Sunday, February 17, 2008

Draw Me/ 40 Day City Wide Prayer and Fast

Sarah Westergren of West Richland prays along with around 2,000 other Christians to songs of praise and worship that were performed by a band composed of members from various local churches during the final prayer meeting at Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick.
This is the picture that made the front page of our local newspaper on our final night of our City Wide Prayer and Fasting season.

Well I for one am feeling undone by this week, in a very good way. (I haven’t been able to give much time to blogging) God has been pouring out and filling up my spirit, over and over again this week. It has been such an amazing week for me. Those of you that have been following my postings on our City Wide Prayer and Fast know that last Sunday night was our final meeting. Over on my Pastor's blog he has posted a copy of the local newspapers coverage, plus a video done by a local TV news cast. So you can catch up with all the facts and the cities reaction to this season of prayer. Do check it out!

What I would like to share though is this, what went down in my spirit through this last day and the following week. It was like the heavens were parting and for this season right now, we have God's attention. Ten years ago when there was revival at a weekly city wide gathering of young people at a place called The River, I heard a guest speaker (Benny Perez) pronounce, "Tri Cities, you have got God's attention." I can still here the ringing in my ear, his voice carrying a weight of the Lord's heart. That revival went on to last five years in this region. I was privileged and blessed to be a part of that season in the Kingdom. Over 1500 young people gave their lives to Jesus. Those were just the ones we were able to record. Many, many lives were changed and permanently set on course for the Kingdom. Today I look around and see the fruit of that precious time, young people established in churches and ministries through out the region. Two brothers, Elijah and Jordan, from the worship team are now worship Pastors in mega churches in Seattle and Portland, leading thousands and impacting many, many more young lives.

This week as our time of fasting came to a close, I began to hear those words in my spirit again. “Tri Cities, you have got God's attention!" It seems to be vibrating in the soil around here. That is a strange way to put things, but I don’t know how else to describe it. What I do know is this; I am seeing the same signs in my spirit and in those around me that I saw ten years ago, before revival hit our youth. I will try to share just one of the things that I am seeing. The one thing that is most significant to me from my perspective. This morning our pastor spoke about this being a NOW time for healing (Isaiah 58:8) and focusing on the one thing God was showing you. I couldn’t agree more. His analogy was to stop channel surfing, and stick with one show and focus. Well for me that focus has been prayer. The one significant thing I was focused on in the last revival was prayer. This whole movement amongst the youth 10 years ago was definitely colored and marked by the intense spirit driven prayer life of the youth that preceded and followed this move of God. Well in these last two weeks, I am ecstatic to say, that the young people I have been around in this city have had a huge, noticeable increase in their desire to pray. I have not seen this level of hunger since The River days. I could go on and on and on about this. But I won’t. I will let the hunger speak for itself. I for one though am going to stay focused and run along side the youth in their reaching out and embracing the Lord and His prayer request list in the arena of prayer. I have made a decision to be available to the youth when ever they want to pray. Many are hungry to learn how to go deep in prayer. Not just the supplication type of prayer that says this is my request list God. But the type of prayer that asks God, what is on your prayer list?

There is no other friend
There is no other friend like You, oh Lord
No other brother
No other brother like You

There is no other love
There is no other love like You, oh Lord
No other sweeter
No other fountain but You
And how long until I’m satisfied
I must have more of You
For I was born in Zion
Awakened love is crying out for You
It must be You

And if I’m healed by
Just one touch
of your garment, Lord
Then how much more
of Your love is for me
than I’m tasting, Lord?
Draw me, take me and I will run
Over the mountains and down into the valleys
I will run with You
And how long until I’m satisfied
I must have more of You
For I was born in Zion
Awakened love is crying out for You
It must be You

All, all my fountains are in You
All, all my fountains are in You
All, all my fountains are in You
All, all my fountains are in You
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This song was sung last Monday night by a former River worship team member who now goes to my church. He sang this song prompted by the Lord after an intense time of prayer. This song, NO OTHER, by David Ruis was one of the songs that marked the past revival. The call to God, released in the spirit realm as he sang this song was definitely one of begging God to draw us.

Son 1:4-5 Draw me, we will run after You. The King has brought me into his chambers; we will be glad and rejoice in You, we will remember Your love more than wine; the upright love You.
I am black, but (beautiful) comely, O daughters of Jerusalem, like the tents of Kedar, like the curtains of Solomon.

Son 4:9 You have ravished My heart, My sister, My spouse; you have ravished My heart with one (glance) of your eyes, with one chain of your neck.


Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...
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Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

(Sorry about the delete! Can't spell today.)

Just tying to soak up as much as I can from this post. Drawing closer...knowing that there's more...

It's going to be an exhausting time for you. I'll be praying that the Lord renews your strength daily to be available for the young people who'll be coming.

This is such a precious time for your community!

A Woman Who is: said...

Vee, as I was writing this I got this scripture, but I was just going to long with the blog. But this is what God has given me for this season.
Isa 40:28 Have you not known? Have you not heard, that the everlasting God, Jehovah, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not grow weak nor weary? There is no searching of His understanding.
Isa 40:29 He gives power to the weary; and to him with no vigor; He increases strength.
Isa 40:30 Even the young shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall;
Isa 40:31 but those who wait on Jehovah shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
I am counting on God to give me what I need when I need it. As long as I wait on Him. In the natural I certainly don't have the energy I had in my 40's. Thank you so much for your prayers.

Alice said...

My local paper had a photo of a long-haired young man with a guitar leading a worship service at a place which is normally a nightclub. I was surprised to hear that some people don't approve of this but I think one goes where the people are with an honest and sincere heart and it cannot be wrong.

Nadine said...

It was certainly an incredible night. You have a heart for the young people. Your passion for them comes through. They are blessed to have you on their side.

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

How cool is that? Of course the Lord will provide all that you need for this adventure!

jennifer said...


Deb said...

Hi - I found your blog through someone else's blog...through someone else's blog...etc.!

As I was reading, I felt the presence of the Lord so thick - you could cut it with a knife!

What an exciting time --the 40 days of prayer and fasting! I believe that God is going to do great things as a result of everyone's obedience and diligence in prayer!

...and that little Puddin' Toes!! OH MY! She is such a cutie!

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