This blog was the prayer in my spirit as I rode through Christchurch to Rolleston on 29th January. I call it the praying remnant. The remnant are those Jesus referred to in Luke 18:1-8.
The Praying Remnant
The Spirit led me to pray for the ‘praying remnant’ within his church. These are the ones who refuse to shrink back from faith in God’s faithfulness and mercy; because their hope is firmly and only in the blood of Jesus.
This Remnant Prays.
They pray with faith like Elijah. They pray from faith not sight; and from scripture not experience.
The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. James 5:16-18
They pray faithfully and courageously like Daniel with persistent prayer and they don’t give up
Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. Daniel 6:10
The Decisive Remnant
This remnant are decisive in the kingdom of God coming on earth as it is in heaven. They are decisive in Jesus salvation flowing like a river into his church. Their prayers open the way on earth into a God desired and purposed future. As the prayers of these saints arise to Our Father like incense, they release the already prepared kingdom of God onto earth; with all its blood bought redemption, restoration, healing and blessing in Jesus Christ of Nazareth. The Jesus born in the flesh, crucified, raised from the dead, ascended to heaven and seated at God’s right hand. We don’t pray in the name of any Jesus, we pray in the name of this specific Jesus. If you think I’m being a bit pedantic here check out 2 Corinthians 11:3-4. The gospel is simple but specific.
A praying remnant within a congregation will see refreshing and blessing flow through that congregation. Resulting in a new effectiveness in witness, together with the Holy Spirit, in the fields Jesus said are white ready for harvest.
Listen to our Fathers voice.
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
The Lord replied, “I have forgiven them, as you asked.” Numbers 14:20
Who is asking for forgiveness to flow like a river into the hearts of people rebelling against God?
This revival prayer decisive in the coming of salvation. We pray, God revives!
God is not shaken, and neither are his remnant, that’s why they’re remnant. And if we feel shaken our first response is always to tend to our faith in God’s faithfulness revealed in Jesus Christ. We don’t focus on and rebuke what is shaking us. We stand before God in unshakeable in faith and worship. Then we pray for his mercy to flow like a river, bringing heaven to earth.
All across New Zealand through my ride, the Spirit led me to pray for his remnant. In town after town I prayed for God’s remnant to be encouraged, strengthened and have fresh energy in their prayers. He sent me 7,000 km around New Zealand over 29 days, and the most consistent prayer I had was for his remnant, who are faithfully praying. He is good!