Liquid Prayer

The setting of the recent funeral service of Rev. Billy Graham held on 2 March 2018 on the grounds of the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina, typified a “Billy Graham Crusade” back in 1949. The crusade made the news headlines and from that time forward, Billy Graham became known as “America’s Pastor” and “Pastor to Presidents”. Diverse crowd of thousands gathered under a massive tent; with a grand choir of voices; and the preaching of the Gospel. The many famous faces in attendance at his funeral testified that Rev. Graham could seamlessly “toggle between the rich and powerful and the poor and downtrodden.”

This reminded me of another person whose life had also impacted me. When he died, 150,000 people lined up the streets when his casket passed by. About 40,000 people, including Queen Mary of the United Kingdom, attended his funeral. It was a remarkable end for a man born into poverty and who worked in the midst of poverty his whole life. So much so that he was given the title “The Prophet of the Poor.” 

At the time of his death, his family-run Christian empire, had over 25,000 members across 91 countries. One of his famous quotes which galvanised the Christian world into action read like this: “The chief danger that confronts the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, heaven without hell.” He is better known as the founder and the first general of the Salvation Army. His name? William Booth.

It was told in one of his autobiographies that once a Salvation Army team in France had sent a wire to General William Booth in London. They reported that there were no results from their evangelistic street outreaches. Booth wired back two words, “Try tears.”

The lives of the great revivalists like John Wesley, George Whitefield, D.L. Moody, and Charles Finney all attested to the fact that God’s cure for complacency is “tears” – a broken heart for the lost and the realisation of the spiritual state of your heart. The prophets of old wept with God for the lost; for travail brings forth triumph. It was prevailing prayer coupled with tears of people like John Hyde that brought revival to India. On the hills of Wales, the little prayer groups crying out in the night ushered in the mighty Welsh revival. There are numerous “prayer mountains” and prayer watches in South Korea that have been instrumental in changing the nation. Charles Spurgeon called it “Liquid Prayer”.

When was the last time you wept because you were so overwhelmed by God’s goodness towards you? Nowadays, we’re overwhelmed by many wonderful things around us – high-tech cars, gadgets and buildings, blockbuster movies and spectacular musicals, creative and ingenious designs, etc. We’ve a word for this – it’s called “epic!” But I wonder how many of us are overwhelmed by the Lord’s kindness, grace and mercy over our lives? Has God stopped manifesting His attributes over us or have we become numbed to it? For it’s “the goodness of God leads you to repentance.” (Romans 2:4)

When was the last time you wept before the Lord because you were frustrated by the lack of spiritual growth, the stagnant prayer life, dissatisfied with the spiritual state of nation(s), or the lack of desire to win the lost to Christ? There’s a beautiful Scripture in Psalm 126:5-6 that says, “Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest.” It was said of the late Rev. Billy Graham that he’d be on his face before God, praying and crying before he went to preach the Gospel. He was dependent completely on God.

One of the turning points in my life was during a powerful encounter with the Holy Spirit, where a prophetic couple who were part of the renown Argentine revival of the late 60’s and early 70’s, ministered in one of our services.  The atmosphere was thick with the Presence of God and people started falling on my left and on my right. I remembered telling myself, “I’m not going down”, and so I volunteered to be a “catcher” at the altar area.

But God knew what was in my heart and how to get me. Suddenly the preacher stopped praying for people and scanned the auditorium, as if searching for something. Our eyes locked and she looked lovingly into my eyes and said, “Jesus”. The next moment, my legs went soft and I went face down and began to cry like a baby. While on the floor, this song kept playing in my head, “Lord, send revival, start with me. For I am one of unclean lips. And my eyes have seen the King. Your glory I have glimpsed. Send revival, start with me.” And I pray the same for you as you read this article – the “liquid prayer” encounter with the Holy Spirit!

As we enter into the week of Kingdom Invasion 2018, let’s prepare our hearts and make sure that the “soil” of our hearts remains soft and moist, ready to receive all that God has in store for each one of us during the conference. Don’t miss it! However, if you know that the “soil” is drying up and hardening, I’ve a two-word solution for you – Try tears!

 


Pastor Kevin Koh

For Such A Time As This

It’s been an eventful week where the Jewish people celebrated the Feast of Purim from Feb 28 – Mar 1. The Feast commemorates the salvation of the Jews in ancient Persia when Haman plotted to annihilate all Jews consisting of young and old in a single day, as recorded in the Megillah (book of Esther). In addition to the miracle of Jewish survival, Purim denotes God’s intimate involvement in all aspects of this world.

Even though there were no overt miracles recorded in the Megillah, God was actively behind the scene — though His name was never mentioned, we gain great comfort in knowing that God is in control of His creation. To read the book of Esther as a historical account of a long-dead king and his queens is to miss a wonderful truth. In fact, there are present truths read more…

A Tribute to an Amazing World Evangelist

In his 58 illustrious years as an evangelist, he travelled to 185 countries covering 6 continents, preaching the Gospel to over 210 million people with the message of Jesus Christ. At 86 years of age in 2005, he preached in his last revival meeting. Not many of us can do and say the same.

As I’m writing this blog, news arrives that the amazingly influential evangelist, the late Rev. Dr. William Franklin Graham Jr, born on 7 November 1918 had passed on. One can probably say he changed his residential address and peacefully passed on in his sleep to join the cloud of witnesses in heaven on 21 Feb 2018. He said, “The moment we take our last breath on earth, we take our first in heaven”, and he was 99 years old, journeying into his 100th read more…

The Companions Of Our Life

Life’s journey would be impossible without the people that God sends into our lives. As I look back at almost 17 years in full-time ministry and 31 years as a Christian, I’m who I am today because of all the people whom God placed in my life. By this, I mean ALL – including those I’d rather not have around me. To make sense of all the jumble of thoughts running through my head, let me boil it down to a few pointers.

