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Whose Sheep are You? A Call To Rejecting Satanic Counsel and Hearing God’s Voice Clearly

Whose sheep are you? What voice do you hear most regularly? The answer makes all the difference in the world.

Revelation Driven Prayer Paperback 500When I travel for ministry, I regularly speak on the topic of Revelation Driven Prayer. I wrote a book on the topic, and in many ways this invitation to living an exciting prophetic life is my signature message. The undeniable and other-worldly miracles and wonders that I’ve experienced would never have happened had I not discovered a life in the Spirit. It truly troubles me that it’s so uncommon for today’s Spirit-filled Christians to walk in the Spirit and to hear God’s voice.

27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27 (ESV)

Not only do people regularly admit to not being able to hear God’s voice, very often they honestly confess that they continually hear the voice of the enemy. My response is often intentionally direct, as I believe this is a crisis that must be addressed with urgency.

I ask them, “Then, whose sheep are you?”

A more comprehensive question would be, “Whose counsel are you receiving and what are you doing to ensure that counsel is only coming from the Holy Spirit?”

Simply, we must reject the incessant bombarding of unholy lies, counsel and revelation. Our minds must be renewed. Our walk must be not in the soulish, natural realm. God mandates that we live and walk and pray in the Spirit.

16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. Galatians 5:16-17 (ESV)

24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Galatians 5:24-25 (ESV)

In fact, the ability to pray in the Spirit is a key part of our spiritual armor.

18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, Ephesians 6:18 (ESV)

WHOSE SHEEP ARE YOU?

The enemy of your soul works overtime to grab your attention, to introduce fear and unbelief and to take on the persona of the Holy Spirit—he wants to counsel you.

The question, “Whose sheep are you” isn’t necessarily one that deals with our position in Christ directly, though it could come into play. Enough demonic counsel will most certainly draw you away from Jesus. Satan’s goal is for that to be your eternal reality.

But, there are many steps and phases prior to such a finality. It’s possible, for a time, to be gloriously saved by Jesus while not allowing the Holy Spirt to be our primary counselor. We can, and many do, refuse to nurture a life of prayer and growth in the Word, instead casually attempting to live life as we always had. The enemy will take advantage of such an apathetic approach and appeal to our common sense and to our vulnerabilities.

The result? A life under the leadership of the wrong shepherd.

Again, most people, it seems, don’t hear God’s voice while, at the same time, decreeing with no uncertainty that the voice of the enemy is loud, clear and continual. This is a problem we must address.

PROPHETIC SHOCK AND AWE

16 For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” 18 we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. 19 And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, 20 knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. 21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:16-21 (ESV)

The call is clear: we must be carried along by the Holy Spirit!

Peter was emphasizing that everything he was sharing was because of his first-hand revelation. He was there and he experienced it all. Of course, you and I weren’t there when Jesus walked the earth. However, that absolutely doesn’t hinder our opportunity to have first-hand experience!

6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. John 16:6-7 (ESV)

We are at an advantage because Jesus left the earth and the Holy Spirit arrived on the earth!

10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet Revelation 1:10 (ESV)

We have no option but to be in the Spirit! What an invitation! As we live in the Spirit, we will begin to see and hear and encounter the great Shepherd. The counsel of God will blow away the dead, humanistic, demonic wisdom we had been living according to.

6 Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. 7 But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”— 10 these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 1 Corinthians 2:6-10 (ESV)

This should launch you into a passionate pursuit of the wisdom of God! The truth that Spirit searches the depths of God is something that wrecks and rocks me every time I consider it. I yearn to live my life according to supernatural, other-worldly, holy revelation. The deep things of God are there to be discovered, and I’m provoked to live every day contending for the uncovering.

12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. 13 And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. 14 The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2:12-14 (ESV)

The deep things of God will be revealed to us by the Spirit. This means we must learn how to shift from being driven by human understanding to being driven by revelation. If we don’t, we will not receive these truths because they must be spiritually discerned. This discernment doesn’t come simply because we are saved. We must allow the Holy Spirit to teach us how to receive this supernatural data.

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. 7 Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. 8 It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. Proverbs 3:5-8 (ESV)

GROANS OF THE SPIRIT

I’ll leave you with a powerful first step that will help you transition from living a life driven by worldly or demonic counsel to one driven by revelation.

The following is from an article titled The Tone of the Groan:

I've been privileged to give leadership to some events where intercessors and hungry people have shaken and shocked atmospheres. The loud, erupting sound of groans have been resounding in our meetings. It's been prophesied many times that a new sound is going to be released. A new tone. I am convinced that this is not a new musical style, but rather a new groan of the Spirit. It's the tone of the groan that will be heard around the world.

One of the most misapplied scriptures is Romans 8:28. When people are struggling, it's common to share this verse with them. It's actually pretty bad counsel if we don't let them know that this verse is dependent on the preceding verses. Romans 8:28 (ESV) starts with the word “And,” which should reveal that it's connected to what came before it:

Romans 8:26-28: Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Things work together for good when we allow the Holy Spirit to intercede through us with groans! No groan, no guarantee of success.

This is talking about a literal groan. Just as praying in tongues requires a literal sound to come out of our mouths, the groans are also deep, zealous sounds, tones, emitted from the depths of our inner man.

Churches must begin to become prayer- and groan-driven! The sound will break strongholds and usher in deliverance into our nation.

Yes, it will make a lot of people uncomfortable, but the Holy Spirit will be radically comfortable.

When the groans begin, Romans 8:28 initiates. As the powerful mysteries of God are exploding out of us in prayer, we easily find ourselves loving God with deep intimacy. We embrace the calling on our lives. We have a resounding yes in our spirits even though we don't know logically what we are agreeing with! In fact, bypassing our logic and intellect through groans of intercession is a primary reason why we are in agreement with God.

Our minds can't understand what's being prayed and therefore can't come into disagreement with it.

A life of fervent, supernatural prayer will take us out of the natural and into the Spirit. Praying in tongues and allowing the groans that follow to rumble out of us will train us to tap into the spiritual realm of the Spirit. Our discernment will become sharp. Dreams and visions will start to come. Revelation will spike. Intimacy with Jesus will increase.

The result? We’ll finally hear clearly just what the Shepherd is saying. We’ll go where he is going and our lives will change so dramatically that we’ll wonder how we ever lived any other way.

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Addiction to Petition in Prayer Can Leave You Frustrated

Addiction to petition in prayer will cause you to lose passion and effectiveness.

Revelation-Driven-Prayer-PaperbackFrom my book Revelation Driven Prayer:

The Holy Spirit schooled me in the important concept of effective and efficient prayer one day when I was alone in prayer at Revolution Church at the base of Pikes Peak in Manitou Springs, Colorado. Keep in mind that I have always been a ‘prayer guy’. I caught the fire of love for Jesus in my early years when I was in the place of prayer and that hunger for intimacy with God has never ceased. This particular day I found myself praying very good prayers… but these particular prayers weren’t on God’s agenda for me that day. I was praying for church growth, for people that came to mind, for strategic ideas and other good and important topics. However, they were topics that came to mind based on human insight and yesterday’s revelation. I had no leading that those focuses were also God’s focus for me in that moment. I was praying blindly.

