Prayer Summary for February 19

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The following excerpt is taken from The Fire of God in Our Day by James A. Stewart:

Every age must have its own proof of the majesty and power of God in the church of Jesus Christ. It is not enough to give witness of God’s power in days gone by. The unbelieving world wants to see a living demonstration of the power of God today. We cannot inherit the evidences; we must create them.

The Prophet Elijah did not stand and remind the people on Mount Carmel of the wonders that God had wrought for their fathers in delivering them from Egypt and from the power of Pharaoh. He did not remind them of the miracles of the Red Sea and of Jordan. No! The past is dead and buried and there is no resurrection. We can delve into the past for instruction and inspiration, but we must not live there.

Dwelling in the past and living on a past experience is both futile and dangerous. We must serve and worship a God of an up-to-date experience, a God who is working mightily now. The cry goes up around us, “Where is the God of Israel today?” Every age demands its own proof, and we must supply it for our own generation.

God’s people must have the fire of God in their midst. The church was born in fire and in the fire only can she live and conquer. Without the fire of the Almighty, she will use all carnal measures and expediencies in order to camouflage her weakness. Without the fire of God, she is a poor sickly thing. Without the fire of God, she lies helpless on the battlefield.

Our opportunities to evangelize were never so glorious. Our tasks were never so great. But at this momentous crisis in the world’s history, we stagger helplessly amid it all. We have lost our note of authority, the secret of our wisdom, and the might of miracles, because of our woeful neglect of the Spirit of God. We possess a theology of the Spirit but have little or no consciousness of His presence and power.

It is useless to advertise the banquet if there is nothing to eat. It is useless to call the people if the living Christ is not in the midst of us. It is His presence that makes the feast. The energy of the flesh can promote amusements, organize programs, and raise millions of dollars for the work of the Lord, but it is the presence of the Holy Spirit that makes a temple The Temple of the Living God. Our palatial buildings which we think suggest progress are no criterion that the living God is among us.

Prayed…

Father, You made us to be more than conquerors in this day
Each of us has been baptized with the fire of Your Holy Spirit
We continue to come to You for more of You and Your presence
That every part of us would yearn for more of You
We repent for getting off of the way and thinking we can do things in our own strength
There is a connecting in Your Spirit
We pray that we would have Your heart and be moved with compassion
Lord, we set aside and cast away the things that try to pull us away
We continually press into more of You
Our hearts’ desire is to have more of You and less of us!
Baptize and fill us with fresh fire today
Have Your way in us!
Lord, we burn and yearn for You!
We want to be changed every day!
By faith we receive, expect, and believe for change in every area of our lives
Thank You that it is a new hour, day, and time
It is a new hour that takes us out into a new position
We look for the newness of You in us
Father, we believe for the old to be uprooted from within us
We, as the body of Christ, can’t just rely on the pastors to move forward
It is the ministry and the presence of God that will get us to where we need to be
Without Him, the church building is empty!
Lord, if we have stayed in any kind of status quo, forgive us!
We live in a new day and today is a new opportunity!
In Jesus’ name, we take authority over the spirit of complacency!

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