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For Those Who Thirst For Revival

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Devotional for Day 36 – October 6, 2013

Daniel Lim, International House of Prayer Kansas City
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Intention:
To embrace the compassionate heart of Jesus and His vision for the harvest.

Scripture:
“Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.’ ” (Matthew 9:35-38 NKJV)

Reflection:
Prayer and the work of the great commission are two inseparable realities in the heart of God. Jesus’ vision for the lost multitude produced a deep compassion and cry within His being. Out of the depths of His heart, came one of the most gracious commandments; the commandment “to pray.” Through this event in Matthew 9, we received the revelation of another crucial name of God; i.e. the Lord of the Harvest. Our Lord is the Lord of the Harvest. He always set His eyes on the harvest and has all the strategy for the harvest, including the power, the time and the personnel.

He simply commanded us to identify with His compassionate heart for the lost and to enter into the pre-eminent works of prayer; works of prayer that produce more laborers in the harvest fields. The burden for lost souls to be harvested into His glorious kingdom is burning in His heart. We need to catch that fire through prayer and active participation with the Holy Spirit in the work of His harvest. When we pray “Lord of the Harvest, send forth laborers”, often we become the answer to our prayers. We are privileged to become the sent one along with others who are sent.

Pray this Prayer:
Lord of the Harvest, the harvest is so plentiful but the laborers are so few. Lord of the Harvest, send forth laborers from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth, from the ends of the earth back to Jerusalem. Send forth laborers with all kinds of spiritual gifts. Here am I, send me too. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

1. Pray for a worldwide outpouring of the Holy Spirit for revival and transformation of the nations of the world.
2. Pray for the lost to find Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
3. Pray for a multiplication of prayer, praise and worship to God across the world as never before, to bring great glory to God.
4. Pray for the ReFRESH conferences, Sherwood and our part in seeking revival in our country and the nations.

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Devotional for Day 35 – October 5, 2013

Timothy Kwara, Christian Leaders’ Training College, Papua New Guinea
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Intention:
God calls people to Himself out of a fallen world. For He has a plan for each person’s life and is committed to see it come to pass. He never gives up on a person and neither should we.

Scripture:
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son, the He might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those He predestined, He also called; those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified.” (Romans 8:28-30, NIV)

Reflection:
God has been in the business of “searching for” people since the time Adam and Eve were hiding from Him in the Garden of Eden. Today He continues His search for all people. Often He does that through us because He wants to straighten out the lives of those who have gone astray and are hiding from Him. He does not want anyone to perish.

He alone is the source of life and He wants to lead us into a bright and beautiful future. God as the Creator, knows the hurts that we have and all the experiences, good and bad, that we have encountered in life. He is never finished us with us. He is always there to mold and shape us so that we can be conformed more and more to the likeness of His Son Jesus.

Here in Papua New Guinea, lives are lost in tribal clashes due to such things as land disputes. There are payback killings over rape and much more. Many crimes are committed because of high unemployment and jails are overflowing. There are social injustices due to corruption in the government. As a result of living in a fallen world, many people are being hurt day by day. The Gospel has been preached throughout the islands and mountains but still many people choose to go their own way. There are many ‘skin’ only Christians. So there is widespread need for repentance and reconciliation so that this nation can be saved both spiritually and physically from death and submit to Christ as their Lord.

Pray this Prayer:
God Our Creator, thank You that You created us for Yourself and that You love each and every person. Thank You that You did not wipe mankind from the face of the earth when sin entered the human race. Instead You worked out a rescue plan and in the fullness of time You sent Your Son Jesus to live amongst us so that we can be reconciled to You. Now that Jesus is seated at Your right hand, help us to continue the ministry of reconciliation that He began in the power of Your Holy Spirit. Forgive us for our reluctance to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the world today. Change us to be like Jesus so we can minister His love to others. Amen.

Continue in prayer using the 4 prayer points as the Lord leads you.

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Devotional for Day 34 – October 4, 2013

Liz Adleta, Ethne Movement Prayer Workgroup Facilitator
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Intention:
Over 1.8 billion people or 27.9% of the world’s population have almost no access to see or hear the gospel within their own culture. These groups are known as “unreached.”