Ephesians 1:15-18 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints…

Understand, blind prayers aren’t bad. It’s a very good thing to intercede for any number of pressing issues. However, I was learning that prayers based on human insight alone were simply not efficient. This particular day something else was on God’s heart and he was instructing me to avoid distraction–even honorable distraction such as praying for people in the church–and to have laser precision by praying what was on God’s heart. Prayer is all about agreement. If God’s calling us to stand in the gap for one thing and we’re focusing on another thing we are actually misaligned.

Topic driven prayer, or prayer originates from a list of needs should serve minor part in our life of intercession. We don’t want to lean on our natural logic when functioning in the supernatural.

In fact, you’ll notice that topic driven prayer tends to become quite repetitious, so much so that it can define the culture of your prayer life. Have you noticed how people tend to pray over and over, day after day, for the exact same things? I was talking to someone recently who made a brilliantly simple analysis of this pattern:

If we ask God to move on an area once, why would we need to do it again? At some point the repetition becomes evidence of doubt that God has responded to the initial request.

This is true! I’ve actually been teaching this for years. When moving into a prayer watch or a corporate prayer meeting the most powerful and effective thing we can do is pray in the Spirit. Then, from that place we can easily discern what God is searing on our spirits and come into agreement with that. As I transitioned away from petition driven prayer and into revelation driven prayer it has become extremely uncommon for me to pray for what is logical, what I prayed for previously or from a list. That type of prayer is de-energizing. It’s soul heavy versus spirit heavy. It results in frustration and doubt that God is actually moving.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)

However, if we move from mostly asking to mostly decreeing, declaring and commanding, our entire prayer culture will shift dramatically. We are God’s agents of change. We are to enforce God’s will in prayer much more than we are to request God to move on our behalf.

Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5:17 (ESV)

The principle I live by is simple: If I know what God’s will is (and I am instructed to know just that) then I don’t petition. There is no need to. I switch from being inquisitor to being enforcer. I know God’s will and I am the one to enforce it, to cause it to come to pass. The mountain is there for me to move.

A quick way to become disillusioned and discouraged in the place of prayer is to become plagued with what I call petitionitis or to discover addiction to petition. The thought that God is simply waiting for us to ask him for something so he can perform it for us is exceedingly short sighted. We should discuss our desires with God, but the idea that this is the limit of prayer is tragically flawed. Yes, we can ask God for things, but the adventure begins when we allow God to reveal his requests to us. It simply makes sense to fuel our prayers with the revelation of what God is working on with us at that moment. One of the most exciting questions we can ask God is, “What are you thinking about right now?” If God revealed that a terrorist attack is scheduled to be carried out in our city within the next twelve hours, and he is attempting to reveal instructions for intercession on that issue it wouldn’t make sense to spend precious time praying for other things. ~Revelation Driven Prayer

When I was leading churches in Colorado and Detroit it was extremely rare for us to corporately pray from a list. In fact, I can’t remember the last time we did that. We’d simply come together and pray on fire in tongues for up to an hour before we’d be ready to share what we sense God is calling us to pray for during that meeting. We’d continue praying in the Spirit while people boldly prayed out in English what God had revealed to them. Others would write the prophetic revelation down on white boards in the room. Others would draw prophetic pictures. Others would hit their face and groan in the Spirit. It was very common for us to go entire meetings without asking a single thing of God, yet we made significant progress.

Is it possible to work off of a predetermined list of topics and still have a fiery and effective prayer meeting. Well, I do believe it can happen. It’s true that I have been in some such prayer meetings that had some very real spiritual zip on them. I know some people can come alive in petition heavy prayer meetings if they are truly Holy Spirit driven, so I want to be careful not to dismiss other forms of prayer that truly have effect for some.

The point of this article is to help awaken people to a fresh realm of Spirit-fueled intercession. Asking over and over again for the same thing most always results in frustration. If honest, most would admit that faith actually decreases with that method. Doubt increases as they wait and wonder of God is moving. The reach of the prayer is limited to what we can analyze with our human senses. The invisible realm of possibility and promise is minimized while our natural analysis drives the intercession. On the contrary, revelation driven prayer is fueled by what we know God is in agreement with. There is no wondering even if there is delay. We are convinced. Even the most fervent topic driven prayer meetings can leave people questioning whether God is going to respond or not.

In fact, I was once in a meeting with one of the nations premiere prophetic worship leaders who wanted me to consider helping bring a fresh prophetic thrust to their prayer events. Understand, these events were attended by hundreds of people who were contending for revival, and the ministry is known for its prophetic heartbeat. However, the intercession was a bit repetitive and driven by what was obvious. The prayer topics were great, but there was an additional step into the invisible realm that would have taken it even further than it was.

Even great prayer ministries can benefit by becoming revelation driven.

“Can you find out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limit of the Almighty? Job 11:7 (ESV)

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! Romans 11:33 (ESV)

For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 1 Corinthians 1:25 (ESV)

I am actively contending that the dry seasons of struggle in the prayer room that has weighed on so many will not remain the norm. The cry is for regular, perpetual revelation to rain down from heaven on a continual basis. If we are to walk in the Spirit, we must have the ability to see and hear and discern in the Spirit. Instead of simply praying along with the prayer leader in the room for the nation of Egypt, for example, we’ll receive, on both a personal and a corporate level, clear and active revelation about Egypt or whatever is on God’s agenda for that session. The more people that receive a strong ‘yes’ in their spirit as intercession is being led, the more agreed they are and the more effective it is. It’s good to pray for what seems obvious any time of the day. It’s better to pray in a specific moment for whatever issue God’s calling us to focus on. The goal is to lay the list aside as much as possible and wait until God tells us exactly what to agree on. We’ll find ourselves more alive, refreshed and strengthened as we ride on that wave instead of pressing ahead without it. As we minimize our agendas and expect God to give us precise instructions for prayer we’ll see the testimonies sky rocket around the world. ~Revelation Driven Prayer

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New Prophetic Prayer Group Starting

I will be leading a new group based on my book Revelation Driven Prayer!

If you are in the Branson/Springfield, Missouri area, I’d like to invite you to a brand new prophetic prayer group!

I will be teaching out of my book Revelation Driven Prayer each week, and we will also be spending time in various expressions of prayer and intercession as well.

This will be a powerful experience and a great place for people of all types—from brand new Christians to seasoned veterans—to grow in prayer in a fun, joyful and casual environment.

The first meeting will take place in my home on Wednesday, September 9th.

If you’d like more info or want directions, contact me directly at john@johnburton.net.

I can’t wait to see you there!

(Oh, yes, we’ll have coffee and snacks each week!)

Revelation Driven Prayer Life Group

100% Effective Prayer: A Powerful Prayer Model Discovered in a Cave

Prayer in the Cave: Discover a 100% effective prayer strategy!

This article is taken from John Burton’s book Revelation Driven Prayer.

STOP! YOU’RE PRAYING WRONG!

