Monday, March 27, 2017

Ezekiel 37:1-14 Revival Prayer

KEY TEXT: Ezekiel 37:7-10 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I prophesied, there was a sound, and behold, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. And I looked, and behold, there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them. But there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, "Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live." So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.

KEY THOT: After Ezekiel prophesied to the dry bones, they came together, bones to bones, with flesh and skin covering the flesh and bones. But they remain an army of dead corpses. I see this prophesying to the dead bones as preaching and teaching manwards. It creates the potential for divine life--but the people are like corpses without life and movement. That is what happens if we just preach and teach and stops there. But Ezekiel was asked to prophesy again--but this time heavenwards to the breath (Spirit of God): "O breath... breathe on these slain, that they may live" (v.9), and the effect was amazing: "the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army" (v.10). Without the coming of the Spirit upon the army, it remains spiritually dead. Only the Spirit of God can bring life and revival to dead churches.

We were told when we were young believers: "If you have only the Word, you dry up. If you have only the Spirit, you blow up. But if you have the Word and the Spirit, you will grow up!" Well, this may not be sound theology, but the principle is there: the Word and the Spirit must work together to bring revival to God's people. 

Teaching and preaching of God's Word without getting our people filled and empowered by the Spirit leaves them dead and dry. But once the Word has been taught, we pray for the Breath of God to come upon God's people, and revival breaks out--and they become a great army--a fighting force against principalities and powers in the realm of darkness. The church that is strong in Word ministry but weak in Spirit ministry remains impotent in spiritual warfare.

May God open our eyes to not only preach and teach God's word (prophesy to dead bones) but also pray for God's Spirit to come upon His people to revive them (prophesy to the winds).

O, Spirit of God! Come and breathe life upon Your people that they might be revived and empowered to become a fight force for Your kingdom! Amen.

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