Praying for the Preachers, Part 2 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #116)

spiritual-warfare

A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6

A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians 5 & 6 (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

Ephesians 6:18-20:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

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Albert Richardson said, “A man’s influence in the world can be gauged not by his eloquence, or his zeal, or his orthodoxy, or his energy, but by his prayers.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “Are we sorry for grieving the heart of God, for denying God the right to own our personality, to own our mind, to own our thoughts, to own our emotions? If not, we’re robbing God.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Korea experienced three waves of revival in the first decade of the new century, the best known being the 1907 “Korean Pentecost.” Church membership quadrupled during the decade. One of those touched by the Korean revival was a Canadian missionary serving in China, Jonathan Goforth. He returned to Manchuria as a carrier of revival. The national awakening that followed doubled the Protestant population of that nation to a quarter of a million, despite the persecution surrounding both the Boxer Uprising and the 1911 Revolution.”

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The reason why Paul requested prayer that he might preach and preach boldly is because he desired “to make known the mystery of the gospel.” Preachers today are being tempted to preach nearly everything but the Gospel. From our pulpits, we hear more and more self-help content, more feel-good sermons, more sermons about finances, marriage, parenting, doing well in the workplace, etc. Some of these things need to be preached from the pulpit, but that preaching should not take place at the expense of the Gospel.

We need to pray that our preachers get back to preaching the Gospel and the whole council of God. We need to pray that God would give them the ability to speak boldly and clearly. That is what our country and the world needs.

Not only do we need for the Gospel to be preached boldly, but we need for the Gospel to be preached plainly. That is why Paul asks for the power of God to make known the mystery of the Gospel. The Gospel can only be revealed through the power of God and the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. It takes a Holy Spirit-filled preacher to make the Gospel plain to the masses who are already confused by the devil and the darkness in the world.

Let us pray that God would give His preachers boldness and the power of the Holy Spirit to make plain the mystery of the Gospel.

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