Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A Statewide Call to Prayer - Day Thirty-Nine!

Yesterday I wrote that I was going to share something the Lord revealed to us on Sunday morning.  I will get to that revelation tomorrow!

In response to yesterday's blog, Charlotte Merschbrock, who oversees the Louisiana Apostolic Prayer Network with her husband Roger, wrote the following:
I wanted to share something with you in regard to prayer for rain.  I took a look at the national drought monitor this AM.  It looks as if the dryness is breaking up a bit, but we’ve got a long way to go.  The Lord is continually reminding me, as you have said, this is not just about the dryness of the earth but the spiritual dryness of His people.

Blessings to you and family,

Here’s what I wrote in my journal this morning.

This morning I left for my routine visit to Curves for exercise.  The owner began to converse with me and the other ladies about the rain we’ve been having as of late.  The Cane River here in Natchitoches, Louisiana, which is the lowest we’ve seen it in the 25 yrs. we’ve lived here, has begun to rise slightly.  It’s a long way from normal level, but thankfully there’s been some positive changes.  She then made the comment that this rain is almost too late and is actually detrimental to the farmers trying to harvest their hay and corn.  She shared about her brother who was concerned that the previous lack of rain had kept him from having enough hay to feed his livestock.

Immediately the scripture came to me from Deut. 11:14 about the Lord giving rain in “due season”:  “And it shall be that if you diligently obey My commandments which I command you today, to love the LORD your God and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, then I will give you the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil. And I will send grass in your fields for your livestock, that you may eat and be filled.” (emphasis added)

Don’t get me wrong, we’re to be thankful for the heavens opening and the recent rainfall, which has begun to replenish the dry ground.  But if you’re one of the ones that have received rain don’t get comfortable or satisfied.  We must continue to cry out for the RAIN! There’s still extreme dryness—spiritual dryness in our land.  (And from the looks of the US Drought Monitor, the natural land is still drought stricken.)

The very fact that we are seeing rain now is also a reminder that the rain, as wonderful as it is, is “out of season” to produce a fruitful harvest.  Deut. 11:14 says not only that He will give us rain but that He will give us rain “in season.”  Because we haven’t had rain in season, the Word is telling us that a curse is operating in our land due to the heart of the people—our hearts are not wholly focused on worshiping Him and pursuing Him above all else.  Now this is probably not a great revelation to you, but sometimes when we see answers to prayer for rain, we begin to draw wrong conclusions.  Yes, God has blessed us by sending the rain, but we still need to see breakthrough! This “dry condition” will not be shifted by a few prayers for rainfall—this is a spiritual dryness.  God is looking for a people who will seek Him above all else and who are truly desperate for His presence!

It may be too late for an abundant corn crop along the Cane River in Natchitoches, Louisiana, but it’s not too late for the harvest God wants to release in this season.  So we continue to cry out to Him because this is THE SEASON God wants to release the RAIN, a spiritual flood, a deluge of His glory and presence to bring forth an unprecedented harvest.

In this new season we’ve entered, we must keep seeking Him, calling upon Him and believing for the RAIN IN SEASON!!
Thank you Charlotte.
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