Revival: When should we expect it?
Psalm 85:6, “Will you not revive us again that your people may rejoice in you?”
There is no real joy like when we become spiritually revived and we stay in that state for a prolonged period. If we do not feel sheer joy in our spirit for the Lord, somewhere along the way, we may have lost our previous and truer love for Jesus and it has become cold. This is when we are deprived of spiritual insight, love, unity and confidence in the gospel.
Other examples of being ‘Cold for Christ’ are as follows:
-When non-Christians have no interest in God or Christianity, they don’t realise that the fire of hell is real like a house fire, fast asleep, they are unable to respond to the warning signs.
-When a minister finds lack of confidence and trust in their congregation to serve God together. It is important for the minister to be spiritually revived in order to encourage others to be likewise.
Examples of when we can expect spiritual revival are:
-When we have a spirit of prayer for spiritual revival and our hearts are set upon expecting it in our lives. Then we can expect revival with our deep desire and passion to see friends and families saved. A time when we are warm in our prayer lives and we give a desperate cry out from our hearts for the saving of souls. We can also expect revival when we pray without ceasing according to the scripture. When our prayers flow like water as we say, “O Lord, revive your work”(Habakkuk 3:2).
- When we have the inexplicable deeply pressurising yet hopeful feeling that something important is to come. We feel like there is a great need to prepare and call for urgent prayer. Together with these labour pains and confessing of our sins along with sacrificing ourselves for the work of God’s Kingdom will lead us to receive greater blessings.
Therefore, let us expect and pray for revival among ourselves. Let the revival begin individually and spread out everywhere for the transformation of lives all round us. Will you continue to pray to God with me in this way: “Will you not revive us again that your people may rejoice in you?”
May the Lord bless and encourage you with these words.
Rev. Peterson Roy Anand