a prayer for revival – adapted from Acts 4:24-31

Sovereign Lord,

You made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, the King David:

Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain?

The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against his Anointed One. (Psalm 2: 1-2)

Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in Jerusalem to conspire against Your holy servant Jesus, whom You anointed. They did what Your power and will had decided beforehand should happen.

Today, Your Son is subject to rejection in contemporary society, and the people who follow Him subject to ridicule. But even back then, You had predicted this would happen – that the world would hate You, and hate us because of You.

Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak Your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of Your holy servant Jesus.

We ask for revival in this world. We ask that You would reclaim what is rightfully Yours: the nations as Your inheritance. (Psalm 2:8)

Amen.

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