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INTRODUCTION


The world is surely moving into more shaking and great revival. As we do, many people are wondering how to pray. IFA (Intercessors for America) has released the following outstanding article to help us do so. As always, this cutting-edge ministry is giving us biblical, practical, and prophetic (discerning the times) insights. It is our privilege to share it with you today. The article gives 6 principles/heart conditions necessary for revival, followed by specific prayer points.  I will read the 6 principles, and the prayer points are here for you in the written version of the post, and on the link to IFA’s article.


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Prayer Points for Revival


Revivals are concentrated periods of intense and often widespread ministry by the Holy Spirit. They have occurred throughout history, perhaps dating back to the days when Israel was in Egypt. Revivals come in many forms and for various reasons, but they always fall into two categories:


1. Movements of spiritual renewal and reformation among God’s people;

2. An outpouring of conviction among unbelievers, leading to repentance from sin and the conversions of many.


Intercessors play a vital role in the ignition and spread of any revival. Part “special-ops” teams and part “watchmen on the wall,” intercessors pray for revival to come and that it would be protected from distractions and distortions once it does come. During the revival of 1949 on the Hebrides islands, evangelist Duncan Campbell observed that intercessors were engaged in “travailing prayer,” which is described as prayer “in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you!” (Galatians 4:19). This kind of praying is burdened, focused, pressing, and agonized, to a depth common among revivals but unfamiliar to today’s comfort-and-entertainment-obsessed church culture.


God seeks intercessors who are willing to travail in prayer. Is He calling you?


We are at a crucial point this year. Outpourings of spiritual renewal have come to Asbury University and have spread from there to numerous other colleges and universities, Christian and secular. How can we, God’s appointed intercessors, fan the flames of revival so that they sweep across America and the world?


God has the power to stir up spiritual fervor in people’s hearts (see Ezra 1:1,5). So the key is to pray that God would stir up in people the heart conditions for revival that He has laid out in the Bible.


When Solomon dedicated the temple he had built and God’s glory filled it, the Lord spoke directly to him in a dream at night. His words to the king describe the heart conditions to which He responds with revival.


“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name humble themselves, and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place.” (2 Chronicles 7:13–15)


1. Desperation

God’s shutting up the heavens or commanding locusts to devour the land are examples of the shakings He allows when His people forsake Him, neglect Him, or rebel against Him. As Mario Murillo says: “Before a great awakening, there must be a rude awakening.” Adversity greater than human self-sufficiency can handle will bring us to the end of ourselves and make us realize our need for God. It is the first step toward people’s getting right with Him. Despair brings about the other heart conditions to which God responds.


Prayer Points:

Pray Psalm 139:23–24: Before you pray for holy desperation in others, ask the Lord to reveal any trace of being too comfortable, self-sufficient, and independent in your own heart.


Pray according to Proverbs 9:1, that America’s moral slide, both inside and outside the Church, will fill God’s people with holy fear and a burning desire to seek Him.


Pray through James 5:4–6 and Revelation 3:15–20 for the Holy Spirit to open our eyes and burden our hearts against any worldliness and lukewarm condition in the Church.


Pray through the prophecy and promise of Zechariah 14:13–16 for the growing instability in the U.S. to bring about a godly fear in our nation that will direct hearts to return to God and worship Him.


2. Humility

The realization that we are very limited and have sinned against God by trying to go it alone and by doing what is right in our own eyes leads us to humble ourselves. Humility is a precursor to seeking His forgiveness and restoration. It implies an admission of guilt and a confession of sin in holy fear of the chastisement we deserve. Humility also means intentional dependence on God and obedience to His precepts and purposes for us. It is the heart condition necessary to pray and seek His face with a pure heart and the right motive.


Prayer Points:

Consider the contrast of heart conditions in Jeremiah 17:7–10 and ask the Lord to reveal any trace of pride, rebellion, and disobedience in your heart.


Pray through John 16:8 for the Holy Spirit to visit His Church and our nation with conviction of sin.


Pray in the spirit of James 4:6 for that conviction to bring us to humility before God and to the realization that we have offended Him, that we need Him, and that we must embrace and submit to His design for our lives.