Scripture:
“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” (Romans 10:14 NIV)

Reflection:
God’s heart is that none should perish. Jesus died that whosoever believes might receive everlasting life. Yet in today’s world, over one in four people do not have the opportunity to hear that good news! Why? Huge barriers of geography, language, politics, and culture stand in the way. Sometimes believers nearby are simply unaware or unconcerned about the need of unreached groups because the groups are isolated from the society where they live.

Jesus commanded His disciples to ask the Lord of the Harvest to thrust forth laborers; we can obey that command and see our world transformed by the power of His love. Let’s repent of our fear or hesitation to obey His commands and to be fruitful disciples that multiply other obedient disciples from our own home towns to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8).

Pray this Prayer:
Father, forgive me for my reluctance and fear to be a bold witness to those around me. Give me Your heart of love for every person, even those I would consider enemies. Help me to truly grow up to fully be like Jesus and to reproduce other obedient disciples who do likewise. Help me to recognize the hearts of those around me that the Holy Spirit has prepared to hear and respond to the gospel. Use me to share in appropriate ways and at appropriate times. Give much fruit that remains for Your glory and transforms my community and the world. Thank You that it’s never too late to sow the seeds of the Word of God and to be Your hands and feet to my world! For Your glory among the nations, and in His Matchless Name I pray, Amen!

Continue in prayer using the 4 prayer points as the Lord leads you.
1. Pray for a worldwide outpouring of the Holy Spirit for revival and transformation of the nations of the world.
2. Pray for the lost to find Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
3. Pray for a multiplication of prayer, praise and worship to God across the world as never before, to bring great glory to God.
4. Pray for the ReFRESH conferences, Sherwood and our part in seeking revival in our country and the nations.

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Devotional for Day 33 – October 3, 2013

From a lady missionary serving long-term in a restricted access area in Asia
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Intention:
As Jesus, while on earth, only ever did what He saw the Father doing, so we need to be doing exactly what we see Jesus doing.

Scripture:
“Let us run the race that is before us and never give up. We should remove from our lives anything that would get in the way and the sin that so easily holds us back. Let us look only to Jesus, the One who began our faith and who makes it perfect.” (Hebrews 12:1-2 NCV)

Reflection:
As a young Christian, I really wanted to know God’s plan for my life, but was confused about how to find it. Yes, from the Bible I learned valuable principles for life, but nothing seemed to fit my own circumstances.
Then I received the single piece of advice that has kept me on the Way for more than 30 years now: If you do not have a vision for what to do with your life, then make it your vision to be like Jesus. Then He can take you anywhere, and have you do everything that He wants.

You know, the craziest things happen when we get radical instead of just reasonable in fixing our eyes on Jesus, learning in our weak and fumbling way to love, think and act like Him.
• Maybe a relative will be happily surprised when we say something nice about someone instead of criticizing.
• Or the police officers will ask “Why?” when they see you chatting with a homeless person – and listen to your answer.
• You might get news that a stranger you shared your testimony with ten years ago believed in Christ as a result of your witness and is now on a foreign mission field.
• People from a different ethnic group are suddenly eager to befriend and listen to you when you adopt their meal-time customs.

I still have so far to go in learning to be like Jesus, but those things are just a few encouragements I have received along the way so far.

Pray this Prayer:
Almighty and loving Father, We thank You for bringing us into Your great family. Thank You for making Yourself small enough for us to see You in Jesus Who came to live amongst us. Please forgive us for all the times we have been ‘reasonable’ in our following You instead of simply believing and accepting that You mean what You say. Help us to fix our eyes on Jesus, to do what we see Him do; to desire praise from You more than praise from the world. We ask in His name. Amen.

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Devotional for Day 32 – October 2, 2013

Ian Cole, World Prayer Centre, Birmingham, England
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Intention:
To ask for God’s help in the breaking of unbelief in our hearts, in our churches and across the body of Christ worldwide and to increase our faith to see His Glory revealed the nations.

