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“Once we begin thinking and acting in humility before God, we’ll be ready to look before God, we’ll be ready to look into other key areas of spiritual vitality. Once we are willing to admit our needs, we can honestly understand our hearts and hear the solutions God’s Word offers us. Humility gives us a right view of God and of ourselves. It bends stiff knees and softens hard hearts.”

~ Byron Paulus in Revive, Volume 46, Issue 2, 3.

“Humility is always the FIRST STEP toward any substantive spiritual change–the first step on the road to revival.”

~ Byron Paulus in Revive, Volume 46, Issue 2, 3.


Revival is a fresh infusion on life.

~ Byron PaulusRevive, Fall 20133.

Because revival speeds up the advance of Christ’s kingdom!

(Byron Paulus, Executive Director of Life Action Ministries, quoted in Revive magazine, Winter 2012, 3).

Do you sense the urgency?

Are you convinced that the time is now?

Will you be one of those who hold on for revival?

(Byron Paulus in Life Action Ministries: Revive, Summer 2011, 3)

By: Byron Paulus

As a child, I remember my pastor regularly calling our congregation to “extended seasons of prayer.” Then, during my teenage years, our church transitioned to an “evening of prayer” on Wednesday nights. By the time I was an adult, prayer meeting night had largely transitioned to a Bible study. And before long, the prayer meeting vanished altogether.

At the same time, another dynamic was at work in Sunday worship services across the country. Most services gradually changed from including an ardent “pastoral prayer” to simply pausing for a “moment of prayer.”

A recent national conference designed to ignite and foster movements of Christianity featured 73 widely recognized speakers and boasted over 60 workshops … but none were focused on prayer.

None of this is news to you, I’m sure. As a rule, techniques and tactics routinely receive far greater emphasis in evangelical circles than prayer. It’s been this way for so long that it seems normal.

Of course, there’s nothing sacred in themselves about prayer meeting nights or pastoral prayers; but let me ask you what I have had to ask myself in recent days:“Do my actions reflect that prayer is the most powerful force for change in the Christian life?”

For those of us longing for revival and spiritual awakening, this question is absolutely crucial. Church history demonstrates that there have been revivals without much preaching, but there has never been a revival without much praying. Revival and the practice of passionate, persistent prayer are inseparable.

It’s one thing to know that this is true, and another to base our life and ministry on the power of prayer. With whom am I spending time praying for revival?

I will never forget the most fervent prayer meeting for God to revive America that I have ever attended. About fifty people gathered at 10:00 on a Friday evening and didn’t finish until 7:00 in the morning. And they had been doing this every Friday night for fifteen years! But here’s what astonished me even more—the prayer meeting was in Singapore!

Half-way around the world, a group of precious believers had more passion for prayer and more vision for what God could do through the spiritual renewal of our country than I did. And that, in a nutshell, is a sobering picture of the real obstacle standing between the church in America and the revival we so desperately need: We are not yet desperate enough to cry out to God in fervent prayer, nor are we convinced enough that God alone is the only answer.

Exactly 150 years ago, C. H. Spurgeon heard that revival winds were blowing here in America. With hope that revival might come to his congregation as well, he urged his people to redouble their intensity in prayer. His words serve as a timeless exhortation for believers everywhere who long for revival in their time:

To your knees, you believers, to your knees. Will you lose the opportunity, Christians? Will you let men be lost for want of effort? Let us spend this week in special prayer. Let us meet together as often as we can, and plead the throne; and each of you in private be mighty with your God, and in public be diligent in your efforts.

We stand at a precipice in our culture and in the church that can only be crossed through prayer. May God use this issue of Revive magazine to raise the level of prayer for an outpouring of the Spirit and the manifest presence of God!

July 2020