It all started on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic.
We asked each other what we wanted out of our time together, and we all agreed to explore what being a man of prayer looked like. We didn’t even know where to start, but we dove into the unknown.
Face Down Revolution spawned from that month. My prayer life transformed from rigid structure to unhindered freedom. I grew more bold and confident in my relationship with God, as I saw him changing the world through my prayer. That month started a revolution in my heart that has shaped me into the person I am today.
Face Down. Jesus offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears, but that wasn’t what caught the Father’s attention. Hebrews 5:7 says Jesus was heard because of his reverent submission.
Revolution. Many of us want to believe that prayer makes a difference, but haven’t seen much proof. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says if we seek his face, he will forgive our sins and heal our land. He wants to bring a revolution.
Many of us grew up with big dreams.
I wanted to be a golf professional, winning lots of golf tournaments and making the cover photo on a Wheaties box. You may have wanted to be a firefighter, pulling people from burning buildings and retrieving stranded kittens from trees. But society told us to grow up. We were supposed to attend college, get a job, get married, and before long we forgot our childhood dreams.
In the same way, our prayer lives suffered as we grew up. We were told to use logic and reason, instead of childlike faith. We were taught to only trust ourselves, not trust the Lord first and foremost. We were told to make a name for ourselves, not make his name known. How can we make a difference in this world?
If we live a healthy prayer life, we can change the world around us. You don’t have to find the cure for cancer or invent artificial intelligence in order to be a world changer. You can do that by praying for your neighbor or pastor. Why? Because prayer changes things as God changes things.
Do we ‘let go and let God,’ or do we actually do something?
Our blunder as Christians is the belief that prayer is passive. In many churches, prayer is relegated to another tradition in the church service. It’s not viewed as a world-changing tool from God. He designed prayer to be our ‘Go to’ and first line of communication with God, but we tend to treat it as a last resort. We seem to pray out of reaction, instead of praying in advance.
Imagine two Christian examples: a monk and an evangelist. The monk has a great appreciation for personal time with God, as he lives isolated from the world. The evangelist loves preaching, as he lives constantly around people. The majority of Americans would support the evangelist because we favor ‘action’ and ‘busyness’ more. But is the monk any less active or important in God’s Kingdom?
It’s all about prayerful activism.
The idea that we can bring as much Kingdom praying on our knees as we can by serving as an evangelist on the streets. It’s about spending time in prayer, but also about actively living your life out in the world for God. Both are taking action, and both are necessary.
Look around. Everyone seems to be looking to join something that has purpose and meaning. Face Down Revolution is not about sitting around all day and praying, even though there is a time and place for that. It’s about living out your God-given calling, and actively praying for God to further what you are doing. It’s about bringing God into your everyday life and walking in the fullness of him. You’ll soon see things start changing, because Christ says he lives in us. Everything that applies to Christ, he says now applies to us as his son or daughter.
Living a life of prayerful activism is challenging, but don’t worry. None of us are ever going to get it perfect. I fail more often than not, but I can’t let that stop me. When Christ commissioned the disciples he said “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” – John 14:12. We have to trust in the power of prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit, because Christ wants to change the world through you.
If you feel this same calling on your life, join the Face Down Revolution.
Next blog: “Why is Face Down Revolution necessary?”
Face Down Revolution Verses:
“During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.” – Hebrews 5:7
“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14