September 2, 2021

Restore us again, O God of our salvation, and put away your indignation toward us! Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger to all generations? Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? Show us your steadfast love, O LORD, and grant us your salvation. (Psalm 85:4-7)

As I read (Psalm 85) this morning, the question that came to my mind was the same as the author prayed in (Psalm 85:6), “Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?” As I contemplated that question, a couple of others came to mind: How long has it been since I prayed a prayer like this? Moreover, had my relationship with God become slack, my passion waned, my enthusiasm died, and my commitment to the things of God diminished? That said, do I need personal revival and renewal to take place in my life?

Do we all find ourselves busy and preoccupied with the things of this world? If we are not careful, we could get drawn away from God, misplace our passions for God in our pursuit of other things. Do we need revival in our lives? How can we know if we need revival in our lives? Here are four thoughts to consider as we evaluate whether we need revival:
– We need revival when our salvation has lost its joy, when our sin does not break our hearts, and when we make little to no effort witnessing to the lost.
– We need revival when our worship becomes monotonous, when we are at odds with other believers and see no need for reconciliation, and when we fail to believe God for the impossible.
– We need revival when we have to be begged to give and serve in the church and instead make money rather than give money.
– We need revival when we have to be entertained to be drawn to the church and when we are indifferent to the fact that there are two point five billion people on this planet that have never heard the Name of Jesus.
– Lastly, we may need revival when we do not regularly see the supernatural evidence of God’s power and when we lose our desire to fellowship with other believers.

Friends, the question goes out to all of us, “do we need revival to happen in our lives? May we ask God to show us and to trust in Him to send it. Would you pray with me?

Father, may You pour out Your Holy Spirit like a mighty flood into the hearts of all Your people, those who are called by Your Name. May our hearts be washed by the water of the Word, and may the purifying light of the Holy Spirit cleanse the thoughts, wash the hearts, and purify the minds of those who are part of the church, which is Your Body.

Lord, we pray that You would purify the hearts and minds of all Your people so that our thoughts are ever turned toward the Lord Jesus. May we, as members and also as a body of believers, learn to seek Your Will in our lives so that our prayers are filtered through the light of Your Will so that they are tuned into Your perfect plans and purposes. May all believers desire to lift Your name so that You are honored in the local churches in His rightful position as Head, and may the Lord Jesus remain the central focus of the intent of our hearts.

Lord, I pray that You would revive the hearts of all believers and especially those who have left their first love, become involved in a distorted gospel, fallen into legalism, or become lukewarm toward You. Draw each of us back into a right relationship with You and with each other. Revive Your people, I pray, and turn the hearts of all Your people back to Yourself. In Jesus’ Holy Name, Amen.

God Bless and have a Blessed Day, Friends <><

 

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