1. Don’t overestimate yourself

A few weeks ago, I felt the Lord show me clearly that the grace over my life is there because of my connection to Pastor Yang and various other people God had placed around me.

It’d be a fallacy to think that I read more…

The Evolution of a Dream

Long before we had our first Kingdom Invasion Conference in 2012, my pastors and I had a dream. We’d sit and talk often for hours and dream of the day we could host something that would be a blessing to the churches in Asia. We talked often about the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and wondered how we could have our own evangelistic association one day where we could send out evangelists like them to proclaim the Gospel.

Not in our wildest imaginations could we’ve foreseen what God was going to do. Those dreams started to slowly materialise and in the early 2000’s, we had the privilege of hosting the Christ For All Nations’ (CfaN) “Fire Conferences” with the Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke. What a privilege it was to work with one of my childhood heroes and to read more…

Business Not As Usual

In a business forum several years ago, Singaporean technopreneur and founder of Creative Technologies, Mr. Sim Wong Hoo, was asked a question on why Singapore didn’t produce that many entrepreneurs and technopreneurs like himself. He replied candidly by introducing this phrase called, “No U-turn Syndrome” or “NUTS” in short.

He used the “U-turn” road sign as an analogy to contrast how people were wired up in Singapore and in the United States. In Singapore, when drivers wanted to make a U-turn, they looked for a U-turn sign to make a U-turn, whereas in the United States, drivers made their own judgement call and did a U-turn anywhere along the road unless there was a sign that said “No U-turn”. Mr. Sim explained that this subtle difference was perhaps what inhibited the creativity and initiative of Singaporeans back read more…

Pulling Tomorrow Into Today

If God lets you see future promises, it’s because He wants to hook you and cause you to hunger for them. It’s through a desperate heart that you’re able to bring the fulfilment of those promises into your day. Contending shapes us and makes us capable of carrying more than we’ve ever been able before. All the promises God reveals to us will be realised in time, but the acceleration of events can be determined largely by the desperation and cries of His people.

Occupy and advance!


Regardless of how and when you believe we’re going to be taken to heaven, we must rid ourselves of the idea that Jesus is coming to rescue His Church. It has put the Church into a defensive posture of occupation to protect what we have, instead of positioning read more…

Resolute – A Word That’s Ringing

Resolute. This word has been ringing over the last few weeks and I believe is a word in season. This word is characterised by determination, to be firmly resolved and set in purpose. A comparative word will be steadfast, to be unwavering and fixed in direction.

To stay focused isn’t always easy, as there are events and circumstances that will come along to keep us off task. There’s a need to awaken our spirit to our life’s mission and to a purpose bigger than who we are. So how do we stay on this quest?

As a people, we’re contending for the prophetic release of the Antioch call given by Evangelist Billy Graham in 1978 and the cyclical review of Singapore. Can we see from Scripture that this call is tied to the land read more…

3 Regrets of Life

A well-known sociologist shared about a sociological study in which 50 people over the age of 90 were asked one question: “If you could live your life all over again, what would you do differently?” It was an open-ended question, and a wide range of answers came from these senior citizens. However, three answers constantly re-emerged and dominated the results of the study. They reflected the heartfelt regrets of these senior citizens who had very little time and energy left to do what they wished they could’ve done better. And neither could they turn back the clock.

Experience is going through life on your own, but wisdom is learning from someone else’s experience. Let’s take a look at these three areas briefly and glean some wisdom from them as these are keys to living a fruitful and read more…

Ready? Set? Go!

How was 2017 for you? It’s that time of the year again where we look back and lament about how quickly another year has gone by and perhaps sit down and make some new resolutions for the new year. For one thing, some people are so tired of making new resolutions that they’ve altogether decided to go on with life as is and coast along into another year.

I want to give us a few things to consider on this last weekend of 2017 and I pray that it’ll be helpful for you in making 2018 a much better year ahead.

1. God-designed Cycles
Another 12 months, another year, the earth has orbited around the sun one more time. This is not some cynical declaration of how everything is vain. Instead, if we read more…

Messengers of Hope

Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that God has a good plan for our lives – “to give us a future and a HOPE.”

God of Hope

God is “the God of Hope” and He wants to “fill you with all joy and peace in believing (through the experience of your faith) that by the power of the Holy Spirit you will abound in hope and overflow with confidence in His promises” (Rom 15:13). With God, it’s never too late to start believing, anticipating, hoping and expecting.

Power of Hope

What I find fascinating about Hannukah, the Jewish festival of lights celebrated at this time of the year, is the power of a hope-filled people. Zerubbabel, the Persian governor of occupied Judea, had laid the foundation and rebuilt the Temple of God in Jerusalem. read more…

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

The 6th of December 2017 will go down in history as that day when Jerusalem was once again recognised as the capital city of Israel as it was in the days of King David. It was in Jerusalem where King David sought in his heart to build God a house. The temple was completed by King Solomon in seven years, 480 years after Israel came out of Egypt. God calls Jerusalem, “the city which I have chosen for Myself, to put My name there” (1 Kings 11:36b). Jesus Himself will return and stand on the Mount of Olives which faces Jerusalem on the east. Are we approaching the days spoken of by the prophet Zechariah?

President Donald Trump sent the nations reeling when he announced that Jerusalem will be recognised as the capital of the State of read more…

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