A Land of Pleading Hearts

Gary Wilkerson

“In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:6-7, ESV).

No one wants to just go through the motions. Dont you want to be a man or woman who clearly has the touch of God on your life? Wouldn’t you want people to look at you and think, “What is it about that person?  Theres a holy anointing on them. Theres a touch of God on their life.”

I believe God wants to raise up people and say, “Ah, theres a vessel right there that I can work through. Theres a heart, theres a mouth, theres a voice that I can speak through in these dark days.” He wants people through whom he can stretch out his hand to heal and give signs and wonders. As the enemy comes in like a flood, the Lord sets up a counterpoint. Thats what he wants to do in your life.

If youre living in a generation that is raging against the Holy One, then youre going to need a pleading in your heart saying, “Come, Lord Jesus, come! Come, Holy Spirit in your fullness and your power, come to your church and revive us. Awaken us.”

We need the Holy Spirit to shake this place once again and put us through the refiners fire, burning off the dross so that we might come out as pure gold. We want to come out of hard times and oppression on fire for God.

I pray that once again the Holy Spirit would capture our hearts. Lord, stretch out your hand on our lives. Lord, put the touch on our country. Oh God, thats our cry. I ask that our prayer lives would once more be on fire and that we would become almost obsessed with seeking the Lords face. We need to ask our Lord to rid us of backsliding and a coldness of heart, an unwillingness to be corrected. He must heal us so that we can come into the fullness of the anointing he has for us.