Pray that, according to 2 Corinthians 10:5, the barriers of pride and self-sufficiency and the false notions of success would be destroyed.


3. Prayerfulness

A heart that is humble before God expresses itself to Him in prayer. Prayerlessness is one of the biggest diseases plaguing the Church today. Prayerless hearts beget prayerless homes, and prayerless homes produce prayerless churches. On the other hand, a prayerful heart is attuned to God and eager to commune with Him nonstop. God’s desire for us is simple: Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16–18).


Prayerfulness must be central in our lives and in His Church, and seeking the Lord in prayer is key to a nation that pledges to be “one nation under God.” After all, He created people for worship. He wants sinful people to return to worshipping Him, and He has made a way for them to do so. A prayerful heart desires to worship God and to commune with Him.


Prayer Points:

Pray through 1 Thessalonians 5:17 and Romans 8:26–27 for your own prayer life first — that the Holy Spirit would invigorate it and help you listen to what He wants you to pray.


Pray through Colossians 4:2 for a new and deeper devotion to prayer in the Church that seeks and welcomes spiritual renewal and revival.


Pray that this prayer movement will reflect Acts 1:14 and unite us with a shared desire to see God move in our midst. Pray through 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 and Philippians 4:6 for believers to desire and pursue a life of unceasing prayer rooted in worship and thanksgiving.


Pray through Psalm 145:18 for prayer to return to public life in America in the conviction that it is God’s will for people to pray, and that He is near to all who call upon Him in truth.


4. Hunger for God

A desire, hunger, or thirst for God leads to us seeking His face. And seeking God’s face implies two things: urgency and awe. When we seek, we leave no stone unturned to find what we desperately want. And what we want fills us with awe, because it is the face of God — the mightiest, most glorious, and holiest Being in the universe. God desires that we seek His face more than His hand. When we seek His hand, we are after what He can do for us. It’s like a friend you only hear from when he needs something. But when we seek God’s face, we make it clear that we want the delight of His presence. We want to know His character. We seek Him because we love Him for Who He is. As it turns out, when you seek only His hand, you miss out on His face. But when you seek first His face, you get His hand also. According to Acts 17:26-28, a desire for His presence and a delight in Who He is are conditions of heart that are precious to God.


Prayer Points:

Pray the Psalmist’s prayer in Psalm 119:36 that God would ignite a stronger hunger for Him.


Pray through Revelation 2:4,5a that a hunger for God and a passion for His glory would return to the Church.


Pray that, according to Jeremiah 24:7, the masses seeking reassurance and joy elsewhere will hunger for God and seek Him.


Pray that, like the first New Testament revival in Acts 2:42–47, the expressions of hunger and thirst for the presence of God in these current student revivals will be lasting and contagious and lead people inside and outside the Church to seek His face.


Pray for the Church to embody 2 Timothy 2:2, ready to help seekers find the face of God and come into a strong daily relationship with Him.


5. Repentance

Humility, prayer, and seeking God lead to repentance: a deliberate 180-degree turn away from the life we were living and toward the life that God desires for us. Repentance is the precursor to salvation for an unbeliever. God forgives a repentant heart. Repentance leads to a more ardent pursuit of holiness within a believer. Repentance is a heart condition that motivates and empowers us to fight sin daily and to desire holiness as a way of life (see Philippians 2:13).


Prayer Points:

Do you desire holiness? Pray through 2 Corinthians 7:1 that God would shine His light on you and intensify your pursuit of holiness and purity.


Pray in the words of Hebrews 12:14 for a renewed and sustained desire in the Church to pursue unity and holiness. Pray according to 2 Corinthians 7:10 for conviction of sin by the Holy Spirit to lead to genuine repentance.


Pray for the Church to embrace Colossians 4:4–6 and Romans 6:11–12, boldly but lovingly speaking to unbelievers about sin and its consequences, and teaching people to reckon themselves dead to sin and alive to Christ.


Pray through Philippians 2:15–16 for holiness in God’s people to attract unbelievers to Christ.


