Only pray for revival?

At a Christian event 100,000 believers gathered to pray for re- vival and worship God. They were dismissed, not with a challenge to share the gospel, but with a challenge to worship the Lord wherever they went. What an unspeakable tragedy! Soldiers were told to feast in the barracks when they have been enlisted to fight on the front-lines of the battlefield. We are not short of worshipers; we are dreadfully short of those who will go into the world and preach the gospel to those headed for hell. What a tragedy that so many are not exhorted by their leaders to do what God has told us to do: to preach the gospel to every creature. Obeying Him by doing what He commanded is true worship in action.

“Have you noticed how much praying for revival has been going on of late and how little revival has resulted? I believe the problem is that we have been trying to substitute praying for obeying, and it simply will not work. To pray for revival while ignoring the plain precept laid down in Scripture is to waste a lot of words and get nothing for our trouble. Prayer will become effective when we stop using it as a substitute for obedience.” A. W. Tozer 

2 Chronicles 29:30 Moreover King Hezekiah and the leaders commanded the Levites to sing praise to the Lord with the words of David and of Asaph the seer. So they sang praises with gladness, and they bowed their heads and worshiped.

31 Then Hezekiah answered and said, “Now that you have consecrated yourselves to the Lord, come near, and bring sacrifices and tthank offerings into the house of the Lord.” So the assembly brought in sacrifices and thank offerings, and as many as were of a twilling heart brought burnt offerings.

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One Response to Only pray for revival?

  1. Faithful Follower says:

    I was a member of a small rural church whose sole mission was to prayerfully bring a revival such as what happen at the turn of 1900’s in Wales or like Azuza Street; to see a change in the Church and in the national culture. The belief was we were not empowered to do meaningful outreach until we had a Pentecost outpouring, though they did acknowledge a few mercy drops were falling in the few people we did see come to faith in Christ, such as our children. After moving away and joining a thriving evangelical church, I see the error of my ways. We are to Pray and do outreach, keeping step with the Spirit! The Church as a whole does need a baptism of repentance, but “the Lord is not restrained to save by many or by few”. He commands us to go. He did say tarry in Jerusalem until you are baptized with the Holy Spirit. I am His, and know the Lord’s voice and leading. I believe it is misguided to be immobilized until a corporate outpouring occurs. Thanks for your warning. And yes, Come Lord Jesus!

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