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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.

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God Loves Desperate People Who Pray Desperate Prayers

  1. 1. Welcome to a Church About to be Revived
  2. 2. August 6, 2017 God Loves Desperate People
  3. 3. 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 ✤ 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 righteousness.
  4. 4. NOW! GodWants a GlobalWarming! In His People!
  5. 5. God Could Do it Like This Lightening Hitting a Creek
  6. 6. But He would Rather HaveThis: ✤ “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.
  7. 7. Our Constant Need ✤ All relationships need ongoing renewal. ✤ No static relationships ✤ No renewal = deteriorating relationship. ✤ God longs to renew our relationship with Him.
  8. 8. 1200 BC to 1 AD Revivals In the Bible A Short List
  9. 9. Book of Judges Revivals ✤ About 400 years of Judges ✤ At least seven revivals
  10. 10. Revival Cycle Recap ✤ God allows the sin of His people to make them desperate ✤ God’s people pray desperate prayers ✤ God answers those prayers ✤ We encounter God’s powerful love, joy and freedom!
  11. 11. Exodus Revival ✤ 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)
  12. 12. To Sinful Exiles in Babylon ✤  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.”
  13. 13. Messiah Came ✤ 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)
  14. 14. Jesus Arose! Defeating Even Death—for All of Us!
  15. 15. Pentecost Revival ✤ ‘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 visions, ✤ And your old men shall dream dreams. “ (Acts 2: 17)
  16. 16. 1857 Revival ✤ The Panic of 1857: Global Recession, global panic ✤ 30,000 jobless in NYC alone ✤ Fear of war over slavery
  17. 17. 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
  18. 18. 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”
  19. 19. Reasons NotTo Be Desperate ✤ Lack of faith: “It won't make difference. Why waste the time to pray a lot.” ✤ 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.”
  20. 20. This month and forward HowTo Fan the Flame inYou Basic Christianity—only more intense
  21. 21. ✤ 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 each morning—outloud. ✤ 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 in need. ✤ Do everything to please Him. EVREYTHING!
  22. 22. Modern Revival Examples
  23. 23. 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!
  24. 24. Out of Our Brokenness Will Come God’s “Bestest”! Let’s Pray for Revival God is Listening