‘Evangelism without prayer is like a bomb without a detonator and prayer without evangelism is like a detonator without a bomb.’
– Dutch Sheets, The Prayer Summit
I think 2012 has really been the year that I’ve seen the power of prayer manifest more greatly than all years preceding it. Perhaps it’s because it’s the year that God has birth some big dreams in my heart and the hearts of those around me that we know would be impossible without divine intervention. I’ve directly witnessed and been involved in the salvation stories of more people than I had in all the years before. We’ve seen an old fire for campus ministries relit and fanned into flames again. Our church has almost doubled in size in the last 9 months. We’re seeing families on the brink of divorce be restored and bloom more beautifully than ever before.
But there is still work to be done.
Throughout the ages, prayer has been the key to all great revivals so why go doing things the hard way?
Pray and let’s see an explosion of God’s favour and manifestation on this generation!
– Ames –
Ah, God. You are so good to me. I seem to be constantly in awe of how you are just bringing everything together to work for my good. Your favour and blessing in my life just floors me. If only people would open their hearts to you, I know that your love would just flood in and overflow in a way that would amaze them as well.
A week ago, I was on my way back from a life-changing weekend in Qld. I still find it hard at times to adequately articulate how impacted I was from the wisdom, experience and personal stories that I drank up, but what left the greatest impression on me was the importance and the necessary role that prayer plays in any revival. When we pray, we are acknowledging that we can’t do it on our own. We are acknowledging that it is only through the power of God, that light can break through the darkness. We are surrendering our plans to God and asking for Him to lead.
A song was birthed in my soul on the last morning as well. I’d been going through a creative drought, having written my last song about a year ago, but this one was almost effortless. Only possible if it was God-given.
In awe once again of what God is doing on our campuses. I feel so honoured and privileged that He would allow me to catch a glimpse of what He has before us.
A key thing I’ve learnt on this leadership summit is that the catalyst for any great revival is united prayer and then an attitude of expecting God to manifest His presence. Souls are not won through arguments about doctrine but by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Lord may there be an outpouring of your spirit over the universities all across our nation. God knows we need a fresh awakening of the hearts and minds of the spiritually poor.
Thanks again for placing me in a position to see You at work.
Get behind it, Melbourne! God is stirring something up in our city!
For those not in Melbourne or those who can’t make it, please pray for the event, the performers, speakers and the hearts of the people who will gather. May this be just a glimpse of what is to come in Melbourne.
Free for all, no matter what your faith or background is :).
God’s up to something.
There is revival in the air.
He is gathering his people for this hour, for such a time as this to declare Truth upon this generation and bring people to their knees before a Holy God. Surrounded by uni students tonight from all different campuses around Victoria, I couldn’t help but feel so privileged to be alived and at uni in this season. I’m humbled that He would allow me to be born in this generation and be part of this movement of God’s spirit in this time in history.
The time is now. We are the generation that will turn this world upside down for Jesus.
More to come…
Much love, Ames