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This evening I attended in a CRU workshop in Kansas City called “The Changing Face of Evangelism“. When I was in high school back in the 1970’s, some of us from my church youth group would go to the mall and do cold turkey evangelism with the “Four Spiritual Laws“. Many people, back then, accepted our invitation to share the gospel with them. It is a far different world today. Today, we must have many conversations with people. We must listen to their story. We must ask questions.

I learned tonight that we must…

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“It is not always clear when prayer meetings are part of the revival itself or are proceeding it. But the distinction does not matter too much. Prayer is both the cause and result of the coming of the Spirit in revival.”

Brian H. EdwardsRevival! A People Saturated With God78.

“Almost every Christian leader today laments a lack of personal prayer, but very few are determined to do anything about it. We are not sufficiently concerned to make a radical alternation in our diaries and get down to the ‘unproductive’ and unnoticed battle of assaulting heaven. We would all prefer to be compared with Hezekiah rather than his father Ahaz, but it was the latter who ‘shut the doors of the Lord’s temple’, and in our lack of prayer we have done just that.”

Brian H. EdwardsRevival! A People Saturated With God76-77.

George Whitefield drew up a list in his diary of those actions by which he would judge himself each day. There were fifteen items, and the first three concerned his prayer life…

The first one read: ‘Have I been fervent in private prayer?’

…The second was: ‘Have I used stated hours of prayer?’

Whitefield’s diary shows that his ‘stated hours of prayer’ were in the morning, at midday and at night. And he kept to these times, as a minimum, with strict discipline.”

Brian H. EdwardsRevival! A People Saturated With God, 76.

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“In describing how revival comes we can never overlook the part that urgent prayer and confident expectation play. There must be especially among the leaders, the determination that God will come, that he must come!”

~ Brian H. EdwardsRevival! A People Saturated With God75.

“You must pray, but you might pray as you serve on the frontlines” 

~ Bill HullThe Complete Book of Discipleship40.

“Prayer girds human weakness with divine strength, turns human folly into heavenly wisdom, and gives to troubled mortals the peace of God. We know not what prayer can do.”

~ Charles Spurgeon

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“Jesus has opened a school, in which He trains His redeemed ones, who specially desire it, to have power in prayer. Shall we not enter it with the petition, Lord! It is just this we need to be taught!

O teach us to prayer!” 

Andrew MurrayWith Christ in the School of Prayer, 13

Heavenly Father,

Our nation, the United States off America, is in great need of revival. Your people do not pray enough and usually pray about the wrong things. We desperately need revival. The church in needs revival! On the Lord’s Day, February 3, 2019, may your people worship in spirit and in truth. May we experience your power and grace! May the Word be preached with prayerful boldness!

Come Holy Spirit come!

In the precious name of Jesus!

Amen

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