(Hos 10:12) Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the Lord, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you.
I want you to think about, it is time to seek the Lord until He comes. Until He comes and rains righteousness on you: This tells us how long we should seek the Lord. How long we should break up the fallow ground. How long we should sow righteousness. We do it until the Lord rains down righteousness on us. We do it until we can feel His presence falling upon us like the rain.
We need to flood the air with the sound of worship, the sound of prayer, the sound of faith. The enemy is trying to flood the air with the sound of fear, death and destruction.
We need to fill the air with “The Sound of Prayer”
We are in a tense season of spiritual warfare. Our breakthrough is coming the church is crying out and pressing in with “violent prayer.”
A couple weeks ago while sitting before the Lord I experienced a shift in the Spirit. Suddenly I have been able to connect easily with the Lord.
For me it was a quiet time and suddenly a spiritual shift happened. But sometimes you have to war.
Turn to Psalm 149 (Ps. 149:6-9).
One thing we need to remember is we are in a battle against spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly realms not against people. We battle in prayer against demonic systems and influences. Sometimes we need to release judgment against the enemy we battle not against people. In spiritual warfare at times we enter into a place of alignment with the Lord and we sense things shift in the Spirit. It may not look different but somethings shifts. You can sense it. You just know something changed.
Satan and his demonic hosts or flies have committed acts of terror against the people of God. The Holy Spirit is ready to pass judgment on the spirit(s) that have stood against us.
There is a sound of violent prayer rising in the nations. The church is pressing in and pushing back against the enemy’s plans.
Isaiah 59:18-19 New King James Version (NKJV)
18 According to their deeds, accordingly, He will repay, Fury to His adversaries, Recompense to His enemies; The coastlands He will fully repay.
19 So shall they fear The name of the Lord from the west, And His glory from the rising of the sun; When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.
Prayer is the Sound that Parts the Heavens
The Israelites had been subjected over and over to hostile takeovers by cruel and merciless nations. God had absolute power to protect His chosen people, but chose not to in these instances. Why? The Prophet Isaiah seemed to almost shout at God in frustration, “Rend the heavens and come down!” (Is. 64:1). Heaven had closed over the Israelites, which meant the blessings of Heaven (i.e. protection, abundance, health, leadership etc.) had been withheld from them (Mal. 3:10).
Later in the passage, Isaiah shares why Heaven had shut over the nation. He said, “And there is no one who calls on Your name, who stirs himself up to take hold of You” (v. 7). Their captivity was connected to their prayerlessness. They are trying to motivate people to all kinds of actions but the first action for a believer is to pray. Israel had preferred to pray to idols instead of the one true God – a choice that bound them instead of blessed them. In our nations the people have preferred to pray at the alter of success than to seek the Lord.
We read that Jesus prayed, and specifically that Heaven opened when He prayed (Luke 3:21). This passage shows us what prayer does. Prayer is a sound that can open the heavens. We are in a battle for the air waves. When Heaven is open, the angels come and the blessings of God begin to fall upon us like the rain. In Christ, we are blessed with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places (Eph. 1:3) and through prayer we receive our heavenly blessings here on earth (Matt. 6:10).
It is time to seek the Lord until He comes. We must not settle for a intellectual religion. Jesus came that we would have a relationship with Him.