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Mid-Month Notes - October 2003
I remember being in a meeting in Cloverdale, BC, a few years ago when the preacher shared on the verse from Psalm 11:3: "if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?". Her answer to the question was very simple, the righteous just need to rebuild the foundations! Amen, we may be discouraged with many things including the Government and the Supreme Court for instance, but "Thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph (2 Cor 2:14). This month I want to share some teaching on powerful prayer.
EN-HAKKORE: THE SPRING OF THE CALLER
I have this growing feeling that we do not need more prayer so much as more authorative prayer. We seem to need more answers to prayer and there may be a frustration at the low power level in our churches and prayer rooms. When Samuel called unto the Lord it thundered! May the Lord lead us to pray such prayers in His name and in the power of His Spirit that He tears the sky apart and comes down over our nation. Have a look at Judges 15 and the story of Samson recently captured by 3000 men of Judah and about to be handed over to the gloating Philistines.
14 As Samson arrived at Lehi, the Philistines came shouting in triumph.
But the Spirit of the LORD powerfully took control of Samson,
and he snapped the ropes on his arms as if they were burnt strands of flax,
and they fell from his wrists.
15 Then he picked up a donkey's jawbone
that was lying on the ground and killed a thousand Philistines with it.
16 And Samson said, "With the jawbone of a donkey, I've made heaps on heaps!
With the jawbone of a donkey, I've killed a thousand men!"
17 When he finished speaking, he threw away the jawbone; and the place was named Jawbone Hill.
18 Now Samson was very thirsty, and he cried out to the LORD,
"You have accomplished this great victory by the strength of your servant.
Must I now die of thirst and fall into the hands of these pagan people?"
19 So God caused water to gush out of a hollow in the ground at Lehi, and Samson was revived as he drank.
Then he named that place, En-hakkore, "The Spring of the One Who Cried Out," and it is still in Lehi to this day.
A few thoughts:
Although hopelessly outnumbered 3000 - 1, and with Samson facing humiliation from an expectant enemy, the Lord entered the situation with a mighty outpouring of the Spirit of God and took control. The new ropes that were holding him back instantly fell away and a great victory was wrought with something ordinary that was to hand. The battle though was long and hard and left him exhausted looking at 'Jawbone Hill'. Then something remarkable happened that has been recorded for us in scripture. He called out to the Lord for drink of water in such a way, in the power of the anointing that was upon him, that the Lord instantly split open the hollow and made water gush out so he could drink and be revived. Samson called the place En-hakkore, 'The Spring of the One who Cried Out'.
Now may the Lord Himself help us to apply this to our own prayer lives. The Lord is the same yesterday, today and forever. These impossibly tight new ropes must break under the power of the Holy Spirit as we admit that we are not in control and yield control to Him. Control might even be the main issue for us in 2003. If God can do it with the most despised jawbone of a dead ass, He can most certainly use you or me! Is this the time when the rivers of living water must spring forth from our innermost beings all over Canada? Should we not drink from the fountain of living waters and be revived from coast to coast!
Samson cried out to the Lord, he called on the Lord and the Lord answered. I believe that that was no ordinary prayer, it was a Holy Ghost prayer and it was a necessary prayer, for which God wanted to release provision. God was not helping Samson to do his thing, God was mightily doing His thing to prophetically lead the people of God out from under an enemy that both despised Israel and the glory of His name. May we be so discipled by the Lord that life springs forth as we cry to the Living God. En-Hakkore is the spring of the Caller, will you be a caller, will you cry out to God like never before from the depths of your own being as the Spirit takes control? Let us see wondrous answers to powerful prayers. A prayer:
FATHER WE THANK YOU THAT YOU HAVE NOT GROWN DEAF AND THAT YOUR ARMS HAVE NOT WITHERED. PLEASE BREAK OUR HEARTS WITH REPENTANCE AND SORROW FOR OUR OWN SIN AND HOW HAVE WE HAVE TRIED TO BE IN CONTROL. WE PRAY THAT YOU WILL DRAW US CLOSER TO YOURSELF IN TRUE INTIMACY THAT YOUR SPIRIT CAN BE IN COMPLETE CONTROL. LET THE RISEN LIFE OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST BE MANIFEST IN YOUR PEOPLE AND LET YOUR OWN NAME BE GLORIFIED IN HIM. WE ARE DESPERATE LORD. HEAR OUR CRY. IN JESUS NAME. AMEN!
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