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Revival Countdown - 4

 

Prayer Changes People...

 

You've heard, as I have, the saying "Prayer Changes Things".  Agreed.  But I'll go one better than that: "PRAYER CHANGES PEOPLE!' and that's what brings true revival. 

 

Revival comes when we understand the singular thread that runs through its fabric: "It's All About Him".  It's not a grasping of this concept but a total change of our mind, thoughts, heart and actions.  You see, we focus way to much on ourselves and what we want.  We focus too much on our own expectations of revival.  We should look to the past to see how God has blessed and moved in historic revivals.  But, too often, our focus is on the feelings revival brings; especially, the good feelings.  As I tried to intimate yesterday, revival begins with a contrite spirit not a "Yee-Haw" attitude. 

 

I assume we should be excited that we're going to have a revival but, in reality, revival usually begins with sorrowful rather than joyous emotions.  The feeling of victory comes but only after the tears.  A.W. Tozer, pastor and author of such Christian classics as The Pursuit of God and The Knowledge of the Holy said, "It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until He has hurt him deeply."  No one wants to be hurt deeply but it is this sacrificial path that leads to spectacular personal revival.

 

Our next step in preparing for a true, long lasting revival is prayer.  It's been said but can't be said too much: This Is The Singular Greatest Weakness Of Christians!  I am in some great company such as Charles Spurgeon, Billy Graham and others in trying to understand this spiritual phenomenon.  Why is it so hard for the children of God the Father to pray unless we are in deep distress or trouble?  We call on Abba (daddy) when we're in a pickle.  Why is it so hard to consistently honor Him with our presence at His throne?  The Bible is full of numerous passages that encourage and reprove us about prayer.  A few (without references): "Ask and it shall be given; seek and you will find; knock and it shall be opened."  "Come boldly to the throne of grace."  "You have not because you ask not."  I could go on and on.  Even with all the begging God does to bring us into His presence relationally, we don't pray.

 

Here's my commentary and it's succinct: We do not pray because we do not feel we have a need to.  This strikes at the heart of our Father and at Proverbs 3:5 when it says to "Trust in the Lord with all your heart..."  Prayer demonstrates dependence and we are not dependent on God.  Let's be honest - we live like we don't need God.  We pray like we don't need God.  The absence of time with God tells more about our dependence than our words do.  None of us would say, "I don't need God except for my salvation" but our actions speak louder than our words.  Do a little test.  If you're married, spend a day of total silence toward your spouse and see how they handle it.  All kidding aside, I guarantee you they wouldn't like it and it would put a strain on your relationship.  Do you understand that by not communicating to the Godhead through prayer puts a strain on your relationship?  He speaks to you every day through creation, His word and the Holy Spirit.  Talk back - please!  Say something.  Cry out in apologetic sorrow for the selfish and proud attitude of not praying because we lack dependence on Him.

 

Let me say this loud and clear: REVIVAL WILL NOT COME WITHOUT PRAYER and a lot of it.  We ALL must to swallow our pride and this religious rebellion.  It is essential and is a deal breaker.  Please commit to prayer NOW.  Along with me, would you promise, as God is your witness, to pray daily - especially for the revival?  Not that we would feel good but that we would allow God to do whatever it takes to stir a great revival in our hearts personally?  If we do that, it will spill over into the whole church.  If you are willing to make this commitment, do it publicly.  Comment your affirmation on this blog and let the whole world know, "I want true revival - NOW!"      

 

Published Wednesday, October 19, 2011 9:05 AM by Pastor Bill
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