All-Day Focus: Corporate Revival
Revival is a season in the life of a church when God causes the normal ministry of the gospel to surge forward with extraordinary spiritual power. Revival is seasonal. It is not regular. God causes it. We do not. And God is able to rend the heavens and come down with unexpected demonstrations of his saving power (Isaiah 64). God is able to reinvigorate us (Psalm 85). God is able to heal us (Hosea 14). God is able to pour his Spirit upon us (Joel 2), and more. The Holy Spirit blows like the wind, unpredictably, mysteriously, wherever he pleases (John 3:8). We cannot demand that he blow our way, but we can and should ask. A church either blossoms or withers, as God sends or withholds the rains of his blessing.
1 Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down,
that the mountains might quake at your presence—
2 as when fire kindles brushwood
and the fire causes water to boil—
to make your name known to your adversaries,
and that the nations might tremble at your presence!
3 When you did awesome things that we did not look for,
you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.
• Pray that God would come down in a new, unanticipated way among us
• Pray that we would experience a season of renewal and revival in our midst
• Pray that while we cannot cause revival, we can prepare the altar for a divine visitation
• Pray that regardless of how God chooses to move or not move among us we will remain faithful and obedient, sweetly submitted to his gracious and sovereign will.
8 But now, O LORD, you are our Father;
we are the clay, and you are our potter;
we are all the work of your hand.
9 Be not so terribly angry, O LORD,
and remember not iniquity forever.
Behold, please look, we are all your people.