Nolan Harkness: Have You Ever Told God ‘Not Now’?

Let’s imagine something together. Your life is going along pretty smoothly. Your family is doing great! Like everyone else trials have hit you, but God has helped see you through each of them. You’re active in your church, you pray every day and read your Bible. Then one Sunday morning out of the blue the Holy Spirit shows up in your service in such a powerful way that the worship service goes on and on. People flock to the altar with tears of repentance and tears of joy. Through tears and greatly humbled, the pastor does his best to preach his prepared message. God speaks to him telling him, that we need to set aside our schedules and stay and tarry. For those that can’t, we should open the doors tonight and every night this week for extended services.

The pastor affirms what he has been told, saying “Church, He is here. This is what we have been praying for, so we must make time for Him.” Your heart and mind start to race in a million different directions. You look over at your wife. She is giving you that “What now” look. Your favorite football team is playing against their chief rivals on Monday night. Tuesday night is your daughter’s ballet class, Wednesday night might work because its normal church night, but Thursday night is a basketball game at school and your son is the captain of the team. Friday night, you have been promising your wife, would be a long needed date night, and you already purchased tickets for a Broadway Show in town for 65 dollars each. What do you do?

Jesus hung on three nails for six hours, then bowed his head and said “It is finished!” John 19:30 (KJV) What was finished, was that even though He was God very God, he was also man very man. What he had to do as a man with His life was to become the perfect sacrificial offering for the sins of man. This was so that something so important, so necessary, so needed, so incredible, and so powerful could happen now! It was so that the Holy Spirit could come and be poured out on all flesh! Jesus in preparing his disciples said “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient that I go away: for if I go not away the Comforter will not come to you; but if I depart I will send Him to you!” John 16:7 (KJV)

I think only God understands that most revivals start out with a small prayer meeting with just a few faithful pray-ers. In every single revival, which I have been able to trace, historically, this was the case. In most situations it was the unlikely people who started, and in many cases, it’s the young people who feel the call to pray, and throwing out their schedules, sought the face of God. Then as people prayed, things started to happen. Then God began answering their prayers. Next that generated both more people praying, and more times set aside for people to pray.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Nolan Harkness