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During TDC’s 21-day fast our prayer focus has included “revival” along with unity and deliverance. But what is revival?
At its simplest, revival means a restoration to life or consciousness. Applied to the faith life of a people, revival indicates turning from a process of decay leading to death, back to a process of growth and health, leading to life. Scripture demonstrates revival at both personal and corporate levels and reveals God as the source of revival.
Personal revival: Look upon my affliction and rescue me, for I do not forget your law...Great are your mercies, O Lord; revive me according to your ordinances. (Psalm 119:153-156 NASB)
One of the most well-known Scripture passages demonstrating personal revival is found in Luke 15:11-31, where Jesus compares God’s love to that of a father whose wayward son returns, expecting punishment, but finding his father ready to restore him to the family, to his authority as a son, and to his inheritance. The father says, “this son of mine was dead and is alive again.” Jesus wants us to know this: in that same way our heavenly Father receives us when we turn from those things that bring decay and death back to the life, growth and health God intends for us.
Corporate revival: If my people who are called by my name humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
Scripture’s clearest example of corporate revival is recounted in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. Through the sovereign work of God, using secular rulers to carry out his will, the people of Judah return to their homeland after 70 years of exile. There they rebuild the walls of the city, restore and rededicate the temple, repent for their sins, as God had instructed in 2 Chronicles 7, and experience renewed hope and joy.
In both instances, the personal revival described in Luke, and the corporate revival recounted in Ezra and Nehemiah, the process of revival and restoration happens at the initiation and direction of the Father. We must know that revival only comes by a move of God, through his Spirit who moves our hearts to repent and reminds us that our Father is kind and good and willing to receive back those who have gone astray. When an individual, or a whole nation, recognizes and turns away from their sin, turning back to the way God has designated for them, God promises to forgive, to revive and to heal, both individually and corporately.
In these last days of our 3-week corporate fast, let us continue to press in, continue to pray, continue to repent where the Spirit of God convicts us of sin, continue to seek revival. Let us not miss this opportunity to repent and turn back to the ways Jesus taught us, and in doing that, to receive forgiveness and restoration. And let us continue to ask God for the gift of revival for ourselves, our church and our city.
We will meet at our Otis Street ministry center on Saturday, February 1, from 5 to 6:30 PM for a time of prayer as we enter the final hours of our fast. Come join us and pray for revival in our city!