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God’s presence and power are so mightily and extensively at work during revival that God accomplishes more in hours or days than usually results from years of faithful nonrevival ministry. Revival usually involves some preaching and evangelism.

But revival is far more than evangelism.

Men can evangelize; only God can give revival

Revival Fire by Wesley Duewel (11).

Revival days are not normal days in the life of the church. They are supernormal, supernatural. They are great days of the church when God manifests His presence in overwhelming reality. They leave you with a profound realization of God’s greatness and transcendence and of your own unworthiness and dependence on Him

Revival Fire by Wesley Duewel (11).

Revival fire–that’s it! God stir us to pray, “Oh that You would rend the heavens! That You would come come down! That mountains might shake at Your presence–as fire burns brushwood, as fire causes water to boil–to make Your name known to Your adversaries, that the nations tremble at Your presence!” (Isaiah 64:1-2 NKJV).

Stephen F. Olford in the Foreword of Revival Fire by Wesley Duewel

A Prayer of Augustine

By Trevin Wax on Feb 13, 2011

Lord Jesus, let me know myself and know You, and desire nothing but You.
Let me hate myself and love You.
Let me do everything for the sake of You.
Let me humble myself and exalt You.
Let me think of nothing except You.
Let me die to myself and live in You.
Let me accept whatever happens as from You.
Let me banish self and follow You, and ever desire to follow You.
Let me fly from myself and take refuge in You,
That I may deserve to be defended by You.
Let me fear for myself.
Let me fear You, and let me be among those who are chosen by You.
Let me distrust myself and put my trust in You.
Let me be willing to obey for the sake of You.
Let me cling to nothing save only to You,
And let me be poor because of You.
Look upon me, that I may love You.
Call me that I may see You, and for ever enjoy You.

Augustine

© Copyright by Trevin Wax

“If you want that splendid power in prayer, you must remain in loving, living, lasting, conscious, practical, abiding union with the Lord Jesus Christ.”

C. H. Spurgeon

Lord, help Your poor children to be holy. Oh keep us so if we are so. Keep us even from stumbling, and present us faultless before Your presence at last (Jude 24). We pray for friends who are ill, for many who are troubled because of the illness of others. We bring before You every case of trouble and trial known to us and ask for Your gracious intervention. We pray for Your ministers everywhere. For Your missionary servants, we ask You to remember those who are making great sacrifice out in the hot sun or in the cold and frozen North. Everywhere preserve those who for Christ’s sake carry their lives in their hands.

Our brothers and sisters, in poverty many of them, working for Christ, Lord accept them and help us to help them. Do remember the Sunday school teachers, the city missionaries, along with those who visit and hand out tracts door-to-door, and all who in any way endeavor to bring Christ to the notice of men. Oh, help them all.

We will offer but one more prayer, and it is this. Lord, look in pity on any who are not in Christ. May they be converted. May they pass from death to life and never forget it. May they see the eternal light for the first time, and may they remember it even in eternity. Father, help us. Bless us now for Jesus’ sake.

 

Oh, that as Christians we might be humble! Lord, take away that stiff-necked, proud look. Take away from us the spirit of “stand away, for I holier than thou.” Make us to reach out to men of low social standing, yes, and even to men of low morals, low character. May we seek them out, seek their good. Oh, give to the church  of Christ an intense love for the souls of men. May it make our hearts break to think that they will perish in their sin. May we grieve every day because of the sins of our cities. Put a mark on our foreheads, and let us be known to You as men who sigh and cry for all the abominations that are done in the midst of our cities (Ezekiel 9:4).

O God. save us from a hard heart, an unkind spirit, that is insensible to the woes of others. Lord, preserve Your people also from worldliness, from rioting, from drunkenness, from clamoring and lewdness, from strife and envy, from everything that would dishonor the name of Christ that we bear. Lord, make us holy.

Our prayer comes back to this: make us holy. Cleanse the inside and let the outside be clean, too. Make us holy, O God. Do this for Christ’s sake. It is not that we hope to be saved by our own holiness, but holiness is salvation. When we are holy, we are saved from sin.


 

 

Some of us are trying, striving after some excellent virtue. Lord, help strugglers. Enable those who contend against great difficulties to see greater grace, have more faith, and be nearer to God. Lord, we will be holy, and by Your grace we will never rest until we are. You have begun a good work in us, and You will carry it on (Philippians 1:6). You will work in us to will and to do of Your own good pleasure (Philippians 2:13).

Lord, help the converted child to be correct in his relationship to his parents.

Help the Christian father and mother to be right in dealing with their children. May they not “provoke…(their) children to anger, lest they be discouraged” (Colossians 3:21).

Take away willfulness from the youth.

Take away impatience from the old.

Lord, help Christian men of business to act uprightly.

May Christian masters never be harsh with their servants, with their workers.

May Christian workers give to their masters what is just and equal in the way of work in return for wages.

May we as Christians always stand on our rights, but also be willing to minister to the needs of others.

Charles Spurgeon Prayer & Spiritual Warfare, 207-208.

 

 

We ask You, help us to adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things. If we are fighting against sin–“the sin which easily beset us” (Hebrews 12:12)–Lord, lend us heavenly weapons and heavenly strength so that we may cut the giants down, these men of Anak that come against us. (See Numbers 13:33) We fell very feeble. Oh make us “strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might” (Ephesians 6:10).

May we never let sin have any rest in us. May we chase it, drive it out, slay it, hang it on a tree, abhor it, and may we “cleave to that which is good” (Romans 12:9).

Charles Spurgeon Prayer & Spiritual Warfare, 207

 

May we have no burden to carry because, though we have a burden, we have rolled it upon the Lord.  May we take up our cross, may our cross become a comfort to us,  May we count it all joy when we fall into various trials, knowing that in all this God will be glorified, His image will be stamped on us, and the eternal purpose will be fulfilled, in which He predestined us “to be conformed to the image of His Son” (Romans 8:29).

Lord, look upon Your people.  We could pray about pour troubles, but we will not do so now.  We will only pray against our sins.  We could come to You about our weariness, about our sickness, about our disappointment, about our poverty, but we will leave all that for now. We will only come to you about sin. Lord, make us holy, and then do what You will with us.

Charles Spurgeon Prayer & Spiritual Warfare, 207

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