A revival happens when almighty God pours out His presence on His people. He ministers conviction, holiness, cleansing, restoration, and empowerment to His people so that He can use them. When God blows His breath into a person or church and gives a fresh awareness and anointing of His presence and Holy Spirit, a revival occurs. In his book Ablaze with His Glory, Del Fehsenfeld Jr. explains revival this way: Revival is all about God’s glory in the church! (Ephesians 3:20).
When God’s glory convicts, cleanses, fills and empowers our churches, then the light of Christ radiating through us will penetrate the darkness of this lost world. When we stop pretending that things are all right and begin to cry out to God for mercy, only then can we expect a visitation from God.
Revival, no matter how great or how small in its ultimate scope, always begins with individual believers whose hearts are desperate for God and who are willing to pay the price to meet with Him…Let Him begin His refreshing, reviving work in you!
There is no human solution that can remedy our spiritual condition, but there stands ready and waiting a Great Physician, risen with healing in His wings. He will surely come to us when we seek Him with all our hearts.
If there ever was a time that the people of God needed revival, it is now. Revival can come to you personally and it can come on a corporate level. Be warned, however, that the goal is not revival for revival’s praying with fire sake. The goal is always to seek the Great Reviver.
Great Reviver, Your glory has often been compromised within our hearts, and therefore, within our churches and communities. Show us our desperate condition…and our absolute need for the Redeemer to restore our hearts! Heal us and bring refreshing to Your people, that we might fully live out the kingdom in the midst of our daily lives and impact the nations for the sake of Your glorious Name! Blow upon us, Holy Spirit, and make us new!
–Adapted from Praying with Fire: Seeking His Presence through the Revival Passages of Scripture by Mark Partin. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Praise God for his limitless power. Give thanks that God is willing to strengthen you with power through the Spirit within you. Confess any time that you have been weak because you did not avail yourself of his strength. Commit yourself to serving in the strength of the Lord. Ask that out of his glorious riches God will strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being (Eph. 3:16).
Pray for your church’s teachers and counselors that they may communicate Bible truths clearly, live holy lives before God, and be Christ-like examples to those they lead.
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