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When D.L. Moody went to London to “learn from the Bible scholars”, he was invited to preach in a London church. “Everything about the service dragged”, and Mr. Moody wished he had “never consented to preach.”
“There was a woman in the city who had heard of Mr. Moody’s work in America and had been asking God to send him to London. This woman was an invalid. Her sister was present at the church that Sunday morning. When the hearer reached home, she asked her sister to guess who had spoken for them that morning. She guessed one after another of those with whom her pastor was in the habit of exchanging, never guessing aright. Her sister said, ‘No, Mr. Moody from Chicago.’
“The sick woman turned pale and said, ‘This is an answer to my prayer. If I had known that he was to be at our church, I should have eaten nothing this morning but waited on God in prayer. Leave me alone this afternoon: do not let anyone come to see me; do not send me any thing to eat.’ All that afternoon, that woman gave herself to prayer. As Mr. Moody preached that night, he soon became conscious that there was a different atmosphere in the church. ‘The powers of an unseen world seemed to fall’ upon him and his hearers. As he drew to a close, he felt impressed to give out an invitation. He asked for all who would accept Christ to rise. Four or five hundred people rose. He thought that they misunderstood him, and so he put the question several ways that there might be no mistake. But no, they had understood. He then asked them to go to an adjoining room. As they passed out, he asked the pastor of the church who these people were. He replied, ‘I do not know.’ ‘Are they your people?’ ‘Some of them.’ ‘Are they Christians?’ ‘I do not think so.’
“In that adjoining room, he put the question very strongly, but still there were just as many who rose. He told them to meet their pastor the next night. Next day he left for Dublin, but no sooner had he reached there than he received a telegram from the pastor saying that he must return and help him, for a great revival had commenced, and there were more out the second night than the first. Hundreds were added to the church at the time.”
“That was the beginning of Mr. Moody’s work as an international evangelist. Out of that work came the religious quickening of Great Britain and Ireland, and the salvation of thousands upon thousands of souls throughout the world. Well was it for England and all Europe that the invalid woman did not cease to pray for the ministry of God’s world.”
(Quoted from: "A Mighty Means of Usefulness - A Plea for Intercessory Prayer", James McClure. The book was written before 1923 as far as I can tell….)
So central is the place of prayer in the economy of God that Samuel saw it as a sin against the Lord not to pray for Israel, in a time of great failure and need.
1Sam. 12:23 Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you; but I will teach you the good and the right way..
The Christians in Wuhan are awaking to their need to turn to God in prayer
Just two days ago, I received a message from a dear sister in Hong Kong, in which she wrote about someone who had been in touch with a Christian in Wuhan. Among other things, the person in Wuhan said this: “The lukewarm believers who never pray are now crying out to the Lord. And the nonbelievers are coming to seek salvation.”
Far from being cheered by this, I was saddened that it would take a threat and a danger to awaken Christians to their need of God. Lukewarmness is not normal! It should not be normal. And who is to say that the believers won’t sink into their material life and forget God again?
So it was after 9/11 in the US. For a while the churches were full of inquirers, shaken by events, but then, it all subsided to ‘normal’.
O’ dear ones, Yeshua still asks: “Could you not watch one hour?” (Mark 14:37)
And again, Luke 18:7-8 And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”
As might have been expected, the Peace Plan so called is brewing much opposition and trouble from many sides. It is possible that we may see a significant spike in terror attacks. It may be that this year becomes a year of great trouble, not of peace.
But we will continue to do as Abraham who “stood yet before the LORD.” (Genesis 18:22)
These times of trouble and of judgments are yet also times of fulfillment.
God is committed covenantally to the physical seed of Abraham to make yet them a blessing in the earth. Read Romans 11 if you desire more light on this. It was clear to the apostles that the fulfillment of all of what the prophets said, was coming!
Acts 3:24 Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.
Acts 3:25 Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.
(Read Acts 3 if you wish to gain a better understanding of the background)
We prayed for Israel’s redemption and fulfillment
- We Acknowledged before God that He is the God of the covenant who will fulfill His promises now and in the future.
