On August 13, I asked our church to accept a challenge with me. We have been calling our challenge, “This One Thing.” This is a call to prayer. Jesus said, “My house shall be a House of Prayer.” It’s the one thing to call the meeting house of God. The disciples asked, “Jesus, teach us to pray.” It’s the one thing the disciples asked Jesus to teach them.
On that Sunday, August 13, I asked our church to take three action steps with me. First, we would agree to pray about “one thing” each week. I also challenged us to adopt a prayer activity of our own.
The other challenge was to prioritize October 8-11 for four days of Prayer Revival. We began last night. Our crowd was great. There is a hunger among many to see revival.
Yesterday morning, I shared four principles regarding praying for revival. These principles have as their foundation a prayer by Isaiah and God’s response as recorded in Isaiah 63-65. I encourage you to read that entire text.
There you will see the four principles for praying for revival.
Recognize the desperation of our situation.
Notice especially the last two verses of Isaiah 63. We might also ask ourselves, “If we are not desperate now, what will cause us to be desperate?
Recognize the definition of revival.
We cannot pray for that which we cannot identify. According to Isaiah 64:1-4, I offer this simple definition of revival.
Revival is God coming down!
Recognize the demand for revival.
Here is the hard truth:
We will never experience revival until there is repentance.
Reevaluate the desire for revival.
Leonard Ravenhill, author of Why Revival Tarries, said, “The only reason that we don’t experience revival is because we are willing to live without it.”
We would love to have you tonight (Monday) through Wednesday for our Prayer Revival. We will begin at 6:30 p.m. We are located at 1100 Lee Avenue in Downtown Lafayette.
(This post is based on the message “Be the Change in a Changing World” which you can watch at fbclaf.org/video)