“Wilt Thou not revive us again: that Thy people may rejoice in Thee? Show us Thy mercy, O LORD, and grant us Thy salvation.” Psalm 85:6
The hour was never more urgent than now for followers of Christ to honestly come to terms with the claims of Christ. Certainly the need is great for a spiritual awakening in our land, but first there must be a revival in the hearts of God’s people, and a renewal of the Church which now slumbers in a carnal stupor ~ intoxicated with affluence, and seemingly oblivious to the fact that for many in our nation she has lost her influence.
We are in desperate need of a cardiac revolution; a turning of our hearts fully unto the Lord; a reordering of our lives fully to His purposes.
Oh, sure, we have (in the words of Christianity Today) “our great cathedrals, our paradigm-breaking mega-churches with ultra-cool satellite campuses, and our trend-setting postmodern un-churches.” We have multi-media worship sets, pop-star worship leaders; stand-up comedian pastors, with high-tech video tools that let Hollywood illustrate the sermon.
Why, there’s a church for every appetite known to man, and yet despite this abundance of religious options – this smorgasbord of spiritual selections — those who live within sight of these very worship centers admit their souls are still hungry and impoverished.
Are we a people dressed and ready for service? Is the Church in a state of preparedness for the epic events that loom large on the near horizon? Do we have what it takes to deliver the goods when desperate conditions drive men and women to our doors, looking for real answers to serious problems?
O Lord, revive us! Turn our hearts back to You in a cardiac revolution!