Let It Begin In Me. That’s where it starts. Not so much praying for others; it is getting on my face and praying, “Let it start with me!” How quick am I to say, “If he would just change, or if she would just change?” I am drawing a circle, stepping in it and praying – “Lord, change me!” Revival has a ripple effect: it impacts ever-widening circles of family, community, and country. But at the core, it all begins in the circle where you and I stand. As the songwriter penned, “Not my brother, not my sister, but it’s me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer.”
In the late 1800’s there was a great evangelist named Gipsy Smith. He had traveled the world twice, preaching in every Continent, in many countries. Wherever he preached, revival broke out. One day a delegation of people from a certain community came to Gipsy and said, “We so desperately want to see revival in our area. It’s so dry and dead. What can we do to see revival?”
Gipsy said, “I’ll tell you exactly how it will come about. You go home. Lock yourself in your bedroom. Take a piece of chalk. Put a circle on the floor of your bedroom. Kneel in that circle and pray fervently and brokenly that God will start revival in that circle.”
Below are ten statements that I continue to process and pray through. With the Holy Spirit’s prompting, I am praying that these statements will begin a fresh work of revival in my life, family, community, and country. Would you join with me by drawing a circle around your own life and begin to pray, “Lord, send revival, and let it begin in me”?
1. “The heart of revival is when people become saturated with a poverty of spirit.”
2. “The deeper one’s encounter with God, the deeper one’s mourning over sin.”
3. “No ministry goes further than the family.”
4. “As long as we are content to live without revival, we will.”
5. “You never get to know prayer. Prayer gets to know you.”
6. “Missionaries, evangelists, and revivalists do not make revival. Revival makes missionaries, evangelists, and revivalists.”
7. “Why should Christians pray for revival? Because if we know that revival exalts Christ’s name, how could we ask for anything less?”
8. “When did you last climb underneath the burden of God in prayer?”
9. “If God were to bring the burden of God upon us for Revival in America, I don’t know how many of us could sleep at night.”
10. “We don’t ask for the power of God so that we can use it. We ask for the power of God so that it can use us.”
Lord, as I take my chalk and draw my circle, step in it to begin praying, please use these ten statements to transform me to be more like You!
Revive Us O God, and Let It Begin In Me!
adapted from the original blog post at www.thisfamilytree.org
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Director. Revivalist. Conference Speaker. Prayer Summit Leader. Men’s Ministry Coach. Teacher. Author. Blogger.
He is the founder of REAL MOMENTUM Ministries, Inc., and is passionate about seeing a movement of men unleashed and unhindered for the glory of God at home, in the church, and around the world. Keith also serves as a staff revivalist with Life Action Ministries. He and his wife, Nichole, live in Georgia. They have been married for 15 years and have 8 children. They make a great team leading family conferences and retreats together. Contact him today about the possibility of having him come and speak. Learn more about what others have to say.