Genesis 2:4-5 “This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, 5before any plant of the field had grown. For the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to till the ground;”
This is a very interesting passage that I feel holds a spiritual principle that if we would apply could yield maximum fruit (results) in the Spirit-empowered movement. The gist of the scripture is this: God will not send rain on the earth until He has laborers to tend the harvest.
In Spirit-filled circles we have seen amazing services, conferences, camp-meetings. They are marked with great singing, great preaching, excitement, and zeal. We love our services so much, that now people will plan their spiritual lives based upon events rather than a daily walk with God. We have become great at gathering people, but we have a hard time sending people. And then as leaders we wonder why the church isn’t moving forward, why the attendance is declining, and why aren’t we seeing visitors? It’s because we are entertaining saints, appeasing the preferences of the saved, and not commissioning and challenging them to go into the harvest. This may be why we aren’t seeing the rain of God’s presence, because we have no laborers to tend to the harvest. This is an issue however, that has a remedy.
In Genesis 2:4-5, God lets us know that there will be no rain because he doesn’t have a man to till the ground. This is very similar to what the prophet Hosea said in Hosea 10:12. Watch how this same principle plays out in this scripture. “Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the Lord, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you.” The working of the field proceeds the rain that comes from the Lord.
God is looking for laborers of the land, that will cultivate it daily, through their personal devotion to God. We need Spirit-filled leaders who walk with God daily and equip their people to be laborers in the land. When the land is cultivated, then we can expect the rain of His presence to come every time. God is seeking for a man who will work the land. How can we be that man? God said, “I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land…” God is looking for laborers who will call upon Him and intercede for the land. When we intercede we automatically become the laborers of the land who tend to the harvest. Which leads to my next point.
Intercession births evangelism! I will prove it to you in Matthew 9 & 10. Jesus said in Matthew 9:37 “The harvest is truly plentiful, but the laborers are few. 38Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. Jesus gets His disciples to intercede for laborers to be sent and then in Matthew 10, those who prayed become those who are sent to labor and tend the harvest. This is the call of the Spirit-empowered movement, to begin praying for laborers to be sent. When the laborers are sent, the harvest is tended, then God will send the rain of His presence upon our cities!
Paul said in 1 Corinthians 3:6, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.” If we would just be faithful to be the laborers in His harvest field, then He will be faithful to send the rain and bring the increase.