When prayer becomes the engine, not the caboose, of our ministry efforts
To experience this we must learn how to pray with passion, focus and faith. We must pray for the lost. We must pray for each other. We must pray for this nation. We must pray for the world. We must pray that God intervenes to break up the hard soil of unregenerate hearts and send forth seed chuckers who will spread his message everywhere to everyone!
Let's wake up to the need to pray!
2. Wake up to the need for holiness!
"'Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.' In a large
God only serves revival on clean plates so we
We need to have people in our lives that keep us accountable in these areas so that, together, we can walk in purity. As James 5:16 reminds us, "Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective."
As my old youth ministry professor used to say, "We confess to God to be forgiven. We confess to each other to get healed." May we have churches that encourage this kind of relational reality checks so that we get beyond the surface of "everything's fine" to the raw struggles underneath that all of us have. As we do we can live an increasingly holy life that leverages the power of our prayers with heaven! Again, as James reminds us, "the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective."
Let's wake up to the need for holiness!
3. Wake up to the necessity of faith!
Our churches can be revived as, together, we live a life of faith that God uses to purify our hearts (Acts 15:9.) And when we live like this our prayers will have an ever-increasing
Faith in Christ purifies our hearts and propels our prayers. And it also opens our mouth to proclaim the Gospel!
4. Wake up to the urgency of the Gospel!
"For I am not ashamed of the
A revived church is a Gospel Advancing church. It is a church that unashamedly brings the Good News of Jesus to a world in desperate need of it.
We must wake up to the need to share the Gospel!
Can you hear the voices of those who have passed on to the next life? Some are leaning over the
Gospel urgency requires Gospel fluency. In other words, if the people in your church are motivated to share the Good News of Jesus but can't articulate that message in a clear and compelling way then it will lead nowhere.
5. Wake up to the potential of youth!
"But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong." 1 Corinthians 1:27
Since there's nothing more "foolish" than the typical American teenager we shouldn't underestimate these young people as a potent agent of revival. God loves to use the unlikely to accomplish the unimaginable because it brings unbelievable glory to him!
Teenagers come to Christ quicker and can spread the Gospel faster and farther than adults. So the quickest way to revive a church is through the youth! That's why I challenge you to unleash their potential by getting them to make and multiply disciples.
Youth ministry is strategic. Every Great Awakening in the history of the United States has had teenagers on the leading edge.
For more on this check out a radio program I just did with
It's time for
It's time to pray to God, purify our hearts and proclaim the Gospel!
It's time to unleash the next generation to make and multiply disciples until everyone everywhere hears the Good News of Jesus!
The Holy Spirit is giving us a
This article was written by Greg Stier and originally appeared at his blog. Find it here.
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