It's Time to Seek the Lord
Sow for yourselves righteousness;
Do you, like many dedicated believers, presume that if God makes a promise, His power alone makes it happen? Gods promise and Gods power dont "just come about." The Lord has ordained one other factor in order to process His promise on this earth--prayer. The promise is His Word, the power is His Holy Spirit, and He is the One who gives the Word and provides the power, but the avenue that welcomes its entry is prayer.
It is the prayer of people that invites Gods promise and power to work. That is why Jesus taught us to pray the way He did in Matthew 6:9-13. In that is a principle that is woven throughout Scripture: that Gods rule and kingdom does not enter this planet except where it is welcome. Not because His kingdom isnt strong enough of His own volition, but because He has decreed that He will only enter where there is a welcome. Prayer is that welcome. Prayer in the name of Jesus introduces the power of God into the earths realm.
Its time to seek the Lord. The Hebrew word for "seek" used here is the word for the dawn of the sun rising.
Hosea answered the call of God in a ministry to a declining nation, a nation that had dissipated its spiritual energy so that everything else about its life was coming unglued.
Hosea was preaching to a society in spiritual neglect, that had lost its sense of Gods justice and its sense of the value of life.
We live in times very much like Hoseas. In many ways, we too are a nation thats lost its perspective on justice and its value for life, and into that environment, it is time to seek the Lord.
Hoseas call to us is personal as well as national. "Break up your fallow ground " He uses a dramatic image in that of the unplowed field, the fallow ground. That doesnt mean nothing can grow there. Something will grow, and when God gives a promise, something will happen. But it doesnt begin to approach what happens when there is the cultivating the soil of the soul; when there is the preparation and the waiting over that with the tears in prayer, saying, "Lord, we want to see the maximum harvest." God leaves that to usHeres My promise, My power. Now, how will you embrace it?
The way that fallow ground is broken up has to do with the openness of our heart, letting the sword of truth become a plow that opens up territory where we have simply been inclined to say, "I love the promises of God." You receive the promise spread like seed over your soul and something will happen But God is calling us to see is that if you want maximum harvest, there needs to come the breaking up of your soul in prayer, and the watering of that seed by the tears of intercession. Then, watch there come the full fruit that God wants to bring about!Its time to seek the Lord, not "stuff" from God. God doesnt tell us to pray because He draws energy from our concentration; God doesnt call us to pray because we have to wrestle things out of His tightly clenched fist, or because Hes reluctant. He calls us to pray because
Gods enterprise only advances where people pray. The power is His; the privilege is ours to pray and invite that power. Prayer is the incubator that hosts the promises of God till they come into full fruition and development. It is not that our energy brings it about, but our attitude, our openness, our readiness of response, and our availability to being transformed.
How many of you want the fullest harvest possible?Watch the television broadcast of this entire message on Sunday, March 18, 2001, or view this sermon online. You can also order the video or an audio cassette from Living Way Ministries.
Unless otherwise noted, all scripture verses are from The Holy Bible, New King James Version,
Copyright © 2001 Jack W. Hayford, The Kings College and Seminary, Van Nuys, CA 91405