“Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause Thine anger toward us to cease. Wilt Thou be angry with us for ever? wilt Thou draw out Thine anger to all generations? Wilt Thou not revive us again: that Thy people may rejoice in Thee?” Psalm 85:4-6
A Plea for Revival
In Psalm 85 we read the prayer of a true patriot. He’s watched his nation go from disobedience to degradation to dissolution. And because he loves his land, he’s praying for revival.
America too is on a collision course with God’s judgment. We should be greatly alarmed! As in that day, today the prayer of a patriot needs to be, “Wilt Thou not revive usagain?”
Now, to “revive” means to bring back to a former state. Never has a nation had a better start than America. God has blessed and favored America. But America needs a spiritual revival — an earth-shaking, mountain-moving, devil-defying, sin-killing, soul-saving revival.
I’ve studied the history of revival and found that God in His mercy sent revival in the darkest of times. Think of some of the revivals in history.
· On Mount Carmel Elijah was God’s only prophet. There was political, moral, and religious corruption. But there was one man who knew God. Elijah prayed,
“…Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that Thou art the Lord God, and that Thou hast turned their heart back again.” 1 Kings 18:37
Verse 38 says, “Then the fire of the Lord fell….” God sent a mighty spiritual awakening. If God could do that on Mount Carmel, He can do it in America.
What will God have to do to send that kind of revival to America today?
The Program for Revival
The problem is not in Washington. It’s not in the schools. The problem lies with God’s people. Like the patriot in Psalms, we must pray, “…Revive us again.” We say, “If only Hollywood would.... If only Washington would…. If only education would…. If only the liquor industry would….” But God says, “If My people….”
“If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
God wants His people to humble themselves and turn back to Him. Our sins have hidden His face. We must turn from that which is wicked and sinful. All-night prayer meetings are to no avail unless we repent.
I believe we are living in the lengthening shadows of the last day. I believe Jesus Christ is coming soon, and one of the earmarks is persecution of the saints. We see it on TV, newscasts, and editorial pages. Ridicule any other group and you’ll be in trouble, but the wrath of our culture is reserved for the Christian. The Bible-believing Christian is the whipping boy.
People are continually discussing what’s happening in this country, the Middle East, and every corner of the globe. What many may not realize is that we are already at war—an invisible, unseen war between light and darkness, good and evil. And Satan is our adversary.
Someone reading this article—it may be you—has failed the Lord, and you think perhaps God is finished with you.
Suppose you’re running a 100-yard dash. You’re in the starting blocks. The gun fires and you start out running. You’re 10 yards ahead of everybody else. You’re three feet from the goal! But you quit.
Even the strongest Christian can battle depression—but God has made specific provision for us.