Man with arms up by waterfall, Bend us Lord, there is power in your hunger for God

Have you been feeling hungry for God recently?
Or it may be—on the contrary—that you have lost your spiritual appetite!

Be encouraged, for even the awareness of your loss of hunger is a pull from the Spirit.
An invitation.

For the table is being set!
And a move of God is on the way—one that has never been tasted before.

Today, receive your invitation to the table of the Lord.


“Lord, Bend Me!”

“Lord, bend us” was one of the great themes of the Welsh revival.
The young Evan Roberts went to a mission meeting led by an evangelist named Seth Joshua—and the Rev Joshua finished his prayer requests with the words, “and bend us”.

And as Evan Roberts went away, the Holy Spirit rang these words in his heart. So, he began to cry out, “Lord, bend me!” [1]
“Lord, bend us.”
“Bend us, Lord!”  It’s our cry today. “Jesus, we need Your help to get low.”


It Covered the Ground

Recently, I was reading about the first time God gave manna to the Israelites, and one small detail caught my attention:

“And when the layer of dew lifted, there, on the surface of the wilderness, was a small round substance, as fine as frost on the ground.” (Exodus 16:14, NKJV)

Suddenly, in my mind’s eye, I saw it: The manna covered the ground.
And everyone who gathered it—without exception—had to stoop to pick up the bread.


The Bread of Angels

I believe these words are a flag of the Holy Spirit—calling for us to take notice.

  • There are some treasures that we will access as we bend
  • Spiritual food will be made available to us, as we get low

As the Psalmist later wrote:
“Human beings ate the bread of angels; he sent them all the food they could eat.” (Psalm 78:25 NIV)


“Bend us!” 3 Powerful Gifts as We Bend Before God

There are some gifts and encounters that we will only receive, as we bend in His Presence:

1. Seeing Jesus is With You

Mary Magdalene lingered at the empty tomb—for it was the last place she knew her Lord to be. (John 20)
And Mary stooped and wept. Then as she looked inside, she saw two angels in white. One was at the head, and the other at the foot of where Jesus had lain.

Afterward, when she turned around, she became the first one to see Jesus after the resurrection.

I believe there are some reading this—and you can relate to Mary. It feels as though you’ve stooped and wept. You’ve wondered at times where God is—and especially, where God is for you.

Today, Jesus says, “Beloved, turn around, see that I am here! I am with you!”
As Mary did, you are about to receive your commissioning.


2. The Anointing and Power of the Holy Spirit

Are we willing to bend, in order to receive the “mantle” God has for us?

Elisha knew it was the Lord’s time to take Elijah—his mentor and leader—to Heaven. So, he pursued Elijah and would not turn back, even the prophet urged him to leave!

He even followed Elijah across the river—so that it seemed, to those watching, that Elisha had pursued Elijah to the point of no return!

“And so it was, when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?” Elisha said, “Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.” (2 Kings 2:9 NKJV) [1]


The One Single Thing I Ask for

It was as though Elisha said,
“That breath of God, that anointing of the Holy Spirit on your life.
It is the one single thing I ask for. [2]

And, as your spiritual heir, I ask for the double portion.”

Then, as Elijah was suddenly taken up to Heaven with an angelic contingent, one item of clothing dropped from him.
So, Elisha bent down.
He stooped to pick up Elijah’s mantle.

Today, let us cry, “Bend us, Lord!”
For God is clothing us with His power, as we worship Him.


What if the Best God Has for You is “Beneath You?”

What is God is saying, “I have more for you. I have ‘the bread of angels’ to sustain you”.
But then, we discover it is beneath us?

When we say something is beneath us, we declare we are beyond that. We have matured and moved on.

  • It may be foundational, or be an act of service others could do.
  • Or we might believe we have advanced beyond a simple devotional act—it would never occur to us that God might take us back to basics

It’s a reminder that in the Kingdom of God, leaders demonstrate greatness when they stoop to serve.

Today, see Jesus, washing His disciples’ feet!

See also, your influence breaking out in the most unlikely ways.
And through humble means.


3. A Miracle Provision

In an act reminiscent of the manna provision, Jesus multiplied loaves and fish, to feed hungry crowds.

