Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for the vision You have for the United States and the nations of the world. Thank You for awakening the hearts of Your people. We sing praises to You for the spiritual awakening that is beginning to take shape. Keep Your hand firmly placed upon our country and heal our land completely in the years ahead. Turn things around in our cities and let Your chosen ones be elected to office during the upcoming elections. Let America be a holy nation, a chosen generation of people who will proclaim the praises of Your goodness, and live as light-bearers in a dark world. We know that it is You alone who can bring change and we trust You to carry our nation out of the darkness and into Your marvelous light. We pray in Christ’s name. Amen.
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for Your unfailing love, for the way You continually pour out Your mercy and grace. Thank You for what You are doing in the body of Christ. Oh how beautiful it is. I feel it in my spirit: REVIVAL is about to break out in a huge way in the body of believers here in America. Keep pouring Your Spirit into the hearts of countless people. We (the body of Christ) want more of You. We want You to work in and through us in unimaginable ways. We want thousands upon thousands to be saved in our cities due to the massive outpouring of Your Spirit. We are waiting for You with great expectation to do mighty things in our nation and in our world. I have visions of people falling at Your feet, weeping in repentance, craving Your love, wanting more of Your Holy Spirit. Please show the world who You are. Show every hurting person Your radical love. Speak to the hearts of all the people who call You, “LORD.” Let every believer know You deeply and intimately. Raise us up to be the church You want for us to be. Please make us ready for Christ’s return, without a blemish or stain. Let us be a church who loves You wholeheartedly and loves each other perfectly. Let each follower of You be so focused on You that we would not look to each other, but only to You. Let Your perfect unity and love rule in the hearts of all Your followers. We are ready to see You do great and marvelous things in our cities. We love You with all our strength and we pray in Christ’s name. Amen.
May God revive your heart and awaken your soul fully with His Holy Spirit in the days ahead.
by James Mason (Spring, Texas)
All my life, I have faced fierce battles spiritual in nature, horrible in the flesh.
From as young a 3, I remember my mother being beaten unconscious, my siblings beaten and abused, horrible drugs used around me, sexual molestations, rape, overdoses, evil actions by others, death, homosexual assaults until at the age of 16, I had the strength to use a weapon and stop my stepfather from further assaults on us.
I did not kill him, I stopped him and we packed and left forever. Life dealt me some serous cards that lead to confusion, anger, drugs and eventually an attempt to stop my life.
I am a sane individual yet my heart is in pain. I pounded my fist on the carpet and screamed “god if you are real, then save me….please I beg.”
He did. Life changed rapidly. I married, had children, great job, life was good. I tried to be faithful, not without stumbling but knew in the back of my mind I would always protect my family.
In 2007, my wife of 20 years left, filed for divorce, and divorced me in 91 days. My kids scattered , one to college, one to marriage without my invitation, and one lived with me at home. December 4th 2011, I breathed his last breath into his body as he lay dying in my home. He died of a drug overdose. I preached to him constantly, I took him to counseling, I prayed for him. yet he died in my arms. 17 years old.
Today I sat in my room and stared out the window. No feelings, no thoughts, no passion. I want to get going and move on but I cannot find the energy or the focus. I asked god why… I asked god for what purpose was my life on this earth and through all the pain. I asked god why did he not hear my prayers to protect my family, to remove sin from my life, to guide me, to hear me, to simply help me with the simple prayers. All is gone and now I hear ticking of the clock. For what purpose do I live…
I do not know what to pray for. I know what I want to pray for but everything seems too late. For what purpose? I ask. My heart is in pain. I feel every beat. Please pray for me.
A Prayer for Spiritual Revival and Awakening
Our walls are broken down. We groan under the weight of dozens of overwhelming problems like the economy, two wars, the breakdown of the family, fatherlessness, the virtual collapse of marriage, addiction to pornography, sexual sins of every persuasion, rampant greed, over 50 million abortions since 1973, poverty, unemployment, and unsustainable federal deficits.
Human solutions have failed. Things are getting worse not better. Most of us know the only solution is the supernatural intervention of our sovereign God. But how does that happen? The starting point is to cry out to God in humble repentant prayer. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will answer their prayer and will heal their land.” Notice that repentance precedes revival.
Will you join me in prayer for national repentance and revival? Here is a prayer you can pray, or you can pray in your own words:
Our Dearest Father,
Our walls are broken down. We have been doing what seems right in our own eyes. We have exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and the glory of God for idols. We have become worldly Christians. We have been seeking the God we want and not the God who is, and we are sorry. I am sorry.
Lord, we groan beneath the weight of overwhelming problems — problems too big for human ingenuity — problems that are destroying us. We have sinned against you. We have sinned against each other. We are pierced and grieved by our sins and transgressions.
We cry out to you, O God. We come to you in the spirit of 2 Chronicles 7:14. Have mercy upon us. Have mercy upon us, O Lord. Hear our plea. We seek your face. Forgive our sins. We turn from our wicked ways. Put a new heart in us. Heal our land. Deliver us from destruction. Send the fresh wind of your Holy Spirit upon us. Bring glory to yourself by reviving your people, O Lord. Awaken those who do not yet belong to you, Sovereign Lord, by turning their hearts toward Jesus. Amen.
What might God do if millions of us began to pour out our hearts to him in humble repentant prayer for deliverance?
Let’s pass this prayer around. Here are a few suggestions:
- Check out/join facebook group: “REVIVAL – Let’s see who on facebook is/will pray for revival & awakening”
- Use as a congregational prayer
- Print and pray regularly
- Copy and email this prayer to your list
Yours for changed lives,
Patrick Morley, Ph.D.
