There are two things on my heart today. The role of the prophet and the need for a call to repentance and intercession.
Lets look at Jeremiah who is referred to as the weeping prophet. If he were preaching that message today he would be just as reviled if not more so. Jeremiah 27:16 Then I spoke to the priests and to all this people, saying, “Thus says the Lord: Do not listen to the words of your prophets who prophesy to you, saying, ‘Behold, the vessels of the Lord’s house will now shortly be brought again from Babylon’; for they are prophesying a lie to you. 17 Do not listen to them; serve the king of Babylon, and live! Why should this city become a ruin? 18 But if they are prophets, and if the word of the Lord is with them, let them now entreat the Lord of hosts that the vessels which are left in the house of the Lord, in the house of the king of Judah and in Jerusalem may not go to Babylon. God, Himself was saying that a true prophet does not consist in the speaking of many words but in intercession before Him.
Deuteronomy 9:25 “So I fell down before the Lord the forty days and nights, which I did because the Lord had said He would destroy you. 26 I prayed to the Lord and said, ‘O Lord God, do not destroy Your people, even Your inheritance, whom You have redeemed through Your greatness, whom You have brought out of Egypt with a mighty hand. 27 Remember Your servants, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; do not look at the stubbornness of this people or at their wickedness or their sin. 28 Otherwise the land from which You brought us may say, “Because the Lord was not able to bring them into the land which He had promised them and because He hated them He has brought them out to slay them in the wilderness. It is this falling down before the Lord that I hear the Lord invite us to. It is now not only the calling of a prophet but God is asking for it to be the choice of a prophetic people!
Joel 1:13 “Gird yourselves, and lament ye priests, howl ye ministers of the altar. Come, lay all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God. For the meat offering and the drink offering are withheld from the house of your God. Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly.” and Joel 2:17 Let the priests, the Lord’s ministers, Weep
between the porch and the altar, And let them say, “Spare Your people, O Lord, And do not make Your inheritance a reproach, A byword among the nations. Why should they among the peoples say, ‘Where is their God?
The promise of the Spirit that we all look to and frequently quote is only a couple of paragraphs later in Joel 2. I don’t think we should we separate these acts of men laying prostrate and then, God pouring out His Spirit.
Joel 2: 28 It will come about after this That I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind;
And your sons and daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams,
Your young men will see visions.29 “Even on the male and female servants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days.
You can read a score of references about prostrating ourselves before the Lord on one of Arthur Blessit’s pages
Prophetic words are not allowed to be negative any more, we say, because of God’s grace shown on the Cross. Judgement for sin was placed on Christ, but that does not eliminate the need for repentance. Everywhere we hear the rumblings of imminent revival and I have heard them as well. Revival though, has ALWAYS been birthed in prayer, and that in itself is a move of the Spirit. I encourage you to listen for the voice of the Holy Spirit in what I am saying.
Is He profoundly moving on you in the prophetic by offering a simple invitation to a precious time of prayer?
Hosea 6: 1:“Come, let us return to the Lord.
For He has torn us, but He will heal us;
He has wounded us, but He will bandage us.
“He will revive us after two days;
He will raise us up on the third day,
That we may live before Him.
“So let us know, let us press on to know the Lord.
His going forth is as certain as the dawn;
And He will come to us like the rain,
Like the spring rain watering the earth.”
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