Scripture:
“Then Jesus said, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?’ ” (John 11:40 NIV)

Reflection:
We thank God for all that He is doing around the world today. However, from a Westernized Church view, we have to confess that a root of unbelief has taken hold inside and outside the Church that is leading to the rejection of God and His Word. The fruit of this is an increased wickedness that is affecting individuals, families and communities in every area of society.

Throughout scripture we are told of the consequences of unbelief. Deuteronomy 2 tells us that the Israelites could not enter the Promised Land because they did not believe God. Jesus did few miracles in His own town because of unbelief.

However as unbelief breaks God’s heart, so faith pleases and thrills His heart. As today as we pray, we pray with thanksgiving and with faith. Today, Jesus comes to us and says, “do not be afraid, only believe”. If together we can believe, then we shall see the Glory of God, for that Glory will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea. As we pray let us remember that we are saved by faith and justified by faith. We live by faith and we walk by faith.

Pray this Prayer:
Father, it is Your will that none should perish but that all should come to know You. As we pray to You in faith today, we do so in worship and thanksgiving and in the knowledge and belief that You hear our cry and that in Your wrath You will remember mercy. Today we declare that as we believe, we shall see the Glory of God in the nations in our time. Amen.

Continue in prayer using the 4 prayer points as the Lord leads you.
1. Pray for a worldwide outpouring of the Holy Spirit for revival and transformation of the nations of the world.
2. Pray for the lost to find Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
3. Pray for a multiplication of prayer, praise and worship to God across the world as never before, to bring great glory to God
4. Pray for the ReFRESH conferences, Sherwood and our part in seeking revival in our country and the nations.

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Devotional for Day 31 – October 1, 2013

Pastor Kennedy Lokote from Malawi, Glory House Revival Church, England
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Intention:
We need to turn totally to God and then cry out for revival.

Scripture:
“Samuel said to the people of Israel, ‘If you are going to turn to the Lord with all your hearts, you must get rid of all the foreign gods and the images of the goddess Astarte. Dedicate yourselves completely to the LORD and worship only Him, and He will rescue you from the power of the Philistines.’ So the Israelites got rid of their idols of Baal and Astarte, and worshiped only the LORD.” (1 Samuel 7:3-4 GNT)

Reflection:
After truly turning to God, Samuel cried out to God and the Lord thundered from heaven. The only cry of the wicked that God hears is that of repentance, and once we have repented then He honors our desired petitions. It is time to repent and cry out to God.

I feel the message of grace has been compromised and some of the Church has gone into apostasy. The fear of the Lord, righteousness and holiness is no longer encouraged and much of the Church is living like the rest of the world. This happens when teachers insist that grace makes no demands for righteous works, ignoring that we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works (Ephesians 2:10). Faith without works is dead.

Jesus Christ refused Satan’s offer of the world’s kingdoms and their glory in exchange for God’s worship. It’s a shame to see our Church today giving in to this offer. A craving for physical pleasure, pride in our achievements and possessions and the glory of this world have corrupted the Church. We, the Church, must first completely return to the Lord and cut off any ungodly association that we have made with the world. There can’t be victory outside the camp when there’s defeat within the camp. Revival is only possible on the condition that the Church admits her backslidden state and repents and turns away completely from it. When REVIVAL comes to the Church, others will be affected. Many will respond positively to the gospel of Jesus Christ for salvation.

Pray this Prayer:
Our Heavenly and Merciful Father, we have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled. We have turned away from following You with all our heart, our mind and our strength. O Lord, You are righteous, but this day we are covered with shame. In our pursuit of worldly riches, honor and glory we have fallen into temptation. We have witnessed disasters come on us yet we have not sought your favor, O Lord our God, by turning from our sins and giving attention to your truth. Now, Lord our God, Who bought us by the precious blood of Your son, Jesus Christ, hear our prayers. O Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For your sake, O God, do not delay, because Your Church and Your people bear Your name, the name JESUS CHRIST. AMEN!

Continue in prayer using the 4 prayer points as the Lord leads you.

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Devotional for Day 30 – September 30, 2013

(Name withheld due to security reasons) Team Expansion, Asia
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Intention:
We know that He hears us.

