“And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there: Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me. But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.” ~ Acts 20:22-24
Something that has always stirred my heart is the lifestyle of prayer that I see in the mighty men and women of God. I love to hear the stories of those who still walk among us and I love to read of the past revivalists, men and women of faith such as Smith Wigglesworth, Kathryn Kuhlman, Evan Roberts and Daniel Nash. Their hunger and desperation for God always provokes me in the spirit.
Kathryn Kuhlman once said, “It costs much, but it’s worth the cost.” She was talking about the anointing. She had a disciplined prayer life. Kathryn Kuhlman prayed several hours a day. She understood the importance of having fellowship and communion with the Holy Ghost. She saw the most incredible miracles in her ministry. In many of her meetings, those that were in wheelchairs would get up and walk. One night in a service, a five-year-old boy who had been crippled from birth and could not walk, walked onto the stage. Another time, after a miracle service, Kathryn was walking through the kitchen of a hotel and the employees of the hotel were falling out in the spirit as she passed by them. It was what was on her life, what she carried, and what she walked in. The Psalm 91 “shadow of the Almighty” was resting on her life. I want so much to come to the place in my life where I walk in the presence of God and to do so knowing I have willingly paid any price He asked of me.
Evan Roberts was a desperate, broken young man. At age twenty he would wake up to pray from 1 to 5 a.m. each night, and again in the morning from 9 a.m. until noon. He prayed so much that he would shake on his bed at night because of the power of God. Evan Roberts became a carrier and a container of revival. In 1904, the nation of Wales became ablaze; bars and dance halls shut down. You know revival has come when the bars and clubs shut down in a city and the churches fill up. People came from all over to experience the revival. They would come because of the fire of God. Churches would stay open 24 hours a day for prayer and intercession. Evan Roberts birthed what is now known as the Welsh revival. It was all because a young man was hungry for the Fire of God. Evan Roberts once said, “I have reached out and touched the flame. I am burning and waiting for a sign.”
I believe that God in this hour is looking for those that are hungry, for those that will set themselves apart to be touched by the flame just as Evan Roberts and Kathryn Kuhlman did. There have been many revivalists and pioneers that have, out of hunger, pressed into something in God that was outside of their time or that has never been done before. They are the Burning Ones.
Father, I ask you to touch me with Your flame until I am made to be a burning one! Help me to burn with desperation for Your beautiful presence. Help me to be “bound in the spirit” as I walk through this Tuesday not knowing what may befall me but knowing that as I yield You will use my life as Your own burning light to love those that You love so and paid such a high price for. Help me burn as did the Moravian missionaries, Leonard Dober and David Nitschmann, who thought not of their own fate but were so focused on Jesus that they could pray wholeheartedly, “May the Lamb that was slain receive the reward of His suffering.” May my life glorify Jesus and be His reward! I pray this In Jesus Precious Name! Amen!
I love you so much, Jesus! Thank you for this Tuesday : )