Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Towards a New Awakening: Eight Keys to Pray to Fan the Fire of Revival into Flame

The good folk at St Peter Anglican in Okotoks, Alberta, have come up with some resources for revival prayer. 

March 17, 2012
1.  True constant heart worship:  
[Ephesians 5:18-2; 18 Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, 19 singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. 20 And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ]
[Psalm 34:1-4  1 I will praise the LORD at all times.
      I will constantly speak his praises.
2 I will boast only in the LORD;
      let all who are helpless take heart.
3 Come, let us tell of the LORD’s greatness;
      let us exalt his name together.
4 I prayed to the LORD, and he answered me.
      He freed me from all my fears]
Lord, we set our hearts to worship you in Spirit and truth; we set aside all cares and focus our eyes on you.  
[Ps. 1:2,3  2 But they delight in the law of the LORD,
      meditating on it day and night.
3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
      bearing fruit each season.
   Their leaves never wither,
      and they prosper in all they do]
2.  Meditate on God’s Word day and night [study and pondering].  Your life will not wither and dry up; you shall prosper in all you do.  God’s Word is fire.  
[Jer. 23:29  29 Does not my word burn like fire?”
      says the LORD.
   “Is it not like a mighty hammer
      that smashes a rock to pieces? ]
Thank you for your Word, Lord; give us a hunger to eat of the Bread of Life so that we are filled with your wisdom and truth.
3.  Vision of Souls:  freely you have received, freely give.  Give it away:  as long as there were empty vessels, the widow’s oil did not run out.  God’s love is a consuming fire – through God’s love, give and pray for others.
Lord, we are so thankful for what you have done for us and for your love poured out for us.  May we have a heart to freely give that love to others, help us to love the ‘unloveable’.
4.  Associate with others who are on fire, [iron sharpens iron] fire is transferable.  In Acts they went to their own company and the fire fell again.  
[Acts 4:23,24;  23 As soon as they were freed, Peter and John returned to the other believers and told them what the leading priests and elders had said. 24 When they heard the report, all the believers lifted their voices together in prayer to God: “O Sovereign Lord, Creator of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them—].
Thank you Lord for this body of believers who are on fire for you.  May we continue to encourage each other in the faith.
5.  Constant Abiding:  [JN 15] – intimate relationship with God.  Pray in the Spirit. 
[Jude 20; 20 But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit,[a]  Romans 8:26 26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.]
Lord, our hearts’ cry and our desire is to know you better and to be in that secret place where you speak to us and tell us your Will.
6.  Read and study about the revivalists of old, allow their fire and example to stir you up.
[Google ‘Edwin Orr’, watch “The Role of Prayer in Spiritual Awakening” by Edwin Orr, and check out Gene Packwood’s writings http://kiwirev.blogspot.com/search/label/Revival]
Thank you Lord, for those who have gone before us and for the foundation they have laid and for the witness that they are to us of true disciples.
7.  Keep on asking!  - for the Holy Spirit and for spiritual hunger.  
[Luke 11:10  10 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.]
Lord, we do indeed ask that your Holy Spirit would fill us and empower us.  Thank you for this helper that you have given us; teach us, Holy Spirit, the way of the Father.
8.  Destroy the little foxes of offences:  unforgiveness, negativity, over-busyness, jealousy, greed and sin.
Lord, we choose this day to let go of all offences and to forgive those who have hurt us or spitefully used us.  We choose to bless and not curse, and to not allow the enemy to have a foothold in us because of envy and jealousy.