A broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart — These, O God, You will not despise. — Psalm 51:17
God does not keep it a secret: if we want revival, we need to humble ourselves. We need to recognize our sinfulness and confess it to Him. We need to seek Him and obey Him in all things. We must also confess our spiritual pride and self-centeredness.
True humility involves a broken spirit before the Lord.
Second, if we want revival, we are to pray — and not a mere recitation of prayers, but an earnest calling out to the Lord. Too many Christians can describe their prayer life with four words from Ephesians 6:12 — “we do not wrestle.”
Every true revival in history has resulted from heartfelt, committed prayer. That was, in fact, true from the very beginning. We read of the early church that
when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness. — Acts 4:31
Code Word: Broken
Does this word say anything about you today? When the back of pride is broken, you can soar into regions you have never known.
Lord, mold me, make me, and, if necessary, break me today that I might be more conformed to Your image. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You? — Psalm 85:6
For too many of us, it has been too long since we have experienced a visitation from Heaven, a personal revival. While revival comes from the hand and heart of a sovereign God, He still invites us to pray to this end:
If My people… will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear… and will forgive their sin. — 2 Chronicles 7:14
When what used to slither down our back alleys now parades proudly down our main streets, is it not time to pray, “Lord, visit us again with Your sovereign power”? When from much of the entertainment industry and social media we hear the raucous cries of a thousand voices calling our children to lifestyles of godlessness, we should be moved to pray for revival. And, when we can imagine hearing the sobs of our Savior, who wept over Jerusalem, weeping over our own sins, is it not time to join Isaiah of old,
Oh, that You would rend the heavens and come down. — Isaiah 64:1 NASB
Code Word: Revival
This may be one of the most misunderstood words in the Christian vocabulary. Revival is that strange and supernatural visitation from God restoring us to the fullness of God’s blessing and opening the door to a new beginning for each of us.
Lord, as You have in times past breathed upon our fallen world with a fresh breath of Your power, do it again… and let it begin in me. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Excerpted with permission from The Believer’s Code by O. S. Hawkins, copyright O. S. Hawkins.
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Here is a list help you pray for revival in the church and the further advancement of God’s kingdom.
Paul exhorted the Christians in Ephesus to: “…pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayer and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints (Ephesians 6:18).”
For us this includes being in regular intercession for our world.
Praying for Personal Repentance
“…Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles…” Hebrews 12:1
John wrote, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives (I John 1:8-10).”
Effective intercession must include personal confession.
Refusing to acknowledge and turn from our own disobedience always results in a form of spiritual self-deception.
As Jesus explained, “First take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye (Matthew 7:5).”
As you pray, put into practice John’s exhortation. Hold your life up to such passages as I Peter 3:8-12.
Praying for the Infilling of the Holy Spirit for Life and Ministry
Jesus commands us, if we are to be his witnesses, to be clothed with his power. Jesus urged his first disciples and us to be clothed with the power of the Holy Spirit for missions.
Paul exhorted the church, “Do not be drunk on wine … Instead, be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18).”
The seedbed of theological, spiritual, and moral decline in the church is often lifeless, dry orthodoxy. Also, the church’s evangelism and overseas mission often falter because of reliance upon human strength, rather than empowerment of the Holy Spirit.
Having a biblical framework of theology is critical. But our head must be connected to a heart ablaze with the life of God.
As Paul instructed the church in Ephesus to be filled with the Spirit, pray for the church to be filled with the presence of God’s Spirit. Pray for yourself to be filled with the Holy Spirit so you may be empowered to do this work of prayer for the church, and to be equipped to do the work of Jesus Christ.
Praying for the World
1. Pray for workers: When Jesus saw the crowds, he instructed his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the Harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field (Matthew 9:38).”
In context, Jesus was looking at the sheep of Israel.
In part, he was instructing his disciples to pray for true workers to be raised up to shepherd his people. This should be our continuous prayer as we intercede for the church.
But, it also applies to the vast fields of people stretching around the world. Besides praying for godly shepherds to lead the church, pray for workers to be raised up to minister around the world.
2. Pray for Open doors: Paul wrote the Colossians, “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ (Colossians 4:2-3).”
As you devote yourself to prayer, ask the Lord to open doors for the world mission endeavor to proclaim the mystery of Christ among even more people.
3. Pray for the Gospel to Spread and to be Honored: Paul asked the church to intercede for his mission team, “brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored … (2 Thessalonians 3:1).”
How does the gospel spread?
It takes people who are willing to go and share God’s truth.
It also requires Christians who are willing to stand with them in persistent intercession.
