“REVIVAL” a term Christians often use when they refer to God showing up BIG and seeing numerous lives CHANGED in a matter of short time. We have seen revivals take place throughout the years, where countless amounts of people have totally surrendered their lives to God. One of the greatest known recorded revivals to ever take place happened on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2). Literally thousands of people were filled with the Holy Spirit almost simultaneously. It was God doing what He does best, SHOWING UP BIG!
But Wait! Before you start praying for a REVIVAL, please be aware of what you are truly asking.
With every REVIVAL comes hardships, testing, and pain. Think about it for a second… when you are praying for a REVIVAL, you are asking God to change lives and for people to turn away from their sin. That doesn’t sit to well with the devil, in fact, a REVIVAL is the last thing he wants to happen. So he is going to discourage you, hinder you, tempt you, and basically anything he can do to distract you from seeing a REVIVAL take place.
Don’t believe me? Let’s go back to the Day of Pentecost for a bit. Before thousands were saved on that day, there was some major factors that need to be looked at. One of Jesus’ closest friends denied him outright (Mark 14:66-72). One of Jesus’ disciples betrayed him for a little cash (Luke 22:48). The crowd turned against Jesus despite all that he had done for them (Matthew 27:22). And ultimately there was the death of Jesus himself (Matthew 27:50).
So let’s take a recap real quick: there was betrayal, rejection, death, and not too mention many other things that took place as well in order for a REVIVAL to take place.
Now, I’m not saying that someone is going to die if you pray for REVIVAL, we know that in order for a true REVIVAL, Jesus had to pay the ultimate sacrifice for us. But, what I am saying is that there is a good chance that there is going to be hurt, gossip, dissension, rejection, betrayal, and other tests of our faith.
Does this mean we avoid PRAYING for a REVIVAL? Not at all, but we need to make sure we are truly ALLOWING God to SHOW UP, and be able to TRUST Him fully throughout the entire process of the REVIVAL!
“Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?”– Psalm 85:6