by Cally Logan

Throughout the ages, there have been seasons of drought spiritually in the world. During such seasons there rises a true aching and longing for the only true living water that will quench the thirst of nations. This living water comes only through and by the living Holy Spirit of God poured out lovingly by grace. As followers of Christ Jesus, it is vital to pray for this pouring out of Spirit through revival, inviting God to revive the nations as He has done before. 

What Does it Mean to Pray for Revival?

God is not a God of forceful pushing to the human heart, which is why He made human beings with free will. Because of this free will, we can decide for ourselves to follow Him, or to fall to the ways of the world. What we can do is pray that the Holy Spirit will work in the hearts of men to be open and to truly see the glory of God, and to desire to know more. Ezekiel 36:26 shares, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” This is a verse to truly pray for our nation and for the world. Leslie Strobel prayed this verse for her husband, Lee, when he was a strong atheist. Through time and Lee’s searching into Christ, Lee became a Christian and his heart was indeed changed. True revival came for Lee through the Holy Spirit and he would go on to write the eye-opening book, “A Case for Christ.” When we pray for revival we are not just praying for people to become Christians in name, but rather, for their eyes to be opened and their hearts softened to truly come into relationship and communion with the Creator of the Universe. It is our honor and duty to share the Good News of Christ, and this includes asking the Holy Spirit to come and revive the dry hearts of our neighbors. 

A Prayer for Revival  

Father God, 

We live in such an age where people wander aimlessly to find something to give them meaning and life. What they seek they do not find, because they are not finding it in the true source of life itself-You. Father, today we come together as true and sincere followers of You to kindly and ardently ask for a revival of souls in this age. Father, You say in Matthew 7 to come and ask You as our Father for what we desire. Lord, we desire for our friends, families, and neighbors to be open and to seek and find the truth of the authentic source of life- You. We invite Your Holy Spirit to pour out onto the people You have made. We invite You to perform miracles, wonders, and to speak to the people You crafted with Your hands. Father, You say in Psalm 139 that You crafted each and every person in the hidden place in the palm of Your hand, and so we pray that truth will be brought to Light in each and every person You have crafted. It is only by Your Spirit that truth can be truly known (John 15:26) and so we implore this day for such revival of spirits, of nations, and of hearts. 

In the Name of the Most High we pray, 
Amen 

What Does the Bible Say about Revival? 

It is God’s will and desire for His creation to know Him.

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“Prayer is the keynote of the most sanctified life, of the holiest ministry. He (or she) does the most for God who is the highest skilled in prayer.”

E. M. Bounds, Purpose in Prayer, 12.

“Prayer lays hold of God’s plan and becomes the link between his will and its accomplishment on earth. Amazing things happen, and we are given the privilege of being the channels of the Holy Spirit’s prayer.” 

~ Elisabeth Elliot  

“Groanings which cannot be uttered are often prayers which cannot be refused.” 

~ Charles Spurgeon

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“The neglect of prayer is a major cause of stagnation in the Christian life.”

~ R. C. Sproul

“The study of the Word and prayer go together, and where we find the one truly practiced, the other is sure to be seen in close alliance.”

~ E. M. Bounds, The Purpose of Prayer, 55

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“…there never has been a spiritual revival which did not begin with an acute sense of sin. We are never prepared for a spiritual until we see the necessity of getting rid of that which has been hindering it, and that, in the sight of God, is sin.”

~ Dr. W. Graham Scroggie

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1877 – 1958

“The coming revival must begin with a great revival of prayer. It is in the closet, with the door shut, that the sound of abundance of rain will first be heard. An increase of secret prayer with ministers will be the sure harbinger of blessing.”

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As we begin the new year, Converge churches and missionaries from around the globe will embark on 21 Days of Prayer. Join us on this prayer journey by reading the daily entries on Converge’s blog, or by downloading your free 21 Days of Impactful Prayer: Moving Forward guide. In addition, you can share daily posts from our FacebookInstagram and Twitter feeds. Thank you for joining us as we open 2021 in prayer together.

Day 21: A Closing Prayer 

Thank you for participating in Converge’s 21 Days of Impactful Prayer. I pray God has used this time to strengthen your heart for him, the church, your community and the world. I am convinced that during our time together, God has met us in his Word and given us wisdom and courage to navigate this next season. Over the past several years, our church members and global leaders have prayed a fourfold ongoing prayer. As we conclude, I share it with you. 

Pray that:
Each One Reach One – That God will allow every person to personally lead someone to saving faith in Christ.

Each One Raise One – That God will equip every person to help someone to grow toward spiritual maturity and become a multiplying disciple. 

Each One Start One – That every congregation will be intentionally involved in starting another congregation that will impact a new community with the gospel. 

Each One Send One – That in every congregation, God will raise up a person or team that is called to reach people cross-culturally or cross-continentally with the gospel. 

The world needs the gospel today more than ever. It needs the people of the church to carry out God’s priorities in the character of Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. Please join me faithfully in this four fold prayer and, as we move forward from this 21 Days of Impactful Prayer, be willing to be the answer to your own prayers. 

I close with the words of the Apostle Paul: 

“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ — to the glory and praise of God” (Philippians 1:9-11).

Better together, 

Scott Ridout
President, Converge

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