Then afterward, Jesus told His disciples to gather the leftovers. (John 6:12,13)

I wonder if it crossed the disciples’ minds: “Leftovers? Really Lord? On the ground? Isn’t that like…rubbish?”

Yet, the disciples bent to gather the discarded pieces of loaf that were on the ground. And gathered 12 basketfuls of bread.

Today, I hear Him say,
“There’s another miracle I have for you, that you will only receive as you bend—as you stoop. As you get low to serve and receive.”

“It’s a sign and an overflow provision”.


There is Power in the Bending

When we bend, we adjust our posture. This speaks of a change of attitude—as well as a willingness to receive and to serve.

But there is power in the bending.
We discover there is a table set before us. One we never anticipated.

Today, may our cry together be, “Bend us, Lord! And open our eyes to see You.”


Notes
[1] See reference to this Welsh Revival story in a Christianity Today article here
[2] That Hebrew word translated “spirit” is ruach—(Strong’s H7307) meaning breath. It is the same word used when referring to the Spirit of God.


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48 thoughts on ““Bend Us Lord!” There is Power in Your Hunger for God”

  1. Timely word…before bed, I was just talking to the Lord, concerned over my lack of spiritual hunger lately. 🙁 My mind has been so full of other things. I will get low (worship) and seek Him for what to do next. Thank you for passing along this word, Helen!

    1. I found myself asking where God is for me because of what I am going through but I am always reading His word and He speaks to me. I’m just more hungry for His word. Thank Prophetess

    2. I’m praying with you for the fresh flow of the Spirit, Heather
      The power of getting low… “He makes me lie down in green pastures” There is refreshing

      Psa 23:2-3
      He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
      He leads me beside the still waters.
      He restores my soul

      1. i have lately discover the inconsistence in my prayer and Bible life …..but then i ve ask myself question what is really drawing me out of the lord which am yet to know….. thank you for this timely message. i pray God visit u again and again…..

    3. Thank you for all of the efforts you people are putting in to make sure that the words is sure to everyone, may God continue to bless you and your ministry and your family and all those that are helping in the process, you are blessed and thousands of generation will be blessed because of that single decision U made for the Lord,
      Thank you, I love all
      Shalom.

      1. Thank you for all the efforts you are putting in to make sure that the words of God is share to everyone, God bless you.
        Hi, to you and your lovely husband.

        1. God bless you Jerry, thank you
          ‘Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us’ (Eph 3:20)
          He is working in you!

  2. Thank you for this timely message.
    All I could do was Cry out.
    This word resonates in my spirit.
    Lord bend me.
    I’m the mouthpiece of Jesus.
    And I’ve been seeking the Lord for answers as to what I’m supposed to be doing in this hour.
    I’m asking you to please pray with me. Sometimes the enemy try’s to change my identity for who I am in Christ Jesus.
    Thank you!
    Blessings,

    1. I’m praying with you right now, Cynthia!

      But I would feed you with the finest wheat.
      I would satisfy you with wild honey from the rock.” (Psalm 81:16, NLT

  3. Praise King Jesus Helen,
    I pray for Jesus to change my attitude and give me a willingness to receive and to serve.
    Bend me, Lord! And open my eyes to see You.

    God bless you, keep you and make his face shine upon you Woman of God
    Tracy E. A

  4. ssewanonda emmy joshua

    Greetings to you in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
    Thank you for the edifying message.In this message I have learned that if we are to receive any thing from God we need to bend before Him.Bending is similar to humbling ourselves before God.Bending also requires us to be willing to do so.This also applies to ministry where we serve God’s people.
    Thank you a lot.
    I have a testimony.Early this month 13/8/21 I got a job in a Company dealing in health products.Thank you for praying for me.God bless you.I’ll keep in touch with you.

    1. I’m so glad to hear about the new job,
      the one who appointed you will also sustain you! I pray this is rich and real to you

      The Lord is your keeper;
      The Lord is your shade at your right hand. (Ps 121:5)

      1. ssewanonda emmy joshua

        Greetings to you.I receive what you have prayed for me.Thank you for the encouragement.
        Have a blessed new week.
        Joshua

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