“All the true revivals have been born in prayer. When God’s people become so concerned about the state of religion that they lie on their faces day and night in earnest supplication, the blessing will be sure to fall.” E. M. Bounds
Many of us pray that God will send a revival among us. We intercede not only for ourselves, but for those around us, asking God to move in powerful ways. But what does revival actually look like and how should we pray?
My husband and I had the wonderful privilege of living in Wales for more than a year. A great revival swept through the land in 1904, making an impact on the nation—and the world—in a short span of time. We had the added blessing of visiting Moriah Chapel, the tiny church building where the Welsh revival broke forth. I was amazed at how insignificant in appearance the building is. Yet the power of God spread around the world from that humble place. Believers in Wales are praying for another mighty revival to touch their land, and we have been inspired to think, study, and pray much for revival since that time.
The topic of revival brings great interest to most of us because we long for God to sweep through our country. But we must realize that it is costly, and each of us must be willing to pay the price to prepare for it.
Behind the concept of revival is the Hebrew word chayah, which means “to live.” In Strong’s Concordance, the word is translated “make alive, nourish up, preserve, quicken, recover, repair, restore, save, keep alive and make whole.” Who among us does not desire that the Church be quickened, made whole, preserved and kept alive? We must pray with heartfelt passion for this to happen. And it will. When the Church is revived, she will be stronger and mightier against the powers of darkness. She will be a brighter light in this dark world. She will be victorious and attract the lost.
When revival hit Wales, the whole community was shaken by the power of God. Crowds would go to the prayer meetings at 6:00 A.M. Because the Holy Spirit affected many people, the entire community was soon turned into a praying multitude. Evan Roberts, the young man greatly used in the Welsh Revival, would speak of four tenets or keys to walking in revival. These are helpful as we seek for personal and corporate revival in our own lives:
- The past must be made clear by sin being confessed to God and every wrong to man put right.
- Every doubtful thing in the life must be put away.
- There must be prompt obedience to the Holy Spirit.
- There must be public confession of Christ.
We live in serious times. We need to cry out fervently to God, asking Him to revive His Church worldwide. We need to be in intensive prayer, asking God to move in our cities and nations. Studying the characteristics of revival will help us prepare both personally and corporately for a great move of God in His Church. Understanding the deep need to prepare our own hearts for revival and learning how to cooperate with God as He pours into the earth will keep us from hindering the move of God as it comes. The key phrase of the Welsh revival in 1904 was, “Bend the Church and save the world.”
The Human Characteristics of Revival
- Spiritual preparation – Unity and prayer are two key elements needed for revival. We must pay this price of spiritual preparation. Revival will not come without a hunger and thirst after God that brings intense prayer. There must be a longing for His glory. We cannot be indifferent or apathetic but must rend our hearts with the cries that are born by the yearnings in God’s heart. Forty days after Jesus ascended to heaven, His followers obediently prepared for spiritual revival: “They all joined together constantly in prayer” (Acts 1:14).
“Our essential trouble is that we are content with a very superficial and preliminary knowledge of God… we spend our lives in busy activism… The inevitable and constant preliminary to revival has always been a thirst for God, a thirst, a living thirst for a knowledge of the living God and a longing and a burning desire to see Him acting, manifesting Himself and His power, rising and scattering His enemies.” Martin Lloyd-Jones
- Conviction of sin – In true revival, people are seized with an overwhelming conviction of sin. Even the smallest sin seems big. Sin is not taken lightly, and God deals with both the saved and the lost. Revival is intensely personal; God convicts you of personal sin, and your soul is in the agonizing grip of a holy God. There is an encounter with God’s convicting power. “They were cut to the heart” (Acts 2:37).
“The assembly appeared bowed with an awful conviction of their sin and danger. There was such a breathing of distress and weeping that the preacher was obliged to speak to the people and desire silence that he might be heard. Many of the hearers were seen unconsciously holding themselves up against the pillars and the sides of the pews as though they already felt themselves sliding into the pit.” Wallis
- God-consciousness – In revival, there is a consciousness of God, an awareness of His holiness and power. On the day of Pentecost, “everyone was filled with awe” (Acts 2:43). People caught up in revival know without a doubt that God is there. They feel a divine magnetism toward His presence.
“There was nothing humanly speaking, to account for what happened. Quite suddenly, upon one and another came an overwhelming sense of the reality and awfulness of His Presence and of eternal things. Life, death and eternity seemed suddenly laid bare.” Winkie Pratney
May God prepare each one of us personally to pay the price for revival—the price of fervent prayer and allowing Him to work deeply in our lives. Let us ask Him to make us conscious of His Presence and learn to abide in Him moment by moment. Pray that He will convict us of even the smallest sin in our life. Press on in prayer and fasting for revival in the nations. A worldwide end-times revival is going to be a glorious thing, but it will be costly.
We lived on a book exhibition ship for years. In some countries, thousands of visitors came on board daily. Long hours of hard work consumed our full attention. Are we ready for the demands of revival? God must prepare us, His Church, personally and corporately for the self-sacrifice that revival entails. May we not draw back but prepare to lay hold of this glorious end-time outpouring of God with all our hearts as the radiant Bride of Christ who is willing to sacrifice all so that people might be saved.
“Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you! As when fire sets twigs ablaze and causes water to boil, come down to make your name known to your enemies and cause the nations to quake before you” – (Isaiah 64:1-2).
Together in the Harvest,
Intercessors Arise International
International House of Prayer (IHOP) KC Staff