Good Day Prayer Eagles,
Power Stop Number 3
After today’s lesson you might think this is the most important lesson you have ever heard, because what you will see in a few minutes will totally revolutionize your spiritual life when you allow it to sink in and take root.
It is the secret weapon that men and women of God have used throughout the ages to turn the tide against the enemy, and in the process unleash an unstoppable flood of breakthroughs in their lives and ministries.
Ignite the fire of revival by midnight prayer.
This brings us to Power Stop Number 3. The place where fire dwells.
Let’s get back to Gideon.
9 It happened on the same night that the Lord said to him, “Arise, go down against the camp, for I have delivered it into your hand. 10 But if you are afraid to go down, go down to the camp with Purah your servant, 11 and you shall hear what they say; and afterward your hands shall be strengthened to go down against the camp.” Then he went down with Purah his servant to the outpost of the armed men who were in the camp. 12 Now the Midianites and Amalekites, all the people of the East, were lying in the valley as numerous as locusts; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the seashore in multitude.
13 And when Gideon had come, there was a man telling a dream to his companion. He said, “I have had a dream: To my surprise, a loaf of barley bread tumbled into the camp of Midian; it came to a tent and struck it so that it fell and overturned, and the tent collapsed.”
14 Then his companion answered and said, “This is nothing else but the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel! Into his hand God has delivered Midian and the whole camp.”
15 And so it was, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream and its interpretation, that he worshiped. He returned to the camp of Israel, and said, “Arise, for the Lord has delivered the camp of Midian into your hand.” 16 Then he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet into every man’s hand, with empty pitchers, and torches inside the pitchers. 17 And he said to them, “Look at me and do likewise; watch, and when I come to the edge of the camp you shall do as I do: 18 When I blow the trumpet, I and all who are with me, then you also blow the trumpets on every side of the whole camp, and say, ‘The sword of the Lord and of Gideon!’”
19 So Gideon and the hundred men who were with him came to the outpost of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, just as they had posted the watch; and they blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers that were in their hands. 20 Then the three companies blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers—they held the torches in their left hands and the trumpets in their right hands for blowing—and they cried, “The sword of the Lord and of Gideon!” 21 And every man stood in his place all around the camp; and the whole army ran and cried out and fled. Judges 7:9-21 (NKJV)
I would like you to pay close attention to the role played by a dream (and its interpretation) here. Also notice the way fire and trumpets were deployed as the ultimate weapons in this strange encounter.
But before I get ahead of myself, let’s talk “fire” for a moment.
What is this Fire?
In many places where Father God manifested in the Bible, there was fire.
In the sacrifices offered by Abraham, Moses and others, you will see that fire was always present.
And wherever the fire of God falls, God’s glory always follows.
Let’s look at a few examples:
Elijah was on Mount Carmel, standing against 850 satanic prophets. Because of the fire of God in his life, he was able to overcome.
13 “From above He has sent fire into my bones,
And it overpowered them;
He has spread a net for my feet
And turned me back;
He has made me desolate
And faint all the day. Lamentations 1:13 (NKJV)
You see the fire of God can show up in many ways. On the one hand it works to purify or refine us. On the other hand, it also works to destroy the enemies of God.
We just saw the famous Mount Carmel episode. Let’s look at two more examples before I make a crucial point.
Solomon Dedicates the Temple
7 When Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. 2 And the priests could not enter the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord’s house. 2 Chronicles 7:1-2 (NKJV)
This is King Solomon in action.
Here’s the scenario:
He had just completed the most magnificent temple ever built to the Lord at that time. Come the day of dedication, everything was set. The guests had arrived from far and wide. the sacrifice was on the altar.
But something was missing.
Then Solomon began to pray. As soon as he finished praying, the fire fell, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.
Coming of the Holy Spirit
2 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord[a] in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts 2:1-4 (NKJV)
This is the famous Pentecostal experience that formally marked the beginning of the Christian era.
You know today, Christians seem to dwell more on the power of the tongue than on the fire whenever they talk about this Pentecostal experience.
But the fire is crucially important. In a very real sense, this is the missing ingredient in modern day Christianity.
11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 12 His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” Matthew 3:11-12 (NKJV)
Notice two very worthy things in the passage above
The chaff represents sin and self. The wheat represents the nature of Jesus Christ in our lives.
This purging is the birthplace, the absolute starting point of lasting breakthroughs, whether you are speaking about spiritual or physical breakthroughs.
When you allow the fire of God to work in your life, the first thing that will leave is hypocrisy.
When the fire fell on the apostles, they stopped arguing about who was going to lead. Instead they marched forth together and turned the then known world upside down for Jesus.
During the time of Isaiah, the prophet, you’ll notice an interesting thing that happened. For those who do not know, Isaiah is regarded as the Messianic prophet. His prophecies about the coming of Christ sometimes real like New Testament material.
In the first 5 chapters of his prophetic book, we find him prophesying, and by today’s standard he seemed to be doing quite well.
Until something happened in chapter 6 that changed everything for him.
Isaiah Called to Be a Prophet
6 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. 2 Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one cried to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
The whole earth is full of His glory!”
4 And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.
5 So I said:
“Woe is me, for I am undone!
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King,
The Lord of hosts.”
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth with it, and said:
“Behold, this has touched your lips;
Your iniquity is taken away,
And your sin purged.” Isaiah 6:1-7 (NKJV)
What happened here?
That’s when he saw the Lord and things became more exciting!
To see the Lord is an awesome experience. It is a life-transforming encounter.
It enabled him to pinpoint what his problem was:
That remains the problem of most people today. And you can tell if you might be afflicted with this disease if you notice the following regularly manifesting in your life:
A wonderful, deep penetrating, far-reaching purging took place immediately.
And Isaiah was now ready to fulfil his divine assignment.
How can you tell?
He did 5 chapters before the fire but did 60 chapters after the fire.
His ministry, after the fire was clearly outstanding. He correctly predicted the coming of the Messiah, even right down to the details of his birth.
When praying these prayers keep your eyes open and say it out loud!
Here are today’s prayer points: