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Ps 85:6 Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?
Luke 18: 8b …nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
Today we are living at a time when there are myriad problems in the church, the nation and the nations of the earth. The church that is supposed to be the salt of the world has become saltless and has been engrossed in the ways of the world. Idolatry, immorality, sexual pervasion, grand corruption in political spheres, nepotism, tribalism, racism, crime, pleasure- worship, crime, worship of mammon and many other evils are the order of the day. We need God in our times. The answer lies with the church. God’s people must return to him in humility and turn away from wickedness. We need God to bend us to save the World, and what great joy this will bring. Desire to be revived. Seek God to revive you, the church, your city, your nation and the nations of the earth. Let us hate sin and thirst for this move of God. Seek it, even if it tarries, it will come. I came across the article below by Sarah Foulkes Moore from Herald of His Coming. I believe her article will charge you to seek the Lord. You can always get such inspiring articles from http://www.heraldofhiscoming.com.
“It was in 1904. All Wales was aflame. The nation had drifted far from God. The spiritual conditions were low indeed. Church attendance was poor, and sin abounded on every side,” writes Oswald J. Smith.
“Suddenly, like an unexpected tornado, the Spirit of God swept over the land. The churches were crowded. Multitudes were unable to get in. The meetings ran day and night. Evan Roberts was the human instrument God was using. Singing, testimony and prayer were the chief features. Nothing had ever come over Wales with such far-reaching results. Infidels were converted, drunkards, thieves and gamblers saved, and thousands reclaimed to respectability. Confessions of awful sins were heard on every side. Old debts were paid. The theater had to close for want of patronage. In five weeks 20,000 conversions were recorded.”
A correspondent of an English paper writing of the revival says: “If I had been asked a month ago whether a revival was probable in Wales, I should have answered, ‘No.’ It seemed to me that higher criticism had wrecked the ordinary machinery of revival and nothing could be done to disturb the prevailing apathy.”
The Fire of God Breaking Out
Years before, God had breathed in the heart of a collier lad in the coal mines of Loughor, a prayer for a spiritual awakening. For thirteen unwearying, unflagging years Evan Roberts prayed and pleaded for the Spirit’s outpouring, alone and with others, until his petitions became a consuming flame. Then it was the fire of God broke out at Loughor and spread like a blazing prairie fire the world around. The revival began among Christians confessing to their lack of assurance of salvation, powerlessness, etc. In one week seventy Christians sought the Lord for the removal of hindrances in their Christian life and made a full surrender of themselves to Christ.
After this the fire of the Holy Ghost fell upon the meetings. The congregations grew until places of worship were unable to accommodate all who wanted to attend. Thousands were eager to testify to what the Lord had done for them. The revival for which Evan Roberts and others had prayed for years, had come!
Papers reporting the awakening wrote, “The whole district is in the grip of an extraordinary spiritual awakening which shows no signs of relaxing.”
Day and night the meetings went on. From the lips of the humblest and lowliest poured forth passionate appeals in prayer which quickened the whole being. Men and women rose more than one at a time and prayed with a fervor which was inspired. Everywhere the Spirit of the Lord was felt – in the street, in the stores, in the trains….
Visitors came from far and near and the prayer meetings were attended by crowds. Prizefighters and the most besotted of drunkards were lifted from the depths of degradation and their hearts set aflame with the Savior’s love of souls.
Seth Joshua relates that many years before the revival broke out in Evan Roberts’ meetings, that he had it laid on his heart to ask the Lord definitely to take a lad from the coal mines or from the field even as He took Elisha, to revive His work in Wales. He asked the Lord to raise up an instrument whereby human pride might be humbled – not one from Cambridge, lest it minister to people’s pride, nor one from Oxford lest it feed the intellectuals in the church….
Under the constraint of the Holy Spirit, people thronged to hear the Spirit-baptized young miner. Churches were filled all hours of the day. “Ye are My witnesses,” was the burden of the message as in the days of Pentecost. Prayer, testimony and singing would sweep over the congregation in torrents and hundreds of souls would surrender to God, the congregations bursting into joyous thanksgiving and hymns of gladness. The Holy Spirit bore witness by “signs and wonders” wrought amongst the thronging multitudes. Indescribable scenes took place.
At certain times in the services Evan Roberts would “test” the meeting and give four definite steps necessary to full salvation:
1. The past must be made clear by sin being confessed to God, and everything wrong to man put right.
2. Every doubtful thing in the life must be put away.
3. There must be prompt and implicit obedience to the Holy Spirit.
4. There must be public confession of Christ.
Bend the Church, Save the World!
The burden of Evan Roberts was for the church. His cry was, “Bend the church and save the world!” In the Welsh, the word “bend” conveys the meaning of submission to God and removing resistance to His will. Roberts’ one aim was to get Christians right with God so that the Spirit might come with converting power upon the unsaved.
CALVARY was his theme. He would break down in heart-anguish when he spoke of Calvary. “You would not be cold toward God,” he would sob, “if you come to Calvary.”
Many prayers were simply thanksgiving to God for Calvary. The hymns rang with Calvary, one of the favorites being, “The Mount of Calvary,” an exultant song of triumph, recording Christ’s victory over death and hell at the Cross. Souls were sung to Christ, and exulted over in song when won. The spirit of joy and gladness filled all hearts as thousands rejoiced in the salvation wrought by Calvary’s Lamb.
The world bore testimony to the practical, ethical and spiritual fruit of the revival. Students were known to return their medals because unfairly won. The post office’s supply of money order blanks was exhausted as people sought to pay their debts and make restitution. People such as harlots and gamblers – rarely touched by ordinary means – were won to Christ. Magistrates were presented with “white gloves” because there were no court cases. Saloons and theaters closed. Oaths were not heard. Shops were sold out of Bibles and Testaments. Bible reading became the order of the day. Prayer meetings were held in the mines underground, in trains and in all kinds of places.
Far and wide the influence spread. Heads of industry bore witness that the amount of work turned out by their men since the revival began, had been greater than they had known for years. Members of Parliament, busy attending revival services, postponed their political meetings. Theatrical companies coming into the district, found no audiences. It seemed to some that “All the world was praying!” Football teams disbanded because their members became converted and Christ became the only attraction. Young and old put away “drink” and temperance workers saw the Spirit of God accomplish more in three months than they had accomplished in forty years.
A tidal wave of revival rolled over the cities of Wales. Two months after the revival broke, 70,000 names of converts were recorded. Visitors flocked from all parts of the world to see God breaking forth on the sons of men.

