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Praying With Expectation

Psalm 114:7-8 says: 

Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,

at the presence of the God of Jacob,

who turns the rock into a pool of water,

the flint into a spring of water.

The picture above is of that page in my Bible.  The note on the side reads:  Please do this for the hard ground of Long Island.  5/19/10. Two years later I affirmed my prayer.  I did it again last Sunday.  So it has been ten years that I have been asking God to bring spiritual revival to this Island.  (Bless the Lord for the dear saints who have been seeking the Lord much longer for the spiritual welfare of Long Island!)

Island-wide, we do see the Lord at work.  Churches are being planted at a greater rate than in the past, and a good number are flourishing!  Bless the Lord that we have been a part of that.  Established churches are tenaciously holding on to the message of the gospel and at the same time adopting new methods to reach their communities.  They are becoming more missional and outward-focused.  Hallelujah!  But I cannot look on this as revival.

I have actually transferred that prayer into my daily prayer journal, so I pray it every day.  I continue to pray it because the people of Long Island, as a whole, are not trembling before the Lord.  Yawning maybe.  Or a respectful nod once and again.  Mainly going about their lives as if God may exist, but has very little to do with their daily lives.

So why continue to pray?  Because people need the Lord.  Because Jesus tells us to pray to the Lord of the Harvest to send forth laborers into his harvest field.

When we pray a long time, we can lack expectation of an answer.  We battle to believe and persevere in belief.

Charles Spurgeon said–“If you believe in prayer at all, expect God to hear you. If you do not expect, you will not have. God will not hear you unless you believe He will hear you; but if you believe He will, He will be as good as your faith.”

Jesus addresses this in the Sermon on the Mount–“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:7-11)

So join me in praying that God will break up the hard soil of Long Island and its people will tremble before him.

Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,

at the presence of the God of Jacob,

who turns the rock into a pool of water,

the flint into a spring of water.  Psalm 114:7-8

All grace to you,

– Pastor Mike

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