My Heart Is Full

My heart is full today.

Tuesday in Acadiana (southwest Louisiana is the heart of the Acadian or Cajun culture) 80 pastors from every area of the state met for a day long time of prayer.

It was a great experience.

We prayed for revival out of a feeling of desperation for God. One of the speakers quoted Jimmy Robertson: “Divinity honors desperation.”

God hears when we pray fervently and when we finally get to the point where we know we cannot do this on our own.

Why is it that we will trust our methods instead of trusting God?

During the time of my ministry, we have had the deeper life movement, the church growth movement, and the seeker sensitive churches. We have tried campaigns and marketing. We have had new Bible translations published almost yearly and we have developed new Bible Study curriculum. And still our nation turns from God.

What can we do?

We can pray–fervently, expectantly, and believing that God will do what He has promised. “If my people who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Tuesday pastors confessed their pride and desperately sought the God of Jacob.

We can confess and repent. ” ‘Even now,’ declares the Lord, ‘return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.’ Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. Who knows? He may turn and have pity and leave behind a blessing. . .” (Joel 2:12-14).

Why do we persist in trying harder and doing better? Why do we keep coming up with better plans?

God has given us His plan. A plan to give us hope and a future.

Please join me and pastors in Louisiana as we pray for revival and healing as we confess and repent.

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  1. dr. james willingham
    Jun 26, 2014

    Some really good remarks on prayer for revival. You might find useful and helpful the work by Jonathan Edwards which inspired the Great Century of Missions or what we know as the modern missionary movement along with the Second Great Awakening, and it was developed out of the experience of the First Great Awakening. I refer to Edwards’ Humble Attempt in Volume II, where it is noted that the prayer meeting sin England which William Carey and Andrew Fuller among others attended, beginning in 1785. Seven years later Carey would embark upon his missionary effort with the aid of one who had already been India seven years, Dr. John Thomas. The work lists nearly a 100 verses prophesying a world wide awakening. I have been pleading these propehcies as promises since 1973. Spurgeon, Lloyd-Jones, G. Campbell Morgan, and others prayed for such a visitation. One of these days, God must answer.

    • Waylon
      Jul 01, 2014

      Let us keep praying. Isn’t it wonderful how God used those great men of the past. May He do so again; and may we be found faithful.

  2. Bonnie ferguson
    Jun 28, 2014

    Dr Bailey, I posted on my notes to join you in prayer on Tuesday June 24th. I prayed for the meeting to be successful and for God to hear the request and guide each one to have his will in our lives . May God bless each one with a special blessing . Bonnie Ferguson

    • Waylon
      Jul 01, 2014

      Thank you for your prayers. God loves for us to pray. The fervent prayer of a righteous person avails much (James).

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