It’s time for a spiritual gut check. If we are going to recover our first love for Jesus we need to take an inventory of our beliefs. Do we believe the promises Jesus makes about prayer? In Matthew 7:7-8 He promises, “Ask, seek, knock.” In Mark 11:24 He claims, “Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours.” John 15:7 “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be given you.” Do we believe these words? Are they real? If we can’t, if they are not real then we are wasting our time.
John Wesley said, “God does nothing except in answer to prayer.” James writes, “You don’t have because you do not ask.” Have we asked God to restore our first love? Do week seek His face for solutions? Do we knock on the doors of heaven for revival?
Isaiah 64:7 laments, “No one calls on your name or strives to lay hold of you; for You have hidden your face from us and have given us over to our sins.” I like how the Amplified Bible says it , “And no one calls on Your name and awakens and bestirs himself to take and keep hold of You; for You have hidden Your face from us and have delivered us into the [consuming] power of our iniquities.” We must awaken and stir ourselves up for the Jesus. We do that by prayer.
This past Sunday 160 people from UM churches across Jacksonville gathered together for that very reason. We repented of our prayerlessness and asked for revival. We began to seek it and we are going to push on and bang on the door of heaven until it opens and God pours out His Holy Spirit on us and we have revival!
We moved into groups of 3 and began praying for 4 specific things. I hope that you will join us as well.
1) Pray for the Holy Spirit to empower our preachers and leaders. 2) Pray for the lost to be saved. 3) Pray for God’s people to turn from sin and grow in holiness. 4) Pray for revival in the United Methodist Church.
Isa 62:6-7, “I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem;
they will never be silent day or night.
You who call on the Lord,
give yourselves no rest,
7 and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem
and makes her the praise of the earth.”
I am asking you to be a watchman on the walls and give yourself no rest until revival comes. Give Jesus no rest until He pours out His Holy Spirit in power on us and gives us revival like never before. Pray, pray, pray! Pray on your own, with your family! I believe God will answer our prayers and send revival. But how will we know when revival comes? What will it look like? I’ve got a few ideas…