There is no question the Lord has made many great and powerful promises to the city of San Antonio and, it is His settled desire to fulfill every one of them. He wants to come with revival fire upon His Church and transforming power upon the city. The first – revival – must precede the second – transformation – because God has determined that He will cause His will to be done in the city in partnership with His people.
For years many have worked and prayed to see revival come to San Antonio but, we have not yet seen the full move of God we have longed for. Is there something we have not prayed? Is there something we have not done? Luke 12:48 provides an answer to these important questions. “For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required.” (Lk. 12:48 ) This is a truth spoken to us by our Lord Jesus Christ, but we often fail to take to heart the depth of truth in these words. Unfortunately, the fact that our salvation is freely received has caused many to look upon the entirety of our salvation as a free-ride to the fulfillment of all our earthly desires by a loving God. Yes, our God loves us – so deeply that He gave His only begotten Son to die for the sins we committed against Him – yet, He requires from us a life wholly given back to Him in return. To whom much is given, much will be required!
Jesus gave us great promises in the area of prayer by which His promises to the city would be fulfilled. The saints of old who did great things for God knew this truth. Rees Howells, the great intercessor, with the interceding students in his bible college, is credited with saving England from the destruction of German bomber planes in WW II, through the power of prayer. Andrew Murray, the great missionary to Africa wrote, “Christ actually meant prayer to be the great power by which His Church should do its work, and the neglect of prayer is the great reason the Church has not the greatest power over the masses …” Our God actually expects us to rule and reign with Him first through the power of prayer.
Jesus said, “… whatever you ask in My Name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (Jn. 14:13) There are no qualifiers in this promise. He said “whatever” we ask in His name He will do. This is a powerful promise to us! It is the equivalent of a blank check that we can write and cash in the spirit realm and see the force of its power manifested in the earth. But we must remember, to whom much is given, much will be required! All authority in heaven and earth has been given to Him and He said we may ask anything in His name and He will do it. (Jn. 14:14) What a gift to us but surely this promise of power and authority comes with a standard. The standard is entire consecration!
The church that changes a city is the church that is entirely consecrated to God! We must be those who have decided that there is nothing in this world that is more important than God! Nothing takes first place in our hearts and minds before Him. We die to the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life – and we die to ourselves, daily picking up our cross following Him. We present our bodies to Him as a living sacrifice that we may do His good, acceptable and perfect will! There is no other way! We must be entirely consecrated to our God to be entrusted to wield the power in prayer that He has readily given.
Surely this is part of the call of God to the pursuit of answered prayer found in 2 Chron. 7:14. “If My people who are called by My Name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” This verse of scripture is quoted so often that is is almost trivialized but, there is great truth here. True prayer is an act of humility but here, God says we must humble ourselves AND pray, not humble ourselves TO pray. He says, we must turn from wicked ways. We must repent from overlooking, disobeying and offending God. We must stop living the way we have lived, whether directly sinful or in lukewarm casual Christianity and begin to intentionally live for God! We must seek His face, beholding Him, as in a mirror, for then we will become like Him and be empowered to pray according to the dictates of His heart. THEN, He will hear from heaven, forgive our sins and heal our land. Surely this is part of the picture of a life of entire consecration!
This is the life led by the great intercessor Rees Howells. He, like Jesus, obeyed all He heard the Father told him to do. He lived a life of intercession, as did Jesus, and as a result, God did great things through that man of faith and prayer! This is what God is calling us to in this hour! We must be different from the world that we seek to change! We must reflect the standard of Christ who was entirely consecrated to God the Father! We are called to bring glory to the Father even as Jesus brought glory to the Father!
Even before the beginning of this year, the Lord began saying that there is going to be another great outpouring of His spirit. He said that He is pouring out new wine upon His Church and, we know that with it comes the mandate that we become new wineskins. May our entire consecration cause us to be the new wineskin into whom God can pour His spirit! May we cast down every thought and imagination that exalts itself against the knowledge of God and prepare ourselves to be serve Him mightily!
I am expecting a great revival and awakening to take place in San Antonio of the kind I recently read defined as “… a divine outpouring of God’s Spirit upon a collective people over a large geographical area that produces multiple conversions, deeper levels of conviction, hatred of sin, comprehensive repentance, corporate consecration, complete resignation, delight in God’s law, and greater heights of love to God. This is due to a resplendent unveiling of God, His glory, His attributes, and His love made manifest in Christ crucified. The cumulative result of an awakening is an all-consuming love for God, for His Son, for His Spirit, for His glory, for His church, for the spread of the gospel, and for the unconverted, that they might share in the same joy and happiness of being united to Christ through faith, that God’s glory might fill the earth as the waters cover the sea.”
May we consecrate ourselves to God and be ready to change the city for His glory!!