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Seven Essentials in Praying For Revival

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 Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.  Jeremiah 33:3
 
Our hunger to see a revival take place in our land must be built on the foundation of prayer.  Effective prayer begins with Bible-based prayer.  There are some crucial prayer principles taught in the Scriptures that we must apply to our lives.
 
First, we must pray from a cleansed heart.  James 5:16 says, "Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working."
 
Secondly, we must pray with perseverance and persistence.  Matthew 7:7-11 Jesus said,  “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
 
Thirdly, we must pray specific prayers.  In Matthew 9:35-38 we see Jesus expressing His burden for the lost.  And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. 36 When he saw the crowds,he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” 
 
Fourth, we must pray with a sensitivity to God's Spirit.  Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God.  I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” 
Fifth, we need to pray Spirit-filled prayers.  Ephesians 6:18-20 says, "praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak."
 
Sixth, we should pray in accordance with God's will.  In Luke 22:39-46 we read, And he came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him. 40 And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” 41 And he withdrew from them about a stone's throw, and knelt down and prayed,42 saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” 43 And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. 44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. 45 And when he rose from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping for sorrow, 46 and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.” 
 
Lastly, we need to pray with a view toward obedience and service.  Psalm 126:4-6 says, Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like streams in the Negeb!  5 Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!  6 He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.
 
 
(Shared from "Fifteen Ways To Lead Group Prayer by J. Chris Shofield, Ph.D.)

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