That’s what God told me one day as I was in some deep prayer. I was currently working part-time at a call center. I had been fairly frustrated that I wasn’t able to leave that job so I could work full-time in the church.
    That day, I was praying from a place of frustration. “God, oh God, please grow the church! Let the finances increase! Please God!”
    That was when, as clear as a bell, I heard God say, “Stop! You’re praying wrong!”
    What? How could that be? I was praying so hard. As I walked around the 1000 square feet of sanctuary space in the early days of Revolution I really felt like I was doing well. Didn’t God want the church to grow? Didn’t He want to provide for our needs?
    Then God said something I’ll never forget. “You are praying as if I’m resisting you. Don’t you realize I put those desires in your heart? Why are you begging me for a desire that I initiated? I gave you the desire in the first place!”
    Wow! That ruined my whole perception of what prayer was! I had to think differently.
    God then said, “There is one who IS resisting you though. The enemy doesn’t want these desires I placed in your heart to come to pass. It is the enemy whom you must fight.”
    So, I launched into a new dimension of faith filled and violent prayer!
    I felt impressed that God wanted me to practice this new revelation he gave me. He told me He wanted me to have more time to pray and initiate revival in the city. He wanted me to quit my job at the call center. I had captured the heart of God and I knew it was my turn to enforce His will. The enemy must move!
    “In the powerful name of Jesus Christ, I command you devil to release! Get off of my schedule! I declare the heart of God is for me to quit my job and to advance His Kingdom full time in Manitou Springs! How dare you touch the plans of God!”

1 John 5:14-15 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

    I prayed according to His will.  He wanted me to work full-time in the ministry.  One week later, as a church of about 35 people, we received a check in the Sunday offering for $50,000. The following week we received $25,000.
    I was full time two weeks later.

    That money was “more than enough” for me to go full-time at the church. We also used it to get into a 27,000 square foot building. God wanted us to have that all along. The enemy didn’t. I was praying wrong. I was praying as if the provision had to be coaxed away from God. In reality, God had already released it and I just had to go get it–and blast through the enemy’s resistance on the way.
    That’s why it’s critical to be people of prayer. How else can we know what God wants us to pray for? What to stand on. What not to focus on. What to delay? We must hear Him!
    Of course, the primary thrust of this message is hearing the ever-present voice of God.  Let me at this point also emphasize the seemingly obvious power of the written Word of God.  The revelation of Revelation Driven Prayer has literally changed my life in many realms and dimensions.  The above story revealed a process I went through with regard to God’s will for that moment of my life.  He spoke specifically to me regarding His desires.
    Another story, though very short, had an equal impact upon my life.  I was once again in a place of  ‘frustration prayer’.  I was crying out for my needs to be met.  I was banging on the doors of heaven in passionate prayer for finances, among other things.  Once again I heard the voice of God deep within my spirit, “Your prayer is hindering you.”  What?  Did I hear what I thought I heard?  God told me that my prayer in that moment was doing more damage than good.  I should stop if I planned on continuing in that vein.
    He then said, “Without faith it is impossible to please me.”  He added, “Doubt in prayer will ensure that prayer goes unanswered.”  Ok, He had my attention.  I pondered this, and wrestled with these issues.  I didn’t want to doubt.  I wanted more than anything to be a man of faith.  I wanted these pieces to fit together so I could arrive at some conclusion.  God was telling me not to pray!  Yet, I still had unresolved issues that demanded a miracle.  Oh how alone I felt!
    Then the answer came.  God asked me why I was praying for something that was already promised in His Word.  He has promised to supply all of my needs according to His riches in glory.  The very act of asking God for my needs to be met revealed my lack of faith that it has already been done!  Wow!  I was attempting to convince God to do something that He already had resolved!  My prayer evidenced my doubt which resulted in my prayer being unanswered!
    The Bible reveals, as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. Doubt was in my heart. It also reveals that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. I was speaking unbelief. Finally, the Bible reveals that the power of life and death are in the tongue. The unbelief in my heart was manifesting as decrees of death over my finances! It would have been better if I didn’t pray at all!

Mark 11:24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

    No begging, no coercing, no convincing, no doubting allowed in prayer!

James 1:5-8 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

    Now, when I pray, I simply remember that prayer rhymes with declare.  I don’t have an addiction to petition.  I hear God and then declare to the atmosphere and my situations how they must conform to His will.  It turns us from a position of defeat and passivity to a position of victory and spiritual violence and powerful faith!  We change from the afflicted to the afflictor!

REVELATION DRIVEN PRAYER MODEL

    We had a team of college aged young men and women come to Revolution Church for Mission Manitou–a spiritual warfare missions experience.  It was an amazing week.  The highlight of the week was ‘prayer in a cave’.  From time to time we’ll have prayer teams join us for four hours of non-stop worship, prayer, prophecy, intercession and passion.  We are literally in a large cave, in perfect darkness with no sense of time.  It’s an experiment in Revelation Driven Prayer, or 100% Effective Prayer.  This particular night was a night I’ll never forget.  For nearly a year I had suffered from a severe pinched nerve in my right shoulder.  My right arm and fingers would either tingle or go numb continually.  My shoulder, at times, hurt so badly I could barely stand it.  I had been to a chiropractor and a massage therapist.  Neither worked.
    Prior to entering the cave, we had a powerful prayer and worship event at the church.  Near the end of that service, I had asked one of the prayer missionaries from Michigan to pray for my shoulder.  This particular girl had been pressing so hard the entire week as God was healing her, touching her and shaking her.  She craved breakthrough in her life.  She prayed for me for quite some time, and then it was time for all of us to enter the cave.  I didn’t experience a healing, though I was blessed that she took the time to pray for me.
    In the cave, we experienced four seasons that the Lord established as a part of the Revelation Driven Prayer training program. 
   
REVELATION DRIVEN PRAYER STEP ONE:
ELIMINATION

    First, we repented.  We eliminated everything from the depths of our heart.  Complete surrender.  Remember, it’s perfectly dark in the cave.  You can’t see your hand in front of your face.  People’s cries were echoing thorough the cavern.  People who never had the confidence to cry out or to pray out in public were wonderfully released to do so.  There was such a presence of the Holy Spirit as people wept and repented and released past hurts. 
    The stronger the Holy Spirit stirs the more we crave to eliminate and repent deeply.  The groanings of a broken and humbled person simply overwhelm people who are pressing intentionally and passionately into the place where God is moving.

2 Chronicles 7:13-15 When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place.

    This season is often difficult for some to press through, but it’s the most critical time we’ll spend.  The reason many people’s prayer life is so frustrating is because the necessary sacrifice of time hasn’t been made.  Pressing into a place of repentance results in a lot of time being made undone before our Father.  If we humble ourselves, pray and seek we’ll discover God’s favor.  Seeking takes time.  Lengthy prayer simply must be a normal reality on a continual basis if we desire to break through to the heart of God.

Psalms 34:17-18 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.

    This is what we found in the cave–people crying out!  If we go to a deeply expressive place of repentance, desperation, desire and longing for our Lover, our Lover will hear us!  If our heart is broken, He is near to us!  That is one amazing Scripture!
    However, so often our prayers are thrown up to heaven almost in passing without any brokenness at all, and we wonder why God isn’t responsive to us in the way the Word of God describes.
    We’ll often hear people yelling at the top of their lungs, “God I need You! Jesus, come into my life like never before! Please, fire of God, burn my flesh!”
    We’ll also hear people repenting of anything from apathy to mocking to abuse.  People want to be free from their unwitting alliance with the enemy.  They don’t want to be lukewarm, arrogant, insecure, suspicious or defeated in any way.  This season of elimination causes us all to be emptied.  Deliverance happens at times in this phase.  People of all types, ages and maturity find themselves craving to have every hindrance removed from their lives so they can actually see God, right there in a place of perfect darkness,
    On this particular cave experience, after an hour or so of pouring our hearts out to God we moved into the next phase–Consecration. 

