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Devotional for Day 36 – October 6, 2013

Daniel Lim, International House of Prayer Kansas City
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Intention:
To embrace the compassionate heart of Jesus and His vision for the harvest.

Scripture:
“Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.’ ” (Matthew 9:35-38 NKJV)

Reflection:
Prayer and the work of the great commission are two inseparable realities in the heart of God. Jesus’ vision for the lost multitude produced a deep compassion and cry within His being. Out of the depths of His heart, came one of the most gracious commandments; the commandment “to pray.” Through this event in Matthew 9, we received the revelation of another crucial name of God; i.e. the Lord of the Harvest. Our Lord is the Lord of the Harvest. He always set His eyes on the harvest and has all the strategy for the harvest, including the power, the time and the personnel.

He simply commanded us to identify with His compassionate heart for the lost and to enter into the pre-eminent works of prayer; works of prayer that produce more laborers in the harvest fields. The burden for lost souls to be harvested into His glorious kingdom is burning in His heart. We need to catch that fire through prayer and active participation with the Holy Spirit in the work of His harvest. When we pray “Lord of the Harvest, send forth laborers”, often we become the answer to our prayers. We are privileged to become the sent one along with others who are sent.

Pray this Prayer:
Lord of the Harvest, the harvest is so plentiful but the laborers are so few. Lord of the Harvest, send forth laborers from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth, from the ends of the earth back to Jerusalem. Send forth laborers with all kinds of spiritual gifts. Here am I, send me too. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

1. Pray for a worldwide outpouring of the Holy Spirit for revival and transformation of the nations of the world.
2. Pray for the lost to find Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
3. Pray for a multiplication of prayer, praise and worship to God across the world as never before, to bring great glory to God.
4. Pray for the ReFRESH conferences, Sherwood and our part in seeking revival in our country and the nations.

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Devotional for Day 35 – October 5, 2013

Timothy Kwara, Christian Leaders’ Training College, Papua New Guinea
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Intention:
God calls people to Himself out of a fallen world. For He has a plan for each person’s life and is committed to see it come to pass. He never gives up on a person and neither should we.

Scripture:
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son, the He might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those He predestined, He also called; those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified.” (Romans 8:28-30, NIV)

Reflection:
God has been in the business of “searching for” people since the time Adam and Eve were hiding from Him in the Garden of Eden. Today He continues His search for all people. Often He does that through us because He wants to straighten out the lives of those who have gone astray and are hiding from Him. He does not want anyone to perish.

He alone is the source of life and He wants to lead us into a bright and beautiful future. God as the Creator, knows the hurts that we have and all the experiences, good and bad, that we have encountered in life. He is never finished us with us. He is always there to mold and shape us so that we can be conformed more and more to the likeness of His Son Jesus.

Here in Papua New Guinea, lives are lost in tribal clashes due to such things as land disputes. There are payback killings over rape and much more. Many crimes are committed because of high unemployment and jails are overflowing. There are social injustices due to corruption in the government. As a result of living in a fallen world, many people are being hurt day by day. The Gospel has been preached throughout the islands and mountains but still many people choose to go their own way. There are many ‘skin’ only Christians. So there is widespread need for repentance and reconciliation so that this nation can be saved both spiritually and physically from death and submit to Christ as their Lord.

Pray this Prayer:
God Our Creator, thank You that You created us for Yourself and that You love each and every person. Thank You that You did not wipe mankind from the face of the earth when sin entered the human race. Instead You worked out a rescue plan and in the fullness of time You sent Your Son Jesus to live amongst us so that we can be reconciled to You. Now that Jesus is seated at Your right hand, help us to continue the ministry of reconciliation that He began in the power of Your Holy Spirit. Forgive us for our reluctance to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the world today. Change us to be like Jesus so we can minister His love to others. Amen.

Continue in prayer using the 4 prayer points as the Lord leads you.

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Devotional for Day 34 – October 4, 2013

Liz Adleta, Ethne Movement Prayer Workgroup Facilitator
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Intention:
Over 1.8 billion people or 27.9% of the world’s population have almost no access to see or hear the gospel within their own culture. These groups are known as “unreached.”

