The tone of the groan : a necessary massive intercession movement

The Detroit Outpouring is so weighty that we must gather 1000 ‘groaning intercessors’ who contend together each week.

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Throughout scripture we see groans preceding a great deliverance—and this deep groan of the Spirit must erupt in our churches and in our cities now. The days of quiet, sedate church services built upon human order must come to an end—Sunday mornings must resound with a prophetic shock and a new sound of trembling people exploding in groans of the Spirit.

Acts 7:34 (ESV) I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt, and have heard their groaning, and I have come down to deliver them.

Romans 8:22-26 (ESV) 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. 26 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.

At Revival Church and theLab, and recently at the outpouring in Detroit (www.thefireplacedetroit.com), 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 out of Detroit. A new tone. I am convinced that this is not a new musical style, but rather it is a new groan of the Spirit. It’s the tone of the groan that will be heard around the world.

PLEASE send this message to as many people as you can. As soon as we gather 1000 groaning intercessors in Detroit we’ll have the strength necessary to carry the weight of the outpouring that’s arriving here. (Have you experienced the Detroit Outpouring yet? Oh man, don’t miss another service! www.thefireplacedetroit.com)

To ensure revival actually comes and stays, it’s radically urgent that we gather together right now, every Friday night, from 10pm-midnight to pray and release the groans!

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 starts with the word “And,” which should reveal that it’s connected to what came before it:

Romans 8:26-28 (ESV) 26 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. 27 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. 28 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 like 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 Detroit.

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 that’s 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!

I’m blown away by something someone gave me yesterday. The call to gather 1000 intercessors in Detroit has been confirmed several times. However, this confirmation is a bit different.

In 2009, the Lord gave this amazing man of God a message. He was told to write it down and then to seal it. In December of last year God told him to open it. Then, this man was in a gathering where I was talking about the mandate to gather 1000 intercessors, and he about came out of his skin! He then gave me the message that God gave him.

In the message, God told him to write about a sound like thunder and lightning…and also the number 1000! He wrote, “People will literally see and hear the battle. (Note 1000) God is getting a Heavenly army ready, and also an earthly army. Men and women are going to start coming to Detroit.”

Amazing! So, we must see the church of Detroit gather… pray and groan… together each week.

For more info on this movement, check out www.revivallab.com. Contact me with any questions you may have at john@johnburton.net.