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Preparation for Revival


I am riveted to my TV set tonight, watching scenes of devastation from tornadoes that are ripping through the heartland of our country. My heart goes out to the individuals being interviewed – they seem to be down-to-earth, ordinary folk whose lives have suddenly been turned inside out. One shot pans a “Youth for Christ” sign still hanging outside a now demolished building.

As I watch this scene, my mind goes to another one. This scene is a at a meeting in Philadelphia a couple of months ago – one where people came to intercede for the city and pray for a great spiritual awakening in the Philadelphia region. Although the room was large, there were only about 35 people there. “Do you know why there are only a few people here?” the speaker asked. “The football game is on. The football game is on, and people are essentially comfortable.”

“I am a student of the great revivals in history”, the speaker continued, “and when you plot the timing of these revivals, they seem to correspond with great disaster – wars, natural disasters, famines.” Times of disaster are times when people find themselves in great need, and will often confront the big issues of life in a way they can conveniently ignore when everything seems fine. In many communities today, churches and other places where believers gather seem like that hall in Philadelphia – not of great interest to many. But the many accounts in the Old Testament make one thing clear: individuals and nations discount the God who created the heavens and the earth at their peril. Disaster overtakes them like a flood. My question to you is, are you prepared for such a time? Not simply to make it through yourself, but ready to love, help, and reach out with the saving Gospel? This kind of preparation takes time, thought, deliberation.

One Response to “Preparation for Revival”

  1. on 12 May 2007 at 8:48 pmSean

    First we must get the gospel and who God is right, then it is time for revival. If we move ahead in an ecumenical effort we are faced with the difficulty of what to revive. Let us revive the preaching of Jesus who always anounced the kingdom as gospel, who unflinchingly answered the scribe inquiring about the greatest command with “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord and you shall love him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.”


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