REVELATION DRIVEN PRAYER STEP TWO:
CONSECRATION

    This is a time of adoration, worship and becoming aligned as perfectly as possible with Christ Jesus.  It was beautiful to hear the raw worship sounding off the walls of the cavern.  After finding themselves empty after the previous season, people were longing to be full of a supernatural fire.  God was closer than ever! 

Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

    This second season is critical if we are to clearly hear God in the next season.  As we find ourselves emptied of past sins, issues and mind-sets, we can now simply say, “Father, here am I, send me!”
    Instead of desiring to warm our flesh by the fire of God’s presence, we lay our bodies, as living sacrifices, directly on the fire and cry out, “Consume us God!”
    We tell God that our lives are in His hands.  If He desires for us to be martyred for His cause, then that’s what we want.  If He wants us to step into a certain mission, that’s what we will do.  Our lives are no longer our own, but we are surrendered to God.  We are consecrated to Him.  We’re excited about what God can do through a completely yielded vessel.
    This season is marked by a lot of excitement and wonderful freedom. The result of eliminating all of our baggage is a bunch of extra room for God to operate in our lives.  The Spirit of God literally fills us up to overflowing, and we are suddenly putty in His hands.
    We may go on for a couple of hours in this season.  We’ll worship, weep, experience the baptism of the Holy Spirit, pray boldly in tongues, continually break in His presence and fall deeply in love with Him.  It’s simply amazing.  Now, with the old man crucified and the Spirit of God blowing like a wind in and through us, it becomes very easy to hear His voice.  We capture His dreams and desires for our lives.   
    This next season is critical to the process of Revelation Driven Prayer–hearing God.  Revelation.

REVELATION DRIVEN PRAYER STEP THREE:
REVELATION

    With this team from Michigan, I encouraged people, most of whom have never prophesied, to listen to the voice of God and share it with us.  One by one people would share pictures, impressions, Scriptures and other words from heaven.  I explained that God desires to speak clearly and continually to every man, woman and child of His on the planet.

1 Corinthians 14:1 Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.

    To prophesy is simply to hear God and to repeat what He says.  Share with others the heartbeat of God in any given situation.  Hearing God is one of the most exciting parts of one’s personal experience as a Christian.  We are all to have spiritual dreams and visions, to walk in the Spirit and hear in the Spirit.  God is continually sharing His heart with us and to receive that data from the invisible realm is amazing!
    Not only does it make life exciting, it makes it survivable.  The only way we can obey God is if we hear Him!  So, as we hear His voice, we can know what is required of us. We can see into the spirit realm and understand how to battle the enemy.  This is how it unfolded in this particular situation:
    We were about to move into the fourth and last season called execution–declaring and enforcing the will of God that was just revealed in this season of prophetic revelation.  All of a sudden, I heard this sweet voice from on the other side of the cavern call out, “John?”  I said, “Yes?”  She said, “I just can’t go on until I share something with you.”  It was the same girl who had prayed for my shoulder back at the church.  “God is squeezing my heart.  It’s so strong and I have to share it with you.”  “It’s not good though.”  Oh boy!  Here we go.  One of those moments that every leader has to deal with at one time or another–a crazy prophetic word!
    I told her, “Ok, go ahead and share it.  Let’s see what God has to tell us.”  It was important to me to encourage her in this as it was obviously a critical moment for her.  She was hearing God, and I was excited about that.  She went on to tell me that she saw a vision when she was praying for me back at Revolution, but she didn’t know how to share it.  That same vision intensified extensively during the season of prophecy and hearing God there in the cave.  She saw someone holding a voodoo doll of me and they were poking me in the shoulder over and over again.
    Now, what she didn’t know was that I was there in the dark on the other side of the room wincing in extreme pain for the previous four hours.  I was contorting my body every which way I could in an attempt to relieve the pressure in my shoulder.  I was almost in tears much of the night.
    I then announced to everybody there that we were a living experiment.  God was taking us by the hand and teaching us about Revelation Driven Prayer.  I told everybody that God has revealed His desire–He wanted me healed that very moment.  It was now time to move into our last season–execution. 

REVELATION DRIVEN PRAYER STEP FOUR:
EXECUTION

    I asked that girl if she would pray for me.  Wow!  Something happened to this girl–the fire of God was on her!  She prayed down the heavens while the rest of the people in that cave warred in the Spirit and interceded with passion.  The noise was astounding.
    All of a sudden my shoulder started to burn intensely!  It was like someone poured hot oil on my shoulder and was rubbing it in.  It went down my arm all the way to the tips of my fingers.  God was instantly healing me.  I went through every movement I could think of, I pressed my fingers deep into the spot that had previously hurt so badly.  My fingers which were previously partially numb were now highly sensitive.  It was really happening–I was healed!  My arm was on fire.  I told everybody what was going on as it was happening.  I half-way jokingly asked them if they could see my arm glowing there in the dark cave!  It was so hot I thought people around me could feel the warmth!
    To this very day my arm has been healed.  God was waiting to heal me so all of those people in that dark cave would experience the glory of God.

John 9:1-3 Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.

    This last season of execution is simply that–we execute the instructions of God as He reveals them to us.  He didn’t have anything else for us to do at that moment, and our ability to hear Him clearly kept us from praying amiss.  We came into perfect agreement with God, looked at the spirit of Infirmity with fire in our eyes and a supernatural confidence and cast it out.  The attack of witchcraft was annihilated in a place of agreed prayer.  We executed God’s instructions that were revealed to a repentant and consecrated people who were filled with the fire of the Holy Spirit.
    Revelation Driven Prayer works.  We pour ourselves out, spend hours in the presence of God, hear His voice and then war in the Spirit.  Miracles are then the expected, and very regular, result.

John 15:7-8 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. 

    I want to encourage you to pattern your own prayer life in this way.  Every day, present yourself to the Lord and go through these four seasons.  If Christians will eagerly step up to a place of two or three hours of intentional prayer every day, we will experience an outpouring of God within weeks if not sooner!
    I find myself exhilarated when my time in the prayer room is dosed with waves of insight into God’s heart.  It’s becomes easy to hit my face, cry out in pursuit of the Living God and then to press on into hours of prayer–when it’s fueled by revelation.
    When the cry of our heart is to discover the cry of God’s heart, life in the invisible realm of prayer ramps up powerfully.
    I believe the prayer movement will become the thrill ride that it’s meant to be when it becomes predominantly a prophetic movement.  Praying prayers into the nether regions without at least a low level of supernatural insight is a frustrating activity.  It’s a prime reason many people are resistant to a life of prayer. 

Ephesians 5:15-17 Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

REVELATION DRIVEN PRAYER IN ACTION

    The Holy Spirit schooled me in the important concept of effective and efficient prayer one day when I was alone in prayer at Revolution Church at the base of Pikes Peak in Manitou Springs, Colorado.  Keep in mind that I have always been a ‘prayer guy’.  I caught the fire of love for Jesus in my early years when I was in the place of prayer and that hunger for intimacy with God has never ceased.  This particular day I found myself praying very good prayers… but these particular prayers weren’t on God’s agenda for me that day.  I was praying for church growth, for people that came to mind, for strategic ideas and other good and important topics.  However, they were topics that came to mind based on human insight and yesterday’s revelation.  I had no leading that those focuses were also God’s focus for me in that moment.  I was praying blindly.

