“When He saw the crowds, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like a sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest.” Matthew 9:36-38
Living in revival is both exhilarating and tiresome at the same time. It is phenomenal to see God move in salvations, healings and deliverance. When the harassed and helpless, those in despair, are crying out for freedom it draws the compassion of God. It is His church who is equipped with the same compassion and supernatural gifting that brings kingdom transformation in their lives. We at Revive SF live for this kingdom and the transformation of our cities. One of the phenomenal parts of this passage is not that He heals everyone (which He does) but His focus on their need for workers following their heavenly invasion. It is this declaration for intercession of the importance of “sending out workers into His harvest.”
Many times in intercession we see this spiritual warfare for the weary and broken. As we discussed in our series on the Sound of Deliverance there is warfare against the principalities and powers. It is a very legitimate prayer in being the intercessor between the broken and our heavenly father. It is also a very legitimate prayer in being an intercessor against principalities and powers. It is also a very legitimate prayer for “workers into His harvest.”
Intercession is the action of intervening on behalf of another through prayer. Intercession is warfare and is a huge key to revival. What we see in the scripture points us to the will of God. It is His will that none should perish. It is His will for salvation, healing and deliverance. And it is His will for workers. Part of this calling for workers is the call for intercessors. Intercession finds Gods will and promises, and stands in the gap until His will and promises are fulfilled. Intercession can be fueled by the promises of God.
“If you want to see how poplar the church is, attend Sunday morning worship. If you want see how popular the pastor is, attend Sunday evening. If you want to see how popular God is attend a prayer meeting.” Everything By Prayer, Fred Hartley, page 123
CALL FOR THE REMNANT
The Lord spoke to me one morning when I woke up as we were praying whether to make this move to San Francisco. The first part of the word was found in Micah 2:12 “I will surely assemble, O Jacob (REVIVE), all of thee (100%). I will surely gather the REMNANT of Israel (REVIVE); I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah (San Francisco), as the flock in the midst of their fold: they shall make great noise by reason of the multitude of men”. If you remember the story of Jacob born nearly 1837 years BC he had a twin Esau. Jacob supplanted Esau in his deception of his birthright which he was already promised beforehand. Just like Jacob in many ways we all try to take things in our own hands to retrieve the blessing instead of receive the blessing. Just like Jacob God has a promise on Revive for the city of San Francisco. Jacob has an encounter with God at Bethel. Many years later he then, in this act of grace, survives a wrestling match with God and gets his name changed to Israel. So His name is changed from Deceiver or Supplanter to the ONE WHO PREVAILS WITH GOD. Im not sure if God just likes to wrestle with His children like we humans do but it definitely was an act of grace that he prevailed. The place where he wrestled Jabbok means to EMPTY YOURSELF and was named later Penuel, the FACE OF GOD.
“We find ourselves trying to obtain by works what God has granted us through inheritance” Clint Adams
I relate to Jacob in so many ways and find myself in the position that Jacob did trying to obtain my calling by works and not by inheritance. I believe that you at Revive Church can relate with me also. Just like Jacob, God is gathering together our tribe together in San Francisco and changing our name to Israel, GOD PREVAILS. Bozrah was fertile pasture land in the midst of the Edomites territory or land of Esau. They were an enemy to the Isrealites. So right in the middle of San Francisco we will be given fortified fertile land. So our prayers of intercession is for workers to come forth in the midst of Edom. God will put us together with a sound for the city.
Remember intercessors are driven by the promises of God. Revive, formerly Promised Land Fellowship, has many prophetic promises that declare its “destiny” in the city. From the times of the Golden Gate Outpouring when many were touched by God till now in this season of revival it finds its desire for revival. As I said in the beginning revival is both exhilarating and tiresome. Tiresome without the workers needed to sustain the work of God. Let us be moved into deep intercession for those who God has called for this revival. I pray “Return O’Remnant of Revive to the work that God has given us. There is a season coming when our city will see the face of God. The Lord of the Harvest we call upon you with dreams, visions and encounters for the return of those in our tribe. We intercede with the heart of a warrior for you to come and with the heart of a Father, Welcome Home.”