The effects of revival in our land have on different occasions in history touched even the White House. President Lincoln, being concerned about America’s condition, its success and independence as well as a country be ripped apart. He gave his Proclamation for a National Day of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer. On April 30,1863, President Abraham Lincoln said, “… It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.”[i] The results of the great revival that had been happening in America not only carried on, but lasted for many years. It had begun in a passion for prayer and was sustained with faithfulness of prayer! Mathew Henry once said “When God intends a great mercy for His people, He first sets them a praying.” We must find the place of prayer! We must allow the Holy Spirit to convict us of anything that would stop His flow in us and through us.
God wants us to pray from a heart of purity that we might see Him in His fullness and in dimensions of His great mercy. Even in the midst of blessing and revival we can allow the enemy to get a foot hold in our lives. In Matt. 6:14-15 it says, “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (NKJV) Anytime we allow our soul to be infected with the spiritual cancer of bitterness and unforgiveness, it will hinder God’s moving in our lives and those around us.
- Unforgiveness will stop your prayer life!
- Bitterness that is bottled up inside you will defile you and others.
- Lets deal with our bitterness and unforgiveness so that we can have a pure heart.
How can we expect to talk to our heavenly Father who has forgiven us when we ourselves are holding bitterness and unforgiveness in our own hearts towards others? In the Gospel of Mark we read “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.” ( Mark 11:25 NKJV)
Search your heart for any area
of defilement in you.
[i] Arthur S. DeMoss Foundation , The Rebirth Of America, 1986, p. 151