Do you not know? Have you never understood? I am the Lord, the Everlasting God, Creator of the Earth and all that is on it. If you would only just look to Me, I will surely renew your energy, strength, and stamina. You shall soar on wings, as eagles; you shall run and not grow weary; you shall walk and not become faint. [Triune God…
Isa 40:28, 31]
EMMAUS COMMISSION FORUM: March 29th
Jesus said to them, “Go throughout the whole world and preach the good news of the Gospel to everyone, everywhere. With My authority, take this message of repentance to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: There is forgiveness of sins for all who turn to Me. [Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47] Obedience to the Lord’s injunction is the reason for launching the Emmaus Commission.
I just want to share with you what the Lord poured into my heart this morning, in those early morning hours well before dawn when we meet in our trysting place just to be alone together and commune. Just 3 days ago, on March 5th, 5,000 invitations to attend our Forum “WHY DO I EXIST?” were brought to the Post Office for mailing to the residents of zip code 33410. We need to pray in earnest to the Lord of the harvest!
“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of Him Who sent Me and to finish His work. Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are already white for harvesting! Even now the reaper draws his wages and is receiving his reward, for he is gathering a crop of fruit unto life eternal, so that he who does the planting and he who does the reaping may rejoice together. For in this the saying holds true, One sows and another reaps. I sent you to reap a crop for which you have not toiled. Other men have labored and you have stepped in to reap the results of their work. [John 4:34-38] The Lord has called us to this particular ministry to sow these seeds. March 29 is harvest time, and yourself and the other ministry team members are called to reap a crop of fruit unto life eternal for which you have not toiled, so that he who does the planting and he who does the reaping may rejoice together.
Abba Father…anoint the invitations that will be going out to those 5,000 souls. Let Your anointing be on these invitations, such that all 5,000 souls who receive it, and everyone else who comes into contact with it, will be touched by Your Holy Spirit…haunted by those words “Why Do I Exist”…that those words will never leave them for the rest of their lives…until the day they are drawn into a Sacred Covenant relationship with Your Divine Son Jesus, Father…or until the day of their death, still having ignored those words, or rejected those words. On their descent into Hell, the last voice they will hear is Your voice, Father, saying, “But I loved you. How I longed to gather you together with Me as one of My children…as a mother hen gathers her chicks under her wings…but you wouldn’t have it.”
Blessed Holy Spirit, You are the anointing; this is Your work. When You are at work, every life that comes into contact with that invitation will indeed be touched, such that from that moment forward their life can never be the same again. Every life will be touched…some will be mad and angry, some will be sad, and some will be glad…but none will ever be able to ignore those words “Why Do I Exist?…nor be able to live out their lives carelessly, complacently, or indifferent to this unanswered question in their heart. Spirit of the Living God…sweep over that 33410 zip code, and pierce the darkness that pervades there…dispel the darkness with the glorious Light of the gospel of salvation! Break up the fallow ground of their hearts; prepare the soil for the seed that was planted on March 5th. Open their eyes, that they can truly see; open their ears, that they can truly hear; melt their cold and stony hearts that they would be able to understand and accept Your glorious gospel of salvation. Remove their heart of stone, and give them a heart of flesh!
Abba Father…place a hedge of thorns around those 5,000 souls, and everyone else who will come into contact with that anointed invitation. Protect these souls and keep them safe from the people of this world who would influence them away from You; protect them from the things of this world that would draw them away from You. Father, Satan cannot do anything without Your permission. Deny Satan access to these souls; withdraw Your permission from him to influence these souls in any way. Let Your Holy Spirit have free unhindered reign in their lives to draw them to You.
