Friday, August 7, 2009

Ask for Rain

Zech 10:1

Ask the LORD for rain in the time of the latter rain.

The LORD will make flashing clouds;

He will give them showers of rain,

Grass in the field for everyone.


Why not ask? In the New Testament, Jesus tells us that we don’t have the things we need, because we don’t ask for them. Are we afraid to bother Him with the things we think we should be handling ourselves? Maybe we doubt He will come through for us. Surely not, that would be a lack of faith or trust. Would a good father refuse to supply his son’s needs when he had the resources to meet them? Of course not! So, do we expect less of our Heavenly Father? What? You say He as given us hundreds of promises of provision—implored us to just ask Him. So what are we waiting for? The prophet Zechariah said it very clearly: ask and He will give showers—rain of His presence, rain of His Spirit, rain of His blessing, rain of His power, rain of His love, rain of His healing. So let’s ask and get the rain.

Lord we're your children, and we are asking,
For You to send your fire!
Our hearts are hungry, our spirits are thirsty...
We need to feel the power!
Just like the prophet, said it would be,
In the last days an outpouring we'd see.
Yes, we are waiting...Anticipating,
Lord, won't You send the Holy Ghost now?
(Mercy Me)

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Restoring Rain

Joel 2:23-26
Be glad then, you children of Zion,
And rejoice in the LORD your God;
For He has given you the former rain faithfully,
And He will cause the rain to come down for you —
The former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.
The threshing floors shall be full of wheat,
And the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil.
"So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, the consuming locust, and the chewing locust, my great army which I sent among you.
You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied,
And praise the name of the LORD your God,
Who has dealt wondrously with you;
And My people shall never be put to shame.” NKJV

Isn’t it wonderful that when you’ve really blown it, and all the things you were warned about have happened, that the Lord still has a rescue plan available? He is willing, not only to save us from evil, but to restore the things that our sin has stolen from us. Because of their rebellion against the Lord and worshiping false gods, Israel went through severe persecution and bondage. Yet, when they turned again to the Lord and went back to their roots, God delighted in granting abundant renewal and restoration.

We Your children pray, Holy Spirit rain;
Let Your Glory come down!
Heaven’s river, flow so the world will know
That Your Glory’s come down!
We, Your people hunger for Your presence;
We are thirsty for the rain!
Breathe on us refreshing Wind of Glory;
Touch Your people once again!
Breath of Heaven, fill Your people;
Let Your Glory come down!
(Kevin Jonas)

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Coming Rain

Hosea 6:3
Let us know,
Let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD.
His going forth is established as the morning;
He will come to us like the rain,
Like the latter and former rain to the earth.

Sweet Jesus, the knowledge of Him is the catalyst for rain—rain poured out on our hearts and souls—satiation of thirst, relief of drought. Seek Him out. Run to Him. Chase after Him. Persist. Pursue. For He said, “you will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart.” He is not some nefarious wisp, a nebulous concept that defies logic, but He is as established as the morning. As certain as the sun rises, He is there waiting and calling to us. When we accept Him and surrender to His will, the dryness in our soul and spirit will be no more. His love pours through us like a fountain of water. It brings life, breaks the chains of bondage, and lifts us up to a true fulfillment of our potential: freedom to be true to our destiny, freedom to be what He created us to be.

Come, every one who is thirsty in spirit;
Come, every one who is weary and sad.
Come to the fountain; there’s fullness in Jesus
All that you’re longing for; Come and be glad.

(Ho, Everyone Who is Thirsty, Lucy J. Myers)