Revival Prayer: Word

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Why is it that some Christians, although they hear many sermons, make but slow advances in the divine life? Because they neglect their closets, and do not thoughtfully meditate on God’s Word. They love the wheat, but they do not grind it; they would have the corn, but they will not go forth into the fields to gather it; the fruit hangs upon the tree, but they will not pluck it; the water flows at their feet, but they will not stoop to drink it. From such folly deliver us, O Lord. . . .” ― Charles H. Spurgeon

God create within us a deep hunger for Your Word. Remove our self-sufficiency and teach us your ways, your truths. Tear down our rebellious attitudes and energize an obedient spirit within us.

Oh, how I love your law! It is my meditation all day long. … How sweet are your words to my taste,  sweeter than honey to my mouth! ~ Psalm 119:97, 103

Now by this we may be sure that we know him, if we obey his commandments. 4 Whoever says, “I have come to know him,” but does not obey his commandments, is a liar, and in such a person the truth does not exist; but whoever obeys his word, truly in this person the love of God has reached perfection. By this we may be sure that we are in him: whoever says, “I abide in him,” ought to walk just as he walked. ~1 John 2:3-6

Pray for the strong desire to abide in Christ and to walk the path He lay out before us. Ask the Holy Spirit to stir the hearts of all believers to know the Word of God. How easy it is to think we’ve got enough of God’s word and we get the gist of it, so no need to really study it. Forgive us, God, when we let the dust gather on our Testaments and think we’re smart enough to make it through this life without You. Help us not to be just ‘hearers’ … but ‘doers’.

But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. ~James 1:22-24

Show us ourselves as we really are so we can see what you can make of us. Help us to handle your word with honesty and search it for wisdom. Energize our spirits through this time in the Word and revive within us a burning desire to be your servants. Numb our ears to the critics and skeptics who do not know you. Open our hearts, God, to the beauty of your word…and help us to shape our lives around your teachings.

Thanks for reading, JD

Revival Prayer: Confession

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Revival Prayer: Confession

“Children of God … ought to allow the Holy Spirit through their conscience to point out their sins one by one. Christians must accept its reproach and be willing, according to the mind of the Spirit, to eliminate everything which is contrary to God.” ~Watchman Nee

In seeking God for revival, how many have asked themselves if it is their own sin that is standing in the way? How can we give ourselves over to God fully without acknowledging our own episodes of falling short of his glory? Ask God to reveal to you the depth and the evil of your sin. Call on the Holy Spirit to move you to confess and repent of your sin. Now pray those things for all believers.

Psalm 19:12-14 But who can detect their errors?  Clear me from hidden faults. Keep back your servant also from the insolent; do not let them have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless,  and innocent of great transgression. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart  be acceptable to you,  O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

The Holy Spirit is grieved when a believer cherishes sin and does not confess and repent of it. We cherish sin when we have no intention of releasing it from our lives. We cherish sin when we obsess about it. We cherish sin when we ignore it in ourselves but condemn it in others. When we cherish sin, we build a wall between us and God.

Psalm 66:18 If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.

Ephesians 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption.

Believers must be honest about their sin and must come clean with God about these things. In our brokenness we encounter the Great Physician, who heals and revives.

Thanks for reading and praying,

John

Revival Prayer: Holiness

 

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Revival Prayer Should Consider the Holiness of God.

Holiness is the perfection of all [God’s] other attributes. His power is holy power, His mercy is holy mercy, His wisdom is holy wisdom. It is His holiness more than any other attribute that makes Him worthy of our praise. ~ Jerry Bridges

Pray that God would grant all believers a deeper understanding and awareness of His holiness. As we seek to understand that God is both transcendent (beyond us) and immanent (near us) we become aware of how insignificant we are and yet what with what significance He regards us.

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;

the whole earth is full of his glory.”

The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” ~ Isaiah 6:1-5

…As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct;  for it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” ~ 1 Peter 1:15-16

Seeking to understand the holiness of God is essential to revival. We need to understand that God is utterly holy. He does not and cannot sin. He is not tempted nor does He tempt. He always does what is right and good. Pray that all believers (including ourselves) would be gripped by the absolute holiness of God.

I Bowed On My Knees and Cried Holy.

Thanks for reading today. JD