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“We Wrestle Not”

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?

Leonard Ravenhill

Why Revival Tarries, 61-62

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Pray Read the Word

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.

Mike Bickle

7 Commitments of a Forerunner (33)

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Prayer Leads to Intimacy

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.

Mike Bickle

7 Commitments of a Forerunner (30-31)

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To Love is to Lament

There is no such thing as a lament-free life. In fact, if your life is lament-free, you aren’t loving well. To love is to lament, to let your heart be broken by something. If you don’t lament over the broken things in your world, then your heart shuts down. Your living, vital relationship with God dies a slow death because you open the door to unseen doubt and become quietly cynical. Cynicism moves you away from God; laments push you into His presence. So, oddly enough, not lamenting leads to unbelief. Reality wins, and hope dies.

Paul Miller

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Lament the Losses

In a prayer (or song) of lament, our hearts turn upward to God, rather than curving inward to self or outward to other people. From the outside, it might feel like lament is disrespectful, simply because it is honest and forthright—it does not hide behind a veneer of politeness—but lament actually expresses a deep faith by “getting in God’s face” and reminding Him of His character and His promises. In Hebrew culture, laments were not the solitary practice of an individual, but the joint practice of a community. Thus the psalms of lament were not whispered in private prayer closets but sung as corporate songs of worship.

Dan Christian

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Fasting

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!”

John Piper

When I Don’t Desire God (Quoting an excerpt from A Hunger for God, 172)