“Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?”

Revival is often thought of as a series of meetings when an evangelist comes to a church. That is a revival meeting, but just because we have a meeting with a tried and proven evangelist does not mean that we are going to have revival. Revival is not a once-a-year happening for the church or a time of trying to reach all the lost people in town. Revival ought to be the business of the Christian on a daily basis. It has to do with bringing us to life; it is God at work in the life of the believer. It is the restoring of spiritual health to the church. Revival can be the experience of a church or just one person or a group of people.

It is not going to happen just because the preacher wants revival. It will happen because the church wants revival; that means all of us at Grace Baptist Church. The church is only as strong as the weakest family in the church, just as a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. It takes the effort of each and every member of the church with the same mind and the same accord. I would hope that our purpose would be to see the church grow spiritually and physically for the glory and honor of our Savior Jesus Christ.

Our nation, the United States of America, has never in its history stood in need of a spiritual awakening any more so than now. Every part of our society has forsaken God and the Word of God for human pleasure and purpose. The sad part is that our churches as well, have forsaken God and His Word. We need revival, but we need a God-sent revival.

For the church to experience revival again it is going to take two things. First, the individual church member is going to have to come to grips with his need of revival and secondly we are going to have to take the time and effort to pray. If you will note, the Psalmist is praying for revival. All revivals start with prayer. When we begin to pray with a fervent heart and desire for God to do something for us, God will bring us under conviction and give us a desire for personal and church revival.

D.L. Moody said, “Every great work for God can be traced back to a kneeling figure.”

Would you not stop today and ask God to convict your heart for revival? Would you not make this a personal thing and allow God to bring each and every one of us to a place where we would desire revival in our person as well as the Church?

– Bro. Forde