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History is silent about revivals that did not begin with prayer.

~J. Edwin Orr

Prayer is a priority for each of us!

~Warren Wiersbe


Memorial Day weekend is the traditional welcome into summer. Long days, outside reading, baseball, iced tea, sunshine — ’tis the season of unparalleled displays of God’s common benevolence.

And it’s also full of exciting opportunities for us to grow in the grace of prayer.

God’s grace is immeasurable, not seasonal (Ephesians 2:7). There’s not more of him now than in January, but summer tends to open our eyes a little wider. We can see a little clearer. And this helps how we pray.

C. S. Lewis:

For what I call “myself” (for all practical, everyday purposes) is also a dramatic construction. . . Normally I call this construction “me,” and the stage set “the real world.” Now the moment of prayer is for me — or involves for me as its condition — the awareness, the re-awakened awareness, that this “real world” and “real self” are very far from being rock-bottom realities” (Letters to Malcom, 81).

In other words, prayer is when we snap out of it — out of the busyness, out of Facebook charades, out of our culture-imposed identities. Praying is the most real thing we do, and if summer is when we are most awake, then let it teach us how to pray. Let it invite us into deeper fellowship.

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And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27).

May 2012


House of Prayer Message

Still Stirs Audiences

A Classic Message by Jim Cymbala

Pastor Jim Cymbala of the Brooklyn Tabernacle in Brooklyn, NY, preached a sermon at a praise gathering in Indianapolis in 1994 that is considered one of the most powerful messages delivered on prayer in the last few decades.

In this message, he declares that Jesus did not call His house to be one of preaching or worship – but a house of prayer. He challenges believers to get serious about prayer if there is to be hope for a fresh move of God in our churches and nation.

He also shares a redeeming story of his daughter returning home as an immediate answer to the prayers of his congregation. As people cried out to God for his wayward daughter, that very night God woke her up and moved in her heart to repent and return home. The very next day, as she knelt before her father and wept over her rebellion, she asked, “Who was praying for me?” The evidence of the Spirit’s conviction in her heart was so profound, and she knew it was in answer to prayer.

You can order this popular DVD from or view it on online (click here).This is a great resource to share with your prayer team and pastors. It will inspire them to pray with hope and faith!

A Unique Prayer Meeting

Cymbala leads a Tuesday night prayer gathering at the Brooklyn Tabernacle that often draws more than 2,000 people to what he considers the most important gathering of the week. Many churches have taken teams of people to Brooklyn just to visit this prayer gathering and be inspired toward greater corporate prayer.

He is also part of the leadership team of the 6:4 Fellowship, which hosts one-day gatherings for pastors and leaders – with a call to return to the centrality of the Word and prayer. Prayer First is co-sponsoring one of these events in Bloomington, MN, on October 18. More information is below.

Looking Ahead: A Day with Jim Cymbala

Prayer First and Converge Worldwide are co-sponsoring a day for pastors, spouses, and ministry leaders with Jim Cymbala, Daniel Henderson, and the 6:4 Fellowship. Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 18, in the Minneapolis, MN, area.You will be encouraged to deepen your ministry focus on prayer and the ministry of the Word.

Plan to Stay for Dinner!

We will also host a special dinner for pastors with Converge President Jerry Sheveland on the evening of October 18.

More information will be coming, but registration for the conference is open at





Doesn’t revival mean “new life”? It seems strange to suggest that you must first cross out your self. But your selfishness is the thing causing the dryness in you, the lack of life. That’s why it must be cross out before you can have revival!

(Festo KivengereWhen God Moves in Revival, 12).

“Beware in your prayers, above everything else, of limiting God, not only by unbelief, but by fancying that you know what He can do. Expect unexpected things ‘above all that we ask or think.'”

~Andrew Murray

Self-centeredness is the greatest enemy of spiritual life. All is not well so long as the center of your personality is occupied by that little god. It’s too little to be your god. It can’t occupy the throne. The throne is for him who died in love for you–I mean God in Jesus Christ. when self is on the throne, it is conspicuously out of place. It is too weak to meet your needs, too small to satisfy your hunger, too dry to quench your thirst.  Revival begins by putting a line through the I which at the center and turning it into a cross. (Festo KivengereWhen God Moves in Revival, 11).

“Do not neglect the means which the Spirit has appointed for help. Pray, meditate, hear, read, do your best, and expect his blessing. Though your ploughing and sowing will not give a harvest without the sun, and rain, and the blessing of God, yet the sun and rain will not bring a crop unless you plough and plant.”

~Richard Baxter

Motivating Joy

By Tony Reinke | May 19, 2012 04:00 am

Puritan Thomas Watson, A Body of Divinity:

If anything can make us rise off our bed of sloth, and serve God with all our might, it should be this, the hope of our near enjoyment of God forever.

(Design submitted by Jennifer Knight.)

May 2012