There are lots of voices clamouring to be heard & lots of voices telling us untruths at the moment particularly in the media & about our nation but the Bible tells us that God’s voice is powerful, full of majesty and can shake the wilderness and strip the forest bare -Psalm 29. The voice of the Lord is “over the waters” and when the “floods have lifted up their voice” then we need to remember that “the Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, than the mighty waves of the sea” -Psalm 93. Whatever voice or voices are raised or rising up against you or trying to come against you and in whatever circumstances – whether it is the voices of doubt, unbelief, confusion, accusation, lies, manipulation, intimidation, threats, bullying etc.. then declare the truth from the word and speak with the voice of God into that situation. When the wind & waves rose up against Christ and the disciples and the disciples thought they would perish, Jesus rebuked the wind and said to the Sea “Peace, be still”. Immediately the wind & waves were still. His voice was more powerful than the wind & the waves and was truly “over the waters”. The body of Christ has a voice and can be heard. We need to speak up. Speak out the words and bible truths which the Lord gives you to declare into situations and into this nation so that change can take place. The Lord will bless us with His peace.
We are in a critical season for our nation and I believe that God wants us to pray and intercede with fasting at this time. In 2008 when we were praying in our fellowship group, the Lord led us to pray for our nation. As we prayed, we were led by the Holy Spirit to issue a wake up call to our nation – we blew the wake up call -just like in an army camp when soldiers are woken up by the Reveille – one of our number used to be in the army and he knew the wake up call by heart so we played it. We also were led to do a “cock a doodle do” – 3 times to wake up the nation. It was a prophetic call to the nation to wake up. In the Spirit, I saw a vision of God’s throne. God handed a scroll to an angel. I saw the angel over our nation and the angel took out a large sword and thrust it into the middle of our nation and the earth split – I saw the earth split aside just as in an earthquake.
The Lord said to us that there would be a national recession and at the highest level of leadership corruption would be exposed and satan’s throne in this nation would be exposed. The waters would be cut off from the land. This revelation was to be an unfolding revelation and God was going to redeem the land for Himself. One of our group felt a great heaviness in her hands – she said it was as if she was holding a massive key. It was not long later in February 2008 that there was an actual earthquake in Market Rasen Leicestershire in the middle of the country, we went into a national recession and corruption in government and high profile people was exposed – the expenses scandals, abuse scandals etc. God has been revealing wickedness in this nation.
It is not a coincidence that there has been another earthquake this year – in Grimsby on June 9th – just after the national day of prayer in Birmingham. I believe that this is another sign and we need to pray and fast and intercede for this nation. I believe that the contents of the scroll which God gave to the angel for this nation which I saw in the Spirit included other decrees for this nation which have not yet come to fulfilment. We read in the bible that a King’s decree went out in Esther’s day against the Jews. When Esther revealed the real scheme behind the decree to the King, the King was sad because the decree had already been issued and could not be changed. However, the King issued another decree which enabled the Jews to prepare and defend themselves for the day ahead when the original decree was carried out. The body of Christ needs to pray to God about His decree for this nation. How are we to pray and prepare for the day ahead? Is the decree set or can we by fasting and prayer change things for our nation? God wants us to seek Him at this time. March next year will be an important time and we can prepare ahead. The Lord has reminded me about the whale that got stranded in the River Thames in January 2006 – this was no coincidence but was a sign from God that He was going to move in this nation. The bible teaches us that the Holy Spirit intercedes for us according to the will of God and in times like this when we don’t know exactly what or how to pray we need to rely on the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us. When I have been praying about Brexit, the Holy Spirit has given me a completely new tongue to pray in. I encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit to do the same for you.
I preached on Joseph a number of years ago and as part of that preach the Lord gave me 3 words for the church. The Lord has reminded me of those words now and so they may encourage you. The first was that the wealth of the Egyptians and the treasures of darkness would be released to the church for God’s plans to be accomplished for His glory and to advance His kingdom. Those who had need of resources to fulfil the vision that God had given them had to ask in faith for these resources to be released to them. The resources would be released but not from the traditional church giving etc. but would come from external sources – “the wealth of the Egyptians” and “treasures of darkness”. It did not matter that people may not have all of God’s purposes revealed to them but as they walked out the purposes of God and His plans then more and more would be revealed. It just needed that first step of faith. If you need resources to fulfil the vision that God has given you then ask God to give you the wealth of the Egyptians and the hidden riches of the secret places so that you can be a blessing to others. – Isaiah 45 v3. v 14 “Thus says the Lord – the labour of Egypt and merchandise of Cush; and of the Sabeans, men of stature, they shall come over to you and they shall be yours.”
