Last Saturday I had the wonderful priviledge of an intimate prayer and worship time with my wife. During this time, I was praying for revival in my heart, revival in my church, revival in THE Church, revival in my city, and revival in our nation.
In Joel 2:28, the Lord says, “I will pour out my Spirit on all people (NIV).” This verse is quoted in Acts 2 by Peter when he is speaking to the crowd about the events that occurred on the day of Pentecost. The reason I bring this verse to light is because I believe that God is still pouring His Spirit out on all people, and I desire it more and more for my land.
As my wife and I were praying, I felt as though the Lord was speaking to me about revival. I feel like He was saying that in order for us to have revival poured into us, we must be careful and intentional about pouring ourselves out on the world around us.
Let me illustrate this with something I saw on the next day at church. During our pre-service prayer time, I was looking out of the big windows that open up to a field next to our building. Not far from the building, I saw a police officer on foot. He was walking slowly and was looking out into the distance. When I turned my attention to the object of his, I noticed a horse that had gotten loose from the neighbor’s fence. Every time he or one of the other two people would get within 50 yards of the horse, it would take off running at full speed away from them. I believe the same thing happens when we try to “put God in a box,” or when we keep what He has poured into us bottled up for our own enjoyment.
In fact, a lot of times, I feel as though the Church (capital C) gets too preoccupied with having church for ourselves. Sometimes, I believe we look a lot like the corrupt Jewish leadership in Jesus’ time. They had it all figured out even down to the smallest detail. They even had a definition of how much weight was too much to carry on the Sabbath day. Yet, even in the glory of their knowledge, they were unable to recognize the Messiah when He came on the scene. They had little understanding of the nature and character of God and had little concern for the people around them.
Jesus turned their world upside down by ministering to the spiritually sick, the physically sick, the poor, a Samaritan woman, children, and more. Jesus came as “the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being,” yet so often we still ignore others and try so hard to edify ourselves as individuals (Hebrews 1:3 NIV).
I believe God created us with an inherent need for community. We are designed to be reliant on supernatural power, we are designed to work together (Ephesians 4:16), and we are called to “go and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28: 19 NIV).”
I hope this word encourages you to pour yourself out for the glory of God. Perhaps you can start with your current sphere of influence and work on impacting those people you come in contact with on a regular basis. Let’s work together to not stop there though because if we want revival in our cities, we will all need to play our role as members of the Body to see our cities changed by the power of God.
Finally, I’ll leave you with this verse:
“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God (Ephesians 5:1-2).”
Thanks for reading!