Hab 3:2 O LORD, I have heard your speech and was afraid; O LORD, revive Your work in the midst of the years! In the midst of the years make it known; In wrath remember mercy. (NKJV)
For the last several weeks the Holy Spirit has had me praying for an Awakening on college campuses across our nation. Sometimes He will have me to also pray for the cities and states that these schools are in. As we pray for an Awakening in our nation it is also good to pray for revival in our churches.
As I was reading a commentary on Habakkuk the author of the commentary pointed out that the first place that we need to pray for revival is in our own lives. Habakkuk lived at a time when the Southern Kingdom of Judah had become very wicked. They were facing the threat of being conquered by the Babylonians sometimes referred to as the Chaldeans. They were eventually conquered, and the Temple and Jerusalem was razed to the ground. The nation did not heed the warning of the Prophet.
We can look around in our communities and in our nation and see that if we do not have revival in the church and an Awakening in our nation we face some very serious threats to our nation. God’s design for marriage and human sexuality has come under an attack that is demonic and filled with witchcraft and comes from the pits of Hell. Killing and drug use are rampant in our nation. And the list could go on and on.
This nation has not always been perfect. On the other hand, the God that this nation was founded on has forever and will forever be perfect. He is the answer to every problem that this nation, or any nation has. The Apostle Paul warned about the dangers of vain philosophies in Col 2:8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. (NKJV) None of man’s philosophies can save a nation. Only God can do it. God’s plan is an eternal plan. Jesus said to pray “thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”
If we had an Awakening in our nation, do we have enough people that are willing to sacrifice our time to disciple those that will turn to the Lord. That is another good reason for us needing revival in our own lives and in the church.
When praying for personal revival in our own lives David Guzick in his commentary Enduring Word on Habakkuk says this :
Pray for personal revival and diligently search yourself:
· Check your conduct – does your walk glorify the LORD as it should? How about your private conduct, which only the LORD sees?
· Check your conversation – is your speech profane or impure? Do you talk about Jesus with others?
· Check your communion – are you living a growing, abiding life with Jesus?
That one stepped on my toes a few times. If the Holy Spirit steps on our toes it is because the father loves us and wants to help us : Heb 12:6 For whom the LORD loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.”
This coming Wednesday my good friend brother Jeff Fleming and I will be leading a prayer meeting from 11:30-12:30 at Christ Community Fellowship. We invite our brothers and sister’s clergy and lay to come and join us to cry out for a Revival in the church and an Awakening in our nation. If you live somewhere else and you are not doing so now perhaps God is calling you to lead a group in your city to cry out for Revival in the church and for an Awakening in our nation.
In the Book of Revelation Jesus told the church at Ephesus Re 2:4 “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.” They were doing some good things, but they had left their first love. He told the church at Laodicea that they were lukewarm: Re 3:15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. “So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.” We don’t have time to be lukewarm. Should the Lord not return first what kind of culture will our children and grandchildren live in? Let us all pray for Revival in the church and an Awakening in our land.
Let us Pray
Lord stir in us a desire to pray and seek Your face. Help us not to be lukewarm. We repent of leaving our first love. God we ask You to send revival to Your church and an Awakening in not only this nation, but in the nations that may hate us and seek to destroy us. Lord, we pray for those that are in drug cartels that they would have Damascus Road experiences.
In Jesus Name
Love you all!
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