If you are reading this you have probably been praying for God to bring revival to our church, community and country. Thank you for accepting this challenge. Any time that we take turning our eyes to the Lord is a wonderful thing…or is it? Can it be possible to pray badly? Actually the Bible gives us several examples of bad prayers. For example, Scripture tells us that when we pray selfishly or pridefully God does not honor it.
Jesus told a parable of two men praying (a Pharisee and a Tax collector) where one was heard and the other was not. The Pharisee pridefully prayed, “God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.” (Luke 18:11)
Is it possible to pridefully pray for revival? We must remember that our theme verse in 2 Chronicles 7:14 begins, “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves…”. Praying for revival does not make us better than anyone else. Our prayer should begin like the prayer of the tax collector in the parable of Jesus, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner” (Luke 18:13)