6. Joy

Humility, prayer, seeking God, and repentance are the conditions God places on accepting prayer and bringing forgiveness and healing to hearts, lives, and lands. Revivals are often marked by intense grief over sin and guilt, followed by immense relief and joy at the assurance of forgiveness and restoration. God’s desire is for people to be brought into intimacy with Him so they can experience true joy, which comes from knowing Him (see Psalm 126:5).


Prayer Points:

Search your heart to see if you have lost faith in God’s promise of forgiveness and healing, and pray through Psalm 51:10–12 for that faith to be restored and strengthened.


Pray for the realization in His people of Isaiah 51:10, that real joy for the redeemed comes from knowing and walking with Jesus.


Pray for unbelievers’ hearts to be opened to God’s call in Isaiah 55:1–3 to find joy in knowing God, and to pursue that through humility, prayer, seeking His face, and earnest repentance.


Pray according to Galatians 5:13–15 that joy will supplant judgment, criticism, and negativity in the Church.


The Intercessors God Seeks

Revival is welcomed into the Church and in the land by intercessors who are seized by the plain and often ugly facts behind our need for God. Our IFA headlines remind us daily of those plain facts. Intercessors, a travailing prayer for God to move in revival is not something we can manufacture. It is brought about in us by the Holy Spirit, Who prays in us and through us. We must be willing and available, we must face battles against the Enemy and our flesh, and we must seek God’s help to travail, persevere, and prevail in prayer. Seek Him today and ask Him if He is calling you to continue in urgent and desperate prayer until revival sweeps our land. Will you fan the flames of revival?


Pray with me:


Father, we come to You today, partnering with and agreeing with IFA and millions of people throughout the world for Your present help in a time of trouble. We are, as the teaching states, desperate for this help. We humble ourselves before You, asking for Your grace, cleansing, and healing.


We do repent for the prayerlessness of the church, but we are also grateful for the millions of people around the world who are praying. A great symphony of prayer goes up daily around the world, moving Your heart and releasing Your power. Angels are being sent to work with the church and breakthroughs have and will continue to occur. We continue to cry out: Send revival!!!


We know we are asking these things, not just for ourselves, but for You; You desire to do them, but have determined to work through humans on earth. When we partner with You, asking in faith according to Your will, You hear and answer those prayers. We do so today in Jesus’ name: send revival to the earth!


Our decree:


We decree that a willing church is rising up to partner with God on the earth.



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Today’s post was taken from Intercessors For America (IFApray.org) and used with permission. 

Get Back Up!


I was riding high, literally. Around 200 feet high, as a matter of fact, parasailing in Acapulco.


It was in the early 1980’s, back when I had more guts than brains. Ceci and I were on the last day of a short vacation in this tourist hot spot. I had been watching others parasail the entire time we were there, seeing boats pull individuals from off the beach, high into the air, and across the beautiful water. Airborne adrenaline junkies would soar effortlessly for 10 minutes, enjoying their freedom from the bonds of the earth. Then, amazingly, the boat would make a quick turn and the “skyrider” would be whipped back over the beach. To the amazement and cheers of us less-adventurous spectators, they would land softly on the sand…and accept everyone’s applause. They didn't even get their feet wet!


Incredible.


As a young man I had often wanted to parachute. Actually, I had wondered what it would be like, is closer to the truth. But I was smart enough not to try it before getting married. Ceci then asked me not to, which became my face-saving excuse not to jump out of an airplane. Maybe parasailing would satisfy my curiosity, I thought as I watched. Logic prevailed, however, and I decided I wasn’t quite THAT curious.


Then Ceci spoke up. “That looks pretty awesome.”


As you may know, young males have an overwhelming need to impress the ladies in their lives, demonstrating fearlessness and their ability to rise above any challenge. “Aw, it doesn’t look that difficult,” I replied in my best matter-of-fact, any-guy-could-do-it tone. “Nothing to it, really. All you do is get a running start on the beach and the boat does the rest. I’d do it, but you probably wouldn’t want me to. Besides, it’s not worth the money.”