Scripture:
“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” (Romans 10:14 NIV)

Reflection:
God’s heart is that none should perish. Jesus died that whosoever believes might receive everlasting life. Yet in today’s world, over one in four people do not have the opportunity to hear that good news! Why? Huge barriers of geography, language, politics, and culture stand in the way. Sometimes believers nearby are simply unaware or unconcerned about the need of unreached groups because the groups are isolated from the society where they live.

Jesus commanded His disciples to ask the Lord of the Harvest to thrust forth laborers; we can obey that command and see our world transformed by the power of His love. Let’s repent of our fear or hesitation to obey His commands and to be fruitful disciples that multiply other obedient disciples from our own home towns to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8).

Pray this Prayer:
Father, forgive me for my reluctance and fear to be a bold witness to those around me. Give me Your heart of love for every person, even those I would consider enemies. Help me to truly grow up to fully be like Jesus and to reproduce other obedient disciples who do likewise. Help me to recognize the hearts of those around me that the Holy Spirit has prepared to hear and respond to the gospel. Use me to share in appropriate ways and at appropriate times. Give much fruit that remains for Your glory and transforms my community and the world. Thank You that it’s never too late to sow the seeds of the Word of God and to be Your hands and feet to my world! For Your glory among the nations, and in His Matchless Name I pray, Amen!

Continue in prayer using the 4 prayer points as the Lord leads you.
1. Pray for a worldwide outpouring of the Holy Spirit for revival and transformation of the nations of the world.
2. Pray for the lost to find Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
3. Pray for a multiplication of prayer, praise and worship to God across the world as never before, to bring great glory to God.
4. Pray for the ReFRESH conferences, Sherwood and our part in seeking revival in our country and the nations.

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Devotional for Day 33 – October 3, 2013

From a lady missionary serving long-term in a restricted access area in Asia
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Intention:
As Jesus, while on earth, only ever did what He saw the Father doing, so we need to be doing exactly what we see Jesus doing.

Scripture:
“Let us run the race that is before us and never give up. We should remove from our lives anything that would get in the way and the sin that so easily holds us back. Let us look only to Jesus, the One who began our faith and who makes it perfect.” (Hebrews 12:1-2 NCV)

Reflection:
As a young Christian, I really wanted to know God’s plan for my life, but was confused about how to find it. Yes, from the Bible I learned valuable principles for life, but nothing seemed to fit my own circumstances.
Then I received the single piece of advice that has kept me on the Way for more than 30 years now: If you do not have a vision for what to do with your life, then make it your vision to be like Jesus. Then He can take you anywhere, and have you do everything that He wants.

You know, the craziest things happen when we get radical instead of just reasonable in fixing our eyes on Jesus, learning in our weak and fumbling way to love, think and act like Him.
• Maybe a relative will be happily surprised when we say something nice about someone instead of criticizing.
• Or the police officers will ask “Why?” when they see you chatting with a homeless person – and listen to your answer.
• You might get news that a stranger you shared your testimony with ten years ago believed in Christ as a result of your witness and is now on a foreign mission field.
• People from a different ethnic group are suddenly eager to befriend and listen to you when you adopt their meal-time customs.

I still have so far to go in learning to be like Jesus, but those things are just a few encouragements I have received along the way so far.

Pray this Prayer:
Almighty and loving Father, We thank You for bringing us into Your great family. Thank You for making Yourself small enough for us to see You in Jesus Who came to live amongst us. Please forgive us for all the times we have been ‘reasonable’ in our following You instead of simply believing and accepting that You mean what You say. Help us to fix our eyes on Jesus, to do what we see Him do; to desire praise from You more than praise from the world. We ask in His name. Amen.

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Devotional for Day 32 – October 2, 2013

Ian Cole, World Prayer Centre, Birmingham, England
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Intention:
To ask for God’s help in the breaking of unbelief in our hearts, in our churches and across the body of Christ worldwide and to increase our faith to see His Glory revealed the nations.

