“Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what He has done, and proclaim that His name is exalted.” (Isaiah 12:4) That is my prayer for America _ specifically, the church in America. Dale Schlafer shared these thoughts about revival in Harvest Prayer Ministries Connection…
“The Bible warns us against thinking that revival is something that we accomplish, through our efforts (Psalm 85; Isaiah 63:15-17; Isaiah 64; Zechariah 4:6; John 3:8; Acts 2: 7, 12). In the final analysis, human beings cannot predict its timing, precipitate its unfolding, or preclude its appearance. But, while we acknowledge God’s sovereign work in revival, it is important that we not use this truth as an excuse to do nothing. God can and does use secondary means. Often He chooses to work in grace through our prayers, Bible studies, worship, fellowship, sacraments, and daily obedience. Like Jesus, we want to do what we see the Father doing (John 5:19). When the Spirit of God moves us to certain actions as a precursor for revival, we must obey. Although our action does not bring the revival, if we do not do those things He has commanded, it is doubtful we will ever see revival.” –Adapted from Revival 101: Understanding How God Ignites His Church by Dale Schlafer
I totally agree. As Philippians 2:13 puts it, “It is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” That means that when we do works of service, it is because God is working in our lives. And as God works in our lives revival occurs and when revival shows up God’s great name is exalted.
My prayer is that the things Paul wrote about the Thessalonian church will also be written about us. “We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our LORD Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 1:3)