In January, we spent three weeks fasting and praying to seek God’s will and direction in 2022. We came together weekly raising our voices in unity to ask God for corporate growth, spiritual maturity, intimacy with Him, and individual healing and salvation in our families, our church, our community and our nation.
After seeking God for these three weeks, what should we expect in 2022? We should expect to receive the things we asked God for, to find the things we sought Him for, and to have Him open the doors we knocked on (Matthew 7:7-8).
Why? Because Jesus said:
“Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24, NIV)
It’s important to note, here, that this verse does not suggest we “name it and claim it.” Prayer is something altogether different, which involves a reverent state of mind. If we take His words in context, we see that Jesus wants us to anchor our faith and trust in Him (John 14:1). Seek Him first (Matthew 6:33). Lay down our earthly desires and live our lives in Him (Luke 9:24) and through Him (Acts 17:28).
So, then, as we serve Him on this earth, nothing will be impossible to us (Matthew 17:20). When we ask, we’ll receive; when we seek, we will find; and when we knock, it will be opened to us.
Ask and you will receive…
We asked Him for corporate growth, spiritual maturity, individual healing and salvation in our families, our church, our community and our nation, and we expect Him to deliver. And, of course, He will because: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1:17, NKJV).
He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Yesterday, when asked by the leper, “If you’re willing, you can make me clean” Jesus responded, “I am willing” (Mark 1:40-41, NIV). The New International Version says Jesus was “indignant.” Other translations say He was “moved with compassion.” I imagine the Spirit wants us to understand that these translations together suggest, “Yes, of course, I’m willing!” And today when we pray, He is still willing. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. But, according to Jesus, we must pray always and not give up (Luke 18:1, NIV).
The prophetess Anna prayed for 80-some years in the temple, and her prayers ushered in the Messiah, who she witnessed with her own eyes (that’s tenacious prayer!). We know the story of Elijah, who prayed for rain after three years of drought. Revisit the story. As he prays, Elijah asks his servant to go see if the rain is coming. Six times his servant looks, and returns saying, “Nothing.” But the seventh time, he reports a cloud as “small as a man’s hand… rising out of the sea” (1 Kings 18:44, NKJV). Before he died, Elisha tells King Joash to strike the ground with arrows to symbolize the king’s victory over Syria. But the king strikes the ground only three times and stops. The prophet admonishes him, “You should have struck five or six times; then you would have struck Syria till you had destroyed it! But now you will strike Syria only three times” (2 Kings 13:19, NKJV).
What do we learn from these stories? Don’t give up. James 1:6 tells us to pray without doubting. Jesus tells us to “keep on believing” and we’ll see the dead raised (Mark 5:36). The Bible tells us it only takes the faith of a mustard seed to move mountains (Matthew 17:20).
We, too, expect to receive what we asked God for over the course of those 21 days… we’re not expecting a stone or a snake (Matthew 7:9, 10). And we’re confident we will receive because the Word of God promises: “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him” (1 John 5:14-15, NIV).
Seek and you will find…
For 21 days we sought God’s will and found His direction for us at Calvary Hill: He’s calling us to greater intimacy with Him. So, are we finished praying? Not at all. On the contrary, we must step up the pace.
Greater intimacy requires a greater prayer life with Him, the fruit of which is the works Jesus did and even “greater works” than He did (John 14:12). How do we know? Because He said so (John 14:12)… because He rose and poured out His Spirit on His church (Ephesians 4:8).
If we desire to walk in the power and demonstration of the Spirit, we must be holy as He is holy (1 Peter 1:15). We must practice righteousness (1 John 2:29, 3:7, 3:10, NKJV). We must remember we are “in” Christ Jesus (John 14:20). We are not of this world (John 18:36, 1 John 4:17). We must be separate (2 Corinthians 6:16-18), walking by the Spirit of God (Galatians 5:16, 25). We must cast off the sin that so easily besets us and press into the presence of God (Hebrews 12:1), praying fervently (James 5:16). So, as we draw near to God, He will draw near to us (James 4:8).
Knock and it will be opened to you…
Not only must we gather together frequently, but also we must pray individually unceasingly (1 Thessalonians 5:17). As members of His body, we’ve been planted in Glassboro to reach and disciple the lost in this Last Hour.
We are not called (born again) by chance (John 1:13). We are not here at Calvary Hill by chance. We do not live in the year 2022 by chance. Your life and mine have been ordained by God:
“From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.” (Acts 17:26, NIV)
Jesus is the hope of the world. We have a responsibility to deliver that hope at home and abroad. But our time is short. And nothing in this world is more important. The apostle Paul recognized this 2,000 years ago when he said:
“What I mean, brothers and sisters is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they do not; those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep; those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away.” (1 Corinthians 7:29-31, NIV)
We knocked on the doors of revival and we should expect God to open to us the miracle-working power of the Holy Spirit in this Last Hour.
We sought the will of God and found He’s calling us to a greater intimacy so He can answer our prayers for corporate growth, spiritual maturity, individual healing and salvation in our families, our church, our community and our nation.
But we must act…
Amos said, “The lion has roared— who will not fear? The Sovereign Lord has spoken— who can but prophesy?” (Amos 3:8, NIV)
And we, at Calvary Hill, found after 21 days of fasting and prayer: God is calling us, so who can but respond?
Meet us at Calvary Hill the first Saturday of each month at 8am for one hour of prayer and let’s expect God to move.
In the meantime, pray unceasingly. For more guidance and information about fasting and prayer, check out these resources.
The Spirit Helps Us Pray - Book by Brandt & Bicket
Pray First - prayer guide for adults
Kidz Corner Prayer Guide
Guide To Prayer & Fasting
Hardcopies of the prayer guides are available at the Calvary Hill info desk upon request.