How does God’s message come to be honored? In answer to the church’s intercession God will bring the spiritual climate in which the Scripture is honored for what it is: God’s truth.
Our prayer should not only be for workers and open doors, but for the message to spread and find a place of honor in the hearts of people.
Setting the Captives free
1. Pray with Expectation: (Read Luke 18:25-27.) No matter how impossible the situation may look or how entrenched in spiritual darkness may be, God is able to cause his light to penetrate to the heart.
2. Pray for the Father to Draw People: (Read John 6:44) In our sinful state, none of us are capable of coming out of spiritual darkness and drawing near to God on our own. Only through the drawing of God the Father were we able to find freedom in Christ.
As we pray for people, in line with the clear will of God, our prayer should be for God to draw them to the grace, love and truth found only in Jesus Christ.
3. Pray for an understanding of Jesus Christ: (Read Matthew 16:17) Personally grasping the reality and the relevance of Jesus Christ comes only through the Holy Spirit’s work. We come to believe that Jesus is the Christ as the Holy Spirit imparts faith. Pray for the Holy Spirit to bring a true understanding of Jesus Christ to those blinded by sin and Satan.
4. Pray for the Holy Spirit’s Conviction of Sin, Righteousness and Judgment: (Read John 16:9-11.) The Holy Spirit brings conviction to people of sin, righteousness and judgment.
Concerning sin, the Holy Spirit brings an awareness to people of the sin and the spiritual darkness into which their sin has plunged their lives.
Concerning righteousness, the Holy Spirit brings a personal conviction that only through the accomplished work of Jesus Christ can a person be right with God. It is through the Spirit’s activity that people begin to understand their need to be put right with God.
Concerning judgment, the Holy Spirit brings an understanding that to continue in rebellion against God is to embrace the same kind of judgment which the prince of the world has already received.
As we intercede for people bound in spiritual darkness, our prayers should include the request for the Spirit of God to bring his conviction of sin, righteousness and judgment.
Bringing Down Strongholds
1. Focus on Jesus: First we are to focus on Jesus Christ in worship, obedience, and prayer. To let the twisting of truth, idolatry, or any sin to consume our attention is to lose our focus. No matter how great the darkness, our eyes are to be steadfastly on Jesus Christ as Lord.
2. Confession: Next we need to be honest before the Lord in confessing and turning from any idolatry, immorality or rebellion we are harboring within ourselves. This includes sins of omission. James taught, “Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins (James 4:17).” Have we been in regular prayer for the church and the world? Have we been living our life according to God’s will as revealed through scripture?
3. Pray to be Filled with God’s Spirit, Wisdom, Discernment & Love: Neither our wisdom nor arguments will bring deliverance from the stronghold of darkness revealed. Only by the power of God’s Spirit will the obstruction be removed. God’s wisdom, discernment and love are required if our labor for renewal is to result in lasting change. As you pray, ask the Lord to fill his people with his Spirit and the love, wisdom and discernment needed for effective ministry.
4. In the Light of Scripture: All spiritual activity needs to be evaluated in the light of clear Biblical teaching concerning the true nature of God and his activity in the world.
5. Persistent Intercession: We are to respond with persistent intercession for those perpetuating and those influenced by the stronghold.
God has chosen to work through the intercession of his people to bring convicting, and awareness of spiritual bondage and an urgency for finding true freedom in Christ.
When a block is discerned, we are to pray until the stronghold is removed and those in darkness are finding true spiritual liberty.
6. Resist the Demonic: Peter instructed the church: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith … (1 Peter 5:6-9).” With the praise of God, the Word of God, persistent prayer, the cleansing blood of Jesus, humbling ourselves in obedience and in the strong name of Jesus, we are to resist these spiritual forces of the evil one until they are fleeing.
Rejoicing in the Lord
Paul encouraged the church: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:4-7).”
As we pray, our intercession is to be saturated with joy and praise in the Lord. Our God is able and willing to answer.
1. Rejoice in God’s Faithfulness to Answer Prayer: (Read 2 Corinthians 18-20.) As you hear and pray according to the promises of God, of what can we be confident? Our joy in praying comes from the fact that God is faithful.
2. Rejoice in God’s Invitation: (Read Revelation 3:19-20.) How does God deal with those whom he loves? How does Jesus respond to those in the church who repent?
3. Rejoice in the Open Door: (Read Matthew 7:7-11.) As we consistently pray for open doors, what reason does this passage give us to rejoice?
