“Give us a measure of revival in our bondage.”
- Ezra 9:10 (NIV)
“Will you not revive us again that your people may rejoice in you.”
- Psalm 85:6 (NIV)
“O Lord revive your work in the midst of the years.”
- Habakkuk 3:2 (NIV)
What did Ezra, the Psalmist, and the prophet Habakkuk all have in common? They each wanted to see revival, a spiritual awakening come to their generation. In 2 Chronicles 7:14 we are presented with a clear path to personal and generational revival. First: We must humble ourselves. Pride must be subdued. Second: We must pray. Faith-filled prayer gets God’s attention and moves Him to act on our behalf. No revival ever occurs without the element of prayer! Third: Repentance. We must turn from our actions and attitudes that displease Him. God doesn’t want an insincere repentance, nor our religious activities. Fourth: Seek God’s face. James tells us that if we will draw close to God, God will draw close to us (James 4:8). So how can we see revival in our generation today?
Question: In these four steps, what areas am I lacking?
Challenge: Through this time of fasting and journaling, keep those four steps in mind. Work diligently to strengthen each step: First - Humble heart. Second - Lifestyle of prayer. Third - True repentance. Fourth - Constantly seeking Him.
Father, I pray for a revival to sweep through our community, impacting the marketplace, workplace, our schools, homes and churches, but most of all, may this revival be deeply personal. Pour out your Spirit, let revival invade this current generation, and may it be a catalyst for a spiritual awakening in our culture.