This period between Easter and Pentecost is especially critical this year with the Coronavirus Pandemic. I believe we are called to pray in the next great outpouring of the Holy Spirit, which will defeat Satan’s plans and will take the world closer to fulfilling the Great Commission of the Gospel of Jesus Christ going to all nations. A critical component advancing the Kingdom of God is Christians praying for and receiving the baptism with the Holy Spirit as promised us by Jesus in Acts 1:4-8.
We received guidance that in this time of social distancing when in many locations worldwide we can not meet face to face in groups, Jesus is calling Christians to enter Upper Rooms online and to pray for and to receive the baptism and/or infilling with the Holy Spirit. This guidance has launched the Upper Room Prayer Initiative. Please continue to pray that God will use these opportunities to pour out His Holy Spirit on many thousands of people who can become empowered witnesses to Jesus Christ. Thanks for your prayers for this initiative.
I believe our assignment as intercessors during this period between Easter and Pentecost is to continue to pray for true revival to take place that will not only transform hearts but entire societies. But what is it we are praying for when we pray for revival?
Doug McMurry, a historian of revival, provides seven core components that have characterized all great revivals down through history.
Each of these seven points provides a focus for our intercessory prayer work. They are listed below, each with an image the Lord may use to direct our prayer.
1. Surrender to the King
The Kingdom of God begins here, in the plain recognition that He deserves complete control of our lives, and our lives will be better for it.
2. Empowerment of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit, not “power and might” is the way Jesus chooses to reign in our hearts.
3. Heart Transformation
Let God write His Laws on our Hearts. He wants to change us to become pure in heart and loving.
4. Humility and Servanthood
Jesus gave Himself as a model for us to follow as Master, and the servant is not greater than the Master.
5. Love and Unity in Christ
Out of humility comes the possibility of unity within the Body of Christ.
6. Authority of Prayer
Jesus shares His authority with us–not worldly authority–but the authority of prayer.
7. Direct Connection with God
Jesus died so that every single follower can connect with God in a personal relationship; we need no “go-between.”
And as we are praying through this, let’s not just pray for others to experience them, but that we will too! The outpouring of the Holy Spirit must begin in our hearts.
Thanks for joining in this work of prayer for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit.