from the book The Dangers of Complacency by Daniel Kolenda
The Urgency of Revival
I am an evangelist who works on the front lines of the battle for souls in some of the most difficult, dangerous, and remote locations on earth. For us, prayer is not a luxury or an accessory – it is a matter of survival. The prophet Jeremiah spoke of a dreadful day that is fast approaching when multitudes of lost souls will declare with eternal regret, “The harvest is over, the summer has ended, and we are not saved.”
As the clock counts down the final hours before the end of the age, it is the heart of God that none should perish, but all should come to repentance that motivates us to go into all the world and preach the gospel (see 2 Peter 3:9).
Everybody seems to want “revival,” thinking it is a pleasant and enjoyable experience. But to be revived is to be shaken out of a state of slumber, to be jolted out of apathetic complacency, to be alarmed, awakened, and startled. Too many churches that are praying for revival have a “Do Not Disturb” sign hanging on the door.
However, a revival that fits neatly into a comfortable cradle is not revival at all. There is an increased urgency in my spirit and a growing awareness that God desires to raise up a mighty army of intercessors on the earth in these last days to spark a prayer revolution that will touch the world.
These will be those who pray as Jesus did, not out of religious duty, but out of a relationship with the Father. Let’s be like the disciples and cry out for Jesus to teach us how to pray, “Teach us to touch heaven and to impact the earth. Teach us to be fervent and effectual, to move mountains, to break chains, to cast out demons, to heal the sick, to raise the dead, to impact cities and nations, to change the course of history and bring heaven to earth. Teach us to really, really, really pray!”
So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober.1 Thessalonians 5:6