Scripture:
“And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of Him.” (1 John 5:14-15 ESV)

Reflection:
He hears.

A Chinese hymn says, “Softly, softly listening. He is softly, softly listening. My Shepherd knows my voice.”

Our Shepherd is bending down to his lamb, our Dad leaning in to hear His child’s requests. He focuses His attention on us. No static obscures our voice. We don’t need to shout. As we ask according to His will, our Heavenly Father hears us.

We listen.

The hymn continues, “Softly, softly, listen. I will softly, softly listen. I turn my ear to hear my Lord’s voice.”

We quietly tune our hearts into the whispers of Scripture that the Spirit has breathed. This allows us to move into the place of praying “according to His will”. We can pray confidently using God’s own words, raising the souls of those He has laid on our hearts – though we may never have seen their faces – to the throne.

He answers.

“He is the Great Shepherd, the Lord of Life. My whole life I will follow my Lord’s voice.” The hymn rises to this triumphant conclusion.

The One we petition is no tin pot ruler, no wizard of tricks, but the Author of Life in whom all things hold together. We can fully rely on His ability, confident that “we have the requests we have asked of Him”. We have been given a blank check on an unlimited account. Corrupt national systems beyond His power to change. Ask big. He hears. He answers.

Pray this Prayer:
Heavenly Father, Great Shepherd of the sheep, we thank You for hearing us. Please guide us now to pray according to Your will. Please bring in the sheep still outside Your fold. Jesus gave His life for them, that they may also follow Your voice. You are well able to do this. We praise You for hearing and answering these prayers, which we bring in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Continue in prayer using the 4 prayer points as the Lord leads you.

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Devotional for Day 29 – September 29, 2013

Pastor Daniel Ko, Suwon Hana Baptist Church, South Korea
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Intention:
God can choose to send a great revival quickly when His people obediently pray and proclaim His truth.

Scripture:
Jonah obeyed the word of the LORD and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very important city – a visit required three days. On the first day, Jonah started into the city. He proclaimed: “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overturned.” The Ninevites believed God. They declared a fast, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth. (Jonah 3:3-5 NIV)

Reflection:
When God planned a revival for the Gentile city of Nineveh, the first thing He did was look for a person He could work through. Jonah was that one so God shared His plan with him.
However, Jonah was not happy with this plan. Perhaps he protested, “Lord, destroying Nineveh is more reasonable than saving Nineveh. If Nineveh prospers, then the Israelites will perish.” So, Jonah arose to flee from the presence of the Lord by ship to Tarshish. God had a passion for Nineveh and chased Jonah in order to fulfil His plan.

Jonah found himself in the belly of a great fish and finally submitted to the plan of God. After that, something amazing happened. Jonah went into the city and on the first day began to proclaim the destruction that God would bring in 40 days (verse 3). Surprisingly, the people of Nineveh repented and turned their hearts toward God. Even the king of Nineveh heard about this amazing event, and he publicly proclaimed a fast throughout the country. Great transformation started in Nineveh.

Yes, revival belongs to God. But the question is, who is going to submit to God’s will and pray? Compare the time of God’s preparation for Jonah to pray for the revival to the time when revival really did happen. Revival is not difficult for God, but we will be that one person fully submitted to God’s will and ready to pray and obey?

Today, God is able to save people and bring revival, even in just one day. However, who is going to pray and submit to His will? Will you?

Pray this Prayer:
Lord God, we pray for revival in the great cities of our day. You’re looking for your ‘Jonahs’ to use them as instruments of revival today, as You did in Nineveh. Please forgive us for any times we have not cared about others or preferred your judgment rather than repentance. We believe You are a merciful God who desires that none should perish. We believe that You have the power to bring revival even quickly as in Nineveh. So we ask You to do that in our day in our city and around the world. In your great mercy we ask You to begin that today. Amen.

Continue in prayer using the 4 prayer points as the Lord leads you.

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Devotional for Day 28 – September 28, 2013

Carlos Scott, Mision GloCal, Argentina Past President of COMIBAM International and continuing member of World Evangelical Alliance Missions Commission
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Intention:
Jesus valued the individual who was in need – so must we.

