“Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you” (Psalm 85:6)?
In a very real sense, we are at this wonderful point of despair. We are at a wonderful point of hopelessness in which the church is beginning to recognize that we have been doing everything we know how to do and it is not working. It is time for revival. It is time to humble ourselves before God in prayer and ask Him to make Himself known in the midst of His people so that our nation can be saved and our world impacted for Christ.
How does revival come? Any student of revival will tell you that there has never been a revival without a movement of prayer. God always calls His people to prayer in anticipation of revival. I ask you today to get serious about praying for revival. We need to shift our prayer focus to the issues that are close to God’s heart, asking especially that His people, His church, would wake up and discover the presence of Jesus in our midst.
–Taken from Prayer and the End of Days (Praying God’s Purposes in Troubled Times) by David Butts. (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).
Father, I want to be awake and fully connected to Your heart in these last days. Help me to humble myself before You and to be attentive to Your Presence. Make Yourself known in the midst of Your people.
Praise God for his everlasting love (Jer. 31:3), which has no end. Thank God for demonstrating his love for you by sending his Son to die in your place (Rom. 5:8). Confess any lack of love you have experienced toward God or other believers. Commit yourself to bearing the fruit of love by the power of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22). Ask God to enable you daily to “put on love” (Col. 3:14).
As you gather with other believers for worship this week, pray that “being rooted and established in love . . . [you may] grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ” (Eph. 3:17-18). Let this thought flood your mind in worship.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).