For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. (1 Corinthians 1:21)
God gave us the authority to preach His Gospel. He has chosen this as the only avenue by which men and women will hear the message of salvation.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! (Romans 10:13-15)
It is sobering to think that the world will not be saved if you and I do not preach the Gospel. God will not send an angel to preach the salvation message.
Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. (1 Peter 1:23)
Men and woman are saved as a result of the incorruptible seed of God’s Word being planted in their hearts when they hear the message of salvation.
There are people today who spend hours fasting and praying for God to save their loved ones. People do not get saved through prayer! Prayer can soften the ground of their heart but people are only saved through the incorruptible seed of God’s Word being planted in their hearts.
The word translated “seed” in 1 Peter is “sporas”. It is talking about a seed that is planted in the ground. It is no more possible for a person to be saved without hearing the Word then it is for a plant to grow without a seed being planted in the ground!
If the Word has been sown then we can pray and increase the effectiveness of the growth process. In this context, prayer becomes the water or fertilizer that aids the growth process.
Praying for people to be saved without the Word being planted is equivalent to watering dry ground that has never had a seed planted in it. We can pour all the water we want into a pot of dirt but we haven’t planted a seed the result will only be a pot of mud!
There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway. He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius. And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God. And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter: He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do. (Acts 10:1-6)
An angel appeared to Cornelius but he had to send for Peter to hear the Gospel. The angel did not preach the message!
I believe that there is a major misunderstanding in this area. Christians are praying for God to save people. Jesus has already gone to the cross and His work is complete. He is waiting for us to take the good news to the world and will not take it for us.
I have been in prayer meetings where we spent all night crying out for revival. The Holy Spirit has shown me that God is not holding revival until certain conditions are met.
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. (Acts 2:38-39)
God has poured out His Spirit and has never called Him back. The Church is praying for the Spirit to be poured out when He is already in the room!
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
This verse is used to justify our prayers for God to pour out revival. This is an Old Testament Scripture which was written before Jesus’ ministry and death on the cross.
Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence, As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence! (Isaiah 64:1-2)
I have heard people cry out in prayer that God would “rend the heavens”. This is in the Bible before Jesus came. He has already gone to the cross and paid the price for our sins! Praying for Him to come down is equivalent to denying that He has already come and paid the price for our sins!
God has poured out His Spirit and He is dwelling inside of our spirits! The reason we are not seeing more miracles and revival is that the Church is hidden away in prayer closets crying out for God to do what He has already done and given us the authority to do.
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