2 Chronicles 7:12-14 “And the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice. If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
If you have been in a good church, you will have heard a message with this passage as it’s text; especially verse 14. But, for a short meditation today, have you ever thought of the great need that would bring about the calling of the congregation to such a task?
The depth of sorrow – personally – for the sin of another; for the sin of a city, a country, a world; lost and dying and on its way to a Christless Hell, is one that should grip us into action. Unless I am the one affected, it will be no more than a passing thought, a sermon title that will appear for a little while and vanish with the next shiny thing that comes along.
You see, if we, the church, do not recognize, personally, our own need for revival, we will come off as Pharisees to do as I say – not as I do.
Look at your accomplishments this year. Have you read your bible every day as you set out to do at the beginning? Church attendance? Prayer? Service? Soul winning? In six days, this year will have three quarters left for us to take action and do more than we did last year.
Today, as you attend your local, New Testament church, prepare with prayers to ask God to specifically meet your needs; to expose any sin that has not been dealt with and expect an answer. Now, our enemy will fight that prayer by placing little stumbling blocks that he knows will get your spirit.
Pray as if this was the last church service you would ever attend. Seek the presence of God in your life and then share the joy with others. Knock on the door of Heaven till yo see a change.
James 5:16 “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
Make this Sunday the start of your own personal revival – who knows? Once it starts, it may just catch on and create a burning that will carry through your whole church.
Go ahead – I dare You!