O LORD, PLEASE REVIVE US

O LORD, PLEASE REVIVE US

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Would you wish to experience and maintain a personal revival? I know every Christian would wish to have such. Bill Bright in The Coming Revival: America’s Call to Fast, Pray, and “Seek God’s Face” suggests the following
1. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any unconfessed sin in your life.
2. Seek forgiveness from all whom you have offended, and forgive all who have hurt you. Make restitution where God leads.
3. Examine your motives in every word and deed. Ask the Lord to search and cleanse your heart daily.
4. Ask the Holy Spirit to guard your walk against complacency and mediocrity.
5. Praise and give thanks to God continually and in all ways on all days, regardless of the circumstances.
6. Refuse to obey your carnal (worldly) nature (Galatians 5:16,17).
7. Surrender your life to Jesus Christ as your savior and Lord. Develop utter dependence on Him with total submission and humility.
8. Study the attributes of God.
9. Hunger and thirst after righteousness (Matthew 5:6).
10. Love God with all of your heart, soul and mind (Deut 6:5).
11. Appropriate the continual fullness and control of the Holy Spirit by faith on the basis of God’s command (Eph 5:18) and promise (1 John 5:14,15).
12. Read, study, meditate on, and memorize God’s holy, inspired, inerrant Word daily (Colossians 3:16)
13. Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
14. Fast and pray one 24-hour period each week. Fasting reduces the power of self so that the Holy Spirit can do a more intense work within us. Fasting brings yieldedness, even a holy brokenness, resulting in inner calm and self-control. It renews spiritual vision and inspires determination to follow God’s revealed plan for your life.
15. Seek to share Christ daily as a way of life.
16. Determine to live a holy, godly life of obedience and faith.
17. Start or join a home or church Bible study group that emphasizes revival and a holy life.

