No one has ever manifested the power of God like the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Before He entered His public ministry, He spent time with the Father in prayer. Jesus was known to have spent seasons of prayer alone with the Father. These seasons of prayer were the source of His power. He could do nothing unless the Father revealed it to Him.
-David Yonggi Cho (1936-Present), Prayer that Brings Revival
2 Chronicles 7:14
Many times we try to formulate a special “recipe” that will bring about revival. Many times throughout Scripture we find promises of God that first come with prerequisites. For example, Romans 10:9 “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” However, we often disconnect verses like this from Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves…not of works…” Ultimately, we know we are born again because the Holy Spirit has convicted us and revealed to us the truth of God’s Word, which then produces a public confession and a faith in one’s heart.
Likewise with revival. Many times 2 Chronicles 7:14, is used to formulate a recipe, independent of the whole of Scripture. For our purposes, revival is the awakening of one to the affections of God. This desire for an awakening must first be stirred in us by the Holy Spirit, and our appropriate response is prayer. Once convicted of our desperate need, we must repent and pray. Prayer then connects our lives with the supernatural, resurrection, awakening power of God that is readily available. We find that there are often seasons when the Holy Spirit is prompting the Body of Christ at large to an awakening. I believe we are in one of those seasons now. He uses things and people in our world or our lives to capture our attention, and speaks to us through God’s Word regarding His promise and power available. How has the Holy Spirit convicted you and prompted you to pray and fast? What power and what promises are available to you as you pray? Let us passionately seek God that we might be filled to the all fullness!