We can have a revival ...
Our church has scheduled some special services that we call revival. I have been emphasizing that we have simply set aside some times and invited a speaker and a musician to come and lead these services. But whether or not we have revival is our choice. Each individual must seek revival of their own hearts. God can use special speakers and singers, but we must still be willing. There has been a group that has been meeting for a few weeks studying about revival and praying for our scheduled time of revival.
I am encouraged in my study that God really desires for us to have revival. I am encouraged that at least a handful of people are praying for us to have revival. I am encouraged by things God is showing me personally for my own revival and I certainly need one. I am encouraged that our scheduled time is just a few days away.
I am discouraged by the fact that only a handful of people have been praying for revival. I am discouraged that it appears there are a lot of scheduled distractions that can keep people away during these scheduled times. I am discouraged and praying not to stay that way.
I have been rereading some older books from my library about revival such as "Revival Fire", "Critical Mass", "Revive Us Again" and some others. In my reading I came across this poem and I believe it summarizes what is needed for revival and it is all doable if we will do them. It requires a humbling, a confessing and a choosing to begin with personal revival in order to see corporate revival. I am praying for this to be true.
We Can Have a Revival by Frank Knox
If all the sleeping folk will wake up
And all the lukewarm folk will fire up
And all the dishonest folk will confess up
And all the disgruntled folk will sweeten up
And all the discouraged folk will cheer up
And all the depressed folk will look up
And all the estranged folk will make up
And all the gossipers will shut up
And all the dry bones will shake up
And all the true soldiers will stand up
And all the church members will pray up
And all that are in debt will pay up.
So let's have revival. Will you join me?