More than a pep rally
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A nation is ripe for revival
whenever believers grow dissatisfied with their spiritual condition and,
simultaneously, nonbelievers have a mounting fear of the future. Thus, we may
be on the cusp of a fresh move of the Spirit.
If revival is imminent, let us pray it resembles Acts 2 and
3. The Holy Spirit was demonstrated in the lives of believers by newfound
boldness in evangelism (Acts 2:14-40), faith and miracles (Acts 3:1-10), and
unity and compassion (Acts 2:42-47).
Revivals since the Azusa Street outpouring in the early
1900s have certainly been characterized by boldness in evangelism, miracles and
enthusiastic worship. But outreach to the poor, broken and suffering has been
emphasized on a very limited scale.
In the Book of Acts, the testimony of compassion was
critical to the lasting impact of the Early Church. Outreach was also prevalent
at Azusa Street.
We don’t need a spiritual pep rally that merely exhilarates
us. We need an Upper Room-like revival that spills into the streets and rescues
the lost and dying. We need an authentic move of God that calls us to
repentance, empowers us for service, and deploys us — in the name of
Jesus — to meet the physical and spiritual needs of a desperate world.
Many of us need to experience a personal revival. We cannot
wait to be swept up in a national movement. We need something more from God
now. We lack strength, courage, wisdom and compassion.
We need to get alone with God and, with desperation in our
voices, pray, “Lord, I need more of You. I am weary;
I’m beaten; I’m dry in my spirit; I’m apathetic; I need greater compassion for
the lost and suffering. I need something more than what I have.”
That is a prayer He will answer. Not only will we receive a
fresh touch, but we’ll also be used by the Spirit to usher others into revival.
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