Waiting for the Fire: Fervent Prayer

by APC on February 25, 2014

The Fire is What Will Make the Difference

I’ve been reading a wonderful book recently about the importance and power of prayer by Thetus Tenney called God, Can You Hear Me Now: Heaven’s Wireless Connection. It has been incredibly moving and powerful and has evoked conviction in my life to take my prayers to a higher level. While this post today is not a plug for her book, I would definitely suggest picking up a copy because you’ll return to it again and again.

When we pray, a lot of times we don’t consider needing to pray fervent prayers to make a difference or for God to move in our situations. A dear friend of mind uses the term “earth shaking prayers,” which aren’t all the time necessary. As we know, just saying, “Jesus” in a time of need can speak beyond any 1,000 words we can form for an eloquent prayer.

But today, my heart is steadfast on the concept of waiting for the fire. There should be times in our prayer life that we pray until we experience the fire, because sometimes, the fire is what will make the difference. Fire throughout the Bible in conjunction with prayers has created such moves of God, revivals, and miracles that we can’t exclude this in our prayer lives today.

Here’s more of what I mean…

Elijah, when speaking to the people in I Kings 18:30-46 to show them the truth of the one true God (they worshiped Baal), built an altar of 12 stones, created a trench around it, put his wood in order, and instructed them to pour four barrels full of water on the burnt sacrifice and the wood. He prayed a 63-word prayer, and the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, the wood, the stones, the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench (around the altar).

Our prayers need to be fervent and true–and need to contain the fire. Without the fire completing Elijah’s prayer, the community would not have turned from idol worship to the Lord. God’s fire alone speaks volumes and meets the need we bring to Him in prayer.

You also have the 120 who tarried in the upper room at Jerusalem waiting for Pentecost to arrive. They prayed until the fire came. Acts 2 notes:

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

The Holy Ghost is the fire of God’s presence that dwells within us, and we have the opportunity to pray until that fire comes down from heaven and consumes us. It’s these fervent kinds of prayers, when we wait for the fire, when we make true intercession, that we see great things happen. The infilling of the Holy Ghost is awesome enough–being the earnest of our inheritance–but think of how our prayers work well beyond our sight when we pray through to the fire! Miracles happen, lives are changed, sinners repent–what glory!

When we pray, and wait for the fire, we catch on fire ourselves. Fire cannot do anything but spread. Spread that fire to your church and your community and start the fire of revival!

But, it all starts in prayer, on your knees in your own prayer closet. Don’t just utter prayers for 5 minutes and expect great things. The spiritual outcome will mirror the effort you put into it. Fellowship with the Lord, and tarry for a while–waiting for the fire…