Souls Set Aflame

Oh, that Thou wouldst rend the heavens and come down (Isaiah 64:1).

The history of revivals brings that out very clearly for God often acts in a most unusual manner, and produces revival and promotes it and keeps it going, not necessarily through ministers but perhaps through people who maybe have regarded themselves as very humble and unimportant members of the Christian church. (Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Revival [Crossway, 1987])

He brought us out from there in order to bring us in, to give us the land which He had sworn to our fathers. So the Lord commanded us to observe all these statues, to fear the Lord God for our good always and for our survival, as {it is} today. (Deuteronomy 6:23–24)

The Christian church has a tremendous history of revivals and evangelism. There have been times, however, when it seemed as though a cloud of darkness hovered over the church. The church appeared to lose her effectiveness and even her message. She seemed to lose her saltiness, and her light burned dimly.

During those times of spiritual apathy and darkness the Holy Spirit would quietly stir in the heart of an individual or in the hearts of a small group of people. He would call them to prayer. The brightness of the glory of God would begin to dispel the darkness in the days that followed. Mighty preachers would be raised out of nowhere. The Word of God would thunder forth in mighty power. Souls would be set aflame for the glory of God. Prayer initiated revival, and revival initiated prayer.

–Adapted from The Prayer Factor by Sammy Tippit (Click on the link for more information about this resource).

Holy Spirit, stir in my heart and call me to my knees again and again until my life’s breath is prayer. May revival start within me and spread to every person in my sphere of influence. Shatter the darkness around me with Your holiness as You awaken Your people to the reality of Your power and Your Presence in our midst!

Prayer Points
Praise the prayer-hearing God that his ear is attentive to your prayers. Give thanks for the privilege of coming into God’s presence and conversing with him through prayer. Confess any personal failure in your prayer life that you are aware of. Commit yourself to being a faithful intercessor. Ask that God will strengthen your prayer life and help you to pray in the Spirit with all kinds of prayer, on all occasions, for all God’s people (Eph. 6:18).

Pray that your church’s leaders—pastors, elders, deacons, and others— may be filled with the Spirit and be effective in the ministries to which they are called.

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend  (Click on title for more information about this resource).