What’s your foundation? Or, Praying Like a Revived Church

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Everyone builds his or her life around something.

We’ve seen people who build their lives around their job. Their job is everything. It gives them purpose, meaning, and even their identity. ‘I’m a musician,’ someone might say. ‘I’m a lawyer [God help them],’ another might say. Or, someone will say, ‘I’m a teacher.’

Other people build their lives around the heroes they follow (or admire to the point of worship). We see that all the time in Massachusetts with fully grown adults wearing a jersey with ‘Gronk’ or ‘Big Papi’s’ name on it.

Then there are the adults who build their lives around their children. They won’t admit it, but they vicariously live out their dreams through their kids. They get their kids to do all of the things they wanted to do as kid so they push their kids to play sports, learn to play the piano, be in every school play, or enter every science fair.

Then there are the parents who build their lives around their kids by spoiling their children. They choose what to eat because of what the kids like. They constantly drive their kids from one activity to another and choose activities and movies because the kids like them. They almost seem to be asking for their children’s permission for almost everything.

Obviously our children need to be a high priority in our lives, but what I’m describing is what happens all too often: Some parents allow the kids to more or less be in control. That makes for a very shaky life foundation.

However in 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, Paul talks about building our lives on Someone who is more stable and more permanent. Paul says we should build our lives on the solid foundation of Jesus Christ. He’s right of course, but we might ask, ‘How do we do that?’ It’s one thing to say we need to build our lives on the solid foundation of Jesus, but it’s quite another to know HOW to do that.

Well, Jesus tells us how in the passage giving us the Lord’s prayer. In Matthew 6:9b-11, Jesus gives us the pattern: ‘“Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.”’

So now you ask, ‘How does this tell me how to build my life on Jesus?’

It’s simple. How does Jesus tell us to start this prayer? He says, ‘“Our Father in heaven…”’ Our prayers and our thoughts should consciously start with God in mind.

Next, we pray that His name will be honored. We pray that His kingdom will be a reality and not a wish. Then we pray that His will, will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

However, something wonderful happens to us when we make the conscious choice to start praying for God’s Kingdom to be in evidence on this earth. It happens when we begin to pray that His will, will be done on this earth as it is in heaven. His Spirit works in our hearts and minds and we begin to change. He works in us to reshape our thinking. He does the work, but before we know it, our priorities and needs begin to change.

In the second half of the Lord’s prayer, Jesus talks about us asking for our needs. This is where the beauty is seen. What we start asking for is different. What we ‘need’ is different. Our ‘stuff’ has been changed and we see the world differently. That’s a beautiful thing.

How different might the world be if Christians would really live, and pray, this way. That kind of praying might spark a revival!

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Pray For An Awakening is the revival prayer ministry of Christ the King Church, 4 Railroad Ave., Suite 309 in Wakefield, MA  01880.

You can find out more about the church at our web site: http://www.ctknorthshore.org.  For our Japanese web site: http://www.ctkNorthShore.Tumblr.com. You’re also invited to check out our podcasts at http://christthekingnorthshore.podbean.com. Or, you can email us at ChristtheKingNorthShore@gmail.com. We’d love to hear from you.

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It’s Time for the 22 Days of Fire

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New Year’s Day is coming and rather than just celebrating the turn of a calendar page, let’s make the day meaningful by seeking a fresh touch from the Lord!

Urge your church to become a part of, ’22 Days of Fire.’ It’s a Christ-centered way to start out the new year.

The first step this year is the New Year’s Day worship service, including prayer to rededicate your life and your church to the Lord and His purposes. A fellowship meal after the service would be a way to unify the people behind the vision for the fast.

The next step is a 21-day Daniel Fast until January 22nd.

A Daniel fast is patterned after Daniel’s fast in Daniel chapter one. Generally it consists of eating fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, and dairy products, maybe eggs. While it’s not a rigid fast, to be genuine, you shouldn’t eat meat (including fish), junk/snack food, nor sweets (candy, desserts, donuts, etc.).

Each week has a specific focus:

+The first seven days of the Daniel Fast are to seek His mercy.
+The next seven days are to seek His wisdom and specific direction.
+The last seven days of the Daniel Fast are to seek His power and anointing for your life and for your church.

It’s recommended that everyone participating in this time of prayer and fasting have a prayer meeting during each week of the 21-day fast. Share what the Lord has shown you during the time.

If ever there was a time in our nation’s history when we need to seek the Lord it’s now! Let us join together to seek the Lord’s heart for our church, for our nation, and for our own walk with the Lord.

