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25 October 2006

Awake and Go! Global Prayer Network

At our fellowship group this week we examined the need to for us to be in regular prayer for revival.  By prayer for revival we simply mean pursuing God's means (prayer) for experiencing a supernatural celebration of the Supremacy of Jesus Christ.  No other 'technique' will do.  Prayer is the Lord's chosen means.

F
or help and encouragement, the website I recommend is www.awakeandgo.com . It contains tremendous revival resources, Biblical studies, quotes, historical accounts and biographies.

D
avid Smithers and team have done a wonderful job. They are at the forefront of leading God's people to withdraw from fruitless treadmill programs, church techniques and activity, to seeking and waiting upon the Lord afresh for abundant outpourings of the Spirit.

Often the incentive and motivation to pray can be a problem. This site will help. The articles are mostly short and very encouraging through highlighting the benefits and joy to be obtained through intimacy with Jesus by prayer.

Below, I have pasted the Vision of Awake and Go!

Part of the vision of Treasuring Christ is to be revival seeking. We therefore align ourselves with the vision of 'Awake and Go!' and encourage you also to join us in regular prayer for revival.

May the Lord break the drought!!

Resting in refreshing grace-
Shane.


Awake and Go! Global Prayer Network Vision and Values.

by David Smithers.

We have three primary values and objectives in which we hope to serve and encourage the Body of Christ;

1.  Genuine Revival is a supernatural celebration of the Supremacy of Jesus Christ.

Genuine Revival is NOT a church growth strategy, evangelistic crusade or a series of miracle meetings, but rather the manifest glory of God that radically redefines and transforms the Church from a man centered institution to a corporate celebration of the supremacy of Jesus Christ. In our praying for Revival we are not merely seeking after spiritual experiences. Biblical Revival always reestablishes the Supremacy and Glory of Christ as the primary focus of the Church,  “Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?”(Ps 85:6).  We understand and appreciate that many of the outward expressions of the Church will be radically affected by revival, however, these things are the byproduct and not the goal and focus of genuine revival. The preeminence and pleasure of Jesus Christ is to be the beginning and the end of all our revival pursuits! Anything less will only leave our churches disillusioned and distracted by temporary and superficial religious experiences.

2.  Genuine Revival mobilizes the Church to World evangelism for the glory and pleasure of God.

Genuine Christ focused Revivals always produce a renewed passion for World Evangelism. Yet, it's not uncommon to find many of our revival prayer groups focusing almost exclusively on the Church, while neglecting to pray for the forgotten and unreached nations of the World. Likewise, it’s also common to find other groups of sincere believers praying for World missions, but ignoring the pressing need for spiritual revival at home. God desires for His people to unite and earnestly pray about both of these Kingdom priorities. In spite of our personal emphasis and giftings, a mature and healthy Kingdom perspective demands that we warmly embrace God's call to pray for both Revival and World Missions! 

By affirming the eternal relationship between these two themes, we are NOT suggesting that our churches should postpone their missionary activity while we passively wait for another sovereign, God-sent revival. However, the Scriptures and Church history clearly confirm that the remaining task of World evangelism will never be fulfilled in our generation apart from a fresh and mighty move of God.  J. Herbert Kane, the missionary historian and strategist stated this case quite clearly with the following words: “Water cannot rise any higher than its source, nor can the mission overseas be any stronger than the supporting church at home. A sick church can never save a dying world…Throughout history, revival at home and missions abroad have always gone together.”

3.  Genuine Revival is always preceded by faith, humility and united prayer.  

God desires to wonderfully revive and equip His church today. Therefore it is our goal to challenge God’s people about the spiritual value of child-like faith, deep humility and united prayer as the essential elements in preparing our hearts to experience God's reviving presence. God delights to use the faith-filled prayers of frail and needy people to birth great things into the earth.  Remember, the strategy of prayer is God’s sovereign design and not the human efforts of overly ambitious men. The inspired Word of God repeatedly exhorts us to pray in cooperation with God’s kingdom purposes.

“Ask of Me, and I will give you the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession.” (Ps 2:8)

“Ask the LORD for rain in the time of the latter rain.” (Zech 10:1) 

"Ask , and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” (Matt 7:7-9)

We are living in a new day when God is calling a new generation to partner with Him in persistent and enduring prayer.  We trust that the resources and tools posted on this page will help and inspire you to pray more strategically for God’s glory to revive the Church and awaken every tongue, tribe and nation! 


 

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