Let’s see what the Apostle Paul had to say about it. He was the master church builder after all.
Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, he eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of
His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. (Ephesians 1:15-23)
We need to pray that God may open the eyes of our
understanding and others, too, as we share New Testament truths. I know for years, I thought if I and thousands of
others prayed hard enough that God might send a rain cloud of revival where I was. This is what I virtually heard from every Christian and Pastor I ever met. Paul had a different take on the matter. Sound reasonable, but it doesn’t line
up with the New Testament and it just doesn’t work.
Jesus knew that Satan would try to dupe the church into ineffectiveness and passiveness. We already have 98 per cent of the church who doesn’t regularly witness; that makes for a pretty easy paradigm shift for the devil into: pray only, don’t go.
“Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look
at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!
The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. (Luke 10:2)
Don’t pray-GO: and as you are going- pray. Prayer is like water and fertilizer. It prepares the ground and helps the seed to grow. And let me say this. If you are just praying, you will never go!!! Ask God to give you boldness like they did in
the Book of Acts and then step out and keep stepping.
“Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word” (Acts 4:29)
Old Testament Revival is Pray and Repent. New Testament Revival is Get your eyes opened and Go now!