Wednesday, Revival in our Churches
When we hear the word revival our minds race, hearts flutter, palms sweat and mouths water, because immediately for most of us we think about things like the Great Awakening or the Azusa Street Revival. We have a picture of a large corporate gathering of mass worshippers and multitudes coming to Christ.
The facts remain this kind of movement is rare though highly sought after and tends to lean into our experiential worship culture of late. The Apostle Paul in his prayer for the church at Ephesus prays what I would consider a prayer of personal revival for the church.
This is why, since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 I never stop giving thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, would give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you may know what is the hope of his calling, what is the wealth of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the mighty working of his strength. - Ephesians 1:15-19 (CSB)
Looking at this through revival lens we can see the great benefit of prayer being the fuel for a revived and refreshed soul.
Lord grant us the spirit of wisdom and revelation that comes from a sweet communion with you. Lord we desire our hearts be open to know deeply the hope and calling of your great wealth of inheritance for us your beloved. Lord we desire to experience your great power working by your strength that our souls may be revived in you.