The great advances in the kingdom of God today are taking place in poorer nations of the world or in countries where Christians are persecuted. Many reasons contribute to this phenomenon; however, one factor cannot escape our attention. Where there is revival, a deep sense of need has preceded it. Need always drives people to prayer. Jesus came to the needy, hurting, and suffering segment of humanity. And so it is today.
Many Western evangelical Christians have refused to acknowledge their need. We have great programs to win the world but little power. We have beautiful buildings but empty pews. We have gained political clout but have lost our spiritual passion. The church in the West would do well to heed the message of the churches where revival exists. It is not enough to have information about revival; we must hunger and thirst for it. There must be an extraordinary prayer movement if we are to see the glory of God. It can no longer be business as usual. We must awaken from our slumber and seek the Lord.
–Adapted from The Prayer Factor by Sammy Tippit
Righteous Father, how desperately Your Church in this nation needs a touch from You. Awaken the slumbering bride, Lord, and show us our neediness! Fill us with the kind of spiritual passion that we see in so many other nations around the world! Give us a sense of desperation and desire, of longing to experience You in all Your fullness and glory! Draw us close, and stir our hearts to seek You in Your holiness. Revive us and set us on fire for Your kingdom’s sake.
Praise God, the giver of wisdom and power (Dan. 2:20). Give thanks for opportunities to worship with others, to learn from God’s wisdom, and to be touched by his presence. Confess attempts to survive through mere human wisdom and power. Commit yourself to carefully applying what God teaches you today. Ask God to empower you to live accordingly.
Pray for unsaved persons you know by name. Ask God to work through the power of his Holy Spirit to convict them of sin and lead them into his truth (Jn. 16:7-11). Ask God to use you to love them.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend
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