“I pray that you may grasp how wide and long and high and
deep is the love of Christ.”
– Ephesians 3:18
1857, a Christian businessman named Jeremiah Lanphier started a noon prayer
Wednesday, there were twenty. Then they started meeting daily, and within six
months over twenty prayer meetings had sprung up all over the city, until 10,000
businessmen were gathering in
Street Revival was a small taste of what could happen across
looking for an example of revival in the early Church, we see it in the apostle
Paul’s time in
A few years later, Paul wrote his famous letter to the Ephesian Christians, and his revival prayer in Ephesians 3 is an integral part in teaching the Church to reach its full potential in Christ. In verses 16-19, Paul prays four things for the Ephesian Christians:
#1: Paul prays for the Christians in
#2: Paul prays for the Christians in
#3: Paul prays for Christians in
Why did Paul pray so fervently for the Ephesian Christians to have inner spiritual strength, depth and insight? Because, #4: Paul wanted the Ephesian Christians to be filled with the knowledge and fullness of God (v. 19). Paul’s ultimate desire for Christians is that they would know intimately the love of Christ and be completely filled with as much of God as possible.
That sounds like revival to me. Revival is “God.” During times of revival our eyes are opened, and we realize that, up to that point, we’ve barely known God. And any spiritual hunger we had for Him before revival came is only intensified when revival actually comes. We wanted to know God and love God more, but during revival our desire to know and love God intensifies.
If our culture is transformed, it will be on the heels of Christ’s Church being transformed. Christ’s Church is the hope of the world. The Church is Jesus’ chosen vessel for expanding His Kingdom of Heaven here on earth and bringing glory to God. So, won’t you join me in praying for the Church’s revival?
Dane Davis is the pastor of Impact Christian Church in Victorville. Join us at Impact for Sunday services: in person at 9 a.m., or online at 10 a.m. on YouTube or Facebook. For more information, visit www.GreaterImpact.cc.