As we seek Gods presence in humility by repenting and turning from our wicked ways, we must move into the place of desperation and anguish. Our appetite for God must exceed every other hunger in our lives. Inviting God to come into our lives and community is more than wishing Him to be in our midst. To see His presence made manifest in our lives and our community, we must become hungry and desperate for nothing more than God. We must become singularly focused on seeking the character of God. We must be moved to pursue Him in prayer and lifestyle until He comes.
Charles Finney talks about this type of Prevailing Prayer. He describes it as prayer that breaks through... prayer that gets an answer... prayer that persuades God to "rend the heavens and come down." It is prayer that does not merely seek Gods' hand or provides answers to our crisis, it is prayer that is desperate for His presence.
Mary Peckham a daughter of the 1949 Hebrides revival describes this kind of prayer as an expectant longing. . "Everyone who was truly longing for God was seeking the Lord for an outpouring of the Holy Ghost... There was a huge expectancy in the air and people were not going to take "no" for an answer. Prayer was spontaneous. As people visited one another in their homes, they would pray and then continue on until they felt that they had got through to God."
One observer of the revival in upstate New York described what he encountered this way, "Never before... was such a spirit of agonizing prayer among Christians."
What price would you pay to get God to truly answer your prayers? God spoke through Jeremiah when he said, "You will seek Me and find Me, when you seek Me with all your heart." Hosea added, "It is time to seek the Lord until he comes (Ho10:12) and David said, "I will not go to sleep until I find a place for the Lord." (Psalm 123:3-4)
So consider this a call to anguish….a call to seek the Lord in prayer and lifestyle until He comes to you, your family and your community.
Find a quiet place and listen to this exhortation by Brother David Wilkerson and let His words and the conviction of the Holy Spirit capture your heart to pray in anguish with expectant longing.