Praying for God to awaken our churches is a much needed activity. We need to be awakened to God’s purposes, stirred by his passion, and we need to be moved into action carrying the Gospel to our friends and neighbors. Yes, this is why the church exists—The Fathers passion to bring glory to His Son, Jesus.
You don’t hear much about it anymore but it’s needed more than ever. What’s needed? Awakening or as some call it revival. The terms are often taught as synonyms but from a technical sense there are differences between the two. Revival is when God rejuvenates his church with a passion for godly living. The cold and sin stained hearts of his people are motivated towards repentance. The result of revival is an ignited heart, passionate for God’s glory to be known. Spiritual awakening on the other hand is when the church’s passion for God’s glory impacts society as a whole with unbelievers becoming followers of Jesus.
Spiritual awakening and revival are different events but we should understand one cannot exist without the other. Society will never experience a spiritual awakening from a spiritually dead church. The Gospel will not be proclaimed to the nations by an inward focused, self-seeking church. If God’s people remain a tightfisted people and do not become people of generosity and healing, grace goes undiscovered.
This sounds bleak to some but our existence and future are dependent upon a God initiated supernatural awakening of Gods people—the church. I am not one that promotes formulas for Christian living, but these are truths for hope as we move forward for the cause of Christ.
Faith: Believe the truth of God’s Word. His claims and promises are true.
Prayer: Is the pathway into the presence and power of God. We must recognize our need for God. The more we realize we need God in our lives the more we pray.
Repentance: A move of God starts with the broken hearts of his people.
2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sins and heal their land.”
Psalms 85:6 says, “Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?”
Charles Spurgeon said in his sermon, The Kind of Revival We Need, “We need a work of the Holy Spirit of a supernatural kind, putting power into the preaching of the Word, inspiring all believers with heavenly energy, and solemnly affecting the hearts of the careless, so that they turn to God and live. We would not be drunk with the wine of carnal excitement, but we would be filled with the Spirit. We would behold the fire descending from heaven in answer to the effectual fervent prayers of righteous men. Can we not entreat the Lord our God to make bare His holy arm in the eyes of all the people in this day of declension and vanity?”