Waiting in Faith On the Harvest (February 2021)
My grandfather had farmed fields and fields of crops when he was a young man; but later in life, he had a small garden across from his home. I remember watching him sow the corn seed into the soil that had been broken up with his rototiller. He made sure that he planted the seed the right distance apart, and that his field received the correct amount of water. Soon, we watched sprigs of green poke through the ground, growing into tall stalks. The ears of corn began to grow. Then, finally he broke off the ears of corn, because they were ripe and ready for cooking.
I don’t ever remember him telling me, “Now, Charlotte, the corn will be ripe June 25.” He would observe the corn; and whenever it was ripe, he picked it. It didn’t matter what day that it became ripe. We sow the Word of God in prayer. The Word is called “seed”. “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever” (1 Pet. 1:23). For example, “I thank you, heavenly Father, that I am healed because Your Word says, “…with his stripes we are healed” (Is. 53:5). Did you notice that I sowed the Word of God in that prayer I sowed the seed of God’s Word. The harvest of healing may happen immediately or I may have to “stand. Stand therefore…” (Eph. 6:13B&14a) before seeing it manifest before me. My responsibility is to just keep declaring this Promise out loud. I NEVER stop believing. This should be our attitude in prayer.
I recently saw the Body of Christ go into prayer, intercession, and fastings for the last election like I’ve never seen before. …But then, after an inauguration, I saw many give up on their prayers and any kind of victory. What would people have thought about my grandfather if he said, “Well, the corn couldn’t be harvested on June 25, so I am going to yank it up and throw it away.” That would be foolish. But, we see so many of God’s people sow the Word concerning an election; and then, give up because “it didn’t happen as we had prayed.” Since when? Do we give up? God’s timetable is not our timetable. “God in dependable love shows up on time, shows me my enemies in ruin” (1 Tim. 6:15). “For with God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37).
This is not the time to become weary and give up. Give up for what? …to see Satan taking control of our nation? No! We will fight in the power of our mighty God on our knees in prayer. We will fight as God leads us to open our mouths and speak Truth. Luke 18:1 says, “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;” “Faint” means to become tired and to lose heart. Someone may ask, “How do I not lose heart?” God’s Word answers this question in Philippians 4:6&7 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Prayer allows us to give the burdens of this life to the Lord. Our hearts and minds are kept in peace as we continue to pray, believing and waiting for the harvest.
“And if He rescued righteous Lot, who was tormented by the immoral conduct of unprincipled and ungodly men (for that just man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day by what he saw and heard of their lawless acts), then [in light of the fact that all this is true, be sure that] the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trial, and how to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment, and especially those who indulge in the corrupt passions of the sin nature, and despise authority” (2 Pet. 2:7-10, Amp.). We will hold fast to the Lord to deliver us and our nation from satan’s strategies and deceits to stop the church, in Jesus’ name. Amen and Amen!