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Ray Ortlund|10:23 am CT

What is revival?

“Revival, above everything else, is a glorification of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  It is the restoration of him to the center of the life of the Church.  You find this warm devotion, personal devotion, to him.”

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Revival (Westchester, 1987), page 47.

The National Day of Prayer is next week on May 6.  I am on the planning committee for the Omaha Metro National Day of Prayer.  Each year, we gather at one of the larger churches in Omaha for a city wide prayer gathering.  It will be at Covenant Presbyterian Church this year.

Tonight in the midweek Bible study and prayer at Harvey Oaks Baptist Church, in preparation for next week, we talked about the subject of revival and then we prayed for it to come.

May it come Lord!

April 2010
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Great Lady: A Prayer LegacyDana Olson

by Dana Olson
Prayer First Steering Team

In 1988 Bob Ricker, then president of the Baptist General Conference, asked me to chair a new Commission he was forming on prayer. When I saw the lineup of who would serve as Commissioners, I was shocked that I would serve as chair. I didn’t even belong on the list!

One of the names that popped out at me right away was Evelyn Christenson. Evelyn was then and remains today the “Great Lady” of the prayer movement, not only in Converge/BGC but also nationally.

Evelyn ChristensonEvelyn is greatly loved and respected by prayer leaders across America and around the world.  She was calling on Christians to pray fervently long before it became vogue. She was one of the original founders of America’s National Prayer Committee, along with Vonette Bright and others.

It was a privilege to serve with her on that first Prayer Commission, and I have always believed that our Prayer First ministry stood on the foundation laid by Evelyn and her book What Happens When Women Pray.

Thank you, Evelyn, for reminding evangelicals all over the world that the Bible calls us to pray! Thank you for being the conscience for prayer in the BGC.

Note: As this e-mail is being sent out, Evelyn is in perhaps her final days here on earth. As Prayer First team members, we want to honor Evelyn and her prayer legacy.

Prayer and Revival

J. Edwin Orr

Dr J. Edwin Orr was a leading scholar of revivals who published detailed books about evangelical awakenings. His research discovered major spiritual awakenings about every fifty years following the great awakening from the mideighteenth century in which John and Charles Wesley, George Whitefield and Jonathan Edwards featured prominently. This article, based on one of Edwin Orr’s messages, is adapted from articles reproduced in the National Fellowship for Revival newsletters in New Zealand and Australia.


There has never been a spiritual awakening

in any country or locality

that did not begin in united prayer.

Lord of All Life and Power

By Trevin Wax on Apr 25, 2010 in

Lord of all life and power,
who through the mighty resurrection of your Son
overcame the old order of sin and death
to make all things new in him:

Grant that we,
being dead to sin and alive to you in Jesus Christ,
may reign with him in glory;
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit
be praise and honor, glory and might,
now and in all eternity. Amen.

“We cannot organize revival, but we can set our sails to catch the wind from Heaven when God chooses to blow upon His people once again”

Think spiritual revival can’t happen? Think again!

whitefieldHave you ever looked around, taken stock of the spiritual apathy and confusion in our culture, and wished for a nationwide religious revival? If so, you’re not the first Christian to do so. If you’re despairing that a society-wide revival could ever take place, you might be surprised to learn that just a few hundred years ago, that’s exactly what happened!

I’m talking about the “Great Awakening” that swept through America in the 18th century, sparking great church growth, renewed missions work, and inter-denominational unity. Sound far-fetched? Here are a few resources to introduce you to the Great Awakening and the evangelists who helped spark it:

The preaching of Edwards, Whitefield, and other evangelists had a profound effect on their society—and if you take the time to read some of their sermons, you’ll be amazed at how relevant they are. Some of them feel like they could just as easily have been written in 2008! So next time you’re tempted to despair at the all the religious confusion we see in society around us, remember the Great Awakening, and be reminded that what seems impossible to man is quite possible for God.

By: Andy. This entry was posted on Thursday, January 31st, 2008 at 11:50 pm and is filed under Church History, Evangelism, History, revival, sermons. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

Prayer. It’s something we know we’re supposed to do, but we’re so busy, so tired, and so doubtful of its power that we often do everything but pray. May these prayer guides and other resources help you to pray in faith—believing that the God who commanded us to pray will hear and work miracles as a result of our prayers.

From Life Action

Acceptable worship

“When you spread out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood.”  Isaiah 1:15

The worship God rejects here is not idolatrous worship.  It is his own biblical worship, performed by the people with elaborate, even sacrificial, abundance.  But God says he hates it.  Why?  Their hands are full of blood.  Human blood.

The acceptability of our vertical worship is inseparable from the humaneness of our horizontal relationships.

Let us love one another.  It can make all the difference in our worship of God.

According to David Bryant, spiritual awakening is…

“Spiritual awakening: When the Father wakes us up to see Christ’s fullness in new ways, so that together we trust Him, love Him, and obey Him in new ways, so that we move with Him in new ways for the fulfillment of His global purpose”

April 2010