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Hope Day 21. Preaching Hope from a Warehouse

By Bishop Wellington Boone  |   |  Category: Hope Devotional

“The harvest is so great, but the workers are so few. Pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest, and ask him to send out more workers for his fields.” (Luke 10:2).

Some day I believe that we will hear in heaven that the prayers of godly people have been carrying this nation even more than their labor. Intercessors pray all night. They fast. They seek God until He comes. God is calling them back to their dedication.

Before I was saved and I was still in the world, I thought nothing of staying out late on Friday night to party. Now I am more committed to staying up late to pray than I was to serving sin and the devil. The people around me are the same way.

Prayer is the key to what is about to happen. Prayer is our strength and the source of our power to lead and serve others. Prayer lays the tracks. We pray there before we go there, in effect laying the tracks for revival.

William Seymour was a Black intercessor and pastor seeking God when an outpouring of the Holy Spirit at the simple warehouse where he was holding meetings launched a worldwide movement. I once pastored a church in Atlanta that met in a renovated warehouse. I called it “The Hope Warehouse” because hope lived there. We spread hope from the place where God is.

Hope increases with personal consecration. You can hear God and you can create an environment where people will come who are seeking Him. You increase your ability to hear God’s voice through your dedication and prayers for others. Hearing God clearly is an inevitable result of the process of consecration.

You may not have the power to change society yet, but you can change yourself through your commitment to consecration. Then you can hear God when He tells you how to lead. That is the message that God wants to give the Church.

You may be hampered by prejudice. You may have issues with unrighteous laws, but God can come in a moment and change everything. You just have to remain faithful to your calling. You have to stay in hope.