Revival must begin with God’s people in God’s house
Over the past four decades, I have read a significant number of books on the history of revival and spiritual awakening. Martyn Lloyd-Jones used to say that reading about great works of God in history was “the greatest tonic to a drooping spirit.” My heart is hungry to see revival. In 1976, as America celebrated her bicentennial year, I vividly remember praying for God to send revival to America. Earnestly praying for revival in our land is still a top priority on my prayer list.
As I look at the spiritual and moral decline in America, I also see spiritual and moral decline in our churches. Many people want revival to begin with a president in the White House, but in reality revival must begin with God’s people in God’s house! The Scripture says, “For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?” (1 Peter 4:17).
I wonder what would happen if we, as Christians in America, would allow God to search us with His Word, and we would respond in repentance to the convicting power of the Holy Spirit? I want revival to be more than just a subject I read about; I want it to be a reality that I experience! The real hope for America is far more than merely selecting our next president or appointing a Supreme Court justice. Our true hope is the Divine intervention from the God of heaven as He moves upon our nation. My heart is hungry, and my soul is thirsty for a great move of God like I read about in history. My prayer is “Lord, do it again! And do it soon!”