“…revive us, and we will call on your name. Restore us, O LORD God Almighty; make your face shine upon us, that we may be saved” (Psalm 80:18b-19).
How does revival come? Any student of revival will tell you that there has never been a revival without a movement of prayer. God always calls His people to prayer in anticipation of revival. I would ask you today to get serious about praying for revival. We need to shift our prayer focus to the issues that are close to God’s heart, especially that His people, His Church, would wake up and discover the presence of Jesus in our midst.
When that happens, our lives become different. When Jesus is there, suddenly things that we accepted before, are no longer acceptable. Some of the things that go on in our church and in our society are changed because it is the Lord who is present. That is why in those great revivals in the past, there was a bit of emotionalism. Suddenly they came into a church service and there was Jesus. Now they did not see Him in the flesh, but there was a powerful sense of the presence of Jesus. What do you suppose happens if you come into a church service during a revival and there is a strong sense of the presence of Jesus and you’ve been sinning all week? When you come into the presence of the awesome holiness of God suddenly there is weeping, crying out, and sometimes even falling down before God in repentance.
Holy Spirit, there are days when I don’t pay attention to the fact that You are living within me. Forgive me for neglecting to meet You in your word, in prayer, and in the holiness of each day You have given me. Pour out revival in the midst of Your people! Wake me up to all that You are and help me to eagerly anticipate a continual encounter with You in my day to day life.
–Adapted from the article Praying for Revival by Dave Butts. Click the link to read the entire article. Dave is the author of Forgotten Power: A Simple Theology for a Praying Church available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
Praise the name of Jehovah-jireh, “the Lord will provide.” Thank God for having given you everything you need for life and health in this week. Confess to him the times when you have begrudged giving a kind word or encouragement or forgiveness to another person. Commit yourself to reflecting God’s generosity and openhanded love to a difficult person in your life. Ask God to give you an extra portion of his Spirit as you strive to reflect his character.
If there is a specific need in your family that only God can provide, commit this need to him in the faith that he will supply it abundantly (2 Cor. 9:8).
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