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A:This is actually a very timely question given that we are experiencing God’s transforming Presence in several communities these days, even in the West. Since 1999 research and reports have indicated that several communities and nations in Third World nations have experienced such moves of God, but in more recent years we are seeing shift and change occurring even in Western settings. Putting it simply, God will visit any Community when the protocol of welcome is in place.
Over the years we have seen that God looks for certain key common denominators on the part of His people, these being – humility – holiness – relational unity – integrity – and transparency all of which are requirements and key ingredients for well-informed and strategic prayer. If there are issues contrary to the nature and purpose of God that are not being addressed by His people and which are clearly in opposition to His purpose, it is highly unlikely He will visit that Community in a corporate, collective manner. Historical Revivals and Awakenings over the centuries have shown that there needs to be a humble yet tenacious leadership who will not easily be distracted or dissuaded from the task at hand which is to welcome in the Presence of God and to address whatever impediments there may be in order for this to occur. This is further fueled with prevailing and consistent prayer that is well informed of the issues at hand. If there is a willingness to steward what God requires of His people then the likelihood of a genuine Transformational Revival taking place is heightened exponentially. One of Charles Finney’s observations during the revivals he witnessed was that once the Presence of God came to an area, the people seemed to lose their appetite for tenacious prayer over a period of time – and then the Revival soon began to wane. God looks for certain “attractors” before He releases His Presence in His midst.
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