That’s the big question in all our praying for revivals. The acid test of New Testament revival is the Church. And the acid test of the Church and of the churches is prayer and prayer meetings.
The devil is no fool! He knows what’s going on in our lives, and in our churches. He also knows God’s plan. So he is very busy working overtime, to kill churches. All he has to do is kill abiding prayer and prayer meetings and that church is dead!
The Spirit of Prayer is the Spirit of Revival. The first revival in any genuine revival is a revival of prayer. The revival spirit leaves churches when true prayer meetings depart; and revival returns with the return of abiding prayer and prayer meetings. It’s that simple! And there is no other way.
Pentecost, let us not forget, came to a prayer meeting in that Upper Room and to those 120 Christians praying in one accord. There the Lord gave the standard, the pattern of revival, indeed, the pattern for every church since Pentecost.
Spirit of Prayer, revive my heart and use me to be an encourager within my church…one who calls others to prayer and intercedes continually for my pastor and leadership to be people of prayer. Draw my faith family to their knees in the desperation of this hour and meet us in our corporate prayer gatherings. May our hearts long for the wisdom that comes, not from our own understanding, but from You alone. Restore our passion for coming together in prayer so that You might be pleased to show up in our midst!
–Adapted from The Upper Room: God’s Revival Model by Armin Gesswein. His book With One Accord in One Place: The Role of Prayer in the Early Church is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Praise the King for his powerful rule in this world, and that no plan of his can be thwarted (Job 42:2). Give thanks that this rule is evidenced around us and in us. Confess any doubts which you may have about God’s kingly power. Commit yourself to being a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing, as your spiritual worship to God (Rom. 12:1). Ask that you would “never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord” (12:11).
Pray that unconditional love will be demonstrated clearly and consistently in your family relationships and friendships. Ask the Lord to give you a fuller appreciation for those whom he has placed in your life.
“Prayer is an end to isolation. It is living our daily life with someone; with him who alone can deliver us from solitude.” —Georges LeFevre
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