Revival tarries because we lack urgency in prayer….
We have not yet resisted unto blood in prayer; nay, we “do not even get a sweat on our souls,” as Luther put it….
A title, undeniably true of the Church today, would be “We Wrestle Not!” We will display our gifts, natural or spiritual; we will air our views, political or spiritual; we will preach a sermon or write a book to correct a brother in doctrine. But who will storm hell’s stronghold? Who will say the devil nay? Who will deny himself good food or good company or good rest that hell may gaze upon him wrestling, embarrassing demons, liberating captives, depopulating hell, and leaving, in answer to his travail, a stream of blood-washed souls?
Why Revival Tarries, 61-62
The most substantial way we can bolster our prayer lives is by feeding on the Word of God… Many are in the spiritual intensive care unit with a sick heart and diminished spiritual appetite due to a lack of taking in the Word or God.
7 Commitments of a Forerunner (33)
Prayer is much more than a spiritual discipline to be performed, or the means by which we find our way out of difficult circumstances. Prayer was never meant to be duty-based or merely results-oriented. Rather, it is the place of encounter with God where our spirit is energized as we grow in love with Him. Truly, prayer is the wellspring of life and the very pathway into union with God. Just as our body cannot live without water, so our heart cannot live without connectedness to God through prayer. As we dialogue with Him in prayer, He reveals glimpses of His personality, giving us revelations of His thoughts and feelings toward us. This is a necessary foundation for all who wish to grow in intimacy with God.
7 Commitments of a Forerunner (30-31)
Prayer is a place of connectedness with God that equips us to walk out the first great commandment in first place in our lives, knowing that it will overflow in love towards others, so that we may also walk out the second commandment (Matthew 22:37-39).
7 Commitments of a Forerunner (30)
If you don’t feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because you have drunk so deeply and are satisfied. It is because you have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Your soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for great. God did not create you for this. There is an appetite for God. And it can be awakened. I invite you to turn from the dulling effects of food and the dangers of idolatry, and to say with some simple fast, “This much, O God, I want You!”
When I Don’t Desire God (Quoting an excerpt from A Hunger for God, 172)