Sermon shared by Adrian Warnock
Summary: What kind of prayer changes us, touches God and leads to his revival power being unleashed?
Audience: General adults
Let me give a couple of examples of this in church history. During revivals, prayer becomes more intense, and all-night prayer meetings are not uncommon. It is often said of revival times: "Vou did not have to whip them up to prayer meetings; you could not keep them away." MLJ
In revival Even non-Christians come to the prayer meetings and get saved!
Some examples of this
1. This was my experience at school.
2. Perhaps one of the most striking examples of the place of prayer in revival happened in Coleraine in 1859: "A schoolboy in class became so troubled about his soul that the schoolmaster sent him home. An older boy, a Christian, went with him, and before they had gone far, led him to Christ. Returning at once to school, this new convert testified to his teacher, "Oh, I am so happy. I have the Lord Jesus in my heart." These artless words had an astonishing effect; boy after boy rose and silently left the room. Going outside, the teacher found these boys all on their knees, ranged along the wall of the playground. Very soon their silent prayer became a bitter cry; it was heard by another class inside and pierced their hearts. They fell on their knees, and their cry for mercy was heard in turn by a girlsí class above. In a few moments, the whole school was on their knees! Neighbors and passers-by came flocking in, and all as they crossed the threshold came under the same convicting power. Every room was filled with men, women and children seeking God."
3. Something similar happened that year in New York where a prayer meeting which began with just six people the first week swelled to fill theatres and led directly to 1 million out of 30 million Americans being saved in a year.
This clear link between revival and prayer has lead some to think this is an automatic process - that if you do certain things a Massive Revival is always the result These words, however, do not remove the sovereignty of God - there is mystery, and the truth is we cannot force Gods hand like that. Nor should we stop everything and just pray! Booth said "work as if everything depends on you. Pray as if everything depends on God".
BUT, if people turn and pray, in a certain way I do believe it is almost irresistible to God and he will revive them - even if this does not lead to a widespread "Revival". Last time I made the point that I believe that what happens on a global or national scale in revival can be mirrored in an individual church or group of Christians or even in a single life. God is in the business of reviving those who fear they are almost dead.
So if prayer is what triggers the people of God to be healed and revived, it is also what triggers me personally to be revived as well. How strange it is that we all struggle so much to pray as we ought!
If we were
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