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Prayer for Revival and To Be Salt and Light

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A Prayer for Revival and Ministry

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A Prayer, ‘Lord, let revival begin with me’

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Prayer to Walk Holy and Draw People to Christ

The Bible tells us that when we walk holy before the Lord, we need not fear Christ’s return.  Further, walking truly holy draws people to Christ. Join with us and pray that the church will walk holy before the Lord and draw people to the throne of grace.

If this prayer blesses you, write to us at Pray For An Awakening, c/o Christ the King Church, 4 Railroad Avenue, Suite 309, Wakefield, MA 01880. And a gift to keep this revival prayer ministry going will be most appreciated. Until next time, let’s Pray For An Awakening.

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Prayer for Faithfulness to Fire-Up the Church

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Prayer for a Heart to Evangelize

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Prayer for Conviction and Outreach

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True Repentance, True Revival

15 For thus says the High and Lofty One
Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
“I dwell in the high and holy place,
With him who has a contrite and humble spirit,
To revive the spirit of the humble,
And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

Introduction
This is an amazing verse for revival.

In revival, the Lord awakens His people and leads them to call on His name. He puts a longing and a hunger in our heart to encounter Him.

This is why this passage is such a powerful revival passage.

The Verse, Part One
Look at what the prophet Isaiah reveals about the Lord.

He is the ‘High and Lofty One.’ The Lord is the One who is perfect, glorious, and radiant.

The first thing we should desire as we pray is that the Lord will reveal His holy glory to us.

‘Lord, we know You’re glorious. Touch us with that holy glory and draw us to Yourself. Lord show us how we fall so short, how sinful we are and how much we need You.’

That’s a true prayer prayed with the desire to experience God’s freshness.

Part Two
“I dwell in the high and holy place,
With him who has a contrite and humble spirit,

Here the Lord says, ‘“I dwell in the high and holy place.”’

He lives in glory. He dwells in absolute perfection and is seated on high. He is the very essence of perfection and beauty.

Then He adds that His dwelling in that high and holy place is with one ‘“who has a contrite and humble spirit.”’

If we want to dwell with Him in that ‘high and holy place,’ we need to have a contrite, a repentant, and humble spirit.

As often as we may hear it and even as we may get tired of it, true revival always involves repentance. In fact, there is no such thing as a real revival unless there is repentance.

Any real revival preaching will call for the people listening to get down on their knees and confess and repent of their sin–period.

So yes, the only way we’ll ever see true revival is if there’s true repentance. After we repent, we seek more of Jesus and less of ourselves.

Then, when we truly seek Christ, we ask Him to protect us from deception.

If we’re to be protected from deception, we ask Him to protect us from displays of false signs that accompany counterfeit revivals. Ultimately this means we don’t seek the signs and reject seeking the sensational.

So many of this nation’s revivals have gotten off track and have been hijacked by the adversary because the people started getting fleshly and seeking signs.

Thus, with counterfeit revivals, people start showing things that are outside of Scripture, like animal noises, twitching, convulsions, howling, and looking for things like spirit guides, looking for gold dust to fall from the ceiling, or angel feathers.

With real revival people come forward to repent of their sin with contrite hearts, weeping and seeking God’s holiness.

The Welsh Revival and even some almost revivals in the U.S. were cut short or actually never happened because the counterfeit signs invaded the arenas and captured the people’s attention.

Part Three
To revive the spirit of the humble,
And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

Yet, in the third part of this verse, the Lord says He’ll revive the heart of the humble.
That’s a heart ready for revival, one that seeks to know Christ and to have a oneness with our Lord.

The humble heart tha is broken over our sinfulness and our compromises with the world will repent. In this verse, the Lord promises that He will touch us with His grace and mercy, and honor that humble spirit with a taste of His true glory.

That’s when that person will be revived and have his or her eyes opened to the beauty of our Lord.

Suddenly the things of this world grow strangely dim and only a life that pleases Jesus is what matters.

We’re no longer content to go through a ritual of prayers daily, but we desire to pray those things that are God’s priorities.

We have the perfect model for that in the Lord’s prayer. Jesus even told us to pray…

‘”Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by Thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.”‘

Do you see how different that is? We’re praying that His will is done on earth as it is in heaven.

This is a perfect revival prayer. Martyn Lloyd-Jones had it right when he said that revival, ‘is days of heaven on earth.’

Truly, we ought to be pray that His will, will be done, ‘“On earth as it is in heaven.”’

So let’s pray right now that we’ll seek a true revival and even ask the Lord to protect us from deception and to keep our eyes on the Kingdom as we pray for this fresh revelation of His Spirit.

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