Week 1: Receive Jesus’ Kingdom: REVIVAL and TRANSFORMATION of Your Personal Life
By Pastor Sharon Stevenson, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
Spheres of Influence: Religion – House Church & Prayer Movements
Intention: We declare, Let It Rain! Let My Life Flourish!
Biblical Promise: 2 Chronicles 7:13-14 (NIV) – “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people. 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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
Receive God’s Promises for Your Personal Life:
Many times we have read this promise. What we do determines whether God opens heaven and heals our land. If we want to see our Father move in our nation, the shift must start with us, the church, His body, that’s you and me.
Do you believe it? Do you have a part in it? Let’s personally claim this promise. “If I, (use your name), humble myself and pray and seek God’s face and turn from my wicked ways, then my Father will hear from heaven and will forgive my sins and heal our land.”
When the Bible says ‘I shut up the heavens so there is no rain,’ it literally means drought – no water falling from the clouds. But it also means that the flow of life, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit has dried up. So when we call out to God ‘Let it rain!’ we can expect to see a REVIVAL, a move of God again in our land. If we give to God the things in our lives that block His life flowing to us, with our hearts open to receive His love and forgiveness, His love and forgiveness will flow through us and flow out from us. It is at this point that we can see real change, real fruit, real REVIVAL. When we are known for our love for one another, as in the early church, the world will see the change. And many will be added daily (Acts 2). They will want to know Jesus and live this truly victorious Christian life!
Philippians 1:9-11 (Message Bible) – “So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover’s life, circumspect and exemplary, a love Jesus will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God.”
Pray for REVIVAL and TRANSFORMATION:
• Father, search every part of me, open my heart to your love, forgiveness and holiness.
• Enable us to love one another appropriately -with sexual purity.
• Let REVIVAL start in me, pour your love out in this nation and heal our land.
• We pray for those who are in a season of literal or spiritual drought across Australia.
• We pray for our listed friends. Enable us to see them and love them as you do, Father. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Activate God’s Promises in Your Personal Life:
• Ask our Father to show you the things you need to release to Him and those you need to forgive.
• Ask to see others through His eyes. Be ready to respond.
Sharon Stevenson, with Ps. Merv Stevenson
Senior Pastors, House Church Australia, High Country Prayer Muster:
(Deborah Division and Men’s Muster)