THE REMNANT – PART 5

Creed of the Remnant:

I am a dedicated Christian who is pure, devoted and fearless. I am loyal to God and keep His commands. I cling to the cross and long for the return of Christ. I love truth, speak truth and stand for truth. I am militant against lies, deception and compromise. I boldly and courageously swim against the tide of evil, bravely speak the truth about moral issues and embrace and support Israel even if the rest of the world doesn’t. While others are asleep to prayer, I am a mighty prayer warrior. I stand stalwart against doubt and unbelief, walk by faith and not by sight and am an overcomer. While others let their love for the Lord and their brothers and sisters grow cold, I love with intensity and have an unoffendable heart. I am awake when others are asleep, hungry for God when others don’t care, and pursue holiness when others commend worldliness. I am talked about, falsely accused and labeled legalistic, fanatical, extreme, closed-minded and a troublemaker. I am tried and tested and still proven faithful. I am a revivalist and a revolutionary, revolutionizing the world, demonstrating the kingdom, and ushering in the greatest harvest of souls that the world has ever seen. I am a true biblical Christian. I am the remnant.

The remnant are mighty prayer warriors. They pray extravagant prayers, with their extravagant faith, from a place of extravagant victory. Those are the kinds of prayers that change nations.

God loves it when we pray extravagant prayers. What extravagant prayers are you praying? Are you asking God to use you in big ways? Are you asking God for entire nations? Those are the types of prayers that please God.

God answers all kinds of prayers. He answers small prayers; He answers big prayers. I’m going to let you in on something, though: small prayers insult our big God. It’s like saying that God can only do so much.

The remnant pray, not as a last resort, or just once a day, but as a way of life. There’s no way that the remnant can perform its mission without constant prayer. The lines of communication between ourselves and the Lord must be open at all times. Anything that closes the line of communication – sin, busyness, distractions, laziness, self-righteousness, comfort, doubt – need to be shut down in our lives.

The remnant rallies in prayer day and night. They refuse to bow down to the principalities and the powers that would hold them, and others, in bondage. The remnant pray fervently and earnestly both day and night. They don’t stop praying even when it seems like evil is overcoming good. They keep praying down God’s purposes and plans for this earth.

If the remnant stops praying, who will pray? Who will pray for God’s plans and purposes? Who will pray against the attacks of the enemy? Who will pray in the end time harvest of souls? Who will pray the prayers that will win entire nations to Him? Who will pray the prayers that will win the nation of Israel back to the Lord? Who will pray the pray the prayer that will usher in the second coming of Christ? If the remnant isn’t praying, no one is.

In Luke chapter 17, beginning in verse 20, we see Jesus explaining to the Pharisees what the coming of the Kingdom of God would look like. He told them, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or, ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.”

In verses 22-35 in that chapter, He explains to his disciples what it will look like.

22 Then he said to his disciples, ‘The time is coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it. 23 People will tell you, ‘There he is!’ or ‘Here he is!’ Do not go running off after them. 24 For the Son of Man in his day will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other. 25 But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.

26 ‘Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man.27 People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.

28 ‘It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. 29 But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.

30 ‘It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed. 31 On that day no one who is on the housetop, with possessions inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything. 32 Remember Lot’s wife! 33 Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it. 34 I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. 35 Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.’”

After this, Jesus told them a parable to teach them to pray without giving up. It’s found in Luke chapter 18:1-8.

“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: ‘In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’

‘For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’

And the Lord said, ‘Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?’”

The remnant must approach God with tenacity – in the Hebrew, “chutzpah.” We need to display the same amount of “chutzpah” in our prayer lives as the widow did when she approached the judge.

This parable shows that even an unjust judge will grant the request of someone who is persistent enough. How much more will our just God grant our requests? How much more will God pour out onto the remnant?

 

 

 

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