Ephesians 1:15-18 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints…

    Understand, blind prayers aren’t bad.  It’s a very good thing to intercede for any number of pressing issues.  However, I was learning that prayers based on human insight alone were simply not efficient.  This particular day something else was on God’s heart and he was instructing me to avoid distraction–even honorable distraction such as praying for people in the church–and to have laser precision by praying what was on God’s heart.  Prayer is all about agreement.  If God’s calling us to stand in the gap for one thing and we’re focusing on another thing we are actually misaligned.  Again, let me make it clear so people don’t fall into guilt or false ideas.  To pray is good and beneficial.  However, we should crave the highest level of efficiency and effectiveness as possible.  That’s certainly God’s desire.
    A quick way to become disillusioned and discouraged in the place of prayer is to become plagued with what I call petitionitis or to discover addiction to petition.  The thought that God is simply waiting for us to ask him for something so he can perform it for us is exceedingly short sighted.  We should discuss our desires with God, but the idea that this is the limit of prayer is tragically flawed.  Yes, we can ask God for things, but the adventure begins when we allow God to reveal his requests to us.
    It simply makes sense to fuel our prayers with the revelation of what God is working on with us at that moment.  One of the most exciting questions we can ask God is, “What are you thinking about right now?”  If God revealed that a terrorist attack is scheduled to be carried out in our city within the next twelve hours, and he is attempting to reveal instructions for intercession on that issue it wouldn’t make sense to spend precious time praying for other things.
    This lesson was drilled home by the Holy Spirit this particular day at Revolution a few years ago.  God said, “Don’t pray about anything until I reveal my agenda.  Spend time preparing your heart to receive and to be an instrument of intercession and authority in my hands.”
    This was one of the most important instructions I have ever received.  The reality that God has such an expansive perspective that goes far beyond our own viewpoint should grip us.

Job 11:7 “Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?”

Romans 11:33 Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!

    So, I walked around Revolution Church with no list of petitions.  I worshiped, humbled my heart, prayed in tongues and waited. 
    God then spoke (this is always the starting point of effective prayer).  “John, I don’t want you to pray for anything else except for this property.  It’s strategic and I want you to advance.  It’s time to take new ground.”
    The faith, anointing and presence of God increased immediately in such measure that it literally felt like the room was flooded to the ceiling.  Immediately after, my staff started to arrive for our weekly staff meeting and one of them walked right up to me after he came through the front door and said, “What’s going on?  The faith is so high in this room that you could cut it with a knife.” 
    He felt it as he walked through the door.
    I shared with the team what God had instructed us to do. We all spread out, prayed and anointed the property from room to room.  The city of Manitou Springs and this particular property has a very dark history.  Many call Manitou Springs the darkest and most strategically demonic city in the nation.  This particular property was over 100 years old and was once a brothel.  Revolution Church (now Revolution House of Prayer) occupied about 2/3rds of the property and the owner had his Moroccan restaurant in the other 1/3rd.  A single wall divided the two sides.
    When the church first moved in to this location I found it very hard to physically breathe.  The demonic stronghold there was unusually heavy.  We did a good job of cleaning things up on our side of the wall and enjoyed the presence of God in freedom to a wonderful degree.  However, this very day God was calling us to advance beyond the wall.
    After we spent some time praying throughout the rooms of the building on our side, I called everybody together and told them we were to lay hands on the wall that divided the two sides and to pray from the perspective of authority and with great faith and confidence based on the revelation that God had given us. 
    Now, I hadn’t spoken to my landlord for quite some time.  We didn’t cross paths very often, so what was about to happen was very much out of the ordinary. 
    As we were all praying, my cell phone rang.  I just let it go to voicemail as we continued on.  Then, something snapped.  One of my elders looked at me and said, “It’s done.  There’s no reason to keep praying.”
    I felt it too.  It was awesome.  We all went outside and walked around the perimeter of the building and thanked God for what was accomplished.  At that point I remembered that I missed a phone call when I was inside praying at the wall, so I checked my voicemail.  It was my landlord.  He wanted to talk with me.  Immediately the anointing around me started to burn even hotter.
    I went to meet him and he asked, “I was wondering if your church would you like to move in to the other side of the property?”
    I’m sure my face was white.  The swirl of God was so strong on me that I had to intentionally maintain my composure.  I said, “Yes.”
    I often joke that many people simply want God to call them on the phone with answers to their prayer… and for us, it kind of happened like that!  Right in the middle of a powerfully unified and faith-filled moment of prayer my phone rang with the answer I was seeking!
    That next month we moved into the very room that was on the other side of the wall where we were praying.  Plus, our monthly rent was decreased from $8000 to $6000!  We took ground and prospered financially all because I laid down my agenda, waited, received precise revelation and came into active agreement with it.

1 Cor 1:25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

    I am actively contending that the dry seasons of struggle in the prayer room that has weighed on so many will not remain the norm.  The cry is for regular, perpetual revelation to rain down from heaven on a continual basis.  If we are to walk in the Spirit, we must have the ability to see and hear and discern in the Spirit. 
    Instead of simply praying along with the prayer leader in the room for the nation of Egypt, for example, we’ll receive, on both a personal and a corporate level, clear and active revelation about Egypt or whatever is on God’s agenda for that session.  The more people that receive a strong ‘yes’ in their spirit as intercession is being led, the more agreed they are and the more effective it is.
    It’s good to pray for what seems obvious any time of the day.  It’s better to pray in a specific moment for whatever issue God’s calling us to focus on.  The goal is to lay the list aside as much as possible and wait until God tells us exactly what to agree on.  We’ll find ourselves more alive, refreshed and strengthened as we ride on that wave instead of pressing ahead without it.
    As we minimize our agendas and expect God to give us precise instructions for prayer we’ll see the testimonies sky rocket around the world.

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    Is there unbelief regarding revival? Listen to this unusual Revival Church event.

    Are you part of the cross-bearing company of fire-breathing awakeners that God is raising up? Listen to this heavily anointed event and respond!

    imageThe past week in Manitou Springs, Colorado resulted in a shaking and weighty awakening for every person on our team. Listen as I share the encounters here: media.johnburton.net/6936545

    Trust me, you WANT to listen to this…the last half of the audio includes an other-worldly prophetic session where the calling for revival was revealed AND clips from each of the three services, including our attack against witchcraft and the drunkenness I was rocked with. High entertainment value for sure!

    We are gathering an army of carriers of fire who will travel with us to the cities of the Earth. The team that we took to Manitou flowed in such extreme authority and power that everybody was hit dramatically. We dealt with heavy witchcraft and strategic demonic attack at a high level, and watched as God then flooded that place. Humbled.

    The three nights revealed a very clear strategy for all of us:

    • Night One: Personal breakthrough. We battled and experienced fire and joy and breakthrough on a personal level.
    • Night Two: Holy Spirit arrival. I was drunk most of the night as the Holy Spirit poured out. Many want to camp here, but we cannot.
    • Night Three: Militant attack. Full of the Holy Spirit, we experience an extreme level of witchcraft in the room, and we went after it with authority and power.

