Do you pray for revival? Does your church pray for a major move of God when you get together for worship? Do you pray when you’re in a Bible study group and include that the Word of God would spread throughout the land?
We Christians pray for a lot of things. We pray for the sick. We pray for financial resources. We pray for our country and our world. We pray often, in worship, the Lord’s Prayer.
The Lord’s Prayer has one part that says, “Your Kingdom come.” It continues and implies that, connected with the Kingdom coming, is: “Your will be done.” God’s will. What He wants for us is always good for us, for our families, our cities, our countries, and our world. We get that. Yet, how often do we pray about the way that His will gets released—by the expansion of His Kingdom?
In 2 Thessalonians 3:1-3, Paul says, “Pray that the Master’s Word will simply take off and race through the country to a groundswell of response, just as it did among you.”
Now, it’s not magic. The Master’s Word doesn’t race anywhere by itself. Theoretically, it could—God can do anything. And that would be a miracle! However, for some reason, God chose people—changed people—to spread the good news of Jesus Christ. Paul shared it with the Thessalonians and, in his second letter to them, he asked them to pray that the Word of the Master, Jesus, would take off.
Basically, Paul was asking them to pray for revival. But there’s more: He asked them to pray, knowing that, if God answered their prayer, they would be the carriers of that good news—the Master’s Word.
Some years ago, I got a little card during a sermon that was being preached. Everyone in church that day got one of those cards as well. It said, “Lord, bring revival, beginning with me.”
What if everyone—every believer—prayed that prayer every day? Would God answer that prayer? Well, why wouldn’t He? It’s a powerful prayer, with powerful results: for you, and for others, and for our world. Try it, and see what God does!