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NPPN interviewed Bob Griffin....Rockford Renewal Ministries
Dr. Bob Griffin
Rockford Renewal Ministries
*Bob, what prompted
you to write Firestorms of Revival?
I became overwhelmed by the conditions in our city and by the limited impact
of Christian congregations to do much about it. In a prayer meeting in our
City Council Chambers, I made an effort to pray after a speaker had shared
how bad things were in our city and those of America. I began to weep and
couldn't continue praying. It was after this that God, in a rather dramatic
way, called us to begin Rockford Renewal Ministries. Being mid-way in my
doctoral studies, I felt compelled to write on revival so I could learn how
it comes--what we must do and what God does. My study gave me what I wanted
to know. My passion for prayer and revival continued to grow as I served our
city full time with a vision for a sweeping revival of the Church and
another Great Awakening. After graduation I set a goal to one day write
about revival from my reseach and personal experience as a "city reacher." I
wanted the Church to know how revivals have always happened and how they
will happen again. By God's grace and help, "Firestorms of Revival" was
published by Creation House and released in September of 2006.
*From my reading of
the book, you present scholarly research in a way that is accessible to the
average person who simply has a passion for prayer - Why does the average
prayer leader or pastor need to know so much about revival?
When things become difficult in the Church and society and leaders and
pastors wonder what to do, an understanding of God's ways in revival will
provide the answers and give them direction.
*How will an
understanding of biblical and historical revival help prayer leaders
transform the way their congregation prays about revival?
They will modify their priorities to give prayer a greater place as they
understand that prayer is how God gets his work done and the key to historic
revival. They will better understand the level of passion and energy that
revival leaders have had in prayer. The stories of revival prayer are
thrilling and give patterns for prayer that will be helpful. Congregations
learn to pray when they are well informed, and as the pray, they grow in
*How should a prayer
leader introduce revival-focused praying in a way that is fresh; biblicaly
rooted but forward looking?
I read or tell brief stories of revival and what great revival leaders have
said about prayer. I also share biblical texts on prayer with the amazing
promises of God. I do these things at our two prayer gatherings in our
office each week and at our community-wide prayer gathering every month.
Passionate revival prayer and intercession is very difficult to sustain over
a period of time. The Scripture and the stories of revival help sustain it.
*What sections of your
book can be used by a prayer leader as the basis or format for revival
I would suggest that the social transformation described in Characteristic
10, beginning on page 221 would "light fire." On page 248, appendix III, I
give some tips on prayer that have been helpful to me. Prayer gatherings
must be fresh and alive. Often they drift into bordom. Chapter seven is my
signiture chapter: "Prayer: Faning the Flames of Intimacy with God." This
chapter would be very helpful...the stories and the instruction. Revival
characteristic 3 is prayer. To read the secion beginning on page 121, the
quotes on the power of prayer and the stories, will be very helpful.
*Bob, write a prayer
that prayer leaders can pray, asking the Holy Spirit to release a fresh wind
of revival praying in their ministry
. . .One has been written for us. When I speak to gatherings of Pastors on
revival and prayer, I sometimes concluded by passionately praying Isaiah 64
from the New Living Translation of the Bible, paraphrasing as led. I leave
you with this prayer:
O Holy Spirit, in these days of
drift...from knowing you intimately and radical first century obedience and
impact, in these days of growing secularism and sensuality, release a new
passion for prayer and repentance in our ministry. Open our heart-eyes to
see all you can and will do if we will repent and seek your face. Your word
is so very clear in 2 Chronicles 7:14. If we will humble ourselves and pray
and seek your face...that's energy and passion...and turn from our drift and
sin, you will hear us, O Lord. You will forgive us and you will heal our
O God, we come in the name of Jesus our
Savior, to seek your face in humility and repentance and we ask that again,
as a Pentecost, you would break through the heavens and send the fire of
revival to flame across our congregations, cities and nation as you did
then. O Lord, send the mighty rushing wind again in our day...the sheer
noise of it drawing many to the scene and to Jesus. Draw us back to first
love and motivate and mobilize us in redemptive transformational service. O
Father, let the winds blow; let the fire fall; come in your manifest
presence and let your Glory fill our church and city. We are desparate for
your presence and power to revive us personally, to revival the Church in
our day and to transform our city and Nation. Pray this in the powerful name
of Jesus Christ, our Savior, Lord and soon coming King. AMEN!!