I know the term “Revival” seems like such an old term that only older churches or churches of the past did years ago. What I have felt is that there is honestly more a need for revival today than probably many years ago. Think about the word revival and what it means. Revival is “an awakening, in a church or community, of interest in and care for matters relating to personal faith.” A great awakening! Yes Lord this is what we need in people, churches and pastors today. It is not just for those who don’t know Christ but also those who know Him. It is a time when those that do not know come to know, love and experience the amazing Savior we have in Christ Jesus. Revival is also for those who profess themselves as Christians or believers. It is an awakening to know that you know Jesus is Lord of ALL things. It is an awakening to embrace the passion and love that only comes from Christ and the Holy Spirit. It is an awakening to have more passion for Christ in our lives. It is an awakening to have a desperation in our lives to seek those who do not know Christ yet and passionately fulfill the Great Commission in the spirit of the Great Commandment.
“George Whitefield, an ordained Anglican clergyman, was converted and in 1737 began preaching in London and Bristol. Whitefield countered that many of the established clergy could not bring life to their people since they themselves were spiritually dead. One such spiritually dead clergyman was John Wesley, who later became the founder of Methodism (although he never intended to form a separate church). Wesley had gone to Georgia with James Oglethorpe to work as a missionary to the Indians. He soon returned to England in despair and wrote, “I went to America to convert the Indians; but O who will convert me!” On the ship going to Georgia, Wesley had met some Moravian immigrants and was impressed by their spiritual strength and joy in the Lord. As Wesley struggled with his own sinfulness and need of salvation, he received spiritual counsel from the Moravian Peter Boehler. On May 24, 1738, during a meeting at Aldersgate, Wesley experienced God’s saving grace and wrote, “I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone for salvation; and an assurance was given to me that he had taken away my sins.“(Christianity.com)
What does it take to have or see revival happen today? Honestly it takes a culture of prayer and fasting. It takes people living to see Christ made famous every single day in their lives and the lives of others. It take what it says in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first HIS kingdom and HIS righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” We can’t be so focused on growth in churches that are just physical in nature or just people in the seats but seek after real growth which is “and the Lord added to their numbers daily those who were being saved (Acts 2:47).” We have to being to urge all churches and all people of faith to come together and to begin to seek the face of God through prayer and fasting. There must be a persistence in asking our Savior to send revival to the church and spiritual awakening to our nation. It is in this that Christ’s Great Commission might be fulfilled worldwide in our generation.
Will you pray with me? Will you pray that real revival happens in our lifetime? Pray as we seek to make Jesus famous every single day.