To my absolute horror, she responded excitedly, “Oh, I wouldn't mind. In fact, I’d love to see you do it; and it’s not really that expensive. Give it a try!”


“Oh, my God,” I cried in my mind, “get me out of this!!!”


“Get yourself out of it,” I heard inwardly, “you got yourself into it.”


Thinking quickly, I said, “Oh, I know you’re just saying that for me, dear. I realize you would be terrified if I did it, but thanks for thinking of me. I won’t put you through the stress.”


"No, really, I want you to. It would make a great picture and, besides, what could go wrong? Go for it!”


I felt trapped. Foolishly, I replied, “Yeah, what could go wrong? Okay.”


There are times in a man’s life when the thing to do is fake an injury, come up with an unexplainable headache, or maybe even - God forbid - humble himself, admit he’s an egotistical male and repent. But I decided to save face, and prove my manhood.


Now, with God’s sense of justice and humor, do you really think He was going to allow that?!


As I stated, this was the final day of our stay. Actually, it was the last morning. We had checked out of our room and would be leaving for the airport in an hour or so. Therefore, I was not wearing my swimming trunks, but was dressed in travel clothes, right down to my watch. I mentioned this to Ceci in one final attempt at escape. “It’ll be fine,” she stated. “After all, you don’t even touch the water.”


I should have known this experience didn't always go as planned when they made me sign that release form!


I was the first customer of the day. Takeoff was fairly routine and within seconds I was 200 feet high, enjoying a bird’s eye view of the water and beach. Being the first patron of the day, they began by pulling me along the shore, only 50 or so yards out, using me as advertisement.


And I was actually enjoying it! This really was easy, a real high (pun intended). People along the beach were waving at me, cheering me on. I was the center of attention; Ceci was so proud. I, of course, waved back in a not-too-demonstrative, this-is no-big-deal sort of way. Just being my cool self.


Then…


You knew it was coming. Why else would I tell this story? Suddenly, I had the strange sensation that the water was coming closer. A second later I KNEW it was getting closer. Another second and I hit the water with a huge splash, tangled in ropes and a parasail!


It’s a dream, a BAD dream. This is impossible, I thought.


Realizing that I had never tasted salt water in a dream, the revelation that it wasn’t a dream and was very possible came quickly. I swam to the boat, which had experienced engine failure, and was pulled aboard. Now I truly was cool - wet and cold. (Actually, the water right around me was warm for just a few seconds. Not sure why.)


The driver of the boat finally got it restarted and we drove back to the launch point. Of course, the boat couldn’t get all the way onto the beach, so I jumped out, did my best “it’s no big deal, in fact, it was kinda fun” swagger, as I waded back onto the beach. Then I shouted, “That was awesome!”


It worked - everyone was fooled, even Ceci. To this day I don’t think she knows the anger, embarrassment, and humiliation I actually felt. Guys can hide this stuff. I changed clothes in the men’s room, headed to the airport, and flew home with another made memory.


Believe it or not, I began one of the chapters in my book, Intercessory Prayer, with this story. “A spoonful of sugar…” as they say.


Rough Landings

Today, I’m using it simply to bring some laughter and state the obvious: things don’t always end up as we planned. Engines fail, the landing isn’t always as expected, and yes, we get wet. When this occurs, we must get back in the boat - like even the great apostle, Peter, had to do - and determine not to give up.


Faith does not equate to a life without failures, but to a life that grabs the Master’s hand, gets back in the boat, changes clothes, and keeps moving forward. You won’t win every battle, but if you get up, learn from the setback and keep moving forward, you will win the war.


Press on, my friend. Press on.


Pray with me:


Father, we pray today for those who have experienced hard landings. Some even now are struggling to get up. Put the right person or people in their path to help them up. Bring the right understanding to motivate and guide them onward. Encourage them. For those who may be wavering in their faith, resurrect hope, restore that faith, and reawaken a dreaming heart.


And as we watch this sick world wander around in the darkness, when it looks like evil is winning and justice is losing, remind them of Your power and promises. Remind them of Christ’s victory, and of His willingness to save and heal this sick world. Remind them of past revivals and awakenings. Pick them up and urge them forward.


