Prayer and Fasting for True Revival

Prayer and Fasting for True Revival

The cry of God is always, “return to Me.”  In Zech 1:3, God says, “Return to Me and I will return to you.”  We hear the same call again and again in the New Testament. The Bible clearly uses “return to Me” as a call to repentance, revival, and restoration of the love relationship that unites us with God.  Repentance always brings a return of the love relationship with God.

Today we see a different focus–we are called to “fast and pray for revival” where the emphasis is dangerously close to shifting from “repent and return to Me” to fasting and praying that would have as its goal what God will do for us rather than to us.  But God’s goal is for us to have a restored relationship with Him.  

God knows we need a revival, or else we may perish.  Saving non-Christians is crucial and right and good, but revival is a deliberate turning back to God by His people in repentance, brokenness, and grief over their sin and loss of their love-relationship with Him.  Are we grieving over having left our first love, over our broken relationship?  We are called only to “return”.  What happens as a result is all God’s doing. 

Understand what true revival is: Revival is not what happens to the “lost,” but what happens to God’s people when we come in brokenness and grief over sin – our sin – and are restored to a holy love relationship with God.  Revival is when God’s people are once again living to the praise of His glory and to the glory of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

We will always know, as God’s people, when we have returned, because we will see fresh evidence of a fresh and powerful sensitivity to sin and to the Savior.  This will first be seen in God’s people.  Then, God is once again able to work through his people to touch a lost world redemptively.

Any call that bypasses the “returning process” can sideline or delay what we so desperately need and long for; the transformation of our culture and the salvation of multitudes who are lost. 

7 Ingredients for Successful Intercession

  1. Love

1 Thessalonians 4:9 But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another;

Romans 5:5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

2 Corinthians 4:11-12 11 For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So then death is working in us, but life in you.

  1. Compassion

Matthew 9:38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.

Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.

Ephesians 3:19 To know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

2 Corinthians 4:3-4 3 But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.

3. Identification

Romans 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.

1 Corinthians 9:19 For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more;

1 Corinthians 9:22 To the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.

4. Boldness

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

5. Fervency

Romans 12:11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;

James 5:16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

6. Perseverance

Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints…

7. All Men

1 Samuel 12:23 Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you; but I will teach you the good and the right way.

1 Peter 4:13 But rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.

Romans 15:1 We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

1 Timothy 2:1 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men,