The supernatural cannot be manufactured! Some would even say that there is nothing we can do, it is entirely an act of God.
Well, the supernatural is indeed an act of God and we certainly cannot manufacture it but there is something we, the church, can do – we can desire it, we can pray earnestly, fervently, unceasingly and cry out to God for it because there is such a need for a supernatural outpouring in His church today. I believe when we desire it strongly enough for the right reasons, which is to glorify God and see lives transformed by Him, He will respond.
The Lord has shown Himself to be a God who responds to prayer – earnest, fervent prayer. Jesus said, “ask and it will be given, seek and you shall find, knock and it will be opened to you”. Jesus even said we should ask with shameless audacity in Lk.11:8!
Abraham interceded for Lot and family, God answered. Elijah prayed for fire to consume the sacrifice, fire descended. The children of Israel cried out to the Lord to deliver them from slavery in Egypt, God sent Moses. Hannah wept and prayed like a drunk to have a child, God gave her baby Samuel. The list goes on and on.
James tells us, “you have not because you ask not” (Jas.4:2,3)! Imagine having that as the epitaph on the “tomb” of a dead church!
But earnest, fervent and unceasing prayer and crying out to the Lord is tough because this too is something that cannot be manufactured! What we need to do is to wait in the Lord’s presence until our hearts are burdened by the same things that burden His heart. But the church is often too busy with other things – lesser things that we have made to be more important – someone has switched the price tags!
If God’s pastors, leaders and people do not learn to wait, pray, cry, intercede and preach like releasing fire in our bones, then church life will simply remain status quo – mechanical, predicatable and mundane. We may have a lot of fun and laughter, hip music and deep bible expositions, but all that would mean very little when the church loses touch with the supernatural power of Almighty God.
So what will it be for your church and mine?