LORD, SHAKE US FREE, SHAKE US UP,
SO ONLY YOUR LIFE IN US REMAINS – Ray E Horton
I believe in being Spirit-led, and that includes in prayer. The Holy Spirit will pray through us as well as show us how to pray, both in our personal prayer times, as well as in corporate prayer.
When I’m in a prayer meeting, I sure don’t want to pray aloud what is just my own good thing, so I ask the Holy Spirit if He has a word of prayer for me to share.
“The Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words” (Rom 8:28).
So, as I prayed in the Spirit under my breath during prayer and worship this evening , the Holy Spirit immediately brought to mind how the room where they prayed was shaken in Acts 4, and how in Luke 6 we read that a house build without foundation will be shaken, and that built on the rock of Jesus will not.
He also brought to mind prophecies that the Lord is currently shaking things up in the world, the nations, but the church first. He then reminded me that we the people, not the building, or just the leaders, are the church.
Welcome Shaking that leaves us
on a firm foundation
We are to welcome that shaking so that all that is not of Him will fall off, and that only the unshakable that is built on the rock of Jesus will remain
And He told me that we are to welcome that shaking so that all that is not of Him will fall off, and that only the unshakable that is built on the rock of Jesus will remain.
It comes by repentance and surrender, which leads to personal revival. Then the synergy of many letting go and letting God change their lives in prayer is what will lead to revival, a great awakening in the church, which will reach the nation, the nations, and bring in the harvest.
So, there I had the ingredients for my prayer tonight, some of which I shared.
I prayed that even as the world and the nation, and even our local community and families, are experiencing shaking these days, that we in the church, the brothers and sisters, would experience and welcome His shaking in our lives.
Let us not resist
Many of us have been in that process already. Let us not resist. We do resist that which is not of the Lord, but not the good shaking that is of Him, nor His working in that which we experience that was meant for evil, which He is turning to our good. And let us spend time in prayer, aware of His presence, where there is fullness of joy and the strength that cannot be shaken.
Father, in Jesus’ name, in Your amazing love, shake us free of the encumbrances of worldly living and self-centeredness, of our fears and weaknesses. Also, of our personal agendas that are not led of You, and of every hindrance that is preventing our holiness and obedience to love, as well as to fulfill our destiny in this life to advance Your Kingdom and bring in the harvest.
“The Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words” (Rom 8:28)
“…when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock” (Luke 6:48).
“For David says of Him, ‘I saw the Lord always in my presence; For He is at my right hand, so that I will not be shaken” (Acts 2:25).
“And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness” (Acts 4:31).
“Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace and show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe” (Heb 12:28).