We declare today that we ARE overcomers. We ARE more than conquerors through our Savior who loves us. The Greater One DOES live within us. The former and latter rains ARE coming, bringing a harvest of such magnitude that the plowman WILL overtake the reaper. And yes, America SHALL be saved!


We ask and decree this in the name of He who still walks on water. Amen.


Our decree:


We decree that at the Master’s instruction, we WILL get out of the boat.


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Portions of today’s post were taken from my book, Intercessory Prayer.



Don't Underestimate Its Importance


As a follower of Christ, my allegiance is to Him and His Kingdom above all else. I am also, however, a patriotic American, devoted to this nation which He raised up to trumpet the gospel (“good news”) to all the world. That He did so is both historically accurate and a sacred trust.


John Quincy Adams, the sixth U.S. President and son of John and Abigail Adams, said, “The highest glory of the American Revolution was this–it connected, in one indissoluble bond, the principles of civil government with the precepts of Christianity.”(1)


In 1837, at the age of 69, in delivering a Fourth of July speech at Newburyport, Massachusetts, Adams said:


“Why is it that, next to the birthday of the Savior of the world, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day (the Fourth of July)? Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth? That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity?”(2)


Do not accept anyone’s revision of America’s history; do not be moved by ridiculous accusations against patriotism and love of country; and do not accept the heretical and ludicrous arguments that God would never raise up a nation for the primary purpose of trumpeting the gospel.


Today is Flag Day in the United States, celebrated on June 14th each year to commemorate the adoption of the American flag. Our flag holds a special place in the hearts of many Americans as a symbol of freedom, democracy, and unity. Today provides an opportunity for Americans to boldly display their patriotism. 


The flag has played a significant role throughout American history, flying proudly during times of war, strife, and triumph. It is a symbol that unites Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs, representing the shared ideals and aspirations of the nation. The Stars and Stripes remind us of the values and principles the nation was founded upon, including liberty, justice, and equality for all.


The origins of Flag Day can be traced back to the late 19th century when a schoolteacher named Bernard J. Cigrand first proposed the idea of celebrating the flag’s adoption. He organized the first formal observance of Flag Day in 1885 at Stony Hill School in Wisconsin, where students celebrated the flag’s birthday with patriotic activities and ceremonies. Over the years, the observance of Flag Day gained popularity, and in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson officially proclaimed June 14th as Flag Day.(3)


On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States. Its design consisted of thirteen alternating red and white stripes representing the original thirteen colonies, along with a blue field in the upper left corner containing thirteen white stars arranged in a circle to symbolize a new constellation.(4)


On Flag Day, Americans across the country celebrate by displaying the flag at homes, schools, government buildings, and businesses. Many communities hold parades, ceremonies, and other events to honor the flag and show their patriotism. It is a day for Americans to reflect on the history and symbolism of the American flag and remember the sacrifices made by those who have defended it.


For many of us, it is also a day to recommit to sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world.


Today, recite the Pledge of Allegiance, given below; I have. And I invite you to watch the moving video of Johnny Cash sharing the Ragged Old Flag. Fox presented this video ahead of Superbowl LVII; a Tribute to America. You can click on this link


Pray with me:


Father, today we recommit to Your great cause of creating a family for Yourself. We know this is why humans were created. As many of us sang in Sunday School, “Red, yellow, black and white, they are precious in [Your] sight.” All people in the world are loved equally by You.


In the context of this great cause, I, as an American, recommit myself to the primary purpose for which You formed this nation. Restore us fully to this destiny. May the emerging revival create the greatest passion ever possessed in America to sound forth Your good news! May this cause become a holy obsession, a consuming passion, the zeal of Yeshua Himself! Let nothing stop this!

Amen.


Our decree:


The gospel will go forth from these shores, not only to this land, but to all the nations of the earth. (stated by Robert Hunt at Cape Henry, 1607)


The Pledge of Allegiance

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”



Take some time a watch that video right now. The Ragged Old Flag by Johnny Cash. 


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