My hope is…

Living Hope will see the fruit of revival this month. We have been praying for revival for several months. I am beginning to see signs of it. I am seeing people who were once indifferent becoming concerned about their relationship with God. I am seeing people who were not hungry for the Word regain a strong appetite for scripture. I am seeing people step up in leadership and begin to serve. I am seeing people give financially to the church.

Let’s continue to pray for Revival. It is important that we understand what we are praying for when we pray for revival. We are not praying for a single event that occurs over a few days. There used to be things called “Revival Services,” where a special speaker would come in for a few days and the church would have a “revival.” That’s not what we are praying for. We are praying for something that cannot be planned. We are praying for the Holy Spirit to come in power upon us and transform us so that we are humbled by grace, hungry for God’s Word, and become sacrificial in service for God’s Kingdom.

When there is a revival, there is an unusual sense of awe for God. We see Him as Isaiah did in Isaiah 6. We feel the conviction that Isaiah felt. We repent and we are transformed by a touch of God’s grace. We will see people turning from sin and making disciples of Jesus by sharing their hope in Christ.

When there is revival, there is an unusual hunger for God’s Word. We desire Him and we sound like the psalmist in Psalm 73:25-26. There is a hunger and thirst for righteousness that is satisfied the way Jesus says it will be (Matthew 5:6). We will see people get into daily Bible study and Connect Groups. When there is revival, there is generosity. We want to give to God’s work the way the Macedonians did (2 Corinthians 9). We will see people serve in the church and in the city through Local Impact. We will see people give their tithe to the church along with gifts and offerings. We will exceed our general budget and give more than is requested for the Gift for Christ.

This is my prayer and hope. Please join me every day in praying for revival.