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In the Preface of John Piper‘s book, Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ, he writes…

I invite you to join me in this serious quest fro well-founded, everlasting, love-producing joy.  Everything is at stake.  There is no more important issue in life than seeing Jesus for who he really is and savoring what we see above all else (17).

May that be our prayer as we long for revival in our lives and churches.

G. Campbell Morgan once said…

“We cannot organize revival, but we can set our sails to catch the wind of heaven.”

Let us set our sails towards revival by praying for it.

Bonhoeffer on Prayer


Profiles In Prayer: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
By Richard Klein
The 700 Club

CBN.com – The reign of terror unleashed by the Nazi hordes during World War II took an incalculable toll in suffering and the destruction of human life. While the excesses of Hitler’s epic military quest redefined the nature of armed conflict, it was within Germany’s own borders that the Nazis displayed the true depths of their ruthless depravity. And though the Jewish people bore the brunt of hideous torture and systematic death, devout Christians opposed to Hitler, often met similar fates.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was one such man, a modern martyr whose crucible experience at the hands of the Nazis created a new understanding of the cost of discipleship.

Coming of age in the chaotic years of Germany’s post-war Weimer Republic, Dietrich Bonhoeffer seemed an unlikely candidate for ministry. He was just completing his graduate studies when Adolph Hitler began his meteoric rise to power. Bonhoeffer felt an immediate disgust for the Nazis, which unfortunately wasn’t shared by the majority of his fellow churchmen. The “Cradle of the Reformation” had become, almost overnight, the cradle of menacing fascism.

The hysteria and pageantry of Nazism quickly supplanted Germany’s former spiritual life. Bonhoeffer despaired as he watched Christians do little to hinder Hitler’s sinister agenda. Writing to friends, he said:

“We have been silent witnesses of evil deeds…intolerable conflicts have worn us down and even made us cynical. Are we still of any use?”

Before the war, Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s had challenged Adolph Hitler in a radio address that questioned the very concept of a German Fuhrer. Without his knowledge, his words were censored on air, even as he spoke.

This speech alone would have marked him as an enemy of the state. But Bonhoeffer soon became involved in a network of underground seminaries formed to guard theological study against the taint of Nazi ideology. Before long, the Gestapo moved in and closed the secret schools, and Bonhoeffer escaped briefly to America, where he was warmly welcomed.

As he agonized over whether to return to his home in Germany, Dietrich Bonhoeffer also struggled with his self-declared pacifism. In a letter to his sister-in-law, he wrote:

“If I see a madman driving a car into a group of innocent bystanders, then I can’t, as a Christian, simply wait for the catastrophe and then comfort the wounded and bury the dead. I must try to wrestle the steering wheel out of the hands of the driver.”

Throughout the terrible first years of World War II, Bonhoeffer worked secretly against the Nazis. Implicated in the conspiracy to assassinate Hitler, he was actually arrested for his involvement in “Operation 7”, a mission to smuggle a group of Jews across the border into Switzerland.

It was while imprisoned that Dietrich Bonhoeffer articulated the theological models that had directed his personal Christian walk. During the next twelve months he poured forth a lifetime of work, outlining a new concept of Christian service and bringing a fresh dimension to the idea of discipleship.

On April 9, 1945, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was brought to a Nazi extermination camp. There he was condemned to die by hanging, just one month before the suicide of Hitler and the final collapse of the Third Reich.

As he prayerfully faced his death, Bonhoeffer’s last words to a fellow inmate were:

“This is the end. For me, the beginning of life.”

The legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer is in no way diminished by the tragedy of his needless death, so close to the war’s conclusion. A man of great intellect and spiritual depth, he was also able to be simple and direct in expressing a courage based on faith.

“I believe that God can and wants to create good out of everything, even evil…I believe that God provides us with as much strength to resist as we need. But he does not give it in advance…We trust Him alone. In such a trust, all anxiety about the future must be overcome.”

To learn more about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, visit the International Bonhoeffer Society or the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum web site

Should we pray for revival, look for revival, anticipate revival, live for revival, journal for revival, read about revival or just plain let it happen – can we step out in faith and go for revival in our churches and see what might happen – if God might show up -or do we have to take a passive stance and wait – is it faith to wait or faith to step out and begin having revival services and see what the Lord might do? I have often thought that if a pastor would just step out and say – we are going three nights or five nights and then see what God might think or how He might respond – would God honor that and demonstrate himself strong and would those who are there experience a fresh touch and His manifested presence – I believe He would and that they could –

I so long and hunger for revival and transformation – something that brings people to Jesus – and demonstrates the power of the Kingdom, and also is not centered on one individual, but has a pluralistic aspect of leadership to it, in other words something that is not personality driven and also something that intentionally reaches out and touches lives outside of the church building where the revival may be happening – where ministry happens in the street – and at the marketplace, in schools and government – steadier than even what we hear from Bill Johnson’s church, and something that is much more frequent – where people experience the supernatural power and presence of God in public places –

But also where the ministry of helps is extended so that food, clothing, supplies, are provided for along with houses being painted, cars repaired, yards spruced up, and people’s lives are repaired and strangers are genuinely helped- much like in the book of Acts where they sold their possessions and shared with those who had a need -where marriages are restored, and children come home, and adults get off drugs and other addictions, multitudes of folks get right with God, and abuse drops significantly because Jesus has walked into their lives – through the personal touch of folks like you and me.

