In my research on revivals I discovered they all had a few things in common:
* massive amounts of prayer/intercession beforehand
Prayer precedes all revivals. For example the Moravian 100 year continous prayer in the 1700s…
August of 1727 is seen as the Moravian Pentecost. Zinzendorf said August 13 was “a day of the outpourings of the Holy Spirit upon the congregation; it was its Pentecost.” Within two weeks of the outpouring, twenty-four men and twenty-four women covenanted to pray “hourly intercessions,” thus praying every hour around the clock. They were committed to see that, “The fire must be kept burning on the altar continuously; it must not go out” (Lev. 6:13). The numbers committed to this endeavor soon increased to around seventy from the community. This prayer meeting would go non-stop for more than one hundred years and is seen by many as the spiritual power behind the impact the Moravians had on the world.
and more recently in South Korea…
In 1973, David Yonggi Cho, Pastor of the Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea, established Prayer Mountain with night-and-day prayer. Prayer Mountain was soon attracting over a million visitors per year, as people would spend retreats in the prayer cells provided on the mountain. Cho had a commitment to continuous prayer, to faith and to establishing small discipleship cells in his church. Perhaps as a result, Cho’s church rapidly expanded to become the largest church congregation on the globe, with membership now over 780,000.
Prayer/intercession is our response to what is on Gods heart. Intercession is faith… its believing that God can, will and is intervening in our world.
This revival will be no different… if you want to host a Revival Meeting in your home, start praying before you begin to host the first one. The prayer should be cross-centric and involve repentance. Do this before He says to open your doors to people.
You dont need to be sinless… Jesus Christ came for those who KNOW they are sick. All you need is to want to be well… and to give others a chance to make the journey with you in community.
In the 15 months before our first meeting I sat alone in the lounge – where the meetings now are – and watched The Passion of Christ more than 100 times, sometime twice on the same night. I didnt watch it for entertainment, I was repenting… and receiving… by declaring scriptures that relate to that momentous event 2000 years ago, when Jesus Christ made all things new.
In fact… my investment of prayer goes further back… 4 years ago… when I got back to CT from overseas, God called me to spend a year in prayer, which I did. My family called me extreme, my brother offered to pay for psychiatric testing… but I persisted.
I know my tiny investment is just one part of much greater investments made by others. Many other people have also persisted in prayer.
In fact… the sign of an impending revival is the mushrooming of prayer rooms… and in Cape Town we have 27 of them… last I heard.
In fact… my prayer underpinning this revival goes further back than that. In 2007 God had me intercede over more than 1200 spiritual strongholds worldwide. You can read more about that and other intercessions in my main blog.
Wait. The foundation goes further back! There is a 24 hour prayer room here in this city that has kept the “flame on the altar” alive for over 12 years already. Now THAT is an investment of faith!
And its not just in this city, its worldwide. Take a look…
14 years of continous prayer at IHOP in Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
On September 19, 1999, the International House of Prayer of Kansas City, Missouri, started a worship-based prayer meeting that has continued for twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week ever since. With a similar vision to Zinzendorf, that the fire on the altar should never go out, there has never been a time when worship and prayer has not ascended to heaven since that date.
Faith is the key.
What is worship? Its faith. What is prayer? Faith! What is obedience and trust? Faith!