    This is a pattern of advance for all of us. I break it down and share sound clips: media.johnburton.net/6936545 

    CARRIERS OF FIRE

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    YOUR IMPENDING ADVENTURE

    I also want to invite you to listen to a message that will provoke you to fulfill your ministry. It’s titled Your Impending Adventure. It’s a NOW word and will help you take very clear steps toward a completed calling. I’ll include the notes below.

    Listen here: media.johnburton.net/6936482 

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    Here’s the notes for Your Impending Adventure

    Your Impending Adventure

    I.                    Adventure

    a.       Nobody was called into an average life.

                                                                   i.      Certainly not now! At the end of the age!

                                                                 ii.      Adventure

    1.      An undertaking or enterprise of a hazardous nature.

    2.      a risky undertaking of unknown outcome

    3.      An undertaking of a questionable nature, especially one involving intervention in another state's affairs.

    4.      “An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered” [G.K. Chesterton All Things Considered]

                                                                iii.      British Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922) placed this advertisement in London newspapers in 1900 in preparation for the National Antarctic Expedition (which subsequently failed to reach the South Pole).“Men Wanted For Hazardous Journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honor and recognition in case of success.”Shackleton later said that “it seemed as though all the men in Great Britain were determined to accompany me, the response was so overwhelming.”

    1.      Yes! The adventure is there for you!

    b.      All you have to do is sign up and pay the fee!

                                                                   i.      It costs your dreams, plans, comfort and safety!

                                                                 ii.      Your adventure will impact many!

    II.                  Isaiah

    a.       Step one: Isaiah sees God (These steps come from Ungers Handbook)

                                                                   i.      Isaiah 6:1-4 (ESV) 1 In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” 4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke.

    1.      Most people don’t get to this point!

    2.      Your adventure begins by laying down everything so you can see God!

    3.      Go after him! Burn! Pray! Devote your every breath to knowing him deeply!

                                                                 ii.      Step two: Isaiah sees himself

    1.      Isaiah 6:5 (ESV) 5 And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!”

    2.      You cannot see God without having a revelation of your own wretched condition!

    3.      Jeremiah 17:9-10 (ESV) 9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? 10 “I the LORD search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”

    4.      Hebrews 3:12-13 (ESV) 12 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. 13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

    5.      1 John 1:6-7 (ESV) 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

    6.      The closer the look on our own condition, the greater the revelation of our fruit.

    a.       Matthew 7:17-20 (ESV) 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.

    b.      We must repent, confess, let God search our hearts continually.

                                                                                                                                           i.      It’s in the Lord’s Prayer

                                                                                                                                         ii.      Matthew 6:12 (ESV) 12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

                                                                                                                                        iii.      Believes must live a life of confession and repentance.

                                                                                                                                       iv.      Matthew 3:6 (ESV) 6 and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

    c.       Acts 19:18-20 (ESV) 18 Also many of those who were now believers came, confessing and divulging their practices. 19 And a number of those who had practiced magic arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted the value of them and found it came to fifty thousand pieces of silver. 20 So the word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily.

    d.      Luke 17:3-4 (ESV) 3  Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, 4  and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”

    e.       Let God search your heart continually in the place of fervent prayer.

                                                                                                                                          i.      1 Chronicles 28:9 (ESV) 9 “And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father and serve him with a whole heart and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever.

                                                                                                                                        ii.      Jeremiah 17:10 (ESV) 10 “I the LORD search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”

    f.        Torrey's Prescription For Revival “I can give a prescription that will bring a revival to any church or community or any city on earth. “First, let a few Christians (they need not be many) get thoroughly right with God themselves. This is the prime essential. If this is not done, the rest that I am to say will come to nothing. “Second, let them bind themselves together in a prayer group to pray for a revival until God opens the heavens and comes down. “Third, let them put themselves at the disposal of God for Him to use as He sees fit in winning others to Christ. That is all! “This is sure to bring a revival to any church or community. I have given this prescription around the world. It has been taken by many churches and many communities, and in no instance has it ever failed; and it cannot fail!”

                                                                                                                                           i.      This is huge!

                                                                                                                                         ii.      We must get thoroughly right with God! Let God search us! Is there any impure thought? Do we ever lie? Do we ever gossip? Do we ever disobey God?

                                                                                                                                        iii.      Torrey said: This is the prime essential. If this is not done, the rest that I am to say will come to nothing.

                                                                                                                                       iv.      You may have heard a theology out there that says Jesus forgave our sins past, present and future. That’s incomplete, and it leads people away from confession and repentance and dying daily.

    1.      Jesus did what he needed to do, but, unrepentant sin, ignored sin, cannot go unresolved! You can sin in the future and have it not be covered!

    2.      Spend hours in the prayer room and you will discover issue after issue… and it’s glorious!

    3.      If we cover unrepentant sin with sugar and honey, it’s still diseased on the inside. You can dip rotting meat that’s full of maggots into chocolate, and attempt to hide the corruption… but the realty remains, the inside is spoiled.

    4.      I shared the following on Facebook: The false belief that we are exempt from penalties of future sins with no confession or repentance is dangerous beyond measure.

    5.      Someone responded: Who believes that way?

    6.      I said: Millions of Christians. It's a huge false movement.

    7.      He said: Guess I'd have to go to a church that preaches a false word to know…praise God for the Baptists.

                                                                iii.      Step three: Isaiah is cleansed

    1.      It’s good to let God reveal wickedness in us so we can be cleansed by fire!

    2.      Isaiah 6:6-7 (ESV) 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”

    3.      1 John 1:9 (ESV) 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

    4.      Hebrews 12:1 (ESV) 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

    5.      Psalm 51:10-12 (ESV) 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.

    a.       The reason it’s so good to let God search out the corruption in our hearts, is because we can be freed from it!

    b.      Amazing!

                                                               iv.      Step four: Isaiah is commissioned

    1.      Prophetic messengers will have the boldness to proclaim the word of the Lord regardless of its tone!

    2.      Wiersbe Outlines: Now God can call Isaiah and use him to preach His Word. The prophet is no longer wrapped up in his own needs; he wants to do the will of God. He is no longer burdened by sin; he has been cleansed. He is no longer discouraged; he knows that God is on the throne. Now he is ready to go to work.

    3.      Isaiah 6:8-10 (ESV) 8 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” 9 And he said, “Go, and say to this people: “‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ 10 Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.”

    4.      This is God’s cry! Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?

    a.       Matthew 9:35-38 (ESV) 35 And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

                                                                 v.      Step five: Isaiah is given the outcome of the commission

    1.      Isaiah 6:11-13 (ESV) 11 Then I said, “How long, O Lord?” And he said: “Until cities lie waste without inhabitant, and houses without people, and the land is a desolate waste, 12 and the LORD removes people far away, and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land. 13 And though a tenth remain in it, it will be burned again, like a terebinth or an oak, whose stump remains when it is felled.” The holy seed is its stump.

    a.       We see in Mt 13 that Jesus spoke in parables because of this very judgment!

    b.      Matthew 13:10-14 (ESV) 10 Then the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” 11 And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12 For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says: “‘“You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive.”

    c.       And also in John:

                                                                                                                                           i.      John 12:37-41 (ESV) 37 Though he had done so many signs before them, they still did not believe in him, 38 so that the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “Lord, who has believed what he heard from us, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” 39 Therefore they could not believe. For again Isaiah said, 40 “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, lest they see with their eyes, and understand with their heart, and turn, and I would heal them.” 41 Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory and spoke of him.

    d.      And in Acts:

                                                                                                                                           i.      Acts 28:23-26 (ESV) 23 When they had appointed a day for him, they came to him at his lodging in greater numbers. From morning till evening he expounded to them, testifying to the kingdom of God and trying to convince them about Jesus both from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets. 24 And some were convinced by what he said, but others disbelieved. 25 And disagreeing among themselves, they departed after Paul had made one statement: “The Holy Spirit was right in saying to your fathers through Isaiah the prophet: 26 “‘Go to this people, and say, “You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive.”

    e.       This is why we need prophetic messengers with a bold spirit of awakening on them!!!!!