The second word was that some would suffer for the sake of the vision and calling which the Lord had put on their life but that God would never forsake them. He would be with them in every situation and would reward them when they stand before His throne. If you are going through a difficult situation then hold on to God in faith and run the race until the end. The Lord will reward your faithfulness and will never let you down. He is with you in all the suffering and pain to uphold you.
The third word was that some would leave and go to foreign people and foreign places and that was part of God’s purpose and plan. He was calling them out. If you feel the call of God to go out to foreign places then follow that vision with confidence that it is God who has put the desire in your heart.
This is a time for the body of Christ to wake up and get prepared. To be like the wise virgins who had enough oil in their lamps and were ready when the bridegroom came. We need spiritually to store up oil as without oil there is no light and without oil there is no fire. We need to be filled with the Holy Spirit – the oil of joy our strength and to be on fire for Christ. This is a time to discern the season and what God is about. The cockerel has crowed for this nation and the clock is ticking down. God is on the move. Our faith needs to be strong and our feet planted on the solid rock – Christ Jesus. If we are then we will not give up in this season and will strive on to see Christ’s work accomplished. We will climb the mountain to experience His holy presence and see Christ face to face. Not everyone will follow and some may lose their way but those who press on will go through the Refiner’s fire. All the muck & chaff in us must come to the top and be skimmed off. Then, we will be as gold reflecting God’s love and filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. We need to step into His holy fire as it will refine and purify us. The time is coming for the wave to break. It has gathered in the deep waters and is now pushing towards the shore. In the spirit, I saw this wave and it was huge – like a tsunami. The time for the wave to break will come soon and it will bring such a revival in the body of Christ. Those who turned away will repent of their sin and lack of faith. They will return to the Lord and He to them. They will go out to do His works. Isaiah 33 v 14 – “Who amongst us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who amongst us shall dwell with everlasting burnings? He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly.” Hosea 3 v10 “Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap in mercy, break up your fallow ground for it is time to seek the Lord till He comes and rains righteousness on you”. “to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings being confirmed to his death”.
In 2004, we had a picture of people from all churches joining together to pray for the area. We were pushing heavy gates and everyone had to push together. The gates were like large sluice gates and water was stored up behind them. As we all pushed the gates opened and water flooded in to revive the area. We believed this was a sign of unity in the body of Christ leading to revival in us and then the area. We sang that song “Swing wide the gates and let the King come in” and prayed from Psalm 24 verses 7-10 about the ancient gates being opened and letting the King of Glory Jesus come in. The other picture was of a cloud bringing the refreshing rain of God’s presence. As in the story of Elijah when he is praying for rain after years of drought and sends his servant to report what he sees. Elijah has to send the servant seven times to look and then the servant reports that he sees a cloud but it is no bigger than a man’s hand. Elijah knew then that was the sign the rain was coming. He had already heard it in the spirit. We have to keep looking for the cloud and believe in faith for this to happen. The Lord said the rain was coming but just as Elijah sacrificed we also have to get into His refining fire first and sacrifice self and our fleshly desires. The rain is coming Prayers for Stourbridge.
We drove around our area praying and blessing our town of Stourbridge and the wider area. We prayed for God’s will to be accomplished and we interceded against the works of darkness and evil influences on our town. The prayer route took us from the Ring Road out on the Hagley Road and then up the Hagley Mile to the roundabout by Wychbury Hill and Wassell Grove. We parked the car and walked up the hill to pray from that spot. We then drove on to Wynall Lane/Oldnall Road and prayed at the top overlooking Stourbridge. We then drove down the main Birmingham Road to Park Lane/Netherend Lane to Quarry Bank High Street and then onto the dual carriageway by Merry Hill. We stopped opposite Merry Hill and prayed for Merry Hill and the businesses there. We then drove down to Highgate to Russells Hall Hospital. We parked outside the Hospital and prayed for the patients, staff and everyone involved with the hospital. We then followed the road to the Cross at Kingswinford and straight across to join the main road leading to Kidderminster. We stopped and prayed for Wordsley. Left at The Stewponey site (now demolished) and into Norton via Racecourse Lane. We stopped at Racecourse lane and prayed and then down to Redlake Road/Ham Lane to finish. We sang, prayed, read scripture as we drove around and stopped and prayed at specific places which we felt God was calling us to spend time in prayer. Russells Hall Hospital in particular.Prayers for Stourbridge