Sick of way things are? Here is how to pray for revival.
By Mario Murillo
Habakkuk said it for all of us: “Lord, I have heard of your mighty acts and I stand in awe of them. Renew them in our day; in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.” (Habakkuk 3:2)
It is a special moment when you decide to pray for revival. You actually enter into the same covenant with God of the heroes of faith in days past; you join the ranks of everyone from Habakkuk to Evan Roberts.
Let’s begin with a towering consolation: God sought you for revival before you sought Him. In fact, God is ever on the hunt for those who want to prove the power of prayer. “The eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose heart is fully committed to Him.” (II Chronicles 16:9) He seeks those who can spark a fire that will change the course of history.
So what is it the first thing He looks for in a person who would pray for revival? He looks for desperation! He seeks somebody who cannot bear the way things are.
In I Samuel: 14 Jonathan and his armor bearer faced a hopeless situation: One million soldiers are coming against them, Jonathan has one of the last swords left in Israel, Israel’s army is just pitiful factions hiding in the holes and rocks.
The next thing that God looks for is conviction.
Something miraculous happens inside of Jonathan. He is reduced to an unshakable conviction: “We are the people of God! We have a history of miraculous comebacks. Our God reigns!” Jonathan and his armor bearer becomes the spark God needs.
Jonathan declares, “Let us go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised fellows. Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few!” And after a succession of amazing events that you must read for yourself, the chapter ends by saying: “God granted a great victory to Israel that day.”
You also face an impossible situation. America is not just falling apart, she is disintegrating. However, before you start praying you need an inner work. America is a nation born out of an impossible situation and she can be saved by an impossible miracle.
Jonathan felt that he existed to bring victory. God need not look any further. That is how you must approach revival intercession.
The home prayer gathering must undergo a revolution. No more cookies and coffee get-togethers where people hang out more than they pray. We gather to rage against the evil of our time. We war in prayer expecting supernatural upheavals in our culture. We are strictly there to meet God and receive power.
Why do I believe this will work? I believe it because it always has worked and since Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever it will always work.