Great Awakening #4

Historians have defined three “Religious Awakenings” that have taken place in America. And while it is true that these awakenings differ in a variety of ways, it is also true that they share five common elements:

  1. Intercession: People of faith unite in-prayer for God to forgive
    sins and to send revival.
  1. Revelation: God responds to reveal Himself in a new or
    forgotten way.
  1. Consecration: God’s response leads people to further devote
    and separate themselves to Him, to one another, and to His
    cause.
  1. Renewal: Dormant faith comes back to life and becomes
    fruitful once again.
  1. Expansion: The reach of the church is expanded, new territory
    is gained, converts are one, and believers have a high impact
    on the surrounding culture.

–The Book On Prayer, Ken Gurley

Our God really does move when people start praying. Our prayers do matter!

The noted Bible commentator, J. Edwin Orr, once said, “Whenever God is ready to do something new with His people, He always sets them to praying.”

History bears this out, as believers begin to unite in prayer, spiritual break-throughs begin to take place.

We need a Great Spiritual Awakening. If that Spiritual Awakening is to take place, then the bottomline is this: We need Prayer Warriors!

A Great Awakening

In his book entitled, The Book On Prayer,” Ken Gurley defines a great awakening as: “a season of revival that sets aside formal religion in favor of personal experience with God.”

One look at our world today will tell you that we need another great awakening.

Globally, there is world-wide political upheaval, economic chaos, religious unrest, and then there’s the global pandemic. That’s just some of the things our modern society is facing.

We’ve tried everything humanly possible to turn the ship around but it seems those things are not working.

It’s obvious to me that what we need is a mighty and miraculous move of the Spirit of the Almighty God. Yes, we need another “Great Awakening!”— a revival that affects not only a local area but is witnessed on the national and global stages as well.

Awakenings begin when old systems break down, in periods of cultural distortion and grave personal stress, when we lose faith in the legitimacy of our norms, the viability of our institutions, and the authority of our leaders… .”

William McLoughlin
professor, Brown University

Only One Adversary

That grouchy boss or that ill-tempered co-worker are not your adversaries. Those in-laws that seem to always find fault? They’re not your adversaries.

People may be part of your tests and trials—that’s adversity. However, they are not your adversary; so don’t treat them as such. Pray for them. It’s hard to stay angry with or give the “cold shoulder” to someone for whom you are truly praying.

Though adversities and trials make come in many forms (and faces), you have only one Adversary: Satan. He will use adversities to try and destroy you. We must recognize this and not lose our focus.

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” —1 Peter 5:8 (NKJV)

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,” —2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NKJV)

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