4. Rejoice in our Lord’s Victory: In response to the confession of Peter, Jesus declared: “… you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven (Matthew 16:18-19).” The strongholds of Satan cannot withstand when those who are grounded on the rock of Jesus Christ move forward in obedience. Because the satanic forces have been bound through Jesus’ victory on the cross, we can take up the keys of the kingdom, step forward in his authority and unlock the forces of spiritual darkness. What are the keys of the kingdom? They represent the authority that Jesus has won to redeem people from spiritual darkness.
What do the keys of the kingdom do? They unlock the gates of hell and enable the captive to find freedom. What are the specific keys? They are the spiritual means through which Jesus administers his liberating power. One of the primary keys by which Jesus brings liberty to the captive is prayer. Whether it be an individual, a population group, or a religious body, a chief means for breaking Satan’s web of deception is prayer.
As we pray for the people and against the spiritual strongholds affecting their lives, we can rejoice even before seeing the results. Jesus has won the victory. Before the forward march of the church, the strongholds must collapse. As we persist in prayer, God will work his deliverance.
Author: Pastor Bill Dean.
PRAYER POINTS FOR REVIVAL
August 3, 2011 by prayerunlimited
SOME PRAYER POINTS FOR REVIVAL
- Repent of sins you have committed. Repent on behalf of the body of Christ and his servants.
- Ask the lord to revive you, to visit you in a new way, to pour his spirit upon you, to break harness of sin in your life and to take over your life
- Ask the lord to forgive you for disobeying his commands, first being not loving Him with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.
- Ask the lord to heal our land
- Pray for a spirit of repentance upon God’s people
- Ask the lord to send the purging fire of revival in your heart, then to the church of Jesus Christ in your area/city/nation(s)
- Labour as you pray for God’s revival fire to sweep over the land
- Pray that God will establish righteousness
- Ask the lord to uproot and burn the bad roots that produce bad fruits in our lives
- Pray for Godly leaders to be elected in public offices at every level. Ask the lord to root out those who use wicked powers to sustain themselves in power
- Ask God to remove wicked rulers
- Ask the lord to break Satan’s hold on government and that righteous rule shall be established
- Pray that God’s will shall be established in our generation
- Ask the lord to visit the ancient gates that have stood against his decrees in the land and destroy them
- Ask the lord to pour his spirit upon the young, the old and even the maid servants as per his word in Joel 2:28
- Ask God to shake every desert and wilderness facing the church
- That the gates of our cities, towns, nations etc shall be opened for the king of glory to enter. Ask the lord to repair the gates of the church by his holy spirit:
The valley gate
The gate of the fountain (representing flow of the Holy Spirit)
Sheep gate (representing apostolic ministry)
Fish gate (representing evangelism ministry)
Old gate (moves of the past)
Dung gate (deliverance ministry)
Water gate (preaching and teaching)
East gate (representing the glory of God)
- Pray that these gates shall be opened continually to receive his blessings
- Ask the lord to destroy demonic foundations laid in our villages, families, towns, cities and nations
- That the lord shall silence altars that speak against his children day and night
- For the lord to crush powers, authorities, principalities, rulers and wicked spirits in the heavenlies, earth and the sea which wage war against the church
- Pray that many shall receive Christ as lord
- Ask the lord to raise a victorious army to stand in the gap in our generation, a people who shall call upon him day and night
Call the people out for revival!
We were blind but we can see if we will open our eyes! People all around us are hell bound but they can be turned around through the power of God. The hell bound can become heaven bound.
Use your resources and positions to call the people out for revival. No matter what you do, no matter where you live, no matter who you are, use your resources and positions to call the people out for revival.
God gives us great hope; we can find joy; we can have tremendous hope of God ~ in God alone.
The life changing message of the Gospel can change the world, can transform society, will impact families one person at a time one soul at a time. Pray for revival.
We have the ministry of reconciliation and are ambassador for God. We must look for creative ways and take innovative methods to reach our communities for Christ. Pray for revival.
Jeremiah Lanphier was an example of how God can and does use one ordinary man to change his world for Jesus. Look at his life ~ his example ~ not to try to imitate him but to take courage and strength from his example.
Once encouraged by his example, look for creative ways that you can reach the world for Jesus Christ.
Prayer really does changes things. God tells us to pray. He is calling people everywhere to revival . The harvest is ripe. God tells us so in Luke 10:2. Pray for workers to go into the fields and reap the harvest. Pray for the workers. Without workers the harvest that God tells us there waiting to he harvested will die on the vine. The harvest is great. The laborers are few. Pray for the workers.
Use your resources and positions to call the people out for revival. ~ taken from a powerful message at The Alliance Conference.