From 1829 to 1835, tremendous revivals saved over 100,000 souls in New York. How? These revivals came because God raised up Charles Finney to preach and Father Nash to pray. Today, God still seeks those who will be raised up to pray for revival.
But, this isn't a polite prayer. Some men heard Father Nash half a mile away. He would spend days groaning, lying on his face, and fasting. Revival is not cheap. Just as athletes dedicate their lives to sports, Christians must dedicate themselves to earnest prayer for souls if they expect to see God's kingdom come on the earth, right now.
Is it any wonder that the church in Washington, DC has so little impact on the city? Without a passion for prayer, we'll be polite and pleasant while the world is going to hell. Beloved, it's time to stop this!
To be effective, your prayer must be very specific. You must know exactly the result you're asking for and take aim. It will help to pray with others, and to keep a list of souls that the Holy Spirit asks you to pray for. The real success will come when you move from a real burden to solid faith that God will answer. This movement happens only by soul agony.
Will you make yourself available for God to use you for revival–whether in evangelism, in prayer, or both?