KEY SCRIPTURE: John 5:35 KJV ” He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light”.
John the Baptist came to prepare the hearts of men for the Messiah. The prophet Isaiah revealed the message that John would be preaching. Isa 40:3 KJV. “The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God” . John had no means of advertising his message. He was in the wilderness for most of his life time. (Luke 1:80) What is it that made John’s ministry so impactful, such that people came all the way from, all over Israel to be baptized by him.?
The Lord revealed the answer in John 5:35. John 5:35 KJV” He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light”. John had spent so much time praying unto the father to the point that, he became a burning and shining light. Prayer had set him on fire to the point that men had to leave the cities to the river Jordan to partake of his light. John Wesley once said ‘I set myself on fire and men come to see me burn ‘. How does he set himself on fire? He does that through fervent prevailing prayer. Preaching cannot impart life if it is not cooked in prayer.
Every move of God among men, has been precipitated by prayer. The prophet Isaiah made an analogy in Isa 64:2 as follows Isa 64:2 KJV “As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence!” This verse is referring to prayer, which comes from the bellies, flowing as rivers of living waters, and makes impact in men’s life. (John 7:39). The melting fires is the stirring of the Holy Spirit, which burns like fire when one is praying. Can you imagine the great impact you would make, if you would spend hours in God’s presence praying in the Holy Ghost?
Thank you, heavenly father for your Holy Spirit who stirs in me fire that causes the rivers of living water to flow. This brings glory to the Father as men see His power and His enemies are totally destroyed.
Act 2:3 KJV “And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them” .
Luke 9:29 KJV “And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering”.