Dear Friends and Prayers:
After my update in late January about praying for revelation for the
lost, some friends began to comment about prayer for revival in
general. One brother commented that praying for revival was not all
that important rather that we should just pray the Lord's prayer as He
The fact of the matter is that the Lord's prayer is probably the
most complete prayer there is for revival. Jesus didn't teach us to
pray that way for nothing! The first phrase, "Our Father who art in
heaven, hallowed be thy name..." establishes both position and posture.
It declares who He is, who we are, and our privileged and joyful duty
to proclaim His name as holy, His stature as our Lord and Savior.
Then this amazing prayer gets right down to business in this all-encompassing petition, "Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as
it is in heaven." It seems to me that everything that follows
exemplifies the fruit of His Kingdom on earth, among a myriad of
other unnamed benefits. Along with prayers for healing, personal needs,
protection and salvation of loved ones, and peace in our world, nothing
would be left out in His prayer.
we pray for healing for someone, aren't we really praying that God's
kingdom will come into this person's body and manifest wholeness? When
we pray for peace, aren't we really praying that the fear of the Lord
would open people's eyes to see how sinful and just plain stupid
physical war actually is?
Almost anything we could pray for specifically would be one of
the fruits of God's kingdom being manifested on earth. And that sure sounds like
revival to us!
When we pray for revival in our day, it means we are praying to see
things in the here and now that were commonplace in the time of Jesus and the book of Acts. And so like in those times, we pray to see individual lives, whole
families and communities coming to the saving
knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ as Redeemer. We are, in
essence, praying the prayer that Jesus taught His disciples.
thing that has always struck me about the Lord's prayer is this.
Immediately before Jesus teaches it to the disciples, He says in
Matthew 6:7, "And when you pray,
do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they
will be heard for their many words."
In spite of such a clear warning, as a child I learned to rattle it off
by rote without paying attention to the content or even having a clue
to what it really meant. And I'm quite sure I am not alone in this.
So when we do pray, let's remember that prayer is not performing
something, it is talking with God. And so we should talk to Him the
same way we were taught to love Him, " You shall love the Lord your God with
all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind."
Let's pray the Lord's Prayer for Revival for this needy world we
Dick & Gladys
Praying Friends and Saints:
While in other parts of the world many
of our friends and family are struggling with huge amounts of snow and
bitter cold weather, spring seems to be just around the corner for us
here. Temperatures are starting to get a bit milder and the trees and
shrubs are getting redder by the
Our daffodils are well up now and
showing a telltale tinge of yellow through their green covers. Some are
already open in a few
places around here, and the tulips are even venturing out to see if
winter here is
just might be, but it's hard
for sure. Time will tell, as they say. We could still have a frosty
cold snap, and perhaps even a little snow, but things are certainly
moving in the right direction. The harshness of winter inevitably has
to give way to springtime and summer, and we rejoice in its approach.
In a similar way, our lives have their seasons too. Perhaps the
is not as fast-paced, but they are evident. I've just finished the
story of Joseph in Genesis. It tells us how he had a very hard "winter"
indeed. He spent more than 10 years in Potiphar's prison in
Egypt, through no fault of his own.
But the hardship of his long "winter"
lead to an amazing springtime and then an incredibly bountiful growing
season and harvest. The fruit of his costly investment was life for his
long-lost family for generations to come. Although he was the next to
last born of his brothers, he was the one through whom God rescued the
rest of his family.
As wonderful a story this is of how God positioned Joseph to
save his family from starvation, it was just a shadow compared with
what was to come. In the harshest of all possible "winters", Jesus
through a time of separation from God and death itself, paying the
price for redemption and induction into God's own eternal family.
First for the Jews, and then the gentiles, He threw open the
doors of salvation for all who would simply believe.
unlike Joseph with his own family, we ourselves are late comers to the
family of God. At a certain season in our own lives, we were brought to
a point like Peter when he said in Luke 6:68-29, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have
the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that
You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." And we received
the wonderful welcoming embrace of our heavenly Father, at home for
good within the household of God.
And now the most amazing part of His
grace in our lives is this. Far more valuable than Joseph's stores of
physical bread, we have been entrusted with the incredible privilege of
extending God's invitation for eternal provision to a hungry and dying
Now we are the ones with access to the
storehouses of heaven. God has now given to us the words of
eternal life - His words to share with those around us and beyond. We
know that our own time on earth is measured, but that is supposed to be
just the beginning for everyone. That's why Jesus came.
So as we watch the earth around us move
into springtime, such a beautiful representation of hope growing
us, let's also be reminded by this superb exhortation in 1 Peter
3:15. "But sanctify the Lord God
in your hearts, and always be ready
give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is
in you, with meekness and
May the Lord help each one of us find
opportunities to share with others about life forever in Jesus,
Dick & Gladys
On my way home from the monthly
prayer day at Ffald-y-Brenin last week, I was watching these sheep as
the sun began to melt the snow off this hilltop. There was an
accompanying feeling of peaceful joy as these simple creatures
just got on with the business of life. They patiently move from clump
to clump of freshly exposed grass, chewing and chewing. They don't
always have such pleasant conditions, but their goal remains the
same - to find food.
In the middle of our own
business of life, it is all too easy to get distracted by the busyness
of life and leave the central point to one side - being
with Jesus. He is the source of everything we need. In John 6:35, Jesus
says "...I am the bread of life.
He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall
never thirst." All we have to do is remember to seek Him first.
Speaking of seeking, recently we have
learned of more groups of people that are praying for revival in many
parts of Wales, and that is always great news to hear. And there are
surely many more groups than we are aware of as well.
And just two weeks ago I had a call from someone who had
just moved into the area last fall and was looking to connect with
other believers for fellowship and prayer, and we knew right where to
Considering this growing number of
people seeking God in prayer, both in groups and individually, I was
reminded of these marvelous promises in
Jeremiah 29:11-13. The Lord says, "For I know the thoughts that I
think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to
give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and
pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me,
when you search for Me with all your heart."
And as we seek the Lord and find Him,
the Bread of Life, there is more that happens than our own nourishment.
Our prayers become empowered by His guidance and grace, and things
change, both within us and around us.
His invitation is not only to us, but
to the hungry world around us. His "...thoughts of peace...and a future and
a hope..." are supremely inclusive. In Matthew 11:28 Jesus says,
"Come to me, ALL who labor and are
heavy laden, and I will give you rest." And in 2 Peter 3:9 it
Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but
is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that
ALL should come to repentance."
As so as we persist in prayer for
revival and prayer for the lost and heavy laden of this busy and
oftentimes difficult life, we know that our seeking will be rewarded.
It will not always be easy going. There will be challenges to overcome.
But we know Where our strength come from. And we know Whose words and
promises are true, and far outlast this transitory world and our brief
passage through it. So as we center our prayers around His desires, and
stay well nourished by heavenly bread, we will see good fruit in due
May the Lord encourage you with His
grace and presence,
Dick & Gladys