40 Days of Prayer for Revival & Spiritual Awakening – Day 17

  • Strive with God in prayer!
  • Wrestle with God in prayer!
  • Be persistent in your praying.
  • PRAY that God will send His revival!

Day 17

Pray Until He Answers (by Dave McClung)

Though he slay me, I will hope in Him.  Nevertheless I will argue my ways before Him.  This also will be my salvation, for a godless man may not come before His presence. Job 13:15-16 (NASB)

Job is one of many in the Scriptures who chose to strive with God in prayer. Jacob, Moses, Jeremiah, Amos, Paul and a host of others persisted in their relationships with the Lord, because they knew if anything was to change in their lives, it would come from the giver of all good gifts.

God’s holiness and purposes do not change, but in light of the prayers of His people, God’s actions can change.  God is not deaf, He listens; and more than that, He acts.

A wise man once said, “never be satisfied with an unanswered prayer.”  God desires for us to seek Him continually, not just to get what we want, but to get our wants and His wants in line with one another.

Strive with God until an answer is given, negatively or positively: pray for the best God can give.  Just as Jacob wrestled with the angel of God for a blessing, we must strive with God for answered prayer.  We must never give up praying for revival to come to our churches and communities.  We must never grow weary and lose heart in our passion for prayer. 

Father, grant us the ability and desire to persist in our conversations with you as the prophets did.  May our persistent heart cries for revival bring about change in our own lives and the lives of our churches.

 

40 Days of Prayer for Revival & Spiritual Awakening – Day 16

If we have revival and God brings more people to Balboa, where will we put them? Pray for new Sunday School leaders to be called. We have four empty rooms where new classes can be started. Let’s give God some empty jars to fill! Pray for REVIVAL. Read this devotional by my fellow pastor and friend, then PRAY.

Day 16

Preparing Now for New Believers

(by Clay Hallmark)

A woman sought Elisha, the prophet whose reputation as a man of God was well known (Click 2 Kings 4:1-7 to read). She explained to the prophet how her husband had died and left her with a debt that had to be paid immediately.

Elisha instructed her to take her sons and go around their community to collect as many empty jars as they could find. Then Elisha directed them to go inside their house, shut the doors, and pour oil from one nearly empty jar of oil into all the completely empty jars.

As long as there were empty jars to fill, the oil continued to flow from the nearly empty jar.

The truth is that many of our churches are not prepared for a revival that would result in more people coming into the church. Why? We have not offered God any empty jars for Him to fill with new people!

It has been proven time and time again that new Bible study groups and classes reach new people. If a church is really serious about reaching new people, they need to offer God some new Sunday School classes – some empty “jars.” Maybe you are the one God is waiting on to be the catalyst to start a new class that will intentionally show people that their life matters to God!

Father, I want to empty anything out of my life that is a barrier to reaching new people. Use me to encourage or help start a new Bible study group in our church where new believers can learn that they matter to God.

 

40 Days of Prayer for Revival & Spiritual Awakening – Day 14

What have the hard-knocks of life taught you? What advice would you give to a young adult? These lessons can help us refocus so God can bring Revival. Read below and PRAY!

If you love me, you will keep my commandments. John 14:15

Day 14

Press on through Difficulty (by Dan Jordan)

I am learning not to ask God, “Why?”

Over the years, God has helped me know Him during some difficult days. Some key insights:

  • Combat doubt with obedience.  Real peace comes from understanding the question instead of the answer.  “Whys” come from the over-ripened fruit of doubt – and that fruit, that noxious tree, can only be made sweet by raw obedience to the Lord.
  • Happiness is not a place, but a way of life. Replace wanting and getting with living – life is to be found in the journey.  It is not about arriving or having – it is about living.
  • Seek God’s presence every day. Too often my worldview is tilted towards tomorrow – focused on the future instead of the daily gift of God’s presence in my life. Life, then, is to embrace and know our God in every experience! He reveals all that He wants me to be, to enjoy, and to share with a doubting world – a world that poses impossible questions that can only be answered by a God of purpose.

Father, when I am confused and disoriented, what I need more than the answers to my questions is an encounter with You.

40 Days of Prayer for Revival – Day 11

Please pray with me that revival will begin in US. It must start in God’s people. Judgment begins at the house of God. The house of God is our body. Our body is he temple of the Holy Spirit. Pray that we each are the place Our Father starts revival and spiritual awakening. Read this devotional by Tommy Miller and PRAY.

Lord, Begin with Me (by Tommy Miller)

Explaining why so few revivals were occurring in his day,

Charles Finney wrote:

“Now it does appear to me that we who are ministers, instead of looking abroad and searching for the fundamental difficulty beyond and out of ourselves, should see that whatever else may be an occasion of the great falling off and decline in revivals, our own spiritual state is certainly one, if  not the primary and fundamental, reason of this decline.”

I don’t believe much has changed since Finney’s day. At Union Valley Baptist Church (Beebe, AR) where I pastor, we hold two revival services a year. In most meetings we see people saved. but, on a whole, the church is left much the same as it was before.

I have had the pleasure of being part of two revivals that I felt were true movements of God. A year after the meetings, we still saw God changing lives and saving souls.

Both of those meetings were preceded by a time when the membership looked inwardly at their lives through the eyes of God’s word; much time was spent on our knees before Him in prayer. It was a time of deep, serious refection.

In Lamentations 3:40 we read:

Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord.

If we want to know why we don’t see revival, we don’t have to look much further than our own doorstep.

Father, let revival begin with me!