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Interceding For Revival

We live in an ungodly, wicked age.  This is much like the age that Paul spoke of in 1 Timothy 4:1 or 2 Timothy 3:1-5.  It is a wicked age.  Thankfully we have two truths that the disciple of Jesus can cling to: one is the fact that God is sovereign and He is in control (Psalm 115:3).  Secondly, God has promised that where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more (Romans 5:20).

I believe that in this dark hour, we can pray for revival.  We should weep and cry out to God for revival.  Revival makes things right.  Revival brings in the glory of God.  Revival convicts the unconverted in our churches and awakens the lukewarm.  Revival gives the Church of Christ a passion for the lost who so need Jesus (Matthew 9:38; Luke 10:2).  When we begin to pray for the lost (Romans 10:1), the Holy Spirit often will break our hearts for our own lack of evangelism (Mark 16:15).  We begin to see that sinners need the gospel.  Sinners don’t need entertainment, they need the gospel.  Revival sweeps away the desire to entertain the masses but instead focuses us on the truth that all sinners will go to hell apart from the gospel.  We begin to cry Acts 17:30-31 to the lost.

In 1 Timothy 2:1-2 we read:

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.

Why are we to pray for these sinners in verses 1-2?  We read the answer in 1 Timothy 2:3-6:

3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.

The obvious reason for the intercession of verses 1-2 is for the salvation of souls which pleases God in verses 3-6.  Intercession for revival will spur us to pray for the lost.  We see that Jesus alone is the only way to God (John 14:6) and we see that apart from Him, we have no life (John 15:1-11).  We see that people must repent and must embrace Jesus as Lord to be saved (Romans 10:9-10, 13).  As we pray for revival, the Lord breaks our hearts for the lost.

True revival is what we need now.  What will save the adulterer?  What will save the rapist?  What will save the liar?  What will save the religious hypocrite?  What will save the homosexual?  The answer is revival because the revival will send forth the Church of Jesus Christ will go forth to preach the gospel from the power of the Holy Spirit.  Revival awakens the saints of God to the riches we have in Christ Jesus and gives us a passion to preach the gospel to the lost.  Revival will turn the tide of sin and will turn sinners to the King who alone saves (John 6:35).

Oh God send us revival!  Restore Your glory to Your Church and allow the gospel to go forth in the power of the Spirit!

Written by The Seeking Disciple

06/27/2013 at 10:13 AM

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