Bible Studies & Devotionals
From Olive Branch Ministries
By Mark and Tinsley Baker
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A Call to Prayer
Throughout the centuries, there have been many great revivals and moves of God. Yet, we always see before each great move of God, there was always a move to prayer. The Lord will raise up such to begin to intercede and seek after Him. Right now men and women of God are being called to begin to pray and seek His face. There is an expectancy in my spirit, I have sensed it, and many others sense it as well. Many of the leaders of the Christian faith are sensing it and calling Godís people to a time of prayer. I would like to encourage you to listen to your spirit and pray as the Word of God tells us to pray. I believe we are on the threshold of one of the greatest revivals that has ever been seen on the face of the Earth. We are truly on the verge of ushering in the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, and that the time is coming very soon. This is no time to be sluggish in our faith, We have a job to do.
1 Timothy 2:1. Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men,
2. for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.
3. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,
4. who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Paul is writing to Timothy, but this is written by the unction of the Holy Spirit to all the saints of God. He said first of all that, 1.supplications, 2.prayers, 3.intercessions, 4.and giving of thanks be made for all men. Why is Paul saying we should pray for these four things and for all who are in authority? This is Godís will so that we that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. It is good in His sight, and because He desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Through out history every time war breaks out world evangelism seems to take a back seat to other things. As well, we are in a severe recession and yes the Gospel has suffered because of this. The world is in financial chaos. Statistics show that giving is down in most areas, and when giving is down the churchís ability to get the Gospel message out has been diminished. The Gospel is free but it takes finances to promote the Gospel. Even if the finances are available, when there is no peace you canít get into many areas because of the fighting going on. Itís not hard to figure out whoís behind this is it?
We have a part to play. We are a privileged generation to be living in these last days. We are not sheep for the slaughter, we are children of the God and He is calling us to pray now! It is time for Godís people to raise up and make a stand. We are being called by the Holy Spirit to begin a time of aggressive spiritual warfare. We are being called to stand against the tide of fear and darkness that would try to sweep across our land, so we can live in peace, and because of this, the Gospel can be spread throughout the earth. We have a job to do, let us not back down now! If we wonít do it who will? We are the ones being called and we are going to be held accountable to God for what Heís given us. This is a great privilege, and also a great responsibility, something we should not esteem lightly.
We are the light of the world. We must let the light that is in us shine. This is how we confront the devil, by the Word of God and by the power of the Holy Spirit.You might ask why doesnít God just do something? Most people would acknowledge that God is all powerful and that He can do what ever He wants. It is true, God is all powerful, but He will not override the will of man, and He will not move without our asking.
After 9-11, I heard a leading journalist ask Billy Grahamís daughter how could a loving God allow something like this to happen, and many people out of ignorance to Godís Word are asking the same question. He allows it to happen because he's given us a free will and because He is a righteous judge. How can you judge somebody if you are pulling all the strings like a puppet master. The answer to that is you canít, and He doesnít.
Through out the Word of God we are told to ask. It seems God will do very little if we wonít ask Him.
-- Young's Bible
James 4:2. ye desire, and ye have not; ye murder, and are zealous, and are not able to attain; ye fight and war, and ye have not, because of your not asking;
Matthew 6:8. "Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.
James is saying we have not because we didnít ask! Jesus said in the book of Matthew;
For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.
This is saying that God knows, before we ask, but we still have to ask. It says before you ask, whether you ask or not, the Father still knows. Whether you receive or not is dependent on asking, and I might add asking and receiving by faith, for that is the only way we can receive anything from God.
Prayer For This Nation
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ and want to know for sure that you are a child of God, then I would like to invite you to earnestly pray this prayer.
Dear Heavenly Father, I come to you in the name of Jesus. Your word says, "Öand the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out." (Jn.6:37), So I know You wonít cast me out, but You take me in, And I thank you for it. You said in your Word, "whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.'' (Ro. 10:13).
I am calling on Your name, So I know You have saved me now, You also said, "Öthat if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes to righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made to salvation." (Ro.10:9,10).
I believe in my heart that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. I believe He was raised from the dead for my justification. And I confess Him now as my Lord, Because Your Word says, "Ö with the heart one believes to righteousnessÖ" and I do believe with my heart, I have now become the righteousness of God in Christ. (2 Cor. 5:21),
And I am saved! Thank You, Lord!
I can now truthfully say, I see myself as a born again child of God!
Glory to God!!!! Amen.