Blessed Jesus…there will be some of these 5,000+ souls who are immersed in deep sadness and sorrow, intense crying and pain, overwhelming grief and loneliness, and brokenheartedness. With eyes of compassion, reach out Your nail-pierced hand to them, inviting them, “Come to Me, you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me…for I am meek and lowly, and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your soul. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” There will be others lying in the gutter of sin, wallowing in its muck and mire…utterly destitute, hopeless and helpless, without hope and without God. With eyes of compassion, Blessed Jesus, reach out Your nail-pierced hand to them, inviting them, “My child, come with Me. I have prepared a place for you in My Father’s House.” There will be others who are arrogant, haughty, proud and in the face of God…and still others who are living complacent lives, with a false sense of peace, of comfort, a false sense of well-being. Lord Jesus, strip away from these souls EVERYTHING they are leaning on for support, EVERYTHING they count on for support, until there is nothing whatsoever remaining in their lives for them to turn to but to You. For what good would it be for them to live out the rest of their lives with this false sense of peace, of comfort, a false sense of well-being…and in the end lose their soul? Would good would it be even if they were to gain the whole world, but then lose their soul? Forbid it, Lord; may it never be! Make them utterly miserable, until they find true peace, comfort, and well-being in You alone!
Abba Father…let their be a mighty outpouring of Your Holy Spirit! Draw multitudes of hungry and thirsty souls to the March 29 Forum! Fill the place to overflowing! Father… show us Your Glory! Stretch out Your hand to heal, to restore, to deliver, to save…to perform miraculous signs and wonders through the Name of Your Divine Son Jesus! Bring Glory to Your Name…and bring Your blessings and salvation before the souls of Men! We want to see Your Glory…with our own eyes, we want to see it…that we would have occasion to proclaim Your great Name and mighty Power according to all that our eyes shall see! Because people need to know how great You are!
Abba Father…I’ve come, in the Name of Your Divine Son Jesus, before Your Throne of Grace, to stand before You in the gap on behalf of these souls. Father…stretch out Your hand! Intervene in the lives of these souls, and exercise Your will there, in them…the will You have withheld from fully exercising, the will You have withdrawn from fully exercising…exercise that same will even now, in them, on Earth as it is in Heaven! Father…in Heaven, I know, there is no evil, nothing impure, nothing unholy; there are no physical disorders or diseases or illnesses; there is no sadness, no sorrow; no crying, no pain; no grief, no loneliness, no brokenhearted. Father…there are none of these things! Father…I appeal to You: exercise that same will in them that You exercise in Heaven… exercise it in them, even now, here on Earth! Father…You promised: “Call on Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things you know not.” You told me, “Call on Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor Me.” Father…You assured me that I may have this confidence in approaching God: “If you make any request in agreement with My will, I shall hear you. And since you know that I will hear you in whatever you ask, you may be certain, beyond the shadow of any doubt, that I shall grant you the request that is in agreement with My will you have made of Me.”
Father…show us Your Glory! Stretch out Your hand to heal, to restore, to deliver, to save…to perform miraculous signs and wonders through the Name of Your Divine Son Jesus! Manifest Your great Glory; glorify Your Name in all the Earth! I long to see You Glory! I long to see the great and mighty things You promised to show us in answer to prayer! My heart yearns to see Your Glory! My soul pines away and is homesick to see the manifestation of Your Glory! Father…bring glory to Your Name! Let Your mighty hand move in answer to our prayer, and bring Your blessings and Your salvation before the souls of men! I’ve come to stand before You in the gap on behalf of these souls. I’ve come to call on Your Great Name and Your Mighty Power on their behalf in their day of trouble. Father! Deliver them as You promised! Release them, and set them free! Set the captives free; set the prisoners free! For whom the Son sets free is free indeed! Break the chains of sin that bind the lost and hold them prisoner! Break the chains of sin that bind the backsliden and hold them captive! Deliver them as You promised; release them and set them free. Break the chains of physical infirmities…of physical disorders, diseases, and illnesses…that bind the body and render it unfit! Bring healing to these broken bodies. Break the chains of broken relationships…of strained relationships… relationships between husband and wife, parents and children, brothers and sisters and family members; between friends and neighbors, between brothers and sisters in Your own Family, Father! Restore these relationships; make them whole. Break the chains of bondage to addictions and habits…addictions to pornography, drugs, alcohol, gambling; addictions to food, tobacco, television. Break the chains of financial bondage, emotional bondage, social bondage, spiritual bondage. Set the captives free! Set the prisoners free! Break the chains of depression, discouragement, disappointment, the disheartened and the disillusioned! Break the chains of the downcast, downtrodden, distraught, dismayed, and distressed! Break the chains of discord, disharmony, disunity, dissension and division! Bring healing and comfort to these debilitating emotions. Break the chains of affections for the people of this world, and for the things this world has to offer, that compete with our affection for Christ Jesus our Lord; may our sweetest, most tender affections, be reserved for Him. Break the chains of attractions to the people of this world, and to the things this world has to offer, that compete with our attraction to Christ Jesus Your Son; may He be the choicest, most precious treasure of our heart. Break the chains of desires within our heart that compete with His desires for us; enable us to say truthfully from our heart, “I desire to do Your will, O Lord.” Break the chains of purposes for our life that compete with His purposes for our life; enable us to embrace His word to us, “I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Break the chains of ungodly motives, bad attitudes, sour dispositions. Work in us godly motives, good attitudes, a sweet disposition. Father! Let Your mighty hand move in answer to our prayer! Hear our cry, and answer our prayer! Deliver these souls as You promised! Release them and set then free!
