“Revival and prayer always go together. They are inseparably linked.”
I have a conviction that to experience another day of awakening in the Church, leaders are going to have to model what boldness in prayer is all about.
Boldness regarding prayer is mentioned frequently in the New Testament, and I’m convinced that boldness for the most part is lacking in the prayers of the Church and desperately needs to be rediscovered. Never has there been awakening without God’s people learning the efficacy of prayer.
The Church knows boldness when all its people pray exactly as though they were talking to Jesus face to face. The less Christians sense his presence, the less bold or confident they will be when coming before him in prayer. This doesn’t take the deductive reasoning of a genius to figure out; why put a lot into a conversation if you think the person you’re talking to is not listening? Why be bold when your mind hasn’t been captured by the majesty of the One to whom you come to speak? The modeling of prayer in our worship services as little more than verbalizations says to observing people, “Don’t expect much, folks, because we don’t really sense that the King is near enough to be responding at the moment.”
How would the life of the Church be transformed if we were all actually to hear Jesus say, “My subjects, I’m attentive and receptive right now to what you as a people have to say to me.”
I often get a feeling, when people share their prayer requests, that the requests relate more to surface issues than to substantive ones. Seldom do the matters at hand touch in any way the deep concerns of the King who is being addressed. Instead, most of the requests expressed seem to center on the comfort of the subject voicing it. I believe ...