This prayer calendar can be used for both personal and corporate prayer. The prayer focus is from 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people will humble themselves, pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sins and heal their land.” Each day’s focus is on three different aspects of revival:
1. CONDITIONS FOR REVIVAL: i.e. humility, prayer, seeking God’s face and turning from sin.
2. FOOD FOR THOUGHT: This is a thought-provoking statement from those who have experienced the outpouring of God’s grace in communal, national or personal revivals in the past. Ponder on these statements and allow the Holy Spirit to stir your heart as you pray and seek God’s face for revival.
3. CEASELESS PRAYER: This one-sentence prayer may be prayed as often as remembered during the day, as a ceaseless cry of the heart.
No-one could anticipate what would transpire in the next few hours as the small group of Moravian Christians gathered in Herrnhut, Germany, to observe the Lord’s Supper on Wednesday evening, August 13, 1727. Those present had a growing recognition that all was not right among them. Though they weren’t as openly critical of one another as they had been only weeks earlier, their leader challenged them to “quit judging each other.” The Moravians in Herrnhut lived in harmony as a Christian community, but the sweetness of the faith seemed to be missing in their lives. When they assembled that summer evening, however, they experienced the presence of God. As a result, they were changed, “in a single moment into a happy people.” The revival went on for a hundred years. Those who gathered experienced the presence of God so profoundly that the prayer meeting begun a few days later continued 24 hours a day for more than a hundred years. Out of that prayer meeting, hundreds of missionaries were sent to carry the gospel to unreached peoples around the world. – From: The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever by Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter.
Conditions for Revival: “… will HUMBLE themselves…” (2 Chr.7:14)
But if they will confess their sins and the sins of their fathers – their treachery against me and their hostility toward me, which made me hostile toward them…when their uncircumcised hearts are humbled and they pay for their sin…and I will remember the land (Lev.26:41). Lord God, we confess our sins and the sins of our fathers. We admit our treachery against You, our selfishness and self-righteousness. We humble ourselves before You and ask for Your forgiveness, because of the price Jesus paid for our sins. Please remember our land.
Food for Thought…
A true revival means nothing less than a revolution, casting out the spirit of worldliness, making God’s love triumph in the heart – Andrew Murray.
Ceaseless Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, I humble myself before You.
Conditions for Revival : …will HUMBLE themselves… (2 Chr.7:14)
Then Hezekiah repented of the pride of his heart, as did the people of Jerusalem; therefore the Lord’s wrath did not come upon them during the days of Hezekiah (2 Chr.32:26). Merciful God, we repent of the pride in our hearts. We exalted ourselves against one another and also against You. We interpreted Your Word to suit our purposes and to favour our own plans. Please have mercy and forgive us, and let Your wrath be turned away from our nation in this day!
Food for Thought…
Any encounter with God carries with it a serious accountability. No one can be in God’s presence without a serious response. The response required is not a response to a concept, a law or a principle. It is a response to a Person. From: Fresh Encounter by Henry Blackaby and Claude V. King.
Ceaseless Prayer: O God, my soul thirsts for You.
“The awful presence of God brought
a wave of conviction of sin
that caused even mature Christians
to feel their sinfulness…”
Conditions for Revival: …will HUMBLE themselves… (2 Chr.7:14)
In his (Manasseh’s) distress he sought the favour of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers (2 Chr.33:12). O Lord our God, we are in distress because of the sinful behaviour and attitude in our country! We realise that we need to make a choice to bow our stiff necks, our prideful minds, and self-righteous hearts before you. We admit that we don’t like to be proved wrong. We walk over others in our ways to maintain a false control and authority. Please forgive us as we earnestly seek Your favour to come upon us!
Food for Thought…
A witness later recalled: “The awful presence of God brought a wave of conviction of sin that caused even mature Christians to feel their sinfulness, bringing groans of distress and prayers of repentance from the unconverted. Strong men were bowed down under the weight of sin, and cries for mercy were mingled with shouts of joy from others who had passed into life – The New Hebrides Awakening (1949).
Ceaseless Prayer: O God, is my heart pure? Are my hands clean?