Revival Ride Prayer 11 – Grieving our little fruitfulness!

My first ever visit to Cape Egmont Lighthouse

It was a stunning day riding from Wanganui on 8th February, arriving in New Plymouth at lunch-time. My first stop in New Plymouth was Paritutu Centennial Park where I climbed Paritutu Rock, it was hot in my riding gear and boots.

More serious than my discomfort at climbing a rock in the heat of noon and the wrong gear, should be my discomfort from the lack of fruitfulness I experience and see around me throughout the ‘church’ of Jesus Christ. Surely with all the promises in Jesus Christ and the presence of the Holy Spirit we should be more fruitful. And don’t blame the world or the devil. The church has been given the role of being the ‘body’, testimony, and the voice of Jesus Christ on earth. We are without excuse, because Jesus has removed all grounds for excuse.

It’s my conviction that a change in the heart and practice of the church will lead to change in our nation.

I have learnt to almost daily intentionally practice remembering and renewing my rest and rejoicing in the mercy of God that saves me. As it says in Psalm 51:12 “Restore to me the joy of my salvation”. While I rejoice in my salvation, and in your salvation; should I not also mourn and grieve with heaven over those still lost from our Father in heaven?

“Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.

Romans 12:15

My prayer is for a fresh depth of godly sorrow that leads to repentance to arise within the church of Jesus Christ. Maybe the sound of the church today should be similar to the sound in Ezra 3:13

The people could not distinguish the sound of the joyful shout from the sound of the people’s weeping.

Ezra 3:13

We rejoice because there is fruit, people are being saved. We weep because so many are so far from God.

When the pain of our weeping, our godly sorrow disturbs us enough we may repent of our little faith, and our contentment with little fruitfulness in the face of God’s promises of much much more. Don’t be afraid of experiencing this godly sorrow that leads to repentance, because repentance always leads to increased faith and fruitfulness in Jesus Christ.

Will you grieve with me, how easily we are distracted from faith in Jesus Christ and daily fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Does it still amaze you that you have received mercy and get to breathe the breath of God, the breath that brought our world into being and rose Jesus from the dead?

We need to repent of how easily we are distracted, and how just because we don’t understand, or don’t get our way, we justify disobedience and breaking the fellowship and unity of the Spirit. Until the church puts Jesus and the Holy Spirit and scripture before our feelings and opinions we will not see what’s in scripture flowing freely. This is why a deep groan should be in those who seek God’s fullness.

Check out 2 Corinthians 7:9-10 and Romans 8:23-26; ask the Holy Spirit to grow in you the joy and the groan of the Holy Spirit. The groan with heaven in intercession that releases the repentence that leads to salvation.

That’s enough for this blog. Thanks for reading. My prayer is these words will be spirit and life to you. That you will find yourself deeply bothered over the lostness of many from God.

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