How would I answer this question on a daily basis?
“If revival in this land depended on your prayers, your faith, your obedience, would we ever experience revival?” – Del Fehsenfeld Jr.
Psalm 80 challenges me right in this area and leaves me with a message.
I should pray earnestly for revival among God’s people.
With impending doom in sight, mostly due to the unfaithfulness of the people in following God, there is a prayer, an earnest prayer, asking God to send revival. In fact, it is repeated three times.
Bring us back, O God!
Show us your mercy, and we will be saved! Bring us back, Almighty God!
Show us your mercy, and we will be saved! Bring us back, Lord God Almighty.
Show us your mercy, and we will be saved. – Psalm 80:3,7,19 GNT
The prayer format goes something like this –
- restore and save
- how long will You be angry?
- here is what has been happening when You were involved and then when You were not
- God come and take care of Your people again – restore and save them
How can I develop greater faithfulness and fervency to pray for revival?
When Paul was writing the Corinthian church he quoted a passage from Isaiah that just might shed some light here.
If you won’t listen to me, then God will use foreigners speaking some strange-sounding language to teach you a lesson. He offered rest and comfort to all of you, but you refused to listen to him. – Isaiah 28:11-12 GNT
When I read this chapter, this verse sticks out like a sore thumb for it does not fit into the context of the chapter at all. Of all the verses Paul could have quoted when speaking about the abuse of the gift of tongues and all things relevant, he picks this little verse from Isaiah to explain what God was talking about. This is what God was going to do – God was going to pour out, over the church, the gift of speaking in tongues and it was going to be a restful experience to those who exercised it.
And I have found that in my own devotional life, when I have a problem and I don”t know how to pray over a particular situation, or I have a problem and I want to praise God and I feel a total inadequacy in English, that as I begin to praise the Lord in the Spirit or I begin to pray in the Spirit that it is such a restful experience. And I just find great rest in it. Great peace in it. – Chuck Smith
Make conscience of daily exercising thy graces in meditation as well as prayer. Retire into some secret place, at a time the most convenient to thyself, and, laying aside all worldly thoughts, with all possible seriousness and reverence look up towards heaven; remember there is thine everlasting rest; study its excellency and reality; and rise from sense to faith, by comparing heavenly with earthly joys. Then mix ejaculations with thy soliloquies; till, having pleaded the case reverently with God, and seriously with thy own heart, thou hast pleaded thyself from a clod to a flame; from a forgetful sinner, and a lover of the world, to an ardent lover of God; from a fearful coward to a resolved Christian; from an unfruitful sadness to a joyful life; in a word, till thou hast pleaded thy heart from earth to heaven; from conversing below, to walking with God; and till thou canst lay thy heart to rest, as in the bosom of Christ, by some such meditation of thy everlasting rest as is here added for thy assistance. – Baxter