Dear Church Family,
RE: These two letters give new meaning and purpose to any word they are applied to. This little prefix indicates new application, new effort, and new experience. It implies going back to the beginning to start afresh. To REview means to go back and take another look. To REnew means to make something that was old, new again. To REvive means to give new life to something that has lost vitality. You get the idea. As we enter a new year, it is a good time for us to take a look at areas of our life and faith that need a review, a renewal, or maybe even a revival. For the next 21 days, we will walk through Scripture together and pray that God will do a new work in our lives, in our church, and in our community.
REvival only comes to those who desire to see God move in our own lives. It must be personal. It is not just something that we ask God for on another’s behalf. We must grow in our desire and hunger for God’s presence and power to be unleashed in our own lives. So, start by asking yourself if you desire revival. Throughout church history, when we see God move among His people through revival, there is always a united focus on prayer and on holiness.
One tool Christians have used to help us focus on God and prayer is fasting. Traditional fasting is going without food for a specific period of time - it might be a certain number of days, a certain period of time every day, or certain types of foods. In our current culture, fasting TV, social media, or other forms of entertainment can have a huge impact. Would you be willing to consider fasting something in order to help you focus on God and see Him move in new and fresh ways?
REvival always starts in the hearts of individuals, but it inevitably affects the church as well. When individual members of the church begin to grow in their love and devotion to the Lord, and in their experience of His presence and power, it overflows into the church and then into the community. J.I. Packer, describes REvival this way:
“REvival is the visitation of God which brings to life Christians who have been sleeping and restores a deep sense of God's near presence and holiness. Thence springs a vivid sense of sin and a profound exercise of heart in repentance, praise, and love, with an evangelistic outflow.”
I am praying that God would move in this way: in my life, in our church, and in the community around us. Would you commit to pray with me? Would you commit to spend time everyday asking God to move? Would you commit to gather with others to unite together in prayer for REvival? I believe we can see God move in our midst, and I am excited and expectant for the days ahead!
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