Ask for Hearts Prepared to Seek God, Even if as a Faithful Remnant in a Land under Judgment

Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, “We ought to obey God rather than men” (see Acts 5:29, also Jer 45:5; Hos 10:12; Mt 5:10-12, 10:16-26; 26:39; Rom 8:18; Php 3:10; Jas 4:1-4).

It is God’s heart that His people stand strong in persecution and walk joyfully in the fellowship of His sufferings. (Mt 5:10-12; Acts 5:29; Php 3:10) The purposes and ways of God do not always lead quickly to great revival and blessings. (Jer 45:5) There are many times in history when a people or nations had to go through major periods of judgment and trial. (Jer 29:4-9) Obviously, there are also many instances when believers endure intense persecutions and difficulty for the sake of the gospel. For years, I have sensed that prayer for revival in America might mean we must first see a time of deep breaking, trials and humility. But whether it does or doesn’t mean far greater trials, believers must be fully willing to obey and seek God regardless of the cost!

The central object of our prayers must be God’s kingdom and glory regardless of cost or sacrifice. Whether we soon see revival or endure a remnant period of deepening trial, we are to love and seek God all the same! While God certainly delights in sending great blessing and sweeping revival, societal and church conditions at times make that impossible without prior breaking and trials. As believers, we must be willing to pray God’s heart even if it means a lengthy period of chastisement, persecution and trial. Though revival is certainly crucial, our prayers must be about the Reviver and His full kingdom will not just revival or personal blessings. Whatever revival requires, His grace will be sufficient!

  • Righteous Lord, we praise You for grace to help us be faithful in a land of darkness. We ask You to send sweeping revival even if it takes stronger judgments and greater trials to prepare the soil of our hearts. Break up our fallow ground and rain righteousness upon us. If we must walk many years as a remnant in a land under judgment, we will praise and trust You still! Father, we pray not for shallow selfish ends, but for the glory of Your name’s sake and the spread of Your kingdom. Lord, cause us to seek You in true humility, brokenness and contriteness of heart. Cause us to surrender to Your will regardless of cost or sacrifice. Help us desire to know You in the fellowship of Your suffering as well as the power of Your resurrection. Teach us that no suffering can be compared to the glory that shall be revealed in us! Dear Father, help us willingly embrace persecution if it is required to see revival in our land.
  • Lord, I repent of shallowness and commit to embrace Christ’s full Lordship in my life. I commit to live for Your glory and kingdom whatever the cost. As a church, we covenant to be a faithful remnant in a land of darkness. Help us be bold, faith-filled and uncompromising. We will seek Your face and proclaim Your truth no matter the cost.

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

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