Scripture:
“Jesus stopped and said, ‘Call him.’ So they called to the blind man, ‘Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.’ Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ Jesus asked him.” (Mark 10:49-51 NIV)

Reflection:
As the Body of Christ, we have a common future and identity. This involves welcoming one another, forgiving one another, humbling ourselves, becoming less – not claiming superiority over another. Our identity and future show we have the same feelings and are unified in following the Father’s plans. It includes understanding our different cultures and helping each other – becoming open to others and doing what Jesus would have done.

The story of Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52), teaches us many lessons about evangelization, fellowship, integrity, and solidarity. Jesus asked, “What do you want me to do for you?”

Jesus showed He valued humanity by being available. The blind man’s answer, “I want to see,” was his response, and he was healed. It was a miracle of Jesus; his faith in Christ healed him. He decided to follow Jesus and there was transformation.

Jesus’ method was to open up to the needs of the other person. Faced with Bartimaeus’ cry, Jesus stopped, asked for him to be called, and asked the question, “What do you want me to do for you?” All these actions value the individual – not a method, ideology, or doctrine. Jesus simply opened up and showed interest in the other person. This is because fellowship, cooperation, integrity, and solidarity are about sharing life and valuing the other person.

Often, we do not want to ask, “What do you want me to do for you?” We are afraid the person will ask us something unexpected, or worse, something we do not want to give or do. Asking questions causes instability and discomfort. We prefer to be in control and manage our agendas. Bartimaeus was an outcast. He was considered a sinner, excluded from the covenant, excluded economically, excluded from the appreciation and esteem of others due to his blindness. Mark attributed value to him by stating his name. He was not a nameless beggar. This was very significant. We must learn to follow the way Jesus responded to each person’s need.

Pray this Prayer:
Father, thank You that You see us not only a people but as individuals. Your Word declares that You have engraved us on the palms of Your hands and that even the very hairs on our head are numbered. Thank You that Jesus, as the exact representation of Your being, showed this same love for people. Help us follow the example of Jesus in responding to needy, often neglected and rejected – as individuals. Forgive us for our preoccupation with big crowds and big statistics at the expense of the individual. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

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Devotional for Day 27 – September 27, 2013

David Rowsome, Prayer Coordinator, Canberra Declaration, Australia
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Intention:
Pray that we would boldly declare the truth of God’s Word when contending for a culture of life.

Scripture:
“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NIV)

Reflection:
In contending for a culture of life, on issues such as abortion, Christians have had some limited success in using the appeals of secular society or the world. There are the different declarations of the United Nations which can sometimes win the day. There also is a growing body of medical research and scientific discoveries which can be used in different battles. Secular social sciences too sometimes can be used to support the Christian view on life issues.

While we can rejoice in every victory that seems to push back a culture of death, we must realize that written agreements and reasoned arguments by themselves won’t ultimately change hearts and transform lives the way that we want. What do we do if the UN changes its position or makes other conventions that promote a culture of death? What do we do with hardened hearts and minds that refuse to believe God is real and human life is sacred?

The above passage assures us that God’s mighty weapons are available to us while we contend for a culture of life. We need spiritual weapons to demolish spiritual strongholds. These weapons include God’s Word, prayer in the name of Jesus, the power of the Holy Spirit, faith, hope and love. These weapons can break down proud human arguments against God that keep people from seeing God’s truth.

In all our contending for a culture of life we must prayerfully and unashamedly declare the unchangeable truth that “God created man in His own image” (Genesis 1:27). The declaration that every human being has intrinsic and equal value in the eyes of God is key to our victory.

Pray this Prayer:
Loving Heavenly Father, thank You that You created human beings in Your own image so that we could honor You and live in a right relationship with You. Your Word declares that we are Your workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works (Ephesians 2:10). And so we want to honor You as our Creator with lives pleasing to you. Forgive us for our reluctance or embarrassment to declare the truth of your Word as we contend for a culture of life. Instead, may we put on the full armor of God, boldly praying in the Spirit, while using your Word the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:10-18). Help us to take our stand against the spiritual forces of evil as we contend for a culture of life. In the mighty name of Jesus we pray. Amen.