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Prayers for Revival: Test Me

by Julia Bruce
CEO & Keynote speaker

Why would I ask God to test me?

Most of probably feel like all of 2020 has been a test. In both the Old and New Testaments, the words translated “test” mean “to prove by trial.” It takes a bold heart to sincerely pray for God to test them. But it is through the trials and tests that the genuineness of our faith is seen.

Tested by fire

That doesn’t sound like much fun at all, but when ore is tested to prove it is either gold or silver, the assayer puts a fire under it, pours acid on it, and then determines whether it is genuine. Only the true ore will hold up to the test.

Likewise, God tests us to prove that our faith in Him is genuine. When trials and difficulties come in your life, your faith will be put to the test. Will you trust God or blame God? Will you cast all your cares upon Him trusting that He cares for you or will you turn to caffeine, food, cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, pornography, or sex? Will you lean on Him rather than lean on your own understanding? Will you become sweeter or bitter? James said, “knowing that the testing of your faith….” God tests our faith that we might know it is genuine.

Stick around or walk away?


When we are tested, we have two choices – to either stand in faith or turn and walk away. Only true, genuine faith will stand in the trial knowing that God is their strength. Only true faith knows that when they walk through the waters or the fires that God is with them and they will not be overwhelmed or consumed.

False faith will walk away. In John 6:64-66, we find some of the people who were following Jesus did not have genuine faith. In these verses, Jesus said, “there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him. And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.” From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. We know the the 12 disciples stayed with him, but these other followers went back home and chose to not walk with Jesus anymore.

Where do you go with trials come? Do you run into the arms of Jesus who is strong enough to see you through or do you give up, walk away and become bitter inside?

Testing presses us into great faith

It is through the testing that our faith is made stronger. James says that the testing of our faith develops perseverance, which leads to maturity in our walk with God (James 1:3–4). When we skip down to verse 12, we find that James also says that being tested is a blessing because one we have “stood the test,” we will “receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” It isn’t passing the test that wins salvation, but that only those who are able to to withstand the trial are the true children of God who walk by faith knowing that testing comes from our heavenly Father who works all things together for good for those who love Him and whoa re called to the children of God (Romans 8:28)

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Today’s Revival Prayer

Father, we ask you to test us knowing that the genuineness of our faith will be revealed. Even in the trial keep us close to your heart and our eyes on you so that on the other side of the trial we will have grown even closer to you.

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Prayers for Revival: Know my heart

by Julia Bruce
CEO & Keynote speaker

What’s in Your Heart?

A popular, well-known credit card commercial asks, “What’s in your wallet?” But for revival to occur, we need to ask, “What’s in our heart?” Why it so important for us to know the condition of our spiritual heart? Let’s turn to the book of 1 Samuel 16 and see what God has to say to Samuel when he was sent to anoint the 2nd King of Israel.

God looks at the inside


When King Saul did not obey the instructions given to him about sacrificing to God and made the sacrifice himself instead of waiting on Samuel, God became displeased with Saul and rejected him as king of Israel. So God sent Samuel to anoint a new king. God told Samuel to go to the house of Jesse and He would let him know who he was to anoint. Now, Saul is still king so to anoint another king would be treason and Samuel points this out to God. So God tell him to go and make a sacrifice which would give him a reason for going. Upon the arrival of Jesse and his sons to the sacrifice, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, “Surely this is the man the Lord has chosen!”

Eliab was the oldest son and from looking at him, he must have looked like a king because Samuel just looks at him and decides that this must be the one. But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by a man’s face or height, for this is not the one. I don’t make decisions the way you do! Men judge by outward appearance, but I look at a man’s thoughts and intentions.”

Asking God to know our thoughts and intentions

So when we pray and ask God to know our heart, we’re asking him to know our deepest thoughts and intentions. Do you have thoughts that you hope no one ever finds out about? What are your intentions or motivation to tithe and attend church? What are the intentions of your heart behind reading your Bible? Is it to put a check in the box on your daily plan or is to know and understand the heart of God a little bit more? What are the intentions of your heart behind your prayers? Is about God answering your every prayer or is about getting to listen to God speak to you and a time a worship and adoration?

Those thoughts and intentions – God already knows them. But when we ask Him to know our hearts, its like asking Him to reveal those things to us and bring them out in the open so we can repent of sinful thoughts and intentions.

The heart is deceitful

Another reason we ask God to know our heart is because the heart is deceitful. Jeremiah 17:9 tells us, ” The heart is the most deceitful thing there is and desperately wicked. No one can really know how bad it is!” We can go all the way to the Garden of Eden to see how the heart deceives and we follow it willingly straight into sin. Yes, Satan tempted Eve and she ate of the forbidden fruit, but in Genesis 3:6, we find the workings of Eve’s heart that catapulted her and the entire human race into sin. “The woman was convinced. How lovely and fresh looking it was! And it would make her so wise!” Since that time, our heart continually deceives us and we, just like Eve, follow after it, right into sin.

Today’s Revival Prayer

Father, we ask you to know our hearts. Help us to see ourselves as you see us. Remove the blinders we place on ourselves that cause us to believe “I’m not that bad,” and show our thoughts and intentions that do not honor you. Help us to be honest with you about what you reveal. Break our heart for what breaks yours and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

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Prayers for Revival: Search Me, O God

by Julia Bruce
CEO & Keynote speaker

Read Monday’s post here: Prayers for Revival: Search Me, O God

If you missed Monday’s post, start by reading it here. Revival begins with a humble heart that is willing to to say, ” Search me O God.” Each day this week we will focus on a different area of our lives to ask God to search our hearts for anything offensive within us.