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Lord, revive us again

Ps 80

  • Hear us, O Shepherd of Israel. You who lead Joseph as a flock, you who are enthroned between the cherubim, shine forth before us our God and Saviour v.1
  • Awaken your might, come and save us v.2
  • Restore us, O God; make your face shine upon us, that we may be saved v.3
  • Forgive us our iniquities, come and save us, and have mercy on us
  • Return to us, O God almighty! Look down from heaven and see. Watch over this vine v.14
  • The root your right hand has planted, the son (people) you have raised up for yourself v.15
  • Establish our walls, repair our broken walls v.12
  • Cause us not to turn away from you. Revive us, and we will call upon your name v.18
  • Restore justice, love, mercy, grace, compassion, and a hunger and thirst for you in me and in your people
  • Restore us, o Lord God almighty; make your face shine upon us. That we may be saved v.19
  • We wait on you LORD

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God has called us to be kings and priests (Rev 5:10). Kings to rule with him and priests to offer prayers and sacrifices to him on behalf of others. Jesus is the high priest in the order of Melchizedek (Heb 7:17), interceding for us forever. For He lives to make intercession forever. The holy of holies was the place where the high priest used to get into to make sacrifices on behalf of people. God’s presence reigned therein. The presence of God is filled with his glory and power Amen. Yet God has called us to walk in this presence. Moses knew a lot about God’s presence. He would not dare leave without  God’s presence. His presence would always bring a distinction between God’s people and the rest.  He asks “How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all other people on the face on earth?”Ex 33:16. You and I need this presence, but like Moses we need to ask God to let his presence dwell in us. Ask God for his presence today, and you will start getting victory in areas you have been struggling in.

  • Holy father in Jesus name I come to you
  •  wash me, cleanse and purify me.
  • Draw me to your presence in Jesus name.
  • May your presence make me whole: body, soul and spirit.
  • Let me walk, talk, teach and be taught, preach, give, drink, eat and live in your presence.
  • Let your presence bring a difference in me
  • Anoint me in your presence today
  • Renew me, strengthen me revive me and restore me in your presence
  • Fight for me in your presence and deliver me o Lord
  • Breath a fresh in me in your presence in Jesus name
  • Let me hunger and thirst in your presence and let me be satisfied
  • I worship you, I love you, I honour you
  • May your presence guard my spouse, children and family in Jesus name
  • May your presence cover your servants
  • Release your glory in your presence
  • Let your presence melt away any veil, chaff, mark, evil stronghold, or darkness that might be covering me
  • Let me get divine direction, divine wisdom and divine revelation in your presence
  • May your presence in me make me to reach out to your people in love and help.
  • Thank you Holy Father. I will never be the same again.
  • I love you and always will.

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Let us hold fast and pray through. Let’s pray for a revival in our days. The Bible says: “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh ….” Acts 2:17. If Peter declares those to have been the last days, then we are living in the last hours. We need to pray for a revival. What followed the out pouring?

  • Supernatural boldness and power – You will become bold. People will see the difference
  • Amazement – And they were all amazed (Acts2:12). God comes in such a way that everyone gets amazed
  • Conviction of sin – Men asked “what shall we do? (Acts 2:37)
  • These were Holy Spirit conversions – Conviction is not conversion, but it leads to conversions. We shall experience the saving power of God through his pouring of the Holy Spirit

Join me as we ask the Lord to revive us. Let us cry

@ O Lord, revive me

@ Revive your church and your people in our times

@ Let your revival fires blaze in our families, across our community, cities, nations and the earth

@ Let you glory fall in our times as you soak us in your presence and power

@ May your fire lead us to a prophetic prayer revival, a birth of a people who will seek you in truth and in the spirit

@ May many see you Jesus, King of kings and Lord of lords exalted on high, in Jeus name

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Lord, make me a channel of thy peace,

That where there is hatred I may bring peace;

That where there is wrong I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;

That where there is discord I may bring harmony;

That where there is error I may bring truth;

That where there is doubt I may bring faith;

That where there is despair I may bring hope;

And where there are shadows I may bring Thy light;

That where there is sadness I may bring joy;

Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted,

To understand than to be understood,

To love than to be loved;

For if it is by giving that one receives,

It is by self-forgetting  that one finds,

It is by forgiving that one is forgiven,

It is by dying to self, and believing on Jesus, that one awakens to eternal life.

