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2 Chronicles : Chapter 6
12) Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in front of the whole assembly of Israel and spread out his hands. 13) Now he had made a bronze platform, five cubits long, five cubits wide and three cubits high,[a] and had placed it in the center of the outer court. He stood on the platform and then knelt down before the whole assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven. 14) He said: 15) You have kept your promise to your servant David my father; with your mouth you have promised and with your hand you have fulfilled it—as it is today. 16) “Now, Lord, the God of Israel, keep for your servant David my father the promises you made to him when you said, ‘You shall never fail to have a successor to sit before me on the throne of Israel, if only your descendants are careful in all they do to walk before me according to my law, as you have done.’ 17) And now, Lord, the God of Israel, let your word that you promised your servant David come true. 18) “But will God really dwell on earth with humans? The heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built! 19) Yet, Lord my God, give attention to your servant’s prayer and his plea for mercy. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence. 20) May your eyes be open toward this temple day and night, this place of which you said you would put your Name there. May you hear the prayer your servant prays toward this place. 21) Hear the supplications of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven, your dwelling place; and when you hear, forgive.
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Prayer and Evangelism: Prayer in Historical Awakenings
I want to welcome you to week 3 and day 2 of our study on revival and evangelism.
Today, I want to talk to you about the role of prayer in historical awakenings. God has done so much throughout the history of the church and especially the history of the church here in the United States.
There have been three great awakenings and all of those awakenings have been preceded by a great prayer movement. In fact, one of them was a prayer movement. And so I just want to inform you of those and talk about what are the characteristics of those awakenings and how God sends revival.
The first great awakening took place when we were colonies – before we actually became a nation. George Whitfield and Jonathan Edwards – men who were mightily used of God preaching in those awakenings and God sent a great revival. In fact, the history of this country was planted in the soil of revival – there was a great awakening that spread across the colonies.
The second great awakening took place from about 1800 to about 1830. That was a pioneer revival when the pioneers were moving west and there was a sense of freedom and the gospel was being preached and the fire of revival spread throughout all of those pioneer communities. And one place in rural Kentucky there were close to 40,000 people who gathered out in the boondocks just to hear the word of God. God was moving mightily.
The third great awakening was called the great prayer revival and that was in the late 1850s and God moved in that revival – it started in New York city when there was a collapse in the financial district; and when that happened, people began to pray. And there were prayer meetings that sprung up all across America – beginning in New York city and it spread all across this country and there was a great spiritual harvest.
Our country has a rich history of revival but the last one was the great prayer revival – someone said to me, if you think you’ve lost God, go back to the last place where you knew where He was and if we’ve lost that history .. we need to go back to the last place where we saw God move. And it was the great prayer revival – we need a prayer revival today.
Let me give you some of the history or characteristics of what happens in a great awakening.
First of all, it begins with a downward slide – people begin to just get comfortable in their Christianity and everything is fine. Then there’s a moral decline – and as everything declines morally, darkness begins to engulf the land. When the darkness gets bad enough and people get hopeless enough, then there’s a group of people who begin to pray. And they begin to cry out to God for God to move and when they are desperate enough, there is a release of God’s Spirit in the land. And when that release takes place, there’s a great spiritual harvest – many people are born into the kingdom of God.
And then the fifth thing that happens is that there is tremendous church growth that takes place. And there’s a lot of talk today about church growth but I want to tell you what the greatest times of church growth in the history of America and in the history of the church of Jesus Christ have come during times of awakenings – when God has awakened His people.
So I believe that we need to be praying for such an awakening. Let’s don’t just pray for small things .. Let’s pray for something big.
People say, well, brother Sammy – it looks so hard – it looks impossible. I mean our country is in a desperate situation. I tell you, that our God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we could ask or think.
Dr. Roy Fish, who is a great historian and a great man who taught on revival and evangelism at Southwestern Seminary .. he said this in conference where we were together – someone asked him .. Do you see any hope for revival – for a great awakening in America?
And he said, yes I do .. I see one hope .. and people listened – what is that hope that you see? And this is what he said, he said “We have no hope”.
When we become hopeless, that’s when we’ll cry out – that’s when we’ll call out to God and God will move and God will work. Perhaps we’ve come to the place today where we’re hopeless and we say, “Oh God, we – need – You.” It’s at that place that God will send revival.
About Sammy Tippit Ministries
STM has been providing inspiration and help around the world for nearly 50 years. Sammy Tippit, founder and president, is a world renowned counselor, teacher and evangelist with experience serving and helping people in over 80 countries. Sammy provides materials that help people tackle a broad array of social, societal, psychological and spiritual issues. He is particularly passionate about making materials accessible to other countries around the world. Sammy is married to Debara “Tex” Tippit, and they have two children and five grandchildren.
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