    2.      Ungers: How long would this spiritual deterioration go on? To the complete blotting out of Israel's testimony to the one true God? No, came the divine answer. Only until the complete devastation of the land and the removal of its inhabitants to Babylon were accomplished. Thence a remnant would return to Palestine. Even this tenth part would be further reduced, yet a holy posterity would survive in whom the ultimate hope of Israel would rest and in whom the covenants and promises would be realized.

    b.      You have an impending adventure if you simply sign up! Be available!

                                                                   i.      Sometimes God will draw you into adventure to cause you to become addicted to adventure!

                                                                 ii.      Wildman story

    1.      Fearful situation

    c.       God is looking for a people who are ready to give up the tired, old dreams of man for an adventure that will change societies!

    d.      Go after it! Don’t fear the risk! Don’t fear failure!

    e.       A study made a number of years ago said the more education a man has, the less likely he is to be an inventor. Now the reason for that is quite simple. From the time the boy, or girl, starts in school he is examined three or four times a year and, of course, it is a very disastrous thing if he fails. An inventor fails all the time and it is a triumph if he succeeds once. Consequently, if education is an inhibition to invention, it is due entirely to the form by which we rate things and not because of any intellectual differential. —Charles Kettering

    A super rough draft of the first 50 pages of my new book, The Coming Church

    The Coming Church is a revelation of what God is about to do in the church of our nation—read the first 50 pages now!

    FIRST: Tomorrow, Thursday, January 31st, at 7pm I want to encourage you to audit theLab class Revelation Driven Prayer! Pay $25 at the door (cash, check, credit card) and learn how to hear the voice of God and experience a life of 100% effective prayer!
    Revival Church and theLab meets at CENTRAL CHURCH, 1529 E. 12 Mile Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071.


    imageThe Coming Church

    Many have been asking for a sneak peek, so here it is! It’s a very rough draft, so if you notice any grammatical edits that are necessary, I’d love for you to alert me via email at john@johnburton.net. Enjoy!

    (I’ll include the first short segment below, and then you can download the PDF here: www.johnburton.net/files/docs/TheComingChurchp9-53.pdf)

    ~ One ~
    The Encounter

    Spiritual encounters, whether they are visions, dreams or visitations can go a long way in preparing individuals, groups, and even nations for the otherworldly, dramatic and critical shifts that God is setting into motion. Of course, we know in scripture that spiritual things must be discerned spiritually, and it’s important to understand clearly what’s being communicated. We also know that all dreams, for example, are not necessarily spiritual dreams. That must be discerned. I challenge you to stay up until 3 AM and then eat a bucket of hot wings, a can of Mountain Dew and a half a gallon of ice cream and see what kind of crazy images dance around in your head when you finally fall asleep. Experiences like that won’t shake nations. However, the encounter I had absolutely must.
        I had a vision of the soon coming church. For me, a spiritual revelation, a message delivered directly by the Creator of the world, is usually very easy to discern. It’s rare that I have to go to someone seeking out an interpretation. The scene and the message are almost always extremely vivid and revealing. I immediately understand what the players and the atmosphere and the story line are attempting to communicate to me.
        This particular encounter was no different – in fact, it was so striking, fearful, engulfing and overpowering that the imagery and message will keep me trembling in my spirit forever.
        In order to appreciate the magnitude of the message that was communicated to me in the vision, it will be helpful to understand the context. If you can imagine, at least to an incredibly small degree, the picture of the church that God himself sees, it shouldn’t be a stretch to realize the picture of the church that we see on the Earth clearly cannot match up. Meaning, when God drew up the glorious church leading up to its launch in the book of Acts, that diagram that was before him looks little like the church we see today. God’s church looks little like the church we have come to know.

    Acts 2:1-3 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.

        Do me a favor and read that passage in Acts chapter 2 one more time. I want those three verses to dive into your spirit and shake you up. When God started diagramming the church, this is what he envisioned — this is where he started. When you compare this passage of Scripture with descriptions of the modern-day church as we know it, it seems like were comparing apples and oranges.
        I’d like to ask you to read the passage one more time. As I’m writing this, I feel the Spirit of the Lord starting to burn in my inner man. Let me pray for you right now just before you read it again:

    Mighty God, I pray the burnings of your Spirit would be transmitted into your friends heart. Give them a glimpse into the supernatural yet strikingly real realm of the church. Give them the capacity to release old paradigms, structures, traditions, mind sets and cultures as they come alive to the reality of the church as you see it. Amen.

        Okay, go ahead and read the passage in Acts chapter 2 one more time.

    Acts 2:1-3 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.

        Is it becoming a little bit easier to understand just what the church should look like? You see, as God designed and then launched the church, it was literally blowing and burning and every one of them in that upper room experienced it. As we begin to embrace the truth that passages like this are not science fiction, and that they communicate actual phenomenons that are to be normal for us as Believers, it will become easier to leave behind what we know and press toward the soon coming church. We will suddenly find ourselves so deeply dissatisfied that any thought of maintenance becomes quite insane.
        Now, keep in mind that this fiery reality was communicated to us by Jesus, by the Word. This passage is the Word of God, not simply a descriptive, historical report. So, God’s plan is for the church to be a supernatural raging furnace of Holy Spirit activity.
        I have heard it said that the only thing more powerful than the Word of God is tradition. The traditions of man overpower the greatest power in existence — Jesus Christ himself. Do you feel the weight of that? Is it possible that we need to embrace the fear of the Lord again? The thought of allowing man-made concepts, structures or agendas to push aside and nullify God’s plans seems ridiculous. Yet it happens with stunning regularity every day all over the world.
       
    Mark 7:13 …making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down…

        Of course it’s true that the definition of the church cannot be limited to one perspective of one segment of the greater structure. It is certainly true, as is revealed later on in Acts chapter 2, that the healthy church will include wonderful fellowship, breaking of bread, powerful preaching, discipleship, evangelism, prayer and other critical activities. However, what we see in the church today is a lot of activity, even good activity, but usually without the tangible burning and blowing of God’s Spirit.

    Read more here: www.johnburton.net/files/docs/TheComingChurchp9-53.pdf

    My newly revised books now only $2.99 on Kindle

    You can now instantly download three books for less than the old price for one!

    First: The miracles continued at Revival Church on Sunday! We are in the midst of a heavy revival atmosphere right now. Check it out:

    Hey John! Incredible testimony from last night!  And we didn't even pray for this guy to receive healing.  We just imparted to him and prayed for the fire!

