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What must we change in our nation in order to see miraculous breakthroughs such as other nations have experienced? What mindsets and cultural habits must shift in order for the Church to rise up with power and impact to bring lasting change?

The Sentinel Group has documented hundreds of communities around the world where the tangible presence of God has not only fallen, but radically transformed entire cities and nations. Based on long-term research and the patterns observed in these communities, George Otis Jr. cites the following reasons why we in the West do not see similar miraculous outcomes resulting in transforming revival. Let it be a wake-up call to more informed intercession.



Attention is the building block of intimacy, but many of us are finding our computers and cell phones more irresistible than quality time with God. It is not overt rejection that repels God’s presence, but rather momentary distraction with lesser things. But as Mahatma Gandhi once said, “There is more to life than simply increasing its speed.” (Hosea 6:4; Luke 10:41-42, 14:17-24; Romans 12:2)


The Western Church has developed an astonishing, and highly unfortunate, tolerance for disunity. Instead of teaching and practicing forgiveness, we have adopted our culture’s penchant for demanding rights and living in a state of perpetual offence. Others have become self-appointed guardians of orthodoxy, criticizing and distancing themselves from those who do not measure up. (Isaiah 58:9; Galatians 5:15; 1 Corinthians 12:21-27; Hebrews 12:15)


Many try to explain the lack of revival in Western settings as a consequence of our unfamiliarity with the principles of spiritual transformation. Much less is said of our alienation from the concept and practice of community. Whereas many of the world’s tribal and clan-based cultures are able to make sense of corporate repentance, the fragmented, individualized West struggles. (Nehemiah 4:14; Acts 2:43-47, 4:32-35)


Many Western Christians insist they know what attracts God’s presence even though their communities have yet to see revival. This suggests the problem has more to do with appetite than ignorance. Oriented toward comfort and convenience, they are glad to receive revival so long as it does not require them to break stride. In their minds, preparations should be pain-free and part-time. (Haggai 1:2-4; Luke 8:14; Philippians 3:18-19; 2 Timothy 4:10)


Some Westerners view human preparation for revival as a presumptuous encroachment upon God’s sovereignty. They insist spiritual awakening is the product of arbitrary dictate, meaning that faith does not enter the equation. One can only hope that God might, one day, choose to visit. But where there are no principles to apply, no guidelines to follow, no promises to expect, and no certainty of success, the likely outcome is diminished expectations and lamentable apathy. (2 Chronicles 7:14-15; Hosea 6:3; 2 Corinthians 6:2)


Although sin is present in all countries and cultures, those living in the Western world are subject to temptations unprecedented in their sophistication, availability, and persistence. Like Achan, we have found ways to hide “devoted things” in our tents. Unlike Achan, our individualized culture makes it more likely these choices will go unchecked — which is why more than half of all U.S. pastors report struggles with pornography. (Joshua 7:11-12; Isaiah 59:2; Psalm 24:3-4, 66:17-19; James 4:8-9)


Despite the advent of the 24/7 prayer movement, many Western believers maintain only marginal contact with their Heavenly Father. It is a curious neglect that has prompted prayer leader Eddie Smith to say, “Jesus is the only bridegroom I know whose bride will hardly speak to him.” Unfortunately, the very nature of revival precludes it from being welcomed by a prayerless people. (Isaiah 43:22; Hosea 7:13-14; James 4:2)


Modern Westerners like to style themselves as “forward-thinking” or “progressive” in outlook. Few possess the slightest understanding of the spiritual continuum they are part of. Fewer still show any interest. But neglecting ancient altars — good and bad — obscures the importance of corporate repentance and the renewal of godly covenants. (Deuteronomy 6:12; 2 Chronicles 34:18-32; Nehemiah 9:38, 10:28-29; Psalm 106:21)


For Western Christians beset with lingering doubts about God’s willingness to reveal His thoughts and presence, the way of revival is untested and often delayed. Program planning, on the other hand, offers immediate gratification. The catch is that earnest activity is often substituted for genuine change — leaving communities improved, but untransformed. (Jeremiah 17:50; 1 Corinthians 2:1-5)


Christian writer Norman Grubb once said: “Until there is a conviction of need, there can never be a desire for change.” For many Westerners, desperation is an unattractive and unnecessary condition. We prefer to view problems as challenges to be conquered rather than emergencies requiring immediate and radical action. Swollen with options and possessed with a false sense of time, we allow incrementalism to supplant urgency. (2 Kings 13:18-19; Ezekiel 9:3-4, 9; Daniel 9:13; Zephaniah 1:12)

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  1. Thank you Lord Jesus for this wonderful diagnosis of why we are so sick spiritually here in America. Forgive us, Heavenly Father, for so taxing your patience with us. Forgive us Lord Jesus for being your wayward Bride. Holy Spirit, please scrub our minds with the word of God that we have ingested, please minister reality to us while we sleep, cause us to know that things are desperate here and that time is so very short. Our God, remove the deception that so blinds us and wake up your sleeping church. In Jesus most powerful name, Amen

  2. Father in heaven,
    Please forgive and transform Your Church into a praying Church. May we recognize the pathetic condition of Your Body which apathetically neglects LISTENING to You, and consequently only bothers to talk with You if she wants to put in a quick request. In Jesus’ Name, please change our hearts, Amen.

  3. These 10 reasons are so accurately stated as key obstacles to the transforming visitation of God in our nation, or in any community anywhere. Groups of intercessors throughout the country are identifying these same points, as barriers to experiencing the transforming presence of God here in our nation.

    More and more intercessors are awakening to prayer for the Church to turn from the suffocating busyness and distractions that keep her from the priority of personal and corporate prayer and intimacy with the Lord; to pray that the Church will deal with the issues of repentance, forgiveness/reconciliation/restitution, commitment, obedience, faith, integrity, and misplaced priorities.

    When the Church becomes a corporation of sincere and desperate prayer, we will see demonstrations of the Lord’s presence impacting the masses in our nation. This is a critical need! Let the Church arise in unity, repentance and faith! Even so, come, Lord Jesus, come!

    John 10:25
    25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believe not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, these bear witness of me. ASV
    John 14:12
    12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater (works) than these shall he do; because I go unto the Father. ASV

  5. The problem is a faithless church that is a 501C3 corporation worshiping the state instead of a “Non-State Church,” that trusts Jesus. Luke 18:8
    Nevertheless, when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? ASV
    If you want revival you must be ready, with faith, have bibles ready for 100s of people, and quit aborting the baby believers, there must be people ready to personally “DISCIPLE THEM”, that is the “Great Commission.” Disciple doesn’t mean help them warm a pew.
    What you have done all that then call Sam Sweg to come and perform miracles & healing.

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