Prayerfully read Matthew 22: 37- 39, Psalm 133

Often times, I think that the western church thinks revival to be an event, a meeting, a shout. No.

Revival is a lifestyle. A lifestyle of love for the Father. A lifestyle of care and love for our brothers and sisters. A lifestyle of community flowing together in unity. A lifestyle of living from God and His all-sufficient grace infectiously spreading one to another. A revelation of awe and wonder of His majestic, glorious presence. When I consider the stars…what is man that you are mindful of him? Revival is a lifestyle of prayer. His presence in worship and prayer.

“Prayer should be the breath of our breathing, the thought of our thinking, the soul of our feeling, and the life of our living, the sound of our hearing, the growth of our growing.” Prayer in its magnitude is length without end, width without bounds, height without top, and depth without bottom. Illimitable in its breadth, exhaustless in height, fathomless in depths and infinite in extension. – HOMER W. HODGE
Every great revival begins, is carried on and consummates on the wings of prayer. Prayer that is breathed is a shout in the heavens. Prayer that comes from our renewed mind are arrows of glory into our soul. Prayer spoken from the authority of Scripture moves the heavens. The magnitude of prayer is without end, because our God is without beginning and without end. He is infinite. Therefore, our prayers are infinite in the heavenly realm. Our prayer’s from God’s heart, as well as from all those who have gone before us from the foundation of the world, are laid up in golden bowls in heaven. (See Revelation 5:8). Soon, they will all be poured out upon the earth. Not a soul from before time will escape His presence. Then, we will know and see that “Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory, forever!”

“By prayer, the ability is secured to feel the law of love, to speak according to the law of love, and to do everything in harmony with the law of love.” E.M Bounds, On Prayer

• What does this quote from E.M. Bounds say to you about where “revival” begins and how it can be carried on in your personal life? (for the law of the spirit of life has set me free from the law of sin and of death) – Ask Him how to do this in your life.
• When reading the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9-15, what is the mirror of God’s word personally saying to you? How will you begin to be a doer of the Word? – Ask for His Spirit to be poured out in your life and in the lives of your family.

By Pastor Jamie Dixson


Prayerfully read Psalm 63:1-8

What is David’s secret for living in personal revival? Let us study three responsive acts in this Psalm that gave David his spiritual joy and overflow.

Verse 6: “Think of the Lord.” At all times, may I consciously turn my attention toward the Lord. Psalm 46:10 commands us to “be still and know that I am God.” Quiet your hearts and your minds in His Presence many times throughout the day.

Verse 7: “Sing to the Lord.” God is my Help and my Salvation, may my life song sing to Him. Joyfully in the rain and in the sunshine, I will choose to sing words of gratitude for His unending love, for His gift of Salvation through Jesus Christ, for His personal concern for my life.

Verse 8: “Cling to the Lord.” I acknowledge my utter dependency upon Him. As Jesus says in John 15:5b, “apart from Me, you can do nothing.” Yes, He alone is my Stability, my Refuge and my Strength. God is my ever constant Companion in times of trouble and in seasons of peace.

Pray that we, as children of God, would quiet our hearts and live in the Truth that it is “in Him that we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). As we allow ourselves to soak in His love, we can then in turn pour His love into the lives of others. Loving well is the goal of our Christian walk – loving Him, loving ourselves, and loving others well. Revival of the heart begins in the secret place of personal adoration and worship.

• Lord, restore to me the joy of my salvation.
• Pray that His Spirit may fill your life so that your family and friends may be thirsty for Him.
• Pray that you may live in the joy of His presence.

By Pastor Dianna Whittle

More Than Enough – Day 17

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Thank You today, Lord for the continuous joy of discovering more of who You are, and of who You have made us to be as Your cherished children.  Lord, you encourage and instruct us to be lavish, generous givers because that’s who You are!  You desire to work excellence into us in all we are, say and do.  But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you see that you also excel in this grace of giving.  II Corinthians 8:7.  Thank You, Lord that I am learning to trust You to be “more than enough” on even deeper levels in my life.  Help me teach my family to be lavish, generous givers to You, Lord.  Today, Lord release within us, as a church family  “hilarious giving.”  (Ponder II Corinthians 8)

More Than Enough – Day Two

Monday­­ – April 8, 2013

Prayerfully read Romans 8: 28-39.  God’s strategy of always pouring out His unconditional and unfailing love into our lives assures us that no matter what happens, He is determined to make us “more than conquerors”.  Take time to declare this Scripture over every situation and relationship in your life.  Thank You, Lord that I am more than a conqueror in my family, work, school and church life!  Pray for the fullness of His Spirit to fill you and your family.  If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Luke 11:13)