Jesus Christ said, “It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer.”

Walking Worthy of Our Calling, Part 19 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #221)

A series of homilies on Ephesians.

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.”


I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians (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.

TEXT: Ephesians 4:3-6:

3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

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Hudson Taylor said, “It may be that while we are complaining of the hardness of the hearts of those we are seeking to benefit, the hardness of our own hearts and our own feeble apprehension of the solemn reality of eternal things may be the true cause of our want of success.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “I’m astounded and baffled when people tell me there are 75 million people in America that are filled with the Holy Ghost and we’re the most rotten nation on earth.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Methodist preachers learned how to preach passionately by listening to passionate preaching. Yet it was not their oratory that won their audiences. It was their power. Francis Asbury told his Methodist preachers, ‘Feel for power, feel for power.’ Thomas Ware told them, “People love the preacher who makes them feel.’ No wonder they were called the “holy knock ‘em down” preachers.”

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We ought to strive to maintain unity in the body of Christ because we have one faith. Faith in this context is not simply the ability to believe. It is the truth about Jesus Christ and the Gospel that every Christian ought to believe and defend. This is what Jude was talking about when he said, “Contend for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” Ray Stedman said Paul “has in view that which is believed — the body of truth that has been revealed. There is only one body of truth revealed, one faith — the whole set of revealed facts about Jesus Christ.”

In our age of pluralism, there are some things that every Christian should believe — the core, the root of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the heart of the evangelistic message. We all ought to believe that Jesus Christ is the perfect Son of God, the God-Man, who came to Earth, died on the cross, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God. We all ought to believe that He is the one and only Way, Truth, and Life through which man can be saved. This one gospel unites Christians across all barriers of nationality, race, language, and anything else that divides humans from each other.

Down through the years, Christians have fought — and sometimes died — to uphold the core of Christianity. Yes, there is freedom in Christ, and different groups of believers are free to differ in matters of practice, but there are certain things that are foundational to the church, that every Christian must believe. When these beliefs are deviated from, the unity of the church is threatened.

S.J. Stone wrote:

The church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ, her Lord;
she is his new creation by water and the Word.
From heaven he came and sought her to be his holy bride;
with his own blood he bought her, and for her life he died.

Elect from every nation, yet one o’er all the earth;
her charter of salvation: one Lord, one faith, one birth.
One holy name she blesses, partakes one holy food,
and to one hope she presses, with every grace endued.

Let’s pray.

Now, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, please keep in mind that the Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” Just pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. I will be sharing more on the matter of salvation in the next segment of our service which starts in about 5 minutes.

Revival Prayer List

PRAY FOR SPECIFIC FAMILIES

Philippians 4:6 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

— Sara in Sao Paulo, Brazil
give her financial help

— Larbi in Accra, Ghana
open his eyes so he may see wondrous things from Your Word and hear clearly Your voice;
grant him a godly wife, a woman who will understand him, love him to the end, love his ministry and help him carry out the work;
grant him grace and favor to fish out the lost souls for Jesus

— Jimmy in Rockford, Illinois
heal his marriage that is in trouble

— Ruusa
Keep her grandfather healthy, give her sister strength
bless her with a job as a nurse, admission to school, and to be able to travel the world
help her and her siblings to be successful in life; provide them with jobs

— Lorraine in Chicago
bless her with monies needed to launch her vision to reduce violence and bring unity in Chicago
open doors and connect her with the right people at a Speakers Workshop
grant her a double portion of anointing to break yokes and heal others to bring them to Christ and activate life as well as wisdom, knowledge and understanding

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PRAY FOR CHURCH LEADERS

Paul said in Ephesians 6:18, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”

Leaders of the Pentecostal Church

Ray Anderson
Starland Davis
Jim Mercer
Debra McCormick
Latisha Mancilla
Robert Sutterfield
Tim Leeper
Tamra Leeper
Bob Sauter
Kimberly Sauter

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PRAY FOR GOVERNMENTAL LEADERS

1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”

WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATURE

Lynda Wilson
Sharon Wylie
Jesse Young
Hans Zeiger
Brad Owen
Jan Angel
Barbara Bailey
Michael Baumgartner
Randi Becker
Don Benton