Week 1: The Seed
1. THE SEED
The seed seems insignificant, but it has value to the Farmer. It means nothing to those who purchase the fruit that the seed produces. It is easily overlooked because it is such a small thing, but the Bible tells us not to despise the day of small beginnings. (Zechariah 4:10; Matthew 13:31-32)
Many Christians believe their first commission is to go out and preach the Gospel. They run after the fruit, but they don’t experience God’s power. They forget that Jesus first commissioned us to wait on Him to receive power from on high. (Acts 1:4) Like the seed, we must first go through the waiting season before there will be fruit in our lives and the nations.
...He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem but to wait for what the Father had promised...But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and [then] you shall be My witnesses...Acts 1:4,8 (AMPC) Emphasis added
2. THE WAITING SEASON
A seed cannot run or fly. We want to fly like the eagle in Isaiah 40, but there is a condition attached to this verse: “Those who wait upon the Lord...” Are you patiently waiting on the Lord?
It can take a whole season before a seed starts to grow, while it remains in a lonely and dark place. Will you keep praying even if the waiting feels long and lonely, and it feels as if nothing is happening in your nation?
PRAY: Lord, I choose to be patient in the waiting and to yield to You. Plant me where You want me, not where I want to be. Amen
3. GOING DEEPER
God is looking for weak people. In other words, seeds surrendered to Him. When we are weak, His strength can be made perfect in our weakness, and we become powerful because we have God’s dunamis power at work in us. The moment we are weak, we can become dynamite because we aren’t doing the work. It is all from Him—it is all His power!
Let’s choose not to find our strength in the temporary things of the world that steal our alone-time with God. If we make the Lord our priority, we will see His power change the nations.
“Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal.” John 12:24-25 (MSG)
Set time aside and pray for the nations to be rooted in Christ.
We are praying for the nations to be fruitful and that they will see God’s Spirit move like never before, but God looks at the roots. The roots will determine the fruits. #Pray4TheWorld is going beneath the surface where God develops the roots. When the nations are truly rooted in Christ, it will experience God’s power.