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“Accustom yourself gradually to carry Prayer into all your daily occupation. Speak, act, work in peace, as if you were in prayer, as indeed you ought to be.”
… Francois Fenelon (1651-1715),
Matt Lockett said:
“Prayer and fasting brings change and shifting in the government and in moral values. These things can’t be decided in earthly ways…that’s why these young people are praying. They’re praying for God’s Kingdom to come in the earth.”
Here’s what is present when we kneel to pray in Jesus’ name:
1. God the Father on his throne sovereign over the universe, with a welcoming, countenance focused on us.
2. God the Son in his high priestly role, standing as advocate before the throne as a Lamb that was slain with perfect righteousness and with all God’s promises purchased fully in his hand interceding for us.
3. God the Spirit within us, having already inclined us to pray, poised to guide our prayers, put to death our sins, awaken our faith, illumine God’s word, and produce his fruit.
4. The word of God open before us, inspired by God, alive with penetrating power for conviction of sin and indomitable hope, revealing the Father, the Son, and the Spirit to our souls, shaping and guiding our prayers after God’s will.
5. Our sin forgiven, but humbling us to need and love our merciful saving God.
6. God’s grace like a great rainbow of hope arcing from the throne to our soul.
7. Our will captured by these realities, moving words (or only groans) up out of our mind (or only heart) to God with praise and thanks and confession and requests.
“Sinned as we have as a nation, yet to our sin we have added pride in our sinning. The world has lost the power to blush over its vice; the church has lost her power to weep over it.”
Revival converts tend to be lasting converts. Again and again it has been noted that the people who have been profoundly convicted of their sin in a time of revival remain faithful over the years after their conversion.
They have a permanent reverential awe of God and an abiding love for Christ!
They have a deeper understanding and appreciation of the grace of God!
Revival Fire by Wesley Duewel (13)
According to Wesley Duewel…
Many people fear revival because of these unusual manifestations
There is nothing to be feared. If occasionally someone is too retrained or overexpressive of his sorrow over sin or his joy at Christ’s forgiveness and God’s overwhelming presence, this can be understood and accepted. People are accustomed to unrestrained exuberance at sports events or upon seeing loved ones after a long absence.
Says Dr. A. T. Schofield, “One thing to be borne in mind is that since the days of Pentecost there is no record of the sudden and direct work of the Spirit of God upon the souls of men that has not been accompanied by events more or less abnormal. It is, indeed, on consideration, only natural that it should be so. we cannot expect an abnormal inrush of Divine light and power, so profoundly affecting the emotions and changing the lives of men, without remarkable results. As well expect a hurricane, an earthquake, or a flood, to leave nothing abnormal in its course, as to expect a true Revival that is not accompanied by events quite out of the ordinary experience.”
Revival Fire by Wesley Duewel (12-13)
Wesley Duewel shares these insights into revival…
Some have become so aware of God’s presence that they could not move for minutes. Some have been unexpectedly and instantly healed, to the amazement of unsaved people nearby. Such demonstrations of God’s power may lead to repentance and the salvation of unsaved friends or relatives. Some have been so filled with the joy of the Lord that they have sung hymns or choruses over and over too deep with words. Some have praised God with loud voices because they felt themselves almost bursting with holy joy and gratefulness.
Revival Fire by Wesley Duewel (12)
An Afghan physiotherapist will be executed within three days for converting to Christianity.
Said Musa, 45, has been held for eight months in a Kabul prison were he claims he has been tortured and sexually abused by inmates and guards.
Mr Musa, who lost his left leg in a landmine explosion in the 1990s, has worked for the Red Cross for 15 years and helps to treat fellow amputees.
He was arrested in May last year as he attempted to seek asylum at the German embassy following a crackdown on Christians within Afghanistan.
He claims he was visited by a judge who told him he would be hanged within days unless he converted back to Islam.
But he remains defiant and said he would be willing to die for his faith.
He told the Sunday Times: ‘My body is theirs to do what they want with.’
You can also read the Compass Direct News report, which begins:
An Afghani amputee in prison for his Christian faith since May will face a judge this Sunday (Nov. 21) without legal representation or knowledge of the charges against him, according to local sources.
Denny Burk suggests that if you have Twitter, you post one of the following:
Mr. President, speak wisely and boldly, in private if necessary, for Said Musa, imprisoned in Kabul. http://dsr.gd/ezR3jW @BarackObama
Man-made enthusiasm and emotionalism is superficial and cheap. In real revival emotion is not produced or manipulated by man. It is a responsive to the unsought, unexpected, but powerful working of God’s Spirit upon the inner depths of people’s souls.
Revival Fire by Wesley Duewel (11)
During revival people are moved toward Christ, people who can be moved toward Christ, people who can be moved in no other way. Many prayers that have gone unanswered for years are gloriously answered. Often the very atmosphere seems awesomely filled with God’s power. Christians recognize it is the holy presence of God. Sinners feel a fearsome awareness of God’s presence and their own sinfulness.
Revival Fire by Wesley Duewel (11)