Psalm 85:6- “Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?”
By: Heath Haynes, Lead Pastor/Elder, The Bridge Montrose
May 6, 2018
What is revival? What are we asking for when we pray for it? It seems we often feel like it is some distant possibility that we believe is real but not likely to ever truly experience. I imagine it is much like the people of Israel in the 400 years when the prophets were silent (which means God was silent) and Jesus, the Messiah had not yet come. They believed and taught the prophecies, but went about their everyday not really expecting the Messiah to show up. We mustn’t let our finite understanding of the way our supernatural, timeless, and eternal God works cause us to grow dull in our hope and faith. This is the exact reason we as temporal people call out for revival.
Here is the amazing Truth. Revival is not far off. We see verses like Psalm 85:6 all throughout scripture where they pray, “Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?”. Prayers of desperation and longing. Prayers of sensing there is something more. Prayers of sensing we have fallen asleep. How can we say revival is not far off? I heard a definition of revival that I have found helpful that tells us why revival is not far off. It states, “Revival is marked by the normal daily work of the Holy Spirit being experienced in an overwhelming and pervasive manner.”
Because the Holy Spirit has been given to us and is always present and working, the prayer for revival is for us to be stirred up and awakened to an overtaking experience of His work. So for today, take time to follow the prompts below to pray through the daily work of the Spirit that will lead to revival as we awaken to experiencing them in an overwhelming and pervasive manner.
Our Heavenly Father. Lord of heaven and earth. You are both far off and You are near. We need you to awaken us from our slumber. We need you to convict us of our sin and lack of belief. You have redeemed and restored through the work of Jesus and have given us the Holy Spirit. We can rejoice in being liberated from our sin... we can enjoy your love and presence without fear and we can abide in a deep shared life rooted in loving relationships as the Body of Christ. The same power that conquered sin and death in Christ is the same power you have given us in The Holy Spirit. Overwhelm and overtake us to this reality for Your Glory! In Jesus name, Amen.