No great move of God has come but through prayer. Prayer is the doorway of access into the very counsel of the Godhead. God in His infite wisdom has condescended Himself to partner with His people in releasing His purposes in the Earth. In doing so, the heart of God is intertwined in the prayers of finite man. He responds to the sound of humanity releasing the Word of the Lord into the Earth in prayer and intercession. His Word will not return void, from His mouth and yours.
Every past Revival erupted as a response to the persistent, fervent, prayers of the rightous. Those who paid the price to spend time in prayer and remain hungry for a move of God regardless of how many years went by without one drop of rain.
Evan Roberts is known as one of the major leaders of the Welsh revival that erupted in Wales in the early 1900s. It was said of Roberts:
“Even at 13 years of age he began to develop a heart for a visitation from God. He later wrote “I said to myself: I will have the Spirit. And through all weathers and in spite of all difficulties I went to the [prayer] meetings…for ten or eleven years I have prayed for revival. I could sit up all night to read or talk about revivals. It was the Spirit who moved me to think about revival.” *
The latter rains of Revival have been promised to us by the covenant God Himself. It is to us to lay hold of the promise unswervingly with all importunity in the place of prayer.
Even Roberts had a determined resolve to relentlessly pray for Revival. It was nearly a decade before he saw the fruit of his labor in prayer. What fueled his prayer life to endure and not lose vision? A hunger to see a move of God that could not be quenched with anything less. He had a resolve to pray until…
Until Revival came. Until the Spirit of God was poured out on all flesh. Until God had fulfilled what He had promised.
By the power of the Spirit, it is time that the Church develops a resolve to pray until.
A couple of months ago, I heard the Lord saying that the King of Glory is ready to come in (Psalm 24:7-10), and Heaven is beckoning us to cry out for Him to come in. That we are coming into a time where we are joining with the cry of Heaven, with the cry of the Spirit where the Spirit and the Bride say ‘Come Lord Jesus’, where Heaven and earth are one. And its in that moment that the King of Glory will come in.
We must rid ourselves of distractions that compete for our attention and gather together in solemn assembly to set ourselves to pray until.
“Sustained prayer must be the norm if we are to experience the birth pangs of a new spiritual era.” – P. Fredrick Fogle
*Tony Cauchi. Bibliography An Instrument of Revival, Brynmor Pierce-Jones 1995, published by Bridge Publishing (ISBN 0-88270-667-5). http://www.revival-library.org/pensketches/revivalists/robertse.html