Joel 1:14 says, “Announce a sacred fast; proclaim an assembly…and cry out to the Lord.” With over 400 people who have recently committed to praying and fasting during the next 40 days, only God knows what He plans to accomplish through His surrendered children at Mobberly. While the majority of our church is going through the same devotional guide for these days, (you can too at www.mobberly.org click on The Bridge banner) there is also an average of 40 people per day fasting for the purpose of calling on God to speak to us and stretch us.
I can hardly wait to see a similar outpouring from God as described in Joel 2:23, “Children of Zion, rejoice and be glad in the Lord your God, because He gives you the autumn rain for your vindication. He sends showers for you, both autumn and spring rain as before,… 28 After this I will pour out My Spirit on all humanity; then your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your old men will have dreams, and your young men will see visions.”
This outpouring of the Spirit predicted by Joel was divided into 2 phases: former rain and latter rain. In the actual climate of Israel, the former rain falls at the beginning of winter (November) and the latter rain falls at the end of winter (March-April). Thus the latter rain coincides with the Passover.
For practical purposes and application, the former rain indicates the beginning of the last days, while the latter rain is the close of the last days. God both begins and ends His dealings with the church by a universal outpouring of His Holy Spirit. The first rain fell on the early church at Pentecost. The latter rain of the Holy Spirit is now falling on the church worldwide in our days. These are the last days. We are praying that the Holy Spirit is about to rain down blessings on His church today that will not only satisfy us, and then surprise us, but He will literally stretch us to a greater faith like we have never seen or imagined!