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Mar 07, 2018 by Alyssa Duval

Last week at the 75th annual convention of National Religious Broadcasters, Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren declared in a speech that the Church as we know it will not see the revival it so desperately needs without repentance and unity through addressing the sin of racism.

Citing the biblical doctrine of the Imago Dei, Warren highlighted where the Christian community needs some serious help: “Friends, we’re failing at unity. The Church is more divided, more polarized, there are more tribes, and more splattered, more fractured, than ever before.”

“They were in one place, they were of one accord, they were of one heart, they had one purpose, they had one vision…When we have the unity of Acts, we’ll have the power of Acts,” Warren continued. ”We’re just not willing to pay the price for Pentecost. We’re not willing to set aside our petty differences and unify around one thing: the Lord Jesus Christ.”

While racism isn’t the only hurdle to overcome to achieve a unified Christian church, Warren noted, it is a major issue in his crosshairs.

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“All revival begins, and continues, in the prayer meeting. Some have also called prayer the “great fruit of revival.” In times of revival, thousands may be found on their knees for hours, lifting up their heartfelt cries, with thanksgiving, to heaven.”

~ Henry Blackaby

 

“Revival brings back a holy shock to apathy and carelessness.”

 

“A revival almost always begins among the laity. The ecclesiastical leaders seldom welcome reformation. History repeats itself. The present leaders are too comfortably situated as a rule to desire innovation that might require sacrifice on their part. And God’s fire only falls on sacrifice. An empty altar receives no fire!”

~ Frank Bartleman

“Revival is when God gets so sick and tired of being misrepresented that He shows Himself.”

~ Leonard Ravenhill

“There is a growing conviction everywhere, and especially among thoughtful people, that unless revival comes, other forces will take the field, that will sink us still deeper into the mire of humanism and materialism.”

~ Duncan Campbell

“A revival does two things. First, it returns the Church from her backsliding and second, it causes the conversion of men and women; and it always includes the conviction of sin on the part of the Church. What a spell the devil seems to cast over the Church today!”

~ Billy Sunday

Ray Ortlund

September 20, 2015

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1.  Get thoroughly dissatisfied with yourself.  Complacency is the deadly enemy of spiritual progress. . . . When speaking of earthly goods Paul could say, “I have learned to be content,” but when referring to his spiritual life he testified, “I press toward the mark.”  So stir up the gift of God that is in you.

2.  Set your face like a flint toward a sweeping transformation of your life.  Timid experimenters are tagged for failure before they start.  We must throw our whole soul into our desire for God. . . .

3.  Put yourself in the way of the blessing.  It is a mistake to look for grace to visit us as a kind of benign magic, or to expect God’s help to come as a windfall apart from conditions known and met.  There are plainly marked paths which lead straight to the green pastures; let us walk in them.  To desire revival, for instance, and at the same time to neglect prayer and devotion is to wish one way and walk another.

4.  Do a thorough job of repenting.  Do not hurry to get it over with.  Hasty repentance means shallow spiritual experience and lack of certainty in the whole life.  Let godly sorrow do her healing work. . . . It is our wretched habit of tolerating sin that keeps us in our half-dead condition.

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A Prayer for Revival

“Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee? Shew us thy mercy, O LORD, and grant us thy salvation. I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly. Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land.”

Psalm 85:6–9

In 1872, D. L. Moody and Ira Sankey went to England for a series of revival meetings that shook the entire nation. In one service, so many people responded to the invitation that Moody asked them all to sit back down, and explained the Gospel again to make sure they understood the message—even more people responded the second time!
In that church there was an elderly lady who had been confined to her home by illness. When one of her relatives went to the house to tell her about the revival, she opened her purse and pulled out a news story about Moody’s work in America. She said that she had been praying for two years that God would send Moody to her church and usher in a great work of God.
All of the organization, programs, and planning that we do can never take the place of the work of the Spirit of God. He is the One who touches hearts of Christians and unbelievers alike and moves them to action. He is the one who produces conversions and changed lives. And He works in response to the prayers of God’s people.

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“In the evening I was favored with great faith and fervency in prayer. It seemed as if God would deny me nothing, and I wrestled for multitudes of souls, and could not help hoping there would be revival here.”

~ Edward Payson

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