Scripture:
“Then Jesus said, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?’ ” (John 11:40 NIV)

Reflection:
We thank God for all that He is doing around the world today. However, from a Westernized Church view, we have to confess that a root of unbelief has taken hold inside and outside the Church that is leading to the rejection of God and His Word. The fruit of this is an increased wickedness that is affecting individuals, families and communities in every area of society.

Throughout scripture we are told of the consequences of unbelief. Deuteronomy 2 tells us that the Israelites could not enter the Promised Land because they did not believe God. Jesus did few miracles in His own town because of unbelief.

However as unbelief breaks God’s heart, so faith pleases and thrills His heart. As today as we pray, we pray with thanksgiving and with faith. Today, Jesus comes to us and says, “do not be afraid, only believe”. If together we can believe, then we shall see the Glory of God, for that Glory will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea. As we pray let us remember that we are saved by faith and justified by faith. We live by faith and we walk by faith.

Pray this Prayer:
Father, it is Your will that none should perish but that all should come to know You. As we pray to You in faith today, we do so in worship and thanksgiving and in the knowledge and belief that You hear our cry and that in Your wrath You will remember mercy. Today we declare that as we believe, we shall see the Glory of God in the nations in our time. Amen.

Continue in prayer using the 4 prayer points as the Lord leads you.
1. Pray for a worldwide outpouring of the Holy Spirit for revival and transformation of the nations of the world.
2. Pray for the lost to find Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
3. Pray for a multiplication of prayer, praise and worship to God across the world as never before, to bring great glory to God
4. Pray for the ReFRESH conferences, Sherwood and our part in seeking revival in our country and the nations.

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Devotional for Day 31 – October 1, 2013

Pastor Kennedy Lokote from Malawi, Glory House Revival Church, England
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Intention:
We need to turn totally to God and then cry out for revival.

Scripture:
“Samuel said to the people of Israel, ‘If you are going to turn to the Lord with all your hearts, you must get rid of all the foreign gods and the images of the goddess Astarte. Dedicate yourselves completely to the LORD and worship only Him, and He will rescue you from the power of the Philistines.’ So the Israelites got rid of their idols of Baal and Astarte, and worshiped only the LORD.” (1 Samuel 7:3-4 GNT)

Reflection:
After truly turning to God, Samuel cried out to God and the Lord thundered from heaven. The only cry of the wicked that God hears is that of repentance, and once we have repented then He honors our desired petitions. It is time to repent and cry out to God.

I feel the message of grace has been compromised and some of the Church has gone into apostasy. The fear of the Lord, righteousness and holiness is no longer encouraged and much of the Church is living like the rest of the world. This happens when teachers insist that grace makes no demands for righteous works, ignoring that we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works (Ephesians 2:10). Faith without works is dead.

Jesus Christ refused Satan’s offer of the world’s kingdoms and their glory in exchange for God’s worship. It’s a shame to see our Church today giving in to this offer. A craving for physical pleasure, pride in our achievements and possessions and the glory of this world have corrupted the Church. We, the Church, must first completely return to the Lord and cut off any ungodly association that we have made with the world. There can’t be victory outside the camp when there’s defeat within the camp. Revival is only possible on the condition that the Church admits her backslidden state and repents and turns away completely from it. When REVIVAL comes to the Church, others will be affected. Many will respond positively to the gospel of Jesus Christ for salvation.

Pray this Prayer:
Our Heavenly and Merciful Father, we have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled. We have turned away from following You with all our heart, our mind and our strength. O Lord, You are righteous, but this day we are covered with shame. In our pursuit of worldly riches, honor and glory we have fallen into temptation. We have witnessed disasters come on us yet we have not sought your favor, O Lord our God, by turning from our sins and giving attention to your truth. Now, Lord our God, Who bought us by the precious blood of Your son, Jesus Christ, hear our prayers. O Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For your sake, O God, do not delay, because Your Church and Your people bear Your name, the name JESUS CHRIST. AMEN!

Continue in prayer using the 4 prayer points as the Lord leads you.