Praying for Revival
“It is God’s will through His wonderful grace, that the prayers of His saints should be one of the great principal means of carrying on the designs of Christ’s kingdom in the world."
Jonathan Edwards, Thoughts on the Revival in New England - 1740
There’s quite a bit of talk amongst Christians about transforming cities with the gospel of Jesus. This excites me! I love that revival in our cities is at the forefront of our minds. We truly need the Spirit of God to fall on our churches in a way that causes the people of God to repent of sin, become more assured of their faith, and be sanctified more into the image of God. When this happens, the people of God turn into powerful missionaries that engage their city with passion and joy and we see many saved into the family of God.
This sounds great and we are often eager to dive in and do all of these things. However, it is also where we hit our first road block; we begin to feel tension between what we want to do vs. what we have the power to do. It’s the tension between our desires and our abilities. We want to fight for the gospel in our cities, and I'm not talking about fighting bad people. I'm talking about doing battle with man’s desire for sin and Satan's desire to ruin all things good. Right before we charge into battle for Jesus we are struck with a debilitating realization that we don't have bullets for the guns we are fighting with. Our desires do not match our abilities. We have made an impressive weapon but it is powerless without bullets.
What is the power behind our churches? Where do we get our ammunition for this battle?
The answer is profoundly simple and difficult at the same time. We must ask the God who controls everything; we must pray. God the father sovereignly controls all things (John 6:65). When left to our own strengths, we do not carry the ability to "lead someone to Christ," let alone begin a revival.
It only makes sense that if we want to see people saved, see revival, see Christians love more, then we need to go to the Father. All power comes from the Father. What does this look like?
We come humbly (Psalm 25:9)
- We approach God knowing that we are the created and He is the creator. We are asking for things that we do not completely understand, but He does.
We come with thankful hearts (Psalm 118:21)
- The reality that God saved us while we were sinners is true and good forever. We have much to be thankful for. Being a Christian means we get Jesus and that should produce a thankful heart in prayer and life.
We come looking to delight in Him more (Psalm 37:4)
- Delighting in The Lord is imperative for praying with power. God will never grant requests that are outside His nature, but when we are delighting in Him our will becomes aligned with His.
We come praying for the impossible (Matthew 19:26)
- We pray big prayers. God is all powerful and can do far more than what we can imagine. We pray big prayers for our friends to get saved and big prayers for our cities to be turned upside down by the gospel. We trust that he can do all of these things.
We need the divine power of God to take part in seeing our cities revived with the gospel of Jesus. Let us go to the Father in prayer so His power can dwell in us for His glory. Let’s not go into battle without ammunition.
“For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds." (2 Cor. 10:4)