Prescription – – The Book of Joel.
Almost three decades ago in a time of prayer, the Holy Spirit gave me a directive as I was praying and inquiring of the Lord as to what I needed to do regarding issues I was facing in my life and the church. Let me share what I heard and the thoughts that came to my mind, which produced some victories.
- TIMES OF DIFFICULTY
In Joel 1 I saw a description of conditions that warrant drastic action and create a desperate need to hear a word from God. I was in a time of difficulty that desperately needed an answer from God.
Joel and the nation were in a very serious time of difficulty and in Joel 1:2 reveals that the plight was of such nature they had nothing to compare it to. There was no precedent to refer to. In (v.3) we discover that this situation would serve as a warning and a guide for successive generations. Next, (v.4) reveals the siege of the enemy that left only life but little else. It was a definitive and concerted attack of the enemy not simply a matter of coincidence. It was a designed and well-orchestrated attack. Then (v.10) the destruction of the fields, land, grain, new wine, and oil was being affected. This could be equated to not only economics, but relationships, and ministry being devastated. THAT IS A DIRE and DIFFICULT SITUATION.
- THE ACTION TO BE TAKEN
In Joel 1:13 we hear the admonition for the specific action to be taken by those affected and afflicted. Notice the progression: Spend the night in sackcloth (fasting and prayer). Then follow the admonition of the Scripture regarding other things and call for congregation or community to a time of fasting, weeping, and mourning. REPENTANCE! Then he expands and calls for an ALL NIGHT PRAYER MEETING or to do what we used to call “Pray Through”.
In Joel 2:12 the process is continued and results in total victory and full deliverance. They were to ‘return to God’ with all their hearts and in their praying, fasting, and weeping acknowledge God’s sovereignty. The call was for them to ‘rend their hearts’ not just their garments. If Fasting and Prayer do not impact the heart it is an exercise that has limited benefit.
- THE PROMISE OF DELIVERANCE
In Joel 2:18 we see the beginning of Promise of God in response to their action listed above. In (v.18) we see God’s zeal being revealed to those so troubled. In (v.19) God restores the grain, new wine, and oil. That is both the economics as well as the anointing of God. In (v.20) God intervened against the attacking enemy. In (v.22) protection from the devouring beasts of the field. In (v.23) the early and latter rains would come to provide that which is needed for harvest. In (v.25) God’s promise was the restoration of that which had been stolen (eaten by the locust). Then in Joel 2:28-3:2 their action and God’s response would result in a Worldwide Revival. I sensed that God was not only seeking to address my situation but to address the need of the world and the Harvest of God in these last days.
- PROCLAMATION TO BE PROCLAIMED DAILY
We see it in Joel 3:9 and it begins: “Prepare for war! Wake up the mighty men! Let all the soldiers draw near, let them come up! 10 Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning-hooks into spears; Let the weak say, [I AM A MIGHTY MAN.] Hasten and come, all you surrounding nations, and gather yourselves there. Cause Your mighty ones to go down there, O LORD!
” It shall come about in that day that the mountains will drip with sweet wine, and the hills will flow with milk, and all the brooks of Judah will flow with water. And a spring will go out from the house of the LORD.” [Joel 3:18]
This may or may not resonate with you but I ask you to consider what was happening in Joel and allow the Holy Spirit to use the directive to those people through Joel to lead you forth to a renewed victory!
May the Lord be with you on this great day in Christ!