Father…I will honor You. In fulfillment of my portion of that Scripture, in the power of Your enabling grace, I consecrate myself to honor You! I will set forth Your praises! I will sing forth the honor and glory of Your name, and I will make Your praise glorious! I will not remain silent, Father. My lips will continually proclaim Your Glory! My lips will shout for joy as I sing praises to You! I will open my lips, and my mouth will declare Your praises! With singing lips, my mouth will overflow with Your praises! I will open my mouth, and offer up unto You a sacrifice of praise…the fruit of my lips, worshiping You for Who You are…the One True Living God; praising You for all You have done for the souls of Man down through the ages; gratefully acknowledging, with a heart of thanksgiving, all You have Personally done for me. In the presence of the congregation, I will proclaim Your Great Name and Your Mighty Power according to all that my eyes shall see!
Father! Many souls will be blessed by the word of our testimony…the souls of Your own people, whose hearts have grown cold…worse yet, even lukewarm…toward You. There will be a remnant of souls, Father, who will turn their hearts back to You, perhaps even for the first time…to live faithfully in that Sacred Covenant relationship with You for which purpose You created us, to be the mirrors of the Almighty that from the very beginning You intended for us to be, to become the true worshipers that You seek and desire. For their sake…for the sake of this remnant…I ask that You let Your mighty hand move in answer to our prayer. And not only for their sake, but also for the sake of the souls who will be saved. Father…there will be souls who will be saved by the word of our testimony…souls whom You created, and whom You love. Father…You were never willing that any of these souls should perish. And so, Father, I appeal to You according to the most intense desire of Your loving heart. Father…if only just 10 souls would be saved by the word of our testimony, would You not stretch out Your hand to heal, to restore, to deliver, to save, to perform miraculous signs and wonders through the Name of Your Divine Son Jesus? Would You not do it, Father, for the sake of just 10 souls? Father…I know that there is rejoicing in Heaven even over just one soul!
And so, Father…I appeal to You, even as Hezekiah appealed to You. Father…You told Hezekiah, Personally, through Your prophet, that he would not recover from his illness and that he should prepare to die. Yet even so, Hezekiah appealed to You…he turned his face to the wall, and with crying and tears, he appealed to You. And before Your prophet had even left the courtyard, You told him to go back and tell Hezekiah, “I have heard your prayer and have seen your tears; I will heal you of your illness, and I will add fifteen years to your life.” Father…what You had done for Hezekiah, I am asking You to do for these souls that we have brought before You. What You had done for Hezekiah, and what You have done countless times in countless places down through the ages, I am asking You to do for them.
And so, Father, I entrust these souls into Your hands, for I know in Whom I have believed, and I am persuaded that You are more than able to keep and to guard that which I have entrusted unto You. I wait before You, Father…to see Your Glory; I wait before You with a joyful expectation, an excited anticipation…more than watchmen wait for the morning; yes, more than watchmen who wait for the morning. Father…bring glory to Your name!
And now, Lord God Almighty…bring rains to our drought-stricken lives, so that those who sow in tears, invoking the Lord of the Harvest, will reap with songs of Joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying bountiful sheaves from the harvest with him! [Ps 126:3-6] Hallelujah!