Friday, December 2, 2011

Thirsty, Got Prayer? by Tim Cameron

I want you to see a picture with me, picture a very dry and dusty land. And I mean dry
 to the bone. A place where a lake once was in full glory replaced by dead fish bones.... Take a good look at the cracks in the ground, the dust blowing, people coughing for thirst. See old bushes withering, the remnants of a once plentiful garden, now hardened, see the weariness of an old farmer as he surveys a hopeless situation....

Can you see it?

Now I want you to see upstream ....and see a huge dam that has been put in place to stop the flow of water into that area.....a structure put in the way of blessing.

See the misery, the dryness...the despair. What is the ONLY hope of such a situation? RAIN!!

And what would God tell that farmer to do to prepare?

Hosea Chapter 10 gives us that answer;
[12] Sow for yourselves righteousness;
Reap in mercy;
Break up your fallow ground,
For it is time to seek the LORD,
Till He comes and rains righteousness on you.
[13] You have plowed wickedness;
You have reaped iniquity.
You have eaten the fruit of lies,
Because you trusted in your own way,
In the multitude of your mighty men.

There is a cry in this hour for RAIN sent from Heaven....God's Refreshing Presence to replace the dry same ole same ole of dead bone religiosity! People don't need hype or false hope...they NEED REAL HOPE that is only found in Jesus Christ! Too many are looking at the dam and complaining and understandably so, but that dam is a man-made structure (sin) and is no match for what God has already done to defeat man- made obstacles...

He has put in place a supernatural promise of His RAIN for those who hunger and thirst for Him, but it can only be obtained through grace provided obedience

He first will require you to plow. A plow signifies a prophetic call to repent! Peter said "repent that times of refreshing may come"

If Your truly thirsty for a real move of God's Spirit in Your Life and the Life of Your Church, you are going to stop and think and admit where you are at? Are you in the midst of a time of a great moving of God's Spirit or is it DRY??

If you’re honest and admit that we have fallen and a dam has been built then here's what you must do...You must call a time (Sound an alarm) of fasting and praying...and You must go and begin to pray even if no one else does, you take the initiative to stand in the gap for others ... pleading your case for rain

As You come You must Believe God is and that He is a re-warder of those who diligently seek Him, trusting His word that says Ask, and you shall receive, Seek and you shall find, Knock and the door will be opened

But here's the deal, this isn't a superficial ... one minute "bless us Lord" type of inquiry, it must be accompanied by much passion and desire.

Jacob was in a dry place and weary of whom he was.... He grabbed a hold of God's Presence and cried "I am NOT going to let go of You God until you Change Me"

God responded and changed Jacob into ISRAEL

Hannah was barren for children... she knew it ... and was honest and came before God desperately for fruit ..... so passionate in her praying ... that the Priest thought she was drunk .... but no, she was just desperate for God to rain down upon her womb and cause fruit to come ... He answered, Samuel was born and later dedicated unto God and became God's Prophet to Israel!

Now many are able to withstand the dryness ... they just want the familiarity of that place, sure they wish it was full of living water but we aren't going to leave this place because it's where we have always been, this is "home" "we'll make do" and besides every once in while some water trickles down stream, or someone brings fresh water into the area. We have to pay a high price, buying their cd's/dvd's but it sustains us "in the mean-time."

But God hasn't called us to that. He has said out of our bellys shall flow rivers of living water, that Only comes when He Rains downs righteousness upon us (Himself, His Presence).

God has said to His Churches "Behold I stand at the door knocking and to him who opens I will come in and fellowship with them and they with me."

Amazingly, there are Churches that Jesus has to knock to get in! Think on that a minute? Is that your Church? Is He the Center of Attention? Is He really The Main Attraction? Or is it hype, or a great sermon series title or this social event or the latest fad, or is it just your Sunday tradition same ole same ole, (religious experience)?

Jesus PROMISED If He is Lifted Up, He would draw all people to Himself. No Hype required.

In Order for Jesus to show up, an altar has to be created, that can be a place in your heart where you are sincerely pursuing His Presence. He has said if two or three are gathered together in My Name I am there....that is all it takes.

But in Reality HE NEVER LEAVES so what is He saying when He says that? He is saying that people must unite in agreement that HE is to be lifted up in the midst and if that takes place He will inhabit the Praises of His People.

Again this all starts with someone willing to repent (plow) by standing in the gap PRAYING ....breaking up the fallow ground, preparing for rain.

Want to See Broken Lives made whole? Want to see the drug dealer's turned disciples? Do you want to see crime decrease and bible study increase, want to see a corrupt lawyer, turned Sunday school teacher? Want to see divorce drop and marriages restored? Want to see your lost family members coming to Christ? Want to see unity instead of division...Like on the Day of Pentecost? Then we have to be like they were united in one accord and purpose to pray for rain......THEN HE HAS TO BE INVITED TO SHOW UP!! And not just show up, but asked to "take control" and again this comes at a place called an altar where we yield/decrease asking Him to Increase and make Himself Known to us, in us and through us.

I don't know what the dam is in your life or church it a secret habit, a burned out Pastor, dissension, divisive spirit, apathy? I don't know, but I do know this, get a picture of God almighty responding to the hearts cry for RAIN and seeing a flood of His presence being unleashed upon that area and seeing every dam and stronghold come tumbling down ... see multitudes and multitudes in the valley of decision running to altars crying out "thank You Jesus."

Jesus said "in the last days His Glory shall cover the earth as the waters cover the sea's" that will be some kind of RAIN!!! Almost makes you want to pray!!!

I believe Jesus Coming is even at the door, but as He Tarries He has told us to “faithfully occupy until He comes” but His designed occupation is through selflessly “watching and praying.” “Let Thy Kingdom Come and Thy Will be done.” “Let it Rain.”

In Christ,
Tim Cameron
Rapture Or Wrath