Date: February 24, 2019

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I. Personal Prayers of Repentance, Cleansing and a Longing for Greater Intimacy with God is the Starting Point (Psa. 51:7-12).
A. God sets the standard for our lives and we all have fallen short (vs. 1-3; Matt. 22:37-39; 1 Pet. 1:15-16; Gal. 5:22-23). Matt. 22:37-39 - 37Jesus replied, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” 1 Pet. 1:15-16 – 15But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do, 16for it is written, “Be holy, because I am holy.” Gal. 5:22-25 - 22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. 25Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
B. God desires us to come to repentance in order to magnify His glory in our lives (vs. 4; Isa. 6:5). Isa. 6:5 – “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.”
C. Entreat the Lord for cleansing and healing/restoration to communion with Him (vs. 7-12; 1 John 1:9).
1 John 1:9 - If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
II. Intercessory Prayer for Ourselves and the Church is the Essential Step to Revival (Mark 1:35; Phil. 3:10; Matt. 6:9-10).
A. We need to establish a regular meeting place and time with God (Psa. 119:147a; Dan. 9:3; Mark 1:35).
Psa. 119:147a – “I rise before dawn and cry for help;
Dan. 9:3-5 – So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes.
Mark 1:35 - Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.
B. Revival praying is characterized by a desire to know God more intimately (Phil. 3:10). Phil. 3:10 – I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,
C. Revival praying is a crying out for God’s power to be manifest (Matt. 6:9-10). Matt. 6:9-10 – “This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’” “What the Church needs to-day is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use -- men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men -- men of prayer.” ― E.M. Bounds
D. Pray for an authentication of the Church and her mission as the people of God (Exo. 33:16). Exo. 33:16 – “How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other pepe loin the face of the earth?” Questions for further study and review: 1. What comes to your mind when you think of the word, revival? 2. Read each point and subpoint along with the scripture given. Do you agree or disagree? Why? 3. Regarding point IB:  Read prayerfully the Scriptures verses listed (Psa. 51:4; Isa. 6:5), asking the Holy Spirit to continue working in your heart for His honor and glory.  Ponder the verses given until there comes upon you a sense of the sinfulness of sin.  Open your heart to a sense of the horror of sin and its depths are stirred, and sorrow leads to repentance. It will come if you honestly want God to be glorified in your life. 4. Regarding point IC:  Read carefully the Scripture listed (Psa. 51:7-12; 1 John 1:9).  Base your confidence upon these promises from the Word of God, and receive forgiveness and cleansing.  If assurance of cleansing does not spring up in your heart, go over the passages again to discover how the Lord is faithful to forgive us when we confess (1 John 1:9). The Holy Spirit is specific in His conviction. Satan is general in his condemnation.  If you do not know how to deal with some particular sin, ask some mature Christian friend for counsel. 5. Take 10 minutes each day this week to pray through the steps in point II.

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