Yesterday was the end of Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles. It was “day eight” called, “Shemini Atzeret”. It’s an extra ‘add on day’ to the week of Sukkot, and is connected to the idea of lingering longer; pausing; remaining another day; not rushing away. It’s also the day when traditionally the Jews begin to pray for the rain again.
Numbers 29:35 calls it a ‘solemn assembly’. On this day Solomon sent the people home after their celebrations and their dedicating the new Temple in Jerusalem. That night God appeared to him and gave him the promise that if the rain was lacking or the crops were being destroyed, if God’s people would turn back to Him and repent, seeking His face, then He would open up His blessings again.
On this day also, Jesus Himself cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink” [Jn. 7:37-39]
So we encourage ourselves at this time to embrace the pause. Linger longer in His Presence. Don’t rush away. Come to Him and ask for the rain of His Spirit. Come to Him and drink.
There is one proviso: thirst. Anyone can come and drink – as long as they are thirsty. That’s the prerequisite for receiving what God is wanting to give. He works on desire. The careless receive little because they place little value on what God is offering. Thirst and hunger for God are gifts from Him. We can’t work them up. But we can ask, and He will give them to us.
In this season, let’s get hungry and thirsty for more of Him. Let’s linger in His Presence. Let’s drink from Him and cry out for a fresh outpouring of Holy Spirit rain.
Here’s today’s video encouragement. May God bless you.
We are in week five of a special season of prayer in Golden Valley Church. What an awesome privilege to be able to come boldly to the God who loves us and ask for our requests for ourselves, our community and nation. We are so thankful the He invites us to come to Him and ask; to call upon His name.
Recently we have continued praying for our nation that it will turn in repentance back to God. We have prayed that God will raise up the honour of His Word, the Bible, in our lives and land.
As Sharron reminded us on Sunday, as with Abraham, God has called us His friends. And in the same way that Abraham interceded with God when He was about to destroy Sodom, so we can intercede also for our city and nation.
When we pray, we sense the pleasure of the Father. And we sense His Presence in the midst. How awesome it is to pray!!
Well, what an awesome week of prayer it has been in Golden Valley Church this week, as members have gathered together to pray for our church, city, and nation.
In the Bible God says, “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, forgive their sin, and heal their land” (2 Chron. 7:14).
There can be no doubt that our land is broken and needs healing. Politicians have referred to ‘Broken Britain’. God offers us the answer to our brokenness. To humble ourselves, pray, seek Him and turn around from doing wrong in His eyes.
We are praying for our nation to do this very thing. God promises healing if we do. What is the answer for Britain? For Europe? There is only one primary answer according to this scripture – to turn back to God and let Him back in.
Please pray with us, that pockets of praying Christians will take their place across our nation; in hospitals and schools, in offices and factories, in Government and police, in homes and churches. Our God hears and answers prayer.