Today’s “Search Me” prayer:

Search me, O God, and know my heart. See if there is anything offensive with me in regards to how I worship You.

Search Me, O God, for how I worship You

In Exodus 20, we find the Ten Commandments God gave to Moses. In verse 8, God says, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” Today, most religions practice Sunday as their “Sabbath” because Jesus rose from the dead on the first day of the week. God expects us to keep this day holy. A day of worship and rest in Him. If we are to worship Him, then we need to know what it means to worship. The simplest way to describe worship is reflecting back to God what we think He’s worth. In 1 Chronicles 16, we find four ways in which we worship God.

Search Me, O God, for how I make His deeds know, sing His praise, seek His face, and remember His marvelous works

Make His deeds known among the people


The first way we worship God is by making His deeds known to others. 1 Chronicles 16:8 says, “Oh, give thinks to the Lord! Call upon His name; make known His deed among the peoples!” Take a moment today and identify God’s deeds in your life. Choose at least three people to tell what God is doing in you and ask them what God is doing in their life. Spend time today thanking Him for what He is doing in your life.

Sing songs or praise, worship, and adoration

The second way we worship God is singing songs of praise, worship and adoration. 1 Chronicles 16:9 says, Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; talk of all His wondrous works!” If you think you can’t sing, then jump over to Psalm 100 and you’ll find it says to “Make a joyful noise.”

Seek His face continually

The third way we worship God is by seeking His face. 1 Chronicles 16: 10-11 says, “Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord! Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face evermore! We seek Him when we draw near to Him (James 4:8). We need to seek him continually. He should be our first thought in the morning and the last thought before we go to sleep. He should be in our thoughts all throughout the day, no matter where we are – and if He is, we won’t be going to the wrong places or doing the wrong things. If you feel as if you can’t find God, Jeremiah 29:13 says, “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”

Remember His marvelous works

The fourth way we worship God is by remembering His marvelous works. 1 Chronicles 16:12 says, “Remember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth.” What marvelous works has he done today? Did you see a glorious sunrise this morning or a beautiful rainbow after the rain? Did you notice the beauty in the leaves changing colors? Everything around you is there because it is a masterpiece – a work of art – formed by the Creator’s hand so take time to notice His marvelous works and all His wonders.

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Prayers for Revival: Search Me, O God

by Julia Bruce
CEO & Keynote speaker

Read Monday’s post here: Prayers for Revival: Search Me, O God

If you missed Monday’s post, start by reading it here. Revival begins with a humble heart that is willing to to say, ” Search me O God.” Each day this week we will focus on a different area of our lives to ask God to search our hearts for anything offensive within us.

Today’s “Search Me” prayer:

Search me, O God, and know my heart. See if there is anything offensive with me in regards to how I handle my finances

Search Me, O God, for how much I love money

There is probably no “touchier” subject than money. Financial problems are one of the leading causes of divorce. It is also one of the leading causes of sin. 1 Timothy 6:10 tells us the the love of money is the root of all evil. The more we love money, they more likely we are to do something we shouldn’t to get more of it.

Search Me, O God, for how I manage my finances

Also, how we manage money can either honor God or bring offense. We don’t have to spend our money on things that are sin for us to be offensive in God’s sight. We can also be offensive when we choose to work instead of being in God’s house on Sunday. When we overtax our budgets, leaving no room to tithe, we can be offensive to God. We can be offensive when we spend money unnecessarily and then are not able to meet our financial obligations. In Luke 12:15, Jesus said, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” And Matthew 6:21 tell us, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Spend some quiet time alone with God and for anything He reveals to you, seek His forgiveness. Ask God to reveal to you where your treasures are. Ask Him to convict you of any love you have for money and for any way you handle your finances that are offensive to Him. Work towards making your greatest treasure your relationship with your heavenly Father. Ask Him each time you make a big or unnecessary purchase if doing so will honor Him.

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  • Scripture to memorize and meditate on
  • Conversation Starters
  • Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages
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  • Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples

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Prayers for Revival: Search Me, O God

by Julia Bruce
CEO & Keynote speaker

Read Monday’s post here: Prayers for Revival: Search Me, O God

If you missed Monday’s post, start by reading it here. Revival begins with a humble heart that is willing to to say, ” Search me O God.” Each day this week we will focus on a different area of our lives to ask God to search our hearts for anything offensive within us.

Today’s “Search Me” prayer:

Search me, O God, and know my heart. See if there is anything offensive with me in regards to the words I use and my thoughts.

Search Me, O God, for the acceptable words I speak:

There are two verses to focus on as you ask God to search you for how you speak. The first is Psalm 19:14, which says: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Are your words acceptable only on Sunday when you’re in church or are they acceptable Monday-Saturday, too? What about when you step on legos in the dark? Are they acceptable when the children are misbehaving? What about when your spouse irritates you? Are your words acceptable in rush hour traffic?

Search Me, O God, for the acceptable words I speak:

The second verse to consider is Ephesians 4:29, which says: “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Corrupting talk tears other people down. It is negative, condescending, complaining, or any other ungodly way we speak.

Spend some quiet time alone with God and for anything He reveals to you, seek His forgiveness. Ask God to convict you of any time your words are corrupting and unacceptable to Him. Ask Him to help you speak words that build others up and show grace. If you catch yourself using corrupting talk, immediately ask God to forgive you, then say three acceptable things about the person or situation for which you spoke corrupting words.

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This book includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

  • Scripture to memorize and meditate on
  • Conversation Starters
  • Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages
  • Romance Builders
  • Relationship Builders
  • Personal reflections
  • Date ideas
  • Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples

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