21 Days of Prayer 2018 Back to blog list
9th – 30th March 2018
Please join the Assemblies of God in NZ in prayer.
As we enter this season of prayer and fasting, I pray that the Lord will answer the cry of your heart to see His glory manifested in your life, the life of your church and your community, but most of all, our nation. Fasting and prayer humbles us before God. God has always answered the cry of the humble. Isaiah tells us that God dwells with the contrite at heart and the humble in spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. Yes we are in need of reviving. We desperately need a revival in our nation where God takes centre stage and the Holy Spirit is given free rein to do what He wants to do. Revival always starts in us and with us.
God has always had more problems with His own people than those of the world. God had more problems with Jonah than Nineveh. When Jonah got it rights, Nineveh got saved. When we get it right, I’m sure our nation will come to know the Lord in a way we had never anticipated. ‘If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face, then I will hear from heaven, I will forgive their sins and heal their land.’ The healing of our land is not dependent on the politicians, it is very much dependent on us the Church of the Living God.
Once again let us be reminded that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. What He did yesterday through men and women of God as they were moved upon by the Holy Spirit, He can still do today through us who are called by His Name.
I urge you and your people to be involved in this season of prayer and fasting. When Jesus entered His ministry calling and before He ever performed any miracles, He entered into a season of prayer and fasting We are always looking for similar results in our ministries and lives as Jesus had, yet we want to do it our way. I dare say, if we want Jesus’ results the we need to do things Jesus’ way. Let us believe God for the miraculous as we enter into this time of seeking God as a Movement. Jesus said, ‘Ash and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.’ Let us ask, let us seek, let us knock but let us do it with concentrated prayer and fasting.
I wish you God’s favour in this season as we seek His face for His will to be done.
Pastor Iliafi Esera, General Superintendent, Assemblies of God in NZ Inc.