WE hear so many praying for revival or awakening but why? Is it because the pastor or leaders want it? Maybe you, like me were part of a major move of God and you desire to see the power of God fall like that again, but in a different way. Maybe you don’t care you are just content where you are. Who is revival for and why does God show up in power and presence?
Maybe we just don’t know what revival is. WE think we have heard it all, seen it all or perhaps we have become complacent. What is it we want from God? Stuff, take care of our needs? He promised to always be with us, to take care of us even when we wander away from Him.
I submit Revival is a person. It’s the Father, Son, Holy Spirit showing up in power. Who needs reviving? Those outside of the church don’t need reviving because the Bible tells us that their ‘spirit man’ is dead. They need to come alive, in Christ. We who are already alive in Christ tend to let the flame or the Spirit life wane, we become complacent. We don’t seek Him like we did, so we need reviving. I submit revival must begin in the House of God as Peter writes in 1 Peter 4:17, ” for it is time for judgement to begin with the House of God, and if it begins with the house of God what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel.”
Yes, we the people of God must let the Holy Spirit inspect us individually and corporately first. We want to see new souls come into the kingdom of God, and we must be witnesses for Jesus’ but we must take the time to have personal revival everyday, then with our spouses, our children then fellow believers. I believe what is coming is so huge it will not be contained in the four walls of the church.
So, when we say we are praying for revival are we ourselves willing to be instruments for such a purpose? Our we willing to count the cost, pay the price in travail and intercession for a church prepared and for lost souls to not just be saved, but to be true disciples of Christ.? First there is a lot of preparation. God has not historically poured out of His Spirit on those who are not hungry. Yes, there are many examples of coming to know Jesus and experiencing the power of the Holy Spirit without being preached to or any encounter with a follower of Jesus. But that is the exception not the norm and usually there has been someone praying and interceding behind the scenes.
So I will conclude this writing as it is a prelude of what is to come. Let me leave you with this. In Acts 3:19 Peter says it best, “repent, and turn away, that your sins may be wiped away, in order that seasons (times) of refreshing may come from the Lord’s presence.”
I believe that is what revival is, repentance and continually turning away from sinful nature and towards Jesus and the Father and the Holy Spirit. Repent, turn away and be refreshed from His presence. It’s daily, a lifestyle. But corporately we don’t see it.
Lord it is my prayer that you would send us refreshing from your presence as we continue to turn away from sinful ways and the worlds ways.