Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? psalm 85:6 (NIV).
The church is facing an hour of decision. From here on out our future depends on our outlook. We’ve reached a point of no return. God is calling on this generation to act. To decide between religion or revival. To choose between living in the past or in the present. To choose between a program driven, meeting going, committee-run machine, or an outpouring of His Holy Spirit.
What will we choose? Do we want a visitation from God or a habitation with God. Are we content with weekly programs that dispense a hackneyed religious ritual or do we want the blessing of His glorious presence.
The choice is ours. We can have an arm’s length relationship with God or real intimacy with God. And we can have all the good things that good people do, or the pursuit of God’s best.
Yes, the church is facing an hour of decision. We’re at the proverbial “fork in the road.” And we can either choose to stay where we are or we can step out in faith and discover what God has in store for us.
Here’s a prayer for revival by Jennifer Flanders:
R – Rekindled love for God
Set my soul afire, Lord, and renew the love I had for you in the beginning. May the fondness I feel for everything else in life pale in comparison to my burning desire to know and love You more. (Revelation 2:4-5, 3:15-17; Matthew 10:37; Mark 12:30)
E – Enthusiasm for Worship
May my life be a sacrifice of praise to You, O God. May I enter Your gates with thanksgiving and come before Your presence with singing. Teach me to worship You in Spirit and in truth—not just at church on Sundays, but all week long. (Hebrews 13:15; Psalm 34:1-3, 100:1-4; John 4:24)
V – Vigilance in Prayer
Teach me to pray without ceasing, boldly approaching the throne of grace in the power of the Holy Spirit. Help me not to be anxious, but to cast my cares at the foot of the cross, trusting Christ to intercede on my behalf. (1 Thessalonians 5:17; Ephesians 6:18; 1 Peter 5:7; Romans 8:26, 34)
I – In-depth Bible Study
Create in me an insatiable hunger for Your Word, O God. Teach me to love it as I love life itself. Help me to hide its truths in my heart and meditate upon it day and night. Make me a doer of the Word rather than a forgetful hearer. (Matthew 5:6; Psalm 119:97-98; James 1:23)
V – Victory over Sin
Help me to lay aside every encumbrance and the sin that so easily entangles me. Keep me mindful of the fact that Jesus has purchased my freedom from sin—I’m no longer enslaved. Teach me to consider myself dead to sin but alive to You. (Hebrews 12:1; Romans 6:1-7)
A – Affection for Others
Jesus said people will know we are Christians by our love. Make that true in my life, O God! Teach me to value others above myself and to consider their needs as more important than my own. Make me a channel of blessing; love others through me. (John 13:34-35; Philippians 2:2-4)
L – Life of Faith
Don’t allow me to compartmentalize my faith, but let it influence and inform every aspect of my life. Teach me to walk by faith, not by sight. May everything I am and all that I do bring glory and honour to You, Lord, and point others to Jesus. (James 2:17-20; 2 Corinthians 5:7; 1 Corinthians 10:31)