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Heavenly Father,

We have sinned against you in thought, word and deed. We have turned away like sheep and went our own way. We decided in our hearts to do our own thing. We have not prayed or obeyed our word. You promise peace and forgiveness and mercy if we repent and turn back to you! Lord, we set our focus on you and plead for revival to sweep through your church!

In Jesus Name! Amen! 

“Revival is the Church of God as a conquering army putting to rout the hosts of hell.”

~ James A. Stewart

Fire in My Bones, by J. Lee Grady

The people of Uganda call it Balokole. In the Luganda language it means “the saved ones,” but the word became synonymous with the East African Revival—one of the most significant Christian movements in modern history.

This revival had humble beginnings in September 1929, just before America’s Great Depression. Historians trace it to a prayer meeting on Namirembe Hill in Kampala, Uganda, where a missionary to Rwanda, Joe Church, prayed and read the Bible for two days with his friend Simeoni Nsibambi. They felt God had showed them that the African church was powerless because of a lack of personal holiness.

“We must have a spiritual awakening, or we die. Political engineering, economic policies, government bailouts and stimulus packages will not save us.”

It is impossible to explain exactly what happened after this prayer meeting or how the resulting spiritual fervor spread. When God comes, unusual things happen. Within weeks after the Rev. Church returned to Gahini, Rwanda, Christians gathered to pray and confess their sins openly. A heavy spirit of conviction fell on the people. Whenever they repented for their sins and failures they would weep uncontrollably, ask others to forgive them and pledge to make restitution.

The weeping spread to farmlands and open fields. Unbelievers who visited these gatherings were converted after they witnessed the sincerity of the Christians. Repentance went deep. Husbands publicly apologized for adultery and farmers repented for stealing cows from each other. Eventually, as the revival spread from Rwanda to Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Burundi, even the centuries-old tradition of polygamy (which was still common among professing Christians) was unraveled in some areas.

Balokole changed African Christianity forever. In a 1986 article for Christian History, Michael Harper writes of the revival: “It’s effects have been more lasting than almost any other revival in history, so that today there is hardly a single Protestant leader in East Africa who has not been touched by it in some way.”

I spent the past two weeks ministering in Uganda and Kenya, and everywhere I went I met people who still talk about the East African Revival—80 years after it began. It breathed resurrection power into dead, traditional churches and triggered aggressive church-planting movements that affected a variety of denominations.

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Heavenly Father, 

We praise you and love you because there is no one like you! You are the creator and sustainer of all who live. Yet, as a church and as your people, we have forsaken your ways. We have not prayed as we should and we have not obeyed your Word. We have actually compromised your Holy standards. On this Lord’s Day, we ask in the name of Jesus, that you will wake up your church all across America. We have no idea what it truly means to follow and love you! Please come Holy Spirit Come!

In the name of Jesus! Amen 


On this Lord’s Day, January 20th 2013, we pray that genuine revival will descend on the American Church. This being the Sanctity of Human Life, we confess that 55 million unborn babies have been aborted and killed since January 22, 1973. We are in great need of your abundant mercy and forgiveness!

Come Lord Jesus Come!

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! 

Andrew Murray

“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.”

~ Andrew Murray  

“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).”

~ Jonathan Edwards, Thoughts on the Revival in New England – 1740

Patrick Henry said, “Give me liberty or give me death!”

Are we THAT passionate about revival? Let’s pray together for spiritual awakening.

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