Week Six – Day 3
TODAY’S FAST – Disciple’s or Jewish Fast (Consume only liquid or broth between 8 am – 6 pm)
The psalmist is praying for God to revive His people again. They had walked away from Him and had fallen into despair. God had brought destruction on His people because of their disobedience. But the psalmist knew that God is a God of grace. So he prayed: “revive us again.” Bring us back to life, breathe life into us, bring us back from the dead.
When we look around our world, even when we look around our churches or at our own lives, sometimes all we see are dead men and women walking. We are going through the motions, but there is no life. We perform the rituals, but God seems to be missing. We need new life breathed into us, into our churches, into our community.
Every great revival began with prayer. The First Great Awakening began in 1720 and was an influence in the demand for religious freedom that led to the Declaration of Independence. The Second Great Awakening occurred in the early 1800’s and was influential in spurring the abolition movement. The Third Great Awakening occurred in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s and resulted in camp meetings and a call to holiness that influenced prohibition and other social issues. Some argue that a Fourth Great Awakening occurred in the late 1960’s with the Jesus People movement.
There have been other revivals that have spread through various countries and regions over the years, but they all began with prayer. In 1970 a revival broke out at Asbury College that spread through the U.S. and into other parts of the world. You can still see the video coverage on YouTube.
I believe that if we will join together and pray, God will move and we will see revival again. God can bring another “Great Awakening” to our nation. We need it. It is time to really seek God. Will you join me in praying for our churches and our communities?
God, revive us again. Bring revival to our churches. May we get real about our relationship with You. Move in our community. Use Your people to influence our government. Bring healing and hope to a lost and broken world. Lord, revive us again and begin in my heart.
“Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?” Psalm 85:6 NIV