A Return to Prayer and Faith

There are two aspects of the Kingdom of God that are critical for the Congregation of Believers today.  The first is a restoration of the practice of prayer and intercession. It is necessary for every follower of Yeshua to become an active member of God’s army of prayer warriors. (Eph. 6: 18) Some will find they have a calling and gift of intercession, others will release the gifts of the Spirit in prayer, such as, deliverance, healing, restoration, discernment, prophecy, knowledge, and more. (Acts 4:31) There is very little recruitment and anointing for prayer champions in our congregations. (Jude 1;20) A “Prayer meeting” is a term outdated and without meaning in most churches today. Those who are faithful in prayer are seldom encouraged or acknowledged as vital in Kingdom work. Yes, we all should be spending time in our prayer closets, but times are coming when gatherings for unified prayer are necessary. (Acts 12: 5, 12; Col. 1: 9) “And as he taught them, he said, ‘Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations?’ But you have made it a den of robbers.'” (Mark 11:17) Are our houses of worship known as a House of Prayer? Has prayer been relegated to the closet, a private act of individual piety? Irrespective of its practice, is there faith sufficient to offer up prayers of faith among the Congregation of Believers?

The second critical aspect is also mentioned above in Mark 11:17, has the Lord’s house become a den of robbers? Are worldly ways used to seek donations, are many leaders primarily fund raisers? Does the excess emphasis placed on raising money, speak as though God’s work relies upon money raised by men? Where is the faith we should have in God to supply for us and His ministry? Yes, we are to give and cheerfully with tithes and offerings, but consider the multitudes of Christian organizations and churches begging for money through TV, radio, internet, and mail. Where is the faith of men like, Rees Howells, Hudson Taylor, George Muller and many others who put their faith in God, rather than money. How can the world see Yeshua in his people when they behave like worldly organizations. Many churches are putting together big elaborate productions in hope of drawing people to their church. Slick performances to give the worldly audience a worldly look and feel. Where there is no faith, the Lord could do very little. (Mark 6:5) When the Holy Spirit is present and allowed to lead the world will see it and acknowledge God. (1 Cor. 14: 24-25) The god of mammon is an idol and it seeks to encroach upon the church. We need to renounce worldly ways and seek God’s grace. (2 Cor. 1:12) No amount of money can heal a broken heart, set the captives free or release prisoners from bondage, but the world says it can. God alone can deliver, heal, and set people free in Spirit and truth. Yeshua gave Peter money from a fishes mouth to pay his taxes. (Matt. 17: 27) God will supply what money is needed, but our hope and faith must be firmly and completely in Him.

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