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I’m often asked about the difference in the prayer lives of people in many of the countries where I travel and the prayer lives of my own fellow countrymen. One of the great differences that I would easily recognize is that of passion. When I have seen God move mightily in other countries, there’s normally a hunger and thirst for the righteousness of God to come to His people. I sense that there’s a great prayer movement that’s been launched in America, but I also sense a lack of passion. We seem to want revival, but I find little hunger and thirst for a deep move of God.
Hunger for God is often expressed through tears. The Bible says, “Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him” (Psalms 126:5, 6 NIV). God holds the tears of His saints close to His heart. Our tears are an expression of the heart of God. They show the compassion of God, because so many are lost and dying without Christ. They manifest the holiness of God because of the lack of righteousness within the land.
I was preaching a large evangelistic meeting in Western Europe several years ago. One evening it was determined that we needed to call the leaders of these meetings together for an evening of prayer. Therefore, we met on Thursday evening to seek God for revival in the land. One of the key leaders began to weep for souls. He began crying because of his friends who were without Christ. As he was weeping, some of the other leaders immediately stopped the prayer meeting, because they felt it was becoming too emotional. They were concerned about someone who would weep while praying.
Compare that to an experience I had in Egypt. When I first arrived in the country, I inquired about the kind of praying that had been taking place in the country for this series of meetings. One of the leading pastors told me, “Sammy, I think many people are going to have to give their pants away to the poor.”
“What do you mean,” I asked quizzically.
“People have been praying and fasting so much for these meetings,” my friend continued, “that they have lost much weight. So many are weeping for their relatives and friends that they have fasted for a long time.”
God answered their prayers. Tens of thousands were born into the kingdom of God. Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (Matt. 5:6 NIV). When we begin praying with the same kind of hunger with which the Egyptians prayed, we’ll see God move in a mighty manner. We’ll be filled with a sense of God’s glory and power. God is looking for men and women who understand His heart and hunger to see His righteousness among His people. We need to pray. We must pray. Yet, we must pray with a renewed passion for the lost – for those who’ve never met Christ. When we begin to pray with such a hunger, our hearts will be filled.
Psalm : Chapter 126
1) When the Lord restored the fortunes of[a] Zion, we were like those who dreamed.[b] 2) Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” 3) The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. 4) Restore our fortunes,[c] Lord, like streams in the Negev. 5) Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. 6) Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.
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Sammy Tippit told his fiancée, “I can’t promise we’ll be rich, but life won’t be boring.”
Sammy had no idea what an understatement that would become. Beginning in the bars of Baton Rouge and the nightclubs of Chicago, Tippit has shared the news of life-changing faith in Christ all over the world – including in the middle of a revolution in Romania, the aftermath of genocide in Rwanda, and war in Burundi and the Congo.
Sammy’s lifelong adventure has come at a great price. He’s been cursed, threatened, arrested, deported, and blacklisted. He’s also been personally broken, ravaged with illness, and devastated by grief.
Yet he continues to preach to in stadiums, in open fields, and via satellite technology to hundreds of thousands around the globe. For all other books…
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STM has been providing inspiration and help around the world for nearly 50 years. Sammy Tippit, founder and president, is a world renowned counselor, teacher and evangelist with experience serving and helping people in over 80 countries. Sammy provides materials that help people tackle a broad array of social, societal, psychological and spiritual issues. He is particularly passionate about making materials accessible to other countries around the world. Sammy is married to Debara “Tex” Tippit, and they have two children and five grandchildren.
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