Today, we continue with the final six prayer points leading to revival. See the first six here.
7. Recognize God’s uniqueness
Isaiah declared to God, For from days of old they have not heard or perceived by ear, Nor has the eye seen a God besides You, Who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him, (Isaiah 64:4). There is no one like our God! You should spend time adoring God for His manifold glory—His all-powerful, all-knowing, all-present attributes; His perfect love, perfect wisdom, perfect justice; and so much more. He stands above all other gods! Indeed, He is the only true God. All others are figments of depraved imagination. Recognize God’s uniqueness for the joy of your soul!
8. Acknowledge God’s love for righteousness
Did you know that God hates some things? He certainly does. You see, in order to love something, you must hate the opposite. God loves righteousness. Therefore, He hates unrighteousness, sin. Given this truth, God rewards those that love what He loves. As Isaiah points it out in his prayer, You meet him who rejoices in doing righteousness, who remembers You in Your ways, (Isaiah 64:5). As you pray for revival, acknowledge God’s love for righteousness, and ask Him to help you do the same.
9. Confess your utter depravity
You are corrupt, and so am I. Sin has tainted every aspect of our being, especially our moral being, leaving us devastated and destitute. Do you see yourself in this way? If revival is coming, you must! Isaiah confessed to God:
- Behold, You were angry, for we sinned, We continued in them a long time; And shall we be saved? For all of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; and all of us wither like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. There is no one who calls on Your name, who arouses himself to take hold of You; for You have hidden Your face from us and have delivered us into the power of our iniquities, (Isaiah 64:5-7).
Even our righteous deeds are corrupted because we do then with a depraved heart. Would you bring yourself low so that Christ could lift you up? Would see yourself as bankrupt and then throw yourself onto the mercy of God? Confess to God your utter depravity, and watch God begin to pour out a blessing!
10. Pledge submission to God
Isaiah declared, But now, O LORD, You are our Father, we are the clay, and You our potter; and all of us are the work of Your hand, (Isaiah 64:8). What awesome imagery! He’s depicting submission here. Clay is tender and malleable in the potter’s hands, letting the potter shape however he sees fit. That’s how we are to always be with God, but especially as we seek His face for revival. Yield to Him! “God, make me and use me as You see fit.” Pledge submission to Him.
11. Petition for forgiveness
Isaiah does something here that is absolutely necessary. He says, Do not be angry beyond measure, O LORD, Nor remember iniquity forever, (Isaiah 64:9). In other words, “Father, forgive me of my sins.” We can’t earn God’s favor. Our debt is too large. Therefore, the only option is forgiveness. Forgiveness is the act by God of releasing you, a sinner, from the condemnation, bitterness, and anger your sin deserves. What a sweet thought! Ask Him for it!
12. Appeal to God’s great love for His glory and for us
Isaiah closes out his prayer by appealing to God’s great love. He says:
- Behold, look now, all of us are Your people. Your holy cities have become a wilderness, Zion has become a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation. Our holy and beautiful house, Where our fathers praised You, Has been burned by fire; And all our precious things have become a ruin. Will You restrain Yourself at these things, O LORD? Will You keep silent and afflict us beyond measure? (Isaiah 64:9-12).
He’s trying to stir God up. We are Your people! This is Your country! This is Your house! He’s calling out God in His love to move in their midst and restore them.
Don’t be afraid to appeal to God’s great love for His glory. Friend, the most loving thing toward us that God could do is love His glory. So, stir God up to move in your midst for the glory of His name.
But, don’t forget to appeal to His great love for you as well. If you are in Christ, you are His people, and because of the great love with which He loved you, He sacrificed His only-begotten Son for you and made you alive with Christ (John 3:16, Ephesians 2:4-5). For God’s glory and in light of His love for us, God will pour out revival. Pray for it!