In January 1983, God instructed me to share a very timely message of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the former and the latter rain with the Body of Christ. This message concerns the responsibilities that are upon us as the children of God. This is a most critical hour in the history of the Church.

I am going to share with you what the Holy Spirit dealt with me about during an extended period of time in prayer and fasting and fellowship with God.

God revealed to me that He is calling the Body of Christ to rally around the prayer of intercession. He is calling us to call on Him to pour out of His Spirit great and unusual manifestations of His power.

God is about to bring forth the grand finale. It will be the greatest production by the Spirit of God in the history of the human race as we know it. Think about it! We are going to have the glorious privilege of not only witnessing the move of God's Spirit in these last days but we are the vessels through which this mighty power will flow!

You and I are privileged to be the generation of the Holy Spirit. God has raised up a people who will know the life and ministry of the Holy Spirit more than any before us. Even the generation who witnessed the ministry of Jesus in the earth did not experience it in the intensity that we will.

Jesus said, "The works that I do shall ye do also; and greater works than these shall ye do; because I go unto my Father" (John 14:12). We have a great commission and a tremendous responsibility. Now is the time for these greater works.

This is the finest hour to be alive in the history of the human race! More people are exercising faith in Jesus Christ today than ever before! We are blessed above all other generations because of the excellence of God's Word that we have.

We are experiencing revelation knowledge through television, radio, churches everywhere (teaching the full counsel of God's Word), books, CDs, DVDs, even via satellite around the world.

We have the foundation and experience of almost 2,000 years of faith and prayers of the mighty saints of God that have hone before us. We will be held responsible for what we do with the treasure house of equipment that God has given to us to communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ.

I believe we are at the end of what began on the day of Pentecost. The Apostle Peter said, "this [Pentecost] is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel." In the original text, as well as in other translations, it means, "This is the beginning of that." He was quoting the prophet Joel who said,
And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:

And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come.

And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.
(Joel 2:28-32)
When the Word says "all flesh," it means all—the sinner, the saint, everyone!

Peter quoted Joel a little differently. I believe he did so by the unction of the Holy Spirit. He said,
And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke.
(Acts 2:18-19)
Notice the distinction between all flesh and the servants and handmaidens. The servants and handmaidens are people who have committed themselves totally to God. Their prophesying and God showing signs and wonders are directly connected. "They shall prophesy and I will show...."

Prophesying, in this instance, does not just mean the ministry of the prophet or the gift of prophecy (although they are included). Actually, it is speaking in the spirit, and praying and interceding in the spirit, and acting in the spirit in obedience to God.

God said as the servants and handmaidens intercede in the spirit, He will do the signs and the wonders. God is saying He needs you and me! We have our definite part to play in the outpouring of the signs and wonders.

When a person is born again, he does not become a servant of God, he becomes a child of God. For a son to become a servant, he must make a choice, "I will serve God." Too many people have accepted Jesus as Savior and have never made Him Lord.

I have made this decision. I want to be involved in what God is doing in this hour! I have become His bondslave, available to do His bidding 24 hours a day. I desire to be used of Him and to serve Him in any way I can.

Those who have become His servants and handmaidens will experience this great outpouring of His Spirit. They say what He says to say. Then He does what they say!

He needs those who won't hold back. He needs those who will cut every cord and burn every bridge behind them that ties them to this natural world. If He calls on them in the middle of the night for prayer, they get up and do it, no matter how tired they may be.

This is the quality and depth of dedication this kind of relationship with God requires. Those who give themselves totally to His service in this final hour will be God's mouthpiece in the earth, and the vehicles of His Spirit and mighty power.

Source: The Outpouring of The Spirit—The Result of Prayer
by Kenneth Copeland
Excerpt permission granted by
Eagle Mountain International Church, Inc.
aka: Kenneth Copeland Ministries