Rev. 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
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This verse is one of the most amazing insights into the partnership of prayer, between the Lord and His Church. Through a Church that prays in corporate intercession, God calls the unsaved into His Kingdom. But without a praying Church the harvest is lost. When the Church prays for the harvest of souls until the Spirit of God lifts them into one accord, at that point they can literally call the lost into God’s Kingdom.
“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come.”
Corporate intercession involves both petitioning and conditioning. Through the prayer of agreement, the Church comes into a state where we are conditioned with Jesus’ love for the unsaved and are able to exercise His authority to forgive.
John 20:21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”
John 20:22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
John 20:23 “If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained.”
This brings us into such a harmony with Him, so that we might say to the lost, on His behalf and with His anointing, “Come”. You get the picture of a bride and her husband inviting guests into their home. This is the idea in the mind of God.
The Power of Corporate Prayer
Jesus did everything to get His Church to pray as “one”.
Matt. 16:18 …upon this rock I will build my church
Matt. 18:18 …Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heavenÖwhatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Matt. 18:19 …if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
Matt. 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
The hand that reaches out to the lost cannot override a prayerless arm. But when the Church prays in unison the power of the Holy Spirit will flow through it to the unsaved. That’s the key to revival: praying till we all pray. You can understand members being indifferent towards a prayerless church. But to neglect a praying church is to neglect God. Paul knew that a praying church had the power to call to the lost: “Come!” The power of harmonious prayer blends the Church with her Lord, and empowers us to call to those in darkness. This is exactly how Jesus speaks to the world; and prayer gives us His voice.
Eph. 6:19 And (pray) for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
Col. 4:3 Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:
Col. 4:4 That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.
More on prayer tomorrow, so until then…
Stay On The Path!