Week Six – Day 2
TODAY’S FAST – Disciple’s or Jewish Fast (Consume only liquid or broth between 8 am – 6 pm)
Revival has come to our nation before. In the 18th and 19th centuries many people devoted their lives to the Lord in a full and radical manner. This brought forth missionary societies and great universities. Society changed as a result. Since I was a teenager, I have heard men and women of God pray for revival in our nation. They have prayed for a revival that would shake our society’s foundational beliefs and motives to bring about an era of justice, prosperity, peace, and glory to Jesus.
The problem with all of this is where revival begins. Revival does not begin when that politician you despise repents. It does not begin when “those people” who you think are so godless and immoral get their lives right. It doesn’t even begin when churches are filled with people. Revival begins when I repent. It begins when you repent. It’s funny how self-focused we are in much of our practice of Christianity except when it comes to matters of repentance. Repentance is always what other people need to do. We want to be “fed” at church and we want a particular style of worship music. But we want everyone else to repent.
There may be problems in our systems of government, education, and economy. But the problems don’t begin there. The problems begin in my heart and in yours. We underestimate the impact of our personal sin on the people and society around us. Adam and Eve could never have known how one simple act of disobedience would bring about such far-ranging devastation to all of creation.
Before revival comes to our nation, it must come to us. If you want a faith that is real, that brings joy, hope, and peace, that makes a difference in your life, your family, your friends, your town, and your nation, be selfish, self-focused, and concerned for yourself in all matters of sin, humility, and repentance. Maybe then God will hear from heaven and heal our land.
Ask God what needs to be crucified in your life. Repent from those areas and ask God deliver you for its stronghold. Pray that God will give you strength to resist any future temptations in that area. Pray that Christ will live in you fully.
“For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams.” Isaiah 44:3-4 NIV