Most of us have attended a revival at one time or another, perhaps multiple times. These are intended to be times of spiritual refreshing. It's all too easy to become complacent in our spiritual walk – to be satisfied with the forms of religion, but to lack that spiritual energy that comes from the Lord and moves us to reach out to others with the gospel. But how does revival take place?
It is critical that we first realize our need or we will not seek the needed prescription found in Revelation 3:18, "I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see." How much we each need the love based faith that endures testing as gold, Christ's righteousness to cover us, and the spiritual eyesight found when anointed by the oil of His grace. It is in beholding Jesus that we find love personified and realize our overwhelming unlikeness to Him. By beholding, we will not only see our need for the Divine prescription, but will desire more of another vital ingredient for revival.
Prayer has been referred to as the heartbeat of revival. A perusal of Acts reveals prayer to hold a key role in the exploding growth of the early Christian church. Speaking of the believers just before the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost we read, "These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication" Acts 1:14. Referring to the ongoing activity of the church we find "And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers" Acts 2:42. There is a power in prayer that cannot be denied though it defies human understanding or logic. "And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness" Acts 4:31. In prayer we come into actual communication with our heavenly Father, God of all! Let us pray for revival.
Kathryn Irizarry is a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.