“… then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
— 2 Chronicles 7:14
Yesterday we discussed our need for national revival. Today and tomorrow I want to continue with this theme.
Revival is a rebirth, a restoration of God’s power, and I believe that it can happen in America. God can yet change this land. He can stay the hand of chastisement acted out in our mean city streets and spreading into the countryside.
But to have revival, we must pay a price. God says, “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray.” Revival begins with God’s people praying prayers of brokenness, of humility, of acknowledgment of our own sins. How often do we pray for the sins of others and neglect repenting of our own sins that prevent us from being effective witnesses for God? We need to fall on our knees and get our own lives straight with God.
God doesn’t do His work in unbelievers until His people renew their devotion to Him. But when that happens, watch out. He has promised that when we humble ourselves and pray and seek His face, He will hear, forgive our sin, and heal our land. The spiritual renewal of God’s children inevitably issues forth a tremendous outbreak of evangelism that has fresh power and works in ways never seen before. God can release His power to bring the entire nation to Him.
The Great Awakening in America began when a few people prayed, seeking God’s face, week after week, time after time, until finally God began to pour out His Spirit. Christians met to pray. They began to expect great things of God. And people became Christians. For years this revival went on. At its peak, fifty thousand people a week were born into God’s kingdom.
Will you join me in praying for national revival? Will you humble yourself before God and seek His face so that He might bring revival to this land through you? Let’s all do this so that we might not hinder God from drawing this nation to Himself.
“Take a piece of chalk, and draw a circle on the floor. Then step
inside the circle and pray, ‘Lord, send a revival inside this circle.’”
(On Being Asked How To Start A Revival)