“Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you” (Psalm 85:6)?
Heaven-sent revival is our only hope. We don’t have answers. We don’t know what to do. We don’t have any programs in our churches that are changing whole communities and our society. It’s just not happening. What we need is God.
How do you pray for revival? Psalm 85 is a good place to begin: “You showed favor to Your land, O Lord. You restored the fortunes of Jacob. You forgave the iniquity of Your people and covered all their sins. You set aside all Your wrath and turned from Your fierce anger. Restore us again, O Lord our Savior, and put away Your displeasure toward us. Will You be angry with us forever? Will You prolong Your anger through all generations? Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?”
Based on that passage we will find ourselves praying, “Lord, revive us again, do it again in our day.” We will come before God saying, “Lord, this is what you have done and this is what we want you to do in our life and in our nation.”
O Lord our Savior, we don’t need more programs and meetings in our church…we just need more of You. Draw our hearts close to Yours through prayer. We desire that intimate relationship that is above any other, and long for what You have done in the past by waking up Your people to the reality of Your Presence. Revive us again, Lord! We need You and only You, for You are our only hope!
–Adapted from the article Praying for Revival by Dave Butts. Click on the link to read the complete article. Dave is the author of Forgotten Power: A Simple Theology for a Praying Church available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
Praise the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Thank him for including you among Abraham’s spiritual descendants, for calling you to shine like a star in the firmament of glory (Gen. 22:17). Confess that sometimes your witness is dim. Commit yourself to connecting with and praying for other Christians who want to shine for God. Ask where you should begin.
Plead with God on behalf of children in your family and those around you. Pray that they will see the spiritual consequences of daily choices—and choose God.
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