Getting Ready for Revival:
“if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
One of the books that really challenged me to go deeper in my relationship with God is Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala, the pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle. His testimony of what radical things God did in his life and church. He wrote, “One day I told the Lord that I would rather die than merely tread water throughout my career in the ministry – always preaching about the power of the Word and the Spirit, but never seeing it…I hungered for God to breakthrough in our lives and ministry…If we call upon the Lord, He has promised in His Word to answer, to bring the unsaved to Himself, to pour out His Spirit among us…Charles Spurgeon once remarked that the best style of prayer is that which cannot be called anything but a cry.” (Jim Cymbala).
I don’t want to just be a good little pastor. I want to glorify my God, and impact my world with the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I want to make a difference in my world, seeing sinners saved, and lives touched and set free by the power of the Holy Spirit. My prayer is, “Lord, revive me. Revive your church. Revive our nation.” Here are a few simple points I’ve gleaned from the above Scripture in Second Chronicles that are keys to getting ready for revival:
1. WE NEED TO HUMBLE OURSELVES.
To humble ourselves means to acknowledge to God that we need Him in our lives, and to stop trying to do it in our own strength. As Jim Cymbala writes in Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, “I discovered an astonishing truth: God is attracted to weakness. He can’t resist those who humbly and honestly admit how desperately they need him. Our weakness, in fact, makes room for His power.”
2. WE NEED TO PRAY.
Every revival that has ever taken place in the history of the church has been birthed out of prayer. Charles Finney said, “A revival can be expected when Christians have the spirit of prayer for a revival. That is, when they pray as if their hearts were set on it.” Let’s pray, “Revive us, and we will call upon Your name.” (Psalm 80:18).
3. WE NEED TO SEEK GOD’S FACE.
What’s the difference between praying and seeking God’s face? For one thing, there are many Christians who say their prayers, but they aren’t seeking God’s face. They seek God’s hands –His blessings – but they’re not seeking God Himself. Genuine revival happens when God’s people get a passion for Him, for His presence, and seek His face like never before. It’s about praying, and getting alone until you’re not alone anymore. It’s reading the Bible, not because you have to, but because you want to.
4. WE NEED TO TURN FROM OUR WICKED WAYS.
Repentance precedes revival. Before God can save untold millions of lost souls and bring them into the church, God needs us to get ready first. We need to be vessels that He can flow through to minister to people. Before Jesus came on the scene 2,000 years ago, the Bible says, “John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 3:1-2).
Friend, it’s time to humble ourselves, and pray, and seek God’s face, and turn from our wicked ways. When we do this, God will hear from Heaven, and will forgive our sins, and will heal our land. And we will see revival. What are we waiting for?
Pastor Chris Jordan