“Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you” (Psalm 85:6)?
Much has been written on what happens when revival touches a church, community or nation. Foundational to each of those spheres of revival is a fresh touch from Christ upon an individual. J. Edwin Orr speaks of those different spheres this way: “Such an awakening may change in a significant way an individual; or it may affect a larger group of believers; or it may move a congregation or the churches in the city or district, or the body of believers throughout a country or continent; or indeed, the larger body of believers throughout the world.”
What would it mean for an individual to experience revival? It is an important question for us to consider. Though we may long for and pray for revival for the whole Church, we certainly want to make sure that revival could come to an individual apart from the corporate aspect. Dare we begin to ask God for revival in our own lives?
Glorious King, I long for a fresh touch from You! Teach me to pray for an awakening in my life that will change me forever! Make Your Presence known in the midst of my congregation so that we might burn with a passionate desire for Your kingdom now and forever.
–Adapted from the article Personal Revival by Dave Butts, author of Forgotten Power: A Simple Theology for a Praying Church. This resource is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
Praise God that “though he brings grief, he will show compassion . . . for he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men” (Lam. 3:32-33). Give thanks for God’s promise that your grief will be turned to joy (Jn. 16:20). Confess to him the times you let grief or affliction turn to bitterness or unconfessed sin. Commit yourself to allowing these trials or afflictions to be a stepping stone to a greater faith. Ask God to help you guard yourself in your spirit and do not break faith (Mal. 2:16).
Ask that financial pressure in your congregation will draw you together in prayer and trust, and move you forward in faith as you share with those in need (Rom. 12:12-13).
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