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Place of Prayer - Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

“And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to a riverside, where we were supposing that there would be a place of prayer; and we sat down and began speaking to the women who had ascended.”
Acts 16:13

Let it begin.

From the prayer time yesterday morning to the testimony to the evening message, it was obvious the Lord was calling us to focus on one specific condition of revival INSIDE THE TENT. This one condition was the power of prayer. It was quite clear that the Lord wanted this to be the theme for the day. And to me, this was comforting. Why? Because this means the tent-revival is out of my hands. It is out my control. I must give this 40-day tent revival over to the Lord through the power of prayer. And this is exactly what was conveyed to those that came to the TENT. Let’s pray. Let’s be people of prayer. Prayer will change the course of our own lives, our churches, our communities, our cities, our state, and our nation. But let’s do a reality check – are we praying like we should? E.M. Bounds wrote, “We are ever ready to excuse our lack of earnest and toilsome praying….We often end praying just where we ought to begin. We quit praying when God….is waiting for us to really pray.” Isn’t this the truth? We stop praying “where we ought to begin?” But for these 40-days, let’s build up a discipline that allows us to become fervent prayer warriors. People that are willing to go before the Lord at all times and at any cost. We mustn’t stop praying for what we long for. We mustn’t cease praying for what we desire. Will you join me in praying for the 40-day tent revival? This is where we get our knees dirty and pray. Let’ show that we are committed to seeing this revival come to fruition.

As I was thinking about the results of this 40-day tent revival, I asked myself, “What if I knew what was going to happen on the 40th day? Would I rely on the Lord through prayer?” Probably not. I would rely on my own human strength. Therefore, God provided a means for each one of us to communicate with Him. He revealed through Jesus Christ that we can express our thoughts and concerns to God. We can share our thanksgivings and adorations to Him. What a blessing! Because of our faith in Jesus, we have the privilege to come before God and talk to Him. But do we believe this? If we did, I think we would pray a lot more. I think we should be “praying without ceasing” at all times. Why? Because as Samuel Chadwick wrote, “There is no power like that of prevailing prayer – Such prayer prevails. It turns ordinary mortals into men of power. It brings power. It brings fire. It brings rain. It brings life. It brings God.”

God is willing to listen. God is willing to respond. But we must be people of prayer. In the Apostle Paul’s time, he knew that when he went into the city of Philippi, he would find individuals at the riverside praying. It was a given. It says in Acts 16:13, “And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to a riverside, where we were supposing that there would be a place of prayer…” Without a doubt, Paul thought he would find people praying at the riverside. Imagine if people viewed you and your home as a place of prayer. Could others truly rely on you to pray for them when they ask? Or do you say that you will pray for someone and then never pray? If we want revival to come in our day, we need to take prayer seriously. Therefore, for these 40 days, let’s pray INSIDE THE TENT. Let’s take our prayers before the Lord as one body.

If I asked each of you to pray for revival in our city, would you? Even if you couldn’t make it to the tent, would you be committed to praying everyday? A former professor of Spurgeon’s College in London, Lewis Drummond wrote, “I have become absolutely convinced that lack of prayer is the only reason revival has not yet come in our day. Unless we add that leaven in our spiritual lump, the recipe for revival is ruined and the bread for the hungry will never rise.” Prayer is essential in our pursuit for revival. So please join me and pray for revival. Then, according to the Lord’s timing and will, I firmly believe the church in Dallas will be renewed and restored, as well as the lost will hear the message of Jesus Christ.
- klm

" We cannot organize revival, but we can set our sails to catch the wind from Heaven when God chooses to blow upon His people once again."

- G. Campbell Morgan