The Lord is calling His intercessors to help prepare the hearts of Americans for revival and harvest. Most intercessors have been pleading for revival among God’s people and a harvest among those who will come to Christ in the ensuing spiritual climate. … As Jesus said to His disciples: “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field” (Matthew 9:37–38).
For Believers to Receive God’s Heart
When I sought the Lord in late 2021 as to specifics on praying for the revival and harvest, He kindly provided a three-part prayer, which I share in hopes and expectation that your prayers ignite the fire of preparation for the time of the harvest.
The Lord first gave a prayer for His people in the following prophecy:
The hearts must be cut — first among My people — those who truly know Me must receive My care, My concern, My horror over the choice to damnation.
Pray that the hearts of My own would be cut with My compassion and ignited by My urgency. The fellowship of salvation must embrace My heart in this matter.
Lord, we have been praying for revival and harvest for so long that we may have lost our passion, even our compassion. Forgive us if our love has grown cold, and forgive us for trying to muster up our own passion and compassion and love. We turn away from trying to do our prayers ourselves, and we join ourselves to You. Fill us with Your Spirit, change us into the likeness of the Intercessor Himself. Please cut our hearts and the hearts of all Your people so that we are willing to receive anew Your care, Your concern, Your horror over the choices some people are making that will result in eternal damnation. Cut our hearts with Your compassion and ignite our hearts with Your urgency. We pray that all in the fellowship of salvation embrace Your heart in the matter. Revive us all and equip us with Your heart. In Jesus’ name. Amen and amen.
For Those Christian in Name Only
One of the saddest and most frightening scenes in the last days appears in Matthew 25. Jesus is talking with His disciples about the end times and the kingdom, and He shares this picture with them: “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left” (Matthew 25:31–33). The sheep are welcomed into the Lord’s presence, but the goats are cast away.
This saddens me, because I can remember clearly how I thought and felt before I was a true sheep. I sincerely thought that because I had been baptized, confirmed, and raised in the Church, I was assured of my eternal destination. It would take years for me to be humbled enough to pray earnestly for Jesus to save me. But when I did, my eyes were opened to the spiritual danger from which I had just escaped. I had been a goat without knowing it.
This is the Lord’s prayer for those who are not in true fellowship with Him:
And the hearts of the many who say they are Mine but are not must be cut toward truth. They must come into My full fellowship, for they have not My Spirit and so languish in error without My life.
Lord, please cut toward truth the hearts of those who say and may even believe they are Yours, but who are not. Help them realize that they are not in full, saving relationship with You. Help them receive the Savior as atonement for their sins and as Lord of their lives. Help them therefore receive Your Spirit in that salvation. Help them move from the deadly error of deception as to their salvation into the fullness of Your life within them. Cut their hearts toward truth. In Jesus’ name. Amen and amen.
For Those Hurtling Toward Hell
Rebels against the Lord God abound. They worship idols and engage in wickedness of all sorts. Many also actively seek to tempt others into their evil ways by deception, seduction, or coercion. But their end is clearly spoken of throughout the Bible. Paul writes: But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed (Romans 2:5). Revelation shows the destination of these evildoers: And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:15).
But these don’t have to end up in hell. The Lord asks us to join in His heart’s cry for them.
And those now hell-bound in earnest or full-out rebellion, their hearts must be cut and captured by their Savior’s story and sacrifice. Pray, pray with My heart, My emotional engagement for these ones now lost and heading into the place of no return.
Lord, give us Your heart, cut with Your care, concern, compassion, and horror for these now hell-bound to the place of no return. Grant us Your urgency for them, and give us Your emotional engagement so that we are truly moved for them. Cut and capture the hearts of these who are bound for hell and are in rebellion. Cut and capture their hearts with the Savior’s story and most especially His sacrifice. Help them to hear, believe, receive, and obey the call of the Savior and Lord of life. Bring them into the full fellowship of salvation, into the harvest of souls for the glory of Your name. Amen and amen.
In prayer my husband, Rich, also a contributing writer for IFA, not only confirmed I was to share this prayer prophecy and strategy with you, but he also saw in his mind’s eye a bicycle wheel with light between two spokes. I understood this to indicate that the foregoing prayer is a part of the entire strategy. The Lord will reveal to His saints additional aspects for prayer at the proper time. Let us keep listening and praying.
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New York City–based Joyce Swingle is an intercessor and a contributing writer for IFA. With her husband, Rich, also a contributing writer for IFA, Joyce shares the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world through theater, speaking, writing, and film. Prior to going into full-time ministry, Joyce worked for about 20 major magazines and now works in pastoral ministry and Christian counseling.