And as a result the Kingdom is advanced, the enemy is pushed way back, crime goes down, poverty goes down, education improves, social problems decline, unwed mothers is a foreign term, abortions won’t be performed, primarily because there isn’t a demand, many clubs and bars close but those who owned them are now gainfully employed elsewhere with business activity that assists, promotes and helps others for the common good,…

And a city and an area begin to change and the real deal of the Gospel comes out and not only does the city change, but people in political realms take notice, and begin to search out what is happening, and local leadership challenges state leadership, and state leadership challenges national leadership – and people begin to link arms instead of packing a side arm wondering who they might hurt next – and they actually begin to minister without even knowing what they are doing…

so much so that what they previously thought was normal is now outdated and reorganized by an anointed move of God – and the church in that town or city which was once barely tolerated is now so appreciated that the public sector would gainfully use the church in many major decisions and the media which previously gave the church perhaps 30 seconds of news, would now spend the majority of it’s broadcasts dealing with issues that God was influencing through the lives of His people who are on fire and experiencing personal revival.

Prayer moves to the forefront, and arguments are dropped, the complainers and whiners begin to change their confession to one of positive reinforcement as they encounter Jesus and the Kingdom of God no longer takes a back seat, but like Rosa Parks, the Kingdom moves to the front of the bus – and the Holy Spirit is now the driver and all who are on the bus go where the Holy Spirit takes us – not caring anymore about personal belongings, or having our name on a plaque or seeing our name in the newspaper, but now denying themselves and taking up their cross and daily following Jesus while recognizing and working towards a unified goal of simply lifting up the name of Jesus so that He can and will draw all people to himself.

That’s what I am looking for – Please don’t tell me it can’t be done – my bible says that all things are possible with God and that we can indeed do all things through Christ who strengthens us – and that those who know their God will do great exploits and take great action –

and so I am counting on Jesus to influence a pastoral leader who will say – lets go a few nights and see what God might do.

Jay W. West
Anointed 2 GO MdM
Seek first the Kingdom of God
I don’t want to miss out – how about you?

“And so after he had patiently endured,
he obtained the promise”
Hebrews 6:15

History reminds us that if revival is going to come, then it will be proceeded by fervent and consistent prayer.

Iain Murray in Revival and Revivalism, describes this in the year 1787:

“There was a remarkable revival of religion in the town of Petersburgh, and many of the inhabitants were savingly converted; and the Christians greatly revived. That town never witnessed before or since such wonderful displays of the presence and love of God in salvation of immortal souls. Prayer meetings were frequently held both in the town and in the country, and souls were frequently converted at those meetings, even when there was no preacher present; for the prayers and exhortations of the members were greatly owned of the Lord.

The most remarkable work of all was in Sussex and Brunswick circuits, where the meetings would frequently continue five or six hours together, and sometimes all night.

At one quarterly meeting held at Mabry’s Chapel in Brunswick circuit, on the ;25th and 26th of July, the power of God was among the people in an extraordinary manner: some hundreds were awakened; and it was supposed that above one hundred souls were converted at that meeting, which continued for two days, i.e., on Thursday and Friday. Some thousands of people attended meeting at that place on that occasion.

The next quarterly meeting was held at Jones’s Chapel, in Sussex county, on Saturday and Sunday, the 27th and 28th of July. This meeting was favored with more of the divine presence than any other that had been know before . . .

The great revival of religion in 1776, which spread extensively through the south part of Virginia, exceeded any thing of the kind that had ever been known before in that part of the country. But the revival this year far exceeded it.

It was thought that in the course of that summer there were so many as sixteen hundred souls converted in Sussex circuit; in Brunswick circuit about eighteen hundred; and in Amelia circuit about eight hundred. In these three circuits we had the greatest revival of religion; but in many other circuits there was a gracious work, and hundreds were brought to God in the course of that year.

. . . the work was not confined to meetings for preaching; at prayer meetings the work prospered and many souls were born again . . . It was common to hear of souls being brought to God while at work in their houses or in their fields. It was often the case that the people in their corn-fields, white people, or black, and sometimes both together, would begin to sing, and being affected would begin to pray, and others would join with them, and they would continue their cries till some of them would find peace to their souls” (79).

Jim Cymbala‘s book, Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire is a good reminder why we must continue to pray until revival comes. In the book, he wrote how persistent prayer brought back his daughter Chrissy from a wayward life. He writes:

“Through all this, (my wife) Carol and I learned as never before that persistent calling upon the Lord breaks through every stronghold of the devil, for nothing is impossible with God. For Christians in these troubled times, there is simply no other way” (66).

There really is no other way for the Kingdom of God to advance around us unless we consistently cry out to the Lord.

11 Charities Collecting Donations for Haiti

|  By: Abraham Piper |

If you’re looking for an organization to channel your money through for Haiti—and you probably should be—here are some options.

  1. Compassion International
  2. Feed My Starving Children
  3. Food for the Hungry
  4. World Vision
  5. World Relief
  6. Samaritan’s Purse
  7. Love a Child
  8. Northwest Haiti Christian Mission
  9. Compassion Weavers
  10. Mennonite Central Committee
  11. Water Missions International

Update: Another ministry to consider giving to is Real Hope for Haiti Rescue Center. They’re operating one of the only clinics near the epicenter that’s open right now

That is what life is all about!

Let us pray that we followers of Jesus love and worship Him day in and day out!

Do it matter if we pray with others and not privately? Granted it is a very good thing to gather with other Christians in order to pray. We should all be committed to this according to Acts 2.42.

It is also vital that we pray privately. Jesus did make that clear in Matthew 6.6 when he instructed his followers to go into their rooms and shut the door in order to pray.

Charles Spurgeon said that private praying is the strength of the church:

“Neglect of private prayer is the locust which devours the strength of the church”

I can quote Charles Spurgeon for weeks. How much “fire” is in our prayers? Do we just fire off routine statements or do we truly pray with fervency?

“He (or she) who prays without fervency does not pray at all. We cannot commune with God, who is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12.29), if there is no fire in our prayers”

Bryan

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