God has answered the prayers for revival!
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” 2 Timothy 1:7
I’ve heard it, I hear it, and it confuses me. “Send a revival, oh God!”, “God, change our world!”, “Change me, God!”. Prayers that go up to the throne of grace. Loud cries and painful moaning that enters the ears of His heart, holding the requests of His children.
“The righteous cry, and the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.” Psalm 34:17
I hear different leaders, different churches all crying the same thing. And I think to myself, “surely, the Lord hears”.
"For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst." Matthew 18:20
Prayers going up around the world. Prayers for change, prayers for revival! And when I read my Bible it says that He is in our midst, that He will deliver us out of all our troubles! Yet, I keep hearing the same cries, the same groanings asking God for change, for revival. And I go back to my Word and it says,
“This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him” 1 John 5:14-15
“It will also come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear” Isaiah 65:24
“Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it” John 14:13-14
Do you understand why I am confused? To hear God’s people, pray, cry, and groan for the same thing—day after day, month after month, year after year, when God said, “it’s already done”.
The church seeks change while change is staring at them saying “here I am”. But the church refuses to see it because it doesn’t look like the old. It doesn’t look like what they think it should look like. You prayed for revival, you prayed for change—you prayed for new.
Before the world ever realized it needed a savior, God already had a plan. A plan that would have the Jews running scared because His plan wasn’t what they had in mind. Not realizing that Jesus, the Messiah, is what they prayed for. It is what they cried for, yet, when looking Jesus in the face they cursed Him, tested Him, abused Him, denied Him—crucified Him. But still, God seen His plan through. And still to this day, we have those who are awaiting the first coming of the Savior.
I must ask the question—are we making the same mistake again? Being stubborn in our ways, allowing fear to control us. Not being able to see the prayer that we asked for, all because it’s not what we are used to seeing, and/or it is not like we thought it would be. When we asked for a revival, when we asked for change, we asked God to give us something new. We asked God to give us something new because deep down in our spirit we knew that the church would need something new. Deep down we knew that we would need something new for the different day and age that we are living in today. Deep down our spirit, with the help of His Holy Spirit, was realizing the old that we’ve been teaching is not as effective for this more evolved world. The answers that were given in the past are no longer useful for this generation that wants freedom and acceptance with that freedom.
When the Pharisees were about to stone the woman for adultery, because that’s what they understood they were supposed to do. Jesus came and showed them a new way and gave them a new understanding, one that involved more love and forgiveness.
Church, we cannot continue to fear the new because it is different. We cannot fear the new because it involves learning a new way, a new understanding. When we prayed for change, we signed ourselves up to learning something new. We, again, willingly gave our heart and our mind as a blank canvas for Him to paint. So, that we may go out and show others the wonderful new painting that God graciously gave to us. Learning something new comes with the territory of change and a revival. A revival is a spiritual awakening. We don’t awaken because of the same thing. We awaken because of something new. Something new is awakening the hearts of His people.
If God answered the prayers of those in the Bible days, will He not do the same now?
“Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven” Matthew 18:19