Date: March 24, 2019

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“If anything shows our need of revival at the present time, it is what we see as we look around and about us. The Church seems to have been overcome by such a spirit of lethargy, and of defeatism, thereby giving the impression to those who are outside that she is filled with a sense of despair.” Martyn Lloyd-Jones, p. 250
I. The Church’s Need should be the Burden of our Hearts for Revival Prayer (Isa. 62:1-12).
Isa. 62:1 - For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her righteousness shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch.
8The LORD has sworn by his right hand and by his mighty arm: “Never again will I give your grain as food for your enemies, and never again will foreigners drink the new wine for which you have toiled;
A. Our hearts should be broken over the current status of the Church today (vs. 1a, 8).
B. We are called to be concerned about the health of the Church and be intercessors on her behalf (vs. 1b).
6I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the LORD, give yourselves no rest, 7and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth.
C. Revival begins when a few individuals are burdened to relentlessly intercede on behalf of the Church (vs. 6-7).
II. We are to Entreat God until He Breaks through in Response to our Prayers (Isa. 63:1-19).
Isa 63:1-6 - 1Who is this coming from Edom, from Bozrah, with his garments stained crimson? Who is this, robed in splendor, striding forward in the greatness of his strength? “It is I, speaking in righteousness, mighty to save.”
2Why are your garments red, like those of one treading the winepress?
3“I have trodden the winepress alone; from the nations no one was with me. I trampled them in my anger and trod them down in my wrath; their blood spattered my garments, and I stained all my clothing.
4For the day of vengeance was in my heart; and the year of my redemption has come. 5I looked, but there was no one to help, I was appalled that no one gave support; so my own arm worked salvation for me, and my own wrath sustained me. 6I trampled the nations in my anger; in my wrath I made them drunk and poured their blood on the ground.”
A. The Church is encouraged by the glorious revelation of the conquering Christ (vs. 1-2).
B. Salvation and revival are altogether, entirely and exclusively the work of God (vs. 3-6). Isa. 63:7 - 7I will tell of the kindnesses of the LORD, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the LORD has done for us— yes, the many good things he has done for Israel, according to his compassion and many kindnesses.
C. In times of difficulty we need to remind ourselves of the kindnesses of God (vs. 7-14).
D. Our heartfelt fervor for God’s glory leads us into revival praying (vs. 15-19).
Isa. 64:1-2 - 1Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you! 2As when fire sets twigs ablaze and causes water to oil, come down to make your name known to your enemies and cause the nations to quake before you.
III. Revival is God’s Spirit among His People bringing Him Glory and Praise (Isa. 64:1-12). Questions for further study and review: 1. What comes to your mind when you think of the status of the Church throughout the world? the west? 2. Read Isaiah 62-64. Stop after each verse or paragraph of the text and explain in your own words what is happening. 3. What is Isaiah’s burden for Zion (62:1-2)? Does your heart have a similar burden for the Church today? Why or why not? 4. What are the purposes of watchmen (62:6-7)? Who or what are the contemporary equivalents of these? What do they do? Who is to be reminded about the status of God’s people? What does this mean? 5. What is the purpose of Isa. 64:1-6 in the midst of Isaiah’s prayer? Reflect on points IIA&B. Do you agree with each? Why or why not? What are the implications of these? 6. What is happening in Isa. 63:7-14, and 8-19? 7. What is revival (see Point III, Isa. 64:1-2)? What does this mean to you? 8. Take 10 minutes each day this week to pray about the answers you gave in question 1, that God would come and deal with these matters.

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