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Stir Me, O Lord!

Stir me, O stir me, Lord, I care not how;
But stir my heart in passion for the world:
Stir me to give, to go, but most to pray;
Stir, till the blood-red banner be unfurled
O’er lands that still in heathen darkness lie,
O’er deserts where no cross is lifted high.

Stir me, O stir me, Lord, till all my heart
Is filled with strong compassion for these souls,
Till Thy compelling “must” drives me to prayer;
Till Thy constraining love reach to the poles,
Far North and South, in burning deep desire;
Till East and West are caught in love’s great fire.

Stir me, O Lord! Thy heart was stirred
By love’s intensest fire, till Thou did’st give
Thine only Son, Thy best-loved One,
E’en to the dreadful Cross that I might live;
Stir me to give myself so back to Thee
That Thou can’st give Thyself again through me.

Stir me, O stir me, Lord; for I can see
Thy glorious triumph day begin to break;
The dawn already gilds the Eastern sky!
O Church of Christ, awake! Awake!
O stir us, Lord, as heralds of that day!
The night is past, our King is on His way!

– Author Unknown

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HOW TO EXPIRIENCE AND MAINTAIN PERSONAL REVIVAL

  • Ask the holy spirit to reveal any unconfessed sin in your life
  • Seek forgiveness from all whom you have offended, and forgive all who have hurt you. Make restitution where God leads
  • Examine your motives in every word and deed. Ask the lord to search and cleanse your heart daily
  • Ask the holy spirit to guard your walk against complacency and mediocrity
  • Praise and give thanks to God continually in all ways on all days, regardless of your circumstances
  • Refuse to obey your carnal(worldly) nature
  • Surrender your life to Jesus Christ as your Saviour and Lord. Develop utter dependence on Him with total submission and humility
  • Study the attributes of God
  •  Hunger and thirst after righteousness
  • Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. (Deut 6:5)
  • Allow the continuous fullness and control of the Holy Spirit in your life
  • Read, study, meditate on and memorize God’s word (Col 3:16)
  • Pray without ceasing (1 Thes 5:17)
  • Fast and pray at least once per week
  • Seek to share Christ daily as a way of life
  • Determine to live a holy, Godly life of obedience and faith
  • Join a home or bible study group, and pray for revival

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SOME PRAYER POINTS FOR REVIVAL

  • Repent of sins you have committed. Repent on behalf of the body of Christ and his servants.
  • Ask the lord to revive you, to visit you in a new way, to pour his spirit upon you, to break harness of sin in your life and to take over your life
  • Ask the lord to forgive you for disobeying his commands, first being not loving Him with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.
  • Ask the lord to heal our land
  • Pray for a spirit of repentance upon God’s people
  • Ask the lord to send the purging fire of revival in your heart, then to the church of Jesus Christ in your area/city/nation(s)
  • Labour as you pray for God’s revival fire to sweep over the land
  • Pray that God will establish righteousness
  • Ask the lord to uproot and burn the bad roots that produce bad fruits in our lives
  • Pray for Godly leaders to be elected in public offices at every level. Ask the lord to root out those who use wicked powers to sustain themselves in power
  • Ask God to remove wicked rulers
  • Ask the lord to break Satan’s hold on government and that righteous rule shall be established
  • Pray that God’s will shall be established in our generation
  • Ask the lord to visit the ancient gates that have stood against his decrees in the land and destroy them
  • Ask the lord to pour his spirit upon the young, the old and even the maid servants as per his word in Joel 2:28
  • Ask God to shake every desert and wilderness facing the church
  • That the gates of our cities, towns, nations etc shall be opened for the king of glory to enter. Ask the lord to repair the gates of the church by his holy spirit:

The valley gate

The gate of the fountain (representing flow of the Holy Spirit)

Sheep gate (representing apostolic ministry)

Fish gate (representing evangelism ministry)

Old gate (moves of the past)

Dung gate (deliverance ministry)

Water gate (preaching and teaching)

East gate (representing the glory of God)

