Songs and Praise


Revival Prayer Week - April 2007


Can you think back to a time when you were going through a challenge, and then, seemingly out of nowhere, you received a lifeline of hope? As we take hold of the lifelines of hope and faith from others we are saved from our own tendencies to place limitations on what is possible. Inspiring stories of others in the Bible who have triumphed over apparent adversity are lifelines to us all. In this revival week of prayers, we had the opportunity to learn how faith in God through praying brought about healing, joy, prosperity and extraordinary change in circumstances.

 We started with instructions on Christian forgiveness because our own eternal forgiveness depends on our obedience to the word of God on Christian forgiveness.  Christian forgiveness is done with words and actions. When we sin against others, we sin against God. For this reason, we ask God to forgive us of our sins, but we must also forgive our fellow man. The Lord commands us to forgive, releasing the offence and the offender to Him. This is done in prayer to the Lord.


 When we have been wronged, and know we did nothing to deserve harsh treatment from the offender, we normally begin to think of retaliation. Retaliation or revenge is not the right course of action. We no longer dwell on the offence when we relinquish forgiveness, allowing God to take care of the vengeance in a fair, just, and appropriate manner.

 On Monday we cited many who prayed and God granted their prayer requests. Particular reference was made to the prayer of Jabez. In 1 Chronicles 4:10, we read: 'And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that Thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that Thine hand might be with me, and that Thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.' First, Jabez asked God to bless him. Second, he asked God to enlarge his territory or increase his responsibility. Third, he prayed that God will be with him and stay close. Lastly, Jabez asked that God should keep him from harm so that he will be free from pain. We were encouraged to also pray to God of Israel who is alive to hear and answer our prayers as He did for Jabez.


Tuesday, we discussed that Elijah’s prayer closed up the heavens for three years and six months, and he prayed again and the heavens gave rain. On another occasion Elijah brought down fire on Mount Carmel. Elijah performed many other miracles through prayers. Men and women who were so mighty in prayer were just like us.  The prophet was translated and went up to heaven but his God still lives. We were admonished to pray to the God of Elijah to hear and answer our prayers too.

 On Wednesday, we considered the prayer of Solomon at the dedication of the temple he built for God. At the dedication of this temple, king Solomon prayed a prayer which includes every follower of Israel's God, be he/she Jew or Gentile. Solomon's prayer is recorded in 2 Chronicles Chapter 6. Solomon prayed that God would be our Judge in neighbourly disputes, answer our prayers in times of defeat, save us from drought and disease, answer the strangers’ prayers, and grant us victory in battle and forgive us our private sins. We were also encouraged to pray to the God of Israel and He will answer our prayers provided we repent, forsake our sins and move in the pathway of obedience.


Thursday was very thrilling we read about King Hezekiah who won the battle against King Sennacharib the terrible king of Assyria through prayers. There is no doubt that God has ordained in His all-encompassing foreknowledge and His infinite wisdom to respond to the pleading of His people and perform great triumphs through prayer. God has decreed to make the prayers of His people the cause of His triumph in many battles. Hezekiah spread Sennacharib’s letter of threats before the Lord himself without involving Prophet Isaiah in his prayer.

Because Hezekiah prayed 185,000 enemy soldiers died, the strongest king in the known world went off the scene of history. We too had a prayer request list spread before God and God confirmed our prayers when prayer requests literally disappeared.


The weekend was particularly interesting as we sang heartily to our prayer answering God. We were also admonished to pattern our lives like the apostles who simply followed Jesus and miracles happened. When we too follow Jesus and exercise our faith, wonders will follow.

The whole essence of revival is that we all change and for our lives to move forward to a higher level spiritually and in every area of our lives. We particularly thanked God for doors that are opened already as well as the ones that are yet to be opened at God’s own time.
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