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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A Prayer Prescription for Revival

Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” (Matthew 18:19-20, (NIV).

If you are seeking revival, prayer is the most intimate part of the prescription for it. This Scripture in Matthew reveals an incredible promise about its power. When two or more of His disciples agree in prayer, He is there with them. He meets with them in prayer. He connects their souls in prayer. When they focus on Him, He joins their minds and hearts in purpose. As they allow the Holy Spirit to direct their prayers, something miraculous begins to happen. Their desires become one with His will, and He binds them together to achieve this most powerful promise–that if two agree about what they ask for, it shall be done.

A disciple of Jesus is one whose loyalty and love for Him is greater than anything else. A disciple is called to sacrificially follow Jesus, share the truth of His saving grace, and deny his own self. Prayer can be one of the greatest of self-denials. The prayer of one who seeks His will banishes self and seeks His deepest intimacy. There is a hunger–a longing–a yearning of heart that can only be satisfied with His living presence. “As the deer longs for streams of water,” David cried, “so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God” (Psalm 42:1-2a, NLT). Just a few verses later David rejoiced, “Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me” (Psalm 42:7, NIV). Not only is there a hunger for the overcoming waters of His Spirit, there is a deep thirst for His heart-changing presence. The unfathomable depth of the Spirit of God calls to the depth of the Holy Spirit within a man, and bids that man come. When the Holy Spirit is the caller, then it is the man surrendered to the Holy Spirit, who accepts. The Holy Spirit becomes the lover of that soul.

When two of His lovers come into His presence in agreement seeking His face, two wills are surrendered instead of one. Not only are two wills surrendered, they are linked together in petition, and His power is unleashed to achieve His greatest purpose. When He becomes our total desire–when we seek His heart agreeing in faith–our prayers become His prayer. We limit God when we hesitate to believe. We limit the power of agreement when we do not come together believing, trusting, and applying faith. We have not because we ask not. If two disciples are truly surrendered to the Holy Spirit together in prayer, what they ask shall be in His will, and their prayers will be answered.

Two or more repentant hearts seeking the Lord together can pray down a heaven-sent great awakening. If we hunger for revival and want to be changed by His power, we will seek His face. We will hunger to pray with other believers who yearn for the same. We shall become one in prayer with Him, and nothing can hinder the power with which God answers. The Holy Spirit which has called us to pray hears our response and our call for Him to come. Let's seek Him together and surrender to His call, and He will surrender to ours. Nothing will limit His power or His promise. 

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