The first thing that all of us must do if we want to pray for spiritual
revival is to recommit ourselves to a life exemplified by personal holiness.
That requires two things. First, you need to forgive others. Maybe
it is a family member, a friend or business associate. As long as you
hold on to unforgiveness and bitterness, it will stifle your relationship
with God. Through the death of His son, He forgives you, and you must
be willing to forgive others.
Second, you have to love God. That seems so simple, but too many Christians
have become luke-warm in their faith (see Revelation 3:16). They don't
spend time with god in a daily devotional or they don't think worship
is important. Then they wonder why their prayers seem powerless.
As Jesus taught, the Ten Commandments can be summarized as, "Love the
Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with
all your mind" and "Love your neighbor as yourself" (Matthew 22:37,
If you don't have those things, you need to ask God to give them to
you. It's crucial that you have love for God and love for your fellowman.
With those two things, you begin personal revival.
A Revelation From God
The next thing that we really need is revelation of God. You must ask
God's Spirit to come into you. Pray, "Lord, anoint me with your Spirit.
Give me a revelation of Your Spirit." We need to know what God is doing
so we can pray and live accordingly.
In many ways, we've become too familiar with God. You've probably heard
people say, "He's the man upstairs," or "He's an old buddy." The truth
is, He is a consuming fire who created the universe.
Yes, He's a loving Father, but we must realize that we are talking
about the Creator of the universe.
As the Bible says, "Who may climb the mountain of the Lord? Who may
stand in his holy place? Only those whose hands and hearts are pure,
who do not worship idols and never tell lies (Psalm 24:3, 4). If you
want to have a more intimate walk with God, and pray with power, don't
try to get chummy with Him. Instead, you need to ask Him, "Cleanse me.
Wash me. Take away my pride. Break me. Humble me."
Wake Up America!
In a similar way, we must ask God to stir the hearts of others to join
this movement of prayer. To do this, others across America - men and
women from all walks of life - must have a revelation of God and a sense
of God's holiness. The nation must be made aware that it is sinning
against a holy God; that the Ten Commandments do matter, that adultery
does matter, that theft does matter, that coveting does matter, that
having other gods before Him does matter.
As the nation humbles itself before God, recognizing that He is concerned
about us breaking His law, true revival comes. Then there will be a
sense of the awe and majesty of God.
Finally - and this is very important - remember that spiritual revival
means "life anew." We have a great religious heritage in this country,
and we need to see it revived. We need a sense of holiness and godliness
so that this nation will, once again, be one nation under God. And when
God's people get serious about praying for revival, God will hear and
answer His people, and restore faith to many across this nation.
We Are Praying For You
Here at CBN, we take the power of prayer seriously. In fact, it's not
uncommon to see people gathered praying in the halls, chapel and even
our parking lot, drawing closer to the Lord.
Jesus says, "Keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for.
Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will
be opened" (Matthew 7:7).
What a comfort to know that our Lord and Savior loves us so deeply
that He has given each of us an "open line" directly to Him whenever
we need direction, comfort or strength. And His continuing promise to
us is that He will answer our prayers.
A caring friend will be there to pray with you in your time of need.