Responding to The Call to Pray

“If My people which are called by My name, will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven,  and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”  - 2 Chronicles 7:14

It is such an awesome thing when God says of us, “My people.” Since we have been born again and washed by the blood of Jesus, we belong to Him. We are His possession and He is our Father!

With this awesome privilege comes a great calling. We are called to enforce heaven here on earth! 

Our Heavenly Father has put out the call, but it is up to us to respond to it. He promised to hear us, forgive us and heal our land. Notice, the first word of the verse above is the word “If.”

If we respond to the call to pray, things will change in our lives and in the lives of our families and friends. If we respond to this call, we can bring change in our churches, our state, our government, our nation and even beyond our borders. If we truly believe that prayer changes things then how can we neglect this call? 

James 5:16 says, “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much (makes tremendous power available, dynamic in its working).”

This kind of prayer described in James is not, “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep…”. It is not a prayer prayed every now and then. The prayer of a righteous man or woman is full of passion and power. It is a consistent force that is effective!

We need the spirit of prayer to come upon us as the body of Christ. Here at Winter Haven Worship Center I believe that is just what is happening! The people of our church are coming alive and getting fired up. We are pressing into prayer and seeing results! 

 Let’s stay fervent in prayer, seeking his face, and together we will see the power of God! We will see what God is longing for, the precious fruit of the earth. And that good will triumph over evil

Proverbs 15:29 “The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous.”

Proverbs 15:8 “…but the prayer of the upright is His delight.”

When we respond to the call of prayer as the early Christians did in the book of Acts, we will see the move of God’s Spirit.  In the 14th verse of the first chapter it says, “They all joined together constantly in prayer..”. The Holy Spirit anointed the disciples to preach and thousands were born again and many were healed. There were many signs, wonders and miracles performed in their midst as they…“devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” Acts 2:42. The disciples were even set free from prison with the help of angels because of the prayers of the church.

Do you need a breakthrough? Do you need an answer or direction? Are you ready to see God move in your life and the lives of those on your heart in a fresh way? Find scripture to stand on and then pray! Thank you Lord we don’t have to pray; but we get to pray! We get to push back the kingdom of darkness. We get to partner with you to see your will done on earth as it is in heaven.

Jesus prayed that way in Matthew 6:9-10; “Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

We have the key to revival. We have the key to the power of God and for every break through if we respond to the call to pray!

-Kim Connor