Rev. Dr. Paul Jinadu
‘This, then, is how you should pray: ‘“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,” Matt 6:9
My point is this: For those not on familiar terms with the Father He gave them a warning shot. Once He was sure He got their attention, then He spoke. That’s the way God talks. That’s the way we too should approach Him in prayer. For those of us who have not made prayer a way of life, but a way out, it will take time to connect each time we set out to pray. Now I’ll tell you why it is absolutely crucial to approach prayer in this pragmatic way.
To pray down revival we must touch God; and we must touch Him for ourselves. The simplest definition of revival is God coming down. Literally.
Isaiah 64:1-4 says, “Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,
that the mountains would tremble before you! 2 As when fire sets twigs ablaze
and causes water to boil, come down to make your name known to your enemies
and cause the nations to quake before you!3 For when you did awesome things that we did not expect, you came down, and the mountains trembled before you.
4 Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.”
What a prayer point? In response to the prayer of his beloved people God could be willing to leave His throne room and come down to earth in all His glory. This is not your average revival meetings where man is at the centre. This is divine invasion. God making all things new for generations to come, even if He came for just a few days. Satan doesn’t care how big your prayer meetings are, or how many miracles are taking place in a revival crusade, as long as God doesn’t come down. When God came down in Egypt it ended 430 years of oppression and absence of divine intervention. For 430 years, generation upon generation of Israelites never saw God in action.
“7 The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey.” Exodus 3:7-8.
It’s been over 85 years that there’s been any semblance of Holy Spirit revival in the UK. Many parts of Africa have never seen revival. That is why witchcraft, idolatry and corruption in high office are so endemic. Those principalities that control our politics and inspire our commerce and entertainment need to be evicted. Only a divine visitation can change the course of a whole nation for many generations.
It’s me, O Lord
When revival breaks out multitudes will flock to prayer meetings, masses will repent of their sins and renounce their evil practices in public, but revival seldom starts with the masses. Often it is birthed among a few; even one man. “6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isa 6:6-8.
It always boils down to one man. A man or a group of people (like in the Upper Room) who are in close and continuous fellowship with the Father, and who hear from Him daily.