Joy for the Watchmen

Yesterday (01/29), the Lord approached the University of Georgia (UGA). At 2:30 PM ET, a few students gathered in one of the on-campus chapels to pray. Approximately 12 hours later at 2:30 AM ET, the prayer session concluded and hundreds of students drifted home, filled with the Holy Spirit. What started as a small group seeking the Lord turned into an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the students of UGA.

UGANo one arose to speak. No one took credit for the outpouring. Instead, the sound of students worshipping emanated from the chapel location. Students walking by heard the sound and were drawn to the chapel. Soon, hundreds of students were gathered in the chapel, lifting their voices to the sound of a lone guitar. Tears rushed down the faces of students as the Holy Spirit gathered his own audience for his own event. I don’t know what will happen today, but I know that what happened there yesterday was something that God, and God alone, did.

As I heard this report from one of my best friends, Michael Pierce, I learned that Michael, his sister Melissa (who is a student at UGA), and a few others have been crying out for this to happen for years. They have been praying that Holy Spirit would encounter the campus of UGA and draw students into the presence of the Lord. At just the right time, Holy Spirit showed up to fulfill the hopes of those who have prayed ardently for their campus.

Why do I write about this? I feel today that the Lord wants to encourage those who are well acquainted with the rocky paths, the howling winds, and the unexpected storms of the mountain top. I feel God wants to encourage the intercessors, the prayer warriors!

Matthew 17:1 (NIV) After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves.

Jesus showed a pattern of getting away to spend time with God the Father. He would often arise early in the morning to pray. At times, Jesus would retreat to the seclusion of a nearby mountain to meet with the Father. Distanced from the multitudes of sick and hungry people, Jesus focused solely on his Father. You may recognize Matthew 17:1 as the introduction to the passage of scripture known as The Transfiguration, where Jesus met face-to-face with Moses and Elijah and his garments shone like lightning. It’s probably safe to say that something Jesus found essential to his life is also something that we, as his disciples, should reflect.

Jesus was not the only one who went to the mountains to pray. The passage below shows God calling to Moses from the mountains and Moses responds by coming up to him.

Exodus 19:2-3 (NIV) After they set out from Rephidim, they entered the Desert of Sinai, and Israel camped there in the desert in front of the mountain. Then Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain…

Moses encountered God in such powerful ways on the mountain that he would return to the people of Israel and his face shone so brilliantly (Exodus 34:29) that he had to wear a veil (Exodus 34:33).

What’s the point? Some of you have been praying for breakthrough and revival for a long time. Some of you have consistently gone to the mountain top to meet with God and experience his heart for his people. Sometimes the result of your labor is discouragement as you keep praying for things that you don’t see happening.

Today I felt like the Lord said to me, “Joy is hitting the mountaintops. When the sun rises, it strikes the mountaintops first. Those who rejoice in hope will not be disappointed.”

I believe that when revival strikes America, the prayer warriors will rejoice first. After all, isn’t it apparent that when the sun rises, it literally does strike the mountain tops first?! Those who are crying out in the mountains will see the sun rising and enjoy its light. They will watch with incredible joy as the sun rises and brilliantly lights the valleys and low places.

2 Peter 3:9 (NIV) The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

For those like me who are just beginning to strongly feel the pull of the Lord to prayer, I encourage you to respond like the watchmen in the passage below. Give yourselves to prayer until the Lord restores America to himself and saves our nation with his mighty arm. Let’s allow ourselves to be gripped by God for the salvation of our brothers and sisters, our friends, and our country.

Isaiah 62:6-7 (NIV) I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth.

Although coming to a mountain used to be a fearful experience as Moses states below, we now come to a different mountain than Moses experienced. The mountain we come to now is one where we find incredible grace as we rejoice with thousands of angels and Saints who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Boldly come before the Lord in prayer and let’s see how he changes a nation!

Hebrews 12:18-24 (NIV) You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm; to a trumpet blast or to such a voice speaking words that those who heard it begged that no further word be spoken to them, because they could not bear what was commanded: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned.” The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, “I am trembling with fear.”

But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.

Additional resources:  Pastor Tim Moslander at Abundant Life Fellowship preached an incredible message on prayer a couple of weeks ago. Check it out at the link below.

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