Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Devotional on Revival

The following is not my work. It came from my friend's mentor, whom we know as Papa Roy.

A Touch of Encouragement-REVIVAL! It Can Happen Again!

God desires to wonderfully revive and equip His church today.
Therefore it is our goal to challenge God's people about the spiritual value of child-like faith, deep humility and united prayer as the essential elements in preparing our hearts to experience God's reviving presence. God delights to use the faith-filled prayers of frail and needy people to birth great things into the earth. Remember, the strategy of prayer is God's sovereign design and not the human efforts of overly ambitious men. The inspired Word of God repeatedly exhorts us to pray in cooperation with God's kingdom purposes. (D. Smithers)
Return, we beseech You, O God of hosts; look down from heaven and see, and visit this vine. (Psalm 80:14)
This psalm most likely represents the prayer of a man in the Southern Kingdom for his alienated brothers in the north. He sets aside tribal rivalries and prays earnestly for God to take care of those who are perishing because of the enemy. When revival comes, God's people set aside petty differences and love one another as brothers and sisters in Christ. We do not set aside the essentials of the gospel, such as justification by faith alone in Christ alone. But we set aside our pride over being right on minor points of doctrine and practice. Genuine unity glorifies God. (S. J. Cole)

God will never leave you, but there are times when He may need to withhold His power and blessing because of sin in your life. Are you in need of God's restoration? He hears the prayer of revival. Ask Him to clean your heart.
.Depending on His grace.
Papa Roy ><> ><> ><>
August 21, 2010
In God we trust

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