Are You Longing For Revival?
Are you praying and yearning for the fire of God to be “re-lit” in your heart? As with every revival in Church history, most of us pray, “Lord, start with me.” I was praying that very thing this morning and reflecting on some of David’s Psalms in The Passion Translation. Here in Psalm 5, I was blown away by this simple, but powerful truth of the ‘secret’ to revival:
“At each and every sunrise you will hear my voice as I prepare my sacrifice of prayer to you. Every morning I lay out the pieces of my life on the altar and wait for your fire to fall upon my heart.” Psalm 5:3
David had a devoted, obedient heart. And He was willing to let God into every deep, dark ‘corner’ of his heart, laying it all out before Him on the altar.
The Hebrew word used for “prepare” is ‘arak’, a priestly term for lighting the altar fire, preparing a sacrifice, and laying it out in order upon the altar to be consumed.
Revival begins when ….
EVERY SUNRISE, before the madness of the day begins, with all its distractions, we make a point to honour the Lord. When we dedicate the day to Him, it sets the tone for the entire day.
WE’RE WILLING TO MAKE THE SACRIFICE. Who doesn’t want that extra half hour in bed? And it’s hard not to check your phone for messages, especially when you can see that you have 57 new messages in your group chat. But surely, what the Lord will say to you in that precious time will be so much more enriching and life-changing!
EVERY PIECE OF MY LIFE is surrendered on the altar, out of a devoted heart, not from duty, religious fervour or some sense of “I must.”
God wants every part of us. Even (especially!) those parts we think are of no use to Him, unattractive, or kept secret.