If there was ever a need to pray for revival it’s today.
A revival is a time of quickening or impartation of life. As God alone can give life, a revival is a time when God visits His people. By the power of His Spirit, He imparts new life to them. Through them, He imparts life to sinners dead in sins. We have spiritual enthusiasm contrived by the cunning methods and hypnotic influence of the mere professional evangelist. But, these are not revivals and not needed. They are from the devil’s imitations of a revival. New life from God – that is a revival. A general revival is a time when this new life from God is not confined to scattered localities. It is general throughout Christendom and the earth. (1)
The state of the church – prayerlessness, compromise of truths clearly set out in the Bible, greed for wealth, fear of the future, neglect of the Bible, diminishing morals, twisting of scripture, debt. Signs of a decay.
The first indication of revival is prayer – individual, corporate and national. The second is a consciousness of sin amongst Christians. We are surrounded by displays of sin – on television, billboards and in politics – compromise seems easier than battle. But, battling in prayer for the soul of the church and of sinners is the business of believers in Christ. If we don’t do it, no one will.
As individuals, the church, as a nation, we need revival.
“All the mighty people of God have been people of prayer. They have differed from one another in many things, but in this they have been alike.” (R. A. Torrey)
Prayer: Restore us, Lord God Almighty; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved. Psalm 80:19
(1) R. A. Torrey, How to Pray, Whitaker House, 1983, 84
Rose McCormick Brandon writes books and articles, teaches Bible studies and writing classes, speaks at churches, libraries, historical societies and museums. Visit her website at: http://writingfromtheheart.webs.com Contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org