Acts 2:41-43 “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.”
There are specific memories that we wish we could relive over and over again. Those that brought us the greatest joy or comfort. Those that made us feel whole loved and accepted.
As I read this passage, as I have read many times, I wondered, “Could God recreate this again for us in this day and age?”
What we commonly refer to as revival, is something God gives to those willing to seek Him with their whole heart. Revival can happen on a personal level any time we are eager to come to God with a heart and a spirit that will humbly seek and obey Him.
On its most basic level, this is where most of us fail.
To want and desire revival on the level of what Peter and those in the upper room saw on the day of Pentecost means waiting as they did in prayer in the upper room. God promised that they would be given what they needed for what He wanted them to accomplish.
Acts 1:4 “And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.”
We all have a view or vision of what comfort level we would all like to achieve in this life. We deceive ourselves into thinking that God is (or should be) accepting of the life we are living. He hasn’t come to blow up any of our plans so, He must approve of what we are doing? Right?
When our desire for the power and presence of God supersedes our want for food, sleep, or any other thing; we can begin on the path to personal revival.
When someone asked a traveling evangelist how to start a revival, Rodney, “Gypsy” Smith replied:
“Find a piece of chalk, and find an empty room. Go into that room and shut the door. Draw a circle on the floor with that chalk, kneel down in that circle, and ask God to start revival right there.”
We shrink from such a warning because of the disruption it would cause in our everyday life. I believe it’s because we fail to understand the meaning of what God tells us:
Jeremiah 29:13 “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”
Jesus said as much.
Luke 11:9-10 “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”
At this point, I can list and recount all the famous revivals that have happened up to the present day, but what would such knowledge accomplish? If after hearing would it cause us to drop what we’re doing and seek God fervently?
In every significant movement and awakening of a nation or a place to experience revival, first began with a thirst for prayer. If our prayer life is reduced to a smattering of laundry list items we throw at God, expecting Him to sort it all out, we fail at what God gave to commune with His children.
Prayer is not a recitation of words put in such an order that unlocks some magical door for God to come through. It is as simple a conversation as we would have should we meet.
Our desire must extend beyond our schedule.
Even now, the clock begs me to move on to prepare for my workday.
I desire to pour out my heart to you of a most sacred moment in my life where I came into the presence of Almighty God after much prayer, fasting, and seeking Him.
For as much as I live by a schedule, I must schedule my time alone with God. Should I need more time, I must determine to wake up earlier.
Revival is something God provides. The preparation is what we must provide. Prayer is the first step. If the recipe that Gypsy Smith gave suits you; find the quiet room, shut the door, and draw that circle and don’t leave until God gives what it is you ask.
Our enemy will serve up every excuse in the book as to why we shouldn’t, or couldn’t do such a thing – which is why revival tarries. Leonard Ravenhill wrote a book on that very subject. “Why Revival Tarries” is not a quick read, nor is it for the weak or faint of heart. It hits hard at the very core of why we do not see revival.
Dear reader, with the Lord’s coming sooner every day, would it not suit us better to prepare for that meeting than pad our retirement account? My prayer is that this stir something inside you that wants God’s presence in your life; so much so, you will stop at nothing until you achieve it!