After one week of prying in the spirit, I am grateful for the challenge. I cannot report any dramatic change in my life so far, however I believe that the spirit is making intercessions on my behalf. One thing I am sure of is that I feel more spiritually in tune with God and with life as a whole. By that, I mean that i feel that I am aware of what I am doing, where I am, the role that I play. I have a sense of boldness and increased trust in God. I have an assurance in my heart that all is well. You know that kind of feeling you have when you know that someone powerful has got your back.
I am still looking forward to concrete proof of God’s increased power in my life and ministry. Nonetheless, the prayer times are very refreshing spiritually and ever so physically demanding. It seems that forces have been released to prevent me from praying, but I have determined that as long as the Lord is my helper, I will keep praying till the end of the challenge. 30 days of victory – that what I should have called it.
I met with Dr John Simms today. He is the one in charge of the Montreal West Presbeterian Church, since there is no permannet Pastor for now. The meeting was arranged by one of the members Barth, who had visited our church on Sunday. It was a good time of fellowship. I know that the Lord would revive that Church and fill the sanctuary again with people who are hungry for God. People today are still hungry for God, however they seem to have made up their minds that God is no more in the Christian faith or in Church. I believe the Lord will open the eyes of people and the churches will be filled again. We are looking at a possibility of having a combined service sometime this year. God willing. Oh Lord, let your fire fall again like it did on the day of pentecost in the upper room.
There is a danger that praying in the spirit for a long period of time over many days can become monotonous and mechanical. The way I have been trying to prevent this is to take some time to study scriptures before prayers and also to sing in the spirit. From time to time I pray one or two minutes in the understanding as I am led. The decline in spiritual things in this city is so great that it will take days and days of prayers to undo it. Why so many days? Because we have become so used to the decline that we do not know what is right from what is wrong and we resist the Holy Spirit in the name of being polite, timely or even spiritual. The Lord must show us our failures one after the other and as we repent and make changes, the revival will come. My heart cry is that the Lord will be gracious to me so that I will not be afraid to turn back to the ways of God that promote holiness and revival in our Land.