    Just a praise report…David a friend I brought yesterday had a football injury on his right knee, while you and your parents were praying for him, he said heat came on his right knee and GOD healed him. By the end of the night he was “jumping higher than before” in the freedom!


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    You can now order 20 Elements of Revival, Pharaoh in the Church and my latest revision that’s not even out in print yet, Revelation Driven Prayer.

    I just taught on 20 Elements of Revival at theLab Internship this past Saturday, and it was powerful. This is a must have teaching, and this book will do much to help you calibrate your life with God’s supernatural model.

    Here are some testimonies from people who have read it:image

    20 Elements of Revival- I just finished your book, 20 Elements of Revival. Wow! This is it. If the Church/House of Prayer at large could get this into their hands and read it before they opened the doors we could actually change the world! I’ve been talking to our leadership team- this book is #1 for all of our Core Leadership. It should be in the hands of every leader in the Body. – Luann

    image20 Elements of Revival- I just finished reading 20 Elements of Revival. Everyone should read this book! I wish I had the cash for a case of this book. Seriously! I keep thinking of more people who NEED a copy of it! It’s very, very, very rare for me to feel this way about a book other than the Bible.-Kathi

    Just finished reading the two books you gave me…and I am buzzing in the Holy Spirit! My wife and I had an hour conversation about the depth of their implications. You have nailed it my friend. I have met few people who have put all this together….and I am in awe and grateful. I want all our leadership team to especially read 20 Elements of Revival. –Tim

    Revelation Driven Prayer- “John Burton’s book on prayer hits the mark. It is the type of book that you can read and reread and be encouraged anew each time in your prayer walk with our Lord. We have to hear from God in a myriad of areas of our lives. That happens as we spend time with our Lord in prayer. Be Blessed and share this book with others that we all might have a deeper revelation of what our obedience will accomplish for the kingdom and for ourselves.”- Barbara

    Seeking early adopters : Breaking away from the marginal Christian experience

    The call at Revival Church : Three burning focuses will help rip the Christian church out of a marginal, stale state into a tremble that never ends.

    I’m waiting.

    I’m looking.

    The strategy of God in this nation requires people who refuse to live according to a skewed Christian experience that has suffocated the church into a near flat line.

    As a leader with a humanly impossible mission to call together people who will form their entire lives around the prayer room and the activity of the Holy Spirit, I find myself waiting and looking as I sound the alarm for the willing ones to move into position.image

    A radical response will result in a nuclear explosion of shock and awe that the nations of the Earth will witness—and then tremble.

    My current city of Detroit must wake up. The church must destroy the habit of a casual response to a terrifyingly urgent call to repent, to respond immediately and to follow the feverish pace of the Holy Spirit toward revival.

    During a prayer & whiteboard session on Monday, God refined the burning focus of the Detroit mission. We are intent on calling people together to participate in the mission at Revival Church… and the call is unapologetically and necessarily extreme:

    REVIVAL CULTURE

    The focus every day at Revival Church is to develop a culture of revival. The presence of God simply must press against us at every turn. It’s hard to believe that church services actually are allowed to continue without it! How can we teach and worship without the fire of God burning in our midst?

    This culture is impartation and refreshing driven—meaning, God desires to impact, heal, deliver and pull destinies out of every one of us. Additionally, this focus results in communities of fiery love. People who are intentionally committed to one another… people who become family…who go deep in relationship and Holy Spirit fueled love.

    Also, a key focus of this ministry is taking the fire of revival to the cities of the Earth. (If you are ready to book me, go to www.johnburton.net/booking) Teams of revivalists will be moving out with me as I minister in churches, at conferences and other events. We desire to train and coach others into a vibrant culture of wild revival.

    REVOLUTION MANDATE

    The second strategy of our ministry is all about reformation. Revolution.

    Understand, the Sunday style of ministry must end. The 24/7 church must emerge. Now.

    People who are used to living their lives throughout the week and attending church for a couple of hours on a Sunday morning must brace for an abrupt shock to their systems. A Kingdom perspective is being imparted into the forerunners who will be leading the church into it’s new reality.

    Today, the church tends to be focused on feeding people… tomorrow the focus is for the people to feed God. To minister to him. To pray.

    Today, the church gathers together, on average, 2-4 times a month. Tomorrow, people will be together several days a week.

    Today, people tend to seek out teaching. Tomorrow, they will receive equipping and instruction with an expectation of response…ministry…action.

    There are a lot of changes coming, and the call is now for the early adopters to respond and change their lives unlike few are willing to. At Revival Church, we are setting up shop to appeal to these early adopters.

    REVELATION DRIVEN

    The entire church and Christian experience must be driven by the voice, activity and revelation of God himself. RevelationDrivenPrayerBoxShot-50%It must become normal for every Believer to be a person of extreme, zealous and fiery prayer as their primary activity in life. The church must embrace this primary mandate. Revival Church certainly does.

    As prayer becomes the primary reason we gather together in the church, and the number one activity of our lives, we’ll hear God’s instructions clearly and continually.

    Revival Church is called to be a prophetic revival center for the region. We must hear God. We must have people in our midst who are zealously on their face in night and day prayer. This is non-negotiable.

    I’ll say it very clearly. If Detroit is to experience Kingdom normalcy… a revival culture… drastic and momentous change must come now.

    Are you hungry enough for such a drastic interruption in your life? Are you willing? OK, let’s go. It’s time.

    THE REVIVAL CHURCH CALL

    So, what’s the minimum call for this new-form mission at Revival Church?

    • Be early for prayer every Sunday at 5pm
    • Make it extremely rare to miss a Sunday evening service.
    • Nurture a life of radical prayer, study in the Word and pursuit of God’s presence.
    • Participate in theLab, our weekly 8:30pm Monday radio show at www.detroitrevivalchurch.com/thelab.
    • Participate in all, or as many as possible, of our weekly prayer meetings at IHOPE. We pray at noon every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. www.ihopedetroit.org
    • Be extravagant tithers and givers
    • Be an extreme communicator—participate in theLab, email us about what God’s revealing to you regarding the mission, be in contact with leadership and share your heart as often each week as you can.
    • In order to understand the Revival Church vision, read John’s books, starting with 20 Elements of Revival (www.detroitrevivalchurch.com/resources)

    The 24/7 church is emerging, and we’ll soon find ourselves in corporate ministry together at least 20 hours a week on the low end… and this transitional call of less than 8-10 hours a week will help ease our way into that new structure.

    I’d love to hear from you! Are you ready to join the wild Revival Church family of revivalists? Contact me directly at john@johnburton.net.

    John’s interview on the Miracle Channel : Watch tonight

    image I was interviewed back in October on Canada’s largest Christian television network, The Miracle Channel.  It was an awesome experience. 

    I talked about my book Revelation Driven Prayer on an hour long episode of The Bridge.

    You can watch the show as it airs tonight at 10pm Eastern.  Head on over to  www.miraclechannel.ca and click the ‘Watch Us Online’ banner on the top right.

    You will also be able to view the archive starting tomorrow by going here: www.miraclechannel.ca/thebridge

    Let’s pray that this message of encountering God reaches millions of people and impacts them powerfully.image

    ALSO: I’ll be preaching tomorrow (Friday) at IHOPE at 7pm.  Come on out for a night of intercession, prophecy and fire!

     

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