God Loves Desperate People Who Pray Desperate Prayers
This is the first in a month-long series on praying for revival. We need to allow ourselves to be desperate before God in prayer if we want to pray with the intensity that God loves. He wants us hot in prayer--not lukewarm. I am too lukewarm in many things. I need revival. I hope this video convinces you that you also need a fresh touch from God.
What Is Revival?
✤ Revival refers to a spiritual reawakening from a state of dormancy or
stagnation in the life of a believer.
✤ It encompasses a fresh love for:
✤ God's holiness
✤ His Word and His church,
✤ It brings a convicting awareness of personal and corporate sin,
✤ And a spirit of humility, and a desire for repentance and growth in
God Could Do it Like This
Lightening Hitting a Creek
But He would
✤ “For this reason I remind you to
fan into ﬂame the gift of God…”
✤ “Fan into ﬂame” ana-zō-pyreō:
Bring ﬁre to a person
✤ Revival is in us in the Person of
the Holy Spirit.
✤ God is waiting for us to decide
to fan that ﬂame of God’s
Presence in each of us.
✤ All relationships need
✤ No static relationships
✤ No renewal = deteriorating
✤ God longs to renew our
relationship with Him.
1200 BC to 1 AD
Revivals In the Bible
A Short List
Book of Judges
✤ About 400 years of Judges
✤ At least seven revivals
✤ God allows the sin of His
people to make them desperate
✤ God’s people pray desperate
✤ God answers those prayers
✤ We encounter God’s powerful
love, joy and freedom!
✤ Exodus from Egypt: “I have
surely seen the afﬂiction of my
people who are in Egypt and
have heard their cry because of
their taskmasters. I know their
sufferings.’ ( Ex. 3:7)
✤ “…When they heard that the
Lord was concerned about the
sons of Israel and that He had
seen their afﬂiction, then they
bowed low and
worshiped.” (Ex. 4:29-31)
To Sinful Exiles
✤ And I will give them one
heart, and put a new spirit
within them. And I will take
the heart of stone out of their
ﬂesh and give them a heart of
ﬂesh, that they may walk in
My statutes and keep My
ordinances and do them.
✤ Then they will be My people,
and I shall be their God.”
✤ But the angel said to them, “Do
not be afraid; for behold, I
bring you good news of great
joy which will be for all the
people; for today in the city of
David there has been born for
you a Savior, who is Christ the
Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11)
Defeating Even Death—for All of Us!
✤ ‘And it shall be in the last days,’
God says, ‘That I will pour forth
of My Spirit on all mankind;
✤ And your sons and your
daughters shall prophesy,
✤ And your young men shall see
✤ And your old men shall dream
dreams. “ (Acts 2: 17)
✤ The Panic of 1857: Global
Recession, global panic
✤ 30,000 jobless in NYC alone
✤ Fear of war over slavery
Ways to Avoid Desperate Prayers
✤ Disassociation: Focus on other things:
✤ Entertainment: TV, video games, novels, adult toys,
social gatherings, hobbies, music
✤ Work: at ofﬁce or at home.
✤ Watch the news… but never pray the news
Other Reasons NotTo Be Desperate
✤ Fear of reality: “ I don’t like to think of such things.”
✤ Fear of disappointment: “What If God Doesn't help?”
✤ Hard-hearted: “ Lot’s of problems—so what?”
✤ Rebellion: “ I don't want to depend on God for help!”
✤ Pride: ”I can handle it myself”
✤ Immaturity/Narcissistic: “I’m OK. That’s all that matters”
Reasons NotTo Be Desperate
✤ Lack of faith: “It won't make difference. Why waste the time to pray a
✤ Impatience: “I prayed twice and nothing happened.”
✤ Lies: “God doesn’t listen to me. He doesn’t like me.”
✤ “I've been too bad. I don’t deserve more.”
✤ “I’ll just get disappointed and hurt more if I pray.”
✤ “I need to feel in control. Feeling desperate scares me.”
✤ “If I feel desperate for God, I won’t be able to feel happy.”
This month and forward
HowTo Fan the Flame inYou
Basic Christianity—only more intense
✤ Spend lots of time each day
with God: meditate on the
Bible, tell God how good
He is in speciﬁc ways,
enjoy being His child!
✤ Worship Him ﬁrst thing
✤ Several times a day, ask
Him to tell you what He
wants you to know. Be
quite ﬁve minutes and let
Him speak to you.
✤ Pray the scriptures
✤ Ask Him to show you sin
He wants to deal with in
you. Chose to obey Him!
✤ Confess quickly, forgive
quickly, love people even
when they hurt you
✤ Seek forgiveness from
those you have offended
✤ Give generously to those
✤ Do everything to please
Why God Came: HeWas Invited!
✤ The price of revival is fervent, insistent prayer
✤ Deep cleansing of our hearts from sin
✤ Crying out to God as if He is our only hope. He is!
✤ Believing that He will answer our cries. He will!
Out of Our Brokenness Will Come God’s “Bestest”!
Let’s Pray for Revival
God is Listening