Just read Alec Dunn’s latest segment on why we should pray for revival in difficult times. I was particularly taken with his prayer points, and will use these again over the next couple of days as I’m praying in the Boiler Room – see his comments below. I think we are wasting are time if we don’t pray in faith, and if we don’t remember that we are praying to the God of the impossible. Yesterday I was just thinking how God comes good all the time, every day – even creation would not hold together without his continued inspiration and input.
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5) The prayer of the Early Church recorded for us in Act 4:23-31 is the clearest passage in the Bible that demonstrates this attitude, and tells us how to respond to difficulties.
- Not to complain. Peter and John had just been arrested by the authorities, but when they came back, they did not complain at all. So, we are to act in the same way.
- Acknowledge the greatness of God, just as they did.
- Realize that God has allowed the evil we are witnessing to take place, just as they did.
- Tell God about the situation we are in, and what you are expecting Him to do about it, as they did.
- Pray for God to give us boldness to speak out His word everywhere, as they did.
- Pray for God to perform miracles of healings, signs and wonders in order to convince people that Jesus is the One whom they should believe in and accept as Lord of their lives, as they did.
- Expect God to work, as they did.
We see that the Lord answered their prayer straightaway in the most astounding fashion and continued to answer the prayer in giving wonderful deliverances. But at other times, He did not deliver, but used the difficulties for His purposes. In the same way, as the difficulties increase for us today, we should be praying and trusting, as the Early Church did, asking God to work everything for His purposes.
6) We know that as we work and witness and pray according to the pattern He has given us, there will be opposition, because the devil will be angry at God working. So we should not be surprised at any of the criticism or opposition, including people being arrested and put in prison, or even killed. But we are to continue to pray for God to work miracles and pour out His Spirit and build His Church.
It is going to become increasingly important that we hold on to this pattern, so that, as the opposition grows, we think, not about surviving but about succeeding. We need to always think positively and prayerfully of God working His purpose out, of revival and awakening and miracles, yet alongside the opposition. If the opposition gets greater, we should be looking to God for greater miracles and greater growth.
“To Him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine, to Him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.” (Eph.3:20-21)