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Father, we deserve absolutely nothing from you! We actually deserve your stern rebuke because we have sinned against you in thought, word and deed. We have not been your holy people and the church is not the city on the hill in America! Please forgive us as we prayerfully seek you on this Lord’s Day!
In Jesus Name!
Father, on this Lord’s Day on the first day of the 2013, we pray that you will send revival to your church in America! We are desperate for it! We have failed to serve and love and worship and obey you as we should. We have compromised and water-downed your Word and Gospel. We fit in with the culture and are not holy. Please send your holy fire from heaven and renew us!
“There is need of a great revival of spiritual life, of truly fervent devotion to our Lord Jesus, of entire consecration to His service. It is only in a church in which this spirit of revival has at least begun, that there is any hope of radical change in the relation of the majority of our Christian people to mission work.”
“It is God’s will through His wonderful grace, that the prayers of His saints should be one of the great principal means of carrying on the designs of Christ’s kingdom in the world. When God has something very great to accomplish for His church, it is His will that there should precede it the extraordinary prayers of His people; as is manifest by Ezekiel 36:37. and it is revealed that, when God is about to accomplish great things for His church, He will begin by remarkably pouring out the spirit of grace and supplication (see Zechariah 12:10).”
Patrick Henry said, “Give me liberty or give me death!”
Are we THAT passionate about revival? Let’s pray together for spiritual awakening.
From the OneCry Facebook page
Revivals are supernatural demonstrations of God’s power. When will we learn to let God work in His own way? When will we spend more time in seeking to know what His way is than we do in devising human plans and methods which only bring us a sense of failure and loss? We need a revival. The church needs a revival. The world – hungry, restless, sin-cursed, dying – needs a revival. God wants us to have it. Let us make every effort to meet the divine conditions and let us expect Him to answer by fire.
History is silent about revivals that did not begin with prayer.
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).
Lord, please bring back Your glory to Your church.Send the fire. Turn the hearts of Your people. May they know that You alone are God!
Del Fehsenfeld Jr.
|Suspended on Prayer|
“And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
Ministers of Scotland: Lectures on Revival VI
The Rev. Alexander Cumming, Minister of Dunbarney Parish
“Prayer is an ordinance remarkably suited to the exigencies of our fallen condition, because it tends to preserve in our minds a vivid impression of the divine agency. We are too apt to let our views terminate in the operation of secondary causes, and to forget that Almighty power to which they are indebted for their energy and existence; but when God suspends the communication of his benefits upon prayer, he compels us to recognize his providence in the economy of human affairs.”
Contemporary American Christians have become adept at relying on “secondary causes” in doing the work of the Lord. It’s why we run programs, tweak our liturgies, and organize our churches like businesses rather than flocks. We see ways of doing things that have worked in the world, and so we simply import them into the ministry of the church, forgetting that “God suspends the communication of his benefits upon prayer”. Certainly we will not realize the revival, renewal, and awakening we seek until we give ourselves at least as earnestly to seeking the Lord in prayer as we do to understanding the latest methodology or technology.
What are the greatest obstacles to prayer becoming a more prominent aspect of your own life? Of the life of your congregation?
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