Preparing for Revival through Prayer
1 Kings 18:36-39
I- THE REQUIRED ATTITUDES (1 Kings 18:36)
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.
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)
2- Wherever he sends, I will go.
Like the Apostle Paul.
3- Whatever he says, I will say.
Like the apostles (Acts 4:20)
4- Whatever he commands, I will do.
* Like the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 6:8)
II- THE REQUESTED ACTION (1 Kings 18:37)
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)
3- Turn people back to God.
The apostles (Acts 5:12 – 14)
III- THE RELEASED POWER (1 Kings 18:38 – 41)
A- His power goes beyond all that anyone is expecting.
(1 Kings 18:38)
1- He is able to do more than we can ask.
2- Sometimes we do not receive because we do not ask.
B- His power released results in revived faith.
(1 Kings 18:39)
1- Seeing God supernaturally work has a profound effect upon us.
a. Awe and humility.
Praise and adoration.
Radical departure from sin.
C- His power released brings a refreshing from above.
(1 Kings 18:41)
1- A dry, parched spirit gives way to the renewal of the Holy Spirit.