The If 7:14 prayer initiative is igniting a global rhythm of prayer, but prayer for something very specific: Revival.
But what does “revival” mean? In order for us to pray in unity, let’s get on the same page about what “revival” is.
Revival is first of all personal and individual. It is one heart turning back to God and repenting of sin and pride, one spirit being drawn to seek His face, one soul realizing that it needs to seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness.
“Revival is falling in love with Jesus all over again” – Vance Havner
When I pray for revival, I am first praying that God would revive me. I am asking Him to do what He needs to do with me and in me to change my heart, to give me a fresh hunger and thirst for His Word and His presence. To deepen my love for Him and my desire and ability to live for Him.
“Revival, no matter how great or small in its ultimate scope, always begins with individual believers whose hearts are desperate for God, and who are willing to pay the price to meet Him” – Del Fehsenfeld, Jr.
The “revival” many of us think of is the kind common during the Great Awakening: The moments in history where people in large numbers believed in Christ and were redeemed or gained a visible and palpable new excitement in their faith. There have been many examples in history where whole communities or even countries were caught up in a revival spirit. Often ministries and other organizations can point back to a time of revival as their birthday. Past revivals have had major lasting impacts on culture and community.
“Revival is not some emotion or worked-up excitement; it is rather an invasion from heaven which brings to man a conscious awareness of God” – Stephen Olford
The sense that seems to be growing among God’s people in America is that we need a Great Awakening-type of revival in this country. Our culture, our government, our schools, and even many of our churches are clearly on a path that is heading toward destruction. We see so many in a dead sprint away from the heart of God. The consequences of continuing on this way are too horrible to contemplate, both for individuals and for our country as a whole. We feel that the only way to halt and reverse the evil trends is for God to intervene and send revival to our country.
So that’s what we pray for. We hope for a revival that heals and restores America, and beyond that, the world. But remember, we don’t pray for God to revive “them,” whoever “them” is for you. We pray that God revives “us,” the church, and that starts with “me.”
“God’s time for revival is the very darkest hour, when everything seems hopeless. It is always the Lord’s way to go to the very worst cases to manifest His glory” – Andrew Gih
The premise of If 7:14 is to schedule prayers as Daniel did, twice a day, in our case at 7:14 a.m. and 7:14 p.m.; to pray in unity with other believers by being prompted with alerts; and to pray specifically for revival. We have found in our own lives that doing this creates a rhythm of prayer in our day. Not that this is the only time we pray or that we are legalistic about praying at exactly 7:14, but it has become a regular part of our day to stop and pray, often with others at those times. It is very empowering to realize that thousands of others are praying with us at same time. We don’t know them, and they don’t know us, but still, we are experiencing the unity of the church.
And there is one more rhythm of prayer that we are encouraging: We are setting aside July 14 (7/14) each year as a day of fasting, repentance, and prayer. This year we are able to use our new If 7:14 app as a way to connect with anyone who wants to join us on this day and receive hourly prayer alerts to unify in prayer all day. We would love to have you join us this July 14 – and it’s as simple as downloading the app by clicking here or signing up for the text message alerts by texting if714 to 515-393-2782.
“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 I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land” – 2 Chronicles 7:14
To learn more about about how some of the nation’s top speakers – including Anne Graham Lotz – are coming to Iowa this summer to inspire YOUR revival journey, visit TheFamilyLeadershipSummit.com today!
Darla Vander Plaats is director of the If 7:14 initiative for The FAMiLY LEADER