- We acknowledged before the Lord that although we are, as a nation, far from God, yet we are inscribed on His hand! (Isaiah 49:16)
- We prayed for the physical seed of Abraham that they might also become the spiritual seed of Abraham.
- We Prayed from Ezekiel 37:11 that God and only He can, will bring us out of our graves and breath life into us
- We reminded God that these are His covenant people
- We asked God to come to those who feel furthest from hope, from the faith, from seeing God and who think He has forsaken us
- We asked God to send His Holy Spirit and breathe on His people. In Joel 2:28, He gives vision, in Ezekiel 37, life, in Zechariah 12:10 His Spirit opens the eyes of Israel to "see". And He gives repentance and brokenness that cries out for Mercy.
- We asked that He would make Israel’s offspring a blessing on the earth, to the world, and to the Church.
- “Your people are desperate, Lord, they are Lost! Lost! Hell-bound without you! Intervene O’ God and save your people.”
- We cried from Mark 10:46-52 "Have Mercy on me" (our nation), open my eyes that I might see YOU, dear Lord….
- We cried out to God for the diaspora Jews - the He might draw their hearts and do for them all that we are asking Him to do for our nation.
- “Lord, let those who live in the diaspora flee to you for refuge…. Let them also come to Israel as the only refuge left for the Jewish people.”
- Lord call on your lost sheep, and let them hear your voice once again!”
- “Thank you, Lord, that your Word through the prophets is 100% true and sure.
We prayed for Israel’s security at what seems to be the beginning of troubles
We reflected on the astounding fact that all it took to stop a nation as great as China in its tracks, is one small virus. History is full of examples such as this: the mosquito has changed the course of history. And the hornet was used by the Lord to drive out the Canaanites in some places. (see Deuteronomy 7:20, Joshua 24:12) In other words, it doesn't have to be some big-deal drama or weapon or any such thing.
- Lord, do whatever is needed to stop the mad hatred of Iran against Israel
- Lord, do the same with Hezbollah, and Hamas and all those who are driven by the madness of this hatred
- We prayed the Lord would use whatever means he deems fit, natural, supernatural, or human, such as diplomacy and politics (He did that with Truman, for instance.)
- “Lord preserve, protect Israel beyond its natural ability.”
- “Defend Israel from this demonic passion for destroying and obliterating the Jewish people, you preserved the nations for centuries, and you have not brought us back to be destroyed.”
- We prayed that Israel will not agree to anything that is not of God in His plan for her.”
- We asked the Lord to give guidance to our leaders, even at this uncertain time before the elections
- We cried in desperation that the Lord would overrule in the affairs of state in Israel and give her a government that is of His own will and for His own purpose.
- We lamented the fact that Israel is lacking in good leadership at this moment, but acknowledged our faith and trust in Him to lead us unto the fulness of His Will
We prayed for the Body
- We prayed for the Body in Wuhan that there will be a true revival and renewing of passion and love for God and not just a passing turning because of fear
- We prayed for the Christians in Wuhan that the Lord would preserve them and make them a light to their neighbors, and that many would turn to the Lord and be truly saved
- We prayed for the Body here in the Land for revival
- We prayed that the Holy Spirit will pass by on the “streets” and be as the town crier who cries: “Awake, Awake.”
- We prayed for every believer to awaken from the sleep of the love of the world.
- We prayed that in every believing home, people would respond to the Crier to awaken.
- “Save the Body from lukewarmness, dear God.”
- “Draw us deeper into you, O’ Lord.”
- “Have Mercy upon us, Lord, save us from ourselves!”
- “Ignite in our hearts a passion for your Word.”
- Lord, make us true, real, steadfast believers, transformed, and obedient to you.”
- “Lord, help us to live out your word.”
- “Lord help to live in the reality of your presence.”
- “Quicken your Body Lord, we want to live and know and experience Your Life!”
Thank you for standing with us in there challenging times. May you too be stirred to call upon the Lord and find Him more than enough for every need, and for every challenge.
Blessings from Jerusalem,