Faithlife Sermons

Praying for Revival

Dr. George Bannister
Preparing for Revival  •  Sermon  •  Submitted
0 ratings
· 4 views

Elijah prays to God for a miracle that will turn God's people back to him.

Notes
Transcript
Sermon Tone Analysis
A
D
F
J
S
Emotion
A
C
T
Language
O
C
E
A
E
Social
View more →
Preparing for Revival through Prayer
1 Kings 18:36-39
1 Kings 18:36–39 NLT
36 At the usual time for offering the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet walked up to the altar and prayed, “O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, prove today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant. Prove that I have done all this at your command. 37 O Lord, answer me! Answer me so these people will know that you, O Lord, are God and that you have brought them back to yourself.” 38 Immediately the fire of the Lord flashed down from heaven and burned up the young bull, the wood, the stones, and the dust. It even licked up all the water in the trench! 39 And when all the people saw it, they fell face down on the ground and cried out, “The Lord—he is God! Yes, the Lord is God!”
INTRODUCTION:

I- THE REQUIRED ATTITUDES (1 Kings 18:36)

1 Kings 18:36 NLT
36 At the usual time for offering the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet walked up to the altar and prayed, “O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, prove today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant. Prove that I have done all this at your command.

A- He is God.

“prove today that you are God”
1- The Lord is not a supernatural servant, but Lord of all.
2- God alone has the power to send revival. (Matthew 28:18)
Matthew 28:18 NLT
18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth.

B- I am his servant.

“and that I am your servant”
1- I must make myself available to him for his use.
2- I am his servant. I answer to him alone, not to the world.

C- I will do all that he commands.

“Prove that I have done all this at your command.”
1- Whenever he speaks, I will listen.
Like Samuel (1 Samuel 3:10)
1 Samuel 3:10 NLT
10 And the Lord came and called as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel replied, “Speak, your servant is listening.”
2- Wherever he sends, I will go.
Like the Apostle Paul.
3- Whatever he says, I will say.
Like the apostles (Acts 4:20)
Acts 4:20 NLT
20 We cannot stop telling about everything we have seen and heard.”
4- Whatever he commands, I will do.
* Like the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 6:8)
Isaiah 6:8 NLT
8 Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.”

II- THE REQUESTED ACTION (1 Kings 18:37)

1 Kings 18:37 NLT
37 O Lord, answer me! Answer me so these people will know that you, O Lord, are God and that you have brought them back to yourself.”

A- The requested action was specific.

1- He asked God to hear the specific requests of his servant.
2- He asked God to answer with heavenly fire, displaying God’s power to those present.

B- The requested action had specific aims.

1- To glorify God.
2- To convince the people who is Lord.
The Lord displayed his power and convinced the people of Christ’s lordship on the day of Pentecost. (Acts 2:37 – 38)
Acts 2:37–38 NLT
37 Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” 38 Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
3- Turn people back to God.
The apostles (Acts 5:12 – 14)
Acts 5:12–14 NLT
12 The apostles were performing many miraculous signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers were meeting regularly at the Temple in the area known as Solomon’s Colonnade. 13 But no one else dared to join them, even though all the people had high regard for them. 14 Yet more and more people believed and were brought to the Lord—crowds of both men and women.

III- THE RELEASED POWER (1 Kings 18:38 – 41)

1 Kings 18:38–41 NLT
38 Immediately the fire of the Lord flashed down from heaven and burned up the young bull, the wood, the stones, and the dust. It even licked up all the water in the trench! 39 And when all the people saw it, they fell face down on the ground and cried out, “The Lord—he is God! Yes, the Lord is God!” 40 Then Elijah commanded, “Seize all the prophets of Baal. Don’t let a single one escape!” So the people seized them all, and Elijah took them down to the Kishon Valley and killed them there. 41 Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go get something to eat and drink, for I hear a mighty rainstorm coming!”

A- His power goes beyond all that anyone is expecting. (1 Kings 18:38)

1 Kings 18:38 NLT
38 Immediately the fire of the Lord flashed down from heaven and burned up the young bull, the wood, the stones, and the dust. It even licked up all the water in the trench!
1- He is able to do more than we can ask.
(Ephesians 3:20)
Ephesians 3:20 NLT
20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.
(Luke 1:37)
Luke 1:37 NLT
37 For the word of God will never fail.”
2- Sometimes we do not receive because we do not ask.
(James 4:2)
James 4:2 NLT
2 You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it.

B- His power released results in revived faith. (1 Kings 18:39)

1 Kings 18:39 NLT
39 And when all the people saw it, they fell face down on the ground and cried out, “The Lord—he is God! Yes, the Lord is God!”
1- Seeing God supernaturally work has a profound effect upon us.
a. Awe and humility.
b. Praise and adoration.
c. Radical departure from sin.

C- His power released brings a refreshing from above. (1 Kings 18:41)

1 Kings 18:41 NLT
41 Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go get something to eat and drink, for I hear a mighty rainstorm coming!”
1- A dry, parched spirit gives way to the renewal of the Holy Spirit.
(Titus 3:5-6)
Titus 3:5–6 NLT
5 he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. 6 He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior.
(Acts 3:19-20)
Acts 3:19–20 NLT
19 Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away. 20 Then times of refreshment will come from the presence of the Lord, and he will again send you Jesus, your appointed Messiah.
CONCLUSION:
Related Media
Related Sermons