Every so often, my heart deeply desires revival, more than other times. I am not sure what sparks those times in my life. Maybe its those times when I am down physically, as I am now, recovering from back surgery #2. But whatever the reason, revival is an important thing to pray for, and shoudl be done often by God’s children!! So, WHY should we pray for this might move of God’s spirit?
First, we pray for revival when there is a cloud of divine displeasure or a lack of spiritual blessings on our lives – either personally or corporately.
Restore us, O God of our salvation, And cause Your indignation toward us to cease. Will You be angry with us forever? Will You prolong Your anger to all generations? Psalm 85:4-5
When we have our spiritual antennae focused enough to know that God is displeased with us, or when we can sense that things just aren’t quite like they should be, this is the point where we should cry out to God like the psalmist did and ask God to have mercy on us, and ask God to restore us! We should pray, “God, send forth Your goodness, Your kindness, Your mercy”!
We should quit thinking that we are doing everything right, and that we know how to do Christianity, and that we know how to do church. We need to take off the rose colored glasses and get out of the spiritual box and get in tuned to where we are going wrong! We need to pray, “God, we are under the stroke of your hand – please lighten your hand”.
Next, we pray for revival when we just simply feel a need for personal or corporate revival!
Will You not Yourself revive us again, That Your people may rejoice in You? Psalm 85:6
“Lord, we feel dead! Will you not revive me again! We will rejoice when you bring revival.
And last, but the least obvious —-
We learn TO REMEMBER WHAT GOD HAS ALREADY DONE when we pray for revival!
Psalm 85:1-3 says, O Lord, You showed favor to Your land; You restored the captivity of Jacob. You forgave the iniquity of Your people; You covered all their sin. Selah. You withdrew all Your fury; You turned away from Your burning anger.
We should pray for revival not just when we realize a great need, but also when we remember what God has done for us already!
The son of Korah (the author of this psalm) was remembering a monumental event in the history of Israel – he was referring to the people of Israel (captivity of Jacob). He said that God restored them, or brought them back to their land – he brought them out of exile in Babylon.
We too should celebrate God’s favor upon our land. Yes we need, we need, we need….but God has already given so much!
What captivity has God brought you out of?
He released us from our sins! Revelation 1:5 – 6 says, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
The word “washed” is also translated (or can be translated) LOOSED. God has loosed us from our sin – the GREATEST captivity of all! So before we pray for what we want God to do now in our lives, our family, our homes, our church, and our community, we have to stop first and do as the son of Korah did here and thank God for showing favor upon us, for restoring us, and for blessing us with freedom from our sins .
We can think of all the things God has done in past time, with others and ourselves, and say, “Hey – why not now – if God did it then, He can do it now”. The things in the past should serve as encouragement to us that God can still act and that God will act!
Once we realize how God has blessed us and once we become truly thankful for what God has done, we open up the path for God to do even more in our lives! Are you ready for God to bring revival in your life? If so…stop and thank Him for what he has already done!!
Heavenly Father, I thank thee that thou hast delivered me from a life as a worthless sinner. Thank you that thou hast delivered me from the penalty of sin and an eternity without you. I praise you for saving me. I pray that you will bring personal revival to my life and to my family, and that when you do, we will glorify and praise Thy Holy Name. Amen
God bless! Myke Harbuck
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