  • Pray that these gates shall be opened continually to receive his blessings
  • Ask the lord to destroy demonic foundations laid in our villages, families, towns, cities and nations
  • That the lord shall silence altars that speak against his children day and night
  • For the lord to crush powers, authorities, principalities, rulers and wicked spirits in the heavenlies, earth and the sea which wage war against the church
  • Pray that many shall receive Christ as lord
  • Ask the lord to raise a victorious army to stand in the gap in our generation, a people who shall call upon him day and night

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PRAYING FOR REVIVAL

PRAYING FOR REVIVAL

A revival is a sovereign act of God when he visits his people in a divine way. It is characterized by people humbly seeking the lord, forgiving and stepping beyond their comfort zones so as to be used by God as agents of change in their generation. When revival fires start to fall, preaching becomes fearless, the presence of the Holy Spirit becomes powerful, bring strong convictions of sin, mass repentance and healing.

History reveals that true revival leaps beyond the walls of the church to transform the society. During the Welsh revival for example, for a time, crime disappeared. There were no rapes, no robberies, no murders, no burglaries, no embezzlements, and so the judges had no cases to try. It is reported that the District Consuls held emergency meetings to discuss what to do with the police, now that they were unemployed.

We need God to visit us again in our day. We need God to reverse the moral decadence in our society and our generation. Crime, abortion, divorce, suicide, drug addiction, alcoholism, teen pregnancy, lust, pornography, fornication, sodomy and adultery are rampant in our generation. The church is asleep. It is majorly characterized by wealth and greed. We have forsaken the first love (Rev 2:4-5). The love of many has waxed cold. The church is neither cold nor hot. Jesus said “I am about to spit you out of my mouth” Rev 3:16. Why? Because we are tasteless and repugnant.

Many think that all is well. Many have been consumed by greed and desire for titles and recognition. “You say , ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing’. But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked” Rev 3:15-17.

We surely need God to visit us once again. We would wish to see God honoured in our nation, not being put in the same category with other gods. Only a visitation of the lord will transform our land. We need healing. We need God to visit idols exalted in our nation and crush them.  We need God to destroy corruption, tribalism, nepotism, racism, impunity and injustice in our land.

Only God can bring a change and transformation upon our young generation, which the devil wants to destroy completely. We need God to visit our institutions and transform them by his power. We need healing in our land today, and only God can do it. God told Solomon

“if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chr 7:14

The answer is not going to come from politicians, or academicians, or cleverly crafted constitution. We can’t turn to our courts. We already know how corrupt they are. Many of their decision already are leading the nation away from the traditional biblical values, bringing curses upon us. Or shall we turn to education? We know that Germany and Japan are the most literate nations in the world, but they were the ones largely responsible for world war 2. Our education system has taken God out of our text books. It teaches evolution and denies the biblical view of creation. There is also moral relativism which is destroying our youth. We can’t either turn to the government which becoming increasingly corrupt. We hear of scandals after scandals. Our business and professional people will be of no help. A hand shake, a promise or a pledge means very little anymore. They are depicted as greedy who are out to rip us off. The media on its part has adopted sensationalism, instead of solid, responsible reporting. It is a tool for the affluent and the politician. The church is also part of the problem. It is also becoming as competitive as the political world. Ministers have been caught in sexual sins, divorce courts, and flamboyant attires, not to mention great mansions and sleek cars at the expense of the congregation do these people really love you or your wallets?

The answer is with “my people”, that is, the believers. If we shall call upon the name of the lord, he will move his hand and use the people who are in charge of given institutions to effect the changes we need. We have an option to sit down and watch as things move from bad to worse, or encourage ourselves and seek the lord.

We need to seek the lord in humility, we need to repent of sins we have committed, sins of omissions and commission. We need to be grieved by sin. We need to deeply repent on behalf of our people. We should be ready to turn from the evils we have been committing. It is only after doing so that we can move the eyes of the lord to us, and make God’s ears be attentive to our cry. He who made the hearing ear will hear, he who has made the seeing eye will see (Ps 94:9). We need times of refreshing to come upon us. We should seek God to quench the desire for sin in our generation. You need to seek the lord to do this, and remember, ask the lord to begin with you! This will be done only through prayer and fasting, be among the number God is going to use. Remember, God will still raise others to cry to him if you fail to take up the challenge, but woe unto you for refusing God’s assignment.

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