We long for a great revival to shake us to the core.
We pray for God to move through our communities and families, but expectations of booming fanfare in the streets aren’t met.
Some give in to the urge to isolate and pull away from a decaying society. Others point fingers and blame one group or another.
Neither find themselves any closer to revival.
But maybe great revivals don’t start with blaming or trying to reason Jesus into a society that isn’t listening.
Maybe they also don’t begin with retreating into a Christian bubble, ignoring a lost and hurting world.
Great revivals begin in the church.
But the church isn’t a building, a location, or a website.
It’s not super put-together people who say they’ve got everything figured out, but imperfect followers of Christ who come together to ask the Holy Spirit to fill in the gaps where we fail.
22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. ~ Hebrews 10:22-25
This is the church.
We are the church.
Great revivals require humility, authenticity, and surrender.
It happens when we fall to our knees, cry out to Jesus in prayer, and find victory over our addictions, mistakes, and struggles.
It happens when we choose to forgive without demanding anything in return.
It happens when we joyfully give our last dollar and our last hour when God says, “Go.”
And it’s when someone allows God to blaze a trail through their heart for the first time, never to be the same again.
14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 15 Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. ~ 2 Chronicles 7:14
Revivals require actively rooting out more and more of ourselves and taking in more and more of God’s presence.
30 He must become greater; I must become less. ~John 3:30
Great revivals come out of many smaller, quiet revivals.
Sometimes we try so hard to make our worship services powerful, hoping revival comes.
However, it’s transformed lives that make our services powerful.
And, it’s the Holy Spirit working through a humble and willing believer that transforms a life, creating a quiet revival in their heart.
A service made up of believers with quiet revivals growing inside of them, are the stuff that great revivals are made of.
Maybe then, we should no longer pray just for great revivals, but also for quiet ones that grow to become bigger than we could ever think was possible.
Let’s pray for a massive revival that rises from the inside out.
And it starts with you.