“Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The beast of the field will honor Me, the jackals and the ostriches, because I give waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to My people, My chosen.” (Isaiah 43:18-20, NKJV)
The same God who, on behalf of His Old Testament Israelites, brought judgment on Pharaoh with His army and chariots in the Red Sea, is seeking in this 21st century to awaken His New Testament Church to a new hope for a new thing. The same God who made paths through the Red Sea is able and willing to make a pathway for His people to escape the longest drought His Church has ever known. The American church is facing a severe crisis. It is either revival or judgment. But there are conditions to meet!—being humble, praying, seeking God’s face, and turning from our wicked ways (II Chronicles 7:14). As weak as the church has become and as wicked as the world is today, I am convinced that we must have the kind of prayer revival that we hear the prophet Daniel praying in Daniel 9:3-19, (NKJV):
Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes. And I prayed to the Lord my God, and made confession, and said, “O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments, we have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments. Neither have we heeded Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings and our princes, to our fathers and all the people of the land. O Lord, righteousness belongs to You, but to us shame of face, as it is this day—to the men of Judah, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, those near and those far off in all the countries to which You have driven them, because of the unfaithfulness which they have committed against You. O Lord, to us belongs shame of face, to our kings and our princes, and our fathers, because we have sinned against You. To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against Him. We have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in His laws, which He set before us by His servants the prophets. Yes, all Israel has transgressed Your law, and has departed so as not to obey Your voice; therefore the curse and the oath written in the Law of Moses the servant of God have been poured out on us because we have sinned against Him. And He has confirmed His words, which He spoke against us and against our judges who judged us by bringing upon us a great disaster; for under the whole heaven such has never been done as what has been done to Jerusalem. As it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come upon us; yet we have not made our prayer before the Lord our God, that we might turn from our iniquities and understand Your truth. Therefore the Lord has kept the disaster in mind, and brought it upon us; for the Lord our God is righteous in all the works which He does, though we have not obeyed His voice.”
“And now, O Lord our God, who brought your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and made Yourself a name, as it is this day—we have sinned, we have done wickedly! O Lord, according to all Your righteousness, I pray, let Your anger and Your fury be turned away from Your city Jerusalem, Your holy mountain; because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and Your people are a reproach to all those around us.”
“Now therefore, our God, hear the prayer of Your servant, and his suppli-cations, and for the Lord’s sake cause Your face to shine on Your sanctuary, which is desolate. O my God, incline Your ear and hear; open Your eyes and see our desolations, and the city which is called by Your name; for we do not present our supplications before You because of our righteous deeds, but because of Your great mercies. O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! Do not delay for Your own sake, my God, for Your city and Your people are called by Your name.”
My dear readers, brothers and sisters in Christ, it is high time for all who are serious about our hope for a mighty spiritual awakening and an evangelistic harvest of lost souls, we have only one course: Remembering that our Heavenly Father gave His Son a name, a name above every name, and at this name, JESUS, every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess. Time is running out, and Christian believers must awaken to the realization that to them Christ has bequeathed His name as the authority and power to pray His will to pass in giving a last-days spiritual earthquake of greater magnitude than any throughout the history of the church. It is to this mountain (this humanly impossible moving of the heavens) that we must speak in order to see the glory of God on a scale that both the church and the world have never seen. So, Spirit-anointed brothers and sisters, let’s sacrifice time and fasting and any other things the Spirit calls us to do,
Let us make up our minds to pray with the prophet Habakkuk: “O Lord, now I have heard your report, and I worship you in awe for the fearful things you are going to do. In this time of our deep need, begin again to help us, as you did in years gone by. Show us your power to save us. In your wrath, remember mercy.” (Habakkuk 3:2, The Living Bible)
Prayer Partners, please keep our schedule as a reference in praying for our ministries.
Rev. Jim and Shirley Tharp’s Winter Schedule
Saturday Morning Prayer Group: From 10 am to 12 noon, Pastor Tharp leads a prayer meeting, interceding for revival and a great spiritual awakening. We are meeting upstairs at 724 Glider Lane, Belgrade, MT. If you are in the area, you are welcome to join with us for intercessory prayer.
Sunday from 9:00-9:30 AM Mountain Time: Every Sunday, Pastor Jim Tharp broadcasts a sermon over 99.1 FM on his program, A Call to Prayer, which is heard in several counties of Montana. The broadcasts are now being posted on our website, www.crmin.org, so that everyone worldwide can listen to them.
New Year’s Greeting
There’s no better time to think about the good and gracious people who hold a special place in our hearts and lives and who are truly gifts to know. We appreciate all our readers, prayer warriors, and those who bless us with financial support for Christian Renewal Ministries. In this New Year, may God’s love, joy, peace, and presence fill your heart and home in a very meaningful way!