - Oswald Chambers

Prayers are answered, not because we are faithful, but because God is faithful. As human beings no matter how hard we try we will fall short. But God the Father gives us the perfect picture of faithfulness.

People can let you down. A brother or sister may back out on you. Your friends may desert you. But you can trust God to be there for you when you need Him the most.

In the Hebrew language, the word “faithfulness” comes from the same root word as “trust, loyalty, integrity, and steadfastness.” God is absolutely true to His word, His promises, and His character.

Faithfulness is part of God’s nature. God is not going to back out on you, fail to keep His promises, or disappear. God is not going to change. He is absolutely trustworthy.

Here is proof that God is faithful:
“...he is the faithful God…” (Deuteronomy 7:9).
“…he is faithful in all he does” (Psalm 33:4).
“God…is faithful” (1 Corinthians 1:9).
“The one who calls you is faithful…” (1 Thessalonians 5:24).
“...the Lord is faithful” (2 Thessalonians 3:3).

God is faithful, His promises are true,
you can trust Him, to take care of you.
When you are lonely, and when you are upset.
Look to God, He is not done with you yet.
While you are tired, and while you are sad,
For help, just ask your Heavenly Dad.
Even if no one else is ever around,
His blessings for you will always abound. 

This is an excerpt from Daniel's book "The Power of Prayer." Order your copy by clicking HERE. 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Pray Continually

“Pray continually” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). 
“All that a Christian does, even in eating and sleeping, is prayer...” - John Wesley
How much time should we spend in prayer? Sometimes, people strive to be spiritual and pray a lot, but they disappoint themselves when they are unable to fulfill their prayer goals. They tell themselves, “I am going to get up every morning at 5:30 and pray for two hours every day.” The next morning the alarm rings and they turn over and sleep until it is time to go to work. In the midst of taking time for our family, studying, working jobs, and recreation it is often difficult to find the time to pray.  
Smith Wigglesworth regularly saw unbelievable miracles occur in his services and many people were raised from the dead under his ministry. Someone once asked him how much time he prayed each day. This man wanted to know the secret to Wigglesworth’s success. He probably wanted to discover the magic number of hours Wigglesworth spent in prayer each day. Wigglesworth surprised the man by saying, “I never pray for more then fifteen minutes at a time. . . but I never go more then fifteen minutes without praying.” In other words, Wigglesworth had a continual relationship with God.
Someone once pointed out, “It is better to pray a little bit a lot, then it is to pray a lot a little bit.” Is it better to take a girl out on one big date, or is it better to spend every waking moment with her? God wants us to be aware of Him all the time and to consult Him about the little details of our lives.
This does not mean we should forsake setting aside a specific time to pray. It may be helpful to make an appointment with God and to write it down in your Day Timer. But, even if you spend a set amount of time praying each day, do not forget about God the rest of the time. 
Since I heard the story about Smith Wigglesworth, I have tried to mentally remind myself of God’s presence every fifteen minutes. Everyone has a lot of time that can be used for prayer. We can pray on the way to work or while waiting in line at the post-office or while we take a shower in the morning. Instead of beating yourself up trying to set aside time to spend with God, allow Him to come and spend time with you while you do your everyday activities. I exhort you to “Pray continually.” This is what it means to make God the center of your life!

This is an excerpt from Daniel's book "The Power of Prayer." Order your copy by clicking HERE.