Who’s preaching salvation (these days)? We’re preaching forgiveness ~ Leonard Ravenhill
When is the last time you prayed for the lost world around you? We’ve been angered, bewildered, polarized and perplexed by them, but not moved to prayer. Why are the unredeemed people around us acting like they don’t care about God? Well, because they don’t. And we haven’t been praying for them to come to know God. Ravenhill has a point – we want them to have a better, easier life but they can never have that until they appeal to the Almighty to save them from themselves. If we want the world to know Christ we need to be praying for this to come about.
Prayer empowers the disciple who is spreading the news of Christ. Prayer can bring about a breakthrough for the person seeking to know Christ. We pray to the One who has all authority to answer that prayer.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
He has given us the instruction to “GO” … “Teach” … “Baptize”. He has promised to be with us. All that’s missing is our own lack of holy fire … I seldom see agony that the world is lost. Do we even believe the world is lost any longer?
For all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil. 2 Corinthians 5:10
Prayers for revival have to include prayers for the lost to come to know the salvation of Christ. Notice the passionate self-sacrifice offered by Apostle Paul:
I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience confirms it by the Holy Spirit— I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my own people, my kindred according to the flesh. Romans 9:1-3
Ask God to stoke the fires of revival in your heart … ask specifically for a burden to pray and reach out to the lost. Share the Gospel both in words and by actions in your life. If every Christian prayed every day for every lost person … what an amazing revival would break out in our world.
O God! Holy God! How many of us preachers see hell’s mouth enlarged to swallow the blind and rebellious millions who at this moment are laughing their way to perdition? God anoint our sightless eyes! ~ Leonard Ravenhill, Revival God’s Way.
Here’s one church’s celebration of people saying ‘yes’ to Christ in baptism!