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I’ve been waking up every morning with an impending sense of doom. The devil keeps trying to tell me that I’m going to die in Africa on this trip. It’s like waking up in a dark and cloudy morning until I shake off the cobwebs and realize who’s talking to me. When I’m fully awake, I feel like answering him with, “Promise?”

Nope. Not this time. Or the next one either. I consider it an encouraging thing for Satan to threaten to kill me. That means two things – one, I’m not going to die. He’s a liar, so the opposite must be true.

The other is that he is scared.

Lately, I have been hearing a lot about sacrifice and of willingness to launch off into the unknown. It’s scary to some people. Common sense tells you to be organized, responsible, and ordered. Be an adult. Leave the wild and crazy stuff to others. But I’m not so sure that isn’t what God asks of us.

Calm and placid hearts never shake kingdoms, start revolutions, or move mountains. That is only for those with outrageous faith and an unrealistic vision; the ones who don’t choose the beaten path, the easy challenge, or more responsible way. They are the ones who believe God in spite of whatever the world tells them. They are addicted to the fire of vision and inspiration of God. They believe in the impossible because that’s where God leads.

Satan can’t control them, he can’t predict them, and he can’t stop them. So, of course he’s scared! There is no telling what God can do through someone who casts all common sense aside to leap off the cliff into God’s hands, trusting in Him who died so they can live.

Faith is not defined or described by common sense. There is nothing common about the kind of faith that destroys all the barriers that the world has constructed to corral and limit Christianity to the barriers of their church walls.

I believe that a true Holy Ghost revival is powerful enough to change the world, solve social problems, cure disease, relieve the poor and afflicted, and bring peace to this world. The devil agrees. That’s why he is scared.

I am heading to two countries where I have brought this message of revival. Both places have strong leaders who believe the same thing that I do and believe it so much that they are willing to take it to those same extremes. Their torches are lit, the power of God is responding, and the fire is starting to burn.

Of course Satan is scared. That impending doom is his.

 

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“Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.” (James 5:17-18)

I did four messages on YouTube under “Dale Garris” about the Secret of Answered Prayer. I need to do another one on the effect of sin on prayer and on the power of praise in prayer. The importance of these things in getting answers to prayer is not always well understood in many churches.

But I also need to do one on passion. Passion is the element in prayer that really gets a hold of God and moves Him. I’m talking about a “Garden of Gethsemane” type of passion, a “how-bad-do-you-want-it” kind of passion.

I’m mentioning this because I just received a phone call from Pastor William Iddi who has gone on a 30-day fast with just water for God to send me to his church in Tanzania. Now that’s passion!

He did this once before and God moved for him.

He heard me preach in Nairobi about ten years ago, and started asking me to come to his little village in Tanzania. My standard answer has always been to these requests is, “Don’t ask me. Go ask God. He makes all my appointments.”

So he did.

For seven days, he laid up on top of a mountain, sleeping on the rocks, no food or water, praying for God to send Brother Dale to his village. Seven days! But he did not get an answer.

So he went back up to the top of the mountain for another seven days. Still no answer.

So he went up a third time, and this time, the Lord spoke to him and said, “Stop your crying. He’s coming.”

Down he runs from the mountain to find that his cell phone is jammed with messages from me asking where he was. God had stopped me dead in my tracks and told me to go minister to prayer warrior and his church. It would not have mattered if he had been on an outpost in Antarctica. When the Lord says go, you go, asking no questions and doubting nothing.

I don’t have that kind of passion. I mean, geez! Three seven-day fasts! That’s a substantive confidence that God will answer you and a holy boldness to hammer away until He does. And that is true faith – not that you believe God will answer you, but that you will stay there and contend before the Throne of Grace until He does!

Remember the Unjust Judge.

Not everyone is able to muster up that kind of passion like Pastor Iddi. That is why prayer warriors – true prayer warriors – are so precious. They know they can move God because they have done it before. Their passion grows with each victory, and the power that they wield in battle grows as they tear down strongholds, rip open new pathways, and triumph in the battleground of prayer.

May we all find that same passion in prayer, like Elijah and like Pastor Iddi, to call down the fire of God and send the latter rain of the greatest revival of all time.

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