We live in a generation that is identical to Noah’s days, and that of Lot in Sodom and Gomorrah. The only difference here is this generation has the church of Christ, and many who profess Christianity. There are great men of God who are constantly proclaiming the Word of God, yet we do not have much to show for all the work being done. We need a drastic stance to impact our ailing society. Our God sees, and He speaks.
He has laid this burden like fire on hearts blazing with His zeal. To this end His Spirit is urging us for an incessant revival and prayers just as God says in His Word:
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV)
Our nation needs healing; our leaders and indeed the entire world need help. This is our calling: to stand in the gap.
There can never be a revival without prayer, but there can be prayer without a revival. There must be a divine influence by the Spirit of prayer.
“In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” (Matthew)
In Isaiah's time, there were thousands of Jews practicing their religion, and prayer was an important part of their religious practice. However, the prophet made a striking point in his prayer:
And there is no one who calls on Your name, Who stirs himself up to take hold of You; For You have hidden Your face from us, And have consumed us because of our iniquities.
This implies that there is more to it than just prayers.
God will not rend the heavens and come down until we rend our hearts.
Arthur Wallis, in his book In the Day of Thy Power (preserved for us in the Revival Library) confirms that revival is divine intervention in the normal course of spiritual things. It is God revealing Himself to man in awful holiness and irresistible power. It is manifestation of the workings of God that human personalities have overshadowed and abandoned. It is man retiring into the background because God has taken the field. It is the Lord making bare His holy arm, and working in extraordinary power on both saint and sinner.
Revival comes from heaven when heroic souls enter the conflict determined to win or die--or if need
be, to win and die! "The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by
- Charles Finney
Are we possessed by the Spirit of prayer for the coming awakening to the point of death?
“Give me Scotland or I die” was the prayer of John Knox.
- Connect and work with existing prayer movements for a more forceful impact.
- Share the vision of the promised revival and awakening with churches to kindle faith, hope, and a passion for Christ.
- Work in concert with pastors to raise an army of fearless intercessors who will engage in fervent, Holy Spirit-empowered intercession until the kingdom is fully manifested as intended by Jesus Christ.
The Prophetic call:
“Awake [from your intoxication], you drunkards, and weep; Wail, all you drinkers of wine, Because of the [fresh] sweet wine That is cut off from your mouth” (Joel 1:6 AMP).
“Wail like a virgin [bride] clothed with sackcloth. For the bridegroom of her youth [who has died]” (Joel 1:8 AMP).
“Clothe yourselves with sackcloth And lament (cry out in grief), O priests; Wail, O ministers of the altar! Come, spend the night in sackcloth [and pray without ceasing], O ministers of my God, For the grain offering and the drink offering Are withheld from the house of your God” 1:13 AMP).
“‘Even now,’ says the Lord, ‘Turn and come to Me with all your heart [in genuine repentance], With fasting and weeping and mourning [until every barrier is removed and the broken fellowship is restored]; Rip your heart to pieces [in sorrow and contrition] and not your garments.’ Now return [in repentance] to the Lord your God, For He is gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger, abounding in loving kindness [faithful to His covenant with His people]; And He relents [His sentence of] evil [when His people genuinely repent]” (Joel 2:12-13 AMP).
"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled." Matthew 5:6, NKJ
"The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the LORD will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs." Isaiah 41:17-18, NKJ
"… Revive us, and we will call upon Your name. Restore us, O LORD God of hosts; Cause Your face to shine, And we shall be saved!" Psalms 80:18-19, NKJ
"Come, and let us return to the LORD; For He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. After two days He will revive us; On the third day He will raise us up, That we may live in His sight. Let us know, Let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD. His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, Like the latter and former rain to the earth." Hosea 6:1-3, NKJ
"It shall come about after this That I shall pour out My Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and your daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams, Your young men will see visions. Even on the male and female servants I will pour out My Spirit in those days." Joel 2:28, NKJ