The Biblical Formula for Revival
Prayer binds our nothingness to God’s almightiness. We as evangelists, pastors, and Christian workers, know full well that we cannot manufacture revival—it is God-sent. “Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD” (Jeremiah 17:5). To rely on anything other than God for revival is to actually work contrary to revival. This is why prayer and revival are always linked together in Scripture. Psalm 85:6 and Psalm 119:126 are heart cries to God for revival. The formula for revival in 2 Chronicles 7:14 which include humility, prayer, seeking God’s face, and repentance is impossible apart from a one-on-one meeting with God.
It is this reason that we have chosen prayer as the underlying theme for the Conference on Revival and Evangelism, 2018. Dr. John R. Rice was known to say, “Prayer is asking.” James 4:2 states, “…ye have not, because ye ask not.” At CORE, January 3-5, 2018, we are going to ask! What might God do if hundreds of evangelists, pastors, and Christian workers were to get on their knees together in a room and ask God for revival? “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not.” (Jeremiah 33:3) In Acts 1, the early believers prayed (120 of them), and in chapter 2, 3,000 were saved, baptized, added to the church, and continued steadfastly in the things of God! In Acts 12, the church prayed and prison doors were miraculously opened for Peter. Paul prayed in the midst of a storm in Acts 27, and God not only delivered them safely but sent revival to barbarous people in chapter 28.
Let’s be honest—the task before us is too great for human methodology and ingenuity. Revival and the evangelization of the masses are not going to come because of a method, a man, or a message. It will only come as a result of a mighty God! History reveals that God works when men pray.
As you begin planning for 2018, why not start where God starts? Before all the busyness of a new year begins, why not pull apart for three days and focus on prayer? There will be some times of wonderful fellowship, singing, preaching, and instruction for both men and women. Helpful sessions will again be conducted to encourage, edify, excite, and equip evangelists, pastors, and Christian workers; but our first and foremost sessions will be with God on our knees. Won’t you join us?
January 3-5, 2018! Register today for a discounted price and encourage someone else to come with you. Let’s go forward together for revival and evangelism on our knees.
Tom Farrell, Byron Foxx, John Goetsch