Summary: STORY of young man, he was in his 30’s, still single and was starting to get a little nervous about that. Went to a church fellowship, caught eye of very attractive young lady who smiled at him so he immediately worked his way across the room and engaged
I want to begin this morning with the first great revival in the Bible. It’s in the book of Exodus and we’ll be reading there in a moment.
STORY of young man, he was in his 30’s, still single and was starting to get a little nervous about that. Went to a church fellowship, caught eye of very attractive young lady who smiled at him so he immediately worked his way across the room and engaged her in a lengthy conversation. Now at which point he said rather boldly, “Tell me, what kind of men do you like?” She said, “Well, I’ve always been attracted to Native Americans for their survival instincts. I’ve always admired Jewish men for their moxie. I’ve always, particularly enjoyed cowboys for their rugged individualism.” She said, “By the way, what’s your name?” Thinking quick he said, “Well, my given name is Geronimo Bernstein, but my friends call me Bubba.”
Everybody wants to make a good impression on other people. In fact you are making one whether you realize it or not. Your life is having an impact on people. But what I want to tell you this morning is where to go where you can have a greater impact on people than any other place. Do you know where it is? It is on your knees. Because you can have no greater impact on people that to pray for them. All revival begins with a select few who believe in praying for presence.
Let me give you a principle as we begin the lesson this morning:
“Intercession makes an impression.”
Why is it in Kingdom of God the least are greatest? How can that be? In no other kingdom is that true. Because in Kingdom of God even the weakest believer can use the strongest weapon: PRAYER. And as I have studied the revivals in the Bible and throughout church history, always you find revival comes because a few people are behind the scenes, often unnoticed, interceding for the many.
Intercession makes an impression. God longs to send revival but he waits to be asked. Can I show you one of the only times in the Bible that God says he was amazed about something? In Isaiah 59:15-16 it says, “The Lord looked and he was displeased that there was no justice. He saw that there was no one, he was appalled that there was no one to intervene.” Look at that same verse in NASV and it says, “And the Lord was astonished there was no one to intercede.” It amazed God that nobody was interceding for the land. Nobody was praying. Nobody was asking him to come and bring healing.
II. THE FIRST GREAT REVIVAL
Could it be that next great revival in America is going to begin by prayers of somebody in this room? Somebody who’s praying for presence. Let me explain what I mean in story in the O.T. The first great revival in the Bible. Children of Israel had been delivered from Egyptian bondage. God sent plagues - many miracles to Egypt and now they were in Sinai. God had spoken through his servant Moses about covenant he wanted them to enter. The people said yes, promised to obey all laws of the Lord our God. Now Moses gone up the mountain so the covenant could be written on stone.