Plead for God to Rend the Heavens in Sweeping Revival and to Give Us the Nations in Spiritual Awakening

Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence… Isaiah 64:1 (see also Ps 2:8; 72:11; Acts 2:1-2; 4:30-31: Eph 5:26-27; Rev 22:17, 20)

It is God’s heart to rend the heavens in sweeping revival of the Church and a mighty harvest of lost souls for Christ’s glory and kingdom. Beyond question, a predominant purpose of God is sweeping revival and spiritual awakening. Throughout all history, evangelism, discipleship and missions explode far deeper and further during times of great revival.* Thus, the greatest way we can further evangelism, discipleship and missions is to passionately seek God for sweeping revival! Absolutely nothing glorifies God, spreads Christ’s kingdom and purifies the Church like heaven-sent revival! For this reason, we must pray fervently, effectively and strategically for revival and spiritual awakening. (2 Chronicles 7:14; James 5:16-18) .

We must also pray with great faith and hope. It is crucial to keep our eyes squarely on the One with whom nothing is impossible. If we let our eyes focus on the overwhelming darkness of today’s world, we will surely slide into defeat and doubt. Let us never forget the awesome power of God’s activity in history’s great awakenings. Several historic awakenings have produced conversions equaling ten to fifteen percent of entire nations in just two to four years. Not only do conversions and church growth explode rapidly, the converts tend to be far more genuine and lasting than typical patterns today. In the 1904 Welsh revival, such massive numbers of converts joined churches in just six months.* To put it in perspective, a similar awakening in America would produce 30-35 million new true converts actually joining churches in less than a year! Obviously, that would change everything from Washington to Hollywood and everything in the middle!

It is further vital to note that history’s great revivals never come from prayers that are brief, general or shallow. They come from the effective fervent prayers of those who pray with strategic biblical depth and detail. Believers, we are not only to pray effectively — we are to pray with a bold faith and passion to see the nations come to God. (Psalm 2:8; 72:11) We are also to pray much for the peace of Jerusalem that Israel and all nations may come to Christ.” (Psalm 122:6; Romans 9:3)

  • Sovereign God, we praise You for Your awesome power to shake entire nations for Christ! We ask You to “rend the heavens” and show forth Your awesome glory and manifest Presence. We ask You to move so powerfully that over thirty million Americans will be saved in a single year. Lord, please cause Your glory to sweep the whole earth bringing unprecedented millions to Christ. Give us the nations for the glory and kingdom of Christ! We ask You to purify the Church and prepare Christ’s Bride. For Your glory O God, pour out Your Spirit greater than any previous awakening. Blessed God, we pray for one last great harvest before the glorious return of Your Son. Purify Your Bride O Christ! Cause us to wash our robes white. May Your name be praised in all the earth!

  • Lord, I repent of neglect and commit to fervently pray for sweeping revival, awakening and global harvest. I covenant to make revival, spiritual awakening and kingdom expansion my personal priority. Lord, I trust You to fill me with powerful intercession for revival and spiritual awakening. As a church, we covenant to pray consistently and deeply for spiritual awakening.

(Praying God’s Heart in Times Like These! “A Covenant to Seek the Reviver Not Just Revival, © Dr. Gregory Frizzell, 2009,,, by permission from the author. Download Covenant)

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