Seeking the Revival of Prayer

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Have you noticed how many of God’s people are crying for revival? With bad news surrounding us, it’s no wonder that His children ask for the rain of His Spirit. God Himself has extensively stirred many prayer groups to gather earnestly, cleanse their hearts, and seek His face.

Already, winds of His Spirit are moving among tent meetings in California and outdoor parks dotted around the nation. More than preaching, worship and prayer are critical for the stir of widespread hunger within His people. Prayer must be the first thing to have a revival. 

So how can your prayer life experience revival?

  1. Cultivate a daily habit of thanksgiving. To devote ourselves to prayer, God’s Word tells us that gratitude will keep us alert (Colossians 4:2). Set aside several minutes during your initial prayer time to appreciate what He has already done (Psalm 100:2).
  2. Pray with His Word open in your lap. Look up “verses for revival” and “verses for rain” in your search engine and turn to each reference in your Bible. Notice that the word “revival” isn’t often included in our English versions, but instead, you will find themes of rain & thirst and an opening of the heavenlies. (Here are a few to get your started: 2 Chronicles 7:14; Psalm 24: Psalm 34:14-15: Psalm 71:20, Psalm 72:6; Psalm 80:7,18; Psalm 119:37,88,109; Psalm 139:23-24; Isaiah 44:3-6; Isaiah 45:8; Isaiah 64:1-4; Joel 2:28-29; Zechariah 10:1).
  3. Begin some type of regular weekly fast. Start with fasting one meal if you have never fasted before. “God’s Chosen Fast” by Arthur Wallis is an excellent resource. 
  4. Read stories of past revivals and look for themes. Matthew Backholer has several books for quick overviews. I love the eyewitness accounts of Duncan Campbell in “Revival in the Hebrides” and of Frank Bartleman in “Azusa Street.” Another challenging biographical account is “Rees Howells: Intercessor” by Norman Grubb. For a tremendous web-based library, check out Tony Cauchi’s Revival Library
  5. Ask the Father to grant you at least one other person to pray with regarding revival. He promises that where two or three gather to pray, Christ will show up as the third prayer partner (Matthew 18:19). Because God’s outpouring usually disregards denominational lines, I suggest you find someone who does not attend your church. Text someone to make this appointment today.

Let’s turn our desperation Godward rather than nation-ward and join our hearts “to sow with a view to righteousness, reap in accordance with kindness; (May we) break up our fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord until He comes to rain righteousness on (us)” (Zechariah 10:1). 

Yes, Father, come “drip down from above and let the clouds pour down righteousness” (Isaiah 45:8). It is time.